Thursday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgFernando Torres continues to struggle in front of goal. See how many of these five questions about the troubled Chelsea striker you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-83]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mobile Developers: It’s Not About The Money

first_imgTags:#Android#developers#HTML5#iOS#mobile#motivations#Open Source The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Apple iOS developers may make more money than their Android counterparts, but a new study from VisionMobile suggests that revenue is just one reason mobile app developers write for a particular platform. In fact, it’s not even the most important reason. Not by a long shot.Money, It’s A GasDespite Android’s overwhelming dominance of the mobile market, iOS developers still make more money. According to VisionMobile’s Developer Economics Q3 2013 report, iOS developers earn an average of $5,200 per month while Android developers pull down $4,700 per month. And despite there being more Android apps being downloaded, iOS still generates more money, as App Annie Intelligence data suggests: While this would seem to indicate a clear reason for developers to favor Apple over Android, the truth may not be quite so clear. Developers, it turns out, aren’t primarily motivated by money. Which is not the same as suggesting they’re a bunch of do-gooder Girl Scout types.Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Developer NeedsIn its new Developer Segmentation 2013 study, Vision Mobile highlights key developer types: Not surprisingly, so-called “Hunters” and “Guns for Hire” make up the bulk of the mobile developer population (42%), and contribute 48% of the app economy. Another 33% of app developers comprise the “Hobbyist” and “Explorer” segments, yet churn out only 13% of industry app revenues. These are the tinkerers who develop apps as a form of experimentation and personal enjoyment. The final group includes Enterprise IT and while only 29% of the market, it makes up 39% of app revenue.Both of these latter two groups favor HTML5 and Android. This isn’t surprising, given that they either need to be highly pragmatic (Enterprise IT) or they will choose a platform that allows them the most latitude (Android, HTML5) due to looser licensing constraints.Most interesting of all, none of the groups seems to have money as its primary motivation.Money drives just 28% of all developers, be they hobbyists or enterprise IT. Fun (40%) and creativity (53%) are much bigger motivations: What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … This won’t be surprising to anyone that has tracked developer motivations over time. As open-source software went mainstream, researchers grappled with understanding the motivations behind an outpouring of free labor into a wide array of open-source projects. Each found essentially the same thing as Karim Lakhani and Robert Wolf uncovered: developers express their creativity and derive personal satisfaction through code.Getting Motivations RightAs mobile ecosystems battle for developers, it’s worth keeping the fun factor in mind. The platform that best enables developers through documentation and tools, while making it easy to get started, will eventually win. Revenue potential matters, as few developers can afford to work for free full-time. But ultimately developers are impressed far more by how a platform enables them to express their creativity and enjoy development. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Matt Asay Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more

14 days agoEverton standing by Marco Silva

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton standing by Marco Silvaby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton do not plan on sacking Marco Silva at this stage of the season, according to reports.The Portuguese is under immense pressure with the Toffees sitting second bottom after eight games.The Toffees have failed to register a point since their 3-2 win over Wolves on September 1.Silva was booed by a section of the away support after last weekend’s loss to Burnley.But Sky Sports says the club have no plans to part ways with the former Watford man. last_img read more

10 days agoWest Brom still waiting for Barcelona to cough up for Louie Barry

first_imgWest Brom still waiting for Barcelona to cough up for Louie Barryby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are still waiting for Barcelona to cough up for Louie Barry.England youth international Barry rejected a three-year contract at The Hawthorns to join Barcelona in July, says the Express & Star.The Spanish giants have to pay just £235,000 for the youngster – a figure set by FIFA for 16-year-olds who move abroad.But last month it was revealed the Baggies were considering reporting the La Liga side to football’s world governing body due to their failure to stump up the cash.Barcelona had also failed to respond to Albion’s requests for the money.Now it is understood the two clubs are in dialogue over the cash. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’

first_imgArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’by Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar was the best teammate he has ever had.The pair played together for three seasons at Benfica, and the Argentine had a profound impact on his then Brazilian teammate.”A lot of players have helped me in my career,” Luiz said at a commercial event with Arsenal. “But Pablo Aimar stood out.”We must always be open to learning, whether it’s with younger players or those with more experience.”One day, Pablo came into my room and began to teach me how to pass from a ball in defence to one in attack.”He taught me how to create spaces and how to hide a pass to try to get it between the lines.”This was advice I had never had before.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

