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Aug
16

A battle looming?

Posted By · August 16, 2012 at 8:39 am

Could it end up being a fight reminicent of the VHS vs. Beta battle years ago?

A group of big-name retailers are getting together to create a method for people to pay for purchases with their smartphones. Wal-Mart, Best-Buy Co. and Target Corp. are three of the companies forming Merchant Customer Exchange, a company to develop a mobile application that would be available for almost every smartphone.

Mark Williams, president of financial services for Best Buy, said, “As merchants, no one understands our customers’ shopping and payment experience better than we do, and we’re confident that together we can develop a technology solution that makes that experience more engaging, convenient and efficient.”

The problem is that there are already at least six competing applications out there. Starbucks, which has its own system now, recently teamed up with Square to use its payment app. Google has one for some Sprint phones; Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile USA have their own platform; Visa and Mastercard each have their own design and eBay even has a payment service.

Eventually there is going to have to be one platform that eveyone can use everywhere in order for this concept to succeed. But are all these companies willing to work together or is it going to be survival of the fittest?

Merchant Customer Exchange may have a good chance of being that survivor. Other companies that have signed on are 7-Eleven, Inc., Alon Brands, CVS/pharmacy, Darden Restaurants Inc., HMSHost, Hy-Vee Inc., Lowe’s Cos., Publix Super Markets Inc., Sears Holdings Corp., Shell Oil Products US, and Sunoco Inc. The group adds that even more members will be joing in the coming months.

Warren Mills is the webmaster for WTHR-TV. He has been building and working on web sites since the mid-1990s.
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Aug
15

Sunny Start, Stormy Finish on Thursday

Posted By · August 15, 2012 at 9:03 pm

After a gorgeous Wednesday with sunshine a high of 86, we’ll warm up a bit Thursday ahead of a strong cold front that will trigger some strong to severe storms across the Hoosier State. The best chance for Central Indiana to get rain looks like tomorrow evening. If you’re heading to Colts Camp in Anderson, you’ll want to pay close attention to the weather as storms will be possible.

Rain totals of up to 3/4″ are possible with the storms, along with a slight risk of severe storms.

The severe risk covers the entire state Thursday…hail and high winds are the biggest threats.

Ahead of the front, we’ll near 90 degrees, behind it and after the storms, we’ll settle back into the cooler, comfortable 70s through the weekend.

If you’re heading to the final weekend of the State Fair or going to the MotoGP, the weather is looking fantastic! Not too hot & not too humid with plenty of sunshine and mid to upper 70s for highs.

We nudge temperatures up a bit next week with highs back into the 80s. With the exception of late Thursday into the wee-hours of Friday morning, we’ll have a mainly dry week ahead.

Take Care!
-Chikage

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Aug
15

How influential am I?

Posted By · August 15, 2012 at 9:57 am

I’ve found an interesting site the attempts to tell you how influential you are.

The problem is that it comes to this “score” based on how often you post to Facebook, how often you Tweet and how active you are with other social media.

In other words, if you are influential in ways that do not include the online world you have a low level of influence on Klout.com.

However, if you are very active online you might be interested in what your Klout rating is. The site says the average score is 40. I’m a 10. One of the people I follow on Twitter, ESPN Sportscaster Mark May, is a 79. Everyone else is below 40.

In today’s world, do I need to be very active in social media in order to be influential? I hope not. I have friends that aren’t on Facebook or Twitter, but I believe them to be influential in their communities.

But if I’m interested in how active online I am compared to others, this is an interesting tool.

Warren Mills is the webmaster for WTHR-TV. He has been building and working on web sites since the mid-1990s.
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Aug
14

Dry Wednesday, Stormy Late Thursday

Posted By · August 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm

This August is turning the tide on our dry summer, but we still need more rain despite the impressive monthly rain totals on our SkyTrak WeatherBug Network. Many areas that have recorded 1 to 4″ of rain so far this month are still running 6-10″ below average for the year.

Breaking the drought won’t be easy. We’ll need regular rains around 1″ each week every week for the next couple months.

After a dry and warmer day Wednesday in the mid to upper 80s, we’ll watch sunshine give way to storms by late Thursday. Most of the Hoosier State is under a slight risk of severe storms late Thursday into early Friday. Rain potential for Central Indiana looks like between 1/4 to 1/2″.

