An Oakland A’s fan favorite joins their broadcast team

first_imgCoco Crisp, the author of the “Bernie Lean” as well as one of the biggest hits in recent A’s postseason history, is back as part of the team’s broadcast team.The popular Crisp will join Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo in the booth for 33 games this season on the A’s new flagship radio station, KTRB-860 AM. Crisp will also be utilized on their new TuneIn channel that features 24/7 A’s coverage, anchored by Chris Townsend.He’s bringing the Bernie Lean back to Oakland. Welcome back @Coco_Crisp as …last_img

Stephen Piscotty, Sean Manaea eyeing returns; Homer Bailey arrives

first_imgOAKLAND — What’s Stephen Piscotty been up to lately? Oh, just running in straight lines for the last few days.One of the final steps in recovery from a knee sprain is turning and cutting while running. Piscotty plans to try that Wednesday.If all goes well, Piscotty is aiming to start his rehab assignment in a week. Manager Bob Melvin said Piscotty could join the team in Houston next week and head out on assignment from there.“I’m trying to stay out of there, they’re rolling!” Piscotty joked. …last_img

Chiefs hold Man United to a draw

first_img21 July 2008Manchester United had to be satisfied with a come-from-behind 1-1 draw with Kaizer Chiefs in the opening match of the Vodacom Challenge in front of a capacity crowd at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.It was a pre-season outing for both clubs and Chiefs will, no doubt, be more satisfied with the outcome than the English Premier League and European Champions League title-holders.The Amakhosi, rather than being overawed by their illustrious opposition, clearly saw the match as an opportunity to make a name for themselves, rather than a game from which they hoped to emerge with a draw. Yes, it did end in a draw, but it was not a defensive effort from Chiefs, who took the game to the Red Devils.First shotThe South African team was the first to have a crack at goal through David Mathebula, but his shot from distance was safely dealt with by United goalkeeper Tomasz Kusczak.Siphiwe Tshabalala had a half-chance only a minute later, but his slight hesitation before shooting gave United’s defenders time to block his shot.Wayne Rooney, whose hair-trigger temperament was unfortunately on display, had an opportunity after 10 minutes with a free kick, but his show flew harmlessly over the crossbar.Chris Eagles had a shot blocked by defender Tinashe Nengomashe before Tevez came close with the head. Captain Gary Neville then picked out the Argentine striker on the near post, but his header passed narrowly wide of the goals.PenaltyWith 37 minutes played, Chiefs were awarded a penalty when Neville fouled Siphiwe Tshabalala as he burst onto the ball and into the area at an angle. Jonathan Quartey took the spot kick and easily beat Kusczak by sending him the wrong way.The Amakhosi took that 1-0 lead into the break.Tevez was again wide with a header after six minutes of the second half and two minutes later the Red Devils very nearly had the game taken out of their reach.A half-cleared ball inside United’s fell to new Chiefs’ striker Jose Torrealba, but he rushed his shot and failed to connect properly. The ball hit Wes Brown and passed off of the defender to Kusczak’s right and wide of the post.EqualiserThe English champions finally drew level on the hour mark. A deep cross by Tevez found Chris Eagles at the back post and his powerful header skipped off the back of Jimmy Tau’s head and into the back of the net.Rooney was replaced when he picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on Nengomashe. Earlier in the match he had lashed out at Onismor Bashera, but the referee had missed the incident. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had seen enough, however, and replaced the star striker.Despite falling behind, Chiefs were not about to try and play out for a draw and Gert Schalkwyk was just off target after Bhasera found him with a good cross.Ultimately, however, both teams had to be satisfied with a draw.Praise for KhuneAfter the match, Ferguson said Chiefs had performed well and he singled out Amakhosi goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune for praise, saying he was especially impressed by the 21-year-old’s distribution, which often put his team onto the counter-attack.Kaizer Chiefs’ coach Muhsin Ertugral said he was pleased with the commitment shown by his players, but said he is still working on combinations. He said the performance augers well for the new season. Last season, Chiefs finished a sixth in the PSL.The side’s new captain Jimmy Tau felt his team had learnt a lot and said he was proud of the way they played.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Fans ‘blown away’ by atmosphere

