What do you do best at your credit union?

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr According to the Employee Engagement scientists at Gallup one of the key ingredients to Employee Engagement is positioning employees so they have the opportunity to do what they do best – everyday. This element is considered so crucial that is one of the twelve questions that make up Gallup’s venerable “Q12” survey that is widely considered the most effective measure of employee engagement.“At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day” is the third question in the Q12 survey and is focused on creating self-awareness – as most employees do not have a good definition of their natural talents. The personal and organizational benefits that are realized when individuals are positioned where they can succeed rather than spending the majority of their time doing things they are not good at – are amazing. I love unpacking this question with others not only due to its obvious value and positive impact on employees and employers but also because it took me so long to truly understand it.At the time I was first exposed to this concept, my manager told me to figure out what I did best and apply it to my job. So simple!” continue reading »last_img read more

Douglas wins AP female athlete of the year honors

first_imgby Nancy ArmourAP National Writer When Gabby Douglas allowed herself to dream of being the Olympic champion, she imagined having a nice little dinner with family and friends to celebrate. Maybe she’d make an appearance here and there.“I didn’t think it was going to be crazy,” Douglas said, laughing. “I love it. But I realized my perspective was going to have to change.” Just a bit.The teenager has become a worldwide star since winning the Olympic all-around title in London, the first African-American gymnast to claim gymnastics’ biggest prize. And now she has earned another honor. Douglas was selected The Associated Press’ female athlete of the year, edging out swimmer Missy Franklin in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors that was announced Friday.“I didn’t realize how much of an impact I made,” said Douglas, who turns 17 on Dec. 31. “My mom and everyone said, ‘You really won’t know the full impact until you’re 30 or 40 years old.’ But it’s starting to sink in.”In a year filled with standout performances by female athletes, those of the pint-sized gymnast shined brightest. Douglas received 48 of 157 votes, seven more than Franklin, who won four gold medals and a bronze in London. Serena Williams, who won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open two years after her career was nearly derailed by a series of health problems, was third (24).Britney Griner, who led Baylor to a 40-0 record and the NCAA title, and skier Lindsey Vonn each got 18 votes. Sprinter Allyson Felix, who won three gold medals in London, and Carli Lloyd, who scored both U.S. goals in the Americans’ 2-1 victory over Japan in the gold-medal game, also received votes.“One of the few years the women’s (Athlete of the Year) choices are more compelling than the men’s,” said Julie Jag, sports editor of the Santa Cruz Sentinel.Douglas is the fourth gymnast to win one of the AP’s annual awards, which began in 1931, and first since Mary Lou Retton in 1984. She also finished 15th in voting for the AP sports story of the year.Douglas wasn’t even in the conversation for the Olympic title at the beginning of the year. That all changed in March when she upstaged reigning world champion and teammate Jordyn Wieber at the American Cup in New York, showing off a new vault, an ungraded uneven bars routine and a dazzling personality that would be a hit on Broadway and Madison Avenue.She finished a close second to Wieber at the U.S. championships, then beat her two weeks later at the Olympic trials. With each competition, her confidence grew. So did that smile.By the time the Americans got to London, Douglas had emerged as the most consistent gymnast on what was arguably the best team the U.S. has ever had.She posted the team’s highest score on all but one event in qualifying. She was the only gymnast to compete in all four events during team finals, when the Americans beat the Russians in a rout for their second Olympic title, and first since 1996. Two nights later, Douglas claimed the grandest prize of all, joining Retton, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin as what Bela Karolyi likes to call the “Queen of Gymnastics.”But while plenty of other athletes won gold medals in London, none captivated the public quite like Gabby.Fans ask for hugs in addition to photographs and autographs, and people have left restaurants and cars upon spotting her. She made Barbara Walters’ list of “10 Most Fascinating People,” and Forbes recently named her one of its “30 Under 30.” She has deals with Nike, Kellogg Co. and AT&T, and agent Sheryl Shade said Douglas has drawn interest from companies that don’t traditionally partner with Olympians or athletes.“She touched so many people of all generations, all diversities,” Shade said. “It’s her smile, it’s her youth, it’s her excitement for life. … She transcends sport.”Douglas’ story is both heartwarming and inspiring, its message applicable those young or old, male or female, active or couch potato. She was just 14 when she convinced her mother to let her leave their Virginia Beach, Va., home and move to West Des Moines, Iowa, to train with Liang Chow, Shawn Johnson’s coach. Though her host parents, Travis and Missy Parton, treated Douglas as if she was their fifth daughter, Douglas was so homesick she considered quitting gymnastics.She’s also been open about her family’s financial struggles, hoping she can be a role model for lower income children.“I want people to think, ‘Gabby can do it, I can do it,’” Douglas said. “Set that bar. If you’re going through struggles or injuries, don’t let it stop you from what you want to accomplish.”The grace she showed under pressure — both on and off the floor — added to her appeal. When some fans criticized the way she wore her hair during the Olympics, Douglas simply laughed it off.“They can say whatever they want. We all have a voice,” she said. “I’m not going to focus on it. I’m not really going to focus on the negative.”Besides, she’s having far too much fun.Her autobiography, “Grace, Gold and Glory,” is No. 4 on the New York Times’ young adult list. She, Wieber and Fierce Five teammates Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney recently wrapped up a 40-city gymnastics tour. She met President Barack Obama last month with the rest of the Fierce Five, and left the White House with a souvenir.“We got a sugar cookie that they were making for the holidays,” Douglas said. “I took a picture of it.”Though her busy schedule hasn’t left time to train, Douglas insists she still intends to compete through the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.No Olympic champion has gone on to compete at the next Summer Games, but Douglas is still a relative newcomer to the elite scene — she’d done all of four international events before the Olympics — and Chow has said she hasn’t come close to reaching her full potential. She keeps up with Chow through email and text messages, and plans to return to Iowa after her schedule clears up in the spring.Of course, plenty of other athletes have said similar things and never made it back to the gym. But Douglas is determined, and she gets giddy just talking about getting a new floor routine.“I think there’s even higher bars to set,” she said.Because while being an Olympic champion may have changed her life, it hasn’t changed her.“I may be meeting cool celebrities and I’m getting amazing opportunities,” she said. “But I’m still the same Gabby.”(AP Projects Editor Brooke Lansdale contributed to this report.) FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR–Gabrielle Douglas of the United States displays her gold medal in the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Douglas, who became the first African-American gymnast to win the all-around Olympic title, is The Associated Press’ 2012 female athlete of the year. 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IMPRESSIVE FIRST-OUT MAIDEN WINNER KENTUCKIAN SHIPS SOUTH & HEADS COMPETITVE FIELD OF NINE SOPHS IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 SAN PEDRO STAKES AT SIX FURLONGS

