Jan stays in line to contest for Labour leadership

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first_imgLinkedin Previous article€500,000 scratch card winners on Friday 13thNext articleZombi Picnic bring sci-fi futurescapes to Dock Road Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsJan stays in line to contest for Labour leadershipBy Staff Reporter – May 19, 2016 733 Print TAGSJan O’SullivanLabourlimerick WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Labour TD Jan O’SullivanLIMERICK TD Jan O’Sullivan has said that the discussions over the leadership of the Labour party “are still ongoing” amid claims she is under pressure to support Alan Kelly’s bid for the leadership.“The four names remain on the table”, Deputy O’Sullivan said after prolonged discussions on Wednesday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Last week Jan O’Sullivan said that she would consider entering the race with Alan Kelly, Brendan Howlin and Sean Sherlock, but remained tight-lipped on a full declaration.Pressure is now said to be mounting for a seconder to emerge for Alan Kelly’s nomination which would allow him run against Brendan Howlin for the party leadership.However the former Education Minister said that “discussions are still ongoing, that’s where we are at and there are still four of us considering it and we wont have an outcome for a while yet.”The seven Labour Party TDs met privately on Tuesday to discuss who will succeed former Tánaiste Joan Burton.It is understood that Brendan Howlin was the most popular choice but a contest for the leadership is still being sought, and in particular by Tipperary’s Alan Kelly.Nominees for the role need a proposer and a seconder.TDs can propose themselves, but another TD is required as a seconder. Pressure has been mounting on the sitting Labour TDs to second Alan Kelly’s proposal, but Ms O’Sullivan said “my name remains in there”.It is understood that Labour councillors and party members have called on party chairman Willie Penrose to allow a contest take place.Nominations for the election of leader and deputy leader opened last Saturday and will close this Friday at noon.If a contest for the leadership is required, ballots will be issued to the Labour Party’s 4,000 members next Monday and will have to be returned by June 17. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Suriname and US-based company launch renewable fuel project

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first_imgNewsRegional Suriname and US-based company launch renewable fuel project by: – June 15, 2011 Share Share By Ivan CairoMap of Suriname. Photo credit: map.state.govPARAMARIBO, Suriname — In a bid to diversify the country’s energy base, Suriname has entered into an agreement with US-based PetroAlgae (PA) to establish farms for the production of renewable fuel and protein.Participants in the project are the ministry of Natural Resources, state-owned oil company Staatsolie, United Culture Companies (VCM) and Florida-based bio-tech company PetroAlgae. On Monday, participants signed the master framework and initial licence agreement to begin an open growth bioreactor for renewable fuels and protein.Within the next four months the phased construction and operation of a commercial-scale, PetroAlgae farm for the production of renewable fuel and protein will take place at Rust-en-Werk, in the Commewijne district. Planning and funding for the initial phase is underway utilizing PetroAlgae’s micro-crop system and licensed technology. Given the expertise of all participants, Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Hok, said that “this project cannot fail”.At the signing ceremony it was disclosed that Staatsolie will serve as the lead coordinator for the ministry, while VCM and Staatsolie will be responsible for construction and operation of the project. PetroAlgae will contribute the use and limited licence to certain of its PA intellectual property and technology as well as supporting services and quality assurance.“This is a project that PetroAlgae is very proud and excited to be working with the government of Suriname and so we applaud the vision of the ministry here and we’re also excited to be working with VCM as well as Staatsolie,” said PetroAlgae’s executive vice-president Harold Gubnitsky in an invited comment.“So I think we have a very unique team in the world, but certainly in the region to take the technology that we’re developing and deploying and bring it to commercialization here,” he added.In this pilot project, dubbed the “Lemna Growth Confirmation Project,” a facility is being established to study the growth and fuel production capacity of duckweed (lemna).VCM president Armand van Alen noted that the project will be environmental friendly and neutral since duckweed is a common species in Suriname. He further disclosed that the protein from the duckweed will be processed into animal feed while the residue will be the source for the bio-fuel. Initially, the project is being established in a small area, but successively will expand to 50 hectares and 5,000 hectares.“We take indigenous crops, indigenous plant species that we studied for many years and put them into our system and technology so that it grows very rapidly and then we process that in a special way that allows us to create a fuel source. A renewable fuel source and at the same time a very valuable food source. So it’s energy in two forms: fuel and food,” the vice-president explained.Gubnitsky further noted that this is the first project of this nature in the Caribbean.Caribbean News Now Tweetcenter_img 16 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Masters 2019 PGA DFS picks, sleepers, fades, strategy

