The Antonio Brown experience has come and gone, leaving Raider Nation (heck, most of the NFL) wondering, “What just happened?”Brown was a Raider for 181 days, and while his stint in Silver and Black was short – he never played in a game and missed most of the practices – it more than made up for in can’t-look-away moments.Things moved pretty fast from the March 10 blockbuster trade that brought in the megawatt star wide receiver from the Steelers until the Raiders finally gave up and released …
30 April 2003The UUNET Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town, an incubator for information and communications technology start-ups in the Western Cape, is home to a growing number of international companies, with tenants from countries as far afield as the US, UK, Australia, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.The Barn was set up 18 months ago by the Cape Information Technology Initiative (CITI), a not-for-profit agency focused on developing the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the Western Cape. The Barn’s tenants have grown from 12 to 48 in that time, prompting a move to larger premises in the city.CITI marketing manager Judith Middleton said the Barn’s drive to raise South Africa’s international profile as a first-class tourist and business destination was starting to pay off.“It is encouraging to see a large number of flagship IT companies either using South Africa as a launchpad into markets in the US, Europe and Africa, or as a test site for locally produced products destined for global markets.”Among the international tenants located in the Barn is US company Pangea Solutions, which creates cost-saving solutions for labour-intensive, data-driven businesses.Pangea founder Jesse Heitler said South Africa has several competitive advantages in the global, Internet-driven market. “South Africa is one of the few countries with modern telecommunications infrastructure, sub-sea cable connectivity to the Internet and low-cost labour”, Heitler said.“Pangea has benefited particularly from setting up shop in the UUNET Bandwidth Barn, where minimal outlay was required and strong infrastructure supported a quick entry into the market. The low cost of labour in South Africa has also given the company considerable advantage over its competitors in the United States and Europe.”Another company showing confidence in South Africa is NBI New Business South Africa, which set up office in the country in 2002 as the sister company to Netherlands-based New Business Europe.The company focuses on assisting European companies looking to partner with South African companies and vice-versa.“One of the biggest obstacles to business investment in South Africa is the lack of knowledge of the country and the fear of moving into unknown territory”, said NBI founder Pieter Smits van Waesberghe.“We are able to provide an important service through supporting the development of foreign business in South Africa. We essentially act as the middleman, supplying both parties with the necessary information, preparing documents for European standards and demands, engineering and representing foreign projects being rolled out in South Africa.“The idea of forging stronger business linkages between South Africa and Europe is immensely exciting and will bring enormous economic benefit to the country”, said Van Waesberghe.Many of the local tenants in the Barn make similar use of the technology and networking opportunities available to take their business offerings to international markets.Software development house Application Junction, a black economic empowerment company, has doubled its staff since starting up in 2002 and recently landed two corporate clients in the UK, while marketing consultancy Ikineo has made big inroads into the consumer brands-driven Asian market, and is now eyeing China and the UK.Taking advantage of the Western Cape’s attractiveness as a tourist and business convention destination, entrepreneur Desiree Smits has started a company, CAPE.MOTION, which aims to attract more international meetings, conferences and exhibitions to South Africa.“Probably the biggest advantage we gain from being located in the Barn and in Cape Town are the marketing and networking opportunities”, said Smits.The Bandwidth Barn offers entry-level and small IT businesses reduced Internet connectivity costs, affordable office rental, shared office facilities, and membership of an entrepreneurial IT community where experiences, expertise and resources are openly shared.For more information, visit the Bandwidth Barn website. Also see the list of South African ICT company success stories on the Cape IT Initiative website.SouthAfrica.info reporter
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3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Interacting with Big Data is daunting enough that, for most people, a search engine query is about as far as one is willing to go. But for those willing to get their hands dirty, Microsoft is quietly working towards fully integrating public data sources into Excel, eventually baking it into a future version.This month, Microsoft shipped a “preview version” of Data Explorer, a tool to integrate all sorts of data sources within Excel. Microsoft’s vision is “self-service business intelligence,” a fancy name to describe you and I accumulating data and performimg your own analysis on it.Over time, according to Herain Oberoi, a director in Microsoft’s business intelligence division, the goal will be to fully integrate Data Explorer into Excel. A year ago, Data Explorer was a lab project. “When things go from a lab to a preview, it’s a sign that it has legs,” he said.It’s a sign, Oberoi added, that Microsoft intends to ship the product as a long-term offering, “and in this case it would be Excel.”So why is this important?In some cases, the questions we have require data – a lot of data. “How likely is it that I will find a job in Austin, as opposed to San Francisco?” is a question that boils down to, at its most basic, two comparisons: the unemployment rate within both cities. We’ve also been trained by search engines not to even hope for additional data that might make our answer even more valuable: if I’m a nurse, for example, I might like to know how many hospitals, hospices and clinics are in each town, the total number of beds, and even data for each city such as housing prices and the cost of living. You might even wonder where in each city a nurse, with a typical salary, could find the most house for the money. 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Location data can be plotted against maps, supplied by Bing Maps, of course.At this point, Oberoi said Microsoft feels pretty comfortable with identifying and facilitating the collection of data from public data sources; as well as “shaping” it, where text needs to be changed to numerical notations, columns need to be merged, and so on. It’s the third goal: to take the data, shape it, visualize it, and share it out, where Microsoft needs to continue its work. When that’s done, he said, Data Explorer should be fully integrated into Excel.One of the issues that Microsoft is facing, however, is the continued improvement in natural language search to simply answer those questions. A few years ago, Google said that it would integrate and compare public data, part of a response to the launch of Wolfram Alpha at the time. And Wolfram’s not there yet – asking it to compare the unemployment rate of Austin and San Francisco is within its grasp. 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As we are wrapping up Brain Injury Awareness month, we would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to a few resources to better your understanding of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the signs and symptoms of TBI, as well as information to help you solve TBI-related problems in everyday life.Gain a better understanding of TBI and discover steps to help break down the problem-solving process to assist someone with TBI in everyday life situations in the article ‘Be an Expert Problem Solver! Caregiving for and Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury,’. Be sure to check out the worksheets within the article, to help you identify patterns of problems in thinking or other areas, devise a problem-solving plan and build effective problem solving skills.Another great resource to explore, is the ‘A Head for The Future’ TBI awareness initiative brought to you by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) an organization dedicated to serving active-duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with TBI.Through the ‘A Head for The Future’ initiative you can learn ways to stay safe, recognize the signs and symptoms of TBI and discover resources for getting help.The DVBIC offers tools, support and assistance to anyone who has experienced a TBI, as well as to those who knows someone who has a TBI. To find out more about this program and DVBIC check out their website here. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 24, 2017.
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Azkals coach Thomas Dooley has refused to put the blame on his players, saying they fought well despite the conditions in Nepal, where some standouts like Misagh Bahadoran suffered altitude sickness.“The players did an excellent job when you think what they had to go through the past three months,” said Dooley, noting the compressed schedule of the Philippines Football League as well as the conditions in Nepal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn Manila, Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta expressed alarm over the run of results of the team, which needs a draw against Tajikistan on the final day of qualifiers on March 27 to clinch an Asian Cup berth.But Araneta said the federation, which spent an additional P700,000 more for the Azkals’ accommodations in Nepal after they arrived a few days earlier to acclimatize, will give the team its all-out support to ensure qualification. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Champ Tabora back in PH after World Cup triumph LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Photo from GoNepal.comThe draw against bottom team Nepal last Tuesday in Kathmandu cranked up the pressure on the Philippine Azkals, who are suddenly on a slump after a strong start to the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.And while the Azkals are still on top of Group F with nine points and are still unbeaten in five matches, the fact remains that the squad has dropped six points in the last three games after two draws with Yemen and the goalless tie with Nepal.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It’s disappointing,” said Araneta. “We have to talk to coach (Dooley) on what the team needs as we should have won that game. I don’t know what are the reasons for that but we can’t afford another bad result.”Araneta said he would also sit down with Azkals manager Dan Palami to discuss preparations for the next game, which will probably include a training camp, before the start of the PFL season.The nightmare scenario for the Azkals is a loss to Tajikistan and a win by Yemen over Nepal on March 27. Even with a loss, the Azkals will still qualify if Nepal holds Yemen to at least a draw.ADVERTISEMENT
In the process of weathering the storm, these l Amazon certainly stands out, but relative to the amount of new company formation (and venture money spent on super bowl ads), there were very few large, sustainable, profitable corporations created by this industrial structure disruption. The industrial structure of the publishing industry is at an interesting historical point. dramatically impacted by the ecommerce disruption. The industry disruption is good news for the social bookmarking sites like Digg and YouTube; the (very) few top bloggers that can aggregate enough traffic to make the economics of advertising work; and the plumbing suppliers like Feedburner, Google, etc. were The reality is that the mom & pop retailers I suspect it will look similar to the way we look at retail in 1997 today. I think of it as Google is to Publishing is to 2007 This industry disruption is potentially bad news for established content producers, such as the The Boston Globe, The USA Today, and the LA Times. However, the major corporations (Target, Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, Gap) weathered the storm by Originally published Mar 9, 2007 1:01:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 figuring out how to leverage the technology and combining it with hard to acquire strengths in inventory management and logistics to fight off new entrants. Amazon is to eCommerce is to 1997. I suspect the smaller players at the margin with less editorial resources will have a hard time competing because they do not have hard-to-acquire resources (high barriers to entry) and will not be able to figure out the technology in time. This industrial structure in the publishing industry in 2007 is a lot like the industrial structure in the retail industry in 1997. eventually Most large newspapers and magazines will eventually weather the storm by figuring out how to leverage the technology and combine it with