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Microsoft is about to unveil the next Xbox home gaming console, and they’re broadcasting the entire event live for all to watch. There will be thrills! Spills! Chills! Maybe some actual hardware, unlike at Sony’s PlayStation 4 reveal. Check it out above, or if you’re in an environment where you can’t listen in, or just prefer glorious words written by Greg Kumparak to these newfangled moving pictures, check out our live blog.
Google’s annual I/O conference in San Francisco kicks off this morning at 9am PT/noon ET and, as usual, the good folks from Mountain View are making a live video stream of the event available for all of you who can’t be there in person. Unlike other years, when Google ran two separate keynotes on the first two days of I/O, the company is only running a single keynote this time around. Last year’s skydiving antics definitely set the bar very high for this year’s event and so far, we haven’t heard how Google plans to top this today. We do expect to hear quite a bit about Google+, however, and the rumor mill also predicts the launch of the next version of Google Talk/Hangouts, some news about Compute Engine and, of course, Google Glass – the star of last year’s event. The keynote is scheduled to last for a whopping three hours, so grab your coffee, donuts or popcorn, kick back, and enjoy the show. If you can’t watch the video, you can also find our play-by-play live blog here.
It’s day zero at Google I/O 2013, the company’s developer event made for and by developer groups and Google to strengthen their world of software, services, and everything in-between. SlashGear has gotten the opportunity to step behind-the-scenes at this event on registration day – that is, the day before everything begins. Here we’ll begin to
The Hackathon has come and gone, and it’s time for the main event. TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 begins now. If you’ve been a fan of Disrupt in the past, you’re in for a huge treat this beautiful April morning. We’ll be live streaming the entire event from start to finish, with today’s live stream starting at 8:45am ET and ending around 6pm each night. In the morning, we’ll be enjoying fireside chats with the likes of Andreesen Horowitz’s Chris Dixon and Benchmark’s Bill Gurley, along with panels like Content Makes A Comeback. Better yet, Jonah Perreti from BuzzFeed will be giving the keynote for the day. In the afternoon, Battlefield begins. For those of you who are Disrupt virgins, the Startup Battlefield is the shining star of TechCrunch Disrupt. 35 companies from all over the world are handpicked by TechCrunch staff to launch their products and companies on our stage, direct to the world. They’ll have six minutes to present, followed by six minutes of Q&A with tech star judges like Tracy Chou (Pinterest), John Frankel (ff Venture) and Sam Yagan (okCupid). We invite you to follow along on the live stream and tweet with us at #TCdisrupt. Here’s the full agenda for the day: 9:00am -9:05am Opening Remarks by TechCrunch 9:05am – 9:25am Fireside Chat with Chris Dixon (Andreessen Horowitz) 9:25am – 9:50am Fireside Chat with Bill Gurley (Benchmark) 9:50am – 10:10am In Conversation with Chamath Palihapitya (Social+Capital Partnership) 10:10am – 10:35am Keynote: Everyone Is Literally Crazy, by Jonah Peretti (Buzzfeed) 10:35am – 10:55am TBA 10:55am – 11:05am Special Product Announcement 11:05am – 11:20am BREAK 11:20am – 11:45am In Conversation with Kevin Ryan (Gilt Groupe) and Dwight Merriman (10gen) 11:45am – 12:10pm Panel: Content Makes a Comeback 12:10pm – 12:30pm Fireside Chat with John Borthwick 12:30pm – 2:00pm LUNCH 2:00pm – 2:25pm Founders Stories with Mike McCue (Flipboard) Startup Battlefield with Jason Kincaid 2:25pm – 2:30pm How the Startup Battlefield Works 2:30pm – 3:30pm Session One – New Networks Judges: Ime Archibong (Facebook), David Pakman (Venrock), Yossi Vardi (angel investor) 3:30pm – 3:45pm BREAK 3:45pm – 4:45pm Session Two – Online for Offline Judges: Niko Bonatsos (General Catalyst), Tracy Chou (Pinterest), Matt Mazzeo (Lowercase Capital), Ron Palmeri (Mark II Ventures) 4:45pm – 5:00pm BREAK 5:00pm – 6:00pm Session Three – Get Things Done Judges: John Frankel (ff Venture Capital), Hilary Mason (bit.ly), Megan Quinn (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers),
The appeal of Facebook’s new phone software may limited to hardcore users.
