The Economist Launches DRTV Campaign to Reach New Audiences

first_imgThe promo aired through October, and will continue to run through this month on national cable networks and in key target markets such as San Francisco and Washington D.C.Mark Beard, SVP, digital media and content strategy, explains to us that the reason for selecting these markets specifically is two-fold.“Firstly, recent audience research tells us that globally curious individuals cluster in these two cities and represent a greater percentage of the total population than cities elsewhere in the U.S.,” he says. “Secondly, we track performance of our digital and mass marketing activities at a city level and we see particularly positive results in San Francisco and D.C., prompting us to upweight activity where we are achieving cut-through.”Additionally, the media buy for the campaign also contained a national broadcast spot on the “Late Late Show with James Corden” on CBS.“In the UK we have enjoyed particular success when we have included spot buys, such as Channel 4 news, within our TV media plan, so we’re replicating our plans in the U.S., where our audience research tells us that many of our prospective readers watch the ‘Late Late Show with James Corden,’” Beard explains. “And it also helps that James Corden is a fan of The Economist, recently tweeting that we have an “incredible magazine,” which adds credibility to our decision to place our creative within the ad breaks of his show.”In terms of platform, The Economist’s choice to feature the ad on television, specifically, is part of the brand’s overall holistic approach to grow its U.S. business, noted Cripps.“TV is just one channel within our armoury and so whilst we have right now chosen to refresh our TV ad, this is just one part of a holistic effort to grow our business in the U.S.,” he says. “We are present in pretty much every mass and digital marketing channel, including TV, radio, podcasts, display and social, and we firmly believe that every channel plays a valuable role, from generating awareness to driving subscriptions, in our quest to ensure the world benefits from having more Economist readers.” In its latest marketing effort, The Economist took to the small screen with a direct response TV (DRTV) campaign as it sought to tap into a new pool of readers through audience data.The ad, titled “The world needs another Economist reader,” marks the first for the editorial unit in creating a commercial to represent the brand, and is a call to action to encourage folks to call, text or visit a website to receive in order to receive a free copy of the magazine.Mark Cripps, EVP, brand and digital marketing, says the publication aims to help its readers make sense of a “noisy, chaotic, confusing world” and “separate fake from fact,” sparking a foundation for the ad. (Good luck with that.)“We live in turbulent times, perhaps more so now than in recent history, and people are seeking an independent and informed opinion to decide where they stand on the issues that matter,” Cripps tells Folio:. “We believe the world will benefit from a greater number of people reading The Economist content, hence our pitch ‘The world needs another Economist reader.’”last_img read more

Navy Bases Falling behind Growing Maintenance Workload Senior Officials Say

first_imgNavy installations are experiencing a growing backlog of maintenance needs as budget constraints over the past several years have forced the service to allocate funding to higher priorities, officials told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee on Friday.Critical requirements are being funded, but other jobs are being deferred, Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, commander of Navy Installations Command, told the panel.“Where we are today is holding,” Smith said, reported the Daily Press.Capt. Louis Schager, commanding officer at Naval Air Station Oceana, described a litany of deferred maintenance tasks at the Navy’s East Coast master jet base in Virginia Beach, Va.All hangars “have issues and challenges,” he said. “A lot of roofs are leaking. We have some fire protection challenges.”Ten of the installation’s 13 barracks are rated as substandard, but the Navy only has funding approved to renovate five barracks. A newly constructed barracks, however, is scheduled to be completed in March.An aging building at the base’s Dam Neck Annex has interfered with training for information specialists, due to a combination of leaks, odors and sensor problems that have resulted in an average of one call a week to the fire department during the past fiscal year.“Each time that call goes out, you have to have all these students leave the building,” Schager said. “It’s disrupting their training.”Officials have approved spending a couple of hundred thousand dollars on a temporary fix. “But it’s a $12 million unfunded project to really, truly fix the problem,” he said.Schager thanked Congress, however, for freeing up $100 million to replace a 1950s-era lighting system for the base’s airfield.The two officers stressed the need for an assured and sustainable funding stream to address long-term maintenance needs so that installations can avoid playing catch-up with their repairs. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Air Guard Has Assumed Heightened Role since 911 James Says

