Football Talk: Team’s anatomical kit, what’s in Leicester’s water?

first_imgHe’s scored 49 goals this season, surely you can spot him?! SNS Group SNS GroupAaron Doran. The Inverness CT winger turns 24 today. Many happy returns, Aaron! One man seeks the answer to a widely held question: what’s in the water at Leicester? Deportivo Palencia have modelled their new kits on a sunburnt Cristiano Ronaldo.Jose Mourinho puts his foot in during a charity match. Surprised this hasn’t happened before.Jack Wilshere’s Twitter Q and A backfires… It’s a question that has been posed many times this season – what’s in the water at Leicester City? Now one man has sought to find out for himself.And who better to ask than Danny Drinkwater? If anyone knows, it will be him. The Foxes are flush with cash following their Premier League triumph – imagine how much more they could make by bottling this stuff?Elsewhere, Spanish lower league side Deportivo Palencia have unveiled a, err, rather revealing kit for next season. And Jose Mourinho has finally given in to his urges and tackled a player from the bench. I’m surprised he never did that to John Obi Mikel at Chelsea. It’s all in today’s Football Talk.last_img read more

Cabinet to weigh up high-speed rail plan

first_img23 February 2011Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele is to approach Cabinet for approval of plans for South Africa’s first long-distance high-speed rail link, between Durban and Johannesburg.Last September, Ndebele announced the proposal as part of the National Transport Master Plan 2010-2050.As far back as 2005, there have been plans for high-speed rail links for Johannesburg to Durban, Johannesburg to Musina, and the Moloto Corridor between Tshwane and former KwaNdebele in Mpumalanga.Speaking in Pretoria this week, Ndebele said the time had come for these projects to be rolled out.Cabinet approval of the Durban to Johannesburg high-speed rail project would kick-start a process that includes a feasibility study on the viability of the rail link.The plan has triggered major local and international interest from countries such as France, Germany, China, the United States of America, Japan, Canada and South Korea.The project is part of the department’s plans to revitalise the rail industry in South Africa and to unlock the country’s economic potential and create jobs in the process.Transparency“We have … noted recent media reports indicating that Duduzane Zuma, the son of President Jacob Zuma, Lazarus Zim, the Gupta Brothers together with their Chinese partners, were in line to win the rights to construct Africa’s first high-speed rail project,” Ndebele said.“We wish to state that the Department of Transport will only call for expressions of interest on the Durban-Johannesburg High Speed Rail route in July 2011.“Once received, all expressions of interest will be subject to a strict evaluation process, and the preferred and winning bidders will be announced only following an inclusive and transparent process.“As the first country in Africa likely to have such a project, we owe it to the people of this country and the continent that our greenfield long-distance high-speed rail sets high procurement, transparency, technical and safety standards for the rest of Africa.”In June, an international investors’ conference will be hosted in Cape Town to consolidate interest in various infrastructure projects in the country, including the Durban to Johannesburg high-speed rail project.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Good bye Tata, from the Rainbow Nation

first_imgThank you Madiba – your magic will forever be among us all. This was a common sentiment as people mourned the passing of a legend.South Africans lost their father and the world lost an icon when Nelson Mandela – Madiba, Tata – died at 8.50pm on 5 December at home in Houghton. It has brought tears, but also a celebration of his life not just to his family and friends, but to the world.Born 18 July 1918 in Mvezo, a small village in the Eastern Cape, Mandela was the country’s first black president. But he was more than that: he was a world statesman and a universal symbol of peace, unity, forgiveness and ubuntu. Tributes continue to pour out for the father of the Rainbow Nation.Bernard Fingwana says: “I am happy the man has finally reached the end of his journey and I thank him for all he has done, for not just us but the whole world.” He leaves a legacy that has changed the lives of many people throughout the world, but above all he has left everyone with the hope of a loving home for all.“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear,” Mandela said. His words inspired many people and changed their ways of thinking.“I feel very hurt knowing that he is gone,” says Phillipa TshabitsoPhillipa Tshibitso says: “I feel very hurt knowing that he is gone. I would like to say to all South Africans that, ‘Please we must all walk in his path.’ I would love to say to his family that we are crying with them.”Mandela’s message is universal: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” he said in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.“We love you Tata and you will always be a part of everyone’s life. The nation will take all that you have done for us and keep moving towards building a world filled with peace, love and happiness… we are with his family, because Nelson Mandela is our freedom. We will pray with you and not for you,” says Mpilo Masokela.Again, Mandela’s words are inspirational: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”Weeping, Caroline Nkamboyi says: “I did not want to believe that he was gone and as soon as I accepted it I became sad. What I would love to say to his family is that they must accept it because we are here for them too.”And his legacy lives on, urging ordinary people to do the extraordinary: “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation,” he said. “We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.”“He brought freedom into every South African’s life,” says Selina Dikeledi (Images: Bhekumuzi Madakane)Bhekumuzi MadakaneSelina Dikeledi Kitsaweng says: “It all came as a sudden shock. He brought freedom into every South African’s life. I am where I am today because of him. Tata wherever you are, thank you for everything. In a way you brought me up too, so thank you.”Forever he will be missed, and the words “we love you Tata” are being heard loud and clear across the world. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,” he said. “I am the master of my fate and the captain of my destiny.”Gone but never forgotten, Madiba will live on in our hearts, his humility and humanity something which we can all strive to emulate. “When the history of our times is written, will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing?” he asked.South Africans – indeed all people – can follow his lead, working for others through his foundation, 46664, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and giving of their time on Nelson Mandela International Day, and every day.But now, to the father of the nation, it is time to say goodbye. Hamba Kahle, Tata.last_img read more

