Google Wave Has Come a Long Way – Graduates to Google Apps

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair alex williams Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Google Wave has come a long way but it still has its detractors. For instance, the latency issues are still a problem when working with larger groups. But Google is repositioning the service, saying it is best used with small teams. Related Posts Google Wave has graduated to Google Apps, showing a resurgence in user interest that seemed unlikely just a few months ago.It took a lot of criticism over the past year, following its launch at Google I/O in 2009. Its blank white page was confusing and people were unsure how to use it – it almost left too much to the imagination. But to Google’s credit, Wave has come a long way, particularly with its UI. Now you have the option of using Google Wave to co-edit, for instance, in Google Docs or brainstorm on topics. You can use it for discussions or in meetings.The platform is getting a further boost from third-party developers such as Novell Pulse, SAP’s StreamWork and a number of new services such as Unawave.Google discovered that customers found Wave most effective when used for discussion-heavy collaborative tasks.For example, it offers the capability for a participant to jump into the conversation at any point. A person can add to the conversation anywhere on the Wave, giving it a logical information structure. It becomes an organized record that follows the flow of the conversation.Google Apps administrators have control over who gets access to Wave. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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first_imgDesign, drama, decor- The top picks for the spring fling.Mathaf’s education wing will host academic, adult and family programmesDesert roseDoha opens its doors to the world with this brand new artholic’s paradise. The Mathaf (pronounced Mat-haff, which means ‘museum’ in Arabic) is the Arab Museum of Modern Art, which aims to contribute to the cultural landscape of the Middle East and the Arab diaspora. Installed in a 59,000 sq-ft former school building, this temporary space has been redesigned by French architect Jean-Francois Bodin.The museum’s collection of more than 6,000 works represents major trends and sites of production of modern Arab art, spanning the 1840s to the present. A permanent site for the museum will be revealed at a later date. The inaugural exhibition Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art features works of more than 100 artists and represents the pivotal experiments in aesthetics. The exhibition acknowledges the multiplicity of experiences that form the context of Arab modern art. Is Charles Saatchi visiting?Design: Silver liningSilversmiths Christofle has collaborated with top American designer Karim Rashid for a special collection that was presented at the “Maison et Objets” Fair, in Paris last month. The limited edition of trend setting novelties comprising centre tables and other luxe accessories will showcase the expertise, craftsmanship and immense talent of the two creative giants.Fragrance: Makes scentKnown for its scintillating fragrance bottles, Bond No 9’s new chandelierinspired bottle for Swarovski will dazzle you. The Chandelier Amphora is a bottle decked with faceted, chandelier-sized beads. Price: $2,500 (Rs 1.11 lakh). Rock on.Sex: Thrill seekersThe best presents are those that bring uninhibited pleasure anytime, anywhere. And that’s exactly what Made to Pleasure, a new online boutique, set up by two Londonbased designers, offers. It creates luxuriously crafted and exquisite to use pleasure toys for women. And the best part: for the first time, each of these erotic toys are completely customisable to suit each woman’s individual desires. With a team of 30+ testers, the company’s design team has created the Bespoke Boutique, an interactive design tool to allow women to craft something totally unique that’s perfect just for them. Besides this, the company also offers a range of six gorgeous Off The Peg toys, each developed specifically to suit various body types and preferences. Happy Valentine’s day folks.Watch: Happy hourLuxury handbag and accessories maker Bottega Veneta released its first watch, the BVX. Subtlety is at play with this horological masterpiece as well. The 41mm matte brown dial contains no branding while the watch strap is in the same intrecciato weave as many of the brand’s bags. Equipped with Girard-Perregaux’s GP4500 automatic movement with a gold rotor, the watch is priced at $14,600 (Rs 6.52 lakh). Promises to be the new tock of the town.Automobiles: Hot wheelsAt the Detroit Auto Show last month, the Mini introduces its new Sports Activity Coupe concept, dubbed the Paceman. The car embodies the fundamental Mini DNA but combines dynamic capability with cutting edge technology and an innovative new body concept. It is also the most expensive Mini car to date, starting at Rs 15.27 lakh. The Mini Paceman has been developed to fit Mini’s most powerful engine under its bonnet- think 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 211 HP of torque. The car is expected to go under production in 2011. Va va vroom.CalendarDates that mean something.The world crafts council is organising a convention titled Abushan: Design-Dialogues in Jewellery in Delhi. Craftspersons from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the US will come together and showcase their work at the convention. February 4-6.Get ready to seefall’s most beautiful collections at the Mercedes Benz fashion week in New York. Held at the Lincoln Centre, the Big Apple is abuzz with the world’s top designers defining the top trends for the winter ahead. February 10-17.The espace culturel at Louis Vuitton in Paris will showcase an exhibition titled, Somewhere Else, that offers a new variation on the theme of travel as envisioned by 17 popular artists. February 11 to May 8.TalkThe what, where, when and who of everything that matters.Tokyo trail: Fashion house Cerruti has been bought by Chinese menswear business, Trinity, for the princely sum of Rs 314 crore. Trinity, which holds the