Alas takes blame for Phoenix loss to SMB

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Fuel Masters return to action on December 27 against Kia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNew Phoenix coach Louie Alas took responsibility for his team’s 96-104 defeat to San Miguel on Sunday to open the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “I saw some positive things. Easily, we could have given up early, but when we changed personnel, from 17-points down, we were able to trim it down to five,” he said, noting his squad’s huge rally to slice the lead down, 85-80 with 6:30 to play.Alas also thinks the Fuel Masters have come a long way.”If we didn’t have the preseason, we would have been down by almost 30 points. But part of that loss should be charged to me. If I did good thing in rotation or handling the doubling scheme, maybe the result would have been different and we could’ve stopped them. So we need to prepare ourselves that we need to play.”Alas believes Phoenix just have to play with a little bit more consistency next time.“It’s just consistency. We’ll close in, we’ll change players, and then the game will change too. We just have to find the right combinations. Even if we change the players on the floor, we still have to be consistent. And that’s my job.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Chris Ross shows out with mom in attendance “It’s my fault. We knew the ball will go to June Mar (Fajardo), but we still doubled him,” he said.With no one to match against the four-time PBA MVP, the Fuel Masters desperately tried to double the behemoth, a move that spaced the floor perfectly for the Beermen and opened their shooters as Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot punished them from distance late.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk”From there, the lead got bigger and bigger. I just told my players that next time, I’ll be sharper. You can’t make mistakes on those situations and we really paid for it,” he said.Still, Alas would rather look at the positives especially with how Phoenix fared against the three-time defending Philippine Cup champions. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Minnows Panama up to task against star-studded Belgium

first_img“We are not favourites but if we have a good day anything can happen,” said Gomez, Panama’s veteran Colombian coach who is usually known by his nickname ‘Bolillo’.While Panama’s squad contains no real household names, and half a dozen players well into their 30s, Roberto Martinez’s Belgians have come to this World Cup with a golden generation led by the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.“The squad is prepared to come up against a team of many carats, and a great coach who is also a great person,” said Gomez.“They have the best players in the world, except for Messi and Cristiano. Belgium are candidates to win the title, and we are proud to be facing them.”Iceland followed their run to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016 by holding Argentina to a 1-1 draw in Moscow on Saturday, although they were helped by Lionel Messi’s second-half penalty miss.Gomez is hoping his side can take inspiration from that performance to claim their first World Cup point in Group G, even if he did not want to compare his group of journeymen with a more experienced Icelandic outfit.“Iceland qualified ahead of Croatia and did well in the Euros as well, and they were coming up against an Argentina side who are not on the same level as Belgium just now.“There is a bigger gulf between Belgium and Panama. Nobody denies they are the favourites, but if we have a good day we can get something.”Gomez, a former Colombia and Ecuador coach, called on his side to have “warm bodies and cool heads” for their bow on Russia’s Black Sea coast.The heat and humidity here in southern Russia could help them against Belgium, but their recent record is a source of concern, particularly in front of goal.The Panamanians scored just nine in 10 qualifiers, and they arrived in Russia after scoring just one goal in their last five matches.That included a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Switzerland and a 1-0 reverse in Norway 10 days ago. It is a worrying outlook, especially with England to follow next weekend.“Panama are not a team who score a lot of goals. We are working hard as a team, but we come into the World Cup with problems putting the ball in the net.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Panama players train in Sochi on Sunday, in the shadow of the Caucasus mountains © AFP / Adrian DENNISSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Hernan Dario Gomez leads minnows Panama into their World Cup debut on Monday mindful that Iceland’s efforts in holding Argentina have shown that “anything can happen”.Panama caused a sensation by qualifying for Russia from the CONCACAF zone at the expense of the United States, but they have been handed just about the toughest start imaginable — a star-studded Belgium await in Sochi on Monday evening.last_img read more

