Manchester United are considering making a move for Raheem Sterling, the Sunday People say.It is claimed United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is monitoring the Harlesden teenager and sees him as a potential replacement for Nani.There has been speculation about Sterling’s future in recent weeks as he is yet to sign a new contract at Liverpool, who fully expect him to stay at Anfield.Manchester City have also been linked with him but it is suggested that Sterling’s advisers believe he may not be a first-team regular were he to move to the Etihad Stadium.The People also say Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala – managed by former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink – are looking to sign Fernando Torres.Hiddink has a good relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the pair are understood to have discussed Torres’ current problems at Stamford Bridge.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is finalising a £12m January bid for Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge, according to the Sunday Express.The Sunday Mirror suggest striker Darrent Bent could join QPR from Aston Villa despite falling out with Harry Redknapp when they were at Tottenham.The People say R’s boss Redknapp wants to sign his nephew Frank Lampard from Chelsea on a two-and-a-half-year deal.Lampard is a target for Arsenal, according to the Sunday Mirror.Meanwhile, The Sun On Sunday say Redknapp is planning a move for Rennes defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The History Channel aired a program called “Ape to Man” Monday evening August 7, alleging that modern science had finally pieced together the solution to the puzzle of human evolution. Although it included debunking episodes of Piltdown (11/18/2003) and Java Man (02/27/2003), the flavor of the show was that the picture of human origins has become clear because we now “know” (02/15/2002) that tool use and not brain size (12/30/2004, 11/05/2002, 07/04/2002) is the key to understanding what makes us human, and we “know” (11/05/2003, 10/20/2003, 03/07/2002, 02/15/2002) that humans emerged from Africa and not Europe (as the proud Europeans had wanted to believe, making them gullible for the Piltdown hoax). An animation, often repeated, showed a long string of transitional forms over millions of years in a lineup that the animation camera swept over in rapid succession, giving the impression of linear and slow gradual change over hundred thousands of generations. Another episode portrayed clumsy, imbecilic Neanderthalers (02/25/2005) sneaking up to a wildfire to learn the secret of the mysterious flames. Ape to Man was rebroadcast on Thursday evening Aug. 11. The History Channel advertising poster mocked the Michelangelo fresco The Creation of Man by showing the hand of God pointing to a hairy half-ape arm. Below it, a timeline purports to show 5 million years of human evolution. Brad Harrub at Apologetics Press, co-author of The Truth About Human Origins, was quick to post a rebuttal listing the inaccuracies and falsehoods in the show.Brief glimpses at this program by your faithful editor led to the perception that the writers of Ape to Man were either liars (11/19/2004), clueless (12/21/2004, 05/24/2004, 03/25/2004) or had not done their required reading assignment on Creation-Evolution Headlines (12/30/2004, 09/23/2004, 07/23/2004, 06/11/2003, 03/28/2003). The animated ape-to-man lineup, for instance, is contrary to what even the evolutionists believe (02/16/2005). They admit that the human family tree was not a Victorian picture of orthogenesis, leading in a single line from ape to man, but was a complex, branching bush of mosaics of features that are difficult to classify. Understanding this background, Ape to Man appears as unvarnished bluffing, tarnishing the credibility of the History Channel (usually one of the few watchable cable networks). Harrub will tell you everything else you need to know about this travesty of casuistry, this mockumentary that does little more than deceive the public while providing job security for fully-human but depraved actors (03/19/2003) who like to wear makeup and hair (06/10/2003) instead of clothes. Don’t show it to impressionable adults. They might not be as bright as Brother Neanderthal (see 10/01/2004, 05/19/2005, 03/27/2003). This seems to be Evolution Promotion Week on the cable channels. The Science Channel is preaching molecules to man evolution in back-to-back specials, complete with the usual weird avant-garde music and dreary British narration in deep baritone, 500 million years ago, as the Uth coooled, bluff bluff, the first life emerged, bluffity bluff bluff, eyes evolved, blah blah, dinosaurs sprouted wings and took to the skies, and so on, and so forth, zzzzzzzzz. What is this, a campaign to soften the opposition to evolutionary mythology? If so, it’s not working. Actually, it is standard daily repertoire on all the “non-fiction” channels. It hasn’t worked since before TV was invented, or else the polls wouldn’t be showing the majority believing in creation. Viewers seem to understand that movie technique can’t substitute for evidence, common-sense and reasonable interpretation of the observable facts. They seem to sense when storytelling is being passed as truth. Any sufficiently financed doxology to evolutionary biology is indistinguishable from tragic fiction. Unless they are already Charlie Church fundamentalists, most people watch it for entertainment, or as a cure for insomnia.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
