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Syracuse football recruiting: Safety/OLB Rashad Smith flips commitment from Florida Atlantic to SU

first_img Published on January 24, 2016 at 11:13 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Just committed to play at Syracuse University ️it’s a blessing to say I’m done with the recruiting process. #Cuse pic.twitter.com/DGGVb9w9BC— RISE⃣TO⃣ POWER (@RashadSmith24) January 24, 2016AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSmith was recruited as an outside linebacker, according to Scout.com. He joins Andrew Armstrong and Kenneth Ruff as linebackers in the Orange’s 2016 recruiting class. The Homestead (Florida) High School product is ranked with three stars and as the 135th best outside linebacker in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. Comments Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: Class of 2016 linebacker Kenneth Ruff flips pledge to SyracuseClass of 2016 LB commit Andrew Armstrong on Syracuse: ‘I just fell in love with it from the start’Syracuse football recruiting: 2016 safety Evan Foster chooses SU after decommitting from Bowling GreenSyracuse football recruiting: Jaquwan Nelson becomes 3rd defensive end in 2016 classSyracuse football recruiting: Defensive tackle McKinley Williams becomes 17th member of 2016 class Class of 2016 safety/outside linebacker Rashad Smith flipped his commitment from Florida Atlantic to Syracuse, he announced in a tweet Sunday morning. Smith is now the 20th member of SU’s 2016 recruiting class with a week and a half until National Signing Day on Feb. 3.Smith chose the Orange while on his official visit and is the sixth player to commit to Syracuse in the past 24 hours. He is the eighth player in the class from Florida. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Five takeaways from Warriors’ preseason win over Kings

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery or video on your mobile device.SEATTLE – Below are five takeaways from the Warriors’ 122-94 preseason victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday at Key Arena.1.Kevin Durant’s return to Seattle reminded me of Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour. Everything about the game centered on the nostalgia and history. The fans yearned for the star player to put on a show. And the result and game itself mattered very little.That summed up …last_img read more

SA youngsters doing better at school

first_img17 February 2012 More South African youngsters are completing grade 9 – from 80% in 2003 to 88% in 2010 – and more are successfully completing their grade 12, with over 24% now qualifying for university entrance, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Friday. South Africa has also doubled grade R enrolment from 300 000 in 2003 to 705 000 last year, with over 12-million learners now being accommodated in the country’s schooling system. “We have built a relatively stable schooling system that has extended the right to basic education … we are set to fulfil the Millennium Development Goals on expanding access to education,” Motshekga told a media briefing in Cape Town.New school buildings for the Eastern Cape She announced that contractors had been appointed for the construction of 49 schools in the Eastern Cape to replace mud structures which have been partly blamed for the high learner drop-out rate in the province. There are 126 mud schools in the Mount Frere area alone, with Motshekga saying it would take the country more than 20 years to address the backlog. This is despite policy improvements by government, including the implementation of the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative, which had overseen the construction of 1 648 classrooms and the provision of sanitation and electricity to more than 700 schools countrywide. To improve universal access to education, Motshekga said the department had made inroads in ensuring that free schooling and school meals reached as many poor schools as possible. Currently, over eight-million learners in more than 80% of public schools were benefiting from the no-fee policy, the majority in the Limpopo, Free State and Eastern Cape provinces.Provision of workbooks, textbooks The department had also made progress on the provision of learning and teaching support material. Over six-million workbooks and 24-million books in all South African languages were distributed to schools this year. Motshekga raised concerns about the high number of drop-outs in the country’s schools, which she attributed to poverty and poor academic performance. Poor teaching and school and ineffective school management were also to blame for the high drop-out rate. During his State of the Nation address last Thursday, President Jacob Zuma urged teacher unions to ensure that they worked with education officials in ensuring that teachers were well-prepared, calling for a focus on the so called Triple T – teachers, textbooks and time. “Processes are being finalised to evaluate principals and deputy principals, inaugurating a new era of performance agreements, accountability, sound school management and the accruing benefits of quality teaching and proper use of time,” Motshekga said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