How Swede it is – Parnevik shoots 61

first_imgFrom news services Jesper Parnevik spent two months this year trying to play with an injured toe. He broke it while scampering around his boat and jamming his foot into a case of beer. No. Parnevik wasn’t drinking. “That was the problem,” he said. “The case was full.” Now Parnevik can down a celebratory mug. He shot a career-best 9-under-par 61 on Thursday to take a four-stroke lead after the first round of the Texas Open in San Antonio. For the 42-year-old Swede, winless since taking the last of his five PGA Tour titles in 2001, the 61 topped his previous PGA Tour best of 62, set last year in a second-place finish in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. It’s the lowest score at the Texas Open since Bart Bryant shot a 60 in the third round when he won in 2004. On the PGA Tour this year, Zach Johnson shot a 60 in the third round of the Tour Championship. Major champions Justin Leonard – the 2000 and 2001 Texas Open winner – and Bob Tway were at 65 along with 2005 champion Robert Gamez, Mathias Gronberg, Matt Hendrix, Neal Lancaster, Shigeki Maruyama, Daniel Chopra, Richard S. Johnson and Dan Forsman. Longs Drugs Challenge Pat Hurst sank a 20-foot putt from the fringe for eagle on the final hole, giving her a share of the lead in Danville. The 38-year-old Hurst shot a 5-under 67 to tie for the best first-day score with a woman nearly half her age in Inbee Park of South Korea. World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa was among seven others two strokes back of the leaders after the first 18 holes. ETC.: Hall of Famer Beth Daniel will captain the U.S. Solheim Cup team for the 2009 matches at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois. Daniel, a three-time LPGA Player of the Year and 33-time winner on the tour, assisted Nancy Lopez and Betsy King in the last two matches against Europe. Senior Players Championship Mark Wiebe and four others shot 3-under 67s to share the opening-round lead after fog forced two delays totaling more than two hours at the outset of the tournament in Timonium, Md. R.W. Eaks, Scott Hoch, Loren Roberts and Walter Hall also shot 67. Five players, including Fred Funk, Nick Price and Dana Quigley, were at 68. Dunhill Links Championship Steve Webster shot a 7-under 65 at Carnoustie to take a one-stroke lead. Webster, who has struggled with a back injury this year, birdied the first three holes and then added five others with only one bogey. He leads former champion Paul Lawrie, Soren Hansen, Scott Strange and Hennie Otto by one stroke. The Old Course at St. Andrews and Kingsbarns are the other layouts used for the championship. U.S. Women’s Mid-Am Amateur Meghan Bolger successfully defended her title, parring the 18th hole to beat Kerry Postillion, 1 up, in Carefree, Ariz. The 29-year-old Bolger, from Haddonfield, N.J., joined Sarah LeBrun Ingram (1993-94) and Ellen Port (1996-96) as the only players to win consecutive titles in the 21-year history of the championship.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Mavericks, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as the Warriors try to rebound from a loss in Utah when they take on the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle.The Warriors (21-11) were dealt a 108-103 defeat by the Jazz on Wednesday as Golden State couldn’t contain Utah’s long-distance shooting — the Jazz hit 16 3-pointers on their way to victory.Golden State is also looking to redeem itself after losing to Dallas …last_img read more

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Has the corn basis peaked?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn basis levels appear to have reached a near-term peak early this month. Ethanol plants in central and western Ohio had reached 26 to 34 over the May CBOT corn. With price rallies the first two weeks in April, it appears plenty of old crop corn was moving from farmers’ bins. In the face of that price rally, corn basis then declined 4 to 9 cents in just a few days. Those price rallies had old crop corn at $4 or higher in numerous Ohio locations. That seemed to be the magic level that producers had desired for months. Corn movement was heavy from farms across Ohio and the Midwest. No doubt those ethanol plants and end users were able to book their needs for at least a month on the corn rally. It will be most interesting to see how the corn basis moves for the next eight weeks. Those weeks will get us though planting season, and into the critical pollination periods of the first two weeks of July.Weather will continue to be a dominant and volatile force for both corn and soybeans this summer. The current