Tripwolf Prepares For Public Launch – RWW Readers Can Get In Today

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Last month a new travel social network called Tripwolf launched into private beta. The site offers a variety of content, including both professional editorial and user-generated reviews of destinations as well as a Google Maps mashup that layers users’ photos onto a world map. Although Tripwolf is yet another travel site in an already extremely crowded niche, they’ve found some ways to differentiate themselves from the other sites out there. The end result is a good-looking, informative web site that’s also a lot of fun to use and explore.About TripwolfUpon login, you’re taken to Tripwolf’s main page where you can immediately begin a search using the provided search box or you can click on one of the tabs to access other areas of the site like the galleries (photos), travelers, journals, guides, or the soon-to-be added “trips” section.On the left side are links to your personal info – your personal galleries, your trips, your profile and messages, etc. There’s also a handy scrapbook feature on to which you can drag-and-drop places you find on tripwolf when doing travel research. That scapbook can be shared with friends via email, or, with one click, transformed into a PDF that you can download and print out as your own sort of personalized travel guide. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#web sarah perez Content Galore!Tripwolf’s investor and content partner is MairDumont, a European provider of travel information who offers a range of printed publications for tourists. MairDumont’s involvement with tripwolf allows them to provide content for the site, including destination information and photos. The combination of this high-quality content along with that which is user-gen gives tripwolf a more professional feel while still retaining the fun of a social network. It’s also nice because there’s a lot of content to explore right away – currently over 200,000 points of interest have been cataloged – so you don’t have to wait on a userbase to do all the work for you.When you come across a destination you want to update with your own info, a wiki-edit feature lets you upload your own photos, add and update places, add facts, reviews, and more. The Facebook AppThanks to facebook integration, you can easily find who among your friends is already on the service and invite others to join you. You can also add friends from LinkedIn, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, Thunderbird, Mac address book, orkut, and Xing.On facebook, you can use the app to search destinations, keep track of your favorite places, and view what your tripwolf friends are up to. Get In TodayThe site goes public on July 1st and, at that time, they will be adding a way for you to book trips. An iPhone application will also soon follow. However, ReadWriteWeb users don’t have to wait until July – you can go ahead and join now the private beta now by clicking this link. (Feel free to add me after you do.) Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Don’t miss this live Q&A with Scott Brinker! Get your martech questions answered.

first_img Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 15th August 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingDon’t miss this live Q&A with Scott Brinker! Get your martech questions answered. Customer expectations are rising… and marketing technology — martech — is the key to meeting and exceeding those demands. Indeed, marketing has become a digital profession that is indistinguishably intertwined with and supported by marketing technology. In short: Martech is marketing. Bring your big-picture questions about this bold and vital concept to a no holds barred Q&A webinar with moderator Jen Cannon (@jenvidetta), MarTech Today senior editor, and special guest Scott Brinker (@chiefmartec), The MarTech Conference chair. Trends, concerns, best and worst practices — it’s all fair game for the armchair analyst who’s charted the rise of the martech industry for over ten years.You can send in a question when signing up, or lob one in the spur of the moment during the webinar. Either way — this will be one lively conversation you won’t want to miss. Register today for “Martech is Marketing: A Live Q&A with Scott Brinker,” sponsored by The MarTech Conference.The post Don’t miss this live Q&A with Scott Brinker! Get your martech questions answered. appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Don’t miss this live Q&A with Scott Brinker! Get your martech questions answered. Don’t miss this live Q&A with Scott Brinker! Get your martech questions answered.You are here:last_img read more

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ODI series: India face tough task against Lanka

first_imgPlagued by poor batting form for long, a jittery India will need to strike the right combination and lift the standard of their game as they strive to bring their ODI tri-series campaign back on track when they take on Sri Lanka at WACA in Perth on February 8.India let Australia off the hook in the opening match in Melbourne and missing out on an opportunity in Wednesday’s crucial clash would make the job very tough for them.India had opted to ‘rest’ Virender Sehwag in the first match and the team management has indicated that the dashing opener will come back into the team at the expense of a top order batsman.India’s bowling line-up is sure to have a new look on a bouncy WACA pitch. It would be not be prudent to include a spin-based attack. Either Ravinder Jadeja or Ravichandran Ashwin, or both, could make way for Umesh Yadav and possibly Zaheer Khan.In Australia, the two teams have clashed five times and India has an advantage of 2-1 over their southern neighbours, with two matches finishing with no result.India still feels the pain of their last visit to WACA last month when they lost the third Test to Australia in two and a half days by an innings margin.It’s record at this venue though isn’t too bad. It has won three games and lost five matches since 1980 when it first played New Zealand in a triangular and won by five runs.The fast outfield and less-than a steepling bounce enables big scores to be managed at this ground.advertisementFive wins each in the last 10 ODIs between the two sides might suggest an even battle between two sub-continental teams but ever so quietly, the young brigade has begun to make headlines for Sri Lanka in the last few months.last_img read more

