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Hughes ponders changes for replay

first_imgMark Hughes is set to make changes for his team’s FA Cup replay against MK Dons – QPR’s second match in as many days.The new manager, an FA Cup winner with Manchester United and Chelsea, will assess the condition of several players ahead of his first home game in charge.He plans to include at least a couple of players who did not feature against Newcastle, with Hogan Ephraim poised for an outing and DJ Campbell also hoping to be involved.“It’ll give me a chance to look at players that didn’t get a chance to influence the [Newcastle] game,” said Hughes.“There won’t be as many changes as people might think though. I always treat the FA Cup with respect – it’s a competition that’s been good to me.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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What Is Google Getting at With Chrome OS for Tablets?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Evidence has surfaced in some Google source code that the company isn’t simply looking at using Chrome OS – the Web-based operating system revealed last December –  just for notebook computers. Instead, it looks like Google is considering the OS for use on tablets. As some point out, that seems like a confusing move with Google banking so much on Honeycomb.Perhaps, however, Chrome OS isn’t meant for high-end tablets at all. Maybe Chrome OS for tablets is Google’s play at creating a low-end tablet market or something else altogether.According to CNET, Google admitted it was working on a tablet version of Chrome OS, but only said that, “We are engaging in early open-source work for the tablet form factor.”Google also said that it might not stop with tablets.“Chrome OS was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of form factors. We expect to see different partners build different kinds of devices based on Chrome OS, but for this initial release we are targeting the notebook form factor,” the company explained in a statement.In February, a rumor hit the wires that Acer would be releasing a Chrome OS-powered “surf station,” which was little more than a monitor with built-in connectivity and a touch screen. Perhaps the tablet version of Chrome OS could power devices like this or, even better, super-cheap tablets that can’t run Honeycomb? After all, when it came to netbooks, they were effectively competing with laptops by offering a much lower price point and coming in with a much smaller form factor. The Motorola Xoom, for example, runs Honeycomb. It is powerful and pays for it in weight, size and price. A cheap tablet alternative could be offered, however, by sacrificing power and performance. Chrome OS could be the OS of choice for the super-cheap tablet. Or maybe it isn’t that at all. Maybe Google simply wants to make the ubiquity play. Despite its claims that developer tools would solve fragmentation issues between Android and Honeycomb, perhaps Chrome OS would help pull tablets toward Web apps.  What do you think – why is Google looking at Chrome OS for the tablet, when it seems to have invested so much time and effort into its tablet-specific OS, Honeycomb? Is Google simply looking at a future merger between the two operating systems, bringing native tablet and Web apps to future devices? Tags:#Google#mobile#news#NYT#web Related Posts mike melansoncenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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Facebook: Our Comments Plugin Increases Publisher Traffic up to 45% [STATS]

first_imgJust over a month ago, Facebook released its much-feared commenting solution for third parties. In that time, Facebook Comments have made their way to more than 50,000 websites, including the Los Angeles Times, Funny Or Die and Vevo. Today, Facebook announced a set of improved features for publishers and users, alongside some stats that seem to say that the commenting system actually increases, rather than decreases, discussion and Facebook referrals.The biggest change for users will be the ability to login using Hotmail, which boasts more than 360 million active users. There has been no mention of when users might see Google or Twitter as a login option and a Facebook spokesperson commented that the company is “always looking for ways to improve the product and hope to add as many major login options as possible, however we have nothing further to share today.”On the publisher (and blogger) end of things, changes include the ability to link directly to individual comments, generate larger News Feed objects (as seen below) and access comments using the API. Facebook also added a new, darker color scheme for darker colored sites.The larger News Feed object gives a preview of the story when shown in the timeline, an obvious move at increasing user interaction. Facebook says two sites have seen exactly this sort of increase as a result of using Facebook Comments. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos mike melanson Examiner.com continues to see growth with the Facebook Comments plugin. The site has more than doubled its weekly average number of comments since launching the plugin on March 1, and continues to record steady growth week over week. In addition to the increase, the site is seeing more engaging conversations and a significant decline in spam. Additionally, Examiner.com’s referring instances from Facebook have more than doubled in the first month after launch.Townsquare Media (local radio broadcaster): Since the launch six weeks ago they are seeing an average increase of Facebook referrals of more than 45% across their 170+ sites, which is nearly double than just three weeks ago. Additionally, approximately  50% of facebook.com referrals are new visitors.Techcrunch noted that, after implementing Facebook Comments, the number of comments had drastically reduced. This came alongside a welcome decrease in spam and trolls, of course, but perhaps at the expense of interaction and pageviews. Many people voiced their concerns that Facebook’s requirement of a real identity to leave a comment could stifle voices and interaction. Facebook seems to offer these sites as a retort.Are these sites one-off examples of increased interaction? It seems that the company’s latest updates want to ensure that they’re not. And increased ability to link to comments and give friends of commenters a larger teaser should help drive that 45% even higher for some.Now, if only Google and Twitter were offered as login options, we wonder how much higher that number might rise. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#NYT#web Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Huge rush at Srinagar weekly market even as shutdown continues in Valley