license to distribute Cerruti 1881 menswear in Greater China, is to buy the group from US private equity business Matlin Patterson.Tokyo trail: Jil Sander, a name synonymous with a particularly pure and understated type of fashion, will open its second store in Tokyo. The minimalist fashion label spearheaded by Raf Simons has a huge fan base in Japan, especially after its collaboration with the no-frills fast fashion Japanese chain, Uniqlo.Couture carousel: One hundred pieces of exquisite haute couture designs by Italian maestro, Valentino Garavani, will be displayed at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), Singapore. The exhibition, Valentino Retrospective: Past/Present/Future, has been developed by Paris’ celebrated institution, Les Arts Dcoratifs, and will feature sumptuous couture looks from the founder’s early designs to present-day creations by current creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. Until February 13.Blender’s prideThe 30-year-old Brazilian bombshell, Gisele Bundchen has become the new face of Balenciaga. The new S/S 2011 ad campaign for the Spanish haute house is shot by the acclaimed photographer, Steven Meisel. The shoot portrays Bundchen as a punk-chic beauty wearing a pair of black pants teamed with a polka dot sleeveless shirt. A stylish blue-andblack vest over the shirt adds a glamourous element to the whole look. Here is a sneak peek.Watch this spaceTo celebrate the 80th anniversary of its iconic Reverso watch, Jaeger-LeCoultre is launching the Virtual Museum. Since 1931, owners have made Reversos uniquely their own by having the protective caseback engraved. Reverso owners can earn a place in the history of this watch and the brand by submitting images of their personalised Reversos for possible inclusion in the museum’s curated collection. Those owners who want to share their story must register with the Virtual Museum curator, who will display the watch, and its story, in one of the many exhibition rooms, making it a part of the rich Jaeger-LeCoultre history.Safety in styleWhen German car giant, Volkswagen, wanted to launch Style, a special-edition package for its Golf and Polo models, guess who they got as brand ambassador? None other than fellow citizen Karl Lagerfeld. Makes sense. Known for his precision and leniency towards modernism with a traditional twist-aesthetics similar to Volkswagen’s, it does seems like a perfect match.Homme improvementJimmy Choo will be launching a collection of dress shoes, moccasins, casual biker boots, sneakers and evening slippers for men after almost nine years. The F/W 2011 collection of footwear for fellows will be produced in Italy, with the initial distribution limited to 30 men’s specialty stores and department stores worldwide.Chic collaborationIt’s a singular collaboration between two legends. Swimwear and lingerie house Eres has designed Longchamp’s first bikini and in exchange the leather goods house known for its beautiful luggage and handbags has loaned its popular Le Pliage silhouette to Eres’ new beach tote. The swimsuit in rosepetal prints in fuchsia and yellow is priced at Rs 17,085 while the nylon patent leather bag in navy or white is valued at $230 (`10,287). But the look of passers-by when you wear the swimsuit and carry the bag to the beach: priceless!The spice cellar: Yellow is goldAwine is liquid philosophy that effortlessly flows from the bottle right into our minds. At least that is what most connoisseurs maintain, but the trouble is that most wines that we taste, no matter how expensive or revered, we just don’t find that ‘thing’ happening to us. It is as if the wine prefers to be selective about who she speaks to and we seem to fall in the category worthy of being restrained distantly. Usually, for amateurs I always suggest a sweet wine as a good starting point. From thereon I can chart an entire course of wines for the person to try, which would keep them busy in their voyage of discovery.But what do I suggest to someone who has tasted more wines than the average winemaker in India? How do I enthral someone who has developed an ennui even with the fabulous wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy? This is how: I say, try a Yellow Wine from Jura. Actually, let’s just call it Vin Jaune (pronounced ‘van jshon’). Yellow wine is just not classy. But Vin Jaune is, and how! This is a very special wine. It is made in the Eastern reaches of France, where the white Savagnin grape, once harvested (a tad later than usual to ensure higher sugar levels) is made into wine (which isn’t all that to taste then) and put into barrels. There it is forgotten for a minimum period of six years and three months. Forgotten, as in, not touched, or tinkered with. All this time, the wine just sits there in the barrel. Some of it evaporates over time, lost to the atmosphere forever, a loss that is referred to as the Angels’ Share.But this evaporation leaves a void in its place, where a thin layer of yeast settles on the surface of the wine. This layer will part-oxidise the wine but also part-protect it, giving it a nutty and an uncannily toasty flavour. In fact, it can be much likened to the Fino style of Sherry but the difference is that unlike them, Vin Jaune is not fortified. It is naturally so in taste and texture.In the end we have 62 per cent of original volume (calculated per litre) remaining and hence this is the one wine in the world that is bottled in 620 ml bottles (called Clavelins), as opposed to the regular 750 ml. The final wine is a deep yellow in colour, with a pronounced dry-fruit range of aromas, a certain crispness nevertheless, and a finish that can easily outlast a conversation with a pretty girl.This style of wine is made in very few selective parts of the world, even in France, and even within the region, few people drink it as much. Which then takes exclusivity and connoisseurship points to a platinum high.Add to that the fact that they can easily age for a solid part of two decades (and rarely recommended before the end of a decade), this wine should be smart enough for the most intellectual among us.-Magandeep Singhadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img

