Giants’ April attendance dips 17 percent from 2018 average

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Attendance is down across Major League Baseball, but few teams have felt the sting of a dip in ticket purchases quite like the San Francisco Giants.The Giants’ April attendance dropped 17 percent from 2018 as the club averaged just 32,700 fans in 15 home games. That’s down from an average April attendance of 39,278 fans a season ago and suggests the franchise may have long-term concerns about the club’s ability to fill the seats at Oracle Park.Related Articles G …last_img read more

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Steve Jobs: Tablets will Usher in Post-PC Era

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#cloud computing#Digital Lifestyle#mobile#NYT#Trends#web “When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks,” began Apple CEO Steve Jobs at last night’s D8 conference, trying to come up with an apt analogy for the recent changes we’re seeing in the computing landscape of the new millennium. “But as people moved more towards urban centers, people started to get into cars. I think PCs are going to be like trucks. Less people will need them.”Jobs wasn’t trying to disparage Microsoft. He was actually referring to the form factor of “personal computers” – laptops and desktops alike. It’s a discussion about the upcoming era of computing where everything becomes radically different, from the form factor itself to the user interface and interactions that, combined, make up what we think of as “personal computing.”iPad Leads the Way? For what it’s worth, Jobs doesn’t necessarily know if the iPad will lead the way into this “post-PC era,” as he calls it, but you can bet that he hopes it will. Apple PCs, more often called “Macs,” were never able to overtake Windows PCs in market share. But with the transformation of personal computing from something that occurs only on boxy desktop computers and laptops to something that takes place on lightweight touchscreen tablets, Apple finally has a chance to be a market share leader for everyday computing, competing only with other tablet manufacturers and tablet OS designers. In this new group of future PC powerhouses, the only other stiff competition is from Google, whose mobile OS, Android, has already started to appear on tablet computers. Plus, Google is launching a second OS, too: the netbook and tablet-friendly Chrome OS, which will arrive earlier than expected, according to reports coming out this morning from the Computex PC show in Taipei. It’s now coming this fall, instead of December, as expected earlier. Limitations of Tablets: Not a Long-term IssueBut when questioned about the limitations of tablets by conference host Walt Mossberg of The Wall St. Journal, Jobs admitted to some of the present-day shortcomings, namely that they lack the ability to handle serious content creation. The iPad currently suffers from limitations in its software (no ability to multitask or maintain multiple open windows) and hardware (not enough processing power to run heavy-duty applications like PhotoShop or video editing software). These issues will work themselves out over time, says Jobs. “The software will get more powerful. I think your vision would have to be pretty short to think these can’t grow into machines that can do more things, like editing video, graphic arts, productivity.”Taking the long view, it’s believable that one day, tablets will be our only computers, with add-on keyboards, mice or docking stations of some sort when we need to do “real work.” But how much real work do you do everyday? According to Jobs, when he goes to write a 35-page analyst report, he’ll plug in his Bluetooth keyboard, but “that’s 1% of the time,” he says.Do you only do “real work” 1% of the time? Change isn’t Easy On a personal note, this vision of computing that has me, as a heavy-duty laptop user, perplexed. My day is spent with my fingers attached to a keyboard, typing, writing, Web surfing, tweeting, Facebooking, FTPing, editing photos, IMing, creating emails and more. At the moment, I have four different desktop software programs open and two different Web browsers running, each full of tabs. I have a local pictures folder open for browsing, and a drag-and-drop FTP app ready for freshly cropped photos. How will this work on a tablet? Will it be possible with the multitasking feature being introduced via the iPhone OS 4.0 update? Something even better? As eagerly as I’m anticipating that new functionality for my iPhone, that interface still feels a little dumbed down when you imagine using it for your everyday work – especially when you’re used to a desktop-like computer, whether that’s Mac, Windows PC or Linux. That may change one day in the distant future, but it’s hard to quite grasp the vision Jobs describes. No more laptop? No more mouse? An occasionally used plug-in keyboard? Am I trading computing power for computing elegance? A workhorse for a show pony?What do You Think?These fears are par for the course, though – change can be difficult and sometimes even scary. A post-PC landscape “makes some people uneasy,” admits Jobs. I guess he meant me, and people like me, whose laptops will have to be pried from our cold, dead hands. These are people who love our tablets… but in the living room and kitchen, not in the office.Then again, many people were probably uneasy when they were first introduced to computers. (This will replace my ledger? My pen and paper? I don’t think so!). They were wrong then; computers replaced almost everything, and with the help of the Internet, every conceivable business model had to transition itself to a digital world, too. Adapt or be crushed. Will the anti-tablet pundits be wrong now? Will everyone who thinks tablets will always be secondary devices eventually eat their words when they become everyone’s only computer? Or is the vision of a tablet-filled world where today’s “personal computers” collect dust one that’s flawed?Image credit: Engadgetcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perezlast_img read more

