One day, I drove from my Brooklyn home to suburban Baltimore to visit the company s headquarters and observe a group of people at work who are, in essence, paid to taste.Although many of us may associate the McCormick name with tins or bottles of spices, much of the company s business now comes in providing custom flavor solutions for products higher up the food chain.When a consumer says, I want avocado or guacamole, they will have a very clear concept in their mind—which actually might not be avocado at all.I joined Jason Ridgway and Tess Aldredge, two of McCormick s senior sensory analysts, in a small room that faces, via a two-way mirror, a dimly red-lit room with a round table, around which a number of people were slowly nibbling pretzels from small paper cups.An oil starts to go bad after a little bit; the consumer will be happily eating something that we would consider rancid, and wouldn t even notice it.As Howard Moskowitz had suggested to me, part of the popularity of Coca-Cola versus, say, an orange soda is its more complex flavor blend.
Volkswagen has new problems in the USA. US authorities are investigating whether the Volkswagen group violated another company-owned patents. Patent dispute has tried to arouse Baltimore Paice LLC company. Paice claims that the Volkswagen group learned Paicen hybriautojen technology and stopped abruptly after the co-operation and lisenssoinut Paicen technology. Now Paice aims to prevent Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche import-branded hybrid cars and their sales in the United States. Any judgment would have on Volkswagen a new major setback in the US, the diesel car sales have stalled, and now the same threat hovers above the hybrids.
Late last month, a number of the leading cancer researchers in the world assembled at the Vatican for its third conference in regenerative medicine.The thread that likely connects Catholicism with immunotherapy runs all the way back to February 22, 1952, when a twenty-nine-year-old housewife in Baltimore noticed that her four-year-old daughter, Ann O Neill, was pale and feverish, her neck mottled with blue.Only a few days later, doctors at St. Agnes Hospital had diagnosed the girl with acute lymphatic leukemia, a type of cancer that impedes normal white-blood-cell production.As Ann lay dying, the head pediatrics nurse, Sister Mary Alice Fowler, approached her parents and suggested that Elizabeth Seton, the order s late founder, could perhaps intervene on Ann s behalf.Shortly before her leukemia went into complete remission, raw blisters broke out across her body.This sort of phenomenon had been recognized since at least the late nineteenth century, when William Coley, a surgeon in New York, discovered that a rapidly growing sarcoma had vanished from the neck of a German immigrant after he contracted a serious skin infection.
Big news this month on the medical front when a surgical robot called STAR — Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot — succeeded, in both a lab setting and using live animal tissue, to stitch together pieces of pig intestinal tubing with very little guidance from humans.Not only that, but it managed to do so with the same if not better accuracy and safety than doctors, according to the researchers behind the experiment.This is a momentous advancement for medical robots and telesurgery alike, and with sales of such robots expected to double to $6.4 billion a yearly increase of 10.2% by 2020, according to an Allied Market Research report published in January, we re only going to hear about more and more progress in the near future.Which is beyond fantastic.Ever since the first telesurgery was performed in 2001, when a surgeon in New York successfully took out the gall bladder of a patient in Strasbourg, there has been increasing hope of one day providing excellent medical care to people who would otherwise be thousands of miles away from any surgical help.One that we need to start fixing now, before medical robots become ubiquitous and the norm.All these surgical robots will operate over public networks and poor connections, sometimes even wireless ones, which leaves them exposed to hacking and other types of malicious attacks.And even though it might seem that these privacy and security concerns are better suited for a sci-fi horror movie in the SAW vein than real life, a surgical robot has already been hacked.Maybe you re thinking that this was just an experiment and since no real-life incidents have been reported to date which is a fact , there s no need to panic.But let s not forget that these surgical and non-surgical robots operate and will continue to do so within the boundaries and the privacy and security means of the healthcare industry — an industry that is so plagued by breaches, data theft, and ransomware that IBM named 2015 The Year of the Healthcare Breach in its Cyber Security Intelligence Index.And if the past months are any indication, 2016 could very well turn out to be The Year of the Healthcare Breach – The Sequel.Soon after that, it was reported that MedStar Health, a healthcare organization operating over 120 entities including 10 hospitals in the Baltimore–Washington area, had been attacked by some type of ransomware as well.Add this to the fact that, as research carried out by Sergey Lozhkin at Kaspersky Lab brought to light, there are a lot of cases where medical equipment is not separated from the local office network, and all that bright future of telesurgery and medical robots looks riddled with potential breaches.Sometimes even between life and death.Aike Müller is founder of Keezel.
