Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio AgriBusiness Association, in conjunction with the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program, will host a Wheat Testing Protocols & Standards seminar May 24 in Findlay, Ohio.OABA members, farmers and agribusiness professionals who work with grain are encouraged to register. The event is free for OABA members, and certified crop advisers can obtain continuing education credits for attending.“Our wide array of presenters and panelists will provide the latest trends and information on standards, procedures and requirements as they relate to wheat testing and the wheat industry at the state and national levels,” said OABA President and CEO Chris Henney. “This is just one of many ways OABA cooperates with industry partners to educate and enhance the skills of the highly-qualified workforce for the state’s agribusiness industry.”Topics and presenters for the day include:A Wheat Testing Challenges and Discrepancies panel featuring CJ Lin from The Mennel Milling Company and Diane Gannon of Diane Gannon, LLC.Federal Grain Inspection Service Testing Procedures with Tim Norden of the USDA Federal Grain Inspection ServiceObtaining & Processing Samples with Ben Weaver and Jamie Welch of EnviroLogixRisk Management Agency Policies with Brian Frieden of the USDA Risk Management AgencyReconciling Standard Discrepancies with Jess McCluer of the National Grain & Feed AssociationRegistrationThe OABA Wheat Testing Protocols & Standards seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at The Sterling Center, 4570 Fostoria Ave, Findlay, Ohio 45840.Registration is free for OABA members and $100 for non-members, and includes lunch. For more information and to register online, visit www.oaba.net/events, or call 614-326-7520.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web#YouTube mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts YouTube announced earlier today that, at just five-years-old (can you believe it?), the online video host now exceeds over two billion views a day. According to the Google-owned site, “that’s nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major U.S. television networks combined.”What it didn’t announce, however, was the hashtag-like system it appears to have quietly released for its commenting system, which turns certain Internet acronyms into colorful, searchable boxes of their own.So, to recap on that first part, YouTube is five-years-old, handling over two billion views a day and launching the YouTube Five Year channel, where users can submit videos that describe how YouTube has changed their lives.More interestingly perhaps, YouTube has added some colorful hashtags to its commenting system. Now, typing in #LOL, #FTW, #FAIL and #OMG (from what we’ve tried and seen) creates little orange boxes containing the text, each of which you can click on to search for similarly tagged videos.Maybe instead of reading comments back aloud to squelch the number of inane threads, YouTube thought it would silence some commenters (and therefor complainers over the inanity of YouTube comments) by giving people a quick and colorful way to express themselves. More likely, we’re expecting the sort of functionality we’ve seen on other video sites, whereby we can click on an OMG button to search for other OMG videos for hours of unending OMG fun. For all we’re aware, there’s not much more to categorizing the world, after all, than OMG, FTW, LOL and FAIL, right?Oh, and if you’re still feeling all warm and gushy over the part where we celebrate YouTube for reaching arbitrary round-numbered statistics, here’s a video they put together for you to rejoice with it. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting [Thanks Rahul Mathur.]
Color’s FutureI started out this post by comparing Color’s user experience to Twitter 5 years ago, which baffled early adopters too. Indeed, Color co-founder Peter Pham recently told The Hollywood Reporter that Color is like a “visual Twitter.” In the end, Color is a unique app and it isn’t precisely like any other – even Twitter. While there were some initial problems with the functionality, I am optimistic about Color’s future. As smartphones and other Internet-connected devices proliferate, it will be apps that augment our real world experiences that will prosper. See also:Color CEO: The Tech Justifies the $41 MillionOnce the early adopters get used to Color – and it will take time to figure out how and where Color works best, just as it did with Twitter – then I expect to see usage filter through to mainstream users at concerts, events, conferences and other large gatherings of people. Whoever is the next Lady Gaga in 5 years time, my bet is that her concerts will generate thousands of photos and videos from Color users. In short, I believe that Color has a very good chance of becoming a large scale success like Twitter. Certainly it’s funded to do so!Do you agree? Let us know your thoughts on Color’s future, or your usage of it now, in the comments.UPDATE: See also the follow up post: How Color is Being Used. It features more examples of Color usage, including from a concert and a BBQ. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Location#NYT#Series#UX Evolutions#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Color Demo from Color Labs, Inc. on Vimeo.The ideal use case for Color then, is for events with large groups of people – like a concert or conference. Color ostensibly allows you to share your experience with that group; as well as augment your experience by giving you alternate views and allow you to see things that you’d otherwise have missed. ReadWriteWeb’s resident hacker, Tyler Gillies, recently used Color at a tech conference and noted that it allowed him to see slides from many different sessions.Color Goes to the Movies In mid-April, Color set out to showcase its new app at the premiere of a new Hollywood film called “Water for Elephants.” At the event, 49 people took 788 photos using Color – according to the event’s web page. In scanning those photos, they range from official and fan photos of the movie’s stars as they walk down the the red carpet, to photos of fans as they wait for the action to start. If the goal was “to bring the red carpet to fans who could not be in Manhattan,” as HollywoodNews.com claimed, then that didn’t work. While I personally believe that the world can never have enough photos of Reese Witherspoon, it’s doubtful that 788 blurry photos of the red carpet was a compelling experience for people who didn’t attend. The real question is: what value did the people taking those photos get from Color, while the event was happening? I couldn’t find any of that user feedback online and so I’ve asked Color for comment. In the meantime, I asked the ReadWriteWeb community via Twitter if they’ve used Color, and if so was it of value? Here’s a sample of responses, collected via Storify: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Love it or loath it, the smartphone app Color is one of the most innovative Web products to have launched this year. It has a user experience that is as unique and different as Twitter was 5 years ago. This has led to confusion about how to use Color and questions about its value. In this post we look at the early uses of Color and analyze its chances of emulating the success of Twitter.Color launched last month in a whirl of hype, mostly due to the eye-opening $41 million prelaunch funding. But since then, the user experience has been the center of focus. Many people have complained that the app is difficult to understand – mainly because the benefits of the app are only clear once you use it amongst a crowd of people and in real-time. The user interface of the app has also been accused of being confusing and inconsistent. What is Color, Again?Color enables you to share “photos, videos and conversations” with a group of people who are at the same location as you. The idea is that it’s only useful when you’re in the proximity of a group of people. That word, proximity, has since become a trending term among the tech set. Rather than being about your social connection to someone, Color is about how close you are to them. Is this the next wave of mobile apps? Color is hoping so.Here’s a quick intro:
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Sweden’s Stena RoRo has purchased a used ferry from the Japanese shipping company Hankyu Ferry for the European market.The vessel in question is the 2003-built Yamato which measures 195 meters in length and disposes of 2,350 lane meters.As explained by the company, the vessel will be rebuilt at a shipyard in Europe and adapted to European standards, after which it will be chartered out.According to Stena RoRO, this process will begin in spring 2020 and the ferry is estimated to be in traffic by the summer.“This is a typical Stena RoRo project. Through adaptation and flexibility, we design and rebuild vessels to meet our customers’ specific requirements. It’s what we call Stenability,” Mikael Abrahamsson, conversion and project manager for Stena RoRo, commented.“On the European market, demand is greater than availability for this type of vessel, which is why we have turned to the Asian market, primarily Japan,” Per Westling, CEO Stena RoRo, concluded.Stena RoRo bought the Japanese ferry after ordering eight Stena E-Flexer class vessels from the Chinese AVIC Weihai Shipyard between 2016 and 2018. The first E-Flexer was launched earlier this year and will be used by Stena Line in the Irish Sea.Image Courtesy: Stena RoRo