Dortmund Smell Bundesliga Coffee

first_imgDortmond are the only unbeaten side in the Bundesliga this seasonSignal Iduna Park faithfuls are purring. The yellow and blacks are conquering all comers, while bagging in the goals.Wednesday’s 4-0 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid took Borussia Dortmund’s tally to 25 goals in their last six games. Lucien Favre’s Ruhr river revolution is delivering dividends earlier than scheduled.With Dortmund’s goals coming from all over the pitch, Hertha Berlin feel they need an A+ display to prevent the Bundesliga leaders from extending their growing points advantage over the chasing pack.Dortmund’s attacking stars Marco Reus, Paco Alcacer, Maxmillian Phillips and young Jason Sancho are primed to out-duel Berlin’s old war horses Vedad Ibisevic and Salomon Kalou.Borussia Moenchengladbach have an opportunity to slice Dortmund’s lead atop the Bundesliga table when they travel to tricky Freiburg on Friday night.Consecutive victories over Bayern Munich (3-0) and Mainz have lifted the Borussia Park side into second place and ballooned players confidence.  Club top scorer Alassane Plea and Thorgan Hazard will carry Dortmund’s attacking threat.Third placed Werder Bremen must overcome Heikko Herrlich’s vastly talented but inconsistent Bayer Leverkusen in Sunday’s late kick off if they are to stay in touch with Dortmund and Gladbach.Bremen go into the game buoyed by a pulsating 2-0 smash and grab victory at last season’s runners up Schalke. They are also the fresher side as Bayer Leverkusen were in Europa League action on Thursday night.Meanwhile, six-time defending champions Bayern Munich expect their recent revival to continue when they travel to misfiring Mainz. The hosts usually give the Bavarians a good game but following morale boosting victories over Wolfsburg and AEK Athens, Robert Kovac’s big hitters will want nothing less than maximum points.Other mouthwatering fixtures to look forward to see free-scoring Eintracht Frankfurt’s visit Nuremberg, Ralf Ragnick’s Red Bull Leipzig host Domenic Todesco’s Schalke and Julian Nagelsman’s Hoffenheim confront basement club Stuttgart.FRIDAY: -Freiburg v Borussia Moenchengladbach @09:30pmSATURDAY: -Borussia Dortmund v Hertha Berlin @04:30pm-Hannover v Augsburg @04:30pm-Fortuna Dusseldorf v Wolfsburg @04:30pm-Mainz v Bayern Munich @04:30pm-Hoffenheim v Stuttgart @07:30pmSUNDAY:-Nuremberg v Eintracht Frankfurt @03:30pm-Red Bull Leipzig v Schalke @05:30pm-Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen @08:00pmComments Tags: Germany Bundesligatoplast_img read more

iPhone OS International Growth on the Rise, Still Dominates Mobile Web Traffic

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement As of June 2009, AdMob reports that 54% of iPhone OS users were in the U.S. However, this number has dropped from 61% in January of this year, implying that international growth is now outpacing U.S. user growth. Following the U.S., the other top iPhone/iPod Touch-owning countries include the U.K., Germany, and France, each having over 5% of users. Not surprisingly, there are far more iPhones in use than iPod Touches. The worldwide ration of iPhone to iPod Touch is nearly 2 to 1, says AdMod. This ratio has remained consistent over the last several months. iPhone OS Percentage of Smartphone TrafficAnother interesting metric from the recent report is the amount of traffic generated by Apple mobile devices. The iPhone OS literally dominates the charts when compared to the other smartphones worldwide – in fact, it’s responsible for nearly half (47%) of smartphone requests. Nokia’s Symbian OS is still in a respectable second place with 34% of requests, but then the numbers dip down quite a bit. Blackberry’s RIM OS only accounts for 7% of requests, for example, and Android only has 5%. However, AdMob notes that requests from the Android operating system have increased 25% month over month and have, for the first time, pulled ahead of Windows Mobile, which dropped to 4%. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The 45 million iPhones and iPod Touches sold over the last two years is having a major impact on the worldwide mobile phone ecosystem. Today, nearly half of smartphone web traffic comes from an Apple device. Although the iPhone is still a popular device in the U.S., the number of international users is now growing at a faster rate than here, at least according to the latest Mobile Metrics Report (PDF) from mobile ad firm AdMob.iPhone OS Geographic DistributionIn the June 2009 Mobile Metrics Report, the focus was on the geographic distribution of the iPhone OS – the operating system that powers Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. North America is still the largest region with a 58% share. Western Europe is in second at 26%. From there, the percentages drop dramatically, as the chart below illustrates. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perezcenter_img Tags:#Apple#mobile#Trends#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What we can learn from this recent round of data is that the iPhone OS could easily be on its way to becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Although the U.S. still retains the number one spot when it comes to the country having the most iPhones and iPod Touches, the rate of adoption here has slowed. As worldwide growth speeds up, the chart may end up being less lopsided than it is now as other regions gain more users. Still, you can’t count out Apple’s competitors just yet. Android’s rapid growth is something to keep an eye on, especially as more models of Android phones are introduced. The Palm Pre – only responsible for 2% of smartphone requests – is also too new to the market for anyone to form any definitive conclusions about just yet (although the fact that it registered at all on a chart that features only the major smartphone players is worth noting). All that being said, it’s clear that the iPhone OS has a commanding lead when it comes to surfing the mobile web, and that’s something that won’t change overnight…if it ever changes at all. Related Posts last_img read more

Suspense over next coach not over yet, final nod awaited from BCCI

first_imgThe suspense over the next India coach may not yet be over as the final nod is still awaited from the BCCI. Reports had emerged earlier that Ravi Shastri had been named Anil Kumble’s successor.BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary said the BCCI had chosen to remain completely independent of the process and said the name proposed by the advisory committee would merely be a recommendation.”It’s possible that the three members of the CAC would have liked to confer further.”There’s no problem at all. They also equally agreed that the conversation should be comprehensive but it should be timely,” Choudhary said after a special general meeting on Tuesday.The CAC had interviewed five candidates – Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody and Ravi Shastri – on Monday but deferred the announcement.Sourav Ganguly, a CAC member the committee would like to speak to Kohli before making a further decision as he needed to be made aware of the way the coaches wanted to function.However, CoA chief Vinod Rai instructed the BCCI to finalise the coach by Tuesday. Consequently, the CAC got on a conference call with Rai to discuss the way ahead.last_img read more