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  • 10 ways conservation tech shifted into auto in 2018

    first_imgConservation scientists are increasingly automating their research and monitoring work, to make their analyses faster and more consistent; moreover, machine learning algorithms and neural networks constantly improve as they process additional information.Pattern recognition detects species by their appearance or calls; quantifies changes in vegetation from satellite images; tracks movements by fishing ships on the high seas.Automating even part of the analysis process, such as eliminating images with no animals, substantially reduces processing time and cost.Automated recognition of target objects requires a reference database: the species and objects used to create the algorithm determine the universe of species and objects the system will then be able to identify. You can now speak into your mobile phone and have it produce written text. Then have Google translate your words into Japanese, or Hindi. In two seconds. These examples of artificial intelligence automate tasks that used to require experts and numerous hours to complete.Our 2018 review of tech stories highlights how automation is transforming how we study and monitor nature, aggregating and analyzing multiple data sources, and communicating the results as management and conservation recommendations. Artificial intelligence (AI), including various types of pattern recognition algorithms and neural networks, is changing how the research and conservation communities do their work. We highlight just some examples below.1) Image pattern recognition for detecting speciesPattern recognition includes the automated detection of target objects in photos – taken by people, drones, satellites, or cameras traps – as well as in sound files collected with acoustic monitoring devices. As image datasets grow, the availability of pattern recognition algorithms becomes more critical.For example, one study showed that deep neural networks, a type of machine learning that recognizes numerical patterns in stages, can review and categorize image data far faster than humans can, and nearly as accurately.  These networks automatically counted, identified, and described the behaviors of 48 animal species in the 3.2-million image Snapshot Serengeti camera trap dataset, which would translate to saving more than 17,000 hours, or nearly 8.5 years of human labeling effort.A large leopard crosses between a pair of camera traps at sunset. The Karnataka study surveyed leopards in a variety of vegetation and land use types. Image copyright of Nature Conservation Foundation.In India, an AI-based study identified 363 different leopards from 1.5 million images over a six-year statewide study, based on the unique rosette patterns on their bodies. The trained recognition algorithm first removed “noise,” images without animals, and then identified from the remaining hundreds of thousands of images those with the targeted species, faster than humans could.Volunteers, such as those using wpsWatch to scour camera trap photos for poacher presence, and citizen scientists using iNaturalist or eBird species databases to document sightings research projects by reviewing project images continue to help conservation projects, but they are increasingly being assisted by new machine learning tools. For example, iNaturalist uses computer vision to help its app users identify local species by offering them several suggestions based on what is in the photo. Wildbook uses computer vision to determine, based on an animal’s unique markings, if it is a new individual or an animal already in its database.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) developed an AI-based app, called Nuru, which helps farmers photograph and identify damage to their plants from fall armyworm and share that information with authorities who can map the distribution and spread of the pest.Farmers in Busia, Kenya using the Nuru app that automates detection of fall armyworm damage to maize or cassava plants. Image by Harun Murithi, courtesy of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).Automated recognition of humans in infrared images, combined with near-real-time transmission can turn a remotely positioned camera into a tool for species protection. Ranger teams can quickly respond to potential poachers detected moving along trails. Challenges facing such recognition algorithms include distinguishing poachers carrying meat on their shoulders who are not recognizable as human figures.2) Detecting species at night, with help from astronomyMuch of wildlife movement, as well as illegal human activity, in nature occurs at night, when taking optical images would require a bright flash. The use of heat-detection software and associated machine-learning algorithms used by astronomers to find stars lend themselves well to automatically detecting animals and humans in thermal imagery on the ground.Eland in South Africa shown in this thermal-infrared image as warm objects compared to cooler water. Their horns and legs are cooler than their heads and necks. Heat energy can be reflected and absorbed, just like light energy, so you can see the heat from the animals reflected off the water’s surface as they approach it to drink. Image courtesy of: Liverpool John Moores University in partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust.One collaboration between astrophysicist and biologist neighbors produced a system that detected warm, living objects from drone-derived thermal video footage. Once they first trained the machine learning algorithm to recognize people and animals, instead of galaxies, they found that animal species have unique thermal fingerprints, which the algorithm could automatically distinguish more efficiently than humans analyzing the infrared footage visually.3) Interpreting aerial imagery and combining aerial data typesAs satellites, planes, and now drones carry an array of sensors, automated processing of these data has become standard practice. Image interpretation involves training software to automatically distinguish reflectance patterns.  For example, scientists in California used ground-truthed aerial surveys to develop predictive models to identify potential wading bird habitat.A gathering of marbled godwits, dowitchers, willets, and other shorebirds at Arrowhead Marsh, Oakland, California. Satellite imagery, combined with avid birdwatchers and artificial intelligence, predicted bird habitat to inform a habitat restoration program. Image by Ingrid Taylar, CC 2.0.Automated image processing already enables practitioners to quantify changes in vegetation cover over time as a basis for online forest monitoring platforms such as Global Forest Watch. These systems will likely play an increasing role in detecting and interpreting forest loss and allowing the identification of major deforestation drivers.  