On Mobile Flash, Apple Stands Alone

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Flash for Mobile: Not a CPU Hog, Says AdobeAdobe claims they will. The company says this new version of the Flash Player has been completely redesigned for mobile use, making “efficient use of CPU and battery performance,” a direct shot against one of Jobs’ complaints that Flash was, in layman’s terms, a CPU hog that too quickly drained a phone’s battery.To showcase what mobile users have been missing out on, Adobe has also launched a mini-site at m.flash.com, which features dozens of sites optimized for Flash, including those from Warner, Sony Pictures, Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, TBS, Sundance, USA Today, BBC, Macy’s, Prada, FAO Schwartz, MLB, NBA, NHL, Sky Sports, Formula 1, FIFA World Cup and others. Then, in what feels almost like press release overkill, the company sent out details of the announcement to news outlets such as this one with no less than 32 attributable quotes from a range of analysts, content partners and technology and device partners. There are no small names on this lineup, which includes the likes of HTC, Google, RIM, ARM, Samsung, Dell, Intel, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Brightcove, HBO, Viacom, Turner, MSNBC, CNET and several others. The message, or at least the one Adobe wants you to hear, is that many if not most of today’s biggest names support Flash. Flash to Impact Sales?And yet…Despite not running Flash technology when it was well known that Flash support was arriving soon for Android and others, Apple’s mobile device lineup has been selling well. And that’s putting it mildly. According to recent data from the Nielsen Company, the iPhone retains a 28% smartphone market share in the U.S. to Android’s 9%, and is still growing.And recently, a Piper Jaffray analyst upped his estimate for iPhone 4 sales by 1 million units, pegging the Cupertino-based company to now sell 9.5 million units before the quarter’s end on June 30th. The message here, in the numbers at least, is that a phone’s ability to support Flash may or may not really matter when it comes to OS choice. Picking a smartphone is a more complex decision, one based on carrier contracts, design, available applications, ease of use and thousands of other user requirements. Will “does it run Flash?” ever make it on the list that exists in the consumer’s mind? And even if it does, will it matter in the end? Will Flash sell phones? Now that Flash has arrived for Android and soon elsewhere, we’ll finally be able to answer that question. And the answer will impact Adobe’s mobile strategy for years to come. Today is truly a make-it-or-break-it moment for the company. They’ve put up. Time to see if Flash will deliver. Adobe Systems announced today that its Flash Player 10.1 software for mobile devices is now being released to its platform partners. The plugin-based technology, which allows for a range of interactive elements including video, games and even advertising, is already available for Google Android phones running the latest operating system revision, code-named “Froyo,” but technically known as Android version 2.2. This OS now runs on Google’s Nexus One and is expected to arrive on other Android phones like the Motorola Droid, Motorola Milestone, HTC Evo, HTC Incredible, HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy S. Adobe has also now shipped Flash Player 10.1 for mobile to its device partners who will then prep the software for launch on Blackberry (RIM), webOS (Palm), Windows Phone 7, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian smartphones. The one notable exception to this list is, of course, Apple’s iPhone.To Flash or Not to Flash?For some Android users, the promised ability to run Flash on their mobile phones was just as big a selling point in their purchasing decision as the lack of Flash on Apple’s iPhone was to others, or so they claim. The debate about the technology and its place in the mobile ecosystem has been publicly aired, dirty-laundry style, with a long-form memo posted by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who said the Adobe technology “falls short” in a mobile era that’s all about “low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards.” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen then shot back via an interview with the Wall St. Journal calling Jobs’ missive at times “patently false,” and “a smokescreen,” and then concluded that the Apple CEO and himself simply have very different world views. “Our view of the world is multi-platform,” he explained. With today’s “multi-platform” shipment of Flash for mobile, it appears that view is close to being realized. But will consumers really want Flash, once it arrives? Related Posts sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Adobe#Apple#mobile#NYT#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Cleaning up your social sites

