Flyers look to make it an undefeated week

first_imgAfter a solid 2011 home opener, the Flyers are taking their talents on the road.On Saturday Jan.8, the Fort St. John Flyers will travel to Spirit River, hoping to add another win to their already impressive record.- Advertisement -Thursday’s game against Horse Lake saw the Flyers match their season high, scoring 12 goals on the Chiefs. The team will look to keep the goals coming, as they will play the Rangers, in the third meeting of the season between the two clubs.The Flyers have yet to lose to The Rangers this year, beating them in Fort St. John and in Spirit River. During those two games, Fort St. John outscored the opposition 6-3, with the home game resulting in a 2-0 shutout for the Flyers.The puck is set to drop at 8:30 p.m. with the pre-game show starting at 8:15 p.m. Both the game and the pre-game show can be heard live, on 100.1 Moose FM.last_img read more

GAA NEWS – MOVILLE U14 GIRLS TAKE COUNTY TITLE IN THILLER MATCH

first_imgFIXTURESFriday 20th – Minor boys vs Urris (8pm) – CARNDONAGHSaturday 21st – U16 boys vs Falcarragh Championship – HOME (pitch details later) LOTTOThe winning Lotto numbers for Monday 2nd September were 4, 5, 9, and 24. There was no jackpot winner this week and the runner-up prize of €50 went to Marie McColgan. Next week’s jackpot will be €4,300. Thank you for your continued support. MOVILLE GAA MERCHANDISEPlease check out the club Facebook page and website for all the latest Moville GAA O’Neills merchandise. All items are currently in stock. Please see Bridget Harkin if you would like to purchase any items. Perfect presents as stocking fillers in the run up to Christmas.UNDER 14 GIRLS BECOME COUNTY CHAMPIONSCongratulations to the U14 girls who defeated St.Eunan’s in a thrilling match last Sunday. The winning margin was only 2 points and the girls took the lead with their last score of the game.  Every one of the girls played their hearts out and even with their backs against the wall, they never gave up. On behalf of Aoife O’Hare, Kathy McLaughlin, Jenny Craig and myself (Lynn McGuinness – coach) I would like to thank the girls for all their hard work throughout the summer. Thank you to Davy McLaughlin (club chairman) for organising our home pitches and thanks to the clubs who allowed us to use their facilities while Carrick Field was closed for redevelopment. Thanks also to all the supporters who travelled to the match; your support was fantastic. MINOR LADIES PROGRESS TO COUNTY SEMI FINALMoville 3-08 — St Eunan’s 2-07. Moville progressed to the county semi final after a hard earned but thoroughly deserved win over old rivals, St Eunans in Letterkenny last Friday night. With the scores level at half time at 1-05 apiece it was all to play for in the second half.  St Eunan’s started brighter and led early in the second half by four points at one stage but Moville finished the stronger to win by four.  Moville used all five substitutes tonight and they were all required in what was a great all round squad performance. It would impossible to single out any individual performance such was the all round performance of the team, but goalkeeper Chloe Moir deserves a mention for her wonder save to keep Moville in the game at a time when Eunan’s were ahead by 3. In fact it proved the turning point in the game as it lifted the Moville team who pushed on from that point to win. Their opponents in the semi final will not be known for a few weeks yet.SENIOR MEN CONTINUE THEIR FINE RUN OF VICTORIES In trying weather conditions the Moville senior men team defeated Robert Emmet’s in Castlefin by a score of 0-08 to 0-05. Robert Farren’s men have now won their last nine league games and will hope to continue this momentum with a genuine push for promotion from Division 4 in the remaining games. The next game has not been fixed yet and details will be available on the club’s Facebook page.UNDERAGE TRAININGUnderage training will resume this Saturday with new times due to pitch development. Gaga for GAA and U6’s will run from 10-11am and U8 and U10 will run from 11-12. Any new players, parents or coaches are more than welcome to get involved. U6 player of week was Freya Harkin; U8 player of week Daithi Peto and U10 was Ronan Farren – well done to all.MISCELLANEOUS CLUB NOTES Carrick Field will be closed for the remainder of the season while the new pitch is being prepared; managers are asked to book the astro pitch through Mary Mc Dermott. Photos of the pitch development are available on the club’s Facebook page and website.If anyone has any information or photographs that they would like included in the notes, the club website (www.movillegaa.ie) or the club Facebook page feel free to e-mail it to Ryan Monagle at the following e-mail address: pro.moville.donegal@gaa.ie.GAA NEWS – MOVILLE U14 GIRLS TAKE COUNTY TITLE IN THILLER MATCH was last modified: September 16th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CLUB NOTESGAAmovillelast_img read more

