Drone targets Singapore Airlines A350

first_imgDrone (left) targets a SIA A350 over Perth. The future of low-level plane fly-pasts in Australia is in jeopardy after a drone came within an alleged 300ft of a Singapore Airlines A350 on Wednesday afternoon in Perth.Singapore Airlines, celebrating its 50th year of operating to Perth launched an online photographic competition of its new A350 and had publicized the air route and altitude of the fly-past.The dramatic picture taken by Daniel Kitlar of DK and CK Photos was shot from the Mend Street jetty in South Perth and captures the drone approaching the A350 as it flew over Heirisson Island.Mr Kitlar, an experienced drone operator, said he was stunned when he reviewed his photos later to see the drone.“In my experience, that drone would have to been at 1200ft and the A350 was flying at 1500ft,” said Mr Kitlar.And the angle that the photo was taken related to the flightpath confirms that height assessment.Drone enthusiasts reported that two people were illegally operating a DJI Phantom 4 drone with a camera attached from Langley Park adjacent to the flightpath of the A350.When challenged that they were operating outside regulations for height they hurled abuse.Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said that the perpetrators could face a fine of AUD$9000 for operating the drone above 400ft in controlled airspace.“There are clear safety rules covering the operation of drones and stiff penalties for breaking these rules.”“Drones must never be flown in a way that causes a hazard to an aircraft and must not be flown over populous areas in a way that could pose a risk to people and property,” Mr Gibson said.The reckless incident is expected to curtail or even end fly pasts by commercial and even military aircraft officials within CASA and the Australian crash investigator say.In fact, air traffic control congestion limited what the pilots could do and the planned fly-past of Langley Park, Elizabeth Quay and over Kings Park was curtailed.Instead, the A350 flew down the Swan River over Maylands, Heirisson Island and South Perth.Last month the Australian Transport Safety Bureau warned that the number of close encounters between drones and planes is forecast to jump by 75 per cent this year.A report by the ATSB on the safety of drones found there had been 180 safety incidents involving drones between 2012 and 2016, including crashes.High capacity air transport accounted for 45 per cent of the reports.last_img read more

Instapaper Founder: Apps Don’t Need To Be Free

first_imgHave you noticed that the free version of Instapaper, the app that captures online articles and stores them for offline reading on your mobile device, disappeared from the app store about a month ago? Neither had we, but today, Instapaper founder Marco Arment tweeted that he pulled the app “as an experiment” and, rather than what you might expect, things have run smoothly since then.Perhaps, contrary to what might be popular opinion, you don’t need a free app after all. Instead, as Arment alludes, if you make a good enough product people will be willing to pay for it.“As an experiment, I temporarily pulled the Free app from the App Store over a month ago,” tweeted Arment. “Sales of the paid app remain great. Few complaints.”He’s not sure, he then said, “when, or even if” he’ll put the free one back in the store. “It’s not just about the money: it’s about the product,” he said, noting that he would “blog about it at length soon.” The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Is Arment an outlaw among developers, standing up against a commonly held belief that apps need to be free, or is he a part of a greater revolution?Apple recently began cracking down on incentivized installs, wherein users are plied with in-game credits to download other apps and artificially inflate their rankings in the App Store. Arment’s comments seem to say that users notice when an app is worth paying for and be damned any gaming or incentivizing. Incentivize with a quality product.Some observers now argue that free apps are a big drag on the whole ecosystem and are costing paid app developers undue sums to subsidize their free counterparts. Renne Ritchie summarizes an argument by developer Manton Reece, saying that “a lot of the problems we’ve seen in the App Store, from the across the board 30% revenue cut Apple requires for paid apps, to in-app purchases, to iAds, and now subscriptions can all be traced back to Apple’s decision to host free apps for free. In other words, that the cost of approving, hosting, marketing, and delivering free apps is high enough that Apple is struggling and stumbling to make enough off paid apps and content to cover it.”Earlier this year, Simon Maddox, one of Europe’s leading mobile developers and creator of a discount phone calling app called 0870, announced in February that he was adopting a “no more free apps” policy. While Arment and Maddox are rowing upstream on the iOS platform, where the proportion of free apps to paid apps has actually grown over the past six months, the opposite is happening on Android. Google’s mobile platform is seeing a growth of paid apps over free ones.Perhaps Android is an example of a laissez faire economy and the way apps will stand out on Android is through functionality and quality alone and, in the end, users will pay for them. Could this be the beginning of the end for free apps?Arment’s forthcoming blog post on the move is sure to be interesting. “What I like most about Arment and Instaper is he experiments with different monetization strategies for his app and API,” writes API evangelist Kin Lane about the move, “and shares his thoughts and reasoning with the rest of the world.”Instapaper is now available on iTunes for $4.99. Competitor Read It Later is available in both free and $2.99 versions. Tags:#Apple#Google#mobile#news#NYT#web mike melanson What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

It’s Not the Problem That Loses the Client. It’s How You Respond.

