Music legend Moya Brennan to feature on RTE arts series

first_imgFolk music legend Moya Brennan will be sharing the story of her life in music when she features on RTE’s ‘The Works Presents’ this week.The Clannad singer, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, is about to set off on a final farewell tour in 2020 for the band’s 50th anniversary.From singing in her Father’s pub in Meenaleck to the great theatres in the world, Clannad – singing mostly in Irish – sold over 15 million albums. Over the years the multi-award winning band has taken Irish music and the Irish language to a worldwide audience.  Fusing elements of traditional Irish music and more contemporary folk, new age and rock they have created a beautifully unique and ethereal sound which combines haunting melodies and mesmerising vocals to transcend the sands of time whilst appealing to a worldwide audience of all ages.Moya will be appearing on The Works Presents with John Kelly as part of a special series which has focused on leading women in Irish culture.The programme airs on RTÉ One, Thursday November 28th at 11.15pm.   Music legend Moya Brennan to feature on RTE arts series was last modified: November 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Latest: West Ham 1 Fulham 0 – Diame’s goal leaves Whites trailing

first_imgFulham are in danger of a fifth consecutive defeat following Mo Diame’s goal shortly after the interval at Upton Park.Diame’s effort from near the edge of the penalty area deflected in off Whites defender Fernando Amorebieta, giving West Ham a deserved lead.With both teams’ under-pressure managers needing a victory, the Hammers dominated the early stages and almost went ahead when Mark Noble’s right-wing free-kick was headed against the post by Modibo Maiga.Martin Jol’s struggling Fulham team were also relieved to see James Collins’ header from Stewart Downing’s corner drift wide.Adel Taarabt started for the Whites in place of the absent Dimitar Berbatov and the visitors are again without Brede Hangeland.Taarabt looked dangerous at times as Fulham threatened on the counter-attack, but Sam Allardyce’s side continued to have the upper hand and Downing brought a save from Maarten Stekelenburg with a fierce 25-yard strike.Diame and Kevin Nolan then missed decent chances to put the hosts in front before the break.However, Diame broke the deadlock less than two minutes into the second half.The midfielder dispossessed Scott Parker and then nudged the ball away from Steve Sidwell, who should have done better, before trying his luck with a shot which struck Amorebieta, leaving Stekelenburg wrong-footed.West Ham remained on top after the goal, with Stekelenburg denying Maiga and Downing firing over.And they went close to doubling their lead when James Tomkins’ header from Matt Jarvis’ corner was cleared off the line by Darren Bent.Fulham (4-4-1-1): Stekelenburg; Zverotic, Hughes, Amorebieta, Richardson; Duff (Ruiz 60), Sidwell, Parker, Kasami; Taarabt; Bent.Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Kacaniklic, Karagounis, Boateng, Dembele.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kolton Miller’s time to shine comes Monday in primetime

first_imgALAMEDA — When the Raiders drafted Kolton Miller 15th overall in April, fans were up in arms. The majority seemed to want a defensive playmaker like Florida State’s Derwin James, Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick or Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds. Instead, they got an offensive tackle from UCLA who’s anything but flashy, a shy 6-foot-8, 309-pounder brought in to solidify the offensive line after an uncharacteristically uninspiring 2017.The pick didn’t reverberate through the NFL like other …last_img read more

49ers’ Dee Ford shocks Florida teen with a touching gift

first_imgDee Ford likes to use music to help clear his mind. The day before he was set to test his injured hamstring at 49ers practice in Florida, he decided to stop into a nearby music store in Bradenton.Adam Birmingham, a local high school senior with big musical dreams, was also there Tuesday. That was hardly unusual. Birmingham has been at the Bradenton Guitar Center store nearly every day for months, admiring and even playing a guitar that’s beyond his means, and otherwise out of reach.What …last_img read more

Celebrating Women Who Are Playing Their Part

first_imgCelebrating Women’s month and commemorating the national march of women to the Union Buildings on the 9th August 1956, to petition against legislation that required African persons to carry the ‘pass’.Brand South Africa’s Play your Part will host a women’s month breakfast on Wednesday, 08 August 2018 to say celebrate Play Your Part women ambassadors and use the platform to inspire others to join this wonderful movement. These are women who’ve carried on living the legacy left behind by Albertina Sisulu, Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams De Bruy and the many more women of 1956.Speaking on the planned women’s breakfast, Brand South Africa’s GM: Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said; “We call on women to join us as we bring exemplary South African women together to recognise and celebrate the contribution they make to society.”.As announced early in the year that 2018 is the centenary of Albertina Sisulu, it is appropriate that women take a page out of Mama Sisulu’s life and aspire to be ‘a woman of fortitude’.“We are in an era where women of 1956 are being reincarnated by the generation of today. These women are raising their voices and standing up against gender-based violence we face on a daily. They epitomize the true essence of Play Your Part and continue to inspire a lasting legacy of women”, further adds Ms Ntombelalast_img read more

