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Barclays Premier League Previews (big matches)

first_imgSATURDAY 27 FEBRUARYLEICESTER CITY V NORWICH CITY, KING POWER STADIUMLEICESTER (4-2-3-1)SCHMEICHEL, AMARTEY, HUTH, MORGAN, FUCHS, DRINKWATER, KANTE, MAHREZ ALBRIGHTON, VARDYNORWICH (4-2-3-1)MBOKANI, JARVIS, HOWSON, NAISMITH, MULUMBU, TETTEY, OLSSON, BASSONG, KLOSE, PINTO, RUDDDespite losing 2-1 at Arsenal in their last Barclays Premier League outing a fortnight ago, Leicester City remain top of the table with a two-point advantage over Tottenham Hotspur and the Gunners, with just 12 games remaining.With their two closest rivals not playing until Sunday and with fourth-placed Manchester City involved in the Capital One Cup final – against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium – the Foxes have the chance to extend their advantage to five points.Leicester have the joint most goals in the Premier League, with Manchester City (48) while visitors Norwich City have suffered nine defeats – and just two wins – out of 13 away games. Only Newcastle (10) have lost more on the road.When the teams met at Carrow Road in October, Leicester moved up to fourth in the Premier League with a narrow victory, taking the lead through Jamie Vardy’s penalty. Jeffrey Schlupp put the Foxes in control before Norwich’s Dieumerci Mbokani replied.Leicester have entertained Norwich only once before in the Premier League when, in April 1995, they won 1-0. But in three of their last four visits to Leicester the Canaries have won three. Overall, Leicester have won eight and drawn six of 21 home league clashes, with Norwich winning seven times.Vardy has 19 goals, including four in his last four games and has won six penalties for Leicester this season.REFEREE: NEIL SWARBRICK. MATCHES: 10. Y38, R2.SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARYSOUTHAMPTON V CHELSEA, ST MARY’S STADIUMSOUTHAMPTON (4-3-2-1)FORSTER, SOARES, FONTE, VAN DIJK, BERTRAND, ROMEU, CLASIE, WARD-PROWSE, TADIC, LONG, PELLECHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COSTA, PEDRO FABREGAS, WILLIAN, MATIC, MIKEL, AZPILICUETA, CAHILL, TERRY, IVANOVIC, COURTOISChelsea are unbeaten in their last 11 Barclays Premier League games. Their previous defeat was back in December, at Leicester City. But they meet a Southampton outfit unbeaten in their last six, winning five. And the Saints and goalkeeper Fraser Forster have gone 633 minutes without conceding a goal.That record has been bettered only 10 times previously in the Premier League and if he keeps another clean sheet extending his record to 723 minutes he will be fifth, with Manchester United’s Edwin van der Sar holding the record of 1,311, completed in February 2009.Southampton’s impressive run has taken them into the top six; their best ever finish in the Premier League was seventh last season while in 1985 they finished fifth in the old First Division.Chelsea have risen to 12th place in the Premier League and will hope to improve on just three away wins and just 12 goals from 12 games on the road.The Saints won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in October, while both games last season ended in 1-1 draws.Chelsea have scored 10 goals in their last two domestic outings. Following the 5-1 win over Newcastle last time out in the Premier League, they won 5-1 against Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup.REFEREE: MARTIN ATKINSON. MATCHES: 24. Y85, R1.SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARYMANCHESTER UNITED V ARSENAL, OLD TRAFFORD.MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1)DE GEA, LOVESMALLING, BLINDBORTHWICK-JACKSON, CARRICK, SCHNEIDERLIN, LINGARD, MATA, MEMPHIS, MARTIALARSENAL (4-2-3-1)GIROUD, CAMPBELL, OZIL, WALCOTT, COQUELIN, RAMSEY, MONREAL, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, BELLERIN, CECHOn Tuesday night, Arsenal suffered a setback in the Champions League when they lost 2-0 at home to a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona. But in the Barclays Premier League, they are just two points behind leaders Leicester City, level on points with second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.Manchester United are fifth, despite losing 2-1 at Sunderland in their last league outing. They made amends with a 3-0 win in the Emirates FA Cup, at League One Shrewsbury on Monday night.They return to Old Trafford where they have won just six of their 12 games in the league. However, United have conceded just five home goals all season, the fewest in the Premier League.Arsenal, though, have scored more league goals away than at home 23 compared to 18 and they have lost only three games on the road.When these teams met at the Emirates Stadium in October Arsenal stunned United with three goals in the opening 20 minutes. United had no answer to Arsenal’s opening burst as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil scored twice in 74 seconds. Sanchez added a third from 18 yards as the Gunners beat United for just the second time in 14 league meetings.Their Premier League record at Old Trafford is poor. Last season’s 1-1 draw ended a run of five straight defeats, while the Gunners have won just three of their 23 visits, most recently in September 2006. United have won 15 and drawn five.REFEREE: CRAIG PAWSON. MATCHES: 19. Y61, R2.SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARYTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V SWANSEA CITY, WHITE HART LANETOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWEIRELD, WIMMER, DAVIES, DIER, DEMBELE, SON ERIKSEN, CHADLI, KANESWANSEA (4-2-3-1)AYEW, ROUTLEDGE, SIGURDSSON, KI, BRITTON, CORK, TAYLOR WILLIAMS, FERNANDEZ, NAUGHTON, FABIANSKITottenham Hotspur moved to within two points of Premier League leaders Leicester as Christian Eriksen struck a late winner at fourth-placed Manchester City in their last game in the Barclays Premier League.Visiting striker Harry Kane scored from the spot in the second half after Raheem Sterling was penalised for handball. After Kelechi Iheanacho levelled, Christian Eriksen earned a fifth league win in a row.Tottenham have won five consecutive Premier League games for the first time since a run of six, in December 2011.If Leicester lose at home to Norwich on Saturday, Spurs can go top with a win over Swansea, who have won only two of their 12 away games this season. Their last was at Everton; since then they have taken just two points from a possible nine.When the teams met in October in Wales, Swansea came from behind twice to steal a 2-2 draw.Indeed, that extended Spurs’ unbeaten Premier League run against the Swans to nine games. Swansea last beat Spurs, at home, in October 1982 in the old First Division.Swansea have never won at Spurs in the league. They have lost on their last 14 visits and the last time they got a draw there was in the old Second Division in November 1930. Overall, in 17 visits the Welshmen have lost 15 and drawn just two. And in those 17 games, Tottenham have scored 49 goals and conceded just 14.REFEREE: MIKE JONES. MATCHES: 18. Y60, R1.last_img read more

