Europa League showed their identity – Rodgers

first_imgThe former Liverpool boss praised players and fans for playing their part in “a proper victory” over Bundeliga high-fliers RB Leipzig.An early goal from Kieran Tierney and a late goal from Odsonne Edouard earned a 2-1 win over the Bundesliga side and boosted Celtic’s hopes of qualifying from their group.Rodgers has seen his side show impressive domestic form in recent weeks and he felt the team brought that form to Europe.“It was a proper victory for us this evening,” he said, according to Stv Sport.“Everyone knows the level that Leipzig are playing at week in, week out, and where they sit in their domestic league. We saw over there what a good side they are.“But everyone involved with Celtic deserves a huge amount of credit. The players were outstanding. I think we brought our true face to the game tonight in terms of how we’ve been playing and with our pressing.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“We brought our identity to the game.”Rodgers also praised the effort of the fans and that the support from the stands for the team’s victory.“The players knew they had to work hard defensively,” Rodgers added. “They were aggressive, fought for every ball and then they showed the quality when they had it.“And then obviously the supporters were absolutely magnificent.“It’s always very emotional here at Celtic Park but that synergy between both [players and fans] brought us the result“It was a fantastic three points for us.”last_img read more

Pentagon Reform Plan Would Prevent Future Savings Analysts Say

first_imgTwo analysts argue that House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry’s proposal to eliminate seven defense support agencies as part of an effort to cut $25 billion in annual spending from Pentagon overhead would have the paradoxical impact of hampering DOD’s ability to trim waste in the future. By shuttering the Office of Economic Adjustment, the plan would make it more difficult to close unneeded facilities, state William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, and Miriam Pemberton, a federal budgeting expert and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, in separate op-eds.“Going after military waste, Rep. Thornberry wants to shut down the agency whose job it is to help the Pentagon get rid of expensive bases it doesn’t need or want. Tell me what sense this makes,” Pemberton says. OEA has helped communities convert excess military bases into new civilian uses while replacing most of the lost civilian jobs, both point out.“Eliminating the agency will enable waste writ large, on a scale larger than anything that might be saved by reducing bureaucracy alone,” Hartung says. He describes the proposal as “a faux reform plan that is the policy equivalent of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.”DOD photo by Army Sgt. James McCann Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Woman gets clawed by jaguar while trying to take selfie

first_img Random Culture Wellness Now playing: Watch this: The jaguar (not this one) was temporarily removed from the exhibit after the incident. Martin Sachse/ullstein bild via Getty Images A woman survived a close encounter with a jaguar after trying to take a selfie with it at a Phoenix-area zoo on Saturday.The big cat apparently got its claws around the woman’s hand after she crossed a concrete barrier at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park and stepped near the cage to take the photo, a witness and authorities told CBS News.Another visitor to the zoo in Litchfield Park, Arizona, reportedly managed to divert the jaguar’s attention by jamming a water bottle into the cage, allowing the woman to pull her hand away. Cellphone video showed her writhing in pain on the ground in the aftermath.The woman later characterized the incident as a “crazy accident” rather than an attack, but didn’t admit to crossing the barrier, CBS noted. Her injuries were reportedly stitched up and she got out of the hospital Sunday, when she also apologized to the zoo owner. When ‘doing it for the gram’ ends tragically Comments 2:09center_img Tags Share your voice 3 The jaguar was removed from the exhibit as the zoo investigates what happened, and officials said it won’t be put down because it wasn’t to blame.The zoo didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.It’s hardly the first time someone’s been attacked while trying to take a photo with an animal. A woman got too close to a Yellowstone National Park bison in 2015, and an Instagram model got bitten by a shark while swimming with it last year.last_img read more

Crackdown on drug peddlers to continue

first_imgHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan. File photoAmid the killings of ‘drug dealers’ in growing ‘gunfights’, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday said the crackdown on the drug dealers will continue.“No drug peddlers will be spared, no matter how powerful they are socially or politically. Law enforcement agencies will continue the drive against them to bring them to justice,” he said while talking to UNB at the Secretariat.A total of 29 people, mostly suspected drug dealers, were killed in reported gunfights with law enforcers in the last 10 days till Monday.Read More: 9 more killed early Monday as ‘gunfights’ continueThe home minister said prime minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed his ministry to take a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy against the drug trade and stop it at any cost.As per the directives, an anti-narcotic drive has been launched making a division-wise list of drug dealers based on intelligence information, he said.Asked how many are there on the list, Asaduzzaman said the exact number is not known, but it is substantial.He refuted the claim of ‘extrajudicial killings’ or ‘crossfires’ in the name of anti-narcotics drive, saying the drug dealers have firearms.  “Whenever law enforcers go to arrest them, they often open fire on them forcing them to retaliate in self-defence which resulted in one or two incidents of killings.”Read More: ‘Gunfights’ continue, 6 killed early SundayThe home minister claimed that gunfights take place in all the countries dealing with drugs. “We don’t think it won’t happen in Bangladesh. We witnessed drug dealers open fire first. So it’s normal that police will fire back,” he said describing it as an act of self-defence, rather than ‘gunfight’ or ‘crossfire’.Asked only small fish are getting killed in ‘gunfights’, the minister said the law enforcement agencies are conducting the anti-narcotics drive following the list. “Every drug peddler will be punished.”As of Monday, he said, mobile court drives have sentenced over 2,000 drug dealers to different jail terms ranging from 1-6 months. “Only one or two isolated incidents of drug dealers are getting killed which are hitting the headlines,” he said.Replying to a query whether Bangladesh is following the path taken the Philippines and Thailand against drugs, Asaduzzaman said the law enforcement agencies will follow the list compiled by intelligence agencies.Asked whether members of law enforcement agencies are involved in the drug peddling, he revealed that the list contains people from a wide range of occupations and almost all spheres of society.Read More: 8 more killed as toll from latest ‘gunfight’ spree nears 40In response to another query about human rights violations during drives, Asaduzzaman said they never apply any “shoot-at-sight” policy, but only fire in self-defence. “We aren’t arresting drug dealers to shoot them. It’s our highest priority to bring them to justice.”According to officials at the home ministry, cocaine, Phensidyl and heroin were used to be smuggled into Bangladesh from India in the past. But due to strong diplomatic endeavours, that has reduced substantially.Now, the spread of yaba is rampant as it is easily being smuggled from neighbouring Myanmar. Despite repeated appeals to curb narcotics smuggling, no response was found from Myanmar.last_img read more

