ATT and Comcast say theyve hit new milestone in fight against robocalls

first_img Comment AT&T Comcast Mobile Tech Industry Getty Images One way wireless carriers are working to stop the flood of unwanted robocalls is through authentication systems that verify caller IDs. One drawback so far has been that these systems work only on calls to and from the same provider. On Wednesday, AT&T and Comcast said they’ll offer call authentication between networks later this year. Customers will be able to see verified calls from all participating carrier providers. AT&T and Comcast’s authentication system is the industry’s first to verify calls between separate providers, according to the companies’ release. The two carriers verified calls earlier this month between AT&T’s Phone digital home service and Comcast’s Xfinity Voice home phone service, the companies said in the release. “While authentication won’t solve the problem of unwanted robocalls by itself,” the companies said, “it’s a key step toward giving customers greater confidence and control over the calls they receive.”This comes after the Federal Communications Commission said carrier companies need to implement robust call authentication systems this year. In February, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said companies should get the systems installed by the end of 2019 or the FCC will consider “regulatory intervention.” Share your voice 1 Tagslast_img read more

Full Show Arkema Criminal Case and Childrens Mental Health Aug 30 2018

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:13 Listen center_img X On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We learn how commercial real estate investors are dealing with flooded properties and seeing post-Harvey recovery as an opportunity. And NPR reporter Rebecca Hersher discusses the recent criminal charges brought against Arkema following Harvey and what she learned about the events leading up to the flooding at the Crosby chemical plant.Also this hour: Mental health issues can be challenging enough for adults to deal with. But they can often be even harder for children – who lack the language and awareness to even recognize their problem, let alone ask for help. So, what mental health services are out there for parents and their children to turn to — especially after a disaster like Harvey? We meet a local parent whose family was displaced after the storm. And we learn about a local program, called Journey of Hope, which is designed to help children deal with emotional issues after a disaster. Plus, a local school social worker discusses the challenges faced by students when they change schools — including after a disaster.And local author Caroline Leech talks about writing historical fiction for young adults. Her latest book, In Another Time, and her debut novel, Wait For Me, are both set in Scotland during World War II.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Beat holiday blues with these simple tips

first_imgMany people who are returning to their daily routines after taking time off to celebrate Christmas and New Years, find it a struggle to adapt back into their everyday lives. But one can beat the holiday blues by taking care of a few simple steps like settling back to home quickly but to work slowly.Global research from Booking.com, an online accommodation booking website, revealed that travel gives us such an emotional boost that people consider planning and going away on holiday more for their happiness than other big life occasions. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHere are some simple tips that will help find a balance while getting integrated into that normal, pre-holiday daily routine again:* Settle back home quick: If you travelled over the holiday season, unpack as soon as you get back, set your watch back to the right time, and arrange a grocery delivery for when you return. The more comfortable and organised you feel once you’re back home, the easier the transition back will be.* Settle back to work slowly: Avoid overwhelming yourself with too much work as soon as you get back. Instead ease yourself in making reasonable, do-able to do lists for the first few days till you are able to catch up with everything. It may even be a good idea to go back on a Thursday or Friday so that the weekend doesn’t feel too far away! Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Go towards the light: One of the reasons that travel is the key to happiness is because we spend more time in natural daylight rather than confined indoors all day long so even though you may not be able to stroll down to the beach, at least try and go out for a short walk once a day. It can make a real difference to how you feel.* Make sure you have stuff to look forward to: Having something scheduled in your diary that you’re looking forward to, is a great way to get through the January blues. It doesn’t have to be something big or fancy. A reservation at a favourite restaurant, a quick weekend getaway, plans to see a movie you’ve been waiting for, or a day off from work where you get to explore the city are all wonderful ways of giving yourself a sense of perspective when you’re feeling down. * Stay connected: While hiding away and hibernating until spring may seem appealing, it’s actually really important that you make a point of meeting up with family and friends. * Make sure the basics are there: Sleep well, eat well, get back into an exercise routine and generally make sure that you are taking care of you. These are the basics that are often overlooked, but they’re so important to our overall well being.* Capture and recall the memories: Keep the memories made over the Christmas season alive by telling the stories and going through your photos and maybe even framing a couple.* Do something new: Take up a new hobby, learn a new language or join a class that you have been meaning to for a while – things like this don’t take much investment financially but still give you that great sensation of doing something for the first time!last_img read more

