Share This!The 30th Anniversary of The Little Mermaid animated film is coming up this fall. Disney is celebrating with the release of lots of Ariel-focused merchandise for children and adults. Many items hit the stores already, and we’re expecting more in the coming months.$129 Collector’s Doll These displays are in the Animation Courtyard areas of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at Mouse Gear in Epcot, but you can expect to find these and similar items throughout the parks.Are you a fan of The Little Mermaid? Would you make any of this merchandise part of your world? Let us know in the comments.
Sidney Rice has a lot on his shoulders this year with the Seattle Seahawks. The problem is, he had surgery on both shoulders and so they are hardly ready for him to take on NFL hits.“This is going to be up to them. I know they’re going to protect me as much as possible,” Rice said of the team. “Preseason is important but it’s not as important as the regular season. They’re going to take their time and progress me along, bring me along as much as possible, and we’ll see what happens during the preseason games.”Rice’s first season with Seattle was marred by injury. He injured one shoulder during the preseason and said he was unaware that the other was also damaged. Rice played as best he could through the two shoulder injuries until a pair of concussions — the second one suffered in Week 12 against Washington — finally landed Rice on injured reserve.His first shoulder surgery on the right one came Jan. 3. His left shoulder was repaired Feb. 16. Still, it could be a while before the Seahawks put him at risk. Initially, they were going to place Rice on the physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp, but he was cleared to participate in drills over the weekend before the first practice.“We’re just going to go through this conservatively, I guess you can say, and lengthen the time of his recovery through this camp. That’s great that he’s working and getting the timing worked, but we won’t get him banged for a while,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We’ll see how that goes as we start to make progress. This is the best time for us to have our hands on him and really work him right and finish off his off-season, and I just think he’s had enough that he’s been through that it warrants taking our time here and not rushing him back.”Rice’s health is of the utmost importance for Seattle this year because of the questions that linger with the rest of its receivers. The competition to find who will start opposite Rice, along with determining the depth of the position, is one of the few true battles the Seahawks have to solve during the next month.“I’m the leader of this group now with Mike (Williams) gone and I just want to lead by example,” Rice said. “These guys know how to play football but we have to bring it every day, bring the right attitude.”
Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL) are set to land business worth about Rs 5,500 crore, with the Election Commission (EC) getting “in principle” approval from the law ministry to buy about 14 lakh new electronic voting machines, or EVMs.The EC intends to buy 13,95,648 new balloting units and 9,30,482 control units at an estimated cost of Rs 5,511 crore in a staggered manner, between 2015-16 and 2018-19.Each EVM consists of one controlling unit and one ballot unit.Elections are due in Kerala, Puducherry, Assam, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu (2016), in Uttar Pradesh (2017), in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh (2018), besides Lok Sabha elections in 2019, when the Modi government’s current term will come to an end.The move has been necessitated since over 9 lakh EVMs are close to ending their 15-year-lifespan, reports PTI. The cost of an EVM is about Rs 20,000.The two public sector units are the sole manufacturers of EVMs in India; BEL has also exported EVMs to Namibia and exploring EVMs as a business opportunity in Southeast Asia and Africa. Elections in Namibia were held using EVMs manufactured by the defence public sector undertaking.The Bengaluru-based company shipped 5,850 customised EVMs to Namibia in three installments along with battery packs, tabulators and printers, according to IANS.But details of revenues earned by BEL from the sale of EVMs are not available.Sale of EVMs contributed Rs 200 crore to ECIL’s gross turnover of Rs 1,456 crore in 2013-14.The company’s turnover in 2014-15 was Rs 1,320 crore but the contribution of EVMs to its turnover is not known.The two companies had landed orders worth Rs 300 crore from the EC for supplying 2.5 lakh controlling units and around 4 lakh ballot units for the Lok Sabha elections last year.The news did not impact on the BEL stock that was trading at Rs 1,222.05, down 0.11% from its Friday close.
