November 6 2013Soprano Jayne Casselman and pianis

first_imgNovember 6, 2013Soprano Jayne Casselman and pianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler conducted a Choral and Vocal Workshop at Arcosanti on October 19. 2013. The workshop centered on the discovery of interaction between space and voice in Arcosanti’s unique architecture and environment.[photos by Sue Kirsch]Workshop participants are going to participate in a Flash Mob Choir at You can also join pianist Lynne Haeseler, soprano Jayne Casselman and architect Jeff Stein for a unique concert experience in the intimate setting of the Marshall | LeKAE Art gallery in downtown Scottsdale.  Part of an ongoing soiree series at the gallery, this performance explores the parallels between music, architecture and the ideas of artist, author and architect Paolo Soleri.  Concertgoers are invited to stay afterward for a wine & cheese reception with the performers and enjoyment of the gallery’s current exhibits.Arias, Architecture and Soleriat the Marshal-Lekae Gallery in Scottsdale, AZFriday, November 15th, 2013
7 p.m.Lynne HaeselerPianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler is a collaborative and versatile artist who has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist, accompanist and dance pianist. Influenced by dance theater, she uses movement, lighting, visual effects and spoken word in her own piano performances. Creator and director of the Mysterium series, an ongoing cycle of contemplative sunset concerts, she also directs the Soiree series at Marshall-LeKae Art Gallery in Scottsdale. Her work is to inspire through music and creativity, by teaching, performing and staging events. She continues to create contexts for this inspiration to occur.Jayne CasselmanSoprano Jayne Casselman, began her career at the Kansas City Lyric Opera before moving to Germany and the opera houses of Kaiserslautern, Kassel, Dortmund and Mannheim. Her repetoire includes over 60 roles, and in 2009 she founded her own theater, Kulturhof Huthmacher in Dierbach, Germany.  She received the Distinguished Artists Award in Philadelphia and was nominated Singer of the Year by the Opernwelt in Budapest. In the US she has done Master Classes and Recitals at ASU, the University of Arizona, and Glendale Community College.  Currently Jayne collaborates with pianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler in an art song recital series at the Marshall-LeKae Gallery in Scottsdale, and teaches Applied Voice at Yavapai College.last_img read more

Rep Hauck continues call for affordable car insurance following State of the

first_img Categories: Hauck News,News State Rep. Roger Hauck, of Union Township, reflected on Tuesday night’s State of the State address by reiterating the need for lowering Michigan’s out-of-control car insurance rates.The state’s controversial no-fault system forces more than seven million Michigan drivers to pay the highest car insurance rates in the country. A special committee has been formed by Republican leadership in the Michigan House to pursue a solution, with the authority to report legislation directly to the House floor for consideration.“There’s always a lot of topics to dissect and sift through in an address like this, but I was hoping the governor would provide more specifics on how she’ll work to lower these rates,” Hauck said. “The fact remains that our state’s auto insurance setup offers very little choice and continues to take money out of the pockets of hard-working Michigan residents. It’s forcing families and seniors living on fixed incomes into making difficult decisions – one of which is potentially driving uninsured in order to save money. That’s simply ridiculous and a telltale sign of a broken system. We need to come together in this new term to find a meaningful solution.”Hauck is in his second term in the Michigan House representing residents in Isabella County and portions of Midland County. 13Feb Rep. Hauck continues call for affordable car insurance following State of the State addresslast_img read more

The BBC has launched its iPlayer catchup service

first_imgThe BBC has launched its iPlayer catch-up service for Xbox One consoles in the UK and has extended the offline-viewing window for content watched on mobile devices. Viewers accessing the catch-up service from mobiles, tablets as well as computers will now be able to watch downloaded shows offline for a period of 30, instead of seven days.The update comes after the BBC extended the on-demand catch-up window for streamed TV and radio programmes from the iPlayer from seven to 30 days in October.“TV is undoubtedly king at Christmas – and the arrival of BBC iPlayer on Xbox One gives viewers even more choice on how they watch. 30 day downloads arrives just in time for those unwrapping new devices, perfect for catching up on the bumper Christmas schedule,” said head of BBC iPlayer, Dan Taylor-Watt.Victoria Jaye, head of TV content for BBC iPlayer added: “With a huge one in four requests now coming from TV sets, new iPlayer’s popularity is going beyond solo, small screen viewing – it’s also the place to gather round and recreate the magic of shared viewing on BBC One and Two, but at a time that suits your family.”The BBC said that the iPlayer is now optimised for more than 1,200 devices including mobiles, tablets, computers and connected TVs.last_img read more

