Monday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgName the place! See how many of these five Chelsea-rated questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-68]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

NFL picks, Week 12: 49ers top Packers, Jets upset Raiders

first_imgLong story short, we’re putting this week’s NFL picks out as an appetizer for next week’s Thanksgiving feast:Jets 20, Raiders 19: Derek Carr lost his 2014 rookie debut at the Jets, and, 88 games later, he surprisingly falls in his return visit. Line: Line: Jets +349ers 33, Packers 20: Neither Aaron Rodgers nor Aaron Jones can stop the 49ers defense from grading out A+. Line: 49ers -3Texans 33, Colts 24: Houston has yet to lose back-to-back games, and this is a welcome homecoming after …last_img

Dry weather taking its toll on Ohio crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The rain this weekend was much needed, but the extended dry conditions in many pockets around Ohio created lasting damage in some fields. Corn is showing the signs of drought stress in a growing number of fields around Ohio. This Union County corn is showing signs of the dry weather. Corn rolled tight in Union County Shelby County has been suffering from an extended dry period. Shelby County cornlast_img

iPhone to Android: Making the Nexus S Do Your Bidding

first_imgMany weeks have passed since my iPhone met its unfortunate end thanks to a dive into a pond that left it, even after i-Hospitalization, without Wi-Fi, a functional USB port (it charges, but does not sync) and with a flaky Bluetooth connection. Now, the Mute switch has stopped working, too. Who knows what will fail next?In the meantime, I’ve made the switch to the Nexus S, and have been documenting that process here, in a series of posts, with the hopes that other iPhone users curious about the world of Android may learn something through my trials and tribulations. This week, I’m starting to delve into the power of Android automation, and I’ve found that this may be the key selling point for Android. Or alternately, the the one area that has you running back to the iPhone for good.If you’ve haven’t been following my transition, you can start here with my one-week review, then check in again here when I hit one month. I’ve now reached a month and a half. This is an ongoing series.Automating the EverydayEarlier this month, I complained about the battery life issues of using this particular Android phone. From what I’ve heard, the Nexus S has a better battery than some other Android phones out there, but it still doesn’t compare to what I was used to from the iPhone world.To prolong battery life, you can use a widget that ships with many Android devices. This widget provides easy access to some of the phone’s functions from the homescreen, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Location services, Brightness and Sync. When battery life is a concern, turning off unneeded functions can give your phone a bit of extra juice. iPhone or Android? Ask Yourself ThisBut Tasker’s very existence is a perfect example of the Android/iPhone disparity. It provides you with the control and freedom to hack away at your phone, while making it just hard enough that the average user won’t bother. This is typical Android. (At least, Android as I know it now).A good many Android app designs tend towards the engineering side of things, not the design. In doing so, unfortunately, some of Android’s capabilities becomes less accessible to all users.  That’s a shame. Related Posts sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#Google#mobile#Product Reviews#web Note: not my phone – image credit: Business InsiderBut this attempt to maximize your battery can quickly devolve into a time-consuming effort. Turn on location, check-in on Foursquare, turn off location. Arrive home, turn on Wi-Fi, leave home, turn off Wi-Fi, etc.Of course, as pointed out by many commenters, you don’t actually have to perform all these tasks manually – this is Android, after all. Any of its perceived or real shortcomings can be shored up with an app, I’m told.Introducing Tasker, the App that Does it AllOne such app is Tasker, an automaton’s dream.Granted, this app isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a bit overly complex for your average user, I’ll admit. But you can get your phone to do almost anything if you’re willing to brave its documentation, read the online wiki and experiment. With Tasker, you can automate the switching on and off of various functions, such as Location services or Wi-Fi, but you can do so much more, too. The way Tasker’s website describes it is that the app lets you perform tasks (actions) based on contexts (application, time of day, location, event, gesture) in user-defined profilesor in clickable or timer-based homescreen widgets.A few (really, just a few!) of the things Tasker can do:Passcode-lock sensitive applicationsChange phone settings by:Application: long screen timeout in a book readerTime: screen brightness lower in the eveningLocation: ringer volume high at the office, turn off ke yguard at homeWake up with a random song from your music collectionText-to-speech; read out loud: incoming SMS/ phone number, WiFi/Bluetooth status, when it’s time for an appointment, when the battery is low etc etc (Android OS 1.6+ only)Launch a music application when your music SD card is insertedChange all your home icons and wallpaper every day, or in particular locations (like work)Turn the phone upside down to return to the home screen, tilt 90 degrees to the left and back to toggle speakerphone during a callRemap camera buttons to other applicationsDecrypt/encrypt and/or zip/unzip application data on the fly when an application is launched/exitsPause music playback while in a particular application, restart on exitChange the Home icon for any applicationTake a time-lapse photo series (possibly ‘secretly’)Make a regular backup of a file on the SD cardTrack your