LATEST STORIES “When you look at Jones’ body of work, you see a guy that can compete and win at the highest levels,” Cormier says.Wait, are we still talking about Jones?The coke-snorting , erection-pill popping , drunken-driving UFC star widely regarded as the best fighter in the world, yet can’t keep out of trouble long enough to stay champion?Yeah, that guy.Jones has been the anchor that’s put more weight on Cormier than the light heavyweight championship belt he’ll wear around his waist headed into the co-main event against Oezdemir at UFC 220 .ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Oezdemir could be the fighter that makes Cormier look real old, real quick.With a win, Oezdemir might even put Switzerland on notice that there’s more to its athletes than tennis great Roger Federer.“It’s two different worlds but I’m going to get there,” Oezdemir said. “People recognized me, people follow it. There are also people that don’t really care about UFC but they follow it only when I fight. It’s really something new for them and something that’s getting big in my country.”Cormier would be a ranked contender instead of champ had it not been for Jones’ latest folly.UFC stripped Jones in September of its light heavyweight title for a third time and reinstated Cormier as the 205-pound champion after Jones’ latest failed doping test. UFC made the call after the California State Athletic Commission changed the result of Jones’ victory over Cormier at UFC 214 in July to a no-contest. Cormier had lost the belt to Jones in a third-round stoppage.But the USADA announced Jones had violated the UFC’s doping policy with a second positive test. The California commission made its no-contest ruling after Jones’ backup sample also failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency test for the same substance, the banned steroid Turinabol.“I think he’s going to be gone for a while. As unfortunate as it is, that chapter in my career is over,” Cormier said. “I don’t believe that he’ll back in time for us to fight again. That’s sad.”Jones recently passed a polygraph test that he says proves he didn’t knowingly take the steroid Turinabol. Cormier balked at that defense, joking that serial killer Ted Bundy also passed a lie detector test.“There’s just some weird people leading him,” Cormier said. “For them to actually make that public was a little bit of a bad mistake, I thought.”Cormier, who also works as a UFC analyst, enters the fight as the favorite. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes PLAY LIST 01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award Clarkson leads Lakers to 99-86 win over Pacers OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments “I can knock him out, I can submit him, I can beat him by decision,” Cormier said. “He can knock me out. That’s his only path to victory. I’ll take the three over one.”Cormier trash-talked the challenger this week at Fenway Park, insistent that a successful title defense was on deck.“You know what’s going to happen, Volkan!”“Walk away. Walk away.”“I’m not going over there,” Oezdemir said as he headed toward the first base side exit.“Bye, Volkan,” Jones said, laughing.Oezdemir walked out without looking back at Cormier. He’d rather look ahead at a fight that could crown him a champ.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cormier can’t duck Jones — inside the octagon out or out — and knows his career always will be defined by the two times he failed to beat the fighter nicknamed “Bones” and the myriad of controversies that are hooked to one of UFC’s great rivalries.Champion or not, Cormier always will be considered a step below Jones, and maybe not even a true champion.Cormier is clean.Jones is the class of the division.Cormier (19-1) seemed more Mike Torrez than Bucky Dent this week in Boston as every media scrum, every TV interview was focused on the shadow Jones still hovers over the champ.Cormier could show Francis Ngannou-esqe KO ability and put Oezdemir out in the first round and his career would still come with an asterisk: has never defeated Jon Jones.“My career is very closely tied with Jones. It will never change,” Cormier said. “But I’m still here, right? I’m still doing this. That’s what matters. In the grand scheme of things, the most important thing is being here, being able to fight for this.”With that, the 38-year-old Cormier patted his UFC light heavyweight belt, an explicit sign to the UFC faithful that the champ is here.Bring on Oezdemir at TD Garden.The 28-year-old Swiss native earned the title bout on the strength of his last two fights that lasted a total of 70 seconds. He defeated Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa with unexpected knockouts in stunning time to rise in the ranks and earn a fight against Cormier. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier acknowledges the cheers of fans as he takes the stage for his weigh-in the night before his Ultimate Fighting Championship bout against Volkan Oezdemir, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON — Daniel Cormier has shed his last 10 pounds to make weight, is pumped to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship and says he can beat Volkan Oezdemir.Well, that’s the message Cormier tries to push when he’s not continuously pressed about the one guy he won’t be fighting.