Analysis: Warriors’ TV team change makes sense this time

first_imgOn Friday, just before most of us were ready to dive into the weekend, the Warriors dropped a bit of news about their TV broadcast team: Next season Kelenna Azubuike will replace Jim Barnett, who moves over to radio.For any pre-bandwagon Warriors fan, the shift rekindled sour memories of 2014 and the first time Golden State tried to shove Barnett out of the TV booth.That decision raised the ire of viewers who had grown to appreciate — even count on — Barnett’s insightful analysis over three …last_img read more

Lufthansa promises 777X product will surprise

first_imgThe Boeing 777-9 . Photo: Boeing. The Lufthansa Group says a completely new business class on its  Boeing 777-9X  aircraft will “be more than just a seat” when the plane goes into service in 2020.There are few details about the new product except that it will be a completely new design and passengers will be able to control functions such as seat position and inflight entertainment from their smartphones. However, if recent unveilings by other airlines are any indication, particularly Qatar, it would be reasonable to assume that the new seat will see amenities previously associated with first class move into business.Read: Qatar sets new level in business class.Lufthansa is a launch customer for the 777X and ordered 34  of the redesigned, fuel-efficient planes with options and purchase rights for 64 more. “This seat will be more than ‘just’ a seat,’’  Lufthansa executive board member Harry Hohmeister said at the ITB event in Berlin last week. “It will meet the specific needs of customers – no matter whether they prefer to work or sleep, or whether they are travelling with their families or on their own for business.’’The new seat is being developed across the group with input Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss as part of a move that has also seen the sales department restructured to make it easier to book across the carriers.Lufthansa also revealed the group is planning to spend 500 million euros to develop and improve digital offerings for its services.Those offerings already include the electronic availability of more than 250 newspapers and journals, a chatbot called Mildred and apps for the Apple Watch.It is currently developing a new application for the Google Home personal assistant that will use text-to-speech technology to answer questions about flights.“At Lufthansa, digitalisation is much more than just developing new apps,’’ Hohmeister said.   “It isn’t just about major innovations – it’s also about all the little things that make travelling with us more pleasant, more comfortable and more personalized.”last_img read more

Weekend Reading: The Facebook Era by Clara Shih

first_imgWe’ve been on a “leveraging social media to boost your brand” trend lately with our Weekend Reading series here at ReadWriteStart; we previously brought you Gary Vaynerchuk’s Crush It! and just last week we covered Butow and Bollwitt’s Blogging to Drive Business. This week we continue this trend and additionally narrow our focus to social networking with the latest book from author Clara Shih, The Facebook Era: Tapping Online Social Networks to Build Better Products, Reach New Audiences, and Sell More Stuff.“Online social networks are fundamentally changing the way we live, work and interact,” the back cover of the book touts. “They offer businesses immense opportunities to transform customer relationship for profit: opportunities that touch virtually every business function, from sales and marketing to recruiting, collaboration to executive decision-making, product development to innovation.”Author Clara Shih worked previously for both Microsoft and Google before creating Faceconnector, an early Facebook application for businesses. More recently, Shih directed the product line of AppExchange, a marketplace for third-party SAAS business apps run by Salesforce, but has since left Salesforce to run her own social media business software company, Hearsay Labs. The first third of Shih’s book provides a basic background history of social media online, from the first networks of the early days of the World Wide Web to today’s powerhouses like Facebook, the book’s namesake. Shih believes that three factors helped separate Facebook from the herd of social networking sites: trusted identity, exclusivity and the news feed. Facebook has become a trusted directory because users display their real name that in the early days was verified by having a valid university email address. These addresses also clearly placed users into a network making the site feel better organized instead of creating a service wide free-for-all. Though restrictions on networks and university email addresses have been lifted, the sense of “trusted identity” still prevails on Facebook.In the second part of the book, Shih breaks down how Facebook and social networking is “transforming the way we do business” with topics like using Facebook as a CRM and recruiting online. One suggestion she has for building an online business is to find inspiration from real-time trend feeds. “By investing in building out entrepreneurial networks on social networking sites that cut across different homogeneous networks, product managers can increase the chances they will be exposed to radically new thinking,” writes Shih. Shih then provides a “step-by-step guide for using Facebook for business” in the last portion of her book. Among these steps is engaging the audience, delivering your message and building customer relationship through continued interaction. Strangely, though, Shih suggests that businesses only need to be be in the habit of using Facebook “at least once a week,” which seems like a low goal to aim for. As we learned from previous books, building a loyal audience on the Web requires tenacity and a frequent online presence. Once a week will suffice for some, but the real game changers are interacting with their customers daily.Web savvy readers may find The Facebook Era to be less for them and more for the inexperienced Web user looking for a crash course in online social marketing. The book is heavily sales oriented, as is to be expected from an author with Shih’s backround, but does provide some healthy insights for the average entrepreneur. Coming in right around 200 pages, this book is a little longer than some of the book’s we’ve previously recommended, but a deep index will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.Disclosure: A review copy of the book The Facebook Era was provided to ReadWriteWeb by Pearson Education, Inc.Photo by Flickr user Gauldo. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… chris cameroncenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