Too Easy: How a Simple Hack Can Turn Your Numeric Google Profile URL Back into a Gmail Address

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Update: Google has now closed this loophole. Here is a statement we just got from a Google spokesperson:Blogger harmonyguy helped us discover a bug that made it possible to discover a user’s email address based on their numeric profile ID. Our engineers worked hard to address this issue and it is now fixed.Security blogger The Harmony Guy just told us about how this hack works. While the way to reveal these addresses isn’t obvious, you can easily follow along and try this method out yourself.How does it work?First, you simply copy the numbers from a user’s Google profile and then append these numbers to http://picasaweb.google.com/[numbers]. For some users who haven’t customized their Picasa page, the username (which is also their Gmail address) will come right up. If the user has customized the account and added a nickname, you simply have to replace the URL in the address bar with javascript:alert(_user.name); and a small pop-up window will show you the username.CaveatsIt’s important to note that this only works for Google users who also use the Picasa web service. This, however, is likely a large percentage of Gmail users.How to Protect YourselfIn Picasa Web Albums, go to the settings page and add a new username. Then, select the new username for your gallery URL. As The Harmony Guy points out, you may also want to edit your nickname.Is this a major issue for Google? Probably not. But given the ruckus around privacy, Buzz and Google Profiles these days, it is disheartening to see that it is this easy to circumvent the only way to hide your Gmail address from public view. After all, if you want to use Google Buzz, Google forces you to have a public profile. frederic lardinois Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#security#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Over the last few days, there has been a lot of buzz about how much private information your public Google profile contains if you don’t choose the right settings. The URL of your profile alone can already give away your Gmail address. To hide this address from public view, you can switch your profile URL away from showing your name to using an address that features a 21-digit number instead of your username. However, as it turns out, this isn’t a foolproof method either. By using a very simple trick, anybody can quickly figure out your Gmail address from these numbers.last_img read more