Gary Davey Sky has started producing 360degree vi

first_imgGary DaveySky has started producing 360-degree videos and will use Facebook as a distribution platform for this content, according to Sky’s MD of content Gary Davey.Speaking at a Royal Television Society event in London last night, Davey said that Sky has started producing some “really interesting” Virtual Reality (VR) content and filmed something “just the other day” in a refugee camp in Lebanon. This follows its investment last year in VR firm Jaunt.He said this immersive content will be available first on Facebook, which started to roll out 360-degree videos in the service’s News Feed in September, and that in time Sky 360-degree content will also be available on VR headsets.Davey also revealed that Sky News would go through major changes this year, with the closure of its current newsroom and a move to a new facility.“Sky News will move into a purpose-built, state-of-art, digital newsroom. We’ve got a completely new design, completely new workflows, an opportunity to rethink the whole idea – how should news function in the modern world with mobile phones and so on. It’s a really interesting time,” said Davey.In a wide-ranging talk and question-and-answer session, Davey confirmed Sky’s plans to launch an Ultra High Definition service, which will be supported by its new, advanced Sky Q offering.He said this UHD offering will include a “wide range of content including high-end documentary material, live sports, premier movies” though would not say when this would launch.He also dismissed the idea that Sky was cutting programming budgets due to the costs incurred in renewing its Premier League Football rights. “This year we’ll spend about £5 billion on content – which clearly includes sports and entertainment,” said Davey. “Our entertainment budgets are growing at a faster rate than they ever have in the history of the business.”In terms of content consumption, Davey said that Sky now thinks in terms of brands, not channels, having embraced a range of distribution models – including its stand-alone over-the-top service, Now TV.“We don’t care when, where or on what device the customer consumes the content. We just want the customer engaged in the content,” said Davey, revealing that just 16% of the total consumption of its recently-launched original drama, The Last Panthers, was through live liner.He also dismissed competition from new rivals like Amazon and Netflix, claiming that Sky “kicked this journey off” way before either company “became an issue”.“The truth is that Netflix has been very successful in the UK at a time when we’re growing as fast as we’ve ever grown and our churn rate is at the lowest level it’s been in 10 years. So the existence of Netflix doesn’t seem to have damaged our customer base at all. It’s a supplementary service to people,” said Davey.Sky upped it investment in cinematic VR firm Jaunt in September, as part of a US$65 million (€58 million) funding round that was led by Disney and also had contribution from ProSiebenSat.1.A month later Sky News has launched its first virtual reality news report on the migrant crisis in Europe, filmed on “the front line of Europe’s migration crisis in Greece.” The report was filmed with the Jaunt ONE VR camera.last_img read more

Twitter has confirmed that it will shut down its s

first_imgTwitter has confirmed that it will shut down its short-form video sharing service Vine on January 17 and relaunch it as a camera app.The timing was confirmed in a Tweet posted by Vine, which said the Vine app will become Vine Camera – an app that will allow users to make 6.5 second looping videos and post them to Twitter.The move will allow users to still capture and post short clips, but will shut Vine as a destination in its own right for accessing that media.From this month, the existing Vine website will become an archive of Vines that were created through the Vine app, which web users will still be able to browse.Twitter first announced it would shut down Vine in October, at the same time as it said it would cut 9% of the company’s total staff in a cost-cutting move.last_img read more

