Drug tests for gamers as football’s eWorld Cup jackpot climbs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Maria Sakkari, of Greece, celebrates after winning a point against Venus Williams, of the United States, during the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. Sakkari won 6-4, 7-6 (2). (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN JOSE, Calif. — Maria Sakkari of Greece upset third-seeded Venus Williams 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.Sakkari came back from 0-3 in the first set and 3-5 in the second set. She advanced to face American Danielle Collins — with the winner reaching her first WTA final.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Collins, a two-time NCAA champion for Virginia, advanced after former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus retired midway through the second set due to injury.Azarenka led 4-2 in the first set before needing a tiebreaker to win the 72-minutes set 7-6 (4). She grabbed her right leg in the opening game of the second set, lost the first three games and was evaluated by a trainer and doctor before retiring prior to the fourth game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Fifth-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania secured the first semifinal spot by beating Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 7-5. The Romanian will face No. 4 seed Elise Mertens.Mertens, a Belgian, saved two set points in the first set, forced a tiebreak and won four straight games in the second set for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Johanna Konta. It’s Mertens’ fifth WTA semifinal of the year. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’
SIMI VALLEY Middle schools aren’t what they used to be at least that’s the message Simi Valley teachers want students to understand. Before 2004, eighth-graders were allowed to move on to high school despite failing classes if they passed state standardized tests. Today, they are required to pass 75 percent of their classes, and educators continue to find ways to push students to achieve at the city’s three middle schools Hillside, Sinaloa and Valley View. “We have the beginning of a great program,” said Dayle Gillick, president of the Simi Educators Association, which represents 1,000 teachers in the Simi Valley Unified School District. “It’s not completed. It’s ongoing. We’ve really worked hard on this.” The plan, which has accelerated during this school year, is to rigorously monitor students’ progress and reach out to at-risk children with intervention programs. It also emphasizes parental involvement, including quarterly meetings, and student one-on-ones. “We’re trying to put in steps that will lead to our ability to intervene with students and assist them in their academic progress,” said Bill Waxman, the district’s director of secondary education. “We’re making an effort this year to try to put things in place so if they need assistance, they’ll have it.” While the district couldn’t provide numbers on exactly how many students are falling behind, Waxman put the figure in the “hundreds.” A task force composed mostly of teachers began restructuring the promotion policy nearly two years ago with recommendations to the district. Gillick said one of the biggest outcomes has been improved communication among parents, students and elementary and secondary education teachers to identify struggling students. California Department of Education rules allow districts to develop their own promotion and retention policies under minimum state requirements. The district is also looking into hiring three at-risk coordinators at each school site and adding a seven-period day. “Up until this year, you just didn’t have to pass seventh and eighth grade,” school board member Greg Stratton said. “It’s a work in progress. The idea is to get them all to pass. The kids knew they didn’t have to do anything, so they did nothing.” email@example.com (805) 583-7604 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Sheriff’s Detective Pat O’Neill of the station’s Career Offender Burglary Robbery Apprehension team said investigators were able to identify the men by their “creek boys” signatures. “Our school deputy, Mike Deegan, was able to use the school’s database and narrow the search to students who lived on Cherry Creek Drive and Sycamore Creek Drive,” O’Neill said. “They were charged with felony vandalism and the judge was so upset about the damage they caused, he remanded them into custody right there in court and made restitution part of their sentence.” The Department of Public Works received the largest portion of the money, $10,750. Six thousand dollars went to the DWP, which owns the