Monday, 15 September 2014

Adrian Peterson -- Indicted for Child Abuse

The child also said AP had put leaves in his mouth when he was being struck and that his pants were down. 

3:50 PM PT -- 
The Vikings have deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game. 

3:34 PM PT --
 Peterson has issued a statement through his lawyer saying, "The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son."

"This indictment follows Adrian's full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgement as a parent to discipline his son."

"He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened."

"He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours."

"Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."

3:00 PM PT -- The police report on the case includes photos of cuts on the boy's thigh and hands. He also had bruises on his lower back and buttocks, and according to the report ... Peterson admitted punishing him.

One law enforcement source tells TMZ ... Peterson decided to discipline his son by grabbing a branch from a tree -- and then whipping the child on his bare skin. We're told several of the wounds were bleeding when the child went back to his mother.

2:31 PM PT -- 
The Vikings have issued a statement saying ... "The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson."

"At this time, we will defer further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin."
Minnesota Vikings
 superstar Adrian Peterson has been indicted for child abuse in North Montgomery County, TX ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Sources connected to Peterson tell us ... the alleged victim is a male child from Minnesota who was visiting Adrian back in May at AP's home in Texas. 

We're told the child returned home to his mother in Minn. who noticed injuries and took the child to a doctor. A short time later, the doctor contacted authorities in Texas to report Adrian. 

Child Protective Services confirms it is working on a case involving Peterson. Multiple sources tell us the alleged victim is a 4-year-old boy.

Peterson was indicted in Montgomery County for reckless or negligent injury to a child, this according to MyFOX Houston 26. 
Peterson missed Vikings team practice yesterday -- though the team explained it as a "veteran's day." Peterson did attend practice today and was said to be laughing and joking on the field.

Earlier today, Peterson posted a message on Twitter -- though it's unclear if it's related to the case. 
"People understand that if you are on God's course and suppose to have that position and man decides to remove you know that God will remove everyone to place you rightfully! You matter!"

"Its your season! Weapons may form but won’t prosper! God has you covered don’t stress or worry!"

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Demand for iPhone 6 fuels grey market

Wealthy mainland Chinese looking to buy the new iPhone 6 on Friday could expect to pay an eye-watering $A2754 for the handsets in Hong Kong, after Apple's decision to delay the launch in China.
Hong Kong has long been a hub for resold and refurbished phones, and delighted vendors there were coping with a flood of pre-orders from the Apple-obsessed mainland.
The price, say HKsellers, is a bargain - the phones can then be resold on the mainland, where fans could pay up to 30,000 yuan ($A5390) for a new handset.
Apple last week unveiled the two latest models in its iPhone series, both of which boast a larger screen, to try to recapture its role as a technological trend-setter.
The phones will be made available in 10 countries - including Hong Kong - from September 19, but Apple has not yet stated when they will be available on the Chinese mainland, despite it being one of the US tech giant's largest markets.
Huge queues and frantic trading were seen outside Apple stores in Hong Kong on previous iPhone launches, with resellers buying units from hundreds of new iPhone owners to sell on later at inflated prices on the legal but unauthorised "grey market".
At Sin Tat Plaza, a bustling mall crammed with mobile phone stores in the city's Mongkok district, posters and replica models of both iPhone 6 models are already on display on virtually every corner.
"The demand in the mainland is bigger for the iPhone 6 compared to the iPhone 5s because there are bigger changes made to it," Arthur Chung, who runs a phone reseller shop at the three-storey shopping centre, told AFP.
Chung said he will order phones from the United States to match a pre-order for 300 units of the iPhone 6 made by a mainland customer .
The 128GB gold version of the larger iPhone 6 Plus could be resold for more than HK$20,000 ($A2843), Gary Yiu, the manager of the nearby iGeneration mobile phone store, told AFP.
Mainland China was among the first countries where the iPhone 5s was available for sale last year, and the then newly introduced gold iPhone 5s model was particularly popular. Apple also launched the colourful , cheaper plastic-case iPhone 5C, reportedly to satisfy demand in China.
"There have been reports saying that the iPhone 6 prices could reach over 20,000 yuan ($A3,593) to 30,000 yuan ($A5,390) in China, so the Hong Kong price isn't all that expensive," Yiu said.
In the US, the new iPhone 6 will start at the same price of existing iPhones at $199, while the iPhone 6 Plus will be at $299, with a two-year contract.
While in Australia, to buy the handset outright consumers will need to pay between $869 for the smaller basic model to the top-of-the-range larger model at $1249 at an Apple store or take a contract with one of the telcos and usually pay more for the handset in the end. Some eager buyers are willing to pay others to secure devices for them.
Apple's products are wildly popular in China, where a teenager sold his kidney and used the funds to buy an iPhone and iPad in an incident widely reported in 2012.
Apple said the devices would be available in at least 115 countries by the end of the year.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Apple To Abandon Headphone Jack. Suddenly Beats Deal Makes Sense

