• Charlie Nicholas tells Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta to sign two defenders before January transfer window closes

    first_imgArsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been urged to sign two defenders this month (Picture: Getty)Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas has told Mikel Arteta to sign two defenders before the January transfer window closes.The Gunners came from behind twice to earn a hard-fought point at London rivals Chelsea on Tuesday evening but remain just tenth in the Premier League, ten points adrift of the top-four.David Luiz was sent off against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea following an error from Shkodran Mustafi and Nicholas says this was further proof that Arsenal are still ‘so bad at the back’.And the former Gunners striker says Arteta should sign two defenders this month to boost his and Arsenal’s hopes of challenging for a top-four spot.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta praises Arsenal for 2-2 against ChelseaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:20FullscreenArteta praises Arsenal for 2-2 against Chelsea is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘There’s not much time to go [in the January transfer window], but I’d like to see some defenders in. We need two defenders in,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t mean to be disrespectful but you see David Luiz last night and you see the mess Shkodran Mustafi made for the goal. It’s still evident that Arsenal are so bad at the back.‘Hector Bellerin coming back is obviously a boost but there are problems all over the defensive set-up. We need defenders to come in and help the current situation.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGabriel Martinelli received rave reviews for his performance at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday and Nicholas says the 18-year-old is destined to become Arsenal’s number nine.‘We’ve got so many good young players,’ Nicholas added. ‘I like Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson but this lad [Martinelli] will be the number nine.‘He will be Arsenal’s number nine, I’m convinced of that. He will eventually be Brazil’s number nine as well. He looks that good.‘The pace and composure was breathtakingly good. His record so far is fabulous so, yeah, he’s a superstar.’MORE: Hector Bellerin hails Gabriel Martinelli’s professionalism as key to Arsenal successMORE: PSG set price for Arsenal to complete Layvin Kurzawa transfer this January Charlie Nicholas tells Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta to sign two defenders before January transfer window closes Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Jan 2020 6:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kSharescenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

  • US consultant Meketa Investment Group opens London office

    first_imgMeketa Investment Group, the Boston-based investment consulting and advisory firm, has opened its first overseas office in London as a base for its European business, Meketa Investments London.The presence is initially planned as a hub for European manager research on behalf of Meketa’s US clients.The firm consults on more than $270bn (€198bn) in assets for more than 90 institutional investors, including public pension plans such as CalPERS, CalSTRS and the Arizona State Retirement System, private pension plans and Taft-Hartley plans.Managing principal Stephan McCourt, based in San Diego, will set up the office over the next 6-12 months. He will soon be joined by three members of Meketa’s US-based research staff, Tim Atkinson for public markets, Christy Gahr for private markets and Edmund Walsh for asset allocation and economic research.However, McCourt also told IPE he plans over this summer to hire a regulatory consulting firm to guide Meketa through an FCA-registration that will open the door to providing consulting services to UK and European clients, with a view to completing the process by the spring of 2015.“Coincident with that, we will be hiring at least one senior local investment professional to head up that effort,” said McCourt, who joined Meketa in 1994, set up its private equity capability and opened its first West Coast office, in San Diego, in 2003.In the US, Meketa’s clients tend to be large institutions, although it does work with funds with assets of less than $100m.For funds with less then $5bn, it typically serves as the sole adviser across all asset classes, while advising in both a discretionary and non-discretionary capacity in specific areas – especially private equity, infrastructure and real estate – for larger funds with internal investment offices.CalSTRS initially mandated Meketa to advise on private equity co-investments and infrastructure opportunities, but recently hired the firm to act as one of two general consultants to the board.McCourt acknowledges that pension funds across Europe use consultants in very different ways.From larger Continental European funds, he anticipates more opportunities to amplify the due diligence and manager research resources of internal investment offices, whereas the UK is seen as a potential source of full-service advisory work, too.“We certainly have the resources and depth to compete shoulder-to-shoulder with the big groups here, but if nothing else, our business model is highly adaptable, so we will accommodate whatever demand we find in the market,” he said.“In the US, we already compete with Mercer and Hewitt EnnisKnupp – but the US is a very competitive market, characterised by a lot of mid-sized firms like ourselves.”There are no immediate plans to open more European offices.“Our next likely opening will be in Asia,” McCourt told IPE.“My sense is that other offices across Europe would depend on the client appetite we find for our services – in the initial stages, London is a phenomenal hub for the research side of what we plan to do here in Europe.”last_img read more