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CEO Tim Cook happy with initial Apple Watch response

first_imgThe Apple Watch is the biggest gamble the Cupertino Giant has made under the reign of Tim Cook and now the company’s CEO is happy that the initial results are indicating towards a good start. The company began taking pre-orders recently and according to the officials the demand is predicted to exceed the supply.In a TV interview with CNBC, Cook exclaimed that the amount of pre-orders were great. Apple has introduced a new product line-up after a long time and the success or failure of the device can have quite a strong impact on the company’s future.The Watch is Apple’s reply to the Android Wear segment and last year was termed as the year of wearable but the brand new technology segment did not take off as expected. Pebble was one of the most successful brand in the segment but in Android Wear department there was hardly any record breaker. Motorola’s Moto 360 definitely set the pace but it was not able to reap the sales it was expected to.This year Apple Watch is aiming at changing the trend in the wearable segment and considering the past record of the company it is quite capable of doing so. The first iPhone in 2007 is one big example of how the company was able to form a cult-like status for the device line-up.The Apple Watch is available in three major variants and the cheapest version, the sports edition, comes at a price of $349 (Roughly Rs 21,800) and it goes on to $17,000 (Roughly Rs 10,58,600) for the most expensive 18 Karat version. The actual sales from brick and mortar stores will begin from April 24th and Apple is expecting an overwhelming crowd despite the promotion of online platforms for the sale.advertisementlast_img read more

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a month agoFikayo Tomori on Chelsea screamer: I thought ‘why not?’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fikayo Tomori on Chelsea screamer: I thought ‘why not?’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFikayo Tomori has spoken of his wonder goal in Chelsea’s win at Wolves.The fullback hit a screamer for the 5-2 win.”First up Azpi was calling me back to stop the counter-attack, and the ball broke out,” he told chelseafc.com.”I thought ‘why not?’ and thankfully it managed to hit the back of the net. I’m obviously really pleased!”In training the past couple of weeks Willy Caballero’s been giving me a bit because I’ve skied a few! I just wanted to concentrate on trying to keep it down and hitting the target.” last_img

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a month agoInter Milan coach Conte raps Italian media: Stop obsessing about tactics

first_imgInter Milan coach Conte raps Italian media: Stop obsessing about tacticsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte has told the Italian media to stop obsessing about tactics.Conte has hit out at the criticism of pundits.“Do they say that I’m more a League coach than a European one? You live by clichés…” said Conte.“As long as someone says something on TV, everyone goes after it. I’ve played in three Champions Leagues, but I always did so with new creations…“Instead, others have with teams who are already established. That’s what we can say to pundits. Everyone here thinks I win whatever I touch, but it’s not true.“Only in Italy are we fixated on formations. I’ve coached in England and they don’t give a damn over there.“I want to see bravery and intensity, the things we’re trying to propose. The rest is all rubbish.“Modern football evolves and you have to keep up with the times, even those who coached before and saw things differently.“Enthusiasm isn’t tied to results but rather what we’re trying to do. Rome was not built in a day.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoEverton U23 boss Unsworth: Baningime finding his form

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton U23 boss Unsworth: Baningime finding his formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton U23 boss David Unsworth admits they are having to ‘rebuild’ midfielder Beni Baningime’s game.A summer switch to Denmark, with Brondby and Silkeborg both said to be interested, fell through after talks stalled and Baningime has started the season with Unsworth’s under-23 side.The Congo-born starlet joined Wigan Athletic on loan in January but made just one appearance before returning to Merseyside and has not featured for Everton’s senior side since the draw at Swansea in 2018 when Sam Allardyce was manager.”I think he’s getting back to the levels he was at,” Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo.”He had a disappointing season last year which happens sometimes. We have to rebuild him and we’re certainly rebuilding him.”The good thing about Beni is the foundations are solid and he’s a great kid. He just needs game-time. He didn’t have a lot of that last year for whatever reason but that’s gone now.” last_img read more

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Skeptical Football Thanksgiving Preview Edition

