12 Jun
2021

WikiLeaks: Bradley Manning to have first hearing before military court on Dec 16th

first_img RSF_en November 22, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 WikiLeaks: Bradley Manning to have first hearing before military court on Dec 16th News Bradley Manning, the US soldier alleged to have passed to WikiLeaks a trove of military and diplomatic documents, is to appear on Dec 16 before a tribunal in Fort Meade, Maryland, military officials said. center_img Help by sharing this information Organisation last_img

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4 Jun
2021

Dundon set to walk free

first_imgNo vaccines in Limerick yet Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Advertisement #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Previous articleBasketball Ireland weekend PreviewNext articleLimerick call-out for Good Samaritans admin Twitter Email Linkedin by Andrew Carey | [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up GER Dundon is due to walk free from prison on Monday after serving three years of a five year sentence, but the landscape of the Limerick underworld will be very different from the city he terrorised for most of a decade.In February 2011, he was sent to jail after pleading guilty to violent disorder and, as the once-feared McCarthy/Dundon family lost its grip on the Limerick criminal scene, he was badly beaten up in two separate prison attacks.The mother of his three children, April Collins, gave evidence that led to the conviction of his brothers John and Wayne for threatening to kill her and her mother. She also testified in the case that led to John Dundon’s conviction for the murder of Garryowen rugby player Shane Geoghegan.Wayne Dundon is currently on remand for the murder of businessman Roy Collins.April Collins left Ger Dundon and formed a relationship with gang rapist Thomas O’Neill, but it ended when he was jailed for a mugging.Another brother, Dessie, is serving a life sentence for the murder of Limerick gang boss Kieran Keane and his sister Annabel is on the run from gardaí in the UK for allegedly threatening to kill April Collins in 2011.While in prison, the McCarthy/Dundon gang was involved in an internal dispute which resulted in the Collins family, including April’s father and brother, splitting from the faction.Ger Dundon was hospitalised after being involved in a mass brawl and on another occasion after convicted killer and rapist Ian Horgan attacked him for threatening Thomas O’Neill’s sister, with whom he is involved in a relationship.Through what Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan described as “targeted up front policing”, Limerick Gardaí have increased their control of the city streets.Last September, Ger Dundon failed in his bid to appeal against the severity of the sentence handed down by the Special Criminal Court.During his appeal hearing, lawyers argued that the 27 year-old who has 99 previous court convictions, knows that “there is no future for him in Limerick”.center_img TAGSApril CollinsfeaturedGerard DundonJohn DundonMusic LimerickShane GeogheganWayne Dundon Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsCrime & CourtDundon set to walk freeBy admin – January 16, 2014 2270 Facebook WhatsApp Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boylast_img read more

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31 May
2021

Why Is the Manhattan Housing Market Slowing Down?

first_img About Author: Radhika Ojha Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Homes HOUSING Inventory Listing Price manhattan market sale Stribling & Associates 2019-01-09 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Previous: RESPA Damages Denied for Delinquent Mortgagor Next: Ginnie Mae’s Michael Bright Steps Down Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Properties in the tony Manhattan borough of New York City spent the greatest number of days on market in six years according to a report on Manhattan’s housing market by residential brokerage firm Stribling & Associates.The report which covers sales, contracts, and inventory levels across the borough revealed that the luxury threshold (defined by Stribling as the top 10 percent of all sales) stood at $4.35 million. Many legacy contracts signed in new developments in the borough up to two years ago or more finalized their sales in Q42018 driving up the average price in Manhattan by 1.8 percent, even as the median price dropped 4.4 percent. “In healthier markets, these numbers would have moved correspondingly,” said Garrett Derderian, Director of Data and Reporting at Stribling.The borrow recorded a decline of 10 percent in total sales compared to the same period last year and was down 25 percent from the high recorded in Q42015, the report indicated. “Every quarter of 2018 saw a decrease in the number of sales over the same period one year ago, including the most recent quarter,” Derderian said. “The striking occurrence now is the number of sales hit a post-crash low. The last time we observed so few fourth-quarter sales was 2011.”Despite the decline in sales, the report revealed that sales volume in terms of dollars increased with total sales volume for Q42018 up 1.6 percent to $4.07 billion from $4.01 billion a year ago. Yet, according to Derderian, the total volume remained down from the nearly $5 billion recorded in 2015.Additionally, discounts in price listings continued to rise during the quarter in Manhattan. While the average discounts for properties in the borough were at 6.4 percent off the initial asking price in Q32018, they grew to 7.9 percent in Q4, though they weren’t evenly spread.Looking at the inventory in the area, the report found that there were 7,019 units on the market at the end of Q42018. Of these, condo units made up the largest share of the inventory with 49 percent. Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago January 9, 2019 1,852 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Why Is the Manhattan Housing Market Slowing Down? Tagged with: Homes HOUSING Inventory Listing Price manhattan market sale Stribling & Associates Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Why Is the Manhattan Housing Market Slowing Down? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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27 May
2021

