Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 25-31 July 2005

first_imgsponsored by:Onfolio is offering R/WW readers a coupon code entitling the bearer to $30 off apurchase of Onfolio Professionalbefore August 31st. Coupon Code: RM857202This week: Walled Gardens, Ajax backlash, Widgetmania, Asia update, The Web –Past, Present and Future.The Walls Come Tumbling DownLately there’s been some progress towards overcoming one of the main issues of Web 2.0– data lock-in. It’s also known as the “Walled Garden” approach, or the “Roach Motel”.The gist of it is: a traditional way for websites and apps to ‘lock-in’ their users is tomake sure their data can only be maintained and used from within the site/app. So eventhough users think they ‘own’ their data, in reality it’s not easy to export it to othersystems. A classic example is Amazon reviews – once you enter a review of e.g. a book,the data is essentially locked up inside Amazon’s site.There are signs of progress though. Yahoo 360 isapparently moving towards making the content that users enter into their system moreopen. This from SiliconBeat:“Yahoo tells us tonight that users of their Yahoo 360 blogging/networking servicecan now publish content to their personal pages from other blogging or bookmarkingservices, such as LiveJournal or del.icio.us, using RSS. What is more, 360 users willstill be able to alert friends and family members of new content on their 360 pages, evenif the content is from somewhere else.”The Yahoo 360 Team explainsmore. Reactions: The Blog Herald thinks it’s an “acceptance from Yahoo! that 360 is a failure is ablogging platform”. MichaelParekh is more positive. Jon Turow has some interestingthoughts on Walled Gardens in other systems. As for me, I think it’s a positive sign that Yahoo is opening up its platform for datato flow into 360 from other systems. But what about allowing data to flow out?This reminds me that I never did get a response to the question I posed on the Yahoo My Web2.0 Messageboard. Here’s what I asked back on 3 July:“Out of curiousity, is it possible to export your My Web 2.0 data – just as you canimport, say, del.icio.us data?The reason I ask of course is that it’s a sign of a trustworthy Web 2.0 app if users havethe option of exporting the data that they ‘own’.”It’d be nice to get an answer to that. It’s the main reason I’m still using deliciousfor my social bookmarking – because delicious allows me to export mydata.Which brings me to AttentionTrust, theinitiative run by Steve Gillmor and Seth Goldstein and others. Their mission: “promotingthe basic rights of attention owners.” It’s a bit nebulous as to what that meansexactly, but I don’t doubt it’s aworthy cause. If it’s got anything to do with crashing down the Walled Gardens of webapps that lock-in our data, then sign me up! Ajax BacklashI’ve noticed some folks are questioning how relevant Ajax is to Web 2.0. Jon Boutellecame right out and said it: AJAX != web2.0. Jon wrote:“Web 2.0 is about making websites machine readable so that content can squirtseamlessly between unrelated sites. Technologies like RSS, RESTian APIs, and XHTML/CSSare the core of Web 2.0. Social networks and tagging and attention are at the core of Web2.0. Not rich client technologies like AJAX.”While I agree with the general gist of Jon’s argument, I do think Ajax is an importanttechnology for Web 2.0 because it gives web apps the type of rich functionality thatdesktop apps are known for. So in that sense, Ajax is an enabling technology for Web 2.0(the Web as platform, or Web as OS if you prefer). But it is just a tool, withgood and bad sides to it – e.g. Jon made a good point about Ajax making things lessmachine-readable / linkable.As Anil Dash pointedout recently, in response to a new Web 2.0 service fueled by Ajax and Ruby on Rails:“A lot of the links to the service say things like “full of AJAXy goodness!” or“guess how small the dev team was?” or “it’s Ruby on Rails!”