Jackson County Road Construction

first_imgA road construction project in Jackson county on U.S.-74 Is underway. Crews will work on the bridge ramp for U.S.-74 East to U.S.-441. Only the eastbound lanes will be affected; westbound lanes will stay open. There is a detour in place: drivers should take Hyatt Creek at Exit 69.The work is expected to take about 5-to-6 weeks.last_img

Stratford boys basketball upends Loyal

first_imgFecker, Wrensch each nail three 3-pointers in victoryBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterLOYAL — Brenden Fecker had 22 points, and Stratford piled up a season-high in points as it defeated Loyal 70-66 in a nonconference boys basketball game Monday night at Loyal High School.Fecker made 6 of 9 shots overall, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range, and was 7 of 8 at the free throw line for the Tigers (8-5).Cole Hoffman added 12 points and six assists, and Okley Wrensch made three 3-pointers and added nine points for Stratford.The Tigers trailed 29-27 at halftime before pulling out the win with a 43-point second half.Stratford plays at Marathon on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 60, Greyhounds 66Stratford 27 43 – 70Loyal 29 37 – 66STRATFORD (70): Brenden Fecker 6-9 7-8 22, Cole Hoffman 4-7 4-8 12, Okley Wrensch 3-4 0-0 9, Paul Huther 3-4 1-2, Trent Heckel 0-3 2-2 2, Andrew Bargender 0-0 0-0 0, Vaughn Breit 4-7 0-0 8, Lance Heidmann 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Danen 3-5 2-5 8. FG: 23-39. FT: 16-25. 3-pointers: 6-17 (Wrensch 3-4, Fecker 3-6, Breit 0-1, Hoffmann 0-3, Heckel 0-3). Rebounds: 22 (Huther 4, Breit 4). Turnovers: 10. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Breit. Record: 8-5.LOYAL (66): Statistics not reported. Record: 11-4.last_img read more

Cloud Computing: Acceptance Increases at a Rapid Clip

first_imgA survey by Network Instruments taken at the Las Vegas Interop 2011 convention found that companies are moving rapidly into the cloud.  61 percent of companies are already using cloud-based computing services and 30 percent of participants are using a SaaS service like Salesforce.com or Google apps, and 20 percent said that they had deployed Platform-as-a-Service products like Microsoft Azure.Today roughly 21 percent of applications are running in the cloud, a bigger number than I would have guessed.  And the report estimates that by next year this time that percentage will have grown to 38 percent.The survey found that people cites the following benefits for things that they liked about cloud computing:61 percent said that application availability improved52 percent said that the end user experience improved50 percent said that their ability to scale their applications improvedWhat people don’t like about cloud computing is that:52 percent said that it was more difficult to monitor60 percent said that it was more difficult to troubleshoot problems when applications are running in the cloudlast_img read more

