Hunters set for top of the ladder clash

first_imgHunters on second place are hoping to cause an upset to level with Blackhawks on 33 points with better percentage determining first and second spots.The last time both teams met in Round 11, Hunters defeated Blackhawks 22-16 in Townsville.Coach Michael Marum has shifted Lawrence Tu’u from the forwards to the centres to cover for Thompson Teteh who is down with a hamstring injury.Marum said in a statement that he has faith in Tu’u to rise to the challenge in a position he has played before in past Hunters’ games.Enoch Maki, a skillful ball playing forward who can offload in tackles, comes off the bench to start in the front row.The full squad is: 1.Stargroth Amean, 2.Bland Abavu, 3.Noel Zeming, 4 .Lawrence Tu’u, 5.Adex Wera, 6. Israel Eliab ©, 7. Ase Boas, 8. Enock Maki, 9. Wartovo Puara, 10. Esau Siune, 11. Brandy Peter, 12. Kato Ottio, 13. Timothy Lomai.Interchange: 14.Adam Korave, 15.Atte Bina, 16.Willie Minoga, 17.Henry Noki, 18.Nickson Borana, 19.Roger Laka, 20.David Lapua, 21.Edward GomaFollowing this Sunday’s game, Hunters will host fifth placed East Tigers in Round 21.The PNG side then plays away against Ipswich Jets in Round 22 before they host Wynnum Manly Seagulls on August 8 at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.last_img read more

Soft-yet-tough robots may one day explore the seas

first_img 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 Article published by Sue Palminteri A flexible robotic fish resembling a manta ray swims using the power of a small battery and electric charges in the ocean.Its mostly transparent body can carry a video camera to survey fish, monitor corals, or explore caves or shipwrecks.Soft robots are long-lasting and durable – this fish can swim in water temperatures ranging from freezing to 74.2°C, (165°F) – while being kind to the natural environment, giving them an advantage over unknown terrain. Robot design continues to advance, and now robots have become soft. And quiet. And increasingly independent.Chinese researchers have created a flexible robotic fish that could someday independently survey aquatic vegetation, fish, and corals, as well as shipwrecks or caves too dangerous or expensive for humans to visit.Vintage muscles. Creative Commons license.It’s electricThe robotic fish has no motor. It runs on a lithium battery that powers a soft electroactive structure, meaning its materials change size or shape when stimulated by an electric field. Like artificial muscles, the materials can bend, compress, or expand in response to available electric current.In this case, the electric current in the salt water causes the fins to bend and move up and down, enabling the fish to swim on its own. The movement is similar to that of rays flapping their pectoral fins.The “muscles” of the silicone fins of the robo-ray are actually two membranes made of materials (called dielectric elastomers) that convert electric energy into mechanical work, like flapping. In between them is a thin hydrogel film that transports the electric current across the fins through the movement of ions. The ions in the salt water conduct electricity, so the water itself serves as the electric field that allows these fish to move about. The robot’s fins move like a ray underwater. Here the manta rays, filmed off Hawaii, appear around 37 seconds into the video. Video credit: GoPro.It’s a softieSoft robots are made from flexible materials, such as silicone, plastic, or rubber, and tend to be able to withstand impacts. They are often inspired by the flexibility of animals.“Soft-bodied animals become important inspiration for designing soft robots that are geometrically adaptable and resilient to environments, safe to humans, and biopowered. In particular, mimicking the exceptional agility of insects, fish, octopuses, and snakes has been a longtime pursuit,” explain the researchers.The body of the robo-ray is made of transparent silicone parts, which the designers lined up and packaged within silicone rubber. This see-through body is fastened under the fish’s silicone frame to avoid interfering with the flapping movement of the fins. The body’s more rigid longitudinal structure minimizes front-to-back bending. Electromagnets are used to both steer the tail and keep the fish moving forward.The flexible tail and fins of the fish move using electric current. The stiffer body is actually mostly transparent (green added for video contrast). The lower photo shows a movement pattern with a remote-controlled turn. Photo credit: Li et al (2017). Fast-moving soft electronic fish. Science Advances.This new fish can’t morph into a liquid state to squeeze through crevices and reform in a solid state, but the flexible body is advantageous for certain uses. For example, their soft exterior is less likely to damage the environment and allows for safe contact with living tissue, such as human or animal bodies. Plus this one is mostly transparent, which makes it inconspicuous to any nearby marine life.The mimic octopus is a shape-shifting expert. The robotic fish still has a long way to catch up. Video from BBC.Wild Indonesia.Bendable materials and structure can maneuver more easily than rigid ones in difficult or changing environments. Soft robots are also generally durable—this fish can swim in water temperatures ranging from freezing to 74.2°C, (165°F)—and they tend to be cheaper to produce than metal parts of traditional robots. Finally, materials that can bend or compress and then reform have potential to store and release energy, increasing movement efficiency.Nevertheless, much research is still needed. The softer structure of flexible robots can be difficult to model in the design stage and harder to control. And practical uses for such designs must still be demonstrated.The new robo-ray can carry a video camera and move under human guidance remote control, making it a potential tool for surveying aquatic vegetation, fish, and corals. With a stronger, longer-lasting power mechanism on its small (9 cm / 4 inch) frame, it could potentially explore underwater caves or crevices too small, dangerous, or expensive for humans to visit. It could be a small underwater spy. A single battery charge operates this new robotic fish for three hours, enough to look around an area, but not yet enough to deep-dive or travel far.The 9 cm (4-inch) robot moves through near-freezing waters (0.3 degrees C) inconspicuously. Photo credit: Li et al (2017). Fast-moving soft electronic fish. Science Advances.The robo-ray doesn’t swim fast yet (just under 4 meters, or 12 feet, in a minute), but a human operator can tell it where to go, including making sharp turns. In their paper, the researchers added, “This design allows us to first connect the electronic fish with wired power to evaluate its performance, and then integrate the onboard system for power and remote control.”The design principle can be potentially extended to a variety of flexible devices and soft robots. According to the research team, flexible robots powered by stimuli-responsive materials “have unique advantages over conventional rigid robots, especially in their high adaptability for field exploration and seamless interaction with humans. The grand challenge lies in achieving self-powered soft robots with high mobility, environmental tolerance, and long endurance.”The researchers recently published their findings in the journal Science Advances.Featured image shows a close-up of an eagle ray. Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson, Wikipedia Robots, Technology, Wildtech last_img read more


