of Montreal Explores Their Limits On New Album, ‘Innocence Reaches’ [Stream/Review]

first_imgof Montreal blend a decidedly classic set of influences with modern production sensibilities to create piece of art that coalesces into something unique on their latest release, Innocence Reaches. Band visionary Kevin Barnes and his collaborators achieve a new level of balance and accessibility to their efforts while merging vintage and modern electronic dance music. By giving listeners a familiar starting point, synth-heavy pop of the early eighties, Barnes and company are able to explore and create something new without worrying that they have lost their listeners along the way.It’s easy to look at of Montreal’s entire history as an incredibly extended and inscrutable love letter to merging art and perfect pop from band visionary Kevin Barnes. In of Montreal’s twenty years of existence, they have followed a wide variety of sonic directions, to varying degrees of success and acceptance. Devout fans anticipate each album trusting that while of Montreal might bring a different style to their each of their recordings, the spirit and passion behind them will permeate the project. Innocence Reaches seems like an effort to expand their audience rather than court their existing fan base, and these more open and airy songs will likely do just that.Crafting tunes like the intro track “Let’s Relate,” a song that could easily be on the play list of any Top 40 station across the nation in 1985, Barnes and company show a sharp eye for details. Vintage drum machine beats guide the tune and much of the record bring a simple nostalgic charm to the proceedings, at least on the surface. Lyrically the material skews in an oddly immature direction, as songs like “It’s Different For Girls” and “My Fair lady” crackle with pop energy but contain almost child like views on gender issues. In a way, in playing music styles from the past of Montreal has apparently decided to “Method Act” out their regression as well.Brief escapes from the album’s theme like the fuzz box guitar laden “Les Chants de Maldoror” evoke earlier, rockier efforts but “A Sport And A Pastime” quickly brings back the bubbly pop. It’s difficult to decipher exactly what Nicolas Dobbratz and Clayton Rychlik are doing in the perfect production sheen that the notoriously finicky Barnes leans towards, but the dexterity the pair show over the course of Innocence Reaches clearly establishes their ability to craft whatever soundscape is asked of them with style.One of the risks of relying heavily on technological instrumentation is the potential loss of connection between the artist and the listener, but on Innocence Reaches the band side-steps those dangers through charm and inescapable hooks. “Ambassador Bridge” blips and bleeps along with the most danceable retro-disco beat of the collection that, as usual, disguises a darker lyrical point. Treading towards the psychedelic darkness of sixties era pop “Chaos Arpeggiating” makes great use of break downs and negative musical space.Closing track “Chap Pilot” finds of Montreal at a bit of a musical cross roads. The band has slowly been wandering down a more and more electronic focused path on this and their previous release, Aureate Gloom. Though there still seems to be room to grow and refine their current mission to mix dance music of the past and present, the abrupt cut off at the end of the disc seems to portend yet another dimension coming in the future. Easily one of the great charms of Montreal brings to the table is their ability to reinvent themselves on the fly. The one thing that you can safely assume about of Montreal is that whatever direction they decide to pursue their muse it will make for some intriguing listening, as this new release evocatively proves.last_img read more

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FCA to government: Remove barriers to scheme consolidation

first_imgThe UK regulator has called for the government to remove barriers to pension scheme pooling in a bid to improve governance and transparency.The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) made the recommendation today as part of its Asset Management Market Study. It said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should seek to remove regulatory and perceptual limits on consolidation.The regulator said: “For DB schemes, we agree that some schemes might be able to benefit from pooling through lower fees and wider choice. However, there are barriers to DB pension scheme pooling, in relation to complex rules concerning changes to existing benefit structures as well as the responsibilities on trustees and sponsors and certification requirements…“We have found that removing some of these barriers could encourage the practice of asset pooling, allowing smaller pension schemes to benefit from economies of scale and exert greater pressure on asset managers. This would require changes to legislation and the issuing of further guidance to trustees.” The FCA also recognised existing opportunities for pooling, including the DWP’s ongoing work on merging defined contribution schemes. Some respondents to the regulator’s interim report, released in November, highlighted fiduciary management as one method of pooling assets.The regulator said it would not make consolidation mandatory due to complexities and existing work being undertaken by the DWP and other parties.The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) welcomed the regulator’s stance. The pension sector trade body has been seeking support for consolidation for several months, and has suggested the creation of “superfunds” to pool resources for smaller schemes.Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the PLSA, said the FCA’s report reflected work undertaken by the trade body’s Defined Benefit Taskforce, which proposed the superfunds idea.Vidler added: “We also believe that common governance arrangements, where schemes are brought under the supervision of fewer but more experienced trustees, could also mean schemes are better able to scrutinize and hold their asset managers to account.”However, others have warned that consolidation should not be seen as the only way forward for pension schemes.Dan Mikulskis, head of defined benefit pensions at Redington, said: “The industry can do a lot without needing consolidation. There are plenty of ways in which schemes can get fully funded without the need for consolidation. It would be wrong to think of it as a panacea.”Earlier this year, the Investment Association stated in its response to the FCA that “no evidence has been presented to suggest that increased scale alone will lead to better asset allocation decisions, a highly significant driver of returns for any investor”.Enhanced governance was also important, the asset management trade body said. The FCA also sought to address in its market study, recommending more independent board members at fund management companies and an expansion of the Senior Managers Regime to increase individual accountability.The Asset Management Market Study is available here.last_img read more

