49ers Jimmy Garoppolo heading to famed QB coach

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/06/12/bang_5a95d343-6e13-482b-aab8-f1cdb5fcb4d2″]VIDEO: Garoppolo says he will work with famed throwing coach Tom HouseSANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo told reporters to have a good summer — or “H.A.G.S.” in school-yearbook parlance — after the 49ers went through their final offseason practice Wednesday.And now we know what Garoppolo will do with his summer: work in Southern California with famed throwing coach Tom House. Pleased with how his comeback …last_img read more

Cricket SA launches Centre of Excellence

first_img14 March 2014Cricket South Africa (CSA) launched its state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence (CoE) at the University of Pretoria Sports Complex on Thursday evening.The centre will be used by all national teams, including the Proteas test, ODI and T20 squads, the national women’s team, the national under-19 squad, and the national squads for disabled and differently abled cricket. It will also be used for various transformation initiatives.Development programme dream“We always dream of having a comparable, if not the best, development programme in the world,” CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat said at the launch.“With all sporting codes evolving as rapidly as we have experienced over the past decade, CSA is determined to invest in the future so that we remain a world leader in developing our players to their full potential.“We only have to look at the enormous changes cricket has undergone both on and off the field since we re-entered the international arena 22 years ago,” Lorgat said. “This includes the fast-paced T20 format and the implications that each format has on the other.“When AB de Villiers reached one of his many test centuries with three successive reverse sweeps it was incredible, but of course unachievable in years gone by.”The motivation for the CoE, Lorgat said, was about growing the game in South Africa. “Our vision remains two-fold: to make South Africa a nation of winners and to make cricket a truly national sport.“The CoE is key to both these aims as we continue working hard to keep pace with the growth of the game. It will spearhead excellence and transformation by always being at the forefront of the development of the game.”‘Equal of any other in the world’CSA general manager Corrie van Zyl commented: “With the facilities that the University of Pretoria have already established and the new ones we have developed through this investment, I can say with confidence that we have a facility that is the equal of any other in the world.“It is a dream come true for cricket in this country,” Van Zyl said. “But it is a living dream because it is one that we must continue to drive forward. At the moment we have an outstanding test team, a champion under-19 team, a women’s team that continues to make big strides forward and two Proteas limited overs squads that enjoy great respect across the whole world.“In other words our cricket is in a very healthy state. But we have seen from the experiences of others how easy it is to fall from the top and how difficult it is to stay at the top. The CoE is a key component in our commitment to successfully remain at the forefront.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Galaxy Gear: What’s Dumb About Samsung’s Smartwatch

