Q&A with ESPN GameDay crew

first_imgReece Davis and the College GameDay crew visited the Wisconsin campus to cover Saturday\’s contest.[/media-credit]When College GameDay came to Madison last weekend, The Badger Herald was able to catch up with Reese Davis, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis and Jay Bilas to discuss University of Wisconsin basketball, the Big Ten and the fans who packed the Kohl Center for the broadcast Saturday morning.BH: What did you think about the Wisconsin crowd Saturday morning?Hubert Davis (HD): They were the best crowd of the year. Up to this point, it was Notre Dame, but this was the best crowd of the year. Not only was it an awesome crowd, but it was also awesome having Coach (Bo) Ryan out there for a large part of the time, then having Joe Krabbenhoft and Marcus Landry out there. So, it was a big deal for me.Reece Davis (RD): I thought they were great. They were very enthusiastic. I don’t know in terms of numbers if it was as large, but it could have been in the ball park of Michigan State, Marquette and Kansas in terms of the biggest crowds numerically we’ve had.BH: What are the Badgers’ chances in the tournament?Digger Phelps (DP): They have to get in the tournament first. They can’t look ahead. I think it’s an emotional game [Saturday night] with Ohio State coming in, but more importantly, I like the way Wisconsin is beginning to start believing in themselves.BH: What do the Badgers need to do to get into the tournament?DP: Win. You can’t go by how many. You just can’t start losing games. They can’t lose tonight against Ohio State and you have to win some road games. That’s consistency — and play well in the conference tournament. Don’t be a one-and-done team for sure because then you are on the bubble and someone could sneak in and take that spot away from the Big Ten.BH: If Wisconsin gets into the tournament as a lower seed, do they have more of a chance to make an impact?HD: You know, I’m not big on seeds. You get into the NCAA Tournament, you don’t get a bye, everyone is in the same boat. I can tell you this, when Wisconsin gets into the NCAA Tournament, the teams are not going to want to play them. So, it wouldn’t surprise me if they get to the final eight, to get to the Final Four. They have that type of talent; the way they play defense, it could happen.BH: How have the Badgers been able to bounce back from losing six straight games?Jay Bilas (JB): If you told somebody before the year Wisconsin is going to lose six in a row, nobody would have believed you. You would have said the same thing about Notre Dame or Georgetown or that Texas would slide a little bit. Wisconsin is a good team, and I think they are an NCAA Tournament team. They have figured some things out, especially defensively where they had some breakdowns throughout that six-game stretch. But, I think that’s a very good basketball team that is going to wind up being in the NCAA Tournament.BH: How has Bo Ryan been able to get the team back on track?JB: He is a no-nonsense, not panic guy. I wasn’t at his practices during that time [of the streak], but I can imagine they were pretty much the same, just maybe more emphasis here or there, but very much the same as he is normally. The things that Wisconsin does to win don’t change from December to January to February. So, it wasn’t like they were working on anything differently. They may have been emphasizing some things more and there might have been a little more intense focus on different things, but I don’t think you would see any drastic change, and I don’t think you would see any drastic now.HD: The Big Ten is a very tough conference and losing six-straight games, you don’t want to do that. His teams are always consistent and fundamental. You knew they were going to turn it around. Now they have a great opportunity to beat an Ohio State team that’s playing extremely well. Wisconsin is going to be in the NCAA Tournament again. [Ryan] is an outstanding coach, and I love the way any kid that comes here becomes a better basketball player and they graduate. He is a great role model as well.RD: He is just a terrific coach. I mean, he takes the guys he has, he makes them better; they are disciplined. You look at the offensive efficiency stats and they are 13th or 14th in the country. He teaches his style of basketball. He was telling us yesterday he has drills and practice plans and things he’s done for decades. He believes in it, and he makes his players believe in it. Therefore, when you hit stretches that don’t go the way you like for them to go, you don’t have a lot of guys — and you certainly don’t have the head coach — panicking.BH: What is the cause of the improvement of play in the Big Ten this year?HD: I think it’s interesting because you have some transition. You have new coaches at Minnesota or Indiana. Usually when a conference has a transition of coaches, things go down. Right now, if the tournament started today, five teams would get in and there is a chance seven, possibly eight if Michigan can get to .500.RD: I think that what you see is that maybe, in some areas, you have some teams that have raised their level. Penn State is certainly a better program, and Minnesota since Tubby Smith got there, they are certainly a bigger threat than they were. Northwestern is dangerous on occasion. The Big Ten has always been tough. You could probably find years where the conference is better top to bottom, but it is still very competitive.BH: What has surprised you about the Big Ten this year?DP: What has surprised me in the Big Ten this year is the lack of scoring and a lot of low scoring games. It’s not defense. I think certain guys, when you look at (Marcus) Landry stepping up now and (Trevon) Hughes stepping up, they have to do it together, and that’s where you need to have consistency.HD: How good the conference is would be the big surprise. As I said in the morning show, at the beginning of the year, I assumed Michigan State and Purdue are going to be right there, but everyone else is somewhat of a question mark. To have four teams in the NCAA Tournament last year and now there is a possibility to have seven or maybe eight. That is pretty impressive for this league.last_img read more