Last week, privacy advocates were able to breathe a sigh of relief when the U.S. House of Representatives voted down the Kelsey Smith Act, a bill that would force carriers including Verizon to share a phone s location with law enforcement.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit voted 12 to 3 last week in favor of allowing the government to demand a phone s location from carriers without a warrant, according to Reuters.The case revolved around several armed robberies in Baltimore and Baltimore County, Maryland, in 2011.The court came to its decision mostly thanks to an old legal theory — since the information is disclosed to a third party, the government is allowed to access it without a warrant.The Kelsey Smith Act hoped to accomplish the same thing — to force carriers to share a phone s location during emergencies.Advocating against the act may have been futile, especially considering more than 20 states have already adopted a variant of it.
That case, known as Smith v. Maryland, is what has provided the legal underpinning for lots of surveillance programs, ranging from local police all the way up to the National Security Agency.Smith, 442 U.S. at 743 internal quotation marks and citation omitted .In the decision, the judges also noted that the Supreme Court has "forged a clear distinction" between metadata "non-content" and content.In the Fourth Circuit s finding, CSLI "undeniably belongs in the non-content category," but the court noted that "Congress remains free to require greater privacy protection if it believes that desirable."Eventually, Aaron Graham and Eric Jordan were charged with 17 counts of robbery, including the pair of fast food robberies.Prosecutors later obtained a court order a lesser standard than a warrant granting disclosure of the defendants CSLI data for various periods totaling 14 days when the suspects were believed to have been involved in robberies.
Neither flash nor html5 is supported!There s only one way for Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson to stop the unending stream of death threats, racial slurs and other vitriol trolls bombard him with on social media.One at a time, Mckesson said Wednesday at tech blog Recode s annual conference.Mckesson was speaking with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Recode s Peter Kafka as he described receiving the insulting and threatening messages.That s not fun to experience, said Mckesson, who gained prominence during 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri and launched an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of Baltimore this year.Still, Mckesson maintains a prolific output on Twitter, where has 367,000 followers.
NerdWallet looked at data in the 200 most populous cities in the U.S. to rank the safest and most dangerous for drivers.To come up with their numbers, NerdWallet analyzed five factors: the rate of fatal crashes, the likelihood of an accident compared to other cities, the number of years between accidents, the risk of break-ins, and the risk of a stolen vehicle.They explain:We compared the total scores based on those metrics with the auto insurance rates in each city, analyzing the average annual cost of insurance given the legal requirements for that state and the most affordable insurers among the largest companies in that market...Auto insurance rates are 47% more expensive in our most dangerous cities.While Detroit was the most dangerous city overall, it had the second-highest fatal accident rate, at 16.2 accidents for every 100,000 residents.Baton Rouge, Baltimore, Springfield MA , and San Bernardino CA were in the top five.You can see a quick breakdown of the cities in the infographic, but be sure to head to their full post at the link below for detailed statistics on each city.
Ransomware might be annoying now, but cybercriminals are only just getting started – an epidemic with dire consequences is headed our wayThe ransomware consumer market might be lucrative, but why charge the masses pitifully small sums of money to get their data back when you could be gaining a major cash cow from hitting a business or private hospital?Rather than spend huge amounts of time stalking and hacking large corporations to steal data and then trying to sell it on underground markets on the Dark Web, for the discerning hacker looking to make a quick profit fast, the concept of ransomware is a godsend and much more lucrative than other cybercriminal enterprises, Cisco's Talos has warned at the Infosecurity Europe 2016 conference in London.It's taking kidnap and moving it into the 21st century, by taking something incredibly valuable to a user that has zero resale value on the Dark Web like my PowerPoint presentation for Infosec.Prior to 2016, ransomware solely targeted individual consumers and the ransom amount would rarely ever go over one bitcoin £400, $588 , as it had to be affordable for victims to pay up, rather than cutting their losses, sacrificing their data and doing a factory reset on their PC.Forget about infecting one computer – why not hijack multiple machines and then offer a bulk discount price?No computer is safe — you've been warnedForget about affecting individual consumers – there's so much more money to be made by hijacking an entire networkTo decrypt systems on web application servers at Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore that were hijacked by SamsamTo decrypt files at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, after a five-day stand-off where the hospital refused to pay the hackers' initial demands for $3.4mSamsam exploits a Jboss security vulnerability from 2010 and uses it to attack unpatched servers to encrypt entire networks, and Talos found 3.2 million machines connected to the internet in the world that are currently at risk, including 2,100 computers that had already been compromised and had a backdoor installed in them, just lying in wait until the attackers one day decide to use it.
