first_imgTiago Pereira64 41% 55% Brian Koriner17 9 39% 8 16 41% GUNMETAL GRAY BREEZES FOR ROBERT LEWIS STAKES JockeyMts Money Won 41% 28% Win% Jerry Hollendorfer45 1 4 PICK 6 JACKPOT HAS GUARANTEED POOL OF $2 MILLION Heriberto Figueroa89 36% 7 6 4 VICTOR ESPINOZA COULD BE RACE RIDING IN TWO WEEKSVictor Espinoza said Sunday morning at Santa Anita that doctors have cleared him to resume his riding career.The 46-year-old Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame member suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck and a stinger to his left shoulder and arm in a training mishap at Del Mar last July 22 and has been sidelined since, but worked his first horse on Jan. 5 and two more this morning, one for trainer Bob Baffert and another for Jim Cassidy.Yesterday, he breezed one for Carla Gaines.After the Jan. 5 work, Espinoza and his agent, Brian Beach, sought a third doctor’s opinion after two had rendered disparate medical judgments on how his recovery would play out should he resume riding competitively.“Everything is good,” Espinoza said this morning. “You see different doctors and they have different opinions, but at the end of the day, I probably feel stronger than before. Doctors said I could go back to riding and see how I feel, and if I feel good, I’m good to go.“I’ve been given the green light to ride and now it will be up to me when I’m fit and ready, but I’m pretty much ready right now.”Added Beach, who also represents Victor’s nephew, apprentice Asa Espinoza: “We saw a third doctor just to make sure, and basically the third opinion was the same as before. Victor’s good to go and we’re looking at a return in the middle of February, somewhere in there.”GUNMETAL GRAY WORKS FOR KEY KENTUCKY DERBY PREPSham Stakes winner Gunmetal Gray had his final major work for this Saturday’s Robert B. Lewis Stakes, going six furlongs Sunday in 1:15.20 for part owner Jerry Hollendorfer.“He galloped out good,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, who has re-engaged Mike Smith to ride in the Grade III event at 1 1/16 miles that offers 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, four to the runner-up, two for the third-place finisher and one to the fourth.Prior to the one mile Sham on Jan. 5, Gunmetal Gray, a gray son of Exchange Rate, was a distant fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 2 behind undefeated champion Game Winner, but was second to him in the Grade I American Pharoah prior to that last Sept. 29.Also expected for the Lewis are Kid Cantina, Mucho Gusto and Nolo Contento.Mucho Gusto worked six furlongs Sunday in 1:12.60 for Bob Baffert.BAFFERT: McCARTHY ‘VERY DESERVING’ OF PEGASUS VICTORYMichael McCarthy earned his most noteworthy victory Saturday when City of Light rolled to a 5 ¾-length triumph over Horse of the Year runner-up Accelerate and 10 other rivals in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park.The fastidious former protégé of Todd Pletcher, who turns 48 on Feb. 1, was most deserving, in the opinion of a trainer who has been there, done that: Bob Baffert.“He’s very deserving,” said the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Sunday morning. “I’ve watched him through the years and he’s worked hard and gone through the process. He deserves a victory like that, especially working with Todd all those years, although he’s worked for a lot of others.