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Facebook may be the world’s most popular social network, but when it comes to social messaging, other apps are usurping its dominance. Facebook Messenger is still the most popular smartphone social messaging app in the U.S., according to a survey conducted by On Device Research, but polls in four countries in different regions of the world found WhatsApp and WeChat are the reigning services.
As you might expect, China’s homegrown WeChat dominates its home country with 93 percent of On Device’s respondents saying they use it weekly. Facebook services have been banned in most in China since 2009, but in Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa — countries where Facebook apps are readily available — WhatsApp is by far the most used app. In South Africa and Brazil, Facebook Messenger is firmly entrenched in the No. 2 slot, but in Indonesia it doesn’t make the top 3, according to On Device’s poll.
Even in the U.S., WhatsApp is starting to challenge Facebook Messenger especially among 16-24 year olds where usage is almost evenly split between the two services. Snapchat’s user base is still tiny globally, but On Device found that 20 percent of younger smartphone users in the U.S. used the ephemeral photo messaging service at least once a week. In addition, the volumes of photos being shared on Snapchat, 400 million on a daily basis, now exceed those shared on Facebook, On Device discovered. (And as Om Malik reports, Facebook’s Instagram will get into the messaging game soon as well.)
Focusing on single dominant apps, however, may not be the most relevant metric anymore. On Device found that the majority of its respondents — made up of 3,759 iOS and Android phone users — used multiple messaging tools. Some 58 percent said that multiple apps were necessary because different friends used different messaging platforms, while 52 percent said made use of different features on different apps.
While social messaging may be split between multiple apps, IP communications as a whole has definitely overtaken SMS as a means of daily communication. On Device found that 63 percent of respondents in all five countries used IP messaging apps 10 times or more daily, while the number was only 40 percent for SMS.
Another surprising finding in On Device’s survey was the rapid adoption of BlackBerry Messenger on iPhones and Android devices. BBM only went live in the iTunes Store and Google Play in September, but On Device’s November poll found it had already become the second and third most popular messaging apps in Indonesia and South Africa respectively. WeChat is also showing signs of breaking out of China’s borders. It’s already a routinely used app in South Africa and Indonesia, and even 6 percent of U.S. respondents said they used it weekly.
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My comments this week that Tampa Bay’s Mike Glennon is a more advanced NFL quarterback than Washington’s Robert Griffin raised some eyebrows, but there’s a lot more to it than the one quote.
Remember, before last year’s draft, I said I liked Griffin a little more than Andrew Luck as a prospect. Griffin has a strong and mostly accurate arm. There’s nothing wrong with the way he throws the football. The issue he has faced is mastering the subtle nuance of the position. That is not surprising considering he played in a spread offense in college and when he got to the NFL the Redskins built an offense with the pistol formation and read option elements because of his speed and movement. Then he missed out on an entire offseason because of a knee injury, so he gets a bit of a mulligan for this season. He lost a ton of learning time.
There are things Glennon has shown, as far as progression reading and pocket skills, that are advanced for a rookie. I don’t know if Griffin can do those things, because he has not been asked to do them.
The final interception in a loss to Philadelphia showed his inexperience and challenges with the nuances of the position.
On a third and 1 in the final minute, Pierre Garcon ran a quick slant to Griffin’s left. The tight end and slot receiver Santana Moss to Griffin’s right ran quick outs, and the receiver wide right ran a deep route to occupy the safety. These are three-step drop timed routes, and in the shotgun it’s a quick rocker step for Griffin. He takes the snap, he looks to his left – the ball should be thrown right as Garcon makes his break. He’ll get tackled right there, but they have to gain just one yard. That’s why they called this play.
When Garcon turns his head around, the ball should be on him. And he’d get a first down. But by the point Garcon gets his head around, Griffin is looking to the other side of the field. You can’t go from one side of the field to the other on three-step timing. After he does that, he has nowhere to go with the football. He’s done. The timing of the play is gone.
Griffin starts to plant and for whatever reason he didn’t register that Garcon was open, even though he was. That could be inexperience.
Griffin should have thrown the ball out of the back of the end zone, but threw an interception that ended the game.
Last season Washington was extremely successful with their terrific run game elements, meshing the read option with the zone run game. The passing game was able to work off that. The defense was consistently deceived and the quick one-read throws were there for Griffin more often than not. The Redskins’ in-breaking routes were consistently open because the second-level defenders – linebackers and the in-the-box safety – would hesitate and be paralyzed by backfield action. There wasn’t a lot of reading going on for Griffin. Those routes were there and they were effective.
