Texans keep telling us “don’t mess with Texas” and yet there are still those who refuse to listen. One thief did not heed that warning and wound up on the wrong side of a store clerk who just so happens to be a cowboy hailing from west Texas.WFAA News reports that police responded to reports of an armed robbery at a Dallas 7-Eleven shortly after 11 PM on August 20. The criminal, apparently having no idea who they were dealing with, attempted to rob the store and stab the store clerk with a screwdriver. The robber was foiled, however, when the 7-Eleven employee overpowered them, grabbed a nearby rope and tied them up, subduing them until the police arrived. The store clerk identified himself as a West Texas cowboy. We’re sure he has plenty of experience lassoing, but… Wide Open Country Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement adrianne jeffries Tags:#advertising#Apple#mobile#NYT#web Greystripe is best known for converting ads from Flash to HTML 5 for display in native apps across its advertising network. The service was wildly popular because it allowed ads to engage consumers with animation, touch interactivity and click-through actions on Apple’s Flash-free devices, which were dominating the mobile market.The mobile market is fragmenting, however, sending more users to the Android, BlackBerry and possibly Windows 7 platforms. Advertisers are increasingly interested in mobile websites as opposed to native apps, Greystripe says.That’s why as of today, Greystripe is expanding its ad network and its Flash-to-HTML 5 conversions to include display ads meant for mobile websites.A mobile Web display ad built in Flash and converted to HTML 5 by Greystripe. Advertisers are drawn to the mobile Web because there are fewer native apps to advertise in on the growing non-Apple platforms. Publishers are turning to the mobile Web because they’re sick of remaking the same app for different devices. HTML5 is a solution for both (see our post, “HTML5 is Great for Mobile, Developers Say“).Rich media ads get a 56% higher click-through rate than static ads, according to Greystripe. HTML5 promises a consistent and rich user experience across platforms, and it’s often faster to present an ad with HTML5 even when it’s being accessed by a Flash-capable device, said Greystripe founder and CEO Michael Chang.Chang also said the bigger the ad, the more effective. Ads on the iPad get much higher engagement from users because they’re bigger, he said.Greystripe’s move to mobile Web also protects the company if Apple ever decides to crack down on in-app advertising. Earlier this summer, Apple moved to block players like Google’s AdMob from operating on its devices. Apple has since backed off, but there is no guarantee that it wouldn’t change the rules again to favor its own in-app advertising network, iAd. By contrast, Apple has no control over ads displayed on mobile websites.In-app ads aren’t going away, but the mobile Web and HTML5 present a compelling alternative. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
@Eden_RichardsThe Australian Men’s Open side has capped off a perfect day for the Aussies, defeating New Zealand 9-4 in an emphatic team display.The win means Australia went through Day One of the Trans Tasman Series undefeated, with both the Women’s Open team and the Mixed Open side defeating their New Zealand counterparts earlier in the day.The Australian Men put in a full 40-minute performance to finish Friday’s fixtures, never once falling behind New Zealand. Australia opened the scoring in the 3rd minute through Jordan Marshall King who received a cheeky pass from Samuel Brisby after the speedy Aussie cut straight through New Zealand’s defence.New Zealand didn’t take long to reply, with Mitamumrua Graham finding Sean Law with a flat pass to make it 1-1 in the 4th minute.But Australia hit the lead in the 5th minute after a superb passage of play resulted in Peter Norman dummying to score.In what was a tight first eight minutes, New Zealand hit back again, scoring a try in the right corner after an outstanding catch from Tarkyn Loloselo saw him level the scores at 2-2.However, Australia quickly regained the lead when Matt Prowse crossed for a touchdown in the 9th minute.And the Aussies didn’t let the Kiwis respond this time, scoring back-to-back touchdowns courtesy of a huge overlap that saw Brisby cross the line and give Australia a 4-2 lead.That’s how it stayed until the final seconds of the first half, with Prowse crossing for his second touchdown of the match right on the half-time siren.That touchdown gave Australia a 5-2 lead at the break and meant New Zealand would have a lot to do in the second half if they were to salvage anything from this match-up.And the Kiwis responded by starting the second half in great fashion, scoring through Connah Pamatatau to cut the margin to two in the 24th minute.At 5-3 in the 35th minute New Zealand had to be the next team to score and they couldn’t do that, instead letting Marshall King score his second touchdown to extend Australia’s lead to 6-3.The Aussies now had all the momentum and when Dean Springfield scored in the right