Giants tweak starting staff, move Drew Pomeranz to bullpen

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Drew Pomeranz is moving to the bullpen and Conner Menez will start Sunday in his Major League debut, manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday before the Giants faced the New York Mets in the third of four games between the two teams this weekend at Oracle Park.Pomeranz was solid in his July 16 start in Colorado against the Rockies, allowing one earned run in five innings in what became an 8-4 Giants win. But Pomeranz, signed by the Giants in January, has largely struggled this season, …last_img read more

How Apple’s New iPhone Could Make Us All Healthier

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces owen thomas Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.It’s no secret that Apple executives have an interest in fitness. CEO Tim Cook, an avid cyclist, is on the board of Nike. And the company has been hiring tons of engineers with experience in wearable computing and fitness applications.There’s no iWatch yet, but we’ve seen the first fruit of their labors in the iPhone 5S, which has an Apple-designed coprocessor, the M7, dedicated to tracking the motion of our smartphone, and with it, our bodies. Apple’s software tools for the M7 even include step-counting algorithms, to save app builders the trouble of translating accelerometer data into human movements.It spells good news for both fitness-app developers and people who want to use their smartphones to track their wellness.A Healthy Beginning When I met Renato Valdés Olmos in a crowded convention center in San Francisco this week, he was the picture of health—tall, somewhere between lanky and buff, and bursting with energy.He wasn’t always thus. Before he launched a new fitness app called Human, he weighed 320 pounds and was a self-described “pot-bellied burger gobbler.”He lost almost half his bodyweight—144 pounds—through an extremely disciplined approach to diet and exercise. Having gone through something similar three years ago, I was curious how he did it, and how he planned to help others with Human.The idea behind Human is simple: It prompts you to move around for at least 30 minutes a day, a baseline level of activity that most medical experts say will contribute considerably to your health if you’re not already doing so.Human, which is currently available only for the iPhone, uses the smartphone’s built-in motion and location detectors to track your movements, attempting to distinguish between active movement like walking or cycling and passive movement in a bus or a car. (Olmos told me the vibrations of a bus have a distinctive signature.)Step-tracking apps on phones will replace first-generation fitness wearables.The result is that Human can track a basic level of activity without users needing to do much of anything besides signing up. Contrast that to the older generation of fitness apps that require you to start and stop activities, categorize workouts, and add more metadata.Human is not perfect: When it’s charging on my treadmill desk, it can’t determine that I’m actually moving at 3 miles per hour: As far as Human knows, I’m sitting.And San Francisco’s public transportation is so inefficient that Human thought I was biking through Chinatown, when I was actually riding a bus. But the latter problem, at least, is exactly the kind of computing task that could be vastly improved through a dedicated processor.“The 5S offers exactly what we’ve been waiting for,” Olmos told me. “This will definitely open up ways to enhance our experience and optimize our tracking.”Battery life is one area where users will also see an impact from the new iPhone’s M7 processor, if developers take advantage of it. While it’s hard to pin down which of the many fitness and location apps I test are draining my battery the most, it’s not uncommon for me to come back from a morning run and gym workout to find my battery down to 40 percent—and that’s before 8:30 a.m.Software, Not Just HardwareThe M7 is not a cure-all for battery-draining fitness apps. Olmos points out that many of the users he hopes to sign up for Human will opt for Apple’s cheaper 5C, or the older 4S that Apple will continue to sell—or hold onto older iPhones. None of those will have the M7 processor. The M7 also doesn’t help with location detection, and Olmos believes that’s essential for the kind of activity tracking Human does.Google may have an edge here, in that it’s optimizing its Android mobile operating system to minimize the battery drain associated with motion and location detection, without the need for a separate motion processor. Given the variety of hardware Android smartphones uses, that’s a smarter approach for Google. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Another approach is to offload the tracking to a secondary device—typically a fitness tracker wrapped around your wrist that then connects to your smartphone. Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear smartwatch is designed for fitness apps, with Samsung aggressively courting developers.One thing I wondered about when Apple revealed details of the M7 was whether such a dedicated motion processor might make its way into an Apple-designed wearable device. Or if, perhaps, Apple originally designed it for such a device and decided to fold it into its flagship smartphone instead.Taken together, these three approaches—hardware, software, and companion sensors—should make it possible for developers to create what RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs recently called “invisible apps,” that monitor us without requiring constant intervention or recharging. One simple example: Running apps shouldn’t require us to hit a “start” button. They should simply start mapping our runs as soon as our sneakers hit the pavement.A Fit BeginningSince the 5S will represent a small portion of the overall smartphone market, it’s unlikely most fitness apps will optimize themselves for the M7. But the software underpinnings that Apple and Google are building into their mobile operating systems are arguably more important. Whether battery-conserving sensors run on the smartphone or on other wearable devices, we’ll be able to use them to build up important data sets.I’m skeptical about how helpful simplified fitness apps like Human can be. They get you off the couch and out of your car, but if you have 80 or more pounds to lose, like Olmos and I did, 30 minutes of movement a day will barely make a dent in your excess fat stores.Yet the trick Human pulls off—monitoring a basic level of activity—taxes the current generation of sensor and battery technology. It’s barely possible today, through the cleverness of Olmos and his team.“The M7 processor shows what direction mobile devices are heading at,” says Olmos.If more elegant and intelligent use of technology can help smartphones shed some baggage, perhaps it can help us do so, too.Photos of Renato Valdés Olmos by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite Tags:#Apple#battery life#Body#exercise#fitness#fitness apps#fitness trackers#Human#iPhone#LifeSpan Fitness#M7#processors#quantified self#Renato Valdés Olmos#treadmill desk The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Grishin Robotics global bikesharing to “make smart cities a reality”