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Being naked is my hobby – wife of ex-Man Utd striker

first_img Hernandez is house hunting in Los Angeles with gorgeous law graduate, model and travel blogger Sarah Kohan. The Australian, 26, now has more than 1.5m Instagram followers who see her post cheeky snaps from around the world. The loved-up pair had their first child soon after but she has maintained her remarkable figure as shown to her 1.5million Instagram followers. Sarah made headlines when she was spotted showing off her curves in front of one of the capital’s most famous landmarks – St Paul’s Cathedral. Sarah, who goes by ‘moonstrucktraveller’ on social media, said she had a “Marilyn moment” while posing across from Christopher Wren’s masterpiece from 1675 at Madison rooftop terrace. Ex-Manchester United and LA Galaxy  striker, Javier Hernandez’s  wife, Sarah Kohan, has confessed that  she always like to expose her nakedness in public. Born in Sydney, Sarah has Romanian heritage.She graduated from Notre Dame doing a law degree in 2018, having completed exchange courses at prestigious Harvard and Columbia universities. The Australian said she wanted to intern with the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands – although that may be on hold with her modelling career soaring. Sarah loves to travel and has been blogging about her experiences since December 2016. Her blogs have seen her social media following grow and grow, from less than 20,000 when she started to 1.2million now. One image, in which she was posing naked with sushi, had the caption: “…me during two of my favourite activities. “1) Being naked and 2) eating sushi.” She has travelled around the world and loves taking pics alongside wild animals. Sarah has been seen feeding sharks and giraffes, as well as swimming in clear oceans with whales. Sarah has only started dating Hernandez in the build-up to the 2018 World Cup and it is unclear how and where they met. She supported the striker during the tournament, where she posted pictures in a ‘Chicharito 14’ Mexico shirt. It’s also not known if the pair were together when Hernandez held a raucous pre-World Cup bash for his birthday. Local reports in Mexico had claimed that the striker, as well as several team-mates, entertained a group of 30 escorts at a large house in Mexico City. Hernandez later denied the women were escorts. After the World Cup, the pair headed to Miami for a relaxing holiday.The couple confirmed their relationship with a picture at Stonehenge. Sarah wrote on Instagram: “Crazy for you…grateful for this love of ours. “Everyday with you is an adventure filled with freedom, happiness, laughter and so much love. “Thank you for being you. “Te amo mucho mucho mucho mucho little pea.” The couple confirmed their relationship with a picture at Stonehenge. Sarah wrote on Instagram: “Crazy for you…grateful for this love of ours. “Everyday with you is an adventure filled with freedom, happiness, laughter and so much love. Read Also:Javier Hernandez joins LA Galaxy from Sevilla “Thank you for being you. “Te amo mucho mucho mucho mucho little pea.” A day later, the happy couple then shared a cheeky picture with Hernandez fulfilling “the dream of most followers” – slapping Sarah on the bum. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

