All jokes aside, Jon Gruden’s Raiders’ offense is worth your optimism

first_imgHave you recently had a beer with Sean McVay?Congratulations, you’re now an NFL head coach.That was the joke going around the league this past offseason, and it’s only a slight exaggeration of the latest turn of the coaching carousel.Yes, every team in the league is trying to re-create a bit of the magic that turned around the Rams, who were a 4-12 team in 2016, but have improved 11-5 in 2017 and a Super Bowl appearance in 2018 under McVay. The Raiders had a one-year head start.Wh …last_img read more

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Air New Zealand’s ‘Airband’ a world first

first_imgAir New Zealand has introduced a world first for children flying unaccompanied, giving parents and guardians the opportunity to follow the steps in their journey.Children travelling alone on Air New Zealand services will now receive an Airband™ at check-in as part of the service.  The wristband is embedded with a chip which is scanned at key stages of the journey to trigger text notifications to up to five nominated contacts.Air New Zealand General Manager Customer Experience Carrie Hurihanganui says Airband is a great example of the airline investing in technology to enhance the customer experience.“We know that having your child travel on their own can be a nervous time for both children and their guardians.  While our staff have always taken great care of children travelling solo, we identified that there was an opportunity to enhance the experience for kids while at the same time giving caregivers further peace of mind and visibility of their journey,” says Ms Hurihanganui.“We believe this is the first time this type of technology has been used by an airline anywhere in the world for the purpose of providing caregivers greater peace of mind when their child is travelling alone.  We have been trialling it across our network over recent months and the feedback from parents and guardians has been very positive with many welcoming the additional reassurance of knowing where in the journey their child is.”The airline’s new service applies to all children aged between five and 11 who’re travelling alone – but those aged up to 16 years can choose to opt in.The new service is being offered on a complimentary basis through until 3 February 2016.  Bookings made from this date will incur a fee of $15 per child for each one way domestic journey, or $40 per child for each one way international journey. Suggested read: Air New Zealand brings the future of air travellast_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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Final Cut Pro X Video Tutorial: Using Compound Clips

first_imgHave any FCPX tips? Share in the comments below. Use compound clips in FCPX to master your organization and video editing workflow.In a previous tutorial we took a look at how to create compound clips in FCPX. In this tutorial I’ll take it a step further and show you how to use compound clips effectively . The tutorial covers:Creating compound clipsAdding onto compound clipsNesting clipsIn essence, compound clips can be thought of as compositions with nested clips inside. By compounding a clip you make it easier to add effects to multiple clips without dragging the effects over one by one. Additionally, compounding clips can aid in project organization. If you haven’t seen my previous tutorial on making compound clips I highly recommend watching that tutorial first.last_img read more

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Four Advantages Relationships Provide In Winning Deals

first_imgYou should hope the salespeople you compete against believe the big lie that relationship selling is dead. You should hope they decide to go without all of the many advantages that relationships provide. You should be so lucky.The advantages relationships provide are many. Here are four advantages relationships provide.A Platform of TrustThe most important thing that a relationship provides you when it comes to winning a deal is a platform of trust.If you are going to offer your insight and ideas, a relationship will get you an audience. If you are going to upset the status quo with your next big idea, a relationship will get you the opportunity to do so. When your solution comes under attack from internal or external threats, relationships will provide you with air cover.Operating from a platform of trust is one of the most important advantages gained through your relationships.Allies, Advocates, and Influence on the InsideWhen you are competing for an opportunity, relationships provide you with the allies, the advocates, and influence on the inside of the organization. Much of the selling that goes on in your dream client’s company goes on after you have left the building.You need allies that will work on your behalf. You need advocates that are armed to act as your surrogate sales force. The power sponsors within your dream client company have more influence than most outsiders—and more than most salespeople imagine.Access to InformationSome salespeople believe that access to information is the critical factor in winning deals. While it’s not the most important factor, it is better to have access to information than to go without it.Knowledge that you can apply to your deal strategy can be powerful. Information that can help you tailor your offering to the many stakeholders you need to a win a deal makes a difference. Relationships provide you access to that information. Your power sponsors and stakeholder relationships can keep you informed.A Second ChanceRelationships almost always give you a second bite at the apple.When a deal comes down to two competitors and your dream client has concerns about the one of them that is you, you’ll wish you had relationships. When your new initiative is off to a bumpy start, your relationships provide you with the time and the support you need to get things back on track.If you ever need a second chance—and you will need a second chance—you will be grateful to have the strong relationships you need within your client or dream client’s company.All things being equal . . . well, you know.QuestionsWhat are the advantages of having relationships when you are competing for opportunities?What are the risks of competing without the relationships that you need?How do relationships build a platform of trust?How important is it to have allies on the inside?Does your strategy for winning deals include building relationships? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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10 months agoTalking Tactics: Pogba Man Utd masterclass; Arsenal vulnerability; Zaha lazy

