Ryan Fullerton took advantage of a small field to capture his first ever Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf tour title Sunday at the Nakusp course. “Ryan played solid golf all day and sealed the victory sticking his approach on 18 to five feet and then making the birdie putt,” said zone coordinator Rob McKay.”Ryan has played the circuit for three years and he was well deserving of the win.”Brenan Moroney of Rossland/Trail won the 17-18 division while in the 15-16 category Brett Mengler of the host Nakusp course took first ahead of Amber Arnold from Castlegar.The 14 and under division went to a playoff with Braden McKay from RTCC beating Carson Arcuri from Granite Point on the second playoff hole. On the first playoff hole Carson made a fantastic par save from the bunker, but on the second hole of the playoff his approach ran through the green and he was not able to get up and down. In the Net division the McInnes brothers from Nakusp took honors. Nathyn McInnes took the 15 – 18 year old division with a net 67 and Dugan the 14 and under with a net 63. In the skill prizes Brenan Moroney and Braden McKay both dominated. Both kids won the KP and LD in their age divisions.
The seeds are heading down the tournament trail for a Saturday afternoon faceoff following opening round games at the Klash in the Kootenay women’s flat track roller derby championships at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.And the host Kootenay Kannibelles are right in the thick of the run to the final after posting a win over Okanagan/Shuswap Raggedy Rollers Friday.The Kannibelles play Red Deer Roller Derby Association Belladonnas at 4 p.m. while top seeded Terminal City plays E-Ville at 2 p.m.The winners advance to the championship final Sunday at 11:30 a.m.In action Saturday morning, the Oil City Derby Girls of Edmonton topped the 200-point total against Deathbridge of Lethbridge.The Oil City Derby Girls play in the five-six consolation game at 6 p.m.Klash in the Kootenays at the NDCC Arena promises to be a big hit for the fans and playersIt’s probably the fastest growing sport in North America and now fans of women’s flat track roller derby can see the best Western Canada has to offer this weekend in Nelson at the Klash in the Kootenays.“The teams coming to this tournament are the tops in Western Canada,” said Michelle Sylvest of the organizing committee and president of the West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League.“So fans won’t get to see better action anywhere.”The eight-team seeded tournament begins at noon Friday in the NDCC Arena with the host Kannibelles meeting the Okanagan/Shuswap Raggedy Rollers.In the only meeting this season between the two rivals, the Kannibelles skated away with a lopsided victory.Roller Derby has been on a rise in the West Kootenay for both fans and players. The success of the Kannibelles is the reason why region is playing host to the Westerns.“Our team had a pretty good run last year at the Best of the West (in Kelowna) so we got asked to host the event this year,” said Sylvest, adding the Kannibelles are led by National team player Beretta Lynch.The Kannibelles enter the tourney as the second seed behind top-ranked Terminal City Roller Girls of Vancouver.Terminal City meet Deathbridge of Lethbridge at 2 p.m.Red Deer Roller Derby Association Belladonnas meet Calgary Roller Derby at 4 p.m. before the final contest between Edmonton rivals, E-Ville and Oil City Derby Girls goes at 6 p.m.“This is going to be one exciting game,” Sylvest said. “Both teams are from Edmonton and there’s a strong rivalry between them.”“Fans won’t get to watch a better game than this (Friday),” Sylvest adds.Each team is guaranteed three games.Semi finals are set for Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m. — if the Kannibelles advance, the host squad will meet the winner of Red Deer and Calgary at 4 p.m.The two semi final winners meet in the tourney final at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The consolation final is set for 9 a.m. Sunday.The winner represents the western provinces at the National Tournament in the spring of 2013.Sylvest invites the public to attend any of the games.Tickets are available for the entire tournament or for single days.For more information check out the tournament website at http://www.kootenayrollerderby.com/Oh, and did we say they’ll be an influx of players, coaches and spectators in Nelson for the weekend?“We expect to see about 300 extra people in Nelson with most of them derby girls,” Sylvest explains.
