Brachiosaurus and other dinosaurs like a vacuum cleaner

first_img Dinosaurs like the Brachiosaurus and Diplodocus, who roamed the Earth from 200 hundred million years ago to their extinction 65 million years ago, had extremely heavy bodies and very long necks. Debate between the scientific communities has been going on for years as to just why their necks were so long and what its purpose was. Many believed that these long necks would have been used to forage for high, hard to reach foliage, similar to that of a giraffe. However, other paleontologists believe that in order for these dinosaurs to raise their necks up high, the blood pressure required to get blood to the brain would have been too much to be feasible.Looking at the basic body design of these dinosaurs, the team of researchers could best describe them as like the old style vacuum cleaners of the 1950s. With a large and cumbersome cylindrical body and a long reaching hose with a vacuum head, these vacuums worked in a similar manner to what they believe the dinosaurs did.While these vacuums were generally placed in the center of a room and the long hose extension used to vacuum and reach places without having to move the central body, so did the dinosaurs. With their large bodies, the long necks allowed the dinosaurs to forage over more ground without having to expend energy by moving their bodies.Using mathematics to prove their theory, the researchers determined that the ideal neck length would have been around nine meters long. By keeping their body in one location and using their neck to forage, they were able to cut their energy output by as much as 80 percent. Citation: Brachiosaurus and other dinosaurs like a vacuum cleaner (2011, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Brachiosaurus. Image credit: Wikia More information: The energetics of low browsing in sauropods, Biology Letters, Published online before print March 23, 2011, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0116 ( — In a recent study published in Biology Letters, Professor Graeme Ruxton from the University of Glasgow and Dr. David Wilkinson from Liverpool John Moores University use mathematics and a comparison to the old 1950s style vacuum cleaners to explain the benefits of the very long necks seen in dinosaurs like the Brachiosaurus. Some sauropods really did hold their long necks high This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

New data from PAMELA provides better measure of positrons

first_img Physicists create tabletop antimatter ‘gun’ Citation: New data from PAMELA provides better measure of positrons (2013, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further PAMELA is launched onboard a Resurs-DK1 Russian satellite by a Soyuz rocket in June 2006. Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Cosmic-Ray Positron Energy Spectrum Measured by PAMELA, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 081102 (2013) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.081102AbstractPrecision measurements of the positron component in the cosmic radiation provide important information about the propagation of cosmic rays and the nature of particle sources in our Galaxy. The satellite-borne experiment PAMELA has been used to make a new measurement of the cosmic-ray positron flux and fraction that extends previously published measurements up to 300 GeV in kinetic energy. The combined measurements of the cosmic-ray positron energy spectrum and fraction provide a unique tool to constrain interpretation models. During the recent solar minimum activity period from July 2006 to December 2009, approximately 24?500 positrons were observed. The results cannot be easily reconciled with purely secondary production, and additional sources of either astrophysical or exotic origin may be required.center_img Experiments conducted over the past several years have shown that under certain conditions there are more positrons striking the Earth than theories have predicted. That has led to new theories to explain the seeming anomaly, such as suggestions that they come from pulsars, or more exotically, from collisions between dark matter particles. More specifically, researchers have found a continuous rise in the number of positrons relative to electrons at energies of 10 GeV and above. According to everything astrophysicists know, that just shouldn’t be happening. The new data from PAMELA doesn’t offer any hard evidence of why the number of positrons increase or where they are coming from, rather it provides a more detailed, clear picture of what is occurring.Up until now, measurements of positrons—taken from research balloons, planes and even from PAMELA—have used a method to count positrons called the positron-electron fraction, which is a ratio obtained by comparing the number of positrons observed over a period of time relative to the number of electrons. All have confirmed the rise in positrons at high energies. The new data from PAMELA (collected over the period 2006-2009) offers a more detailed assessment of the number of positrons, called absolute numbers—which are the actual number of positrons observed over a given length of time. The new numbers have been made possible by using new technology that not only measures positrons observed, but accurately measures the ones that are missed due to less than perfect measuring instruments. The researchers report that 24,500 positrons were observed by PAMELA over the course of the experimental run.The research team suggests that the new data, because it is more accurate, should help to cull the various theories that have cropped up to explain what is occurring with the positrons and might perhaps quash suggestions that they come about due to dark matter events. © 2013 ( —A large team made up of researchers from several European countries (Italy, Russia, Sweden and Germany) has published, in the journal Physical Review Letters, the latest findings from the Payload for Antimatter/Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics—PAMELA—satellite project. In addition to publishing raw data, the team offers an interpretation of findings as they relate to the excess of positrons (electron antiparticles) observed at high energies. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

