Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Plans for the 42nd Annual Ohio Dorset Sale have been set for March 16 and 17 at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton. Billed as “the first, the biggest, the best” Dorset sale, it will feature both Horned and Polled Dorsets. Dorsets from South Dakota to Connecticut have been entered.Established in 1977, the Ohio Dorset Sale has been a barometer used to gauge how the registered sheep industry is doing in the New Year. Entered in the sale are 94 head of Polled Dorsets and 40 head of Horned Dorsets.“The nation’s finest Dorset genetics from ten different states have been consigned to this year’s sale,” said sale manager Greg Deakin, Cuba, Ill. “The sale’s history is rich, dating back to 1977. More national breed champion rams and ewes have sold through the Ohio Dorset Sale than any other sale.”Both Horned and Polled Dorset rams and ewes will be offered consisting of classes for yearlings, fall and winter lambs. Serving as judge is Steve Reid from Houstonia, Mo., and sale auctioneers are Gary Saylor and Danny Westlake, both from Ohio. The Ohio Dorset Association is sponsoring the sale and consignment viewing may be seen at www.bannersheepmagazine.com.Sale questions may be directed to sale manager Greg Deakin, 309-785-5058.
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#cybersecurity#Facebook#privacy Yesterday, Facebook put out a call for volunteers to beta test updates to its Android application. You have to wonder how that’s going for them, given news that the Facebook has been logging the phone numbers of anyone who launched that app—whether they have a Facebook account or not. Without permission, of course.Facebook just confirmed to ReadWrite that it did store the phone numbers of its app users as the result of a bug that it fixed in the latest version of the app, which it released today. (In beta, naturally.) Facebook said it has deleted the numbers it inadvertently logged.Security vendor Symantec announced the bug yesterday, having discovered it following an update to the company’s Norton Mobile Security app for Android. “The first time you launch the Facebook application, even before logging in, your phone number will be sent over the Internet to Facebook servers,” Symantec wrote on its official blog.Facebook Has Your Number—LiterallyAccording to Symantec, Facebook grabbed your phone number even if you were never prompted to enter your phone number, never logged in, and even if you don’t have a Facebook account at all. All you had to do was to install and launch the Android app; Facebook took care of the rest.We don’t know how many Android users have been potentially affected. For some context, the Facebook app has racked up more than seven million ratings in the Google Play store and has been installed between 100 million and 500 million times, according to the rudimentary statistics provided on the Play page.There doesn’t seem to be any connection between this bug and another privacy snafu Facebook announced last week. In that case, the social network potentially exposed the contact information of 6 million individuals—i.e., email addresses and phone numbers—to other Facebook users.In response to a request for comment, Facebook spokesman Derick Mains responded in an email message, “We did not use or process these numbers in any way, and have already deleted them from our servers.”Update: Because the fix is only present in the beta version of Facebook’s next Android release, that does raise the concern that current users who download the non-beta version of the app are still having their numbers logged. Mains responded, “Numbers have not been stored since we were made aware of the bug (we delete them right away).” Expect the fix to be present in the full-scale release of the next update on July 8. nick statt The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … read more
Related Posts Tags:#air quality#Australia#environment#environmental health#Internet of Things#IoT#sensors#smart city According to the head of an Australian environmental consulting services company, the first part of improving environmental quality is tracking it, overcoming regular methods that only capture a few locations and focus on basic displays of real-time data.Robin Ormerod, the Managing Director of EnviroSuite, says, “Often, the information displayed lacks context, and it is difficult for decision makers to use when managing environmental quality.”See Also: How to avoid a massive smart city pitfall“While much of the smart city focus tends to be on features such as high-speed networks, intelligent control systems and efficient transportation options, there are opportunities to go even further. Increasingly, smart city projects are also including objectives to improve the health of its citizens, based on systems that monitor and manage environmental factors, such as air and water quality,” explains Ormerod.EnviroSuite also provides environmental tracking software with the same name. Ormerod is focused on using the large amounts of sensor data being generated to make big improvements.“Collected data can range from the air quality on city streets to the water quality and levels in streams and rivers. Other sensors can measure wind conditions, temperatures, and ambient noise levels. Most importantly, when combined in a clever way, these different sources can be used to predict problem areas, or provide early warnings of potential environmental problems, so that these issues can be avoided with efficient action, “Ormerod says.Oremerod continues, “For example, if air quality is poor (or predicted to be poor), traffic levels could be dynamically managed to improve air quality. This is much more efficient than the strict bans on vehicles that have been imposed in some cities. Citizens could also be sent automated notifications advising them of the best course of action to improve air quality, with targeted messages to different types of vehicles that contribute most to the issue. Meanwhile, data collected by water quality sensors (or predicted by high-accuracy rainfall forecast) can alert the city to changing conditions. For example, runoff after heavy rain might cause localized flooding, issues for swimmers or water treatment plants. Alerts could be issued to citizens or treatment plant operators, with follow-up notices as soon as the sensors determine that conditions have improved.”Easy to implement?Ormerod doesn’t believe that implementing a city-wide environmental tracking system has to be a complex process, stating that he thinks the systems needed could be stored in cloud-based data centers and run with inexpensive hardware“The sensors themselves can be located on existing infrastructure such as light poles, bus shelters, building exteriors and water pipes. Once in place, they require little or no maintenance and most can be powered by solar cells. The data they produce can be fed back for analysis via an existing network or 3G/4G networks,” he continues.This system will be most useful once the monitoring and forecasting of environmental data is interpreted and communicated in a real-time format that allows decision makers to implement smart city solutions that can improve the quality of life in the cities they manage. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Amanda Razani How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… read more