pipeline. Valerie J. Hill, graffiti abatement program manager for the county, said the payment would go toward anti-graffiti programs focused in the area. “We already have one working in Val Verde and other parts of the county,” she said, noting that this award was the largest restitution check ever received by the county for this reason. VALENCIA – Parents of two taggers arrested for vandalism that started at Saugus High School and spread to a nearby pipeline and College of the Canyons learned an expensive lesson Wednesday as more than $20,000 restitution was distributed to victims. Representatives from Saugus High School, the Los Angeles County Public Works Department, the Department of Water and Power, Southern California Edison and the college gathered at the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station to receive checks from the families of David Celaya and Andrew Wroblewski who are serving yearlong sentences in the county jail. The two initially were arrested March 8 and released, but then rearrested and given high bail by Judge Lloyd Nash at an April 7 hearing. They were sentenced May 12 to a year in jail and ordered to immediately pay their victims restitution. Smaller checks went to Southern California Edison, which received $400 and College of the Canyons, which was awarded $300. Saugus High Assistant Principal Frank Ferry accepted a check for $1,250 for the school and $2,000 for contractor C.W. Driver, which suffered damage to its trailers and equipment located on campus. “I personally feel good picking up these checks,” said Ferry, handling the situation with humor. O’Neill said when the suspects were arrested, deputies found photographs of the boys next to the pipeline after their “work” had been completed. “In every house we go into, there’s a book where they practice their tags or their friends sign them with their tags,” he said. “Hopefully this will alert parents to their responsibilities if their kids go wrong. It’s their house and their kids can jeopardize that.” Ferry said taggers can be found in households across-the-board. “Everybody wants to believe it’s somebody else, but these were affluent kids that had no business doing this,” he said. “These weren’t gangbangers; both their parents are educators. This just proves that it can be any kid any time. Parents have got to be aware of their kids’ activities, simple as that.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661)257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Letterkenny Gaels in association with Arena 7 are running a family fundraiser where facilities in the A7 complex will be available to enjoy on Friday from 5-7pm.This fundraiser is to help purchase equipment for Letterkenny Gaels Underage Football, Hurling & Camogie.The cost will include use of all the facilities at the Arena 7 complex; Bowling World, Laser Quest and Wayne’s World. SUPER NIGHT OUT PLANNED FOR LETTERKENNY GAELS FUNDRAISER was last modified: April 1st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arena 7fundraiserLetterkenny Gaels
D’fhógair an tAire Stáit sa Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta, Donnchadh Mac Fhionnlaoich, T.D., inniu go bhfuil na chéad fhógraí foilsithe aige i dtaca leis na Limistéir Pleanála Teanga Ghaeltachta, mar atá:Ciarraí Thiar;Cois Fharraige; agus Gaoth Dobhair, Rann na Feirste, Anagaire agus Loch an Iúir.“Tá lúcháir orm a bheith in ann a fhógairt go bhfuil an chéad trí fhógra foilsithe agam faoi alt 7(3) d’Acht na Gaeltachta 2012. Cuireann na fógraí seo tús oifigiúil leis an phróiseas pleanála teanga ar an talamh sna limistéir seo,” a dúirt an Aire Stáit Mac Fhionnlaoich.Tabharfar tréimhse suas le 2 mhí ón 16 Eanáir 2014 d’eagraíochtaí chun iarratais a dhéanamh chuig Údarás na Gaeltachta le bheith roghnaithe mar eagraíochtaí chun plean teanga a ullmhú agus a fheidhmiú sna limistéir sin. Tá sé beartaithe ag an Roinn na treoirlínte pleanála teanga faoin Acht a fhoilsiú ar an lá céanna.Tabharfar tréimhse suas le 2 bhliain ón dáta ar a roghnaíonn Údarás na Gaeltachta an eagraíocht chun plean teanga a chur faoi bhráid na Roinne le faomhadh i gcomhréir leis na critéir pleanála teanga forordaithe. Ina dhiaidh sin, beidh tréimhse 7 mbliana ag na heagraíochtaí chun na pleananna teanga a chur i bhfeidhm le cabhair ó Údarás na Gaeltachta. Déanfaidh an Roinn athbhreithniú tréimhsiúil ar chur i bhfeidhm na bpleananna le linn na 7 mbliana sin.“Agus tús oifigiúil curtha anois leis an phróiseas pleanála teanga i 3 Limistéar Pleanála Teanga Gaeltachta ó thuaidh, ó dheas agus thiar, táim ag súil go mbeidh 10 bhfógra eile foilsithe i gcás 10 limistéar eile an bhliain seo chugainn agus go ndéanfar na fógraí eile ina dhiaidh sin,” a dúirt an tAire Stáit Mac Fhionnlaoich. NA CHÉAD FHÓGRAÍ FOILSITHE AG AIRE STÁIT NA GAELTACHTA I DTACA LEIS NA LIMISTÉIR PLEANÁLA TEANGA GHAELTACHTA was last modified: December 21st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Anagaire agus Loch an Iúir.Gaoth Dobhairlanguage planRann na Feirste
