Aug 28 2012

Team Maddy: A Father Carries His Daughter

Team Maddy: Dad competes in triathlons with severely disabled daughter. TODAY

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Michigan dad Rick van Beek transformed himself from chain smoker to triathlete, a healthy turnaround inspired by his daughter, who has severe cerebral palsy. The change came four years ago when the family saw how much their daughter, Madison, enjoyed racing as she was being pushed in the Grand Rapids Marathon.

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Rick Van Beek, Father Competes In Triathlons With Daughter Maddy, Who Has Cerebral Palsy (PICTURES). Huffington Post 

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A devoted father has completed a triathlon while carrying, biking and pulling his disabled teenage daughter.

Rick Van Beek took part in Michigan's Sanford and Sun triathlon/ duathlon this weekend – and so did 13-year-old Maddy, who has cerebral palsy.

Van Beek completed the three-event race which included an Olympic triathlon with a 0.9-mile swim/24.9-mile bike/6.3-mile run, the sprint triathlon with a 0.3-mile swim/12.4-mile bike/3.1-mile run, and the duathlon with a 3.1-mile run/12.4-mile bike/3.1-mile run.

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Aug 28 2012

Apple Wins Lawsuit, What It Means For Samsung

Apple wins lawsuit against Samsung, as jury awards $1B for patent infringement. FOX NEWS


After a year of scorched-earth litigation, a jury decided Friday that Samsung ripped off the innovative technology used by Apple to create its revolutionary iPhone and iPad.

The jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion. An appeal is expected.

Apple Inc. filed its patent infringement lawsuit in April 2011 and engaged legions of the country's highest-paid patent lawyers to demand $2.5 billion from its top smartphone competitor. Samsung Electronics Co. fired back with its own lawsuit seeking $399 million.

But verdict, however, belonged to Apple, as the jury rejected all Samsung's claim against Apple. Jurors also decided against some of Apple's claims involving the two dozen Samsung devices at issue, declining to award the full $2.5 billion Apple demanded.

However, the jury found that several Samsung products illegally used such Apple creations as the "bounce-back" feature when a user scrolls to an end image, and the ability to zoom text with a finger tap.

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Breaking down the verdict

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Aug 27 2012

Tracking Isaac, There's An App for That

6 mobile apps for tracking Hurricane Isaac. CNN


For those of us who live inland, hurricane-tracking seems more a curious indulgence, but if you live along the coastal regions in a hurricane zone, keeping tabs on these atmospheric leviathans is paramount.

Case in point, Hurricane Isaac — at one stage threatening Florida and the Republican National Convention — has moved well west, now following a path through the Gulf reminiscent of the one Hurricane Katrina traveled seven years ago.

While it's shaping up to be a weaker Category One storm when it makes landfall, with sustained winds of between 74 and 95 miles per hour, it's still very much a hurricane, prompting the governors of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi to declare emergencies (and in Alabama's case, the governor to order mandatory coastal evacuations).

Here's a rundown of 2012′s top hurricane tracking apps for those on the go with tablets or smartphones.

Hurricane Tracker (iOS)

My pick of the bunch, EZ Apps' $2.99 Hurricane Tracker offers detailed storm maps, National Hurricane Center info, threat level maps, audio/video forecast updates, real-time feeds and push alerts.

Hurricane Hound (Android)

Hurricane Hound uses Google Maps as its framework and tracks both forecasts and the locations of Atlantic and East Pacific hurricanes and tropical storms, points out areas the National Weather Service is keeping tabs on and offers standard NWS "tropical outlooks and discussions, public advisories, forecasts, and satellite imagery."

Hurricane / Hurricane HD (iOS)

Developer Kitty Code's longstanding $2.99 hurricane-watching app (updated in June) offers a repository of global meteorological information, including tracking maps, satellite views, five-day forecasts, radar and bulletins from the National Hurricane Center. 

Hurricane Software (Android)

When I checked in last, Hurricane Software was a promising beta freebie. It's now out of beta — still free, though ad-littered (there's a $2.99 ad-free "Pro" version) — and packing hurricane data from the National Hurricane Center, high resolution maps, satellite images, warning information and storm tracks.

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