Printing, production and distribution company Fry Communications has introduced Fry LIVEPAGES, an online publishing platform that merges online interactivity and rich media capabilities. The platform “goes beyond the status quo of digital editions by providing a unique and visually engaging user experience,” said Steve Grande, Fry’s vice president of sales, and will incorporate video, animation, rollovers and one-click sharing via social networks to promote reader interaction with fully-searchable, SEO-supported content via API packages. LIVEPAGES’ key differentiators—enabling it to go beyond print and digital editions—include the depth of content, reader control of what is presented onscreen through rollovers and click-thrus, and the activity tracked by system-specific, real-time analytics, said Grande. “The biggest differentiator, though, is the richness of the content—the many instances of flash, video, polls, rolling filmstrips, news tickers all in one spread,” he added. To help increase publisher ROI, LIVEPAGES provides concrete data on respondents to interactive ads, as well as “immediate feedback on ads that work and ads that don’t,” he said. According to Fry, interactive ads increase click-thru rates from less than one percent on a traditional banner ad up to 20 percent or more for an interactive ad.While no magazine publishers are on board with the new platform yet, Grande said feedback has been positive.
Google was accused of discriminating against older people. James Martin/CNET Google is shelling out $11 million to end a lawsuit that accused the search giant of discriminating against older job seekers. The Alphabet-owned company has also agreed to train managers on age bias, form a committee focused on age diversity and investigate age bias complaints. The lawsuit accused Google of engaging in a “systematic pattern or practice of discrimination” against job applicants who were age 40 and over. One of the lead plaintiffs on the case, Cheryl Fillekes, said she interviewed with Google four times but was never offered a position, despite her qualifications, because of her age. Google denied that it intentionally discriminated against the plaintiffs, or any job applicants, because of their age. The company says it works hard to build an inclusive workplace and has strong policies against discrimination on any unlawful basis, including age. The final settlement proposal was submitted to a federal judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday. After lawyer fees, the settlement reportedly works out to about $35,000 for each of the 227 people who joined the class action. The agreement is subject to court approval. “We believe that age discrimination is pervasive in the tech industry, and we hope that other companies will scrutinize their employment practices and strive to eliminate age-based bias in hiring,” said Daniel Low, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, in an emailed statement. “In addition to a monetary award … the settlement agreement also includes programmatic relief which will help prevent potential age discrimination at Google in the future.” Originally published July 23, 6:11 a.m. PT. Updates, 6:43 p.m. PT: Adds that Google has denied the allegations. 9:16 a.m. PT: Adds comment from lawyer for the plaintiffs. Best Buy Google requiring full benefits for temps, YouTube sat… See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Tags 12 Photos Comments Tags Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See at Turo I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $59 at eBay $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Apple iPhone XS $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) See it Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See It Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Comments Share your voice See at Amazon Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo $155 at Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $210 at Best Buy Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google’s bigger smart display What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 7 Read Google Home Hub review Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read the AirPods review Boost Mobile Sprint $999 $999 $6 at Tidal The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Now playing: Watch this: See It $520 at HP Tech Industry 1:10 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $60 at Best Buy Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Chris Monroe/CNET $999 6 Read DJI Osmo Action preview The Cheapskate An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. 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Prince William and Prince HarryGetty ImagesReports of an alleged feud between the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle have been brewing for a while.But feelings between Prince Harry and Prince William may also be fuelling the feud. Prince Harry was “envious” of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge for a long time because of their bond, former Princess Diana butler Paul Burrell claimed.Meghan Markle joined the Royal Family last year and her arrival has caused a few upheavals in the Royal household. One of them being the splitting of the Royal household. Reportedly Prince Harry and Prince William officially broke their households apart earlier this year as the brothers increase preparations to take on their future royal roles. News of the split however fuelled speculation the relationship between the Dukes had become patchy since the arrival of Meghan Markle in Harry’s life.But Paul Burrell, a close confidante and butler to Princess Diana, claimed the Duke of Sussex had been “envious” of his brother for a “long time” because of his relationship with Kate Middleton. Prince Harry and Prince William are brothers and sibling rivalry is nothing new, but it looks like tensions may have increased between the brothers recently. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesSpeaking to Yahoo’s The Royal Box, Mr. Burrell said: “I think for a long time Harry has looked at his brother and envied him and thought ‘I’d like some of that, I’d like a nice family around me…..And now he has it, so it’s the beginning of the future for Harry.”And it looks like Prince Harry is doing just that, he married Meghan Markle last year and now he has welcomed baby Archie into his family as well. So, there may not be any reason to be envious of Prince William anymore. You can check out the video here:
Chattogram mayor AZM Nasir UddinChittagong City Corporation mayor AZM Nasir Uddin allegedly slapped an engineer of National Housing Authority on Monday.Nasir allegedly slapped assistant engineer Ashrafuzzaman at a meeting at the city corporation office. Officials of NHA Chattogram circle on Tuesday observed a strike protesting the incident.Nasir, however, denied the allegation and said he scolded the engineer for his ‘indecent behaviour’.Officials said, NHA and city corporation authorities were at loggerheads over a piece of land. NHA alleged that the city corporation is using a piece of their land without taking permission for extending a city road. The two authorities arranged a meeting to settle the matter on Monday evening.According to the NHA officials, a six-member team led by Chattogram circle superintending engineer Md Shamsul Alam went to the Nagar Bhaban to discuss the issue with city corporation authorities.At one point of the discussion, mayor Nasir slapped the engineer, alleged the NHA officials. City councilor Golam Mohmmad Zobayer also allegedly joined in the beating.Zobayer, too, denied the allegation.Md Shamsul Alam said the strike was observed in 16 Zilas of Chattogram circle and they informed the incident to the high-ups of the department.They would announce further programme if they do not get justice, he added.Denying the allegation, mayor Nasir told Prothom Alo that NHA want to set up a makeshift market in the disputed land while city corporation wanted to construct a road and a drain to curb water logging problem of the city.The engineer showed offensive behavior towards me. I just told him he doesn’t know how to behave with a mayor. At that point, others took him away,” said Nasir.
