Another Blackberry Outage: A Historical Look

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Blackberry users had a bit of a surprise this morning. Email was down. It came back up around 11 a.m. PST but in comparison to prior outages, this was a big one.The Blackberry email outage spared most business users as enterprise servers were not affected. First problems were reported around 2:30 a.m. PST. By mid-morning, the Twittersphere was a buzz with questions about their Blackberry service.We thought it might be useful to show a history of Blackberry outages and reflect on their significance compared to today’s outage.In 2007, RIM had a major outage. CEO Jim Balsillie said the outages would never happen again.At the time, Balsillie did not have too much to worry about. They had a pretty tight grip on the market. The iPhone had been introduced in January but it was of little concern at the time. The biggest issue was making sure the company instituted some safeguards for government agencies and big enterprise customers.In February 2008, RIM had another serious outage.The outages ignited concerns but no real harm seemed to come of it.Now comes today’s outage. The market is a far different place than one or two years ago. According to comScore, more people use the iPhone than Microsoft devices. The Blackberry is still in first place with more than 14 million users.But how long can the lead last for Blackberry with major outages like the one today? The enterprise may be a different story but the lead there is not guaranteed. It’s not just email anymore. Apps are all the rage. So when email goes down for Blackberry, you know it has some real affects. Email is RIM’s crown jewel. If its reliability is questioned than it raises more interest among users in competing devices such as the iPhone or the Android. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts alex williamscenter_img Tags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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First Look at Affordable LEED Townhomes

first_imgMy associate Abe Kruger and I are the green raters on a set of 18 affordable townhomes currently under construction for the Chattanooga, Tennessee Housing Authority. We were brought in after design and specifications were complete, so we did not have as much influence on the project as we would have liked. Regardless, it is a good project with a very involved and cooperative team. With this in mind we hopped in my car for the two-hour drive up I-75 recently for the first pre-drywall inspection. Not uncharacteristically for the construction industry, they had not completed all the work required for the inspection when we arrived, but they did want our input on their progress and the quality of the work to date. While we will have to make another visit to complete the inspection, it was a productive meeting and we were able to make some much needed mid-course corrections that will help the building perform better and more easily meet the desired certification.It’s That Damned Batt Insulation AgainAs we walked through the first set of buildings, we pointed out some framing cavities that were not accessible for insulation, interior air barriers that needed to be added, and several areas where duct sealing was not quite up to par. The biggest issue by far, however was the inconsistency in the fiberglass batt insulation work, something that I anticipated in an earlier post in this forum. Way back at the LEED design review meeting with the architects we brought up the potential problems with batt insulation that had been specified for the walls. We were concerned that while they had specified closed cell spray foam on the rooflines, and both solar PV and thermal systems, the walls were to have fiberglass batts. We felt strongly that this was not the best decision and suggested that they consider an upgrade to blown in or sprayed wall insulation. We begged, we pleaded, we threatened (well, not really), but apparently we were not persuasive enough to change their minds. As we moved into pre-construction discussions, we made it quite clear that we would expect Grade 1 quality installation, providing the entire team with documents such as the ENERGY STAR Thermal Bypass Checklist Guidelines. We were assured, repeatedly, that everyone involved was on board and there would be no problems with the wall insulation (We were not convinced).What We Have Here is a Failure to CommunicateAs I do at any pre-drywall inspection that involves fiberglass insulation, I donned my handy pair of cotton gloves and started poking around the batts already installed. I cannot say that the installation was anywhere close to the worst I had ever seen, but there was a lot of room for improvement. Some of the batts were carefully trimmed and split around wires and pipes, and others were not. Some fit snugly with no compressions in the stud cavities, others were oversized and crammed in too tight. Gaps in exterior sheathing were inconsistently sealed, and they had not yet even attempted to insulate some walls that were packed with pipes and wires. There were two installers on site, nice, earnest young men who were trying their hardest to do a good job. It was clear, however, that there was a major communication breakdown between the management of the insulation installation company and their field crews, who were not adequately trained to meet the job requirements. We pointed out that while it was quite possible to get a quality job in most of the walls, there were several areas, specifically the walls full of pipes and open web joists at rim joists, that would certainly need to be upgraded to a blown in or sprayed on material to meet the job specifications. Once we were in the field, it became clear to everyone that achieving a grade 1 installation with batts in any framing cavities with unusual shapes or numerous obstructions was going to be practically impossible. The last word we heard was that they were planning to upgrade the complicated sections from batts to a blown in or sprayed on material. We are thankful that this decision was made but disappointed in our own inability to make a convincing enough case earlier in the process.Getting Priorities StraightThese affordable rental homes are an excellent example of high performance construction, and the housing authority that is building and will retain ownership of them is making many good decisions for the long term. We do feel, however, that it could have been an even better project had they taken a more nuanced look at the building performance characteristics and how they related to each other. While large portions of the budget were devoted to solar systems, wall insulation was relegated to what is essentially a baseline code product that is plagued with installation problems. Obviously they didn’t read my earlier post on outlawing batt insulation.last_img read more