first_img19 June 2009 Flying in from Canada to experience African football first-hand, Peter Severinac from Ontario, Canada was blown away by the electric atmosphere inside the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Wednesday evening, when Bafana Bafana took on New Zealand in a 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup match. Surrounded by thousands of celebrating South African fans, all making their way out of the stadium, Severniac could hardly contain his amazement at what he experienced during the game. “Those trumpets are great, I have never experienced anything like it,” Severinac said, referring to the air horns that distinguish football matches in South Africa from anywhere else in the world. “Nothing compares to the feeling of being in the stands with all that dancing and noise. “They treated me like a member of their family when they found out I was from outside South Africa. I will definitely be back next year for the World Cup, and will bring back as many friends as I can,” said Severinac before he was swallowed up by the moving crowd. Benito Lenon, who travelled from Madrid, Spain to watch La Furia Roja play in Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions”, said South Africa “seems like such a good country. “I have been here for six days now watching football, and I really love the friendly people here,” Lenon said. “I must tell you, South Africans are the most friendly and hospitable people I have met.” Although Spain were playing Iraq in Bloemfontein on the same day, Lenon chose to experience a Bafana Bafana match in Rustenburg instead, having heard from friends that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate football in South Africa. He certainly wasn’t disappointed. As tens of thousands of spectators made their way to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium before the game, the city of Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West province, came alive with the sound of a distinctively African Fifa Confederations Cup. The drone of vuvuzelas competed with hooting and cheering as fans made their way toward the stadium through the city, hoping for – and getting – a night of celebration as South Africa beat New Zealand 2-0. Hours before the match had even started, crowds were gathering outside the stadium as music and dancers entertained the excited crowd. “I am here to support my country, and the vibe around the city is great,” said Lebogang Molefe, adding that the Confederations Cup was all about showing the world what South Africa is all about. “We are a nation that likes to sing, and we are a happy nation,” Molefe said. “I hope our visitors see this now and on television, and I hope they come back for the 2010 World Cup”. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

World Cup traffic control plan in place

first_imgJohannesburg’s roads have become evenbusier. Gauteng spokesperson Thabo Masebe at amedia briefing in Sandton. Metro police are on high alert.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Thabo MasebeGauteng Provincial GovernmentSpokesperson+27 82 410 8087RELATED ARTICLES• Top safety plan for World Cup• Gautrain rolls out this week• Transport on track for World Cup• SA gets tough on traffic crimeBongani NkosiThe 2010 Fifa World Cup has almost brought Johannesburg’s traffic to a standstill, an indication of the multitude of fans of the beautiful game that are in the city.On match day in the host city, capital of Gauteng province, main roads got congested as fans flock to its two magnificent stadiums, Soccer City and Ellis Park.It was an even worse scenario on 11 June, when the tournament kicked off at Soweto’s Soccer City. The Gauteng provincial government admits that traffic management was not at its best; the chief cause was the presence of private cars in the vicinity of the stadium.“The highways were congested… people were stuck in traffic,” said Thabo Masebe, the province’s spokesperson. “Traffic is of great concern to us.”With congestion starting from central business areas such as Braamfontein, people struggled to make their way south of the city, even hours before the opening ceremony began.“What we saw last Friday would not make anyone happy. We are not happy, Fifa and the LOC are not happy,” Masebe said.“There’s no way you can have thousands of cars going to Soccer City.”Besides staging the opening match, the world-famous city will host the final. It’s already hosted a match featuring the thrilling Brazil, which saw the theatrics of Robinho leading the South Americans to a 2-1 thrashing of North Korea.The problem, Masebe noted, is that football fans want to drive to the venues, instead of using public transport. Gauteng’s plan is that fans should use the transport laid on for fans, such as public buses, trains and minibus taxis.Public transport provided for the duration of the World Cup in the province is adequate and reliable enough to carry the scores of fans, said Masebe. “We’ve provided enough public transport, and we encourage fans to use it.”Johannesburg City’s rapid transit Rea Vaya buses are one option, others are Metrorail trains or Metro buses. Pretoria, staging matches at Loftus Stadium, also provides public transport.While Rea Vaya charges a minimum fee of R6 (US$0.79) per trip to both Ellis Park and Soccer City, trains provide free shuttle for fans with match tickets. Metro buses ferry fans from Park and Ride facilities in different parts of the city, for free.“There’s no way you can miss a train going to the stadium,” Masebe said.Gauteng’s new planThe provincial government has decided that it will close off certain roads to private cars in the city centre and main routes leading to the stadium. The roads will be closed and manned by traffic officials four hours before a game kicks off.Road closures will not inconvenience motorists when there are no matches. “On other days the roads will be open,” said Masebe.The Soweto Highway and Nasrec Road, main routes leading to Soccer City, will always be closed to the public on match day.Only private vehicles carrying VIPs, Fifa officials, and players, and other accredited cars will be allowed entry into the roads.“If [traffic police] find a car where it’s not supposed to be, they will impound it and you would have to pay a fee,” said Masebe.The province’s aim is to ensure free flow of traffic in both Johannesburg and Pretoria throughout the tournament. “Nobody should even think about traffic. It must run smoothly… We want to ease the flow of traffic,” Masebe said.“It’s all going well”There have been no major incidents of crime reported in Gauteng, contrary to speculation before the World Cup started.Police maintain a high visibility in many areas, especially those around high-volume venues like stadiums and public viewing areas. The men in blue have also taken control of all security in Soccer City and Ellis Park.“We have sufficient capacity to provide security,” said Masebe. “The police have enough capacity to deal with any situation.”last_img read more

