(STGIST) – Auto companies not giving Google and Apple “all the data” from smart vehicles –


Car companies are looking to create their own data business, so they’re planning to limit the data they share with tech giants Apple Inc., and Google.


Citing a single reason, key players in the automobile industry have toldReuters that they will limit the data that they share with tech partners Apple Inc., and Google Inc.

Car companies Ford, GM and Volkswagen AG’s Audi subsidiary, are reportedly hoping that one day, they will create a new revenue stream from data provided by phone-compatible vehicles. A data business, so to speak.

According to the report, car manufacturers hope that the data from car dashboards will generate billions of dollars — like how Amazon uses its internal algorithm to understand how consumers behave while buying stuff online.

In case you’re wondering, car companies are now collecting data from drivers by selling cars that can communicate with electronics, including smartphones and tablet computers. Consumers use these systems to play music, get access to mapping data, and others. Apple and Google provide the operating system compatibility via the Android and iOS. Consumers can access the apps and other content on the smartphone by using the car dashboard with built-in display.

Don Butler, an executive director at Ford Motors, has told Reuters that they’re limiting the data they share with the tech giants in California because they’re protecting their company’s “ability to create value.” The same article also revealed that General Motors Corp has told its investors that a whopping $350 million additional revenue (over the next three years) would come in from the smarter car dashboards.

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At Fortune, Stacey Higginbotham wrote that this decision “surprises no one.” She then explained how car companies could fail.

Meanwhile on other parts of the world-wide web, followers of news linked to Apple and Google have suggested that the auto industry’s action against the two tech giants may be connected to reports about the still unconfirmed Apple automobile, in addition to the highly publicized Google driverless car technology program.

At Bloomberg, Craig Trudell has underlined the fact that Google and Apple are not yet into manufacturing of cars, but both are already paving the way to reach the lucrative four-wheel industry.

Apparently, Google has been making significant progress on self-driving car technology, so much so that the prototype car will start running beyond its test tracks.

Last month, Google’s prototype self-driving cars hit the public streets around Mountain View, California for the first time. Also in June, the search giant confirmed that its cars will soon invade the highways on the state of Virginia.

Source: Auto companies not giving Google and Apple “all the data” from smart vehicles – STGIST


(Reuters) – Box Office: ‘Minions’ Dominates With $115.2 Million Debut

Box Office: ‘Minions’ Dominates With $115.2 Million DebutBY BRENT LANGLOS ANGELES, July 12, (Variety.com) – “Minions” ruled the weekend box office, racking up a massive $115.2 million in North America, for the second biggest animated film opening in history.The Universal and Illumination Entertainment spin-off to “Despicable Me” just missed the domestic record set by “Shrek the Third’s” $121.6 million kickoff in 2007, while continuing animation maestro Chris Meledandri’s hot streak at the multiplexes. What makes Meledandri so valuable to studios is that he keeps budgets low. “Minions” cost $74 million to produce, a modest number considering that Pixar and DreamWorks Animation routinely spend north of $100 million on their animated features.The studio left nothing to chance when it came to reminding moviegoers why the loved the nattering, mischievous, highlighter-hued critters. Universal partnered with the likes of Snapchat, McDonald’s, and Amazon to deliver nearly $600 million in publicity and promotions, according to a recent article by Bloomberg. The titular characters were ubiquitous popping up on everything from Twinkies to Chiquita bananas.”With anything that opens to over $100 million, you breach all demographics,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “The Minions are the stars of the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise…kids love them, teens love them, and adults love them.””Minions” also enjoyed a sprawling rollout, debuting in 4,301 theaters. In recent months, there’s been a lot of celebrating taking place on the Universal lot. The studio is the leader in market share thanks to hits like “Pitch Perfect 2” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and has two films that have crossed $1 billion at the global box office with “Furious 7” and “Jurassic World.””Minions” was such a behemoth that two newcomers, “Self/Less” and “The Gallows,” risked getting washed away. Of them, “The Gallows” fared better, picking up $10 million, across 2,720 locations. The Warner Bros. found footage chiller cost less than $2 million to make, so it could be profitable. Entertainment 360 and Blumhouse Productions backed the picture about a high school play gone terribly, terribly wrong…and not in that teenagers putting on “The Crucible” kind of way.Warner Bros. executives say the film is a modestly priced single, but was an important showcase for writers and directors Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing.”We’re cultivating young filmmakers and giving them a chance to grow and prosper,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “These are really sharp guys, who have a long career in front of them.”Focus Features’ “Self/Less” was not so fortunate, picking up roughly $5.4 million from 1,953 locations. The science-fiction thriller about a radical medical procedure is the latest film fumble for Ryan Reynolds, who is still laboring to get out from under the massive flops that were “The Green Lantern” and “R.I.P.D.” The good news for the actor is that a trailer for “Deadpool,” his upcoming R-rated comic book adaptation, rocked the Comic-Con crowd. Box office redemption may be nigh.”Self/Less” was produced for $26 million, but the blow is softened in part by foreign pre-sales that limited Focus’ and co-backer Endgame’s financial exposure.”Minions” also took a chunk out of some of the turbo-charged blockbusters still kicking around cinemas. “Jurassic World” slid 54% to $18.1 million, bringing its stateside haul to $590.6 million, while “Inside Out” dipped 43% to $17.1 million, pushing its domestic total to $283.6 million.Overall ticket sales were robust, improving nearly 40% over the year-ago period when “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” kicked off with $72.6 million.

