Win Tickets to see World TeamTennis at the Greenbrier Resort!

first_imgWorld TeamTennis will host all 63 regular season matches over 19 days from July 12 – 30 and the WTT Playoffs on Aug. 1 (semifinals) and Aug. 2 (finals).  The event is being held in accordance with state health guidelines. Only 500 fans (20% capacity) will be allowed in the 2,500 seat outdoor stadium. If the matches are moved indoors as a result of weather on any given day, only 250 people will be allowed in the indoor facility. All Lower Bowl, Front Row and Package ticket holders will be guaranteed seats to the indoor facility. 5 lucky BRO winners get a pair of ticket vouchers! Comment on our Facebook or Instagram post to be entered to win.center_img Don’t miss your chance to see live sports this summer when World TeamTennis comes to The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia! See Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, the Bryan brothers and other tennis superstars in live in action from July 12th through August 2nd. Join us for the 45th season of World TeamTennis at The Greenbrier. last_img read more

Tristan Thompson injury update: Cavs C (foot) expected to miss 2-4 weeks

first_imgThe Cavaliers have lost another veteran presence on the court.Cleveland announced Tuesday, Tristan Thompson is expected to miss two to four weeks with a sprained left foot. STATUS UPDATE: @RealTristan13 will miss approximately 2-4 weeks with a left foot sprain.MORE:— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 11, 2018Thompson is in the midst of a career year with the Cavs as he is averaging 12.0 points and 11.6 rebounds this season.He has never averaged more than 12 points or double-digit rebounds in a year. Charles Barkley on athletes facing hecklers: ‘Walk away or they’re just gonna sue ya’ Thompson joins veteran Kevin Love on the injured list.Love is hoping for a mid-January return from a foot injury of his own.The Cavs are second to last in the Eastern Conference with a 6-21 record. Related Newslast_img read more

So Far, Push Notifications on the iPhone are a Letdown

first_imgWhen Apple launched the iPhone 3.0 update, we were pretty excited about a number of the new features in the OS, but push notifications, which Apple billed as an alternative to battery-draining background processes, were on the top of our list. After a few weeks with the iPhone 3.0 OS, however, only a very small number of push apps have made it into the store, and even some of the best ones, like BeeJive IM (iTunes link) and the AP Mobile app (iTunes link) suffer from major drawbacks.IM Works, but What About Those Timeouts?BeeJive, for example, is a great IM app – and so are eBuddy (iTunes link) and IM+ with Push (iTunes link), two other push-enabled IM apps that were released in the last few days. These apps are intuitive, connect to most popular IM networks, and work just as advertised. But when it comes to push notifications, there are just too many little things that are holding these apps back.By default, BeeJive, for example, will log you out of your account after just 20 minutes. So once you have finished a chat session, you will just be offline again and no new messages will be pushed to your phone. You can push this timeout limit up to 24 hours, but this setting is buried at the bottom of BeeJive’s long list of options. The eBuddy IM app doesn’t even have this option and just automatically logs you out after 30 minutes.There are probably good technical reasons for this, but this behavior just isn’t what we expected when we first heard about push notifications.News Updates are Nice, but What About Customization?While the AP Mobile app (iTunes link) does push out news updates regularly, it is also a bit of a letdown. There is, for example, no way to customize when you want to get alerts and which alerts you want to get. You can’t just subscribe to tech news, for example, or updates about the latest celebrity deaths. Still no Twitter Apps with PushWe are also still waiting for the first Twitter apps that support push (at least for replies and direct messages), better calendar apps (Remember Milk is the only one in the App Store so far, and it requires a pro account), apps that can push out alerts when an RSS feed updates or when new email arrives, or apps that are simply innovative and beyond our current exepctations.Maybe Push Just Isn’t the Solution?While getting the current updates is nice, compared to having to open the app and see what is new, there is so much more that could be done with this technology. But for the time being, either Apple is holding back the most interesting apps, or developers just aren’t able to use it in really innovative ideas. We have talked to a number of companies that are producing geo-aware apps, for example. But because these developers aren’t able to remotely wake up an app and pull in data about your current location, there really isn’t much that they can do with push notifications at this point.If only the phone could also run cron jobs, for example. Then that could start an application at regular intervals, in addition to push notifications, and developers could do so much more with this technology.Of course, we are still in the early days of push on the iPhone, but so far, we have been quite disappointed with the current crop of apps. Hopefully, this will only be a stopgap solution anyway, and by the time the next generation of iPhones comes around, Apple will just allow apps to run in the background. Tags:#Apple#Features#NYT#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Can Music Save MySpace?

