Salesforce.com Acquires Dimdim for $31 Million in Cash

first_imgDimdim offered an “open core” web conferencing product. It offered a stripped down open source version for free and made its money by selling its hosted version, which contained extra features.As we pointed out in November, web conferencing has been heating up. Nefsis launched a free version of its web conferencing service, Adobe released an updated version of Adobe Connect and Skype has been upping its enterprise ante by releasing Skype Connect and hiring former Cisco executive Tony Bates.Salesforce.com has been on an acquisition streak. In 2010 it acquired: Jigsaw, Sitemasher, Activa Live Chat, Heroku and Etacts.For a trip down memory lane, here’s our Co-Editor and VP of Content Development Marshall Kirkpatrick’s coverage of Dimdim’s launch in 2006 at TechCrunch. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts klint finley Salesforce.com officially announced today its acquisition of Indian web conferencing company Dimdim for approximately $31 million in cash. We reported rumors that Salesforce.com would acquire Dimdim in November, but this is the first confirmation we’ve seen from either company. As expected, Salesforce.com will integrate DimDdm’s features into Chatter.The Dimdim web site now allows only existing customers to login, with a note that new registrations are not being accepted. The open source community edition is still available for download from Sourceforge. Update: Dimdim users are reporting that free accounts are being shut down: Tags:#cloud#saas Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Apple Debuts 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro & Thinner iMacs

first_imgbrian proffitt Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Also announced today were updated Mac Mini models. The new headless computers have dual- or quad-core Core i5/i7 processors, a max of 16 GB of RAM and 500 GB hard drive, starting at $599. Server models that can hold up to two 1-TB HDDs are starting at $999. Apple’s commitment to the personal computing market has gotten smaller, but only in terms of device size, as made clear in company’s announcements today of a smaller MacBook Pro With Retina display and thinner, more powerful iMac destkops models. 13-Inch MacBook Pro With Retina DisplayBy far the most expected announcement was a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and Apple didn’t disappoint. Citing the 13-inch MacBook Pro as Apple’s best-selling notebook model, Phil Schiller, Sr. VP of Worldwide Marketing, indicated to the rapt audience that producing a Pro Retina model was a logical conclusion.The device has a lot more going for it than that hi-res screen, though it certainly has that, too, with a 2560 X 1600 pixel display that Schiller cracked was the world’s “second highest resolution notebook display” – after the 15-inch version. The new notebook is just .75-inch thick, which Schiller cites as 20% thinner than the MacBook Pro.The device is priced relatively high for a notebook of its power configuration: a 2.5-GHz with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB Flash drive runs for $1,699. A version with a 256GB solid state drive will run $1,999. For users who need the power of a Retina display, though, like designers and photographers, the prices are more attainable than the 15-inch Retina models, which start at $2,199.The new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros are shipping today.Apple’s Phil Schiller introduces the new 2012 iMac product line.iMacs Get ThinnerSchiller also showcased a new line of iMacs, Apple’s stand-alone personal computers.The new iMacs’ biggest physical feature has to be the reduction of the devices’ thickness. Schiller excitedly displayed the form factor of the device that is almost 45% thinner than the current line of iMacs.Of course, with that thinness, something had to go, and that would be the optical drive. Neither the 21.5-inch or 27-inch model will feature an optical drive, though Schiller did say that Apple would still market an external drive for those “stuck in the past.”iMac users may not mind the loss, thanks to the inclusion of the new FusionDrive option for the iMac product line. The FusionDrive is a software-controlled drive that combines a 128GB of Flash drive and either 1TB or 3TB HDD space into what appears to the user as a single volume.What’s notable about this configuration is that Mountain Lion users will have the operating system and apps automatically installed on the Flash portion of the drive, with documents and other files out on the HDD. If an application has low usage, Schiller explained, it would automatically be shifted to the HDD section of the drive.The 21.5-inch model will feature a 2.7-GHz quad-core i5 with 8GB RAM and a 1TB HDD for $1299, with shipping starting sometime in November. The 27-inch model, which will ship in December, will feature a 2.9-GHz quad-core i5 with the same memory and drive for $1,799. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Harmony Cup huge success