‘Seng season opens statewide

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The harvest season for ginseng opened Sept. 1 and continues through the end of December on private land, and it’s important to note that the collecting of ginseng on any public land is prohibited. Harvested ginseng must be certified by the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW) prior to export from the state to verify its weight and legal origin. Federal law requires that all state lots of ginseng be separated and totaled by the year. Because of this necessity, all uncertified ginseng must be weighed and accounted for each year.The export of American ginseng from the state of Ohio is regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and ODNR. Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial herb that is highly valued in the United States and worldwide for its alleged medicinal traits. Due to its value and significant harvest pressure, regulation on both harvest and export are necessary to ensure survival of the species.Additional information about American ginseng and harvest regulations can be found in the publication Ohio’s Green Gold available on read more

Natural gas and energy prices expected to stay low

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is likely that prices of natural gas — now at their lowest in two decades — will be even lower during the home heating season next winter, Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner says.In another good sign for low energy costs for consumers, Tyner also expects gasoline prices to stay in the range of $2 to $2.50 a gallon for much of 2016.Consumers already are seeing lower heating bills this winter even before the recent price drop. Tyner said that while the price of natural gas in December is the lowest it has been since 1994, consumers won’t see the full benefit of that in their gas bills this winter. That is because most of the natural gas that will be delivered this winter has already been contracted.“However, it likely means that home heating costs will fall more next winter,” he said.Tyner lists several “supply-and-demand drivers” that are keeping the price of natural gas so low:• Natural gas is produced from both conventional and shale oil and gas formations, so the “fracking” boom has led to large supply increases of natural gas.• The large supply increase has been faster than the rate of demand increase, so price has come down. Also, there is little international trade in natural gas, so the export market is quite limited.• While the low price has discouraged additional drilling for natural gas, oil and gas drilling efficiency has increased tremendously the past 2 to 3 years.• Normally, natural gas is put in storage in summer months, and the stored gas is used over the winter months. This year, however, so far the winter has been abnormally warm. Natural gas storage facilities are approaching full capacity, and limited additional storage is putting tremendous downward pressure on prices.Tyner noted that natural gas is used not only by many consumers for home heating but also by industry for process heat and to generate electricity.“Changes in natural gas prices, therefore, ripple widely through the economy,” he said.For gasoline, Tyner explained that price prospects depend mainly on what happens to the price of crude oil. Crude oil briefly was about $32 per barrel in December 2008 and January 2009. Today, it is about $35. He said forecasts for crude prices for 2016 range from falling to about $20 to increasing to $60 or more.“My sense is that we are near the bottom for crude oil and that it will remain relatively low for much of 2016,” he said.last_img read more

What Browser? Don’t Ask Google

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Ever since the browser wars and the 1998 Microsoft antitrust trial (during which the software giant was convicted of monopolistic and illegal business practices for its bundling of Windows with Internet Explorer), consumers have been largely unaware of how they access the Internet. These magical portals are too often “chosen” by consumers through a manipulative dance during which the partner – generally a huge corporation with mind share and stock shares at stake – remains unseen.“Some folks at Google,” as the project team is quaintly described on Google’s new What Browser site, were charged with explaining what a browser is and what choices consumers have. They got halfway there; but as far as helping consumers make informed choices, information is still limited to pretty colors and shiny logos.Browsers Made SimpleThe cornerstone of the site is this average user-friendly animated video explaining in painfully simple terms what a web browser does. It’s not an OS, and it’s not a search engine. It was simple enough that my 8-year-old niece didn’t have too much of a problem with the post-video comprehension check I gave her. What browser? indeed. We’re still waiting to see what result the Google site will return.Which brings us to our final and most serious criticism. The site features the logos of the five major web browsers: Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera. No mention is made of the many other available options nor of their current existence.The reason we feel these browsers should have been in some way included in Google’s browser icebreaker is the same reason we feel there should have been at least some discussion of each browser’s corporate affiliations, best uses, and technical capabilities: Out of fairness to the aforementioned casual Internet user who, after looking at this page, might know what his browser is but still won’t have a clear idea of whether or why he should consider using other browsers.I’m primarily a Chrome user, and I love the lightweight interface and speed. But it’s not the most reliable for enterprise web-based software such as WebEx and certain other web applications. When I’m testing web apps for work, I very often have to break out one of my standby browsers.The flip side of that coin is that, since IE is still a dominant figure in the territory, most apps and sites will still perform well enough in Internet Explorer. I can think of just one app I’ve tested this year that didn’t have any IE support.Some users will care whether or not their browser is open-sourced, or whether or not it’s standards-compliant. Some will care much more that it’s reliable for using enterprise web-based software. But the glaring absence of this information from Google’s presentation shows us that, in the effort to avoid obvious accusations of favoritism, they’ve neglected a great opportunity to create an informed consumer culture around web browsers.By presenting just the logos of five browsers, Google has done something to make consumers slightly more aware of their options but nothing to break down the rhetoric- and sentiment-driven attitudes of average users toward technology products.So, let’s have a little conversation about that now: What’s your browser of choice, and why? When did you start thinking critically about your browser? What performance or other issues trouble you most? Let us know in the comments. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img The site gives equally simple text tutorials on how to change a homepage, a default search engine, and a default browser. Credit must go to the “folks” at Google for making these parts of the site accessible to the average Internet user, something that is difficult for a justifiably biased technology company to do.Talk Nerdy to MeThe “Under the Hood” section of the site seemed like it might give the geekier among us some food for thought with regard to browser performance. It contained this history lesson of a browser timeline from Wikipedia and a series of diagnostic tests, mostly related to browsers’ processing of JavaScript.We ran the Google-developed V8 Benchmark Suite on four major browsers. It broke Internet Explorer, and returned seemingly arbitrary results of 164, 673, and 1794 for Firefox, Safari, and Chrome, respectively, on a scale of “bigger is better.” We ran the WebKit SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark on all four browsers, as well. You can click through to see our results for Chrome, IE, Safari, and Firefox.Google’s Still Got Some ‘Splainin’ To DoWe also opened the site with Epiphany, and WhatBrowser said it was Firefox 3. When we tried it out on Konqueror, well… Related Posts jolie odell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Five Years Of Android: The Devices That Defined Google’s Mobile OS

