Just in time for Spring. A review of the Blossom 8 Smart Watering Controller.
A few years ago, I wanted to replace the water controller for my lawn's sprinkler system. To my surprise, I found even the most basic controller was too expensive to justify replacing my failing system. Then came along Blossom. I found Blossom's original Smart Watering Controller was not only smarter than traditional controllers but also competitively priced. So in 2015, I bought the Blossom, installed it, and smartly watered my lawn all summer long. To date, it is one of the best investments I've made when it comes to lawn care.
This year Blossom is introducing its new, eight-zone Blossom 8 Smart Watering Controller. Featuring Wi-Fi connectivity and a sleek, slim, low-profile design, Blossom 8 is a highly reliable, simple, cost-effective solution that takes the guesswork out of controlling your sprinklers and simplifies your life. Blossom is continuing its efforts in changing the way we water our lawns. They're doing this by moving away from conventional watering controllers that don’t take actual water needs to a smart system that waters based on vegetation type and rainfall numbers into account.
Tapping into the power of cloud computing, Blossom 8 self-programs existing sprinklers based on local forecast and daily data from thousands of weather stations and satellites – combined with user feedback – to create the ideal watering schedule. Blossom’s technology helps ensure that each section of a yard is specifically watered based on layout and vegetation.
CMS users to benefit from 34 new features including drag and drop image management tool, image manipulation, and email update notification
NEW YORK, NY, March 21, 2016 - Joomla, one of the world's most popular open source content management systems (CMS) used for everything from websites to blogs to mobile applications, today announced the immediate availability of Joomla 3.5. The newest version of the CMS is intended to dramatically improve the user experience for developers and administrators through the introduction of 34 new features, including support for the recently released PHP7 scripting language, which significantly increases web site speed. The 3.5 update also includes email update notifications, a drag and drop image management tool, and an anonymized statistics collection plug-in - a safe data collection mechanism - that will help planning for future development of the CMS.
New Feature Delivers an Increased Level of Security Within WordPress for All Customers
London, UK -- March 21, 2016 -- WP Engine, which powers amazing digital experiences for websites and applications built on WordPress, today announced the introduction of two-factor authentication for the User Portal, adding an additional level of security for all managed hosting customers. This free opt-in feature will be available to all 42,000 WP Engine customers effective immediately.
Recognizing that companies need more sophisticated solutions for protecting their digital identities, WP Engine releases two-factor authentication to further the multiple security features of its platform and services. Two-factor authentication helps prevent unauthorized third parties from gaining access to customers’ sites and potentially harming their business. Additionally, this feature ensures that even if a user’s password is compromised, their account remains secure as long as the second factor remains out of reach to the attacker.
New Solution Intelligently Unifies Information Silos and Business Systems with Patent-Pending Technology that will Disrupt ECM and EIM Landscape
Thursday 17th March 2016 - M-Files Corporation, a provider of solutions that leverage a unique new metadata-based approach to dramatically improve how businesses manage documents and other information, today announced a $36 million round of Series B funding led by Partech Ventures, with participation from Finnish Industry Investment and Draper Esprit.
M-Files continues to experience explosive worldwide growth resulting in a six-year compound growth rate of nearly 1,000 percent. The new investment will further accelerate existing sales and marketing activities, as well as expansion into new markets in North America, EMEA and APAC. The company will also focus on expanding and strengthening its global partner network, which currently consists of over 450 partners operating in more than 100 countries.
Popular web form builder 123ContactForm announced today the launch of their form building app - 123 Form Builder for Weebly, one of the leading website building services. The purpose of the partnership is to make the website building process easier, faster and more effective.
The app enables Weebly users to create and customize a wide diversity of forms such as contact, order, event registration forms, as well as surveys, quizzes and many other types of forms. “Weebly site builder is very renowned and it has always been on our radar for an in depth integration. As we target the same customers, this was the right thing to do now”, explained Florin Cornianu, CEO and co-founder of 123ContactForm.
123 Form Builder for Weebly has several advantages for users such as: advanced form features, modern form design, easy and fast to publish responsive forms only at the click of a button and real-time reports to better overview data. Users need a Weebly account and when the form builder app is added, a 123 Form Builder account will be created instantly.
Barry Mattacott, marketing director at security specialist Wick Hill Group, looks at the security risks of linking more and more smart devices to our networks. Are we just creating ever more vulnerable endpoints in today’s world of the Internet of Things?
Back in the good old days, we nailed the front door up tight with a firewall and we knew, that with good security on our gateway, our network was safe from the nasties of the outside world. But those pesky kids in their bedrooms, not to mention state sponsored cybercriminals, worked out that they could circumnavigate our state-of- the-art firewall by looking for a way in at the opposite end of our network - the endpoint.
So now we all agree that securing the endpoint is essential, but just where is it and what does it look like?
Since those early days, there has been a massive proliferation of endpoints and security issues have grown alongside them. You can't go anywhere or do anything without risking an infection.
Searchmetrics research suggests only 20% of iOS apps and 30% of Android Apps are able to support Google app indexing
San Mateo – March 9, 2016 – Many brands are failing to let content from their apps show up in Google’s organic search results according to new research from Searchmetrics, the leader in search and content performance. These firms are potentially missing out on valuable app traffic, engagement and conversions.
In its study of the 100 most visible websites in Google US searches, Searchmetrics found that 84% offer an Android App, however only 30% of these had implemented support for Google’s App Indexing (also known as deep linking) facility which lets Google index and show relevant pages from their apps in its mobile search results. Of the 88% of sites in the Searchmetrics analysis that offer an iOS app, even fewer – just 19% – were found to be supporting deep linking.
Powered by SDL Technology, SKF Delivers Local Customer Experiences with Global Online Presence
WAKEFIELD, Mass. – March 08, 2016 – SDL (LSE: SDL) today announced that the SKF Group is using SDL Web and SDL’s translation management solution to deliver local, digital experiences to customers across the globe. For over 100 years, SKF has led the way as a global provider of technology. Representing 40 industries across 32 countries – from motoring to marine, railways and aerospace to medical, metals and food – the company needed a single, global online face to engage with its diverse customer base.
With the help of SDL Web for centralized web content management and SDL’s translation management solution for localization, SKF went from having 10 main websites to one streamlined online experience in just 18 months. Engineers, customers and prospects can now easily find the information they need, in their own language, across a range of over 300,000 products.
1st March 2016, Toronto, Canada - North Plains has announced the launch of Xinet 18.1, its digital asset management (DAM) system designed to help companies, in-house creative departments and advertising agencies to more effectively manage documents, images, video and other content in an omni-channel environment.
By automating many of the tasks around creating, reviewing, approving, sharing and accessing digital content, Xinet 18.1 streamlines workflow and improves productivity for in-house agencies and reduces unbillable work undertaken by creative agencies, which improves ROI.
Xinet 18.1 includes both new features as well as major enhancements to existing features. Key highlights include;
Every day there are technological breakthroughs that occur behind the closed doors of research labs (and house garages where some startups begin), and then there are the breakthroughs that “go mainstream” with consumers. 2015 saw so many that it is difficult to condense the list to five. The following impressive technologies made the cut because they improve convenience, productivity, and efficiency (in addition to having that barely definable “wow” factor).