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IFA Berlin to get fresh format Home Dropbox bemoans cloud complexity Related Vodafone ups diversity efforts DropboxTechnology Author CTA, Trump push for tech skills training Telecoms and IT companies need to work together on overcoming some of the “bizarre limitations” to the usage of cloud services, according to Drew Houston, the founder and CEO of file-storage company Dropbox.“There are all these different companies doing all these different things and it’s all emerging chaotically and haphazardly and not really centrally designed,” he said during today’s keynote session at Mobile World Congress about operating in the cloud.Consumers are running into what Houston calls “landmines” when they attempt to use one company’s services with another company’s devices. “You shouldn’t have to worry about the logo on the back of your phone – it should just work with everything,” he said.Houston’s barbed comments about the lack of cooperation seemed largely directed at Apple, which he accused of being too “religious” about its own products. “There will never be an Apple engineer who makes an Android version of the iPhone,” he said.Dropbox’s collaborative efforts have paid off, insisted Houston, despite the initial challenges. At first, there was some concern over a partnership with Samsung, for instance, because the South Korean manufacturer had its own rival service, but the availability of Dropbox on Android-based Samsung devices appears to have been a huge attraction for consumers.“There are cases where people have switched from iPhones to Galaxy S III devices and said they love Samsung because it features Dropbox,” claimed Houston. “That’s because we’ve made it a seamless experience.” Previous ArticleDocomo, Orange and Samsung promise 2013 Tizen launchesNext ArticleOperators urged to lead cloud services revolution Tags Mobile World Live Mobile World Live is the online service dedicated to providing the mobile industry with daily news coverage & analysis of the biggest global market developments. Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 FEB 2013
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images; Sue via Flickr)Requests by the Hamptons, North Fork and upstate to stop the virus-inspired migration from New York City have not resonated with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.The popular summer destinations say they have been overrun by city residents fleeing the five boroughs, which have been the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.But Cuomo said at a Thursday morning press conference, “I don’t have any travel ban on my agenda.”Read moreThe 1% are sheling out $400K on Hamptons rentals as NYC shuts downBrokers predict pent-up demand after coronavirusCongress agrees on $2 trillion stimulus packageCovid-19 impact: Deals fall through and agents struggle to sell In a message to constituents Wednesday, Scott Russell, the supervisor of Southold Town on the North Fork, said the virus had put a “tremendous strain on our resources” even before people began flocking there from the city.“I am joining Southampton Supervisor Jay Schneiderman in requesting that Governor Cuomo put a travel ban to the east end in place, limiting travel to only essential personnel,” he wrote. “Our resources are scarce, the risk of spread is too high for a town which is already seeing more than its share of confirmed cases and deaths. Southold should NOT be treated as someone’s personal isolation unit.”His message was far more diplomatic than recent ones from some locals in the Catskills and Hamptons and on the Jersey Shore. Facebook pages and other online sites have been filling up with expletive-laden missives about how city dwellers are bringing the coronavirus to their communities — not to mention clearing the shelves of local supermarkets.Initially, the vast majority of the state’s coronavirus cases were in the five boroughs, although the percentage has been dropping and now stands at just over half. The numbers reflect only New Yorkers who have been tested, however, and initially the vast majority of testing was being done in the city.In lieu of a travel ban, Russell requested anyone relocating to his neck of Suffolk County self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, then continue to practice social distancing and not stockpile food.“We have a limited number of stores who are trying to keep their shelves stocked and ration out supplies as best they can,” he wrote. “Local residents are finding it difficult to meet even their most basic needs. Unnecessary hoarding and the recent, sudden expansion of the population by those who come are making this far worse.”The White House also requested New Yorkers self-quarantine upon arrival anywhere else, and Florida’s governor has mandated it. But the virus has already spread to all 50 states. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Small buses have gained traction recently, and there may well still a lot more to come. Mellor Managing Director John Randerson gives his thoughts on where he believes the sector is going to in the futureMellor believes that demand for small buses is going to continue to growThere was a time when a small bus would have seldom been considered a viable option for operators providing services in towns and cities. Their use was channelled through local authorities, rural routes and the welfare sector.In recent years, that has changed significantly. With the drive to make bus services pay, as well as providing low emissions to improve air quality, the small bus is increasingly becoming a vehicle of choice with operators and it is set to come to the forefront again over the next few years.Back to the futureIn the mid-1980s, following deregulation, small buses were very much part of the UK scene. Indeed, they were carving a strong niche as a smaller, more cost-effective solution for operators as part of their portfolio.That was mainly for use on rural and smaller urban routes that, while vital, had seen a steep decline in patronage, which has continued to the present day.It was during the 1990s, with the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), which quite rightly set out to improve accessibility and provision for all, that major changes were brought about.At the time, vehicle design and specification were unable to respond quickly enough to meet the new requirements, and the small bus quickly disappeared from regular use. Operators found themselves having to deploy standard-size buses on such routes. Over the years since, they have become increasingly expensive and unsustainable to run. That in turn led to many such routes being discontinued, cutting off a vital lifeline for many in these more remote rural areas.Technology is kingRecent technological advances from innovative manufacturers like Mellor have created a significant change in the small bus sector. We are now witnessing a resurgence in the market, with new models and ranges offering low or zero emissions and low running costs.Passengers expect the same comfort in small buses as in large onesAt the same time, they include the same features and benefits as their larger cousins that are expected by today’s bus traveller, be they rural or urban.Legislation inevitable drives the development of new technologies. In the case of DDA, vehicles such as Mellor’s Orion and Tucana models were conceived and launched in the 2000s.Those ranges have gone on to evolve to meet the needs of today’s operator and they are now manufactured and supplied in large numbers.That is notably the case for the Tucana II, 90 of which are currently being delivered to Transport for London (TfL) for its dial-a-ride services.The Tucana IIs are seen as an important part of TfL’s efforts to clean up the capital’s toxic air, and the vehicle meets the tough new Ultra Low Emission Zone standards, which are applicable from 9 April.They will go a long way to helping older and vulnerable Londoners to get from A to B, while protecting the health of future generations. That is a clear demonstration of the contribution that can be made by small buses in a modern, metropolitan environment.Clean and greenNew technologies that provide cleaner diesel and electric drivelines have been harnessed by lightweight and innovative body designs. That has helped to deliver small buses that are robust and have significantly lower capital costs, coupled with a reduced cost of ownership. That is key in ensuring the needs of operators and passengers have been met, and that vital services that were in danger of being lost continue to be provided.Innovation and expertise are also key to the delivery of the next generation of small buses. With the right collaboration and technical initiatives, what may have been considered impossible just a few years ago can now become a reality.Mellor is currently supplying 90 Tucana IIs minis to Transport for LondonFor example, having a capacity of 27 or 30 passengers on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis would have been impossible not long ago.But now, with the arrival of the Mellor Strata Plus and Strata Ultra, that has been achieved through a skilled engineering team leveraging their technical know-how and experience in the small bus sector.More on the agendaAs well as halving fuel consumption and significantly reducing emissions, smaller buses inevitably have a positive impact on congestion in towns and cities.This way of working is likely to set the standard for small bus development for the next few years. New initiatives and technologies are going to dictate the agenda for some time to come.Future legislation will undoubtedly continue to drive the need for improvements in design, while innovation and technical expertise will also be key to continuous vehicle improvement. Mellor will always strive towards making bus operation much more affordable, helping to protect a vital part of our transport infrastructure.www.mellor-coachcraft.co.uk
The newly discovered species of toadbelonging to the genus Nectophrynoides(Image: Penelope Whitehorn, Frontier) The tranquil South Nguru mountains, oneof Africa’s biological treasure troves.(Image: Eastern Arc)Janine ErasmusOver a dozen previously unknown new reptile and amphibian species have been discovered in the rainforests of eastern Tanzania, a region known for its rich biodiversity. This is according to a report recently published in the Italian scientific journal Acta Herpetologica, titled “The Nguru Mountains of Tanzania, an outstanding hotspot of herpetofaunal diversity”.The authors are herpetologist Michele Menegon of the Tridentine Museum of Natural Science in Trento, Italy; conservationist Nike Doggart, an advisor to the Tanzania Forestry Conservation Group; and biologist Nisha Owen of the Frontier Tanzania Forest Research Programme in Dar es Salaam.The scientists carried out their explorations between 2004 and 2006 in the forests of the South Nguru Mountains, part of the Eastern Arc mountains of Kenya and Tanzania. This area is the origin of one of the world’s most popular indoor flowering plants, the African violet (Saintpaulia spp.)Tanzania enjoys a reputation as one of Africa’s most biodiverse countries, yet some of its regions are so remote that in biological terms they are poorly known. The South Nguru region, explained the authors in their report, was virtually unexplored – especially from a herpetological point of view (herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians).A biological hotspotThe study was conducted in order to compile a comprehensive list of the amphibian and reptile species in the area. In total 92 species of herpetofauna (41 reptile and 51 amphibian species) were documented.Of these, the 16 new species – which include chameleons, tree frogs, caecilians (worm-like animals) and snakes – are believed to be endemic to the Nguru Mountains. The little cold-blooded creatures are now the toast of the international herpetological community.One of the new arrivals, a forest toad belonging to the genus Nectophrynoides, is said to be the largest species found in that genus. The toad, which appears in a range of colours including yellow and green, black and orange, and red, has yet to be given a scientific name.Other discoveries include a new species of tree frog with red eyes, which was added to the genus Leptopelis, and a burrowing toad with a distinctive long snout belonging to the genus Probreviceps.The study was made possible through international collaboration between Frontier, a UK-based NGO dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity, the University of Dar es Salaam, Italy’s Tridentine Museum of Natural Science, and the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group.Other interesting zoological developments in Tanzania include the discovery in 2005 of an entire new genus of monkey, and the new species of giant elephant shrew that caused a sensation in January 2008. The Kipunji monkey, listed as critically endangered with barely 1 117 individuals remaining, is under serious threat from both poaching and the degradation of its habitat.Africa’s shrinking forestsAfrica’s forests, especially lowland forests, are shrinking because of human development. Although the South Nguru region has now been established as a biological treasure trove, it also is home to 56 villages, many of which depend on agriculture as a source of food and income.Crops include sugar and rice, bananas, yams, sweet potatoes, maize, coffee and cardamom. As a result, cultivated land is encroaching ever further into formerly pristine forest areas.“It’s really important that these forests are protected from further agricultural degradation,” said Owen, “as the montane forests of Tanzania hold some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world.”Menegon and Doggart warn that the Nguru ecosystem is already under threat from fire, logging, gathering of wood for fuel, and clearing for agriculture. But organisations such as Frontier and the Tanzania Forestry Conservation Group are taking swift action to halt forest degradation.Working with local communities and stakeholders, they have proposed a series of strategies which include reducing local dependence on unsustainable agricultural practices, such as the current method of growing cardamom. The situation is delicate as cardamom is a popular cooking spice and an important cash crop for highland farmers.“The programme represents an opportunity to reverse the current trend of forest loss and degradation,” the scientists wrote. “To succeed, it will need sustained commitment from the government of Tanzania, civil society organisations, the local communities and development partners.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on [email protected] linksSouthern African HerpetologyActa Herpetologica“The Nguru Mountains of Tanzania, an outstanding hotspot of herpetofaunal diversity”.Museo Tridentino di Scienze NaturaliReptile databaseFrontierTanzania Forestry Conservation GroupEastern Arc mountains
The unique smartphone with two displays, YotaPhone 2 has now been launched in China. The device has been priced at CNY 4,888 (roughly Rs 50,000). It is now listed on its official website of the manufacturer and is up for pre-order. Notably, the smartphone has already been launched in Europe and was also made available in the US recently. It is also expected to hit Indian shores soon.In order to ensure after sales services in China, Yota Devices and Chinese company JieLan have collaborated.The device was announced during the MWC event which took place earlier in the year. The device sports a 5-inch full HD AMOLED display as well as a 4.7-inch secondary qHD e-paper display .The smartphone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box and is powered b a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor along with 2GB RAM. Other features include 32GB of non-expandable internal storage, 8MP rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 2MP front camera, and a 2,550 mAh battery, Connectivity options include 4G LTE, 3Gm Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n ac, Bluetooth v 4.0, and GPS.
