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Balor returns, Angle named new GM in Raw after Mania

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite The former Universal Champion surprised the rowdy crowd and teamed up with Seth Rollins as they beat the team of new United States Champion Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe in the main event.After the match, Balor and Rollins had a short staredown, acknowledging their history after meeting in last year’s SummerSlam, before celebrating the victory to end the show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBalor returned to action for the first time after recovering from his shoulder injury, which rendered him inactive since August.The show lived up to the hype as the wildest crowd of the year with its fair share of surprise appearances, stunning debuts, and landscape-shaping news. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test LATEST STORIES Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out As he took in all the boos, Reigns just said, “This is my yard now,” before leaving the ring and further infuriating the audience.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bolick takes blame for Cignal loss on day he claimed MVP award Finn Balor teamed up with Seth Rollins in his first night back to top Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe at Raw after Mania. Photo by WWE.comThe Demon King is back.Finn Balor made his triumphant return to put the exclamation point on the wild Raw after WrestleMania show Monday (Tuesday Manila time) at Amway Center in Orlando.ADVERTISEMENT Kurt Angle is the new Raw general manager. Photo by WWE.comWith ex-Raw general manager Mick Foley fired and commissioner Stephanie McMahon indefinitely out, Mr. McMahon announced 2017 WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle as the new Raw general manager while also baring a Superstar Shake-Up between Raw and SmackDown next week.Shocking the crowd at WrestleMania 33, Raw Tag Team Champions Matt and Jeff Hardy successfully defended their newly won titles after topping Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.The Revival, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, were finally called up from NXT as they beat The New Day on their first night on the main roster and injured Kofi Kingston after the match.Emma also returned to a six-woman tag team match as she paired up with Charlotte and Nia Jax, but came out on a losing effort against Raw Women’s Champion Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Dana Brooke.However, nothing compared to the loud boos that welcomed Roman Reigns to start the show as for 10 minutes, the crowd expressed their displeasure over The Big Dog following his victory over The Undertaker the night before.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Need for policy action to boost private investment is more critical than ever in…

first_imgDear Editor,With thousands of young people entering the workforce each year; fiscal resources severely constrained; and economic, social and political risks on the rise, Guyana is at a defining moment in its history. Bolstering the private sector is critical to meeting this challenge.However, the key to success remains elusive, principally because there is no trust between the regime and the real engine of economic growth (the business community).Additionally, this policy arrogance on the part of Team Granger is fuelled by a myth that these oil investments would bring an end to all of Guyana’s troubles, and thus a marginalised private sector is no big deal.But the empirical evidence points to a different outcome, if these oil resources are not managed transparently and with a long- term, sensible and efficient work plan.The key to Guyana’s success remains in urgently unlocking the latent energy of private investments ON LAND, (both local and foreign), which would have a direct impact on the lives of the people. That will take genuine policy reforms to increase access to finance for the private sector, and improve the effectiveness of the public sector. Until that happens, we are wasting time in Guyana. The bottom line remains that there is an urgent need for a smaller government and a bigger private sector; not the other way around.This is the ideological shift that Team Granger are struggling to appreciate. They have actually expanded the public sector by some 10 per cent since May 2015, and have taken active steps towards crowding out the private sector. The ratio of private investment to GDP at the end of 2018 is expected to be under 20 per cent of GDP, based on the latest projections (the Minister is yet to release the 2018 End of Year Report with final numbers, and it is almost April 2019).With the private sector having such low confidence in the economy, there will be adversely effects on the economic health of the nation. This will directly impact the economic well-being of the people, especially those residing at the bottom half of the economy, who live mainly in rural and hinterland Guyana.This lack of confidence is creating blockages for the nation in accessing the necessary technological innovations that can bring the promised economic empowerment and upliftment truly needed by the people. For all the years that Guyana existed as an independent nation, we are still a raw materials producer in the main, and to rub salt into our wounds, Jamaica is now exporting pigeon peas in tins to Guyana. This is something we used to do on our own, but we are no longer capable of doing at a commercial level.The challenge is real, the quality of the school leavers is at the lowest level ever, the few infrastructure improvements are mired in massive corruption (see the CJIA Airport Project), and the capability levels in the Cabinet Room and at the Head of Department level in the public service are just plain downright incompetent. These people just cannot get the job done.The need for policy action to boost private investment is more critical than ever in Guyana. Policymakers need to focus on surrounding themselves with the best minds and on the necessary reforms that can help the nation catch up with their peers on education, infrastructure, financial development, and governance. These reforms would help offset the headwinds from global factors outside the nation’s control.For us to succeed, the days of ethnic marginalisation must be over. This voyage demands all hands on deck to shore up the nation’s economic resilience for the future.Can they do it? What ever happened to “let us co-operate for Guyana” Mr. Granger?Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