On Thursday morning, Mark Zuckerberg stood smiling in front of a crowd of journalists and employees at Facebook’s headquarters and put months of rumors to an end. “Today we’re finally going to talk about that Facebook phone,” he said, referring to long-swirling speculation that the social network was secretly developing a device to rival the iPhone. He immediately clarified, adding, “More accurately, we’re going to talk about how you can turn your Android phone into a great, simple, social device.”
Samsung is taking to the Big Apple to reveal its next big challenge to Apple: a successor to its top-selling Galaxy S III smartphone — and you can watch the event live right here.
Yammer CEO and Founder David Sacks said to me in an interview this past weekend that SXSW is showing that suddenly enterprise technology is sexy.
Sorry, I don’t buy it. Enterprise is as sexy as a humming rack of servers. That may be sexy to some but it sure doesn’t match the allure of all the beautiful things on Zazzle or the penthouse apartment on Airbnb.
Regardless of how you feel about ASUS, we think we can all agree on this: the company knows how to put on a good show. The outfit’s made it pretty obvious it’s about to announce a new PadFone here at Mobile World Congress, thanks to teasers involving a Spanish-speaking statue and a spaceship landing atop La Sagrada Familia. Plus, chairman Jonney Shih has a little trouble controlling the volume of his voice, especially if you get him on the subject of ubiquitous cloud computing. So the keynote tomorrow should be fun — and yeah, we’re excited about that new PadFone, too. Follow our liveblog tomorrow at 7AM ET and all will be revealed.
It’s that time of the year, SlashGear readers, where the team arrives in Barcelona to capture the full Mobile World Congress experience and delivers it to you for a better understanding of what you’ll be working with soon! This event takes place at a different location in the city for the first time in several
Sony’s big “see the future” of PlayStation event kicks off this evening at 6PM ET. While you’ve assuredly bookmarked our liveblog and pre- / post-show video pages, we wanted to offer yet another option for following along with coverage — a livestream of the whole show! Yep, Sony’s livestreaming the event in a variety of languages, and we’ve dropped the English version just below the break for you to enjoy. So … enjoy!
HTC fans who couldn’t get into the company’s launch events for the One (which is most of them, if we’re honest) don’t have to just imagine what it was like. The company has posted both a full-length stream of its main event in London as well as an abridged, 4.5-minute version that includes slices of the New York City gathering. Either way, viewers will receive more than their fair share of BoomSound, UltraPixels and other SuperlativeNouns. Head past the break for the full presentation, and hit the source for the snack-sized version.
Source: HTC (YouTube)
This year’s DICE was especially heavy on great speakers, and we’re happy to say that a partnership between The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and entertainment trade publication Variety means that most of the great speeches were captured for all to see on YouTube. That means everything from Valve head Gabe Newell‘s speech on his company’s next steps in the hardware realm to Microsoft’s discussion of the latest, greatest Halo game — and even a surprise appearance from the recently retired BioWare doctor, Ray Muzyka — was recorded. We’ve dropped the available talks just below the break; sadly, the first day’s J.J. Abrams / Gabe Newell back-and-forth on storytelling was an in-person exclusive. We’ll have a variety of interviews from DICE with many of the speakers seen beyond the break in the coming days — keep an eye out (or a bookmark here, of course)!
