dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement BlackBerry is issuing the first software update to its BlackBerry 10 operating system this morning to address usability issues concerning apps, camera, calendar, contacts, browser and, perhaps most importantly, battery life.Apps Optimization & Camera UpgradeThe biggest complaints that initial users of the BlackBerry Z10 have voiced have revolved around app performance. Many apps (especially those ported from Android) are buggy on BlackBerry 10 and tend to lag and crash with moderate use. BlackBerry is addressing this problem in the update, saying it has “improved performance for 3rd party applications.” BlackBerry was not specific on exactly how 3rd party apps will be optimized going forward.BlackBerry also told users to keep an eye out for big new app launches coming in March, such as messaging platform WhatsApp. The company will feature new apps going forward by highlighting new entries to BlackBerry World every week with an announcement on Wednesdays. The first “App Wednesday” this week featured apps like “Where’s My Water” from Disney and the Slacker Internet Radio app. Another issue that BlackBerry is addressing is the camera app, which was performing poorly in low-light scenarios. The camera on the Z10 is serviceable but not without flaws (not many smartphone manufacturers can claim a camera without flaws) and it is astute of BlackBerry to address many of these features before the Z10 launches in the United States.Browser, Battery ImprovementsThe browser has been tweaked to improve how BlackBerry 10 handles video playback. BlackBerry has also issued improvements to the phone, calendar and contacts apps as well as features fixes for Gmail calendars and user interface improvements for call logging in BlackBerry Hub, the operating system’s central messaging system. BlackBerry has also made it easier to import contacts from online sources, a glaring hole in the initial release. As far as battery life goes, most users have complained that their new Z10 handsets were only getting seven to nine hours of performance, or enough for a basic workday. That is basically in line with what BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said about the BlackBerry Z10 battery at the keynote launch of the device, but the actual experience has been inadequate for many. BlackBerry says it has made 60 different battery-saving improvements to BlackBerry 10 and that heavy users should see longer average usage per charge cycle. The update will be delivered over-the-air and be about 150 MB in size. The timing of the update will vary by what carrier BlackBerry 10 owners use.Have you received the BlackBerry 10 update? Does it address the issues you have had with the operating system to date? Let us know in the comments. Tags:#BlackBerry#BlackBerry 10 Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view during the College Football Playoff Semifinal between the Florida State Seminoles and the Oregon Ducks at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Former Florida State running back Devonta Freeman has done the Seminoles proud, rushing for 811 yards through 11 games for the Atlanta Falcons. But Freeman will likely find himself as a fan favorite in Tallahassee for another reason this week.In the team’s locker room this past Friday, Freeman called out a cameraman who was wearing Florida Gators gear. Freeman found a roll of black tape and covered up the logo. Check it out:So this happened today @devontafreeman @AHittel pic.twitter.com/jeXktGa4N8— Ashley Rose (@AshleyTVRose) December 4, 2015Well-played, for sure. We imagine the cameraman won’t be making the same mistake next time around.
APTN National NewsAfter a year and a half of detailed testimony and tens of thousands of documents, the fate of a discrimination complaint against Canada is now in the hands of the three commissioners charged with making a decsion on the case.The case was first launched seven years ago by the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.Each claim the federal government pays less for First Nations children on reserve in care than the provinces do off reserve.Amnesty International and the Chiefs of Ontario are both intervenors.After months of delays and attempts by government lawyers to derail the process, the hearings finally got underway.APTN National News covered the hearings and all testimony and evidence can be found at aptn.ca/news/tag/kids-in-care/APTN’s Annette Francis reports on the final day.
APTN National NewsA former convict, drug addict and lost to the streets Andy Nieman can hold a captive audience.Now armed with a degree in social work Nieman is trying to help First Nation inmates at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre.“I’ve been in that system so they want to connect with me. I have an automatic connection with them. I know how they feel and what they think,” says Nieman.APTN’s Shirley McLean has his story.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Officials with the Peace River Regional District and the provincial government say that progress is being made on getting a nursing school established in Fort St. John.The news comes on the tail of last Wednesday’s announcement that the provincial government had approved the concept plan for major upgrades to the Dawson Creek Hospital. During that announcement, Health Minister Adrian Dix acknowledged the hospital’s staff who “a great place, regardless of what the facilities are like.”“We owe it to them to ensure that they practice the passion of their lives – caring for people – in the best possible facilities,” said Dix. While the newly-renovated hospital might provide a less stressful facility for healthcare workers, B.C. Auditor General Carol Bellringer said earlier this year that new facilities alone won’t solve issues with recruitment and retention of healthcare workers in Northeast B.C.In February, Bellringer released a report which said that Northern Health was not doing enough to recruit and retain registered nurses, especially in the northeast part of the province. As part of her recommendations, Bellringer said that establishing a nursing school in Northeast B.C. would help to better recruit and retain nurses in this part of the province.Weeks before Bellringer released the report, Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman said that talks on getting a nursing school established in Fort St. John were progressing, saying she expected to hear back from the provincial government in the Spring.Peace River Regional District Chair Brad Sperling, who was also at last week’s announcement, said that the latest news from the provincial government came at the North Central Local Government Association annual general meeting in Fort Nelson in May.“The program was virtually together and ready to go,” said Sperling. “That was in the beginning of May and they were hoping to have that down there in June. They did ask me if I would be prepared to head down there on a moment’s notice and the Board did approve that. Right now we’re just waiting to hear, but hopefully it’s on its way to the Minister.”