Isis bride Shamima could be hanged in Bangladesh Foreign minister

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 22 February 2015 Renu Begum, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London. AFP File PhotoIsis bride Shamima Begum could be hanged for terrorism offences if she comes to Bangladesh, reports British daily The Independent quoting Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen.Nineteen-year-old Shamima, who left the UK to join Isis in Syria in 2015, was stripped of her British citizenship by the British home secretary Sajid Javid in February last.It is believed he felt legally able to do so because, although international law prevents someone being made stateless, Shamima has heritage rights of citizenship in Bangladesh where her father is from, reports news agency UNB quoting the The Independent report.Momen has said the teenager who is currently living in al-Hol desert refugee camp in Syria would face the death penalty if she ends up in Bangladesh.”We have nothing to do with Shamima Begum,” he told ITV News.”She is not a Bangladeshi citizen. She never applied for Bangladesh citizenship. She was born in England and her mother is British,” he said.”If anyone is found to be involved with terrorism, we have a simple rule. There will be capital punishment. And nothing else,” says foreign minister Momen.last_img read more

Prince Georges County Honors Excellence in Business

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROThe titans of Prince George’s county were gathered at the Gaylord National Harbor to honor new, innovative and community legends during the 2018 Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Awards Gala.Rep. Steny Hoyer, County Executive Rushern Baker and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, and many new and veteran leaders were among those honored at an event that celebrated business in the county.County Executive Rushern Baker and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks stand on stage at the 2018 Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Awards Gala. (Photo by Hamil Harris)“Tonight we are honoring the best of the best,” said NBC 4 anchor Leon Harris, who joined Praise 104’s Cheryl Jackson to host a three-hour event that honored business and civic leaders who have been transforming the county into a vibrant example of economic prosperity.Looking across a room filled with lawmakers and business leaders dressed to the nines, David C. Harrington, president and CEO of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce exuded so much pride as he welcomed people to an event in the RiverView Ballroom.“Tonight is about you! Your accomplishments, your persistence and your service on enhancing Prince George’s quality of life,” Harrington wrote in the gala program presented by Kaiser Permanente.Brunson Cooper, managing director of Corenic Construction, received the Millennial Entrepreneur of the year; Donna Cooper, president of Pepco, was named Business Woman of the Year; 2U was named Business of the Year, J.D. Clark Professional Services was named Small Business of the Year and Tonia Wellons, vice-president of Community Investment was named Community Leader of the Year.The night was a time to celebrate as well as a time to remember. Baker and Alsobrooks joined the Prince George’s County Police to honor Sgt. MuJahid A. Ramzziddin, who gave his life trying to help a victim of domestic violence. His widow accepted the award.NGEN received the IT Company of the Year; Dewberry was honored as Innovative Business of the Year; and two firms, Team Durant and the Metro Points Hotel, received Community Partner Awards.Inducted into the Chambers Hall of Fame was Dr. Charlene Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College; Thomas Graham, the retired president of Pepco Holdings and B. Doyle Mitchell, CEO of Industrial Bank.Hoyer, who is in his 38th year in Congress, received the Trailblazer Award and he used the occasion to tell people wherever he goes that he is, “from Prince George’s County,” and not “PG,” he said.  “You don’t call Prince William County PW County.  We are a model for the rest of the country.”Baker also received a “Special Award,” and used the occasion to praise “the best wife in the world,” and to talk about how far the county has come since he took office.Baker said that he was confident that with the election of  Alsobrooks as the county executive the county is being  put into good hands.  “I am so happy,” Baker said.last_img read more