Homeowners across Donegal have been warned of taking extra care as Ireland is at threat of “very high impact” weather from Hurricane Ophelia next week, Met Eireann has warned.People have been warned to secure loose ridge tiles and other others with strong winds forecast for Monday onwards.A status yellow alert is in place from 6am on Monday through to 6am on Tuesday but this could increase in warning scale. The meteorological service said “changeable and very unsettled weather” would continue throughout the weekend into Monday, as the remnants of the storm splash across the country.”Of Monday, it said “Current indications are that the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia will track close to or over Ireland, with the threat of storm force winds, outbreaks of heavy rain and very high seas during Monday and for a time Monday night.“However, there is still some uncertainty regarding the exact track of the system.”Meanwhile, the Irish Coast Guard had important advice regarding the storm. A Facebook posting said “We strongly advise the public not to go on exposed coasts, cliffs, piers, harbour walls, beaches, promenades or any other coastal areas during the inclement weather”.It added: “Importantly if you do see someone who may get into trouble during the storm call 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.”The 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to become a hurricane in 2017 is expected to travel “very quickly” northwards on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Motorists and homeowners were also urged to take care over the weekend today.Met Eireann has said: “Storm force winds, heavy rain and high seas are threatened. “Met Eireann will continue to monitor this storm and will issue appropriate warnings as required.”Homeowners warned to take care as end of Hurricane Ophelia to lash Ireland was last modified: October 14th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHurricane OpheliastormWarningwinds
Highland Motors are delighted to announce a sensational used car event with finance available at an incredible 0%apr on selected used Renault and Dacia cars sold and an exceptionally low rate of 1.72% on all other used cars.This offer is only available until 11th November 2017. and there has never been a better time to buy a used car from Highland Motors.This is a limited offer with limited availability and these great finance deals will be issued on a first come first served basis. Not taking finance, then how about a €500 Shopping Voucher to get you in the Christmas spirit. This is a ‘win win situation for our customers’ stated Lawrence from Highland Motors, ‘not only can customers avail of free or low rate finance they can get a €500 shopping voucher if they don’t need finance’. Highland Motors Mountain Top LetterkennyHighland Motors have a great selection of used cars to suit all budgets and you can buy with great peace of mind as all our used cars sold are fully serviced and valeted and come with warranty and trade-ins are welcome.So don’t delay and call up to Highland Motors and get yourself a great deal on a used car and start filling the boot with all those Christmas goodies. Remember these offers are for a limited time only and when they are gone they are gone. Highland Motors is based at the Mountain Top and would be happy to help you with all your car buying needs. Either call up to our show room and discuss your motoring requirements with one of our sales executives, visit www.highlandrenault.com, or call us on 074 91 28777 for more details.*Deposit required. Finance from Renault Bank, subject to lending criteria. Terms and conditions apply. Ask at Highland Motors for details.Christmas comes early for customers at Highland Motors with 0% Finance or a €500 Shopping Voucher! was last modified: November 2nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmasDealsdonegalHighland MotorsSALE