Pringle welcomes end of JobBridge but warns a name change will not be enough

first_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp The weekend announcement that JobBridge is to be replaced in September has been welcomed by Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle.However, the independent TD says it will not be enough to simply change the name of the scheme.He says whatever replacement is announced by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar must respect the workers who take part, and pay them, a reasonable wage if they are to be placed on an internship.He says JobBridge was never intended for petrol pump attendants or till operators, but it was clear to everyone that employers were using JobBridge as cheap labour.Deputy Pringle concluded it is quite possible that JobBridge actually prolonged unemployment for many people in Donegal………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/tp.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Facebook Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img By admin – May 23, 2016 Pringle welcomes end of JobBridge but warns a name change will not be enough Previous articleUpdate – Donegal Man killed in Castleblaney collisionNext articleMc Hugh pledges to use Junior Ministry to promote cross border cooperation admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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2 May
2021

County Mayors Endorse Karavan For CapeGOP Chairman

first_imgCapeGOP Chairman Marcus Karavan (Photo courtesy JASM Consulting) Cape May County Regular Republican Organization Chairman Marcus Karavan announced Monday that he has garnered the endorsement of every Cape May County Republican mayor as he seeks a second, four-year term as the leader of the Cape May County Regular Republican Organization.Karavan formally submitted his letter of intent to seek re-election to CapeGOP Second Vice-Chair Tim Donohue on Jan. 6.“I’m honored to join my fellow mayors in endorsing Chairman Karavan for a second term as the leader of our Republican organization,” Sea Isle Mayor Len Desiderio said in a press release. “The CapeGOP has never been in better shape. The advancement of Republican leadership in our towns is bringing more fiscal responsibility and better local government. We look forward to more of the same under Marc’s leadership.”During his first full term, beginning in June 2017, Karavan has shepherded the CapeGOP through four years of electoral success, culminating in the capture of the First Legislative District Senate and Assembly seats in 2019.Republicans have retained their control of all county-wide elected positions and now hold every municipal seat in most of the county’s largest communities, gaining 5-0 advantages in Lower, Dennis and Upper Township and, for the first time ever, a 3-0 Republican majority in Middle Township.The political year in 2019 was capped by the historic switch of Second Legislative District Congressman Jeff Van Drew from Democrat to Republican.“Marcus has done a great job of building on the momentum created under former Chairman Mike Donohue,” North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello said. “Under Chairman Karavan’s leadership, our organization is strong and well-funded. We continue to attract great candidates and win elections by staying true to our conservative principles.”Cape May County Republican County Committee members will convene shortly after the June primary to choose the party’s leadership slate for the next four years.“Heading into 2020, our party is united and energized,” Middle Township Mayor and CapeGOP 2nd Vice-Chair Tim Donohue said. “As I seek my fourth term on Township Committee, I’m excited to share the ticket with one of the strongest slates of candidates in CapeGOP history. I’m proud to join my fellow mayors in endorsing Chairman Karavan for another four-year term as our leader.”Karavan said he is “honored to have the unanimous support of our Republican mayors.““The hard work and unwavering commitment shown by our municipal elected officials has proven that unity, unselfish team work and remaining true to our core political principles are the key to our continued success,” he said.last_img read more