Teenagers admit to heinous crime

first_imgProfessor’s murderHours after Guyanese-born American Professor Perry Mars was found dead in his Prashad Nagar, Georgetown, home, gagged and tied to a chair, the police have arrested six teenagers – four boys and two girls for the gruesome murder.Upon arrest they were found with a sum of cash, a laptop computer, an I-phone and a play station. The six youngsters were reportedly arrested in the Campbellville and Sophia areas and have been positively identified by eyewitnesses who saw them on Thursday evening removing suitcases from the now dead man’s home and placing them in a car.Police have confirmed that none of the teenagers are older than 18. From reports, the now dead man would normally help the same group of teenagers. They would visit the home and take on jobs of cleaning the yard and washing his vehicles. He also assisted them with food items sometimes.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum when contacted told Guyana Times that five of the teenagers including a female have given the police statements that detailed the actual robbery and murder. He noted that the sixth teen only received stolen items.Based on reports, the mastermind of the episode is a 17-year-old girl, who frequented the man’s house and who resides in close proximity.On the day of the incident, she reportedly phoned her boyfriend and informed him that the professor would be at home alone and that it was an opportune time to commit the robbery.The boyfriend, according to their statement, agreed and picked up a few friends and went to Prashad Nagar. While there, they met with the mastermind and planned the robbery. The girl then walked to the man’s house and upon seeing her, he opened the door and let her in. As she entered, she left the door ajar.The others then entered Mars’ home and attacked him. First they reportedly duct taped his hand and feet and tied him to a chair after which one of them strangled him since he would have seen their faces.The suspects then collected a sum of cash and other valuables and left the premises.Professor Mars, 75, of Lot 395 Bissessar Avenue, Prashad Nagar, was discovered by his wife in his study at about 19:00h on the evening. The house was ransacked and several articles and cash were missing.Guyana Times understands that Mars’ spouse, who works with the Legal Aid Clinic, spent most of Thursday out of town and upon return she made the gruesome discovery. She immediately contacted the police who cordoned off the area and launched an investigation.The now dead professor studied history at the University of Guyana and Carelton University in Ottawa, Canada, and went on to work at Africana Studies at Wayne State University, Michigan, USA.He has been also credited with developing an international academic exchange project between Africana Studies, the College of Urban Labor and Metropolitan Affairs, and the University of Guyana.last_img read more

