Saint Mary’s announces new physics major

first_imgTags: dual-degree program, Physics, Saint Mary’s College, STEM The Saint Mary’s department of chemistry and physics will offer majors in the field of physics in addition to the existing chemistry major.Ian Bentley, associate professor of chemistry and physics, said there was a fair amount of student interest in having physics as a major.“Everyone that I would talk to about it knew of a student that was interested,” he said. “You add those all up and see that it’s quite a few students who have been interested in physics, not just one.”According to Bentley, the department discussed the potential of creating a physics major, especially to support the students in the engineering dual degree program with Notre Dame. The program allows Saint Mary’s students to graduate with a degree from Saint Mary’s before transferring to Notre Dame for a fifth year to earn their engineering degree.Chris Dunlap, chair of chemistry and physics at the College, said when Bentley was hired in the fall of 2014, there was no physics major or minor. However, in order to best address the needs of students — particularly those in the dual degree program — the department chose to create a major program instead of just a minor.“A minor was not going to match the needs,” Dunlap said. “Between engineers who wanted a more applied approach to the mathematics and a group of students who were really interested in physics, we at the department decided we would move forward with the major.”Bentley said the department will offer two different degrees with three possible majors as well as a minor. There will be a physics Bachelor of Arts degree, a physics Bachelor of Science degree and a physics and applied mathematics (PAM) Bachelor of Arts degree, Bentley said. The two PAM degrees are offered through the math department while the BS and BA in physics will be through the department of chemistry and physics.Bentley said the Bachelor of Arts degree requires between 34 and 38 credit hours, the Bachelor of Science requires 60 credit hours, and the PAM degree required between 49 and 53 hours. The minor requires between 17 and 18 credit hours.Dunlap said the construction on the science hall was intended to renovate some labs and also to accommodate the new major.“The basement [of the science hall] is all physics space,” Dunlap said. “We have the same amount of space dedicated for physics as before, but now it’s its own floor.”Bentley said there are currently two students declared as PAM majors and one student as a physics major, all three of which are in the dual-degree program. He said there are also about three to four first years who have physics as an intended major.Adding this major may increase enrollment, Dunlap said, specifically in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.“What we’ve done is we’ve filled in a hole in the STEM fields that Saint Mary’s has had forever,” Dunlap said. “We’ve never had a physics major at Saint Mary’s … This is a very exciting time for the STEM departments because it gives us another option for our students to pursue.“We never really knew how many students might have come to Saint Mary’s if this were available because we’ve never had it,” Dunlap said. “We’re really interested to find out now how many students are out there who might be now attracted to physics at a women’s college.”Bentley said this will help students in the duel degree program because it will offer a wider range of applicable majors and will open doors for students to enter the mechanical and electrical engineering fields.“I think it makes it feasible for students who are interested in applying mathematics,” Bentley said. “I think we’re hitting that niche that, to some extent, we missed before. If you’re thinking about mechanical engineering or electrical engineering, the most feasible route was to major in math. Now we have [physics] which is more applied.”Sophomore physics and mechanical engineering major Erin Patterson said she was deciding between majoring in chemistry or in mathematics when she first heard about the physics major and realized that it worked better for the dual-degree program.“I wanted to apply math not just write proofs and definitions,” Patterson said. “I considered the different types of engineering that paired best with these majors. After talking with Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s professors and Saint Mary’s students, I found I shared some of the same interests and disinterests with mechanical engineers, and I knew physics paired well with mechanical engineering.”Rachel Bonek, a sophomore PAM and electrical engineering major, said she originally planned to be a math and engineering major, but with the new PAM major, it made more sense for her degree.“I am excited that another science major is offered at Saint Mary’s,” Bonek said. “I think it’s important to continue to increase the number of women in math and science, and having the physics major here will definitely help.”last_img read more

