New dad Casey leads PGA Tour Championship by two shots

first_img“I need to win the Tour Championship in order to win the FedEx Cup,” Casey said. “For me, the most important thing is trying to focus on trying to win the Tour Championship and the FedEx is an amazing by-product of hopefully doing that.”Casey, who is looking for his second career USPGA Tour win, is at 12-under 198 in the final tournament of the PGA Tour’s 2017 playoffs.Kisner (64) and rookie Schauffele (65) are tied for second at 10-under 200.Tied for fourth at seven-under 203 is reigning PGA champion Justin Thomas (70), Patrick Reed (69) and US Open champion Brooks Koepka (68).Xander Schauffele of the US plays a shot during the third round of the TOUR Championship, at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 23, 2017 © GETTY/AFP / SAM GREENWOODCasey hasn’t won on the USPGA Tour in eight years but this season has been one of the most consistent finishers. If he follows through on Sunday he could win the tournament, the FedEx Cup title and the $10 million bonus that goes with it.Casey began the week in 10th place in the PGA Tour playoffs so not only would he need the victory on Sunday but several other pieces have to fall into place for that to happen.“I was just told the scenarios that could possibly happen and I said it’s all irrelevant if I don’t get the job done,” Casey said. “So, for me, focus on one thing. I can’t control what everybody else does.”He has finished in the top 10 eight times this season, with most of those coming in the second half of the season.“I had nothing to lose last week, and I have absolutely nothing to lose this week,” said Casey who also has six top-five finishes in his last eight FedEx Cup playoff events.Casey became a father for the second time September 11 but he has still not seen his baby daughter, Astaria, because he was preparing to play in the BMW Championship.If Casey does win the tournament and he will be showered with the combined $11.58 million jackpot which will buy a lot of baby gifts.Casey started quickly Saturday with two birdies and an eagle in his first six holes. He eagled the par-five sixth hole and curved in the 41-foot putt on the par-four 17 for a birdie, the fifth of his round.– On top –Kevin Kisner of the US plays his shot from the 11th tee during the third round of the TOUR Championship, at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 23, 2017 © GETTY/AFP / SAM GREENWOODCasey closed with an adventurous No. 18 where he had to get up and down. His approach landed short of the green in the rough then dribbled into a bunker. He tried to chip out but got too much sand and his ball found the rough again. He eventually chipped onto the green and then one-putted for par.His only real stumble was when he made back-to-back bogeys on number eight and nine.“A couple of blemishes on the card, but bounced back nicely and found the fairways, found the greens and put myself in there with chances,” he said.Top-seeded Jordan Spieth, who won the FedEx Cup two years ago, followed his 70 on Friday with a one-under 69 to reach a four-under 206 total.Spieth has his work cut out for him as he is tied for 13th with world number one Dustin Johnson (69), eight shots back of Casey.“Unfortunately, I’m not really in control of my own destiny at this point, but I’ll go out (Sunday), try and shoot a really solid round of golf and then do some cheerleading,” Spieth said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Casey of England plays a shot from a bunker on the 18th hole during the third round of the TOUR Championship, at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 23, 2017 © GETTY/AFP / Kevin C. CoxATLANTA, United States, Sep 24 – Paul Casey has been flying under the radar heading into the Tour Championship but the Englishman emerged from a star-studded leaderboard on Saturday to seize a two-shot lead heading into the final round.The 40-year old Casey — who missed the birth of his second child to play in the final two events of the FedEx Cup playoffs — fired a five-under 65 to vault into the lead ahead of Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner after the third round of the event.last_img read more

Rovio seeks Angry Birds 2 Asia growth by going local

first_imgFinnish mobile gaming company Rovio Entertainment, best known for its high-flying Angry Birds, is hoping to rebound from a tough 2014 and to expand in Asia by tailoring its games to draw local consumers.After reporting a 73 per cent drop in its 2014 earnings due to a decline in the licensing of the Angry Birds brand, and cutting about 110 jobs, Rovio is focusing on going local, the company’s chief commercial officer Alex Lambeek told Reuters this week.”(We have the) building capability to scale into parts of the world where we haven’t been strong in the past and a big part of that is actually working with partners, not trying to do everything ourselves,” said Lambeek, who joined the company from Fox International Channels in April.Angry Birds, which was released in 2009 as a mobile game and fast became a hit, allowed players to fling an array of birds at pigs using a virtual slingshot.Angry Birds 2, released last month, adds more characters, high-definition scenes, options to pick which bird to fling and the ability to compete with friends.China accounts for a third of the nearly 40 million downloads of Angry Birds 2 since July 30, making it the top market. That is in line with the first Angry Birds, which Rovio said has seen nearly one billion Chinese downloads, out of what the company says is a total of 3 billion game downloads since 2009.For Birds 2, Rovio partnered with Chinese mobile gaming company Kunlun Inc to make changes within the prompts and language used to target the way Chinese players are used to gaming, Lambeek said.advertisementChinese customers “want to be spoken to and listened to in their own language with their own specific humour,” he said.One example was recruiting Chinese actor-singer Li Yifeng, 28, to market the game and offer fans who have a Kunlun login the opportunity to play against him. In Taiwan, players can log into the game using Facebook and Yahoo accounts.Last week, Rovio appointed a new director to oversee the company’s expansion into India, where around 500,000 users have downloaded “Angry Birds 2.”Lambeek said Rovio will be working with India’s mobile phone operators to draw consumers who may have lower disposable income, by making in-game purchases more affordable.Rovio hopes the new game renews interest in the brand ahead of May 2016’s “The Angry Birds Movie.”last_img read more

