Latest Air New Zealand safety video raises Erebus crash concerns

first_imgOn location in Antarctica. Source: Air New Zealand video. Air New Zealand has awakened some dark memories with the location choice for a new inflight video about Antarctica.The frozen continent has special poignancy for New Zealanders because it was the site of the nation’s worst ever air disaster in 1979 when an AirNZ  DC-10 crashed into Mt Erebus killing all 257 passengers and crew.The new safety video aims to highlight New Zealand research in Antarctica and continent’s importance in understanding climate change. It will be rolled out across the carrier’s fleet in March.But some families of people killed in the crashed are not happy.“The very nature of a safety video where there was such an incredible disaster that affected the entire country is just weird,’’ Jayne Holtham, who lost her father in the crash, told Newshub.“This sort of feels like it’s regressing a little bit, taking away some of the respect of the area.”Air New Zealand wrote to the families about the video.“While we’re proud of the work we’re doing together to contribute to this research, we are very aware of the sensitivities of choosing Antarctica as a location,’’ it said in a letter.“The Erebus tragedy weighs heavily on Air New Zealand and our country, and we would like to assure you we have approached filming in a very respectful way.”The safety video was made in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand and the airline’s global brand and marketing general manager, Jodi Williams, said it offered a glimpse into a part of the world “few experience, but which has the greatest potential impact on the planet’s future”.“Air New Zealand’s safety videos have a phenomenal worldwide following,  and have collectively attracted more than 110 million views online, as well as coverage across the world’s top news outlets,’’ Williams said.“We hope this video, together with the educational content we’ve filmed, will draw attention to the important research underway to better understand and prepare for a warming world.”The video is directed by Kevin Denholm, who was responsible for AirNZ’s 2009 debut feature safety video involving body-painted staff, including then CEO Rob Fyfe, and a 2013 effort starring British adventurer Bear Grylls.Denholm said the film crew took all possible steps to minimise the environmental impact of filming was careful to take the minimum of equipment.“Where usually a crew of around 40 would be involved, we restricted our team to just six people, including celebrity talent,’’ he said.“The amazing staff from Scott Base provided the logistical support we needed to pull this off, and many of them stepped outside their comfort zone into roles as supporting talent.”last_img read more

