Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for October 2014

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Aries – Your ruling planet in the 9th house brings a possible business trip worth considering as it offers a respite from the corporate jungle. A higher-up may act as a mentor and you step out of your way to lend a helping hand to underlings. Many friends can have inspired ideas that you can adapt to your best interest, just guard against the radical ones.Taurus – Your ruling planet in the 6th house makes you less introspective but just as compassionate and caring as ever. Your amiable and cheerful demeanor makes you a welcome addition to any gathering whether it’s business, family or social. Your usually reticent personality is brought out by large but manageable doses of confidence and assertiveness.Gemini – Mercury vibrations will move you to take full advantage of your chance to rest and play, although higher-ups at work will demand your time and attention. Be careful of a trusted friend who may speak ill of you behind your back. Restrain any impulse to retaliate; the situation will resolve itself.Cancer – Partners seem more adventurous so don’t be swayed by fast talk or demands for immediate decisions. Read the fine print even if it’s laced with boring technical terms. You’ll be glad you rose to the challenge of taking personal responsibility for your financial fitness.Leo – Planetary vibrations make it easy for you to prosper financially and spiritually from an encounter with a special partner whose qualities you are just now realizing. An intellectual approach to this person may be more rewarding than an emotional bond.Virgo – The day-today routine from prior months can begin to pay off with handsome rewards, such as a steadier cash flow and a constant influx of new business. If you’re thinking of a joint financial project, attend a lecture or do extensive research before making any final decisions.Libra – You may be revitalizing a love commitment either by finding something you appreciate in your current flame or connecting with someone new. Be low-keyed in your reaction to their changeable mood and focus on their hot spot.Scorpio – You’ll be pleased to receive the attention of a higher influential member of your social group. Sharing with carefully selected acquaintances will line your pockets with abundance. Refrain from judging the actions of others.Sagittarius – Your versatile mind leans towards idealistic philosophies, imbuing you with original ideas that motivate you and those around you to positive, dynamic activities. Honors in learned circles can be yours for the asking for the next few months.Capricorn – Pluto vibrations spark your higher mind opening you to ingenious and inventive ideas. Investigate all concepts thoroughly and these ideas will drive home your goals. Change and diversion are welcome breaks from the business of progress.Aquarius – Planetary vibrations immerse you in a round of social activities – some fun, some not. You’re perceptive enough to sort through the chaff, discarding the trivial or boring of these events in favor of the truly enjoyable. You can prosper and gain by going public with future objectives.Pisces – Giving of yourself to your lover brings his/her love and attention back to you. Your normally inhibited nature becomes bolder when you feel on safe footing with your romantic partner. Clothing may play a part in the harmony of your senses and fresh perky colors can lift your spirits.IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for more than 25 years. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.orglast_img read more

Grant unable to find shooting stroke in SU’s win against Colgate

first_img Published on November 16, 2013 at 11:18 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Jerami Grant’s second game back wasn’t nearly as dominant as his first.On Tuesday, Grant glistened in his first game of the season, posting his first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.On Saturday, though, Grant shot just 2-for-8 from the field and 2-for-6 from the line, struggling to generate any consistency. Grant, who finished with six points, wasn’t much of a factor as No. 9 Syracuse knocked off Colgate 69-50 in front of 25,519 at the Carrier Dome.“Just had to be a little bit more aggressive,” Grant said. “That’s it.”Forward C.J. Fair said Colgate played Grant to shoot jumpers. He usually makes those shots, but just never found a rhythm.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll of Grant’s shots were good looks, Fair said. It was just one of those nights.“Jerami’s used to getting a couple baskets close to the basket,” Fair said, “then expanding his game.”He never got that posterizing dunk he had against Cornell. Or the easy tip-in he had off a Fair miss. The easy bucket never came.Grant missed a layup, a 3, a jumper, two free throws and another jumper before finally hitting two free throws to give Syracuse a 19-18 lead with 7:54 to go in the first half.He was still his energetic, athletic self, though.Grant pinned an Austin Tillotson layup to the glass, soaring through the air and reaching the ball before it hit the backboard. He forced a steal. He wreaked havoc in Syracuse’s suffocating press and its well-spaced zone.But he didn’t have the same offensive firepower he had four days ago.“I’m going to come back next game and do the same thing,” Grant said. “Attack the basket and get to the free throw line.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse splits doubleheader with 10-inning victory over Grand Canyon and shutout loss to No. 5 UCLA

