The Champions League final was not just an exciting game, but it was also a potential game changer: Liverpool Striker Mo Salah, Player of the Year, recipient of the Golden Boot and Egypt’s best known player had suddenly had his ticket to the World Cup cast into doubt after an aggressive challenge from Sergio Ramos left him injured.The implications of this tackle could have been be huge: If Salah was unable to play for his country (it turns out that he has done the almost impossible and is fit), this could have affected Egypt’s chances in the World Cup, and while Egypt is unlikely to be troubling the later rounds of the competition, like a butterfly flapping its wings on the other side of the world, Egypt’s performance could in turn impact how the other teams in its group do - and ultimately affect which country gets to lift the trophy.This said, Salah’s potential fall is only one of literally millions of data points. One of millions of factors that could … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018 predictions with Big Data: who is going to win what and when?
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Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 5:04 p.m. UTC May 21, 2018 Last week, with a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court struck down federal restrictions on sports gambling, paving the way for states to legalize the practice. As the NCAA and professional sports leagues brace for ensuing changes, each has released a statement. On Monday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell became the most recent to formally respond to the court’s ruling, echoing concerns from the NBA and MLB about protecting the integrity of its game. “As it was for my predecessors, there is no greater priority for me as the Commissioner of the National Football League than protecting the integrity of our sport,” Goodell wrote. “Our fans, our players and our coaches deserve to know that we are doing everything possible to ensure no improper influences affect how the game is played on the field. This week's ruling by the Supreme Court has no effect on that unwavering commitment. More: Michigan … [Read more...] about NFL commissioner Goodell weighs in sports betting
Supported by Europe The Saturday Profile By ELLEN BARRY APRIL 20, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story LONDON — Nearly three decades ago, an ambitious young London advertising executive named Nigel Oakes fell out with his partners, two psychologists, over a central claim of his new business: That using the tools of social science, he could plant motivations in a person’s brain without their knowledge, prompting them to behave as a client wished.The psychologists considered his claims unscientific, and severed the relationship. “He wanted to exaggerate what was possible to do using psychology,” said Barrie Gunter, one of the pyschologists. Adrian Furnham, the other, said Mr. Oakes was convinced of “that mystical, incredible power of the subliminal.”For years, Mr. Oakes kept trying, convinced he was on to something. But there … [Read more...] about Long Before Cambridge Analytica, a Belief in the ‘Power of the Subliminal’
Just got a new iPad and Pencil? Whether you need to take handwritten notes, annotate documents, record audio, create sports playbooks, or even make your own fonts, the App Store has a number of fantastic apps for note-taking. I've tested over 25 of these apps, and here are my favorite options. Starting out? Try The Notes app It's hard to beat the low price of free. The iPad's default Notes app is a veritable handwriting and annotation program in and of itself, with iOS 11 adding text recognition search, inline scanning and annotation, and sketching or handwriting. It doesn't have some of the features that more robust note-taking apps sport — you can't sync your notes anywhere but iCloud, and there's no easy way to link various notes together — but if you need a simple starter for school or work, try out Notes before jumping onto a more comprehensive program. (It also has excellent Apple Pencil support, if you're using an iPad Pro.) Read more about the Notes app … [Read more...] about Best note-taking apps for iPad and Apple Pencil in 2018
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 19, 2018--GumGum Sports , the leader in sports media valuation powered by computer vision technology, today released its analyses of broadcast and social media coverage of the 2018 Masters Golf Tournament®, showcasing the top brands and value generated by each throughout the tournament.GumGum Sports turned its award-winning applied computer vision technology on The Masters Tournament and the sponsors of the players’ apparel during the event, having holistically tracked and valued broadcast footage, and owned and non-owned social media accounts, for each of the brands.Ultimate Software, sponsor of first-time Masters Tournament winner, Patrick Reed, secured the top non-sports brand media spot at $16,070,465 in sponsor media value and seventh overall brand of the tournament, joining the big-league ranks of Nike, Under Armour, Puma, Adidas, TaylorMade and Callaway. Also noteworthy, Titleist, Tiger Woods’ Logo (TW) and Mutual of … [Read more...] about GumGum Sports Names Sponsor Media Value Winners At The Masters Golf Tournament
