What’s next for the Raiders without captain Bruce Irvin?

first_imgALAMEDA — When the Raiders drafted Arden Key in the third round in April, he thought he’d spend the early stages of his career learning from Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin.Instead, he never shared a field with Mack and now Irvin is gone eight games into Key’s NFL career. The rookie edge rusher out of LSU has gone from No. 3 to No. 1 only halfway through the season after Mack’s trade to the Bears and Irvin’s recent release, and the Raiders need Key and others to step up if their pass rush hopes to …last_img read more

Photo library: Nature 4

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Nature contact sheet (785KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Northern Cape province:Quiver trees, which the San Bushmen used to makequivers for their arrows. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: One of the many succulents that grow in the harsh desert landscape that surrounds the Orange River. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: The Eye of Kuruman, the biggest natural spring in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: The Eye of Kuruman, the biggest natural spring in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Sign at the Eye of Kuruman, the biggest natural spring in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: The Eye of Kuruman, the biggest natural spring in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Fish swim in the Eye of Kuruman, the biggest natural spring in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: The Orange River as it passes through Upington. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: The Orange River as it passes through Upington. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageNATURE 4: {loadposition nature}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Why Is Wall Street Suddenly In Love With Challenged BlackBerry Maker RIM?

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The surprising aspect of these analyst predictions is that they have nothing to do with any financial tomfoolery. We often see stock prices rise or fall based on different accounting practices, write downs, changes in gross margins or other financial practices that take a master’s degree in finance to understand. Both these analysts seem to be basing their projections on BlackBerry 10 actually performing well in the market. The projections appear to be based on reported wireless carrier interest in BlackBerry 10 devices. The carriers are supposedly very interested in RIM’s new smartphones, to be announced on January 30, 2013, as a strong Number 3 contender against the iPhone/Android smartphone duopoly. RIM reportedly had 50 global carriers doing lab tests on BlackBerry 10 devices as of the end of October. (As an adide, carrier interest in a strong No. 3 smartphone option from RIM does not bode well for how the carriers think of Windows Phone 8 from Microsoft).Something, Anything!Fact is, RIM could release basically anything of any quality at this point, as long as it is new, and the stock price would jump. It has been more than a year since RIM last released a flagship product (if BlackBerry 7, announced in August 2011, counts as a flagship product) and BlackBerry 10 is an entirely new operating system that will not be backwards compatible to RIM’s older devices. It is not like the analysts are not overflowing with goodwill for RIM. Both give RIM only up to a 30% chance of success with BlackBerry 10, meaning they are 70% confident that the new operating system and smartphones will fail. Only in baseball is a 30% average considered successful.No BlackBerry 10 Devices YetAs of yet, we have not seen a complete BlackBerry 10 device from RIM. The company has given out BlackBerry 10 “Alpha” devices to developers at its various “BlackBerry Jam” events this year in Orlando, San Francisco and currently in Asia. RIM is expected to announce at least two BlackBerry 10 devices (one with and one without a physical keyboard) in January that will be shipped by sometime in the spring quarter.From the little we have seen of BlackBerry 10 at RIM events this year, though, there is at least some hope for the operating system and, hence, RIM’s future. Considering how long BlackBerry 10 has been delayed, though, RIM needs to ship a fully baked and refined product from the starting gun if it has any hopes of gaining continuing to compete with iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Considering how many times RIM has stumbled in the last three years, that is far from a sure thing.But if we were to take a guess at BlackBerry 10’s odds of success, something like 1 in 3 sounds about right. Maybe RIM will end up surprising us with what it will announce in January. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Tags:#BlackBerry#Research In Motion Over the last week, Wall Street analysts have not once, but twice upgraded Research In Motion’s stock projections in the belief that its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones will not be a total flop. Does Wall Street know something about BlackBerry maker Research in Motion that we do not?Last week, National Bank analyst Kris Thompson increased his stock target for RIM from $12 to $15, saying that the new BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system had a 20% to 30% chance of succeeding. On Thursday, Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski increased her 12-month price target projection for RIM to $16 from $9. Jankowski also gave BlackBerry 10 a 30% chance of succeeding. RIM’s stock was up to $11.59 (plus 6.02%) as of 3:38pm Eastern Time EST. The stock hit a high of $12.18 a share at its peak earlier in the day. last_img read more

Nets Stampede Bulls, 105-102

first_imgCHICAGO — Roughly 24 hours after one of their worst performances, the Brooklyn Nets produced one of their best on the night of Dec. 21.Brook Lopez had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Thaddeus Young added 16 points and 13 rebounds and the Nets beat the Chicago Bulls 105-102 to end a five-game losing streak.“We came in focused, we were energetic and our bench did a great job of coming in keeping the energy high and responding to runs,” Lopez said. “We were all there for each other. We were pulling for each other.”It was quite a contrast from Dec. 20 when the Nets suffered a 100-85 home loss to Minnesota.“We just did everything better,” Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins said. “I thought we came out from the start with a lot of fight and purpose.”Jimmy Butler had 24 points, Pau Gasol added 20 points and the Bulls lost their third straight.Butler said before the game that he didn’t regret his critical comments of first-year coach Fred Hoiberg two days earlier following a loss in New York. He was 11 for 20 from the field in this one.Hoiberg was surprised his team didn’t respond with a better effort.“It’s very disappointing,” he said. “This is a tough loss. You have to win your home games. We’ve dropped a couple in a row now. It’s a bad, bad loss.”Brooklyn led by as many as 12 points before taking an 85-78 advantage into the fourth.Chicago opened the final quarter with four quick points to pull within 85-82, but the Nets responded with a 9-2 spurt to make it a double-digit advantage once again.The Bulls rallied again and Gasol hit a pair of free throws with 20.9 seconds left to make it 101-99.With the shot clock off at that point, the Bulls had to foul and Jarrett Jack sank both free throws for a 103-99 edge with 10.6 seconds to go.Lopez then blocked Butler’s shot attempt, grabbed the loose ball and was fouled with 4.8 seconds remaining. He iced the game with a pair of free throws. Butler hit a meaningless 3-pointer with a tenth of a second left.“Butler made some tough shots, obviously, but for the most part we stuck together and clamped down defensively, limiting them to one shot,” Lopez said. “That gives you a lot of confidence when you’re coming down the other end in control of the game.(JOHN JACKSON) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more