Naomi Osaka wins Madrid opener, Garbine Muguruza loses in 1st round

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Nuggets bounce back in Game 4 to even series with Blazers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Martic will next face fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber, who broke Lesia Tsurenko six times to earn a 6-3, 6-2 victory.Third-seeded Simona Halep, who has won twice in Madrid, brushed off Russian qualifier Margarita Gasparyan 6-0, 6-4.Fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova had to fight back from a set down to fend off 18-year-old Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3.Sloane Stephens and Victoria Azarenka also advanced, while Madison Keys lost to Sorana Cirstea in three sets.NADAL NEXTADVERTISEMENT Japan’s Naomi Osaka returns the ball during her match against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova during the Madrid Open tennis tournament, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)MADRID — Naomi Osaka won her opening match at the Madrid Open, Caroline Wozniacki withdrew due to injury and Garbine Muguruza was upset by Petra Martic in straight sets on Sunday.Top-ranked Osaka, the reigning U.S. Open and Australian Open champion, hit 43 winners, including eight aces, on the outdoor red clay to beat 2016 finalist Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 7-6 (6).ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “For me, I’m just happy to get through it,” Osaka said. “I feel the most nervous during the first round and to play against Cibulkova was kind of tough for me, especially on clay.”Osaka will face Sara Sorribes in the second round after she got past fellow Spanish wild card Lara Arruabarrena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA lower back injury forced Wozniacki to retire from her match with Alizé Cornet when she was losing 0-3 in the first set.Martic ousted two-time grand slam winner Muguruza 7-5, 7-6 (2), a week after the Croat won her first career title in Istanbul. MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal knows who his first opponent will be after Felix Auger-Aliassime beat fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov, a semifinalist last year, 6-2, 7-6 (7).The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime has reached the final in Rio and the semifinals in Miami already this year.Jan-Lennard Struff beat Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (4), 6-4 in a match that saw a combined 21 aces.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Udinese chief Bonato: Losing Higuain to Chelsea would be AC Milan blow