Lucknow: Stressing that the party which had failed to fulfil the promises made in 2014 had no moral right to release a fresh manifesto, BSP president Mayawati on Monday said the BJP ought to have issued an action-taken report instead.The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on Monday. Reacting to it, Mayawati said, “The BJP and the Narendra Modi government, which blatantly betrayed the people and failed to fulfil the election promises, have no moral right to release a new manifesto.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”People cannot believe them and they should tender an apology to the people as they have only worked for the capitalists,” the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president said. The BJP and the Modi government “should have issued an action-taken report, instead of the new manifesto, but they do not have the courage to do so,” she added. “Barring a handful of capitalists, the 130 crore people (of India) are still waiting for the promised ‘achche din’ and Rs 15 lakh in their bank accounts,” the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said and asked how such an “anti-poor, irresponsible and jumlebaaz” government be truly patriotic. The BJP had tried to mislead the people by making big promises in 2014 and it was doing the same this time round, but people had come to see the true face of the party, Mayawati said, while terming saffron party’s manifesto an “illusion”.
… 121Roger Clemens9/21/98TORBAL817153080.5 4Pedro Martinez9/10/99BOSNYY9111701103.2 39Max Scherzer5/11/16WSNDET92024.78.2+11.8 On Wednesday night, Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals mowed down the Detroit Tigers’ lineup for 20 strikeouts. It was just the sixth time any pitcher had struck out that many batters in a game since 1913. (Or the fifth time if you only count 9-inning games — sorry, Tom Cheney.) Scherzer’s accomplishment was historic — and historically weird, too.Scherzer also gave up two home runs in the game. That means that his performance would be considered good, but not necessarily great, by single-game starting-pitcher metrics like Bill James’s game score, or the custom variant we use in our own Elo rating algorithm. Our ratings even adjust for the quality of competition a pitcher faces, and they still rank Scherzer’s gem 119th among the 212 9-inning games with 15 or more strikeouts since 1913. 15+ strikeout games ranked by FiveThirtyEight game score PLAYERDATETEAMOPPIPSOOPP. SO%EXP. SODIFF. However, for all the ways in which Scherzer’s 20-K game was strange and perhaps less impressive than it seemed at first glance, his command of the strike zone was impeccable. He didn’t walk a batter, and although he gave up six hits and two home runs, Deadspin’s Tom Ley makes the great point that those blemishes were a product of aggressive pitching. Scherzer threw a ton of strikes — only 23 of his 119 pitches failed to find the zone — and that’s the game plan of somebody who’s challenging batters to hit his stuff. Some of them did, but most were sent back to the dugout shaking their heads.It had been a long time since the last 20-K game, and the game has changed a lot since Randy Johnson struck out 20 Cincinnati Reds in 2001. Modern pitch-counting managers won’t let today’s versions of Roger Clemens stick around for 151 pitches, for instance. So maybe Scherzer’s combative plan is the new path to huge strikeout games — even if that means they aren’t as statistically impressive as similar outings from the past. 37Johan Santana8/19/07MINTEX81719.75.1+11.9 5Nolan Ryan8/12/74CALBOS91913.14.7+14.3 119Max Scherzer5/11/16WSNDET926200281.1 38Dazzy Vance5/2/23BRONYG10156.73.1+11.9 4Ron Guidry6/17/78NYYCAL91811.03.6+14.4 RKPITCHERDATETEAMOPPIPRHSOBBHRGAME SCORE 15+ strikeout games only, 1913-2016Source: Baseball-Reference, FanGraphs (As measured by game score, Scherzer’s no-hitter over the Mets last October — his second no-hitter of 2015 alone — was a far more impressive