5 Cloud-based Operating Systems That Are Still Standing

Posted in dnxjvxyy on December 16th, 2019

first_imgThe announcement of the official Google Chromebooks has rekindled interest in Google’s Chrome OS. But you don’t need to wait to rent a Chromebook if you want to use the operating system. People have been running Chromium OS on netbooks for quite some time. And Chrome/Chromium isn’t the only option for a cloud-oriented OS – we covered a few that were already available as of November of last year.One of those OSes, Joli OS, has gone a step further and started offering a cloud-hosted version of its environment. You can access your Joli OS desktop from almost any browser. But it’s not alone in the cloud-based OS world. Many Web desktops have come and gone in the past few years. Here’s a look at a few that are still around.CloudMe 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market eyeOS has been around since 2005, and has been steadily updated since then. It’s written primarily in PHP and JavaScript, and is open source so you can download and and install it on your own Web server. It does use some Flash, but it’s not required.It has a mobile-optimized version that enables access to files, but it’s not the desktop experience and documents can’t be edited.Glide Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Glide is a Flash-based Web desktop. It’s also been around since 2005. It has the usual features: an office suite, photo editor, IM client, etc. It’s big advantage is that it offers 30GB of free storage space. A premium account, which costs $50 a year, will buy you 250GB of storage. It also has the ability to sync files Windows, Macintosh and Linux desktops.Glide has both mobile-optimized site and an iPad-optimized site that provide a relatively complete set of features, including the ability to create and edit documents. What it doesn’t seem to offer, however, is the ability to access your files offline from a mobile device.Joli OS CloudMe, formerly known as icloud, is a storage-oriented Web desktop. It offers 3GB of storage for free, and Web applications such as a Zoho-based office suite, a photo editor, an instant messenger, a Twitter client, games and more. It has a mobile client available Android and iOS and a mobile-optimized website, allowing you to access your files from your phone or tablet but not the full desktop environment.One big disadvantage is that the Web desktop environment is a Java applet, and it’s slow and buggy.eyeOScenter_img Related Posts Joli OS used to be called JoliCloud. Now JoliCloud refers to a service from Joli OS that allows you to access your Joli OS desktop from the Web. The desktop version is a Linux-based OS optimized for netbooks. The Web-based version is written in HTML5 and works from most browsers, including the iPad. An Android version is in the works. However, since the JoliOS desktop mostly just provides shortcuts to Web applications, the Web-hosted version feels like more of a hosted bookmark system than a full OS.You can find our past coverage of Joli OS here.NetvibesNetvibes takes a different approach but offering a number of widgets arranged in a dashboard. We’ve covered Netvibes often. The company now seems to be more dedicated to creating enterprise dashboard products than consumer dashboards.Other AlternativesSome might find this approach old fashioned, considering the availability of services like Box and Dropbox – or more importantly, Google Docs. Google Docs has been expanding its storage space, and its functionality. Is there really a need to mimic a desktop operating system when what you really need is universal access to your files?The trend towards cloud storage is reflected in the marketing materials from the cloud OS vendors. CloudMe has been emphasizing its cloud storage capabilities over its Web desktop in recent months.Glide is the most impressive of the lot, but without offline mobile access, I can’t think of a reason I’d use it. In 2008 a the Web desktop YouOS closed its doors because its own developers couldn’t find a use for it themselves.What do you think? Is there any future in the Web-based OS?Lead photo by Michael Roper klint finley Tags:#cloud#saas Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Economics Nobel honors study of consumption differences between rich and poor