The Consumer Electronics Show 2013 is upon us, and the bacchanalian excesses of the holidays give way to big TVs, tablets galore, and marketing hyperbole aplenty as SlashGear heads to Las Vegas to see what’s umissable in consumer electronics. CES not only opens the year with a bang, it sets the tone for the next
Just when you think that we’ve innovated all that we can, something new comes along and completely blows our mind. It could be an advancement in hardware, software or just a new way of thinking of things. Humans are pretty resilient when it comes to thinking up new things to tinker with and making our lives easier. This year was pretty awesome when it comes to innovation, and not the innovation that you might be thinking of. There was no “next big thing” to speak of, meaning there was no new big company to take attention away from Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft. That’s ok, though, because there were plenty of companies that looked at what we do on a daily basis, and found new and cool ways to make it more fun or less time consuming. That’s innovation, too. I think of what Lyft and Uber have done to make our rides around big cities more enjoyable and less stressful, and you have to look at what Lytro has done to the camera, as well as what Lit Motors will do for motor vehicles. This year was pretty exciting. For consumer apps, it might have been an off-year though. That’s ok, because there are plenty of places where innovation can happen in 2013. Let’s talk about just a few of them. Healthcare Being “one” with your personal healthcare regiment is something we’re lacking right now. There are services out there that can help guide your way as you navigate what treatments are best for you, what insurance policies will keep you safe and what you might be succeptable to in the future. But there’s a long, long way to go there. Eventually, you’ll be able to beam your full medical history from your phone or other mobile device, directly to an emergency room or new doctor. No longer will you have to wait for records to be sent over or labs to be read. They’ll all be right there, and medical professionals will have devices to support it, too. We’re not super far off from that, but Apple and Google are making huge strides in what mobile devices can do. In the future, we need better software and technology applied to healthcare, and that alone will bring down the stress and worry of going for a checkup or perhaps finding out that you have a longterm illness to deal
In Case Anyone Cares, Here Are Leaked Shots Of The BlackBerry X10, RIM’s Upcoming BB10 QWERTY Handset
Research In Motion is set to launch BlackBerry 10 and two handsets at the end of January. But at this point, there shouldn’t be many surprises. Nearly every detail of the platform and touchscreen phone has leaked already. And now details are surfacing of the BB10 QWERTY model, too. Meet the X10.
This holiday season, many of us will be tearing the cellophane off of a hot new pair of headphones, a new smartphone, or music player. Before you decide to test the limits of OSHA’s volume regulations on your eardrums, we thought you’d want to know some helpful tips so you can keep on jamming for the rest of your life.
OpenStreetMaps Map App Maker, Skobbler, Brings ForeverMap2 To Kindle Fire; Challenges Nokia Here With Fully Featured Offline Maps
OpenStreetMaps map app maker, Skobbler is hoping to corner the map market on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, a space without a preinstalled Google Maps app. Skobbler’s ForeverMap2 for Kindle Fire is expected to go live later today, giving Kindle Fire users another alternative to existing map apps on the store — such as MapQuest, Nokia’s Here and Microsoft’s Bing maps.
The Internet shutdown in Syria probably took very little to accomplish considering the country’s limited Internet infrastructure and international connectivity, network analysts said Friday.
Mozilla puts out an alpha version for testing.
Mozilla has long been promising to make a mobile OS of its own, and this week, it opened up a prototype simulator for all to test. The thing is a little buggy still, but by putting an early build out there, Mozilla presumably hopes to entice developers to create apps for the platform. You can even try it out yourself by heading here.
Nokia has released Here, its newly rebranded mapping application, for iOS devices. The app is universal, so it works on both iPhone and iPad, and it’s free. Users of Nokia’s Windows Phone devices may find the experience familiar, as it includes similar features like nearby places discovery, but there are also crucial components like transit direction that aren’t present in Apple’s own pre-installed Maps app.
Apple is on the verge of reporting the biggest quarter in the history of U.S. business. But former engineering manager Dan Crow thinks the peak is behind us, saying “it’s all downhill from here.”
On a crisp, sunny Sunday morning here in Brooklyn it’s hard to imagine that devastation is just around the corner. Whole communities are burnt and swept to sea. Endless gas lines and power outages abound. The arteries and capillaries that carried the lifeblood of this city – its myriad people and their trains – are choked off. It’s getting better, but it’s not there yet.
Even as data usage has skyrocketed, U.S. carriers have remained stubbornly wedded to post-paid plans that offer users a surprisingly limited menu of pricing options. Yes, we’re talking about those monthly subscriptions that easily reach above $ 100 a month — even if you hardly touch voice calls or if you always come in far beneath your monthly data limit.