first_imgThe National Guard has become an increasingly critical component of the Air Force since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, fulfilling a substantial share of the service’s missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and assuming new roles such as cybersecurity.“There’s no single institution that has been transformed in the last 15 years as much, I think, as the National Guard has been transformed,” Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Saturday during the National Guard Association of the United States annual conference in Baltimore.Over that time the Air National Guard has become significantly more integrated with the active component. “And tomorrow’s Air Force will continue to move more and more and more in that direction,” James said, reported Air Force Times.The heightened importance of the Air National Guard has come as the size of the active component has dropped dramatically.“We are asking more of you, we are utilizing your talents more now than ever before, and I would say that’s precisely because we need you now more than even we did before,” she said.One growing role for the Guard is cybersecurity, a change the service is carrying out by establishing new units.“It’s no surprise that we’re going to rely on the Guard more in this area,” James said. “By 2019, we expect to have cyber units in 34 states in the National Guard, consisting of almost 3,000 cyber-trained service members.”Other fields the Air Force is considering relying more on the Guard include space operations, aircraft maintenance and remotely piloted aircraft flights, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Music Educator Award 2018 Who Are The 25 Semifinalists

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 6, 2017 – 12:40 pm Keith Hancock On Funding The Arts, Music Mentors 25 music teachers across 17 states in the running for the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum’s preeminent music education awardTim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 19, 2017 – 6:00 am The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum have announced 25 music teachers representing 17 states have been selected as semifinalists for the 2018 Music Educator Award. Twitter Facebook Email Music Educator Award 2018: Semifinalists Announced music-educator-award-2018-who-are-25-semifinalists News Music Educator Award 2018: Who Are The 25 Semifinalists? 2018 Music Educator Award SemifinalistsBonnie Anderson: Coronado Village Elementary, Universal City, TexasPamela Andrews: Station Camp Elementary School, Gallatin, Tenn.Drew Benware: Saranac Lake High School, Saranac Lake, N.Y.John Churchville: Go Like The Wind Elementary School, Ann Arbor, Mich.Victor de los Santos: Santa Ana High School, Santa Ana, Calif.Michelle Droe: Lincoln Elementary, Cedar Falls, IowaDale Duncan: Henderson Middle School, AtlantaCurtis Gaesser: Folsom High School, Folsom, Calif.Ralph Jackson: Bridle Path Elementary School, Lansdale, Pa.Brandi Jason: Liberty High School, Eldersburg, Md.Mike Kurilko: Trenton High School, Trenton, Mich.Kate Margrave: Pine Creek High School, Colorado Springs, Colo.Chris Maunu: Arvada West High School, Arvada, Colo.Darren McCoy: Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor, Wash.Aaron Rex: Jackson High School, Jackson, OhioDavid Reynolds Jr.: Vienna Elementary School, Vienna, Va.David Rhen: Towson High School, Towson, Md.Melissa Salguero: P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake, Bronx, N.Y.Bonnie Scholz: Pius XI Catholic High School, MilwaukeeJoani Slawson: Saturn Elementary, Cocoa, Fla.Laura Steigerwald McCoy: St. Joseph Central Elementary School, Fort Wayne, Ind.Amy J. Steiner: Hutchinson Central Technical High School, Buffalo, N.Y.Vicky Stockton: New York State School for the Deaf, Rome, N.Y.James Yaques: Palm Beach Central High School, Wellington, Fla.Davey Yarborough: Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, D.C.One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists in recognition or their significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. The honoree will be flown to New York to attend the 60th GRAMMY Awards and a range of GRAMMY Week events. The nine additional finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.Additionally, 15 semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants. The matching grants provided to the schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Museum’s Education Champion: Ford Motor Company Fund. In addition, the program is supported by the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association/The Music Educator Award finalists will be announced in December. Nominate A Teacher For The 2019 Music Educator AwardRead morelast_img read more