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Lady Cards Come Up Short Against Lady Chargers

first_imgLast night the St. Louis Lady Cardinals fell to the North Decatur Lady Chargers 24-7.Points were provided by Sydney Schutte with 3, Grace Eckstein with 2, and GiGi Dreyer with 2. Rebounds were pulled down by Sydney Schutte, GiGi Dreyer, Grace Eckstein, Grace Laudick, Molly Wachsmann, and Mindy Eckstein.Courtesy of Cardinals  Coach Erin Laudick.The St. Louis 8th grade girls lost to North Decatur Thursday nightby a final score of 42 to 17.Harlee Masavage led St. Louis in scoring with 10 points. Kate Burkhart followed with 3 points. Avery Roell & Hailey Mohr had 2 points each.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.last_img

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RYAN McHUGH NAMED ULSTER PLAYER OF THE YEAR

first_imgDONEGAL’S Ryan McHugh has been named Ulster All Star Player of the Year.Ryan was given his award at a ceremony in Armagh tonight attended by the top players in Ulster.Earlier he was one of six players from Donegal named in the 15-man Team of the Year. McHugh has had a sensational season; bagging two goals in last Sunday’s win over Dublin at Croke Park. RYAN McHUGH NAMED ULSTER PLAYER OF THE YEAR was last modified: September 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

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DD Fitness: Low impact exercises for burning fat

first_imgOver the last few years, HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) has taken off in popularity.Its main selling point is short workouts with a huge calorie burn. The only problem with HIIT is that it is not suitable for everyone.If you are a beginner, have never exercised before, injured, very overweight or elderly, HIIT is not the type of cardio you should be looking at for fat loss. Not everything has to be high impact and high intensity when it comes to fat loss.Our body’s preferred way of burning fat is low impact activity that puts very little stress on our bodies and our joints.The best way to use these exercises is to do them with very little exertion, keep your heart rate low and do them for extended periods of time, anything from 45-90 mins.It mightn’t be the most exciting form of cardio for fat loss, but it works. The Cross Trainer Also known as the Elliptical Trainer, the cross trainer is a great way to get a full body cardio workout in without putting any impact on your hips, knees or ankles.Find a speed that you are able to maintain for around 60 mins, you should be able to hold a conversation with the person beside you for the duration of your workout.The Cross Trainer has the added benefit that you are able to work your arms along with the legs during your workout.The Stationary/Spin Bike Ideal for people of all ages, the Stationary Bike gives a great lower body workout with zero impact.They are easy to use, convenient, not affected by weather (indoor), help build leg strength and most of them even come with personalised T.V’s on them, so you won’t even miss your favourite show while burning some calories.Road BikeCycling is a great leisure activity, but if you are biking for weight loss you need to structure your workout differently than you would if you are just doing a casual cycle with a friend. Don’t be too concerned with distance just now; duration matters more at this point.Again, aim for 30-45 mins at the start and increase this as you get used to the time and your distances improve as you get fitter.You have the added benefit of fresh air and nice scenery as you exercise.WalkingProbably the easiest form of exercise you can use to burn fat.Get yourself a good pair of trainers, some comfortable clothing, and you are good to go.As with cycling duration matters more than distance, aim for 30-45mins when starting out and increase the time as your distance increases over the weeks.Your pace is determined like the Cross trainer, you should be able to hold a conversation for the duration of your walk.SwimmingI have saved the best for last.The American Council on Exercise notes that the buoyancy of water reduces your “weight” by approximately 90 per cent. The result is a significant reduction in stress on the hips, knees and the back.Obese people may find swimming much more comfortable than work on fitness machines, which sometimes involve impact and may not accommodate the size of their bodies.Even if you do not know how to swim, a pool can help you get an effective calorie-burning workout. Deep-water walking burns more calories than walking on solid ground because of the resistance of the water. Water fitness classes also provide an opportunity to exercise in a group setting, without the impact of traditional aerobics.So, there you have it.Five ways that you can burn fat and are suitable for any age or fitness level, all you have to do is start.#leanin2019If you want to get in shape for Summer, we can help you to get a head start on that with my Lean in 2019 program.You can find out more through the link below.https://www.rushefitness.ie/class/lean-in-2019-gym-plan/ * Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness LTDDD Fitness: Low impact exercises for burning fat was last modified: April 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

