Live preseason updates: Warriors vs. Suns, Monday at 7:30 p.m.

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Monday at 7:30 p.m. when the defending champion Warriors face the Phoenix Suns in a preseason game at Oracle Arena.The Warriors could have star guard Stephen Curry back on his bobblehead night when they play their third preseason game. Curry missed the Warriors’ Friday night victory over the Kings in Seattle while his wife, Ayesha, was undergoing a surgical procedure.The …last_img read more

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First strike: Sharks earn series-opening win over Golden Knights

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — Forget about the troubles they had near the end of the regular season. The Sharks got the start and the end result they wanted Wednesday night in a playoff-opening victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.Brent Burns, Evander Kane, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tomas Hertl all recorded a goal and an assist and goalie Martin Jones made 24 saves as the Sharks topped the Golden Knights 5-2 in Game 1 of their first …last_img read more

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LinkedIn to Offer Free Business Card Scanning With CardMunch Acquisition

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#business#news#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… CardMunch, the iPhone app that helps import business cards into a digital format, has announced that it has been bought by LinkedIn. While that’s good news for CardMunch, its even better news for you, its potential users. “Starting today,” writes the company, “the current version of the CardMunch app will be completely free!”After reading about CardMunch last week in a thread about the must-have iPhone apps for any journalist (of which, many are simply must-have for any iPhone-bearing geek), I went to check the app out, but found I couldn’t justify the no-discount pricing structure. (For 40 cards it was $10. 400? $100.)According to the announcement, the service is now entirely free, allowing you to add as many cards as you like, free of charge. If you don’t see this in your app, you can update it to reflect the change.CardMunch is interesting in how it works – it isn’t a digital recognition program. Instead, each card is “transcribed, edited and reviewed by multiple workers to guarantee accuracy.” Already, the service had a “1-tap LinkedIn Invite” to help you connect with people on LinkedIn, but we’re hoping this acquisition will offer an even tighter integration with the social network for professionals. Will it continue to operate the same way? There’s no mention of changing in the announcement, but we’ve reached out to LinkedIn to find out. However it works, it could be a great addition for LinkedIn. I know I, for one, will be more likely to follow up with my connections using LinkedIn if I can import all those business cards into my mobile contacts for free. mike melansonlast_img read more

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The Whoa Factor: Slow Motion On The iPhone 5S Put To The Test

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement If you want to get all bullet timewith your smartphone, the iPhone 5S hands you the red pill at 120 frames per second. Slow motion video capture never ceases to captivate, but not all of us can pony up a few thousand bucks for a Phantom—the gold standard camera for mind-bendingly good slo-mo. Happily, the new iPhone delivers on that front now, and casually so. The iPhone 5S offers a regular video mode capable of shooting 1080p HD. But swipe to the left in iOS 7’s impressive new camera interface, and you’ll be met with the “slo-mo” option, which can capture moving pictures at 120 frames per second. It’s easy to accidentally shoot in regular video mode when you think you’re in slo-mo, but a handy note that the shooter is in 120 fps mode on the bottom right below the shutter button helps differentiate the two modes.In slo-mo, the iPhone 5S’s video quality drops down to 720p. But if you’re like us, on the small screen you won’t notice—you’ll be too busy going whoaaaa. By default, in playback mode, videos captured in slo-mo begin replaying at normal speed, switch into slo-mo and then switch back to normal speed. You can also edit the part of the video that appears in slow motion—two cool tricks that amplify the whoa effect.Below are video embeds of our sample images (in portrait, forgive us), all shot with an iPhone 5S on a sunny day at the beach. The undulations of dune grass, the ebb and flow of the tide and the sand itself were perfect testing grounds for some impressive slow-motion action.  taylor hatmaker Tags:#Apple#iPhone#iPhone 5S#photography#social video Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The iPhone 5S isn’t the first smartphone to offer slow-motion capture by any means, but Apple’s iteration, like all of its recent forays into photo and video, proves very refined. Still, on the software side, we do have some complaints. It’s impossible to share a slow-motion video on Instagram (or any other app not present in the iOS 7 pop-up share screen) without exporting the video first to another iDevice or emailing it to yourself.This issue could be remedied in a future software push from Apple, but if we’re going to bother with shooting video for the whoa factor, we’d like to be able to share them on any app of our choosing. Still, as you can see, slo-mo in the 5S is impressive. It’s not a killer feature per se, but at the very least, it’s a lot of fun to play around with.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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The Hustler’s Playbook: What Hustlers Don’t Avoid