The Top 10 Things I Wish My iPhone Had Today

first_imgalex iskold 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting But that’s the least of my problems with the keyboard. Because the keys are too close to each other, more often thannot I type in a wrong letter. This is quite frustrating. As I press a letter, it enlarges – showingme what I just typed – but unfortunately it is always about a second late, since I already typed in the letter.If this was done earlier, perhaps I could have avoided the click. The auto complete that Apple built-inis helpful, but ultimately it does not solve the problem.Frankly I am out of ideas on how to improve the keyboard,but it definitely needs another pass to bring it up to par with the rest of the device.ConclusionWhile the iPhone has had me ravingn for the past couple of weeks, there are definitely things that need to be improved.This is not a surprise since this is just a first generation device. The really good news is that Apple is knownfor restless innovation and a drive to perfection (just compare the early iPods with the latest ones).And thesecond bit of good news is that a lot of the iPhone is software and software can be easily upgraded.When Apple improves the iPhone, it will roll out new versions of the software and all of us will seamlesslyget it. While this is not true for things like GPS and a speaker, it is true for most of the issues I’ve discussed.This is the greatest thing about having a phone (or anything else) as software – it can be easily upgraded.If you have an iPhone and have used it for the past few weeks, please share your experiences with us.What are your top missing features or things that you would like to see improved? Tags:#Analysis#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… To be frank, there are no deal breaker missing or broken features in the iPhone. It is a very wellthought-through device. In typical Apple style, the Occam’s Razor principle is followed – givingonly necessary functions and not adding bells and whistles. However, some applications on iPhone,email in particular, are still quite raw. As discussed in this poston TechCrunch, the email on iPhone is inferior to Blackberry in a number of ways. People also complain about the quality of the iPhone as an actual phone. However I can’t find much wrong with it as a phone – in fact, I like it better than the RAZR that it replaced.But here is my wish list for improvements and add-ons after using the iPhone for over two weeks.(It is possible that a feature I’ve noted is there and I simply missed it, but if that’s the caseplease point it out in the comments 🙂 )10. Bulk Select / Delete is missingThe lack of the ability to perform a bulk operation is always annoying.On iPhone, there is no way to select and therefore delete a bunch of emails or photos at once. I configuredthe iPhone to get my GMail messages via pop interface. As a result, my iPhone Inbox is flooded with emails.A few times a day I have to manually delete emails one at a time – this is very time consuming.Also bad is that due to the nature of pop protocol, all of my GMail emails (even older ones)are forwarded. So as soon as I delete some, more show up and I just don’t think I can delete all of them one by one!9. Camera does not have zoomThe iPhone has a nice built-in camera, but unfortunately it does not have a way to zoom.Even a basic 2x or 3x zoom would be great, as it is not always possible to get closer to things.8. There is no cache for YouTube videos, browser pages or mapsHaving YouTube on the iPhone is fantastic. Unfortunately there is no way to download videos toplay when you are offline (e.g. on a plane). An offline mode should be a natural for iPhone, particularly for videos,since it comes with a 6GB hard drive (at least mine does) – but it is practically empty. A setting to save the last 5 or 10 clipsthat I viewed would go a long way. The same applies to browser pages.7. Calculator is way too basicThis one is seemingly minor, but why couldn’t Apple put in a decent calculator withadvanced math functions. Sometimes it is handy to take a square root of 1324 [Ed: when? 🙂 ] and the iPhone calculator does not do it.Perhaps Apple was concerned that a lot of people would be confused by a sophisticated calculator, but I would bet that iPhone early adoptersare advanced enough for it.6. The speaker is not loud enoughThis is one is my biggest disappointments in the iPhone as a phone – when I place a call on speaker,it is not loud enough. Particularly when you dial someone and the phone is ringing, you can barely hear the rings.Since this is a hardware issue, unfortunately there is no hope to get this fixed with this version.5. Web pages take a long time to load in SafariIt is likely that this is more of a Cingular issue than an Apple one, but people aresure to perceive this as iPhone’s issue. This is obviously a really hard problem – loading internetpages over a phone network, but Apple jumped into this and so they need to do whatever it takesto make it faster. To be fair, it is not unusabl – it is just slow. Yet, it seems like thereare opportunities to create the impression of better performance, via caching and optimization.It’s likely the Apple team is already hard at work on this.4. Editing support is primitiveThe iPhone features a very light document editor called Notes. It is more cute then useful,with its stylish font and glamorous page flips. Instead, it would be good to have Copy/Paste supportas well as more rich editing features. A better editor is probably in the works, but for now notesare only good for quick shopping lists.3. There is no wireless syncAnother surprise is that the iPhone syncs only when it is connected to the computer using a physical cable.Perhaps Apple did this as a trick to get us to charge the phone more often (it seems to take a while to charge it fully, by the way).It would be cool to just put the iPhone next to my laptop and have them auto sync, but for now that’s not available.2. There is no built-in GPSThis is really a shame, since iPhone could have been a perfect navigation device. It alreadyhas maps built-in, so it is only natural that it would be able to guide you the destination.Seems like Apple could have taken a big bite out of this market; and it is not clear why they did not. Perhapsbecause of the cost, or design difficulty?1. Keyboard needs to be improvedAfter using the iPhone for some time, unfortunately I have to report that its biggest problem is the keyboard. Firstly, I am surprised that it is not better optimized for Safari.Most of the time I am trying to enter my email or user id into text boxes and an auto complete would be great.It seems odd that Apple missed this sort of thing in a few places, when there is a special button for .com.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Earlier this week I wrote about my favorite iPhone features.Most of you agreed that the iPhone is a unique, breakthrough device that is years ahead of other smart phones.A few of you said that there is nothing special about it, but one reader said that we shouldcover both the good and bad things about it. This reader gets his wish in this post, in which we take a lookat things that are missing or need improvement in the iPhone.last_img read more