first_imgYesterday, amid all the news of Twitter’s arrival into both Microsoft’s Bing and the Google search engine, another major announcement was being made. MySpace is giving up on trying to be a major social network. According to MySpace CEO, Owen Van Natta, Facebook is no longer their competition. “We’re focused on a different space,” he says. That “different space,” as it turns out, is music…and it really isn’t all that different, especially considering MySpace’s roots. If anything, this major overhaul of the social network is an attempt to return the site to becoming the popular entertainment hub it once was. MySpace: Remember When it Was “A Place for Music?” When MySpace hit the scene back in 2003, local bands – especially indie rock bands – were among the first to create profiles on the social network. Their presence immediately began to attract a young, hip crowd of users who were interested in following pop culture, and, in particular, the up-and-coming artists they discovered while browsing through the network. Only eight months after its launch, MySpace began to experience exponential growth, as its users created profiles and friended others who would then, in turn, invite more users to join the social network. Thanks to the “network effect,” MySpace soon became the place to be online. Everyone was there. But at the same time that MySpace was having its heyday, another social networking site was being created. Although still in its infancy in 2004, a Harvard student named Mark Zuckerberg began writing the code for what would eventually become Facebook, now the world’s largest social network. Over recent months, we’ve seen the mass exodus from MySpace to the more popular – and more populated – Facebook. Studies have shown that those left actively engaging on MySpace now tend to be younger, lower-income users. Researcher Danah Boyd pointed out, somewhat controversially, that the differences between the two networks, MySpace and Facebook, went further than age and income – they involved your “social class,” too. Tired of being compared to Facebook in this way and certainly tired of hemorrhaging its users, MySpace CEO Van Natta has plans to turn the sinking ship around. After taking over the company six months ago, he’s been busy arranging new partnerships for the one-time king of social networks. These partnerships aim to bring the focus back to music, and less on socializing. New Music Initiatives: iLike, Videos, Artist DashboardsOne of the most notable new initiatives involves MySpace’s iLike integration. After being acquired by MySpace in August, many wondered why iLike wasn’t becoming a part of the MySpace network. Actually it was, but Van Natta didn’t want to disclose that information at the time.But now, the iLike acquisition is beginning to make sense. Through iLike music video widgets, now popular installations on other social networks like Facebook and Orkut, the videos – and, most importantly, their ads – can be streamed on other sites while the revenue generated returns to MySpace. Even though many of the users watching these videos now may be lost forever to MySpace, they’re helping the company regain its footing through their streams.MySpace’s entire music video vault, one of the most popular features on the social network, has also been integrated with iLike. In August, comScore reported 45 million people watched 340 million videos during the course of the month. It only makes sense for MySpace to capitalize on that activity, which is why the company has now launched MySpace Music Videos, an online video archive where users can not only watch videos from their favorite artists, but with a click, purchase the song or ringtone from Amazon or iTunes. Meanwhile, pre-roll, post-roll, and overlay ads help to monetize the content. In addition, to cater to the musicians, bands, and labels who make MySpace their home, the network has also launched “Artist Dashboards.” These online analytical tools track the fans’ demographics by age and location, the total number of plays per song, profile views and more. Every artist with a MySpace profile is given free access to these tools. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Is it Enough?The question that remains, of course, is whether or not MySpace’s re-branding efforts will be enough to keep the site from going under. Although MySpace still had a healthy 64 million users in August of this year, that number is 12 million fewer than it did at the same time last year. Meanwhile, Facebook climbed to 300 million worldwide that same month. Can MySpace entice people to come back to the network through its new music-based initiatives? It’s too soon to tell at the moment whether the strategy will work or not, but it’s definitely the network’s best shot. By capitalizing on what remains the most popular activity on MySpace to date (music and video), the company hopes to become more of a niche site for socializing around music instead of a site for just socializing. The newly launched features are just a part of the company’s overall efforts in this direction, too. Still to come are concert ticket and merchandise sales, although no details or launch dates have been given for those features as of yet. While these efforts may not ever allow MySpace to reclaim its status as the number one social network – that ship seems to have sailed – they could definitely help the network maintain profitability. And at the end of the day, that’s all that’s really needed. It’s not about how many users you have, it’s about how much money you can make off of those that you do. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#music#social networks#web sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Three Variables to Improve Your Prospecting Effectiveness