John Lennon CustomSigned Beatles Album Up For Auction

first_img Twitter Facebook The story behind the album is well-known among collectors, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. Lennon owned the album before trading it with collector Dave Morrell in 1971 for a reel-to-reel tape of the Beatles’ Yellow Matter Custard bootleg. After acquiring the album, Morrell got Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to sign it as well, boosting its value even further, perhaps into the highest echelon of Beatles collector’s items.”The term ‘world class’ is probably a bit overused in describing collectibles,” claims the listing on Heritage Auctions. “Labeling this unique, rare and desirable Beatles item as ‘’world class’ is not hyperbole. If anything, it does not do it justice. Included with this lot is a signed letter of authenticity from noted Beatle autograph expert Frank Caiazzo.”Heritage is expecting to rake in north of $200,000 for the item, and they’ve already received a bid of $100,000. The auction reserve will be announced on Nov. 4.Remember When? The Beatles Unleash “I Want To Hold Your Hand” John Lennon’s Beatles Album Auction john-lennon-custom-signed-beatles-album-auction A “world class” collector’s item and piece of Beatles history goes up for auction, with the first bid already clocked in at $100KNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 26, 2017 – 4:44 pm A vinyl record owned and customized by John Lennon is up for auction, and expectations for bidding are high. The album is a pre-production copy of the Beatles’ 1966 album Yesterday …  And Today with Lennon’s signature and dedication drawing. Email John Lennon Custom-Signed Beatles Album Up For Auction News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 19, 2015 – 10:55 am The Beatles: Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptancelast_img read more

Behind The Board Get Into The Vinyl Groove With ProducerEngineer Jeff Powell

first_img“I’m very encouraged where vinyl is taking things,” the Memphis-based producer/engineer tells the Recording AcademyAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 29, 2019 – 10:41 am In the latest episode of Behind The Board, Memphis-based producer Jeff Powell goes deep on how he learned to cut vinyl. Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Mar 29, 2019 – 10:40 am Jeff Powell Shares How He Got Behind The Board Email Behind The Board: Jeff Powell behind-board-get-vinyl-groove-producerengineer-jeff-powell Facebook Above, Powell talks about one of his favorite pieces of equipment: the lathe, or vinyl cutter, referencing how he learned to cut on the original lathe from Stax Records, the Memphis label home to artists like Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor, and others.Sitting in his current work space at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, Powell also shares his optimism around the recent vinyl resurgence. “As long as they’re buying turntables, people care,” he says. “It’s beautiful to me that they care about what is sounds like again. They’re gonna make this investment, and they’re gonna care about what the records sounds like. I’m very encouraged where vinyl is taking things.”Watch our exclusive interview with Powell above to hear his story.Behind The Board: Matt Ross-Spang On Why Memphis Is The Reason He Produces News Behind The Board: Get Into The Vinyl Groove With Producer/Engineer Jeff Powell last_img read more

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Senior Centers March Newsletter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Read the Wilmington Senior Center’s March 2019 Newsletter HERE.Highlights from the latest “Buzzell Buzz” include:Notes from Elderly Services Director Terri MarcielloInformation about upcoming events, including: “A Little Bit Of Ireland” Field Trip; The Buzz Book Club; Friday Sewing Group; Lunch & Movie; Doris’ Craft Corner; Technology Discussion with WHS Students & Library; St. Patrick’s Day Celebration; Memory Cafe; Caregivers Support Group; Tai Chi; Yoga; Zumba; Meditation; Coffee Hour with Assistant Town Manager; and Leaving Your Handprint BehindInformation about: Scams, Birthdays, Condolences, Guess Who Contest?, Get Well Wishes, and Fuel Assistance ProgramThe Senior Center’s March Calendar of EventsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s July NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more

WHS GIRLS TENNIS Wildcats Sweep Watertown

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team defeated Watertown, 5-0, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Wilmington High School.Wilmington senior Emily Hill defeated Jenna Petrie, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington junior Carolyn Roney defeat Eva Kelleher, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington senior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Keishna Petal, 6-1, 6-0.Wilmington senior Jessica D’Arco and sophomore Lauren D’Arco defeated Mary Cimen and Banda Kaur, 6-0, 6-1.Wilmington sophomore Jess Murray and sophomore Johanna Robinson defeated Kristen Beach and Angelina Li, 6-0, 6-1.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Win Third Matchup In Three DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Suffer Losses To Winchester & LexingtonIn “Sports”last_img read more

