Raul de Tomas a target for Getafe

first_imgReal Madrid’s Raul de Tomas has become a reported target for Getafe as a potential replacement for Angel Rodriguez this summer, reports MarcaGetafe are braced for Rodriguez’s departure, who has been linked with moves to both Sevilla and Valencia due to a having a release clause of €6m in his current contract at the club.De Tomas have now identified by Getafe as an ideal replacement after his stunning season in the Spanish second division.The forward scored 24 goals in his season-loan spell with Rayo Vallecano and is now a reported target for clubs in La Liga following his breakthrough campaign.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Following Zinedine Zidane’s departure last week, the future of De Tomas will likely remain in doubt until a new head coach is confirmed at Real.Getafe owner Angel Torres has already informed Florentino Perez that he intends to pursue a deal for De Tomas this summer and is prepared to pay a big fee for the highly-rated 23-year-old.last_img read more

Benitez still has faith in Newcastle United

first_imgThe Spanish manager believes his team can still be saved this season, despite losing 2-1 against Chelsea and slipping into the bottom three of the Premier.After losing 2-1 against Chelsea in yesterday’s fixture of the English Premier League, Newcastle United fell into the 18th position.The Magpies have now only 4 wins, six draws, and 12 defeats so far in the 2018-2019 season.And are just 7 points ahead of the EPL’s last club Huddersfield Town.But Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is still hopeful his team can be saved.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“What I can see is that we have to stay calm,” he said to The Chronicle.“Next week will be massive against Cardiff but we still have to win more games than that.”“We have to do well in the rest of the season,” he explained.“I have confidence in the team and if we continue working like today we will have chances to get points against teams that will be closer to us.”last_img read more

Prince William was forced to do this Shocking thing for his wedding

first_imgPrince William takes the hand of his bride Catherine Middleton, now to be known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, followed by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton as they walk down the aisle inside Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.Getty ImagesPrince William was forced to bow down to Royal tradition when it came to his wedding. Even if he didn’t want to?Apparently, Prince William “did not really want” one aspect of his wedding day to Kate Middleton but was informed “from on high that it was required”, a veteran royal reporter claims.It is known that Kate Middleton and Prince William married in April 2011. Apparently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s memorable day was watched by billions around the world and many remember Kate’s stunning wedding gown and William’s dashing military dress uniform. However, veteran royal reporter Jennie Bond revealed that William actually did not want to wear his military uniform for his wedding day.Ms Bond, who was royal correspondent for the BBC for 14 years from 1989 to 2003, spoke to podcast “Pod Save the Queen.” Prince Harry (L), arrives with his best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.Getty ImagesShe said in a podcast that aired in March 2018: “It is a tradition – obviously the Duke of Edinburgh married in his naval uniform and Prince Charles in his, the first time around anyway.”And William in his, [although] I don’t think William really wanted to wear a military uniform.”Ms Bond explained: “I think a note came down from on high that it was required, and that’s what he did wear.”Reportedly many expected him to choose a Royal Air Force uniform for his big day, as he served with the RAF from 2009 to 2013 but apparently on the day, Prince William wore his scarlet Army uniform as Colonel of the Irish Guards.Well we have to say that wearing a military uniform for a wedding is not much of a sacrifice for a Prince to make.last_img read more

ES File Explorer vanishes from Play Store while QuickPic returns

first_img Here’s What You Should Know Before Dipping Your Toes In The Online Dating Pool Close Earlier this week, Google suspended the Chinese developer – Do Global, which was reported to committing the Ad click fraud by automatically clicking on ads on behalf of users, according to BuzzFeed News. The Search giant removed nearly 50 apps of the developer, which were registered under Do Global and under some other generic names like “Pic Tools Group” and “Photo Artist Studio”. Now, renowned file managing app – ES File Explorer – seems to face the wrath of Google. The search giant has unlisted the ES File Explorer from the Play Store.ES File Explorer is a well-known and longest running file manager, though its popularity has declined as it passed from one developer to another. Recently, it is uploaded under the name of ‘ES Global’ on the Play Store, though the app is actually owned by ‘Du Global’. As LinkedIn confirms, Du is a subdivision of DO Global, which is caught in the Ad click fraud scandal.A few years back, ES File Explorer was listed among the best file manager apps for Android. But since it sold to the third party and stayed in news for bad causes – unwanted charging screen, an unwavering stream of ads, and an unsettling vulnerability allowing others to steal your files by being on the same network – many users switched to alternative apps like Solid Explorer or Files by Google. ES File Explorer removed from Play StoreES File ExplorerDO Global had round 100 apps on the Play Store and had a total of 600 million installs. Last year, in a similar course of action, 8 apps from Cheetah Mobile and its subsidiary Kika were removed by Google due to similar ad fraud. Google asked the developer to resubmit its apps with an improved version.QuickPic, one of these notorious apps owned by Cheetah Mobile, has now been listed on Play Store again. In a statement, the company said to Android Police that QuickPic was not removed due to click fraud. Same way, Google can ask DU Global to resubmit its apps and ES File Explorer might return with changes in future. Until then, if you are using ES File Explorer, then you should uninstall it and should wait for an improved version or use an alternate app. Google Play Protect system now scans over 50 billion apps on users’ devices each day to make sure apps installed on the device aren’t behaving in harmful waysGoogle Blog (screen-shot)Moreover, Do Global has also released its official statement regarding the recent scandal. The company has claimed to do an internal investigation and has apologized for irregularities in some of their products.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:09Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:08?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Oil India declares 1 3 bonus issue

first_imgOil India declared bonus issue of 1:3 (1 share for every three shares held) after its board met on Monday. The public sector company’s shares were trading with losses at Rs 429 (down 1.81 percent) after the announcement, on BSE.”Oil India Ltd has informed BSE that the Board of Directors of the Company in their Meeting held on November 28, 2016, inter alia, have recommended ‘Issue of Bonus shares’ in the ratio of 1:3 i.e. One (1) bonus equity shares of Rs. 10/- each for every Three (3) existing fully paid up equity share of Rs. 10/- each subject to approval of the shareholders,” the company said in a regulatory filing.For the quarter ended September 2016 (Q2), Oil India earned standalone net profit of Rs 580 crore as against Rs 705 crore in the year-ago period.Total income dropped to Rs 2,331 crore from Rs 2,531 crore, YoY, according to another regulatory filing by the company. Earlier, the other state-run energy companies had declared bonus issues and they were liberal.Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), the state-run Indian oil and gas explorer, has rewarded shareholders with a bonus issue of equity shares in the ratio of 1:2 and interim dividend at the rate of 90 percent (Rs 4.50 per share). The record date for dividend is November 5, 2016.Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL) had declared 2:1 bonus in July, BPCL in the ratio of 1:1 in May and IOC in the ratio of 1:1 in August this year.last_img read more

Man who torched cops car claimed to be arrested

first_imgA group of young men seen vandalising and torching a police vehicle in front of BNP`s Naya Paltan central office in the capital on 14 Nov, 2018. Photo: CollectedPolice on Thursday arrested a man who allegedly torched a car of Dhaka metropolitan Police (DMP) in front of the BNP office in the capital’s Naya Paltan on 14 November, 2018, reports UNB.The arrestee was identified as Wasim.Additional police superintendent of Detective Branch (DMP) Md Abdul Baten in a press briefing in the afternoon said a special team of Pallabi police arrested Wasim during a drive in Bihari Camp of Pallabi.So far, a total of 14 people have been arrested over the clash and vandalism of 14 November and all of them are BNP activists, he said.Wasim confessed to his involvement in torching the police car during the primary interrogation, he added.A fierce clash broke out between police and BNP leaders and activists in front of the party’s Naya Paltan central office on 14 November, leaving an unspecified number of people injured while at least two police vans were torched and some other vehicles vandalised.last_img