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Connected trees will be scrubbing the air in a city near you soon

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… An improvement on nature?Each planter is called a CityTree and has the environmental performance of up to 275 conventionally planted urban trees – but only needs 5% of the cost and 99% less space. The health of each tree is monitored through embedded sensors that minimize the maintenance in their upkeep.  Each of the vertical plant filters can be the local reduce air pollution by up to 30% within a radius of up to 50 meters.In order to ensure the profitability of vertical greening, the system includes digital screens with technologies such as QR code, iBeacon and NFC.  This allows the CityTrees to be used for out-of-home advertising and mobile commerce purposes. Integrated benches and the offer of additional services such as Wi-Fi hotspot or e-bike charging stations extend the functionality of the biofilters.CityTrees have already graced many European cities, with current installations are taking place in Hong Kong, Oslo, Paris, Skopje and Dresden and Hannover. A new pilot is about to launch in Modena, Italy designed to measure the long-term metrics of the installations on the city landscape. With increases in urbanization, space at a premium in many modern cities and increases in fines for regulatory breaches, it’s foreseeable that we’ll see a growth in biotech that aims to alleviate the impacts of modern living. Related Posts Cate Lawrence How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#air pollution#air quality#Dresden#featured#Hannover#Smart Cities#smart city#top Air pollution is a significant problem in many parts of the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 6.5 million deaths per year can be attributed to air pollution, much greater than the number who die from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and road injuries combined.A number of enduring serious health conditions can also be attributed to poor air quality including respiratory conditions, lung cancer, heart disease, and even damage to the brain, nerves, liver, or kidneys. What compounds these health conditions is the phenomenon of urban heat islands (UHI). This is where man-made urban surfaces  — such as concrete and asphalt — lead to an increased heating of the surrounding area.One startup out of Germany is endeavoring to address these issues through a novel solution.See also: 5 ways the  new connected agriculture changed in 2016Green City Solutions creates huge vertical planter boxes for public spaces utilizing plants adept at removing dust, nitrogen dioxide and ozone gasses from low-lying smog. The company was established in Dresden, Germany in 2014 and employs a team of experts in architecture, mechanical engineering, computer science and horticulture to create intelligent solutions in the fields of environmental services, cleantech and sustainable urban development, to provide residents with a healthier life in green and livable cities. Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citieslast_img read more

