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first_imgNikolay Bodurov went off injured, while Sakari Mattila and Kay Voser also featured as Fulham were beaten 3-1 by West Ham in the Under-21 Premier League on Friday evening.Bodurov’s match came to an end following a 14th-minute collision with Hammers striker Luka Belic.Stephen Humphrys then put the home side ahead at Motspur Park by tapping in from Josh Smile’s cross.But the visitors hit back with two goals from Djair Parfitt-Williams and a penalty from Josh Cullen.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img3 February 2014Investors should broaden their perspective, look beyond the obvious and prepare for African mining to rebound on the back of growing demand from recovering global economies, delegates heard at a private forum ahead of the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on the weekend.The inaugural Mining Indaba Investment Discovery Forum took place at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town on Saturday, bringing together serious investors, important stakeholders and mining executives to discuss the numerous viable opportunities in African mining.“As the platinum sponsor of this inaugural Investment Discovery Forum, we were excited at the opportunity to participate in this critical event to drive awareness of emerging opportunities on the continent,” Mark Tyler, senior investment banker at Nedbank Capital, said in a statement on Sunday. “The engagement from investors and mining corporates in this exclusive environment was very positive.”Delegates were exposed to a balanced position on the challenges and opportunities in African mining, with speakers providing a holistic view on what has happened and what to expect in the next 12 months.Andrew Monk, chief executive of VSA Capital Group in London, said that 2012 and 2013 “were horrible years; there was no investment. [But] there is definitely money coming into the mining sector at this stage”.Angelos Damaskos, chief executive of Sector Investment Managers, was upbeat about the continent: “We believe African mining and resources are protected from some risks. There is low delivery risk because the host country is so dependent on the proceeds of delivery. To that extent we think that Africa is very attractive investment territory.”At the same time, Damaskos noted: “[T]he culture of controlling a licence and pumping it has stopped. Now the emphasis is on benefiting the local economy as well.”The 20th annual Investing in African Mining Indaba, the world’s largest gathering of influential stakeholders and decision makers in African mining, gets under way at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Monday.During the four-day Indaba, the Departments of Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry, Science and Technology and Brand South Africa will host an exhibition under the “South African Pavilion” banner.They will also host an investment promotion workshop to give expression to the theme of this year’s Indaba: “Investment opportunities in South African mining – from exploration to value addition”.SAinfo reporter and Investing in African Mining Indabalast_img read more

first_imgAustrian augmented reality startup Wikitude announced today that it has released the 3.0 version of its software for Android handsets, fully integrating its OpenID-enabled wiki markup of physical locations around the world with a more sophisticated mobile user experience and preparing for the launch of its iPhone version. Unfortunately, the company’s content-adding site, Wikitude.me, appears to have crashed already.Wikitude is one of the most high-profile augmented reality services on the market. It’s a market that’s getting crowded fast, and everyone wants to know if interoperability will be a priority or if we’re looking at the next browser war. Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Augmented reality (AR) is a technology paradigm that puts layers of data on top of a user’s view of the real physical world around them. After years in the labs, AR development is heating up fast this summer. Several AR apps are available for Android, and numerous companies are waiting for the next version of the iPhone OS to be released this fall with support for location-based (if not marker-based) augmented reality.Last week, what looks like the first AR app to do so snuck into the iPhone app store. Yesterday a red hot app for road conditions in major US cities made an appearance. And now Wikitude quietly let AR bloggers know today about its new release.Wikitude’s application appears to be more user-centric than its competitors. By enabling content creators to add points of interest by simply logging in with their Google, Twitter, Yahoo or OpenID accounts, there will be a lower barrier to entry than there is for creating a Wikipedia entry for a location with proper location markup that can be viewed through other AR browsers.Hopefully, just like with desktop and other mobile browsers, we’ll be able to see all the AR content someday through any AR browser. Probably the market leader right now, Layar told us this week that interoperability is something they are big proponents of, though they haven’t done any legal work in that direction yet and seemed to us most interested in their own technology becoming the agreed-upon standard.Interoperability is a technical, business and legal challenge that’s much easier said than done. That work is being done by data portability, identity and open-web advocates on the web at large, but augmented reality appears set to be the new way in which people around the world will view the web of data. We’ll be watching eagerly for movement towards a single AR web that browser providers compete on by trying to offer the best user experience. marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Tags:#Augmented Reality#news#NYT#web Wikitude competes with the more commercially oriented service Layar and an unlaunched brand-centric AR iPhone browser from AcrossAir. Japanese AR firm Tochnidot says it will launch an app similar to Wikitude soon. Will these services become interoperable so that users of one AR browser can see the content created on the other systems? That’s the key question. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more