But this may be about to change. Andreessen Horowitz just led a $ 15.5 million round in a company that’s been in stealth working on this exact problem for the past four years.
Will Apple unveil a smaller, cheaper iPad? We’ll be posting live updates starting at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Apple is widely expected to unveil a new, smaller, cheaper iPad—dubbed by many the “iPad Mini”—at an invitation-only event today in San Jose, California. I will be live-blogging the event, which is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. local time, paying particular attention to the technology side of Apple’s announcements.
Tonight marks the third and final U.S. Presidential debate in the lead-up to the election on November 6th. It starts at 9PM ET (6PM PT, 0100 UTC), and it’s taking place at Lynn University in Florida. The topic this time around is foreign policy, including discussions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Israel and Iran, America’s role in the world, “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism,” and China’s rise as a superpower. You can livestream it from the usual suspects: (C-SPAN, ABC, PBS, CNN). Politifact has posted an article fact-checking statements the candidates have made about foreign policy. Both they and Factcheck.org will be using Twitter to verify statements in real time. This presidential debate again excludes the smaller U.S. political parties. If you’re interested in hearing other voices, you’ll be able to see candidates from the Libertarian, Green, Constitution, and Justice parties in a debate tomorrow with Larry King moderating. As before, we’re doing a separate post for the debate in the hopes that political talk won’t clutter other stories tonight. Tell us what you think as the debate unfolds. For live conversation, remember: context helps. And, as reader Ryanator2209 keeps pointing out, you can entertain yourself by playing Logical Fallacy Bingo while you watch.
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In Silicon Valley, there’s a widespread belief that VCs don’t invest in content businesses. Here are 3 reasons – based on my experience with Hyperink – why investors hesitate to invest in content-heavy startups.
PayPal Here, despite all its focus on in-store transactions, hasn’t really been available to buy in a US store — that’s been the domain of the seemingly ubiquitous Square reader. eBay’s payment wing has at last established that retail beachhead through a deal with AT&T. About 1,800 of the carrier’s stores are now carrying PayPal Here readers, and they’ll keep the service’s big rival from hogging the spotlight at a time when most aren’t even aware that there’s any competition. If you’re still cynical, you can look at the AT&T move as a matter of convenience: at least this way, all your account headaches will come from one place.
The second U.S. Presidential debate kicks off in about a half-hour (9PM ET, 6PM PT, 0100 UTC) from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will take questions from an audience of allegedly undecided voters. A live stream of the event will be available from a number of sources (C-SPAN, CNN, ABC, and PBS), and it will be broadcast nationally on the major networks. The flash-less and television-less can use rtmpdump to catch the debate from C-SPAN. It won’t preempt the more important telecasts, like playoff baseball. Candidates from smaller parties again went uninvited (e.g. Gary Johnson from the Libertarians, Jill Stein from the Greens, Virgil Goode from the Constitution Party, and Rocky Anderson from the Justice Party). In fact, Jill Stein was arrested for attempting to enter without credentials (her side of the story). Assuming she’s out of jail by Thursday, she and Gary Johnson will be participating in an online debate hosted by IVN.us. While tonight’s debate is in progress, Politifact will be fact-checking the candidates in real-time (while CNN has demonstrated their journalistic capabilities with a debate drinking game). Feel free to weigh in with your commentary on the debate below — it would be helpful to provide timestamps or other context when referring to particular statements. As before, we’re posting this here in a vain attempt to keep the political discussion out of other story threads tonight. If either of the candidates spontaneously concedes the election or catches fire, we’ll do our best to update you.
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We have lift off: Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull Stratos launch for record-breaking space jump, watch right here (update: done!)
Talk about building up the tension! Yep, our favorite Austrian daredevil is back out on the New Mexico desert, hoping the weather will hold, and he can finally fall into the record books. Don’t forget, you can catch up on Felix Baumgartner’s long journey to Roswell in our project overview, but if you’re just here for the jump, no problem, as you can watch right here too. Currently conditions are looking like they might just go in Baumgartner’s favor, despite some initial concerns about wind levels. But, as we found out earlier in the week, anything can change in an instant. Hold on to your hat (and your breakfast), and hop past the break to watch the events unfold live.