New biomarker for heart disease using atomic force microscopy

first_img © 2016 (—Researchers from the University of Lisbon and the North Lisbon Hospital Center (Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte) conducted a pilot study that demonstrated how atomic force microscopy (AFM) could be used as a non-invasive diagnostic tool for chronic heart disease. Their work appears in the recent issue of Nature Nanotechnology. Atomic force microcsopy was used to determine the binding force between fibrinogen and the erythrocyte receptor. Credit: Filomena A. Carvalho and Nuno C. Santos Explore further Heart failure patients with predominant central sleep apnea at higher risk for serious complications More information: Ana Filipa Guedes et al. Atomic force microscopy as a tool to evaluate the risk of cardiovascular diseases in patients, Nature Nanotechnology (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2016.52AbstractThe availability of biomarkers to evaluate the risk of cardiovascular diseases is limited. High fibrinogen levels have been identified as a relevant cardiovascular risk factor, but the biological mechanisms remain unclear. Increased aggregation of erythrocytes (red blood cells) has been linked to high plasma fibrinogen concentration. Here, we show, using atomic force microscopy, that the interaction between fibrinogen and erythrocytes is modified in chronic heart failure patients. Ischaemic patients showed increased fibrinogen–erythrocyte binding forces compared with non-ischaemic patients. Cell stiffness in both patient groups was also altered. A 12-month follow-up shows that patients with higher fibrinogen–erythrocyte binding forces initially were subsequently hospitalized more frequently. Our results show that atomic force microscopy can be a promising tool to identify patients with increased risk for cardiovascular diseases.center_img Citation: New biomarker for heart disease using atomic force microscopy (2016, June 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Nature Nanotechnology The World Health Organization estimates that 17.5 million people die annually due to cardiovascular diseases. Ischemic cardiomyopathy is the most common cause of heart failure and typically comes with a poor prognosis for patients. Ischemic chronic heart failure (CHF) occurs when the heart cannot receive enough blood, often due to arterial blockage or scars from heart attacks. Because CHF is so pervasive, researchers have sought biomarkers to indicate patient risk for re-occurrence, including diagnosis of ischemic versus non-ischemic CHF.Using AFM techniques and building on their prior studies on how fibrinogen, a protein found in blood plasma, binds to the cell membrane of erythrocytes (i.e., red blood cells), Ana Filipa Guedes, Filomena A. Carvalho, Ines Malho, Nuno Lousada, Luis Sargento, and Nuno C. Santos observed molecular changes that occur in patients with ischemic CHF. These changes could be used to assess patient risk as well as provide potential targets for drug discovery. They tested fifteen patients with ischemic CHF, fifteen with non-ischemic CHF, and fifteen healthy patients as the control group.Atomic force microscopy allows for molecular-level studies because its probe tip size is on the order of nanometers in diameter. In this study AFM was used to investigate the binding strength and frequency between fibrinogen and the αvβ3 receptor on the erythrocyte surface as well as erythrocyte elasticity via tip penetration depth.The AFM tip was functionalized with fibrinogen molecules and put in contact with the receptors on the erythrocyte surface. The binding strength was found by force measurements when the tip was pulled away from the receptor sites. Guedes, et al. found that the binding strength and frequency were different in each type of sample. Patients with ischemic CHF showed the strongest binding strength, but the lowest binding frequency. Non-ischemic CHF was next, followed by the control group, which showed the highest binding frequency but the lowest binding strength between fibrinogen and the αvβ3 receptor.Erythrocytes are known to change shape based on their physiological environment. Erythrocytes will change their shape when a high or low shear force, or flow rate, is applied to them. This helps the red blood cells flow smoothly and not become clogged. Additionally, certain diseases can cause changes in the erythrocyte’s shape. An erythrocyte’s ability to change shape is based on how elastic its membrane is.To determine erythrocyte elasticity, Guedes, et al. looked at AFM tip penetration depth. They found that red blood cells from patients with non-ischemic CHF had a higher average stiffness than cells from the ischemic group and the control group. However, red blood cells from patients with ischemic CHF had higher cell penetration depth. Viscosity studies also showed that cells from non-ischemic patients were higher than ischemic patients and the control group. The cell stiffness may be one of the reasons for a higher incidence of cardiovascular events due to blood clots.Finally, the AFM studies were correlated with patient clinical data. After twelve months the patients that had a higher binding force between fibrinogen and the erythrocyte receptor were more likely to be hospitalized for a cardiovascular complication than the other two groups. Statistical studies show a correlation between binding strength and hospitalization within the next twelve months.While this is only a pilot study with a limited number of patients, the authors point out that these results show that AFM is a promising nanotool for looking at the interaction between fibrinogen and erythrocyte binding, which can be used to identify those patients who are at increased risk for a subsequent cardiovascular event. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Environmental noise found to enhance the transport of energy across a line

first_img Citation: Environmental noise found to enhance the transport of energy across a line of ions (2019, February 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Scientists turn to the quantum realm to improve energy transportation More information: Christine Maier et al. Environment-Assisted Quantum Transport in a 10-qubit Network, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.050501arXiv:1809.07680v1 AbstractThe way in which energy is transported through an interacting system governs fundamental properties in many areas of physics, chemistry, and biology. Remarkably, environmental noise can enhance the transport, an effect known as environment-assisted quantum transport (ENAQT). In this paper, we study ENAQT in a network of coupled spins subject to engineered static disorder and temporally varying dephasing noise. The interacting spin network is realized in a chain of trapped atomic ions and energy transport is represented by the transfer of electronic excitation between ions. With increasing noise strength, we observe a crossover from coherent dynamics and Anderson localization to ENAQT and finally a suppression of transport due to the quantum Zeno effect. We found that in the regime where ENAQT is most effective the transport is mainly diffusive, displaying coherences only at very short times. Further, we show that dephasing characterized by non-Markovian noise can maintain coherences longer than white noise dephasing, with a strong influence of the spectral structure on the transport effciency. Our approach represents a controlled and scalable way to investigate quantum transport in many-body networks under static disorder and dynamic noise. A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Austria and Germany has shown that introducing environmental noise to a line of ions can lead to enhanced transport of energy across them. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe their experiments and why they believe their findings will be helpful to other researchers. Explore further Journal information: Physical Review Letterscenter_img Prior research has shown that when electrons move through conductive material, the means by which they do so can be described by quantum mechanics equations. But in the real world, such movement can be hindered by interference due to noise in the environment, leading to suppression of the transport energy. Prior research has also shown that electricity moving through a material can be described as a wave—if such waves remain in step, they are described as being coherent. But such waves can be disturbed by noise or defects in an atomic lattice, leading to suppression of flow. Such suppression at a given location is known as an Anderson localization. In this new effort, the researchers have shown that Anderson localizations can be overcome through the use of environmental noise.The work consisted of isolating 10 calcium ions and holding them in space as a joined line—a one-dimensional crystal. Lasers were used to switch the ions between states, and energy was introduced to the ion line using laser pulses. This setup allowed them to watch as energy moved along the line of ions from one end to the other. Anderson localizations were introduced by firing individual lasers at each of the ions—the energy from the lasers resulted in ions with different intensities. With a degree of disorder in place, the team then created noise by randomly changing the intensity of the beams fired at the individual ions. This resulted in frequency wobble. And it was that wobble that the team found allowed the movement of energy between the ions to overcome the Anderson localizations.The researchers note that there was a limit on the system—too much noise, and energy transport once again slowed due to the quantum Zeno effect. They claim that their system could prove useful to other researchers because it allows for studying quantum effects in an artificially engineered quantum system. © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: CC0 Public Domainlast_img read more