NASAs Hubble Space Telescope is back in action after hardware problem

first_imgNASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.  CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. 13 Photos Sci-Tech NASA’s Hubble telescope delivers stunning new space pictures Wide Field Camera 3 was brought back to full operational status and completed its first science observations just after noon EST today.  For more info:— Hubble (@NASAHubble) January 17, 2019 Investigating the error from Jan. 8, NASA concluded that voltage levels had jumped outside their safe values, causing the suspension of operations. Further evaluations noted that voltage levels were OK, but telemetry circuits — which help NASA collect data from the Telescope — “were not accurate”. A router-like reset had those telemetry circuits brought back to operations.Wide Field Camera 3 is just one of Hubble’s suite of instruments and while NASA worked to get it back to collecting science images, Hubble’s other instruments continued to operate as normal. NASA says that Hubble should hang on beyond 2025, which would mean it has been investigating space for a solid 35 years. In that time, it has captured smiling faces in the cosmos and provided new ways to see dark matter. Recently, it took an unbelievable 1.6GB image of the Triangulum Galaxy you could basically fly through on your PC screen. Operated by both NASA and the European Space Agency, the Hubble Space Telescope was on a 15-year mission when it launched on April 25, 1990. The Wide Field Camera 3 was a Hubble upgrade, installed in May 2009 during its last servicing mission, which planned to extend Hubble’s mission to 20 years. It’s now in its 29th year of life. Share your voicecenter_img 1 Comment Tags STS-82 Crew/STScI/NASA On Jan. 8, the Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA’s journeyman telescope Hubble went out of action. A hardware problem had caused the instrument to suspend operations.The latest update from NASA is all good news though: Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 resumed science observations, snapping photos of the distant universe, just after midday, Jan. 17.  NASAlast_img read more

Toyota finally rolls out Android Auto at Chicago Auto Show

first_imgEnlarge ImageToyota was one of the longest-lasting holdouts to add Android Auto. John Gress/Corbis/Getty Images Sometimes it’s the little updates that make the biggest quality-of-life improvements. While Toyota is rolling out several face-lifted models at Thursday’s Chicago Auto Show press day, it’s an unseen update that may prove to be the biggest benefit for owners: Android Auto integration.The Japanese automaker has long been one of the technology’s most noteworthy holdouts. Indeed, it only began rolling out Apple CarPlay compatibility on its Entune systems last year. Android Auto, which integrates users’ Android phone functionality into a vehicle’s infotainment system, will be offered in 2020 model-year Toyota 4Runner and Sequoia SUVs, as well as its Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks. Overseas, the marque’s Aygo will get the tech, as well as European-market Yaris models.A number of automakers have quietly expressed data privacy concerns over letting Google have access to many of their vehicle’s systems as a condition of Android Auto integration. Security and intellectual property reservations have previously been voiced by several automakers to me on the condition of anonymity. When I asked if any data security questions related to Android Auto may have contributed to the tech’s slow rollout in Toyota’s products, Russ Koble, the automaker’s Advanced Technology Communications Manager, said that such concerns weren’t the issue. Instead, he tells Roadshow, “Toyota and Google have been working closely on the integration of Android Auto. Part of this integration is ensuring alignment with Toyota’s usability standards. Both companies came to an agreement on the technical specifications and are pleased to provide a seamless connected experience.”It isn’t immediately clear how quickly Toyota plans to roll out Android Auto compatibility to its other models, including its popular Camry, Corolla and RAV4 families. Koble did confirm, however, that the tech will be available not just in additional Toyota models, but also future Lexus vehicles, too.A Google representative reached for comment by Roadshow did not offer an immediate response. Google Toyota Comment Auto Tech Trucks SUVs 2020 Toyota Tacoma takes a bow at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Chicago Auto Show: All the big reveals and news from the show floor.Toyota: The latest news from the Japanese automaker. 39 Photos Chicago Auto Show 2019 Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors More From Roadshow Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Tags 1 Share your voice See All reading • Toyota finally rolls out Android Auto at Chicago Auto Show 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better • Chicago Auto Show 2019 Toyota 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

Audi hasnt forgotten about fuel cells

first_imgAudi USA Director of Communications, Mark Dahncke, also added that behind the scenes, “Audi has continued its investment in fuel cells all along to keep the tech up to date; last week’s decision is a step up in that investment.” This should be no surprise to those who remember Audi’s H-tron concept from a few years back.Audi representatives also stressed that this increased investment in hydrogen is not an abandonment or replacement of battery electrics. The technologies can live side-by-side for the foreseeable future; no surprise, considering BEVs and FCEVs share so many components. Audi’s commitment to 12 all-electric drive models and roughly a third of its sales being electrified models by 2025 still stands. Tags 70 Photos Share your voice Geneva Motor Show 2019 2018 Audi S4: The sweet spot sport sedan Audi Q4 E-Tron is destined for production by 2020 Geneva Motor Show 2019 Audi Electric Cars 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof • See All More From Roadshow Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Post a comment 2018 Audi Q7: Rockin’ the suburbs Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 0 Audi In an interview with journalists at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Chairman of Audi Board of Management, Bram Schot, announced that the automaker would be increasing its investment in fuel cell technology.The automaker is currently in the middle of a large push towards battery-electric technology. Every Audi car showcased at the show this year features a battery, be it a plug-in hybrid or a full-on battery electric vehicle. This latest development indicates that the German automaker hasn’t forgotten hydrogen as a fuel source for electrification.After giving a hat tip to the success and advancements that Korean and Japanese automakers — specifically, Hyundai and Toyota — have had with hydrogen in the Asian markets, Schot stated that “on the European side we should really intensify development of fuel cell. I decided it last week and now we are going to put more priority into fuel cells.” Schot went on to explain that scarcity of raw materials for batteries and increased supply will eventually push any automaker serious about electrification toward hydrogen as a fuel source stating “at the end of the day, batteries are not sustainable enough — it is sustainable, but if you want to go all the way, you need fuel cells.” Remember the H-tron Quattro concept from 2016? Audi still does. Wayne Cunningham/CNET “We decided last week to put more money in, more capacity of people in and more confidence in we really want to speed that up,” said Schot, who couldn’t offer specifics about how much of a resource or capital investment that Audi has decided to make in hydrogen.Schot went on to state that Audi plans to have a running fuel cell prototype vehicle on the road sometime later this year and that the automaker would follow that up with a limited-run fuel cell vehicle pilot program reaching production by 2021. A timeline for larger scale production would be harder to nail down this early in the game, but Schot was willing to ballpark the “second half of the 2020s.” Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh reading • Audi hasn’t forgotten about fuel cellslast_img read more

Viral Twitter birth year prank will get you locked out of your

first_imgTwitter rules prohibit people under the age of 13 from having an account on the platform. And seeing how this is 2019, if you change your birth year to 2007, that would make you 12. That gets you locked out of your account, Twitter warned Tuesday in a tweet from its support channel.”We’ve noticed a prank trying to get people to change their Twitter birthday in their profile to 2007 to unlock new color schemes,” Twitter said in its tweet. “Please don’t do this. You’ll get locked out for being under 13 years old.” Comment Twitter is warning its users not to fall for the latest viral prank circulating on the platform, saying it’ll get you locked out of your account.The hoax, which appears to have begun making the rounds on Monday, promises to make users’ feeds more “colourful” if they change the birth year in their profile to 2007. An early tweet on the trick has been retweeted more than 13,000 times, but the only color change associated with this trick is the user’s face turning red. Internet Tech Industry We’ve noticed a prank trying to get people to change their Twitter birthday in their profile to 2007 to unlock new color schemes. Please don’t do this. You’ll get locked out for being under 13 years old.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) March 26, 2019 Share your voice Tags The user age issue flared up last year when Twitter began automatically locking down accounts of users who identified themselves as being under the age of 13, in response to the General Data Protection Regulation, a sweeping European Union internet privacy law that went into effect in May.Users who’ve lost access to their account can appeal by logging in and following the prompts for inputting an incorrect birthday, a Twitter representative said. They can also fill out this form, and the Twitter team will assist them, the spokesman said. 1 damn changing your birth year to 2007 makes your twitter feed all colourful we been missin out— 44 (@s_rxii) March 25, 2019 Twitterlast_img read more

Apple slices HomePod price to 299

first_img Comments Best Buy reading • Apple slices HomePod price to $299 News • Get a refurbished Apple HomePod for $194 Tags See It Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $299 Mentioned Above Apple HomePod (White) 3 Review • Apple HomePod review: Great sound, but it’s trapped in Apple’s world Smart Speakers & Displays Clarification at 8:30 a.m. PT: The HomePod was launched in February 2018. See It Apple started selling its Siri-powered HomePod speaker in February 2018 to compete with Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Echo devices and the Google Assistant-powered Google Home. However, Apple has struggled to catch up with its rivals, which both offer $50 version of their speakers. As of December, only 6% of smart speaker users in the US had a HomePod, according to a report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, out of 66 million smart speakers.HomePod prices have dropped before. During the Black Friday sales season, the speaker was available for $250 and we’ve seen that deal pop back up occasionally. See it 1:00 29 Photos Apple Apple’s HomePod now costs a little less. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Apple cut the price of its HomePod speaker by $50 on Thursday. Both the white and space gray versions of the speaker, which previously cost $349, are listed for $299. Apple wasn’t immediately available to comment on whether this is a permanent drop.Read more: Will HomeKit and HomePod get any attention at WWDC?The HomePod was immediately available at the newly discounted price at Some other retailers, such as Walmart, had yet to reflect the new price on the first day. (Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products linked from this page.) See HomePod at Apple Preview • Hey Siri, beat Amazon, Google and Sonos: Apple HomePod hits Feb. 9 Share your voice Apple • Adorama Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All $299 Apple HomePod $299 $299 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Unboxing the new Apple HomePod See It Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it HomePod gets calling update Google Applelast_img read more

Avengers Endgame cast sings We Didnt Start the Fire adds Stan Lee

first_img 17 Photos Last year, right before Avengers: Infinity War opened, the cast spoofed the classic Brady Bunch opening credits in a bit for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. That video has since been viewed more than 21 million times. This year on the show, with Avengers: Endgame about to smash into theaters, the cast parodied Billy Joel’s 1989 history-filled hit, We Didn’t Start The Fire — and turned it into a tribute to late Marvel legend Stan Lee, who died in November. 2 Just like last time, Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) leads the band, singing lyrics like, “Tony Stark, Iron Man, Nick Fury has a plan.” Marvel villains also get a turn in the spotlight, and Groot and Goose the cat nail their brief appearances. But the lump-in-throat moment comes at the end when the special tribute to Lee forms out of nowhere. Take a watch now, as the fire’s about to blaze into theaters. Avengers: Endgame opens April 24 in Australia, April 25 in the UK and April 26 in the US. Share your voice Every plotline and clue we can find so far Who died in Infinity War? Let’s recap… Social media reacts: ‘Greatest superhero movie ever’ An infinity of bizarre Avengers productscenter_img TV and Movies Tags Comments More Endgame Stan Lee Marvel The Avengerslast_img read more

Cryptocurrency criminals snatched 12 billion in early 2019

first_img 0 Tags Share your voice La Maison du Bitcoin in France Stephen Shankland/CNET The new technology of cryptocurrency isn’t immune to the old problems of money — with theft, fraud and scams resulting in losses of $1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019.That’s the assessment of CipherTrace, a startup specializing in tracing cryptocurrency flows to detect things like money laundering. It releases quarterly reports on criminal use of the technology.The figures indicate that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, ether and Monero, despite their possible benefits in the world of finance, are more complex, fast-moving and opaque than many of us can comprehend.But regulations are following criminality into the cryptocurrency realm, CipherTrace said, in particular a “tsunami of tough new…regulations” scrutinizing cryptocurrency laundering. That refers to the conversion of ill-gotten cryptocurrency wealth into regular money that’s not tied to any illegal activity. “As of April 2019, 17 countries plus the European Union…had at least some regulation or standard-setting bodies dealing with cryptocurrencies.”CipherTrace also detailed other developments in the world of cryptocurrency, including an effort by Iran to use cryptocurrency to evade sanctions’ restrictions on payment systems. It also mentions efforts in France and Texas to ban “private coins” like Monero and Bitcoin Private that shield the identities of those involved in transactions. Post a comment Tech Industry Bitcoin Cryptocurrencylast_img read more

