Wrapping up a six month-long challenge to mobile developers, Google has announced a string of winners of their second Android Developers Challenge (ADC).From games and social networking apps to productivity and privacy tools, the cream of the ADC 2 crop includes an app for just about every kind of mobile user — and just in time, as the Droid has recently become “the fastest-selling Android phone to date.” Take a peek at the innovative apps waiting in the wings for the lucky owners of Android-powered devices.As Android adoption swells and trends suggest the OS might be the second most widely used mobile OS by 2010, it’s important that the app universe keeps pace with users. Google announced this challenge in May at their Google I/O developer conference, and offered well over $1.5 million in cash prizes to the winning developers in 10 categories.The applications – some of which might remind you of already popular iPhone apps – should be available shortly to Android users.The overall ADC 2 winners are:SweetDreams, a revolutionary tool that will finally allow you to go to sleep without worrying about changing your phone settings in order to avoid unwelcome late night calls. You can even use those inactivity periods to save battery power as well.What the Doodle!?, a real-time online multiplayer game where one player tries to draw out a given phrase and others try to guess it. Features FFA and Team games, Global Highscores, Personal Face Doodles, integrated Voice Recognition and more.WaveSecure, a complete mobile security solution that protects your device, data and privacy. Track your phone’s location and who is using it, lock down your phone remotely, back up all your data, wipe out your data remotely, and finally, restore your data.Winners in the education and reference category are:Plink Art, an app for identifying, discovering and sharing art.The Word Puzzle, a fun way to learn basic English words for preschool children.Celeste, an educational augmented reality app that displays the Sun, Moon, planets and their paths through the sky onto your camera view.The entertainment category winners are:A World of Photo, a casual, globally multiplayer game inspired by Spin the Bottle.SongDNA, a widget that allows you to quickly look up detailed information about a song.Solo, an easy-to-play and feature-rich pocket guitar for your phone.Winners for the arcade/action game subcategory include:Speed Forge, in which heavy duty hover vehicles normally used for mining are now seen in illegal races organized in abondoned factories and dark Marsian alleys.Graviturn, a game that makes you tilt your phone to move the red circles out of the screen while keeping the green circles.Moto X Mayhem, an app that includes seven levels of motorbike action in a side scrolling bike game.Winners for the casual gaming category are:What the Doodle!?Totemo, a unique puzzle game with over 60 mind-soothing logic tasks.Mazeness, a rather simple game involving moving balls to their goals with help of barriers, teleports and holders.These are Google’s lifestyle category winners:SweetDreams SpecTrek, an augmented reality ghost hunting game that doubles as a fitness app.FoxyRing, an app that analyzes the ambient noise and adjusts the ringer volume on your phone.Media category winners are:Buzz Deck, an app that gets all the web content you care about most, along with Twitter & Facebook updates.SPB TV, a highly usable IP-TV application optimized to run on mobile devices.FxCamera, which lets you take pictures with various effects.Here are the winning productivity tools:WaveSecureHoccer, an application for gesture-based ad-hoc data exchange.Tasker, an app that lets users link any Task (action set) to the Contexts (application, time, day, location, event, widget press) where it should run.In social networking, the winners are:Ce:real, an app that displays geographically based, real-world trends, including photo stories paired with Twitter keywords.SocialMuse, which lets users find people with similar musical taste or just explore the world through music.SpotMessage, a communication tool using GPS. Send a message designating a spot with Google Maps then the message will be notified when the recipient arrives at the spot.For the travel category, Google name these top apps:Trip Journal, a trip tracking and sharing solution sending real-time updates from the places you are visiting.iNap: Arrival Alert, an application that allows traveling users to sleep (or work, or just zone out) then relies on GPS to alert them with an alarm when the destination is nearby.Car Locator, which navigates you back to your car should you ever have trouble finding it.Finally, here are three miscellaneous winners:Rhythm Guitar, which plays like a real six-string, five-fret guitar.Andrometer, and app that measures the approximate distance from you to an object that you can see using GPS, accelerometer and geomagnetic sensors.Calton Hill GPSCaddy, an app that allows golfers to quickly and easily map any golf course either out on the course using GPS or in the comfort of home using satellite imagery.Bonus Round: See our picks from last year’s ADC!Let us know in the comments what you think of this year’s winners (too many iPhone app clones? too little augmented reality?) — and definitely tell us what you’d like to see Android developers tackle next! 