Texans Star JJ Watt Breaks Left Leg Against Chiefs

first_img Share Twitter User @LA_BroadusTexans player JJ Watt has a tibial plateau fracture and will miss the rest of the season.J.J. Watt broke his left leg on Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, leaving the Houston Texans without one of their biggest stars for the second straight season. The team announced that he sustained a tibial plateau fracture. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year returned this season after missing the last 13 games of last season after his second back surgery. He played every game in his first five seasons in the NFL before his injury last year. “I feel terrible for the guy,” O’Brien said. “But … just knowing him and knowing the type of guy that he is, he’s an amazing human being. And he will work extremely hard to be back to play for this football team. I know that.” Houston linebacker Whitney Mercilus was also injured in the first quarter and was ruled out with a chest injury. O’Brien said he was concerned about his injury, but did not provide any further details on it after the game. Veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph said it was difficult to see two key members of the defense go down on the same drive. “You think about it because obviously you’re human and you feel for the guy and it’s obviously a loss and it makes you do different things on defense,” he said. “But at the end of the day you’ve got to continue to play. It’s got to be the next guy up mentality you’ve got to always have … I’m not saying we’re going to replace J.J.’s level of play but the next guy’s got to step in and pick it up.” Watt was injured while being blocked midway through the first quarter and fell to the ground. The defensive end remained on his hands and knees for a couple of minutes while trainers checked on him. They flipped him onto his back and were looking at his left leg. He was then helped to his feet and looked to be in a lot of pain and didn’t appear to be able to put any weight on the leg as he was helped off the field by two Texans officials. He remained on the sideline under a tent for a few minutes before being taken to the locker room on a cart. About 30 minutes later, television footage showed Watt walking on crutches to an ambulance before sitting on a stretcher, being moved into the ambulance and taken away. The 28-year-old Watt had 15 tackles this season, but didn’t get a sack in five games. He had 1 ½ sacks last season, after leading the NFL with 17 ½ sacks in 2015 and finishing second in 2014 with 20 ½. The Texans know that it’s a big blow to lose a player of his caliber again, but they have to figure out a way to move on like they did last year when the defense allowed the fewest yards in the NFL despite his absence. “He’s a big piece, but … you’ve still got to step up and play,” nose tackle D.J. Reader said. “Somebody’s got to go out there and play. Nobody feels sorry for you. The other 31 teams in the league don’t feel sorry for you.”last_img read more

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

first_imgIn this file photo, former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry attends a news conference in Washington. Barry, who staged comeback after a 1990 crack cocaine arrest, died early Sunday morning Nov. 23, 2014. He was 78. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council.Instead, Barry will be remembered for a single night in a downtown Washington hotel room and the grainy video that showed him lighting a crack pipe in the company of a much-younger woman. When FBI agents burst in, he referred to her with an expletive. She “set me up,” Barry said.Barry died Sunday at 78. His family said in statement that Barry died shortly after midnight at the United Medical Center, after having been released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday. No cause of death was given, but his spokeswoman LaToya Foster said he collapsed outside his home.Speaking at a 4 a.m. press conference at United Medical Center, the city’s mayor-elect Muriel Bowser called Barry an “inspiration to so many people and a fighter for people.”“Mr. Barry, I can say this, lived up until the minute the way he wanted to live,” said Bowser, who had served with Barry on the D.C. Council.The year was 1990, and crack cocaine had exploded in the district, turning it into the nation’s murder capital. In his third term, the man known as the “Mayor for Life” became a symbol of a foundering city.Federal authorities had been investigating him for years for his alleged ties to drug suspects, and while he denied using drugs, his late-night partying was taking a toll on his job performance.The arrest and subsequent conviction — a jury deadlocked on most counts, convicting him of a single count of drug possession — was a turning point for Barry. He had been elected to his first term as mayor in 1978 with broad support from across the city. With his good looks, charisma and background in the civil rights movement, he was embraced the dynamic leader the city’s young government needed. The Washington Post endorsed him in each of his first three mayoral runs, although the 1986 endorsement was unenthusiastic.Barry’s six-month term in federal prison was hardly the end of his political career. But it forever changed how it was perceived. To some, he was a pariah and an embarrassment. But to many district residents, particularly lower-income blacks, he was still a hero, someone unfairly persecuted for personal failures.Barry returned to the D.C. Council in 1992, representing the poorest of the city’s eight wards. Two years later, he won his fourth and final term as mayor. The electorate was starkly divided along racial lines, and Barry advised those who had not supported his candidacy to “get over it.”“Marion Barry changed America with his unmitigated gall to stand up in the ashes of where he had fallen and come back to win,” poet Maya Angelou said in 1999.Barry’s triumph, though, was short-lived. In 1995, with the city flirting with bankruptcy from years of bloated, unaccountable government, much of it under Barry, Congress stripped him of much of his power and installed a financial control board. Barry held authority over little more than the city’s parks, libraries and community access cable TV station. He decided against seeking a fifth term.Barry spent a few years working as a municipal bond consultant, but he couldn’t stay away from politics. In 2004, he returned to the council, again representing Ward 8, where he remained beloved. Many constituents still referred to him as “Mayor Barry,” and he was re-elected in 2008 and 2012.Barry was born March 6, 1936, to Marion and Mattie Barry, in the small Mississippi delta town of Itta Bena, and was raised in Memphis, Tenn., after the death of his father, a sharecropper.While an undergraduate at LeMoyne College (now LeMoyne-Owen College), Barry picked up the nickname “Shep” in reference to Soviet propagandist Dmitri Shepilov for his ardent support of the civil rights movement. Barry began using Shepilov as his middle name.Barry did graduate work in chemistry at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., earning a master’s degree. He left school short of a doctorate to work in the civil rights movement.His political rise began in 1960, when he became the first national chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, which sent young people into the South to register black voters and became known as one of the most militant civil rights groups of that era.Barry’s work with the committee brought him to Washington, where he became immersed in local issues, joining boycotts of the bus system and leading rallies in support of the city’s fledgling home rule efforts.In 1970, The Post wrote: “Four years ago widely considered a young Black Power Militant with almost no constituency, (Barry) has become a man who is listened to — if not fully accepted — on all sides.”Barry’s activism propelled him into local politics, first as a member of the Board of Education and then in 1974 as a member of the first elected city council organized under home rule legislation.In 1977, he was wounded by a shotgun blast in the Hanafi Muslim takeover of D.C.’s city hall. A young reporter was killed. The shooting was credited with strengthening him politically.In 1978, he defeated incumbent Mayor Walter Washington — the city’s first home rule mayor — in the Democratic primary and went on to easily win the general election.Barry’s early years in office were marked by improvement in many city services and a dramatic expansion of the government payroll, creating a thriving black middle class in the nation’s capital. Barry established a summer jobs program that gave many young people their first work experience and earned him political capital.In his second term, the district’s finances were rockier, and some of his appointees were caught up in corruption scandals.The city’s drug-fueled decline mirrored Barry’s battles with his personal demons, leading to the infamous hotel room arrest on Jan. 19, 1990. The video of Barry was widely distributed to the media and made him infamous worldwide.A few months after his arrest, long-time civil rights advocate and educator Roger Wilkins, a past supporter, wrote in The Post: “Marion Barry used the elders and lied to the young. He has manipulated thousands of others with his cynical use of charges of racism to defend his malodorous personal failures.”Even after his comeback, controversy continued to dog Barry. Several times after his 1990 arrest, Barry sought treatment or counseling for problems with prescription medications or other substances. In 2002, he made an attempt to seek an at-large seat on the D.C. Council but abandoned his bid amid allegations of renewed illegal drug use.In 2006, Barry was given three years of probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges for failing to file tax returns from 1999 to 2004. As part of a plea bargain, he agreed to file future federal and local tax returns annually, a promise prosecutors later said he had failed to keep.In 2010, he was censured by the council and stripped of his committee assignments for steering a government contract to a former girlfriend. The council censured him again in 2013 for accepting cash gifts from city contractors.Barry played the role of elder statesman in his later years on the council, but he sometimes exasperated his colleagues with his wavering attention at meetings and frequent, rambling references to his tenure as mayor.He suffered numerous health problems over the years. In addition to kidney failure, he survived prostate cancer, undergoing surgery in 1995 and a follow-up procedure in 2000. In late 2011, he underwent minor surgery on his urinary tract. In early 2014, he spent several weeks in hospitals and a rehabilitation center battling infections and related complications.In a statement Sunday, current Mayor Vincent C. Gray expressed deep sadness after learning about Barry’s death. Gray spoke with Barry’s wife, Cora Masters Barry, late Saturday and shared his condolences and sympathies with her. The couple was long estranged but never divorced.“Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” Gray said. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.”Mayor Gray said that he would work with Barry’s family and the Council to plan official ceremonies “worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia.”Barry was married four times and is survived by his wife, Cora, and one son, Marion Christopher Barry.___Associated Press reporter Jessica Gresko contributed to this report.last_img read more

