Los Molinos >> After falling to the top teams in the section in weeks 2 and 3, the Los Molinos Bulldogs returned to their winning ways Friday night with a 42-0 rout of the Loyalton Grizzlies in the first league game of the year.Coach Jake Daricek said the keys this week were the ability to view film of the opponent in preparation and several players stepping up.Freshman Hunter Landingham impressed on both sides of the ball, in addition to Kyle Wood and Henry McHale, who has been battling an …
ALAMEDA — We’ve seen a lot of growth in the second year of the union between Derek Carr and Jon Gruden.Now comes the next step, and in the case of Carr it’s more of a leap.Arrowhead Stadium is the most hostile of environments for Carr. His record there is 0-5, his stats are awful and not once has he passed the eye test of being a solid, functional NFL quarterback.When the Raiders (6-5) visit the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) Sunday afternoon, Carr might not win, but he needs to keep the Raiders …
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#iPhone#iTunes In my day, boys and girls, we downloaded songs onto our desktop computer. For free. Often illegally. Then we burned them onto CDs late into the night.iTunes changed all that. iTunes required that we actually pay for our music. It corralled us into accepting copyright-restricted digital content, while doing its best to force us onto pricey Apple hardware. It foolishly mashed together audio library management tools with a music download service with online payments and computer/mobile device synching – only to somehow grow even more bloated as the years went by. Yet here it is, ten years later, and iTunes towers above all its competitors.No surprise, then, that Apple is formally celebrating “A Decade of iTunes” with an interactive timeline that is equal parts sales promotion and rare look back. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement With the possible exception of Windows Vista, probably no software application from a large company has incurred such vigorous and ongoing public scorn as iTunes. Unlike Vista, however, iTunes continues to grow, evolve and continue its semi-secret though highly successful mission of transforming Apple from anemic, also-ran PC maker to its current position as the world’s largest technology and media company.It was (technically) on April 28, 2003, when Apple launched the iTunes Music Store. The store contained 200,000 songs, all priced at $.99 each. On that same day, Apple announced its third-generation iPod, weighing less than “two CDs” and able to hold 7,500 songs. From those meager beginnings, content delivery, the music, film and software industries – and Apple’s fortunes – were all soon to be profoundly changed.Ten years ago, Apple’s share price was $6.66. Today it hovers around $400 (down from more than $700, but still). Recall, if you can, the many Borders and Blockbuster Video stores that dotted the American landscape. iTunes essentially enabled us to buy easily digital content for the first time, and taught us that digital content could be worth paying for.iTunes Begat iPhoneiTunes helped make Apple relevant once again. It enabled the expansion of Steve Jobs’ “digital hub” strategy, guiding Apple from failing computer maker to consumer electronics behemoth. That much is generally accepted. Just as importantly, however, iTunes enabled the iPhone. The single biggest reason for Apple’s meteoric rise over the last decade is the iPhone. Realizing that the rise of “cell phones” could harm Apple’s portable iTunes media players (the iPod), Apple teamed with Motorola to create the much derided Rokr E1 phone in 2005. The hardware was disappointing and users complained that the device could hold just 100 iTunes songs.Two years later, however, Apple introduced its own device. The iPhone was the shocking evolution of iTunes and iPod, and Apple’s work with Motorola. The point is, no iTunes, likely no iPhone and no iPad – the products that currently contribute more than 60% of Apple’s valuation.Yet even the much-improved iTunes 11 still collects scorn, even from the Apple faithful.This represents a misunderstanding of the platform’s roles. At the initial launch of the iPhone, Steve Jobs noted the importance of iTunes to the “revolutionary” new device:The (iPhone) automatically syncs to your PC or Mac right through iTunes. And iTunes is gonna sync all of your media onto your iPhone: Your music, your audio books, podcasts, movies, TV shows, music videos. But it also syncs a ton of data: Your contacts, your calendars and your photos, which you can get on your iPod today, your notes, your bookmarks from your Web browser, your email accounts, your whole email set-up. All that stuff can be moved over to your iPhone completely automatically. It’s really nice. And we do it through iTunes. Again, you go to iTunes and you set it up. Just like you’d set up an iPod or an Apple TV. And you set up what you want synced to your iPhone. And it’s just like an iPod. Charge and sync. So sync with iTunes.Apple Loves iTunes – Even If You Don’tiTunes simultaneously serves as Apple’s payments platform, media library app, and digital media storefront – for music, books, apps, podcasts and video. It powers the popular App Store. It is an app for purchasing content on the iPhone and iPad – though not for playing that content. On the Mac, iTunes is (still) both music and video