SCC to host how-to event on photographing the solar eclipse on July 13

first_imgWith a little over two months to go before the solar eclipse, Southwestern Community College is gearing up for the once-in-a-lifetime event by hosting a presentation by photographer Johnny Horne at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, in Myers Auditorium on SCC’s Jackson Campus.This presentation will be a how-to on photographing the solar eclipse, which will occur on Aug. 21.“We are very excited to have Johnny Horne give this presentation,” said Lynda Parlett, SCC’s executive director of institutional development. “This a great opportunity to learn about capturing a photograph of the solar eclipse to share with future generations.”The session will also include information for budding and amateur photographers who wish to take pictures of planets, stars and astronomical events.Horne served as a staff photographer for the Fayetteville Observer for 44 years and is a contributing editor for “Sky and Telescope” magazine.He has also served on the technical support staff for “Sky and Telescope” total solar eclipse expeditions to Mexico, Africa and the Caribbean.In 1986 Horne photographed Halley’s Comet from the Australian Outback, and his astronomical photographs have appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide.last_img read more

Baby Cough Syrup Recall

first_imgA recall has been issued for DG/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus. The product, is being recalled by Kingston Pharma, LLC, and has the potential to contain a bacteria that can cause two different types of illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control. One of them is characterized by vomiting and the other by diarrhea. The products were sold nationwide in Dollar General stores and have an expiration date of 11/20. If you purchased the cough syrup, you can return it where you bought it for a full refund.last_img read more