“McCarthy did a tremendous job managing that horse.”SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS SET FOR CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME THURSDAYThe 52nd annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played this Thursday, Jan. 31. at La Salle High School in Pasadena.Proceeds from the game will benefit Holy Angels Athletics and the Bill HartackCharitable Foundation, which contributes to several Thoroughbred racing industry charities and presents the winning rider in each year’s Kentucky Derby with the Hartack Memorial Award.It is named in honor of the late Hall of Fame jockey, William Hartack, who along with Eddie Arcaro, won the Kentucky Derby a record five times.With tip-off set for 7:05 p.m., Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available at center court for an autograph session beginning at 6:30 p.m.The jockeys’ squad will be under the direction of Tony Vong, who also serves as “Big Money” Mike Smith’s personal trainer, while the Holy Angels will be coached by Michael Hernandez and Job Rivera.Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals will receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita Park.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Sierra Madre Blvd. and Michillinda Ave. in Pasadena, approximately three miles from Santa Anita.Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School in Arcadia.SANCHEZ EARNS HIS KEEP AT SANTA ANITADiego Sanchez is making an impact at Santa Anita on little cat’s feet.The 41-year-old native of Spain caught the eye of even the most jaded horseplayer on Jan. 13 when he piloted 12-1 shot Diamond Blitz  to a front-running 2 ¼-length victory in the first race, a one-mile turf event in which the bay Munnings colt trained by Keith Desormeaux opened an eight-length lead after a half mile in 46.84.That strategy caused naysayers alarm, thinking the cavalry would storm home late.It never happened. Diamond Blitz had plenty left in the tank.The victory was the third of the meet from only 11 mounts for the agentless Sanchez, who represents himself, working diligently in the mornings to hustle business.Desormeaux, turns out, is an equal-opportunity employer. In addition to giving a leg up on many winners to his Hall of Fame brother Kent, who needs just one to reach 6,000 career victories in North America, the trainer has landed in the winner’s circle riding relatively unknowns Sanchez and Saul Arias.“I believe I’m making progress,” said Sanchez, who came to the U.S. in 2007. “I’m dedicated and realize you need a positive attitude and staying power to achieve your goals.”$2 MILLION GUARANTEED RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOTWith $354,642 in “new” money wagered into Saturday’s 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot contributing to a massive live money pool of $1,640,048, there was again no single ticket winner, but a total of 36 consolation tickets were each worth $5,226.And, with a mandatory payout looming next Saturday, Feb. 2, Santa Anita will again guarantee $2 million in today’s Rainbow Six Jackpot, which will commence with race five on a 10-race program.Average field size in Sunday’s Rainbow Six stands at nine horses per race. The featured $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes, for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, has been slotted as race eight and Peter Miller’s Conquest Tsunami, who will be ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, is the 5-2 morning line favorite.Approximate post time for Sunday’s fifth race is at 2:03 p.m. PT.For additional information, please visit  or call (626) 574-RACE.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV 49% 40% 64% Richard Baltas58 19% 71% 16 6 13% 6 7 10 6% 13 Assael Espinoza56 1 6 $1,467,119 10 18% $91,545 $572,563 7 4 7 14% 52% 24% $473,071 57% 9 59% 1 $567,934 5 SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS IN CHARITY GAME ON THURSDAY 11% Mike Smith35 Joseph Talamo73 Drayden Van Dyke70 4 42% $478,883 48% Simon Callaghan19 9 $651,175 3 12 59% 39% 58% 5 38% $799,110 Flavien Prat88 12 6 13% 8 30% 2 34% 6 1st 17% Rafael Bejarano69 $103,462 39% $236,943 $102,807 4 $201,810 Money Won 54% $484,524 Geovanni Franco84 10% 6 24 13 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $188,788 