El Niño is the strongest in 20 years. It is quickly ending, though, sooner than expected. It is quite common for the end of El Niño to produce dry weather extremes, particularly in the western portion of the Corn Belt. With this in mind, it is no wonder that a prominent weather forecaster’s prediction that the Corn Belt could experience the fifth driest summer since the 1950s generated attention.While the numbers from the March 31 planting intentions report are well known, the price action in the two weeks that followed have been most surprising. The 93.6 million corn acres were quite a surprise to the market, as corn closed 15 cents lower for the day. The market had expected 2016 corn acres to be 90 million acres, slightly above those of the previous year of 88 million acres. In spite of that strong bearish reaction, corn was unable to stay lower or make multiple new contract lows in the days that followed. Then two weeks later, corn was able to close above the previous two month highs.That price action was another case of technicals or chart action being the leading market mover, with the fundamental reality and reasons then becoming well known in the days that followed. Three fundamental factors are in play. First are the dry weather concerns in Brazil that could affect corn production. Second is the pending and potential impeachment of Brazil’s president. Corruption concerns in Brazil along with the Brazilian Real seeing extreme volatility were in the news for over a month. The third factor is corn open interest. Corn in early April reached near record short positions by the funds. Any hint of weather concerns for 2016 corn could have those shorts heading for the exits in spectacular fashion at any time.Soybeans were also able to rally during the first two weeks of April. The second week of April, soybeans closed 39 cents higher for the week. The same weather concerns in South America  were a huge factor. While the dry weather in Brazil was most influential for the corn rally, Argentina was seeing frequent rains, which were delaying harvest. With soybeans not reaching the ports quickly enough, U.S. soybeans were once again the cheapest world source for soybean exports from April through June. It was clearly a case of “risk on,” as buyers were most active, pushing soybean prices above the $9.20 level once thought impossible to break through. Buyers were active enough to push soybean open interest to new records.Traders will be closely watching upcoming weekly ethanol reports. Why? The weekly ethanol production report of April 12 revealed a four million bushel decline in corn usage. In the same week, the April USDA  supply and demand report indicated corn usage for ethanol would increase 25 million bushels to 5.25 billion bushels for the current crop year.last_img read more

The top weeds for 2020

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Field LeaderAfter a challenging 2019, four specific weeds should be on every farmer’s radar for 2020: waterhemp, Palmer amaranth, giant ragweed, and marestail.Waterhemp and Palmer amaranth                Palmer amaranth seed headsIn terms of waterhemp, there was significant seed production potential in 2019.“I have seen an increase in waterhemp in 2019, especially with all the prevent plant acres, and that is going to mean big problems for some farmers in 2020,” said Kenny Schilling, retail market manager for FMC Corporation. “If you know you are going to have waterhemp issues in the 2020 soybean crop, a farmer needs to plan on using a dicamba or Liberty soybean in that field.“It is recommended to use a Group 14 and Group 15 Family herbicide in the pre-emerge application and follow it up with a Group 15 Family herbicide again in the post-emerge application, combined with the chemistry from the herbicide resistant soybean that was planted. Most farmers are using either a Group 14 or Group 15, but they really need to use a herbicide from both groups.”Farmers need to catch waterhemp early.“Farmers need to learn to treat the seed, not the weed,” Shilling said. “Ideally we need to stop it before it germinates. Waterhemp will grow 1.25 inches each day after it germinates. To be effective, we really need to get it before it gets to the 6- to 8-inch range. At that point it is just too big, and becomes very difficult to control. There are basically 5 days from the time waterhemp germinates until it is a problem, so an application needs to be made before day 5.”Don Schneider, business representative for BASF concurs with Shilling’s concern. Schneider wants farmers to assess their waterhemp going to be based on how much seed was produced on the acres that were uncontrolled in 2019?