Want to make more money from stocks? I’d read these quotes from ‘Britain’s Warren Buffett’

first_imgWant to make more money from stocks? I’d read these quotes from ‘Britain’s Warren Buffett’ I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. Views expressed in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 25th May, 2020 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA Portfolio manager Terry Smith, who manages the Fundsmith Equity fund, is generally regarded as one of the UK’s top stock pickers. Such is his track record (he’s turned every £10k of investor money into nearly £50k in less than a decade), that people even refer to him as ‘Britain’s Warren Buffett’.One thing I like about Smith is that he’s not afraid to share his wisdom. Every year, he writes a detailed letter to his investors in which he provides plenty of great advice. With that in mind, here are some quotes from Smith that could potentially help you make more money from stocks.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…“Someone once said that no one ever got poor by taking profits. This may be true but I doubt they got very rich by this approach either.”Here, Smith is talking about the importance of letting your stock market winners run. Generally speaking, the big money in investing comes from holding on to a winner for the long term.All too often, investors buy a stock, make a quick gain of say 20%, and then sell to bank their profits. This approach can be profitable. However, holding on to winners for the long term can be far more profitable.Hold a winner for five years instead of five months and you might be looking at a gain of 2,000%, instead of 20%.“Markets are not perfect but they are not totally inefficient either and most of the stocks which have valuations which attract value investors have them for good reason – they are not good businesses.”What Smith is pointing out here is that stock valuations generally incorporate most of the information that is available to investors. In other words, if a stock is cheap, it’s cheap for a reason.Quite often, investors spot a cheap stock and think it’s a bargain. What they fail to understand, however, is that everyone else knows it’s cheap including institutional investors, hedge funds, and professional investors. What do they know that the professionals don’t?Smith’s approach is to ignore cheap stocks and instead, focus on high-quality businesses.“Consistently high returns on capital are one sign we look for when seeking companies to invest in.”One of the key elements of Smith’s investment approach is that he focuses on companies that are highly profitable. Specifically, he looks for companies that can sustain a high return on operating capital employed. These types of companies generally tend to generate strong investment returns over time.Smith believes that over the long term, the returns on a stock portfolio will tend to gravitate to the returns generated by the companies in the portfolio themselves (which he points out “are low” for most ‘value’ stocks).In other words, if you build a portfolio of high-quality businesses that are very profitable, you’ll probably do pretty well in the long run.“We have a simple three-step investment strategy: buy good companies, don’t overpay, do nothing.”Finally, this is a great quote that highlights the simplicity of Smith’s investment strategy.Investing doesn’t need to be complicated. To generate good returns, you don’t need to use options, or derivatives or short stocks.All you really need to do is invest in great companies at reasonable valuations and hold them for the long term.That three-step plan could just be the key to making money from stocks. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.last_img read more