Flood Survivors Become Flood Activists

first_imgThis post originally appeared at Ensia. Susan Liley didn’t set out to become an activist. “A grandma, that’s all I am,” she says. But when her hometown of De Soto, Missouri, flooded four times in three years, Liley felt called to act. After the first couple of floods, Liley did what she could do to help her neighbors: She dragged waterlogged furniture from a friend’s home and delivered eggs from her chickens to those without electricity. But the third time around, Liley says, “I got mad.”RELATED ARTICLESFlood, Rebuild, Repeat: The Need for Flood Insurance ReformFlooding Is More Than a Coastal ProblemHome Buyers Face Stacked Deck to Learn of Past FloodsUrban Flooding: A Problem That’s Getting WorseIs It Time to Move Our Cities? Across the U.S., flood survivors are growing in number and — like Liley — they’re getting mad and fighting back. From city streets to subdivisions and trailer parks, they are comparing notes with neighbors and asking hard questions about the rising tide. They are messaging each other on Facebook, packing meeting halls and lawyering up. And, increasingly, they are seeking not just restitution, but answers. Flood survivors are identifying the root causes of repeated flooding and working toward solutions. Most recently, their ranks were swelled by a March “bomb cyclone” in the Upper Midwest, which unleashed catastrophic flooding that was visible from space. According to the 2018 National Climate Assessment, climate change is driving more severe floods in many parts of the country. Sea-level rise is inundating coastal cities, where “sunny-day flooding” is now a thing. Rising seas contribute to high-tide flooding, which has grown by a factor of five to 10 since the 1960s in many U.S. coastal communities — and that trend is expected to accelerate in the future. Farther inland, increased rainfall is a major culprit. Because a warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor, the past few decades have seen many more “heavy precipitation events,” especially in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains. In the Northeast, for example, heavy rains pack 50% more water than they did before 1991. Not surprisingly, those deluges have led to more flooding from Albany, New York, to Duluth, Minnesota. Not just the climate  But climate isn’t the only reason we are seeing more floods. Ill-conceived development, especially in flood-prone areas, replaces water-absorbing forests and wetlands with impermeable surfaces — so there is simply nowhere for all that water to go. While the risks of building in a floodplain may seem obvious, such construction continues nonetheless — in part because waterfront properties are in high demand, commanding premium prices that boost real estate tax income for local governments. In De Soto, both factors are at play. There is more precipitation, according to Liley: “It used to be 3 or 4 inches of rain, and now we get 7 to 10.” But the town also hugs the banks of flood-prone Joachim Creek. Over the years, construction of new homes and roads has thwarted the creek’s natural drainage and put more people in harm’s way. Liley remembers tragedy striking in 2003, when a flash flood in Joachim Creek led to one death. “We didn’t realize it was a preview of things to come,” Liley says. In 2013, another flash flood killed two people: an elderly woman who was washed away by the torrent, and another who died while being evacuated. When De Soto flooded again in 2015, Liley reached her limit. “Three of us ladies were talking on Facebook and said we have to do something. So we met the next morning, and organized the Citizen’s Committee for Flood Relief.” The committee’s first priority was to figure out some kind of early warning system. While coastal and riverine floods can be (imperfectly) predicted in advance, flash floods by definition arrive unannounced. Second, they sought to understand the root causes of repeated flooding and address them. Higher Ground lends a hand Liley’s group got a powerful assist from an organization called Higher Ground (formerly Flood Forum USA). A project of the nonprofit Anthropocene Alliance, Higher Ground is the largest national flood survivor network in the U.S. It currently links 43 flood survivor groups in 20 U.S. states — inland and coastal, urban and rural, representing a wide range of demographics and political affiliations. Higher Ground was founded by Harriet Festing, a former British civil servant and goat farmer who came to the U.S. in 2011 when a Conservative government eliminated the climate and energy department for which she worked. Festing took a job with the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago. There she met a woman named Helen Lekavich, a hairstylist-turned-organizer who demonstrated what a passionate group of flood survivors could accomplish. After enduring repeated floods in her town of Midlothian, Lekavich and her neighbors organized a group called Floodlothian Midlothian, which eventually won a $7.6 million flood control project from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. With 41 million people estimated to be