Update on the latest sports

first_imgThibodeau was an assistant to Jeff Van Gundy when the Knicks reached the 1999 NBA Finals. In other NBA news:— Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer says guards Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton won’t play Friday against the Boston Celtics after both players arrived late to Florida following positive tests for the novel coronavirus. Budenholzer hasn’t announced a timeline for when either player could appear in a game. MLB-SCHEDULEBieber hits double-digits in Ks again Paul George had 30 points and Kawhi Leonard scored 28 for the Clippers.NBA-NEWSKnicks bring Tom Thibodeau back to New York as new coachUNDATED (AP) — Tom Thibodeau (THIH’-buh-doh) is back in New York as the Knicks’ new coach.The 62-year-old Thibodeau is 352-246 in eight seasons coaching Chicago and Minnesota. He was the Coach of the Year in 2011 in his first season with the Bulls. He led Chicago to 50 wins in three of his five seasons. — Formula One driver Sergio Perez is out of Sunday’s British Grand Prix after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Racing Point driver, who is Mexican, will now go into isolation. The race on Sunday will be the fourth in the pandemic-affected season that should have begun in March.— Fans will attend soccer in Britain on Friday for the first time since the country’s coronavirus lockdown four months ago. In a pilot event for the planned widespread return of supporters, 500 will be allowed into the Irish Cup final at 18,500-capacity Windsor Park in Belfast. Northern Ireland is ahead of the rest of the U.K. PGA-FEDEX ST. JUDEKoepka has lead through 18MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Defending champion Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) has matched his career best with an 8-under 62 to take a one-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler and Brendan Todd in the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Associated Press Gobert sank two free throws with 6.9 seconds left to cap a 14-point, 12-rebound and three-block performance. He helped the Jazz erase a 16-point performance.Jordan Clarkson scored 23 points for Utah, which also received 20 points apiece from Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley. Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson scored 13 points in just over 15 minutes, highlighted by a couple alley-oop dunks. The first player taken in last year’s draft missed nearly two weeks of practice after leaving the team for a family medical matter on July 16.New Orleans had a chance to avoid the loss until Brandon Ingram’s 3-point attempt rimmed out as time expired, a bitter end to his 23-point night.The NBA’s marquee matchup of the night had the Lakers coming back from an 11-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Clippers, 103-101. Anthony Davis scored 34 points and Lebron James had the go-ahead basket with 12.8 seconds left. James had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to help the Lakers move 6 1/2 games ahead of the Clippers in the West with seven games remaining. UNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball says this weekend’s three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies and visiting Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed. The move is a precaution following a recent COVID-19 outbreak in the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. Seventeen Miami Marlins players have tested positive since opening a three-game series in Philadelphia last weekend. The Phillies haven’t played since losing to the Marlins last Sunday.The Phillies said there were no positive results among players from Wednesday’s testing of their team. But there were two positives: One from a a member of the coaching staff and one from a member of the home clubhouse staff. In other MLB news:— Doubleheaders will now become a pair of seven-inning games in baseball’s latest radical rule change during a season reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic. A person familiar with the plan tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball and the players’ union reached agreement on the new twinbills. MLB had already added designated hitters to National League games this year and added an automatic runner at second base to start all half-innings in extras. UNDATED (AP) — Shane Bieber (BEE’-bur) is off to a record-tying start to his season.Bieber was superb in the Cleveland Indians’ 2-0 shutout of the Twins, striking out 13 and allowing just three hits over eight innings. The right-hander has fanned 27 in his first two games this year, matching the major league mark set by Karl Spooner for the Brooklyn Dodgers in September 1954.Francisco Lindor’s (lihn-DOHRZ’) second homer of the season accounted for the scoring.Also on the MLB slate:— The Yankees coughed up an early 5-0 lead before Aaron Judge slammed a three-run homer in the ninth inning to lift New York past the Orioles, 8-6. Luke Voit launched a grand slam in the Yanks’ five-run first, but the Orioles stormed back to take the lead on two-run homers by Hanser Alberto, Rio Riuz and Pedro Severino. July 31, 2020 Update on the latest sports — Home runs by A.J. Pollock, Corey Seager and Max Muncy powered the Dodgers to their third win in a row, 6-3 over the Diamondbacks. Ross Stripling won his second game in two starts, pitching 5 1/3 innings while giving up three runs.