Share Bringing the buzz at ICE: US, Big Data, Blockchain and Crypto February 2, 2018 SBC strengthens conference team appointing Ana-Luiza Olanescu as production lead January 7, 2019 Share Related Articles SBC moves at ICE London to brand new stand location S3-206 January 18, 2019 StumbleUpon Submit Justin Helden, BildabetJustin Helden the CEO & Commercial Director of Fingaming, will be launching the firm’s small form factor betting product, Bildabet, at ICE 2017.A London Baby Sponsor (7 February – Café de Paris Leicester Square), Helden details to SBC readers what topics, debate and discussion 2017’s industry agenda. ____________________SBC: What new products and services will you be bringing to market in 2017?Justin Helden: We have created several versions and designs of our Bildabet products that enable customers to operate Sports Betting, Virtual Gaming and Casino style games. We are unique, in that we design and build all of our own hardware and software. We can operate loyalty or gaming card mechanisms as well as cash loading.SBC: What will be the industry buzzword for 2017 and why?JH: Agility. I think that’s the industry hasn’t tried to move on technically for a number of years. Customers will stay with the status quo as long as suppliers do. We feel that more companies should act as technologists for this marketplace, and not just be there to skim margin off of the clients.SBC: Which new technology, service or consumer trend will have the biggest impact on the igaming industry in 2016?JH: I think the emergence of virtual gaming will have a crossover at some point into gambling. I also think mobile and tablet led products will create a more nimble and appealing market for the younger adult market.SBC: Why have you chosen to begin 2017 by sponsoring the London Baby Party?JH: I think it’s a great way to enjoy people’s company in a more relaxed and fun environment. We all spend most of our days in offices or travelling, so a few drinks with friends isn’t a bad way to end day oneSBC: Finally, where can people expect to find you at ICE and/or LAC?JH: We will be on stand S3-100, just by the middle concourse______________________________
Janieve Russell remains confident of excelling again at the upcoming Penn Relays, which will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from April 28-30.”They (fans) are expecting great times. They are expecting a show and I am just going out there to use Penn Relays as a training ground again,” said Russell.Russell, a University of Technology (UTech) student, competed at Penns for eight years – five for her alma mater Holmwood Technical and three years for UTech.”I have a lot of experience. Penn Relays is very cold and thing, and a lot of athletes are not used to the climate because they are always in the tropical area, and to know that I have been travelling to Penn Relays for eight years, I know the feeling, the crowd and the atmosphere that we are going into,” Russell observed.While clocking a personal best in the 2015 World Championships last year, Russell not only reached the final, but placed fifth with a lifetime best of 54.64 seconds.”Yes, I am ready. There is a lot of expectation from other athletes and your fans and people who are looking out there and saying she is a World Championship finalist and she is representing her school,” said Russell.”They are expecting great times. They are expecting a show and I am just going out there to use Penn Relays as a training ground again.”She added: “The 4×400 will help with my endurance and the 4x200m will help with my speed. I am just going out there confident and just ready to perform.”So it’s a good feeling to know that I am well prepared and just going out there to showcase,” she told The Gleaner in an interview after FLOW Foundation gave a 16 per cent increase of $4 million and 30 thousand to 28 high school and tertiary institutions to offset costs associated with competing at the event, at their head office on Half-Way Tree Road on Tuesday.OTHER ATHLETESThere were a number of other outstanding athletes present.Calabar High’s sensation, Christopher Taylor, who will compete at his first Penn Relays, said: “I feel very excited. I am gonna go out there and do the best for my school.”Also, the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) Zinedine Russell, who finished second overall in the girls Open heptathlon at Champs, said: “I am looking forward to getting the plaque for my school.”She will compete in the 400m.