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Southland Tuesday baseball was highlighted with Sam Houston State’s fourth consecutive victory over No. 10 Rice. The Bearkats’ pitching silenced the Owls’ bats to help Sam Houston to a 3-1 win over one of the top teams in the country. In other conference action, New Orleans split a doubleheader against Texas Southern while McNeese State’s game against Houston was halted in the top of the ninth inning due to thunderstorms. The Cowboys and Cougars will conclude the game on April 29.Sam Houston State 3, No. 10 Rice 1HOUSTON, Texas – Great pitching and timely hitting led the Sam Houston baseball team to their fourth consecutive win over perennial power Rice, 3-1, Tuesday at Reckling Park. | Read MoreNew Orleans 4, Texas Southern 3Texas Southern 3, New Orleans 1NEW ORLEANS, La. – The New Orleans Privateers baseball team split a rain-delayed doubleheader with the Texas Southern Tigers on Tuesday night at Wesley Barrow Stadium. The Privateers took the first game of the doubleheader 4-3 after rallying from an early two-run deficit. New Orleans took a 1-0 advantage in the first, but fell behind after giving up three runs in the third. | Read MoreHouston 5, McNeese State 2 – Suspended (9th inning)HOUSTON, Texas – The McNeese State baseball team held a two-run a lead heading to the eighth inning as Houston responded with runs of their own to take a 5-2 lead before the game was suspended in the top of the ninth due to heavy thunderstorms in the area. | Read MoreTulane 1, Nicholls 0THIBODAUX, La. – The Colonel pitching staff held Tulane to no runs through seven innings, but a leadoff double in the eighth led to an unearned run as the Nicholls State University baseball team dropped a 1-0 decision to the Green Wave on Tuesday night at Ray E. Didier Field. | Read MoreMissouri State 3, Oral Roberts 2 (10 innings)TULSA, Okla. – Four Oral Roberts University baseball players recorded multiple hits on Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough as the Missouri State Bears topped the Golden Eagles 3-2 in 10 innings. | Read MoreNo. 18 Texas A&M 5, Houston Baptist 1COLLEGE STATION, Texas – A four-run second by No. 18 Texas A&M held up as Houston Baptist blanked the Aggies over the final seven innings of a 5-1 loss in non-conference baseball Tuesday night at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. | Read MoreTexas State 6, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4SAN MARCOS, Texas – A rain delay in the bottom of the seventh slowed the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi pitching staff, as it allowed four runs in two innings following the delay to fall 6-4 to Texas State on Tuesday. | Read More
The Huskies return nine letterwinners from last season, including four starters in senior guard Marcel Smith, senior center Ricmonds Vilde, junior guard/forward Caleb Crayton, and sophomore forward Colter Lasher. Senior guard Tyler Russell primarily came off the bench last season after starting for much of his career, and while the Huskies do not return any double-figure scorers, he and Lasher have shown high-volume scoring ability. Two years removed from having only one Houston-area product on its roster, HBU has restocked with local talent. The Huskies now have five players from Texas, including four from the Houston area. Russell is the team’s leading returning scorer at 8.3 points per game, after returning from a season-ending knee injury midway through his sophomore season. He averaged 11.6 points per game as a freshman and 11.4 points in 2012-13 prior to his injury. Lasher averaged 5.7 points per game in his first season at HBU, but scored in double figures in 10 of the Huskies’ last 13 games. Both have the ability to score from just about anywhere on the floor, as Lasher shot 41 percent and Russell shot 35 percent from behind the arc. The Huskies have put together a solid recruiting class with transfers Jourdan Stickler (Annapolis, Md.) and Anthony Odunsi (Sugar Land, Texas), as well as incoming freshmen Josh Ibarra (Angleton, Texas), Trey Patterson (Plano, Texas), Terry Harris (Dix Hills, N.Y.), and Stephen O’Suji (Houston, Texas). Stickler gives HBU another shooter, hitting nearly 40 percent from 3-point range at Blinn last season, while Ibarra adds another formidable post presence along with Vilde and Stetler. Patterson and Odunsi are long, athletic combo guards who have great defensive instincts. Patterson was a member of the one of the top AAU programs in the country and accepted the challenge of defending each opponent’s top scoring guard. Harris provides the Huskies with much depth at the wing position and is the younger brother of Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris. While HBU’s first season in the Southland did not go as planned in 2014, the Huskies were more competitive in the league than their record would suggest. HBU lost seven games that were decided by six points or fewer or in overtime, including four two-point games. HOUSTON, Texas – Houston Baptist will celebrate its 50th season of basketball in 2014-15, as head coach Ron Cottrell enters his 24th season at the school, the eighth-longest tenure in NCAA Division I basketball. Sophomore guard Reveal Chukwujekwu and sophomore forwards Cody Stetler and Alex Fountain should see increased roles, with each appearing in 24 games as freshmen. Junior guard Mike Turner earned more time on the floor last season by hitting 50 percent from long distance. Chukwujekwu, Fountain, and Turner each recorded a double-digit scoring effort against a Southland opponent. Senior guard Marcel Smith has led HBU in assists in each of his first three seasons, currently ranks as the Huskies’ all-time leader in free throw percentage, and is among the school’s all-time leaders in three-point field goal percentage. Vilde and Crayton expect to be 100 percent after battling through injuries last season. Vilde led the team in double-doubles, was the team’s top rebounder on 10 occasions, and led the Huskies in blocked shots. Crayton started in 28 of 29 games, and averaged 7.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures seven times and posted a 20-point performance at Central Arkansas. HBU opens the season at Northwestern Nov. 14, and also has non-conference road games at UT Arlington, San Francisco, UC-Riverside, and cross-town rivals Rice and Houston. In Southland Conference play, the Huskies open at home against Northwestern State, before three-straight road games in Louisiana. HBU returns home for three in a row and finishes the season with 14-straight games within the state of Texas.
Bloomington, Indiana – Sophomore Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 20 points including six three-pointers to lead #24 Indiana to an 83-68 win over Southern Indiana, a Division II power, in the first exhibition game for both teams. USI is ranked #23 in the NCAA Division II preseason poll and will next play at Tennessee, November 7, while the Hoosiers will take on Hillsdale, November 4 in their final exhibition tuneup.“This past week of practice was his (Yogi) best overall week he’s had probably since he’s been here, so I think that really gives us something to build on,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “I think the whole key is you take what the game is giving you, and Yogi is good enough where that’s got to be the key.” USI came out the aggressor to start the second half and made it’s first six shots and cut the lead to 44-42 at the first media timeout with 15:37 left in the game. Williams got a kind bounce on a three-pointer and senior Evan Gordon added a free throw to cap an 11-2 IU run to make it 55-44 with 11:57 left in the game.The Screaming Eagles would continue to claw back but when Hollowell buried a triple on the left wing, the Hoosiers would lead 67-57 and ended up leading by as much as 18 points.“I thought the first game under the lights, the first game in front of the fans, I thought our guys played with tremendous energy, said IU Coach Tom Crean. “I thought we got better as the game went on. I think these guys understood that at some point in time if you just stick with it, stick with your energy, you keep pushing the ball, keep attacking, good things are going to happen.”Several other IU players provided solid nights. Gordon would finish with six points, five rebounds and three assists, sophomore Austin Etherington hit four of four free throws and added two steals, and freshman Luke Fischer would contribute two points, five boards, two assists and a blocked shot in 11 minutes after just returning to practice three days earlier.Statistically, the Hoosiers grabbed 21 offensive rebounds and outboarded USI, 54-36. The Hoosiers aggressiveness also figured at the free throw line with IU making 18 of 31 to USI’s two of seven attempts. In addition, the Hoosiers outscored the visitors on the break, 23-2.“I think the fans are really going to enjoy the team, but I think they are going to be like me, they’ll pull their hair out once in a while, said Crean. Hopefully they’ll understand that these guys are trying to do everything they can do to continue to hold Indiana to the standard they’re at. They want it and that’s well over half the battle.”The men’s team will be at Assembly Hall tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 to host their annual Haunted Hall of Hoops. Admission is free. Indiana led for the majority of the game and used contributions from several players to hold off the Screaming Eagles each time it looked like they could make a run. All totaled six players scored nine points or more for the Hoosiers.Sophomore Jeremy Hollowell scored 13 points and had two assists, freshman Troy Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds, senior Will Sheehey had 10 points and four boards, freshman Noah Vonleh had nine points and 12 boards and sophomore Hanner Mosquera-Perea chipped in nine points and five rebounds.With the game tied at 22-22 with 6:18 to go in the first half, the Hoosiers closed out the half on a 16-9 run when Williams hit a fast break slam dunk at the buzzer to see IU lead 38-29 at half.
