Google and Plaxo Combine OpenID and OAuth for Improved Usability

first_imgTags:#Google#NYT#Social Web#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos rick turoczy 1 Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img As a concept, OpenID has shown a great deal of potential. But that potential has often been hamstrung by the series of hurdles through which OpenID users have been required to jump in order to use their credentials. When Facebook Connect entered the distributed digital identity fray, those OpenID usability problems came into stark relief. Now, Google and Plaxo have responded with a new workflow for OpenID logins that simplifies the process and improves the usability – by adding OAuth and the Google Contacts API to the mix.You tend to hear more about OpenID, but OAuth has its own loyal following using the protocol for authentication. OAuth has been implemented by organizations like Flickr and Netflix – and has been promised to be in the works for Twitter. Combining OAuth with OpenID offers an improved user experience by letting each technology do what it does best. The benefits of this technique are demonstrated by registering for a new Plaxo account using your Google account.How It WorksThe “hybrid approach” – currently available in a limited beta – that Google and Plaxo have employed uses OpenID to sign in, then invokes OAuth for delegated authorization, and finally calls on the Google Contacts API to access information about contacts. And it does all of this transparently to the end user.The first step in the Plaxo-Google scenario involves a new user being invited to Plaxo by a friend via Gmail. The invite understands the user is logged into the Google system and prompts the recipient with a “Sign up with my Google Account” button.After clicking the button, the new user is directed to a Google Accounts page and asked to confirm their identity. The user is also given the option of allowing Plaxo to remember him or her in the future.Accepting the sign-in request allows Plaxo to have access to the user’s Google account credentials and the contacts associated with that account. The end result? The user now has a Plaxo account without all the rigamarole generally associated with a new account setup – and without a new username and password to track.Why This MattersWhile the concept of site-specific logins made sense in the early days of the Web, the idea of users being forced to develop a new identity, username, password, and profile on every site they visit – including adding all the same people as connections, over and over again – seems almost laughable today. It’s definitely not scalable. Especially as password requirements become more and more stringent.With the launch of Facebook Connect, the idea of a digital identity that could follow users from site to site moved from bleeding-edge tech people to a much larger contingent of the general populous. And the ease-of-use demonstrated by Facebook Connect put some friendly pressure on the OpenID contingent to improve the way they were managing the login process.Plaxo’s and Google’s demonstration is something that could improve usability for all OpenID logins, reducing the series of handoffs that tend to frustrate and confuse users. But as Eric Eldon of VentureBeat notes, there is still more to be done:“Multi-site sign on, like what the companies are announcing today, will be more compelling when it can bring integration down to one or zero clicks, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.”Who Wins? EveryoneThis isn’t a “winner takes all” pursuit or an “either/or” situation. We are participating in a Web environment where both Facebook Connect and OpenID can co-exist, because there are different applications that make both options viable and useful. Personally, I’m not likely to use my Facebook account to access my bank and credit card accounts. But I am likely to use my Facebook credentials for social sites that would be enhanced by my existing Facebook connections. Similarly, my OpenID isn’t always the right answer. Facebook has momentum and a fervent user base. OpenID has a who’s who of tech companies getting behind the concept as the preferred way to manage digital identities. Neither of these identity options are going away anytime soon. What’s best about the current situation is the rivalry between the two camps: one proprietary and easy-to-use, one open and more complex. It will be interesting to watch the two solutions push one another to become more and more simple for the end user. Because in that case, we all win. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

3 AP Executives Who Are Crushing It in Their Careers

