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Mateos Taqueria Not a Techeria

first_img Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% You can see that Mateo’s is a labor of love, a dedication to food that is free of GMOs, prepared with natural and organic ingredients, local when possible, while still trying to be authentic and tasty.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzOn our first visit, the BF ordered his standard – a super carne asada burrito, which comes with rice, choice of beans (he went with whole black), guacamole, crema, cheese and of course, the meat. The organic flour tortillas, we were told, were hand-made in Sonoma. The burritos are griddled here, instead of steamed and pressed, which gives them a nice outer crunch. The carne asada shone through all the ingredients; it was a very flavorful beef, well-marinated and seasoned. (The BF is pretty picky about his burritos and said it was now the next best thing to Taqueria Cancun’s, his favorite in the Mission.)Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzDefinitely a Mission-style burrito – as you can see, it’s almost the length of his forearm.We asked for and received chips and salsa, which one of the owners brought to our table. They charge 75 cents for a large order of chips. They’re really good chips, though, housemade. I really feel taquerias should have free chips – at least one basket – and a salsa bar, which Mateo’s will have shortly. In the meantime, we asked for and were given three salsas – the habanero, tomatillo, and a molcajete (mortar and pestle) red sauce, which had a little bit of a chipotle thing going on (though it could have used a little more, as I found it very tame). All were good and fresh – especially the tomatillo. And the habanero one made me sniffle and tear up – always a good sign.I ordered the La Mission Taco – a surf-and-turf deal with carne asada marinated in guajillo chile and cactus, and big fat shrimps in a chile de arbol citrus sauce. Those shrimps were perfectly cooked, and the carne asada was really delicious, nice and chewy and a bit charred.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzI also had to have a fish taco. Fish tacos are never as good away from the streets of Ensenada, Tijuana, Rosarito Beach…. Maybe you’ll find a place that does a decent job in San Diego, but I’ve never had one that tastes like they do south of the border. Until now. The fish was perfectly crispy on the outside – the batter they use must be so light, but there was good coverage, and the wild cod was meltingly tender on the inside, with a tangy crema, and a slaw that contained the only downside of the whole thing – some mango. I love mango. Just not in my salsa/slaw. Not on my fish taco, please. I wish I’d picked it out. But other than that, the taco was a delight. Both tacos benefited from the habanero salsa. I’d have both again.I had an agua fresca – Jamaica – with my meal…Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzJamaica is made with hibiscus flowers and has a lovely ruby color. This one was very refreshing and tart.On our second visit, the BF got an al pastor burrito, super, of course. Unfortunately, their al pastor isn’t assertive enough to withstand all those fillings. Al Pastor should sing out to you proudly, it should announce its smoky, pinapple-y goodness in whatever form it takes. I’m afraid this one doesn’t hold a vela to Taqueria San Jose’s (arguably the king of al pastor in the Mission.) The meat itself had a really good chewy texture, and I could certainly taste pineapple, but where was the chipotle, the smoke? The BF said it was almost like eating a veggie burrito, since he couldn’t taste the meat. The carne asada had certainly been flavorful enough to hold its own in his burrito our first time. Hopefully they’ll tweak their recipe some.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzWe got an order of guacamole, and again asked for salsa with the chips – you need both! But the guacamole was really delicious – fresh, very creamy, yet with nice chunks of avocado, and not too limey. I’d like a little more onion flavor to it, but that’s just a quibble.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzI got their chorizo and potatoes taco – a classic combination that isn’t on every taqueria’s menu – it was excellent. They make their own chorizo, and you can taste it – it was very fresh and light, not greasy, but really well spiced, juicy, with a good texture, and larger chunks than the norm. Surprisingly, there was very little potato in the mix, which at least means they’re not using it as filler. I would definitely order this again too.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzFor my beverage this time (they don’t have their beer and wine license yet, but when they do… SANGRIA!), I ordered an horchata (a sweet rice drink – think liquid rice pudding). It came with a whole cinnamon stick and a sprig of mint – a nice touch – and though it had a very slight chalkiness to it, you could tell it was homemade.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzNot cloyingly sweet. Delish.I also decided to try something a little different. I ordered their Dulce Diabla (“Sweet Devil”) quesadilla, which comes with fried plantains and carnitas in a chipotle sauce. I should have known – I guess I just don’t love fruit in my Mexican food very much (other than the pineapple in al pastor). It would have been very good without the plantains. The shredded carnitas, at least, had a good porky flavor. They also make a Mar y Tierra version (the same as my shrimp and carne asada taco), so I’d be all over that.