Champlain College summit to explore education and workforce collaboration August 10-11

first_imgChamplain College,To meet the challenges of an ever-changing 21st century workforce and to support the new economic realities of doing business in Vermont and elsewhere, Champlain College will bring together students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, businesses, government officials and others to envision a new educational career model at The Champlain College Summit: ‘Building Partnerships for a Thriving Workforce’ on August 10-11.The urgency to create a new way of thinking about work and how we educate people for their professional life is reflected in Vermont’s projected demographics, organizers say. According to the Vermont Workforce Development Council’s Annual Report 2010, ‘The available workforce in Vermont has shown little growth in recent years and will begin to shrink in 2012.’ Combine that with U.S. Census data showing a decline in the 20-34 year old population in Vermont and an expected 18 percent decline in Vermont’s high school population over the next decade – and the time to prepare for those demographic shifts is now, observes Champlain College President David F. Finney.A PricewaterhouseCoopers report ‘Managing Tomorrow’s People: the Future of Work to 2020’ predicts that employers will want more flexibility in their workforce; they will hire a relatively small core of regular employees and will rely on contracted professionals for short-term projects. Champlain College believes it is well positioned to respond to these changes by preparing and connecting its graduates in a way that enables the work of the future to be done.At the August Summit, the Champlain community will ‘engage with businesses, non-profits and economic drivers to identify what employers need to foster robust business growth and envision, a new career cycle model for the 21st century ‘ a process to give our students, graduates and connected businesses the new skills needed to adapt to changing human capital needs,’ Finney said. ‘It is about creating a competitive advantage for Champlain’s graduates and for Vermont’s businesses and entrepreneurs.’The Champlain College Summit will employ the appreciative inquiry process favored by Bob Stiller, CEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Honorary Chair of the Summit. He spearheaded the use of the collaborative management process at his successful Waterbury-based business and credits appreciative inquiry with moving the company forward. ‘When you focus on what works and you dream of the possibilities, it’s very inspiring to people,’ said Stiller.By bringing a diverse community to the Summit, Finney said, ‘we’ll take advantage of what Champlain does best: listen, learn and use the information gained to create innovative programs that will meet the needs of students, graduates and businesses now and decades into the future. It is what Champlain has been doing extremely well since it was founded in 1878.’‘Only by listening to others can we expect to meet employers’ current and future workforce needs (knowledge, flexibility, leadership, global-connectivity) while also ensuring that our students and alumni succeed over the course of their working life,’ Finney added.‘Together, we will create a model that further differentiates our students and alumni in the world of work. The Summit will help us craft concrete strategies to deliver the best prepared graduates to serve as employees and employers in Vermont, across the U.S. and around the world.’ Planners of the Champlain College Summit say they are building for the future on the foundation of successful change in the College’s past.‘Many of you have seen Champlain College undertake bold initiatives in the past. From the Center for Financial Literacy to the Emergent Media Center to our award-winning Global Modules, Champlain College has demonstrated the ability to create transformative partnerships, form new processes and realize outcomes that simply aren’t possible using the old models of learning. These and other novel initiatives keep us on the edge of innovation and relevant in the global professional landscape,’ Finney said.Earlier this year, Vt. Gov. Peter Shumlin highlighted the need for a growing diversity of jobs to keep Vermont’s economy strong in the future in a March interview with Times Argus business reporter Bruce Edwards. In the interview, Shumlin said he was hopeful about the future, but knows Vermont’s employers need three things in order to grow jobs here.