The Bears have a rich 30-year history, dominating the game under George Halas, winning the very first NFL championship in 1933, drubbing the Washington Redskins in 1940 by a record score of 73-0, and amassing four championships under star quarterback Sid Luckman. But in the 60-plus years since, the Bears have struggled. Since 1950, they’re down in cumulative point differential overall, and in 2011 they gave up their all-time margin of victory throne to the Green Bay Packers.The Lions had a promising start in the NFL, winning a famous “iron man” game in 1932 (in which they beat the Packers with only 11 men playing and with no substitutions), and winning a championship with QB Dutch Clark in 1935. But since the 1940s, the Lions have mostly tread water or gone downhill.Things have looked a bit better for the Lions in the Matthew Stafford era, and this season started out very well. Although they have lost their past two games (to conference leaders New England and Arizona), they enter this matchup two games ahead of the 5-6 Bears, they’re playing in Detroit, and they have an SRS2“Simple Rating System,” or average margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule advantage of 6.8 points (meaning they’ve been nearly seven points per game better). But it’s hard to know that much about the teams after only 11 games, and their franchise histories have been average for the past few years. So, to get some more insight into Thursday’s game, let’s focus on the QBs.A few weeks ago, I introduced my experimental QB “win curves,” which compare a QB’s expected win percentage to his actual win percentage at any given point in the game. One of the craziest of these win curves was Matthew Stafford’s — which indicated that he won way more than he was expected to when his team was trailing, but lost way more than he was expected to when his team was ahead — and he had easily the most extreme such effect in the league.But as I’ve also discussed in past columns, Stafford has gotten pretty terrible support from his defense and special teams. While I like the purity of the original win curve, I thought it might be interesting to see what happens if we try to remove non-offensive contributions from the picture. So I came up with “adjusted” win curves, which are basically the amount that each QB would have won if his defense and special teams had no positive or negative impact on their chances of winning at any time.3 OK, here’s the nitty-gritty: To do this, I took the win percentage added from all of a QB’s subsequent offensive drives and then added them to the win percentage he had at the start of the present drive (on a drive-by-drive basis). So, if his chances were 40 percent at the start of a drive and he added 30 percent between that drive and all future drives, it would count as an expected win percentage of 40 percent and an “approximated actual win percentage” of 70 percent. Note that technically these numbers can go higher than 100 percent or lower than zero percent for a given drive and situation (for example, if a QB’s defense keeps trying to give the game away, but he keeps bringing them back), but they typically don’t. I’ve also tweaked the curves to make them a little less sensitive to deviations.4I did this a couple of ways. First, as mentioned in the previous footnote, I did the analysis on a drive-by-drive basis instead of a play-by-play basis. This cuts down on the amount that a single crazy game can affect the overall analysis, because the number of drives per game is much more constant than number of passing plays. I also forced the smoother to use a “loess” (local regression) fit, so that larger samples would be treated the same as smaller ones. Also, by virtue of using win percentage added instead of binary wins/losses, we get a little additional granularity.Here’s how the new Stafford curve compares to the old:The magnitude of the curve is a bit less extreme (particularly Stafford’s habit of losing in what should be winning spots), but the basic phenomenon remains: Stafford appears to be much better at coming back than he is at holding on to wins. But more importantly: Stafford’s “adjusted” curve increases continuously, meaning the Lions no longer have to consider falling behind just so they can win.Now, using these adjusted win curves, let’s compare Stafford and Jay Cutler, Chicago’s QB:Get ready for some excitement, as both of these guys have been better at digging out of holes than at burying their opponents.Philadelphia vs. DallasThe Dallas Cowboys began playing their traditional Thanksgiving game in 1966 not long after joining the league as an expansion team in 1960. This was right about the same time they started getting good. Really good:During the Tom Landry/Roger Staubach era, the Cowboys had one of the most dominant runs in the post-merger NFL. Then, after a brief slump in the late 1980s, Jerry Jones seemed to have the team back on its winning track under coaches Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, and the potent QB/RB combo of Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith.5The Cowboys were also generously aided by the infamous Herschel Walker trade/outright larceny. Since Aikman’s retirement in 2000, however, Jones’s squad has struggled to recapture its old magic.And that’s despite Tony Romo. Although I love watching Romo play and usually I’d wager that he is a very good quarterback, the Cowboys experienced only a modest bump in their historical chart since Romo has been under center. And though judging an individual based on team performance is somewhat unfair, having pored over these charts repeatedly for weeks, I’ve noticed that the arrival or departure of a top QB normally has a pretty noticeable effect on his team. It may not be enough to make an awful team a winner, but there is usually some kind of turn (like with Stafford).Or, for example, with Donovan McNabb and the Eagles. Or Nick Foles,6And yes, I’m aware that a lot of these turns also correspond to head coaching changes, but that entanglement question is a constant issue in the NFL. We can think of them as two-headed QB/coach monsters, and the analysis is mostly the same. my gunslinger of the first quarter. In