first_imgDogs from all over Donegal (and their owners!) are invited to an exciting charity Dog Show at Castle Grove Country House Hotel this weekend. The expansive lawns of this Letterkenny hotel will be a dog’s paradise on Saturday 1st September as dogs of all breeds and sizes enjoy a fun day out in aid of Irish Guide Dogs and Animals In Need Donegal.Castle Grove Dog Show. Photo: Vanessa BradyThe top draw of this day out is the amazing array of prizes on offer for winning pooches. Category winners get their own trophies and their owners get fantastic vouchers to treat themselves too. With a BBQ, family fun activities and a raffle, this day promises to be a great Saturday afternoon for all.Castle Grove Dog Show. Photo: Vanessa BradyCompetition Categories include:SmallMediumLargeBest DressedBest Owner LookalikeBest Overall (judged from each category above)Do you think your dog has what it takes to win? There is still time to register by contacting Castle Grove on Tel: 0749151118 Email: reservations@castlegrove.com or Message on Facebook @castlegrove1695The cost of entry is €10 per dog. All proceeds from this event will be donated to support the Irish Guide Dogs Association and Animals In Need Donegal. Beneficiaries of Castle Grove Dog ShowGuest judge on the day is Dog Groomer Noel Friel, with special guest Jennifer Doherty advocating the importance of Guide Dogs. Jennifer has recently worked on an awareness and fundraising campaign for Irish Guide Dogs in honour of her first guide dog O.J.Through charity events such as the Castle Grove Dog Show, funds can be raised to train a pup to become a Guide Dog or Assistance Dog and bring life-changing benefits to people with blindness or autism.Animals in Need are a voluntary, non profit animal charity who rescue stray and abandoned animals in Co. Donegal.Castle Grove Dog Show. Photo: Vanessa BradyAll are welcome to come along and take part in the Castle Grove Dog Show from 2pm-5pm on Saturday 1st September. Dogs must be pre-registered to compete and all dogs must be kept on leashes please.Don’t miss this family fun day – it will be pawsitively great! Check out the Facebook event for more information and updates: Castle Grove Dog ShowDonegal dogs invited to a barking brilliant day out was last modified: August 28th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:animals in needcastle grove country house hoteldog showeventsirish guide dogsThings to doweekendslast_img read more

first_imgThe Internet of Things (IoT) envisions a world scattered with devices and sensors that collect and transmit data about almost anything. But a bottleneck to the vision is being able to keep these devices powered for long periods of time.  Batteries lose charge quickly and the maintenance costs of battery replacement in the field for many devices is too expensive.Increasingly some of the larger devices, meters and sensors in the field are being powered by solar.  For smaller devices, new techniques are being investigated. This area of research is being called “energy harvesting“.  Scientists look at many different alternative external sources of energy, including solar, thermal, wind, and kinetic energy. The global market for energy harvesting devices is expected to be $4.2 billion by 2019.As an example of mechanical energy harvesting, some scientists are researching how energy from human movement can be used to power smartphones and wearable devices. The army, for example, is investigating devices that strap to a soldier’s leg that captures mechanical energy as the soldier walks. Noel Soto, a project engineer at the Army Natick Soldier Research Center, said that “we are converting the movement of the knees when you walk into useful power. We have found out through studies that soldiers are carrying a heavy load and a lot of that weight, 16 to 20 pounds for a 72-hour mission, is due to batteries.”Just the movements of tapping and scrolling on your smartphone might be able to produce enough energy that can feed back into the phone to power it.  Nelson Sepulveda, associate professor at Michigan State University, said that “what I foresee, relatively soon, is the capability of not having to charge your cell phone for an entire week, for example, because that energy will be produced by your movement.”last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web Email is old fashioned, right? Not so fast – that rich source of data about your personal connections and interests is finally emerging as a platform for some really innovative services.Yesterday we saw the launch of Gmail’s new Priority Inbox, which automatically sorts inbound messages by priority. That’s something we’ve been expecting since hints of it emerged 18 months ago. This Spring, Gmail began offering secure, programatic access permission for the contents of your inbox – a move we said heralded a new era of inbox applications. Now we’re finally seeing that flood of services emerge. Here are three of the best new email apps that you don’t want to miss. Following screenshots and a screencast, we discuss what it all means and how these are just the beginning of the coming era of email as a platform.RapportiveRapportive is a browser plug-in we wrote about this Spring, but we still see people saying “I don’t know how I lived without this” months later. For now it’s simple: the program looks at the adress you’ve received an email from and displays social network data, job titles and locations in the sidebar of your browser. Rapportive has a lot more planned, but you’ll be amazed to see how much even this adds to your email experience. The one down side? It’s not very easy to correct the information Rapportive shows about you or other people.You may have already added Rapportive, though. Read on for more applications you probably haven’t begun using yet. How This Leverages Email as a PlatformEmail as identity indicator, plus that identity as hub for data aggregation, equals awesome. The Killer App: GreplinAlso first written about on TechCrunch today (grrrr….) is Greplin, an incredible cloud-based search service that indexes and adds to a universal personal search box the contents of your emails, calendar, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, BaseCamp, Evernote, Salesforce and more. It