  • Susan Bates: Babies are spending long days in substandard care

    first_imgNZ Herald 1 May 2017Family First Comment: Even those within the childcare industry are now expressing concerns!“We conducted a survey, asking teachers about conditions in their workplaces. We found a picture of stress, tiredness, guilt, sadness and frustration. Teachers and carers in early childhood are dedicated to the children they care for, but working conditions are affecting their health and mental well-being. This can only in turn, negatively impact on children’s well-being. In theory, services are highly regulated and many advertise qualified staff, but in practice, our regulations fall far short of international best practice.”Family First has already highlighted the concern (and statistics) of disturbing levels of longer childcare for babies and toddlers With stressed parents struggling to pay heavy mortgages or rising rents, more parents of very young children are working long hours to get by. But in many cases babies and toddlers are spending 40 to 50 hours a week in substandard care, in cramped environments with inadequate numbers of staff who are not happy and not coping.In many suburban streets there are brightly coloured fences with signs advertising early childhood centres in positive tones, but these centres are usually businesses, and the business practices can mirror those in fast food outlets – with devastating consequences.As a researcher, I founded the Teachers Advocacy Group, a loose Facebook network with hubs in many cities. We conducted a survey, asking teachers about conditions in their workplaces. We found a picture of stress, tiredness, guilt, sadness and frustration.Teachers and carers in early childhood are dedicated to the children they care for, but working conditions are affecting their health and mental well-being. This can only in turn, negatively impact on children’s well-being.In theory, services are highly regulated and many advertise qualified staff, but in practice, our regulations fall far short of international best practice.The attachment relationship in the first years of life is the most important relationship for us all. It creates identity, gives us empathy, allows us to become good members of society, and nurtures our intelligence and our creativity. Without a good attachment relationship there are high risks of poor outcomes in the years that follow.Carers must form close attachments to young babies to be cued into their needs. They must be adept at reading their emotions and needs. They need to be physically present and emotionally in tune with the baby. They need to be in a calm environment with plenty of space, good adult to baby ratios and a small group size.Instead, in our centres, a room can have 20 babies or more, and four carers. Only two of these need be qualified. In fact, if the licence covers children in other rooms (a licence can cover 150 children), then the qualified staff may be elsewhere. Even for the qualified teachers, their training is unlikely to have included much detail on the needs of young babies, particularly their optimal mental health requirements.Often babies spend all day in rooms that are crowded, chaotic and noisy. This is not conducive to fostering the relationships that young children need.Our space regulations are low by international standards, falling into the bottom third of OECD countries. Our survey found that in rooms containing 20 babies and four carers, one of the carers would often be changing a nappy and another settling a crying child, leaving the other two staff members managing 18 infants and toddlers.• Susan Bates is an early childhood teacher and lives in Auckland.READ MORE: read more

  • Local License Branches Announce Holiday Schedule

    first_imgCommissioner of the Indiana BMV, Kent Schroder, announced that license branches will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th in observance of the Christmas holiday.All license branches will resume normal hours of operation on Thursday, Dec. 26.In addition, license branches will be closed on Wednesday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day. All license branches will resume normal hours of operation on Thursday, Jan. 2.last_img

  • Foley to name starting side for Munster clash

    first_imgMunster head coach Anthony Foley will be hoping that Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan will get the all-clear from his knee injury ahead of tomorrow’s European Champions Cup tie against Stade Francais in Paris.Ulster have both Craig Gilroy and Darren Cave back in contention for their trip to face Oyannax. Connacht, meanwhile, are preparing for their trip to face Guinness Pro-12 leaders the Scarlets on Sunday. Later tonight, Leinster will be among the sides in action in the Pro12.Head coach Leo Cullen has recalled the likes of Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip and Luke Fitzgerald for tonight’s trip to the Liberty Stadium to take-on the Ospreys.A win tonight for Leinster would send them top of the table.Kick-off in Swansea is at 19:45.last_img

