Apacer has launched the world’s fastest memory card, CFexpress. Ideal for 4K or 8K UHD image processing and recognition applications, this CFexpress card is the latest addition to Apacer’s high-speed PCIe SSD product line. In fact, Apacer currently has the industry’s most complete PCIe product line. The combination of PCIe with 3D TLC NAND flash memory is ideal for companies who are pivoting to high-performance computing, AI, deep learning and intelligent image analysis.Compliant with the CFA industrial CFexpress 1.0 specification, the world’s smallest and fastest memory card, CFexpress Type B, adopts industrial-grade 3D TLC NAND flash memory and -40°C~85°C industrial-grade wide-temperature ICs from original manufacturers. Thanks to its top-of-the-line PCIe NVMe Gen3x2 interface, it offers transfer speeds up to three to four times higher than SDXC and CFast2.0, giving it theoretical transmission performance of up to 2GB/s. The high-performance, compact and removable features of CFexpress fully meet the requirements of high-definition image processing and recognition applications, which can be expected to play an important role in PCIe SSD solutions.Apacer’s PCIe SSD solutions use multiple firmware technologies to achieve full-channel data protection. For example, through End-to-End Data Protection technology, Apacer SSDs can detect and correct erroneous data in real time, ensure the integrity and correctness of data transmission between the host and the NAND storage area, and greatly improve data reliability.Mindful of the potential overheating issue due to high-speed processing, the distance between the thermal sensor, the NAND flash and the controller is also carefully constructed to monitor the temperature of the system precisely. Moreover, Apacer’s thermal throttling technology uses intelligent frequency modulation to ensure data stability and integrity is not threatened by higher temperatures.Apacer’s PCIe Gen3x2 high-speed SSD solution meets the next-generation NVMe 1.3 specification for optimal access performance. IOPS read/write and continuous read/write speeds can reach 240,000/180,000 and 1,600/1,000 MB/s, meaning massive amounts of data processing at high speeds. Apacer currently offers M.2 2280, M.2 2242 and high-speed memory card CFX options. Customers in the IoT, high-performance computer, gaming, AI and deep learning fields are already adopting Apacer’s latest product line. Even virtual host applications such as Citrix Key, VMWare and Hyper-V are benefiting from Apacer technology.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous EKF: low power CompactPCI Serial CPU board suitable as stand-alone solutionNext Lanner: rugged industrial box PC with 4G/LTE configuration
MONTREAL — Developer Gregoire Gollin thought he had a steal when he purchased 220 hectares of land between the First Nations territory of Kanesatake and the neighbouring village of Oka, Que., in 2004.The home of the grand chief had been deliberately burned down that winter. Masked men with bats stood outside the police barracks, preventing roughly 60 officers from leaving.“It was kind of, like, anarchy,” Gollin recalled in a recent interview. The non-Indigenous family who sold him the land were eager to unload it. “I got a price that was very acceptable,” he said, declining to disclose the amount.But Gollin, who immigrated to Canada from Italy in the 1970s, soon learned that the unrest driving down real estate prices was rooted in historical grievances that would not be resolved overnight.Local politics have prevented him from developing more than five per cent of the land just north of Montreal since he bought it 15 years ago. And now Gollin wants to give his land up — for a price. That decision has sparked a new conflict but has also given real hope that the centuries-long land claims of the Mohawk people in Kanesatake can be at least partly settled.“I am convinced that if everyone acts in good faith there will be a solution,” Gollin said. “For the first time we can put on the table not just money — but land, because there is no amount of money that can compensate the loss of land.”When Gollin first bought the 220 hectares, which included part of an area known as The Pines, he entered into discussions with leaders in the First Nations community.“We reached a verbal agreement,” he said. ” ‘You can develop,’ they said, ‘but don’t touch the forest. It’s sacred for us.’ And that’s the deal I had.”The Pines were at the centre of a stand-off between Mohawk Warriors and the Canadian Armed Forces in 1990 after a developer wanted to extend a golf course into the forest.Starting in 2006, Gollin began selling off parcels of land for single-family homes. He had sold about 100 lots by 2017, with the last of them adjoining the pine forest.In order to connect the new development to the electrical grid, a few trees were cleared — setting off protests.