Northeast Cooperatives Members to Vote on Merger

first_imgNortheast Cooperatives’ Board of Directors announced that it is recommending to the membership that Northeast Cooperatives be combined with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) through a merger. The agreement is subject to approval of Northeast Cooperative’s members. Terms of the merger agreement are private.The accelerating trend towards consolidation in the natural foods industry and the pressure for all grocery distributors to continue to achieve increasing and similar economies of scale was a factor in Northeast’s Board of Directors’ decision. Tim Kraus, President and Chairperson of Northeast Cooperatives’ Board of Directors said, “After extensive consideration of values, economics, pricing, service parameters and a competitive biding process, the Board of Directors was unanimous in selecting UNFI as the best distribution partner for our members and customers. UNFI’s history, product line, and service to the marketplace are similar in many ways to Northeast’s. Like Northeast, UNFI has a long history of support for the issues that concern our members, such as organic foods.”Past President and current member of Northeast Cooperatives’ Board of Directors, Terry Appleby said, “The Board fully recognizes the seriousness and finality of this step. The decision to recommend this merger to the members is based on many years of analysis of industry trends and extensive exploration of Northeast’s options by management and the Board of Directors. To ensure the long-term success of our members and their access to a reliable source of supply and services, the Board is convinced this is the right time to sell and the right partner.”David Fowle, past President and current member of Northeast’s Board said, “Many of the benefits of the merger will be tangible and immediate to Northeast’s members and customers, such as improved service levels, continued long term improvement of distribution capabilities and capacity and continued access to sources of supply though favorable supply agreements. This is of importance to our diverse membership base, particularly buying clubs.”CEO George Southworth said, “Substantially all of the staff will be retained at close of the transaction. As UNFI integrates the operations over the next year, many of the staff will be transferred to the UNFI Chesterfield N.H. facility 9 miles from Northeast Cooperatives’ Brattleboro facility. It is expected that those staff released from service will receive ample notice. Severance for those staff released is a significant and important part of the agreement.”Northeast Cooperatives’ members will vote on the proposal in early December 2002. With the members’ approval, the transaction would close shortly thereafter.last_img read more

Ireland seek first ever win against All Blacks

first_imgMeanwhile, the All Blacks have recalled Aaron Smith at scrum-half after missing their win over Australia through suspension.Prop Jack McGrath is well aware of the task facing the side this evening.Kick off in Chicago is at 8.00pm Irish time.Also in the Autumn Internationals today, Wales and Australia resume their rivalry at the Principality Stadium at 2.30pm, and then at 3.30pm the Barbarians face South Africa at Wembley. Joe Schmidt’s side are in Chicago to face a New Zealand side who are overwhelming favourites to come out on top after winning their last 18 games in all competitions.The Ireland head coach has opted for experience in his starting 15, with Rob Kearney and Jared Payne named at full-back and centre respectively.Tipperary’s Donnacha Ryan is also in the team.last_img read more