Liberia, EU Discuss Forest Governance, Trade

first_imgThe first formal meeting of the Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) of the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) dubbed ‘Aide Memoire’Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), ended in Monrovia Thursday, May 29.The four-day (May 27-29) meeting, held in the Conference room of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, was hosted with the objective to jointly review the implementation of the Liberia-European Union (EU) VPA Agreement that entered into force on December 1, 2013.Other objectives of the VPA are to put into place systems to verify the legality of Liberia’s timber production, and also to strengthen forest sector governance.This process, according to a statements by participants, is expected to last for several years and will bring the Liberian forestry sector to a state-of-the-art and sustainable status, thereby leading to increased long term revenues for communities and the government, and investment and job creation.The EU has similar agreement with Ghana, the Republic of Congo, Cameroun; Indonesia and is negotiating others around the world.The Minister of Agriculture, Florence Chenoweth co-chaired the just-ended meeting. She was assisted by the Head of Delegation of the EU to Liberia, Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, and was attended by other distinguished guests and observers.Among them was the Managing Director of the Forestry Development (FDA), Harrison S. Karnwea, other EU member States, and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (FDID), Civil Society, private sector and key development partners.Other members of the Liberian team included representatives from the MOA, FDA, Ministries of Justice, Commerce and Industry, National Bureau of Concessions and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Some of the issues discussed center on key milestones in the development of the timber legality assurance system, recent developments and challenges in the sector, including forestry management agreements and improved transfer of timber revenues to communities.The meeting finally reviewed the support provided by the United Kingdom and the European Union to Liberia in the forestry sector.In his remark, Ambassador Pacifici said he was encouraged by the ‘frankness and inclusiveness’ of the discussions. By that, he believes it was in recognition of recent efforts made by the Government of Liberia and the FDA to address issues surrounding community forestry management agreements rights and charting a way forward to strengthen the roll out of community forestry, with the active involvement of civil society.For his part, Mr. Karnwea welcomed the role that Liberia-based non-governmental organizations were playing in the sector.He then expressed gratitude to the EU, DFID, the United States Agency International Development (USAID) and others—who are providing support to local NGOs to build their capacities to actively carry out activities in supporting the monitoring of forestry operations and in reporting any identified irregularities to the FDA.Mr. Karnwea also stressed the importance of FDA working relationship with partners to empower Liberians solve problems. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman missing south of Dawson Creek

