Samuel L. Jackson on the lasting impact of the iconic ‘Shaft’ and how they made franchise’s latest movie work

Samuel L. Jackson on the lasting impact of the iconic ‘Shaft’ and how they made franchise’s latest movie work

“To have a guy like that who was unapologetically black, brave, cool and irreverent was a revelation,” Jackson said. “Like, OK, we’re making different kinds of movies now. By the time the Blaxploitation era hit, people tried to disparage it in an interesting sort of way, but we wanted it. We needed it. I’ve been going to movies all my life, so it was important that I see people who were heroes, who were sticking it to the Man, which is what basically those movies were. It was another way of going to the movies and seeing yourself win, or seeing a hero that looks like you or the hero that you can aspire to be.”

Sequans Introduces Two New LTE Modules for CBRS Spectrum

Sequans Introduces Two New LTE Modules for CBRS Spectrum

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June 10, 2019 08:00 AM EDT



Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) announced the availability of
two new modules optimized for the design of devices for LTE CBRS
(Citizens Broadband Radio Service) networks. The two modules are the
industry’s first cost-effective LCC (leadless chip carrier) modules
designed from the ground up to enable easy and massive deployment of IoT
devices on private LTE CBRS networks. The modules can support a wide
range of medium data rate applications—including industrial IoT and M2M
devices, gateways, and broadband consumer devices—and the very small
form factor LCC package enables easy mounting into small and thin
devices or mini-PCI or M.2 NGFF carriers.

According to Mobile Experts, leading wireless ecosystem research
company, “Key building blocks for the CBRS market have been solidified,
which means the market is ready for a commercial rollout beyond trials,”
said Kyung Mun, analyst. “We expect a surge in small cell shipments
between 2020 and 2023—an annual shipment of about 400,000 small cells
and radio equipment revenue reaching over $900 million, and more than
550 million handsets, CPEs, and IoT devices cumulatively shipped during
that time.”

Sequans is a member of the CBRS
, an industry organization dedicated to supporting the
development, commercialization, and adoption of LTE solutions for the US
3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

“As we near commercial launch, our members are demonstrating the wide
scope of CBRS OnGo use cases,” said Alan Ewing, executive director, CBRS
Alliance. “Industrial IoT is proving to be one of the first applications
for shared spectrum, and we are seeing a wealth of OnGo-enabled IoT
devices coming into the market, enabled by companies like Sequans.”

“We believe our new modules offer the industry’s most highly-optimized
cellular connectivity for CBRS network devices,” said Didier Dutronc,
Sequans’ chief marketing officer. “The LCC packaging is a first, and in
addition to the rich set of features, the modules share the same proven
software architecture of Sequans’ other LTE modules, thereby ensuring
easy integration and fast time to market.”

Sequans CBRS
Product Features

  • Available in two versions:

    • CB610L for LTE Cat 6
    • CB410L for LTE Cat 4
  • All-in-one standalone module solutions
  • Easy integration into IoT, M2M, and broadband devices
  • 3GPP Release 10
  • Small LCC (leadless chip carrier) package, 32 x 29 mm
  • Supports CBRS networks in USA on LTE band 48, and MNO networks
    worldwide on LTE bands 42/43
  • Includes drivers for all major host operating systems
  • Includes comprehensive set of interfaces

The CB610L and CB41L modules are based on Sequans’ Cassiopeia
 platform, which is compliant with 3GPP Release 10
specifications. Cassiopeia supports a frequency range from 170 MHz up to
3.8 GHz and highly flexible dual-carrier aggregation that allows the
combination of any two carriers of any size up to 20 MHz each,
contiguous or non-contiguous, inter-band or intra-band. Cassiopeia also
includes Sequans’ advanced receiver technology for improved performance.