Get Ready For Lightning Headphones
Like most Apple developments, the news emerged from a leak. 9to5Mac has learnt that Apple submitted a specification to its MFi (Made For) licensing program for headphones which connect using the company’s proprietary Lightning port instead of the standard 3.5mm jack. Furthermore all it will take for the Lightning port to start accepting these new headphones is a firmware update.
Like most Apple innovations this brings some notable upsides. The 3.5mm jack (technically called a ‘TRS’ connector) is rarely the bottleneck to audio quality, but the Lightning port will enable a switch from analogue to digital audio with an exceedingly high lossless stereo 48 kHz digital output and mono 48 kHz digital input. If you can afford a $1,000 pair of headphones you may pick up the difference.
Of more relevance to most people, however, is the new functionality it will bring. Headphones with a Lightning connector would be able to do more than lower/increase volume, end calls and skip tracks. There could be specific app control or even the ability to set a specific app to start when they are connected. Since the Lightning jack can also receive power, not just send it, you could still charge a device by connecting it to your headphones while listening to music.
Apple Wins Big
But let’s cut to the chase. The biggest upside in this switch would be for Apple.
Right now you can plug any pair of headphones or earphones into an iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mac or MacBook, but with the switch Apple would control an essential peripheral and its MFi licensing program would see it start to take a sizeable fee for every pair of headphones sold for use with an Apple device. Meanwhile Apple would suck up the majority of the profits with the Beats brand because owning it means there will be no licensing fee.
As for users who want to stick with their headphones, they would need to pay for an adaptor which – like the $29 Lightning to 30-pin adaptor (below) – would inevitably be expensive and just bulky enough to make you want to buy dedicated Lightning headphones long term.
Crucially Apple would also strengthen the hold it has over users by tying them even tighter into its proprietary ecosystem. Yes Beats may primarily have been about securing a streaming music service, but suddenly the ability to earn multi-millions from locked-in Lightning headphones, license fees and sales of adaptors makes for a very juicy side business.
As for rivals, Apple gets a powerful new differentiator and the competition is unlikely to be able to agree on a universal 3.5mm headphone jack replacement standard to combat it for years to come.
But Customers Lose
The problem is most customers will lose out, even die-hard Apple users.
Aside from the extra expense in buying new Lighting headphones or an adaptor, it makes people’s lives more difficult. Apple doesn’t make everything. With new Lightning headphones the HiFi you love suddenly needs an adaptor from Lightning port back to a 3.5mm jack (if such things will be made). The same goes for the TV you use with wireless headphones, your Windows or Linux work computer, older Apple equipment and on and on.
Furthermore casual Apple users – the ones with an iPad but nothing else or an iPhone work phone – either need adaptors, multiple pairs of headphones or to only listen to audio from their Apple devices via the external speaker (impractical).
Worse still, the switch to Lightning headphones is likely to be mandatory.
apple_beats_650Roll Out
Make no mistake Apple is not stupid. It knows the state of the headphone market and it knows the risk of trying to impose too much too quickly. That said there is a very simple and effective roll out trajectory:

