Epicurean treasures French Alps skiing selling travel to Lyon

first_imgTags: Air Canada, France Posted by Wednesday, September 14, 2016 The Gateway to the Alps just got easier to access with Air Canada’s new nonstop flights to Lyon, France.This new route provides the only year-round direct service between North America and Lyon. Prior to the launch of these new flights, travellers had to fly in to Paris and then take a train to Lyon. Flying directly into Lyon saves the 500 kilometre journey, making this destination more accessible than ever.Transfers between Lyon and the Alps resort towns are efficient and plentiful, and many visitors choose to rent a car and explore the Alps on scenic self-guided mountain adventures. Famous resort towns like Chamonix and St. Gervais boast world-class skiing with unforgettable views.The city of Lyon is bursting with cultural and gastronomic treasures, and its food and drink scene is a force to be reckoned with. Famous chocolate shop and cafes, atmospheric wine bars, gastronomic beer halls, traditional Lyonnaise bouchon and Michelin-starred restaurants line cobblestone lanes and seduce palates with distinctly Lyonnaise flavours.Lyon’s location in the Rhône-Alpes region makes it perfect for day trips to the Beaujolais region, where visitors can sip fine wines among enchanting French vineyards.To learn more or book seats on Air Canada’s new nonstop service please visit aircanada.com/agents. Emily Baillie Share Epicurean treasures & French Alps skiing: selling travel to Lyon << Previous PostNext Post >> About Latest Posts Follow EmilyEmily BailliePrincipal at Compass Content MarketingEmily Baillie is Principal at Compass Content Marketing, a Toronto-based firm specializing in social media and content marketing for travel brands. Drop her a line at emilybaillie@gmail.com or follower her on Twitter @EmilyBaillie. Follow EmilyLatest posts by Emily Baillie (see all) Selling Seoul: Travel Agent Tips for South Korea – November 1, 2016 Stylish Seoul: Why You Should Go – November 1, 2016 Epicurean treasures & French Alps skiing: selling travel to Lyon – September 14, 2016last_img read more

Guy and three AM students wheelbarrow the mix t

first_imgGuy, and three A&M students, wheelbarrow the mix to the construction site. June 1, 2011A group of students of the Texas A&M University College of Architecture visit Arcosanti for an afternoon of assisting the construction crew in forming a new set of steps for the Energy Apron project. Here, the students learn about the plan for the construction of the Energy Apron’s first full-size greenhouse. Guy Flagg [right of center], Arcosanti resident and crew leader in construction, explains the work to be done.  [photo & text: Logan Bier] [photo & text: Logan Bier]center_img [photo & text: Logan Bier] [photo & text: Logan Bier] Two A&M students become thoroughly engaged in shoveling silt for the concrete mix. last_img read more

UPC Romania has launched a 200Mbps internet servic

first_imgUPC Romania has launched a 200Mbps internet service. Fiber Power 200Mbps will be available in nine cities – Bucharest , Bacau, Cluj- Napoca , Constanta , Galati , Iasi, Ploiesti , Timisoara and Sibiu – encompassing 60% of the company’s coverage zone. The move follows the launch of 120Mbps in 2011 and 150Mbps services a year later. UPC currently offers speeds of over 100Mbps over 90% of its national network.The Romanian launch follows Liberty Global sister company UPC Austria’s launch of a 250Mbps service. UPC Austria’s previous top internet service delivered up to 100Mbps.last_img read more