first_img                ARCADIA, Calif. (April 9, 2015)–Fox Hill Farms’ Kentuckian, a dazzling 11 length first out maiden winner on March 7 at Golden Gate Fields, heads a deep and competitive field of nine 3-year-olds going six furlongs in Sunday’s $75,000 San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita.            Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Kentuckian was dispatched as the heavy 3-5 favorite in a field of eight at Golden Gate and drew off easily under Russell Baze while covering six furlongs in a rapid 1:08.80  A $610,000 Keeneland September yearling, Kentuckian is by two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow and is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Forest Music.            Kentuckian, who earned a Beyer Speed figure of 90 in the maiden win, drew post position two and will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano.            Trainer Dan Hendricks will saddle combacking Om, who has been idle since breaking his maiden by 7 ¼ lengths at Del Mar on Aug. 9.  Owned by the Sareen Family Trust, Om is a Kentucky-bred colt by Munnings and he earned a San Pedro best last-out Beyer of 98 in running 6 ½ furlongs on Polytrack in 1:15.60.  A well beaten fifth at 5-2 first time out on June 20, Om was off at 22-1 for the maiden score under Fernando Perez, who rides him back.            Trainer Art Sherman’s Well Maybe comes off a solid 2 ½ length allowance win going 6 ½ furlongs Feb. 21 and seeks his third consecutive win for owner Ed Allred.  With regular rider Joe Talamo out for the week due to a sore shoulder, Mike Smith will take over from the rail.  A Florida-bred gelding by Yes It’s True, Well Maybe has two wins from three starts.            Although he’s stopped badly in his last two starts, the 6 ½ furlong turf Baffle Stakes on Feb. 15 and the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente on Feb. 1, trainer Peter Miller’s Serbian Syclone has a good outside draw with new pilot Tyler Baze and the cutback in distance may also be to his liking.  A Kentucky-bred colt by Wildcat Heir, Serbian Syclone is owned by Rockingham Ranch and has two wins from five starts.            The only graded stakes winner in the lineup, trainer Michael McCarthy’s No Problem took the Grade III, seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes three starts back at Del Mar Nov. 15 and he’s also the leading money earner in the field with $92,860 to his credit.  Fifth, beaten 14 ½ lengths two starts back by recent Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 20, No Problem ran an even fifth in the 6 ½ furlong turf Baffle Stakes Feb. 15.  A Kentucky-bred ridgling by Munnings, he would appear better suited to the conditions of the San Pedro.            Hronis Racing’s Yiannis prevailed by a nose going 5 ½ furlongs in his debut over Gimme Da Lute, who flattered Yiannis by breaking his maiden versus California-breds in his next start and by registering a sensational 5 ¼ length win in Santa Anita’s Echo Eddie Stakes last Saturday.  A $560,000 2-year-old in training sale purchase in March, 2014, the Kentucky-bred ridgling by Midshipman was the 4-5 favorite in his debut.            The complete field for the San Pedro Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order:  Well Maybe, Mike Smith, 117; Kentuckian, Rafael Bejarano, 115; The Man, Martin Garcia, 115; Guy Code, Gonzalo Nicolas, 115; Gloria’s Angelo, Drayden Van Dyke, 115; Yiannis, Victor Espinoza, 115; Om, Fernando Perez, 115; No Problem, Santiago Gonzalez, 122, and Serbian Syclone, Tyler Baze, 117.            First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. HOLLENDORFER TRAINEE DAZZLING 11 LENGTH WINNER AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS MARCH 7last_img read more

