Hiddink ‘targets QPR striker’

first_imgBobby Zamora is a shock target for mega-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, it is claimed.Zamora left Fulham in January.Zamora only joined QPR from Fulham in January but The People say Anzhi boss Guus Hiddink is planning to launch a bid for him in the summer.The People also say Cardiff are trying to sign Tommy Smith on loan – despite R’s boss Mark Hughes making it clear he will not allow any of his 25-man squad to leave – and that Middlesbrough want to sign young centre-back Dan Burn from Fulham.Related story: Smith and Mackie staying at QPR, says boss (2 February)The paper also suggest Manchester United are on the trail of Fulham playmaker Moussa Dembele.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Heroes’ welcome for Paralympians

first_img11 September 2012 Hundreds of South Africans turned out at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday morning to welcome home the country’s inspirational Paralympic team. In true South African style, the supporters waved flags, blew vuvuzelas and sang the national anthem as the team members entered the international arrivals hall. Placards displaying messages such as “Welcome back home Team SA”, and “Welcome back heroes” could be seen among the hundreds gathered at the airport. Team South Africa excelled at the London Paralympics, picking up 29 medals – eight gold, 12 silver and nine bronze – to finish in 18th place on the medal standings at a Games that may have shifted forever the perception of Paralympic sport. For their hard work and their efforts to popularise the country at the London Games, the team’s medalists received a cash injection from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc). Before the Games, Olympic medal winners were promised R400 000 for gold, R200 000 for silver and R80 000 for bronze, while Paralympic medal winners, because of the larger number of classifications and events compared to the Olympics, were promised R100 000, R75 000 and R40 000 respectively. But Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula intervened, saying the Paralympians deserved the same incentives as the Olympians. At the handing over of dummy cheques at OR Tambo International on Tuesday, swimmer Natalie du Toit was the top earner, receiving R1.4-million for her three gold and one silver medal, while swimmer Charl Bouwer took home R800 000 for his three medals. Sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who took home R700 000, told the hundreds of people who were gathered at the airport: “I never expected this huge turn-out, and I’ve never seen this overwhelming support in my lifetime.” Mbalula said South Africa was “very proud of this team, because if you don’t know perseverance, tenacity, exuberance and determination you know nothing, and this is what this team has displayed. “We call them Olympians, we call them Paralympians, these are real people, and these are the people who have made our country very proud among nations,” Mbalula said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Siri Will Be Just As Important To Apple As Hardware

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tech pundits spend a lot of time wondering about the next black rectangle — that is, the next touchscreen mobile or tablet computer. How many inches and pixels of screen will it have? How many cores? How thin and light will it be? But we all know those questions will only apply for a few more years at most.If you observe the trends in sensors, networked objects, and AI, it begins to seem inevitable that, while they’re certainly the present, black rectangles are not the future. Computing can be much more intelligent and subtle than that. It can blend in and enhance our environment. Think visual or auditory signals triggered by the world around you, not navigating through apps on a screen.In fact, the most innovative tech companies are already working on getting hardware and software out of our way entirely, so that we don’t have to really use them at all. They just happen.As one of my favorite tech observers, Kontra, noted this week, this seems to pose a problem for Apple. Apple is unique among mobile hardware manufacturers by having the whole business, hardware and software alike, rolled up into one. For Apple, the interface is the experience it sells, and the delightful hardware is the place where we make contact with it. If we’re headed for a world where hardware disappears into the background, what does Apple have left to sell?As Kontra observes, Apple’s Siri interface is the key to riding out this transition. In this future we’re imagining, there will be a wider variety of ways to interact with the computer. Not only will we use touch, movement, and voice, we’ll be passively interacting with it all the time just by going about our business. The key to this computing experience is having an aware, intelligent assistant application that can understand all these inputs, and Siri is Apple’s hope.AI Isn’t EasyIt’s a tough climb, though. As my colleague John Paul Titlow writes, even though voice control’s potential is amazing, it’s pretty clunky so far. Kontra’s post highlights the underlying challenges of gathering and understanding enough data to make this work, and we’ve already seen how much trouble Apple had there with Maps, a comparatively simple problem to solve.One wonders whether Google’s slow and steady approach will bear out, even though Apple is definitely winning the present, compared to Google’s hardware partners individually. Google’s Android strategy has created hundreds of millions of mobile Google users, no matter whose devices or OS versions they’re using. Google has gathered tons of data about the world, and data is Google’s specialty.For that reason, Google Now is a much better AI assistant than Siri right now. I’d be using it if there was an Android device I liked better than the iPhone all around.But again, that won’t matter for long. Google is already working on heads-up display glasses as a future interface. Maybe Apple is, too, but they certainly aren’t talking about it yet. By not worrying overly much about hardware and just concentrating on getting the software out there to collect the data, Google looks like it could leapfrog the black rectangle era and dominate the next one.But Apple has a way of surprising everyone by announcing that the new era is already here. And when Apple does that, it unveils a new kind of computer and says you can have it next week. With the kinds of profits and loyalty Apple has built, it would be foolish to rule out another surprise. Tags:#AI#Apple#Google Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces jon mitchelllast_img read more

Ravan is revered in this part of world

first_imgNagpur: When effigies of ‘Ravan’ were being burnt to celebrate Vijayadashmi on September 30, Gond tribals in Gadchiroli and some parts of Chhattisgarh were busy in offering prayers to their ‘great king’.A large number of gram sabhas came together to offer prayers to ‘Ravan’ in Surjagad, Kamalapur, and Korchi of Gadchiroli.“Ravan was a great king of Gond tribals. But the people, who practised Brahmnic culture based on hegemony, vilified the history of Ravan to show themselves as great warriors,” said Mahesh Raut, an activist from Gadchiroli.Tribal organisations and village bodies have petitioned the government to stop the practice of burning Ravan’s effigies, but it is yet to act on their demand, he said.Mr. Raut claimed that 70 village bodies in Surjagad, which has been witnessing a protest against the mining, came together under the leadership of zila parishad member Sainu Gota to offer prayers.Tribal organisations and groups, including Tribal Students’ Organisation, Gond Society of Korchi, Gondwana Gotul Sena, Parakrami Gond Raja Ravan Sangh, Buddhist Society of Korchi, and the Halbi Society organised prayers in Korchi.last_img read more