is, if it works as well as it says it does, a dream come true. Don’t remember which communication service a message came through? Greplin will solve that problem.Uber-geek Stephan Wolfram has a service he had built for him personally that allows him to search through 25 years of emails and 20 years of his clicks around the web, papers written and more. That sounds incredible. If Greplin indexed the full page text of every link I clicked on and the messages sent by all my friends on services like Twitter and Facebook, then organized search results in a way that was easy to use – I would totally pay for that. For now, I’m just waiting for my access to be granted to the basic service.How This Leverages Email as a PlatformSearch may not be the ultimate platform – recommendation probably is. This service reminds me of SystemOne, an incredible product that analyzes the semantics of text that you’re typing and recommends related content from your email, documents and selected RSS feeds. That product was probably ahead of its time, it’s not fully in the cloud and it’s not free.Greplin searches a whole lot for free, and if it can do this much at launch – it’s exciting to think about what it could do in the future. Recommendation would be my request, in a browser plug-in. Imagine typing out an email and getting a little notice somewhere that Grepplin has found some emails that are genuinely relevant to what you’re typing at the moment. That would be awesome. The sky’s the limit when you can quickly process huge stores of your own personal data, though.Greplin Demo from greplin on Vimeo.Why These Are Only the BeginningWe’ve been waiting for years for email to emerge as a platform. The key enabling factor that has now emerged is a secure way to grant temporary access to the contents of your email to trusted developers out in the larger ecosystem of people and companies who want to build these new services – all without ever giving them your precious email password.That’s what OAuth (the Open Authentication Standard) has enabled: it provides one standardized way for any email provider and any application developer to grant or request secure, temporary access to your personal information without giving away your password. OAuth lets your email provider, in this case, vouch for you to these other apps and give them your info, while never exposing your password.OAuth is an incredible platform enabler. Just yesterday Twitter began enforcing the requirement that its ecosystem of developers use it instead of ever asking for your account password. Gmail has OAuth for IMAP email access and Yahoo! is working with them to turn that, too, into a standard.Oauth has been in development for some time and in the Spring of 2009, the protocol had a close scrape with a big security vulnerability related to Twitter’s initial implementation. Fortunately, the technical community acted fast and fixed the problem before it blew up in the faces of OAuth’s advocates.The man who led those efforts to save OAuth from that problem was Eran Hammer-Lahav, at Yahoo! (“How the OAuth Security Battle Was Won, Open Web Style“)Hammer-Lahav took a step back from his key work on OAuth earlier this year – and can you guess what he’s working on now at Yahoo? Email as a platform.Hammer-Lahav is one of the smartest developer advocates in the consumer web business, and here’s how he explains the potential and the pitfalls of email as a platform:It’s pretty clear that email provides a huge potential for extensibility, given the wide range of ways people use it. The inbox is much more than just a place for incoming mail, it is the primary dashboard for many web users – it is how they manage their lives.So when looking at email as a platform, the opportunity of making it more useful and productive reaches most areas of online activities.So far the focus has been on taking social information to help better manage email overflow, but the platform has much more potential beyond that.We are constantly looking at how we can help Y! Mail users be more productive and connect to the people they really care about. For example, sharing photos is a big email experience – using email as a platform to make private photo sharing easier (as easy as sharing photos on Flickr or Facebook) is the tip of the iceberg.The tricky part, like any platform, is how to manage your developer community, and how to safely distribute applications. This is particularly tricky in mail which is the most critical and private part of your online identity (all password resents, most private communications, etc.)In addition, the lack of a standard way to extend email leads to a fragmented market – one which has yet to emerge as a profitable destination for third party developer.At Y!, we are constantly looking for ways to provide deeper access to our mail platform, both using APIs and as an application framework for extensions. It is also how we develop mail experiences internally, such as inline image and video views, image sharing, invites, and many other use-case specific applications.Personal data, securely shared, is an untapped gold mine for both literal business development and incredible new user experiences. The services highlighted here are exciting – but they’re just the beginning. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market WiseStampWiseStamp is a browser plug-in that makes it easy to automatically add dynamic content to your email signature. TechCrunch just wrote about the service opening up to the public today.In five minutes, I set up WiseStamp to automatically add a link to the most recent article I’ve written here on ReadWriteWeb, the most recent post I’ve written on my personal blog , my most recent message from Twitter and my next published plan via my Plancast account.How This Leverages Email as a PlatformWiseStamp mashes up the communication platform of email with streams of our personal syndicated published content. This is a great example of how feeds of content can enrich our everyday lives. In this case, there’s nothing in our emails being analyzed, but email’s communication capabilities (and what really beats email for communication, still?) are built upon and added to by WiseStamp. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more