What to Expect from FIFA World Cup’s Last 4

first_imgWhoever said there is magic in football was apparently right. If not, how come 32 nations began the race and it is now left with four to determine who eventually captures the most coveted soccer cup in the world?Last week Argentina, Netherlands, Brazil and Germany took their chances further afield.Germany edged out France, Argentina denied Belgium the opportunity, Brazil took out Colombia and Netherlands got the scare of their lives when minnows Costa Rica took them to regulation time only to succumb during penalty shootouts to bow out.Brazil — Will go against Germany on July 8 and it is possible that the Brazilians would put their striking cylinders on but winning narrowly against Colombia should give the Brazilians another opportunity to make it to the finals on July 13th.Germany — Lothar Matthaus who lifted the most precious trophy in 1990 as captain of the German team is aware that Germany has reached the semi-finals for the fourth time in succession and may be keen to go all the way. Against Algeria, the team was sloppy but it would seem that Germany picks up their game one at a time. Against Brazil is quite another story and many are waiting to celebrate.Netherlands — Their luck came against Mexico and got scared by minnows Costa Rica, surviving on penalties. Arjen Robben and his team-mates should know by now that this is the time to shine. Against Messi, the Dutch can no longer allow situations to take them by, and Louis Van Gaal can find a way to ensure a chance for the finals.Argentina — Put up some performance against Belgium but playing against Netherlands should remind Messi and co that they have work to do. Against Belgium, Messi could not drive home a begging chance, but the Dutch cannot be tempted with such chances and Angel Di Maria and Pablo Zabalet will need more support for the finals on July 13.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Adobe: Mobile Flash to Get Accelerometer, Multi-touch Support Early Next Year

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch said at a company event for analysts today that a full featured version of Flash for mobile phones will be available in beta by the end of this year and by early next year the technology will be making use of multi-touch and accelerometer features on smart phones.Ted Patrick, Adobe’s Senior Manager of Developer Communities, put it like this: “I think we will see Flash on different devices support the soul of the device in capabilities and APIs” – including GPS. That’s an exciting trajectory and more than we’ve heard before. Full Flash on phones by the end of this year is more or less on schedule, but the integration of these physical features certainly revs up the imagination.The company’s presentations were reported live on Twitter by multiple analysts present; the multi-touch and accelerometer integration forecast was first tweeted by Redmonk’s James Governor and then quickly passed around between attendees.“As Apple has shown,” Governor told us by phone, “the User Experience elements are really important – it’s not just how you draw screens. Adobe has understood this and will be offering APIs accordingly. What’s most important is that they support a new interaction model because that’s what developers want. Augmented reality apps, being more gestural about how you interact with applications – that’s a big deal.”Governor, whose analyst firm counts Adobe among its clients, says that things will get really interesting when the Flash developer tool Flash Builder (formerly known as Flex Builder) integrates mobile and mobile features like accelerometer and multi-touch into its development environment. That’s not currently on the public road map, but seems like the next logical step. “There’s all these really cool phones beyond the iPhone, like Nokia phones, that have APIs for things like accelerometers, but the functionality hasn’t been taken advantage of,” Governor said. “If Adobe can simplify access to this functionality for new interaction models then it can, through tools, democratize sophisticated development on these platforms.”We’ve had only initial contact about this with Adobe at press time but will update coverage if we get more information.While we tend to focus here on non-gaming mobile apps, it’s not hard to see that multi-touch, accelerometer and GPS use by Flash apps will probably have the biggest impact on games. The mobile Flash demonstrations shown today by Adobe were all on Android devices, still no world on Flash for the iPhone. (“It’s up to Apple,” was the line again today.) A bevy of beautiful, touchable, turnable, location-aware Flash apps on Android could create a pretty compelling competitor to the contents of the iPhone app store. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 3 to be on sale again on July 28

first_imgXiaomi Mi 3.On Tuesday, many prospective Xiaomi Mi 3 buyers were disappointed as the phone was sold out in a matter of minutes. Dismayed buyers took to Twitter to voice their disappointment and FlipKart bore the brunt of it.  However, there is some good news, as people who had pre-registered for the Mi 3 and could not buy the device will get another chance on July 28.FlipKart’s support Twitter account reverted to us notifying that pre-registered users will be able to buy the phone on Monday, which is July [email protected] Regret the inconvenience. If you’ve registered, you can place an order on Monday.; flipkartsupport (@flipkartsupport) July 22, 2014 Many consumers also reported on Twitter that the transaction for the Mi 3 was completed but they could not see the phone in their cart.FlipKart has not faced this problem for the first time. It faced similar issues when Motorola launched the Moto G and the Moto E in India earlier in the year.While all this was going on Xiaomi announced the Mi 4, the successor to the Mi 3, in China, which sports better specs and a new metal design.Follow writer on Twitter @DigitallyBoneslast_img read more

