Giants give no guarantee to Dereck Rodriguez

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Dereck Rodriguez was like a painkiller for the Giants last year, providing the ailing team with a desperately needed dose of starting pitching after coming up from the minors in late May.While most of the staff struggled through injuries and inconsistency, the rookie right-hander delivered a 6-4 record and 2.81 earned-runs average, best among the team’s starters. Every fifth day, he was usually giving San Francisco temporary relief from an otherwise disappointing season.Eve …last_img read more

Sharks’ Pete DeBoer has no concerns about lawsuit facing Evander Kane

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said Friday he didn’t know about the lawsuit that Evander Kane was hit with by a Las Vegas casino until it became public earlier this week and added he wasn’t going to get involved in a player’s personal matter.“I don’t have any concerns,” DeBoer said. “When you coach in this league for 11 years, there’s a lot of personal issues behind the scenes that go on, in all kinds of different areas. So, that’s something that I really don’t get involved with, unless …last_img read more

Yahoo TV is a Paradigm Shift for Internet TV

first_imgThe only reservation we have is in the implementation – do we really want constant polls on our screen? Will the only real benefit be character context for your favorite sitcom and the ability to shop on the TV? We know this will be exciting for some, but we want to see this same capability used to provide context for breaking news, connect you with personalized recommendations for live content based on your browsing, or extra contextual data in the form of user-chosen information overlays. We wonder, from looking the example images, if Yahoo has the edge to pull this off or if it’s simply lighting the way for the real innovation. Just last week, for example, the Logitech Revue Google TV was jailbroken, opening up the platform to developers, the likes of which we expect to push the boundaries of Internet TV. We asked Yahoo about the developers and were told that this interactivity would only be available to pilot program partners, at least initially. Either way, it’s the first step in truly changing how we experience Internet TV. mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show we got a sneak peek at the latest incarnation of Yahoo Connected TV and we were excited about what we saw: the first Internet TV device to bring passive and personalized Internet content to its users.Watching a boxing match? Cast a vote in an online poll on who’s going to stay upright and who’s hitting the mat. Checking out the shopping channel? Purchase items directly from the comfort of your sofa without pulling out the laptop. Yahoo Connected TV is about to change how we think of Internet TV forever… but is it edgy enough to really lead the pack?Yahoo is calling this new feature “broadcast interactivity” and says that it will “engage TV viewers like never before.” The program is slated to begin sometime during the first half of 2011 and will allow content providers to pair its regular TV content with interactive content like polls, little tidbits of information (think Pop-Up Video that can be changed in real time), shopping capabilities and more. The pilot program will begin with ABC, CBS, the Home Shopping Network, Showtime, Ford, Microsoft and Mattel as partners. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… So far, the majority of Internet TV has come in the form of content-providing apps like Netflix and other Web-based apps ported over for use, such as Twitter. The things is, the simple act of watching TV is left untouched with most current solutions. If you are watching cable, you’re almost untouchable. Your experience is no different from the average TV viewer, other than your ability to suddenly shift away and tweet or search for content without shifting screens. Yahoo TV’s “broadcast interactivity” represents a paradigm shift: As a user passively watches TV, they can be presented with the opportunity to interact according to the content they are watching and their personal profile. Yahoo says it is using a “sensing” technology to determine what content a user is watching, meaning that the content does not need to be live to be interactive. It could be recorded, broadcast, cable, or Internet delivered and the viewer will still be able to have an interactive experience. ReadWriteWeb’s CES Coverage:The Group Messaging App That Saved My Butt at CESWho Came Out On Top At CES?CES 2011: Will Twitter Sell or IPO? CEO Dick Costolo Says “Neither” A Valediction: Forbidding KeynotesCES 2011: Verizon Says It Can Handle the DataCES 2011: RealNetworks Steps Past Apple & Google to Offer Cloud-Based MusicSteve Ballmer Kicks Off CES 2011 [Updated]CES 2011: Mobile DTV Coming to an iPhone, iPad Near YouIn addition to serving up this sort of personalized content, the newest version of Yahoo TV will also give users the ability to push content from their iOS and Android devices directly to the TV screen. Until now, Yahoo TV has been available only as an integrated platform on a number of Internet-enabled TVs. Starting this year, Yahoo will also be releasing a D-Link device that will allow consumers to get Yahoo Connected TV for any HDMI TV.The big question is, with interactivity decided upon by the content provider, will a system like Yahoo Connected TV be the real “cable cutter”? Networks routinely block access to their streaming Web content on other Internet TV devices, but if they can pair interactive content, polling, advertising and other opportunities with streaming content, perhaps they will be able to loosen the reins.center_img Tags:#Internet TV#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Sony and “Geohot” Settle PS3 Jailbreak Lawsuit