How to Fix Yahoo!: Building a Yahoo! Platform

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market 1. An Open APIWhen it comes to developer APIs, Yahoo! is at the forefront. According to ProgrammableWeb, Yahoo! ties with Google for having the most APIs (25), which is why it boggles my mind that they don’t have one for My Yahoo! the way Google does for iGoogle, or Facebook, or Pageflakes, or Netvibes do. Even more amazing, Yahoo! actually already has a widgets API, it’s just focused in the wrong direction: on the desktop instead of toward their own web platform.“The bottom line is, if we expect you to make My Yahoo! your home on the Web, then we need to deliver the content that‚Äôs important to your life. Hence we‚Äôre working around the clock to add more and more relevant modules to choose from.” — My Yahoo! Team, June 2007The best way to add more relevant modules is to open the platform to anyone. Why have a team of people adding only “official” modules and working from a limited perspective when you could have thousands of developers doing the work for you for free? Look at the explosion of applications on Facebook’s platform as an example of how well this works. Right now there are over 2300 apps on Facebook, created in just the first two full months of the platform, and that is about 500 more than there were 12 days ago.Sure not all of those apps will be great, and many of them will likely be downright awful. But the chances of adding applications that are useful to your users and will potentially attract new ones greatly increases when you open up your platform. Further, it is now your users, rather than a small team of paid employees, who are deciding which applications are useful to them. Yahoo! could still retain editorial control by approving applications before adding them to the site, or by featuring modules vetted by the editorial staff.Certainly for a content company like Yahoo!, opening up their platform might seem like giving their competitors a way to leech users away from their own content, but in reality the opposite it a true. It actually means giving users access to competitor content while keeping them on your site, which is a net positive.2. Richer ApplicationsCurrently most My Yahoo! modules are one-way, meaning that they give you information but you don’t really interact with them. I can get my email via a My Yahoo! module, but I can’t compose and send or even read a full email without leaving the My Yahoo! page. Some widgets have basic input functions — like the reference or stock quote widgets — but query results are still returned on a separate page, rather than inside the widget.iGoogle’s YouTube app can play videos directly in the app.For My Yahoo! to be taken seriously as a platform and compete with Facebook and iGoogle, they’ll need to support richer applications. That means applications that can be interacted with on the page, such as a dictionary app that loads the definition I am after without sending me away from my My Yahoo! page, or a Games application that lets me load a game of Literati right inside my start page, or a Flickr app that lets me upload photos and manage my galleries without actually visiting Flickr.One of the reasons people get so excited about Facebook and other burgeoning web platforms is that there exists the potential for nearly any sort of application. With the right apps, Facebook could theoretically become a one stop shop for web surfers to consume information and perform tasks. Support for richer applications would put Yahoo! in the mix for creating the web platform that demands the most of your attention.3. Make the Platform Social This is probably the last step Yahoo! should take when building their web platform. Richard and I have both talked about turning start pages into social networks (here and here), and this is certainly where I see these companies going. As Richard said, it seems to be almost a natural evolution — once you have the users, why not allow them to interact? But Yahoo! needs to focus on building out their platform for developers before turning it into a social network.It’s no secret that Yahoo! has long wanted a social network. There was their famous failed attempt to buy Facebook last fall, and they have since been linked with bebo as well. When Yahoo! launched the beta of their new My Yahoo! service last March, they hinted at the prospect of making their start page property more social, so it is possible they already have plans to do so.I think growing a social network around their platform makes more sense than purchasing one. My Yahoo! already has 50 million users (by December 2006 numbers) — or a lot more than Facebook. Since we’re already using My Yahoo! to tie Yahoo!’s services together and already want it to be the hub for the Yahoo! universe and the web at large, it makes sense to build in a social network, rather than purchase one from the outside and go through the headache of figuring out how to get it integrated.ConclusionCertainly the Yahoo! platform won’t fix Yahoo! by itself, but I think it should be a major part of their plans going forward. Turning My Yahoo! into an open platform for rich internet applications does two things: 1. it can unify Yahoo!’s services under one umbrella — something they have long struggled to do, and 2. it adds utility for users and gives them less reason to leave Yahoo!, and the longer people stay on the page, the more likely they are to start using Yahoo! for search.I think Yahoo! is actually in a better position to create a winning platform than Google is right now. Their start page is already established and has an enormous user base, they have a rich developer culture built around their other APIs and they can seed their platform with some of the best content on the web.What do you think of my proposed idea to turn My Yahoo! into a platform? Do you use My Yahoo! now? Would you if it was the platform I envision? Would that be a step in the right direction for Yahoo!? Leave your thoughts below. josh catone 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As part of our focus on Yahoo!’s next 100 days this week, I am going to dive into how I would go about fixing the company. Or at least starting along that path. According to comScore, Yahoo! is the 3rd most visited collection of web properties worldwide (trailing only Google and Microsoft), reaching about 61% of the global web audience. In the US, the company’s websites are still #1, and actually have a broader ad reach then Google domestically. Yet Yahoo!’s total revenues for the first six months of 2007 were less than Google’s revenue for just the last quarter.Though that serves as a table setter for the problems at Yahoo!, I won’t get into financials in this article, as that is not my forte. Instead I will focus on what can be done to create a more useful and meaningful Yahoo! for users, one that can keep people on the site and drive them to use their search engine. Remember that Google controls ~50% of the search market share and pay-per-click text ads on search results drive a significant portion of their revenue — search share is very important to Yahoo!The Platform is the Killer AppThe killer app on the web is the platform. We’ve talked about this before on this blog in terms of social networks and AJAX start pages, and software like Google Gears, the Adobe Integrated Runtime, and the Dojo Offline Toolkit that let developers take the web out of their web apps and have added credence to the idea that the platform of the future is the Internet. Social networking darling Facebook has realized the power of the platform, which is part of the reason for all the hype, so have start pages like Pageflakes and Netvibes, who are building sophisticated (and increasingly more social) web platforms for developers. These platforms are beneficial for users because, like a desktop operating system, they allow people to aggregate the applications they use in one, central, organized location for quick access. For developers, platforms are a central location to launch new applications to the greatest number of people. For these reasons, the platform itself becomes the web’s killer app.One need look no further than this year’s hottest gadget, the iPhone to see how beneficial a strong platform can be for a service or product. While Apple didn’t provide a platform for developers in the true sense of the word, the number of iPhone-specific web apps that have been developed for the phone grows daily. These applications extend the functionality of the device and add value to users at no cost to Apple. Often, it is third party applications on a platform that attract new users or retain existing ones.Building a Yahoo! PlatformYahoo! needs to realize that the web platform is getting more and more important. Google already has, and is building a platform around their start page, iGoogle, by encouraging developers to build “gadgets” specifically for it. For Yahoo!, a platform can unify their services — which right now are scattered — and add utility to their page that will keep users there long enough to conduct searches. Yahoo! controls some of the hottest and most useful properties on the web, but has not figured out how to tie them together. They’ve started to bring some of their acquisitions under the single Yahoo! sign-on umbrella, but that still doesn’t bring my links, my Flickr photos and my fantasy sports team management to one central location.The good news for Yahoo! is that they already have a property just waiting to be turned into a full fledged platform: My Yahoo!My Yahoo! is one of the oldest and most popular start pages on the Internet (I’ve used it since 1999), visited by about 50 million people monthly. The path toward a Yahoo! platform begins with My Yahoo!, which has been undergoing a major update via their new beta site. Many of the changes the My Yahoo! beta showcases are good: drag and drop page organization, more customization tools, multiple pages, and the ability to create a module out of any RSS feed are all great features. Yahoo! has also wisely begun to utilize their start page as a way to tie their various services together — for example, I can add a static module for my bookmarks or my Flickr images. But there is still a lot more they need to do. Below I will outline three things I think they need to do to compete with the other fledgling platforms on the web. Tags:#Analysis#web last_img read more