A team of researchers recently developed automated algorithms to predict timber extraction from commercial LiDAR data.Amazon deforestation in southwestern Brazil follows the building of roads, as shown in this satellite image. Image courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.Automated combining of data from various sensors, data fusion, allows new types of analyses of the extent and health of vegetation and plant species distributions. Radar works day and night and can determine the structure of objects even under cloud cover; radar data added to Brazil’s monthly Amazon deforestation monitoring, suggested that prior deforestation rates were likely underestimates. By combining radar with optical imagery, Kenya’s forest agency has recently improved its mapping of coastal and mangrove forests, that are frequently under persistent cloud cover.Researchers in Australia have built AI algorithms to recognize the unique hyperspectral signatures of underwater objects, such as sand, algae, and corals. The scientists can use drone-mounted cameras to accurately survey reefs and assess the composition and health of coral reefs under the water over time without having to take a dive.Queensland University of Technology’s unmanned aerial vehicle-mounted hyperspectral camera in action over the Ningaloo Reef in Australia. As artificial intelligence software for identifying spectral signatures improves, the analysis of hyperspectral data has the potential to become largely automated. Image credit: Felipe Gonzalez.Concurrently, the Reefscape project is compiling a reference database using imaging spectroscopy, which measures the spectral patterns of sunlight scattered and absorbed by corals or other objects. These patterns differ based on an object’s unique chemical makeup, and so can be incorporated into automated algorithms to remotely assess changes in reef health over time.4) Automating drone-based wildlife surveysThe Great Elephant Census, which was completed by observers in small planes flying over great expanses of Africa may be the last study of its kind.  Now, researchers are moving to drones and automated identification to monitor terrestrial (and even marine) animals more easily, cheaply, and safely. They are also using automated machine learning algorithms to make sense of the flood of image and video data drone-based studies generate.A doctoral study that creatively combined drones and computer-vision algorithms with rubber ducks to demonstrate that aerial imagery to count seabirds could be more accurate compared to traditional ground survey methods.A large replica tern colony seen by the UAV camera. The researchers set up 10 colonies with between 463 and 1,017 birds in each; counts by ground counters were compared to those by volunteers counting birds in the UAV-derived photos. Image copyright of Jarrod Hodgson.Researchers in Namibia used convolutional neural networks, a type of artificial intelligence, to survey savanna wildlife by analyzing thousands of images, captured during drone flights.5) Decoding bat language and other soundsPassive acoustic monitoring devices, can listen 24/7 for sounds in nature and produce sound recordings that trained algorithms can decipher.  As these devices become more effective at detecting sounds of humans or other target species, more researchers are using them to detect the presence and behavior of animals that vocalize, such as birds and bats.Brazilian free-tailed bats (a.k.a. Mexican free-tailed bats) roost in large numbers in caves at a few sites, making it vulnerable to population decline. Bats emit ultrasonic pulses that automated algorithms can decipher given sufficient reference sound data. Image by Nick Hristov, National Park Service.“Windmill farms are a menace for birds…and bats,” Uruguayan researcher Germán Botto told Mongabay. Botto and colleagues designed a machine-learning algorithm that predicts bat species present near wind farms based on recordings of their ultrasound pulses, to inform wind farm environmental impact studies. Automated analysis of the soundwave signals allowed the team to characterize diversity, abundance and habits, even when they could not see the animals.Botto and colleagues had to create their own bat sound reference library because local bat dialects differed from existing recordings. Collecting sounds to build the database requires a lot of nocturnal legwork and identification. Once the database is in place, though, the algorithm can identify the callers increasingly faster and more reliably. The scientists are collaborating with wind farm companies to help expand the reference library and improve the algorithm’s accuracy and speed.6) Species recognition from movement patternsPattern recognition can even help ensure you have a great day at the beach.An AI-integrated float system called Clever Buoy combines sonar to detect a large object in the water, artificial intelligence to determine that the object is a shark close enough to threaten beach-goers, and automated SMS alerts to lifeguards that enable them to take action.The virtual net created by two Clever Buoy automated shark detection and alert units each connected to three sonar transducers at City Beach, near Perth, Australia. Image courtesy of Smart Marine Systems.The AI on the solar-powered device automates the recognition of sharks by their size, speed and signature swim patterns, which produce an acoustic signature different from those of smaller sharks and other marine animals.7) Filling in the gaps: Managing endangered species on the high seasResearchers can already monitor animal movements through automating the collection of animal location data. Programming tracking tags to collect data on a regular, predetermined schedule, automates the job of physically going out and locating the animal.Programming tracking tags to receive GPS transmissions on a planned “duty” cycle that turns the tag on and off saves battery life and allows multi-year tracking of marine animals. GPS doesn’t work below the ocean’s surface, however, creating gaps in data transmission when an animal dives for a long time.Male elephant seal C49 with two tags on its head. The satellite tag allows researchers to track the animal globally. The smaller radio transmitter tag allows the instrument to be recovered when the animal is on the beach. The satellite tag transmits when the animal surfaces. With their deep dives and rapid surface intervals, elephants seals are difficult to locate visually. Image by Daniel Costa, University of California, Santa Cruz. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.“Northern elephant seals may dive for 20 minutes and then surface just a minute or two,” said researcher Autumn-Lynn Harrison. “So unlike whales, that you can see and report to a website, when you’re in the high seas, you may never see an elephant seal. It’s just their brown head that pops up against a vast ocean.” Marine researchers have applied modeling techniques to fill in the information gaps about how marine animals move through the oceans.8) Technological breakthroughs changing how researchers observe the world’s fishing fleetOn the vast ocean, most of what fishing vessels do goes unrecorded, and catch data reported by ship captains are incomplete and potentially biased.Now, more and more fishing vessels are equipped with a device that regularly sends out an automatic identification system, or AIS, signal. The signal carries information about the vessel, including its name, country of origin, speed and position.Hundreds of fishing vessels (blue lights) plying the waters between Taiwan (center foreground) and China are seen from a satellite orbiting the earth. Seeing lights where no Automated Identification System (AIS) signal is transmitting could suggest a vessel acting illegally.  Groups monitoring commercial fishing have combined the AIS signal data with other information, such as high-resolution satellite images, which show them which vessels are broadcasting AIS and which are not. Image courtesy of NASA Johnson/Flickr.A growing number of satellites gather these signals, and together they have provided authorities and researchers monitoring the global fishing industry with a fairly complete picture of where ships are and where they’ve been, at any given time, encapsulated in billions of individual AIS signals.The Global Fishing Watch collaboration has created algorithms to process the masses of AIS data to show a ship’s fishing activity and travel path. Advances in AI have enabled the researchers to see patterns in this flood of data, such as fishing intensity, fishing within protected areas, or transshipment events.9) Building of structures through 3D printingProgramming the automated construction of artificial coral structures could assist reef restoration efforts by offering dispersing coral larvae an unexposed place to develop, buffered from predators and water currents. The structure would have predesigned contours and shapes that mimic natural reefs, so that larvae can easily attach themselves and foster new coral growth.With conservation’s frequent need for customized equipment, programmable 3D printing could increasingly allow teams to build custom toolkits, such as that of a portable mosquito identification toolbox to help monitor the spread of disease-carrying mosquito species.10) Harvesting volunteer interest and effortCitizen science platforms rely on the curiosity and legwork of dedicated volunteers to provide photos or information to public online platforms that compile huge amounts of data on species locations. Crowdsourced image identification platforms, such as iNaturalist and eBird, have begun to automate the processing of thousands of these citizen science records, which has speeded identification of more common species.These machine learning methods rely on large photo databases and are only as good as the data they have seen before. “The model only works as well as it has been trained,” iNaturalist lead Scott Loarie told Mongabay. Models also lack an expert’s sense of context and gut feeling.Fiddler crabs congregating. Image by Andrea Westmoreland via Wikimedia Commons, CC 2.0.An observation earlier this year by an amateur naturalist of a fiddler crab species far outside its known range challenged iNaturalist’s computer vision and human expertise in mapping species distributions. Expert input via iNaturalist correctly identified the specimen after the platform’s computer vision algorithms did not acknowledge the species outside its documented range, showing how crowdsourced observations can help improve automated models.Prerequisites for applying automated methodsAutomated recognition of species via sound or sight relies on a reference database to which new data are compared: the species and objects used to build the algorithm determine which species and objects the system will be able to identify.Automation often requires large amounts of data collected and labeled by humans to train algorithms to recognize objects or patterns of interest. For example, more than 50,000 Snapshot Serengeti volunteers reviewed millions of images and recorded the number, species, and behavior of the animals in them.A 2018 study found that deep neural networks (DNNs), a cutting-edge form of artificial intelligence, can successfully identify, count, and describe animals in camera-trap images. DNN model output is often interpreted as a probability that the image belongs to a certain class. The three plots below the image, from left to right, show the neural network’s prediction for the species, number, and behavior of the animals in the image. The horizontal color bars indicate how confident the neural network is about its predictions. Image by Norouzzadeh et al. 2018. PNAS.Some studies require specialists to program acoustic devices or pilot a drone to collect data, build algorithms for project-specific pattern recognition, and integrate the models into analysis software. Independent human input and expertise are also still needed to avoid circular data input, such as building algorithms using photo verification or other human input that is itself based on AI.Finally, automated processing of millions of images or billions of AIS vessel location signals requires large amounts of computing power that is not universally available, though cloud computing may help reduce this hurdle. Acoustic, animal tracking, Artificial Intelligence, Bioacoustics, Camera Trapping, cameras, Citizen Science, data, data collection, Deforestation, Drones, Forests, GPS, Law Enforcement, Mapping, Monitoring, Oceans, Remote Sensing, Research, Satellite Imagery, Sea Turtles, Sensors, Sharks, Software, Surveillance, surveys, Tagging, Technology, Thermal Imagery, Tracking, Wildtech FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Sue Palminterilast_img read more