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzPhoto by Maria C. AscarrunzOur most recent visit, I ordered the Ensalada de Mateo – a nice fresh salad of mixed greens, cabbage, whole black beans, avocado, crispy tortilla strips, crema, queso fresco, a lime epazote (a pungent herb) vinaigrette, and your choice of meat, if you desire. We got it with the carne asada. The salad was really nice, refreshing, crunchy, fresh…though it did need a bit of salt.The BF got a carne asada taco.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzThe only problem with our salad and the taco was that the carne asada was not as flavorful as on our first visit; I’m hoping that they’re still working out consistency issues, as carne asada is what we truly measure a taqueria by. Liberal dollops of their habanero sauce came to the rescue, though, and I wolfed the salad down, panting all the way.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzSo much so, that I had to take half of my short ribs torta (Mexican griddled sandwich) home.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzIt doesn’t appear on the menu – there’s a burrito with costilla corta, but you can also get it as a torta, and it comes just stuffed with meat, avocados slices, crema and a red cabbage slaw, warm and pressed. The short ribs were to die for – succulent, superbly tender, and rich. When we told Mateo we especially loved the torta, he excitedly told us that was because the meat is braised in a tamarind (a pod-like, tart fruit) sauce for 24 hours. And there went my fruit and Mexican food theory – another dish I’d absolutely get again.And finally, another refreshing agua fresca: tamarindo! Really good.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzThey have breakfast items too – I am dying to try their chilaquiles.   And, in addition to the beer and wine offerings to come, they’re also going to have a patio out back, probably sometime next year.Of course, I’ve already heard people complaining that this is a “techie” joint, that it will cater to the Vida crowd (that new monster condo complex just half a block away), that it’s not authentic, etc. At least two of the owners have been on site on each of our visits – manning the cash register, taking orders, and serving food to our table. Everyone has been warm, friendly, welcoming, eager to please and answer questions. Yes, they seem very proud of the fact they’re using organic food and local vendors, yet I got no sense of hipsterism, nor that they felt any moral superiority for doing so.And no, it’s not your usual Mission-cheap joint. A taco here will set you back $4.00 – 5.00. But the portions are hefty, and of good quality; I’m willing to pay the price now and again. I’m a huge fan of all the old school taquerias near us, and we frequent them often. But I just don’t believe it has to be an either/or situation. I think Mateo’s is a welcome alternative in the Mission, and I’m happy to have a new family in the neighborhood.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzMateo’s Taqueria2471 Mission StreetBetween 21st St & 20th St415-648-6000(website under construction) 0%center_img Mateo’s Taqueria at 2471 Mission St.took over the space left by the very short-lived Jamie’s, which replaced the long-lived torta shop (whose name I can’t remember). I watched the façade change – they painted the Victorian building above black and put in a modern, sleek taco and burrito spot. The question is, did the Mission need a new taqueria, especially one like this?Most of the taquerias within a five- block radius have been around a good 10-20 years. They’re all a little run-down, they pretty much sell the same items, in varying degrees of authenticity and deliciousness. Everyone has their favorites – La Taqueria, El Ben Sabor, and Taqueria San Jose being a few of mine. Mateo’s looks like a cool warehouse space with its concrete floors and funky, brightly-colored accents. The place, being new, with its large, open, stainless steel kitchen, is spotless, and you get the feeling it’s going to remain that way for quite a long while. The seating is communal, with a few window stool seats so you can watch the crowds go by on Mission.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzWe spoke to Mateo (“Matt”) on one of our visits. He told us that the taqueria is owned by five friends – four of whom live in the City. Matt grew up in his grandmother’s café in Noe Valley.  He bussed tables, prepped, cooked; and one of his co-partners has 12 years in the food industry as well. As for the cooks themselves – he lit up – “They’re really good.” The friends had been discussing opening a restaurant together for four years. They decided upon a taqueria, and wanted to keep it simple, and the price point reasonably low. At some point, Matt says, they may add more elaborate dishes, like enchiladas – perhaps for brunch – but for now, they wanted to stick to the basics. Mateo told us to come by on a weekend – until they get their license, it’s a BYOB situation, and the place has been quite lively.last_img read more