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Different circumstances, same set of harvest challenges for Ohio’s corn crop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIn what has been a tale of two Ohio growing seasons, the state’s corn crop has seen a widely divergent set of challenges, but may have similar harvest challenges that need to be monitored closely this harvest season.While some northern corn suffered from delayed planting, excessive moisture and then dry conditions that could lead to stalk integrity concerns this fall, the lush growing conditions in the southern two-thirds of the state led to a nearly ideal early season for corn (and diseases).“From U.S. 30 south seems to have a lot higher incidence of gray leaf spot (GLS) compared to what I’ve seen in the north,” said Roy Ulrich, DEKALB Asgrow technical agronomist. “We had GLS start on corn a lot earlier than we have typically seen. Last year we really didn’t start to see GLS until the middle or end of July in southern Ohio. This year we started picking up GLS at the end of June or first of July — almost a full month ahead of last year. This wasn’t a big surprise because we had the heat and then we had all that rain in June so we had plenty of moisture to get GLS to sporulate, get inoculum on the plants and start infecting fields. It was probably the highest GLS pressure I have seen in my 9-year career. It was pretty aggressive.”As temperatures dropped off a little later in the summer it changed the corn disease dynamic.“We hit the end of July and early August and temperatures relaxed. We saw GLS slow down. It was still out there at high levels but now we have seen northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) pick up in some areas,” Ulrich said. “Disease pressure is a lot higher than what we typically see, but we still see differences as to how severe that disease pressure is within products and between fields based on how they lay and their rotation.”Those summer conditions will have an impact on harvest this fall.“Early disease pressure put stress on the plant from a photosynthetic standpoint so it couldn’t produce as much energy as it would like to and, when you couple that with the really high nighttime temperatures that increase respiration rates, the plant was burning more energy than usual. Those plants could have cannibalized some of their stalks early in the season trying to get enough nutrients to move to the ear for grain fill,” Ulrich said. “We have a scenario where we could have some stalk integrity issues going into the fall. Any of those fields with higher disease pressure are at higher risk because the plant wasn’t able to produce as much energy during grain fill. Then August completely flipped the weather pattern on us and the plants may not have cannibalized the stalks like they would have if the high temperatures would have continued.”Pest issues could also contribute to stalk concerns this harvest.“In corn-after-corn fields, it was easy to find corn rootworm beetles. Rotated acres are more hit and miss. In some rotated non-traited fields we definitely saw more beetles than we have in recent years, but other areas we didn’t see it,” Ulrich said. “The corn-after-corn fields were pretty much at economic levels this year, but those corn-after-soybean fields, I am not sure.”At this point in the season, to get the most out of the 2018 corn crop, it needs to be monitored statewide for stalk integrity and for any late introduction of ear rots. Harvest needs to be prioritized accordingly, for corn in northern or southern Ohio. This column was contributed by Ohio’s Country Journal for DEKALBlast_img read more