first_imgTagsOpinionAbout the authorAlex Keble FollowShare the loveHave your say Talking Tactics: Pogba Man Utd masterclass; Arsenal vulnerability; Zaha lazyby Alex Keble10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points thanks to a 5-1 victory against a weary, disorganised Arsenal outfit struggling with injuries. Unai Emery chose the wrong formation for his side’s trip to Anfield, which became something of a theme for the weekend.Ralph Hasenhuttl made the same error (selecting a back four rather than a back five) as his Southampon team lost to Manchester City, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur looked clueless in the second half of their game against Wolves. Any suggestion of a Spurs title challenge has been quickly shouted down.Here are three things we learnt from the weekend action:1) Emery’s 4-2-3-1 formation leaves Arsenal weak on the flanks and in the middleThere are numerous reasons why Arsenal’s defence was unable to prevent a Liverpool rout on Saturday evening, but the blame lies largely with manager Unai Emery; his move to a back four confused the centre-backs, isolated the full-backs, and left them looking light in midfield. Ainsley Maitland-Niles seemed unsure of his role throughout the first half, loitering high up the pitch to leave the struggling Stephan Lichtsteiner with too much to do. The Swiss was directly at fault for the first and third Liverpool goals, his performance characterised by an anxiety and hastiness caused by a lack of support down his side of the pitch. On the other flank, Alex Iwobi was equally poor at tracking back, which is why the two Liverpool full-backs so frequently received long diagonal passes into the attacking third. Jurgen Klopp’s strategy allowed the hosts to grind Arsenal down in the first half.But it wasn’t just out wide that Emery got it wrong. By instructing Aaron Ramsey to say high alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (who doesn’t work hard enough for games as intense as these), Lucas Torreira was often left without a passing option in the middle of the park. Ordinarily he would have wing-backs in line with him as an outlet, and instead there was nobody – explaining why he was caught in possession moments before Liverpool’s crucial second goal.A return to 3-4-3 – more secure at centre-back and more balanced out wide – will almost certainly happen in midweek.2) Hasenhuttl’s initial tactical mistake proves costly for high-pressing SaintsSouthampton could have beaten Man City, and not just because they should have had a penalty moments before James Ward-Prowse’s own goal. Hasenhuttl’s unexpected shift to a 4-3-3 formation proved to be a costly mistake – even though it only lasted 15 minutes before he switched – with their subsequent performance offering encouragement for Saints fans and for those hoping to take points from Man City this season.Hasenhuttl’s 4-3-3 took narrowness to the extreme. Three forwards practically holding hands were unable to prevent City from passing out from the back, and their three midfield players were too preoccupied with David Silva to cover the width. City glided, unchallenged, down the flanks over and over in the first 15, eventually leading to the opener as Bernardo Silva repeated a familiar trick of joining Riyad Mahrez to make dual right wingers. It was a threat Southampton should have seen coming, and yet their narrow 4-3-3 suggested Hasenhuttl had not anticipated City’s strength out wide.He quickly changed back to the 3-4-2-1 to successfully shut down the flanks (in this system, wing-backs can get tight to the winger safe in the knowledge that a third centre-back and shuffle across to act as an auxiliary full-back). From this point on, Southampton’s high press unsettled the visitors, while Mario Lemina’s interesting position to the left of the front three (he kept dropping deeper to become a backup centre-mid) blunted both Silvas.If only Hasenhuttl had played 3-4-2-1 from the start, City’s dreadful run might have continued.3) Zaha’s failure to track Jorginho let Crystal Palace downIt was no surprise to see Crystal Palace sit in an ultra-deep defensive shell and invite Chelsea pressure; that’s the standard Roy Hodgson solution when playing the top six, and it almost worked perfectly at Selhurst Park. However, Wilfried Zaha badly let them down by failing to defend properly, explaining, in the process, why he isn’t trusted as a winger against the big clubs. Everyone knows that man-marking Jorginho is the best way to blunt Chelsea. It means they cannot funnel possession through their metronome and must instead dramatically reshuffle, often unsuccessfully. But as the other nine players dropped into a formation ten yards in front of Jorginho, Zaha let the Brazilian do whatever he wanted.In the end it was David Luiz’s killer ball over the top that led to N’Golo Kante’s winning goal, but the clipped pass came from exactly the defensive midfield position that Zaha should have been covering. Had Zaha tracked Jorginho throughout the match, he would also have been in the right place to stop Luiz – who instead was afforded all the time in the world to pick out his man. It’s pretty clear why Hodgson rarely gives Zaha a wide role in big matches; he cannot be trusted to do the dirty work.Best of the Week – Paul PogbaAnother masterclass from Paul Pogba on Sunday showed why the Frenchman needs a team to be built around him; he won’t perform well when tamed, and yet given the freedom to roam can dominate a match like few other players in the world. He was everywhere at Old Trafford, linking superbly with Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that he hasn’t done much tactical training yet, suggesting that United are riding a wave of optimism through the Christmas period. The hard work will begin when the fixture list calms down in January – at which point we will see just how much effort Pogba is willing to make for the new Man Utd manager.Worst of the Week – Spurs’ second half performanceTottenham failed to record a single shot on goal in the second half of their 3-1 defeat to Wolves, highlighting the perils of Mauricio Pochettino’s refusal to rotate effectively during the winter schedule. However, the problem also lies in a lack of creativity and doggedness in central midfield (they need to sign a Moussa Dembele replacement) and the increasingly poor performances of Kieran Trippier. Kyle Walker-Peters deserved to start again on Saturday. last_img read more