Art in the ctrl alt delete world

first_imgArun Pandit’s last show at the Visual Arts Gallery in Delhi was described as a milestone in the evolution of a sculptor who uses personal experience to create sculptures that speak in the rhythm of the human metaphor. Looking at Pandit’s works in this show he recalls the words of Harold Rosenberg – ‘A contemporary painting or sculpture is a species of centaur—half art  materials half words’-  as he creates images that are blurred in the light of the internet frustrations and experiences that happen when we are faced with the kinetic words, what he describes as – Error 404. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Arun explains his experience and his journey, ‘For me the internet experience is a kind of disorientation which is the beginning and end and in that way it’s like  a closed question, that operates  in a basic perceptual textbook in the human psyche, which also tells the  reader, “You see the image one way, and if you turn it in space then it becomes different experientially.” But in my work I also have a peculiar kind of  disorientation that comprises the entirely of the invitation  to the viewer because it  engenders in him or her a level of curiosity like never before.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPandit’s work is about analysis. He doesn’t want the sculptural pieces to be an act of analysis by themselves. He wants the pieces to be the collective conscious  clump that his art  is analyzing. Whether it be the couple reading the newspaper, or the mirrored bull he  wants all the aspects that he is juxtaposing  to be pushing against each other at once and as a unit. Pandit  says: ‘ I’m not interested in taking things apart, I’m interested in what happens when they stay together, when they are together.’The power of this show lies in its ability to draw the viewer into its maw. Pandit also draws our attention to  the image of art as a tool-because sculpture  is part of the larger question of what that tool of thought  is used for.last_img read more

PM grabs eyeballs with name embossed suit

first_imgThe debate began after close-up photographs of his suit showed that his full name, Narendra Damodardas Modi, was embroidered on the fabric vertically down the stripe. “While ‘Modi Kurta’ might have been interesting, ‘Modi Suit’ feels annoying,” was one of the tweets.  The ‘name suit’ was reported to have been tailored by Jade Blue in Ahmedabad, the clothing chain that handles Modi’s wardrobe since his days as Chief Minister in Gujarat. Incidentally, the clothing chain’s Proprietor Bipin Chauhan designed the now-famous “Modi kurta”. Some on twitter noted that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak used to wear suits with his name embossed on them. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIModi had his share of defenders too. “That’s his personal choice media morons. Did anyone ask what journalists wear?” said one.Another noted, “Well Mubarak didn’t have media morons to deal with! Poor Modi can’t even wear what he wants to without media doing a commentary.”  The Prime Minister’s sartorial taste has generally invited glowing commentary in India and abroad. The US media was gushing in its praise for his choice of clothes during the UN General Assembly meet.Obama had at the banquet hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday recalled a headline back home which asked who is the new fashion icon, referring to Modi, other than Michelle Obama and said “I was thinking of wearing a Modi kurta myself.last_img read more

Evolution of ceramic art

first_imgA ceramic jug with a long nose and a crooked mouth, peers fiery eyes at a sobbing little cup by its side, with almost like a raging husband shouting at his poor wife. Much like all forms of art, ceramic art too has undergone transformation as artistes from across regions and cultures have contributed to the art form facilitating its evolution into its present form.Design professional and ceramic artist, Shirley Bhatnagar, captured this evolution in a narrative and in the process shed light on modern ceramic art at a talk on Narrative in Ceramics here recently. Art conventionally has been a medium of telling stories and ceramic art is no exception. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Miniature paintings and scrolls have always been believed to have narrated stories. Three dimensional art also does the same,” said Bhatnagar as she displayed on the screen examples from Etruscan pottery, dated between 1000 BC and 700 BC.Etruscan pottery, which has its genesis, in modern Italy and Greece, has artworks with animated sequences of Gods painted on the walls of the vessels.“In one of the famous ceramic works from the period, the walls of the pot depict a scene from the life of Dionysus where the god of wine and drama punishes the pirates who try to kidnap him for ransom by turning them into dolphins as they dive into the sea to flee his wrath,” Bhatnagar said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe dolphin vase or the Kalpis, which can now be found in the Toledo Museum of Art, was made by an artiste known as the Micali painter. Askos pottery, hailing from sixth to fourth century BC Greece, is characterised by its flat shape, spouts and sprigs, that erupt from the vessel’s body.Bhatnagar displayed a Canosan Askos work depicting Medusa flanked by two Tritonesses, as an example of work from the period.Taking a virtual tour across the globe, the artiste gradually moved from the archaic to modern art in ceramic. Turner price awardee Grayson Perry from UK is one of her ‘personal favourites.’ The work of Chilean artiste Livia Maria seems to capture the process of distortion in the present continuous tense with “cups melting into puddles of porcelain pattern.” Richard Shaw from USA is one of Bhatnagar’s contemporaries and is a master of the medium with his technique of Trompe-l’?il or fooling the eye. From books and baskets to a house of cards, although he makes all of these in ceramic they are bound to trick your eyes and make you believe that they are originals.last_img read more

Mamata happy with Bengals repeated success in 100 days work scheme

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed happiness on Saturday on the state emerging as number one in the country for Convergence and Livelihood Augmentation under the 100-days work scheme. In a Facebook post she said, “I am very happy to share with all of you that Bengal has again emerged No 1 in the country for Convergence and Livelihood Augmentation under 100-days work scheme, as announced by the Govt of India.” “This is three times in a row that we have bagged this prestigious distinction,” an elated Banerjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life East Burdwan and Coochbehar districts in the state are among the top ones in the country for effective implementation of the scheme. Upper Bagdogra gram panchayat (GP) of Naxalbari Block near Siliguri has been ranked among the best performing GPs in the country for 100 days work, she said. Bengal has emerged second in the country in water conservation, the award for which was announced for the first time, the chief minister added.last_img read more