“The Mohawks started to doubt the agreement I had with them,” Gollin said. “That’s when it started.” One of the protesters, Indigenous activist Ellen Gabriel, said at the time: “We’re not allowing any more development to continue.”Her comments were prophetic.Gabriel’s protests sparked another series of talks between Mohawk leaders and Gollin. Most of the discussions were held in secret, and the result of those two years of negotiations was recently leaked to reporters, setting off a new flashpoint between Kanesatake and Oka.Gollin offered to donate 60 hectares of The Pines through the federal government’s Ecological Gifts Program. That move would ensure that land is protected in perpetuity from development. If approved by the federal government, Gollin would receive a tax credit he could carry forward for 10 years.Gollin is also willing to sell the remaining 150 hectares of undeveloped land he owns — at the market price. He said he put the land on the table and is hoping the Mohawks and Ottawa can reach an agreement.“It’s land I acquired, I kept, paid taxes on — in good faith,” he said. “And I’m letting the government of Canada and the people of Kanesatake discuss it and to come up with a deal.”When news broke about the agreement in principle signed by Gollin and the Kanesatake band council, the mayor of neighbouring Oka said his citizens didn’t want the First Nations territory to expand.Oka Mayor Pascal Quevillon told Montreal La Presse in mid-July Gollin owned 95 per cent of the available land for development in Oka. If the territory goes to the Mohawks, Quevillon said, his town will be “surrounded” by the First Nations community.“In Kanesatake territory,” Quevillon told the news organization, “it’s cigarette shacks, pot houses, (illegal) landfills. There is not a stream that is not contaminated … Our homes will lose value, (the Mohawks) will buy them at a discount.”Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon called Quevillon’s words “racist” and cut off all dialogue with the mayor after the latter refused to apologize.But negotiations between the federal government and Gollin have nothing to do with Quevillon, according to Marc Miller, parliamentary secretary to the federal minister of Crown-Indigenous relations. Miller met with Simon and the Kanesatake band council last Friday in Montreal.When asked if Quevillon had a seat at the table, Miller responded: “He does not. Nor is he entitled to.”Kanesatake’s response to Gollin’s offer remains unclear. The offer will most likely be brought to a referendum in the community. A date for a second meeting between Simon, the band council and Ottawa has not been set.But Gollin said he is optimistic.“It’s like I filled a void — it’s as if there was a dialogue of the deaf,” he said. “The issue here is to unblock the future for the next generations. To be free from the prison of the past.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press
Kolkata: West Bengal Private Tuition Welfare Association (WBPTWA) has written to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and state Education minister Partha Chatterjee urging them to take steps to stop private tuition by school teachers.At a press conference in the city, WBPTWA claimed to soon launch a strong movement against the practice of private tuition by school teachers, alleging that they have been flouting the government order and imparting private tuitions throughout the state right from primary to the Higher Secondary level. WBPTWA is an organisation of unemployed youths, who earn a living through private tuitions, and recognised by the state. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have been protesting against this for 17 years now. In 2009, the Supreme Court had said teachers associated with government schools from primary to Higher Secondary level cannot conduct private tuitions. The law of the state government also bars private tuition by teachers of state institutions. But the practice is rampant throughout the state and the school authorities have turned a blind eye to this,” said Amitava Kar, who is the president of Cooch Behar chapter of the Association.The WBPTWA has recently carried out a survey of where it has been found that the guardians of the students are spending a huge amount of money behind private tuitions of their wards in a number of districts in North Bengal.”More than 2000 youths in Cooch Behar are in this profession. However, the District Inspector (DI) of schools have taken no steps,” Kar alleged.
