Facebook Experimenting With Voice Calling

first_imgTags:#Facebook#voice#web Nothing in the image indicates a Skype partnership, but with last Fall’s “deep integration” in mind, we thought it would be the most likely partner-in-crime. When we last wrote about the Facebook-Skype partnership, we wrote “What we’re really hoping to see from this partnership are Skype buttons on Facebook that launch Skype calls and SMS capabilities.” This would go beyond Skype buttons, with direct integration. We asked Skype if it had anything to do with it, to which we received a “no comment.” A Facebook spokesperson offered a standard response, saying “We don’t comment on rumor and speculation and have nothing to announce at this time.”The move would make a lot of sense for Facebook, which has worked recently to become the center of your online communication experience. Its recent “not email” announcement debuted a form of communication that would supposedly work seamlessly between devices, so that there would be little differentiation between messaging, email and Facebook chat. Voice calling between users, whether from browser to browser, phone to browser, or browser to phone, would just make sense in creating a more seamless communication experience.Have you seen the “call” button on your Facebook? Have you clicked it? Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification mike melanson Last September, news broke that Facebook and VoIP service Skype were about to announce a “deep integration partnership” that would bring integration of SMS and voice chat. A couple weeks later, we got Skype 5.0, which included an integrated Facebook phonebook and browsing, but we asked when we would see the opposite – Skype integration on Facebook.Today, The Daily What has an image from a tipster that shows a feature similar to what we were hoping for – voice calling integrated on Facebook.According to The Daily What, their tipster wrote them, saying “So I was just chatting on Facebook chat and I got the option to ‘call’ my friend. it swiftly disappeared.” Take a look at the screenshot: The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Post-Deployment Depressive Symptoms in Military Wives

first_imgBy Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, The Prison, May 27, 2007]Recent research has shown that military spouses show relatively high rates of depression during combat deployment of their spouse and that the rates of depression are more than 3 times that of their civilian counterparts. Much of the research to date has centered on the deployment period, though 75% of spouses have reported that the first 3 months following deployment is the most stressful time during the deployment cycle. Given the high rates of mental health conditions during and following the deployment cycle and the importance of maintaining a high level of functioning in the military family, researchers Dolphin, Steinhardt, and Cance have examined the influence of positive emotions on depression in female spouses following deployment [1].A total of 252 Army wives whose husbands had been deployed to Afghanistan were surveyed during the deployment of their spouse and 3 months following the return of their active-duty husband. Sixty percent of spouses were married to junior enlisted soldiers, 31% to non-commissioned officers, and 9% to commissioned officers. Ages ranged from 19 to 39 with a mean age of 25. The military wives had been married an average of 4 years. Eighty-four percent of the participants had children.Demographic information as well as measures of marital satisfaction and positive emotions were collected during the deployment period. Marital satisfaction was measured using a single question that ranged from very unsatisfied to very satisfied. Positive emotions were measured using the 10-item subscale of the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) which focuses on positive and negative arousal. Following deployment, coping strategies, resilience and depressive symptoms were measured. Coping strategies were measured using the Brief Coping Orientations to Problems Experienced Scale (Brief COPE), capturing a broad range of behavioral and cognitive strategies used during stressful situations. Resilience characteristics, such as faith, goal setting, humor, and patience, were measured using the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale. The Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale was used to measure depressive symptoms, including depressed mood, feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness.Analysis of the surveys showed that one-third of the participants reported moderately severe levels of depressive symptoms 3 months following deployment of the service member. Lower levels of positive emotions during deployment correlated with higher maladaptive coping and more depressive symptoms after deployment. Of note, wives who had been married longer and had greater marital satisfaction showed lower levels of maladaptive coping and fewer depressive symptoms than their peers who had been married a shorter period of time and were dissatisfied with their marriages. It is also notable that having experienced a higher number of deployments was associated with more positive emotions, better coping and resilience, and lower levels of depression.When working with military wives who have recently experienced deployment of their husband and who are experiencing depressive symptoms, emphasizing adaptive coping skills, such as utilizing emotional support, may lead to improved well-being during this difficult transition time.References[1] Dolphin, K. E., Steinhardt, M. A., & Cance, J. D. (2015). The role of positive emotions in reducing depressive symptoms among Army wives. Military Psychology, 27(1), 22-35. doi:10.1037/mil0000062This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Georgetown Basketball: Georgetown Reveals Winning Court Design Contest Submission