first_imgHustlers do what others won’t. It’s not that others can’t do what the hustler does; they just don’t.Don’t avoid hard work. Hustlers don’t avoid hard work. They embrace it. The hustler knows that they have to pay in advance for what they want, and the more difficult the work, the greater payment they are making. You’ve heard that the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people do what unsuccessful people won’t? Hustlers know it’s true and act so.Don’t avoid making sacrifices. A hustler sacrifices security for freedom. She sacrifices higher salary now for financial independence later. The hustler sacrifices time hanging out with friends, time watching the best sporting events, and time watching the best television shows. They sacrifice being home early, and staying in bed an extra 9 minutes (or 27 minutes).Don’t avoid disappointing some people. Hustlers say no. They refuse very nice offers from very nice people. They know that they can acquire new opportunities in the future, but they can’t acquire more time. Saying no means disappointing some people sometimes. It never feels good to say no. But the hustler knows that saying no to small things is what allows them to make room to say yes to their goals, dreams, and ambitions.Don’t avoid conflict. If you are going to do big things, you are going to have deal with conflict. There are people who aren’t going to like what you do. Hustlers know that they are going be challenged. There are going to be personal conflicts. There may also be conflicts with financial people, clients, and competitors. It comes with the territory. So hustlers wade into the fray, taking care of business.Don’t avoid selling. The hustler knows she has to sell herself. She knows she has to sell her vision. She has to sell her ideas. If the creates an offering, no one sells it harder of more successfully than the hustler. There is no hustler that isn’t also a salesperson. The hustler doesn’t avoid selling.What is it that you are avoiding? 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 Nowlast_img read more