first_imgView Radar Lake Missing Woman in a larger map**Update – As of 4:20am Friday Lara has been found safe.  She emerged from the woods on the Briar Ridge Road near Pouce Coupe.  She was found by family members while patrolling the roads searching for her.  While cold and exhausted, she appears to be okay and is being treated at the Dawson Creek Hospital.The RCMP have finally provided us with information about a woman that went missing Thursday south of Dawson Creek.- Advertisement -Lara Zatelnell went missing in a wooded area near Radar Lake Thursday morning.  Dawson Creek and North Peace Search and Rescue are helping with the search.  The RCMP believe the woman may have been picked up by someone.Lara is described as being 43 years old, is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds and shoulder length brown hair.  She was last seen wearing a denim shirt and welder pants.Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-784-3700 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisementlast_img read more

Photos from the Apartment fire on 93rd Avenue

first_imgBelow are several photos from the apartment fire on 93rd avenue in Fort St. John – Advertisement –last_img


first_imgKids can eat for FREE at Arena 7 on Sunday for the All-Ireland final.On the most historic day in Donegal GAA, with both the minors and the seniors contesting the All Ireland finals, at Arena7 we’re going to celebrate the occasion by letting kids eat for FREE.That’s not all, we will be showing the game live on our big screens in the The Wood Berry Grill Bar & Restaurant, The Brunswick Room, Kellys Corner, Bowling World, Bite & Bowl Diner and even Waynes World.We will have face painters, sweets and treats for all the kids and we can guarantee a great atmosphere for all the family. Book a table today and for every adult dining on Sunday lunch a kid will go for FREE and for each extra kid it is only €5 between 1pm – 5pm.To celebrate we are also giving Sunday lunch for 2 adults and 2 kids just text the words “arena7 sam” to 51444 and you could be in the chance of winning this great prize.Come on Donegal and come on and join us at Arena 7 this Sunday the 21st of September a date we hope we never forget.  KIDS EAT FOR FREE AT ARENA 7 ON ALL-IRELAND FINAL DAY was last modified: September 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ALL-IRELAND FINALArena 7FeaturesfoodfreeKidsnewslast_img read more


first_imgUrris GAA NewsULSTER JUNIOR CLUB FINAL: The senior team travelled to Owenbeg on Saturday night to play Tyrone champions Rock in the Ulster Club Final.They came up against a very strong side and were beaten on a score of Rock 2-12 Iorras 0-7. On behalf of the Iorras/Inishowen Gaels home and abroad we can commiserate with Danny Kelly and the Lads but also feel very proud of this historic run in Ulster. It has been a great effort by each and every person involved. Massive thanks to Danny, Mark, their back room team and every player who gave up so much of their time this season especially. You can hold your heads high lads, we are all proud of you and you have put Urris/Inishowen back on the Ulster GAA map.Special thanks also to all the supporters who travelled near and far on Saturday night and all year to cheer on the team.You have given the boys such a lift each and every match, this is very much appreciated by the club. Thanks, also to the Ballyliffin Hotel, Centra and all sponsors who have helped out on match days and this run in Ulster.UNDERAGE PRESENTATIONS: The annual under age presentations take place on Friday (December 5th) in the Ballyliffin Hotel at 6.00pm. Parents and all children welcome as well as all children who played from U10 to U16. Adult meal of turkey and ham/roast beef cost €10. Children’s meal of burger & chip / Nuggets etc cost €5. Can all parents and under age coaches please contact Susan Mc Carron on 0863945954 as soon as possible regarding numbers attending on the night.The hotel is looking for numbers by cob on Wednesday night. For further details please contact Susan.CLUB MEETING: There is a club meeting on Wednesday night at 8.00pm.U21 TEAM: The U21 play Glenfin in Buncrana on Saturday at 2.00pm. Support most welcome.CLUB IORRAS: Club Iorras November winners: €50-Mary & Patsy Devlin, Annaugh, €30-James B Kelly, Dunaff, and €20-David & Grace Hession, Roxtown. Thanks to all who support our monthly Club Iorras draw. MATCH “N” WIN: Match “N” Win November 27th: No jackpot winner: numbers drawn: 6, 13, 19 & 24. €15 winners: Kathleen & Brigid C/O Bingo, Mc Caul Family, Rooskey, Emlyn Lackin, Mindoran, Marie & Nuala C/O Bingo and Charlie Doherty (B Harley), Urrismana. Jackpot next week €1,180. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support our weekly draw.SCOR NA nOG COUNTY FINAL: Good luck to our dancers who take part in the Ulster semi-final of Scor Na nOg in Glenullin, Co Derry on Sunday night. Best of luck girls.BUY A BLOCK PHASE 2: Due to a successful Clubhouse Opening and renewed interest the club has decided to run “Buy a Block “phase 2 until December 31. If interested, blocks can be purchased for €10. Funds raised will be used for further development of our clubhouse . Please contact John Friel, Rose Kelly or any committee member to buy a block.NATIONAL GAA DRAW: National Club Draw tickets now on sale by all Committee members, some excellent prizes to be won. All monies raised by this draw stays with the club. Tickets are €10. U8 TRAINING: U8 traing continues every Saturday in the Youth Club, Clonmany at 11.00am. €2 per child.U10 Girls: Training continues every Saturday at 12.15pm in the Youth Club, Clonmany. €2 per child.AGM: The AGM takes place on this Sunday December 7th in the Clubhouse at 6.00pm. Hope to see you all there.GAA NEWS: URRIS U21’S IN CHAMPIONSHIP ACTION AGAINST GLENFIN THIS WEEKEND was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