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Twitter/@RPreslanWe’re just five days away from Selection Sunday, and college basketball fans – especially those in Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Storrs and Cincinnati – are starting to freak out. Which teams are locks? Which teams are on the bubble? Which teams need to win their conference tournaments to get in? ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the answers.Wednesday morning, Lunardi dropped his latest version of bracketology, which makes a few things clear. Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament is likely a play-in game. UConn vs. Cincinnati in the AAC Tournament like is too.Lunardi currently has Syracuse, St. Bonaventure, Monmouth and Saint Mary’s as the last four teams in. He has UConn, Oregon State, Tulsa and Valparaiso as the first four out. Here’s his entire bracket, via ESPN.Just Posted: The newest Bracketology, via @ESPNLunardi, heading into today’s action https://t.co/H59p1D2lP9 pic.twitter.com/mKsa6aAbZd— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) March 9, 2016 College basketball fans – does Lunardi have it right? Will you be watching all of the action today?More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>
Kolkata: Eight persons, including two customers, were apprehended on Tuesday night from a brothel which used to operate in disguise of a luxurious spa.Out of the three girls who were engaged in the business two are from Thailand. According to sources, on Tuesday evening the anti-human trafficking squad of Kolkata Police got a source information about a sex racket being operated under the banner of a spa identified as The Thai Retreat. Based on the information, police raided the spa located at 56 Sarat Bose Road in Ballygunge area and found two customers in compromising position with two girls. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the raid, police found two girls from Thailand who were brought as sex workers. It is alleged that a businessman who went to Thailand sometimes before proposed the Thai girls who used to work in a spa to come to Kolkata and work here. As per the contract two Thai girls came to the city in tourist visa and were allegedly engaged as sex workers. Apart from the two customers, the manager, assistant manager and a pimp was were also arrested on Tuesday night. However, police came to know that there are several spa and beauty parlours are running across the city which run sex rackets. Thai girls working as sex workers is a new trend which was completely unknown to the police. After finding out the details, police are checking with the spas in the city in order to put an end to flesh trade.
OTTAWA – The federal ethics commissioner has cleared Finance Minister Bill Morneau of allegations that he and his father benefited from insider information to save half a million dollars on the sale of shares in their family-built company.Political opponents asked ethics commissioner Mary Dawson to look into several sales of millions of dollars worth of shares in Morneau Shepell Inc. in late 2015 by Morneau and his father. The sales came just days before a major tax announcement that the minister’s accusers say triggered a dip in the stock market.Morneau’s December 2015 announcement raising income taxes on the highest earners had a wide-reaching market impact, they argued, because it encouraged wealthier shareholders to sell off some their stock holdings before the changes came into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Doing so meant big savings for the Morneau family, they alleged.Not so, Dawson said in a Jan. 5 letter to Morneau released Monday: there was no privileged information acted upon, since the tax increase was first announced publicly “well in advance” of the family’s stock sales.“With respect to the sale of Morneau Shepell Inc. shares in the fall of 2015, I am of the view that you did not benefit from insider information,” writes Dawson, whose seven-year tenure as conflict of interest and ethics commissioner happened to end Monday.She referred to statements to the media made Nov. 4, 2015, by then-House leader Dominic LeBlanc, who said the tax measures would take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Dawson also noted that the Liberals’ 2015 election platform had promised to introduce the tax changes.