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first_imgOne of the biggest questions facing DFS players for The Masters is how to handle Tiger Woods. I expect Woods to run away with the highest ownership in large field GPPs. He will be the first name every inexperienced DFS player notices when they are setting their lineups, and the sports community seems to be rooting for him to win. The ownership that Woods is going to receive will sap his value. Put simply, even if Woods wins, a strategy built around him may well be fruitless. As a result, my suggestion is to limit exposure to Tiger.With that said, in an environment like this, it can be beneficial to protect your portfolio by maintaining some investment in Woods. I would look to target an exposure level below the ownership you anticipate for Woods so that you can leverage the field’s overinvestment while still potentially profiting from other successes in your strategy if Woods does in fact play well. Building your optimal lineup portfolio this week is a matter of adjusting to the nuances introduced by the shine of The Masters. Pivoting from McIlroy to Johnson, or Woods to Day this week could make all the difference.Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings. MORE ROTOQL:  Lineup Builder | Masters betting advice*If you are interested in taking your DFS golf lineup building strategy to the next level, you should consider using a lineup optimizer, and RotoQL offers the best optimizer available in the industry.Masters 2019 picks and PGA DFS strategyLeverage PlaysBelieve it or not, I think you can grab Dustin Johnson for reasonable ownership this week, and there are a couple of main reasons why. First off and most important, I simply expect Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to be more popular. I anticipate Johnson’s ownership to take a hit as inexperienced players flock first to Woods and McIlroy and frequently skip over Johnson. In my opinion, there is no golfer in this field that is significantly more appealing than Johnson such that it would justify a substantial ownership differential.Additionally, the presence of so many other exciting elite golfers in this field will work to further limit Johnson’s ownership. The combined effect of Johnson not standing out as a clear favorite as he so often does along with the depth of the field may cause him to get lost in the shuffle by his standards. While he will still surface in a solid number of lineups, I believe there is leverage to gain in rostering Johnson. Targeting the player who many consider to be the best in the world is a strong strategy this week.Jason Day has been a little cold recently, in addition to battling a back injury. However, the back injury seems to be a very minor issue, and on the whole Day is still having a strong season. I think Day’s price decrease appropriately accounts for the couple of recent blips he’s experienced. However, I expect his ownership to deflate too heavily due to recency bias. With so many other golfers receiving attention near Day’s price, I expect him not to get nearly the ownership a golfer of his caliber deserves. If not for the recent slip ups, Day would unquestionably belong in the top tier of pricing.Elite golfers frequently go through lulls and bounce back with a vengeance seemingly out of nowhere. Consider another elite golfer in the same price range as Day, Paul Casey. Recently, Casey came into the Valspar Championship off a horrendous missed cut at 8 over for The Players Championship to finish T136th. It was his second missed cut in five tournaments. Despite this, he won the Valspar Championship. Ultimately, the best defense against inconsistent recent play is talent, which is something Casey and Day have in common. Day has missed two out of his past three cuts, but those are also his only missed cuts in his last nine tournaments and he has terrific history at The Masters. A turnaround from Day is not just possible, it’s probable.I’m really surprised more people aren’t talking about Sergio Garcia given how low his price is. Garcia is priced at average salary on FanDuel and well below average on DraftKings, which I believe is an outstanding bargain. Garcia won The Masters in 2017 and is an elite golfer. He probably doesn’t belong in the top tier with the Dustin Johnson’s of the world, but he certainly is deserving of a higher price and higher ownership than I anticipate. Garcia has been playing well this year and, as evidenced by his performance two years ago, he gives you tournament-winning upside at a more than manageable price and ownership level. You can still use him even if you would like to prioritize building your lineups around other stud golfers. Garcia gives you leverage with upside, and he’s an outstanding bargain. To Tiger or Not to Tiger? Major tournaments like The Masters draw out inexperienced PGA DFS players due to the increase in prize pools and hype surrounding the tournament. This creates a compelling daily fantasy golf strategy that savvy players can leverage. Many strong golfers, even if not exactly contrarian, can be expected to run too low in ownership this week with the field likely to fail more than usual in accurately representing a player’s value. As the market becomes more and more saturated with less experienced DFS players who will simply grab one or two lineups (likely with Tiger Woods involved), the ownership disparity between the most popular players and the rest of the field — call them sleepers, values, or contrarians– will grow substantially.This week, that disparity will be much larger than usual because of the increased proportion of the field being represented by new players. Whereas most weeks I am interested in golfers that I would strictly consider to be contrarian, this week I am more excited about the second tier of ownership. These are the players that will likely go overlooked compared to their value due to the field’s fixation on the headliners. Let’s dig in to my favorite leverage plays of the week. last_img read more

