Neptunes tune up for next meet with solid showing in Boundary City

first_img“We saw so much improvement since our last swim meet last weekend in Nelson namely with Matthew Holitzki, Sage Wanhella, Paige Ross, and Cameron Bibby-Fox.”Host Grand Forks won the meet, edging out Castlegar.Trail, Creston and Colville, Wash., round out the team standings.Neptunes who won medals included:Division 1 girls: Morgan Robertson-Weir – bronze Division 2 girls: Aubree Fillion – silver Division 2 boys: Cameron Bibby-Fox – gold Division 4 girls: Elissa Centrone – bronze, Hannah Malenfant -silver Division 4 boys: Matthew Holitzki – silver Division 5 girls: Nava Sachs and Joanna Blishen – silver The Nelson Neptunes tuned up for the upcoming meet this weekend in Trail by finishing third at the recent competition in Grand Forks.”We are very happy with how all of our swimmers did this weekend,” said Neptune assistant coach Rebecca Afford.last_img read more

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Asafa can win gold – coach

first_imgBEIJING, China: Asafa Powell is in tremendous shape and is ready to contend for the gold medal. That is the message from his brother and coach, Donovan Powell, as the two-time World 100m bronze medallist arrived in Beijing, China, yesterday ahead of this weekend’s start of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics inside the Bird’s Nest. Donovan has been coaching his younger brother for over a year and has seen him post seven sub-10 seconds times this year, with a season best mark of 9.81 seconds, which makes him the second-fastest man behind American Justin Gatlin. It’s part of the reason behind a renewed sense of confidence around the former World 100m record holder and his handlers, with his coach believing that he’s in shape to take the top spot. “It’s been a great experience coaching him (Asafa). I’m just guiding him; it doesn’t seem to me that I’m coaching him. It feels like I’m just guiding him, and I’m trying to guide him in the right direction,” Donovan told The Gleaner. “He is in tremendous shape now, his weight is down and we are looking forward to the competition, to getting him through the rounds without problems.” The coach went on to state that though he does not necessarily think he would need to do a personal best in order to win a medal here, he is confident that Asafa will lower his all-time best 9.72 this year and quite possibly here in Beijing. “I’ve told him to just be confident, go out there and execute and run his own race,” said Donovan. “We are looking for a PB this year, and I see where we can get that done here. “He (Asafa) is just more confident now, and I think he is ready to go. He has a chance to win that gold, and if he does the right thing, then that can certainly make that happen,” added Donovan. “Furthermore, it’s not like a bunch of guys are running fast, I think 9.8 can get him on the podium, but I’m looking for a PB, personally,” he said. Powell’s personal best came in Lausanne in 2008.last_img read more

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Former Liverpool chief takes up Chelsea role

first_img1 Christian Purslow Chelsea have announced that Christian Purslow is joining the club to run their global commercial activities.Purslow is a former managing director of Liverpool and was heavily involved in the sale of the Merseyside club from Tom Hicks and George Gillett to the current owners.His arrival at Stamford Bridge comes a few days after the departure of chief executive Ron Gourlay.A Chelsea statement read: “The club has ambitious plans to build the Premier League’s most pioneering global commercial programme, partnering with innovative and market-leading organisations from around the world. The club believes Mr Purslow has the vision and the leadership qualities to help us achieve these plans.?”Chelsea does not expect to announce any other senior appointments in the near future. As announced last week, Chairman Bruce Buck and Director Marina Granovskaia have assumed the executive responsibilities held by our former chief executive.”Purslow joined Liverpool in June 2009, succeeding Rick Parry, with the aim of bringing more revenue to the club although his role changed when then owners Hicks and Gillett decided to sell the clubThe businessman then helped the sale process to the group led by current Reds owner John W Henry before stepping down from his role in October the following year.He remained as a non-executive director at the Anfield club and special adviser until February 2011.last_img read more

