Email Digital Story Innovation Team By Michael Slezak and Mark Doman Updated November 19, 2019 10:52:23 Photo: A false-colour image showing a fire burning on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, infrared hotspots have been highlighted to show active fire fronts. (European Union: Sentinel 2) Map: Brazil As thick plumes of smoke blanketed Brazil's most populous city Sao Paulo, global attention turned to the cause.The Amazon, the world's most biodiverse rainforest, was burning at a rate not seen in almost a decade.It was decried as a global tragedy. Lit by farmers, the fires raged through villages, destroyed ecosystems and pumped climate-warming pollution into the atmosphere.The Brazilian government, which has been criticised for winding back protections of the Amazon, sent in the army and slapped a temporary ban on fires used to clear land.But one month on, the fires are still burning.The sheer size of the Amazon, and those fires that engulfed it, can be hard to comprehend. … [Read more...] about The Amazon rainforest fires continues to burn and there are fears the worst is yet to come
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By Matt Day A coalition of children’s advocacy organizations is asking U.S. regulators to investigate whether Amazon.com Inc.’s Echo kids smart speaker violates privacy law. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy, joined by several other interest groups, plans to file a complaint Thursday with the Federal Trade Commission saying Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition infringes on children’s privacy rights. The company retains voice recordings indefinitely and, in some cases, holds onto their personal data even after users tried to delete it, according to the complaint. Those practices violate the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, said Josh Golin, executive director of the CCFC. “Given that Amazon has the money to pay the best corporate privacy attorneys that money can buy, it seems really strange that this was done in such a way that it does violate COPPA in so many ways,” said Golin, who added … [Read more...] about Is Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition violating your child’s privacy?
MUMBAI: As Indians get more comfortable with unified payment interface (UPI) — the home grown app-based accountto-account payments platform — they are now using it to pay for a Rs 7-cutting chai or a Rs 15-bun-maska. As a result, the average ticket size of UPI transactions has more than halved from Rs 3,902 in FY17 to Rs 1,751 in FY20 till date. While the ticket size is getting smaller the frequency of use is increasing. This is reflected in monthly transactions, which were over 120 crore and worth Rs 1.89 lakh crore in November 2019. UPI’s digital payments, which enables account-to-account transfer without sharing any personal information, was first picked up by tech-savvy urban consumers to pay for app-based online services like Swiggy, Zomato, Amazon, Flipkart, Ola and Uber. They are now spreading to in-store payments and small businesses like chaiwallahs, panwallahs and autowallahs. Given the low payment infrastructure cost, UPI is bridging the gap between … [Read more...] about Autos to tea stalls: UPI makes inroads
Email By Kevin Nguyen Posted December 12, 2019 05:17:58 Photo: Scientists fear climate change has disrupted the recovery process of forests after a fire. (ABC News: Kathleen Calderwood) Related Story: From space, you can clearly see the human impact on 'Earth's lungs' Related Story: Liberal MPs break ranks with colleagues over bushfires, climate change link Related Story: More planes and firefighters not the answer to NSW's bushfire woes, former RFS chief says Map: NSW Australia's bushfires have been so devastating, the country's forests may not be able to reabsorb the toxic carbon dioxide produced by the blazes, climate scientists say. Key points:At least 2.7 million hectares of NSW land, including "exceptionally carbon-dense" forests, have been burnt this bushfire seasonDrought and intense blazes have disrupted vegetation's bushfire recovery processIt is feared Australian forests could become "carbon sources rather than carbon sinks" Bushfires are normally … [Read more...] about NSW bushfires could cripple forests’ ability to reabsorb carbon dioxide, climate scientists say
By Girish Menon The animation and Visual Effects (VFX) industry continues to steadily gain acceptance with Indian talent poised to rub shoulders with global counterparts. According to the KPMG India-FICCI Indian Media and Entertainment Industry Report 2017, the Indian animation and VFX industry grew at 16.4 per cent in 2016 to reach a size of INR59.5 billion, driven majorly by a 31 per cent growth in VFX, with animation remaining steady at a growth rate of 9 percent. The animation services market in 2016 continued to be dominated by outsourced projects from television and film sectors, which accounted for around 85 per cent of the total animation services turnover in India. Going ahead, digital advertising and films are likely to see a larger share of the animation services pie, albeit, the domestic contribution to the same is likely to remain tepid. The animation IP production segment grew at a faster rate in 2016 on the back of increasing demand for localised animation content and … [Read more...] about Indian animation and VFX industry is getting bigger and better