Jamaica wins historic Para Taekwondo medal

first_imgWith just three weeks of training, newcomer Shauna-Kay Hines made history by becoming Jamaica’s first contestant and medallist in a World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) event, having walked away with a silver medal in the US Open Para Taekwondo Championships in Las Vegas last Wednesday. “She missed the gold by one point!” her coach Conrad Jenkins said. In preparation to compete in the WTF Para Taekwondo in the 2020 Tokyo Para Olympic Games, Hines will have to now compete at the international level to add to the six points she gained in the world ranking system. Twenty athletes from seven countries – USA, Canada, France, India, Mexico, Japan and Jamaica – competed in the US Open Para Taekwondo Championships. Coach Jenkins said Hines was selected to represent Jamaica through an assessment and interview process, by meeting the minimum impairment criteria by the WTF Para Taekwondo Department Classifiers, as well as training and fighting with male black belt holders in Jamaica. “She had no previous experience in Taekwondo, but was a long-distance track athlete,” Coach Jenkins said.last_img read more

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Facebook: Again, We’re Not Doing a “Facebook Phone”

first_imgsarah perez Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Facebook#mobile#news#NYT#web New rumors about a Facebook-branded phone resurfaced this week. Again, Facebook has shot them down. According to multiplepublications, mobile manufacturer HTC was readying either one or two so-called Facebook phones for launch at next month’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. The smartphones would be the first to display Facebook’s branding and colors, and would offer deep integration with Facebook services.What Was the Rumor?Both BGR and City A.M. published rumors about the upcoming phones, with some hazy details on what the devices would offer. In BGR’s case, the source was a tipster who served on a recent focus group for what he or she believed was a “Facebook phone.” Based on the questions asked during the focus group session, BGR believed the new phone would offer always-on GPS and possibly automatic check-ins, location-aware coupons for Facebook Deals, a ticker-style message notification system on the device’s homescreen and more.City A.M. offered a similar report, noting that the tweaked version of Android on the phones will prominently display Facebook News Feed messages on the homescreen. It would also have integration with Facebook contacts, letting you call or email friends using the contact information they’ve stored on Facebook. City A.M. also identified the manufacturer as HTC.But a Reuters news report from today has squashed these Facebook phone rumors…. yet again. (This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of a Facebook-branded device, actually. But last time, the manufacturer was unknown). According to a statement made by Dan Rose, head of business development at Facebook, at a company event in London, “the rumors around there being something more to this HTC device are overblown,” he said. He also flatly denied the phones would support Facebook branding.But HTC is Doing Its Own Facebook Phone?So, wait. Rewind. HTC is launching a phone (or phones) featuring deep Facebook integration?Apparently so. “This is really just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs (application programing interfaces) and integrated them into their device in an interesting way,” Rose said, which essentially confirms that this device (or devices) do exist and that HTC is behind them.But you just can’t call it a “Facebook phone” because Facebook didn’t make the phone itself. And it’s not blue. And there’s no Facebook logo on it.The phones, the earlier reports say, will be unveiled next month. And both the older and newer reports say that two top-level Facebook engineers, Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos, are involved. We’ll have to wait until next month to find out what the truth is, it seems.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Windows 8’s 2013 Enterprise Report Card: It Ain’t No “A”

first_imgAn estimated 40 million Windows 8 licenses have been sold by Microsoft in the first month of sales, with an indeterminate number sold after that. But it is not clear how many of those licenses will show up in the enterprise vs. the consumer market  (or even whether those licenses represent actual user numbers). With a radical departure in interface and mission, Microsoft may have gone too far for the business world with Windows 8, forcing always-conservative enterprise IT shops to stick with Windows 7 (or even Windows XP).How Windows 8 will fare in the enterprise depends on how you define enterprise computing. What defines the enterprise is rapidly changing, thanks to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Corporate-Owned, Personally Enabled (COPE) policies that are expanding client devices beyond the worker’s desktop machine to include tablets and smartphones.Breaking down those segmenst, we can grade Windows 8 chances of enterprise success in 2013:Traditional Desktop: C-It’s easy to point a finger and laugh at Microsoft for throwing such a radical departure into the market. With echoes of Microsoft’s history of  Fear-Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) campaigns warning that “it’s too hard learn a new interface,” many observers woudl find more than a little schadenfreude in watching Windows 8 crash and burn in the enterprise like Vista did.The obvious issue is that enterprise IT – and enterprise workers – are still trying to wrap their heads around the interface formerly known as Metro. And trying to figure out how big their training budgets would have to be to re-train workers to use it. But it’s not just a new interface. It’s what that new interface represents. In an effort to make be more of a social platform, Windows 8 incorporates tiles and applets to connect users to news, social feeds and other info. IT managers, though, tend to read “social” as “distractions from work.” So why not give Microsoft the failing grade it seems to deserve? One word: SharePoint. Specifically, the SharePoint 2013 collaboration platform, which will have more social tools built into it when released.When most people look at Metro, they immediately see an interface geared for tablets and smartphones. And that’s true. But Microsoft is not dumb – it had something else in mind with this desktop. Expect SharePoint to have hooks that help enterprise users run news feeds from SharePoint 2013 about document collaboration, company news and upcoming appointments. In that context, “social” could mean “getting more work done.”When you include SharePoint or some other enterprise content management system, Windows 8’s desktop grade has to account for  potential for growth in this area. As social enterprise software grows, Windows 8 may be the best platform on which it will run.Mobile Devices: BAccording to Goldman Sachs, if you add up all of the consumer computing devices in the world, not just the PCs and laptops, but the phones and tablets too, Microsoft has just 20% of the world consumer market share – where it once dominated with 97%.That’s a crazy drop, very much attributable to the rise of Android and iOS devices, with some help from BlackBerry, Symbian and Bada along the way.So why does Windows 8 earn a B in a sector where it is clearly yet not doing that well? This is about enterprise deployments, and when comparing Android vs. iOS vs. Windows 8 devices as part of a mobile strategy, enterprises are likely to give a lot of weight to Windows 8 machines.The reason, of course, is application compatibility. As cool as iOS and Android devices are, there’s still some work to be done to get these devices to talk to every enterprise service. It’s getting better all the time, which supports Dan Rowinski’s prediction about Apple in the enterprise. But right now, Windows 8’s near-seamless compatibility with existing Windows applications is something that enterprise managers can’t ignore.Is compatibility alone enough? No.Microsoft and other hardware vendors need to release a very hot and not-so-expensive device to make this all work. If enteprise users don’t want to use Windows 8 devices, their compatability won’t matter much The Surface looks cool enough to be that device, but the Windows RT version isn’t fully compatible, and the Windows 8 Pro version is too expensive.Remember, we’re grading Windows 8’s enterprise potential, not where it is today (that would be an incomplete, naturally). There are a lot of ifs involved in Windows 8 earning even this middling report card for 2013. If social enterprise takes off. If there’s a really hot Windows 8 mobile device… But given the task facing Windows 8 in the business word, even the possibility of success is worth a lot.Note: This lede for this article was updated to reflect a more accurate estimation of Windows 8 licenses sold. brian proffitt Tags:#microsft#mobile#PC#predictions#smartphones#tablets#Windows 8 Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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