Rob Green came to QPR’s rescue with a fine save during a tense first half at Loftus Road.In a crucial match for both relegation-threatened sides, keeper Green dived to his left to tip George Boyd’s stunning 30-yard effort onto the post in the 28th minute.Burnley had caused Rangers some early problems, with Ashley Barnes shooting high and wide before Green recovered after dropping a cross to block Scott Arfield’s follow-up.After Boyd almost opened the scoring, Rangers went close too when Eduardo Vargas’ shot was cleared off the line by Michael Keane. QPR (4-4-2): Green; Isla, Dunne, Caulker, Yun; Vargas, Barton, Henry; Fer; Zamora, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Phillips, Mutch, Kranjcar, Hoilett. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … christina ortiz Are Black Friday and Cyber Monday fighting a battle neither of them can win? It certainly looks that way as shopping landscape shifst both online and offline. A few holiday seasons down the road, both big-deal days may seem as quaint and dated as Sears Catalogs and keeping stores closed on Sundays. Enter Cyber Monday The term “Cyber Monday” was born during the holiday season of 2005, when the U.S. Trade Association’s National Retail Federation began to notice that shoppers who had just spent the entire Thanksgiving weekend barreling through crowded stores, were cyber-shopping when they sat down at their work computers on the following Monday. The federation’s site Shop.org officially coined the term in 2005 and set up an eponymous site in 2006. Obviously, post-Thanksgiving online shopping at work had been going on long before the NRF put a name on it. But it’s grown into something bigger and more influential, not only changing the way Black Friday works, but also the way retail stores handle the holiday shopping season. Cyber Monday revealed the biggest weakness in the Black Friday concept: brick-and-mortar. What used to be an asset is now hurting this once powerful shopping day as harried workers rebel against early hours and ornery customers fighting over flat screens. Add on the fact that retailers are now expanding Black Friday into Thanksgiving evening, and you’ve got one messed up system. That’s why Black Friday is now projected to be only the second busiest shopping day of the year, behind Cyber Monday. Research from Compuware APM pegs total spending on Cyber Monday at $1.44 billion. But what about Cyber Monday? Does it even make sense?In the modern world, it doesn’t matter what day it is, wherever you are, you can shop the holiday sales from anywhere as long as you’re connected. Most shoppers now have decent Internet connections from home, and as Dan Rowinski pointed out last week, mobile shopping now accounts for about 12% of the purchases made on Cyber Monday. Obviously, you don’t need to be back at work to use your smartphone.Et Tu, Target? So what’s the future of Cyber Monday in a world where office computers are not required to buy online? Retailers are recognizing this and beating Cyber Monday to the punch by starting sales earlier – both online and in store. The sales calendars don’t matter any more, but that doesn’t mean retailers won’t try to leverage the ideas with sales and deals tied to no-longer-relevant concepts.Online-only sites like Amazon are morphing Cyber Monday into Cyber Week. They’re posting new deals every day leading up to Black Friday or during the week following Cyber Monday to help keep the shopping excitement going longer. Brent Shelton, a spokesman for FatWallet, told the Daily Finance Blog that we should be expecting events like “Cyber Monday II” on December 5. Whether it’s longer sales online or in store, the retail calendar we follow today won’t stand the test of time. And that’s probably a good thing compared to getting up at 4am to stand in line at Wal-Mart – or spending your work day on eBay.Image courtesy of Shuttershock. Tags:#Amazon#e-commerce Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Microsoft#Surface The Surface RT is officially landfill material following Microsoft’s decision to take a $900 million writeoff of “inventory adjustments” related to the underpowered and underequipped tablet.(See also: Microsoft Tries Again To Aim Its Guns Outside The Company)The writing has been on the wall for the Surface RT, which uses a tweaked version of Windows 8 that won’t run most existing Windows applications. IDC recently reported that Microsoft shipped 900,000 Surface tablets in the first quarter, most of which were the Surface Pro, a bigger cousin to the Surface RT that runs the full-fledged version of Windows 8.(See also: Microsoft Slashes Surface RT Prices By 30%) The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology readwrite
