Will Warriors’ Kevon Looney return in Game 3? ‘That’s the plan’

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. TORONTO – The Warriors feel they always can depend on Kevon Looney any time he steps on the court. Can the Warriors also depend on Looney to play against the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday after missing the entire second half of Game 2 because of a left chest contusion?“That’s the plan. I’ll at least go out there and try,” Looney told Bay Area News Group following the Warriors’ 109-104 Game …last_img

Raiders’ Gruden wishes East Bay product Doss well after go-route from Oakland

first_imgALAMEDA — Keelan Doss has moved on, and so have the Raiders.The former U.C. Davis and Alameda High star agreed to join the practice squad of the Jacksonville Jaguars instead of the Raiders.The Raiders’ leading receiver in exhibition games, Doss’ story was played up in the HBO series “Hard Knocks,” which concludes Tuesday night.Coach Jon Gruden, who was often effusive in his praise of the rookie — as he was with lots of players — wanted to make it clear the amount of air time Doss received …last_img

Mandela tribute lights up Table Mountain

first_img The laser image is projected from Tafelberg Road, just below the mountain. The projection site is not open to the public. SAinfo reporter and Western Cape Government 10 December 2013 A giant laser projection of Nelson Mandela’s face is being projected onto Table Mountain in Cape Town during South Africa’s national week of mourning for the late president, who died last Thursday. The display, set up by the Western Cape provincial government, will run every night until 16 December. The lights are best viewed from 9pm, as that is when visibility is best, the province said in a statement on Monday. The projection is switched off at midnight. Table Mountain was a significant landmark for Mandela during his imprisonment on Robben Island, Western Cape Government assistant director Mushfieqah Salie said in a statement on Monday. “While the apartheid authorities tried to break the spirits of Robben Island prisoners, Madiba and his fellow freedom fighters were inspired by one of the Cape’s iconic natural wonders to resist those attempts.” At the opening of the Table Mountain National Park in 1998, Mandela said: “During the many years of incarceration on Robben Island, we often looked across Table Bay at the magnificent silhouette of Table Mountain. “To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we would one day return.”last_img read more

Is Microsoft Blocking Antivirus Apps from Windows RT?

first_imgmarkhachman If you’re looking to buy a Windows RT tablet, security vendors said, don’t expect to be able to protect it with third- party antivirus or other security software. In fact, it seems that Microsoft may block third-party antivirus vendors from developing security solutions for Windows RT.Microsoft won’t allow such software to be sold on its online store, which is the only way to load applications onto Windows RT devices, security vendors say. It’s not known whether Microsoft will develop its own security solution for Windows RT, although most security observers assume Microsoft will do so.Unlike Windows 8, with which it shares code and most of a name, Windows RT is both a different operating system and a new business model for Microsoft. While Windows 8 runs on traditional Intel processors, Windows RT is compiled for the low-power ARM chips that power the vast majority of the world’s smartphones and tablets. Applications written for Windows RT can run on Windows 8, but a Windows 8 app must be specially compiled to run on both Windows 8 and RT – something most apps apparently do, Microsoft says.Security Is Locked Out Of The Windows StoreThats only part of the difference. Users can load whatever they software they wish onto Windows 8 machines, via DVD or online distribution. but Windows RT apps can only be downloaded from Microsoft’s online store. And that’s the problem, according to Gerry Egan, a senior director of product management for the Security Technology and Response Group at security vendor Symantec.McAfee’s Marcio Mello, Sr. Director of Product Management, agreed. “Windows RT (as a SKU) is completely closed on the Desktop side. There’s no Win32 API there and there’s no way for an [anti-malware anti-virus] vendor to deliver their apps on Windows RT/ARM.”So despite the uncertainty,  will Symantec design a version of its software for Windows RT? “The answer is yes,” Egan said. “The question is whether we can, or whether there will be a need to. We predict that there will be a need to, and we’ll have to work with Microsoft to figure out how we can, and remain in compliance with their store policies.”So far, the “jury is still out on the dynamics of the Windows RT marketplace,” Egan explained. “We don’t know what Microsoft’s next moves are going to be.”Microsoft: “No Comment”When asked to clarify the situation, Microsoft representatives declined to comment. “Microsoft has nothing to share on the topic at the moment,” a Microsoft spokeswoman said via email. “We’ll let you know if that changes.”Until Windows RT is successfully attacked – and it hasn’t been yet, at least publicly – any confusion will be from longtime Windows users, who have become accustomed to installing an antivirus package to defeat malware. The questions will be whether or not Windows RT will actually need antivirus software – and whether or not consumers will ask for it out of habit. Security vendors noted that Windows RT may act like Apple’s iOS – security solutions are available, but most consumers simply don’t bother.A representative from security competitor Kaspersky Lab confirmed that the company’s Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Antivirus would not run on Windows RT. “Our KAV/KIS 2013 should work fine on the Surface Pro but will not work with RT,” he said in an email.Microsoft hasn’t publicly revealed whether WindowsRT on ARM will be able to run legacy products, like older versions of the Kaspersky software, the Kaspersky spokesman said. “We hear that Symantec is developing plug-ins for the RT ARM version, but we’re not committed one way or the other on developing something for RT,” he said.A spokesman for AVG, a popular antivirus software package, said that the company also hasn’t decided whether or not to develop a Windows RT solution. But the typical development time would be between 5 to 8 months, he said, pushing a release well beyond Windows RT’s October launch date.Stores’ Security Can VaryMicrosoft’s strict Store policies are actually a security measure in their own right, Symantec’s Egan noted. Both Apple and apparently Microsoft maintain high levels of control over their online apps stores, and the amount of malware on Apple’s iOS app store is very small.On the other hand, Google has curated the apps on its Google Play store much more lightly, and allows users to “sideload” apps downloaded from other stores. That, in part, has led to an enormous spike in Android malware; up 472% from July 2011 through November 2011, with thousands of new versions of Android malware found recently.Security image courtesy of Shutterstock. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#security center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Scottish cities hope to find big bucks to become smarter