1. Announce the technology with Beats and headphone partners
2. Unveil clever third party app integration
3. Make this integration inaccessible in any other way
4. Make Lightning port to 3.5mm headphone jack adaptors expensive and bulky
5. In a few years remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from Apple devices citing legacy, greater design flexibility and extra space for a bigger battery
Is there any way such a move could come back to haunt Apple? Potentially.
The flip side of locking existing Apple users in even tighter is that it makes for an extra hurdle in attracting new customers to switch to Apple. Just as those with Lightning headphones won’t want the expense of paying to go back to 3.5mm headphones, those with 3.5mm headphones (particularly expensive ones) will be reluctant to splash out on an adaptor or a whole new pair.
But Apple is unlikely to be worried. The company’s business model has always been about ‘us and them’ and controlling the user experience. By fracturing the oldest universal technology standard still in use today it will have found a powerful new way to make that distinction even stronger.

Monday, 26 May 2014

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Snapchat Adds Ephemeral Text Chat And Video Calls

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Snapchat is slowly adding features on top of its highly successful ephemeral messaging platform. Today’s two new features are a good old chat interface and a new FaceTime-like video calling feature. Text messages could greatly change the nature of the app.
While ephemeral photos are a great way to send something funny and start a conversation with your friends, many users sent multiple snaps back and forth just to chat. You ended up taking a crappy photo and adding a caption. The fact that it was ephemeral and limited when it comes to the number of characters were quite charming, but sometimes infuriating.
But all of this is past now. You can swipe right on a friend’s name in your Snapchat inbox to enter a new chat screen. It’s a regular chatting interface. You can write and send text messages, send snaps, and send photos or videos from your camera roll. Alas, you won’t find any sticker.
But there is a new button as well at the bottom of the screen. Whenever it turns blue, it means that he or she is currently in the chat screen, reading your messages. If you hit the button, you will start a call. If the other person hits the button too, you will see both ends of the calls at the same time.
Just like when you see a snap, you need to maintain your finger on the screen to keep the video call active on your end. Below your finger, you will see a thumbnail of your camera. The rest of the screen is filled with your friend’s face. You can remove your thumb, and you will only see your friend without sharing your camera.
If you want to switch from your front-facing camera to the back camera, all you need to do is drag your thumb to the upper half of the screen. The camera will automatically switch. These interface refinements are why Snapchat has been a very effective messaging app.
When you are done with your call and chat, you can go back to your inbox. Whenever you do this, your chat history will be erased, staying true to the ephemeral nature of Snapchat. You can however tap on individual messages to save them for later.
Getting into text chat is a major move for Snapchat. Many competitors, such as Ansa, tried to make Snapchat for text messages happen with various levels of success. It remains to be confirmed whether Snapchat’s user base will appreciate these new features. Snapchat is no longer just a service to send quirky selfies.
The update hasn’t hit the Play Store or the App Store yet — it should be available later today. To start chatting, you will probably need to communicate with someone who updated the app already, so it can take a few weeks before you can use the new features with your favorite contacts.

Time to tidy up your tech with The Fix

The Fix cleans house and shows you the best ways to keep your smartphone and email organized, and how to back up an old computer.

This week on The Fix, we get out our feather dusters and disinfectants, and invest in a few items from the container store, 'cause it's time to go spring cleaning.
First, I'll show you the best ways to free up space on your smartphone. Most of which don't include getting rid of your favorite apps. Well, maybe one does.
Then, watch as Sharon doles out some great tips on keeping your email organized and -- maybe more importantly -- spam-free.
Finally, before you get rid of your old computer, Donald has some tips on archiving important data so that it's always just a few clicks away.
For many more spring-cleaning tips and tricks for your tech, check out our April spring-cleaning special

Darius Allen Guest Appearance on the Kim Power Stilson Show

Darius Allen guest appearance on the second half of the Kim Power Stilson Show,  Talks his meeting with Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr.,  His involvement in the minority incubator/ accelerator, and More......