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Dirty dozen These are the Mission District restaurants with the lowest food

first_img Email Address Working with Mission Local, Victoria Beckley, a volunteer, created this map to display up-to-date food safety scores of city restaurants. You can see the current scores of all restaurants in San Francisco, and link to information from the San Francisco Department of Health about the reasons for the ratings.Zoom in on the Mission District, and the map reveals 12 red dots. This means that exactly a dozen Mission restaurants received a food safety score of 70 or below on their most recent exam — essentially, a failing or near-failing score. According to the agency’s website, a rating this poor indicates that multiple high-risk violations were observed during a routine health inspection, typically held every six to 18 months.Three of the restaurants on this map with a poor rating — Mission Beach Cafe, La Victoria Bakery and Ali Baba’s Cave — shut their doors for good earlier this year, for stated reasons not entirely related to their health inspection scores. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img A few things to note about the scores: In most cases, restaurants that receive a score below 70 are shut down only temporarily, giving them an opportunity to remedy their violations. In these circumstances, the health inspectors would then return a few days later to determine whether the restaurant is safe to reopen. But the restaurant must live with the scarlet letter of its low score until its next routine inspection — for months, or even more than a year.In short, if a restaurant is open, it is now an ostensibly safe place to eat. It just wasn’t always.No. 1: VBowls LLC1200 Vermont St.Score: 58Poke. Rice bowls. Ramen. And currently the worst health inspection score in the Mission District. VBowls on Vermont street offers quick, affordable food you can even order through the online food delivery service Grubhub. At your own risk. A city health inspection in May identified the following major violations: “high-risk food holding temperatures,” “inadequate hand washing facilities,” no hot water or running water, and contaminated food. Two days later, health inspectors returned to the restaurant for a follow-up visit, and found that all of these violations had been corrected.No. 2: Cha Cha Cha2327 Mission St.Score: 60Cha Cha Cha has been serving up tapas at its Mission Street bar/restaurant for over two decades — and has “witnessed it all,” according to a sign near the bar. Including a forced health department closure. As we reported in June of last year, the popular happy hour spot known for its cajun shrimp and potent sangria closed down for four days due to a cockroach infestation and other violations. According to health inspection records from June 26 to June 30, health inspectors found live cockroaches on the kitchen’s cutting boards and inside a dishwasher at the bar. An inspector also found cockroach feces along the restaurant’s walls, on pipes, and under bartops and prep tables.  “Observed a large plastic container of beans cooling at room temperature … ” wrote inspector Carlos Barragan on June 26. He also observed a “large piece of pork cooling at room temperature.”These sights spurred a re-inspection on June 29, 2018. Health workers then discovered an abundance of grease and food scraps on the restaurant’s walls, ceiling, kitchen equipment, beneath bartops and on clean dishes, the report said. In addition, water had accumulated in the dishwashing room, and garbage and grease had accumulated in the garbage room.  All told, the violations resulted in a score of 60 out of 100, with 28 points docked for “high-risk” violations, eight for “mod-risk” and four for “low-risk.” Much of the staff had to receive on-site food safety training.The restaurant was allowed to reopen on June 30, 2018 following a visit by an exterminator and a third city inspection.–Julian MarkNo. 3: Duc Loi Supermarket2200 Mission St.Score: 65Duc Loi on Mission street.A few shoppers mill around Duc Loi’s Supermarket, mostly in the imported dry goods aisles. It’s a warm summer day and condensation has formed on the glass freezer doors. The air smells like bleach, and the floors are discolored and covered in nicks and scratches. I ask to speak with the owner for a story about health inspections, and the low score Duc Loi received in April. “No comment,” says Amanda Ngo, co-owner.This grocery store received low marks from the health department because of a “high risk vermin infestation,” and for not keeping refrigerated food cool enough, or food surfaces clean enough. Its April inspection resulted in a temporary shut-down. A follow-up visit conducted a few days later found that most of these violations had been corrected. Many of the store’s 216 Yelp reviews note the apparently tasty $5.99 banh mi, the appealingly wide selection of international products, and the dirty floors. No. 4: El Tonayense #11717 Harrison St.Score: 66El Tonayense #1.Tongue, tripe, refrescos: that’s on the menu at El Tonayense #1, a popular food truck that has been in the Mission District for more than 20 years. Located at Harrison & 14th, near Best Buy.This mobile food truck was inspected in May, and the results were troubling. Unclean food surfaces, unsafe food holding temperatures, and “unapproved operating conditions” were all reasons this longstanding taco truck received such a low score. Still: the truck has 458 Yelp reviews and 4-star average rating.No. 5: Valencia Pizza & Pasta801 Valencia St.Score: 66Valencia Pizza & Pasta is one of those cozy dining spots that feels like someone’s home. I drop by a few minutes before they close to see if I can speak with the owner about why the no-frills Italian eatery received such a low rating during its food safety inspection this past April. A friendly server informs me the owner is busy cooking at the moment, so I write down my number (three days pass and I still haven’t heard back). Today’s special is beef stroganoff. You can also get grilled catfish with lemon pepper, prawns fettuccine with artichoke sauce, and much more. It smells really good there. It got really great Yelp reviews. People especially seemed to like the lamb shank.But earlier this year, health inspectors discovered a vermin infestation, “high risk holding temperatures,” “improper thawing methods,” “insufficient hot water or running water,” and unclean surfaces. During a follow-up inspection in May, health officials noted that all of these violations had been officially corrected. The remaining restaurants in the bottom 12 are: Catering with Style at 2800 Bryant St., which received a score of 67; Shaska Delhi Coffee at 3406 26th St. and Irma’s Pampanga Restaurant at 2901 16th St., which both received a score of 68; and Mikado Sushi at 1684 Bryant St., which received a score of 69. Click the links above to read more. last_img read more

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Saints host Wigan this Friday knowing a win would

first_imgSaints host Wigan this Friday knowing a win would hand them the Betfred Super League Leaders’ Shield for the first time since 2014.Justin Holbrook’s men sit eight points clear of the Warriors with just five games left to play in the Super 8s.They also have beaten their neighbours twice this season – two epic contests not settled until the closing stages of the match.With both teams fresh and ready to go it has all the makings of another classic, and tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office, online and via 01744 455 052.The game kicks off at 7:45pm at the Totally Wicked Stadium and is one not to be missed!last_img read more

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Solar Eclipse Chief Meteorologist Scott Dean explains what you need to know

first_img Chief Meteorologist breaks down what exactly is a solar eclipse and offers safety tips.The path of totality on Aug. 21 — where day briefly becomes night — will pass over Oregon, continuing through the heartland all the way to Charleston, South Carolina. Those on the outskirts — all the way into Canada, Central America and even the upper part of South America — will be treated to a partial eclipse.The last time a total solar eclipse swept the whole width of the U.S. was in 1918.Related Article: “Super blood wolf moon” will light up the night sky SundayJoin us Monday at 2 p.m. for our special eclipse coverage. It will stream live on WWAYTV3.com and our social media platforms so you can take it outside with you and interact with us. You won’t want to miss it! WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This is the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years.The last time the Carolinas had a major solar eclipse was on May 30, 1984.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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American to offer holiday service between ILM and Dallas