Channel operators are becoming less reliant on sin

first_imgChannel operators are becoming less reliant on single sources of revenue. Flexibility is key as the number of distribution networks and video consumption on the internet grows.A+E Networks’ Pawn Stars Channel providers are increasingly looking to diversify their revenue streams, for example by developing advertising businesses, mixing channel distribution with the sale of rights to other channels, licensing and merchandising of associated products and ‘going over the top’ direct to consumers.For many channel providers the traditional business of selling channels to platform operator for a per subscriber carriage fee still offers plenty of room for growth.“Our current revenue model is designed to provide all stakeholders – us as the channel, the platform and the customer – with the best possible scenario. As this is probably the best option for the premium pay TV market, at this moment we are not contemplating any change,” says Neeraj Arora, executive vice-president and head of international business, Sony Entertainment Network.Most of our competitors come from a particular media, like pay TV, where it is harder to adapt to new technologies. Gregory DorcelThe reliance of most pay TV broadcasters on the tried and tested model of selling a channel to an established distributor for a carriage fee is founded on the fact that it continues to work. Despite all the discussion, particularly in the US, of cord-cutting and migration to web-based services, the fact remains that much of the world still receives analogue TV via traditional distribution systems.According to Bruce Tuchman, president of MGM Networks, the company is focused on increasing the penetration of MGM channels both in existing markets and new ones. The MGM Channel most recently launched (as an HD-only service) in Canada and is present in a number of markets around the world. “We have subscription VOD associated with the channel in many countries and we are also on multiple devices but with all that said, the subscription TV business is booming. It’s going very well and it’s still that linear channel business model that is overwhelmingly the source of revenue for all players [in the market].”Despite the ongoing debate in the US about the impact of cord-cutting on pay TV revenues, Tuchman points out that in many international markets, analogue TV still accounts for the vast majority of viewing. This is doubly true in high-growth emerging markets, where a burgeoning middle class is hungry for subscription TV. “For many international markets it will be a while before there is an inflexion point,” he says. “Whether it’s linear or on-demand, it’s all about giving the customer what they want. The important thing about this business and the thing I’m optimistic about is that a consumer will pay a subscription to receive a premium product. Sometimes it could be supplemented by advertising but the sales model will endure.”Unlike many international channel operators, France 24 is publically funded and therefore susceptible to budget restrictions. The news broadcaster is therefore making a concerted effort to increase revenue from alternative sources.From launch, the strategy for France 24 was to offer the channel free of charge in basic pay TV packages in order to give it maximum exposure. However, as Frank Melloul, France 24’s head of strategy, development and public affairs, explains, there are certain markets where it makes sense to offer the English language version of the channel free of charge, while making the French language version available on an à la carte basis with revenues split with the operator. “This responds to a general trend that shows that niche channels are not helping operators to reduce churn,” says Melloul. “However, these channels can be positioned as premium content to help operators increase ARPU.”Melloul points out that France 24’s French feed in Hong Kong is generating “significant and sustainable” revenue, with more than three thousand households paying for the channel six months after it launched .Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has started to see some potential in launching free-to-air in some European markets. The company, which operates a portfolio of channels covering music (MTV, VH1, Viva), kids (Nickelodeon) and entertainment (Comedy Channel, Colors, BET, TR3S), has traditionally partnered with pay TV operators but according to Bob Bakish, president of VIMN, any move into the free-to-air space is dependant on the nuances of individual markets: “The great thing about multichannel, and this was especially true early on, is the advertising and affiliate revenue. It is a different mix depending on the country and the market because some grew up in free-to-air and some are traditionally more affiliate fee driven. In Spain for example there has been an explosion in the growth of multichannel and digital terrestrial. We launched [Nickelodeon] on DTT just over a year ago and DTT does provide a different opportunity. We don’t have a strategy to become free-to-air everywhere, but it does provide us with an opportunity.”As an adult video content provider, Marc Dorcel’s business model is ingrained in paid-for services – the company doesn’t receive any revenue from advertising. But as a company that isn’t reliant on traditional pay TV carriage deals, it has established various ways for people to access its aggregated content. According to managing director Gregory Dorcel, the company’s goal is to distribute content “by any means, on any device, all over the world”. Marc Dorcel has a presence on linear TV as well as transactional and subscription VOD platforms across cable, satellite and IPTV platforms. It also has a well-developed multiplatform strategy covering smart TVs, pay websites, smartphones and tablets. The business model is paying off – in the last six years Marc Dorcel’s turnover has increased by 250%. “We always focus on the development of new technologies and new platforms to carry our content in the best way. Most of our competitors come from a particular media, like pay TV, where it is harder to adapt to new technologies,” says Dorcel.Financially, the company is doing well and Dorcel claims it has seen little impact from the weak economic environment in EMEA. The biggest challenge, he says, comes from piracy: “We have been subjected to piracy like many entertainment companies. The entire content industry is losing billions [of dollars] but only internet providers and governments can stop the pirates.”Ad revenueFor