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “He hurt me with that kick,” Cormier says of his last fight against Jon Jones. “I’ve been hurt before.”Oezdemir has had only three UFC fights, yet his fourth will find him lined up against …FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I hate that he did some dirty stuff,” Cormier says, again of Jones. “But he did a lot of great things to finish that fight. I accept that.”Oezdemir is still surprised to see his name on the poster and in a championship fight so quickly, but … Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Twenty Information Technology (IT) specialists and engineers have been certificated after completing a one-week intensive training in establishing an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Liberia.The training was organized by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) with support from USAID.It started on May 16, and brought together engineers and IT specialists from Cellcom GSM Company, Novafone GSM, the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and the Cable Consultant of Liberia (CCL).Presenting certificates to participants at the end of the seminar, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai commended the organizers for the initiative and expressed hope that it will help the country to compete with others in the IT sectors.According to him, communication helps lot of people get things done faster, and as such, there is a need to establish the IXP that would enable engineers to track all internet activities and incoming calls.Ambassador Boakai also described the initiative as a good start, adding that it is a positive direction that all Liberians are expected to benefit.VP Boakai pointed out that the establishment of the IXP in Liberia will help the country to provide job opportunity for young people.The Vice president also used the occasion to reaffirm government’s commitment to supporting the process.Speaking on the occasion, Post & Telecommunication Minister Dr. Fredrick Norkeh said the training was aimed at creating local technical expertise to support the IXP interconnections and operations, thereby employing hands-on laboratory experience for participants across the sector.Dr. Norkeh indicated that the African IXP ensures that Africa’s internet traffic is kept local to the continent by providing capacity-building and technical assistance to facilitate the establishment of IXPs in the sub-region.Minister Norkeh reiterated that countries around the world are establishing their own IXPs, where internet traffic would be routed locally, thereby creating a downward pressure on costs and stimulating growth and distributing them on a content of local basics.“Currently, internet traffic between local users in Liberia are like those in many other countries that have been routed through the West before getting to receivers, in spite of the fact that both senders and receivers live few kilometers apart,” Minister Norkeh acknowledged.He said the establishment of IXP in Liberia started last year when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other AU leaders at a summit in Addis Ababa took a decision to address some critical infrastructure gap in the telecommunication sector.Minister Norkeh told the participants that establishing an IXP through Africa was one of the actions that was endorsed by AU members, and it is driven by vision to create a peaceful, integrated, prosperous Africa as a strategy to enable them take up its rightful place in the global community.Meanwhile, the IXP is a physical infrastructure through which internet service providers exchange internet traffic between their networks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As criticisms loom over Guyana’s non-establishment of a Local Content Policy, the Government’s Energy Department has assured that the document will be ready long before first oil which is expected in less than two years.This commitment was given more than three years after oil was first discovered off Guyana’s coast by United State oil giant ExxonMobil.The Local Content Policy will guide the State in guarding against local companies being bypassed for contracts and services with foreign companies and workers being favoured. Speaking at the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP) on Thursday, Energy Department Head, Dr Mark Bynoe assured that a second draft policy will be finalised before yearend. He says he has been collaborating with the Private Sector, a section of the economy which stands to gain wide-ranging benefits from a favourable Local Content Policy.“It’s not only been with Government, [the Energy Department] has also beenBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskinengaging in the Private Sector which is anxious for us to move this into policy. They are content that there has been more than sufficient consultation and what we are aiming at is to take the points they would have raised and input them into the second draft before the ending of the year,” Dr Bynoe outlined.He meanwhile, updated the press that once all is settled and ironed out, a white paper while be presented to the National Assembly to be debated upon. Dr Bynoe has been running the Department for the last three months and its aim is to be eventually set up as a separate ministry. He expressed that the final policy will be ready by 2020.“Where I sit and where my colleagues sit; we are confident that there will be a Local Content Policy long before first oil,” the Energy Department Head assured.He said that any decision the Department makes will be evidence-based, data and information driven as opposed to be determined by whims and fancies.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin has said the second review of the Local Content Policy is expected to be completed by the first quarter of next year as Government wants new legislation to be ‘balanced’. Its position is that a ‘too strongly national’ local content policy could jeopardise the efficiency or the viability of the company being relied on to extract the resource. According to the draft Local Content Framework document, the policy seeks to address the suite of opportunities that may arise and the approaches to be taken in selecting and developing opportunities related to enhancing the capabilities of Guyanese nationals and businesses through training and well-tailored social contributions for greater impact and benefits among others.The draft Local Content Policy has been criticised for lacking provisions which would safeguard against exploitation by companies. It had been reported that the document does not cater for issues such as how to avoid procurement fraud, conflict of interest and favouritism, among others.
A 53-year-old drug addict who was arrested for the murder of his mother, Celelia Madray, 75, of Good Faith, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara has since confessed to the heinous crime during interrogation on Friday.The pensioner was on Thursday evening found lying in a pool of blood with a gash to her head and her body covered with a mosquito net. The woman was reportedly heard screaming on Monday evening by residents and was not seen since.This led to members of the community to conclude that something was amiss and as such, they contacted the policing group in the area.As members of the Community Policing Group went to enquire, several calls for the woman went unanswered; hence, they were forced to break the door to gain entry into the house. It was then they found the woman lying on the ground in a motionless state.Her son, who is a drug addict, was at home at the time of the discovery and was taken into Police custody. However, the head of the Criminal Investigations Department told Guyana Times that during the murder suspect’s interrogation, he told ranks that he “smoke up” on Monday then went home.He added that while at home and not in his right senses, he got into an argument with the now dead woman during which he picked up a chair and dealt the woman one blow to the head. The elderly woman, he told investigations, fell to the ground but he refused to assist or call for assistance, despite the woman crying for help.Although the woman sustained the injury to the head, she was still alive but took her last breathe on Thursday evening, moments before the CPG members arrived at the house.Meanwhile, this publication understands that the woman was frequently physically abused by her son. From reports received, he was previous arrested for allegedly raping the now dead woman who at that time did not want to pursue the matter and refused to give the Police a statement.After the woman refused to give the statement, he was released but continued assaulting her. Residents in the neighbourhood noted that they were not too surprised at the manner in which the woman met her demise. Some accused her of “protecting” him whenever he did something wrong.The man is expected to make his court appearance at the Mahaica Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
…party cannot win elections on its own, undermining AFC, WPA detrimental – Dr Hinds warns …says those ‘not worried’ about coalition’s future making serious political miscalculation By Michael YoungeAmidst growing concerns that the People’s National Congress (PNC) continues to show disregard and disdain for the spirit and letter of agreements it signed with key coalition partners, Political Scientist Dr David Hinds says the PNC must recognize that it cannot win a free and fair election on its own at this juncture in Guyana’s history, as its core support group is no longer emotionally attached to the party.President David Granger, PNC Leader and APNU ChairmanDr Hinds was referring to the charter which was signed between the PNC and the Working Peoples Alliance party (WPA) along with a handful of smaller parties, which resulted in the formation of ‘A Partnership for National Unity’ (APNU), and the Cummingsburg Accord which was negotiated with the Alliance for Change (AFC) ahead of the 2015 elections.Speaking with Guyana Times on Thursday during an exclusive interview, Hinds, who is an Executive Member of the WPA, said also said that current political and electoral demographics are not in the PNC’s favour.His comment comes on the heels of widespread suspicions that the PNC, which now has access to Executive power through the coalition arrangement, had no problem contesting the upcoming 2020 elections alone, hence the disregard and neglect shown to the concerns raised by other coalition partners about some of the decisions that have been made by the David Granger Administration without their consultation and consent in some instances.