Liverpool won’t win Premier League title this season, and here’s why…

first_img Man City are flying and beat Southampton 6-1 on Sunday Jurgen Klopp has improved Liverpool massively, but it still hasn’t enough to catch Man City 2 2 🗣 “Liverpool are unbeaten for a third of the season, but are still in third.”🔴 “It’s heartbreaking actually.”@JasonCundy05 says Liverpool can’t win the Premier League this season. pic.twitter.com/Hfc6qfzWHd— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 5, 2018center_img Liverpool have got no chance to beating Manchester City to the Premier League title this season, according to talkSPORT host Jason Cundy.Jurgen Klopp’s side – who drew 1-1 with Arsenal on Saturday – remain unbeaten after 11 games but currently sit in third, with defending champions City two points ahead at the top of the table. Cundy admits it’s ‘heartbreaking’ to see the Reds claim 27 points from their first 11 games and still be off the pace, insisting that tally would have seen them clear at the summit in any other season.Chelsea, his former club, are in the same boat – the Blues share the same points as Liverpool but sit second on goal difference.And Cundy believes City are just too strong for any other club to even attempt at overthrowing them as champions this season.Speaking on Monday’s Drivetime, the former defender said: “When you are Chelsea and Liverpool and you’re 11 games into the season and you are still unbeaten, you would expect to be at the top of the table by maybe three, four or five points, but both clubs are second and third! “So you’ve gone unbeaten for a quarter of the season and you’re still second and third? That’s heartbreaking!“Any other season and you would be top – 27 points from 11 games is championship-winning points, but Man City have got 29!“The reason Liverpool can’t win it is one: Kevin De Bruyne – he hasn’t even played yet!“Two is David Silva, three is Sergio Aguero and four is Pep Guardiola.“And, Liverpool fans are going to hate me for saying this, but one of the reasons why Manchester City will win the title this season is Raheem Sterling, and Liverpool may still have had him had they been closer to titles in the past.”last_img read more