(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)MONTREAL — Erik Karlsson is going to be hard to keep in San Jose, adding to the pressure the Sharks are under this season to finally win the Stanley Cup.When Sharks GM Doug Wilson acquired Karlsson on the eve of training camp, conventional wisdom suggested the Sharks would have the inside lane in the race to sign the two-time Norris Trophy winner when his contract expires after this season. NHL players who move …
24 July 2013 The largest power plant running exclusively on gas engines on the African continent, and the first of its kind in South Africa, was inaugurated at the Sasolburg, Free State site of petrochemicals company Sasol earlier this month. The electricity produced by the 140 MW plant will be used by Sasol’s chemicals factory next to the plant, with about half of the production being fed into South Africa’s national grid. “This plant is a significant milestone for Sasol, as we begin to ease our load on the national grid and contribute to our own energy efficiency targets,” Sasol Senior Group Executive Lean Strauss said in a statement marking the plant’s inauguration on 10 July. According to Sasol, the plant, which has consistently been producing above its operating capacity at 152 MW since commissioning in December 2012, will allow the company to generate 60% of its own power capacity, easing its reliance on the country’s grid. It will also enable Sasol to eventually reduce its CO2 emissions by a further one-million tonnes per annum. “This is a very successful project for Sasol New Energy, below budget and ahead of schedule,” said Sasol New Energy MD Henri Loubser. The plant was completed three months ahead of schedule and almost 20% below budget, with 500 jobs created during construction and 44 permanent jobs created in Sasolburg. According to Sasol, gas-powered plants require less time to build and install, taking between 20 to 30 months, opposed to the 40 to 50 months required for a coal-power plant and 60 to 80 months for a nuclear plant. Sasol’s new power plant is being operated and maintained by Finnish energy company Wartsila, which built and installed the plant’s gas engines, under a three-year agreement which includes the training of Sasol New Energy staff members. Wartsila, along with Sasol and Mozambican state power company Electricidade de Moçambique, are also involved in the construction of a similar gas-fuelled power power plant in Ressano Garcia in Mozambique. Sasol said this project was on schedule to start generating electricity as early as the second quarter of 2014. SAinfo reporter
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Browsers#Google#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell Our friend Warren Benedetto of Transfusion Media has just released a spiffy Chrome extension that helps Internet users stay focused on the task at hand during the work day.Akin to LeechBlock for Firefox, Benedetto’s StayFocusd attempts to correct fundamental productivity issues associated with the social Web by allowing users to only spend an allotted amount of time on a “gray list” of websites. For example, if you give yourself 20 minutes a day to screw around on Twitter and Facebook, StayFocusd will block your access to those sites once it’s determined that your 20 minutes have been used.We’ve all experienced a problem similar to the one outlined in the StayFocusd introduction. “You sit down at the computer, and you swear you’ll be productive. Next thing you know, it’s twelve hours later. You’ve checked your email, updated your Facebook status, browsed the trending topics on Twitter, read your RSS feeds, looked up your favorite band on Wikipedia, vanity Googled yourself, cyber-stalked your ex, looked at all your high-school crushes’ Facebook photos and lost a week’s pay playing online poker. What you haven’t done is WORK.”The extension steps in where the average user’s self-control or restraint falls short. As one of many users who’ve switched from Firefox to Chrome and found they still wanted and needed certain familiar Firefox extensions, Benedetto said he lost several hours each day to Chrome’s unbridled browsing before realizing that LeechBlock’s absence was killing his productivity. So he took matters into his own hands, wrote his Chrome extension and released it to Google’s Chrome gallery.The extension is highly customizable, letting users block or permit whole sites, only certain subdomains or even specific pages. “That means,” writes Benedetto, “you can block delicious.com, while still allowing access to delicious.com/save so you can add new bookmarks. Or you can block Google.com/Reader while still having access to the rest of Google’s sites. Or you can block the entire Digg.com domain, and recapture 4-6 hours of wasted time per day.”We’d install this awesome extension ourselves if our job didn’t entail, you know, wasting time on the Internet.Transfusion Media is an a L.A.-based web studio specializing in graphic design, Facebook apps, Flash widgets and general interactive and web development. Benedetto has previously been a source for us, opining intelligently on the state of Web design in a 2009 article directed toward startups.
IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… klint finley IT managers using Palo Alto Networks firewalls are now able to switch Facebook into a “read-only” mode, thanks to an update released today. There is no relationship between Palo Alto Networks and Facebook – the changes are all within the customer’s network. Previously, managers using Palo Alto Networks firewalls have had the option to block all Facebook apps (but not individual apps) as well as Facebook’s e-mail and chat features. The update adds the ability to disable posting, making Facebook effectively read-only.Palo Alto Networks firewalls enable granular control over 1,000 applications cataloged in the company’s Applipedia – regardless of port, protocol, or evasive strategy (so the company says). The firewalls connect to Active Directory or other LDAP based directory to assign permissions by group or by individual user. All of the application detection and user permissions take place on dedicated firewall devices to avoid bogging down servers with analytical duties.Turning read-write applications into read-only applications may seem antithetical to the read/write philosophy, but we think solutions like this will help enterprises adopt social media and break out of a binary world where they can either offer full access to Facebook or other web applications or no access at all.Brave New EnterpriseManagers could, for instance, grant