Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes San Miguel head coach Leo Austria was pleased with how his team played despite coming off a Christmas break. “The game we’ve shown tonight is the game we want to have,” said Austria whose Beermen are on a two-game win streak. “We want to be consistent and if we’re consistent we get good results, so I’m thankful to the players because they were focused.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliMeralco managed to keep three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo at bay with the big man putting up a pedestrian, by his standards, 11-point, 14-board double-double.It was San Miguel’s perimeter offensive that dealt Meralco the heavy blows with Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot providing the 1-2 punch as they put up 21 and 20 points, respectively, to lead the Beermen. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Serbian coach braces for tough 2017 season Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel ended its 2016 on a high after fending off Meralco, 101-86, to strengthen its hold of the top spot in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Beermen improved to a league-best 5-1 while the Bolts are at a sorry 2-4 as they absorbed their third straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT Senators to proceed with review of VFA MOST READ Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Chris Newsome led the Bolts with 16 points and 12 rebounds but turned the ball over 11 times.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments
0Shares0000LONDON, England, September 12 – British Prime Minister David Cameron apologised Wednesday to the families of the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster for the “double injustice” they suffered.Speaking after the release of thousands of documents, he told parliament the Liverpool supporters had suffered first from official failings that led to the deaths and then from police attempts to blame the victims of the crush. “On behalf of the government — and indeed our country — I am profoundly sorry for this double injustice that has been left uncorrected for so long,” a sombre Cameron said in a statement to lawmakers.He was speaking after the Hillsborough Independent Panel, a seven-member body led by the Bishop of Liverpool, published a report into Britain’s worst sporting disaster following a review of previously unseen files.The disaster was caused by massive overcrowding in the Leppings Lane End of Sheffield’s Hillsborough stadium at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.To ease overcrowding outside the Leppings Lane End, police opened an exit gate, allowing supporters to flood into the central pens. Fenced in, fans were crushed to death.Lawmakers gasped as Cameron said the panel found that police repeatedly tried to cover-up evidence of their own failings following the disaster in a bid to make it look as if fans were at fault, Cameron said.Police “significantly amended” 164 statements, including the removal of 116 negative comments about the leadership of the police, he said.He said there were also failings by the ambulance service, including that it may have been possible to revive some of the victims had they received treatment earlier.“With the weight of the new evidence in this report, it is right for me today as prime minister to make a proper apology to the families of the 96 for all they have suffered over the past 23 years,” Cameron said.“Indeed, the new evidence that we are presented with today makes clear that these families have suffered a double injustice.“The injustice of the appalling events — the failure of the state to protect their loved ones and the indefensible wait to get to the truth.“And the injustice of the denigration of the deceased — that they were somehow at fault for their own deaths.”Cameron said the attorney general would now review the “deeply distressing” report to decide whether to apply to the high court to quash an original, flawed inquest into the tragedy.The city of Liverpool will hold a two-minute silence from 3:06 pm (1406 GMT) — the time the match was called off — as a mark of respect to the victims, ahead of a candle-lit vigil.Cameron said the victims’ families had long believed that some of the authorities attempted to create a “completely unjust account of events that sought to blame the fans for what happened.“The families were right.”The report found that there had been police efforts “to develop and publicise a version of events that focused on… allegations of drunkenness, ticketlessness and violence.”Officers carried out police national computer checks on those who died in an attempt “to impugn the reputations of the deceased”, the report said, while the bodies of children were tested for blood alcohol levels.The ground failed to meet minimum safety standards, had inadequate turnstiles, the capacity was significantly over-calculated and the crush barriers failed to meet safety standards.Liverpool played Forest at Hillsborough in the previous year’s FA Cup semi-final when a crush occurred and the report “shows clearly that lessons had not been learnt”.A report by judiciary chief Peter Taylor, published in 1990, found that the main reason for the disaster was a failure of “police control”.Victims’ families say it is an injustice that no individual or organisation has been held fully accountable for the disaster.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