  • Aussie parents say youngest kids should not be on planes.

    first_imgOut of control children are a major gripe of passengers Out of control children are a major gripe among passengers generally but now it seems some of their parents agree they shouldn’t be on planes.A new survey has found the majority of Aussie parents believe children under one should not be taken on flights and many believe it best those that those under five do not fly internationally.The survey commissioned by travel insurance company InsureandGo asked 1133 Australian parents who traveled at least once in the past six months what age children should be before they can go on a domestic or international flight holiday with their family.READ our passengers who make your flight hell survey. Unsurprisingly,  70 percent of respondents believed it was not suitable for babies under six months to travel on domestic flights.Six out of 10 also believed under-1s could not travel comfortably on domestic flights, dropping back to 25 percent for children aged five.Older people were less enthusiastic about young kids on planes with 27 percent of parents aged 45-64 saying kids should be five years or older before being allowed on a domestic flight compared with 11 percent of parents under 44.The biggest resistance to youngsters was on international flights.More than three-quarters of those surveyed believed international flights and children under one did not mix and 45 percent thought the comfort and well-being of children under five suffered on long-haul journeys.A not insignificant 14 percent said children should be over 12 to go on a holiday involving an international flight and this increased to 16 percent in the 45-64 age group.There was again a generational divide with just 5 percent of parents under 45 who thought under-12s were not ready for international flying.Advice from the company for parents who decided to fly with their children included encouraging natural sleep by bringing a favorite bedtime, reading them a story and discouraging screen time during normal sleeping hours.The company recommended consideration of overnight flights and counteracting cabin pressure changes by encouraging kids to yawn, swallow or chew gum or sweets.Babies could be breast or bottle fed during descent or take-off.Parents should also reserve bassinets where possible and request the right meals, making sure they specify requirements and allergies.last_img read more