library management layer, music player – though not video player – payments provider and media storefront.No wonder even long-time Apple users complain of feature bloat and a confusing user interface.Apple’s interactive iTunes timeline, meanwhile, focuses almost exclusively on music. Maybe Apple isn’t ready to accept that iTunes has transformed the company from computer hardware maker to a global digital media concern. But consider these numbers:40 billion apps downloaded25 billion songs sold More than 15,000 songs downloaded every minute1 billion courses downloaded on iTunes UMore than 100 million books on the connected iBookstoreAvailable in more than 115 countries45% of the video on demand market in the U.S.iTunes has also delivered tremendous value to content owners, publishers and app developers. According to Apple analyst Horace Dediu, iTunes generated more than $24 billion in revenues for content owners (media and app developers) in the past five years.No matter what you may think of it personally, iTunes has been essential to Apple’s success. Expect it to continue to pushing the company forward, in all its messy, bloated glory.Images courtesy of Apple. brian s hall The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
When the New York Knicks were a force in the mid 1990s, with Pat Riley as coach and Patrick Ewing leading the way, there was dissension within the locker room. Anthony Mason wanted more shots. Greg Anthony wanted more playing time. Charles Oakley wanted more money. And that was just the half of it.John Starks wanted the ball at the end of the game. Ewing wanted Charles Smith to play stronger. Smith wanted plays called for him. Derek Harper wanted to fight, or at least was willing to at any moment. They were a collection of egos with separate agendas. And yet they won.The difference between the Knicks of the mid-’90s and the Knicks of today who are losing, bickering and apparently clueless on how to extract themselves from the malaise? The coach.Riley was a street fighter as a kid growing up in upstate New York, not the polished model always runway ready. By the time he got to the Knicks, he had less interest in stylish clothes (although he still put it together), and more excitement about the challenge of meshing the collection of misfits into a unit that came together once the ball was thrown up.And he did it because he had their respect. He had won with the Lakers of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which gave him immediate cache in the locker room. But Riley, truth be told, was the toughest of all the Knicks. He instilled a fighter’s mentality into his team, starting in his first practice, when he allowed Xavier McDaniel and Anthony Mason to fight it out, MMA style, while teammates stood around in a circle and watched.Message delivered. The Knicks were going to be tough. Fighters. That mentality got them to the Eastern Conference finals and one game from the NBA championship in 1994.Derek Fisher, another smart, tough guy, has to impose his personality, playing style and will onto his team. It’s tougher for a first-year coach to do so, especially when some of the players make more money and believe they are beyond reproach. But enough about Carmelo Anthony.Seriously, though, Fisher faces perhaps the biggest challenge of any coach in the NBA. He’s breaking into the ranks in New York, where the scrutiny is more intense than anywhere else. He’s doing it with a few players who have been borderline malcontents elsewhere and he’s doing it with his star player at the center of the tumult.Ewing almost always was above the fray during his Knicks glory years. He became more assertive as a leader as he aged, and when he spoke, the team took heed. He had respect.Does not seem as if Anthony is looked at in a similar fashion. Losing magnifies any blemishes within a team, so it’s prudent to not take what’s going on now as Armegeddon (one of Riley’s refrains). But the word that Anthony and teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. got into an argument on the court that carried into the locker room is emblematic of a team that is losing and does not know how to handle it.Not that they should be gracious losers; show me a gracious loser and I’ll show you a perennial loser. But Fisher, a five-time champion who made significant shots in those title runs, has to shelve the “Triangle offense,” shake up the lineup, sit down the non-producers, challenge each individual and hypnotize them, if necessary. The Knicks have lost nine straight games, most in ugly fashion. They are 4-20, the worst start in franchise history. Their talent, especially in the Eastern Conference, should reap more. Much more. And in sports, it always comes back to the coach, fair or not.“Maybe (we should) have another meeting if it is somebody in here that’s putting the stuff out there,” Anthony about the turmoil. “We need to figure that out and diffuse that because we don’t need that right now, especially when we’re losing basketball games.”Adding to the mess is that Anthony suffered a knee injury and reports surfaced that he might require knee surgery. That means it could get even worse for Fisher and his team before it gets better. A lot of any turnaround will fall on Fisher. And to think: If Steve Kerr had accepted Phil Jackson’s offer, he’d be suffering through this madness. Surely, somewhere in the recesses of his mind, Fisher wishes Kerr had.