“The PNC cannot win a free and fair election on its own at this historical juncture. The demographics are not in its favour.When you add to that the fact that a new generation of African Guyanese (has) no emotional attachment to the party and are more inclined to the APNU, that possibility becomes so remote. The PNC’s only chance of remaining in Government is via a partnership or Coalition. In that regard, it needs the AFC and the WPA”, the Political Scientist said.He explained that it was important to note that the WPA and AFC bring votes to the Coalition because they reassure voters that the historical baggage of the PNC would be contained.“So every time the PNC faction behaves in ways that undermine the AFC and WPA, they alienate not only Indian Guyanese but the growing African Guyanese section of the society that (is) not wedded to party paramountcy and the notion of PNC invincibility”, he remarked.Dr Hinds expressed the strong conviction that “African Guyanese voters are not as monolithic in their political instincts as some PNC leaders would have us believe”; and he supported his argument by stating: “…that community has always accommodated a variety of influences. Whether it was Kwayana’s ASCRIA, Rodney’s WPA, Hamilton Green’s GGG, or Raphael Trotman’s AFC, African Guyanese have shown that they are prepared to be plural in their political behaviour.“That’s why the notion of a Partnership and a Coalition appealed to them in 2011 and 2015, and I think it would again be a deciding factor in 2020. So those who are not worried about dissatisfaction within the coalition are making a serious miscalculation”, the WPA Executive said.Addressing the WPA’s own agreement with the APNU, Dr Hinds admitted that there have been no formal talks between the PNC and WPA, or within the APNU since the 2015 elections.This is despite the fact that the charter makes provisions for meetings and discussions on a continuum between those who form part of its structure.“But my personal view is that there is need for a look not at the content of the APNU Charter, but at whether we have lived up to its letter and spirit. At first glance, there is a strong view within the leadership of the WPA that we have not honoured the letter and spirit of the charter insofar as it relates to intra-partnership decision-making and discharging of governmental duties”, he related.Asked whether the WPA has written the Political Head of the APNU, President David Granger, to address these burning concerns, the University Professor said this has been done formally on many occasions.“…whenever the Leadership Council meets, we (members) raise our concerns, but not much has changed; we are still sidelined and taken for granted. The attitude of the leadership has been to engage selected individuals from the party, while ignoring our collective concerns. To its credit, the APNU leadership put in place a mechanism to address our concerns, but it has taken little action on the reports and findings that emanate from this process”, he informed.It is felt that Dr Hinds may be referring to the relationship that currently exists between President Granger, who is the leader of the PNC and APNU, and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, who is an Executive of the WPA. Dr Roopnaraine and Desmond Trotman have been appointed to Parliament after being selected by the WPA as its representatives.After the coalition won the 2015 elections, Dr Roopnaraine was first appointed as Education Minister, before being demoted to head a Department of Public Service within the Ministry of the Presidency, where he serves as Minister with responsibility for Public Service.Only recently, Dr Roopnaraine broke ranks with key players in the WPA who had critcised the coalition’s leadership for not practising good governance, inclusivity, and democratic decision-making tendencies by saying that they would have a hard time trying to convince him that the WPA should walk away from the coalition in order to save its image and preserve the legacy of Dr Walter Rodney.
