Celtics storm back from 26 to stun Rockets

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart and Terry Rozier had 13 points apiece.Tatum made a layup with seven seconds left to pull the Celtics within 98-97, then Smart had position on Harden for an offensive foul that gave Boston the ball and a chance to win it. Horford converted from the lane to put Boston up for the first time in a game Houston had led throughout and dominated until midway through the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHarden finished with 34 points and 10 assists. Eric Gordon scored 24 points for Houston, which shot 25 percent (9 of 36) in the second half and lost its fourth straight.The Rockets had one last chance after Horford’s go-ahead hook shot, but Harden was called for another offensive foul and time expired after Horford missed his second free throw. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) and Kyrie Irving (11) celebrate as Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) reacts during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Al Horford made a hook shot with 3.7 seconds left to give Boston its only lead of the game, and the Celtics rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night.Kyrie Irving scored 26 and Jayson Tatum finished with 19 for the Celtics, while Marcus Smart drew two offensive fouls against James Harden in the closing seconds to help Boston complete the comeback.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Houston was able to stall the momentum when Harden drew a foul with 1:56 left and got two extra free throws when Morris and Boston coach Brad Stevens received technicals for arguing. Harden made all four from the line, but a late 3-pointer by Rozier had Boston within 78-69 entering the fourth quarter.TIP-INSRockets: Veteran swingman Gerald Green, who signed a free-agent deal with the Rockets earlier Thursday, finished with two rebounds and no points in 11 minutes. … The Rockets’ 62 points in the first half were the most scored on the Celtics in the first two periods of a game this season. … Houston point guard Chris Paul missed his third straight game with a groin strain and the Rockets fell to 10-7 without him.Celtics: Were just 5 of 19 in the first quarter while scoring 12 points, the second-lowest total for a quarter by the Celtics this season. … Boston committed eight turnovers in the first quarter.2-MAN CREWReferee Mark Lindsay missed the game with a sore back, leaving Tony Brothers and Gediminas Petraitis to officiate the game on their own.UP NEXTRockets: Wrap up a three-game road trip Friday at Washington.Celtics: Host Brooklyn on Sunday.by Taboolacenter_img Houston opened the game on a 12-0 run and led 62-38 at halftime. After committing six turnovers in the first half, Houston had seven in the third quarter and Boston capitalized by outscoring the Rockets 31-16. Irving scored 12 in the third quarter as Boston picked up its defense, holding Houston to just four field goals in the period.Boston got within a point a couple times in the fourth, but couldn’t quite catch the Rockets until the final seconds.Smart drove for a layup and pulled Boston within 96-95 with 13.5 seconds left. Boston pressured the inbounds pass and Houston called time, then another before getting the ball to Harden, who made both free throws and finished 15 for 15 from the foul line. Rather than going for the 3-pointer, Boston went to Tatum for another layup, then Smart took an offensive foul by Harden on the inbounds play.Houston’s lead was in the 20s for nearly all of the second quarter and much of the third before Boston pulled back within range on a 12-0 run.Irving drew another foul while driving to the basket and added two more from the line, then after a shot-clock violation, Marcus Morris hit a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 71-58 — the lowest it had been since Houston led 23-10. After a timeout, Irving stole the ball and got it to Smart for a layup to make it 71-60.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments Bucks rally from 20 down to beat Timberwolves LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

Wetoku: Record on a Webcam & Embed, Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200

first_imgThis evening, we’ve been testing a groovy new startup site called Wetoku. It allows you to almost instantly record and embed video in blog posts such as this one.Although the sound and video quality are not yet stellar, we’re very impressed with the concept. This is the kind of thing that would make remote, instant video journalism possible. Click a link, speak your peace with another webcam user, end the recording, and you are presented with an embed code the second the recording is over. Read, watch, and get registration code info at the end of the post!Here’s one of the first tests with affiliate marketer Robert Sterling of Richmond, Virginia:And here’s a chat with New York IBMer Mauricio Godoy:No review of a new Internet video service would be complete without commentary from the godfather of video blogging, Steve Garfield:As mentioned, we’d like to see better sound and audio quality, and there are a few site bugs. But we’d also love to get a simple, in-browser video editor to clip the ends of recordings or even merge two separate recordings together. Better yet, we’d also like to see a downloadable format so the chats can be pulled into a desktop video editor and remixed with other media, as well.As for the embedding part, we’d like to see more customization options, especially for colors and sizes. We’d pay for that, and also to see a version without the Wetoku watermark in the top right corner. Other features we’d pay for include preroll and postroll, for branding and recommendation of other videos, respectively.The folks we tested the site with pointed out the similarity to TinyChat. In terms of ease of use – this, too, is the ultimate one-click webcam experience – the two services are quite similar. However, TinyChat videos disappear second by second, never to be seen again unless the user in question has a pro account. Will Wetoku recordable, embeddable video chat be a free service? What do you think of the concept so far?We have a limited number of registration codes for the private beta. If you’re interested in testing the site, please email jolie@readwriteweb.com and include a link to your blog. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odellcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