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14 Aug
2020

Grace Mitchell named AV-CTL DIV player of year; Eric Adams named coach of year

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – The Wellington girls basketball team finished first in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV and now come the accolades.The all league lists for both the boys and girls were made public Monday. In another first for the Crusader girls, the other AV-CTL teams were waiting for Wellington to finish off their season before the all-league lists were announced. Traditionally, all-league lists are not released until all teams in the league complete their seasons.Grace MitchellWellington Senior Grace Mitchell was named AV-CTL Div. IV player of the year. Eric Adams was named AV-CTL D-IV girls coach of the year.Eric AdamsJunior Lauryn Snipes and sophomore Avery Rusk joined Mitchell as first team players. Shayland French, a sophomore, and Tayland French, a junior, were named honorable mention.On the boys side, Wellington’s A.J. Snipes, a sophomore, was named to the AV-CTL Div. IV first team. Ian King, a sophomore, was second team and Connor Phelps, a senior, was named on the honorable mention team.Mitchell led the AV-CTL DIV in scoring with 21.7 ppg. She had 530 points for the season, a new WHS record, and was 182 of 341 for 53 percent from the field. She also had 167 rebounds.Lauryn Snipes averaged 13.1 ppg with 3.3 rebounds per game. Rusk average 10.5 ppg with 2.6 rpg. T. French led the team with rebounds getting 4.5 per game. S. Frenche had 4.1 rpg.Oh the boys side, A.J. Snipes was the leading scorer for the Crusaders and finished third in the league with 15.9 ppg while scoring 349 points for the season.Ian King had 12.5 ppg for the league’s eighth best average. Connor Phelps scored 8.9 ppg.Wellington girls finished 24-1 and finished third in Class 4A Div. IV. Wellington boys finished 11-11 and were sub-state runner ups.——— The final league standings are as follows: 24-1 2-8 0-10 22-3 10-0 18-4 Clearwater 7-3 12-9 Andale 6-4 11-11 9-14 10-11 Circle Clearwater Wellington League 4-6 0-10 W. Collegiate AV-CTL Div. IV Boys Mulvane Overall Mulvane 13-8 Andale 5-5 Circle 6-15 2-19 Overall League Wellington 4-6 9-1 Collegiate 1-20 9-1 4-6 9-13 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments ———AV-CTL DIV full-team list:AV-CTL Div. IV – girlsFirst teamEmma Chambers, jr., Mulvane; Kadey Dreiling, sr., Andale; Kali Martin, jr., Circle; Grace Mitchell, sr., Wellington; Avery Rusk, so., Wellington; Lauryn Snipes, jr., Wellington. Second teamJaiden Easter, sr., Andale; Loan’Anh Johnson, so., Collegiate; Caylie Kifer, sr., Circle; Alli Klausmeyer, jr., Clearwater; Kirby Krumsick, jr., Collegiate; Hayley Reibenspies, sr., Clearwater. Honorable mention Carissa Beck, fr., Circle; Jill Bergkamp, jr., Andale; Emily Dennison, sr., Circle; Shayland French, so., Wellington; Tayland French, jr., Wellington; Nia Tolbert, sr., Collegiate; Reagan Wilson, sr., Circle. AV-CTL Div. IV – boyssFull list:Division IVFirst teamJeffery Ast, sr., Andale; Cameron Christian, sr., Collegiate; Cal Hartley, jr., Circle; Cody McNerney, so., Collegiate; AJ Snipes, so., Wellington; Clint Walstad, sr., Andale. Player of the year: Cameron Christian, Collegiate. Coach of the year: Jeff Buchanan, Andale.Second teamPete Carney, sr., Andale; Brendon Horyna, sr., Circle; Ian King, so., Wellington; Jack Larsen, sr., Collegiate; Kincaid Liebenberg, jr., Clearwater; Jacob Newlin, sr., Collegiae.Honorable mentionBrandon Bates, sr., Clearwater; Parker Bruce, so., Andale; Cody Eastridge, sr., Circle; Collin Ellis, jr., Clearwater; Drew Ellis, fr., Mulvane; Zach Meyer, jr., Andale; Cameron Parr, sr., Circle; Connor Phelps, sr., Wellington; Kendall Reed, sr., Collegiate. Follow us on Twitter. AV-CTL DIV Girlslast_img read more

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20 Dec
2019

Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Kevin Durant’s departure: ‘He started to get restless’

first_img“I have run I have crawled, I have scaled these city wallsBut I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”Full disclosure: I have no insider knowledge of Kevin Durant’s musical tastes. But if Warriors coach Steve Kerr is to be believed, you’d think U-2 would be a fit.This week we learned how Kerr spent part of his summer vacation — sitting down with Bill Simmons as Simmons was writing the recently released … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile devicelast_img

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17 Dec
2019

Dicamba Deadline Questions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Pamela SmithDTN Progressive Farmer Crops Technology EditorDECATUR, Ill. (DTN) — The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) has issued a statement on dicamba stewardship supporting June 30 as a cutoff date for application in that state.Concerns with weather-related planting delays of soybeans have some in the agriculture industry beginning to question the cutoff date, said Jean Payne, IFCA president. “IFCA felt it important to again communicate the primary reasons for the cutoff, which have not changed,” she added.In February, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) hosted meetings to discuss the management and regulation of dicamba use on soybeans. As a result of those discussions, the department implemented a 24(c) Special Local Needs Label with several protective measures. The most notable of those was an application cutoff of June 30, 2019.Participating in these meetings were Acting IDA Director John Sullivan, Deputy Director Warren Goetsch, the management team of the IDA Bureau of Environmental Programs, representatives from IFCA, Illinois Farm Bureau, Soybean Association, Corn Growers, UI Weed Science Extension and the registrants of dicamba products labeled for use on soybeans: Bayer, BASF, Corteva and Syngenta.In 2018, IDOA received 546 total pesticide complaints, including 330 dicamba-related complaints. In 2017, there were 430 total complaints, 246 of which were related to the use of dicamba on soybeans. Prior to the 2017 introduction of the new formulations of dicamba for use on tolerant soybean varieties, total pesticide misuse complaints average 110 per year from 1989 to 2016.“The weather delays this spring have been a huge challenge,” Payne said. “However, our industry’s commitment to stewardship is often tested when conditions make it difficult to conduct normal operations. But it is our resolve to do the right thing, even when it is difficult, that makes the IFCA organization so successful in terms of managing pesticide and nutrient policy so that we have the trust of other organizations, and the legislature, to effectively police ourselves.”IFCA issued the following reasoning of why it would not support an extension of the cutoff date:1. The reason for the cutoff date is to protect sensitive crops (orchards, specialty crops) and sensitive areas (trees, residential areas and other natural areas). Application of these products in the summer months, as temperatures increase, can increase the volatility of even low-volatile formulations of dicamba. The fact that many specialty crops, trees and other sensitive plants have reached mature vegetation and/or reproductive stages by July poses a more pronounced risk to those plants and areas from any off-target movement of dicamba. The industry group that met in February acknowledged that the June 30 cutoff would preclude the use of dicamba on double-crop soybeans, but believed this decision to be appropriate given that sensitive areas, trees and specialty crops such as orchards and vineyards are also prevalent in the Southern Illinois landscape.2. The possibility of late soybean planting was discussed at the IDA-Industry meetings. However, establishing a cutoff date would still, even in a year when soybean is planted late, enable the use of dicamba in soybean in early growth stages in the majority of instances where a dicamba application is desired. Soybeans planted prior to May 15 must already abide by 45 days after planting restriction for dicamba application, which in those instances will occur prior to June 30.3. The long-term use of dicamba in soybeans and corn is paramount. In supporting the cutoff date, the Illinois ag industry looked at what can be gained, versus what can be lost, in terms of herbicide needs for both soybeans and corn. If complaints to IDA from both farmers and the non-farming public do not decrease in 2019, the future use of dicamba in all crops is in serious jeopardy. There are methods available to successfully manage weeds, using dicamba as a tool, but not as the singular product choice. The impact of dicamba on trees and sensitive areas is a major concern of the non-farming public; if we cannot reduce complaints and off-target symptoms, there is a high probability that the Illinois legislature may take up the issue of dicamba use, and other pesticide uses, resulting in potential restrictions that would be far more onerous than a reasonable cutoff date for dicamba use.The University of Illinois also issued a statement on May 6 to provide guidance for weed management options given the June 30 cutoff date and other label considerations.University of Illinois weed scientist Aaron Hager reminded Illinois growers that there are actually four cutoff dates to keep in mind in the state with regard to dicamba:— R1 soybean growth stage (from original registration in fall 2016).— 45 days after soybean planting (from renewed labels in October 2018).— V4 soybean growth stage for those using Tavium, a recently labeled dicamba premix from Syngenta.— June 30, 2019, mandated by the Illinois 24(c) label.Farmers in other states have different requirements and should adhere to state labels. However, Hager’s bulletin also contains generic information on how to manage weeds in late-planted situations. To read the entire bulletin report go to: http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/…To read the entire IFCA statement in support of the June 30 cutoff go to: https://ifca.com/…Pamela Smith can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @PamSmithDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