Welbeck double helps Arsenal past Milan, Dortmund dumped out

first_imgThe forward picked himself up to send Donnarumma the wrong way, and leave the infuriated Milan players demonstrating with the officials.“When I watch the penalty, I will give you an honest answer (whether Welbeck dived),” Wenger told BT Sport.“It was good to see a response from the team at 1-0 down. I don’t want to accuse Danny Welbeck of diving before I see it again.”Seven-time European champions Milan piled on the pressure in the second half, only for their hopes to be ended when Donnarumma allowed Granit Xhaka’s speculative 71st-minute strike to slip through his grasp and bobble into the net. Welbeck nodded in his second late on as Arsenal reached their first European quarter-final since 2010, after seven consecutive Champions League last-16 defeats. Borussia Dortmund bowed out of the tournament, though, with a tame goalless draw in Austria sealing their fate.After falling to a shock 2-1 loss in the first leg at home, the German giants failed to break down their stubborn opponents, who will play in the last eight of a continental competition for the first time since losing the 1994 UEFA Cup final to Inter Milan.CSKA Moscow stunned last season’s semi-finalists Lyon, with a 3-2 victory in France ending the Ligue 1 club’s hopes of reaching May’s final at their own Groupama Stadium.The Russian away side wiped out Lyon’s first-leg one-goal lead before half-time through Aleksandr Golovin, although Maxwel Cornet equalised for Bruno Genesio’s hosts.But two goals in five minutes swung the tie in CSKA’s favour, as Ahmed Musa struck on the hour mark and Pontus Wernbloom made it 3-2 on aggregate.Mariano Diaz gave Lyon hope, but CSKA held on to progress on away goals.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2center_img Paris, France | AFP | Danny Welbeck’s controversial penalty and a Gianluigi Donnarumma howler helped Arsenal beat AC Milan in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday 5-1 on aggregate, while Borussia Dortmund slumped to a shock exit at the hands of Salzburg.The 3-1 win on the night eases some of the pressure on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, although his team’s 2-0 first-leg lead looked precarious when Hakan Calhanoglu fired Milan ahead.But Gennaro Gattuso’s visitors were left incensed when Welbeck tumbled to the floor under little to no contact from Ricardo Rodriguez, with the spot-kick apparently given by the official on the byline.last_img read more