Source: Box Office: ‘Minions’ Dominates With $115.2 Million Debut | Reuters

(benchmark reporter) – Armed Robbers use backhoe to rob ATM from bank in Florida

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Armed Robbers use backhoe to rob ATM from bank in Florida

Florida cops have captured two robbers who were on their attempt to flee after seizing an ATM from the local bank with the help of a stolen backhoe. The robbers were identified as Francisco Hernandez, 53 and Jesus Antonio Sanchez, 50 both residents of Clewiston. They are currently being held at the Polk County Jail on grand theft auto charges as reported by the Orlando Sentinel.

Hernandez and Sanchez are believed to have stolen the backhoe from a local construction site, before heading to Winter Haven and capturing an ATM from the wall of the CentreState Bank. The entire incident has been recorded by a surveillance camera near the ATM. The footage has confirmed the robbery being taken place on Friday midnight.

The suspects however claim that they were innocent as they had been collecting scrap metal and were unable to recall where items pulled by the investigating deputy had been located. Hernandez was previously known to officials due to an outstanding Hendry Country arrest warrant for violating his probation. Sanchez was also on probation for a previous grand theft offence.

According to a bank representative, the suspects did manage to take the ATM from the wall but they were in no attempt to open it.

Backhoes are generally used to excavate or dig and is usually mounted on tractors and front loaders. The suspects have been referred to as “brazen” for their shameless assault on the ATM. The motivation of the two men remains unclear and the two men remain in holding at Polk County Jail.

Recent reports suggest that ATM theft is on the rise as criminals turn to stealing ATM’s rather than swiping credit cards. In 2010 in Texas, 100 ATM machines were stolen. Bank robberies appear to be down.

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) – Westmoreland museum set to return to renovated location

By Kathy Samudovsky
A 6-year-old dog named Mr. Buddy Walker doesn’t realize he’s a canine ambassador at Westmoreland @rt 30 in Unity, the temporary location of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art during its $20 million renovation.His owner, Doug Evans, the museum’s collections manager, has been taking Buddy to work daily since 2013. The miniature pinscher-Jack Russell terrier mix attends staff meetings, people-watches from a sunlit window in the gift shop, and occasionally wanders freely through the art gallery to visitors’ delight.Buddy was allowed to come to work with his owner because the museum’s temporary location made it impossible for Mr. Evans to continue to walk home during lunch breaks to check on the dog, and soon three more staffers in similar situations brought in their dogs, said Judith O’Toole. She is the museum’s director and CEO whose position was recently renamed The Richard M. Scaife Director/ CEO to honor Mr. Scaife’s contributions to the museum.Ms. O’Toole believes the pooches’ presence indicates to visitors that the museum “is serious about being more welcoming and open to new ideas,” especially while in the home stretch of its two-year overhaul, she said.“We want to change the atmosphere of what it’s like to visit a museum, to try to get rid of the stuffiness, whispering and tip-toeing around — and the dogs just really say it,” she said.On Monday, Westmoreland @rt 30 will permanently close to the public so that staff can start the move back to the museum’s renovated location at 221 N. Main St. in Greensburg.The move will occur in stages over the next three months, Ms. O’Toole said.“We couldn’t ensure a very good public experience during that time, so we thought rather than disappoint people, we’d just ‘go dark’ until we get settled,’’ she said.Before the temporary location closes, the gift shop at Westmoreland @rt 30, 4764 State Route 30, is holding a sale 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday. All products are American-made, including works by regional jewelers, woodworkers and ceramicists.The overhauled museum will be nothing short of breathtaking, Ms. O’Toole said.A two-day reopening celebration is planned for Oct. 24-25 at the museum. The event, called “The Sky’s the Limit,” will include cocktails from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and dancing from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 24. For tickets and details: 724-837-1500 or www.wmuseumaa.org. A free community day is set from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25.The renovation and expansion is part of a five-year, $38 million capital and endowment campaign that began in 2011, Ms. O’Toole said. The four-story building was completely renovated and a 13,500-square-foot East Wing was added.“This is the largest undertaking of the museum ever,” she said.The museum, which opened in 1959, underwent partial renovations in 1968 and 1999.“What drove the current campaign was the need for more space and a strong desire to transform the building to be more transparent, inviting and look like a museum rather than a government building,” Ms. O’Toole said.At the end of this month, crews will start moving the more than 3,500 works of art into the renovated second-floor galleries and fine arts storage area, she said. The temporary location should be empty shortly after all staff move into the West Wing in mid-August.Much of the exterior work on the building is not finished, and site development and landscaping will be completed closer to the reopening date. Work on the new East Wing is still underway.Smoking no longer will be permitted on museum grounds because the East Wing will be a LEED-certified gold building.Buddy and his fellow canine ambassadors will be allowed in the renovated museum, but the dogs will be confined to staff quarters with occasional appearances in visitor areas. The museum does not permit visitors to bring pets.The dogs contribute to reducing employee stress, Ms. O’Toole said.“Buddy loves people,” Mr. Evans said. “He loves it when school children tour, and special needs visitors just light up when he greets them.”Yearly, the museum draws nearly 25,000 visitors. The hope is to increase those numbers by reopening with significant new collections, including those with works dated after 1950, Ms. O’Toole said.New exhibits will include a regional, 200-piece fraktur — a form of folk art — collection from David Brocklebank of Ligonier and his late wife, Joy.Kathy Samudovsky, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.