Status.net Could Point to the Future of Business Intelligence

first_imgFew companies have captured the world’s attention online in recent years as much as Twitter has. Rapid, structured, public communication between groups of people is not only a personal paradigm changer for many who have seriously explored the service – it’s also an incredible opportunity to analyze a rich and dynamic set of data about interpersonal conversation. First the Web, then email, then instant messaging and SMS all helped speed up the world we live in. Twitter made that rapid communication public and easier than ever for machines to mine for connections. Just as Facebook will never be Twitter because of the lack of clear access it offers outsiders to social data, so too does Twitter have its own limitations. A service called Status.net will launch in May that could overcome some of Twitter’s limitations and make a significant impact on the world we work in.Laconica, the Canadian company offering the most popular Open Source alternative to Twitter, announced plans today to begin selling subscriptions to hosted microblogging installations for businesses. The default address of these new sites will be yourname.status.net. We suspect that this could be a very big deal. (We found out about it from coverage on Microblink on Techmeme.)Step One, People Will Want It Laconica already allows anyone to install its software on their own servers, for free (see Leo Laporte’s Twit Army for example), but the easy paid offering from Status.net could catch on much faster. The service provider will be responsible for maintenance, upgrades will come automatically, the URL is clear and dignified and the fact that the software is open source could enable a plug-in and extension community to grow around the architecture as soon as it gets large enough for that to be viable.Companies will pay to have either public or private microblogging installations hosted and branded for them. They will do so because if they do not – their employees will have no group of allied professionals to securely cry out to for help with work problems. Their departments will remain out of touch and unfamiliar with the people and work being done around their own company. Companies without a microblogging system will seem as silly and disadvantaged in the future as companies do today that say “we don’t need Instant Messaging, we have email,” or “we don’t need email, we have a fax machine.”Step Two, People Will Build on ItSome companies will use the hosted Status.net platform, others will decide to put Laconica on their own servers and others still will decide to use some other provider’s business oriented but developer friendly microblogging service.Once that fundamentally structured layer of social conversation has spread throughout a substantial portion of the business world, hopefully as interoperable Open Source software, here’s what will happen.We discussed one of the most potent applications analyzing Twitter social connection data in a recent post titled The Inner Circles of 10 Geek Heroes on Twitter.These are the kinds of birds eye views through data parsing that an Open Source microblogging platform for businesses will enable. All of the following is based on nothing more than cross referencing user profiles, friend connections and public replies between users. Any parts of this vision that aren’t simple will be simpler for someone to build once there’s adoption and Open Source code.In private networks, a company will be able to receive automatic notification when one of its employees has begun conversing with another particular employee more than they had before. Perhaps they’ll consider putting them in the same work group. If one sales person doesn’t converse with the technical team as often as other sales people do, a company might wonder whether that salesperson is less comfortable explaining technical matters to customers. It will be trivial to determine which technical staff are friendliest and most appropriate to introduce a sales person to, because those kinds of connections will be fully graphable.In public business networks, community managers will be able to identify the customers most engaged in conversation with diverse groups of other customers with the snap of the fingers. Those are the kinds of community members that companies hire. Companies will be able to see if groups of people with similar traits in their profiles are asking for customer service more often than other groups, and when they seek to engage with those communities in order to improve product usability for them – the contours of that community will be easier than ever to understand.People say that the phrase Social Graph is too vague, but when it comes to structured, open microblogging – social connections through conversation and content are literally graphable. Here are the users, here are their friends, here are their public messages and here are their replies to one another – just drawn a line from one column to one row and a narrative will be formed by the data. Repeat that process and you’ll be able to build stories around trends.Is this creepy? It doesn’t have to be. There’s a whole lot of exciting potential here and if an increasingly open technology world can help the business world understand the value of open over control (as it is) then this kind of analysis could be democratized and used for good. Let’s look at this from the perspective of Twitter right now. When I’m away from my computer and think of a question I need answered, I can send that question out to my Twitter network by SMS. Three people might post a public reply answering my question. When I get back to Twitter, I see those three replies and I publicly thank one of those people in particular for providing such a good answer.Now repeat. Again and again, throughout an organization, across multiple organizations. Knowledge sharing paths get worn in the virtual grass of the public field of microblogging. Smart companies want their people creating those paths and only a fool would neglect an opportunity to illuminate these connections in the eyes of management.It won’t happen on Twitter alone, though. It’s too public, the company is too bound by its own limitations on how much data it really wants anyone else to pull out of the river of Tweets and relatively small groups are a very important part of the future of microblogging.We expect that hosted or free company-specific microblogging installations will become huge sources of Business Intelligence data and we hope that happens through interoperable, Open Source software. We’re excited to see what Laconica can do with Status.net. 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Moore’s Law Is Dead! (But Not In Mobile)