Anyone interested in commenting on the closure can also hand in a written submission by January 15, 2014 to Tate Creek Elementary, the SD59 Board Office, or by email to the Board of Education Chairperson at email@example.com. At 7 p.m. on December 2 at the school, parents and community members will have a chance to argue for why the school should or shouldn’t stay open. The bylaw to close the Tomslake area school was given first two readings at the school board’s November 12 meeting, with a third reading set for after public consultation.The school itself is 49 years old, and is in need of a scheduled roof replacement and updates to the building envelope. SD59 estimates that if it was closed, it would save the school district nearly $158,000 a year in maintenance, utilities, administration, and custodial costs. Only 19 students are currently enrolled at the elementary school, 28 kilometres south of Dawson Creek. They come from Tomslake, Tupper, Gundy and One Island Lake by school bus each day. – Advertisement -Enrolment is expected to increase to 20 in 2014/2015, but then decline to nine by 2017/2018. If the school were to close, the students would be sent to Pouce Coupe Elementary, which would mean an additional classroom for that school. If the closure is approved, it’s expected the board would ask the Ministry of Education to close it by July 1, 2014. Community organizations would then be contacted to see if they would have a use for the facility. Advertisement
Job Vacancy: One of the North West’s leading fuel providers, National Fuels Ltd, is seeking staff.Located on the Pearse Road in Letterkenny, National Fuels are seeking applicants that can begin immediately.They are seeking a shop assistant/delivery person (part-time position). Applicants must have a C License.To apply, please send a CV to Belgas Ltd, Drumbollogue, Churchill, Letterkenny, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.For further details, you can get in touch with Sinead on 0749137400.Job Vacancy: National Fuels seeks Shop Assistant/Delivery Person was last modified: December 1st, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Job Vacancyjobsletterkennynational fuels ltd
A missing Derry pensioner, thought to have been in Co Donegal, has been found safe and well.A spokesman for the PSNi and Gardai confirmed that 86 year old William Doherty, who has been missing since the 20th August, was found this morning.No details of where he was located have been released William, who is from the Culmore Road area of Derry, had been seen at a service station at the bottom of Glenshane Road at around 4.15pm on the 20th August 2014.He was driving a silver E320 Mercedes registration BUI 6000 and police believed he may have travelled to Belfast and then to Fermanagh, possibly crossing the border at Pettigo. GARDA AND PSNI SEARCH ENDS AS PENSIONER FOUND SAFE AND WELL was last modified: August 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Rosetta’s Philae lander hopped twice before landing in the shade in a tilted position, but the instruments are working.The Rosetta team’s second day Media Briefing was a mix of celebration and guarded optimism, after analysis showed good news and bad news.The good news was that the lander touched down in a near perfect position as planned. The bad news was that the surface was harder than expected, causing the lander to undergo a two-hour bounce, landing some distance away. A third bounce put Philae into the shadow of a rocky cliff, where its solar panels will only be able to receive about a third of the solar power it needs to run its instruments for the nominal mission. It also appears that one of the legs is pointing up, not on the ground.Because of the precarious orientation and reduced power budget, mission planners are having to think hard about what scientific instruments to run. Lead lander scientist Jean-Pierre Bibring believes it may be possible, after initial standalone science data is received, to run a mechanical operation that might right the lander or make it hop to a more sunlit place. Scientists would love to be able to run the drill and sample collection instruments, so that analysis of the comet’s chemistry could be performed, but it is too risky in Philae’s current orientation. If the solar panels cannot get more sunlight, science planners will have to prioritize what can be done with the limited power on board. The BBC News posted a good summary of the mission status, with the latest pictures.Comets are known to have very low density. Philae settled down on at a gentle speed of about 2 km/hr. Scientists expected it would simply rest on fine dust. Dr. Holger Sierks, manager of the OSIRIS (remote imaging) camera expressed surprise at bouncing off hard ground:The rebound of the lander is an indication of a higher strength material that was a surprise to us. So with this picture of dust falling back to the surface in high porosity layers, I would think we failed to explain the rebounds. But we have seen the variety of surfaces there—this snowfield of soft stuff—and we have seen this rocky-like (but no rock) stuff, which is perhaps higher-strength material. We also see stuff shining through the dust layer, where the dust is wiped away, following the gravity field, and exposing the higher strength material, and this is something that we could consider be the reason for the rebound.The first images show a series of terrains, from a rocky “cliff” on one side to smooth plains on the other. Despite the less-than-optimal final landing position, the team was elated and as enthusiastic as could be after many hours of work without sleep. Even under worst-case scenarios, Philae has already made history. When its power lapses, the Rosetta orbiter is still in good shape to fulfill another two years of science collection. Things could get exciting as the comet approaches perihelion next year, its volatiles sublimating into a long tail.Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko joins the few bodies in the solar system whose surfaces have been studied by man-made landers with scientific instruments: Venus, Mars, the moon, and Titan. Jupiter has no surface, but Galileo sent a probe into the clouds, and then went in itself at the end of its life. Stardust collected material from a comet, and Deep Impact drove a probe into another comet. All the other space missions have flown by objects, or orbited them from a distance. There’s nothing like “ground truth.”Update 11/14/14: Science Magazine posted a status report. The battery’s lifetime is running out, but the Rosetta team is getting some science from the Philae lander, and considering rescue options. The drill is being tried for sample analysis. Even if the battery fails by Saturday, Philae has already achieved a major historical success.It’s to be expected that problems will occur in first-time explorations like this. The Rosetta teams deserve immense credit for succeeding in this high-risk, high-reward endeavor that began with its launch 10 years ago (and years of planning beforehand). We hope enough good science will be salvageable to help us understand comets better, because it will undoubtedly take many years to follow up this mission with another like it.What looks like rocky crust may be as flimsy as meringue. The new data will need to be integrated with findings from Giotto, Stardust, and Deep Impact to present a unified picture of comets. As with just about everything else in the solar system, what has been learned so far went contrary to earlier theories.It’s worth re-emphasizing that creationists are enthusiastically supportive of scientific discovery; the only problems arise from materialistic interpretations of science data. It was good to hear a complete absence of speculation at this press conference about the origin of life and the origin of Earth. BBC reporter Jonathan Amos, though, couldn’t resist: comets “could have ‘seeded’ the Earth with the chemistry needed to help kick-start biology,” he said. Just the facts—that’s good for everyone.
Tags:#iPad mini#media coverage#nexus series#opinion#Pause#Reviews Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Well, that was fun, huh? We got some new phones, new iPods, new tablets from everybody, new Macs, probably some new ultrabooks or whatever, all in time for the holidays. We got a fresh new excuse to argue with each other about which ones are the messiah and which ones suck. Now it’s all over.Can we go back to work now?I won’t pretend it’s not fun to be a tech reporter during gadget season. I love a new computer. I love to imagine how much more I could accomplish with a next-generation device. This year’s crop did not disappoint, either. I’m thrilled with the iPhone 5, I’m intrigued about why Dan Frommmer calls the iPad mini “the real iPad,” I could see myself switching from an Air to a 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display in the next generation, and I really enjoyed exploring the Nexus 10 tablet.I enjoyed these device announcements because I could see how each of them might enhance my life as a reader and a writer. I like how gadget season makes me contemplate my daily workflows and consider ways I might change them, speed them up or slow them down.Even more than that, I love imagining what young geniuses and first-time computer users can accomplish with them as prices and barriers to entry plummet. That’s the revolution of personal agency that makes tech so critical right now.Remember The Real WorldBut all the drooling is gross. When people use words like “sexy” to describe a chunk of metal, my skin crawls. And the breathless comparison of specs and stats and prices gets us nowhere.Why is it so easy for people who love technology to lose sight of what we do with it? It’s not specs or features or form factors that matter. It’s applications. It doesn’t matter which tablet looks better on paper. Which one is better for reading? I don’t care what the company says the battery life is; which phone will last me through a real day of work?Not only do these practical questions make for more interesting reviews, they open perhaps the most important point that all techies have to consider. Everyone uses devices differently. We all have different habits, different jobs to be done, different interests, and different goals. No gadget is the best choice for everyone.Your favorite phone may not be my favorite phone. Having the same phone as someone else shouldn’t make you part of some tribe whose enemies use that other phone. As we go about the Internet reading about phones, can we all please try to keep that in mind?Photo credit: Eliot Weisberg jon mitchell Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology