Marshfield’s Michalski shoots second-round 80, ties for 57th at WIAA State Boys Golf Championships

first_imgArrowhead, Edgewood, St. Mary’s Springs win team titlesBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterVERONA — Marshfield senior Derek Michalski wrapped up his Tigers career at the 2017 WIAA State Boys Golf Championships on Tuesday, shooting an 8-over-par 80 at University Ridge Golf Club.Michalski shot an 84 on the opening day Monday and was tied for 61st place entering the second round. He moved up four spots to a four-way tie for 57th in the Division 1 field with a 164 total.Hartland Arrowhead freshman Piercen Hunt won the individual title in Division 1 at 3-under-par after shooting a 69 on Tuesday. He won by five shots over Jed Baranzyk of Bay Port.Other area golfers competing included Wausau West’s Josh Yang, who tied for eighth with a 152, and Wausau East’s Matt Tuman, who tied for 19th with a 155.Michalski, who will play golf collegiately at NCAA Division II University of Sioux Falls, did one shot better in each round at state than a year ago, when he shot 85-81 and finished in an eight-way tie for 75th.Hartland Arrowhead (Division 1), Madison Edgewood (Division 2), and Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs (Division 3) won the state team titles.New Berlin West’s Hunter Pipik won the Division 2 individual title with a 141 after shooting a 5-under-par 67 on Tuesday. Mathew Higley of Eleva-Strum won the Division 3 individual title with a two-day total of 150.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

