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Discover the creatures of the oceans

first_img SharePrint RelatedFrom Sketch to Souvenir: the artist behind Hidden CreaturesJune 19, 2018In “News”Uncover a new world of Hidden CreaturesJune 5, 2018In “News”The world wide search for Hidden Creatures continuesJuly 10, 2018In “News” Centuries of exploring uncharted waters resulted in legends describing fantastic creatures, almost too strange to be true. Though the ocean may be vast, there’s still time to search for the giant Kraken, the elusive Hippocamp, and the mysterious Mermaid. Now it’s your turn to confirm the tales! Now through July 25, find geocaches or attend events to find Hidden Creatures earning up to 13 new souvenirs.View your progressShare with your Friends:Morelast_img

WikiLeaks App Yanked from App Store

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#news#web audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Well, that didn’t take long. The unofficial WikiLeaks app has been yanked from the Apple Store. The app was approved on Dec. 17, but yesterday developer Igor Barinov received word that the app was removed from sale.Apple is by no means the first or only tech company to take this sort of action against WikiLeaks information. It joins the ranks of Amazon, PayPal, Visa, Mastercard and Tableau Software in closing the doors to WikiLeaks. When we wrote about the app, we surmised that it might run afoul of Apple’s Developer Guidelines. It isn’t simply that the app contains controversial information – as a mobile version of the website, links to the leaked documents are available there, and the WikiLeaks’ Twitter stream. In removing the app from the store, it seems easy for Apple to echo the justification that Amazon used when booting WikiLeaks from the cloud: WikiLeaks doesn’t “own” the content. And furthermore, Barinov and his unofficial app don’t own the rights to the WikiLeaks data either.Barinov says he hasn’t received details from Apple as to why the app has been removed. We’ve contacted Apple as well and will update this story when we hear something.Updated: Apple has told Business Insider that, “We removed WikiLeaks because it violated developer guidelines. An app must comply with all local laws. It may not put an individual or target group in harms way.”Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-says-wikileaks-app-put-an-individual-or-target-group-in-harms-way-it-pulled-it-2010-12#ixzz18lqVcoHrIn the meantime, Barinov does say that the endeavor, however short, was successful, and the WikiLeaks app sold enough copies to hit the top of the Lifestyle category in many countries. Barinov claims that half the money he’s raised from sale of the $1.99 app will go to WikiLeaks. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

