Army to Apply New Technologies to Improve Quality of Life

first_imgThe Army is starting to take advantage of emerging technologies to improve the quality of life for soldiers, military families and civilian workers, officials said at a recent Association of the U.S. Army forum. To reduce waits by vehicles trying to enter installations, for example, the Army is considering using facial recognition technology rather than relying on a gate guard to check a common access card or having a machine scan the card, said Richard Kidd IV, deputy assistant secretary for strategic integration.Greater use of sensors will enhance facility management, said Lt. Gen. Gwendolyn Bingham, assistant chief of staff for installation management. Sensors will be able to detect when a facility or system needs attention, or when the building temperature needs to be adjusted. Big data analytics, robots and artificial intelligence also will find applications at installations, reported the Army News Service.Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Dell Chromebook 11 deal Do all the Google things for just 130

first_imgDell It’s not exactly back-to-school time, but if you’re looking to outfit a K-12 kid with a basic laptop, you’ve come to the right deal.For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 is $129.99 shipped (plus tax where applicable). Start that purchase at Ebates and you’ll save an additional 10 percent, dropping your net total to just $117.See it at DellI’m not sure how long this deal will be live, and Dell stuff has a tendency to vanish quickly, so if you have interest in this, I recommend acting quickly.This is about as basic as a laptop can get, which is to say it has a screen, keyboard and battery. But, hey, so long as it connects to the internet, schoolkids don’t usually need much more.Although onboard storage is just 16GB, you can easily expand that (if needed) by way of a pair of USB 3.1 (!) ports and the SD card slot. 9 Meet the Chromebooks of 2019 (so far) Tags CNET hasn’t reviewed this model, but a little Googling revealed a 4.4-star average rating from over 850 buyers and a similar average from various tech sites.I’ve occasionally seen Chromebooks for less, but if you’re in the market right this minute, this is a decidedly good deal.thorfire-5-led-cap-light ThorFire Bonus deal: It’s probably a little early to start shopping for Father’s Day, but I can think of no better “dad gift” than this: The ThorFire LED Cap Light for $5 with promo code B8I5RNJX. It’s normally $7.See it at AmazonFor starters: ThorFire? Best name ever. This CR2032-powered light clips to the brim of any baseball cap. The five-LED light can point anywhere from straight ahead to straight down thanks to a 90-degree hinge. Looks pretty ideal for fishermen, runners or anyone who needs some hands-free light.Something this cheap is probably, well, kind of cheap, and indeed a few reviewers cited reliability issues. But ThorFire backs the light with an 18-month warranty, which strikes me as pretty generous.Bonus deal No. 2: Need a mobile charger for your Nintendo Switch, MacBook Pro or similar USB-C-powered device? Here’s a great deal on one from a premium brand.For a limited time, and while supplies last, MobileCityOnline (via Amazon) has the Mophie Encore 20,100-mAh power bank with built-in Type-C and Micro-USB cables for $29.97 with code CHSKTETYPEC.See it at AmazonI’ve seen precious few power banks with built-in USB-C cables. That’s an incredibly convenient feature, and the presence of the secondary Micro-USB cable makes this even more useful. There aren’t any user reviews for this model, but Mophie is an established, well-regarded brand — and its products usually fetch a steep price. Thirty bucks for this? Yes, please.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Share your voice Laptops Mobile Accessoriescenter_img 22 Photos Amazon Dell Google Nintendo Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comments The Cheapskatelast_img read more

CCI fines cement companies Rs 205 crore for cartelisation in Haryana

first_imgIn picture: Workers unload cement bags from a truck near the construction site of residential buildings in New Delhi, India, March 10, 2016. [Representational image]Reuters fileThe Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a total fine of more than Rs 205 crore on seven cement companies for rigging the bid of a tender floated for the procurement of cement by the Haryana government in 2012.  Also read: JSW Cement, other investors to buy out stake in Shiva Cement It may be noted that the CCI had in August last year fined 11 cement-manufacturing companies and the Cement Manufacturers’ Association (CMA) — in two separate orders — a total of around Rs. 6,700 crore on charges of cartelisation, and CMA for facilitating it.Heavy finesThis time, according to a Ministry of Corporate Affairs statement, the seven cement companies, “through their impugned conduct, have engaged in bid-rigging…, which eliminated and lessened competition and manipulated the bidding process in respect of the impugned tender.” The case deals with “procurement of cement to be supplied to government departments, boards and corporations in the state of Haryana,” according to the Union ministry’s statement.The Ministry statement further said: “Accordingly, penalty of Rs 18.44 crore, Rs 68.30 crore, Rs 38.02 crore, Rs 9.26 crore, Rs 29.84 crore, Rs 35.32 crore and Rs 6.55 crore has been imposed upon Shree Cement Limited, UltraTech Cement Limited, Jaiprakash Associates Limited, JK Cement Limited, Ambuja Cements Limited, ACC Limited and JK Lakshmi Cement Limited.” The fine amount is 0.3 percent of the average annual turnover of the companies over the past three years. Fines on cement companies [All figures in Rs crore]IBTimesHow the cartelisation was uncoveredThe Ministry of Corporate Affairs said in its statement: “The bid-rigging has been established from quoting of unusually higher rates in the impugned tender (than rates quoted in tenders of previous years), determining different basic prices for supply of cement at the same destination through reverse calculation, quoting of quantities in the impugned tender such that the total bid quantity almost equalled the total tendered quantity, quoting of rates for the districts in a manner that all cement companies acquired L1 status at some of the destination(s) etc.”It added: “The anti-competitive conduct was reaffirmed through SMS exchanged and calls made amongst the officials of the cement companies.”last_img read more