Agapito Delgadillo27 10% 4 Edwin Maldonado32 2nd PATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 1PATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 2PATH TO PEGASUS: EPISODE 3PATH TO THE PEGASUS: EPISODE 4BOB BAFFERT SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW HECK YEAHMICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW CITY OF LIGHTMCKINZIE (OUTSIDE) AND SHOW ME DA LUTE PREPARING FOR SAN PASQUAL STAKESGUNMETAL GRAY’S FINAL MAJOR WORK IN PREPARATION FOR SATURDAY’S ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKESMUCHO GUSTO (OUTSIDE) PREPARING FOR ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES ALONG WITH ROMAN ROSSODABSTER (OUTSIDE) AND NERO WORKING SIX FURLONGS THIS MORNINGFINISH LINES: Trainer Bill Morey was delighted to win yesterday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank for the second straight year, each time under Kent Desormeaux, now one shy of 6,000 career wins in North America. “He’s one of the best of all time,” Morey said of the three-time Kentucky Derby winner and Hall of Fame member, who turns 49 of Feb. 27. “It was a pleasure to have him on my horse for win No. 5,999 and if I can’t put him on for No. 6,000, I hope it’s his brother (trainer Keith Desormeaux).” . . . Phil D’Amato won more races Saturday–four–than he had the first 20 days of the Winter Meet, including two stakes, but it wasn’t a first: “I’ve done it twice before,” the 43-year-old trainer said. “It was fun to win two Cal-bred stakes and a nice allowance race, all for good owners of mine. It was a great day. I had a bout of seconditis (seven) but broke through on Cal Cup day and I’m very happy for my team that works so hard. Hopefully, this will carry the momentum.” . . . Congratulations to agent Patty Sterling on winning five races Saturday with riders she represents, Tiago Pereira (four victories) and Aaron Gryder (one). “I won four in one day with Brayan Pena at Los Al,” said the daughter of the late trainer Larry Sterling (winner of the 1978 Santa Anita Handicap with Vigors) and the niece of former jockey Larry (Win Again) Gilligan. “I felt all the horses had good chances yesterday.”Patty has been an agent for “exactly three years.” Before that she was a clocker for 18 years . . . Shelbe Ruis, who has been working several years with her father, trainer Mick Ruis and his wife, Wendy, sends out her first horse as a trainer in her own right in today’s fourth race, a Candy Ride colt named Popcorn for Eddie,12-1 on Jon White‘s morning line . . . There were 244 recorded works at Santa Anita Sunday, 41 on the training track . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and reopen for live racing Thursday, Jan. 31, at 12:30 p.m. There will be simulcast racing Wednesday, with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Steve Knapp23 3 Tyler Baze100 10 7 Mark Glatt29 49% $174,849 Martin Pedroza33 1 ESPINOZA IS CLEARED TO RESUME HIS RIDING CAREER 6 12% 24% 5 TrainerMts Richard Mandella18 $640,846center_img 1 John Sadler35 17% 3rd 58% 13 11 43% 4 12 $533,046 6 4 16 Hector O. Palma25 17% Bob Baffert32 44% Peter Miller53 4 5 $566,349 19% 5 Win% 8 9 4 4 4 36% 16 J. Keith Desormeaux31 9 2 20% 12 Doug O’Neill69 6 21% 27% 7 $704,643 12 ITM% 2nd 5 22% 22% 39% 1 36% 19 4 Joel Rosario94 47% 4 3 13% 5 7 $525,354 6 42% 6 52% 10 13% 16% 13% (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 26) ITM% Philip D’Amato43 $403,848 5 3 8 16% $108,016 29% 11 Kent Desormeaux45 44% 13% 2 17% William Spawr11 $187,762 2 $220,109 15% 5 BOB BAFFERT SHEDS LAUDATORY ‘LIGHT’ ON McCARTHY 10 $118,465 9 2 $545,217 4 3rd $431,024 $320,931 17% Vladimir Cerin24 $531,599 STRONG WORK ETHIC PAYING OFF FOR DIEGO SANCHEZ 4 Ruben Fuentes49 21% $446,723 William E. Morey29 10 17 $1,061,803 1st 5 Jeff Mullins30 $278,299 4 2 $338,940 14 7 14 9 12 4 17% 3 $144,834last_img read more