  • Wellington Police Notes: Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24, 2016

    first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24, 2016: Friday, July 22, 2016•1:56 a.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery, criminal damage to property, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license is suspended in the 100 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington by known suspect.•2:26 a.m. Summer D. Schneider, 29, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with domestic battery and driving while license is suspended.•2:26 a.m. Travis A. Schneider, 30, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with domestic battery, criminal damage to property and possession of drug paraphernalia.•8:04 a.m. David W. Bosley, 40, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed traffic signal.•8:55 a.m. Anthony E. Simon, 50, Braman, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 55 mph in a 40 mph zone.•10:31 a.m. Officers investigated making false information in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.•Brandi C. Kerschen, 45, Wellington was served a summons to appear for battery and disorderly conduct.•1:25 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 700 block W. 12th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Richard D. Murray III, 29, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by the United States Postal Service, Wellington.•1:40 p.m. Richard D. Murray III, 29, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for improper backing.Saturday, July 23, 2016•1:44 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block W. 50th Avenue South, Mayfield.•9:45 a.m. Ryan Lothe, 22, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for Speeding 60 mph in a 40 mph zone.•12:02 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to vehicle in the 500 block N. Douglas, Wellington.•12:50 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block S. A, Wellington.•Justin Corter, 33, Wellington was issued a summons to appear for battery and disorderly conduct.•6:21 p.m. Officers investigated a battery by known suspect in the 300 block W. 11th, Wellington.•8:36 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block E. 16th, Wellington.•9:15 p.m. Injury accident in the 800 block E. Harvey, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Courtney N. Overfelt, 18, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by William C E Conley, Wellington.•9:19 p.m. Officers investigated driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 800 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•10:07 p.m. Courtney N. Overfelt, 18, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.Sunday, July 24, 2016•7:45 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a wallet with contents in the 700 block N. Jefferson, Wellington by known suspect.•9 a.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card in the 1000 block W. 8th, Wellington by known suspect.•4:35 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of food items in the 200 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•5:44 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal bite in the 1400 block E. Michigan Court, Wellington by known owner.•6:20 p.m. Jessica L. Hinch, 33, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.•8:33 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 1200 block N. C, Wellington.•11:12 p.m. Non-injury, hit and run accident in the 200 block S. Bright, Wellington involving an unknown vehicle and a fixed object/street sign owned by the city of Wellington.last_img read more

  • My fault, Guiao says of PH 5 loss

    first_imgBut coach Yeng Guiao didn’t point a finger at anything or anyone after the country bowed to South Korea, 91-82, in the quarterfinal round at GBK Basketball Hall.“I take full responsibility for it,” Guiao said. “We were in the game until the last five to six minutes, until we committed some crucial turnovers. We were not comfortable with the zone (defense Korea played on us).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It was my responsibility (to prepare them).”Clarkson rebounded from a slow start by shooting 21 points in the final two periods. He paced himself well this time and didn’t cramp up, but a spate of bad decisions and critical errors did the Filipinos in.At best, they hope to finish in fifth place, two notches higher than the 2014 team’s performance in Incheon. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next JAKARTA—Jordan Clarkson and the basketball team made their way past Filipino and international media just after the buzzer confirming the Filipinos’ exit in the medal rounds of the 18th Asian Games here on Monday afternoon.They couldn’t mask their frustrations. And Filipino scribes allowed them that moment.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The Filipinos blew an eight-point third-quarter lead, falling to the Korean zone and melting down in the fourth when the game was truly on the line as they finished with 13 turnovers after just five in the first half.Guiao’s game plan of allowing Korea’s naturalized player, Ricardo Ratliffe, to operate inside almost worked, as the Filipinos didn’t give the Korean outside gunners many open looks. And if they did get it, they were simply missing it.Until the tide turned in the fourth, when no amount of defense could scuttle Korea anymore.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Popular e-sports eyeing 2024 Olympic inclusion DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • Eureka High girls set for tournament semifinal tonight versus Valley Christian