See why former Pakistani cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq has been adorned in make up and…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Gulf News/Twitter(@Saqlain_Mushtaq)Advertisement 7aggNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsc7prthWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6i19( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7vWould you ever consider trying this?😱vw6brCan your students do this? 🌚2mbpcRoller skating! Powered by Firework Since the novel Coronavirus pandemic has put the human life on a halt, almost all countries around the world have imposed a lock down to curb any further spread of the deadly virus. Citizens, sportspersons and celebrities alike, are remaining indoors in-self isolation, many of them who are taking it to social media to spread awareness and positivity in these woeful times. However, a bizarre and hilarious approach has been taken by Saqlain Mushtaq, the former Pakistani international cricketer who has done make up and donned a wig to promote the message of bonding with family.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Gulf News/Twitter(@Saqlain_Mushtaq)On Tuesday, Mushtaq uploaded a clip on his official Twitter handle, where he was seen wearing a red wig, along with eye shadow and lipstick. The video was captioned with: “Stay safe, stay at home with your loved ones and enjoy our clip.” Check it out below-Advertisement “”We are in quarantine. She’s the make-up artist,” Mushtaq said in the clip, pointing at his daughter, who is seen wearing a veil.The former spin bowler went on saying that it was his daughter’s wish to play with him, and that she gave him his new ‘getup’ with her make-up work and the beautiful wig.“Stay at home, stay safe and look beautiful, and enjoy with your loved ones,” the 43 year old added.However, its not the first time Mushtaq’s daughter did her make-up job on her father. Below her’s a tweet from 2015, where the former cricketer is seen undergoing beauty treatments from his sweet kid.Mushtaq is hailed as one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time, and is regarded as the pioneer of the ‘doosra’. He has made 49 Test and 169 ODI appearances for Pakistan, securing 208 and 288 wickets in both formats respectively. He was the fastest bowler to reach 100, 150, 200 and 250 wickets milestones in ODI cricket.Mushtaq made his last international appearance in 2004 in a Test match against India. Since his retirement, he has performed several coaching roles, especially in 2016 when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) appointed him as the spin consultant for the England cricket team for the Pakistan and India series.Mushtaq also has his own YouTube channel named ‘Saqlain Mushtaq Show’, where he regularly uploads videos, discussing various topics regarding the sport.Pakistan has seen 4,005 confirmed Coronavirus cases as of today, and the death toll is at 54.Also read-Indian cricketer scored 59 hundreds in his career – so he donated Rs.59 lakh to the fight against Covid-19!Yuvraj Singh slams current crop of Indian players: There’s no respect for seniors! Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES -30- CHRISTOPHER DECARLO, TUTTIPAESI, WINNER: “The last time I rode in California was in 2002 at Hollywood, for the American Oaks; this is my first ride ever at Santa Anita.“Every time she’s run for me, she’s run really well. The last time she ran, she was a little aggravated, a little high strung and the heat was getting to her. She really enjoyed today.“She’s tactical. Going down the backside Alex (Solis, on Fresh Feline) kind of came out and I didn’t want to lose my cover and have to be three-wide all the way around. I was able to tuck in behind Mike (on runner-up Glory) the whole way; his horse was running well.“At the top of the lane it was tight. I didn’t have anywhere to go but there was a little separation at the eighth pole and once she got her head in there, she was able to muscle her way through. She’s a tough filly, she’s a fighter. She’s the kind you want, she won’t back away from a challenge.” RILEY MOTT, SON OF TRAINER BILL MOTT, TUTTIPAESI, WINNER: “I didn’t have to tell Chris (DeCarlo) anything. He knows the mare very, very well. He’s been on her a few times, it was a short filed, a little bit of speed, but when they open the gates, it’s all up to him.“He did a good job. She was in tight turning for home but was pretty valiant. I wasn’t sure (she would get there) until 100 yards from the line, when she got out. I know she’s game. She showed it in her previous races. This was a pretty special win.”Tuttipaesi also was entered at the Fair Grounds today, but ran here.“It seems like we made the right decision. It was a big testament to our team, and the owner. We’ve put in a lot of work with her so this was a very gratifying victory.” MIKE SMITH, GLORY, SECOND: “I had to move a bit earlier than I wanted to. Going in to the far turn Fresh Feline came up on our outside and when that happened, I had to go with them and it turned into too long of a run. In saying that she ran too good to lose.” NOTES: The winning owner is Valor Ladies, LLC. TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more

Construction of Dunfanaghy Health Centre needed without further delay

first_imgNegotiations are underway to secure a contract for the building of the new Health Centre in Dunfanaghy. It is hoped that a commencement date will be confirmed by the HSE soon, as the current health centre in the village faces high demands.Construction of the new €2.5million health centre was due to begin in October 2018. Now, it has been confirmed that the HSE are working towards the completion of an agreement for a lease with the developers.  Once this is complete a commencement date can be agreed. The primary care centre will be a modern facility delivering GP, Primary Care, Dental and ambulance facilities for the area. It will replace the current centre, which served the community for many years.Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope says it is important that construction commences as soon as possible: “The health centre for Dunfanaghy is urgently required as the current centre can no longer function under the demands placed on it, therefore it is imperative that a new centre goes to construction stage without further delay. “I have on numerous occasions raised this matter with the HSE, Department of Health and the Minister, I will continue with my lobbying until we see actual construction commence, but I am satisfied we are nearing that point albeit, I admit it is taking longer than what was projected in a Government press release of October 2018, but it is important that the momentum is now maintained and we see this project over the line,” concluded Pat the Cope.  Construction of Dunfanaghy Health Centre needed without further delay was last modified: September 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South African cycling in 2013