English debutants dominate singles to defeat Swiss Girls in under-16s

first_img Tags: England Girl’s, English U16 girls’, Lottie Woad, Louise Burke, Lydia Cryer, Rachel Gourley England’s international quartet of Lydia Cryer, Louise Burke, Lottie Woad and Rachel Gourley dominated the singles play against Switzerland to emerge victorious from their under-16 international match.It was an inexperienced England squad selected in the fixture with both Cryer (Nelson Golf Club, Lancashire) and Burke (Broadstone GC, Dorset) making their international debuts, while Woad (Farnham GC, Surrey) and Gourley (Arcott Hall GC, Northumberland) were building on their fledgling careers.The nerves told at the start of the day’s play in the foursomes as the pairing of Gourley and Woad lost 1up to Chiara Sola and Margareta Roos while Cryer and Burke were held to a halve by Marie-Caroline Viscolo and Marine Rouveyrol as the Swiss team took a 1.5 – 0.5 lead.However. after some re-grouping from the team during the lunch break, the English girls came out roaring and stormed the singles play with each player emerging victorious to secure a dominant 4.5 – 1.5 team victory.Gourley began the fightback with a 1up victory over Roos before Woad, Cryer and Burke all won convincingly by at least two holes to maintain England’s excellent recent record in this fixture.National Girls’ Coach, Mark Day, said: “There was definitely an element of excitement, nerves and anticipation from the girls at the start with it being a new experience for them. They came up against a stronger Swiss team than before which was good for the girls.“Our girls showed some nerves and three-putted the 18th to halve the second foursomes but we re-grouped in the afternoon and committed to personal standards which they delivered 100%.“They didn’t let the occasion overwhelm them, they kept cool, player their golf and I couldn’t ask any more of them.”View the results here 23 Aug 2019 English debutants dominate singles to defeat Swiss Girls in under-16s last_img read more

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first_imgLast Name * * Required FieldsFirst Name * Resume *Cover Letter/Writing SampleHow did you hear about this job? Email * The Two River Times weekly newspaper in Red Bank, NJ is seeking local news freelancers. Assignments may include features, events, government meetings and photography (not sports). Upload your resume and examples of published work below or submit to [email protected] Phone * All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.last_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: ATTENTION MEN! ARE YOU SKINNY FAT?

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: This article is aimed at men. It is going to be blunt and straight to the point and may offend. 

We live in an age where everything is computerised.You name it; you can do it online.The trouble with this is that the majority of our lives are being spent in front of a computer. As men, we sit too much, drink too much coffee, stress too much, don’t sleep enough, have pretty awful diets and don’t exercise enough.Once upon a time, when food was food and there were no computers or video games, people used to go outside.You heard that right kids, OUTSIDE.You know that place where you go to get into the car, so you can drive to the gym and walk on a treadmill, or spin on a bike. What is the result of the last few years of prosperity and technology?We have a generation of men who are skinny fat!This new body type is probably the most unhealthy that we as men are facing.Skinny fat looks like this:

The extremities (arms and legs) are completely normal looking. In some cases they are actually thin, whereas the trunk of the body is carrying quite a bit of excess body-fat.When you are wearing jeans and a t-shirt you will look relatively normal. It won’t look as if there is a problem. However, when you remove the t-shirt it will look as if you are wearing your grandfather’s skin for a shirt.You will have “moobs”, belly fat and probably a muffin top.To put it bluntly, you are beginning to look like a woman!This is not an insult to women. It is natural for women to carry fat on certain parts of their bodies. Men simply should not be holding fat in the same areas. This might seem a bit extreme, but when you look at the health and hormonal issues that are being studied regarding this issue, this is no laughing matter.A recent study in Journal of the American Medical Association found that;If you are skinny fat and get diagnosed with diabetes, you are twice as likely to die as if you are overweight and get diagnosed. 