— The Padres blew a 6-1 lead before erupting for six runs in the 10th inning to knock off the Giants, 12-7. Tommy Pham was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, including the tiebreaking single in the extra frame.— Kurt Suzuki lined a go-ahead, two-run double and Michael A. Taylor smacked a two-run homer as the Nationals downed the Blue Jays, 6-4. Starlin Castro was a sparkplug to the Nats’ 13-hit attack, going 4-for-5 and scoring twice.— Max Fried (freed) retired his first 14 batters and combined with three relievers on a four-hitter as the Braves beat the Rays, 2-1. Dansby Swanson had a run-scoring single in Atlanta’s two-run second inning. — Christian Vázquez homered twice off Steven Matz and Martín (mahr-TEEN’) Pérez gave Boston’s patchwork rotation a much-needed lift as the pair led a 4-2 victory over the Mets. Pérez overcame four walks and some shaky defense behind him, allowing only two hits while striking out five in 5 2/3 innings for his first win with the Red Sox. UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA playing rules oversight committee has announced alterations in football and other sports to accommodate for COVID-19 concerns this coming season.The sideline area college football teams use to congregate will be extended by 20 yards.Currently, as many as four team captains can participate in the coin toss. That has been reduced to one and only two officials will be allowed to participate.In soccer, the penalty for spitting at an opponent has been increased from an ejection and one-game suspension to an ejection and two-game suspension. In volleyball, teams will not switch benches during a match.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: — The New York Jets placed quarterback Joe Flacco, linebacker Avery Williamson and tight end Ryan Griffin on the physically unable to perform list. Flacco is recovering from a serious neck injury that sidelined him for half of last season with Denver. He was released by the Broncos in March, underwent surgery in April, and was signed to a one-year deal by the Jets in May. They hope he will be the backup to Sam Darnold.— The list of players placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list now includes Browns punter Jamie Gillan, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, Raiders running back Devontae Booker and 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. Meanwhile, rookie running back Malcolm Perry is among several Dolphins players who have donated convalescent plasma after recovering from COVID-19.— The NFL’s chief medical officer says it’s not surprising there have been positive tests for COVID-19 among players reporting to training camp. Dr. Allen Sills notes that the disease is cutting across football just as it has through societies around the world. Sills says the league wanted to examine the results of recent COVID-19 tests before releasing the number of positives. — The Carolina Panthers have decided to keep Joey Slye as their kicker and release veteran Graham Gano (guh-NOH’), who missed all of last season with a knee injury. Gano took over as the team’s kicker in 2012 and spent seven seasons handling field goals and kickoffs for the Panthers. — Titans general manager Jon Robinson says he has been in touch with Vic Beasley and that the linebacker knows his absence from training camp is unexcused. Robinson said in a statement Thursday that Beasley told him he will be reporting to camp in the “near future.” Beasley was the Titans’ big free agent signee in March. Bills send rookies homeUNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Bills are the first team in the NFL to send their rookies home and hold training camp remotely after two more players tested positive for COVID-19. Defensive backs Siran Neal and Dane Jackson both tested positive, upping the team’s total to five since rookies reported on July 21. The Bills did not provide a timeline as to how long rookies would continue working remotely.In other NFL news: — Angels outfielder Mike Trout was placed on the paternity list before Thursday’s game against the Mariners. The reigning AL Most Valuable Player and his wife are expecting their first child, which was due Monday. Trout initially expressed reservations about playing the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.— Home plate umpire Joe West missed two innings of Thursday’s Nationals-Blue Jays game after getting bloodied when he was hit in the head by leadoff hitter Bo Bichette’s flying bat in the top of the first. The 67-year-old West is the senior umpire in Major League Baseball. He was struck near his left ear when Bichette lost hold of his bat while missing the first pitch thrown by Washington’s Erick Fedde (FEH’-dee). West returned in the middle of the third inning and began working at third base.— Big league hitters have opened this 60-game sprint by stumbling out of the blocks. The league-wide batting average is .229, down from .252 last season. The number is stunning, considering the National League has adopted the designated hitter for this season. The all-time low for batting average is .237, set in 1968, “the year of the pitcher.” — Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) is getting another chance with the Braves. Foltynewicz has cleared waivers and was outrighted to the team’s alternate training site. He was designated for assignment by the Braves on Tuesday following an alarming drop in velocity in summer camp and in his 14-5 loss at Tampa Bay on Monday night. NFL-NEWS — José Marmolejos (mahr-moh-LEH’-hohs) belted his first big league home run with a three-run shot in the first inning of the Mariners 8-5 victory against the Angels. Shed Long Jr. also went deep and Marco Gonzales was reached for two unearned runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. — Bubba Starling poked a two-run double that gave the Royals a 5-2 lead in a 5-3 win at Detroit. The Tigers lost despite Miguel Cabrera’s first two-homer game in four years.