first_imgThe weekly flea market in Srinagar saw a huge rush even as normal life elsewhere in Kashmir remained affected for the 77th consecutive day on Sunday following abrogation of Article 370 provisions, officials said. Main markets remained shut and public transport were off the roads. Private vehicles were plying unhindered in the city and elsewhere in Kashmir, while auto-rickshaws and a few inter-district cabs were seen in some areas of the Valley, they said. The weekly flea market, locally known as ‘Sunday Market’, was open as several dozen vendors had put up stalls on the TRC Chowk-Batamaloo axis through Lal Chowk city centre, the officials said. The market witnessed a huge rush of customers as thousands of people thronged it for shopping clothes and other items. However, elsewhere life remained affected. Shops opened for a few hours early in the morning in some areas, including the commercial hub of Lal Chowk, but the main markets and other business establishments were shut, officials said. Internet services – across all platforms – continued to be unavailable in the valley, the officials said. Most of the top level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders, including two former chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been either detained or placed under house arrest. Another former chief minister and Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah has been arrested under the controversial Public Safety act, a law enacted by his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1978 when he was the chief minister.last_img read more

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James’ 37 lead Cavaliers past Thunder

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — LeBron James scored 37 points, and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers got a much different result this time against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 120-112 victory on Tuesday night.It was Cleveland’s second straight win since adding George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in trades, and their fourth straight victory overall.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Thunder: Visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kane leads Spurs’ recovery in 2-2 draw at Juventus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Thunder trimmed their deficit to five in the final minute and could have come closer, but Alex Abrines missed a 3-pointer, and Nance got free for a dunk to seal the win for Cleveland.The Cavaliers led 62-57 at halftime. James had 16 points, four rebounds and five assists, and Smith had 15 points on five 3-pointers. Adams scored 15 points before the break for Oklahoma City.TIP-INSCavaliers: A double foul was called on Nance and Oklahoma City’s Raymond Felton after they got tangled up in the second quarter. … Cleveland shot 54 percent in the first half and 51 percent overall. … Committed just seven turnovers.Thunder: Westbrook was issued a technical foul in the first quarter. It was his 12th of the season. … Had just two turnovers in the first half. … Outrebounded the Cavaliers 51-41.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host the Washington Wizards on Feb. 22.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH J.R. Smith added 18 points for the Cavaliers, who lost to the Thunder 148-124 on Jan. 20 with a very different roster.Paul George scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony 24 for the Thunder. Steven Adams added 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scored 21 points. Westbrook and Anthony had missed the past two games with sprained ankles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames scored 14 points in the first five minutes of the third quarter, including two 3-pointers, to give Cleveland a 78-68 lead. He was 6 for 6 from the field during that stretch. The Thunder responded with an 8-0 run to get back into the game. Cleveland took a 91-87 edge into the fourth quarter.The Cavaliers took control in the fourth, and a layup by James after driving on George pushed the Cavaliers ahead 115-106 with 49 seconds to play. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Ind vs WI 1st Test: Rahul Dravid’s ton puts India in firm control on Day 3

first_imgWest Indies reached 131 for three against India at stumps on third day of the first Test chasing a stiff victory target of 326 set by the visitors courtesy Rahul Dravid’s memorable 32nd Test century. Score | PhotosAn intriguing battle is on cards as the match is expected to be decided on fourth day itself with West Indies requiring 195 runs and visitors needing another seven wickets.Darren Bravo (30 batting) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (24 batting) added 51 runs for the undefeated fourth wicket stand after the Caribbeans were reduced to 80 for three.The West Indian openers Adrian Barath (38, 36 balls, 4×4, 2×6) and Lendl Simmons (27, 41 balls, 3×4, 1×6) started in a whirlwind fashion adding 62 runs in 10.5 overs.Barath in particular was in T20 mode as he hit Ishant for couple of sixes and four in over before Praveen Kumar made him flash at an away going delivery to be caught by Suresh Raina at slips.Ramnaresh Sarwan (0) was snapped up brilliantly by Virat Kohli off Ishant Sharma. Simmons was beaten by an Ishant delivery that held its line to hit the off-stump.The day however belonged to Dravid. His effort of 112 (274 balls, 10×4, 1×6) had its worth weight in gold as the battle-hardened veteran brought up one of his most satisfying three-figure mark on track where batting was difficult.West Indies spinner Devendra Bishoo celebrates after taking the wicket of India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.He was the last man to be dismissed after nearly six and half hour vigil as he tried hit Devendra Bishoo (4/65) out of the park. The wicket was a two-paced one where the other top-order batsmen struggled for survival.The 38-year-old former India captain was a picture of confidence as he brought up his hundred in 252 balls when he jabbed a Fidel Edwards delivery to scamper home for a single.advertisementAmit Mishra (28, 60 balls, 4×4) whose sensible batting at the other end helped Dravid reach his individual milestone also deserves credit. The duo added 56 runs for the ninth wicket after Harbhajan Singh (5) and Praveen Kumar (0) departed early after lunch with India reeling at 183 for eight.When Mishra departed at 239, India have stretched their lead past 300 which looked to be a formidable one considering the nature of the track.The day however belonged to Dravid who showed that when the circumstances are adverse, there is no substitute to watertight technique and enormous powers of concentration. The effort was even more laudable as he showed lot of gumption while batting with the tail.This is Dravid’s fourth century against the West Indies, and he has now surpassed 1500 runs against the Caribbeans.If the first session belonged to West Indies who pegged India back with triple strikes of Virat Kohli (15), Suresh Raina (27) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (16), the post lunch session till tea was all about Dravid’s patience and Mishra trying to counter attack.Starting the day at 91 for three, India reached 166 for six at lunch with Dhoni being dismissed at stroke of lunch.The Indian captain should consider himself unlucky as Bishoo had overstepped during the delivery.During the post-lunch session, Harbhajan Singh (5) curbed his natural instincts to play shots and dropped anchor at one end. However a debatable decision from umpire Daryl Harper saw him back in the hut. The delivery from Sammy hit him on the left thigh and was clearly heading over the stumps.Sammy then picked up Praveen Kumar (0) as he played a nothing sort of short going for an ugly hoick when the situation demanded some discretion.But then Mishra joined Dravid which could well prove to be the decisive partnership of the match.A cautious Dravid tried to shield him initially by refusing singles early in overs but it didn’t take him long to develop trust on Mishra who even looked good against the second new-ball.Dravid was on 80 when Mishra joined him but the pair frustrated the hosts immensely and stretched the lead beyond 300 runs.Once Dravid reached his hundred, Mishra hit a spanking cover drive as if to celebrate the feat of his senior. It also followed with a solid square cut as the West Indians got increasingly frustrated.Dravid first played a risky shot after completing his ton. It was a straight six off Bishoo. However Mishra who had gained in a lot of confidence as he tried to slash Sammy only to be holed out in the third man region.Ishant Sharma started off with a cover driven boundary.He could have been Sammy’s fifth victim but a stiff return catch was just out of reach for the West Indian captain.advertisementIt was Bishoo who finally got his seventh victim of the match when Dravid tried an uncharacteristic ugly hoick that was easily caught by Ramnaresh Sarwan. It was an effort that saw him get standing ovation from his team-mates.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Hurricane Joaquin hits The Bahamas

first_img Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Oct 2015 – The storm which formed just off the TCI and Bahamas chain of islands has now caused NEMA in The Bahamas to put the entire country under warning. Reports reaching Magnetic Media reveal that there is severe flooding in many family islands of nearby Bahamas; airports and seaports are also closed and people are battling storm surges as they take to counter tops and dining room tables for refuge in islands like Long Island and San Salvador. Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Related Items:bahamas, hurricane joaquin, NEMA, san salvador Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for youlast_img read more

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