A Mid-Season Dicamba Update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Rubischko, North America Dicamba Portfolio Lead with Monsanto, gives an update on dicamba use and possible issues as the 2018 growing season reaches the halfway point.last_img

Reaching Out to Developers? Build for the End User

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williams Tags:#cloud#news Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting I asked the team at Atlassian yesterday about their macrovision of the market and how they view the developer world. I found their answer revealing. What they said made me think about the way companies have to build for developers and end users. It’s increasingly almost a task that has to be one and the same.The question came as they explained why Atlassian, which received $60 million in finding last year, bought two plugins from Sysbliss: Bamboo Release Management and JIRA Workflow Designer.Both tools have a core value. They are easy to use and they help get the job done quickly.Jira Workflow Designer plugin is a visual editor similar to Visio for making workflows. With it you can save custom layouts, drag and drop items and remove the steps that have often required repeated tasks in the initial workflow creation. Bamboo Release Management integrates with Jira. It offers:Centralized version management.Filters and masks to grab the right version.Version qualifiers to doc custom builds on different release levels.Configuration tester to see what versions are available based on your configuration.The End User and the DeveloperAtlassian has made its mark by offering developer environments for building software and services. I asked about that in context with their macrovision. Atlassian offers tools for developers but they see themselves focusing in many ways on the end user. Their goal is to offer custom workflow environments for people like myself who want the sophistication of a rich workflow but do not have the skill sets of a developer.To that end, they have launched Atlassian University.That’s a trend you see in the market with Web apps such as Dropbox, which is a service for anyone to use but has serious credibility with the developer geek crowd.The idea being that developers want smooth experiences. And the end user absolutely requires it.That’s better than the alternative. And that’s being classified according to tired metaphors such as application lifecycle management providers. It’s almost as if developers are saying treat us like everyone else. Just allow us to show our individuality and ways to extend tools and service the ways we want.That’s the message we hear from Atlassian as well as across the market with each passing day. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

LTE Smartphone Shipments Projected To Hit 275 Million In 2013

first_imgRelated Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Did you buy a “4G” LTE smartphone in 2012? No? Well, there is a pretty good chance you will end up buying one in 2013.Boston-based research firm Strategy Analytics predicts that 275 million LTE smartphones will be sold next year – a projected 203% jump from the 91 million LTE smartphones shipped in 2012. LTE, which stands for “Long Term Evolution” is the fastest cellular connection available to the mass market. In the United States, carriers like Verizon and AT&T lead the way in providing in LTE infrastructure, while third place Sprint is beginning to aggressively build its own LTE offering. Overseas carriers like Japan NTT Docomo and the United Kingdom’s Everything Everywhere (EE) are also pushing LTE infrastructure.  Up until the second half of 2012, most LTE smartphones available were of the Android variety from manufacturers like Samsung, Motorola and HTC. LTE is now seen as an essential feature on most top of the market smartphones. Many people expected that Apple would get in on the LTE game in 2011 with the release of the iPhone 4S, but Apple chose to remain with 3G technologies like HSPA+. Now that the iPhone 5 has LTE, though, usage is expected to take a big jump.Speed test on AT&T with Android smartphone in BostonLTE adoption will be pushed through top tier manufacturers Apple, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Motorola and lower-tier smartphone makers like Huawei, Pantech and ZTE. Research In Motion would be smart to include LTE in its new BlackBerry 10 phones and even though LG went with HSPA+ for its flagship Android Nexus 4, the manufacturer will likely have several LTE phones on the market throughout 2013. Predictions of growth in LTE smartphone shipments in 2013 was derived from an inflection point of infrastructure by the carriers in 2012. Verizon, the leading LTE provider in the U.S., provides LTE availability to 250 million Americans in 440 markets. Big Red had 46 LTE capable devices as of Dec. 5, 2012 and 11 million customers were using the network. AT&T can offers LTE in 125 markets with 160 million consumers in the U.S. – and plans to reach 250 million U.S. residents by the end of 2013. The benefits of LTE are significant. Just as broadband lines to homes and apartments helped fundamentally change the Internet, LTE will do the same for millions of smartphone and tablet users. In many cases, the LTE in consumer’s pockets will be faster than the Wi-Fi or wired connections they have at home. Stronger connections, faster data speeds and improved stability will let smartphones perform tasks that would have been too cumbersome under older 3G connectivity. Be it mobile video (for entertainment and communication), moving large files to the cloud or just playing more interesting games, LTE is a key enabler for the next generation of mobile. In 2013, millions of people across the world will realize that first hand. Images by Dan Rowinski. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#lte#smartphones last_img read more

DDoS Attacks As Social Protest

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Anonymous#ddos#hackers#privacy#security adam popescu Related Posts A new petition, organized by Anonymous, has been sent to the White House with the hopes of legitimizing DDoS attacks – those hacker-led techno-onslaughts that shut down Web sites.The petition basically asks that distributed denial of service, or DDoS attacks, be designated as legitimate forms of protest. This is quite a stretch considering the amount of damage these attacks do (just ask the Federal government, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and a host of others). And the petition authors want those jailed for DDoS immediately released and their records cleared.Fat chance, right?The writers of the petition say DDoS attacks are the “equivalent of repeatedly hitting the refresh button on a webpage… Instead of a group of people standing outside a building to occupy the area, they are having their computer occupy a website to slow (or deny) service of that particular website for a short time.”The petition needs 25,000 signatures by February 6 in order to trigger a White House response (as of Monday night, there were 5,420 signatories). Anything less than the required amount, and the White House can treat this like spam and junk it. While it’s not likely to be effective, launching a petition like this in the wake of the death of Aaron Swartz and the wave of newfound support for hacktivists, may be the best possible timing for the petition to gain supporters (another online petition entitled “Reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act” also attempts to catch the rising support for hactivism). Still, that doesn’t mean it’s going to get real traction. A glass-half-empty look at the petition could classify it as a naive, tongue-in-cheek attempt from the black hat world to justify their activities – likely doomed to failure. Chance Of Snow In Hell Today“There is no way in hell the White House will ever legalize DDoS,” said activist and Australian journalist Asher Wolf. Wolf believes the petition comes from the Anonymous Collective. Attempts at contacting Anonymous were not returned at time of publication. But this issue may not be as morally black-and-white as one mightl make it. Security expert Dan Kaminsky says that while he wouldn’t sign the petition, he thinks the attempt is far from silly or naive. Kaminsky indicated that while the petition may be misguided, the idea of creating legitimate forms of online protest in the heavily guarded online world are needed.“People are going to figure out how protest works in a system that has gotten very good at suppressing protest,” Kaminsky said. “I see where they’re coming from… I understand the desire.”The fundamental problem with DDoS, Kaminsky added, is the numbers disparity between those who perform the DDoS attacks and those targeted. Usually the culprits are small groups of people targeting large numbers of computers. So while many computers are affected, in terms of manpower the numbers of actual participants are low. Kaminsky believes that’s what makes DDoS a lesser form of protest than say physical people in the streets.  “What makes protest work is the visible human investment,” he said. “Five people in Guy Fawkes masks protesting Scientology makes an impact. Who cares how many computers are involved, they don’t have opinions… One hundred thousand people protesting is very different from making 100,000 computers [shut down].”Not All About Social ChangeJust when you’re ready to change your mind about the hacker collective and believe they’re about to bring the world positive change, they go and do something that would make even their staunchest supporter say: “Huh?”Last night, Anonymous took credit for hacking into several news organizations’ websites, including the Los Angeles Times, Slate and Vanity Fair – all to wish a very special happy birthday to a fellow hacker. One step forward, two steps back.How Will Anonymous And Friends Be Treated?While this petition will not likely make it to the White House’s to-do list, it reflects a sense of the growing power of Anonymous and similar groups. These organizations looking for new ways to expand power and be taken seriously in this fast-evolving online landscape.In the last few years, the Anonymous movement has gone from small hacker cells to mainstream in-person gatherings the world over, with thousands donning masks and pounding the pavement. If they can translate that sheer human power to the Web, they may become much more powerful. If and when that happens, governments may being to treat with them the way they do foreign principalities – or terrorists. Photo Courtesy Of Shutterstockcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Animated Titles with Text Presets in After Effects

first_imgPremiere Pro video editors should take advantage of the great titling and lower-thirds tools in After Effects. Discover how the text presets in AE can help you get professional results.The text tools in Premiere Pro are sufficient for basic titling, but if you want a more robust toolset, After Effects is the way to go. This tutorial lays out the basics of creating animated text in After Effects using presets. Once you’ve got the basics down, experiment and create your own unique text effects. Let’s jump in!Premiere and AE Text WorkflowOpen a Premiere Pro Project, and then select File > Dynamic Link  > Create New After Effects Composition. Save the Project, and a new After Effects composition is created for you. From the Layer Menu in Adobe After Effects, select  New >Text, which creates text centered in the composition.Start typing to create your title. Click on the text layer in the After Effects composition to select it and now you can adjust your text in the Character Palette.From the Animation Menu select Browse Animation Presets. This launches Adobe Bridge, which lets you see the various presets that ship with After Effects. Note: The Text category only works with After Effects text.Double click on the Text folder…Then Double-click on the Animate In Folder.For this example, we’ll use the preset called Fade Up Characters. Click once on this preset to see a preview of the animation.Now, double-click on Fade Up Characters and this will apply the preset to your selected layer in After Effects.Important: Make sure the layer is selected before you go to Adobe Bridge or it will create a new text layer with the placeholder text “Adobe After Effects.”Use the shortcut Command + Tab (Mac) or Alt + Tab (PC) to quickly get back to After Effects.In the After Effects Preview Panel, click the RAM Preview button and watch the text animate on.With the layer selected in the Composition, Press U (uber key) to reveal the keyframes created by the preset. To change the length of the animation, click on the second keyframe and move it closer (faster) or further apart (slower). Select both keyframes by clicking on Start, right-click and choose Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease.Once you save the file in After Effects, it will save back to your Premiere Pro project via Dynamic Link. This is a quick and easy way to harness all the text presets in After Effects in order to spice up your Premiere Pro video edits.If you’re looking for more AE insight, be sure to visit PremiumBeat’s After Effects archive! Your motion design game will thank you.last_img read more

Volunteers had time of their lives at Games

first_imgThe sea of red and white which over the past month had become a hallmark of the Commonwealth Games in the city may have slowly faded away after the closing ceremony, but the group of young volunteers are finding it hard to let go.The hard work put in by volunteers was a major reason for the success of the recent Commonwealth GamesDressed in their bright red trackpants and white windcheater uniforms, the young brigade found dotting the city assisting at stadiums and press tribunes across the Games venues here are bidding goodbye to the mega event, which was more than just a sporting event for them.”The Games brought people from diverse backgrounds together and the amount of time we spent together during the last 20 days formed a strong bond of friendship between us, thus this very moment is very painful for me,” says Neha, one of the volunteers. Many like Neha joined the volunteer bandwagon for fun but seem to have taken away an experience they say will cherish forever.”Initially I thought it was just a worthless job but the whole experience has been very rewarding… I can now tell my grandchildren that I was a volunteer at the 2010 Games,” says another collegiate. Their attachment to the whole set-up is such that many want the show to continue infinitely!”We simply didn’t want the Games to end, we wanted to keep working as long as we can,” said Sarika, an army officer’s wife who as a volunteer organised sight-seeing trips for foreign athletes. The thrill of being in the vicinity of star athletes has been one of the few attractions of the job that usually involved 8-10 hours of hard work per day.advertisement”We got to interact with lots of people – athletes, officials, and the media. For me, the best moment was when I stood at an arm’s distance from star boxer Vijender Singh,” she said.”The other day I guided gold medallist Somdev Devvarman to his team bus,” said Ankur Vasudeva, an engineering student who was attached to the British Virgin Islands contingent. Wearing a green team jersey of the island nation, he said: “The Chef-de Mission gifted this shirt to me.”The 22,000 strong volunteer workforce found a special mention in the speeches of Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell and Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi at the closing ceremony. Even the foreign athletes recognised their work and were all praise for their dedicated and unflinching service.”They (volunteers) did a great job, in them India had a really big asset which was put to good use. I don’t think the Games would have done well without them,” said Ratu Maafua, a rugby player from Tonga.Meanwhile, the volunteers clicked loads of pictures with fellow workers and foreign athletes to ensure that even if the memories fade, they can be relived and refreshed anytime. “I have made friends with lots of volunteers and they also helped us a lot in the daily work,” said Abbey Burton, an English trap shooter.However, as they say there is always a next time, many volunteers are banking on the success of the Delhi Commonwealth Games for India to bag an Olympics very soon. “I hope India gets a chance to host the 2020 Olympics and no matter what, I shall be the first person to enroll as a volunteer,” says Jatin Kalra of Maharishi Dayanand University. Jatin also hopes that social networking would enable him to stay in touch with the new friends he made during his volunteer posting at the Games Village Press Centre.”Facebook haina uske liye (Facebook can be used for that),” the computer engineering student adds. Other volunteers like Sushant, who was involved with press operations, say they plan to use the experience as building blocks in their careers. “I am going for a good holiday now … When I get back I plan to get involved with the media management of Games,” he says.Sampat Kumar says he plans to go back to college and then hunt for a job. “I have learnt to speak English and am confident of giving interviews,” he says.–With inputs from PTIlast_img read more