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Share This!What an interesting week of news! There’s really something for everyone this week…theme park fans have exciting tidbits about Galaxy’s Edge, television fans have news about what’s coming out next season, and we have news of movies we didn’t know we needed, but are apparently they’re in the works.Did you miss anything? Read on to find out!In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and RumorsWhen Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens, it will be as authentic as possible…right down to the droid tracks and the petrified trees.When you wan to impress, you show your friends your cool new toys…when your Bob Iger, that cool new toy is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.The Los Angeles Times has a great article all about Imagineer, Kim Irvine. If you don’t know her name…you should; her family’s been entrenched in Disney history.In news that makes me very happy, Bob Iger said this week that Disney isn’t interested in pushing virtual reality. The company overall much prefers real immersion, like we’ll get with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.Robert Downey Jr. and Bette Midler, Wing Chao, Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer, will be honored as Disney Legends during the 2019 D23 Expo. Congrats to all!Interesting…Disney will soon own all of Hulu. But what do they plan to do with it? What do you think of this move?It’s Upfront season for television networks. Take a look at Disney’s lineup across all their various platforms.Another reboot I didn’t know we needed, but appear to be getting. A Josh Gad lead version of Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Does this excite you?Maleficent: Mistress of Evil will be in theaters later this year and we got to see a preview of the film this week. What do you think of it?The Today Cafe is officially open and Al Roker came down to help celebrate.In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Genie MagicBand and send it to email@example.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.
Find My Friends — (Free With iOS5 and iCloud Support)Stalking your friends has never been easier. Find My Friends works by sending a request to a friend to see their location and their location will pop up on a map. There are sharing options and privacy controls. It is a simple and powerful cloud-based location app from Apple that could be great for people bar hopping in San Francisco or Manhattan and want to find where their friends have bounced to after too many rounds of Jagermeister. Notable Updates For OctoberIt is always important to remember to go into your device and update apps on a regular basis. Updates provide new functionality, performance and security upgrades and make sure that the bugs from the last version have been taken care of.Notable iOS Updates:Pandora, XFinity TV, Dropbox, PlainText, Bing for iPad, Instagram, Google Search, Google+, Washington Post, IMBb Movies & TV, Zaarly, HeyStacks, 7Notes, Evernote, Bank of America, Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery, Angry Birds Rio (Might Eagle), Read It Later Free, Pulse, Showyou, Qwiki, Flipboard, Quora, Foursquare, Order & Chaos Online, Flixster, Twitter.Notable Android Updates:Barcode Scanner, Bolt Browser, Camera Fun Pro, Dolphin Browser (security fix), FxCamera, LinkedIn, Flixster, OpenTable, Opera Mobile Browser, Pulse, Google Maps, Google Translate, Google+, IMBd Movies & TV, Robo Defense, QR Droid, Match.com. Drunk Man — (Free) Like games so stupid and simple that they turn out to be a lot funner than you ever thought possible? Drunk Man is the game for you. Basically, you have this guy who went on a bender. He leans to the left and you have to adjust by tapping to the right. Vice versa for the other way. This guy is pretty drunk so the game is actually quite a bit harder than you might think. Try it after a couple cocktails and watch your whole world collapse upon itself, in a gutter, with a brown paper bag. Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation — (iPad — $6.99)The trend of releasing dynamic console apps to tablets continues with Modern Combat 3. This is a stunning game for the iPad for those that like the whole shoot-em-up military combat games. The graphics are excellent and do not lag on the iPad 2 while the controls are designed for multi-touch and gestures. Really, a breakthrough in games for mobile devices. Mobo Task Killer — (Free)Just about everybody I know has Advanced Task Killer on their Android devices. This is the next evolution. It monitors apps that are running in the background and lets you kill them to save battery life with a button called “optimize.” It can also perform this capability with a shake of the phone. It has all the goodness of Advanced Task Killer, with