8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#news Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Microsoft is making two big bets for the new fiscal year: the cloud and the small business market.So it’s fitting that the company is creating a new division that will be chartered with offering cloud computing services for the small business sector. According to ChannelWeb, the division will include all of the SMB sales, technical, marketing and distribution resources under a single multibillion dollar division. It’s reputed to have as much resources it needs for its efforts.Microsoft face a heated battle in the SMB market, particularly against Google, which has been making noticeable inroads with Google Apps.According to CRN, the announcement came through an internal memo, that cited the growing competition in the SMB market. It will be officially announced to partners at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference next week in Washington, DC.CEO Steve Ballmer is making moves reminiscent of the mid-1990s when Bill Gates declared Microsoft an Internet company. Back then, Netscape served as Microsoft’s challenger in the browser market. The software company’s push led to Internet Explorer’s dominance. Today, Google is the challenger.But it’s a different battle today than in 1996. Google is as much a powerhouse as Microsoft. And Google has all kinds of arsenal behind it, including Android, a mobile operating system that is quickly gaining market share. As for Microsoft? They love this kind of competition. Get ready, this is going to be a war.
Linden Lab, the maker of the virtual world Second Life, announced its new CEO today: Rod Humble, a former Electronic Arts executive. Humble will replace Philip Rosedale, who had been acting as the company’s interim CEO.2010 was hardly a banner year for Second Life, and Linden Lab says it hopes that a new CEO at the helm will bring “fresh perspective, renewed energy, and creativity” to the new year. Some 30% of Linden Lab were laid off in June, and shortly afterwards, CEO Mark Kingdom stepped down. Rosedale, the creator of Second Life, returned briefly to the head of the company, but the bad news seemed to continue: the closing of the Teen Grid, the elimination of discounted land purchases for schools and non-profits. Second Life describes itself has “leading 3D virtual world,” but virtual worlds have never quite taken off. Second Life does offer an immersive, user-created world and boasts a strong virtual economy, and it still has a devoted user base – over 750,000 unique Residents spent morre than 105 million hours “in world” in the third quarter of this year alone. Nonetheless, Second Life has a notoriously steep learning curve and substantial hardware requirements – perhaps limiting a more widespread adoption. By selecting Rod Humble to lead the company, Linden Lab has chosen someone who knows popular gaming. Most recently, Humble headed the EA Play label, which includes the best-selling PC game franchise of all time, The Sims. Prior to working at Electronic Arts, Humble served as VP of Product Development for the MMO EverQuest. With a strong background in gaming, it will be interesting to see how Humble’s direction shapes Second Life, something that fans often insist is “not a game.” Tags:#gaming#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts audrey watters 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App
Program development complete by 2018The government said it would kick in $1.6 million to aid the effort, and that energy performance-based rating, certification, and labeling standards would be developed in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, public interest groups, utilities, and the DOE.Although the program was just announced, the project actually launched last October and is due for completion on September 30, 2018.Among technical goals listed by the WCMA were characterizing key material properties, such as transmittance, reflectance and emissivity, and simulating project performance.Manufacturers, public interest groups, non-profits, test laboratories, and experienced energy raters all were invited to become AERC members. There’s a nomination form posted at the WCMA website.If you decide to attend the group’s meetings, just remember to say “fenestration attachment product,” not “awning.” When you buy a new window for your house, an attached label from the National Fenestration Rating Council tells you how much solar gain the window lets in, and how efficiently the window insulates against heat and cold. Similarly, Energy Star labels on appliances estimate how much money you’ll spend each year to operate them so you can compare one appliance to another.Consumers would get the same kind of benefit from a new program announced this month by the U.S. Department of Energy for window attachments — the shades, awnings, and other devices installed over a window to block sunlight.DOE is joining the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) to develop a “comprehensive energy ratings and certification program” over the next four years that will result in new product labels for consumers.The Attachments Energy Ratings Council will develop standards for both residential and commercial products.Citing a government analysis, WCMA said that window attachments have the potential to save 800 trillion BTU of energy by 2030. “Despite this substantial opportunity, there are currently no performance rating mechanisms for assessing the energy performance of fenestration attachments, which means the available energy savings are not being fully realized because consumers are unable to identify the fenestration attachment products that have the potential to save energy,” the association said.
