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CFB Recruiting: 247Sports Names Its New No. 1 Recruit

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first_imgA closeup of a Nike Vapor Elite football sitting on a football field.(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)There is a new No. 1 recruit in the country according to 247Sports. The site updated its rankings for the class of 2019, and unveiled a new No. 1 player: five-star defensive end Nolan Smith.Smith, who plays for IMG Academty in Florida, dethroned another defensive end, fellow five-star Zach Harrison, as the nation’s top recruit. Don’t feel too bad for Harrison, though, he still sits at No. 2.The top recruit stands 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 230 pounds.Smith is a longtime Georgia commit. The high school star committed to Georgia in January 2017 and it looks like he’s not changing his mind anytime soon.Smith is talking about Goergia’s 2019 recruiting class like he’s already a member of the team. Here’s what he had to say to those who worry about the Bulldogs’ current recruiting class, which sits at No. 15. (via DawgNation)“People are sleeping on our class, but the guys we are bringing in are really talented. We know they can play. And the ones who join them will be elite, and they will be talking about this class on signing day and again three years from now as being truly special.”Sounds like he’s not going anywhere. Still the 247Sports Crystal Ball suggests Clemson and Florida State are still in play.Smith is the No. 2 overall recruit in 247Sports’ Composite, which takes ESPN and Rivals into account as well as its own.last_img read more

What Lives in Ciscos Digitized Spaces

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Mastering Digital Transformation Gary Audin April 26, 2019 Does your organization have the right strategy in place to ‘pivot’ around challenges and become a digital enterprise? Log in or register to post comments In a recent blog, a Cisco technology executive introduced the notion of “digitized spaces,” growing out of steady improvements in geolocation resolution for mobile devices. He lists it as one of the five critical technologies for enterprises, but what can we really expect from it? Cisco, after all, is famous for making strategic mountains out of functional molehills. Has it done that here?If you read the Cisco blog, you’ll find that the introduction to digitized spaces is pretty pedestrian and perhaps a little alarming. It starts with the idea that precise geolocation not only can figure out what building you’re in or street you’re on, but where exactly you are down to the store department or counter or the shop you’re in front of. Cisco proposes that this could be combined with demographic data on you to allow merchants to understand just what kind of customer is moving where, and presumably to target your interests based on where you’re walking or standing.How intrusive is this? Imagine walking down the isle of a supermarket looking for a jar of peanut butter, bombarded by “You need oranges for your health! Stop here and buy!” or “Your peanut butter will taste better on Gizmo-Bread!” This level of marketing would almost surely provoke regulatory reaction, and phone vendors would be expected to filter out the intrusions, right?That’s the hidden secret of digitized spaces — it’s not your primary dwelling, but a kind of vacation home. A digitized space is a combination of your digital footprint and that of the other people, places, and retailers in the world. You enter one not just by walking around, but by having a purpose that’s driving the walk. Your device, combined presumably with cloud features, then offers you assistance based on that intersection of digital-you and digital-whatever. “Assistance” isn’t meddling in your everyday life, it’s helping you with personal missions. The mission is what matters; where you are in it is just a refinement to make the digitized space more useful.Digitized spaces even have a non-privacy-threatening application — to almost any outside worker. Workers aren’t just wandering aimlessly through space, they’re supposed to be doing something specific, meaning that they have a mission. If we can combine things like geolocation (where, precisely, the worker is), the location of that which is being worked on or is needed for work, and the mission, productivity-enhancing information is much easier to offer and applications are more valuable to companies. This, in turn, justifies higher spending on IT.If it’s the mission ecosystem that makes digitized spaces a really good idea, then it’s that same mission ecosystem that raises serious questions about whether Cisco really understands its own concept. Most of us have smartphones with GPS accuracy sufficient to use for navigation while driving. Surely that level of precision would at least start the digitized spaces wave, if location was the critical piece of the puzzle. That we don’t all have digital-spaces-vacation-homes to live in already must mean something.What it means is that Cisco has taken a massive leap in strategic thinking and then tied it to an incredibly tactical vision of execution. Digitized spaces are the way of the future, thinks Cisco execs (true). Digitized spaces are really massive cloud ecosystems that gather information about each of us and about every other mission for every entity in our real world (true). This massive ecosystem will take years or maybe decades to deploy (true), and therefore won’t generate zip for revenue in the coming quarter (true). Conclusion: Digitized-space-wash marketing with simple geolocation, which we can talk about and do easily, and forget the great strategy. True, also.Of course, the rest of the industry doesn’t have to put Cisco’s blinders on. Digitized spaces may well be the perfect application for the open-source community. What’s needed is a combination of assembling the right pieces — which range from information-gathering and could include the Internet of Things (IoT) to analytics and database technology — and framing the delivery of information through a simple set of APIs. Almost everything we need from the software side is already in place somewhere… we just have to assemble it.And that of course demands those annoying instructions. Ecosystems need parts, but also insight to assemble them properly. Experience in tech has shown that there are two parts to this critical insight: a vision of the goals and a model of how features can be assembled to fulfill them. The second of those has proven the hardest to get, and that’s true both in the commercial world and in open-source software. Commercially, nobody wants to carry the burden of socializing a new concept when others will be a beneficiary of their success. In open source, there’s often no real way of socializing at all, and without effective promotion no digitized space will ever get enough digits to be useful.What lives in Cisco’s digitized spaces? Pretty much anything people think is important, which makes substantive ecosystemic vision and progress essential. The problem is that like real houses, digitized spaces have to be built before they’re used. Cisco can’t do that on its own, and even the Cloud Native Computing Foundation that Cisco contributes to may not be the full answer. What Cisco needs is to become an open-source digitized-spaces incubator, a sponsor of the critical pieces of its own strategy that it isn’t going to provide as a product line. If Cisco can do that, its concept of digitized spaces could be a boon for itself and the market. Holoportation! Next Best Thing to Being There? Marty Parker July 23, 2019 This visionary technology stimulates the imagination as to the future of business communications. digitalspace.jpg Is It Time for the Other ‘I’ in ROI? Tom Nolle April 01, 2019 Our lives are almost run by ‘return on infrastructure,’ whether we know it or not. Optimizing Business Communications Through Information Marty Parker April 23, 2019 It’s a great time to embrace change and take a leadership role in defining what emerging trends mean for your business. Tags:News & ViewsDigitized spacesCiscoDigital TransformationAnalyst InsightCloud CommunicationsDigital WorkplaceFuture of WorkMobility Articles You Might Like See All in Digital Transformation » Best Practices for Digital Transformation Gary Audin March 29, 2019 Don’t look for a cookie-cutter plan for digital transformation; craft a strategy that fits your unique enterprise goals. read more

Fill your garden with Mediterranean plants to beat future droughts new RHS

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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Gardeners across the country looked despondently at their brown, parched flowerbeds during the heatwave last year. Now, the Royal Horticultural Society is advising British people plant brightly coloured Mediterranean trees and flowers to drought-proof their gardens.The charity has released a list of ten attractive, colourful  plants which can be put in the ground from April and can survive extremely dry conditions.Included in the list are the bright magenta rock rose, aromatic rosemary and lavender, silvery Russian sage and the bright yellow Spanish broom.This advice comes from the charity’s recently-recruited environmental horticulture team, which is coming up with new ways to protect British gardens from the effects of climate change and extreme weather.Mark Gush, Head of Environmental Horticulture at the RHS, said: “It may seem counter-intuitive that while much of the UK is under snow and ice gardeners should be considering Mediterranean plants for their gardens this summer.However, with the UK expected to experience warmer, drier summers over the coming years, hardy exotic varieties that can cope with periods of drought will enable gardeners to better manage water resources in their gardens.”RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex is situated in one of the driest parts of the country but its Dry Garden survived – even thrived – last summer, and has lasted an astonishing 18 years without being watered, instead capturing only the occasional rains that fall.”Of course, early establishment is imperative so plants have good root structures deep in the soil meaning it’s important gardeners plan ahead.”The new team will research and advise on sustainable resource management, soil health and ecosystem services, including how the UK’s 27 million gardeners can contend with weather extremes, air and noise pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Findings and advice will be shared with industry and the public. read more

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