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Foxconn, perhaps best known as Apple’s manufacturing partner of iPhones, iPads, and Macs, is making a push into wearables with a new investment fund for innovative startups in the segment, it’s reported, with business said to kick off in early 2014. The financing scheme will begin selecting potential candidates in the first quarter of the […]
We only just got a whiff of a smaller version of ASUS’ odd Padfone series as it passed through certification, and now serial leaker @evleaks can show us what it looks like. As its name indicates, the ASUS Padfone Mini 4.3 shrinks the phone part of …
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There are many theories and much conjecture on just how the Washington Redskins need to rebound from their mess of a season that’s compounded by the complex relationship between Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III.
But there’s an X-factor that must be considered: Mike’s son, Kyle, the Redskins’ offensive coordinator.
Could it be that the relationship between Kyle Shanahan and RGIII is the one we most should be concerned about? Griffin has called out the playcalling at times, and though he has suggested the Redskins’ breakdown has been a widespread issue, the talk of Kyle and RGIII not seeing eye to eye has been the topic du jour in D.C.
On Thursday, Kyle Shanahan took time to diffuse the talk that he and RGIII are at odds amid the recurring reports that there was mistrust in the Griffin camp over how he was being used last season as he was dealing with a knee injury that eventually became the torn ACL that set him back entering the 2013 season. Per the Washington Post:
“Mine and Robert’s relationship is the same it’s always been,” Kyle Shanahan said. “Just like you said, outside perception thinks that … I understand how this business works and I understand when you’re not doing well, when you have only three wins, people are going to pick at stuff. And I get that. But, what I’ve learned since I’ve been here is to make sure I don’t make perception become my reality. I come to work just like I always have and work with Robert just like did every day last year.”
Mike Shanahan has one year remaining after this one on a five-year contract that pays him an exorbitant $ 7 million per season. There has been wild speculation, given the Redskins’ massive struggles this season, that it could soon be curtains for Shanahan. But would there be a scenario where Shanahan returns but his son does not?
Mike Shanahan almost certainly will seek an extension this offseason, heading into his lame-duck year. Snyder could consider a one-year tack-on, but it likely would come with serious stipulations — take a pay cut, for instance, and perhaps make staff changes.
The Redskins are invested fully in Griffin, despite his setback season. They have too much at stake, including what could be a top-five pick they will not use this coming May, which now belongs to the St. Louis Rams. They owe Mike Shanahan $ 7 million no matter what. But their investment in Kyle Shanahan is far less.
If Snyder or GM Bruce Allen determine that Kyle Shanahan really is the problem in this menage a trois, they might not hesitate to force Mike into a tough corner: we’ll grant you an extension, sure, but not with Kyle Shanahan has OC.
This is pure speculation. Why? There have been a swirl of whispers, rumors and scenarios that have eddied around the team now for the better part of a year, ever since the handling of a gimpy Griffin came up. There is distrust in the building, and outside of it, and losing has made the situation nearly impossible to see forth without some kind of change.
Perhaps Papa Shanahan could make some calls around the league and get Kyle a job elsewhere, to ensure he lands on his feet and allow him to walk away without first being fired. Shanahan has relationships with current head coaches Bill Belichick, Gary Kubiak (but for how long is he a head coach?), Jeff Fisher and Sean Payton, among others, and could help land Kyle Shanahan an assistant position with one of those teams, or another squad.
Could all three return? Perhaps. But it would not be without the cloak of awkwardness that would be sure to carry forth to next season.
How do the Redskins always find themselves in these types of situations, year in and year out?
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Whether or not you buy into T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s UnCarrier strategy, we can’t dispute the fact that it’s at least making waves in the US wireless industry. Some of the network’s biggest competitors are responding with new strategies of their …
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Lamborghini has unveiled its Veneno Roadster, a beast of a vehicle that touts a maximum output of 750 horsepower, allowing it to hit speeds of 100 kilometers/hour in 2.9 seconds. The car was debuted in Abu Dhabi, where it is decked out in a custom color called Rosso Venevo, with the auto maker promising that […]
Even though it is a pretty populated world already, Quechua wasn’t going to let that interrupt the (rugged) vision for a smartphone of its own. The company, which is known for selling mountain sports gear and equipment, has partnered with Archos to introduce the Quechua Phone, a 5-inch handset with Android 4.1. Aside from packing ruggedized traits such as IP54 certification, Quechua’s Phone also features a Qualcomm 1.2GHz, quad-core chip, 1GB RAM, 4GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD), a 5-megapixel rear camera and one rather beefy 3,500mAh battery. Other details like the screen’s total pixel count or when/where it’ll be up for grabs are still mum — but we do know the Quechua Phone will be priced at €230 (around $ 310) once it eventually becomes available.
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Back in March, news surfaced that Panasonic would be pulling out of the plasma TV business, something that was substantiated by sources who spoke to Reuters back in October. In line with its efforts to cut down on businesses that prove unprofitable, the company will be making some drastic changes to its digital camera division […]
Instagram, known as a visual communication platform, is looking for way to expand its appeal to its community of 200 million (and growing) users. First it was short-form video and next up is messaging.
Well-placed sources tell us that the company is gearing up to launch new private messaging features inside its still red-hot photo and video sharing service. It is also experimenting with the idea of group messaging, our source tells us. The new features are likely to find home in the next version of Instagram, which is expected before end of the year. An Instagram spokesperson (not surprisingly) declined to comment.
The upgrade timing makes perfect sense: With the holidays around the corner and smartphones as likely hot gift items, many people are going to experience Instagram for the first time and they should perhaps start with a brand new experience. Instagram also is in a battle for attention with newer visual services such as Snapchat, which was rumored to have received a $ 3 billion buyout offer from Facebook, the corporate parent of Instagram. Google is rumored to have made a $ 4 billion offer for Snapchat as well.
It is fundamentally my belief that most applications need a layer of communication — comments and lightweight signals such as Facebook’s likes are part of that layer. And so is messaging. The web (and Internet in general) is getting closer to being synchronous, and alive, a concept I had described in my essay, The Alive Web.
….one that goes beyond the hackneyed marketing terms such as real-time web, a buzz word of 2009 and 2010. One of the reasons why it failed is because it was attached to the idea of information — real-time information, instead of focusing on people and what we do in real time — interact.
Many of the Alive Web’s early proponents have failed mostly because they were either too early — the networks weren’t ready — or they were just paying attention to the behavior dynamics of their communities. Obviously scaling services isn’t as easy. Messaging on Instagram makes perfect sense. Instagram might have started out as a photographer’s platform, but it has since evolved into something that creates social connections between people and has led to an entirely different kind of social graph. Photos can lead to connections and connections lead to communication, sometimes more intimate and immediate communication.
That said, my usual concern with any new Instagram upgrade and any new feature still and will always remain its effect on the experience. The app’s simple and easy interface is the key differentiation for the service and any diversion from that core philosophy in the name of new features can be really detrimental.
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