PBA: Monster effort from Jones lifts TNT past NLEX for 1st win

first_imgANTIPOLO — Import Terrence Jones took matters into his own hands, scoring 19 points all in the second quarter to help TNT roll past NLEX, 102-87, for their first win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Ynares Center here.The KaTropa held the Road Warriors to 16 points as the American big man scored in bunches in that period, finishing with 41 points and 14 rebounds, both team-bests.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Ravena, though, hopes that his reinforcement improves on the defensive end.“We couldn’t ask for more as far as offense goes,” he said. “But we’re always going to turn to our defense—especially against bigger teams like San Miguel and Ginebra. Also the rest of the teams. You can’t just write them off.”TNT shoots for a second straight win when it goes against the 1-1 Alaska this Saturday.NLEX, on the other hand, hopes to chalk up its first victory also on Saturday when it locks horns with 1-0 NorthPort, which is set to unveil a fully-recovered Stanley Pringle.ADVERTISEMENT Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN PH bets Babylove Baron, Gen Eslapor begin FIVB Boracay Open campaign Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard “We just hoped for our import to adjust immediately. I’m glad that he delivered,” coach Bong Ravena said. “Hopefully in the next games, he gets adjusted even more.”“On both ends of the floor, he’s there. We hope he sustains he as the series goes on as winning games early is important,” he added. “Anthony Semerad and Kelly Williams tossed in 11 and 10 points respectively to keep TNT squarely on the driver seat as the game plodded along.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNLEX turned to the front court tandem of import Curtis Washington and Poy Erram in a bid to narrow the gap in the second half, but all of their efforts went for naught as Jones played with sustained brilliance in the final two frames.Washington scored 18 to lead the Road Warriors, as Erram and Kenneth Ighalo added 14 more. Juami Tiongson rounded out the double-digit performers with 10 points. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast View commentslast_img read more

Warriors center Looney to miss at least two more weeks

first_imgCarlos Yulo torchbearer for SEA Games; Hidilyn Diaz, 5 others named flagbearers Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Looney didn’t travel with the Warriors to Houston, where they faced the Rockets on Wednesday in the first contest of a three-game road trip.The Warriors are also without superstar Stephen Curry, who faces three months on the sidelines after surgery last week to repair his broken left hand.Coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday that forward Draymond Green will miss at least three more games with ligament damage in his left index finger, an injury he suffered last week.Guard D’Angelo Russell, who has been sidelined with a sprained ankle, traveled with the team and while he wasn’t ready to return against the Rockets there’s a chance he will play at Minnesota on Friday.The Warriors, whose 2-5 start is their worst since the 2011-12 season, were already without shooting guard Klay Thompson, who could miss the entire season as he continues to recover from a torn knee ligament.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down “Following the tests, we are hopeful and encouraged that the treatment plan prescribed for him will allow Kevon to return to action in the near future.“An update on his expected return-to-play timeline will be provided in two weeks.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Warriors said in October that Looney was battling a “neuropathic condition” that had a “direct correlation” to a right hamstring injury that caused him to miss the pre-season.He played in the Warriors’ season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on October 24, but exited at halftime because of tightness in the hamstring. MOST READ LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacueescenter_img View comments 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors is defended by Kyle Lowry #7, Kawhi Leonard #2 and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors in the first half during Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors center Kevon Looney will be sidelined at least two more weeks after tests for “nerve-related symptoms” that have seen him miss six NBA games.“Warriors center Kevon Looney, who has missed the last six games due to nerve-related symptoms, recently underwent a battery of tests,” the Warriors said in a statement on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruptionlast_img read more

Everton, Leicester and Liverpool scouting USA international

first_imgEverton, Leicester City and Liverpool are scouting Hamburg striker Bobby Wood.The 24-year-old has struck nine times in all competitions for the German club this season after joining them last summer from Union Berlin.Born in Hawaii, Wood has already made 29 appearances for the United States and he scored four goals for them in 2016.The forward’s performances for club and country are now beginning to attract attention as, according to Sport Bild, Everton, Leicester City and Liverpool are all scouting him.The Premier League trio have been reportedly running the rule over Wood in recent months ahead of what could be a busy summer transfer window.Everton in particular are scouring Europe for attacking targets in case they are forced into selling Romelu Lukaku. 1 Bobby Wood is being watched by a trio of Premier League clubs last_img read more

