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Browser Not Apps Still Biggest News Channel on Tablets

first_imgHowever, it appears that while two-thirds of tablet owners have a news app on their device, most are still accessing news content through a Web browser. This is not what content publishers want to hear. As the study points out, publishers banked on apps as the key mechanism for content delivery and sales. “When it was launched, many observers believed that the tablet might help change the experience of news consumers and the economic ground rules of digital news consumption,” says the report. “That belief was based on the sense that people would consume information on tablets largely through special applications or apps that provide content from a favorite news organization like the New York Times or one’s local newspaper.”Forty percent of respondents that read news on their tablets get it via a Web browser. From there, 31 percent use both the browser and a news app, while 21 percent use primarily apps to get their news.Consequently, the economics around news content are constrained. The study finds that 14 percent of respondents have paid to access news on the device. Twenty-three percent get their digital access through a print subscription bundle. And 21 percent would be willing to pay $5 per month if that was the only way to get news from their favorite source on the tablet. Of those that have the news apps, 83 percent said being free or low cost were major factors in downloading the apps.Nevertheless, while desktop computer habits were cited as a potential reason for the continued reliance on browsers for news access, users are beginning to substitute their tablets for other devices when consuming news content. According to the study, 90 percent of news users consume content on the tablet that they used to get through other devices. Eighty percent say they now get news on their tablets that they used to view on their laptop or desktop computers. And tablets are creeping up on print and television, too. Fifty-nine percent of respondents say the tablet has taken the place of magazines and newspapers for news and 57 percent say the same for television. While consuming news has become one of the more popular activities for tablet users, access to it is still largely conducted through a browser, not specialized apps, says a new study released by the Pew Research Center and The Economist Group.Further, generating revenue from news content continues to be a challenge. The study, called “The Tablet Revolution and What it Means for the Future of News”, aims to benchmark tablet usage, particularly in relation to how news content is accessed and consumed. According to the study, tablet owners are avid news consumers. Fifty-three percent of respondents say they consume news daily on the device-more than social networking (39 percent), gaming (30 percent) and reading books (17 percent). Only sending and receiving email, at 54 percent, edged higher. last_img read more

Active Interest Media Purchases Fitness Association

first_img Conversely, AIM has invested heavily in boosting both its video production capabilities and educational offerings — particularly within its healthy living group — so it’s likely the company sees opportunity in IDEA’s streaming video business.  The price tag is open to speculation, but it’s easy to see why IDEA was an arractive pickup for the Boulder, Colorado-based enthusiast media company. AIM produces about sixteen stand-alone events or events series in concert with the various media brands across its portfolio, none of which are quite on the scale of the annual IDEA World Convention, a four-day conference attracting over 14,000 attendees. In a statement, AIM president and CEO Andy Clurman praised IDEA for playing “a key role in building the modern-day fitness industry” and stated that the acquisition will allow AIM to enhance the content and products it already offers to fitness enthusiasts through its existing brands like Oxygen, Clean Eating, Yoga Journal, and Muscle and Performance.  Active Interest Media (AIM) announced today that it has acquired the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, a membership organization for wellness professionals, for an undisclosed sum.center_img “We’ve long admired AIM’s leadership in the consumer and B2B enthusiast space, and have talked for years about the best way to join forces and inspire the world to fitness together,” said IDEA CEO Peter Davis, who will continue with AIM in a leadership role, overseeing the integration of the companies, according to a statement. Founded in 1982, IDEA produces the IDEA World Convention — the world’s largest fitness conference, according to AIM — as well as a website and magazine, IDEA Fitness Journal.last_img read more