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Yanga, Kwale win Chapa Dimba Coast titles

first_img0Shares0000Action during a past Chapa Dimba tournamentMOMBASA, Kenya, Dec 9 – Yanga FC from Malindi and Kwale Ladies are the newly crowned boys and girls Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Coast Region champions.Yanga won the title after a second half blitz that saw them beat Kaya Stars from Kaloleni 4-0. Mohamed Awadh gave Yanga an early lead with a goal in the 3rd minute and Kaya were unable to capitalize on their chances to draw the game level at the break. In the second half, an early goal from Ali Mohammed in the 47th minute and a Lemmy Julo double in the 53rd and 70th minutes sealed the title for Yanga.“After narrowly escaping defeat in the semifinals, we made a couple of tactical changes to improve our performance. We gave our attackers more freedom and strengthened our defense to ensure that we do not concede any goals,” said Abel Bellamy, Yanga FC Coach.In the girls finals, Kwale Ladies beat Malindi Action 3-0 with Lucy Kwekwe netting on the 50th and 72nd minutes on either side of a Baya Saumu goal in the 70th minute.“Looking back at the semis, my girls were not prepared psychologically resulting in a lot of mistakes. Today we came prepared hence the good performance. We shall go back to the drawing board and prepare adequately to ensure we put up a strong show in the national finals,” said George Ojwaya, Kwale Ladies Coach.Both Yanga and Kwale won Sh200,000 and will now represent the Coast region in the national finals set for June 2020 at Bomu Stadium, Mombasa.Kaya Stars and Malindi Action did not walk away empty handed as they both pocketed Sh100,000, while a host of individual prizes were won by the most exciting talent on show.Kwale and Yanga have joined Berlin FC from Garissa on the road to the National Finals where Sh1mn is at stake.The competition now moves to Nanyuki for the Central regional finals set for 18th and 19th January at the Nanyuki stadium.An all-Star team comprising of 32 players both boys and girls will be selected from the 8 regional finals to attend a 10-day training camp in Spain during which they will play friendlies against top Spanish La Liga Football Academies.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Cyprus 0-1 Wales: Late goal from Gareth Bale goal puts Wales on the edge of European qualification

first_img1 Gareth Bale Gareth Bale scored a magnificent 81st minute header to put Wales on the brink of qualifying for their first major tournament since 1958.Wales thought they had taken the lead in the first half when David Edwards met Bale’s pinpoint cross, only for it to be mysteriously ruled out by the referee.Bale then popped up with a header as the game looked like it was finishing 0-0 after Jazz Richards curled in a cross.The victory means Wales can be qualified for the European Championships in France next year with a win over Israel on Sunday.Wales began like a team possessed, with Aaron Ramsey curling a right-footed shot inches over the bar after a majestic Bale run.Minutes later Bale showed the Cypriot crowd another of the weapons in his arsenal – firing in a bullet free-kick from 40 yards which was desperately saved by goalkeeper Antonis Georgallides.Wales got the ball in the net after 25 minutes when Bale’s cross was met by Edwards but it was disallowed by the referee, although what infringement he saw is unclear.After half-time Hal Robson-Kanu got on the end of Bale’s inch-perfect through ball before taking it around the goalkeeper, who brought him down while also palming away the ball. This time the referee made the right decision in waving play on.Cyprus grew into the game as the minutes ticked on but failed to fashion anything that would challenge Wayne Hennessey in the Welsh goal as Georgios Economides shot over.Wales had a chance to win it with 10 minutes remaining when Neil Taylor broke down the left hand side but Ramsey‘s shot was beaten away from Georgallides.Then, with 81 minutes on the clock, the Bale show began as he rose higher than the Cypriot defence to score with a thunderbolt of a header leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.The goal was Wales’ ninth in qualifying and the eighth the Real Madrid forward had either scored or assisted.The win meant Wales are unbeaten in qualification and will be assured of their place in France next year with one more win.last_img read more

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PITCH BATTLE – BALLYBOFEY UTD CLAIMS IT IS ENTITLED TO SPORTING LEASE OR COMPO