Source: Westmoreland museum set to return to renovated location | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

(ABC News) – Carrie Underwood’s dogs lock car with baby inside

It was quite a scare for country music star Carrie Underwood.

Carrie Underwood performs at LP Field at the CMA Music Festival on Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)

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It was quite a scare for country music star Carrie Underwood.

She was forced to break into her own car Saturday morning after her dogs accidentally locked themselves inside along with her 4-month-old son.

Underwood tweeted about the incident, saying: “When your dogs manage to lock themselves, all your stuff & the baby in the car & you have to break a window to get in. #WhatAreTheChances”

Later, Underwood would clarify that it was actualy her brother-in-law who broke into her car to save her dogs and baby.

She made sure to let all her fans know everyone was okay and all was good – “minus the broken window.”

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(NY Daily News) – China evacuates more than 1M as typhoon pounds coast

Chinese authorities have evacuated more than 1.1 million people as a typhoon heads to its southeastern coast.

BEIJING – A typhoon pounded the Chinese coast south of Shanghai on Saturday with strong winds and heavy rainfall, submerging roads, felling trees and forcing the evacuation of 1.1 million people.

Typhoon Chan-hom slammed ashore with winds of up to 160 kilometers (100 miles) per hour near Zhoushan, a city east of the port of Ningbo in Zhejiang province. It has dumped more than 100 millimeters (4 inches) of rain since late Friday — about a month’s average in less than 24 hours, China Central Television and the Xinhua News Agency reported.

No deaths or injuries have been reported by Saturday evening.

“It was so windy that the rain came in through the windows even though they were closed,” Zhoushan resident Zhang Zhouqun, 53, manager of a logistics company, said in a telephone interview.

The storm felled 10-year-old trees in his neighborhood, stranded cars in 60-centimeter (2-foot) -deep water and swamped half the fields, Zhang said. Police were out barring people from trying to drive. At the urging of local officials, Zhang’s family had stocked up a few days’ worth of groceries, he said.

Some 1.1 million people had been evacuated from coastal areas of Zhejiang and more than 46,000 in neighboring Jiangsu province ahead of the storm, Xinhua said. The provincial flood control bureau said 28,764 ships had been ordered back to port.

The national weather service said earlier the typhoon might be the strongest to strike China since the communist government took power in 1949. It initially was deemed a super-typhoon but was downgraded at midday Saturday to a strong typhoon and was weakening further as it moved inland.

Heavy downpour was reported in some areas, including the village of Lai’ao, which recorded more than 400 millimeters (16 inches) of rain, according to Xinhua.

More than 100 trains and 600 flights were canceled in the cities of Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou and Taizhou, according to Xinhua. Buses and passenger ferries also suspended service.

Earlier, Chan-hom caused 20 injuries as it moved over islands in southern Japan, Kyodo news agency reported.

The storm dumped rain on the northern Philippines and Taiwan, where several flights were suspended. The stock market and public offices were closed Friday in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital.

Chan-hom is the second major storm to hit China this week, after Typhoon Linfa forced 56,000 people from their homes in the southern province of Guangdong province.

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(newsmax.com) – Coulter Changes Her View on Trump: ‘He’s Magnificent Now’

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Just four years ago, Ann Coulter was calling Donald Trump “a clown.” But now, since his much-publicized push against illegal immigration, she thinks he’s “magnificent.”

“We all make mistakes,” the outspoken political commentator and writer told Fox News’ Alan Colmes on his radio show Friday night. “We all make mistakes, [but] bygones will be bygones.”

