Mary K. (Ray) Cowles, age 69

first_imgThe services will be private. Mary K. (Ray) Cowles, age 69, of Campbellsburg, passed away Thursday May 19, 2016 at her residence. She was born on October 7, 1946 in Medora, Indiana.Survivors include: husband, Jim Cowles of Campbellsburg; 4 sons, Rory Cowles (Kathy) of Medora, Jamie Cowles (Kim) of Seymour, Andy Cowles (Kathie) of Salem, and Cody Cowles of Montana; 2 daughters, Leah Grubbs (Larry) of Campbellsburg, and Heidi Rippy (Chris) of Pekin; 3 brothers, Gene Ray of Mitchell, Harold Ray of Heltonville, and Randy Ray of Loogootee; 5 sisters, Sue Hackney of Ft. Ritner, Arlene Hinderliter of Medora, Sandy Hattabaugh of Medora, Annette Bowers of Haleysburg, and Dana Shosten of Indianapolis; 16 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren.Preceded in death by: parents, Forrest Ray and Maysel (Temple) Ray; 5 brothers.last_img read more

December 2015 User Experience and Web Professionals Events

first_imgNetworking events, proposal writing for Ignite UX Michigan 2016, and happy hours fill this months events from our local meetup groups. If you’re in the metro Detroit or southeast Michigan area, you’ll have great opportunities in December to chat with fellow meetup members while enjoying food and drink. And in one case, potentially win a raffle prize! Each month I compile a calendar of user experience and web professionals events in southeastern Michigan where you’ll find meetups, learning opportunities, networking events, conferences—all kinds of events to learn from and meet colleagues and professionals. While I don’t attend all the events listed on the calendar, I usually make it to one or two events each week. I’d love to meet you. If you see me, stop by and say hi!End of the Year Happy HourDate: December 3, 2015, 6:00pm to 9:00pmLocation: Batch Brewing Company in Detroit, Michigan (map to Batch Brewing Company)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredStop in at the Ladies That UX Detroit (LTUX) Happy Hour to meet up with fellow user experience professionals and others interested in the user experience field. Share what you’d like to see happening with LTUX in 2016.End of the Year Happy HourDate: December 8, 2015, 6:00pm to 9:00pmLocation: Bar Louie in Ann Arbor, Michigan (map to Bar Louie)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredStop in at the Ladies That UX Detroit (LTUX) Happy Hour in Arbor to meet up with fellow user experience professionals and brainstorm/write proposals for the next Ignite UX Michigan in March 2016.End of the Year NetworkingDate: December 14, 2015, 6:30pm to 8:00pmLocation: Cass Cafe in Detroit, Michigan (map to Cass Cafe)Cost: $5.00, pre-registration requiredJoin the Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup group for our last event of the year. Enjoy great conversation and appetizers with fellow Meetup members. No agenda, come when you can, leave when you want.Year-End Wrap-up and 2016 Industry ForecastDate: December 14, 2015, 6:00pmLocation: Oakland University SmartZone Business Incubator in Rochester, Michigan (map to SmartZone Business Incubator)Cost: Free, pre-registration requestedWhat happened in mobile/wireless technology in 2015? What can we expect for the future? In their annual Mobile/Wireless Year in Review, Mobile Monday Detroit organizers Glenn Everitt, Randy Nunez, Alana Asbury, and Linda Daichendt will review the past year’s events. In addition, they’ll highlight key industry issues and innovations of 2015 while looking at what we can expect in 2016. Grand Circus Community Holiday PartyDate: December 18, 2015, 3:00pm to 6:00pmLocation: Grand Circus in Detroit, Michigan (map to Grand Circus)Cost: Free, pre-registration requested Kick off the holiday season with Grand Circus at their holiday party for the Grand Circus and Detroit coworking communities. Enjoy drinks and snacks, meet old friends and make new friends, take in a photo booth, raffle, and more!Share EventsIt’s impossible to include every event happening in our area. Do you know of any metro Detroit events not on the list? Share them in the comments. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedJune 2015 User Experience and Web Professionals EventsA meeting to discuss the Midwest UX 2016 in Detroit submission, quarterly Detroit Digital Rendezvous, Internet User Experience conference, getting organized with cards sorts, tree tests, and click tests are a few of the events you’ll discover in this month’s events calendar. Each month, I compile a calendar of user…In “Calendar”July 2015 User Experience and Web Professionals EventsA casual meetup about UX methods, WordPress networking event, and learning about the analytics and feedback tool Hotjar are a few of the events you’ll discover in this month’s events calendar. Each month, I compile a calendar of user experience and web professionals events in southeastern Michigan. You’ll find meetups,…In “Calendar”May 2016 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhat user experience (UX) and web professional events are happening this month in southeast Michigan and northwestern Ohio? If you work on the web, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find…In “Calendar”last_img read more

Media tour 2010

first_imgSouth African infrastructure, institutions and innovation on the moveWelcome to South Africa. We are proud to provide you with an experience our country’s infrastructure including our transportation network for consumers and commerce alike, some of the world’s highest rated institutions and our Nation’s inherent innovation.Our 2010 Media Tour programme explores the theme, “South Africa Geared for Growth’, through which we will give you access to pivotal people, organisations and processes, from a big business and entrepreneurial perspective. Post programme, we strive to have demonstrated the manner in which South Africa is able to operate successfully in both the first and third world contexts.Considering the action packed agenda, we are looking forward to exposing you to our first world infrastructure. You will not only be able to go behind the scenes at O.R Tambo International Airport, Richards Bay Minerals, Park Station and Africa’s busiest port in Durban, but you will experience Africa’s first rapid rail link, Gautrain. Your behind the scenes exclusive also includes a visit to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Competition Commission.We will take you en route via taxi, rail, bus and of course, 4×4 Landrovers as we catch our breath against the spectacular backdrop of Phinda Private Game Reserve.It is our hope that at the end of the 2010 International Media Tour, your first-hand experience of our country has provided you with a seamless understanding of South Africa ‘on the move’.Read the official press releaseShare point Share your stories and photos of the tour here.Read more Information Further information from the tour.Read moreThe quick guide to South Africa This compilation of articles will provide you with a quick guide to South Africa, answers to some important questions that you may have from banking to healthcare, and of course, some local lingo to help you engage with the ‘locals’.Read more* A taste of your experiences in SA On tour Meet the participants of MediaTour 2010Read moreWelcomeSpeaking notes for Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Dina Pule at the International Markerting Council Welcoming Cocktail for International Media Tour, SandtonRead more [PDF, 21kb]Contacts Your fellow team members contact addresses.Read morelast_img read more