A group on Tory Island has hit out at the voting process used to decide whether or not to accept recommendations on the future of the island’s ferry service.An independent report carried out by former TG4 boss Pol Gallchoir recommended a number of suggestions including the provision of a smaller yet quicker ferry for the island.This is due to come into service with the larger Queen of Aran ferry service which is due to begin its schedule on April 1st. Islanders held a meeting to discuss the proposals on Friday night last and voted on the issues on Saturday.However, a group called ‘Ag Cuidiú le Toraí’ has hit out at the voting times and what it called the “farcical manner’ of the vote.A spokesman said “The greater community of Tory Island are upset and aggrieved at the unprofessional and farcical manner in which the voting of a critical matter for the Island took place yesterday.“It was blatantly obvious in the way the entire process was conducted from the lack of communication announcing the voting to the manner in which people were eligible to vote. “There was no clear communication and rules were being made up and changed throughout the two hour period of voting, which led to increased frustration as people turned up to vote. It was up to the discretion of the CC members who was eligible to vote with no record of a register of voting.Tory Island“The atmosphere was tense and sometimes felt threatening as people were being shouted at to vote yes when information was being withheld to accurately make a vote. This led to many voters leaving the centre in tears.”The spokesperson added that they will continue to fight for their rights as EU citizens.“We will continue to fight for a better transport service for our community. We will continue to request the paperwork from the tender process.“We will continue to fight for our community and ensure the population continues to thrive and not let the past 6 mths dictate our future.” Stunning Tory Island steeped in sun.Tory Island group claims vote on ferry service was “farcical” was last modified: March 27th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalferryTory Islandvoting
Black Friday crazy is upon us, that one day of the year where Americans take leave of their senses and go out and buy all their holiday gifts 32 days early, and yet still manage to panic-shop on Christmas Eve. If you insist on participating in this shoppingpalooza, these iPhone and Android apps can help you find the best price for the items you seek.Get The BasicsIf you use nothing else, get yourself a basic barcode scanner app. A lot of stores display QR codes for items and even if you plan to buy in-store and not online later, scanning these codes can get you more information about the item that might not be in the display. The app I like is ShopSavvy, which takes care of these basic features and also conducts local and online searches to see if it’s available anywhere else cheaper. The other thing I like about this app is that it can store credit card and shipping information and if you’re in a supported store, like WalMart or Barnes & Noble, you can buy the item with just one swipe. I love following my kids around in stores with this functionality, because I can surreptitiously buy the item right then and there without having to come back to the store or have them see me buying it. (Free. Available for iOS, Android.)Dare To CompareIf I’m going to commit to a shopping app, I would like it to have not just price comparisons, but also product reviews. If I am checking out a really snazzy-looking item in the store, I really don’t want to get home and find out that it’s had some reported issues like, oh, catching fire. I use Google Shopper as a steady guide to search for product reviews and conduct pricing checks. It’s accurate, delivers robust results and the integration with Google Maps makes it a great tool for finding nearby stores if you’re in a new locale. This app just got an update in November and now features a Sales section listing local weekly discounts in your area, so you can point the car in the right direction in the first place. (Free. Available for iOS, Android.)You can’t talk holiday shopping these days without bringing up Amazon (a sentence I’m sure just thrilled its PR team, but it’s true nonetheless). The fact is, as largest retailer on the Internet, low prices and low- to no-cost shipping on orders, it would be silly to ignore Amazon as a source for your holiday (or any other shopping needs), especially if money is tight. Amazon has two apps to use for your mobile device, and it’s important to know the difference. The Amazon Mobile app is a mobile gateway to the company’s commerce site. The even more useful Price Check for Amazon does pretty much what you would expect: like Google Shopper and other product/price comparison apps, it scans an item and let’s you know what that item is going for elsewhere – except with the Price Check app, “elsewhere” means Amazon, period. (Free. Available for iOS, Android.)It is certainly true that using apps like Google Shopper and Price Check for Amazon could result in you performing what retailers derisively refer to as “showrooming,” where shoppers come into the store, scan an item, and promptly leave to purchase it elsewhere or