Posted in avadfeqk on December 1st, 2019

first_imgThis year’s Nobel Prize in Economics honors a scholar whose work has bridged the conceptual gap between the masses and the individual, injected data into the realm of conjecture, and developed tools to help fight global poverty. Angus Deaton, 69, a British-American economist at Princeton University, pioneered the study of consumption among poor families and individuals and how it differs from that of more affluent people.Deaton’s work has enabled economists to better model overall consumption and the effects of economic policies and has played an important role in the dramatic reduction in abject poverty seen globally in the past 3 decades. The $980,000 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, as the award is officially called, wasn’t established in Alfred Nobel’s will but created in 1969 with an endowment from Sweden’s central bank.”It’s long overdue,” says Oriana Bandiera, a labor and development economist at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), of Deaton’s prize. “Professor Deaton’s contributions to the field have been profound and transformative.” Diana Weinhold, an international development economist at LSE, notes that Deaton’s work is so foundational that many younger economists just take it for granted. “A lot of the contributions that Deaton pushed through now seem completely obvious,” Weinhold says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Deaton made seminal contributions in three areas, economists say. First, he studied so-called demand systems, essentially mathematical models of how consumption of goods depends on their prices and utility—the sort of stuff you’d find in an economics textbook. In 1980, he developed the so-called “almost ideal demand system” to model consumption at the individual, or microeconomic, level. That theoretical advance has now become part of bedrock economic theory and a standard tool for policymakers. “It completely revolutionized how we look at, measure, and understand consumption,” Bandiera says.Deaton then turned his insights to the collective, macroeconomic level, to identify and resolve a problem in the theory of consumption. In macroeconomic modeling, economists had generally focused on aggregate measures such as the average amount of consumption as embodied in a fictitious “representative agent.” “Poor households were presumed to behave in roughly the same way as rich households, only with less money at their disposal,” Tore Ellingsen, an economist at the Stockholm School of Economics, explained during the press conference to announce the prize today.But such models often produced incorrect results, a mismatch that became known as Deaton’s paradox. Deaton showed that to resolve the paradox economists had to examine how price changes, income changes, and other factors would affect consumption of diverse individuals, both richer and poorer, and then sum up the individual results.For example, suppose a government wishes to raise revenue by increasing the sales tax. The increase may hardly bother richer individuals who can easily afford it, but it may drastically alter the consumption patterns of poorer people who already have little to spare, Stockholm University economist Jakob Svensson, a member of the prize committee, explained at the same press conference. Only by accounting for such differences can economists and policymakers accurately predict the effects of a tax hike and determine its optimal size.Finally, Deaton has studied poverty around the globe and how best to fight it. Speaking on the phone at the press conference, the laureate explained that he had studied poverty in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and, in particular, in India. He relied primarily on data collected by statistical office in various countries, which he praised as “great unsung heroes.” Deaton’s contributions include helping develop more consistent quantitative measures of consumption, Bandiera says.Deaton sounded jovial today. “Gosh, I was sleepy, so it’s hard to remember exactly how I felt” when the early morning call from the Nobel organization came, he told reporters. “Obviously like many economists I knew that it was a possibility. But in any given year the odds are very, very small. I was surprised and delighted.”But if Deaton seems like a bookish academic, he has not shied away from speaking up on real-world issues. For example, he has warned of the dangers of increasing economic inequality in the United States and has been critical of international aid as a means of combating poverty.Deaton’s peers say that his work has played an important role in reducing the worst poverty, the rate of which has fallen in recent decades. For example, according to data collected by the World Bank, in 2012, 896 million people lived on less than $1.90 a day, compared with 1.91 billion in 1990. Although the numerical definition of abject poverty remains controversial—the decrease is much more modest if the line is set at $2.00 per day—other measures such as literacy, health, and life expectancy show that the lot of many of the poorest has improved, Weinhold says, especially in China. Deaton’s efforts have contributed to such improvement, Weinhold says: “He’s got his mitts in everything.”Although abject poverty will likely continue to decrease, vast numbers of people continue to live in destitution, Deaton noted. “While things continue to get better, you have to remember that things are very, very bad for many people,” he said. “It’s not a good world, but it’s getting better.”*Update, 12 October, 10:57 a.m.: The story has been updated and expanded.*Update, 12 October, 1:12 p.m.: The story has been updated to include comments from Deaton’s peers.last_img read more

US Open: Sania crashes out in Round 2

Posted in iphgegfl on November 28th, 2019

first_imgSania Mirza crashed out in the second round of the women’s singles event of the US Open after suffering a staright set defeat at the hands of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkovaof Russia here today.Apart from Sania, curtains also fell on defending champions and third seeds Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy’s campaign while Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi entered the men’s doubles second round yesterday.Sania was no match for Pavlyuchenkova as the 20th seed Russian blew away her Indian opponent 6-2 6-4 in an hour and 21 minutes.In the men’s doubles event, Paes and Dlouhy were the first of the two pairs to take the court and were in for disappointment as the Czech-Slovakian combination of Martin Damm and Filip Polasek rallied to beat them 6-7 (7) 6-3 6-4.Paes has been a two-time champion (2006 and 2009) and three-time runners-up at the Grand Slam event with different partners. Interestingly, the Indian veteran’s 2006 title triumph at the Flushing Meadows came with Damm.However, Bopanna and Qureshi ensured that the Indians had something to cheer about when the 16th seeded duo defeated Americans Brian Battistone and Ryler DeHeart 6-3 7-6 (7).Bopanna and Qureshi will now play against the winners of the match between the unseeded teams of Americans Sekou Bangoura and Nathan Pasha and Michael Kohlmann (Germany) and Jarkko Nieminen (Finland).last_img read more

BC RCMP issue alert for missing sisters

Posted in fofabvlic on October 14th, 2019

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsThe RCMP has issued an alert for two missing sisters from Surrey B.C.The two girls, Shauntae Joseph, 10, and her sister Nikita Joseph, 13, were last seen Oct. 3 in the morning at a bus stop.The road they went missing on is a busy one, jammed with commuters throughout the day.Surrey is about a 45 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.Both girls are approximately 5 foot 2 with a slim build and long dark hair.Shauntae was last seen waring a black sweater, black track pants and black and white sneakers.Nikita was wearing a grey hoodie and blue jeans.If anyone has any information about the sisters they are asked to call police.thouse@aptn.ca@inthehouse7last_img read more

Rep Tedder bill approved by committee to improve motorcycle safety

Posted in uwvmwtei on August 9th, 2019

first_img Categories: Tedder News 29Mar Rep. Tedder bill approved by committee to improve motorcycle safety Bill educates drivers about motorcycle safetyThe Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved legislation by state Rep. Jim Tedder to create a fund to promote motorcycle safety awareness to the general public.  The bill increases the motorcycle original and renewal endorsement fees to create the Motorcycle Safety Awareness Fund administered by the Secretary of State.“We must do all we can to keep Michigan motorcyclists safe on our roads,” said Tedder, of Independence Township. “Making sure Michigan automobile drivers are aware of their presence will go a long way to save lives.”These increases will be dedicated to motorcycle safety and also be used to educate both new and current riders. Additionally, the bill increases the motorcycle license plate fee from $23 to $25 to make up for the loss in revenue suffered by the Motorcycle Safety Fund. The Safety Fund is the sole source of funding for the motorcycle training courses and tests required to obtain a motorcycle endorsement.House Bill 4306 moves to the full House for consideration.###last_img read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook has dropped the strongest hint

Posted in uwvmwtei on August 7th, 2019

first_imgApple CEO Tim Cook has dropped the strongest hint to date that the consumer electronics giant plans to launch a new product in the TV space.Speaking at a Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference on Tuesday, Cook said that the company had “always thought there was something there” in the TV space that it could do. Referring to the late Steve Jobs’ description of the existing Apple TV box as a “hobby”, he said that “Apple doesn’t do hobbies, as a general rule” and that the company needed a product that could appeal to the “main market”. However, he declined to give further details.Speculation has been rife for some months that Apple plans to launch its own branded TV sometime in the near future.last_img read more

Global demand for TVs is likely to be flat next ye

Posted in uwvmwtei on August 7th, 2019

first_imgGlobal demand for TVs is likely to be flat next year following a decline in demand for all types of TV of 4% this year, according to research by NPD DisplaySearch.According to the company’s latest quarterly Advanced Global TV Shipment and Forecast report, TV sales this year amounted to 237 million.Large screen TVs continue to do well, according to the research group. Shipments of 50-inch and larger screen sizes are expected to rise 13% in 2013, compared with just 1% growth of 40-49-inch screens and a 2% decline in shipments of 40-inch and smaller size screens.The company expects that new technologies such as OLED will gain momentum after a delayed start to production, with about 50,000 units expected to be sold in 2013, rising to around nine million by 2016.Shipments of 4K × 2K LCD TVs are expected to grow from just over 4,000 in 2012 to 154,000 in 2013, and around five million by 2016, mostly in 50-inch and larger sizes.“Worldwide demand for TVs continues to face pressure from external factors, such as slowing economic growth, high unemployment rates, and the rising household penetration of flat panel TVs,” noted Paul Gagnon, director, North American TV Research at NPD DisplaySearch. “At the same time, internal factors, such as slower cost reductions and a greater focus on profits at the expense of volume, are leading to a lower level of retail price erosion, which is also impacting demand.”last_img read more

Justin Day the cofounder of online video produce

Posted in uwvmwtei on August 7th, 2019

first_imgJustin Day, the co-founder of online video producer and distributor Blip.tv, has said the business is closing down, two years after it was acquired by Maker Studios.In a tweet yesterday, Day said: “sad to see my baby, @blip.tv finally shutting down. We tried hard guys. Ultimately video is just a really tough business.”Blip.tv was set up to develop, produce, and distribute “the best in original web series” from well-known and up-and-coming producers, with a target audience of 18 to 34 year-olds.The free, ad-supported Blip.tv site is still live, though Blip.tv’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts have not been updated since February 2014.Multichannel network Maker Studios acquired Blip back in August 2013. At the time the deal was billed as way for Maker to secure additional content as well as a proprietary video player that could help it to expand its distribution beyond YouTube.In March 2014 Disney agreed to pay an initial US$500 million (€460 million) to acquire Maker, which has not commented on the Blip.tv shutdown.last_img read more