No encroachment beyond 50ft distance of crossings Hakim

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim passed a clear message to the hawkers on Tuesday saying they should not encroach beyond 50 feet distance of the crossings in the city and that using of plastic is discarded while running the business.Hakim held a meeting with the affected hawkers in the Gariahat fire and several hawkers’ organisations in the presence of senior officials of police and Fire department. In and around 58 crossings in the city encroachment has become a big problem. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”They have been asked to remove the plastics used and the trolley-based stalls that they are due to get will have shed. We are planning to give them special type of umbrellas so that customers do not get drenched during monsoons. I have seen this type of umbrellas in Thailand that can be made here as well,” Hakim said. A model of the trolley-based stall which will be 5 to 6 feet long and 3 to 4 feet wide will be taken to Gariahat on Thursday so that the hawkers see and decide whether it is serving their purpose. “We are formulating hawkers’ policy to regulate them in the city. They have already agreed to only occupy one third space of the pavements. Police will demarcate the place and if they flout action will be taken as per law,” Hakim said. The Mayor said the one time compensation of Rs 20,000 to each of the affected hawkers will be directly transferred to the bank accounts through RTGS by the weekend. A list of the affected hawkers has been prepared by Gariahat police station.last_img read more

WB BJP chief Assam ministers convoy attacked in East Midnapore 4 detained

first_imgKolkata: The convoy of West Bengal BJP chief and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was attacked in East Midnapore district’s Khejuri Tuesday evening, police said. While the BJP held the Trinamool Congress responsible for the incident, the ruling party in West Bengal rubbished the allegation claiming the attack could have been perpetrated by “CPI(M)-sheltered anti-socials”. Superintendent of Police V Solomon Nesakumar told PTI that neither Ghosh nor Sarma was injured but two vehicles were damaged because of stones thrown at the convoy. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata No official complaint was lodged but four people were detained in connection with the incident, he said. The incident occurred around 6.30 pm when the two BJP leaders were on their way to Khejuri under Kanthi Lok Sabha constituency to canvass for party candidate Debasish Samanta. “Ghosh was in Nandigram. He and Sarma were on their way to Khejuri when the attack happened. We have detained four people and investigating the incident,” Solomon said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state After the incident, the BJP West Bengal chief said, “The attack on us shows clearly that there is no law and order and democracy in the state.” Sarma tweeted, “TMC goons have blocked the roads on both sides, even as West Bengal Police personnel standing like mute spectator. I am appalled at such brazen abuse of power by Mamata Banerjee whose people have thrown all democratic norms to gutter. Is this the new India that we dream of?” When contacted, West Bengal Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim rubbished the allegation. “Our party workers are quite disciplined and they have no role in this… It could be by anti-socials given shelter by the CPI(M),” he said.last_img read more

Instagram Founders Agree to Facebook Buyout

first_imgWhile Facebook will use some of Instagram’s features in its existing products, founder Mark Zuckerberg says in a post that the Instagram team will be joining the social network and Facebook will grow Instagram independently.A request for comment from Systrom and fellow co-founder Mike Krieger was not immediately returned.Meanwhile, Facebook is poised to go public sometime this year with a valuation of roughly $100 billion. min read Instagram founders Mike Krieger (left) and Kevin Systrom.The co-founders of Instagram have agreed to sell the popular photo sharing app to social network giant Facebook. The sale price could be around $1 billion, according to reports.Not bad for a coupla years’ work. Released in 2010, Instagram has seen its user base skyrocket from 1 million users in January 2011 to around 30 million today. Instagram had raised about $47.5 million in venture funding from groups including Andreessen Horowitz as well as individual investors such as Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.On Instagram’s blog, co-founder Kevin Systrom says the Instagram app is not going away and that the company’s 12-person San Francisco-based team will work with Facebook to continue to “evolve Instagram and build the network.” Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. April 9, 2012last_img read more

Marketing an App Cut Your Facebook Ad Costs Dramatically With These Tips

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Recent studies show that 56 percent of Facebook users only log in using mobile devices. In fact, in the third quarter of 2016, the number of monthly mobile active Facebook was a staggering 1.74 billion.Clearly, that’s a large demographic of mobile users, and in the fourth quarter of 2016, mobile ads generated roughly 80 percent of Facebook’s $5.6 billion ad revenue.Facebook ad campaigns that promote mobile apps can be incredibly lucrative, with some estimates suggesting that mobile app install ads, specifically, account for over half of Facebook’s mobile revenue.But, since so many marketers have recognized the opportunity to promote mobile apps using Facebook, the competition has become fierce. As a consequence, ad costs are increasing and it’s becoming harder to get people to install new apps.Fortunately, there are ways to stay ahead of the competition and drive down the costs of your ad campaigns. Follow these tips, and you could reduce your ad cost when promoting mobile app installs.Related: 15 Useful Tech Tools for Your BusinessRefine your audienceMany Facebook marketers pick a country, an age range and a couple of interests for their audience and consider this to be highly targeted. I recommend digging a little deeper.Check your Google Analytics data and consider which cities are bringing in the majority of traffic to your site. Then, prioritize them in your campaigns. If it makes sense for your app, you can even make your ads feel more personal by mentioning cultural facets or landmarks of the city your audience lives in.Of course, if you’re marketing an app, you should already have a buyer profile of your ideal customer in mind, containing psychographic and demographic information.To take this a step further, once you start receiving conversions, check out your new customers on Facebook and see if you can find commonalities to help your targeting efforts.I also recommend creating a lookalike audience, since these tend to have much higher conversion rates. To be effective with mobile app install ads, you need to find the audience that resonates with your product and brand identity — and that insight will likely come from targeting those who are similar to your existing customers.Finally, don’t forget that you can set your Facebook ad campaigns to only display on mobile devices, on certain mobile devices (for instance, Android versus iOS if your app is only available on one) or when viewers are connected to Wi-Fi (and are, therefore, more likely to install apps).Related: A Step-by-Step Guide To Building Your First Mobile AppSplit test meticulouslyOne of the best ways to save money on your mobile app install ads is by split testing. The vast majority of Facebook ads crash and burn, so it’s wise to run them at a low cost before determining which ones are worth pouring more money into.Run your first campaign with a control ad, then create a handful of similar ads with one modification each (for instance, you may want to change the image, body text, call to action, headline and audience). If you change too many things, your data won’t be useful because you won’t know which element of the ad ultimately improved (or decreased) your results.Once you have an ad that demonstrates a good cost per install (CPI) — and to a lesser extent, a good click-through rate (CTR) and cost per click (CPC) — increase your ad spend and see if it scales effectively.Don’t try to second-guess which ad will perform the best. Often, our assumptions are way off. Instead, let the data inform your decision-making process.Related: The 25 Best U.S. Cities for Tech StartupsSpy on your competitionTo get a head start with split testing, see what the other app developers in your niche (and beyond) are doing with their Facebook ads.If you find an ad that’s been running for several months — with lots of engagement and visible signs of downloads on the app store page — you can bet it’s profitable.By examining the different elements on a number of successful mobile install ads, you’ll quickly start to see trends you can leverage: perhaps a particular type of CTA is the most commonly used, or maybe certain styles of images tend to capture people’s attention.Use Evernote (or your favorite note taking tool) to create a gigantic mobile install app swipe file, and use this as your inspiration when you start crafting your own ads. There’s no shame in using similar elements to the ones which worked successfully for your competitors so long as you don’t copy their ads directly.Related: 25 Creative Ways to Promote Your App For FreeOptimize your app store pageThe work doesn’t stop once you’ve created an excellent, high-converting Facebook ad. You have to ensure that people convert once they get to your landing page — in this case, your app store page.If your app logo looks like you sourced it from Fiverr for $5, you’ll make a bad impression and kill your conversions. Low-resolution screenshots are just as bad, as are poorly written or vague app descriptions. Instead, try the Wrap-App Technique for writing awesome app descriptions.Finally, remember that positive app reviews act as a form of social proof. If your app is brand new, solicit positive reviews from your friends and colleagues before you start driving traffic to your app store.Got any other tips for lowering your mobile app install ad costs on Facebook? Share your suggestions with me below.Related video October 13, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