PACIFIC HEAT, PATRIOTIC DIAMOND AND ROO’S VALENTINE HEAD FIELD OF 10 IN SATURDAY’S $200,000 EVENING JEWEL STAKES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES

first_imgTHE EVENING JEWEL STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 11 (of 12)  Approximate post time, 5:05 p.m. PDTLater My Love – Agapito Delgadillo – 120Skye Diamonds – Victor Espinoza – 122Shy Carmelita – Joe Talamo – 120Pacific Heat – Flavien Prat – 124Be a Lady – Rafael Bejarano – 122Run Like the Boss – Fernando Perez – 120Bako Sweets – Mike Smith – 120Roo’s Valentine – Martin Pedroza – 124Patriotic Diamond – Abel Lezcano – 124Run for Retts – Tyler Baze – 120 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 6, 2016)–Stakes winners Pacific Heat, Patriotic Diamond and Roo’s Valentine will all return to dirt and cut back in distance as they head a field of 10 in Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for California bred or sired 3-year-old fillies going six and half furlongs on the main track. Part of the lucrative Golden State Series, the Evening Jewel will be run for the fifth consecutive year.All three fillies ran in state-bred turf stakes going a mile over a surface deemed ‘good’ in their last outing; Pacific Heat in the China Doll Stakes at Santa Anita March 12 and both Patriotic Diamond and Roo’s Valentine in the Cal Cup Oaks on Jan. 30.PACIFIC HEAT- Trained by Peter Eurton, this filly by Unusual Heat was bought for $175,000 at the Barretts limited October 2014 yearling sale, and has had high expectations placed on her ever since. A resounding winner of a maiden special weight at Los Alamitos in late September by 13 ½ lengths at first asking, Pacific Heat went on win the Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Del Mar Oct. 29. Her two most recent outings have been at a mile on the grass, resulting in a win in the Cal Cup Oaks Jan. 30 and most recently a fourth after leading throughout in the China Doll Stakes March 12. Owned by Sharon Alesia, Mike Burns, Ciaglia Racing, LLC and Taylor Legan, she is 5-3-0-0 overall with $256,280 in earnings.PATRIOTIC DIAMOND – Trained by Patrick Biancone and owned by Diamond 100 Racing Club, LLC, this filly by Hat Trick last ran a game second to Pacific Heat in the Cal Cup Oaks on the turf but was a winner at six furlongs on the main track at Del Mar in the Generous Portion Stakes on Aug. 28, 2015. Sixth in the Grade I Starlet at Los Alamitos in December, her most recent work was a bullet 47 flat at Santa Anita on April 5. She will gain a new rider in Abel Lezcano Saturday and is 6-2-2-1 overall with $191,550 in earnings.ROO’S VALENTINE – Prior to a sixth place finish in the Cal Cup Oaks, this filly by Vronsky out of the Cindago mare, Black Valentine had never run out of the money. With a win on Nov. 5 in a one-mile turf maiden special weight, she followed that up with half-length score in the $100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 5. Roo’s Valentine will retain the services of Martin Pedroza. She is 6-2-1-2 overall with earnings of $120,240. EVENING JEWEL IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIEScenter_img First post time for a 12-race program on Sunday is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.last_img read more