. People, this is a tool forhelping your business make more money.”WidgetmaniaNews this week that Yahoo bought widget-maker Konfabulator. Widgets are little desk-top apps, but oneinteresting Web 2.0 use for these is as a branded RSS Reader. My previous sponsor ThePort Network is in the business of providing skinned RSS Readers than sit on auser’s desktop. RSS Reader widgets are also popular with news media organizations, as a way to getinvolved in the world of RSS without losing their branding or influence (they get to choose the default feeds, as one example). RonJeffries has an interesting take on the Konfabulator deal:“Konfabulator, now part of the Yahooempire, is a frontal assault on Microsoft desktop dominance. The future is web services,and Konfabulator provides VERY easy to develop desktop widget technology with acompletely open API.”Asia UpdateI noticed a couple of Web 2.0 and RSS things happening in the Asia region this week.Firstly Feedburnerannounced what looks to be a highly strategic partnership with China’s biggest blognetwork Bokee. With 2 million blogs and apparently growing at a rate of over 10,000 newblogs a day, Bokee is a huge new customer for Feedburner. But more than that, it givesthem a great foothold in the Asian market. Thinking globally is going to be become evermore important in this Web 2.0 world (which admittedly sounds odd coming from me, Mr‘I-Wanna- Move-To-Silicon-Valley’!).Another company making moves in Asia is Pheedo, who this week made a presentation in Tokyo.Pheedo discovered a growing and ready market for RSS:“RSS is growing in Japan with no promotion. The Japanese RSS adoption rate ishigher compared to the US market. Overall penetration is lower but according to Tsukada,“the environment is ready.””I decided to ask for some feedback from my Asia correspondent and blog buddy, Taewoo Danny Kim. In an email, Danny pointed to the growing number ofChinese and Japanese titles on the del.cio.us/tag/web2.0 feed as evidence of aramping up of Web 2.0 fever over there. Blogging is big in Korea, where Danny lives, buthe said RSS and Web 2.0 is still nascent. This is the same feeling I have for the NewZealand and Australia markets. Of course, this means a whole world of opportunity toearly adopters – such as people reading mine and Danny’s blogs!Post of the WeekIf you’re looking for a thought-provoking article about the Web as a social tool –past, present and future – Kevin Kelly’s effort for Wiredmagazine is highly recommended. He wrote that the “destiny of the Web” is:“As the OS for a megacomputer that encompasses the Internet, all its services, allperipheral chips and affiliated devices from scanners to satellites, and the billions ofhuman minds entangled in this global network. This gargantuan Machine already exists in aprimitive form. In the coming decade, it will evolve into an integral extension not onlyof our senses and bodies but our minds.”Later in the article, he has this prediction for the Web in 2015:“By 2015, desktop operating systems will be largely irrelevant. The Web will be theonly OS worth coding for. It won’t matter what device you use, as long as it runs on theWeb OS. You will reach the same distributed computer whether you log on via phone, PDA,laptop, or HDTV.”Inspiring stuff.That’s a wrap for another week! Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Industry 4.0: Are Manufacturers Ready for Revolution?