WATCH: Simone Biles shares goofy video after wisdom teeth surgery

first_imgView comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biles won four gold medals and a bronze at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant A video shared by Simone Biles shows the Olympic gymnast was in no condition to compete while coming out of an anesthetic haze after surgery to have her wisdom teeth removed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBiles posted the video on Twitter on Thursday. She appears on a recovery room bed with gauze in her mouth yelling something incomprehensible and pretending to drive a car. Biles wrote that she hopes the 27-second clip makes people laugh.The 20-year-old Biles later added that the full video is 14 minutes long and “other parts are hilarious too!” Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Tall order for Gilas as it eyes top spot in ‘group of death’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. uhm here it is, I honestly have no words! 😂 Enjoy!!!!! Hope it makes you laugh!!!! pic.twitter.com/DP5QsC7C7C— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) July 27, 2017ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ranji Trophy quarter-finals, Day 2 wrap: Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Agarwal score half tons as Karnataka peg Mumbai further back

first_imgKarnataka took control of their Ranji Trophy quarter final against Mumbai by taking a commanding 222-run lead over the 41-time champions on day two of the five-day game at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha.Half centuries by opener Mayank Agarwal, M Kaunain Abbas, C M Gautam and Shreyas Gopal helped Karnataka to the dominating position as they closed out the day at 395 for 6 in 122 overs with Shreyas Gopal unbeaten on 80 off 151 balls along with skipper R Vinay Kumar (31 not out).Karnataka had yesterday bundled out Mumbai for a partly 173 and finished the opening day at 115 for 1.Agarwal, who is the top run getter this Ranji season, made 78 off 104 balls, striking 11 fours and a six while one down Abbas (50), Gautam (79) and Shreyas played their roles to perfection.Debutant right arm medium pacers Shivam Malhotra, who grabbed the wicket of Agarwal this morning, and Shivam Dube (5 for 79) were the wicket takers for Mumbai.In fact, the two first-timers took four wickets in good time to leave Karnataka at 218 for five and the game in balance before the batting side recovered through two big partnerships for the sixth and seventh wickets, with Shreyas Gopal involved in both of them.Shreyas, unbeaten after facing 151 balls and hitting seven fours, put on 103 runs with keeper Gautam to steady the innings.Later, he added 74 runs with skipper Vinay Kumar, who took six wickets yesterday including a hat-trick, for the unfinished seventh wicket to put his team on top and for Karnataka to press on further.For Mumbai, Dube caught the eye in his first Ranji game and his victims included opener R Samarth (40), Abbas, Karun Nair, Pavan Desphande and Gautam.advertisementSenior pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, youngster Akash Parkar and left-arm spinner Karsh Kothari were unsuccessful.Brief Scores: Mumbai 173 all out v Karnataka 395 for 6 (M Agarwal 78, K Abbas 50, S Gopal 80 not out, CM Gautam 79, R Vinay Kumar 31 not out; S Dube 5-79.DELHI, MADHYA PRADESH NECK-AND-NECK ON DAY TWOHarpreet Singh struck a gritty hundred to lead Madhya Pradesh’s fightback before Delhi came up with a strong reply to leave the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal nicely poised at stumps on day two.MP, resuming the day at 223 for six, did extremely well to reach 338 with Harpreet scoring an unbeaten 107 off 200 balls. The tail too gave him good support, especially Puneet Datey (35).Frustrated with MP’s late resistance, Delhi batsmen came out to bat a determined lot and finished the day at 180 for two.Rookie Kunal Chandela, a product of university cricket, gave a good account of himself with an unbeaten 73, his second half century plus score in only his second first-class game.Chandela and Dhruv Shorey (78) shared a 145-run stand for the second wicket after senior batsman Gautam Gambhir fell in the first over of the innings.Chandela collected five fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 154-ball effort while