Google Compute Engine a Direct Challenge to Amazon Web Services

first_imgRelated Posts Google’s Compute Engine, announced Thursday morning at the company’s annual developers’ conference, gives Google a new way to monetize its huge investment in data centers and networking, offers new options for companies looking to run their businesses in the cloud, and presents a direct challenge to Amazon Web Services, the dominant player in offering computing Infrastructure as a Service.If Wednesday’s announcement of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet – aimed squarely at Amazon’s Kindle Fire – didn’t make it clear that the big-boy competition these days isn’t just among the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft, the announcement of the Google Compute Engine definitively states that the conversation also has to include Amazon, which makes far more money selling computing services than it does selling books.The service is still in “limited preview” and details were initially sketchy, but the Google Compute Engine offers companies access to the Linux Virtual Machines and network backbone connections that Google uses to power its own business. Pricing can be seen here, but the company claims “50% more compute for your money than with other leading cloud providers.”Passing the Savings on to YouUrs Hölzle, Google’s first VP of engineering, told the Google I/O developers’ conference that Google has “worked very hard for decades to lower the cost of computing” and is now “passing the savings on to you.” (Similarly, Amazon Web Services was created using the infrastructure Amazon built for its own massive e-commerce operations.)The initial pitch seems to be for big data supercomputing uses that need massive scale. The introduction demoed a genetic analysis application at the Institute for Systems Biology using 600,000 computing cores.Google claimed that the Compute Engine offers better performance than competitors, and initial reports from beta testers seem to bear that out.Who Is Google Computer Engine For?According to a Google spokesperson, during the limited preview, customers interested in Compute Engine can let Google know of their interest, and it will choose the users likely to get the most benefit.So who would fit the profile? The spokesperson said the rule of thumb is the need for 100 cores or more.The spokesperson added that the limited preview is likely to last months, not years. The technology itself is ready, apparently, but the company wants to make sure it can offer a comparable sales and customer support experience.It’s still very early, of course, and the Google Compute Engine is far from offering the complete suite of cloud computing products already available from Amazon and smaller competitors like Rackspace. But there’s no question that Google has the infrastructure in place to make Compute Engine a credible alternative.The big question is how much Google cares about this market, and how much attention and resources it will devote to a brand-new set of very demanding customers who couldn’t be more different than the millions of consumers using Gmail.The Specs:According to Craig McLuckie, product manager of Google Compute Engine in The Google Developers Blog:Compute. Launch Linux VMs on-demand. 1, 2, 4 and 8 virtual core VMs are available with 3.75GB RAM per virtual core. Storage. Store data on local disk, on our new persistent block device, or on our Internet-scale object store, Google Cloud Storage. Network. Connect your VMs together using our high-performance network technology to form powerful compute clusters and manage connectivity to the Internet with configurable firewalls. Tooling. Configure and control your VMs via a scriptable command line tool or web UI. Or you can create your own dynamic management system using our API.Initial partners include RightScale, Puppet Labs, OpsCode, Numerate, Cliqr and MapR. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Amazon#Big Data#enterprise#Google Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… fredric paullast_img read more

