Tablets are Toys (Not Mainstream Machines)

first_imgTags:#enterprise#Trends steven walling Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Related Posts Everyone is falling all over themselves to talk about tablets. Yesterday Wired.com topped them all in the hype department by declaring 2010 to be the year of the tablet. But let’s just slow down a minute. Yes, a big old pane of multi-touch goodness is a thing of beauty, and we’re just as susceptible to its magic as you are. But there’s a reason tablets haven’t caught on to date. It’s because you can’t work on a tablet. You can’t get things done without a decent working keyboard, whether it’s in the enterprise or for personal productivity. Normal people are never going to lug around a separate keyboard for their computer. The two most highly anticipated products, Arrington’s CrunchPad and the Apple tablet, are both going to be secondary entertainment machines, not the mainstream tech trend of the year. Popular and Mainstream, Not the SameThere’s no doubt everyone will continue to gab about tablet rumors from the likes of Apple, Dell and other companies. It’s exciting stuff, and they should sell well. But there’s a huge difference between an exciting rumor and the tech trend of the year. No one even knows for sure what market Apple’s tablet will be aimed at; will it be a Kindle competitor or a glorified Touch for gaming and video? We just don’t know, so hold your horses. Amusing, But Not UsefulThe most mainstream device without a physical keyboard is the iPhone. But neither the iPhone nor the iPod Touch is a good basis for comparison when it comes to tablets. They both already had mission critical, mainstream functions (voice and mp3 storage, respectively) to act as the base driver for their adoption. Without something along those lines, taking away an integrated physical keyboard detracts from a device once suitable for both business and pleasure. Tablets like the CrunchPad seem like they might have upright stands to go along with them, and they’ll definitely support either a USB or Bluetooth keyboard. But how many people (outside the tech industry) do you see carrying mice for their laptops? Not a lot. Regular people will not seek out accessory keyboards. They’ll just buy a device with a keyboard integrated in the hardware to begin with. Not the Tech Trend of 2010Yes, tablets will be seriously cool. Some of us here at ReadWriteWeb may even buy them. But in all the hype, let’s not forget that no matter how shiny they may be, tablets are not suited to the kind of market that would make them the tech trend of 2010. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Without Technical Assistance, Policy Efforts Fall Flat

first_imgFrom guest blogger Alison Corwin, New EcologyWe at New Ecology are very excited to be involved with the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) as our mission is to promote development solutions that deliver positive economic, environmental, and social returns. The NSP program recognizes the importance of promoting development that protects environmental quality and eliminates pollution and waste, provides direct, meaningful economic opportunities for communities, and builds civic capacity to ensure a healthy future.By implementing greening strategies in the rehabilitation of existing affordable housing stock, there is great potential not only to reduce energy and water use, making it more sustainable from an environmental standpoint, but to develop a meaningful economic opportunity as well. The energy and water savings reduce operating costs in the long term, helping to ensure the housing remains affordable in the future.New Ecology NSP experience: training is criticalOur experience with NSP Technical Assistance tasks thus far has spanned a broad spectrum, from working with design teams on project specifications and plans to larger policy initiatives; these requests reflect the diverse nature of assistance desired by NSP grantees.One project in particular further enforced the idea that training is a critical function of successful policy implementation. The task was to revise a previous policy written on a county level for rehab projects needing to meet the greening standards for NSP. What we found was that the existing policy had included items unrelated to greening — for example, accessibility, fire protection, marketability, and so on — which made for a cumbersome set of guidelines.New Ecology recommendation: targeted policies for single-family and multifamily housingWe determined that the most effective approach was to write a policy that focused solely on greening and specifically on single-family homes as they comprise the current majority of housing stock receiving NSP funding. However, we recommended that a separate multifamily standard be written to account for the nuances for that particular type of building.While the final policy requires action that will create energy and water efficient, healthy and durable homes, we have found that the reality is without proper education and training for local architects, builders and contractors related to the criteria set forth, implementation of greening policies will likely have mixed success.It is critical that the NSP grantees seek technical assistance to support the provision of training around new policies if we are to truly implement greening on a level that will have widespread impact.last_img read more