Shorey smashed 10 boundaries before falling to Ankit Sharma in the 43rd over.Nitish Rana (17) was batting alongside Chandela at close of play and the duo will look to get as close as possible to MP’s first innings total.Earlier, Manan Sharma cleaned up the tail taking four wickets after Harpreet’s hundred took MP towards a competitive total.Brief scores: MP 338 all out in 124.1 overs (Harpreet Singh 107 not out; Manan Sharma 4/46). Delhi 180/2 in 51 overs (Kunal Chandela 73 batting, Dhruv Shorey 78).VIDARBHA FIGHT BACK AGAINST KERALA ON RAIN-HIT DAYVidarbha came back with two wickets after being bowled out for 246 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match against Kerala.Overnight 45 for three, Vidarbha lost wickets at almost regular intervals, and wicketkeeper Akshay Wadkar top-scored with 53 off 147 balls. He struck seven boundaries during his stay in the middle.Aditya Sarwate (36) and Karn Sharma (31) hung in there for a while, while Akshay Wakhare and Lalit Yadav chipped in with 27 and 24 runs, respectively.Left-arm spinner K C Akshay did bulk of the damage for Kerala with impressive figures of 5/66, and he was ably supported by Jalaj Saxena (3/52), at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium.In reply, Kerala lost Mohammed Azharuddeen (8) early, to Lalit Yadav, while S Sandeep Warrier was bowled by medium pacer Rajneesh Gurbani before he could open his account.At stumps on the second day, Kerala were 32 for two, with Saxena (13) and P R Prem (5) batting.Kerala trailed Vidarbha by 214 runs with eight wickets remaining in the first innings.Only 24 overs of play was possible on a truncated first day owing to wet outfield.Brief Scores: Vidarbha 1st innings: 246 all out in 105.3 overs (Akshay Wadkar 53; K C Akshay 5/66). Kerala 1st innings: 32 for two in 7 overs.advertisementB AMIT, AAMIR GANI LEAD BENGAL TO COMMANDING SPOT vs DEFENDING CHAMPIONS GUJARATB Amit’s all-round prowess and Aamir Gani’s useful contribution at the rear propelled Bengal to a commanding position against defending champions Gujarat after the second day of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final.In reply to Bengal’s respectable first innings score of 354, beefed up by Aamir (49) and Amit (34), Gujarat were in a spot of bother at 180 for six.After his contribution with the bat, Amit picked up three for 46 with his gentle medium pace to put the Ranji champions on the mat. He was ably supported by India U-19 Ishan Porel (2/55).Gujarat lost their dependable opening duo of Priyank Panchal (4) and Samit Gohil (0) to Porel and Ashok Dinda, respectively, with only 17 runs on the board, but then controlled the proceedings due to Parthiv Patel (47) and Bharghav Merai (67).The duo added 107 runs for the third wicket in only 30 overs. Patel hit seven boundaries in 95 balls while Merai faced 116 balls for his eight fours.Things went downhill after Parthiv got dismissed as Gujarat lost four wickets for 20 runs during that phase of play.Porel induced an edge off Parthiv, straight into Shreevats Goswami’s gloves.Former IPL and India A player Manprit Juneja (10) was deceived by an incutter from Amit, being trapped in front of the wicket.Merai, well set by then, was bowled by Amit and he also removed Chirag Gandhi, who nicked an outswinger into Shreevats’ gloves.Gujarat required 175 runs more to get a first innings lead with four wickets in hand.The experienced pair of Rujul Bhatt (13 batting) and Piyush Chawla (22) were at the crease at stumps on day two.With three days left, the defending champions still have a good chance of making a comeback, considering that Bengal batting in the past have faltered in big games despite getting first-innings lead.The day started at 261 for six and the pair of Amit and Aamir added 58 invaluable runs for the seventh wicket to take the team past 300-run mark.Amit scored 36 off 59 balls with seven fours before he became Ishwar Chaudhary’s (5/87) fourth victim.Gani, who missed his half-century by a run, hit eight boundaries off 109 balls, before being the last man dismissed.Brief Scores:Bengal 1st Innings 354 in 111.5 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 129, Anushtup Majumdar 94, Aamir Gani 49, B Amit 36, Ishwar Chaudhary 5/87)Gujarat 1st Innings 180/6 in 59 overs (Bharghav Merai 67, Parthiv Patel 47, B Amit 3/46).last_img read more