Regulators Keep Punishing Square for Doing Nothing Wrong

first_img Regulators Keep Punishing Square for Doing Nothing Wrong Technology 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Do U.S. citizens really need to be protected from Square?The mobile-payment processor has lost another regulatory fight, this time in Florida, where it agreed to pay a $507,000 fine to settle charges it operated in that state without a money-transmission license.Square has been the subject of such spats before, in its home state of California and Illinois, where it actually faced a high-profile cease-and-desist order before getting a license.There remains a valid legal question to these licensure fights: Since Square simply processes payment information, and doesn’t actually transmit money itself, why should it have to fall under the transmission regulations of all 50 states?Related: U.S. Regulators Aim to Close ‘Wild West’ Frontier of BitcoinPresumably, Square has made a decision that, rather than fight each jurisdiction, it will just bend a knee before the regulators, pay whatever fees it needs to in order to fall under their framework, and happily go about its business. Indeed, it has big plans, and there is a good business reason for the company to not stand its ground and fight back.Still, the controversy over Square regulation remains troubling for those outside the company, particularly those entrepreneurs with financial businesses who want to operate across the nation.For one thing, Square’s acquiescence leaves the legal issues unresolved. Square was not a money transmitter by any definition. True, its business changed somewhat when it unveiled plans to get into the gift-card business, but the Florida action doesn’t address that move. The fine Square is paying covers a period of time from February 2010 to November 2012 when it was simply processing transactions.Square could have avoided the fine by fighting its case. That could have led to a precedent that it could use in navigating the Byzantine regulatory frameworks financial-services companies face wherever they do business. Instead, it coughed up $507,000 – small beer to a company that has raised well north of $300 million – and left the fight to others. (To be fair, Square isn’t alone. In its infancy, PayPal decided such a battle wasn’t worth its trouble either.)In addition to not settling the law, Square’s surrender doesn’t allow us to address a key point of the regulations themselves: What ill befell the citizens of Florida from 2010 to 2012 because Square operated without a license? Proponents of regulations like to point out that government’s role is to protect citizens from harm, particularly from greedy businessmen who pick pockets and poison kittens on their way to the top. Government’s noble role is necessary to keep free enterprise from giving in to its baser nature when the sun goes down.Related: Why the EPA and FAA Are Killing Elon Musk’s Better IdeaBut no one can say that Square did anything wrong – or was even in a position to – in Florida or any other state. It processed transactions for merchants and took a cut off the top. It didn’t hold a single dollar, ruble, Deutsche mark or Bitcoin along the way. Merchants could have screwed their customers, and banks could have screwed their merchants, but Square was chaste.Still, asking if someone is actually harmed is no longer a litmus test for the promulgation of regulations. In this case, existing laws never anticipated a company like Square in the first place – a testament to Jack Dorsey’s innovation. Faced with something they had never seen before, regulators decided to pound this Square peg into Florida’s round holes and declare victory.It could have been worse – and may still be. One could argue this is the best-case scenario, since lawmakers always have the option of creating new laws which lead to the promulgation of new regulations that are often worse than the ones before. Rarely is there true reform when it comes to laws and regulations. Rather, there is addition. Only in the legislative world does one ease a burden by adding more weight.Square, for its part, no doubt made the right move for business reasons. But one can’t help but despair of the missed opportunity to make regulators stop bullying entrepreneurs whose innovations are light-years ahead of our regulatory framework. Until some company or business owner draws a line in that sand, businesses will be at more risk of harm than the consumers our lawmakers and bureaucrats seem so eager to protect.Related: Why California Can’t Be Home to the Hyperloop Editor-at-Large Ray Hennessey August 16, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img Image credit: Digital Trends Add to Queue Guest Writer The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article 4 min read Apply Now »last_img read more

Think China is the No 1 Country for Hacking Think Again

first_img China has earned a reputation as the hacker capital of the world, but a new report shows the bulk of global cyber-attack activity has recently come from its smaller neighbor Indonesia.Thirty-eight percent of cyber attacks originated in Indonesia during the second quarter of 2013, up from 21 percent in the first quarter, according to a report by security cloud platform Akamai. This spike helped push China off the hacking pedestal, with the world’s most populous country accounting for 33 percent of attacks, down from 34 percent in the previous quarter. The U.S. rounded out the top three, generating 6.9 percent of cyber-attack traffic, a decrease from 8.3 percent.Indonesia and China alone accounted for more than half of all cyber-attack activity during the quarter.Related: Don’t Get Hacked — Tools to Fight Cyber AttacksWhile it may seem like Indonesia came out of nowhere to take the lead (last year the country accounted for on average less than one percent of cyber crimes), hackers may be taking advantage of its increase in connection and weakening IT structure. The country’s average internet connection speed increased 125 percent in the second quarter from the same time last year. That, coupled with the fact the country isn’t spending a whole lot of cash on its infrastructure,  may make the country a haven for cybercriminals.Related: Cyber Security a Growing Issue for Small Business In January, hacker group Anonymous Indonesia claimed responsibility for defacing 12 government websites with the tagline “No Army Can Stop an Idea” shown on the sites. In April, the country’s defense minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro announced they were building a Cyber Defense Center to take on hackers. Microsoft also felt the supposed wrath of Indonesia criminals (among others) when it put the kibosh on a cybercrime operation in June. Akamai’s findings are based on agents reporting log connection attempts, which the company defines as attack traffic. The company then can determine the top countries the hack attacks occur. One caveat to keep in mind: the IP address assigned to a particular country may not be the nation the attacker resides. So someone from China with an IP address associated with them, may be committing cyber attacks in France.To check out more of Akamai’s findings, check out the below highlights:Click to Enlarge+ October 16, 2013 Special Projects Director and Founder of This Dog’s Life Think China is the No. 1 Country for Hacking? Think Again. Next Article Andrea Huspeni Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »center_img Technology Entrepreneur Staff 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares Add to Queuelast_img read more

In Sochi People Are Using Matchmaking App Tinder Like Crazy

first_img Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5 2 min read Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. –shares It looks like matchmaking app Tinder is having a great Valentine’s Day this year, all thanks to the Olympics. CEO Sean Rad told The Wall Street Journal that Tinder has seen a 400 percent increase in new users since the Winter Games began on Friday.  Related: Dating App Tinder Heads to ChinaThe service is available in 24 different languages, making it fairly ideal for Sochi’s high-density Olympic Village, which is currently playing host to athletes and coaches from 88 nations, and volunteers and spectators from all over the world. Tinder reports that 500 million profile ratings are made each day and some 600 million matches were made in 2013. The app takes information from Facebook to connect users with friends and proximity in common. If both people swipe to the right on their mobile devices, Tinder allows them to video chat.Related: 4 Hot Tech Startups to Watch in 2014While the company doesn’t have a way of knowing eaxctly what percentage of the new users are athletes, competitors like gold medal winner Jamie Anderson, a Team USA snowboarder and the trio of American skiers who swept the slopestyle competition, Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper, all owned up to using the app.Tinder was launched in 2012, and is owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp, the same company that also owns other online dating platforms like Match.com, OkCupid and the European MeeticGroup.Related: Mushy Marketing Ploy: Pizza Hut Joins OKCupid Nina Zipkin Technologycenter_img February 14, 2014 Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. In Sochi, People Are Using Matchmaking App Tinder Like Crazylast_img read more

HP Enterprise Strikes 88 Billion Deal With Micro Focus for Software Assets

first_imgHewlett-Packard Hewlett-Packard Enterprise agreed to sell its software business to Micro Focus in a $8.8 billion deal that shrinks the Silicon Valley pioneer again while catapulting the little-known British firm into the top tier of European tech companies.Autonomy, the British firm bought by HP in an ill-fated $11 billion push into software just five years ago, will return to British control after the deal for far below its original price.HPE Chief Executive Meg Whitman is focusing the group on a few areas such as networking, storage and technology services since it separated last year from computer and printer maker HP Inc.”Micro Focus’s approach to managing both growing and mature software assets will ensure higher levels of investment in growth areas, like big data analytics and security, while maintaining a stable platform for … software products that customers rely on,” she said.Micro Focus approached HPE in February, four months before Britain voted to leave the European Union in a shock referendum that initially spooked global financial markets, the British firm’s executive chairman, Kevin Loosemore, said.It is the second big deal involving a British company since the June 23 Brexit vote that many feared would put the brakes on mergers. It is also a relatively rare example of a British company buying U.S. technology assets.Loosemore spotted another opportunity to profit from managing old software. Companies including banks and airlines pay Micro Focus to extend the life of the computers they use to run their businesses, for example to manage data. This allows the companies to avoid spending on newer computer systems.”(It) is entirely consistent with our established acquisition strategy and our focus on efficient management of mature infrastructure products,” he told reporters on a conference call from New York.Boring but profitableShares in Micro Focus, based in Newbury, southern England, jumped by a fifth to an all-time high of 2,400 pence, topping the FTSE 100 index of leading shares that it joined days ago, after chip designer ARM Holdings was bought by Japan’s Softbank Corp.Micro Focus, with a market capitalization of 4.45 billion pounds ($6 billion) before the deal, has been snapping up software companies. This would be its largest deal to date. Earlier this year, it acquired U.S. firm Serena Software for $540 million.Loosemore said he would bring the core earnings margin for the mature assets in the deal — about 80 percent of the total — from 21 percent today to Micro Focus’s existing 46 percent level within three years.”The way we do it is really just lots of 101, boring management,” he said. “Too often people chase unattainable growth rates and in doing so they waste a lot of money.”A serial acquirer of software platforms, Micro Focus has also shifted strategy to buying higher growth software such as SUSE, the world’s No.2 maker of Linux software while wringing the most out of aging software.”This strategy works well for current shareholders, who gain significant ownership in better-run businesses,” said UBS analyst Steve Milunovich, who tracks HP Enterprise.The deal, announced along with HPE’s latest quarterly earnings, came on the same day that Dell and EMC Corp completed their merger in a deal that unites two of HPE’s biggest rivals.In the third quarter, HPE reported net revenue of $12.2 billion, down 6 percent from $13.1 billion a year earlier. The transaction is expected to be tax free to HP.The deal is the latest in a series of asset disposals by HPE, which agreed in May to spin off and merge its struggling technology services business to Computer Sciences Corp., in a transaction valued around $8.5 billion.The sale will mean two-thirds of HPE’s remaining business will be hardware, which is fast becoming a commodity, UBS’s Milunovich said. It could make the company a more agile competitor but also could make it harder to compete with far larger companies such as Cisco and Dell.Micro Focus will pay $2.5 billion in cash to HPE, while HPE shareholders will own 50.1 percent of the combined company that will operate under the name Micro Focus and be run by its executives. HPE said it would pay $700 million in one-time costs related to the separation of the assets.Autonomy back in BritainIn the deal, HPE is sending one of the British firms it acquired back to where it started.HPE acquired part of its software portfolio through HP’s $11 billion purchase of Autonomy in 2011, a deal that was supposed to form the central part of the U.S. group’s move into software. HP later wrote off three-quarters of the company’s value.”Some of those [Autonomy] products are very exciting, some of them are more mature,” Loosemore said.Other HPE assets that will be merged include software for application delivery management, big data, enterprise security, information management & governance and IT Operations management businesses.By acquiring the HP Enterprise software assets, the deal thrusts Micro Focus into the top ranks of European software makers. It would rank around sixth in market capitalization terms among regional software names.Since sterling tumbled on the Brexit result, many British companies have become more attractive for international suitors.Loosemore said, however, the Brexit vote didn’t change the dynamic. “If you map our share price in dollars rather than pounds it’s pretty consistent,” he said. “So no real effect.”(By Paul Sandle and Liana B. Baker; Additional reporting by Eric Auchard; Editing by Kate Holton, Guy Faulconbridge, Anna Willard) Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue –shares Image credit: Eugene Berman | Shutterstock.com 5 min read Reuters HP Enterprise Strikes $8.8 Billion Deal With Micro Focus for Software Assets September 8, 2016 Chief Executive Meg Whitman is focusing the group on a few areas such as networking, storage and technology services since it separated last year from computer and printer maker HP Inc. 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Salesforce Joins New Continuous Delivery Foundation As Premier Member

first_imgSalesforce Joins New Continuous Delivery Foundation As Premier Member PRNewswireJuly 1, 2019, 6:24 pmJuly 1, 2019 CD/CI ToolsContinuous Delivery FoundationcrmMarketing TechnologyNewsPremier MemberSalesforce Previous ArticleNew Auto Dealership Study Reveals Active Listening Over the Phone Directly Increases Customer Visits and SalesNext ArticleSharpend Poaches Anthem’s Hollands to Boost Senior Team With First MD Global CRM Leader Joins Community Committed to Growing Ecosystem of CD/CI Tools and MethodologiesThe Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF), the vendor-neutral home for many of the fastest-growing projects for continuous delivery, announced that Salesforce has joined the CDF as a premier member.Salesforce joins other CDF premier members such as Cloudbees, IBM, Google, CapitalOne, CircleCI, jFrog, Huawei, and Netflix working together to make continuous delivery tools and processes as accessible and reliable as possible and grow the overall ecosystem.Salesforce is increasingly adopting continuous delivery practices and tools to empower development teams to achieve a faster, more frequent release cycle. As a CDF member, Salesforce will help shape industry specifications around pipelines, workflows and other CI/CD areas, as well as provide foundational support for CI/CD tools.“An ethos of community innovation is driving the next generation of enterprise software,” said Mark Interrante, SVP of Engineering, Salesforce. “Salesforce is proud to join the Continuous Delivery Foundation and empower developers everywhere to deliver apps at enterprise levels of trust, scale and performance.”Marketing Technology News: Constant Contact Unveils New WooCommerce and Shopify Offerings at 2019 Internet Retailer Conference“With over 20 years of experience building software at scale, Salesforce has a lot of expertise to share with the community,” said Chris Kelly, Director of Open Source, Salesforce. “By collaborating with the CDF, we’re excited to help define the future of open source CI/CD tools, share our lessons learned as well as build on the industry’s experience.”Open source technologies such as Jenkins, JenkinsX, Spinnaker and Tekton, which are hosted by the CDF, help development teams from companies of all sizes and industries improve their speed and productivity when creating cloud-native, legacy infrastructure, mobile, IoT, and bare metal applications.“Salesforce is an established, global CRM leader, and we’re thrilled they’re working with us to help enterprises adopt CD delivery as quickly and easily as possible,” said Dan Lopez, CDF program manager. “With containers, microservices and Kubernetes on the rise, Salesforce and other CDF members have a key role to play in growing and sustaining the CI/CD ecosystem. With CDF members focused on this, software development teams are free to focus on delivering quick, stable code changes as easily as possible.”Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Welcomes Kim McLachlan as Senior Vice President of Sales and MarketingSalesforce and other CDF members have hosting Continuous Delivery Summits this year, including events co-located with KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China and KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America respectively. Details for the Continuous Delivery Summit in San Diego will be coming soon.Salesforce is also a member of the Linux Foundation, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Hyperledger, the Internet Security Research Group/Let’s Encrypt, and the OpenAPI initiative.Marketing Technology News: CoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers Worklast_img read more

Structured Social Named Facebook Preferred Agency Partner

first_img FacebookMarketing Technology NewsNewsNick ShackelfordStructured Social Previous ArticleNimble Now Selling Its Simple CRM for Office 365 Globally Through Microsoft’s New Commercial MarketplaceNext ArticleRetail App Use Surges 50% As Consumers Shop Year-Round, Taking Pressure Off the “Make or Break’ Holiday Season Structured Social is proud to announce it has been named one of the first recipients of the Preferred Agency Partners Badge under social media giant Facebook’s newly revamped partner program.The Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer program, or PMD, was created to help a business scale its marketing efforts on the Facebook platform. It involves a community of more than 45 countries designed to help marketers and advertisers establish and grow lasting connections with customers. The partnership affords Structured Social access to one-on-one support, advanced tools, training and support, and exclusive opportunities.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakers“Clients know the e-commerce world is more competitive than it has ever been, and they are looking to work with companies that have a real edge,” said Structured Social Co-Founder Nick Shackelford. “This new partnership gives us the type of advantage that will allow us to develop new opportunities for our partners and increase revenue in a substantial way.”Marketing Technology News: GCOM Software Announces Ernie Connon as New Chief Growth OfficerStructured Social has been one of the leading e-commerce companies helping consumer-focused companies drive revenue growth by providing expert consulting on offer structure, page design, paid social campaigns and partnerships with brands. The recognition from Facebook serves as recognition for the company’s efforts, proof that Structured Social is on the right path and clearly demonstrates the company’s position in the marketplace.Marketing Technology News: Blackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing Platform Structured Social Named Facebook Preferred Agency Partner MTS Staff Writer6 days agoJuly 17, 2019 last_img read more

Turning injectable medicines into inhalable treatments with the help of smart phone

Friend and colleagues are using devices found in cell phones to atomize very thick liquids. Credit: University of California – San Diego Provided by University of California – San Diego This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Researchers use acoustic waves to move fluids at the nanoscale Imagine if all childhood vaccines could get delivered with an inhaler rather than shots; or wiping away tuberculosis bacteria in a patient’s lungs with an inhaler; or disinfecting a hospital room thoroughly with a diffuser. Explore further Citation: Turning injectable medicines into inhalable treatments with the help of smart phone components (2018, April 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-medicines-inhalable-treatments-smart-components.html These are the goals of a research team led by Professor James Friend in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California San Diego. Their efforts were recently boosted when Friend received a prestigious $900,000 research grant from the Keck Foundation, whose mission is to support pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research.”Our goal is to make injectable treatments inhalable,” Friend said. “This would unlock a whole class of new treatments.”For example, in a clinical setting, powerful disinfectants could be delivered via diffusers in hospital rooms to eliminate harmful bacteria. A whole new class of medicines could be delivered to patients via inhalers. Finally, a whole range of new materials could be used for 3-D printing.Currently, fluids can be nebulized in many different ways, for example by mechanical means like in perfume and cologne sprayers, or by using ultrasound. But all of these methods either don’t work well with very viscous fluids like oil or honey, or they require too much power, or break down some of the fluids’ active ingredients. They also require expensive equipment.The method developed by Friend and colleagues uses devices found in smart phones that produce acoustic waves. In the phones, these devices are used mainly to filter the wireless cellular signal and identify and filter voice and data information.In the lab, Friend and his team used the devices to generate sound waves at extremely high frequencies—ranging from 100 million to 10 billion Hertz—in order to create fluid capillary waves, which in turn emit droplets, generating mist. This process is called atomization. The researchers’ breakthroughs are based on the ability to atomize liquids that have been considered too viscous for the process before.The new method holds the promise of dramatically lowering costs for developing inhaled drugs by using smart phone components that are inexpensive. Currently, the cost for developing inhaled medicines is $300 million over a period of three years.Researchers successfully tested the atomization method on a powerful disinfectant, Triethylene glycol, or TEG, which had never been atomized before on its own (it is usually dissolved in water).No one before had observed how fluids behaved when subjected to such high sound frequencies. Scientists led by Friend discovered that the equations used to predict wave generation in fluids did not work for their experiments—in fact, they are off by several orders of magnitude. Some of that math dates back more than 150 years, to experiments by British physicist and chemist Michael Faraday.The Keck grant will allow researchers to acquire the cutting-edge technologies as well as the workforce they need to figure out the right math to describe and predict atomization at such high frequencies. This in turn will allow researchers to apply their new method to a broader range of materials, unlocking new applications. read more