South African women in arts honoured

first_img15 September 2015The winners list at the Mbokodo Awards reads like the ultimate who’s who of creative South African women.“The awards are a huge applause for women. It celebrates the incredible things they do to advance our heritage,” said executive producer Carol Bouwer on SABC news.The awards, which were handed out on 11 September, are held to “celebrate and acknowledge women who have not only articulated the aspirations of the South African people but have also fortified their democracy by empowering communities and individuals through their art”, reads the official awards website.Through your work as artists we must celebrate”HER stories” not just”HIStory” -Susan Shabangu,Min Of Women in the Presidency#Mbokodoawards— BUSISWA (@BusiswaNgoku)September 11, 2015The 20 awards categories, falling under the arts, culture, and heritage umbrella, are judged through a peer review mechanism.The winners in each category were:Women in Indigenous Arts: Helen SebidiPromotion of Language and Story Telling: Nise MalangeCreative Writing: Lauren BeukesPoetry: Mbali VilakaziCreative Photography: Lindeka QampiVisual Arts: Berni SearleArchitecture: Nadia TrompCreative Design: Thandiwe TshabalalaFashion Design and Innovation: Hangwani NengovhelaDance: Dada MasiloOpera: Goitsemang LehobyeTheatre: Maralin VanrenenComedy: Irit NobleWomen in Film: Ryley GrunenwaldWomen in Jazz: Thandi NtuliMusic: Zolani MaholaPromotion of Arts in the Media: Brenda SisaneArts Ambassador: Yvonne Chaka ChakaArts Ambassador: Marianne FasslerLifetime Achievement Award: Thandi Klaasen and Dr Thembeka Nkamba van WykPhoto of the year! SA Stalwarts. What an honour#mbokodoawards.Presidency support….pic.twitter.com/MGzhhbowoW— Vuma Reputation (@janinehills)September 11, [email protected]@GautengProvince @namhlasiqaza We here celebrating the #WomenintheArts2015#MbokodoAwardspic.twitter.com/DGDaRuCGla— Mash (@MashuduMag)September 11, 2015SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africa ranks 30 for worldwide innovation influence