NEW YORK — Cam Talbot’s time in the New York Rangers lineup is fleeting at best. That is life as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup.Looking for a spark in the midst of a three-game losing streak in which no one played particularly well — including Lundqvist — Talbot got the nod against the Philadelphia Flyers.Not only did he beat them for his first win of the season, he shut them out.Talbot made 31 saves, and the Rangers snapped out of their funk with a 2-0 victory on Nov. 19.“It’s a little difficult knowing that I haven’t really contributed to the team much this year,” said Talbot (1-2-1). “To be able to come out today and provide a big win after what’s been kind of a low stretch for us, it’s pretty big.”It was his first victory since another shutout at Edmonton on March 30 — a span of six games for Talbot. Kevin Klein scored in the first period, and Rick Nash had a goal in the second.The Rangers lost twice in shootouts during their skid that culminated with a 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday. New York was 2-3-4 in its previous nine games.Talbot got New York back to its winning ways and gave Lundqvist a breather. It was his fourth career NHL shutout.“That was Cam’s real good performance. We need that from him,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “Hopefully that will give him the confidence that he needs right now to continue to do that for us.”That was certainly lacking throughout the lineup in a Nov. 17 loss that Vigneault called a “disaster.”“We were all disappointed about last game,” said forward Martin St. Louis, who was a minus-4 in that one. “To get better you need to have the right diagnosis, and we knew what we didn’t do.”New York, wearing its road white jerseys, beat the Flyers for the ninth straight time at Madison Square Garden in the regular season.Steve Mason stopped 32 shots for Philadelphia, which lost its third straight despite having three days off.Flyers general manager Ron Hextall laced into his team in a postgame closed-door tirade. He declined to reveal what was said to the players, but he clearly wasn’t happy with their performance.“It bothered me a lot,” Hextall said. “I don’t think we were hungry enough. I’m very disappointed.”The Rangers, on the other hand, were pleased with their response to the Nov. 17 loss.They showed lots of jump early and took the lead at 5:10 on Klein’s fourth goal. Less than a minute after New York was stopped on an odd-man rush, Carl Hagelin made a crisp pass from low in the zone to Klein, who scored from the edge of the right circle.Mason turned aside in-close chances by St. Louis and Chris Kreider, and stood tall when Nash crashed into him during a short-handed breakaway in the final 12 seconds of the period.“He stood on his head for 60 minutes and we didn’t support him,” Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds said. “We just didn’t show up.”Philadelphia began to generate more offense once it received its first power play. Simmonds had the best chance, but his hard drive was kicked out by Talbot’s pad with 3:56 remaining in the first.The Flyers couldn’t capitalize during the final 54 seconds of a power play that carried over into the second period.New York, however, converted on its power-play chance on Nash’s team-leading 13th goal at 7:43 of the second. Derek Stepan sent a hard pass from the left side down to St. Louis in the right circle. St. Louis quickly found Nash charging in on the left wing for an easy redirection behind Mason.Simmonds had another prime opportunity to wreck Talbot’s shutout bid with the aid of an odd bounce off the back boards. Talbot went behind the net to play the puck, but it never came to him — instead caroming out in front. Simmonds swooped in, but Talbot got back to the crease in time to prevent a shot into an open net with 6:27 left in the second.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Lionel Messi and Argentina finally got things going at the World Cup.Messi scored an exquisite 14th-minute goal to give the two-time champions the lead in a must-win game against Nigeria on Tuesday, but it wasn’t until Marcos Rojo’s 86th-minute strike that Argentina was assured of a place in the round of 16 with a 2-1 victory.Victor Moses scored from the penalty spot in the 51st minute for Nigeria, putting Argentina in danger of being eliminated without winning a match in Russia.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIt took an unlikely goal by Rojo – a center back – to save Argentina with a cushioned volley into the corner.The win gave the Argentines second place in Group D and allowed the soccer-mad nation to forget about the 3-0 loss to Croatia last week that sparked days of soul-searching within the squad and back home.READ REPORTCroatia on the other hand ended Iceland’s chances at the World Cup and helped out Argentina at the same time.Ivan Perisic capitalized on a defensive error to score a 90th-minute winner Tuesday, giving Croatia a 2-1 win over Iceland and first place in Group D on Tuesday.READ REPORTIceland could have finished second in the group with a victory because Argentina beat Nigeria 2-1 at the same time.Instead, the Croats will face Denmark on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod and Argentina will take on France on Saturday in Kazan.WORLD CUP DAY 13 – HIGHLIGHTSFrance and Denmark produced the World Cup’s first 0-0 draw at the 37th attempt amid boos and whistles from fans on Tuesday.advertisementThe slow-paced game was out of step with a vibrant tournament. But it advanced both teams to the round of 16 unbeaten, with the bonus of no players suspended and no serious injuries.READ REPORTThe draw would always have ensured that outcome, and became inevitable in the second half. Events elsewhere in Group C made this game all but irrelevant.Back at the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Peru isn’t leaving Russia empty handed.WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe Peruvians failed to score a goal in their opening two matches, but the team finally gave its fans a reason to celebrate when it ended Australia’s hopes of advancing to the knockout round with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday.READ REPORTThe Australians had to beat Peru and hope Denmark lost to France in the other Group C match, but neither result occurred. France and Denmark drew 0-0 in Moscow.Andre Carrillo’s 18th-minute goal – a half-volley from inside the area – was Peru’s first in a World Cup since its last appearance 36 years ago. Peru hadn’t won a World Cup match since defeating Iran in 1978. France-Denmark play first goalless draw of World Cup 2018As France took on Denmark, Didier Deschamps equalled Raymond Domenech’s record tally of 79 games as France manager.He named Presnel Kimpembe in the starting XI, as he became the fourth to make his first start with France in a World Cup match, after Franck Ribery (2006 vs Switzerland), Morgan Schneiderlin and Lucas Digne (2014 vs Ecuador).But after 90 minutes (and added time), France and Denmark produced the first 0-0 draw in this edition of the World Cup. The goal-less draw ended a record 37-game streak of not having a goalless draw. Peru win a World Cup match since 1978Andre Carillo’s opener (first since 1982) gave Peru the lead in a World Cup game for the first time since 1978, when they had lead against Iran. That match was also the last time they had managed a win (4-1) in the tournament, which is the fourth longest gap between victories in the competition.Paolo Guerrero, who scored the second goal, became the first No.9 to score for Peru at the World Cup and also at the age of 34y 176d became the third oldest South American player. Only Uruguay’s Obdulio Jacinto Varela (36y 279d) and Argentina’s Martin Palermo (36y 227d) are older.Tim Cahil also became the first Australian player to appear at four separate World Cups. Diego Maradona gets Argentine crowd going at World CupArgentina fans broke out into spontaneous chants of “Diego! Diego” when Diego Maradona was shown taking his seat at the St. Petersburg stadium before the Argentina’s World Cup match against Nigeria.The 57-year-old Maradona briefly danced with a woman in the stands as fans took photos of him. He was also seen displaying a banner of himself in the stands. As Messi gave Argentina the lead he was seen thanking the Gods.advertisementBut Maradona appeared to need assistance to walk as a man was seen helping Maradona stay on his feet as he was led away from his seat overlooking the pitch and into an adjacent room in the video posted by Fernando Schwartz, a well-known sports journalist in Mexico.A photograph also posted on Twitter appeared to show two medical staff attending to Maradona.The Argentine website of sports broadcaster ESPN said Maradona was taken to hospital but newspaper La Nacion said he was treated for low blood pressure in the stadium and was able to leave the stadium normally shortly afterwards. Messi reaches century as Argentina qualify with their oldest ever XIArgentina have won all four of the games they have played against Nigeria at the World Cup.Argenita named their oldest ever team for a World Cup game – with the average age being 30 years and 189 days. In goal was Franco Armani, aged 31, become the 17th different goalkeeper to start for Argentina in the World Cup. No country have had more goalkeepers.Lionel Messi scored with his 13th shot of the 2018 World Cup, after 662 minutes of football, with his last previous World Cup goal came against Nigeria as well in the last edition.His 14th minute goal from Messi was the 100th of this edition of the World Cup and also his 100th in a different stadium (including club and country).Other’s hwo have scored the 100th goal of a World Cup are Andres Iniesta (2010) and Neymar (2014).READ MOREMessi also became only the third Argentinian after Diego Maradona (1982, 1986, 1994), Gabriel Batistuta (1994, 1998, 2002)to have scored in score in three editions of the World Cup, in 2006, 2014 and 2018. The goal was Messi’s 6th World Cup goal, and also the first he has scored with his right foot.Marcos Rojo scored with Argentina’s only shot on target in the second half, which was only his third goals for his national team. He had scored in the 2015 Copa America, and both of his World Cup goals have now come against Nigeria. Iceland’s poor record against Croatia continuesBefore the start of the match, Iceland had beaten Croatia only on one occasion and after the game their record read 1 win, 1 draw, 5 losses.Mateo Kovacic became the first outfield player at the 2018 World Cup to play at least 80 minutes in a single game without misplacing a pass.Croatia have now won three consecutive World Cup games for the first time in their history. With the loss, Iceland also crashed out, meaning both the debutants in this edition went out in the group stage.(With inputs from AP)
Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) will be fast-tracking the $100-million upgrade of its drainage system, which is slated to begin in mid-January 2019.Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Grantley Stephenson, advised that a collapsed drain and heavy rainfall in October, which flooded several roads in the vicinity of KWL, prompted the entity’s decision.“We have taken the decision to go ahead with it immediately. We want it completed before we get to the next rainy season, because we cannot endure another (spate of flooding) like we did several weeks ago,” he said.Mr. Stephenson was speaking to JIS News after accompanying Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, on a tour of several areas in the vicinity of KWL and the Kingston Port, where activities are being streamlined to facilitate more seamless business operations, on Monday (December 3).Mr. Vaz indicated that the National Works Agency (NWA) will be assisting KWL in its efforts, in order to prevent further flooding of the entity’s property.“More than that, the NWA is conducting a complete drainage plan for the total area, which includes the Tinson Pen (Aerodrome) and surrounding areas. It will take some time (to complete), but KWL should be finished in the first half of next year,” he said.The work is consistent with an undertaking from Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, in October to take steps to improve the overall drainage system along Marcus Garvey Drive by constructing a structure with features similar to the Sandy Gully.Kingston Mayor, Senator Councillor, Delroy Williams, has also welcomed and expressed satisfaction with KWL’s plans.
KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom October 2, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: October 2, 2018 Parolee leads police on road chase near San Diego Bay SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A parolee who fled a traffic stop on Shelter Island early Tuesday led officers on a pursuit into Barrio Logan, where tire-flattening spike strips forced him to a halt and a pall of police tear gas helped persuade him to surrender, authorities reported.San Diego Harbor Police personnel spotted the man, later identified as 32-year-old Andrew Dwight Sigsbee, driving erratically near America’s Cup Harbor shortly after 5:30 a.m. and tried to pull him over, according to the port law enforcement agency.The driver refused to yield, fleeing to the east past Lindbergh Field and south toward the San Diego Convention Center, officials said.The chase, during which Sigsbee’s car collided a patrol vehicle, ended in the 1200 block of Harbor Drive, near Waterfront Park, after the sedan ran over spike strips laid out in the roadway by San Diego police.Sigsbee initially ignored officers’ commands to surrender, resulting in a brief standoff. After SDPD officers shot pepper-spray projectiles into his disabled sedan, he exited the car and surrendered.Sigsbee was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest, assault with a deadly weapon — his car — and violation of parole. He was being held at San Diego Central Jail on $50,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.The harbor police officer involved in the collision with the suspect’s car was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.Traffic lanes in the area where the pursuit ended remained blocked for about an hour, authorities reported. Updated: 1:42 PM
Consumer Reports has launched CR Mobile, a new mobile Web site that allows users to access the magazine’s database of product reviews, ratings, buying advice and reliability studies.The data provided by CR Mobile is accessible through any mobile device with Web access. Users of iPhone and Android phones will also be able to access video in addition to the standard data. The service is free for current subscribers of ConsumerReports.org. Non-subscribers can access the site for 24-hour or 30-day periods for $0.99 and $4.99 respectively.Poll results, user reviews and blog posts are also available on CR Mobile. Users can also sign up to receive product safety and recall alerts via SMS by texting the word SAFE to 76666. The site also has a “compare” feature that allows side-by-side comparison of up to three competing products for performance and price, a function that is currently unavailable on ConsumerReports.org, but will be added later this year. According to Jerry Steinbrink, vice president of publishing at Consumer Reports, CR Mobile was created to serve an audience that the magazine had a hard time attracting in the past. “[CR Mobile] is for those that are already out at the stores shopping,” he tells FOLIO: sister publication Audience Development. “It’s a great way to get information into the hands of the consumers and help them make better decisions between one product or the other. It’s a good way to serve our readers at that critical point.”The data on CR Mobile is segmented by categories, including Appliances, Electronics, Home & Garden and Babies & Kids. The only category of products that is not currently available on CR Mobile is Cars, which will be added in July. “It’s a bit more complicated for us to get the specs of each car on a mobile phone, so that’s taking a little longer,” Steinbrink says.
A teaser for Minecraft: Earth showed a pig from the game.Microsoft’s YouTube ChannelMinecraft, one of the most popular games in the world, is getting the AR treatment from Microsoft and it seems to have high potential. The official trailer for Minecraft: Earth was released on May 17, which marked the 10-year anniversary of the game.Minecraft: Earth will allow players to project their creations into the world through their smartphones. Microsoft had released a teaser video on their official YouTube channel on 6 May, showing a pig from the game walking on grass. The official reveal is grander, showing the potential of the game and urging people to “Minecraft your world”.The trailer gives viewers a glimpse of the vast potential for creativity that Minecraft: Earth will bring. It shows people placing virtual treehouses in their garden, grand castles being built at a park, a giant blue octopus enveloping houses in its tentacles, a village on a table-top, and chickens.Thus, people will have the ability to create an environment on a small surface, say, the table in a restaurant, and then take their creation out in the world and showcase it on a larger scale. Players will be able to interact with virtual wildlife and the various mobs in the game. It will also give players the ability to collaborate on projects and create something together.Microsoft hasn’t revealed how the game will be monetised, but it has been reported by Windows Central that it will be a free-to-play game without any loot boxes. The report mentions that the game will have ‘Build Plates’ on which players will build their creations, and then be able to scale the build plates to size. To create, players will have to collect blocks and go for an “Adventure” for rarer materials, such as diamonds. These personal Build Plates will also ensure that a player’s creations don’t get destroyed by others.Players are being offered a free, Earth-themed skin for their avatar in Minecraft if they register now for the Minecraft: Earth. It is available for devices running iOS 10 (or greater)and Android 7 (or greater), and registrations are available through this link. Minecraft: Earth will allow players to collaborate on projects.Minecraft.netAugmented Reality (AR)The prospect of AR technology took the world by storm when Pokémon GO released back in July of 2016. An age-old franchise with a massive following had come to life on people’s phones. Fans could catch their favourite Pokémon and get rewarded just for walking. People could not stop playing the game, even on the road. It got some criticism when people met with accidents while crossing roads or driving.Minecraft: Earth will have a slightly different take on AR with its fixed anchors. This technology allows multiple people to see the same thing, say a tower at a park, at the same place. By permanently anchoring objects’ positions and logging that on the cloud, players’ creations will stay at one location until moved.Creator Markus Persson shared his story of looking for the technology at a time when none of the tech companies in Forbes 500 were working on it. “Name a Fortune 500 tech company,” he told Wired in an interview, “I probably asked them, ‘Hey, are you working on this?'” Nobody was.That was until he met the developers of HoloLens in 2017, who were working on the exact technology he had been looking for. They decided to collaborate on the project and Minecraft became a big part of HoloLens demos. Now, Microsoft wants to let players make their own world and experience it through the lens of their phone.The development of this game is certainly something to look forward to, as it will also mark a new way to play games. The beta for Minecraft: Earth will commence in Summer this year. The full release has been rumoured to be sometime before 2020.
Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel in Inn Din village on 1 September 2017. ReutersThe United Nations on Friday described the details of a Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as “alarming” and said it showed the need for a thorough probe into the violence in the country’s Rakhine state.”We’re aware of this latest report, the details of which are very alarming. This once more attests to the need for a full and thorough investigation by the authorities of all violence in Rakhine State and attacks on the various communities there,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the release of the two detained journalists and continues to press for that, Haq said.