first_img18 December 2013South African cycling enjoyed an excellent year in 2013. Daryl Impey became the first South African in the 100 year history of the Tour de France to pull on the famous yellow jersey, while South African educated Chris Froome won the Tour. In mountain biking, Greg Minnaar won a third downhill World Championship title, this time in his home town of Pietermaritzburg.Tour de France yellow jerseyDaryl Impey, riding for Oreca-GreenEdge, showed up strongly in the opening week of the Tour de France, helping his team-mate Simon Gerrans into the famous yellow jersey. Then, on 4 July in Montpellier, where Robbie Hunter had won a stage of the Tour de France six years earlier, Impey’s hard work to lead out Matt Goss was rewarded when he took over the race lead from Gerrans.“If you told me that I would experience this moment in my life, I would tell you you were lying,” Impey said in an interview after the stage.“It’s a dream come true, a magical moment. It’s a big day for South African and African cycling. This is a special day.”Impey held the jersey for two days before Chris Froome won the eighth stage and with it the yellow jersey, which he did not relinquish the rest of the way to Paris.Tour de France championWith Froome not only having been educated in South Africa, but also having begun his professional cycling career in the country, it was another big moment for South African cycling.Robbie Hunter retired from professional cycling in 2013, but not before he had won the inaugural Mzansi Tour. He showed his class and experience to take the overall victory by almost six minutes, thanks mostly to a solo breakaway on the second stage.UCI MTB Masters World ChampionshipsThe UCI MTB and Trials World Championships, which were preceded by the UCI MTB Masters World Championships were held on the African continent for the first time when Pietermaritzburg served as the host city in August and September.South African competitors shone in the Masters World Champs, claiming 10 gold, eight silver and 10 bronze medals.Nico Pfitzenmaier, Paul Furbank and Linus Van Onselen won gold in their age groups in the cross-country, while Nedene Cahill, Geneveive Weber and Natalie Bergstrom did the trick in the women’s competition.In the downhill, Chris Nixon, Myles Kelsey and course designer Nigel Hicks came away with gold medals, while Rike Olivier added a further gold in the women’s downhill.UCI MTB World ChampionshipsThe UCI MTB and Trials World Champs followed on from the Masters Worlds and there was intense pressure on Greg Minnaar, in his home town, to defend the title. In three previous World Cup events at the Cascades MTB Park, he had twice won and finished second on the other occasions, so the expectations were huge that he could win the sought after rainbow-striped jersey in front of a patriotic South African crowd.While riders from other countries picked up medals in the cross-country, trials and cross-country eliminator events, there was still a feeling among South African fans that their time would come on the final day of competition, when Minnaar would blast down the mountain in the downhill. He did not disappoint.Wild celebrationsGoing down third last, Minnaar led at the first split, but by the second split he trailed Australia’s Mick Hannah. With a massive crowd urging him on, he powered to the finish, sustaining a puncture, but keeping his head down, to better Hannah’s leading time by four-tenths of a second. The crowd erupted in cheers, but there were still two riders to come down the hill. Neither could match Minnaar and a wild celebration followed as the result he and his supporters had so wanted was achieved.Minnaar’s third World Championship title matched his three overall World Cup titles and confirmed his standing as one of the all-time greats of the sport.Burry Stander’s passingOn a sad note, South Africa should have had a strong challenger for the men’s cross-country title, but Burry Stander, second in the World Cup in Pietermaritzburg in 2012, was tragically killed in an accident while training early in January. His loss stunned the South African and international mountain biking communities.The former under-23 world champion was a much-loved and respected figure and his passing was observed by the establishment of a commemorative garden at the Cascades MTB Park in his remembrance, which was officially opened during the World Championships.Following Stander’s passing, his Team Specialized team-mate and Olympic cross- country champion Jaroslav Kulhavy teamed up with the South African’s regular Absa Cape Epic partner Christoph Sauser to win the Epic in Stander’s memory.World Championships silver medalAt the end of September, at the UCI World Championships in Florence, Louis Meintjies starred in the under-23 road race. He claimed the silver medal, finishing just three seconds behind the winner, and clear of the chasing peleton.Meintjies races professionally with Team MTN-Qhubeka, the first ever Professional Continental cycling team from South Africa, which made a big splash in its first season in those ranks.Memorable winMost memorably, Gerald Ciolek scored the team’s biggest win of the season in March when he overcame snow and rain to capture the Milan-San Remo Classic ahead of Peter Sagan and Fabian Cancellara. That victory announced MTN-Qhubeka as a team to be respected.“When Gerald won the Milan-San Remo, we were on the front page of La Gazzetta della Sport, Italy’s biggest sports newspaper. We were on the front page of Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium. We were in the Korean Times in Korea. It was phenomenal,” Team Principal Douglas Ryder said in an interview with SAinfo.South African-based Team Bonitas made history when they appointed Luthando Kaka their team captain in August, making him the first black South African to lead a professional cycling team.Ashleigh Moolman PasioAshleigh Moolman Pasio flew the women’s flag high. She achieved a first ever podium finish for a South African road cyclist in the UCI World Cup at the prestigious La Fleche Wallonne Feminine in Belgium, won the Boels Rental Hills Classic in The Netherlands, and finished a career high eighth in the Giro d’Italia Femminile, recognised as the toughest women’s stage race in the world.At home, early in the year, she confirmed her dominance by winning national titles in both the road race and time trial. Towards the end of the year she repeated the feat at the African Continental Championships.Para-cyclingSouth African para-cyclists excelled at World Cup events and at the Para-cycling Road World Championships in Canada, where Ernst van Dyk won two silver medals. Other top performers during the World Cup season included T1 tricyclist George Rex, C4 cyclist Roxy Burns and H2 cyclist Justine Asher.last_img read more

