iPad Makes NFL Team Efficient –Cagle
The Broncos turned to PlayerLync, a Colorado-based firm, for its digital playbook. The app allows users to write notes and highlight plays using the tablet’s touchscreen, according to the newspaper. The playbooks are saved on remote servers for future use, if needed. In the past, paper playbooks were trashed the following week. And, the ability to push out new plays means no more late-night gatherings because the coach wants to add a hook-and-lateral play.
Naturally, having a completely digital playbook leaves the Broncos, Buccaneers and Ravens open to opposition or casual hackers. But there are safety parameters in place; should an iPad be lost or stolen, the device can be remotely wiped clear. Also, in the event of a disabled network connection, a “time bomb” feature in the PlayerLync app deletes the playbook at a predetermined time.
Of course, most Bronco fans will thank new quarterback Peyton Manning, and not the iPad, should their team reach the Super Bowl. Truth be known, ditching former QB Tim Tebow will prove more instrumental than getting rid of paper playbooks.
Not to worry, printing fans. The first time Denver loses a tough battle on the game’s final play, 120 iPads will be smashed in unison.
FATALITY FALLOUT: The U.K. firm Wyndham Peterborough has been fined £112,500 ($181,500) for safety breaches in the 2008 death of Ian Ebbs, 34, who was working on the paddle wheel assembly of a press when it moved and landed on his chest, killing him.
The printing company, known as St Ives Peterborough at the time of the incident, was also ordered to pay $129,000 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, leading to the death of the maintenance engineer, the Spalding Guardian reported. The presiding judge, Nic Madge, reportedly took into account two other incidents—“near misses”—involving the same piece of equipment. Madge also agreed with the Health and Safety Executive’s case that a permanent solution to either fix or catalog the faults had not been pursued by the printer.