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PBA D-League: St. Clare headed to playoffs after easy win over AMA

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Geje Eustaquio looks for more improvement after tough comeback win Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard “We just want to finish the eliminations on a high note. Hopefully, we carry it over to the next phase,” said St. Clare coach Jinno Manansala in Filipino after his squad head into the playoffs with a 6-3 record in the Aspirants’ Group.Fontanilla scored 16 points, 11 of which came in the first half, while also grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists. Lunor tallied 13 points as the Saints had seven players in double digits.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSt. Clare still has a chance to grab the No. 2 spot and the twice-to-beat edge if Family Mart-Enderun beats University of Santo Tomas on Thursday.Joshua Munzon led also-ran AMA (2-7) with 27 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and three steals while Franky Johnson fired 19. Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan votingcenter_img The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books MOST READ Joshua Fontanilla of St. Clare College. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines— St. Clare College Virtual Reality clinched a quarterfinals spot after 119-89 rout of AMA Online Education in the 2019 PBA D-League Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.It was a one-sided affair from the start after Joshua Fontanilla and Darwin Lunor spearheaded the Titan’s early breakaway.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yulast_img read more

The Oil Conundrum

first_imgThe shocked reactions at the announcement by ExxonMobil officials that at best only a hundred jobs may be available to Guyanese in our emerging “petroleum industry”, indicate there was an expectation that possibly thousands of jobs would have opened up to solve our unemployment problem. The Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman should have done a better job of explaining what lies ahead in this area.Exxon had never even hinted they would be processing any of the petroleum or natural gas from the Stabroek Field and, as was confirmed, this meant the only “technical” manpower needed was to operate two “Floating Production, Storage and Offloading” (FPSO) facilities. Basically an FPSO is a converted oil tanker hull that has been equipped with hydrocarbon processing equipment for separation and treatment of crude oil, water and gases, sourced from sub-sea oil wells via flexible pipelines.The treated oil is transferred to cargo tanks in the FPSO ship’s hull where it is stored. Treated gas is used as fuel for on-board power generation, and excess gas is either re-injected back into the subsea reservoirs or exported via a pipeline to shore. Its “offloading” component then transfers the treated oil to tankers that transport it to refineries. FPSO’s are highly automated, requiring few trained personnel: in the case of Exxon the official indicated that only fifty of the latter are needed per FPSO. In terms of employment to produce the projected 100,000 barrels per day, all that is needed are 100 workers who will not be Guyanese in the beginning. What the Minister should negotiate is increasing the local content in this specialised area along a specified timeline. The 75% “local content” employment mentioned at this time – numbering 300 – are all in mundane peripheral areas such as security, food supplies etc.The Exxon official took pains to emphasise it is the responsibility of the government to use its revenues from oil production to create industries and other means of creating jobs for Guyanese citizens. While this may be true, there should be a definitive statement by the government on its intentions towards downstream processing of the oil and natural gas that will be produced. A refinery, which will cost at least US$2B, is certainly out of the question at this time. Because of the US shale oil boom, their refineries are working at up to 94% capacity while Trinidad, for instance is below 50%. Two refineries have closed down in the Caribbean and at least a dozen in Europe.However, it may be feasible to construct a bulk Liquified Petroleum Gas facility to utilise the gas that would be re-injected back into the undersea reservoirs by Exxon. This would be able to keep our present electricity generating equipment with some modifications to utilise the equivalent of the 10,000 barrels of oil per day we presently consume. Additionally, it would also create employment for hundreds of Guyanese and even open up the possibility of manufacturing fertilisers for later. The government should at least conduct a feasibility study to explore this option.But the advise of the Exxon official on the government’s responsibility to utilise the revenues from the 100,000 bpd oil flow to create employment should be taken in good stead. There has already been discussions on the creation of a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) that will ensure the revenues generate interest. But beyond that, it should be clear to the government that the country needs an economic plan that incorporates a strategic industrialisation component that will sustainably diversify our economy and soak up our high rate of unemployment.As others, in addition to this newspaper, have warned, we have to avoid the temptation of simply using oil revenues to fund our consumption. In addition to ensuring that even our present productive capacity will wither, we will be denying future generations their national patrimony. The government must engage the Opposition to craft a truly national plan.last_img read more