FC Copenhagen v Leicester City live stream and confirmed lineups

first_img1 FC Copenhagen v Leicester City is LIVE on talkSPORT CLICK HERE TO STREAM FC COPENHAGEN V LEICESTER CITY LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 19:45BST.Leicester City will reach the Champions League last 16 with a win over FC Copenhagen on Wednesday evening, a game which is live on talkSPORT.The Foxes have performed miracles in Europe this season, winning all three of their games without conceding a goal.They currently top Group G, and a win this evening will ensure they reach the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in their history.Manager Claudio Ranieri is aware of the achievement should the Foxes reach the last 16, but he is not taking their opponents lightly.“We can write a new chapter of Leicester’s story,” said the 65-year-old.“But maybe it’s not tomorrow. It’s important to be well organised as I respect Copenhagen a lot.”So, who has the Italian selected for the match? The confirmed teams can be seen, in full, below…Confirmed line-ups:FC Copenhagen XI: Olsen, Ankersen, Jorgensen, Johansson, Augustinsson, Verbic, Kvist Jorgensen, Delaney, Jensen, Santander, CorneliusSubstitutes: Andersen, Hogli, Antonsson, Gregus, Kusk, Pavlovic, ToutouhLeicester City XI: Schmeichel, Hernandez, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez, Amartey, Drinkwater, Schlupp, Vardy, MusaSubstitutes: Zieler, King, Albrighton, Simpson, Okazaki, Gray, Ulloalast_img read more

Ibrahimovic LATEST: LA Galaxy willing to make Man United star richest man in MLS

first_img1 LA Galaxy are willing to make Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic the highest-paid played in Major League Soccer history, according to reports in the United States.Ibrahimovic joined the Red Devils on a one-year deal last summer and has so far scored 26 goals in his first season in English football.United are desperate to keep him and have the option to extend the super Swede’s deal for a further year.But the 35-year-old Swede is yet to commit to an extension, leaving the door open for other clubs to try and snap him up for free.And, according to Sports Illustrated, US giants Galaxy – the MLS’ most successful club with five league titles – are said to be interested in signing the striker and are working on a big-money deal which would break their wage record.In 2016, Orlando City’s Brazilian star Kaka was named the highest paid player in MLS with an annual salary of $7.167million (£5.89m).Liverpool legend Steve Gerrard was paid $6.1m-per-year by the Galaxy before his retirement, while David Beckham’s base salary was $6.5 million a year at the Los Angeles club.Galaxy reportedly believe Ibrahimovic could make as big an impact on the American soccer scene as global superstar Beckham did when he arrived at the club from Real Madrid in 2007.With his contract at Old Trafford expiring in the summer, Galaxy are free to approach the striker at any time and could seal a deal before the end of the season.But, following his winning goal in the EFL Cup final against Southampton, Jose Mourinho stated his and the club’s desire to keep Ibrahimovic, and the Premier League club will surely offer a competitive figure to ensure the Swedish star stays in Manchester for another year. Manchester United are facing a fight to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer last_img read more