first_imgGeorgetown basketball Court Design.Twitter/@georgetownhoyasGeorgetown looked to the Hoya fan base for a new basketball court design, and 150 submissions later, they have chosen a winner. Submitted by former Georgetown swimming & diving team member Kevin Rieffel, here is the court that the Hoyas will be playing on at the Verizon Center this season.Here is the winner of the @GeorgetownHoops Court Design Contest! Design by @KRieffel! Release: http://t.co/YYCmsIKfx6 pic.twitter.com/1B4PRu53hw— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015 The design isn’t overly adventurous, but most notably features a kente cloth pattern in the lanes, similar to the design used on Georgetown’s jerseys during the Allen Iverson era in the 1990s. Some of the runners-up were a bit more bold.Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most Washington DC Pride’ Winners: Trey Lord and Perry Cao. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/OVLgS88RzW— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best Hand-Drawn’ Winner: Jake Foote #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/pRM4npTrWv— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best use of Georgetown’s Campus’ Winners: Erin Rudy, Norma Perez, Seth Berger #HoyaSaxa pic.twitter.com/RDQseLvwhI— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best Pop Culture Reference’ Winner: Scott Greenwood. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/oRxalYGgPY— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most Likely to Scare Opposing Players’ Winner: Leo Ariemma #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/WJfmmUzXxk— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Best in Representing @GeorgetownHoops History’ Winners: Anthony Calabro & Leo Ariemma. pic.twitter.com/fGGoFI5Br4— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015Hoyas Court Design Contest: ‘Most out-of-the-box design’ Winners: Jimmy Donofrio and Dan Kane. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/p5tfst16DJ— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 201Hoyas Court Design Contest: Runner-Up Selections: Alexis Dever, Derek Howard, Brian McCrodden. #HoyasCourt pic.twitter.com/jkfIMaCiJ1— Georgetown Hoyas (@georgetownhoyas) June 9, 2015 What do you think of the new floor, Hoya fans?last_img read more

Fergie Supports New GenderBased Violence Initiative

first_imgThe Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women – a collaboration of Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Avon Foundation for Women and the U.S. Department of State – has presented a new initiative to address gender-based violence: the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative.Uzra Zeya, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Alyse Nelson, CEO of Vital Voices, Fergie, Avon Foundation Ambassador, William Burns, Deputy Secretary of State, and Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon Products, Inc.In making the announcement, Vital Voices CEO Alyse Nelson said, “we are delighted to be part of this new initiative that leverages the knowledge and expertise of our global women leaders to rapidly and effectively identify and respond to the immediate needs of victims. From providing legal services to women who have suffered domestic violence, to creating viable employment opportunities for survivors of human trafficking these leaders know their communities and they have designed solutions that restore freedom and dignity. They are bringing us closer to a world free of violence.”The Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative is a first-of-its-kind global program dedicated to assisting victims of extreme forms of gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices around the world. The Initiative takes comprehensive steps to eradicate domestic violence, sexual assault, honor crimes and other forms of gender based violence by providing critical support to survivors. By providing short-term emergency grants to cover medical care, emergency shelter, legal assistance, and other related costs, the program allows victims in urgent situations to access life-saving services.“Gender-based violence is a global epidemic and an affront to humanity,” said Uzra Zeya, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. It is our privilege to join in launching the GBV Initiative, a unique partnership which aims to uphold the dignity and advance the human rights of women and girls around the world.”The Initiative takes a holistic approach to addressing these crimes by creating a global gender-based violence training program for law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, government officials, and NGO advocates – The Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence. Over the next two years, the program will work with criminal justice professionals and service providers in India, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa and other countries to develop and provide training that promotes a victim-centered approach to holding offenders accountable for their crimes.Avon Foundation Global Ambassador Fergie said, “The new Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence is designed to ensure that laws achieve their promise. It will go even further to protect women who are victims of violence and secure justice for them. I am so proud to announce this pioneering new partnership of the Avon Foundation for Women, Vital Voices and the State Department.”Cindy Dyer, Vice President for Human Rights at Vital Voices Global Partnership and a former specialized domestic and sexual violence prosecutor, states “we are honored to be part of these groundbreaking, comprehensive initiatives that will provide victims of gender-based violence not only with the critical services they need, but also with the justice they deserve.”last_img read more

Citigroup 4Q Earnings Snapshot

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) _ Citigroup Inc. (C) on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $4.31 billion, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.The bank, based in New York, said it had earnings of $1.64 per share. Earnings, adjusted for pretax gains, were $1.61 per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.55 per share.The U.S. bank posted revenue of $23.98 billion in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $17.12 billion, falling short of Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $17.48 billion.Citigroup shares have increased nearly 9 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed almost 4 per cent. The stock has fallen 26 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on C at https://www.zacks.com/ap/CThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Rahul Gandhi targets PM for not fulfiling promies to AP

first_imgVijayawada-Kalyanadurg (AP): Congress President Rahul Gandhi Sunday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘not fulfiling’ the promises to Andhra Pradesh and YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on alleged corruption, even as he flayed Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu over ‘mismanagement’ of the state. At the same time, Rahul repeated his promise of according Special Category Status and building a strong AP the moment the Congress came to power at the Centre. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Special category status was the central point of his campaign rallies in the two places even as he touched upon other national issues like the proposed Nyay scheme, attacks on dalits and minorities, making doing business easy for youngsters, economic frauds, farm loan waiver and education reforms. You know the mismanagement that has taken place in AP. You know the state is struggling, the Congress president said, addressing his first election campaign meeting in Vijayawada in the morning. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He also spoke about the ‘corruption’ of Jagan Reddy, without elaborating. At the campaign rally at Kalyanadurg in Anantapur district late in the evening, Rahul spoke about the travails of farmers in the state, particularly in this parched district, and said 600 farmers had committed suicide in the last two years. Cultivable land reduced by half in Anantapuramu district, he pointed out, but avoided directly mentioning the Telugu Desam Party government. On the special category status (SCS) issue, however, the Congress chief found fault with the TDP as well for ‘failing to exert pressure’ on the Centre. Five years have gone-by and the current Prime Minister did not fulfil the promises made by the people of the country. And it is sad that neither of the two parties in AP had put pressure on the PM to take this decision. TDP was in alliance with Narendra Modi and they should have put pressure on him and forced him to give SCS, Rahul remarked. And I understand that Jaganmohan Reddy has a lot of cases on him. I understand that the Prime Minister can put a lot of pressure on Reddy. But this is not the question of an individual. This is the question of the future of people of AP, he added. He observed that SCS was important for the future of AP and that was what people of India owed to the state. There should be no confusion that the moment the Congress comes to power in 2019, one of the first decisions we will take will be giving SCS to AP. Because we are absolutely convinced that AP needs SCS, the Congress chief said. Criticizing the Prime Minister for ‘failing to honour’ the promises made to AP (post-bifurcation), Gandhi recalled that Modi himself promised SCS and also said the state needed a world-class capital. Truth is neither did he give SCS, Central University, Kadapa steel plant or the Polavaram project. What has been promised by PM has to be delivered. We will give it to you, he promised. The Congress president also assured to positively look into the demand for granting Scheduled Caste status to the Vaddera community and Scheduled Tribe status to the Valmiki community. He promised to take up categorization of the SCs in an amicable manner.last_img read more

Wilshere I am willing to go abroad

first_imgFree agent Jack Wilshere has revealed that he is willing to consider any offers abroad after his contract at Arsenal officially expired on SaturdayThe England international had previously accepted a deal with the Gunners that would have resulted in lower wages for next season, but he retracted his decision upon learning that his opportunities for regular football would be restricted under new boss Unai Emery.Wilshere has been strongly linked with moves to several Premier League clubs over the past year along with Serie A giants Juventus and AC Milan.“I am willing to go abroad if the right opportunity comes up,” he told Sky Sports.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Also, everyone knows I like the Premier League and the battle of it.“It is literally the best thing that comes up and the best opportunity that we will take. I am not really in any rush, today [Saturday] is actually my last day with my contract at Arsenal, so it’s been a bit of a strange day.“I have played 10 years as a professional there and had 17 years at the club. We are looking at things and I am keeping myself fit. So if something does come up I am ready to go.”Since joining Arsenal at the age of nine in 2001, Wilshere made almost 200 first-team appearances for the Gunners and won the FA Cup twice in 2014 and 2015.last_img read more

Sergio Ramos takes swipe at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgSergio Ramos has lashed back at Jurgen Klopp as the war of words over last season’s Champions League final continuesReal Madrid captain Ramos made headlines during the game after tangling with Mohamed Salah, who subsequently left the field injuredThe skipper equally collided with Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, who was later found to have suffered a concussion.Liverpool boss Klopp referred to Ramos’ actions as “ruthless and brutal” in an interview over the summer and was again critical of the Spaniard last week.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.In a recent interview ahead of Real’s UEFA Super Cup match against Atletico Madrid in Tallinn on Wednesday, Ramos was asked about these comments.He said: “I have given my opinion on the matter. I have no intention of hurting a player deliberately.“He will be wanting to explain not winning the final, but it’s not the first that he has lost.“Some of us have been operating at a very high level for many years – not sure he can say the same. Let Klopp worry about his own players.”last_img read more

Borussia Dortmund bus bomber learned to make it on Google

first_imgIn April 2017, a 29-year-old tried to blow up the team’s bus, but he only wanted to do damage to lower the club’s stock market priceFor 29-year-old Sergej W., the idea to blow up Borussia Dortmund’s bus was simply driven by the desire to make money.The man is being accused of planting and making a bomb that damaged the Bundesliga side team bus on April 2017.According to The Mirror, he hoped to make £3 million on the stock market after the team’s stocks fell because of the attack last year.Asked by judge Peter Windgaetter on how he learned to make the device he simply replied: “I just Googled it.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The defendant said that he was not trying to hurt anybody.“Well I made my explosive weaker, I only used 600 milliliters [20.28 oz].”Footballer Marc Bartra was injured during the incident.A verdict is expected in November in the German courts.last_img read more

Martin Luther King Community Choir celebrates 20 years with Pastor Ken Anderson

first_img March 21, 2018 Dave Scott Martin Luther King Community Choir celebrates 20 years with Pastor Ken Anderson Dave Scott, Updated: 5:58 PMcenter_img Posted: March 21, 2018 For more than two decades, the Martin Luther King Community Choir of San Diego has been thrilling audiences across the county with their powerful voices.The award-winning gospel choir has performed around the world and will soon focus its talent in San Diego on a series of special concerts.On April 7th, the Choir will perform at the KROC Center in Rolando. The show celebrates the Choir’s 20th anniversary and is under the direction of Pastor Ken Anderson.We will also be featuring a lady named Arnessa Jones. Arnessa is also producing a show called “All About the Blues.” This show is on May 19th and features the Choir of which Arnessa is a member. But she is also a talented playwright.KUSI’s Dave Scott was in Rolando this evening where the choir is rehearsing for their big shows. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more