— Rain caused the postponement of the Cubs-Reds game at Cincinnati. No makeup date was set in this virus-shortened season, although the Cubs are scheduled to return to Cincinnati for a three-game series Aug. 28-30.MLB-NEWSPhils-Jays weekend tilt called off UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORFormer player: Schembechler knew of abuse at U of MichiganDETROIT (AP) — Dozens of more victims who said they were molested by a University of Michigan doctor have filed a lawsuit against the school. They include a former football player who claims he told legendary coach Bo Schembechler (SHEHM’-behk-lur) about the abuse in 1982. It’s the first time that a victim has said Schembechler, who died in 2006, was aware of allegations against the late Dr. Robert Anderson. Anderson worked at Michigan, especially with athletes, from the mid-1960s through 2003. The university believes Anderson assaulted male athletes during routine physicals and injury exams. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNCAA extends size of football sideline area Koepka had nine birdies and a bogey on a windy day at TPC Southwind in the World Golf Championship event. The round comes a week after he missed the cut in Minnesota in the 3M Open.Sung Kang shot 65. Justin Thomas fired a 66 and was tied with Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur), Chez Reavie (REH’-vee) and Max Homa. Thomas can reclaim the No. 1 ranking with a victory this weekend.PGA-PGA CHAMPIONSHIPMolinari, Harrington withdraw from PGA ChampionshipSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Francesco Molinari and Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington have withdrawn from the PGA Championship next week at TPC Harding Park. — The SEC is the latest college conference to announce that it will play only league games in 2020. University presidents have agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and is set to begin Sept. 26 and will conclude with the SEC title game on Dec. 19. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have already announced plans to play only conference games, while the ACC has announced a reworked 11-game schedule that left room for one non-conference game. — A total of 457 Division I football games have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Associated Press research, 134 Football Bowl Subdivision games are off. That number is 383 for the Football Championship Subdivision. — Georgia Tech has moved this season’s home game against Notre Dame to its campus stadium, citing uncertainty over scheduling because of the coronavirus pandemic. Georgia Tech was set to play Notre Dame at Atlanta’s 75,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Nov. 14. Uncertainty over the playing date prompted the school to move the contest to its regular home venue, 55,000-seat Bobby Dodd Stadium.— Top-ranked Ash Barty has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because she’s not comfortable with traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. The 24-year-old Australian is the highest-profile player so far to pull out of the Grand Slam tournament in New York because of the global health crisis. The U.S. Open is set to start Aug. 31. — The LPGA Tour’s return to golf has yielded two positive tests for the coronavirus out of the 466 given to players and caddies before they traveled and when they arrived in Ohio for the LPGA Drive On Championship. The LPGA says Marina Alex had no symptoms when she tested positive before leaving for Inverness, and she is expected to return to the tour next week following 10 days of quarantine. Gaby Lopez has the positive test result out of the 233 given to players and caddies at the tournament. Neither gave a reason, and both major champions have not played since the COVID-19 pandemic led to golf being shut down for three months. They were replaced by Troy Merritt and Talor Gooch. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-IOWA-RACIAL BIASInquiry finds racial bias, bullying in Iowa football programIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An investigative report has found that the Iowa football program has suffered from racial bias against Black players and bullying by a small number of current and former coaches.University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld says the report from an outside law firm shows that the “climate and culture must and will change within our football program.” Coach Kirk Ferentz, the longest-tenured head coach in college football, is expected to keep his job. The report found that many players believe he has already made several positive changes. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA RETURNSGobert helps Jazz top PelicansLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) became the first NBA player to publicly test positive for the coronavirus, beginning a wave of sports disruptions in March. He had a productive performance in the NBA’s return to action, posting a double-double as the Utah Jazz reopened with a 106-104 triumph over the New Orleans Pelicans. last_img read more