living in flood zones, Festing says, “imagine if we could find Helen Lekaviches across the country and create a unified voice! So that’s what we set out to do.” She reached out to survivors’ groups — finding them on Facebook, in local media and through word of mouth — and Higher Ground was born. “The leadership to address flooding and other climate impacts needs to come directly from the people and communities that are most affected,” says Festing. But these issues are complex, requiring expertise beyond the understanding (and pocketbooks) of survivor groups. So, in partnership with the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange and three other partners, Higher Ground matches flood survivors with experts in hydrology, floodplain management, citizen weather monitoring, insurance, law, case management, planning, and architecture. And Higher Ground links survivors’ groups with one another, so they can trade notes and strategies — for example, by holding a monthly videoconference and leadership forum. In De Soto, Higher Ground matched Liley’s group with scientists from Saint Louis University and the U.S. Geological Survey who helped create a simple but effective flood warning system. Sensors in Joachim Creek now send messages to a phone app that pings residents when the creek rises over a certain level.  “When it’s 8 feet over, we’re in trouble,” says Liley. “But when it’s 10 feet over, you better be out of there because it’s going to be in homes.” Higher Ground helped Liley’s group petition their senators and members of Congress to commission a $200,000 watershed study for the city of De Soto. Conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its state-level Silver Jackets team, Liley says the study will show how green infrastructure, such as restored wetlands and parks, can minimize flood risk along Joachim Creek. The study’s completion was delayed by the recent federal government shutdown. And other hurdles remain — namely money. “All this work that the Corps of Engineers has done, without funding for implementation, we will get nowhere,” Liley says. Still, identifying the problem is a crucial first step.  A flooding whodunit  Sometimes, identifying the problem has all the drama of a whodunit. That’s how it played out in Richwood, Texas, where residents rode out Hurricane Harvey without any notable flooding. Then, “four days after Harvey vamoosed on out of here, water started backing up into our neighborhood,” remembers Kevin McKinney, a self-employed transportation safety consultant. McKinney had 3 feet of water in his home for nine days. “I lost everything I had,” he says. Yet, despite Harvey’s historic rainfall totals, something did not sit right for McKinney and his neighbors. “There are people who have lived here for 45 to 50 years, and never, ever flooded,” McKinney says. “Why now?” Richwood residents did some investigating; one even deployed a camera-equipped drone to get a bird’s eye view. They claim to have discovered that the City of Lake Jackson used pumps and sandbags to divert floodwater to Richwood’s Bastrop Reservoir, which overflowed into Richwood residents’ homes. “They had three pumps going at 6,800 gallons a minute, running for 10 days,” says McKinney. “The water was actually flowing uphill.” The City of Lake Jackson denies the charges. The people of Richwood organized. They formed a Facebook group called Flood Victims of Richwood and called meetings that packed a local church. And they joined up with Higher Ground, which matched them to a hydrologist who is using lidar data to analyze the post-Harvey flood. Now more than 400 homeowners are suing the City of Lake Jackson for $45 million, according to Matias Adrogue, the lawyer representing the citizens of Richwood who brought the lawsuit. McKinney says the goal of the lawsuit is to find out what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. And he wants to see the survivors compensated for their losses. But there is a deeper principle of fairness he wants to address: “We need to find a solution together,” McKinney says. “You just don’t flood your neighbors.” The rich get richer  Questions of fairness are increasingly on flood survivors’ minds. Floods are sometimes seen as equal-opportunity disasters that affect rich and poor alike. But a substantial body of research (highlighted in a recent exposé by NPR) shows that federal aid actually leaves wealthy, white communities better off after natural disasters — while the reverse is true for low-income communities of color. Constance C. Luo, a community organizer for the Texas Organizing Project in Houston, has seen this play out in the recovery from Hurricane Harvey. “Harvey did not discriminate,” she says. “People in richer areas did severely flood, and it was terrible. But whether you got assistance depended on things like the flexibility of your employer or whether you had flood insurance. So many wealthy families found themselves to be prosperous after Harvey, while other families go bankrupt.” The people who went bankrupt, Luo says, are those who work low-wage jobs and cannot take time off work to navigate the complex bureaucracy of disaster