49ers-Falcons pregame report: Playoff scenarios, Goodwin surgery

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ five-year playoff drought could be over by sunset, the most controllable path being a victory over the Atlanta Falcons.What about other scenarios for them and the rest of the burgeoning NFC field, outside of the New Orleans Saints already winning the NFC South (and falling behind the 49ers in the NFC No. 1-seed race after last Sunday’s result)?Let’s break it down, because we pretty much know the 49ers’ inactives ahead of their noon post time):For the NFC-leading …last_img

SouthAfrica.info Mobile

first_imgStay connected wherever you are with our new mobile version of SouthAfrica.info.m.southafrica.infoSurfing SouthAfrica.info Mobile is easy: simply go to your phone’s web browser, type in m.southafrica.info, and press “OK” or “Go”.Web-enabling your phoneMost new cellphones are already set up for mobile internet access or WAP (wireless application protocol). If yours is not, you can set it up by following these simple steps (for South African mobile subscribers):VodacomDial *111# from your phone, choose “device setup” and follow the prompts to download the WAP settings to your phone. Alternatively, you can register for Vodacom4me. See Vodacom’s mobile data page. If you still need help, dial Vodacom customer service on 155 from a Vodacom mobile or 082 155 from any other phone.MTNDial *123# from your phone, and select the option to have the WAP settings sent to your cellphone by SMS. When you receive the SMS, all you have to do is select the option to save the settings. See MTN’s WAP FAQ. If you still need help, dial MTN customer service on 173 from your mobile.Cell CSMS SMARTDATA to 084 115 9911 (costs R2) to get set up, or go to Cell C’s mobile internet services page. If you still need help, dial Cell C customer service on 084 140 from your mobile.Virgin MobileOn your handset menu, find the Virgin Mobile menu. It normally appears on the first page of the menu, or under “Applications”. Then choose the option called “Virgin Settings”, and after a few minutes you’ll receive two SMS messages with the settings. Open the messages, select “Save” from the menu, and you’re done. See Virgin Mobile’s data services page. If you still need help, dial Virgin Mobile customer service on 0741 000 123.How much will it cost me?Mobile internet browsing is relatively inexpensive. Remember: you’re not paying for a call, or for the length of time you’re connected. You’re only paying for the data you download. So once you’ve downloaded a web page, you can read it at your leisure – you only start paying again if/when you download another page.last_img read more

New Ohio state record bowfin arrowed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new Ohio record Bowfin taken by bowfishing has been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee. The new state record Bowfin, weighing 9.20 pounds, was caught by Tim Makowski of Massillon, Ohio in Mogadore Reservoir. Makowski arrowed the Bowfin July 2. The record Bowfin is 29-5/8 inches long and 14-1/2 inches in girth. His catch replaces the previous state bowfishing record Bowfin that was arrowed in East Harbor (Lake Erie) by John Ehrman on April 30, 1989, weighing 8.79 pounds and measuring 31 inches long. Ohio’s record fish are determined on the basis of weight only.Ohio’s state record fish are certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee with assistance from fisheries biologists with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Biologists Phil Hillman, Chris Aman and Curt Wagner from the Ohio Division of Wildlife District 3 office in Akron confirmed the identification of Makowski’s catch.For more information on Ohio’s state record fish program contact Fred Snyder, Chairman, OWO State Record Fish Committee, 754 Co. Rd. 126, Fremont, OH 43420, phone (419) 332-0777, email [email protected] , www.outdoorwritersofohio.orglast_img read more