first_img “Our community has expressed a strong desire to have non-stop service between ILM and DFW, and we are thankful our partners at American Airlines are offering this seasonal non-stop holiday service,” Airport Director Julie Wilsey said in a news release.The holiday route will depart daily, except for Dec. 24, from DFW at 2:50 p.m. CT and arrive in Wilmington at 6:30 p.m. The flight will then leave ILM at 7 p.m. and arrive back in Dallas at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale.“We’re trying to grow our market. We’re trying to boost the economy in Wilmington. And we think that this is a very good sign that there are bigger and better things for this region,” Wilsey said.Related Article: IRS orders 36,000 furloughed employees to return to work without payAmerican currently offers non-stop service between ILM and Charlotte, New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Philadelphia year round and seasonal service to Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. Delta flies from Wilmington to Atlanta.ILM says the new route will provide well-timed connections with destinations like Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more.DFW is the eighth most popular origin/destination for travelers flying to and from ILM, the airport said. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Holiday travelers will have more options if they fly in or out of Wilmington this Christmas.Wilmington International Airport (ILM) announced this morning that American Airlines will offer non-stop service to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) between Dec. 23 and Jan. 7.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Wilmington residents complain of cat pee smell

first_imgDowntown Wilmington street (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina environmental officials are trying to discover the cause of a cat urine smell in a coastal city where residents say the odor is overwhelming on some days.The StarNews of Wilmington reports more than a dozen residents alerted the state Department of Environmental Quality on Nov. 25 because the smell was so bad. DEQ officials are investigating several industries as a source.- Advertisement – Brad Newland of the state Division of Air Quality’s office in Wilmington says it’s possible that all those industries are causing the smell.The odor isn’t new. Newland was part of a team that studied it in the 1990s.Residents should call 910-796-7215 to report smells. Newland says investigators should be alerted immediately because it’s difficult to find a cause once the odor has dissipated.Related Article: Wilmington DMV office to extend hours starting Monday___Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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Support Roots of Recovery at the annual Roots of Love yoga festival

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — This weekend, you can be part of an all-levels yoga festival for a great cause.Roots of Recovery NC is an organization developed by women, to serve the women of North Carolina who have become hopeless, helpless and homeless. The peer support program is a non-profit that serves women 18 and older, mothers and those with alcohol and drug addictions.- Advertisement – For its second year, the Roots of Love Yoga Festival has expanded and will be at Poplar Grove Plantation. On Saturday, May 19 from 9 a..m to 9 p.m., experience international yoga teachers, live music, local vendors, a food court, henna tattooing, goat yoga and much more! The festival will also have interactive workshops and activities for children.Tickets are $20 for an all day pass. Children under 13 are free and welcome to attend.The mission of the Roots of Love Yoga Festival is to be all-inclusive. To find out more about the festival, click here.Related Article: From bluegrass to Scrooge, the Cape Fear hosts holiday events galore!To get involved with Roots of Recovery NC, click here.last_img read more

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Cast Iron Kitchen heats up Food Network

first_imgCast Iron Kitchen featured on Triple D (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Another episode of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” featuring a Cape Fear area restaurant aired Friday night.This time around it was the Cast Iron Kitchen’s turn! Friends and family of Josh Petty, the owner of Cast Iron Kitchen, got together for a viewing party tonight.- Advertisement – The Triple D episode featured two of the Cast Iron Kitchen’s most popular items, their dirty south biscuit and meatloaf sandwich. Petty said it was a dream come true meeting Guy Fieri.“That was the biggest thing I took away from it is he had so many good things and so much good advice to tell us,” Petty said. “So it was a good experience. All in all, I just loved it.”Petty said this is the first restaurant he has ever owned. Petty adds he has noticed the Cast Iron Kitchen has been getting busier recently, he hopes the momentum continues.last_img read more

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Watch You dont elect MEPs by commenting on Facebook – Muscat

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat said that one does not elect Members of the European Parliament by staying at home commenting or liking posts on Facebook. Muscat was interviewed on Partit Laburista TV station, ONE TV during 25/05 a program bearing the name of the election date by Pablo Micallef.Making a case for why people should go out and vote, the Labour leader said that one does not elect MEPs by commenting on Facebook urging everyone to go out and vote. The party leader dismissed projections of the party winning four seats in the May EP elections saying that there are 14 candidates running for the party while urging for a block vote. Further he appealed to those who intend on not voting at the local council elections saying that if one did not like the current local council members he could vote for others contesting in this year’s election. Turning to the youths voting for the first time, Muscat urged 16 and 17-year-olds to go out and vote, irrespective of who is their preferred electoral choice. The Prime Minister urged them to prove wrong those who were skeptical about lowering the voting age.The PL leader said that the party has a manifesto for each locality which will be launched shortly. Speaking about the government’s work, the party leader said that if the government did nothing, it had taken a burden off the local council, by having the central authority take care of the road works. Muscat said that the local council lacked the financial clout to carry out the necessary works, and when they did so in the past, they ended up either in debt or without funds to carry out other works. According to Muscat, the people’s issue on a local council level is cleanliness describing the issue as a question of civic duty and management.Muscat told Micallef that in the upcoming May elections he believes that the electorate will vote and judge based on attitude, saying that it was insufficient to say that one worked for the country. Muscat further said that while everyone accepted that the elected MEPs criticised their national government when they felt that the European standards were not being met, there are others who were badmouthing the country abroad.Video: Facebook page – Joseph MuscatWhatsApplast_img read more