full Facebook access to its social media team, partial access to a customer service team, and read-only access to its competitive research team. Access can also be assigned by time of day, so permissions could be relaxed during lunch or after business hours.Social media is being put to use in many enterprises; Ford, for example, is spending 25% of its marketing budget on social media. Social media reputation tracking is a hot topic in marketing, too. Yet, according to a Robert Half Technology report published in October, 54% of CIOs surveyed say they block social media websites completely.Chris King, director of product marketing at Palo Alto Networks, says “IT departments are stuck in an old world. In the old world, if an application has a business use, then it’s safe and you allow it. If it doesn’t have a business use, then it’s a threat and you block it. That black and white world is gone. Facebook has business uses, but it also poses threats.” King hopes that Palo Alto Networks can bring IT departments into a new world, where the benefits of Facebook can be embraced and the threats mitigated. The company says its product can help prevent data leaks, improve worker productivity, and reduce the threat of malware spread through social networks like Facebook. King also suggests allowing some use of Facebook in the workplace could improve morale. One idea he mentions, though he’s quick to point out the product isn’t currently being used by the military, is limiting soldiers read-only access to social media sites in the weeks before a deployment. This would keep sensitive information from being leaked, but allow soldiers to view pictures and status updates from home.Plugging the Proxy HolesAnother problem the company hopes to solve is the use of proxies to bypass firewalls and browsing restrictions. An increasing number of users are routing their Web traffic through public proxies or proxies on their home computers. King says, referring to the Robert Half report, that although 54% of enterprises are trying to ban Facebook, 94% of the companies whose network traffic Palo Alto Networks analyzed had employees actively using Facebook. We wrote about the company’s research in this area last year.Palo Alto Networks firewalls use their own AppID technology to identify applications based on an analysis of a number of parameters including application protocol detection and decryption, application protocol decoding, application signatures, and heuristics. This enables the firewalls to block applications regardless of what port the application is using. The firewalls can also identify many individual proxies, such as Ultrasurf and TOR.The End of Whack-a-Mole?All of this control sounds great for companies. However, if the technology works the way its supposed to, couldn’t it also be used by governments, such as China and Australia, which restrict access to the web? Could it also be used by ISPs to restrict their customers activities? If evasive technologies can’t stay one step ahead of control technologies it’s good news for enterprises, but bad news for freedom of speech. Still, it’s hard to believe that any company or country can win the game of whack-a-mole that’s afoot. Short of creating a whitelist of sites that employees (or citizens) can visit, there will always be holes in the firewall. But Palo Alto Networks’ technology offering is far more interesting than that tedious game, and its success isn’t riding on it. They just need to offer a better way for enterprises to manage the dizzying array of Internet applications and bring useful tools into the work place. And they seem to be succeeding thus far. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
In many city neighborhoods, an attractive three-bedroom, two-bath house with 1,700 sq. ft. of living space and construction quality that brings it to Passive House standards would seem like a pretty swell deal if it listed for $190,000.But as Dan Rockhill, a professor at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning, recently pointed out to USA Today Green House columnist Wendy Koch, in Kansas City, Kansas, code-built new homes of comparable size sell in the $140,000 range. The price disparity and current economic conditions, Rockhill says, have deflected buyer interest from the recently completed Prescott Passive House, the fifteenth project undertaken by the school’s Studio 804 design-build program. It is, in fact, the 1,700-sq.-ft., house described above – the beneficiary of much free student labor and corporate generosity, and the first residence in the state designed and built to qualify for Passive House certification. But its energy efficiency performance and durable construction don’t seem potent enough to attract a buyer will to pay its $190,000 price.The situation is especially troubling, Rockhill says, because of its implications for Studio 804, whose projects have sold readily in the past but must continue to do so to perpetuate the program. Studio 804, which gets no university funding, now has $25 in its checking account and is “essentially bankrupt,” he told USA Today.Reader back and forthBoth Koch and Treehugger columnist Lloyd Alter, an associate professor of sustainable design at Ryerson University in Toronto, acknowledge that, in many markets at least, buyers still are far less likely to pay more for energy efficiency than they are for amenities they can see and touch the instant they walk into the house, such as high-end countertops and other finishes.Some Treehugger readers who say they’re familiar with Studio 804 and/or have visited Prescott Passive House commented that imperfections in its finish work and its inner-city neighborhood may make it difficult to sell to prospective buyers shopping in the $200,000 price range.But in a recent Treehugger post, Alter takes time to refute comments by Green House readers who complain generally that the design, materials, appliances, and construction techniques that go into high-performance homes don’t justify the up-charges.“The fact is,” Alter writes, “you can’t build R-50 walls for the same price as R-20. You can’t put in a Passivhaus-sized heat recovery ventilator for the price of a bathroom exhaust fan. You can’t get rid of vinyl siding and windows and formaldehyde and asphalt shingles without paying more. And even if you could do all of this, you can’t build a single house to these standards, compared to the American house production line, in a field where it is slapped together by itinerant workers getting paid half of what they did two years ago because the construction industry has collapsed.”
