Bombers keep Eagles scoreless in 12-0 victory

first_imgArcata >> The last time the Humboldt B-52s and Humboldt Eagles met the game was played in Eureka at Bomber Field and, although the Bombers were victorious, they had to dig themselves out of a 4-1 deficit in the sixth to win.This time with a change of scenery, the B-52s took the lead and never let it go as they beat the Eagles 12-0 Wednesday at the Arcata Ballpark in seven innings.“That is kind of the way it is with baseball,” B-52s head coach Scott St. John said. “One day you are not so good, …last_img read more

ICT vital to service delivery

first_img05 July 2007Information communication technology (ICT) is key to service delivery and is one of the essential factors in promoting growth in the South African economy, a report by research and consulting company ForgeAhead finds.The National Government Research Report, released this week in Johannesburg, focuses on ICT development, management skills, convergence in cyberspace, cyberspace security and e-Government.“National government departments are moving to citizen-centred service provision and not bureaucracy-centred governance,” said ForgeAhead’s research manager for national government, Nicky Pope.“The departments are gearing towards results and attempting to be more service delivery orientated.”Pope added the country’s ICT development was focussed on using technology for economic and social development.To this effect, Pope said the Departments of Trade and Industry and Communication established South Africa’s IT Strategy Project (SAITIS) to promote a robust ICT sector, increase population usage of ICTs for economic and social growth, foster a knowledgeable ICT workforce and create a culture of ICT innovation.The establishment of SAITIS has resulted in increasing internet services to schools, creating an academy for software development, providing community internet access points and installing public information terminals allowing for access to government services.ForgeAhead research found future investment in technology focused on increasing internet connectivity, adding “there will be heavy investment in information security software especially in anti-virus, firewall and spam protection software”.E-Government is the integration and use of ICTs within departments to fast track service delivery to the public through providing e-services in spheres such as education, health and administration.Skills still requiredThe survey was conducted within different government clusters namely, the governance and administration cluster, the social cluster, the economic cluster, the justice, crime prevention and security cluster and the international relations, peace and security cluster.The survey, conducted between February and April this year, involved two questionnaires given to both chief information officers (CIOs) and information technology technicians within the five clusters, yielding a 91% response.The CIO questionnaire focussed on ICT strategies and polices, whilst the second questionnaire looked at the design involved in systems, software and hardware audits.In terms of personal computers with access to the internet within the various clusters, research found the economic cluster led with 90% of computers having internet access, the governance cluster had 83%, the justice, crime prevention and security cluster registered 75% followed by the social cluster with 65% internet usage.The report included factors which inhibited ICT growth and development in government departments and found “skills, staff capacities and budgets allocated for human resources” to be the greatest inhibitors.ForgeAhead’s head of consulting Edwin Schofield added “the skills which are needed are just not thick enough on the ground”.President Thabo Mbeki in his State of the Nation Address earlier this year also stressed that government is planning to improve competition in the economy, lower the cost of doing business and promote investment, and further develop high-speed national and international broadband capacity.ForgeAhead said the current trend is that the government will “promote broadband [and ICT usage] not only for economic gains but also to achieve good governance”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Google Announces the Next Version of Android

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … frederic lardinois EnterpriseGoogle is clearly going after enterprise users with Android 2.2 as well. The new version of the operating system will feature Exchange capabilities like account atuo-discover and calendar sync. Thanks to a new device policy management API, developers will now also be able to write apps that can perform remote wipes. Related Posts Tethering and Mobile HotspotsAndroid devices will now be able to function as portable hotspots. Creating a hotspot will be as easy as turning on this feature in the Android settings. This functionality, of course, will have to be enabled by the carriers.BrowserThe browser in Android 2.2 got a major performance boost thanks to the addition of the Chrome V8 JavaScript engine to Android. In today’s demo, which featured quite a few direct swipes at Apple, the Android browser clearly outperformed Safari on the iPad. According to Google, the addition of the V8 engine has resulted in an improvement by a factor of three in JavaScript performance.This version of Android will give developers greater access to the phone’s sensors and allow apps to interact with input from a phone’s accelerometer and camera.Voice InputGoogle also highlighted Android’s voice recognition features. As Gundotra noted, using voice recognition currently works great for long queries. In the next version of Android after 2.2, the software will also be able to understand intentions. While Google only introduced this feature very briefly, it was clearly meant to remind the audience of Siri, a company Apple recently acquired in order to offer a similar feature in the iPhone OS. External Memory and Auo-Updating for AppsAndroid 2.2 will automatically move applications that don’t fit into the device’s internal memory to an SD card. In addition, you can now update all your apps with one click and even tell Android to update all your apps automatically whenever the developer releases a new version.Market in the BrowserGoogle will bring the Android Market to the browser to give users a more iTunes-like experience. Thanks to the new cloud-to-device messaging feature, whenever you buy an app in the new Android Market on the Web that app will now automatically begin downloading on your Android device. MusicUsers will also be able to stream their music from their desktops to their Android devices. To enable these features, Google has quietly acquired Simplify Media. Tags:#Google#mobile#NYT#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement SpeedGundotra also stressed that this new version of Android is significantly faster than current versions. Thanks to a new compiler, various benchmarks show that apps on Android 2.2 are up to five times faster than the same code running on Android 2.1. Google just announced Froyo, the next version of its Android mobile operating system. According to Google, this new version will be significantly faster and more enterprise-friendly. Froyo will also offer a backup API, a “cloud-to-device” messaging API and support for tethering and portable hotspots. In addition, Android 2.2 will feature a significantly faster browser and better ways to find Android apps.Cloud-to-Device MessagingOne of the most exciting new features in Android 2.2 is the addition of a cloud-to-device messaging service that, at first glance, looks a bit like Apple’s push notifications service. Taking a swipe at Apple, however, Google’s vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra noted that this API is not meant to “make up for the lack of basic features like multitasking.” Instead, this new API will allow users to send “Android intent” messages from other services like Google Maps. In the example Google showed during today’s keynote, Gundotra sent directions from Google Maps on the Web directly to the phone. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Step Right Up Folks for CloudWash 101 – the How to Guide