first_img Published on February 18, 2018 at 11:06 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (4-3) began its doubleheader on Sunday with its most exciting victory of the year, but followed it with its second shutout loss in as many days immediately after.The Orange opened the day with a 9-8 extra-innings win against the Grand Canyon Antelopes (3-7), a contest in which SU fell behind early but came back to win in 10 innings. The elongated game meant that Syracuse had to start its game against the No. 5 UCLA (8-0) later than scheduled, but Bruins starting pitcher Rachel Garcia made sure that the game ended quickly for the Orange. Garcia was perfect through six innings against Syracuse, ultimately allowing just one hit over seven innings, striking out 10 en route to a 6-0 complete-game victory.A day after pitching the second perfect game in SU history, Alexa Romero was back starting in the circle for the Orange against the Antelopes. She saw much less success on Sunday, allowing five consecutive runs to GCU in the first four innings before settling down to allow her offense to heat up.A 5-0 deficit after three and a half innings quickly turned into a 5-4 game after five innings, kicked off by an RBI groundout by Lailoni Mayfield in the fourth. A scoreless top of the fifth by Romero was followed by the Orange’s most successful frame of the day, a three-run bottom half punctuated by a Neli Casares-Maher RBI double that cut the lead to one.The Antelopes doubled their lead in the top half of the sixth thanks to a Jordon Keeton double to center field, but SU wasn’t done scoring. Bryce Holmgren’s single in the bottom of the seventh, one of her four hits on the day, scored Syracuse’s fifth and sixth runs after an Antelopes error to tie the game at six and send it into extra innings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe teams traded a run each in both the eighth and ninth innings before a scoreless top half of the tenth by AnnaMarie Gatti led to the deciding inning for the Orange. Casares-Maher, starting the inning on second base due to the NCAA’s tiebreaker rule, reached third base on a bunt by Mayfield and scored the game-winning run during the ensuing at-bat, thanks to a GCU error.Syracuse’s highest-scoring game of the year didn’t translate into the second game of its doubleheader, thanks to the performance of the redshirt-sophomore, Garcia. Gatti started for SU but had control problems in the loss, going two innings and giving up four runs on five walks and two hits.The Orange didn’t tally its first hit until the top of the 7th, when senior Sammy Fernandez singled to the left side to serve as SU’s first baserunner of the day. Holmgren was hit by a pitch two batters later and the Orange had a last-gasp rally of sorts in the works, but a groundout by Casares-Maher and a strikeout Rachel Burkhardt, her third of the day, ended any hope of an SU comeback.Syracuse wraps up its road trip against Cal Poly at 11:30 a.m. on Monday. Commentslast_img read more

Lily May, 15, wins English women’s amateur

first_img20 Jul 2017 Lily May, 15, wins English women’s amateur Humphreys, from Stoke by Nayland, Essex, led throughout the championship until midway through the final round. She had set out on the last 18 with a two shot lead but, after dropping four shots on the way to the turn, she found herself a stroke behind Allen.  Image copyright Leaderboard Photography Click here for full scores Humphreys followed up immediately with another birdie on the 15th, where a long drive left her just over 60 yards to the hole. Her pitch finished 12ft away and she rolled in the putt.  She played the back nine in bogey-free two-under, her best performance of the week and it proved the title clincher. She birdied the par five 14th, hitting the green with a four-iron and then taking a steady two putts. “That got some adrenalin going,” she said.  Her early problems in the round stemmed from missed putts and she remarked: “Charlie helped me read the putts and encouraged me when I hit a good shot and I just got it back together. I started hitting good shots and if I missed a putt it was for a birdie, which felt better.”  However, she played the back nine in two-under par to Allen’s one-over to score her narrow victory. It’s the latest and biggest in a long string of titles amassed by the teenager – and a very special one.  Now she’s got a couple of days at home before she sets off to Norway to represent England in the European Young Masters.  Ahead of her, Allen bogeyed the 18th, and when Humphreys finished with three straight pars the title was hers. “It’s a different feeling to all my other wins and it definitely feels better because I knew I had fallen behind and I had to make myself get ahead again. I had to fight for it at the end and it really encouraged me to think I could get back,” said Humphreys.  Fifteen-year-old Lily May Humphreys today became one of the youngest winners of the English women’s amateur championship.  She scored a one-shot win over Hampshire’s Emma Allen (Meon Valley) and Lincolnshire’s India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) at Lindrick, Yorkshire – after a gutsy fightback over the closing holes.  She had special thanks for her caddy, Yorkshire’s Charlie Daughtrey. They played together in the Sunningdale Foursomes and often caddy for each other, so his knowledge of Humphreys’ game was invaluable, particularly on the greens. last_img read more