Dual Screen Siam Partners with Descartes Biometrics

Called ERGO, the ear biometric authentication technology that serves the usual post-password demands that are finding traction in the world of consumer mobile devices. The novel biometric technology guards the lock screen of Android smartphones and is available as a software development kit (SDK).
ERGO is a software solution that leverages a smartphone’s touchscreen as a biometric sensor. A user presses her ear to the screen in order to authenticate. It’s a simple and familiar motion that – if coupled with a virtual assistant – has potential appeal for people who primarily use their phones in a traditional “phone call” context.
Though the new biometric mode may seem gimmicky to some, ERGO is indicative of the relationship the partners wish to pursue: one that encourages open-mindedness and experimentation for the purposes of innovation.
“Descartes is continually exploring the limits of mobile applications,” explains Siam Smartphone CEO Darius Allen. “That kind of innovation is the exact kind of ‘thinking’ that needs to start leading in this space. We expect most Siam Users to be able to use ERGO to setup their biometric security within a few moments.”
“We are excited to work with Siam, especially as they launch a new and incredibly innovative product,” adds Miceahel Boczek, CEO of Descartes. “Biometric lock-screen applications offer unparalleled levels of device security without compromising convenience – it’s really at the forefront of mobile device security. Descartes Biometrics sees a world free of PINs and Passwords and a world where your identity is your key.”
Trying this in to Biometric Software Month, ERGO is an excellent example of the mutability that software solutions can boast. Despite the uniqueness of the feature being measured for authentication, a smartphone simply needs to have the right software, not some new-fangled ear scanner. The application is available for download on Google Play and Amazon, and it will be a key feature on the Siam Smartphone, a dual screen mobile which is scheduled to launch in the US this summer.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Apple set to get Beats in $3.2B deal

Apple is set to acquire headphone maker and music company Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion.
The acquisition could be announced as early as next week, the Financial Times reported, based on people familiar with the negotiations. USA TODAY independently confirmed the deal through a source who is not authorized to speak publicly about it.
If consummated, Apple's purchase of Beats could represent the company's largest acquisition ever. Apple and Beats declined to comment on the report.
Music mogul Jimmy Iovine and producer-rapper Dr. Dre co-founded Beats Electronics seven years ago and launched the high-end headphones craze. Earlier this year, they launched Beats Music, a premium music-streaming service.
Should the acquisition go through, it would be ironic in a way. Dre and Iovine came up with the idea for Beats by lamenting the decline in sound quality ushered in by Apple's own iPod and the MP3 era.
"For convenience and speed, everyone sacrificed sound," Iovine told USA TODAY three years ago. "The emotion of the music is almost unrecognizable to what is recorded in the studio," said Iovine, who is the chairman of Interscope/Geffen/A&M records.
The two set out to market headphones that reproduce, Iovine said, "as close to the sound I hear in the studio as possible."
They introduced the original $300 Beats Studio model in 2008 and since then, Beats has expanded its lineup to include other headphones with the help of Lady Gaga, LeBron James and Justin Bieber, as well as portable speakers and even music-processing technology for cars, computers and smartphones.
In launching Beats Music in January, Iovine told USA TODAY that "with the headphones, we hit an emotional chord with hardware. Now, it's all about completing a circle and giving people the full experience of music."
This would be Beats second go-round with a phone maker. Electronics maker HTC bought half the company in 2011 for $300 million, and Beats Audio was introduced to cellphones. Last year, Beats bought back all of HTC's share of the company and got a reported $500 million investment from The Carlyle Group.
The report was met with mixed responses on Twitter Thursday night. Buzzfeed business editor Peter Lauria tweeted, "Ouch..9 months ago, HTC sold its stake in Beats for $265 Apple is going to buy Beats for $3.2 billion."
GigaOm founder and True Ventures partner Om Malik tweeted: "Google spends $3.2 billion to buy the future & data. Apple buys bad headphones & a junk-service from music promoters. Worse use of corp $$$s."