Samsung reportedly solves Galaxy Fold problems

first_img $155 at Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 60 Photos Amazon Sprint Apple iPhone XS 4:56 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. 7 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. The Cheapskate Read DJI Osmo Action preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Angela Lang/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See it Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $6 at Tidal Samsung hits the brakes on Galaxy Fold release Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The Samsung Galaxy Fold may be back on track. Angela Lang/CNET Samsung may have come up with solutions for the Galaxy Fold’s defects weeks after review units experienced screen breaks, flickering and bulges.The Korean electronics giant solved the problem with the protective plastic layer on the delayed $1,980 foldable phone’s display, Yonhap News reported Wednesday. Since this part of the display wasn’t attached to the end of the plastic bezel surrounding the screen, some reviewers assumed it was an ordinary screen protector and pulled it off. To stop this from happening, Samsung apparently extended this layer so it’s under the bezel and the edge isn’t on the screen to tempt you. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $520 at HP $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Foldable Phonescenter_img See It Read Google Home Hub review Tags Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Post a comment Best Buy $299 at Amazon See at Amazon $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See at Turo Boost Mobile Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 0 Rylo An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999 $210 at Best Buy Tags Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: $60 at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read the AirPods review Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The company also addressed problems with dust and fluff getting caught under the phone’s hinge mechanism by reducing the size of that part so it’ll be covered by the current protective frame, according to Yonhap.Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. It delayed the Galaxy Fold weeks back in April, but its mobile CEO, DJ Koh, reportedly said last week that the luxury phone’s US launch “will not be too late.”First published at 3:18 a.m. PT.Updated at 3:50 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Share your voice I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read the Rylo camera previewlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly March 13 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioState Assessment Review Board Candidate WithdrawsAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauA Californian who had been tapped by Governor Sean Parnell to serve on a high-profile state board withdrew his name from consideration on Wednesday evening.Despite Revisions, Opposition To Permitting Bill Still Vocal Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauAfter nearly a year of waiting for a rewrite of HB77, members of the public had plenty to say about the changes. They got their first chance to speak to them at a Senate Resources Committee hearing yesterday. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that most of the testimony on the Parnell administration’s permitting bill was as negative as it was brief.FDA Reviewing Application To Produce Genetically Modified SalmonLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe head of the Federal Drug Administration told a U.S. Senate committee today her agency is still working on its review of an application to produce a genetically modified salmon.Feds Seeking Local Advice On Environmental ProtocolsZachariah Hughes, KNOM – NomeMembers of the federal agency that oversees marine mammals held a teleconference in Nome on Wednesday to solicit region-specific advice on emergency response. It’s part of a process to draft environmental protocols for the Arctic that incorporate local expertise.Report Finds Mixed Blame In Raid On 40 Mile MinersDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksGovernor Sean Parnell has released a report on last summer’s law enforcement sweep of placer mines in the 40 Mile area. It finds mixed blame for the heavy handed law enforcement that upset miners.Tanana Chiefs Conference President Steps DownDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksLongtime Tanana Chiefs Conference President Jerry Isaac stepped down Thursday, after 8 years at the helm of the consortium that represents 42 Interior Alaska native villages.Anchorage Set To Host 2014 National Nordic Skiing National Championships Josh Edge, APRN – AnchorageThe 2014 U.S. Nordic skiing National Championships and SuperTour Finals are set to start in just over a week in Anchorage.Health Food, Water Offered Through Petersburg School District GrantAngela Denning, KFSK – PetersburgStudents’ physical well-being is paramount to how well they perform in school. The Petersburg School District is hoping to improve that through a four-year, $600,000 grant which started this school year. An update on the grant was given to the district’s school board at their last meeting.J. Torres Encourages Young Comic CreatorsLauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaA lot of elements go into a simple comic book. There’s artwork, there’s editing — and most importantly, for the Filipino and Canadian comic writer J. Torres, there’s the script.The award-winning author visited Unalaska’s schools and gave a presentation at the library last week, as part of a statewide tour.last_img read more

2014 Iditarod Trail Awards Banquet Takes Place In Nome

first_imgThe 2014 Iditarod Trail Awards Banquet was held last night at the Nome Recreation Center. Hobo Jim entertained the crowd as they ate prime rib and cake. And emcee of the evening – John Handeland – presented the awards earned by those who raced, and survived Iditarod 42.Download Audiolast_img

Motherdaughter duo speak candidly courageously on abuse

first_imgAshley Doctolero and her mother Ada Coyle pose in their traditional regalia. Doctolero sewed her own clothes. (Hillman/KSKA)Like 37 percent of women in Alaska, Ada Coyle experienced sexual violence. She remained silent. Years later, the same happened to her daughter. But now, the mother-daughter pair are speaking up and trying to stop the cycle of abuse.Download AudioAda Coyle says when growing up in a village near Kodiak, she had no idea what a healthy relationship was. She saw drinking, infidelity, and abuse.“And so when I grew up to be a young woman, I had a distorted image of what a relationship would look like. So when I was dating, I was in bad relationships.”Coyle says she turned to alcohol and drugs to deal with domestic abuse, just like she saw adults doing when she was young. Eventually she gave birth to her daughter, Ashley Doctolero. Doctolero went to school in Kodiak but spent her summers in the village. She loved learning to fish and going to dances. She didn’t love seeing the adults falling down drinking and leaving the kids alone.“It was really hard witnessing all that because I thought that was normal,” she recalls. “And it was scary, too. It was something that just wasn’t talked about.”Doctolero says when she was about seven years old, one of her relatives locked her into a bedroom after a celebration and left the house.“I remember somebody climbing into the window and sexually abused me. And I don’t know who it was. And I tried talking about it to my family member, about what happened, and they didn’t want to believe that it happened.”So Doctolero shut down and didn’t talk to anyone. Her mother says she was too busy using substances to pay attention to her daughter.“I was too much into myself,” Coyle recalls. “I was Ashley’s mom by title, but in the home, we were just existing and not having a mother and daughter relationship.”Doctolero starting cutting herself because she says physical pain seemed minor. She began dressing in black and dying her hair, trying to repulse the people around her.“I figured that if I looked different I wouldn’t get abused again. I didn’t want to be attractive to anybody.”But she was abused again. By 11 she started drinking. A few years later she was admitted to the hospital for attempting suicide. Coyle says watching her daughter’s pain just led her to drink more. She felt guilty and responsible and couldn’t handle it.Nothing changed until Coyle’s health conditions forced her to become sober. She found faith in God and moved with her daughter to Anchorage.After Doctolero’s second suicide attempt, the mother and daughter finally started talking. Coyle was open with Doctolero about her own past and her sense of responsibility for her daughter’s experiences.“It wasn’t fair for her to suffer in those ways as a result of the decisions and the parenting style that I raised her in,” Coyle says, bluntly.“There needs to be a generation where it stops,” Doctolero says. “And I’m that generation. And hopefully when my kids grow up, they won’t have to live that life. They’ll know a healthy lifestyle. They’ll know healthy boundaries.”Doctolero says her relationship with her mother has changed completely. They support each other through sobriety and speaking out.“People are like ‘You know, you’re 18, how come you and your mom are at the hip?’ But what I tell them is, our lives haven’t been like that. It’s a huge blessing to have my mom by myself because there’s been so many times in our lives where we could have lost each other.”Doctolero says she doesn’t want her future kids to think that trauma is normal. From the strength she’s drawn from her relationship with her mother and from dancing and drumming, she’s trying to stop the normalization of abuse. She’s speaking out about the issue through cultural pageants hoping that this time, people will listen.last_img read more