Van Dijk completes Anfield move and says something Liverpool fans will love

first_img1 Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool is the “perfect match” for him after his world record move from Southampton was officially completed.The 26-year-old’s switch from the Saints was agreed last week, but with the January transfer window now open his deal, understood to be worth £75million – the highest fee ever paid for a defender, is now sealed.The Dutchman told Liverpool’s official website: “With the history at the club and everything around it – even the training ground and stuff – it is just a perfect, perfect match for me, and for my family as well.”Van Dijk, who has signed what Liverpool have said is a “long-term contract” at Anfield, is not concerned about his price tag weighing heavy.The transfer fee eclipses the £54m spent by Manchester City to sign England full-back Kyle Walker from Tottenham last summer.“Obviously there is a lot of money being paid, but I can’t do anything about that money, I can’t do anything about the price – nobody can,” the Holland international added.“It’s only the market. The only thing I can do is just work hard, do the good things and be 100 per cent every day. That’s what I definitely want to do – and I am going to do.“I am happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started. I think the most important thing is the size of the club, the culture of the club, the players, the manager and obviously the fans, who make the club this special.“I think this is the right time for me to be here and to develop all sorts of aspects of my game. I am looking forward to doing that, that’s the main thing.”In order to reach that ambition of improving, Van Dijk believes he is working under the right man in Jurgen Klopp.The former Groningen and Celtic defender, who will wear the number four shirt at Liverpool, said: “Since he’s come in, I think he has made a lot of progress until now and I think it is only hopefully going to get better and better. Hopefully I can contribute to that as well and keep working hard.“Everybody obviously from a Liverpool perspective knows how he is; how lively he is, how he can make players better and give them confidence as well.“It just suits me as well. I think he can make me a better player and I am just looking forward to working with him.”Van Dijk is unavailable for Liverpool’s New Year’s Day game at Burnley as his registration will not be concluded in time. Virgil van Dijk was in the stands as Liverpool defeated Leicester last_img read more

Listen: Relief for ‘Razda’ as Killybegs move into last eight

first_imgJOHN CUNNINGHAM sighed in relief as Killybegs made home advantage count to seal a place in the Donegal SFC quarter-finals.After letting Dungloe back into the game and go all square, 0-7 to 0-7, at half-time, Killybegs came good again in the second half. Following an opening day loss to Naomh Conaill, the Fishermen recorded home wins over Sean MacCumhaills and Dungloe to advance.“It’s excellent,” Cunningham told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub. “We were concentrating on the two home games.“Championship at home there is always a bit of pressure. The players we have aren’t battle hardened so there is a bit of relief involved in fairness.”With word coming through that MacCumhaills were on the Naomh Conaill coat tails, Killybegs knew they had to win, just in case.Cunningham said: “It was do or die for us. It was win or nothing and we could have found ourselves in a relegation battle all of a sudden. “We were disappointed to let them back in before half-time. We started the second half in a bit of style and got a bit of daylight.”Listen to the full interview below …Listen: Relief for ‘Razda’ as Killybegs move into last eight was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Donegal SFCdungloeJohn CunninghamKillybegslast_img read more