  • Putting the Year to Rest

    first_imgDon’t Forget to Remember! Give People Something to Believe In I see organizational leaders who have achieved nothing in their lives. They were in the right place at the right time and have ridden it out. They have aligned and protected themselves. There is only one likely conclusion…a retirement party with no one in attendance.  Mission Accomplished! Maybe you want to get more exercise. Maybe you want to learn a foreign language or go back to school. That’s all fine and good, but why not shoot for the stars…?  You have to be willing to take chances and to be confident enough in what you believe in to bring others along with you. You have to inspire people to try new things. You have to be willing to disrupt the mundane flow to create a Title Wave.  What Did You Accomplish This Year That is Truly Remarkable? You’ve got 29,200 days on earth. Today is as good a day as any other to change your life and change the world! Steve Jobs lived an extraordinary life because he was uncompromising in his pursuit of innovation, able to risk past accomplishments to make the future better, and willing to be hated to be great. Seeing what he accomplished dwarfed what I have achieved this year and it inspired me to do more. Setting moderate goals would certainly be a means for accumulation of something bigger….but why not Think Big…? Maybe you landed a great new position, perhaps you sold a large deal, maybe you met your sweetheart or brought a child into the world. All positive achievements are important but what would it take to put a dent in the universe?  What are you waiting for? Do Twice as MuchGive Away What You Can Live WithoutHire an Employee With No Experience (and a whole lotta heart)If You Hate Your Job…Quit!Create Something Totally UniqueKiss The Girl in AccountingAllow No One To Put a Finger In Your FaceRaise Your Hand (and Your Voice)Believe in the DreamersGive People a Project Resolve To Change The World!!!! Dave    Find a Dream Worth Pursuing (and dedicate yourself to it) This time of year produces lists of best efforts. We are then bombarded with what to expect in the new year. With egg nog in lap, we reflect on the year past and set resolutions for the year to come. Then we nod off to the glow of the television and forget the lessons we’ve learned.  People want something new. They want someone with the courage to stand up for that which they genuinely believe in.  My son and I were watching Steve Jobs present at Apple Town Hall in 2001. Actually, it was Ashton Kutcher in the opening scene of “Jobs”, the year’s most remarkable film. At the conclusion of his brief Keynote introduction, Steve Jobs pulled from his pocket a device that he introduced as “the I-pod”. I was startled by applause from the 8 year old sitting next to me. He nodded his head and looked over at me with a pride most children would reserve for Santa Claus. How truly amazing, that a group of people could create something so complex and make it easy enough for a child to engage.  What did you do this year that changed the world? Is there something you have done that no one else can can do? Is there something you are pursuing that everyone else doubted? Did you take a chance on someone that others did not believe in? Are you willing to keep fighting? To read the original post on Dave’s Weekly Thought, please click here.last_img read more