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Udinese chief Bonato: Losing Higuain to Chelsea would be AC Milan blowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Udinese sports chief Nereo Bonato has warned AC Milan about losing Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is wanted by Chelsea this month.Bonato told TMW: “It’s been a complicated story from the beginning, I think Higuain was not happy to leave Juventus, but there’s also Milan’s unsatisfactory performance.”And Higuain will surely be tempted by Chelsea, looking for a central striker. “Milan need investment, they must try to enter the Champions League and it will be more difficult without the Argentine.” last_img read more

9 days agoArsenal boss Emery wants to bring forward plans to BUY Ceballos

first_imgArsenal boss Emery wants to bring forward plans to BUY Ceballosby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery wants to bring forward plans to sign Dani Ceballos.The midfielder is on-loan at Arsenal this season from Real Madrid – without the option to buy.AS says Emery has seen enough and wants to buy Ceballos in January as a priority.The manager sees the Spanish midfielder as the man to replace Mesut Ozil, who he is eager to move on.Arsenal are set to open talks with Real in the coming weeks to discuss a fee for Ceballos. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Peace Region mayors travelling to Ottawa to talk LNG with Feds

first_img“Fabricated industrial steel components tariffs are intended to prevent Asian markets from dumping subsidized products into Canadian markets in order to protect our producers,” said Kitimat mayor Phil Germuth. “However, it is absolutely necessary for LNG proponents in B.C. to import large fabricated modules to develop their liquefaction plants. “We feel it would be an absolute shame if our country missed out on this once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure billions of dollars of investment. We need to create a level playing field in order to be competitive on the global stage, so that we don’t see Canadian investment and jobs disappear. If just one of the proposed projects, LNG Canada, were to proceed it would be the single largest private investment in Canadian history.”While in Ottawa, the group of mayors intend to meet with a variety of key representatives from the federal government.According to the Conference Board of Canada, if an LNG industry comprised of one small and two larger LNG facilities is built in B.C., it will grow Canada’s economy by $7.4 billion a year for the next 30 years. These three projects would also raise national employment by 65,000 jobs a year on average and provide $6 billion in taxes to the federal government. OTTAWA, O.N. — Five mayors from the Peace Region will joined by the mayors of Kitimat and Terrace in meetings with the federal government this week on the topic of getting an liquified natural gas export industry realized in B.C.The seven mayors, including those from Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, and Tumbler Ridge, are scheduled to be meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday and Thursday to showcase to the government the benefits that an LNG export industry would bring to their communities, as well as to the rest of B.C. and Canada. In a joint press release today, There is broad support for LNG in B.C. amongst the communities that are most directly affected by the proposed activity.“This new industry will bring new investment, create new jobs, business and training opportunities and bring new revenue to B.C. that will help support social services including hospitals, schools, transportation and public safety,” said Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman. “These are not just benefits for northern B.C. but benefits that will be experienced throughout the province and all of Canada. Canadians will see the benefits of adding value to our natural gas, diversifying our trade opportunities, instead of allowing our natural gas to be shipped raw to the U.S., which is currently our only market outside of Canada.”The mayors are also planning on bringing up the tariffs on fabricated industrial steel components imported from Asia that could jeopardize the development of such an industry by making proposed projects less competitive in the global economy. The mayors say that consideration should be given to exempting LNG modules from FISC tariffs in order to level the playing field for potential LNG investors.last_img read more

Last Greyhound Bus leaves Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A mix of public transportation services have already started to fill the gap as Greyhound Canada ends service in Western Canada.Greyhound Service to Fort St. John and Fort Nelson ended June 1, but service was maintained into Dawson Creek from Edmonton until Tuesday.The national motor coach operator is being replaced by a mix of provincial government-subsidized services, Indigenous-owned bus lines, locally owned startups, flexible fleets of shuttle buses and a scattering of formal and informal ride-sharing services. In our region, the Province created the BC Bus to serve parts of Northern B.C. after Greyhound pulled out, but as of today service between our area of the Province of Alberta will be non-existent.Red Arrow in Alberta has already started to operate on the route between Grande Prairie and Edmonton but at this point hasn’t announced any plans to extend service into northeast B.C.last_img read more

