first_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the murder of Francis Kainda Nyaruri, a freelance journalist based in the southwestern town of Nyamira, whose decapitated body was found on 29 January in a nearby forest. He had been missing since 16 January.“We would like above all to express our deep sympathy to the victim’s family,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the competent authorities, especially Nyanza province police chief Larry Kieng, to do everything possible to establish the motive for this appalling murder and to bring those responsible to justice, keeping in mind its shocking symbolism for the Kenyan population.”The decapitated body of Nyaruri, who was also known as “Mong’are Mokua,” was found with deep gashes and with the hands tied behind the back in Kodere forest, in the Rachuonyo region (in Nyanza province). It was taken to Kisii hospital.According to the privately-owned daily The Standard, Nyaruri had reported being threatened by police officers over several articles he wrote for a local weekly. November 27, 2020 Find out more February 2, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelance journalist murdered in southwest KenyaAfrica News KenyaAfrica Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists April 6, 2020 Find out more June 13, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Kenyacenter_img Reports to go further Organisation News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Help by sharing this information RSF_en Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

first_imgAllsop’s latest residential auction defied perceptions of a challenging market, achieving a total of £42.5m from 155 lots. Achieving a success rate of 76 per cent, well above the industry average of 69 per cent, these new figures bring the firm’s residential auction sales total for the year to £349m with a success rate of 78 per cent.Regions that saw the most buying activity include London with 54 lots sold achieving £17.5m and the South East, with 32 lots raising a total of £7.8m.The largest lot of the sale, lot 50, a Grade II Listed triplex apartment of over 6,280 sq ft overlooking Regents Park, was offered on behalf of receivers. This six bedroom home featured the building’s original six-storey staircase and a single garage. It was guided at £7m was sold after auction to an owner-occupier.Outside London and the South East, lot 208, a parade of shops, creche and nightclub and 19 self-contained flats with a car park in Lowestoft achieved £900,000. Lot 126, a freehold block of 24 flats located in Newcastle-under- Lyme sold for £930,000.Gary Murphy, Auctioneer said, “Despite all the caution surrounding Brexit, buyers and sellers were there to do business. The success rate of the sale continues to improve post auction, as the team secured contracts on unsold lots – some buyers prefer to wait on their hands and negotiate afterwards.”Gary Murphy Allsop auction auctioneers December 12, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Quality assets attract investors previous nextAgencies & PeopleQuality assets attract investorsAllsop’s latest residential auction defied perceptions of a challenging market, achieving a total of £42.5m from 155 lots.The Negotiator12th December 20180515 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo March 06, 2017 Boa Noite !Primeiramente quero agradecer a atençao ,queria muito ter a oportunidade de minha filha entrar na Marinha do Brasil ,mas nao sei como fazer gostaria de ter uma ajuda de como proceder ,ela e uma menina muito responsável em tudo uma otima filha ,agradeço se obtiver uma resposta ficarei grata sei que com a ajuda de Deus vamos conseguir .OBRIGADO The main operational arm of the Brazilian Marine Corps (CFN, per its Portuguese acronym) is part of the Fleet Marine Squad (FFE, per its Portuguese acronym). Its mission is to develop naval land operations. FFE originated after the Second World War out of the need observed by the Brazilian Military to develop a modernized force with amphibious capability, for use as the country’s naval power. The current commander of FFE is Marine Lieutenant General Alexandre José Barreto de Mattos who, coincidentally, on the day he gave this interview to Diálogo – February 14th – was promoted to general, and will soon lead the entire Brazilian Marine Corps.Diálogo: FFE celebrated 60 years in February. Why should this be considered a historical date?Lieutenant General Alexandre José Barreto de Mattos: Any force, institution, or individual who has existed for 60 years has already gone through a lot in their lives, having behind them a very important history. The history of the Fleet Marine Force is no different. It has a glorious history, one that is always evolving, and the work it performs is always evolving. As a result, we have today a Fleet Marine Force that is well respected in any mission it participates in, especially those in support of keeping peace in other countries, and those that guarantee the safety of Brazilian citizens in the various Law and Order Maintenance (GLO, per its Portuguese acronym) operations. The Marine Corps is well respected, together with the Brazilian Navy, of which it is a member, as well as respected by the Brazilian people, and all other branches of the Armed Forces.Diálogo: You will vacate your position soon. What has been your greatest challenge as FFE commander?Lt. Gen. Alexandre: To