first_imgJerry Hollendorfer14227202319%$3,139,988 Martin Pedroza14316201811%$646,824 Martin Garcia11723161420%$1,708,580 John Sadler11317171515%$1,024,694 FINISH LINES: Future plans for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red were undecided Friday morning, after it was announced early this week that the son of Afleet Alex was off the Triple Crown trail due to an abscess issue with his right front foot. “We’re still at the same juncture,” trainer and part owner Keith Desormeaux said, when asked if Texas Red would remain with him at Santa Anita or be turned out. “We haven’t done the total workup yet with the vet. The horse is just training lightly and we’ll figure it out later in the week. It’s pretty basic stuff and I know it’s not anything serious. It’s just something that we know we can’t pressure him on.” . . . Jerry Hollendorfer plans to work the best horse in America, Shared Belief, five furlongs at Golden Gate on Tuesday, but offered no word on the next race for the Santa Anita Handicap winner. “We haven’t decided on where we’re going to run him yet,” said Santa Anita’s training leader with 27 wins through Thursday and the nation’s leader in purse earnings with $3,473,139 through Tuesday . . . Santa Ysabel Stakes winner Stellar Wind, a candidate for the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 4 for John Sadler, is scheduled to breeze Saturday under Victor Espinoza. Other Oaks probables include Curlin’s Fox, Luminescence, Ratataptap, Wild at Heart and three Hollendorfer trainees, Achiever’s Legacy, Glory and Light the City. The latter worked six furlongs Friday in 1:12.20 . . . Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, with regular rider Martin Garcia in the saddle, worked five furlongs for Bob Baffert in 59.80 . . . Zenyatta offspring Cozmic One, working for his debut, went five furlongs under Victor Espinoza in 1:01.20 for John Shirreffs . . . Agent Sarah Wolfe has Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey of 2014 Drayden Van Dyke booked on Another Lemon Drop for trainer Philip Bauer in Saturday’s Grade III Spiral Stakes for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park . . . Santa Anita presents the world-famous Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship Saturday in its spacious infield. Taste delicious samplings from the masters of BBQ and watch a full card of Thoroughbred racing. Special packages are available at . . . Next Saturday, March 28, features the Grade III Tokyo City Cup on Japan Family Day, with the Ramen Yokocho Festival in the infield. For more details, visit SISE HAS ‘PROSPECT’ FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. expects Prospect Park to move forward on the Triple Crown trail when he runs in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, April 4.Despite not winning against odds-on favorite and unbeaten Dortmund in the San Felipe Stakes on March 7, Prospect Park performed admirably, closing willingly in a moderately-paced mile and a sixteenth Grade II race to lose by only a length and a quarter.Sise feels the added sixteenth of a mile in the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby will benefit the maturing son of Tapit owned and bred by Pam and Marty Wygod.Prospect Park will work six furlongs Saturday with Joe Steiner up and gallop out seven furlongs at his San Luis Rey Downs headquarters, Sise said.“Then we’ll bring him to Santa Anita where he’ll have one moderate five-eighths workbefore the Santa Anita Derby. The horse is doing fantastic.” Mike Puype91812139%$412,656 Santiago Gonzalez9512101513%$587,484 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Peter Miller12622261417%$1,195,066 Fernando Perez1601520159%$708,660 Elvis Trujillo18422211712%$1,229,130 Jack Carava4469514%$182,920 Gary Stevens9015141617%$1,354,028 Mario Gutierrez9181199%$409,560 Jeff Bonde3190329%$324,240 Aaron Gryder624946%$328,880 Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won PROSPECT PARK PREPPING FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYTO THE VICTOR (ESPINOZA) GOES FINNEGANS WAKEBALTAS WITH A BULLET HAS DREAM OF SUMMER DUOSANTA ANITA JOCKEYS IN DERBY DAY 5K RUN APRIL 4FUTURE CURRENTLY UNDETERMINED FOR TEXAS RED Mark Glatt629111015%$454,972 Bob Baffert8920161222%$1,756,622 Eddie Truman1761235%$255,180 Tiago Pereira1061291411%$418,272 Ron Ellis50103820%$379,170 Mike Smith9619191520%$2,207,551 Thomas Proctor4576316%$525,378 Edwin Maldonado11212111411%$486,154 Steven Miyadi3375321%$217,500 -30- Steve Knapp3362318%$260,510 BALTAS SENDS OUT PAIR IN DREAM OF SUMMERTrainer Richard Baltas, enjoying a solid meet with 13 wins from 64 starters through 49 racing days, sends two for the money in Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile, Melanistic and Wild in the Saddle.“They’re both training very well, it’s a short field, so we’re taking a shot,” Baltas said before departing Thursday afternoon for Dubai where he will send out Grade I winner Big Macher in the $2 million Golden Shaheen on March 28.The Dream of Summer, the seventh of nine races: Anniversary Kitty, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Sudden Sunday, Elvis Trujillo, 5-1; Melanistic, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Sweet Marini, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-5; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 9-5; and Grazenette, Joe Talamo, 3-1.SANTA ANITA RIDERS IN DERBY DAY 5K WALK & RUNSeveral Santa Anita-based jockeys will participate in Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Walk and Run on Saturday, April 4. A traditional prelude to the 78th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby later in the day, the Derby Day 5K will start at 8 a.m.