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  • Sexual Selection Is a Zombie Idea

    first_imgAn evolutionary ecologist sets up the Darwinian story of male-female facial differences only to debunk them.Sex is always of interest to most people, but Rob Brooks, an evolutionary ecologist at the University of New South Wales, is interested in evolutionary stories about sex.  In The Conversation, he took on the question, “Why the masculine face?“.  Looking into the genetic crystal ball, leafing through the Darwin handbook, he set out to tell mankind why men have masculine facial features.  Trouble is, there are no clear answers (evolutionarily speaking).  For every John Wayne there’s a Justin Bieber.  Exceptions abound, and evolutionists disagree among themselves.  What value, then, does evolutionary theory bring to this kind of question?In their explanations, evolutionists focus  on “reproductive success” – what processes result in not just more offspring, but more offspring carrying the genes for the trait supposedly selected by the opposite sex.  Sexual selection becomes a subset of natural selection.  Because selection is mindless and purposeless, their focus has the effect of discounting all the mental reasons for human mate choice, or worse, reducing even the mental reasons themselves to expressions of genes.  This effectively turns people into zombies, pawns of evolutionary forces.The reader should prepare to be surprised after Brooks waltzes through the typical evolutionary just-so story about why men are bigger and stronger (e.g., “For most of our evolutionary past, bigger men fended off rivals for female attention and out-competed other men to secure status and resources that made them useful contributors to a family,” an explanation that makes one wonder why there are so many short wimps today).  Surprised we are, because when it comes to facial features, “there is much overlap between the sexes,” and even the obvious differences “come down to complex multivariate vectors.”How does evolutionary theory score on prediction, one of the marks of a good scientific explanation?So it would be reasonable to predict that lantern-jawed, Neanderthal-browed men at the far-masculine end of the facial distribution would be sought-after by women. But reality is far more varied and interesting.“Interesting” can be taken as a euphemism for “troubling for evolutionists,” because that reasonable prediction doesn’t bear viable offspring.  Some studies show that women prefer men with less masculine features.  This leaves more questions than answers.  Does geography or culture play a role?  Do women prefer feminine features for husbands and fathers, but masculine features for one-night stands?  What function does testosterone or DNA play in all this?  How would Darwin sort this all out?That’s where the surprise comes in.  After relating a typical evolutionary attempt to link testosterone to male reproductive success, Brooks basically throws up his hands:This is one of those ideas with prurient appeal, but patchy evidence. It’s morphing into what my UNSW colleague Angela Moles calls a ‘Zombie Idea’: compelling and considered self-evidently true by many, but not actually that well supported. Every link, from the attractiveness of masculine facial features to the immunosuppressive nature of testosterone to the claim that masculine-looking men have good immunity genes is contested. We don’t know how big the genetic benefits to children might be, much less whether they can offset the costs to a woman of mating with a highly masculine man.The rest of the article offers only weak damage control to this confession of ignorance.   The reader gets a promise of “new kinds of evidence” to support the story, but it doesn’t last under scientific scrutiny:The extensive genetic variation in masculinity makes more plausible the idea that choosing to mate with a masculine man can result in more attractive offspring. But the genes that made a male face more masculine did not make it more attractive. Worse, these same genes made female faces more masculine and thus less attractive. Families that make manly-looking sons tend also to make masculine-looking daughters.Overall, this paper deals a substantial blow to the idea that masculine men make good genetic sires. Of course, the genes that confer masculinity on both sons and daughters might have other positive effects, including but not limited to improved immunity. That remains to be assessed, hopefully with the same kind of quantitative genetic evidence.Returning to his original question, “Why the manly face?”, Brooks admits that “the evidence that female mate choice drives that sexual selection is far from settled.”  Maybe masculine traits are for other men, not for women, in order to intimidate rivals.  But who knows?  Darwin is at a loss for words.  Brooks can affirm nothing scientifically: “Much about the variable preference for manliness and for bad boys remains to be explained. Much, I fear, might be inexplicable.”  Indeed, so far, the only thing Brooks seemed confident evolution explains is the average size difference between men and women – but even in that trait, there is plenty of overlap.We appreciate Brooks’ frankness about the nearness  of evolutionary theory to “Zombie ideas,” but we want to follow the implications further.  The whole promise of Darwin to the scientific community was supposed to be the offer of a mechanistic, non-theological explanation for any given biological trait.  OK; so 154 years later, what does it explain face to face?  Nothing!  We are told, “Could be this, could be that, could be a combination, or might be inexplicable,” they waffle.  “With more funding maybe someday we can figure it out.”  This story is a prime example—out of hundreds in our pages on a wide variety of subjects over the last 13 years—of evolutionary theory exposing itself to be pretentious, self-contradictory, and vacuous.  Darwinian theory provides no more value than off-the-cuff speculations offered up by any given layperson on the street, yet it is defended by Bill Nye types as “science.”  If we don’t teach this to the kids, they will fall behind in “science.”  Hey, Nye, put up or shut up!  Look in the mirror and explain your face!  (Incidentally, Rob Brooks is the Yoda-complex patient who shot his own feet 5/18/13 by claiming lying evolved, so how can we trust him now?  If he tries again to fight our commentary, we can always accuse him of chest-pounding, 6/01/13, since true reason doesn’t exist in Darwin’s universe.)Evolutionary theory is not just vacuous; it is pernicious.  The evolutionary “explanation” has the effect of removing all responsibility and accountability from humans.  Angela Moles’ term “zombie ideas” is apt in more than one sense.  Evolution reduces humans to zombies, mindless pawns of phantom evolutionary “forces” that followed an aimless, unseen past and are going nowhere.  David Klinghoffer asked a pertinent question on Evolution News & Views: “What if parents told our children, ‘Remember, you’re an animal.  Act like it.”  Actually, Darwin reduces humans to less than animals.  It makes sexual relationships indistinguishable from random atomic interactions.  This also has the effect of dissolving “reason” in Darwin acid, destroying its own pretensions to validity.As we speak, a controversy is raging on TV news programs about what a conservative said about women who can’t control their libidos looking to Sugar Daddy (the government) to hand them their birth control pills.  What he meant (or how he might have worded it better) are less important than the reaction: both sides are responding on the assumption that women deserve respect as thinking, responsible human beings!  Think how un-evolutionary that reaction is.  We all know in our consciences that we are not mere pawns of our libidos or the hormones that drive them.  But from whence will Darwin derive responsibility?Only the Biblical creation view is capable of explaining human sexual traits and behaviors.  We have a dual nature: animal and divine.  We reproduce with animal parts, but as spiritual beings created in the image of God, we are accountable for the use of our parts.  Yes, there are sexual urges, but they were designed for a good thing: filling the earth with more beings who can love God.  Yes, we have hormones, but we have control.  Yes, there are male-female differences in faces and other traits, but they are marks of intelligent design by a loving God, who loves diversity, and gave men and women the traits that express different aspects of His own nature: strength and beauty, boldness and tenderness, intellect and compassion.  No animal has the expressive capability of the human face.  Animals come in male and female, too, but for us, masculinity and femininity take on a more profound meaning.   The historical diversification “after our kind” has generated worldwide diversity in facial traits broad enough to give everyone a great deal of choice, according to their preferences.  This is a liberating view!  No longer pawns of useless, aimless processes that have no ultimate value, we can know who we are and what we are here for.  If we taught that to students instead of the irresponsible sex Darwinism leads to, there would be fewer abortions, happier families, and more responsible citizens. 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  • Android’s NFC Capabilities Updated in Gingerbread 2.3.3

    first_imgTags:#Android#mobile Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perezcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As we noted back in December, the somewhat crippled implementation of NFC (near field communication) in the Android operating system was only meant to be temporary. Full NFC support would arrive via a series of incremental updates – and now, the first of those updates has arrived. With the Android 2.3.3 release, Google has added new capabilities for developers, including updates to the API (application programming interface) that now allow for both reading and writing to standard NFC tags.According to the Android Developers blog, some of the new features include:A comprehensive NFC reader/writer API that lets apps read and write to almost any standard NFC tag in use today.Advanced Intent dispatching that gives apps more control over how/when they are launched when an NFC tag comes into range.Some limited support for peer-to-peer connection with other NFC devices. For end users of NFC-enabled Android devices, what this means is that applications now have more control about how they are launched when an NFC tag is read. For example, apps could listen for specific tag content or tag technologies, and only launch when a match was made. Plus, applications running in the foreground could stop another app from launching upon the tag reading event, if need be.The updated platform also provides a limited peer-to-peer communication protocol and API for setting up things like Bluetooth or DLNA connections. That would mean that two NFC-enabled devices could share data when in close proximity. It’s easy to imagine how developers could build apps for contact sharing or photo sharing using NFC.Also new is the ability for developers to write tags, when before NFC allowed tag reading only. This two-way communication is an important aspect to any sort of NFC-backed mobile payment solution, such as the one Google is reportedly building now.Google says it expects most devices shipping with an Android 2.3 platform will run 2.3.3 going forward.More details for developers are here in the 2.3.3 version notes. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more