first_img3 February 2016South Africa has ranked number 30 out of 56 countries in terms of its domestic policies supporting global innovation.The global technology think tank, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released the data in its report, called Contributors and Detractors: Ranking Countries’ Impact on Global Innovation.“More innovation will be the determining factor in achieving greater progress,” stated the report, released on 20 January. “Countries’ economic and trade policies can either help or hurt global innovation.“In contrast, policies such as export subsidies or forced localisation harm global innovation. If nations increased their supportive policies and reduced their harmful policies, the rate of innovation worldwide would significantly accelerate.”How does South Africa compare?South Africa and Kenya were the only African countries to have been featured. Kenya ranked at 51.South Africa’s BRICS partners ranked as follows: Brazil came in at 41, Russia 42, India 54 and China 44.The top spots were taken by Finland, Sweden, the UK, Singapore, Netherlands, and Denmark, respectively.The authors of the report looked at various aspects that supported innovation locally, but which had a global effect, such as supportive tax systems, investing in the work force, and research and development.“Robust innovation is essential for economic growth and progress,” said co-author Stephen Ezell, ITIF’s vice-president for global innovation.“As countries increasingly vie for leadership in the innovation economy, they can implement policies that try to benefit only themselves but harm the production of innovation in the rest of the world. Or they can implement ‘win-win’ policies that bolster their own innovation capacity while also generating positive spill-overs for the entire global economy. For innovation to flourish around the world, we need a system that is doing much more of the latter.”According to technology news site IT Web, South Africa’s National Development Plan is the blueprint for “the national system of innovation to function in a coherent and co-ordinated manner, with broad objectives aligned with national priorities.“It seeks to improve the governance of the innovation system, especially by ensuring the alignment of science and technology innovations activities across government and by co-ordinating public funding.”To read the full report, click here.Source: IT Web and SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Is late maturing corn at risk for frost injury?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (http://www.nass.usda.gov/) as of Sept. 10, 69%  of Ohio’s corn acreage was in the dent stage (R5) compared to 76% for the five-year average; 16% of the corn acreage was mature, slightly less than the five-year average, 18%. In some areas of the state, corn is considerably behind the five-year average because of late planting (the result of persistent rains and excessively wet soils that delayed planting in some localized areas) and cooler than normal temperatures in September. This later than normal maturation of the corn crop had led to questions concerning the potential for frost damage.In Ohio, physiological maturity (when kernels achieve maximum dry weight and black layer forms) typically occurs about 65 days after silking. At physiological maturity (kernel moisture approximately 30-35%), frosts have little or no effect on the yield potential of the corn crop.Bob Nielsen at Purdue University has summarized research findings from Indiana and Ohio that provide insight into both the calendar days and thermal time (growing degree days, GDDs) typically required for grain at various stages of development to achieve physiological maturity (kernel black layer, R6) and available on-line at http://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/news/timeless/RStagePrediction.html. The calendar days and thermal time from various grain fill stages to black layer for a 111-day hybrid maturity are shown in Table 1 (click here).This research indicated that corn planted in early June compared to early May requires 200 to 300 fewer GDDs to achieve physiological maturity.  Although slightly different responses among the four locations of the trial existed, there did not seem to be a consistent north / south relationship. Therefore, growers can use the results summarized in Table 1 to “guesstimate” the number of calendar days or heat units necessary for a late-planted field at the given grain fill stages to mature safely prior to that killing fall freeze.How many GDDs can be expected from now until an average date of a killing frost for an adapted 111-day hybrid planted in mid-June?  To answer this question, estimate the expected GDD accumulation from Sept. 2 until the average frost date (50% probability) for different regions of the state (click here for Table 2).  These GDD expectations are based on 30-year historical normals reported by the Ohio Agricultural Statistics Service. The GDD accumulation was calculated using the 86/50 cutoff, base 50 method.If you want to determine the “youngest stage of corn development” that can safely reach black layer before the average frost date at a given weather station, use the information in Table 2 on remaining GDD in conjunction with Table 1 which indicates GDDs needed to reach black layer at various stages of grain fill. Compare “GDDs remaining” for the site with the GDD required to achieve black layer depending on the corn’s developmental stage.If your corn is in the dent stage (R5) as of Sept. 9, will it be safe from frost? Table 1 indicates that corn planted in mid – June required about 217 GDDs to reach black layer from R5 and Table 2 indicates that all regions of the state are likely to accumulate sufficient GDDs before the 50% frost date.However, if your corn is in the “milk” stage (R3) as of Sept. 9, it’s a different story. The kernel development – GDD accumulation relationships in Table 1 indicate that corn planted in mid-June that is at R3 needs about 681 GDDs to reach black layer. Table 2 indicates that no region of the state accumulates that number of GDDs before the 50% frost date. What if your corn is at the dough stage (R4) as of Sept. 9? According to Table 1 corn planted in late May that is at R4 requires about 489 GDDs to reach black layer and Table 2 indicates that only one region of the state (south central Ohio) come close to accumulating that number of GDDs before the 50% frost date.The research results in Table 1 demonstrate that late planted corn has the ability to adjust its maturity requirements, and most of this adjustment occurs during the late kernel development stages. In previous growing seasons when GDD accumulation was markedly less than normal, the corn crop has usually achieved physiological maturity before the first frost occurred.http://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/news/timeless/RStagePrediction.htmllast_img read more

RW10: What Other Amazing Products Got Their Start In 2003?