Facebook Paying for News Shows From ABC News CNN Fox News Univision

first_imgPictured above: CNN host Anderson Cooper Facebook has committed to funding some of the news programs for at least one year (a rep says the deal terms vary in length), but the parties aren’t disclosing what the company is paying for them. The shows will be available in an exclusive window on Facebook Watch. An exec at one partner said the company was quick to approve to their budget request for one of the shows. “They are willing to pay more to work with partners they trust,” said the exec, who requested anonymity because terms of the deals with Facebook are private.Over the years, Facebook’s relationship with publishers has been prickly, including recent frustration with its changes to News Feed to deprioritize content from media partners in favor of users’ friends posts. Rupert Murdoch earlier this year complained about the company’s approach to news specifically, saying Facebook should pay content providers in the way cable TV companies pay networks.“It was important to us that there was a fair value exchange, which there hasn’t always been,” said Andrew Morse, CNN’s EVP and GM of CNN Digital Worldwide.CNN’s original program for Facebook Watch, “Anderson Cooper Full Circle,” will go live weekday evenings at 6:25 p.m. ET. Broadcast from the “AC360” newsroom in New York, the program will feature the CNN host delivering a daily news dispatch, and engaging Facebook users directly through live polls and integrated conversations. The plans also call for Cooper to interview newsmakers live on the show.Morse declined to discuss CNN’s financial arrangement for the show, but he said, “Facebook has made a serious commitment, and they have made a significant minimum guarantee. For us to produce a program with Anderson Cooper every day brings tremendous value to their platform.”Also bullish on Facebook’s new push is Jason Ehrich, Fox News’ senior VP of audience development and partnerships. The news channel is launching “Fox News Update,” a twice-daily news report that Ehrich said will be fast-paced, with each segment running 3-5 minutes. “This feels like the natural evolution” of FNC’s partnership with the company. “They seem very committed to making Watch a success.” The Facebook-funded news announcement also comes after it has been accused failing to do enough to stop the spread of “fake news” — particularly during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, when Russian-linked disinformation campaigns used Facebook to target American voters. This week, Facebook is in the process of shutting off the Trending news topics section that has appeared in the News Feed. The company said the Trending feature had low usage, but it also drew criticism of political bias.“We’ve talked a lot over the last six months over the quality of news on Facebook,” Brown said. “This is another investment in quality journalism on Facebook.”Brown characterized the news programming for Facebook Watch as an “experiment”: “They don’t know if it’s going to work, we don’t if it’s going to work. We’re going to find out together.” She emphasized the news organizations will have “full editorial control” over the content.In picking the first seven partners, Brown said the goal was to get a diverse set of viewpoints and a range of formats. “Given this is our first step into this, we wanted to have a diverse slate of shows that could deliver different things,” she said. Brown expects Facebook eventually to fund more than a dozen news shows.For now, the Facebook-funded news initiative is focused on U.S.-based news outlets. That’s driven by the fact that Facebook Watch is currently available only in the U.S., stocked with hundreds of scripted and unscripted shows (some paid for by the company).There will be ad breaks in some of the news programming on Facebook Watch. “Over the long term, we’d love to get these shows to self-sustainable levels,” said Brown.In the past, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has remarked that Facebook is a technology company — not a media company. Asked whether Facebook is now in fact a media company, given that it’s paying for a growing slate of content, Brown responded, “Having worked for big media companies, I don’t think Facebook is a media company. But are we responsible for the media on Facebook? Yes.” Popular on Variety After going through the fake-news wringer, Facebook is shelling out money on original news content. The strategy is partly aimed at driving up viewing on its Facebook Watch platform — but it also is supposed to demonstrate the social-media giant’s commitment to funding trustworthy journalism.The initial shows, fully funded by Facebook, come from seven partners: TV news orgs ABC News, CNN, Fox News Channel, and Univision; local news publisher Advance Local; and digital media companies ATTN: and Mic. They’re slated to roll out on Facebook Watch this summer. The mix includes live breaking news, daily news briefings, and weekly, longer-form series.The initiative is led by Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of global news partnerships, a former CNN host and NBC News reporter who joined the company in January 2017. “They’re not just cutting up TV and putting it on Facebook,” Brown said. “This is to engage people around news, taking advantage of Facebook’s features.” ×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 Here’s an overview of the initial funded news shows for Facebook Watch:ABC News “On Location” (working title): Daily news show with reports from correspondents worldwide and top headlines. ABC News live news streams also will be featured in a breaking-news area of the Facebook Watch news section.Advance Local “Chasing Corruption”: Weekly series from Alabama Media Group, hosted by Ian Hoppe and AL.com’s Reckon team, who speak with investigative journalists who have uncovered stories of conspiracy, bribery, fraud and other crimes.ATTN: “Undivided ATTN:”: Weekly explainer breaking big topics in 3-5 minute episodes hosted by a rotating cast of social influencers.CNN’s “Anderson Cooper Full Circle”: Daily briefing on weekdays featuring Anderson Cooper and a roster of guests.Fox News “Fox News Update”: FNC chief news anchor Shepard Smith will host each weekday afternoon and Carley Shimkus will present the morning segment, while Abby Huntsman will deliver the headlines once each morning over the weekend.Mic “Mic Dispatch”: Twice-weekly show will profile “the underrepresented, the problem-solvers and the provocateurs.” Each episode will include two field-reported dispatches of 5-6 minutes each.Univision “Real America with Jorge Ramos”: In the weekly show, the anchor will travel across the U.S. to speak with immigrants of diverse backgrounds, targeted not only at Latinos but mainstream English-speaking audiences. Univision will also broadcast “Noticiero Univision Edición Digital,” an interactive Spanish-language news broadcast at noon ET daily on Watch.In other news-related features, Facebook is testing a “breaking news” label with 80 publishers across North America, South America, Europe, India and Australia along with breaking-news notifications. It also has a beta version of a dedicated section on Facebook called “Today In” to provide news from local publishers and updates from local officials and organizations.last_img read more