Paribartan is inevitable and not a bad thing Sharbari Datta

first_imgIt was a bleak and boring world of stripes and checks that Sharbari Datta  gate- crashed into in 1991 with her first show of luxurious, ethnic menswear. In a world where the silk tie was perhaps the only fashion statement for urban men, Sharbari -with her coloured dhoti and well cut and embellished men’s kurtas, angarakhas, sherwanis- made a huge fashion statement that changed Indian menswear forever.   Older men initially felt inhibited but the younger ones, mindful of the mirror, took to Sharbari with the zeal of a convert. They were followed by the older generation; who were slow to shed conventions. In 1998, she was awarded by Vijay Mallya of the UB Group for significant contribution to Indian clothing design. In 1999, she was awarded with the “Bharat Nirman” for the best person in the field of fashion in Kolkata. An exhibition and fashion show at Sheraton Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh saw an overwhelming reaction both from the press and public.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTwenty five years down the line, Sharbari has dressed celebrities like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev, Leander Paes, Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, late Jagjit Singh, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, late RD Burman, Vijay Mallya, Sanjeev.  Artists like MF Husain, Ganesh Pyne, Manjeet Bawa and Paresh Maity have bought from her and her client list includes some of India’s most powerful women like Mamata Banerjee, Shubha Mudgal, Shobha De, Ila Arun and Aparna Sen. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSharbari’s quick popularity indicated that Indians, both men and women, were fond of dressing up. The elaborate styles of a bygone era of leisure and pleasure were coming back with a vengeance in her clothes. Cave and folk art, Egyptian mural, calligraphy of West and East Asia, Pop art and Picasso, miniatures, Hindu Mythology were sources of inspiration for her leading many to describe her garments as ‘artwear’. Then, in 2001, Sharbari ventured into the realm of male accessory design and in a show sponsored by World Gold Council, she showcased her range of exquisite gold jewellery for men, breaking all pre-defined notions about masculinity. Sharbari, the designer for men, never looked back.  What was your childhood like?My father, late Ajit Datta, belonged to a zamindar family near Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was an outstanding scholar, a literary person, a well known professor, and above all, a famous poet in the post-Tagorean era. I grew up in a truly intellectual cauldron. I completed my formal education from Presidency College with MA in Philosophy.My childhood and my formal education exposed me to the world of literature, arts, philosophy, music and mysticism. I was attracted to the cultural side of Indian tradition. My love for tradition and aspiration to serve the cause of our pre-existing culture, gave birth to the idea of designing Indian traditional attire for men. Tell us about your first break…My first exhibition was in 1991 at the Conclave Gallery in Kolkata. The exhibition was informal and without any commercial aspiration. The exhibition was successful in the sense that all the pieces were sold out. I got some confidence and did my second exhibition the next year. The press was invited for the same, garnering public recognition for me. You have dressed many a celebrity. Who are your best male clients?My client list would include, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev, Leander Paes, Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Jagjit Singh, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, RD Burman, Mamata Banerjee, Shubha Mudgal, Shobha De, Ila Arun, Aparna Sen, Vijay Mallya, Sanjeev Goenka, amongst others. However MF Husain buying from me is a memory I have personally come to cherish over the years along with Ganesh Pyne, Manjeet Bawa, Paresh Maity.Any celebrities who surprised you by visiting your studio?Yes. My jaw dropped when the iconic film director Ismail Merchant dropped by one day to our studio. This was sometime in the 90s. He was visiting Kolkata on the occasion of the annual Kolkata film festival.  He sat in the studio, had chai and sandesh. He ordered a kurta and churidar from my collection. I still can’t get over his visit. Another prized guest was Aishwarya Rai’s mother, Brinda Rai. She was visiting Kolkata when her daughter was shooting for Rituparno Ghose’s film, Chokher Bali. I kept asking her who had recommended me but she said that she had read about me. “Don’t underestimate yourself”, she said.  I think she bought a few men’s kurtas as gifts. Aishwarya and Abhishek married four years after that visit. Rai ordered clothes for the bridegroom’s family from me. On another occasion I believe, a big steel tycoon from India purchased a kurta pyjama from me for the former US Vice President,  Al Gore. Also, someone told me that a stole made by me displaying a motif from the Old Testament was displayed at the Vatican in Rome. A Cardinal who was visiting the St Xavier’s, Kolkata had carried it back to Rome. What challenges did you face while becoming Sharbari the brand?Regarding challenges, I must mention that I really didn’t face any. I was fortunate enough to taste success from the very beginning. I never retailed and sold my menswear privately, from my residence-cum-studio. I never advertised. Have you designed for women? I design women’s clothing on request – but my true and serious collection is always for men. I design exclusively for men, and to my knowledge, remain the only one. What are your other interests? How do you relax?My other interests include cooking, gardening, reading, art and music. I’m a voracious reader, I visit art galleries and I have also grown my own garden. Who are your fashion icons?My fashion icons would include MS Subbalakshmi, Rekha and Hrithik Roshan.Why did you choose to live and work in Kolkata?I was born and brought up in Kolkata. I have never even entertained the thought of moving to another city. I also like London but not as much as I adore Kolkata. Actually we grew up in the heart of South Kolkata and studied in Presidency College which is a distinguished institution of the city. I’m most comfortable in this city and my family has struck roots here. Would you ever ask Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen why they wanted to live in Kolkata?Do you think the city has changed? If so then how much?Yes, it has. But paribartan is inevitable and not a bad thing. You cannot expect the Gariahat crossing to be what it was like 30 years ago. The older generation doesn’t like change but it is best to adjust yourself and take it easy. I can keep day dreaming about the old  neighbourhood we grew in or the pipul tree that raised its head in the garden. But the landscape and the skyscape has changed. Kolkata is now a city of highrises and flyovers. Life is lived in the fast lane and we shop no longer in local markets but in malls. My grandchildren think differently and I no longer have the energy of a 25 year old. How has the Trinamool Congress led State Government performed? Mamata Banerjee is serving her second term in office…I used to admire Mamata Banerjee from the beginning, even before she became the Chief Minister of West Bengal. But after she came to power I sometimes harboured doubts about the people surrounding her. But her struggle and effort to do good for Bengal is above question. She has also created a designer’s hub as part of ‘Vishwa Bangla’ and I have been given a stall there. Mamata also buys my kurtas as gifts for state guests who come for the Kolkata International film festival every year. I believe my kurtas have been gifted to stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Irfaan Khan, Prosenjit and Biswajit.Who are the best Indian models? Also, who are your favourite designers?I like Ritu Kumar’s designs and I even bought outfits from her at one point of time. When movie star John Abraham used to walk the ramp, I loved his looks and he has showcased my clothes with great aplomb. Top male models like Milind Soman, Zulfikar Syed and Shayan Munshi have also walked for me. They are all excellent in their work. You do have a factory, don’t you? You don’t retail at all?My daughter-in-law Kanaklata and son Amalin manage finances and look after day to day operations of the business. My factory is small but it is about 25 years old. I design all my clothes. I have never retailed and by God’s grace, my clothes are booked five months in advance. My label is sold in private, it is exclusive and I meet my clients by appointment only. You cannot get a copy of a Sharbari Dutta outfit or buy the same garment twice.last_img read more