A real hero to his six-year-old son, actor Emraan Hashmi is not averse to sharing responsibilities in raising him.

first_imgWhat makes a father? Does providing for the economic needs of the children and acting as the primary breadwinner justify that role? While meeting these requirements could be passed off as major duties expected of a father in traditional set-ups, the hands-on, new age fathers are much more than that.The,What makes a father? Does providing for the economic needs of the children and acting as the primary breadwinner justify that role? While meeting these requirements could be passed off as major duties expected of a father in traditional set-ups, the hands-on, new age fathers are much more than that.The hands-on father Emraan Hashmi. Photo: Chandradeep KumarA modern day father comes in various forms. Not there only to boss around, he is present to babysit when the wife has an important meeting, to drive the child to doctor’s appointment, to take the child out for play dates, to read out bedtime stories, and to prepare the child for the real world.That’s what actor Emraan Hashmi, 37, is busy doing these days, besides juggling his time between reading scripts for new movies and meeting tiring schedules for ongoing shoots. A mentor to his six-year-old son Ayaan, who has most successfully defeated a rare cancer of the kidneys that primarily affects children, Hashmi has also recently written a book with Bilal Siddiqi.Titled The Kiss of Life, it is a detailed description of the ups and downs faced by Hashmi and his wife Parveen, coming to terms with their son’s illness and surviving through the ordeal. A perfect example of an engaged father, Hashmi is of the view that men have a role in nurturing children. “Fathers are not out there paying only cheques. They are the role models,” he says.Evolving role of fathers: Several studies and research papers have been done on how fathers who are engaged with their children on a daily basis can help them excel in studies, sports, communication skills, and in building self-confidence. “There is a change in the role of women in the society; they have gone out and started working, taking care of both career and family. The couples now divide the chores and the same is applicable in bringing up children too. For instance, whenever I am home, I take on responsibilities in taking care of Ayaan,” says Hashmi.advertisementMarried for 10 years, Hashmi feels that as a couple one needs to have the understanding and maturity to be responsible parents. “We ensure that one of us is with Ayaan. Keeping my tight schedules in mind, it is not always possible. But whenever I have a couple of days off from my shoots, we make sure that we spend time together as a family. We take half-yearly vacations so that I can be with Ayaan,” he says.Dealing with emotions: Men, traditionally are raised to withhold their emotions and not show vulnerabilities. Considered a sign of weakness, they are known to fight back and not give them a vent. But are they capable of doing so in the face of their child battling a life-threatening disease? Hashmi says, “Yes, men do not show their emotions; I think it is hard-wired in them and is more a hormonal thing.Like, I do not show my emotions and want to be in control of the situation. I had my breakdown moment but when Ayaan was diagnosed with cancer and was being wheeled into the operation theatre for surgery.””My wife has really been stronger than me. While I had to come back from Canada where Ayaan was undergoing his chemotherapy sessions in order to start my shooting schedule, it was Parveen who stayed with him throughout for those three months. She has braved it more than me. I couldn’t have handled this situation without her,” he adds.Bringing up a superhero: While a mother is there for caring for a couple of years, the father is the one who inculcates a belief system in the child. It is a synergy of things and both parents make their own contribution.”I think fathers should not impose their priorities and dreams on to the child. They need to understand that children are individuals too and should be allowed to make their own choices. Be around to provide them financial and moral support, but don’t impose your own fears on them,” winds off Hashmi.last_img read more

Shazam actress Faithe Herman visits Good Morning San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 18, 2019 Shazam! actress Faithe Herman visits Good Morning San Diego KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego resident and actress Faithe Herman is staring in the Warner Brothers/DC Comics movie Shazam!Herman plays the character Darla Dudley who is one of Billy Baston’s group home pals. Faithe also stars as Annie Pearson in the critically acclaimed NBC series This Is Us.Faithe said she is a proud resident of San Diego and discussed her current projects and favorite parts of growing up in the area. April 18, 2019last_img read more