New Cellulose Manufacturer Set for a 2018 Launch

first_imgLooking for quality insulationNational Fiber insulation had a good reputation, and its training programs were well received, said David Milliken, the owner of Portland-based Horizon Residential Energy Services Maine.“We were pretty saddened,” he said. “It seemed like a well-run business. We liked all the people there. It seemed like it was an important part of the manufacturing economy in that area. It was definitely a bummer. And then not having access to a high quality alternative product was problematic, and we ended up cycling through four, five different competitors before landing back at GreenFiber.“They’ve worked out a lot of the kinks that we were having,” he continued. “I think we’re back to a place where we have a good product to work with.”Michael Maines, a residential designer who met Hulstrunk while working at Ecocor in Searsmont, Maine, said the closure of National Fiber made it harder to find high-quality cellulose.“Depending on the installer, some say it doesn’t matter, that cellulose is cellulose,” he said. “But the higher-end installers who really care about quality said it’s not the same.”Hulstrunk says the use of recycled corrugated cardboard as the feedstock for UltraCell’s cellulose should make for very clean insulation, free of plastic and other contaminants that increasingly shows up in cellulose insulation made with recycled newspaper. The company also has changed the way fire retardants are added. Instead of grinding boric acid (or ammonium sulfate) into a powder and mixing it with cellulose fibers, UltraCell is impregnating the fibers with the retardant, which reduces the amount of dust installers have to contend with.UltraCell will cover the same market area as National Fiber — New England, eastern New York, and parts of Pennsylvania and Virginia — and expand it to the west, Hulstrunk said. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article said GreenFiber purchased National Fiber in 2015 and closed it in 2016. GreenFiber says it purchased the company 2014, and closed the plant in 2015. Builders in the Northeast who have missed the friendly voice of Bill Hulstrunk and cellulose from National Fiber, the Massachusetts-based firm he worked for, can look forward to the launch of a new company and a fresh source of cellulose by next year.Hulstrunk, the technical director at the now-shuttered National Fiber plant in Belchertown, Massachusetts, has joined a new company called UltraCell, which is building a pilot plant in Buffalo, New York, and hopes to open a larger plant and begin selling the insulation in 2018.Hulstrunk met and trained many New England cellulose installers in the 11 years he worked for National Fiber. “If you talked to anyone about cellulose insulation or the companies that were producing the best quality material it was always, ‘That’s National Fiber,’” Hulstrunk said by telephone. “Or you talk to someone about who has the best technical support in New England, and that was National Fiber as well.”But National Fiber is no more. The company was purchased by U.S. GreenFiber, a Charlotte, North Carolina, company, in May 2014, and by the early summer of 2015 it was closed. The people who had been working at National Fiber, in a town Hulstrunk says doesn’t have many job opportunities, were suddenly out of work.center_img The website is still up and runningNational Fiber may be dead and gone, but its website lives on. Everything looks normal at first: there’s an interactive “find an installer” function, a tab to get a Federal Income Tax Credit form, and a technical library with articles and links about cellulose (some inviting questions be sent to Bill Hulstrunk).But try dialing the contact number, and things get weird. Instead of being connected to an operator, or having the chance to leave a message, callers are automatically taken to a recorded pitch offering the chance to win a Caribbean vacation in return for answering a few questions.That’s potentially confusing for callers, as it was for some GBA readers recently.Laura Woodford, GreenFiber’s senior marketing manager, said former National Fiber customers could contact GreenFiber by calling 1-800-228-0024 or by visiting its website.When asked why the National Fiber website was still running, Woodford said: “We appreciate you bringing the issue with the National Fiber website to our attention and we apologize for any inconvenience to site visitors. Our first priority is to ensure that we are providing our customers with the best service and support. GreenFiber is acting immediately to update the contact information on the National Fiber site so that visitors are directed to a dedicated GreenFiber service representatives that can assist them with their needs. Look for those updates within the next week.”Hulstrunk says he finds the website useful. “I still send folks to the website because it still has all the technical documents I created on it,” he said. “If you’re looking for technical information and videos, I think the National Fiber site still has some of the best information on the internet.”last_img read more

Linear Tools for a Nonlinear Conversations

first_imgMany of the common tools we use in sales assume that the conversation is linear. Sales conversations, however, are rarely ever linear. Instead, they tend to wander, even if you do your best to nudge them in a certain direction. Because sales conversations are nonlinear, the tools should also be nonlinear.The Linear DemoA demonstration, especially one around software, often starts with the home screen and works through every function, every feature, and every benefit. It starts at the beginning, and shows every possible use case, leaving nothing out, and leaving no chance that the person being subjected to this form of torture felt like something was missing. But something was missing: engagement.There isn’t a great reason to provide a demo in a linear fashion. Not every function or feature or use case matters to the person to whom you are presenting. If it’s a decision-maker, it’s unlikely that they care about anything more than the outcomes they’re trying to achieve, and possibly some function that is critically important to them in their role.Instead of driving your prospect through the entire program, a better place to start is with an understanding of what they need, why it’s important to them, and how they are going to go about deciding to purchase whatever it is you sell. You can then engage in a nonlinear conversation around the things that will help you win their business (something you might describe as “a sales call”).The Linear Slide DeckNo law requires a slide deck to start with a picture of your corporate office, followed by a list of your locations, followed by all the big company logos you’ve won, followed by your product and service offerings. There should be a law that prevents a slide deck from following this format. The design is about proving your credibility without you having to know anything about why your dream client should change, how they should change, and what they need to do to drive their business forward. Your client cares about their company and their clients and their offerings, and they hope you can help them with these things.The challenge with a linear slide deck is that often the person delivering the presentation believes they need to start at the beginning with the first slide, discussing every slide until slide 108, the last slide in the deck. Sales conversations don’t transpire this way (thankfully). Instead, questions get asked and answered, ideas are pursued, concerns are surfaced, and new questions get asked, and more insight and ideas follow.A slide deck with the menu as the first slide, and a logo at the bottom right corner of every other slide that acts as a link back to the menu, allows you to engage in a nonlinear conversation. If the client wants to know more about something, a single click takes you back to the menu so you can share the necessary images, graphics, ideas, and insights.There isn’t a good reason to pretend that a nonlinear sales process is linear. There’s even less of a reason to use tools that lock in that linearity.last_img read more