Chelsea arrive battered but leave Wembley victors as Marcos Alonso downs Spurs

first_imgAntonio Conte started the weekend with a laugh, and he will be enjoying the last laugh as the weekend draws to a close. After struggling to control himself when asked about Diego Costa in his pre-Tottenham press conference, the Italian made a mockery of those doubting him with a superb managerial display as Chelsea beat Spurs in their first game at their temporary home of Wembley.With Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas suspended, Conte opted to field the half-fit Tiemoue Bakayoko in a midfield three with N’Golo Kante and David Luiz, while bringing young Andreas Christensen and summer signing Antonio Rudiger into the back line.And the decision paid off, with the visitors holding firm against a heavily-backed Spurs side thanks to some excellent last-ditch defending and a series of impressive saves from Thibaut Courtois.Marcos Alonso added the much-needed flair to Conte’s side, grabbing both goals – a delightful free-kick and a last-minute winner – either side of Michy Batshuayi’s 82nd-minute own goal.For all the negativity surrounding Chelsea before the game, they were the dominant team after kick-off.And just five minutes in they should have been ahead, but Morata sent a free header wide from six yards after Kante curled a delightful cross into the area.The hosts started to dominate the ball following that miss, even if a cutting edge in the final third was lacking.Kane fired a 30-yard shot straight at Courtois which the keeper spilled, but no one was there to follow up and capitalise.Alli took advantage of a mistake from Christensen but could only fire over the bar, before Dembele’s deflected drive flew just high of Courtois’ goal.Chelsea’s attacks grew rarer, and a free-kick looked to have been wasted when it was cleared just outside the box. David Luiz picked up possession and was taken down by Alli, with another set piece awarded just to the right of centre.Willian, who scored a free-kick against Spurs in the FA Cup semi-final last season, lined up to strike the ball with his right foot, but Alonso was the man who stepped forward and curled a spectacular left-footed effort past the despairing Lloris to hand the Blues the lead.Courtois ensured the lead remained intact with a fine save from Kane’s angled shot, as Spurs finally managed to find some space in the congested midfield area.Kane put in some excellent individual work to create the chance for himself, but, under pressure from Alonso, his low strike deflected off Courtois and away from goal. Moments later Kane dragged another shot wide from just outside the area.It was another free-kick which should have led to the hosts’ equaliser.Luiz was penalised for blocking Eriksen off the ball, and the Dane stepped up with an effort that curled just in front of Courtois. Attackers rushed in to convert the cross, but the ball evaded everyone and fell just wide of the far post.Next time it was the post that denied Spurs, with Kane’s powerful strike deflecting back off the woodwork to Wanyama – who drew a save from Courtois.The keeper was called back into action moments later as Spurs pressed in the final seconds of the opening period, and he was equal to Davies deflected attempt – keeping Chelsea in front as the half-time whistle blew.Seconds after the restart Spurs were on the attack again, continuing the intensity they showed at the end of the first half.Kane and Eriksen both wasted chances, before Azpilicueta was forced to intervene with a last-ditch clearance as Kane closed in on Trippier’s cutback.Chelsea were being pushed further and further back, but still the defence held firm.Christensen and Rudiger both made important clearing headers, with Morata also showing his worth at the back with a vital block from a corner.The Blues broke quickly with a rare attack which led to Morata winning a corner from a deflected shot, and Moses fired just over the bar from the resultant set play.Willian managed a 25-yard strike which also crashed against the post, as the visitors found space for themselves in the final third following the withdrawal of Dier for Son.But Chelsea could hold on for no longer, as substitute Batshuayi could only divert Eriksen’s free-kick past Courtois with 10 minutes remaining.Two further Eriksen deliveries were cleared with Spurs attackers lurking, and with men committed forward Kante broke into attack and launched the move which led to Alonso’s winner.Lloris gathered the ball and launched it to Sissoko in midfield, who was quickly robbed by Luiz. Possession made its way to Alonso on the left wing, and he fired the ball in at the France goalkeeper’s near post to get the Blues’ season back on track. 1 Marcos Alonso scored either side of Michy Batshuayi’s own goal to win the game for Chelsea last_img read more