most channel providers, the main supplement to carriage fee revenue is advertising. Pay TV advertising remains something of a poor relation in advanced markets, with pay TV broadcasters maintaining that it still does not get a share of the pie that reflects its growing share of the audience.Sean Cohan, senior vice-president A+E Networks International says that pay TV generally doesn’t attract the amount of ad money that it deserves, especially for channels that attract large audiences. He says there is a case for educating advertisers in order to drive ad revenue to A+E’s portfolio of channels and to the wider pay TV market. Despite that, he says existing distribution models remain core.There are some signs that this is changing however. Marcin Boroszko, managing director of Liberty Global-owned, Poland-based pay TV ad sales company At Media, which represents a number of international channel providers in three central European territories, believes that cable and satellite channels – at least in the markets in which At Media is active (Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic) – are set to benefit from a virtuous cycle of growing audience share, increasing purchasing power for highly valued international content and further fragmentation of the audience as a result of digitisation. This, says Boroszko, will enable them to grow their advertising business at the expense of national free-to-air broadcasters.Cable channels, says Boroszko, are now focusing much more than before on analysing viewership data and on feeding that analysis into programming and scheduling decisions. International channel providers are increasingly scheduling on a territory-by-territory basis in order to grow their viewing share. “The next step is that if we see that the future is about growing viewership you need to invest in local programming,” he says.In addition to local programming, however, international thematic channel providers have an advantage over national broadcasters because they can buy rights to prime content on a multiple territory basis. National channels, faced with a declining share of viewing and growing content acquisition costs, will struggle to maintain their position, he argues.New platformsDespite the growth of multiscreen services delivering content to various connected devices, new platforms have yet to prove their worth in terms of delivering revenue.Nevertheless, some channel providers have gone much further in evolving the business beyond the traditional distributor carriage fee model. Turner, which operates a number of channels in the European market including CNN Europe, kids networks Cartoon Network, pre-school channel Boing and most recently Cartoonito, and entertainment networks TCM and TNT, now sees a significant divergence between the US, where the business is still predominantly affiliate fee-based, and Europe, where it operates a mix of pay and free TV channels and has seen significant growth in licensing and merchandising revenue and other traditionally non-core activities.Casey Harwood, senior vice-president, Turner Europe, says that over the last year his company in Europe has looked at a number of ways to expand its business, including the launch of general entertainment channels such as TNT (already available in Germany, Spain, the Nordic market and Turkey, in the latter case as a free-to-air channel with its own terrestrial frequency) and truTV. However, in the case of general entertainment channels, says Harwood, rights issues tend to be more complex so such channels are likely to be rolled out on a market-by-market basis, as has been the case with TNT.In the kids genre especially, however, the opportunities to earn revenue from activities not directly related to the TV channel are considerable – notably through licensing and merchandising of toys and games. In markets where pay TV penetration is relatively low, such as Spain, this lets Turner drive brand awareness of particular kids shows to a wider audience than can see the show. “We can get into businesses such as consumer products while looking for windows for content outside of pay TV,” says Harwood. “Our pay TV business is still a large part of what we can do but we have also been rolling out free-to-air channels under the Boing brand, and we are much more active in windowing of content with third-party channels where that makes sense.”From such initiatives (and additional areas including games), Turner has built a business that rests on a number of different but interrelated revenue streams – principally subscriptions, merchandising and advertising.Another kids channel, KidsCo, has developed a solid base of carriage deals across the globe since it launched in 2007. According to global CEO and founder Paul Robinson, the time is now right to start thinking about diversifying revenue streams by embracing advertising and sponsorship deals. But, he warns, kids channels in particular have to tread a fine line to ensure the brand is not adversely affected. “As we grow our distribution, advertising becomes more of an opportunity but we are going to be very careful to adhere to Ofcom guidelines globally and to limit the amount of ad minutes on air,” says Robinson. “You are not going to see anywhere near the volume you have on competitor channels. We think that’s important as part of the safe environment for kids that KidsCo promotes.”KidsCo has ad deals in place in some markets, including Turkey and Singapore, and while Robinson sees it as a “big opportunity” he is wary of how it will be perceived by various parties. “You have to be careful not just because of the sensitivities relating to children but you also have to be careful about how much advertising you have on a pay TV channel.”Merchandise is another area of revenue generation that KidsCo is eyeing. With the number of original productions growing (it has already aired home grown series Boo and Me and The Beach Crew and is planning to launch another two titles in 2012), so too does the potential for merchandise sales. It has already experimented with Boo and Me plush toys, which are available to buy on Malaysia Airlines flights in a nod to the fact that the series was a Malaysian co-production (and available to view on flights). “It was a nice start and shows us the potential. Further down the line, if we can make these original productions successful there’s definitely a market for licensing,” says Robinson. But, he admits, “you don’t pick up major toy or DVD licences until you’ve proven the show is popular and successful.”last_img read more