“We’re going to have more jockeys participating than ever before,” said veteran rider Aaron Gryder, who was born in nearby West Covina and has more than 3,600 wins in a career dating back to 1987.“We’re all out here to have fun, but I think the number of jocks participating is a pretty good indicator that we all are living healthier and are much more committed to fitness than maybe we were 20 or 30 years ago.”The jockeys, with their probable odds of winning provided by Santa Anita morning line maker Jon White follows:Saul Arias, 15-1; Cheryl Charlton, 15-1; Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Omar Figueroa, 6-1; Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Aaron Gryder, 10-1; Modesto Linares, 12-1; Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; Bryan Pena, 15-1; Tiago Pereira, 12-1; Iggy Puglisi, 15-1; Alex Solis, 10-1; Joe Steiner, 12-1; Kayla Star, 15-1; Elvis Trujillo, 8-1; and Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1.            All runners will begin their 5K journey in Santa Anita’s parking lot area that adjoins the Westfield Santa Anita Mall. After running north on Baldwin Ave., the course angles west into the Los Angeles County Arboretum for a scenic loop. The runners will then head east across Baldwin Ave. for a short tour of Santa Anita’s stable area en route to the track’s Infield tunnel which takes them to a quarter-mile finish on Santa Anita’s inner training track.Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to participate and may register online at Derby Day 5K walk-up registration will be available from today, March 20, through April 2 at Run With Us, located at 235 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena.Those wishing to register the day before the event can do so on April 3 at the Promenade at Westfield Santa Anita from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Race day registration will be available in the Santa Anita parking lot, next to the 5K starting line, beginning at 6:30 a.m.For more information on the Santa Anita Derby Day 5k Run and Walk, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE. A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Philip D’Amato601211920%$583,920 Joseph Talamo20723223311%$1,568,338 (Current Through Thursday, March 19) Richard Baltas64139520%$524,972 Rafael Bejarano23055343024%$2,600,482 Mark Casse56105818%$784,378 Kent Desormeaux16830322018%$1,768,320 Michael Pender4266414%$175,740 Doug O’Neill14216132111%$818,628 James Cassidy60971015%$352,010 ESPINOZA ALIVE FOR FIVE WITH FINNEGANS WAKEPerfection is rare around the race track, but Victor Espinoza and Finnegans Wake are an exception.The jockey and the horse are four for four, and heavily favored to extend their string to five in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes for older horses at 1 ½ miles on turf.“The distance should be no problem,” said Espinoza, who has registered three straight wins in Grade II races on the 6-year-old Powercourt horse trained by Peter Miller for Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch. “He’s doing good right now and in his last few races, he’s been going in the right direction.”Finnegans Wake doesn’t waste much energy with his come-from-behind style. He won the Hollywood Turf Cup and the San Gabriel Stakes by a neck and a length, respectively, then also took the San Marcos by a length on Feb. 7.In the Grade III Arlington Handicap last July, Espinoza piloted Finnegans Wake to a head victory in their first get-together.“He’s a hard-trying horse,” said Espinoza, the regular rider of both Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah and Horse of the Year California Chrome, who already is in the Middle East for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 28.“Finnegans Wake will run anywhere, inside, outside, and that’s good for me, because I’m not afraid to place him anywhere for his stretch run. I like those kinds of horses. He doesn’t mind. He just likes to run.”The field for the San Luis Rey: Raise Your Gaze, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Play Hard to Get, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Pedroza, 10-1; Power Foot, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Buymeabond, Iggy Puglisi, 20-1; Joes Blazing Aaron, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Fly Lexis Fly, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza, 6-5; and Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 9-2. Richard Mandella52109919%$641,766 Brice Blanc4872415%$296,500 Felipe Valdez619111015%$286,188 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Brandon Boulanger11565105%$213,346 Victor Espinoza15629302219%$1,916,596 Tyler Baze24731293013%$1,974,364 Hector Palma2764122%$142,370 Peter Eurton7712111416%$674,906 Flavien Prat1131014129%$588,876 Drayden Van Dyke17621202212%$1,329,160last_img read more