command the FFE is a dream come true for any Marine officer. I would say that my greatest challenge was to ensure that all conditions were in place, as required, for discipline, training, and detailed planning, as well as to provide employment to more than 6,000 men of the Fleet Marine Force, with the utmost safety and security. We need to be well-trained and prepared to ensure that our people who use real ammunition, and who are always finding themselves in situations of risk, can work safely. We need to provide them with the required conditions to ensure they always go back home safely at the end of the day, or upon completing a mission. This is our greatest challenge.Diálogo: How does the Marine Corps participate, and have a presence in the Amazon Region, the so-called Green Amazon?Lt. Gen. Alexandre: We have two riverine operation battalions: the 1st Riverine Operations Battalion under the command of the 9th Naval District; and the 2nd Riverine Operations Battalion under the 4th Naval District. These two battalions operate in the Green Amazon Region conducting riverine operations, ensuring river channel security, and carrying out inspections of ships. They also perform inspections related to waterway traffic in that region. These battalions also conduct internal security operations to guarantee that the rivers in the Amazon Basin are being properly used, and perform joint exercises with the other armed forces, as well as with other security and law enforcement agencies which are directly responsible for defensive actions, or actions against drug trafficking.Diálogo: What type of support can Marines provide in these operations?Lt. Gen. Alexandre: In these operations, that are also conducted with law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Police and the local police forces, the battalions can provide major logistics and information support to those responsible for actions against drug traffickers, thus creating the appropriate and required safety and security conditions so they can successfully complete this type of mission.Diálogo: Brazil’s Marine Corps (CFN, per its Portuguese acronym) participated in the safety and security operations for the 2016 Olympics, the 2014 Soccer World Cup, and also during the occupation of the so-called slum complexes of Alemão, Penha and Maré. The Corps is presently in Haiti as part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH), but also in Law and Order Maintenance operations in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo, in addition to performing scanning operations in the penitentiaries of Natal, the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte.How do you prepare a force to conduct so many different missions? Lt. Gen. Alexandre: We have a very intense training unit that provides support in preparing our personnel, starting from the lowest positions. A major part of this cycle is what we call the central axis. This is a classical term of FFE training. All this training and all the planning related to it, allows our soldiers to put into practice, throughout the year, the abilities that are essential in performing any task: discipline, total obedience to the principles of hierarchy, and a strong ability to perform detailed planning. Once these factors are sufficiently practiced over the course of a year, the Marine will have the right skills that will allow him to perform what he is assigned. Also, the Marine Corps is highly professional, i.e., from the soldier to the general; they are all professionals and volunteers, they have all been subject to qualification exams, and they all invest heavily in their careers. The Marines do not include conscripts, i.e., those that spend some required time with the Force (usually 10 months) just to comply with military service requirements. They are all professionals; this is the profession they chose to follow.This makes it easier to conduct training, and it also facilitates learning during the courses and promotes more engagement in doing the required tasks once they are assigned to the CFN. We work under the doctrine of organization by tasks. In other words, any task assigned to the Marine Corps is performed by forming an operational group of Marines. When we talk about a marine operational group, we mean an arrangement of means and personnel that give a Marine the ability to last in action with administrative and planning autonomy. This also helps in situations where, for example, we are working with Law and Order Maintenance and, all of a sudden, the same group has to be moved to peace-keeping operations and, at the same time, perform other actions where a stronger use of the Force is required.Diálogo: One cannot deny that the participation in peace-keeping missions and Law and Order Maintenance, which are real, not just training exercises, end up being very beneficial to those you lead. Lt. Gen. Alexandre: Absolutely. All these major events we participate in, all the Law and Order Maintenance actions in the communities, both in and outside of Rio de Janeiro, and Haiti itself, are real operations. This has become of fundamental importance to the evolution of the Marine Corps. Nowadays, it is really rare to find any ranked military person who has not participated in at least one of these events, i.e., who has not had at least one real mission experience. Let us not forget that we are also in Lebanon participating in UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon). We should also not forget that we have security squads in embassies, which are very real missions too. When you are responsible for the security of an ambassador or diplomat, you are very much performing a real mission.Diálogo: It is possible that MINUSTAH will be decommissioned in a few months. Is CFN already considering the use of the force for operations in other countries?Lt. Gen. Alexandre: Yes, Brazil’s Ministry of Defense has already received requests for our participation in U.N. missions in Cyprus, Lebanon, Congo, Western Sahara, Central African Republic, Liberia, Syria, Ivory Coast, and Sudan, which are all countries facing considerable difficulties in keeping their domestic security. As a result, international organizations are considering the possibility of sending troops for peace-keeping missions in those countries.Diálogo: How important is it that the Brazilian Marine Corps interact with other countries’ Marine Corps?Lt. Gen. Alexandre: Sharing experiences is of utmost importance for us and them, as this is a two-way street. Of course, there has to be a balance in the sharing of experiences. As it always happens in international relations, there have to be trade-offs, negotiations, and proper planning. Whatever we receive from one side, we can also use to the same extent in relaying our experiences to other countries. This is important because it is also useful for the joint operations work and exactly to what is involved in such operations. UNITAS is a classic example of this.last_img read more

first_imgAbout 10.5% of all South Africans have access to the internet, or 4.59-million people, over a third of them – the majority – aged between 18 and 29.The country has 5.3-million personal computer users, making up 11% of the total population. Its online market is dominated by information and social networking websites, according to web information company Alexa, which lists Google.co.za as the top site, followed by Facebook.The top web brand in South Africa is News24, followed by MSN.South Africa’s online advertising industry is worth R319-million and growing rapidly, online retail generates R688-million in sales, and online air ticket sales R3-billion.There are roughly 26 000 South African blogs, read by over 600 000 people.Sections in this article:Internet access Computer access Online advertising Online retailBlogging in South AfricaRelated articlesUseful links Internet access At the end of 2008 roughly 10.5% of South Africans had access to the internet: a total of 4.59-million local web users, or one in 9 people in a population of 43.79-million. This represents a growth of 12.55%, the biggest since 2001.This is according to Internet Access in South Africa 2008, a report released in March 2008 by World Wide Worx, South Africa’s most authoritative electronic communication research company.South Africa’s web users connect to the internet in four ways:Fixed-line narrow-band dial-up via conventional telephone lines, provided by Telkom Fixed-line broadband via asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) connection, provided by Telkom and a third-party internet service provider (ISP)Wireless broadband via GPRS, 3G or HDSPA technology on cellular-phone networks, provided by local mobile-phone service providers MTN and Vodacom Wireless broadband provided by iBurst, from WBS, and other ISPs.Fixed-line dial-up connection has long been the most-used form of internet access in South Africa, which has lagged behind more developed countries’ uptake of broadband.But broadband is set to take over, especially with Seacom, the first of the major new undersea cables, coming into operation in mid-2009. World Wide Worx predicts that dial-up will be all but phased out at this point – dial-up has already dropped from its peak of 1.08-million in 2004 to 700 000 in 2008. Broadband subscriptions, on the other hand, soared from 818 000 in 2007, to 1 308 000 in 2008; a growth rate of 60%.“Once everyone who is connected is on broadband or high-speed networks, the Internet will come into its own as an environment for business collaboration and personal interaction,” says World Wide Worx managing director Arthur Goldstuck.“Broadband has not yet made a major impact on overall connectivity numbers, even while dramatically increasing the usage of those who are already connected,” adds Goldstuck, who has been tracking the internet market since 1993. “The majority of broadband users are simply migrating up the connectivity food chain, from dial-up to broadband.”Telkom’s ADSL offering has been the main driver of broadband adoption in South Africa for the last four years, but has been overtaken by wireless broadband subscriptions, which now outnumber ADSL by 750 000 to 558 000 in 2008. World Wide Worx predicts that ADSL will continue to be the principal form of connectivity for most broadband users until the latter part of 2009.The study shows that the only broadband offering attracting large numbers of new users, rather than upgrading existing users, is iBurst. Until now the growth of iBurst has been held back by availability, but through its relationship with Vodacom it is expected to make a dramatic impact over the next two years.Internet users According to Nielsens Netratings research, published by the Online Publishers’ Association, the user base is becoming more male-dominated, with 58% of South Africans