online. This practice is kicking retailers’ collective butts, since their business models rarely enable them to compete with the pricing models of online outlets, just as small businesses struggle to compete with the big-box stores. This is something about which you will have to make a personal choice as you shop with these apps, weighing potential savings against local service and supporting your community.Something For Every DayFinally, Key Ring Reward Cards is my new favorite shopping app. By scanning your loyalty cards for various stores that you have in your wallet or on your key ring, you can virtually store them on your phone and free up your wallet from these cards. To make sure they work, you can take photos of the front and back of your card, which is also useful for any loyalty programs that might be directly supported by the app. Most stores handle these well, though a grocery store’s laser scanner might choke trying to read the screen-displayed barcode. If the loyalty program is supported, you can also get weekly circular sales information and notices of special discounts. Just be warned, if you have privacy issues with store loyalty programs, Key Ring Reward Cards isn’t going to help (Free. Available for iOS, Android.)Best Black Friday AppsAll of the apps listed above have the benefit of being usable year-round. But what about apps for this coming weekend? Lots of stores have their own dedicated Blak Friday apps, but those are mostly a waste of time. Instead, look for the apps that pull in the best deals from multiple places. One of the most popular apps in this category is DealNews’ Black Friday app, which aggregates news and ads of deals that may be happening in stores near you. You can even check out “leaked” ads that retailers let slip to the public with a wink. Since the app is geo-specific, you can target store near wherever you are. (Free. Available for iOS, Android.)Another app for Black Friday is TGI Black Friday, which offers similar aggregation of ads for nearby stores. It’s very similar to DealNews’ app, but TGI Black Friday fans swear by it. (Free. Available for iOS, Android.)No matter how you like to shop on Black Friday – or even if you wait till Christmas Eve – these apps should help ease the pinch on your pocketbook and ensure a smoother shopping process.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#e-commerce brian proffitt Related Posts
Wair anti-pollution scarfAir quality may seem like someone else’s problem unless you’re trying to go for a run or ride a bike in Beijing, London or Warsaw. IoT already enables citizens to use sensor tech to measure and monitor urban air quality around the world. French start-up Wair has created a connected pollution scarf which incorporates a filter mask which stops 99% of pollen, gas and bacterial microparticles up to PM0.1μm. A corresponding app tracks daily pollution in your locations and advises you when the filter needs changing. It retails at $68 and includes an additional filter. This is the kind of product that you wish was superfluous but evidence suggests otherwise.Verdict: Hit The GeniCanThe GeniCan is a smart device that clips onto your existing garbage can or recycle bin allowing you to add items to your grocery list automatically as you dispose of them. It also matches coupons to products, and optionally delivers items to your doorstep. It also translates barcodes and spoken word into a customized grocery list stored on the GeniCan app. People who order early can get it for $119 with the company’s Indiegogo campaign.I’m undecided on this one. Most of my food waste is not bar coded –such as veggie scraps and coffee grounds — and I’d be required to verbally tell the bin each time I was disposing of each these items, not to mention those ready cooked leftovers. In the future will it be able to talk to my smart refrigerator and compost bin to ensure that I don’t get the same product purchased in multiples by each device? What if one requires an Alexa and another a Google Home? What if they join forces and decide not to order me more chocolate? Things could get messy here.Verdict: You decide. Is it a hit or a miss? Cate Lawrence Related Posts 42TeaDo you drink a lot of tea? Apparently, you might be making it incorrectly. 