At Conde Nast Entertainment — which Ostroff cofounded upon joining the parent company in 2011 — she was tasked with developing film, TV and digital products from its brands, which included such magazines as the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Details and others. At the Conde Nast NewFront last month, she announced that Wired, GQ and Bon Appetit are slated to become the first magazine brands within Condé Nast to support their own fully programmed streaming channels, and touted the 12 billion views CNE drew in 2017 to its digital video efforts across its social, syndicated and owned-and-operated properties. She has no music-business background. Spotify has named former Vevo executive Tom Connaughton as the managing director of its U.K. operation, a rep for the company confirmed to Variety. The news was first reported by Music Business Worldwide.Connaughton joined Spotify’s London operation in April after seven years in New York as Vevo’s Senior Vice President of Creative Content & Programming. The move comes just weeks after news broke that George Ergatoudis, Spotify’s former Head of Music Culture, International Shows & Editorial / Content, is leaving the company to head up Apple Music’s U.K. office.Connaughton will lead Spotify’s U.K. business, including driving its content strategy, artist partnerships, shows and editorial and artist marketing.Spotify had another big executive move just last week when Dawn Ostroff was named its new Chief Content Officer. Ostroff, who was previously president of entertainment at Conde Nast, will be based at Spotify’s New York office and will lead all aspects of its content partnerships across music, audio and video. Specifically, she will oversee the company’s Shows & Editorial (including playlists, headed by Nick Holmsten), Studios & Video (headed by Courtney Holt), Creator Services (Troy Carter), Creator Marketplace (Charlie Hellman), and Content Operations departments (Sam Young). Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
(PhysOrg.com) — In 1974, humans broadcast the first message targeted at extraterrestrial life using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. The message, which was aimed at the globular star cluster M13 located 25,000 light years away, consisted of binary digits that encoded information about our DNA, as well as graphics of a human, our Solar System, and the Arecibo telescope. Since then, humans have sent three other messages to nearby stars and planets (20-69 light-years away). These messages have become more complex and anthropocentric, with music, photographs, and drawings submitted by the public. Now a team of scientists, Dimitra Atri from the University of Kansas, Julia DeMarines from the International Space University in France, and Jacob Haqq-Misra from Pennsylvania State University, has proposed that future attempts of messaging to extraterrestrial intelligence (METI) should follow a standard protocol to maximize communication effectiveness. They think that some of the content of past METI broadcasts, which contain sights and sounds, would likely go unnoticed by extraterrestrials who do not have visual or auditory perception (like some organisms on Earth). Instead, the researchers argue that short, simple messages with minimal anthropocentrism, and which rely on simple physical or mathematical language, have the best chance of success.In their study, which will be published in a future issue of Space Policy, the researchers say that a METI protocol should provide constraints and guidelines for factors such as signal encoding, message length, information content, anthropocentrism, transmission method, and transmission periodicity. Currently, there are three antennas that have the capability of transmitting messages to planets anywhere in our galaxy; these telescopes are located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico; Goldstone, California, US; and Evpatoria, Crimea, Ukraine.The researchers acknowledge the argument of some critics that broadcasting our presence to extraterrestrials is a security risk, since an advanced civilization would likely possess the capability to destroy us. But they note that Earth has been emitting electromagnetic signals into space for nearly 100 years due to the unintended leakage from TVs, telecommunications, and aviation. As the researchers explain, any civilization capable of radio transmission that lies within a radius of 100 light-years could detect our TV and radio, and would already know we’re here.The scientists also emphasize that searching for and attempting to communicate with extraterrestrials is as much about understanding ourselves as it is about finding aliens. Once a protocol is developed, the researchers hope to test it in different human cultures throughout the world in order to minimize cultural bias and make the message as universal as possible. The researchers also plan to create an interactive website at which users can create, send, and decrypt messages to each other that follow the protocol. The researchers explain that, even if most of these messages are never sent into space, they will still allow people from different cultures to better appreciate our human diversity.“In the next few weeks, we will be collaborating with mathematicians and radio astronomers to come up with both the content and mode of communication of the message,” Atri said. “As suggested in the paper, it will not be anthropocentric like previous attempts. Once our collaboration comes up with a protocol, we will create an interactive website to test it globally. Anyone with internet access will be able to suggest his/her own message within the protocol guidelines based on scientific principles. We are also open to suggestions from both the scientific community and the general public for improvements in the protocol. It will be a community effort.” Citation: Scientists suggest protocol for messaging to aliens (2011, February 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-scientists-protocol-messaging-aliens.html Hello, Hello, Earth? More information: Dimitra Atri, Julia DeMarines, and Jacob Haqq-Misra. “A Protocol for Messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligence.” arXiv:1101.4968v2 [physics.pop-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1101.4968 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. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further The Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. NAIC – Arecibo Observatory, a facility of the NSF