How The Apple Watch Stacks Up To The Competition

first_imgTags:#Android#Android Wear#Apple#Apple Watch#Pebble#Pebble Time#smartwatch#Tim Cook#Watch 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi… The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables brian p rubin Related Posts center_img With Monday’s big Apple event over and done with, we now have more information about the Apple Watch than ever before—or, at least, a few more bits than we previously knew. Call it a teaser: The public will have its chance to check out the watch up close in stores starting April 10, when pre-orders open. But in the meantime, the broad strokes that Apple painted about its first wearable device seem ripe for a few comparisons with the competition. See also: What Did We Just Learn About The Apple Watch? Not MuchUltimately, the main question is whether the Apple Watch does anything that other smartwatches don’t. The short answer is yes—but not much.Cooler Than A Shoe Phone, I GuessThe public was already acquainted with most of the Apple Watch features the company reiterated Monday. Features such as Siri, fitness tracking and messaging held no surprises. The Apple Watch does offer an interesting feature, however: the ability to take calls right from your wrist. This feature puts it in competition with the likes of the Tizen-running Samsung Gear S, as well as an upcoming new smartwatch from LG, which will run a brand new OS, among others. The Apple Watch is the only smartwatch that can take calls without a SIM card.Unlike those rivals, however, the Apple Watch—which connects to iPhones over Bluetooth—will be able to make or take calls without requiring its own SIM card. That’s a trick that no commercially available Android Wear watch can pull off yet. There’s good news and bad with that: Wrist-based calling is undoubtedly a unique option for Apple fans, and some users might find it handy. But it’s unclear if even Apple can make wrist-calls socially acceptable. There’s a high risk factor for looking like a jerk who may or may not be from the future—similar to the way Bluetooth headsets can make people look instantly uncool. If appearances don’t matter, then consider the noise. Public transit already becomes irritating at times with run-of-the-mill mobile phone calls. That could escalate quickly if loads of people start chatting up their watches. All Day Battery (If A Day Is 18 Hours)Previously, Tim Cook stated that the watch will require daily charging. While he didn’t offer up details on battery capacity, he did say that it would last all day. Then he followed up that claim up with a figure of up to 18 hours. Actual battery life depends on usage, which means people will experience some deviation. But even if the longevity was perfectly accurate, it’s still mediocre compared to the competition. Most smartwatches tend to settle in between 1 and 1.5 days of battery life (that is, aside from Pebble and its upcoming Pebble Time, whose e-paper screen allows for 5 to 7 days between charges). See also: The Apple Watch Makes Its Play For The One PercentHowever, the watch’s Power Reserve time—in which smart features are disabled, and the face only displays the time—kicks in when battery is low. This, according to Apple, can last up to three days. Android Wear devices like the Moto 360 also offer a low-power mode, though in ReadWrite’s real-world experience, it can’t hold a candle to Apple’s claims. The company published a webpage detailing more specifics about the watch’s battery life. The power cell’s actual milliampere hour capacity remains missing, but the company disclosed results from its own testing using the 38 mm Watch model: All-Day Battery Life: Up to 18 hoursAudio Playback Test: Up to 6.5 hoursWatch Test (checking time): Up to 48 hours Charge Time: About 1.5 hours to 80%; about 2.5 hours to 100%Talk Time Test: Up to 3 hoursWorkout Test (exercising): Up to 7 hoursPower Reserve (standby, displaying time only): Up to 72 hoursAccording to the webpage, the “42mm Apple Watch typically experiences longer battery life.” The Price Is FrightWe knew back in September that the least expensive model—the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport with aluminum alloy—would start at $349. For another $50, the Sport’s body grows to 42 mm. Already, those prices exceed even the most expensive currently available Android smartwatch, LG’s $299 G Watch R (at least until the South Korean company releases its LG Watch Urbane). From there, Apple Watch prices will cost you an arm and a leg, and maybe a few internal organs, depending on your tastes. The mid-tier, stainless steel Apple Watch starts at $549, with options that take its price up to $1,099. The Apple Watch Edition is made of 18-karat gold and starts at a whopping $10,000, with iterations that go all the way up to $17,000. This is the lowest-priced version of the Apple Watch Edition—which is still $10,000.While we have yet to hear how much the recently announced Huawei Watch will cost, it seems unlikely that it will come close to even the mid-range Apple Watch’s pricing. Apple has clearly raised the bar for how much a wearable device might cost. Put another way: Don’t be surprised if all smartwatches start to cost more. The Best Brand Money Can BuyThe device also supports watch-to-watch communication. While not a new revelation, the feature does present something new and different that other smartwatches don’t currently offer. With this, users will be able to send real-time finger-doodles to watch-bearing contacts or their own virtual heart beats to loved ones, as well as virtual “taps” to capture friends’ attention. Given Apple’s focus on fitness, the watch’s built-in heart-rate monitor should come as no surprise. Although the Motorola Moto 360, Samsung Gear Live and G Watch R beat Apple to the punch with heart-rate tracking, it’s certainly not standard yet. With this, Apple’s wearable can make somewhat more legitimate fitness-tracking claims than roughly half of today’s Android Wear devices. Ultimately, there isn’t much that the Apple Watch can do that other devices can’t. But that’s not really the point. Apple didn’t set out to build just another smartwatch. (In fact, it eschews the label completely.) Instead, the company focused on offering a stylish status symbol made of premium materials. There’s no other reason to offer a $10,000 miniature iPhone slathered in gold. Apple seems to believe that people won’t care about the technical and functional distinctions between the Apple Watch and the competition. What really matters, the company wagers, is whether your wearable of choice has the Apple logo stamped on the back.Images courtesy of Apple How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi…last_img read more