You simply do not have the muscle mass that an overweight person has to protect you.Testosterone levels in skinny fat men were also found to be extremely low, with oestrogen levels being overly high.A simple test: when you wake up in the morning, are you flaccid?If you are in your twenties and you consistently wake up like this, something is not right.Stress levels are also extremely important in the issue of skinny fat.Most people these days have stressful jobs, stressful commutes to work, and stressful lives outside of work.They survive on coffee and energy drinks, are always on their phone or computers, never get into full deep sleep, which leaves nearly every situation they face feeling stressful.This leaves cortisol levels high which in turn, will hamper the body’s ability to build muscle and to burn fat.So let’s round this up;If you recognize yourself in this description, you probably have moobs, belly fat and a muffin top, the testosterone levels of a 16 year old girl and the stress levels of a mortgage broker when the 2008 crash happened.So what do we do?How do we fix this problem and get men back to being MEN?The first step is cleaning up your nutrition.Stop eating pre-packaged and processed foods and reduce your consumption of refined carbs.Reduce your consumption of carbonated drinks and alcohol.Eat protein at every meal.Increase your intake of healthy fats.Take a multi vitamin, quality fish oil and a vitamin D supplement.Doesn’t sound fun? Enjoy having Moobs!Start lifting weights, aim for reps of between 6-10 reps and 3-6 sets per exercise.Concentrate on the larger muscle groups and hit the big lifts like the squat, chin ups/lat pull down, deadlifts, bench press and overhead press.STOP DOING CARDIO, you do not need it.Trying to burn fat with excess cardio without building muscle will only leave you a skinnier fatter version of what you previously were.Reduce you time online, especially before bed.Preferably, there should be no screen time for 2-3 hours before bed.What could you do instead?Here’s a few ideas: GO OUTSIDE, GO TO THE GYM OR READ A BOOK.Sooner or later you will have to face up to the fact that, if you are skinny fat, you are on the road to severe health issues in the near future.How you deal with this is your choice, try and make it a good one.#TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl 

* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: ATTENTION MEN! ARE YOU SKINNY FAT? was last modified: September 28th, 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:emmet rushefitness columnMenskinny fatlast_img read more

Career day goes to the cinema

first_imgRay Maota Nedbank chairman, Reuel Khoza (in grey suit seated) with representatives from the sponsors of the My Future, My Career campaign. Albert Zitha from Katlehong went to previous instalments of the campaign and was able to receive seven distinctions in matric in 2012. This includes getting 100% for both mathematics and physical science.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nkosinathi MsizaNedbank: Communications+ 27 71 670 3560Nedbank, one of South Africa’s big four banks, has launched the fourth instalment of its career guidance initiative for underprivileged high school pupils, which will benefit more than 24 000 pupils.My Future, My Career was launched at Nedbank’s head offices in Sandton on 22 January. Career guidance a mustIt will feature more than 115 careers in 16 industries in movie episodes screened at Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide.In its fourth year, the bank will invest more than R3.5-million (US$429 246) in the campaign. It will give pupils in grades 9 to 12 an understanding of the requirements for various professions, including personalities suited to each career. By the end of its third year, the programme had reached 112 000 pupils with an investment of R13.8-million ($1 558-million).Kone Gugushe, Nedbank’s divisional executive for corporate social responsibility, said: “Education is one of our key focus areas and 50 % of our corporate social investment goes towards it. This programme contributes towards our goal of creating a knowledge-based economy, which helps to drive our country’s growth and development.“Career guidance plays an important role in shaping the minds of pupils to choose a suitable career path. My Future, My Career is a fun and interactive programme which continues to make a difference to underprivileged pupils across the country.”The programme, which is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education, was conceptualised by Primestars Marketing, which is also the project manager. It forms part of Nedbank’s integrated and holistic education interventions model, which stands on two pillars. The first focuses on education across an individual’s life stages and the second on holistic support of beneficiary schools.Martin Sweet, the managing director of Primestars, said the programme enabled participating pupils to prepare themselves for the transition into the world of work, helping them to develop their own individual career ambitions while simultaneously strengthening the skills base of the country.Nedbank and Primestars are joined by the Gauteng City Region Academy, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, the National Youth Development Agency, Total Coal, AECI, and the JD Group as sponsors of the programme. A success storyAlbert Zitha from Katlehong, who attended previous campaigns of this programme, passed matric in 2012 with seven distinctions.He scored 100% in both mathematics and physical science, and is now enrolled to study civil engineering at the University of Pretoria.“Access to information and career guidance plays a critical role in helping learners decide on a career choice. This programme guided me clearly in choosing my current studies,” said Zitha. “I commend Nedbank for this initiative and strongly encourage pupils to make use of this programme as it will guide them in the right direction with regards to their career choices.” Where to view screeningsThe content of the programmes’ 16 episodes includes: accounting; law; entrepreneurship; mining and engineering; education; health; information technology; construction; travel and tourism. And each student leaves each session with a booklet for referral.Screenings start on 27 January. The subjects on each day are:·         Entrepreneurship and tourism – 27 January;·         Criminal justice and law – 3 February;·         Health services and education – 10 February;·         Banking, finance and accounting – 17 February;·         Arts and culture – 24 February;·         Transport, logistics and distribution – 24 February;·         Information technology and communication – 3 March;·         Mining, engineering and construction – 10 March; and,·         Environment and property – 17 February.They will take place at selected Ster-Kinekor cinemas:·         Gauteng – Brooklyn Commercial in Pretoria, and Eastgate, Sandton City, Southgate, Eastrand Mall and Westgate Mall in Johannesburg;·         KwaZulu-Natal – Broadwalk in Richards Bay;·         Limpopo – Mall of the North in Polokwane;·         Mpumalanga – The Ridge Casino; and,·         Western Cape – Cavendish Commercial in Claremont.last_img read more