Morgan scores twice, US women beat New Zealand 5-0

first_imgFILE PHOTO – United States’ Morgan Brian, second right, celebrates with her teammates after Alex Morgan scores her side’s 2nd goal against New Zealand during a women’s Olympic football tournament match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. United States won 2-0. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)CINCINNATI — Alex Morgan scored twice and the U.S. women’s national team concluded a two-game series against New Zealand with a 5-0 victory at Nippert Stadium on Tuesday night.The Americans improved to 9-3-0 this year. There are four more games left on the team’s 2017 schedule.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pelicans bringing back forward Cunningham Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The U.S. also got midfielder Tobin Heath back from a back injury. She came in as a late sub for her first action with the national team since March. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel planscenter_img ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors The U.S. defeated the Ferns 3-1 in the first game last Friday night in Commerce City, Colorado. Julie Ertz led the way with two goals.Lindsey Horan got the Americans off to a nice start in the rematch, scoring on a header in the 36th minute after coming in for Rose Lavelle. Mallory Pugh made it 2-0 in the 44th minute. Pugh also finished with two assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingLavelle, who is from Cincinnati, played the shortened shift for the hometown crowd as she continues to come back from injury.Morgan scored her first goal within the first minute of the second half. Lynne Williams added her third career national team goal before Morgan struck again in the 69th minute. It was her 77th international goal. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Pique boos no concern for Lopetegui

first_imgSpain Pique Bernabeu boos no concern for Spain boss Lopetegui Joe Wright 20:02 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) gerard pique - cropped Getty Images Spain Spain v Italy Italy WC Qualification Europe The national team manager expects the home crowd to be right behind the players when they take on Italy in Madrid on Saturday Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui does not expect harsh treatment of Gerard Pique from the Santiago Bernabeu crowd in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Italy.The Barcelona defender’s outspoken defence of his club’s interest in the intense rivalry with Real Madrid, coupled with a public sympathy for the Catalan independence movement, has led to boos from Spain fans on a number of occasions during his impressive international career.There are concerns that matters could come to a head when Pique takes to the pitch at Madrid’s home this weekend, with Sergio Ramos having already urged fans not to target his team-mate. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina But Lopetegui is confident that supporters will be firmly on the player’s side during what could be a crucial Group G encounter.”I’m not worried about the issue of Pique and the Bernabeu,” he told a news conference. “I’m sure the fans in Madrid will help the national team because we’re going to need them, especially in a moment of the game where we need their energy.”Both sides have won five of their six matches in qualifying, with their only dropped points coming in a 1-1 draw in Turin last October, when a late Daniele De Rossi penalty cancelled out Vitolo’s opener. ¡Todos juntos, a por la victoria ante Italia! #VamosEspaña  pic.twitter.com/Ke3tq3rZ4d— Selección Española (@SeFutbol) August 30, 2017Lopetegui expects Italy to produce a different display and insists they cannot be considered a defensive side any longer.”It will be a tough match because they’re an amazing team, a huge opponent. Spain have to give the best of themselves to get a result,” he said.”They have a style of play that has been the same with different coaches. They have won all their recent matches, aside from the draw against us. They’re not ‘catenaccio’ any more.”I expect a totally different game from the one we played in October. I expect an Italy who are different in every aspect.”Torino striker Andrea Belotti has been tipped to start on Saturday, the 23-year-old having signed off from club duty with a spectacular overhead kick in a 3-0 Serie A win over Sassuolo.Lopetegui is refusing to focus too much on halting Belotti alone, though.”He’s an excellent player, he’s improved a lot. But there are many other players: [Lorenzo] Insigne, [Antonio] Candreva, [Ciro] Immobile…,” he added.”He’s a great player and that’s why he’s in the squad.”last_img read more