the ability to go into the app and individually check apps that you want to stop running. There is also an ignore list for apps that you do not want to ever shut down. This app literally just took the place of Advanced Task Killer on my Android. That is saying something for one of my most used apps ever. AndroidAndroid came out with Ice Cream Sandwich this month but the apps for the new tasty version of Google’s mobile OS have not yet hit the shelves. Here are some interesting and functional Android apps to keep an eye out for. Iris — (Free)What is Siri spelled backwards? Iris! It is like Siri’s evil Android twin. The rumor goes that Iris was put together by a group of hackers in a matter of hours in an attempt to give Android Siri-like capabilities. It can do almost everything that Siri can do such as use voice to search the Web, send texts and make phone calls. Iris is not quite as cute and sardonic as Siri but does the trick, giving Android’s voice capabilities a boost. Most new Android devices will have its requirements (Voice Search and TTS library) pre-installed. The difference between Siri and Iris is several million dollars of development time and multiple years of refinement of Siri’s capabilities and feedback outputs. But, Iris has potential. Marvel Comics — (Freemium)Love Android? Love comics? Love Captain America? You are now in luck. The Marvel Comics app for Android brings the Marvel library to mobile (an iOS version was released earlier this year) as a spot for downloading and purchasing comics of the iconic line of super heroes from Marvel. Really, what nerd does not geek out with comics? Pawntique — (Free — iPhone)This is one of those apps that you probably have not heard of. Pawntique is an app that helps you pawn stuff for cash. It helps people secure short term cash loans on items they wish to pawn, just like your local hock shop. Pawntique will appraise items when you send them to the service or have an expert come to you (for larger items). When it is time to ship, Pawntique will send a courier to pick up the item. If you send the item in, Pawntique will appraise it and make an offer, which you can accept or decline. Related Posts Facebook for iPad — (Free)When Facebook finally released an iPad version of its platform, the entire world of tablet carrying social denizens yelled at once, “it is about bloody time.” The Facebook iPad app is a significant upgrade to using the iPhone version at 2X setting. It is simple, functional, handles status updates and pictures well and institutes just about everything that Facebook has tweaked within the platform over the last several months. The future of Facebook mobile resides with HTML5, especially Timeline, but the iPad app at least gets people off the social giant’s back for the time being. Apple had a great month in the new app department, mostly spurred by the release of the iPhone 4S and all the iOS5-based applications that developers have been working on throughout the summer. Android also had an interesting month for new apps but the real intriguing flood will come whenever Ice Cream Sandwich becomes widely adopted and, finally, we can start adding real Android tablets apps to our apps of the month column. Check out the selections for October 2011 below. We again brought back the updates portion of the column, with a list at the bottom of important app updates users should be aware of. Check it out below. The list, as always, is a bit subjective so please let us know in the comments if we missed an app or you have found one that you cannot live without.Cross-Platform AppsNews360 — (Free – iOS, Android)This is not exactly a new service, but the late-October release of its 3.0 version for iOS and Android makes it a good candidate for a cross-platform app of the month. News360 is often compared as a “Pandora for news.” As such, News360 plays in the same realm as News.me, Newsy, Flipboard and most of all, Zite. We have written about News360 multiple times at ReadWriteWeb over the last several months. It crawls the Google+ API for personalized news and has Facebook and Twitter integration to personal news.Red Karaoke — (Free — iOS, Android)Bring your own personal karaoke machine with you wherever you go. Really, that is about as simple as it takes to describe Red Karaoke. It streams music to your phone with the words so you can sing along. It can also record you dubious renditions for posterity so you can show off to all your friends the audio and video of you killing it on Free Bird while on the bus. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement iPhone, iPadApple had a big month, so let’s start with some of the big apps and some smaller ones that you may not have heard of.Siri — (With purchase of iPhone 4S)Siri has become a cultural phenomenon within a month of its release. If you have an iPhone 4S, ask Siri what the meaning of life is. There is a good chance she (it?) will say 42, which is the most appropriate answer I can think of to that question (but, damnit, what is the question?) Siri has spawned some funny sites, such as this one that takes look at people asking Siri some serious or naughty questions. We at ReadWriteWeb think that Siri should actually have the voice of George Takei, but there are an inordinate amount of Star Trek fans on staff. I voted for a Yoda voice. On a more serious note, Siri lets people search the Web, send texts, emails, phone calls and a bunch of other features through voice-activated software. The genius behind Siri is not the technology but rather that Apple gave Siri a personality, one of the company’s more brilliant marketing insights in years. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Espier Launcher — (Free)Are you an Android owner with iPhone envy? Don’t be. Espier is an application launcher that makes you Android look just like an iPhone 4/S. It can create folders just like iOS and has gesture motions to open apps, close apps or bring up folders. Who needs to be different? Everything comes back to Apple eventually. NHL Gamecenter (Free – iOS, Android)Anybody that knows me knows that I am a sucker for a good sports app. I am also a hockey nut, having spent multiple years as a NHL beat reporter and still freelancing in the sports realm on a semi-regular basis. Other sports apps make it into the Apps Of The Month catalogue, why not the NHL? This year’s version of the NHL Gamecenter acts as your daily hockey diary on the go for scores, schedules, news and highlights. If you upgrade to the premium version you get radio broadcasts and video highlights, among other features. Tags:#Apple#Facebook#Google#mobile#web MobiUs — (Free — iOS)MobiUs is a mobile browser that is dedicated to bringing great Web apps using HTML5 to iOS. It also acts as a browser extension with eyes on helping HTML5 kill Flash on mobile devices once and for all. Check out our coverage of MobiUs here and here. Skitch — (Free)I admit, this is a little bit of cheating on my own rules. Normally an App Of The Month needs to be released in the month that is being written about. Skitch, the popular screen-grabbing tool bought by Evernote earlier this year, technically came to Android at the end of September. But, since Skitch is perhaps my favorite desktop application of all time, exceptions can be made. Download screen shots, annotate pictures, add art to pictures you have taken, crop, zoom, markup, add filters, Skitch does it all. The best part? Once you are done with your picture, you can save it to Evernote. (Note, Skitch for Mac used to take the below screen shot of Skitch for Android. So meta.) dan rowinski SoundCloud — (Free — iPad)SoundCloud is not a new service, but its iPad app was just released at the end of October. Our John Paul Titlow shows us how SoundCloud can make the iPad into a truly dynamic content creation device by allowing users to record sound and share it amongst friends. This could be a great device for indie bands that want cheap distribution, podcasts for Internet personalities or a recording tool for journalists. Evernote for iPhone and Android has voice recording capabilities that it syncs to the cloud for playback just about anywhere. That is what SoundCloud does, just with a better UI, social sharing and overall functionality. Lookout — (Free — iPhone)The security app that is not a security app. Lookout caused a minor controversy on ReadWriteWeb when we wrote about it in the middle of October. Really, what Lookout does for iPhone users is remind them to be diligent about security. It tells you if you are on insecure WiFi, makes sure you have the latest version of iOS on the device, can remote lock and wipe the device or find it through location settings and a Lookout account. It does not do anti-virus, but, does it need to? The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting PayPal is making some of the advances it’s pushed in mobile-app payments available on the Web, the company announced Tuesday. Its in-app checkout experience, which it calls One Touch, is now rolling out to websites which already use PayPal’s payment technology.Consumers will notice a new option to stay logged into PayPal, which will remember their payment options. In a marked change, PayPal will no longer force shoppers to change their payment method from a default bank-account withdrawal; instead, the service will remember the credit or debit card or bank account they prefer, and use that each time. It’s how PayPal works in mobile apps already.Bank-account withdrawals are more profitable for PayPal, as I noted when I interviewed David Marcus, then PayPal’s president, in January 2014. “That’s over,” Marcus told me, vowing to change the checkout experience to be more straightforward. Now that day has come: PayPal is no longer tricking its customers into using a payment method they may not prefer.PayPal checkout now remembers your payment preferences and shipping address, saving you clicks and typing.Mobile First—And Then The Web Must FollowThere’s a deeper significance to PayPal’s move, one the whole industry should pay attention to. It’s an example of a technology first designed for mobile devices that is migrating into the broader Web. Consider how Flipboard, a company which became famous as an app developer, is now shifting its news-reading experience back to the Web.For years, the innovation in e-commerce has been focused on mobile apps. That’s where PayPal’s Braintree subsidiary made its name, powering frictionless mobile transactions in apps like Uber, Airbnb, and HotelTonight.That click-and-you’ve-paid convenience has been missing from the Web, which still uses a confusing array of popups and redirects to process even simple e-commerce transactions. When you squeeze that Web shopping experience into a mobile browser, the result is disaster—or, to use the technical term, abandoned shopping carts.Bill Ready, the former CEO of Braintree who was recently promoted to be PayPal’s global head of merchant and next-generation commerce, says that his customers were seeing a 50% rise in completed purchases by adopting the simpler One Touch checkout process within apps.See also: PayPal’s Startup Guys Have Seized The Company’s Reins“We saw such huge results that we’re taking the native buying experience and rolling it out across the Web,” says Ready.Most sites using PayPal won’t have to do anything to get the upgrade—it will happen automatically through the code their sites call up from PayPal’s servers.Ready notes that this upgrade will be easier on merchants than on mobile, where PayPal required developers to adopt a new software-development kit, the V.zero SDK.He admits that PayPal hasn’t done extensive testing that lets it predict the kind of uplift that websites will see from a simplified checkout experience, but he predicts that particularly on mobile versions of e-commerce sites, online retailers will see more completed purchases.Some Things Still Don’t Check OutReady’s team hasn’t quite finished the job, though. Even before PayPal bought Braintree, Ready was touting a vision of e-commerce where his company’s servers would safely store credit and debit cards and let consumers use them from site to site and app to app.This latest upgrade to PayPal’s checkout doesn’t integrate with Braintree’s so-called “vault” technology. If a customer has stored a credit card with Uber, a Braintree merchant, in an app on her phone, she won’t automatically have that card available when she shops on her laptop for dresses at Jane.com and checks out with PayPal. (Nothing’s stopping her from storing the same card in both places, but eliminating that busywork of entering a card over and over again is what Ready’s vision is all about.)PayPal president Dan Schulman, who’s slated to become the company’s CEO when the payments company spins off from eBay Inc. later this year, hinted that more change might be coming in a recent eBay earnings call—specifically touting Ready’s role in combining PayPal’s disparate systems, which include Venmo, a person-to-person payment system which serves as another kind of digital wallet for debit- and credit-card accounts:Bill as you know was the CEO of Braintree, and what we really did by putting that together is … combine the Braintree platform and the PayPal platforms much more closely together so that we are able to being able things like One Touch not just on full-stack integrations and on mobile, but into the PayPal base … And so we are taking the things that we’ve learned through both Venmo and Braintree, putting them together with some of our other acquisitions to provide to our PayPal embedded base, not only the services that you see now, but services that we will introduce even as of this quarter that will take us to a whole different level as a result of that integration together.There are a couple of months left in this quarter. Plenty of time for Ready’s team to lash together more of the company’s systems—all in the name of faster shopping. Tags:#Bill Ready#Braintree#Braintree Payments#Dan Schulman#e-commerce#Mobile Payments#mobile Web#One Touch Payments#PayPal owen thomas Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been suspended for a year and fined 1 million rupees ($9,500,00) after failing to disclose two approaches made by bookmakers during this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday.The 34-year-old, who played for Islamabad United in the 2017 PSL, admitted the charges levelled against him by the PCB’s anti-corruption unit.The PCB will review the suspension after six months, at which point Irfan’s contract may be restored. Over seven feet tall, he has played four tests, 60 one-day internationals and 20 Twenty20 internationals.The PCB said last month it was investigating whether an international betting syndicate was trying to influence matches in the PSL.”You are aware that on March 14 the board called in and suspended me on the basis of two allegations, out of which I accept that it was my fault that I failed to let the board know when bookies approached me,” Irfan told reporters on Wednesday.”I am formally asking the nation for their forgiveness and hope that I will be pardoned by them.”Pakistan were involved in spot-fixing case in 2010 when three players – Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt – were suspended and later jailed for their part in incidents during a test match against England at Lord’s.All three are now playing competitively again, with Amir part of the Karachi Kings’ squad for this season’s PSL.