Every year in December Read/WriteWeb does a Best Web Companies round-up. This is the 4th time and, like last year, we’re splitting it over two posts. In this post we’ll announce the Best Web BigCo of 2007 and later in the week we’ll announce Best Web LittleCo and Most Promising Web Company or Innovator. These will be selected by the Read/WriteWeb writers, but at the end of this post we’ll be asking for your input for the LittleCo awards.Last year’s Best BigCo was Google, an honor it also won in 2004. In between, in 2005, Yahoo was adjudged Best Bigco. So can Google win the title for a third year – and become the Internet equivalent of the Chicago Bulls in the 1990’s? Or will one of Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon, eBay, Facebook or another BigCo take the silverware (metaphorically speaking)? Read on to find out…And the Winner is…The Read/WriteWeb authors were unanimous in our decision, but it was a close contest between two BigCos. You can probably guess that one was Google, because it’s been another bumper year of innovation and acquisitions at the Googleplex. All through the year we’ve been delivering the Weekly Wrapup of Web tech news, reviews and analysis – and seemingly every week there was something new about Google. But there was another company that really came of age this year; and more importantly it was the catalyst for some important Web trends. Last year this Silicon Valley based company was not among our BigCo list – it was shortlisted for Best LittleCo! In 2007 that all changed though. And by the end of the year, it had done enough to even trump Google as a big influential Internet company. The winner is:Facebook! Things started to get interesting for social networking company Facebook on May 24 this year, when it announced a new “open” platform – a system enabling 3rd party companies to integrate their services inside of Facebook user pages. The new platform went beyond the ability to post media from outside into Facebook and beyond the previous Facebook API (a read-only API). With the new platform, outside companies were for the first time being allowed to deploy advanced functionality inside the Facebook site. For the social networking industry as a whole, it was a significant move – because up till then it had been a relatively closed system that was tightly controlled by the hosts (MySpace, Facebook, et al). Simply put, no other Internet bigco had opened its platform to such an extent before.Although Facebook’s platform wasn’t quite as open as initially claimed, it nevertheless gained immediate traction. Many startups integrated their products into the Facebook platform and over 2007 Facebook’s user growth ramped up and became mainstream. Also the Facebook platform had a major influence on its competitors. Google followed up on 1 November with OpenSocial, a set of common APIs for building social applications across the web. MySpace, Facebook’s main competitor, joined the OpenSocial alliance that same week.In November Facebook announced a controversial new advertising system, nicknamed Beacon. It was an attempt at conversational marketing, where users become product promoters and are encouraged to spread the word about things they buy and use among their group of friends and contacts. It had major privacy issues though and the company later added a privacy control that allows users to shut off the program completely. Even after all that, Beacon is a pointer to the future of online advertising – where your personal and social ‘attention’ data will influence the ads you see. At around the same time, MySpace announced a similar advertising program it called “HyperTargeting,” which uses profile data to target ads to users. Tags:#2007 in Review#Features#Trends#web#Year in Review Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts GoogleWe mentioned above that it was a busy year for Google. The Mountain View company has undoubtedly been the most influential Internet company of the ‘web 2.0’ era – and you could fairly argue that Google’s actions were far more wide-ranging and influential than Facebook’s this year. In 2007 Google made moves in the Web Office market, acquired a number of companies (such as Feedburner and DoubleClick), launched OpenSocial, released an open-source mobile operating system called Android, ramped up itspersonalization efforts (more info here), built up its Gadget ecosystem, launched voicesearch, GoogleGears, Street ViewMaps, Universal Search — and a lot of other Web initiatives. Despite all of this, we concluded that Google didn’t shake up the Web industry this year as much as Facebook. For example, on closer inspection OpenSocial wasn’t as innovative as it was hyped up to be by many bloggers and commentators. Plus it was almost certainly a reactionary move against Facebook. We’re interested in your feedback though – do you agree with our choice of Facebook over Google? It was a close call.Honorable MentionsApple continued its golden run with the iPod/iTunes combo, racking up monster sales and bullying major record labels. And of course who can forget the launch of the iPhone, certainly the year’s biggest product launch and a catalyst for a lot of new Mobile Web development activity. Yes, it was a great year for Apple and they are arguably the most innovative Web bigco around currently (even though Web is not their main focus as a company).Pic: Shht!Amazon also continued to innovate. At the end of last year it rolled out its WebOS stack, including EC2 and S3. It continued to build out that system in ’07 and its recommendation engine impressed too. Then late in the year Amazon announced an e-book reader called Kindle, which may shake up this long sought after market.Adobe was another bigco to have a good year – its RIA (Rich Internet Apps) strategy began to pay dividends with the launch of Apollo in March (later re-named AIR). Standing for ‘Adobe Integrated Runtime’, AIR is a cross-operating runtime developed by Adobe that allows developers to create Rich Internet Applications for the desktop. 