One out of four households in the U.S. is now wireless-only. According to the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of wireless-only households continues to move up slowly. In the first half of 2009, 22.7% of all households had cut their landline and today this number is closer to 25%. In addition, it is also worth noting that about 15% of households that still have a landline report that they now receive almost all of their calls on their wireless phone. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces frederic lardinois Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#Statistics#web Unsurprisingly, younger adults under 35 are more likely to have cut their landlines, but the CDC also reports that the number of wireless-only households increased among all age groups. About half of all adults aged 25 to 29 now live in households that are wireless-only, though only 5.2% of adults over 65 have cut their landlines. Renters and adults who have roommates, by the way, are far more likely to live in households with only wireless phones than most other demographics.For more detailed statistics, have a look at the full report here (PDF).What Does This Mean for Developers?For mobile developers, this is an interesting trend. While most developers tend to focus on applications that are meant to be used while on the road, the market for in-home apps that control appliances or allow you to program your DVR will only continue to grow over the next few years. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
and learn how to turn your website into an internet marketing machine. Metropolis Creative Identify yourself! Call your visitors to action. videos blog posts , 3. Include photos and bios. Heck, even include testimonials. Your site can act like a social community where visitors can share knowledge and get to know each other. , 1. Make your site distinctive. . and Business Blogging social networks Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack You’ve worked hard to get visitors to your site! Now, make the most of it. The more prominent and the more frequent you can place your call-to-action(s), the more likely they will do it. Congratulations! They’ve come to your party — now what do you serve them? RSS feeds opt-in emails Spell out your business goals keyword searches Be sure you have a recognizable logo, a simple descriptive tagline, and an appropriate color scheme with matching graphics. Are your visitors expecting a high tech theme, a friendly place to hang out, or a lot of technical content and conversation/information? This is a guest post by Michael Flint, the president of Extreme Website Makeover party You have a flock of prospects coming to your site to learn more about you through But what’s their visual experience when they do get to your site? Does your site deliver the message of your brand? Are you capturing leads? , The theme, the brand experience, the message. Wow your visitors with a memorable experience using engaging text and imagery. , Free Webinar: Website Redesign for 2010 Learn how to redesign your website with an internet marketing strategy in mind with Mike Volpe, HubSpot’s VP of Marketing. 4. Once those are clear, there are few basic rules for any stylish and smart inbound marketer’s website: . Fitting all this content onto your home page can be a challenge. A good graphic designer can help you prioritize and organize your information visually. As you know, the key to inbound marketing is content. Well designed content will attract and retain an audience and become contagious — viral per say. . 2. Topics: podcasts , To answer these questions, you need to start simple: Convey your brand’s position. Download the webinar Originally published Apr 6, 2009 8:43:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 PS. We really did have a party: , a Boston-based web design and brand strategy agency.
From January 2-31, we are challenging everyone to blog more to see firsthand the results that blogging can generate. Participating companies should submit their blog URLs on this page to enter the challenge. Winner(s) will receive a complimentary ticket to INBOUND 2014 and be featured on the HubSpot Inbound Marketing blog.Today’s blogging tip is brought to you by David Berkowitz, Chief Marketing Officer at MRY:”Take part in the blogging community. Follow other bloggers you respect on Twitter or other platforms. Read their work. Share posts you love. Comment on them. Send bloggers a private message or email when they create some content that moves you. Others will notice your work in the process — especially if it’s good — and you’ll have the opportunity to build relationships with people who may inspire you countless times down the road.”Did you blog today? If yes, submit to the challenge! Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Blogging Advice Originally published Jan 16, 2014 6:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017
Topics: At some point in our lives, we have to just accept who we are. For me, I’ve had to come to terms that I actually love binge-watching terrible reality TV, I will always want applesauce on my mac n’ cheese (trust me, it’s delicious), and most importantly, I’m forgetful.I forget names pretty much immediately after I meet people. I forget where I parked my car. I forget what groceries I was supposed to pick up when I get to the store. I forget what I supposed to do after that really important meeting. In pretty much any setting, being forgetful sucks — but at work, it can have disastrous consequences. Being forgetful makes you look like you’re careless or just not good at your job, which spells bad news for your growth opportunities. Luckily, I’ve learned to compensate for my forgetful nature. Below are the five tools I use every single day to stay on top of projects, get back to people in a timely manner, and maintain my sanity. Hopefully, if you’re a forgetful person, they can help you, too. 1) Gmail’s Multiple InboxesThis one is a must if you use Gmail and manage a fairly complex inbox. Mine usually has emails that require all different types of responses — some need a reply, others contain information for pieces I’m editing, others are fodder for pieces I’m writing, and others are things I actually need to do. Without any sort of organization, it’s entirely too easy to forget that I got an email that fell into one of those buckets. I use a Gmail Labs tool called “Multiple Inboxes” and Gmail labels to stay organized. These allow me to figure out what to do just