Setién’s first list, with Ter Stegen, Arthur Melo and Riqui Puig

first_imgThe complete list is formed by Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur, Messi, Net, Lenglet, Griezmann, Alba, Sergi Roberto, Vidal, Umtiti, Júnior, Carles Pérez, Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati. Quique Setién has hung his first list of 18 summoned in Barça’s locker room this Sunday in which there has been few news because there are beans in the Barca house. Ter Stegen, Arthur and Riqui Puig are the big news on the list. The first one has recovered of tendinopathy in the right knee and will play his first game of the year. It was low in the derby against Espanyol and in the Super Cup against Atlético de Madrid. The brazilian, meanwhile, He has finally overcome his problems at the pubis. In the club there is hope that the arrival of Setién will allow to see a better Arthur and that his professional behavior improves in the coming months. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 19, 2020center_img The big bet on the list is Riqui Puig. De Jong’s absence for sanction, together with Aleñá’s march, has opened a small door for him often canterano, that except surprise will sit on the bench to wait for an opportunity during the match.last_img read more

Northern Health offers grants for health and well-being initiatives

first_img For more information on the Northern Health grants or to apply, visit their website. The grants are part of B.C.’s Healthy Families initiative, intended to reduce chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Two of the seven types of grants are new this year: True North Strong & Tobacco Free is offering up to a thousand dollar grants to fund tobacco reduction initiatives. HIV Prevention is also providing up to $5,000 grants towards projects to help communities develop HIV prevention plans. The other grants available include up to $2,000 for initiatives to prevent injuries to seniors and children as well as off-road injuries, up to $2,000 for groups encouraging healthy eating and active living, and up to $2,000 supporting communities working to provide education about preventing heart disease.- Advertisement – Grants up to $5,000 are also available for road safety prevention projects. The deadline for applications is October 17, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell is coming out of retirement – just months after he said he was planning to put his feet up.The chart-topping star revealed the news as he received the Freedom of his native Donegal at a glamorous occasion on Friday in Lifford.The singer, 50, has been taking things a lot easier after he announced he was taking a break after three decades of performing. His fans around the world rushed to see the star after he said he would not be playing any more long tours.But Daniel reassured fans that he never planned to hang up his microphone just yet.‘When I announced I was planning to take things easier, some people said that I was retiring.“That was never the plan. I just wanted to take things a little easier after being on the go for so long. “I’ll be back next year with a full tour of Ireland. I think I have a few good years left yet,” he said.A genuinely overwhelmed Daniel was surrounded by family and friends including wife Majella and mother Julia, 92, when he became just the fifth person to be presented with the freedom of Donegal.Daniel joked it was an honour to hear so many good things said about himself which most people would only hear at their funerals.Among those who said they were sorry they could not make it to Donegal to see Daniel honoured was his personal friend Sir Cliff Richard who sent his apologies.However one person who was there was the legendary Dublin singer-songwriter Pete St John who penned The Fields of Athenry. Pete said he travelled to Donegal to congratulate his friend.“We all only wish we had Daniel’s fan-base. The real reason I came here is to see if he will sing one of my songs,” laughed Pete.DANIEL REVEALS HE IS COMING OUT OF ‘RETIREMENT’! was last modified: June 25th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA DONEGAL man charged with murdering four British soldiers in one of the most notorious IRA atrocities appeared in court in London today.John DowneyJohn Anthony Downey, of Ards, Creeslough, is accused of being responsible for the 1982 Hyde Park bomb. Downey (61) appeared in the Old Bailey where administrative details in the case were dealt with.He is accused of being responsible for the car bomb on South Carriage Drive in Hyde Park which killed four soldiers as they rode to the changing of the guard ceremony in Buckingham Palace.He is charged with the murders of four members of the Royal Household Cavalry and also an explosives offence.Roy John Bright, Dennis Richard Anthony Daly, Simon Andrew Tipper and Geoffrey Vernon Young were killed along with seven horses when a nail bomb exploded on July 20, 1982, as they rode from their barracks.Downey was arrested in Gatwick airport on May 19 and charged by the Metropolitan police a few days later with the four murders and another charge of causing an explosion likely to endanger life.Downey was previously granted bail subject to a series of conditions including providing £55,000 of bail money, wearing an electronic tag, living at a specified address with a curfew and reporting to a police station every day. He did not speak in court today apart from to confirm his name.His trial is set to begin on January 14th next.DONEGAL MAN APPEARS IN LONDON COURT ON BOMB CHARGES was last modified: September 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Right fare still draws crowds to box office