November 26 2000 Over 120 people came to run on

first_imgNovember 26, 2000 Over 120 people came to run on Sunday at the first annual Arcosanti 5K. Therace was conceived and organized by residentStephen Cote in partnership with the ArizonaRoad Racers. Sponsorship was provided by the ArcosantiCommunity Council. Stephen is seen here crossing the finish line after completingthe course in 20 minutes, 43 seconds. Photos and text by:Jennifer Thornton Top male finisher Kelvin Broad was awarded a bronze Soleriwindbell donated by the Arcosanti foundry. His course time was a speedy16:51. Race organizer Stephen Cote and residentGregor Knauer present Gypsy Denzine her award for being the top female finisher.Her time was 19:43. Eight year old Catherine Cuda won a ceramic tile for finishing at the topof her age group. Everyone is gathered at the starting line – the race was minutes away. The scene at the finish line. ResidentJennifer Jackson completes the race in 25 minutes, 30 seconds.center_img Resident Keisuke Ichinosenot only ran for Arcosanti, but also for Japan. Residents Jennifer Jacksonand Steven Mackie head up to the starting line. Resident Gregor Knauercongratulates the top teen male finisher on his winning time. The last leg of the beautiful course.last_img read more

Rep Alberts system to evaluate economic incentives headed to governor for consideration

first_img### 19Dec Rep. Albert’s system to evaluate economic incentives headed to governor for consideration The state House provided its final approval to Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan to determine the effectiveness of Michigan’s economic incentive programs, sending the measure to the governor for consideration.Albert’s measure would require the state to hire an independent outside contractor to evaluate and recommend changes to the state’s economic incentive programs, which generally provide business tax incentives with the goal of promoting job creation and economic development.“We owe it to taxpayers to study these programs thoroughly and determine whether they work in Michigan’s best interests,” said Albert, of Lowell, chair of the House Financial Liability Reform Committee. “Are these incentives worth the money Michigan invests or forgoes? The best way to truly find out is with an open, honest and complete evaluation from an independent reviewer.“Whether you lean for or against economic incentives in general, we should all be able to support this huge step toward an accountable and transparent government.”An independent analysis of each incentive program would help determine which programs should continue, which should be improved and which should be eliminated. Evaluations would determine whether stated goals of incentive programs are being met. Reviews also would consider economic impact and effects on other businesses, along with impact on the state budget.House Bill 6052 is now awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder’s review.center_img Categories: Albert News,Newslast_img read more