HP’s New 4-Socket Servers Pack Punch, Efficiency

first_imgIntel, the Intel logo, Xeon, and Xeon Inside are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. ReadWrite Sponsors Four-socket servers are best-suited to applications demanding large numbers of cores, database threading, or high numbers of VMs.As you step up your processing load and number of connections, though, the BL660c and DL560 come into their own. Virtualization, business intelligence and business processing are full of potential bottlenecks that won’t slow them down. These Gen8 servers are ideal for replacing aging RISC/Unix systems as well as demanding database workloads – either bare-metal or virtualized.Much more than some Frankenstein’s monster artificially packing in resources to make the form factor more dense, the BL660c and DL560 Gen8 servers deliver all this in a well-architected, superbly built package without compromising on performance, scalability or efficiency. Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#HP#servers#sponsored posts HP’s Integrated Lights Out (iLO)PerformanceSavings and efficiency don’t matter much if the server can’t perform. The ProLiant BL660c and DL560’s balanced architecture enable them to command top spots in all cases. Leading SPECjbb2013 and SAP SD 2-tier benchmarks demonstrate the servers’ suitability for business processing implementations – including databases, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and batch processing – and the combination of the industry’s top floating-point calculations and super-fast PCIe Gen3 I/O provide more than enough horsepower and bandwidth to handle High Performance Computing (HPC) jobs – particularly as control nodes. Finally, in the omnipresent virtualization space, the ProLiant BL660c and DL560 hold the top spots for dense 4-socket servers. High scores across-the-board show that the ProLiants are solid, well-built machines – not just generic servers “cooked” to score well on a specific test.The Optimum WorkloadsDense 4-socket (and greater) servers like the BL660c and DL560 really show their value in situations that require fast I/O, heavy threading and large amounts of memory. Traditional IT infrastructure operations are often fairly low-demand, so unless you’re operating at an incredibly large volume or plan to grow quickly, you may be able to get by with lower-cost, 2-socket servers, like the HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 server blade or DL360p Gen8 rack server. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… You can’t be too rich, too thin or have too much computing power, but you can spend too much money. Since the first server went into a rack, enterprise IT departments have been balancing cost and performance in the data center. HP’s ProLiant BL660c Gen8 blade server and DL560 Gen8 server give them new ways to stack the odds.The single largest operating cost in most data centers is power, and while estimates vary, as much as 50% of that power goes for cooling. Big data, social media and the proliferation of cloud-based applications and mobile clients have spiked demand for server-side processing and throughput. As the installed base grows, so does the cost of energy, further straining IT budgets.In response, HP is leading the server industry’s focus on server efficiency. By optimizing power consumption and increasing server density, data centers can significantly reduce their energy needs. Density coupled with increased processing capabilities provides a more compact management environment for administrators, while producing a much greater compute output for a given floor size.HP’s latest additions to the ProLiant Scale-up (four or more sockets) portfolio have taken the next steps toward addressing power, performance and floor space congestion. Featuring Intel® Xeon® E5-4600 processors, the BL660c Gen8 and DL560 Gen8 were built to deliver industry-leading performance for compute-intensive applications, while reducing the overall infrastructure and management burden. The results are impressive.SavingsThe most noticeable features of both the BL660c and the DL560 are embedded intelligence and size. While they offer the computing power of many 4s/4U servers, the DL560 is just 2U high. The BL660c is a full-height, single-slot blade. By increasing server density and enhancing energy efficiency, data centers can reduce their overall rack space profile, cooling requirements and power consumption. As a result, HP estimates break-even times of as fast as three months.HP has built in a number of embedded technologies to automate these savings. For example, Automated Energy Optimization builds a heat map of the entire server, boosting cooling resources where they’re needed and slowing them where they aren’t.ManageabilityHuman resources have a cost, too. Optimizing administrative tasks can reduce the amount of time IT spends on routine management – freeing staff to create more value through innovation.The new ProLiant servers score here as well. HP’s ProActive Insight Architecture provides monitoring and automation tools that can reduce the administration workload by up to 69% by assisting provisioning, monitoring, diagnostics and support, thus allowing IT staff to better support corporate business strategies.From the hardware up, the BL660c and DL560 were built for serviceability. All four CPU sockets and memory modules are placed on the system board for easy access, and the FlexibleLOM card slot replaces the embedded LAN on the motherboard to give administrators a wide variety of options for fabric, port quantity and chipset. Additionally, the DL560 provides up to six full-height card slots (two of them full-length) for maximum flexibility. There’s even support for 150 Watt cards.last_img read more