corner for Australia it became now or never for New Zealand with seven minutes to play and a four-touchdown margin.But it wasn’t to be for the Kiwis, with Scott Buckley scoring in the 37th minute to give Australia an 8-3 lead and all but ice the game.Buckley grabbed another in the last minute of play, putting an exclamation point on a comprehensive performance from Australia.New Zealand managed to score a consolation touchdown with the last play of the day, but the damage had been done by that point, with Australia winning by five touchdowns.The two sides will meet again on Saturday and the Kiwis will be desperate to keep the Series alive.Australia 9 (Marshall King 2, Prowse 2, Buckley 2, Norman, Brisby, Springfield touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 4 (Loloselo, Soutar-Finch, Law, Pamatatau touchdowns)Related LinksMen’s Wrap Day One
TORONTO – Walmart Canada Corp. is rolling out a free pickup service for online orders at all of its Canadian stores by the end of the week.“All the general merchandise and apparel goods that we used to send by traditional carrier are now going through our trucks going to our stores and now customers can pick up those products for free,” the company’s vice-president of omnichannel and online grocery Daryl Porter at the eTail Canada conference Thursday in Toronto.The discount department store has a wider selection of goods online that is not carried in stores, and the pickup service offers customers the option to have those shipped to the store of their choice, Porter said. The service also allows customers to save on delivery fees by grabbing their orders at the nearest store.“Customers are making so many trips to our stores anyways. It’s about unlocking that value for them,” Porter said.It will be handy for customers who avoid home delivery over concerns about unattended packages left on their doorstep, or for people who want to make sure a gift is not accidentally intercepted by the intended recipient, he added.The new service comes after the company started offering grocery pickup in select markets, beginning with Ottawa in 2015, about a year after Loblaw rolled out a similar program in the Toronto area. Walmart Canada has since expanded it to areas including the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary and Edmonton.The company cancelled the $2.97 charge for customers who order groceries online and pick them up in stores last August after internal studies suggested it prevented some people from using the service.Competition in the online pick up and delivery business is heating up as retailers scramble to compete against e-commerce giant Amazon.Canada’s grocers, especially, have doubled down on expanding their e-commerce offerings in response to Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market, including its 13 Canadian locations, last year. The move sparked speculation among industry watchers that the company may be looking to expand its grocery delivery service north of the border.Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, expects 40 per cent growth in online sales this fiscal year, but it remains a distant second to Amazon.The company said Thursday its online sales rose 33 per cent in the first quarter, a strong showing after a disappointing 23 per cent increase in the final quarter of last year. Wall Street punished the company for the end-of-year online performance, sending company shares plunging more than 10 per cent. It was the biggest single-day percentage drop for shares in 30 years.Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart’s U.S. online business, told reporters on a call Thursday it’s seeing 10 per cent to 20 per cent more growth going to its online grocery business.Walmart is reworking its website with a focus on fashion and home furnishings. The new site also makes it easier for shoppers to see what services are available, such as the ability to order groceries online, and pick them up on the way home. It has also teamed up with Lord & Taylor to create a dedicated space on its site, which will be launched in the next few weeks.Amazon.com Inc. has leveraged its Prime membership program into intense loyalty from customers. Amazon recently raised its annual fee for membership to $119, from $99. And after spending $14 billion to acquire Whole Foods last summer, Amazon announced two-hour delivery from the grocery chain for its members.While it fights off rivals at home, Walmart is expanding abroad, concentrating on areas with big growth potential like India and China.— With files from The Associated Press
Kolkata: Invited to bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored a competitive 181 for three against Kings XI Punjab in their IPL clash at Eden Gardens, here Sunday. Comeback-man David Warner struck 85 off 53 balls and shared a 118-run stand for the first wicket with wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow (39). Vijay Shankar contributed unbeaten 40 in Sunrisers’ total. Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad: 181 for 3 in 20 overs. (D Warner 85, V Shankar 40 not out, J Bairstow 39; A Russell 2/32, P Chawla 1/23).
Islampur: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said Hindusthan will be set up through the Lok Sabha election and not Modisthan or BJPsthan. She was addressing a rally here on Tuesday afternoon.Banerjee said Modi and BJP are talking about a religion which is not Hinduism. “Hinduism talks about tolerance and acceptance and they are talking about hatred. In the name of preservation of cows, many people have been lynched. They are spreading hatred everywhere. This Hindusthan is Modisthan and BJPsthan. We do not want this. We want a Hindusthan where people will live peacefully and there will be communal harmony and peace,” she said, adding: “BJP is inciting one religion against the other and in the name of religion, they have unleashed a reign of terror. We want to come out of this,” she maintained. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaReferring to Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah as Duryodhan and Dushshashan, she said: “The duo has come to destroy the social fabric in our country. Never in the past have I seen so much hatred and disrespect for others. This is not Indian tradition. Indians are respected for their tolerant views.” Banerjee said the SC, ST, minorities and dalits will vote against Modi. “The SCs, STs and Dalits have been tortured in different areas. In Jharkhand, they have been thrown out from their land. In Uttar Pradesh and Assam, Muslims have been tortured by BJP workers and the state governments do not take any action against them,” she said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”They should first see the law and order situation in their own states before commenting on the situation in Bengal. They come to Bengal to disturb the areas. They incite the people living in the hills against those living in the plains to win elections,” Banerjee added. The Trinamool supremo said demonetisation has affected poor people and farmers badly. “Over two crore people have lost their jobs and 12,000 farmers have committed suicide after failing to pay loans. People have stood in long queues to withdraw their own money from the banks. Modi had said note ban will stop circulation of money among terrorists, but in reality terrorist attacks have been the highest during Modi’s time,” she said. Banerjee questioned why no action was taken to save the lives of the jawans in Pulwama despite prior information, adding: “It’s a matter of shame for BJP that its leaders are talking about the achievements of the Army in its election speeches.” “Just as Ma Durga had killed Asura, the women of the country will vote against BJP to oust Modi and set up a secular pro-development government,” she said.
Heading into college football’s conference championship week, we knew three schools (Alabama, Clemson and Washington) could basically punch tickets to the College Football Playoff with victories in their respective conference title games. The only real questions involved what would happen in the event of an upset or two — and, just as important, what the selection committee would do with Ohio State. The Buckeyes ranked second in the committee’s rankings going into the week, but they also weren’t playing in the Big Ten championship game. How the committee handled that dilemma would in effect be a referendum on the value of a conference championship in the CFP era.The upsets never really came. Although Virginia Tech gave Clemson a fight, the Hokies ultimately succumbed to the Tigers in the ACC championship by a touchdown. Washington, meanwhile, routed Colorado 41-10 in Friday night’s Pac-12 title game, and Alabama secured the greatest peak Elo rating by a college football team in the last 80 years when they crushed Florida 54-16 to win the SEC. The only real drama came from an upset victory in the Big Ten championship for Penn State, which could build a case around beating Ohio State earlier in the season.For what it was worth, our CFP projection model thought there was very little chance the committee would jettison the one-loss Buckeyes in favor of the two-loss Nittany Lions, even after we made a tweak that placed extra emphasis on head-to-head results. Yes, the committee once dropped a team that won its final game by 52 points (TCU) from third to sixth when they reshuffled the field for their final rankings. But the model still said there was only a 13 percent probability that Penn State would bump Ohio State this year.1Our model output from Dec. 3 showed Ohio State with an 87 percent chance of being selected, so the rest of Penn State’s probability must have come from the (extremely remote) possibility that they’d bump one of the other three teams in the top four.And, sure enough, the CFP committee went with the Buckeyes. On Sunday, it produced a final four of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington, the semifinals of which will be sorted out on New Year’s Eve.Although Penn State was understandably frustrated by the decision, it would have been difficult to justify taking the Lions over the Buckeyes. Ohio State was a consensus No. 2 in both the Associated Press and Coaches’ polls, as well as most statistical rankings, including ESPN’s Football Power Index and Strength of Record metric. Undefeated Alabama is clearly the nation’s best team — quite possibly the best in college football history, in fact — but Ohio State is an obvious No. 2 by most measures. We can always debate the eternal question of whether the CFP should reward the best team or the “most deserving” one, but in the end the committee took the team that had the more dominating season against the tougher schedule, just as it usually does.So, now that we have a final four, who will win? From here on out, our model no longer has to forecast the committee’s decision making, so it’s all about what ESPN’s Football Power Index predicts. The FPI sees Alabama as 64 percent favorites to beat Washington in the Peach Bowl (which, we should also note, is held in Atlanta — far closer to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, than to Seattle), and it gives Ohio State a 55 percent chance of knocking off Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.Overall, that works out to a 39 percent chance of yet another Alabama national title — it would be the school’s fifth in the last eight seasons under coach Nick Saban — though the rest of the field is still more likely to upset ’Bama than not. If the Crimson Tide beat the Huskies, Alabama’s title odds would rise to 62 percent; if Washington pulls the upset, the CFP championship would basically be a coin flip no matter who wins in Clemson-OSU.But that’s all about a month away. There’s still plenty of college football to consume between now and then, including Army-Navy next week, the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Dec. 10, and about a trillion bowl games (which I mostly enjoy, even if they often lose money and feature increasingly poor teams). For college fans, the most wonderful time of the year is just beginning.CORRECTION (Dec. 6, 7:30 a.m.): A previous version of this article misstated TCU’s final 2014 College Football Playoff ranking. TCU dropped to sixth place in the final week, not to fifth.
Lebron James of the Miami Heat gives a thumbs up before a 95-88 win against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, June 20. Credit: Courtesy of MCTIn arguably its biggest game of the 2013 season to date, the Ohio State football team will hear from a fellow Ohioan and current NBA World Champion before its tilt with Wisconsin Saturday night.An OSU spokesman confirmed that Miami Heat forward LeBron James will be on the Buckeyes’ sideline during the game. The four-time NBA MVP will also address the team before kickoff according to media reports.James, a graduate of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, is a longtime fan of OSU, even though he never went to the school. The NBA star even has his own locker inside the newly renovated locker rooms at The Jerome Schottenstein Center.OSU men’s basketball coach Thad Matta showed his own support for the Heat star, when the new facility was released to the media. OSU was the first team to wear Nike’s LeBron line of shoes as well as have their jerseys sponsored by him in 2007.“He’s done a lot of things in his time, but I think from a standpoint we always want to pay our respects to him for what he did for us in ’07 in terms of we were the first LeBron school,” Matta said Sept. 3. “I know he’s very proud of what he does for us.”Matta was not the only person to express his gratitude for arguably the biggest star in sports.“I feel sorry that our fans won’t rally around LeBron because of the way he did his things, because for us, he’s been unbelievable,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said Sept. 3. “He’s always kept us at the top of his thoughts when he’s doing things.”OSU is scheduled to take on Wisconsin at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Ohio State celebrates after junior forward Dakota Joshua’s goal in the second period of the Buckeyes’ 1-1 draw against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Oct. 13. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsOhio State (1-1-2) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (0-0-2) fought to another 1-1 tie — the second in as many days — with the Buckeyes once again winning in the shootout after the tie had been decided.RPI jumped on the Buckeyes early with a goal less than a minute into the game, but Ohio State tied the game up at one early in the second period. The battle between the pipes of the two goalies raged on the rest of the night as both teams failed to send a puck behind either netminder until the shootout. The Buckeyes were forced to play comeback hockey early on, but Ohio State junior forward John Wiitala said the team stayed true to their normal game.“I don’t think it changes anything,” Wiitala said. “I think we always try to stick to our game plan, whether that’s up by five goals or down by five, it’s the same game plan throughout.”The scoring started early for the Engineers with a goal by junior forward Evan Tironese just 56 seconds into the first period. Freshman forward Troy York fed a pass to the back post for an easy tip-in by Tironese that redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo had no chance at stopping, giving RPI an early 1-0 lead.The Buckeyes couldn’t find the back of the net in the first, then quickly knotted the score at one in the second period on a goal by senior forward Christian Lampasso. Wiitala tipped the puck away from the RPI defender, and senior forward Luke Stork found Lampasso wide open in the slot, giving Lampasso an opportunity to bury the shot past junior goalie Chase Perry.“[Wiitala] just made a great play,” Stork said. “He back checked the puck really well and it just happened to come back on my stick, and I looked up and saw [Lampasso] wide open in the middle, and he put it away.”Much like the previous night’s game, Romeo and Perry faced off in a goalie battle for much of this contest. The first big save came on the Ohio State end, as Romeo stuffed sophomore forward Jacob Hayhurst on a wide open shot in the slot.Not to be outdone, Perry held strong on a tough Wiitala shot with an incredible save with six minutes to go in the third period. Perry would end the game with 27 saves, Romeo had 22.“[Romeo] got the game puck again tonight, head coach Steve Rohlik said. “At the end of the day you’re always as good as your goaltending, and certainly he was a backbone again tonight.”The game headed into overtime deadlocked at one, with neither team able to create much momentum in the third period. Ohio State led in shots 27-20 going into the extra frame.Stork created a strong chance early in the overtime, but Perry tracked the shot down with a kick save on his right pad. Junior forward Dakota Joshua had an opportunity off a pass from junior forward Brendon Kearney, but the shot went wide.RPI’s greatest chance came on a breakaway by sophomore forward Patrick Polino, but his shot went wide with under a minute to go in the overtime.The game went to a shootout where the Buckeyes won on a goal by sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski. Romeo made all three saves to secure another shootout victory. Shootouts are not counted in the standings for non-conference opponents in collegiate hockey, so the game went down as a 1-1 tie for both teams.Ohio State continued to struggle on the power play, as their 0-for-3 tally in the game moves them to 0-for-20 on the season with a man advantage.“It’s a work in progress right now,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to have to keep tweaking it before we find the right combinations.”The Buckeyes travel to play a pair of road games against University of Massachusetts Amherst. The games are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and at 8 p.m Saturday.
Ohio State junior infielder Kobie Foppe (2) connects with a pitch in the third inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State and Iowa have a recent history in the Big Ten baseball tournament. Iowa beat Ohio State in 2016 to send the Buckeyes to the loser’s bracket. However, Ohio State battled its way back to the Big Ten tournament championship game and beat Iowa to claim the tournament title. This time, the two squared off in an elimination game with their tournament lives on the line. And once again, it was No. 7 Ohio State that came out on top with a 2-0 victory against No. 6 Iowa.Ohio State’s top MLB draft prospect, junior starting pitcher Ryan Feltner, delivered one of his strongest outings of the season, allowing three hits over six shutout innings. He struck out six and walked three.Feltner received all the support he would need in the top of the first inning when senior left fielder Tyler Cowles shot a double into the left-center field gap to score junior shortstop Kobie Foppe from first.Foppe drove in a run of his own in the top of the fifth when he singled to the right side to score redshirt sophomore pinch runner Matt Carpenter from third base. Foppe led all players with three hits in four at-bats. After allowing back-to-back baserunners to reach base to start the seventh inning, Feltner was chased from the game with senior reliever Seth Kinker being called in from the bullpen. He struck out the first batter he faced and then got a ground ball to get the Buckeyes out of the inning. Kinker slammed the door, finishing the game with three shutout innings, XX strikeouts and no walks.Feltner and Kinker combined to hold the Hawkeyes to just four hits. Ohio State finished the game with 10 hits.Ohio State will face the loser of the Michigan-Purdue game, which takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Buckeyes will next play at 3:30 p.m. Friday.