42tea (IoTea-get it?!) is a connected cube and accompanying app that guides users through each of the steps of tea preparation (quantity, temperature and brewing time) based on the type of tea. The app analyzes the user’s tea consumption to create a palate profile of sorts to recommend new varieties to drink.Sure, it’s a rather harmless product in the great scheme of things, and I can imagine it ending up in Christmas stockings next year as it retails for $65. But I can’t help wondering if the kind of people who would buy this should be trusted with a kettle of boiling water and what the tea makers of China, India and Japan would think of this.Verdict: Miss Follow the Puck Well, another CES is in the books. We all got together with 165,00 of our closest friends in Vegas to check out the latest in tech, walking millions of millions of miles over more than 2.6 million square feet of exhibition space. It can be a challenge to find the shining star smart devices amidst the noise and lights, especially as the lowlights tend to show themselves pretty easily.But here’s just a pinch of some of the hits and misses of CES smart devices this year:Whirlpool ZERA Food RecyclerWith 20% of the average home’s food ending up in the bin, composting is a great way to ensure that uneaten leftovers give something back. The Zera system comes from WLabs of Whirlpool Corporation.It’s the first indoor recycler in the US that converts a week’s worth of food waste into ready-to-use homemade fertilizer within 24 hours by using a combination of oxygen, moisture, heat and mixing to expedite the decomposition process. Unlike traditional composting methods like worm farms and Bokashi bins, families can use the Zera system year-round regardless of the weather and can remotely operate the appliance through an app that monitors the fertilizing process.That said, the app seems somewhat superfluous given that each composting cycle takes only 24 hours, surely it’d be better-served monitoring the fridge’s contents to reduce overall food waste in addition to operating the compost bin? The price of $899 makes it rather prohibitive to all but the most ardent green folk. It’s progressing well on Indiegogo and it’s one of those products likely to have lower priced imitators in the future.Verdict: Hit Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Kérastase Hair Coach Powered by WithingsHave you ever thought you might be brushing your hair too hard? Rest assured; help is at hand with the smart hairbrush. The Kérastase Hair Coach is equipped with a range of rather sophisticated analytics: a microphone that listens to the sound of hair brushing to identify patterns, providing insights into manageability, frizziness, dryness, split ends and breakage; 3-axis load cells that measure the force applied to the hair and the scalp when brushing; an accelerometer and a gyroscope which help further analyze brushing patterns and count brush strokes, with haptic feedback signaling if brushing is too vigorous; and conductivity sensors to determine if the brush is being used on dry or wet hair in order to provide an accurate hair measurement.These sensors feed data automatically via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to a dedicated mobile app, which then takes into account weather factors like humidity, temperature, UV and wind. By tracking the way a person brushes and factoring in aspects of daily life, the smart brush app provides valuable information including a hair quality score, data on the effectiveness of brushing habits, personalized tips and Kérastase product recommendations.There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the tech per se, it’s pretty innovative, but I can’t help wishing the efforts were used to solve a bigger problem than hair brushing. I’m also not sure how many people would purchase it over a traditional hairbrush. It retails for $200 which is apparently pretty affordable for a specialist hairbrush.Verdict: MissOticon Opn hearing aidOpn is the world’s first connected hearing aid. Before you shout that it’s another example of “IoT for IoT’s sake,” hear me out. Firstly it’s powered by the Velox platform which according to makers, enables it to overcome a challenge that even the most advanced solutions of today can’t solve — the ability to handle noisy environments with multiple speakers.Through the use of precise sound analysis performed over 100 times a second, important sound such as speech can be located from any direction, with background noise de-emphasised for optimum clarity. Research suggests that wearers’ can enjoy 30 percent better speech understanding, 20 percent less listening effort, and up to 20 percent more recall of what was said.It also uses IFTTT to alert the wearer when the doorbell rings, the smoke detector goes off or a baby monitor is chiming (or other functions of the owner’s choosing). For an aging population which may suffer from declining hearing, this is good tech.Verdict: Hit Tags:#42Tea#air pollution#air quality#CES2017#Connected Devices#connected home#featured#Genican#Kerastase#Opn#Oticon#smart fridge#smart hairbrush#smart home#top#Wair#Whirpool#Withings Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…