Minnesota OKs Special Rates for Electric Vehicles

first_imgMinnesota now requires investor-owned electric utilities to offer special rate plans for owners of electric vehicles. UtilityDive reports that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission took the step because of increased interest in electric vehicles (EVs) but decided to apply it only to investor-owned utilities and not to publicly owned utilities.At the same time, regulators also approved a surcharge for customers who want all of their EV electricity to come from renewable sources.The Public Utilities Commission decision follows by about a year the passage of a state law requiring investor-owned utilities to file proposed tariffs allowing customers to buy electricity solely for the purpose of recharging their EVs. Utilities were permitted to offer either a time-of-use rate or an off-peak only rate, according to briefing papers on file with the commission.Utilities responded to the May directive in different ways. Minnesota Power began offering summer and winter off-peak rates of 4.332 cents per kWh, UtilityDive said. Otter Tail summer off-peak rates were set at 2.962 cents/kWh, with its winter rate at 4.661 cents/kWh. Xcel Energy’s off-peak rate is 3.3 cents/kWh; its peak rate is between 14 cents and 17.5 cents/kWh.Two of the utilities won’t allow EV charging during peak hours.Encouraging EV owners to plug in during off-peak hours will help level off some peaks of residential power consumption while giving the utilities a boost in overall demand, the commission’s staff noted:“If the EV tariffs are well designed and marketed, EV charging during off-peak hours will enhance utilities’ operational efficiency (through increased load factors) and will reduce EV owners’ bills by taking advantage of lower nighttime electricity prices,” the briefing papers said.“If EV owners have no incentive to charge their cars during off-peak hours, it’s likely that most will begin charging when they arrive home, which could exacerbate the ‘peakiness’ of residential demand,” the staff continued. “A Level 2 EV charger uses a typical household service of 240 volts — similar to an electric dryer — and often requires upgrading or adding wiring and other electric equipment wherever the vehicle will be charged.” A first in the country? CleanTechnica reported that Minnesota became the first state in the country to require investor-owned utilities to provide specific peak and off-peak rates for EVs.But, according to a Tweet that quickly followed, California’s major investor-owned utilities and two largest municipally owned utilities have had EV rates for 15 years or more.Regardless of who went first, Minnesota sees strong growth ahead for EVs as costs decline and battery technology continues to improve.“Though EVs are primarily a niche product in Minnesota today, their costs are falling rapidly,” the utility commission staff wrote. “Technological advances have reduced battery costs — which are typically the highest-cost component of an EV — by 50 percent over the last four years… This dramatic decline in battery prices will allow for both price decreases and driving range increases.”The staff argued EVs can have “tremendous environmental benefits,” particularly if the energy that powers them comes from a diverse generation mix, but that their greater convenience ultimately will give the vehicles broad appeal.“Extended driving ranges mean EV owners will be able to virtually eliminate trips to the gas station as over 99 percent of trips in the U.S. are less than 100 miles, an overnight charge in the garage will provide more than enough power for practically all outings,” the briefing said. “EVs also cost much less to fuel: if an EV battery is charged on an off-peak rate of 4¢/kWh, the electricity required to drive an EV the same distance as a gallon of gas (the “eGallon” price) would cost only about 40¢.”last_img read more