PoK Aksai Chin part of JK will give life for it Shah

first_imgNew Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday asserted in Lok Sabha that Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Aksai Chin are part of Jammu and Kashmir and said “we are ready to give our lives for it”.Moving a resolution for revoking provisions of Article 370 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, Shah also said that there has been a long-standing demand for giving Union Territory status to Ladakh which was fulfilled by the Narendra Modi government. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Kashmir is an integral part of India, there is no doubt about it. When I say Jammu and Kashmir, I include Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and Aksai Chin, both are included in the territorial boundaries of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Home Minister said. “Ladakh including Aksai Chin will be a Union Territory, Both Hill Councils will continue to be active,” he said. Responding to a query whether the new provisions would also include PoK, Shah said, “We will give our lives for it.” Aksai Chin is a vast area in Ladakh which is currently under Chinese occupation. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KShah said the “President has signed a Constitution Order 2019 yesterday, ordering application of all provisions of the Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir, this means Article 35A is removed”. The House also witnessed uproar, with Congress members and Shah involved in a war of words. Congress Leader of the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury questioned the legality behind introducing these bills. “You say it is an internal matter. The UN has been monitoring the situation since 1948. Then there is Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration. Whether this is a bilateral matter or an internal matter….” Chowdhury asked, triggering opposition from treasury benches. Chowdhury later said he needed clarification on the issue. Shah said, “These (legislations on JK) are not only legally right but also constitutionally right”. When some members from opposition benches asked why was the home minister appearing so aggressive, Shah replied, “I am aggressive because you think PoK is not a part of India.” Tewari said if Jammu and Kashmir, Junagadh and Hyderabad are part of India, then it is because of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. To this, Shah said this was an example of discrediting the contribution of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel. “This House has seen very historical decisions, this bill will be written in golden letters,” Shah added. Dismissing opposition charge that introduction of the bill and the resolution were violation of the rights of the people, Shah said nobody can stop us from introducing a resolution on Kashmir in Parliament. The home minister also said the UT of Jammu and Kashmir will have an assembly with a chief minister and MLAs. The government on Monday revoked some provisions of the Article 370 and proposed bifurcation of the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, a bold and far-reaching decision that seeks to redraw the map and future of a region at the centre of a protracted militancy movement. Fulfilling an electoral promise of the BJP less than 90 days after the Modi 2.0 government took power, Shah had announced the decision in the Rajya Sabha, which approved both the resolution and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill. Trying to pick holes in the bills to do away with special provisions given to Jammu and Kashmir, Congress member Manish Tewari said the move is a “constitutional travesty”. He said changing the boundaries of any state without approval of its state legislature is not in the spirit of Parliament. “Without the approval of the Constituent Assembly, you cannot do this. This is a wrong interpretation of the Constitution,” he said, adding that it was perhaps for the first time that a status of a state has been watered down and made into a UT. DMK members T R Baalu and Dayanidhi Maran also questioned the absence of National Conference member and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah from the House.last_img read more

