NBA: Magic Johnson has no regrets trading D’Angelo Russell

first_imgKawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Speaking to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, the Laker executive shared that he had no qualms about trading the potential-laden player.“I am not one of them dudes. When I say bye, that’s it,” he said regarding the trade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I keep moving. I can’t get caught in emotions and all that. That is not who I am. We moved and we kept moving. After that trade we went on to the next thing,” he added.Before assuming the front-office position for his former team, Johnson spoke highly of Russell and said he wanted to mentor the crafty lefty. His replacement, Ball, meanwhile, wowed fans during the recently concluded 2017 NBA Summer League en route to bagging the tournament MVP Award.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Johnson dazzled by Ball magic for LakersSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Defending champion Karlovic wins in Hall of Fame tourney MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’ PLAY LIST 01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite READ: NBA: Laker great Magic Johnson would love to mentor D’Angelo RussellHowever, he opted to trade him for the betterment of the team after multiple franchises showed interest.“Like five teams called for D’Angelo [so] we knew that we could move D’Angelo for one of the pieces that we were looking for,” he explained.“So we decided on Brooklyn, they got a great player in D’Angelo and we got what we wanted,” he added.Although he played erratic at times, the 21-year-old Russell showed promise in his first two years donning the Purple and Gold.ADVERTISEMENT Former Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Before Lonzo Ball took over the spotlight as the “point guard of the future” for the Los Angeles Lakers, the squad was raving about another promising young stud, D’Angelo Russell.Instead of letting the two duke it out for minutes at the point guard position, Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson opted to  trade the former Ohio State Buckeye to the Brooklyn Nets and give full reigns to the UCLA product.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Amgen race rolls through

first_imgPHOTO GALLERIES: Tour | Tour, 2 | Family Ride SANTA CLARITA – The Amgen Tour of California breezed through town on Saturday in what may have been the hardest leg of the professional cycling race. Competitors aggressively sought to overtake the team holding the overall lead, but in the last lap the yellow jersey, designating first place, prevailed. “Today was war!” cried Ryan Rietzel, a cycling fanatic who helped the city organize the event. “A bunch of teams knew today was the last day to take the yellow jersey away from Levi Leipheimer.” Officials estimated 150,000 to 200,000 spectators lined the route within city limits to watch the city’s first hosting of the elite event that debuted last year. Event sponsors say crowds broke the million mark Friday. Saturday’s 105-mile sixth stage from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita was grueling, and riders will be hard-pressed to catch team Discovery today. The tour wraps up with a 77-mile circuit race in Long Beach that begins at 1p.m. Participants hail from 28 countries, and the field of 144 who began the race has dropped to 118. Among the elite are top 2006 Tour de France finishers Thor Hushovd, Jens Voigt, Michael Rasmussen, Matteo Tosatto, Michael Rogers and Leipheimer; top Giro d’Italia finishers Ivan Basso and Franco Pellizotti; and 2006 world champion medalists Paolo Bettini and Fabian Cancellara. Juan Jose Haedo of Team CSC was the fastest rider Saturday. The top teams include Discovery, T-Mobile, Predictor-Lotto, HealthNet, Liquigas, Rabobank and Team CSC. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Top international cycling teams are featured in the 12-city tour, which began in San Francisco on Feb.18 and ends with the seventh and final stage – a circuit race – in Long Beach today. Leipheimer has worn the yellow jersey since the prologue in San Francisco, and his Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team defended the jersey Saturday. On the approach to town, a small pack of sprinters kept a fast pace, paving the way for teammates in the peloton – the main pack of riders – to surge forward at the finish. But the tactic proved futile. “Another breakaway did not succeed,” said onlooker Doug Carey, 37, a Long Beach firefighter perched atop a wall near the finish line. “The sprinters won in the end.” Carey, whose gaze alternated from the road to a big-screen TV that captured the action out of sight, competes in circuit races as a member of the Long Beach-based Velo Allegro club. last_img read more

Five reasons why Germany are struggling so badly

first_imgHere are five reasons for Germany’s dismal form:Loew stuck in rutDespite the woeful World Cup displays in Russia, where Germany crashed out after finishing bottom of their group, Loew sticks by his Brazil 2014 winners — even when past their prime.The likes of Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels are nowhere near the form which won the 2014 world title, yet Loew lacks the bravery to replace them with up-and-coming talent.“At some point, Loew has to consider how much longer will it make sense for him to put his trust in established, experienced players,” questioned ex-Germany captain Oliver Kahn, now a TV pundit.A soft centreGermany captain Manuel Neuer, 32, is not the world-class goalkeeper he once was after twice fracturing his foot in 2017 © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNANDAt 32, Manuel Neuer is sadly no longer the world-class goalkeeper he was after twice fracturing his foot in 2017.In front of him, Boateng, 30, and Hummels, 29, often leave gaps.In attack, Mueller’s finishing has deserted him and Toni Kroos, 28, often struggles to marshall the midfield.Loew needs a new spine in his team to rely on, even if the players do not seem to want to see it.Hummels’ post-match analysis after the Dutch drubbing that “a lot was good” bemused German fans.Loew was more accurate when he said he needed his senior players to “take responsibility in the final 10 minutes” when the German defence capitulated.A goal droughtGermany defender Mats Hummels blamed their 3-0 defeat against Holland on bad luck and poor finishing © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNANDOnly ten goals in the last twelve games speaks for itself — Germany are no longer a force to be feared in their opponents’ penalty area.Hummels claim it was “a mixture of bad luck and lack of finishing” as Germany had no goals to show for 21 shots while the Dutch scored three times with their 14 attempts and hit the crossbar.Mueller and his second-half replacement Leroy Sane both missed clear chances.Worryingly, there is no hot-shot ace waiting in the wings as Loew gave the 27-year-old Mark Uth his debut in Amsterdam, even though the Schalke forward has yet to score for his club this season.Split squadLeroy Sane is one of a crop of young talented players struggling to impress © AFP / JOHN THYSEven at the World Cup, there was a clear division between the young and old factions in the squad.Of those who won the 2017 Confederations Cup, only Timo Werner, 22, Julian Draxler, 25, Jonas Hector, 28, and Joshua Kimmich, 23, are regulars.The remaining 2014 World Cup winners still seem to get preferential treatment.Loew has younger talent at his disposal, like Sane, who too often is given only brief opportunities to show what he can do.In post-match interviews, it was clear Kimmich and Draxler do not understand why Loew does not turn to their generation to build for the future.A strong team spirit would have prevented the Germans falling apart like they did against the Dutch.Germany are mediocreJoshua Kimmich is one of the few stars to come out of the World Cup debacle and heavy defeat against the Netherlands with any credit © AFP / JOHN THYSAs daily newspaper Welt bluntly put it on Sunday: “3-0 defeat to the Netherlands – Germany is just a mediocre European nation”.Sane, Draxler, Julian Brandt and especially Kimmich have talent, but their generation lacks a stand-out star like Kylian Mbappe, who helped France win the World Cup.Defeat on Tuesday to the French in Paris would leave Germany on the verge of relegation to the B division of the Nations League to face the likes of the Czech Republic, Wales or Sweden — teams currently more at Germany’s level.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany coach Joachim LowBERLIN, Germany, Oct 14 – Germany’s 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Saturday left them bottom of their Nations League group ahead of Tuesday’s away match against world champions France.Three months after the World Cup debacle, head coach Joachim Loew is desperate for a win at the Stade de France to ease the pressure as a sixth defeat of 2018 would be a new record for a senior Germany team.last_img read more

SHOCK AND HEARTACHE AS RYAN FINISHES LAST IN EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

first_imgHE was rated in the top 10 by the bookies and his song is already in the Swedish charts, but Ryan Dolan finished last in the Eurovision Song Contest.Denmark won the competition with the song Only Teardrops….with a tin whistle theme!Ryan got just five points. Maybe it was because he sang last. Who knows? But it didn’t seem right. He gave a stunning performance with his catchy song ‘Only Love Survives’ and it got a huge cheer from the live audience…including one fan (or relative) in a Donegal GAA jersey.Emmelie de Forest topped the votes with 281 points.“Unfortunately luck just wasn’t on our side tonight,” said Ryan.“Obviously, it’s really disappointing, but I feel I gave it my best shot and I had an amazing team behind me every step of the way. It’s been a life-changing experience.”  SHOCK AND HEARTACHE AS RYAN FINISHES LAST IN EUROVISION SONG CONTEST was last modified: May 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HEARTACHE AS RYAN FINISHES LAST IN EUROVISION SONG CONTESTlast_img read more

Castle Grove’s superb Strawberry Festival returning this summer

first_imgA fun day at the Strawberry Fair will be on every family’s agenda this July when the popular festival returns to Castle Grove. Mark your calendars for Saturday July 7th 2018. From 1pm to 5pm, the hotel and grounds will host a wonderful celebration of our favourite berries and summer food.The event is free admission and everyone is welcome to enjoy the day. Bring your friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of Castle Grove’s hospitality with:Walled Garden tour…. Scheduled at regular intervals, groups will be escorted around the walled garden, seeing the variety of plants, vegetables and of course strawberries which grow there.Cookery demonstrations with samples and recipe cards for all.Cocktail demonstrations with our in-house mixologist Live music with Nasty and The Fantastics and The Steps to entertain while guests enjoy the gardens, demonstrations etc.BBQ- Weather Permitting- with gourmet burgers etc.Food and drinks, including strawberry themed pastries and cocktails available for purchaseSo, with FREE ADMISSION, there is no excuse not to gather up your friends and family for a great day out…. Don’t forget to bring the sunshine!!Visit the Facebook event page here for more information and updates. Contact: www.castlegrove.com. Tel: (074) 915 1118Castle Grove Walled Garden. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinCastle Grove Strawberry Festival 2017Castle Grove’s superb Strawberry Festival returning this summer was last modified: June 21st, 2018 by Castle GroveShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castle grove country house hotelfamily day outstrawberry festivalsummer eventsThings to dolast_img read more

Draymond Green expected to return at end of five-game trip

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device TORONTO — Uncertainty lingers on when Draymond Green will play in a game or even practice. Green provided some clarity on his return after missing nine of the past 11 games because of a sprained right toe.“He feels like he’ll be able to play by the end of this road trip,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Meaning one of the last couple of games. But again it’s day-to-day. We’ll see.”The Warriors (15-7) will …last_img read more

Springboks in gutsy win over Wales

first_img15 November 2010The Springboks played a poor first half against Wales, but then produced some sublime moments in the second half as they fought back to slay the Dragons 29-25 in Cardiff on Saturday.The feeling, overall, will be that there were more positives than negatives in the game for the Boks because of the depth of character needed to overcome a deficit of 17-6, and later 20-9 early in the second half.Wales had been the better team until then and deserved their lead, but South Africa’s improvement in the second stanza was marked and it enabled them to avoid only a second loss to the Welsh.The players will know, however, that they will need to be a lot better in their remaining tests against Scotland and England if they wish to secure a prized Grand Slam of victories.While the Scots suffered a huge 49-3 loss to New Zealand at Murrayfield this past weekend, England inflicted a big 35-18 loss on Australia. That win sounded a warning that the English are on the up again and could prove a very tough test for the Springboks. Indeed, New Zealand managed only a 26-16 win over them.Top performersIn amongst some mediocre performances there were some players who stood out for the Springboks. Man of the match Pierre Spies had probably his best game in the green and gold. He consistently powered over Welsh defenders, forcing more than one man to bring him down, throughout the game.Willem Alberts, a second half substitute, was immense and was the bulldozing physical presence that was so dominant for the Sharks during the Absa Currie Cup. His try early in the second half brought South Africa back into a game that they had struggled in.Hooker Bismarck du Plessis was immense, a constant source of energy and go-forward ball. He is in the form of his life and because of this the biggest question in South African rugby right now is whether or not there will be place for regular captain John Smit in 2011, a World Cup year.Sadly for the Springboks, they lost winger Bjorn Basson to an ankle injury that has ruled him out of the rest of the tour. He had little opportunity to show the attacking skills that helped him to a Currie Cup record of 21 tries this past season, but he did show an impressive ability to chase and claim high-up-and-unders.On the bright side, Basson’s loss could be an opportunity for Lwazi Mvovo, an exciting runner with the ball, to earn his first cap on the wing. He was second behind Basson among try scorers in the past season.Good startThe start of the game resembled the start of the test against Ireland a week ago with South Africa maintaining possession nicely and forcing a penalty which the reliable Morne Steyn converted to put South Africa into an early lead.Wales produced a fine response. After being awarded a penalty, they chose not to go for posts, but kicked for touch instead. They were rewarded when, after winning the lineout and sending the ball down the backline, 18-year-old debutant George North looped around the centres to knife untouched through the South African defence for a try.Stephen Jones slotted the easy conversion to give the home team a 7-3 advantage.Fantastic moveIn the 17th minute, the Welsh created space on the left hand flank. When winger Shane Williams saw prop Jannie du Plessis in front of him, he easily rounded the big man. That opened up passes for Williams to either side. He opted for an inside ball to Hook, who race through to round off a fantastic move just to the left of the uprights. Jones converted to make it 14-3 to the home side.It didn’t take long for South Africa to pull back three points as Steyn hit the mark with a penalty. However, Wales went 11 points ahead again when Jones responded for the Welsh.Just before the halftime whistle, South Africa added another three points through Steyn to make it 17-9, but the half had clearly belonged to Wales.Eleven point deficitOnly three minutes into the second half Wales improved their lead to 11 points when Jones struck another penalty. It appeared there would be no way back for the Springboks as the Welsh dominance appeared worth more than the points’ difference.Steyn then managed his fourth penalty in five attempts at goal to make it Wales 20, South Africa 12.SA coach Pieter de Villiers opted to make a couple of changes, including bringing on Willem Alberts for Deon Stegmann. He was almost immediately awarded.TryAfter moving deep into Welsh territory, the Boks forced a ruck near the Welsh line. Alberts, seeing an opportunity, called for a pass to the blind side. He took the ball and with Christopher Czekaj on his back powered his way over the tryline with his first touch in tghe green and gold.The deadly boot of Steyn brought South Africa to within a point of the Welsh, with his conversion making it Wales 20, South Africa 19.Almost immediately, the Springboks swept back onto the attack and into the Welsh 22. Bismarck du Plessis drove the ball up and Juan Smith then forced another ruck. The ball was moved down the backline to the right. Using Jean de Villiers cleverly, captain Victor Matfield sold a dummy, broke inside, and, using his height, dived over for an excellent score.Another Steyn conversion took South Africa 26-20 clear and the match had changed dramatically.Welsh replyWales were not done, however, and as full of fight as ever. In the 57th minute they hit back with a try. A pinpoint cross field kick by Jones and a kind bounce for North saw the big winger dot down for the second time in his first international.Jones failed to hit the target from the touchline and South Africa held onto a narrow one-point lead.With 15 minutes to go, Wales were penalised for going offsides with South Africa on the attack inside the Welsh 22. Steyn had an easy kick from directly in front of the posts which gave the Springboks a 29-25 lead and, crucially, meant Wales would need more than a penalty to win.With time running out, Wales launched a desparate assault on the South African tryline, but stubborn and effective defence kept them at bay as South Africa held on for a very tough victory.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Android vs. The iPhone: It’s All About The Cloud

first_imgdan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts center_img The Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything.I finally traded in my old iPad 2 for a brand new iPad Air. I didn’t really want to, but part of my professional obligation is to have the most up-to-date hardware for each major platform. (I was also mildly concerned the iOS 8 beta wouldn’t run on the iPad 2, although that fear proved unwarranted).During the sales process, the Apple store employee casually suggested that I get a 32GB iPad Air instead of the 16GB tablet I wanted. “Most people find that 16GB is not enough for them,” he said. This is fundamentally surprising to me. I had a 16GB iPad 2 for three years and never once had an issue with running out of internal storage. My music is in the cloud (through Spotify). My movies and books are in the cloud, through Netflix or HBO Go or Amazon. I don’t take many pictures on an iPad, mostly just screenshots (who takes all of their pictures with an iPad anyway?). I have a lot of apps, but most of those don’t take up all that much room.Quick Thought: Swift-ian LogicThe reactions are out and the reviews are generally positive: Swift is a good programming language that shouldn’t be all that hard for developers to learn.It took less than a day for people to start proclaiming themselves Swift experts and for a variety of independent coding schools across the United States to start offering classes on Swift development—among them, the online coding school Treehouse and The New York Code + Design Academy. Meetup touts that its members are starting Swift groups across the world.If there’s any one company that is terrific at unwittingly spawning a host of hucksters and snake oil salesmen, its Apple. The only real Swift experts at this point are Chris Lattner, the Apple engineer responsible for starting the project, and his team at Apple. Everything else is just hot air.Bottom line is that I have no need for a 32GB iPad. Everything I do is served from the cloud, not locally on my device.Some call it ambient intelligence. I call it convenience.So I was intrigued by the new cloud improvementsApple announced for Mac OS X and iOS 8 at its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote earlier this week. Finally, I thought, Apple gets it. Computing lives in the cloud, not on the device. But if you take a closer look at what Apple announced and how it all works, the cloud isn’t really the key feature in iOS or Mac OS X. For Apple, the cloud is a means to an end—and that end is to keep you using and buying new Macs, iPhones and iPads. I couldn’t quite put a finger on it, but what Apple has done with the cloud at WWDC this week struck me as mildly distasteful in a way I found hard to pinpoint.I’ve been trying to figure out exactly why by checking up on what others had to say about Apple’s iCloud announcements. Nobody quite hit it on the head until I read what Andreessen Horowitz analyst Benedict Evans had to say on the topic. All of a sudden, it all clicked.Evans states:This is obviously a contest with Google, which has pretty much the opposite approach. For Google, devices are dumb glass and the intelligence is in the cloud, but for Apple the cloud is just dumb storage and the device is the place for intelligence. iPhone vs. Android: What’s Really At StakeWhen I write about the potential of mobile computing or try to explain it to a friend, I usually break it down to some very basic but powerful facts.Smartphones are powerful computers—more powerful than the laptops people bought just a few years ago—that live in people’s pockets.Smartphones are windows into a world of information that can help people perform tasks in their day-to-day lives.All aspects of human activity (all business, all communication, etc.) will be affected by the fact that we have these ubiquitous computers connected to the entire world of information in our pockets.These are the basic facts that define mobile computing. Everything beyond that comes down to individual necessity and subjective brand preference. Some people like Android, some people like iOS, some people like Windows Phone and so on. But when you look at this in the context of the battle between Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone, it’s clear there’s a deeper dynamic here.For starters, this is sort of a curious frame for this argument, though that’s actually a clue to its importance. Android is a platform; the iPhone is a product. Yes, there are some big names in Android that deserve attention—Samsung, for instance—but this isn’t fundamentally a battle between device makers. So what we’re talking about is a “competition” between an operating system that’s not tethered to any specific device and an iconic product from one big company.And that competition reflects some very different views about computing and how it best serves users. Start with Apple, a computer maker where the product has always been king. Everything that Apple has ever done has served the product. The Internet? Well, that can help Apple sell computers. The cloud? That can help Apple sell computers.Photos? Phone calls? Texting? Apps? Developers? These are all things that can help Apple sell computers. So it’s in Apple’s best interest to make these computers as efficient and attractive as possible, not just “dumb glass.”Google, by contrast, isn’t interested in selling computers—not any more, at least. But it is intensely interested in computing. Because computing and the people that use those computers create the one thing that Google craves above all else: Information.With Android, Google’s aim lies in making sure that everyone on Earth has a computer with access to the Internet. More computers mean more people are computing, i.e. creating information. Google can then take that dumb glass, uses it as a window to the world of information and then sells advertisements against it. Once again, Evans gets to the core of the matter:I’ve described this before by saying that Apple is moving innovation down the stack into hardware/software integration, where it’s hard for Google to follow, and Google is moving innovation up the stack into cloud-based AI & machine learning services, where it’s hard for Apple to follow. This isn’t a tactical ‘this’ll screw those guys’ approach—it reflects the fundamental characters of the two companies. Google thinks about improving UX by reducing page load times, Apple thinks about UX by making it easier to scroll that page.The Worm In Apple’s iCloudAfter puzzling through that for a while, I figured out what was really bothering me about iCloud in iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite: Everything Apple does is designed to keep me buying Apple computers and using Apple platforms.To Apple, the cloud is not this wonderful creation that provides ambient intelligence wherever you are. It’s just dumb storage and a fabric that provides continuity between devices. If ambient intelligence is a byproduct of that, then hey, that’s great—if it helps Apple sell more computers.Quote Of The Day: “So there’s no such thing as work-life balance. There’s work, and there’s life, and there’s no balance.” ~ Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.That’s not to say I’m enamored with Google’s obsession with information. Google is serving its own purposes as well. But the notion of “cloud-based AI & machine learning services” seems far more of an efficient and altruistic push in the evolution of computing than just creating better and better iPhones.The ubiquitous intelligence provided by the cloud also means that I don’t need to pad Apple’s margins with a completely unnecessary and expensive 32GB iPad Air. The 16GB piece of dumb glass and metal that happens to run Apple’s operating system and acts as a window to the world of information will work just fine, thanks.More On Apple, iCloud, iOS 8 & WWDCApple enthusiast Rene Ritchie writes about the evolution of Swift at iMore.Venture capitalist Fred Wilson gives his thoughts on iOS 8 and WWDC: “Apple is reacting to a strong competitor in Android by making their operating system better and more open.”ReadWrite’s Jodi Mardesich dives into Apple’s standing in the world of platform cloud vendors with its new CloudKit offering.Erik Bruchez, co-founder of a company called Orbeon, had a really great breakdown and reaction to the release of Swift.Aaron Souppouris at The Verge says that iOS 8 is the dramatic redesign that iOS 7 promised. “Delivering substance to last year’s style.” I tend to agree. iOS 8 is powerful and elegant and really, really opens up iOS to a variety of platform development.Former ReadWriter and now technology editor at Quartz, Dan Frommer says that the biggest update at WWDC was in “the plumbing.“Rachel Metz explores the release of Swift at MIT Technology Review. Tags:#Android#Apple#cloud computing#Google#iCloud#iCloud Drive#iOS#iOS 8#iPad#iPhone#Mac OS X 10.10#WWDC#WWDC 2014 Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Google launches augmented reality app ARCore for Android

first_imgHow a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience Google has launched its own augmented reality kit for developers, called ARCore, a lighter version of the company’s Tango platform that does not require any specialized hardware to run.ARCore is a light software development kit, similar to Apple’s ARkit, which is able to track motion, understand flat surfaces, and estimate where the light will be for accurate shadows.See Also: Glass restarted after two years in the darkThe SDK is currently available on Android 7.0 Nougat and its successor Android Oreo. It will work on the Google Pixel and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Google is aiming for 100 million supported devices by the end of the year, according to The Verge.Google has been working on Project Tango for three years now, launching specialized smartphones with Lenovo and Asus. The devices had depth perception functionality, because of the dual-cameras, creating the “six degrees of freedom” found on high-end virtual reality (VR) headsets.Not a lot of consumer interest yetWhile the project attracted developer attention, the two devices launched didn’t receive consumer interest. Google is now looking at ARCore as a possible bridge for consumers that are interested in augmented reality, but don’t want to spend $500 on a single purpose smartphone.Google did not say if it plans to launch an ARCore supported Glass device in the near future.Like Apple’s ARkit, Google’s demos have focused on animated objects appearing on surfaces and interior design. IKEA is building a new app that will show its entire catalogue in AR on iOS.As its Google, there is an obvious ulterior motive to making AR easily accessible, visual search. In the future, a user may be able to pull out their phone and see information on businesses in the street, alongside featured stores and offers. Apple has already patented a similar idea. Related Posts Tags:#Android#Apple#AR#ARCore#ARkit#Augmented Reality#featured#Google#mobile#Pixel#Samsung#Tango#top center_img AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging … Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… David Currylast_img read more