“This is a real issue that needs to have special attention in 2020 if a farmer finds it spread into their field in 2019. Waterhemp is known for its prolific seed production and having a very small, light seed that can easily be spread by the wind. It is a fast grower, and it produces seed throughout the summer,” Schneider said.Schneider recommends that if a farmer has waterhemp that went to seed, they should plan to go after it with an early spring burndown application or early post-emerge application.“The farmer will need to have their weapons fully loaded to tackle this weed in 2020,” Schneider said.Schilling recommends herbicide resistant soybeans when battling tough weeds.“Farmers should plan on planting a dicamba bean if they know they have a problem. If they have concerns about the risk of the dicamba products, then a Liberty resistant soybean or an Enlist bean (resistant to 2,4-D or glyphosate), and Liberty (glufosinate) should be selected to give the most options for in season control.”Waterhemp is similar to Palmer amaranth in that it is a prolific seed producer. One Palmer amaranth plant is capable of producing 250,000 to 500,000 seeds. It also germinates the entire growing season from early May until mid-August.“Farmers really need to layer another residual with the post emerge pass for control of these weeds,” Schneider said.Neil Badenhop, sales representative for Valent USA, is concerned that waterhemp may have gotten established and gone to seed in either unplanted or untreated fields this past summer. The farmers may not realize the potential problem they have on their hands.“Proper identification of the weed problem is the first step. Farmers may misidentify waterhemp, thinking it is common lambsquarters,” Badenhop said. “The two weeds look very similar if you do not know what you’re looking for.”Giant ragweedNot all residual herbicides are created equal. A farmer needs to study the Ohio, Indiana and Illinois Weed Control Guide, and evaluate differences in residual herbicides. Different herbicides work better on different weed complexes. Farmers need to purchase an effective herbicide based on individual weed populations.Some farmers may be lulled into a false sense of security with their “standard” chemistry program. Along with waterhemp, giant ragweed has become a greater concern and creates real challenges in management, Shilling said.“The problem is if a farmer has both waterhemp and giant ragweed issues, the products that are good on waterhemp are not as good on giant ragweed,” Shilling said. “If there are giant ragweed concerns, a farmer should look at products in the Group 2 Family that contain First Rate or Classic.”Schneider feels that to effectively battle giant ragweed, both a pre-emerge and post-emerge application strategy are necessary.“Giant ragweed has a large seed and has a later germination than other weeds, so it causes issues for a pre-emerge application alone without a good post-emerge application to follow-up. Liberty and Engenia are both good options to add to either a pre- or post- application on the respective traited soybeans, and they are both also good on marestail,” Schneider said.MarestailSoybean field full of marestail that has gone to seed in the fall.Glyphosate resistant marestail continues to be a problem in fields that have not seen an adjustment in the herbicide program to address the issue.For farmers with multiple herbicide resistant weed species present, a dicamba resistant soybean is recommended. Dicamba-resistant soybeans, regardless of the company and specific product (Engenia, Xtendimax and FeXapan) are labeled to have the product applied either pre-plant, pre-emerge, or post-emerge. The chemistries have been formulated to reduce the volatility and risk of inversion and off-site movement.Badenhop has been very impressed with the reformulations and less volatility now compared to his prior experience with the original formulation of dicamba and off target movement risk.“I thought there would be a lot more issues. The new technology has really lowered the vulnerability and risk. The companies have done a great job,” Badenhop said. “Most complaints seem to be a result of a misapplication from the label directions. As a result, more restrictions continue to be placed on the use of the products in other states.”Valent USA does not have a dicamba product on the market. Engenia is the BASF dicamba product.Schneider said the companies that manufacture the dicamba product offer required training for farmers intending to apply it in the 2020 growing season.“The product label requires dicamba training for anyone who will be applying the dicamba product in 2020,” Schneider said. “This is a two-year label approved by the U.S. EPA. Individual states can have additional stipulations. Ohio has elected to stay with the federal label.” Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit read more

Game Consoles Are Already Dead — And Developers Know It

