Half-time: QPR 0 Doncaster 1

first_imgQPR – without a win or even a goal in their previous three matches – went behind to Theo Robinson’s goal three minutes before the break.Niko Kranjcar had their best chance during a first half in which they lost Junior Hoilett to injury.Hoilett limped off in the 12th minute at Loftus Road, where Doncaster belied their lowly position – and the wet and windy conditions – by causing problems with their slick passing and movement.Charlie Austin, back in the Rangers side following a hamstring problem, had a header from Joey Barton’s right-wing cross well saved by goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.And when Danny Simpson’s low cross fell to Kranjcar, the Croatian shot wide of the target.Rovers have been a threat on the counter attack, with Mark Duffy just failing to connect with Robinson’s cross and Richie Wellens shooting narrowly wide after jinking his way into the box.The visitors’ deserved breakthrough came when Yossi Benayoun, making his home debut, was robbed by Federico Macheda, who sent Robinson through for the striker to fire into the bottom corner.QPR: Green; Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Assou-Ekotto, Barton, Kranjcar, Hoilett (Phillips 12), O’Neil, Benayoun, Austin.Subs: Murphy; Traore, Hill, Johnson, Carroll, Henry.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

iPhone’s Flash Apps: Let the Games Begin

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Early this morning at the MAX 2009 Conference, Adobe previewed Flash Professional CS5 and announced that the new release will let Flash developers export their files as iPhone apps. The significance of this announcement is that development time for thousands of Flash-based gaming and music companies will be cut significantly. In the past, developers have had to create separate iPhone apps and web-based tools. While this is not the Flash plugin for Safari that many have asked for, the closed-beta version of Flash Professional CS5 eliminates the need for separate iPhone development. In other words, developers avoid building their applications twice. Lumosity, a learning games community with more than 1 million members and a Flash-based iPhone portal, is particularly excited to see the CS5 announcement. Said resident game designer Ben Katz, “We release new products every month. This is an interesting solution that Adobe’s decided to pursue, and so far it looks like the transition will be smooth. Our development time will depend on whether these applications actually look and feel like native apps.” High-traffic Flash-based gaming communities like Lumosity, Newgrounds and PopCap Games will be some of the first groups to utilize Flash’s Low Level Virtual Machine compiler infrastructure. If these groups really do find the Flash customization as easy as it sounds, Adobe will be opening the floodgates to casual gaming. PopCap’s titles alone have been downloaded more than 1 billion times by consumers worldwide. With reduced development time, it will be interesting to see the fortunes amassed by gaming houses. Some of the light games that have already been created using CS5 include Chroma Circuit, Fickleblox and Just Letters. Tags:#Adobe#Apple#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro Related Posts last_img read more

Augmented Reality Game Gets Player Busted: The First Of Many?