USL: Swilly stun Cockhill as Letterkenny narrow the gap at the top

first_imgCockhill Celtic suffered a surprise home defeat to Swilly Rovers while Letterkenny are up into second after a win over Fanad as the Ulster Senior League resumed action today.Cockhill Celtic 2 Swilly Rovers 3SWILLY Rovers put a cat among the Ulster Senior League’s pigeons as they defeated champions and League leaders Cockhill Celtic today for their first win of the season. Cockhill started the brighter and had a early chance when Jason Devlin shot was cleared of the line.Swilly gradually came into the game and were always a threat on the break with Laurence Toland’s pace.Tony McNamee – lining out in the Swilly colours for the first time since his recent move from Finn Harps – played Toland through on 18 minutes and Cullen pulled off a fine save.On 21 minutes Jimmy Bradley had a shot cleared of the line after rounding the goalkeeper. Cockhill should have taken the lead on 30 minutes after Mark Moran teed up Derek Doherty, but from seven yards Doherty managed to miss the empty target.On 35 minutes Mark Moran was very unlucky to hit a post from 20 yards.Cockhill got the opening goal when full back Paul McDermott cut in and fired home from 18 yards on 43 minutes.Swilly started the second half on the front foot with Toland & McNamee begining to create chances.Swilly got a deserved goal when Toland brilliantly turned the Cockhill defence and rifled home from 15 yards. On 55 minutes – with Swilly on top at this stage – the visitors got a second when McNamee broke the Cockhill offside trap and coolly slotted past Cullen.Cockhill were rattled and two became three on the hour when Toland got his second, beating Cullen to a ball over the top from McNamee.Cockhill regrouped and lay siege to the Swilly goal.Numerous chances came and went for Cockhill with some good defending and poor finishing and Swilly held out. On 80 minutes Cockhill full-back Jason Breslin got a second for the home side as he slotted home from close range.The final 10 minutes saw Cockhill throw everything at the Swilly defence but the young Swilly side held firm for a deserved and famous victory.Letterkenny Rovers 3 Fanad United 1Clashes between Letterkenny Rovers and Fanad Utd have been notoriously hard fought encounters and it was 10 man Rovers who came out 3-1 winners in an uncompromising encounter at the Aura Centre on Sunday afternoon.The upshot of it all is that Rovers leapfrog Fanad into second spot in the table and are now just six points behind leaders Cockhill Celtic – who suffered a rare defeat at home to Swilly Rovers – with the top two to meet next weekend.Rovers started this game the better and came close after only two minutes when Darren McElwaines free kick brought a good save from Oran Blaney in the visitors goal before Christy Connaghan did well to weave through the defence just moments later but saw his effort well blocked.It was Rovers though who got the all important opener when following a neat flowing move involving David Shovlin and Chris Flanagan down the right the ball found its way into the box. After McElwaine missed the initial effort the ball fell to Kevin McGrath and the midfielder made no mistake when blasting home from close range despite the best attentions of a number of defenders.Fanad came right into the game and had two gilt edged chances to level. Shaun McElwaine just failed to connect with a wonderful Daire McDaid inswinging free kick when it needed just the mearest of touches on 22 minutes while McDaid was harshly adjudged to have been ruled offside when ready to pull the trigger.Fanad’s frustration grew just minutes later when Kieran Gorman headed narrowly wide from a Marty McAteer corner on 30 minutes which was their best chance for a leveller,Those misses looked big as it was Portsalon man Paul McVeigh who doubled Rovers advantage against his former club on 36 minutes when again it was McElwaine, Flanagan and Shovlin involved  with some neat work