Researchers discover mechanisms that lead to osteoarthritis after knee joint injury

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 25 2018Knee joint injuries are typically related to sports, such as football, rugby or ice hockey, but people often do not know that such injuries may lead to joint inflammation and post-traumatic osteoarthritis. In advanced post-traumatic osteoarthritis, joint cartilage breaks down completely, causing severe joint pain, lack of mobility and even social isolation. However, the mechanisms leading to osteoarthritis are not known. Currently, it is not possible for a physician examining a patient to predict future joint condition and possible development of osteoarthritis. In the future, however, this may be possible, as a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Massachusetts Institute of Technology now shows that articular cartilage degenerates specifically around injury areas when the fluid flow velocity becomes excessive. The findings were reported in Scientific Reports.Related StoriesNew type of treatment for osteoarthritis shows promise for use in humansNew technology to harvest energy from the human kneeMortality risk from cardiovascular disease higher for people with osteoarthritisThe study presents a new mechanobiological model for cartilage degeneration by implementing tissue deformation and fluid flow as mechanisms for cartilage breakdown when a normal dynamic loading, such as walking, is applied to the joint. The results were compared to experimentally observed degradation of articular cartilage. Ultimately, the new model could be used to predict osteoarthritis in personal medicine, to suggest optimal rehabilitation protocols, and to improve the quality of life.The researchers found that different mechanisms, such as fluid flow and tissue deformation, can cause cartilage degradation after a knee injury. The results obtained using the novel algorithm agreed well with the experimentally observed proteoglycan content and cell death in cartilage samples. According to the researchers, a numerical analysis shows that both fluid flow and tissue deformation are plausible mechanisms leading to osteoarthritis, but increased fluid flow from cartilage seems to be better in line with the experiments.”Our findings indicate that after an injury in the knee and subsequent tissue loading, osteoarthritis is caused by easy leakage of proteoglycans through the injury surface by high fluid outflow,” Early Stage Researcher Gustavo A. Orozco from the University of Eastern Finland explains.The findings are significant, and could open up new avenues for the model to be employed in the prediction of subject-specific progression of post-traumatic osteoarthritis, and in the evaluation of the effect of clinical interventions in the future. Specifically, the model could identify high and low-risk lesions in the cartilage for osteoarthritis development and suggest an optimal and individual rehabilitation protocol. Source: read more