HOOQs Hotstar Deal Puts Spotlight on Divergent Strategies in Asian Video

first_img CREDIT: Courtesy of HOOQ Popular on Variety Within some of the world’s most populous nations cooperation, rather than outright competition, may be the best route to success in the streaming video sector.That principal was neatly illustrated by the recent deal to integrate Asian OTT player HOOQ into the lineup of Indian OTT giant Hotstar. The “seamless” connection between Hotstar’s Premium tier and HOOQ has been live for a few days, and was unveiled officially on Monday.It is strictly a business deal based on mutual interest, and does not involve any equity investment. But, overnight, the move expanded the potential Indian audience for HOOQ by several multiples. And in a market like India, where all the pay platforms aggregate a largely similar roster of channels, HOOQ’s strength in localization of Hollywood content helps Hotstar cement its market lead. Together, they boast of being the “Home to Hollywood” in India. Whether, in the long run, the Chinese players will turn out to be collaborators, competitors or corporate investors, remains to be seen. For the moment, Bithos says: “We’ve learned a lot from them, such as the combination of (advertising-supported) and subscription video.” While HOOQ and regional rivals like Iflix, Viu, and Catchplay may be able to outsmart Netflix and Amazon, a more nuanced picture emerges with the giant Chinese video groups. They are not only geographically closer, they are culturally closer. And for iQIYI, Tencent Video and Youku, expansion outside China in the video sector, would logically follow their parent companies’ Southeast Asian and Indian land-grabs in sectors such as groceries, taxis and online ticketing.center_img “Hollywood content needs to be appropriately localized. ‘Supergirl’ may never have screened in Kannada- or Telugu-language versions,” says HOOQ’s CEO Peter Bithos. “Localization is not just about sub-titling. Dubbing creates exposure at a different scale.”Hollywood content has been slowly but surely growing in India over the past decade. Accountancy firm Ernst & Young and trade association FICCI recently reported that Hollywood is now earning 13% of India’s theatrical box office, up from low single figures, a decade ago. That has been achieved by Hollywood distributors going further down the localization route than almost any of Indian cinema’s strictly regional film businesses had done ever before – and by Indian audiences’ increasing familiarity with overseas content, due to travel and the Internet.HOOQ’s India strategy emerges from a recent pivot, to focus entirely on the English-language sector in the world’s second most populous nation, and to take the linguistic localization effort further. “We are playing the OTT channel strategy in India,” says Bithos. HOOQ was already carried on Airtel and Vodafone, but Hotstar, backed by 21st Century Fox’s conventional pay-TV leader, has grown beyond all expectations, and now has over 150 million subscribers.Bithos also claims there is “almost no overlap” between its HOOQ’s 6,000 hours of Hollywood content, and Hotstar’s existing supply deals. Hotstar previously offered HBO Showtime and some of the Disney lineup. HOOQ brings with it swathes of Miramax, BBC, Starz, Endemol Shine, PVR, Turner, Mattel and Lionsgate content in addition to films and shows from HOOQ shareholders Warner Bros. and Sony.The two Hollywood majors bought in to a venture initially backed by Singaporean phones and TV group Singtel. They were last reported as having stakes of 17.5% each.While HOOQ is still at the loss-making, development stage, and could do with a couple more strategic investors, it represents a smartly differentiated play that contrasts with the strategies of the global players. ×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 Netflix and Amazon are both believed to be making only modest headway in the parts of East Asia situated between Australia (one of Netflix’s best international success stories) and Japan. With their model of monthly subscriptions and developed market price points, the pair are not as nimble or within financial reach of the region’s 1.8 billion population, as native Asian OTT services.“South East Asia takes a lot of innovation, you can’t just apply the made-in-California model,” says Bithos. HOOQ, for example, has struck co-op arrangements with dozens of telcos and payment facilitators in its other business in South East Asia, and offers single day, full access subscription for as little as $0.25 per day.The business plan in its four South East Asian territories – Indonesia, The Philippines, Thailand and, since 2016, Singapore – is distinct from its India strategy. It seeks OTT market leadership through localization and adaptation.The company claims to be the OTT leader in Indonesia and to offer “the best of local” film and episodic TV content. That has meant moves into original production, something it does not do in India. It has backed shows such as “On The Job” from The Philippines and movies such as “Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts” from Indonesia. Low-budget, telenovela-style series that run for hundreds of episodes are the staple in much of the Southeast Asia. “We aim to bring to market the golden age of TV. There was nothing like (a local equivalent of) ‘Breaking Bad’ or ‘The Sopranos’, quality, binge-worthy content,” says Bithos.last_img read more

The Asus Eee Laptop Series Selling Off the Shelves World Wide

first_imgAsus Eee Asus Eee Pad tablet to favor Android over Windows Embedded OS The Asus Eee 4GB 701 series PC has made a huge hit in the USA since its launch in early November. The item literally sold off the shelves within a minute of its introductory 10,000 unit distribution. The Asus Eee 4GB with a built in web cam has a seven inch display and weighs around two pounds. It has an Intel mobile CPU and chipset. It is preloaded Linux and Microsoft XP compatible. The XP drivers are included. It has an internal WiFi 802.11 b/g enabling users to access the Internet via available Hot Spots. There is 512 MB of memory with the ability to upgrade to 1 GB. It should be noted that upgrades will void the warranty. The Asus Eee has 4 GB flash embedded storage and an additional 100GB is available with the Asus exclusive E-HD external drive. Other options for storage include USB devices, and a memory stick card slot. There are three USB ports and a SDHC card reader. The Asus Eee has a 300 pixel video camera is built in and high definition audio. The system has built in stereo speakers with audio in/out jacks and VGA out capabilities. The 4 cell battery has a qualified 3.5 hour battery life. Asus qualifies the battery life as dependent on the user´s habits. The dimensions of the Asus Eee 4GB 701 is 8.86 inches wide by 6.30 inches in diameter and weighs around 2 pounds. It is comparable to a ladies clutch bag in terms of portability. It comes with a cover sleeve case to protect the outer surface and currently comes in the colors black and white. The box contains an AC adapter charger, the Eee 701, instruction book and back up CD Rom. The current price is $399.AsusTek Company is based in Taiwan with a presence in virtually all parts of the world. The company is focused on serving the international community by opening financial and technical offices world-wide. It currently employs one hundred thousand employees with a substantial portion of its budget devoted to research and design. A recent 1300 units purchase by Fresno Unified School District in California was made due to its shock resistant design and ease in portability. An initial survey indicated that the students and faculty find the Asus Eee a great asset in education and affordability.In the weeks before Christmas 2007 and the holiday season, AsusTek will release two more Eee laptops. The Asus Eee 4GB 700 and the Asus 2GB 700. These models are primarily for surfing the web and directed research projects for students or on- the- go professionals. The two models do not have a built in video camera, but the internal system is substantially the same. These models will sell for $299 and $349 respectively. The popular Eee is not without its critics. IT Wire reports that Asus Eee may have misrepresented the Linux loaded capabilities. According to IT Wire, some Linux advocates say the Eee uses Xandros a Debian-based distribution that charges a license fee and has an agreement with Microsoft similar to the one signed by Novell. Additionally, some commentators knowledgeable of Linux believe there may be some copyright issues involved that may present problems. Another concern is expressed by Cliff Biffle, a Java developer who invented the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface for Linux. He states that Asus did not follow the rules required by GPL when it modified a particular module of the Linux kernel. Asus is required to publish the source code for the modified module and the name of the author or provide a new name for the modification. Notwithstanding the critics, the very popular Asus Eee is projecting sales to reach three to five million for year 2008. Its short term goals are expected to be met by selling 350 thousand by years end. External Link: Asus eeePC violates GPL say Linux stalwarts — www.itwire.com/content/view/15490/ The sturdy and light weight Asus Eee has captured the hearts and minds of US consumers, students and educators. The Eee series has all the features of its competitors, but its affordable price is turning heads. The Eee units are literally selling off the shelves world-wide. Citation: The Asus Eee Laptop Series Selling Off the Shelves World Wide (2007, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-asus-eee-laptop-series-shelves.html Explore further 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.last_img read more