Just two years ago, Texas A&M’s sophomore phenom Kenny Hill was one of the biggest names in college football. Now, after sitting out for a season, the talented yet occasionally erratic signal caller leads a TCU team that is riding high following a 62-22 victory at Baylor.Hill is still a skilled quarterback, but his current numbers don’t come close to his production at A&M. This season, the junior has thrown for almost 2,700 yards and 14 touchdowns but has also thrown 10 interceptions. Here’s a quick analysis on the Horned Frogs’ starting QB.Hill has a rocket arm and frequently gives his receivers one-on-one opportunities down the field.He is also a gifted runner and has seven rushing touchdowns on the season. He is often used both in the read option game.And in the red zone on simple sprint zone plays like this one.When it comes to prototypes, Hill is the epitome of a gunslinger; he never plays conservatively. He is also a true dual-threat quarterback, and he uses his feet to extend plays and put pressure on the defense. Sometimes that produces some awe-inspiring plays.But Hill can occasionally get antsy in the pocket and make mistakes.And he has a tendency to stare down receivers.So why is this important? Well, as we’ve seen, Hill is a skilled passer when given time, and he has proven the ability to make plays and scramble outside of the pocket.But sometimes defensive pressure and his aggressive mentality lead him to make mistakes. If the Cowboys keep the same defensive philosophy that they’ve used in the past couple of games, Hill will just have to sit back and command an offensive system that is designed to pick apart soft zone defenses.If the Cowboys play aggressively, and they try to confuse and pressure Hill, they could effectively rattle the junior and end up forcing a turnover or two (which has happened a lot to TCU this year).How aggressive do you think OSU’s defensive game plan will be? Leave your opinions below in the comments! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Liverpool 0 Porto 0 (5-0 agg): Low-key Reds book quarter-final spot Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 7/3/2018 Getty Images Liverpool booked their spot in the Champions League last eight despite an underwhelming performance against Porto. Liverpool booked their Champions League quarter-final place with an uninspiring 0-0 draw against Porto at Anfield.The Reds’ lacklustre performance hardly mattered, though, after a devastating 5-0 win in Portugal three weeks ago all-but secured a first appearance in the last-eight since 2008-09.That first-leg cushion enabled Jurgen Klopp to make five changes to the side that beat Newcastle United 2-0 on Saturday, with leading goalscorer Mohamed Salah dropping to the bench for Adam Lallana, who was making his first start in two months. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sadio Mane had two clear chances to open the scoring in the first half, the second of which crashed against the post, while Dejan Lovren headed over.James Milner and Roberto Firmino also squandered opportunities in the second period and Lovren blocked a late effort from Oliver Torres to ensure the Reds remain one of three unbeaten sides in this year’s competition alongside Tottenham and Barcelona.Liverpool were a long way from their swashbuckling Premier League form and Klopp will hope they have not lost any impetus ahead of the crunch clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.#UCL last eight awaits. pic.twitter.com/2dbbpYr5VX— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 6, 2018After a sluggish opening, the hosts burst into life midway through the half with Mane inches away from opening the scoring. The Senegal forward – who scored six goals in his previous three Champions League games – met Joe Gomez’s fizzed cross with an acrobatic volley, which flashed agonisingly over. Mane went even closer just after half-hour mark when he pulled Milner’s pass out of the sky and drove a low half-volley against the inside of Iker Casillas’ right-hand post. Milner was the architect again soon after, whipping in a teasing free-kick that Lovren could only head just high of the target.32: Casillas beaten but Mane’s shot strikes the post and is cleared away. Brilliant pass from Milner.[0-0]https://t.co/5rVaVEyNIn pic.twitter.com/bRmReWi66c— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 6, 2018Milner had a chance of his own two minutes after the restart, but he failed to make a clean connection with Lallana’s cross and the ball bobbled harmlessly wide.Porto finally carved out an opening when Majeed Waris shrugged off the attention of two Liverpool defenders to fire a low shot towards goal, which was kept out by the under-worked Loris Karius. Firmino saw a goal-bound effort blocked by Porto captain Felipe moments before being withdrawn for Danny Ings.Salah was brought off the bench with 16 minutes remaining and, unsurprisingly, went close to adding to his 32 goals this season, though Casillas was equal to his drilled attempt.Oliver almost spoiled Liverpool’s outing late on, while Ings should have scored his first Champions League goal with a looping header that Casillas did well to paw away and keep the Reds off the scoreboard. Key Opta facts:- Iker Casillas made his 167th appearance in the Champions League, 16 more than any other player in the history of the competition (Xavi next on 151).- This was the first Champions League game this season with no first-half shots on target.- Liverpool failed to score at Anfield for the first time in their last nine games in all competitions, since a 0-0 draw against West Brom in December.- The Reds have kept five clean sheets in their last six games in the Champions League, only conceding against Sevilla in November (3-3). read more