The real scoop on Roundup

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Most of you are probably familiar with Roundup, the trade name for the Monsanto herbicide glyphosate. You may use it in your fields or to control broadleaf weeds and crabgrass in your lawn, on the edges of your flowerbeds, along your sidewalks, and around tree trunks.If you’ve used it, you know it works. And tests show that its residues are very short-lived, as it decomposes into natural compounds, including carbon dioxide, phosphoric acid and ammonia. So, it poses no environmental threats.However, in the world of concerned citizens, fear mongers, activists and the Internet, not everyone believes the science-based information that backs glyphosate. According to the naysayers, Monsanto, the developer and manufacturer of glyphosate, is part of an evil Darth Vader empire that makes boatloads of money selling their poison to anyone and everyone. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that glyphosate may cause cancer. They acknowledge science doesn’t support their conclusion, but just to be on the safe side…The WHO operates on the philosophy of the precautionary principle, which means approaching new products with a “better safe than sorry” attitude, regardless of what science may say. Also based on this principle, the WHO lists 946 other products as potentially cancer causing, though science doesn’t support a conclusion that they do cause cancer.In 2015, the United Nations’ International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) also classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” noting alleged evidence of glyphosate being associated with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.It was later discovered that a National Institute of Health (NIH) employee with access to the data conveniently withheld relevant glyphosate data from the 2015 IARC study. When all the data was included, it was clear that no association existed between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Talk about fake news! This is a clear-cut example of subterfuge by activist “scientists,” as the IARC committee members concealed and manipulated data to serve up their own agenda. This lack of transparency by the IARC and its flawed opinions are now being investigated by Congress.Finally, the truth came out. A long-term research project, the Agricultural Health Study, involving licensed pesticide applicators from North Carolina and Iowa, found no statistically significant association of glyphosate use and cancer. Study results were published Nov. 9, 2017, in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.That brings me to flawed thinking going on in California. (I think they may have inhaled too much smoke. And not from the wild fires, if you get my drift.) The state of California has ignored all the science, choosing to believe the flawed IARC conclusions that classify glyphosate as a carcinogen. This has created a huge donnybrook. Major agriculture industry groups across the country have united in a lawsuit against the government of California in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.At issue in court is the government of California’s decision to ignore their own agricultural scientists, the large Agricultural Health Study, EPA studies and agricultural studies from the European Chemicals Agency and classify glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. By California statute, manufacturers of products containing glyphosate sold in the state must label them as being probable carcinogens, even though science has proven the state regulators wrong.This is just another episode of false hysteria creating one more regulation based on fake news for all of us to have to bear with for no reason.And since 2015, regulators in Canada, Europe, Japan and New Zealand have validated that glyphosate is not a carcinogen. Sometimes I wonder if the San Andreas Fault would do us all a favor by sliding California off into the ocean — just exercising my own precautionary principle.last_img read more

6 ways to overcome your geocaching obstacles

first_imgEver find yourself in a geocaching rut? Have you found all the geocaches in your area? Are you unable to solve that difficult puzzle cache? Have no fear, we’ve compiled six ways to help you get over your geocaching obstacles.  What are your biggest geocaching obstacles and what have you done to overcome them? Share in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More Plan, plan, plan. Planning the right geocache outing can take time but can take you right out of a geocaching rutt. Plan and create a List (Premium feature) of the best geocaches in your area, make a List of night caches to find, or plan a geocaching streak to increase your stats! Make sure your Lists are available offline so you can go off the grid at any time.Carry the right TOTT. Don’t underestimate a good tool of the trade. The right tool can make any geocache outing more successful. We’ve all been in a situation where you get to the cache location and can’t make the grab due to a lack of tools. Make sure to read the recent activity or cache details to see what kind of tools you may need and visit Shop Geocaching for all your tool needs.Go with friends. Going geocaching with friends is a simple way to elevate your geocaching game. More eyes searching typically leads to a more successful trip. Whether you are solving for waypoints, traveling off the grid, or searching for a high difficulty geocache, friends are sure to help. Want to make new geocaching friends? Attend a geocaching event or join a geocaching organization.Set new geocaching goals. Geocaching goals and stats are a good way to refresh your love for geocaching. Visit your Stats page or visit Project GC to set new goals. Try increasing your difficulty or terrain average, go streaking, complete a 365 Day Challenge, or finish a Jasmer.Phone a friend. Having difficulty solving those elusive puzzle caches? Reach out to other geocachers to get some extra help. We’ve all heard the saying, “two heads are better than one”. Try reaching out to the cache owner for a hint or bring the puzzle to a geocaching event to work on it together.Refresh your game board. Have you found all the geocaches in your area? Consider hiding your own geocache to add something to the game. Having other people find your geocache can be just as rewarding as finding others.  center_img SharePrint Related10 mistakes to avoid while geocachingFebruary 26, 2019In “News”Six geocache outing planning mistakes you don’t know you are makingApril 30, 2019In “News”Geocache Icon Run: find the most cache types in one dayApril 19, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

It’s Time To Get iMessage On Android

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Most of the time, iMessages whiz from sender to receiver. The problem happens when they get stuck. According to this Apple security document, iMessages are queued for delivery to offline devices and are stored for up to seven days on Apple’s servers. If an Android user doesn’t disconnect her number from her Apple ID, the messages linger in the cloud, with nowhere to go—because Apple’s servers are looking for an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to deliver it to. The only reason why Android devices can’t receive iMessages is they don’t have software that lets them.Is iMessage For Android The Answer? Apple isn’t in the habit of building software for operating systems outside its own, but occasionally—as with iTunes for Windows and Safari for Windows—it’s willing to share. Apple cofounder Steve Jobs compared iTunes for Windows to “giving a glass of ice water to someone in Hell.”With iMessage for Android, Apple could solve the problem of iMessages ending up in limbo, and add millions of potential customers—all while keeping users tethered to its cloud services, like iTunes. While Apple would prefer otherwise, it’s not uncommon for people to mix and match—using an iPad tablet and an Android smartphone, for example. It makes sense for Apple to give defectors an opportunity to stay loosely attached to the Apple system, rather than lose them all together.Android has its own analogue of iMessage: Google Hangouts, a chat system that’s tied to the Google+ social network. As iMessage does on iPhones and iPads, Hangouts comes preinstalled on Android devices, and keeps users in the Google ecosystem. (Android phones also have a basic text-message app that doesn’t require a Google login.)See Also: Apple’s Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To AndroidGoogle’s app is a bit younger than iMessage—the Hangouts messaging app, which unified Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, and Hangouts video chat, launched last May. And it’s still competing with other apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, which work across Android and iOS. iMessage, like most other chat apps, sends messages over Wi-Fi or data connections, so it doesn’t count as a text message on your phone bill. At Apple’s shareholder meeting earlier this year, CEO Tim Cook said Apple sends billions of iMessages per day, though he didn’t get more specific in his numbers.iMessage on Android would not only be convenient for cross-platform chatting, but it would also provide more security to your private communications. Apple’s iMessage system is reportedly difficult, if not impossible, for federal authorities to crack. (Popular apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat can’t claim that.) Even Apple itself has said it’s not able to read the content of iMessages, thanks to its encryption scheme.It might be a bit of a technical undertaking. It will also be a political one, given Google and Apple’s salty relationship. But if Apple can build iMessage for desktop Macs, which are very different in their hardware architecture from iPhones and iPads, it seems like it should be technically possible to port it to Android.Apple has promised to fix the iMessage bug, though it hasn’t given any details as to when, exactly, that fix might come. Considering this has been a problem since the launch of iMessage in 2011, the resolution might not come for a while. In the meantime, Apple is facing a lawsuit launched by a disgruntled user whose important messages have disappeared into the cloud. iMessage for Android will likely not come soon, if ever, but it could help solve a problem that’s plagued it for years. And as messaging apps continue skyrocketing in popularity around the world, adding on more to the mix—while keeping millions tied to the Apple ecosystem—might not be such a bad idea.Lead image modified from the original by Kārlis Dambrāns on Flickr Since Apple introduced its own text-messaging system, iMessage, in 2011, it’s had a dirty little secret: Users who ditch iPhones for Google’s Android smartphones may lose messages people send to them.It’s hard to assess the extent of the problem, because it involves messages that don’t find their way to their destination. By definition, it’s difficult to count what’s missing. But anyone who has switched, or had a friend or contact switch, from Apple to Android has probably experienced this problem.It’s frustrating, to say the least—for Apple, too. While the company’s engineers have reportedly tried numerous times to fix the issue, different bugs keep derailing a fix. Apple suggests users disassociate their phone number from their Apple ID—the login system used for Apple’s iTunes and App Store—and turn off iMessage on all their devices if they’re switching to Android. Even this doesn’t always work.As an iPhone owner, I use iMessage to chat more than any other messaging application because it’s so convenient—but it only works for iOS users. The people I chat with the most are other iPhone users, and I can see their messages on both my MacBook and iPhone, depending on which device I’m using. But when one of those people switched to Android, we didn’t talk for a few days. It wasn’t because of a feud: She just stopped getting my texts. Why Are The Messages Stuck?Unlike traditional SMS text messages, Apple routes iMessages through its own secure servers, bypassing carriers like AT&T or T-Mobile. Each message is encrypted—scrambled with a digital code so it can’t easily be snooped on in transmission.   selena larson Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#Apple#chat#Google#google hangouts#hangouts#iMessage#instant messages#iOS#Messages#messaging The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts last_img read more