Dont believe in violence to accept views of others is our tradition

first_imgKolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress MP from Diamond Harbour, inaugurated a gate at the entrance of Boro Kachari temple in South 24-Parganas on Wednesday afternoon.The gate has been constructed with the financial assistance of the state Tourism department. Banerjee said a comprehensive plan worth Rs 56 lakh will be taken to beautify areas surrounding the temple. The expenditure will be borne by the Tourism department. He added: “I practice the rituals of Hinduism privately and I believe that when it comes to work, my religion is humanism.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe also said that Hinduism teaches people to be tolerant and accept views of others. “We do not believe in violence. We accept and respect the views of others and this is our tradition and heritage.” Boro Kachari temple is coming up as a major tourism hub. Thousands of devotees visit the temple on Tuesdays and Saturdays to offer prayers. Gajon festival and Neel Utsav are observed every year in the month of April. The decorative gate was completed in 10 months. It is said that thousands of farmers took shelter near the temple when the Marathas planned an attack on Kolkata. There is a general belief that Baba Boro Kachari protects the villagers from evil. Many devotees from nearby districts come to offer prayers at the temple. In addition to the construction of the gate, the approach road to the temple has also been repaired.last_img read more

Man held with pistol bullets at airport

first_imgKolkata: A Chennai-bound man has been apprehended at the airport here for allegedly carrying a pistol and live bullets, a CISF official said Friday. B K Munda, a resident of Jharkhand, was going through security checks at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport when a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel detected the weapon and seven bullets in his hand baggage, said the official. “A .32 bore calibre pistol and seven live bullets were recovered from the man. He has been handed over to the police as he could not produce valid documents for carrying the firearm and ammunition,” he added. The man was supposed to take a flight to Chennai, he said, adding the passenger was booked under relevant sections of the Arms Act.last_img

Ilish Utsav

first_imgSpreading out the message of ‘Eat large, Save small’, the very famous festival of West Bengal – ‘Ilish Utsav’ began in Kolkata. The celebratory event, organised at Town Hall, Kolkata, on July 20, was graced by Debashis Sen, Chairman, HIDCOlast_img

Bill Belichick cant stand reporters Example 1000768

first_imgIt may be early in the preseason, but Bill Belichick is already in mid season passive aggressive press conference form.Today, instead of using non-verbal cues – like disgusted eye rolls or laser beam death stares – to communicate his loathing of the reporters who cover the Patriots as their profession, Belichick was so ticked he used his words.When a reporter asked Belichick if Tom Brady would be named the Pats starting quarterback when he returned from his 4 game Deflategate suspension, a visibly annoyed Belichick mumbled, “Jesus Christ.”Apparently, that’s a yes. Advertisement Can you believe the nerve of reporters asking an NFL head coach questions about his franchise quarterback at a press conference?MMQB writer Albert Breer sent out a tweet to let everyone know he wasn’t the one who set Belichick off.To answer everyone’s question, no, it wasn’t me.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 29, 2016last_img read more

The best teams in sports are run by the smartest people They

first_imgColin thinks the Cubs 9th inning comeback win against the Giants to win the NLDS last night was the best baseball game of the year. It had urgency, drama, historic franchises, curses, and all of it took place on the biggest stage. When baseball has urgency, it’s incredible and beautiful sports.Sports is being dominated by smart front offices. The best teams use data, not hunches, and are run by Ivy leaguers and number crunchers, not “baseball guys going with their gut.”“Sports used to be a lot of hunches, and “go with your gut”, it’s not anymore. The front office of the Warriors. Cleveland and the Cubs. Very analytically driven. New England, and San Antonio, with their international scouting. If you like sports to be about smart. It’s smarter than ever.”Major UFC announcement with Dana White exclusive to The Herd regarding the return of Ronda Rousey’s return to the Octagon.“Ronda Rousey is back. She will fight December 30th against Amanda Nunes for the (women’s bantamweight) title. The champ is Amanda Nunes, who took the title from Miesha Tate.” -Dana WhiteColin thinks Tom Herman can make the leap straight to the NFL. He’s MENSA smart, has a blue blood coaching pedigree and a brilliant offensive mind. If Adam Gase can coach in the NFL, so can Herman, tomorrow.Colin thinks even if Romo is healthy, the Cowboys should set him up for success by giving Prescott a couple more starts, so he can return against the Browns, who they’ll crush. It’s not disrespectful to Romo, it’s just being savvy, and understanding the politics of football.Colin’s two rules to live by:“Be in bed by 10 and don’t do meth.”Guests:Dana White – UFC President is in-studio to for a major announcement regarding the return of ronda Rousey, why he thinks the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s $250,000 fine levied against Conor McGregor for throwing water bottles at a press conference is absurd, and why it’s important to have a loaded UFC 206 card for the sport’s New York debut at MSG, weight classes be damned.Peter King –Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the MMQB joins the show via the Cowherd Global Satellite Network to discuss Colin Kaepernick being named the starter in San Francisco, how much leash he gets, why most teams would kill to have a QB controversy like the Cowboys, and why the elections are definitively to blame for the NFL ratings drop.Eric Mangini – Former Jets and Browns Head Coach is in-studio to give his opinion on the Niners starting Kaepernick, the dynamics of the NFL coach/GM relationship, whether the Cowboys should hand the starting job back to Romo immediately if he’s fully healthy, and whether the Bears should cut ties with Jay Cutler.Joel Klatt- Fox Sports College Football Analyst stops by to explain why he would call Greg Schiano first if he had to fill a coaching vacancy, whether Charlie Strong  is out at Texas, why Brian Kelly’s player blaming style doesn’t work, his Ohio State/Wisconsin preview, and his Almost Maybe, Possible, but not Guaranteed Upset of the Week.last_img read more

VIDEO Dwyane Wades Uber driver is a huge Dwyane Wade fan

first_imgDwyane Wade’s Uber ride home from a team meal at a Waffle House quickly turned into the ultimate fan experience when his driver, a huge Dwyane Wade fan, realized the identity of his fare.“This is the D-Wade!”Wade couldn’t have been nicer and captured the driver’s incredulous reaction on video.It’s always cool when fans meet their idols in the walk of life. D-Wade made this dude’s year.last_img