Kolkata: Rakhal Das (38), a businessman from Raniganj who had a successful heart transplant at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) on Saturday, is stated to be in stable condition. He will, however, be kept under observation for the next two days.The successful heart transplant carried out by the CMCH has opened new avenues in medical science in the state. The incident also gives a new ray of hope to the family members of three patients who are requiring an immediate heart transplant. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDr Indranil Biswas, superintendent of CMCH said on Sunday that three more patients are in the waiting list and they require an urgent heart transplant. “We have already prepared data regarding the three potential recipients undergoing treatment at the hospital. Out of them, two patients have heart retraction rate below 20 percent. We are looking for suitable donors. Transplants cannot be done unless the blood groups of both the donors and the recipients match and other necessary parameters are met,” Dr Biswas maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”We hope that we will soon get suitable donors for these patients. CMCH is the only state-run medical college to get a licence to carry out heart transplants,” Dr Biswas added. It may be mentioned here that CMCH has performed heart transplant on 38-year-old Das completely free of cost on Saturday. Bengal is probably the first state that has bore the entire cost of a heart transplant. “It would cost a hospital around Rs 5-10 lakh to carry out such an operation. We are thankful to the government for making this happen here in the city. We are hopeful that the hospital will carry out more such operations in the near future,” Dr Biswas added. It has been learnt from the hospital sources that the health condition of Das is stable and he has been responding to the treatment. He has, however, been kept in ventilation in the Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU). The patient has been kept under close observation. The city has seen a spurt in organ donation in recent times, due to the state government’s drive for awareness about deceased donor organ transplants. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is also in charge of the Health department, has taken up major infrastructure reforms in the health sector.
Listen Now You and your long-suffering team have spent months, maybe years, locked away in your batcave developing your new product or service. You have consumed an unhealthy amount of coffee and invested your blood, sweat and tears into this project. And finally, you’ve reached the stage where you are ready to unveil your brainchild to the rest of the world.But before you hastily compile an outreach list and send your pitch email to everyone who has ever written about tech, let’s take a minute to think. Company launches are notoriously hard to get picked up by the media, thanks to the millions of other companies shouting their news at the same time. It’s important that you take the extra time and effort to prepare yourself to maximize the results of all of your hard work.Related: 5 Favors to Call in When Launching a BusinessHere are some techy tools and platforms to help you get the best results possible from your company launch.Beta testing.The problem with a launch is that you are, well, launching. You don’t have any traction to sell to customers, investors or the media. It’s hard to convince journalists that your product is going to change the world on your word alone. Journalists are, by nature, skeptical, and they like to work with hard facts, not speculation.One way to get some early opinions and feedback — which can help you to fix early glitches and offer some ratings for the media –is by using a Beta testing service such as UserTesting.For a fee, UserTesting will arrange beta testers to meticulously run through your beta. They’ll share a video with their feedback and comments. The service allows you to target your specific audience — there is little point in a college kid reviewing your over-sixties dating app — and offers detailed metrics based responses about the user experience (UX).ProductHunt.Once you are ready to launch your real product, one great way of maximizing exposure amongst people who really care about your industry is by announcing your launch on ProductHunt. The platform is becoming increasingly popular and offers a great way to place your product in front of and engage with people who really know what they are talking about.However, to get the most out of your campaign, it takes some preparation beforehand. You should contact a moderator who has launched products similar to yours. You could also reach out to popular “hunters” via social media to let them know about your company and product and the date and time you will go live. Platforms like Hunter Data allow you to highlight active members who have a lot of followers. If they post about your campaign, this could win you a lot of upvotes, shares and potential clients.Influencers.As mentioned before, launching is a difficult stage because you are effectively trying to sell a dream with nothing to back up your claims. One way to boost the reputation of your product is by getting an endorsement from a well-known figure in your industry or from a social media