HTC Steve Costello Wang stages comeback as HTC chief Maitre resigns Author HTC posts another loss despite launches Devices HomeDevicesNews HTC November sales show (small) positive signs Related HTC readies Vive Pro 2 VR headset Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Previous ArticleItalian government “monitoring” TI situation closely; won’t buy stakeNext Article4G to dominate European connections by 2020 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 DEC 2015 Tags HTC saw its third consecutive month of sequential growth as it heads to the lucrative holiday sales period, although its November figures still compared poorly year-on-year.Revenue for November 2015 was TWD10.29 billion (TWD314 million), up 15 per cent from October, but down 39.3 per cent year-on-year. This also marks HTC’s strongest monthly sales since May 2015 – although it has been far from a steady upward trajectory since.For the year-to-date, revenue of TWD115.2 billion is 33.3 per cent behind the 2014 figure.HTC recently stopped giving forecasts for its financial performance, citing several factors influencing this, while also removing one of the main sticks it has been beaten with should it fail to reach its own expectations.However, in a conference call at the end of Q3, Chialin Chang, CFO and president of global sales, did suggest the company is looking for an “incremental improvement in revenue and net income”.HTC has undertaken a broad restructure, as it looks to cuts costs in line with falling sales.From a product point of view, the company launched a new “hero” product to drive sales in the latter part of the year, in the shape of its One A9.With the company traditionally releasing a single flagship device in February, this has meant that its portfolio lost some of its lustre by the time the Christmas sales period began.
© Elnur | By Alexander Whiteman 22/03/2018 Online freight booking platform 45HC is to accept CXO tokens as payment, becoming the first container shipping operation to accept cryptocurrency.But one shipping source has asked where the added value would come from for customers.Supplied by CargoX, CXO tokens are traded on several cryptocurrency exchanges and are available for anyone to purchase.A spokesperson from CargoX told The Loadstar the tokens were distributed at the start of the year, with over 10,000 investors from 95 countries registered for a crowd sale event. Some 2,000 managed to invest and the company is now seeing average daily trading volumes of approximately $500,000.Currently, the tokens represent a payment mechanism for CargoX’s blockchain-based smart bill of lading and smart letter of credit services.However, the spokesperson added: “CargoX believes that with strong current and future partners, CXO tokens will be used beyond the CargoX platform. And it believes it will become a de-facto crypto payment mechanism for logistics services of companies in the CargoX ecosystem or beyond.”As to the “added value”, the spokesperson said that not only were payment processing times reduced, but so were transaction costs when compared with the usual bank transfers.The spokesperson also cited the lack of daily or monthly limits, which often accompany credit cards, and improved security and privacy.“Blockchain secures over $350bn in crypto assets, and advanced cryptography protects blockchain technologies (and cryptocurrencies), which, to date, have never been hacked,” said the spokesperson.“In the current form of implementation of CXO tokens at 45HC, the company decided to use a unique payment address for every transaction.”This method reportedly prohibits third parties inspecting payments received by 45HC, identifying the sending party.While 45HC is the first company to accept the payment method, the spokesperson hoped it would attract others.“CargoX is a neutral technology provider for logistics companies, focusing on blockchain-based solutions, and will treat all partners equally,” said the spokesperson. “Our partners are free to use CXO as a payment mechanism, and CargoX can even help with integration.”Meanwhile, 45HC stressed that it would still accept “standard” payment options.