first_imgThis past October, LP Magazine hosted its annual editorial board meeting in Philadelphia. The three-day event was colocated with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) fall Asset Protection Leaders Council event and the Loss Prevention Foundation annual board of directors meeting.At the magazine meeting, a panel of three accomplished asset protection executives shared their career stories and industry views with attendees. With the overarching theme of “Getting to Know You” in mind, moderator Kevin Lynch, LPC, executive director of business development for Tyco Retail Solutions, spoke thoughtfully with Mike Lamb, LPC, vice president of asset protection for The Kroger Co.; Cathy Langley, LPC, senior director of asset protection for Rite Aid; and Mark Stinde, MBA, LPC, vice president of asset protection for 7-Eleven [left to right in photo].[text_ad use_post=’2385′]- Sponsor – Panelists’ insights are revealed in a revealing feature article in the November-December 2018 issue of LP Magazine. From the article:MODERATOR: Let’s talk a bit about the interactions between retailers and solution providers. What are things that contribute to a good partnership and things that do not?LANGLEY: From my perspective, it’s critical to work with provider partners who are good listeners. Integrity and honesty are absolutely key. And it’s also important to come to the table with solutions.LAMB: I would have to say that you know going into any significant project with a solution provider that it won’t be seamless, that there will be hiccups—things that neither we nor the solution provider anticipated. And that’s okay. To me, what separates the really great ones from the goods ones is that they’re really quick to react to that, particularly if it’s on their side of the fence. That allows you to get past whatever pain point that is and continue the project.The other thing that resonates with me is solution providers that sell me something and then they’re gone. I want a partner who will stick with me even if I’m not continuing to spend money, who continue to ask if the solution is still working for me.STINDE: Let me follow up to that by telling a story. As you know, I left loss prevention for a while and went into the safety business. There were two gentlemen from Tyco who reached out to me, not to sell me something, but to see how my family and I were doing. These were guys who cared about me not because I was spending a dollar with them because at the time I wasn’t.I’ve also had people spend time with me because they are in a new role; maybe they’ve moved from one company to another or from retail to the vendor side. They come tell me what they do, and we talk about my business needs. But at the end of the day, we say, “You know, there’s really not an opportunity here for you. If there is, let’s get back in touch and talk about it.” But that time spent has built a rapport that can pay off down the road. I am a big believer that it is important to dig your well before you’re thirsty.As the moderator, Lynch goes in depth with the panelists on topics like the evolution of the loss prevention industry, changing skillsets in the workplace, career highlights, and much more. Check out the full article, “Getting to Know You,” to learn more.For more great LP content, visit the Table of Contents for the November–December 2018 issue or register for a FREE print or digital subscription to the magazine. [Note: if you’re already a logged-in subscriber, the previous link will take you to the current issue instead.] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Exascale Computing Will Redefine Content Creation

first_imgI couldn’t be more excited for SIGGRAPH 2019 and as the conference kicks into high gear, I want to share some exciting updates on the latest software and hardware innovations Intel is bringing to the content creation community. Raja Koduri, Intel’s Chief Architect and Senior Vice President of the Architecture, Software and Graphics group, has challenged my team and others across Intel to deliver a 1000x workflow improvement for creators over the next three years. At Intel’s first CREATE event on July 30, Raja, Jim Keller (the General Manager of Intel’s Silicon Engineering Group) and I laid out our plan to deliver this ambitious improvement to the creator community.Why 1000x? Raja did not just pull that figure from a proverbial hat. That goal is closely related to many of the audacious initiatives Intel is pursuing that will drive exponential increases in computing capabilities well into the future. Perhaps the most relevant of those initiatives is our work to make exascale computing a reality. As you might know, we’re working closely with the U.S. Department of Energy to build the world’s first exascale supercomputer for the Argonne National Laboratory. That supercomputer is called Aurora and it will be capable of an exaflop – that’s a quintillion (or a billion billion) floating point calculations per second!But advances in raw compute capability won’t be enough to solve the problems that exascale computers are designed to tackle. Big – no, huge! – data will demand that exascale systems be equipped with much greater memory capacity, fast storage methods, and innovative intra-system interconnects to keep these powerful compute engines fed.You might ask: “What does exascale computing have to do with professional content creation?” As it turns out, today’s workflows for animated films, visual effects, digital product design and architectural engineering all exhibit challenges like those that need to be overcome to make exascale computing a reality.A typical animated studio’s “render farm” is very similar in both structure and application to a supercomputer that’s used for more typical HPC tasks. Animation studios generally perform their rendering using a technique known as “ray tracing” to deliver the highest fidelity images. Ray tracing works by essentially calculating the physics of light transport. Interestingly enough, most