Mobile Developers See More Promise in Google Plus than iCloud

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement That last item is an especially notable key advantage over Facebook, which does not yet have a deeply integrated Facebook experience on any mobile platform in particular, although there are some phones, like the HTC ChaCha (aka the HTC Status on AT&T), HTC Salsa and INQ’s Cloud Touch, which offer a Facebook-focused experience.But for developers, there’s an understanding that what Google Plus may soon offer is not just another way to integrate “social” into their mobile applications, but an ability to map a user’s particular “interest graph” into their apps, as well. For example, if a user has a Google Plus Circle of friends who like to discuss movies, explains Schwarshoff, an app like Flixster could take advantage of that for a more personalized and customized social experience. Similarly, a photo-sharing application could allow you to share some photos with just a Circle of family or friends, instead of the general public or a wider network of “followers.”For Now, Facebook Still WinsAll that being said, developers aren’t jumping to use Google Plus within their applications immediately. For one thing, Google does not yet offer developer tools for Google Plus (i.e., a Google Plus API – application programming interface) so it’s not even a possibility at this time.However, although Facebook is the API leader over the next 12-18 months, according to the survey, Google Plus and Twitter are tied for second place in terms of future API usage. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why Mobile Developers are Excited About Google PlusThe reason developers feel this way has largely to do with Google’s ability to leverage Google Plus across a portfolio of products, including Search, Maps, YouTube and more, all of which also have a mobile presence.Other popular responses to the “why Google Plus” question included positive sentiments about the innovations Google Plus delivered (e.g., Sparks, Hangouts and Circles), its overall user experience, and Google’s ability to bake in Google Plus deeply into its Android operating system. Mobile application developers believe that Google’s new social network Google Plus will have more impact on mobile growth and adoption than Apple’s iCloud, or even iOS 5’s Twitter integration. This is just one of the fascinating findings related to Google Plus revealed within the results of a new developer survey led by mobile cloud platform provider Appcelerator and analyst firm IDC. Together, the two companies had surveyed 2,012 app developers to better understand their take on current and future mobile trends.The interest in Google Plus is somewhat surprising, considering that the social network’s age is still measured in weeks, not months. But, according to Appcelerator’s VP of Marketing, Scott Schwarzhoff, developers often take the long view when considering new services such as this, thinking 12, 16 or 18 months out into the future.For example, last year, Appcelerator saw developers were displaying great enthusiasm for Apple’s iPad pre-launch. And it’s now seeing the same excitement for Google Plus.How Developers See Google PlusAt 25% of respondents indicating interest in Google Plus, the results show it ranking higher than other products and trends, including Apple’s iCloud (22%), NFC (18%), iOS 5’s Twitter integration (14%), Android patent issues (13%), Amazon’s forthcoming Android tablet (6%) and the HP TouchPad (2%). Of course, it should be noted that what any survey respondent says they will do and what they actually end up doing can sometimes be very different things. But Appcelerator’s surveys in the past have usually been on target when it comes to spotting trends.And lest you think that Appcelerator’s core audience is biased towards Android developers somehow, you’ll be interested to know that, in fact, the opposite is true. iOS apps make up 75% of Appcelerator’s 25,000+ mobile applications. The apps are Web developers primarily, not those coding in Java or Objective C. Web developers are those who are most focused on building cross-platform applications, which makes this group’s thoughts on Google Plus most interesting indeed.It looks like Google Plus will soon see itself integrated into iPhones and Androids alike through mobile applications, even though Apple has anointed Twitter as its social network of choice. sarah perezcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts In addition to Google Plus’ impact on mobile growth and adoption, developers also said they believed Google Plus could catch up to Facebook in the long-term. Two-thirds said that the new social network would be an asset for Google in gaining mindshare among consumers and developers alike in addressing both the Facebook challenge and the Twitter/iOS 5 integration. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#apps#Google#mobile#news#Trends last_img read more

