Colin Kaepernick, who made a rousing debut as the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback Sunday replacing concussed Alex Smith, will take all the first-team reps for the Niners as they prepare to face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.This comes from none other than Smith, to ESPN.The move seemingly would put Kaepernick on track to start against the Saints; players who receive first-team reps usually draw starts for that week’s game.Harbaugh said earlier Wednesday the QB for the NFC West-leading Niners (7-2-1) could change week to week, and even during the course of a game.Kaepernick went 16 for 23 for 243 yards, two touchdowns and an impressive passer rating of 133.1 in his first NFL start Monday against Chicago. The second-round draft pick out of Nevada in 2011 hardly seemed fazed by football’s big stage. He directed scoring drives and made beautiful throws on the Niners’ initial four possessions and completed 12 of his first 14 passes, with a 57-yard throw to Kyle Williams, setting up Vernon Davis’ 3-yard TD on the next play.Harbaugh rated Kaepernick’s debut start as “A-plus-plus.”Smith said plans to fight for his job once he is fully healthy, but he had yet to be medically cleared Wednesday after missing Monday night’s 32-7 rout of the Bears while recovering from a concussion. He was supportive Wednesday of Kaepernick’s success, even if the second-year pro takes Smith’s starting job as 49ers quarterback.“If you can’t be happy for your teammate’s success you’re playing the wrong sport. Go play tennis or golf or something,” Smith said Wednesday. “That’s ridiculous, I think. That doesn’t belong in team sports, in my opinion. It’s the quarterback position. It gets a lot of attention. We’re going to get talked about.”Harbaugh underwent a follow-up evaluation for his irregular heartbeat Tuesday and said, “believe we’ve got that one licked.” He has quit chewing tobacco and given up the four or five Diet Cokes he was drinking daily after doctors encouraged him to improve his diet and decrease his caffeine intake. Harbaugh underwent a cardiovert procedure last Thursday.“Zero,” he said of soda and dipping. “Cold turkey.”He swears he’s had no headaches as he moves off caffeine.Smith completed 18-of-19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in a Monday night win Oct. 29 at Arizona for a passer rating of 157.1. Smith then sustained a concussion in the second quarter of a 24-24 tie against St. Louis on Nov. 11. He even threw a touchdown pass with blurred vision six plays after taking the hit doctors believe caused his injury.
Michael Vick might be old in NFL football years, but he can still run like a track star. Just ask speedy Philadelphia Eagle teammate LeSean McCoy.Vick beat the running back in a 40-yard dash at practice after the running back had been calling him “old.”Vick, who will turn 33 next month, outran the 24-year-old McCoy and then tweeted about it after several teammates posted about the race on Twitter.“So today at the field 1 of my teammates called me old,” he wrote, adding that the teammate begged him to race the 40-yard dash. “Anybody want to guess which player?”“Beat him by a few yards too lol,” he wrote, adding #SpeedKILLS to the tweet.ProFootballTalk.com, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reported that McCoy had been giving Vick a hard time for weeks, calling him “old man” and challenging him to a race. Vick reportedly had laughingly dismissed McCoy’s challenges until Thursday.According to the report, Vick asked Chip Kelly whether he would allow the two to race, and the coach granted them permission.Eagles teammates buzzed about the race through their own Twitter accounts.Tight end Clay Harbor wrote: “The rumors are true… Vick dusted McCoy in the 40yd dash.”Defensive end Clifton Geathers marveled at Vick’s win and took the opportunity to inform some of his former Cowboys teammates about the result. He tweeted: “Never seen a QB beat a runner back by 4yards until today Vick is a fast as mug @JayRat90 [Jay Ratliff] @hatcher97 [Jason Hatcher] @Fast_Teddy [Teddy Williams].McCoy took the loss in stride, joking on Twitter that Vick “cheated.”He gave Vick credit, however, writing that Vick was “Top 3 fastest man on the TEAM.”Vick made sure to let McCoy and his followers know there are no hard feelings between the two players.“Love you Lil bro @CutonDime25,” he wrote.
