Friday, September 21, 2012

Global 2012: Apple iPhone Maps app

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Announced in June, the latest major release of Apple's iOS software for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch finally became available for download this week, in advance of Friday's launch of the iPhone 5. As the sixth version of the operating system, it ushers in several noteworthy changes, the most noticeable being an entirely rebuilt Maps application, Facebook integration, and a new digital wallet called Passbook.

Reaction on online forums and in social media so far has been mixed. Some are praising Apple for adding new features and streamlining others, while others are up in arms about omitted functionality and reportedly poor battery life since updating.

One of the most prominent changes in Apple's new iPhone and iPad software is seen in a revamped Maps app that uses data from satellite navigation company TomTom (among others), instead of information from rival Google. As part of the change, the app now features fully 3D maps with terrain features and detailed buildings. These are only available to those with iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or newer, but the reaction to them has been largely positive from owners of compatible devices living in the U.S. We've seen a number of complaints this far from people in other countries, however, where Apple's satellite imagery is lower-resolution and the other new feature, turn-by-turn direction, is proving to be less accurate.

The overwhelming majority of complaints regarding iOS 6 are coming from those who are upset by the fact that the new Maps doesn't deliver directions and schedules for public transit, something that the older, Google-powered Maps app did. The new app also lacks Street View, a prominent feature of Google Maps.

Apple is reportedly working to further enhance Maps in subsequent updates to iOS 6. For now, though, those seeking public transit information must turn to other solutions. So far, the best we've seen is actually using the web version of Google Maps from within mobile Safari. Doing so restores access to public transit direction and Street View, although it isn't as snappy as using the native Maps app. Still, it can be added to the iPhone and iPad home screen, which at least makes accessing it easy.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Global 2012: Mayweather told to pay $114,000 in Pacquiao case

English: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at the DeWalt e...English: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at the DeWalt event on June 29, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A federal judge has ordered boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. to pay about $114,000 for avoiding questioning from rival fighter Manny Pacquiao's lawyers in a Las Vegas defamation case.

Attorneys for Pacquiao earlier lost a bid to end the lawsuit with a more severe sanction - a default judgment for Pacquiao.

But on Monday they won more than $113,000 in legal fees and $774 in costs for what U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks bluntly called ''Mayweather's obviously intentional decision not to appear for his court ordered deposition.''

Pacquiao, a Filipino fighter against whom the undefeated Mayweather is frequently measured, has alleged that Mayweather defamed him by suggesting Pacquiao used performance-enhancing substances.

Pacquiao has denied the claim. He filed the lawsuit in Las Vegas in December 2009 and has sought unspecified damages.

''Calling a professional athlete a cheater is the most serious charge one can make,'' the lawsuit said. ''Accusing an athlete of using performance-enhancing drugs - however baseless and lacking in evidence - is toxic.''

The two boxers have never fought in the ring, and the court saga playing out in Las Vegas has been seen as an impediment to a much-anticipated bout.

Mayweather lawyers Mark Tratos and Laraine Burrell in Las Vegas, and Pacquiao lawyers Daniel Petrocelli and David Marroso in Los Angeles didn't immediately responded Wednesday to messages about the court order.

News of the ruling came at the same time Las Vegas police reported handing a residential disturbance call involving Mayweather at his daughter's mother's house last week. No one was arrested and no criminal charges were filed in the Sept. 9 incident.

A Mayweather business entity owns the property, according to county records, and Melissa Brim, the mother of Mayweather's daughter, lives there, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Brim on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Police found no evidence of a physical altercation, Las Vegas police Officer Bill Cassell said, and no one in the house wanted to file a police report. Cassell called the case closed.

With no police report, an aide to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said the incident had no bearing on an unrelated domestic battery case for which Mayweather served two months this summer in a Las Vegas jail. He was released Aug. 3, and is not currently on probation.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/mayweather-ordered-pay-114k-pacquiao-184100273--spt.html

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Global 2012: LeBron James switches agents

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  LeBron James #6 an...LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: LeBron James #6 and Chris Paul #13 of the United States look on while taking on France in the Men's Basketball Game on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
LeBron James has parted ways with agent Leon Rose of Creative Artists Agency and will now be represented by his longtime friend, Rich Paul, who also has left CAA to start his own company: Klutch Sports Management, sources told Yahoo! Sports. James made the move official when he filed paperwork with the NBA Players' Association Wednesday afternoon.

Paul will be James' third representative since James entered the league in 2003 as a client of Aaron Goodwin.

Paul began working for CAA in 2008. Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph are among his clients, along with Charlotte Bobcats rookie forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who is jointly managed by Paul and Rose. Paul is working to soon become officially certified as an agent. His new agency will be based in his hometown of Cleveland, where James played for the Cavaliers from 2003-2010.

James left CAA and Rose amicably and wants to give Paul an opportunity to represent him after he gained needed experience, sources said.

Clippers guard Chris Paul is still represented by CAA, but is close with James and Rich Paul. Chris Paul will likely be a free agent next summer. Other NBA standouts represented by CAA include Heat guard Dwyane Wade, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, Heat forward Chris Bosh and San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker.

James, Paul, Maverick Carter and Randy Mims are childhood friends who have long called themselves "The Four Horsemen." After James fired Goodwin and joined CAA, they started a management group called LRMR, which heads James' sports portfolio and is led by Carter.