5 Ways Employees Are Stealing from Your Stores Right Now

first_imgWhat is the latest employee theft scam putting a dent in the profits of your retail organization?Think about any recent changes. Maybe you’ve implemented a new cash management protocol, or a new loyalty program, or a new tabletop payment system.Regardless of what your stores have recently done to boost revenue, it’s likely that some employees are figuring out a way to personally enrich themselves with it.- Sponsor – The hottest employee theft schemes are, by nature, very personal. They are specific to each retailer depending on its business and existing security measures, such as whether or not it’s using inventory management software, as well as a host of other unique factors.That’s why a universal best practice for countering employee theft schemes is to identify, track, and analyze incidents of internal theft across the organization. Implementing targeted theft-deterrent strategies depends on consistent record-keeping, organization, and pattern recognition. A data-driven incident management process is the only way to keep pace with an extremely adaptable foe.That is all to say that the employee theft scams listed here may not currently be a significant cause of loss in your retail organization. However, when we ask retailers about the ways in which employees are trying to steal from them right now, these five methods keep coming up. Retailers have caught employees stealing…By taking advantage of customer convenience tools. Mobile point-of-sale (MPOS) devices—such as smartphones equipped with credit-card readers—are increasingly popular tools for checking out customers. They offer retailers an opportunity to accelerate checkout, accept credit card payments anywhere, and enhance the customer experience. But some employees are taking advantage of that mobility to conduct theft that might be more difficult to do in a structured checkout environment with cameras watching. At one clothing store, for example, employees recently conducted a string of bogus MPOS transactions in the men’s room, including processing false returns and putting the money on depleted gift cards that had been handed in by customers. MPOS frauds aren’t different than the popular ones listed below, but crooked store workers are trying to use checkout mobility to provide some cover to those schemes.By bridging the real and virtual worlds. Some of the new online fraud schemes require a physical “insider” to pull off. Whether that person is doing reconnaissance for an organized retail crime group, mapping out a retailer’s processes to look for exploits, or whether an employee applied for a job specifically to carry out a fraud plan, internal avenues of attack need to be top of mind for LP as it tries to combat online fraud.Some employee fraud is straightforward. One fraud occurring today is collusion between online buyers and employees readying packages for shipment: insider thieves simply pack the box with extra products. Weight data is key to stop this type of fraud. If you know the weight of all your SKUs, you know what to expect an online order to weigh. So if the shipping company reports back an unexpected weight, you can check the reported weight against the expected weight. These schemes are being carried out at distribution centers but also at brick-and-mortar stores that double as mini-fulfillment centers and ship to customers’ homes or to other stores. Upon recognizing an instance of process exploitation on the part of an employee, a data-driven LP team can quickly enact safeguards to protect against the type of insider fraud that was just uncovered.With the same old tricks. Though not the most costly, the most frequently cited employee theft is the old trick of colluding with a “customer” to steal merchandise. For example, cashiers sometimes void large transactions but still place merchandise in shopping bags for customers. Others ring up only portions of an order to let accomplices walk away with stolen merchandise. Such scams dominate local news reports of arrests of store employees.At a Dollar General store in Elloree, SC, employees would wait until near the close of business, bring pre-loaded shopping carts to the register, pretend to scan most items, and leave with the carts of merchandise. Seven employees stole $56,000 over eight months, according to police.At a Walmart in Philadelphia, a four-person employee theft ring allegedly stole $60,000 worth of merchandise by only ringing up inexpensive items from large orders of merchandise, leaving the rest to go unpaid.Strategies to reduce theft at the point-of-sale include use of electronic article surveillance; RFID technology; CCTV at POS, specifically the use of video analytics with overhead surveillance of sales counters; and maintaining hiring and employee-screening standards. By integrating high-definition video with point-of-sale transaction data, retail investigation units can quickly and successfully review video surveillance footage associated with a specific transaction to identify individuals in a sweetheartening scheme.With gift cards and pre-paid credit cards. In another type of collusion, employees issue pre-paid store credit cards without paying for them. Friends, family, or accomplices bring the pre-paid credit cards to the crooked cashiers at registers, where they load them up with hundreds of dollars.In a gift card scam at a retailer in the Midwest a few months ago, an investigation found that that company software allowed employees to add funds to a gift card in a cash transaction and then void the cash transaction, leaving the funds on the card. In addition, the transactions could be completed without re-swiping the physical gift card. One employee’s alleged theft totaled nearly $60,000 over a 10-month period. Employee training is an integral part of curbing this type of theft.In December 2016, police said thieves were soliciting Target and Walmart employees throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area to participate in gift card scams, approaching them in parking lots, on social media, and elsewhere. In exchange for fraudulently loading money onto prepaid visa gift cards, the employees were being promised a small cut. Typically, thieves are telling these employees that they have jamming devices on their cell phones that will prevent the transactions from being recorded. They don’t, of course, so employees are being caught and prosecuted while thieves make off with loaded gift cards—in one case, worth $29,000. In all these cases, employees are never paid for their participation but are the only ones who get caught and face prosecution.With some help from above. Finally, several retailers say that strict loss prevention controls are being thwarted in some cases because supervisors are helping to cover up employee theft schemes. In one new case, for example, members of an overnight cleaning crew were stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools during breaks in their shifts. Surveillance video was capturing the activity, but a shift manager was intentionally overlooking the evidence to facilitate the crime. In that case, an audit finally uncovered the year-long fraud.Finally, employee crooks continue to show that they don’t lack imagination. In September, employees of a Radio Shack in Laurel, MD, turned off the electricity on the store’s breaker panel, cut the store’s surveillance DVR system, and made a holdup alarm activation call to police. “We’ve been robbed,” they falsely claimed—twice—stealing more than $55,000 in cash and merchandise.And the latest employee theft scam at Apple stores doesn’t even involve employees. Crooks are simply dressing the part, donning a blue shirt that passes for the store uniform, and making their way into repair or storage areas to collect an armful of devices.This post touched on a few of the employee theft scams of the moment, but keep collecting and analyzing your incident data. It’s the best chance to learn, as your technology and retail processes change, how crooked employees are trying to exploit them.This post originally appeared on the Resolver blog in 2017. It was updated November 6, 2018.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Big Data: Businesses Still Uncertain how to Use the Technology

