Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO–For nearly 90 minutes on Monday night, the Giants gave fans every reason to believe better days lie ahead.Ace Madison Bumgarner recorded four hitless innings against a tough San Diego Padres lineup. New first baseman Tyler Austin reached base twice, including once with a single to start a five-run fourth inning rally. Recently acquired center fielder Kevin Pillar made a loud statement, launching a soaring …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry today and tomorrow. A large part of the state will see sunshine, but clouds will interact, particularly in the morning, as we saw some fog develop overnight thanks to the snowpack over most of the state. Still, today will be mostly trouble free. We can’t rule out a few flurries and lake effect clouds up near lake Michigan. Clouds will begin to increase tomorrow ahead of our next system. That system shows up Thursday. Temps will be cold enough for snow north of I-70, but we likely see mostly rain south of 70. Rain totals will up to .4” in the southern half of the state, while from I-70 northward, we can see a coating to 2 inches of snow for your Thursday. We catch a break in the action for Friday, with no new precipitation through the day. A strong storm complex remains on track to hit this weekend. We adjusted our snow thoughts on the system yesterday to 4”-10” over 100% of the state, and we are not changing them this morning. Some models are pushing higher totals, but we think those are overdone for Ohio. Others are not aggressive enough with the system. So, we are going to stay the course with our thoughts for the time being. The system is going to hit us…the exact track is what we are looking to hone in on. Also, over the weekend we will see stronger winds, meaning we have to look for some blowing and drifting for the event. We still have a concern about some rain or ice mixing in over southern Ohio, but as we go through the day Saturday into Sunday morning, colder air blasting in will eventually move all precipitation fully to snow. The map at right is an updated look at snow potential from 7 am Saturday to 7 am Sunday – just remember that we currently think that the 12-16 inch totals are likely to high. Our thoughts may change closer to the event, but right now we are not hyping that up, so view the map with that in mind. Significantly colder air comes in behind the system on Sunday, and will trigger additional light snow and flurries for Sunday afternoon. We can see an additional coating to 2 inches of snow near Lake Erie the lake effect snow machine starts to crank up. The rest of the state will see only minor accumulations from any flurry activity in the afternoon. Dry Monday and Tuesday, and very cold. We have heard of some other outlets that are touting minus 30-degree temps early next week for overnight lows. This is way overdone, and is pure sensationalism. We see some -10 to -15-degree lows Monday night, but nothing anywhere near minus 30. In fact, ND has only seen temps like that 1 time so far this year. It will be very cold for the first part of next week, but we are not going to feed you anything dramatic like that to gain headlines. A midweek system next week comes as cold air stays. So, we think we can pick up snow next Wednesday. Overall, it looks to be a 2”-6” event, but we are going to try and divide it north vs. south. From I-70 northward, we can see 2”-3” of snow, while 3-6” totals are likely from there southward. Another leg of cold air shows up for the extended 11-16 day period, and it will allow plenty of additional snow to develop. We will be dry for next Thursday, but on Friday the 25th we can see a coating to 3 inches of snow from a nice organized frontal boundary. Additional snows are likely for the 26th and 27th with minor accumulations, and then a strong storm at the end of the month on the 30th brings potential for 3-6”. The second half of January is going to be very cold and very active…just like we have been talking since the turn of the new year.
Tags:#Google IO13#io13#music#music apps#rdio#spotify#streaming music john paul titlow 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… At first glance, it’s a pretty compelling offering. If you sign up before the end of June, it will cost $7.99 per month. And that’s just the first competitive advantage Google has over the incumbents. Google Is Already A Streaming Music GiantSpotify is virtually synonymous with streaming music, but it’s worth noting that Google is already plays a massive role in the discovery and consumption of music. These days, when teenagers want to hear a new song, they don’t turn on the radio or buy a CD. They go to YouTube.That’s because the Internet’s biggest repository of videos also happens to host millions of songs, which are readily available to stream for free. It’s the world’s biggest accidental music streaming service. With All Access, Google is making a far more official foray into the streaming music space, having recently signed licensing deals with all three major labels in the U.S. It’s not linked directly to YouTube and its massive repository of free music, but rumor has it that the video giant could get its own paid subscriptions for on-demand music. In the meantime, All Access is another attractive gateway into Google’s content ecosystem, which hosts a hell of a lot of music. Google’s Biggest Advantage: Being GoogleThe only reason we’re talking about this new music service is because of who made it. By virtue of being a Google product, All Access has the potential for massive cross-promotion throughout Google’s array of popular Web services.More important, All Access will be built directly into the world’s most popular mobile operating system. That’s where the magic of streaming music really lies: In our ability to take it with us. It’s why Spotify, Rdio and MOG all wager that the simple ability to access all that music on our phone is enough to convince people to shell out $10 per month. Spotify has done a decent job of proving that thesis by amassing 6 million paid subscribers at an impressive 25% conversion rate. Of course, Spotify, like Rdio and the rest of its competitors, has to compete for users’ attention via app store rankings, social integrations and plain old marketing. All Access, by contrast will be much more front-and-center within the Android