online in December 2008 being male, as opposed to 55% in December 2007. This represents an increase of 3.2%.The audience is also ageing slightly, with the older demographic groups increasing their share the most; with a 0.6% increase, the 50+ group saw the greatest increase.Some 22% had a degree, 15% a postgraduate degree, and 17% had a household income of over R400 000.Computer access South Africa has 5.3-million personal computer (PC) users, or 11% in a population of 47.85-million – one computer for every nine people.This is according to PC Users in South Africa 2006 , a study released in June 2006 by World Wide Worx.The study was conducted by Arthur Goldstuck and Kirsty Laschinger. Its approach was to move beyond a conventional tally of computer sales to establish how long PCs, laptops and servers remain in use once they have entered the market, and how many are in active use. For the first time, this has provided a clear picture of the size of South Africa’s PC user base.“PCs have a life span ranging three to six years, while laptop computers tend to be used for only up to three years,” says Laschinger, who interviewed most of the country’s major PC manufacturers and distributors for the project.“It was an eye-opener how many vendors of computers expect all users to replace their PCs every two to three years, when the reality is many users ‘sweating their assets’ to get maximum value from the purchase.”Booming sales in PCs mean not only more people using new computers, but also that PCs already in the field remain in use for a longer period, further boosting the user base. But this trend may change once laptop computers overtake desktop PCs in popularity – a real possibility in the next few years.“Laptop computers cannot be upgraded as easily or as cheaply as desktop PCs, so they have a shorter useful life,” says Goldstuck. “You can upgrade a PC bought more than five years ago to accommodate current software, but it’s unlikely you could do that with most laptops. The result is that old laptops are more likely to be discarded than passed on, while old PCs are more likely to have a second life once the user upgrades.”The net result is that booming laptop sales will not have the same cumulative effect on the total user base as do PC sales. Nevertheless, growth will continue, but at a slower pace, in the years to come.Factors that will drive this growth include:Continued strong economic growthThe emergence of the black middle classImproved education levels, including computer literacyThe evolution of the distribution channelImproved affordability of PCs, both as a result of cheaper product and new financing optionsConvergence of voice and dataTechnology improvementsDemand for more server/ storage capability to meet higher levels of corporate governance requirements.Top websitesThe Online Publishers’ Association (OPA) represents South Africa’s top mainstream commercial website publishers.Membership is restricted to internet publishers who:are dedicated to building a sustainable online publishing businesspublish original content on the internetuse online advertising and sponsorship as their primary sources of incomeare committed to best practice in online publishingAccording to the OPA, in the second quarter (April to June) of 2007 the top 20 websites in South Africa were:TOP 20 COMMERCIAL WEBSITESRank Website Publisher Unique browsers Active Reach 1news24.com Media24 980 69021%2MSNMSN705 78415%3mweb.co.za MWeb647 89214%4webmail.co.za Interface 593 29213%5HotmailMSN573 52712%6iol.co.za Independent Online556 44712%724.comMedia24 487 43810%8fin24.co.za Media24 289 9836%9careerjunction.co.zaCareerJunction279 4776%10health24.co.za Media24 260 6796%11iafrica.com Primedia Online257 7146%12yellowpages.co.zaYellow Pages South Africa253 4115%13ananzi.co.za Ananzi238 4155%14Autotrader.co.zaAuto Trader233 4615%15Mail & Guardian Online M&G Online208 6134%16wheels24.co.za Media24 195 9234%17supersport.co.za SuperSport Zone187 3694%18women24.comMedia24 178 6104%19The TimesAvusa165 7994%20Junkmail-zaJunkmail164 2274%Source: South African Online Publishers Association Online advertising Online advertising in South Africa grew at the fastest rate of all countries in the English-language world in 2008, and is likely to repeat this performance in 2009. This is according to the Online Media in South Africa 2009 study, conducted by World Wide Worx in collaboration with the OPA.The findings indicate growth of 32% in online advertising in 2008, after 27% growth in 2007. Actual online advertising spend in 2008 reached R319-million, from R240-million the year before. This is in line with a 2006 study by World Wide Worx, which foresaw that online advertising spend would pass R200-million in 2007. The robust growth, according to the study, is indicative of growing confidence in the online medium.OPA chair Adrian Hewlett attributes the growth to three key trends:Increased awareness of the inherent potential of online advertising has resulted in a growing pool of online advertisers;There has been a considerable boost in digital adoption by traditional media buying and creative agencies, as well as new specialist agencies;Additional publishers have entered the market, further promoting the online proposition and maturing the online advertising market.Another interesting trend that has emerged, is that online advertising spend is set to overtake that of the cinema. The growth forecast for 2009 is 32% for online, while advertising growth in cinema will show very little movement.