first_imgCIM Logic identifies five reasons for why Industry 4.0 is moving at a slow pace, echoing the results of the above surveys: Similarly, a survey by Plutoshift found that IoT initiatives were not happening at the speed that analysts predicted. The report again cited lack of technology savvy as one of the main problems. Two-thirds of manufacturers said that their lack of understanding of technology means that they haven’t done much to change their existing processes, and until they are able to do that, they’re not operating an an efficient level. Are manufacturers ready to take on new ‘smart manufacturing’ technologies like Cloud Computing, Cognitive Computing, IoT, automation, and a new generation of robotics? Unfortunately, the answer may be ‘No’. But 40 percent thought that they lacked technical skills, and 33 percent said that they didn’t have the right leadership skills, and half said that just didn’t know enough about new technologies to even know where to start.center_img Skills ShortageCyber Security ConcernsLack of KnowledgeIT working independently from Operational Technology (OT)Legacy Systems sapping existing time and resources Only 13 percent of surveyed large and medium-sized manufacturers said that they felt prepared and had adopted new technologies, according to a report from Tacton. Although21 percent said that they had a strategy.last_img read more

Should you get your pet’s DNA tested? Scientists urge caution

first_img E.K.: Dogs and humans are very similar to one another, so you can use the same technology to look at dog DNA or human DNA. With these direct to consumer tests, for dogs or humans, often you’re not looking at every single part of the genome. You’re just looking for changes, or mutations, that are linked to some kind of disease or condition.Q: How accurate are the tests for dogs that are now on the market?E.K.: With genetic tests for humans, there have been so many studies that look at whether or not a certain mutation in your genes actually leads to you developing a certain disease. There just isn’t this massive body of work on dog genomes. So many of these tests are telling owners that their dog could get a certain disease without any major studies on how likely that is to happen. The science needs to catch up.Q: What are the dangers of potentially inaccurate test results?L.M.: In my veterinary practice, I’ve seen more and more people coming in with results that show their dog has a chance of developing conditions like epilepsy, heart disease, and degenerative muscular disorders, and they want to make treatment decisions right away. They’re ready to pay for more tests or medical interventions that the dog might not actually need, that could be quite expensive, and that could be invasive for the dog. In some cases, people preemptively end their dog’s life if they think their dog is predisposed to a degenerative disease, because don’t they want their pet to suffer.Q: Genetic testing kits for humans are regulated. Why aren’t pet tests? GIL COHEN MAGEN/REUTERS/Newscom Should you get your pet’s DNA tested? Scientists urge caution You’ve probably seen an ad for a company that wants to tell you about your genome. Just spit in a tube, send it in, and you can learn about your disease risk.Now, you can do the same for your pets, at least according to nearly a dozen—and growing—companies on the market. But how accurate are these tests—and why are these businesses not subject to the same regulations as those that analyze human DNA?Science chatted with Lisa Moses, a veterinarian affiliated with Harvard Medical School in Boston, and Elinor Karlsson, director of vertebrate genomics at the  Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both are authors on an opinion piece published today in Nature about these and other potential issues with the booming pet genomics industry. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Q: What kind of pets are being tested?Lisa Moses: It’s overwhelmingly dogs. There are some tests for cats, but right now it’s about 90% dogs.Q: Why would an owner want to get their pet’s DNA tested?Elinor Karlsson: A lot of dog owners are interested in what breeds are in their dog, or some fun facts, like how big their dog could get. But there’s also testing for somewhere between 100 and 200 different genetic variants that have been linked to disease.Q: Is the process of testing a dog’s DNA different from testing a human’s? A sample of dog saliva contains enough DNA for a genetic test. Veterinarian and researcher Lisa Moses L.M.: With any new technology, regulation often lags behind, and for humans, there’s been more time for conversations to take place, and rules have been established that govern how the tests are vetted. With veterinary medicine, there hasn’t been a formal and systematic discussion about the ethics related to these new technologies. We need to start talking about this, because right now a lot of people are in the dark.Q: What might happen if this industry continues to go unregulated?L.M.: I worry that if the tests don’t improve, people are going to notice that their dogs don’t actually get the diseases they’re at risk for. I don’t want people to lose the idea that there is tremendous value in genetic testing, if we do it right. We really do have the potential to figure out that our patients get diseases long before they do permanent damage, if we are able to make this happen.Q: How can we improve genetic testing for pets?L.M.: We need to start with a conversation that encompasses the international veterinary community, the testing industry, and the scientists. We have to come up with some mutually agreed upon ways to report these results, and figure out how to validate them. We’d need to have transparency on how the tests are done, how the science is done, and talk seriously about data sharing. There’s a consortium, the International Partnership for Dogs, and they’re trying to do some standardization and data sharing. But, it’s brand new and I don’t know yet how successful they’re going to be.Q: What kind of things could we learn from pet genetics, if we do it right?E.K.: Dogs carry a lot of the same diseases humans do. By studying dogs, we could learn a lot about the causes of things like cancer, or diabetes, and use that information to develop new treatments for humans. By Frankie SchembriJul. 25, 2018 , 1:00 PM Evolutionary biologist Elinor Karlsson Michael J. Butts Lisa Moses last_img read more

NCAA volleyball: CSB stays in semis hunt, ends Arellano’s unbeaten streak

first_imgIn the first match, Letran also stayed in the semifinals hunt with a gritty 25-21, 25-27, 25-19, 20-25, 15-12 victory over also-ran Emilio Aguinaldo College.Jayme Parin captained the Lady Knights with 18 points, 16 off kills, while Miracle Mendoza pumped two service aces to wound up with 17.Letran rose to 3-4, while the Lady Generals fell to 1-6.Laidesheen Magbanua and Jaylene Lumbo both finished with 17 points in the defeat for EAC.ADVERTISEMENT Rachel Austero added 15 markers, while Klarisa Abriam and Marites Pablo combined for 26 points in the upset.The win kept the Lady Blazers alive in the Final Four race as they improved to 4-3.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 hostingJovie Prado held the fort for the Lady Chiefs with 14 points.It was Arellano’s first defeat of the season to drop to 7-1, and its first in 20 games overall dating back to last season. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Unseeded Filipina Alex Eala rules tennis tilt in France ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid 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 Gamescenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde picked the best day to come alive, toppling erstwhile unbeaten Arellano University, 25-21, 25-20, 19-25, 25-12, in NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Ranya Musa got the job done on defense as five of her team-best 17 points came off blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more