How the Cloud Flattens Formats and Changes the Way We Create and Edit Documents

first_imgalex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#cloud#cloud computing A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It’s a gradual move that we see people make to the cloud. It may seem slow at times but it is happening. What moves it along are the incremental changes to applications that make the services just a little bit easier to use.Here are three news items from this week that demonstrate how this shift is occurring. These news items have a common thread. All represent how Web operating systems (OS) flatten document formats for universal use and collaboration.Google Docs Supports 12 New FormatsHeavy Google Docs users know that not all file types can be imported into Google Docs. There’s always some way around the problem but the formatting is usually lost in some manner.Google Docs now supports 12 new file types that should lessen the issue to some extent.The new file types include:Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX)Apple Pages (.PAGES)Adobe Illustrator (.AI)Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)PostScript (.EPS, .PS)TrueType (.TTF)XML Paper Specification (.XPS)Turn Your Tablet into a PCThis week, the Laptop Magazine blog reviewed a service designed for the new Honeycomb tablets. Quickoffice for Honeycomb uses the wide screen capabilities of the tablet as it runs the Android 3.0 operating system.The Quickoffice service abstracts the formats in Microsoft Office, allowing documents to be edited on mobile devices. A lot of talk at the Mobile World Congress was about the Web operating system for mobile devices. My view is that formats are an example of the breakdown in hierarchical systems that has lead us to the new Web operating systems such as Hewlett-Packar’s WebOS and the Google Chrome OS.The Laptop blog reviews a few of the capabilities that come with Quickoffice:For example, the file manager which appears when you first launch the app is a three-paned menu with a list of both local and cloud-based storage drive son the left, a list of files and folders in the center, and the files in the currently selected folder on the right.In the Quickpoint presentation editor, a panel on the left allows you to scroll through the list of slides in your presentation and reorder them by tap and dragging. In the Quickword document editor, you can see a list of thumbnails of the next and previous pages while you finger scroll and a context menu in the top bar changes to allow contextual search or formatting when you highlight a piece of text. The Quickpoint spreadsheet editor is also impressive, as it includes 140 formulas built in and the ability to handle multiple worksheets.Crocodoc Launches HTML5 ViewerCrocodoc launched an embeddable HTML5 document viewing and collaboration tool this week. The HTML5 viewer replaces its Flash-based viewer. The company is seeking to disrupt Adobe in the PDF editing and document collaboration space.Adobe is a classic example of a company that can be disrupted in this new innovation cycle. Crocodoc is further extending its reach by offering a new partner program. Yammer, for instance, will be integrating the Crocodoc service into its product.Formats for a Desktop AgeLooking at these announcements, you get the sense of what happens when older technologies become less useful. We talk a lot about the rate of change and how it takes longer than we think for trends to take footing. The online editing space has gone through a number of iterations over the past few years. In the process, the usefulness of services like Google Docs has lead to a shift that is affecting millions of people who just need an easier way to get things done.We will see formats flatten to fit the needs of users who want the simplicity of the Web OS. We’re in a different time now. It’s more about group collaboration than the singular task of creating documents for the purposes of one-way communication. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Care More Than They Do

first_imgThis past weekend I stayed at a nice, expensive hotel in Washington, DC. I called to have the valet bring up my car so I could drive to a conference, and when I arrived at the front door of the hotel, a long line of people waiting for cars and taxis greeted me. All of them looked unhappy that no one was there to help them. But one couple looked especially unhappy.A few minutes passed, and the manager of the hotel arrived to tell the unhappy couple that the hotel had indeed lost their Range Rover. Yes, the valet took their automobile, and it was no longer in their parking garage. You might imagine that the couple wasn’t pleased by this news. They were angry, upset, and emotional. They pleaded with the manager to help them, to do something. At one point, the manager of the hotel turned to the couple and shouted: “Settle down! We’re looking for your car!”I was familiar with most all of the profanities that the unhappy, Range-Rover-missing couple uncorked on the hotel manager as they jumped in a taxi and took off. I have no idea how this story ended, but here’s the lesson: You have to care as much or more about your customer’s problem as they do—and they have to feel it.You Care, Or You Don’t CareIf you have clients, you are going to have problems (it comes with the territory). Some of the problems will be relatively small and easy to rectify. Other problems and challenges are going to stretch the limits of your imagination—and the limits of your resourcefulness.Here is the first law for dealing with client or customer problems:If your client believes that you care as much or more than they do about solving their problem, then you can survive problems of almost any size. If your client believes that you don’t care about them, you can’t survive even relatively small problems.The hotel manager was under stress. I am certain it was the first time a car disappeared on his watch. He was frustrated. But he stood face-to-face with his customers and argued with them about their missing car. He would have done better to stand beside them and look at their problem through their eyes. He was missing empathy; the ability to show his clients how much he cared.It matters greatly that you care. It matters even more that your client’s can feel that you care. There isn’t a substitute, and it can’t be faked. This is the real test for whether or not you win clients, and it’s the real test as to whether or not you retain them.QuestionsHow do your dream clients, your prospects, know that you care about them?How do your existing clients know that you care about them?When you have a problem with something you buy, how important is it the company and the person you ask for help care about you and the outcome you need?How do you demonstrate that you care and how does that caring impact your client relationships? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

