DeGale and Harrison weigh in ahead of Saturday’s title fights

first_imgJames DeGale and Audley Harrison have weighed in ahead of their respective title fights.The former Olympic gold medallists, both from Harlesden, are in action on Saturday night.DeGale defends his European super-middleweight crown against France’s Hadillah Mohoumadi, 32, at Glow, Bluewater.It will be the 26-year-old’s first bout since signing with promoter Mick Hennessy after a long-running dispute with Frank Warren.Harrison, meanwhile, faces the daunting task of taking on heavyweight prospect David Price in the unbeaten British and Commonwealth champion’s home city of Liverpool in a clash dubbed ‘The battle of the Olympians’.DeGale, who has fought only once this year, came in a pound under the 12-stone limit .“My training’s been spot-on and I feel in great shape going into the fight,” he told West London Sport.“It’s been a frustrating year but I’m back and am ready to make a fresh start, so it’s an exciting time. I can’t wait to get back in the ring.“He [Mohoumadi] looks strong and is as big as me. He’s clearly well prepared and coming to fight.”Harrison scaled 17st 7lbs at his weigh-in at Anfield while Price – a bronze medallist in the 2008 Olympics – was two pounds heaver.Much criticised since turning professional – particularly after meekly losing a one-sided world title clash with David Haye two years ago – Harrison knows a defeat at the Echo Arena would almost certainly end his boxing career.But the outspoken 40-year-old insists he has a realistic chance of upsetting the odds.“This is about my legacy. My journey. This is where I produce an Olympic performance and remind people of the Audley that won that gold medal,” he declared.“I respect David Price. I respect his achievements. But I’m coming here to lay it on the line and prove people wrong.”See also:Harrison to take on Price in LiverpoolHarrison tipped to produce ‘something special’ against PriceHarrison aiming to halt Price bandwagonUpbeat DeGale eyeing title showdownMohoumadi out to cause an upset in title clash with DeGaleJames DeGale and Hadillah Mohoumadi go head-to-headDeGale discusses Saturday’s fight and his spat with Eubank JnrHarrison promises ‘Olympic performance’ against PriceDeGale v Mohoumadi: Watch the pre-fight press conferenceFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Features Revealed in Apple’s iOS 4.3: Multitouch Gestures, Social Networking…and Fixing that Darned iPad Mute Button!

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Find My Friends, Credit: EngadgetFinally, iPad Gets Its Orientation Lock BackIf you’re a regular iPad reader, especially one who lounges in bed, reading the iPad at odd angles, you know that the device’s orientation sensor is easy to trigger. Just a slight move, and the screen flips from portrait to landscape. Fortunately, the built-in toggle switch made keeping the screen locked into place a breeze. But in iOS 4.2, Apple decided to make the toggle switch function more like it does on its other mobile devices – the update turned it into a mute button.Now, it’s not like you couldn’t use orientation lock feature – it’s still there – it’s just that process became a bit more cumbersome. You have to double-tap the Home button to bring up the multitasking bar, swipe right to reveal the player controls and then tap the orientation lock icon. Three steps when it used to be one.And yes, this was my own personal pet peeve, I have to admit. If you at all felt the same here, you’ll be pleased to know that the toggle switch will now be adjustable. If you’re dying to have it return to its old ways, that will be possible: orientation or mute, it’s your decision. For once, Apple isn’t telling me what’s best, but is giving me a choice, and for that, I’m grateful. Multitouch Gestures Switch; Credit: EngadgetFor some reason, the Internet rumor mill has decided that this (arguably somewhat advanced) feature means that Apple is intending to do away with the Home button on its devices. We’ll go just ahead and opine here: that’s crazy talk. As Apple insider John Gruber explains, “these gestures do mean that you don’t have to use the Home button. But there’s a serious discoverability problem with them. The physical Home button is impossible to miss. That it is the one and only button on the faces of these devices is a big part of why normal people are able to pick them up, start playing with them, and figure out how to get around with no help…I don’t think the iOS Home button is going anywhere.”Agreed.However, they look like great fun to try. sarah perez Related Posts Find My MobileMe Friends?A more curious development is the reference to a “Find My Friends” setting within Apple’s MobileMe service. MobileMe, a premium service providing email, calendar, contacts, file and photo sharing and more, appears to be adding a social element, too. In the developer build, this feature was spotted in strings related to the Settings app, but what it means is still unclear.One line of speculation is that this may be the start of a location-enabled service, which will help you find your friends near you.And perhaps, as Engadget recalls, it’s related to that Apple patent application which showed plans for a location-based social networking app called “iGroups.” As described, iGroups would let people share data with each other using a service like MobileMe. New Features: Here’s What We KnowYesterday, Apple seeded the beta of iOS 4.3 to developers for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. In it are the following new features:Wi-Fi Hotspot: As we already knew, the personal hotspot capabilities are present for GSM devices, although it’s up to individual carriers to implement this setting. It’s doubtful that AT&T will be one of them. Verizon, however, is. AirPlay support for third-party native and Web applications: Previously in iOS 4.2, AirPlay, the feature that lets you stream video from your mobile device to an Apple TV or other third-party AirPlay-enabled hardware, was only available to the built-in Apple apps. With 4.3, any third party app can offer this functionality, too. A redesigned FaceTime icon: A minor change, but it looks good. Support for fullscreen iAd banners on iPad: A new iAd format which Apple says is “easy to implement,” allows its users to collect 60% of the revenue generated. Multitouch gesture support for the iPad: More on this belowConfigurable switch for the iPad, as mentioned above, the toggle can be used as a mute button or orientation lockHTTP Live Streaming Statistics: This allows developers to track their video streams’ popularity and measure their performance. New FaceTime icon; Credit: 9to5macThe Biggest News?: Multitouch GesturesThe multitouch gesture support is probably the most interesting of all the known additions. When the update goes live on the iPad, you’ll be able to use four or five fingers to pinch to the homescreen, swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar and swipe left or right between apps.The gestures will have their own panel in within the Settings application on the iPad, where they can be switched on or off. A Wi-Fi hotspot feature which can be turned on by the iPhone’s mobile carriers isn’t the only new addition expected in Apple’s forthcoming update to its mobile operating system, iOS 4.3. A developer build of the OS released yesterday has revealed several notable additions, including support for multitouch gestures, improvements to AirPlay, new ad formats for iAd and even hints of what may be a social networking gambit tied into Apple’s MobileMe platform.However, as a regular iPad reader, I have to admit I’m just as thrilled that the iPad’s right-side toggle switch, which begin its life as an orientation lock (locking portrait or landscape modes) before being transformed into a mute button via the latest update, is now going to be configurable by the end user. Mute switch or orientation lock: it’s your call. Thank you, Apple, thank you.last_img read more