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first_img (Click on image to enlarge) I wouldn’t want to be short any of the precious metals at this point in history as we wait for the Fed and JPMorgan et al to make their next move. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, the high ticks in platinum and palladium all came at the same moment as gold and silver’s high.  This was obviously price management across the board in all precious metals…and only the willfully blind would think otherwise. The dollar index closed on Thursday at 82.78…and spent all of Friday chopping broadly lower…and the index closed on Friday afternoon at 82.47…down 31 basis points from Thursday. The dollar index low came about 10:50 a.m. in New York, just minutes before the high ticks in all four precious metals.  The big axe fell at 11:30 a.m…and was not related to anything that the currencies were doing at the time. Not surprisingly, the silver shares got hit pretty hard as well…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 4.54%. The gold stocks opened in the black, but got sold into the red immediately…and were down about a half percent right up until the 11:30 a.m. New York price execution in all four precious metals.  The low tick for the gold stocks came right at 12:15 p.m. EDT of course…and then they traded sideways for the remainder of the trading session. (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s the long-term Silver 7 chart to give the you bigger long-term picture. Tosca Mining Corporation’s goal is to acquire advanced stage projects that can be placed into production quickly. The company’s primary asset is the Red Hills Molybdenum/Copper project located in Presidio County, Texas. A program to confirm, and expand the considerable size and potential of the project and evaluate various economic scenarios was completed in 2011.  Tosca recently received results from the 13 remaining holes from its phase two, 16,000 M (4,873 m) diamond drill program. Per Tosca’s Chairman, Dr. Sadek El-Alfy, “the drill program has successfully verified historic drill results of the shallow Copper-Molybdenum cap and confirmed the presence of a deeper, well mineralized Molybdenum Porphyry deposit.” The results of 21 holes drilled through the copper/moly cap in Tosca’s 2011 drill program give a weighted average grade of 0.39 % Cu over a core length of 113 feet (34.5 m). Since the copper cap is subhorizontal, the average core length can be interpreted as being approximately equivalent to true width. The copper/moly cap is crescent shaped, approximately 4,000 feet (1220 metres) long and 400 feet (122 m) to 1000 feet (305 m) wide. The 2011 program encountered numerous thick  Molybdenum mineralized intervals including Hole TMC-25 wich  intersected 1,189 feet (362.4 m) averaging 0.089 per cent Mo including 830 feet (253 m) of 0.1 per cent Mo from 359 feet (109.8 m) to the bottom of the hole. Hole TMC-29 cut 989 feet (301.4 m) averaging 0.09 per cent Mo including 139 feet (42.4 m) of 0.16 per cent Mo. The molybdenum grades are similar and in some cases higher than those of projects currently considered of potential economic interest.” Aggressive plans are in place for 2012 to conduct metallurgical tests, produce an updated resource estimate and  Pre Economic Assesment. Tosca is operated by an experienced mine development team, operates in Texas, a  mine-friendly jurisdiction and its property iseasily accessible with infrastructure in place to advance operations. Please visit our website to learn more about the company ad request information. The status quo is not an option the central banks can allow to continue for long. The gold price rallied a bit during the early going in Far East trading, but got sold down starting around 9:30 a.m. Hong Kong time.  From that high tick of the day, around $1,487 spot, it got sold down a bit over twenty-five bucks, hitting its London low early in the morning BST. Then starting around 11:00 a.m. BST, gold began to rally once more…and that rally gathered a bit more steam once New York began to trade.  But just minutes before the London close [11:00 a.m. in New York] a not-for-profit high frequency trader appeared…and by 12:15 p.m. EDT had gold down to its low tick of the day, which was $1,447.30 spot.  The New York high was $1,484.10 spot. The gold price rallied back in fits and starts from there…closing the Friday trading day at $1,462.90 spot…down $5.30 from Thursday’s close.  Gross volume was a grotesque 265,000 contracts, mostly of the HFT variety. Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own so you can see the not-for-profit seller’s action close up and personal.  The NY spot gold chart looks similar. (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s your “cute quota” for today… I’ve got the usual number of stories for you today…and quite a few of them are gold/silver related…and I hope you can find the time over what’s left of your weekend to run through them all. Gold has worked down from Alexander’s time. When something holds good for two thousand years, I do not believe it can be so because of prejudice or mistaken theory. – Bernard M. Baruch Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is a piece that I first heard live when Gary Brooker et al played it with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra back in 1992 when I was on the board of directors.  After Whiter Shade of Pale and Conquistador…this is their most popular composition.  This performance was with the Danish National Concert Orchestra and choir at Ledrborg Castle in Denmark in August of 2006. I note that Geoff Whitehorn is still playing lead guitar…Mark Brzezicki is still playing the drums…and Gary has still got the pipes.  This version, in my opinion, is the best I’ve heard.  The recording is stunning…and the link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is a J.S. Bach chestnut that I never tire of listening to.  It’s the Concerto in D minor for two violins, strings and continuo, BWV 1043.  The link to the first and second movements are here…and the third movement, here. Doing the honours is the St. Petersburg Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, with soloists Lyubov Stekolshchikova and Elina Drukh. The tempo is a touch faster than I’m used to. Well, JPMorgan et al are still at it…not only from a price perspective, but also the shares.  As I commented in Thursday’s column…why the big rise in share prices on zero price movement in either gold or silver on Wednesday?  Well, it’s a good bet that ‘da boyz’ were buying so they could sell them into the next rally…and that came on Thursday…and then they sold the rest on Friday.  John Embry has always been of the opinion that the shares as well as the metal prices themselves, were managed…and their price action over the last three days certainly reeks of that. I’d dearly love to know what’s going on behind the scenes, but in the face of unprecedented world-wide demand in the physical precious metal itself, I’m sure that they are having their issues at the moment.  There’s no doubt in my mind that they were caught totally flat-footed by the world’s reaction to their little ‘Comex Caper’…and are back at the drawing board figuring out how to extricate themselves from this self-inflicted wound without exacerbating the situation.  And as I and others have already stated, this bifurcated market cannot last for too long, as the current over-the-top physical demand will have the bullion banks for lunch at some point.  The only thing that will kill this retail demand stone cold dead is a sudden [on a weekend, perhaps] upward revaluation in price that puts gold out of reach of all but the richest.  That goes for silver as well…and silver will become the new gold for the masses. A price high enough to accomplish that will undoubtedly turn a lot of precious metal buyers into precious metal sellers virtually overnight. The only other option is ‘death by a thousand cuts’…where precious metal prices are allowed to rise ‘normally’…whatever that means these days…and the buying frenzy on Planet Earth will begin anew.  If you read some of the above-posted stories out of India, that psychology is already starting to take hold since the bottom was put in on Tuesday morning last week in early Hong Kong trading. But one thing is for sure…the status quo is not an option the central banks can allow to continue for long. Before heading out the door, Nick Laird must know that I’m a creature of habit with my Saturday column, because his “Total PMs Pool” chart…updated with Friday’s data…was in my in-box before I even thought about it. Here it is posted below…and as you can see, the U.S. dollar ‘value’ has done a face plant, but the total ounces under management has barely moved. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 562 gold and 2 lonely silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday.  JPMorgan Chase was the big short/issuer with 558 contracts…and one of their partners in crime in the precious metal price management scheme, Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia, was the long/stopper of 555 of those contracts.  This should just about wrap up deliveries for April in both metals.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The inventories of GLD took another hit yesterday.  This time an authorized participant withdrew 232,107 troy ounces and, for the second day in a row an authorized participant added silver to SLV…820,985 troy ounces to be exact. I’m starting to wonder about these never-ending withdrawals from GLD…as it’s my opinion that we’re long past the investors dumping-their-holdings story…and I’m looking around for another explanation. The short interest report for the first half of April for both GLD and SLV was posted on the shortsqueeze.com Internet site either late Thursday night or last night.  It showed that, during the period mentioned, the short interest in SLV blew out by 27.11 percent…and GLD by an eye-watering 48.47 percent.  I was quite taken aback at first glance, but with sober second thought it occurred to me that if I was ‘da boyz’…both SLV and GLD would be one of the vehicles that I would use to make obscene profits and acquire more metal at bargain-basement prices. I’m prepared to bet serious coin that these obscene short positions have already been closed out…and that fact will be reflected in the next short interest report coming up in about two weeks time. Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Bar List updated his about.ag/SLV/ website on Thursday with the in/out activity of SLV as of the close of trading on Wednesday.  This is what he had to say…”Analysis of the 24 April 2013 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list.  No bars were added or removed. 269 bars had accounting changes (e.g. from 0.9990 fine to 0.9999 fine). All bars with changes were in Brinks London, which is likely currently being audited. As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was over-allocated 483.4 oz.”  The link to his website is here. The U.S. Mint had another sales report yesterday.  They sold 5,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes and, for the third day in a row…zero silver eagles.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 208,500 ounces of gold eagles…36,000 ounces of one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 3,232,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, they reported receiving 312,978 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 790,669 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here. In gold on Thursday, the Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 153,748 troy ounces…and shipped a smallish 1,300 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here. I was happy to see that everything appeared to be back to normal with this week’s Commitment of Traders Report.  Whether the data from last week’s COT Report was reported in error or tampered with, is still not known, but the result was that the data in yesterday’s report has partially masked what happened in the prior week’s report. But, having said that, this latest report is still pretty impressive…and is still one for the record books in many categories. In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by a very chunky 26.7 million ounces…and now stands at 85.8 million ounces…not a record low…but pretty close. The Big 4 [JPM, Scotiabank, HSBC USA….plus one other short holder of no consequence] were short 193.1 million ounces of silver…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders were short an additional 50.9 million ounces of silver.  As far as concentration goes, the ‘Big 4’ are short 36.0% of the entire Comex futures market on a ‘net’ basis…a big drop from two weeks ago.  The ‘5 through 8’ are short an additional 9.3 percentage points of the Comex futures market in silver on a net basis. Ted Butler is busy with his son’s wedding, so I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to him yesterday, so I’m not sure where JPMorgan’s short position stands at the moment. There are 37 short-side traders in the Commercial category of the COT Report in silver…and 4 of them are short 36 percent of the entire Comex futures market in that metal. I’d guess that JPMorgan holds at least half of that amount on its own. The other stand-out features in the silver COT Report was the fact that the net long position in the Non-Commercial category has shrunk down to 15,000 contracts…and the net long position of the small traders in the Nonreportable category has virtually disappeared…and currently stands at 2,163 contracts!  I don’t remember ever seeing a number that low and, if the truth be known, I never thought it possible. In gold, the Commercial net short position imploded by 3.75 million troy ounces…and now sits at 10.44 million ounces.  The Big 4 are short 8.63 million ounces of gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 4.94 million ounces.  These are monstrous changes…and I’m guessing that one would have to go back at least five years to see a number this low. On a ‘net’ basis [once the market-neutral spread trades are subtracted out] the Big 4 are short 24.7 percent of the entire Comex futures market in gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 14.2 percentage points of the Comex futures market. In the Non-Commercial category, the net long position declined to just over 104,000 contracts.  Their net long position…10.4 million ounces…is exactly equal to the Commercial net short position of 10.4 million ounces…and that’s because the Nonreportable position [the small traders] is a vanishingly small 133 contracts…basically zero!  Unheard of! I’m sure that there was a lot more going on ‘under the hood’ in both metals…and I look forward to reading what silver analyst Ted Butler has to say about it in his weekend commentary…when he can find the time to write it, that is.  In case you’re interested, the link to yesterday’s legacy COT Report is here…and the Disaggregated COT Report is here. Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days to Cover Short Positions” chart updated with yesterday’s data. Sponsor Advertisement In silver, the only real difference between it and gold was the fact that the London low came about 12:30 p.m. BST…thirty minutes after the noon London silver fix.  The New York high in silver was also minutes before the London close…and the high-frequency trader delivered the coup de grâce at 11:30 a.m. EDT. From that point, the silver chart looks pretty much the same as the gold chart, with the New York low [$23.57 spot] coming at 12:15 p.m. EDT right on the button. The Far East high tick was around $24.85 spot…and intraday move of almost $1.30. Silver closed at $24.04 spot…down 36 cents from Thursday.  Volume, net of the May delivery month roll-overs, was a hair under 17,000 contracts…mostly vapour and fumes.last_img read more