Rose primarily managed James' playing contract which still has $73.9 million over four years remaining but also has player opt-outs in 2014 and 2015. Seven years after LRMR's formation, James now ranks fourth on Forbes' list of richest athletes after making $53 million from June 2011 to June 2012.

"Being young and black and going into a business where you are trying to establish position and where you are able to make business decisions with the lack of what people would call an education, not having a degree … no one wanted to give us a chance," Rich Paul told Yahoo! Sports in June. "We were able to come through that and learn from a lot of people that we had around us and position ourselves to be, not necessarily just successful economically, but successful from a positioning standpoint to have a bright future.

"It was a rough situation. But given the opportunity [James] gave all of us, it's a blessing. It was up to us to cultivate that blessing and move forward."

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba--lebron-james-switches-agents--childhood-friend-will-represent-him.html 

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Global 2012: How does Arena of Empire Defense 2 (Android game) work?

Image representing Android as depicted in Crun...Image via CrunchBaseBelow are some of the basic guidelines on how the popular Android game, Empire Defense 2's Arena's ranking and power are determined:


Reputation:

1. Your arena standing is determined by your reputation.

2. You can increase your reputation by defeating players with a higher arena standing than you. The greater the difference between your arena standings, the more reputation you are awarded.

3. If you challenge players with a lower standing than your own, your reputation will decrease. The amount of reputation deducted is determined by the difference between your respective arena standings.

4. Naturally you will also lose reputation if you are defeated by a player with a lower arena standing than you. The amount deducted depends on the difference between your respective arena standings.


Arena coins:

1. Defeat rival with higher rank than you will get 10 arena coins

2. defeat rival with lower rank than you will get 0 arena coin

3. loser will get no areana coin


Power:

1. Power determines who wins or loses in an arena battle. After a battle, the player with the greatest power wins.

2. Your power after an arena battle is determined by how many waves of enemies you survived, how much HP your hero had left, your number of units, and how much gold remained unused.

3. Your power will begin decreasing at a rate of 5% per hour if you do not enter the arena for six hour.


Crystals:

1. If you challenge and win against an opponent with a crystal symbol beside their name, you will be rewarded with their crystals upon winning.

2. The higher your rank position, the more crystals you will be awarded upon winning.

40000 /6h
15000 /6h
11000 /6h
8000 /6h
6000 /6h
4500 /6h
3500 /6h
3000 /6h
2500 /6h


http://121.52.212.203/td2/help/help.html

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Global 2012: Victoria’s Secret Sued for $15 Million

English: Candice Swanepoel at Victoria's Secre...English: Candice Swanepoel at Victoria's Secret Michigan Avenue Store Hosting "The Nakeds" Launch in Chicago, IL, USA on March 31, 2010. Photo by Adam Bielawski (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Victoria's Secret and their parent company, Limited Brands, Inc., are being slapped with a $15 million lawsuit by Zephyrs, a hosiery supplier they used to work with. According to PR Newswire, Zephyrs claims the lingerie giant has continued to use photos of their products on Victoria's Secret packaging and in-store displays even though they've severed ties with the brand. In addition to false advertising, Zephyrs feels Victoria's Secret have been tricking their customers by selling cheaper, Canadian-made knockoff stockings with images of the more expensive, Italian-made Zephyrs products.

The complaint was filed August 10 and revealed to the public on Monday in federal court in Columbus, Ohio, home of Victoria's Secret headquarters. Zephyrs claims Victoria's Secret contacted them directly about copying their hosiery designs in hopes of raising profits and decreasing debt. The lawsuit is claiming unfair competition, false advertising, and consumer fraud in violation of a 2001 agreement. Zephyrs is now seeking damages for breach of contract, corrective advertising, and is asking for a recall of all three styles of hosiery: Lace Top Fish Net Stockings, Fish Net Thigh-Highs With Backseam, and Signature Stripe Thigh-High With Bows. The tights are a popular item for the lingerie retailer and may have been sold in over 1,000 stores and on VictoriasSecret.com. The items in question have all been removed from the website.

Women's Wear Daily spoke with Zephyrs's lawyer Joseph Gioconda of Gioconda Law Group PLLC who elaborated on the case. "Victoria's Secret changed the product in the packaging but didn't change anything else except Made in Canada on the back of the package," said Gioconda. "It used to say Made in Italy. [It sold] at least $120 million worth of Zephyrs-designed product throughout all 50 states, through the Victoria's Secret chain of retail stores, the Victoria's Secret print catalogue and the popular Victoria's Secret Web site. We are planning to proceed and will be serving papers to Victoria's Secret and The Limited as well as other Victoria's Secret entities. They will have 21 days to respond."

Zephyrs have submitted photo evidence of their own thigh-high hosiery pictured alongside those sold at Victoria's Secret. Images suggest that the Zephyrs stockings are more elaborate and better quality with preferred elements like scalloped picot edges, thicker bands of lace, stronger design motifs, enhanced stitching, and full slipper feet on fishnets. The current Victoria's Secret tights feature irregular borders, less durable construction, cheaper lace trim, and are lacking any type of heel reinforcements.

While we're just going off the court documents, it does seem Victoria's Secret is in the wrong if they maintained the images and product info of the Zephyrs tights on their packaging after their contract was terminated.

We reached out to Victoria's Secret for comment, but they have not returned our request at press time.


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