of the compute capacity of today’s supercomputers is utilized by physics processing of all kinds from weather forecasting to fluid dynamics simulations. The similarities between supercomputers and rendering farms aren’t so surprising given that context.Memory is critical in the exascale eraMemory has always been at the heart of content creation as increases in visual fidelity require corresponding growth in dataset sizes. Today, the CPU, with its scalar, vector and matrix capabilities, is the only compute engine that can effectively address the entire memory stack. Intel is also delivering memory innovations, such as our Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory, to deliver significant memory capacity increases and enable new use cases that can leverage persistent memory.Intel works tirelessly to invent new technologies for high performance computing because speeding up those calculations can result in truly world-changing science and products. What if we could leverage some of those groundbreaking innovations to give motion picture artists the tools to bring their imaginations to life, free of the compromises that they today must make due to a lack of computing power, memory capacity, and so on?The truth is that we can, and that’s what the 1000x goal is all about. Now, this is far from a trivial task, even with the power of exascale technologies. To take full advantage of a computer capable of delivering an exaflop, software systems, applications and the overall flow of data need to be designed in concert with the underlying hardware in a process referred to as “co-design.” For us to achieve our 1000x goal in content creation capability, it is imperative for the industry to embrace a similar co-design philosophy.To highlight this codependency, Intel has created its six pillars of innovation. I liken this to an orchestra comprised of world-class musicians (represented by the five inner rings) with the group mutually complementing and feeding off each other. The conductor – in this case, represented by software – sits at the top, bringing the musicians together to produce beautiful music.You might not think of Intel as a software company, but did you know that Intel is one of the largest and most prolific software companies in the world? Intel is the largest contributor to the Linux* kernel, for example.  To get the most from its six pillars of innovation, Intel has introduced a concept and a project called “oneAPI”. At a high level, oneAPI is a set of software capabilities that will enable a “solutions and workflow focused” software development paradigm instead of programming for individual “components”.Our goal is to enable developers to apply the same methods and programming models irrespective of the underlying hardware. I call this a holistic platform view of software and application development. oneAPI will intelligently ensure that the right tool is used for each job, delivering the best possible performance and power efficiency. At an architectural level, we characterize today’s most important compute engines as being scalar, vector, matrix or spatial.With that background on Intel’s direction, I am thrilled to announce that we are renaming the Intel Rendering Framework family of open source libraries to the Intel oneAPI Rendering Toolkit. We are doing this to acknowledge that over time, our rendering solutions will apply the oneAPI paradigm of using the best computational tools to maximize rendering performance, including our future accelerators based on the Xe architecture.The libraries comprising Intel oneAPI Rendering Toolkit are constantly being enhanced to meet the needs of professional rendering, scientific visualization, virtual reality, and design applications. I’m pleased to announce that this week we are releasing the revision 3.6 of our popular Intel Embree ray tracing library, which adds multi-level instancing to deliver dramatic memory footprint savings and point query capabilities that enable sophisticated rendering control for scenes. We are also thrilled to announce the release of Open Image Denoise 1.0 and its integration into Maxon’s popular Cinema4D* application. Open Image Denoise leverages the power of artificial intelligence to offer the highest fidelity image denoising available today.At FMX, I highlighted the in-progress development of Open Volume Kernel Library. Today, I am pleased to announce that we have made great progress on its design and implementation. The first release of the Open Volume Kernel Library is imminent and will be available for preview in the next few weeks with a more formal introduction in Q4 of this year. We also showed OpenVKL in action handling Volumetric Path Tracing of a large scale 1.5 TB time-series visualization of Stellar Radiation data from Argonne national labs running in real-time with smooth interactivity.We are also very excited to update the community on the under development OSPRay 2.0. Today we showed it running with Disney’s Moana Island Scene on a compact nine server node platform. We did not stop there, and we integrated the “Disney Cloud” into the Moana Island Scene utilizing our integration of OpenVKL into OSPRay 2.0. This updated, more flexible, and feature rich version will be available no later than October. For those of you who can’t wait to get your hands on them, expect “pre-release” open source versions in the next two weeks.Exascale for everyoneExascale computing coupled with the right software capabilities will enable the world’s best content creators to keep pushing the limits of state-of-the-art rendering quality, delivering breathtaking visuals in your favorite movies.But there’s more to it. The exascale era and the cloud will also bring these capabilities closer to every human being on earth, empowering them to share their creativity with the world. What if exaflops and exabytes were less than 10 milliseconds away from you? What would you create?last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2006: Argentina, Czech Republic kick off soccer carnival in style