Alli returns as Spurs make four changes, Dendoncker starts for Wolves

first_img Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo says his side will go to Wembley to compete 4 Tottenham Hotspur look to continue their fine form in the Premier League when they host Wolves at Wembley on Saturday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side have scored 11 goals in their last two matches as they steamrolled Everton and Bournemouth 6-2 and 5-0 respectively to overtake Manchester City and move into second in the table. Wovles themselves have enjoyed a good run of form, though, and have picked up ten points from their last five games.If they win, and results go their way, they could go as high as seventh.Team newsTottenham welcome back Dele Alli after he missed the Boxing Day romp over Bournemouth due to a hamstring injury.He is one of four changes to the Spurs side, with Davinson Sanchez, Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies all returning.Wolves make three changes to the team which drew with Fulham on Boxing Day, as Leander Dendoncker makes his first start while Ruben Neves and Ivan Cavaleiro come into the side.Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Son, Kane. Subs: Rose, Nkoudou, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Gazzaniga, Lucas Moura, Skipp.Wolves: Rui Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Jonny, Ivan Cavaleiro, Traore, Jimenez. Subs: Helder Costa, Gibbs-White, John Ruddy, Saiss, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Vinagre, Leo Bonatini.Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire) What the managers are sayingMauricio Pochettion (Spurs): “We’re in good momentum and it’s so important to keep that momentum. Of course, the atmosphere and the feeling is so good.“In the same way, we’re thinking about recovering quickly because on Saturday we need to compete in our best way again. You cannot stop.“We always try to give our best and then do everything to try to recover all the energy to be ready to compete again.“Wolves are a very good team that play very well. We played a few months ago against them (won 3-2). That was tough. They have very good players and the manager is doing a fantastic job.“We know it will be a difficult game but we have the belief to go out and perform in the best way.” Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolves): “I really enjoy watching Tottenham play. I am very thankful for the compliment (paid by Mauricio Pochettino) and it shows the world what we have been trying to do in creating an identity but it doesn’t mean we will go there with a smile.“We will go there to compete. They are in a very good moment, 11 goals in two matches in a very busy moment of the season. 4 Wolves’ Joao Moutinho challenges Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur 4 4 Dele Alli missed Tottenham’s win over Bournemouth but is back to face Wolves Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has complemented Wolves “They are doing very well, it shows the quality of the squad, of the management and we look at Tottenham knowing it’s going to be hard game.“We have to fear all the teams in the Premier League. We have to respect and know the opponent has all the qualities.”last_img read more

Sinclair ‘delighted’ with one-year extension to Celtic deal

first_img“I love the fans and playing for Celtic. “Games like this and playing in cup finals, there’s nothing better.“I was delighted. I am here for another year and I am looking forward to it.”Though he was a regular starter and Player of the Year in his first season, Sinclair has been inconsistent and no longer has a guaranteed first team starting place. Scott Sinclair has said he always wanted to stay at Celtic and is happy the club have extended his contract for another year.The club exercised their clause allowing them to extend his existing deal beyond this summer, putting to rest speculation that he could have left for nothing at the end of the season. The winger said he was settled in Glasgow and was happy that the club had taken the decision on his future.“I always wanted to stay,” he said. “Everyone knows my situation and how I love this club and I want to be here. Asked if that meant he was anxious ahead of this weekend’s Scottish Cup final against Hearts, he insisted he was comfortable waiting to see if he was in Neil Lennon’s plans for Hampden.“Not at all, I’m very relaxed,” he said. “Whatever the team is, the manager chooses it and that’s up to him. “I’m very relaxed going in to the game and I’m sure everyone else is because we’ve been there before.”Sinclair’s time in Glasgow has seen him enjoy huge success in domestic competition. The team now stand on the verge of completing a third successive clean sweep of domestic trophies and he admitted it had been a special time in his career.“Hopefully we can make it a treble,” he said. “Not just for myself but for the whole team. “It has been a great time and we have to make sure we get the job done. “Being part of the double treble as a player has been great. It is a massive achievement. “When I came up here you are not even thinking about double trebles or treble trebles, you come and work hard and see how it goes. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better. It comes down to hard work and the winning mentality of the players.”last_img read more

UPDATE: I-265 EB now open in Floyd County after sinkhole repair

first_imgThe Indiana Department of Transportation has reopened I-265 EB in Floyd County after it was closed between Charlestown Road and I-65 early Wednesday morning due to a sinkhole.A number of motorists reported a large pothole on I-265 EB Tuesday night, causing Indiana State Police to close the affected lane. After further investigation, a sinkhole was found underneath the roadway, prompting a full closure of eastbound lanes.MAC Construction was on site all day and into the evening Wednesday, working to repair the roadwaylast_img