Web Browsing on Tablets – Which Platform Delivers the Best Experience?

first_imgTablet devices vary considerably in terms of supporting the full range of Web content and technologies. However, when tablets are used in the office, your workers will expect the highest-performing tablet on the market. Principled Technologies put the following five browser/tablet combinations, head-to-head to determine who would prevail in displaying the web content that you want to see: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 on an Intel Atom processor-powered HP ElitePad with Windows 8 Pro 32-bit Google Chrome on an Intel Atom processor-powered HP ElitePad with Windows 8 Pro 32-bitMicrosoft Internet Explorer 10 Modern UI app on a Microsoft Surface RT with Windows 8 RTGoogle Chrome on a Samsung® Galaxy Tab® 2 with Android 4.1.1Safari on an Apple iPad 4 with Apple iOS 6.1.3Our FindingsUsing two different browsers, the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet had the fewest issues with the set of popular Web sites tested. (Lower numbers are better.) Missing or broken features. These sites had errors that made it difficult or impossible to use certain site features. Examples include Ikea’s site, which doesn’t allow users on certain browsers to use online planning tools; Shutterfly, which has Flash-based tools for uploading pictures; and deviantART Motion Books are not supported on some browsers.Missing or broken links. These sites had links that either did not work or were found missing when compared the site on the mobile device to the site on a non-tablet PC. Examples include Sprint’s Web site where a link labeled “Got questions? Click to chat,” which allows users to initiate support chat, is missing on some browsers; and Adobe’s site where certain navigation bar links are missing on the home page on some devices.Sites or parts of sites do not load. These sites had errors when loading the full site, or parts of the site. Examples include the Wizarding World of Harry Potter site, which redirects some browsers to a more general Universal Studios Parks site; Fox Sports, which redirects to a site that doesn’t load properly on some browsers; and T- Mobile’s site, which doesn’t load properly when trying to initiate support chat on some browsers.Video issues. These sites were unable to properly load and/or play the videos embedded in their sites. Examples include the ABC Web site, where the TV episodes failed to stream on some devices; the Food Network site, where videos and tutorials do not load on some devices; and many of the major sports sites such as NFL, NCAA, and CBS Sports, where videos failed to play on several of the browsers.Fewer Issues Across a Range of Technologies Users of Web browsers on tablets occasionally encounter problems stemming from technology such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight®, Java, WebGL, WebM, Parallax Scrolling, and various HTML5 CODECs. Principled Technologies found that the Intel Atom processor- powered tablet accessed Web sites using these technologies with fewer errors than the other tablets they tested. In the case of WebGL, Google Chrome on the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet was the only browser to run the technology properly. The tools that Web designers and programmers use to create content for mobile browser users are continually evolving. Currently, less than 1 percent of Web sites run Java or Silverlight. Adobe removed their Flash app from Google Play some time ago and Microsoft recently announced plans to phase out support of Silverlight. So expect the world of Internet browsing to continue to change as technologies evolve.Great-Looking Web Sites Without AppsRoughly 61 percent of the Web sites with which Principled Technologies encountered issues offer apps that work around the issues. While some users welcome these alternatives, they are not an ideal solution for everyone. Workaround apps can clutter up the tablet screen, take up space on the internal storage, and can require frequent updates via app stores such as iTunes and Google Play. In addition, apps can pose a burden on IT staff—they must keep up with an ever-changing array of apps and perform a more complex initial setup process for users. Many organizations set up custom app repositories, which also require management. Finally, not all apps provide the full functionality that the Web site does. Users may be able to access some form of the site with the app, but be unable to do everything they could do on the full site. This summarizes the instances of reduced functionality Principled Technologies encountered on the Web sites they tested. Following the table, they explain each type of issue and present examples. For a Web Experience You Can Rely on, Choose INTEL INSIDEMany factors go into the process of selecting a tablet—size, price, styling, and more. The ability to visit a wide range of Web sites with confidence that they will behave as intended should also be high on the list.In testing, the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet running the Windows 8 Pro operating system, which offers an experience similar to Windows-based desktop and notebook systems, encountered the fewest problems. Depending on the browser used, the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet handled either 95.0 percent or 95.2 percent of the 433 sites without issue. For the other tablets tested, this number was as low as 71.8 percent.Based on these findings, an Intel Atom processor-powered Windows 8 tablet is a wise choice for those who need their tablets to handle the widest range of Web resources with the least chance of incompatibilities.The Best Tablet Web Experience Starts With INTEL INSIDE Observed 152 individual problems or issues. Of 433 sites, 139 sites had an issue on one or more platforms. Most issues occurred with the iPad (122) and the Galaxy Tab 2 (101). IE 10 Modern UI on the Surface RT had 37 issues. The two browsers on the Intel Atom processor-powered ElitePad had the fewest issues: 21 with Internet Explorer 10 and 2center_img What’s New in Tablets?For a complete list of sites tested please visit the full report by clicking here.Tablets are playing a powerful role in business – how can you integrate tablets into your organization? Click here to learn more.This blog is part 2 of a 2-part blog series on tablet web performance. Check out the other blog in this series here.For more conversations about IT Center and tablet computing, click on the Hashtags below:#itcenterOpens in a new window #tablets Using two different browsers, the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet had the fewest issues with the subset of popular Web sites with which problems were encountered.  (Lower numbers are better.) More Than Just Flash Lack of support for Flash is a well-known limitation of iPad tablets. However, Flash issues accounted for less than half of the problems they encountered. As Figure 3 shows, 37.3 percent of issues fell into the “Other” category. This includes such problems as missing links, import/export issues, zoom problems, and bad formatting—things they could not attribute to any one technology, but that result from poor code translation between full desktop browsers and tablet browsers.    A breakdown of the types of issues observed by Principled Technologies. Less Frustration, Greater Productivity last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar voted best Test player of 21st century by CA website