NEW DELHI: Two persons have died and two others injured after they went into a kitchen treatment unit in a restaurant named Pirates of Grill in West Delhi’s Rajouri Garden.The police received a call at around 1:30 pm that four men who got down in the kitchen treatment unit have fallen unconscious. Soon, the team from the local police station and the Fire department reached the spot and tried to rescue the injured. However, Delhi Police said that since it was a kitchen treatment plant so sections of manual scavenging Act are not attracted. The bodies have been sent for the postmortem and the families of the deceased informed. Both the deceased have been the residents of Tagore Garden. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”In the hospital, two men identified as Rakesh (45), and Ajay (19) succumbed to their injuries and two are admitted in the hospital. They have been identified as Pankaj and Raju. They all are members of Housekeeping staff of the restaurant,” said a senior police officer. Manual scavenging –a practice by which workers enter sewers and septic tanks to clean out excreta –has historically been connected to Dalit communities, making its prevalence another egregious case of caste discrimination. Though India banned the practice in 1993 and the law was amended to expand its ambit in 2013 , manual scavenging continues across the country. In 2018 alone, more than 10 people died in Delhi cleaning septic tanks. This February, the Delhi government flagged off a fleet of 200 sewer-cleaning machines, with the aim of eradicating manual scavenging in the Capital. “We have registered a case against the accused under relevant sections and the investigation has begun,” said a senior police officer.
Rabat- A recent study conducted by Euromonitor International revealed a decline in the consumption of Alcoholic drinks in Morocco.The London-based market intelligence firm said that “Morocco’s dire economic situation” continues to negatively impact the performance of alcoholic drinks and the decline of volume sales.“There was a consensus among Moroccan consumers that, in order to save money, it was necessary to reduce spending on all non-essential goods and leisure activities. As a result, there was a shift in alcoholic drinks consumption”, said the research’s executive summary about Morocco. The research suggested that the Moroccan government’s continuous increase in consumption taxes “had a strong influence on the activities of alcoholic drinks companies as volume sales recorded a significant decline terms in 2012. The tax increase, says the market intelligence firm, boosted unit prices in alcoholic drinks. Consequently, the consumption of alcoholic drinks declined during 2012 and the consumption of contraband and clandestinely produced products increased. Marjane’s decision to cease selling alcoholic beverages in its hypermarkets throughout Morocco was also a crucial factor in the declining performance of the industry.“The company embarked on this strategy in an effort to attract more families who refuse to shop in outlets which sell alcoholic drinks for religious reasons”, added the research.The report mentioned the leading position of Group des Brasseries du Maroc, a local player that dominates sales of Alcoholic drinks in Morocco due to the fact that beer is the alcoholic drink most preferred by Moroccans. The research hailed the Group’s excellent distribution network and strong brand name in maintaining its leading position in the industry.Euromonitor International is expecting a modest performance for the alcoholic drinks industry in Morocco in the near future “While there remains a great deal of uncertainty about the depth and duration of the current economic downturn, the future performance of alcoholic drinks in Morocco is expected to remain negative throughout the forecast period”.A previous Reuters report ranked Morocco as the number one exporter in the Arab world. The kingdom allocates 37 thousand acres of land for the cultivation of grapes and vines used in wine production.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
All good baseball teams are built up the middle. At any level, the teams who succeed have a strong core built around their catcher, middle infielders — shortstop and second baseman — and center fielder. Managers and coaches openly admit having good defensive players at those key positions is crucial to a team’s success. But these defensive stars are rare commodities.Look at the world champion New York Yankees. Their ability to win five World Series titles since 1996 is no secret. The core of all those Yankees teams was up the middle. Jorge Posada behind the plate, perennial all-star Derek Jeter at short and Bernie Williams patrolling center field, for all but the last of the Yankees championships.The Philadelphia Phillies, who have been to the past two World Series, are built the same way. Shane Victorino in center, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins up the middle and Carlos Ruiz catching. Those four anchor the team and are in large part responsible for the Phillies’ dominance in the National League.Finding players at those positions as good with the bat as they are with the glove is even more rare. That’s why players like Jeter, Rollins and Utley are regarded as some of the best in the game.Having strength up the middle translates to success in the college game as well.