first_imgBusinesses say they just don’t know how to apply and what to expect from Big Data technology.  A survey from SnapLogic and TechValidate that focused on how businesses are using Big Data and Hadoop technologies found that 52 percent said that the technology is too new to really know how to best implement and use it.  78 percent said that they weren’t sure when they would implement the technology.  Despite the uncertainty though, topping the budget for this year for many organizations will be purchases of technology for big data analytics.Here are two of the results from the survey.What are the goals of today’s Big Data Projects?Customer analytics (52 percent)Operational analytics (40 percent)Internet of Things and Data-Driven products (38 percent)What are the barriers to achieving Big Data ROI?Lack of technical skills (42 percent)Compliance and Security (41 percent)Data Fragmentation (34 percent)last_img read more

Nepal earthquake may herald more Himalayan temblors

first_imgThe powerful earthquake that devastated Nepal late in the morning on 25 April, causing at least 3200 deaths, could be a fuse that ignites other powerful quakes in a region of the Himalayas that had been seismically quiet for centuries, experts say.The 7.9-magnitude earthquake was long overdue: The fault segment that ruptured hadn’t seen an earthquake since 1344 C.E., according to Laurent Bollinger, a geologist from the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. This temblor originated 15 kilometers underground, where the Indian plate slides under southern Tibet at a rate of about 20 millimeters per year along the Main Himalayan Thrust fault. The plates snag against each other, building up pressure until the crustal rock gives out. The locked plates under Nepal have been close to the breaking point for centuries, says Vinod Gaur, a geophysicist at Bangalore’s CSIR Fourth Paradigm Institute who co-authored a Science article in 2001 warning of the possibility of highly destructive earthquakes in the Himalayas.The Kathmandu temblor seems to have released a portion of the strain building up in the central seismic gap (CSG), a 600-kilometer-long region south of Nepal straddling a major fault that has been eerily quiet for at least 500 years. While the CSG’s earthquake history is disputed—some geologists say a large quake in 1505 C.E. ruptured the gap, while others argue that the 1505 quake wasn’t large enough to do so—specialists concur that the CSG is overdue for a megaquake measuring greater than magnitude 8.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The 25 April earthquake wasn’t large enough to release all the CSG’s pent-up strain, according to Bollinger, Gaur, and other geologists studying the gap, but it did relieve strain at the eastern end. To release more strain, “earthquakes are now needed further west of the gap,” Bollinger says. The 25 April earthquake may well herald gap-filling quakes, Gaur says. When a portion of a lengthy fault ruptures, he says, it is like making a tiny nick in a piece of cloth and stretching it. This builds pressure along the tear’s edges and makes it susceptible to further rips. While that could happen farther along the CSG, the timing is impossible to predict. “It may rupture tomorrow, or it can rupture 75 years from now,” Gaur says.  In Nepal, meanwhile, the death toll is bound to rise—thanks in part to the region’s geology. Situated on an ancient lakebed, the Kathmandu Valley’s soil is soft and liquefies easily. “The ground motion gets amplified, and people there can feel [earthquakes] very vigorously,” says Vineet Kumar Gahalaut, a geologist at the National Geophysical Research Institute in Hyderabad, India.last_img read more