7 Stainless Steel Starship pic.twitter.com/rRoiEKKrYc— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 24, 2018 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo $6 at Tidal Share your voice $299 at Amazon $999 He also added that the skin “will get too hot for paint” and will instead feature a “stainless mirror finish” for “maximum reflectivity.”Musk has said SpaceX plans to begin testing its Starship design in 2019 with “hopper” flights that will essentially launch the rocket straight up and bring it back down for a landing. The test flights will use three of the company’s next generation “Raptor” engines, according to Musk. Sarah Tew/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Sci-Tech I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $210 at Best Buy Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 15 Photos Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Tags Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X A look at Elon Musk’s plan to move us to Mars (pictures) $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Now playing: Watch this: Comments Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Chris Monroe/CNET Elon Musk’s 2018 highs and lows HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The Cheapskate $59 at eBay An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sprint What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNET Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 4:10 See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. SpaceX managed over 20 launches in 2018, but it’s also been working on arguably bigger and better plans for the future. In the early morning hours of Christmas Eve Monday, CEO Elon Musk shared a picture of the prototype version of his “Starship” under construction. Starship is the new name for the huge rocket previously known as “BFR” that SpaceX plans to use to send people around the moon, to Mars and on super-fast international flights via space. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Rylo Comments Read DJI Osmo Action preview Share your voice TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read Google Home Hub review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read the Rylo camera preview $155 at Google Express See at Turo See it Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read the AirPods review Elon Musk Space SpaceX,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $60 at Best Buy The photo provides some idea of the scale of the rocket, which SpaceX has said will be bigger and considerably more powerful than the Saturn V rocket that took Apollo astronauts to the moon. The nose cone alone appears to be multiple stories tall, dwarfing the work trucks parked around it. Musk tweeted that the massive rocket prototype being built at the SpaceX test facility in Texas has a stainless steel skin. In subsequent comments, he said steel will perform better than lighter weight carbon fiber material at high temperatures like those felt during reentry. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 22 See at Amazon $520 at HP Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple iPhone XS Amazon
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed sympathy for the victims of a terror attack in Iran that killed 13 people, but issued a barbed warning that the country was reaping what it sowed.Gunmen and suicide bombers, acting almost simultaneously, attacked Iran’s parliament and a shrine to the revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini in the first attacks in the country claimed by the so-called Islamic State group.”We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times,” Trump said in a brief statement.”We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”Earlier, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that “the depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world.””We express our condolences to the victims and their families, and send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Iran,” she added.Trump has long accused Iran of backing terrorism. During last year’s presidential campaign, he suggested that one of his top priorities was to dismantle the “disastrous” 2015 deal aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.As president, he has maintained his criticism of Iran — during a visit to Israel last month Trump said Tehran now feels “emboldened” by the nuclear accord — but has not tampered with the agreement.A United Nations watchdog group confirmed in June that Iran was adhering to the deal.Even as Washington expressed its condolences over the terror strike, the US Senate advanced legislation Wednesday that would impose new sanctions on Iran, partly for what the bill described as the Iranian regime’s “support for acts of international terrorism.”Lawmakers voted 92 to 7 to clear a procedural hurdle, setting up a later vote on final passage.But Republicans and Democrats alike said they are eager to add an amendment that would slap fresh sanctions on Russia in response to US intelligence conclusions that the Kremlin conducted or approved cyberattacks on US targets in an effort to sway the presidential election.”In the last eight months, what price has Russia paid for attacking American democracy? Hardly any at all,” Republican Senator John McCain said.”We need a strong Russia sanctions amendment. We need it now.”Senate Democrat Dianne Feinstein said it was “the wrong time” to pass fresh sanctions on Iran.”The country has just suffered from two significant terrorist attacks after electing a moderate government with 57 percent of the vote,” she said. “We need to giv