first_imgMoore’s Law is dead at the age of 50. Everyone says so. And yet, if we look at improvements in mobile performance over the past few years, if anything, we see Moore’s Law in overdrive. What gives?Moore’s Law Is Too ExpensiveMoore’s argument, which has stayed strong for 50 years, is essentially that by shrinking transistors on a chip every 18 months or so, engineers could roughly double performance in that time period. More recently, however, the economics of shrinking transistors has become cost-prohibitive. While Moore’s Law probably has another decade to run, the cost of keeping up is already causing some to lose faith in it.The Wall Street Journal’s Don Clark declares Moore’s Law is “hitting some painful limits,” given the exploding costs of shrinking transistors. The Economist, for its part, highlights the shift away from raw processing power to cloud computing:[T]ransistors can be shrunk further, but they are now getting more expensive. And with the rise of cloud computing, the emphasis on the speed of the processor in desktop and laptop computers is no longer so relevant. The main unit of analysis is no longer the processor, but the rack of servers or even the data centre. The question is not how many transistors can be squeezed onto a chip, but how many can be fitted economically into a warehouse. Moore’s law will come to an end; but it may first make itself irrelevant.But before we bury Moore’s Law, it’s worth exploring its current impact on mobile.Mobile: Moore’s Law In OverdriveIf we think of Moore’s Law in terms of raw performance, and not necessarily a matter of shrinking transistors, then mobile computing clearly shows Moore’s Law in overdrive.For example, if we look at how MacBook Pro performance compares to what Moore’s Law would anticipate (using Geekbench data), it’s clear that Moore’s Law isn’t driving laptop performance:Source: ReadWrite (Geekbench data)Now compare this to the meteoric performance increases for Apple’s mobile iOS devices:Source: ReadWrite (Geekbench data)In the PC market, market growth and investment has slowed considerably, with the cloud taking on more and more of the burden of delivering processing power. In mobile, by contrast, the market is booming and the need for more on-device processing power is sprinting to keep pace with software (and cloud) innovation. Again, I’m not really talking about the number of transistors scrunched onto a single chip, which is at the heart of Moore’s Law, but rather an extrapolation thereof: mobile chip performance is off the charts, even as it stagnates in PCs.Room To RoamThis isn’t new, but it’s being overlooked in the premature eulogies for Moore’s Law. As Intel’s Matt Ployhar wrote back in 2010, the mobile industry is moving at “Moore’s Law pace or faster.” And then there’s Raj Sabhlok’s contention that even if Moore’s Law is petering out for hardware, something similar is happening in software: “The price of software applications has plummeted, while the functionality and quality has grown exponentially.”Either way, expect the pace of computing—and innovation—to accelerate for years within mobile. Call it the revenge of Moore’s Law, or whatever you want. But it’s fast, and getting faster.Photo by Pawel Loj; charts by ReadWrite Related Posts Matt Asay Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#cloud computing#mobile#Moore’s Law What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

NBA: New York Knicks ace Porzingis eases injury fears

first_imgPorzingis, who left Thursday’s win over the Nets in the third quarter, is listed as questionable to face the Thunder on Saturday.Porzingis told reporters on Thursday he had left the game after his knee began to feel unstable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I felt my knee buckle a little bit, and I felt a little pain there, so it’s more about being cautious,” Porzingis said.“I had a little shock pain there, and that’s it.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, center, celebrates with team mates during the first half of a NBA basketball game against Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York. APNEW YORK — New York Knicks ace Kristaps Porzingis escaped a serious knee injury when he limped off against the Brooklyn Nets but remains doubtful for this weekend’s clash against Oklahoma City, the team said Friday.An MRI scan revealed no structural damage, with the towering forward diagnosed with a twisted left knee.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 View commentscenter_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Malditas save PH from shutout Porzingis has averaged 25.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots this season.Michael Beasley is expected to start if the 7ft 4in (2.23m) Latvian is ruled out.Porzingis meanwhile said he believes fans will give former Knicks star Carmelo Anthony a generous reception when he returns to Madison Square Garden with the Thunder on Saturday for the first time since leaving earlier this year.“I think he was as professional as he can be in his time here in New York, so I don’t see why they would not receive him with love,” Porzingis said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Petron, F2 duel one last time After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more

Ottawa signs agreement with Quebec First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn agreement to support and improve the academic success of First Nation students in Quebec was signed in the Abernaki First Nation of Odanak Friday.Highlights of the agreement include improved cooperation between First Nations and Quebec’s education system.It also includes measures that will take into account the linguistic diversity of First Nations students.The agreement will benefit more than 3,000 students in 10 communities.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan says other communities will be able to join the agreement later if they wish.last_img

Indigenous youth explore identity culture at Feathers of Hope forum in Thunder

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN National NewsMore than 130 youth have gathered in Thunder Bay this week for the Feathers of Hope culture, identity and belonging forum.last_img