Midtown gas leak causes evacuations

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Midtown gas leak causes evacuations SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A contractor digging at a construction site today ruptured a gas line in the Midtown area, prompting the evacuation of several homes nearby, authorities said.The rupture of the 1/2-inch diameter gas line was reported shortly before 9:15 a.m. at a home in the 3500 block of Union Street, between Vine Street and West Upas Street, San Diego Gas & Electric spokeswoman ZorayaGriffin said.Several houses immediately next to the break were evacuated, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.No injuries were immediately reported. As of this morning, SDG&E crews were at the scene working to secure the line, Griffin said. It was not immediately clear if any roads were closed in the area. KUSI Newsroom August 16, 2019last_img read more

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MSLOs Q1 Results Are First Full Report Since Shifting Pub Biz to

first_img First-quarter revenues for the publishing division dropped from $19.5 million in 2014 to $5.7 million in 2015, again reflecting the shift in publishing business and management from MSLO to Meredith. Operating expenses dropped 65 percent, with the group recording an operating loss of $2.1 million.   Total company revenues for the quarter were about $17 million, down from $33.3 million same period last year. The 10-year licensing agreement between Meredith and MSLO was announced last October and took effect in November. Looking longer-term, Dienst said in the earnings call that the Meredith deal is expected to drive publishing group profitability and that it was not solely a way to take costs out of the operation. In a statement about the report, CEO Dan Dienst described the company as more efficient and “asset-light.” The majority of revenues are out of the merchandising group.center_img First-quarter results provide some visibility into the group’s run rate, he says, adding, “This was not just an exercise in cost avoidance, as noble an endeavor as that may have been for a business that bled for years. We’re hoping and expecting that as we build this traffic pipeline and creating this content, that we’ll start to see that profit share come through on the print side or the revenue share come through on the digital side.” Those upsides will become most evident during the company’s busy holiday season in the fourth quarter, he said. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s Q1 results are out and it’s the first report to reflect a full quarter since the company transferred the print and digital sales and circulation business of Martha Stewart Living to Meredith.last_img read more

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Foldable phone maker shows off flexible keyboard at CES 2019

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 0 Royole’s flexible keyboard. Sarah Tew/CNET Even before arriving at CES 2019, Royole made headlines in November when it launched the FlexPai — a 7.8-inch phone with a flexible AMOLED screen — during a time when Samsung was only rumored to do the same.It was hard to imagine that this largely unknown startup managed to make, let alone sell, such a product before Samsung and other giants like LG and Huawei were able to debut their own. (Samsung did eventually give a sneak peak of its foldable phone a month later.) 1:44 $1,318 Mentioned Above Royole FlexPai 14 Photos Gadgets Share your voice Tags See it Riding the hype of that launch, Royole is at CES 2019 showing off not only the FlexPai but several other devices that implement thin, foldable displays. Namely, a smart speaker, a flexible keyboard and a smart-touch selfie stick.The smart speaker has a 7.8-inch AMOLED touchscreen that bends at 100 degrees. You can swipe through the screen to play music, watch movies or just tap the interactive home screen.Though it wasn’t set up while we were taking a look at it, the speaker also has an 8-megapixel camera up top that pops up and rotates 180 degrees for taking pictures and video calls. The speaker is also integrated with Alexa and Google, so you can ask it different queries and command it to control your smart home devices. Royole’s Flexpai phone and flexible keyboard rolls into your pocket CES Products Amazon Google LG Samsung CES 2019: Royole demos all the quirky stuff its flexible… CES 2019 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Royole demoed its flexible QWERTY keyboard as well, which can be laid on any smooth surface and connected to your phone via Bluetooth. It can work wirelessly and when you’re done, push the button twice and it’ll roll up so you can carry it around in your pocket. On standby I’m told its battery lasts for months. Though it was a little hard to type on, it looks really cool and the transparent surface is thin and flexible.  04-smart-speaker-flexible-screenRoyole’s smart speaker has a curved touchscreen. Sarah Tew/CNET Lastly, the company showed off its smart-touch selfie stick. It’s already available in China at Brookstone stores, and is expected to come to the US in 2019. It features multi-touch sensors around the handle. This allows you to navigate through a dedicated camera app so you can switch between different editing features on the phone.Official pricing has not been announced yet, but Royole plans to sell the flexible keyboard globally by Q2 2019 through its site and other retailers like Amazon. As for the smart speaker, Royole is still reaching out to retail partners for distribution.Royole also brought along two other devices that are already available on its site and Amazon: the digital writing pad RoWrite and an immersive 3D movie headset called Moon. They retail for $130 (£102 and AU$183, converted) and $600 (£471 and AU$842), respectively.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Royole FlexPai Preview • Royole FlexPai: First foldable phone beats Samsung to the punch Post a commentlast_img read more