assistance. A disproportionate number come from the low-income African-American and Latino neighborhoods of Northeast Houston, where a lack of investment in infrastructure and poor drainage led to a high number of flooded homes. Given that disparity, the Texas Organizing Project fought for — and won — a county program that prioritizes investment in low-income neighborhoods for flood recovery and prevention. But that plan has drawn fierce opposition from affluent Houstonians who say bond funds should be evenly dispersed throughout the city. “The question,” says Luo, “is whether the bond projects should be equal to everyone, or equitable — weighted toward neighborhoods that traditionally have had very little attention to their flood infrastructure. We stand on the side of equity.” To bolster its case for equitable flood recovery, the Texas Organizing Project joined up with Higher Ground in 2018. The group was matched with geologist Edith Newton Wilson, owner of Rock Whisperer LLC in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who is mapping flood risks in Northeast Houston. The maps show high and low ground, bayous, drainage infrastructure, and other factors that shape risk and resilience. For Luo and other community residents, the maps are revelatory. “There’s real power to being able to identify your place on a map, and say ‘Oh! People on the other blocks near me suffer from this, too! Oh! We’re all in the floodplain! That’s why our insurance is so high.’” In this way, the mapping project is educating Northeast Houstonians about flood risk management — and providing vital data for advocacy. “I strongly believe that community, fighting hand in hand with science, is an unbeatable force,” says Luo.  The future of flooding  That unbeatable force will have much to contend with in the decades to come, as climate change and development raise flood risks across the U.S. In some places, those risks pose an almost existential challenge; the future of the community hinges on finding better ways to channel, divert, and live with water. Charleston, South Carolina, is one such place. Thanks to sea-level rise, land subsidence, and development in low-lying areas, Charleston is on track to experience sunny-day flooding more than half the year — 187 days — by 2045. “What does that mean?” asks Eileen Dougherty, who runs a commercial fishing business in Charleston. “That’s going to massively change the way that we live. That affects our basic safety services, our firefighters. Can the ambulance get to your house? Can children get to school? So, we have a lot of things to look at here in Charleston.” Dougherty — like Liley and McKinney — became an unwitting activist on this issue when her land began to flood. The culprit, she believed, was the new 294-unit apartment building next door, which had altered the soil and the flow of water through the neighborhood. She reached out for help from the local municipalities, to no avail. Dougherty now believes that development in Charleston takes what she calls a “whack-a-mole approach,” where large developments are popping up at an alarming rate without adequate drainage solutions and are flooding surrounding properties. So Dougherty got involved with a group called Fix Flooding First — another Higher Ground affiliate — because she wants to see a more comprehensive approach. “We need to have all the municipalities, the governing agencies, on the same page with building and zoning in a way that incorporates best practices,” she says. “We need to build in a way that preserves our natural environment, preserves our culture, and preserves our ability to have that tourism revenue. And I think we can do all that.” While each community’s challenges are unique, common themes and challenges call out for action at the state or federal level — and even in the most vulnerable places, there is much that can be done to reduce the toll of flooding. For example, across the nation, developers continue to build in floodplains, finding workarounds to ordinances and federal regulations — and, according to Festing, they sometimes adopt dubious tactics to do so. Higher Ground members are alerting one another to these tactics and reporting them to the appropriate authorities, Festing says. In this way, they hope to spark change at a national scale. There is no way to sugarcoat the challenges ahead. But as the waters rise, so do awareness and determination. Flood survivors are no longer simply victims; they are an ever-growing constituency for change. They are asking vitally important questions. They are challenging longstanding development practices and demanding a more equitable distribution of risks and rewards. They are grappling with the changing climate and its implications for the places we call home. And they are joining forces. “The big resonating thing that runs through my mind is unity,” says Dougherty. “If you can create a united voice, a united front, that is very powerful.”   This article was produced by the Island Press Urban Resilience Project, with support from the Kresge Foundation and the JPB Foundation. Laurie Mazur is editor of the project.last_img read more