MiraCosta College waives tuition for all firsttime fulltime students

first_img KUSI Newsroom MiraCosta College waives tuition for all first-time, full-time students KUSI Newsroom, OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – MiraCosta College announced Monday that tuition will be fully waived for first-time full-time students as part of the MiraCosta Promise program.The promise program is funded by private donations to the MiraCosta College Foundation and a variety of state and local entities. Along with the waiving of tuition, students who graduated from a high school within the community college’s district — MiraCosta serves coastal North San Diego County through its main campus in Oceanside, at 1 Barnard Drive, and San Elijo campus in Cardiff-by-the-Sea –can receive up to $1,000 for textbooks and other supplies if eligible.“Promise aims to remove a significant hurdle for college-bound students; tuition, mandatory fees and textbook costs for eligible full-time students,” said MiraCosta Superintendent and President Sunita Cooke. “Promise is boosting transfer and certificate attainment rates, improving academic performance and expanding higher education access to underserved populations.”MiraCosta waived tuition for nearly 500 students for the 2017-18 school year, the first year of the Promise program, according to the college. MiraCosta aims to cover two full years of tuition and fees for qualifying students in the near future. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 20, 2018 August 20, 2018last_img read more

Natural Solutions Folds

first_imgInnoVision Health Media this week ceased publication of Natural Solutions magazine. The June 2010 issue will be its last.According to a note posted to the magazine’s Web site, the management team is “working to create an orderly shutdown of this business unit, and most of the staff of the magazine is no longer with the company.” The Web site will not immediately be shut down.“The decision to shut down Natural Solutions was made due to an extremely challenging advertising environment and generally weak market conditions for print publications,” the company says. “The magazine was also unable to secure additional funding to support its overhead.” When contacted by FOLIO:, InnoVision president and group publisher Rob Lutz said the company is in negotiations to potentially sell the magazine. He declined to say who the interest party(s) is or to offer any other specifics.It’s been a tumultuous few years for InnoVision, which filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2008. The future looked brighter for the company, and for Natural Solutions, the following April when the company was acquired for an undisclosed sum by a subsidiary of ACI Capital and American Securities—a pair of middle-market private equity firms. The deal effectively ended InnoVision’s Chapter 11 proceedings.“Our company really struggled the last several years,” Lutz told FOLIO: last year, describing the company as a $5 million business that had at one point been $7 million in debt.InnoVision says the shuttering of Natural Solutions will not affect the company’s other products—including books and medical journals.last_img read more

MI vs RCB Dream 11 and MPL Fantasy tips live stream preview

first_imgMomentum is immensely important in sports, more so, in T20 cricket, where the team on a roll tends to win matches in a spree. Royal Challengers Bangalore, who finally got off the mark in this year’s season, would want this momentum to carry them forward. They take on the Mumbai Indians, a side which lost their previous encounter against Rajasthan Royals, and in Wankhede where the surface generally evens out the contest, this match promises to be a real humdinger.Predicted XI for both sides: Rohit SharmaIANSMumbai Indians Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jason Behrendorff, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit BumrahRoyal Challengers Bangalore Predicted XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Shivam Dube, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed SirajFantasy tips and suggestions: File photo of Royal Challengers Bangalore playersSAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty ImagesWicket-keeper: Quinton de Kock, after a series of starts, finally got going in the match against Rajasthan Royals and should be the first pick in the side as he will now fancy a string of big scores under his belt, before jetting off to South Africa for World Cup preparations. Batsmen: Rohit Sharma looked a million dollar in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore and might enjoy the RCB bowling attack on a flat Wankhede surface. Also, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have found their groove and if RCB have to dominate in the remainder of games, both these batsmen have to keep churning out runs. Suryakumar Yadav can be the fourth pick as the batsman in this side as he has looked in good form this season and a big score could well be around the corner.All-rounders: Hardik Pandya and Marcus Stoinis – While Hardik has been in fine six-hitting form for Mumbai Indians this season, Stoinis has been a mixed-bag. Both these players have to be more consistent with the ball for their sides to motor on in this tournament.Spinners: Mumbai Indians spinners have not been very good this year. While Rahul Chahar has looked in patches,he has not been able to pick enough wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal, on the other hand, has been the most consistent player for RCB over the years and this season has not been any different. He should be in the side as the lone spinner.Seam bowlers: Jason Behrendorff was taken to the cleaners by Chris Gayle in the previous game, but with the new ball, he has the tendency to pick up wickets up front. He should be accompanied by Jasprit Bumrah, who has been brilliant once again. From the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Umesh Yadav should be picked as he has a good record against the Mumbai Indians.last_img read more