influencer.Endorsements by public figures don’t guarantee success. Business Insider recently reported that social discovery tool SUP shut down due to struggling to gain traction, despite endorsements from Virgin founder Richard Branson and Apple’s Steve Wozniak. But it is still worth the time and effort to get as many people on your side as possible before your big day.If you work in bustling tech hubs like Silicon Valley, it is becoming increasingly easy to connect with people who can really push your business forward, thanks to tools like Lifograph. But if you are outside of the bay, then you will need to take a more active approach.Tools like Buzzsumo, Little Bird and Klout allow you to search for influencers with huge online followings and who work in or cover your industry. It is then up to you to create an organized outreach list, and send personalized messages on social media to try and get them to back your product.Related: It’s Always a Good Time to Start a Business — Inless You’re Launching a Mediocre OneVisual aids.Before you take the leap and reach out to journalists to cover your story, it is important to create a press kit which contains all of the information a journalist could possibly need. Journalists are busy and simply do not have the time to trawl the internet looking for information. Give them a nicely wrapped digital package, and it will put you in good stead from the outset.As mentioned before, a company launch is essentially a pretty boring announcement. To maximize your chances of hooking a journalist to cover your story, you need to sell them more than just your product. You need to convince them of the value of your big mission and dream. One way of selling your big mission is to show them why your product is going to make a big change in the world and help a lot of people. The most effective way to do this is by tying into a current or global trend. Rather than just throwing figures at them, you could present the data in a visually attractive infographic using a tool like Piktochart.Find the right journalists.When preparing for media outreach, it is important to contact journalists who cover your “beat,” meaning they write about your industry and type of product or service. To maximize exposure, the most effective strategy for a company launch is by asking journalists to agree to an embargo. This is when they agree not to publish their story until after a set date and time. In this case, it would be your launch day.The best way to do this is by sending a brief pitch — which doesn’t share all of your juicy details — and have them agree to an embargo before you send over the press release. This keeps your back covered from people breaking your embargo and letting the cat out of the bag before your big day comes around.Tools like MuckRack and Cision allow you to search for appropriate hacks based on stories they have covered in the past. That said, while tools can make finding suitable journalists easier, it is important to spend time personalizing emails to each individual contact to maximize your chances of getting picked up.The next step is to create an organized outreach list. There are etiquette rules to be followed when reaching out to journalists, so harness tools to keep you on track and stop you from making rookie mistakes like contacting the same journalist twice, or using the wrong name.Tools like Prezly, Meltwater and Hey Press allow you to organize your mailing lists and track the progress of who opens the pitch email. The tools respond with live analytics. Customer service.If your plan comes together perfectly, you get a lot of upvotes and attention on ProductHunt, and your launch announcement gets picked up by a leading publication. You’ll be in for a busy first day.Related: 4 Tactics to Help Your Company Avoid the Top Startup KillerYou need to be available to answer questions, engage with consumers via chat, and offer essential information to potentially thousands of new visitors. If you don’t have a big enough team of customer service staff to deal with the volume, then it might be a good idea to employ the help of some bots. Twyla and AgentBot both provide trainable customer service bots, which can be taught how to respond to a huge range of customer queries and concerns.Tracking and analytics.It is important to be prepared with data analytics that can help you learn from your first day of what will hopefully be many to come. Tools like Google Analytics, Optimizely and TrendKite can help you track traffic, conversions and the results of your launch. This will help you improve your overall service in the future. If you are lacking this data, you won’t be able to determine any weak links in your process or gather leads to target in the aftermath.While the chances are that as a startup, you won’t have bundles of extra cash to throw around, it is important to prepare for launch day as much as possible. Start as you mean to go on by preparing for all eventualities and creating as much of a buzz around your product or service as possible. Have the tools in place to learn from the experience too. You have devoted so much time, resources and energy into your project to arrive at this stage, so one final push to make your launch the best it can be won’t kill you. November 16, 2016 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens