1 Liverpool fans on Glen Johnson When Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed Glen Johnson would start in his Liverpool defence, there was a mixed reaction.A lot of Kopites called for fellow supporters to back the manager, while others could not help but fear the worst.Then there was the funny stuff and here is the pick of the tweets from football fans and a few worried Liverpool supporters, some of whom congratulated Rovers on reaching the semi-final, which will be played at Wembley.Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers is live on talkSPORT here.
Internet Laptops Computers Desktops Share your voice World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee at LeWeb 2014 Stephen Shankland/CNET The internet has many birthdays. There was 1969, when remote computers communicated directly for the first time. Then there was 1983, when the TCP/IP standard was adopted. Today we’re celebrating 1989, the year Tim Berners-Lee laid out the basic concepts of the World Wide Web in a proposal, which included ideas like HTML, URL, and HTTP. March marks the 30th anniversary of that last milestone, which is perhaps the most important one, as the web is primarily what we think of as the “internet” today. And 30 years later, we have Seamless. Tim Berners-Lee/CERN A few days ahead of that anniversary, Berners-Lee is giving a talk in Washington DC at the Washington Post Live Center about the founding of the web and the decades that followed. It’s a topic that resonates with me (and likely a lot of people in my age group) because I was there from nearly the beginning. In the middle of an industry obsessed with youth, I don’t often like to admit it, but my first email address came in the form of an undergraduate VAX (virtual address extension) account. I recall that email address being at least partly comprised of my social security number, which gives you an idea of the state of online security at the time. Version 1.0In the early to mid ’90s, we were all stumbling around the in the dark. We discovered things like Mosaic, the first web browser most of us ever saw. I registered my first domain name (which I still own) in January 1998, about eight months before Google was incorporated. Like many ’90s kids starting their careers after college and grad school, I ended up as a part of the Dotcom 1.0 boom. Mid-1998 saw me make the jump from print magazines and becoming employee number 20-something at a pop culture and video game web property called UGO.com, then a spinoff of an early ecommerce company called Interworld. We were bright young things gripping our on-paper stock options, calculating just how much cash we’d rake in for an IPO that always seemed just over the horizon. Sadly, we could not. Screenshot by Dan Ackerman That IPO never happened, but I did manage to be a part of the one of the first viral publicity events of the era. My colleagues and I created the Gary Coleman Webathon, which was the first online celebrity fundraising event. Gary’s gone now, and so is UGO, shut down by one the publishers that scooped it up along along the way for a pittance. (Humanity-affirming footnote: The original UGO editorial crew still gets together about once a year or so, even though most of us last worked together almost 20 years ago.) But even as a grizzled internet veteran, I’m lucky enough to have avoided most of the biggest disasters of the Dotcom 1.0 era. I left companies before they imploded and eventually landed here. My wife was not as lucky, riding some of the most infamous Dotcom flameouts down into the ground, including Kozmo.com and TheGlobe.com. Everyone back then was addicted to checking and rechecking what may have been the TechCrunch of its day, a daily compendium of layoffs and shutdowns, with a name I won’t mention here. Let’s do the time warp againWhat’s amazing to me, now that the World Wide Web enters its third decade, is that I still have much of the same sense of wide-eyed wonder about the the possibilities that lie ahead. From online augmented reality experiences to impossibly thin laptops to artificial intelligence in anything and everything, I still can’t wait to see what’s next. But there are also things that feel familiar, and not always in a good way. Consider this my old-man-waving-a-stick warning, but the endless cycle of hype over everything — from cryptocurrency to blockchain to virtual and augmented reality to new ways to share social media experiences — often reminds me of the boiler room salesmanship of pre-Dotcom Bust era. Today it’s Theranos, Google Plus and Juicero. Back then it was Pets.com, Pseudo and Flooz (look it up). But the Dotcom 1.0 version of me would have also found many of today’s online experiences mindblowing. From the democratization of live video broadcasting to decades of movies and music on-demand to maintaining more-important-than-they-sound social media weak ties with childhood friends and industry colleagues. Despite a growing dark side of technology that has led to major problems like rampant data misuse and the social media hate speech and harassment crisis, I still believe the web’s best days are ahead of it. 3 Comments Tags
Afghan journalists are seen after a second blast in Kabul, Afghanistan on 30 April 2018. ReutersAt least 25 people were killed, including Agence France-Presse chief photographer for Afghanistan Shah Marai and eight other journalists, when two suicide blasts ripped through Kabul on Monday.The attacks, claimed by the Islamic State group, are the deadliest to have targeted the media in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, according to Reporters Without Borders.They spurred an outpouring of grief among journalists, many of whom took to Twitter to post tributes to colleagues and friends.Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said the second explosion came minutes after the first, and targeted reporters at the scene.”The bomber disguised himself as a journalist and detonated himself among the crowd,” he said.The interior ministry confirmed the death toll and said 49 people had been wounded. There were fears the death toll could rise.In a separate attack 11 children were killed and 16 people wounded, including foreign and Afghan security force members, when a suicide attacker exploded his bomb-laden car near a convoy in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for that attack.In a statement Reporters Without Borders said nine journalists were killed in Kabul — Marai, along with colleagues from Radio Free Europe and Afghan broadcasters Tolo News and 1TV, among others.Marai joined AFP as a driver in 1996, the year the Taliban seized power, and began taking pictures on the side, covering stories including the US invasion in 2001.In 2002 he became a full-time photo stringer, rising through the ranks to become chief photographer in the bureau. “I taught myself photography, so I am always looking to improve,” he said in a company profile in 2015. “Now my photos appear around the world.”My best memories are when I beat the competition by getting the best photographs of the president or someone else, or from the scene of a bomb attack. I like to be first.”He leaves behind six children, including a newborn daughter.”This is a devastating blow for the brave staff of our close-knit Kabul bureau and the entire agency,” said AFP Global News director Michele Leridon.”Shah Marai was a treasured colleague who spent more than 15 years documenting the tragic conflict in Afghanistan for AFP.”We can only honour the extraordinary strength, courage, and generosity of a photographer who covered often traumatic, horrific events with sensitivity and consummate professionalism,” Leridon said.”We also send our condolences to the families of other journalists killed in this terrible attack.”Tributes from Afghan officials, analysts, and journalists were pouring in on Twitter.”NO, we can’t lose Marai, I am devastated,” former interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi wrote. Bloody summerThe first blast in Kabul came shortly before 8:00am (0330 GMT) near the headquarters of the Afghan intelligence services, when a motorcyclist detonated his explosives, the interior ministry said.It comes days after the Taliban began their spring offensive in an apparent rejection of calls for the militants to take up the Afghan government’s offer of peace talks.A Taliban spokesman told AFP they were not involved in Monday’s attack. However, Western and Afghan officials suspect that the Taliban’s Haqqani Network sometimes assists IS in carrying out attacks.In an announcement via its propaganda agency Amaq, IS, which has dramatically stepped up its attacks in Kabul in recent months, posted pictures of the attackers it claimed were responsible for the bombings.The blasts follow several bloody attacks across the country, including a bombing that targeted a voter registration centre in Kabul and killed 60 people last week.The Taliban said the offensive was partly a response to US president Donald Trump’s new strategy for Afghanistan announced last August, which gave US forces more leeway to go after insurgents.President Ashraf Ghani’s government is under pressure on multiple fronts this year as it prepares to hold long-delayed legislative elections in October, while its security forces struggle to get the upper hand on the battlefield and prevent civilian casualties.Officials have acknowledged that security is a major concern because the Taliban and other militant groups control or contest large swathes of the country.Some Western and Afghan officials expect 2018 to be a particularly bloody year.General John Nicholson, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, told Tolo TV last month that he expected the Taliban to carry out more suicide attacks this fighting season.
A woman prepares milk bottles using candles at her home in Montevideo on 16 June 2019 during a power cut. A massive outage blacked out Argentina and Uruguay Sunday, leaving both South American countries without electricity, power companies said. Photo: AFPA massive outage blacked out Argentina and Uruguay on Sunday, leaving both South American countries without electricity, power companies said.By mid-morning, streets were largely empty in a rainy Buenos Aires although some stores were open, operating with generators, while Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital, was almost entirely without power with only some traffic lights working.Uruguay’s system went down at 7:06 am (1006 GMT), according to the Uruguayan power company UTE, which attributed the outage to “a fault in the Argentine network.””The causes are being investigated and have not yet been determined,” Argentina’s secretariat of energy said on its Twitter account, adding it would take “some hours” to restore power completely.Argentina, with 44 million people, and Uruguay, with 3.4 million, have a common power grid centered on the bi-national Salto Grande dam, 450 kilometers (280 miles) north of Buenos Aires.Two Argentine power companies confirmed that the failure knocked out electricity throughout Argentina, without specifying the cause.”A massive failure in the electrical interconnection system left all Argentina and Uruguay without power,” Edesur Argentina said on Twitter.Edenor, Argentina’s largest electricity distributor, attributed the outage to a “general failure in the interconnection system.”UTE said the failure left Uruguay’s “entire national territory without service, as well as several provinces of the neighbor country.”More than an hour after the blackout, UTE said its system was being brought back “from zero.””Some coastal cities already have service and work continues toward general restoration (of power),” it said.
6 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now December 26, 2016 The web ecosystem is far more evolved than the mobile app ecosystem. Mobile apps have been in existence just under a decade. Even with that, the competition is quite intense given the number of people who are starting their own businesses recently.If you’re an entrepreneur who wants to build a mobile app business, but you don’t have technical knowledge, you join the ranks of a majority of appreneurs who have never written a single line of code, yet run a successful mobile app business. You’re not alone.Related: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Developing an AppThe real challenge isn’t learning to code. Appreneurs don’t necessarily need to learn to code because they can simply hire a team (in-house or external) or use one of the app building platforms to create the first version. But, some of the biggest concerns are how to turn your app idea into profit, what to do next once you have an idea, how to raise money, how to ensure that an app developer doesn’t scam you and how to market your mobile app.I’ve been mentoring first-time app entrepreneurs for six years. These are some of the pertinent questions I’ve come across, that first-time aspiring app entrepreneurs or appreneurs have.1. Find a profitable app idea.While there’s no way to know if a startup’s going to work or not — believe me, if there was a formula, there would be more venture capitalists than entrepreneurs — there are a few methods to ensure you build something that has market potential or demand.There are many factors that make for a profitable business, but a good idea is a starting point. The way to evaluate what works and what doesn’t is to validate your app idea before you build the actual app. If your research tells you there’s a demand for your app, you’re at the first step of building a profitable mobile app business. This way, you won’t spend thousands of dollars building something people don’t want.2. The right way to validate your app idea.There’s a myth that you must build a product to validate your idea. The truth is, it really depends on the type of product you’re building and the competitive landscape around it. If your app is in a competitive landscape — like if you’re building the next on-demand taxi app — the competition has already validated the need for the app because of existing successful apps in this space.But if your app is in a completely new space, with little — meaning no one’s a big enough player — to no competition, you must validate the concept before building a product. You can do this by putting up a landing or a sales page, promote it with a few hundred dollars spent on Facebook advertising (because you can target your segment very specifically) and see if there’s any interest in it.Once you’re confident of the interest or curiosity generated by the landing page, go ahead and build the first version of the product.Related: 10 Reasons Not to Build a Mobile App3. The right time to raise money for your mobile app.Ideas don’t get funded. At least not anymore. The barrier to entry in terms of product development is very low. Anyone can build an app. But not everyone can build a business. Investors are interested in you as a person and your ability to build and grow a business more than your ability to create an app. By the time Buffer App raised its $450,000 seed round, the team already had 55,000 users and were making about $13,000 a month. Buffer’s co-founder Joel Gasciogne admits, “We would have really struggled to raise funding without that traction, and so I advise others to just get started and try and build something that people will pay for.”The Appreneurship Academy suggests 13 creative ways to raise money, but here’s one of them. Get funding as a birthday gift. In 2008, as Cynthia Kersey, a divorcee who neared 50, wanted to pursue her dream idea of securing a child’s right to education. She threw a party for her 50th-birthday and invited everyone she knew. She asked each guest to bring, in lieu of gifts, $100 and announced that she would use the gifts as seed money to open her Los Angeles non-profit, The Unstoppable Foundation.4. The many ways to build an app.There are many ways to build an app, depending on the objective and the app’s landscape. You can build an in-house team, hire an external or outsourced development team or leverage one of the app building platforms. The Appreneurship Academy recommends using BuildFire app builder and even shows a step-by-step tutorial on how to build an app using the platform.Be sure not to get scammed when hiring outsourced developers by doing a background check and asking pertinent questions that help you assess their credibility and experience.5. The many ways of making money from your mobile app.The most common ways to generate an income from an app are advertising, in-app purchases or a subscription service. What most people don’t know is that there are tons of other ways to make sure appreneurs make a lot of money from within the app and outside of it.One of the ways is to secure a partnership with another brand. This can significantly ramp up your monetization. What you’ll need to do is find a partner with a similar customer base who can add something to the experience of your users.A partner or a network of partners can seriously benefit your customers and your businesses alike, especially if you create an integrated experience — like when Localytics and Optimizely partnered to deliver mobile analytics as a combined service.6. In marketing, there isn’t a one size fits all strategy.Depending on which expert you talk to, you’ll get pitched a number of ideas, each expert saying theirs is the most effective. There’s Facebook and Google advertising, there’s App Store Optimization (ASO), social media marketing, PR, etc. You can’t possibly do it all, nor should you.Related: Demystifying App Entrepreneurs Dilemma to Choose The Mobile App Development PlatformFigure out where can you easily find your potential customers with the least path to resistance when opening a dialogue. You also have to consider that the money you spend on marketing should bring in at least three times the return on investment. The lifetime value of your customer should at least be three times that of the cost of acquisition of the customer.Once you identify a marketing channel or a combination thereof that brings the maximum return on your investment, double down on it to scale up your business. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free