Zuma condemns xenophobic attacks

first_img16 April 2015President Jacob Zuma condemned the attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg in an interview with the SABC, South Africa’s public broadcaster, on Wednesday night.“This must stop because we cannot continue killing one another as Africans who belong to the same continent,” Zuma said. “What is happening in our country is not acceptable. We condemn this . [as] people are being attacked and killed.” He called for calm as the attacks on foreign nationals spread from Durban to Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday, and to Johannesburg in Gauteng.The pre-recorded interview with Zuma was broadcast on SAfm and on the other stations’ news bulletins on Wednesday, News24 reported. He also spoke on SABCs television bulletins.Lives lostThe attacks have claimed five lives in KwaZulu-Natal – including that of a 14-year-old boy – according to the provincial SA Police Service on Wednesday. KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni has also condemned the attacks. Many hundreds have been displaced.Zuma last week assigned Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and State Security Minister David Mahlobo to work with the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government to address the violence that has broken out in the province.“Government is working hard to find a way where there will be co-existence without depriving people of certain opportunities. We cannot accept that when there are challenges we use violence, particularly on our brothers and sisters from the continent,” Zuma said.He reminded the country’s citizens that when South Africa had been in trouble in the past, it was other African countries that had assisted the fight for liberation: “They did not chase us away and therefore it is important for us to bear that in mind.”Zuma conveyed his condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in the violence.DisplacedA provincial JOINTS Priority Committee has been activated to co-ordinate government departments in responding to these incidents of violence against foreign nationals in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.The attacks have resulted in foreign nationals being displaced in KwaZulu-Natal. All district disaster management centres have been placed on high alert and a 24-hour call centre has been established.Shelters with basic amenities such as water, sanitation and health care facilities, have also been set up to accommodate those displaced by the violence.Government is also working closely with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Children’s Fund, as well as non-government organisations to provide food, psycho- social and other support to those affected.On Tuesday, the government said additional police officers had been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal to deal with the attacks on foreign nationals.Seventy-four people have been arrested for various violence-related cases, KwaZulu police said. The offences include murder, public violence, business robbery, theft and possession of firearms and ammunition.Working togetherNgobeni commended the city’s departments, NGOs and civil society for rallying together in an effort to curb the wave of violent attacks in various parts of the province.She has instructed all detectives investigating cases related to the violence to work closely with the prosecuting authorities to ensure that cases are thoroughly investigated and that perpetrators of violence are brought to book.Ngobeni said that police were doing everything to restore peace and stability, and appealled to the community to refrain from attacking each other.“We once again discourage people from taking the law into their own hands and caution that those found to be breaking the law will be prosecuted. They must stop committing criminal activities and report those suspects wanted by the police for crimes that were already reported in the area,” she said.Peace marchMeanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu and eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo are leading a peace march in Durban on Thursdsay against violence directed at foreign nationals.Update: President Jacob Zuma will make a statement in the National Assembly on Thursday afternoon on the xenophobic violence, ANC chief whip Stone Sizani said on Wednesday night.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Golden Beam Baby Bow Headband – Beautiful headband! Amazing customer service

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New Life for Old Electric Vehicle Batteries

first_imgSupply of batteries still inconsistentBecause sales of electric vehicles are still small, there isn’t a steady supply of the batteries available to Green Charge and others with the same idea. But the idea is promising.General Motors is using five Volt batteries to help power a data center that’s part of its testing facility, The Times said. Photovoltaic panels and two wind turbines produce electricity at the net-zero energy facility, and the batteries can either store or deliver energy, depending on the need. The Volt batteries hold enough electricity to power the system for four hours.The first of the Nissan-Green Charge systems, which incorporates four Leaf batteries, will be installed at a Nissan facility later this summer to reduce peak demands, the newspaper said, and the systems are apparently now ready for the commercial market.While Leaf and GM are finding ways to repurpose old batteries, Tesla and Mercedes-Benz both have announced plans for battery storage systems for residential and business use that incorporate new lithium-ion batteries. The battery systems are built on technology developed for electric vehicles. The batteries that power electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt still have as much as 80 percent of their storage capacity when they’re replaced, and figuring out what to do with them has been a headache for manufacturers.These used batteries are no longer strong enough to run a vehicle, but unlike the cars themselves, they are difficult to take apart and recycle. Now both Nissan and General Motors have come up with a solution that not only solves, or at least delays, the recycling issue but offers businesses a way of reducing their power bills. The New York Times reports that Nissan has just formed a partnership with Green Charge Networks to use old Leaf batteries in stationary storage systems designed to reduce the “demand charges” that businesses pay utilities.As Green Charge explains at its website, demand charges represent as much as 50 percent of the power bill for a typical business. While residential customers pay only for the power they use, business also pay for the highest amount of power they use at any time during the billing cycle. This helps utilities defray the cost of building and maintaining the grid, which must be designed to meet peak loads.Businesses and institutions that have battery banks to even out their use of electricity and lower their peak demands on the grid can save money, and that’s where the electric vehicle batteries come into play. Green Charge will use the Leaf batteries to build these systems, and General Motors says it will develop a similar system for used Volt batteries and sell it on its own. Lots of life left in Leaf batteriesVic Shao, the founder and CEO of Green Charge, said Leaf batteries have a capacity of 24 kWh when new, so at 80 percent of that when they’re repurposed they would still be able to produce nearly twice the power as the larger of the two Tesla batteries, a 10 kWh model.The number of batteries and other parts of the system can be scaled to meet the customer’s needs.Shao said the systems would be commercially available in the 4th quarter of the year. He did not discuss pricing, but pointed out that Green Charge doesn’t sell the battery system to its commercial customers as a stand-alone package. Rather, they engineer and install the system and then split the savings with the site host. The batteries have a 10-year guaranteed life span when Green Charge acquires them from Nissan.Because of very high demand charges for commercial customers, the systems can produce big savings. But Shao said he didn’t see the same opportunity for the residential market right now.“I struggle with that question myself,” he said. “I believe there are certain niche residential applications available on the market today perhaps. I would say for the majority of the U.S. population, grid power is reliable and cheap and there is not really a particular need for home-based energy storage, at least economically speaking. Consumers may decide to buy home energy storage systems for other reasons other than economics.”Green Charge now has more than 20 systems installed and running now, and close to 200 customers who are contracted in design, engineering and construction.last_img read more