PM Modi deplores attacks on Kashmiris across nation

first_imgKanpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday asked state governments to take stern action if there is any attack on Kashmiris, calling those who targeted them recently in Lucknow “crazed people”.In an apparent reference to remarks by opposition leaders after the recent air strikes against the Balakot terror camp in Pakistan, Modi also lashed at those demeaning the valour displayed by the armed forces after the Jaish-e-Mohammed attack against the CRPF in Pulwama. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuAddressing a public meeting here, Modi brought up the Lucknow incident in which two Kashmiri vendors were thrashed on Wednesday, allegedly targeted by members of a right-wing group over the Pulwama attack that killed 40 paramilitary personnel last month. The prime minister called the perpetrators sirphirey log (crazed people) in near identical remarks at the meeting and on Twitter. “It is very important to maintain an atmosphere of unity in the country,” Modi said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyHe congratulated the Yogi Adityanath government for acting promptly over what some crazed people did to our Kashmiri brothers in Lucknow. “I would also like to request other state governments to take the strongest action possible wherever there is an attempt to do something like this,” he said. The prime minister was addressing the meeting after flagging off the commercial run on Lucknow Metro’s North-South corridor, through video conferencing from Kanpur itself. Modi also symbolically laid the foundation stone for the Agra Metro Rail project at the same event. He visited Varanasi and Ghaziabad too on Friday, launching development projects and addressing public meetings.last_img read more

Taking steps to reduce costs enhance margins Maruti

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) plans to take a variety of steps including enhanced localisation, increase in productivity and reducing overall costs in order to improve margins in the current fiscal, a senior company official has said. The auto major reported EBITDA margin of 14 per cent for 2018-19, down 1.9 per cent from 15.9 per cent in 2017-18. “We are working very hard on cost cutting, there is lot of effort on cost side…as a company we are all committed to work towards it and ensure that it (margins) improve from here,” MSI CFO Ajay Seth said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe company will carry on with its internal efforts without worrying about the external factors like foreign exchange rates, he added. “External factors will be there but whatever is in our control we will try and work harder in terms of cost reduction and enhancing productivity,” Seth noted. He said increasing localisation is an important part of the initiative. “Localisation is a big drive now. Wherever we have been hit on account of foreign exchange, we are now looking at large targets for localisation,” he said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysOverheads are under severe scrutiny and the company is looking at vendors in terms of more productivity gains, Seth added. “So a variety of things are being done. For us it is very crucial that we improve from here,” he said. EBITDA margin is an assessment of a firm’s operating profitability as a percentage of its total revenue. It is equal to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) divided by total revenue. MSI reported a 4.6 per cent decline in net profit to Rs 1,795.6 crore for the fourth quarter of the 2018-19. For the entire 2018-19, MSI posted a net profit of Rs 7,500.6 crore, down 2.9 per cent from the previous financial year. The carmaker has also decided to phase out all diesel cars from its portfolio with effect from April 1, 2020. When asked if the company is looking for write offs having already put in large investments in diesel engine plants over the years, Seth said, the auditors have done a detailed study and concluded that there would not be any significant impact. “Around 99 per cent of it (diesel capacity) is getting converted (into petrol, CNG etc).. there is no impairment as such, even if there is a impairment it is going to be a negligible amount,” he added. “If you cannot convert your facilities into anything else then you have to impair it,” he further said. The company would be able to convert its existing plants as per the company’s long term goals, he added. MSI plans to shift its entire portfolio to petrol, CNG powertrains. The auto major currently gets 23 per cent of its total sales in the domestic market from diesel cars. It sold a total of 4.63 lakh diesel units last fiscal. Some of the company’s models like Vitara Brezza and S-Cross currently come with a diesel engine option only. Others like Swift, Baleno, Dzire, Ciaz and Ertiga also have petrol versions in addition to the diesel trims.last_img read more