phone location via SMS in case of theftShow a popup when an SMS arrives from a particular phone numberSetup a birthday SMS to be sent months before it happens so you don’t forgetRecord battery levels over time to a file on SD cardMake automatic recordings of what you say during phone calls to SD cardDuring the night, turn on airplane mode to conserve battery/reduce radiation, but turn it off every 15 minutes to check for SMS/voicemail.Setup a vacation SMS message, with different messages for different callersLaunch a music application when headphones are connectedIt’s a powerful, powerful application. And more than a little intimidating.Not only to you have to configure these tasks, you have to think about overlap and precedence. You have to think about how you’ll manage your profiles, and what sorts of tasks will be assigned to them. Will you have profiles for “Work” and “Home,” times of day, locations, or all of the above?But despite a fairly non-intuitive user interface, I understood, after playing around with it, how Tasker works. An I.T. background probably helped, too. Also, all those years of creating Outlook email rules (if this, then that…). It’s the same concept for Tasker. If I’m sleeping, turn notifications sounds off. If I plug in my headphones and launch MOG, turn the volume to the maximum setting. You get the idea.Tasker BasicsHere’s how it works, in short:Tap “New” on the launch screen for a new profile and name it.Pick a “First Context” on the screen that pops up (options are application, time, day, location, state, or event). Configure that context (what app, what time, what day, what location, what state or event), tap “Done”Create a task by tapping “New Task” on the screen that pops up (or pick one you’ve already made from the list)Name the new taskClick the plus sign to add an action. Select the action category (e.g. Alert, Audio, App, Dialog, File, Phone, Media, etc.)Select the action from the list that appears and configure it.Tap “Done”There’s a lot more to it than that, of course, but those are the basic steps.It’s robust, it’s genius, it’s…well, kind of nerdy.Becoming a Power Android User…A Tech Nerd Rebirth?Calling the app “nerdy” actually has a lot of appeal to some Android users out there, let’s face it. Many of Android’s power users are attracted to the platform because of capabilities like these. The deeper you get into becoming a power user yourself, the more often you find yourself turning to forums, how-to articles, wikis, user manuals and the like. You start becoming a bit of tech nerd yourself.The process reminds me very much of my days in I.T. where the typical end user sat in front a powerful machine, capable of doing so very many things, but was baffled as how to perform the simplest task. Only the tech elite really understood computers, and would disdainfully, begrudgingly fix yours for you if you asked nicely. The fact is, the problems surrounding the complexities of technology were never really the end user’s fault – it was the interface. Apple proved that even the so-called “mainstream” users could embrace technology and understand how to use it – you just had to make it simpler. That’s what the iPhone is. Simpler.And that either appeals to you or it does not. It’s that easy.With the iPhone, you would never find an app like Tasker, and many users would never want to. If you don’t want to be bothered by notification pings, you flip the Mute switch on the side of the iPhone. If you want a different profile for work than for home…well, too bad. You don’t really need that, do you? Nor do you really need the hundreds of other things Tasker lets you do, right?Ask yourself that question. Your answer will tell you a lot about what phone is right for you.It’s a question I’m debating myself right now.I’m busy, I have a full-time job and a toddler. I realize that giving up control for simplification is a trade-off, but one I’ve been willing to make for years with iPhone. Control, as much as I thought I needed it, was less of a selling point for me than the other things I love about Android (see the previous post in this series for more on that).But it’s still possible for iPhone to win me back. I just want more of the good stuff from Android on the iPhone: better notifications and alerts, multiple homescreens with widgets, more customization options and new technology like NFC (near field communication, a mobile payments enabler). Will a future iPhone provide? Will I one day return? Maybe. But for now, only Android gives me the things I want. So for now I’ll stay here. I can see the same parallels forming among the Android user base. There are the tech elite, the nerds who can – oh, I don’t know – set up your Tasker for you, maybe? And there’s everyone else – the regular folks who just want to browse the Web, text their friends and run apps. The power of Android – that is, power on this level – escapes them. Or it’s only accessible via rooting.And rooting a phone? Really? For the mainstream, it’s just not going to happen. The rooting process on Android is considerably more challenging than jailbreaking an iPhone, a task where, in true Apple spirit, even the hackers themselves provide end users with simple, DIY hacking tools. But rooting is also largely unnecessary for the mainstream Android user because the platform is not as locked down as iPhone is from the get-go. You don’t have to root to make dramatic changes to your Android, you just have to download an app or change a setting.While I personally applaud the initiative it took to create an app like Tasker, and can revel in the control it gives you over your phone, I can firmly attest that’s it’s not for everyone. (And yes, I realize there are simpler apps that can do a subset of these things. For example, search for “profile” apps in the Android Market. I was checking out the plainly named “Settings Profile” app myself for a more basic profile switcher option). Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

10 days ago​Ex-Man Utd striker Berbatov: Critics can go f*** themselves!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Ex-Man Utd striker Berbatov: Critics can go f*** themselves!by Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has hit back at critics of his style of play.The now retired Bulgarian was always a polarising figure among fans of the club, as some felt his style was too lazy compared to forwards Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney.But Berbatov considers himself “an artist on the pitch” and had a profanity laden response to his critics.”It is probably because I didn’t play like Rooney or Tevez,” Berbatov told”I didn’t like that because I can show you six or seven current world-class players who run less than me back then. When you label something like that, it sticks. Even if it isn’t true.”People can go f*** themselves. People don’t understand and try to look smart. “I would check my stats after every game and I was running 10-11km every game. It doesn’t make any difference for me. I was more bothered how I move and make space.” last_img read more

Bombardment kills 20 civilians in northwest Syria monitor

first_imgBeirut: Bombardment by the Syrian regime and its Russian ally killed 20 civilians including five children Wednesday in the latest violence to hit northwest Syria.The Syrian regime and Russia have stepped up their deadly raids on the Idlib region since late April, despite an international deal intended to prevent a full-scale offensive on the area of some three million people.In almost three months, 730 civilians have been killed there in air strikes and ground-to-ground fire by the Damascus government and its allies. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe bombardment has also hit two dozen hospitals in the opposition area, which is made up of most of Idlib province as well as slivers of adjacent governorates.On Wednesday, Russian air strikes killed 10 people from the same family, including three children, on a farm near the town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Ten others lost their lives in regime air strikes and artillery fire in other parts of the jihadist-run bastion, the Britain-based monitoring group said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAmong these, regime war planes killed five civilians including two children in the town of Ariha in Idlib province, it said.A rescue worker in the town lifted the limp body of a toddler out of the rubble and rushed the child to an ambulance, according to footage shared by his White Helmets organisation.His team members hurriedly worked through the debris and twisted sheets of corrugated iron, finding a young man on his back covered in grey dust — but still alive. On Monday, air strikes killed at least 50 civilians in various parts of the bastion.The Observatory said the majority were killed in Russian air raids on a busy market, but Moscow has denied any involvement.The monitor, which relies on sources inside Syria, says it determines who carries out air strikes according to flight patterns, as well as aircraft and ammunition involved.Mark Cutts, UN deputy regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis, this week described a worsening “nightmare” unfolding in Idlib.He said Monday’s aerial onslaught was “one of the deadliest attacks on civilian areas that we have seen since the upsurge in fighting”.The Idlib region has since January been administered by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham — a group led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate — but other jihadists and rebels are also present in the area bordering Turkey.A September accord struck between Moscow and Ankara was supposed to set up a buffer zone around the region, but it was never fully implemented after jihadists refused to withdraw from that planned security cordon.The recent violence has forced more than 330,000 people from their homes, the United Nations says, many seeking shelter further north in camps or olive groves along the Turkish border.Syria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.last_img read more

