HarvardX Interactive Learning Challenge now open

first_imgHarvardX invites creative coders everywhere to a learning technology challenge.The mission is to create an interactive visualization of the binomial distribution suitable for students who are learning the topic of probability.Possible approaches include interactive line or bar graphs, coin-flip or dice-roll simulations, combinations of these, or something completely different.Winners will see their work appear in a HarvardX open online course.Submissions are due November 1, best entries decided by November 10, winners announced November 30, 2014.last_img read more

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This Queensland property is the catch of the day

first_imgThe deck looks out over the property. Picture: Supplied. “We’ve got a cul-de-sac at the end of the street so really the only people who drive past are owners,” she said. “Everyone is friendly as well. We walk the dogs every morning and stop to have a chat with the neighbours.” The home at 43 Forest Rd, Cashmere, comes with a stocked dam. Picture: Supplied.FISHERMEN take note — this acreage property in Cashmere comes with a private fishing hole already stocked with silver perch and bass. The 1.5 ha property at 43 Forest Rd features a lowset home, outdoor entertaining spaces, double bay shed and pavilion overlooking the dam. Owners Lance and Sandy Smith have lived at the home for almost a decade and enjoy the private bush setting. The living area features a fireplace. Picture: Supplied. The living spaces flow out to the covered timber deck. The main bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, and the remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. The Smiths have improved the property by adding a pavilion overlooking the dam and upgrading the driveway.Mrs Smith said the home was in a “beautifully quiet” neighbourhood. A pavilion overlooks the dam. Picture: Supplied.The home sits on an elevated position and features a semi-open plan layout with the kitchen and dining area sitting between the lounge room and family room. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and island bench, while the lounge has a wood fireplace. A statement water feature sits between the dining room and deck. Picture: Supplied. “When we moved in 10 years ago we had young boys. (The property meant) we could get them out of the house,” Mrs Smith said. “They would always be outside playing and building things.” Mrs Smith said her favourite thing about the property was the privacy and tranquillity. “We live mostly outdoors on the deck,” she said.“We go out there for coffee in the morning and can still be out there by lunchtime.” More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019last_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report — July 5th, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Continued dry weather this week allowed significant gains in wheat harvested, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 3rd.In addition to wheat harvest, producers continued to cut hay, with many having moved onto a second cutting. Both winter wheat harvested and hay cut are well ahead of the previous year. Corn, soybeans, and oats progress are all even with or ahead of the five-year average. Crops continue to be in very good condition despite the lack of rain.Read the full report herelast_img read more

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The Cloud, Activity Streams and Applications That Cut Across the Home and the Office

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Products#saas A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williamscenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Recently, SAP showed us its new, cloud-based enterprise collaboration service called 12Sprints. It embraces consumer services and activity streams correlating to the context of the business use, in particular collaboration among teams and groups.Since that demo a few weeks ago, our views about the SAP service have changed a bit. In particular now that Google Buzz is part of the picture and conversations we have had recently with companies like Jive Software.It’s evident that the landscape is changing. 12Sprints, Jive Software and a host of other enterprise services have solidified the belief that the enterprise expects applications to be social. Enterprise vendors are hearing that pretty clearly from their customers.We stopped by the Jive Software office in Portland this week to talk with CEO Dave Hersh and Co-Founder and CTO Matt Tucker about the company and the technology direction in the market.Hersh said Buzz is interesting as it reinforces to customers that activity streams are effective ways to get the right information to the right people. Now, enterprise customers want all of their applications to be social. “Every application they have in house is getting buzzy,” Hersh said. Bets are on for how to apply activity streams to the enterprise while at the same time developing open architectures so they may continually adapt to market changes. For instance, Jive sees its “Social Business Software,” platform as reaching across the enterprise. It has invested heavily in the social, customer facing environments. The company recently acquired FiltrBox to track and analyze information from the social stream. The next step is to create activity streams for all applications, deeper in the enterprise. Integrate, for instance, an activity stream into an ERP or CRM environment.Hersh said Jive now has 200 employees. He expects employee head count to be 300 by the end of the year. Resources will go to R&SD with a concentration in developing activity stream technology and mobile services. In the meantime, the focus across the market is how to bring universality to consumer and enterprise applications. These are services built upon cloud-based infrastructures that use APIs to integrate consumer-based applications that are as popular for the office as the home.SAP’s 12Sprints is illustrative of this trend. In December, we wrote about the service, describing it as a competitor to Google Wave. Now it seems more like Google Buzz. It has the elements of a fully collaborative environment where people add to a stream of information, editing simultaneously in real time.It’s a competitor to any number of enterprise collaboration services, including Saleforce Chatter, PBWorks, MindTouch and IBM’s Project Vulcan. Other services that come to mind include Tibco’s Tibbr, as Dion Hinchliffe points out in his post recently about the 12Sprints service.The service is designed to integrate with consumer-based API’s, initially integrating with Evernote and Scribd. That’s a smart approach. Innovation in the market is coming from services that are fit for the consumer or the professional. For example, doctors use Evernote to keep notes and for their own personal use.The SAP team looks like they have no hesitation in developing 12Sprints as a service that is much like a consumer offering.It uses activity streams that allow people to follow individuals, groups, updates or search terms.But it is not a rival, as of yet, to Microsoft Sharepoint. 12Sprints takes a more focused approach than Sharepoint. Hinchcliffe points out that this may be its best attribute. It’s not like the rest of the pack in that it tries to do everything:“It’s important to note that 12Sprints doesn’t try to be the best at everything, a fault that’s endemic to large enterprise application suites and which is wisely avoided here. It does however integrate with best-of-breed services where it makes sense, whether they’re from SAP or not. This includes WebEx, Evernote, and Scribd, with the first two custom-integrated and the latter as part of their extensions program. With extensions any developer can onboard their functionality to 12Sprints, which offers users an experience not dissimilar to an app store and makes it possible for anyone to enhance the platform.Who will find 12Sprints compelling? Those who have traditional, non-collaborative desktop and communication tools. E-mail and instant messaging is an obvious competitor for many of the tasks that 12Sprints targets, while Microsoft Project, Web conferencing, and knowledge/document management tools are as well in terms of more directed and less open-ended apps.”SAP, Jive and even Google have a shared interest in developing applications built upon open architectures. The consumer facing aspects of these applications will continue to unfold, especially as cloud computing grows in acceptance. And with this all, activity streams will be the standard for how the social stream flows. Related Posts last_img read more

