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Now You Can Visit the Zoo with Google Street View

Google has sent its Street View team to some of the most remote places in the world, which have included the Arctic, the Amazon and even the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Now, you can get up close and personal with a few exotic animals from some of the world’s most iconic zoos with Street View.

  • 10 of the most amazing places in the world to visit with Google Street View

Six new zoos from North America, South America, Europe and Asia have been added to Google Street View, which now let viewers take a peek into different exhibits where the animals live. The recently added imagery now includes panda bears, polar bears, red pandas, tigers, lions, penguins, ducks, flamingos and lots more.

To see it all for yourself, you can go ahead and check out some of these zoos right now at the links below.

  • Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (China)
  • Chapultepec Zoo (Mexico)
  • Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park (Canada)
  • Buin Zoo (Chile)
  • Zoologico de Bauru (Brazil)
  • Asahiyama Zoo (Japan)
  • Zoo Safari Park Stukenbrock (Germany)

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My Summer Plans: Exploring the US

Greetings from Portland, Oregon!

After two years of continuous travel, I’ve finally made it to the United States and it certainly feels like the perfect time to have done so.

With a heatwave sweeping across much of the country, I’ve found my transition from Southeast Asia to North America a lot easier than expected. I was slightly concerned about spending a month in Portland after being warned by practically everybody I spoke to expect rain, even in summer. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to have not experienced a single drop during the two weeks I’ve been here.

Yosemite mountains and waterfalls

With such fantastic weather, I’ve decided to make the most of it and so I’ve extended my US travels so that I can spend three months here in total.

Once I finish up in Portland in August, I’ll be jetting over to the east coast to check out New York City, Boston and Washington DC. I’ve visited New York City before, almost ten years ago, so I’m intrigued to see how I like it this time around. Boston and Washington DC will both be new cities for me to explore.

My final month in the US will be spent in the Southwest, where I’ll be driving from Phoenix to Austin. High on my list of places to see are the Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park, White Sands National Monument and Big Bend National Park.

Apparently I really like hot weather.

I’ll be visiting a lot of brand new cities over my next couple of months in the US so I’d love to get some recommendations from you. I love quirky sights, unusual activities, hiking and great food. If you can think of anywhere I absolutely have to visit in any of these places then leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

 

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Ecuador: Affordable South America

A trip to Brazil, Argentina or Peru can involve expensive airfares. If you don’t find a bargain, it’s difficult to visit these South American countries on a budget.

Should you simply decide a South American adventure is not possible?

Take a look at Ecuador. Airfares often are more reasonable from North America to Quito and Guayaquil. Quito has opened a new international airport.

Travel time from Miami is only about four hours, and after you arrive there are reasonable prices for hotels, attractions and dining.

One example: you can discover some of the world’s most spectacular volcanic peaks during an all-day scenic train trip. The cost is only $15/person round-trip from Quito.

Quito and Ecuador could experience a travel boom in the next few years, and prices could rise. Now is a good time to consider a visit.

    Quito and Ecuador Travel:

  • Quito on a Budget
  • Quito Food
  • Quito Hotels
  • Hotel Review: Cafe Cultura
  • What to do in Quito

    Day Trips from Quito:

  • Equator in Ecuador
  • Otavalo on a Budget
  • Cotopaxi on a Budget

    Unique Ecuador Travel Experiences:

  • Ecuadorian Haciendas
  • Galapagos Islands Tours

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Learn to Camp in Ontario

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Ontario Parks hosts some of the best learn-to-camp sessions in North America. The line-up of Summer 2013 events has been scheduled and spots are filling up fast. Check with the calendar of events and plan your Ontario camping getaway.

If you’ve already participated in a learn-to-camp lesson and want to refresh your skills, a new graduate program will be offered this summer. New Learn to Fish sessions are also planned at four Ontario Parks and Parkbus will offer public transportation from the Greater Toronto Area to a new Learn to Camp in Northern Ontario. Other new park activities to try in 2013 range from taking a kayak lesson to learning how to build a dry stone wall. Visit Ontario Parks for mare details.

More: Best Canadian National Parks for Camping | Top 5 Provincial Parks in Canada

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Uber Adds In-app Fare Splitting Feature for Group Rides

If you live around any one of North America’s major cities, chances are you’ve heard about Uber — the San Francisco-based transportation startup that lets you summon a private driver in a chic black sedan with nothing but a tap of your finger and then automatically pay for your ride (including tip) through its smartphone app software.

  • Read about my experience using Uber

Today, Uber announced that it was introducing a new fare splitting feature to both its iPhone and Android apps for people who travel in groups. Not only will this reduce the burden of Uber’s pricey ride fees on the passenger who summons the cab and gets charged for it, but it may also give people more of a reason to use the service more frequently.

The fare splitting app feature allows people to invite their friends through their existing contact list, or they can manually type in a phone number. Passengers who are invited to split up the ride fare will receive a text message with a link that triggers the Uber app to open if they have it installed already, or a download link to install it. Once the invited passengers confirm the fare split request, Uber takes care of the rest by distributing the ride charges evenly among everyone.

To use the fare splitting feature, you need to update your Uber app for iOS or Android. And if you haven’t tried Uber just yet, make sure to check out what I think of Uber, along with a few reader reviews located down at the bottom of the page.

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Rural Radio Coming to SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Rural Radio is a new 24/7 channel coming to SiriusXM Satellite Radio beginning July 15. The service describes Rural Radio as being “…devoted to providing a wide variety of programming for and about rural American life, the western lifestyle and agribusiness interests.” (Screenshot: SiriusXM.com/ruralradio)

Rural Radio will be heard on channel 80 and is designed to deliver original programming for rural audiences including lifestyle, commodity markets, equine, hunting, fishing, western sports (rodeo and bull riding), and more. Some of the shows that will be heard include Horse Talk, Rural Evening News, Vets on Call, and others.

SiriusXM has identified rural listeners as a growing share of the satellite market. Patrick Gottsch, founder of Rural Radio, LLC says satellite radio technology has been “…embraced by rural consumers in their cars, pickups, tractors and combines throughout North America.”

For more information, go to SiriusXM.com/RURALRADIO.

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Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics Certification Retirements for July 2013

I hope everyone that came to TechEd North America had a great time and took the opportunity to come and visit us at our booth. I talked with a number of you on how we could provide a better means to support you in your career as an IT Professional, Developer, Partner and Trainer. One thing that came up in many of our discussions is the retirement of certifications and how we could be doing a better job at communicating certification retirements. Our Certifications Product Management team, is committed to providing you this information on a regular basis. Leave us a comment to help us improve how we communicate this information in the future. What format you would like to see? What is the best communications channel (Born to Learn blog, email, social media, etc.) to distribute this information to you? Your input is greatly appreciated.

This blog post will provide our Microsoft Dynamics Partners, Microsoft Learning Partners, Microsoft Certified Trainers and Microsoft Certified Professional an update on retiring Microsoft Dynamics certifications.

Earlier this year, we updated a number of Microsoft Learning website pages to drive awareness that the following Microsoft Dynamics certifications that will be retired on July 8, 2013:

  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Applications for Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Developer for Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Installation and Configuration for Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0

  

  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Applications
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Customization and Configuration
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Extending Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Installation and Configuration
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Applications for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Developer for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Installation and Deployment for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

  

  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Applications for Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Developer for Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Installation and Configuration for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

This is our first wave of Microsoft Dynamics certification retirements. We plan to retire all Microsoft Dynamics MCTS and MCITP certifications by December 31, 2014. We will announce the next wave of Microsoft Dynamics certification retirements later this summer. New Microsoft Dynamics certifications will be announced over the coming 18 months.

For individuals who have earned one or more of these retired certifications, they will continue to appear on their transcripts under Legacy status.

 

Related Resources:

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Retired Certifications



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Blog Post: It’s Not Really About Certification

You already know I'm a proponent of IT certification. I knew of certifications well before I started working at Microsoft, and have always held high regard for those who devote the time and energy to earn their credentials. It's not the acronyms in their email signatures that impress me; it's their dedication to learning and growth.

When MCT Chris Gardner published his recent blog post titled "The Real Reason Why Developers Should Get Certified," responses from our readers, fans and followers around the social web were overwhelmingly positive. Chris, who develops web apps by day and advocates for game development by speaking and blogging, knows first hand the value of certification for business, professional and personal endeavors. (I would encourage you to read his post for more context if you haven't already.) One especially thoughtful comment came from Lisa F. via our Facebook page. She said:

"Technology and software are constantly changing. The best way I've found to keep sharp in this field is to keep certifying. The practice of preparing for my next exam keeps me trying things that I haven't done yet, just because I haven't had to in my position, and it forces me to keep myself current with the new technologies. It makes me better at my job and helps me to communicate possible technological needs and improvements for the customer."

Lisa's words very much align with what I've heard from many IT pros, developers, consultants and trainers. Much of the process of studying for certification exams is about learning and self assessment. The list of "skills measured" for each Microsoft exam, also known as exam objective domains, is essentially a checklist for yourself: "How much of this technology do I really know?" During a recent tweetchat about "90 Days to MCSA," MCT Michael Bender also talked about this: "#90days2MCSA is about motivating you to learn the technology. Earning your MCSA is a big plus!"

So, if earning certifications is really about honing your skills and staying current, can you afford to put it off? Sure, it's just one element of your curriculum vitae, but it's one where you can readily show proof of your technical proficiency and demonstrate your commitment to professional development. Yes, work hours are long, and obligations of everyday life are many, but consider prioritizing this investment in yourself. If your current employer supports training and certification, that's definitely a plus. Talk to your manager or human resources department today about available benefits. If it's not something the company offers, there's no stopping you from doing this for yourself. There are many resources available to you, often low or no cost, and so many people who can help. (See the list at the end of this post.) In the end, the knowledge and achievement are yours to gain, keep and use.

MCT and PFE Cynthia Wang (@CyntheSys) said it best in a tweet. It's not really about certification; it's about YOU.

 

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Blog Post: TechEd North America 2013 – Rob

Not everyone who comes to TechEd is super-technical.  Rob is a project manager for IT projects and was at TechEd to learn more about ALM and what's new and coming soon for Microsoft's application platform.  He decided to take the MTA exam for Operating System fundamentals to begin using certification to establish his technical credibility even though he's not a developer.  Are you a project manager who needs some credibility with your developers?  Maybe MTA is for you too.



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Blog Post: TechEd North America 2013 – Edward

I had a nice chat with Edward who told me about a cool project he got to work on.  He got the gig because he had the certifications which showed he had the skills.  Now he's working on his Windows Server MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification.  What cool projects did you get to work on because of your certifications?



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