first_imgCome on over folks, step right up. We’ve got a show for you today.It’s called The Cloud. Yes, The Cloud and it is the single greatest most amazing invention that we have seen in years. I mean decades. Centuries in fact. Millenia!You may have heard of the Big Bang. The Cloud is bigger – much bigger. It has bang, folks. Super bang.But you may be asking how you can get a piece of this Cloud. Well, luckily for us, we have the cloud-famous Rhett Glauser. Yes, Rhett has put together a list that’s the playbook for The Cloud. Follow Rhett’s step-by-step guide and you, too, can be a cloud provider.Drum roll, please!Create a new consulting service to help cloud customers feel assured.Dust off old CD boxes, apply white out liberally, change words like “network,” “storage” and “software” to “cloud” and “SaaS”. Give no thought to actual meaning of any terms.Form an industry consortium for the purpose of gathering luddites in the spirit of creating standards that will save the dinosaurs.Announce cloudy partnerships simply because a fusion of synergy always means 1+1=3.Call everything a cloud service just for effect, even if it is simply a basic IT service. Cloud is a way bigger tent than any of us ever realized.Convince customers they need cloud management tools in addition to the management tools they already have. Apparently the cloud broke the old tools, or was that the Internet’s fault?That’s not all. We even have some marketing material so you can sell Clouds. You may think that this advertisement is about paint. But that’s the point! The Cloud can be anything you want! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Isn’t that a cute littlle bunny in The Cloud? You know what that is?Bunny-as-a-Service, yes, BaaS. It’s a bunny, with a big cloudy tail. Now, let me tell you about that bunny… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Microsoft Goes Star Trek: Skype Translates Language In Real Time

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Skype will also bring the feature to mobile devices 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#Languages#Microsoft#PopSugarTech#Real Time#Skype#translator Images and video courtesy of MicrosoftMore stories from PopSugar Tech:If Apple Designed a Spaceship, It Would Look Like the Dragon V210 Simple Things That’ll Make You Fall in Love With Instagram (Again)Polaroid + Lomography = PerfectionHey Girl, Ryan Gosling Will Teach You How to CodeKids React to Old Apple Computers, and It Isn’t Pretty How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.In case you missed it, sci-fi tech is no longer fictional. Microsoft is bringing Star Trek’s universal translator to life with Skype Translator, a feature that enables cross-lingual conversations in real time.Microsoft demoed the tech for the first time publicly at the Code Conference last week and showed an audio and written translation from spoken English to German and visa versa. Grandmothers will be able to speak with first-generation grandchildren in their native language, and students will be able to connect with their international peers overseas. This Skype wizardry will be available on Windows 8 by the end of 2014 as a limited beta.The Microsoft Research team is still working to write algorithms that can identify nuances in languages and where spoken sentences start and end. Figuring out the differences between the way people talk and write is also very important for translating spoken conversation. If the team is successful, it may be the world’s first real-time universal translator. Skype Translator would break actual language barriers. Scroll down to watch the new technology in action. Ciao!Watch: Sneak Peek of Microsoft Skype TranslatorTranslation is spoken as well as written out at the bottom of the screen Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts nicole nguyenlast_img read more

Niggles within Cong. in Assam, Meghalaya

first_imgTwo days after a Congress MLA in Meghalaya threatened to quit the party and join the National People’s Party, a suspended party leader in Assam has accused Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora of being a ‘dictator’.Partha Pratim Bora, the suspended APCC secretary, on Thursday said Ripun Bora has been running the party whimsically, suspending or expelling those who he does not like.“I am not the first one to be suspended without any show-cause notice. The suspension is based on mere allegations,” the suspended Congress leader said, adding he has written to AICC president Rahul Gandhi about the ‘rot’ in the party’s Assam unit.The suspended leader also said he was victimised for questioning the APCC president’s credibility, since he had spent some time in Tihar jail for “wrong deeds”.Damage-controlOn Tuesday, the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee went into a damage-control exercise after senior MLA Martin M. Danggo said he would quit the party and join NPP. He made this announcement at a function in which Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma inaugurated the Ranikor civil subdivision.“Nothing is final in politics. I am confident that Danggo, as a senior and mature politician, will not take any wrong decision,” Zenith Sangma, spokesperson of Congress Legislature Party, said.last_img read more

Star on high morale going into playoffs after ‘test of character’ win

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP “Of course the team’s morale is really high right now especially after a win like this,” said Lee who finished with 18 points, five rebounds, and two steals.READ: Star outlasts Alaska in OT thriller FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“That’s what coach Chito [Victolero] said, that we need these kinds of games going into the playoffs because this was a test of our character.”Star outscored Alaska 46-21 in the final 17 minutes of play and three of which came off Lee’s booming triple from 40 feet out to give the Hotshots a 97-93 lead with 1:32 left in overtime. 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast For Lee, though, a three from such distance was no fluke.“I was focused on the game and I was confident on my shot because I always practice that,” said Lee. “I knew how far that was, I do that every time in practice. When the shot clock is winding down and you need to take those kinds of shots.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games PBA IMAGESStar guard Paul Lee said Wednesday said the Hotshots are going into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs on a cloud nine after finishing the eliminations with a league-best 9-2 record.The Hotshots earned their ninth win in a comeback victory over an Alaska side that led by as much as 21 points, 73-52, at the end of the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT SMB, Star stay in top-2 hunt BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more