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Reyes taps Alas, Amer to join Gilas pool

first_imgLATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Para athletes seek public help for funding through ‘Alay Para Atleta’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Amer has been averaging 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists this past conference, while Alas has racked 9.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists.READ: 15 players called up as Gilas resumes practice; Ravena, Paras on the listAlas last saw action for the national team in the 2014 Fiba Asia Cup, while Amer has won a gold medal in the 2015 SEA Games.Reyes earlier called out his cadets and invited Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, and Fil-German Christian Standhardiger to join the Gilas Pilipinas practices, set to start on June 20.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Guinto and Grey were earlier tapped to be part of the 27-man national team pool, and even saw action in the three-leg 2017 PBA All-Star Week games, where the national team faced off against PBA All-Stars from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.READ: Reyes to pick just 2 players even as Gilas reps from GlobalPort grow to 4FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, the two found themselves traded to GlobalPort, creating a league imbalance which put four pool members in the Batang Pier camp, together with Terrence Romeo and cadet Von Pessumal, while leaving NLEX and Meralco without a second representative to the pool.Now, Reyes can move on and continue his buildup for the upcoming 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games with this rejigged pool. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Baser Amer (left) and Kevin Alas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Alas and Baser Amer are the two new entries to the Gilas Pilipinas pool.Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes announced his decision on Friday as he replaces pool members Bradwyn Guinto and Jonathan Grey.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Sunrisers restricts Punjab to 143-6

first_img COMMENT bl23_warner × SHARE April 23, 2016 Hyderabad Published on IPL 2016 Sunrisers Hyderabad dished out another superlative bowling effort to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 143 for six in an IPL T20 encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium here tonight.Electing to bowl first after winning the toss, the SRH bowlers, including the promising Mustafizur Rahman, Henriques and others picked up wickets at regular intervals and also did not allow Punjab to score big runs.Moises Henriques scalped two wickets, while Bangladesh pacer Rahman deserves a special mention as he claimed two wickets, including a wicket in a maiden over, giving away just nine runs.Shaun Marsh (40 off 34 balls) was the top-scorer for Punjab with three boundaries and two huge sixes, while all-rounder Axar Patel’s unbeaten 36 off 17 balls laced with three sixes and a four helped them put a decent score on board.Manan Vohra, who has been consistent for KXIP this season, contributed 25 runs that had a six and three fours.As the side struggled following the exit of Captain David Miller and Glen Maxwell, young Nikhil Nayak (22) gave good company to Patel, sharing 50 runs, to help the side reach 143.The Punjab side suffered an early setback with its opener Murali Vijay returning to the pavilion in the third over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Vijay paid the price for his poor shot as wicket keeper Naman Ojha took a simple catch.Other opener Vohra was run out in the sixth over bowled by Mustafizur Rahman following some brilliant fielding by Shikhar Dhawan, whose direct throw found him short of crease.The KXIP suffered another major setback in the 10th over when Henriques dismissed struggling duo of skipper Miller (9) and Glen Maxwell (1) in the same over.Marsh, who appeared set for a big innings, was then trapped infront of wicket by Rahman in the 14th over.But the duo of Nayak and Patel played their useful role to take the innings forward. cricket bl23_warner SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

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IPL 2016: Parthiv Patel, Ambati Rayudu star as Mumbai Indians crush Kings XI Punjab by 25 runs