After reaching near 90 on Thursday, we’ll see a significant cool-down behind a cold front Friday. We’ll have highs in the 70s lasting through the weekend giving us a great taste of early Fall.

Finally, instead of a Hoosier Pic tonight, we featured a Hoosier Vid from Rob Slaven who took a cool timelapse video at the State Fair. Here’s the link to his video:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3911436299136

Have a good one!
-Chikage

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Aug
13

Showers Move Out, Another Rain Chance Later This Week

Posted By · August 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm

The threat for severe storms in Indiana has faded and a Severe T-Storm Watch that had been in effect for the far southwest corner of the state was canceled early. Most areas didn’t get much rain, the exception: around a quarter inch for Crawfordsville.

Radar estimates show a few pockets of 1/2″+ rainfall north of Lafayette to Logansport. Officially for Indy, 0.04″ of rain fell through 10pm.

Our next chance of rain arrives late Thursday into Friday with strong to severe storms a possibility and a good chance of rain ahead of a cold front. Temperatures will warm progressively until Thursday when we near 90, then drop dramatically behind the front with the return of cool 70s Friday through the weekend.

That cooler trend could last through next week. The Climate Prediction Center’s outlook for August 21-27 shows below normal temperatures for the entire Hoosier state.

Finally our Hoosier Pic of the Day courtesy of Michael Moss of New Whiteland. The heavy rain last week has transformed some lawns from brown to green! Submit your pic here: or here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hl or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Take Care,
-Chikage
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Aug
12

Much-Needed Rain on the Way

Posted By · August 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm

After a gorgeous weekend, the work week will bring a chance of showers and storms. We could get around 1/4″ of rain through Monday night.

There’s also a slight risk of severe storms in Southern Indiana. As a low pressure system tracks through the state, there may be enough spin in the atmosphere for isolated tornadoes there.

Tonight, most of the rain will evaporate before reaching the ground, but some sprinkles are possible. Our rain chances nudge up tomorrow morning with some showers possible. Then we have a good chance at showers and storms by late afternoon/evening.

After the rain on Monday, we’ll watch clouds gradually decrease on Tuesday with dry weather until late Thursday when a cold front approaches. Ahead of and along it, we may see strong to severe storms develop. The rain tapers Friday morning and gives way to a markedly cooler batch of air (even cooler than what we saw late last week) by next weekend.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic Sunday courtesy of Taylor Spear who snapped this great shot at Lucas Oil Stadium before the Colts pre-season game. Submit your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hl or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Have a great week!
-Chikage

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Aug
12

Beautiful Sunday & Rain Chances Monday

Posted By · August 12, 2012 at 5:22 am

We’ll wrap up the weekend with increasing clouds and highs in the low 80s.  Today will be comfortable with a 10% chance of an isolated shower late this afternoon into the evening. 

A better chance for rain comes tonight into Monday.

Lows will drop into the 60s tonight with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing.

Off and on showers are expected Monday with highs in the low 80s.  We could see up to 1/2″ of rain by Monday night.

Tuesday and Wednesday are dry with highs around 80, and your next best chance of rain moves in late Thursday into Friday.

The big news in the 7 day forecast?  Next weekend’s forecast that includes highs in the mid 70s!

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Aug
12

Perseid Meteor Shower Overnight

Posted By · August 12, 2012 at 12:13 am

After some soaking rain the last few days, now it’s time for showers of a different kind. The Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking overnight with up to 100 meteors per hour possible according to NASA. Best viewing is away from city lights. You can see Jupiter, Venus and the crescent moon gather just as the Perseids peak in the Eastern sky just before sunrise.  More here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=106ne66KAuw

The Perseids may steal the show, but pleasantly cool temperatures will also grab the attention of folks waking up to 50s to by dawn Sunday.

We’ll have another pleasant day Sunday with highs in the low to mid 80s and increasing high clouds.

Our next chance of rain moves in Monday – including a slight chance of severe storms for the southwestern part of the state.

Temperatures for the next week will be mainly at or below average. The warmest day looks like Thursday in the mid, maybe upper 80s. In addition to showers and storms on Monday, we’ll have another chance late Thursday into Friday.

Finally, our WTHR-TV Hoosier Pic at 6 was from Manjit Trehan. He snapped this shot of the Drum Corps International semis Friday. Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hle or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage

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