first_imgThe seals enjoy the glorious sunshine in Dungloe Bay earlier this afternoon but no sign of Snowball. Picture by Danny Breslin.Snowball the seal waves as Danny takes his photo a few weeks ago.Burtonport fisherman Danny Breslin was disappointed he didn’t see his old friend Snowball earlier today.A forthnight ago, Danny was fishing around Dungloe Bay, when he spotted an unusual looking all-white seal relaxing with another seal on the rocks.As Danny took the snap Snowball waved at the popular local fisherman. Danny then affectionately nicknamed the seal ‘Snowball’ because of his all white appearance.While working earlier today, Danny got the great snap (above) of ten seals relaxing on the rocks and enjoying the glorious sunshine.However he was a little disappointed not to see Snowball.It’s believed Snowball was absent because he travelled to Croke Park earlier this afternoon to see Patrick McBrearty score a late point to SEAL a famous Donegal win. NO SIGN OF SNOWBALL AS OTHER SEALS ENJOY THE GLORIOUS SUNSHINE was last modified: August 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burtonportDanny BreslinFeaturesfishermannewspicturesealsSnowballsunshinelast_img read more

Women’s Tennis Clinches Share of MVC Regular Season Title on Senior Day

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team clinched at a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship with its 6-1 victory over Bradley Sunday at Roger Knapp Tennis Center. 3. Williams, Kenya/Jaglarz, Mela (DU) def. Gonzalez, Victoria/Kovacs, Kinga (BRAD) 6-3 1. Herder, Tess/Petushkova, Liza (DU) def. Maletin, Sandra/Barbery, Natalia (BRAD) 6-4 Match Notes Doubles competition 5. Gonzalez, Victoria (BRAD) def. Kozlowski, Alex (DU) 7-5, 6-0 2. Brills, Summer/Webb, Megan (DU) def. Wijesinghe, Malini/Brandt, Alexa (BRAD) 6-4 A few minutes later, fellow senior Summer Brills clinched the Bulldog win with an impressive 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles. Print Friendly Version Bradley 4-14 (1-3) 3. Herder, Tess (DU) def. Wijesinghe, Malini (BRAD) 6-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8) Kenya Williams and Tess Herder each earned three-set wins at No. 4 and No. 2, respectively to round out the team’s effort. 6. Jaglarz, Mela (DU) def. Kovacs, Kinga (BRAD) 6-1, 6-0 Drake (14-5, 4-0 MVC) swept all three doubles matches to earn an early 1-0 lead. 2. Petushkova, Liza (DU) def. Barbery, Natalia (BRAD) 6-2, 6-0 Singles competition 1. Brills, Summer (DU) def. Maletin, Sandra (BRAD) 6-0, 6-2 Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,6,1,5,4,3) Senior Mela Jaglarz rolled past Kinga Kovac 6-1, 6-0 at No. 6 to push Drake’s lead to 3-0. Drake 14-5 (4-0) 4. Williams, Kenya (DU) def. Brandt, Alexa (BRAD) 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6) The Bulldogs will close out the regular season on Sunday, April 22 at Missouri State. First serve is set for 10 a.m.Drake 6, Bradley 1Apr 15, 2018 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  Freshman Liza Petushkova earned her 18th win of the season as she cruised past Natalia Barbery, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles to extend the Drake’s lead to 2-0.last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Everywhere you turn, they are there.Everywhere you go, they are waiting for you.There is no escape… Holiday nibbles are EVERYWHERE!!!It’s that time of year again where every house, shop and work place seems to be sponsored by ‘Pringles’ or ‘Roses’.It doesn’t matter how good you are, you would need the will power of a Tibetan monk to avoid sneaking even one nibble this Christmas.The inevitable is upon us, so do we give in completely or do we try and have a bit of control over our hand to mouth interaction? Here are a few things you can do to stem the inevitable Christmas weight gain this year.Don’t turn up to a party hungry.If there is one sure way to end up sitting in the corner surrounded by empty Roses wrappers, it is this.Turning up to a party hungry is a recipe for disaster.Before you go to a staff party or house party, try and have a good meal. If you are already full and not hungry you are less likely to binge on everything in sight when you get there.Don’t sit at the nibbles table.Everyone wants a comfy seat.No one wants to turn up to a party and have to stand all night. But the weigh up between standing and sitting can be a table full of nibbles right in arm’s length.If you are trying to be a bit good this year, try and not put yourself right in the danger zone by sitting in front of the table of snacks.You will be mid conversation with all the other party goers and won’t even realise that you’ve polished off the bowl of ‘Bombay mix’ all by yourself.Pace your alcohol intakeThis is a good piece of advice for a few reasons.First off, if you pace your drinking, you are less likely to get the alcohol munchies early on in the night therefore lessening the damage that you could do. You are also taking in less calories through alcohol.Secondly, if you pace your alcohol intake, you are less likely to make a shambles of yourself in front of your work colleagues and have your antics on Facebook the next morning.Avoid excessive drinking and tasting when cooking.When preparing meals this Christmas try and avoid having the bottle of wine beside your glass.You will be less likely to keep topping up your glass and the bottle might last you longer than stuffing the turkey.When preparing the food try and limit the amount of tasting that you do, a taste isn’t a turkey leg while basting.Walk it offFinally and on a more serious note.If you are going to indulge yourself over the festive season, try at least to get up the following morning/afternoon and go for a walk.You will be burning up a few of the previous night’s treats and it is something that you and your partner, friend or family can do that might just last into the new year and become a habit that you could keep.Lastly, enjoy yourself and be safe this festive season!Contact me through the link below and we can arrange a chat where we can map out what you want to achieve in 2015. 
#TrainSmart RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: HOW TO AVOID CHRISTMAS WEIGHT GAIN was last modified: December 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHristmaseatingemmet rushefitness columnpartiesweight gainlast_img read more