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7 Free Online Texture Libraries

first_imgBuild your library with these free texture websites.If you are a CG artist or motion graphic designer than you probably use the internet to find textures for your projects. Unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions you can’t simply use a search engine to find textures. This is where online texture databases come in handy.Some of these databases are good and some of them… not so much. In order to make the process much easier, we’ve listed out a few of our favorite places to find free textures. If you have any other suggestions besides the websites listed here please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.1. CG TexturesWhile still a great source of textures, CG Textures has evolved over the years to include more “stock photo” style photographs featuring over 107,415 images. Unlike Mayang’s, CG Textures has a handy search bar to help with your navigation along with a bunch of free tutorials to help you learn how to use the textures in Photoshop. CG Textures licensing agreement is very wide open and you can use them both commercially and privately for free. They also have a few membership options that give users the ability to download larger quantities of textures per day. Memberships start at $76 a year and go up from there.2. Texture KingWhile not as extensive as Mayang or CG Textures, Texture king is also a great resource to find free textures online. All the images are totally free to use and you don’t have to worry about download limits. Don’t be expecting any iPhone 6 textures any time soon, they haven’t added any new textures since 2013. But still, all the textures are 100% free.3. Free Stock TexturesFree Stock Textures offers 100% free textures that you can use in both personal and commercial projects. They have a lot of really easy to navigate categories, but most notably Free Stock Textures gives users the ability to find textures based on color. There is no download limit, but make sure you have a big enough hard drive. Most textures here are around 10mb each.4. Open Game ArtOpen Game Art features textures and stock images that are intended for 3D modeling and motion graphics. While you will find the normal assortment of grunge textures, Open Game Art specializes in things that are helpful for CG Experts including reflection mattes and environments. There are a variety of licenses depending on the image, so be sure to find out before downloading.5. Mayang’s Free Texture LibraryWith over four thousand free textures, Mayang’s Free Textures is one of the best places to get textures on the internet. Textures are broken up into sub categories making it incredibly easy to navigate. Their licensing agreements are also incredibly relaxed, allowing you to use the textures in virtually any situation. You can only download up to 20 free textures a day on Mayang’s website, so if you don’t want to wait 218 days to download the entire library you can purchase the entire library for only $33. Not a bad deal at all.6. Texture MateIn addition to having a plethora of free textures, Texture mate also features brushes, patterns, and vectors that are all free as well. Users can search textures by popularity, color, and categories. Texture Mate has also created some free packs to make it easier to build your texture archive. You are allowed to use the textures on any project with no restrictions.7. TextureLibTextureLib is very similar to Free Stock Textures in that all the textures have been shot and distributed by one person. As a result, all the textures are 100% free for you to use on personal and commercial projects. You are however limited to 1 download a day, If you are looking to extend your download limit you have the option to purchase “full access” for a small fee starting at $1.Now that you have all of these great textures it’s time to do something with them. If you are interested in learning about how to use these textures in Cinema 4D, After Effects, or even Apple Motion check out the PremiumBeat blog. We have hundreds of articles dedicated to helping you become a better motion designer.Know of any other great places to find textures? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Hardik Pandya on playing helicopter shot in front of MS Dhoni: Happy that it came off

