first_imgALAMEDA — Zay Jones isn’t the demanding type, but promises to be ready if Derek Carr looks his way.Jones has 11 receptions for 88 yards. Since coming aboard by trade from the Buffalo Bills, Jones has played 226 snaps in five games and Carr has thrown in his direction 14 times. In a 34-3 loss to the New York Jets, Jones played 52 snaps and caught both passes thrown his way for five yards.“I feel very comfortable,” Jones said. “I can’t control targets, though. I feel like I’ve been doing my …last_img

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Government#mobile#news#NYT#Op-Ed#web sarah perez Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces On Friday, the Obama administration re-launched USA.gov, the online portal that connects citizens to government agencies, departments and resources. The newly re-launched site features cosmetic and navigational improvements, including an improved search tool and a continually updated home page graphic that highlights some of the most requested items.But one of the more interesting changes for the new USA.gov is the launch of a mobile application store where already there are 18 apps available.The mobile application store offers apps from a number of agencies and branches, including apps from the EPA, Veterans Affairs, FEMA, FBI, NASA, TSA and others, each providing quick access to needed government information. There are apps for tracking product recalls, staying on top of White House news, finding the nearest embassy and even calculating your BMI, – seemingly an odd inclusion at first, but it actually reflects an ongoing health initiative from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.Most of the apps aren’t new, except for the recalls app and those from the TSA, FBI and U.S. Embassy. But never before had the wide smattering been collected in one unified resource. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Progress? Or Disenfranchisement?The end result of that collection may either represent a promising development that shows off how the government is embracing technology, or a disappointing example of the disorganized nature of big government when it comes to tasks such as, depending on your perspective. On the one hand, some will say it’s a measure of progress to see the government acknowledging the promise of the mobile Web. As Director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter R. Orszag explains, “In our daily lives, we use online and mobile media to do everything from banking to shopping, booking a trip, and taking a class. Yet, too often, when it comes to interacting with the federal government, it’s as if time stood still… ” He continues, saying that the new Mobile Apps Store can be used to “unlock useful government information and give it to people in a way that they can use it conveniently and quickly.”Orzag says most of the apps are compatible with iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices.However, on closer inspection, some apps are iPhone-only, others are in Android format plus mobile Web format, and others still are mobile Web apps only. It’s a somewhat confusing lineup for a general population who needs a Mobile App FAQ such as this that explains what exactly an app even is. (“An app, short for “application,” is a tool that helps you accomplish a task or find information,” the FAQ reads.)While it’s good to see that there are native applications available for popular handset operating systems like Android and iPhone, it’s disappointing that all the apps aren’t offered in mobile Web format as well. That leaves out a large part of the mobile population whose phones have Internet access and are capable of browsing the Web but aren’t listed among “top” phones like the Droid or iPhone.Even more concerning is the statement that some of the mobile applications may cost a small fee. (The 18 currently listed are free, however).There’s an App for That! *But It’s on the iPhone and You Have to Pay for ItThe BetaNews website uncovered a spreadsheet hosted on USA.gov that lists 109 mobile applications and their cost, when applicable. A good handful appear to be in iPhone-only format with an associated fee.Does this mean that the convenience of an easy-to-access mobile government is only available to those who can not only afford to buy the priciest smartphones, but also afford to purchase mobile applications? It appears so in several cases.As a reader of a technology column such as this, you may fit that description and be pleased with this development. But as someone who’s concerned about the U.S. mobile population as a whole, seeing the government create iPhone app after iPhone app may leave you feeling a bit uneasy. At the very least, there should be an accompanying mobile Web site for every native application listed… if there are native applications developed at all, that is.The USA.gov mobile app store launch comes only days after it was revealed that the U.K. government spent thousands of pounds developing iPhone applications itself. Is the U.S. government about to make the same mistake? For more thoughts on an apps-driven government, check out “White House CIO Vivek Kundra and His Beliefs About the Cloud“last_img read more

first_imgCloudnumbers.com, a cloud-based high-performance computing platform for complex computing, is now open for beta. Cloudnumbers.com will eventually support math and statistics environments like R and NumPy, specialized scientific software like AutoDock, and video rendering applications like Blender. For now it’s specifically looking for users to test its R environment.There are many options for people who need to rent HPC resources, but Cloudnumbers.com aims to provide an easy to use service tailored specifically for their needs. It’s not clear whether it has its own infrastructure or if it’s reselling from another provider.Although platform-as-a-service providers are springing up all over the place, especially since Salesforce.com acquired Heroku, we haven’t seen any specializing in R yet. Considering the increased popularity of R for data mining and analytics, it’s only a matter of time before Cloudnumbers.com faces some competition.Edward Borasky, who tipped us off about Cloudnumbers.com, maintains a couple SuSE appliances that include R and other data mining tools. Perhaps it’s time for a hosted service?Last week we covered RStudio, a cross-platform and open source IDE for R which happens to be available in the cloud. klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#Big Data#hack Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid to use Bale to beat Man Utd for Pochettino dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are ready to use Gareth Bale as a bargaining chip in talks with Tottenham for manager Mauricio Pochettino.The Daily Star says Spurs want £45million at least in compensation for Pochettino, who is also a top target for Manchester United.Sources close to Real suggest they will give Spurs the first option to buy back the Wales international on the cheap – if it paves the way to lure Poch to Madrid.Certainly, the prospect of Bale, 29, returning to the club he left five years ago for a then-world record £85m would be a tempting one for Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy.Re-signing the three-time Champions League winner – even at a reduced price – would be a significant statement going into their first full season at the new White Hart Lane. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock market index regained some ground Wednesday as rising oil prices helped boost the energy sector and the Royal Bank of Canada posted record third-quarter earnings.Energy was definitely the leader as the sector gained 1.7 per cent, followed closely by cannabis-heavy health-care stocks, said Michael Currie, vice-president and investment adviser at TD Wealth.“Energy is leading because we had a nice day for oil,” he said in an interview.Crude hit a two-week high after rising 3.1 per cent in part due to talk of U.S. sanctions on Iran and a big drop in U.S. crude stockpiles. They fell by 5.8 million, almost four times more than had been anticipated.A dip in the value of the U.S. dollar usually helps the Canadian dollar.“Normally you would see the Canadian dollar perk up a little more than it did on that kind of news on oil,” Currie said.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.83 cents US, up 0.12 of a U.S. cent.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 50.37 points at 16,347.34 after hitting an intraday high of 16,397.08 with 200.2 million shares traded.The health-care sector gained 1.55 per cent as Canopy Growth Corp. continued its hot streak, gaining $1.84 or 3.66 per cent at $52.10. Bausch Health Companies Inc. (formerly Valeant Pharmaceuticals) gained 3.56 per cent to $30.24.Financials was up, led by the Canadian Western Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada. The country’s largest bank by market capitalization delivered a record $3.1 billion in net income for its fiscal third quarter, up 11 per cent from a year ago and hiked its quarterly dividend.“We’re seeing good numbers and of course that was the first one to report of the big banks and it is the biggest and so good news to start and that’s got a big push in Toronto,” Currie added.Information technology, materials and real estate sectors all gained while utilities, consumer staples, industrials, consumer discretionary and telecom services closed down.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 88.69 points at 25,733.60. The S&P 500 index was down 1.14 points at 2,861.82, while the Nasdaq composite was up 29.92 points at 7,889.10.Most of the decrease came in response to Federal Reserve minutes which pointed to a faster pace of interest rate hikes and the fact that the S&P 500 is coming off an all-time high hit during Tuesday trading.Growing impeachment talk concerning U.S. President Donald Trump following a guilty plea by his former lawyer Michael Cohen and the fraud conviction of his one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort isn’t having an impact on markets, said Currie.“On the Main Street side of things it’s a big topic [but] on the Wall Street side of things people are kind of dismissing it as a bit of a non-event,” he said.The October crude contract was up US$2.02 at US$67.86 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.94 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$3.30 at US$1,203.30 an ounce and the September copper contract was down 2.2 cents at US$2.67 a pound.last_img read more

Members of Ohio State’s men’s ice hockey team celebrate a goal by freshman forward Tanner Laczynski (9) in the third period of the Buckeye’s game against Bowling Green on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes won 6-1. Credit: Breanna Crye | For The LanternAfter opening the new year with a split series last week against No. 4 Penn State, and cracking the top 10 in the USCHO.com rankings, the 10th-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team (10-4-4) is set for two nonconference meetings against Arizona State (6-13-0) on Friday and Saturday.The Sun Devils’ hockey program is in just its second year of existence, but has performed well against good opponents. With the Sun Devils facing another top-10 opponents this weekend, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said that win or lose for Arizona State, the Sun Devils impact may be bigger off the ice.“I think it’s really important what they’re doing. They’re the face of expansion,” Rohlik said. “It could be the door out West, and I think all of us in college hockey are hoping for their success because we love to see this game grow.”The Sun Devils are fresh off three straight losses to ranked opponents, including being swept by No. 1 Denver last weekend. Coach Greg Powers’ squad is allowing an average of four goals per game this season, and has been outscored by its opponents 84-47 in 19 games.Despite that, Rohlik said ASU is a quality opponent, and he anticipates two tough games.“I know they work extremely hard, are well-coached. They just started Division I, but they’ve played some awfully good teams pretty darn well,” he said. “They’ve won some games, and I’m impressed with what they’re doing on tape.” Freshman forward Tanner Laczynski returns to the Buckeyes following his appearance with the United States hockey junior team for the World Junior Championships in Canada, where the Stars and Stripes defeated the hosts in the gold medal match in a shootout, 5-4.Headed into the matchup with the Sun Devils, Laczynski said being a newcomer makes them an unfamiliar opponent, but added that he expects them to come ready to work.“They’re going to try to get in the Big Ten in the next couple years, so this is a big game for them,” he said. “They’re going to be ready to play, and we can’t take them lightly. So we’ve got to be ready, just like every game, and play a full 60 minutes both games.”Puck drop at the Schottenstein Center is set for 7 p.m. Friday night, and 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. read more