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Master Tomato GardenerBlind spots are defined as, “Areas where a person's view is obstructed.” Many business decisions today are still made based on conjecture (unsubstantiated assumptions), because the data needed to make a data-driven decision lies in an operational “blind spot.” Smart companies when designing mobile applications consider how they can personalize the user experience.  They ask themselves how they can utilize all the accumulated data they have collected on their customers or prospects, plus third-party data sources, to make the experience as beautiful and pleasurable as possible.  To start, they can often access the following kinds of data from their own and/or purchased databases to personalize the experience: NameAgeGenderAddressDemographic dataIncome estimateCredit historyEducation levelMarital statusChildrenLifestyleSocial media profile and senti... (more)

Beyond Analysis teams up with Inkling to launch intelligent gift recommendation service

Inkling uses customer insight data from Beyond Analysis to help UK consumers find the perfect gift London, UK - 04 March 2013 - With UK consumers spending an average of £1,083 per year shopping online (Ofcom, December 2012), Inkling, the online gift recommendation service, is today bringing the best of the UK high street and online independent retailers straight to the fingertips of those who struggle to find the perfect gift - just in time for Mother's Day. The new service from Inkling allows anyone with an online presence to find an ideal gift by simply answering a couple of quick questions on the recipient's age, gender and lifestyle, and interests (such as being active, fashion, photography or gardening). Users of the service are then able to select a gift and purchase immediately, or they can shortlist their favourites and share them to gain opinion from mutual... (more)

NBC Universal Digital Studios to Produce New, Original Broadband Programming for MSN Video

REDMOND, Wash. and NEW YORK, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSN and NBC Universal Digital Studios, a studio dedicated to creating original and unique programming for a wide range of digital platforms, have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement announced today by George Kliavkoff, chief digital officer of NBC Universal, and Rob Bennett, general manager of Entertainment and Video Services for MSN. Beginning this fall, the MSN(R) Video audience will have exclusive access to the new NBCU Digital Studios program "A Big Life With Sissy Biggers" hosted by lifestyle personality Sissy Biggers ( ). "A Big Life With Sissy Biggers" is a key component of the MSN Originals initiative because the show is highly interactive, unique to the Web and exclusive to MSN. (Logo: ) For years Bi... (more)

RONA to Recruit Close to 3,500 Positions Across Canada

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/14/07 -- Note to jobseekers: RONA Inc. ("RONA") (TSX: RON) is launching its seasonal recruitment campaign in preparation for the big renovation and gardening season ahead. Nearly 3,500 positions need to be filled in RONA's Canada-wide network of big-box stores and several proximity stores, including about 2,000 jobs in Quebec, over 300 in Ontario and close to 1,000 in Western Canada. Candidates are invited to visit some 200 stores participating in Interview Day on March 15, 2007 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. On Interview Day, candidates are invited to submit their CVs at any RONA L'entrepot, RONA Le Regional, Reno-Depot or RONA Home & Garden big-box store. Over 100 proximity stores will also participate in the process. Jobseekers can also apply online at any time to one or more RONA stores simultaneously by visiting (more)

RONA Increases its Presence in the ICI Market by Acquiring Plumbing and Heating Specialist Best-MAR

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/09/08 -- RONA (TSX: RON), the leading Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products, increases its presence in the specialized plumbing and heating market in Ontario by acquiring the operating assets of Best-MAR Plumbing and Heating Supplies Inc. ("Best-MAR"). This transaction further strengthens RONA's position in the fast growing ICI market ("Institutional, commercial and industrial") and follows the 2007 Noble Trade acquisition. The three Best-MAR locations will be integrated to Noble Trade's existing network of 19 branches. The transaction has been finalized pending certain conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008 and will be financed through RONA's existing credit facilities. Best-MAR (please see was founded in July 1994. Toda... (more)

Journalist, and Schindler's List Facilitator, Ulrich Sahm Endorses Weed Out Hate Initiative

DALLAS, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marc Daniels, Lawn and Garden industry insider and campaign director of the Weed Out Hate Initiative, traveled to Jerusalem on Tuesday, September 7(th) to solicit the support of noted international correspondent Ulrich Sahm, one of the most respected members of the International Press Corps in Israel. "As an intermediary who helped facilitate the transfer of the historic Schindler's lists to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, and as a keen observer of Mideast politics, Sahm understands the ramifications of individuals unwilling to confront their prejudices... the inner weeds of hate," says Daniels. (Photo: ) (Photo: ) According to Sahm, "Dr. Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech was a watershed mom... (more)

Public Health Notice: Lyme Disease

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/30/13 -- Editors Note: There are two photos associated with this press release. Why you should take note Lyme disease is a serious illness spread by the bite of certain ticks; specifically, blacklegged ticks. Ticks are small, insect-like parasites that feed on the blood of animals, including humans. In regions where blacklegged ticks are found, people can come into contact with ticks by brushing against vegetation while participating in outdoor activities, such as, hiking, camping and gardening. When a tick bites, it attaches to the skin and the bite is usually painless. For most Canadians, the risk of getting Lyme disease is fairly low, but is increasing. Risk to Canadians The Public Health Agency of Canada, in partnership with provincial and territorial public health authorities, conducts surveillance for Lyme disease in Can... (more)

University of Waterloo Startups to Pitch Live for Velocity Funding

WATERLOO, ON--(Marketwired - July 17, 2014) - Ten University of Waterloo startup companies will pitch their businesses for a share of $100,000 in grant funding at the Velocity Fund Finals on Thursday, July 24. The rewards include four $25,000 prizes as well as workspace at Velocity. The contenders come from diverse backgrounds spanning biotechnology, computer science, engineering, and nanotechnology. The companies are tackling current issues, such as more accessible vision care, health, food economics and efficient manufacturing. "It's great to see a solid mix of hardware and software startups competing at the Velocity Fund Finals," said Mike Kirkup, director of Velocity. "These companies are not only competing for funding, they're also competing for workspace at the Velocity Garage for software companies, or the soon-to-open Velocity Foundry for hardware, materials... (more)

Starting Out With Seeds and Seedlings

Whether you’ve got a lot of space to work with or you’re simply hoping for a few tomatoes in containers, it can be hard to know where to start with your vegetable garden. Just deciding what to grow can pose a challenge for some, but the best advice anyone could give you is, happily, simple: Grow mainly what you like to eat. Courgettes are easy to grow – as legends of neighbours of grow-your-owners hiding from yet another delivery of them can attest – but if you’re not that keen, having kilos of the beggars at your disposal is a waste of time. Keep things interesting by growing at least one thing that’s “exotic”/you’ve never tried and best of all, ignore the people who tell you to keep it simple and don’t grow too many different things: variety is half the fun of it. Some canny inter-cropping will see you getting more out of the same space too. Once you know what ... (more)

TypePad Makes Blogging Easier and More Connected Than Ever With New Social Features and Free Microblogging

New Media on Ulitzer Six Apart blogging software and services company, today unveiled a free level of the TypePad blogging service, called TypePad Micro, that makes blogging easier than ever for people who want to share their interests with others. The announcement caps more than a year of major developments that have resulted in an easier, more social, and more connected TypePad network of 88 million bloggers and readers. Simple, Social Blogging A new form of blogging is emerging -- somewhere between the status updates of Facebook and Twitter and the full-length posts of classic blogs -- focused on being easy, fun, and connected. TypePad Micro is built for this growing form of blogging, making it easy for people to curate compelling content from the web -- be it text, photos, or videos -- and share it in real time with people on their blog and by automatically cros... (more)

Korbel Garden Bubbles Over With the Effervescence of Spring

GUERNEVILLE (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY), Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Korbel Champagne Cellars' magnificent garden -- a vibrant feast for the eyes -- is set to reopen to the public on April 15, 2007. The garden has been a delightful oasis for flower lovers and gardeners for well over two decades, offering free tours Tuesday through Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. through mid-October. (Photo: ) The Korbel Garden's impressive collection of roses -- more than 250 varieties in hedge-lined beds in front of the circa 1882 Korbel Family House -- is off to an amazing start this season. Many antique rose varietals have been reestablished in the garden over the winter and are budding up for a spectacular display. A wide range of perennials, shrubs, redwood, linden, dogwood, and flowering plum trees, and plants n... (more)