Michalski finishes seventh for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — The Marshfield boys golf team finished fourth at the fourth leg of the Wisconsin Valley Conference Tournament on Tuesday at a chilly and rainy Greenwood Hills Country Club. The meet was hosted by D.C. Everest.The Tigers, who were one shot out of third in last Friday’s meet at Stevens Point, finished with a score of 337 Tuesday, two shots behind third-place Wausau West. Stevens Point won its fourth-straight leg of the seven-meet tournament with a score of 305.Wausau East’s Matt Tuman was unfazed by the poor weather, shooting a six-under par 66 to win meet medalist honors and open up his overall lead in the conference standings over Max Bancker of Stevens Point. Bancker tied teammate Jake Hofmeister for second with a 75, and the two Panthers sit second and third in the overall standings behind Tuman.Derek Michalski led Marshfield with a 79 as he tied for seventh. Michalski is in sixth in the overall standings.Brendan Schneider tied for 10th with an 83, Grant Michaelis shot an 86, and Zach Hanson had an 89 for the Tigers. Joe Kirschnik added a 90 to round out the Marshfield squad.The fifth leg of the tournament is Friday at Wausau Country Club. Marshfield hosts the sixth leg next Tuesday at RiverEdge Golf Course.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Wisconsin Valley Conference Tournament, Leg No. 4May 10, at Greenwood Hills Country Club, Wausau (Host: D.C. Everest)Team scores: 1. Stevens Point 305; 2. Wausau East 322; 3. Wausau West 335; 4. Marshfield 337; 5. D.C. Everest 369; 6. Wisconsin Rapids 388; 7. Merrill 394.Top 10 and Marshfield finishers: 1. Matt Tuman (WE) 66; 2. Max Bancker (SP) and Jake Hofmeister (SP) 75; 4. Taylor Thomas (SP) 76; 5. Hunter Wallace (MER) and Landon Dehnel (WE) 77; 7. Charlie Okray (SP) and Derek Michalski (MAR) 79; 9. Austin Hillery (WW) 82; 10. Josh Yang (WW) and Brendan Schneider (MAR) 83; 15. (tie) Grant Michaelis (MAR) 86; 18. (tie) Zach Hanson (MAR) 89; 20. (tie) Joe Kirschnik (MAR) 90.Overall Standings through four legs of sevenTeam standings: 1. Stevens Point 28; 2. Wausau East 21.5; 3. Wausau West 21; 4. Marshfield 17.5; 5. D.C. Everest 12; 6. Merrill and Wisconsin Rapids 6.Top 10 and Marshfield individuals: 1. Matt Tuman (WE) 57; 2. Max Bancker (SP) 53; 3. Jake Hofmeister (SP) 45; 4. Josh Yang (WW) 44.5; 5. Taylor Thomas (SP) 43; 6. Derek Michalski (MAR) 35; 7. Charlie Okray (SP) 33.5; 8. Evan Thomas (SP) 26.5; 9. Austin Hillery (WW) 24.5; 10. Landon Dehnel (WE) 21.5; 14. (tie) Joe Kirschnik (MAR) 7.5; 18. Brendan Schneider (MAR) 6.5; 19. (tie) Zach Hanson (MAR) 5.5; 24. Grant Michaelis (MAR) 2.5.
20 June 2011Twenty-four of Vodacom’s employees from across the continent recently graduated from the Vodacom Advanced Executive Programme (VAEP), which was developed in partnership with Wits Business School to improve talented employees’ leadership, business and innovation skills.The programme has been running since 2003, and is designed to reward talented employees by offering them the opportunity to improve their skills. The 2010 intake included representatives from four of Vodacom’s African offices, entrenching the company’s commitment to grow leaders across the continent.Cross-boundary collaborationThe programme is seen as an important development tool, as it gives the company’s top employees the opportunity to visit Vodafone operations around the world to observe global innovative thinking.“They return to South Africa and develop business case proposals which could be applied to our African operations,” said Vodacom chief human resources officer Mpho Nkeli in a statement last week. “This makes the programme exciting not only for their own development, but the cross-boundary collaboration also carries enormous benefits for Vodacom.“The aim of the programme is to contribute towards strengthening our business, to actively create an environment for our people to excel beyond our innovation borders and to grow Vodacom leaders across the continent.”Reputable leadership programmesAccording to Vodacom, the VAEP is aligned with a high calibre of reputable leadership programmes and global standards, and has also been enhanced with a Telecoms Mini-MBA, whilst providing a desirably diverse learning approach.Employees who are invited to join the programme are expected to attend lectures on multiple modules covering everything from finance, accounting and economics. The course offers both theoretical and practical experience.