Modi and Abbott hold talks, sign pacts on social security, narcotics

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday held talks and sought early conclusion of negotiations for a comprehensive economic partnership agreement and a closure on the civil nuclear deal.After the two leaders held talks, India and Australia signed five pacts on social security, transfer of sentenced prisoners, combating narcotics trade, tourism, and arts and culture.”We also agreed on seeking early closure on the civil nuclear agreement, which will give Australia a chance to participate in one of the most secure and safe nuclear energy programme in the world,” Modi said in a statement to the media at a joint press conference with Abbott. Modi arrives in Melbourne Later, while addressing the Parliament, Australian Prime Minister Abbott said, “If all goes well, Australia will export uranium to India under suitable safeguards because cleaner energy is one of the most important contributions that Australia can make to wider world.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian PM Tony Abbott addressing media in Canberra.Modi, while talking about India-Australia ties, said, “This is a natural partnership, arising from our shared values and interests, and our strategic maritime locations. India and Australia have a great economic synergy.” See pictures: Modi meets Abbott, addresses Australian Parliament “There are huge opportunities for partnership in every area we can think of – agriculture, agro-processing, resources, energy, finance, infrastructure, education, and science and technology,” Modi said.Abbott, in Parliament, said, “By the end of the next year we will have a Free Trade deal with what is potentially the world’s largest market.”advertisementModi emphasised that the economic climate in India has changed.”I believe it will be a lot easier to convert opportunities into concrete outcomes,” Modi said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian PM Tony Abbott witnessing the signing of agreements at Australian Parliament.Modi also announced that India will organise a ‘Make in India’ show in Australia in 2015 while Australia would hold a business week in India in January next year.”Prime Minister Abbott and I discussed what we should do to impart real momentum to our economic partnership.Reconstituting the CEO Forum is an important step. We have agreed to speed up negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. I also asked for easier access for Indian business to the Australian market and quicker investment approvals,” Modi said at the joint press conference.India and Australia also agreed on a Framework for Security Cooperation.”I greatly welcome the New Framework for Security Cooperation. Security and defence are important and growing areas of the new India-Australia partnership — for advancing regional peace and stability, and combating terrorism and trans-national crimes,” Modi said.”This morning’s visit with prime minister Abbott to the Australian War Memorial reminded us of the need to strive together for a better world,” he said.PM Narendra Modi meeting Australian PM Tony Abbott at Parliament House in Canberra.Modi, who is the first Indian prime minister to visit Australia in 28 years after Rajiv Gandhi in 1986, said “I would like to say that it has been nearly three decades since the last Prime Ministerial visit from India. The fact that we have exchanged visits in two months is a sign of better times to come.”Modi also thanked Australian Prime Minister Abbott, the people and the federal and the state governments of Australia for a wonderful visit so far.”Prime Minister Abbott and I have spent the last week together at the East Asia Summit, the G20 and for this bilateral summit. This reflects the broad framework of our relationship, defined by a growing partnership in the cause of a peaceful and prosperous world, and a strong and broad-based bilateral relationship,” he said.Modi also touched upon cultural and sporting ties between the two countries, saying that cricket and hockey are the “natural glue” between the people of the two countries.”I am pleased with the new Cultural Exchange Programme signed today. India would establish a Cultural Centre in Sydney by February 2015. We plan to hold a Festival of India in Australia in 2015 and tourism weeks in Australia,” Modi said of the agreements signed in the cultural and tourism sector.PM Narendra Modi shaking hands with Australian Parliamentarians after addressing joint session of Australian Parliament.”The Social Security Agreement is a really positive development. It will help in making our business relations stronger, especially in the Services Sector,” he said.Modi and Abbott had summit talks in Delhi last month during which India and Australia sealed a landmark civil nuclear deal that will facilitate sale of uranium to New Delhi.advertisementThe two leaders had earlier directed their respective negotiators to conclude the administrative arrangements pertaining to the civil nuclear pact at an early date that will facilitate uranium trade.Australia has about 40 per cent of the world’s uranium reserves and exports nearly 7,000 tonnes of yellow cake annually. India and Australia had commenced negotiations for the sale of uranium in early 2012.The two-way trade stands at a relatively modest $15 billion a year compared with $150 billion for Australia’s two-way trade with China.last_img read more