Foles’s short tenure, the Eagles have been on a nice upturn, but unfortunately he will be out of this game.So, the Eagles will rely on Mark Sanchez (someone who didn’t move the New York Jets’ chart much) to take on the enigmatic Romo, our gunslinger of the first half of the season.How do these two stack up on the win curve scale?Sanchez came out looking surprisingly OK in the chart’s non-adjusted version but ends up a little Stafford-y in the adjusted version. Romo — as expected — is a lot like Peyton Manning when behind, but is average or below average when ahead.Philadelphia has a slightly higher SRS (3.7 vs. 1.6) – and, very marginally, the better recent history to corroborate that, while Dallas has home-field advantage and more of a known quantity at QB. But again, be prepared for potential comeback-y goodness when either of these teams falls behind.Seattle vs. San FranciscoSince 2006, the NFL has added a prime-time game to the usual Dallas-Detroit fare, and this year it’s showcasing a rematch of last year’s NFC championship game, featuring divisional rivals Seattle (the dynasty hopefuls) and San Francisco (the original modern NFL dynasty). Presently, the two teams are battling for the NFC’s wild card spots (with Arizona their surprise divisional leader), but they’ve both been on strong trajectories the past couple of years, since the arrivals of Jim Harbaugh/Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco and Pete Carroll/Russell Wilson in Seattle.While the most dramatic effect is the amazing 1980s and 1990s 49ers run (which I discussed last week), the Seahawks trend is a great example of why I love these historical charts.From the Seahawks’ record, we know that they’ve lost more games this year (four) than all of last year (three), leading to a slight deceleration in their chart. But it’s barely even a blip in their multiyear trend. As discussed earlier, most major shifts on these charts happen for pretty transparent reasons: the departure/arrival of a great QB or coach, major injuries, etc.7In fact, the more I contemplate these histories, the more I suspect that QBs may be even more important to their teams than even I previously thought. We have no such event in Seattle and every reason to think they should stay good for awhile.But San Francisco has a solid trend and a dynamic young quarterback as well. In fact, these two have been such consistent winners that I also plotted Peyton Manning (generally the gold standard for these things) curve for comparison:Wilson’s unadjusted curve, which I showed last week, looked otherworldly, but I warned that it might be partly due to the strength of the team around him — especially the Seahawks’ defense, which crushed the league in yards allowed per play in 2013.But with the defense-adjusted curves, he comes down to earth a little — to excellent but not-quite-Peyton-esque levels (note that Wilson’s curve is impossibly high on the far left as the odds ought to be approaching zero, but that’s because bad losses have been so rare for the Seahawks that the data is unreliable). He’s in a fierce competition with Andrew Luck for best win curve of the 2012 quarterback class.Kaepernick’s curve is more Romo-esque. That makes sense considering he has been featured as my Goatslinger of the Week8Though not a fixture, I must note that the Goatslinger Award for Week 12 goes to Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer, who threw three interceptions with his team up less than a touchdown while his team still eked out the win. I’m going to covertly give the week’s Gunslinger Award to Peyton Manning, who did not have any interceptions but did futilely try and connect with some wide open receivers who could have scored him touchdowns. If you never miss a wide open receiver downfield, you probably aren’t throwing downfield enough! Too many open receivers go streaking down the field only to see the ball dumped off to some running back for a -2 yard screen. At least Manning was trying. for making the kinds of mistakes I like (interceptions!) at times when I don’t like them (when his team is ahead).Seattle has the far stronger SRS in this game (5.6 vs. SF’s 0.5), but it’s playing on the road. San Francisco is apparently the slight betting favorite in this one (-1 — I probably would have made it a slight underdog). I won’t say the game will be close, but it could go either way.Reminder: If you tweet questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them here.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. On Thanksgiving Day 1892, the Allegheny Athletic Association — featuring the world’s first professional football player, William Heffelfinger — beat the Cleveland Athletic Club with a single touchdown, by a score of 4 to 0. Back then, field goals were worth five points — meaning, yes, a field goal was worth more than a touchdown — and the forward pass was illegal (it wouldn’t be allowed for an additional 14 years). In other words, teams have been playing football on Thanksgiving since long before it was football as we know it.The NFL has embraced that tradition since its inception. The NFL played six Thanksgiving Day games in its inaugural year of 1920 and has played games on the holiday every year since (except from 1941 to 1944, during World War II). So, as we prepare to stuff ourselves with turkey and ham, and sneak away from relatives to watch some gridiron on the big screen in our uncle-in-law’s den — we’ll be doing Skeptical Football a little differently, with historically oriented previews for each of the day’s games.Let’s get started.Chicago vs. DetroitThe Detroit Lions have been playing home games on Thanksgiving since 1934 and haven’t taken the holiday off since 1945. Their inaugural home game was against these same Bears, who won 19 to 16. Eighty years later, the two teams are back for more.They’ve come a long way since then. Here’s what their franchise histories have looked like, based on their cumulative regular-season margin of victory/defeat:1These charts come from the interactive graphic we introduced in last week’s Skeptical Football, which has been updated to include the latest games. read more

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