first_imgSony Computer Entertainment America has just announced that it has reached a settlement with George Hotz, putting an end to the legal battle over Hotz – better known as Geohot – and his jailbreaking of Sony’s Playstation 3.Details of the settlement were not released, but according to Sony, the two parties reached an “agreement in principle” on March 31. As part of the settlement, Hotz agreed to a permanent injunction against publishing any further code.Sony’s statement declares the settlement a “win” for anti-piracy efforts, but in it Hotz repeats what he has long claimed about his jailbreaking project: “It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier.” Sony’s lawsuit against Hotz claimed that the hacker’s jailbreak of the Sony PS3 violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as well as the Computer Fraud Abuse Act. Furthermore, Sony argued that the jailbreak released by Hotz would enable users to play pirated video games on their consoles. As part of Hotz’s legal defense, he contended that the Playstation should be viewed no differently than a mobile phone, which under DMCA regulations, is legal to jailbreak. With an out-of-court settlement rather than a trial, these issues of whether or not DMCA regulations cover gaming consoles appear unsettled.While Sony might paint this as a win, the company did come under fire for what Electronista calls a “scorched earth attitude” to the lawsuit, in which the company’s pretrial demands included gaining access to the records of anyone who had viewed or commented on the jailbreak video on YouTube. Sony also requested that Twitter provide the identities of those who revealed the hack.While Sony’s statement doesn’t really exonerate Hotz from a connection to piracy, it does make it clear that he isn’t involved in the recent attacks by Anonymous on various Sony websites.For his part, Hotz has updated his blog, Geohot Got Sued, to announce that “As of 4/11/11, I am joining the SONY boycott. I will never purchase another SONY product. I encourage you to do the same.” audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web Related Posts last_img read more

Apple May Not Have A Choice But To Release A Watch

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Matt Asay Tags:#Apple#Apple TV#innovation#iPad#iPhone#Watch Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img Apple is reportedly developing a smart watch made from curved glass. Does it really have a choice? With iPhone sales stalling, the Cupertino innovator is in desperate need of another hit product, and not just any product: Apple needs something that consumers will refresh every 12 to 18 months. My editor Dan Lyons has his own thoughts on why these Apple watch rumors are making the rounds. But what if we take them at, pardon the pun, face value?At Apple’s size, the company must be very choosy about its products. While Apple does at times dabble in $100 million “hobbies” like Apple TV, its bread-and-butter depends upon multi-billion dollar breakout successes like the Mac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Apple simply isn’t the kind of company that is going to release a horde of SKUs, each designed to reel in a hundred million dollars here and a hundred million dollars there.(See also Who’s Manipulating Apple Stock With This iWatch Story?)The company continues to thrive, but its stock has taken a beating recently as investors fear that Android is knocking the iPhone off its lofty perch, and will almost certainly do the same in the tablet market. (Some investors are more sanguine on its chances.) Over time, it’s simply not possible for Apple’s high-margin, premium product strategy to own the mass market. So as it fades into highly profitable niche-status in smartphones, just as it has in personal computers, Apple needs a new hit to drive it forward.Apple Needs A Particular Kind Of HitBut not just any kind of hit. While The Wall Street Journal and others have reported that Apple has a TV in the works, a TV doesn’t fit Apple’s recipe for success. All of Apple’s big hits have a few things in common:They’re focused on consumers.They’re priced at a premium but within the budgets of the middle class (in Western Europe and North America)They’re cheap enough that consumers “refresh” to the latest version every 12 to 18 monthsA TV, however, and particularly a premium TV like Apple would be inclined to make, is not going to fit in the budget of many consumers, and certainly not in less affluent markets. But even if it were, people don’t buy new TV sets every year. Apple could still build a multi-billion dollar business with a multi-year refresh rate, but this would significantly change Apple’s standard operating procedure.Much more likely would be significant improvements to Apple TV, taking control of video content from the cable and satellite operators. One Apple source tells me that Apple is waiting on DirecTV’s exclusive contract with the NFL to end in 2014. Regardless, an Apple gateway to bounteous video content fits perfectly with Apple’s iTunes business model, as well as the three factors above.An Apple Watch Could Be A Perfect FitBut then, so does an Apple smart watch. In fact, an Apple smart watch arguably better fills Apple’s product portfolio, as it serves as a complement to Apple’s iPhone and iPad products, helping to spur sales both ways. It also could further expand Apple’s App Store business, with a range of fitness, diet, and other apps landing on one’s wrist.It would not, however, find many fans at traditional watchmakers, as Box CEO Aaron Levie humorously points out:The biggest reason for thinking an iWatch could be a big deal for Apple, however, is that it perfectly fits Apple’s business needs and design ethos. Watches have seen little innovation for decades, yet continue to be used for both style and utility. (As for myself, I traded in my watch years ago for my iPhone, which provides the time and more.) At $250 to $500, Apple’s smart watch could be hugely profitable but also inexpensive enough to justify consumers buying the latest and greatest each year.None of this guarantees that Apple will release a smart watch. And it’s possible that Apple will ignore my advice (again) and release a high-end TV. There aren’t many product categories that fit Apple’s need for consumer products with a 12- to 18-month refresh cycle. Wrist watches just happens to be one of the few.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Jett Manuel leaves good impression in belated Ginebra debut