first_imgIn what was another great example of Touch Football bringing communities together, the second annual Harmony Cup was held at Doyle Ground, Parramatta on Sunday. Hosted by NSW Touch Football, Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the National Rugby League (NRL), the Harmony Cup saw participants from a variety of countries playing in games of Touch Football in both boys and girls divisions.Countries represented throughout the day included, Ghana, Malta, China, Sudan, the Cook Islands, Singapore, Australia, Tonga, Sri Lanka and Malaysia as well as many more. A number of players had limited Touch Football experience, but this didn’t stop them from having a lot of fun and learning about the game.Riley Sohier, NSW Touch Football Development Manager, spoke on the importance of events such as the Harmony Cup, and their ability to bring people together, as well as the benefit it can bring to those who are new to the country or a community, through involvement.TFA Participation Manager, Adam Raptis, also highlighted the importance of these days and the universal impact Touch Football can have due to its diverse and inclusive nature. Raptis also mentioned the 2015 FIT Touch Football World Cup, where a number of the nation’s playing today will be represented in late April next year. The eventual winners of the Girls competition for this year were the PCYC Spartans, who were victorious over the Baulkham Hills side, 2 – 0 whilst United Africa took out the Boys competition, overcoming the First Nation Academy, 5 – 2. All teams are already looking forward to next year’s event! Photos from the event will soon be available on the Touch Football Australia Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia. Related LinksHarmony Cup!last_img read more

WRITER ANNMARIE MACDONALD ALLEGES EXPLOITATION HARASSMENT DURING TIME AT SOULPEPPER THEATRE

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Writer Ann-Marie MacDonald, pictured in 2014. ARLEN REDEKOP / PNG FILES Advertisement TORONTO — Acclaimed writer Ann-Marie MacDonald says leaders at the Soulpepper Theatre Company “bullied and harassed” her after she raised concerns about a fundraiser that auctioned dinners with a cast of actresses.Without their knowledge, the women who starred in “Top Girls,” were “sold” to the highest bidder by Soulpepper organizers under the guise they were willing participants, MacDonald alleged in an interview Friday.It led the author of 1996 novel “Fall on Your Knees” and former host of CBC’s “Doc Zone” series to raise the issue first with the theatre company and then with her union. Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I was outraged, personally, and on behalf of my colleagues,” she said while recounting the incident, which happened nearly a decade ago.“To my mind, not only was it an egregious infraction of (union) rules, it was unbelievably disrespectful, arrogant and presumptuous.”MacDonald said she decided to come forward after hearing about the sexual assault and harassment allegations levelled against Soulpepper founding artistic director Albert Schultz earlier this week. She was also motivated by Soulpepper’s recent decision to sever ties with longtime guest artist Laszlo Marton after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against him in late 2015.MacDonald was among the women starring in Soulpepper’s 2008 version of “Top Girls,” a British play about a career woman who celebrates her work promotion with a dinner party of prominent women from throughout history.The all-female cast included an array of other Canadian actresses, including Megan Follows, Diana Donnelly and Robyn Stevan, a founding member of Soulpepper.MacDonald was the production’s equity deputy, responsible for raising workplace issues that arose among union members.She said the cast had “a strong wish” to skip the dinners, although the actresses were concerned about repercussions.Soulpepper leaders also discouraged her from contacting board members and supporters who purchased the dinners, she said, adding that she was “laughed off” by a board member when she raised her concerns.Soulpepper did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.MacDonald also filed a formal complaint with her union, the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.Union representative Lynn McQueen said she told her that perceived volunteering, without getting actual permission from the participant, is outside the terms of an artist’s contract.Soulpepper ultimately issued an apology to the cast, MacDonald said, although the dinners went ahead as planned without her attendance.Schultz resigned Thursday in the wake of four lawsuits filed by actresses against him and Soulpepper alleging sexually harassment.None of their allegations have been tested in court and neither Schultz nor Soulpepper have filed a statement of defence. Schultz said he will “vigorously defend” himself against the allegations.MacDonald said her pursuit of answers wasn’t tied to the most recent developments.“I had no idea these things were happening in terms of the sexual assault claims and lawsuits,” MacDonald said.“I was simply doggedly, in my own small way, trying to pursue something that I thought, ‘There’s a loose end there.”‘MacDonald said she hopes adding her story to the voices of other women who have worked at Soulpepper will help in the long run.“If we are really talking about a healthier and new era, I think I have something to contribute about the importance of making links among different types of abuse,” she said.“If I can be brushed off, stonewalled, laughed at by a board member when I persisted in reporting what I knew I had to report … Just imagine how a 24 (or) 25-year-old woman feels fresh out theatre school.”by David Friend / The Canadian Press Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Quebec raising minimum wage to 12 as of May 1