2007 was a year when desktop apps made a bit of a comeback, with the combo of Web access and slick UIs proving popular. For example Adobe Media Player, released in April, is a desktop app that enables consumers to view high quality video whether they are online or offline.Mozilla, although not strictly speaking a bigco (it’s an organization), had a good year in 2007 too. Firefox continued to make ground on IE in the latest browser wars – they also seem to be pushing innovation in browsers forward, with microformats and offline functionality amongst other things. More areas where Mozilla impressed this year: Prism, an application that takes web apps to the desktop; new commitment to Mobile Web; Add-ons; and a new organization to develop Internet mail and communications software (under the Thunderbird umbrella). Also RansYahoo, Microsoft, eBay, AOL all were either flat or downright disappointing this year. At least in terms of Web products. 90’s Internet star Yahoo had a year to forget – it got caught up in sticky peanutbutter, missed out on buying Facebook, saw its stock price fall, and dismissed itsCEO. It’s not all badnews for Yahoo, because its user base is still huge and there is a lot of brainpower in the company. Plus new CEOJerry Yang has re-focused the company since taking the reins in June. We hope to see more of the same spark in 2008 that made Yahoo our top bigco in 2005.“Um Tom, unfortunately I’m going to have to fire your ass…” (pic by Maximum Mitch) For Microsoft, it has been ‘steady as she goes’ inRedmond – with the nextgeneration of Windows Live launched, interesting new products like Surface, andother efforts to compete withGoogle and Adobe (Silverlight) inmotion. Mostly promising initiatives, especially Silverlight. However, we were disappointed to see the Windows Live brand continue to flounder this year and there was no innovation on the Web Office front. In 2008 we’re hoping to see more product evidence of the undoubted ability of Ray Ozzie and co to innovate on the Web.Regarding AOL, it has made some great moves in open platform and personalization. But it hasn’t really caught the imagination of the public, yet. I’m looking forward to what they do in 2008 though. eBay hasn’t done much this year, apart from making a hash of its multi-billion dollar Skype acquisition.ConclusionWe here at Read/WriteWeb have been analyzing the above companies all year, and we’re confident that our selection of Facebook as Best BigCo is something many will agree with. However we’re also aware that Facebook has been accused in some quarters of getting too much attention and hype. So we await with interest your comments! Let us know below whether you agree with our choice of Facebook, or not.Also, we’d like your suggestions for Best LittleCo of 2007. We already have a winner in mind, but it’s not too late to influence the judges’ decision! We also want to ensure we’ve considered all possibilities, so tell us which LittleCo you think is deserving of the title. richard macmanus
Advances in high performance computing (HPC) are unlocking ground-breaking possibilities for a whole range of industries. Yet, it is not just computing power gains that companies stand to benefit from. As new technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), continue to evolve, organizations are presented with more opportunities to apply HPC capabilities in new ways. In this article, we look at how HPC advances are being embraced by different industries to improve traditional processes, and how technologies such as AI and IoT are helping to drive this innovation even further.Manufacturing and AutomotiveOver the last few decades, HPC-enabled digital twins became increasingly popular in the manufacturing process. Digital twin is the phrase used to describe a computerized (or digital) version of a physical asset and/or process. The digital twin contains one or more sensors that collects data to represent real-time information about the physical asset. In fact, according to Gartner, the use of simulation with digital twins is one of its top tech trends for this year. A computerized version of a physical asset, a digital twin can be used to model and simulate that asset’s performance under a variety of conditions. This makes it a useful tool for understanding the behavior of real-world systems without having to run expensive live tests.An exclusive designer of high end racing engines has been using digital modeling and predictive simulation to design better engines in less time. By analyzing every engine component in order to optimize each engine for a specific track the engineering team has been able to improve the design cycle.Software and hardware advances have played an important role in the speed, efficiency, and accuracy of their predictive models. By using CONVERGE* simulation software, the team is able to model a range of options by using features such as automatic mesh generation, dynamic remeshing, and fully coupled chemistry. Using these advanced software features meant adding to the HPC system’s workloads. To meet these added workload requirements without extending runtimes, the team looked for a hardware solution. By introducing more parallelism into its computing platforms using Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors1 the team was able to ensure that any simulation can be run efficiently on the fastest available computing resource.Energy, Oil, and GasIn the energy sector, HPC-based digital twins combined with Industrial IoT capabilities are enabling a global digital industrial company to improve wind turbine maintenance. This is achieved by creating a unique digital equivalent for each turbine and feeding it data from physical IoT sensors. Through this process, they were able to detect a host of factors to be analyzed for each individual turbine. For example, it is possible to run a cost/benefit analysis of running a deteriorating turbine compared to replacing the failing components.When it comes to oil and gas detection, powerful computers are used to interpret complex seismic data during the exploration phase. This process involves generating seismic waves that go through the Earth’s surface and bounce back from different rock layers. The characteristics and nuances of these bounce-back signals carry a host of data that allows for interpretation of what is underneath the ground or seabed—such as oil, gas, water, faults or folds. To improve the accuracy of seismic data modeling, Intel worked with a leader in cutting edge