US to offer Chinas ZTE temporary relief on export curbs Official

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Commerce is expected this week to lift export curbs it imposed on Chinese telecom equipment and smart phone maker ZTE Corp for alleged Iran sanctions violations.”The relief would be temporary in nature and would be maintained only if ZTE is abiding by its commitments to the U.S. Government,” according to a senior official at the agency.The Commerce Department restrictions imposed earlier this month made it difficult for ZTE to acquire U.S. components by requiring its suppliers to apply for an export license before shipping any American-made equipment or parts to ZTE.The department had said the license applications generally would be denied.Shenzhen-based ZTE has been “in active, constructive discussions” with the Commerce Department for the past week, according to a senior official at the agency.”As part of the effort to resolve the matter, and based upon binding commitments that ZTE has made to the U.S. government, Commerce expects this week to be able to provide temporary relief from some licensing requirements,” the official said.The details of the commitments are expected to be published this week in the U.S. Federal Register.ZTE was not immediately available for comment outside regular office hours.BIG HITZTE is among the largest companies that the Commerce Department has hit with a near-total export ban, according to public records.It is the No. 4 smart phone vendor in the United States, with a 7 percent market share, behind Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Co and LG Electronics Inc, according to research firm IDC. It sells handset devices to three of the four largest U.S. mobile carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile US and Sprint CorpThe export restrictions have drawn protests from the Chinese government and rocked ZTE’s business.Its shares have not traded on the Hong Kong stock exchange for the past two weeks. The company also said last week it was delaying the publication of its annual results while it assesses the impact of Washington’s action.ZTE also said it would postpone its board meeting. Its shares last closed at HK$14.16, prior to a trading suspension on March 7.Goldman Sachs suspended its coverage on ZTE, saying there was not enough information to determine an investment rating, price target and earnings estimates for the company.Since coming under fire in 2012 for alleged deals with sanctions-hit Iran and possible links to the Chinese government and military, ZTE has ramped up its spending on Washington lobbyists.It spent $5.1 million in the last four years, up from $2,12,000 in 2011, as it sought to assuage national security concerns, according to publicly available lobbying records maintained by Congress.The Commerce Department investigated ZTE for alleged export-control violations following Reuters reports in 2012 that the company had signed contracts to ship millions of dollars worth of American-made hardware and software to Iran’s largest telecoms carrier.last_img read more