Shaking up science class

first_imgSix teach science in the Pasadena Unified School District, with others from districts such as El Monte, Rowland Unified and Glendale. They receive a $2,500 stipend for participating in the monthlong program. For most, half of that stipend and other program costs are paid by CAPSI through grants from the Amgen Foundation and Arthur Vining Davis Foundation. The Pasadena Educational Foundation gave $5,000 to support teachers from the PUSD. The teacher-students are taught by a mix of Caltech scientists and other high school teacher leads. “We’re trying to give them a Caltech chemistry experience here,” said 20-year-old Lisa Tran, a recent graduate from the Caltech chemistry program. Mary Hines, who teaches science at Pasadena High, said improving her lesson plans to be more effective with her students was itself an ongoing experiment. “Most of them hate the stuff because of the math,” she said. At John Muir High, Dave Herman said he’s developed his own strategies for engaging students in his seven years of teaching science. To learn about gravity and velocity, he encourages students to drop objects from a second-floor railing and hit a moving target. After being frustrated by the nigh-impossible task, they eagerly embrace a little math to solve the problem, he said. Herman said lectures, textbooks and tests aren’t enough. “Here’s the problems; do them. Here’s the answers; verify,” he said of the typical approach to a science lesson. Phelps said education’s emphasis on standardized tests – where science plays a small role – has contributed to a de-emphasis of those subjects. But reaching out to teachers, the former Muir science teacher said, is key to reinvigorating science learning in the classroom. “Teachers need supportive experiences,” Phelps said. “They don’t get a lot of that in the current system.” todd.ruiz@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Circling a round-table of science, a cadre of lab students turn, twist and study a protein molecule’s anatomy as rendered on laptop computers at Caltech. Their interest and excitement are apparent, but the students are themselves high school science teachers intent on re-creating that energy in their own classrooms. Getting teens interested in chemistry, biology and physics can be difficult when done from the lifeless pages of a textbook, and the monthlong “High School Teacher Institute” is designed to change how those subjects are taught. “Students develop their understanding through their own experience,” said Jerry Pine, co-director of the Caltech Precollege Science Initiative, or CAPSI. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.In short, CAPSI’s program attempts to show teachers a new way to teach science. The “inquiry” method touted in the labs reacquaints teachers with the scientific method as a living exploration of problem-solving as opposed to scripted workbook exercises. It changes the focus from the teachers to students, Pine said, encouraging them to ask questions instead of being spoon-fed answers. Since mid-July, the teachers have conducted experiments and analyzed data in the three core scientific subjects. The teachers come from more than a dozen regional school districts selected for their size and diverse student bodies. last_img read more

Glenn Hoddle explains why Chelsea desperately miss John Terry

first_imgMaurizio Sarri’s men, who took a one-goal advantage into the second leg, cruised to a 4-1 lead at half-time before they were stunned and made to work for the victory when Petr Sevcik struck twice.Suddenly, anxiety spread throughout Stamford Bridge as the Blues defence continued to shake, with Slavia just two goals away from dumping Chelsea out. Hoddle was working as a pundit for the game on BT Sport 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow REVEALED 2 no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card And Hoddle, speaking to BT Sport, claims it never would’ve happened if former Chelsea captain John Terry was on the pitch.“They can’t get 90 minutes’ consistency, you can’t dictate 90 minutes anyway but they do switch off, almost as if, ‘We’re too good for this team, I don’t need to get on the cover’, he said.“It’s complacency a little bit and they need a leader out there that’s not going to let that happen. John Terry, in that team tonight, that wouldn’t have happened second half. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LIVE ON talkSPORTcenter_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Azpilicueta captained Chelsea on Thursday night shining REPLY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Glenn Hoddle has claimed Chelsea lack leaders after their second-half stutter against Slavia Prague in the Europa League.The Blues booked their place in the semi-finals with a 4-3 victory at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night, giving them a seemingly comfortable 5-3 win on aggregate – although it was anything but. BEST OF Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds vs Wigan (Friday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Sunderland vs Doncaster (Friday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Sheffield Wednesday (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Southampton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTAccrington Stanley vs Luton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Manchester United (Sunday, 1:30pm) – talkSPORTCardiff vs Liverpool (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT “They haven’t got many leaders there that can identify and put it right and say, ‘Let’s put it right’.“You could smell it happening, your opponents are getting more of the ball, throwing people forward, you need to nullify that and someone needs to identify that.”Chelsea’s official club captain Gary Cahill has been frozen out under Sarri, with Cesar Azpilicueta occupying the armband for most of the season.last_img read more