2012 Pan Pacific Masters Games

first_imgTouch Football will be one of 41 sports on offer at the eighth Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast in November. The Masters Games will run from Saturday, 3 November through to Sunday, 11 November 2012 with the Touch Football part of the event to be played from Wednesday, 7 November to Saturday, 10 November. 15 divisions will be on offer for the Touch Football part of the event, with four Women’s (30+, 35+, 40+, 45+), seven Men’s (30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+) and four Mixed divisions (W30+/M35+, W35+/M40+, W40+/M45+, W45+/M50+). The Pan Pacific Masters Games is a celebration of masters’ sport with both fierce and friendly competition and a jam-packed entertainment program at the Games Village at the end of each day. For more information regarding the Touch Football component at the 2012 Pan Pacific Masters Games, please click on the link below: http://www.mastersgames.com.au/default.asp?PageID=13124Related LinksPan Pacific Gameslast_img read more

14 days agoMan Utd plans to sign EIGHT new players

first_imgMan Utd plans to sign EIGHT new playersby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have plans to sign EIGHT new players over the next two summer transfer windows.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have had a woeful start to the season and currently sit 15 points behind leaders Liverpool already after just eight matches.The Telegraph says United are well aware of their need to improve their playing staff and will make a number of signings over the next two summers.One of those incomings could be brought forward to January too amid growing concern that a challenge for Champions League football could already be on the rocks. It is claimed the club believe they are “six players short of challenging for major honours” and the overhaul of players will be led by Solskjaer, who still has the full backing of the club.”Ole is looking at a three-year vision of a squad. It will be an evolution over the coming years,” a source said. “We are at base camp now.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Robert Smith Claims He Was The First Ohio State NFL Player To Say “The”

first_imgTwo analysts talk on one of the Big Ten network's shows.BTN.You’ve heard it a lot over the years.A former Ohio State football player introduces himself during an NFL broadcast and concludes his introduction with an emphatic, “The Ohio State University.”Who started that tradition?Apparently, it was former Buckeye running back Robert Smith.“It is true,” Smith said on the Big Ten Network earlier this week. “It was the official name of the university and they made a point in around 1994 to emphasize it.”It was Robert Smith who started saying THE Ohio State University in the NFL introductions! pic.twitter.com/F6h7BF4dYb— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) September 1, 2016Smith played at Ohio State in the early 1990s before going on to star in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. He played in the NFL from 1993-2000.So, when you hear that first “The Ohio State University” this fall, you’ll know who started it.last_img read more