Two dead after falling through ice on Storm Lake

first_imgSTORM LAKE — Two people died, two others are hospitalized, after a vehicle fell through the ice at Storm Lake late on Sunday afternoon.Officials went out onto the ice and located one adult male and three small children who were brought to the shore and transported to a local hospital. The adult male and one of the children later died.The other two children were transferred by air to a Sioux Falls Hospital. Authorities have not released the names of the victims at this time. The incident remains under investigation by the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa DNR.last_img read more

LIFFORD MAN JIMMY PUTS HIS ‘BODY’ ON THE LINE FOR HIS PASSION

first_imgLifford bodybulider Jimmy Connolly has just missed out on the 6 place spot in the 2014 NABBA Worlds Bodybuilding Championships in the Waterfront Hall Belfast.Jimmy, 48, has been training in the sport for the past ten years. Jimmy revealed “I have been training 10 years on and off but the past three years I have been training hard an competing in shows. I have been training in Pro Gym in Derry with Dave Fox for ten years right up until the NABBA Northern Ireland 2014.”Jimmy has also been training in the Railway Gym in Lifford for the worlds championships.The Donegal man thanked his daughter Laura and son James who he says have been there for him “through thick and thin.”“I want to thank my brother Andy who also helped me all the way and also my friend Conor Gamble and Barney Crossan for all his knowledge an also last but not least many thanks to the Railway Gym for all their support.” Jimmy reveals he trains seven days a week coming up to a show which includes a high protein diet for 12 weeks in advance.The grandfather of one has competed in the Nabba Northern Ireland Bodybuilding Championships three times now and has placed two seconds and a fourth place.This time around he just missed out on making the final six in the competition.But Jimmy says his love of the sport will keep him going.“I love the sport very much so I will take a little time off and go back training in the future,” said dedicated Jimmy.Photos Paul Cullen Info [email protected] MAN JIMMY PUTS HIS ‘BODY’ ON THE LINE FOR HIS PASSION was last modified: June 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bodybuilderdonegalJimmy ConnollyLiffordlast_img read more

DELIGHT FOR DONEGAL MENTOR AS SIMMS’ ATHLETES ON TOP OF THE WORLD!

first_imgHellen Obiri, one of Ricky’s athletes, took bronze in the 1500mDONEGAL man Ricky Simms’ is on top of the world – after seeing athletes he manages win medal after medal at the World Championships in Moscow.The Finn Valley AC member and Milford native saw Mo Farrah complete a dream double-double by winning his second gold medal to add to his twin Olympic golds.Farrah – who Simms brought to Donegal for Christmas four years ago –  claimed the 5,000 metres title at the Luzhniki Stadium just six days after racing to glory in the 10,000m. With Usain Bolt also taking gold – and going for a second in the 200m this weekend – it has been a glorious week for Simms and his Pace sports management team. DELIGHT FOR DONEGAL MENTOR AS SIMMS’ ATHLETES ON TOP OF THE WORLD! was last modified: August 17th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Valley ACMilfordricky simmslast_img read more

Over 600 homes hit by power outage in South Donegal

first_imgMore than 660 homes and businesses have lost electricity tonight in an unplanned outage.The power went out before 9.50pm in the Donegal Town/Laghey area.The fault has been reported to ESB and crews are currently working on repairs. It is expected that power supplies will be restored by 1.30am.Over 600 homes hit by power outage in South Donegal was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Humboldt State men’s basketball looks to slow down CCAA-leading San Francisco State

first_imgArcata >> Finals may be over on the Humboldt State campus, but there’s quite the test waiting for the Jacks down in the Bay Area this afternoon.The Humboldt State men’s basketball team’s three-week, four-game road trip is near its end. However, standing at the end of that long stretch of games away from Lumberjack Arena stands the pace setters in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, No. 21-nationally ranked and undefeated San Francisco State.In a rare Sunday tip-off, the Jacks and …last_img read more

Our 49ers-Giants picks: Can the Nick Mullens Train flatten Eli and OBJ?

first_imgNick … No one is conjuring dramatic visions of the NFC Championship game that got away from the 49ers on Jan. 22, 2012 at Candlestick (Thanks, Kyle Williams!) or the crazy Jeff Garcia-led wild-card comeback a decade earlier.But our guys are calling for an interesting football game Monday night when the 1-7 New York Giants come to town to face the 2-7 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. (5:15 p.m., ESPN)Here’s what they’re predicting. Pick your own winner below.Cam Inman49ers 31, Giants 24last_img read more