first_imgA friend who is a manager of a hotel of a large chain asked me to give him three recommendations for his social media presence that he can act on right now. The idea is that strategy and focus will be discussed later. I thought this exercise might be good to share, as well.I started by looking at the business Twitter and Facebook accounts. The manager also told me that they pay attention to Tripadvisor. I would normally also look at Foursquare check-ins and comments and Yelp because location and discovery are important to his business.I came up with three recommendations even before I started investigating Tripadvisor, Yelp, and Foursquare.Recommendation 1: Delete the outdated Facebook page and improve the description of the main Facebook page.I searched for his business in Facebook. I found a page I thought was his business but wondered about it because he told me that his business gets more interaction in Facebook than Twitter.A partial screen capture of the page that came up in the first search is shown on the right.The first recommendation is to try to delete this page which was probably created before he became manager in late spring of this year. This page is not harmless. The number of people who have been to the page is about two-thirds of the number of likes on their real page. These people may find this abandoned page and never go looking for the “real” page.He may not be able to easily delete the outdated page because he or his associates may not be administrators. He may be able to appeal to Facebook for infringement and request that the bogus page be removed.Also, the manager should consider rewriting the description and the “about” tab on the true organizational page so that it can more easily be discovered by Facebook and Google. One of the problems is that the name of his business is a double word without a space. The “bogus” page does not use the compound word but rather two words; I searched for the double word.  Mea culpa for spelling their name wrong, but I am not the only one who spells it wrong.Examples of double word names are Facebook, not Face Book, YouTube, not You Tube, and SlideShare, not Slide Share. On the active Facebook page, he should ensure the description is clear and uses the full name of his business (it does not). In a web page, you can hide misspelling in the html code (metadata)–meaning the words in the metdata can be searched.  You can probably do the same in customized Facebook pages.The first recommendation is to delete the outdated Facebook page and improve the description of the main Facebook page to clearly describe the business in the “about” tab for the Facebook page.Second Recommendation: Delete or enhance an unused Twitter account.I then searched for a Twitter account.Searching for the name first as two words I found few people had checked in using Foursquare (and tweeted the check-in) with the two words for the name that showed up in the Twitter feed. I then searched for the account using the one word. Three accounts appeared.The first one was the correct one. Another one was an unused account with an associated restaurant (also under my friend’s domain). The third one was a business in another city.The second recommendation is to decide to delete the unused account or develop its profile and let it sit as place holder for future use of the restaurant. Finding the password of this account may be difficult because it was created in 2009. He may have to acquire help from Twitter if he can’t “get” to this account.Third Recommendation: Update social sites at least once a day.In looking at the Twitter updates, I found the last update was provided 21 days ago. I then went back to the Facebook page. It had the same update 21 days ago. The third recommendation is to post updates on popular social network sites at least once a day, if at all possible. Going 21 days without updates seems like they have forgotten their online customers.Bonus Recommendation: Make sure that more than one person has control of these accounts. Many organizations hurry to get started using popular social sites and don’t consider protection and succession of duties of keeping these accounts active. In setting up accounts (and for existing accounts) more than one person needs to know the password and have administrative rights to these accounts. There are quite a few stories where social media was given to one person and that one person had a disagreement with management and used the social media accounts in a disparaging way. Management needs to keep some level of control for social media accounts.Overall lessons learned in this exercise is to:Protect your identity and reputation.Be active on the accounts you have.Know who has control of your organizations’ accounts and make sure that more than one person has control of these accounts.Though I stopped after four recommendations, I could easily find another four. After tackling some of these fundamental pieces, strategy and tactics should follow.I have not talked about purpose, goals, or engagement. In this case, there is some need to clean house before inviting guests over. Author: Anne Adrian (@aafromaa) is the Military Families Learning Network Social Media Strategist, and she also blogs at Anne’s Spot.This article was originally published Thursday October 12, 2012 on the Military Families Learning Network blog, a part of eXtension. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

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