Mobile App or Mobile Website

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. April 5, 2010 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals NBC reported 58.2 million page views of its Winter Olympics programming on the mobile web and iPhone app through the first 11 days of coverage.If the thought of your prospects fixing their attention on your company anytime and anywhere through their mobile phones sounds appealing, you’ll be happy to know that the options for reaching consumers on mobile devices are growing broader and less expensive.Two of the most engaging options in the mobile marketing bag of tricks are mobile apps and mobile websites. A year ago, the two options were very different, and choosing the right one for your business might have been a bit of a no-brainer. Now mobile apps and mobile websites are more similar in the features and user experience they provide to marketers and consumers, and the decision to build an app or a mobile website–or both–involves more thoughtful consideration.Mass Market or Niche Appeal?Apps only work on the phones they are designed for. Mobile websites, on the other hand, can be designed to work on any device with a web browser. In fact, the iPhone, the Palm, the new BlackBerry, and Google’s Android phones all support an open source framework. If you’re interested in mass market appeal for your content, mobile websites are the way to go. If you’re only interested in reaching a niche market represented by usage of a particular device and operating system, a mobile app is a good choice.What User Experience Do You Want to Provide? The next thing to consider when choosing between an app and a mobile website is your desired end-user experience. Mobile apps can provide more feature-rich functionality–at least for now–because apps can work seamlessly with a device’s native applications in more complex ways, and apps don’t necessarily require a connection to the internet to function. This means that apps are better for utilities and games. For example, a banking application that allows users to find ATMs via GPS data native to the phone offers a better user experience than asking the same users to go to a mobile website, type in a zip code and navigate through one or more pages.Mobile websites are better choices for delivering content, catalogs and shopping functions since that content is accessible by search engines. It’s also easier to drive advertising traffic to a mobile landing page than it is to drive traffic to an app store to complete a download before visitors are able to interact with your content.Since the number of mobile phone browsers that support richer versions of HTML is increasing rapidly, expect mobile website functionality to rival app functionality in the near future.Starting Costs and ROI Mobile websites are available on a number of do-it-yourself platforms, including,, and Sites like and have mobile capabilities and plug-ins for mobile enhancements to existing websites on those platforms. More professional-grade mobile website platforms are available from and aren’t any do-it-yourself options for mobile apps (unless you’re an expert programmer with extensive device experience and knowledge).Mobile apps and mobile websites can both be expensive to develop from scratch, and aside from the DIY options, there’s another key difference in startup costs. With mobile apps, you need to develop a new app for every type of device you want to reach, while just one mobile website can reach anyone with a device that has web browsing. So if you have mass marketing goals, developing an app could be the more expensive choice.Lastly, mobile websites tend to cost less to maintain over time. That’s because to change an app you (probably) have to hire a programmer, and you need approval from the app store. Plus, every time a particular device is updated, you’ll need to change your app accordingly.If you’re just beginning to create your mobile marketing footprint, most experts agree that it’s better to start with a mobile website. That’s because well-designed mobile sites can easily be turned into apps later. If you just have to reach iPhone users, find a programmer with a good reputation, multiple deployments and good ratings from users. Register Now »last_img read more

Going Public 4 Tech IPOs to Look out for in 2019

first_img Last year, 2018, was a banner one for tech IPOs, particularly in the software as a service (SaaS) space. Household names like Dropbox, Spotify and DocuSign all tested the waters of the public markets.Related: 10 SaaS Companies That Shone in 2018As bellwethers of the tumultuous year for IPOs on the stock market, DocuSign’s and Dropbox’s stock prices during 2018 ranged well above their initial asking prices. And, as of January 4, 2019, DocuSign’s value was 41 percent above its IPO price.In contrast, Dropbox on that same date closed at a mere $0.28 above its initial asking price. And Spotify — which had gone public through a direct offering (or direct floor listing) — fared even worse, closing at 29 percent below its initial opening price of $165.90.However, the unpredictable year experienced by 2018’s class of IPOs — and the stock market in general — appears to have had little dampening effect on the number of tech companies expected to go public in 2019. Nick Giovanni, co-head of Global Technology Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs,  told Business Insider just before the new year that, “We had a long period of companies staying private longer, and the birth of a generation of unicorns, and that has accelerated this year [2018] when people thought it might be leveling off.”Related: The Uber of China Could IPO in 2018 — Start Up Your Day RoundupAdded Giovanni: “What it means is we’re set for a tech IPO super-cycle, where there are more companies going public and more large IPOs happening than ever before.”Though not all the companies listed below have yet filed for an IPO or a direct floor listing in 2019, they have all given clear indications they are considering going public in the not-so-distant future. Here’s what you need to know:UberDespite a turbulent recent history which saw the departure of founder Travis Kalanick and a retreat from several overseas markets, including Southeast Asia and Russia, Uber filed its confidential S-1 form with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) late in 2018, according to the Wall Street Journal. That filing lent further credence to the Journal’s October 2018 prediction that Uber might go public in the first quarter of 2018.The same article reported that Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley had valued the ride-hailing giant as high as $120 billion in September 2018. At the time, that valuation exceeded the worth of automobile companies General Motors, Ford and Chrysler Fiat combined. Given this estimation, it’s little wonder that an Uber IPO is one of the most hotly anticipated of 2019.SlackDubbed the “fastest growing SaaS startup in history,” team messaging and collaboration app Slack garnered $427 million in new funding in August 2018 based on a $7.1 billion valuation, according to the New York Times. First Round Review examined Slack’s exponential growth in depth since its August 2013 launch, noting that Slack built a user base of over 30,000 teams and achieved a valuation of over $1 billion, all without “any big integrated marketing campaigns,” or the hiring of a CMO.Thanks largely to a press campaign based on the previous experience of the Slack team, whose founder, Stewart Butterfield, had previously been a founder of Flickr, Slack received 8,000 requests to try its app on its first day. Within two weeks, that number had grown to 15,000. In the latest reported figures, noted by TechCrunch in May 2018, Slack now boasts 8 million active users, 3 million of them subscribing to the paid plan. CNBC reported in late 2018 that Slack had hired Goldman Sachs to underwrite a 2019 IPO and that it is seeking a valuation of over $10 billion. Of additional interest, Recode found that Slack may be considering a direct floor listing (DFL), along the lines of Spotify’s 2018 NYSE listing.In a direct offering such as a DFL, there is little focus on raising capital. For well-funded businesses like Spotify and Slack, the desire to go public comes from other benefits such as making it easier for existing stakeholders to sell their ownership shares and granting the average investor easier access to investing in the company’s future.AirbnbAnother well-known and well-funded company reportedly considering either a DFL or traditional IPO is Airbnb. According to Recode, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has consulted Daniel Ek, his counterpart at Spotify, about the possibility of Airbnb holding a similar direct offering to the public.Chesky is said to be “drawn to any approach that makes his IPO less traditional (perhaps “granting Airbnb hosts stock).” A non-traditional direct offering seems very “on-brand” for a company that has transformed how millions consume hospitality and accommodation.According to CNBC, Airbnb became profitable in 2016, making it somewhat of a rarity in a highly valued tech company seeking to go public. Airbnb received a $31 billion private valuation as part of its last round of funding in spring 2018, per Crunchbase. The company also hired a new CFO late in 2018, according to Global Finance, yet another sign that a move into the public market is imminent.PalantirChances are good that you’ve used or at least heard of Uber, Airbnb and Slack. That may not be the case for what is widely expected to be among the most valuable tech IPOs of 2018: Palantir Technologies. The WSJ reported that this data-mining titan, which it dubs “one of Silicon Valley’s most secretive companies,” may go public in 2019, with a valuation as high as $41 billion.Co-founded in 2004 by PayPal alumnus Peter Thiel and CEO Alex Karp, Palantir “developed a suite of surveillance technologies that have reportedly been used by the military to hunt down Osama bin Laden, to avoid roadside bombs and by police departments to predict crimes before they happen,” Vanity Fair has written.On the consumer side, Palantir is harnessing the power of big data to “comb through disparate data sources — financial documents, airline reservations, cellphone records, social media postings — and search for connections that human analysts might miss,” Bloomberg reported.While much of Palantir’s operations remain shrouded in secrecy, in order to go public, Palantir must “issue a prospectus documenting its revenue and other internal metrics for potential shareholders, which could shed some light on that eye-popping valuation,” Vanity Fair noted.Related: IPO vs. Getting Acquired: What You Can Learn From Snap and Instagram’s Divergent Exit StrategiesFinal thoughtsThis year, 2019, appears poised to yield another bumper crop of tech companies going public. Aside from the four companies examined here, Pinterest, Lyft, CloudFlare, PostMates, Stripe and Zoom are other companies reported to be weighing either an IPO or DFL this year. Examining how these and other tech giants forged their paths to going public can be a powerful source of knowledge and inspiration for any entrepreneur. 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals January 9, 2019 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Titanium Powder Market by Technology Application Geography – Analysis

first_imgLow oxygen titanium powder for Aerospace aviation and Ship Because of the oxygen content in titanium powder (CPTi) is an important index of its performance for coatings. In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market.Titanium Powder Market Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China).The report firstly introduced the Titanium Powder basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.The major players profiled in this report include:•ATI•Cristal•Fengxiang Titanium Material & Powder•ADMA Products•Reading Alloys•MTCOThe end users/applications and product categories analysis:On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into-•General TypeOn the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Titanium Powder for each application, including-•Aerospace Industry•Automobile IndustryGet 10% Discount on corporate user license @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452Email: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

New Razer Blade 15 Comes In JawDropping Mercury White

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbes15 Cities With the Worst Drivers in AmericaForbesUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement Razer recently retired the 14-inch Blade in favor of a 15.6-inch model that it says is the world’s smallest in that form factor. While we were fans of the slick new look and longer battery life, that model’s $2,599 price left much to be desired. Razer just offered up a solution with a new base model configuration available today (Oct. 8) starting at a more accessible $1,599.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Of course, in order to slash $1,000 from the original pricing, Razer had to make a few sacrifices. Instead of a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, the base model has a GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU. You’re also confined to a full HD (1920 x 1080) panel with a 60-Hertz refresh rate instead of the 4K (3840 x 2160) display. And while you’ll still get Razer’s beautiful Chroma keyboard, it’ll be broken up into specific zones in lieu of the per-key RGB backlighting. MORE: Which Razer Laptop Is Right for You? Blade vs Stealth vs ProRazer did find a way to give base model shoppers a bit more. The company is offering a dual storage configuration, which will give consumers access to both an m.2 SSD and a 2.5-inch hard drive. Even better, both components can be upgraded along with the 16GB of RAM that can be expanded to 32GB. The base model also gains an expandable Gigabit Ethernet port as well as a new heat pipe cooling system.Razer’s also shaking up its color scheme. Until now the only color we could get outside of obsidian black was the gunmetal gray on the Blade Stealth. But now, the company’s letting gamers get in on the fun with its new, limited-edition Mercury White Razer Blade 15 (available later this year). The laptop will still be made of the sturdy, yet stylish CNC aluminium, but now you can get it in a stylish white finish. I for one can’t wait to see how the new color scheme is going to pair up with the Chroma lighting.I’m looking forward to getting both system in for review and see how they hold up against our tests, particularly when it comes to battery life. Razer Gaming LaptopsBest Gaming LaptopsBest & Worst Gaming Laptop Brandslast_img read more