READ spreads literacy around South Africa

first_imgMathiba MolefeResources like books and other learning materials are few in South Africa’s underprivileged communities. Enter the READ Educational Trust, working to improve education across South Africa by catering to this exact need. (Image: READ Educational Trust, via Facebook)What started as a small group of volunteers in Soweto in the late 1970s has now grown into one of South Africa’s most recognised educationally focused NGOs, the READ Educational Trust.Just five years after its creation the READ Foundation had spread to all provinces in the country apart from what was then known as the Northern Transvaal.Now, more than three decades later, the NGO continues to put education and literacy at the front of its agenda, providing much-needed reading materials and learning aides to underprivileged children around the country.Highlighting the importance of literacy, READ’s fundraising manager, Lizelle Langford, said: “The ability to read and write is essential to ensure success at school or later, career advancement and tertiary study.”Over the years the trust has partnered with a number of different bodies that share their view, these include the Rally to Read initiative which aims to deliver books to some of the country’s most remote locations.The organisation’s activities have relied heavily on the generosity of corporations and individuals from around the world and they need your help to continue opening doors for the children of the country.HELPING TEACHERS HELP LEARNERSAt first the organisation visited schools and delivered books hoping it would kickstart the learning process, but they soon realised that having books wouldn’t necessarily get learners to read.“From thereon it evolved to not only giving out books, but giving training, making sure that there’s an understanding and assisting teachers in the classroom on how to teach people to read so that they can become lifelong learners,” Langford said during an interview on SABC 2.After realising what schoolchildren really needed, READ identified educator development as a key area that needs to be addressed in order to improve education around the country.The organisation works alongside various government departments to implement teacher training where it’s needed most. By improving the educator’s ability to teach, they in turn improve the learner’s chances of success.“READ is not bringing a different project into the schools,” explained Langford, “we’re helping the teachers actually deliver the curriculum.“So it’s a systemic change that we are trying to bring about and for that we need a partnership, not only with the departments but with the teachers, with the community, with everybody. Otherwise you’re not going to get sustainability.”During the training period, trainers from READ join teachers in the classrooms to identify areas that can be improved.Once these have been identified the trainers then take the teachers through multiple exercises to help improve their teaching methods. “It’s a very intensive process and it’ll probably be longer than three years before you see the product, but it’s a partnership right from the start,” said Langford.GET INVOLVEDIf literacy and education are causes close to your heart you can have a look at the READ Educational Trust’s get involved page for details on how to do so.The organisation’s activities have relied heavily on the generosity of corporations and individuals from around the world and they need your help to continue opening doors for the children of the country.Play a part and help fulfil dreams.PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.last_img read more

JazzyBrand Combs attached XL Full/No Part Wig Cap : Worth the price!

first_img Posted on June 7, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories WigsTags JazzyBrand Good product i wish it was available in smaller sizes. I never new how comfortable wearing a wig could be, once i had one that actually fit. I have a big head, and a lot of hair to hide, so i needed a big wig base to work from. I cannot recommend it enough, and if i end up making any more wigs this is where i’ll be coming to. Arrived as stated and very true to size and good quality. Happy with product and would also recommend this product. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-06-07 04:57:44Reviewed Item Combs attached XL Black Full/No Part Wig Cap with Adjustable Band and ear wings for a perfect fit. u part. upartRating 4.6 / 5  stars, based on  11  reviews Arrived on time and fits my head perfectly. I struggled to find the right wig cap. If you have a small head you can adjust the back with the clips. I have a big head none of the wig caps from hair and beauty shops fit me but this one fits perfectly. Great for making wig as well. The price put me off at first because i used to buy the 3 pound wig caps at the beauty supply store but they never fit my head and they tore easily. However this wig cap is very strong and durable and it is bigger than my head. (and trust me i have a big head. Perfect! Four Stars Very good Combs attached XL Black Full/No Part Wig Cap with Adjustable Band and ear wings for a perfect fit. u part. upartXL Black Full/No part wig cap with adjustable band and ear wings for a perfect fitExtra large 24 inch Black Wig Cap with combs and strapCombs and bands wig cap wig comb Black Wig Cap with combs and strap pointed wiglast_img read more

Why I’ll Buy An iPhone 5 (& Mark Zuckerberg Will, Too)