Cruise lines scramble to deal with new Cuba restrictions

first_img Travelweek Group Share Posted by Cruise lines scramble to deal with new Cuba restrictions Wednesday, June 5, 2019 center_img MIAMI — U.S. cruise lines are consulting with lawyers to understand the impact of the Trump administration’s new restrictions on travel to Cuba, handed down with just one day’s notice.The Trump administration has said it will allow anyone who has already paid for their trip to go ahead with it, but the process going forward for passengers isn’t clear.A Miami-based attorney who represents Carnival and three other major cruise lines says cruise lines carrying passengers booked before June 4 have been hoping that they could request specific federal permits to complete their trips to Cuba.“For now, it’s prohibited unless the cruise lines requests a specific license,” says Pedro Freyre. He said cruise lines had been trying to determine “if there’s any opening there to at least complete trips that have been booked and passengers that have made travel plans.”Norwegian Cruise Line says it is looking at the new rules and consulting with lawyers and trade experts.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“We are closely monitoring these recent developments and any resulting impact to cruise travel to Cuba,” NCL said in a statement. “We will communicate to our guests and travel partners as additional information becomes available.”CLIA also issued a statement in response to the new regulations, saying that they affect nearly 800,000 passenger bookings that are currently scheduled or already underway.“Without warning, CLIA Cruise Line Members are forced to eliminate all Cuba destinations from itineraries, effective immediately. Passenger bookings had been made under a general licence previously issued by the United States Government that authorized ‘people to people’ travel to Cuba. These travel restrictions effectively make it illegal to cruise to Cuba from the United States,” read the statement.CLIA’s Chairman, Adam Goldstein, added that the organization is “disappointed” that cruises will no longer be operating to Cuba. “While out of our control, we are genuinely sorry for all cruise line guests who were looking forward to their previously booked itineraries to Cuba.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe Trump administration’s new rules, announced yesterday and taking effect today, bans stops by cruise ships at Cuban ports, among other measures.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the measures are a response to what it calls Cuba’s “destabilizing role” in the Western Hemisphere, including support for the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.While the doors to restoring U.S. tourism to Cuba were nudged open by then-President Barack Obama, the Trump administration has now walked back all of those first steps.Impacted U.S. cruise lines with Cuba on their itineraries include Carnival, Holland America, Seabourn, NCL, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises.With files from The Associated Press Tags: Trump << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Sky has announced a UK launch event later this mon

first_imgSky has announced a UK launch event later this month where it will reveal what’s next for the company, under the tagline “set your TV free”.The November 18 event, tipped to be the launch of Sky’s rumoured next-generation set-top box, has been trailed by Sky on social media with the line: “From 1929 to 2015, a journey of innovation for TV. What’s next?”Back in July the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported that Sky was preparing for an imminent launch of a new advanced set-top box called SkyQ that will provide advanced connected TV services with an experience akin to that of Netflix or Apple TV.The box, developed under the codename Project Ethan, will enable the simultaneous recording of four channels on multiple devices and will be able to receive Ultra HD broadcasts, according to the report.From 1929 to 2015, a journey of innovation for TV. What’s next? 18.11.2015 #SetTVFree https://t.co/nTfO0AHg8w https://t.co/GjYuCMQHfo— Sky (@SkyUK) October 30, 2015last_img read more

Intelsat and Harmonic are expanding their 4K ultr

first_imgIntelsat and Harmonic are expanding their 4K, ultra high definition demonstration channel to Latin America, they announced at NAB Show in Las Vegas.The HVN Intelsat UHD linear channel is now available via C-band on the Intelsat 14 satellite located at 315˚ East – an emerging Latin American media platform.The channel continues to also be available via C-band from Intelsat’s HD and cable distribution neighbourhood for North America, the Galaxy 13 satellite located at 127˚ West, where it launched last year.“As UHD gets closer to becoming mainstream, there is an increased likelihood that UHD and HDR technologies will be combined to provide an optimal immersive viewing experience,” said Peter Ostapiuk, Intelsat’s head of media product services.“HVN Intelsat UHD will provide a platform for multi-channel video programming distributors (MVPDs) and cable programmers in the Americas to test their content, equipment and workflow for both technologies.”The HVN Intelsat UHD channel was created to showcase and help introduce UHD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content.last_img read more

Google Forms an External Council to Foster Responsible AI

first_img Google Forms an External Council to Foster ‘Responsible’ AI 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Artificial Intelligence Next Article Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Engadget It’ll help govern facial recognition, machine learning and beyond. –shares March 27, 2019 2 min read Image credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg | Getty Images via engadget Google is joining Facebook, Stanford and other outfits setting up institutions to support ethical AI. The company has created an Advanced Technology External Advisory Council that will shape the “responsible development and use” of AI in its products. The organization will ponder facial recognition, fair machine learning algorithms and other ethical issues. The initial council is a diverse group that tackles a range of disciplines and experiences.The current advisors include academics focused both on technical aspects of AI (such as computational mathematics and drones) as well as experts in ethics, privacy and political policy. There’s also an international focus, with people ranging from as far afield as Hong Kong and South Africa.ATEAC will hold its first meeting in April, and plans three more over the course of 2019. And while they’ll clearly play into Google’s development process, the company will publish summaries of its talks and spur members to share “generalizable” info with their existing organizations. The aim is to improve the tech industry as a whole, not just Google’s work.The council’s creation follows Google’s promise to embrace ethical AI following the controversy over its involvement in the U.S. military’s Project Maven drone initiative. Effectively, Google is trying to avoid repeating history by asking the council to question its decisions. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Jon Fingas Apply Now »last_img read more