first_imgThe 24-year-old guard, however, couldn’t care any less for his stats. What stood out for him is the final score.“I’m just really happy that we got the win. We needed the win and coach has emphasized that we have to treat this game like its’ a playoff game, ’cause it’s a must-win for us,” he said. “So more than myself, I was just really happy that the team won. We’re getting back into it, and I hope this is the start of a better ending for the conference.”His first points in the PBA was a jumper from the left baseline and he didn’t even think about celebrating.“Get back on defense,” he said with a chuckle when asked what went through his mind when he made his first basket. “That’s what Coach Tim wants me to get a habit of, because he always tells me in practice that he’s forming habits for me. So when I made that shot, I wasn’t really thinking of anything spectacular. It’s just that ‘where’s my man?’”Manuel hopes to have made a good account of himself that it led to building Cone’s faith in him.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Ginebra guard Jett Manuel. PBA IMAGESIt took a while for Jett Manuel to make his PBA debut, but the Barangay Ginebra rookie certainly had a first game to remember.Manuel was inserted into the game 17 seconds left in the third quarter with the Gin Kings ahead by 28, 78-50, and went on to play for the rest of the game.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “All players want to play. We want to contribute. I’m not here to say that I’m gonna lift the franchise to another level or anything like that,” he said. “I’m happy where I am, and I’m just learning a lot as much as I can. So I’m hoping that this is the start that coach Tim trusts me that I can contribute in whatever way. Like I said, I just wanna stay ready.”Manuel, who was the last pick in the first round of the 2017 PBA Draft, may have established that trust that he would just have to nurture as he gets more opportunities along the way.“As you know, I’m not a guy that throw guys into the fire. They have to work their way up the ladder and he’s done a good job of working his way out,” Cone said. “So every time you go out and do something like that, as a young player, you build trust as you go out to play in big moments. So, it was a big moment for him this time.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Russian appeal hearings end with no immediate decision Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding But even in just limited time, Manuel was able to show flashes of brilliance, the same kind of display that made him a star as a University of the Philippines Fighting Maroon back in his collegiate days.Although the game was virtually over at the time Manuel checked in, Cone still took notice of his play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s nice to see Jet step out to get his debut and do well. We’ve been seeing that in practice what you saw today,” Cone said after the Gin Kings crushed the Picanto, 103-77.Manuel had eight points, including a rare four-point play that triggered a frenzied celebration from his teammates and Ginebra fans at Mall of Asia Arena, and two assists. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Gov’t to Start Granting Electric Power Wheeling Licences July

first_imgMinister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell says he intends to start granting licences for electric power wheeling in July. In his Budget Debate presentation in Parliament on Wednesday, April 24, the Minister, noted that this is another policy initiative of the administration “to make our energy sector more robust and realise efficiencies”. He explained that “wheeling” is the use of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) grid to transmit power from a self-generating entity in one location to itself in another for a fee. “This is a benefit to those businesses, who generate their own electricity, because it means that if that company has excess generating capacity in one location, wheeling allows it to use that excess in another of its locations,” he said. The Minister noted that the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has indicated that the rate will vary between US$50 to US$175 per megawatt-kilometre per month, and that the final rate will be determined after public consultation. By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Three more alleged ungovernables charged in Hamilton vandalism incident

first_imgHAMILTON – Hamilton police have charged three more people and issued three arrest warrants in connection with a vandalism incident in early March.Investigators with the Hamilton Police Service say that on March 3, a group of about 30 people damaged vehicles and threw rocks at store windows while carrying a large banner that read “we are the ungovernables.”Police had previously charged a 31-year-old Hamilton resident with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and on Friday, investigators announced that three others had been arrested.Jack Duckworth, 23, of Hamilton was charged with unlawful assembly while masked and mischief over $5,000.Tammy Kovich, 32, of Hamilton faces the same charges, as well as conspiracy to commit mischief, conspiracy to commit unlawful assembly while masked, counsel unlawful assembly while masked and counsel mischief.Tyler Nadeau, 26, of Montreal is charged with unlawful assembly while masked, counsel unlawful assembly while masked, counsel mischief and three counts each over mischief under $5,000 and mischief over $5,000.Police say they’ve issued warrants for three more people: Alexander Balch, 34, Matthew Lowell-Pelletier, 31, and David Prychitka, 34, all of Hamilton.Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to come forward.last_img read more