Update: Some spoilers lurk ahead if you didn’t get to watch live and wanted to catch the event for yourself, so switch articles if you want to catch replays later on. For everyone else: it’s a success! Despite some worries about heat going to the helmet visor that threatened the attempt, Baumgartner has at least unofficially broken records both for the highest-ever manned balloon flight and the all-important altitude record for a jump, either of which respectively occurred just over and just under 128,000 feet. Baumgartner also broke the speed record for freefall, although he was just short of Joe Kittinger’s 4-minute, 36-second freefall duration. There’s a media event still ahead that should provide more details, but for now we’d just like to welcome Felix back to Earth.
Weather may have delayed Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking “space dive” by another (no doubt torturous) 24 hours, but all going well, the wait is almost over. In just over an hour, proceedings will kick off, and you can watch them live, right here. The latest reports indicated that conditions remain favorable, with the team sending a weather balloon up into the stratosphere earlier this morning. The fun begins at 8:30am eastern, but all you need to do is grab a coffee then head past the break for the live feed.
Earlier this month, I wrote about Silicon Valley Voice, a karaoke competition for the tech world hosted by Silicon Valley Bank and Coverflow (a cover band made up of techies including Mayfield Fund’s Tim Chang, Facebook’s Ethan Beard, and Fandalism’s Philip Kaplan). Now, the finalists have been selected, and you don’t even have to wait until next week’s event to hear them sing.
Coverflow member (and Mayfield managing director) Raj Kapoor tells me that all of the regular tickets have sold out, with 800 RSVPs. But the organizers convinced Silicon Valley Bank to expand the budget, which means there’s room for another 200 people.
The Apple Store is down, our liveblog is up, and the Apple event that’ll almost certainly be bringing on the iPhone 5 is less than an hour away! We’ve got several portals for you to jump in on the big Apple action for everything from software to various bits of hardware, starting with our liveblog
For sci-fi lovers, it’s on. A fan-devised project to restore the Enterprise-D bridge from Star Trek: The Experience is now actively raising cash on Indiegogo with a newly estimated $ 240,000 target needed to make the dream real. Crowdfunding brings the obligatory perks for larger donations, although they take on a progressively nerdy bent once you get past the t-shirts. It peaks at getting replicas of Captain Kirk’s original chair or an LCARS terminal, and you can even get a romantic evening on the deck with “complete privacy until the next morning” — wink, wink. Outlandish? Maybe, but the project is getting official sponsors and has a shorter-term plan to get Captain Picard’s chair ready for display by October. The whole bridge should be ready by late 2013. If you’d wished Paramount had preserved this piece of The Next Generation history for the ages, you now have your solution.
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The new app, built by the excellent AOL team led by David South, is a nice port of our current iPad with lots of comment control, CrunchBase integration, and fancy, auto-resizing images. The app connects our blog content with live Internet reactions as well as some amazing functionality centered around CrunchBase data. You can also just view Gadgets and Mobile content with one click and an offline mode will cache content for the road.
Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 launch is less than an hour away, and SlashGear is in (a very wet) New York City to bring back all the details of the company’s new Lumias. According to the rumors, there’ll be three new Windows Phones on show today, including the new flagship, the 4.5-inch Lumia 920 PureView, which is
Tomorrow is a busy, busy day folks. Things would be exciting enough with just one of these events going down, but you get a joint conference from Nokia and Microsoft at 9:30am (ET) followed by a Motorola announcement at 2pm (ET). Lucky you! We’ll be on hand, as usual, bringing you live updates from the floor. So, check back in Wednesday, September 5th to get all the nitty-gritty details. You’ll find your liveblogs here and here for Nokia and Motorola, respectively.
Penurious Penguin writes “Well within the top ten Linux distros, Arch Linux has a strong following for sure. But with an installation process requiring a little more involvement than the average distro, not every prospective user is ready to embrace the Arch Way, and understandably so. This is where Manjaro steps in. With a 100% compatibility with Arch, uncompromising adherence to principia KISS and a pre-configured Xfce, — or alternatively available GNOME & KDE — those who’ve been hesitating to explore Arch now have a few less excuses.
