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With Growth Comes Many Competitors

first_imgDigital magazine vendors will tell you that their growth has been phenomenal—anywhere from 25 to 50 percent a year for the last two to three years. That’s one good reason why the industry has gone from a handful of pioneers four or five years ago to an explosion of low-cost solutions.“There have to be 20 of what I call the ‘flash guys,’” says Cimarron Buser, VP, marketing and product planning for Texterity. “They get a flash program and write a piece of code that will work for a magazine, but the publishing industry needs a lot more than ‘whiz-bang’ technology.”It probably does look easy to produce a digital magazine—just take a PDF and give it a page flip—but a lot more goes on in the background, according to Nxtbook Media marketing director Marcus Grimm. The technology offered by the large vendors integrates with search engines, provides tracking data for the magazine, and is more feature-rich than the products that a lot of the smaller companies offer. Not so fast, say some of those that offer the simpler solution. While Olive Software, which has been in the business for seven years, is a full-service vendor with major publisher clients, vice president of marketing Nicole Miller points out that small publishers with low-circulation magazines or newsletters need a low-cost, easy way of producing something other than a PDF. “We’ve taken our platform and made it easy for a client to upload a PDF and receive a URL within minutes that links to an online digital document. It’s primarily just a flipper,” she says, “but they can then e-mail the link to their subscribers or post it on their Web site.” Proliferating Digital ProvidersIn the last few years, the number of digital-magazine suppliers has exploded. Some ofthe current players in the market, either with their own solutions or working with partners.Advanced Publishing • Bango • Blue Toad • Brown Printing • Cadmus/Cenveo • CDS • Creel Printing • Dirxion • DMG Inc. • E-Book Systems • iDigital Edition • Imirus • Just Systems • Lane Press • LinkPath • Magazooms/Alqemy • NewsStand • Nxtbook Media • Olive Software • Pressmart • ProofItOnline • Publishers Press • Qmags • Quebecor World • Sheridan Magazine Services • Texterity • Zendition • Ziniolast_img read more

Wired Gets Free Product Placement on Lost

first_imgAs magazine industry followers—and Lost nerds—probably know, J.J. Abrams, the creator and executive producer of the ABC hit drama, served as the guest editor of Wired’s May “Mystery” issue, and promptly filled the magazine with clues that added up to a meta-puzzle subscribers were free to solve.On the April 29 episode of Lost, it appears Abrams gave Wired a cryptic nod. The August 2003 issue of Wired makes a one-second sec cameo. The magazine sits on a chair, and the camera locks onto it briefly before moving away. No mention of the magazine is made by the characters, but the issue’s main coverline is “The Impossible Gets Real!”; supporting coverlines are “The Super Power Issue: X-Ray Vision! Invisibility! Time Travel!” For the uninitiated, the main storyline in Lost pertains to time travel.Click here to watch the episode (season five, number 15) on Hulu. No spoilers here.last_img read more

NASA rover sees bewitching nightshining clouds on Mars

first_img 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Curiosity looked up in late May to capture these noctilucent clouds floating by. NASA/JPL-Caltech It’s just another twilight on Mars. You’re a rover, kicking back after a long day of science, gazing up at the clouds. Sometimes it’s the simple moments that are the most stunning.NASA’s Curiosity rover has been in skygazing mode lately, sending back ethereal visions of noctilucent (night shining) clouds. Curiosity team member Claire Newman highlighted the rover’s late-May sky view in a mission update on Wednesday.  Mars rovers NASA Space The night-shining clouds are beautiful, but they can also tell scientists a lot about what’s happening up above the rover, including how much water vapor there is in atmosphere. Curiosity isn’t the only NASA machine that enjoys a bit of cloud-watching. The InSight lander shared some soothing cloud images earlier in the year.  Curiosity is currently checking out a clay-rich area in the Gale Crater and recently sent back a fresh selfie. So what’s next? More science and more beautiful days on Mars. Sci-Tech 0 Post a comment Share your voice The noctilucent clouds are “so high that they’re still illuminated by the sun, even when it’s night at the surface and any lower cloud layers are already in shadow,” Newman wrote. Mars is heading into a cloudy season, making this a prime time for watching the atmosphere.Image processors Justin Cowart and Seán Doran gifted us a video version of the recent clouds that makes it feel like you’re standing on Mars. Tags See wispy clouds drift across the sky on Mars NASA’s Insight sees cloudy days on Mars, so why does it never rain? More clouds on Mars 43 Photoslast_img read more

Indian Army men assault Kashmir SDM on Lok Sabha election duty

first_imgPeople from the Baramulla constituency of North Kashmir turn out to vote despite reports of violence and threats in the regionTwitter/ Ieshan WaniAn on-duty sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) was allegedly thrashed by Indian Army men on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, Ghulam Rasool Wani was also on duty for Lok Sabha elections in the South Kashmir constituency.Wani had to report at a polling booth in Anantnag and was travelling along with four other election officers in a vehicle on the Srinagar-Qazigund stretch of the highway. Wani told Indian Express that the vehicle was stopped at three security checkpoints but was eventually allowed to travel on the highway during the security forces’ convoy movement. “They noticed the SDM sign on our car and let us go,” Wani said.However, at the fourth checkpoint, an Indian Army soldier interrupted the poll officers and refused to let them reach their location. “He asked us to come out of the vehicle. And as soon as we came out, he dragged me by the collar and dragged me on the road for 20 metres. The fellow soldiers pointed their guns at the poll officers and even snatched my cellphone,” Wani added.Wani said that the Indian Army men assaulted all the staff members and threatened them at gunpoint. Indian army soldiers patrol a street near a site of a gunbattle between Indian security forces and militants in South Kashmir.Representational image | ReutersThe SDM said as soon as he reasoned with the soldiers that they were government officers doing their regular duties, the Army men used abusive language and threatened them. “They held us hostage and it was only after the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag interfered that we were set free,” he added.He said that he cannot take the matter casually and has sent a written complaint to the Qazigund police station as well the state election officials.Meanwhile, Army spokesperson Col. Brijesh Kalia said that an investigation has been ordered into the matter. While taking a dig at the armed forces over the incident, former IAS officer-turned-politician and J&K Peoples Movement chairman Shah Faesal tweeted that the news is very unfortunate. He also demanded the registration of an FIR against the erring soldiers by J&K Police. “It is hoped that AFSPA won’t come in the way of IPC/RPC and the action will be taken,” he said.The controversial ban on the civilian vehicular movement on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for two days every week, that came into force a few days ago, has been creating a rift between the security personnel and the masses in the valley.last_img read more

PVR on an expansion spree eyes 1000 screens

first_imgMultiple chain operator PVR is all set to take its screen count to 500 this financial year from the current 477, and eventually reach 1,000, apparently buoyed by the ever-increasing number of films being released.The company, whose 477 screens are spread across 44 cities, had seen a fourfold jump in its second-quarter net profit at Rs 41.05 crore, up from Rs 9.20 crore in the corresponding period last year. Revenues had gone up from Rs 398.92 crore in the September 2014 quarter to Rs 474.60 crore in the second quarter of 2015-16.Its current chain of screens consists of four brands — PVR Talkies, PVR Cinemas, PVR Premium and the newly-launched PVR Icon.The expansion will mainly be in the PVR Cinemas and PVR Premium categories.”Our target is to reach 1,000 screens quickly. The shorter target is to get to 500 screens in this financial year and then look at going to 1,000 screens,” PVR Cinemas Chief Executive Officer Gautam Dutta told PTI.The company will embark on both bringing up new screens and renovation of the existing ones.PVR has an occupancy rate of about 35-37%, with a reported footfall of 6.6 crore. In terms of revenue split, food and beverages contribute 25%, while advertising accounts for about 12%, with the rest coming from ticket sales, of which online sales contribute 35%, according to brokerage Angel Broking.With movie buffs thronging cinema halls to watch their favourite films such as “Tamasha”, “Spectre”, “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”, multiplexes are apparently bullish on growth prospects. The PVR stock closed at Rs 843.35, down 0.02%, on Monday on the BSE.last_img read more

Gritters out in force in anticipation of White Christmas as snow predicted

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe ‘white Christmas’ we’ve been dreaming of could be coming early as weather forecasters predict snow for the region tomorrow morning. Earlier today the Met Office issued a Yellow weather warning for ice between 5pm tonight at 10am tomorrow. We haven’t seen any snowfall here in Stoke-on-Trent yet, but that hasn’t stopped people getting excited – and council gritters coming out in force – ready for the anticipated snowfall tomorrow. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent kebab shops given a food hygiene rating in the last six months The latest forecast for North Staffordshire tonight, courtesy of the Met Office, said: “Some wintry showers will move in from the northwest. Under the clear skies a widespread frost will develop, with icy patches forming where any showers have fallen.” Forecasters predict temperatures will reach a minimum of -3 °C, so you’ll want to cuddle that hot water bottle extra tight tonight. Speaking about the weather on Saturday, a Met Office statement said: “It will be cold, bright and breezy with some showers, mainly in the north and east. These will fall as sleet or snow on high ground, but mainly as rain at lower levels. The maximum temperature will be 7 °C.” The first snowfall in our region is likely to hit Flash, which is the highest village in the Peak District. Earlier this week there was also a Yellow weather warning for wind. So whatever happens, it’s going to clearly be pretty chilly. Drivers have also been warned to take extra care. Read MoreTraffic chaos across city as A500 Northbound reopens after almost 12 hours Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said: “We’re now experiencing a cold snap with the potential of some sleet or snow over the weekend so would urge people to take extra care on the roads. “While conditions shouldn’t be too treacherous, people need to be aware that they may be more difficult at times and particularly in the north of the county. “Our gritting teams will be heading out later this evening across the Staffordshire road network. We’d just like to remind people that even on gritted roads they should drive more slowly.” Read More29-year-old arrested after armed police called to city street Stoke-on-Trent City Council also confirmed its gritters would be out from 6pm this evening. A spokesman added: “Temperatures are dipping below zero in the early hours of tomorrow morning with ice potentially forming.”last_img read more