Home is where the Leafs play this weekend as Green and White host three games at NDCC Arena

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs had better get used to some Heritage City home cooking.Because the Green and White play the next three Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games, and four of the team’s upcoming five, at home in the friendly confines of the Nelson and District Community Complex Arena.Three of the those games are scheduled for this weekend as the Leafs play host to Grand Forks Friday, Creston Thunder Cats Saturday and defending KIJHL champion Osoyoos Coyotes Sunday afternoon.Unfortunately, home ice has not been as accommodating as the Leafs would like as, although Nelson is 3-1-0-1 which is good enough for top spot in the Murdoch Division, the team is only 1-1-0-1 at home.Nelson hopes to better that mark Friday when the Leaf play host to winless Grand Forks Border Bruins.The Bruins have had little bite to start the season, going winless in three games while being outscored by a combined 28-4.Saturday, Nelson sees a Thunder Cats team that is 2-2 on the season.Sunday the defending league champion Desert Dogs appear to be starting the current KIJHL campaign off the way the club ended the season last March, as Osoyoos currently owns top spot in the Okanagan Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference with a 4-2 record.BLUELINES: Patrick Martens and Matti Jmaeff, both racking up four points Sunday against Spokane Braves, jump to the top of the Leafs scoring race. Both players have seven points. Nik Newman is third with six points followed by James Sorriey and Colton Schell — the latter getting a shot to play with Trail Wednesday against Merritt —with five points. . . .Nelson acquired some depth on defence as Jonathon Petrash is back with the team. The 20-year-old rearguard last played in Nelson in 2009-10 scoring 28 points in 47 games. [email protected]last_img read more

BC Ranchers look for more help from the Province

first_imgThe B-C government is being urged to review lands in the Agricultural Land Reserve and do more to promote the cattle industry.The recommendations come from the Ranching Task Force set up by the provincial government to find ways to help the industry, which produces annual revenues of 250 million dollars but, has been hit hard by the recession and drought.The panel wants a review of land in the Agricultural Land Reserve to make sure the reserve boundaries properly reflect acreage that would be good for ranching or farming.- Advertisement -Among other things it also suggests, more efforts to promote B-C beef in butcher shops and restaurants, faster spending on fencing, and increasing the term of grazing licenses from 10 to 20 years.last_img read more

