Review of the official World Cup website

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… I did enjoy the VideoArchive, which is an excellent way to waste a couple of hours in front of your PC!It’s also great to see Fifa/Yahoo taking advantage of the broadband age and makinghistorical World Cup footage available on the Web. In fact the Video section in general isfantastic and features a wide range of video content. Because the World Cup games are onin the wee hours of the morning my time, I’m particularly enjoying the Match highlightsvideos (btw it hasn’t stopped me staying up far too late to watch the World Cup – hencemy bleary eyes currently!).  The MatchCast feature is potentially the best feature, as it’s a livestats/chat/graphics dashboard that runs while a game is in process live. Personally I’mnot in the habit of using my computer while watching TV, but I can imagine MatchCastwould be very useful in integrated TV/PC platforms – like Media Center for example.Perhaps a little ahead of its time for most of us right now, but if you’re a verydedicated fan – then the opportunity to chat to other fans and check stats on your PC,while watching the TV for the game itself, might be a very useful thing. Fan Photos isbasically an invitation to use Flickr, which is good to see. I also noticed that Yahoo!Answers is being used for World Cup questions – and is promoted at the bottom of thehomepage. ConclusionOverall, great use of video on the official site and MatchCast is a promising feature(I’ll be interested to find out how well used it ends up being). Lots of Yahoo propertiesare integrated into the site, but to be honest I felt the community aspects were fairlyconservative – IM, games, uploading photos, 360 blogs, etc. Blogging could’ve been made alot more central to the experience, in terms of promoting it more and putting it high onthe homepage. Also largely missing – enabling users to personalize their World Cupsite and utilize interactive widgets/web services. So overall I’d rate the site a 7 out of 10, but there’s room for improvement. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus I actually didn’t see any evidence of blogs on the site navigation, but a searchrevealed that users can create a Yahoo 360° SuperFanBlog under the banner “The 12th Man”. So that’s why I couldn’t find blogs on the menu– because it’s cryptically labeled “The 12th Man”! Here’s anexample of a fan’s blog – it’s pretty much the basic Y! 360 experience. center_img Related Posts The official FIFA World Cup website is run by andco-branded with Yahoo. A Washington Post story today highlights the interactive and multimedia features of thesite – including blogs, chat, and three- to five-minute video highlights for all of the64 games. Also in lieu of live webcasts (not possible I presume because of TV rights),the site offers something called “MatchCast” – which is described as “a kind of animatedtelecast of the game that graphically displays players on the field, ball location, timeouts and live scores.”So the website is really a showcase of the latest in Yahoo’s social Webtechnology – for a mass audience that is (in other words, expect a fair degree ofconservatism).Positioning Jorge Consuegra, generalmanager of Yahoo’s FIFA partnership, told Washington Post: “Creating a global communityaround the biggest sporting event in the world — that’s the biggest step for thissite.” How they’re creating this community is through the Yahoo product line – Flickr, 360,Answers, Desktop toolbar, chat, MyYahoo, etc. If anything, these community tools arescattered a bit haphazardly around what is a very large website. Not too many of the‘community’ features are promoted on the homepage, which indicates that the site is stillvery much positioned as an information and World Cup news portal. FeaturesYahoo technology is integrated throughout the site, including Flickr integration and promotion. A lot of the news and information on the site ispretty straight-forward and probably similar to what you would’ve seen on the 2002official website. But it’s comprehensive and that’s the main thing. There’s also theusual ‘official site’ suspects – polls, screensavers, shop, fantasy game, etc. Ifanything there are too many navigation options, as I had trouble findingthings. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#web#Yahoo 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Humid day in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a humid day on Wednesday even as the minimum temperature settled at 28.2 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average. The relative humidity at 8:30 am was recorded at 83 per cent. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 37 degrees Celsius, according to the Meteorological Department. The weatherman has forecast cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder or lightning later in the day. On Tuesday, the capital city had recorded a high of 36.8 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal, and a low of 27.4 degrees Celsius. The weather department had also said that the capital was in for dry and hot weather for another two to three days before a spell of “good rains” provides some relief to city residents.last_img read more