first_imgThe courtroom battle between Ballybofey Utd and the Butt Hall Trust has left a sour taste in the mouths of many people in the Twin Towns.And the issue is not over by any means.The Butt Hall Trust issued a statement earlier today to Donegal Daily in relation to the matter. And here Ballybofey Utd have also now issued a statement.We have published the statement in full.Ballybofey United FC was founded in the and was originally called Finn Rovers. At that time, the club used playing facilities at Navenny Street, Ballybofey which are now the home facilities of League of Ireland Division One team, Finn Harps FC. Finn Rovers changed its name to Ballybofey United in 1971. Finn Harps joined the League of Ireland in 1969 and it was a condition of their participation in that league that they should have sole occupancy of their own playing pitch.In order to ensure that Finn Harps could fulfil that condition of league membership, Ballybofey United agreed to move to its current home, Finn View Park in 1971. Finn View Park was leased from the original Butt Hall Trust in 1971 and Ballybofey United have been in continuous occupation of Finn View Park for in excess of 42 years.The successor to the original Butt Hall Trust is the Butt Hall Trust (2006). That organisation has agreed to sell part of Finn View Park to Aldi.By virtue of the Landlord and Tenant (Amendment) Act, 1971 Ballybofey United is entitled to a sporting lease on the lands. Where an owner of land wants to develop the land and has secured planning permission for that development he can compel the tenant to vacate; the tenant is however entitled to compensation for giving up its sporting lease.The Butt Hall Trust (2006) has refused to acknowledge that the football club has any rights. It claims that the club has unlawfully occupied and trespassed onto the land. They deny that the club has had continuous occupation of Finn View Park, even though this fact is widely known within the local community.The club made numerous attempts to engage with the Butt Hall Trust (2006) but our invitations to engage in mediation were turned down. Instead, the Butt Hall Trust (2006) commenced High Court proceedings on 9th of September 2013 against the trustees of Ballybofey United seeking a High Court injunction to remove the club from Finn View Park. The Butt Hall Trust (2006) warned the club trustees and committee that it would seek to impose costs on the individual trustees and committee members if the club did not back down.It was never the intention of the club to continue in occupation of Finn View. The legislation was clear that the club would have to vacate to enable the owners to develop the property. We had hoped that we could negotiate a level of compensation, which would enable us to move to a new home. Unfortunately, the Butt Hall Trust (2006) refused to deal with us and we must now bring a case to the Circuit Court to secure compensation.The High Court proceedings which were brought by the Butt Hall Trust (2006) were determined on Monday, 11th November. Mr Justice Paul Gilligan ordered that Ballybofey Football Club should leave Finn View to enable the sale to Aldi to go ahead. We must vacate Finn View by Monday 18th of November.That, however, is not the full story. Mr Justice Gilligan’s judgement was made in the knowledge that the solicitors for the Butt Hall Trust (2006) gave an undertaking to the Court to hold back €200,000 from any proceeds realised by the sale of the land to Aldi in order to meet any claim for damages or compensation that Ballybofey United might be entitled to.The Judge said that he was satisfied that there is a serious issue to be tried in this case in relation to whether the club can be said to have the benefit of a sporting lease or not. The order for the club to vacate the lands was not a determination that the club has no rights. Rather, the judge was satisfied that a claim for compensation could be met by the €200,000 which was withheld.The club must now bring its case to the Circuit Court. It is regrettable that we must litigate in this matter. We had hoped that the Butt Hall Trust would negotiate with us but they have refused to do so. One of the key objects of the Butt Hall Trust is to provide for the recreation entertainment, education and general well-being of the people of Ballybofey. It is hard to see how they are fulfilling that objective.We will do what we have to do to keep our club alive so that we can continue to provide sporting facilities for the people and children of Ballybofey and Stranorlar.Ballybofey United Football Club13 November 2013PITCH BATTLE – BALLYBOFEY UTD CLAIMS IT IS ENTITLED TO SPORTING LEASE OR COMPO was last modified: November 13th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:ALDIBallybofey UtdButt Hall Trustlast_img read more

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Chelsea midfielder ruled out for eight months after knee surgery

first_img REVEALED shining smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Latest Chelsea News tense Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel has been ruled out for “approximately eight months” after undergoing major knee surgery prior to the start of the 2018/19 season.It is a major blow for the 25-year-old following a breakthrough season on loan at PSV Eindhoven. silverware Marco Van Ginkel joined Chelsea in 2013 possible standings REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REAL DEAL Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? possible xi Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 1 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Van Ginkel netted 16 times in 33 games for the Dutch champions in 2017/18, but now suffers a huge setback as he will need the best part of next season to recover.Chelsea released a brief statement explaining: “Marco van Ginkel has undergone a procedure relating to the revision reconstruction of his anterior cruciate ligament and treatment of chondral damage in his knee.“The expected recovery time is approximately eight months.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more