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Faith, family and the future of Newcomer Century Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderThe original mallet used to drive pegs into the posts when the old barn was built on the farm almost 150 years ago sits in a glass display case near Glen Newcomer’s desk. The cabinet in the corner of his office is made from the logs that were a part of the first log cabin on the farm originally homesteaded in 1866 by Nathaniel Newcomer, Glen’s great-great-grandfather.Six generations later, located just south of Bryan, Newcomer Farms is a cash grain operation that has diversified to include a seed dealership and crop insurance agency as a part of their business. The family does not need to look far to find history to help guide its future.Glen NewcomerNathaniel Newcomer was the second son born to Christian Newcomer, a minister who moved to Williams County from Lancaster, Pa. in 1840.“Nathaniel purchased the land, cleared the timber, and built a log cabin, and then the barn, and a little later a brick house,” Glen said. “The barn was built in 1872, and the brick house followed in 1874.”Following Nathaniel, the farm was owned by his son Harley Newcomer in the early 1900s. The next owner of the farm was Harley’s son Newell, Glen’s Grandpa, who was born in 1903. Newell then transitioned the farm to Glen’s dad, Lyman, who is now 85 and still visits the farm regularly.“My grandpa (Newell) was a very humble man. He was very conservative. He grew up and started farming during the Depression. His whole emphasis was to pass the farm to the next generation, and be able to do it without having debt. His focus was on passing the torch,” Glen said. “The same could be said about my father (Lyman). He had the same philosophy.”The family has been very proactive in generational transitions going back to his grandfather. In 1966, 100 years after the farm was originally purchased, upon taking the advice of their family attorney who happened to be a cousin to Newell, the farm became incorporated. N&L Farms, Inc. (Newell and Lyman) became a C-Corp.“The idea behind forming the corporation was to allow the farm ground to stay intact, unlike many farms in the area which had the ground divided among the heirs as a generation passed. In this way, the farm could grow and be passed on to the next generation,” Glen said.Fifty years after first becoming incorporated, the name changed to Newcomer Farms, and it became a S-Corp. Glen is now in the process of transferring ownership of some of the shares to his son Jason who is the 6th generation involved in the family operation.Like most Midwestern farms in the 1940s, the Newcomers raised a variety of crops and livestock. Framed and hanging on Glen’s office wall is a copy of the “1944 War Food Program Farm Plan for Ohio,” which farmers were required to complete. This form was put out by the War Food Administration, Agricultural Adjustment Agency. At that time, Newell raised soybeans, corn, wheat, hay and oats on 140 acres. They also had beef cattle, milk cows, chickens and hogs. Looking back at the old records, “1943 was the first year my Grandpa raised soybeans. That year the corn yielded 61 bushels per acre, and wheat yielded 30 bushels per acre,” Glen said. Those yields were not bad considering no commercial fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides were available back then and early hybrid corn varieties had only been developed a decade prior.Growing up, Glen remembers the farm being a more diversified livestock farm.“Land was hard to come by,” Glen said. “We had chickens and cattle and hogs. Growing up, I fed livestock all the time. I was always doing chores around the farm, and feeding animals after school. The thought of taking an animal to the fair just sounded like more work.”Glen fondly remembers his grandpa Newell loving to feed cattle.“He was a true cattleman at heart. Feeding cattle was what he did. Even his hobby was to feed cattle. He loved his Angus cattle,” Glen said.Livestock remained a part of the farming operation until the 1990s.“We still raised hogs throughout the 1980s when I returned to the farm,” Glen said.Though showing livestock at the fair was not his thing, Glen remembers being heavily involved in both 4-H and the FFA.“I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for being in the FFA,” Glen said. “The FFA program in addition to being in 4-H have taught me leadership skills that I have used throughout my entire life.”He credits learning skills like parliamentary procedure as being invaluable in the leadership roles he has filled. Glen has served as past president of the Fairview Young Farmers, Bryan Rotary Club, and also Williams County Farm Bureau. He has also served as a trustee for the Bryan Area Foundation and Defiance College. He served on the Bryan City Schools Board of Education for 20 years, and is currently Vice Chair of the Redline Equipment Board of Directors. Glen credits his high school business teacher, Doug Rupp, for having the greatest influence on him from a business standpoint. Glen said his high school FFA advisor Ray Woodring was influential in his decision to go on to college.“He was the person that inspired me and encouraged me to go to Ohio State, ATI in Wooster,” Glen said. “While there I majored in livestock production, since we had livestock on the farm, and I was the assistant swine herdsman.”Glen said the focus of the farm changed after he returned from college in the 80s. Upon graduating from The Ohio State University, Agriculture Technical Institute (ATI) in Wooster, Glen worked in agriculture off the farm for a short time before coming back to take over the operations. As the profitability for each of those enterprises changed, Glen evaluated each one and decided to go in a different direction.“Up until this point, the diversity of different livestock and crop enterprises was the way that you made it financially,” Glen said. “Then we started growing seed beans for Pioneer. We have had a Pioneer agency for 36 years.”He became a Pioneer sales agent after he got out of college and became more interested in agronomy than livestock. In 2001 they became licensed crop insurance agents to further diversify.“We started in the 80s. My wife and I had to become diversified and find something profitable to get through that period of time. We still had hogs in the 80s, but in the early 90s we eliminated that enterprise to focus more on grain production, seed production and sales,” he said.Glen and his wife, Ann, have been married for 36 years. They have three children. Their youngest son, Jason returned from college four years ago and is a part of the operation. The Newcomers have steadily increased their acreage over the past 18 years. Glen hired his first full-time employee 10 years ago and now has four. All his employees have been with him for 9 to 10 years, and he credits much of the farm’s current success to the dedication and commitment of his team. When Jason returned to the operation four years ago, Glen did not take anything off of anyone’s responsibilities.“When Jason came back to the operation, we had him take on new projects and various items that I transitioned to him from a management standpoint,” Glen said.Jason is leading Newcomer Farms into the technological future.“Jason does all the spraying and soil sampling. He is in charge of all the record keeping for chemical and fertilizer applications. The technology he uses records this in real time. Jason does all the GPS soil sampling. We sample by management zones. Jason writes the prescriptions for variable rate fertilizer application, and variable rate seeding for our planters. The prescriptions are based on the soil test results and our yield goals. Jason also uses a drone for aerial scouting of the fields,” Glen said.Another part of the Newcomer Farm team Glen created six years ago was a business advisory board. “One of the best business decisions I made was developing a business advisory board,” Glen said. “I recognize the value of having professional people outside of our industry looking over my shoulder. The board is made up of a retired CEO, a retired CFO, a couple attorneys, a CPA, and few others. They meet three times a year with my wife and my son and I to discuss the issues facing our operation. We also invite our lenders in on occasion to see the expert advice and the recommendations we are getting so they better understand why we do what we do. A few of the board members are older than me, and a few are younger. The younger ones are the people who will still be around to assist our son Jason when he takes over. These professionals can look at our farming operation as a business and tell me what I should be focused on. I look to them for solid business advice.”When considering the rich past and bright future as the farm transitions to the sixth generation (and beyond), Newcomer points to Proverbs 22:1 that says: Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. “If there was anything my father drove into me, it was not to boast, not to brag, and to be humble. Dad always said if you are successful, you don’t need to tell anyone. They can see it,” Glen said. “Remember your heritage and recognize the traits and characteristics that represent our family and got us to where we are: honesty, integrity, loyalty, faith, and family.”last_img read more