iPhone 4: Pros & Cons After a Weekend of Tinkering

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#web A lot of speculation was dished out leading up to the launch of the latest iteration of the iPhone, and plenty more has followed since it has started landing in the hands of early adopters. I was one of the lucky few that managed to secure a pre-ordered phone, but wasn’t able to get it shipped to my home. Instead, I woke up and the crack of dawn and stood in line for several hours to get my iPhone 4 – meeting several great people during the process. Since having time to play and experiment over the weekend, I’ve been surprised by several things – good and bad, big and small – about the phone and the new OS.The Good: High Resolution Screen & 5 Megapixel CameraThe absolute best thing about the phone, and the single-most influential reason for which I bought it, is the high-resolution screen. Upon turning on the phone for the first time and looking at the icons and text of the home screen, the quadrupling of pixels is immediately noticeable. Videos, photos, apps, and text all look absolutely amazing on this screen and I am very excited to see more devices, like the iPad, include the technology. The second best feature, in my opinion, are the major improvements made to the phone’s outward-facing camera. The camera takes surprisingly great shots in poorly-lit conditions, and the flash works great as well at capturing crisp images with a short exposure. The camera also takes great close-up photos, and can focus on objects roughly three inches away. With the excellent assortment of apps to edit photos, some great shots are sure to come from the device, like the one on the right of my TV remote.The Bad: Battery Life & The AntennaThere are several bad things about the phone as well, and its hard to pick which is the worst. The first big negative I noticed, and was surprised by, is the battery life. Other media outlets with pre-release devices reported using the phone for over 30 hours with normal everyday use, but personally I have not seen this myself. I have found the battery life to be equal to, if not a little worse, than that of its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS. The other issue that falls in the bad category is the antenna and the problems caused by holding the phone. From my own tests, I can submit that, yes, holding the phone in the most normal of fashions is likely to have some effect on signal. While holding my phone, I steadily watched the bars tick down from 5 to 1, and at times to an entire loss of signal. To make sure this was an accurate representation of the signal, I tried sending a text message, which hung on about 90% on its progress bar. Upon releasing my grip and letting the phone rest in my palm, the message sent almost immediately. I have not found myself lacking a strong enough signal to send and receive calls or text messages when holding the phone during normal use, however. The only time holding the phone has been a problem was during my tests when I held it for a prolonged period of time and with more pressure than one would normally apply. The antenna issue does, however, have an influence on the behavior of users. While the antenna problems are not likely to have a direct effect on signal in normal use, it exists enough to make you aware of how you hold the device when you are trying to assure you have enough signal to complete various tasks. I have found myself resting the device in my palm as a form of early troubleshooting if I can’t seem to load a webpage or update my Twitter app. The fact that the problem exists is enough to make users of the device think twice about how they hold device, whether it is the real solution to their signal problems at that time or not.The Meh: FaceTimeI tried FaceTime on a few occasions from various WiFi connections. It seems the most important factor in the quality of video calls is the WiFi connection. Attempting to FaceTime with a friend using public WiFi at a Starbucks was a terrible experience, but it was far better when both of us were on secured private networks in our homes. Even then, however, the call failed once and we had to redial each other. Hopefully this will get better in time, but for now, once the novelty of video calling on a mobile device wears off, FaceTime may not be that exciting.The Huh? Strange Bugs and Quirks The iPhone 4 is buggy. Very buggy. One of the most annoying ones, especially for a user like me who takes a lot of photos, involves the deletion of photos from the camera roll. Almost every time I delete a photo while viewing the camera roll, some error occurs where the photo is replaced by an immovable black box. I have noticed, however, that deleting items while viewing them (by tapping the trash can icon while viewing a photo, for example) does not produce the same problem. It only seems to occur when marking one or more items with the red deletion check mark that it happens. Usually, syncing the device in iTunes will fix the issue, but sometimes that will even make things worse. I have had several photos disappear and deleted videos reappear unplayable in my camera roll, which was only fixed with another iTunes