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Help spot Kruger’s wild dogs

first_img11 October 2007Visitors to the Kruger Park have been urged to report any African wild dogs they come across to help the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to improve the management of these animals.Between now and the end of November, one of the only viable wild dog populations left in the country can be spotted in the southern parts of the Kruger National Park.Researchers at the EWT are trying to determine how wild dogs are genetically related to each other so as to improve the management of their population.“Visitors can support this research by reporting all wild dog sightings to the EWT’s Wild Dog Hotline number,” said EWT chief executive officer Yolan Friedmann. “Sightings can be phoned in or SMS-ed to 076 725 5242.“This will enable researchers to locate dog packs and obtain the required number of genetic samples to complete the analysis.”The wild dog is South Africa’s most endangered large carnivore. There are fewer than 500 free-ranging wild dogs in the country, most of whom live in the Kruger Park, with a handful found at smaller provincial and private reserves.“Kruger National Park contains the only viable and self-sustaining wild dog population in South Africa,” Friedmann said. “They are therefore an important benchmark with which to compare other less viable and more intensively managed populations.”The wild dogs at the Kruger Park are, however, notoriously difficult to locate.If there is a sighting, as much detail as possible needs to be given on the location, time and size of the group to help the project researchers find the packs.Patterns of relatedness among the southern Kruger wild dog population will be compared to those of smaller populations in reserves like the Pilanesberg National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve.The research project is being sponsored by Masslift and Colchester Zoo’s Action for The Wild.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Surprise: Samsung’s bada Does Well, But Developers Should be Cautious

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Samsung recently announced it expects to sell around 5 million bada-powered handsets by the end of 2010 and that the total number of application downloads in Samsung’s app store is expected to surpass 50 million by December. That’s an impressive start for a mobile operating system that was only publicly revealed a year ago, where the first bada phone, the Samsung Wave, didn’t ship until June, and where the Wave was the only bada phone available until October when additional models were launched.To put this in perspective, Samsung has been shipping more Wave phones in the past few months since its launch than any other smartphone manufacturer except for Apple with the iPhone. But does that mean developers should now be paying attention to bada?In addition to the solid, if not ground-breaking, sales figures for bada devices comes additional news on app downloads: Samsung Apps, the application marketplace installed on bada-powered phones has also seen increases along with Wave sales. Launched in France, Italy and the U.K. in September 2009, the app store is now available in 118 countries.Samsung says it expects to see the number of app download surpass 50 million by December. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Developers Should be CautiousBada is a proprietary, one vendor OS, says Spektor, but unlike other vendors such as Apple and RIM with their iOS and BlackBerry OS platforms, Samsung has not devoted its entire portfolio to bada. Simply put, Samsung hasn’t shown full commitment and it’s not 100% behind the platform, he says.As for whether it’s time for developers to start paying attention to bada, that depends. If the bada 2.0 SDK (software development kit) makes it easy enough to port apps from leading smartphone platforms over to bada, then developers may as well do so. But if the SDK requires building apps from the ground up, then Specktor advises caution.Forrester mobile analyst agrees that developers should be cautious. “Most developers have limited resources, so they must prioritize their platforms based on where they see the greatest possibilities for revenue, visibility, co-marketing funds, etc.,” he said. “In that equation market share plays a big role and bada is still far behind the other platforms competing for their mindshare.”More details on the SDK and bada 2.0 will likely be revealed at CES or Mobile World Congress next year. Besides the original Wave, Samsung now has other models including the Wave II, Wave525, Wave533, Wave575 and Wave723.Some may wonder why Samsung has developed its own smartphone operating system when it’s already so heavily invested in Android and Windows Phone 7 devices, but that’s par for the course for Samsung, which likes to have several horses in the race, so to speak. In the past, Samsung has released phones running Windows Mobile, Palm OS, LiMo and Linux and was supporting Symbian up until this year when it announced that support would end.Bada represents “a huge opportunity for Samsung to push…into the ‘featurephone’ space where a decent handset range at sensible price points could see the platform flourish,” writes Mobile Business Briefing’s senior editorial analyst, Matt Ablott.bada 2.0: Now It’s a SmartphoneWith bada 2.0, the next version of the mobile operating system (now at version 1.2), Samsung is promising more smartphone-like features, including a better user interface, Near Field Communication (NFC), a smarter homescreen, SDK support for Linux and Mac, SNS integration and more.This update is what has prompted some mobile analysts to concede that bada is a true smartphone OS, whereas before they’ve been cautious to do so. Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics Alex Spektor says that his firm will consider bada a smartphone OS when 2.0 launches, for example, but also thinks the platform faces some challenges going forward.last_img read more

Farmers elated as rain lashes Odisha

first_imgWidespread rain lashed most parts of Odisha for the past 48 hours, creating a favourable condition for farming and bringing down temperature levels.The State, which recorded over 30% deficit rainfall in June, has started receiving good rainfall from July largely due to a well-marked low pressure area that lies over southeast Jharkhand and adjoining areas of Odisha and gangetic West Bengal.Under the influence of the atmospheric system, almost all parts of Odisha received rains. Highest precipitation was recorded at Chandbali where 122.3 mm rainfall was measured. Balangir, Phulbani, Bhubaneswar, Sonepur, Angul, Sambalpur and Cuttack received rainfall above 50 mm during 24 hours ending Tuesday morning.The rains brought cheer to farmers as they are getting ready for the Kharif season.Rainfall deficitAccording to the State Revenue and Disaster Management Department, six districts — Balangir, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Kandhamal, Keonjhar and Sundargarh — had rainfall deficit ranging between 39% and 59%. As many as 18 out of 30 districts had recorded rainfall deficit between 19% and 39%. The Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre had predicted rainfall in the interior areas, especially over central and western districts, over next 24 hours.“The rainfall is critical for furthering farm operations. It restored soil moisture up to some extent,” said Subhendu Rout, a farmer in Jagatsinghpur district.last_img read more