“I was going to be in Castilla, but I thought I could play in First”

first_imgDifferences between Spain and Japan: “The Spanish League is much more vertical than the Japanese. There are many more counterattacks in Spain and people live on it. The Japanese League is taking advantage of the Spanish because big players like Iniesta, Villa, Samper … That came it’s very good for Japan because that way people see both leagues more. “Kubo and Okubo: “Always changing from one country or another that is not your native country is very difficult. I know Okubo, who played here in Mallorca, and I had the opportunity to play with him in his last year. He told me that LaLiga is very difficult, but he loved the experience. “Arrival to Spain: “I was very excited to come here, although I did not know what was going to happen. I thought it was fortunate to be at the professional level so soon, at age 18. They came to Japan to tell me about the sports project they had with me. It all depended on me. , but I know that when I grow up I will have more opportunities with them. I have to stand firm and keep growing. “Workouts with Madrid: “At the moment I am doing what I can and continue like this. In training and in the matches, knowing the highest level of world football serves as a reference and hence calculating if one day I can get there. They taught me things that can be useful in the future. “ Take kubo, little by little, he becomes an essential footballer for Vicente Moreno. The last summer, Real Madrid decided that the best alternative for their growth was to leave on loan to Mallorca and the Japanese responds with leadership and talent in the three-quarter area of ​​Son Moix. In an interview for LaLiga, the Japanese footballer talks about his adaptation to the island and his desire to shine in the Santiago Bernabéu Sooner than later. LaLiga tracking in your country: “When I started watching football from other leagues, I started to watch Spanish. At that time I liked David Silva, David Villa, when Valencia was very strong. When I was little, no, because football was not very popular in Japan. as more Japanese come, more League games are seen, even if they are at night, and with the change even more. “ The decision in summer: “In principle I was going to stay in Castilla, but after the preseason I did I thought that I could still play in a First Division team and in the end I got Mallorca.”Arrival to Mallorca: “I had a lot more attention in me than in the other teams. They talked to me about how much they loved me (laughs). I’m getting used to it little by little, although it was hard for me to understand the rules both in the field and outside it. They came with the same game and the rules two years and I was the rookie. It cost me a little, well rather a lot, but with the help of teammates and coaching staff I adapt. I assume what I have to do and I understand what people ask me : make the best game of my life always and in attack help the team marking, giving assistance or making a key play. And in defense do not forget the fundamental concepts we have. “Goal to Villarreal: “Vicente (Moreno) told me that some goal of mine had to appear and it was. I am very happy about that.”Poor baggage of Mallorca as a visitor: “When we go away from home we lack something and the rivals take advantage of that. It is clear: we need a victory and everything will change there.”Real Madrid match: “It was a bit weird because I had shared the preseason with them and upon entering Vinicius greeted me and it was weird at first. Then I got into the game and when it was over I was very happy like the rest of the team.”Where are you better: “My ideal position I think would be that of midpoint, but today not many teams have midpoint, that is, I adapt to the position requested by the coach. Now I am playing in the band and I feel very comfortable.”Qualities as a footballer: “My main characteristic is to receive between the lines and start haggling from there. It is not my weakness, but to score a goal I have to be calmer at the end. But now that I have achieved a goal I think I will be calmer “.Objectives of Mallorca: “Try to save us and then look up.”First steps: “The important thing is how my career ends. I am lucky to have debuted as early in a League as this, I will try to go as far as possible and not regret anything.”Kubo, ambitious: “I would like to play some big game like a Champions League final or a World Cup and if I can win them then too.”last_img read more

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Rozier steals spotlight, leads Celtics past Cavaliers