And a little side-note for those still bitter about the lack of package-signing: You’ll be glad to know that Arch fully implemented package-signing in June of 2012.”
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Last week Wikileaks–remember them?–released a sheaf of documents about the Trapwire security system, which, depending on who you believe, is either a network of cameras being used to spy on everyone everywhere, or an ineffective bust more notable for shady business practices than any successful surveillance.
Is it being used for “monitoring every single person via facial recognition“? Probably not. Doesn’t matter. Let’s not kid ourselves: the point is that as cameras get cheaper and more connected and more ubiquitous, facial recognition gets more accurate, and data-mining software gets better, something like conspiracy theorists’ worst nightmarish fantasies of Trapwire will come to pass. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: this is only a matter of time, and not all that much of it.
Editor’s note: Iris Shoor is co-founder and VP Product Marketing at Takipi, a service for managing software downtime in the cloud. Before that, Iris was co-founder and VP Product at VisualTao, a B2B web and mobile service acquired by Autodesk.
For a long while I thought about marketing as wordsmithing – putting an abstract idea into a sentence, picking just the right words. But then things started to change – less text please, more graphics – we’d rather see it than read it. This year more than ever, visual content is going mainstream. Pinterest is using imagery as its main content, and within a few months hundreds of different websites have adopted a ‘Pinterest like’ design. Companies are switching to Tumblr instead of traditional blogs, with little text and lots of imagery. Facebook is making your profile more visual with the Timeline and the new image gallery, not to mention Instagram. There’s a change in the air and this time you don’t need to smell it – you can actually see it.
I have to admit that I started using visual marketing not because I identified a trend but because as an architect by trade that’s the way I think – visually. I founded two companies (you can read more about our journey from 0 to 10M downloads here) where visual marketing is used as a main marketing strategy. To make things more interesting, both companies are as far away from being visual as you can possibly get – a B2B app for engineers and a Cloud/Big Data tool for developers. Here are 5 ways you can use visuals to increase traffic, get more buzz and reach more users:
With the mushrooming in the number of accelerator programs offered globally, there’s become a rash of ‘last chance to apply’ emails hitting our in-box of late. To be frank, we could spend a lot of time on these, but I’m sure readers would prefer some real news in their feeds. Thus, to the rescue has come f6S.com, a kind of social network for founders and startups to keep track of these programs.
Whether it’s a tropical vision quest, or a summer jaunt in Europe, the well-traveled gadgeteer faces one eternal scourge — power. Timbuk2 hears this, and has partnered with Joey Energy to bring you two new travel bags (the Power Commute and Power Q) with internal chargers. Okay, you don’t need to have the crunch of sand underfoot to benefit from one of these, in fact, dashing across town will also be a much more liberated affair, knowing that you don’t need benevolent weather, or have to pack a dedicated device. The power supply has been designed to deal with the rough and tumble of the outside world, and claims to power pretty much anything that charges over USB. The Joey T1 claims to be able to provide about two full mobile charges, and both of the new bags come laden with all the tech-hiding covey holes you’d expect, costing $ 199 when they launch in October.
Tmack writes “The last time we had a leap second, sysadmins were taken a bit by surprise when a random smattering of systems locked up (including Slashdot itself) due to a kernel bug causing a race condition specific to the way leap seconds are handled/notified by ntp. The vulnerable kernel versions (prior to 2.6.29) are still common amongst older versions of popular distributions (Debian Lenny, RHEL/CentOS 5) and embedded/black-box style appliances (Switches, load balancers, spam filters/email gateways, NAS devices, etc). Several vendors have released patches and bulletins about the possibility of a repeat of last time. Are you/your team/company ready? Are you upgraded, or are you going to bypass this by simply turning off NTP for the weekend?”
Update: 07/01 03:14 GMT by S : ZeroPaid reports that this issue took down the Pirate Bay for a few hours.
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It’s time again for Google’s own developer conference, and SlashGear is here to bring you the whole set of events as they happen. We’ll be bringing you everything from Android to Chrome as an operating system to Chrome as a browser and back again, and right from the show floor as we do it. The