sync. The mail app is also very bug-prone. I noticed some strange things happening with mail back on my 3GS before switching, and now they are better, but still odd. Before, emails would appear and quickly disappear in my inbox, only to be re-downloaded, or sometimes not. Now, the mail app seems intent on peppering my inbox with emails from the distant past (or future depending on how you look at it). An email with no sender, no subject and no content, sent on 12/31/69 has appeared on more than one occasion, though it has been less frequent in the last day or two.The Multitasker’s DilemmaThe other source of bugs comes from apps that do not support or properly implement the phone’s multitasking capabilities. I have had some apps break or become unusable, and the only solution was to delete them from the multitasking menu and “relaunch” them. While this is not really Apple’s fault, it does, however, create a new level of thinking for users when it comes to their apps and troubleshooting. Previously, apps started from scratch whenever you clicked their icons. Now, for better or for worse, some apps resume from their last active state. In the case of messaging apps, this can be useful. In the case of apps like Settings, it can be annoying when you last closed the app after digging several levels deep into various sub-menus. To truly “relaunch” an application, users must now click the home button, then double tap the home button again to launch the multitasking menu, then hold down their finger on an app until it begins to wiggle, and finally click a red minus sign icon to remove it. In most cases this isn’t really necessary, but when an app is not responding correctly, I find myself using this tactic as a crude form of “ctrl+alt+del.” Here’s an example of when this problem occurred.One Hot Phone. No Really, I Mean Hot! When out doing errands, a strange thing happened with my iPhone. I found myself with 5 bars of signal and 3G service but unable to refresh my stream of messages on my Twitter application. It couldn’t be the reception, I had 5 bars, so I clicked the home button and then re-entered the app, but it still didn’t work. That is when I deleted the app from the multitask menu, effectively force quitting it, but another attempt still didn’t work. Then I tried other apps, and I quickly discovered nothing was working. I made sure the phone wasn’t trying to use some random WiFi, so I turned WiFi off. Still nothing. I flipped airplane mode on and off to reset the connection to AT&T, but that still didn’t work. Then I noticed how the phone felt in my hand – it was hot. Very hot. And not just because I was in 100 degree Arizona weather. It still felt hot in my cool air conditioned car.The phone had overheated, and while I could navigate to apps and menus, sending or receiving any data was impossible. I turned the phone off and immediately noticed the temperature of the device drop significantly. I turned it back on and all was back to normal, but as you can see from this example, the complexity added by multitasking changes the way users will approach troubleshooting problems on their device. The entire time I was trying to no avail, the phone was resting in my palm, a testament to the paranoia also caused by the antenna.Final Nitpickingly Annoying ThoughtsI remember when I first heard of the very first iPhone, the biggest thing that excited me was the ability to combine my phone with my iPod. No longer would I have to keep carrying both items, and I would never miss a call while listening to music ever again. Needless to say, I am an avid listener of music. I am disappointed not only in the fact that the newest iPhone didn’t get the standard 64 GB storage bump many had assumed was coming, but also that iOS 4.0 changes some behaviors for the iPod app. Now that double-clicking the home button brings up the multitasking menu, the way controlling music and podcasts works is slightly different. Previously, I used the double-click to launch music controls from wherever I was on the phone. I don’t mind having to the side the multitasking menu to the right to view the controls, but the behavior of the double-click in another situation is causing me grief.When the phone is sleeping and the screen is off, a double-click of the home button always brought up the music controls, whether anything was playing or not. Now, it seems hit or miss on when this function works the way I expect it to. When music is playing, double-clicking usually works to bring up the controls. When nothing is playing, a double-click will only bring up the regular lock screen without controls, unless the iPod app was active when I hit the sleep button. Sometimes. The reason for this strange behavior is elusive, and annoying. So between the great added features and the upsetting disappointments, things are kinda so-so with the new iPhone. I’m still glad I bought it, and the good outweighs most of the bad. But I still find it odd how many bugs and quirks the phone has, and I guess I will have to master the the triple click if I want the music controls to work my way. Other than that, it’s a great device. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How Etsy is Using Node.js