Stay at workplace or quit PM Hasina asks physicians

first_imgAbout the ambulances, Hasina asked the health ministry to create a maintenance fund during the formulation of the ministry’s annual budget so that minor repair works of those can be done timely.She stressed the need for introduction of river ambulance services for the country’s islands and Haor regions.Noting that her government is taking the healthcare services to the doorsteps of people, the prime minister directed all concerned to concentrate on ensuring the health services.She said directives have already been given to the housing and public works ministry to build multistoried building at Upazila level where physicians and other officials could stay there paying rents.Hasina underscored the need for creating more gastroenterologists as the country has few physicians in this field.The prime minister focused on creating a trust fund for the community clinics so that no one can halt its activities in the future as the BNP-Jamaat government did. The BNP-Jamaat government had taken a suicidal step by closing the clinics. “If they come to power, they will shut down it again,” she said.Health and family welfare minister Mohammad Nasim, state minister Zahid Maleque, health services division secretary Md Serajul Huq Khan and director general for health services professor Abul Kalam Azad also spoke on the occasion, liberation war affairs minister AKM Mazammel Huq, prime minister’s adviser HT Imam and state minister for fisheries and livestock Narayan Chandra Chanda present on the occasion.Later, Sheikh Hasina formally handed over dummy keys of seven ambulances to authorities concerned of the Bandaran Sadar Hospital, Upazila Health Complexes of Tungipara in Gopalganj, Rajibpir in Kurigram district, Fultala in Khulna, Kendua in Netrakona, Kaliakoir in Gazipur district and the National Institution of Cardiovascular Diseases in Dhaka.A total of 60 ambulances of Japan’s Toyota brand procured at a cost of Tk 4.1 million each would be handed over this month, while 38 more such ambulances will be handed over next month.The ambulances were procured with the fund of the revenue budget of the health services division under the health ministry to further improve the health services. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the keys of ambulances to 98 government hospitals, upazila health complexes and health institutions at her office on Thursday. Photo: Focus BanglaVoicing displeasure at the unwillingness of government physicians to stay at hospitals in the country’s remote areas, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said if one fails to stay in his or her posted area then he or she may quit job paving the path for fresh recruitment, reports UNB.”If they leave their workplace (remote hospitals), then they should discontinue their job. They can earn huge money if they carry out private practice staying in Dhaka. They may quit their job. We’ll then go for fresh recruitment,” she said.The prime minister further said, “When we appoint new doctors, and give them posting at the upazila-level hospitals, they don’t stay there. This problem appears in case of government jobs. Whenever we post them, they somehow manage to return to or stay in Dhaka.”Sheikh Hasina said this ahead of the handover of the keys of ambulances to 98 government hospitals, upazila health complexes and health institutions at a simple ceremony at her office here.She directed the authorities concerned to maintain the standard of education in the country’s medical colleges for building quality physicians.”We’ve set up many medical colleges…but they need to maintain the quality of education. They’ve to look into the matter whether their students are going to be physicians of killing people or saving them,” she said.Mentioning that internet services are now available across the country, the PM said it will be fruitful if the students of the medical colleges can follow the classes and lectures of quality colleges through the internet.She said foreign expert physicians should be allowed to come to the country’s medical institutions for teaching purpose so that local doctors can gather experiences staying with them. “If that can be done, our patients will not require going abroad for medical treatment.”last_img read more

Educational institutions asked not to charge extra fees

first_imgEducation minister Dipu Moni File PhotoNewly-appointed education minister Dipu Moni said strict measures would be taken against educational institutions if they were found charging students extra fees.She gave the warning while exchanging post-election greetings in Chandpur sadar upazila on Friday afternoon, reports UNB.Mentioning charging excessive fees for examination as an offense, the minister said, “Steps will be taken against [educational institutions] if we get evidence of charging extra fee,” she said. “We are ready to face challenges and do everything to ensure quality education.”Additional deputy commissioner Shawkat Osman, sadar upazila executive officer Kaniz Fatema, additional superintendent of police Jahid Parvez Chowdhury, district Awami League president Nasir Uddin Ahmed, general secretary Abu Naeem Patwari Dulal, vice president JR Wadud Tipu, among others, were present.Meanwhile, on the occasion of Bangabandhu’s Homecoming anniversary on Thursday, Moni said, the nation’s founding father was harmed more by enemies from inside the country than those in Pakistan.“His return was a fortunate event for us but local and foreign enemies killed him along with his family,” she continued, “They feared that Bangladesh would move forward under Bangabandhu’s strong leadership.”last_img read more

IsraelGaza border shooting kills Palestinian teen

first_imgPalestinians, wounded in previous weeks during mass protests against Israeli forces along the border of the Palestinian enclave, dubbed `The Great March of Return`, await medical check-up at the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinic in Gaza City on 25 April 2018. AFPA Palestinian teenager has died of his wounds a day after being shot by Israeli forces in clashes along the Gaza border, the Hamas-controlled territory’s health ministry said Saturday.Azzam Oweida, 15, was hit in the head during protests in southern Gaza on Friday, the ministry said.His death brought to four the number of people killed or fatally wounded during a fifth consecutive Friday of protests in which thousands of Gazans have gathered near the heavily-guarded border.Most protesters were peaceful but some threw stones and burned tyres.Forty-five Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the start of what organisers have dubbed the Great March of Return on 30 March, with more than 1,500 wounded.No Israelis have been reported hurt.The Israeli army said around 10,000 people had taken part in “riots” along the border Friday, saying troops responded with “riot dispersal means”.The army has accused Hamas, the Islamist group that runs Gaza and has fought three wars with Israel since 2008, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out attacks.The protesters are calling for Palestinians to be allowed back to their historic homelands seized by Israel in 1948.last_img