first_imgDefending champions Mumbai Indians defeated Kings XI Punjab by 25 runs to bag their third victory in the ninth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Monday. (Scorecard)Mumbai rode on strong batting performances by Parthiv Patel (81) and Ambati Rayudu (65) to post 189/6 in 20 overs. The duo added 136 runs between them for the second wicket to lay the foundation for a big total.In reply, Punjab were lifted by an 89-run third wicket stand between Shaun Marsh (48) and Glenn Maxwell (56). But at the end, the combined brilliance of Mumbai pace trio — Jasprit Bumrah (3/26), Mitchell McClanaghan (3/32) and Tim Southee (2/28) — ensured that Punjab fall short by 25 runs, scoring 164/7.It was Mumbai’s second win in last five matches that takes them to the fifth spot in the points table, while Punjab succumbed to their hat-trick of losses and remained at the bottom. (Full IPL Coverage)In a match between two struggling sides, Punjab captain David Miller won the toss and asked Mumbai to bat. Mumbai had a shaky start as skipper Rohit Sharma lasted all of two balls before edging a Sandeep Sharma inswinger to the wicketkeeper.That was the only piece of celebration the Punjab players and their home crowd could indulge in for a considerable period of time as Patel and Rayudu proceeded to hit the bowlers to all parts of the ground.Opening the batting along with skipper Rohit, Parthiv batted almost till the end of the innings. The discarded India wicketkeeper showcased some superb batting form to plunder 81 runs off just 58 deliveries.advertisementHe smashed 10 boundaries and a couple of sixes to notch up his highest ever IPL score before falling to a well directed bouncer from veteran Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.Parhiv’s entertaining strokeplay was well-matched by Rayudu at the other end. The 30-year-old right-hander slammed 65 runs off 37 deliveries with the help of four boundaries and an equal number of sixes.Rayudu finally fell to some poor shot selection as an attempted sweep off Axar Patel travelled straight to Manan Vohra at deep midwicket.Jos Buttler (24) walked in to play a fast paced innings full of innovative shots, hitting three boundaries and a massive six over long-on off Pardeep Sahu in his 12-ball stint. He was bowled by a slowish, incoming delivery from Mohit Sharma while attempting another big hit.That triggered a flurry of late wickets as the Punjab bowlers staged a late comeback. But by the time Johnson finally managed to send Parthiv back to the pavilion, Mumbai were well on their way to a big total.Mohit Sharma was the most successful among the Punjab bowlers. The medium-pacer was a bit expensive in a wicketless first spell, but did better in his second spell to return figures of 3/38. Sandeep Sharma (1/20), Axar patel (1/41) and Johnson (1/43) claimed a wicket each.And in reply, Punjab didn’t start well, losing opening batsmen Vohra (7) and Murali Vijay (19) inside the first five overs. While Vijay offered a catch to Jos Buttler at point off New Zealander Southee, Vohra gave a simple catch to the same fielder at cover points off Bumrah.The hosts needed a big partnership and Marsh and Maxwell rose up to the task. Maxwell, having scored a meager 39 runs in the previous matches, came good finally, hitting five fours and a six.They shared an 89-run stand for the third wicket before Southee returned to dismiss left-hander Marsh, who scored 45 runs in 34 balls.After his wicket in the final ball of the 15th over, the hosts needed 69 runs with seven wickets in hand. Bumrah almost sealed the match in Mumbai’s over in the 18th over as the right-armer removed the dangerous Maxwell and Nikhil Naik (1).With 49 required of two overs, it was always going to be a difficult task and it proved so. Another Kiwi pacer, McClanaghan ended Punjab’s hopes by scalping the wicket of Axar Patel (1) and Mitchell Johnson (0) in the penultimate over that yielded only 10 runs. Captain Miller scored a brisk 17-ball 30 but it was not enough.Brief scores:Mumbai Indians: 189/6 in 20 overs (Parthiv Patel 81, Ambati Rayudu 65; Mohit Sharma 3/38). Kings XI Punjab: 164/4 (Glenn Maxwell 56, Shaun Marsh 48; Jasprit Bumrah 3/26, Mitchell McClanaghan 3/32, Tim Southee 2/28).last_img read more

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Unitech shares down nearly 4% on exclusion from F&O segment

first_imgMumbai, May 19 (PTI) Shares of realty major Unitech ended the day nearly 4 per cent down as investor sentiment turned weak following reports that BSE and NSE will drop the company from the futures and options (F&O) segment from July 29.The stock went down by 3.65 per cent to Rs 3.96 on BSE. During the day, it tumbled 5.59 per cent to Rs 3.88.At NSE, shares of the company slipped 3.65 per cent to close at Rs 3.95.In terms of volume, 96.38 lakh shares of the company changed hands at BSE and over 4 crore shares were traded at NSE during the day.However, the existing contracts for May, June and July will continue to be available for trading till their respective expiry and new option strikes will also be introduced in the existing contract months.In two separate circulars, the exchanges said yesterday that no contracts will be available for trading in the above mentioned security with effect from July 29, 2016.At present, there are over 200 securities available in the F&O segment for trade. PTI SUM SBT ANUlast_img read more