first_imgIndia’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been voted the ‘Best Test player’ of the 21st century in an online poll conducted by Cricket Australia’s website.The former India skipper got the highest number of votes to emerge on top of the list of the 100 best Test players since 2000, in a poll conducted by cricket.com.au.Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara received the second highest votes, followed by Adam Gilchrist of Australia in the third position. Currently the ‘Icon’ of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians, Tendulkar earned 23 per cent of votes, with more than 16,000 fans participating in the survey.Sangakkara got 14 per cent votes after CA released the top-100 Test players’ list since 2000 on its website. Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013 after playing his 200th Test, is the lone Indian player to be figuring in the top-10 list, while there are four Australian, three South African and two Sri Lankan cricketers.”After 10 days of counting down and no end of deliberations, cricket.com.au released its final countdown of the 100 best Test players since 2000 a couple of days ago.”Readers debated the top 10, just as you did players 11 through 100, but we also provided an opportunity for you to decide your No.1 Test player of the century,” CA’s website stated.”Tendulkar, the Little Master who remains an iconic figure in the sport, was a runaway winner, jumping four places from where cricket.com.au had him placed, while batting giants Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis were separated on countback, with the Australian just edging out his Proteas counterpart,” it further said.advertisementThe 42-year-old Tendulkar, who is the only batsman to have hit 100 international centuries, holds the record for highest run scorer in both Tests and One-Day Internationals.Poll result: 1. Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 23 per cent, 2. Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 14 per cent, 3. Adam Gilchrist (Aus) 13 per cent, 4. Ricky Ponting (Aus) 11 per cent, 5. Jacques Kallis (SA) 11 per cent, 6. AB de Villiers (SA) 10 per cent, 7. Shane Warne (Aus) 9 per cent, 8. Glenn McGrath (Aus) 5 per cent, 9. Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) 3 per cent, 10. Dale Steyn (SA) 1 per cent.last_img read more