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42 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

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Steve Jobs HighTech Yacht Unveiled

first_imgA year after he died, a yacht that the co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, was working on has finally been launched in the Netherlands. Advertisement This Yacth is a little under 80m (260 feet) long, made of lightweight aluminium and features 3m (10 feet) high windows. Just another super-yacht for one of the world’s mega-rich you might think, but the clues to the owner of this sleek vessel are there, not least in the many Apple Mac computer screens on the bridge.The vessel is Jobs’s yacht Venus, named for the Roman goddess of love. It has just been launched in Aalsmeer in The Netherlands. The boat has been built by the Dutch custom yacht builders Fead ship This boat is definitely one of the best boats ever made. It’s not a chair, it’s not a watch… it is a boat, a revolution that is also a real boat”Philippe StarckDesignerJobs worked on the plans for the boat with the French product designer Philippe Starck. Starck is well known for designing everything from restaurant interiors, to street lights, to motorcycles. – Advertisement – Simple sailingThe yacht is in Starck’s trade mark minimalist style.”The idea for the boat was very simple,” says Starck, “it was mainly philosophical.”Starck admits that Venus “looks strange for a boat” but says its shape comes from design ideas he shared with Jobs.“Steve and I shared the same idea about the elegance of the minimal, the elegance of work well done”.Rich men’s yachts are often accused of being floating gin palaces but Starck insists that his design is more cerebral.“It is not like a lot of mega yachts showing the vulgarity of money,” says Starck. “It’s a boat showing the elegance of intelligence.”Philippe Starck has designed everything from watches to restaurantsThe initial idea for the yacht was simple. Starck says he finished the design after just one conversation in which Jobs gave him the length (around 80m) and the number of bedrooms.But bringing the design to completion was anything but simple.Boat building“Steve was very rigorous. You cannot imagine the work we have done on all the details during five years with Steve. Everything is incredibly well done, even a lot better than other boats.”Starck says that Jobs was very pleased with the result of the work. “He said, ‘My God, it’s better than I could have dreamt’.”Jobs’s biographer Walter Isaacson quotes the Apple CEO as saying that he found it hard to stop working on the design.“I know that it’s possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat,” he said. “But I have to keep going on it. If I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.”Although Jobs was noted as harnessing high quality design to power the success of Apple’s products, Starck says that this product has little to do with Apple.“There is no relation between this project, done by Steve and me, and Apple. There was never a word about that. There was no relation,” says Starck. For Steve Jobs, design was the ‘soul of human-made creation’ But he admits that there is a shared design philosophy.“Definitely we are always speaking about this idea, this philosophy of the minimum, but on one side you have an electronic product and on the other a boat, a big boat. It’s something else. It is a Steve Jobs work,” says Starck.Apple at the coreIsaac son suggests that there were more links with Apple than Starck might be ready to admit.He says that Jobs got “the chief engineer of the Apple stores to design a special glass that was able to provide structural support.”Despite its famous designers the Venus has not however escaped criticism. Some critics have said it looks great but wonder how it will handle at sea.Starck thinks the criticism stupid.“Every time there’s something new, people say stupid things. This boat is definitely one of the best boats ever made. It’s not a chair, it’s not a watch, it’s not a bag, it is a boat, a revolution that is also a real boat.”Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011 unable to see this revolutionary boat go to sea.Source: BBClast_img read more

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Vodafone expands into car electronics with Cobra Automotive Technologies

first_imgAdvertisement As part of its strategy to start connecting devices such as cars and other machines, Vodafone Group PLC said it planned to acquire Cobra Automotive Technologies, an Italian provider of electronics services to the car industry for 145 million euros ($197 million)The British company said it had agreed to buy Cobra Automotive Technologies, a provider of security, telecommunications and vehicle tracking.Vodafone has inked an agreement with Cobra’s main shareholders, who, together, own 73.96% of Cobra’s share capital, on a fully diluted basis, to effect certain matters including agreeing to tender their shares into the Offer. The offer is likely to be launched in the coming weeks, subject to the relevant provisions of Italian law. – Advertisement – In addition, Vodafone has reached a deal with certain minority shareholders of Cobra’s Telematics unit to purchase their 20% stake for 20 million euros, conditional on completion of the offer.Vodafone, like other mobile operators, is looking to expand into the so-called machine-to-machine industry to connect millions of devices, as a new source of revenue. Cobra’s telematics products and expertise would enable Vodafone to offer a more comprehensive range of end-to-end services to automotive customers. The offer is conditional on obtaining appropriate anti-trust approvals and is expected to complete in the third quarter of 2014.Source: rttnewslast_img read more