Facebook says Chinese phone makers got access to data Update

first_imgThe Huawei logo is seen in a shop in Shanghai on May 3, 2018; The Chinese phone maker was able to access Facebook data to get the leading social network’s applications to perform on its devices Huawei was able to access Facebook data to get the leading social network’s applications to perform on smartphones, according to the California-based company.”Facebook along with many other US tech companies have worked with them and other Chinese manufacturers to integrate their services onto these phones,” Facebook mobile partnerships leader Francisco Varela said in a statement.”Given the interest from Congress, we wanted to make clear that all the information from these integrations with Huawei was stored on the device, not on Huawei’s servers.”Facebook also had data access deals with Lenovo, OPPO and TCL of China, according to Varela.”Facebook’s integrations with Huawei, Lenovo, OPPO and TCL were controlled from the get go,” Varela said.Huawei has long disputed any links to the Chinese government, while noting that its infrastructure and computing products are used in 170 countries.”Concerns about Huawei aren’t new,” US Senator Mark Warner, vice chairman of the senate select committee on intelligence, said Tuesday.”I look forward to learning more about how Facebook ensured that information about their users was not sent to Chinese servers.”Contracts with phone makers placed tight limits on what could be done with data, and “approved experiences” were reviewed by engineers and managers before being deployed, according to the social network.Facebook said that it does not know of any privacy abuse by cellphone makers who years ago were able to gain access to personal data on users and their friends.Done with dealsBefore now-ubiquitous apps standardized the social media experience on smartphones, some 60 device makers like Amazon, Apple, Blackberry, HTC, Microsoft and Samsung worked with Facebook to adapt interfaces for the Facebook website to their own phones, the company said.Facebook is winding up the interface arrangements with device makers as the company’s smartphone apps dominate the service. The integration partnership with Huawei will terminate by the end of this week, according to the social network.The social media leader said it “disagreed” with the conclusions of a New York Times report that found that the device makers could access information on Facebook users’ friends without their explicit consent.But the report raised concerns that massive databases on users and their friends—including personal data and photographs—could be in the hands of device makers.Huawei maintains that its products “meet the highest standards of security, privacy and engineering in every country we operate,” and that “no government has ever asked us to compromise the security or integrity of any of our networks or devices.”The social network came under attack early this year over British political consultant Cambridge Analytica’s harvesting of personal data on 87 million Facebook users and their friends.Cambridge Analytica obtained the data without Facebook’s permission and used it to help the election campaign of US President Donald Trump.In April, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized in Congress over the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, amid rising calls for more regulation of the company. © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. China’s Huawei says to keep investing in US despite setbackcenter_img Facebook on Tuesday confirmed that a Chinese phone maker deemed a national security threat by the US was among companies given access to data on users. Citation: Facebook says Chinese phone makers got access to data (Update) (2018, June 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

Not a social media influencer You can still get paid

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Not a social media influencer? You can still get paid (2018, September 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Glazier says it shouldn’t be so hard to make money from your recommendations. And you shouldn’t have to be internet-famous to get paid when you directly encourage a sale, he says.”You don’t have to be an influencer to have influence,” Glazier said.HOW IT WORKSAnyone can download the Wildlink app for free (available on Android, iOS, or as a software download for your computer). It runs in the background while you go about your business. Then, let’s say you post a picture of yourself on Facebook, and a friend replies, “I love your dress. Where did you buy it?” If you reply with a link to the dress on Nordstrom’s website, then Wildlink’s app will convert that URL to a trackable link. If your friend follows that link and eventually purchases the item, you get a commission that’s paid to a virtual wallet.Once a month, you can cash out your Wildlink commissions to your PayPal account.The company, which is working out of the Connect coworking space in University City, has built several ways to make this process seamless for the user. For example, once you download the app, its technology is built into your cell phone’s keyboard. The software can then guess when you’re typing a brand name, product, or service. Once you type out the word “REI,” for example, the software gives you an option to insert a link to REI directly from your keyboard.WHAT ABOUT PRIVACY?Warning bells may be ringing for the privacy-conscious. Will Wildfire now be reading my text messages, emails, and social media posts? Glazier says no. The software runs on your device, and it’s only searching for brands that match with its database of merchants. And the user always has the option of generating a link or ignoring the software’s suggestion.But Wildfire may have to deal with other concerns. For example, will a friend’s recommendation lose its power of influence if it’s known that they’re making a commission off the recommendation?Miro Copic, a marketing professor at San Diego State University, says there’s a big transition going on in the influencer space in which fans want transparency from the influencers they follow about their economic incentives.. Fans and followers want those individuals to be transparent about the economic incentives they’re getting to pitch a product.”The nuance here is disclosure,” Copic said. “Not that your friend won’t be your friend anymore, but they might question your motives if they find out you’re being compensated for your suggestions.”Malcolm Bohm, CEO at a company called Liquid Grids in San Diego, has been working in a similar space for years. His company also uses natural language processing to understand what internet users are saying on health forums, and how it relates to brands.Bohm says Wildfire could be onto something big, but it’s critical that they maintain transparency along the way”At the grassroots level, this could be disruptive in terms of how brands get recommendations,” Bohm said. “As long as they maintain authenticity, it could be really positive.”Glazier said Wildlink asks users to disclose this information themselves, notifying friends and family that they might be compensated for their recommendations.”In our terms of service we require that people follow the guidelines, but it’s really up to them to do so,” Glazier said.NEXT STEPSWildfire has received $2 million in seed money, led by Santa Monica-based investor group Mucker Capital in 2017. The company plans to raise another round of financing this fall, and will use those funds to expand its marketing and business development team in San Diego. Don’t try to make money off my online behavior—unless, of course, I get a commission. ©2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.center_img A new app pays you for product recommendations Explore further That’s the idea behind San Diego tech startup Wildfire Systems, which is launching an app to help internet users make money off of conversations they’re already having online. The local company, founded by a former eBay executive, lets users earn commissions from recommendations they share on the Internet, whether it’s on social media, by email, or through text messaging apps.If, for example, a friend buys an Instant Pot after you raved about the pressure cooker on Instagram, then this startup’s software would let you get a cut of the sale.The idea is particularly timely considering the public outcry against tech giants like Facebook, who’ve been lambasted in recent months for making money off their users’ activity and personal data.Now, merchants are tripping over themselves to sign onto Wildfire’s platform, which already has 20,000 retailers on board, including giants like Expedia, Nordstrom’s, REI, and Walmart.The quick adoption may have something to do with the startup’s CEO, Jordan Glazier, who founded Wildfire Systems last year. Glazier is best known locally for leading a San Diego company called Eventful, which gained some fame a few years ago as the first global events calendar online. He grew that company to more than 25 million users before selling it to CBS in 2014. Before that, he was an early employee at eBay, where he helped transform the company from a collectibles website to the e-commerce giant it is today.WE’RE ALL INFLUENCERS?Glazier’s new app, Wildlink, brings to mind the marketing tactics that bloggers and other folks of online fame use, in which they get kickbacks from brands for pitching products online.In the industry, this is called “affiliate marketing,” and it’s a tool mostly used by people who have large followings on social media (collectively known as “influencers”). But it’s not so easy to make money this way. People have to sign up for individual affiliate marketing programs depending on the brand or retailer and then jump through hoops for each one before they can start earning cash.last_img read more