first_imgThe Scottish Cities Alliance (SCA) has revealed it brought £100 million ($122 million) into the country’s economy over the last 18 months, through promotion of Scotland’s economic potential to foreign investors.It aims to promote £7.5 billion ($9.1 billion) of investment opportunities in the next year, focusing on low-carbon, hydrogen, and smart city programs in Scotland’s major cities.See Also: City of Boston calls for IoT projects grounded in reality“We believe that by attracting investment to Scotland’s cities, using smart cities, hydrogen and low carbon programs, we will make the cities some of the most desirable and sustainable places to live and work in the world,” said councillor Andrew Burns, chair of the SCA.The SCA revealed earlier in December that smart city programs adopted by Scotland’s seven major cities will use technologies to make services more efficient. This includes LED street lighting, Wi-Fi connected trash bins, and healthcare provisions.Glasgow network a new smart city sandboxA consortium of communications firms announced in July plans to create a large Internet of Things (IoT) network in Glasgow, one of the first major signs that Scotland could be a place for tech firms to test and deploy emerging technologies.Scotland has been thrown into turmoil by the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, with some investors worried that the country will lose access to the single market. The Scottish National Party has pushed Westminster to fight for a deal that includes single market access, and has warned that losing this may result in a second referendum.That panic does not appear to be hitting the tech scene, although as formal negotiations start, Scotland might start to feel the pinch. The SCA did not comment on Brexit and the implications it may have on tech investment in Scotland. Tags:#hydrogen#low carbon#Scotland#Scottish Cities Alliance#Smart Cities#smart city Dahn Tamir For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts center_img How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …last_img read more

Sachse DE Lacy Credits Relationship with Joe Bob Clements for Early Commitment

first_imgSachse defensive end Tyler Lacy committed to Oklahoma State at the end of April, picking the Cowboys over offers from Texas Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, SMU and Houston, among others. He credited the family vibe and comfort in the academics as a major part of why he committed when we talked with him this month, and on Wednesday, he was quick to credit one specific member of OSU’s coaching staff as reason for his comfort level with OSU and subsequent commitment.“That man right there,” Lacy, pointing across the football field at defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements, told Scout. “He’s the best. When I walked in, he was just like a family man. It felt like I was already there and a part of the team. Then I came back and it was just more of the same vibe, the academic advisors, and everyone around the school just gave me a good vibe so I made the choice.”Lacy, a strong-side defensive end and stat monster who is a member of OSU’s 2018 class, will play for Clements when he arrives in Stillwater next summer. Getting along and feeling comfortable with his future position coach was a priority to him, and the relationship he built with Clements helped him feel at ease to pull the trigger with the late April verbal commitment.“What I like about [Joe Bob Clements] is that he’s a cool dude, he’s down to Earth. He’ll tell you the truth and tell you what you need to hear and how you need to get on it.”Of OSU’s 12-man recruiting class thus far, Lacy is the only recruit committed to play on the defensive line. The 6-foot-4, 240 pound senior could be in for a breakout senior season with a high possibility of interest from more schools on the way.  But he’s more than locked in with not only a strong connection to Clements, but also his amazement at the football facilities (and of course, the barber shop!)“The weight room is outstanding, the training room is beautiful. The locker room is so nice — it has a barber shop in it! I was shocked. The stadium is just nice and the indoor is outstanding.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Previewing the Schedule: Can Texas Tech Be as Potent Without Pat Mahomes?