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Three Ways To Monitor Someone Elses Computer

first_imgTracking someone else without their knowledge.Image Credit: Muzeum Advertisement Digital spying is a criminal offense. Monitoring another person’s computer without their permission is a federal crime. There are few specific conditions where you are allowed to monitor someone else’s computer. An employer is allowed to monitor certain things on employees computer. A parent can track child’s activities as they are legally responsible for the child. Today we have listed 3 ways to legally monitor activities.1. Parental Control Tools Both Windows and OS X have built in feature that let parents keep tab on child’s activity. You can easily  activate it to ensure child’s safety using these tools. Both platforms offer optimum required features. You can easily block or monitor website and app usage, limit the computer usage, filter apps and games by age restrictions and even block certain hardware access like cameras. Both platforms require you to setup a child’s account. This is the easiest way to monitor your children’s online activities.[related-posts]2. ActivTrak ActivTrak is an easy to configure tool to track your employees activities. The software lets your monitor several employees at once. It also provides detailed report on user’s activities. Admin can login into a web based dashboard to view activity usage stats. You can setup custom categories based on productive and unproductive usage. The tool records statistics on when and how often applications are used. You can also setup the tool to track screenshots of user activities. ActivTrak sends alert messages when a user begins specific blacklisted activity. – Advertisement – 3. Spector Spector is an advance tool for long-term investigation. The tool is recommended to be used if you have a serious suspicion that an employee math might be doing something illegal. The tool takes screenshots every 30 seconds, it triggers screenshots if some specified keywords are used. It tracks website usage and and records chat logs. The tool sends detailed analytical report of all activities of the specific terminal. Employer can also enable to record keystroke activity, the software also records password inputs. All the apps by Spectorsoft are paid softwares.[EFYTime]last_img read more

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Uber has completed two billion rides on its platform

first_imgThe Uber Technologies Inc. logo is displayed on the window of a vehicle after dropping off a passenger at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Uber Technologies Inc. investors are betting the five-year-old car-booking app is more valuable than Twitter Inc. and Hertz Global Holdings Inc. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images Advertisement Uber has taken a lot of people for a lot of rides—two billion, that is, according to CEO Travis Kalanick in a Facebook post today. The milestone comes only six months after Uber said it reached 1 billion rides.“These trips happened in 16 countries on five continents, from Costa Rica to Russia and from China to Australia,” Kalanick said. “The longest of the bunch lasted more than an hour as the rider and driver worked their way across Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital.”Uber has exploded around the world, but its global ambitions have hit a number of roadblocks. The company has been slapped with government fines, sued by drivers, targeted in protests, and even banned outright in some cities. – Advertisement – In Uganda, there haven’t been any major incidences in its path, except for other competitor’s coming up in the space to fight for the market. In recent weeks, it started testing its UberEats in Nigeria & Kenya with UberIceCream.But none of these challenges appear to have dimmed Uber’s quest for world domination, and the company continues to grow rapidly. It took Uber five years to hit 1 billion rides, a milestone it reached last December, and a mere six months to reach the next billion.[CNN Money]last_img read more

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Facebook Develops New Translation System Powered By Artificial Intelligence

first_imgA 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 13, 2015. Facebook announced deals with nine publishers — including NBC News, the New York Times and BuzzFeed — to deliver select articles “instantly” on mobile apps. A next logical step for the social giant would be to extend the program to Internet-video providers. Under the Instant Articles program, Facebook caches content on its servers so that it loads up to 10 times faster than regular article posts, which take an average of eight seconds to access. The other launch partners in the program are National Geographic, The Atlantic, the U.K.’s Guardian, BBC News, Spiegel and Bild. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic – RTX1CSWP Advertisement Facebook says its researchers have found a new way to use artificial intelligence to translate material on its social network faster and more accurately.This could mean Facebook users eventually seeing everything translated immediately into their preferred language, not just post but videos too. Facebook already translates posts in more than 45 languages, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg says there is still “a lot more to do.”For now, Facebook has made the research and its methods publicly available so developers and others can use it to build translation and other language tools. Beyond language translation, the technology can be used for chatbots, for example, or other language-based tasks. – Advertisement – The method uses something called a convolutional neural network, a technology that’s already used for image processing and other types of machine learning.[related-posts]source: Associated Press (AP)last_img read more

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Building the Intelligent Telco Enterprise Growth Opportunities for African Telecoms Operators