ecosystem. That’s huge.Who Needs A Business Model? Another advantage of being a Google product is that All Access won’t have quite as much pressure to make money. Spotify and Rdio will ultimately need to find a way to profitability (or get acquired by a giant), something that isn’t easy under the current economics of the streaming music business.A company like Spotify will have to find a way to minimize its enormous music licensing costs, which are easily its biggest expense. Google’s entrance into this space might make that harder, since the company can afford to pay out huge sums without investors holding the profitability gun to its head. Spotify and Rdio’s other biggest challenge is converting paid subscribers. The streaming model, the theory goes, will work much better when there are many millions of people paying for services like this.So far, Spotify has done the best job of converting those free listeners to paying subscribers. But with a competitively price competing service now shipping on hundreds of millions of handsets, the incumbents may have to get much more creative about courting subscribers. In a recent interview on WYNC’s On the Media, technology journalist Tim Carmody suggested that this might be how the streaming music business will work:Probably the most likely thing that will happen is that someone, whether it’s an Apple or a Google or an Amazon or a Sony, comes along and essentially agrees that we’re gonna run music at a loss and we’re going to support it with these other businesses. How do you make money on the music business? Don’t make money on the music business. That’s the answer to that question.That may well turn out to be true, but it’s probably not quite what Spotify, Rdio and their ilk had in mind. All Access: Merge Your Library With Google’s Last week, I wrote that as good as Spotify and Rdio both are, neither is perfect. Spotify’s user experience could be better, while Rdio doesn’t let its users upload or merge their own music. What I described as the ultimate streaming service would need to nail both design and music selection, at the very least. From the Google I/O stage, the All Access interface certainly looked nice, although I have yet to get my hands on it to try it out. The second part of that equation — the ability merge one’s own library with a cloud-based repository of music – appears to be a feature that All Access subscribers will indeed enjoy. By launching alongside the Google Music cyberlocker first unveiled in 2011, All Access effectively allows users to blur the line between Google’s library of licensed music and their own collection of tunes. One detail that was glossed over at Google I/O was exactly how wide of a selection All Access users will have. Rdio and Spotify both have about 20 million tracks in their libraries, which includes not just the major labels, but a partnership with indie label rights body Merlin and countless smaller labels. How many tracks does All Access have? The Google Music integration makes that question a little less crucial, but more casual listeners without hard drives full of MP3s will want to know when they’re eyeing up $10 music services. Related StoriesWhy Google’s Rumored Spotify-Killer Makes Perfect Sense6 Million People Pay For Spotify – Is That Good Enough? Next Round In The Google-Amazon Death Match: Streaming MusicThe Ultimate Streaming Music Service: Just Merge Rdio and SpotifyImages by Nick Statt for ReadWrite 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts As predicted, Google unveiled its own all-you-can-stream music subscription service to compete with Spotify, Rdio, Deezer and MOG. It’s a crowded space with challenging economics, but if anybody is well-positioned to win this game, it’s Google. Google Play Music All Access will offer on-demand access to millions of songs for $9.99 per month, which is the same as every other music subscription service’s premium tier. Unlike the existing market leaders, though, All Access won’t include a free tier of access, a fact originally reported by the New York Times.All Access will include “millions” — Google didn’t say how many — of songs within 22 genres, a Google-powered recommendation engine, Pandora-style radio stations, editor-curated playlists and the ability to blend your own library with Google’s.
Women in Jammu and Kashmir have welcomed the decision by the State government to approve zero percent stamp duty on the purchase of property by them.“It’s a welcome step. The move will help women scale up the social ladder in J&K,” said Nazia Ashraf, a businesswoman.The Cabinet on Friday approved to levy a stamp duty of 5% for buyers in urban areas and 3% in rural areas. “However, it is zero percent if the property in both urban as well as rural areas is registered in the name of a female member of the family,” reads the Cabinet decision, approved by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday evening.Earlier, the stamp duty was at seven percent.Ms. Mufti claimed women in J&K, as of now, owned bare minimum immovable assets even after contributing the maximum to the society. “This incentive will encourage families to register their properties in the name of their sisters, daughters, wives and mothers,” said Ms. Mufti.Former finance minister and MLA Rajpora Hasseb Drabu described the government move as a creative way of empowerment by market incentives. “It will help gender balancing of social power relations,” said Mr. Drabu.According to the 2011 census, there are 859 females per 1000 males in J&K and female literacy rate stands at 58.01 percent.
After having faced flak from several quarters for its shoddy state in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games, the Athletes Village on Wednesday drew effusive praise from the head of the Games Federation who described it as the best-ever he has seen.”The atmosphere in Games Village is extremely positive. Representatives are relishing the facilities there, especially the training and practice facilities…the best facilities I have seen anywhere at any Games I have been to so far,” Fennell said at his media conference.In the build-up to the mega event, the Village had come under attack from foreign delegations for the “filthy and unliveable” conditions there.There were complaints about water logging in the basements of apartment blocks and unhygienic living conditions.–with PTI inputs