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Men’s basketball: Dekker, Koenig, see familiar face in UNC’s J.P. Tokoto

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Bronson Koenig and Sam Dekker will recognize a familiar face donning Carolina blue when the Wisconsin men’s basketball team takes on North Carolina in a at the Staples Center.UNC junior forward J.P. Tokoto, a Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin native, played AAU ball with Dekker and Koenig on Wisconsin Swish.The players’ families became close after playing on the same team, Dekker said.“J.P’s a good friend of mine. I played AAU with him for four years, so we built a pretty good relationship,” Dekker said.Tokoto said he’s always kept in touch with Dekker.“We’ve stayed in touch throughout college. Never lost touch,” Tokoto said. “Bronson, I lost a little more with him, but Sam and I never lost touch. It’s been fun thinking back on the old days.”Koenig had a more business-like approach to the matchup.“No trash talking,” he said. “We never really talk too much. I know we are family friends with our mothers. It’s going to be battle. It’s going to be fun.”Tokoto has played in all of the Tar Heels’ 37 games this season, starting 33. He’s the team’s third leading rebounder (5.6 per game) and adds 8.4 points a game, while averaging 29 minutes a night.“It’s exciting to go up against him and be on the same court as him again,” Dekker said. “Obviously, he’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever played with.“We’ve talked a little this week. We’re excited to play, and I’m sure we’ll be talking a little bit on the court and just some good banter. But, yeah, it’s going to be fun to be out there with him again, but it will be different because we’re opposing sides.”Men’s basketball: What to know about the teams playing in the Sweet 16’s West RegionalOnly 16 teams remain in the 2015 NCAA men’s basketball tournament and only two wins separate each team from a Read…Family TiesFormer Wisconsin women’s basketball player Morgan Paige will be on both the winning and losing sides after the game, regardless of Thursday night’s outcome.The former Badger shooting guard, who graduated in 2014, will have to comfort either her brother (junior starting point guard Marcus on UNC) or her Wisconsin friends.“As a Badger I have a ‘Repeat Final Four. Finish what you started.’ attitude for this season,” Paige wrote in an e-mail to the Wisconsin State Journal. “But on the other side? A team that has not met its full potential, led in full force by my only sibling who I love dearly.”But in March, family comes first, Paige wrote.“So the line is drawn. I’m an honorary Tar Heel for March. But either way the game goes, my heart will hurt for my guys.”Men’s basketball: Badgers livin’ the celeb life in LA but keeping up with studyingNone of them have a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, but University of Wisconsin men’s basketball players sure have Read…last_img read more

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News Flash! Tablets Are Not Smartphones

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Even outside the home, Forrester’s data reveal that tablet usage is concentrated in “fixed” locations. These include coffee shops, airports and hotels.Whereas smartphones are highly personal devices, used mostly “on-the-go” and in short “snackable” sessions, tablets are more likely to be shared with others inside the home. Tablets are also used for longer stretches of time. Forrester’s data also show that tablet users are wealthier and better educated than typical smartphone users. In addition, tablet users are more likely to discuss their opinions of products on social media and other online services.Forrester’s research also reveals the versatility of these devices. Reading, email, watching video, playing games and taking pictures are all common activities. Across their 15 primary activity categories, browsing the web was most common – undertaken by 68% of individuals polled in Forrester’s survey – and note-taking was least common, though still undertaken by a respectable 26% of respondents. At present, there is no one specific task driving people to purchase a tablet.Though the market is relatively new, the report also suggests that users will embrace tablets for controlling numerous home-based technologies – such as entertainment systems, energy monitoring and more. Tablets As Second ScreensTablets are preferred over smartphones as the “second screen” – i.e., as something else to look at while the TV is on. And it turns out that people also use tablets and smartphones differently as second screens. According to Forrester’s data, web browsing, product research and watching videos online are all more likely to be tablet-based second-screen activities. Social networking and chatting while watching television, however, are the province of the smartphone.This raises an intriguing possibility: Tablets might actually have a big impact television advertising. As a second screen, tablets offer advertisers new possibilities for integrating their marketing efforts across seemingly disparate media. Some app makers are already jumping on this bandwagon.For instance, Shazam just updated its “what’s that song” app to tag and identify live TV events by “listening” to them. On one hand, that lets the app provide more information about the show or sports game you’re watching, including links to related information. On the other, though, the app will also tag the commercials, potentially opening up a new way for advertisers to reach you through the tablet as well as the big screen.It’s not all about play, either. The Forrester study found the people actually report using tablets for “work” surprisingly often. A full 58% of surveyed users report spending an average of 2.5 hours per day on their tablets for work from home. There is, of course, a possibility of responder bias; some people might be inclined to say they’re working on their tablets even if they’re not.Assuming those numbers are solid, though, that finding could provide an opening for makers of apps and even tablet hardware focused on personal productivity. Wait, did someone just say… Microsoft? brian s hall Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement You probably already knew this, but a new report from Forrester wants to emphasize this seemingly obvious point: Tablets are not simply larger touchscreen smartphones. There are significant difference in where people use them, how they use them and for how long – all of which have big implications for app developers, marketers, tablet makers and a lot of other folks.As the table market continues its white-hot growth – nearly 50 million tablets were sold last quarter alone – these differences will force  both innovation and disruption in publishing, advertising, retail, gaming and work, as people optimize apps, media and services specifically for tablet use.Tablet Usage: The Little Differences The majority of tablet users use their gadgets primarily in the living room and bedroom of their homes. This is true even for tablets with cellular connectivity, not just Wi-Fi.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#iPad#microsoft surface#tablet Related Posts last_img read more

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