He had no offseason, and the Redskins are running the same offense. For a number of reasons, it hasn’t been as effective. When it doesn’t work, you need to have a drop-back passing game that isn’t dependent on deception, but route combinations in which the quarterback uses progression reading. If it’s man coverage, work this side of the field. If it’s zone, work that side of the field. That is basic NFL drop-back passing.
Griffin is more than capable of doing this. I’m not suggesting he’s not. The Redskins just haven’t done it. Then when you get in a game in which he has to be a drop-back passer, he struggles. That came to fruition last week at Philadelphia.
This is not an indictment of Griffin’s career. His skills are not even in question. But he hasn’t developed the subtle pocket skills that are necessary to become a high quality NFL quarterback on a week-to-week basis. It’s a disciplined craft position and you’re going to need to be able to do a lot of things. You’re going to need to progression read and work the pocket. Griffin is not good at working the pocket to buy time. He either throws it, or the throw’s not there he leaves.
It’s understandable. It’s like what 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is going through. Griffin is not well schooled in the concepts of an NFL passing game. This is perfectly normal, because he’s a young quarterback. And he missed an entire offseason. Nobody should be surprised.
But sooner or later, your quarterback has to make throws from the pocket. Eventually all successful NFL quarterbacks have to do that. But what the film shows is Griffin still needs work in that area. That doesn’t mean he won’t be a great quarterback. But that’s where we are now.
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New England’s Marcus Cannon apologizes for leg whipping Carolina’s Charles Johnson, still should be punished
On many of the plays defensive players get fined or suspended for, there’s a plausible argument that with receivers coming at them at incredible speed, it’s tough to pinpoint the exact spot to legally hit an opponent.
There’s no benefit of the doubt for Patriots offensive lineman Marcus Cannon. He performed one of the dirtiest plays in football, the leg whip, and it led to Panthers end Charles Johnson on the ground in pain on Monday night.
Cannon felt bad enough that he apologized to Johnson after the game, which is good for his long-term reputation as a player.
Charles Johnson said Marcus Cannon apologized for the leg whip. Good form by Cannon.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 19, 2013
However, if Cannon isn’t suspended or significantly fined, the defensive players are right. There’s nobody in the NFL looking out for them.
It was awful to see Cannon go down on the ground after trying to cut block Johnson and kick him in the knee area. Johnson went down in immediate and terrible pain. Luckily, the injury wasn’t as bad as it first appeared, and Johnson returned later in the game.
Regrettable things happen in the heat of the game, but the same can be said for some hits on defenseless receivers or quarterbacks that have cost defensive players a lot of money. There is very little that happens on a football field worse than an offensive lineman leg whipping a defensive player, because there’s no real excuse for it. The fact that Johnson was lucky enough to escape without a serious injury shouldn’t change the punishment.
Cannon might be sorry for what he did, but that doesn’t mean the NFL shouldn’t make an example out of him and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
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It’s a commonly held belief that the Minnesota Vikings’ biggest need is a quarterback. And that might be true — that might be the one position that’s most in need of settling.
But the team’s defense is the bigger, deeper, less easily fixable worry in the long term. Thursday’s 34-27 victory over the Washington Redskins actually featured a defensive uprising late, as it held the Redskins to three second-half points after a miserable first half and managed to forge a red-zone stand in the waning seconds to preserve the victory.
The mode: almost wanton blitzing against a Redskins front that was under assault. Under the circumstances, it was the right move. The Vikings had beaten up Robert Griffin III in the first half with a number of hits, and those hits started materializing in the form of sacks — four in the second half — once the pressure was ratcheted up a few notches with extra rushers.
But it was a desperation approach in this game for a team that has several defensive ills. Granted, health is a big issue now — they were down four starters for this game. But those temporary losses underscore the defensive rebuilding that’s needed for the long term.
Witness the shoddy tackling on this Pierre Garcon catch-and-run in the first half. On a third-and-15 play, Garcon catches the ball one yard from the line of scrimmage and slices his way through a pudding-soft defense for 30 yards to convert.
Earlier on, Garcon had another short catch he turned into a long play because of shoddy tackling and bad angles to the ball.
And on the Redskins’ end-of-half score, Griffin had all kinds of time to throw on a third-down play where — inexplicably — most of the Vikings were looking for the run, and not the pass. A run play with 15 seconds left almost certainly leaves no time for the Redskins to run a fourth-down play with any hope. That’s coaching, and that’s defensive awareness. Both were sorely lacking here.
These are chronic issues that can’t be fixed with a single player being added, and that’s the biggest difference between solving their quarterback issues. The right quarterback could change everything. Imagine Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater running a great play-action offense with Adrian Peterson, or Oregon’s Marcus Mariota running the read-option with the ball in Peterson’s belly a dozen times a game. One guy there can change everything.