Related Items:aviation drive, police, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, wounded Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back open Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Jul 2015 – A 27 year old man was nearly killed early this morning and police say they need public help to find his attackers. Detectives of the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force (RT&CIPF) have already begun investigations into the attack, which have left the man in hospital in ‘unstable condition’. Police via a media statement explained: Emergency services were called to Down Town Providenciales on Aviation Drive about 12.32am (Friday 03 July 2015), where they found a man with wounds to his head, chest and legs. The 27 year-old man was taken to Cheshire Hall Medical Centre with life-threatening injuries and remains there in an unstable condition.The injuries were so terrible, that the 27 year old will have to be flown out of the country for further care. It is unclear what kinds of wounds he received in this alleged attack but the report did say, “Officers from Chalk Sound police station and forensic officers attended and established a crime scene.”Again Police Force needs public to come forward with information and one can call Police at 649 941 4448 or Crime Stoppers on 1 800 8477, which is answered in Miami, Florida. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. DO NOT report ANY crime information via Police Facebook and Twitter pages.
$143 Abt Electronics Review • Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to… Microsoft Windows 10 Mentioned Above Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (OEM) Getty Images Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 update is finally ready… in 2019. After a long, bumpy road, Win 10 version 1809 is launching next month, Microsoft says. “Based on the data and the feedback we’ve received from consumers, [manufacturers], [software vendors], partners and commercial customers, Windows 10 version 1809 has transitioned to broad deployment,” the company said in a blog post Thursday. Version 1809 was first announced last August during IFA 2018. The update was meant to replace version 1803. The free update boasted an improved screenshot experience, the Your Phone app, the SwiftKey keyboard for touch, and more. The rollout screeched to a halt in October after users began reporting missing files after the update. Microsoft patched the bug and attempted another rollout later that month, but only to Windows Insiders. Most recently, the company tried to make running its OS easier by automatically uninstalling a failed Windows 10 update. See It Now playing: Watch this: $169 See It 4:33 See it Amazon Microsoft Windows 10 See It Tags $145 Share your voice 0 Post a comment $179 Internet Best Buy
Close Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/0:25Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:20?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Xiaomi’s most successful flagship smartphone to date Poco F1 will soon get a price cut in India. The company has announced that the 6GB RAM+ 128GB storage model, which many believe it to be perfectly configured marquee phone, can be bought for Rs 2,000 less next week from March 25 to March 27.This means the Poco F1 (6GB RAM+ 128GB storage) can be bought for Rs 20,999 against MRP: Rs 22,999 on Flipkart and mi.com. Most of the Xiaomi fans would have already bought this model by now, but others who are still looking for a true premium phone, which doesn’t cost a bomb, then the Poco F1 is the one for you. Poco F1 (6GB RAM 128GB storage) model to get price cut for limited time in IndiaPoco India/Twitter (screen-shot)Having used the Poco F1 (review) Armoured Edition for more than a month, have to say, it’s a beast with long-lasting battery life. Also, the camera is also good, especially the video taking capability is exceptional. Thanks to Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) feature, you can get balanced video even if you wobble/shake during the recording.Furthermore, the company has announced to release a firmware update soon to further improve the gaming experience on the Poco F1. It plans to release a dedicated Game Turbo mode that will offer user best user-experience with performance boost so that graphics-rich games play flawlessly and buttery smooth on the phone. Poco F1 Game Turbo mode will enhance user experience on the phone.Poco India/Twitter (screen-shot)For those unaware, the Poco F1 flaunts a sturdy polycarbonate shell on the back with a dual camera and a fingerprint sensor below it. On the front, it flaunts a 6.18-inch full HD+ display with iPhone X-like notch on the top housing an advanced 20MP camera with an IR sensor for face unlock capability. It can even work in a dark environment.Under-the-hood, it houses Snapdragon 845 octa-core, Qualcomm’s most powerful and fastest processor to date and it is backed by the Liquid Cool technology and the newly introduced DSP architecture with AI performance that’s three times higher than the previous generation. Supported by up to 8GB LPDDR4x DRAM, Poco F1 can render the most demanding games at high FPS for an unparalleled gaming experience, the company claims.As far as the camera is concerned, it comes with feature-rich 12MP (Sony IMX363, F1.9, 1.4μm) + 5MP AI dual camera, Dual Pixel Autofocus, HDR, Multi-frame Noise Reduction, more than 200 AI scene detection, AI Beautify and AI portrait mode. Poco F1 comes with powerful Snapdragon 845 octa-core CPU and a big battery.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaOn the front, it features equally impressive 20MP sensor with 1.8μm pixel size, 4-in-1 Super Pixel, F2.0 aperture, HDR, AI scene detection, AI Beautify, AI portrait mode and Infrared illuminator + infrared camera for the Face Unlock feature.Poco F1 comes with big 4,000mAh battery, which is enough to last a whole day if not more under mixed usage. It also supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology. It currently runs on Android Oreo 8.1-based MIUI 10 OS.
Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle made her first public appearance after the birth of baby Archie at Trooping the Colour 2019. But it looks like fans are not pleased with where the couple Sussex were made to stand during the Trooping the Colour balcony photos. Were Meghan and Harry sidelined during the celebrations?Reportedly last year, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were seen standing behind Prince Charles and the Queen for the iconic pictures. But during this year’s celebrations, the new parents were less visible, tucked to one side and behind Prince Andrew. This did not sit well with Royal fans who took to social media to express their outrage. Most of the complains ranged from how shameful it was that the couple Sussex was relegated to the background and how there weren’t many pictures of Meghan. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesSeveral royal fans apparently wanted to know why they were positioned at the back of the balcony, and asked whether there is a “royal order” in place for the official photographs. Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, told People magazine: “She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there’s a pecking order.”The pecking order is very important for the Royal Family, but even so, Meghan and Harry could have been placed more strategically, so that they could have been a little more visible. It was Meghan’s first public appearance after her maternity leave after all. However, some fans were overjoyed to catch any glimpse of the Duchess of Sussex, no matter how small the glimpse was. Meghan Markle may soon be resuming her Royal duties now that it looks she is done with her maternity leave. You can check out the video here:
WhatsApp Payments available in IndiaIBTimes India/Sami KhanThe NPCI (National Payments Corporation of India) on February 17, has given nod for the preliminary launch of the WhatsApp Payments in India. The corporation has approved the beta testing of the UPI-based service but only for one million users and with a restricted transaction limit.The popular messaging app has already started rolling out the new feature in India for a limited number of users.The NPCI said in an official statement: “Currently, the NPCI has given its consent to roll out WhatsApp BHIM UPI beta launch with the limited user base of one million and low per transaction limit. Four banks will join the multi-bank BHIM UPI model in phases (in the coming weeks) and full feature product shall be released after the beta test is successful.” WhatsApp Payments: List of banksIBTimes India/Sami KhanThe NPCI, according to its official website, “is an umbrella organization for operating retail payments and settlement systems in India.” It has been working to make the digital payments smoother in the country since it was formed in 2009. It is also responsible for rolling out globally recognized products like BHIM-UPI (Bharat Interface for Money).With the introduction of UPI service, WhatsApp will face a number of competitors in the Indian market like Paytm, PhonePe, Tez, and others. In a recent statement, Paytm Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma was critical of WhatsApp’s upcoming UPI payment service and raised some safety concerns. Nice ! I hope full obligation of BHIM like security and tx data sovereignty too will be implemented before full launch. https://t.co/P8vjvkzkgz— Vijay Shekhar (@vijayshekhar) February 16, 2018Sharma stated that the WhatsApp’s UPI payment system is not secure as it does not comply with the existing guidelines. He also alleged that Facebook was “killing beautiful open UPI system with its custom close garden implementation.”WhatsApp has over 250 million active users in India. WhatsApp Payments integration is expected to help many small-scale merchants and normal users to send and receive money through digital transactions.