down the right with Shovlin  firing over a teasing cross which McVeigh met and he made no mistake from six yards firing low past Blaney.Rovers came close to going further ahead but McGrath saw his bullet header go just wide before the game exploded further into life on 41 minutes when Daire McDaid drew a foul from debutante goalkeeper Chris Sweeney and referee Michael Connolly played advantage and it fell to veteran Marty McAteer, who made no mistake rolling the ball into the empty net to make it 2-1 although it’s likely a penalty may have been awarded if he failed to capitalise.That wasn’t the end of a helter-skelter opening period and Rovers saw David Shovlin dismissed towards its conclusion when clashing with Davitt Walsh which gave the Traigh-a-Locha side an added boost going in for the half time break.Fanad came out all guns blazing in the second half with Rovers goal leading a charmed existence for the opening quarter of an hour and Sweeney pulled off a couple of super stops from McDaid before Seimi Nani Friel rattled the woodwork with a well taken free kick but the all important fourth goal fell to Rovers when Paul Boyle rose highest and  headed home a Flanagan free low to the bottom corner just on the hour mark.That goal seemed to knock Fanad back and gave Rovers added belief although McDaid and Walsh both had good efforts while Keelin McElwaine also threatened to unlock the Rovers defence with a couple of mazy runs but it was Rovers who defended very stoutly and resolute with a man less.It was the Cathedral Town men, well marshalled by Boyle and Conor Tourish, who saw the game out well for a valuable three points and sets them up nicely for a busy week which will culminate next Sunday when welcoming leaders Cockhill to the Aura.Letterkenny Rovers; Christopher Sweeney, Ryan Lonergan, Ryan Gildea, Paul Boyle, Conor Tourish, Christy Connaghan, Paul McVeigh, Kevin McGrath, Darren McElwaine, David Shovlin, Chris Flanagan. Subs: Steve Okakpo-Emeka for Flanagan (73), Brian McVeigh for McElwaine (80), Dean O’Donnell for Gildea (88).Fanad United: Oran Blaney, Oisin Langan, Declan McGarvey, Kieran Gorman, Shaun McElwaine, Matty Crossan, Marty McAteer, Seimi Friel, Davitt Walsh, Daire McDaid, Keelin McElwaine. Subs: Eoghan Rafferty for Gorman (67), John McGarvey for Walsh (78).Referee: Michael ConnollyDerry City Reserves 0 Finn Harps Reserves 0THE second strings of the local senior sides played out a scoreless draw at Templemore on Sunday.It was a game of few chances with Donegal native Adrian Delap, lining out at right-back on the Derry team, the pick of the players on show as his rise in the Candystripes continues.Neither side could force a breakthrough over the 90 minutes.* no report received for this gameRESULTS 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior LeagueCockhill Celtic 2 Swilly Rovers 3Derry City Reserves 0 Finn Harps Reserves 0Letterkenny Rovers 3 Fanad United 1FIXTURESSunday, January 15, 2017, 2pmFinn Harps Reserves v Bonagee UnitedLetterkenny Rovers v Cockhill CelticUSLPWDLFAGDPTSCockhill Celtic86112791819Letterkenny Rovers83411714313Fanad United83231411311Derry City Reserves83141914510Bonagee United7313714-710Swilly Rovers81341022-126Finn Harps Reserves7124919-105TOP GOALSCORERS (League goals only)Cathal Farren (Derry City Reserves)          8Darren McElwaine (Letterkenny Rovers)  6Mark Moran (Cockhill Celtic)                       6Aaron McCready (Finn Harps Reserves)    4Laurence Toland (Swilly Rovers)                4Aidan McLaughlin (Bonagee United)         3Jimmy Bradley (Cockhill Celtic)                   3Gerard McLaughlin (Cockhill Celtic)           3William O’Connor (Cockhill Celtic)              3Max Karner (Derry City Reserves)             3Stephen Duffy (Derry City Reserves)         3USL: Swilly stun Cockhill as Letterkenny narrow the gap at the top was last modified: January 8th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Liverpool target ’90 per cent’ likely to stay at Lyon

first_img LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has set a deadline on the transfer of Liverpool target Nabil Fekir.Aulas has claimed that Fekir will remain a Lyon player if no club makes their move before the end of the month. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND targets The French international was close to completing a £50m switch to Anfield back in June before the deal dramatically fell through at the 11th hour.Reports suggest the Reds plan to re-enter negotiations with the Ligue 1 side over a potential deal, however Jurgen Klopp insists the £67m signing of Alisson will be the last of the club’s summer spending.“I do not think that Fekir will leave,” Aulas told Canal+.“He’s one of the best in France – and in the world, since he’s a world champion. He’s a Lyonnais [player], so he’ll be there next season. LATEST Fekir was in France’s World Cup-winning squad “Although in football, nothing is ever certain. I haven’t had the impression that he absolutely wants to leave.“He’s 90 per cent [certain] going to be at Lyon next season. If he hasn’t left by the end of July, he’ll stay.“It’s not the size of the offer that will make us change our position on Fekir, but the wishes of Nabil himself.” Fekir is one of the most highly-rated players in Ligue 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ getty RANKED 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets LATEST TRANSFER NEWS moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

DDTV: INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE TELLS CONSTITUENTS WHY THEY SHOULD VOTE FOR HIM

first_imgIn this video above, Jonathan Kennedy tells constituents in the Donegal Electoral Area, why they should vote for him in the forthcoming local elections which take place tomorrow, Friday the 23rd of May. Kennedy, an Independent candidate from Donegal Town, believes that Donegal Town needs representation at local council level in Lifford. Donegal Town has been without public representation for over five years now, and Kennedy feels that constituents in his area need to have their concerns voiced in Lifford.Kennedy notes that many of his constituents are disillusioned with the current political system, and is urging them to vote Independent and vote for him on May 23rd.To watch, simply click on the video above and enjoy.DDTV: INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE TELLS CONSTITUENTS WHY THEY SHOULD VOTE FOR HIM was last modified: May 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal Electoral AreaElection 2014:IndependentJonathan KennedynewsPoliticslast_img read more

Drake Women’s Basketball Defeats CSUN, 73-63

first_imgWith under five minutes remaining in the game, CSUN called a timeout to try and regroup. Out of the timeout they chipped away at their deficit with five straight points to bring the Drake lead down to just five with 3:48 left. CSUN (1-3), which was picked to win the Big West Conference by the league’s coaches in the preseason poll, was led by senior forward Channon Fluker, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds for her 58th career double-double. Fluker is the NCAA’s active leader in double-doubles, as well as the active leader for career rebounds at 1,125. HTML Box Score CSUN opened the game on a 7-0 run, but the Bulldogs got going from three-point range to give themselves a 13-10 lead going into the first media timeout. Senior Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) knocked down two three-pointers and Rhine made one in answering with a 13-3 scoring run. Drake held a 25-15 lead after one quarter of play. At the halftime break, Drake led, 36-29, as Rhine led the way with 11 points and six rebounds. Despite shooting 5-of-14 in the second quarter, their strong first quarter gave them a cushion going into the third quarter. Following Sunday’s game, Drake makes just its second-ever trip to Canada and first since the 1975-76 season for the inaugural Vancouver Showcase in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Bulldogs start the three-day tournament against Rutgers on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) at 4:30 p.m. CST. The Bulldogs will play two more games, Nov. 23 and 24, in Vancouver. Print Friendly Version Watch Live In the third quarter, the Bulldogs got back on track shooting the ball, making seven of their first 10 shots in the quarter. They were also able to draw fouls going 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. Drake led by as many as 17 points, and held a 60-45 advantage going into the final quarter of play. Drake held CSUN without a field goal for the final 5:30 of the second quarter, but were only able to score five points of their own as the Matadors outscored the Bulldogs, 14-11, in the period. Redshirt junior forward Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) led Drake (4-0) with 24 points and eight rebounds, finishing just shy of a fourth consecutive double-double. Redshirt senior guard Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) joined Rhine in double-digit points with 17 in an efficient game. Dean was 5-of-7 from the floor, including an incredible 4-of-5 from three-point range.center_img Next Game: Both teams traded baskets until just under one minute remained when the Bulldogs pulled away with five consecutive points and the double-digit win. PDF Box Score Story Links vs. Rutgers 11/22/2018 – 4:30 p.m. Full Schedule Roster DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team beat CSUN, 73-63, Sunday afternoon at the Knapp Center. It was the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moineslast_img read more