Horgan Weaver look to Liberals for help in keeping BC legislature afloat

first_imgVICTORIA – The leaders of British Columbia’s New Democrats and Greens say it is not unprecedented for an Opposition member to serve as Speaker as they prepare to navigate a potentially tricky political situation in the provincial legislature.NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Leader Andrew Weaver are using former Liberal MP Peter Milliken as an example, saying he served as Speaker in the House of Commons during a minority Conservative government.“Peter Milliken, elected Speaker after five ballots under (former prime minister) Jean Chretien back in 2001, served as the Speaker through successive Conservative minority and majority governments,” Weaver said Wednesday.B.C.’s election last month did not produce a clear winner in the 87-seat legislature with Christy Clark’s Liberals winning 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the Greens three.The NDP and the Greens have a deal that would see the New Democrats form a minority government if the Liberals are defeated in the legislature.Clark said when politicians return to the house on June 22 the Liberals will put forward a member to serve as Speaker.But if her minority government is defeated, political tradition dictates a new Speaker be elected and that person normally comes from the government side of the house, which would mean electing a New Democrat to the position.In that scenario, there would be a 43-43 tie in the legislature.Horgan suggested the person who becomes Speaker next week, likely a member of Clark’s caucus, should remain in the position following the expected defeat of the Liberal government in a confidence vote later this month.“This is how I see it,” said Horgan. “The government, current, is going to put forward a Speaker. Good. That Speaker should be in place as a non-partisan for the term of the parliament.”Attorney General Andrew Wilkinson suggested it is up to the NDP and Greens to supply the Speaker if the NDP forms a minority government.“If the Greens and the NDP are purporting to be able to provide a stable government for British Columbians, then they have to do it from within their own resources,” he said.Experts have said an impasse over the Speaker could send voters back to the polls.The Speaker’s role is to enforce the rules in the legislature and he or she only votes in the event of a tie, and even then only to maintain the status quo, as per tradition.last_img read more

Certain cauliflower red and green lettuce recalled due to Ecoli

first_imgThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling certain types of cauliflower, red and green leaf lettuce due to possible E-coli contamination.The products were imported by Adam Bros. Farming Inc. and were sold to consumers, retailers and restaurants in several provinces including Ontario and Quebec.The CFIA is recommending that the recalled products be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.The recall was triggered by a recall in the United States resulting in an investigation into an outbreak of E-coli linked to the consumption of romaine lettuce.Food contaminated with E-coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. So far, the CFIA says there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea.last_img read more

Roland Garros raises prize money launches new court

first_imgParis: French Open organisers have announced an eight per cent increase in the total prize money to 42.6 million euros ($48.35 million) and also inaugurated a new court that is the famed Grand Slam tennis tournament’s third-biggest. Prize money will jump the most for men and women who are ousted in the qualifying stage or who lose in the first round, with the latter now set to earn 46,000 euros ($52,333) apiece, an increase of 15 percent over last year, Efe news reported on Friday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe winners of the men’s and women’s singles will each receive 2.3 million euros ($2.6 million), up 4.55 percent from last year, while the singles finalists will earn 1.18 million euros, an increase of 5.36 percent. On Thursday, tournament organisers also inaugurated a new 5,000-seat court that is the first piece of a renovation project launched in 2018 at tennis’ clay-court Grand Slam. Known as Court Simonne Mathieu, it is named after a star French player of the 1920s and 1930s who won two Roland Garros women’s singles titles (when the tournament was known as the French Championships). Mathieu (1908-1980) also was a runner-up at that tournament on six occasions and became a French resistance fighter during World War II.last_img read more

RBI to issue guidelines on regulatory sandbox in next two months Das

first_imgNew Delhi: To promote innovation in FinTech space, the central bank will issue guidelines for regulatory sandbox in the next two months, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said Monday. A regulatory sandbox is a framework set up by a regulator that allows FinTech startups to conduct live experiments in a controlled environment under supervision. “A Regulatory Sandbox’ would benefit FinTech companies by way of reduced time to launch innovative products at a lower cost. Going forward, the Reserve Bank will set up a regulatory sandbox, for which guidelines will be issued in the next two months,” he said at an event organised by NITI Aayog here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe RBI’s working group on FinTech and digital banking in November 2017, had suggested the introduction of a regulatory sandbox/innovation hub within a well-defined space and duration to experiment with FinTech solutions, where the consequences of failure can be contained and reasons for failure analysed. Observing that FinTech has the potential to reshape the financial services and financial inclusion landscape in India in fundamental ways, he said, it can reduce costs and improve access and quality of financial services. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”We have to strike a subtle balance between effectively utilising FinTech while minimising its systemic impacts,” he said. He also said that the RBI has encouraged banks to explore the possibility of establishing new alliances with FinTech firms as it could be pivotal in accelerating the agenda of financial inclusion through innovation. “It is essential that flow of investments to this sector is unimpeded to realise its full potential. It is imperative to create an ecosystem which promotes collaboration while carefully paying attention to the implications that it has for the macro economy,” he said. Pointing out some of the challenges, the Governor said risks for FinTech products may also arise from cross border legal and regulatory issues. Data confidentiality and customer protection are major areas that also need to be addressed, he said. Emphasising that India has been at the forefront of this revolution, he said, a recent global survey ranks India second in terms of FinTech adoption, with an adoption rate of 52 per cent.last_img read more