first_imgOut of the three sixes that Hardik Pandya hit against Chennai Super Kings on Thursday night, one was a helicopter shot that he played right in front of the man who invented the unique shot – MS Dhoni.Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard took the Super Kings bowlers to the cleaners at the Wankhede in the slog overs to take Mumbai Indians to 170 with 45 runs coming off the final two overs.Pandya smashed Dwayne Bravo for two sixes in the final over with the first being a helicopter shot. The ball travelled 91 metres as Pandya replicated MS Dhoni’s trademark shot.Hardik Pandya ended up with 25 not out off 8 balls while Kieron Pollard smashed 17 off 7 balls. Their partnership off 45 runs in 12 balls turned out to be a turning point in the game in the end.Hardik opened up on his helicopter shot after the game revealed how he copied it from Dhoni after watching him play the shot so many times over the years.”Very special, I have been working on that shot (helicopter). After playing that shot I was kind of proud, I was expecting MS to come and say ‘good shot’. Generally people like to bowl at the stumps against me. It’s a shot which is not easy but I have seen MS hitting them so many times.”He is an inspiration and we try to copy a lots of shots which he plays and this is one of the shots which I’ve copied from him and quite happy that it came out well,” Hardik Pandya said.advertisementSpecial to hit helicopter shot with @msdhoni watching: Hardik”Hoped MS would congratulate me after that shot “An overjoyed @hardikpandya7 talks about emulating inspiration MSD’s pet stroke against CSK. Interview by @Moulinparikh #MIvCSK @mipaltanhttps://t.co/jLLWXuZRYe pic.twitter.com/aci6s6cPBFIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 4, 2019KIERON POLLARD AN MI LEGENDThe Mumbai Indians all-rounder also spoke about Kieron Pollard and the special bond that he shares with the West Indian cricketer on and off the field.”He is a special cricketer. He is very dear to us, he’s like a brother to me. He’s a match-winner no matter if he is batting, bowling or fielding. Whenever you put him in the spot he will deliver. According to me his an MI legend,” Hardik Pandya said.Pandya also picked up three crucial wickets, including that of MS Dhoni, as he came up with a special performance in front of the home crowd.Hardik revealed he had been training hard during his time away from the senior national team and all that is helping him strike the ball as cleanly as he is in the ongoing season of IPL. Hardik was sidelined from international action during a back injury he picked up during Asia Cup last year. Shortly after his comeback, Hardik faced a suspension for his controversial comments in a popular television show — Koffee With Karan.Nonetheless, the Mumbai Indians all-rounder has returned to peak form in IPL 2019 and is expected to play a key role for India at the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.”It feels really good to help the team win and to contribute to it. It’s been seven months since I played much competitive cricket. Have batted and batted and batted in the nets. Touch wood, it’s helping me,” Hardik said on Wednesday.He added: “I am someone who loves to have game time and I am hitting them really well at the moment. Yes, the injury happened and then the controversy too. These seven months weren’t easy and I wasn’t sure of what to do.”This award is special and I dedicate it to all those who stood by me during those tough times. My goal is to keep performing and hopefully, help India win the World Cup.”Also Read | Wanted to play the brand of cricket Mumbai Indians are known for: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | MS Dhoni blames poor fielding and death bowling for CSK’s crushing defeat vs MIAlso Read | Mumbai Indians 1st team to win 100 IPL matches, CSK’s winning streak endslast_img read more

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Starlight Childrens Foundation To Host Dream Halloween 2016

first_imgStarlight Children’s Foundation will host LA’s iconic Dream Halloween costume party and fundraiser at the historic Park Plaza in downtown Los Angeles on October 22, 2016.The popular family-friendly event returns this year as a charity benefit for Starlight whose mission is to bring happiness to critically, chronically and terminally ill children. Since 1992, Dream Halloween has raised millions of dollars to support kids and families facing serious health challenges.Starlight invites guests to check into the legendary “Starlight Hotel” for Dream Halloween 2016. This one-of-a-kind costume party will delight children and adults with two floors and three ballrooms full of games, crafts, food, live performances and other phantasmagorical surprises throughout the night. Dream Halloween is produced by Joe Moller Events, a full service boutique event production company based in Los Angeles.Starlight’s all-star Dream Halloween host committee includes Ashley Argota, Butterscotch, Philippe Cousteau, Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, Deborah Cox, Cindy Crawford, Tiffany Espensen, Mckenna Grace, Sammi Hanratty, Stacy Keibler, Joey King, Dave Koz, Elise Luthman, Joey Luthman, Bailee Madison, Mahkenna, Kayla Maisonet, Sierra McCormick, Katherine McNamara, Brendan Meyer, Aubrey K. Miller, Dylan Minnette, Kathleen Robertson, Elisabeth Röhm, John Stamos, Sophie Simmons, James Valentine and Theo Von.All proceeds benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation. Sponsorships, ticket packages and individual tickets are on sale now at www.dreamhalloween.org. For every sponsorship or ticket package purchased, Starlight will donate complimentary event passes to LA-area kids and families supported by Starlight’s network of community partners including children’s hospitals, specialty camps and clinics, respite houses and shelters.Michaels Stores is the Title Sponsor of Dream Halloween. Additional event sponsors include: Colgate-Palmolive; Dave Koz & Friends at Sea; Disney; the Northwestern Mutual offices of Los Angeles, Irvine, Las Vegas and West Los Angeles; Nintendo of America; Insomniac Games; and Audrey’s Cookies.For more information about Dream Halloween, including sponsorships, ticket packages or to purchase individual tickets, please visit www.dreamhalloween.org or contact Lauren Stephenson, Manager, Impact & Philanthropy, at 424-245-3693 or by email at [email protected]last_img read more

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