Local Link bus service to expand its routes across Donegal

first_imgThe Local Link public transport service is to expand its services across Donegal.Most of the Donegal public will now be familiar with the bus service which operates in most towns across the county.Now Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim is delighted to announce extra services within Inishowen and new connecting services to Letterkenny. All of a sudden Donegal is becoming a much smaller place thanks to this reliable, clean and friendly service.From Monday, 14th October 2019, Local Link will commence the following additional transport services in Inishowen:1. Route 953 Moville to Letterkenny – Mon to Sat – 3 return services per day• via Quigleys Point & Muff 2. Route 954 Moville to Carndonagh – Mon to Fri – early morning & return evening service• Via Gleneely, Culdaff & Malin Town• These morning & evening services will connect with McGonagle‘s Bus & Coach service to Letterkenny3. Route 955 Carndonagh to Buncrana – Mon to Fri – midday service• Via Ballyliffin & Clonmany• This service will connect with McGonagle‘s Bus & Coach 1.30pm service to Letterkenny4. Route 955 Buncrana to Carndonagh – Mon to Fri – early evening service• Via Drumfries• This service will connect with McGonagle‘s Bus & Coach 3.30pm service from LetterkennyTimetables are available in local papers week commencing October 14th, on our Facebook page: Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim, or alternatively, for more information, call 07497 416444.The above services are in addition to the existing services provided by Local Link in the Inishowen area. As from Monday, 14th October, the areas of Clonmany & Ballyliffin will have public transport services pass through their area 8 times per day, from early morning to late evening.This includes two demand responsive services. The services will link these rural areas to the larger towns of Carndonagh & Buncrana and allow for connectivity to Letterkenny, Derry and beyond. A spokesperson for the company said “We look forward to a solid working relationship with the McGonagle Bus & Coach team which will provide connectivity and sustainability for the communities in Inishowen.“From the response received to date we are confident our Local Link subsidised services will be well supported by the people of Inishowen.“Our services will be strictly monitored in the coming months and timetables will be reviewed thereafter to ensure we are meeting the needs of the community.”For more information on the above additional services and all other services provided by Local Link in Inishowen, please call 07497 41644 or visit our website at http://locallinkdonegal.ie/timetable/ Local Link bus service to expand its routes across Donegal was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Should Flickr Do More to Promote Creative Commons?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Yahoo’s giant photo sharing site Flickr launched a new search interface this morning and it looks great – but searching for Creative Commons (CC) licensed photos remains buried at the bottom of the Advanced Search options. Flickr is the world’s largest repository of photos using CC licenses, a system whereby creators can communicate various conditions for reuse of their creative work without requiring their further permission. Despite that, there’s a lot more that Flickr could be doing to promote Creative Commons.When Creative Commons is promoted, so too is creativity, collaboration and innovation. Users may not be so interested in that, though, as is evidenced by the distribution of use of the CC options for publishing on the site – the most popular CC licenses on Flickr are the most restrictive ones. What do you think: should Flickr be doing more to promote Creative Commons? Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web To chose a CC license as the default for your photo uploads, you have to scroll down towards the bottom of your privacy settings page. Searching for CC photos requires that you scroll to the very bottom of the Advanced Search page or start at this page. There would be a whole lot more CC photos on Flickr if those options were given better placement on the site. In 2006 13% of the photos uploaded to Flickr were given a CC license; today that number is 4%. Flickr is much bigger and now includes the perhaps more cautious former users of Yahoo Photos as well. Only about 1% of the photos on Flickr can be used in a commercial setting (like this blog) even with attribution given; otherwise, explicit permission is needed. That’s a real loss.More collaboration equals more creativity equals more communication equals a better world – and more photography for Flickr. It certainly seems in their interests to promote CC more as well.What do you think? Should Flickr do more to promote Creative Commons or ought we simply be grateful for everything they’ve done already? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How Entrepreneurs Can Adapt Todays Smart Assistants to Build Tomorrows Office

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » February 12, 2018 The era of smart assistants is here, and the race for dominance is on: By mid-December, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners was able to report that Amazon’s Echo was leading the pack, with 20 million units shipped, selling more than three times its nearest competitor, Google Home.Even Apple had entered the fray with its HomePod, a product that includes a Samsung smart speaker utilizing Bixby — a smart helper mobile app — that further diversifies the marketplace.Related: Is Your Startup Ready for Artificial Intelligence?With the increasing number of smart assistants and their use in our world, they likely won’t stay put on our night tables and bookshelves for long. Soon, they’ll be incorporated into businesses as well, and the makers of these devices are well aware of that possibility. This past fall, in fact, Alexa for Business was announced at Amazon’s re:Invent 2017 conference.In addition to conference-calling, Alexa for Business touts calendar checking, meeting scheduling, a to-do list and reminder management plus the ability to fetch business-relevant information from Salesforce, Concur, Splunk and others.With the use of smart assistants for business already under way, those entrepreneurs and small enterprises that take proactive steps in this direction now will be the ones best able to optimize the tech possibilities of the future.Smart assistants and the office of the futureThe biggest benefits smart assistants and other AI technologies provide at this stage is their ability to cultuvate consumer familiarity. While there are a number of rudimentary tasks that Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri can do, consumer interaction with a computer via voice or conversation is perhaps the most important development.Certainly, today’s devices pale in comparison to images sci-fi films present, but teven with those devices’ relative lack of intelligence, people are beginning to trust technology. When the technology gets something wrong, for instance, a user might actually find that endearing — even feeling a hint of empathy with the device.Yet, as the technology continues to evolve, however, this human empathy will likely evolve into more of an expectation. Already,  AI is disrupting customer service, through chatbots and automated customer service representatives. In this way, AI has made it easier for people to communicate with technology on concerns like software-as-a-service customer support, product returns and even e-commerce websites.Such “solutions,” though, are only ancillary to the ways that smart assistants will eventually benefit businesses. More directly — and in the future — Google Home or Alexa in the office could be helping to set up your conference calls, search for missing items, coordinate meetings or inform people about what’s happening around the office.Related: Why Every Entrepreneur Should Get a Personal Assistant Gadget?So, what can entrepreneurs and small businesses do now to prepare for this next step?1. Pick and play, but don’t overdo that digital assistant.Pick your device, and place it where it can be used by your teams on a regular basis, such as a conference room. Then, without overthinking the integration process too much, start using it.For instance, begin by placing phone calls. If the service you’re already using can be dialed via a telephone number, calling will work fine. Keep in mind, though, that while you can connect an Amazon Echo or Google Home to your computer as a Bluetooth speaker, you’ll be unable to use it as a Bluetooth microphone — a drawback for companies with voice internet protocol setups that use Google Hangouts or UberConference.Still, a voice-activated device shouldn’t and can’t be used for every task, so don’t consider it the panacea of your problems. Focus on where it can add the most value to your business and your teams, and hone that capability rather than try to make every process tech-savvy.2. Crank things up a notch by training your devices –and your staff.While an impressive 42 percent of smartphone users claimed in a survey to use the AI-based personal assistant features of their mobile devices, in the grand scheme of technology, these products are still fairly new to our culture.Using a digital assistant at this point requires some mental retraining. In fact, to get the most out of your new gadgets, you’ll probably want to train the gadgets as well (and products like the Alexa Skills Kit are great for that).Staff training is also necessary because these machines are capable of a lot. Know, though, that it will take some time to understand which features work well and which are still wanting. For example, if you want to add events to calendars, the ability to do so via voice profiles is spotty, at best. Google can do this somewhat better than Alexa, but HomePod remains relatively untested, given its recent arrival in the market.Instead, you might find it easier to create a shared calendar that everyone in proximity can access and add to. This way, during meetings, you can simply ask the device to add events or to-do items that can be transferred later. As time progresses, these systems will become smarter and more capable, so the more you understand their usage scope now, the better you’ll be able to scale that usage in the future.3. Always be looking to tomorrow.While today’s technologies are only the beginning, they aren’t just glorified encyclopedias. Some AI platforms such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri and IBM Watson can already (and successfully) supplant a human personal assistant. They can intelligently order food, call a cab, make dinner or travel reservations, provide investing analysis, coordinate social events and more.Take Fin, built by the eponymous startup, as an example. Fin combines AI with human support to work more accurately and efficiently than a stand-alone digital assistant. But while it might work better, its enhancements and convenience come with a hefty price tag. Eventually, Fin’s distinctiveness might also be overshadowed by the behemoth tech companies as their offerings become smarter and cheaper.To make sure you’re always looking ahead, consider how your business could leverage these capabilities today, to either streamline your workday or to add flash to your customer-facing operation; also consider what all that might look like in the next month or year. When clients observe work getting done dynamically and effectively through a smart assistant, they may develop a stronger strong image of your business as forward-thinking.Related: 10 Artificial Intelligence Trends to Watch in 2018While a new era of these devices is here and each smart assistant platform can already do amazing things, each is also frustratingly stupid. But with the barrier of entry being pretty low — particularly for the Google Home Mini or Amazon Echo Dot — getting started now is easy.Adoption today is less about the convenience this technology offers and more about participating in a bleeding-edge technology.After all, this is technology that can be honed through your contributions even as you train your team to be comfortable with these devices’ abilities and potential for bolstering your business’s capabilities. Clearly, not seizing this opportunity today will only mean that you’ll be one more day behind tomorrow. 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