Faces of friends look happier than strangers

first_imgPeople are more likely to perceive familiar faces to be happier than those of strangers, even when both express the same emotions, a study suggests. Familiarity – just having ‘expertise’ with someone else’s face through repeated exposure – affects the happiness you perceive in subsequent facial expressions from that person, researchers said.”Familiarity not only influences traditional ratings of liking, attractiveness, but also impacts ‘deeper’ perceptions of the actual emotion you can extract from that person,” said Evan Carr of Columbia Business School in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers including those from University of California, San Diego in the US, morphed images of male and female faces to create faces that varied in the type and degree of emotion expressed.This process resulted in a continuum of morphed faces that ranged from 50 per cent angry to neutral to 50 per cent happy. The team divided the images into two sets. A total of 50 undergraduate student participants came to the lab for a “memory task.” Each participant saw a series of images – the neutral expressions from one of the two image sets – and was tasked with tracking the colour and number of squares that appeared randomly on some images. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveParticipants then viewed a series of face pairs in a perceptual task, where they had to indicate whether the happier face was above or below the line shown on screen. Each pair included a familiar and an unfamiliar face and the faces showed the same objective level of emotion.Researchers found that participants were more likely to identify the familiar face as the happier one in the pair, despite the fact that the faces showed the same emotion to the same degree. They were also more likely to identify the familiar face as happier when the faces were 50 per cent happy than when they were 25 per cent happy, researchers said. In a second experiment, the team asked 40 undergraduate participants to look at a series of faces and decide whether each face was either “happy or angry.” Researchers found that the results replicated those of the first experiment, participants were more likely to identify familiar faces as happy compared with unfamiliar ones, but only when the faces were emotionally neutral or positive. Their estimates of how happy the faces were increased as the positive features increased.The data indicated that familiarity actually shifted how participants perceived the emotional content of the faces – that is, a familiar face needed to have fewer objectively happy features for it to be classified as happy compared with an unfamiliar face. The study was published in the journal Psychological Science.last_img read more

Trafalgars top European destination Think la dolce vita

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — The 17 itineraries in Trafalgar’s new 2018 Italy program include new tours to Sicily and a four-day Aegean Cruise option on the company’s Best of Italy and Greece guided vacation.Clients can take advantage of Trafalgar’s 10% Early Payment Discount. The discount applies to the land-portion of select Trafalgar trips when paid in full by Jan. 11, 2018.“Italy is the number one European destination for our Canadian guests who simply fall under the spell of ‘la dolce vita’ and every year we continue to innovate and further enhance our program with a myriad of authentic experiences,” said Wolf Paunic, President, Trafalgar Canada. “On several of our itineraries, our new exceptional after-hours VIP dining experiences within the Vatican will be available to our clients during the 2018 operating season and the opportunity to be personally welcomed by the Curator of the Ethnological Museum, Padre Mappelli, for a tour of the papal conclave.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterA brand new itinerary for 2018, the Regional Explorer 11-day journey Wonders of Italy, is an exploration of Italy’s art, architecture and old-world charm. With a Local Specialist, guests get an exclusive visit to The Vatican Museums. In Tuscany, a Be My Guest dining experience takes place at the Lenzi family home at Fattoria de Petroio where guests can savour lunch with home-baked bread and hand-harvested wine. Friday, December 8, 2017 Trafalgar’s top European destination? Think ‘la dolce vita’center_img Share Tags: Trafalgar << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more