first_imgMariam Abdullahi, Telco Industry Head at SAP Africa. Advertisement While the telco industry may have seen its traditional revenue streams decline further in 2018, thanks in part to the popularity of over-the-top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp that offer low-cost alternatives to messaging and voice calling, the industry is still set for growth.According to the Africa Digital Outlook 2019 report by Ovum, mobile revenue in Africa is set to grow from USD$54.9-billion in 2017 to USD$68-billion in 2022. While voice revenues are predictably declining as cheaper OTT services continue to gain popularity among cost-conscious consumers, mobile broadband and digital services revenue are set to more than double over the same period (from USD$13.1-billion in 2017 to USD$32.1-billion in 2022).The pressures on traditional revenue streams has initiated an industry-wide gold-rush for new innovations that can leverage the extensive infrastructure and data sets most telcos have access to. Modern consumers are demanding greater convenience and improved experiences from the brands and companies they support at a time when those same consumers are permitting brands to become more intimate with them through increasingly sophisticated omni-channel marketing initiatives. However, without a well thought-out and future-focused digital strategy in place, Telcos will struggle to adapt to their changing consumer and business landscape. In fact, I’d be so bold as to say that, unless Telcos can move fast to drive operational efficiencies, modernize and update their business models, we may very well see some of those slower on the uptake exit the market soon. – Advertisement – For African Telcos that have the correct digital tools and strategies in place, there are immense growth opportunities. In 2019 we will see more focus in four key areas, namely Digital Experience Management, Artificial Intelligence, Data and Analytics, and Cloud.Digital Experience ManagementCustomer experience will play a leading role in shaping the 21st Century Experience Economy. Walker research even found that customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiators by 2020.To meet the modern customer’s expectations regarding customer experience, Telcos should integrate the back-office with the front office and deploy the technology tools that will enable them to marry experiential data with operational data. In 2019, Telcos need to ensure they have a holistic view of their customers across the marketing, sales and service departments, and develop a deeper understanding of individual and B2B customers, their needs and expectations. Measuring end-to-end experiential data is an emerging discipline, with new innovative tools giving organisations unprecedented access to measurable experiential data. Qualtrics, which was acquired by SAP in 2018, is an experience management platform that enables the integration of operational and experiential data to give organisations real-time feedback from customers on key activities. Callidus Cloud’s DataHug, a forecasting and pipeline management solution that provides data insights into the likelihood of success in a sales cycle, also tracks the engagement levels of prospects to give sales teams actionable intelligence about how and where they can optimize sales activities.Artificial IntelligenceThe world witnessed an acceleration in artificial intelligence capabilities in 2018 as the much-hyped technology finally entered the mainstream. With AI now widely available and its maturity levels making it suitable for a range of industries, organisations are now faced with the task of determining where AI can add the most value, how to deploy and integrate it, and how to build toward a long-term horizon. To truly harness the power of AI, organisations need to set goals and objectives as well as continuously measuring effectiveness rigorously.In the telco industry, AI is useful in areas such as network optimization (using AI to analyze the network status and implement predictive maintenance when needed); customer service (AI-enabled chatbots such as those on the SAP Conversational AI platform easing operational pressures by assisting customers with a range of well-defined interactions); and customer experience (an exciting and emerging application of AI, which can assist with integrating front-office and back-office records, pulling in external data sets, and developing offers – such as device or contract upgrades – tailored specifically to an individual customer’s preferences).AI can also point the way to new, non-traditional revenue streams. Kenya’s Safaricom has started setting itself up as a platform for a range of consumer and business services, for example by launching a new ride-hailing service called Little Cab that offers free Wi-Fi for passengers and offering M-Pesa users to access credit lines via Fuliza, an overdraft facility in partnership with banks which reported a borrowing of 6.2B Kenyan Shillings in just one month. By leveraging customer data and behaviour, the telco can introduce a broad range of non-traditional telco services that add value and convenience to the customer experience.Big Data and AnalyticsMobile handsets are arguably the greatest sources of individual customer data available today. And Telcos are at the forefront of Big Data custodianship as subscribers use an array of data-generating apps and services all linked to their mobile phone. These present huge opportunities to Telcos who can quickly analyse vast amounts of individual customer data, build complex and multidimensional customer profiles, and develop individualized customer offers and experiences to deepen brand affinity and increase share of wallet.The Vodafone Group is a great example of a telco taking advantage of its Big Data opportunities following a recent partnership with SAP to co-innovate in a Big Data Margin Assurance project. By using value proposition, customer usage data and analytics, Vodafone operating companies are now able to identify margin leakages on products and services and optimize margin instead of following the older ‘Average Revenue Per User’ metric. However, it is worth noting the importance of trust. If Telcos are to take advantage of their Big Data opportunities, they must give customers assurance that they fully appreciate the responsibility of being custodian to customers’ most personal habits and preferences and take the necessary measures to protect and manage their data.Cloud ComputingCloud market giants had phenomenal 2018’s, with Amazon cloud revenue up 49% in Q2 2018, slightly lagging market-leader Microsoft. This year looks no less exciting: Gartner predicts the global public cloud services market will grow by 17.3% in 2019 to reach $206.2 billion. Organisations are accessing more SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and other as-a-service offerings than ever before as they shift away from capital expenditure and reorder their IT spend as operational expenditure to enjoy cloud’s cost containment and convenience benefits. One of the key challenges of cloud adoption in Africa is related to the matter of data residency vs data sovereignty; in other words, who owns that data, and where is it allowed to be stored? This has made it critical that cloud services providers have in-depth in-country experience of the data sovereignty and residency laws of various African countries and regions. Telcos have a mandate to provide near-100% uptime, have extensive infrastructure and understanding of the various regulatory aspects that could impact cloud services. There is immense potential for Telcos to become private-managed cloud providers for data that is bound by data residency and sovereignty laws and enable Africa’s high-growth businesses to more easily scale to new markets or geographies without transgressing any local laws.This article is written by : Mariam Abdullahi, Telco Industry Head at SAP Africa.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 1 MayRACING1.45 SedgefieldAlphabetical Order 7/2 > 9/43.55 RedcarSpirit Or Soul 13/8 > 5/46.40 PunchestownBalder Succes 11/4 > 9/4What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 27 June HORSE RACING3.30 BeverleyBromance 11/4 > 7/43.45 BrightonSecret Strategy 7/1 > 9/26.50 LeicesterMaksab 9/2 > 5/28.45 LeicesterShining Romeo 5/1 > 3/1U21 SEMI FINALSU21 UEFA Under-21 Championship Semi-Final17:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD21/10 England U21 7/5 Germany U21 21/10 DRAWU21 UEFA Under-21 Championship Semi-Final20:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD3/4 Spain U21 4/1 Italy U21 12/5 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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Best bets Royal Ascot WESLEY WARD