accomplishment.)Scherzer also threw his 20 Ks in an era when strikeouts are more common. So far this season, Tiger batters have struck out in nearly a quarter of their plate appearances, fourth-most in MLB. Based on that number and the fact that Scherzer faced 33 Tigers Wednesday, we’d have expected an average pitcher to sit down 8.2 Tigers on strikes, meaning Scherzer struck out 11.8 more batters than expected. Among historical 15+ K games, that number also ranks surprisingly low, checking in at No. 39 since 1913: 3Erik Bedard7/7/07BALTEX9021500104.6 5Max Scherzer10/3/15WSNNYM9001700103.0 Source: Baseball-Reference.com 3Roger Clemens4/29/86BOSSEA92018.65.6+14.4 1Kerry Wood5/6/98CHCHOU9012000110.4 2Pedro Martinez5/12/00BOSBAL9021500105.4 120Dwight Gooden9/17/84NYMPHI827160080.8 … 1Kerry Wood5/6/98CHCHOU92017.4%5.0+15.0 40Nolan Ryan8/18/76CALDET101712.15.2+11.8 2Randy Johnson5/8/01ARICIN92018.85.5+14.5 41Van Mungo9/29/35BROPHI91511.13.2+11.8 118Jason Schmidt6/6/06SFGFLA917161181.2 Strikeouts above expectation, ranked 117Nolan Ryan8/12/74CALBOS927192081.4
PSU senior forward Brandon Taylor (10) tries to break past OSU freshman forward Mickey Mitchell (00) during a game in the Big Ten tournament on March 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor INDIANAPOLIS – It wasn’t pretty, but it didn’t need to be. In the month of March, synonymous with the adage of “survive and advance,” the Ohio State men’s basketball team did just that.The seventh-seeded Buckeyes (20-12, 11-7) found themselves in a dogfight heading into the final few minutes, but they did just enough to outlast the 10th-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions (16-16, 7-11) by a 79-75 score to move on to the Big Ten quarterfinals against second-seeded Michigan State.“We got this one out of the way, we got what we came for, but we didn’t play as well as we wanted to,” said OSU coach Thad Matta.OSU scored 54 of the final 94 points to withstand an early Penn State shooting barrage and grab the victory. Junior forward Marc Loving came up big for the Buckeyes with 24 points, while freshman guard JaQuan Lyle contributed 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.“Loving’s been playing great, we knew that coming in … Lyle, I thought one on one really hurt us,” said Penn State coach Pat Chambers. “Then we’re trying not to foul, and I thought we lost our aggressiveness because we were in foul trouble most of the day.”Trailing by as many as 10 points in the first half, the Buckeyes clamped down defensively in a big way, holding Penn State to just 37.5 percent shooting over the final 20 minutes.“We knew what the problem was (in the first half),” Matta said. “We weren’t playing hard enough defensively, we weren’t helping each other.”Only one of OSU’s first eight shot attempts were from 3-point range. The Buckeyes made it a point of emphasis to go inside early, with their starting center, redshirt sophomore Trevor Thompson, taking four shot attempts in the early minutes. He hit only one of them, as OSU went into the first timeout trailing 10-8.Still, OSU did not give up on its attempts to use its height advantage to take care of the Nittany Lions and eventually found some results, including a stretch of four straight successful field goals.While the Buckeyes climbed toward 50 percent shooting on the inside, however, Penn State could not miss from further away.A 10-0 run, accentuated by a 3-pointer from senior forward Brandon Taylor — his third of the half — pushed the Nittany Lions ahead 25-18. Penn State began the game 7-of-11 from 3-point territory, while OSU did not hit its first outside shot until the 1:31 mark in the first half on its fifth attempt.