Dataxu Partners with Aircast to Launch Southeast Asias First Programmatic DOOH Offering

first_imgdataxu, the leading global software provider for marketing professionals, has announced a partnership with Aircast to offer Southeast Asia’s first ever programmatic digital out-of-home (DOOH) media inventory for brands and agencies in the PhilippinesAircast is a DOOH provider based in the Philippines, with most of their screens located in metropolitan Manila. DOOH refers to the distribution of dynamic content across digital screens in public spaces, allowing brands to connect the dots between online data and offline media with digital attribution.The partnership gives dataxu a first-mover advantage to offer its clients real-time reporting for DOOH in the Philippines alongside other digital media buys.Alvin Wong, Regional Director SEA at dataxu, commented on the partnership, “The Philippines is one of the fastest growing digital markets in the region, and it’s therefore very exciting to partner with Aircast to bring Southeast Asia’s first programmatic DOOH solution to Manila. This partnership will empower media planners to plan DOOH much more effectively within a larger holistic, cross-channel media context in the Philippines, and hopefully will set a benchmark for other markets to follow.”Marketing Technology News: Demandbase ABM Ecosystem Launches to Connect Technology, Software and Data Providers for Better ABM ExecutionBrian Conde, General Manager at Aircast, added, “We’re thrilled to announce this partnership between dataxu and Aircast. With our strategically placed Aircast screens offering higher viewership than other formats, marketers will be able to cut through the clutter and take advantage of the wide reach to connect with audiences. Together, this partnership has paved the way for scaling digital out of home programmatically in the region.”Marketing Technology News: Sales Performance International Announces Sales Performance Tools for SPI-1The partnership between dataxu and Aircast offers brands and agencies exclusive inventory to 150 sites in total, with a daily viewership of over 120,000. Advertisers can target audiences by selected tourist destinations or cities, by time and date, and specific live weather conditions.Marketing Technology News: Junxure Announces Deep Integrations with Orion, Constant Contact and MyRepChat Dataxu Partners with Aircast to Launch Southeast Asia’s First Programmatic DOOH Offering MTS Staff WriterMay 9, 2019, 7:54 pmMay 9, 2019 Alvin WongdataxuDOOHMarketing TechnologyNewsPhilippinesprogrammatic DOOH solution Previous ArticleUberflip Named a Contender in Content Marketing Platforms for B2B Marketers for the First Time by Independent Research FirmNext ArticleParsec Launches Adelaide: The First Performance Tool for Brand Marketinglast_img read more

Certain dietary supplements can have beneficial effect on sperm quality study suggests

first_img Source:http://diaridigital.urv.cat/en/certain-dietary-or-nutritional-supplements-improve-sperm-quality/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 26 2018These are the results of an analysis of 28 nutritional intervention studies involving 2,900 participants and headed by the Universitat Rovira i Virgili; these supplements may increase male fertilityInfertility affects 15% of the world population and is recognized by the World Health Organisation as a global health problem. In recent years, studies of sperm quality in different populations from developing countries have shown a decrease that could have consequences for the survival of the human species. The decrease in sperm quality has been related to unhealthy lifestyles. Stress, the consumption of drugs, tobacco and alcohol and unhealthy diets seem to be the principal modifiable factors.Despite the current lack of scientific evidence regarding the effect of dietary and nutritional supplements on sperm quality, many fertility clinics offer dietary recommendations and supplements before providing their patients with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).Related StoriesHuman sperm retains its complete viability within different gravitational conditionsSupplements claiming to boost brain health are ‘too good to be true’, warn expertsStudy explores factors that impact fertility preservation decisions in transgender youthRecently, researchers at the Human Nutrition Unit of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) and the Pere i Virgili Health Research Institute (IISPV), which are both members of the Ciber Obn Network of the Carlos III Institute, and researchers at the Clinical Department of Human Reproduction and Infant Growth at the Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico) have carried out the most extensive and systematic review to date of randomized clinical studies into the effects of different nutrients and dietary supplements on sperm quality and male fertility.After qualitatively analyzing the results of 28 nutritional studies involving 2900 participants, researchers have concluded that supplementing the diet with omega 3 and coenzyme Q10 (in either liquid or tablet form) can have a beneficial effect on the quantity of spermatozoids in semen. Supplementing the diet with selenium, zinc, fatty acids, omega-3 and coenzyme-Q10 is associated with an increase in spermatozoid concentration; supplementing the diet with selenium, zinc, omega-3, coenzyme-Q10 and carnitines has been associated with an improvement in sperm mobility, and finally, selenium, fatty acids, omega-3, coenzyme-Q10 and carnitines has a positive effect on the morphology of spermatozoids.According to the researchers, their study suggests that dietary supplements have a modulating effect on sperm quality and provides an extensive and up-to-date review of the existing scientific evidence. The results suggest that certain dietary supplements can have a beneficial effect on sperm quality, although it remains to be demonstrated whether this increases the likelihood of conceiving a child naturally or through assisted reproduction techniques. The researchers believe that further studies need to be carried out with larger samples so that a more accurate conclusion can be drawn.last_img read more

Study Drug reduces hot flash frequency improves quality of life in breast

first_img Source:https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/oxybutynin-lessens-hot-flash-frequency-improves-breast-cancer-survivor-quality-of-life-mayo-led-study-finds/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 7 2018Research led by oncologists Roberto Leon-Ferre, M.D. and Charles Loprinzi, M.D. of Mayo Clinic has found that the drug oxybutynin helps to reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flashes in women who are unable to take hormone replacement therapy, including breast cancer survivors. These findings were presented at the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.”Hot flashes are a common symptom of menopause and can be even more severe in breast cancer survivors than they are in the general population,” says Dr. Leon-Ferre. He says several factors contribute to the increased severity of hot flashes in breast cancer survivors including exposure to chemotherapy, which may bring on early menopause; the use of antiestrogen drugs, such as tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors; and the use of medications or procedures to suppress the function of the ovaries. Hormone replacement therapy, which is sometimes used to treat hot flashes, is generally not recommended for breast cancer survivors. “Hot flashes not only impact a patient’s quality of life, they are associated with patients prematurely discontinuing breast cancer treatment, which may increase the risk of breast cancer recurrence and mortality,” says Dr. Leon-Ferre. “It is important for physicians to have effective options to treat hot flashes.”Dr. Leon-Ferre says previous research had suggested that hot flashes may be relieved with oxybutynin, an anticholinergic agent which interferes with the activity of a neurotransmitter in the brain and in the peripheral nervous system. The drug is most commonly used to treat urinary incontinence.In this study, researchers sought to determine whether oxybutynin was more effective than placebo in treating hot flashes and in improving patients’ quality of life. The researchers enrolled 150 women who had experienced at least 28 hot flashes per week over more than a month, and who were bothered enough by them to want medication. Sixty-two percent of the women were on tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor for the duration of the study. There were three arms in the trial with patients in two arms receiving different dosages of oxybutynin and patients in the third arm receiving a placebo.Related StoriesNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancerNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsThe study found that patients on both oxybutynin doses saw decreases in hot flashes compared to the women who took the placebo. The women in both oxybutynin arms also reported decreased interference of hot flashes in their work, social activities, leisure activities, sleep, and improvement in their overall quality of life.”This study, in addition to previously published work in this area, establishes that oxybutynin is an effective drug for treatment of hot flashes in patients who have relative or absolute contraindications to hormone-based therapy,” says Dr. Leon-Ferre. “We were surprised by the rapidity of the response and the magnitude of the effect, considering the relatively low dose of the drug.” He says that oxybutynin does not interfere with the metabolism of tamoxifen, which is an important consideration for breast cancer survivors, as some of the most effective non-hormonal treatments for hot flashes (e.g. antidepressants) are thought to potentially decrease the efficacy of tamoxifen.Dr. Leon-Ferre said that since oxybutynin is already available for other indications, physicians could potentially prescribe it off-label. However, he says the study did not address long-term toxicities of oxybutynin. Previous research has indicated that long-term use of this type of drug may be associated with cognitive decline. These possible side effects should be further researched and taken into consideration when physicians counsel patients.last_img read more

