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Setster: Let Your Clients Pick Their Own Appointment Times

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Setster is a new service, still in beta, that allows businesses to let their clients or customers book appointments with them directly through an online calendar widget. Setster supports working with multiple employee calendars (which they call providers) on the same login, as well as a catalog of services a client can choose from and a couple of different widget styles.Online calendaring is great, but there are some types of jobs that require a lot of calendar interaction between the employees and the clients that aren’t well-served by what’s out there in the Web 2.0 space, for example realtors and health spas. Traditionally, a live receptionist has had the duty of maintaining the various employee calendars of these types of businesses, but being able to automate this process online may become more important, especially in this economy. In addition, there are some roles where the organization may not be large enough to warrant a full-time receptionist, like a hairstylist working for themselves.This is the problem that Setster was designed to solve. On the back end, once registered, the Setster user can set up their business information, work hours, service providers, basic services with cost if any, choice of widget style and maybe some important clients. Users can also manually enter appointments on the calendar once everything else is set up, as well as approve, make changes to, or reject unverified or unconfirmed appointments. On the front end, users are given a Setster URL that they can give to their customer to schedule appointments, or they can take the widget code and embed it in their own business web page. From the client end, there is access to a very simple-to-use widget either from the business web site (after set-up) or the Setster provider-specific site, where a client can choose an appointment time and fill out the rest of the details, and then click on an email confirmation link. The service takes care of reminding the provider (the Setster user) of the appointment and confirming it on their end. Alerts can also be set for important appointments.center_img phil glockner Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Finally, the site has been tuned to also work with small business that may have several employees all with busy calendars. One login allows selecting which employee calendar to look at, and choosing the next available appointment slot either for one employee specifically, or across all the calendars (first available). This can be a great help in a business like a hair salon where the customer may not need to choose the same person each time.There are a couple of downsides to be considered. First, there doesn’t seem to be a way to import or export calendar data from Setster. It seems to assume that a company will start off using this software and love it so much they will never want to migrate to anything else. Second, the site indicates that the service isn’t going to be free, or that perhaps there will be tiered pricing. However, we couldn’t find any suggestion for how much it would cost to use Setster after it emerges from beta, so you might want to get signed up and test it now if the concept appeals to you. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


The unusual sex life of the vampire squid

first_imgDAVID SHULTZTwo vampire squids preserved in alcohol at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.His research, published today in Current Biology, suggests that unlike most cephalopods, vampire squid undergo multiple reproductive cycles during their lifetime. This contrasts dramatically with other squid and octopuses, which reproduce in one spectacular event and then die shortly thereafter. Multiple spawning events may better suit this squid’s low-energy lifestyle. “I don’t think this slow pace of life allows one big reproductive spawning event,” Hoving says.For the new study, Hoving and colleagues dissected 47 females. Similar to humans, squid egg cells mature in the ovary and are supported by a shell of cells known as a follicle. The immature egg cell is eventually released during ovulation, but the follicles are left behind. Fortunately for the team, the ovary reabsorbs these postovulatory follicles quite slowly in vampire squid, allowing the researchers to count and characterize different batches of eggs produced by the mature females.Using the follicles to reconstruct the vampire squids’ spawning history allowed researchers to make several surprising discoveries. First, unlike any other squid, the vampire has a gonadal resting phase, meaning there are times when the ovary has no growing or ripe egg cells. The authors suspect that the resting period between egg batches enables the females to store up enough energy to start a new reproductive cycle. Furthermore, it appears that developing eggs can be reabsorbed into the ovary to save energy if times are particularly lean.The insight into the squids’ reproductive lives has also helped Hoving and his team refine their estimates for how long the creatures might live. The largest female in the museum’s collection was estimated to have spawned 38 times and contained enough reproductive cells for another 65 rounds. “If we assume 38–100 spawning events … the duration of the adult stage is at least 3–8 years in this specimen, with the total life span exceeding these numbers,” the authors write. Such longevity would dwarf the vampire’s shallow water relatives, which usually only live between 6 and 18 months. Bolstad affirms that the study “has given us the first insight into what the possible life span of this animal might be.”There are, however, a lot of unknowns that need to be answered before the life span can be confirmed with more certainty. Researchers still don’t know how long it takes a follicle to be reabsorbed completely. Nor do they know how long gonadal resting phase between spawning events last or how long it takes an egg to reach maturity. “It would be nice to keep animals in the lab alive for as long as possible to try to figure out how fast they grow,” Hoving says.Regrettably, the study was unable to identify any trends in when or where the spawning takes place. So as tantalizing as it might be to imagine hordes of vampire squid gathering to reproduce at specific locations in the pitch-black darkness, any such discovery will have to wait—but waiting is probably what the vampire squid does best. SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA—Though the average patron will never find it, a massive collection of one of Earth’s most mysterious deep-sea animals lives cataloged in a lab at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Jars stuffed with gelatinous appendages line the shelves of one room from floor to ceiling, and murky eyes peer unseeingly through their alcohol preservative. The label on the shelf reads Vampyroteuthis infernalis.Ordinarily, there is no light—from the sun or the overhead museum fluorescents—in the habitat of the vampire squid. The 30-cm-long animal lives 500 to 3000 meters below the ocean’s surface, in a zone where oxygen is low and photons are rare. To survive the choking darkness, according to a new study, the squid has evolved a reproduction strategy unlike any of its kin—one that has extended its time on Earth.“The study has given us a brand-new way of understanding how some cephalopods reproduce, and also has given us the first insight into what the possible life span of this animal might be,” says Kathrin Bolstad, a teuthologist at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand who was not involved in the work. “Every little tiny piece of the puzzle about deep-sea animals that we can put together is a fantastic advance.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Despite its name, the vampire squid is not an aggressive predator, nor does it feed on blood. It glides slowly through the depths, feeding on detritus and plankton. “It has a slow pace of life,” says Henk-Jan Hoving, a marine biologist at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany. Hoving has been studying squid for more than a decade and discovered the museum’s cache of preserved vampire squid while researching what the animals eat. He noticed that the collection contained a large number of females that might allow him to unravel the specifics of the mysterious squid’s reproductive strategy.last_img read more


‘Sometimes my body says no’ – De Bruyne reveals injury strife

first_imgManchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has opened up about his ongoing battle with injury, admitting he still has not reached his peak in 2018-19.De Bruyne, 27, is widely considered as one of the world’s premier midfielders.He arrived at City in 2015 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances, and was integral to his team’s march to the Premier League title in 2017-18. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The current season, however, has seen De Bruyne restricted to just three Premier League starts as a succession of knee injuries have disrupted his campaign.And the Belgian recognises that problems in his joint continue to chip away at him.“I am doing well. I am happy to be fit. It’s been a long six months for me, but I’m happy that now I can play football,” he explained to reporters.“Sometimes I feel good, sometimes I feel a little bit worse or I need a day more to recover. But I try every day to be at the best level I can be, and sometimes people have to give me a little bit of slack after the amount of time I have been away.“I always want to be better. But sometimes my body just says ‘no’ and I have to take that in my stride.”I don’t feel anything in my knee now, but we play so many games sometimes I feel better and sometimes a little bit less. You just feel that in the game and it’s normal.”The former Chelsea and Wolfsburg man is nevertheless adamant that he will be able to recover his previous scintillating form.“I didn’t have a pre-season and I am trying to physically get to the level of last year. I always play the same style. I am not going to do something different to show I’m there,” De Bruyne added.”I think people know who I am as a player and what I can do for the team – and that’s not going to change after an injury or two.”De Bruyne and Manchester City return to action on Sunday, hosting Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Hundreds of students meet at Mission Beach to pick up trash

first_imgHundreds of students meet at Mission Beach to pick up trash KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 7:00 PM Posted: May 24, 2018 It was far from the average beach day for nearly 700 local students.Together with volunteers, they showed up to Mission Beach to help pick up trash. Nearly 400 pounds of trash was collected.The event is coordinated by “I Love a Clean San Diego” to celebrate “Kids Ocean Day.” center_img May 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img


Separate lane for VIPs unconstitutional TIB

first_imgLogo of TIBTransparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has expressed concern over the government move to earmark separate lane in the capital for law enforcing agencies, emergency services and very important person (VIP).”TIB is deeply concerned over the government move to allocate separate lane in the capital for law enforcing agencies, emergency services and very important person [VIP]. It will be a violation of the constitution,” said TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman in a statement on Tuesday.The statement went on to say, “It will be discriminatory and tantamount to misusing power at the highest level.”Citing media reports, he said the cabinet division has recently sent a proposal to the road transport and highway division to set aside separate lane in the capital for the VIPs.Demanding withdrawal of the proposal immediately, Iftekharuzzaman pointed out that the constitution ensures equal rights for every citizen of the state irrespective of religion, creed, and caste.TIB also called illogical the cabinet division’s argument that VIPs often move on the wrong side, from the opposite direction, and that’s why a separate lane should be earmarked for them.Iftekharuzzaman said the influential quarter will be encouraged to exercise unethical practices and the public sufferings will increase if the proposal is materialised.last_img read more


Malda hospital ransacked after patients death

first_imgMalda (WB): Panic gripped Malda Medical College & Hospital on Wednesday when a mob, infuriated by the death of a local doctor for alleged medical negligence, went on the rampage causing damage to the property, police said. To bring the situation under control, large number of policemen have been pasted at the hospital premises, they said. Kayim Ali (50), a resident of Sujapur under Kaliachowk Police Station, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. He was admitted to the infectious disease ward of the hospital where tests conducted on him showed that he had low platelet count. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Ali needed blood transfusion urgently but the hospital delayed it, his family members said. When they protested the delay, the security guards of the hospital attacked them on Tuesday night, they alleged. After Ali died Wednesday morning, the situation turned worse, said Purnendu Kundu, Inspector-in-Charge Englishbazar Police Station. He said the hospital authorities have not filed any written complaint and no arrests have been made.last_img read more