Before They Spoiled the Software

first_img –shares Before They Spoiled the Software Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Brought to you by PCWorld Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business September 30, 2007 Next Article Software developers would like you to believe that with every new version, their products improve substantially, adding slicker interfaces and more powerful features, and making better use of faster processors and more RAM. As applications mature, they imply, we are all moving toward the Golden Age of Software.But we know that’s not always the case.We’ve all seen programs that started out as a simple 1MB utility become a Jabba-the-Hutt-sized monster with an interface so complex you need a Ph.D. in physics to understand it. We’ve seen software that dropped some of its niftiest features to lure you into buying a more-expensive Pro version. We’ve seen a once-unassuming application become greedy for as much of your system resources as it can grab.Of course, sometimes bloat is in the eye of the beholder. Additions that are great new features for somebody else may be, for you, useless buttons that just get in the way.You don’t have to put up with it, though. We’ve rounded up a list of good software that went bad, and we’ll show you how you can turn back the clock by downloading and installing the earlier, better versions.How We Found ThemFor our compilation of earlier-is-better software, we went to the pros–the people who use plenty of programs every day. We asked our own PC World editors for their lists of applications that were better before developers started mucking around. And we also went to an online treasure trove of older-but-better software–the site OldVersion.com, which has rounded up countless earlier versions of dozens and dozens of programs. We asked site founder and editor Alex Levine to give us his picks of the best oldies, and we asked site users to weigh in as well.Note: When clicking on a link for software at OldVersion.com , you may need to scroll down the resulting page to find the version you want. Also, OldVersion.com isn’t the only site that archives old software. If you’re looking for a hard-to-find older application, try oldapps.com and old-versions.net .The Safety TradeoffBefore we start on our list of Golden Oldies, though, keep in mind one big caveat: An undeniably good thing that comes with new versions of software is the fixes you get for security holes, sometimes very serious ones. So if you choose to run old versions of programs, you are taking a calculated risk. Make sure your other defenses are as strong as you can make them, and be extra careful about what you click.Instant Messaging ProgramsDo you think your instant messaging application is bloated? Welcome to the club.AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)OldVersion.com’s Alex Levine, like many others, complains that the newest version of AIM features more pop-ups, more advertising, and a difficult-to-use interface. “A lot of our users use AIM 5.5.x or 5.9.x simply because [those versions] do what users need the app to do and don’t use as much CPU,” he says.”They made the newer versions way too foofy and filled with [stuff] I don’t need,” one OldVersion user says of AIM. “The older versions work much better; they do just what I want, which is allow me to communicate with people with a minimum of fuss and without a slick interface that I don’t need.””The smilies are unbearable in the newer versions,” another user adds. “Not only do they do that horrible explosion thing, but for some reason you can’t make them any smaller than the default, and the really tiny smilies are so much cuter :).”ICQAmerica Online seems to have a knack for wrecking good instant messengers. ICQ was at one time the big boy of the instant messaging world. Then AOL bought it. Ever since, people have been complaining about the software’s bloat.”I still use ICQ 2003 Pro, primarily because it still has the original single message mode instead of the split chat window,” says PC World’s Elliott Kirschling. “I would prefer to use an even older and less bloated version, but they no longer connect to the newer clients and network.””It used to be a wonderful little IM program, then they just couldn’t leave well enough alone and kept adding more and more,” complains one OldVersion.com user. Oldversion.com has previous versions of both ICQ and ICQ Lite , an even slimmer client. If you want to check out what people are complaining about, you can download ICQ 6 , the current version.Windows Messenger, MSN Messenger, Windows Live MessengerThis Microsoft instant messaging program has gone through so many name changes and incarnations, we defy anyone to name them all. The latest is Windows Live Messenger , which some people complain is a system hog.”Windows Live Messenger is all flair and no guts,” says one OldVersion.com user. “I want a messenger to send messages to people, not eat up my system resources with transparent skins and flashy interfaces.” This IM devotee says he uses, instead, MSN Messenger 7.5 .Media PlayersLooking for a simple media player? You’ll have to go back in time.Windows Media PlayerOnce upon a time, Windows Media Player was a simple, compact application that just played media files. Nothing more, nothing less. Those days are long gone. Today’s Windows Media Player 11 is a major, full-blown application for managing media, with all kinds of bells and whistles. Not everyone, though, likes those bells and whistles.Says one OldVersion.com user: “It used to be a utility that would play media files you had on the computer. Now it’s some unholy bloated ‘Media Center’.” OldVersion.com has versions of Media Player that go all the way back to 5.1 (a mere 0.2MB download!).MusicMatch Jukebox (Now Yahoo Music Jukebox)Yahoo Music Jukebox (the latest version of what used to be MusicMatch Jukebox) manages an unfortunate double-whammy: Critics say it’s both bloated and lacking many of the best features of its predecessor.” Older versions of MusicMatch Jukebox were the best solution for recording, organizing, tagging, and playing a large music collection,” PC World’s Kirschling says. “Version 10 was the last version, and it did get some small updates after Yahoo bought it, but now they are trying to force everyone to ‘upgrade’ to Yahoo Music Jukebox. The problem is that Yahoo Music Jukebox does not have most of the advanced features that MusicMatch has.”I’ll add a personal note here. I used to be a MusicMatch user as well, but I lost interest in it before it was sold to Yahoo, sometime back around version 9, when Big Bloat set in.WinampWhat is it about media players that makes developers want to muck around with them? Do they get a charge out of saying, “My player is bigger than yours”? For whatever reason, these programs grow bigger, not better, with time. Winamp is another player program that has grown through the years, and not necessarily for the better. Older versions were mean and lean, great at playing media and getting out of the way. The new version , some users say, gets in the way.”My favorite version is Winamp 2.95. That’s before they started bulking up the client and adding completely unnecessary things,” says one music aficionado at OldVersion.com. “I just want something that plays my MP3s. I don’t need it to burn CDs for me or download new music or cook my breakfast or massage my feet.”iTunesIn the case of iTunes 7 , bloat isn’t the problem. But discriminating users complain that Apple took away a really useful feature. ” Early versions of iTunes allowed you to stream your music collection to an unlimited number of PCs on a local network,” PC World Senior Editor Eric Dahl explains. “The current version restricts you to five PCs per day, meaning that if your music collection is popular with your coworkers, some of them may get cut off.”QuickTime PlayerQuickTime is another example of Apple taking away features from a perfectly good program, says PC World Executive Editor Allan Stafford. “QuickTime Player got stripped of lots of features in an effort to get people to buy the Pro version.”The current version is QuickTime 7 . Grab older versions here .Image and Video SoftwareSure, this software category usually means big, and bigger, programs. But sometimes you get less, not more.iMovie ’08 (for the Mac)Here’s an example of a great program gone bad–really, really bad. When Apple updated iMovie , it essentially changed the software completely, stripping out all the best features and leaving behind a shell of the former program. So now it doesn’t have a timeline for video editing, its audio editing tools are poor, it won’t accept plug-ins–and that’s just a start.David Pogue wrote in his newsletter for the New York Times, “I can’t remember any software company pulling a stunt like this before: throwing away a fully developed, mature, popular program and substituting a bare-bones, differently focused program under the same name.”Fortunately, the versions of iMovie that were included in Apple iLife 2004 and Apple iLife 2006 are still available through Amazon.com.Corel Paint Shop ProFor many years, Paint Shop Pro was the top piece of graphics shareware. It was the anti-Photoshop–plenty of features, plenty of power, yet simple to use and fast-loading. Then came version 8. Good-bye, simplicity. Things haven’t improved any in the current version, Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 , which costs about $100.”If I want to do something quick and simple, I just use Paint Shop Pro 7,” says one OldVersion.com user. “Paint Shop Pro 8 just tried too hard to be Photoshop Lite.” At least OldVersion.com has trial versions of previous incarnations of Paint Shop Pro .”With 8, they tried to do too much with it and I had no idea how to even use half the features or buttons,” says another OldVersion site user. “I use Paint Shop Pro for basic stuff like cropping, because it loads quicker than Photoshop. For what I need, version 8.0 is practically useless.”ACDSeeEarly versions of ACDSee, an image management program, were slick and fast-loading, and were ideally suited for viewing graphics and doing image conversions. The current version is big and slow, and not nearly as easy to use, many users complain.”Once version 3.0 hit, the application was unsuitable for my use because of all the unnecessary stuff they added,” says one OldVersion.com user.”The older versions of ACDSee loaded in a snap, like the Windows image viewer, [and] had better functions for resizing and slide shows, and also let you do JPG/GIF/BMP/PNG conversions,” another user says.ACDSee 9, the current version, sells for $40. You can find earlier, trial versions at OldVersion.com .And Two More Previous FavoritesThese two applications are popular–but are the current versions the best?Adobe ReaderThis widely used program is designed to do one thing, and one thing alone–let you read Adobe PDF files. Once upon a time that meant a svelte program. Today it means a sumo wrestler. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the file sizes. Version 2.0 was a 1.4MB download. The current version 8.1 weighs in at a hefty 22.3MB.The best earlier version of this classic, says one OldVersion.com visitor, is Adobe Reader 5.0.5 . “The bloat showed up in version 6,” he says, “and even though it started disappearing in version 8, there’s still a splash screen, annoying updater, and so on.”EudoraLots of long-time PC users have fond memories of this e-mail client; indeed, for many old-timers, it was the first e-mail software they ever used. But some of the changes the program introduced over the years, such as a feature that read your e-mail to warn you if it was potentially insulting, seemed less than necessary to lots of users.Good news may be on the way. Eudora has gone open source, and future versions are being developed by the Mozilla Foundation. You can get the current version here or pick up an earlier version .Our Quick Checklist of Old and New VersionsHere is our complete list of the applications discussed in this article.AIM (current)AIM 5.5.x or 5.9.x (older versions)ICQ 6 (current)ICQ (earlier versions)ICQ Lite (old versions)Windows Live Messenger (current)MSN Messenger 7.5 (earlier version of Live Messenger)Windows Media Player 11 (current)Media Player (earlier versions)Yahoo Music Jukebox (current; formerly MusicMatch)MusicMatch Jukebox (older versions)Winamp (current)Winamp (older versions)iTunes 7 (current)iTunes (early versions)QuickTime 7 (current)QuickTime (older versions)iMovie (current)iMovie, Apple iLife 2004iMovie, Apple iLife 2006Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 (current)Corel Paint Shop Pro, trialware of earlier versionsACDSee 9 (current)ACDSee (earlier, trial versions)Adobe Reader 8.1 (current)Adobe Reader 5.0.5Eudora, current versionEudora, earlier versions Technology Sometimes a program’s new version is actually worse than the previous one. Here are 13 apps we liked better before they were “improved”–plus tips on finding the earlier editions. Register Now » 11 min readlast_img read more