It was tough, physically: Dravid on his ton

first_imgDrained after hitting another one of his typically resolute hundreds, veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid said it was tough adjusting to the conditions in the ongoing first cricket Test against the West Indies here.Dravid, for whom the 112-run knock on the third day of the match on Wednesday was his 32nd Test century, confessed he found the effort physically very demanding at the Sabina Park.”It was tough physically. I came here just three days ago. The jet lag, getting up early morning, having not played a Test for a long time and playing in these hot conditions has been very tiring,” remarked Dravid, who batted for over 400 minutes for his 112 runs and hit 10 fours and a six from the 274 balls he faced.”You could do as much physical workout; do the bike and gym and run laps of ground but the sheer effort of batting and fielding and staying on the field and then immediately come to bat, needs practice.”I sweat a lot so physically it’s always been a contest for me. That’s why I have to work harder on my fitness for I know the way I bat, I have to stay in for long periods.””But it was a big Test match and I was fired up…I felt as if I was in my space. Hopefully, we can win the Test and get a day’s rest.”Dravid’s example was lost on young batsmen, such as Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, who are seen as India’s next generation of Test batsmen.advertisement”I try telling them (the youngsters) to weather the storm; go through the intensity of a spell which might last 8-10-12 overs.” .You fight your way and then it becomes easy. It’s easy to get caught up when things around you are buzzing with noise; balls are flying and spinners are getting big help. You then start thinking it’s hard. But if you last it out, it becomes easier,” Dravid said.”Today in the morning, Ravi Rampaul kept it tight. I knew I had to go through that spell. You need to back yourself; need to enjoy the contest. It’s going to get easier and then you must be there to capitalise on it,” said Dravid, allowing a rare peek in his batting methodology.”I remember in Johannesburg (in 1997), Donald and Pollock were bowling a great spell and I thought it was really tough and I would never be able to play. You need to get through it, fight your way, grit your teeth. Suddenly, it gets easier.”Dravid managed to make 148 runs in that Test which happened to be his first century in his ninth match.Dravid claimed the intensity of the contest at Sabina Park, ironically, helped him get into his space.”I love the contest. When you are back to the wall, it improves your concentration, your focus. It helped me focus my mind, get it in the right place and I felt in control.”For long periods of time, I didn’t score many runs but considering the wicket it probably was the right thing. “Interestingly, Dravid didn’t find it a demand that he rarely received support from his teammates at the other end.”It doesn’t make a difference to me, what’s happening at the other end. My job is to focus. But when you lose wickets, it’s the opposition who picks up. When a new batsman comes in, you know the rivals have got their game together and there would be another 12-14 overs of intensity.” .Dravid also explained the reason of his refusal to take singles when Amit Mishra came in to bat.”I was refusing singles of the first two balls. Sometimes it relaxes bowlers and I was hoping it would give me a four-scoring opportunity.”The stand with Mishra turned out to be a critical one as 56 runs came for the ninth wicket and not only Dravid could get to his century but also the lead stretched beyond 300 runs.Dravid termed it a good cricketing pitch, though slightly in favour of bowlers.”It’s a good cricket wicket. It’s slightly in favour of bowlers and that’s how it should be. The spinners are getting turn; pacers are getting bounce. If you bowl in right areas, it’s difficult for batsmen. If you bowl badly, because of the bounce, the batters can capitalise.”The veteran middle-order batsman though felt his team held the advantage in this Test.”If we get early wickets, we can run through. But we know Shivnarine Chanderpaul is a dangerous player. They have got some good young players. From our perspective, if we bowl in the right areas, we will create opportunity.advertisement”We need to be patient and make batsmen play all the time.”Dravid singled out Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar for their bowling effort in this Test so far.”Ishant has been very impressive. Today his bowling was terrific. Praveen is a very skillful, crafty, clever bowler.”- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more