San Francisco Giants prospect Jacob Heyward was ejected from an Arizona Fall League game on Tuesday for arguing after taking a called strike three.It’s not the first and it won’t be the last time a player is tossed for venting frustrations over balls and strikes, but Heyward may have made history with his ejection.He apparently took issue with a call made by a “robot umpire.”During a game on Tuesday evening, Heyward was called out on a curveball that ended up down around his ankles by the …
Matt Asay What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Apple’s profits slid 18% last quarter. Gross margins dropped from 38.44% in 2012 to 37.5% in 2013. While there are a number of reasons for this, the biggest seems to be consumer preference for lower-priced products like the iPad Mini.While Apple investors have spanked the stock in response, in reality they should be cheering. After all, we’re still in the early stages of the global mobile revolution, not the end, and Apple’s high-price, high-margin business model was never going to win outside North America and Western Europe. Indeed, could not win. While Apple is Apple and will never truly go down-market to make sales, it needs to be more price competitive in price-sensitive markets. Getting bullied on price by Android, thereby pushing Apple to introduce lower-priced (and lower-margin) products, is good for Apple, however much it may spook investors in the short term.In other words, Apple needs to be a bit more like Google with Android.Learning From AndroidAnd what’s the Android strategy? Make smartphones affordable for everyone, as Google chairman Eric Schmidt declared at a recent mobile conference:Our goal with Android is to reach everyone. We’ll cross one billion Android devices in six to nine months. In a year or two, we’ll hit two billion. And the way that’s going to happen is with the debut of low-end devices from manufacturers, primarily in Asia. If low-end smartphones are inexpensive now, imagine just how inexpensive they’ll be a few years from now… A relatively inexpensive smartphone with a browser is all you need to get the world’s information. And that’s how we’re going to hit the next billion devices.Apple seems to be learning this lesson. While it claims a whopping 80% tablet market share in China, this is always how the company begins in a market. Remember when Apple could claim 90% of the smartphone market and then 90% of the tablet market in the US? At its premium prices, those statistics have a very short shelf life.Selling To Both Rich And PoorPlus, it’s very possible that Apple hit the high-end Chinese consumers first, but will struggle to claim the mass market. As Tom Christian Gotschalksen suggests, emerging markets are always comprised of both mature and emerging income brackets. Apple has done well with these mature demographics. It needs help on the emerging side.In China, Apple seems to be holding off Samsung and the other Android vendors much better than it has before, even as it keeps slipping in smartphones. Why? Credit the lower-priced iPad Mini, as Haydn Shaughnessy argues. Apple did well with more affluent Chinese consumers in smartphones but then lost its lead as the mass-market adopted Android. With tablets, Apple is able to serve both markets.That’s smart.Pyramid Research has modeled the effects of Apple knocking down prices in China through carrier subsidies (especially China Mobile) and lower-priced offerings like the iPad Mini. The difference between the status quo and a lower-price market strategy is stark. This is something Apple must do.And it is. Again, investors may not like it, but Apple is playing for long-term success in emerging markets. Finally. Image courtesy of feiyuezhangjie/Shutterstock. Tags:#Android#Apple#China#emerging markets#Eric Schmidt#Google The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts
The Penrith Panthers Vawdon Cup Women’s Premier League Team will be sporting Pink headbands to raise awareness and funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) when they hit the field against 2006 State Cup finalists Wests at Bankstown at 7.00pm this Friday night 31 August, 2007.The youthful Penrith team will be wearing and selling the bright Pink headwear at Bankstown on Friday night.The fluro pink headbands are donated by AH Clothing, and the girls will be collecting cash donations from the touch fraternity in pink piggy money boxes courtesy of the ANZ Bank St. Mary’s Branch at Bankstown on Friday night before and after their game.The girls have also pledged to donate $50 for every touchdown they score against Wests, and the Penrith Touch Association are weighing in with a donation from the club.Penrith Women’s and Australian 18 Years Girls Assistant Coach Jacky Patrick and her young team were moved to do their bit to try to counter the insidious disease that affects so many families across the nation.More Women die of breast cancer than any other cancer.Over 13,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. That equates to 36 women a day, and of those, 7 will die.Jacky Patrick as a teacher and a Coach, is mindful of her young charges understanding the responsibility they have as representative players to contribute meaningfully to their friends, the touch fraternity, and the wider community, and believes this initiative is a great way to make a positive contribution to a situation that has the potential to affect so many.