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Loopt Launches First Always-On, Location-Aware iPhone App – Hopefully Others Will Follow Soon

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Loopt, a location-aware mobile application and social network, just announced that it will become the first third-party iPhone app that will be able to offer an always-on location service on the iPhone. From what we have seen, AT&T officially sanctioned this feature, which Loopt already offers on other platforms. Normally, apps can’t run in the background on the iPhone. This is clearly a severe limitation for a lot of developers, and few developers have the clout to get around this limitation the way Loopt apparently did (Loopt demoed its app at WWDC last year).What Loopt is DoingWhile the details of this ‘hack’ are not quite clear, it looks like the iPhone will keep a conduit open to AT&T or Loopt’s server that will continuously update a user’s location via the iPhone’s built-in GPS chip. Loopt is only allowing 5,000 users into this program for now. You can sign up for the test here; just note that after an initial 14-day trial, Loopt will put a $3.99 charge on your AT&T bill each month for this service. Once this feature is active, Loopt will always know where you are and alert you automatically when you are close to a friend who also uses the service. Until now, you had to open the app and ‘check in’ to update your location. By running in the background, Loopt will be able to just alert you automatically without the hassle of you having to open the app – something most users are unlikely to do after trying out the app for the first time.A number of mobile phones, including Android phones and the Palm Pre, allow apps to run in the background (and Loopt is available on most of these). Apple’s push notifications only really work for apps that can already run independently on a web server and wait for an email, breaking news event, or Twitter DM to come in. Apps that use push notifications can’t actually wake up apps on the phone and download location data or access any other data on the phone. Loopt, obviously, isn’t actually running in the background on the phone either, but thanks to the way Loopt has implemented this feature, a user would never actually know the difference.Other Apps We Would Like to See Doing ThisThe ingenuity of the hack and the fact that AT&T is allowing Loopt to route around the iPhone’s limitation is interesting in its own right. It’s even more interesting to think about the other services that could benefit from this service. Obviously, Loopt’s competitors like Brightkite and Whrll come to mind here, but advertisers would also be very interested in location-aware services that could alert users to deals at nearby stores (though such alerts could quickly become annoying). The same technique – keeping a pipeline to an app’s server open – could also benefit another class of apps that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention yet: cross-reality apps (for the background on these apps, which are somewhat related to augmented reality apps, see our discussion of cross reality and sensors here). Services such as CenceMe, which uses the iPhone’s sensors to check if you are walking, sitting, running or in a loud place, also currently need to be running exclusively on the iPhone to work. Hopefully – Apple will soon just allow apps to run in the background. While other platforms already offer this feature, none of them come close to the popularity of the iPhone or have a similarly convenient app marketplace. What’s Next?What applications do you hope will use this technique next on the iPhone? Cross-reality apps? A location-aware social networking app from Facebook? Google Latitude? Related Posts Tags:#mobile#news#Trends#web center_img frederic lardinois Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Getting More Out of the Conversation: The Real Real-Time Challenge