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Parents hoping periodic speed limit will safeguard their children at busy school

first_imgHundreds of parents at a school outside Letterkenny are hoping a periodic speed limit will safeguard their children on what is one of the busiest roads in the county.A meeting at Illistrin National School, which has 550 pupils, was arranged this week to discuss safety measures for children and parents using the local N56 Mountain Top Road.The road currently has a speed limit of 100kph which the majority of parents say is excessive.The Tirconail Tribune reports that parents were unanimous in their support of a permanent reduction in the speed limit. However, they reluctantly accepted that their preferred solution to address traffic problems in the vicinity of the local national school will not be introduced in the short term.Instead a periodic speed limit during the school day now looks the most likely option but it still has to be given the green light by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) which has responsibility for the N56 Mountain Top road.Proposed new traffic calming measures have been submitted to TII seeking permission to install a periodic speed limit signage.This will display 60kph on either side of the Illistrin junctions for 30 minutes before school starting times in the morning and will also be turned on for 20 minutes for the separate early and late collection of children in the afternoon. The N56 Road from the Mountain Top currently has a 100kph speed limit. Safety concerns have been increasing over the past couple of years with over 550 pupils now attending Scoil Naomh Fiachra.However on Tuesday night residents, parents and businesses in the area heard from local Cllrs that a permanent reduction in the speed limit to 60kph would be rejected by the TII.While supporting the very clear wishes of the meeting Cllrs Jimmy Kavanagh, Liam Blaney and Ciaran Brogan said the best option in the short term was to back the proposal for the periodic speed limits.The meeting also agreed that an Action Group would be formed to liaise with the Cllrs and meet staff from local road design office to discuss additional safety measures that could be implemented in the vicinity of the Illistrin junctions.The Deputy Principal at Scoil Naomh Fiachra Doreen Kennedy said the traffic problems at the school had been ongoing for the past decade since the opening of the new upgraded N56 road from the Mountain Top was opened as well as the huge increase in pupil numbers in recent years. “It’s awful here for everyone. Everyone one of us is taking our lives in our hands every day getting in and out of the school on this road” Ms Kennedy said.Scoil Naomh Fiachra now has biggest enrolment numbers in the Letterkenny area. Doreen Kennedy was joined at the top table by meeting organizer Tommy Doherty and both made pleas to the local Cllrs to back the calls for the introduction of meaningful traffic calming measures in the vicinity of the school in order to avoid a serious incident.Parent Sinead Bradley told the meeting that the only solution was a 60kph speed limit pointing out that the Council proposal would only lead to further confusion.That was view was endorsed by local resident Tommy McLaughlin who said drivers are being distracted by other things meaning that the periodic speed limits would be for the most part ignored. Mr McLaughlin pointed to the dangers for traffic trying to cross on the Mountain Top to Illistrin road due to the100kph limit and the two climbing lanes. He called on the Cllrs to put the pressure on TII to implement a permanent 60kph limit.Speakers also raised the fact that there was a 60kph limit through Termon where the chapel is located.Meeting organiser Tommy Doherty said Illistrin was a much busier area because of the school and should at least have the same speed restrictions. However, he was told that Termon limit was in place before new guidelines were introduced some years ago by the TII’s predecessor, the National Roads Authority.The meeting was also addressed by road safety campaigner Mary Clinton who said her research show the speed limits around schools in Ireland were much higher than some other countries.Close to 2,000 people have signed a petition supporting the 60kph speed limit while members of the public have also been making individual submissions to the Council on the matter. The consultation period on the periodic speed limits proposals is next Monday the 7th of November.The organizers are encouraging as many people as possible to sign the petition at Kelly’s Shop in Illistrin or make their own private submissions to the Local Authority.The meeting was attended by Fianna Fail Deputy Charlie McConnalogue who was joined by Cllrs James Pat McDaid, Liam Blaney and Ciaran Brogan along with Independents Michael McBride and Ian McGarvey and Fine Gael’s Jimmy Kavanagh.Cllr McBride said ultimately a roundabout would be the ideal answer to slow down traffic but he acknowledged that was unlikely to happen while he felt a permanent 60kph speed limit would not be put in place in the short term.The Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District Cllr James Pat McDaid said a Council delegation would be meeting the TII in Dublin next month and his party would be lobbying there for the permanent speed reduction. Independent Cllr Ian McGarvey said Ilistrin had been rightly described by the public as a ‘death trap’ and it was now time to address the key issues that had been clearly highlighted during Tuesday night’s meeting.While acknowledging that it wasn’t what people wanted to hear Cllr Liam Blaney said there was realistically just two options on the table – the proposed 60kph periodic speed limit or the existing 100kph.“If something serious happens and it is still the 100kph speed limit what will people say then. It is better to accept what is being proposed now and then fight for the 60kph limit and the roundabout. But we are all here to support you in whatever you decide” Cllr Blaney said.Fine Gael Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh said everyone’s greatest fear was that a child would be injured or something even worse could happen.He said a new national policy in relation to periodic speed limits around schools had been introduced in February of 2015 and that had allowed Donegal County Council to make a submission to the TII in relation to Illistrin.“Like Liam [Blaney] I would be wary of not taking what is being proposed now because it could be another five years before there is another review of the speed limit at Illistrin. Go with the 60kph periodic limit step and then that can be reviewed. I know that’s not what people want to hear tonight but I think it’s better to take this step by step” Cllr Kavanagh said.In relation to concerns voiced by a local parent Jimmy Stafford about the policing of the proposed new periodic limit Cllr Kavanagh said he had been informed by the Council that there would be Garda enforcement to detect those exceeding 60kph at the designated times.Fianna Fail Cllr Ciaran Brogan also advised accepting the proposal on the table and suggested that an Action Group should be informed to liaise with Cllrs and meet with local road design staff to discuss their concerns around traffic management in the Illistrin area.Despite the unanimous show of hands in favour of the permanent 60kph speed limit meeting Chairperson Doreen Kennedy said it was clear from the Cllrs present that the only option in the short term was to accept the periodic measure that still has to be given the green light by the TII.She added that 60kph could then be pursued with the support of local public representatives and by the Action Group engaging with road design office.Ms Kennedy said it was essential that adequate warning signage regarding the new periodic limits be put in place on both sides of the junction.She also strongly rejected public criticism that the parents dropping off parents at the school were careless in terms of parking and driving behaviour.“Parents here are very safety conscious and the criticism is not fair that they are parking or driving carelessly. What we need at Illistrin is for something to be done very quickly to improve safety” Ms Kennedy concluded.Parents hoping periodic speed limit will safeguard their children at busy school was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 by StephenShare 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