first_imgcormac foster 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Ingress, the Alternate/Augmented Reality (AR) game from Google’s Niantic Labs, is a major evolution of mobile gaming. Apparently, it’s also a good way to get arrested.According to a post on Reddit (I know, I know – but stay with me on this), an Ingress player in Ohio was detained by police for his in-game actions. Specifically, he was “hacking a portal” near a police station. His phone had technical difficulties, which led him to linger by the portal/police station for a bit, catching the eye of local law enforcement and leading to the detention.After the original post, other Ingress players responded with similar stories. One aroused suspicions by wandering around an empty parking lot at night. Another, trying to hack a portal next to an air traffic control station, had to run from the local sheriff. A third was called in for questioning after hacking a portal outside of a “high-traffic drug area.”It’s In The GameAs Dan Rowinski mentioned in his earlier post, there’s plenty of “creep” factor built into the game. In fact, much like geocaching (Ingress’ non-digital ancestor), lurking in strange and hard-to-get-to places at odd hours is kind of the point.Getting detained (as many Redditors pointed out, the poster wasn’t technically arrested) probably adds to the intrigue, and certainly gives a player a certain amount of street cred. It could also call into question the boundary between the First Amendment and public safety. Legal, But RiskyAll of Ingress’ portals are on public land. There’s no law against walking past a police station, post office or airport. There are, however, very legitimate safety concerns held by the people charged with protecting those facilities and keeping an eye out for potential risks.As one law enforcement professional joked, “I hope they don’t put one of those in front of the White House.” In fact, there are apparently a bunch of portals in front of the White House, embassies and other sites that could be high-interest targets for vandalism or worse.At least Ingress doesn’t require players to dig up or bury physical objects, a phenomenon that has caused some high-profile problems in the geocaching community. Still, as similar games take off (and they will), we’re going to see more friction between gamers and law enforcement, particularly in full AR environments that use cameras. In addition to trespassing and loitering violations, there’s greatly increased potential for distraction, perhaps leading gamers to injure themselves or others. It’s all the danger of texting – plus headphones – with the added possibility of being labeled a terrorist by overzealous cops.The FutureBy all accounts, Niantic labs has been responsible about these issues. The game doesn’t encourage trespassing or dangerous behavior, like using your phone in a car. Other developers may not feel the same sense of duty, or their goals may encourage “creative” players to take unnecessary risks.If enough negligence, trespassing, and public nuisance suits (and maybe some claims of police harassment) hit the courts, we’ll eventually wind up with legislation governing the balance between gameplay and public safety. We might see an increase of no-device buffer zones around sensitive areas, or certain games limiting accounts to only users of age to accept legal responsibility for their actions. There could even be outright bans on AR games in certain areas.Until then, it’s up to game developers to police themselves and players to stay smart. One dumb move could lead to a ton of regulation that could really spoil everyone’s fun.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts center_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Augmented Reality#gaming#Google 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Muralitharan looks to play till 2013-14

first_imgLegendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan today made it clear he will continue to play cricket for another three years as he felt fit enough to feature in Indian Premier League and English county circuit.”I think my body is good enough to play cricket for another three years. I would like to play IPL and some county cricket in England. I have received some offers (from the counties) but can’t disclose them at this moment,” he said.Muralitharan was speaking at a felicitation function by his IPL team Chennai Super Super Kings here for taking 800 Test wickets.In a media interaction later, Muralitharan said that he had agreed to former Indian captain Anil Kumble’s offer to join him in starting an academy but refused to disclose the details of the venture.Asked whether he would play in next year’s World Cup in the sub continent, Muralitharan said, “It is still too early.I want to see how I play in the Champions League Twenty20 and then decide on the World Cup,” the 38-year-old Muralitharan said.Sanjay Manjrekar, who anchored the function, requested scribes before opening the floor for a question answer session not to pose questions on the match fixing allegations in Pakistan’s ongoing England tour.However, Muralitharan did answer a question on the issue, saying it is for the Pakistan Cricket Board and its English counterpart to deal with the situation and decide.”These are only allegations and I wouldn’t like to comment on these matters,” he said.advertisementMuralitharan said Harbhajan Singh has the best chance of reaching the 800 figure mark but he could not predict whether the Indian off-spinner would achieve the feat or not.”Harbhajan is only 29 and statistically it is possible for him to reach 800. But it is up to the bowler and I can’t predict anything. You should have the hunger to achieve anything,” he said.Manjrekar and former India captain S Venkataraghavan hosted a group discussion as part of the function.Tamil Nadu cricketers of Chennai Super Kings — Subramaniam Badrinath, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anirudha Srikkanth and Shadab Jakati — and operations director V B Chandrasekar recalled their experiences with their famous colleague in IPL events.Venkatraghavan, part of the famous Indian spin quartet of yesteryears, showered praise on Muralitharan and discussed the finer points of spin bowling.Venkatraghavan presented Muralitharan a Super Kings team shirt with the number 800 printed on the back and Sri Lankan star immediately wore it on the stage.last_img read more

HTCs Cher Wang on Innovation and the It Product

first_imgJuly 13, 2012 If you own a mobile device then you’ve probably heard of tech giant HTC Corp., the Taiwanese maker of tablets and smartphones such as the HTC Incredible, Thunderbolt and Evo 4G. You may be less familiar with Cher Wang, the 53-year-old woman who co-founded the company in 1997.Under her leadership, HTC has grown into one of the biggest players in mobile tech, partnering with Google and Microsoft to develop devices that are powered by their respective Android and Windows Phone operating systems. HTC has often been cited among the fastest-growing and most innovative brands in mobile.The daughter of former Taiwan management icon Y.C. Wang, she’s married to Chen Wen-Chi, president and CEO of Taiwan-based computer-hardware company VIA Technologies. Last year, the couple’s combined net worth was said to be about $8.8 billion.In an email interview, we discussed what’s helped Wang find success and how others can, too. What follows is an edited version of our exchange: min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Related: Mark Cuban: Outwork and Outlearn Your CompetitionEntrepreneur: What was the one thing that helped you the most in breaking through in the technology business?Wang: I’m not sure it’s ever one thing, but if I had to pick one it would be a relentless focus on delivering a product that meets the needs of customers. Since the beginning, HTC has focused on developing strong research and development capabilities and keeping a close eye on consumer, market and technology trends.Entrepreneur: What in your opinion makes a tech company great?Wang: There is usually an “X factor” that is hard to define. For HTC, I think it is our culture. We embrace the best of our Eastern roots and combine it with the best of the Western cultures where we have leadership and offices. It makes the culture colorful as well as energetic and creative.Entrepreneur: HTC has had successful partnerships with Google and Microsoft. What are your tips for working with other tech entrepreneurs?Wang: The most essential element is to bring value to the partnership. All partners have their strengths and weaknesses. The most important thing is to find ways to create benefit for everyone involved. We work closely with our partners to understand their challenges and business, and provide them with the products or support that they want and need.Related: Robert Scoble: Tech ‘Treps Should Be Crazy PassionateEntrepreneur: When it comes to product development, how do you stay ahead of the curve?Wang: Keen observation. We must always keep an eye on our environment, to keep track of what changes are happening in technology, in infrastructure, in markets, in how people across the world are living their lives, working and communicating. We need to anticipate these trends and innovate to meet them. Within HTC, hundreds of ideas are tested and discarded to find those rare ideas that define the HTC user experience.Entrepreneur: What’s the biggest mistake a tech entrepreneur needs to avoid?Wang: The greatest pitfall is standing still. As entrepreneurs, we must continue to ask ourselves “What’s next?” It takes humility to realize that we don’t know everything, not to rest on our laurels and know that we must keep learning and observing. If we don’t, we can be sure some startup will be there to take our place.Related: RIM Founder Mike Lazaridis on the Challenges of Reinvention Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Major South Cheshire road shut following collision

first_imgThe affected stretch of the A529 (Image: Inrix) We have no further information on the collision itself at this stage. We will provide an update when one becomes available. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major South Cheshire road is closed following a traffic accident this evening. The A529 Audlem Road is shut following the collision between Second Dig Lane and Park Lane near Stapeley, south east of Nantwich. Inrix, the traffic data company, reports the road has been closed in both directions since around 5.05pm today (Friday August 2). Traffic is reported to be coping well in the area at present – although Inrix is reporting Cheshire Police believe the road will remain shut well into the evening. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

Breezes Bahamas slashes winter prices by 40

first_img Share Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Posted by NASSAU – The winter season is definitely warming up, thanks to Breezes Resort & Spa – Bahamas’ new 40% off sale. Launched just in time for couples to book romantic Valentine’s Day getaways, and ideal for early planners looking to book their next Christmas holidays, the sale allows guests to enjoy Nassau’s first and only Super-Inclusive resort at nearly half the cost.To take advantage of the sale, clients must book by Feb. 28 for travel through Dec. 31, 2017.In addition, Breezes Bahamas has just introduced a new room category, the Deluxe Patio Room, including Deluxe Patio Garden View rooms and Deluxe Patio Pool View rooms, all on the ground floor featuring outdoor patio spaces for added privacy. Each patio space comes equipped with a table and two chairs or a two-person hammock. All guest rooms in this category have modern glass, chrome and marble bathrooms, mahogany wood furnishings, a work desk and chair, satellite TV and either one king size bed or two double beds.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaRegular rates for the new Deluxe Patio Rooms are US$290 per person, per night, but with the 40% off sale, starting rates drop as low as $174 per person, per night. A weekend surcharge applies to Thursday, Friday and Saturday night stays.For more information go to breezes.com. Tags: Breezes Resort & Spacenter_img Breezes Bahamas slashes winter prices by 40% Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more