first_imgThe nearby Valley River inched up to the top of its banks as a crowd gathered for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Thursday between rain showers in Andrews.The N.C. Department of Transportation and local officials were celebrating the re-opening of the Cherokee County Rest Area along U.S. 19/74/129 following a major rehabilitation project.“This is a fantastic facility,” said Jack Debnam, Division 14 Board of Transportation Member. “I have a feeling that it’s going to be a very popular place two months from now when the total eclipse will darken the sky.“Folks from all of the state, Tennessee, Georgia and other places too will be here. Hopefully those who stop right here will remember it fondly.”The $684,000 update includes the following amenities: New roof and attic, new HVAC system, improved insulation, new tile floors, fresh tile walls, new plumbing fixtures and the addition of a family restroom. Outside amenities include access to the river, a new handicap accessible ramp, a covered front porch, new sidewalk, new picnic table shelters, a new flagpole and LED lighting. Several educational markers honoring the Trail of Tears are located near the front entrance.As the westernmost of more than 60 rest areas across the state, the Cherokee Rest Area serves a variety of motorists including motorcycle enthusiasts heading north, families heading on vacation, and recreational river enthusiasts heading in either direction.“It’s one of the best rests areas in the southeast,” Debnam said. “It’s certainly one we’re proud of.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffLOYAL – The Pittsville Panthers boys basketball team beat the Loyal Greyhounds in dramatic fashion, as the two teams met up on Jan. 5 at Loyal High School.The Greyhounds were down, 43-23, at halftime before Loyal made a 25-point run to put the game in reach. Loyal came within one point several times late in the second half before losing to Pittsville 68-65.Leading the scoring for Pittsville was Matthew Kissner with 24, followed by Sam Hardinger with 14, and Landyn Wayerski with 11.High scorers for Loyal were Quinn Brussow with 26 and Trevyn Wilke with 19.last_img read more

first_img16 May 2008South Africa’s highly matured information technology (IT) services market has been growing at a healthy pace, fuelled by economic growth and national development projects, with research and advisory firm IDC expecting the market to exceed US$4-billion (about R30.01-billion) this year.In a recent research report, the agency found that IT outsourcing constituted more than a third of the services market, the largest market share of all IT services categories, followed by systems integration, deployment, and support services.This indicated a sophisticated and mature IT spending model, with a year-on-year growth of 11%, which was at odds with most of the Middle East and Africa region where outsourcing constituted a relatively a small percentage of IT services revenue.“Economic growth and national development projects are playing into the hands of IT services providers, both in terms of hardware and software implementations as well as custom development, outsourcing, and other services,” said IDC South Africa senior research analyst Pieter Kok in a statement this week.“A maturing marketplace is an important driving force behind the growth in services spending. As local companies develop their decision-making processes, the benefits of services delivered by an external provider are becoming more visible, fuelling further adoption.”Kok explained that as a result, clients were making better decisions, negotiating better terms, demanding better results, and hence, reaping the benefits of their IT investments.IDC predicts that the South African IT market will grow at an average annual rate of 11.3% to nearly $5.670-billion (about R43.13-billion) by 2011.The growth would be spurred by government projects such as adopting e-government strategies and the adoption of open source software, as well as preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, technology upgrade cycles, de-regulation, and growth in the small and medium business market.The skills shortage in the country, however, remained a major inhibitor in the IT services market.“Despite public and private sector attempts to address the severe skills shortage in the country, filling vacancies and keeping them has been a tough task,” said Pieter Kok.“Should measures passed to remedy the situation prove futile, sourcing of expensive international skills will cause a drastic increase in the cost of doing business in South Africa, making it more difficult for local companies to effectively compete in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgTags:#Apple#iOS 8#iOS 8 Bugs#iOS 8.0.1#iPHone 6#iPhone 6 Plus#touch id What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Apple’s latest iOS 8.0.1 got you down? You’re not alone.See also: iOS 8.0.1 Kills More Than It Cures, So Apple Pulled It The first update to the week-old iOS 8, Apple’s new operating system for iPhones and iPads, ended up crippling cellular reception and the Touch ID fingerprint scanner for many users—primarily those with the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Apple yanked the update pending a fix.In the meantime, you may be among those stuck with this dud of an update. But take heart: A few minutes with iTunes and you can revert your phone back to the previous version of iOS 8. Here’s how.Restoration Hardware, iPhone StyleEssentially, you’ll be downloading and installing the old software, a process that will erase everything else on your device. That’s why it’s crucial to back up your phone first. This ensures you won’t lose stuff like messages, apps or settings.In fact, the process is very similar to the way you’d downgrade your phone back to iOS 7. If for some reason you’ve decided iOS 8 just isn’t for you at this moment, it might be time to check out our guide to downgrading. (It might not be possible for much longer, though, so you may want to hurry.) See also: How To Downgrade iOS 8 Back To iOS 7For our purposes here, though, all you really want to do is get back the functionality iOS 8.0.1 slapped off your big new expensive Apple smartphone. Here’s how: Download the last official stable build of iOS 8, i.e. version 8.0.0, onto your desktop computer. Those show up as IPSW files, available for the iPhone 6 here and iPhone 6 Plus here. These are the official versions from Apple.Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB/Lightning cable, and launch iTunes.On the iPhone page in iTunes, perform a backup by choosing “this computer” and tapping “Back Up Now.” This saves your current iPhone data to your computer. Forget this step and you’ll end up with a clean and empty, factory-fresh iDevice.Now use iTunes to restore. In the Windows version, you press and hold the Shift key while hitting “Restore.” Mac OS X users, do the same thing—just hold the Alt key instead of Shift as you choose “Restore.”In the window that pops up, pick the IPSW file for your specific device. Then follow the prompts. (If a nag warning tells you to shut off “Find my iPhone,” go to your iCloud settings and deactivate it for now.)Now tap “Restore backup,” pick the iTunes backup you just made a few moments ago and let the program do the rest.Voila! When you’re done, you should have an iPhone running iOS 8.0.0 with full cellular reception and Touch ID fingerprint scanning. And maybe, just maybe, a new wait-and-see approach whenever Apple sends out new software. Photo courtesy of Apple, adapted by Adriana Lee for ReadWriteUpdate: iOS developer Devran Ünal reached out to say that a full restore isn’t even necessary. He states that simply getting the older iOS 8 files and choosing “Update” in iTunes instead should do the job. No need to restore after 8.0.1.iPhone 6: 6 Plus: on “Update” via iTunes.— Devran (Cosmo) Ünal (@maccosmo) September 24, 2014If this doesn’t work for you, and performing a restore doesn’t help, you have one more option: putting your device into recovery mode. Apple outlines the steps for that here. Let us know which method works for you in the comments below. (Thanks, @maccosmo!) Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img adriana lee Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgWhat will the device be used for? Senior clinicians may use the device to look up information and monitor their patients when they are on call. Mid-level clinicians may use their mobile device to help them make better decisions and to seek guidance from more senior members of the care team.How much data entry will be performed on the device? Certain form factors lend themselves better to view only or capturing data in simple forms, requiring minimal data entry versus more intensive data entry where a keyboard and mouse would be necessary. Look for peripheral compatibility to ease the transition for new tablet users.What information will be presented on the device? Viewing medical images and videos requires a certain amount of screen real estate. High-definition screens improve the experience, especially when used for patient education and engagement.How long must the battery last per charge? Typical shifts last from 8 to 12 hours. Unless multiple docking stations are readily available that charge the device or batteries can be hot swapped, then battery life should last the duration of the longest shift for the unit.Are multitasking and collaboration required? The ability to open multiple windows and move between them, such as between a unified communication application and the EHR, helps improve clinician workflow. Clinician collaboration is made possible with the ability to share a screen view and use videoconferencing at the same time.”I think the real impact is going to come when some of these major vendors start writing applications for the native Windows 8 platform, with the swiping, pinch-and- zoom, and touch controls natively understood by the application and leveraged to their fullest extent,” said Timothy Young, end-user device engineering manager, Penn Medicine.The ability to deploy Intel-based tablets running Windows 8 Pro as a managed device is very attractive to IT executives. However, the underlying infrastructure — device management tools, security systems, WiFi networking — and the IT support staff must be ready to support Windows 8 from end to end before devices are widely deployed to end users.Part 2 of this blog series will feature real-world case studies of tablets in healthcare.To learn more about how tablets are enabling productivity at Shanghai Longhua Hospital, see the video below:Opens in a new window When an industry as time-sensitive as healthcare implements new technology, the priority is to make the transition as smooth as possible. Disruption is never ideal, but when patients’ lives are on the line, a drop in productivity could have significant consequences. To seamlessly integrate new technology, standardization and user familiarity are key. Once standardization and familiarity are taken into consideration, IT managers must consider employees’ needs from a holistic viewpoint.In the first of this 2-part series, I will feature the factors IDC Health Insights author Lynne A. Dunbrack believes that healthcare organizations should consider when choosing tablets. In the second part, I share some real-world case studies featuring PC tablet usage in healthcare.In the comments section, share what tablet features you think are most important in a health care environment.  For me, I value the ability to get the best information available to my Dr and attending nurses about both my personal medical history, my current diagnostics and any information from other specialists in their hands – while maintaining my personal privacy. Chris @chris_p_intelWhat’s Driving the Demand for Healthcare Tablets?The following three trends play a significant role in healthcare professionals’ tablet adoption:Increasing adoption of mobile technology, in particular tablets. According to the most recent Pew Internet Project statistics, 31% of consumers own a tablet computer and 45% own a smartphone.Consumerization of technology. As clinicians become more facile with tablet devices for personal use, they will want to use them professionally to care for their patients and will expect similar levels of capabilities; for example, on-demand access to healthcare information.Meaningful use mandates physician utilization of electronic health records (EHRs). To qualify for Stage 2 Meaningful Use incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), physicians will have to increase their use of certified EHRs. Tablets make it easier for highly mobile clinical workers to access health information and document care as they make their rounds through the hospital and see patients in the physician’s office.The Right Device for the Right TaskDifferent use cases will dictate different types of devices and form factors. Before selecting and deploying mobile point of care devices, healthcare organizations should ask the following questions: For more conversations about IT Center and tablets in healthcare, click on the hashtags below:#itcenter #InsideTabletslast_img read more