Establishing new forage stands

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Sulc, Ohio State University ExtensionThis month provides one of the two preferred times to seed perennial cool-season forages, the other being late summer. Two primary difficulties with spring plantings are finding a good window of opportunity when soils are dry enough before it gets too late and managing weed infestations that are usually more difficult with spring plantings. The following 10 steps will help improve your chances for successful forage establishment in the spring.Make sure soil pH and fertility are in the recommended ranges.  Follow the Tri-state Soil Fertility Recommendations (  Forages are more productive where soil pH is above 6.0, but for alfalfa it should be 6.5 – 6.8. Soil phosphorus should be at least 15 ppm for grasses and 25 ppm for legumes, while minimum soil potassium in ppm should be 75 plus 2.5 x soil CEC. If seedings are to include alfalfa, and soil pH is not at least 6.5, it would be best to apply lime now and delay establishing alfalfa until late summer (plant an annual grass forage in the interim).Plant high quality seed of known varietal source adapted to our region. Planting “common” seed (variety not stated) usually proves to be a very poor investment, yielding less even in the first or second year and having shorter stand life.Plant as soon as it is possible to prepare a good seedbed in April. Try to finish seeding by late April in southern Ohio and by the first of May in northern Ohio. Timely April planting gives forage seedlings the best opportunity to get a jump on weeds and to be established before summer stress sets in. Weed pressure will be greater with later plantings, and they will not have as strong a root system developed by early summer when conditions often turn dry and hot.Plant into a good seedbed. The ideal seedbed for conventional seedings is smooth, firm, and weed-free. Don’t overwork the soil. Too much tillage depletes moisture and increases the risk of surface crusting. Firm the seedbed before seeding to ensure good seed-soil contact and reduce the rate of drying in the seed zone. Cultipackers and cultimulchers are excellent implements for firming the soil. If residue cover is more than 35% use a no-till drill. No-till seeding is an excellent choice where soil erosion is a hazard. No-till forage seedings are most successful on silt loam soils with good drainage and are more difficult on clay soils or poorly drained soils.Be sure to take time to calibrate forage seeders because seed flow can vary greatly even among varieties, depending on the seed treatment and coatings applied. I have a link to good video on our website entitled “Drill Calibration” at https://forages.osu.ed/video/.Plant seed shallow (¼  to ½ inch deep) in good contact with the soil. Stop and check the actual depth of the seed in the field when you first start planting. This is especially important with no-till drills. In my experience, seeding some seed on the surface indicates most of the seed is about at the right depth.When seeding into a tilled seedbed, drills with press wheels are the best choice. When seeding without press wheels or when broadcasting seed, cultipack before and after dropping the seed, preferably in the same direction the seeder was driven.In fields with little erosion hazard, direct seedings without a companion crop in the spring allows harvesting two or three crops of high-quality forage in the seeding year, particularly when seeding alfalfa and red clover. For conventional seedings on erosion prone fields, a small grain companion crop can reduce the erosion hazard and will also help compete with weeds. Companion crops usually increase total forage tonnage in the seeding year, but forage quality will be lower than direct seeded legumes. Take the following precautions to avoid excessive competition of the companion crop with forage seedlings: (i) use early-maturing, short, and stiff-strawed small grain varieties, (ii) plant companion small grains at 1.5-2.0 bu/A, (iii) remove companion crop as early pasture or silage, and (iv) do not apply additional nitrogen to the companion crop.During the first 6 to 8 weeks after seeding, scout new seedings weekly for any developing weed or insect problems. Weed competition during the first six weeks is most damaging to stand establishment. Potato leafhopper damage on legumes in particular can be a concern beginning in late May to early June.The first harvest of the new seeding should generally be delayed until early flowering of legumes, unless weeds were not controlled adequately and are threatening to smother the stand. For pure grass seedings, generally harvest after 70 days from planting, unless weeds are encroaching in which case the stand should be clipped earlier to avoid weed seed production.last_img read more

9 Great Geeky Tech Gifts For Kids

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 2.  Larson Scanner Electronic Soldering KitAll children should be given the opportunity to build something that requires a cycling red eye.  With all parts included, save the soldering iron, even beginning geeks can use this kit to solder the eye with ease. $14.99 9. Chewbacca Pocket PlushHan Solo rarely traveled without Chewbacca – and neither should your kid. Bonus points awarded for Chewbacca’s lavender scent, because I can only guess that the full-sized version probably smelled much worse. $12For even more great ideas, see this list of holiday gift suggestions from Nerdy With Children. 5.  Portal Sentry TurretA favorite gift on this list, the polite and adorable Portal turret is a must buy. Say “I don’t hate you” in style this year. $39.996. Sensu Artist Brush StylusYoung artists now have a choice. They can create on canvas with paint, like an animal, or use the Sensu Brush Stylus like a gentleman.  Give your artsy kids the gift of painting sans turpentine and sans mess. $39.997. Moleskine Pen HolderKids who want to be pen-prepared can do it in crafty, hipster-style with this Journal Bandolier, Moleskine not included of course. $18.958. Pop Up Paper HouseA dollhouse can an awesome gift but – they’re expensive, cumbersome and once they’re done, they’re far less fun. This printable PDF version costs very little cash and still gives the gift of building something cool. $12 3.  Ultimate Geek PenYour kid is the ultimate geek, so give her the ultimate geek pen.  This James Bond-like pen offers up a ballpoint pen, a PDA stylus, a laser pointer, an LED light and an ultraviolet lamp. They had ReadWrite at ‘batteries included.’ $11.95 Tags:#geek#gifts#kids#portal#star wars#toys 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 1.  Minecraft Foam SwordThis sword will help your kids avoid Creepers.  It should not be used for mining. $19.99 Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout robyn tippins Unless you’re more organized than most, you’re probably still looking for a few last minute gifts. ReadWrite is here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.  Below you’ll find 9 great geeky gifts for the kids on your list. If we’ve missed some good ones, please let us know in the comments. 4.  Han Solo Ice Cube TrayHan Solo in carbanite was bad. Fake Han Solo in ice, chocolate or some other yummy solid food is awesome.  $11.74last_img read more