What do you do when your creative project implodes? Here are three thoughts to help when it all goes wrong.As Benjamin Franklin so famously quipped “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I think its worth adding a third certainty to that list which is that “things will go wrong.” It’s always surprising how shocked we are then, when things do go wrong.Obviously, no one enjoys it when it happens, but it is going to happen. You may as well be prepared for it (a bit like death and taxes I suppose). Here are a few thoughts for creative professionals (photographers, video editors, producers, designers) on how to make the most of when things go wrong.Problem Solving for Creatives #1: StopThe first thing to do when the wheels fall off the wagon is to stop. The normal human gut reaction when things go wrong is to get defensive. We defend ourselves from being the source of the problem or in any way having something to do with it. We look for someone, or something, else to point the finger at. We take sides and become combative.Resist that temptation and remind yourself that although that’s what I’m inclined to do, it’s not the best thing to do. Don’t jump to offering solutions as quickly and as readily as you can. Don’t side step the real root of the problem, just to make everyone love you again. This best thing to do is stop, take a breath, think on the issue and consider your options.Problem Solving for Creatives #2: LearnPeople always say we learn most from our mistakes not our successes. Why? Because we have to think about what went wrong in order to solve the problem. When there is no problem there is no thought.Why did this issue happen? Was their a lack of communication? Was it simply an oversight? Look at it from all angles and talk to the accuser. Make sure you understand why they may be upset. Get all the facts. Problems are just opportunities to learn, wrapped up in wreckage.Sometimes you did nothing wrong and are having to pay for someone else’s mistakes. Or you’re totally to blame and need to sort it all out. Either way, take the high road and be a team player. Being the guy who solved the problem, fixed a relationship and finished the project is key to maintaining a better reputation. No one wants to work with the guy that just got angry and quit.Problem Solving for Creatives #3: ChangeSo now that the wheels have come off, we’ve stopped, thought it through and learned what we did right and what we did wrong, then what? Well now comes the hard part, which is actually changing.One of the biggest challenges of working in a creative field is that we’re being paid to create something artistic for someone else. The artist’s tendency is to get wrapped up in our art, when we should be trying to serve their needs. So we have to let go of ”You’re trying to ruin my art” in favor of a “I’m trying to give you the best version of what you want” approach.They say in script writing that a failure in the third act is really a problem in the first. Often problems arrise because the set up wasn’t worked through properly. The brief wasn’t clear, wrong expectations were set or crucial details were misunderstood. Often projects with tight turn arounds suffer in the briefing stage the most. Spending a healthy amount of time nailing the brief (and getting it down on paper so everyone is clear) can save a lot of headaches later.Like in any business communication is the key to success, but it may even be more so when creativity comes into play. Make sure you understand your client’s vision of the project, the objectives and the timelines. Use what you’ve learned from past mistakes to ensure that you can complete what they’re after in the time allotted.Nailing a project without headaches can be key in turning a first time client into a lifelong client. Put your ego aside, be communicative and enjoy creative success!
INS Gomti changes coloursIndian Navy warships are shedding their trademark dark grey colours – which they have sported for nearly a half-century – for a new paler NATO-like light grey.Naval brass say the paler paint helps blend in with the sea. The navy, whose six months at sea since the,INS Gomti changes coloursIndian Navy warships are shedding their trademark dark grey colours – which they have sported for nearly a half-century – for a new paler NATO-like light grey.Naval brass say the paler paint helps blend in with the sea. The navy, whose six months at sea since the attack on Parliament was the longest operational deployment, discovered that while its dark grey warships melted into the night, they stood out during day.Now all warships going in for refits are being given new coats of paint. The navl submarines, of course, remain black.The colour doesn’t matter underwater.
zoom Greece-based GasLog Partners has closed the public offering of 5 million of its 8.625% series A preference units, collecting some USD 138.61 million of net proceeds, after deducting underwriting discounts and other offering expenses.The partnership plans to use the net proceeds from the public offering for general partnership purposes, which may include future acquisitions, debt repayment, capital expenditures and additions to working capital.“We currently expect that this will include future acquisitions from GasLog Ltd., our parent,” the company informed.The sale was undertaken at a price to the public of USD 25 per unit, including 750,000 units issued upon the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase additional units.Morgan Stanley, UBS Investment Bank, Citigroup and Stifel acted as joint book-runners for the offering and ABN AMRO and BNP PARIBAS acted as co-managers for the offering.