first_imgdan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Android#Google#smartphones#tablets Released: February 24, 2011.Hardware: 10.1-inch screen (800×1280), 6000 mAh battery (non-removable), 32 GB internal storage, 1 GB RAM, 5 MP back camera, 2 MP front camera.Firmware: Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)Google took a break from the Nexus line with Android 3.2 Honeycomb and went with Motorola for the flagship device of the operating system. Honeycomb and the Xoom turned out to be a complete albatross in the Android ecosystem, never gaining traction with consumers or developers. In fact, Honeycomb was so lampooned for being “half-finished” that Google never even released the normally open source Android kernel code and very few devices were ever made that used the operating system. Honeycomb was supposed to be Google’s answer to the Android tablet conundrum. To this point, the only Android tablets that had been released ran some version of Froyo or Gingerbread, Android versions that were suboptimal for large screen devices. Honeycomb ultimately served as the stepping stone between Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, which married the smartphone and tablet capabilities of Android and made it much easier for developers and manufacturers to create applications for a variety of screen sizes. Galaxy Nexus Released: November 17, 2011.Hardware: 4.65-inch screen (720×1280), 1750 mAh battery (removable), 16/32 GB internal storage (no external memory), 1 GB RAM, 5 MP back camera, 1.3 MP front camera.Firmware: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)In many ways, Android phones made a giant leap at the end of 2011. Screens started to get bigger (eventually much bigger) and Android got a lot smarter, easy to use and out of its own way. This was epitomized with the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich. Android can almost be categorized into two phases: Android 2.3 Gingerbread and everything that came before and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and everything that came after. Starting with the Galaxy Nexus, Android smartphones have run smoother, been more secure, had bigger screens and hardware specifications that are all almost nearly double what came before.Nexus 7 Released: November 13, 2012.Hardware: 4.7-inch screen (768×1280), 2100 mAh battery (non-removable), 8/16 GB internal memory, 2 GB RAM, 8 MP back camera, 1.3 MP front camera. Firmware: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)The latest Android firmware is version 4.2, the second instance of Jelly Bean (much in the same way that Android 2.0/2.1 were both Eclair). The Nexus 4 from LG was released at the end of 2012 with two other devices — the Nexus 10 from Samsung (below) and the upgraded Nexus 7. As yet, adoption of Android 4.2 has been minimal as it is an iterative update to what already existed in Android 4.1, with some minor feature upgrades. While many people consider the Nexus 4 to be a superb instance of an Android smartphone, it was criticized for its lack of 4G LTE, of which most new smartphones have included by default. The phone was made available through Google Play store (along with it tablet siblings) and on T-Mobile.Nexus 10 What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Released: October 17, 2009Hardware: 3.7-inch screen (480×854), 1400 mAh battery (removable), slide-out keyboard, 512 MB internal storage (expandable external storage), 256 MB RAM, 5 MP back camera.Firmware: Android 2.0 (Eclair)Boom goes the dynamite. The Motorola Droid was the first true Android smartphone to be popular with the masses. It was released to Verizon with heavy marketing targeted at what the Droid could do that an iPhone could not, like multi-tasking. The “Droid Does” slogan became a popular part of the geek lexicon and was Motorola’s high water mark in the smartphone wars. The Droid shipped with the original Android 2.0 “Eclair” version but was quickly updated to a much more stable version in Android 2.1.Nexus One Released: October 22, 2008Hardware: 3.2-inch screen (320×480), 1150 mAh battery (removable), slide-out physical keyboard, 256 MB internal storage (expandable external storage), 192 RAM, 3.2 megapixel back camera.Firmware: Android 1.0The G1 (also known as the HTC Dream) was the first of Google’s flagship smartphones. At the time it was a bit of a curiosity, mostly interesting for how it introduced Google properties (like Maps, Street View, Calendar and Search) to the smartphone market. The G1 was limited to T-Mobile in the United States.Motorola Droid Released: July 13, 2012.Hardware: 7-inch screen (800×1280), 4325 mAh battery (non-removable), 8/16/32 GB internal memory (no external memory), 1 GB RAM, 1.2 MP front camera.Firmware: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)The first Nexus tablet was announced at Google I/O in June 2012 and shipped a couple weeks later. The Nexus 7 cemented the market for lower priced tablets (next to the Kindle