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts jon mitchell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting I always wanted a Swiss Army knife when I was a kid. A Swiss Army knife packed everything a boy needed into a sleek, pocket-sized frame. In high school, the desire for a Swiss Army knife gave way to longing for a mythical gizmo my friends called The Device: a mobile computer that did everything. A few years later, I had it in my pocket. The iPhone is my Swiss Army knife, and a brand-new one was announced today. Here’s why I’m itching to get my hands on it.At one of its classic, exclusive press events Wednesday, Apple introduced the iPhone 5. It has a taller screen with five rows of icons, a thinner case and a metal back. The CPU and graphics are twice as fast, the display has more accurate colors, the cameras are better, the wireless radios are faster. It looks perfect for me — a more rugged Swiss Army knife with room for additional tools.This will be my second iPhone. In fact, not counting the Samsung Galaxy Nexus test unit I’ve been checking out, it will be my second smartphone, period. I’ve used the iPhone 4 since the week it became available in June 2010. My home button went bad a few months ago, and Apple replaced my phone with an identical copy, but that doesn’t count. It’s the same phone, and I’ve kept its tools extra sharp.I love Google. Even as an iOS person, I use Google to handle my email, calendars and maps (until iOS 6 comes out), and I like it that way. But I’m never going to rely on the cloud. I don’t even rely on iCloud. I need a device that runs the best native software in existence to do everything I do digitally, and it has to do so quickly and smoothly all day long, whether I’m online or not. The iPhone is the only one for me.Mobile Computing In The Real WorldEvery week, I run into a scenario in which every computer at my disposal fails me – except the iPhone. On Tuesday, I was at TechCrunch Disrupt to cover Mark Zuckerberg’s first interview since Facebook went public. I should have learned my lesson at Google I/O, but I didn’t; the only computer worth bringing to a tech convention is an iPhone. I should have left the rest at the office.There weren’t any seats left when I arrived an hour and a half early, so I sat on the floor behind all the camera tripods, next to a trash can. As I prepared my Mac apps, I used the iPhone to take photos and laugh with my Twitter people.I was content to type on my laptop, even after standing people blocked my view of the screen – but then the Wi-Fi went dead, and there were no Ethernet ports around. So I stood up and pulled out the iPhone.Byword is a smart enough app that I could thumb-type like crazy and be sure everything would be legible. I entitled my note “Zuckerborg” (on purpose), pre-typed a few headers, and then I watched the show and tapped along with my thumbs.Zuck’s posture was as ridiculous as ever, moreso because of how Mike Arrington dwarfed him on stage. But he nailed the interview. And to my delight, much of it was about the iPhone.“Mobile is what matters in the long term,” Zuckerberg said. He admitted that Facebook’s decision two years ago to base its mobile strategy on HTML5 was a mistake. Facebook needed native mobile apps, so it turned the ship around and built them. Now that Facebook has a real iPhone app, the number of Newsfeed stories read by its users on the iPhone has doubled.“Now we are a mobile company,” Zuckerberg told the audience. Facebook bought Instagram, one of the most beloved iPhone-first apps ever, because he wanted to keep that app and its team as a close partner, he said. Instagram is an iPhone-built, quintessential smartphone experience, and Facebook wants that in its DNA.Arrington poked Zuckerberg repeatedly about a rumored Facebook phone, and Zuck repeatedly denied it existed. “It’s so clearly the wrong strategy for us,” he said. Everybody is building a phone, Zuckerberg pointed out, and Facebook is “going the opposite direction,” building a network that lives everywhere. Arrington kept asking anyway, and Zuckerberg kept saying no, Facebook is not building a phone.Of course, Steve Jobs said the same thing before 2007. But a Facebook phone wouldn’t be a Swiss Army knife like the iPhone, and Zuckerberg has clearly decided that Facebook needs to be a blade on that device.“I basically live on my mobile device,” Zuckerberg said at the end. He wrote the founder’s letter for Facebook’s S–1 filing on his phone. That’s a pretty cool Swiss Army knife story.So now that Apple’s updated Swiss Army knife is out, I’ll be getting one. The iPhone is my personal computer. It’s with me when I need it. It works when all the bigger ones fail. If a given tool doesn’t work for me, I can swap it out for a different one, thanks to the intrepid army of iOS developers. A new row of icons on the iPhone 5 will bring me the same joy my eight-year-old self felt when he beheld a gleaming, red pocket knife.center_img Tags:#Apple#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more