First self-driving auto fatality falls on Tesla

first_imgTrevor Curwin IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today said it opened a preliminary investigation into all of Tesla’s Model S cars after a death involving one vehicle while in “Autopilot” mode.According to CNBC, NHTSA noted the accident, involving a 2015 Model S that was operating with autonomous driving features engaged, “calls for an examination of the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash.”The accident happened in Florida in May of this year, as a big rig truck moved into the Tesla’s lane. The car collided with the side of the truck and went underneath it. Its Autopilot system may have had difficulty seeing the truck’s white sides against an overcast sky.In a blog post, Tesla said the incident was “the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated,” and they pointed out the average American auto fatality is one every 94 million miles while the average global auto fatality is one every 60 million miles.The carmaker added that they “informed NHTSA about the incident immediately after it occurred.”While this is not a recall of the Tesla fleet, it could be the first step towards a recall. And since Autopilot is effectively a software feature, Tesla over-air updates could remove the feature quickly, making it inconvenient for Tesla owners, but not forcing them back to the dealership or leave their cars in their garages.As autonomous vehicle technologies mature, it should be pointed out that some of them already exist in the newest model years of many vehicles today as driver assist options – and no doubt lane departure warnings, collision avoidance systems and self-parking have avoided accidents and probably saved lives to date.Ethical and legal issues just being realizedBut the ethical and legal ramifications of a driverless vehicle killing someone inside or outside the car is a storm that all sides of this technological frontier can see coming.Recently, Ford, Google, Uber and other firms in the self-driving vehicle space announced plan to start lobbying Washington to keep regulations in line with these rapidly changing technologies to allow them to roll out faster.But last month, the NHTSA opted to let states lead the way on setting how they let driverless cars interact with the current human-driven auto fleet on American roads.In other jurisdictions, like Europe, there’s more unity among regulatory bodies and other countries like China and the U.K. are moving aggressively tailor their regulations to self-driving cars.And given that software is doing the driving, the fear of a vehicle being hijacked on the fly to cause mayhem also gives some experts pause about self-driving features.Of course, there is no evidence or suggestion that such a hack happened here, and the investigation should allowed to play out. But this tragic accident underlines the reality that this tech, like all tech, may help eliminate old driving risks but also may inject new ones.“It’ll take until someone actually dies in an autonomous vehicle due to a hack,” said David Miller, chief security officer at Covisint, earlier this year in an interview with ReadWrite. “That doesn’t mean people aren’t thinking about security, but usually, there needs to be an actual event before you solve them.” Related Posts Tags:#Apple#autonomous cars#AutoPilot#featured#Ford#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Lyft#NHTSA#self-driving cars#Tesla#top#Uber center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Apple self-driving effort shifts from hardware to software

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#Apple#Autonomous car#BlackBerry#connected car#iCar#Internet of Things#IoT#Lyft#QNX#Self-Driving#Uber Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Inside Apple’s secretive car division, the focus is starting to shift from building an all-electric, autonomous car to developing software and services that would work inside the prospective car, according to people familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans.In a Bloomberg report, Mark Gurman states that the company has “increased emphasis on developing self-driving technology” and hired several automotive software developers from BlackBerry.See Also: Apple Watch sales more than halved so far this summerDan Dodge, the founder of QNX—the operating system used by BlackBerry in its smartphones prior to the Priv—is one of the new employees reportedly working on car infotainment services.QNX is used primarily in automotives for Volkswagen, Daimler, and Ford nowadays, making the pickup of Dodge all the more intriguing.To make it more obvious that Apple is on the hunt for automotive software developers, it recently opened a research and development center in Kanata, Ontario, home to some of BlackBerry’s R&D facilities.Apple not totally giving up on hardwareApple is not giving up fully on the goal of hardware, software, and services all under one roof, but the lack of focus has caused talent to leave and upper-management disagreement.To that end, Apple veteran Bob Mansfield has been brought in to try and re-focus the team. Mansfield reports directly to CEO Tim Cook, unlike his predecessor Steve Zadesky, showing the growing importance at the company that the autonomous car is a success.Apple still has 2020 as the date for completion, but growing competition from Tesla, Uber, and Google, alongside previous dormant automakers starting to enter the market, may force Apple to speed up its development and reveal early previews of its tech.Then again, the autonomous market is still very fragmented with Google not providing any commercial strategy and Uber, General Motors, and Ford only just starting to get to grips with what an autonomous future means for transport and ownership.Apple may wait for a more cohesive vision on what the future of automotive means before publicly revealing its hand. That way, it won’t be labelled a failure if consumers heavily reject loaning or ridesharing arrangements that Uber, Lyft, and Google attempt to launch.center_img David Curry Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Top 5 Inbound Marketing Stories of the Week: Educate, Enlighten, Entertain