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Regardless of the medium you choose to prospect, and I hope you start with the telephone, the outcome is a meeting. Many variables play into your results, but three tend to dominate your ability to secure a meeting.Trading ValueNo matter what words your dream client uses to reject your request for a meeting, something you might refer to as an objection and what I would describe as a concern, their unwillingness is their belief that the meeting would be a waste of their time.“I’m happy with my current partner” might be translated into, “Your pitch to share information about your company and ask me what’s keeping up at night isn’t enough value for me to agree to a meeting.” “Can you send me some information,” as polite and positive it might sound, is not a request for information. Instead, it’s a polite way of saying, “I didn’t hear anything in your offer that is worth giving you my time.”When you know that the rejection is the result of too little value, you can improve your offer, promising something worth your dream client’s time and attention—and maybe exploring real change (See Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition).Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchYour ConvictionOne of the reasons your prospective says no to your meeting request is because what you say—and how you say it—betrays the fact that you aren’t sure you believe what you are saying. If you aren’t willing and able to promise you will not waste your dream client’s time, that they will benefit from spending time with you, your dream client’s doubt will be greater than their belief—and your belief that what you have to offer is valuable to command their time.If you want to be consultative and aspire to be a trusted advisor, you need the business acumen and situational knowledge to be able to create value in a meeting—without mentioning your company or your offerings. In part, confidence comes from knowing more than your prospective client. You and your company serve hundreds or thousands of clients or customers, and they buy what you sell for one company, meaning your collective experiences give you greater clarity and a much more nuanced understanding. How could it be otherwise?Your dream client will believe you belong in the room when you do.Professional PersistenceIf you are going to acquire a meeting, you are going to have to ask more than once. Your pursuit plan must include more than a quarterly call to “check in” and “see if anything has changed.” It would be best if you had a sequence (or cadence) that proves you have insights and ideas—and that you are not a one and done salesperson that gives up after one or two attempts.How do you demonstrate that what you have to offer is worth their time if you only ask once? How do you prove that you want your prospective client’s business and that you are seriously interested in helping them produce better results with an automated string of emails or a ridiculous pitch on LinkedIn? How serious are you?To professionally persist, you cannot be a nuisance, which means you have to nurture relationships over time, using a communication plan that allows you to professionally persist over time, never going away, never giving up, always providing enough value in every interaction until you have a meeting on your dream client’s calendar.If you want better results and more meeting, increase the value you trade for a meeting, ask again with confidence and conviction, and persist long enough that you get a yes.last_img read more

Tree felling ahead of Modi’s Pune rally annoys Opposition, activists

first_imgOpposition parties, including the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), along with other outfits and activists have alleged that a number of trees were felled on the campus of Sir Parshurambhau (S.P.) College in Pune ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally on Thursday.While local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders refuted allegations that the cutting of trees had any connection with the PM’s event, college authorities claimed that only dangerously dangling branches that could cause a mishap during rain or inclement weather were pruned for the safety of the students.While the Congress claimed around 25 subabul trees had been chopped without permission from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Monday night, NCP MP Vandana Chavan demanded a probe into the felling of trees.“As per PMC norms, permission has to be sought from its Tree Authority before cutting trees. This is the second such incident. Earlier, trees were being cut along the route of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s Mahajanadesh Yatra. At that time, the CM had brushed off the allegations that trees had merely been pruned and only their branches were cut,” Pune district Congress secretary and spokesperson Ramesh Iyer said.Mr. Iyer rubbished the claims of the Shikshan Prasarak Mandali, which runs S.P. College, that only branches were cut. “How is it that suddenly you realise trees as old as 25-30 years have to be cut overnight? Obviously, it is to make space for the PM’s event. On one hand, this BJP government makes tall claims on planting saplings, and on the other, it ruthlessly fells trees for its party events. This is sheer doublespeak.”Lawyer Asim Sarode pointed out that unlike the Aarey tree felling, where the government gave the excuse of ‘development’, there was no such pretext to be made in this case. “By its very nature, this action is illegal and is purely for the political purposes of staging a massive rally. The procedure for felling any tree is that an application must first be sent to the PMC’s tree authority. Only after a survey is done by authorities, can the process [of cutting trees] commence.”Hitting out at the “double standards” of the BJP government at the Centre and in the State, Santosh Shinde of the Sambhaji Brigade said it appeared that the PM was bent upon “giving carbon dioxide to Pune city by destroying its sources of oxygen.” “This incident has pulled the mask off the BJP ‘eco-friendly’ claims…it shows that the Fadnavis government’s figures of planting lakhs of saplings are a sham.”The BJP’s Pune unit chief, Madhuri Misal, said the PMC had indeed given its assent to cut trees and that the action had no connection whatsoever with the PM’s event.last_img read more

RTI: AUTOSAR releases latest adaptive platform adopting the DDS standard

first_img Continue Reading Previous ST and Jorjin introduce ultra-low-power Sigfox IoT modules with dual RF connectivityNext Microsemi: new PFX-I PCIe switches address industrial, defense and security markets Real-Time Innovations announced that AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open Systems ARchitecture) has just released the latest version of the Adaptive Platform, Release 18-03, which features the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard. RTI joined AUTOSAR in 2017 to help advance the platform and ensure that it meets the technical requirements for autonomous vehicles.The AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform is a standardized software platform designed to meet the increasing technology demands of new automotive applications. For the first time, the Adaptive Platform supports the Object Management Group (OMG) DDS connectivity standard for mission-critical real-time systems, allowing the AUTOSAR standard to further meet the requirements of highly autonomous systems, such as level 4 and level 5 autonomous vehicles. Together, the DDS and AUTOSAR standards contribute to a robust ecosystem for autonomous systems, with DDS offering a data-centric architecture that eases the integration path to other IIoT systems, and connects applications and systems of systems together.The automotive industry is a significant growth market for RTI due to the rise of autonomous vehicles and the need for a reliable, secure and high-performance connectivity framework. Since autonomous vehicles are highly complex systems that combine vision, radar, LIDAR, proximity, sensors, GPS, mapping, navigation, planning and control, autonomy is an extreme technical challenge. These systems must analyze and respond to chaotic environments in real time while maintaining the highest safety and security requirements. RTI is the only company with the depth of experience in delivering standards-based solutions for these sophisticated autonomous systems.AUTOSAR is a worldwide development partnership of car manufacturers, suppliers and other leading companies in the electronics, semiconductor and software industries. This latest revision of the AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform integrates several new features into the open system architecture standard. The release defines a DDS communication binding for the Adaptive Platform Communication Management API and is the first in a series of releases that will add support for new functionality. Prior to this update, AUTOSAR applications were limited in terms of communications protocols and integrations. Now, using the DDS standard, system architects can improve the evolvability of their designs, preparing all systems for future technical advancements. Additionally, DDS allows auto manufacturers to leverage other technologies outside of the AUTOSAR specification including connected and cloud-based technologies. The world is becoming more connected and self-driving cars are just one example—combining personal transportation, social media and a connected infrastructure in one place. The new Adaptive Platform offers broader integration possibilities for autonomous vehicles enabling a more innovative and exciting future.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

3 variants of Xiaomi Poco F1 will go on flash sale in India today via Flipkart and

first_imgXiaomi’s sub-brand Poco’s first ever phone aka the Poco F1 is all set to go on sale in India today. The sale will kick off on Flipkart and at 12 noon. This is a flash sale, meaning, the interested customers should be quick enough to book the Poco F1 before the units go out-of-stock. During today’s sale, only three variants of the Poco F1 will be available.The 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage, 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage, and the special Armoured Edition 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage with Kevlar back models of the Poco F1 will go on sale in India today. While the fourth model with 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage, as the company announced last week, is now available on open sale, meaning there will be enough stock in the store. This version of the phone will be available for Rs 23,999.The Poco F1 with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage version comes with a price tag of Rs 20,999. The 8GB RAM and 256GB storage version will be available for Rs 28,999. And lastly, the special Armored edition of the Poco F1 that will ship with a Kevlar back, and packs a 8GB RAM and 256GB storage will be available for a price tag of Rs 29,999. All the variants of the Poco F1 come in three colour versions — black, blue and red.As far as the specs are concerned, the Poco F1 comes with a 6.18-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a 1080×2246 pixel resolution and aspect ratio of 18.7:9. Under the hood, the Poco F1 comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor which also powers some of the flagship phones from other manufacturers like the OnePlus 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, among others.advertisementOn the camera front, the Poco F1 packs a dual camera setup on the rear panel. The phone comes with a primary camera of 12MP with f/1.9 aperture and a secondary camera of 5MP for depth shots. The Poco F1 comes with several AI-based camera features like scene recognition, among others. On the front, the Poco F1 sports a 20-megapixel selfie shooter paired with soft LED flash and AI features.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi 6A to go on sale in India for the first time, will be available for Rs 5,999The Poco F1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.6 software with a customized Poco launcher. The phone includes a massive 4,000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 and USB Type-C.last_img read more