first_img“If Engineering at Etsy has a religion, it’s the Church of Graphs,” Ian Malpass writes on the Etsy Code as Craft blog. And how is Etsy fulfilling its religious obligations? With a Node.js daemon called StatsD, which the company has made available on GitHub. StatsD listens for messages on a UDP port, conducts its counting or timing, and then sends the info off to graphite for graphing.It’s based on a Perl daemon of the same name created by Cal Henderson for Flickr.Malpass ellaborates:We like graphite for a number of reasons: it’s very easy to use, and has very powerful graphing and data manipulation capabilities. We can combine data from StatsD with data from our other metrics-gathering systems. Most importantly for StatsD, you can create new metrics in graphite just by sending it data for that metric. That means there’s no management overhead for engineers to start tracking something new: simply tell StatsD you want to track “grue.dinners” and it’ll automagically appear in graphite. (By the way, because we flush data to graphite every 10 seconds, our StatsD metrics are near-realtime.) How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts Tags:#hack#Tools 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid klint finley Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

Another Nudge

first_imgIf you haven’t read my earlier post Nudging Us Towards an Efficient Future, I recommend doing that first, as this post is a follow up.I just read another New York Times article about the new 2010 Honda Insight hybrid sedan. Incidentally, it looks so much like the Prius, it’s a little scary. In any case, the dashboard on this car has some very interesting features that fall right into the “nudge” category of behavior modification. The speedometer background color changes from blue to green as driving becomes “more environmentally responsible” and there is an “eco score” readout that if you win displays a digital trophy surrounded by a wreath. I suppose this might irritate some people, but, if the theory of nudging holds constant, they will be very successful in helping drivers improve their mileage. The readouts in this car are an interesting evolution from those in the Prius – they have taken the raw data (average and maximum MPG, for example), and distilled it down to a score and a color to let you know how you are doing. This makes a lot of sense, as most people prefer the big picture as opposed to lots of detail that they need to interpret.Homes Like Hybrid CarsI am impressed that the energy management in cars is now completely integrated and user friendly, although this makes sense, as cars are typically very well designed, fully integrated systems designed for maximum efficiency. Most homes are still a long way from being the high performance fully integrated products that they someday should be. When they are, they will likely have easy to operate and understand energy management systems built right in. Until then, we have to deal with existing add on products to get the information we need to monitor energy use and nudge us to change our habits. The Energy Detective, the electricity monitor I mentioned before, is one of those add on products that provides a digital read out of instantaneous as well as cumulative power use in a house. This raw data is useful, but it isn’t as effective in changing behavior as something like the Energy Orb. Southern California Edison hooked up these glowing balls to their customer’s meters, causing them to glow green when energy use was low and red when it was high. They reported up to 40% energy savings for customers with the orb. So it seems to be clear that “nudging” works to change behavior.Luxury Nudging with AgilewavesSo TED and the Orb give us basic info on our electricity usage, but what about the rest of the house? We use water and gas as well, and they are not as simple to monitor. This brings us to more sophisticated systems such as Agilewaves, a fully featured, web based monitoring system. This system hooks up to everything in your house, including solar panels, geothermal system, and all regular utilities to provide real time tracking of all energy use. Products like this are really amazing in their capabilities, but I am concerned that the cost puts them out of reach for the average homeowner, and it is getting this information to every homeowner that will help make, cumulatively, a significant impact on our energy use. High end devices like Agilewaves are simply too expensive to be more than a luxury product, at least right now. I do, however, look forward to seeing the descendants of this product being very valuable as they become mass market products and provide every one of us with tools to nudge us to better behavior in our homes.last_img read more

How to Improve as An Individual Contributor

first_imgThere are certain things that make you an individual contributor. Most of what you do, and most of the results you produce are the result of your individual effort. But many of the outcomes you produce are the result of the effort a collective—or should be. The balance here between individual and collective is where you will find your greatest performance. Here is how to improve as an individual contributor.It would be easy to argue that all of these things are collective, but where they are mainly individual, I’m listing them as such to make a point (or more accurately, two points).Your Individual EffortThere are some activities and outcomes that belong to you alone. A role in sales comes with more freedom than most other roles, and that freedom needs to be tempered with a great deal of self-discipline. Many a talented salesperson has failed due to their inability to mange themselves. It isn’t all that uncommon to fins less talented and highly disciplined salespeople outperforming their peers. Here a few of the things that are mostly individual.ProspectingThe amount of time you spend prospecting, the effort you put into opening the new relationships to create new opportunities, and your overall approach to acquiring meetings is individual. You might spend more time than your peer group, work harder at gaining new meetings, and use a modern approach that allows you to effectively trade the promise of value for your dream client’s time. (See The Lost Art of Closing) No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales.  The opposite is also true. You can do less, put forth less effort, and do what you believe to be easier, like sending email.This is in your control as an individual, and you do not need to rely on anyone else, nor should you, when it comes to prospecting.Personal DevelopmentBecause you are the single asset you possess with which to produce results, you are responsible for improving that asset over time. If you are going to increase your competency, you are the one who has to decide to do so. You alone have to exert the effort to grow, and you have to do the work. There is no substitute for doing the work, and there is no one who can do it for you.You have to be thoughtful enough to know where you need to improve, and serious enough to give growth your time and energy. You will become only become what you are capable of becoming when you commit yourself to doing the work. This is an individual endeavor. See The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need)Learn Anthony’s core strategies & tactics for sales success at any level with The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedAccountability for Your ResultsYou alone are responsible for your quota. It doesn’t matter whether marketing generated the right leads. Nor does blaming missed goals on the fact that the economy contracted over the last quarter. So the big deal you were counting on experienced a Black Swan event that caused them to disengage right before they were committed to sign your contract. You were so close, too! There are always hard lessons for the individual contributor, especially when it comes to surprises.It’s your number, and you are responsible for it (not that I haven’t seen top producers miss their number from time to time, especially when they are holding out hope on a big, unlikely deal).The CollectiveYou are an individual contributor, but you are also part of a number of teams (or maybe you need to start looking at your role and how your team helps you succeed).Your Professional DevelopmentWhile it is your responsibility to develop both personally and professionally, you are much better leveraging the wisdom of the collective than trying to figure everything out on your own. There are people on your team that have experience that would benefit you. Some of the people on your team have made mistakes and can share with you how to avoid them. Others have things figured out, and have discerned how to have a conversation that both compels clients to change and a preference to work with them (something worth knowing, as it shortens your learning curve).Your peers don’t write books. Instead, they carry around their experience as a series of narratives, stories through which they can provide you with a hard-won education that might otherwise take the same years—and the same mistakes, missteps, and losses it required of them.Your Business AcumenThere are people on your team who have the business acumen and situational knowledge necessary to succeed in sales. They not only have a deep understanding of the intersection where your business intersects with your clients, they know how to effectively share it in ways that benefit their clients and prospects. Because they have done with work to develop their business acumen, you can shorten the time it takes you to acquire it by listening and learning how they share it, and how they provide their advice effectively.The collective knowledge about how to effectively sell is greater than anything one individual is capable of acquiring on their own. By asking questions and learning from different people, you pick up different ideas, and if you work hard at understanding, you can get a grasp on the context in which it makes sense to make certain choices.Your StoriesClients like stories. The love stories from operational people especially, because they like to hear the answer to “what if” questions (they trust operations folks because they are not salespeople, and they have a great command of how and why they do things in a certain way in a compelling way) You can learn to tell all of their stories by paying attention and taking good notes. Their stories can become your stories.You can also pick up stories from your peers in sales. You might not have ever had a client with some very specific problem, but you can borrow the stories of the collective salesforce, build a catalog of stories that allow you to share what your company does overcome some challenge.Your SMEs and Other TeamsYour SMEs (subject matter experts) can contribute much to your pursuit of deals. So you can your manager and your leadership team. If you are not grateful for the contribution of the teams that serve your clients, you are making one the single biggest mistakes one is capable of making. We have a way of inflating our importance when we say things like, “Nothing moves until somebody sells something,” which, while containing some truth, belittles the fact that nobody actually sells anything that isn’t manufactured, delivered, and invoiced either.Finding the BalanceYou will find your best performance when you focus on what requires your individual effort, as well as the areas where the collective can improve your performance. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more