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GetGlue.com: Distributed Networking & Recommendations Made Simple & Fun

first_img“Nobody’s confortable sharing all of their stream,” said Kelton. “Financial sites, adult content – we don’t want any of that stuff shared.” In addition to having a set list of sites from which to pull browsing and interaction data, Kelton said, “The secondary privacy controls can prevent visits to a website from being shared unless the user has a specific interaction on that site. You can also opt to have a private profile so only your friends can see the items you interact with.” Finally, Kelton told us that users can delete or edit their own shared content on an item-by-item basis.Our other concern was whether Glue would be a semantic web geek-fest or whether the average end user would also be able to use, enjoy, and return to the site. Kelton said the site went over well with non-techie beta testers, many of whom started out using the GetGlue.com website and eventually also installed the add-on for an even richer experience.One of the factors we think makes Glue so much fun for end users, from geeks to complete Luddites, is its Foursquare-like system of achievement and rewards. “We’re big fans of game interaction driving the user experience,” said Kelton, who also revealed that the product team considered Xbox 360 as inspiration for the Glue system. Users can earn stickers on their profiles based on how many items they browse or interact with, how many users discover content through them, and how much of an expert they are on a particular topic.Glue’s game-like system of badges or stickers as rewards for user interactions and discovery makes for addictive browsing.Each item indexed by Glue can have a guru, and only one guru at a time. The result is friendly competition, increased interactions and a very sticky website that’s compelling and entertaining for even the least technical end user.The site also allows for content to be pushed to a user’s existing social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. Here’s a demo video showing more about how the site works: Related Posts jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Once just a browser add-on that allowed users to surf smarter across several verticals, AdaptiveBlue’s Glue is now a site-centric product that acts as both a hub and a spoke of the social web.Glue’s synaptic web-esque technology is based on a user’s browsing across common sites such as Amazon, Wikipedia and YouTube, and those visits and any interactions (comments, “likes,” etc.) feeding back to automatically create a taste profile and a web of affinity with other users and recommendations of other items or content across about a dozen categories, including music, books and movies. So, can this be done without violating users’ privacy or – worse yet – frustrating and boring them into attrition?[Disclosure: AdaptiveBlue founder and CEO Alex Iskold is a ReadWriteWeb writer.]AdaptiveBlue VP Fraser Kelton thinks both aims can be accomplished. In a phone interview this morning, he shared that Glue has a three-tiered set of privacy controls to ensure that items are shared only when a user wants them to be. As the privacy/permissions inverse of Facebook Beacon, an ill-fated system for socially powered product recommendation, the Glue system is completely opt-in for users and opt-out for publishers.Glue’s all-new user profiles are rolling out today at GetGlue.com. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As previously mentioned, the user experience of Glue – both the site and the revamped add-on – is one of synapses and nodes, not back-and-forth browsing and search for content. As data and content from all around the web is associated with films, books, music, and other items, users are able to quickly scan and consume related content without further navigation. This type of curated experience is something the AdaptiveBlue team calls “shortcut search.”As a social network, GetGlue.com is a hub; but the way it curates content makes it a series of spokes, as well.“You don’t have to go to Rotten Tomatoes or YouTube. We know there’s a subset of information users want, and we’re bringing it in,” said Kelton, who is very excited about Glue’s position on distributed social networking and the semantic web. “Jeremiah [Owyang] uses the term ‘social colonization.’ I also think we’re implementing what Charlene Li talks about when she uses the phrase, ‘The network is all around us.’” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Semantic Web#web last_img read more

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Smartwatches: Cool New Product Or Lamest Thing Ever? [Poll]

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Samsung#smartwatch Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinskicenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Samsung smartwatch patent. Image source: Moveplayer.The first of a long line of expected smartwatches is likely to be announced next week. Next Wednesday, Samsung is likely to announce a very big new smartphone (the Galaxy Note III) and a very small mobile device, a smartwatch that may go by the name Galaxy Gear.Samsung will be the first to strike a blow in the smartwatch Arm Race. The gadget rumors in 2013 have companies like Apple, LG and Google also contemplating smartwatches to be released this fall. As yet, no firm announcements have been made. See Also: The Smartwatch Arm Race: Don’t Lock Us Into A Closed LoopWhat exactly will Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch be? Will it be its own self-contained unit; a smartphone strapped to your wrist? Or will it be a device that must pair with your smartphone to get a cellular connection and receive messages?Notorious gadget-rumor monger @evleaks is at it again with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. This time he has screenshots of the Galaxy Gear app that shows the smartwatch can be paired to smartphone using Near Field Communications (NFC). The smartwatch can, at the very least, run apps made by Samsung (such as it S Health tracker). It will likely run on Google’s Android operating system, as all other Galaxy mobile devices do.Now, do you really want to wear a computer on your wrist? To be, quite literally, tethered to your mobile device, always on, always ready to send you messages and track your whereabouts? This is where the potential consumers have diverging opinions. See Also: The Hard(ware) Realities Keeping Us From The Ideal SmartwatchI think a fully functional smartwatch is a fun, cool new idea in the history of computing and be very lucrative to popular manufacturers. I want a smartwatch that can help me track my progress on a 60-mile bike ride and take pictures of my destination and let me send them to my friends via text message or social media. I want to be Dick Tracy, damn it, and I don’t want to have to pair my smartwatch to my smartphone to be able to make it work. ReadWrite Editor-in-Chief Owen Thomas has a distinctly different point of view. He doesn’t want computers that are just a way to shift a notification from one screen to another. Or that are just another gadget for the sake of gadgetry. Owen wrote:“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.”Steve Smith, the editor of Mobile Marketing Daily at MediaPost was a little bit more candid in his notion of the smartwatch as abhorrent:But a watch? Please — not a watch. Make a smart patch and slap it on my ass. Put a hearing-aid like nub in my ear. Implant a screen on my forearm. Put a projector on my fitband so it can throw an image on the desk. If we must give a nod to the past in order to move into the future, let’s pick another aging accessory. Give my pen an IQ. Educate my bow tie. How about smart suspenders, intelligent garters, thoughtful spats, insightful girdles, gifted berets, a brilliant monocle? Anything but a smart watch.The divergent views and Owen and I are likely to be played out among consumers everywhere. Either you like the idea of a smartwatch and can’t wait to get one, or you think it is the lamest new product ever invented. Much of consumers’ opinions will end up being based on how cool and useful the product is perceived to be and we won’t know that until Samsung, Apple and Google actually give us these watches for perusal.That is the question in this week’s ReadWrite Mobile poll. Would you wear a smartwatch? Why or why not? Take the poll and let us know what you think in the comments.  Related Posts last_img read more

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