CDN Controls bringing Canadian Forces Bold Eagle program to present at NPSS

first_img“The intent of the program is not to have people join the army after, or to go on to some sort of law enforcement career,” said Fanni. “You get light training and you get confidence, and you get all those good things. It’s like cadets.”Fanni explained that Bold Eagle doesn’t have a big presence in Northeast B.C., and that this week’s presentation at NPSS will be the first time that the program will be partnering with industry to do outreach to students.Bold Eagle’s presentation to NPSS students is taking place Thursday, March 8th. For more information about the Canadian Forces Bold Eagle program, visit: http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/jobs-caf-aboriginal/bold-eagle-index.page FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — CDN Controls in Fort St. John are once again helping to bring opportunities to First Nations students at North Peace Secondary School, though this year’s event will be expanding on last year’s focus on trades training.CDN’s Community Relations Coordinator Alex Fanni said that last year, his company hosted a group of First Nations students from the North Peace at the Fort St. John office to learn about what it takes to embark on a career in the electrical and instrumentation trades. CDN entered into a partnership with the Halfway River First Nation to help area First Nations students in opening doors to those career paths.Fanni, who is a veteran of Afghanistan and served with the Canadian Forces for five years, said that he wanted to do something slightly different this year, and got in touch with a friend of his that runs the Forces’ Bold Eagle program. The program, which runs through the summer, is open to First Nations youth living in western Canada and combines Aboriginal culture and teachings with military training.last_img read more

Trinamool’s Arjun Singh to join BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: Trinamool Congress strongman and Bhatpara MLA Arjun Singh is all set to join the BJP here in the presence of senior party leaders, party sources said on Thursday. The legislator was miffed with the Trinamool leadership as he was denied a Lok Sabha ticket from Barrackpore parliamentary constituency, presently represented by Dinesh Trivedi. Singh on Thursday reached here and met Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Mukul Roy, in whose presence he will join the saffron party on Thursday afternoon. He is also likely to be fielded from Barrackpore parliamentary constituency.last_img read more

Dikshit calls urgent meeting with DPCC working presidents

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Congress Chief Shiela Dikshit has called an urgent meeting with the three working presidents of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee on Tuesday, a senior party leader said.The meeting comes in the backdrop of Congress mulling its options to align with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi in its bid to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections, days after having unanimously decided to go it alone in Delhi. “An urgent meeting has been called with the three working presidents Devender Yadav, Haroon Yusuf and Rajesh Lilothia, at Sheila Diskhit’s residence,” a party leader said. The leader, however, did not elaborate on the agenda of the meeting.last_img read more