Woolies boost for organic farming

first_img10 January 2008South African clothing and food retailer Woolworths’ efforts to establish a local source for organic fibre for their clothing has been given a major boost, with the country’s first commercial scale trial crop of organic cotton being planted this summer.Woolworths said in a statement this week that they have, together with the ComMark Trust, Cotton South Africa and the Organic Exchange, set up a pilot programme in which a number of farms in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces are growing organic cotton, under direction of the Agricultural Research Council’s Institute for Industrial Crops.The ComMark Trust has committed in the region of R1-million to assist farmers with start-up costs, while the Organic Exchange will be providing technical support for farmers.For its part, Woolworths has committed itself to supporting local farmers by buying the 30 tons of organic cotton expected to harvested by May this year.“Woolworths is committed not only to promoting the use of organic cotton, but – and perhaps even more importantly – to fostering the growth of a local organic cotton industry,” said Woolworths group head of design, sourcing and technology Darren Todd.“We firmly believe that South Africa offers tremendous potential for growing organic cotton and have been working very closely with the Organic Exchange and local organisations, including Cotton SA and the Agricultural Research Council, for some time now.”According to the Organic Exchange, an international organisation dedicated to expanding global supplies of organic cotton, conventionally grown cotton consumes approximately 25% of the insecticides and over 10% of the pesticides used in the world. Organic cotton, on the other hand, is produced using only natural fertilisers, pesticides and phosphates, making it much healthier for the environment and safer for farm workers.“The growing awareness among consumers of these advantages has sparked a worldwide move towards organic cotton,” Woolworths said.At the annual Organic Exchange Conference in Montrey, California In November, Woolworths announced that they had become the world’s third-largest consumer of organic cotton, since introducing South Africa’s first clothing range made from 100% organic cotton in 2004. They are behind only two giant American corporations, discount department chain Wal-Mart and sportswear manufacturer Nike.“Woolworths used 1.8-million kilograms of organic fibre in 2007 and 2.2-million kilograms is projected to be used in 2008,” Woolworths said.However, all the organic cotton they currently use comes from outside South Africa – mainly from Uganda and India – a situation that the company is aiming to change through such initiatives.Developing a new industryThe initiative is in line with Woolworths’ Good Business Journey strategy, which addresses the issue of sustainable growth within the context of changing social and environmental challenges facing both South Africa and the planet.Included in the plan is the intention to accelerate efforts to reduce the environmental impact of products and processes by introducing more textile items made with sustainable fibres such as organic cotton, organic wool, bamboo, hemp, recycled polyester and soya, with the goal of increasing sales of organic-content clothing to more than R1-billion per year, a target the company is confident it will achieve by 2010.“We are encouraged by the enthusiasm that is being shown by the farmers who are taking part in the trial and look forward to expanding local production in the future,” Todd said.He added that the company was particularly excited by the prospects that organic cotton offers, not only as a rotational crop for Woolworths’ organic produce farmers, but also as a means for empowering South Africa’s previously disadvantaged small-scale farmers.“Globally there is a huge demand for organic cotton,” Woolworths said. “Through this project, Woolworths will aim to facilitate market access so that farmers will, in due course, have access and opportunity to supply organic cotton at a global level.”“As consumers are becoming more ‘green aware’, companies around the world are using organic cotton and other organic fibres to step more lightly on the planet,” said Organic Exchange programme director Rebecca Calahan Klein. “Organic fibre production must continue to increase at a rate of 40% per year to meet projected demand.“We commend Woolworths for taking a leadership role in South Africa, and are pleased to be playing a role in the birth of South Africa’s own organic cotton pipeline.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Sencha Touch 2 Allows Developers to Code iOS Apps With Windows PCs

first_imgMobile HTML5 developer framework Sencha wants to be more than just a tool to develop hybrid mobile applications. The company’s roadmap for 2012 is to become an end-to-end solution for designing, developing and deploying HTML5 applications and is taking its first steps toward that goal today by releasing Sencha Touch 2 out of beta. Sencha Touch 2 gives developers a better user interface for developing HTML5 that will give consumers a more robust user experience. Sencha also wants to play nice with the mobile development ecosystem. Touch 2 is the first framework that will allow developers to write Android and iOS apps from either a Windows PC or a Mac. That means that iOS developers are no longer tied to XCode on the Mac for building iOS apps. Presenting that freedom to developers should help Sencha win the hearts of many mobile publishers. Sencha is focusing on three core areas for the public release of Touch 2: better consumer user experience, better developer support and development experience as well as working to improve the development ecosystem. “We’ve updated and refreshed the API for Sencha Touch to make it even easier to build applications as well as out of the box we are shipping a set of full fledged built applications that developers can modify or use as their own references for locations. These are apps that use the Facebook API, apps that take advantage of custom themes,” said Aditya Bansod, senior director of product management at Sencha. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The core uses of Sencha HTML5 platform are to prototype, design, develop, package and deploy HTML5 apps. The company wants to make using the platform as painless as possible for developers and was one of the core goals for the team in updating Touch. The framework itself has been updated with a more streamlined UI for developers that Bansod describes as more “visceral.” Sencha worked to create better performance for hybrid HTML5 apps for iOS and Android and has updated many of its native API containers to take advantage of camera, push messaging, device orientation and scrolling. Sencha spent the most time with Touch 2 working to improve Android performance. It is well known in the mobile ecosystem that the native Android browser lacks well behind iOS and one of Sencha’s primary goals was to improve that performance. “We have spent endless amount of time working and tuning for Android. Like list performance, for example. It might seem mundane but for user experience it is so important,” Bansod said. “I throw a list and it actually flies as far as I want it to as well as animations feel as well as they should for the platform. So, we spent time with device manufacturers understanding their implementations of WebKit and what we ended up doing is building specific implementations of our core performance APIs for each specific platform. The developer does not see this, thankfully, the developer sees one common API and we use different parts of HTML and CSS to actually do the performance work under the hood on the developers’ behalf.” dan rowinski One of the key shifts for Sencha in releasing Touch 2 is a focus on the mobile ecosystem. While competitor appMobi is almost always focused on the ecosystem, Sencha has always been about the HTML5 spec and creating better tools.“The native packaging kit that allows you to build on Mac and Windows is totally novel in the mobile ecosystem,” Bansod said. “We have some new UI controls in the updated APIs and that will help while building your applications as well as building apps that have much more of a look and a feel that look native-like.”Out of the box, Sencha Touch 2 comes with several applications that can be used as guides for building with the platform. The company sent ReadWriteMobile several test devices to show this off. For iOS that includes an app called “The Watch List” (pictured above) that shares what movies you want to see or have seen with friends. “TouchStyle” is an app for purchasing home and fashion items. On Android applications include Sencha Radio and Sencha Jog. It is one thing to give developers a couple sample apps but Sencha takes it a step further with its Kitchen Sink application that shows off exactly what can be done within the framework and gives source code examples. This feature is beneficial to both new programmers looking for ways to create rounded buttons or experienced developers having trouble with HTML5 audio or video integration. Sencha wants to differentiate itself from other framework and container providers such as appMobi, PhoneGap, Conduit and Brightcove. The ability to write code from any computer available is a good start. “PhoneGap requires that you develop in XCode on the Mac and if you are a PC developer, that is what you are stuck with. In the other rounds, appMobi has a build service and we have heard from a lot of developers that they do not want to give a third party that they do not know their private keys because that is what it requires, you have to give your sign in keys to the third party to build it for you. We want to give developers that capability locally so they do not have to trust someone else with their keys,” Bansod said. The entire Sencha HTML5 platform will be released and updated this year. The next step is called Sencha Designer that will be used to help accelerate design aspects of building apps. Deployment will be handled through Sencha.io that will also have an update sometime in 2012. Touch 2 remains a free service as the company plans on monetizing around other aspects of the platform. Touch 2 will be issued on the GPL3 and Sencha Commercial License. Sencha Touch 2 was released to beta in Sept. 2011 but the company is now ready to release the full version. For those that have been using the beta, much will remain the same with a few developer UI improvements. “Sencha Touch 2 is the cornerstone behind what we are going to be doing in the next couple months around the Sencha HTML5 platform. Using Sencha Touch and the new capabilities in Touch 2 to form the cornerstone of the developer experience from designing, developing and deploying their HTML5 applications,” Bansod said. What are your impressions of Sencha Touch 2? How does it compare to other build services like appMobi, Brightcove or Conduit? As a wrapper, does it beat PhoneGap? Let us know in the comments. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology,Mobile HTML5 developer framework Sencha wants to be more than just a tool to develop hybrid mobile applications. The company’s roadmap for 2012 is to become an end-to-end solution for designing, developing and deploying HTML5 applications and is taking its first steps toward that goal today by releasing Sencha Touch 2 out of beta. Sencha Touch 2 gives developers a better user interface for developing HTML5 that will give consumers a more robust user experience. Sencha also wants to play nice with the mobile development ecosystem. Touch 2 is the first framework that will allow developers to write Android and iOS apps from either a Windows PC or a Mac. That means that iOS developers are no longer tied to XCode on the Mac for building iOS apps. Presenting that freedom to developers should help Sencha win the hearts of many mobile publishers. Sencha is focusing on three core areas for the public release of Touch 2: better consumer user experience, better developer support and development experience as well as working to improve the development ecosystem. “We’ve updated and refreshed the API for Sencha Touch to make it even easier to build applications as well as out of the box we are shipping a set of full fledged built applications that developers can modify or use as their own references for locations. These are apps that use the Facebook API, apps that take advantage of custom themes,” said Aditya Bansod, senior director of product management at Sencha. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Sencha wants to differentiate itself from other framework and container providers such as appMobi, PhoneGap, Conduit and Brightcove. The ability to write code from any computer available is a good start. “PhoneGap requires that you develop in XCode on the Mac and if you are a PC developer, that is what you are stuck with. In the other rounds, appMobi has a build service and we have heard from a lot of developers that they do not want to give a third party that they do not know their private keys because that is what it requires, you have to give your sign in keys to the third party to build it for you. We want to give developers that capability locally so they do not have to trust someone else with their keys,” Bansod said. The entire Sencha HTML5 platform will be released and updated this year. The next step is called Sencha Designer that will be used to help accelerate design aspects of building apps. Deployment will be handled through Sencha.io that will also have an update sometime in 2012. Touch 2 remains a free service as the company plans on monetizing around other aspects of the platform. Touch 2 will be issued on the GPL3 and Sencha Commercial License. Sencha Touch 2 was released to beta in Sept. 2011 but the company is now ready to release the full version. For those that have been using the beta, much will remain the same with a few developer UI improvements. “Sencha Touch 2 is the cornerstone behind what we are going to be doing in the next couple months around the Sencha HTML5 platform. Using Sencha Touch and the new capabilities in Touch 2 to form the cornerstone of the developer experience from designing, developing and deploying their HTML5 applications,” Bansod said. What are your impressions of Sencha Touch 2? How does it compare to other build services like appMobi, Brightcove or Conduit? As a wrapper, does it beat PhoneGap? Let us know in the comments. Tags:#apps#HTML5#mobile What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#apps#HTML5#mobile dan rowinski One of the key shifts for Sencha in releasing Touch 2 is a focus on the mobile ecosystem. While competitor appMobi is almost always focused on the ecosystem, Sencha has always been about the HTML5 spec and creating better tools.“The native packaging kit that allows you to build on Mac and Windows is totally novel in the mobile ecosystem,” Bansod said. “We have some new UI controls in the updated APIs and that will help while building your applications as well as building apps that have much more of a look and a feel that look native-like.”Out of the box, Sencha Touch 2 comes with several applications that can be used as guides for building with the platform. The company sent ReadWriteMobile several test devices to show this off. For iOS that includes an app called “The Watch List” (pictured above) that shares what movies you want to see or have seen with friends. “TouchStyle” is an app for purchasing home and fashion items. On Android applications include Sencha Radio and Sencha Jog. It is one thing to give developers a couple sample apps but Sencha takes it a step further with its Kitchen Sink application that shows off exactly what can be done within the framework and gives source code examples. This feature is beneficial to both new programmers looking for ways to create rounded buttons or experienced developers having trouble with HTML5 audio or video integration. The core uses of Sencha HTML5 platform are to prototype, design, develop, package and deploy HTML5 apps. The company wants to make using the platform as painless as possible for developers and was one of the core goals for the team in updating Touch. The framework itself has been updated with a more streamlined UI for developers that Bansod describes as more “visceral.” Sencha worked to create better performance for hybrid HTML5 apps for iOS and Android and has updated many of its native API containers to take advantage of camera, push messaging, device orientation and scrolling. Sencha spent the most time with Touch 2 working to improve Android performance. It is well known in the mobile ecosystem that the native Android browser lacks well behind iOS and one of Sencha’s primary goals was to improve that performance. “We have spent endless amount of time working and tuning for Android. Like list performance, for example. It might seem mundane but for user experience it is so important,” Bansod said. “I throw a list and it actually flies as far as I want it to as well as animations feel as well as they should for the platform. So, we spent time with device manufacturers understanding their implementations of WebKit and what we ended up doing is building specific implementations of our core performance APIs for each specific platform. The developer does not see this, thankfully, the developer sees one common API and we use different parts of HTML and CSS to actually do the performance work under the hood on the developers’ behalf.”last_img read more