‘Deeply unfair’ that gorse fire-affected farms to lose out on payments

first_imgDonegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has slammed the delays in payments to hill farmers in Donegal following the summer gorse fires.The devastating fires in May 2017 in areas all across Donegal led to widespread tracts of land deemed to being burned.Senator Mac Lochlainn has today received confirmation from Department of Agriculture officials that some of the expected Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments will soon be released to the affected farmers. However, burned land deemed ineligible will result in significant financial losses to many local farmers. Senator Mac Lochlainn said this is deeply unfair: “Large tracts of hill land across Donegal will be deemed ineligible for BPS payments because they were burned in the gorse fires from May of this year. That means large numbers of struggling hill farmers will lose vital financial assistance through no fault of their own.“The Government and the Department of Agricuture have known about this issue for six months and had all of this time to put in place a compensation scheme for the affected farmers whose land may be ineligible under EU rules but they let this come to a head now at the time of year when farmers are anxiously waiting for their annual or staged payments.”Senator Mac Lochlainn, who is a member of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee, said he will be raising the issue at the next meeting.“I am demanding that the Minister and his senior officials immediately engage with the farmer representative organistations to reach a speedy and fair resolution,” Senator Mac Lochlainn said. ‘Deeply unfair’ that gorse fire-affected farms to lose out on payments was last modified: November 23rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Basic Payment SchemeDepartment of Agricuturegorse firesSenator Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more

Geeks-Only Q&A From Super User

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… From the minds behind programming Q&A site StackOverflow comes Super User, the smart, simple way to get answers to geeky questions about computer hardware and software.Last fall, we were impressed by StackOverflow‘s usability, interface, and credibility system. We’re very glad to see the same principles – which are derived from models such as typical Q&A sites, wikis, and Digg – applied to a broader knowledge base that can be used by power users, too. Read on for more info and beta access.Questions range from open-ended queries about browser preferences to requests for specific hacks for an OS. The site is completely collaborative; even a user’s question can be edited. jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Directions to get a sneak peek of the beta are here. Test and enjoy! Related Posts Most of the uses for this site don’t require registration, and most of the Q&A processes can be conducted anonymously. However, the site’s interesting system of “reputation” points does require a simple account creation, which can be done using OpenID. According to the site, “Reputation is a (very) rough measurement of how much the Super User community trusts you. Reputation is never given, it is earned.” Points are awarded and subtracted based on other users’ judgement of how correct or useful an answer is. Barnstar-like badges are also awarded for different types of participation in the community and the Q&A process.Reputation points can also be offered by an asking user as a bounty for correct answers for difficult questions. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting One great feature of the site is that answers come in fairly quickly and, generally speaking, most questions have multiple answers within an hour. Questions are searchable and organized by tags, and unanswered questions have their very own tab on the homepage. Tags:#start#startups last_img read more

Facebook Unveils One of History’s Most Powerful Recommendation Engines

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… marshall kirkpatrick A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Facebook just announced the availability of a new feature for users creating accounts on the social network: Suggested Interests. Facebook will now recommend that new users sign up for updates from (“Like”) publishers with high reader engagement and subscribed-to by people demographically similar to themselves. That’s a unique combination of factors that only Facebook could offer. If this intersection of 3 key social software trends is someday exposed more fully to all 500 million Facebook users and more – the Facebook vs. Google battle could become a fight between Recommendation and Search. Facebook recommendations are in the sidebar for most users today, but they are so powerful that it’s worth betting they’ll be center stage in the future.User demographics, audience engagement metrics and syndicated feed subscription are each data plays that can change the way software intersects with users. Put them all together and there may never have been a platform that knew so much about people, monitored publisher effectiveness so closely and made subscription so easy for such an incredible number of people. What other website do people tell as much about themselves as Facebook? What other website do people connect as directly with people they know in the physical, off-line world? Facebook’s ability to recommend friends that you actually know when you create an account, based only on your email address, is pretty jaw dropping in and of itself. Facebook says the page recommendation is based on users similar to yourself, but these recommendations are surfaced before you fill out your profile information. Facebook is using some seriously magical secret sauce to figure out who your friends might be, then what you might like based on your shared demographics, before asking you anything more than your email, name and age. That’s pretty amazing. Presumably they are pinging 3rd party email databases – but that would be an interesting story to dig into!All these personal details and connections can be cross referenced to create a rich picture of who you are and what you might like. There have been a lot of behind-the-scenes user tracking and profiling technologies developed over recent years – but what can come close to a system people opt-into and tell all about themselves?Likewise, Facebook has for years been paying very close attention to the click-through, commenting and update-hiding rates of publishers on its platform. If your application gets a good response from users, for example, it’s allowed to push more updates out over time. If relatively few people click on your links, then applications see their rate of allowed updates lowered.Organizations, “brands” and other publishers with Fan Pages that people subscribe to (“Like”) have their click-through rates tracked similarly. On the surface at least, it’s a pretty straight-forward relationship between user demographics, publishers you’re most likely to be interested in and who get a lot of engagement from their current subscribers.The end result is subscribers for publishers on the Facebook platform and subscriptions for users. RSS never caught on with the mainstream, but Facebook updates have. Subscription to syndicated updates from a potentially infinite variety of niche publishers has long been one of the dreams of the internet. This represents an important upgrade from Facebook’s introduction of about 100 suggested Pages to Like in February.This is just the beginning. Above, today’s new prompt for an existing account to fill out interest fields – years after account creation.The Google-Battling Power of RecommendationsThat Facebook says these recommendations cannot be purchased and are entirely algorithmic is very important. That’s an important nod towards the democratizing nature of the system. Another would be if the algorithm privileged some relevant and high-quality but long tail publishers – not just what’s popular and successful among similar people. It’s hard to believe there won’t be some paid option some time in the future.Recommendation-geeks have argued that recommendation may someday become bigger, more important and more lucrative than search. Recommendation is like a smarter, pre-emptive search before you even thought to search for anything. The richness of the data that this is based on inside Facebook is truly incredible. This could be how the battle between Facebook and Google plays out: as Recommendation vs. Search. User demographics vs. search personalization. Publisher engagement vs. Pagerank. Now what does Google have to offer against Facebook’s key feature – the Newsfeed people opt-in to get subscriptions (and ads, basically) pushed in front of them, side by side with baby pictures and friend updates, into the indefinite future?It’s too bad this had to happen under a proprietary platform with privacy problems. These subscriptions people sign up for were turned irretrievably public in the Great Privacy Implosion of last December. The idea of irretrievably public subscriptions is comparable to a requirement that your library book check-out history be printed on paper and nailed to the front door of your house. It’s crazy and anti-social. Then, at the last F8 Facebook developers’ conference, the company changed this policy and allowed users to make their subscriptions private – though they still default to being public.None the less, I’m not sure there’s ever been a platform in history that knew so much about people, monitored publisher effectiveness so closely and made subscription so easy for so many people. Get and discuss ReadWriteWeb updates on Facebook here. Tags:#Facebook#Features#Recommendation Engines#social networks#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S4: The Phone So Complicated, It Has An ‘Easy’ Mode