A different world

first_img And, while critics say a child’s most important need is a stable home, many experts insist that adoptive families understand that race – how you look on the outside – shapes identity and how people are judged. “We often think love will conquer all, but we know that it doesn’t,” said Maria Quintanilla, executive director of the Latino Family Institute – the only agency in Southern California specializing in placing Latino children. “First of all, we need to remember that adoption is created through loss,” Quintanilla said. “(Children) are already coming in with multiple losses – their siblings, their neighborhoods. And, on top of that, they are losing their culture, their history. “It’s one loss after the other.” Colorblind placements For much of the 1970s and ’80s, social workers in major metropolitan areas favored same-race adoption. But then came the 1989 case of Maurice West, a 2-year-old African-American who was taken from a white foster home in Ohio and adopted by an African-American couple in New York. Eight weeks later, the toddler died of repeated beatings by his adoptive parents. That case prompted then-U.S. Sen. Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio to sponsor the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act, which prevents race from becoming the primary factor in determining placement. The 1994 rule was amended two years later to prohibit agencies from considering race at all, essentially ensuring agencies are colorblind. Social workers could no longer delay or deny an adoption because of race and, in some cases, couldn’t talk about ethnicity with families. But the bill also required greater recruitment in communities with adopted children. “The feeling was that agencies were not placing kids from foster care in families because they couldn’t locate enough families (of the same race),” said Kate Cleary, executive director of Consortium for Children, a San Rafael, Calif.-based group that mediates open adoptions. “They thought we would see loads of kids adopted … because they removed this artificial barrier. “The effect has been negligible. We still have huge numbers of kids waiting for families.” Recently, the Department of Children and Family Services has expanded recruitment in African-American and Latino churches. The department also is partnering with faith-based groups to feature an adoptable child in the church bulletin and is training adoptive parents how to recruit other would-be parents. But some like Quintanilla say the department still has this ideal of what a family should look like and don’t have enough outreach in the Latino community. Maintaining family ties “Who is gorgeous?” Israel Segal coos as he hugs Ziggy. The toddler giggles, dropping his head to his chest, then quickly peeking at his dad. “Who is gorgeous?” Segal repeats, tickling the little boy as he wiggles around. More giggles. “Not me,” Ziggy replies, with a wide smile. “Nooollllllaaa,” he says pointing to his sister. The twins are very close, and Segal hopes they’ll remain that way so they can help each other deal with cultural questions as they grow older. The couple has also found support in the black community and has promised to attend holiday functions hosted by the African-American family that adopted the twins’ half-sisters and half-brothers. While Segal and Holweger make an extra effort to bridge the racial gap, others hardly give it a thought. Bertha Monroy, a 57-year-old Salvadorean immigrant, says she really never considered the heritage of her two African-American children until somebody brought it up. “Briona was something very special,” she said of the 5-year old African-American girl who arrived at her house last year. “She came with marks (of abuse) on her body. Somebody did something very terrible. I started to love her.” And vice versa. Briona picked up Spanish within two weeks and clung to Monroy, staying up late to clean up the North Hollywood house. “She says, ‘Mommy, I want to help you with dishes.’ I had to pretend to go to sleep so she would fall asleep. She stole my heart.” On the day of adoption, another foster mother caring for Briona’s older sister met the olive-skinned Monroy at the court. “She told me, ‘What are you going to do with a black girl?’ and I said, ‘Listen to me. I am black, too. Don’t you see my color skin?’ … I was so angry.” She eventually adopted Briona, as well as her elder sister Tatina. She learned from a friend how to take care of the girls’ hair and skin. But, she said, she is not going out of her way to go to certain churches or expose them to different people because the girls are black. Instead, she said, she will wait for them to lead the way. “They are human and similar to me,” she said. “One day they are going to decide to go to their neighborhood and if they want me to go then I will follow.” It’s perhaps the best move a parent could make, stepping back. “This is not a walk in the park,” said Mei Lin Kroll, a 30-year-old West Los Angeles loan officer, who is the adopted daughter of Joe Kroll, executive director of North American Council on Adoptable Children. She was just 3 when her parents adopted her through an international Korean adoption agency. As a youth, they enrolled her in Korean culture camp, signed her up for a preteen Korean group and made lifelong friends with a Korean-American baby sitter who taught her the Korean language. But they couldn’t stop children from teasing her about her flat face or small eyes. And, in the end, that was fine with Kroll, because they let her learn for herself. “Sometimes my parents didn’t have answers for things … but they realized there was nothing they could do.” Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 [email protected] ADOPTIVE FAMILIES Nearly a decade after Congress forced adoption agencies to throw out race as a deciding factor, interracial adoptions have surged. In Los Angeles County alone they have doubled over the last five years. Fiscal Year Statewide Adoptions/ Los Angeles Adoptions/ Interracial Adoptions in L.A. 1999 6,806/ 1,865/ 559 2000 7,607/ 2,841/ 641 2001 8,161/ 2,604/ 1,006 2002 6,097/ 1,629/ 703 2003 7,071/ 1,793/ 1,042 SOURCE: California Department of Social Services160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It took just a few life-changing seconds for Dane Holweger and Israel Segal to fall in love with Ziggy and Nola. But even with that boundless love, the two know they can’t protect their adopted African-American children from racism. As Caucasian men, they just don’t have the experience. “I can’t raise them as a black parent because I am not black,” Holweger said of the 3-year-old twins. “But we are hugely supportive of our children as black children. We want to provide for them culturally.” Nearly a decade after Congress forced adoption agencies to throw out race as a deciding factor, the numbers of interracial adoptions have surged. In Los Angeles County, they have doubled over the last five years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Still, the adoption rainbow is hardly idyllic. A debate over the propriety of cross-racial families rages behind closed doors. Some who advocate placing children in same-race families fear that speaking out could cost them federal funds tied to ensuring adoptions are colorblind. Segal admits that, when he and his partner initially talked about adopting a child of a different race, he was hesitant, even frightened. But more heartbreaking was the long list of African-American boys and Latino siblings who were waiting for adoption. “(Our social worker) said people didn’t want children of color, especially boys,” said Segal, the son of a Holocaust survivor. “They were kind of afraid of black boys. It shocked me. But once you meet that child, that’s the child you want and all that goes out the window.” Los Angeles County officials estimate about 1,200 children are available for adoption at any time. About half are Latino, one-third are African-American, 13 percent are Caucasian and 2 percent are American Indians or Pacific Islanders. last_img read more