Can The Seahawks Get Back To The Super Bowl

2015116117115109— The Seattle Seahawks came into 2015 as championship favorites, having put up one of the best two-year runs in NFL history, with a bid for back-to-back titles undone by one of the most shocking twist endings in Super Bowl history. But things went downhill in a hurry. Seattle lost four of its first six games; then won two in a row, against the foundering 49ers and Cowboys; and in Week 10 dropped a crucial home game against the Cardinals that effectively killed any chance of a third consecutive NFC West crown. It was mid-November and the Seahawks were unlikely to make the playoffs, let alone win the Super Bowl.You can’t keep a good fish-eating bird of prey down, though. After three straight wins, including an impressive 38-7 dismantling of Minnesota on the road on Sunday, the Seahawks look like they’re rounding back into form — and are nearly back in their familiar perch atop our NFL Elo ratings. Elo even gives Seattle a healthy 83 percent shot at making the playoffs now. But making the playoffs and regaining the preseason championship favorite designation are two very different things, and reasons why the latter will be much more difficult for Seattle can be found both on the field and in the NFL’s playoff format.Russell Wilson is back!First, some good news: Seattle’s offense is showing signs of life. Since Week 11, QB Russell Wilson’s aerial attack has led the NFL by a mile in passing expected points added (EPA) per dropback — the difference between the No. 1 Seahawks and No. 2 Bengals is bigger than the gap between Cincinnati and the No. 19 Titans — after ranking 21st through Week 10. It helps that the three defenses Seattle has played — the 49ers, Steelers and Vikings — have mediocre EPA ratings against the pass, but the ways in which the passing game has improved are also encouraging.One puzzling thing about Seattle’s early-season passing woes is that they came despite the addition of Jimmy Graham — a tight end so productive with New Orleans that he wanted to be called a wide receiver. Graham had led all NFL TEs in receiving yards over the preceding three seasons and was expected to add a new dimension to the Seahawks’ offense.Thing is, Graham wasn’t associated with especially efficient short passing for New Orleans, doing most of his damage on seam routes and other deeper patterns. He was 17th among the league’s 32 qualifying1Minimum 80 targets. tight ends in yards per target on passes of 10 yards or fewer from 2012 to 2014; Saints QB Drew Brees ranked only 16th in Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) when tossing short to TEs.2Compared to his third-place ranking in passes of all yards, to all positions, over the same span. In Seattle this season, the same trends have manifested. The Seahawks have been great when Wilson throws the ball more than 10 yards downfield, but they ranked only 15th in per-dropback EPA on shorter routes during the season’s first 10 weeks, with Wilson also suffering the league’s worst sack rate.3Hence, their 21st overall ranking — they were good at deep passing but mediocre on short targets and allowed sacks at a frequency that would impress even David Carr. Graham ranks 17th once again in yards per target on short passes, and Wilson ranks 23rd in QBR on short passes to TEs.So perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the Seahawks’ short passing attack saw the opposite of adverse effects when Graham was injured for the season against the Steelers in Week 12. Or perhaps football is an incredibly complicated sport with a small sample of games each season, and it’s difficult to filter signal from noise in any individual player’s statistical footprint. Either way, Wilson and the Seahawks have finally found their passing rhythm of late and since Week 11 have had the league’s most efficient passing offense on both short and long routes, with Wilson being sacked 40 percent less often.It’s a good thing that the passing game is picking up. Seattle’s rushing EPA per play is down quite a bit from last year’s ridiculously efficient output, and the team’s defense has been on the downturn from its typical dominant form.Not the same SeahawksWe can trace Seattle’s evolution over the course of the Russell Wilson Era using the team grades I developed here, which place per-play EPA in a given category on a scale where the league average is 100 and one standard deviation in performance is +/- 15 points: OFFENSE RATINGDEFENSE RATING 2013116101139108Won Super Bowl YEARPASSINGRUSHINGPASSINGRUSHINGPLAYOFFS 2014104138122128Lost Super Bowl 201211811411993Lost divisional round Because passing is more important than rushing in today’s NFL, it won’t take much of an aerial improvement for the Seahawks to compensate for their decline in the ground game this season. However, the team’s defensive drop-off is more concerning. In 2013, Seattle defended the pass about as well as any team ever has, but it’s steadily become more mortal over time. The Seahawks now rank 14th — decent but not great — at defending short4Again, defined as pass attempts of 10 or fewer air yards. passes (they ranked second in 2013 and 2014) and a below-average 18th against deep ones (first in 2013 and 2014). Add in a commensurate drop in rush defense (to 10th this year) and the Seahawks — while still better than average on D — are no longer the fearsome defensive leviathan they built a reputation as over the past few seasons.As I mentioned earlier, even given all that, the Seahawks have still mustered nearly the best Elo rating in the league. But Elo also pegs Seattle’s chance of winning the Super Bowl at a mere 6 percent, far below the chances of their peers atop the Elo food chain. Even Denver and Cincinnati, inferior clubs according to Elo, have double-digit Super Bowl probabilities. The reason is simple: The teams ahead of Seattle have either already clinched their division (Carolina) or are overwhelmingly likely to do so.Seattle, meanwhile, almost certainly has a wild card date in its future. That means the Seahawks will need to win one more playoff game than most of their fellow title contenders. (Carolina and New England are practically guaranteed first-round byes; Arizona is highly likely to earn the same; and Denver and Cincinnati are nearly a toss-up to grab the remaining slot.) And as a likely No. 5 or 6 seed, Seattle will have to do it on the road. The reality of an extra single-elimination test slices into Seattle’s Super Bowl probability considerably.Assuming that the Seahawks do make the playoffs, though, they’ll be on everyone’s list of dark-horse Super Bowl candidates — and nobody’s list of preferred postseason opponents. They may not be in their typical role as title favorites, but all it might take to change that are sustained improvements in the passing game and a first-round playoff victory. read more