The bikes, designed to be durable, safe and easy to operate, sport baskets that can hold up to 25 pounds, tail lights powered by the motion of the wheels, and seats that adjust to fit riders with the flick of a lever. Locks are built into the bikes so they can’t get lost or left behind. Bikes will be kept in specially marked racks outside the residence halls where they are loaned out. When the citywide Denver bike sharing program launches in April, about 600 bikes will be available at up to 50 solar-powered self-service kiosks spread across the city. Users can check out a bike at one location with the swipe of a card, and return it clear across town. DU is expected to house at least two of those kiosks. The city-University partnership is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States. “I hope everyone on campus, that includes faculty and staff, uses these,” one student said. “The fewer automobiles we drive, the more that students and the rest of us use our legs or a bicycle, it’s making an impact.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA student-led bike library opened Sept. 24 at the University of Denver offering high-tech bikes on loan for free, and a glimpse of the citywide bike sharing program that gets rolling next spring. The free DU lending library is open to all students, faculty and staff using the same bikes that will dot the city landscape in early 2010. The bike library is part of Denver University’s (DU) sustainability efforts that incorporate conservation, recycling and innovative building design. Bikes will be available for free use with DU identification. The establishment of the bike library was led by the Undergraduate Student Government, which contributed and raised some $50,000. “It’s really a perfect solution for a lot of students like me who don’t have a bike,” said student government senator Dillon Doyle. “I wouldn’t use a bicycle every day, but if I could just borrow one, I’d use one once a week to run errands or buy groceries.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Reps. Sharice Davids (center) and Emanuel Cleaver (right) held a field hearing for the U.S. House Small Business Committee on Tuesday.Rep. Sharice Davids this week brought official Congressional business to the Kansas 3rd Congressional District, specifically to discuss the challenges of small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs.The first-term Congresswoman led a field hearing alongside Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City, Mo., for the U.S. House Small Business Committee on Tuesday morning at Kansas City Kansas Community College.The hearing, “Silicon Prairie: Tech Innovation and a High-Skilled Workforce in the Heartland,” included testimony from various stakeholders in business, technology, capital investment, state departments and other groups to examine the current state of the high-tech small business workforce and their challenges, particularly for startups and entrepreneurs located outside technology hubs.Kansas Labor Secretary Delía García spoke at the hearing Tuesday.Davids said bringing together local organizations that support startups and entrepreneurs — such as Overland Park-based SnapIT Solutions and Kansas City, Missouri-based AltCap — as well as the secretaries of labor and commerce is a collaborative process that goes into the Congressional record.“Having all of them in the same room sharing their ideas, it’s of course going to be helpful at the federal level for purposes of figuring out what are the best programs for us to be supporting,” she said. “But it will also be helpful for the state-level folks to hear how the work that they’re doing ties in, whether it’s workforce development (or) bridging the gap of access to capital.”Witnesses who gave testimony at the hearing included:David Toland, Secretary of the Kansas Department of CommerceDelía García, Secretary of the Kansas Department of LaborThomas Salisbury, Regional Administrator, Region VII of the Small Business AdministrationNeelima Parasker, President and Chief Executive Officer of SnapIT Solutions in Overland ParkRuben Alonso III, President of AltCap in Kansas City, MissouriTammie Wahaus, Chief Executive Officer of Elias Animal Health in OlatheBrad Sandt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Menlo, K12itc, Civic ITC in Kansas City, MissouriDaniel Silva, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of CommerceThe hearing was also an opportunity for small business owners and experts to discuss innovative solutions to address small business employee shortages, according to Davids’ office. For instance, Davids noted that the Kansas City area has a strong workforce, but the area does face the challenge of identifying the needs of a 21st century workforce.“When people think about entrepreneurship and tech and startups and founders and access to capital, a lot of times you only hear about a couple of coastal cities,” Davids said, adding that she hopes to “spread the good word of Kansas” in terms of the entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem at work in the Midwest and particularly the Kansas City metro area.“I think it’s just really important for those of us in elected and appointed positions to hear directly from the people who are living and breathing the impacts of the policy that we’re creating,” she added.While noting that the field hearing itself is important, Davids said Tuesday morning’s events created a gathering space for all of these stakeholders to have important conversations of their own — similarly to what her staff experiences during her periodic public forums over other topics such as mental health, student debt and veterans’ needs when transitioning to civic life.For instance, even as she spoke, Davids noticed the executive director of the KCK Chamber of Commerce having a side conversation with one of the program managers of AltCap. Noting that AltCap just started its services on the Kansas side, Davids said that type of relationship could further both organizations’ reach into the communities they serve.“This is part of the Congressional record, which is very important, but every time we have an event where there is a group of people that comes together to talk about the work that they’re doing, the relationship-building and networking that happens, it’s really phenomenal,” Davids said. “They’re almost like ‘value add’ for something like this. They’re really cool additional benefits of this sort of thing that are outside of the policy that we’re trying to improve.”