Jason Howie/Flickr Black Lives Matter activist and Baltimore mayoral candidate Deray McKesson had his Twitter account hacked on Friday using a method that takes just minutes to carry out.The hacker got the account verification texts," McKesson tweeted.Before McKesson regained access to his Twitter account, the hacker tweeted an endorsement of Donald Trump for president, and a tweet announcing that "I'm not actually black."For example, Verizon Wireless' website asks for a customer's 10-digit phone number and billing zip code.Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.More from Tech Insider:Amazon is preparing a music streaming service to take on Spotify and AppleThe 12 worst video game movies of all timeThe actor behind Jon Snow is the villain in one of the year's biggest video gamesA hacker explains why you shouldn't believe North Korea was behind the massive Sony hackEverything we expect PlayStation to announce at E3NOW WATCH: Hackers showed us how easy it is to secretly clone a security badgeLoading video...
Sony has already set up a website where gamers can input their ZIP code to find the nearest location.The following cities will have demos available tomorrow:Baltimore, MarylandBoston, MassachusettsChicago, IlinoisCincinnati, OhioCleveland, OhioColumbia, South CarolinaColumbus, OhioDallas, TexasDenver, ColoradoDetroit, MichiganFayetteville, ArkansasFort Lauderdale, FloridaGrand Rapids, MichiganHartford, ConnecticutHouston, TexasLos Angeles, CaliforniaMilwaukee, WisconsinMinneapolis, MinnesotaNew York, New YorkSan Francisco, CaliforniaTampa, FloridaToledo, OhioWashington, D.C.West Palm Beach, FloridaSony will have a few games on display, including PlayStation VR Worlds, Eve: Valkyrie, Headmaster, Battlezone, and SuperHypeCube, with more games being added as PlayStation VR gets closer to launch.The competition in the VR space is only getting more competitive.Facebook s Oculus Rift and HTC and Valve s Vive are battling it out in a bitter war, courting developers with exclusivity deals.By starting PlayStation VR at $399, Sony hopes that the more casual consumer will be attracted to its headset, especially those that already own a PlayStation 4.But because VR games are so much more demanding, it s looking like Sony will most probably announce an upgraded version of the PlayStation 4 later this year, currently code-named Neo.
One of Sony's biggest announcements at E3 2016 this week was the official release date of PlayStation VR, along with some of its launch titles.Well, Sony is playing smart, and PS VR demo stations will be available at a number of retailers ahead of the October 13th launch, and they're starting this weekend at select Best Buy and GameStop locations.Sony has set up a special website where eager gamers can see when and where PS VR demo stations will be available.Even better is that they're not wasting any time, as starting tomorrow, June 17th, over 30 Best Buy and GameStops in the US have the VR headset available for testing.And on June 24th, the number of locations will expand to roughly 300 in both the US and Canada.The first cities to score PS VR demos this weekend are the following:Baltimore, MDBoston, MAChicago, ILCincinnati, OHCleveland, OHColumbia, SCColumbus, OHDallas, TXDenver, CODetroit, MIFayetteville, ARFt. Lauderdale, FLGrand Rapids, MIHartford, CTHouston, TXLos Angeles, CAMilwaukee, WIMinneapolis, MNNew York, NYSan Francisco, CATampa, FLToledo, OHWashington, D.C.West Palm Beach, FL
In some cities, all it takes to become an Uber driver is a background check and a quick car inspection.In others, signing up to drive takes weeks to process and thousands of dollars.In a new blog post, Uber's research team looked at how different cities' regulations affect how often drivers hit the road.Here's the chart: Even though New York City may be the most time-consuming and one of the most expensive places for Uber drivers to start driving, it's generally easier to become an Uber driver in the US than Europe and Asia.Consequently, people are more likely to drive part time in the US, as they don't have such high costs to make up: Uber found that more than 60% of drivers in the US use the app for less than 10 hours a week of work.Here's how Uber has ranked 42 of its top cities around the globe, from most to least costly for drivers:New York City Paris Singapore Sao Paulo, Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Manila, Philippines London Mexico City Houston Las Vegas Dallas Los Angeles San Francisco Moscow, Russia Columbus Toronto, Canada Denver Sydney, Australia Seattle Washington D.C. Baltimore Auckland, New Zealand Portland Minneapolis-St. Paul Miami Philadelphia Baton Rouge Detroit Salt Lake City Chicago New Jersey San Diego Orange County Phoenix Boston Orlando Charlotte San Antonio Oklahoma City Indianapolis Austin Stockholm NOW WATCH: We tried the 'Uber-killer' that just landed a $300 million investment from VolkswagenLoading video...
Earlier this month, Tribune Publishing Co., a 168-year-old newspaper publisher that s been home to the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun and Chicago Tribune, changed its name to tronc.I didn t mistype, that s what the company decided to go with, and it really is all lowercase.So what does it have in mind for its mission to take over the world?From the employee video above which went live today, it seems like tronc wants to confuse people with a high bpm that s buzzwords per minute statement that s impossible to make sense of.It s hard to tell if this a spoof – if it is, it s probably one of the best bits of satire in 2016.If not, well, it s clear that every other news publisher can pack up and go home, cause tronc has this journalism thing all figured out.