first_imgReadWrite celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday, April 20, 2013. For the occasion, we’re running a series of articles  looking back—and looking forward.When Richard MacManus started this site—then known as Read/Write Web—in 2003, he launched it in a time of technological ferment. Things we now take for granted, like ubiquitous social networks, cloud-based software and electric cars, were just getting started. Here’s a look at some of the key innovations that grew up alongside ReadWrite (in alphabetical order):1. Adobe Creative Suite Now the de facto productivity suite for Web and graphic designers, Adobe put together the pieces for its collection of software a decade ago.“Adobe Creative Suite integrates outstanding new product releases and unleashes Version Cue technology that will save creative professionals time and revolutionize interaction within creative teams,” said Bruce Chizen, then-president and CEO of Adobe Systems. “With Adobe Creative Suite we are delivering a platform for the future of design and publishing, building on 20 years of innovation and partnership with the creative community worldwide.”They must have been doing something right, because CS, now in version 6, is a key tool in not just Web and graphics design, but video production, too. Depending on what you want to do, there’s usually an Adobe tool or two in this suite that you will be using. And it’s taking the next big step, moving online as the Creative Cloud.2. AdSense brian proffitt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It would be folly to underestimate the impact of Applied Semantics’ AdSense. Google clearly saw the importance of the content-targeting ad network, since it bought the company in 2003 and rolled it into its own in-house technology, creating the service we know as Google AdSense today.AdSense fueled the blogging revolution of the early 2000s. With AdSense matching appropriate ads with a blogger’s content, even small-time bloggers could generate revenue from their content. Few people got rich doing this, but a few bloggers were able to make a living doing what they loved, while others could at least justify the time they spent on their labors of love.3. Clearwire Depending on who you ask, wireless networking provider Clearwire got started in either 1998 or 2003, after a restructuring set up the company in its present form.We’ll go with 2003, since that’s the year when Clearwire first made a concerted effort to push high-speed wireless connectivity, a mission that has helped redefine mobile computing. The company launched its first high-speed network in 2004, and now claims to serve 130 million customers.Today, Clearwire is the object of a complicated, three-way takeover battle with Sprint and Dish. Formerly a wholesale customers of Clearwire’s 4G WiMax network, Sprint offered to buy out Clearwire for $2.2 billion, which would give Sprint a big boost in expanding its 4G LTE network. Combined, the Sprint-Clearwire network would have a better chance of standing up to AT&T and Verizon. But Dish first tried to buy Clearwire—and now it’s trying to buy Sprint outright, contesting a takeover offer from Japan’s Softbank.4. iTunes Music Store In 2003, the iPod had taken over the music-player business and put Apple on the comeback trail.But when Steve Jobs introduced the new iTunes Music Store alongside the third-generation iPod, people could be forgiven for thinking it a little far fetched. A hardware company selling music?With 200,000 songs in its debut library, iTunes would very quickly prove its detractors wrong, selling a million songs in its first week of sales, and 25 million by the end of 2003. That’s a lot of tunes, and a lot of coin for a so-called hardware company. Apple was demonstrating what we would all soon learn: content was king in this nascent mobile age.Perhaps even more important, the Music Store provided the underpinnings for Apple’s App Store, which became key to the iPhone’s success.5. LinkedIn It’s hard to imagine a world without LinkedIn, but before 2003, the business-oriented social media platform was little more than an idea in heads of the company’s founders.The site itself launched in 2003, and quickly became a tool for professionals to share information about themselves. At first, the founders thought it might be about dealmaking, but it quickly proved to be an invaluable recruiting tool.Today, LinkedIn is a public company that pulls in close to $1 billion in annual revenue. Its members use the site for everything from finding customers to getting training to keeping up on business news.And sometimes, yes, finding a new job.6. MySpace Before Facebook, there was MySpace, the once-cool social media platform that launched in late 2003 and dominated the hearts and minds of the Internet—at least for a couple of years.The MySpace era was a heady time, when the idea of a social network platform hadn’t quite gelled; but people knew there was money to made helping people get together online, and that was enough. MySpace would grow fast, eclipsing competitors until it was itself eclipsed in 2008 by Facebook’s rise. Along the way, it was acquired by News Corporation, a purchase that may not have saved MySpace from its eventual fate, but did at least solidify the idea that social networking, in some form or another, was here to stay.Bogged down by an overabundance of ads and problems with user privacy, MySpace shed most of its users. The site lives on today, owned by entertainer Justin Timberlake, and is trying to reestablish itself as a niche social network for artists and musicians.7. Tesla Motors If you ever went to Disney’s EPCOT as a kid, you may have had a notion that electric cars of the future would be boxy and slow.In 2003, Tesla Motors‘ founders upended that idea, founding a company that would eventually launch first the Roadster sports car and then the Model S sedan, two hot commodities that everyone would have wanted to drive even if they weren’t electric.These aren’t cheap vehicles, though, and their high price tag puts them out of reach of typical drivers. But Tesla’s cars show us a clear future that electric vehicles don’t have to sacrifice style or speed to save on gas.You may never own a Tesla, but the company’s pioneering work may mean that one day you will own an electric car that delights you.8. TypePad TypePad was one of two big blogging platforms that got its start in 2003. (It’s one that’s near and dear to us here at ReadWrite, since our parent company Say Media owns the platform today.)TypePad was a way to get the functionality of SixApart’s Movable Type without having to install software on a server.TypePad never enjoyed the broad consumer adoption of competitors like WordPress or Google’s Blogger, but it’s still popular among independent bloggers.9. Weblogs Inc. You can’t talk about blogging in the early 21st century without mentioning the start of blog-publishing networks like Weblogs Inc.Founded by Jason Calacanis and Brian Alvey, Weblogs grew to include popular blogs like Engadget, TUAW and Joystiq in its stable. America Online acquired Weblogs in October 2005 for a reported price between $25 million and $30 million. Along with some of AOL’s own sites, Weblogs provided the nucleus for AOL’s media strategy, the focus of the company today.10. WordPress WordPress is the only open-source project on this list, but its reach is probably the broadest of all of the launches we’ve mentioned.Started as a stand-alone blogging platform, WordPress would eventually grow into a full fledged content-management system, able to manage sites that were more than “mere” blogs. Along the way, its creator, Matt Mullenweg, started a company, Automattic, and launched a Blogger-like site, WordPress.com, that now hosts more than 64 million blogs.WordPress powers some of this most popular sites on the Web, and has put website management and creation within easy reach of people with all levels of technical backgrounds.These 10 notable products launched, like ReadWrite, in 2003. Did we miss any of your favorites from that era? Let us know in the comments. 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Is this autonomous tricycle what urban smart cities need?

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… The University of Washington Bothell (UWB) wants tricycles to be part of the self-driving conversation, providing smart cities with a cheaper and smaller alternative to cars and buses.The team started with a remote-controlled tricycle, but moved to a self-driving system last week. It is only able to drive in a circle at the moment, but the team is confident it can reach miles autonomously in the future.See Also: Shoka Bell rings up a new connected commuteAfter the tricycle becomes fully autonomous, the team wants to sell it for $10,000. Another route could be a self-driving fleet of tricycles, similar to Uber’s self-driving fleet in Pittsburgh, taking commuters across the city.Autonomous tricycle has its upsidesThe tricycle has plenty of advantages when compared to cars, it takes up less space on the road, weighs less, and is more environmentally friendly than the fuel chugging automotives on our roads today.“We’re using things much less powerful than a smartphone,” Tyler Folsom, head of the team at UWB. “Part of the concept is that you don’t have to spend as much money as the big car companies are spending. My contention is you don’t need all that much processing power to make autonomy happen.”Smart cities require innovative transport ideas, and while autonomous tricycles seem like a longshot, it could be a way to reduce the road size, providing more space for businesses, parks, and green space.“The big thing for me is the effect this could have on global warming,” said Folsom. “If we can push transportation in this direction—very light vehicles—it’s a major win for the environment. I want to have the technology that lets people make that choice if we decide, yes, by the way, survival would be a nice thing.” IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts center_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … David Curry Tags:#Autonomous#Internet of Things#IoT#ride-hailing#Self-Driving#tricycle#UWB last_img read more

#KicksStalker: ‘Long Live The King’

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH lifter Perez bags 3 golds in Asian Weightlifting Championships Photo from b/r kicksLeBron James is called “The King” for good measure. After John Wall and Bradley Beal said that Cleveland was afraid of Washington in last year’s Playoffs, James responded quite subtly.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The four-time MVP debuted a pair of LeBron 15, just a few hours after the Wizards duo said their sentiments, that carefully combined the aspects of the lifestyle line of the shoe and the aesthetics of the Soldier.The lifestyle pair features a higher-cut than the court version and has a zipper on its medial side panel with three straps saying, “LONG LIVE THE KING.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames, though, did not wear the pair on the floor as he opted for the “Ghost” colorway instead.And after James landed the subtle jab through his shoes, the King delivered the finisher, putting up a kingly line of 57 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and two blocks in the Cavaliers’ 130-122 win. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more