geoscience to create highly accurate images of the Earth’s onshore and offshore subsurface. This information is incredibly useful to their oil and gas clients in pinpointing the presence of natural resources.HealthcareHPC-enabled AI applications are helping healthcare practitioners redefine their approach to patient diagnosis. In a recent study, a fortune 500 company that provides imaging systems and clinical informatics teamed up with Intel to demonstrate two applications for AI-based deep learning inferencing to speed time to insights.Using AI for Bone-age Prediction from X-ray ScansThis process involves training a deep learning AI model on X-ray images of human bones, along with a host of patient information such as age and gender, to enable it to build up a range of models of what bone density looks like for healthy individuals at specific ages. The trained model can then be used to predict a patient’s age based on their real-life X-ray images. If there is a discrepancy between real and predicted age it is possible to detect medical conditions. For example, if the predicted age for a patient is less than the actual age they could be suffering from malnutrition.Using AI for Lung-segmentation from CT ScansHere a deep learning AI model is used to look at an array of information coming from computerized tomography (CT) scans of a lung. By training the model to identify the lung in the patient’s CT scans and create a segmentation mesh around it, it is possible to better measure the size and volume of the lungs. This information can also be used to detect issues, for example, with organ-specific tuberculosis or pneumothorax disease screening models. Moreover, thanks to the organ isolation created by the model, a radiologist can have a clearer, distraction free, anatomical view of the lung.In both these use cases, researchers looked to create performance efficiencies for deep learning inferencing on Intel Xeon Scalable processors without needing to use accelerators. By using a two-socket system powered by Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8168 processors and optimized using the Intel® Deep Learning Deployment Toolkit (Intel® DL Deployment Toolkit), they were able to achieve significant speed improvement. For the bone-age-prediction model, image processing increased from a baseline result of 1.42 images per second to a rate of 267.1 images per second, a staggering 188 times improvement. For the lung-segmentation model, image processing shot up from a baseline of 1.9 images per second to 71.7 images per second, surpassing expectations with a 37.7 times speed gain2.ConclusionThere is no mistake about it, HPC is expanding beyond traditional use cases and becoming a prominent feature in growing enterprises’ future capabilities. For organizations wanting to optimize their existing HPC infrastructure for specific workloads such as professional visualization, simulation and modeling or genomics analytics Intel® Select Solutions for HPC offer easy and quick-to-deploy infrastructure.To learn more about emerging AI applications and how your organization can start benefiting from integrating AI capabilities into your business processes, check out more inspirational use cases on our AI site. For more insight on how to use HPC infrastructure to get going with AI workloads read this Solution Brief from Intel. 1. Vector vVector Extensions 2 and Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512) and Flame-D* workload. Baseline server configuration: 2 x Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v4 (2.3 GHz, 18-core), 128 GB memory (8 x 16 GB DDR4 @ 2400 MT/s), Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 7.2, 2 x Intel® SSD S3500 Series. New server configuration: 2 x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6148 processor (2.4 GHz, 20-core), 192 GB memory (8 x 16 GB DDR4 @ 2400 MHz), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3, 800 GB Intel® SSD Data Center S3500 Series.2. Results were determined with the same system configuration as shown in Appendix A. The baseline shows zero optimizations. The optimized data used the same system configuration in conjunction with the noted optimizations.Intel® technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at www.intel.com.Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit www.intel.com/benchmarks.Performance results are based on testing as of August 2018 and may not reflect all publicly available security updates. See configuration disclosure for details. No product can be absolutely secure.Intel does not control or audit third-party benchmark data or the web sites referenced in this document. You should visit the referenced web site and confirm whether referenced data are accurate.All information provided here is subject to change without notice. Contact your Intel representative to obtain the latest Intel® product specifications and roadmaps.
Juan Mata calm over Man Utd contract plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata is calm over his immediate future.The Spain international will be out of contract in the summer, having been at Old Trafford since January 2014.”I’ve been in England for a while, but it’s true that at times you miss home, your family, your friends,” he told AS.”But I don’t know if I’ll return to Spain in the near future. “I’m calm, I’m at the fantastic club that is Manchester United, one of the biggest in the world.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona prepared to sell Coutinho back to Premier Leagueby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are prepared to sell Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League.That is, if Bayern Munich decide not to make his move permanent, says AS.Barcelona plan to offload the Brazilian playmaker permanently at the end of the season.Bayern Munich have an option to buy for a fee of around €120million.It is claimed that even if that option is not triggered, the Catalan club have no plans for Coutinho to play for them again – meaning a move back to England could be back on the cards at the end of the season.He was tipped to make a return to Liverpool in the summer, with Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal also linked with bringing him back to the Premier League, says the Mirror.