Silva service key to City’s Champions dream

first_imgThat victory has left Pep Guardiola’s side fourth going into Saturday’s home match against Leicester City, with a three-point lead over fifth-placed Arsenal and only the top four at the end of the season qualifying for the Champions League.Sergio Aguero is making progress in his recovery from a groin injury, although it may be too soon for him to make a comeback. In any case, City’s front three of Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane were in fine form without him last Saturday, aided by the creativity of Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.Seven points from their final three matches will guarantee City’s place in next season’s Champions League, a target they would be more than hopeful of achieving given that the Leicester game is followed by matches against West Bromwich Albion and Watford, both out of form.Then again, reigning English champions Leicester were struggling when City visited the King Power Stadium in December, yet Jamie Vardy was still able to score a hat-trick in a 4-2 home victory.– Professional Caballero –Guardiola’s side do look a little more settled now, though, with Vincent Kompany’s return to fitness giving the defence a much more solid look. Kompany, troubled by a series of injury problems over the last three years, has completed 90 minutes in each of City’s last five matches, suggesting that his troubles may finally be behind him.City manager Guardiola is without first-choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, out for the rest of the season with a calf injury, but his absence hasn’t hurt his team’s prospects unduly, given the Chile international’s erratic displays.Willy Caballero’s fine save from Christian Benteke in the first half against Palace showed he is a more than able deputy, and he will continue for the season’s final three games.Caballero had a run of Premier League matches for City between January and early April when Bravo was dropped, and remained philosophical when the former Barcelona goalkeeper was then recalled.“I tried to be focused when Claudio started to play again and I trained well,” said Caballero. “I kept my professionalism.“Unfortunately he probably can’t play until next season but I trained really hard for this opportunity.”Leicester have assured their safety in the Premier League with 22 points gained in 10 domestic games since Craig Shakespeare took charge following the surprise sacking of title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri.But the current Foxes boss will have to complete his audition for a longer-term contract without midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.Shakespeare could also face a crisis in central defence, where Robert Huth is a major doubt with a foot injury and captain Wes Morgan’s hamstring problem will rule him out again.“Drinkwater has a thigh strain and I don’t expect him to play again this season,” said Shakespeare.“We need to give him time to get over it but it’s weeks rather than months.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s David Silva crosses the ball during their English Premier League football match against Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 6, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 12 – David Silva’s comeback from injury helped inspire Manchester City’s return to form last weekend, and his fitness is likely to prove crucial to their Champions League qualification prospects.Silva, back from a fortnight out with a knee injury, was superb as City beat an inept Crystal Palace 5-0, for only their third win in nine Premier League matches.last_img read more

London excursion deemed success

first_imgFrom news services The NHL’s season-opening series in London proved to be quite a success, and more trips to Europe are expected. The Stanley Cup champion Ducks and the Kings split two games at London’s O2 Arena over the weekend in the first regular-season NHL games to be played in Europe. “The fans were cheering. The tube was packed,” NHL senior vice president Ken Yaffe said Monday. “It was like a playoff-championship game atmosphere.” But even if hockey is relegated to an also-ran in the British press, there are plenty of other places in Europe that would love to see an NHL game come to town. “Prague would be a natural place for us to go,” said Yaffe, adding the NHL had made no commitments yet. “We’re looking at it. We’d love to play there.” And there could more trips after that, especially with about 33 percent of the players in the NHL from Europe. “We’d love to play in the Nordics. We’d love to play in Germany,” Yaffe added. “We’re talking to NHL teams to see who’s interested.” Blackhawks owner Wirtz remembered William Wirtz was as well known as the Blackhawks, and the famed owner was remembered as one of the towering figures in Chicago’s sports history. “He was a giant among men,” said boxing promoter Don King, who knew Wirtz from fights at old Chicago Stadium. “He represented the liveliness of the city.” Hundreds of mourners from the world of hockey and sports gathered Monday for funeral services for Wirtz, 77, who died Wednesday of cancer. Befitting Wirtz’s place in Chicago’s sports landscape, those in attendance included Blackhawks greats such as Stan Mikita and Chris Chelios, as well as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Chicago Bulls and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, and Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch. “I came here as a young boy, to Chicago, and to be fathered and grandfathered by Mr. Wirtz was a privilege,” said Darryl Sutter, a former Blackhawks player and coach and one of several former players who recalled Wirtz’s role as a father figure. Wirtz, long known for his tight-fisted negotiations with big-name players, earning him the nickname “Dollar Bill,” and his refusal to televise Blackhawks home games, was remembered for his generosity, devotion to his family and sense of humor. Dale Tallon, general manager of the Blackhawks, recalled fond memories of Wirtz’s fun-loving attitude. One year, during a Christmas party at the United Center, Santa failed to show up on time. When Tallon’s daughter asked Wirtz where Santa was, Wirtz told her, “Santa just got pulled over on Madison for speeding.” Wirtz is survived by his wife Alice, five children and seven grandchildren. Around the league Sabres: Forward Ales Kotalik is expected to miss Buffalo’s season opener against the New York Islanders on Friday because of a knee injury. Buffalo demoted three players – including their 2005 first-round draft pick, forward Marek Zagrapan – to its AHL affiliate in Rochester. Also demoted were forward Mark Mancari and defenseman Michael Funk. Canadiens: Carey Price and Mikhail Grabovski are on the season-opening roster after the Canadiens made final preseason cuts. Goalie Jaroslav Halak, forward Maxim Lapierre and defenseman Ryan O’Byrne were assigned to Hamilton of the AHL. Price, the Canadiens’ highly regarded goaltending prospect, will back up Cristobal Huet as he continues his rapid progression up the franchise’s depth chart. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fans from Britain, some wearing shirts bearing the emblems of Elite Ice Hockey League teams Manchester Phoenix and Belfast Giants, mixed with other Europeans, Canadians and Americans who made the trip to fill the O2 to capacity. The Kings won the first game, 4-1, and the Ducks won the second by the same score. But the outcome meant little to many of the local fans who came to see two hockey games in a country obsessed with soccer. “I know what our value is in many European countries,” Yaffe said. “I had little sense of it in the UK.” Yaffe said the main criticism he heard about the weekend was the lack of coverage in the local media. Despite reporters from a variety of news organizations in the United States and Canada, many of London’s newspapers wrote hardly a word. “We didn’t expect that we would be sitting atop the rugby World Cup,” said Yaffe, referring to the tournament currently going on in France. “We don’t have any misconceptions about where we are in the sports landscape.” last_img read more

Chop shop uncovered

first_imgMONTEBELLO – Special Investigations Unit detectives said they uncovered a chop shop Wednesday while conducting surveillance during an unrelated narcotics investigation. They said a stripped, stolen Chevrolet Suburban and several other cars were found in a lot behind a catering company on Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles. Montebello police detectives said they were led to the shop by a suspect driving a stolen black BMW car. “We find stolen cars all the time, but to lead you back to the chop shop where they actually take them apart is unusual,” said Sgt. Brian Dragoo. “We’ll probably find a lot of stolen vehicles here when this is all done.” Several stolen Hondas were found at the location, parked and presumably waiting to be stripped for their parts, Dragoo said. Car engines, frames and other parts littered the lot. One of the cars had been stolen in a carjacking in Los Angeles, Dragoo said. The auto theft suspect who led detectives to the shop is being held in jail. His name had not been determined as of Wednesday afternoon. Detectives also found a trailer parked on the lot, where they said they suspected the chop-shop operator lived. Inside, they found identification cards from car dealership employees, and fake Vehicle Identification Number plates. Dragoo said that selling car parts to friends and auto shops can be very profitable. “He had quite a little enterprise here,” said Dragoo. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Little room for interest rate cut: Marcus

first_img9 May 2012 There is currently little room for a cut in interest rates, with South Africa’s inflation at the upper end of its target range, says Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus. “The current monetary policy stance is accommodative because of the persistence of the negative output gap,” Marcus told the the Swiss Chamber Southern Africa in Zurich on Monday. “However, the expected inflation trajectory suggests that there is limited, if any, room for further monetary accommodation at this stage.” At 5.5% for the past 16 months, the Reserve Bank’s key repo rate is at its lowest in over 30 years. South Africa’s inflation target range is between 3% and 6%.Global concerns always a factor “It is important to bear in mind, however, that this view is conditional on no significant adverse changes in the other factors that the MPC [the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee] takes into consideration when determining the stance of monetary policy,” Marcus said. “These include the domestic growth outlook and the continuing global fragility.” In March 2012, South African consumer inflation eased to 6%. The central bank expects it to return to within the 3-6% range by the end of 2012 on a “sustainable basis”, after which inflation is expected to remain close to the upper end of the range “for some time”. Marcus noted that capital inflows had caused greater volatility in currencies in emerging markets such South Africa than before, noting that extreme volatility brought about by excessive capital flows created problems for macroeconomic management.Reserve Bank ‘does not target a level for the rand’ On the issue of the exchange rate, Marcus said the Reserve Bank did not target a level for the rand. “There is an incorrect perception that the Reserve Bank attempts to keep the exchange rate strong in order to help with inflation. There is no doubt that an appreciating currency would have a moderating impact on inflation,” Marcus said. “But in order to sustain this moderating impact, the exchange rate would have to have a continuously appreciating trend, which is clearly undesirable and not feasible.” The Reserve Bank’s next decision on interest rates is expected following its monetary policy committee meeting on 24 May. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Facebook Unveils Ad Strategy – Users Become Marketers

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Business pages – Businesses can build profile pages on Facebook that users can interact with. I’m not sure what the benefit is here over the Facebook sponsored groups that businesses have been paying large fees to have for months. 100,000 business pages supposedly launched today, though.Social Ads and Beacon – Ads targeted by user profile data — everything from favorite music to relationship status, and the ability for people to publish product interactions from third-party sites to their news feed (Beacon works more or less as rumored).Insight – Marketing and usage metrics for advertisers about who is clicking on their ads and how to better target them.Obviously the most compelling part of what Facebook announced is Social Ads and Beacon, both of which operate in basically the ways we have been expecting. The reactions across the blogosophere have ranged from lauditory, to fearful, to bored.There are those who agree with Zuckerberg that Facebook’s new strategy is a winner — highly targeted ads and consumers acting as marketers. There are those who think the whole idea reeks of privacy violations — ads based on the personal information about yourself you intended only to share with friends? There are those who were hoping for something bigger — the next AdSense. There are those who wonder if the whole thing will work — who wants to promote products anyway?On that last point, the answer is probably a whole lot of people. While people are unlikely to trumpet prewritten marketing messages to their friends, we already do a lot of marketing in our lives. We wear t-shirts with logos on them, we talk to our friends about things we’ve purchased, and directly on Facebook we provide numerous lists of our favorite things (music, TV shows, movies, books, sports teams — we’re acting as marketers for all of those things). It’s not quite a big leap to suspect that people might want to interact with their favorite brands on a more personal level and share those interactions with their friends. In some respects, that’s already been happening on Facebook for a long time — the Apple Students group, for example, has over 420,000 users participating in one giant commerical. josh catone 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There are certainly some legitimate privacy concerns, but I’m not sure ad targeting based on explicit data is much different than targeting based on implicit data (i.e., data you knowingly enter vs. data gathered based on the things you look at or interact with). Further, I’m not sure how Facebook ads based on your list of favorite bands are much different than ads targeted by the Google search you made for a medical condition. Both could theoretically be tied to you (though in each case the company serving the ads promises they aren’t) and both are based on potentially private information that you may only want a select group of people to know about. Would there have been any privacy concerns voiced if contextual text ads (like Microsoft’s adCenter product) were being used on Facebook — essentially doing the same thing and targetting ads based on keywords you’d entered into you profile? I tend to doubt it.ConclusionIn all, I suspect that if Facebook provides opt-out tools on par with the ones they provide for the news and mini feeds and if the ads themselves aren’t too annoying, there won’t be much of a backlash from users over these ads. I was among the early Facebook users who was uncomfortable when the news feed first debuted. In time, most users adjusted and now rely on it to keep in the loop with their friends. In my personal view, ads served by a robot scanning my profile for keywords is less invasive than a news ticker that displays my every move to all my contacts. If Facebook users can get used to that, I don’t think they’ll have much trouble accepting this. But what do you think? Leave your thoughts about Facebook Ads in the comments below. At long last, Facebook today finally unveiled its much hyped advertising strategy at an invite-only event in New York. Their three pronged attack has already been reported on ad nauseum, so beyond a quick overview, I won’t get into the reporting side much.The company’s approach to advertising boils down to an attempt at conversational marketing, where users become product promoters and are encouraged to spread the word about things they buy and use among their group of friends and contacts. “Facebook Ads represent a completely new way of advertising online,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to a small crowd of a few hundred ad execs and press, with his usual Jobsian hyperbole in full effect. “For the last hundred years media has been pushed out to people, but now marketers are going to be a part of the conversation. And they‚Äôre going to do this by using the social graph in the same way our users do.”Facebook’s ad strategy has three main components:center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web last_img read more

3 Accounting Apps for the iPad

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#mobile IT + Project Management: A Love Affair The big incumbent. QuickBooks Connect is an iOS client for QuickBooks online or the Windows version of QuickBooks 2011. You can use it to manage customer information, check balances, create estimate and invoices and more.Xero Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… klint finley FinancialForce Mobile is a mobile-optimized version of FinancialForce.com, the Web-based financials solution for Salesforce.com. It provides access to bank accounts, transactions and invoices. It also integrates with Salesforce.com Chatter.QuickBooks Connect Xero is an accounting software-as-a-service with a mobile-optimized version. Representatives from the company tell us they expect a native app to be available in the App Store any day now.Xero has its sites set firmly on Intuit and MYOB and has a large following (particularly outside the U.S.). Earlier this year Xero reported that it has tripled its revenue. See here for our previous coverage.Honorable mention: Easy BooksEasy Books is an iPhone and iPad app for double-entry book keeping. It has a impressive set of features, and an interesting pricing model. The app itself is free, and you pay to activate the different features, depending on what you actually need. It didn’t make the list, however, because it’s an mobile-only solution, best suited for self-employed individuals and very small businesses.Which Is Best?Final NoteThis list didn’t include ERP apps like Netsuite. We’d like to do a list of ERP apps for the iPad next. If you have any recommendations, please send them to klint@readwriteweb.com. Continuing our series of business apps for the iPad, today we look at accounting and finance apps.Accounting is probably one of the last applications that you’d expect to do extensively from the iPad. We doubt that you’ll want to shift fiscal staff to working extensively from iPads, but giving them on the go access to critical business applications could be a good thing.FinancialForce Mobile 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts last_img read more

Wall Street Journal Unveils Online China Econtracker

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#international#web China Econtracker offers outlays of data based on gross domestic product, industrial value added, fixed asset investment, exports, imports, trade balance, foreign exchange reserves, consumer price index and bank credit. It provides a source for each set of data and allows users to post the results to their Twitter account or Facebook page. Whether your are among those likely to wind up “fighting it out with journalists at the State Council Information Office or getting lost for hours in the maze of Beijing’s Internet” as Tom Orlik writes on China Real Time’s post on the Econtracker, or just someone who wishes to be more informed about one of the most important economies on earth, the site looks to provide a real utility. One commenter on the post, however, said:“Chinese export statistics originate in individual customs declarations. These declarations include an ever expanding and now very likely statistically material amount of trade ’roundtripped’ through Bonded Logistics Parks in China in order to realize export VAT refunds. One of the many reasons that this statistic, like any other in China, is simply not reliable.”Now, if you understand that enough to agree or disagree, you may not need this tool. For the rest of us, though, I still think it will prove useful, however reductive and unreliable statistical collections may be.Government office photo by Daniel Gao | other sources: China Digital Times curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting China Real Time, the Wall Street Journal’s blog devoted to the world’s second-largest country, has developed and launched China Econtracker, a valuable tool to access and understand economic data on the country. Dealing with the statistical bureaus of the world’s second-largest economy is even less pleasant than it sounds. So the Journal has created this well-organized, graphically effective and easy-to-use site. It organizes data by month-to-month and year-over-year presentations and users can switch from one to the other. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Why Apple Won’t Allow Reviews For iOS 9 Yet

first_imgHow AI is Learning to Play with Words Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… Related Posts Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Tags:#App Store#Apple#developers#IOS 9 Beta#IPhones#mobile apps center_img These Mistakes Can Derail a Legacy Software Con… david nield Bugs, incompatibilities and other weird things are so common in pre-release software, they’re practically guaranteed—which is why Apple has now blocked iOS 9 beta testers from leaving App Store reviews. Apple apparently wants to nip premature complaints in the bud, which seems very logical and reasonable. But it should have seen this issue coming ahead of time. Developers may be used to dealing with unfinished software, but everyday iPhone users may not be prepared for the unexpected problems that often go along for that ride. See also: 10 Things Developers Need To Know About The New iPod TouchWhat makes matters worse, according to developers: Some of those issues didn’t even stem from programming errors in their own apps, but from iOS 9 itself. In a sense, it was like taking the fall for someone else. Apple has been focusing on improving iOS development, but if it’s serious about supporting its app-making community, it shouldn’t overlook such common-sense matters. Apple Should Have Seen This ComingWhen it comes to mobile apps, reputation can be everything. That’s why App Store reviews and its popularity charts can wield so much power. So naturally, some developers had a right to worry when they saw beta testers leaving one-star app reviews—particularly since some of those problems came from issues in iOS 9’s code. Gotta love 1-star reviews for iOS 9 Beta issues. https://t.co/6lrFn9cP65— Paul Mayne (@paulmayne) July 11, 2015Apple executives must be monitoring social media more closely these days, first responding to Taylor Swift’s plea for Apple Music royalties and now reacting to developer woes like this being tweeted out. Although it didn’t officially announce any changes to its policy, word has spread that the company has indeed blocked beta testers from leaving reviews. Apparently users of the iOS 9 beta now get this message if they attempt to leave an App Store review: Finally — you can’t write App Store reviews from beta iOS. ? pic.twitter.com/xu03SSi96k— Ryan Orbuch (@orbuch) July 22, 2015On the surface, the company appears to have acted quickly, striking reviews mere weeks after the iOS 9 beta opened up to the public. But dig deeper, and you’ll realize that the issue goes back several months. iOS 9 is the first major update to get the public beta treatment, but it’s not the very first to take this route. The company opened up iOS 8.3 betas back in March. See also: Apple Wants You To Help In The War On iOS BugsOpening up early access probably looked like a great way to go. Not only can the tactic help drum up excitement among users, but this wider availability—which also wound up extending to Mac OS X—allows for a huge army of free beta testers. Too bad it also exposed Apple and its app developers to millions of users who don’t necessarily understand what using beta software entails. Better Late Than Never?Clearly, Apple wants to make its iPhone and the apps that run on it as bulletproof as possible. Most recently, it expanded the limit on test devices—from 100 in total to 100 devices per Apple device type (iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, etc). See also: Why Apple’s Letting Developers Test Apps On 100 Apple TVsAs for this latest change, it’s not immediately clear if it the new policy will affect any previous reviews left by beta testers. But at least from now on, developers may get some much-needed breathing room to get their apps fully iOS 9 compatible, without fear of bashing. Hopefully, it will also serve as a timely reminder to users that beta versions are not the same as polished, full releases. The final version of iOS 9 should officially see the light of day when this year’s iPhones are launched around September time. It brings with it a more proactive Siri, multitasking views for the iPad, and a News app that showcases a curated list of articles from selected publishers, among other new features. Image courtesy of Applelast_img read more

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