“If you’re strong up the middle, I think it makes your team as a whole more solid,” Michael Stephens said. Stephens is Ohio State’s everyday centerfielder. “Every team in the nation that does really well has strong up the middle chemistry,” Stephens explained.So for the Ohio State baseball team to be able to boast outstanding players at each of the four positions is an incredible feat. The Buckeyes are both strong and experienced up the middle, the perfect storm for a team looking to claim a second consecutive Big Ten title.Stephens patrols center field for the Buckeyes, Tyler Engle and Cory Kovanda make up the middle infield and Dan Burkhart takes on the catching duties. Coach Bob Todd understands the importance of keeping that foursome in the line up. “We need all those guys to stay healthy. They give us quality play out there,” Todd said.The Junior College transfer Stephens is in his second year in the Ohio State program, but his final year of eligibility.The California native spent his first two seasons at Fullerton College — a junior college close to his hometown of Victorville, Calif. Stephens says there were many factors that influenced his decision to come to Ohio State, but one that stands out above the rest.“We travel and we get to play everywhere,” Stephens said. “Going down to Florida in the spring is a huge benefit.”Stephens elected to come to OSU due, in large part, to the amount the Buckeyes travel. He explained if he would have gone to a school like Cal State Fullerton, he would have played a majority of his games in Southern California against the same competition.His decision to come to OSU was to the delight of his teammates.“Stephens is great,” Engle said. “He plays a good center field and he’s clutch at the plate too.”Stephens immediately fit into the Buckeyes lineup and has earned his spot in a talented outfield. Last season he started all 61 games for the Buckeyes and is a key contributor in this his senior campaign.The dynamic duoWhen it comes to middle infielders, experience is the key. And that is exactly what Engle and Kovanda, a junior and a senior respectively, possess. This is the third year the tandem has played side-by-side for the Buckeyes, and their chemistry is evident.“Kovanda and Engle have done a great job defensively for us,” Todd said of the duo.Engle and Kovanda’s connection extends beyond the baseball field.“We’re great friends. We get along great,” Engle said. “With our busy schedules in the spring it’s tough, but we make it a point to hang out.” Their time spent together on and off the field is evident in their play as they combine to be the best double-play combo in the Big Ten.“We’re kind of in each other’s minds,” Engle said. “We both have a lot of confidence turning double plays, even the tough ones.”The backstopWhen talking OSU baseball, the conversation begins and ends with catcher Dan Burkhart.He has become a mainstay behind the plate for the Buckeyes. In his first year with the program Burkhart became the first freshman to start at catcher in nearly two decades. Now, as a junior, he’s collecting accolades on a seemingly weekly basis.Burkhart is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and was second-team preseason All-American. As Todd simply stated, “He’s the backbone of this team. There’s no doubt about it.”Burkhart demonstrates why he’s earned that title every game he suits up for the Buckeyes.The catcher handles the pitching staff beautifully, especially ace Alex Wimmers, who was his high school teammate. And Burkhart does it all defensively by blocking balls and throwing out base runners.“He’s a stud. You couldn’t ask for anything else behind the plate,” Engle said of Burkhart. “I wouldn’t have anybody else in the country.”At the plateWhat might be most impressive about the foursome isn’t what they do defensively, but rather on offense. Kovanda, Stephens and Burkhart make up the heart of the Buckeyes order, hitting second, third and fourth.Kovanda is near the top of the team leaders with a .379 batting average and Stephens’ eight home runs are top among the Buckeyes. And although Engle usually fills in the ninth spot in the line up, he’s a consistent contributor and serves as a second lead-off hitter.The foursome’s contributions on both sides of the ball clearly demonstrate that their play will dictate how far the Buckeyes are able to go this season.