first_imgAs a result of the stellar Memorial Day weekend results, year-to-date revenue is nearly 5 percent ahead of 2005 and less than 1 percent behind 2004. Attendance is up by 1.62 percent over last year but nearly 7 percent behind 2004 when such hits as “Spider-Man 2,” “Shrek 2” and “The Passion of the Christ” resulted in the single-year revenue record of $9.4 billion. (818)713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The total was helped by the second weekend of “The Da Vinci Code,” which added $42 million to the pot and has grossed $144.9 million during its first 11 days in theaters. Also doing robust business was the animated comedy “Over the Hedge,” which had a four-day gross of $35.3 million for a two-week total of $84.7 million. When “Poseidon” opened disastrously and “Mission: Impossible III” kicked off the summer season with a far smaller domestic gross than expected, there was concern that the industry was in for a repeat of last summer. Last year, weekend attendance fell so far behind 2004 levels that there was a widespread feeling that movie theaters were permanently on the decline because of high ticket prices and elaborate home movie theaters, among other factors. “You can see with `Da Vinci’ and `X-Men’ that people want to see movies that are well marketed even if the reviews aren’t absolutely outstanding,” said Matthew Harrigan, an analyst with Janco Partners who follows the Regal Entertainment movie chain. “It is true that people are waiting to buy DVDs more often and are resistant to higher prices, but the fact is the quality of the films last year was very poor.” Added box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations Co.: “This notion that the movie theater experience is something people aren’t interested in anymore is proven to be completely false. This is a product-driven marketplace and “X-Men” was the perfect product.” Harrigan believes that the upcoming Disney releases “Cars” (June 9) and “The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (July 7) and to a lesser extent “Superman Returns” (June 28) are “virtually guaranteed to do fairly decent box office.” The summer movie season is only a month old but already a few trends are clear: moviegoers will still turn out in droves to see movies they think will be appealing – this weekend’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” debut is an example – but largely ignore other titles no matter how heavily hyped, like the fast-sinking “Poseidon.” “Just give them what they want to see,” said 20th Century Fox Distribution President Bruce Snyder, whose studio released “X-Men” as well as the Lindsay Lohan flop “Just My Luck.” According to final figures released Tuesday, “X-Men” grossed a whopping $122.9 million over the Memorial Day weekend, nearly $3 million more than original studio estimates and a record for that holiday period. The ticket sales for “X-Men” led the movie industry to the second-biggest Memorial Day weekend in history behind only 2004, which was a record year overall in terms of ticket revenue. last_img

Fernandes again reassures QPR fans on Twitter

first_imgTony Fernandes has told QPR fans on Twitter that the club are “doing it correctly” amid concern over a lack of signings.Many supporters on social media have been bemoaning Rangers’ relative lack of transfer activity this summer.Fernandes remains typically defiant, insisting this time QPR are getting it right.We have a scouting department that are doing it correctly. We have a stable squad. First time in 5 years. Building a sustainable club— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) July 13, 2017However, some fans were unconvinced by the co-chairman’s familiar message of reassurance.I swear you have this saved and copied every year.— Steve (@QPRSteve1982) July 13, 2017I hope I am wrong but I don’t think Holloway will make it to Christmas. We will do well to avoid relegation this season.— Jase A (@Loftus103) July 13, 2017’Stable squad’?!It’s the same squad (& manager) that lost 18 matches in 30. Lost 7 of last 8. 3 clean sheets. #relegation— King of Zamunda (@HRHJaffeJoffer) July 13, 2017There is balance between overspending recklessness & no spending recklessness. We just missed relegation with this poor squad.— ♛UP✰the✰R’s♛ (@Jakderippa) July 13, 2017″Stable squad” we nearly got relegated last year mate 😂— Mark (@duddaz87) July 13, 2017’Stable Squad’I’ll remind you of that when we are bottom & without a win after 5 games…— Kris Love (@KrisLove5) July 13, 2017People pay to see good, attractive football, Tony. Not to see an accountant running around the pitch. Let’s hope we have a good season!— Kev Souster (@kevvyqpr) July 13, 2017Sustainable in getting worse each year? You bought a debt-free Premier League club. You’ve trashed the place.— Lee Avery (@Lee10Avery) July 13, 2017Players poor enough to near relegate us last season. Wont improve @ recruitment also poor. Fans deserve better.— John Michael Doherty (@JohnMichaelDoh1) July 13, 2017That Tweet confirms how out of touch you are Tony.— Truth and Justice (@number8buser) July 13, 2017 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