Hilary Swank Edie Falco To Be Honored at Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball

first_imgThe ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has announced they will honor two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank and Emmy Award-winning actress Edie Falco at the annual ASPCA Bergh Ball on April 9, 2015, at The Plaza Hotel in New York.At the black-tie gala – which is now in its 18th year – the ASPCA will present Swank with the ASPCA Compassion Award, and Falco with the ASPCA Voice for Animals Award. Actress Lake Bell and Designer Isaac Mizrahi will co-emcee the event.“Hilary Swank and Edie Falco have as much compassion as they have talent, and we’re thankful they’ve chosen to dedicate considerable time and energy to help animals in crisis,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “The work they’ve done has helped save and protect countless lives, and the ASPCA is proud to recognize their commitment with these awards.”The ASPCA Compassion Award recognizes noteworthy individuals in entertainment and the arts who have made outstanding contributions to animal welfare in the United States. Leveraging their creative talents and prominence, these artists have brought attention and action to the plight of vulnerable homeless dogs and cats, helping immeasurably to protect and save their lives.The ASPCA Voice for Animals Award recognizes influencers, celebrities and entertainers who have leveraged their expertise on behalf of the ASPCA to help animals in crisis. Using traditional and modern media, they have made a remarkable impact on our mission to rescue vulnerable and victimized animals across the country.The theme of the event is “Pup Art,” and will feature playing cards that showcase photos of dogs and cats from the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City, reproductions of dog and cat portraits by Andy Warhol, licensed by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Posing as jokers in the deck are Bravo’s Andy Cohen, with his dog Wacha, and actor Nathan Lane, with his dog Mabel.The Bergh Ball is a cornerstone of the ASPCA’s fundraising efforts to directly impact the lives of homeless, abused and neglected animals across the country. Hugh Hildesly from Sotheby’s will host the live auction portion of the evening which will feature several high end items and experiences including a custom Christian Siriano gown, an exclusive dining experience at Jean-Georges restaurants and a private villa in Mustique. Generous support for the 2015 ASPCA Bergh Ball is provided by BlackRock.The Event Chairpersons for this year’s Bergh Ball are Laura Zambelli Barket, Arriana and Dixon Boardman, Mindy and Tom Fortin, Fredrik G. Gradin, Linda and Benjamin V. Lambert, Jeff Pfeifle, Laura and Frederick Tanne, Kim White and Kurt Wolfgruber. The Associate Chairpersons are Georgina Bloomberg, Allie Rizzo and Scott Sartiano, and Jesse Schuster, and serving as the Associate Vice Chairpersons are Lance Bass, Lake Bell, Jessica Hart, Amanda K. Ruisi, Mollie Ruprecht, Christian Siriano and Brad Walsh.For nearly 150 years, the ASPCA has made groundbreaking strides protecting the lives of vulnerable and victimized animals across the country. Through adoptions, animal health services, community outreach, field investigations, and legislative work, the ASPCA has helped countless animals live safer, healthier and happier lives.Actress/Producer Hilary Swank is a versatile artist whose most recent film include ‘The Homesman,” directed by and co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, and starring in and producing “You’re Not You.” Her other credits include “Million Dollar Baby,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Amelia,” “P.S. I Love You,” and “Freedom Writers,” among others. A passionate animal welfare advocate, Swank recently executive produced and co-hosted “Fox’s Cause For Pause: An All-Star Dog Spectacular.” This one-of-a-kind event raised awareness and funds for rescue organizations and local charities throughout the U.S. Swank’s own charity, The Hilaroo Foundation, brings together disadvantaged youth and abandoned animals with the goal of rehabilitating each, promoting both responsibility and adoption.Actress Edie Falco is the only actress to win Emmy Awards in both the drama and comedy categories, for her roles in “The Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie,” and one of only four women to have won a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and a Screen Actors Guild Award in the same year. An award-winning stage actress, Falco commits much of her time to animal welfare and rescue causes. Her dedication includes participation in Animal Planet and PBS television programs focusing on animal welfare, as well as public awareness campaigns for PETA in 2013 and for the ASPCA in 2015. Falco also sits on the Board of Advisors of Neighborhood Cats, an organization formed in 1999 that promotes trap-neuter-return (“TNR”) approaches to address feral cat overpopulation in New York City.About the ASPCA®Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501©(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.last_img read more