first_img The Future Buzz Webinar: Blogging for Business Got Bad Incoming Links? Google Says “Don’t Fret It” Download the free webinar great Because social media is a fairly new ballgame, there are still quite a few unknowns and discrepancies when it comes to determining standards and best practices.   5. Author: control, like 50 Blogging Lessons To Know If You’re Starting Today If you wouldn’t do it for free, don’t do it at all. In other words: do it for passion and for yourself and you can’t lose. It’s been proven. to learn how to create a thriving inbound marketing blog. report, Adam offers a number of great blogging lessons to beginners.  !  Focus your SEO efforts on aspects you can control, such as creating outstanding content. Brent’s advice to other lawyers or players in industries where social media involvement isn’t the norm?  Be natural, and approach the Web as a way to educate, enlighten or entertain your target audience.  For example, he doesn’t give legal advice on his blog, but he demonstrates his knowledge of law-related issues and topics, which in turn establishes him as a trusted thought leader. Although a 2009 State of the Blogosphere Realize that promotion is secondary to content. creating remarkable content 3. , blogging is just of on Lisa Barone .  take advantage of social media on While inbound links are certainly a significant factor in Google’s search engine ranking algorithm, keep in mind that it’s just one of many.  So instead of spending time worrying about factors you can’t control, Barry encourages us to focus our efforts on the factors you Nonprofits should tie their efforts to a story. 1. 2.  educate, enlighten or entertain businesses that blog get more website visitors Lesson: Barry Schwartz 3 Realities of Social Media SMB Lessons From BlogWorldExpo 2009 way Photo by walknboston Want to learn more about publishing a blog on your business website? Small Business Trends Bernie Borges of Your brand is the meta data people have about you. The focus of Bernie’s article is attorney Brent Britton who, while many other lawyers have fallen under the category of technology laggards, has used the Internet for years as a communications and personal branding tool.  As a result, Brent gets hired based not on his association with a particular law firm; instead, he’s hired for 4. to reach an audience.  Lisa’s article highlights some valuable lessons from this year’s BlogWorldExpo about blogging — in addition to social media and email — that small businesses can learn a lot from. can InboundMarketing.com Lesson:  Email marketing isn’t dead. him.  Any industry can get benefit from involvement in the social Web.  Optimize This “You don’t need a million followers.” PR 2.0 Author: Michael Brito I’m a firm believer that any industry can than those that don’t. Aside from perpetuating this fact and sharing some additional statistics about the benefits of business blogging according to Technorati’s Author: Blogger and Intel social media strategist Michael Brito discusses three realities he’s learned about social media from his experiences with working in enterprise, including: Consumers already get it, but brands are still trying to figure it out; brands should focus on the people first and the tools last; and there is no such thing as a social media expert quite yet. Author: You’re not the only one still trying to figure out social media best practices.   Hold tight, it will only get easier. Concerned about the quality of some of your inbound links?  Worried that Google will punish you for it?  Fuhgetaboutit!  Barry’s article relays some valuable information found on the Google blog that convinces us not to be so alarmed. A Lesson in Personal Branding: Brent Britton “Attorney 2.0″ A few of my favorites: We’ve already learned SearchEngineLand Adam Singer one way Author: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Lesson: Originally published Oct 23, 2009 7:02:00 AM, updated July 18 2013 Attending events, conferences and expos is a great way to learn a lot about a variety of topics from different experts. Lesson: Lisa explains in detail the following four: highlights a lawyer who is taking advantage of the social Web as a way to extend and promote his personal brand, which suggests that the Web can be used by any industry to Blogging is extremely beneficial for your business.  This week’s top story on Lesson: – in some way or another.  Still, many feel there are certain businesses that don’t belong in or benefit from the space.  One of the most ill-represented demographics on the Web, lawyers, is an example.   onlast_img read more