10 Things The Tech Industry Should Fix Before Anyone Takes A Vacation

first_imgTags:#Apple#Complaints#crapware#customer service#customer support#foistware#incompatibility#junkware#Microsoft#Tech Support#warranties Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Companies keep trying to slip in an unwanted product with a product that I wanted until you tried to trick me. I gave up on Java just because I hated having to wait to tell Oracle that I did not want whatever toolbar they were peddling. ZDNet’s Ed Bott calls this “foistware”—software that’s foisted on unsuspecting users. I call it “sneakware.”Who should fix this: Oracle seems to be the main holdout, with past offenders like Skype mending their ways. (I started to give Adobe props for doing likewise, but just this morning found it trying to foist an unwanted toolbar on me while I was upgrading Flash. Bah.)Mobile JunkwareIn the age of app stores, there’s no reason why carriers and handset makers should be installing apps for us. Yet they do—and worse, it seems to work to help them sell phones. I don’t get it. All I see are apps that I do not want and will never use. Trust me—if the app has “NFL” in its name, I do not need it.But what are my alternatives? Apple does a great job stopping carriers from installing software on the iPhone, but I don’t want to go the iPhone route. In the Android world, there’s the Nexus, with just Google’s basic Android setup—but when I tried to buy it through Verizon, I couldn’t.Who should fix this: For consumers like me, carriers and handset makers should at least offer a no-apps option. I might even pay a little extra not to get them.Upgrades That Force UpdatesWhy do computer makers force me to move to a new version of my desktop applications—often, one that requires buying a paid upgrade or a new version—just because I got a new version of an operating system preinstalled on a new computer? I have lost count of the times this has happened to me. Of course this is the way our tech industry operates, but it feels like extortion. That is why I spend more and more time using Linux.Who should fix this: There’s no reason why desktop apps shouldn’t just update over the network automatically, like mobile apps do. Fortunately, Apple and Microsoft seem to be learning from the mobile world, moving to app-store models of automatic updates on the desktop, too. iLemonsRemember my “iLemon” experience with my iMac? Telling me you are going to solve my problem and explaining you cannot fix the exact problem which I told you I had in the first place is just unacceptable. And you shouldn’t need a fancy extended warranty to get problems rooted in manufacturing fixed.Who should fix this: Apple and other PC makers should expand the kinds of problems they’ll fix under a basic warranty, and extend the warranty periods—without extra charges.The Dreaded Reboot Related Posts Rebooting my computer without my permission just should not happen. Microsoft loves to do this.Almost as bad: Windows tells me that I cannot turn my computer off at the most inopportune time because it has to install updates.Who should fix this: This one’s entirely on Redmond.Unsupported HardwareYes, I get that computer companies want to make money by selling new hardware. But a lot of organizations get by with old, donated equipment—like schools, churches, and nonprofits. I tried to set up my son’s old Apple AirPort Express Wi-Fi router at our church. The AirPort utility on my Mac didn’t work to set it up. Apple’s support forums referenced “Apple’s non-existent solution” to the problem. I found a workaround: Apple’s version of the AirPort software for Windows 7 still worked. Apple isn’t the only one guilty of this type of stuff, but they are a very good poster child.Who should fix this: This seems like a basic fairness issue, since it’s the people and organizations with the least resources who are often stuck using older gear. Every tech company should support old hardware and software as long as it can.It’s Not All BadI thought I’d have more complaints, but this list isn’t nearly as long as I thought it would be. Most of this stuff has been happening to me for so long that it’s like water off a duck’s back.Still, it would be nice if tech companies focused on fixing these everyday grievances of ordinary users, rather than rushing out a bunch of new gadgets and services—all of which will likely have their own bugs, defects, and annoyances—before the summer break.Even so, I haven’t lost my appreciation for what new technology brings. One small example: I was able to watch and comment the other night in real time on Google Docs as my editor worked on one of my submissions. For me, the wonder still outweighs the irritants. But I sure feel better getting these complaints off my chest.Images via the film “Office Space”center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We’re entering the tech doldrums—that time after Apple, Google, and Microsoft have held their big conferences and Samsung, Nokia, and the rest have done their big product reveals. In a few months, we’ll be speculating about what will be the hot holiday products.But right now is when I like to take stock of those things that still irritate me as a technology user. Rather than shove more products down our throats, why can’t they just make the current ones we have work right? In an era when so much is done in software rather than hardware, and updates flow over high-speed networks, there’s just no reason why giant tech companies can’t fix these problems. I’m not a complainer by disposition: I try to balance the list of things that drive me up the wall with the feeling of wonder that I get from the some of the new great things that I have found. It gives me a little perspective and puts a smile on my face when I push away from my desk and head out for a beach walk. But I thought it would be helpful to share what’s bothered me—maybe these oversights, errors, or bad decisions bother you, too.Here’s my summer 2013 list of tech misdeeds.Email AttachmentsPeople still send me full-sized pictures by email. It is by far the worst offense and has held that spot for years. With all the options out there for viewing and sharing pictures on the Web, no one needs multimegabyte copies of photos.Who should fix this: Apple, Microsoft, and Google all make email clients and have file-sharing services. They should mash them up and make file-sharing links, not raw file attachments, the default behavior. Now, Google does allow Google Drive as a sharing option; Microsoft does likewise with SkyDrive. But Apple is AWOL on this issue, and neither Google nor Microsoft does enough to educate users about this option.Should the services themselves not step up, I’d love to see file-sharing service Dropbox and its recent Mailbox acquisition to swoop in and fix the problem. Facebook MessagesFollowing closely with large images in my inbox is expecting me to respond to a Facebook message in a timely fashion. It just makes no sense. I have no shortage of real email addresses. There is absolutely no Facebook link on my real emails, and unless Facebook is the only way you do electronic messaging, you can be certain that you have never gotten a Facebook message from me. There are a lot of ways to get my attention. Facebook just isn’t one of them.Who should fix this: This one’s on Mark Zuckerberg & Co. He keeps promising to reinvent and simplify email. How about a simple way to opt out of Facebook messaging altogether and redirect any messages people try to send via Facebook to my inbox?Digital DownloadsIn November 2010, I decided to upgrade my Adobe Dreamweaver Web-authoring software. I had lost my most recent serial number, but I had an online chat with an Adobe representative who assured me that everything would work. As soon as I bought the product and downloaded it, I found it wouldn’t work. The rep dropped the chat and told me I would have to talk to support. That was the wrong answer. Adobe eventually fixed the problem with a new copy of Dreamweaver. In a box. Sent by FedEx to my house.Who should fix this: Hopefully this problem’s in the past, as Adobe’s now pushing its online Creative Cloud as a replacement for old-fashioned desktop software installs. But moving software to the cloud means you can’t mess around with activation codes, logins, and permissions. Clouds That Go PoofAnother cloud conundrum: Telling me that my data is safe with you and then pulling the rug out from under me. Apple, are you listening? I have lived through .Mac and MobileMe. I will not be taken in by iCloud. I am pretty sure that I still have links out there which go to now non-existent things that were once hosted by Apple.Who should fix this: Maybe consumers should vote with their wallets and take their business elsewhere when companies drop cloud services. Or maybe we need some kind of regulation. At the very least, we should more actively shame companies like Apple when they do this. The creator of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has declared that it’s not cool to change links or make them disappear. More people should listen to him.Sneakware david sobotta 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