It’s Only Rock and Roll: Steve Jobs is Back, iPhone 3.1, iTunes 9 & iPod Updates

first_imgRelated Posts iPod Nano Now With Video CameraThe iPod nano will now get a video camera  – the other iPods, despite all the rumors, will not. Apple also built an FM radio and a pedometer right into the nano, which will also now sport a slightly larger display (2.2 inches). In addition, the nano now has a built-in microphone and speaker. These new iPod nanos will retail for $149 with 8GB of memory and $179 with 16GB.Maybe the rumors about the delayed cameras for the rest of the iPod lineup were indeed true. It seems odd that Apple would only introduce this feature in the nano. Home SharingIn addition, Apple announced that users can now share songs, movies, and TV shows with up to 5 authorized computers in a household. Apple always allowed users to share songs on a local network, but this new feature takes this a bit further as it also allows users to automatically transfer purchases between different computers on a home network.Manage iPhone Apps in iTunes 9iPhone and iPod touch users will also be happy to hear that iTunes now allows you to manage your apps directly in iTunes, making it far easier to arrange icons on the small screen than ever before. iTunes will now give you an overview of all the pages you have filled with apps on the iPhone and lets your reorganize those apps right from within iTunes. You can also move a complete page around.iPhone GamesDuring the second part of the event, Apple gave iPhone and iPod game developers a chance to showcase a number of new games, including the upcoming iPhone version of Madden 2010, Riddim Ribbon (a new take on the Guitar Hero/Tap Tap Revenge music genre and maybe the most interesting game demoed today), Assassin’s Creed, and Nova, a new first-person shooter from Gameloft.iPod News: Cheaper & BiggerSchiller also announced new prices for the iPod touch: $199 for 8GB, $299 for 32 GB and $399 for 65GB). The 32GB and 64GB version of the touch will now also support OpenGL ES2.0, making games on the iPod a lot smoother. Apples says these iPods are now “50% faster.”As for the iPod classic, the rumors of its demise came a bit too early. Instead of taking it out of Apple’s lineup, the classic now features a 160GB hard drive for $250.The iPod shuffle will now also come in a 2GB version for $59 and Apple introduced a special edition (with 4GB of memory) that is made out of polished stainless steel for $99. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tip of the hat to the team at GDGT for providing the best live coverage of the event today! frederic lardinoiscenter_img Tags:#Apple#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Steve Jobs returned to a standing ovation at Apple’s annual iPod event today, where Apple introduced version 3.1 of the iPhone OS and the next version of iTunes. With iTunes 9, Apple introduces a Genius-like recommendation feature for apps and 30,000 premade ringtones for $1.29 in iTunes. Version 9 of iTunes has also seen a major redesign. The application and the iTunes store now look much cleaner. Apple also introduced ‘iTunes LPs‘ that will bring liner notes and artwork to digital albums (the much rumored ‘Cocktail‘ feature), as well as app management for the iPhone and iPod touch that is built in to iTunes.iTunes 9: App Management, iTunes LPs, ExtrasDuring the presentation, Jobs stressed that the Genius feature in iTunes will now be applied to other areas in iTunes. Jobs also announced that Apple has received over 27 million libraries from its users, each with about 2,000 songs. Building on top of this database, Apple is introducing ‘Genius mixes’ in iTunes 9. You can now basically create Pandora-like radio stations with the music you already own by giving iTunes a few songs or artists to start out with. Update: Looks like we misunderstood this feature at first. ‘Genius mixes’ are actually build automatically after Apple looks at your library. iTunes simply creates 12 Genius playlists based on the kind of music you have on your machine (Alternative Mix, Classic Rock Mix, etc.). Users can’t control these playlists or even see what song will play next. The iTunes store is also getting a make-over, though the most important new feature here is that Apple is introducing ‘iTunes LPs’ – the much rumored ‘Cocktail’ feature that will bring artwork and liner notes and other ‘memorabilia’ back to digital music (as long you purchase it through iTunes, of course). The price of these digital LPs will be around $20. Apple is also extending this concept to movies and will bring DVD extras to movies in the iTunes store.The store itself now looks a lot cleaner, and it does feature the rumored ability to send out tweets and Facebook status updates about songs.We will have a closer look at the new iTunes and iPhone 3.1 update once Apple releases them later today. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