by looking at my inbox — and make important chains easy to access. Just look at how beautiful it is:Basically, any time I apply certain labels to emails such as “Needs Response” or “To Write,” these conversations get routed into the buckets on the right of my inbox. Any time I want to remove them from that section, I just remove the label.To make sure I don’t forget about any emails, I just label them as soon as they come in, and then the Multiple Inboxes feature routes them to the right sections. I’ve conditioned myself to use this method so I can stay on top of pretty much any email that comes in my inbox.Want to set this up for your own email? Here’s how:(Note: You need to not have Gmail’s Promotions/etc. tabs to make this work.)1) Create labels for each of the sections you’d like to have. (If you want to get extra organized, you can color-code them.)2) Click the gear icon in the top right-hand corner of your inbox, then select ‘Settings.’ 3) Then, select ‘Labs’ in the top navigation. 4) In the search box, type ‘Multiple Inboxes.’ When it comes up, click ‘Enable’ then ‘Save Changes.’5) Your page will refresh, so you’ll have to re-navigate back to your settings. This time, you’ll see ‘Multiple Inboxes’ in your top navigation. Click it. 6) Here, you’ll set which labels you want to appear in your inboxes and in which order. Under ‘Search Query,’ use the format “is:your-label-here”. Your queries should be all lower-case and use dashes in place of spaces.Then, you can put the name of the Panel. Usually, that’s the same name as your label. Next, choose how many conversations you want in each bucket and where you’d like it to appear in your window. Mine (pictured above) is the right side of the inbox.7) Click ‘Save Changes,’ and voila! Multiple inboxes. Now, just make sure you’re labeling conversations as they come into your inbox and pruning ones from the buckets that no longer need to be there. 2) Checker Plus for Gmail ExtensionWhen I’m editing or writing or just really focused on a project, it’s really easy to miss emails coming into my inbox. Most of the time, it’s fine for me to be a few hours behind — if people need more immediate responses, they can walk over to my desk or give me a ring. But sometimes, that very important and very timely email comes through — and I better not miss it. My solution? A Chrome extension called Checker Plus for Gmail. It’s a little icon that sits in my browser that sends popup notifications when I receive a new email. Bonus: I can click on the icon at any time to see which emails are in my inbox and read those emails, all without leaving my extension. It’s seriously the best Gmail notification extension I’ve found. 3) EvernoteI use Evernote to organize pretty much any creative or random task I need to do. My to-do list for the day. A random blog post idea to write. Interviews I’ve conducted that need to be turned into blog posts. Random HTML code I need to use in any post I edit. Ideas to bring up in our next Content Team meeting. Heck, even full blog posts themselves go in there. Evernote’s basically a notebook you can use in the cloud — which means you can use it on your work computer, your home computer, your phone, your tablet, or even that random computer at a hotel on vacation. And it’s the perfect solution for those of us who tend to have a random idea, then lose it, purely because we didn’t jot it down. Evernote can let you “jot” ideas down anytime you have them, and access them on any device. 4) Browser BookmarksBesides having email-related or creative tasks to do every day, I also have incredibly repetitive tasks to do. For example, I need to check out the backend of HubSpot blog approximately a bagillion times a day to make sure posts are properly scheduled and monitor the performance of recently published content — and of course, I can never remember the direct URL to enter. To avoid going a roundabout way every time I need to check on the status of a blog post, I just bookmark the URL in my browser. I do this with any site I visit on a regular basis — sites like Facebook, Twitter, our company wiki, and Pandora. I also created some folders to help organize specific types of tasks I do. You can see below that I have ones specific for the blog — I’ve bookmarked our goal tracking documents, our stock photo site, and even our beloved style guide.This way, any time I need any of these links, I don’t have to remember what URL to type in or go hunting for the URL in my email somewhere — the essential links I need to visit every day are all right within my browser. 5) CopyClipPretty much all of these other tools are proactive — I take extra precaution to get organized so that I don’t inadvertently forget something — but even with the best organization, some things still fall through the cracks.Lucky for us forgetful ones, there are still some tools out there that can help you when that happens — they’re a backup plan of sorts.One of my favorite backup tools is CopyClip — a clipboard manager. CopyClip is a Mac-only download, but there are other PC-friendly options. It remembers the past 80 (yes, 80) things I’ve copied, and I can access and paste any of those 80 items at any time. So if I’m jumping between editing a post, writing an email, and IMing with a coworker, I don’t have to worry about remembering to paste the last thing I copied before moving on to copying something else — I just copy what I need at the time I need it, then check through my manager later if I need the link. It’s an absolutely essential safety net for my forgetfulness.Are you forgetful? What tools do you use to stay on top of your workload? Productivity Originally published Jul 29, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Originally published Aug 14, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 trend is out of style, or are some of them actually seeing real success? After all, it’s understandable that we’re constantly looking for ways to bridge offline and online marketing in our internet-driven world — so to us, links you can “click on” in real life are