HP Omen X Emperium 65 is a great gaming monitor youll never

first_img Comment Preview • The HP Omen X Desktop is for gamers on the edge 1 Review • HP’s PC gaming flagship turns PC gaming on its side The hardware in Metro Exodus’ menu system is practically life size on this monitor. Lori Grunin/CNET Gaming monitor manufacturers love to throw around the term “immersive” when referring to their products — the bigger and curvier it is, the louder the proclamations get. Well, no monitor to date can hold an immersive candle to the HP Omen X Emperium 65. It swallows you whole. I’m lucky it let me out long enough to get this written.It’s also $5,000 (about £3,830 or AU$7,000). So the most frequent question we get is “How is it better than a good 65-inch TV, which costs half as much?” The answer, at least for most people, is it’s not. But for a tiny subset of PC gamers, it’s more fun than a battle royale of monkeys.The Emperium was first announced at CES 2018 as part of Nvidia’s BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display) initiative, but HP is the only manufacturer from the group to have actually shipped a monitor. It feels like a Frankenstein’s monster of features: There’s a 65-inch Nvidia Shield smart HDR TV-slash-monitor that supports Nvidia’s G-Sync adaptive refresh technology and integrates Google Assistant. (So if you value your privacy, you may think of it as a personal-data-collecting portal of doom.) 22 Photos Mentioned Above HP Omen X CNET may get a commission from retail offers. HP Omen X News • HP Omen X 2S gaming laptop sports a second screencenter_img HP’s Omen X Emperium 65 and more gaming goodies come to CES 2019 See it Share your voice HP Nvidia $3,199 Gaming Accessories Monitors Tags Despite wanting to throw myself across it and plead with HP to let me keep it a while longer, it’s hard to recommend it as an actual purchase. Partly because pieces of it are bound to obsolesce within the next couple of years and partly because you’re probably better off spending less and putting the money you save into better-performing hardware and more games, at least until gaming figures out where it’s heading — the cloud, your phone, next-gen consoles or someplace as-yet unimagined.And she’ll have fun, fun, funConnected to a PC, the Emperium’s a jumbo-sized equivalent of a great 27-inch HDR (technically, HDR10) monitor like the Acer Predator X27, with similar specs but really, really big. I hooked the Emperium to a Falcon Northwest desktop equipped with an overclocked (to 4.9GHz) Intel Core i9-9900K and dual Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti cards. That’s pretty much the configuration you need to really appreciate all aspects of the Emperium simultaneously — the 4K, HDR and G-Sync.I didn’t see any artifacts, no matter what frame rate I threw at it, whether I went far beyond its native 120Hz (or 144Hz overclocked) or well below it — because 4K at ultra-everything including ray tracing still drops to unplayable frame rates. In this respect, it was one of the best G-Sync monitors I’ve used.While a 27-inch HDR monitor looks great, at 65 inches it really wows. The size alone ramps up Resident Evil 2 from scary-if-you-play-in-the-dark to leave-the-lights-on terrifying.Each game handles HDR differently. And because you’re looking at computer-generated graphics and not the real world depicted in movies, you don’t have the frame of reference to tell you whether a game’s colors look “correct” or the control you need to fine tune them. You just go with what appeals most and make sure the shadows aren’t so dark that you can find the object you’re looking for and won’t get ambushed by a mutant or a zombie. The otherworldly glowing reds and eye-searing brights in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice lend it that extra touch of surreality, so who cares if her face paint probably isn’t the correct shade of blue?hp-omen-x-emperium-65-8The on-screen display. (Aside: Dear Google, can you please suggest “try searching for ‘how to make Google stop suggesting things'” instead? Thanks!) Lori Grunin/CNET I didn’t run a full suite of tests in the short time I had with the monitor, just enough to confirm that it hits the most important marks. In HDR mode it covers 97 percent of the P3 D6500 color gamut — that’s close to one of the best OLED TVs we’ve tested, which hits 98.4 percent (95 percent in SDR). It’s got a typical black level of 0.009 nits (minimum is 0.001). So it’s not OLED-level black, but it’s visibly impressive. It seems to overshoot peak brightness to roughly 1,100 nits and then gradually decline, outputting over 1,000 nits in 5 percent, 10 percent and 25 percent windows.The VA-IPS panel has 384-zone local dimming with no edge bleed that I could spot. It has typical off-axis viewing for the technology, so all but the most oblique angles look good.The soundbar that comes with the Emperium is an aesthetically pleasing, well-built and aurally balanced 2.1 system that fits snugly under the display and can be controlled by the Shield remote. But it connects to the monitor with a surprisingly low-end analog cable. It does have a DSP input.hp-omen-x-emperium-65-5Enlarge ImageOne nice design touch is the automatic lighting strip and illuminated labels. Lori Grunin/CNET There’s a solid selection of connections on the Emperium:Four USB-A (two on each side)One DisplayPort 1.4Three HDMI 2.0 (1 ARC)SPDIFGigabit Ethernet802.11ac Wi-FiBluetoothYou should be able to connect peripherals, such as external storage or wired keyboard and mice via the USB ports, to use with the Shield — that’s what the menus imply. But I couldn’t get it to recognize any USB devices. Even if that’s just a bug, you can’t use the ports as a hub the way you can on a desktop monitor because there’s no upstream USB connection from the PC to the display.Nor did the monitor like our 5GHz network — it kept saying that the signal was weak and refusing to connect, even after I moved the monitor into the same room as the router. A keyboard, mouse and controller all connected through Bluetooth, but the controller especially tended to be too laggy, even for simply navigating Steam.Not ready for the futureIf you take the monitor capabilities out of the equation, the Emperium’s just a pretty good, overpriced Shield TV with the same annoying remote. All non-PC gaming, whether you’re using a console via HDMI or cloud via GeForce Now (GFN), is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and generally delivers the frame rate to match that, so you don’t need the refresh-rate versatility of the Emperium. Nor do you need a TV this high-end to play games over GFN. In fact, the broad tonal range of the display ends up emphasizing the artifacts — color contouring, desaturation and blockiness — of the compressed stream delivered by cloud-based games. GFN and the Google universe, including Android apps, Play games, streaming and video, adds value to the package, but you can get a box for $180 and attach it to a $2,500 OLED TV for the same capabilities. The sound bar should probably be optional.The Emperium offers fast refresh, but only connected to a PC with an Nvidia graphics card over DisplayPort. The HDMI connection is fixed at 60Hz for 4K. There’s a 1080p/120Hz option in the menu that I didn’t try, but HD on a 65-inch monitor has a pixel pitch you could drive a truck through (you sit much closer while gaming than you would just watching movies) and while it’s nice, it certainly isn’t worth five grand. 60Hz over HDMI is fine for now because console output is fixed there, too. But we’re expecting new consoles from Sony and Microsoft within the next couple of years, and you can bet they’ll have HDMI 2.1 connections to support variable or adaptive refresh technologies.So the Emperium won’t be able to take advantage of one of the most significant technology improvements to come to consoles in a while. And any gamer who’s going to plonk down this much for a monitor probably has a couple of consoles in addition to a power desktop, especially in the age of exclusives.It’s usually unwise to buy the first generation of anything — I’m looking at you, 5G and foldable phones — and while this is a good and polished one, the Emperium 65 is definitely a first-gen product.last_img read more