About Sequans Communications

Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a leading provider of
single-mode 4G LTE semiconductor solutions for the Internet of Things
(IoT) and a wide range of broadband data devices. Founded in 2003,
Sequans has developed and delivered seven generations of 4G technology
and its chips are certified and shipping in 4G networks around the
world. Today, Sequans offers two LTE product lines: StreamrichLTE™,
optimized for broadband devices, including CPE, mobile and portable
routers, and high-performance IoT devices; and StreamliteLTE™, optimized
for lower data rate and narrowband IoT devices, including wearables,
trackers, and sensors. Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional
offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong,
Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, South Korea, and China. Visit Sequans online

Homework gap: Millions of students lack internet at home

Homework gap: Millions of students lack internet at home

HARTFORD, Conn. — With no computer or internet at home, Raegan Byrd’s homework assignments present a nightly challenge: How much can she get done using just her smartphone?

On the tiny screen, she switches between web pages for research projects, losing track of tabs whenever friends send messages. She uses her thumbs to tap out school papers, but when glitches keep her from submitting assignments electronically, she writes them out by hand.

“At least I have something, instead of nothing, to explain the situation,” said Raegan, a high school senior in Hartford.

She is among nearly 3 million students around the country who face struggles keeping up with their studies because they must make do without home internet. In classrooms, access to laptops and the internet is nearly universal. But at home, the cost of internet service and gaps in its availability create obstacles in urban areas and rural communities alike.

In what has become known as the homework gap, an estimated 17 percent of U.S. students do not have access to computers at home and 18 percent do not have home access to broadband internet, according to an Associated Press analysis of census data.

Until a couple of years ago, Raegan’s school gave every student a laptop equipped with an internet hot spot. But that grant program lapsed. In the area surrounding the school in the city’s north end, fewer than half of households have home access.

School districts, local governments and others have tried to help. Districts installed wireless internet on buses and loaned out hot spots. Many communities compiled lists of Wi-Fi-enabled restaurants and other businesses where children are welcome to linger and do schoolwork. Others repurposed unused television frequencies to provide connectivity, a strategy that the Hartford Public Library plans to try next year in the north end.

Some students study in the parking lots of schools, libraries or restaurants — wherever they can find a signal.

The consequences can be dire for children in these situations, because students with home internet consistently score higher in reading, math and science. And the homework gap in many ways mirrors broader educational barriers for poor and minority students.

Students without internet at home are more likely to be students of color, from low-income families or in households with lower parental education levels. Janice Flemming-Butler, who has researched barriers to internet access in Hartford’s largely black north end, said the disadvantage for minority students is an injustice on the same level as “when black people didn’t have books.”

Raegan, who is black, is grateful for her iPhone, and the data plan paid for by her grandfather. The honors student at Hartford’s Journalism and Media Academy tries to make as much progress as possible while at school.

“On a computer — click, click — it’s so much easier,” she said.

Classmate Madison Elbert has access to her mother’s computer at home, but she was without home internet this spring, which added to deadline stress for a research project.

“I really have to do everything on my phone because I have my data and that’s it,” she said.

Administrators say they try to make the school a welcoming place, with efforts including an after-school dinner program, in part to encourage them to use the technology at the building. Some teachers offer class time for students to work on projects that require an internet connection.

English teacher Susan Johnston said she also tries to stick with educational programs that offer smartphone apps. Going back to paper and chalkboards is not an option, she said.

“I have kids all the time who are like, ‘Miss, can you just give me a paper copy of this?’ And I’m like, ‘Well, no, because I really need you to get familiar with technology because it’s not going away,’ ” she said.

A third of households with school-age children that do not have home internet cite the expense as the main reason, according to federal Education Department statistics gathered in 2017 and released in May. The survey found the number of households without internet has been declining overall but was still at 14 percent for metropolitan areas and 18 percent in nonmetropolitan areas.

A commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission, Jessica Rosenworcel, called the homework gap “the cruelest part of the digital divide.”

In rural northern Mississippi, reliable home internet is not available for some at any price.

On many afternoons, Sharon Stidham corrals her four boys into the school library at East Webster High School, where her husband is assistant principal, so they can use the internet for schoolwork. A cellphone tower is visible through the trees from their home on a hilltop near Maben, but the internet signal does not reach their house, even after they built a special antenna on top of a nearby family cabin.

A third of the 294 households in Maben have no computer and close to half have no internet.