Mining, Quarrying and Construction Main Growth Sectors Last Quarter

first_img The figure for mining and quarrying reflected increased production of alumina, “as crude bauxite production declined” Mining and quarrying recorded growth of five per cent The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that mining, quarrying and construction were the main sectors recording growth during the April to June quarter.Director General of the PIOJ, Colin Bullock, who made the disclosure during the institute’s quarterly media briefing at its New Kingston offices on Tuesday, August 27, said mining and quarrying recorded growth of five per cent, while the building component of the construction sector grew by 1.5 per cent.These sectors stood out during the period, which saw real growth gross domestic product (GDP) declining by 0.4 per cent compared to the corresponding period in 2012.Mr. Bullock said the figure for mining and quarrying reflected increased production of alumina, “as crude bauxite production declined”.“Alumina production increased by 8.6 per cent, reflecting an increase of 1.1 percentage points in the alumina capacity utilisation rate, reflecting higher output from a major producer,” he explained.Crude bauxite production, the Director General pointed out, declined by 4.4 per cent due to lower global demand, resulting in a 4.1 per cent decrease to 88.6 per cent in the bauxite capacity utilisation rate.Mr. Bullock attributed growth recorded under the building component of the construction sector to increased residential developments by major housing developers, reflecting higher housing starts, which went up 219.6 per cent; and housing completions, up 37.4 per cent. Correspondingly, he said the volume of mortgages for the period increased by 17.7 per cent, with the value going up by 25.3 per cent.Other sectors which recorded growth were the wholesale and retail trade; and repair and installation of machinery industry, up by 0.4 per cent, which he attributed to “higher levels of domestic demand.”“Increased activities in the industry were supported by higher automated banking machine (ABM) and point of sale transactions with volume up 11.2 per cent and value, up 15.5 per cent respectively; and improved performance by the construction industry,” he informed.Also recording growth was the hotels and restaurants sector, which Mr. Bullock pointed out, grew by 0.2 per cent. This, he informed, was mainly influenced by growth of 0.3 per cent in stopover arrivals, consequent on an increase in visitors from Canada, Europe, and Latin America.He noted, however, that total visitor arrivals declined by 4.6 per cent, due to a fall-off in cruise passenger arrivals, down 13.7 per cent, while adding that “total visitor expenditure is estimated to have declined by 0.5 per cent to US$502 million.The Director General said the 0.4 per cent decline in GDP for the April to June quarter largely reflects the impact of adverse weather-related conditions, specifically the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy on crops; the impact of drought conditions, which prevailed during the period; a continued weak global economic environment; and the impact of the National Debt Exchange (NDX) on the investment income of financial institutions.Sectors recording declines included: agriculture, forestry and fishing, down eight percent; finance and insurance services – 2.5 per cent; and electricity and water supply – 0.1 per cent.“For January to June 2013, real GDP is estimated to have declined by 0.8 per cent due to declines of 3.2 per cent in the goods producing and 0.2 per cent in the services industries. The industries, which recorded the largest declines during the period were agriculture, forestry and fishing, down 9.8 per cent; mining and quarrying, down 2.4 per cent; and electricity and water supply, down 1.6 per cent,” he outlined.The Director General said the main source of growth was construction, up 1.1 per cent, while the transport, storage and communication; wholesale and retail trade; repair and installation of machinery (WRTRIM); and real estate, renting and business activities industries each recorded growth of 0.2 per cent. Story Highlights The building component of the construction sector grew by 1.5 per centlast_img read more