Last week, the Neo4j community announced that the Neo4j Enterprise Edition will be available under a commercial license. The source code is available only for the Neo4j Community Edition. The Neo4j Community Edition will continue to be provided under an open source GPLv3 license. According to the Neo4j community, this new change won’t affect any Neo4j open source projects. Also, it won’t create an impact over customers, partners or OEM users operating under a Neo4j subscription license. The Neo4j Desktop users using Neo4j Enterprise Edition under free development license also won’t get affected. It doesn’t impact the members of Neo4j Startup program. The reason for choosing an open core licensing model The idea behind getting Neo4j Enterprise Edition under commercial license was to clarify and simplify the licensing model and remove ambiguity. Also, the community wanted to clear the confusion regarding what they sell and what they open source. Also, the community wanted to clarify about options they offer. The Enterprise Edition source and object code were initially available under multiple licenses. This led to multiple interpretations of these multiple licenses which ultimately created confusion in the open source community, in the buyers, and even in legal reviewers’ minds. According to the Neo4j blog, “ >99% of Neo4j Enterprise Edition code was written by individuals on Neo4j’s payroll – employed or contracted by Neo4j-the-company. As for the fractional Developers can use the Enterprise Edition for free by using the Neo4j Desktop for desktop-based development. Startups can benefit through the startup license offered by Neo4j, which is also available now to the startups with up to 20 employees.Data journalists, such as the ICIJ and NBC News can use the Enterprise Edition for free via the Data Journalism Accelerator Program. Neo4j also offers a free license to universities for teaching and learning. To know more about this news, check out Neo4j’s blog. Read Next Neo4j rewarded with $80M Series E, plans to expand company Why Neo4j is the most popular graph database Neo4j 3.4 aims to make connected data even more accessible
Transat adds Cartagena, Princess Cruises and more to cruise package program Friday, August 10, 2018 Tags: Cartagena, Princess Cruises, Transat MONTREAL — Transat has announced several additions to its 2018-2019 cruise package program, including over 10 new ships, the cruise line Princess Cruises, and Cartagena as a port of embarkation.“With the growing popularity of our all-in-one cruise package program, we’re always seeking new partners and specific itineraries to fine-tune our program and please all of our customers, from families with young children to millennials looking for an adventure at sea,” said Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer at Transat.New and popular itineraries:There are 46 itineraries included in the program and 16 different ships that sail from seven ports of embarkation.With Pullmantur Cruises, Transat has added an all-new itinerary that sails out of Cartagena and visits Costa Rica and Panama.Transat will once again offer cruises sailing out of San JuanNEW: Guests can now add alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to Transat cruise packages offered by Costa in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, as well as with Pullmantur Cruises.Transat will sail the Mediterranean with 16 itineraries and 13 ships.In Europe, Transat offers 11 river cruise itineraries with CroisiEurope.New European river cruises are ideal for making a cross-Atlantic trip even better, much like an excursion. For example, in Andalusia, Spain and Venice, Italy, clients can extend any itinerary with a cruise lasting from a few days to more than a week.More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsTransat advantages:With Flight Protection, clients are sure to get to their port in the event of a flight or ship delay.Clients can also add a hotel stay to their cruise.Under certain conditions, clients can move up their departure date up to 14 days before their cruise, or postpone their return up to 14 days after, at no extra cost.Passengers who book a Caribbean or European cruise package also receive additional baggage allowance (an extra 5kg for a total of 28kg). << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by Share