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Monday, 28 April 2014

BYU Radio - The Kim Power Stilson Show

Kim explores why so many athletes end up in financial ruin.  Entrepreneur and technology activist Darius Allen addresses this topic in his book “From Athletics to Business.” Hear his insights about athletic qualities that can be turned into strengths in the business world.

New Book From Athletics To Business Guides Athletes To Post Career Success

Author, Darius Allen is pleased to announce the release of his new book, From Athletics To Business. This new book uncovers the principles that make athletes and millionaires more susceptible to economic ruin.

PRLog (Press Release) - Jan. 17, 2012 - New Book From Athletics To Business Guides Athletes To Post Career Success

Why do so many athletes end up in financial ruin? Many lottery winners have gone broke after winning millions, what do they have in common with athletes?

The masses often blame the financial fall of athletes on foolishness. After all, these sports heroes earn millions and often spend extravagantly. Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson have both been against the financial ropes after earning more than a half a billion dollars between them! No professional sport or player is immune. Athletes from every background, race, religion, and country belong to this club that has been around for decades and touts a large membership; Tennis great Bjorn Borg forced to sell his trophies to eat, NBA star Vin Baker loses a 93 million dollar fortune, Lenny Dykstra forced into bankruptcy after making 35 million. Baseball legend Jack Clark, NFL great Johnny Unitas, Olympic star Marion Jones, boxer Joe Louis, and scores more lost fortunes.

The new book, "From Athletics to Business" uncovers the principles that make athletes and millionaires more susceptible to economic ruin and bad behavior such as the law of tangible appeal and the law of relativity. Discover the 12 universal attributes sports teach that should help mold athletes into prime candidates for post career success.  In this book, readers will see a long list of skills used in sports that are needed in both athletics and business and discover what is required to transfer these skills to new careers and avoid the pitfalls that have trapped so many and devoured fortunes.

From Athletics to Business may be the first of its kind to offer true insight into the epidemic of financial ruin that has plagued athletes for almost a century and offer the solutions to end this affliction.

Book Information:

From Athletics to Business
Author: Darius Allen
Publisher: Darius Allen Publishing Co.
ISBN: 978-0-615-53521-0
Pages: 132
Published: November 2011

About The Author
Darius Allen was born in Detroit, Michigan, the 3rd to last of 6 siblings and the child of General Motors plant workers. He began his football career at the age of 7, and over the years grew to love football, basketball, and track. Darius relocated with his mother and 5 of his siblings to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex in 1993. It was in Texas where his passion for sports grew and he developed personal relationships with athletes and coaches.

For more information, review copies, or interviews please contact the author at:

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From Athletics to Business is available for purchase online from the author’s website, the publisher,, and other online retailers.  Bookstores should contact Ingram for wholesale orders.

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Sirius XM/Hip Hop Nation Cancels DJ Premier’s Show

Some bad news comes in for DJ Premier fans. After weeks of not airing DJ Premier’s Live From HeadQCourterz show, the official word is out that XM Sirius satellite radio/Hip Hop Nation have cancelled the legendary DJ’s long running show of 7 years.
There is no statement yet explaining the reasons but DJPremier Blog points out that it may be a contract issue. The show’s co-hosts included Panchi from veteran duo NYGz and also Non Phixion’s DJ Eclipse.

Dallas Entrepreneur Darius Allen to team up with SiriusXM and BYU Radio

 Darius Allen, founder of CRBT Inc. announces being named as contributing technologist for SIRIUS XM and BYU Radio.  Allen will produce a series of 5-minute spots called “Tech Beat with Darius Allen” which will showcase innovation and evolution in technology. Allen expects to interview up-and-comers as well as established authorities in a variety of fields and disciplines.
Allen’s introduction to SiriusXM Programming was on the Kim Power Stilson show during an interview about Allen’s new product the Siam Smartphone. Later, after the interview Stilson and Allen had several conversations about the current evolution of technology.
“Darius seems to be uniquely tuned-in to the tech world, and it’s not often that you find someone with the enthusiasm to research and dig-up the ‘real scoop’. Aside from that, he really made me and my staff laugh. We are glad to work with him.” – Kim Power Stilson (BYU Radio)
BYU Radio has an impressive worldwide reach with over 32 million listeners, showcasing sports talk, politics, music, healthcare, education, movies, faith and learning. Programming is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on SIRIUS XM 143.
“I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to BYU Radio and Sirius Programming. My friends laughed because there is actually someone who wants me to talk about Technology – usually they try to change the subject back to sports. I hope Tech Beat brings inspiration to those of us obsessed with innovation and life improvement.”  -Darius Allen
Tech Beat with Darius Allen begins airing the second half of April and will continue throughout the summer months into the fall programming.
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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Beats Music Powered With In-App Subscriptions, Boosts Choices for Free Streaming

Beats Music, the streaming radio solution from the creators of Beats sound equipment items, has chosen to take care of business and give Apple its 30 percent cut on membership sign-ups. The streaming music supplier initially avoided Apple's in-application ecommerce alternatives for carrier billing orchestrated outside the application to pay for its full services. However, clients can now sign up with greater ease in the application itself.

The Sentence, the name given to the free service within Beats Music and which randomly rearranges music, is abundantly enhanced too. There are many new tunes thrown into the mix. Month to month memberships, which involve on-demand playback of any of the music in the Beats list, can now be opened by means of a $9.99 in-application buy.

Beats permitting the in-application membership choice indicates that the administration likely wasn't content with the volume of members it was acquiring through standard methods. An in-application alternative is unquestionably more advantageous for a normal user. But it comes at a high cost to Beats. Beats needs to pay up around $3 to Apple on every new client they sign up for the benefit of utilizing the App Store as the method for circulation. Still, in the event that it prompts a noteworthy expand in the volume of new member registration; it’s likely to be worth the trouble.

Other new features involve enhanced social and offline playback characteristics and a new segment that lets artists promote their own particular music and merchandise.

Airbnb books $450 million financing round for development, fight with hospitality sector

Airbnb Inc., the quickly developing web lodging listings website, has become the target of legislation which may see its services restricted to its home town only. According to a Wall Street Journal report on Friday, it has closed on a round of financing amounting to $450 million from TPG, T. Rowe Price Group Inc., Sequoia Capital and Dragoneer Investment Group.

The round evaluates Airbnb, headquartered in San Francisco, whose website lets individuals lease their homes, flats or rooms to guests, at around $10 billion. The organization has raised $826 million, as stated by the Journal.

In six years, Airbnb has expanded to listings in 34,000 urban areas and 192 nations.

In the meantime, the organization, headed by CEO Brian Chesky, has experienced harsh criticism in San Francisco in light of the fact that the city's authoritative code forbids short-term leasing in private loft structures with four units or over. Likewise, the San Francisco planning code forbids utilizing living arrangements for business purposes without special licenses.

David Chiu, the President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, presented an enactment earlier this month which focused on managing short-term flat rentals, which regularly offer rates comparable to or less expensive than neighborhood inns. The bill introduced by Chiu would legalize transient rentals on a limited basis. However, it would extend regulations to encompass apartment structures with as little as two units.

According to the Journal, Airbnb needs the cash to make global expansions and include more services for travelers and provide them with damage covers from burglaries and vandalism as also combat the hospitality sector and its regulators.



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