Ramón Laureano’s rapid rise to A’s Opening Day leadoff man

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceTOKYO — Things were a lot different for Ramón Laureano just a year ago.Around this time in 2018, the A’s center fielder was frustrated in extended spring training down in Arizona in the aftermath of breaking his left pinky finger after he was hit by a pitch in a Cactus League game. The injury robbed him of re-establishing himself as a top prospect with his new organization after the Houston Astros had soured on him …last_img read more

More expected of public servants: Zuma

first_img22 February 2013 Civil servants will be expected to work harder and become more effective in serving ordinary South Africans, while giving taxpayers more value for their money, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday. In his State of the Nation Address last week, Zuma said that a Presidential Remuneration Commission would be set up to review the salaries of public servants. In his reply on Thursday to the debate this week on his address, Zuma said the training of public servants will be prioritised to further improve the capacity of the state. This he said would bring in much-needed skills and reduce the amount that the state spends on consultants. “It is for this reason that we say if we are to pay public servants better, we want a return on our investment,” he said.Monitoring of frontline services He said frontline services to South Africans would also be boosted, adding that over 300 unannounced visits were undertaken during the past year. “Repeat visits to sites indicate that, in many cases, the monitoring has resulted in improvements,” he said. He said a model example was that of Pearl Bhengu and Mondli Mazibuko and the staff at the South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) office in Umzimkhulu in KwaZulu- Natal. “After an unannounced visit, they acted on the findings and improved the queue management, provided chairs and a shelter for the waiting area and ensured that toilet facilities were working.” Zuma said the monitoring of management practices in the public sector by the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation was beginning to bear fruit. He singled out that the average time to fill funded vacancies in the public sector had come down from nine months in 2010 to four months last year. Added to this, the average time taken by the Department of Home Affairs to issue an ID book went from 150 days to about 30 days, while the average application time for a social grant also fell last year from 30 days in 2010 to 21 days, he said. The bar-coded green ID book will begin to be replaced by a new ID smart card in the 2013 financial year, he said.Economy the biggest focus The economy was his administration’s biggest focus, Zuma said, adding that a Grant Thornton report last week indicated that South Africa had maintained its position as a leading investment destination in Africa, climbed one place to 14th position in a ranking of the 27 largest emerging economies. Zuma said tax incentives announced in 2011 had resulted in an increase in foreign investment – including the announcement by Unilever last month that it would build an R800-million plant in Boksburg, and the opening last year of two new factories by Nestle in Babelegi, near Pretoria. He said it was important to rebuild confidence in the mining sector, adding that the Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu had met with mining role players, including business, unions and the government, to push for a framework to ensure stability in the sector. On the issue of job creation, Zuma said the youth unemployment incentive schemes discussed at Nedlac would complement the National Rural Youth Service Corps, the Expanded Public Works Programme, the Community Works Programme and job creation programmes within the SA National Defence Force. Turning to education, Zuma said the Department of Basic Education’s Annual National Assessments had revealed that the introduction of workbooks and the training of teachers in 2011 had resulted in progress in learning outcomes in lower school grades. Zuma also highlighted South Africa’s increased life expectancy, which increased from 56 years in 2009 to 60 years in 2011. This, he said, had been praised by the World Health Organisation.Debate on violence against women He encouraged MPs to continue debating issues around the Traditional Courts Bill following criticism that the Bill was unconstitutional and that it limited women’s rights in the former homelands. Condemning violence and abuse against women and children, he said South Africa had to nurture values such as ubuntu and respect for one another’s rights and property. South Africa had build on the success of last year’s National Cohesion Summit to build better and more stable communities. To this end, the Department of Basic Education was looking at inculcating values of citizenry and ethics, he said. The National Assembly is set to host a debate on violence against women next week. Zuma said South Africa was a much better country today than it was in 1994, with a Constitution that extended equal rights to all. “It has not been an easy road, as President Mandela told us in 1994. And it is a long road to the type of society we want to achieve, but we are getting there steadily.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