“While online economics in South Africa are different to those of traditional commerce, there is little doubt that a recession in the physical world would make itself felt in the online environment, but the 2009 expectation shows how robust this sector remains,” says Goldstuck.This significant development will further encourage traditional buying agencies to embrace the online medium.The 2008 study also showed that the only other mature Internet market where online advertising appears to be growing faster than South Africa is Brazil. The South American country shows a massive 45% growth for 2008.Other English-speaking markets which traditionally had outpaced South Africa in 2006 and 2007, such as the US, UK, Canada and Australia, declined during in 2008. None managed to achieve 30% growth – growth in the US was a meagre 11% and in the UK growth fell to 22%. Neither country is expected to break through 10% in 2009.Rich media banners – ads that allow the user to interact with them – share top position with the static banner in terms of revenue generating advertising in South Africa.Online retail By the end of 2007, online spending on retail goods in South Africa is expected to have grown by more than 35%, after 33% growth in 2006.The total spent on online retail goods in South Africa in 2007 is expected to be R929-million, up from R688-million in 2006, according to Online Retail in South Africa 2007 , a report released by World Wide Worx in October 2007.These figures exclude the sale of air tickets online, which continue to dwarf the numbers for online retail. The five South African airlines selling tickets online, namely kulula.com, FlySAA.com, Mango, and 1Time between them accounted for R2.3-billion in e-commerce in 2006, almost four times the size of conventional online retail. The figure is expected to rise above R3-billion in 2007.These numbers indicate a dramatic turnaround in online retail in South Africa, which appeared to be stagnating in 2005. The 2006 recovery is being sustained in 2007, with all indications being of even more dramatic growth in 2008.The number of online retail sites has also grown substantially, from 826 in 2005 to 1014 in 2007. This growth has come despite 310 sites – more than a third of those online at the end of 2005 – closing down from 2005 to 2007. However, no less than 498 new sites came online during this time.The online retail market is dominated by 12 sites, which between them account for more than three quarters of online retail sales in South Africa, according to World Wide Worx. They are:The three largest online malls: M-Web Shopping, The eBucks Shop and Digital Mall The two largest online grocers: Pick ‘n Pay Home Shopping and Woolworths The two largest online book retailers: Kalahari.net and Exclusive Books The largest online florist: NetFlorist The largest online wine retailer: Cybercellar The largest online electronics store: Digital Planet The largest online health and beauty store: Ascot Direct The largest auction site: Bidorbuy Blogging in South Africa There were a total of 26 197 blogs in South Africa at the end of December 2007, compared with 25 037 blogs just four months before. World Wide Worx research shows that for the period of January to March 2008, the following activity was reported on South African blogs:Number of blogs (December 2007): 26 179Active blogs: 3 789Percent of active blogs: 14.5%Monthly posts for January 2008: 48 120Average monthly page views in 2008: 5 226-millionMonthly page views for January 2008: 10 448-millionThe key moments, says Goldstuck happened in 2007, and they were the launches of Afrigator, the continent’s first blogging aggregator; Amatomu, the first comprehensive tracking service for blogs and bloggers in South Africa; My Digital Life by ITWeb, which put solid commercial resources and interests behind blogging; and The Times, the first mainstream newspaper to embrace blogs and the social networking environment.As a result, he adds, it is clear that blogging is no longer just a fad, as indicated by the explosion of activity that occurred in July and August 2007. This represents a true tipping point for the phenomenon.According to Afrigator, South Africa dominates the African blog space, with nearly three in every five blogs attributable to the country.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articles The media in South AfricaSouth Africa onlineSouth African televisionRadio in South AfricaSouth Africa’s commercial radio stationsSouth Africa’s public broadcasting radio stationsSouth Africa’s community radio stationsUseful links World Wide Worx Online Publishers’ Association Internet access: Telkom MTN Vodacom iBurst Top websites: news24.com iol.co.za www.mweb.co.za webmail.co.za health24.co.za iafrica.com Mail & Guardian Online fin24.co.za bidorbuy.co.za ananzi.co.za careerjunction.co.za motoring.co.za wheels24.co.za supersport.co.za women24.com tonight.co.za autotrader.co.za sundaytimes.co.za busrep.co.za yellowpages.co.za Online retail: M-Web Shopping The eBucks Shop Digital Mall Pick ‘n Pay Home Shopping Woolworths Kalahari.net Exclusive Books NetFlorist Cybercellar Digital Planet Ascot Direct Bidorbuy kulula.com FlySAA.com Mango 1Time Blogging in South Africa Thought Leader Afrigator Amatomu My Digital Life The Timeslast_img read more