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Sania Mirza-Elena Vesnina lose French Open women’s doubles final

first_imgSania Mirza missed out on winning her second Grand Slam title as she and her partner Elena Vesnina lost the French Open women’s doubles final to unseeded Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in Paris on Friday.Unforced errors cost the seventh seed Indo-Russian pair dearly as they lost the summit clash 4-6 3-6 in one hour and 21 minutes at Court Suzanne Lenglen here.It was a good opportunity for Sania to add a women’s doubles title to her already Australian Open mixed doubles trophy, which she won along with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009 but it turned to be an off day for the Indian and her partner Vesnina.Nevertheless, Sania did create a history of sorts by becoming first Indian female tennis player to reach the women’s doubles final.Vesnina struggled with her first serve throughout and Sania’s feeble shots at the net only helped the cause of the Czech pair.Even the Czech players, especially Andrea, struggled with the first serve in windy conditions but the Indo-Russian pair committed more unforced errors.A strong show by Lucie turned out to be the real difference between the two teams as she did not drop her serve even once and had good control over her strokes.Sania prevented a first set rout when she held serve in the seventh game when they were down 1-5. They made it 4-5 after breaking Andrea in the eighth game, raising hopes of a comeback.But Lucie served out the first set in the 10th game when the Russian hit a backhand long on the second set point.advertisementLucie had committed a double fault on first set point but an unforced error by Sania gave the opponents a second chance which they converted thanks to Elena’s long backhand.The second set too started badly for Sania and Elena as the Russian dropped her serve to hand a mini lead and then she could not held her serve even once.Sania raised her game in the second set and created opportunities but Elena had a poor day.They had a chance to turn the tables when they broke Andrea in the fourth game and had two breakpoints against the same player in the eighth game to make it 4-4 but Lucie yet again played well and denied the rivals a comeback.Lucie hit a volley winner to win the match on second match point.Elena and Sania split euro 165000 as prize money while the winners took home euro 330,000.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Airline confirms three dead after float plane crashes in Labrador lake

first_imgST. JOHN’S – The president of a small Quebec airline says three people were killed when one of its planes crashed into a Labrador lake Monday.Jean Tremblay, president of Air Saguenay, said the float plane was carrying four fishermen, two guides and the pilot. He said the condition of the four missing occupants is unknown.Major Mark Gough of Maritime Forces Atlantic said military rescuers are searching for survivors at the crash site in Mistastin Lake, about 120 kilometres southwest of Nain, N.L.Gough said a Hercules aircraft spotted the wreckage of the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver float plane at 5 a.m. local time Tuesday.He said the plane left a fishing lodge on Crossroads Lake, east of Schefferville, Que., Monday headed to a remote fishing camp on Mistastin Lake.It failed to return to the lodge that evening, and people at the lodge were unable to reach the missing party by satellite phone.Rescue officials said a helicopter was expected to arrive at the site Tuesday morning, and a second float plane had been dispatched to assist in search efforts.The Canadian Transport Safety Board will investigate the crash.last_img read more

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