Daily Postcard: Blossoming Trees Frame Post Office

first_imgDaily Postcard: Trees filled with white blossoms frame the Post Office Tuesday in downtown Los Alamos. This Post Office was constructed in 1948 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016 by the United States Department of The Interior. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comlast_img

VIPAR Heavy Duty Completes Succession Plan; Chris Baer Named CEO

first_imgVIPAR Heavy Duty Chairman Bill Nolan has announced that the organization successfully completed its leadership succession plan with the board of directors naming Chris Baer as its new CEO, effective immediately. Baer adds the CEO duties to his responsibilities as president of VIPAR Heavy Duty, a position he assumed in late October 2016.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementBaer succeeds Steve Crowley, who retained his role as CEO during a transition period. After serving more than 16 years as the organization’s president and CEO, Crowley has now officially retired.“The board adopted a strategic succession plan nearly three years ago to ensure the long-term success of the organization,” said Nolan. “By building upon the talent and experience of our existing leaders we were able to execute the transition while continuing to invest in the development of our team. Assuming the role of CEO was a natural progression for Chris, who has proven to have the experience and vision necessary to succeed in the ever-changing aftermarket and to strategically position VIPAR Heavy Duty and its family of companies for growth both now and into the future.”In January, Baer introduced a new management structure and new leadership roles to help the company achieve its aggressive growth goals.“I appreciate the board’s confidence in my leadership and the talented individuals that support our organization on a daily basis,” said Baer. “As we kickoff ‘G3,’ the third phase in our history, our entire team will play a valuable role as we work to accomplish the initiatives detailed in our ‘Game Plan for Growth.’ Top on our list of priorities is to improve on our execution, which will help increase our speed to market.”AdvertisementBefore joining VIPAR Heavy Duty in 2002, Baer was with Chicago Rawhide/SKF for 17 years in a variety of sales management roles, including his last role as director of automotive sales. Baer has served as a member of the AWDA Young Executive Society (YES) committee and earned the Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) designation from the University of the Aftermarket. He is a 2014 recipient of the Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Management Education award, and currently serves on the board for NEXUS North America, LLC, as vice president.last_img read more

First blast launches Gotthard base tunnel

first_imgSedrun’s access shaft was the scene of the first blasting work for the Gotthard base tunnel on February 4. Andrew Hellawell was there to witness it first hand,AIR HORNS sounded, prompting workers and invited guests to cover their ears. Jakob Blickenstorfer, chief engineer for the Sedrun section, pressed the red button. We felt shockwaves in the cavern floor as 80m below explosives detonated. The deafening rumble gave way to the applause of everyone present – Alptransit’s Sedrun access shaft was formally under way.Although excavations were started in April 1996, the first blast on February 4 1999 marks the start of construction proper on the Gotthard Base Tunnel. Not only is this now one of the most expensive railway projects under way anywhere in the world, but also one of the largest civil engineering projects of recent years.With a funding package now secured by referendums last year (RG 2.99 p101), AlpTransit Gotthard AG has a mandate to pursue the construction of twin north – south rail tunnels. Work on the adits at Bodio and Erstfeld which will form the outer ends of the new Gotthard tunnel will follow later this year and in early 2000. Priority is, for now, being given to tackling the hardest part of the Gotthard project – creating running tunnels through some of the most difficult geology in the Alps.The layer of weak rock known as Piora Mulde had been expected to cause the greatest headaches, but exploratory bores from Faido showed that this fear was unfounded.The rock is a type of sugar-crystal dolomite, varying enormously in its structure from water-bearing rock, through a thixotropic ooze, to almost liquid. Encountering such rock types could have stopped tunnelling dead, and having been bitten once by bad geology during the construction of the nearby Furka base tunnel, the Gotthard engineers were understandibly keen to know what they were letting themselves in for.Working from a short adit into the hillside near Faido, a number of trial bores were drilled down to the area the running tunnels would occupy. These showed that the proposed alignment would miss the worst strata.Having boosted confidence over the Piora Mulde, there remained the matter of the Tavetsch Massif – a thick section of heavily-faulted and unstable rock through which the tunnel would pass, and which could not be avoided. Four trial bores were made from around the site of the proposed access shaft at Sedrun, and these suggested that tunnelling, though difficult, would not be impossible, and injection grouting should give sufficient strength to the surrounding rock to use either blasting or boring machines.Arbeitsgemeinschaft Schacht Sedrun was set up as a consortium to build the 800m deep Sedrun shaft. ASS comprises South African mining specialists Shaft Sinkers International working with Swiss tunnelling firms Murer, Zschokke Locher, Marti Tunnelbau and CSC Impresa Costruzioni.A 990m access tunnel and gallery, header cavern and 80m deep hole beneath it have been machined into the heart of Alp Tgom on the south side of Las Rueras from Sedrun. Work began at this site as long ago as April 1996, but with construction work proper now beginning, the work site has been expanded and upgraded.Rail accessBecause of the great depth of the running tunnels at Sedrun (nearly 1 km beneath the level of the FO line), it is impossible to provide the kind of direct rail-based excavation used on the Channel Tunnel. With the need to minimise environmental impact, provision has been made to transport as much material by rail as possible. A 2·3 km branch has been built from a junction with the Furka-Oberalp Railway to the east of Sedrun station. This rack-equipped line drops down sharply into the Vorderrhein valley below the town to sidings alongside the river, serving the construction depot at the mouth of the Sedrun adit.At the same time, SFr120m has been spent on upgrading the FO and RhB route from Chur to Sedrun for construction traffic, including signalling, power supplies and extra passing loops. The objective is to bring 90% of materials for the tunnel by rail, most of which will be cement. Much of the tunnel spoil will be reused as aggregate for concrete for the tunnel, and for strengthening a number of local bridges, so very little will be brought out by rail.Accommodation for the 130 workers building the shaft and a site office and exhibition centre have been provided a little below Sedrun town, but as it is a considerable drop down into the valley floor construction site, an SBB-owned funicular railway has been installed to transport workers up and down the hillside.Once the shaft has been sunk into the rock down to an altitude of 547m above sea level, expected by December this year, the job of creating workfaces for the running tunnels will begin. First, a cavern will be built at the bottom of the shaft to provide logistics space for moving equipment and spoil, and ASS is contracted to have this ready by August 27 next year.Work will then move on to create the connecting passageways and initial tunnel sections, ready for the start of tunnelling through the difficult geology to begin in early 2002. Working conditions will also be unpleasant – the high ambient rock temperature combined with water seepage will make the workface hot, humid, noisy and muddy. Adequate ventilation and rotating shift working will help minimise prolonged discomfort, but if necessary workers will be supplied with special water-cooled worksuits. Drainage will also be difficult, as water must not only be pumped up the access shaft, but also pumped uphill from the workfaces.The twin tunnels and cross-passages running 2·1 km north descend at a grade of 0·4%, and are due for completion by 2003; these should connect with an 11 km drive from the Amsteg access sometime in 2006.Meanwhile, the Sedrun workers will have opened a second face, boring the tunnels south. A 4·5 km section will be dug by 2005, initially climbing at 0·4%, it will then drop at 0·7%, connecting with the 15 km northwards drive from Faido in 2007. Fitting out will have already begun on the outer ends of the tunnel, where construction will be easier and consequently faster. It will move to the central section later – this work should be completed in 2010, ready for opening of the whole base tunnel in 2011. CAPTION: Preparatory works have begun for driving twin rail tunnels 2500m below the peaks of the mountains around Sedrun (left). Jakob Blickenstorfer, chief engineer for the Sedrun section, presses the red button to set off the first explosive charges for the 800m access shaft (above)CAPTION: Fig 1. The Gotthard Base Tunnel passes through difficult geology, and at great depth beneath the Alps. Working simultaneously from five work sites will reduce construction time to less than 10 years, with the first train due to run through in 2011. In the next 12 months work will get under way at the two access adits of Amsteg and Faido, and at the southern portal at BodioCAPTION: The roof of the cavern deep under Alp Tgom soars upwards to provide the headroom needed for winding gear and other construction plantCAPTION: Fig 2. The access shaft at Sedrun will be used to construct a 6·6 km central section of the tunnel, including crossovers, and will eventually be used to ventilate the base tunnelCAPTION: Rail access to the construction base at Las Rueras has been provided by building a branch from the Furka Oberalp main lineCAPTION: A funicular railway (right) has been built to provide easier transport for workers between the construction site around the mouth of the adit tunnel at Las Rueras on the lower level (left) with the accommodation, exhibition and office buildings in Sedrun, further up the side of the valleyUne première explosion pour le démarrage du tunnel de base du Saint GothardLe 4 février, lors d’une cérémonie, a eu lieu la première explosion souterraine destinée à marquer le commencement des travaux de l’un des plus grands et des plus coûteux projets ferroviaires du monde. A Sedrun, au plus profond des Alpes suisses, les travaux ont commencé par le percement d’un puits vertical d’accès de 800m de profondeur menant au niveau du tunnel de base du Saint Gothard, long de 57 km. Une cavité devant être excavée au pied de ce puits pour le mois d’août 2000 permettra de démarrer deux chantiers de percement du tunnel principal tandis que d’autres tunneliers commenceront leur travail à partir des portails nord et sud. Andrew Hellawell était invité à la cérémonie de lancement du chantierlast_img read more