The Moral of Workplace Morale

first_imgWhen it comes to workplace morale, there is no shortage of articles suggesting the ways and means to build and/or enhance cultures that motivate employees to deliver the goods. Beyond their intent to boost morale, the commentaries have one thing in common – the counsel is generic. In other words, the pundits inherently assume that their morale-lifting tactics and strategies apply to any organization, no matter the product or service in which they are engaged. They are correct in this regard. But, there is a catch. One cannot assume a constant success rate because there is more at play.Allow me to put this notion to the test. If you were looking for a new job, which of the following fictitious companies might you be most interested in pursuing? Which of them holds the least interest?      Smokestack Tobacco (cigarettes)      Clean Oceans (conservation technologies)      Straight Shooter (firearms manufacturing)      Sun Cycle (solar powered bicycles)      LNG Partners (liquefied natural gas production)Even though you know nothing of their corporate culture, I’m guessing that Clean Oceans and Sun Cycle will be at the top of your list, and that Smokestack Tobacco will be at the bottom. This tells me that you favor industries and companies that offer a higher moral purpose. Higher moral purpose is the starting point for higher morale. Moral purpose is inspirational. Unlike motivation, inspiration goes beyond quantitative measurements such as sales and profit quotas that yield employee benefits such as bonuses. The DNA ofClean Oceans’ workforce is going to be miles apart from that of Smokestack Tobacco. Ditto the strategy for enhancing morale.Years ago, Steve Jobs used one question to inspire John Sculley to leave the corner office of Pepsi for Apple: “Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life or do you want to change the world.” The rest of the Sculley story is irrelevant. Inspiration tops motivation, every time. Inspiration is qualitative. You just have to be a part of it – that’s the driving force.The vast majority of companies and industries are engaged in products and services that are morally neutral. This is not to say that these organizations are morally neutral or that they cannot deliver amazing workplace morale. They can, and they do. Three financial services companies (Edward Jones, Quicken Loans, and Robert Baird) and three IT firms (SAS, salesforce.com, and Intuit) found a place in Fortune’s top 10 places to work. The list is based on employee perception of trust, respect, compensation, camaraderie, internal communication, training, and diversity efforts.Not only do these companies integrate their values into the culture, trust and engagement is the cornerstone of their HR strategy. Leaders respect their employees, listen to them, reward them, and applaud them. The extra effort that is the product of meaningful work is the factor that has moved these companies from good to great.To read the original blog post, please click here.last_img read more

Can LPWA networks unchain wearables from smartphones?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Donal Power Tags:#ARM#Internet of Things#IoT#Little Riot#LPWA#wearables Follow the Puckcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Being stuck in the 1970s is fine for fans of corduroy or mutton chops, but wearables need to move on from its reliance on older technology in order to reach the next level.That was the message coming out of the GSMA Mobile 360 session in Brussels, according to Mobile World Live, where experts discussed advances that could break wearable devices free from their reliance on smartphone screens and their cellular connectivity.David Maidment, ARM’s lead mobile strategist, said on a wearables panel at the Brussels event that wearable technology is suffering from its inability to decouple completely from its dependence on smartphones. Though many vendors are currently developing wearables with inbuilt 4G connectivity, Maidment warns that challenges loom as these new devices try to cope with cellular connectivity designed for the smartphone era, especially its heavy drain on battery lifeHowever, with advances in networks that consume lower power this obstacle may soon be overcome.LPWA can break the ties to old networks for wearablesSpecifically, he flagged advances in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks that could potentially wean wearables off their current dependence on smartphone era technology.“Connectivity is an interesting point because it touches the way the user interacts with their device, so if I have to take my smartphone with me for my wearable to work, it will limit how I use it,” said Maidment. “Narrowband IoT for LPWA, for example, will consume less energy and break the model, and decoupling the wearable from the smartphone makes sense in some use cases.”Little Riot founder Joanna Montgomery, said it is annoying that connected wristbands like hers, which enable people to hear each other’s heartbeat, still must route through phones and their screen-based experience.“We are stuck in the 1970s,” said Montgomery, who also sat on the wearables panel. “We are connecting things to the internet, but it all comes back to the screen. What good is it to automate everything if this is what it goes back to, an old piece of technology.”“The whole point of our product is the fact that we don’t have to look at a screen,” she added. “The technology is still not there for the wearable to be standalone.”last_img read more