Will reach out to Congress on GST bill: Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 29 (PTI) Keen on getting the much delayed GST bill approved by Parliament in second half of the Budget Session beginning next month, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said he will reach out to the Congress again to persuade it to support the legislation. “Left to myself, I will continue till the last moment to persuade the Congress,” he told PTI in an interview. The Goods and Services Tax bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in May last year and is pending ratification by the Rajya Sabha or Upper House, where the ruling NDA does not have a majority. Congress is opposing the bill in current form and demanding that a cap on GST rate be included in the Constitution Amendment Bill. “I am in agreement with them that the taxation rate must be reasonable. I also agree with the spirit of suggestion that it should not go beyond 18 per cent. I have no difficulty with that,” Jaitley said. But the tax rate cannot be prescribed in the Constitution Amendment Bill, he said. “There is only a difficulty about prescribing tax in the Constitution because you never know unforeseen emergencies. Therefore the Congress will have to see the reasonableness of this particular view.” The GST Bill, Indias biggest indirect tax reform since independence, seeks to replace a slew of central and state levies, transforming the nation of 1.3 billion people into a customs union. After it is approved by the Rajya Sabha, the legislation needs to be ratified by half of the 29 states so as to roll out GST possibly by October 1. Asked if the government would reach out to Congress again, the Finance Minister said, “We discuss with them frequently. I will again be speaking to them.” The government, Jaitley said, had the numbers in Rajya Sabha to get the Bill through after considering support of non-NDA parties like TMC and BJD for the legislation. “Numbers are in our favour but my preference is to do it with consensus because after all it is states which also have to implement this,” he said. The Bill was not intended to be brought in the first half of the Budget Session and it was targeted for second half beginning April 25. he said. “I would prefer to do it in the Parliament as soon as possible.” Asked if traders, who have been traditionally supports of BJP, were opposed to the GST regime, he said, all trade and business organisations want GST because they want simplification of tax. “They dont want ten different departments to visit them and I think their concern is a valid one. You must have taxation system which is simple, which is hassle free and ultimately a trader does not gain by evasion because taxes are normally passed on to consumer. And as far as BJP is concerned there is unequivocal support as far as GST is concerned,” he said. MORE PTI JD DP CS ANZ SAadvertisementlast_img read more