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson And so much has happened since then.Thomas was traded for Irving, then missed the first 36 games of the season with a hip injury before making his season debut on Tuesday night. In that time, he stewed over his departure from Boston, where he developed into an All-Star and fan favorite.“I don’t know who we are or who we can be until we get I.T. back consistently,” James said. “Until we get a full dosage of I.T. … we’re trying to figure things out. But we’ll be fine.”The Celtics scored seven straight points midway through the first quarter to turn a one-point deficit into a 15-9 lead. They ran off the last five points of the quarter — all by Rozier — on a tip-in and a 27-foot 3-pointer just before the buzzer that made it 32-21.DOUBLE TEAMSWith the Cavaliers double-teaming their longtime point guard for much of the game, Irving was held under 20 points for the first time since Dec. 10, a span of 11 games.“Every time he gets doubled, I’m thinking of ways I can help him out, scoring,” Rozier said. “He opened up the game for a lot of us.”WELCOME HOMEThomas made his first appearance at the new Boston Garden since the trade, but he did not play. Although he had expressed shock at the trade and held a grudge toward Danny Ainge, who orchestrated it, the relationship between him and the Boston fans remains unblemished. (Thomas also said on Wednesday that he had mended fences with Ainge .)Thomas, who asked the Celtics not to play a video tribute, saying he would prefer to be honored when he was actually playing, got a cheer from the crowd when he joined his teammates on the bench late in the first quarter and made a brief appearance on the video board. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Rozier scored the last eight Boston points of the first quarter to give the Celtics an 11-point lead, and had another eight in a row midway through the fourth when they expanded the lead to 21. Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum had 15 points apiece, and Irving and Al Horford each had 11 points and nine rebounds to help Boston to its fourth straight win.James had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists on 8-for-15 shooting — the only starter to make more than half of his shots on a team that scored a season-low 88 points.“Against LeBron, there’s nobody that can guard him the whole game. So you have to throw as many bodies at him as you can,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “And then pray.”Tristan Thompson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, which lost for the fourth time in five games. Playing on back-to-back nights — the Celtics had been preparing for them since New Year’s Eve — Cleveland shot 34.8 percent.It was the first time the teams had played since the season opener, when top Boston free-agent Gordon Hayward broke his leg in a gruesome injury that reshuffled the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Celtics finished with the top seed last year, but lost in the conference finals to Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours At the break, cameras again showed Thomas. And this time, the crowd rose to its feet for a standing ovation. The Cavs guard pounded his heart three times, smiled and gave a little wave before returning to his seat for the start of the second quarter.HAPPY TO BE BACKThomas said he has a long way to go before he feels like himself on the court. But after his seven-month absence, he said playing Tuesday night against Portland was one of the most special moments of his career.“There’s still movements that I’m scared to do. But it’s just because I’ve been out for so long,” he said. “For the most part when you get hurt the mental part is the toughest part. My wind isn’t there. I’m not in that good of a shape. Obviously my game isn’t where I want it to be, but it showed a positive step in the right direction that I’m not far where I want to be.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Kevin Love left the game early in the fourth quarter with a right ankle sprain. He finished with two points and five rebounds in 21, going 1-for-11 from the floor and missing all four 3-point attempts.. … Jae Crowder also made his first trip to Boston as a visiting player. He finished with six points and nine rebound son 2-for-12 shooting. … The Cavaliers are 14-4 over the last 18 matchups against Boston, including two playoff series.Celtics: Seen in the crowd: Gymnast Aly Raisman, Red Sox manager Alex Cora, Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, Patriots Dion Lewis and James White and former Patriot Troy Brown. … Aron Baynes limped to the locker room in the second quarter but returned. He finished with six points.UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.Celtics: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Undermanned Lady Stags clobber Lady Generals in NCAA opener And it won’t be so easy.Terry Rozier scored 20 points in 20 minutes, stealing the spotlight from Thomas, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals and leading the Celtics to a 102-88 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThomas received a standing ovation from the Boston fans but did not play one night after making his season debut in a return from a hip injury. Rozier made sure to pay his respects, and Thomas told the third-year Celtics guard he was proud of him.“When I first came in the league, that’s a guy that I watched a lot. The little things he did on and off the court. Like a big brother to me,” Rozier said. “Just to hear those words from him, I’m happy that he’s on his way back — so I can guard him in February.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after hitting a three point shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first quarter at TD Garden on January 3, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — One by one, the Boston Celtics lined up to embrace Isaiah Thomas.The next time they see their former teammate, he probably won’t be in a hoodie after watching the game from the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READlast_img read more

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Taulava sees PBA All-Star stint as ‘second best’ to winning crown

first_imgPaul Zamar readily makes impact in long-awaited PBA debut Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The league’s jovial giant, in fact, is set to feature in his 16th All-Star game as he represents Visayas in the three-leg event that will end on May 27 in Iloilo.Taulava, who has been in the league since before the turn of the millennium, said he’s lost track of how many times he played in the midseason exhibition but he holds those appearances in high regard nonetheless.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I’ve lost track of it but it’s always an honor to be part of the All-Star weekend,” said Taulava. “The All-Star has always been an outreach program for us players to give back to the fans.”Taulava only missed the All-Star game three times in his stellar career that saw him win the MVP and the Finals MVP. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ His last absence was in the 2014 edition and he has since appeared in four straight All-Star games.“Some people take it for granted, but throughout my whole career, I always appreciate it,” said Taulava who now plays for NLEX. “This means a lot for me, it’s like second best to winning a championship.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Asi Taulava has been a staple in the PBA for almost twenty already, but the 45-year-old isn’t slowing down.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’last_img read more

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More Loans for Roads?

first_imgThe Official Seat of the House of Representatives and the Senate– House mandates President Weah take an extra US$1 billionIn spite of the furore surrounding the ratification of the two controversial loans/financing agreements to construct 759.7 kilometers roads in southeastern and northern Liberia, the House of Representatives yesterday mandated President George Weah through a proposed Joint Resolution, bearing the signatures of at least 48 Representatives, to secure and or negotiate more loan finance agreements for “road construction of the country’s critical corridors.”The Joint Resolution was forwarded to the Senate for concurrence.The House of Representatives and the Senate recently approved the US$536.4 million Loan/Financing Agreement between Eton Finance PTE LTD and the Government of Liberia as well as the US$420.8 million Loan/Financing Agreement between EBOMAF SA and the government.In the lawmakers’ authorization yesterday, they asked President Weah to employ all legal and legitimate means in securing Loan Financing Agreements for the construction of paved roads leading to the 15 counties, prioritizing, “Sawmill (Gbarpolu County) – Gbarma-Kongba-Vahu-Menekroma-Voinjama-Kolahun-Foya (Lofa); Bopolu-Belle; Zwedru-Fish town; Montserrado County Soul Clinic-Johnsonville-Mount Barclay-Tyler Island 72nd connection; Todee – Bomi Corridor; Neckley’s town-Rehab.-Pipeline-White plain corridor; Bong – Gbarpolu corridor – Bong – Bassa corridor and Formutolee Route; and Margibi – Bassa Corridor (Gibi – Bassa); Virginia-Arthington-Mount Coffee Corridor; Morlton Corner-Suehn Mecca corridor; Saclepea – Butuo and Palala – Saclepia.”The Resolution further read, “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed to by Head of States and Governments in September 2015, to set the world on a path towards sustainable development through the adoption of the 2030 Agenda; the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development consist of 17 SDGs oof which poverty eradication is the overarching objective, alongside the promotion of economic, social and environmental development and Article 8 of the 1986 Constitution provides for policy towards ensuring opportunities for improvising the livelihood of our citizens, to include health and welfare facilities.”It further read, “The attainment of SDGs requires domestics resource mobilization, and it is established that economic growth pivots on frequent movement of people, which suggests that roads connectivity is a causality to economic growth and that recent borrowing to connect our cities is in the overwhelming interest of the Liberian people; Article 34d (iii) of the 1986 Constitution states, “no loans shall be raised by the government on behalf of the Republic or guarantees given for any public institution or authority otherwise, then by, or under the authority of Legislative enactments.”According to the attached communication to House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, the Resolution is predicated upon the unanimous resolution of the people to petition the Government of Liberia through their direct Representatives.Four members of the House of Representatives, including Jospeh M. Matthews, Jr. (Gbarpolu County District #3), Thomas P. Fallah (Montserrado County District #5), Francis S. Dopoh (River Gee County District #3) and Beyan Howard (Lofa County District #5) are the sponsors.Though the Resolution did not state the amount of the Loan/Financing Agreement, reports say it targets additional US$1 billion to cover the construction of road corridors of about 1,000 kilometers.It may be recalled that Public Works Minister Mobutu Nyenpan, said Liberia has a total road networks of about 12,000 kilometers, and under 1,000 kilometers of roads are paved, which means 94 percent of the roads are unpaved.He said the roads are accident-prone, especially during the raining season.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Five inspirational quotes that celebrate World Teachers’ Day

first_imgSince 1994, the 5th of October has marked World Teachers’ Day. According to UNESCO, the day marks an appreciation, awareness, and understanding for the vital contributions teachers make to education and development.Teachers dedicate their lives to giving their pupils the tools and knowledge needed to succeed in whatever path they choose to take.  Here are five quotes which celebrate the profession:“What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.” ― Paulo Coelho, novelist.“I touch the future. I teach.” — Christa McAuliffe, teacher.“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela, politician and philanthropist. “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” – Alexandra K. Trenfor.“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” — Henry Adams, historian. Do you have a favourite quote from someone who taught you in the past? Feel free to share it with us on Facebook!Five inspirational quotes that celebrate World Teachers’ Day was last modified: October 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:educationquotesSCHOOLteachersworld teachers daylast_img read more

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Celtic talent spotter quits to take up role with newly-promoted Huddersfield

first_img1 Newly-promoted Huddersfield have appointed David Moss as head of football operations.The Terriers, who won promotion to the Premier League on Monday, have chosen the 48-year-old to replace Stuart Webber in the role following the latter’s defection to Norwich in April.Moss begins work at the John Smith’s Stadium immediately, the club announced in a statement on their website, and leaves his position as Celtic’s head of development scouting, one he has held since 2010.He joins the club at an exciting time following their fairytale promotion, which was achieved with a play-off final win over Reading on Monday.Moss, who also has a UEFA A coaching licence, will work with chairman Dean Hoyle, manager David Wagner and chief executive Julian Winter as the Terriers prepare for the battle of staying in the Premier League next season, their first campaign in the top flight since 1972.last_img read more

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DOZENS OF ACRES DESTROYED BY SERIOUS GORSE FIRE

first_imgDozens of acres of land have been scorched after a serious hillside fire on Muckish.The fire is believed to have started yesterday morning and spread throughout the day.The fire smoldered quietly for several hours but did catch blaze in several places. At this stage it is not known how the fire started.The fire spread across gorse and shrubbery but has not yet threatened any homes.“It was fairly bad and it was across a very large area. Thankfully there are no houses nearby.“Lots of fields have ben completely blackened by the fire,” said one driver who passed by the area.    DOZENS OF ACRES DESTROYED BY SERIOUS GORSE FIRE was last modified: March 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:firegorsegorse fireMuckishlast_img read more

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49ers health reboot costs long-time trainer his job

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Long-time athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson is the 49ers’ latest casualty in their New Year’s resolution to get healthier.Ferguson became the 49ers head trainer in 2006 and was a holdover through five coaching changes during a 13-year tenure.Injuries plagued coach Kyle Shanahan’s first two seasons, and partly because of that, the 49ers preceded Ferguson’s dismissal by firing head strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright last week.Head trainer Jeff Ferguson, left, and Dr. Tim …last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — January 3, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  No change in the forecast this morning. Another cold day is in store, and temps remain below normal through the balance of the week. Below zero temps are in over parts of the state this morning, and we will see subzero temps again tomorrow and even Friday morning. Sunshine will be a major player though this period, but we can’t rule out lake effect snows up north. Most of the significant lake snow accumulation will be once again in far NE Ohio, but watch for some flurries along the south shore of the lake too, mostly later this afternoon and tomorrow.South winds remain on track to develop Saturday night ahead of our next front and storm system. These winds will help moderate temperatures some for Saturday and Sunday, but we stay mostly below freezing through the period. Precipitation begins to push into western and southwestern Ohio next Sunday night. With the cold air in place, we still think precipitation will start as snow. But, as strong south winds continue to come up ahead of the actual cold front, precipitation will attempt to mix with and change over to rain in southwest Ohio as we head into daybreak Monday. The current track of the storm complex is a bit farther south and east this morning, which will limit any mixing or changeover somewhat.  Farther north and west, the track signals mostly snow, but amounts are not as impressive. We still want to keep an eye out for a wintry mix. Eventually, strong north winds will return and bring back arctic air behind the front late Monday overnight and into early Tuesday. Strong winds mean blowing snow is still the main concern for early Tuesday. As we said yesterday, what happens Sunday night through Monday depends entirely on the track of the system. We saw the track shift a bit this morning, but we think it is not done yet. There still is copious amounts of moisture with this system, and we are holding our thoughts on liquid equivalent precipitation totals to the half to 1” range. The heaviest is south. . The map above shows updated liquid equivalent precipitation totals over the entire potential duration of the event. We continue to watch this closely.Behind the system, we have another bitter cold week on the way then next week. Temps pull back to below normal levels, and may try and rival this week, although we think next week may end up being just slightly better. A new wrinkle comes in right at the end of the 10 day window, with a chance of snow sagging in with a front from the northwest. This would bring accumulating snow for next Friday midday on through the overnight over about 60% of the state.For the extended forecast period, we continue to watch a strong front developing late on the 13th, into the 14th. This system looks similar in make-up to what we expect this coming Sunday night into Monday, which means we are expecting a very active first half of January.  The mid-month system will likely have more snow, as cold air tightens its grip on the region.last_img read more

