ConferousFrom PW: “A toll-free number with support for multiple conference rooms, create rooms with a specific purpose and track the number of participants.”A very simple service and there are others like GroupCall that use Twitter for creating a conference calls. RingerousRingerous lets you post to your blog by phone.Your recorded message is added to the post with an embedded MP3 player for easy playback. There are a number of similar services . alex williams Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… On Programmable Web (PW), the telephony category has 83 APIs. Of these, Twilio is by far the leader with 88 mashups associated with its API. That’s far ahead of Skype, which has 28; Jaduka has 8 and MyVox and Ringful each have six.Twilio is a cloud-based service that helps you build telephony-based services. In September it added more than 100 new features. Using telephony-based APIs is new territory for many. We are always asking how telephony services are used. Developers use the Twilio API for alerts, changes to calendars, conferencing and a host of other uses.To get a perspective, here are five ways developers are using the Twilio API:Bad News RobotBad News Robot allows you to call someone with bad news without having to do it yourself. The robot does the talking for you.Using Twilio, the service will call the recipient for the robot to deliver the bad news. The robot may have a “dude voice,” or a “chick voice.” The call costs 99 cents. Twitter and email is free. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing VoxilateVoxilate provides the ability for a silent auction. Bidders can bid on items over the phone and are notified via text message when they are outbid.From the Voxilate blog, a walk-through for how it works:“All bid items are listed in a Google spreadsheetUsers at the silent auction enter their name, bid amount, and phone number on the auction sheets.When the auction completes, on-site staff enter the winners into the Google Spreadsheet.Bidders dial the Twilio-provided number and enter their phone number as a PIN (automatic if they send Caller ID). They are told whether they have won, and if so, what their total is (important for those who bid on multiple items!). They are then instructed to say their names, addresses, and other pertinent information and are of course thanked for participating.This information is then transcribed and posted into the Google Spreadsheet (this is fun to watch in real-time!) The Twilio link to audio is also included in case the information needs to be double-checked.On-site staff can then complete the checkout at their leisure.We’re using Google App Engine for serving the TwiML responses to Twilio, and the Google Data APIs for connecting to Google Spreadsheet.”The services we see range from the trivial to the truly useful. What they all offer is an example of how the telepehony space is rapidly becoming a platform for communication that sits on equal footing with the Web. From an interview with Pha on the Twilio blog:“I built Conferous using Ruby on Rails with a slightly customized version of the Twilio gem from Webficient to communicate with the Twilio API. The Twilio API was so flexible and easy to use that I was able to develop the core functionality very quickly. In addition, I deployed the application on Heroku, which sped up the development/deployment process even more. On the front-end side, I used jQuery to create some of the UI effects and for AJAX interactions. You could say I’m a sucker for technologies that make my life easier and let me focus on functionality and not nitty-gritty details.”Mobile CommonsMobile Commons is a service that is a page out of modern, political marketing. It provides advertisers and agencies quickly launch and manage mobile marketing campaigns from a Web-based user interface. Can you see how this might be used in the next session of the U.S. Congress? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
This week Facebook company Parse announced the launch of new Parse software development kits (SDKs) for Apple’s tvOS and watchOS 2, so Facebook developers can build immersive apps for the Apple TV and the Apple Watch. Parse previously released support for the Apple Watch and App Extensions in April, which enabled developers to build apps with extensions running on Apple Watch alone—without having to rely on a constant connection to an iPhone. More recently, the company announced the open sourcing of its SDKs in August. A major challenge faced by Parse was local storage with tvOS, and it decided to re-architect local data persistence from the iOS SDK. In response to the problem of logging into apps via tvOS (difficult without a regular keyboard), the Facebook integration library has been updated to let users login to tvOS apps using the Facebook tvOS SDK by using just a few lines of code. Both new SDKs, as well as the updated Facebook integration library are available on GitHub. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… These Mistakes Can Derail a Legacy Software Con… Cate Lawrence Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… Related Posts How AI is Learning to Play with Words Tags:#Apple#Apple TV#Facebook#parse#SDK#TvOS#Watch OS
ROME—On Saturday, Massimo Inguscio will take over from engineer Luigi Nicolais as president of Italy’s largest research organization, the National Research Council (CNR). Inguscio, a well-known optical physicist at the University of Florence, has experience leading smaller research bodies, most recently Italy’s National Institute of Metrological Research, but heading the multidisciplinary CNR will be a step up. He will have an annual budget of about €1 billion and more than 8000 employees in his charge, many of whom are unhappy at being continually handed short-term contracts.“Inguscio is an excellent scientist and also a very good manager,” says Giovanni Bignami, a former president of Italy’s National Institute for Astrophysics here. “But he will have his hands full dealing with personnel. He will have to talk to the unions while also making himself heard in the ministry.”ScienceInsider talked to Inguscio on Tuesday, a day after research minister Stefania Giannini had tapped him for the new job. 