first_imgTags:#games#Mobile Games Related Posts markhachman 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Still blasting away Halo‘s Covenant hordes on your Xbox 360, or ripping out guts as God of War‘s Kratos on your PS3? Your days are numbered — and I’m not talking about how far you’re going to make it in these games.Game developers, it turns out, are abandoning the venerable video-game console even faster than gamers themselves. The Game Developers Conference, which opens next month in San Francisco, recently asked 2,500 developers about their plans for next-generation consoles. The results were, shall we say, not encouraging for the likes of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.Survey Says…Specifically, the GDC asked developers which platforms they had last developed for, which platforms they were developing for now, and on which platforms they planned their next game. To no big surprise, tablets and phones are increasingly winning over developers: 38 percent wrote their last game for mobile devices, 55 percent moved to mobile for their latest game, and 58 percent plan their next game there.Compare that to Sony’s PS3. Thirteen percent of respondants called themselves current PS3 developers, and just 12.4 percent planned their next game for the PS3. The Xbox 360 only does slightly better: 13.2 percent for now, and 14 percent for the future. (Eleven percent of the devs polled said they’re making games for the next-generation PlayStation 4 and the “Xbox 720,” or whatever Microsoft ends up calling the 360’s successor.)And don’t even think about Nintendo’s Wii or dedicated handheld game devices. Just 4.6 percent of developers are actively making a Wii game, although 6.4 percent say they’ll do so in the future. A mere 4.2 percent are working PlayStation Vita games, with about 5 percent saying they have future plans. Barely 2.8 percent say they’re developing future games for the Nintendo DS.And Then There’s The PCMore than half of the surveyed developers, or 53%, self-identified as “indie” developers — i.e., they’re not associated with megacorps like Electronic Arts that are solely devoted to turning out the next blockbuster. Which may help explain one of the survey’s more surprising findings, which is that many of these developers are actually once again warming to PCs and Macs.Those stats don’t lie: 34.6 percent of developers say they’ve developed PC/Mac games in the past, 48 percent are doing so now, and 49 percent plan future games.Of course, you could reasonably ask what choice they have. It’s incredibly difficult to eke out a living selling 99-cent games through Apple’s App Store or Google Play. And sales of video-game consoles are in precipitous decline. In 2012, sales of video game consoles, software, and peripherals fell 22 percent to $13.3 billion, according to retail tracker NPD.By contrast, mobile games are upending the traditional “mobile console” handheld devices such as the Vita and the Nintendo DS, according to a report (PDF) co-authored by IDC and app analyst firm App Annie. Combined game sales on the iOS and Android app stores are now higher than revenues generated by the mobile consoles — even though games on the Vita can be ten to fifty times more expensive. And that’s not even counting ad revenue generated by free and nearly free game apps.Source: IDC, App Annie (Feb. 2013)Why mobile? Chris Akhavan, senior vice president of partnerships for mobile game monetization services provider Tapjoy, explains that the reach of mobile games — 207 million iOS and Android devices combined, compared to the 70 million PS3s in the market, is the first driver. And mobile hardware is constantly, iteratively improving, while consoles only refresh every seven years or so.“The second is a lower barrier to entry,” Akhavan told me in an email. He went on:Mobile platforms are much more open than a console, and don’t have the restrictions of a working with a publisher. Console game development comes with a much bigger price: big title console game studios maintain budgets around $80 – $100 million, while most small to mid-size mobile gaming studios have budget closer to $200,000 – $400,000.However, mobile game development budgets are growing because of the final contributing factor: earnings potential. Supercell reports earnings around $1 million per day for its games, and Gungho’s Puzzles and Dragons game is bringing in around $2 million daily. The monetization potential on mobile is much higher, and coupled with a lower development cost, there’s a huge opportunity to earn significant revenue.Why Consoles SuckWhat’s the most telling sign of the demise of the traditional video game? Sequelitis. Each of 2012’s top-ten bestselling games — every single one — has been done before: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Madden NFL 13, Halo 4, even Just Dance 4 and Borderlands 2.Compare that to the vast array of indie games being developed for the PC, Mac, and tablets. Sure, you’ve probably never heard of many of those. But