Introducing IoT Marketplace from AT&T

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Connect and Launch Your IoT Devices with AT&T. Until recently, scalable IoT solutions that could transform businesses were only available to those with large R&D budgets or those with connections with manufacturers. Now, the IoT Marketplace makes the benefits of this transformative technology accessible to everyone.The IoT Marketplace represents a first in the IoT industry. It’s a single, digital location where individuals and companies can explore the diverse world of IoT products, ranging from complete end to end solutions to tools and building blocks for developers.The IoT Marketplace helps businesses gain access to an ecosystem of connected solutions, devices and elements that historically have been hard to obtain.Smart devices have been around for several years and Cisco projects there will be 50 billion of them by 2020. The explosive growth has created a fragmented market making the process of getting started with a viable project a random set of events. Those interested in learning have had to search for resources and cobble together their own components, and when they are ready to move from concept to deployment they still need to assemble multiple parts and services with little ability to evaluate their options.The IoT Marketplace makes it simple and efficient to explore the growing landscape of IoT solutions. It’s a one-stop shop with options for companies seeking plug-and-play solutions that come ready to use and ready to connect to the AT&T cellular network. Those wishing to build their own devices can choose from a variety of IoT starter kits, which come with all the necessary components to build and connect IoT prototypes.Ready to UseBusinesses of all sizes are seeking ways to leverage the potential of IoT. For various reasons, companies often struggle with finding the right components and assembling them into systems that can be deployed in the field. The IoT Marketplace helps simplify the process by providing a path to IoT enablement for almost all levels of experience across multiple industries. Companies with little-to-no IoT experience can now gain access to ready-to-use solutions and services, quickly and efficiently deploying and manage IoT solutions within the business environment. For example, a company with a fleet of vehicles can learn about IoT fleet management solutions for monitoring and streamlining operations, then compare and buy those solutions. The solutions come ready for deployment over the AT&T network via AT&T IoT Data Plans (also available in the IoT Marketplace), so there’s no need to engineer a large project to configure and deploy the devices. These types of ready-to-use solutions makes it easier for companies to comply with new regulations, fuel usage, driving times, and recordkeeping—without costly capital expenditures.Ready to ExperimentThe bedrock of developing new IT applications is experimentation. Experimenting with an idea and the tools available to bring that idea to life have lead to breakthroughs throughout history. However, experimentation has been hard for small and midsize companies because it requires R&D time and budgets, followed by testing and iterations to make the solution robust enough for field deployment.The IoT Marketplace makes it possible for companies of any size to experiment with IoT and turn their own ideas into reality. A range of starter kits let both technical and non-technical users test their ideas and create an IoT device prototype, bypassing the difficult and confusing process of assembling a set of hardware and software components that work together. Starter Kits include all the elements required to collect sensor data, connect to the AT&T network, and utilize various cloud services for the management, storage, and analytics of a connected IoT device.Ready to ConnectWhether a company chooses to procure an off-the-shelf and field-ready solution or build their own, they still need to connect the devices to a network and manage usage. That, too, is conveniently available in the IoT Marketplace. IoT Data plans (with optional international roaming) can be purchased and managed in one environment, and shared across any number of devices. Compatible SIMs can also be ordered to match demand—from one deployed device to hundreds.Ready to StartAs IoT opportunities and benefits to industries continue to grow, identifying, acquiring, and even creating an optimal solution will become a critical function of the business environment. With the launch of the IoT Marketplace, these opportunities become available to companies for whom the benefits of connected devices have been, until now, out of reach. Having access to the information, products, and connectivity necessary for deploying and scaling IoT solutions means companies can turn their ideas into reality, and they can get started today. Tags:#engagement Related Posts 4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoT AT&T Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

5 Alternatives to Silicon Valley for IT Internships

first_imgNumerous studies show that completing an internship during undergraduate helps students find a job upon graduation. For those interested in the field of Internet Technology (IT), the likely thought is to apply to the many opportunities in Silicon Valley. But San Francisco is not the only city with a thriving technology hub. There are places all over the world where students can gain insight, experience, and mentorship while learning all about the field of IT.For students not entirely sure about interning in Silicon Valley, consider these five cities instead.1. Chicago, USAFrom 2012-2016 alone, Chicago crated 37,370 tech jobs and still has even more job positions to fill with roughly 4,300 more tech jobs than graduates in the city. In 2016, Chicago startups received $1.7B in funding and saw 55 exits, making it a record-breaking year. Plus, Chicago has highest VC returns through fewer deals than any other tech hub in the country. There are also many high-profile companies in the city such as Salesforce, CareerBuilder, Orbitz, and Groupon.Chicago has a strong culture, making it a unique city compared to Silicon Valley. Companies in Chicago that hire IT interns include Ascent, Signal, and 4C.2. Toronto, CanadaNamed the most diverse city in the world in 2016, Toronto has much to offer for interns. Toronto Life surveyed startups and technology companies in the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor, and 55% said the city rivals Silicon Valley’s tech scene. Over 30% said they work 50-60 hours and the majority (more than 50%) of respondents said they slept for 40-50 hours per week. Many companies in San Francisco encourage longer hours in the office, making Toronto a city with an arguably better work-life balance for IT professionals. Toronto-based companies have a strong global connection and can build and scale diverse teams, given the city’s population. There are over 15,000 technology companies, so interns looking for a position in IT should have no trouble finding one. Companies in the city that often hire IT interns include OMERS Ventures, Kinetic, and SapientRazorfish.3. Medellin, ColombiaThis city of eternal spring has received a lot of attention lately as it becomes an up-and-coming technology hub in Latin America. The Economist even named Colombia its country of the year in 2016. The city has dedicated $389 million over ten years to improving innovation and technology in Medellin, and the results of this initiative are beginning to show. Smaller than the country’s capital Bogota, Medellin has a close-knit entrepreneurial community that is willing to help get businesses off the ground.The cost-of-living in cheaper in Medellin than many US cities and interns can stretch their dollars far here. There are 1,800 software development and IT service companies registered in Colombia, many of them located in Medellin. IT interns should check out companies such as  Pygmalion, Ubidots, and Medea Interactiva. Fluent Spanish is not always a requirement, especially for internships, as many locals speak English.4. Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne is a massive technology hub and is close to beating out rival Sydney in tech scene popularity. The city was actually crowned Australia’s “tech capital” in 2017 when the city released its four-year Startup Action Plan, which lays out a vision and practical steps to help Melbourne become the number one destination for startups to grow.The city has a very creative culture, making it an ideal place to work. 99designs famously started here, which is no surprise as the local government often helps with rebates and research and development grants. The state in which Melbourne resides, Victoria, has a robust information and communications technology industry and through it, employs 91,300 people directly. Interns looking for IT companies in the city should look at Beyond 19, Digital Investment Group, and Your Creative.5. Barcelona, SpainBarcelona is home to startup success stories such as eDreams and Wallapop and a wealth of VC firms, coworking spaces, accelerators, and incubators. EU Startups named Barcelona as the fifth biggest startup and innovation hub in Europe. The city is more affordable than its other European counterparts and has a strong international culture. Organizations such as Barcelona tech city help entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts in the region find resources and get off the ground. The city hosts important events such as Mobile World Congress and IoT World Congress and is well located in terms of flight travel. IT intern seekers should check out Letgo, TravelPerk, and Ubeeqo.Those looking for IT internships should take a proactive approach and reach out to companies or internship organizations to find a spot in one of these five hubs. It can be difficult to land an internship in Silicon Valley, but these five cities offer culture, learning opportunities, and possible future career placements. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … David Lloyd Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture David Lloyd is the CEO of The Intern Group, an award-winning international internship program. Follow the Puck Tags:#business networking#Internet technology#internships#IT professionals#technology last_img read more