APTN National NewsThousands of students jammed the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa to hear about WE Day.The event takes place every year and is aimed at motivating young people to do more in their communities and be everyday leaders.This year a number of Indigenous speakers went before the students.The head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission had a very specific message to them.APTN’s Annette Francis [email protected]
The chart above shows these increases for the 18 teams that have qualified for the Stanley Cup Final over the past nine seasons. The 2009 Detroit Red Wings had the biggest change in intensity between the regular season and the playoffs — they averaged 14.0 more hits per game in the postseason. Last year’s finals featured the Los Angeles Kings, who increased their hit number by 8.0 per game, and the New York Rangers, whose hit number rose by 6.8.And it’s not just that the hits increase as the season goes on. When I restricted the data to only regular-season games in the last few weeks of the season (March and April), I still found a playoff increase of 14.4 hits per game. This suggests that the differences between the regular and postseason are not attributable to an overall increase in hitting as the season goes on. Thinning out the data a bit more to look only at regular-season games between two eventual playoff teams, I still found that there were 14.2 more hits in postseason games than in regular-season ones.The players, of course, have rising hit tallies themselves. The active player with the biggest increase in hits: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Blake Comeau. While Comeau averages just 2.0 hits per game in the regular season, his postseason average is 5.5. Even though he has played only six postseason games, this difference is statistically significant.Every game in the the first round of the playoffs is likely to feature a lot of heavy hitting. If you’re looking for the series that should have the biggest intensity jump, look no further than the Montreal Canadiens versus the Ottawa Senators and Comeau’s Penguins versus the Rangers. Both of these series feature six players whose playoff increase in hits is in the top 50 in the NHL. It’s April, and the Stanley Cup lies in wait. The NHL postseason starts Wednesday, and with it comes the NHL’s most intense play. It’s not just the stakes that rise this time of year. It’s the on-ice aggression, too.Using data from every regular and postseason NHL game from 2005-06 through today, I identified every hit that was registered on the official play-by-play record. When comparing the total number of non-overtime hits in the more than 11,000 regular-season games and more than 750 postseason games, I found that there’s a massive and statistically significant increase in hits when the playoffs start.Regular-season games average about 42.0 total hits for both teams prior to overtime. In the playoffs, that number jumps 36 percent to 57.2 pre-overtime hits per game.Out of the 144 playoff teams since the 2005-06 NHL season, 142 increased their average number of hits per game after the playoffs started. For 101 of the teams, this difference is unlikely to have occurred because of randomness.1Meaning the p-value was less than .05.
James Rodriguez is convinced that Bayern Munich have a big advantage in this season’s Champions League and is already eagerly plotting his revenge against Real Madrid in the latter stagesDon Balon has reported that the Colombia international is aiming to seal the Bundesliga title with Bayern this weekend against Augsburg and is looking to capitalise on their 2-1 lead over Sevilla in next week’s second leg to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League.The Spanish publication reports that the winger is certain that with the Bundesliga title sealed, then Bayern can turn their full focus on their Champions League campaign and is hoping for an encounter against Real in the semi-finals of the competition.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Rodriguez has admitted that he is desperate to get the measure of Zinedine Zidane’s side and wants to go to the Santiago Bernabeu with Bayern to prove that they were wrong to let him go.Since Jupp Heynckes took over for a fourth time, Bayern have become a formidable force again with very few clubs being able to take on the Bavarians.
Andres Iniesta is pleased to have played his part in maintaining Barcelona’s unbeaten run in La Liga against arch-rivals Real Madrid in Sunday night’s “El Clasico”The departing captain started for the Catalan giants and played 58 minutes before being substituted for Paulinho and was applauded by both sets of supporters as he made his way off the pitch at the Nou Camp.The 33-year-old is expected to announce his move to the Chinese Super League and is happy to have been able to play his part in helping Barcelona continue their aim of completing the league season unbeaten.“Clasicos are like that, they are intense matches,” said Iniesta, as stated on Goal.“They are different and special.“It was nice, we both tried to do what we had to to win. The draw leaves us with a good taste in our mouth.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We finished without losing after playing a lot with one less [player]. It is a positive note.“We leave happy and continue the challenge of finishing the league without losing.“They are games to enjoy, this is a different game, there’s nothing like it.”The ageing playmaker admitted that he is struggling to cope with the physical demands of big matches.“I have [fitness] problems since the Copa del Rey final and I try my best to play these games and do it as long as possible and try to savour it,” added Iniesta.