Ruhul Kabir RizviBlaming the ruling party for the attack on its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s motorcade in Chittagong, BNP on Monday alleged that terrorists get inspired when “protection and incitement come from the country’s the most powerful person”.Speaking at a press conference at the party’s BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed also accused the government’s high-ups of giving instruction to attack Fakhrul’s motorcade, reports.”Those who can travel abroad leaving helpless disaster-affected people can do anything bad. People have seen a new and desperate form of terrorism of the government, the way the ruling party men attacked BNP secretary general’s motorcade on his way to Rangamati with relief materials,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “We strongly believe that the heinous attack was made at the behest of Awami League government’s high-ups.”On Sunday, Mirza Fakhrul and some other party senior leaders were injured as local Awami League supporters allegedly attacked his motorcade at Isakhali in Rangunia upazila, Chittagong on their way to landslides-hit Rangamati.Rizvi Ahmed alleged that police arrested their party men at different parts of the country, including in the capital, on Sunday as they took out processions protesting the attack on their leaders. “We strongly condemn it.”He also alleged that the ruling party men attacked their party’s iftar programmes in Moulvibazar and Netrakona, and foiled those on Sunday. “They have resorted to hooliganism fearing their fall anytime. They’re making desperate efforts to establish a reign of terror after getting alienated from people.”The BNP leader said the way the terrorism is being reproduced it can easily be assumed that the next election will witness huge violence if it is held under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.He also warned that BNP will boycott the next election as well if it is held under the Awami League-led government.Read more:‘Attack an arrogant bid of govt to erase last sign of democracy’BNP to stage countrywide demo tomorrowMirza Fakhrul’s motorcade comes under attack in Ctg
Jahangir Alam, a security guard of the RF Tower, has recounted how he survived the skyscraper fire.When the fire broke out, Jahangir was staying in his room on the 21-storey building’s rooftop.”After I came to know a fire had caught the building, I tried to come down using the stairs. When I reached the eighth floor, I felt scorching heat and returned to the rooftop.”He told Prothom Alo that he saved his life jumping to an adjacent building.”The fire may break out on the sixth or seventh floor. Later it swept across the eighth floor,” said Jahangir.He also said there were offices in almost every floor of the building except two floors which house shops.Janhangir also said today (Thursday) is the last working day of the week and around 1,000 people work in any working day.At least 17 people were killed and dozens sustained injuries in the devastating fire that broke out at a multi-storey building at Kamal Ataturk Avenue in the capital’s Banani on Thursday.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam
SHUTTERSTOCKIf you’ve spent any time in a casino, you know how absorbing those blinking, candy-colored slot machines can be. On Think, Krys Boyd talked with journalist John Rosengren about how slots are designed to keep visitors gambling. He writes about how casinos enable gambling addicts in The Atlantic magazine.LISTEN: The KERA Interview1. Not all reels are equal:“If you’re playing a three-reel machine, it spins and you get cherry, cherry, cherry, win. It’s natural it seems to assume that there are equal numbers of cherries on each reel. Well, most of them have more on the first two reels than on the third reel, so you’re more likely to hit a cherry on those first couple of reels than you are on the third reel. You’re thinking, ‘Oh, geez, I almost got it.’ But you didn’t come any closer than if you hadn’t gotten a cherry on the first couple.” 2. The near miss function: “It’ll go cherry, cherry and then the cherry will come down just above the pay line, so you can see it, but it’s not quite there. You think, ‘Oh, I almost got it.’ No you didn’t. You’re no closer to winning than if you couldn’t see that cherry at all. The machines are programmed to show that near miss more often than the probabilities would indicate. So, if it’s like one out of 12 times that near miss would come up in the law of probabilities, they do it five out of 12 times to trick the player.” 3. False wins: “This occurs with what’s called multiline betting where you win not only on that payline across, but you can win on a payline diagonally or in another pattern. Some machines are equipped with over 200 multiline possibilities, and so you bet on these different possibilities. You can bet on say five lines or 10 lines or 20 lines, up to 200. Let’s say you bet on five lines. You bet $1 on each line and you end up winning on three of those lines. Well, the machine goes crazy with its bells and whistles and saying, ‘Hey, you won. Congratulations.’ But in fact, you’ve lost $2. If you bet five and you win one back on each of three lines, the machine is telling you you’ve won – but in fact you’ve lost.” Copyright 2016 KERA-FM. To see more, visit KERA-FM. Share