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#bikesharing#Grishin Robotics#Internet of Things#IoT#Russia#Smart Cities#smart city Grishin Robotics, an international venture fund with Russian roots, is investing massively in bikesharing platforms. Over the past four months the fund has completed no less than three deals in this segment:In May, it led an $8 million Series A funding round for Spin, a pioneer in this field in the US market. Exponent, CRCM, as well as Quora co-founder Charlie Cheever and Dropbox investor Matt Brezina also took part in the round. The startup aims to “build one of the largest dockless bikeshare fleets in the world.”In July, Grishin Robotics teamed up with Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneur Fund, a non-profit initiative by the Chinese e-commerce giant, to inject $9 million in This Hong-Kong startup aims to “address short commute needs and reduce congestion while integrating fitness and leisure into the busy urban lifestyle.”Last month, the fund took part in oBike’s $45 million Series B round, which also involved an unnamed global transportation platform and several family offices in Southeast Asia. The startup, which started in Singapore in January this year, already operates in 12 Asian and European countries.“The emergence of bikesharing could mark the biggest evolution in urban mobility since the development of personal cars,” Grishin Robotics Principal Valery Komissarova told East-West Digital News.Station-based bike sharing systems have been around for some time. According to various estimates cited by Komissarova, about 1,000 of such programs already exist around the globe.“But the stationless bike-sharing is a completely different paradigm,” the venture capitalist believes.Smart from concept to reality“Just pause to think about it: smart bikes are connected to the cloud 24/7 and beyond obvious health benefits for riders and positive impact on air quality and traffic congestion for the cities, you actually end up having millions of Internet-connected objects continuously moving throughout every corner of the city. How many sensors you can potentially install into these bikes and how much data can be collected both by businesses and municipalities? This is a first real big step in making the smart city concept a reality.”See also: Can IoT make bike rides safer?The success of the first big-scale stationless bike-sharing systems in China demonstrates that this new paradigm is “indeed a game changer,” claims Komissarova.Launched in 2012 by Mail.Ru Group’s CEO Dmitry Grishin, Grishin Robotics initially focused exclusively on robotics, then started showing interest in such areas as collaborative and material handling robots, AI and data analytics, industrial IoT and other hardware or software innovation.Last year Grishin announced a new $100 million fund to invest in the USA and Europe.This past spring the fund invested in Wonder, a somehow enigmatic Californian startup which is developing an “all-in-one and one-for-all-gamers” product with virtual reality features. The deal involved a variety of other investors, including Colombian singer Shakira and football stars Gérard Piqué and Neymar. Related Posts Adrien Hennicenter_img How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citieslast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka final: Mumbai’s crowds vanish from streets to cheer Team India

first_imgMumbai’s crowded thoroughfares shed their vast multitudes as cricket fever gripped the city with passionate fans packing themselves into restobars, pubs and multiplexes to watch the titanic tussle for cricket’s most coveted trophy.As afternoon approached, the weekend crowds started vanishing from bustling streets and marketplaces, while city’s lifeline – suburban local trains -stopped gobbling up and disgorging faceless streams of commuters, as everybody – from a humble roadside hawker to corporate honcho headed to watch the captivating contest.Cricket lovers who were not lucky enough to secure a place at the Wankhede Stadium, made frenzied attempts to book the remaining seats in multiplexes and restaurants to watch the India-Sri Lanka grand finale, or chose to enjoy the game in the cozy confines of their homes over house parties.”We will chill out and cheer team India. If they win, we will raise a toast, and if they lose, we will drown our disappointment in the bubbly,” said Ratish, raising his mug of beer at a suburban restobar. According to sources in the hospitality sector, Mumbaikars guzzled over 70,000 litres of aclohol during the Wednesday’s semi-final clash between India and Pakistan.Sources said most of the 7000 restaurants and bars in the city have been reserved already and owners made a last minute rush to replenish their stocks.A number of crazy fans were seen blowing vuvuzelas, popularised during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, while getting painted the Indian tricolour on their faces and bodies near Churchgate station. The Team India jerseys were much sought after stuff.advertisement– With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Police officer hit by car and stabbed during Edmonton attack is back

