Auburn Cancels Alabamas Perfect Season with Miraculous Last Second

The 2013 Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama lived up to the anticipated hype in what was arguably one of the greatest college football games in history.Auburn beat Alabama 34-28 on the final play of the game. After being tied with .1 second left in the game, the Alabama Crimson Tide missed a long last-second field goal, where the Tigers’ Chris Davis caught the ball in the back of the end zone and ran it back for a 109-yard touchdown.“What it was like?” Davis said. “Like I keep saying, God is good, God is good.”Auburn’s coach Gus Malzahn attributed the win partially to the fans.“We talked about that we wanted to keep it close, and if we could get it to the fourth quarter playing at home, with our crowd, we would find a way to win,” Malzahn said. “You know, the way we won the last two weeks is really unbelievable.” read more

CBSE maths exam Board to meet principals mulls grace marking

first_imgAmidst complaints among CBSE class XII students over the “difficulty level” of their mathematics examination, the board has called some school principals for a meeting to discuss the matter and is also mulling whether to give a relaxation in the marking for the paper.According to HRD ministry sources, one of the options on the table could also be an “improvement exam”, on which a broader consensus has to be evolved.Board officials said there have been some changes in the pattern of the paper and that schools may not have been “intimated accordingly” in that regard. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe all-India exam conducted on Wednesday left students disappointed and concerned as they found the mathematics paper too tough. Teachers also felt that the paper required higher order thinking skills (HOTS) which, as per the examination pattern, forms 10 to 20 per cent of the paper. “There have been some changes in the question paper pattern and some schools may not have been intimated accordingly. So, we want to ensure that students are not put through any kind of harassment,” said a Central Board of Secondary Education official. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedThese issues would come up in the meeting with the principals which, the official said, would include “the nature of the questions, the level of difficulty, etc”.The official also said that an evaluation committee will meet after the exams are over to take stock of the grievances of the students and decide whether any grace marks could be awarded to them. It was also indicated that the question pattern framed was to ensure that there is rationalisation in the marking system.last_img read more

Free Web Security Tools to Guard Your Business Browser

first_img Using online security measures can be confusing and costly. But there is one easy step you can take right now: Make your browser as secure as possible.”Web security is a two-component affair: the websites and applications, and the browser you use to access the web,” says Justin Clarke, director at Gotham Digital Science, a New York City-based business security firm.Use the latest versions for all browsers and keep plug-ins and third-party apps up-to-date. Here are three free tools that will help your business browser earn the Fort Knox stamp of approval:Qualys BrowserCheck Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Qualys makes a full line of automated security tools aimed mostly at hard-core web security pros, but it also offers an easy-to-use browser security tool called BrowserCheck. Click the “scan” button on the BrowserCheck page, and get a report of recommended fixes, plus links to the relevant software.Firefox Plugin Check For keeping plug-ins secure, Firefox offers one heck of a management tool. Visit the plug-in check site, run the scan and get a detailed report of your add-on browser software. And, if one of your favorite plug-ins is no longer supported, get rid of it. This story appears in the November 2011 issue of . Subscribe » How Success Happens 2 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.center_img November 21, 2011 Listen Now Browserscope Browserscope is the most powerful browser analysis tool we tested. It runs a deep scan of your browser’s vulnerabilities and compares the results to all the scans from users who have used the tool.last_img read more

Mobile Wallets the Future of Loyalty Marketing Programs

first_imgAugust 4, 2015 3 min read “Mobile wallets” are steadily inching their way into the mainstream. With the technology now readily available — and affordable — and the stigma of security issues steadily fading, consumers are finally jumping on board.Related: The Future of Mobile Payments Awaits Your FingerprintIn the past year, approximately 28 percent of smartphone users actually made a mobile payment, and that number is only expected to grow.But what many merchants don’t realize is that mobile wallets can also be used as strategic marketing tools to help increase their bottom lines. The solution is in mobile loyalty programs.After all, customers love loyalty programs. But they don’t love carrying around a wad of plastic cards in their wallets. Cards are bulky and easily lost. So, if your business already offers a loyalty program — or plans to implement one — there’s never been a better time to make the switch to mobile.Benefits for businessesThe most obvious reason why merchants offer mobile loyalty programs is to give customers incentives to return to their businesses. But there are a number of other perks, too, including:Increased sales — Customer retention is always good for boosting the bottom line, but studies have shown that a mobile loyalty program can also boost extra sales among loyalty customers. Kohl’s loyalty customers, for example, average two additional trips to the store and spend $80 more than nonloyalty customers over the course of a year.Differentiation from the competition — Loyalty programs are an excellent way to stand out from the crowd. And having a mobile loyalty program gives you an even bigger edge in the marketplace. Consider what your competitors are doing for their loyalty programs and figure out a way to make yours even better.Cost savings – Mobile loyalty programs require less operational management than paper-based programs, and that advantage will ultimately lead to reduced operational costs.Improved customer service – Consumers want their experiences to be enjoyable, and they want to feel valued. Loyalty programs help make both of these goals possible. They open the door for more communication between retailers and customers during checkout. And they give loyal customers rewards for their patronage, making them feel appreciated.Related: The Future of Mobile Payments Awaits Your FingerprintThe current landscapeSome merchants, like Starbucks, have already launched successful loyalty programs within their own store apps. The Starbucks app allows customers to load money onto their mobile accounts (like a revolving gift card), keep track of their rewards and make payments and use their rewards directly from their phones at checkout. And this is just the beginning of the integration of mobile wallets with loyalty programs.Looking forwardExperts predict that the next step in mobile loyalty programs will be to integrate them with the front-runner mobile wallets, such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet. Up until this point, consumers have been forced to use mobile loyalty programs within each store’s individual apps. In the near future, we can expect to see these mobile wallets begin to not only implement store loyalty programs, but ultimately become a platform for integrated, real-time marketing.Related: Why It Might Make Sense to Pay Your Employees in Bitcoin (VIDEO) Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more