Redknapp backs Barton for managerial role

first_imgFormer QPR boss Harry Redknapp has told Talksport he believes Joey Barton could be a success as a manager when the midfielder’s playing career finishes.Rangers captain Barton, 32, is keen to go to coaching and management when he hangs up his boots.And Redknapp said: “When you sit down and talk to him, he is knowledgeable. He is a student of the game.“I can’t wait for him to get the opportunity manage. He could be very good. He has good ideas, he is enthusiastic, and he knows the game.“Obviously there is another side to him as well, but hopefully when he gets the opportunity he will do a good job for somebody.”Barton insisted on Twitter on Monday that reports he had blamed Redknapp for relegation-threatened QPR’s plight were misleading.See also:Barton denies blaming former boss Redknapp for QPR’s woesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Can Raiders’ Kolton Miller, Brandon Parker bounce back against Colts?

first_imgCarr … For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker will likely pass on horror movies with Halloween approaching.They saw enough grisly footage in the aftermath of the Raiders’ 27-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in London before the bye.The rookie starting tackles were bewitched, beaten and bewildered against the Seahawks, with Frank Clark and Quinton Jefferson doing as they pleased and Derek Carr taking the brunt of it.last_img

49ers re-sign NaVorro Bowman for retirement purposes

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers are formally granting NaVorro Bowman’s wish to retire from the NFL via their roster.Bowman, a four-time All-Pro linebacker with the 49ers from 2010-17, was re-signed Monday as part of a plan to place him on the reserve/retired list Tuesday or later this week.Dwayne Harris #17 of the New York Giants carries the ball as NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers defends in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 11, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo …last_img

Spring planting tips

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s almost time for the planters to roll. Here with his take on this year’s planting season is Matt Hutcheson, Product Manager with Seed Consultants.last_img

HTC’s Problems Go Way Beyond Marketing

first_imgSmartphone maker HTC had a down year in 2012. That’s not news, the company’s troubles have been well documented. Samsung, the playground bully of the mobile industry, basically beat up HTC and stole its lunch money. Apple, that conniving and clever older sister, boxed HTC in to a corner and took whatever what it wanted. Yes, Apple and Samsung are HTCs biggest problems. Why? Because they have deeper resources, better distribution and a better position in the minds of phone buyers. They also have better… marketing? At least that’s the real problem according to HTC.Marketing? Really? That’s What You Think The Problem Is?“Our competitors were too strong and very resourceful, pouring in lots of money into marketing. We haven’t done enough on the marketing front,” HTC CEO Peter Chou said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. A CEO of a once-powerful smartphone manufacturer addresses a poor year, claims that the company is basically fine and blames the marketing department and budget for undercutting potential sales. The RIM ExampleOh wait. We have all heard that one before:“What we need to get a bit better at here is to have a little bit more of an ear toward the consumer. I want to strengthen this by bringing really good marketing expertise in,” said Research In Motion’s CEO Thorsten Heins when he was announced as the head of the company in January 2012.RIM would go on to have the worst year in its history – making its previous problems seem like a Golden Age. HTC’s problems are not the same as RIM’s, of course. The BlackBerry maker’s major flaw in 2012 was that it did not release a new smartphone to the market and its aging BlackBerry 7 operating system was forced to carry the load while waiting for an upgrade. Most of RIM’s sales in 2012 came from international liquidation of old products ahead of the BlackBerry 10 launch. RIM’s problem was not a failure of marketing, it was a failure to do… anything. HTC Has A Host Of IssuesOn the other hand, HTC came out with its One series of devices in 2012 which were generally well regarded by the few people that bought them. The Droid DNA on Verizon proved a decent addition to the market at the end of the year. HTC’s problems stemmed from a variety of faults. Foremost among them was distribution. Samsung and Apple have both realized that the best way to gain rapid market share is to be everywhere all the time. Samsung typically releases its flagship Galaxy smartphones (including the S 3 and Note II last year) on all four major carriers in the United States and most of the equivalent carriers around the globe.Apple has worked hard to increase its international and pre-paid market presence and, since the iPhone 4S, sells the iPhone on all three top U.S. carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint). When HTC’s flagship One X came out in May 2012, it went exclusively to AT&T. Lesser One-series phones went to the likes of T-Mobile. Verizon was notably absent from any One-series phones, a gap HTC was slow to rectify until the DNA made its debut. Availability Is KeyHTC needs to recognize that its problem not just marketing, but availability. That’s no doubt why the company is making a renewed effort in China with the Butterfly – and initial reports are encouraging. According to The Wall Street Journal, HTC sold 2.8 million smartphones in China in the third quarter of 2012. HTC launch of the One X was derailed when Apple temporarily won an injunction from the U.S. International Trade Commission blocking sales of the device shortly after it was released. The One X was forced off of AT&T’s shelves for close to three weeks in May/June 2012. HTC never really recovered and later settled its patent disputes with Apple and will pay a licensing fee to Cupertino for smartphones that use Apple’s patented technology. Patents and distribution. Those were HTC’s biggest problems – not marketing. Failure to create a product intriguing enough to stop the hordes from buying iPhones and Galaxies ranks third. HTC lost ground to budget Android manufacturers ZTE and Huawei as well, so it is not just an Apple/Samsung problem.Marketing? Sure, that probably played a role in HTC’s overall poor performance, but it was not the biggest contributing factor. HTC’s problems had more to do with logistics than advertising. When HTC comes out with its next flagship device (likely to be called some derivation of “M7”) later this year, it needs to get it released on AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint in short order. Build hype through marketing, then win with ubiquity and beauty. So, here we are at  the dawn of a new year, once again hearing the “marketing was our biggest problem” story from a struggling smartphone leader. Can HTC avoid what happened to RIM  after Heins made his proclamation? Perhaps, as long it manages to release new smartphones that continue to push the envelope on design and features.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Tags:#Apple#HTC#Samsung Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinskilast_img read more

Schumacher family asks for privacy before his 50th birthday

first_imgIn this Nov. 23, 2012 file photo, Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher, of Germany, sits in his car during a free practice at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil. APGLAND, Switzerland — Michael Schumacher’s family has asked for understanding as it continues to keep details of his health private ahead of the seven-time Formula One champion’s 50th birthday.In a statement published on Facebook on Wednesday, one day before his birthday, the family says: “You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him. Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA dreams big Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño No details on Schumacher’s current health were given. The former F1 champion suffered serious head injuries in an accident while he was skiing with his teenage son Mick in the French Alps at Meribel on Dec 29, 2013.Schumacher hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open the helmet. Doctors worked to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded. Schumacher’s condition stabilized after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionUpdates on his health have been scarce since he left hospital in September 2014 to be cared for privately at his Swiss home on the shores of Lake Geneva.“Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we!” the family said in the statement Wednesday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ “That’s why we remember his successes with the Michael Schumacher Private Collection exhibition in Cologne, by publishing memories in social media and by continuing his charitable work through the Keep Fighting Foundation. We want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more