The Capitol Police killed the hopes and dreams of thousands of D.C.-area children (and at least a few dozen Hill staffers) Wednesday night when it reaffirmed a city ban on sledding on the Capitol grounds.
Merrymaking insurgents struck a major victory in the War On Fun Thursday, sledding to their hearts’ content on the Capitol Hill West Lawn and forcing the police into a retreat.
In D.C., Sledding Commences on Capitol Hill
In the nation’s capital, #TheStruggle to sled is real.
No sledding, no peace! RT @bridgetbhc: A lot more DC residents have showed up to sled on Capitol Hill pic.twitter.com/uzv1b1vA6I
— Chris Armstrong (@carmstrong07) March 5, 2015
And come, I will reveal a marvel unto you: I will say a nice thing about a Democrat. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton did her job today and represented her constituents. Good job, Delegate. – See? I can do it! I wasn’t snide or sarcastic at all.
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Get ready to learn how to pronounce a new Chinese brand name: Huawei.
The Chinese telecom firm had a surprise hit at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week with its stylish Huawei Watch. And that looks like only the beginning of a much bigger push to entrench itself in popular consciousness as a maker of consumer smartwatches and smartphones via ”traditional advertising, online promotion and sports team sponsorships,” as its U.S. spokesman told Reuters.
See also: Huawei Just Made The Best-Looking Android Wear Smartwatch Yet
On top of that, Kevin Yang of iSupply’s China Research division claims (via CNET) that Google has tapped Huawei to make the next iteration of its Nexus smartphone line. If true—and if the resulting phone is a good one—that could give the company significant cred with tech-savvy shoppers.
In other words, there’s suddenly a lot going on with Huawei. (Oh, and that pronunciation? Try WAH-way.)
Who Is Huawei?
Though the buzzy Huawei Watch may be the first time U.S. consumers have heard of the company, Huawei has produced telecom equipment in China since the late 1980s. Founded in 1987 by a former engineer in the People’s Liberation Army, the company was born of a Chinese government initiative to build up domestic technological infrastructure.
Much of Huawei’s early business centered on building phone and Internet infrastructure throughout the nation, making it a rough analogue to Cisco. By the late 1990s and early 2000s, Huawei had started expanding operations into other territories, supplying technology for new mobile networks throughout Asia, Europe, and Australia.
In 2009, Huawei unveiled its first Android smartphone. Since then it’s built an impressive lineup of low- to mid-tier Android and Windows Phone handsets, although its efforts to gain a foothold in the U.S. market haven’t gotten it very far yet.
A Little Trouble From Big China
The company has faced other headwinds, particularly involving repeated—though never clearly proven—charges involving the security of its telecom equipment. In 2012, the House Intelligence Committee released a report accusing Huawei of providing the Chinese army’s cyberwarfare unit access to its networking equipment.
Huawei denied those assertions, although suspicion that the company maintains surreptitious connections to the Chinese government continues to dog its U.S. business efforts. Ren even reportedly said in 2013 that Huawei planned to exit the U.S. market rather than be stuck “in the middle of U.S-China relations.”
But that’s all in the past. A White House review of allegations against the company found no clear evidence that Huawei had spied for China, and the company later backtracked on its threat to leave the U.S.
On a separate front, Huawei has run into intellectual property issues. Last year T-Mobile took Huawei to court over allegations that the Chinese company had stolen its cell phone testing technology. Prior to that, it’s been hit with similar IP lawsuits from the likes of Motorola and Cisco, to name a few.
Despite its turbulent relationship with the U.S., Huawei’s recently revealed smartwatch could mark a turning point for the company. The Huawei Watch looks like a premium device and resembles nothing else on the market, although it’s still not clear how well it works or how long its battery will last.
The Apple Watch is on its way this April, and it’s a beautiful piece of tech. The Huawei Watch, meanwhile, could give Apple a run for its money in terms of design and style. It boasts a popular round-face design, sapphire display, premium metal body construction, and a heart rate monitor. In short, the Huawei Watch looks like it’ll do everything the Apple Watch will do—just for Android.