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Motorola Xoom Ad Reveals Pricey iPad Competitor

first_imgAn advertisement from Best Buy appears to show the highly anticipated Google Android 3.0-based tablet, the Motorola Xoom, with a starting price of $799.99 – or $300 more than the least expensive iPad on the market today. What’s worse, the ad also says that it requires the purchase of a data plan through Verizon Wireless, even for those who want to just use the Wi-Fi connection on the Xoom.Does this decidedly uncompetitive price point spell doom for one of the most popular gadgets from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011)? Did the Xoom just go from great Android tablet hope to also-ran?Xoom Was to Be Android 3.0’s Flagship DeviceThe news comes by way of the blog Engadget, which uncovered evidence of a Feb. 24 launch for the Motorola Xoom at Best Buy by way of a leaked advertisement. To be fair, there’s no way to verify the ad is legit at this point, but Engadget says that the price agrees with some of the earlier leaks about the tablet, supposedly from Verizon’s own internal systems.The reason this pricing leak is such a big deal is not only because of Xoom’s pre-launch popularity, but also the fact that it is the first tablet to run Google Android 3.0, the tablet-optimized version of the Android mobile operating system, which already powers a number of popular smartphones like the Motorola Droid, the Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Evo and dozens of others.With Android 3.0, code-named “Honeycomb,” Google introduced several user interface changes to the OS, transforming it into an exciting and interesting alternative to Apple’s iPad and iPhone operating system called iOS. In Honeycomb, there are 3D homescreen widgets, a revamped multitasking interface involving a launchable panel of recent apps, built-in video chat from Google’s GTalk, improvements to notifications and much more.After January’s CES 2011 event, the Xoom had even won accolades from several high-profile tech outlets including CNET, PCMag, Engadget, Gizmodo, BGR, LaptopMag, PopSci, Popular Mechanics and others – it was the tablet that “won” CES. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Tags:#Apple#Google#mobile#news#NYT#web iPad Competition? Not at This Price PointBut at $800, Xoom’s launch may not go as well as some had hoped. In addition to the hefty price tag, those who just want to use the tablet as a Wi-Fi device still have to pay for a one-month data subscription with Verizon before they can even activate the Wi-Fi feature.  In comparison, Apple sells the Wi-Fi only iPad for $499, no subscription required. And Apple may be about to launch the iPad 2, according to the Internet rumor mill. Who knows what new price points Apple will reveal at that time?On the flip side, there’s a bit of hope left for Xoom zealots: the ad, as of yet, has not been verified, and there’s still the possibility that this is just some sort of Best Buy/Verizon promotion. A less expensive Wi-Fi only Xoom could be sold elsewhere…maybe.Motorola’s Xoom website went live last night, coinciding with the airing of its Super Bowl commercial. The commercial touts the tablet as a breath of fresh air in world where pod-people wearing white earbuds are the norm. Unfortunately, at $800 the tablet could end up as representative of the exclusive, expensive and elitist toys collected by tech’s early adopters – ironically, thesameimage Apple has fought off for years. Meanwhile, the iPad becomes the tablet computer of the everyday man, woman or child.last_img read more

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