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Q: Italy spends only about 1.25% of its gross domestic product on research. Does CNR struggle for funding?A: Almost all of the CNR’s budget is used to pay salaries and basic expenses such as electricity, which means there are virtually zero funds for research. Twenty years ago there was money to upgrade existing facilities or to buy new equipment, be it a new magnet or modern tools for nanotechnology. But now we can’t do that.Q: The government’s 2016 budget contains €100 million for about 850 new university researchers. Is that a good sign?A: It is a welcome, if small, reversal compared to the general trend of decreasing finances. But these resources must be used wisely. In Italy there is no multiyear strategy. Hirings can be blocked for many years and then unfrozen suddenly. That leads to people being recruited just because they are on a temporary contract, and not necessarily because they are the best person for the job. In fact, current employment law stipulates that new jobs must be filled by people who have previously won a place on a public waiting list, even if they did so 10 years ago. That has nothing to do with research.Q: What do you intend to do about that?A: Research managers must be free to choose people on the basis of merit. The presidents of research institutions are asking the government to start up a process of tenure track, as happens in other countries. New recruits would go through a trial period, and if they prove themselves good enough [they] would then gain a permanent position. We need to have a serious hiring policy that doesn’t rely on personal contacts.Q: Many Italian scientists work abroad. Is that a serious problem?A: I am not worried about the brain drain, it is normal that people go overseas to work. The problem is that researchers don’t come to Italy. The movement is only in one direction.Q: Can the flow be reversed?A: Three years ago I became director of the CNR’s physical sciences department. While there, new efforts were made to attract foreign winners of Consolidator Grants awarded by the European Research Council, but of about 10 people that we hoped to recruit only one came. Someone comes not only because there is a place and a wage but also because they can hire postdocs and get projects up and running. I hope that the government can restart Italian research on the basis of excellence and meritocracy.Q: There have been protests against the second round of a nationwide research assessment program known as the VQR. Some scientists say the procedures penalize those, for example, who favor teaching over research. How do you view this issue? A: I think the VQR is of fundamental importance. It allows us to allocate funds to places that merit them and therefore to hire good people. It is a new methodology and there are bound to be errors, but some people are trying to sabotage the system by withholding their research papers from the evaluation. That doesn’t seem a very intelligent thing to do because they will be deemed to be inactive and so reduce funding for their institutes. If the system has problems, we have to try and fix it. Vittorio Tulli
Two days after Aditya Tare’s six over fine leg off Rajasthan Royals’ James Faulkner sealed a victory and playoff qualification for the Mumbai Indians, cricket fans in the city are still gobsmacked.So unbelievable was the chase of 190 in 14.3 overs that it continues to be a big talking point even while a new government takes charge at the Centre, and ministers assume office.For the Mumbai team, it was a shot in the arm. Written off after finishing the UAE leg of the tournament winless, the defending champions clawed their way back into the top four, and the architect of that famous win, New Zealander Corey Anderson, said on Tuesday that the victory has changed the mindset of the team.”It makes us more fearless in a playoff scenario. A lot of people had written us off so to pull it off was a great feeling. It provided a sense of relief. Now, it’s a level playing field again. We need to continue being fearless, and build on the momentum,” Anderson said ahead of the team’s Eliminator match against the third- placed Chennai Super Kings.It’s certain that Mumbai will find it hard to replicate the sheer audacity and fearlessness of that performance, but Anderson was willing to be optimistic. “A lot of boys in the dressing room, myself included, thought that was a lot of runs to get. But we stayed optimistic and found a way to win, like we have in the past few weeks. We need to remain fearless even now,” he said.advertisementMumbai must thank Yusuf Pathan’s blitz on Saturday for elevating Kolkata Knight Riders into the top two, because otherwise, their inconsistent batting would’ve been up against the top bowling side in the tournament.As things stand, Chennai’s bowling -the medium pacers in particular – have shown themselves to be the team’s Achilles heel.Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said their final league stage win against Royal Challengers Bangalore was important from a momentum point of view. “It was good and important against the run of Mumbai confident after heroics against Rajasthan. We had not played that well in those games. The worst defeat was against KKR at the Eden Gardens. The one [win] at Bangalore was just what we had asked for. We know pretty well what the players are going to deliver for us and the opportunity they are going to get,” he told reporters.One aspect that is expected to play a key role in the result is the venue.The Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium, situated at a stone’s throw from the regular Mumbai venue, the Wankhede Stadium, is hosting its first IPL game in three years, and while the conditions may not be too different to those at the Wankhede, both teams will still need to adapt.Of course, Mumbai have the advantage of playing at home, and crowd support for them will be vociferous. In fact, a CCI official told MAIL TODAY on Tuesday that online ticket sales had seen a mega spike soon after Mumbai’s win on Sunday and for Chennai.
Home grown manufacturer iBall has officiallyannounced the availability of its first octa-core tablet offering: the SlideOcta A41. The iBall Slide Octa A41 3G voice-calling tablet is now up for grabsat a price tag of Rs.14,999. The company had earlier listed the tablet on itsofficial website without pricing and availability details.The iBall Slide Octa A41 features a 7-inch IPSfull-HD display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.7GHzocta-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB ofinbuilt storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.The single-SIM voice-calling tablet runs Android 4.4KitKat out-of-the-box. It sports an 8MP rear autofocus camera with LED flashand a 5MP front-facing snapper. Connectivity options on the device include: Wi-Fi,3G, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 3G and USB. It decks in a 3500mAh battery. Recently, the company introduced the Slide 3G Q7218tablet. The device is currently available at a best buy price of Rs. 6,499. The iBall Slide 3G Q7218 tablet features a 7-inchdisplay (480×800 p resolution) and has a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor beatingunder the hood. It comes with 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage expandableup to 32GB via microSD card. It packs in a 2500mAh battery.