for just a dollar or two a pop, you can afford to try them out. Who needs top-tier review sites? A collection of four- and five-star reviews (along with a careful parsing of the review scores, to ensure that the developer is not “paying” for good reviews through in-game currency or other goodies) can fill the bill.Let’s face it: for those with less and less time to game, episodic and casual games fill the bill, especially while riding trains and during “downtime” with no access to a console. Gamers can be online and playing in seconds. One of the most interesting tests will be platforms like the Ouya, which features a traditional console that plays mobile games.That’s not to say that any given mobile game is a guaranteed winner; Mark Fidelman makes the case that most game developers are chasing imaginary profits. Still, how long can it be before the conservative mindset of console game developers drives more and more gamers away from the console and back onto their phones? Sure, for those who have never played a Call of Duty game, the experience can be, well, cinematic. But for those who detest being handheld along from checkpoint to checkpoint, the experience, is well, cinematic. (Ugh.)And when you do it again, and again, and again… well, maybe it’s time to take a break with some Angry Birds.Lede image courtesy of Flickr user gongus, CC 2.0 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Why Swarm Won’t Save Foursquare

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#ambient location#ambient location apps#applications#Foursquare#location apps#Location Services#Swarm A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Swarm was Foursquare’s way of ripping the check-in from its flagship app. The new social app uses your phone’s GPS function to broadcast where you are at all times, and view others’ locations, too. Named after the Foursquare “Swarm Badge” that signifies a busy location, Swarm is the latest “ambient location” app to launch this year. “Ambient location” apps rely on mobile phones’ location services to display your general area to your friends in a passive way, without the need to check into any specific location. That’s how Swarm works. If you decide you want to share your exact location with friends, Swarm’s check-in feature is basically the same, but now you can also share your future plans with friends and invite them to join in. Ambient location sharing can be turned off, but it’s on by default.See Also: Why Foursquare Is Breaking Up With The Check-InI’m skeptical of location sharing in general. I rarely check into places until I’m ready to leave, and even then, I don’t see the benefit. And with Swarm, my general location is visible to anyone at any time. There are only a handful of people I’d be okay with knowing that information, and it’s not anyone on the friends list I’d amassed since joining Foursquare four years ago. I’m probably not alone here. Ambient location apps haven’t taken off, and even Facebook’s attempt to get friends to share their general locations has fallen flat. Most people don’t mind telling their friends where they are, as long as they’re okay with those friends joining them. I bet most people don’t have 100 or more friends they’d enjoy meeting up with randomly on the street. Foursquare doesn’t disclose monthly active user numbers, but the company boasts over 50 million app downloads. Still, one would imagine users stay in contact with friends over Twitter and Facebook more often than they do with Foursquare, and moving check-ins to Swarm may not help Foursquare in that regard. Reserve Your Tickets Now: Join ReadWrite And Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley To Talk About The Future Of AppsFoursquare is simply not as popular as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, even though the company is technically in the same category as those companies. In 2010, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley was even dubbed “The New King Of Social Media”—but four years later, Foursquare may be doing more rebuilding than refining.Swarm, Foursquare’s new social arm, will more or less need to build its community from the ground up; Crowley says the company is building tools to make it easier to bounce between Foursquare’s apps, but I doubt users like me, who primarily use Foursquare as a recommendation tool, will find Swarm appealing. A New Direction For FoursquareAs Swarm tries to popularize proximity apps, Foursquare will have its own hurdles to jump.The new Foursquare app to be released later this year will offer suggestions on where to go and what to order, based on users’ unique location histories. On the plus side, Foursquare’s directory of places consists of over six billion check-ins, which is more than any other service—arguably enviable by Google or Yelp. See Also: Foursquare CEO: How We’ll Tell You Where To Eat And What To OrderFoursquare will learn your behavior based on your previous check-ins and ambient location data—such as where you like to eat, or when you like to go to the movies—and tailor suggestions for where you should go next. The Foursquare app will eventually deliver push notifications when you are at a new location, and serve up suggestions for what to do there. Many places have “tips,” or small reviews written by Foursquare after they check in. Unlike Yelp, these Foursquare reviews tend to be short and concise. As Foursquare moves away from the check-in, these reviews will be the focal point of the new application.The only way for Foursquare to collect your location data once check-ins are removed is to use location services running in the background to track where you’ve been, which is concerning for privacy-conscious folks. In order to receive tailored push notifications, you’ll have to let Foursquare track you.Foursquare’s collection of places is likely robust enough on its own to succeed as a competitor to Yelp. But will users be comfortable giving up their location information to both Foursquare and casual contacts on a regular basis? I’m not convinced. Lead image via John Fischer on Flickr The first thing I did after downloading Foursquare’s new Swarm app was drastically cull my friends list on Foursquare from over 100 people down to just 19. When I joined Foursquare a few years ago, I was living in Arizona, still in college—a completely different lifestyle. As the years went by, things changed but my friends list kept growing. I stopped using Foursquare for checking in, and started using it as a location recommendation service, similar to Yelp. In my mind, it wasn’t really a social network anymore—in fact, I started keeping it among the travel apps on my iPhone.This is the concept Foursquare wants to build: to move beyond the check-in. The company’s recent unbundling of its services yielded two separate entities—Swarm, the social network; and Foursquare, the app you’ll use when trying to figure out what to do next.Foursquare isn’t the first social network to experiment with splitting up its services. Facebook, most notably, has been trying to unbundle itself for years, sometimes failing along the way. Its latest move—forcing Facebook users into Messenger if they want to chat on mobile devices—was largely criticized, for example.Foursquare is also taking a risk by dividing its efforts for two distinctly different services seemingly working in opposite directions. Yes, Foursquare’s location discovery application will use your check-in data from Swarm, but Swarm also wants to create a different social experience entirely.Swarm—Creepy Or Convenient?  The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos selena larson Related Posts last_img read more

Forest fires threatening Odisha’s flora and fauna

first_imgOdisha had registered a sudden jump in forest fires across the State resulting in massive damage to flora and fauna.As many as 5,332 fire spots had been noticed since November 1 last, the beginning of forest fire season, in the State. The month of March had alone registered 4,495 fire spots. As per statistics generated by SNPP (Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership) satellite, only 385 fire spots were recorded February while in January, only 55 fire incidences were detected.Southern Odisha looked red in the map provided by Forest Fire Geo Portal of Forest Survey. In Koraput, the southernmost forest circle in Odisha, 2,809 fire spots had been detected since November. It was followed by Bhawanipatna with 622 fire incidences and Berhampur (601). Rourkela and Sambalpur division had relatively lower incidences with 416 and 355 fire spots detected during the same period. The month of April started with 11 fires on Monday as detected by Moderate resolution Imaging spectro-radiometer (MODIS) with a resolution of 1 km.Forest divisions mappedThough forest department claimed to have mapped the forest divisions prone to fire and maintained more than 6,000-km long fire line in different forests ahead of the fire season, forests continue to be gutted. Given the vastness of forest areas and gigantic task, number of fire watchers engaged in fire-fighting appears to be too little.“Apart from causing a huge loss to the timber and other fruit and leaf bearing trees and creepers of the forest, fires also destroy wildlife and their habitat. Nests and eggs of ground dwelling birds are lost. Reptiles also lose their young ones due to forest fires,” said Biswajit Mohanty, former member of the National Board for Wildlife.Fire could only be tamed at the initial stage before it became a conflagration preventing anybody from even approaching it due to the intense heat generated, Mr. Mohanty said demanding it should be monitored from the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forest.last_img read more