Groves to face Froch in rematch on 31 May

first_imgGeorge Groves will face Carl Froch in a rematch on 31 May.A number of possible venues are being considered, including Wembley, Twickenham, Old Trafford, the Emirates Stadium and Nottingham Forest’s City Ground,.The Hammersmith man’s challenge for Froch’s WBA and IBF super-middleweight world titles in November ended in controversial circumstances when he was stopped in the ninth round.Groves was ahead, had floored Froch earlier in the fight and appeared to be well capable of continuing when referee Howard Foster halted the contest after a flurry of shots thrown by the champion.There has since been a clamour for the pair to meet again and Nottingham’s Froch was recently ordered by the IBF to fight Groves again or risk being stripped of the title.Froch had indicated that he was instead likely to fight former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.See also:Heartbreak for Groves in world title clashFroch insists ref was right to stop fightPromoter predicts Froch-Groves rematchGroves: I’ll bounce back and be championGroves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight refereeGutted Groves says he proved he belongs at the top levelFroch ordered to face Groves in rematchFroch-Groves rematch will be at WembleyGroves vows to avenge ‘stonewall robbery’Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders hoping Antonio Brown takes to new surroundings

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceALAMEDA — The press conference began 25 minutes late, which will be duly noted in Pittsburgh. It seems Antonio Brown is notorious for being less than punctual when it came to obligations with the third estate.Not that there was anything nefarious at work, given that Brown arrived with his family in tow, including three small and energetic children.The newest Raider, from his stylish suit to sparkling …last_img

British Airways aircraft engine catches fire

first_imgPassengers and crew of a British Airways flight from Las Vegas to London have had a miraculous escape after the engine of their Boeing 777 suffered a catastrophic failure and resulting fire just as the jet was increasing speed for the take-off.The pilots successfully stopped the jet and all the 159 passengers and 13 crew escaped with only minor injuries to seven passengers.Flight BA2276 on route to Gatwick, England, had started its take-off roll on Las Vegas Airport’s Runway 7L when its left engine – a GE90 – suffered an extremely rare uncontained failure where turbine parts traveling at up to 10,000rpm tear away and exit the engine. More: British Airways Safety RatingThis failure is similar to that which crippled Qantas flight QF32 after it took off from Singapore on November 8, 2010.Guardian sports reporter Jacob Steinberg who was on the plane said there was panic on board as passengers struggled to take their carry-on baggage with them, when the call to evacuate was made.“Was asleep as the plane took off. Came to a crashing halt. Smell of smoke. Initially told to stay seated, then shout of evacuate,” Mr Steinberg tweeted. “Could smell and see smoke but was on other side of plane. One person said fire melted a couple of windows.”“They opened the back door and slide went down and smoke started coming in plane, followed by mad dash to front. A lot of panic,” Mr Steinberg tweeted.Just 17 seconds after the aircraft started its take-off roll one of the British Airways pilots contacted air traffic control and said: “Speedbird 2276 heavy stopping” (Speedbird is the ATC code for British Airways and “heavy” designates an aircraft with significant wake turbulence).Then 15 seconds later came the call “Speedbird Mayday Mayday. Speedbird 2276 request fire services.”The air traffic controller responds: “Speedbird 2276, heavy fire services on the way.”Passengers were taken to local a hotel and are expected to be flown to London today.The fire has done extensive damage to the 777 and it is expected to be a write-off as the critical wing box has been damaged.Passengers risking lives by insisting on taking their carry-on baggage off with them.  See Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0Ecr5h_Y-MListen to ATC tape here: The flight is “Speedbird 2276 heavy”. https://clyp.it/jrvdzhrwlast_img read more

Looking for a Ride to SXSW? Get on the Startup Bus

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web Why hop a plane to SXSW this year when you can get on a bus? Okay, let’s rephrase that – why hop a plane when you can get on a bus with 20-something other folks, drive across country, and try to formulate a viable startup idea along the way?At least that’s the idea behind the Startup Bus, the brainchild of Elias Bizannes, which is now in its second, vastly expanded incarnation.The idea, which started out as “a half serious but fully beer-infused joke about driving an RV to SXSW 2010 with a bunch of friends and hacking on the way” has turned into a full-on country-wide competition this year. Bizannes says that the idea is not only to potentially create potential businesses, but to create collaboration and community among entrepreneurs.“Successful startups come from good people. And good people build rapport by collaborating together,” said Bizannes. “While I don’t doubt some real businesses will come out of this, the real value is the fact these strangers work together and get to know each other”This year’s competition is ramping up to include up to six buses, with six teams per bus and more than 150 people total. Right now, Bizannes says buses are definitely leaving from San Francisco, New York and Cleveland, with Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles all penciled in as possible departure points. The basic idea then is that all of these people hop on a bus, self-organize into teams, and build a functional website or prototype to present to a panel of judges when they arrive in Austin two days later. Waiting at the finish line will be Josh Baer, from Austin’s startup incubator Capital Factory, looking for potential opportunities.“Last year, people actually launched with products that would be considered real web services had you not known,” said Bizannes. “I think everyone was shocked how much coding you can do on a bus in 48 hours.”Bizannes says that Xero has signed on as a sponsor, so the plan is full steam ahead, but some details, such as the exact departure cities, still need to be ironed out. So how do you get in on the road-tripping, brainstorming, startup-forming fun? Sign in on the Startup Bus website using your Facebook login and hope someone in your community has an invite. If you’re not connected to the right community, says Bizannes, then helping to spread the word about it through Twitter could help get an invite. Getting on the bus, as it were, isn’t only about the competition – it’s about the community that can form afterward.“I want to turn this into a community, where the initiation rite is being on the bus and you tap into this rich alumni community of founders, startup enthusiasts, and talent,” said Bizannes. “So, we have plans of creating a private community website after that would have things like a job board.”center_img mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Pandora CEO Resigns As Internet Radio Service Sees More Losses

first_imgAfter more than nine years of leadership, Pandora CEO, President and Chairman Joe Kennedy has resigned, making the announcement during Pandora’s quarterly earnings call on Thursday. The company’s board of directors has formed a search committee to find a suitable successor, and Kennedy will stay in his current role until the replacement is brought in.Kennedy and Pandora wished to wind down their relationship on a positive note, citing milestones like 67 million monthly active listeners and 70% market share. But most telling were the company’s revenue and income figures. In fiscal 2013, Pandora totaled $427.1 million in revenue and $255.9 million in mobile revenue, with $125.1 million in revenue for the quarter that ended on January 31.While those numbers beat Wall Street expectations and represent record revenue for the company, it still wasn’t enough to push Pandora into profitability – and Wall Street doesn’t like it when a post-IPO company is growing but still loses money. That likely translated into Kennedy’s decision to step down.On that $125 million in Q4 revenue, Pandora took a quarterly loss of $14.6 million (9 cents per share), which exceeds its year-ago quarterly loss of $8.5 million (5 cents per share) on revenue of $81 million. Given the long string of losses, Pandora has been aggressively seeking ways to wring more cash from its subscribers, including limits on free listening and a fierce lobbying effort against royalty fees.(See also Pandora Remixes Its Free Listening Limits.) The Oakland, Calif.-based music recommendation service has had an up-and-down ride on the market since its IPO in the summer of 2011. Initially, Pandora opened at $16 per share and jumped into the $20s, but has since hovered just into the double-digit mark as the company scrambles to find ways to turn a profit.(See also Could Music Licensing Costs Kill Pandora? Ask Lastfm.)Despite the tumultuous relationship with investors, Wall Street seems to be responding well to Kennedy’s decision: Pandora shares jumped almost 20%, to $13.96, in after-hours trading. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#internet radio#Pandora#streaming music Related Posts center_img nick statt 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Apple wants you to pay big for their smart speaker

first_imgRelated Posts Cate Lawrence Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As part of yesterday’s WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) Google launched their foray into home connectivity with the HomePad called by Apple CEO Tim Cook, “breakthrough home speaker with amazing sound and incredible intelligence that will reinvent home audio.”Don’t overlook the last word, in his statement, despite the desire some will have to group HomePad with voice activatedAmazon Echo and Google Home, the product really belongs in a separate category, and here’s why.It’s about sound, not just smarts The HomePod is a 7-inch tall smart speaker covered in a “seamless 3D mesh” fabric It contains a four-inch subwoofer According to Apple it ” uses an advanced algorithm that continuously analyzes the music and dynamically tunes the low frequencies for smooth, distortion‑free sound.” This includes “seven beamforming tweeters” that possess spatial awareness and direct the sound beams throughout the room. It automatically analyzes the acoustics, adjusting the sound based on the speaker’s location, and steers the music in the optimal direction. According to Tim Cook: “Just like with portable music, we want to reinvent home music.”If we position the product as a smart speaker (albeit voice activated) it’s a healthy competitor to the sound audio systems already manufactured by Sonos and Bose and sits in their price range.“ According to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing:“Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes. HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a beautiful speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion-free music and be a helpful assistant around your home.” IYou can also link the device with other HomePods or speakers in the house that are AirPlay 2-compatible to get surround sound.It’s Apple-priceyWith Google Home retailing for $129 and Amazon Echo: $179, Apple’s HomePod is an outlier priced at $349, making it less compelling to those who either already own a smart home assistant or consider buying one in the future. Whilst many may have grown up with an iPod, iPhone or MacBook, affordability matters, and beyond this wedded to the cult of Mac, people won’t automatically turn to Apple when there are products like Alexa and Siri that are already enmeshed in popular culture. Even if you don’t own one, most people have seen the ads and know what they can do.See also: Apple’s HomeKit gets big upgrade at WWDC16HomePod is to be launched in December in the UK, US, and Australia, followed by more countries in 2018. Notably, Samsung subsidiary Harman International is intending to launch its own speaker this year in partnership with Microsoft.   The speaker will be controlled by Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana and will enable a range of tasks including playing music, managing calendars and accessing news, similar to the functions possible on Amazon and Google’s devices. It’ll also come with Skype integration, allowing people to make phone calls to other Skype-enabled devices.  This growing trend makes it easy to envisage a connected home where voice activation matters more than a screen interface.This growing trend makes it easy to envisage a connected home where voice activation matters more than a screen interface. But in an era where people still compromise sound quality for convenience (who hasn’t listened to music on their phone for ease of access in public or even whilst sitting in bed?) Apple’s going to need a lot more than a fancy speaker to take down the successes already enjoyed by Amazon and Google Home. C’mon Apple, why don’t you really show us what Siri can do? Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Alexa#Amazon#Apple#Connected Devices#Cortana#Google Home#Home Automation#HomePod#Samsung#Siri#smart assistant#WWDC17 Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Somnath Chatterjee’s body given for medical research

first_imgAs that of his political mentor Jyoti Basu, the body of veteran parliamentarian Somnath Chatterjee was donated to the State-run SSKM Hospital for medical research on Monday evening, hours after he passed away in a private health facility in the city. Ganadarpan, an NGO, facilitated the donation. The eyes were donated to the Priyamvada Birla Aravinda Eye Hospital’s eye bank. The body was kept at three locations — Calcutta High Court, the West Bengal Legislative Assembly and Raja Basanta Roy Road — before reaching its final destination in the super-speciality health facility.“We have received the organs in good condition and will be happy if we can match them with recipients,” a hospital representative said.last_img