Reliance to Unveil Indias First CDMA iPhone on 28 June Report

first_imgReliance Communications (RCom) is expected to unveil India’s first Apple iPhone running its CDMA network on 28 June.Technology website BGR citing sources confirmed the launch of the CDMA iPhone in the country and said RCom will kick-start new marketing campaigns on Friday along with the unveiling of the phone. There is no information on the pricing and network’s availability for the new iPhone in the country.Earlier this month, the same website had reported that RCom and Apple are entering a new partnership to announce the CDMA iPhone in the country.”The official announcement will happen tomorrow that will be aided by a marketing campaign,” BGR reported adding that the “CDMA iPhone is most likely to be locked to RCom’s network unlike the GSM variants that are available unlocked in the open market.”RCom along with Apple also announced a new service plan, according to which, iPhone users under RCom network will get to enjoy up to 50 percent discount on data service on 3G connectivity.”There will be around 140 million more smartphone users in India over the next two or three years. We are gunning to get 40 million of them,” said Gurdeep Singh, chief executive (wireless business), Reliance Communications.”The definition of a subscriber ARPU is dead, it is now the screen size that determines the ARPU. The larger the screen, the more the ARPU,” he added.last_img read more

Toyota Patents Smart Windshield Tech So You Never Have to Take Your

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag March 31, 2016 Windshields may be getting a smart upgrade in the future, if Toyota has anything to do with it.According to Autoblog, the Japanese automaker has patented augmented reality windshield technology that could keep you better informed about what’s up ahead. Automotive head-up displays already show things like speed and navigation directions on the windshield, the report notes, but Toyota’s patent takes this a step further: it dynamically moves information around to the optimal spot.”An [engine control module] analyzes the steering angle and speed, a front-mounted camera identifies the lane markings, and an interior camera finds the driver’s viewpoint,” the report notes. “By combining this data, the system moves the information around the windshield to be in the best location.”For instance, as you start driving faster and gazing father into the distance, the display will move up and get smaller, so it’s easier to see.”Toyota’s patent seems both incredibly useful and quite realistic,” Autoblog says. “The individual components for this tech already exist, but [Toyota’s] idea employs them in new ways. We hope the company licenses the idea out for other HUDs because the applications could be a lot of fun.”The technology could, for instance, be particularly useful if combined with Samsung’s Smart Windshield for motorcycles, eliminating the need to look down. Unveiled earlier this week, Samsung’s high-tech screen syncs with your mobile device to report incoming calls and texts, highlight GPS navigation, and provide other notifications — “so you can keep both hands on the handlebar.” Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Pilotless Planes Are Coming Would You Fly in One

first_imgAugust 8, 2017 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Within the next 20 years, you could be traveling for business or a vacation via a pilotless airplane. Scary, right? Well, you’re not the only one who thinks so. In fact, most people say they wouldn’t feel comfortable getting on an automated airplane.Related: 25 Things You Need to Know to Happily Travel the WorldIn a recent survey, financial services firm UBS asked 8,000 people how they would feel about pilotless flights. Only 17 percent said they would board plane flown by AI. More people ages 25 to 35 were willing to hop on board an automated aircraft. Those older than 45 were much more resistant to the idea. Overall, 54 percent said they were unlikely to take a pilotless flight.It’s no surprise that one of people’s biggest fears of pilotless flights is safety. However, the report found that 70 to 80 percent of plane accidents are caused by human error, so pilotless flights could actually make air travel more secure. That doesn’t mean pilots are out of the picture altogether though, but it would only reduce the number of crew members needed in the cockpit.Related: Why Travel Should Be a Top Priority for Every Entrepreneur”Automation in the cockpit is not a new thing — it already supports operations. However, every single day pilots have to intervene when the automatics don’t do what they’re supposed to. Computers can fail, and often do, and someone is still going to be needed to work that computer,” Steve Landells, the British Airline Pilots Association’s flight safety specialist, told BBC.Pilotless planes would also save airlines billions of dollars every year by reducing costs related to fuel and pilot training. Ultimately, these reduced costs might result in reduced fares for passengers too. Overall, “the average percentage of total cost and average benefit that could be passed onto passengers in price reduction for the U.S. airlines is 11 percent,” the study says. So would a cheaper plane ticket convince you to step on board a pilotless airplane?Boeing plans to begin testing automated aircrafts as soon as 2018. Analysts of the study predict the transition to pilotless planes will begin occurring over the next few years, starting with cargo planes. Commercial flights are predicted to be the last to go pilotless.Related: 5 Ways to De-Stress Your Business Travel”Clearly a seven-hour flight carrying 200 to 300 people would be the last part of the evolution,” UBS’s head of business services Jarrod Castle told BBC, “but we also feel that machines can gradually take over and then reduce the number of pilots in the cockpit from two to one over time.” 3 min readcenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