Amazon s online grocery shopping service, AmazonFresh, is expanding once again – roughly a year and a half since its last launch.Following its arrival in London earlier this month, the retailer announced on Tuesday that it would now make the service available to customers in Boston, Massachusetts in select neighborhoods.The city now joins the other AmazonFresh markets in the U.S., including Seattle, Northern California, Southern California, New York metro, Northern New Jersey, Philadelphia metro, Stamford, CT and Baltimore.Meanwhile, competing delivery services like those from Instacart, Peapod, Shipt, FreshDirect, and others, tend to make money by marking up the prices on the groceries, per-delivery fees, and upgrades to other, less-costly annual memberships for free deliveries on orders over a certain size.But where competitors have largely partnered with local grocers, meaning their employees and contractors simply go to stores, shop, and make deliveries as orders come in, Amazon instead has been investing in refrigerated warehouses and inventory.The company also offers a Prime Pantry service for packaged goods, and it partners with some local grocery stores to offer a more limited selection of perishables with its Prime Now service, available in a number of major metros across the U.S.
View photosIn this photo taken Feb. 17, 2016, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, center speaks via video conference to people in the Johns Hopkins University auditorium in Baltimore.After the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, senior Republicans had pressed for allowing the FBI to obtain a person's digital fingerprints without first securing a judge's permission.But the Senate rejected the amendment 58-38, two votes short of the 60 necessary to move ahead with the measure that would give federal law enforcement direct access to email and text message logs, internet browsing histories and other potentially sensitive online data.Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., opposed the amendment and decried what he said was the hypocrisy of defending gun rights while pushing for a measure that would undermine the constitutional prohibition against unlawful search and seizures.The Senate on Monday rejected plans to curb firearms, with many Republicans refusing to approve any legislation that would infringe on the broad right to bear arms.Three years ago, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's revelations about the agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' phone records set off a fierce debate, pitting civil libertarians concerned about privacy against more hawkish lawmakers fearful about losing tools to combat terrorism.
, the National Science Foundation has awarded a total of $1.5 million to five small projects looking to get kids involved with STEM topics, creative play and generally making stuff.University of Maryland researchers note that maker spaces, while touted as valuable community resources and good entry paths for STEM fields, are often inaccessible to the likes of inner-city youth: Even if they had a maker space nearby, many may not have the time or money to engage with it.The researchers propose creating a 3D print shop in Baltimore that will be run by local high school kids.The shop will, hopefully anyway, keep a few kids engaged with a passion they might otherwise be unable to pursue — and careful evaluation of the products and kids involved will help set a standard for future projects along these lines.No sense wasting that valuable data.But the fact is I m not actively either of those things, I m just a guy.
Bras are pretty magical.When they fit right, they support you in all the right places.The same concepts behind bra design can also apparently be applied to shoes.Under Armour has created running shoes, the Speedform Gemini 2 Record Equipped, that incorporate a similar breathable fabric and shape as a sports bra.Basically, the toe and heel cups feel a lot like bra cups — but for your feet.Along with the bra-like design, the shoes feature fancy movement-tracking tech.Under Armour first came out with the original Speedform in 2013, but the newest iteration, launching July 1, has a hyper-sensitive sensor embedded in the sole.It can track your runs in real time, no phone required.On my recent visit to Under Armour's headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, I learned more about how they're made.Keep scrolling for an exclusive look.View As: One PageSlides
The process of making athletic shoes and clothing has changed very little in the last half-century.Apart from industrial-sized machines that speed up production, many factories' operations look pretty similar.Under Armour wants to reinvent the process in its giant design and manufacturing test center, which opened June 28.Called the Lighthouse, the 140,000-square-foot space will act as an extension of UA's Baltimore headquarters.The goal of the new lab is to re-think how sneakers and athletic apparel are made, Under Armour's Head of Innovation, Kevin Haley, tells Tech Insider.Tech Insider got an exclusive look inside the lab, which features a massive 3D body scanner and robots that make shoes.Check it out.View As: One PageSlides
The case from the first season of the hit podcast Serial will be adding another chapter to the story.Although Adnan Syed was arrested for the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee and later sentenced to life in prison, a Baltimore judge vacated his convictions today, granting him a new trial.Syed s current attorney, C. Justin Brown, shared the news in an enthusiastic tweet after Judge Martin P. Welch handed down the decision, writing, WE WON A NEW TRIAL FOR ADNAN SYED!!!The official Serial Twitter account also provided an update, sharing a document with a summary of the outcome.Adnan Syed has been granted a new trial.Judge Welch s order: