Copper Mine at Timna Shows Solomon’s Power

first_imgContinuing discoveries in the Timna Valley in southern Israel near the Gulf of Aqaba show the widespread and dominant influence of Solomon’s kingdom.At Fox News, James Rogers reports about new findings at the extensive copper mining operations at Timna. In “King Solomon-era fort in southern Israel reveals its secrets,” he shares the new radiocarbon data from organic remains at a fortress near the mines that dates to the reigns of David and Solomon.The gatehouse complex, which dates to the 10th century B.C., was unearthed in Southern Israel’s Timna Valley in 2014. Recent analysis of organic remains found within the fortification’s donkey stables, however, has given experts vital clues about the people who inhabited the fort.Experts were able to study animal bones and dung preserved in the hyper-arid climate of the Timna Valley. “When we uncovered the stables, the material was so well preserved and ‘fresh’ that we could not believe it is 3,000 years old,” Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University’s Institute of Archaeology, one of the excavation leaders, told FoxNews.com via email. “Only when the dates came back from the lab we were reassured that indeed these were the remains of stables and other activities from the time of David and Solomon.”Tourists explore copper mines in the Timna Valley, Israel. Photo by David Coppedge, 2006.Researchers were even able to determine what the soldiers fed their donkeys and other animals.Built of sturdy stone to defend against invasions, the fortification had pens for draft animals and other livestock. By studying pollen, seed and fauna in the dung, experts found that the animals were fed with hay and the remains of grapes, which was delivered from the Mediterranean coast hundreds of miles away.An extensive communications network would have been required to establish trade links and defense capabilities hundreds of miles from the coast and from the capital in Jerusalem. “The evidence demonstrates long-distance connections with the Mediterranean region,” said Ben-Yosef. Timna is about 150 miles south of Jerusalem, and about 220 miles from Acco, if that could be considered one of the nearest ports for delivery of animal feed.The Timna site, discovered in 1934 and first thought to be a slave camp, turned out to be much more. Ben-Yosef proved in 2014 that the Iron Age remains were not from a slave camp, but indicated a “hierarchical, sophisticated society.” Finds like this overthrow revisionist notions that David and Solomon were mere tribal chieftans with limited knowledge and influence. Timna speaks of a kingdom capable of widespread trade, coordinated defenses, and sophisticated resources. Engravings show that Timna was under Egyptian control in the first half of the 12th century BC under pharoah Rameses III, but that was two centuries later.The fact that the two-room fortification is located within one of the largest ancient smelting plants in the Timna Valley is particularly important, according to Ben-Yosef. “Until now we didn’t have evidence for military conflicts in the copper mines of Timna at this period,” he told FoxNews.com. “Moreover, they are in accord with the biblical accounts depicting wars between David and the Edomites who inhabited this region.”The archaeologist added that, with biblical historians hotly debating these accounts, any evidence is of great importance.Work is continuing under the auspices of Tel Aviv University.Update 1/14/17: Live Science says that the remains do not indicate a diet of slaves. Instead, “the metalworkers ate good cuts of meat, pistachios and fish imported from the Mediterranean, suggesting they had a rather high status and were valued for their craft.”When you hear archaeologists scoff at Biblical narratives, stating that they have only “spiritual” meaning for “faith” but don’t represent actual history, just wait. Further evidence usually shows the critics wrong. Two documentaries about the Exodus, Patterns of Evidence and The Exodus Revealed illustrate that theme clearly. Experts can be wrong, just as they are about evolution. Taught the consensus in the universities, their biases reinforce each other. The scoffing often comes first – then the interpretation of evidence. Remove the scoffing attitude, look at the evidence with an open mind, and conflicts with Scripture often evaporate. (Visited 128 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Spredfast: How to Keep Up with the Social Web

first_imgRelated Posts That brings us to the last point – tracking and metrics. As of now, the system has already incorporated Google Analytics and is looking to work with Armature and WebTrends in the near future. But even now, it offers full reports on the effectiveness of your message. Campaigns are judged with three primary measurements – engagement, reach and activity. Put simply, these look at your interaction with your audience, the size of your audience, and how much you are pushing your message out onto the Web. Beyond these basic ranks, however, the system will give you detailed reports showing you how many “likes” you’ve gotten on a specific message on Facebook, or how many times a tweet has been retweeted. But that’s even just the tip of the metrics iceberg, as it keeps stats on each individual tweet, blog post, status update, what have you offering a full variety of data on click-throughs, impressions and whatever you would expect from a traffic analytics service. Tags:#news#web Starting today, the system is available on a monthly basis starting at $50 per month, per campaign, for a single user. The “Enterprise” plan, at $100 per month, per campaign, allows for multiple users. Social Agency plans to announce another plan in February that will allow for unlimited users and campaigns, but the details for that are not yet available. For a program with this many features at launch, we only see it getting better. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… When we first looked at Spredfast, the social campaign management tool launched today by Austin, Texas-based Social Agency, we thought it looked like a less-flashy version of TweetDeck. Our first question to co-founders Kenneth Cho and Scott McCaskill was actually how the two programs differed and they took it in stride, given how far off the question really was. With big names like IBM, AOL, Cisco, Intel and Porter Novelli using the service, you better bet it does more than manage a handful of social networking accounts and microblogging services.Spredfast wants to be a new player in the field of social campaign management, and it is set to compete with other big names like Objective Marketer and Radian6.The entirely Web-based application is a full set of tools to not only manage and measure the message a company sends out among various social media, but also track the people who send the message. With fully customizable user roles and permissions, Spredfast looks like a great way to target multiple audiences on the Web from multiple directions. We think the key word here is multiple. This is a tool that can make a single person appear, to the average Web user, to be an entire community of people talking about your product.Like single-user tools of this variety, such as TweetDeck or Ping.fm, Spredfast is set up to work with any of the standard social networks. In addition to that, however, it will work with a number of content management systems, from Drupal and WordPress to Movable Type. And with its user-role management, you can not only say who can post to what, but whether or not it can go live or needs to be reviewed by another user before being published. On-site scheduling and voice management allows a single tweet to be sent out and then be retweeted, in slightly altered forms, by any number of other accounts over time, creating the illusion of a discussion. We may never trust what we see people talking about on the web again.In addition to multiple users, roles, networks and blogging platforms, Spredfast is also set to handle multiple campaigns. So, if ReadWriteWeb were to suddenly start using the system, for example, we could track activity for ReadWriteStart and ReadWriteEnterprise separately. center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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How To Download And Install Apple’s iOS 8 Beta

first_imgTags:#app development#Apple#iOS#iOS 8#iOS 8 beta#iPad#iPhone#iPod Touch#WWDC#WWDC 2014 Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Apple’s annual gift to iPhone and iPad developers is ready for a summer of design and development, bug testing and quality assurance programs. The iOS 8 beta is now available for download.See also: Apple’s iOS 8: What You Need To Know About Its New FeaturesThis year, iOS 8 beta is packed full of features. Before digging into the 4,000 new application programming interfaces in the iOS 8 beta, we know that Apple has added a ton of new capabilities to its the games development stack, added health and fitness features and iCloud “extensibility” features. The iOS 8 beta may not be as dramatic as the complete redesign of the operating system featured in iOS 7 in 2013, but there is more than a lot to dig through before the new iPhone comes out later this year.See also: What Developers Need To Know About iOS 8Below are some of the basics of what you’ll need to know to load the new iOS and start building apps.Before Downloading The iOS 8 BetaBefore you get started, here are several items you should have on hand:An iOS developer account. These cost $99 a year and are available through Apple’s developer website.A development device specifically for use with the iOS 8 beta. You really shouldn’t use your a personal device you rely on; beta versions of operating systems can be buggy and crash.Worse, you might lock yourself out of your device. Apple will release several versions of iOS 8 beta throughout the summer; older updates are eventually phased out, and if you’re still running one when that happens, your phone will basically shut down—as happened to many users last year with the iOS 7 beta.A device that supports the iOS 8 beta. At the moment, that would be the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Air, iPad Mini (both generations), 4th generation iPad, 3rd generation iPad and the iPad 2. The iPod Touch 5th generation is also supported. iOS 8 beta does not support the iPhone 4.The identifier for your device. For instance, an GMS iPhone identifier is A1533, A1547 or A1530. You will need this to know which version of iOS 8 beta to download. You can determine your iOS device identifier here for iPhones and here for iPads.Your device’s Unique Device Identifier (UDID). This is a string of 40 numbers and letters that serves as a kind of serial number for your iDevice. You will need to register your developer device in the iOS Development Center using the UDID, and you can’t complete the iOS 8 beta installation without authenticating the device this way.A backup of your device to iTunes and/or iCloud. Just in case the device crashes so badly you have to start from scratch, you can stash a backup in iTunes for a quick recovery. Also note that all documents on iOS 8 test devices need to be backed up to the new iCloud beta environment for both iOS 8 beta and Mac OS X Yosemite.Apple says that once you download iOS 8 beta, you will not be able to downgrade to earlier versions of iOS. There are ways around this (and we’ll outline them in a later post), but be prepared to be stuck in the beta until the end of the summer, when Apple releases the Gold Edition of iOS 8 shortly before the next iPhone comes out.Preparing For The iOS 8 BetaHere are a few things to note before you download the .dmg file of iOS 8 beta:Have the most current version of iTunes downloaded and ready.Charge your battery. There’s nothing worse than borking a download because you ran out of juice.Download And InstallOn your Mac, go to the iOS Development Center and download the appropriate version of the iOS 8 beta. This will take a few minutes.Open the .dmg file and find the .ipsw file. It should be the only file in the .dmg package.Connect your developer device to your computer and launch iTunes.Click on the iPhone button in iTunes. This will bring up your stats (such as memory use and serial numbers). Go ahead and back up your phone to iTunes now if you haven’t done so already.Press the option button (right click) to update the operating system in iTunes. It’s better to choose the “update” option in iTunes than the “restore” option. A window will open where you can choose the iOS 8 beta .ipsw file. Download it (which will take about 10 minutes).Wait patiently.That is how you officially get the iOS 8 beta. You will likely notice that the beta OS is kind of slow, eats your battery a little quicker than you are used to (especially on older devices), and is generally sort of buggy. This is why you don’t put beta operating systems on your personal devices.A Few Notes Of CautionIn 2013, the iOS 7 beta was extremely popular among both mobile developers and ordinary consumers. The popularity was due, in part, to the big iOS redesign that people just had to see for themselves. It’s also a sign of the democratization of technology, as the spread of tools and know-how enable larger numbers of people to take control of their devices.Last year, that trend turned out to be problematic for many iOS beta users (and, generally, for Apple as well).If you’re not a registered Apple developer and still want to download the iOS 8 beta, plenty of websites around the Internet have historically offered to give you access to the new operating system. These sites ask for your device’s UDID and use it to get you access to the beta software, usually for a fee of between $10 and $30.It’s not clear that this particular trick will still work this year. Apple released a new developer agreement with iOS 8, so these third-party sites might run higher risks offering access to the beta software. That being said, people tend find ways around those sorts of restrictions.While the cheaper fees here might seem like a good deal, doing business with these sites aren’t usually a good idea. In addition to the normal risks involved with putting a not-ready-for-prime-time operating system on your phone or tablet, you’d also be giving some anonymous third party your UDID. That identifier could be used to track you, to advertise to you and possibly even to deliver remote malware to your device.In other words, it’s generally not a good idea to share your iPhone’s UDID. You also won’t get access to the iOS Developer Center, which would let you install subsequent, and presumably less buggy, updates to iOS 8 beta. Don’t forget that as Apple rolls out new versions of the beta, it discontinues old versions; you risk lockout if you don’t update when that happens.So proceed at your own risk. And if you have any doubts, you might want to err on the side of caution and wait for the official release of iOS 8 later this year, lest you find yourself dealing with a balky, prone-to-crashing phone all summer—or worse. 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