first_imgA new Y Combinator funded startup called GraffitiGeo has just launched with a fresh spin on user-generated reviews. The mobile application is somewhat like a mashup of review site Yelp, mobile social network Foursquare, and social news site Digg. The Digg-like element of the application is the easiest piece to use: like that restaurant? Vote it up. You can also leave more detailed comments to go along with your vote, if you so choose. To encourage people to participate in the “game” aspect to the app, GraffitiGeo also introduces a point system whose concept is borrowed from mobile app Foursquare…but is a bit more confusing. What’s more interesting than the mobile application launching now is the second GraffitiGeo app which is right around the corner. The next app will be an augmented reality application for the iPhone which takes the above elements and layers them over your iPhone’s viewfinder.Yelp + Digg + Foursquare = GraffitiGeo GraffitiGeo’s first mobile application will initially suffer from all the usual problems of sites and services that rely on user-generated reviews. Until enough people start using the service, there won’t be much value to it. While the concept behind the mobile review app is solid, its focus primarily on restaurants at the moment means it’s not likely to attract a large user base right off the bat. There are already a large number of mobile restaurant applications out there, not to mention there’s Yelp, which does restaurant reviews and a lot more. The GraffitiGeo team acknowledges they have competition in this area, but are quick to point out the others’ shortcomings. For example, Yelp reviews are too long – especially in “the day and age of Twitter,” they write on their blog. They also incorporate the Digg-like voting element for fast rankings (which Yelp does not), offer Facebook Connect integration for easy sign in, introduce nifty heatmaps to highlight the hotspots, and let you leave a comment with only 2 taps (Yelp takes 5-6). In short, they feel they’ve designed an application specifically for the mobile platform where Yelp just ported their successful website to mobile instead. The Digg-like voting aspect is probably the app’s killer feature. Instead of star ratings or lengthy reviews, you can simply vote “thumbs up” in order to rate a restaurant positively or a “thumbs down” if you’re not so pleased. This ease-of-use makes the barrier to entry that much lower and could encourage more participation from casual users.Another element to GraffitiGeo is the game aspect. This may or may not be a plus, in our opinion. With inspiration obviously borrowed from mobile social network/game Foursquare, GraffitiGeo awards points for any activity, whether that’s a vote, a comment, or anything else. After reaching 100 points (aka “street cred”), you can start or join a “mob.” Not a violent mob, of course, just a “mob.” Mobs can claim territories which, in turn, unlocks more features in the application. There are also badges which can be earned. The entire setup is explained here. It’s a bit complex and frankly, we’re not sure if this is the sort of app that needs a gameplay element. If you’re trying to find out if a restaurant is worth trying out, you’re probably more interested in reading reviews and checking ratings than you are in playing with a bunch of online friends. Even Better: An Augmented Reality VersionThe real trick up GraffitiGeo’s sleeve, however, is the app that’s yet to come. Basically, the next app from GraffitiGeo is an augmented reality version of what’s described above. That sounds much more appealing, to be honest. With the iPhone’s viewfinder, you scan the restaurant in question and GraffitiGeo comments will float across your screen. What’s really cool about the AR app, though, is that you don’t necessarily have to have a restaurant in the viewfinder to see these ratings. Because the app is location-based, it knows what’s nearby. In the demo, they aim the app down the street from where they’re standing and GraffitiGeo displays the ratings for all the restaurants on that block. If you’re ever just wandering around looking for a place to eat, this could be a real timesaver. We imagine you’ll then be able to interact with the app in other ways, too, but that’s hard to tell from the YouTube video demo. GraffitiGeo’s first effort may or may not be worth your time, especially considering its already robust competition, but the AR app definitely looks worth the wait. Tags:#Features#mobile#Product Reviews#web sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgFacebook is currently facing 31 consolidated lawsuits over its bungled $16 billion IPO last May, and the social media giant and dozens of banks have joined hands in asking a federal judge to throw them all out. Facebook’s stance: before going public last May 18, “…it had no obligation to publicly disclose internal projections on how increased mobile usage and product decisions might affect future revenue,” reports Reuters. In other words, Facebook thinks the investors collectively suing it are trying to enforce an SEC rule that has been ignored for decades – just because the stock ended up tanking after the IPO. The lawyer representing the plaintiffs has not responded.  Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit readwritecenter_img Tags:#Facebook#Finance#IPO#lawsuit#now#SEC Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Brownlee didn’t mind having to play longer minutes.