GERMANY: Mittelsachsen transport authority ZVMS has reached an agreement for an order for 11 battery multiple-units to be financed by mandated lead arranger KfW IPEX-Bank with Nord/LB and Deutsche Kreditbank. The financing package is worth €49m and has a term of 22 years.The order is expected to be finalised in January. The Coradia Continental battery units would be produced at Alstom’s Salzgitter site, and equipped to operate from conventional 15 kV 16·7 Hz electrification or using battery power on non-electrified routes.VMS intends to deploy the units from 2023 on Leipzig – Chemnitz service RE6 which is currently operated by Transdev’s Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn using Siemens ER20 diesel-electric locomotives and coaches.The transport authority believes the use of battery traction would help to protect the environment, while offering a quick way of raising speeds by 20 km/h to 160 km/h and improving passenger comfort.Electrification of the route is envisaged in the longer-term, at which point the units could be converted to conventional overhead electric operation.The group of three banks previously financed 29 conventional EMUs for ZVMS in 2014.Announcing the latest agreement on December 17, KfW IPEX-Bank management board member Andreas Ufer said it would directly contribute to reducing CO2 emissions, and also support the promotion of new and sustainable technologies.
Corporate Social Responsibility, Development, Economics, Environment, Fossil Fuels, Indigenous Peoples, Infrastructure, Land Rights, Natural Gas Proponents of PNG LNP, an ExxonMobil-led natural gas project in Papua New Guinea, predicted it would bring massive economic benefits to landowners and to the country as a whole.According to two recent reports by the Jubilee Australia Research Centre, PNG’s economy is worse off than it would have been without the project.Jubilee Australia also links the PNG LNG project to an upswing of violence in the areas around the plant. In 2008, when a consortium led by ExxonMobil was drumming up support for a $19 billion natural gas extraction and processing project in Papua New Guinea, proponents of the development predicted it would underpin the country’s economy for decades.Production began in 2014, and now reaches approximately 7.9 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year. However, according to two recent reports by advocacy group Jubilee Australia Research Centre, the PNG LNG project has not only exacerbated conflict and inequality in the Papua New Guinea highlands, it has also failed to produce the promised benefits. According to Jubilee Australia’s analysis, PNG’s economy would be better off if the gas had been left in the ground.Predicted economic impacts of the PNG LNG project compared to actual impacts (based on Jubilee Australia’s analysis of underlying economic trends). While exports have exceeded expectations, GDP growth has been slower than forecast and income, employment and government spending have dropped. Image courtesy of Jubilee Australia.Big promisesWhen pitching the project, developers made big promises about the economic and social benefits the megaproject would bring to the country.One influential 2008 study, an economic impact analysis commissioned by ExxonMobil and authored by Australian consultants ACIL-Tasman (now ACIL-Allen), predicted the project would bring a tremendous windfall not only to shareholders, but also to the people of PNG. It forecast the overall size of the country’s economy would nearly double, household incomes would rise by 84 percent, and employment increase by 42 percent.Backers of the project argued that these anticipated benefits would more than compensate for any adverse environmental or social impacts a giant natural gas facility might bring in its wake.Instead, says Jubilee Australia, PNG is today worse off than it would have been if the country’s economy had simply continued developing at the same pace as prior to the launch of the project.“Currently, on almost all economic indicators, the people of PNG would have been better off had the project not happened at all,” report co-author Paul Flanagen, who has served as a senior adviser to the Australian government and the PNG treasury, said in a press statement.Jubilee Australia’s analysis found that instead of the 97 percent increase anticipated by ACIL-Tasman, PNG’s economy in 2016 was just 10 percent larger than its pre-LNG growth path would have predicted — most of that concentrated in the largely foreign-owned extractive sector. Instead of rising by 84 percent, household incomes fell by 6 percent in the same period, while employment fell by 27 percent.Even with the moderate increase in the size of the economy, government expenditure to support better education, health, law and order, and infrastructure fell below the baseline by 32 percent, rather than the 85 percent increase anticipated by the ACIL-Tasman report.Significantly, these decreases came even though production at the facility has exceeded expectations — an increase Jubilee Australia contends was more than sufficient to compensate for the impacts of falling gas prices.The Tari Gap in Hela Province in the Papua New Guinea Highlands. Photographed in 2003 before the arrival of the PNG LNG project. Image by Ron Knight via Flickr, CC-BY.Falling shortThe authors point to several factors. First, they cite “serious flaws” in the economic impact analysis, describing the forecasts as “extraordinarily over-optimistic.”Government revenue has also fallen short of expectations due to a combination of generous tax concessions offered to the project, and what the report describes as “aggressive tax avoidance” by the companies involved.“Exxon and Oil Search” — the second-largest stakeholder in the joint venture — “should be paying half a billion [Australian] dollars [$377 million] to the PNG government every year, since the gas started to flow in 2014,” Jubilee Australia executive director Luke Fletcher said in a press statement. “Instead, they are paying a fraction of this amount, partly because of their use of tax havens in the Netherlands and the Bahamas.”Drawing on an analysis by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the authors note that the PNG government received more money from personal income taxes paid by ExxonMobil employees than it did from corporate tax from the company.Further, the report points to “poor policy decisions made by the PNG government in response to the gas boom.” Exuberant spending in the early years of the project led to debt and deficit when the anticipated revenue failed to flow into government coffers.Landowners, too, have not received the royalties they expected, a problem Jubilee Australia attributes largely to a failure to vet and identify beneficiaries before production began. Clan boundaries were mapped, but the individuals entitled to payments were not specified as part of the original agreement. This, the reports argues, has been an ongoing source of conflict and uncertainty and has fed into violent unrest in the territories around the project.“During the construction phase of the project landowners had jobs, families had money, and conflict between clans was minimal,” report co-author and anthropologist Michael Main said in a press statement. “When construction ended and people lost their jobs, money stopped flowing, frustrations built up and violent conflict escalated to catastrophic levels.”A Huli Wigman and youth. The majority of landowners around the PNG LNG site in Hela Province are from the Huli ethnic group. Image by Ron Knight via Flickr CC-BY‘Utter nonsense’PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has challenged Jubilee Australia’s conclusions, as have ExxonMobil and Oil Search.During a May 2 speech in Brisbane, Australia, O’Neill denounced the first of the Jubilee Australia reports as “fake news” and “utter nonsense.” He said he had not read the paper, but accused its authors of aligning themselves with his political opponents.ExxonMobil and Oil Search, meanwhile, pointed to their royalty payment agreements as well as their corporate social responsibility initiatives, and noted it was the government, and not them, who was responsible for relaying payments to landowners.“PNG LNG royalty payments due to the government began, and have continued, since the start of production operations in 2014. Payment and distribution of royalties and other benefits due to landowners in the Project is the responsibility of the PNG government and is based upon benefits sharing agreements previously executed between the government and Project area landowners,” ExxonMobil said in a statement to the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. The company also pointed to its social investment program and its support for humanitarian relief in the aftermath of an earthquake that struck the project area in February.Oil Search said royalty payments were distributed to the PNG LNG plant site and to traditional landholders in 2017, although it added that “significant payments” were still outstanding. “[W]hat is good for Oil Search is good for PNG. We have a strategic interest in ensuring that we maintain a stable operating environment based on strong and enduring relationships with local communities,” the company said.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Isabel Esterman Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored
Win sets up rematch for Rockets with AmherstBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — While Spencer/Columbus’ high-powered offense, led by senior running back Hunter Luepke, has earned much of the hype this season, the Rockets’ defense has been just as stellar.Not much changed in the Rockets’ WIAA Division 5 Level 1 playoff on Friday night.Luepke racked up six more touchdowns, giving him 39 this season, and the Spencer/Columbus defense allowed just 178 yards as the Rockets rolled to a 49-17 victory over Oconto at Spencer High School.Spencer/Columbus (9-1) moves on to a Level 2 game at Amherst (9-1) on Oct. 27. This is the third-straight year the Rockets and Falcons will meet in the postseason. Amherst beat Spencer/Columbus 42-0 in the Division 5 state championship game in 2015 and 42-14 in a Level 2 playoff game a year ago.Spencer/Columbus’ defense allowed the Blue Devils seven first downs, with four of those coming on Oconto’s lone touchdown drive late in third quarter.Spencer/Columbus running back Hayden Bauman (42) goes for a big run during the Rockets’ win over Oconto on Friday at Spencer High School. Bauman racked up 111 yards rushing for the Rockets.“The defense was stellar tonight,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said. “I thought Coach (Todd) Hildebrandt put together a great game plan. Guys came out and executed it, very good tackling, and really got down and disruptive up front, and I thought our defensive backs really made plays.”Senior safety Bubba Post made a number of big tackles on the outside to keep the Blue Devils from making long gains.“He’s a heck of a ballplayer, a good senior football player,” Gorst said. “He didn’t get a ton of playing time early in the season, but he has a great attitude and sticks with it. He played a key role tonight. He’s a sure tackler, doesn’t matter the size of anybody, and made some really great open field tackles. I’m really proud of his effort and contribution tonight.”Oconto’s defense proved to be a formidable foe early, holding Spencer/Columbus in check. However, the Blue Devils still could not get off the field.Luepke picked up a first down on a fourth-down fake punt to keep the first drive of the game alive. Spencer/Columbus picked up two more first downs, and eventually Luepke ran in from the 3 to culminate the 13-play, 72-yard drive that gobbled up the first 6:28 of the game.Luepke scored again on the first play of the second quarter from 50 yards out on fourth-and-2, which put the Rockets up 14-0.Oconto (7-3) got on the scoreboard with a safety after a dropped snap on a punt attempt by Luepke. Spencer/Columbus then proceeded to score on five of its next six possessions.Luepke caught a 24-yard TD pass from Jarred Mandel to make it 21-2 at halftime. Luepke then added TD runs of 5 and 12 yards in the third quarter, and 59 yards early in the fourth.Sophomore Hayden Bauman, who added 111 yards rushing in the win, capped the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run with 4:01 remaining.Oconto’s Isaac Woller ran back the opening kickoff of the second half 90 yards for a touchdown, and the Blue Devils’ lone offensive points came on a 3-yard TD run from Bryce O’Connor on the first play of the fourth quarter.Next up is the two-time defending Division 5 state champion Amherst. While the players may be different, the Falcons are as potent as ever. Amherst won its playoff opener 53-6 over Colby on Friday.“They run a similar scheme to what they have, and we know the quality of program, the quality of the players and coaches over there, and have a lot of respect for them,” Gorst said.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 49, Blue Devils 17Oconto 0 2 7 8 – 17Spencer/Columbus 7 14 14 14 – 49First QuarterSC – Hunter Luepke 3 run (Evan Dieringer kick), 5:32.Second QuarterSC – Luepke 50 run (Dieringer kick), 11:49.O – Safety, 4:51.SC – Luepke 24 pass from Jarred Mandel (Dieringer kick), 2:29.Third QuarterO – Isaac Woller 90 kickoff return (Carson Moe kick), 11:46.SC – Luepke 5 run (Dieringer kick), 8:29.SC – Luepke 12 run (Dieringer kick), 2:20.Fourth QuarterO – Bryce O’Connor 3 run (Moe pass from Jake Krueger), 11:54.SC – Luepek 59 run (Dieringer kick), 10:12.SC – Hayden Bauman 14 run (Dieringer kick), 4:01.Team StatisticsFirst downs: Oconto 7; Spencer/Columbus 15.Rushing (att-yards): O 27-87; SC 48-406.Passing (comp-att-yards-int): O 7-18-91-1; SC 5-12-134-0.Total yards: O 178; SC 540.Penalties (no.-yards): O 5-45; SC 8-63.Fumbles (total-lost): O 1-1; SC 1-0.Punting (no.-avg.): O 4-32.8; SC 1-40.0.Individual StatisticsRushing: O, Zach Sherman 5-37, Bryce O’Connor 13-31, Isaac Woller 2-13, Carson Moe 2-5, Issac Diaz 2-3, Edwards Russell 1-0, Jake Krueger 2-minus 2. SC, Hunter Luepke 22-260, Hayden Bauman 13-111, Carson Hildebrandt 9-36, Austin Bacon 1-minus 1, Colton Schillinger 2-minus 2, Mandel 2-minus 8.Passing: O, Krueger 7-18-91-1. SC, Mandel 5-12-134-0.Receiving: O, Isaac Woller 2-33, O’Connor 1-24, Troy Wenzel 1-17, Sherman 1-7, Bennett Frazer 1-6, Evan Allan 1-4. SC, Bauman 2-71, Ethan Meece 1-35, Luepke 1-24, Hildebrandt 1-4.Fumble recoveries (defense): SC, Hildebrandt.Interceptions (defense): SC, Lukas Ellefson.Punting: O, Sherman 4-32.8. SC, Luepke 1-40.0.Records: Oconto 7-3; Spencer/Columbus 9-1.