first_imgWills: Argentina and Ivory Coast set the toneHeat is not simply a physical thing that is making us all sweat under the broiling sun of the afternoons and the sticky humidity of the nights here in central Europe.There is the heat of passion that has spread from South Korea to,Wills: Argentina and Ivory Coast set the toneHeat is not simply a physical thing that is making us all sweat under the broiling sun of the afternoons and the sticky humidity of the nights here in central Europe.There is the heat of passion that has spread from South Korea to Mexico and to the Czech Republic as tens of thousand party through their nights of victory.There is the heat that burns inside the heads of men struggling to live up to the high expectations aroused in their homeland-like the Poles who awoke after defeat to Ecuador to the most devastating of headlines: “Don’t Come Back Home”.There is heat on a slow burner, churning inside the likes of Ronaldo as he hears what sounds like 180 million Brazilians taunting him as “Fat Boy”. And there is the heat of frustration inside men such as Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Raul… The gods of the playing pitches whose tournaments have begun with whispers growing into a crescendo inside of them that they are not worth their wages. The rhythms of the global game are mounting apace.Can none of us any longer treat triumph and disaster as just the same? It says something about modern societies that a first round win sends the masses onto the streets of Sydney or Seoul to hoot horns until dawn.Kaka of BrazilWhat does the violence back in England tell us of the state of football’s Mother Country? The team won its opening match, but not in the style the people had led themselves to believe, not like the putative world beaters their media had hyped the players to be.So, the hooligans with beer in their hands responded by fighting with police, smashing up their own inner cities to the extent that there will be no more big screens for the public in Liverpool or the London Docklands.advertisementIt is a small mercy that England’s MPs and Customs officials have impounded the passports of 3,500 known troublemakers, preventing them from coming to Germany.The baring of emotions, from euphoria to despair in the space of 90 minutes, is both the best and the worst of this modern cult. Football is like an old boot, repackaged and laced up with commerce, low nationalism and an assumed importance way beyond what it was intented to be.BEHIND THE GOAL POSTSMexican goalkeeper Oswaldo SanchezAs part of coach Juergen Klinsmann’s new-age methods, the German team watched a 10-minute film on the culture of Costa Rica before their opener against the Central Americans. The duration of the film was recommended by the team psychologist who noted that the men under his charge had an attention span of exactly 10 minutes for most things beyond their normal areas of interest.Mexican goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez lost his father just before his team’s first match against Iran. He took two trans-Atlantic flights within three days to return to Germany after the funeral. Before the match, the Iranian captain gave Sanchez a bouquet as a mark of condolence.The civic authorities who ran extra tram services in Gelsenkirchen to get fans in and out of its World Cup stadium quickly discovered that some fans didn’t want to get off. namely the Ecuadoreans, who came to town for the match against Poland and had never travelled in trams before.Japanese fans got caught between tomato-throwing members of the public and 200-odd neo-Nazi demonstrators arriving at the Gelsenkirchen railway station. The tomato throwers were expressing their anger at the neo-Nazis who were eventually outnumbered. An antineo Nazi rally attracted 5,000 demonstrators.Tall Disorder: England’s Peter CrouchBetween them, the 15,000 volunteers at the World Cup speak 45 languages, including Hindi. Among the volunteers, chosen from 50,000 applicants, is FC Schalke’04s reserve goalkeeper Christopher Heimeroth.Spain’s El Pais newspaper called the England team “flat, grotesque and contaminating” and its striker Peter Crouch a “two-metre asparagus”.Even the turf is official: only two varieties of grass are prescribed and allowed to be grown as football turf in World Cup stadia: the lolium perenne (rye/perennial grass) and poa pratensis (blue grass/Kentucky grass).The Ghanian camp includes the mother of one of the players whose express purpose for being in Germany is to cook her son’s favourite dish of rice and groundnuts.Stop me right there. Ask me what is good about the game, what