Young adults at risk of addiction show differences in important brain region

first_img Source:https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/young-people-at-risk-of-addiction-show-differences-in-key-brain-region Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 5 2019Young adults at risk of developing problems with addiction show key differences in an important region of the brain, according to an international team led by researchers at the University of Cambridge.The study adds further evidence to support the idea that an individual’s biological makeup plays a significant role in whether or not they develop an addictive disorder.Adolescence and young adulthood is an important time in a person’s development. It is during this time that individuals begin to demonstrate behaviors that are associated with addiction and which suggest that they may be at risk.One of these behaviors is impulsivity. Sometimes, we need to make quick decisions, for example in response to a danger or a threat. At other times, it is better to hesitate and decide only after careful deliberation. Impulsivity refers to where we respond and act prematurely, without considering the consequences of our actions. While most people occasionally act impulsively, people affected by disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), substance and behavioral addictions, and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, show much greater levels of impulsivity.In a study published today in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, a team of researchers at Cambridge’s Department of Psychiatry, in collaboration with a group at Aarhus University in Denmark, has shown a strong association between increased behavioural impulsivity in young adults and abnormalities in nerve cells in the putamen, a key brain region involved in addictive disorders.As part of the study, 99 young adults aged 16 to 26 carried out a computer-based measure of impulsivity. The researchers also scanned the volunteers’ brains using a sequence that is sensitive to myelin content. Myelin is a protein-rich sheath that coats the axis of a nerve cell, analogous to the plastic coating that surrounds electrical wiring, and is essential to fast nerve conduction in the brain and body.The team found that those young adults who displayed higher measures of behavioral impulsivity also had lower levels of myelin in the putamen. This work builds on similar findings in rodent models of impulsivity from scientists at Cambridge and elsewhere.”People who show heightened impulsivity are more likely to experience a number of mental health issues, including substance and behavioral addictions, eating disorders, and ADHD,” says Dr Camilla Nord of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, lead author on the study.This suggests that impulsivity is an ‘endophenotype’, say the researchers; in other words, a set of behavioral and brain changes that increases people’s general risk for developing a group of psychiatric and neurological disorders.”We know that most mental health symptoms are not specific to particular disorders,” says Dr Nord. “This work provides an important piece of the puzzle in establishing brain signatures that are general across a number of mental health disorders, rather than specific to any single one.”The putamen is a key brain hub in addiction, sending dopamine signals elsewhere in the brain, and helping mediate how impulsively we behave. “The significance of decreased myelination implies there are tiny microstructural changes in this part of the brain affecting its function, and thereby affecting impulsivity,” says senior author Dr Valerie Voon, also from Cambridge.Related StoriesDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysms”The degree of myelination alters the speed and efficiency of neuronal communication, meaning that if a population has decreased myelination only in one particular region, as we show, there is something highly local about any changes in neural speed and efficiency,” add co-author Dr Seung-Goo Kim.Although it is not possible to say definitely whether the decreased myelination causes individuals to behave impulsively, the fact that all participants were healthy and had not been diagnosed with addiction or any other psychiatric diagnosis suggests a more causal link than has been demonstrated in previous studies.In future, the finding may help in predicting an individual’s risk of developing a problem with addiction, say the researchers, but they caution that this would require further research and testing.The research was funded by the Aarhus University Research Foundation, the Danish Ministry for Social Affairs and the Interior and the UK Medical Research Council. The work was also supported by NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre.Researcher profile: Dr Camilla NordDr Camilla Nord is interested in mental health disorders, and in particular how we translate what we have learnt about the brain from neuroscience into better and more effective treatments.”What most motivates me about my own research is working out how to test specific hypotheses about mental health–say, if a specific brain region is under-active in depression– in a way that could improve our ability to predict, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders,” she says.A key aim of her work at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and at Addenbrooke’s Hospital is to develop more refined ways of predicting treatment outcome – “in other words, when someone shows a certain set of symptoms, we could run computer-based tests or brain imaging scans that would give us some indication of the best treatment for that individual person.”These tests will never exist without a series of experiments developing and testing different possible predictors. I hope to run these sorts of early-stage studies in the next few years, before taking these studies forward into clinical trials in the future, in collaboration with the NHS and other large-scale organizations.”Ultimately, she hopes this will lead to is a future where it is possible to tailor mental health treatments to each patient.Camilla’s research involves working with volunteers on a daily basis for computer-based experiments at the MRC unit, or at Addenbrooke’s for brain stimulation experiments.”When I am not running experiments, I am analyzing data, including brain scans, using statistical models to test my hypotheses, or writing papers and giving talks to communicate my findings to the rest of the field and the public.”It is the public engagement side of her work that can be particularly insightful. “I think some of the most interesting opportunities I’ve had were when I’ve been given the chance to discuss my work with patients, hear their feedback, and listen to their ideas about what might be most fruitful for our future directions of research. I think this sort of research-patient interaction will be vital to developing better ways of treating mental health difficulties in future.”last_img read more