Olivia Culpo goes wild in skimpy swimwear model has fun during Sports

first_imgOlivia CulpoOlivia Culpo Official Instagram (oliviaculpo)Olivia Culpo sure knows how to turn up the heat. The beauty rocked a tiny thong bikini, held a snake, and more for her ‘Sports Illustrated’ photoshoot.Olivia Culpo is truly dedicated to getting the best shot! The model proved that she is willing to work very hard to get that perfect picture. The model worked the camera in a new Sports Illustrated video on Instagram that documented her photoshoot for the magazine. Reportedly the former Miss Universe danced around on a beach in South Australia for the gig in a tiny string red thong bikini.The model said in the video that they went to go see Remarkable Rocks, a set of boulders in Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island, Australia, for the shoot, as well. Olivia posed for pics amidst the beautiful landscape view wearing a white crop top and jeans. She said that she “already held a python” for the photoshoot, and next up was the black tiger snake. Olivia said it was one of the top 10 venomous snakes in the world. “Everyone’s so nervous,” she said. Olivia CulpoOlivia Culpo Official Instagram (oliviaculpo)Olivia Culpo made a grueling photoshoot look so breezy and fun. Olivia looks gorgeous, so a photoshoot might not be too much work for her, but she sure doesn’t let anything slow her down. The models sure seems like the type that gives it her all while working. And we have to say, you go girl. However, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Olivia. Reportedly, at the same time Olivia working with Sports Illustrated, herr ex-boyfriend went on a rant on social media about her! Olivia wrote about the experience of dealing with those emotions while having to remain professional in an Instagram post on May 8.”This was one of my hardest days for personal reasons (as some of you may remember),” Olivia began her caption. “I landed in Australia to shoot these photos with some info that rocked my world. Looking back at this first picture, I know exactly what was going through my mind at the time. I was so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be doing something I had dreamed of, and wished and hoped for since I was a little girl. And I sit here today feeling SO grateful.”Olivia isn’t seem to be letting personal drama get the better of her at work. You can check pout the video here:last_img read more