first_imgTags:#Real-Time Web#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts guest author 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… It has been a few weeks since the ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Web Summit. Workshops ran the gamut of real-time Web applications and services. They addressed the impact of the real-time Web on search, feeds, aggregation and even branding and marketing. But several topics and terms were not discussed as much as one might have expected: “social,” “interaction,” and “communication.” Perhaps they were assumed. But their absence from discussion spoke of something bigger; namely, our tendency to still view Web content, even real-time content, as information.This guest post was written by Adrian Chan.Of course, communication involves information. Information access and distribution are part of what makes social media interesting. Information is also an attribute of social relationships — which are another good reason to respect social media. But the tools and practices of our “status culture” are also a means of communication; communication that uses social media in personal, social and public ways and that combines both system messaging and user messages in ways that are conversational.Making Meta From Conversational MediaThis “conversational” content may look like information. But when it is the product of mediated conversation, content conceals dynamics and relationships: social forces that are by their nature implicit and tacit.The real-time Web industry is poised to go “meta” and to extract and extend greater value from the information captured, mined and repurposed in real time. But for this to occur, the implicit of social interaction and communication will need to become explicit.Consider what we can already observe and infer from content and information produced on the real-time Web: influence, social capital, attention, relationships, trending topics. We accomplish this by means of algorithms and analyses based on incomplete social information. The real-time Web doesn’t yet furnish much social meta data. Could it be restored after the fact — from interactions, relationships and social meanings read between the lines?The real-time Web’s conversational content is produced through uncoupled, or at best loosely coupled, posts. Can dialog, relationships and social structures be detected amidst monological posts?The Content Is People. Long Live the Content!Social media are the new means of production. We are no longer in the information age, but are now in the age of communication. And in this age, the attention economy may explain the disruptive impact of social media on established industries; industries, not coincidentally, built around the production and distribution of information — as well as control over its consumption.Content is king. The content of the real-time Web is people. And yet the socialized Web is much more than a Web of, by and for the people. The social world is not flat, open and transparent. It has distinctions, boundaries, biases and preferences. It is also about who chooses, what is chosen, who is chosen, who replies and why.Social Value Add“People” content produces social information, and it is relevant because it reflects the social preferences, tastes and interests of individuals, groups and communities. Communication is how we produce this information; attention is how we consume it.Real-time Web analytics and metrics already understand this. Influencer metrics count who chooses whom as well as what. Influence is contingent on the ongoing attention paid by an audience. It is not a quality owned or possessed by the influencer. It’s a relation between influencer and an “audience” willing to pay attention and help pass it forward. This is the medium’s power. That power is as much in social relations as it is in information and content.Understanding what interests a user, by means of their contributions and activities but also by means of their relationships and social interactions, is at the heart of the value that the real-time social Web holds for brands and businesses (as well as the value that the user adds to their reputation and visibility). Attention spent in communicating reproduces brand value by redistributing it socially (and free of charge).Social ContextThe real-time Web is built on uncoupled posts. But many online social interactions are at least loosely if not densely coupled. This coupling restores some degree of social context (social information). It may reveal social relationships (relational information). The speed, reach and redistribution of tweets and updates expose social organization (attention information). And when observed and analyzed over time, changes in this activity can reveal persistent interests and relationships, as well as those that are changing (historical trends and predictive information).Social contexts can be partially reconstructed out of other communication forms: chains, loops and circuits, clusters, clumps (and more). Satellite “conversations” fashioned from re-aggregated comments (see PubSubHubbub, Dave Winer’sRSSCloud and the new salmon protocol) will spark innovation in contextual analyses.But all the social analytics in the world won’t work unless the architectural and data models can capture communication. If tools and applications can increasingly provide ways to communicate in ways that also expose social context, and if data-mining efforts are enhanced with models of social action, then the world of real-time social interaction will surface immensely valuable information indeed — at which point we may be able to say that in the midst of all this information, we are also better informed.Adrian Chan is a social interaction design specialist and SNCR Sr Fellow. You can find him on Twitter @gravity7 and on his blog.last_img read more

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