But defensively, you have issues on every level. Even with Kevin Williams’ turn-back-the-clock game (2.5 sacks) and Jared Allen continuing to fill stat sheets, the line is missing at least two rotational players. The linebackers might be the biggest area of concern, with even mainstay Chad Greenway looking quite ordinary, and the other starters not playing to starter-grade levels. The secondary is ravaged by injury, but many of its constituents can be replaced, too.
It’s nice that for a team that was called out for conservative play-calling defensively at the ends of previous games this season, we instead saw a real change of stripes Thursday. If the Vikings were going to go down, they were going to do so swinging, with a cadre of blitzes on the final four drives that mostly worked.
But that’s a fix for the now. In order to improve this team going forward, it must tackle better, see the ball better, show stronger awareness in situational football and make more game-changing plays early in ballgames. It won’t come with a flip of a switch, either.
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Perhaps Google realized that deactivating Glass if Explorers sell or give it away is a tad draconian and as a result, has recently changed its policy. While it’s still against Mountain View’s terms of service to sell off its futuristic eyewear, the amended Glass FAQ reveals that the company doesn’t …
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Nikon’s finance department has been forced to revise its quarterly revenue forecast in a southerly direction due to the fact that entry-level DSLRs are selling for lower prices than it originally expected. One of the culprits is likely to be the D3200 shown above, which is currently going on Amazon …
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Want a new way to consider Sunday’s big game between Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos and Andrew Luck’s Indianapolis Colts? What if they switched places?
(And who doesn’t love a good body swap plot, like “Face/Off,” “The Hot Chick” or “Vice Versa,” all cinematic classics?)
So John Ewing at Predictionmachine.com decided to run the analytics and see what a Manning-led Colts team would do versus a Luck-led Broncos squad. Fun stuff.
What he found is that although their statistics would not vary a lot, the win totals would be different.
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Ewing ran 50,000 simulations of the game with the teams as they are in real life. The numbers say that the Broncos would win 67.0 percent of the time with an aggregate score of 33-26. Manning would complete an average of 66 percent of his passes for 312 yards, 3.2 touchdowns and 0.9 interceptions. Luck would complete 59 percent of his passes for 277 yards, 1.6 touchdowns and 0.9 interceptions.
But flip them around, and Ewing says it would be a much closer game. With Luck on the Broncos, they won 51 percent of the simulations, with 28-27 being the aggregate score. Luck’s projected stats: 62 percent passing, 288 yards, 3.0 touchdowns and 0.9 interceptions. Manning’s totals with the Colts would be 61 percent passing, 309 yards, 2.0 touchdowns, and 0.9 interceptions.
So Manning > Luck, right? So says Ewing and his computer. Manning’s Broncos should win 13.3 games this season, but with Luck as their QB they’d only win 11.3. On the flip side, the simulation says Luck’s Colts should win 9.3 games, but Manning would up that win total to 9.8.
But … what about the dads?
Archie Manning and Oliver Luck have a lot in common. Not only are they both NFL quarterback alumni and fathers of famous quarterbacks (Eli: “Don’t forget about me!”), but they also will be serving together on the College Football Playoff Committee. Also a bit of fun trivia: Archie and Oliver were teammates on the 1983 Houston Oilers. Oliver was 2-4 as a starter, and Archie — sad trombone — was 0-3. Of course, that was better than Gifford Nielsen, who was 0-7 that year for the team. Gifford Nielsen also has no children playing in the “Sunday Night Football” game this week.
But what would happen if elder Manning and elder Luck loosened up the old wings (neither has thrown an NFL pass since the mid-1980s)?
Denver, with in-his-prime Archie Manning starting at quarterback, would win 67.3% of the time by an average score of 25-19. In an Archie vs. Oliver game, playing for their respective sons’ current teams, the Broncos have a higher win percentage than when the sons play.
In such a fantasy scenario, Archie would complete 62 percent for 268 yards, 2.7 touchdowns, and 1.3 interceptions. Oliver would complete 58 percent of his passes for 238 yards, 1.4 touchdowns, and 1.4 interceptions. If 19070s Archie was the Broncos’ quarterback this season (stick with us here), they’d win an average 10.4 and lose 5.6 games. The Colts, with 1980s Oliver, would average 7.0 wins and 9.0 losses.
So the Manning-Luck debate rages on. But one thing is for certain — and no offense, dads: The kids are just better than their old men. As gracious and deferential as Archie and Oliver are, they are sure to agree.
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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 monthly free game promo, “Games with Gold,” is being extended indefinitely. The program is essentially Microsoft’s response on Xbox 360 to Sony’s PlayStation Plus initiative on PlayStation 3 and Vita: members who pay the monthly or annual fee to the programs receive a variety of …
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