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement There’s no doubt that Gear is an attractive, albeit chunky, product. It comes in a variety of colors and works with more than 70 apps, some of them quite popular, such as Evernote, Path and RunKeeper. Samsung put it under the spotlight at its Unpacked event yesterday in Berlin, where it also debuted the new Galaxy Note 3 phablet and Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition).But Gear is no equal to those other devices. It’s not meant to be a standalone gadget, and in fact is really more like an accessory that extends the features of a nearby, even smarter device. At the moment, that would be a Note 3. Once paired, Gear users can manage messaging, make calls or control music directly from their wrists. The watch can even act like a Jawbone UP or Nike Fuelband replacement, thanks to its pedometer features. Sounds great. Unfortunately, early hands-on impressions suggest that Gear may not live up to all its promise just yet. It appears to suffer from some performance lags, in addition to hardware quirks. Although software is an easily updatable work in progress, hardware issues are another matter.For instance, the Gear’s single speaker is not only strangely situated in the strap’s buckle, but it also delivers a weak little piddle of audio. That effectively kills any dreams of using it as a two-way communicator, á la Dick Tracy’s watch phone, except in the quietest of environments. Even then, it’s not ideal. Holding the buckle up to an ear to listen and then moving the watch to line up the microphones near the mouth, and then back again seems very annoying and completely impractical. And forget about music. Gear only offers music controls for songs playing off of the primary paired device. These are some fairly major usability issues. Another is device compatibility. Gear only offers full functionality with the Note 3. That cuts an awful lot of people out of the equation right from the start. Support for other devices is in the works, but until that rolls out, we’re looking at a limited group of would-be customers. Sand—Or Water—In The GearsSamsung’s first-generation Galaxy GearInitially, I was concerned about Gear’s durability. Anything electronic that’s meant to be worn every day would need to be rugged. Fortunately, Samsung used sapphire glass, which it touts as highly damage resistant, for the watch face/screen. If only the company had thought through a few other fundamental issues too, like water tightness and potential daylight glare—both key attributes for a lifestyle device. New Kickstarter darling Omate addressed the water issue head on by designing its full-fledged standalone Android TrueSmart watch to be water-resistant. Sony did likewise with its Smartwatch 2. Did Samsung? The company didn’t say in its presentation, so I contacted it to find out how the Galaxy Gear deals with moisture. At this point, I still don’t know, because the spokesperson referred me to the press materials for the device, which offer no information on the subject. As for the display and its readability in daylight, Samsung relies on Super AMOLED, which is its own name for the high-definition screen it uses across its range of smart devices. Although Super AMOLED isn’t the worst performer in sunny conditions, it’s also not the best. LCD (liquid crystal display), like that used in the iPhone 5, is slightly better in full sunlight. And both Super AMOLED and LCD are trounced by beautifully readable e-paper displays, like the one used in the Pebble smartwatch. An e-ink or e-paper display certainly would’ve helped spare battery life, which is a big concern with the Gear. At 315 mAh, the devices power capacity is downright meager. (The Note 3 features a 3,200 mAh battery.) Even using the Bluetooth 4.0 low energy standard, the Gear can only eke out what Samsung claims will be 25 hours of life. That means users will have to charge their watches at least once a day, and probably more. The biggest obstacle of all, however, might just boil down to cost. That $299 price tag is on the upper end of the smartwatch price range, and it’s for a product that has limited device compatibility, questionable durability and short battery life. In other words, the Gear appears to be a lifestyle device that neglects to address the most important thing … people’s lifestyles. Dick Tracy image screen capped from YouTube video by Oliver Harper. Galaxy Gear product image courtesy of Samsung adriana lee Tags:#mobile#Samsung Galaxy#smartwatch Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Samsung has made its play for our wrists, and it’s a doozy. Its showy unveiling of the $299 Galaxy Gear was clearly designed to position the smartwatch as a hot lifestyle gadget. The company showed off a slew of Gear features that work from the start—taking photos, speech commands, counting its user’s steps. And more features are in the offing. But one big thing is missing: Consideration for how people will actually use this device.Early Impressions: The Gear Is Grinding Related Posts last_img read more

Zakir Musa buried, curfew-like restrictions in Kashmir Valley

first_imgZakir Musa was working to merge Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad into mega group  The police said the body of Musa, who was trapped inside a three-storey house in Tral’s Dadsara area on Thursday afternoon, was found near the encounter site on Friday morning. The firing had stopped on Thursday night and the combing operation was suspended in the first light of the dawn, an official said.Describing it “a major success”, the police said one AK-47 and one grenade launcher were recovered from the encounter site.The house where Musa was holed up was completely destroyed in the fire-fight. Police sources said Musa refused to surrender and lobbed grenades when encircled by security forces on Thursday.Curfew defiedHundreds of local youth defied curfew and reached Tral’s Noorpora, Musa’s home town.Hailing from a well-off middle class family, Musa’s father is a senior government official, his brother is a doctor, and his sister is a banker. The news of his killing fuelled nocturnal protests in many parts of the Valley, with youth burning tyres and raising pro-Musa slogans.The authorities on Friday set up barricades on all major roads in Pulwama, capital Srinagar and Anantnag to contain protests. No vehicles were allowed on many stretches. Concertina wires were set up to seal all volatile pockets in the Valley. Educational institutions were closed for the day and all examinations in the Kashmir valley were postponed. Mobile internet was also slowed down as a precautionary measure.Differences with HurriyatMusa replaced slain militant ‘commander’ Burhan Wani in 2016 but quit the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) on May 13 in 2017 after developing differences over the modus operandi adopted by the latter. He later threatened to punish Hurriyat leaders for “being soft” and “un-Islamic in their approach”, driving a wedge between his Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK)-based United Jehad Council, headed by Syed Salahuddin.In 2017, Musa’s name first appeared in an Arabic publication close to the Al-Qaeda. Later, the Al-Qaeda formally announced establishment of a new Kashmir-based terror group Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, headed by Musa. In between, Musa was also seen as being close to the Islamic State by the security agencies, and the brain behind unfurling of black IS flags in Srinagar. The Global Islamic Media Front, the online propaganda distribution arm of Al-Qaeda, has also mentioned Musa’s name. The body of Al-Qaeda-affiliate Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Musa, 25, was buried in Pulwama’s Tral on Friday. The authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in vast parts of the Valley, especially south Kashmir and capital Srinagar.Also Readlast_img read more