Surprise, surprise, people stop running around like headless chickens looking for a free Wi-Fi spot when you introduce unlimited mobile data plans. That's exactly what the big four US carriers have witnessed since December, according to the latest OpenSignal report, and the downward trend in Wi-fi usage is likely to continue unabated. Time spent on Wi-fi fell 3% for both Verizon and AT&T customers on average in that period, reaching historic lows of 49% and 51%, respectively. T-Mobile is now on 41%, or a two percentage points drop, but Sprint didn't witness any changes (cue the coverage jokes here). As you deduced from our unlimited data plans comparison , the market forces have become the great equalizer, and all big carriers now sport plans that are very close to each other when it comes to pricing, though T-Mobile is way ahead when it comes to throttling caps. That trend is reflected in Wi-fi usage, too. A year ago, the gap between time on Wi-fi for T-Mobile and … [Read more...] about Verizon and AT&T see a drastic drop in Wi-fi usage, followed by T-Mobile
The 31-year-old man, wanted by police, had thought playing a numbers game would be enough to allow him to fade into anonymity.The population of China is a staggering 1.4 billion people, give or take a few million.More than 45 million of them live in Jiangxi province in southeast China, and 5 million of those people are concentrated in Nanchang, the province’s capital.On the night of April 7, nearly 60,000 people — or roughly 1 percent of the city’s population — had gathered at the Nanchang International Sports Center for a concert by Cantopop legend Jacky Cheung.Who could ever locate a single person in such a crowd?And so it was there, amid the sea of faces in a packed stadium, with everyone’s attention presumably turned to the stage, that the fugitive assumed he was safe from authorities.But in the middle of an upbeat electronic song about summer romance, a pair of police officers began descending the aisles, according to footage posted on the … [Read more...] about A suspect tried to blend in with 60,000 concertgoers. China’s facial recognition cameras caught him.
Today’s headlines are filled with technological breakthroughs that promise an optimized future, from artificial intelligence to diagnose disease to self-driving cars that revolutionize transportation. One day, everything will be easier, faster, and better, we’re told. It’s an appealing vision, but there’s a downside to all this efficiency, says scholar and writer Edward Tenner, author of The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can’t Do (out next week from Knopf). “Trying to be ultimately efficient at all times will succeed in the short run,” he says. “But in the long run, you would be damaging your efficiency.” Tenner isn’t a Luddite, and his book doesn’t suggest renouncing efficiency and Big Data. He just advises us to use common sense and keep in mind that there are always trade-offs. The Verge spoke with Tenner about how the efficiency paradox happens, its costs, and how to balance intuition and technology. This … [Read more...] about Why trying to be too efficient will make us less efficient in the long run
That division, which was created last month as part of a business restructure, is now in charge of leading the company's digital efforts. And, you guessed it, that includes Disney's own streaming service, which doesn't have a name yet. "I can say that our plan on the Disney side is to price this substantially below where Netflix is." Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company said last November. "That is in part reflective of the fact that it will have substantially less volume." Disney's idea, it seems, is to bet on quality over quantity, a luxury that owning movie franchises like Star Wars and studios such as Pixar allows it to have.With ESPN+, Disney is showing it can create a streaming service that's easy to use, looks good and works seamlessly across different platforms. At launch, ESPN+ is available on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon devices and the web, with Roku support coming later. As for content, subscribers have access to thousands of … [Read more...] about ESPN+ offers a first look at Disney’s big plans for streaming
March 30, 2018 - Written By Daniel Fuller Tech giant Google has long been a specialist in finding unique uses for its technological achievements, but using predictive analytics and the cloud to predict how the second half of a basketball game will go as soon as the first half is done is fairly new territory. Thanks to a partnership with the NCAA, Google was given access to a wealth of data on past basketball games, and used its own Google Cloud Services and some AI muscle to figure out trends and patterns on both an overarching basis and per-game. Using the same techniques, refined by past handling of vast swaths of data, Google plans to have a crew on site to pump data into its cloud servers during the NCAA Final Four.The whole arrangement is going to be just as high-pressure and fast-paced as the game being analyzed. Google has a staff of Google Cloud employees that will be on hand for games, along with a number of basketball enthusiasts that Google is calling the Wolf Pack. … [Read more...] about Google Uses Predictive Analytics To Mix Basketball, Big Data