Her 10-year-old son, Miles, who was recently diagnosed with dyslexia, plays an educational computer game that his parents hope will help improve his reading and math skills. His brother, 12-year-old Cooper, says teachers sometimes tell students to watch a YouTube video to help figure out a math problem, but that’s not an option at his house.

On the outskirts of Starkville, home to Mississippi State University, Jennifer Hartness said her children often have to drive into town for a reliable internet connection. Her daughter, Abigail Shaw, who does a blend of high school and college work on the campus of a community college, said most assignments have to be completed using online software, and that she relies on downloading class presentations to study.

“We spend a lot of time at the coffee shops, and we went to McDonald’s parking lot before then,” Abigail said.

At home, the family uses a satellite dish that costs $170 a month. It allows a certain amount of high-speed data each month and then slows to a crawl. Hartness said it’s particularly unreliable for uploading data. Abigail said she has lost work when satellites or phones have frozen.

Raegan says she has learned to take responsibility for her own education.

“What school does a good job with,” she said, “is making students realize that when you go out into the world, you have to do things for yourself.”

Applied DNA Cannabis Partner TheraCann International Secures Agreement with South Africa’s House of Hemp

Applied DNA Cannabis Partner TheraCann International Secures Agreement with South Africa’s House of Hemp

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June 10, 2019 08:00 AM EDT



DNA Sciences Inc.
 (NASDAQ:APDN) (“Applied DNA”), a leader in
PCR-based DNA manufacturing for product authenticity and traceability
solutions, announced that its strategic partner to the global cannabis
industry, TheraCann International Benchmark Corporation (“TheraCann”),
has secured a collaboration agreement with House of Hemp (HoH), a
licensed pioneer in South African fiber, seed, oil and Cannabidiol (CBD)
medicinal production. The collaboration includes the implementation of
TheraCann’s molecular-tagging ETCH biotrace technology that uses a
physical molecular tag exclusively supplied by Applied DNA. TheraCann
was selected by HoH to be their technical expert and project management
team to achieve medical GMP standard for international cannabis export
and to provide the necessary technologies to track every gram, every
penny, and to ensure crop quality and reliability.

Link to original TheraCann press release:

John Shearman, VP for APDN’s Cannabis business, stated: “The agreement
with HOH demonstrates the pipeline of leads and opportunities are
converting into business agreements across an array of various use case
for the ETCH platform.”

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pre-clinical nucleic acid-based therapeutic drug candidates.

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molecular-based technology solutions and services that can help protect
products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of
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Democratizing AI: Max Pechyonkin

Democratizing AI: Max Pechyonkin

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is now an inescapable and often unnoticed part of daily life, and everyone can and should take part in developing its applications.

Max Pechyonkin, a deep learning engineer and dean of the China School of AI, an AI-focused education program, spoke at the Emerge by TechNode conference in Shanghai in May about his work in teaching people the fundamentals of an omnipresent technology that is vastly misunderstood.

“If you use a smartphone, you are using AI everyday,” he said, including any app with a content recommendation feature.

The technology has become so ubiquitous that its very definition has changed, he said. Twenty years ago, navigation apps like Google maps were considered AI, today, they are just “path-finding algorithms,” he explained. Perhaps in another 20 years what is considered cutting-edge AI at the moment, like computer vision, will be so commonplace that it is not labelled as such any longer, he added.

But as AI becomes part of our everyday lives, people focus too much on the technology itself, resulting in an “overhyped” concept, Pechyonkin said. People forget to talk about particular applications of AI, and focus on debating far-fetched scenarios instead of tangible possibilities, he explained.

People can’t really ground their ideas about AI because they are not very familiar with it, “when you don’t know about the technology in detail, you have no idea what it can and cannot do,” he said.

In fact, learning the basics of this technology is easier than ever before, it doesn’t require a doctorate, and there are plenty of online resources that can help anyone get a working understanding, Pechyonkin said. This is the biggest myth about AI these days, he has found. There is no need, for instance, to complete an online course just to have informed conversations about the ethics of applications.