“Penn State, those guys were fighting for their lives, and (Chambers) did an incredible job,” Matta said.Things did not get any better for the Scarlet and Gray later in the first half when those inside shots, which for a brief time were dropping, ceased to do so. OSU went on a 2-of-9 stretch, during which time Penn State hit four more triples to help open up a 35-25 lead with four minutes left before the break.However, with the help of seven free throws — of which OSU hit four — and a transition layup over the next two minutes, the Buckeyes cut the deficit to four points. A 3-pointer by junior forward Marc Loving then cut it to one, but Penn State snapped OSU’s 9-0 run with a jumper.A few OSU jump shots fell by the wayside before the horn, sending the teams into the locker rooms with a 37-34 Penn State lead.Penn State shot 52 percent in the first half to OSU’s 35 percent, but the Buckeyes’ 17-5 lead in free-throw attempts was a major reason for the three-point margin. OSU also led 20-10 in points in the paint, though Loving, mostly an outside threat, led the first half with 13 points. Taylor and sophomore guard Shep Garner each had 12 for the Nittany Lions.The higher-seeded Buckeyes wasted no time showing they were not going down lightly despite the halftime deficit.“Penn State was hitting a lot of tough shots, especially in the first half … so in the second half, we were just trying to make them uncomfortable, and make them take as tough a shot as possible,” Loving said. “They still got some to go in, but I felt like we did a pretty good job.”A layup plus a foul by freshman guard JaQuan Lyle cut Penn State’s lead back to two points after a Taylor jumper, then a 3-pointer by Loving put the Buckeyes ahead. Two free throws followed, then Loving connected again from the outside, giving OSU a 45-39 lead just three minutes into the second half.Another 3-pointer, this time by sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, gave OSU its largest lead of the game of nine points. At that point, however, Chambers’ squad snapped back into form, rattling off six straight points to keep the game in reach.The offenses flipped around from their first-half trends, as the basket closest to Penn State’s bench remained the one where the bulk of the efficient scoring happened. OSU hit seven of its first 11 shots in the second half, while Penn State, which was 7-of-12 from deep in the first half, missed its first six attempts from outside. It finished the second half just 2-of-10 from downtown.Still, Garner was quick to dismiss OSU’s zone defense in the second half, instead chalking it up to his team simply not connecting on its looks.“I don’t think they did anything different,” he said. “I just think we had to attack them off the dribble more in the second half.”Regardless, the Nittany Lions kept the score close despite the offensive discrepancies, just as OSU did in the first half. At the halfway point of the second stanza, the scores were four points apart at 56-52 in favor of the Buckeyes.And so the teams kept matching each other over the next several minutes. When OSU scored, Penn State answered. When the Nittany Lions went cold, the Buckeyes were unable to take advantage.Little by little though, Penn State grinded the score tighter and tighter, until a pair of free throws by Garner gave the Nittany Lions their first lead since the 18:11 mark in the half.Loving split a pair of free throws to knot the game up at 67, giving the fans of both teams at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse a cue to buckle up for the final few minutes. However, that wild ride quickly turned into a pleasant cruise for the Scarlet and Gray faithful, as OSU scored nine of the next 12 points to snag the second-round win.“We got some stops down the stretch, then made our free throws,” Matta said.“Knocking down the majority of our free throws was the biggest thing.”Garner, Taylor and senior forward Donovon Jack did much of the heavy lifting for the Nittany Lions, scoring all but 18 of their points. Garner led the charge with 25.OSU’s reward for the victory is a quarterfinal matchup with Michigan State, which easily handled the Buckeyes twice in the last few weeks. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday.