Undersea Lost World Found in Caribbean

first_imgNo sooner had news spread about a treasure trove of animals in the jungles of Papua (see 02/07/2006 story) than scientists announced another in Neptune’s realm.  The BBC News and MSNBC reported that “An underwater mountain with some of the richest diversity of marine life in the Caribbean has been found by scientists.”    The seamount lies in the Netherlands Antilles in the Saba Atoll, third-largest coral atoll in the world.  A group of international scientists including some from the Smithsonian participated in a two-week dive exploration of the area.  Two new species of Goby fish and a dozen new species of seaweed added the excitement of discovery to the 200 species of fish counted, many more than the 35 previously known for the area.  One new Sargasso seaweed has fronds bearing a resemblance to holly leaves.  The mile-high seamount reaches up to about 24 feet below sea level in places and is crowned with coral and a rich diversity of colorful organisms.Here we are exploring the surfaces of other planets, and much of our own remains undiscovered.  Neither of the news stories mentioned evolution, which would have been superfluous.  Discovery and description do not depend on a tale of origins.  Everyone can marvel at the color and diversity of these complex organisms in the present.    The ocean remains one of the last frontiers, and the most vast on Earth.  Little was known in ancient times, but enough for the anonymous author of Psalm 104 to speak awe-inspired of “This great and wide sea, In which are innumerable teeming things, Living things both small and great.”  Perhaps this writer had visited the Mediterranean coast or Ezion-Geber on the Red Sea, and had heard mariners’ tales.  Little did he know what was out there by experience – but his description still holds true today.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

NFC in 2011: NFC Network Launching Across 200,000 Digital Screens in U.S.

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Mobile marketing solutions provider Blue Bite and digital media company Reach Media Group (RMG) are teaming up to deploy NFC technology to over a third of RMG’s 200,000 digital screens over the next six months.  In addition, Blue Bite is working with other partner networks to bring its total NFC deployment to 200,000 screens across the U.S. These digital screens, such as those found in malls, theaters, bars, clubs, gyms, airplanes, taxis, and elsewhere, allow advertisers to display video ads to millions of viewers per month. RMG, in particular, provides access to over 70 million viewers monthly.Now those viewers will be able to learn more about any given advertiser using NFC technology. Simply put, it’s one of the largest commercial rol-outs of NFC-based advertising this country has seen so far.This post is part of a series on NFC here on ReadWriteMobile which will serve to get you up to speed on what NFC is, what notable developments are underway and what commercial programs using NFC will arrive this year. You can follow this series by clicking the tag (or bookmarking the tag) “NFC 2011.”This post assumes you are familiar with the term NFC as well as the technology’s use in the mobile industry. If you’re just starting to learn about NFC, you should begin here with the first post in the series to get caught up.San Francisco, Other Major U.S. Cities a Part of Initial Rollout The initial rollout with RMG begins San Francisco, where viewers will see a call-to-action appear onscreen after the ad, asking them to tap their NFC-enabled phone or scan the barcode located on Blue Bite’s “mTAG” found at or near the point-of-sale. The inaugural sponsors of the new program are Hotels.com and The New York Times. (Disclosure: The New York Times is a syndication partner with ReadWriteWeb.)Future RMG rollouts will reach New York, L.A., Chicago and Boston, while partnerships with other vendors will help Blue Bite reach even more regions across the U.S.mTAG: Combo QR Code and NFC TagThe “mTAG” is a trademark owned by Blue Bite which combines an NFC tag with a scannable QR code into a placard, allowing those familiar with NFC to tap their NFC-enabled phone on the tag, while also providing a way for those with older phones, or those unfamiliar with NFC technology, another way to access the same content.In this particular campaign involving Hotels.com and NYT, end users will see the RMG screen branded like NYT’s website, displaying news headlines, articles and ads. When the ad for Hotels.com appears on the sidebar of the screen, there will be a call-to-action to viewers to “find the mTAG” in order to access exclusive content. In future campaigns, this content could be a special, discount, coupon, or something else the advertiser wants to offer viewers.After the user either scans the barcode or taps their NFC-enabled phone on the mTAG, they’re taken to a proprietary webpage on their mobile phone, which thanks them for either scanning or tapping, as the case may be, then provides access to that exclusive content. It will also showcase links that allow users to download Hotel.com’s and NYT’s mobile applications. The platform can detect the phone being used in order to point the customer to the correct mobile app. Currently, Blue Bite supports all the major smartphone operating systems, including iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows phones.NFC: A “Silver Bullet” in Mobile MarketingOf course, NFC technology is not available to all mobile users at this time, though there are some high-profile devices which are out there or coming soon. Notably, Google, in partnership with Samsung, released the NFC-enabled Nexus S, and RIM (BlackBerry), HTC and Nokia have all announced plans for NFC devices in the future.According to Dan Trigub, VP of Business Development at Blue Bite, his company believes NFC has a lot of value to the marketing and advertising industry going forward. “NFC has the potential to be the silver bullet in mobile marketing,” he says. But unlike Google, which recently discontinued the use of QR codes in favor of NFC in its business listings service Google Places, Blue Bite thinks that QR codes will still be essential for many months, even years, as the transition to NFC occurs.Currently, 40% of the phones in the market are smartphones, and fewer still are NFC-enabled smartphones. This will change in time, of course. However, Blue Bite says that full NFC market penetration among smartphones is still 2 years out, citing research from Juniper Research. The analysts at Juniper claim that by 2014, 300 million phones will be NFC-enabled, the majority of which will be in the U.S.To reach other mobile audiences, Blue Bite also offers tools to deliver content via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, WAP sites, mobile apps and SMS. Bluetooth has proved especially effective, but marketers tend to want to go with what’s being “buzzed” about, which, these days, are mobile apps. NFC is starting to get buzz, too, which is one of the reasons why Blue Bite believes in NFC’s potential.You can see Blue Bite’s mTAG technology in action here on YouTube. Tags:#marketing#mobile#NYT#Trends Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Pistons land Griffin from Clippers as LA sheds another star