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20 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde tells players: Let’s go on winning run

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde tells players: Let’s go on winning runby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wants to build on their midweek win over Inter when they return to domestic action against Sevilla on Sunday.Valverde has called on his players to put together a good run of form.”At Barcelona you can be at rock bottom on Monday and in heaven on Friday,” Valverde said of the ups and downs in the mood around the club at his pre-match press conference.”And also the other way round.”We’re fine, we have had a good run and we want to do well against Sevilla.”Focusing on the game at the Camp Nou, Valverde is expecting as difficult a challenge as ever.”It’s always intense against Sevilla,” he explained.”They’ve started well away from home, winning all three of their games.”They look good and convincing and played well in the game they lost against Real Madrid.” last_img read more

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Womens Tennis Is Still Anyones Game Just Look At The French Open

FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed The women’s side of the French Open has seen plenty of upsets. Only three of the 10 top-ranked players made it through the third round, with high-profile competitors such as No. 1 Naomi Osaka and No. 10 Serena Williams among them. After her loss to 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, who has battled persistent injuries this season, was asked if she still would have entered the Open had she known the outcome. She said she would never have believed that she would be out in the third round. We’ll look at how Serena’s expectations fair against the growing parity in women’s tennis and how sharply this contrasts with the predictable cast of characters on the men’s side.The MLB draft is underway, and as Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen describes the experience, “the draft is very risky — it has always been risky.” The Hot Takedown team breaks down how this draft differs from other major sports, plus the strategies and trends exhibited in the early rounds.Finally, our Rabbit Hole of the Week looks at the Women’s College World Series. A dive into the key players and their professional pursuits lands us deep into the surprising world of Olympic demonstration sports.Here’s what we’re looking at this week:Justine Henin, the last “Queen of Clay.”Last year, our colleague Tom Perrotta wrote about the increased parity in women’s tennis, and it’s never felt more timely.ESPN’s Jeff Passan breaks down the convoluted MLB draft.Some MLB hopefuls are opting to play abroad rather than participate in the draft.Rachel Garcia’s impressive performance in the semifinals against the University of Washington.You won’t want to miss these videos of skijorning and korfball. read more

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Sika realizes dream after donning scarlet and gray