Augmented Reality: Transforming Training with Immersive Experiences

first_imgApple’s CEO Tim Cook is all praise for augmented reality. When quizzed about his fascination for AR, during a company’s earnings call meeting, he answered, “I see apps that make me want to go to K-12 again and repeat my schooling because it changes the game in the classroom.” Augmented reality is changing the game, not just in classrooms, but in the training industry as a whole.Think about it. AR apps deliver real-time information fixated on physical objects that simplifies the process of information consumption. They are a perfect choice for digital transformation in the training space where information overload is a routine affair.How exactly will Augmented Reality find its way into training sessions? Take, for instance, a high-school classroom where science topics are usually taught with static or printed images. With augmented reality, any student can point a screen at a physical object or even an AR marker to view graphically animated content. So, all the static images of the human digestive system, the planetary system, or even an exploding volcano can now,  literally appear as if you are right by the action of the volcano — seen up close and experienced in vivid detail. The experience does not end with that. Augmented reality users can interact with the objects on the screen. They can tap on any data snippet to view information for further reading or exploration. But, as I said earlier, training goes beyond the classroom. Even the corporate sector, where employees in manufacturing and industrial settings where training is critical, also stand to benefit from augmented reality. Augmented reality is spreading its influence across many industries where training makes a difference between life and death.Immersive mixed reality training in manufacturing scenarios.Imagine the factory floor of a car manufacturer. Every employee on the floor is expected to bring together several parts of the car, weld them together flawlessly so that the vehicle takes physical shape. Now, what if one of them makes a difference?A misplaced weld (a fusing or solder-type bond), the wrong screw in your system; even millimeters of a difference in the welding techniques can ruin the entire cast of a car. Until augmented reality came around, auto manufacturers inevitable had to incur training expenses that resulted in wastage of physical resources. With AR, such errors are reduced to a bare minimum. At the BMW Group Production Academy, BMW is training managers, production planners, process leaders, and quality specialists with the help of AR goggles. The goggles provide participants with visualizations of engine assembly with which they can interact. This immersive form of training reduces error instances. As a bonus, it also helps in gathering quick feedback from trainers which trainees can incorporate into their work.BMW leveraging augmented reality applications.Integrating experiential learning for plant personnel.If BMW is bringing AR to engine assembly, Honeywell has already launched a solution in collaboration with Microsoft. Titled ‘The Honeywell Connected Plant Skills Insight Immersive Competency,’ the program uses a combination of augmented reality and virtual reality to create a mixed reality experience for users. Employees are given a Windows Mixed Reality with Microsoft’s HoloLens, which simulates several activities that are usually conducted in a plant environment.Honeywell Simulating job experience with augmented reality.This immersive training gives employees an on-hand learning experience which minimizes errors and maximizes productivity. Honeywell is hoping to maximize skill retention to 100% and reduce training time by 60% with this Augmented reality infusion. Well, if you thought heavy-duty industries like manufacturing are the only ones that have enormous possibilities for augmented reality think again. Augmented Reality going skin deep in medical training.Mixed reality has found inroads into what can be called the most sensitive practices of all times – the healthcare system. In case you didn’t know, the future generation of doctors may be trained more with augmented reality visuals and tools than with real dissection of human bodies. And it seems legit. In a way, such training practices will help scale medical training to a large number of students. Similarly, the detailing with which training is provided will also extend the quality of medical service to a whole new level. If you think all these are baseless arguments, take the case of AccuVein. AccuVein is an Augmented Reality based medical imaging application that helps healthcare providers get a skin-deep view of their patient’s veins. Well, without any invasive procedures like surgery or scanning. AccuVein works by projecting a device over the user’s arms. The healthcare provider will be able to see the veins in full clarity through the screen.Augmented Reality going skin deep in medical training.Augmented reality does extensive job training of professionals in many diverse fields, such as these. It is only natural that AR will be used for educating the future generation as well. Schools and educational institutions around the world who are have introduced augmented reality within classrooms. The Chandler Traditional Academy uses an augmented reality application to train students on how to work with the human heart. Fondly called the “zSpace” technology, the application is a hit amidst students who are baffled by its three-dimensional experience. Students using augmented reality to work with the human heart.The experience allows them to use a stylus as a joystick to explore the content in detail. It goes without saying that such learning can be a great advantage to most fields requiring extensive training. These learning experiences are received at an early age. The material, training, and practice are repeated often enough so that it’s less likely to be forgotten. Why training needs immersive experiences.Training is the learning of new skills. Until recently, learning was accomplished through textual content and visual elements like static images. Learning done in this manner has certain limitations, which made the learning experience restricted. With the innovations and changing trends in augmented reality, this interactive technology brings users a refreshing way of consuming content that immerses users into the environment. It levels ups the learning experience, which ultimately results in higher skills acquisition. In fact, for the corporate sector, it will also benefit in retaining trained talent.  Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Dhaval SarvaiyaI help Startup and Enterprise with their Digital Transformation Tags:#Augmented Reality#digital transformation#enterprise mobile apps#training Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Follow the Puck Hey there. I am Dhaval Sarvaiya, one of the Founders of Intelivita. Intelivita is a mobile app development company that helps companies achieve the goal of Digital Transformation. I help Enterprises and Startups overcome their Digital Transformation and Mobility challenges with the might of on-demand solutions powered by cutting-edge technologies such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, IoT, and Native Mobile Apps. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Police find human remains during Shultz search

first_imgColumbia police chief Geoff Jones says detectives and Solid Waste crews in Columbia’s landfill found human remains on Wednesday, as they looked for the body of Megan Shultz.Searchers had been looking in Columbia’s landfill for a little more than a week. They had narrowed the search to several acres, with piles of trash up to 50 feet high.“It was no surprise to us that we found it. Just…the level of effort put into this by these people was inspiring,” Jones said.Those remains were turned over to medical examiners, who will now try to confirm it is Shultz. She is the Columbia woman who went missing in 2006. Wisconsin police say her husband, Keith Comfort, admitted last month that he killed Shultz and put her in a city dumpster.last_img