Gmail 2.0 For iOS: It Doesn’t Suck Anymore

first_imgTags:#Google#iPad#iPhone jon mitchell Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Gmail for iPhone and iPad reached version 2.0 Tuesday, and it’s finally good enough for prime time. Gmail on iOS was a very bad app at the beginning, missing features that even the mobile Web version had. But now, in addition to a light and clean redesign, it has multiple-account support, auto-complete in search, RSVP to Google Calendar invites and more.I would describe the Gmail experience through Apple’s built-in Mail appsas basically OK-ish – most of the time. Gmail users on hte Web have gotten used to some important features, though, like labels and filters, that Apple’s Mail app doesn’t have. For a while, the official Gmail app was awful, so a third-party app called Sparrow was the best native Gmail experience. Then Google bought Sparrow in July. The major Gmail update today is the first since that deal. Version 2.0 adds profile pictures to messages, which is a nice touch reminiscent of Sparrow. That app used Facebook accounts to pull in profile pics, which Gmail doesn’t do, obviously. But the new Gmail update does add more social features from Google+. In addition to the profile pictures, you can also +1 and comment on Google+ posts.Back when Google bought Sparrow that seemed like it would be the plan. The Sparrow team built interactions that added personality from social networks to the email experience. Google now has the means to build that in-house. The dedicated Google+ app for iOS is not much of a draw, but Gmail is the ideal place for Google to start drawing iOS users into its social layer.Good Enough To Switch?I really want to. I want to use this app all the time. But email is a service that’s integrated through the system. Other apps interact with it, and search on the device looks through it. I want to have the most recent version of my email on my devices all the time, accessible by any app. For that reason, I’m afraid I have to keep using Apple Mail. But it’s good to have the Gmail app on board in case I need to do any labels or mark things as spam on the server side.Gmail for iOS is available now from the App Store.Google also updated Gmail for Android on Monday, improving the visual presentation for messages and photos. That’s available for devices with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up on Google Play.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Amazon wants your company’s data by the truckload… literally

first_imgIn the race to win clients in the highly competitive cloud computing market, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has taken to transporting client data in high-tech tractor trailers.AWS recently introduced its data-on-wheels platform with the appropriate yuletide moniker of Snowmobile.ZDNet covered the recent launch of the data truck by AWS CEO Andy Jassy. He hailed the mobile data storage vehicle as an innovation that solves data transport challenges which remains a key obstacle to moving largescale workloads to the cloud.See also: Amazon unveils Greengrass for IoT developersSpecifically, migrating massive data sets in the petabyte range to the hybrid cloud remains problematic and a huge bandwidth hog.Enter Snowmobile, a secure tractor trailer that can store up to 100 petabytes (PB) of data at time. Moving information via the truck can allow exabytes of data to migrate to AWS over a few weeks. For those unfamiliar with mind-numbingly large units of data, an exabyte equals one thousand petabytes.And the company also announced a new storage appliance called Snowball Edge. ZDNet’s Larry Dignan believes this technology will up AWS’ game in the Internet of Things (IoT) space.“What makes this interesting is that AWS’ Jassy also redefined on-premise infrastructure,” said Dignan. “Forget servers and datacenters. On-prem infrastructure will really be your sensors and things in the field that are connected.”“Naturally, AWS wants to be in that IoT mix,” he adds.Amazon also going growing GreengrassAnd to further its IoT offering, AWS also released Greengrass, which is a system that relieves remote devices and sensors of computing workloads. This is done by allowing for local messaging, data caching and computation.The expanded offerings of AWS come as cloud computing and IT infrastructure are proving to be especially potent drivers of IoT revenues. This stems from vendors’ expanded role in helping companies cope with ever increasing rivers of data being pumped out by proliferating IoT devices.A report from earlier this year shows healthy revenues for 21 benchmarked IoT companies with quarterly revenue growing by almost 15% to levels approaching $7 billion. Tags:#Amazon cloud#Amazon Web Services#AWS#Big Data#cloud computing#data and security#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#top Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Donal Power Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