The Best Gifts for Business Travelers

first_img Move over Bose — the Sony WH-1000XM3 is the new king of noise-cancelling headphones. These cans block out so much airplane noise that you’ll forget you’re flying. Better yet, their sound quality is excellent, pumping out rich mids and low, deep bass. The 1000XM3 headphones are smart, too, with the ability to adapt the amount of noise cancellation based on your surroundings.On the exterior of the ear cups are touch controls for volume and for play/pause. The latest version of these headphones charges via USB-C, although, with 40 hours of battery life, you won’t need to juice them up often.Credit: Sony Logitech C920 deals?48 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$99.99US$54.94ViewUS$55.99ViewUS$69ViewUS$79.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by With 11 hours of battery life, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon will stay powered throughout your flight, no matter where you’re traveling to. The laptop’s 14-inch HDR display is vivid and detailed, and the comfortable keyboard is ideal for typing up reports. At 12.7 inches wide and 2.5 pounds in weight, this slim and lightweight laptop will take up little room on your airplane tray. The laptop has all the ports you’ll need when you’re on the go, including two USB Type-A ports, an HDMI connector, two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a microSD card slot.Credit: Laptop Mag Amazon From $39.99 Bestbuy From $17.25 Western Digital My Passport 4TB It’s important to stay organized when you’re traveling, so you don’t forget to pack something or spend hours looking for it. The Bagsmart travel organizer is a simple solution for organizing all of your tech accessories, including power cords, phone chargers, earbuds and smartphones.Credit: Bagsmart Amazon Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your Shopping ListThe Best Gifts for GamersThe Best Gifts for Mac Owners and Apple FansThe Best Gifts for Kids250+ Tech Gift Ideas for Men and Women (Tom’s Guide)100 Gadgets and Stocking Stuffers Under $100 (Tom’s Guide)Top-Rated Toys and Christmas Gifts (Top Ten Reviews) From $49.99 From $19.90 Amazon There’s always a risk that something will happen to your laptop while you’re traveling. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a backup of your files and photos. The WD My Passport is an excellent portable hard drive that provides a ton of storage at a reasonable price. This external device connects to your laptop via USB 3.0 and includes a whopping 4TB of storage.Credit: Western Digital Bagsmart accessories case 3M Privacy Filter You get what you pay for. The $220 Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag is a pricey tote but this investment piece might just be the last bag you ever buy. The shoulder bag has several innovative features, like the MagLatch clasp, which has a built-in magnet that automatically fastens itself when you close the flap. Other unique conveniences include foldable inserts that let you move every compartment so you can transport lenses, notebooks and water bottles. In our review, we called the Everyday Messenger, “an almost perfect bag for creative professionals or people who just like nice things.” Peak Design Everyday Messenger From $899.00 From $19.99 Your laptop is loaded up with the latest antivirus software. You’ve got a fingerprint reader and a strong password, but you can still spill company secrets when the person next to you looks over your shoulder. A 3M privacy filter limits your laptop’s viewing angles so you can only read the text when looking at it head on.Credit: 3M Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse From $219.94 Peak Design Everyday Messenger Review » From $183.99 Amazon Western Digital My Passport 4TB deals?903 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$90ViewDeal ends Sat 31 AugUS$120US$97.99ViewUS$98.99ViewUS$100.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Logitech C920 If you’ve ever traveled abroad, you know that not all power outlets are alike. With the Unidapt power adapter, you never have to worry about compatibility issues. This portable accessory lets you toggle among U.S., U.K., European and Australian prong types with just a flip of a switch. It also has four USB ports for charging your smartphone.Credit: Unidapt Microsoft Surface Pro 6center_img Jackery PowerBar 20,800 mAh The Surface Pro 6 gives you the performance of a laptop in a tablet that won’t take up much room in your backpack or on a plane. The newest detachable from Microsoft has excellent performance and long battery life to go along with a gorgeous, 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824-pixel display. Business professionals will want to purchase the Type Cover keyboard accessory and Surface Pen for taking notes and writing emails.Credit: Laptop Mag Amazon From $129.99 Sony WH-1000XM3 Bagsmart accessories case deals?264 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$12.99ViewUS$21.99ViewUS$25.99ViewWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Most serious productivity workers have dual monitor setups at home and work, but when they head out on the road, they’re stuck with only the display on their laptops. A portable USB monitor like the ASUS MB169B+ is a game changer for any frequent traveler, because it gives them a second screen that’s light enough to carry anywhere and gets its power over USB. The 15.6-inch MB169B+ stands out because of its bright, full HD screen and slim design.Credit: Asus It’s fine to use a touchpad or pointing stick when you’re balancing a laptop on your lap or squeezing it onto a cramped tray table. However, when you’re sitting at your hotel room desk or at a conference room table, you want the accuracy and comfort of a real mouse. We love the Logitech M510, because of its easy-to-grip rubberized body and side buttons that let you go forward or back in your browser.Available in boring gray, fire engine red, or (my favorite) dark blue, the M510 lasts for months on a pair of AA batteries and connects to your computer using an included 2.4-GHz wireless dongle, no Bluetooth required.Credit: Logitech Asus MB169B+ deals?867 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$199US$182.38ViewUS$199.99ViewUS$217.99ViewUS$218.68ViewWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Amazon From $348.00 From $1367.10 Chances are, you already own a portable battery charger for your smartphone. But how about one for your laptop? The Jackery PowerBar is a 20,800-mAh portable battery with an AC power outlet on one end. This allows you to charge a laptop via a standard DC power-jack cord. According to Jackery, the charger will work with most laptops, including Apple MacBooks and laptops from HP, Lenovo and others. With such a large capacity, the battery can charge a 12-inch MacBook 1.2 times and an iPhone X six times.Credit: Jackery Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 3M Privacy Filter deals?US$22.54ViewUS$46.59US$29.45ViewUS$43.76US$30.12ViewUS$37.91ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Amazon Amazon Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse deals?11 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$17.43ViewUS$19.49ViewUS$21.99ViewUS$39.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Amazon Microsoft Surface Pro 6 deals?261 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$899US$698.94ViewUS$699ViewUS$699ViewUS$699.97ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Even the best laptops have dreadful webcams. Instead of settling for awful video and photo quality, consider getting the Logitech C920. This external webcam’s sharp lens captures colorful images, making this an ideal accessory for video conferencing with co-workers. With top-notch image quality and a reasonable price, the C920 is a highly recommended laptop accessory.Credit: Logitech Unidapt universal power adapter deals?174 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$18.95ViewNo price informationCheck WalmartWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Lenovo Cyber Monday 2018: We are tracking the best sale on tech products this Cyber Monday. Standout deals for business travelers include huge discounts on portable hard drives and business laptops, like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Bookmark our Best Cyber Monday Laptop deals page for more savings. Whether they’re commuting for an hour on the train every day or jetting across the country three times a month, business travelers are always looking for ways to be more productive and comfortable on the road.If you’re shopping for someone who spends a lot of time working in planes, trains, buses or hotels, there are some gifts you can get them that will make their lives a lot easier. You may even want to buy these for yourself.For more gift recommendations, visit the Tom’s Guide Holiday Gift Guide and check out our Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals page to save some money. Credit: PlugBug Asus MB169B+ Sony WH-1000XM3 deals?750 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$349.99US$298ViewUS$349.99US$298ViewUS$298ViewUS$299.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by From $99.99 Unidapt universal power adapter by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbesAmerica’s Richest Self-Made WomenForbesUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndolast_img read more