Digicel customers get Samsung Galaxy S7 & gear VR experience

first_img Share 388 Views   no discussions Share BusinessLocalNews Digicel customers get Samsung Galaxy S7 & gear VR experience by: – April 11, 2016 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Digicel’s Marketing Manager, Nathalie Walsh; Brand Ambassador Michele Henderson and new endorsed artiste Wayne Benjamin take a selfie with the S7 edgeDigicel thrilled a number of its customers and patrons to the Reggae on the BoardWalk event on Thursday 7 April 2016, with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.Patrons got to experience some of the attractive features of the smartphone including its best-in-class camera and 3D glass, as well as the adventures of the new Samsung Gear VR. The Samsung Galaxy S7 line delivers on form, function and fashion and Digicel is delighted to deliver this next generation of technology to its customers, now.last_img read more

In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of June 14, 2019

first_imgShare This!Wishing all the dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day weekend! Hope you get to go out and do something extra fun!This week, find out what new treat you’ll need to pick up at the Magic Kingdom, HOW long did the wait times for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure get to, and more!In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and RumorsDisneyland has officially secured permits for construction on Marvel Land. The land will include a retail outlet, a microbrewery, and a character meet-and-greet area, among other attractions.Walt Disney World just introduced the FOMOsa. It’s orange soft serve and sparkling apple cider served in a champagne flute. Who wants to try this treat?Learn how Pixar artists helped form the way that Bo Peep greets Guests at the Disney Parks.We all know that John Stamos is one of us. Take a look at his home (You’ll want to scroll through the photos at the bottom) and see just how nerdy he is about Disney….he just has a little more money than I do….so his stuff’s a bit cooler. 😉Looks like there will be a new animated Chip and Dale show on Disney+….I love Chip and Dale….I don’t know how I feel about this version of them. What do you think?Get ready for Forky shorts on Disney+.Tim Allen and Tom Hanks recently helped The Walt Disney Company kick off its annual Disney Toy Delivery at AdventHealth for Children in Orlando, Florida.Did you see the trailer for Frozen 2 yet? What do you think so far?Well, that seems successful. Clocking in at 10 hours….it’s official. Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure is open. In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to the Madame Leota OtterBox iPhone Case with PopSockets PopGrip and send it to [email protected] with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.last_img read more

Africa set for take-off: Dlamini Zuma

first_img2 October 2012Africa is a continent of huge opportunities which must be capitalised on in order for it to succeed, says incoming African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.“We are a continent of great possibilities. We are a continent of the move. We have lots of opportunities and if we use them we will fly… if we don’t use them we will always be a continent of lost opportunities,” Dlamini Zuma said during a meeting with the African Diplomatic Corps based in Pretoria on Monday.Dlamini Zuma, 63, is expected to take up her seat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in mid-October as the first woman chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC).The home affairs minister had already said farewell to her department, and President Jacob Zuma is expected to make an announcement regarding Cabinet changes soon after she departs on 12 October.Dlamini Zuma told the diplomats in Pretoria on Monday that she considered her new role as a big challenge but one with lots of opportunities. “I’m going to be a humble servant of all Africans,” she said.She noted that while there was much diversity of the African continent, there were many elements that united the continent, and that was where the focus should be.In addition, Africa needed to give attention to its huge population which was an enormous advantage.“If we look at ourselves collectively we are very strong, but if we look at ourselves individually we become weak,” Dlamini Zuma stressed.While many countries in the world had to deal with the challenge of an ageing population, Africa was fortunate to have a young population.This young population was a huge opportunity and resource and if handled correctly would ensure that the continent’s development and economic growth took a different trajectory, she pointed out.Another matter on Dlamini Zuma’s mind was that of food security.Other issues of importance for the continent included ensuring that mineral resources were used to benefit people, sustainable development, food security, renewable energy, women’s rights including the high maternal mortality rate, trade between African countries and integration, she said.DRC Ambassador to South Africa and Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, Bene M’Poko, said the African Union had a fighter, a deliverer and a very committed person as chair of the AUC.Everything Dlamini Zuma touched turned to gold, he pointed out.M’Poko said he was confident that, given the challenges facing the continent, Dlamini Zuma was the right person for the post.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

What Does that Hashtag Mean? New Service Tells You

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification sarah perez If you’re a pro Twitterer, skip ahead to details about the new hashtag resource.About HashtagsHashtags in Twitter are a community-driven convention for adding metadata to your tweets. They were originally developed to create groups on Twitter for tracking a topic. Initially, they only worked in combination with a service from hashtags.org which provides real-time hashtag tracking. All you had to do was opt-in by following Twitter user @hashtags.Now, with Twitter’s purchase of search engine Summize, Twitter itself tracks hashtags at search.twitter.com. The engine can actually track keywords too, making hashtags not quite as necessary for trend tracking as they were in the past. However, hashtags still have their advantages – you know that anyone tagging their tweet with one of these acronyms means for it to get categorized within that topic. It also serves as a visual indicator to others following their Twitter stream that they’re tweeting about a particular subject. The basic structure of a hashtag is simple: it’s the pound sign (#) followed by an acronym or word. For example, the hashtag #sxsw recently appeared for tracking the annual festival in Austin, Texas called South by Southwest. But What Does that Hashtag Mean?The problem for new Twitter users (and many old pros too) is that the use of hashtags has become so prevalent that it’s hard to keep track of what they all stand for. And with new ones popping up every day for the most obscure of subjects, there’s no way to guess at their meaning. Sometimes, even hot topics get tagged with odd hashtags that may leave you scratching your head. Did you know, for instance, that the tag #nSOTU is used for tracking any Presidential speech from Barack Obama that’s Not the State of the Union address? Although you can still look up a particular hashtag at hashtags.org, the site doesn’t explain what the tag means. (It does, however, point you to photos, videos, and links in addition to tracking the stream.) But if you just want to know what the heck people are talking about, a new resource may be a better option for you: Tagalus, a service that defines hashtags. Think of it as a hashtag dictionary. You can use Tagalus to understand what hashtags mean and see the latest tweets surrounding that subject. Tags:#Product Reviews#twitter#web So you’ve joined Twitter and have finally started to get the hang of things. You know to put an “@” sign in front of usernames for public replies and you know how to send private messages with a “d.” You filled out your profile and have mastered the art of TinyURLs. You even found some interesting people to follow and have started conversations with them. There’s just one thing holding you back from complete Twittervana: those odd-looking abbreviations in people’s tweets preceded by the pound sign (#). Congratulations, you’ve stumbled upon the Twitter hashtag, a tracking tool for Twitter topics. But what do they mean? Related Posts center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit How to Use TagalusTagalus lets users vote on definitions for tags if there’s more than one version. The definition with the most votes will be the one that defines the tag. As you invent new tags or if you just want to help build the resource, all you have to do is send a tweet to @tagalus to suggest a meaning for a tag. The format for doing so is as follows:Example: @tagalus define mynewtag as a new tag that describes everything about meIf you want to know what a tag means, you can also ask @tagalus. The format for this is: @tagalus define ______.Example: @tagalus define ip4In this example, Tagalus would respond:ip4 = Ignite Portland 4 – a “hipster event” according to KGWThe Tagalus APIThe ProgrammableWeb blog also notes that Tagalus has an API which developers could use to build hashtag defining functionality into their Twitter client applications. That would make the service even more useful to the Twitter community, so we hope developers take notice and do just that. last_img read more

Facebook lost 15 million users? Marketers remain unfazed

first_img HomeDigital MarketingFacebook lost 15 million users? Marketers remain unfazed Posted on 9th March 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Facebook lost 15 million users? Marketers remain unfazedYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Source: Edison Research 2019Facebook has lost an estimated 15 million users in the U.S. during the last two years, according to a report from Edison Research. The firm’s “The Infinite Dial 2019,” surveyed 1,500 U.S. citizens age 12-years and older and found that Facebook usage overall has dropped from 67 percent to 61 percent in two year’s time, with the 12 to 34-years age segment down from 82 million in 2017 to 65 million this year.Twitter usage is also on a downward slope, going from 23 percent to 19 percent between 2017 and 2019. The report found, overall, social media use has stagnated since 2016, with the number of respondents claiming to be on social remaining around 77 to 80 percent for the past three years. But social media marketing experts said they’re not seeing any impact from declining social media use.People aren’t leaving social, just shifting platforms. While the report showed Facebook users numbers were dropping, Facebook-owned Instagram is experiencing a steady rise. Instagram’s audience reach is still much smaller than Facebook’s, but Edison’s survey found Instagram usage has climbed from 34 percent in 2017 to 39 percent.Steve Weiss, CEO of digital marketing agency MuteSix, said he doesn’t believe Facebook users are leaving, but instead the current user base is simply aging.“While the younger demographics may be shifting to Instagram and Snapchat, Facebook is also seeing increased gains from the 55+ segment. In other words, users aren’t exactly leaving, they are simply shifting,” said Weiss. According to Edison’s report, the 55+ age segment of respondents were the only group whose Facebook usage had increase since 2017.Yuval Ben-Itzhak, CEO of social media marketing platform Socialbakers, said his company doesn’t have any data indicating a drop in Facebook user numbers.“In Q4, Facebook reported an increase,” said Ben-Itzhak, “As for Twitter, they have stopped reporting on users which could mean users did not grow.”Ben Heiser, a content strategist for the Drum Agency, agrees with Weiss in terms of Facebook versus Instagram user numbers.“Everyone likes to take shots at Facebook usage being down as the end of social media as we know it, but social media is more of a media channel now than ever before. Facebook has global saturation at this point and active users are just switching over to Instagram, which Facebook owns,” said Heiser.“Here’s the thing – surveys are always skewing perception towards something. One survey cites the 15 million loss in young Facebook users as their rallying cry to jump to audio. However, if you look at the actual numbers, not survey results, Facebook reported that there were 1.52 billion daily active users in Q4, an increase of nine-percent year-over-year.”Facebook advertising still delivering. Weiss said his ad agency is not seeing an impact from any drops in usage. He believes the Facebook’s Stories ad product, which the company rolled out in the News Feed last year, will drive more advertising on the platform.“With Facebook’s continued investment in analytics across all its platforms, we also expect to see advanced engagement metrics for Stories, which will ultimately boost bottom-line revenue for Facebook,” said Weiss.He is confident Instagram advertising revenue will continue to climb, also spurred by Story ads.“As a matter of fact, advertising revenues on Instagram’s Stories are projected to increase as early studies demonstrate brands can expect to see higher ad recall and click-through rates than from previous ads that were posted on the Instagram feed,” said Weiss.And then there’s WhatsApp. Edison Research’s survey did not include historical usage data on WhatsApp, the encrypted messaging app owned by platform, but did show 23 percent of the survey participants age 12 to 34 years old were using it this year.“While Facebook doesn’t report on individual app growth regularly, you can easily infer that the growth is happening on WhatsApp and Instagram, which cater and are heavily used by a younger target,” said Heiser.Facebook has been making subtle moves to get more people on WhatsApp — announcing in January that it plans to integrate its WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger platforms, making it possible for users to communicate between the three apps. Facebook also said it is planning to roll-out WhatsApp ads this year.Why you should care. While the Edison Research may show declining user numbers, a loss of 15 million users on Facebook may not amount to much for a platform that has 1.5 billion daily active users. And recent reports show advertisers are ahead of the curve with Instagram, with lifts in incremental ad spending from loyal advertisers driving ad spend growth on the platform — money that is still going into Facebook’s pocket.As Heiser noted, Facebook’s most recent earnings report isn’t showing any major impact from a drop in usage with ad revenue climbing to $16.6 billion during the fourth quarter of 2018. In fact, the company reported the average price of an ad decreased 2 percent, while ad impressions were up 34 percent. Twitter also saw increased ad revenue during the last quarter of 2018, up 23 percent year-over-year.Overall, marketers shouldn’t make any knee-jerk reactions when it comes to their social media strategy based on one survey, marketers say.“If you’re planning to use media, you shouldn’t be a fan of one or the other. The focus should be where your audience is most engaged: is it podcast? Instagram? Facebook? If so, that’s where you need to be,” said Heiser.The post Facebook lost 15 million users? Marketers remain unfazed appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Facebook lost 15 million users? Marketers remain unfazedlast_img read more

Project Fi Is Google’s Blueprint For The Future Of The Network

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology We knew it was coming, and now it’s here: Google Fi is the tech giant’s disruptive move into the wireless telecom market. Like many other Google projects before it, from Glass to Loon, it’s both experimental and innovative at the same time.See also: Google’s Latest (Potential) Disruption: Pay-Per-Gigabyte Wireless DataThe idea is simple: Sign up for Project Fi, and wherever you wander with your phone, it will automatically connect you to the fastest possible network. That could be a Google-approved public Wi-Fi spot; or it could be a 4G LTE link from one of its partners (Sprint and T-Mobile are on board to begin with).It’s a more advanced, more ambitious version of the cellular/Wi-Fi switching we’ve already seen from Sprint and T-Mobile, functionality that lets you seamlessly swap from one to the other. Google’s new service, promises to be more expansive than ever before.Project Fi goes beyond switching from Wi-Fi to cellular connections and back again, though. It also incorporates a truly cross-platform experience, where you can (for example) forget your phone at home and still make calls and texts from your work computer.Project Fi illustration (Source: Google)Google users can already get to their email, documents, photos and much more by logging into a Web browser, and Fi adds calls and texts to that mix, essentially putting the SIM card in the cloud. It’s a more modern version of Google Voice and from Google’s explainer site it looks like Hangouts is going to act as the backbone to it.From a company invested in ultra-high-speed broadband and connecting developing parts of the world, Project Fi makes a lot of sense: It’s about making sure smartphone users are on the fastest possible speeds, wherever they are, on whatever device.Pay-As-You-Go DataOne number lets you make and receive calls from multiple devices.That “wherever” part of the equation extends across the world as well. Fi users pay $20 a month for talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering and international coverage in 120+ countries, then it’s $10 per gigabyte of data.An extra $10 a month gets you 1GB of data, $20 gets you 2GB and so on. Any data you don’t use, you get a refund for—so if you pay for 2GB but only use 1GB, then Google will send you back $10 at the end of the month.Interested? Google is letting users request an invite from the Project Fi site, but at this stage you’re going to need a Nexus 6 to get involved. That’s partly because some advanced circuitry is required for switching between so many types of network across the world. At the same time, Google won’t want to spook the existing networks too much, and limiting the roll-out achieves that.Like the Nexus program and Google Fiber, Project Fi aims to set an example for others to follow. It’s one of those Google initiatives that makes a lot of sense for users in terms of convenience and ease-of-use, and now the onus is on the rest of the market to respond.It’s also concerned with breaking down the distinction between Wi-Fi and cellular data, a distinction we may not even recognize in five or ten years. The SIM card had a good run, but its time is coming to an end.Lead photo courtesy of Shutterstock; other images courtesy of Google david nield Tags:#Google#Google Wireless#mvno#Project Fi#wireless data What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more