Asian Ports Foster Ties amid Changing Winds

first_imgzoom Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) have partnered up to meet the demands of the changing maritime industry including LNG bunkering. The duo signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) at the International Symposium on LNG bunkering in Yokohama, Japan.Under the terms of the MOC, the parties will cooperate in port planning, port management and technological development in the port sector.“The situation surrounding port sectors is dramatically changing. For example, the size of container vessels is getting larger. Shipping lines are restructuring their business strategies, including decisions on alliances. The International Maritime Organization is strengthening regulations on emissions from vessels,” Michio Kikuchi, Director-General of Ports and Harbours Bureau, MLIT, explained.“For Asian region to develop, it is very important that Japan and Singapore address these common issues in a collaborative manner. Based on this MOC, we are striving to forge a closer partnership with MPA to contribute to sustainable development of ports in Japan and Singapore,” Kikuchi further said.“The signing of the MOC is timely given the changes taking place in the maritime sector with the advent of new technologies, rise of the digital economy and shifts in world trade. The MOC will enhance the level of cooperation between MPA and MLIT,” Andrew Tan, MPA’s Chief Executive, commented.“New activities envisaged under the MOC include more regular meetings, to be held alternately in Singapore and Japan, greater cooperation and exchange of information, as well as promoting collaboration between port operators and entities such as research institutes. We also look forward to working with leading ports such as Yokohama to promote LNG bunkering in the region,” Tan added.MPA and MLIT were also among the signatories of a multilateral memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed in Singapore in October 2016 in an effort to widen the network of LNG bunker ready ports in Europe, US and Asia.last_img read more

Avengers Infinity War had Marvels first female stunt coordinator — and shes

first_imgMarvel Studios’ hired Canadian Monique Ganderton as its first female stunt co-ordinator. She worked on Avengers: Infinity War. (Kim Brunhuber/CBC) Among the hundreds of men who work as stunt co-ordinators on feature films in Hollywood, Monique Ganderton says she only knows ” a handful of women” who do the job.“It’s definitely an industry that’s taking some time,” she told CBC News. “I’m still trying to figure out why.”Ganderton, who worked on Avengers: Infinity War, is Marvel Studios’ first-ever female stunt co-ordinator for a feature film. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Born in Edmonton, she started as a model, moved into acting and eventually got into stunt work, doubling for Daryl Hannah, Leelee Sobieski and Famke Janssen, among other actors. She spent 18 years in the field before the Avengers opportunity came along.Meticulous collaboration“A film of this size, it was mostly about us meeting and laying it all out,” she said about the planning process at the world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War in Los Angeles earlier this week. “What are we going to need for this movie? Who are we going to need?”The highly anticipated blockbuster, 10 years in the making, is one of the most expensive ever made. Its co-director, Joe Russo, told CBC News the budget was more than $300 million.center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

TeeVees leather jacket expected to raise thousands for youth

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsDakota House has put his North of 60 leather jacket up for auction.The Edmonton-based actor, who played TeeVee Tenia on the long-running TV series, wants to use the proceeds to fund a self-esteem program for kids across Canada.He expects the garment to raise thousands of dollars for the [email protected]@aptnchrislast_img

Jose Mourinho hails brave Victor Lindelof

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hailed Victor Lindelof after the defender’s late tackle despite picking up an injury.Lindelof was probably the only player to escape the ire of his manager after United’s disappointing goalless draw against Crystal Palace.The Sweden international finished the game with a groin strain but was still seen committing into challenges as Manchester United tried to keep the scoreline at 0-0 towards the end of the game.United were disappointing once again against displaced Crystal Palace team who might wonder how, given the chances they created, they did not leave Old Trafford with three points.After questioning the character of some of his players, Mourinho has warned a repeat against Young Boys on Tuesday night could leave their hopes of making it to the UEFA Champions League second round on a knife edge.“I believe he is hurt,” said the United boss, according to Daily Star.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He was a brave lad, but he probably punished himself [in playing on after three substitutes had been made]. I don’t know how long he will be out, but he is a fantastic example.”“I thought we started really well but I think when you play to win matches, you don’t stop until you win.”“We were playing well but we gave them periods of time, periods to break and feel that they were in control.”“We were not intense. We lost the ball. We gave them time to breathe.”last_img read more