first_imgBest bets for Royal Ascot from the travelling Wesley Ward teamAs is customary with Royal Ascot in recent times, American trainer Wesley Ward will be bringing over a powerful team with expectations high for further success.So who are the best bets with Star Sports from his team, as we look ahead to the meeting that is set to take place in just a few weeks time?2 year oldsThere is no doubt the best place to start on the top Royal Ascot bets is with Ward’s two year olds. Each year, he continues to bring top class horses over, who simply look a class above on the day. He targets the Queen Mary with his top fillies and who can forget the towering presence of Acapulco from back in 2015. She looked years older than her rivals and showed that on the track as she showed blistering pace to land the contest from British star, Easton Angel.However the performance of Lady Aurelia from 2016 will certainly live long in the memory. She put in one of the most stunning performances ever seen on a British racecourse, as she destroyed the field in Frankel like style.Ward will again be bringing over a stellar team, which is believed to be in the region of five or six for the two-year-old contests. He has struggled to get a lot of work out of them thus far on the turf, so no horses are 100% as of yet.Ward has had a lot of winners recently, such as Stillwater Cove and Mucho Amor – so if these were brought over, they would certainly have to be noted if you were to have a bet at this year’s Royal Ascot.Bound For NowhereThe 4-year-old, Bound For Nowhere, was brought over to the 2017 meeting, having won his first two starts over in the States impressively, by over four lengths on each occasion. He was pitched in against the top British sprinters – the likes of Champion Harry Angel, and eventual winner Caravaggio in the Commonwealth Cup. He travelled well through out and was only beaten by just over 4 lengths in the end, showing the ability the horse possesses.Bound will again be a key member of the team heading over, and having had several prep runs, he is likely to run a massive race. His most likely target is the Diamond Jubilee, in which Star Sports make the horse 16/1 to triumph behind market leader and previous conqueror Harry Angel, who looks to be better than ever following his impressive comeback.Lady AureliaThe final horse who is likely to be a leading chance for the team, and who is well worth a bet at Royal Ascot, is superstar Lady Aurelia. She is a two-time winner at this meet, who on both occasions has put in a jaw dropping performance. Firstly her breath taking seven-length victory in the Queen Mary followed by her stunning King’s Stand success from last year.This victory is still fresh in the memory, which clearly stamps her down as one of the top Royal Ascot bets going in for punters. She certainly saves her best for the track, which is a huge positive and she can be backed at 3/1 to follow up in the King’s Stand Stakes with Star Sports. However the mighty Battaash is also set to head to the race in what is possibly the most eagerly anticipated clash of the 2018 Royal Ascot meeting.last_img read more

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LabinaBackpack goes to work in Ecuador

first_imgThe project was made possible through collaboration with Futuro Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes social, educational and medical programs for underserved Ecuadorian communities. Futuro used its ongoing work with clinics in remote areas of the country and secured the support of the Ecuador Ministry of Health to identify locations that will benefit most from the labs and the health care workers who will implement them. The initiative is the bol dest step yet in Rice’s development of the lab, which began as a student project and has been sent for more limited trials to Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Malawi, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland and Myanmar. Nineteen students, faculty and staff members have worked on the pack’s design for more than three years.The custom-designed backpacks equip clinicians with microscopes, centrifuges, pulse oximeters, otoscopes and other items one might need to diagnose an illness in the field. A custom-designed power-distribution box and solar cell ensure the equipment can be used anywhere, regardless of access to electricity.Each year’s trials have led to further refinements based on feedback from clinicians, technicians and nongovernmental organizations that have used the backpack to diagnose patients in the field. “We are honored to help the Ministry of Health and the Futuro Foundation provide health care to poor communities throughout Ecuador,” said Rebecca Richards-Kortum, chair and the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering at Rice and founder of Rice 360˚. “The backpacks are the result of the ingenuity and hard work of Rice students, faculty and clinical partners over three years, and we are excited to undertake our first countrywide distribution of a student-designed technology.”The effort began when Futuro Foundation introduced BTB Director Yvette Mirabal to officials at the Ecuador Ministry of Public Health. The ministry asked for 1,000 labs for its EBAS (Equipos Básicos de Atenci AddThis ShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.edu Lab-in-a-Backpack goes to work in EcuadorRice donates 24 diagnostic labs to treat patients in remote villagesRice University’s Lab-in-a-Backpack has come to Ecuador in a big way. The ultra-portable diagnostic laboratory, designed by students in the university’s Rice 360˚: Institute for Global Health Technologies and Beyond Traditional Borders (BTB) initiative, is ready to be deployed. The Lab-in-a-Backpack will give villagers in the remote jungles and mountains of the South American nation better and faster access to modern health care. Rice sent 24 diagnostic labs to Ecuador in the last week of 2009; FedEx donated their transport. Next week, five Rice 360˚ and BTB representatives will train 48 health care workers from across the nation in the capital city of Quito. Over the next 12 months, the backpacks will help provide care for an estimated 120,000 people.last_img read more

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