How connected devices are revolutionizing mobile field services

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces JT Ripton Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… While the impressive growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is often measured in revenue for the devices that enable it, the “soft revenue” potential is even more impressive. Connected devices, supported by analytics and software, are boosting efficiencies in business, shortening sales cycles, improving customer satisfaction, and eliminating the need to pay human workers overtime.Today, companies that employ field service workers walk a fine line between meeting the needs of customers and keeping revenues healthy and expenses down. There are many ways that connected devices networked to follow an IoT business model can help companies simultaneously improve their customer care while adding to their revenue generation.Earning customer goodwill proactivelyToday, most customer support is still reactive: a service fails or an error is made and the customer must reach out to a supplier to correct the problem. Making these calls and wandering through an inbound customer service maze does little to improve customers’ attitudes toward a product or service. (“We value your business. Press 8 to have your call disconnected so you have to start all over again. Or, visit our Web site to see that our FAQ list was last updated in 2009.”)See also: How edge computing and IIoT are changing the way we think about dataCompanies that embrace connected devices are better prepared to reach out to customers proactively before service issues arrive, helping customers before they even know they need help. This fosters an invaluable sense of customer goodwill that extends the customer lifecycle and revenue generating value of the relationship. It also can save companies from making unnecessary field service calls.Collaborating with crowdsourcingCollaboration, or the ability of remote stakeholders (whether human or not) to contribute knowledge to the same problem-solving pool, is revolutionizing the business world–and much of it is due to IoT technology. It’s also helping mobile field service technicians cultivate and save their knowledge to create best practices, consult with one another in real-time on appointments, and gain greater support from managers and supervisors.Nashua, New Hampshire-based Nrby produces location-based workforce collaboration solutions that transform mobile field service into a more proactive, profitable operation. Nrby’s one-touch SmartPins feature maps events and conveys context-rich details so technicians can easily identify, instantly share and quickly resolve issues, while operation centers are continually updated and supervisors receive real-time status changes. Kurt Dobbins, President of Nrby, says it’s like Waze-style crowdsourcing for field service. “With crowdsourcing, the human element is equally, if not more, critical than Internet of Things sensors and machine automation,” he said. “Technicians are much happier and better at their jobs, customers get the reliable service they deserve, and businesses profit from highly engaged, extremely efficient and revenue-generating field service organizations.”Turning service calls into revenue fasterIn a typical service call, a field service worker is dispatched with a manually prepared and static schedule at the beginning of the day. After the call, he promises to be in touch in the future. He brings his notes back to headquarters, and someone else transforms them into a work order (hopefully without transcription errors), which is then returned to the customer. If the customer signs it, the technician is sent back to perform the work. Once again, he brings his notes back so someone else can create an invoice (also hopefully without errors).See also: With hundreds of choices, how do you pick an IoT platform?Connected devices, backed up by a digital field service management solution, can change the workflow of the process entirely, accelerating it while simultaneously reducing errors. Fremont, California-based Apptivo shows the way forward with its CRM suite that includes an integrated field service management solution. Technicians use their smartphones and tablets to check schedules from the road. On site, they can generate work orders instantly, and have customer approve them right on the mobile device. Work can be carried out on the same day, and at the end of the call, the work order can be easily converted into an invoice. A process that once took days is accomplished in hours.Apptivo’s tighter integration with field service functions means that the connected devices of field service workers are connected in real-time with management and a company’s CRM, radically transforming workflow and making it truly more collaborative.“When a collaborative field service solution is integrated with CRM and project management software, service personnel have all the connected tools they need to do the project from end-to-end,” notes to Apptivo CEO Bastin Gerald. “Because the field employee is working on a connected device, nothing happens without manager approval or formal workflow rules, so companies can be sure workers aren’t making promises they can’t keep.”Preventing failures before they occurEquipment failures are costly, not just for customers but for manufacturers and those responsible for installing and provisioning equipment. Today, networked sensors can monitor machinery in real-time, allowing operators or equipment manufacturers to have an up-to-date and centralized view of machine assets and operations. This condition monitoring allows them to know which machines are at higher risk to fail and schedule maintenance accordingly, saving money and ensuring the best technician is dispatched for the job. As IoT technology expands, sensors are getting cheaper and easier to deploy, but since they can generate mountains of data, they require backup from predictive analytics and a robust mobile field service solution that can use the data generated in a coherent manner, Michael Fry, a director with CIMdata, told Advanced Manufacturing. “We can call it Industrial Internet of Things or Industry 4.0, or something else,” he said. “The point is that there is a structure to this emerging system, where at the bottom of the stack are sensors, feeding data for something like predictive analytics and other enterprise applications at the top of the stack.”Giving technicians an AR edgeIt would be ideal if every technician in the field could have every machine or system memorized, but it’s not a practical reality for mobile field service. This is where augmented reality (AR) linked by IoT can improve the process. While virtual reality entirely replaces a user’s visual field, augmented reality overlays digital information over real surroundings. In field service, it can be a video of a machine under normal operation or a step-by-step demonstration of how to replace a part or make setting adjustments. General Electric (GE) uses Upskill’s Skylight industrial AR solution in conjunction with Google’s Glass Enterprise Edition to feed information to GE Aviation production workers to prevent common mistakes. For example, mechanics are provided with visual guidance for the correct tightening of B-nuts, which connect fluid lines and hoses to create a reliable seal. Incorrect tightening often results in expensive malfunctions in operation. “We believe that Skylight with Glass has the potential to be a real game changer in terms of its ability to minimize errors, improve product quality, and increase mechanic efficiency,” Ted Robertson, manager of GE Aviation, told Internet of Business.The promise of IoT technology for field service operations is significant, and many companies are already seeing improvements in operations and revenue thanks to connected devices and systems. Networks, sensors, mobile field service solutions and wearable technology will continue to optimize, automate and create opportunities for companies that rely on mobile field service. Connected devices are set to radically transform how field service is conducted.Co-authored by Peter Scott is a journalist and editor who has been covering business, technology and lifestyle trends for more than 20 years. You can contact him at [email protected] JT Ripton is a freelance business and technology writer out of Tampa. He loves to write to inform, educate and provoke minds. Follow him on twitter @JTRipton Follow the Puck Tags:#Apptivo#AR#CRM#featured#GE#Internet of Things#IoT#Nrby#top Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… JT is a business consultant and freelance contributor for sites like Business Insider, Entrepreneur, The Guardian, Tech Radar, and ReadWrite. last_img read more

After Effects Fundamentals Lesson 10: Lights, Cameras & 3D

first_imgIt’s all about 3D in the final lesson of our 10-part After Effects Fundamentals course.We’ve arrived at lesson 10 of our 10 part Adobe After Effects Fundamentals course.In the last few updates, namely CS5.5 to CS6, Adobe After Effects has completely changed in the way users work with 3D. Normally users would treat After Effects compositions as though they were layers of paper, stacked on top of each other, void of any realistic 3D qualities.However, the current version of After Effects provides much more than this…gone are the days of using the shatter effect to simulate 3D. In fact, there are multiple ways you can create awesome 3D models and in today’s AE Fundamentals Lesson we will learn them all. The lesson covers:3D Fundamentals in After EffectsLightsCamerasCinema 4D LITERay-Traced RendererWant to learn more about 3D modeling? Check out the Cinema 4D section of our blog. This was the final installment of our 10-part Adobe After Effects Fundamentals Course. Hopefully you now feel ready to begin designing and compositing in Adobe After Effects. If you want to learn more techniques, explore more After Effects tutorials here on the Premiumbeat blog, read the latest filmmaking news, and pick up some post-production tricks!Having trouble tracking in After Effects? Have any questions? Have you enjoyed this course? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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