first_imgEDMONTON – The Edmonton police officer who was run down and then stabbed during an attack that also injured four other people on Sept. 30 is back on the job.Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, had been handling crowd control at a Canadian Football League game at Commonwealth Stadium when he was hit by a speeding car that rammed through a barrier and sent him flying five metres through the air.The driver then got out, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing the 10-year veteran, who fought back as he was lying on the ground.Chernyk suffered stab wounds to the face and the head but was released from hospital relatively quickly.Over the last couple of weeks he has been honoured at both CFL and National Hockey League games in the city, and returned to work Thursday.Police Chief Rod Knecht credited the officer’s recovery to his being “a real resilient individual.”“I know he asked to work the Eskimos game on Saturday night,” Knecht told reporters. “He’s back to work and doing well. He did a great job.”Hours after Chernyk was injured, a driver of a cube van with police cars in pursuit drove down Jasper Avenue and hit four pedestrians.Knecht said he has recently met with the last of the four to remain in hospital, Kim O’Hara, who suffered a skull fracture.He said her family is optimistic about her progress.“I visited her personally and she is in a recovery stage,” he said. “The family says tremendous improvement over a short period of time.”Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a 30-year-old Somali refugee, is facing 11 charges including attempted murder, dangerous driving, criminal flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.Police said an Islamic state flag was found in Sharif’s vehicle. Police initially said that terrorism charges were expected but so far none has been laid.(CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

Nelvana Inks MultiYear US Home Entertainment Library Deal

first_imgNelvana’s laugh-out-loud series 6Teen, and CGI interactive series Little Charmers are also included in the deal. Cinedigm will release Babar and Father Christmas, Babar: King of the Elephants, Babar: The Movie, Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure and Pippi Longstocking for digital purchase in November.“The Nelvana catalog includes both exciting newer properties as well as beloved series which have entertained and engaged multiple generations over the years,” said Yolanda Macias, Executive Vice-President of Acquisitions. “Through our broad digital and physical reach in the U.S., we are thrilled to expand Nelvana’s distribution of these well-known programs and help bring them to both long-time fans and new audiences alike.”Cinedigm has also renewed streaming rights for six Nelvana series, including Babar and Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, for its Dove and ConTV streaming networks..About NelvanaNelvana is Canada’s premier animation company and a world-leading producer and distributor of children’s content. Nelvana has delighted audiences around the globe for more than 40 years with a vast library of more than 4,000 episodes from original, award-winning series like Babar and Franklin. Nelvana’s content is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide and broadcasts across Corus Entertainment’s suite of leading kids networks. Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana, manages the organization’s portfolio of in-house and third-party brands with offices in Toronto and Paris. Nelvana Studio, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, employs more than 300 Canadian artists working with local and international producers to create premium children’s content for a global stage.  For more information, visit www.nelvana.comAbout CinedigmCinedigm powers custom content solutions to the world’s largest retail, media and technology companies. The global company provides premium feature films and series to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, cable and satellite providers including Comcast, Dish Network and DirecTV, and major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target. Leveraging Cinedigm’s unique capabilities, content and technology, the company has emerged as a leader in the fast-growing digital-first channel business, with seven networks under management that reach hundreds of millions of devices while also providing premium content and service expertise to the entire digital-first ecosystem. With reciprocal distribution partnerships in both the United States and China, Cinedigm’s growing stable of platforms has unprecedented availability in the two largest markets in the world. Learn more about Cinedigm at Facebook Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, CANADA – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana has inked a significant multi-year home entertainment deal with Cinedigm for multiple titles from its world-famous children’s content library including classic series like Babar, Babar and the Adventures of Badou and Bakugan Battle Brawlers.Los Angeles-based Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has taken DVD and transactional digital rights for more than 3,000 episodes and will be kicking off the deal with Nelvana’s hit preschool series Ranger Rob, which focuses on the adventures of the Big Sky Park ranger and his gregarious group of friends. Additionally, Cinedigm will be releasing DVDs of The ZhuZhus, the Disney Channel series based on the US$2-billion toy brand.“These extensive home entertainment deals with first-in-class partner Cinedigm, broadens Nelvana’s North American footprint, enabling U.S. fans to access our iconic library of children’s content wherever and whenever they want,” said Pam Westman, Head, Nelvana Enterprises. Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more