Apple’s Brilliant TV Strategy: Speak Softly And Carry A Big Content Stick

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Apple has said little and shown even less regarding its future plans for streaming content to your television, and that’s precisely why they’ve got a competitive advantage in the space. Where Google faltered by putting the tech before the content, Apple knows the tech is worthless without the content.Cable operators’ days of ruling our TV sets are drawing slowly to a close, but the power brokers who hold the distribution rights to your favorite shows are loathe to give up control of how and where programming flows. Where Google and Boxee failed, and upstarts like Fanhattan face a monumental battle, is in getting cable operators and content studios to play ball with them. Conversely, getting the biggest content providers to play ball is precisely how iTunes-era Apple has excelled. Both under Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, Apple has shown it knows better than to publicly tout disruptive mainstream media technology without talking to the media studios first.That’s why Cook’s keeping his mouth shut in public until the licensing deals with cable operators and content studios are worked out in private.(See also: Google Has A Trojan Horse To Disrupt TV: Really, Really Big Data)Learning From Google’s FailingsGoogle TV shipped with nary a cable operator or content studio content deal in sight, relying instead on an app and Web browser that supported Flash video. Heck, Netflix didn’t even work when the first Logitech Revue GTV box hit store shelves. The Google TV Web browser was technologically capable of display full-screen HD video streamed through television networks’ websites, enabling users to view at least some cable content on their big screen TVs without actually subscribing to a cable service. But the networks and content studios quickly took umbrage with Google’s approach and blocked the GTV browser from accessing their video content. Initially hyped by Google and its OEM partners, the platform quickly failed.Meantime, Apple has slowly grown their Apple TV “hobby” into a $1.3-billion business, shipping six million of the $99 devices in the past twelve months alone. Apple surely could have built their television box to grab video from network web sites, but they instead chose the high road, business-wise. The closest thing to network TV Apple TV offers is downloadable content for purchase via the iTunes store. Relegating Apple TV to hobby status has allowed the company to build a user base, refine their technology and wait for the cable companies and studios to come around to the inevitable Internet video revolution without upsetting the status quo.Which brings us to Glenn Britt.The Writing Is On The (Video Screen) WallTime Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt made news Tuesday when he told investors to “assume we’re talking to everyone who makes devices [that stream online video], whether it’s Samsung smart TVs, Apple, Microsoft.” Britt’s comments are newsworthy because TWC is just about the only cable operator willing to play ball with the makers of these Internet video devices. Cable companies by and large want control of everything, including the boxes that connect to subscribers’ televisions and the user interfaces those boxes display along side programming.The forthcoming Microsoft Xbox One and Fanhattan Fan TV devices both promise to integrate TV content from cable companies with their own user interface and functionality. In other words, they’re hacking the cable box to offer a (presumably) better user experience than what the cable companies themselves provide.(See also: Xbox One: Microsoft’s Big Bid To Pwn The Living Room)Problem is, neither Microsoft nor Fan TV announced any cable partnerships when they trotted out their fancy new gear. Great as both products may be – and they do both look great – they’re not going to do much for your TV experience without TV shows. And for the time being, TV shows means cable companies. Maybe Fanhattan and Microsoft are sitting on unannounced agreements with Comcast and Cox, but if they’re not, then both companies just set some pretty high user experience expectations they simply cannot meet without inking a few deals.Which brings us back to Apple.Speak Softly and Carry Consumer DataApple has shown that it knows consumer technology (iPod, iPhone and iPad), and Apple has shown it knows how to disrupt old media (iTunes). And if the rumors prove correct, Apple is about to embark on showing they know how to leverage consumer data to sell targeted advertising (iRadio).Sure, TV studios are acutely aware of how iTunes ate the music biz’ lunch when mp3s sent vinyl the way of the dinosaur. But TV studios also know that internet upstarts like Netflix are already leading a similar charge in the realm of video. It stands to reason that they’d rather play ball with a proven winner than go kicking and screaming into the night while Amazon, HBO Go, and Netflix make hay on a new generation of Internet-only cable cutters. Not to mention that unlike Amazon and Netflix, Apple isn’t producing their own programming and so poses less of a competitive threat to the studios and cable operators.The odds that Apple starts manufacturing and selling their own big screen HDTVs are pretty small. Margins on televisions aren’t that big anymore, and Apple is built on high margins. Expect instead to see a revamped Apple TV box when Tim Cook & co. unveil their grand vision for television. The next-generation Apple TV might take the place of your current cable box, or it might be sold to you by the cable company themselves. And it might be controllable from your iPhone, with your voice, or simply gesturing through the air with your hands. Nobody outside of Apple knows, if those inside the company are yet sure themselves.But one thing’s certain about Apple’s television strategy: We won’t see any grand new technologies in public until content deals have been done in private. Apple knows content is king, and that’s why they’re better poised than anyone to thrive in the new age of online TV. Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Apple TV center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App noah kravitz 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

How To Reach New Levels of Success and Transform Yourself

first_imgYour beliefs and behaviors have brought you to this point. If you want to break through to the next level of success, however, you might define it, you are going to need to acquire new beliefs and take new actions. If what you were doing was capable of producing the better result you want, you would need to do nothing different. Here is how you reach new levels of success and transform yourself.How You EvolveYou evolve when your new beliefs and behaviors transcend and include what came before them. You don’t eliminate everything that came before, including what’s working and adding some new novelty or making some adjustments. You may not need to make a 180-degree adjustment. A modification of, say, 11-degrees, might put you on the right track.Maybe what you believe is good, right, and true. The adjustment you may need to make to reach the next level of success requires that you increase the amount of time and energy you put towards what you want. That might be a significant change that only requires and evolution in your effort.You might also need only make a relatively small shift in your strategy to produce better results if your effort is adequate to create the next level of success. If what you are doing isn’t working, evolution means making improvements, modifying your approach.Evolutionary change doesn’t require that you scrap everything to get to the next level. It requires you to use your resourcefulness to improve what you are already doing, transcending, and including what came before. Best practices at one level of success can become the worst practices of a higher level.Start a RevolutionA revolution is a violent break from the past. It’s a full-scale replacement of one thing for something very different. When what you believe what you are doing no longer serves you or the actions you are taking no longer suffice, a revolution eliminates and replaces them with something new. A revolution is necessary when you need a clear break from the past.Revolutions are much more difficult. You have to change what you believe and the actions you are taking. You have to be sick and tired of being sick and tired, or something that sounds and feels like that idea. Good enough has to be no longer good enough.The reason most people don’t make a revolutionary change is that they are not willing to give up what they believe. It’s a form of comfort to retain your long-held beliefs. Many of the views that would benefit you in finding the next level of success are ideas that make you uncomfortable—and sometimes ideas you find revolting. This is true even though it is often the messenger, not the message, that creates the resistance.Believing that you need to do things differently and not acting on that belief is the same as not believing it. Believing you need a wholesale change and not making that change is how you prevent yourself from reaching the next level of success.The reason you keep doing the same thing is that it is comfortable because your habits are deeply burned in. Doing something new is to accept being uncomfortable for a more extended period than most people are willing to endure. Most people give up before they experience the breakthrough that would level them up.Transformation and IdentityTransformation sometimes means evolutionary change, sometimes means revolutionary change, and sometimes requires both.Evolutionary changes are like incremental software upgrades. They improve things a little, and they tend to be frequent. Revolutionary changes are not as prevalent, and they are more like installing brand new software; you know what it’s supposed to do, but you aren’t sure how to get around and get things done.The next level of success requires that you leave the person you are now to become the person capable of the greater success you want. There may not be anything more potent than identity. You are what you believe yourself to be, and giving up one identity can be a disruptive change. Transformation means becoming the person that comes after the person you are now. When you consider the implications of transformation, you know why you struggle to reach the next level. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Alderville First Nation Mountie heads to France for special ceremony at Vimy

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsA Mountie from the Alderville First Nation was invited to France for a special ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the World War One battle at Vimy Ridge.The trip is a special one to the RCMP corporal and the community of [email protected]last_img

Equifax calls executive stock sales days after breach legal

first_imgATLANTA – Equifax, the credit report company hacked over the summer exposing the personal information of 145 million Americans, said a special committee has determined that none of the four executives who sold shares at the time did anything wrong.The high-level executives sold shares worth a combined $1.8 million in the days immediately after the company discovered the breach.When Equifax went public with the breach in early September, company shares cratered, erasing about $2.35 billion of its market value.The company revealed that an ongoing cyberattack lasted from mid-May to July. Equifax Inc. said it detected the hack on July 29.On Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble and three other executives sold a combined $1.8 million in stock.The company said Friday that a special committee comprised of independent directors, and advised by an independent counsel, found that none of the executives had knowledge of the breach when their trades were made.The committee’s review included dozens of interviews and the scouring of more than 55,000 documents including emails, text messages, phone logs and other records.The report Friday is unlikely to relieve pressure on the beleaguered company, which badly bungled the response to the hack.Investigators will want to know how a breach of this size and scope could have occurred, without the knowledge of some of the company’s highest executives.Faith in the leadership and the security of private information eroded in the weeks after the attack.Anxious consumers experienced jammed phone lines and clueless company representatives. An Equifax website set up to help people determine their exposure was described as sketchy by security experts. The site provided inconsistent and unhelpful information to many. The company blamed the problems of an online customer help page on a vendor’s software code after it appeared that it had been hacked as well.High-level executives, including CEO Richard Smith, have already stepped down.The internal report did not appear to ease the apprehension of those who hold company stock. Shares were essentially flat on Friday.That’s because it is the Securities and Exchange Commission, the federal agency that enforces securities laws, which will have the final say.SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has refused to comment when asked by lawmakers if executives at Equifax engaged in insider trading when they sold their shares. He has not confirmed or denied that the SEC is investigating.Smith, the former Equifax CEO, appeared before Congress to answer questions from lawmakers, but they were far from satisfied with the answers they received.The Atlanta company is under multiple state and federal investigations and has been sued by numerous customers in litigation likely to evolve into class-action lawsuits.What makes the data breach so dangerous is the information that Equifax holds. Social security numbers, identification, addresses and personal information held by Equifax and the two other, major credit agencies is used to determine a person’s creditworthiness.last_img read more