Explore further Citation: Rights group: China using personal data as repression tool (2018, February 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-rights-group-china-personal-repression.html The rights group used publicly available government procurement documents, media reports and interviews to assemble details of the policing program, called the “Integrated Joint Operations Platform,” in Xinjiang, a sprawling area in northwest China that security officials say harbors separatist and religious extremist elements.Unidentified sources inside Xinjiang described to Human Rights Watch the computer and mobile app interfaces of the IJOP software that tracks almost all citizens of the Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighur ethnic minority and stores detailed information, including their travel history, prayer habits, the number of books in their possession, and banking and health records.Procurement notices show that the IJOP also deploys license plate tracking and facial-recognition cameras to follow people in real time and provide “predictive warnings” about impending crime, Human Rights Watch said.Although surveillance is pervasive in many countries, including the United States, and has the potential for abuse, the technology is being deployed far more broadly in Xinjiang, said Maya Wang, senior China researcher at Human Rights Watch and the report’s author. Such pressure was ratcheted up following a series of deadly attacks blamed on Uighur extremists seeking independence from Chinese rule.A 2017 investigation by The Associated Press showed that thousands of Uighurs in Xinjiang, and possibly many more, have been sent to an extrajudicial network of political indoctrination centers for months at a time for reasons including studying abroad and communicating with relatives abroad. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In this Nov. 3, 2017, file photo, residents walk through a security checkpoint into the Hotan Bazaar where a screen shows Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hotan in western China’s Xinjiang region. Human Rights Watch says it has found new evidence that authorities in one of China’s most repressive regions are sweeping up citizens’ personal information in a stark example of how modern big-data technology can be applied to policing, and potentially abused. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) “In China the programs are very explicitly focused on people who are politically threatening or an entire Uighur ethnic group,” Wang said.An official in the press office of Xinjiang police headquarters on Monday confirmed AP’s questions had been received but said leaders were out and he had no idea when or if there would be a reply. The official, like many Chinese bureaucrats, declined to give his name because he wasn’t authorized to speak to reporters.China’s 10 million Uighurs already face a raft of restrictions not imposed on people of the Han ethnicity, who are the overwhelming majority in China. Uighurs face multiple hurdles in procuring passports and those who have them are required to leave them with the police. Hotels are required to register their presence with the local authorities and frequently turn them away to avoid the hassle. Frequent road blocks and checkpoints across the vast Xinjiang region enable authorities to stop people and check their mobile phones for content that might be deemed suspicious. Human Rights Watch says it has found new evidence that authorities in one of China’s most repressive regions are sweeping up citizens’ personal information in a stark example of how big-data technology can be used to police a population. In this Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, residents watch a convoy of security personnel and armored vehicles in a show of force through central Kashgar in western China’s Xinjiang region. Human Rights Watch says it has found new evidence that authorities in one of China’s most repressive regions are sweeping up citizens’ personal information in a stark example of how modern big-data technology can be applied to policing, and potentially abused. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) In this Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, a police personnel holding shield and baton guards a security post leading into a center believed to be used for re-education in Korla in western China’s Xinjiang region. Human Rights Watch says it has found new evidence that authorities in one of China’s most repressive regions are sweeping up citizens’ personal information in a stark example of how modern big-data technology can be applied to policing, and potentially abused. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Prefecture in China’s Xinjiang to track cars by satellite The AP also found evidence in government documents and procurement contracts of the Xinjiang government compiling biometric and personal data and systematically rating its Uighur citizens’ political reliability.The Human Rights Watch report reveals for the first time that the disparate data collection efforts appear to be unified under one central digital database that calculates citizens’ political risk.Use of the integrated computer system has led to people being detained and sent to political indoctrination centers, Wang said, citing interviewees who were kept anonymous out of concern for their safety.Wang said she has found evidence that Chinese police are building similar big-data tracking capabilities in other parts of the country under a program called the “police cloud,” but do not deploy them to as such an extent as in Xinjiang.