Traditional Media Still Trumps Blogosphere in Reporting New Information

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Originally published Jan 18, 2010 8:30:00 AM, updated October 18 2015 There is something of a struggle going on between the blogosphere and traditional news these days. As more and more traditional media outlets begin to close shop or at the very least, close their doors to only those who are willing to pay, many people are questioning if the blogosphere will take over as the leader in news creation.  A recent study titled “How News Happens” by the Pew Research Center Project for Excellence in Journalism examined which sources shared the most “new” information within a week.  The study discovered that most of the news people consumed by the city of Baltimore contained no original reporting. The study also found that 95% of previously unreported stories came from traditional news sources, specifically print and television media, rather than blogs, Twitter, or local websites.Not surprisingly, the study also discovered that the Web was always first to publish any breaking news story, while the blogosphere, Twitter, and local websites also played a major role in spreading new content more quickly.How to Use Your Business Blog to Break More NewsWhy are blogs not breaking as many “news” stories as traditional media? Well, for one, anyone can start a blog – whether they’re a journalist or not. Secondly, many blogs are 1 or 2 man operations that have limited time and resources, making it difficult to flush out news stories that require a lot of outside coordination.As for the claims that many blogs merely “recycle” news content, I can tell you from experience that news-driven posts are easier to craft because responding to something complete like a published news story is easier than building an entire story from scratch.  While these posts may not require any additional reporting, they also can be very successful and insightful, especially when coupled with an original take away for your prospect.  However, the most successful blog posts on the HubSpot blog are the ones that provide some kind of hard-to-find data or breaking news. These posts are extremely valuable, but admittedly take time and resources that aren’t available to many who blog. This study got me thinking about the role that a business blog can play in producing more original news content. Often times, businesses have more resources and access to tools than the average blogger. These are advantages that can be very helpful in reporting new content. If you’re wondering how your business blog can be a better originator of news content, here are a few tips:Blog About Company Data and News More Regularly.If you’re spending a lot money and time crafting press releases to send out on the wire with little result, consider putting that time and energy into creating another version of your press release on your blog, too. When you integrating your blogging strategy in with your press release strategy you not only benefit from extra love from search engines, but it also may inspire people to link to your site pages instead of the press release online. Use Social Media to Spread Your News More QuicklySocial media has the ability to spread news more quickly to influential bloggers and reporters than a PR wire. Work on building out your social media presence on Twitter and Facebook. A recent HubSpot study found that businesses that blog have 102% more Twitter followers, so there is clearly a relationship between creating original content and the likelihood that people will want to follow you and share your posts on Twitter. Invite People in Your Industry to Send You NewsYour company is in a better position than anyone else to unearth breaking news stories about your industry. What may not seem like news to you, may be news to your prospective customer. Turn to people in your industry and company and ask them to send you potential news tidbits for your blog. That’s how we found out about the Fortune 500 CEO who found Outbound Marketing tactics to be “annoying.” -Blogging is an extremely powerful way to share news and information about your company as well as promote thought leadership and connect with other thought leaders.  News content is only one type of content that a business blog can share, but if I’m reading the research correctly, there is a huge opportunity for business blogs to step up and not just comment on the news, but be the source of news too.photo by the Pew Research Center Project for Excellence in JournalismVideo: How to be Smarter than Your PR AgencyUnderstand the value you are getting from your PR agency and their services.Download the free video to learn the findings from HubSpot’s recent research on new releases. Public Relationslast_img read more

Foursquare’s New Blackberry Application Connects Businesses to More Users

center_img For example, since each user check-in equals free promotion to the user’s network, many businesses already utilize Foursquare as a marketing tool. Some businesses reward patrons for checking in to their store or giving free stuff to the store’s “mayor”. Why not come up with a plan to encourage your customers to update on Foursquare every time they visit you? Now is the best time to consider using Foursquare as a new interactive tool for and learn how to generate more business using social media. Have you adopted Foursquare into your marketing? For Blackberry users, do you plan to start using the application? Video: How to Use Social Media to Attract More Customers , a mobile application used to find and meet up with friends through location updates, Download the free video Foursquare Learn how to use other social media platforms to attract more customers. your marketing mix Foursquare is a fun service that makes updating your location into a game by rewarding Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

7 Social Media Marketing Videos From America’s Best Universities

center_img Social Media Video 4. Originally published Apr 7, 2010 2:12:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Terry College’s Interview with Ford’s Scott Monty — posted by — posted by to learn how to use online video to grow your business with inbound marketing. 5. doesn — posted by 7. Jeff Jarvis: Your Customers Are Your Ad Agency — posted by ‘t mean we should ignore the information being shared with today’s students. After all, it could also help improve our own strategies. I would reccomend looking for other videos related to your industry on YouTube EDU because it has so much great, free content. before? ColumbiaBusiness Which video was most helpful to you? Have you used YouTube 2. How do you get started with YouTube, video podcasting, live streaming, or viral videos. 3. How to Be a Social Media Change Agent Social Networking or Notworking: The Value of Social Media in Business Social Media Progress and Predictions shouldn EDUlast_img read more