Checkpoint Systems’ New EAS System Designed for Convenience Stores

first_imgCheckpoint Systems, Inc, a global supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, recently announced its CLASSIC N10 electronic article surveillance (EAS) solution, which is designed primarily for convenience stores.The N10 features a smaller, flexible antenna that places a premium on floor space, while reducing shrink, improving on-shelf availability and enabling the open display of merchandise.Coupled with Checkpoint’s breadth of tagging solutions, it protects a wide range of merchandise, and serves as an introduction for retailers with smaller store entrances and exits as well as other areas within the store where theft occurrence can be high, such as restroom areas and employee break rooms.- Sponsor – According to Uwe Sydon, senior vice president of innovation, Checkpoint Systems, “We’ve researched and worked with convenience stores that have many of the same requirements for loss prevention solutions as larger outlets, but often have neither the floor space nor the budget for standard traditional floor mounted, free-standing EAS antennas. With the introduction of the N10 – featuring one of the smallest EAS antennas on the market — those limitations are gone.”The N10 uses Checkpoint’s latest generation of detection platforms, which includes jammer detection for organized retail crime attempts to defeat the system, and the latest noise filtering and reduction software to ensure the N10 always performs at an optimum level.Its bright LED lit acrylic design acts as a visual deterrent for potential theft. The N10 can be wall or door-frame mounted or sited on an optional free-standing floor mount. In addition, retailers can swivel the antenna in any direction, as well as spin and tuck it out of the way when needed.Retailers using the N10 can choose from a range of product tagging solutions from Checkpoint, including Alpha High Theft Solutions, as well as hard tags and soft labels.Consumers benefit from improved on-shelf product availability and open merchandising via the theft reduction effects of EAS, and the active deterrent N10 provides in reducing theft attempts in the protected stores. In addition, because of its smaller size, shoppers’ movements aren’t restricted. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Reform Measures Delivering Jobs – PM

first_img The Bill, which was passed, provides for the closure of the Fund and assimilation of its functions into the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.  The move is expected to result in savings to the Government of approximately $35 million. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the economic and structural reforms being undertaken by the Government are delivering real jobs for Jamaicans. “We (are) looking clinically on where we can expand shared services to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and get us on our way to meeting our debt to gross domestic product (GDP) target,” Mr. Holness said. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the economic and structural reforms being undertaken by the Government are delivering real jobs for Jamaicans.He said the increase in employment over the last two quarters has been “fantastic” and “in the closing quarter we will be seeing (even) more jobs”.The Prime Minister was contributing to a debate on the Bill to repeal the Road Maintenance Fund Act in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (November 14).The Bill, which was passed, provides for the closure of the Fund and assimilation of its functions into the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. The move is expected to result in savings to the Government of approximately $35 million.The closure of the Fund is part of Government’s public sector reform agenda aimed at reducing bureaucracy and improving efficiency in order to stimulateprivate-sector investment and job creation.“We (are) looking clinically on where we can expand shared services to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and get us on our way to meeting our debt to gross domestic product (GDP) target,” Mr. Holness said.He noted that the Government is committing to providing the private sector with the strategic support, “so that it can absorb whatever jobs may be released from the public sector”.He assured workers employed under the Fund that opportunities for jobs will be created elsewhere in government or in the private sector.last_img read more

Updated 2 Facebook Instagram and WhatsApp return to normal

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a4cc65ca&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> / Tracy Le / Tracy Le Blanc Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were later accessible around 3pm after experiencing a downtime.A spokesperson for Facebook told that earlier today some people may have experienced trouble connecting to the apps. The spokesperson said that the issue has been resolved and apologised for any inconvenience that was caused.Facebook down: Outage affecting various users around the world including MaltaFacebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are all experiencing issues this morning for users worldwide as well as in Malta. Various users found both Facebook and Instagram both inaccessible, with their news feeds refusing to refresh while domain unavailable.READ: Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram down, across the worldOther users have reported that their messages over WhatsApp are not being sent or received.Other news sites reported that the outages appear to have started at around 6.30am this has contacted Facebook on the latest issues.Last month Facebook experienced its worst outage ever.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more