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec will raise the province’s minimum wage to $12 an hour as of May 1, Labour Minister Dominique Vien announced Wednesday.More than 352,000 workers stand to benefit from the 75-cent increase, the largest hike in Quebec history.Vien said in a statement the rise is in line with a four-year plan to have the minimum wage equivalent to 50 per cent of the average provincial hourly wage by 2020, without exceeding that level.Quebec’s thriving economy has also helped the average hourly salary rise more quickly than anticipated, she added.“The good economic performance of Quebec allows us to substantially raise the minimum wage,” Vien said.“This increase will improve the quality of life for low-income workers as well as promote the incentive to work, raise the amount of disposable income and contribute to lowering the rate of poverty, without harming the job market and competitiveness of our businesses.”The raise represents between $462 and $979 in the pocketbooks of minimum wage earners, depending on hours worked and family situation.At $12, Quebec’s minimum wage would be the third highest in the country behind Alberta’s and Ontario’s.Ontario raised its minimum hourly wage to $14 per hour on Jan. 1 and plans another increase to $15 next January.Alberta’s minimum wage is expected to rise to $15 later this year.Daniel Boyer, president of the Quebec Federation of Labour, which represents about 600,000 workers, said the province could have done better.The labour organization was behind a fight that began in May 2016 for a $15 minimum wage in the province — something Quebec wouldn’t commit to.Employer groups like the Canadian Federation of Independent Business expressed concern with the sudden hike, adding it hoped Quebec would stick with its initial plan.“It’s a bit unexpected,” said Martine Hebert, the group’s senior vice-president. “We would have preferred the government follow its original game plan.”In January 2017, Vien had mapped out increases of 50, 35 and 35 cents between 2018 and 2020, bringing the minimum salary to $12.45 by 2020.But she cautioned at the time the increases could change depending on the economic situation.Workers who make minimum age with tips will see their hourly pay climb by 35 cents to $9.80 an hour, also on May 1.last_img read more

Ohio State mens basketball blows out Minnesota 7145

After a closely fought, and tightly officiated, first half, the Ohio State men’s basketball team cruised to a 71-45 victory against Minnesota Wednesday night at the Schottenstein Center behind junior forward Deshaun Thomas’ 19-point performance. After dropping three of their last four games, the Buckeyes were able to get back on track against the Gophers. “When you get knocked down, it’s always good to pick yourself back up and regroup, and that’s what we did tonight,” Thomas said. The Gophers stubbornly hung around, though, trailing by only six points with 13:30 left to play in the contest, before OSU surged ahead thanks to a 16-0 run over the next six minutes. Well before that span, though, the game started off with nine fouls in the first 2:29 of the game. But Thomas said the team responded well to the avalanche of early calls. “We didn’t let them get in our head,” he said. “We stayed together and kept our composure as a team and still were aggressive.” All the early calls did provide an opportunity for several players to come off the bench early, including sophomore guard Shannon Scott and freshman guard Amedeo Della Valle. Scott, who ended the game with 11 points, came in after junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. picked up his second foul 2:31 into the game. Despite the early foul trouble, OSU’s defense appeared to have woken up from the sleep they were in at Wisconsin Sunday, when the team gave up 71 points and lost by 22. In addition to limiting the Gophers to just 45 points, OSU held Minnesota to 29 percent shooting from the floor. Minnesota coach Tubby Smith gave a lot of credit to the Buckeyes. “Ohio State really turned up the heat defensively,” he said. The Buckeyes held the Gophers to just 25 percent shooting in the second half. OSU coach Thad Matta, though, deflected some of Smith’s praise. “They went cold,” he said. “They had some good looks at the basket that didn’t go down and we’ve seen that a time or two.” Adding to the Buckeyes’ defensive effort were junior guard Aaron Craft’s three steals in the game. OSU’s offense still seemed to sputter throughout the first half, scoring just 29 points on 38 percent shooting. With two minutes to go in the first half, no OSU player had more than one field goal. That would change. The Buckeyes finished out the first half on an 8-2 run in the final minutes, including a 3-pointer by Craft at the buzzer to take a six point lead into the game’s intermission. That sort of offensive performance carried over into the second half as OSU shot nearly 42 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the arc. Smith said the Gophers’ struggles from the field and 21 turnovers played a big role in the game’s outcome. “The combination of shooting poorly and turning the ball over, that’s a perfect storm for getting beat,” he said. OSU is set to next play Michigan State Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State to give out free tickets to students

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann applauds his team during the second half with Texas Southern at the Schottenstein Center on Nov. 16. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorOhio State head coach Chris Holtmann continues his campaign to generate interest in the men’s basketball program this fall. On Friday, Holtmann announced students will be able to attend the Buckeyes’ game Nov. 29 against Clemson for free. “Ever since my arrival to campus, I’ve been energized by our passionate students,” Holtmann said in a video on The NutHouse Twitter account. “Whether it’s seeing you on campus or at football games on Saturdays, your presence has been felt. We need that presence at our men’s basketball games this season. I want to give everyone an opportunity to see our team in action.”The free ticket giveaway is the latest in Holtmann’s efforts to get students excited about Ohio State men’s basketball. He paid for students’ lunches at Raising Cane’s on Wednesday, and had spoken earlier in the year about how he hopes to get the Schottenstein Center “rocking again.”Students can claim their free tickets by clicking here. Ohio State will next take to the Schottenstein Center court at 2 p.m. Sunday when it hosts Northeastern.? SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM @ChrisHoltmann AND @OhioStateHoops ? FOLLOW THE LINK TO SECURE YOUR FREE TICKET https://t.co/UX7UibgjPK pic.twitter.com/wsNMdwnZFK— The NutHouse (@BuckeyeNutHouse) November 17, 2017 read more

Football Baron Browning becomes more confident in the middle

Ohio State then-freshman linebacker Baron Browning warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Former Sports EditorOhio State sophomore Baron Browning is a different type of linebacker than redshirt sophomore and team captain Tuf Borland. While talking about Borland’s sense of on-ball defense during Monday’s press conference, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano praised Browning’s ability to cover ground, using his 6-foot-4, 238-pound frame to cover receivers and tight ends, an ability his coach calls “unbelievable.” Browning’s physical attributes, his ability to run and his ability to cover is not something that is hard for him. “You can’t give anybody credit except God,” Browning said. “I’m just using the abilities he blessed me with.” Browning has not been without his own set of challenges in his second season with Ohio State, though. After Borland went down with an Achilles injury in March, Browning, primarily an outside linebacker, moved to the middle, taking on the responsibilities of what many call the “quarterback” of the defense, a position that he had never been in before. “You have to get yourself lined up as well as everybody else,” Browning said. “You have to make all the checks, the calls, get the D-line set.” Browning said he watched and sought counsel from former teammates that have played the middle inside linebacker position, players like former Ohio State linebackers Chris Worley and Raekwon McMillan. He said he even talked to Borland after the captain returned from his injury, with both giving each other positive feedback and tips to make each other better. One of the main things he took away from these players was the amount of responsibility Browning now had on his shoulders at the middle linebacker position. To him, his new position carries a considerable weight in terms of leadership, more than he ever had on the outside. “It’s more of a responsibility versus just being outside, getting the call and worrying about your job,” Browning said. “You got to take care of everybody.”Browning described it as having a “different personality” when playing in the middle linebacker spot. This was something he had to get used to quick, starting each of the first two games for Ohio State this season. He said he was nervous prior to the season opener against Oregon State, but felt more confident with each snap he took, especially going into the second game against Rutgers. As Borland continues to rehab, getting closer and closer to consistent in-game action, Browning said linebackers coach Bill Davis and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff has not given clarification about the rotation between him and Borland and if it would continue. Browning was not surprised about the linebacker rotation heading into the season. “Our room in general, we have a lot of talented linebackers,” Browning said. “It’s going to be a big rotation. From inside to outside we have a lot of guys that can play.”  Browning now knows, even despite growing pains in the middle linebacker spot, he has to become one of the leaders of the defense on the field. He said he has started to act like it. “Just being loud and knowing I got to get everybody set and make all the calls and I can’t be wrong,” Browning said. “Even if I am wrong, be loud with it.” read more

Softball Ohio State wins final nonconference game 43 against Ohio

The Buckeyes give a shout out to the crowd after they defeated Indiana 2-0 on March 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team (26-14, 9-5 Big Ten) ended its final nonconference game of this season with a 4-3 victory against Ohio (28-17, 9-6 MAC). Ohio State freshman third baseman Ashley Prange homered to the left field, putting the Buckeyes on the board first in the second inning. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Ohio State extended the lead to 3-0 as senior second baseman Emily Clark and senior shortstop Lilli Piper both scored on a two-RBI single by Prange. “It’s good to beat an Ohio team.” Prange said. “I thought we played well.”Ohio cut the deficit in the sixth inning. Senior third baseman Alex Day homered down the right field line, scoring three for the Bobcats and tying the game at 3-3. The Buckeyes soon took back the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Piper reached on a throwing error, which allowed senior outfielder Bri Betschel, who was on base due to a double, to make it home, scoring the eventual game-winning run for Ohio State.  “They are a college in Ohio. We like to see that. We want all those Ohio wins. It’s just important to come out.” Piper said. “They are a good team. They are gonna get some good wins this year.”Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said she was super proud of how her team bounced back. “They got their runs in and we responded right back,” Schoenly said.Ohio State will head to East Lansing, Michigan to return to Big Ten action against Michigan State. Game one will start at 6 p.m. on April 26. read more