  • Cloudo, an Internet OS, Launches Alpha

    first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Mobile AccessCloudo also allows you to access the service from a mobile devices. As long as the device has an internet connection, you can access for files from your cell phone on the go. The website showed this being done over an iPhone connection, but stated that “any modern cellphone” would work.ApplicationsThe service comes loaded with some of the applications that you need, like a Paint application, a Word Processor, a Calendar, a Contact Manager, a Media Player, and some games. If you need more applications, there’s an icon on the desktop, “Download Applications,” where you can browse for more. Those applications will be either developed by Cloudo themselves, by 3rd party developers, or by users, using the developer tools included in Cloudo. Applications you design yourself can be shared with either just your friends or with all Cloudo users. You can even offer the app as a “beta” initially. The development program is set up as a revenue sharing venture, so developers who produce applications for Cloudo can earn a profit from their efforts. ConclusionNot being a developer, I don’t qualify to join the current alpha, but I was able to use the a login that allowed me to demo the OS. Unfortunately, the version I could access did not appear to be the same version as shown on the Cloudo website. I didn’t see some of the things mentioned in the demo, like the link to download applications, the file sharing features, or the theme changer (I could only change the wallpaper).That being said, Cloudo was very responsive, launching new items quickly and I liked how it had desktop widgets, just like my Vista PC has. The feel was very close to that of using a “real” desktop. However, the applications that Cloudo currently offers are very limited. Only a basic word processor and paint program seem useful, but no other “productivity” apps (like an office suite) were present. Those would be must-haves in order to really use the IOS as a desktop alternative. You could get around not having that many apps on Cloudo if you had a web browser present, so you could visit Google Docs or ThinkFree, etc., but Cloudo did not have a browser built-in. Of course, to use Cloudo, you are already using a browser, so I suppose you could just use your desktop’s browser, but then what would be the point of using Cloudo at all, except for online storage or mobile access? Some integration between web apps and Cloudo would have been nice – for example, the ability to download online files to your Cloudo desktop. But perhaps Cloudo’s goal is to have the community build all the productivity apps you would need. With its inclusion of developer tools in the service, they certainly make it easy for anyone to contribute to the web OS’s offerings. If this program takes off, the lack of apps will be a non-issue.The web OS itself was well-designed and user-friendly, so I’ll check back in with it when it launches to see if any improvements have been made that would make it more useful. You too, can sign up for the OS’s launch, which is to be later on this year, from here. Your desktop has icons for file folders and applications, much like you have on your own PC. There is also a start menu, where you can access other programs. Related Posts Tags:#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Cloudo, a Swedish-based based startup, is now inviting developers to sign up for the alpha of their Internet Operating System. The Cloudo IOS, previously called Xindesk, is a virtual computer on the web. Cloudo’s offering closely resembles a PC-like experience, but also has some unique features which could make it stand out from the crowd, most notably, an automatic sync which copies files from your desktop to the web OS with no action required by the user. The Tech SpecsThe Cloudo IOS is a hosted service running on a server-side configuration called LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP). The communication between the server and client is obtained with AJAX and the data is stored in XML. XSL is used to transform the data to HTML to render the user interface. Javascript is used to handle event related tasks among other things. Getting StartedTo begin using Cloudo like any other web OS, you start by opening your web browser and visiting a web site where you can login. The login screen appears, much like a login screen on any desktop PC. You enter in your username and password and your online desktop appears. sarah perez According to the Cloudo website, the Cloudo desktop offers a nice feature that lets you change its theme to resemble an OS you’re more familiar with like Linux, Mac, or Windows.File SyncingOnce logged into the web OS, the next step would be to copy files over to the Cloudo desktop. You can either do this manually, file-by-file, or use Cloudo’s automatic sync feature to copy all your files. To copy a file manually, you connect to Cloudo’s online computer from your desktop PC, and then you drag-and-drop your files or folders from your PC to the Cloudo drive. Drag-and-Dropping FilesAlternately, you can configure the service to sync your files automatically to the Cloudo OS, but I could not currently test this feature to determine its true effectiveness. Sharing & CollaborationAny file or folder on the Cloudo OS can be shared easily. You just click on it and then click the “share” button. You then choose who you want to share the album with by clicking their image from a list of pre-configured contacts or by entering in their name. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

  • 10 months agoLiverpool midfielder Lallana attracts Fenerbahce offer

    first_imgLiverpool midfielder Lallana attracts Fenerbahce offerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is being offered a move out of England.Fotomac says Lallana has been linked with a shock loan move to Fenerbahce.Fener want the Reds attacker until May.But he is set to say no – however a short term Premier League deal hasn’t been totally ruled out.Lallana’s availability is sure to spark a scramble across the country. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • 9 months agoYaya Toure backing Man City: But Liverpool scarily good