New York subway riders will be able to tap and pay the

first_img The trains aren’t about to get any less congested, but paying the fare might get simpler, at least on certain subway lines starting May 31.That’s when New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will open up the ability to “tap and pay” at subway terminals with a “contactless” credit card from the likes of Mastercard and Visa, and via certain mobile devices. It’s all based on technical industry standards that will let you use any compatible card across rival payment networks.New York passengers are not going to be able to discard their Metro Cards anytime soon.The tap-and-pay rollout will be limited at first to the 4/5/6 subway lines between Grand Central Station in Manhattan and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn for single ride fares, eliminating for now discount fares or timed passes. Buses in the New York borough of Staten Island will also let passengers pay with such cards.The goal is to cover the entire MTA system by October, 2020.For its part, Apple has said publicly you’ll be able to use Apple Pay on the Apple Watch or iPhone to ride Big Apple subways and buses by summer.But this is far from a parochial New York City story.On Tuesday, for example, commuters in the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, area were able to add the digital Hop Fastpass transit fare card to their iPhone or Apple Watch to tap and ride.Portland and Chicago as well as London, Sydney and Singapore are among the cities in the U.S. and overseas that already accept contactless payments to ride public transportation, with a lot more coming. (To make it happen, the cities have to update their infrastructure).That’s a big benefit to travelers who want to use the same payment methods across multiple cities rather than having to hassle with a proprietary transit card, or even trying to figure out the local fare system.”If you have a card in your pocket—which is a Mastercard or a Visa or whatever—(or) your mobile wallet, you will be able to go anywhere and tap and pay. That is the ultimate vision,” no matter where you are in the world, says Chaiti Sen, vice president, communications, at Mastercard.According to Mastercard, half of all London Tube and rail riders in London are using contactless payment cards or mobile devices, with cardholders representing over 100 countries.New York subway passengers would appear to be ready to pay in kind.As part of a recent Visa survey of more than 1,000 New York transit riders, two-thirds said they’ve missed a train while waiting in line to reload a transit card, and 83% indicated they had trouble getting their transit card to work at the turnstile. Another two-thirds have left or forgotten funds on a transit card, at an average loss of $35.10.It remains to be seen how smooth the rollout will go once tap and pay is implemented.Dan Sanford, global head of contactless payments at Visa, says the experience will be “transformational” for the customer to be able to tap onto transit, with the same card that you use at the grocery store or coffee shop. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Apple tries to take a bite out of credit card industry Citation: New York subway riders will be able to tap and pay the fare starting May 31 (2019, May 23) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Explore further (c)2019 U.S. TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. New Yorkers routinely grumble about overcrowded subways and having to wait on long lines to purchase or refill their Metro Cards.last_img read more