first_imgView comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “Those guys are flying in here tonight, they’ll get physical tomorrow, so I think from our end, we’ll be good,” Van Gundy said Tuesday at Detroit’s practice facility in Auburn Hills. “But I don’t know if we’ll be good from their end. The players have 48 hours to report, but then they’ve got another 24 hours, the organization, to get the physical done. … Now, if the 72 hours expires with six minutes to go in the game, we’ll run him in there.”The 28-year-old Griffin is averaging 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 33 games this season, but the Clippers have been plagued by injuries and are ninth in the Western Conference standings.Detroit is scuffling as well. The Pistons have lost eight straight.“Needed a night to digest and reflect on what happened….” Griffin tweeted. “From being a (hashtag)1 pick, to Lob City, to six straight Playoff appearances, I am so proud to have been part of the success of the Clippers organization. LA has been my home since I started in the league and I will be forever grateful to the city for embracing me and supporting me. To the fans, you have been awesome every step of the way. Thank you for years of support.“Now I’m ready for the next chapter, getting to work and helping the Detroit Pistons make a run in the Eastern Conference.”Last July, Griffin agreed to a $171 million, five-year deal, ending a brief flirtation with free agency. He told his teammates, coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer, “I want my legacy to be a Clipper.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Detroit also acquired forward Brice Johnson and center Willie Reed.“We are serious about winning, and this is a major move to improve our team,” Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement. “Blake Griffin is one of the NBA’s elite players, and when you get an opportunity to add that kind of talent, you take it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor the Clippers, moving Griffin is another step in a makeover of a franchise that has never made it past the second round of the playoffs.pic.twitter.com/xVoNx2dW83— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) January 30, 2018Griffin was not expected to play in Tuesday night’s home game against Cleveland, and Stan Van Gundy — Detroit’s coach and team president — said his status is uncertain for Thursday night against Memphis.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting He has averaged 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in his career.“Blake Griffin had a tremendous impact on this organization and his legacy within the community of Los Angeles will be permanent,” Balmer said. “It was a pleasure getting to know and cheer for Blake. I wish him, as well as Brice and Willie, the best of luck.” For the Clippers, moving Griffin continues a makeover of a franchise that has never made it past the second round of the playoffs.The Clippers were one game above .500 going into Tuesday night’s game against Portland. They traded All-Star point guard Chris Paul to Houston last summer. He had been credited with bringing respectability to the team that was once a laughingstock. Without Paul, Los Angeles won its first four games to open the season, and then lost nine of its next 11.“Blake is one of the best players ever to wear a Clippers jersey. We want to express our gratitude and respect for everything he has done for this team and the city of Los Angeles,” said Lawrence Frank, Clippers president of basketball operations. “This was a very difficult decision, but we ultimately felt it was appropriate for the franchise.”Paul’s replacement, Patrick Beverley, has missed the entire season after right knee surgery. Also missing time have been DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic.Yet owner Steve Ballmer remains optimistic.“While change is hard, my confidence in our front office, led by Lawrence Frank and Michael Winger, along with the sage counsel of Jerry West, has never been higher,” he said in a statement. “I believe today, more than ever, in our ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship.”Los Angeles receives a protected first-round draft choice and a second-round pick from the Pistons.The Clippers drafted Griffin first overall out of Oklahoma in 2009. However, he missed the 2009-10 season after surgery on his broken left kneecap. Griffin missed 21 games last season and 47 in 2015-16 because of injuries.“We know the injury history, that’s the risk on it, but that risk was worth it because of the talent that we’re bringing back,” Van Gundy said.As a rookie, Griffin was an All-Star, won the slam dunk contest and was named NBA Rookie of the Year. The deal didn’t include a no-trade clause for the second-leading scorer in franchise history with 10,863 points.Griffin gives Detroit’s frontcourt another standout alongside Andre Drummond, but it also represents a clear change in course from the roster the Pistons had assembled. Detroit acquired Bradley in a trade with Boston last offseason, but he’s in the final season of his contract. Harris has been impressive for the Pistons this season, shooting a career-best 41 percent from 3-point range.Detroit did not give up Luke Kennard or Stanley Johnson, the team’s first-round picks in 2017 and 2015.“For Blake, we probably would have done a lot of things, but yeah, we didn’t want to totally deplete our roster. Obviously, they got our two leading scorers, and a first-round pick, and Boban, who had started to play very effectively for us,” Van Gundy said. “We were concerned, quite honestly, with our ability to re-sign Avery anyway, so we were exploring what we could do with him at the trade deadline. Tobias was obviously really, really hard to give up.”Detroit’s season was looking promising until a late-December injury to point guard Reggie Jackson. The Pistons have stumbled while he’s been out with a sprained right ankle, and the team is facing the prospect of missing the playoffs in its first season at its new downtown arena.Detroit’s next six games are at home, so the Pistons will have a chance to turn this season around — and an opportunity to build for a future with both Griffin and Drummond. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – In this Jan. 11, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin smiles during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif. The Detroit Pistons dramatically shook their struggling roster by acquiring one of the NBA’s top players in Griffin in a trade with the Clippers. The deal for the five-time All-Star forward was announced early Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, giving Detroit a player who has been the face of the Clippers but whose career has been undercut by injuries. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Detroit Pistons dramatically shook their struggling roster by acquiring one of the NBA’s top players in Blake Griffin in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.The deal for the five-time All-Star forward was announced early Tuesday, giving Detroit a player who has been the face of the Clippers but whose career has been undercut by injuries.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more