    first_imgYaya Toure backing Man City: But Liverpool scarily goodby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City captain Yaya Toure is impressed by Premier League leaders Liverpool.However, he insists City will still successfully defend their title this season.He told Sky Sports: “Pep is going to try and win the treble or the quadruple.”The big question has been for City, if they win the league, will it also be the Champions League, the FA Cup or the League Cup?”But I think this season he will go for all of them. He has a big squad or talented and young players.”But if he had the choice, I think the Champions League is the bigger one.”Maybe the League Cup and the FA Cup could be distracting because at this moment in time the Champions League is the big target for the club.”Toure continued: “It is far more difficult to win a treble or a quadruple in England than in Spain.”In La Liga you have the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are winning the league and the cups and the champions league consistently, but in the Premier League the physicality is so high and it is the toughest league in the world.”I hope Pep can do it with City. It won’t be easy because Liverpool are currently looking scarily good but let’s believe.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Rivals Writer Tells Recruits To Boycott Louisville After Cardinals Pull Offer From Commit

    first_imgEarlier today, Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino made headlines when he pulled the scholarship offer from Irmo (S.C.) Dutch Fork running back Matt Colburn, who had been committed to the Cardinals since June. According to multiple reports, Colburn was offered the opportunity to “greyshirt” and join the Louisville program next January, but he doesn’t seem likely to take it.Colburn, South Carolina’s Mr. Football in 2014, told one reporter he was “pretty livid“ with the development. However, his anger would had to have been quite high to reach the level of rage felt by Jim Baxter, publisher of SCVarsity.com.SCVarsity.com is the Rivals.com affiliate covering high school football in the Palmetto State. Baxter, who runs the site, took to Twitter to unleash a barrage of angry tweets at the Louisville staff, even going so far as to urge South Carolina high school coaches to prevent their players from looking at the Cards.Here’s what Baxter had to say:baxter3 baxter2Baxter pulled zero punches in his mini-rant, clearly showing how heated he was. Recruiting around this time of the year always gets crazy, and this appears to be the latest example of what can happen right before signing day.Interestingly, several Twitter users responding to Baxter mentioned the case Louisville defensive end and 2015 NFL Draft prospect Lorenzo Mauldin. Mauldin, an Atlanta native, originally committed to South Carolina in high school but had his scholarship pulled as a result of oversigning right before Signing Day 2011. He eventually signed with the Cardinals and had an outstanding career. Here is hoping that Colburn’s story turns out similarly.last_img read more

  • Advanced Voting Starts Wednesday

    first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There are 12 candidates vying to fill six seats on the Fort St. John City Council for the 2018 municipal elections. Fort St. John residents can vote for their choice by attending the advance polling station Wednesday, October 10, from 8 am to 8 pm at the Fort St. John Legion.In the District of Taylor, the race is on as residents will choose one of two mayoral candidates to serve as the next mayor. There are also five candidates looking to fill council seats, with three incumbents and two new candidates. Advanced polls for the District of Taylor will take place Wednesday, October 10, at the District Office. Voting will start at 8 am with polls closing at 8 pm.The next advanced polls, for both Fort St. John and Taylor, is October 17 with the general voting day on October 20, from 8 am to 8 pm. Here is a list of candidates running for Fort St. John council in the 2018 municipal elections:Trevor Bolin (incumbent)Gord Klassen (incumbent)Larry Evans (incumbent)Bruce Christensen (incumbent)Byron Stewart (incumbent) Lilia Hansen (incumbent)Tony ZabinskyJustin JonesChuck Fowlercenter_img Jim HarrisGabor HarrisBecky GrimsrudDistrict of Taylor council candidates in the 2018 municipal elections:Rob Fraser (Mayoral incumbent)Laura Prosko (Mayoral candidate)Betty Ponto (incumbent)Brent Taillefer (Incumbent)Dave Lueneberg (Incumbent)Sherry DaviesMichelle Turnbulllast_img read more

  • Small is not beautiful

    first_imgThe people of India usually prefer to live life ‘King size’, to quote a popular ad jingle. And if that is not available, the next best bet is ‘big’. ‘Small’ is a word that is usually not in our lexicon. Two examples from recent years exemplify this. One is the Tata Nano car. Launching it in 2009, Ratan Tata talked about giving an affordable car to India; specifically to the ‘Aam Aadmi’ of India. A decade later, in January 2019, Tata has not produced or sold a single Nano. Worse, media circles are abuzz with unconfirmed reports that the production and sales of the Nano will be stopped from 2020. Also Read – A special kind of bondWhy did such a high-profile brand, one which suited the wallet and needs of a majority of Indians, meet with such an unfortunate end? The answer lies in a statement by Ratan Tat himself. According to him, it might have been a mistake to market the Nano as the ‘cheapest car’. In status-conscious India, nobody was eager to move with a ‘symbol of poverty’. The second example comes from a scheme launched by the incumbent Narendra Modi government, which is currently seeking a second term in office. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Pradhan Mantri UjjwalaYojana (PMUY) was launched in May 2016. The ambitious scheme aimed to provide LPG connections to poor people, at subsidised rates. The government had aimed to distribute five crore (50 million) LPG connections by March 31, 2019. However, it met its target in August 2018 itself. Buoyed by the success, the government has decided to increase the target by 8 crore. Ujjwala has now become a point of hot debate among politicians and people alike. The general chatter is that the government’s latest move regarding Ujjwala is either a tool to get more votes in Uttar Pradesh or the intended beneficiaries are not filling their cylinders. There is a reason as to why the second hypothesis is being given. When the government launched the scheme, it proposed to provide 5 kg cylinders along with the traditional 14.2 kg ones. The idea was that those who will not be interested in spending money on the bigger cylinder, may opt for the smaller one. However, it seems there have been very few takers for the small cylinders. By the government’s own data, only 1, 33,869 beneficiaries have taken advantage of this scheme as on December 31, 2018. It means only 0.22 per cent of people found this smaller option suitable for their homes despite the fact that the majority of them are not able to refill the 14.2 kg cylinder they have got through the scheme. The government version itself says that more than 16 per cent of people have not come to refill the cylinders. The question that arises is if people are not able to refill a 14.2 kg LPG cylinder, why did they not go for the smaller one? Requesting anonymity, one official told Down To Earth that Indians ‘do not like smaller options if bigger ones are available’. Though he was not serious while making this comment, it rings very true, keeping in mind the cultural mores of people in our part of the world. Whether cars or LPG cylinders, we cannot compromise on our status, whether we are rich, middle-class or poor. That says a lot about us as a nation, doesn’t it? (Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

  • EC withdraws notification of bypoll at Kandi Nowda

    first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission on Tuesday withdrew its notification regarding the by-elections at the Kandi and Nowda Assembly constituencies in Murshidabad district. The two constituencies, along with four others namely Darjeeling, Islampur, Habibpur (ST) and Bhatpara, were scheduled to go to polls on May 19.The last date for submitting nomination in all six seats was scheduled on April 29. Both Nowda and Kandi fall under the Berhampore parliamentary constituency, where polls will be held on April 29 as well, on the fourth phase of the seven phase Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThus, the last date of filing nomination for the Kandi and Nowda Assembly seats was coinciding with the elections in Berhampore. CPI(M) brought the matter to the notice of the Commission and realising the importance of the matter, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Bengal withdrew its notification regarding the Kandi and Nowda bypolls. During the 2016 Assembly elections, Abu Taher and Apurba Sarkar had won from Nowda and Kandi seat respectively on Congress tickets. However, both of them have resigned as MLAs, having joined Trinamool Congress. Both of them are contesting on TMC’s ticket in the Lok Sabha polls this year. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayKanaia Lal Agarwal, who had won in 2016 on Congress ticket from Islampur, contested on TMC’s ticket from the Raiganj parliamentary seat in this Lok Sabha polls. Elections have already been held in the second phase of the election at Raiganj. Khagen Murmu, who had won on CPI(M) ticket from Habibpur (ST), has recently joined BJP and is contesting on the saffron party’s ticket from the Malda South seat. Meanwhile, Arjun Singh, who had won on TMC’s ticket from Bhatpara, has resigned from his post of MLA after he joined BJP and is contesting from the Barrackpore seat on the latter’s ticket. Hence, the by-elections in these seats were declared by the Commission recently. The Commission has informed that voting in Kandi and. Nowda is likely to take place on May 20. The notification in this regard will be issued soon.last_img read more