7 Bold Predictions Of What The Mobile Industry Will Do In 2013

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#2012 Trends#mobile My prediction is that the next version of Android will not be Android 4.3, but rather Android 5.0. Yet, by the end of the year, the most up to date devices will be running something along the lines of Android 5.1 or 5.2.5 or something similar to that naming scheme. Google will release it around or before Google I/O and update it at least once to fix some issues. It will then come out with another major release, like it did in 2012, towards the end of the year to reveal more Nexus devices. 3. Motorola Makes A Nexus DeviceMotorola has never technically made an official Android flagship device for Google. The original Droid on Verizon was kind of the Android flagship when it was released in 2009, but that was before the popular wave of Nexus devices. Google has to be careful with how it manages its manufacturing partner ecosystem, and letting Motorola create a Nexus device may upset some of its current partners like LG, Samsung, HTC and Asus. The Droid Razr MYet, it might be time that Google really doubles down on Android manufacturing. Hell, it owns Motorola for a reason. And that reason has as much to do with the patents Motorola owns as it does with making money. If Google can put together its Nexus design engineers with the Motorola hardware people, we might see the best Android device ever to be released. It is time for Google to do it and 2013, in my prediction, will be the year. 4. Research In Motion Succeeds With BlackBerry 10Yes, this might be absolutely ridiculous and we might be looking back on it in December 2013, after RIM has been sold piecemeal to patent vultures, that this was a foolish prediction. But, I am starting to get a hunch that RIM might actually find a modicum of success with its BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Not the type of success that puts fear into the hearts of Apple executives or Android manufacturers, but enough that RIM is not in danger of going out of business immediately. People will like what RIM has done with BB 10 and many of the loyalists that left for the iPhone or Android will come back into the fold. That will be enough to get RIM back near the 8% to 10% market share of the smartphone industry by the end of the year, though nowhere near the 23%+ it had in 2010 and earlier. 5. Microsoft Keeps Plugging Away At Windows PhoneMobile is too important to Microsoft to pull the plug on its Windows Phone 8 platform. Microsoft is often extremely stubborn. See: Xbox. That does not mean that Microsoft will eventually see the same type of success with Windows Phone as it did by pouring years and year and millions of dollars into marketing for Xbox. Consumers have thus far been very lukewarm to Windows Phone, especially from Nokia, and I do not see that changing dramatically in 2013. Not until Nokia can take a Samsung-like approach and release four different models of the same type of phone to all four major U.S. carriers in one blow, the way that Samsung does with the Galaxy S series. For instance, the fact that the top Windows Phone device from Nokia is the Lumia 920 available only through iPhone-centric AT&T is a very big problem for both Nokia and Microsoft.Nokia Lumia 920It is not just distribution that holds Windows Phone back. It is also the user interface. Some people (especially tech media pundits) love how different Hubs and Tiles are. Consumers, on the other hand, have not shown an appreciable affection for it. Microsoft will continue to build and market Windows Phones for the next several years, but it would ultimately be surprising if it eclipses 10% of total smartphone market share by 2015. 6. Consumer Location Apps Remain StagnantIn 2011, Foursquare made a lot of noise about reaching 15 million registered users. We have not heard a lot from Foursquare this year in terms of users, but it has mentioned on its blog that it has near 25 million users. This is not the Twitter-like exponential growth that people expected from Foursquare several years ago.Other consumer-based location apps like Highlight have seen hypes cycles come and then diminish. The “ambient location app” for finding people in your area along with game-based location apps like Foursquare is just not a very big market in the United States. That is not likely to change in 2013.Note, this prediction does not include maps apps, which nearly everyone uses in one form or another. 7. Mobile Payments Begin To Gain TractionWe keep on expecting a sudden boom in mobile payments, led by NFC-based smartphones and apps. So far, we have been bitterly disappointed that the market has not materialized. A good reason for this is infrastructure. For NFC payments to take off, brick-and-mortar stores need the proper payment equipment and consumers need smartphones that actually, you know, have NFC. With near 60% of users from the top three U.S. carriers (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon) carrying iPhones (which does not have NFC), the critical mass of NFC capable consumers has not yet been reached. The explosion will not happen in 2013. But, progress will be made as major players in the ecosystem start pushing mobile payments to retailers and startups gain more traction. The early adopter types will be using their smartphones for a variety of purchases by the end of 2013 that will set up success for mobile payments players that will evolve for the rest of the decade.  It seems like every year, that darned rodent in Punxsutawney, Pa., predicts six more weeks of winter. Never mind the fact that Groundhog Day is technically six weeks before the official start of spring. We hail Punxsutawney Phil as the seer of seers, prognosticator of prognosticators. How can you not trust a psychic rodent?We like to think that Punxsutawney Phil is just giving his best educated guess. Well, when it comes to predicting what will happen in the tech industry over the course of the next year, we too are making our best educated guesses. But, in the end, our predictions are just about as meaningful as those of the famous groundhog. But, just like Punxsutawney Phil, sometimes we get things right. For instance, some of my predictions for the mobile industry in 2012 were spot on. I said that Google would only unveil one major version of Android, which it did with its Jelly Bean rollout (even if Google did split Jelly Bean between version 4.1 and 4.2). I also said there would be two different iPad tablets, which was almost true. Technically, there were three, though there was not an appreciable difference between the third and fourth generation iPad. I said RIM would fall on extremely hard times, which did not take a genius to figure out. I said Apple would remain No. 1 with developers, despite the fact that Google chairman Eric Schmidt predicted Android would take over as the primary interest of app publishers. I called the fact that many niche app stores would fold (so long, Verizon App Store). Yet, I also said we would not see a new iPhone in 2012. In retrospect, that was very dumb. I said that Windows Phone would take off, which also has not happened. I thought this would be the year for HTML5 and it would start crowding out other mobile operating systems and native development languages. Facebook did me no favors there. All in all, my predictions from last year were not horribly inaccurate. Looking back, they were all pretty safe too. Google taking a greater interest in its app store was easy to identify, for instance. With all that said, let us take a look into the crystal ball to see what the mobile industry might hold in 2013. 1. Apple Flips Script On iPhone/iPad Release ScheduleI learned my lesson. No more predicting that Apple will not release a new iPhone in any one given calendar year. I have already predicted that we will see a genuine Apple TV product coming in Q1 2013, so I will not rehash that prediction here. What I do think will happen is that Apple will flip the script on when it announces new versions of its existing product lines. Apple made an interesting choice to offer a refresh of the iPad next to the announcement of the iPad Mini in late October this year. The announcement came about a month and a half after the iPhone 5 announcement. It is then natural to assume that Apple will not make two tablet launches in a row. That means that the next mobile product we will see from Cupertino will be an iPhone. I am predicting it to be announced earlier in the year than Apple has done in recent years, somewhere around July. Apple has been going after the year-end sales for iPhones in recent cycles, but must see that Samsung has done well with the Galaxy S III that was released in July this year and figure that it can replicate that same type of success.In turn, that means that Apple will save its next iterations of the iPad and iPad Mini until the end of Q3 or in Q4 next year, somewhere between around late September or October. 2. One Major Android Flavor, Android 5.0 With Three IterationsGoogle (sort of) slowed down on new flavors of Android in 2012. It only announced one actual flavor in Jelly Bean that came at Google I/O in June, but it was broken into two parts with 4.1 and 4.2. In 2013, I expect Google to do something similar but have a couple different updates.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more