makes my privilege of being at my ninth tournament on this scale? Easy to answer. At 9 p.m. in the Berlin Olimpiastadion on Tuesday, the sun was setting into a glorious, mellow gold over the concrete steps that led to Marathon Gate.advertisementThose steps, which in 1936 Jesse Owens ascended four times to be an Olympic gold medallist and to destroy Hitler’s myth of white Aryan supremacy in the athlete, have been preserved in what is otherwise an oval stadium remodelled at a cost of more than $300 million.By keeping the old and the new, Berlin has refused to cover up history. By starting off the matches in this arena with Brazil, the team that could well finish it here as well on July 9, sport had done its best to set the scene that will live long after the 18th World Cup is consigned to history and accountancy.Yet, people around me were longfaced while Brazil laboured to overcome the resistance of Croatia. Why? Search me. The Croats are a proud people, they surely were not expected to come and lay down at the skills of Brazil? They competed with stubborn will, sometimes near the bone of physical force. They put three men on Ronaldinho, but only two on Kaka. That was where the plot was won and lost.When Kaka, at 24 the youngest of Brazil’s so-called Magic Quartet, received the ball 25 metres from goal, when he moved his body in such a rhythmic but deceiving way that both his opponents became wrong-footed, we could sense, almost smell, what was coming.The Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa possibly sensed it as well, but even as he hurled himself high and to his right, the shot from Kaka arched around him and into his net.There it was, the Beautiful Game boiling down to a single motion. I forgot my journalistic protocol. I leaped into the air, temporarily just a fan. Why not? Why else would we go to the stadium?You can argue about the craft of that goal against, for example, the one struck by Torsten Frings during the opening night for Germany, or the two curved and flicked in by the Czech, Tomas Rosicky. You can insist that Tim Cahill’s brace of goals to turn the Australian struggle against Japan into victory surpassed Kaka’s. You might say the Korean winner by Ahn Jung-Hwan was more ferociously hit.We could go on comparing the goals and the impressions they made on each of us. The point is, they are the end product of a game that grips so many of us because that is the joy, the diversion that the sport provides.Not for a second do I believe we have seen the best this World Cup will bring in the first week. Certainly Brazil’s first match was, in the words of their coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, “60 to 70 per cent of where we want to be at the end”. You start off slowly. You have to fight for the right to show your peacock feathers. You need work ethic as well as skill to unravel the resistance applied by the other team. You believe, as Parreira insists he believes, that Ronaldo will come good again.advertisementIf we were to stop the World Cup after the week in which each of the 32 nations has now played once, Argentina would be the winner because their quality against Ivory Coast was the best match of the round.The Czechs would be close because they wiped out the American dream with such stylish football. The Italians would impress because of their knowhow and their ability to throw off a scandal like an unwanted cloak. Why, even Mexico and Korea would, in their dreams, be entitled to feel ‘six more performances like the first one and we are champions of the world’.”We could be world champions, too,” said Oleg Blokhin, once a devastatingly quick left winger for the Soviet Union, now the unpaid Ukraine coach. He takes no salary because the sport has propelled him to his country’s parliament, and MPs there are not allowed a second job. In his “hobby” then, Blokhin suggests, “A football player who does not think he can win is like a soldier who does not want to become a general. He is not a good soldier.”Maybe it is a bit military for your taste. But his point, and mine, is that the game is for ambitious people.Brazil might win again in the end, but they will be all the better if opponents do as Croatia did and make them prove that they are the very best.last_img read more

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first_img beachboysDerryebringtonfestivalkatiemaritimemccauleymiss Former Miss Derry Katie McCauley has booked her seat and surf board for the arrival of the world famous Beach Boys in Ebrington Square in Derry on 26 June next when they will perform at an open air concert being held as part of the LegenDerry Maritime Festival.The Derry gig is part of the band’s Good Vibrations tour and is one of only three  they will play in Britain and Ireland this year.The LegenDerry Maritime Festival will be a week-long party across Derry including Music Day on 21 June and a quayside carnival from 21-29 June, with celebrations to welcome the fleet of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race after 40,000 miles at sea. ShareTweetcenter_img To book Beach Boys tickets (priced at £20 excluding booking fee) long on to www.millenniumforum.co.uk.Photos by Press Eye–LET’S GO SURFING USA… WITH THE BEACH BOYS AND KATIE! was last modified: June 3rd, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags:last_img read more