New Smart Thermostat Program Launches in Illinois

first_imgA group of Illinois gas and electric utilities and the Environmental Law and Policy Center said that they would help pay for new smart thermostats for as many as 1 million customers in northern Illinois, including metro Chicago, over the next five years.The program, announced on October 8, is the largest initiative of its kind in the country, the Policy Center said in a press release. Customers of Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) and three gas utilities will get $120 toward the purchase of a $249 thermostat, providing they have wi-fi, a furnace, and central air conditioning.The program will cover Nest and Ecobee3 devices initially, but other manufacturers will be added, according to a statement from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).Both the Nest and Ecobee3 are wi-fi enabled devices that let homeowners control heating and cooling remotely through their smartphones and tablets. They also are designed to adapt to the occupancy patterns of residents and adjust heating and cooling accordingly to save energy.In a recent report, the ACEEE reviewed a half-dozen energy-savings studies and found that smart thermostats can reduce energy use for home heating and cooling by an average of 8% to 15%. The thermostats can save a kWh of electricity for between 2 and 3 cents, the report said, and collectively are capable of reducing U.S. electrical use across all sectors by 1/2%.Under the program, ComEd will offer $100 rebates for the devices, with another $20 coming from participating gas utilities. Similar programs in effect elsewhereAs ACEEE points out, the ComEd isn’t the only utility eyeing smart thermostats as a way of reducing consumption and easing strain on the grid at times of very high demand.In Nevada, NVEnergy offers free thermostats to customers and includes installation as part of the deal in its mPowered Home Energy Management program.In addition to allowing heating and cooling to be controlled remotely, these thermostats allow customers to track energy savings and compare the run times of HVAC equipment with other homes through an online portal. A key benefit to the utility is the ability to increase the temperature setting on a consumer’s thermostat during peak demands in the summer.“During the peak summer months, on days when the demand for electricity is at its highest, NV Energy will occasionally initiate Energy Events,” the utility’s website says. “A signal is sent to your thermostat to increase the setpoint temperature up to 4 degrees. These events are optional and help reduce power consumption and electricity load to ensure a stable energy supply.”Although customers can override this feature during peak events, ACEEE said, few apparently do.Elsewhere, two utilities in Texas — Reliant Energy and Austin Energy — also offer rebate programs for smart thermostats. Reliant offers a no-cost Nest thermostat for customers who sign up for its Learn & Conserve program. Austin offers a $85 rebate for Web-connected thermostats, ACEEE said.last_img read more

BlackBerry Steadies Its Boat In Latest Quarterly Earnings

first_imgAs BlackBerry steers its ship to hopefully happier seas, the smartphone maker is struggling to gain momentum. In its first quarterly earnings report since changing its name from Research In Motion to BlackBerry, the Canadian company announced stagnant earnings on the strength of six million smartphones shipped and 370,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. Total revenue was $2.7 billion, down about 2% from the previous quarter and 46% (from $4.2 billion) from the same quarter a year ago.BlackBerry said it shipped one million BlackBerry 10 devices in the quarter. All things considered, that is not bad. The Canadian fiscal quarter ended March 2. The BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 (which is not yet available) were announced on January 30 and did not shipping to its first round of countries (Canada, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates) for more than a week afterwards. BlackBerry has been expanding its roster of countries where the BlackBerry is shipping through the end of February and into March. The United States has finally seeing the touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 to major carriers within the past week.BlackBerry’s revenue was generated 61% from hardware, 36% for services and 3% for software and other revenue. Services for BlackBerry include many of its enterprise and government services, such as the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.“We have implemented numerous changes at BlackBerry over the past year and those changes have resulted in the Company returning to profitability in the fourth quarter,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO. “With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have introduced the newest and what we believe to be the most innovative mobile computing platform in the market today. Customers love the device and the user experience, and our teams and partners are now focused on getting those devices into the hands of BlackBerry consumer and enterprise customers.” While the quarterly earnings from BlackBerry are not outstanding, it should be noted that the company does not appear to be hemorrhaging money any longer. BlackBerry actually made $94 million in profit this quarter. That can be a little deceptive as BlackBerry has gone through massive layoffs and reorganization, but it seems that CEO Thorsten Heins has the company running lean and, for the first time in a long time, shipping actual products and generating buzz. BlackBerry also announced that its co-founder Mike Lazaridis is leaving the company and will retire May 1, 2013. Lazaridis leaves less than a month after his co-founder Jim Balsillie sold all of his stock and left the company.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#BlackBerry#earnings#smartphones dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts last_img read more