first_imgNo matter how good your product, and no matter how hard you try, your product is going to fail from time to time. It’s inevitable. No product is ever perfect.No service is ever perfect either. The restaurant that was impeccable the last time you ate there is unrecognizable the second time. The service you sell has days like that, too.The more complex the solution, that combination of products and services and outcomes, is rife with opportunities for problems and failures. No amount of effort can account for the challenges that occur in the normal course of execution.You might be tempted to believe that your company has an exclusive right to problems and failures. Because you have to deal with these challenges, and because you are emotionally invested, you are bothered by them, wishing you were perfect. You don’t lose clients because you have problems. You lose them when you handle them poorly.But problems are not your problem. How you respond to your problems, however, may be your problem.Hiding: One choice when dealing with problems is to avoid them, hoping that they go away or that someone else resolves them so you don’t have to. This choice typically ends not with the problem going away, but instead with the client going away.Avoiding Accountability: Another choice you might make is avoiding accountability for the problem or failure. After all, it’s your operations team that failed, not you. Why should you have to face the angry, upset, or irate client?Embrace: The best choice when dealing with problems is to respond to them quickly, apologize, dispatch them as fast as possible, and make changes to prevent those problems from reoccurring. This is what your client wants and expects from you. Mature, partner-oriented clients don’t judge you on whether or not you have problems. They judge you on how you respond when you the inevitable problems surface.Your clients have their own problems serving their clients. You want from them the same thing they want from their clients, namely, a chance to make things right.Your competitors have the exact same problems and challenges you have in executing what you sell. You know this because you call on their clients, and when these problems rise to a great enough level, you win those clients. Had your competitor better handled their problems, they may have retained those clients. This is also true for you.The best approach to dealing with problems is to handle them well. Wishing you weren’t going to have them is a poor strategy. Get better at managing them.last_img read more

Goa Lokayukta wants CBI probe into suspected cartel rigging gadget tender

first_imgGoa Lokayukta Justice P.K. Mishra has recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into an alleged cartel of businessmen who might have rigged the tender in the procurement of nearly 50,000 tablet-PCs for distribution to school students in 2013, under the State’s flagship Cyberage Student Scheme.The Lokayukta submitted a report to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha and a copy to the State government. The main thrust of the report was a recommendation for further inquiries into the bidding process to ascertain if an alleged cartel had been formed during 2013-14, or the previous or subsequent years. The Lokayukta was looking into a complaint by a local activist Dr. Aashish Kamat, who alleged that the State exchequer had been defrauded by a cartel of businessmen who manipulated the tender issued by the State-owned Information Technology Corporation. The complaint also estimated a scam of ₹12.64 crore in the purchase of the tablet-PCs and a violation of Central Vigilance Commission guidelines. The Lokayukta, in his report, questioned the reluctance of the Anti-Corruption Branch of State Vigilance to probe the matter due to the “fear of old skeletons” falling out of cupboards. The body had dragged its feet over probing the possibility of a cartel for nearly two years.The report also termed the then Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma’s attitude as “lackadaisical”. The Lokayukta observed there was a proper compliance report wherever the Chief Minister was the competent authority but no satisfactory one has been received from any other authority, including the Chief Secretary.The Lokayukta also noted that with three constables at his disposal, he was unable to conduct any investigation of complaints.In 2013, the then Manohar Parrikar-led government allotted 47,000 free tablets to students from Class V and VI. The scheme was withdrawn in 2015 by the subsequent BJP-led government led by Laxmikant Parsekar.last_img read more

PFL-Sportradar deal to ‘clean’ matches

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PBA chief believes Gilas can get back at Aussies Lazarus hopes the PFL will be able to commercialize the platform through advertising, sponsorships, subscription or pay-per-view opportunities for live matches.On top of the streaming service, Sportradar will provide the PFL integrity services to identify and analyze suspicious activities.“We are particularly encouraged by the PFL’s commitment to keep the league clean,” said Gautam.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving The deal was signed yesterday by Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, PFL chief executive officer Lazarus Xavier, and Sportradar director of business development in Asia Biplav Gautam.Gautam will pave the way for the company to live stream matches through its website and www.pfl.tv.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The past year was a fantastic first year for the PFL, and we believe that 2018 will be the year we take the league to the next level with Sportradar,” said Araneta, also chair of the league’s board.Sportradar will help PFL create its own video and streaming platform using the company’s Over The Top solution. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines Football League (PFL) attracted its first big partner for its second season that kicks off March 3.Sportradar, a global sports data and media company, will serve as official audio-visual and data distributor as well as integrity services partner, which aims to address the threat of match-fixing.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Smith’s status still unclear after early exit in TNT loss

first_imgPBA IMAGESTNT coach Nash Racela had little to say about the status of his import Joshua Smith after the KaTropa’s 125-101 Game 3 loss in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Thursday night.“I don’t know. No idea. I can say something here, but I really have no idea,” Racela told reporters when asked for updates on Smith.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Strizak fulfills championship demand from Pocari Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Smith played a measly nine minutes on the floor, contributing just four points and seven rebounds before complaining about pain in his right foot and leaving the arena early.He left the game with 6:54 remaining in the second quarter as team doctors tended on his supposed injury, then exited to the dugout midway in the third period and out of the venue even before the game ended.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRacela explained that it was a team decision to take Smith out of the court so that the medics can assesshis situation better.“It’s a decision by the team. We just want to make sure that he’s ok,” he said. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Racela also didn’t guaranteed that Smith will be able to suit up for Game 4 on Saturday.“We’ll let you know if we get something soon,” he said.Without Smith, the KaTropa failed to match the mighty Gin Kings, with Justin Brownlee taking over in the first half and igniting the rout with a 61-47 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 32, 125-93, late in the game.In Racela’s eyes, though, coach Tim Cone simply just had the better gameplan for the game.“It’s a game of adjustments. Coach Tim made wonderful adjustments for this game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What was glaring, however, was the discrepancy when it comes to fouls (TNT 30 – Ginebra 17) and free throw attempts (TNT 9 – Ginebra 29), which further made closing the series out hard for the KaTropa.“It’s hard to play in a game like this. You would really struggle. You saw the game, you saw the game,” said Racela, before citing Cone’s plea back in Game 3 for more fan support. “Coach Tim asked for help and he got his help today. It is what it is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more