Butts On With Totos 10000 Toilet

first_imgJanuary 9, 2017 Register Now » What do you get with a $10,000 toilet? At CES, you get a sparkling clean fundament, thanks to Japanese loo-maker Toto. The Neorest AC doesn’t actually have a price yet, but its 2016 predecessor cost $10,200. For that amount of cash, you get a toilet whose otherwise-unsightly tank becomes invisible, built into the wall of your house. It automatically opens, closes and sanitizes itself after every use. The bowl is made of a bacteria-resistant material, and ionized water and ultraviolet light prevent anything nasty or smelly from growing. You need to scrub it about once a year, Toto reps said.The toilet has a remote control, because of course it does. It’s a short-distance remote that fits in a bracket on your wall and lets you command first the bidet function, to tidy you up, and then the gusts of warm air to dry you off. There are even two settings so different members of a family can be washed in just the right spot.I try not to get caught at CES with my pants down, but I sat on the heated seat and used my hands to feel the spray and the dryer. It really does feel like the Dyson of toilets, rounded and futuristic, with a cuddly care taken to the engineering. The bidet arm extends shyly when you press the button, and then retracts invisibly before the warm air blower starts.The AC lacks some of the cutesier gimmicks that you see on Toto’s Japanese models. It won’t play little bird sounds to cover your tinkle. And you can get Toto’s core body cleaning functions in Toto’s seat-only models like the $599 C100, which has a heated seat, “front cleanse” and a dryer. What the less expensive models lack is the Neorest’s ability to sanitize itself.The Neorest AC will appear later this spring. Expect it to be spectacularly expensive, but also to make you wonder if you’d poop better if you spent $700 on a toilet seat. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on PCMag Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min readlast_img read more


How This High School Dropout Got Mark Cubans Attention and Disrupted an

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 14, 2017 5 min read Register Now »center_img Not every high school dropout winds up running a $20 million-plus business, but not every high school dropout is Adam Lyons. After working a series of odd jobs, the tireless and hungry hustler went back to school to study risk management and insurance at Temple University. In 2012, he and his partner Josh Dziabiak used what they learned in school and in life to co-found The Zebra, an auto insurance comparison engine that allows drivers to anonymously compare dozens of insurance companies in real time.Related:  SXSW 2017: There’s a Scary Reason You’ll Start Taking Digital Privacy SeriouslyThe business was built by recognizing the problems that over-regulation created in the insurance industry, and finding a solution.This week at SXSW, Lyons sat on a panel with one of The Zebra’s primary investors, Mark Cuban, to discuss government’s role in tech, and more to the point, the government’s role in disrupting the disruptors.Entrepreneur spoke with Lyons about the panel and the steps he took from being a self-described “nobody” to becoming a change-maker in business. (Hint: don’t undervalue the power of a cold email!)How did this panel come about?Mark and I had talked about doing a panel a while back, and it seemed like a pretty timely topic to talk about how government can work with or against innovative companies. And so Zebra being one of his more regulated investments, it made a lot of sense.Related:  SXSW 2017 Photo Gallery: Our Favorite Photos Mr. Cuban has not been shy on Twitter about his feelings about the Trump administration. Do you share his outlook? When it comes to business, some of Trump’s ideas and policies are great. I also think that he’s doing a lot of things that aren’t great. I like the talk about how for every regulation that lawmakers want to add, two need to be removed. As a business, it is hard to operate when there is a lot of regulation.Do you wish there was no regulation or is it a balancing act?Of course, you need regulation and some government oversight, but as a business, you don’t want it in extremes. I do believe that often regulators come in with good intent, but their efforts end up hurting things or slowing them down to the point that they have the reverse of the intended effect.What have you seen at SXSW that has blown you away?I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to get to see a lot. But for me, the greatest part of SXSW is all of the people you meet and talk to. I love to hear new ideas and new ways of thinking.Related:  Mark Cuban’s 3 ‘Smart Money Moves Everyone Should Make’Can you talk about the importance of making these connections?Having a network is so important. I became at entrepreneur at age 15, dropped out of school, moved out of my house. I did not have a network. I knew nobody. If you are just starting out, you want to talk to everybody you can. You want to get people coffee. You want to focus in on people who you vibe well with. It sounds intuitive, but a lot of people get hung up on Linkedin profiles and resumes. But if you meet someone and you enjoy speaking with them and hanging out with them, that’s the types of person you want to work with. I think sending cold emails are under-utilized. I sent a cold email to Mark Cuban and that’s how he became one of our biggest supporters and investors to date.He must get a thousand emails a day, likely. How did yours stand out?One of the ways I like to approach challenges is to think about the game and my position. A lot of entrepreneurs don’t understand that. I wasn’t trying to close Mark Cuban on that initial email, I was trying to get a response. That was the game. And my position? I’m a nobody. He gets thousands of pitches, so I knew I had to be very succinct and honest and to the point, and we got that response.Related: 10 Quotes From Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran and the Rest of the ‘Shark Tank’ CrewHow would you describe your approach to effective problem-solving?The word that comes to mind is empathy. Solving complex problems — whether you are an entrepreneur or a member of government — you need to approach things by trying to understand each other’s views. You can’t just read a headline and jump to a conclusion. You have to take the time to really understand people’s positions.You went from sending Mark Cuban a cold email to siting next to him on a panel at SXSW. Do you ever have a “Wow, how did I get here?” moment?Every day! Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more