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Every doorbell company should offer free cloud storage

first_img1:53 See All Smart Home Security Cameras reading • More security camera companies should offer free cloud storage Here’s how to install the Ring Door View Cam on your peephole Amazon’s Blink XT2 outdoor security camera survived a heat wave and a rainstorm For a free security camera, look no further than your old phone How to install the Ring Door View Cam Free cloud storage is kind of a big deal The RemoBell S isn’t the first smart doorbell from Remo Plus. Its battery-powered $199 RemoBell has many limitations that make it tough to recommend. Fortunately, the RemoBell S is a significant improvement. I first spied the RemoBell S at CES 2019 and liked its black finish and simple design. It’s hardwired, meaning it can’t be powered by batteries like its predecessor and some of its competitors, such as the $199 Ring Video Doorbell 2. Your RemoBell S purchase includes a Power Kit, which is required for installation with mechanical chimes. This process is pretty straightforward, but be sure to ask a qualified professional if you have questions, or consult Remo Plus’s walkthrough video.  The RemoBell S also supports Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. Basically, you get access to a lot of the same things without the headache of a monthly subscription plan.  Of course, the RemoBell S isn’t perfect. I don’t like the Remo Plus app. It’s minimal, but somehow manages to look outdated and clunky too. It also has an optional fisheye view on the live feed screen that makes it more difficult to pick out details.  remoapp1At least the fisheye view is optional. Screenshots by Megan Wollerton/CNET Ring still sells its original Video Doorbell for $100 (the closest competitor to the RemoBell S), but Ring charges $3 per month to view any recorded, saved clips captured when it detects motion. No, $3 per month isn’t much to spend, but why pay for a subscription plan when you don’t have to? And most of Ring’s doorbells cost $199; the high-end hardwired Ring Video Doorbell Pro costs a whopping $249. Pricing in the $200 range is pretty standard across the board for DIY smart doorbells. But the RemoBell S is quietly changing things. (Maybe we really will have another Wyze trend on our hands at some point. It’s a little too soon to tell.) Ring did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment.  Now playing: Watch this: The RemoBell S has three-day free cloud storage. I like that. Chris Monroe/CNET Earlier this month I wrote about Wyze, a smart home company whose uber-affordable products hold their own alongside Nest and other high-end brands. That trend continues with the RemoBell S from startup Remo Plus. The RemoBell S has all of the regular stuff you get with every live streaming doorbell, like HD resolution and night vision. It also has three-day free cloud storage. In a market dominated by brands with optional subscription services — that are actually quite necessary if you want any access to saved video clips — free cloud storage is a unique offering and kind of a big deal. Factor in its $99 upfront cost and the hardwired RemoBell S is well worth considering. The Remo Plus app is a bit clunky, but it’s a small price to pay for such a great value.  Why pay for a monthly subscription when you can get roughly the same thing for free? (Honestly, I’m asking. Let me know in the comments.) • Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Comments Share your voicecenter_img CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house 12 smart doorbells to watch over your front stoop Is it better than Ring?  It’s hard to argue with the value of the $99 RemoBell S. Its relatively low upfront cost and generous three-day free cloud storage has a ton of appeal. Add on its decent performance and integration with Alexa and Google Assistant and it’s easy to see why the RemoBell S has replaced the $100 Ring Video Doorbell as the best value for a smart doorbell.  I wish the Remo Plus app were better and I don’t know why Remo Plus gave the live feed a fisheye effect, but the RemoBell S is a strong competitor alongside brands like Ring. Definitely consider the RemoBell S if you’re looking for a hardwired video doorbell with free cloud storage.  Also, I have a plea for companies that don’t currently offer any free cloud storage. Apple is going to make it look like you’re nickle-and-diming when it turns on Secure Video and its 10-day free clip storage requirement for HomeKit cameras when iOS 13 hits in September. Please consider it. Even a few hours of free access makes a difference.  6 Tags Read more Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) 13 Photoslast_img read more

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Bharti Singh and Harsh Limbachiyaa talk about tough phase Nobody gave us

first_imgWhile Bharti Singh has become a household name, it was through Khatron Ke Khiladi that her husband, Harsh too became an overnight sensation. Not only was their chemistry cute and refreshing but their wit and humour added extra dose of entertainment to the show.Bharti and Harsh were at the Attari-Wagah border to shoot special Independence Day episodes for the TV show, ‘Khatra Khatra Khatra’. The couple shot with the Border Security Force (BSF). Talking about Amritsar, Bharti recalled her tough days as child. She told IANS, “Honestly, my memories as a little girl, of my mother struggling to feed me and my siblings, are ones I would rather never revisit. I worked hard to get rid of those days. I am happy now. I am married. After the shoot Harsh and I will explore new places to eat. We shot at Kesar da Dhaba and, of course, ate sinfully!””Those two years were a hard time for both of us. Before that, we were doing well in life. I am a successful writer on television and we all know how celebrated Bharti is as a comedian. Our idea was to start something of our own. When we look for a project, we need a writer, actor and an idea or concept. We had all of it, but nobody would give us work for two years. When a steady career is interrupted by a gap of two years, it can be worrying, but Bharti kept saying, “lage rehte hai, bura waqt chala jayega (let’s bet at it, teh bad times will pass).” Finally, ‘Khatra Khatra Khatra’ happened and we saw light at the end of the tunnel,” Harsh told IANS.Bharti added, “So far, 2019 has been a good year for us. It was our dream to do a special episode with the BSF soldiers and getting permission is usually tough. But we are lucky that our show is popular among their families and they have readily given us permission. Since childhood, I struggled but everything I have achieved made me realise that hard work pays off.”last_img read more

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Fidel Castros son commits suicide

first_imgFile photo taken on June 1, 2016 of Cuban Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, son of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro`s eldest son committed suicide: Cuba state media on 1 February 2018. AFPThe 68-year-old son of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, Fidel Angel Castro Diaz-Balart, has died in Havana after taking his own life, according to the media here.He was found on Thursday morning and is said to have suffered from depression.Popularly called “Fidelito”, he was the first-born of the former President, who died in November 2016.Castro Diaz-Balart worked as a nuclear physicist having trained in the former Soviet Union, the BBC reported.“Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, who had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due to deep depression, took his life this morning,” Cuba’s official newspaper Granma reported.He had been of late receiving his treatment as an outpatient, following a hospital stay.At the time of his death, he was a scientific adviser for the Cuban Council of State and he served as vice president of Cuba’s Academy of Sciences.His professional profile says he authored several books during his life, and represented the country academically at international events around the world.The television announcement said his funeral would be planned by his family, but no further details were given.His father, Fidel Castro, a revolutionary figure and one of the world’s longest serving political leaders, died at 90 in 2016.last_img
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What Does Houstons Sister City — Leipzig Germany — Have To Teach

first_img X Listen commons.wikimedia.orgThe German city of Leipzig is the most populous city in the federal state of Saxony and has been one of Houston’s sister cities since 1992. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img 00:00 /06:37 Houston Matters tends to focus on subjects that are close to home, whether with the city, the state, or the U.S. But well beyond international borders there are cities abroad that have some kind of effect on — or connection with — Greater Houston. It’s almost unavoidable given how diverse our population is.So how much does that outside world affect us here in Houston?Houston has 18 different sister cities. One of them is Leipzig, Germany. Now, while those kinds of things usually sound more ceremonial than anything, is there anything we could actually learn from one of our sister cities?The Sister Cities International program, part of the Mayor’s Office of Trade and International Affairs, gets at the heart of that.We learn more from Susan Young, the organization’s board secretary, and Steven Braun, the vice president of the Houston-Leipzig Sister City Association. Sharelast_img read more

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Googles Cloud Platform Pushes Into AAA Stadia Wont Require Its Use

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 He noted that as multiplayer games continue to increase in popularity, game developers need a reliable cloud provider with a flexible global infrastructure to support real-time AAA gaming experiences.“At Google Cloud we’ve spent many years building a world-class infrastructure and easy to use solutions so that gaming companies and development studios can focus on what they’re most passionate about—building great games.”A big part of that service includes Google Cloud’s secure, global high-speed fiber network which allows for consistent, high-performance experiences for players across regions. The scalable infrastructure also supports game data and core services required for gameplay including matchmaking, high scores, stats, and inventory.Perhaps surprisingly, Google Cloud platform is not necessarily a part of Google’s big gaming initiative announced earlier this week at GDC: Stadia.“Google Cloud for games is basically supporting all platforms and all devices for Google Cloud,” Rayan said. “We look at Stadia as one platform, but in Google Cloud we host mobile, PC games, console games.”The way Stadia is set-up, he said, Google is bringing the console to the Edge Network, essentially putting the gaming system in the data centers.Google Cloud supports that, but it isn’t required.“There is an advantage to going with us because we are on the same network, but it’s not required,” he said. “Stadia as a platform is agnostic of what your backend is, it could be using any other cloud.”From Google’s point of view, Stadia games that also host their game servers on Google Cloud Platform can predictably expect low latency and data security, a benefit of leveraging Google’s private network.It isn’t clear what that would mean to games that decide to use different cloud services or how or if that would be in some way labeled as a potentially different service for customers.center_img News Wednesday that Ubisoft’s “The Division 2” runs on Google Cloud is the latest example of the company’s push to expand its services beyond the barebone resources for mobile titles, to rich, expansive support for major AAA games.“We were traditionally focused on mobile because of the strength of ‘Pokemon Go,’ but we have also now started to help console players with our partners,” Sunil Rayan, Google Cloud for Games Managing Director, told Variety in a recent interview. “Last year we had zero AAA games on Google Cloud, now we have six.”That includes “The Division 2,” battle royale phenom “Apex Legends” as well as work they’re doing with Square Enix.Rayan spelled some of that shift out in a blog post that went live Wednesday morning, in the midst of the Game Developers Conference.last_img read more

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