their hard to acquire editorial strengths. arge publications will face some layoffs (i.e. Boston Globe shuttering overseas bureaus), end up experimenting with interesting business models (i.e. USAToday releasing web2.0 features), and take medium-term market cap valuation haircuts. It is hard to say how we will look at the current publishing industry disruption from 2017, but The disruption lead to very few new eCommerce giants. I suspect that many of the independent bloggers selling ads on their sites will end up going away as the economics just won’t work and this will be our publishing equivalent to the sock puppets. I suspect there will be a few new large media players created, other than Google. The internet, search, social bookmarking sites, blog software, Google Adsense, and RSS in combination are acting as a disruptive technology to the publishing industry by lowering the barrier-to-entry (no printing costs!) for new entrants and improving consumption patterns for consumers (more specialization). as Many predicted that the disruption would wipe out the brick & morter retailers (i.e. Barnes & Noble) who had much to lose and give rise to a slew of ecommerce giants and plumbing vendors who had much to gain. In 1997, ecommerce software and the internet were a disruptive technology to the “brick & morter” retail industry by lowering the barrier-to-entry (no stores!) for new entrants and improving consumption patterns for consumers (from home). Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Topics: Today the New York Times wrote an article about how Google is using humans to make some search results better. This lead to a number of comments on the article itself, and a ton of articles in the blogosphere discussing the topic. All I want to point out to the readers of this blog is that this is GOOD for all of you.This means is that Google is dedicated to getting the “right” search results, so much so that they are hiring people to help. Using humans to help generate better search results will continue to remove spam websites from search results and focus on listing only quality websites in search results. This will be a blow deal by the humans at Google to the black hat SEO websites and will help make websites that truly have good content rank higher in Google for any given search term. (Read this article for some discussion about black vs white hat SEO.)To rank high and get traffic, leads and customers from inbound marketing, just focus on the basics of white hat SEO: writing good content, doing on-page SEO and off-page SEO. Simple and effective. Doing a good job of white hat SEO is actually good for Google, since it helps them understand what your website is actually about, and helps them more easily deliver good search results, with or without humans.If you want more info about SEO, read these articles:Shortest Tutorial Ever on SEO7 Signs You Should Run Screaming from an SEO ConsultantPaid Search vs. Organic Search Originally published Dec 20, 2007 10:21:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Google Updates Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Topics: This article is part of a 4-part series on Getting Started with Pay-Per-Click and Google AdWords. If you’d like to review these posts, click the links below: Getting Started with Pay-Per-Click and Google AdWords How to Size Up a Market in PPC How to Get Started with Google AdWords Tweaking Google AdWords for Higher PerformanceIn this second post of four on getting started with PPC and Google AdWords, we look at how to size up a market. (If you missed the first post, read that one first – Getting Started with Pay-Per-Click and Google AdWords). The goal today is to know whether there’s enough traffic to justify an invest PPC advertising.As such, not every market drives online volume comparable to its brick and mortar activity. So, to determine whether PPC makes sense for your niche, consider these 3 questions:How strong is demand for this product? How competitive is this market?How much will clicks cost?How strong is demand for this product?Come up with a keyword phrase you think people will use most often when searching for your product. Now go to the Google Traffic Estimator Sandbox and enter your keyword phrase. If we leave the second field in #2 blank, Google will return traffic estimates based on a payout sufficient to yield the top position on the page 85% of the time.The tool gives a Google search volume estimate on a 1 to 5 scale, plus an estimate of the number of clicks you can get at a given bid price. Now, we can see whether the search volume for a given product is healthy or anemic. These are the traffic estimates for the terms we entered:How competitive is this market?At the Google homepage, you can get a fast and dirty idea of how competitive a market is. Figure if there are 50 or more bidders on a search term, it’s cutthroat but very lucrative for the winners. Fifteen or fewer, it’s relatively easy to compete although there may not be a big revenue base to go after.Enter the term weight loss. Thirty-three pages of paid ads turn up for about 327 bidders. Enter the term cockatoo. Only four bidders appear on the first page and that’s it. But, the real measure of competition is the bid price per click, so let’s turn to that.How much will clicks cost?As we saw earlier, the Google Traffic Estimator Sandbox provides a way to check the price for various keywords without having to log into your AdWords account. Assume you’re selling a $50 weight loss supplement, the profit is $40, and the conversion rate is 1%. This means 99 of 100 clicks don’t buy. At the high end of $2.73 a click for the broadest version of the term weight loss, you’ll eat about $270 before you make your first sale. Moreover, this scenario would repeat itself 46 times a day! Ouch.For the exact term, weight loss, the high end runs $870 per day. At a $40 profit per sale, you need nearly 22 sales to break even. This would require an 8.6% conversion rate. By bidding for less competitive positions on the page (to reduce your outlays) and by improving ad copy and landing page effectiveness (to boost conversion rates), a profitable opportunity might exist with this keyword phrase, but you need to be careful.Conclusion In our next post, we’ll take you through the process of creating a Google AdWords account, delve deeper into the mindset needed to succeed and look at some advanced tools Google provides. Originally published Mar 20, 2008 11:32:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 PPC Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
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