“Most of us have been touched in some way or another with relatives and friends who have been diagnosed with the illness. Raising funds for research into this terrible disease is a great way to show our support for the community in which we live. Our Assistant coach lost her Aunty to the disease a few years ago and one our founding players was diagnosed two years ago, so it’s close to home for us all,” Jacky said. The “Pink Panthers” join an impressive list of community conscious groups, affiliates, and individuals within our sport to pledge time, energy, money, and support generously and consistently in the fight against cancer and its various forms. Queensland affiliate Coomera Comets hold an Annual “Touched by Cancer” tournament to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer, and the Redlands Touch Association’s 17 Years girls Team did the “Walk for Life” event in 2006 to do their bit for cancer research. In February the victorious 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup Touch Football Team proved themselves to be Gold medal citizens as well as Gold medal athletes with a healthy portion of their World Cup fundraising efforts being pledged to the McGrath Foundation Charity. In July NSW Level 2 Referee Francis Wood raised $1,500 when she cut her long hair off for the World’s Greatest Shave to raise funds for the fight against Leukemia.The Western Suburbs Magpies raised over $20,000 in a fundraiser earlier this month to carry on the work of the Millennium Foundation and the Westmead Children’s Hospital which were the charities of choice of their late Manager and team mate Matt Essey, who passed away from Cancer after a brave three year fight in May 2007.The Penrith Panthers would like to encourage all Touch Football players to make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.The NBCF can be contacted to pledge a contribution by phoning 02 92994090 and quoting the number 140028777. The challenge has now been set down by the Penrith girls for the rest of our Touch playing members across the nation to get involved with a worthwhile community initiative of their own.At Bankstown on Friday night show your support for the NBCF by purchasing a Pink Headband or making a cash donation when the girls do the rounds with their Pink Piggy moneyboxes during the night.With apologies to Wests supporters, let’s hope the ‘Pink Panthers’ cross the stripe for a few ‘meaties’ to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy cause.
Liverpool defender van Dijk needs trophies for greatness – Redknappby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Redknapp believes that Virgil Van Dijk must win trophies to be considered a great centre-back.Van Dijk has helped transform Liverpool into one of the best defensive teams in the Premier League.They are currently top of the league by four points, ahead of Manchester City.But Redknapp knows unless the side win trophies in the coming years, the likes of Van Dijk cannot be seen as great players.”Never mind player of the season — if he carries on playing at this level, he has all the attributes to be the Premier League’s greatest ever defender,” said Redknapp to the Daily Mail. “I am just surprised that it has taken until now for him to be starring in a team competing for Premier League titles.”To become the greatest, Van Dijk has to win trophies. He reached the Champions League final last season and now has a great chance of winning the Premier League.”If Liverpool are to be crowned champions this season, Van Dijk is the one player they can least afford to lose to injury.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe marks ten years in managementby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe marks ten years in management facing Manchester United this weekend.With 10 more points at the halfway stage than the previous campaign, boss Howe insisted he would never stand still in search of perfection.He said: “For me as a person, I have just thrown myself into the job on every level. The job has consumed me.“I am just a walking football person. I am thinking football constantly. Every minute is evolved around the job and making sure I’m continuing to take the team and the club forward and it never stops.“The thing I have noticed in recent years, when you get to the Premier League, is how quickly the game changes.“You can never be complacent or content with your work. You have to consistently try to push new boundaries.”
Real Madrid encouraging Arsenal, Man City offers for Iscoby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are encouraging offers for Isco.The Spain midfielder has been on the outer of coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans this season.And AS says Real are eager to find a buyer in January.Arsenal are keen and hope to repeat the same move that landed Dani Ceballos, on-loan to the end of the season. But Manchester City have been following Isco long-term. City boss Pep Guardiola has long appreciated the midfielder and sees him as David Silva’s successor. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
No. 6 Notre Dame took a 20-14 lead over No. 8 Stanford on a 73-yard touchdown hook-up from DeShone Kizer to big-play wide receiver Will Fuller late in the second quarter.The Fighting Irish took over at their own 27 following a Stanford punt. Kizer then immediately connected with Fuller on a deep ball down the left sideline.Will Fuller 73 yard TD reception to make it 20-14 Notre Dame #STANvsND pic.twitter.com/6Szni9qU95— THE MAIN MANN™ (@JacobMann_1) November 29, 2015 Fuller has four receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown already. Notre Dame needs this win to maintain in the CFP hunt, but the Cardinal just scored to re-take the lead.
An Alberta judge is to rule next month whether former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr should have his eight-year sentence for war crimes declared expired.The sentence, which was imposed in 2010 by a military commission in the United States, would have ended last October had Khadr remained in custody.But the clock stopped when a judge freed him on bail in 2015 pending Khadr’s appeal of his military conviction — a years-long process that has no end in sight.His lawyer, Nate Whitling, told an Edmonton court that Khadr served three years and five months in custody and has been out on bail for another three years and nine months.He said the appeal, in the meantime, hasn’t advanced “even an inch” in the U.S.“Mr. Khadr’s sentence essentially is frozen in time,” Whitling told Chief Justice Mary Moreau on Tuesday.The Toronto-born Khadr spent years in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was captured and accused of tossing a grenade that killed special forces soldier Christopher Speer at a militant compound in Afghanistan in 2001.He was later transferred to an Edmonton prison and the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the punishment handed Khadr for the acts committed when he was 15 years old was to be a youth sentence.His application in youth court Tuesday asked the judge to place him under conditional supervision for one day then declare his sentence served.Since his release on bail, Khadr has lived in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., without any issues.“He’s been an upstanding citizen since being released,” said Whitling. “There’s just nothing negative to say about Mr. Khadr.”Another judge had eased some of his initial bail conditions, but several remain in place.Those conditions include not having access to a Canadian passport, a ban on unsupervised communication with his sister, who lives in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, and a requirement to notify his bail supervisor before leaving Alberta.Both federal and provincial Crown lawyers said Tuesday that Khadr should serve the remainder of his eight-year sentence in the community with similar conditions.“We have no objection to the applicant not serving time in custody,” Alberta Crown prosecutor Doreen Mueller said in court. “The remainder of the sentence has to be served.“The sentence is the sentence.”Federal Crown prosecutor Bruce Hughson added any reduction in the sentence would go against the international treaty under which Khadr was transferred to Canada.“Canada cannot, under its treaty obligations, alter the length of the sentence,” he said. “What they do allow is an alteration of the length of confinement.”Hughson said he understands Khadr’s frustration with the appeal process, but suggested Tuesday’s application should have been made by lawyers at the same time as the bail application in 2015.“The fact is they didn’t,” he said.Whitling said they made a tactical decision to seek bail in 2015 without dealing with the sentence.“Hindsight is always 20-20,” said the defence lawyer.He added that the Crown was blowing Canada’s international obligations out of proportion.“What the United States agreed was that you can treat transferred youth prisoners just like you do your own youth prisoners,” he said outside court. “It wouldn’t surprise them at all … to learn that this type of review exists.“I don’t take seriously that somehow the relationship between the two countries would be negatively affected by this decision.”Moreau said she will hand down her decision March 25.
Wes Morgan has no longer been the most important defender in Leicester City’s squad but Claude Puel insisted that they want to extend his contract anyway it is going to expire in 2019.Harry Maguire and Aleksandar Dragović have played more this season than Wes Morgan but Claude Puel believes that this experienced centre-back is still a valuable part of the squad and it will be great if he would decide to stay.The French coach spoke about his side’s defender as he said, according to Leicester Mercury:“Wes is our captain and a valuable player for us.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He has a contract for next season and then we will see.”“I cannot say he can have six or seven years more of contract but I am happy with Wes, he’s a good professional with a good relationship with his team-mates.”“He is a valuable player for us and for the team. He’s very important and I am happy with him with everything.”
The AC Milan Argentinean footballer was sent off against Juventus last Sunday for screaming at the referee after he was bookedDuring Sunday’s match between AC Milan and Juventus, Argentinean striker Gonzalo Higuain was sent off.He was booked by referee Paolo Mazzoleni and got so angry, that he ended up screaming in the official’s face.Now he faces a two-match ban in the Italian Lega Serie A, according to Football Italia.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“In Turin, you brought me this and I started scoring,” Higuain said.“Hopefully it’s a good omen. Things went as they did, I’m a person with this character.”“I’m very happy that I received affection from the Milan fans, the club, and my teammates.”“That’s what makes you proud,” he concluded.