Accela, Inc., the leading provider of civic engagement solutions for government agencies, announced today that its Civic Hero app is now available for Windows 8. With Civic Hero for Windows 8, Accela is providing entire communities with an innovative app that empowers citizens to report non-emergency community issues such as graffiti, potholes, or damaged public property to local government.

“We’re very excited that Civic Hero is now available on Windows 8,” said Maury Blackman, Accela President and CEO. “This opportunity provides an amazing user experiences and offers features that will delight our user base. Now more government agencies and citizens will be able to access our expanding platform of applications and will realize the true value of citizen engagement. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Microsoft to bring additional apps to market.”

By using their Windows 8 devices, citizens can simply select the type of issue they are reporting, take or add a quick photo or comment and they are done. Citizens can also review and comment on issues reported by others. Government agencies will benefit from utilizing Civic Hero in the following ways:

  • Automatic report routing to only receive service requests within your jurisdiction and areas of responsibility.
  • Tight integration with Accela Automation, allowing agencies to leverage the workflow engine to assign and track reports.
  • Prioritization of reported issues through community feedback.
  • Elimination of duplicate requests.
  • Good will from citizens when they utilize a convenient and useful app that makes communicating with government easy and efficient.

“Civic Hero for Windows 8 offers significant benefits to government agencies and citizens by enabling a fast and transparent method for reporting non-emergency issues,” said Steve Jenkins, senior director of government partners, Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector. “Accela’s easy-to-use app helps cities, citizens and government employees stay engaged with their communities on their Windows 8 devices with convenient access virtually anywhere.”

The Windows 8 version of Civic Hero joins existing versions deployed on leading mobile platforms including iOS and Android. For more information on Accela’s mobile applications, including Civic Hero, visit www.accela.com/civic-apps.

About Accela

Accela, Inc. provides the leading civic engagement platform, powering thousands of services and millions of transactions daily for large and small public agencies worldwide. We connect government to people and accelerate and streamline land management, licensing, asset management and public health and safety processes. Accela’s Civic Cloud includes a complete platform, both packaged and tailored solutions and cloud-based, office, mobile and social applications to support government agency, business and citizen needs. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., with international offices in Australia and the United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit www.accela.com.

Guidewire Software, Inc. (GWRE), a provider of software products for Property/Casualty (P/C) insurers, today announced that it has received five of six 2013 Vanguards in Insurance Practices (VIP) Awards. The VIP Awards are sponsored byInsurance Networking News (INN) in partnership with Celent and were announced and presented at the recent ACORD LOMA Insurance Systems Forum in Las Vegas. The VIP award winners were solely determined by insurance company professionals through their participation in an online survey where they were asked to name technology providers that deliver the most value in various VIP categories.

Guidewire’s 2013 VIP awards included recognition in the Back Office & Support Systems, Customer Experience Solutions, Decision Support Solutions, Insurance Core Solutions, and Strategic Partner categories. More information about the 2013 VIP Awards can be found at www.guidewire.com.

“The VIP awards identify the leaders in insurance technology and recognize the vendors that best help insurance carriers meet the increased expectations of consumers and agents,” said Carrie Burns, editor-in-chief, INN. “This year, we’ve seen that while insurers still consider customer service and stability to be important traits of vendors, the ability to plan for advances in technology is becoming just as important.”

“Guidewire is very effective in building and supporting their partner networks, and their customers appreciate that choice of implementation partners,” said Chuck Johnston, director, Celent. “They’ve also built out a solid organization that has connected with their customers and created good rapport, as seen in the award results. They’ve made significant investments in pertinent technologies to support their customers, also reflected in the award results.”

“It is a great honor for the Guidewire team to be recognized especially given that the award rankings are based solely on feedback from P/C insurance professionals,” said Brian Desmond, vice president, Marketing, Guidewire. “We thank Insurance Networking News and Celent for sponsoring the VIP awards program, and we thank everyone who participated in the survey.”

This year is the seventh annual VIP ranking of technology solution providers to the insurance industry. 2013 winners were chosen based on votes from 476 unique respondents.

About Insurance Networking News

Insurance Networking News is a trusted source for information on how technology is being implemented to support insurers’ strategic business objectives, providing insightful analysis of the technology innovations utilized to automate critical processes. Insurance Networking News is written to help senior insurance executives obtain mission-critical information on resolving industry challenges.

About Guidewire Software

Guidewire Software is a provider of software products for Property/Casualty insurers. Designed to be flexible and scalable, Guidewire products enable insurers to deliver excellent service, increase market share, and lower operating costs. Guidewire products include Guidewire InsuranceSuite™, consisting of Guidewire PolicyCenter®, Guidewire ClaimCenter® and Guidewire BillingCenter® which span the core functional areas in insurance; Guidewire LiveSM, a cloud-based network connecting peer insurers, core system data and expert tools through instant on apps; Guidewire DataHub™ and Guidewire InfoCenter™ which help insurers address their data management and business intelligence challenges.

With all the talk surrounding it, crowdsourcing science might seem like a new concept and it might be true for citizen science efforts, but it is definitely an old trick to source your research to other researchers. In fact, evolutionary game theory was born (or at least popularized) by one such crowdsourcing exercise; in 1980, Robert Axelrod wanted to find out the best strategy for iterated prisoner’s dilemma and reached out to prominent researchers for strategy submissions to around-robin tournmanet. Tit-for-tat was the winning strategy, but the real victor was Axelrod. His 1981 paper with Hamilton analyzing the result went on to become a standard reference in applications of game theory to social questions (at least outside of economics), agent-based modeling, and — of course — evolutionary game theory. Of Axelrod’s sizeable 47,222 (at time of writing) citations, almost half (23,370) come from this single paper. The tradition of tournaments continues among researchers, I’ve even discussed an imitation tournament on imitation previously.

The cynical moral of the tale: if you want to be noticed then run a game theory tournament. The folks at Brilliant.org— a website offering weekly olympiad-style challange problems in math and physics — took this message to heart, coupled it to the tried-and-true marketing technique of linking to a popular movie/book franchise, and decided to run a Hunger Games themed semi-iterated Prisoner’s dillema tournament. Submit a quick explanation of your strategy and Python script to play the game, and you could be one of the 5 winners of the $1,000 grand prize. Hooray! The submission deadline is August 18th, 2013 and all you need is a Brilliant account and it seems that these are free. If you are a reader of TheEGG blog then I recommend submitting a strategy, and discussing it in the comments (either before or after the deadline); I am interested to see what you come up with.

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In order to improve the guide string UEFI on existing multi-lingual features, ASRock has just released the latest version of the BIOS 2:10 to Z87 Pro3 motherboard superior.

The release of the latest version of the BIOS itself consists of 3 files that show 3 different methods of renewal, which is a Windows-based file, a DOS compatible package, and one upgrade BIOS using Instant Flash.

If you update the BIOS with Windows method is preferred, run the exe file on the new platform of the existing windows, and then after everything is finished restart the computer. By restarting the computer BIOS must be updated automatically so that with so make sure you do not interfere with the existing process. And after the next reboot, make sure that you have loaded the BIOS to default settings.

Slightly different to update BIOS with Windows method, the DOS BIOS update methods, first of all you are required to boot through disk containing the bootable BIOS package. But if you do not have a bootable DOS disk, be sure to make your own bootable disk containing the BIOS package there. Once you have done through the boot process and appear disk drive DOS prompt “[drive]: \>” on the screen, type the name of the executable file in question and follow all instructions on the screen to upgrade your lead on the restart the computer and the BIOS will be updated after that.

While the procedure Instant Flash, you can upgrade the BIOS using a flash upgrade file that contains a copy of which can be downloaded via the official website of the vendor. By pressing the F2 key when booting, and select the Instant Flash utility under the Tools menu. Compatible version of the show, you are allowed to choose one of them.

Apart from the three methods offered BIOS update, basically manufacturers do not recommend that you update your version of the BIOS for the system to work properly and will not be responsible for damage caused by errors in the existing BIOS update procedure. Therefore, make sure you know exactly everything first before doing the procedure updates the BIOS to the latest version.

Jakarta – Yahoo! management announced that the company recently acquired a new company engaged in the field of advertising, namely AdMovate.
On the company’s official website, Wednesday, July 17, 2013, management AdMovate said, “We started the company last year to make it easier for advertisers to create highly personalized offers via the mobile platform.”
Management said the company tried to keep the advertisers can reach consumers through ads that are personalized to match. And Yahoo! has a team with a similar vision.
“Yahoo! is willing to invest in a massive scale,” he says on the site. AdMovate management company hopes to realize his dream of building an effective mobile advertising services.
In a statement, the management of Yahoo! said, “This acquisition is part of our efforts to further develop our advertising technologies such as Apt, Genome, and Right Media.”
Yahoo! hopes that the advertisers can more easily advertise and advertising agencies can be more easily connect. The technology developed AdMovate expected to accelerate this development.
This action adds to list of companies that have made ​​acquisitions Yahoo! In May, Yahoo! bought the social networking site Tumblr with a value of U.S. $ 1.1 billion. Analysts expect, Tumblr is the largest acquisition in the history of corporate.
Buying Tumblr will meet the goals of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer to expand the market share of the smartphone and tablet computer users. Tumblr paper presents a constantly changing, photos, and other digital content presented by users who can now connect through mobile applications. This service is also one of the most popular websites among teenagers and young adults, it is considered appropriate to the development of Yahoo! Mayer