Gagan Narang: Man with the golden gun

first_imgThe trouble with shooter Gagan Narang is that he does not know when to stop winning. On Saturday, he bagged his fourth gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, onesixth of all the gold that the 619- strong Indian contingent has won so far.On current form, he is expected to win his fifth in the 50-metre Prone Pairs event on Tuesday. By the end of the Commonwealth Games, he could have six gold medals, one more than fellow shooter Samaresh Jung’s record haul at the 2006 Melbourne edition, where Narang had won four gold.But in the hierarchy of global sport, a single Olympic gold medal counts more than most other achievements. Therefore, it was not surprising when Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra took all the glory in India that the sport of shooting had to offer, while Narang had to be content with a lower profile.Not anymore.In the Delhi edition of the Commonwealth Games, Narang not only teamed up with Bindra to win his first team gold last Monday, he later beat him to win an individual gold, thus earning the epithet ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. On Saturday, Narang was in top form scoring 1262.2 points in the Rifle Three Positions event. For those not accustomed to the vagaries of shooting, the Rifle Three Positions is a quirky event. Marksmen have to shoot 40 times at a target placed 50 m in front of them. They then fire at 40 targets standing and in the last position they kneel and take aim, again 40 targets.advertisementNarang scored 1166 out of 1200, a Commonwealth Games qualification record. In the final, he shot 96.2 to set a new final Games record for a total of 1262.2 points. It’s no secret that Narang has been itching to have a go at Bindra for two years. It was at the Games’ Delhi edition that he finally stepped out of Bindra’s shadow.The shooting fraternity knows Narang as “Mr Cool” for his unflappable temperament but these appellations do not seem to affect him much. In fact, he has been told by his coach Stanislaus Lapidus to remain inside the Games Village on Sunday and Monday to prevent any distractions. He will emerge only on Tuesday.Many say his shyness is often confused with arrogance. By all accounts, he is not arrogant but it is his well-publicised outrage at not being awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna this year that often works against him. “Am I not good enough for the country’s top award? What have I not achieved?” Narang had cried then. The award finally went to Saina Nehwal.But he may well be a top contender for next year’s top national sports award. For that he may have to win his fifth and sixth medals.Two-time silver medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games Ronjan Sodhi said Narang will win his fifth yellow metal medallion on Tuesday. It is the last medal hunt that could prove the toughest; an event where he faces off with Australia’s Warren Potent, a bronze winner at Beijing.But then champions love a scrap, don’t they, and it could well be that Potent’s presence brings out the best in Narang. In fact, Narang’s success story is much like the story of tennis legend Boris Becker who, at the peak of his form, lunged and dived at seemingly impossibleto- retrieve volleys and won points out of nowhere. Becker later spoke how he had a sort of “tunnel vision” during that period when he did nothing but focus on the sport.Narang has a similar attitude. He refuses to let anything apart from his sport distract him. It is only his weight that troubles him often. The 27-yearold has no serious problem other than the battle of the bulge. He says he can put on 10 kg in two months and knock those off with his own set of exercises.There is no serious “mantra for success” he says. When pressed for it he says, “Just a prayer on my lips. I prefer to keep things simple and focus my attention on the task at hand. I guess it’s all about timing too.” In a country beginning to learn to love its noncricketing heroes, Narang is the perfect role model. Soon after the Commonwealth, he heads to Munich for the rifle World Cup Finals, after which he flies to Guangzhou in China to lead India’s challenge at the Asian Games. “The party can wait till after the Asiad,” he says.Worth His Weight In Gold:Gold in Bangkok Asian Championships 2005 (10m air rifle)4 gold in 2006 Melbourne CWG (10m air rifle, 10m air rifle pairs, 50m rifle 3 positions and 50m rifle 3 positions pairs)Gold in Guangzhou World Cup in 2006 (10m air rifle)Gold in 2008 Bangkok World Cup Finals (10m air rifle with final world record of 703.5, also equal qualification world record 600/600)Gold in Changwon World Cup in 2009 (50m rifle 3 positions)Gold in Doha Asian Championships 2009 (10m air rifle)advertisementlast_img read more

Dubai Mulls USD 1 Billion Shipping Investment Fund

first_imgzoom Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is considering setting up a USD 1 billion fund to boost investments in shipping and spur on Dubai’s maritime sector, Reuters cited sources familiar with the matter as saying. The investment fund will be available to Dubai-based companies, the sources told Reuters.DMCA has initiated discussions on the plan so far, and there is a possibility that the authority could issue a tender in the following months to hire an adviser.The fund is not intended to serve as a replacement for bank financing, but could instead be used to aid the Dubai-based companies in buying vessels or financing initial public offerings and mergers.The financing for the fund could be provided by either state-owned banks, private investors, or a combination of both, the sources said.In any case, the loans provided would be guaranteed by the government.DMCA has yet to respond to inquiries made by the World Maritime News.last_img read more