It’s pretty fitting that a guy like senior offensive lineman Scott Sika would be from a town called Strongsville, Ohio. But not just for the obvious reasons one would expect. Sika was able to walk on to the Ohio State team because of his heart and work ethic. But he is a pretty strong guy, too. Putting on the scarlet jersey and silver helmet was a lifelong dream for Sika. Nearly every member of his family went to OSU. He remembers watching every Buckeye game on Saturdays when he was growing up with his father, who went to optometry school at OSU. “He’s been a big influence in my life. He’s one of the main reasons why I chose to walk on too, because he would always tell me ‘you could play here,’ but you always have doubts in the back of your mind,” Sika said. “But once you get here you realize, as they say, fathers know best. Just his influence has helped me.” Choosing to walk on to OSU’s team did not come without any risks. He would not be guaranteed a scholarship, like he had been offered from smaller programs. Nor would he be guaranteed any playing time. But Sika never had a problem focusing on the positives. “I couldn’t pass up the chance. I really wanted to go to college here. Why not give it a try and play. It’s turned out really well for me,” he said. Sika said the rigors of playing for the scout team were difficult at first, but he always maintained a team-first mentality. “When I started I knew I was going to be on the scout team. Basically I’m here to help the team. Granted, I wish I could play as much as possible, but I’m just doing what I have to do to help the team,” Sika said. “It’s coaches’ decision, whether it’s playing scout team or playing with the twos, I just do what I do and I’ve enjoyed it.” While Sika’s father, brother, sister and mother all attended OSU, his uncle wore navy and maize as a football player for the Michigan Wolverines. “It was pretty ironic,” he quipped. “We always gave each other a hard time. Every week he says he roots for us, aside from when we play Michigan obviously. We go at it, but the last couple years I’ve easily had the upper hand and he hasn’t been able to say much. It’s a fun relationship, we go back and fourth but he just wants the best for me.” The memories of multiple BCS games, including a couple National Championship games and the Rose Bowl, will stay with Sika, But he said aside from all the obvious big stages he’s seen, it’s been the relationships he’s built with his teammates that he’ll remember most. Sika will be graduating with a degree in sports management. He plans on using everything he’s learned as a football player at OSU and the connections he’s made to help him in the professional world. But no matter what, he’ll always remember the feeling he had when he first realized he was a Buckeye. “It was surreal,” he said. “As I tell a lot of people, you don’t really understand it when you’re doing it. Sometimes you sit back and say to yourself ‘wow, I’m playing for the second ranked team in the nation.’ “You get to play where Orlando Pace and Eddie George played. It’s just an honor and you don’t realize it when you’re here but once you’re gone … it’s just memories and I’m so thankful to have had an opportunity.” read more

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Mens volleyball Ohio State advances to conference semis

Ohio State senior setter Christy Blough sets the middle for redshirt sophomore Blake Leeson against Quincy on April 15 at St. John Arena. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern reporterThe No. 2 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (28-2, 17-0 MIVA) is headed to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Semifinals after downing Quincy University (7-22, 2-14 MIVA) in straight sets. After meeting three times, Saturday’s win was OSU’s first sweep of the Quincy Hawks this season.In OSU’s shortest match of the season, OSU’s offense was aided in large part by junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen. Szerszen, who was named MIVA Player of the Year on Tuesday, led the team with 13 kills on 19 errorless attempts. “I think that Nic Szerszen playing like the player of the year kind of really helped us step up and win it in three,” senior middle blocker Driss Guessous said. “I think when he has a good game, it’s a lot easier for all of us to play better.”After stringing together four straight points to begin the first set, the Buckeyes controlled the lead throughout the set. The Hawks were only able to score back-to-back points on one occasion in the first frame, losing 14-25.The Hawks struggled to get points on offense, with the team hitting at a rate of .045 in the set. On the other side of the net, the Buckeyes had a .522 attacking efficiency. Senior opposite Miles Johnson and Szerszen combined to give the Buckeyes three aces in the set. “I commended Nicolas after the match,” head coach Pete Hanson said. “I thought Nicolas was the guy who set the tone in that regard that he just played, I thought, a relentless match tonight.”Much like the first set, the Hawks never saw a lead in the second set, trailing by as much as six points midway through the second set. A 5-1 run helped the Hawks battle back make the score 13-15, but they ultimately fell to the Buckeyes 20-25.In the second set, the Buckeyes improved their attacking rate to .526 and stuffed the Hawks on six occasions. Senior setter Christy Blough accounted for two blocks on his own. The Hawks hit better in the second set as well with the team improving to a .263 hitting rate.“What we talked about in the locker room or what I asked them to do was to play as hard and with as much energy as we could from the time the whistle blew to the time the play was over,” Hanson said. “Whether we made a mistake or not was kind of immaterial, but it was about our effort. It was about our commitment to making a lot of plays.”After a short intermission, OSU led 11-3 with Quincy’s only points coming from Buckeye service errors. The rest of the set mirrored the beginning and OSU took the third frame 25-15.The Hawks were unable to find an answer on offense in their final set of the season. The team paired six kills with six attacking errors. OSU, on the other hand, had 13 kills and two attacking errors to close out the match.With the win, the Buckeyes move on to the MIVA Semifinals and face either No. 11 Ball State University or No. 12 Loyola University, Chicago. First serve is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in St. John Arena. read more

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