The yellow boom box and the perils of giving research

first_imgIf you read this blog, you know how much I adore research. But here’s the thing about research. When it measures what people do, it’s very valuable. When it measures what people say, it’s potentially misleading. Why? Because human beings are dreadful at accurately predicting their own behavior. Years ago, the very smart Kristen Grimm of Spitfire Strategies told me a story. She knew of a research company that did focus-group research with young people on Sony boom boxes, and the participants all said a yellow boom box was a great idea. At the exit, they were offered a free boom box in black and yellow models. Everyone took the black. You have to pay attention to what people actually do at the end of the day.(If you don’t know what a boom box is, it was a large, “portable” stereo. Believe it or not, it used to be cool to have a iPod the size of a duffel bag and to carry it on your shoulder next to your oversized hairdo. This fact makes my children double over in laughter. That and the fact that I say things like “young people.”)Now there’s a study out that shows this situation extends to people predicting their giving behaviors. An eBay study summarized here and detailed by Nick Aldridge showed donors’ stated top choices in charity and actual giving didn’t closely correspond. Aldridge suggests donors were more responsive to emotion than they predicted, and less rational than they claimed.The bottom line? When someone cites a study about donors, take a good look at how they research was conducted. Was it based on actions or words? And if it was based on words, did the researchers do a good job in posing the questions that uncover people’s actual motivations? Good researchers will. Their goal is real insight, not easy answers.last_img read more

Now get old Twitter interface with few clicks

first_imgSan Francisco: A Twitter user and software developer, Zusor, has shared a useful ‘do-it-yourself’ guide to bring back the old Twitter interface with just a few clicks, and has named it ‘GoodTwitter’. To get the old interface, just open Twitter and follow these sequence of commands: Click on “(…) More” in the left-hand menu. Go to “Settings and privacy” > “About Twitter” > “Directory”. A new Twitter tab will open, click on “Home” and you will find the old user interface, The Next Web has reported. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year So far, GoodTwitter has been downloaded by nearly 35,000 Chrome and Firefox users, attracting rave reviews on Reddit. Twitter recently redesigned the interface for its website version, saying the new look is faster and easier to navigate, but a lot of people are not liking it. The new version comes with an expanded Direct Messages section and the ability to let users switch between accounts faster and directly from the side navigation. It comes with new dark themes – Dim and Lights Out. As part of the redesign, while the Home, Explore, Notification and Messages options have been shifted to the left of the desktop, the trending section has been moved to the right of the screen.last_img read more

Small earthquake rattles rural San Diego county near Palomar Mountain

first_img Posted: September 16, 2018 Small earthquake rattles rural San Diego county near Palomar Mountain Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SANTA YSABEL (KUSI) — A small earthquake struck a rural corner of San Diego County in the early morning hours Sunday.A preliminary magnitude 3.3 temblor was recorded near Palomar Mountain at 4:37 a.m. Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey.The epicenter was located about 20 miles east-northeast of Escondido and about 16 miles north-northeast of Ramona — an area near Lake Henshaw.Reports on the USGS “Did You Feel It?” map showed light shaking could be felt throughout inland North County and the mountains of East County. September 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more