“One of the most important elements of the course is the Janus Project, where participants analyse an international organisation in an integrated case study and extract learning points of global solutions while remaining locally relevant for future consideration by Vodacom,” said Nkeli.Identifying and building future leadersThe programme allows Vodacom to always be a step ahead of its competitors by promoting strategic thinking and innovation amongst its employees. The suggestions, research and findings that are developed from this programme are carefully analysed and considered by Vodacom’s executive team.“The VAEP programme ensures that our employees always strive for excellence and are always looking for ways to be creative, dynamic and innovative,” said Nkeli. “VAEP allows us to retain and attract the best employees in the market.“The programme also offers us the opportunity to identify and build future leaders of Vodacom.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… A new school year is about to start and students nationwide will be clamoring for ways to keep up with their school work. With many schools starting to offer free iPod Touches, iPhones, and laptops, the iTunes App Store will be one of the first places to go for back-to-school apps. The new school year also means that research via Wikipedia is going to be on the rise. Fortunately for those with iPhones and iPod Touches, they can now access Wikipedia anywhere while on the go with Wikipanion from the iTunes App Store.Wikipanion Review Wikipanion (iTunes link) is the best application out for Wikipedia on the iPhone and iPod Touch. This app is simply genius and gives you a simplified version of Wikipedia without leaving out any of the site’s extra features. To simply the site to fit the screen size of the iPhone, the normal links that you’d see to each section of an article are foregone on the main screen. Instead, there’s a small icon located at the bottom of the app that’s similar to the bookmark button in Safari on the iPhone. Using this button, users can access all the sections of an article. Wikipanion: The New College Student’s BibleWith just about everything accessible from this app including pictures, links, and more, the only thing that’s missing is an automatic bibliography creator. Students and Wikipedia fans alike will definitely find this app to be enjoyable. However, if you’re into creating articles on Wikipedia, I’m afraid this isn’t the app for you. There’s no way to edit an article. However, all of Wikipedia’s articles are now accessible with just one click with Wikipanion. Tags:#Features#Product Reviews#web corvida 1 Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Looking for the list of sources, related topics, and external links for your article? There’s a button to access these features also. You not only get to see the links, but you can open them in Safari. According to the developers site, loading Wikipedia pages with Wikipanion is a lot faster than accessing the Wikipedia site from the iPhone’s browser. To be honest, we agree. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Therefore iCloud could be noteworthy for having (at least thus far) not been a spectacular failure. But the brilliance of Apple’s marketing has left many with the impression that iCloud has no direct competition with Android. What Android does lack, and what iCloud does provide, is a context of the service as an ever-present resource that’s attached, albeit ethereally, to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Of course it’s an Apple-only service, but haven’t all Apple-produced disk drives since 1978 been Apple-only? From Apple’s perspective, why must a virtual device, by definition, be more platform-agnostic than a physical one?Because it’s just another Apple device, it’s programmable like an Apple device. Developers can build apps around it, and create new functions and methods that Apple Corp. hasn’t even foreseen. For any other platform, this would be a great thing; from Apple’s perspective, it could easily become perceived as an effort by independents to trim their way through Apple’s carefully walled garden. Expect some “openness” issues to crop up around iCloud throughout 2012.1. Evernote. Bill Gates was known to have overused the word “great” during his press appearances as the head of Microsoft, so there are probably thousands of sound bites of the phrase “great apps” just waiting to be compiled into the next great, annoying YouTube mash-up. Only a few apps get to be described as things of beauty. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market At its core, Evernote does one thing, and does that very well. It collects clips of data from the Web sites you’re reading or the applications you’re using, and gathers them into categories that can be synced in the cloud and accessed from multiple devices. I noticed Evernote had pervaded the apps repertoires of many of the Syracuse University students we covered during last month’s MLB.com Apps Challenge. Now that laptops, tablets, and in some universities, thin client desktops are the principal research tool of every scholar, Evernote has quickly risen to the level of ubiquitousness among this specific class of users – as invaluable to the work they do as Twitter.Whether Evernote rises to the level of “beauty” depends on whether it raises its batting average of late. My friend and colleague Joe Brockmeier discovered the latest app in the Evernote ecosystem, called Hello, was perhaps a little less than half-baked. Nevertheless, the core of Evernote has joined Box.net, Dropbox, and Google Docs as the very definition of “cloud app” among users who know the cloud, and who truly do get it. 6. Joukuu. We introduced you to this storage maintenance service last month, calling it a “cloud cloud.” It’s a Web-based console for displaying in a single list the contents of files stored to Google Docs, Box.net, and Dropbox (Microsoft SkyDrive support still forthcoming). When you work with many colleagues on a project, and they all subscribe to different services (often the case with independent contractors who happen to be paired together), Joukuu is a true timesaver. And the drag-and-drop functionality of its outside-the-browser app saves you about a thousand clicks per day. RWW’s The Consumer Cloud series by Richard MacManus:The Consumer Cloud: Your Next Big Home Computing ProjectHow to Store Your Files in the Cloud, and Why You’d Want ToWindows 8 Will Bring Personal Cloud to BillionsCloud Drive ComparisonHow to Get Started With Apple’s iCloud (for new users)Making the Transition to Apple’s iCloud (for MobileMe users)Should You Move Your Files to Amazon’s New Cloud Drive? 2. iCloud. The establishment of Apple’s stronghold in devices, and the services that support them, was deliberate, systematic, and in almost every aspect of its execution, brilliant. The exception was MobileMe, a service whose frequent slip-ups and uncharacteristically dramatic failures led Steve Jobs to openly declare its launch “not our finest hour.”RWW’s The Consumer Cloud series by Richard MacManus:The Consumer Cloud: Your Next Big Home Computing ProjectHow to Store Your Files in the Cloud, and Why You’d Want ToWindows 8 Will Bring Personal Cloud to BillionsCloud Drive ComparisonHow to Get Started With Apple’s iCloud (for new users)Making the Transition to Apple’s iCloud (for MobileMe users)Should You Move Your Files to Amazon’s New Cloud Drive? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 5. Hojoki. (If you weren’t looking carefully enough, with definitions of Joukuu and Hojoki, you’d think this would be a foreign language course.) Entire billion-dollar-plus industries are built around so-called “collaboration platforms” that enable sharing and versioning of documents among members of teams. And yet there are individual cloud apps (Beanstalk, Dropbox, Evernote, GitHub) that are involved with the individual tasks around collaboration, and which all have managed identity, but which are not linked together.So it really took more clever observation than creative genius to create Hojoki, but the premise works just the same as if genius were involved from the beginning. Hojoki is a messaging system that looks an awful lot like something you’d see from Salesforce. It builds a stream of people with whom you’re already sharing contacts, and lets you organize them into groups for collaborative projects. The activities that all of you share within that group are pipelined through the Hojoki stream to everyone in that group, so it becomes an automatic task progress monitor. The service is currently in beta, although it’s already made significant inroads, and there will be a business model attached to a premium service once the beta cycle is complete. 4. Do.com. Nothing more thoroughly demonstrates the rapidly changing state of the applications market in general than the fact that Microsoft Outlook’s greatest competition in over a decade comes from something that isn’t really an e-mail client. Do.com from Salesforce includes the level and ease of functionality for file sharing and collaboration that enterprises may have already attached to Outlook by way of add-ons, but which aren’t available for everyday Outlook users.And by tying Do.com to Gmail as its primary messaging service, Salesforce is wedging itself beneath Outlook and threatening to uproot it from home users’ and small business users’ systems. Do.com may not be a threat yet to Exchange, though it may put a dent in Hosted Exchange services for smaller businesses. Nonetheless, it’s demonstrating that even an e-mail client with “2010” in its name is looking more and more like “1980.”3. Spotify. The reason for the decline, if not yet outright collapse, of the global recording industry is that it is has not been meaningful or desirable for consumers to own music. The industry’s principal delivery system for music, even to this date, remains a container that consumers no longer want; and the system that consumers prefer, and which a majority of them now actually use, is something that the industry has yet to truly embrace. Services like Last.fm and Pandora are more convenient than music ownership and, for more users today, more interesting than radio. For the last few years, many everyday folks who’ve been asked in surveys, “What is a cloud application?” have either guessed wrong or said they don’t know. Folks don’t know what “the cloud” is, and for the most part, that’s not their fault. Unlike the Internet, which truly is a single network of interconnected resources, “the cloud” is more of a concept, one which can be leveraged by marketing departments to mean just about anything.For this year’s ReadWriteWeb list of the most important and influential consumer-grade cloud computing apps of the year 2011, we focused our gaze on services that truly fit the formal definition: specifically, services that 1) utilize a remote resource of 2) variable capacity 3) which the user can provision for herself, 4) which is mostly or totally independent of programs installed on the user’s devices or PCs, and 5) which is not just a Web site with a big server. You may have seen Facebook on some publications’ Top Cloud lists already; by our definition, Facebook is not a cloud service. But we did look for providers that perform innovative, discrete functions built around their services.Not every entry on our list is new this year, but they have all done something innovative within 2011. Keep in mind also, these are consumer cloud apps – things that an individual would use for her personal work or livelihood. We’ll have a separate list later on for enterprise cloud innovations of the year. The functionality needs to be delivered from the cloud app, as opposed to installing an application on a PC or smartphone that just happens to borrow cloud storage.Hosting services are not cloud apps for purposes of this list; and there are plenty of innovative hosts to consider (we gave serious thought to Wistia), but in the end we decided that a hosting service is not really an application unless it provides a discrete function that goes over and above simple storage or sharing. Analytics, which Wistia provides, is right on the edge, but it’s really a measurement of a byproduct of using the service as opposed to a function that users actually perform. That’s not saying Wistia isn’t a great idea; it just belongs on another list.10. CloudApp. The largest single category of cloud apps for consumers is storage and retrieval, which is understandable because it’s a service that everyone needs to one degree or another. What’s interesting is how certain services innovate on this theme, and especially whether they give themselves room to continue innovating.CloudApp is for Mac OS and iOS users at the moment, and its innovation is that it’s building a little ecosystem around itself. It utilizes your choice of quick-and-easy gestures for designating a file or object to send to CloudApp’s storage, the most basic of which is dragging and dropping the object to CloudApp’s icon in the taskbar. In exchange for this gesture, CloudApp produces a URI which is copied to the Clipboard. From there, you can paste it into an e-mail, a tweet, or an IM message; when your recipient receives the link, she has instant access to the object.The way CloudApp innovates is by incrementally enhancing what can be easily uploaded, and how those objects can be utilized in their native context. One example is screenshots: You can designate a key for taking a screenshot and uploading it in one fell swoop; the recipient sees your link, clicks on it, and sees your screen. There’s no exporting or importing necessary here.But what hoisted CloudApp onto our Top 10 list this year is how well the company is promoting Raindrops. This is an extremely clever, self-promotional idea for enabling developers to build their own tools that utilize CloudApp in similarly contextual ways, with the help of CloudApp’s own API. One example the company created at the time this feature was launched in April 2010 is for Adobe Photoshop; since then, the community has contributed a truckload more, including an intelligent link interpreter for Twitter and a stand-alone CloudApp client for iOS called Stratus. Audiobox.fm, launched last year, is the streaming service that folks need anyway: one which enables them to store the music they own in the cloud ($3.99 for 11 GB is pretty fair) and also play that music from any device using the service’s own media player. ITunes users who were a bit discouraged last year by Audiobox.fm’s dedicated player were treated this year to the option of streaming their own M3U files from cloud storage, to their player of choice (with variable results, especially in the case of Winamp, but not for lack of trying). Related