Tottenham’s new stadium shows why Chelsea should wait for a new home


first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea’s new stadium project has been anything but smooth sailing. However, with London rivals Tottenham recently unveiling their new home, the powers that be may want to renew their plans to improve Stamford Bridge. Of course, anything Spurs can do, Chelsea fans will want to see their club do better. However, to match the new White Hart Lane, Roman Abramovich and his team will have to come up with something special.As well as being the second largest stadium in the country, White Hart Lane is, in simple terms, a state-of-the-art masterpiece. At the bottom of the “tech spectrum” are the two 325m² TV screens. Although these aren’t the most impressive pieces of kit inside, they’re nonetheless imposing and produce crystal clear images. Moving up the scale, “bottoms up” technology means staff can now pour 10,000 pints of beer per minute! Yes, even by the hardiest of drinker’s standards, that’s impressive.Spurs leading the way with hi-tech stadiumHowever, while these innovations are great, it’s the connectivity of White Hart Lane that makes it worth the £850-million price tag. In an effort to provide a “connected experience”, developers installed free Wi-Fi in all areas of the stadium. As well as providing internet access, this allows White Hart Lane to be completely cashless. Taking inspiration from online entertainment platforms, the designers wanted real payments to take place without any physical cash changing hands. Although new in the football world, online gaming sites have been using this technology for the last five years.At Genesis Casino in the UK, online gamers can make payments to their account using Boku. Known as a pay-by-mobile option, this process charges deposits to a user’s phone bill. The benefit of this is that they don’t need cash or even their credit card to make payments. By inputting their phone number, they simply have to authorise a charge to their phone bill and the deposit is processed. Now, this ease of payment has been implemented at White Hart Lane, as Tottenham have installed 878 contactless payment points around the stadium. Removing the need for cash, these terminals allow fans to pay for food, drink and even their tickets by tapping their credit/debit card or via Apple Pay.Embed from Getty ImagesWithout the money, it’s not worth pushing for a new stadiumOf course, Chelsea’s stadium plans aren’t all about technology. In May 2018, the club said any developments were on hold because of the “unfavourable investment climate”. Today, things aren’t much better. The current two-window transfer restriction means manager Maurizio Sarri won’t be able to bolster his side in the way he’d like. With only a place in the top five this season as a realistic goal, money may be even harder to come by next season. That being the case, a new stadium may have to wait.Indeed, with Tottenham showing what’s possible in terms of capacity, quality and technology, it would be a huge mistake for Chelsea to cut corners. By rushing a project that’s been talked about since 2015 and not being able to match one of its biggest rivals, Chelsea would attract a host of unwanted criticism. Therefore, even though Stamford Bridge may be in need of a refurb, it seems as though some things are best left until they can be done the right way. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

A’s Melvin makes lineup tweak in search of offensive mojo


first_imgDETROIT – Manager Bob Melvin is in search of a mojo modification.After opening the week — and a seven-game road swing — with two losses in Seattle, the A’s (19-25) have made their way East to Detroit for a four-game weekend series with the Tigers.First on the agenda in his effort to “change the mojo”? Getting first baseman Matt Olson into the three-hole for the first time this season.Olson, who’s hit .194 with two home runs and 13 strikeouts in eight games since returning from a hand injury …last_img

Mobile Election Coverage Still Can’t Match TV


first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#2012 election#airplay#Apple TV#iPad#streaming#television A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Call this the first Post-PC U.S. presidential election.Sure, in 2008 we had iPhones and Android was celebrating its first birthday, but the smartphone revolution was just beginning and the iPad was still a gleam in Steve Jobs’ eye.Online TV Has Come A Long WayWe’ve come a long way. But as radically as mobile devices are changing our relationship with media, the experience still has a long way to go before it matches the power and convenience of plain old TV.In 2008, I had a presidential-debate-watching party at my house. As somebody who has never seen the appeal of shelling out hundreds of dollars to a giant corporation for content in which I’m mostly disinterested, I needed a way to get the debate onto my HDTV without subscribing to cable or fidgeting with rabbit ears. Fortunately, CNN.com was streaming the debates between John McCain and Barack Obama for free. I hooked up my MacBook to the back of my TV, fired up CNN.com and got as close as I could to full-screening the video player. The picture wasn’t great, but it worked. This year, the debate live-streaming options were practically limitless. YouTube, Hulu, PBS, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, CNN and a list of networks and cable channels all offered their own streams, some of them with interactive, social media-fueled components and other bells and whistles. Most of these streams were geared toward desktop browsers, but plenty of outlets crafted their debate-night strategies with our second and third screens in mind. Apple has sold 100 million iPads and competing tablets are popping up constantly. The markets for smart TVs and streaming set top boxes is maturing more slowly, but technologies like Apple’s AirPlay and Google TV’s equivalent hint at an interesting future. It’s amazing how much TV has evolved in the last four years.      Mobile TV Still Has A Long Way To GoStill, as I learned when I sat down to stream the third debate earlier this week, the experience remains far behind the old-fashioned way of watching things on screens. Armed with my iPad and an Apple TV, I sat down on my couch to watch Barack Obama and Mitt Romney argue about foreign policy. At first, it felt flawless. I just AirPlayed my tablet to the TV, launched the CNN iPad app and started watching.But the good times didn’t last. A few minutes in, the stream went black.I checked Twitter and I wasn’t the only one. Others were complaining about issues with CNN’s lifestream, and @CNNMobile tweeted at me and confirmed that they were having issues with mobile streaming. I switched to the Al Jazeera app, but couldn’t get the audio to play (which some people say is the best way to watch a presidential debate). I checked Hulu and the Huffington Post on the iPad, both of which were streaming the debate on their websites, but neither app had a readily-tappable link to the lifestream. At this point, I could have searched the App Store for another news app that was likely to be streaming the debate. But I wasn’t about to start hunting for apps, only able to make educated guesses about who would be streaming to the iPad and then waiting for downloads. The fragile magic of democracy was unfolding in real-time on television screens everywhere and I wasn’t going to miss another minute!Finally, I turned to the browser. NBC was live-streaming the debate on the Web in what was thankfully an iPad-friendly format. I full-screened it, leaned back and watched. Ultimately, the Web came through and worked like a charm. And if I had lined up a stronger arsenal of apps (or owned an XBox 360, or AirPlayed my MacBook to the TV, or used the WSJ Live app on Apple TV, etc.), I might have been able to avoid the hiccups. Still, I couldn’t help but picture my mother. What would she do if she were in my position?People in the technology industry might be accustomed to hunting for livestreams to tune into a live television event. My mother? She sees no reason to fiddle with such nonsense. With traditional TV, you just sit down, turn it on and watch. Internet TV doesn’t yet come close to matching that unquestioned ease of use.So what will watching the debates look like in 2016, when Mitt Romney is debating Joe Biden? Who knows, but given the progress in the last four years, streaming the debates to the Web and mobile devices should be smooth as butter, but getting it to work on your Google Glasses might have a few hiccups. Images courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img john paul titlow Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