â ¢ Competitive access to internet and cell phone service statewide,â ¢ Getting health care costs under control â ¢ Having qualified workers in Vermont to do the jobs. ‘I’m really optimistic about Vermont’s job future and I’m working hard every day to ensure that we make the policy changes that will help us to capture that opportunityâ ¦ we’re trying from early childhood education to higher education to ensure that Vermont is the education state and that we have a trained workforce particularly in engineering, computer sciences, math and technology to capture those opportunities. So that’s long term,’ Shumlin said.‘By convening this Summit, Champlain is promising to serve as an anchor in Vermont for the long-term, lifetime success of our graduates and students and as a driver of economic viability and sustainability for the state and its businesses,’ Finney said. ‘Vermont and Champlain College are uniquely positioned to produce the best thinking and develop the best people to do the jobs of the future. It is time to make that happen and the Summit is a tangible first step forward.’For more information about the Champlain College Summit: Building Partnerships for a Thriving Workforce or to RSVP,  visit is external). Videos about the conference, information about Appreciative Inquiry process, Champlain College’s 2020 Strategic Plan and RSVP registration forms are available there. About Champlain CollegeSince 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain’s distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and eight master’s degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College will be included in the Princeton Review’s ‘best colleges’ guidebook, The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition. Champlain was named a “Top-Up-and-Coming School” by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges and was ranked in the top tier of 2011 Regional Colleges in the North. 07.12.2011 ‘ BURLINGTON, Vt., ‘ To learn more about Champlain College, visit is external).last_img read more

Annenberg offers Google Glass course for fall 2014

first_imgThe Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism will offer a new course next fall semester that utilizes Google Glass technology inside the classroom.Robert Hernandez, assistant professor of Professional Practice at Annenberg, will be leading the class, titled “Glass Journalism,” that he developed with students across different schools, including Annenberg and the Viterbi School of Engineering.The main focus of the course will be to create content that will be consumed and experienced through Google Glass and to create Glass apps by the end of the course. The course aims to develop a new form of storytelling.This technology can change how information is relayed in journalism, Hernandez said. He is curious to see how, for example, National Public Radio will function on the platform, as well as how breaking news will be featured.The class will consist of 12 to 15 students who will be divided into teams to create Glass apps that can be released to the public. David Carr, a sophomore majoring in computer science and part of the collaboration team that developed the course content, noted that the students will come from a wide range of academic backgrounds and majors so that each can contribute his or her own expertise in building a valuable app.“The neat thing about this class is that everything about it is open-ended,” Carr said.Hernandez said his main goal is to revolutionize the way news is told by creating an interactive form of practicing journalism. Hernandez also wants to abandon the practice of “shovelware,” where a new medium does not necessarily entail an improvement in news coverage — such as when television was essentially radio with pictures.“That’s not really taking advantage of the media,” Hernandez said.Hernandez hopes to do the opposite with Glass as it can potentially change how news stories are created, consumed and experienced. Though Glass is the “shiny new object that got everyone’s attention,” he would like to see news stories that are optimized for Glass in the future, using high-tech features such as hands-free method of operation as an advantage.“The point here is to collaborate, to embrace technology, to be proactive,” Hernandez said.Jessie Wong, a junior majoring in public relations and part of the collaboration team, said the course has the power to influence how Google Glass will be used in the future. She hopes the technology will open up possibilities to integrate the new with the old and have the two work harmoniously.“We have a really good opportunity here to shape how this technology can be used,” Wong said. “It’s almost like you’re practicing journalism on a different medium, different style, but still doing the same core tasks.”The class will be centered on       real-life application of the skill sets the students have already learned. The key is the culture of collaboration, in which different types of students come together and work as equals, Hernandez said.