“We did great as a team so I didn’t have to exert a lot of energy. As a collective group, we did a great job,” said Brownlee, after logging 46 minutes.Brownlee also said that at this stage, fatigue is the least of his concerns.“I’m ready to play whatever [minutes I need] to win a championship. It doesn’t matter at this point,” he said.“One more to go. The job is not done. The only thing we’ve done is win three games. We haven’t won a championship. I’m sure we’re going to be fired up Wednesday and we’ll be ready.” ADVERTISEMENT Game 5 at PH Arena sets attendance record in PBA Finals game LATEST STORIES And on Sunday, Cone did just that by extending the minutes of his import Justin Brownlee and chief playmaker LA Tenorio.“We had to extend those guys,” Cone said. “What are we saving them for? We got Monday and Tuesday to rest before we play on Wednesday. I told Justin during one of the timeouts, ‘Justin, you ain’t gonna sit down here in the second half.’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We didn’t think (Allen) Durham was gonna sit down, so Justin wasn’t gonna sit down, so might as well not save yourself.”The move paid dividends for Cone as Brownlee dropped 20 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and a block, while Tenorio delivered 17 markers, six boards, and four dimes in Ginebra’s 85-74 victory over Meralco to move a win away from retaining its title. View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Sol Mercado’s injury has truly thrown a wrench into Barangay Ginebra’s rotation for the rest of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.Without the speedy guard, Ginebra coach Tim Cone knew he needed to improvise.ADVERTISEMENT Game 6 is on Wednesday, still at Philippine Arena. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgIn a massive blow to the Indian cricket team, opener Gautam Gambhir and pacer Ishant Sharma were on Friday ruled out of the second Test against Australia due to knee injuries while VVS Laxman became doubtful on account of back spasms.The celebrations of a narrow one-wicket win over the visitors on Friday had not even ended when the Indians were left to deal with the twin loss ahead of the second and final match of series scheduled from October 9 in Bangalore.”I have an injury and I won’t be playing in the Bangalore Test,” Gambhir told PTI.The BCCI named batsman Abhinav Mukund and pacer Jaydev Unadkat as replacements for Gambhir and Ishant.”Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma have been ruled out of the Bangalore Test against Australia, on account of injuries to their right knees. The All-India Selection Committee has picked Abhinav Mukund and Jaydev Unadkat in their place. Mukund and Unadkat will be replaced in the squads for the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy by Harpreet Singh and Pankaj Singh respectively,” BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.While Mukund plays for India Red, Unadkat represents India Green in the tournament.Gambhir, who scored 25 and 0 in the first Test against Australia, was hit in the knee while fielding at short leg on Thursda when he took evasive action to save himself from a Michael Hussey sweep shot off Pragyan Ojha.Ishant, on the other hand, had been carrying the injury in the match.Concerns also remain about Laxman’s status who batted through pain to heroically guide India to a win in Bangalore.advertisementBangalore Test is a must-win game for us: HusseyDown 0-1 in the series, Australia batsman Mike Hussey on Friday said the visitors are determined to come out with flying colours in the second and final Test against India starting here on Saturday.Incidentally, the second Test against India would be Australia’s last five-day game before this year’s Ashes but Hussey said their priority now is to win the next match and level the series.”Every Test match is big. Yes, it is the last Test before the Ashes but we are not thinking about it this stage. We are 0-1 down in the series and we have to win this match and level the series,” Hussey told reporters.”That is the focus at this moment…To play good, disciplined Test cricket for long periods of time. If we play with the same intensity that we did in Mohali, we have a good chance of leveling the series,” he added.The left-handed batsman, however, is a disappointing man to have lost the Mohali Test from a winning position.”It was a Test match which we could have won. We had our chances, but we could not do the job and get over the line. After match, the dressing room was very quiet,” Hussey said.”From a positive point of view, we did a lot of things right. We are playing against the number one team in the world with a relatively young team. We will try to maintain that consistency here,” he said.Asked why is India such a tough opponent on home soil, Hussey said, “They know how to handle pressure and how to handle every situation. They have done it many many times before.”Their bowlers, Harbhajan (Singh) and Zaheer Khan has played lot of Test cricket and has got lot of experience. They know the conditions well and how to use it to their benefit,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Green had 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in Game 5.Movin’ on upLeonard goes into Game 6 with 710 points this postseason, 14 shy of passing Allen Iverson (723) for fourth place on the NBA’s single-postseason scoring list and 16 from moving past Hakeem Olajuwon (725) for third. LeBron James is second with 748 last year behind Michael Jordan’s 759 points in 1992.“He’s a gamer. He’s shown that. He’s a Finals MVP back in the San Antonio Spurs days for a reason,” Curry said of Leonard. “He just makes winning plays. He’s obviously expanded his game since then and shown offensively how dynamic he is. He requires attention at all times.”End of an eraGame 6 will be the final hurrah for Oracle. Golden State’s players have said all season the want to leave a legacy on this special home court — and winning a Game 6 would be the ideal outcome for Warriors fans. The Warriors already watched LeBron James and the Cavaliers clinch a Game 7 finals win in Oakland three years ago — it’s not something the home team wants to repeat.“This has been just an incredible environment in which to coach and play back in the day,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Even when the Warriors weren’t any good, to come in here as a visitor and feel the energy in this building, you could tell that the fans loved the game. This was a basketball hotbed. And just the atmosphere out there, the energy, the noise, over the last five years with our team’s rise, combined with that organic energy that this place has always had, it’s just been an incredible experience to coach here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Here are some other things to watch for going into Game 6:Splash awaySplash Brothers Curry and Thompson will be looking to repeat their hot shooting from Game 5, when they combined to go 19 for 44 from the field and 12 of 27 from deep.“We don’t want to give up that many to those guys,” Nurse said. “I think you got to guard them, got to find them in transition. They get a good chunk of them in that.”Momentum maybe?“It’s definitely a real thing,” Curry said.Supporting DurantSome well-intentioned Raptors fans, meanwhile, started a campaign to support Durant’s foundation as a way to offer their care and concern after some fans at Game 5 cheered the injury. “Sorry KD. That’s not what Canada is about. We want to make it up to you!” the post read.Green’s techsDraymond Green has six technicals during this postseason, and one more draws an automatic suspension. Green needs to control is emotions in Game 6 because should the Warriors win he would not want to sit out Game 7 in Toronto on Sunday. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too US catches heat for World Cup goal celebrations A victory in the last game at Oracle Arena is right up there, too.“I don’t think much needs to be said about the motivation that we have or are going to have tomorrow,” Curry said Wednesday. “… To protect our home court, feed off our crowd’s energy, play for ‘K’ and try to keep our season alive. There are a lot of things that you can kind of tap into for energy tomorrow. We’ll be ready.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and the Raptors are playing for Canada’s first NBA crown, not to mention the country’s first major title since the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.Toronto lead the series 3-2 series and are 3-0 on the Warriors’ home floor this season. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “For some reason I think both teams are really good road teams and have been all season,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “That’s one thing. Two, two really tough-minded teams playing and you’ve got to be a little more tough-minded on the road. And I think a lot of those games probably could have went either way.”The Warriors might have to overcome being both emotionally and physically spent after watching two-time reigning Finals MVP Durant go down again. Durant had returned from a monthlong absence with a strained right calf to start Game 5 only to rupture his right Achilles tendon in the second quarter. Durant announced Wednesday on Instagram the severity of his injury and that he had undergone surgery.The Warriors also lost reserve big man Kevon Looney as he re-aggravated a cartilage fracture in his right collarbone area.Klay Thompson expects more energy than ever given the Warriors have recently gone through, not to mention all of the highs and lows during 47 seasons at Oracle.“We’re just thinking about enjoying this last show at Oracle we’re about to give our fans. And I expect our fans to be the loudest they have ever been, especially in the name of Kevin and bringing his type of spirit he would bring to the fight and the competitiveness,” Thompson said. “I know our fans will do that because we deserve it, but more importantly Kevin does for what he gave this team, this organization. There wouldn’t be banners if it wasn’t for his presence.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry smiles as he sits beside the court at practice for the NBA Finals in Oakland on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The Warriors are scheduled to play the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Thursday. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)OAKLAND, California—Stephen Curry offered a long list of things motivating the Golden State Warriors to extend their season once more and keep alive the chase for a third straight championship.Winning for injured teammate Kevin Durant certainly ranks No. 1 heading into Game 6 of the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more