OC withdrawn for taking bribe

first_imgMap of ChuadangaAn officer-in-charge (OC) of Damurhuda police station was withdrawn to Chuadanga district’s police lines on Monday following various allegations including taking bribe from drug traders.Several allegations were filed against OC Akram Hossain including taking bribe from a listed drug peddler of Darshana promising not to arrest him, said officials at the police station said.Quoting the officials, a UNB report says, the OC also helped the drug trader to flee away from the area.Following the allegations, Akram was withdrawn to district police lines on Monday night around 11:00pm, said Mahbubur Rahman, superintendent of Chuadanga police.A three-member committee has been formed to investigate the incident, he added.last_img read more

Algerian conservatives weigh in against pressure for Westernstyle democracy

first_imgAn Algerian man raises a placard as he takes part in a weekly demonstration in the capital Algiers on June 14, 2019. Demonstrations have continued since the ailing president stepped down, as protesters demand that regime insiders also exit as a precursor to independent institutions being set up. Photo: AFPWhile tens of thousands of Algerians have been gathering for four months in the capital to demand sweeping political reforms, former fighters who led the last confrontation with the establishment have been warning people not to rock the boat.In the 1990s, they drove an uprising against the military after it cancelled a landmark multiparty election that Islamists were poised to win. This time they say protests could bring a repeat of the chaos and bloodshed their actions unleashed.”I deeply regret what happened in the 1990s,” once such fighter, Sheikh Yahya, said at his home in Haizer, a village in the Kabyle mountains 120 km (75 miles) east of the capital Algiers where he now works as a butcher.”This is why I will never participate in any action that might end up violent.”Some 200,000 people died in Algeria’s decade-long civil war, leaving many Algerians fearful of radical change now that longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has given into the pressure from the streets and stepped down.Following Bouteflika’s departure in April, the protesters have been pressing for the exit of the entire elite in control since the North African country’s independence from France in 1962 – the same cause the jihadists took up arms for in 1991.But Yahya and other former jihadists now support the army and other security forces, the strongest part of that elite. It also includes business tycoons and former independence fighters in Algeria’s ruling FLN party as well as labour unions in a state-dominated economy sustained by oil and gas production.The ex-fighters are Salafists, a literalist Sunni school of Islam whose adherents range from the radical jihadists of Islamic State to an overwhelming majority which shies away from politics.Salafi influence in Algeria is far wider than their numbers – an estimated one in 40 people – would suggest, analysts say. This makes their anti-protest messages a significant counterweight to calls for radical change.”Algeria has around 18,000 mosques, most of them are under Salafi influence,” said political analyst Mohamed Mouloudi. One Salafi cleric has a website with a million followers.By contrast leading Sufis, a more inclusive Sunni school that most Algerians belong to, have kept a low profile since the ouster of Bouteflika, their most high-profile member.Salafists are social conservatives heavily influenced by Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabis. They reject both political Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, which led Egypt in a 2012-2013 interlude from military-backed rule, as well as Western influence – from clothing to political systems.They were part of the reason the 2011 Arab Spring pro-democracy movement bypassed Algeria, after Sheikh Ali Ferkous, a Salafi icon, declared “unrest is forbidden in Islam”, and they continue to argue that stability is paramount.Military Chief, Conservative LeaderThe Army chief, Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaed Salah, played a key role in toppling Bouteflika by saying the president’s poor health made him unfit for office.Upper House Chairman Abdelkader Bensalah became interim president but is now under pressure from demonstrators to quit, due to his links with Bouteflika and pledge on June 6 to stay in office until elections, which have been postponed indefinitely.A group of protesters and some Salafi clerics have suggested Bensalah hands over to former conservative minister Ahmed Taleb Ibrahimi, son of well-known cleric Bachir Ibrahimi who played a role in the independence war against France from 1954 to 1962.Ahmed Taleb Ibrahimi is a fierce opponent of Bouteflika, who did not allow him to set up a political party. Ibrahimi, 87, has promised to end of what he called “dirty money”, referring to corruption under Bouteflika, and introduce transparency.“Ibrahimi is one of the rare clean politicians in Algeria who can reconcile the youth with politics. We believe he can play a very positive role,” said Seif Islam Benatia, a dentist prominent among protesters who encompass a wide array of views.Yahya, who spoke to Reuters with two of his fellow former fighters Akli and Mohamed sitting alongside, also supports Ibrahimi, as well as army chief Salah. “We want stability to remain,” he said.Their village lies in what was known in the 90s as the “triangle of death” — the flashpoint of the civil war, which the army said it was fighting to prevent Taliban-style rule. The mountains with its caves and valleys were ideal hiding ground for fighters to store arms and prepare ambushes on the army.Yahya gave up the fight in 2006 after accepting amnesty from Bouteflika and persuaded others to make peace with the state.Algeria’s welfare state rewarded him with $6,000 in aid to build a modest house where the ground floor serves as his poultry butchery. Two sons got jobs at state firms — a livelihood they fear losing if chaos erupts.”Gift from god”Salafists have been quietly working to influence society, identifiable here, as elsewhere, by their long beards, white robes and short trousers emulating the Prophet Mohammad.Their clout can be seen in Haizer, where Yahya’s house is a gathering point for youth, neighbours and other ex-fighters he persuaded to lay down arms.”Marches, protests, unrest and all the tools used in democracies to topple leaders are illicit in Islam,” Yahya said.Such messages resonate in Algeria, analysts say, because many people fear protracted unrest would undermine a state that provides jobs, health insurance and housing.They also undermine Islamist political parties, which have struggled since the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), which almost took power in 1991, was banned the following year.”Salafi are influential because they focus on the youth, and society,” Mouloudi told Reuters. “Political Islam’s leaders are divided, fragmented and hold little influence politically.”In Algiers, some of the young protesters, who include many women and some children, oppose any kind of Islamist takeover.”We want radical change, but I don’t want to end up with Islamists ruling the country,” said Nadia Beigacem, 21, who studies English at Algiers University and does not wear a veil. “Western democracy is my model, not the Saudi Arabian model.”Rather than Ibrahimi, she wanted a young Algerian as leader, like former US president Barack Obama or French president Emmanuel Macron. “We are a young nation,” she said.Salafist leader Ferkous has not commented on recent protests but other followers have rejected them. “What is forbidden remains forbidden, even if everyone does it,” said Mohamed Al-Habib, a prominent Salafist in a video message.The weekly Friday protests have been continuing, but numbers have declined in recent weeks, indicating the resignation of Bouteflika and prosecution of his younger brother and closest former advisor Said and others have slowed their momentum.”After chaos and 200,000 people killed, we now have peace and stability, this is a gift from God,” Yahya said.”Let’s preserve it.”last_img read more