Fire at $199) with smaller screens in the 7-inch variety. From a hardware point of view, the Nexus 7 was not the most sophisticated tablet ever to be released, but it showed that Android has the ability to seamlessly run on tablet-sized screens while also highlighting the capabilities of Jelly Bean as a tablet operating system. Google refreshed the Nexus 7 later in the year to give it cellular connectivity. Nexus 4 Released: January 5, 2009Hardware: 3.7-inch screen (480×800), 1400 mAh battery (removable), 512 MB internal storage (expandable), 512 MB RAM, 5 MP back camera.Firmware: Android 2.1 (Eclair)The Nexus One was the first Android device commissioned directly from Google to serve as the flagship of the operating system. The One was built by HTC (an altered with HTC’s “Sense” skin for its Incredible smartphone) and immediately became the sexiest Android smartphone on the market. The Nexus series has since become known as the “guide” device for new versions of the operating system. The Nexus One also marked an experiment by Google to bypass the carriers and sell directly to consumers through its website. The One was also one of the first Android smartphone to ship with Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. This experiment did not take among consumers and most subsequent Nexus devices were offered through Google alongside subsidized versions from the likes of AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. Google did not release a Nexus device for Android 2.2, with updated firmware for the Nexus One serving as the de facto flagship for Froyo.Nexus S Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Released: December 16, 2010.Hardware: 4-inch screen (480×800), 1500 mAh battery (removable), 16 GB internal storage, 512 MB RAM, 5 MP back camera, VGA front camera.Firmware: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)Samsung really started its rise to the top of the Android pyramid in 2010 with the release of its wide-ranging Galaxy S smartphones. Google tapped the Korean manufacturer for the next two Nexus devices, starting with the Nexus S. The device was the flagship for Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is still the most-used version of the operating system years after its release.Motorola Xoom Nearly five years ago, a smartphone came out that few thought much of. Little did people know that the device would be a harbinger for the next half-decade of mobile innovation, pushing boundaries of technology and launching a fundamental shift in how people interact with computers.That phone was the HTC G1, the original “Google Phone.” It was a clunky, bug-ridden touchscreen device with a slide-out physical keyboard. The G1 did not sell particularly well. The buzz at the time was over Apple’s still relatively young iPhone and varying BlackBerry devices, like the original Bold 9000.Let’s not say that the G1 was the beginning of the Mobile Revolution. There are neither beginnings nor endings in the turning of the wheel of technology. But it was a beginning.The beginning of the Android Era.It is amazing to look back at the last five years of Android and see just how far the devices that run Google’s mobile operating system have come. From the G1 to the Nexus 10, the hardware, software and everything in between has gone from buggy, crash-prone phones to finely tuned devices that dominate mobile computing. Google and its manufacturing partners have done well in a half decade of innovation. What will the next five years bring?Google is expected to announce a new version of its Android mobile operating system at its I/O developers conference, which runs Wednesday through Friday this week. Google refreshed its flagship Nexus line in November, and new Android chief Sundar Pichai recently downplayed expectations for major new products at I/O, a change from last year, which saw major launches like the Nexus 7 tablet.Instead, in a sign of Android’s maturation, Google will likely put the focus on devices from its hardware partners, like Samsung and HTC—a sign of Android’s increasing maturity as a platform. Let’s take a look back at the devices that brought Android to this pivotal point in its history.HTC G1 Related Posts Released: November 13, 2012.Hardware: 10.05-inch screen (1600×2560), 9000 mAh battery (non-removable), 16/32 GB memory, 2 GB RAM, 5 MP back camera, 1.9 MP front camera.Firmware: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)Samsung came back to produce the first branded large-screen (8-inches or up) Nexus tablet with the Nexus 10. The tablet was the first large screen to roll out with a flagship Android update since Motorola released the Xoom tablet with the Honeycomb release in February 2011. What will this week bring at Google I/O 2013? Will we finally see Android 5.0? Or is there another update to Jelly Bean (Android 4.3)? We will be everywhere at I/O next week bringing you news of Google’s latest gadgets, apps and developer news. Stay tuned.last_img read more