fbLike Introduces Like-Based Facebook Advertising

first_imgfbLike, the OpenGraph-powered Facebook dashboard, has introduced a new kind of Facebook advertising system. Centered on fbLike’s product comparison engine, myBrands, the system leverages Facebook’s “Like” recommendation function to create an unobtrusive advertising network. Instead of charging based on the standard CPM (a fee per thousand views), fbLike instead charges based on CPL, or “cost per Like.”The extent of the Facebook ecosystem and the power of adding recommendations to a click-through make this an intriguing experiment. Advertisers pay dearly for opportunities to address a potential customer they have reason to believe is pre-disposed toward their product. This looks like a way to pay for that same thing, but on an as-discovered basis. Here’s fbLike’s Abhinav Prathivadi on the goal of the platform. curt hopkins “(T)his is my initiative to leverage the OpenGraph for brands. The goal is to build an ad system for major brands to run viral campaigns on Facebook without compromising on the user experience.”fbLike has already begun to make hay on Facebook’s OpenGraph API. Now they’ve found a way to use it to leverage the ubiquitous Like , for advertising. Could this be the first OpenGraph-based Facebook ad platform not run by Facebook itself? It will be interesting to see what other new angles on advertising come out of leveraging closed, but widespread, systems. Outfits like and TwitAd already leverage the stream. Now myBrands leverages the recommendation button. Perhaps, in the end, advertisers will use every part of the deer. Tags:#advertising#Facebook#Recommendation Engines#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

White House wants the nation to get ready for AI

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Ryan Matthew Pierson How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Follow the Puck Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Carnegie Mellon#Internet of Things#IoT#MIT#Pittsburgh#White House In an effort to drive continued innovation in a handful of key areas of technology and science, President Obama hosted the White House Frontiers Conference, a one-day conference in Pittsburgh. This conference is a joint venture between the White House, the  University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.During the conference, President Obama announced a number of new initiatives. These include funding to help in the development of smart cities, brain research, health, criminal justice, space, and climate change. Also among the initiatives announces was the release of a report titled “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence.”This 58-page report outlines a number of important topics related to artificial intelligence. It also touches on the history of AI, the current state of the technology, and where it’s headed in the near future.Topics of focus in the report include:Applications of AI for Public GoodAI and RegulationResearch and WorkforceEconomic Impacts of AIFairness, Safety, and GovernanceGlobal Considerations and SecurityPreparing for the FutureArtificial intelligence is a big focus in both the public and private sector. It’s being utilized to provide quick, data-driven insights in the areas of business, science, law enforcement, and even national security. We live in a big data world, and that data is becoming increasingly difficult for humans to sort through.Turning large amounts of unorganized data into actionable insight quickly takes the type of computing power artificial intelligence can provide. This makes AI not only a useful tool for businesses that want to learn more about their customers, but for areas of public interest. According to the report, artificial intelligence is already making an impact:Public and private sector investments in basic and applied R&D on AI have already begun reaping major benefits to the public in fields as diverse as health care, transportation, the environment, criminal justice, and economic inclusion.Regulatory considerations are on the front burnerThe need for regulation on AI in the interest of public safety is high. For example, smart cars that use AI to assist in obstacle avoidance and steering need to be thoroughly tested, reliable, and meet high safety standards.Tasks that can’t currently be automated but will through AI will result in less need for human workers. This will have a direct, short-term affect on the economy. The report explores ways AI can be used to assist in building a more skilled workforce. Identifying opportunities for growth aids in offsetting the jobs that artificial intelligence will supplant.Security and safety are other important areas of consideration. Researchers at MIT have identified how AI can be used to detect cyber attacks with extraordinary accuracy in real time. Cyber attacks and hacking are an increasing concern.Artificial intelligence is already here, and it’s getting better every day. While Skynet isn’t a real thing yet, we are already seeing the beginnings of a much more connected, intelligent world.last_img read more