Junior forward Sam Thompson scans the court during a game against Minnesota Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorEven Michael Jordan needed a Scottie Pippen. A star player can’t carry the team all on his own.As often as individual brilliance dazzles in the sport of basketball — NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain scored 67 or more points in losses four times in his career — a balanced attack will more often than not win the day.For the Ohio State men’s basketball team, this presents a problem.Despite leading the Buckeyes in scoring this season with 14.3 points per game, junior forward LaQuinton Ross can’t do it all alone.Since losing Deshaun Thomas to the NBA Draft at the end of last season, the No. 22-ranked Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6, fourth in the Big Ten) have relied heavily on Ross to carry the load.Emerging as the team’s top scoring threat, Ross has encountered comparisons to Thomas throughout the season, something he said isn’t exactly how he wants it.“I try not to look at it that way. I try to be myself,” Ross said Wednesday. “If other people are throwing out the comparison, that’s fine, I don’t get into that a lot. I try to do what I can at Ohio State and eventually, like Deshaun left his legacy, I try to do the same and do mine.”So far in 2013-14, Ross has six games in which he scored 20 or more points. His teammates have only managed one between all of them.Ross said he doesn’t feel the added pressure of scoring in tight situations, especially late in games.“I came into Ohio State as a scorer. I’ve been labeled as that for a long time now so in those situations in games, that’s something that’s almost a talent for me so I don’t feel pressure from it,” Ross said. “I think sometimes during those moments in the games my teammates look for me. I’ve just got to step up to the talent.”Since conference play began, Ross has seen his number called more and more often, in particular when the game is on the line.In the Buckeyes’ six conference losses this season, Ross has shot an average of 24.4 percent of the field goals attempted by OSU as a team, as compared to 19 percent of the total shots taken during wins.But in recent games, Ross has had some of the pressure alleviated with the help of a fellow junior forward.After only managing double digits in two of OSU’s first 13 Big Ten games, Sam Thompson has averaged 15 points in the last two, including a 19 point performance against Minnesota.Thompson said he can step up as the second go-to scorer for the Buckeyes, as long as he keeps playing with intensity.“I just have to continue to be aggressive, continue to make plays,” Thompson said. “Do so within the flow of the offense and do so within the flow of the team, but continue to make plays and I feel like that’s when we’re at our best.”Ross added that having Thompson scoring at a high rate will help him while the team aims for an NCAA Tournament run.“It definitely makes my job a lot easier,” Ross said. “Anytime anybody is pitching in and we’re getting that extra scoring — not even that extra scoring, just people making plays and being aggressive — I think that helps our team out a lot. I think we’re a way better team when everybody is being aggressive and trying their hardest on the offensive end and when we’re playing offense like we play defense.”Thompson has had more of a chance to shine since coach Thad Matta made the decision to put him in the starting lineup in lieu of junior guard Shannon Scott.Matta said Thompson has the ability to be the team’s second scorer, and that will help the team immensely.“It definitely gives us another guy out there that you have to be concerned about in terms of putting the ball in the basket. I think it opens things up in terms of driving opportunities, drive and kicks, even posting the basketball,” Matta said Wednesday. “I think Sam, when he’s playing like that, puts pressure on the defense to rotate more and those are things that all coaches look for. The more, the better.”Matta also said Thompson is on an upward trend as a player, provided he can continue to do what he does best.“The biggest thing he’s got to do is continue to play at this level,” Matta said. “(I’m) not saying getting 20 points or anything like that, but just bring what he has to the table. And it’s not the dunks … But it’s all the other things. Finishing around the basket, making his free throws, knocking down some threes. Those are the things that can complete kind of who he is. Assist-to-turnover ratio and those types of things.”OSU is set to travel to State College, Pa., to take on Penn State (13-14, 4-10) Thursday at 7 p.m.Thompson will be looking to continue his trend as the team’s second scorer against a team that held him to one point Jan. 29 in a 71-70 Buckeye loss in overtime.
Sophomore Eleanor Harvey (left) competes at the 2015 NCAA National Championships in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsCollegiate athletes are rarely given the opportunity to travel to a foreign country to compete.But four members of the Ohio State’s co-ed fencing team are set to get that chance. Freshman epee Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger, freshman sabre Hector Florencia, freshman foil Maximilian Chastanet and sophomore foil Eleanor Harvey are scheduled to travel to Uzbekistan and compete from Wednesday through April 9 in the Junior World Championships.OSU’s fencing coach of 15 years, Vladimir Nazlymov, said while the game has changed through the years, the objective stays the same.“Fencing today has undergone a lot of change over time and has become more aggressive,” Nazlymov said. “Our goal is to recruit guys who can earn medals in the world championships. We always fight for first.”Harvey, a native of Hamilton, Ontario, has fenced for 10 years and is set to take part in her sixth junior world championships. Harvey said she has some added pressure this time around after a high finish in 2014.“Last year, I came in second at the Junior World Championships, so this year I feel pretty compelled to do well,” Harvey said. “My goal is definitely to medal. I’ve done one Junior World Cup this year and I came in second, so that showed me I have the ability to compete.”Harvey said the most challenging aspect of fencing is the planning and preparation involved.“There has to be so many things that are working for you in one day in order for you to fence well,” she said. “You have to feel really good physically, you have to be mentally focused and sharp and not distracted and you have to be thinking about the right things. It’s definitely challenging considering how many things have to be working for you to have a good day.”Harvey added that collegiate fencing in the United States is much different than fencing in her home country of Canada.“There are a lot more people to fence here,” she said. “University fencing in Canada is very similar to recreational fencing. If I would’ve stayed in Canada, I couldn’t have fenced at the collegiate level that I would have liked to, as I am here at Ohio State.”The World Championships are set to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, for the first time. The competition is expected to feature more than 1,000 athletes from countries around the world, according to the International Fencing Federation.