“It’s not I work for you, you work for me,” he said. “We’re exploring and collaborating and building this together.”Hernandez stressed that the role students play in this class will be significantly different from the traditional standard, and the usual method of professors determining the course content will not be applied.“I’m not teaching this class, I’m facilitating and leading the class,” Hernandez said.Any student is welcome to take the class, as Hernandez believes each student will offer different expertise to the project. He described the class as an “open sandbox,” where students are free to explore and determine the direction the class takes.Though the class emphasizes students becoming familiar with Glass, the ultimate goal is to encourage teamwork and to instill the importance of technology experience.“Even if Google Glass is a failure, think of all the successes we get out of it,” Hernandez said, “We are going to determine if this is a success or a failure. It’s on us.”last_img read more

Europa League draw: Arsenal, Man United, Wolves discover group stage opponents

first_imgArsenal, Man United, Wolves, Celtic and Rangers have discovered their opponents for the 2019/20 Europa League group stage.All five British teams were in the hat when the draw took place in Monaco, but they’ve all avoided each other having been drawn in separate groups.Manchester United face a couple of long-distance midweek trips after being drawn in a Europa League group with Astana of Kazakhstan, Partizan Belgrade and AZ Alkmaar.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are set to play in Group L and their away clash with Astana will see United make a 6,000 mile round trip to Nur-Sultan.Last season’s finalists Arsenal have been drawn against Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liege and Vitoria Guimaraes.Frankfurt reached the semi-finals last term before being knocked out by Chelsea.Wolves have been put in a group with Besiktas, Braga and Slovan Bratislava.Scottish Champions Celtic will play Lazio, Rennes and Cluj – the Romanian club who knocked them out of Champions League qualifying.Rangers, meanwhile, were placed with Porto, Young Boys and Feyenoord.Europa League group stage draw in full:GROUP A: Sevilla, APOEL, Qarabag, F91 DudelangeGROUP B: Dynamo Kyiv, Kopenhaven, Malmo, LuganoGROUP C: Basel, Krasnodar, Getafe, TrabzonsporGROUP D: Sporting CP, PSV Eindhoven, Rosenborg, LASKGROUP E: Lazio, Celtic, Stade Rennais, CFR ClujGROUP F: Arsenal, Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liege, VitoriaGROUP G: Porto, Young Boys, Feyenoord, RangersGROUP H: CSKA Moscow, Ludogorets, Espanyol, FerencvarosGROUP I: Wolfsburg, Gent, Saint-Etienne, OleksandriyaGROUP J: Roma, Borussia Monchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, WolfsbergerGROUP K: Besiktas, Braga, Wolves, Slovan BratislavaGROUP L: Manchester United, Astana, Partizan Belgrade, AZ Alkmaar Source: talkSPORTlast_img read more

Certain Recycled Materials Find a Unique Home

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena- Certain types of recycled materials travel far and wide. Sometimes they even travel internationally. For the Alpena Resource Recovery Facility, they are able to ship recycled materials (4-7), also referred to as “4-2-7,” to the Canadian Company, ReVital Polymers, another recycling company. The materials are turned into small pellets that are then sold to car manufactures. The journey starts right here in Alpena, where recycling is continuing to make strides. Residents of Alpena County can now recycle materials 1-7. The ARRF is constantly growing but they still need help in recycling proper materials. A flyer was sent out to all residents, detailing items that should or should not be recycled. The ARRF hopes to have a full scale recycling facility that can accept all plastics.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious WBKB Gives BackNext Oak City Contracting Clears Up Accusationslast_img read more

Nominations in Donegal open for Garda Youth awards

first_imgAn Garda Síochána Donegal in association with the Joint Policing Committee launched the Donegal Garda Youth Awards on Tuesday last at the Council offices in Lifford.The presentation of the Donegal Garda Youth Awards will take place in early 2020.There are four overall awards categories: – Individual award– Group award– Special achievement award– Community Safety award (Individual or group)All categories are for young people aged between 13 and 21 years on 31 st August 2019. The nomination process is open to everyone, so if you know of a young person who is committed to making a difference to their community, please put them forward, as every nominee will receive a certificate, even if they do not win an award.This way, all nominees are recognised for their efforts, and the certificate is a very valuable item to have on a young person’s CV into the future.Each Garda Division in the country will nominate one winner in each of the above four categories, to represent their Division at the National Youth Awards which will take place in Spring 2020. The nomination forms are now available from any Garda Station in the Donegal Garda Division, and also online on the Joint Policing Committee Website at forms can be submitted by post to the Chief Superintendents Office, Donegal Garda National Youth Awards, Letterkenny Garda Station, New Line Road, Co. Donegal F92 PC03.Completed forms can also be emailed to [email protected] in Donegal open for Garda Youth awards was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week

first_imgThis week’s entry has a little jargon in it, but if you remember what we’ve said about the tRNA synthetase family of proteins (see 05/26/2004, 07/21/2003 and 06/09/2003 headlines), you’ll get it.  Paul Schimmel and Karla Ewalt comment in Cell1 on new discoveries by Sampath et al.2 that two of these synthetases fuse together to regulate the inflammation reaction:Aminoacyl tRNA synthetases are ancient proteins that appeared before the split of the tree of life into its three great kingdoms—archae [sic], eukarya, and bacteria.  The 20 enzymes—one for each amino acid—catalyze aminoacylation of tRNAs and thereby establish the rules of the genetic code by associating each amino acid with a nucleotide triplet (the anticodon of the tRNA).  The transition from the RNA world to the theater of proteins was thus made possible by the development of specific aminoacylation reactions.  While the central connection between synthetases and the code has long been recognized, the modern enzymes have surprised us with novel functions beyond aminoacylation.  They are key regulators and active components in a wide range of cellular functions from RNA splicing and transcription to apoptosis and angiogenesis….    …. we now see that tRNA synthetases in mammalian cells have more diverse and comprehensive connections to the inflammatory system than was previously appreciated.  The diverse functions of these essential enzymes never cease to amaze!1Paul Schimmel and Karla Ewalt, “Translation Silenced by Fused Pair of tRNA Synthetases,” Cell, Volume 119, Issue 2, 15 October 2004, Pages 147-148, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2004.10.001.2Sampath et al., “Noncanonical Function of Glutamyl-Prolyl-tRNA Synthetase Gene-Specific Silencing of Translation,” Cell, Volume 119, Issue 2, 15 October 2004, Pages 195-208, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2004.09.030.To be an evolutionist, you have to take the Crick brainwashing class.  This involves repeating the following quote by Francis Crick over and over until it is engraved on the heart with an iron stylus: “Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but evolved.”(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

iPhone to Android: One Week with the Nexus S

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Because podcasts are an important part of my mobile experience, I quickly sought a way to replace them. What I found was a dedicated app from Google that is supposed to function as a podcast player: Google Listen. Although it’s a Labs project (meaning beta or early release), it sounded perfect: “search, subscribe, download and stream” it said. What more do you need? Only one problem: Google Listen required an SD card to store its downloads to. The Nexus S doesn’t have an SD card slot, so Google Listen wouldn’t work. (This problem appears to be solved by one of the latest updates, however.) My first thought at the time: this would never happen with Apple. Tags:#Google#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#web But Wait, Where’s my Google iTunes?One of the first major pain points I hit from the iPhone to Android transition was iTunes withdrawal. Although I rarely purchase music from iTunes these days (MOG, a $10 per month, all-you-can-stream music service fulfills my needs), I do use iTunes for music and podcast management, organizing my apps, and downloading or renting TV shows and movies.There are third-party services that allow you to copy over your media libraries from the computer to Android, but they aren’t provided by Google and are often incomplete, lacking features and functionality. DoubleTwist, a popular application which has been called the “iTunes for Android,” doesn’t allow you to subscribe to podcasts if you’re a Mac user. The other thing I really missed by leaving iTunes behind was video. Where do you get video on Android? And I mean professional content, not “user-gen,” YouTube videos and Internet webcasts. I mean Hollywood-produced stuff. Current TV shows, movies? The answer: you don’t, not really. There’s no Netflix app for Android (yet), there’s no iTunes ecosystem, there’s no Hulu. The few apps that do allow for streaming either include you having to configure software on your PC (Orb), subscribe to a service (Slingbox) or they offer limited selection (mSpot Movies). It’s an oddball mix. That means the easiest way to get movies and TV shows to your Android, sorry to say, is bittorrent. You torrent the file, drop into into DoubleTwist (or another media management app) and sync. Of course that’s wrong, and it’s illegal. So don’t do it!The Killer Apps (& the Rest)Then there are the apps. There was an interesting discussion on the Internet recently where a longtime Apple insider John Gruber asked: where are the killer Android apps? He wanted to know about the Android exclusives, the Instagrams and Flipboards of the Android world, that is. He didn’t want to count the innovative keyboard replacement apps like Swype or homescreen replacements like Slide Screen, because those couldn’t exist on Apple, so that’s not a fair comparison. OK, fine. Nor did he want to count Google’s own apps because… wait, what? Because Google’s apps are far, far better on its own OS than on iPhone, perhaps? Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement As a (relatively) new mom, the one thing my smartphone needs to do and do well is take great photos. Google touts its camera as being able to take “stunning photos and videos.” I disagree. The camera couldn’t get an action shot of my 1-year old to save its life. Try after try after try. When I shared this information on Twitter, a discussion flared up on FriendFeed, where my tweets are archived.As one user (Johnny Worthington) explained, it’s not just the megapixels that matter when it comes to taking photos. The camera’s sensors matter too. Even Apple CEO Steve Jobs pointed this out in his keynote address, saying, “megapixels are nice, but what these cameras are really about is capturing photons and low light photography. So we’ve gone from 3 megapixel to 5 megapixel, but we’re using a backside illuminated sensor.” Long story short, moving toddler + varying lighting conditions + iPhone = great photo. On Android, those same conditions lead to a series of blurred images.Another minor bug with the photo gallery occurred when I uploaded a photo taken vertically directly from the gallery to Facebook (handy feature, by the way), it posted horizontally. Maddening. Happens every time.On yet another occasion, after posting pictures to Foursquare using the new check-in feature, I later returned to the phone’s photo gallery to find that all of my newest pictures were gone. Pictures that only existed on the phone, because I had yet to post them elsewhere. (I guess I should have left Pixelpipe enabled, hmm?) While my husband teased that it must be “user error,” I pulled out a bag of tricks left over from my Windows days – I rebooted the phone.Sure enough, upon restart, the phone noted it was “checking USB storage” for errors and when it completed the boot up, the photos had returned.Oh, Android.Battery LifeSupposedly, the battery life is supposed to be improved on the Nexus S – Engadget, for example, got 20 hours during heavy use. I’d love to know how. My Nexus S battery can’t make it through a day. Even after pairing down the apps to just those from “responsible” developers, making heavy use of the Android Task Killer app, the battery just drains. The most common activity that leads to drains appears to be the Web browser, from what I can tell. Although, according to the phone’s battery drain monitor (an included Android tool, if that tells you something), the top offenders are the display, Google Maps, Android System, Cell standby, Android OS and Wi-Fi. Yes, just my phone being a phone.Comparatively, my iPhone, jailbroken no less, can make it much, much longer. It will still have a charge even if I forget to plug it in overnight, for example. The Nexus S would just die.Plus, while in use, the phone really heats up. Cold winter? Break out the Nexus S. That’s a hot little handheld… literally.iPhone or Android? Granted, I’ve mostly focused on the glitches and problems I had with the Nexus S, some of which were even corrected before I posted this (e.g. Google Listen). I don’t want to take away from what the Nexus S’s many strengths are – the complete Google Experience, the Voice Actions, the integrated Google Voice and Skype calling, the portable Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, Navigation, a better keyboard, and, although I didn’t mention it – the speedy, well-equipped Web browser and a usable copy-and-paste (still needs improvement, though).At the end of the day, however, can I switch to Android? I guess not. I took my waterlogged iPhone to the local i-Hospital and they’ve repaired it. A new cable, a battery and $160 dollars later, my iPhone is ready for pick up. I haven’t gotten it just yet. I’m going to give the Nexus S until the end of the month to change my mind, before switching back. After 30 minutes of frantic searching, I found my iPhone. Under four inches of water. In a pond. Sunken deep into the sandy bottom. The story of how it got there isn’t all that interesting – it involves chasing a squealing toddler running towards the water’s edge – I never even heard the quiet sploosh at the time, when the phone slipped out of my pocket somehow, and into the water. But the horror I felt seeing the shiny little Apple logo glinting in the afternoon sun beneath the rippling surface is something I won’t soon forget. My iPhone. Destroyed.Luckily for me, I had a backup. For over a week, I had been playing with the brand-new Nexus S, Google’s latest flagship Android device, running the stock version of the Android mobile operating system code-named Gingerbread. But I hadn’t switched over to make it my primary device. Now I had no choice.We’ve been a dual iPhone/Android household for some time now, because my husband bought the Galaxy S (AT&T Captivate) shortly after it launched and I had the iPhone 4, after an upgrade from the 3G. I’ve had plenty of time to go hands-on with Android, delving into both the OS and the flourishing application ecosystem. I’ve installed, configured and tested many apps on the Galaxy S, and for a while, I was even jealous that he had the newer phone. Android felt more modern, more functional and more “tweakable” than the iPhone. The screen was bright, it had widgets, live wallpaper, built-in navigation, voice-activated everything and a notification system I still long for. It seemed like a step up.But now I wondered: can Android be my permanent device?Before getting started, understand that this isn’t meant to be a comprehensive review. I don’t review gadgets, nor does ReadWriteWeb. We know there are plenty of other places where you can get detailed specs, analysis, and descriptions of everything about this phone, from hardware to software. This is not that. Not by a long shot.Getting Set UpInitially, once I got over the shock of the iPhone’s unfortunate death, I was excited to try the Nexus S. I installed widgets and apps and set up the phone to work with my Google Voice account. That alone was a major plus. On Android, you don’t have to launch a separate app to make a Google Voice call – it’s integrated with your phone. You can make outgoing calls via Google voice, send and receive text messages through Google Voice, even access visual voicemail messages with the app – and they’re transcribed.Or, if you prefer, you can use Skype Out to make calls, too. Again, just by pressing the phone button.These are great features.Talking to Your Phone sarah perez Related Posts I went in search of replacement apps. Unfortunately, outside of the Google app ecosystem, the apps I found were a huge step down in terms of functionality. One I tried called Podcast by Magma Mobile just stopped playing my podcast in the middle of an episode because the podcast I was downloading in the background completed. As I tried to figure out what was going on, I somehow even ended up playing two podcasts at once. That shouldn’t even be possible!I found that for some podcasts (CNET, Engadget, TWiT, e.g.), it was actually preferable to use their own dedicated app. But this leads to a disjointed experience, where features, controls and user interface vary wildly from app to app. It’s true. Google Maps has 3D. Google Navigation gives you spoken, turn-by-turn directions. Google Voice, as noted above, is built-in and integrated with your phone. On the Nexus S, Google Tags is the first mainstream NFC (near field communications) app that lets you scan NFC tags, soon to be a revolution in mobile advertising and mobile payments – just wave your phone by a poster with an NFC tag, and your phone will take action, opening the Web browser and navigating to a particular Google Place page, perhaps, like Google is testing now in Portland.Gmail, Calendar, Voice Search, Google Earth, YouTube, etc. – all the Google Apps are built-in. The phone is the complete Google experience where Google’s latest innovations have a chance to shine, instead of being begrudgingly admitted into a curated app marketplace after FCC pressure demanded it, as Google Voice was, at long last, on iPhone.That said, working with the non-Google apps was an odd experience. Of course, the mainstays are there: Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Yelp, Amazon, IMDb, Pandora, Pixlepipe, Skype, WeatherBug, etc. But the features and functions of each app are tucked away in menus and settings, with no real consistency from app to app. There’s a surprising amount of configuration that has to be done with the apps, too. For example, in CNET’s app, I was surprised to find it hadn’t updated the podcast list – you have to tell it to download new episodes and when. After installing Pixelpipe, I was surprised to find that, after taking a photo, I was immediately prompted to share it via Pixelpipe – a handy feature, but on by default? That’s odd. I had to shut it off, or hit “cancel” after every snap. The Magma Mobile podcast app oddly began running in the background, providing me with “notifications” from “Magma Mobile News,” which, if tapped, took you to a list of news about new Android apps and updates. It was like I had installed some sort of adware on my phone. And I had to kill the app from running with the ever-present Advanced Task Killer app. Sigh.For the second time, I thought: this would never happen on iPhone. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I can choose to do more on Android out-of-the-box. I mean, who doesn’t want a mobile hotspot? But sometimes that openness felt too open. I’d rather apps ask before they integrate, for example.So what apps did I end up installing? Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Amazon, Kindle, Angry Birds, Barcode Scanner, Best Buy, Bump, CNET Audio, DoubleTwist, Dropbox, Engadget, FiOS Mobile Remote, Grocery iQ, IMDb, Google Listen, mSpot Movies, picplz, Pixlepipe, ShopSavvy, Skype, SwiftKey and Swype, Microsoft Tag, Tango, Target, Trapster, TripIt, TweetDeck, Waze, WeatherBug, Where’s My Droid and Yelp. That got me going, now I’m hunting for the unique and interesting apps, and exploring the popular homescreen replacements.Taking Photos Something as simple as texting a friend or performing a Google search can be done via voice. With the Nexus S, you can really talk to your phone. Voice access is everywhere – on homescreen widgets, a “voice” button on the new Android Gingerbread keyboard, or you can just press and hold the Search button. Voice Actions, a new pre-installed feature on the Nexus S lets you give the phone commands. You can send texts, start phone calls, ask for directions, launch Navigation, see a map, launch the browser, configure an alarm, play your favorite music and more.And anywhere there’s a blank text box, you have the option of hitting the voice button instead of having to type in letters, one by one. If you choose to enter text the old-fashioned way, however, the new Android keyboard works well. With auto-suggested word completions appearing above the entry box, (very much like the SwiftKey app allows for although not quite as smart – it doesn’t appear to be an adaptive system), typing is much faster than on iPhone. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Saina returns after Hong Kong Open win

first_imgSaina Nehwal returned home late on Monday after clinching her third Super Series title of the year at the Hong Kong Open in Wanchai.Speaking to reporters at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Saina said, “It was the last tournament of the year and I am happy that I won it.”She said she was not expecting it but was happy that she had defeated the Asian Games gold medallist in the final of the tournament.Asked if the three-game title victory over Shixian Wang of China at the event would take her closer to the number one spot, Saina said, “Winning is important not the rankings which keep fluctuating. I am happy that I have been able to maintain consistency of my form. If I go on like performing like this I would sure get the number one spot.”Sharing details of Sunday’s encounter against Wang, she said, “I was on the faster side hence could not control the shuttle properly, but I was confident of my movements. Once I had clinched the second set, I was very much confident that I would pull out the third.”Describing her opponent as an experienced player, she said it was tough winning against her.- With PTI inputslast_img read more


first_imgAmerican Pie 2, Hangover part II or 22 Jump Street, which opened well above their respective predecessors. READ MORE‘Deadpool 2’ Director Explains How That Shocking Celebrity Cameo HappenedSome unexpected faces pop up in Deadpool 2, but there’s one cameo that’s especially shocking. The cameo — an appearance by an A-list actor — is brief but electrifying. David Leitch, the director behind Deadpool 2 revealed to Inverse how the Merc With a Mouth was able to nab such a big star for such a quick but memorable role.This post contains huge spoilers for one of Deadpool 2’s best jokes, so be warned. When Deadpool is recruiting the X-Force, he enlists a member of the team that we didn’t see much of in any of the trailers despite the marketing’s heavy focus on the X-Force. READ MOREHow the Biggest ‘Deadpool 2’ Brawl Played Out in the Comics[This story contains spoilers for Deadpool 2] Deadpool 2 surprised fans with the appearance of one larger-than-life character. Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Russell (Julian Dennison) are sent to the Ice Box prison, where one mutant is kept away from the general population: the Juggernaut. Russell befriends the huge mutant, who helps him in his quest for revenge against the evil man running the center for mutant youths where Russell has been raised. READ MORE‘Deadpool 2’ finally dethrones ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ at the box officeDeadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers. Fox’s “Deadpool 2” brought in $125 million this weekend, giving it the second-highest opening ever for an R-rated movie and ending the three-week reign of Disney’s “Avengers: Infinity War” at the top of the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. READ MOREDeadpool 2 Takes Over Top Box Office Spot After $125M Opening WeekendThis weekend, Marvel superheroes went up against a Marvel anti-hero, and the so-called merc with the mouth came out on top. “Deadpool 2,” a sequel to the surprise 2016 21st Century Fox hit, collected $125 million on its opening weekend in theaters in the U.S. and Canada, ComScore Inc. estimated in an email Sunday. It toppled Walt Disney Co.’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” which held first place for the last three weeks, with $28.7 million this weekend. Counter-programming new movies “Book Club” and “Show Dogs” earned $12.5 million and $6 million, respectively. READ MOREDeadpool 2 Ends Avengers’ 3-Week Reign Atop Box Office(LOS ANGELES) — Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers. Fox’s “Deadpool 2” brought in $125 million in its opening weekend and ended the three-week reign of Disney’s “Avengers: Infinity War” at the top of the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.“Deadpool 2,” with Ryan Reynolds returning as the title character and co-writing this time, fell somewhat short of the $130 million the studio predicted and the $132.4 million that its predecessor earned two years ago. READ MOREDeadpool 2 cameos: Yes, that is Brad Pitt and the X-Men*** SPOILERS AHEAD *** If you blink, you’ll miss these hilarious cameos.Alan Tudyk, the first person to see CableLook for Tudyk early on, almost right after you see Cable (Josh Brolin) for the first time on screen. He’s sporting a mullet and drinking watered-down beer in an open field with his buddy. Cable comes up to the duo, asks a simple question and then gets annoyed when there’s no simple answer. Tudyk drops to the ground when Cable hits him, and that’s the last we see of him. Poor Wash. READ MOREA Big-Name Cameo In ‘Deadpool 2’ Stemmed From A Joke That Required Oscar-Winning TalentSlight spoilers for Deadpool 2 … Deadpool is blending reality and fiction all while breaking down the fourth wall, only to stack the rubble back up to adorn it with a lovely spraypainted mural of Hugh Jackman’s face. Deadpool 2 ups the bizarre ante, and it will exist in our world, the X-Men universe still owned by Fox (for the time being) and the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will also deliver a possible Matt Damon cameo, but you may not know where the Oscar-winning actor shows up, or why. READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Vancouver-filmed ‘Deadpool 2’ rakes in US$125 million in opening weekendRyan Reynolds’ Vancouver-shot action comedy Deadpool 2 has hit the screens, and is on track for a US$125-million domestic opening at the box office. That will fall short of its predecessor, 2016’s Deadpool, which took in US$132.4 million and holds the title as the top-grossing opening weekend for an R-rated movie.But it was enough to easily displace Avengers: Infinity War as the weekend’s biggest film. The Marvel juggernaut took in US$29 million this weekend. READ MORE‘Deadpool 2’ Sets New Opening Weekend Record For Comedy Sequels20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2 earned $125 million over its opening weekend, putting it between It ($123m) and Deadpool ($132m) among R-rated openers. Yes, it still trails the original Deadpool’s $141m adjusted-for-inflation debut (ditto Matrix Reloaded’s $139m adjusted-for-inflation launch), and it’s a 5% decline from the first film’s debut. But, truth be told, when you open with $132m the first time out, there’s only so much higher you can go. If we look at it as a comedy sequel, as opposed to a superhero sequel, it’s a huge triumph. 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