first_imgBest Photo: Takes a burst of eight pictures and selects the best.Auto: Classic smartphone camera feature, automatically adjusts for light settings. On by default.Beauty Face: Enhances facial features automatically.Best Face: Combines five photos of a face to create the ideal image.Sound & Shot: Takes a still photo and records nine seconds of sound to go with it. Annoyingly, the clips play automatically when you flip through photos in the gallery.Drama: Takes multiple pictures of a moving object and transposes them to one shot. A standard feature on most digital SLRs.Animated Photo: You take a picture of someone waving at you. You can then go back into the picture and freeze portions of it, but keep the waving hand moving. Kind of like taking a picture to create an animated GIF.Rich Tone: Hi-definition. Most smartphones do this nowadays.Eraser: Is there something moving in your photo you want t oeliminate. Eraser lets you edit the photo to remove people walking in the background, or traffic in the foreground. Eraser does not work on stationary objects (like someone photo-bombing your pictures).Panorama: Creates a simple multiple panel shot – already standard on Apple and HTC smartphones.Sports: Speeds up the camera take capture pictures of fast movement.Night: Improves low-light pictures without flash.Its quite a list, although a few functions, like Animated Photo, don’t work quite as well as they could. The camera also has a dual-function mode where you can insert your face from the front camera into the view finder of the back camera. All in all, except for maybe the HTC One, there may not be a better smartphone camera on the market. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Smartphone For Your Mom?The term “fear of missing out” – FoMo – has been applied to the sociological concept of not wanting to miss anything your friends are doing in relation to social media, but it could just as easily apply to the Galaxy S4. With all the things that this smartphone can do, it’s easy to get the feeling that you are missing out on the capabilities of your own device.Let’s take a look at some of the new features in the Galaxy S4:Air View: Hover over an item like an email or a calendar date and Air View will display a preview of what is inside. This feature originally appeared in Samsung’s Note 2 with the built-in stylus but now can be done with a finger.Air Gesture: Theoretically, you can answer a phone call, change songs on a music playlist, swap browser tabs or perform a variety of other functions just by waving your hand over he device. An extra infrared sensor picks up the motion and executes the command. At least it is supposed to. Except for one limited instance (moving an app from one home screen panel to another), I was not able to get Air Gesture to work. And this turned out be a disappointing theme with the Galaxy S4.Smart Stay/Smart Pause/Smart Scroll: With Smart Stay, the screen stays on as long as you are looking at it. Smart Pause is intended to pause a video if your eyes look away. Smart Scroll is supposed to follow your facial motion and the tilt of your device to automatically scroll down a website. But no matter how hard I tried, with a wide variety of apps, I could not get Smart Pause to work. Smart Stay seems to work OK, but it was often hard to tell since I mostly seem to look at my smartphone for only a few seconds at a time. It was also difficult to get Smart Scroll to work. The instructions for these features note that your face and the background behind you must be well-lit, so Samsung seems to acknowledge that these functions won’t work all the time.Multi-Window: You Can use two apps at the same time. A little tab appears on the left of the screen and essentially acts as a “recent apps” menu.[See Also: Samsung Galaxy S4: The Phone So Complicated, It Has An ‘Easy’ Mode]Easy Mode: For people who ave trouble using complicated devices, the Galaxy S4 has an entire mode with bigger fonts, icons and less home screen space. This works, but there’s no surer sign of the S4’s feature bloat than the need for an “easy mode.”WatchOn: OK, this feature is cool. WatchOn uses the device’s infrared sensor to turn the S4 into a programmable TV remote control. It even recognize your TV and cable/satellite provider and displays a programming guide.Samsung Hub: Samsung used to have several different media “hubs” for books, music, video and so forth. They have now all been consolidated to one Hub.Group Play: This feature lets you to connect to other Samsung devices and play the same song through all of them at the same time, with one person acting as the DJ. This could be fun in some situations, but it’s mostly just a gimmick.Expanded Settings/Notifications: Android comes with a simple drop-down notification center. Samsung’s TouchWiz has historically added radio buttons to it to control Wi-Fi, GPS, rotate and other functions. Since the S4 has so many new functions, the company added an entirely new section to the drop-down settings to toggle all the various features on and off.