French Open: Serena Williams to face 20-year-old Sofia Kenin

first_imgWhen Serena Williams saw a young U.S. tennis player distraught after a loss at a tournament earlier this season, she did what just felt right.Williams, 37, went over to console 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova, even if that sort of thing doesn’t usually happen on tour.”I really take to all the young girls out there that are doing well. I was heartbroken when she walked into that locker room, and I wanted to be there for her, because I have been there. And it’s an interesting position, because it’s just, like, no one ever says anything, even though I feel like a lot of people want to,” said Williams, who will meet Sofia Kenin, another up-and-coming American, in the French Open’s third round Saturday.”I’m just going to go for it now and do what my emotions want me to do and not do the ‘professional thing’ because maybe that’s not professional,” she continued. “I’ve just got to do what I feel and act how I feel.”Here is how Anisimova recalled the post-match encounter with Williams at the Miami Open: “It was a really long match and I was super upset in the locker room. Serena actually came up to me and we shared a little bit of a chat. That was really nice of her, and I’ll remember it forever.”Anisimova reached the third round in Paris for the first time with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 11 seed Aryna Sabalenka on Thursday. When the New Jersey native got to the fourth round at the Australian Open in January, she was the youngest American to get that far at any major tournament since guess who! the 16-year-old Williams at the 1998 French Open.advertisementThe following year, Williams played Steffi Graf twice, their only meetings. Graf retired in 1999 with 22 Grand Slam singles titles, then a record in the Open era; Williams eclipsed that total in 2017.”I remember thinking, ‘Thank God I had a chance just to play her, because I grew up watching her,” Williams said.Now Williams is the one facing opponents who grew up watching her.”I really love all the new young players. Like, it’s just so exciting. I feel like tennis has done so much for me,” Williams said, “and to see a new generation come through is great.”Kenin, a 20-year-old who is ranked 35th and based in Florida, is a big hitter who has yet to get to the fourth round at a major tournament in eight previous appearances.She has played only one match so far in Paris this week, because the woman she was supposed play in the second round, 22nd-seeded Bianca Andreescu of Canada, withdrew beforehand with an injured right shoulder.”I have been watching her. I think it will be a good match,” Williams said. “She has a lot to bring to the table.”Also Read | French Open 2019: 20 years on, Roger Federer faces son of rival from debutAlso Watch:last_img read more