Lowcost moon mission puts India among lunar pioneers

first_img Related News The Chandrayaan-2 that is set to blast off from a tropical island off Andhra Pradesh state after a decade-long build-up. World 11 Jul 2019 NASA shake up in new race to the moon SRIHARIKOTA, India (AFP): India will step up the international space race on Monday (July 15) when it launches a low-cost mission to become only the fourth country to land a probe on the moon.Just five days before the 50th anniversary of man’s first lunar landing, Chandrayaan-2 – or Moon Chariot 2 – will blast off from a tropical island off Andhra Pradesh state after a decade-long build-up.The mission will also highlight how far space travel has advanced since Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind during the Apollo 11 mission.India has spent about US$140 million (S$190 million) to get Chandrayaan-2 ready for the 384,400 kilometres trip from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre to the scheduled landing on the lunar South Pole on Sept 6. Related News The United States spent about US$25 billion – the equivalent of more than US$100 billion in current prices – on 15 Apollo missions, including the six that put Armstrong and other astronauts on the moon.China landed its Chang’e 4 lunar craft in January, and spent US$8.4 billion on its entire space programme in 2017, according to international Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development figures.And Russia – the first country to land an unmanned moon rocket in 1966 – spent more than US$20 billion at today’s values on lunar missions in the 1960s and 70s.SPICED-UP SPACE RACEAlmost the entire Chandrayaan-2’s orbiter, lander and rover have been designed and made in India.India will use its most powerful rocket launcher, GSLV Mk III, to carry the 2.4 tonne orbiter, which has a mission life of about a year.The spacecraft will carry the 1.4 tonne lander Vikram – which in turn will take the 27-kilogramme rover Pragyan – to a high plain between two craters on the lunar South Pole.Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K. Sivan said Vikram’s 15-minute final descent “will be the most terrifying moments as we have never undertaken such a complex mission”.The solar-powered rover can travel up to 500 metres and is expected to work for one lunar day, the equivalent of 14 Earth days.Sivan said the probe will be looking for signs of water and “a fossil record of the early solar system”.Despite the relatively small budget, the mission does raise questions about how funds are allocated when the country is still battling hunger and poverty.But national pride is at stake: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to send a manned mission into orbit by 2022.Most experts say the geo-strategic stakes are small – but that India’s low-cost model could win commercial satellite and orbiting deals.”The fundamental question that we should ask ourselves in this context is not whether India should undertake such ambitious space ventures, but whether India can afford to ignore it,” said K. Kasturirangan, a former ISRO chief.India has to aim to be a leader in space, he added.Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, head of space policy at the Observer Research Foundation, a New Delhi think tank, said Chandrayaan-2 will enhance the nation’s reputation “at a time when the global and particularly, the Asian space programmes are becoming increasingly competitive”.Amitabha Ghosh, a scientist for NASA’s Rover mission to Mars, said the benefits of Chandrayaan-2 are huge, compared to its cost.”A spacecraft mission of the complexity of Chandrayaan-2 conveys a message that India is capable of delivering on difficult technology development endeavours,” said Ghosh.However, some experts say anyone looking for a cheap ticket to space should think of the comfort on low-cost plane rides closer to Earth.Scott Hubbard, a former top NASA researcher now with Stanford University, examined the cost-effectiveness of the Indian Mars orbiter against the American Maven mission.Although both launched in 2013, Maven is estimated to have cost 10 times more, but India’s Mangalyaan was only designed to last about a year.”The US mission was required to last two years. That’s a big difference in cost,” said Hubbard. And Mangalyaan’s payload was 15 kg, while Maven could carry 65 kg with more sophisticated instruments.”So you get what you pay for,” concluded Hubbard. – AFP Metro News 09 Jul 2019 Space party to celebrate Apollo 11 moon mission India 13 Jun 2019 India unveils spacecraft for second moon mission {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more