“What we have done is create a form here which allows people to learn about the feature and decide if you want to turn it on our off. It is another way making these really, really powerful features more accessible,” DiCarlo said.Samsung Galaxy S4 settings panelThe Galaxy S4 comes pre-loaded with widgets and apps on its Android home screen panels out of the box, but these can be easily removed. See the composite image below for the pre-loaded apps and widgets on a Sprint version of the S4. (Note: Spotify does not come pre-loaded. I put that in to the only available space I could find on the Galaxy S4. )With all this… stuff, is this really the phone that I would recommend to my mother? Or anyone’s mother? Related Posts Panorama modeOne note: Some of the functions (animated photo, sound and photo) are saved to the Galaxy S4 in a proprietary Samsung file and can be shared only with other Samsung devices.Hardware & DesignThe specs on the Galaxy S4 are comparable to other top smartphones on the market. The U.S. version sports the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor as the HTC One and LG Optimus Pro G.It has all the usual sensors – Gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity – as well as that extra infrared sensor that powers the gesture-based controls. It also is said to have a barometer and humidity sensors, but I have no idea what they do or how to use them.The Galaxy Sr’s 2600 mAh battery, biggest in a non-“phablet” smartphone, will definitely last all day and then some.The Galaxy S4 has the same flimsy plastic removable back as other Galaxy S models. DiCarlo explained the company’s reasoning:In terms of the material, we definitely heard the criticisms and comments. It definitely did not go unheard. Our thinking on that is that a removable battery is a good thing. If you are at CES working all day or at a concert or whatever, having an alternate battery is certainly a good thing. A lot of people still like removable memory. And a lot of our accessories allow the device to stay thin by replacing that back cover for wireless charging or whatever. There are a lot of user benefits as well as durability factor, something you can carry around with you in a case. Not to make any excuse for it, but just to explain the thinking.Samsung’s accessories, like the flip cover back, are definitely a big reason for the removable back. So is weight. At 4.59 ounces, it is almost a half-ounce lighter than the full-metal-casing HTC One. Even though the S4 is a little smaller than the Galaxy S3, its screen is a little bigger, growing from 4.8 inches to 5 inches. The very nice screen is HD Super Amoled, coming in at 441 pixels per inch. If anything, the colors may seem a little over saturated.You Might Want This Smartphone, You Might NotSamsung will sell a lot of Galaxy S4s. Consumers will like the size and shape, the screen and the camera. Developers will like the chance to play with the gesture-based controls like AirView (if they can actually get them to work). Enterprises won’t mind employees bringing the device to work with its capability to use Knox, Samsung’s mobile enterprise management solution.Really, the Galaxy S4 is a solid smartphone, in just about every way.You just have to put up with Samsung’s insistence on loading you down with bloatware, pre-loaded apps and features that you will likely never use and just get in the way. Once you cut through all that, the Galaxy S4 is a first rate smartphone. Tags:#Android#Samsung#Samsung Galaxy dan rowinski CameraThe S4’s cameras have so much going on it deserves its own focus. Fortunately, though, the advanced camera functions are easy to use and understand. The Galaxy S4 has a 13-megapixel back camera and 2MP front camera – more than most competitors.The goal of the Galaxy S4 camera is to give regular people (not just professional photographers) the ability to use more of its features. “Where we really focused was allowing people to really get a professional kind of photo experience super, super easy,” DiCarlo said.The camera interface uses a simple “mode” button on the display to toggle through the different ways the Galaxy S4 let you take a picture. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Your smartphone should not be a source of stress. With its new Galaxy S4, it seems Samsung may not have gotten the memo.It seems that every feature Samsung could possibly dream up ended up in the Galaxy S4. The company pushes the envelope with technologies and features that keep the rest of the industry on its toes. Yet it packs the Galaxy S4 with so many of its own branded apps, so many features of questionable value that don’t even work properly, that it detracts from the overall quality of the device.Samsung does allow you to strip away many of those features. Its custom-made widgets can be thrown out, and functions like Air Gesture and Smart Pause can be turned off. Once you strip away all the superfluous garbage, the Galaxy S4 is actually a pretty nice device. And there are indications that Samsung recognizes the problem.“Galaxy S3 and Note II are very feature-rich products. As is the S4. That is very core to the brand of ‘next big thing,’” said Nick DiCarlo, VP of Portfolio Planning and Product Marketing at Samsung Telecommunications America. “With the S4 you will notice that we have done a ton of things to make things simpler. We hope that this could be a phone that you would recommend to your mom.” The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more