4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » June 16, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The ability to quickly gather the right data from the right sources, to make the best business decision possible, is crucial. Yet, the common perception that you need a chief data officer (CDO) to make that decision a reality is not always true.Related: ‘Big Data’ Is No Longer Enough: It’s Now All About ‘Fast Data’While the role of CDO only recently emerged, it is steadily growing, with Gartner predicting that 25 percent of organizations will have a CDO by 2017. However, while a big data strategy is vital, a CDO may not be.Organizations need to ditch the mindset that big-data innovation is an IT task reserved for the technically minded. To be data driven, and to be successful at it, all business users should be able to access the right data so they can creatively solve real problems.Executing that is possible with the help of a new kind of data leader that takes a design approach to big data — say hello to the “chief growth officer.” Bridging the divide between your IT and business needsThe industry has long claimed that to leverage your data assets, you should hire a CDO. But that is not a necessary investment on the path to becoming a data-driven business; in fact it may even be detrimental.When it comes to big-data strategies, there exists a damaging divide between IT departments and business needs. CDOs tend to focus on building out complicated architectures with complex technologies, and the end result isn’t always relevant to the business problems that need to be solved. A CDO’s role forces this individual to focus on collecting data sources and building a data lake. Yet simply bringing data together doesn’t accomplish much. Instead of using data analytics just for the sake of it, organizations need their data strategy to be laser-focused on solving real problems backed by transformational use cases (a list of actions or event steps).Related: Why You Need to Embrace the Big Data Trend in HRWith CDOs at the big-data helm, organizations risk losing sight of the business problems they need to solve. If businesses are trying to traverse a short distance from point A to point B, a CDO’s solution is all too often to spend excess resources to construct a high-speed boat not really suited for the job.In reality these business users simply needed a pedal bike that could solve their initial problem, and solve it fast. Solution: Hire a chief growth officer and adopt a ‘design-thinking’ approach.In contrast to a CDO, a chief growth officer uses data to creatively grow the business. These staffers focus first on why the company needs data to solve the problem, and then build out the technology behind it. Their agenda is based on use cases that will build the company. And that approach bridges the gap between IT initiatives and business needs.Rather than focus on the latest and greatest in big-data technologies, chief growth officers take a design approach that focuses on real business problems and works backwards. Far too often, we see companies churning their wheels to build Apache Spark or Kafka tools, to boast real-time and extreme-processing capabilities.Yet once companies implement these technologies, they apply only to a minority of use cases (a list of actions or event steps). In reality, these business users first needed tools that could help them analyze things, like personally identifiable information (PII).To develop a design approach to data analytics, start with the use case and scale from there. Consider what questions you want to ask your data and prioritize the ones that will deliver the biggest ROI. Once you have the top use cases identified, you can consider what specific big-data technology tool will solve your problems.The design approach to big data leaves room for creative thinking to solve, whereas the old, traditional approach by CDOs doesn’t allow for inventiveness.Related; Why Entrepreneurs Should Look Beyond Big DataBy arming themselves with a chief growth officer and a design approach to big data, companies can harness the power of creativity, great user experiences and computational power, to solve business problems in the best way possible.
Yesterday (11th of September), the OpenSSL team announced the stable release of OpenSSL 1.1.1. With work being in progress for two years along with more than 500 commits, the release comes with many notable upgrades. The most important new feature in OpenSSL 1.1.1 is TLSv1.3, which was published last month as RFC 8446 by the Internet Engineering Task Force. Applications working with OpenSSL1.1.0 can gain the benefits of TLSv1.3 by upgrading to the new OpenSSL version. TLS 1.3 features Reduction in the number of round trips required between the client and server to improve connection times 0-RTT or “early data” feature – which is the ability for clients to start sending encrypted data to the server straight away without any round trips with the server Removal of various obsolete and insecure cryptographic algorithms and encryption of more of the connection handshake has improved security For more details on TLS 1.3 read: Introducing TLS 1.3, the first major overhaul of the TLS protocol with improved security and speed Updates in OpenSSL 1.1.1 A complete rewrite of the OpenSSL random number generator The OpenSSL random number generator has been completely rewritten to introduce capabilities such as: The default RAND method now utilizes an AES-CTR DRBG according to NIST standard SP 800-90Ar1. Support for multiple DRBG instances with seed chaining. Public and private DRBG instance. DRBG instances are made fork-safe. Keep all global DRBG instances on the secure heap if it is enabled. The public and private DRBG instance are per thread for lock free operation Support for various new cryptographic algorithms The different algorithms that are now supported by OpenSSL 1.1.1 include: SHA3, SHA512/224 and SHA512/256 EdDSA (including Ed25519 and Ed448) X448 (adding to the existing X25519 support in 1.1.0) Multi-prime RSA SM2,SM3,SM4 SipHash ARIA (including TLS support) Side-Channel attack security improvements This upgrade also introduces significant Side-Channel attack security improvements, maximum fragment length TLS extension support and a new STORE module, implementing a uniform and URI based reader of stores containing keys, certificates, CRLs and numerous other objects. OpenSSL 1.0.2 will receive full support only until the end of 2018 and security fixes only till the end of 2019. The team advises users of OpenSSL 1.0.2 to upgrade to OpenSSL 1.1.1 at the earliest. Head over to the OpenSSL blog for further details on the news. Read Next GNU nano 3.0 released with faster file reads, new shortcuts and usability improvements Haiku, the open source BeOS clone, to release in beta after 17 years of development Ripgrep 0.10.0 released with PCRE2 and multi-line search support