You have (1) new message in a bottle!

first_img SharePrint RelatedFAQs: The lost treasure of Mary HydeJuly 10, 2017In “Learn”The journey’s begun and your ship’s underway!July 24, 2017In “News”The lost treasure of Mary Hyde awaitsAugust 7, 2017In “News” This week July 17-July 23, work with your crew to collect 30 gold coins on the Friend League and earn the first map piece souvenir. You’ll be one step closer to finding the lost treasure of Mary Hyde!The more friends you have on Geocaching.com, the easier it will be to keep sailing on…Don’t have many geocaching friends? Share your username in the comment section of this blog post. If others follow suit, you can add each other on Geocaching.com and make friends all over the world!To earn the souvenir you must contribute at least 5 gold coins towards your crew’s total. The Friend League will refresh every Monday at 5am (PST), noon (UTC). This week’s souvenir will be awarded to your profile on Wednesday July 26, 2017.Week 1 point values:Find and log a geocache = 5 gold coins.Find and log a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points = 10 gold coins.Attend and log an event cache = 10 gold coins.Still scratching your skull? Head on over to the frequently asked questions to learn more.————————————————————————————————————————-Get on board:Add friends to your Friend League.Go geocaching to earn gold coins:As a team, earn 30 gold coins to receive the first map piece souvenir. (You MUST individually contribute at least 5 coins to earn the souvenir.)All logs must be submitted by Wednesday, July 26, 5am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), noon UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) to qualify for the first souvenir.Later that day (Wednesday, July 26) you will be notified by email if you earned the first souvenir. (Make sure to sign up for the Weekly Newsletter and Educational and Promotional in your email preferences.)To learn how to earn the next souvenir, follow Geocaching on  Facebook or Twitter, or sign up for the Weekly Newsletter. If you earn all four souvenirs to complete the treasure map, you’ll earn the meta treasure chest souvenir!Start yer quest!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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15 Dec
2019

HP Makes A Chromebook: What Does It Mean?