Posts 7. Audiobox.fm. My wife and I are both Pandora fans, although last year I found it ironic that both of us had been working – albeit without admitting it to ourselves – to make Pandora play music we actually already owned. Yes, that sounds like a pathetic waste of precious seconds, but there it is. Okay, maybe there aren’t a thousand Waze users in a city like mine (Indianapolis) just yet, but it’s surprising what you can find. There’s updates on traffic accidents and reported police sightings (which are rarer in some cities than others). What Waze demonstrates is that there are ways of making use of data that can be collected passively from a crowd of users, in ways that do not jeopardize privacy.8. Box.net. This is one of the services that comes to most folks mind when they know what a cloud app is. What’s kept Box.net in the news, including just this month – and what keeps Box.net on our list this year – is a constant stream of innovations. Customizable synchronization is one example from last fall; and earlier this month, a completely revamped iOS app that enables features like uploading photos and videos to discrete folders. This puts Box.net on a par with dedicated photo-sharing services that simply can’t expand its features list to Box.net’s size. And just this morning, the company launched an enterprise-grade option for unlimited storage. Tags:#2011 in Review > Best of 2011#web#Year in Review 9. Waze. What would be nice is if someone hired a few thousand cars to drive around each town looking for traffic incidents, and report on them in real-time. Let’s see, $25 bucks per hour salary times 1,000 reporters times 50 cities… I’ll get back to you on that idea.Or, what would be brilliant is if someone leveraged the platform that’s already in existence to enable a few thousand folks to do this job passively and voluntarily. Waze is a system that utilizes the GPS information being pinged back from iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, and Symbian devices. It’s been in existence since 2006, but last October the 3.0 version of the service introduced a fabulous new feature (so far, just for the iPhone users) that integrates with Twitter. This way, people can tweet on what’s happening in their neighborhoods (including the good things, like street fairs) from right where they’re standing. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… scott fulton Spotify gambles with the notion that $9.99/month subscriptions to its premium mobile services (estimated last month at about 2.5 million) will be enough to pay down the royalties it undoubtedly owes for all its users, including those who use the free Spotify Radio desktop app to choose the music they want from Spotify’s huge library. RWW’s John Paul Titlow has been covering Spotify and Spotify Radio very thoroughly, in part 1 and part 2; and RWW’s Jon Mitchell named Spotify #6 in his list of overall Top 10 Consumer Web Apps for 2011.But what made Spotify qualify here again as a Top Cloud App is something it didn’t have last year: an apps ecosystem of its very own. If you’re thinking we’ve screwed up and posted a picture of Last.fm instead… well, it’s no screw-up. Spotify’s new desktop application, with music recommendation apps built-in, is so strong that it includes Last.fm as one of its recommendation providers, along with Rolling Stone magazine and TuneWiki.When fully built out, the Spotify apps ecosystem will enable what the company is calling an “authentication layer” between record labels, app developers, and users. The technology that the record industry could not find it within itself to build for itself, may just end up being built for it. When that happens, it may have a certain deity to thank, followed immediately by Spotify. Here’s an example (above) of another add-on you can’t even see (which is a good thing): The maker of SparrowMail used CloudApp’s API to develop a way to do simple drag-and-drop of attachments into e-mail messages, bypassing Mac OS’ sometimes convoluted series of steps.Building a community around something as simple as an app is a difficult thing for a small company to achieve, especially when it’s in competition with a plethora of other vendors in the same category. CloudApp is pulling this off brilliantly. (It’s worth noting that the service is built on the open-source Heroku platform from Salesforce, thus answering RWW’s question from last year on whether developers will trust Heroku: Yes.)RWW’s The Consumer Cloud series by Richard MacManus:The Consumer Cloud: Your Next Big Home Computing ProjectHow to Store Your Files in the Cloud, and Why You’d Want ToWindows 8 Will Bring Personal Cloud to BillionsCloud Drive ComparisonHow to Get Started With Apple’s iCloud (for new users)Making the Transition to Apple’s iCloud (for MobileMe users)Should You Move Your Files to Amazon’s New Cloud Drive?