This is the first device to come out of Huawei that’s made anyone look twice at the company. If it’s priced reasonably and can actually make good on its promises, the Watch could change Huawei’s reputation as a maker of less-than-impressive devices. And it could give Google a shiny new weapon in the coming wearable war against Apple.
All in all, whether it’s behind the next Nexus or not, you’d better learn how to pronounce “Huawei.” You’ll be saying it a lot more pretty soon.
Trades can’t officially happen until the NFL league year starts on Tuesday, March 10th, but the Chicago Bears are actively shopping wide receiver Brandon Marshall according to the Tribune’s Brad Biggs.
Now it makes sense why the Chicago Bears met with free agent wide out Brandon Hartline yesterday.
Sources: #Bears are exploring trade options for WR Brandon Marshall. http://t.co/41Y6QisitE
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) March 5, 2015
Even though Marshall has been on relatively good behavior during his time as a Bear, there were still some headache moments last season. It’s perfectly logical for the Bears to do their due diligence on a possible trade with a new regime in place. This is especially true if they feel Alshon Jeffery is ready for true #1 WR status, plus you need to factor in the strength of this year’s draft class of wide outs.
The soon to be 31 year old Marshall had an injury riddled year last season when he had the lowest catches and yards since his rookie season of 2006.
Here is the financial situation from Biggs.
The Bears extended Marshall’s contract last spring and he earned $ 15 million in 2014 in a deal created by former general manager Phil Emery. The contract includes a $ 200,000 workout bonus for this coming season meaning the Bears can save $ 7.7 million in cash by releasing him. The Bears have roughly $ 27 million in cap space and shedding Marshall would create $ 3.95 million in cap savings although he would count $ 5.625 million in dead money and be off the books in 2016.
With the Bears expected to move towards a more balanced offensive attack, having two Pro Bowl talents at wide out may be a luxury the Bears feel they don’t need.
What are your thoughts on the Bears shopping Brandon Marshall?
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Francisco Rodriguez still has to pass a physical with the Brewers before he can have his deal officially announced, tweets Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. However, Rodriguez is still getting his visa sorted out and is therefore experiencing a delay in the process. The Brewers, of course, re-signed Rodriguez to a two-year, $ 13MM deal to serve as their closer once again.
Here’s more from the National League Central…
Luis Jimenez, who is out of options, is competing with Luis Sardinas and Hector Gomez for a utility infield role with the Brewers, writes Haudricourt. Jimenez and Gomez may have the upper hand, but if Sardinas hits and proves himself to be capable at third base, Jimenez could be squeezed out of a roster spot. The Brewers have two bench spots to be filled by these three players, writes Haudricourt, but going with Sardinas would of course lead to the risk of losing Jimenez on waivers at the end of Spring Training.
Reds reliever Burke Badenhop tells MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon that he found the free agent process “nerve-racking” despite being pleased with the results. “I continued to fall back on the point that we knew what was out there,” said Badenhop, “kind of where I fit in the market. It’s kind of a funky spot, not really crystal clear. Nobody that was ahead of me was getting worse deals than I thought I should have got and nobody behind me was getting better deals.”
The role of Cubs‘ fifth starter is “for all practical purposes” Travis Wood‘s to lose, ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers wrote yesterday. The Cubs have Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks in the front four slots, with Wood, Edwin Jackson and Tsuyoshi Wada competing for the fifth slot. Rogers does note that Jackson or Wada could force their way into the role, but it seems likely that at least one of the three candidates for the final spot will be traded this spring, in Rogers’ estimation. I have a difficult time seeing any club agreeing to take on Jackson’s remaining $ 26MM; a release may be the more likely outcome, though that’s a large chunk of money for any team to swallow. For those wondering, Wood will earn just under $ 5.7MM in 2015 and is controllable through the 2016 season via arbitration, while Wada is earning $ 4MM this season on a one-year deal.
Taking a screenshot on the HTC One M9 is just a little different than it used to be. But it’s still a simple (and important!) thing to be able to do. Here’s how.
A good bit has changed on the HTC One M9. It’s got a refined design. The software’s been streamlined even more, with a new emphasis on the home screen adapting to your needs, and with a powerful theme engine.
One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is how you’ll take a screenshot on the M9. Or maybe it has, slightly. Here’s the deal.