first_imgOklahoma State’s first 2017 conference road game is in Lubbock, Texas, a town where they’ve won four straight. That’s the recent trend in a series dating back to 1935. Surprisingly, OSU is slightly in the red against the Red Raiders (20-21-3).But as of late, OSU has owned Tech, winning the last eight meetings. The last time the Red Raiders got a win in the series, Kliff Kingsbury was one year removed from his playing days and was a first-year quality control coach at Houston.ParticularsWhen: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at TBDAdChoices广告TV: TBDWhere: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas (Capacity: 60,454)Last meeting: In 2016, Oklahoma State held on for a wild 45-44 finish after Texas Tech missed a PAT that many thought should have been a 2-point conversion attempt. The Cowboys used a little luck to get their eighth win. It was also the debut of OSU’s polarizing barbed-wire, “Ed Hardy” helmets.OffenseTexas Tech’s offense has been the stuff of legend — or at least the stuff of highlight reels. The Red Raiders have been top-five nationally in scoring offense the last two seasons behind now Kansas City Chief Patrick Mahomes. It led the nation in total yards in 2016 and came in second to Baylor in 2015. But Mahomes is gone and his backup for the last two years, former Iowa QB Nic Shimonek, looks to be the next in line. We will find out if this offense is truly plug-and-play.Tech does return several weapons, but leading receiver Jonathan Giles felt transferring to the new Matt Canada offense at LSU — and sitting out a year — was better than sticking around for his junior season in Lubbock. Keke Coutee, Cameron Batson and Dylan Cantrell are still there and will likely be top targets for Shimonek.The Red Raiders’ top three running backs are back in Da’Leon Ward, Demarcus Felton and Justin Stockton. But those three combined for just 936 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago. Tech was dead last in the Big 12, rushing for just 103.6 yards per game at 3.2 yards per carry. It led the nation in passing yards but depended far too much on Mahomes’ arm and athleticism. That won’t be an option in 2017. To give Shimonek and the struggling defense a chance, Tech’s running game is going to need an exorcism.DefenseHere’s where it gets ugly. The thing about defense is — the Red Raiders don’t play much of it. Now you could argue that a prolific up-tempo offense that averaged a nation-leading 86.8 plays per game puts extra stress on its defense. Which it does. But there are several teams in the Big 12 in that ballpark who manage to put up some semblance of resistance to scoring. Tech ranked last in scoring defense and total defense in the nation. That’s 128th out of 128. The were better than only Oregon in defensive points per drive and opponent first downs.And there’s really not a lot that leads us to believe it will take a huge step forward in 2017. Defensive coordinator David Gibbs is back for his third crack at pulling off a miracle. The Raiders do return Jordyn Brooks, the true freshman linebacker who led the team in tackles last season, and young safeties like Jah’Shawn Johnson and Kisean Allen. The turnover of the senior-laden 2016 defense may not be a bad thing (see above stats). If Gibbs is going to right this ship, it will be on the backs of these young players.Tech also returns linebacker Dakota Allen who spent a one-year hiatus with East Mississippi Community College. After two years in Lubbock, Allen was released from the program after being indicted on a second-degree felony count of burglary. He’s apparently done enough in a year to not only return to the Division-I ranks — but to return to the same team! He finished his redshirt freshman season in 2015 with 87 total tackles and six tackles for loss. And Gibbs will apparently take all the help he can get.Key MatchupOklahoma State’s offense with Tech’s defense.Okay, seriously. Tech was porous in the ground game last season allowing 5.7 yards per carry and 37 touchdowns. As Oklahoma State continues to polish its own running game, this will be at worst a good practice in controlling the field opposite a high-tempo offense.ConclusionKingsbury is the only Big 12 coach to win his first seven games. Unfortunately, he’s 17-26 since that historic start. The Cowboys have a much better team and a much better coach. During the Cowboys’ eight-game win streak against the Red Raiders, they’re +21 in average scoring margin, but lately they seem to be close games down the wire. I think Oklahoma State is too good, regardless and makes it five straight in Lubbock.Summer PredictionOklahoma State wins 42-32. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

A Look at Oklahoma State’s Defensive Efficiency Over the Years

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We looked at Oklahoma State’s historical offensive efficiency through the years the other day, and as you can probably imagine, it’s pretty good. Today I want to look at the defensive efficiency which, maybe surprisingly, is also pretty good.The data I have goes back to 2008 when OSU (and the Big 12) looked completely different than it does now. I compared OSU’s points per drive numbers against the NCAA median from each year. Lower is better here.I should note that this data excludes garbage time drives.That 2013 defense was No. 5 in the country in PPD behind Michigan State, Florida State, Louisville and North Texas. The 2009 defense was nearly as good. In fact, from 2009-2011 were some of the better defenses OSU has ever had from a statistical standpoint.AdChoices广告That last three years? Not so much. OSU has been pretty average on defense for the entire year, although it has made up for it by continuing to create turnovers.Let’s look at how much better or worse OSU has been than the median NCAA team.Again, lower is better here. That 2013 team was absurd. The 2016 team was the first since that team to be better than the median.“You do enough to win the game,” said defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer recently. “We all want to set goals. How successful are you (in scoring defense), turnovers and red zone defense. Those are the three most relevant things that determine winning football games.”“We were at 1.8 last year (in the Big 12), we finished second in the conference. We led the conference in red zone defense. We led the conference in turnovers. Is that a good year on defense?”Seems like it is!It may be true that when it comes to Big 12-only numbers, OSU was the best in the conference, but it has room to improve. OSU’s defense is like Rory McIlroy or Dustin Johnson’s putting. It only has to be slightly above average for them to find copious amounts of success because of their offense.The trend has been good, too. OSU has improved in each of the last two years in the points per drive statistics. If they do so again, and the offense does its thing, Spencer might find himself coaching well after New Year’s Day in 2018.last_img read more

ESPN Names Oklahoma State Most Binge-Worthy Team in 2017

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State’s preseason accolades have been rolling in of late — from SI picking the Pokes as a CFP team, to Mason Rudolph gracing the cover, to now ESPN hopping aboard by dubbing them as the most “binge-worthy” team in the sport.In an unofficial eye test list released by The Worldwide Leader that factors in the Finebaum Factor, the Cage Factor, the Spurrier Factor, Corso Factor and Freeze Factor, it was the Pokes who finished No. 1 because of the high-flying offense it brings into the season.Yes, you’re reading this right. With one of the country’s best quarterbacks (Mason Rudolph) and best wide receivers (James Washington) leading a high-flying offense, and their mullet-wearing, rattlesnake-hunting head coach running the show, the Cowboys are the most entertaining team to watch in college football. And, if Mike Gundy screws it up, OSU billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens won’t be afraid to tell us all about it. [ESPN]AdChoices广告That’s uh … wildly ack-rut, although I’m skeptical of any list that features “entertaining” and “LSU” in the same article (or three Big Ten teams).OSU features a freakish group of wide receivers led by Washington, a preseason Heisman candidate in Mason Rudolph, a Freshman All-American tailback in Justice Hill, and enough young weapons in the backfield to provide fireworks in between. Did I mention Tyron Johnson is eligible?All that should add up for one heck of a season. And while there’s nothing guaranteed in the way of hardware, I can guarantee this team will be fun to watch from opening to kick to final whistle every game.last_img read more

Alderweireld can be the answer for Man Utd

first_imgTransfers Alderweireld can be the answer for Man Utd Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Toby Alderweireld, Tottenham Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Tottenham defender appears poised to leave Mauricio Pochettino’s side, with Jose Mourinho’s men interested in acquiring his signature Toby Alderweireld has reached something of a crossroads in his Tottenham Hotspur career.Firmly established as the best defender in England across the previous two years, a seemingly innocuous hamstring injury sustained in Spurs’ Champions League group stage clash with Real Madrid put the Belgium international on the treatment table. Since that fresh November night, Alderweireld has not played once in the Premier League.Alderweireld is the kind of player who simply loves to play every game. He declared himself fit for the north London derby with Arsenal in February, having played 90 minutes in an FA Cup tie against Newport County. But Mauricio Pochettino omitted him from the squad altogether against the Gunners, and then refused to allow Alderweireld to travel to Turin for the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp A year ago this would have been unthinkable – Alderweireld was the club’s best defender, and was absolutely vital to any chances of silverware, domestically and in Europe.Yet, since Alderweireld’s injury, Spurs’ defensive heart has not skipped a beat. Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez stifled Cristiano Ronaldo et al as Spurs beat Madrid 3-1, and they have also seen off Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund without Alderweireld, and also made a stirring comeback from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Juventus in Italy.Vertonghen and Sanchez are now safely ensconced as Pochettino’s first-choice centre-backs, and form suggests that the Argentine should not change his stance. Alderweireld’s national team partner Vertonghen is in the form of his life, and has eclipsed his compatriot to become arguably his club’s second-most important player, only behind Harry Kane.He makes more tackles per 90 minutes than Alderweireld – 1.63 to 1.33 – and also wins more duels, makes more clearances and also wins far more aerial challenges.This has led to intense speculation that Pochettino has approved the possible sale of Alderweireld this summer. The 28-year-old is in his prime, but has yet to reach a contract agreement with the club, and ears have been pricked in Manchester. Stat Alderweireld Smalling Jones Games 78 73 49 Mins played 6923 6090 3908 Tackles 102 96 64 Tackle success 75.49% 67.71% 70.31% Interceptions 95 153 74 Blocks 57 44 31 Aerial duels 218 363 166 Aerial duel success 52% 67% 72% Duels 425 606 319 Duels success 57.41% 63.20% 69.91% Clearances 487 419 281 Clean sheets 32 29 20 Errors leading to shots 3 4 3 Pass accuracy 82.28% 84.62% 89.43% Jose Mourinho needs an authoritative centre-back to partner the imposing Eric Bailly, when he returns to fitness, with neither Chris Smalling nor Phil Jones delivering on the early potential they showed when they were signed.It is unsurprising that Mourinho has been drawn to Alderweireld, who is excellent in his distribution and remarkably calm in the challenge. He is something of a contradiction, though. He would markedly improve United’s back-line, but his absence has not weakened Spurs, who are currently in the midst of a 16-game unbeaten run across all competitions.Jones and Smalling should both be expendable to make way for the talent that Alderweireld so clearly possesses. The only areas in which the two England internationals outstrip Alderweireld come in interceptions – Smalling has 153 to the Spurs man’s 95 – and in aerial duels, with both Smalling and Jones more willing to mix it up in the air. That can be partially explained by Spurs’ high press, as they aim to win the ball back on the floor, and also by the fact Alderweireld is often deployed as the covering centre-back, allowing Vertonghen to jump and contest aerial duels.Toby Alderweireld TottenhamThe Belgian pair have developed a partnership not too dissimilar to that forged by Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand at Old Trafford, and Mourinho must covet such a defensive tandem.Bailly’s struggles with injury this term have forced Mourinho’s hand in regards to picking Smalling and Jones regularly, but the Ivorian remains the best defender on United’s books, and buying him a regular, world-class partner would go a long way to solidifying the club’s hopes of reining in Manchester City next season.Extracting Alderweireld from Spurs will not be easy, despite Pochettino’s apparent acquiescence, given the famous negotiating tactics of Daniel Levy, who is sure to want a big fee, particularly after Virgil Van Dijk’s eye-watering £75 million move to Liverpool.The deal may well work for both parties, though. Pochettino will be given a lump of cash to reinvest in the Spurs squad, and both Sanchez and Vertonghen will have room to breathe as a partnership, while United will acquire the only truly world-class central defender on the market right now.It is bizarre to claim that Spurs losing such a player could strengthen them, but they have put together a winning run without him, and even beat United 2-0 at Wembley in dominant fashion in January.In that game, Jones scored an own goal. Mourinho won’t have to witness many more mistakes like that if he can make Alderweireld a United player.last_img read more