2nd phase of work to begin at Bengal Safari Park from January

first_imgKolkata: The state Forest department will take up work for the second phase of Bengal Safari Park in Siliguri from January next year. An aquarium with a variety of local fish, a toy train along with a flower garden and children’s park are among the facilities that the department plans to develop in the second phase at Safari Park.”The underground aquarium will take the visitors to a wondrous underwater journey with glass walls on either side as the fish species in the rivers and other marine animals will swim by your side. It will be most thrilling and the feeling will equal to venturing into the river. We are preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) and will submit it to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her final approval in January,” state Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman said adding that the project will entail an investment of more than Rs 100 crore. The minister added that his department also plans to set up the infrastructure for running toy train and develop a garden with beautiful flowers. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Our plan is to make the Safari Park more attractive for children. We will put up facilities like a merry-go-round, seesaw, swings and slides for the children around the flower garden. There are some more plans which will be divulged later,” Barman added.Spread over an area of 297-hectare, the animal park that was unveiled in January 2016 has already emerged as a major attraction for tourists and locals. As of now, there are three Royal Bengal Tigers with three cubs, a rhinoceros, gharials, over 400 deer, two elephants and an aviary with birds of different species at the park. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere are a number of safaris in the park that have become extremely popular.The safari of the herbivores is spread across an area of 100 hectare. There are bear safari, the Royal Bengal Tiger safari and the recently introduced leopard safari spreading over an area of 20 hectare each.”We are awaiting the nod of the Centre for the commencement of work for a leopard safari of international standards at South Khayerbari in North Bengal which will be spread over an area of 23 hectare,” Barman added.last_img read more