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Anderson wins SA Tennis Open

first_img7 February 2011A rain delay in the final of the SA Tennis Open at Montecasino in Johannesburg proved to be no obstacle to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in his pursuit of the cup and the US$442 500 (nearly R3.2-million) pay cheque.Anderson faced India’s Somdev Devvarman, who refused to give up without a fight. Anderson came back from a disappointing first set loss to dominate the rest of the match, making the most of his hometown advantage to finish off Devvarman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.The win has catapulted Anderson to an all-time career high in the world rankings, moving him up 16 places from 56 to 40. Devvarman’s impressive performance throughout the tournament also earned him a jump up the charts, landing him at 80.Devvarman was responsible for ousting the remaining South African players, wild cards Rik de Voest and Izak van der Merwe, in the quarter- and semifinals respectively. He defeated De Voest 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 and swept through Van der Merwe’s defence 6-2, 6-4.Anderson took on Slovakian Karol Beck in Friday’s quarterfinals and made easy work of the game, finishing 6-3, 6-1. In Saturday’s semifinals, he tussled with Adrian Mannarino from France, coming back from a tie-break loss in the first set to overwhelm the Frenchman 6-7(3), 6-0, 6-4.In the doubles segment of the tournament, James Cerretani from the USA and Adil Shamasdin from Canada stood firm to take the trophy. They defeated the American duo of Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more


Read It Later Launches New iPhone App (But if You Don’t Like It, You Can Build Your Own!)

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … 2) Reading List Improvements: To keep track of your reading list, the new app introduces a “Currently Reading” section where your list of “to-read” articles are tracked. It even remembers your position in every article you’re reading! When you finish an article, it’s moved to the newly created archive (the “Recently Read” section). 3) More Sharing, Rotation Lock (Pro Users Only): For users of the Pro (paid) version, you’ll now be able to share articles to other iPhone Twitter applications like Twitterlator, TwitterFon, and Tweetie. Also added is Evernote, which complements the current list of sharing methods that already included Facebook, Delicious, and email. Another new feature for Pro users is the ability to lock the rotation of the phone so that it stays put in the viewing mode you want (portrait or landscape) – a feature we wish the iPhone itself would include, to be honest! The Read It Later API As developer Nate Weiner explains on his blog, “as a solo developer, it’s just not possible for me to develop for every mobile device and browser.” That’s why he decided to open up his API so others could build apps that do everything his does including tagging, syncing, account management, and more. Hopefully, this new openness will encourage other developers to step in and help build applications for Palm, Android, Blackberry, and Chrome or implement the good features he hears suggested to him on a regular basis. There’s a good chance that developers will jump on this opportunity – and not just because Read It Later already has a user base of 1 million that grows by 5000 new users per day – that’s just one incentive. The other is that API is open for both free and commercial applications, meaning the first (or best) apps developed for new platforms can actually earn money for their creators, just as Read It Later has done for Nate on the iPhone.To access the API, sign up for an API key here. For the new iPhone applications, you can download Read It Later Free here or Pro here ($2.99). Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perezcenter_img Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Read It Later, a cross-platform browser extension for saving online articles for later reading, has just debuted their newly updated iPhone application. This latest version introduces a number of useful features for voracious mobile readers including support for articles spanning multiple pages, support for sites requiring logins (like WSJ or NYT), new sharing features, and a lot more. But the bigger news from this company is the release of an API that will allow anyone to build their own Read It Later applications – and not just for mobile, but for any platform.The New Read It Later for iPhoneThe Read It Later application on the iPhone, available in both a free and paid version, lets you mark articles you’re reading in Safari using a customized bookmarklet. Originally, the installation of this bookmarklet was a bit of a challenge as you first have to save a link then edit it, but thanks to iPhone OS 3.0’s introduction of copy-and-paste, the process is much simpler. With the update to Read It Later version 1.3, iPhone users will have access to a number of new features. Although each one is a minor tweak or upgrade, when combined, the overall experience of using the application is greatly improved.1) Better Access to Articles: The first of the many changes includes support for multi-page articles. These articles will be detected by the application and combined into offline web and text modes. Also supported are articles that sit behind a paywall or are password-protected in some way – such as those on the Wall Street Journal’s site, for example. Now Read It Later can store that content by caching your login credentials so you don’t have to enter them again when the app needs to download that content. And while you’re reading these saved articles, a new scroll bar makes it easier to navigate. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more


Think You Have a Great News Idea? Knight Foundation Wants to Fund It

first_imgTags:#New Media#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img The Knight Foundation has announced the launch of its 2009 Knight News Challenge, a contest that will award people with the best ideas for building the future of news media a total of $5 Million in support. The Challenge is riding high this year on news that a past winner, hyper-local news aggregator Everyblock, was just acquired by MSNBC.Now in its 4th year, the Knight News Challenge has funded 35 news projects so far. The rules of the contest have changed this year in response to one of the biggest complaints of the past: projects can now be submitted privately to Knight judges and not be exposed to the public at large.The way we learn about the world around us is changing fast and radically. We’re sure many of our readers have fantasized about a new type of online news project and we hope you’ll take a shot at the Knight prize. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more