Good Now – But Will Get Better Once Real-Time Data is Available for More UsersA simple model, of course, wouldn’t be very interesting if users can’t experiment with different settings like switching out their standard light bulbs for energy-saving ones, for example. Hohm does a nice job here, but in the end, the real advantage of using Hohm or similar systems will only be unlocked once users can get real-time (or almost real-time) access to their energy data. Once that happens, the “Prius-effect” can then set in, where users change their behavior based on the real-time feedback about their car’s (or, in this case, their house’s) real-time energy consumption. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A few days ago, a group of enterprising bloggers discovered that Microsoft had just trademarked the name ‘Hohm.’ Today, we can finally reveal what Hohm is really about. At its core, Hohm is Microsoft’s answer to Google’s PowerMeter and similar services. Hohm is dedicated to giving consumer’s information about potential energy savings, while at the same time connecting those consumers whose energy providers already use smart meter technology with real-time information about their own energy consumption at home.It’s also noteworthy that Hohm was developed on top of Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Like most similar projects, Microsoft’s Hohm will hook into the data streams from utilities once they bring their smart grids onlineCorrection: Hohm can bring in data even from utilities that don’t support smart meters yet, as long as the utility provider provides a data stream of some form to Microsoft, even if it is not real-time. For now, Microsoft is only rolling out support for 4 utilities (Puget Sound Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light, and Xcel Energy), but it’s only a matter of time before more utilities will roll out similar projects and smart meters, and as Microsoft’s Troy Batterberry, the product unit manager for Hohm, told us in an interview last week, Microsoft plans to make a long-term investment here and support data streams from utilities that offers them. Batterberry also mentioned that Microsoft plans to announce a number of additional partners in the next few months. Models, Predictions, Education Besides bringing in real-time information from smart meters, though, Hohm also provides users with interesting data about their own energy consumption even when their utilities are not online yet. All a user has to do is answer some basic questions and Hohm will provide an estimate of a household’s energy consumption. For a full assessment, Hohm can ask over 200 questions and the more answers a user provides, the better the estimate will be. In the back-end, Microsoft is constantly tweaking these models based on the real-life data it receives from users whose utilities already allow data to be downloaded to Hohm. Microsoft’s Troy Batterberry also told us that these models are already quite reliable, but will only get better as more users enter their data and as Microsoft gets to compare its models with more real-time data from its partners. Batterberry also stressed that Microsoft wants to make Hohm useful for users right now, not just those whose utilities use smart meters. To educate these users, Hohm also features a large section with resources and tips for saving energy.
Don’t mourn Twitpic. The popular service will continue to host images and video on Twitter thanks to an acquisition, the company tweeted Thursday. We’re happy to announce we’ve been acquired and Twitpic will live on! We will post more details as we can disclose them— TwitPic (@TwitPic) September 18, 2014This is the company’s first tweet since Sept. 4, when it announced it would be shutting down on Sept. 25 following a copyright skirmish with Twitter. The micro-blogging giant decided now was the time to take action against Twitpic, although the startup has been around since 2008.“Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours,” founder Noah Everett wrote. “Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic.”See also: Twitpic, Already Sidelined By Twitter, Shuts Down After Trademark SpatNow it looks like the acquisition will give the company the resources it needs to stay in business. Twitpic has not revealed any other details, or even the identity of the buyer.Twitpic’s news comes as an apparent relief; as of publication, the announcement tweet had more than 4,000 retweets.Lead image by Homard.net lauren orsini A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Twitpic#twitter Related Posts
SPEEDO USA, a division of PVH Corp., has launched its new Art of the Cap campaign, a special collaboration between the brand and swimming’s biggest stars, now live at www.SpeedoUSA.com/ArtOfTheCap.As part of the campaign, five Team Speedo athletes – Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin, Nathan Adrian, Dana Vollmer and Cullen Jones – were paired with five celebrated artists – Dave Kinsey, Adhemas Batista, Gianmarco Magnani, Jessica Hische and Jolby & Friends – to design a limited edition Speedo swim cap, sold exclusively on www.SpeedoUSA.com.The proceeds from each design will be donated to the athletes’ chosen charities – Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), Right To Play, Kids Beating Cancer, Simon’s Fund, and the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Initiative – helping to support and raise awareness for five worthy causes during this holiday season of giving.The athletes and artists were paired based on the connection of their personal stories, interests, and style; the charities chosen by the athletes are all tied important, personal causes they each support. Lochte, Coughlin, Adrian, Vollmer and Jones shared their stories with the artists who then brought their collaborative vision to life throughout the design process. The results come alive at Speedo