first_imgTags:#Chromebook#Hewlett-Packard#HP#Microsoft What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … When the world’s largest PC manufacturer starts making Chromebooks, what does it mean? Does it reveal a degree of uncertainty about the direction of the PC? A response to the perceived complexity of Windows 8 machines? An underserved market it can exploit?Why not all of the above?Early Monday morning, Hewlett-Packard announced the Pavilion 14 Chromebook, a $329.99 netbook boasting both a larger screen – 14 inches – than rival Chromebooks, as well as a new pricing tier. HP’s Pavilion 14 brings the total Chromebook count to four: the $229 Samsung Chromebook, the $199 Acer C7, the $449 Samsung Chromebook 550, and the Pavilion 14. HP’s screen may be the largest of the bunch, but its processor – a dual-core Intel Celeron – sits below the Chromebook’s 550’s Intel Core processor.More Of The SameThe new HP Chromebook is essentially the same as the others: it runs Google’s Chrome OS, a bare-bones operating system that, on the surface, does little more than launch a Web browser. (Some games, such as the indie hit Bastion, also have been ported over to the OS.) Each of the four Chromebooks, aside from the C7, includes a 16GB solid-state drive, and connects to the Web via a Wi-Fi connection. HP said that the battery life  for its version is a disappointing 4.25 hours, rather than the 6 hours or so offered by some of the other Chromebooks.Google has positioned the Chromebook as “companion devices,” the same tack HP took as it launched the Pavilion 14. In my own use, I’ve found that Chromebooks and Chromeboxes are a simple, easy and effective way of accessing the Web – although a dearth of apps and a complicated approach to printing mean it can’t quite compete with full-fledged PC functionality. But there’s something to be said for a “PC” that boots up and resumes almost instantly, downloads patches in the background and offers a managed computing experience better than anything Apple or Microsoft offer. A Slap To Microsoft?Still, the fact that the largest PC maker in the world began offering a Chromebook just months after Microsoft launched Windows 8 might be seen as a slap in the face to Microsoft. And long-term, HP’s Chromebook may blossom into something more. For now, though, analyst Bob O’Donnell with IDC saw the announcement as nothing more than HP dipping its toe into a new market. “I think they’re trying to offer an even lower-cost notebook option with this and trying to stand out with a larger-size screen,” O’Donnell wrote in an email. “But ultimately, I think it’s testing the waters and filling out their price range.”ReadWrite reached out to both Microsoft and HP for comment, but we haven’t heard back. In the meantime, a statement from HP indicates that it believes the market for Google’s ChromeOS is growing. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement “Google’s Chrome OS is showing great appeal to a growing customer base,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs, Printing and Personal Systems, HP, in a statement. “With HP’s Chromebook, customers can get the best of the Google experience on a full-sized laptop—all backed up by our service and brand.”HP & Chromebook: An Odd Couple When It Comes To PrintingIt might be a bit odd to think of Hewlett-Packard and Chromebooks together, if only because of the awkward approach Google takes toward printing. You can’t connect a USB printer directly to a Chromebook or Chromebox; instead, you either need to connect to a network-connected printer through a service called “Google Cloud Print” or use a Chrome extension to a traditional PC or notebook that is itself connected to the printer via a USB cable. (Of course, if your home doesn’t have a dedicated desktop PC hooked up to a printer, the latter approach may not work so well for you.) Apparently, wirelessly connected PCs and multifunction printers are now common enough so that HP felt that there’s enough of a critical mass to make this approach feasible.But as far as the direction of the PC market is concerned, the impact of an HP Chromebook is clearly muddy. That is, no one quite knows the direction the venerable PC will take over the next few years. The conventional thinking seems to be that minicomputers gave way to desktops, desktops to notebooks, and notebooks to… where, exactly? Tablets are one answer, and HP’s Windows 8 convertible notebooks fill that niche. But there may still be profits to be extracted in cheap netbooks, and Google’s Chromebooks may answer that call.Market Research?In addition, by offering its own Chromebook, HP can gain invaluable market information. Instead of hiring IDC or Gartner to provide  sales forecasts on the expected success of the Chromebook category, HP can use the Pavilion 14 to generate real data on which way the wind is blowing. If over time we see HP announce a refreshed or additional Chromebook, we’ll know that the Chromebook’s sails are filling out.Images courtesy of HP.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts markhachman The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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