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Catch-up: Last100’s Latest Mobile Coverage

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Over at last100[RWW’s Digital Lifestyle blog] we’ve been focused a lot on mobile lately. We reviewed two touch screen phones: HTC’s Touch Diamond and Samsung’s Tocco (in case you’re wondering, they’re no iPhone killers). We also looked at the whole Netbook craze, including a review of the very capable MSI Wind. In Android-related coverage, we put the case of why Google should have developed a GPhone of its own, and we also looked at the implications of Android’s pending Marketplace for third-party applications. Lastly, on the trends front we examined why the mobile browser maybe more important than any one mobile operating system.Note: last100 is a media sponsor of GigaOm’s Mobilize conference 08, which takes place next week on Sept 18th. ReadWriteWeb and last100 readers qualify for a 10% discount.Review: HTC Touch Diamond “It’s hard not to look at HTC’s new flagship smartphone, the Touch Diamond, through iPhone-tinted glasses. Featuring a touch screen interface that’s been designed, on the surface at least, to be operated using a finger rather than a stylus, like Cupertino’s own crown jewel, the Touch Diamond is marketed as a device that makes accessing the Web on the go just as easy as making a phone call. It’s also HTC’s latest attempt to put a consumer face on the business oriented Windows Mobile operating system. No mean feat in itself.”See also: Review: Samsung Tocco SGH-F480I’ve jumped on the Netbook bandwagon (MSI Wind U100 / Advent 4211 review)Steve O’Hear: “Ever since Asus debuted its first Eee PC, I’ve been fascinated by this new category of mobile device, dubbed the Netbook by chip maker Intel. The form-factor is a notebook but these devices are purposely cut-down in terms of price – the Eee PC 701 sells for under $300 – as well as size and weight, and to some extent features. While designed primarily as a way of accessing the Internet on-the-go, Netbooks don’t have any pretensions of putting the Internet in your pocket, and instead look to keep the screen size and keyboard small enough to still be extremely portable, yet large enough to be that bit more productive.”See also: Don’t buy a Netbook pleads PC industryWhy Google should have developed its own GphoneDan Langendorf: “Whether the Google phone comes out in September, or later this year, or sometime in early 2009, it really doesn’t matter. All this bickering over supposed hardware delays, software issues, and hurt developer feelings has me wondering how Google would have fared if it had taken a different path and developed the Gphone on its own.”See also: What’s in a name? Google’s announces the Android Market, not the Android StoreMobile browser more important than operating system“In light of the move towards cloud computing, the Web browser is fast becoming the most important application on any mobile platform, whether it be the Nokia-led Symbian OS, Apple’s iPhone, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, LiMo or any other. An argument I made recently in relation to Android and fears that native third-party applications running on different versions of the Google-developed OS could face compatibility problems.”ReadWriteWeb and last100 readers qualify for a 10% discount on tickets for next week’s Mobilize conference 08 from GigaOm. Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… steve ohear last100 editor 1center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more


Pennsylvania Voters Authorize Full Homestead Exclusion

first_imgIn the November 7, 2017, general election, Pennsylvania voters approved a proposed constitutional amendment to the homestead property tax assessment exclusion, according to unofficial results posted by the Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS). As a result, the General Assembly may enact legislation authorizing local taxing authorities to exclude 100% of the assessed value of homestead property when determining the real estate tax owed for the property. Currently, only a 50% exclusion is allowed.With 99.21% of districts reporting statewide, 53.98% of voters had approved the measure, according to the DOS.Unofficial Returns, Pennsylvania Department of State, November 7, 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more


Fields of five-story-high ice blades could complicate landing on Jupiter moon

first_img By Paul VoosenOct. 8, 2018 , 11:00 AM ESO Fields of five-story-high ice blades could complicate landing on Jupiter mooncenter_img Scientists have long wanted to explore Jupiter’s frozen moon, Europa, which is home to a vast subsurface ocean that makes it a promising home for extraterrestrial life. Recently, that desire has gained prominent financial backing from the U.S. Congress, which has directed NASA to start to build a robotic lander to follow the Europa Clipper, which will chart the moon from above.But such a mission could be tricky. Probes have shown that Europa’s ice-bound surface is riven with fractures and ridges, and new work published today in Nature Geosciences suggests any robotic lander could face a nasty surprise, in the form of vast fields of ice spikes, each standing as tall as a semitruck is long.Such spikes are created on Earth in the frigid tropical peaks of the Andes Mountains, where they are called “penitentes,” for their resemblance to devout white-clad monks. First described by Charles Darwin, penitentes are sculpted by the sun in frozen regions that experience no melt; instead, the fixed patterns of light cause the ice to directly vaporize, amplifying minute surface variations that result in small hills and shadowed hollows. 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And by calculating other competing erosional processes on Europa, such as impacts and charged particle bombardment, the new work suggests the vaporization of ice would be dominant in its equatorial belt, forming penitentes 15 meters tall spaced only 7 meters apart. Such formations could explain, the authors add, why radar observations of the planet dip in energy at its equator, the penitentes scattering the response. But the ultimate proof of whether Europa’s belly will be off limits to landing will come when the Clipper arrives in the mid-2020s.last_img read more


