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Trio to feature on Wembley Arena bill

first_imgSteve O’Meara, Mitchell Smith and Gary Corcoran will return to Wembley Arena in another Frank Warren-promoted show scheduled for 15 June.The trio, whose respective opponents are yet to be confirmed, recently recorded victories at the same venue on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly’s world title defence against Robin Krasniqi.O’Meara [pictured above] overcame cuts to grind out a points decision against the rugged Chas Symonds.Smith had a great win at Wembley.It was the Shepherd’s Bush-born light-middleweight’s first outing since unsuccessfully challenging for the Commonwealth title last year.Harrow Weald’s exciting super-featherweight prospect Smith, 20, impressed with a first-round stoppage, while Wembley light-welterweight Corcoran, 22, extended his own unbeaten professional record.Next month’s bill will be headlined by a heavyweight clash between Londoner Dereck Chisora and highly-rated American Deontay Wilder, whose recent demolition of Audley Harrison prompted the former Olympic champion to announce his retirement.See also:Smith dazzles Wembley with quick winO’Meara overcomes cuts to secure winHarrison humiliated by hot prospect WilderAudley announces retirement from 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Microsoft’s Office Hierarchy Begins Taking Shape

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now As cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service continue to take hold, Microsoft’s flagship Office productivity suite now appears less a standalone product than a hierarchy of services, each with different levels of functionality for different markets. The big question: Will your version of Office do everything you need it to?On Wednesday, sources told the Verge that Microsoft plans a “preview” version of Office for the basic Windows RT version of the Surface tablet. That version of Office will lose support for Visual Basic, macros and third-party add-ons, specifically to optimize the Surface’s battery life. The preview version will apparently be dubbed “Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview,” the Verge reported.If that’s true, Office functionality will essentially be spread across three tiers: Office Web Apps for the most basic consumer use, Office RT for basic tablet use and the full-fledged Office boxed software product, also available in an Office 365 subscription model. There’s also a fourth tier that Microsoft hasn’t really talked about: Office for Mac, which will remain on the “legacy” model of the existing Office platform.Microsoft’s official line is that nothing’s done until it’s done. “We have not finalized packaging for the next release of Office,” a Microsoft spokeswoman said via email.Still, we can draw some basic conclusions. First, Office users will get different levels of functionality depending upon the device they’re working on. Second, the “premium” experience will still come with Microsoft’s Office/Office 365 for Windows 8 machines. And third, all Office users will benefit from working within a connected environment.The notion of an Office hierarchy really isn’t new; Microsoft packages different versions of Office 2010 for “Home and Students” and for “professionals,” But those packages have typically been differentiated by which applications a particular version of the Office suite includes, not so much the functionality of the included apps. The Guiding Forces of OfficeAccording to Rob Helm, an analyst for Directions on Microsoft, Office’s evolution is being shaped by two forces:“Microsoft is trying to extend Office through the Web and on portable devices, and that’s forced it to rethink how it extends Office, so that it has a solution that extends to all these different places that Office runs,” Helm said. “But that means saying goodbye to a lot of old buddies for a lot of Office users.”Those “buddies” represent the legacy of macros and Visual Basic helper applications, which corporations have used to customize Office for their own use. Directions on Microsoft, for example, has traditionally used a VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) module to assist its analysts in creating and displaying Microsoft’s org [organization] charts, Helm said.If Surface users want to run VBA code, however, they will need to have the more expensive Surface Pro, which will run the full-fledged Windows 8 operating system as well as the standard Office suite.“It’s pretty clear that the technology that Microsoft has been promoting for applications, Visual Basic, has been left behind by technical trends: the Web and tablets,” Helm said. “Microsoft is trying to get to a new generation of technology and cutting out the old technology in Windows RT is the first sign that the old technology is going away, and the new Web-based Office development is coming in.”And what is an Office app? “Essentially a Web page integrated into Office as custom content, very similar to how iFrames integrate with other pages on the Web,” Rolando Jimenez, a program manager for Microsoft, wrote in a blog post this week. Specifically, the app is a Web page, most often with a Javascript pointer to the Office Javascript library, plus a lightweight XML description of how the app interacts with Office. Apps will work offline, Microsoft said. Tags:#enterprise#Microsoft#Software Office Store Open for BusinessIn other Office developments, Microsoft opened the Office Store this week, where users can download a Merriam-Webster dictionary plugin for Word, for example, or an Olympics medal tracker app for Microsoft Excel. As with the Microsoft Windows Store, Microsoft will take 30% of the revenue from each paid app sale.The Office Store is also the showcase for the new Web-based Office app model. Developers can still use Visual Basic and Visual Studio for Office, but Microsoft won’t allow versions of the app to be available via the Office Store, Brian Jones, Group Program Manager on the Office Solutions Framework team, said this week.Helm – from Directions on Microsoft – said he believed that the VBA model would prove to be a “real challenge” to the ARM architecture underlying the lower-priced Surface RT tablet, another key reason for its omission. But, he added, he also believed that Microsoft would inevitably extend the Office app model to the Surface RT tablet and even Office Web Apps.“Eventually Microsoft will want to extend apps to where-ever Office runs,” Helm said.“If the Office Store doesn’t support Office RT, that’s because Office RT hasn’t broken cover yet,” Helm added.What About Mac Office?So far, Office for Mac has been conspicuously left out of the discussion. Microsoft has said only that the new model for Office apps won’t apply to the next version of Office for the Mac. The most significant recent changes for Office for Mac 2011 has been adding cloud storage via Microsoft’s SkyDrive and support for Apple’s “Mountain Lion” release.“You’ll see that this is really just the first step in a new direction for Office programmability,” Brian Jones, group program manager of the Office Solutions group, wrotein response to a user question. “We would love to have had support across all of the platforms where Office runs, but for the first version we weren’t able to accomplish that. We [are] instead targeting the Windows client and the Web companion, but designed the app model in a way that we can start to add other platforms as well as we move forward.”In some sense, that places Office for Mac in the same “legacy” category as Office 2010, leaving Mac Office users on the outside looking in at the new app model. That could push Mac users to competing productivity applications, from Google Docs to Apple’s own iWork suite. What About Windows Phone?Microsoft also hasn’t talked much about how Windows Phone and Office will interact, although Paul Thurott has noted that Office 365 will set up a live tile on the Windows Phone home screen, and users will be able to access a Lync client (for unified communications) and gain access to SharePoint collaboration sites.Microsoft’s Office vision is simple, yet powerful: a connected workplace, where the appropriate form of Office functionality is available on whatever device you’re using. But there are issues, too, because not every version of Office will support everything you may need to do. Some business users, for example, will realize that their little bit of legacy VBA code may keep them from relying on lower-priced, lower-powered ARM-based devices running Windows 8 RT – including the entry-level Surface.Microsoft sign image courtesy of Shutterstock. 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Facebook Takes A Stab At Bridging The Mobile-App Communication Gap

first_imgselena larson Tags:#App Links#apps#deep linking#deep links#developers#Facebook The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement One of the big problems with apps is that they often don’t talk to one another, a fact that complicates life for users and developers alike. Now Facebook thinks it can solve that.On Wednesday at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, the company announced App Links, an open-source tool to facilitate “deep links” that can direct users to specific information within an app or from one app to another.See also: Cancel The Funeral For The Open Web—It’s Not Dead YetApp Links, Facebook’s new tool, will enable app builders to expose deep links and link to other apps. With App Links, developers can publish, discover and navigate to deep links in iOS and Android, with support for Windows Phone coming soon.Right now there are few options for deep linking in apps. It takes a lot of work to create deep links in iOS, which has its own custom URL scheme, and an equal amount of work for Android, which requires developers to know the package name of the app in question as well as how to access it.Facebook bills App Links as a cross-platform solution that developers can add to their applications quickly. According to the company, it should take developers less than an hour to add code that allows for deep linking. See also: Google Needs To Double Down On HTML5, And Soon“Facebook is in a great place to enable the solution—we are cross-platform by nature,” Vijay Shankar, mobile products manager at Facebook, said in an interview. “It’s going to take you literally 30 minutes to add tags and be able to get up and running.”One important note: When you’re using a native app on a mobile device, there’s no equivalent to a Web URL. So even with App Links, users can’t easily copy-paste and share a link to, say, a particular song in the Spotify app. App developers still have to implement a share button in order for users to share in-app material with others.App Links, while a huge win for developers, still isn’t the mobile savior we need. Even if developers implement App Links, there’s no way for a search engine to scrape applications and deep link directly from the search page. Unless, that is, the developers include Google’s app indexing on an Android application, or Bing’s app indexing on a Windows Phone application. Either way, it’s an inefficient way to make your app searchable in the mobile Web.Facebook says it has no plans for search at this time. Given its focus on solving the mobile challenge of finding and distributing interesting information only available in applications, though, it wouldn’t be surprising for Facebook to tackle app search as well.Image courtesy of Facebook What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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Agrarian distress in Madhya Pradesh continues to claim lives

first_imgThe agrarian distress in Madhya Pradesh continued to claim lives, with at least two debt-ridden farmers allegedly committing suicide in the last 48 hours, including one from Jajna village which falls under the Budhni Assembly constituency which Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan represents. As the political temperatures rose, Congress’s Madhya Pradesh heavyweight Jyotiraditya Scindia and Gujarat’s Patel quota stir spearhead Hardik Patel were turned back by the police before they could enter Mandsaur, the hub of the recent farmers’ agitation. Political leaders and social activists have continued to make futile attempts to visit Mandsaur despite peace having returned there. The Chief Minister, who came under severe attack from the Opposition following the agrarian unrest, had called off his fast on Sunday, 28 hours after its launch, claiming peace had been restored.Congress MLA bookedIn a related development, Congress MLA Shakuntala Khatik was booked for allegedly inciting people to set ablaze a police station, amid violent protests by farmers last week.Dulchand Kheer (55), a resident of Jajna village, Rehti tehsil in Sehore district, consumed some poisonous substance on Monday. “The circumstances surrounding his death is a matter of investigation,” Pankaj Geete, SHO of Rehti police station, said. The police registered a case on Tuesday.The farmer was having a debt of ₹6 lakh, alleged the Madhya Pradesh unit of the Aam Aadmi Party, whose leaders visited the family. He incurred a bank debt of ₹4 lakh and a debt of ₹2 lakh from Sahukars (local businessman), alleged Alok Agrawal, State president of the AAP. The farmer owns nine acres.Makhan Lal Digolia, a 68-year-old farmer of Bahiravpur village in Hoshangabad district, hanged himself from a tree on Tuesday. His son Rakesh Lohwanshi alleged that his father had taken a loan of ₹7 lakh from local moneylenders and had also sold nearly 7 acres in the past two years to repay the escalating interests. “My father was very depressed about the loan repayment,” he told media persons. On Sunday, Mr. Chouhan announced a slew of measures to end the farmer unrest that claimed five lives in police firing since violent protests broke out last week.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Olsen looks at next season with hope-tinted glasses

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Tamaraws, who forged a rubber match with an 80-67 win on Sunday, looked poised to pull off a stunning upset when Jasper Parker gave FEU a 75-72 lead late in regulation, before Isaac Go’s triple sent the game to overtime and Matt Nieto helped get the job done for the Eagles.“I have to give credit to FEU,” said Go. “It was a 7-7 team but played better than its record.”“What we really wanted them to do in the last three games was to know how it is to play possession by possession,” said Racela. “That’s how you win games.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Serbian lifts Iriga past UST CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck PLAY LIST 01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH From almost missing out on the Final Four to being one defensive stop away from making the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT That’s the path Far Eastern U took the past couple of weeks, which was enough for rookie coach Olsen Racela to get excited heading to next season.Ron Dennison, Jojo Trinidad and Prince Orizu won’t be around by then as they are set to graduate by the end of the school year, but Racela feels his team has grown so rapidly the past two games that they’ll still contend next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were one stop away from making it to the Finals but the loss doesn’t define us,” said Racela after the Tamaraws dropped an 84-88 overtime decision to the Ateneo Blue Eagles in their do-or-die clash on Wednesday.“I’m just proud the way we grew this season and I am really looking forward next year,” added Racela, who replaced younger brother, Nash, at the helm late last year. View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

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London Olympics: North Korea’s Om Yun Choi wins gold, sets Olympic record

first_imgNorth Korea’s Om Yun Choi took men’s 56kg weightlifting gold at the London Olympics on Sunday after joining a small group of athletes who have lifted three times their own body weight. The previously little-known Om lifted an Olympic record 168 kg in the clean and jerk, on the way to a total of 293 kg.”How can any man possibly lift 168 kg? I believe the great Kim Jong-il looked over me,” Om said, referring to the North Korean leader who died in December.”I am very happy and give thanks to our Great Leader for giving me the strength to lift this weight.”Second place went to China’s Wu Jingbiao, who lifted 133 kg in the snatch, 8 kg more than Om, but collapsed as he tried the 161 kg in the clean and jerk that would have given him gold.Wu took silver with a total of 289 kg, ahead of Azerbaijan’s Valentin Hristov, whose total of 286 kg was enough to win a duel for bronze with Vietnamese lifter Tran le Quoc Dien.last_img read more

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10 months agoStuttgart to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Stuttgart to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVfB Stuttgart are ready to pounce for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.The England U21 international has seen a loan move to Crystal Palace fall through over medical concerns.However, BILD says Stuttgart are now ready to step in and tempt Solanke to Germany – and with the support of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.Stuttgart sports director Michael Reschke met with Solanke’s father and agents last week, though admitted defeat when the striker chose a return to London with Palace.However, with the move now off, Reschke is ready to resume talks for Solanke. A decision is expected over the weekend. last_img read more

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19 days agoArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luiz

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luizby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hailed matchwinner David Luiz for victory over Bournemouth.Luiz struck the only goal of a tense encounter.Emery said, “The most important thing is to have a lot of corners offensively. In this match, we had a lot of corners in the first half, but in the second half we had less. When we are taking that corner, we can score. We did that today and It’s important for us to have confidence with different players scoring.”He’s very positive. Every time he’s speaking about positive things and helping young players. He came late into the squad but really, his commitment is very high with us, and his behaviour is too. Everybody is happy with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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