5 Industries Likely to Be Disrupted by Blockchain

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. In 2018, everyone seems to have a Bitcoin story. Remember that guy you read about who became a millionaire overnight? But the Bitcoin story is much more significant than this. Blockchain, the technology underlying and enabling Bitcoin, has the unique ability to change the world. Blockchain is an open, distributed database of transactions — think of it as an unhackable digital accounting book — and it has endless possibilities for making everything we do more secure, efficient and quick.Related: 4 Everyday Industries Blockchain Technology Is Changing1. Energy grids.What if you could replace America’s ancient, crumbling energy grids with automatically executing, efficient, green and affordable energy systems that could withstand the ravages of hurricanes and other climate change-triggered extreme weather events? Blockchain offers a path to that future. Already, in Brooklyn and in neighborhoods around the country, innovators are experimenting with blockchain-enabled smart grids that allow anyone with a solar panel to buy and sell energy, executed using automated “smart contracts” based on data gathered through smart meters installed in homes. All transactions all verified and secured by blockchain, and no middleman utility company is needed — cutting prices and increasing efficiency.2. Real estate.Anyone who’s ever purchased a home knows how many steps — and how much of a headache — that process entails. But blockchain offers the potential for doing the whole thing online, securely, and all at once. Sellers could securely transfer over the title and deed, while buyers would send money via cryptocurrency. Blockchain would also provide a way to send property records to the appropriate government agencies. I asked Rawad Rifai, cofounder of Taurus0x, exactly how blockchain applications impact real estate, and he responded, “Blockchain’s applications in real estate speak to the heart of the technology, its unparalleled and revolutionary potential to conduct instantaneous and completely secure transactions,” said Rifai. “There’s no reason this could not be expanded to retail, entertainment, tourism or any of our day-to-day transactions.”Related: How Blockchain Will Help Small Businesses Challenge Even the Largest Rivals3. Healthcare.Blockchain could create a future in which all our health data — doctor visit records, prescriptions, emergency room visits, shots, X-rays and insurance data — is secured and can be easily shared from doctor to doctor. Nearly everyone changes doctors throughout their lifetime. Imagine having a seamless network of secured records that would ensure that your information travels with you, from birth to end of life.This system could also save your life. Emergency room doctors could be authorized to access your information about allergies, blood type, and even genetic information, to make informed decisions about your care if you were incapacitated and unable to communicate. This system could also be revolutionary in improving health outcomes in developing countries that do not currently have a centralized or digitized health record database. Earlier this year, five healthcare groups started a pilot program surrounding blockchain and its uses in healthcare.4. Transportation.Blockchain could create the potential for the Internet of Things–enabled smart cities. Street signs, traffic lights, cars and other moving and static objects would be embedded with sensors, which would collect and send data to a system that would reroute buses, trams, emergency vehicles and other municipal vehicles to find the quickest routes and avoid traffic. The end result? Less congestion, faster commutes and lower carbon emissions. Blockchain-secured sensor data could also help drivers find open parking spots or charging terminals, pay traffic tickets, and report car crashes or maintenance issues. Related: 12 Startups Utilizing Blockchain Technology in New Ways5. Education.As demand for MOOCs and distance education grows, we need a better system to verify graduates’ educational records. Blockchain could essentially act as a notary, ensuring that people can’t forge diplomas and fool prospective employers. Transcripts, diplomas and certificates could all be secured and stored by blockchain and could be easily sent out to employers and other academic institutions. This would help boost the credentials and reputation of nontraditional educational organizations, and help employers ensure they are hiring the right person for the job. Many industries will feel the positive impact of blockchain. Some will move faster than others, but many industries will eventually need blockchain. The future is wide open, and the opportunities are endless. The most difficult part about blockchain won’t be growth; it will be human adaptation and the ability to hire great tech talent for these new companies. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global June 19, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more