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Derek McInnes says Craig Levein is childish disappointed in him

first_imgAberdeen manager Derek McInnes has called Craig Levein childish after the Hearts boss directed his rant at him, accusing him of hypocrisy over referee’s criticism.He adds that experience thought him one doesn’t achieve anything meaningful from criticizing refs.“I have been in the game a long time and I find the reaction to what I said about Hearts strange,” said McInnes, according to Evening Times.“I find it irrational and childish. Is the language strange? I think people can make their own opinions on that.”“I find it really disappointing from someone who has done so much in the game and who I have the highest of regard for.”“Craig has intimated that I phoned him and is trying to cast aspersions.”“Let’s be clear about this – he phoned me.”“He said I was crying my eyes out but who made the call? He was the one complaining and he hasn’t stopped moaning since.”News: Pereira has gone on loan from United to Hearts George Patchias – August 13, 2019 The young Portuguese goalkeeper has secured a loan deal for the remainder of the season to Hearts of the Scottish Premier League.According to a…“We played Rangers and then next day I was on the school run when the phone rang and it was Craig.”“I was still so pleased with my team from winning the game. It was a private phone call and he has put it into the public domain. There is more I could say about that call but I won’t.”“He said to me ‘what are we going to do about these referees’ and my reaction to that was you carry on your crusade but for me over 11 years as a manager, you don’t get any benefit from criticising refs.”“The call came from Craig, which I found surprising because he’s not someone I normally speak to. There was distortion of what happened. Why would I call Craig to complain about referees? You need to ask him why he phoned me to complain about refs?”“It’s disappointing, I want to concentrate on my team but he decided to create this by putting a private conversation into the public domain.”“I felt it was even from the last game at Tynecastle, where they got two penalties but he wanted four or five that day. Last Saturday I felt we were hands-down the better team but the first question I was asked was about Craig saying he felt they should have had a couple of penalties.”last_img read more


Can Alaskas ferry system be more reliable

first_imgPassengers board the ferry Malaspina while vehicles wait to load at the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. Travelers will no longer be able to take advantage of some discounts, due to budget cuts. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Port community leaders worry next summer’s Alaska Marine Highway System schedule will be as unreliable as this summer’s.Download AudioBudget cuts and mechanical breakdowns left many of this year’s passengers stranded, dropping destinations or switching to air travel. Town leaders say that hurt tourism, especially small-town excursions, restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts.During Wednesday’s schedule teleconference, Wrangell Economic Development Director Carol Rushmore said she’s being asked whether it will happen again.“It’s just so critical from an economic standpoint for our businesses and communities that if we have all these cancellations in July and August, it’ll just be disastrous,” she said.Small communities dependent on the Alaska Marine Highway were hardest hit, since they had fewer alternatives.Pelican Mayor Patricia Phillips said officials need to have backup plans when ferries break down.“It’s essential to reschedule canceled service due to mechanicals or scheduling changes. We have freight out here waiting to ship out, so it’s important to reschedule that service,” she said.Pelican isn’t in the draft schedule, though officials say it will be. But it, Sitka and many other communities will see reduced service .The schedule is a worry for more than Southeast. Prince William Sound, for example, faces significant service cuts with its fast ferry tied up next year.Alaska Travel Industry Association President Sarah Leonard said a third of her 700 member businesses are in ferry ports.“The changes to the schedule last summer resulted in a 14 percent decline in non-resident travel on the ferry. And members told us that they lost thousands of dollars in business due to the rebookings and cancellations,” she said.Alaska Marine Highway officials said they’re doing their best to design a schedule that can be maintained.That’s the reason for the deep reductions proposed for next summer, which reflect a $25 million budget cut.Transportation Department Deputy Commissioner Mike Neussl said everything depends on legislative funding.“There’s always risk and uncertainty there. I will do my best in testifying and communicating that it’s important that we lock that schedule in and fund the schedule we publish,” he said.Neussl and other ferry officials say they’ll make some changes in the draft schedule for next summer. It should be complete in December.last_img read more


418 hajj pilgrims off to Jeddah

first_imgThe first Hajj flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying 418 Bangladeshi pilgrims took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital on Monday morning.Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon, religious affairs minister Motiur Rahman and high officials of the two ministries saw the pilgrims off at the airport. The Biman flight took off at 7:55am. Besides, three more flights with Hajj pilgrims will depart from the Shahjalal airport today. The second flight with 419 Hajj pilgrims will leave for Soudi Arabia at 11:55am while third one at 7:55pm with 419 pilgrims. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the hajj programme for 2017 at the Hajji Camp at the city’s Ashkona on Saturday. A total of 177 flights will carry the Hajj pilgrims till 26 August. The return flight will start on September 6 and continue till 5 October. The number of return flights will be 169. Biman Bangladesh Airlines will carry 50 percent of Bangladeshi pilgrims while Saudi Airlines the rest of the pilgrims. Some 127,198 pilgrims will perform Hajj from Bangladesh this year under government and private managements. Of them, 4,230 pilgrims will perform Hajj under the government management. From this year, flights carrying the Hajj pilgrims will also go to Madinah.last_img read more


Federal Appeals Courts Ruling Upholds Most Of Texas Sanctuary Cities Law

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneA massive protest engulfs the Capitol Rotunda as anti-SB 4 protesters rally on May 29, 2017, the last day of the 85th Legislative session.A panel of three U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled Tuesday that most of the state’s immigration enforcement legislation, Senate Bill 4, can remain in effect while the case plays out, handing a victory to Gov. Greg Abbott and Republican supporters of the legislation.BREAKNG: Texas Ban on Sanctuary City Policies upheld by Federal Court of Appeals. Allegations of discrimination were rejected. Law is in effect.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 13, 2018As passed, Senate Bill 4 allows local law enforcement officers to question the immigration status of people they detain or arrest and punishes local government department heads and elected officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration “detainers” — requests by agents to turn over immigrants subject to possible deportation — in the form of jail time and penalties that exceed $25,000. The one part of SB 4 that is still on hold is a provision that punishes local officials from “adopting, enforcing or endorsing” policies that specifically prohibit or limit enforcement of immigration laws. The judges kept that injunction in place, but said it only applies to the word “endorse.” The bill, as passed and signed, would have made elected and appointed officials subject to a fine, jail time and possible removal from office for violating all or parts of the legislation. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, which represents some of the plaintiffs in the SB 4 case, said it was considering how to move forward.“The court made clear that we remain free to challenge the manner in which the law is implemented, so we will be monitoring the situation on the ground closely,” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.Cesar Espinosa, Executive Director of FIEL said on a press release “we are deeply disappointed that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out all the strong arguments that different advocacy groups have brought up in the challenging law suit.”“This doesn’t entirely change the implementation of the program since the key provisions of SB4 have been in effect this entire time.  We know the 5th circuit is a very conservative court but we had hoped they would see how damaging a law like SB4 would be to our communities.  Not all is lost though, we hope that we may be able to take this case up all the way to the  Supreme Court and hope the justices can make the right decision on this very damaging law,” said Espinosa.The law, one of the most controversial in recent Texas Legislature history, came after Abbott declared the legislation a priority item early during last year’s 85th legislative session. After the governor signed the bill during a Facebook Live in May, the city of El Cenizo and Maverick County sued to stop the law  and was joined by several local governments, including the cities of Houston, Austin and San Antonio, as well as El Paso County. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, and the American Civil Liberties Union represented several of the clients.In August, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia halted several parts of the bill, including the provision that requires jail officials to honor the detainer provision. He also blocked sections that prohibit local entities from pursuing “a pattern or practice that ‘materially limits’ the enforcement of immigration laws” and another that prohibits “assisting or cooperating” with federal immigration officers as reasonable or necessary.But he did not halt the part of the bill that says police chiefs, sheriffs and other department heads cannot forbid officers from questioning a person’s immigration status, which means that Texas has been what opponents of the measure call a “papers please” state since the law took effect.A separate panel of judges in September ruled that the detainer provision could stand until a final determination was made. The panel also stated that law enforcement officers, including campus police, with “authority that may impact immigration” cannot be prevented from assisting federal immigration officers. In their decision on Tuesday, the judges recommended the case go back to the district court level “with instructions to dismiss the vacated injunction provisions.”After Tuesday’s ruling was announced, Abbott updated his followers on Twitter, highlighting that claims the bill would lead to racial profiling were rejected.“Texas Ban on Sanctuary City Policies upheld by Federal Court of Appeals,” he tweeted. “Allegations of discrimination were rejected. Law is in effect.”Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also praised the ruling, saying in a statement that SB 4 is constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans.“Enforcing immigration law prevents the release of individuals from custody who have been charged with serious crimes,” he said. Dangerous criminals shouldn’t be allowed back into our communities to possibly commit more crimes.” last_img read more