Rising Focus by Businesses to Increase Customer Satisfaction and Optimize Supply Chain

first_imgRising Focus by Businesses to Increase Customer Satisfaction and Optimize Supply Chain Will Significantly Propel the Growth of Enterprise Software Market: IndustryARC PRNewswireJune 24, 2019, 8:26 pmJune 24, 2019 Enterprise software is witnessing huge demand from across a spectrum of applications like enterprise content management (ECM), IT service management (ISM), customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and business intelligence. Adoption of these Enterprise software increases efficiency and accelerates the overall productivity of an organization; thus, witnessing driving adoption of Enterprise software. The ERP enterprise software segment is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.53% during forecast period 2019-2025 driven by retail segment in particular. The marketing and CRM segment of the enterprise software market is witnessing high demand and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.21%. Small organizations are largely integrating cloud-based technology into their businesses to lower upfront costs and access business-critical applications conveniently.  Companies are widely adopting cloud-based enterprise software to scale up the businesses with minimum CAPEX investment. By 2019, approximately 75-80% of enterprises will deploy at least one enterprise computing application on the cloud. IT spending on enterprise software was increased at a rate of 9% during 2017-18, where most of these spending were specific to cloud-based enterprise technology.According to the US Small Business Administration, there are 30.2 billion small and medium sized businesses in the country, many of whom use enterprise software to reduce costs and complexity involved in internal technological systems. In 2019, the U.S. holds more than 60% of global cloud spending.  The large presence of hyper scale data centers in the U.S. is the key factor to hold dominant market share for cloud-based technology. This leads to rising demand for cloud-based enterprise software in the U.S. and hence, the region contributes nearly 25% market share in the global enterprise software market.Marketing Technology News: P&G’s Marc Pritchard and Brand Leaders from Taco Bell and LEGO Take on the Future of Advertising, Platforms and Purpose at Wake up with the EconomistTo access / purchase the full report browse the link belowThe enterprise software market is poised to grow at a rapid pace owing to wide range of applications in supply chain and maintaining customer relationship. The global supply chain management market grew by 13.9% in 2017 and reached $12.2 Billion. Organizations are adopting cloud-based Supply Chain Management (SCM) solutions to enable new digitally-based business models to optimize their supply chain, reduce operation cost and increase profitability at rapid pace. Cloud-based SCM applications are designed to flex and scale according to the needs of globally distributed supplier networks, thus enabling organizations to be more responsive to market demands. The growth in these supply chain management Enterprise Software is driving the total Enterprise Software Market is forecast to reach $545m by 2025 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.15% during the forecast period 2019-2025.Enterprise Software Market Growth Drivers:Rise in the need for good customer experience: Enterprise software helps in easing the customer relationship management processes, which enhances the customer experience and increases customer retention rate. According to the annual report by Facebook Inc., monthly active users (MAUs) of Facebook were 2.32 billion in December 31, 2018, an increase of 9% year-over-year and also the company recorded 37% increase in revenue during 2017-2018 showcasing the prolific rise in social media websites.  The rise in digitization and emergence of social media marketing platforms have increased the need for enterprise software in recording and managing huge amounts of customer data for businesses. Moreover, for businesses, enterprise software eases the creation of personalized marketing content for customers.Emergence of E-Commerce across Sectors: E-commerce websites minimize the lead time, and establish direct business relationship with end customers across various sectors. According to the report published by Walmart, the Flipkart group is showing a significant growth, with its growth merchandise value increasing by 12 times from 2014 to 2018, reaching $7.5 Billion. Organizations require customized enterprise software to manage and analyze customer data, which further widens the scope for opportunities in the global enterprise software market.Marketing Technology News: Will Salesforce Customer 360 Arrival Push CRMs and DMPs Out of Equation in 2020?Get a quote of Enterprise Software Market Report from one of our sales representativesR&D Investment and Initiative, Funding:In 2018, Cohesity, a hyperconverged secondary storage company, announced that it had raised $250m in an oversubscribed Series D funding round led by the SoftBank Vision Fund with strong participation from strategic investors like Cisco Investments, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, along with Sequoia Capital and others. This investment is anticipated to increase the enterprise software development activities towards achieving increased operational efficiency and cost reduction, which in turn will drive revenue growth for end users. Additionally, there has been a significant growth in R&D investments into enterprise software in the European region. For instance, in 2018, Dassault Systèmes SE recorded a total expenditure of $337.72m into R&D, which corresponds to 24.6% of their software revenue. This is anticipated to continue in the future, increasing the likeliness of development of effective enterprise software products which can store, analyze, and visualize large amount of data faster and more securely.The Major Players in this Market Include:The major players in this market are SAP AG, Oracle Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Infor Inc., Kronos Incorporated and IBM Corporation. These companies have been continuously focusing on R&D for enterprise software, both towards addressing security concerns and integration of cloud services for quick processing and analysis of data.In 2018, IBM Corporation partnered with Salesforce in order to integrate their artificial intelligence (AI) platform and deliver an enhanced customer service experience. Salesforce’s in-house AI platform called Einstein and IBM’s cognitive computing technology platform Watson will collaborate to deliver AI-driven recommendations for future actions by companies.Marketing Technology News: WebEngage Partners with Kenscio’s Email Management Solution crmEnterprise Content managementEnterprise softwareERPIT service managementMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleHOOQ Streams Live and On-Demand Video Content on Brightcove Video PlatformNext ArticleHow to Increase Your Productivity with Proper Time Management?last_img read more

Researchers for first time view serotonin activating its receptor using highpowered microscopes