USA’s “Art of the Cap” microsite, where visitors can view new and interactive content, including athlete interviews, images and videos; learn about each athlete’s personal connection to their cause and each limited edition swim cap design; and buy the cap.11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte and Dave Kinsey, a world-renowned artist known for his emotionally charged, multi-layered paintings and murals, created a cap with a bold, argyle design in Lochte’s go-to shade of green. Lochte is supporting Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), a non-profit organization that seeks to end Duchenne, a form of muscular dystrophy that took the life of one of Lochte’s close relatives. Duchenne patients are also devastatingly restricted from almost all physical activity, except swimming. Lochte has been working with PPMD for nearly a decade, and proceeds from his limited edition cap will benefit the organization.“I never thought in a million years that I would be in a position to affect kids’ lives,” said Lochte about his charitable work. “It’s humbling.”Natalie Coughlin, the most decorated U.S. female Olympian of all time, and Adhemas Batista, a Brazilian artist whose innovative illustrations and designs feature bold, beautiful colors, created a lyrical swim cap inspired by Natalie’s love of the ocean. A California girl through and through, Coughlin grew up near the water and her cap’s wave-like design and colors reflect her love for swimming and her passion for the environment. Coughlin is a long-time supporter of Right to Play, a global organization that uses sports to educate and empower children facing adversity; proceeds from Coughlin’s limited edition Speedo swim cap will go to the organization, which reaches one million children in regular weekly activities, teaching them critical life skills that affect positive, sustainable change.“I thought Art of the Cap was such a fantastic idea,” said Coughlin. “Not only does it help us give back to our charities but it gives us a creative outlet.”Sprint star Nathan Adrian, who won gold in the 100m Freestyle in London, partnered with celebrated Peruvian illustrator Gianmarco Magnani to create a swim cap that pays tribute to his hard-working hometown of Bremerton, Washington, and its ship-building history. Growing up near the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Adrian was inspired by the speed, power and integrity of a battleship as it moves through the water – attributes all reflected in the swim cap’s design; the number 08, prominently displayed on one side of the cap, is a nod to his family’s Chinese heritage and to his first Olympics in 2008 in Beijing. Adrian and his cap are supporting Kids Beating Cancer, a non-profit organization founded by Margaret Voight Guedes in memory of her son that works to ensure children can receive life-saving cancer treatment regardless of their family’s financial situation.“I feel like I’m in a really blessed position,” said Adrian. “With that position, I’ve always felt a need and a desire to give back to people who haven’t been given the ability to live their dreams.”Four-time Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer teamed up with letterer and illustrator Jessica Hische to create her limited edition swim cap for Speedo USA. The design comes from – and celebrates – the heart and Dana’s own personal history of overcoming a life-threatening heart condition to become a World Champion swimmer. A leading advocate for heart health awareness, proceeds from Vollmer’s cap will benefit the Simon’s Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in children and young athletes.“To put the heart first was a concept that I really liked,” said Vollmer about her cap design. “The heart is right there on the front – it’s what leads you, and everything else kind of flows in behind that.”Olympic gold medalist and swim safety advocate Cullen Jones teamed up with Jolby & Friends, a collaborative creative studio based in Portland, Oregon, to design a swim cap for those who “dare to be different.” Each side of Jones’ cap is unique, inspired by vintage sailor tattoos and Jones’ strong, determined attitude with Cullen’s personal motto of “Dare to be Different” printed on one side. His favorite number, 41, is printed on the other as a subtle tribute to Jones’ father whose basketball jersey number was 41. Jones’ cap benefits the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Initiative, which saves lives by providing swimming lessons to children across the United States, regardless of their ability to pay. After nearly drowning at the age of five, Jones has worked throughout his career to help reduce the drowning rate among minority youth in the U.S., working closely with the USA Swimming Foundation, and promoting diversity in the sport.“I love the idea of Art of the Cap just because we get to express ourselves,” said Jones. “It was a chance to express all the different things that I like in my life and found important – and made me who I am.”The Art of the Cap campaign is a true first for Speedo; the brand has launched limited edition collections inspired by its athletes in the past, but this is the first time the athletes were personally involved in the design process.“We’re incredibly excited about the Art of the Cap campaign,” said Alyssa Igawa, Marketing Director for Speedo USA. “It is a first for the brand and our athletes, and it has been a true partnership every step of the way.”“Through the collaboration, we’ve given our athletes a way to creatively express who they are and what is important to them,” added Igawa. “Every cap sold raises awareness, raises money, and makes a difference – empowering swimmers to look good while doing good.”Art of the Cap marks the second campaign from Hello Design for Speedo USA; based in Culver City, Calif., the agency signed on as Speedo USA’s digital agency earlier this year