Hands Off My Wrists! Why I Don’t Want To Wear My Computers

first_imgowen thomas What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts center_img Tags:#fitness tracker#Fitness Tracking#smartwatch#Wearable Computing#wearables Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The gadget-industrial complex is afroth with the notion that everyone from Apple and Google to Dell and Samsung is working on a smartwatch.Who’s going to wear them?I’ll tell you: Not me.See also: Arm Race: Samsung To Build A Smartwatch, TooI can’t remember ever wearing a watch: I hate the feel of a band against my wrist. That’s a personal tic, but I’m far from alone in eschewing timepieces. Since the last decade, people have noted the trend of younger people to tell time on anything but a watch.Sure, you’ll read the occasional trend piece about how high-end, luxury watches are making a blingy comeback. Whatever: I can’t imagine a less interesting way to spend your money.No One Needs More Devices To ManageYou know what I don’t need? More cables and chargers to misplace at home or pack for travel. Yet that’s exactly what smartwatches and fitness bands bring to our lives. (Nick Statt noted that keeping the Fitbit Flex charged is one of its most annoying aspects.) I already need to keep a smartphone, tablet, and Bluetooth keyboard charged. After that, I’m out of USB ports.Photo by matsuyuki on FlickrAnd Google Glass? The paranoia about people recording video is overblown, because the battery won’t last long enough to record any large portion of one’s day. And the glorified $1,500 Bluetooth headset is far too easy to break. I also hate the headset’s nose-pinching frame. (When I buy glasses, I always get them without those awful nose pads.)Battery life in general will be a nightmare for all of these tiny devices. Physics and chemistry dictate how long a charge lasts, and the more capable these miniaturized computers are, the more frequently we’ll have to plug them in—which makes the whole “wearable” thing pointless.It’s The Data That Counts, Not The DeviceAnother argument for wearables is that they’re good for capturing data. I don’t buy that, either.I’m interested in the quantified-self movement, which promises to turn our movements and vital signs into data to be crunched, stored, and analyzed. But pedometers don’t capture how I work out, which tends to involve more time in the gym or yoga studio rather than on the running trail. (And I live in San Francisco, so I walk plenty as it is.)It’s more useful for me to enter data about my workouts into apps like GymGoal—which require a full smartphone screen. And for tracking runs, I use more smartphone apps: MapMyRun, Nike Running, and RunKeeper, all of which rely on phones’ GPS and accelerometer systems for location data.Stop The Smartwatch Madness!So here’s a modest proposal for hardware manufacturers: Stop trying to replace the smartphone. Instead, make it better—by focusing on software and services. You say it’s awkward to take a phone out of a pocket or purse? The answer isn’t to shift notifications over to another screen. It’s to eliminate unnecessary notifications, or shift them in time. Anticipatory computing should allow smartphones to get much smarter about when to interrupt us.See also: The Smartwatch Arm RaceAnd ambient identity will allow us to securely take over any available networked screen—rather than worry about carrying around a bevy of personal devices. (I hear cloud computing is a thing.)You know what would also be nice? A non-dorky Bluetooth earpiece, or earphones that don’t get tangled up. Voice interfaces are getting better and better—and unless you really loved the Dick Tracy comics, I don’t see how talking into your watch will ever be cool.We don’t need computers to wear on our head, or wrists, or arms. We need computers that fade into the background. Forget wearable computing. It’s time for disappearable computing.Photo of Owen Thomas by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite; photo of USB cables by matsuyukilast_img read more

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