a godsend.Data from MarketingCharts suggests that the average marketer’s view on QR codes is “somewhat at odds with the consumer statistics. Whereas relatively few consumers say they’re actively scanning QR codes, marketers are finding them to be quite an effective mobile marketing tactic.” To be specific, of the marketers who responded to an Experian survey about the effectiveness of QR codes as a mobile marketing tactic, 29% of them rated QR codes very effective, and another 66% effective. So what does this data all mean? Basically, QR codes appear to be working for that small, stagnant population that knows how to use them. While QR codes aren’t “dying,” they’re certainly not thriving. The question is why, given how many consumers have smartphones nowadays.What Happened?There are a number of reasons why QR codes might be going “out of style,” but the most important is probably that they’re often misused. They’re in subway stations where there’s no WiFi, on TV commercials that have an air time of a second or two, and some of them lead to broken links or landing pages that aren’t optimized for mobile. Once a consumer is disappointed by the mobile experience behind a QR code, she may never scan one again. For those of you who use QR codes properly and offer great mobile experiences behind them, this is probably very frustrating. But even when QR codes are used properly by businesses, the bigger issue is that the many users don’t know how to use them properly. They have been poorly adopted in the United States and haven’t really broke out of the tech-savvy crowd. And although mobile devices incorporated a preloaded version of a QR code reader into their system (Apple’s is built into Passbook, not the camera itself), that isn’t very widely known or used. It turns out that the action of taking out your phone, opening a QR code reader, holding the camera from the app up to a QR code with steady hands, and pressing a button isn’t super intuitive — so you should probably adjust your marketing strategy accordingly.What’s a Marketer To Do?Marketers who believe QR codes are alive are already drinking inbound marketing Kool-Aid — they’re just trying to use an offline channel to drive website visits. So, what are other ways to bridge the online/offline gap and draw more people to your website?One practical solution is to lock down a short, memorable URL and give people that URL. Consumers are becoming more and more familiar with their smartphones, and nowadays, typing a URL into a mobile browser is not a problem for most people. Just make sure that these URLs are short and that they contain a unique UTM tracking code so you can measure your success. (HubSpot customers: learn how to create a tracking URL for a landing page in HubSpot here.) And, besides QR codes, there are other effective ways to attract people to your website, add you on Twitter, or buy your product — you can click here for some ideas.If QR codes are a part of your marketing strategy and you believe they bring you success, I suggest that you run an A/B test or two to gauge their effectiveness. For example, at your next event, you could include a QR code on half of your programs, and a shortened, easy-to-remember URL in the other half, both linking to the same page on your website. Put separate UTM tracking codes on the QR code link and shortened URL so you can compare how many people visit from each, and voila — you can see if your audience likes to use QR codes. Just because QR codes don’t work for some companies doesn’t mean they won’t work for you, and this type of testing is the only way to know if they work for your unique audience.What do you think? Are QR codes dying? Brand Experience Topics: Just a few years ago, QR codes seemed to be “the next big thing.” Shop windows, food labels, band fliers, magazine advertisements — those distinct little black-and-white squares were everywhere, vying for our attention.And while small business owners and marketers thought they’d hit the jackpot, the QR code trend didn’t become as popular with consumers as some had predicted. A 2013 survey found only 21% of American smartphone owners say they’ve ever scanned a QR code, and just 2% say they scan a QR code at least once per day.You might think that, in an age when consumers tend to keep their smartphones close by at all times, an application that connects the physical and digital worlds — kind of like Instagram, FitBit, and thousands of other apps do — would take flight.But I’ll be honest here: I’ve never scanned a QR code in my entire life, and I’m pretty tech-savvy. I can’t even recall watching a friend scan a QR code, either. But I realize I’m a sample size of one, and I’ve heard people argue — marketers especially — that QR codes are still alive and well. I found myself thinking, could that even be possible?Download our free guide here to learn how to create QR codes for yourself.So I decided to look for success stories and data to see whether I was ill-informed or QR codes really are still a thing. Though I could hardly find a data point that was less than two years old, I’ll tell you what I did find, what I think it means, and what marketers should do about it.Are QR Codes Dead?Like I said, this isn’t an easy question to answer because of the limited data. But the data I did find suggests that QR codes are not widely used.For example, Inc’s 2012 research found that 97% of consumers don’t even know what a QR code is. Digital business analytics company comScore found that 6.2% of the total U.S. mobile audience scanned a QR code on their mobile device in 2011.Since 2011, the number of mobile users has increased, especially among the younger population, while QR codes seem to have maintained steady popularity and visibility. According to comScore’s report, the number of people who have scanned a QR code seems to have plateaued since 2012: As the number of smartphone users continues to rise, the number of consumers scanning QR codes remains the same. Don’t forget to share this post! 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