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 2 2018Serotonin (3A) receptors are common drug targets in the treatment of pain, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, and mood disorders yet little is known about their three-dimensional structure. Details about serotonin receptor structures could provide important clues to designing better drugs with less side effects. Now, a team of researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have used high-powered microscopes to view serotonin activating its receptor for the first time. Images published in Nature reveal molecular details about the receptor that could improve drug design to treat a multitude of diseases.Serotonin receptors sit in cell membranes throughout the body, including the brain, stomach, and the associated nervous system. Drugs that inhibit serotonin receptors help control post-operative nausea, support cancer therapies, and are used to treat gastrointestinal conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. These inhibitors also find application as anti-depressants, and promote attention and memory.Broad application comes with side effects–in part due to suboptimal drug-receptor interactions, says study lead Sudha Chakrapani, PhD, associate professor of physiology and biophysics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “Successful design of safer therapeutics has been slowed because there is a limited understanding of the structure of the serotonin receptor itself, and what happens after serotonin binds to it. Our work is the first to describe how serotonin activates the full-length serotonin receptor at a level of detail to nearly the individual atom.”Using Nobel Prize-winning microscope technology, Chakrapani’s team studied serotonin as it interacted with its receptor. Their images show serotonin attaching to the receptor and twisting open the channel. Open channels allow molecules to travel from outside the cell to inside. The researchers used simulations to watch as sodium molecules traveled through newly opened channels. The new study highlights distinct conformations of the serotonin receptor that would make a cell more or less permeable to certain molecules–a key insight for drug developers. It also shows which portions of the receptor are most critical for proper channel function.Related StoriesDrinking Matcha tea may reduce anxious behavior, research showsResearchers report how a popular antidepressant drug could rewire the brainNew biological mechanism may explain heightened somatic awarenessThe entire serotonin-receptor occurs in a space about a few billionths of a meter across. Microscopes have only recently evolved to capture such tiny molecules. Cutting-edge technology in the new study–cryo-electron microscopy–earned a 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry. It uses high-powered microscopes to take snapshots of proteins in action, and compiles them into three-dimensional structural models. In the past year it has already helped Case Western Reserve researchers view structures for proteins central to kidney stones and other ailments. Chakrapani used “cryo-EM” last year to view the serotonin receptor alone, laying the foundation for the present study.The researchers hope their findings could lead to more precise drugs that target specific regions or functions of serotonin receptors. “It’s likely that new and different drugs can work as effective serotonin inhibitors, especially if they’re designed to work differently than current drugs,” says first author Sandip Basak, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in Chakrapani’s lab. “We’re actively pursuing these approaches to help design safer therapeutics that modulate the serotonin receptor to treat a range of conditions.”Source: http://casemed.case.edu/cwrumed360/news-releases/release.cfm?news_id=1541&news_category=8last_img read more

Most gay fathers and their kids face stigma despite legal and social

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 15 2019A study published in the February 2019 “Pediatrics” journal suggests the majority of gay fathers and their children continue to experience stigma with potentially harmful physical and psychological effects, despite legal, media and social advances. Study participants specifically cited structural stigma, such as state laws and beliefs of religious communities, as affecting their experiences in multiple social contexts.The study’s researchers, including Sean Hurley, an associate professor in the University of Vermont’s College of Education and Social Services, analyzed anonymous, online survey responses from 732 gay fathers of 1,316 children, from 47 states. Among the questions asked of participants was whether the fathers and/or their children had been “made to feel uncomfortable, excluded, shamed, hurt, or unwelcome” in various social contexts. Almost two-thirds of fathers responding (63.5 percent) reported they had experienced stigma over the past year based on being a gay father.Related StoriesDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in lifeResearch reveals genetic cause of deadly digestive disease in childrenMost stigma occurred in religious environments (reported by 34.8 percent of fathers), while about one-quarter of respondents reported experiencing stigma in the past year from family members, neighbors, gay friends and/or service providers such as waiters and salespeople. Nearly 19 percent of fathers reported that their children had avoided activities with friends for fear of encountering stigma.”The results of the study are important because they highlight that while much progress has been made in terms of the experiences of gay men parenting, we find that they and their children are still experiencing potentially harmful stigma in a variety of social contexts,” says Hurley, who served as the study’s methodologist.For these families, the presence of laws and policies supportive of LGBT populations in states where they live reduced the experience of stigma. Prior research has shown that the amount of community support provided to members of sexual minorities is related to the well-being of lesbian and gay adolescents, adults, and children with lesbian or gay parents, and impacts rates of suicidality and psychiatric disorders.This study’s authors encouraged pediatricians caring for children and their gay fathers to have discussions with these families about potentially stigmatizing experiences to help them learn strategies to counteract their harmful effects. Researchers agree that pediatricians, as leaders in their communities, also have an opportunity to help oppose discrimination in religious and other community institutions. Source:https://www.uvm.edu/last_img read more

Profits doubts in equal measure at Geneva Motor Show

© 2018 AFP Explore further Luxury carmakers will show off their wares at the Geneva Motor Show – but healthy profits cannot fully ease concerns over the future as the trend to electric and self-driving cars accelerates This year’s Geneva Motor Show comes at a curious time for an auto world enjoying record profits yet also gripped by doubt midway through the grand transition from diesel to electric and self-driving vehicles. 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: Profits, doubts in equal measure at Geneva Motor Show (2018, March 4) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-profits-equal-geneva-motor.html “Geneva really ought to have been a lovely salon,” says, with heavy irony, Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of German-based Center Automotive Research of a Europe’s first major car show of the year running from March 8 to 18.”The luxury car makers continue to present their new models and worldwide sales set new records in 2017. “But behind the glamour and the finery are plenty of worry wrinkles.”Number one overriding concern is the increasing slide in diesel sales, a blow for European constructors who had essentially sought to bet the house on diesel as they strove for years to cut CO2 emissions with the support of public authorities.The emissions cheating scandal, which blew up at Volkswagen in 2015, has heaped discredit on a technology criticised for belching out nitrogen oxide and harmful particulates.Major cities including Paris have announced their intention to ban diesel progressively while a top German court last month opened the way to banning older diesel cars from the streets on air quality grounds.Diesel’s fall from grace has pushed constructors to turn their attention to production of more-in-demand models running either on petrol, dubbed “dinosaur juice”, or else make the jump to electric or at least hybrid.Are future friends electric?The top global constructors have earmarked investments worth tens of billions of euros (dollars) over the past few years to accelerate their push to electric. Yet the commercial upshot of the strategy remains unclear.This year’s Show, the 88th edition, will see the unveiling of several new electric models and concepts at Tuesday and Wednesday’s media days, before opening its doors to the general public on Thursday.Among new potential star turns are Jaguar’s first all-electric model as it shows off the production version of its I-Pace, as well as Hyundai’s Kona, advertised as the world#s first fully electric subcompact SUV.Constructors also have to contend with the fact that where fuel engines are concerned, their greater emissions of CO2 will render a tough challenge compliance with future European norms.They will have to cut CO2 emissions to an average 95 grams per kilometre across the board by 2021 from 130 grams in 2015, or else face swingeing fines. Auto makers are bound to continue investing, furthermore, to ensure improved performance of their combustion engines as these still make up the bulk of sales. And yet they will prove progressively less of an earner as volumes inexorably fall off.Traditional constructors also have a wary eye on sector newcomers, led by those in the electric vanguard such as Tesla, as well as giants from the high-tech such as Apple or Google and would-be Chinese rivals all seeking their slice of a “smart car” cake.The future belongs to those whose vehicles enjoy ever more autonomy through increasing recourse to artificial intelligence and telecommunications.Such qualities are not the preserve of the traditional automobile constructor.Square the circleThe last few weeks have seen a slew of carmakers post record profits—but the question is the degree to which that will act as a springboard to paying for the switch to a new auto-tech world.Eric Kirstetter of the Roland Berger consultancy told AFP that, currently, some constructors are doing “very well,” yet their “future is very complicated”.They must “reduce costs in such as way as to make savings allowing them to achieve their R&D plans,” said Kirstetter, adding this will involve surmounting “a problem of squaring the financial circle.”That, he says, is “an equation extremely difficult to resolve in order to make the necessary investments to develop new generations of vehicles while continuing to invest massively in improving the combustion engine” in the shorter term.The task may be more readily surmountable for pioneers in the development of alternatives to diesel, including the Renault-Nissan alliance, with both leaders in the move towards electrification, while Toyota has the early jump on the hybrid market.However the future of a metamorphosing industry ultimately pans out, the 700,000 Salon visitors expected to descend on Geneva’s Palexpo in the coming days will be able to cast their eyes over some 900 vehicles.Monday will see the car of the year unveiled from seven finalists for the accolade.The contenders are the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi A8, BMW series 5, Citroen C3 Aircross, Kia Stinger, Seat Ibiza and Volvo XC40. 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