“This was well in advance of the sale of your Morneau Shepell Inc. shares on Nov. 30, 2015, and the tabling of the Dec. 7, 2015, ways and means motion on this matter.”The other sales by Morneau’s father, William Morneau Sr., were made Nov. 23 and Dec. 3.In a separate examination, Dawson also cleared Morneau of allegations that he was involved in the Bank of Canada’s renewal of its contract with Morneau Shepell to manage its employee pension plan. The Bank of Canada renewed its contract with the company for four years in February 2017.Dawson said she opted to close the matter after reviewing documents provided by the Bank of Canada and comments sent to her by Morneau’s counsel. “I am satisfied that, as minister of finance, you had no involvement in the Bank of Canada’s decision of the renewal of the Morneau Shepell Inc. contract.”Morneau’s name, however, has yet to be fully cleared by the ethics commissioner’s office, which has another formal examination underway related to his connection to Morneau Shepell.The review was launched amid conflict-of-interest allegations over proposed pension reform spearheaded by Morneau. Opponents say the legislation would have brought him personal financial benefit, Morneau has denied the conflict-of-interest accusations.A spokeswoman for the commissioner’s office confirmed Monday in an email that the examination remains active.These were all among several high-profile controversies that battered Morneau in the second half of 2017.In July, he enraged small-business owners by proposing tax-system changes. The ensuing uproar forced him to eventually back off elements of his plan.He has also faced intense political pressure over how he handled his personal financial arrangements after coming to office. The questions focused on his shares in Morneau Shepell, for which he was executive chairman until his election win.In response to the controversy, he sold off the remainder of his holdings last fall in the pension management firm, which were worth about $21 million.He promised to place his other substantial assets in a blind trust. Morneau donated to charity the difference between what the shares were worth at the time of the sale and their value in 2015 when he was first elected — estimated at about $5 million.Dawson also fined Morneau $200 for failing to disclose his role as a director in a private corporation that owns a villa in France. Morneau had disclosed his ownership of the villa, but — owing to what his office called an administrative oversight — failed to mention the ownership structure itself.On Monday, a spokeswoman for Morneau said that his office was “pleased with the outcome” of the commissioner’s latest examination.“The minister will continue to work with the office of the ethics commissioner to ensure he is in full compliance with the rules,” Chloe Luciani-Girouard wrote in an email. “The minister has gone above and beyond the initial recommendations from the ethics commissioner by divesting all his family’s holdings in his former company.”However, Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre continued to say Monday that Morneau was wrong to sell his shares shortly before introducing the tax hike on the wealthiest Canadians — whether or not he actually broke conflict of interest rules.“Conservatives believe it is unwise for ministers to buy or sell shares in the weeks immediately before the introduction of tax measures,” Poilievre said in a statement.“Finance ministers should lead by example. It is not good enough for ministers to boast that their actions are not illegal.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
TORONTO — The head of Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo and Spyder maker BRP Inc. believes U.S. politicians will ratify the revised North American Free Trade Agreement despite threats that the continent could be left without any deal after President Donald Trump says he will withdraw from the existing trade pact.Jose Boisjoli says he believes “logic will prevail” even though some leading elected officials have expressed opposition to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as USMCA.Returning to pre-NAFTA trade policies would create uncertainty and deep negative consequences, especially for the automotive industry for the revised trade agreement not to be approved, he said after ringing the opening bell on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Quebec-based recreational product manufacturer is celebrating 15 years since being spun off from Bombardier Inc. and five years as a public company.Boisjoli says he’s happy with the new trade agreement even though it expects to face a $10-million hit next year from the need to increase domestic content on all-terrain vehicles made in the United States.He says the impact will have a minimal impact on the company and be a lot less damaging than many investors have suspected. Companies in this story: (TSX:DOO, TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press
WEST POINT, N.Y. — Avi Toomer’s layup with 1.6 seconds left in the game completed a ferocious comeback with Bucknell climbing out of a 26-point hole in the second half to clip Army 64-63 in the Patriot League opener for both teams Wednesday night.And for good measure, Toomer blocked Army’s final shot, securing the win.Nate Sestina scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the comeback. All but one of his rebounds came off the defensive boards. Kimbal Mackenzie scored 15, making 9 of 10 free throws, and Toomer scored seven.Army has lost four in a row. The Black Knights enjoyed a 37-13 halftime lead, shooting 15-for-32 with five 3-pointers while Bucknell (7-6) was thrashing — hitting just 4 of 27 from the floor and committing 10 turnovers.The script flipped after halftime with the Bison outscoring Army 51-26. The Black Knights made 10 of 33 shots after halftime, including just 2 of 17 from distance.Matt Wilson led Army (5-9) with 20 points and 15 rebounds for his fourth career double-double.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – ATCO Two Rivers and Home Hardware Building Centre have joined forces to assist Old Fort Residents in replacing fridges and freezers damaged during the recent slide.Doug Gallinger, co-owner of Home Hardware Fort St. John, says they will be offering discounts to Old Fort residents.“What we are doing is taking 25-percent off the manufacturer suggested retail price and they (ATCO) are providing $500 of a rebate to the customers,” said Gallinger. To get the rebate, residents must follow these steps:Step 1: Stop by St John Advertising and Promotion to register your household and receive your gift pack of gift certificates if you haven’t already done so. SJA Promo will provide you with a registration form, and a number from their map to take to Home Hardware. In addition to the gift certificates in your gift packs, there is a 15% Save-On-More coupon which is intended to be used when you are ready to do a significant shop to re-stock your fridge and freezer!Step 2: Bring SJA Promo registration form along with supportive ID showing Old Fort residency to Home Hardware and talk to the Kitchen Design Team to order your fridge and/or freezer.In stock items will be available immediately. Otherwise, the Kitchen Design Team will assist you with your order, working with appliance reps to ensure your personal needs are met.For further information on this initiative, you can contact Home Hardware at 250-787-0371, or stop by the store to speak to them in person.The offer is available until December 1, 2018.
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to prepare a noise pollution map and remedial action plan to solve the issue across the country.The green panel said the absence of implementation of noise pollution norms affects health of citizens, especially infants and senior citizens. It also affects sleep, comfort, studies and other legitimate activities, it said. A bench headed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the CPCB to prepare the map, identify noise pollution hotspots and categorise cities with specified hotspots and propose a remedial action plan within three months Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedNoting that the CPCB has established a noise monitoring mechanism, which is functioning on a continuous basis, in seven cities, the NGT asked the board to consider setting up of such mechanisms in all cities where noise pollution is beyond permissible limits. “The state pollution control boards may undertake noise level monitoring in conjunction with police and take remedial action. “The police departments of all the states and Union territories may obtain the noise monitoring devices within a period of three months and specification of such devices may be finalised in consultation with the respective state pollution control boards,” the green panel said. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliThe NGT said police may also train their staff regarding the use of such devices and develop a robust protocol for taking appropriate action against the defaulters. “The CPCB may explore the possibility, in consultation with leading manufacturers of public address systems and other manufacturers of such instruments, to manufacture such equipments wherein the noise meters with data loggers are fitted therein so that as and when the prescribed parameters are violated, the same gets recorded and retrieved by the regulators for fixing the responsibility on the violators,” it said. Chief secretaries can finalise action plans in this regard within three months and submit the same to the CPCB, the NGT said. The CPCB may also lay down the scale of compensation to be recovered, including conditions on which equipment seized is to be released within one month, it said.
Bamako – Relations between Morocco and Mali took a new turn on Thursday following the signing of several bilateral agreements. The 17 agreements relate to different sectors and reflect the commitment of the public and private sectors to get involved in the new impetus given to bilateral relations by King Mohammed VI and Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.In a statement to MAP, Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, highlighted the extreme importance of the agreements which accompany and complement the vision of Morocco for this region that is in need of significant investments in many sectors.For his part, Minister of Health, El Hussein El Ouardi, highlighted the depth of relations of friendship and brotherhood that bind Morocco and Mali, adding that South-South partnership will have a positive impact on the two countries.President of the General Confederation of Moroccan Businesses (CGEM), Meriem Bensalah Chaqroun said the agreement with the National Council of Employers of Mali lays the groundwork for a partnership between Moroccan and Malian companies in many areas.