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Kalli Purie leads AajTak.in to numero uno spot in Hindi news websites

first_imgAajTak.in, the Hindi news portal of the India Today Group, is now the No. 1 Hindi news website as per the latest ComScore data.The ComScore data once again proves that AajTak.in continues to be the most-preferred source for Hindi content in the country.The numero uno spot for AajTak.in is also an affirmation of Group Editorial Director (Broadcast and New Media) Kalli Purie’s vision for the India Today Group, particularly new media.Under Kalli Purie, AajTak.in has successfully combined the best of conventional journalism with the reach and innovation of new media.”We at AajTak have always known the value of speed and the burning urge to be the first to know. We have done it in TV with first usage of new technology, and we are doing it on the web. Getting credible news from a trusted source fast on the web is the need of the hour. We shine in that genre,” Kalli Purie said on ComScore results. AajTak.in recorded 4.1 million unique visitors as per ComScore data for March 2017.With Kalli Purie steering innovation in the new media space, AajTak.in has lived up to its promise of being ‘Sabse Tez’. The website provides unmatched user experience, exclusive and breaking news on politics, sports and global events.An entrepreneur par excellence, Kalli Purie has led AajTak.in to its current position. An Oxford University graduate, Kalli Purie is armed with a clear vision about the future of news, and is leading the India Today Group’s march in the new media landscape. advertisementALSO WATCHlast_img read more

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Dylan Hartley’s place on England tour of South Africa in jeopardy

first_imgHartley missed 14 weeks of the 2015‑16 season after sustaining two head injuries, one of them towards the end of England’s Six Nations victory against France in Paris which secured the grand slam in Eddie Jones’s first championship in charge. The hooker has since revealed that he could not remember lifting the Six Nations trophy at the Stade de France and, speaking at the end of that season, he said: “If I got another one now I would be worried. I would probably start looking at other careers or stuff like that, or maybe a long lay-off. Maybe I [need to] look at my tackling technique, too.”England face a three-Test series against the Springboks in June and Jones will be desperate to have his captain available as he seeks to arrest a run of three successive defeats that led to his worst Six Nations finish. Jones has admitted he is prepared to rest some of the senior players who toured New Zealand with the British & Irish Lions last summer, and he is already set to be without Courtney Lawes and Nathan Hughes due to injury, but Hartley’s leadership would be sorely missed. England have not won a Test in South Africa since 2000 but did manage a commendable 14-14 draw in Port Elizabeth in 2012, when Hartley was captain in Chris Robshaw’s absence. Share on Pinterest England rugby union team Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Eddie Jones, Dylan Hartley and the imperceptible art of captaincy Dylan Hartley’s place on the England tour of South Africa this summer is in question after Northampton admitted the national captain’s latest concussion lay-off is a cause for concern.Hartley has missed Northampton’s past two matches – including the 50-point thrashing by Saracens on Saturday – after showing symptoms of concussion following England’s Six Nations defeat by Ireland more than three weeks ago. The 32-year-old has a history of concussions and in the summer of 2016 said that another long‑term head injury could mean the end of his career.There is no time frame on Hartley’s expected return but Northampton have only three matches remaining before the end of a torrid season. In order to feature again, Hartley must pass the graduated return-to-play protocols – which entail coming through six stages of increased training – but the Northampton coach, Alan Dickens, confirmed he is yet to do so.“Dylan reported concussion symptoms after the Ireland game so it’s one of those – he’ll go through the return-to-play protocols,” Dickens said. “In terms of the focus on concussion now, it’s a concern for all the players. That’s why they’re so stringent in terms of the process to return to play. We’ll do what’s right by Dylan.” Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Dylan Hartley news Northampton Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Rugby union South Africa rugby team Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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