Warriors pay visit to Barack Obama during road trip

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first_imgDuring their lone visit to Washington, D.C., this season, the Golden State Warriors paid a visit to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, hours ahead of Thursday’s matchup against the Wizards.Related: Warriors visit with House speaker Nancy Pelosi after Wizards gameThe meeting was revealed via a picture posted by a team official on Instagram Thursday afternoon — a post that has since been deleted. The picture includes the full roster, who visited with Obama for about an hour, …last_img read more

Crater Count Dating: Self-Secondaries Reduce Age Estimates

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first_img(Visited 544 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A standard method for inferring the ages of planetary surfaces continues to be plagued by bad assumptions.We’ve reported before about the problem of “secondary craters” in crater-count dating.* Planetary scientists have long used crater counts to estimate the age of a surface. In short, the more craters, the older the surface. That seemed reasonable until secondary cratering smudged the theory.Earth’s moon from Cassini, 1999 (NASA)A single large impact (the primary) could launch up to a million pieces of ejecta (the secondaries) that fall back down, forming additional craters – all from that single event. Some large pieces could orbit for centuries before falling, and some could even travel between moons, messing up the ages of different bodies entirely. These realizations have tended to vastly reduce estimates of surface ages – not increase them. The assumption of ‘one impact = one crater’ is not necessarily true.Planetary scientists went to work trying to identify secondary craters, and distinguish them from primaries, in order to improve the accuracy of their estimates. The project has not worked well. Many times they appear indistinguishable unless other assumptions are made. Now, a new paper in Icarus by Plescia and Robinson adds another complication: the problem of “self-secondaries.” These can mislead scientists into thinking that multiple phenomena from a single impact were long ages apart, when they in fact were related by the same impact. The Abstract explains:Giordano Bruno is a lunar farside Copernican-age crater. The relatively few superposed impact craters on its floor and ejecta blanket and extensive bright rays indicate its youth. High-resolution Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera images reveal that the frequency and the characteristics of the cumulative size-frequency distributions of the small-diameter impact craters and their morphology vary across the clastic ejecta and impact melt covered surfaces. Crater frequencies (N(10) defined as ≥10 m km−2) vary by a factor of 10s to 100s (N(10) 2 -700) across the ejecta blanket, and between the ejecta and the melt deposits. Numerous craters on the ejecta blanket are degraded and buried by debris and impact melt, indicating that these partially buried craters formed during the deposition of the ejecta and prior to or during the emplacement of the impact melt. From geologic relations and crater statistics we conclude that a significant fraction of the craters observed on the ejecta blanket and the melt were formed during the cratering process itself and represent “self-secondaries.” Further, we conclude that these craters do not represent an extra-lunar primary impact production population. Self-secondary craters are formed by material launched into near-vertical trajectories and having velocities such that their flight time is sufficiently long that the bulk of the clastic ejecta and impact melt are deposited before that material impacts the surface. The presence of a significant number of self-secondary craters on the ejecta makes the determination of relative and absolute age dates problematic. Crater counts would indicate an inappropriately old age. Using data for craters on the melt surfaces and for small-diameter bright ejecta craters, an absolute model age of 1 Ma is estimated. This age is considerably younger than that estimated by other studies and probably represents a maximum age.How old is this crater? Giordano Bruno from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, 2017 (NASA)What they’re saying is that ejecta from the main impact can fly vertically above the surface, and take long enough to fall down that geological processes can degrade the ejecta blanket and harden the melted material before the “self-secondaries” land on it. A scientist would be tempted to conclude that the ejecta blanket is old, and the secondary impact is young, with a long time having passed between. Not necessarily; the ‘appearance of age’ could be fake. The series of events could have been relatively rapid.Another assumption, that of incoming impactor rate, is also non-empirical. Nobody has lived long enough to watch how fast new impactors arrive on a surface. And even if scientists had good data on how many new craters are currently forming on the moon or Mars, there’s no way to know if the rate has been constant for long periods of time. Scientists assume that ‘space weathering’ darkens material over time, but the rate is hard to constrain, resting on other assumptions (such as steady states).Scientists can deduce the order in which some impacts occurred, by looking at craters on top of other craters. But as we reported in a previous article on this, it’s doubtful that crater populations can reveal much of anything about long passages of time.J. B. Plescia and Mark S. Robinson, “Giordano Bruno: Small Crater Populations – Implications for Self-Secondary Cratering.” Icarus 19 Oct 2018, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2018.09.029.*Previous articles on crater count dating:18 July 2018: “Time to Revisit the Lunar Dust Problem?”12 October 2016: “Moon Just Got 100-fold Younger”2 March 2014: “Record Impact on Moon Ups Cratering Rate Estimates”22 May 2012: “Crater Count Dating Still Unreliable”3 April 2011: “Assuming Reality: Can Crater Dating Be Tested?”25 July 2010: “Dating of Impacts and Impacts of Dating”25 September 2007: “More Impacts on Crater Count Dating”A million years is still a long age estimate, but notice they are calling it a maximum age – it could be far less. If this dating method has been so plagued up till now by unexamined assumptions, we need to ask, what other “unknown unknowns” remain? Let this be a lesson on all dating methods. You can’t watch a million years, or a billion years, without making assumptions. Assumption is the mother of all failures, a maxim goes: why? Because to ASSUME makes an ASS* of U and ME.  (*Ass: A long-eared, slow mammal related to the horse; an onager, figuratively, a stupid or stubborn person.)last_img read more

Chiefs beat Manchester United

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first_img24 July 2006South African glamour club Kaizer Chiefs got their season off to a title-winning start when they edged visiting English club Manchester United 4-3 on penalties to win the Vodacom Challenge at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Sunday.Earlier in the competition, the Amakhosi had fallen one-nil to the Red Devils, but then booked their place in the final with a two-nil win over arch-rivals Orlando Pirates. United, meanwhile, thumped the Buccaneers four-nil in their meeting.Chiefs’ coach Ernst Middendorp, who had come in for some criticism after his side failed to defend the PSL title they had won two seasons in succession, ultimately finishing third, was happy with the victory, but cautioned against fans becoming over-optimistic about the prospects for the club.Look at the results realisticallyHe said people had to look at the result realistically: Manchester United fielded a young team, devoid of their World Cup stars, and the contests proved to be a valuable learning experience for Chiefs.Frankly, neither Chiefs nor Pirates really extended the Red Devils’ defence, proof of this being in the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson’s outfit didn’t concede a goal in three games. Saturday’s final ended with the teams tied at nil-nil before going to penalties.Middendorp reckoned the Amakhosi have shown good improvement over the last month, and the team has shown better cohesion with the passage of time. He says it is his intention to turn Chiefs from a flashy outfit into a winning side.Ferguson: Chiefs better than PiratesManchester United’s veteran manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, said that, in his opinion, Chiefs were a better team than Pirates, demonstrating a better structure and team performance. His comments are backed up by the Amakhosi’s three wins over the Sea Robbers last season.Looking back on his club’s visit to South Africa, Ferguson said his players had got out of the experience what he had been hoping for. He also said the fact that no one was injured was a huge bonus.In an unusually positive testimonial, Ferguson said: “We’ve enjoyed the tournament and found everything superb for us. The security has been top notch, the grounds have been great, the fans superb.”The finalFocusing on the final itself, Manchester United enjoyed the better of the first half, but their finishing wasn’t up to scratch as they squandered the chances they created.Fangzhuo Dong had a number of chances to score, but he failed to beat goalkeeper Rowan Fernandez, including when he had a one-on-one situation against the Chiefs’ net-minder in the tenth minute.Shaun Bartlett, who in the past had netted a number of times for Charlton against the Red Devils, had a decent opportunity to notch one for Chiefs against his one-time English Premier League foes, but his first-time touch after a defence-splitting ball from Siyabonga Nkosi let him down.ChangesAt halftime, both coaches made a number of changes, with Middendorp bringing on Arthur Zwane for David Obua, Thabo Mooki for Nkosi and Tenashe Nengomashe for Ditheko Mototo. Ferguson, meanwhile, changed four players.Despite the change in personnel, neither side could find a way through the other’s defence, which meant the contest progressed to penalties.Fernandez in the Chiefs’ goal then made sure he grabbed the headlines when he stopped Chris Eagles’ penalty and beat Ben Foster, in the United goal, from the spot.His success, along with those of Bartlett, Mooki, and Kaizer Motaung Junior, won the Amakhosi the title. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

New platform for crafters, designers

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first_imgThe centre has a retail outlet where a diverse range of handmade products are on sale, a coffee shop and a space where crafters, designers and others can exchange ideas and showcase their skills. Source: City of Johannesburg For further information, visit the Craft and Design Centre Gauteng website. Crafts were an important part of the huge growth of the global creative economy. Creecy said her department, in partnership with local governments, would launch satellite centres to service crafters and designers. At the core of the centre are five programmes that support creativity – design and innovation; enterprise development and training; market access; communication; and ongoing research and development. Despite this, many creative workers in Gauteng still lack access to capital and need help with marketing their products and with expansion. This prompted the Johannesburg metropolitan municipality, the Gauteng provincial government and the Department of Trade and Industry to set up the Craft and Design Centre, which will provide a platform for creative workers to showcase and promote their products to local and international shoppers. Johannesburg municipality’s Nandi Mayathula-Khosa said the council would develop a city-wide strategy for the craft and design sectors. “It is a fact that we have to work together to realise our objectives of creating more jobs and improving the quality of lives.” “To this end, agreements have been signed with the City of Johannesburg, Mogale City and Sedibeng to roll out the regional centres.” City-wide strategy “Through interventions which support individuals in the second economy, we can ensure real opportunities for financial participation in the national economy – making it possible for people to feed and house their families and offering the prospect of improved living conditions,” said Creecy. According to research done by the Gauteng department of sports, arts, culture and recreation in 2008, the creative industries contribute over R33-billion to the province’s economy every year and create direct employment for more than 60 000 people.center_img Satellite centres Opened last week, the Craft and Design Centre will focus on improving the supply and demand of handmade products within Gauteng. It is on the busy corner of Rivonia Road and West Street – just off Nelson Mandela Square – in Sandton, Johannesburg’s tourist, shopping, business and financial hub. Thousands of people eke out a living through making and selling crafts, but they frequently lack access to markets, so limiting their opportunities. The design and craft sectors make up a significant proportion of these numbers. About 53% of the province’s creative workers are women, 47% are young people and 15% of companies employ people with disabilities. The Gauteng Craft and Design Centre is on the corner of Rivonia Road and West Street, just off Nelson Mandela Square, in Sandton. It is open from 9am until 5pm from Monday to Friday. It also has a corporate gift warehouse that will negotiate and facilitate orders on behalf of producers and provide gifting and promotional solutions to corporate buyers. Creative industries 17 April 2009 Speaking at the launch, Gauteng provincial minister for sports, arts, culture and recreation Barbara Creecy said the centre would support craft entrepreneurs and mentor the growth of small and micro enterprises. “The centre opens up vast opportunities for black economic empowerment, job creation and poverty alleviation. Through this initiative and other regional hubs, the Gauteng provincial government aims to improve the crafters’ access to markets.”last_img read more

Insights from a Practical Passive House

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first_imgThe office of Birdsmouth Design Build is located in a renovated, 850-square-foot Pullman rail car in downtown Portland, Or. This wasn’t always the case, but at a point when the company was growing and they needed a new office space, they faced a common situation for businesses in thriving urban areas, “Everywhere we wanted to be was too expensive, and everything we could afford was too far away,” said Birdsmouth CEO Josh Salinger, whose wife found the train car on craigslist.Today, Josh speculates that their unique office is part of the company’s appeal, at least for some of their clients. For others, it is clearly their reputation as one of Portland’s top high-performance home builders.Josh started Birdsmouth in 2008 with designer Ben Valentin. Birdsmouth has had as many as 24 employees, but like many builders, at that size they had to make a decision: they could try to keep growing and support their overhead, or they could scale back and focus on what they love to do, which is design and build, and prioritize what’s important to them, which is designing and building efficient, healthy, and environmentally responsible homes.Today, Birdsmouth is finding its sweet spot with around 12-14 employees including an office manager, a small design team, a project manager, two site managers, and a small crew of carpenters. The company’s two build teams handle from four to eight projects at any given time. To manage workflow and keep important and appropriate tasks in-house, they sub out specialty skills including roofing, insulation, drywall, and most of the mechanical work. Birdsmouth carpenters handle all things wood including framing and finish carpentry. They also handle everything having to do with water, air, and moisture control.“It’s so important to these buildings to get the air barrier… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Samsung: Galaxy Gear Will Eventually Play Nice With Rival Smartphones

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first_imgSamsung’s Galaxy Gear is the first of the major smartwatches expected this year, but it has a big problem. It can’t possibly be a hit consumer gadget—not while it’s tethered to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 “phablet.” (Or worse, its newest Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.)Fortunately for users, Samsung says it plans to open up the Gear to other Samsung phones, and even those made by other companies. For now, though, would-be Gear users face some very limited options. Related Posts dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Samsung says the Gear won’t always be exclusive to the Note 3, nor will it always tied exclusively to Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The company plans to eventually allow other smartphones to pair with the Gear, making it a much more universal and appealing device. Want to be able to pair your cool new HTC One or Moto X to the Gear? Maybe even the iPhone? Samsung says that’s in the works.Why can’t Galaxy Gear connect to other smartphones right now? It’s not necessarily some sinister plot from Samsung to make you buy more of its gadgets (though that’s likely part of it). The more straightforward answer lies in Bluetooth.Samsung uses Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (also known as Bluetooth Smart) to pair the Note 3 and Galaxy Gear. The specific functionality that makes this particular Bluetooth connection work is found both in the latest version of Android (Jelly Bean 4.3) and in unique application programming interfaces that Samsung uses to launch apps from the Note 3 to Galaxy Gear.According to Samsung director of product marketing Ryan Bidan, it’s only a matter of time before Galaxy Gear is compatible with other devices. Samsung’s Ryan Bidan shows off the Galaxy Note 3“Right now the specific APIs and functionality are tied to the Galaxy Note 3. For obvious reasons we are looking for additional devices to support it,” Bidan said. “We will announce those when they come, but right now it is Galaxy Note 3 specific.”Bidan said that it is only a matter of time before the Galaxy Gear is compatible with other smartphones as the engineers hurry to build interoperability with Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 and other Android devices, including those from rival manufacturers. (I was waving a Moto X at Bidan when I asked him about this.)His response at greater length:[I]t is just the timetable of bringing that software to other devices. It is nothing other than engineering work to do it…. Part of that functionality is tied to some updates in Android 4.3. So we are working to bring 4.3 to all those devices as well and so that is definitely one of the factors influencing adoption.[…]We were working to make sure that we had the right engineering to do it on the Galaxy Note 3. So, here we are at the launch of the Galaxy Note 3 and here is Galaxy Gear. There is more to come, for sure.Lead image by Dan Rowinski for ReadWrite Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why? Because the Note 3 is a smartphone so big that it defies normal definition. It has a 5.7-inch screen, comes with its own stylus (called the S Pen) and is generally awkward to handle. To put it as politely as possible, the Note 3 is not for everybody.But to use the Gear, you currently have to pair it with the Note 3 to access cellular data, transfer messages and launch apps. Without a paired smartphone, the Gear isn’t much more than a watch that can take pictures, track your exercise and run apps that don’t require a data connection.So why limit the Gear to working with a huge phablet? Samsung didn’t really have a good answer to that question, though it says it’s working on a solution.Not The Note! Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Galaxy Gear#Samsung#smartwatch last_img read more

It feels like I’m going to play for India for the first time, says Yuvraj

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first_imgDashing left-hander Yuvraj Singh said he was ready to play for India once again after he was named in the squad for the T20 World Cup on Friday. This would be the middle order batsman’s first competition since recovering from cancer.Yuvraj, who was last picked for India in any format in November last year, thanked the BCCI and the selectors for having faith in him.”I can’t explain how I feel! It feels like I’m going to play for India for the first time,” the **-year-old said. “I want to thank a lot of people, especially the BCCI and the selectors for showing their faith in me, my friends and family, my fans and the media. It’s a special day for me.”Yuvraj revealed that he always believed that he would be able to beat disease and make a comeback.”When I was diagnosed with cancer, I always thought in my heart that one day I will come back and play for India and I hoped the almighty will give me another chance in life to do so,” he said. “So here I am, ready to represent my country once again!”It’s a huge honour. I can’t wait to step on the field and wave the indian flag. I’ve worked very hard and I will go all out in this month to prepare for the T20 World Cup. Jai hind!”last_img read more