But back in 2011, Coulter’s tone on Trump was different. She dismissed conservatives’ enthusiasm for the man who at one time was donating money to Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, now the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

According to state and federal disclosure records, Clinton, while senator of New York, received donations from Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., during the years of 2002, 2005, 2006,and 2007, reports Politico.

“I think Trump is a clown,” Coulter said during her 2011 speech at George Washington University. “I expect the enthusiasm for him is based on two things: that the rest of at least the declared candidates aren’t exciting anybody, and there’s name recognition. And he has come out like gangbusters against the Obama administration like an establishment politician probably wouldn’t.”

She also called Trump’s “birtherism,” when he was demanding access to President Barack Obama’s birth certificate “all just a big act for the moment,” she said.

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Coulter also pointed out that back in 2012, Trump had criticized Mitt Romney and Republicans for being too “mean-spirited” on immigration, but she said that was also a mistake.

Coulter says she is glad Trump is pushing immigration issues as a major focus for the 2016 race, while saying she is disappointed that Republicans only vow to get tough on immigration during election seasons.

Coulter and Trump are both causing controversy with their stances on immigration. She is on a media tour for her new anti-immigration book, “Adios America!”

In her book, she attacks the issue as well as Democrats, while criticizing the media, the government, and even Republican businessmen for profiting from mass immigration.

Source: Coulter Changes Her View on Trump: ‘He’s Magnificent Now’

(TribLIVE) – Greensburg man dies in motorcycle crash

|A 46-year-old Unity Township man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday evening, according to investigators.Bruce A. Maglicco Jr., who was wearing a helmet, was traveling south on Marguerite Road in Unity just before 8:30 p.m. when the motorcycle briefly left the road and slid, according to state police and the Westmoreland County coroner’s office.The 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle came to rest on top of Maglicco in the center of the road, according to a news release from the coroner.A passerby, who is a nurse, stopped and attempted to resuscitate the man, said police and fire Chief Scott Graham. The crash occurred between Coke Oven Hill and Bernie Stone roads, Graham said.The man was transported to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital where he was pronounced dead, investigators said. Maglicco’s cause of death was a result of multiple blunt force injuries, the coroner ruled.An autopsy will not be performed. Toxicology results will take several weeks to complete.Shirley Funeral Home in North Huntingdon Township is handling arrangements.

Source: Greensburg man dies in motorcycle crash | TribLIVE

(CBS News) – Plane Lands On Highway In Ocean County, New Jersey

Police say shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday, a plane carrying five passengers landed on Route 72, near a Home Depot in Stafford Township.

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(credit:  Stafford Township Police Department)

(credit: Stafford Township Police Department)

STAFFORD, N.J. (CBS) — A small plane had to make an emergency landing on the highway in Ocean County, New Jersey.

Police say shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday, a plane carrying five people landed on Route 72, near a Home Depot in Stafford Township.

The highway where the plane touched down is the town’s main road that leads to and from the Jersey Shore.

(credit:  Stafford Township Police Department)

No one aboard the plane or on the ground was injured.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the pilot to make the emergency landing.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.


(CNN) – Rhode Island beach evacuated after apparent explosion

(CNN) — A Rhode Island beach was evacuated Saturday while a bomb squad investigated an apparent explosion that injured a woman, authorities said.

“We believe there had been a small explosion, sub-surface, that erupted out of the sand and virtually caused one of our beach patrons to ultimately fall backwards and forwards” and land on the rocks of the jetty, Larry Mouradjian of the state department of environmental management said at a press conference, reported CNN affiliate WPRI.

So far, there’s no evidence an explosive device was involved in the blast at Salty Brine Beach, said Kurt Blanchard of the Rhode Island Environmental Police.

“It could be natural,” he said. “It could be manmade. At this point, it’s under investigation.”

The state bomb squad and the state fire marshal’s office are investigating, along with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The 50-year-old woman was reportedly alert, but Mouradjian said he had no details on her condition.

Nobody else was reported hurt, but the beach at Narragansett was declared off-limits to beachgoers the rest of the day. Mouradjian said he expected the beach to reopen Sunday.

Mario Lewis of West Greenwich told the Providence Journal he was collecting crabs when heard what appeared to be an explosion that knocked over a woman about 3 feet from him.

“It was like an M-80 boom, like a grenade,” he said. Lewis said he didn’t notice any smoke or debris.

Mouradjian said he examined the blast site and described it as “something you’d see when lightning hits the beach. There’s definitely something that happened there.”

He said the woman was sitting between the high and low tide water lines.

“The person was sitting in a chair up against the breakwater at the tide line,” he said. “The sand directly in front of her basically erupted. They heard a loud noise. Weren’t sure exactly what it was. A force ultimately pushed this person up against the rocks and then forward and falling into the sand.”

Heavy equipment was brought in to preserve the sand at the blast site for investigators before the tide rose, he said.

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