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Rain over me

first_imgBlooming GloryKaas PlateauIf Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand seems like a distant dream which requires too much planning, you are going to love this smaller version near Pune. The Kaas Plateau, 100 km away from the city, is where acres of fields come alive with a burst of colour after,Blooming GloryKaas PlateauIf Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand seems like a distant dream which requires too much planning, you are going to love this smaller version near Pune. The Kaas Plateau, 100 km away from the city, is where acres of fields come alive with a burst of colour after the first two months of rain. It is a stunning sight with multihued flowers carpeting large stretches of the valley. Accounts by botanists claim there are over 1500 types of plants here, including a few endangered species and some medicinal plants. The first blooms appear by August once the monsoon recedes, and the floral fiesta lasts for a little over a month.If you know your Botany, you can spot Smithia Hirsute, Senecio Grahami and Utricularia Purpurascens, which grow in large numbers here. With large amounts of wild growth, the plateau turns into a haven to spot a variety of butterflies, insects and reptiles, and the surrouding lush green hills become home to many exotic birds, including the Malabar Crested Lark, Indian Robin and Crested Bunting. However, there have been growing concerns about preserving this ecosystem with tourist traffic growing each year, resulting in damage of the flowers. Word of caution if you’re going there-spray on an insect repellent to prevent bites; wear comfortable shoes for the long walks; and do your bit for conserving the valley by not damaging the flowers. Monsoon Perks: Bird such as the Malabar Crested Lark and Indian Robin flock here during the rainy season. Don’t Miss: A trip to the Sajjangad Fort or Kanher Dam. Getting There: It is 100 km from Pune and the nearest town is Satara, 25 km away where you can find accommodation. Contact: kas.ind.in or Deputy Conservator of Forests 233614Rain DanceLavasaWant to play golf when it’s pouring? Or feel like splashing around without having to worry about muck and dirt? Drive out of the city to Lavasa if you want to enjoy the monsoon season without the stress of traffic jams and flooded roads. The tourism wing of Lavasa has come up with a bunch of activities, called the Mesmerizing Monsoon, for those who love the outdoors and rains. They have something for every budget, with activities starting at just Rs 500. Surrounded by flora, fauna, green-laden hills and over 100 waterfalls, Lavasa is just the place to be during the monsoon season.advertisementWater sports are an all time favourite here. So besides kayaking and boating, you can enjoy the large, newly-constructed Splash Pad, which will start hosting rain parties this year. You can also opt for the the indoor golf facility, and tee away even when its pouring. The highlight is the Waterfall Safari, where the team takes you in a gypsy loaded with a picnic basket to the main waterfalls. A steaming cup of tea or a quick snack will be ready for you once you step out of the waterfall. Rajiv Duggal, head of Lavasa Tourism, also recommends the Segway Tour, where you, along with a professional guide, take off on a tour of the hill city on the popular battery-operated vehicle. Apart from this, you can also enjoy some adrenaline pumping activities such as rock climbing, trekking and jet skiing. Monsoon Perks: The Waterfall Safari that takes you to key waterfalls in Lavasa with a picnic basket. Starts at Rs 1,500 for four in a gypsy for two hours. Don’t Miss: The Splash Pad to enjoy the rains and the Segway Tour around the hill city. Getting There: A little over an hour’s drive from Pune. Take the Chandani Chowk road, pass though Pirangut and the Temghar Dam. Contact lavasa.comInto The WildLong DrivesThe earthy smell of wet mud is one of the most unforgettable childhood memories for most of us. In fact, we still perk up and get alert like a dog as soon as the first few drops fall. And if the concrete city robs you of such little pleasures of life, take to the wheel and set off to soak in the earthy aromas and lush greens of the great, wild landscape of the Western Ghats. Though offering spectacular views throughout the year, the Ghats truly come alive during the monsoon months. Whichever direction you head outside of Pune, you’re sure to find it an enjoyable ride. If you think the drive to Mulshi is done to death, then take the road less traveled and head off southwards towards Saswad. Drive through the countryside with farms and open fields with cattle grazing, offering a picture postcard view. Meander through the Dive Ghat, which turns enchantingly scenic with the first showers, covered with a thick carpet of trees and plants and a shroud of fog. In the monsoon, the hills become home for various birds, insects and flowers, so make short stopovers to spot some birds or the newly bloomed colourful wildflowers.advertisementWhen you’re travelling through the mountains in the monsoon, there’s every chance of spotting waterfalls or at least a few streams trickling down the slopes, making it a photographer’s paradise. To add to the romantic charm of the rains, stop by at the fresh water body, locally known as the Mastani Lake. Legend has it the famed couple, Bajirao Peshwa and Mastani, came here to enjoy some quiet time.If you want some more dose of history, then drive down further to Fort Jadhavgadh. The former residence of Pilaji Jadhavrao, a noble in the Maratha empire, the fort, in its revamped avatar, classily blends the old-world charm with modern amenities. The fort’s museum has utensils of the original owners and other everyday paraphernalia. Walk through the rooms and balconies where war strategies were discussed or sit down for a traditional Maharashtrian meal in the fort’s cosy restaurant. If you want to extend your getaway from the city, then stay back in their well equipped rooms (or tents, if you are more of an adventurer).Fort Jadhavgadh also offers a Monsoon Rejuvenation Package with special activities on weekends such as bullock cart rides, musical nights and pottery sessions.Monsoon Perks: Fort Jadhavgadh has monsoon packages starting at Rs 11,999 for two nights in the royal tents with complimentary wine tastings and a spa treatment. Don’t Miss: The guided treks and a visit to a 300-year-old temple. On Getting There: Take the Hadapsar-Saswad road Contact: 9987573815Adrenaline RushMonsoon TreksA trek up to the numerous forts in the monsoon promises you a heady cocktail of scenic beauty in the backdrop of fog, lush green hills and downpours. And the Western Ghats are blessed with numerous such forts, making it easy for you to plan a weekend adventure. But to ensure your trip is free of unwanted hurdles, invest in good trekking gear and rain wear before you head out.One of the favourites is the Raigad trek, which falls into the easy-moderate category in the difficulty level. But for those who can’t trek uphill, there is a ropeway which takes you to the fort gates within minutes.Viewing points such as Bhavani Tok, Hirkani Buruj and Takmak Tok offer a spectacular view of the region. A must-do here is watching the sunset from the Takmak Tok. There are other monsoon trek to arishchandragad and Torna as well. Another favourite is the Malshej Ghat. With nature at its best during the rains and the migratory flamingoes making it their abode, this is a treat for hikers and trekkers.Monsoon Perks: The picturesque waterfalls along the way. Don’t Miss: The view of the mountains on a foggy day from Konkad Kada atop Harishchandragad. Getting There: Rajmachi is 75 km from Pune near Lonavala while Visapur Fort, at 60 km towards Pune, is close to the Mumbai-Pune Highway.advertisementlast_img read more

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