If You Believed Google Duplex Was the Salesperson, You Weren’t Paying Attention

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Many of those who prognosticate about sales very literally missed the main takeaway. To those who saw salespeople being disintermediated, they were correct in the assessment, but they were focused on the wrong party. If you were paying attention, Duplex did fine, but the person whose job is put in jeopardy is the person who worked for the salon. In a business that is very personal and preference matters a great deal, the call was nothing more than a transaction.The call should have sounded like this:Duplex: Hi, I’m calling to book a women’s haircut for a client. Um.  I’m looking for something on May 3rd.Salesperson: Sure give me one second. Hi, this is Anthony. I can take care of this for you. What’s your name? And what’s your client’s name?(When you answer the phone, you should provide your name, so the other person knows your name. You should also ask them their name, because they are a human being, and that being true, they have a name. Once you know their name, you can address them by name. If the person calling is calling for the client, you should also ask for the client’s name, so you can speak with them about that person using their name, too.)Salesperson: What day and time works best for Lisa?Mm-hmm. (This is allegedly what makes this human, but it isn’t.)Sure. What time are you looking for around?Duplex: At 12PM.Salesperson: We do not have a 12PM available. The closest we have to that is a 1:15. I’m so sorry. Noon time is super popular today. I have a 1:15 PM available, will that work or is that too late for Lisa?(When someone asks for a time and it is unavailable, it is polite to apologize. You are trying to serve that person. You might also offer an explanation that provides more context, so your client knows why you can’t give them what they want. Because you know the person’s name and the time they wanted, you can easily make your communication more personal, more caring. You are collaborating with the person scheduling and you are acknowledging a likely constraint.)Duplex: Do you have anything between 10 am and 12 pm?Depending on what service she would like. What service is she looking for?  Can you share with my what kind of services Lisa is looking for so I can find her the best stylists for her?(Again, using Lisa’s name. Also inquiring about what she wants so that you can tailor the decision as to what stylist works best based on what is best going to provide her the outcome she needs. By doing so, you are also building up the stylist and your business.)Duplex: Just a woman’s haircut for now.Salesperson: Tell me about what Lisa likes? Is this a regular maintenance cut or is she looking for something new?(I am not an expert on women, but I live with three of them, one who has a stylist that she uses exclusively, and two whose high school jobs have them working in a salon. I am not certain any women wants “just a woman’s haircut,” but I beg your pardon, if I am wrong. That said, you create greater value when you ask what Lisa likes. Maybe she wants a regular cut, or maybe she wants to book at your salon because she wants to change things up. Eliciting her preferences shows caring).Salesperson: Okay, we have a 10 o’clock. If Lisa could do 10:00 AM, I can put her with one of our top stylists, Shelley. Shelley is amazing!(Now, the person booking the appointment for her client can report back that her appointment is with Shelley, one of the best stylists at the salon. By the way, they say Shelley is amazing.).Duplex: 10 AM is fine.Salesperson: Okay, what’s her first name? (Way to late to ask. Too many opportunities lost)The first name is Lisa. Can you tell me a little about Lisa? What does she look like and what does she like to drink?(If I know what Lisa looks like, I can keep an eye out for her and greet her by name. That’s not all that difficult, because she’ll be showing up a few minutes before 10AM on Wednesday. If I know she likes Diet Peach Tea Snapple, having one waiting there for her will do a fair bit towards her becoming a client for life.)Salesperson Okay, perfect. So Shelley will see Lisa at 10 o’clock on May 3rd. I’ll make sure we’re looking for her, and we’ll have her Diet Peach Tea Snapple. Is there anything else we can do for you or Lisa while she’s here?(The person scheduling the call is also now your client. Because you worked to make a transaction something about value, trust, and caring, you have improved the experience. You are now differentiated. And you can now say, “Thanks so much. If you have any other clients you need help taking care of, please let me know. We’ll take excellent care of them.”For a little effort, a great attitude, and the cost a Diet Peach Tea Snapple, you have made yourself much more difficult to be disintermediated, and you have probably gained a client and fan for life.For those of you who believed Duplex was the salesperson, you weren’t really paying attention, were you?last_img read more