Snapchat launches original TV shows tailored to mobile audiences

first_imgFall is here and the curtain is going up on new TV shows, ranging from mystery stories with young female tech-savvy crime-solvers, to reality shows following the lives of emerging drag queens and social media stars. Snap is entering a crowded field. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are also chasing the growing mobile audience with short-form content, and they will soon be joined by Hollywood veteran Jeffrey Katzenberg, who has raised $1 billion for his NewTV venture.Katzenberg plans on getting big-name talent to make 10- to 15-minute original programs designed for mobile users. (The 18-to-34 age group already consumes more media from mobile phones than television, according to Nielsen.)”There is an intense amount of competition for attention among these platforms, most of which are serving a similar audience, demographically speaking,” said Paul Verna, principal analyst for EMarketer. “If Snap can create a show that their users feel they have to watch, having exclusivity over that property could allow them to retain and attract users. It’s a tall order because people don’t choose messaging platforms on the basis of their content.”Sean Mills, senior director of programming content for Snap, said Snapchat can establish a beachhead because it already carries short-form programs through its deals with other media outlets such as NBC, ESPN and Discovery. He is not daunted by the upcoming deep-pocketed venture from Katzenberg.”He’s talking about it,” Mills said. “We’ve been doing it.”Even with Snap’s recent troubles, the Snapchat app reaches 100 million users in the U.S. and Canada every month. The average user spends 30 minutes on the app and checks it 20 times a day.The most successful program currently offered by Snapchat is “Stay Tuned,” a twice-daily, fast-paced, youth-oriented newscast produced by NBC News. (Tom Brokaw most likely has neckties that are older than the program’s co-hosts Gadi Schwartz, 35, Lawrence K. Jackson, 27, and Savannah Sellers, 26).Launched in 2017, “Stay Tuned” has seen its audience double this year to 5 million viewers a day. More than half of those viewers watch three times a week. About 70 percent of the audience is between 13 and 24 years old, far younger than the TV news audience, where the median age hovers around 60.Since November, ESPN has produced a version of its signature highlight program “SportsCenter” for Snapchat that reaches 2.5 million daily viewers in the U.S. Half of them watch three days a week.”What we’re seeing is a very daily habit has formed,” Mills said. “People are coming back every day and watching the same shows in a way that looks a lot like the way we all watch television.”Serialized short-form scripted series and reality series designed for young viewers is a logical next step, said Mills, as Snapchat is the leading app for teenagers.Three shows being launched this week include “Class of Lies—written by Williams—about a pair of college roommates who have a true crime podcast and solve cold cases.Also premiering is “Co-Ed,” the Duplass brothers-produced series that explores sex and romance in the lives of college freshmen.Later this month, Snapchat will launch “The Dead Girls Detective Agency,” based on the young adult novel about a young woman in purgatory who tries to solve her murder.Both “Co-Ed” and “The Dead Girls Detective Agency” are produced by the studio Indigo—Snap’s joint venture with NBCUniversal to create programs exclusively for mobile platforms.Two Snap originals will also come from reality show maker Bunim/Murray Productions. “Endless Summer,” which follows the lives of social media personalities Summer McKeen and Dylan Jordan living on Laguna Beach, is part of the initial launch. The company is also filming “Growing Up Is a Drag,” which features teenagers pursuing careers as drag performers and will premiere in the next few months.Along with their brief length, the shows will have the look and feel of other Snapchat content. They are shot for a vertical phone screen and make heavy use of graphics, split screens and quick cuts. Viewers will also be able to use Snapchat’s augmented reality tools, such as a lens that allows them to interact with objects and characters on the programs.”A 17-year-old who is watching the show in South Dakota can now step onto Laguna Beach and meet the characters on ‘Endless Summer’ where they live,” Mills said. Snapchat unveils new original shows under own brand ©2018 Los Angeles Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Citation: Snapchat launches original TV shows tailored to mobile audiences (2018, October 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-snapchat-tv-tailored-mobile-audiences.htmlcenter_img Explore further You might expect to find such fare on the CW or an edgy, youth-oriented cable channel. Instead, they are among more than a dozen new programs from the company behind the video file sharing app Snapchat.Starting Wednesday, Santa Monica-based Snap Inc. is plunging into the fiercely competitive arena of scripted programming, in another sign of how digital media is looking more like television. The goal is to attract more advertiser dollars and keep its fickle, young audience engaged.Viewers need only five minutes to watch one of the app’s original serialized offerings that come from such established names as Mark and Jay Duplass and “Riverdale” writer Tessa Leigh Williams. Every series will have a continuing story line and premiere a new episode daily to keep viewers hooked (unlike shared photos and videos, the series will remain on the platform after their runs).But the real cliffhanger is whether the shows can help turn around the fortunes of Snap, which has struggled in its quest to reach profitability by 2019.Despite double-digit revenue growth, Snap posted a $353-million net loss in the second quarter and has seen its stock price sink more than 50 percent since the start of the year. The number of daily active users for the app dropped 2 percent from the first quarter to 188 million after the latest redesign of the app. Analyst Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson said in a research note Tuesday that the company may need a new round of funding next year or risk running out of cash.Presenting a slate of short-form shows—called Snap Originals—that carry two six-second commercials per episode will at least help the app capitalize on advertiser demand for video ads online.Research firm EMarketer projects that ad spending on digital video will grow nearly 30 percent to $27.82 billion in 2018. Snapchat is projected to have about 1 percent of that pie with $397 million in ad revenue this year, up 17 percent from 2017, according to EMarketer.The app is best known for on-screen filters and short pieces of sponsored content, not as a media channel that carries programming.Creating original TV programs is an expensive way to change that perception. Snap will pay $35,000 to $50,000 for a five-minute episode for its scripted series. While those budgets are not big by traditional TV standards, they are not cheap for short-form web content. 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.last_img read more