As Prince William, Kate visit Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, rhino killed


first_imgWith the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the world’s largest one-horn rhino park in Assam on Tuesday, conservationists hope the British royals can help raise global alarms about how black-market demand for rhino horns and other animal parts is fueling illegal poaching and pushing species to the brink. In pics But just two days earlier, park officials said yet another rhino had been poached, bringing the total number of rhinos killed in Kaziranga National Park this year to six.Poachers shot the rhinoceros and, while it was still alive, sawed off its horn before fleeing before dawn Sunday, wildlife official Subasis Das said. Once the dying animal was discovered, park officials rushed to try to save it but were unsuccessful, he said.Prince William and his wife, Kate, planned their visit to Kaziranga specifically to focus global attention on conservation. The 480-square-kilometer (185-square-mile) grassland park is home to the world’s largest population of rare, one-horned rhinos as well as other endangered species including swamp deer and the Hoolock gibbon.The royals landed Tuesday evening in the garrison town of Tezpur, in the state of Assam. At the airport, the state’s chief minister, Tarun Gogoi, and his wife, Dolly, greeted the royal couple with “gamochas,” or traditional hand-woven scarves used to greet special guests in Assamese culture.William and Kate were surrounded by traditional Assamese dancers, who were moving to the beat of drums thumping and brass symbals clashing. In honor of the region’s harvest festival of Bihu, which starts on Wednesday, the couple were invited to enjoy Assamese rice pancakes and coconut cookies as a refreshment.advertisementThey then left in a black sports-utility vehicle for an 80-kilometer (50-mile) drive to an exclusive, 12-cottage jungle resort with thatch rooftops overlooking fields and a river in Kaziranga.The park has overseen major conservation success, with its rhino population increasing from just 75 in 1905 to 2,200 last year. Many give credit to Lady Mary Curzon, a British baroness who reportedly persuaded her husband, Lord George Curzon, to take steps to protect the rhino when he was governor general and viceroy of India in 1899-1905 when it was still part of the British Empire.”The Royals should focus on global awareness and the success of Kaziranga, a conservation story started by Lady Curzon,” said industrialist Ranjit Borthakur, who heads the Balipara Foundation conservation group in Assam.But as the neighboring human settlements continue to expand, the animals find themselves in increasingly tense competition for habitat.During their two-day stay, the royal couple will meet rangers and take a jeep safari through the park. They will also speak with Karbi tribal villagers who live in a nearby hamlet – a meeting that is expected to boost morale among locals trying to protect the area’s wildlife.”The royals’ visit will bring Kaziranga further into the limelight. The villagers around the park will get added encouragement to work harder,” said Anowaruddin Choudhury of the Rhino Foundation for Nature in Northeast India.All five of the world’s rhino species are under constant threat from poachers seeking their horns to sell on the black market. Demand is high in countries such as China and Vietnam, where people mistakenly believe consuming rhino horns can increase male potency. It does not.Already six rhinos have been poached this year, after 20 were killed in 2015.”The Duke will use this visit to speak out against the lies and violence that threaten this valuable species and the communities that rely on it,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “Traffickers in South East Asia are now marketing Indian rhino horn as ‘fire horn’ and lying about its increased potency when compared to African horn.”Conservationists say the visit couldn’t be coming soon enough.”The British royals’ visit will certainly increase the level of awareness on rhino conservation,” said Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, who heads the local wildlife protection group Aaranyak.But he wants the royals also to press China and other countries to curb consumption of rare animal parts, including rhino horns as well as tiger bones and pangolin scales. “We would expect the Duke and the Duchess to convince them to clamp down on such use,” he said.After visiting the park, the royal couple will fly to the neighboring kingdom of Bhutan on Thursday morning.ALSO READ: World’s hottest chilli on menu for Kate Middleton and Prince William during Assam visit Kate Middleton and Prince William’s effect on Bollywood: They came, they saw, they conqueredWhen Prince William and Kate met B’Town royaltylast_img read more