September 14, 2019

Automated Map Creator Launches

first_imgA monthly subscription to the Blinkplan system costs $29 per month. Weekly magazines can opt for a package deal ($55 per month) that stores 12 maps at a time, the company says. A pair of magazine and software design professionals are targeting magazine publishers with their new program, Blinkplan, which they say offers the most convenient way to draw up flatplans—the diagram, or map, that shows where articles and advertisements are laid out.Launched this fall, Blinkplan was created by South Africa-based software designer Joerg Diekmann and former magazine managing editor Kerry Rogers. The system, which is accessed at the Blinkplan Web site, automatically gives a running subtotal of how many ads, editorial pages, advertorials are in a given issue. The system can create PDFs and re-flows pages when a spread is moved. Up to three maps can be worked on at the same time.Diekmann and Rogers spent about a year-and-a-half in testing phases before working with their first magazine client: the South African edition of Cosmopolitan. “They used it for about six months until the product evolved into what it is now,” Diekmann tells FOLIO:.After working with the magazine, Diekmann and Rogers discovered that Blinkplan’s process reduces the time to produce a map (using conventional spreadsheet, design package and all-inclusive systems) by half. “We definitely want to get more glossies on board like Cosmopolitan, but we think Blinkplan is also right for smaller trade magazines, contract magazines, and other business-to-business type magazines,” Diekmann says. “There are so many magazines that cannot afford bigger, and more fully featured systems.”last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Apex Legends season 1 battle pass new character Octane available now

first_img 0 The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Gaming Video Games The Wild Frontier is here, and so is our first Battle Pass. Learn more about the badges, skins, and voice lines coming your way:— Apex Legends (@PlayApex) March 19, 2019 And Horne’s post confirms the release of the game’s first new Legend, Octane, will come alongside the new season. Octane has long been rumored within the Apex Legends community, as his appearance had been data-mined weeks ago, with subsequent leaks piling up as time went on.Apex Legends is a free-to-play game that applies similar rules as Fortnite, such as the last one standing wins. Though in Apex Legends, only squads are allowed and you can pick a character that suits your way of playing. The game has gained 50 million active players in the first month since its launch in February. You can only buy the Battle Pass in the in-game store using Apex Coins. After you launch Apex Legends, go to the Battle Pass tab and purchase the Battle Pass from there. You can purchase Apex Coins in the store too. You will also keep your stuff after the season ends. First published on March 18, 11:40 a.m. PT.Update, March 19: Adds that Battle Pass is available now.  Tagscenter_img Share your voice Apex Legends Battle Pass will be available tomorrow.  EA Season 1 of Apex Legends is out in the wild. Electronic Arts, maker of the battle royale game Apex Legends, said its Battle Pass for Season 1: Wild Frontier is available now. The Battle Pass by itself costs 950 Apex Coins, the in-game currency, and the Battle Pass Bundle costs 2,800 Apex Coins. It costs about $1 for 100 coins. Both come with three special Battle Pass skins, while the bundle will unlock 25 levels in addition to the levels you’ve already reached, according to EA’s page.Lee Horn, lead product manager for EA-owned Apex developer Respawn Entertainment, published a blog post Monday explaining the philosophy behind Apex’s first season, and what makes it different from the wildly-successful Battle Pass Fortnite has established.”TL;DR Season 1 is about keeping it focused and allowing players to earn a lot of rewards at a great value (you even get the cost of the base Battle Pass back if you reach level 97),” Horn wrote. “We’ll begin adding more and more innovations each season, as we evolve the Battle Pass.” 17 Photos Post a commentlast_img read more

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September 5, 2019

BSE closes points 27553 up on October 9

first_imgNew Delhi, October 9 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 275.53 points up to stand at 20259.14. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 85.55 points up to stand at 6013.95. Indiabulls Real Estate and Unitech were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.25% and 7.46% along with DLF Ltd. and L&T Finance Holdings with an increase of 6.99% and 5.79% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Jubilant Food works Ltd and Jet Airways with a decrease of 3.75% and 3.28% along with Financial Technologies and Apollo Tyres with a decrease of 2.86% and 2.83% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 75.50 points at 11,532.44 while the banking sector is up 235.50 points at 11,788.35 and the realty sector is up 52.51 points at 1,314.05. The Indian currency is down 0.09% at Rs 61.85 per dollar.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019 Symphonies of Yore

Symphonies of Yore

first_imgCapital’s music enthusiasts got together to pay  a tribute to the yesteryears singing sensation Geeta Dutt on her 41st Death Anniversary at Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi. Team Svarpana, a Delhi-based group of 10 classically-trained, passionate music enthusiasts of all age groups and walks of life. Pawan Naidu, the fountainhead for the group designed this very presentation weaving the great singers’ story alongwith her songs. The rather melancholic life that she lead with untold events that marked her career and personal journey. The evening titled  Geeta Dutt…Aik Adhoora Sapna will have 17 ever  green, joyful and  melancholic songs of the veteran including  Ai Dil Muje Bata De, Babuji, dheere chalna, Koi  Chupke se aake,  Na jao saiyya,  Mera sundar Sapna beet gaya,  Vaqt ne kiya,  Janoo Janoo Re, Meri  jaan. These songs will be sung mainly by Shetal  accompanied by Jyoti and Stuti in duets – all classically trained singers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When asked why a tribute to Geeta Dutt, Pawan replied ‘because no one remembers her,’ he has devoted 25 years to present a ‘no nonsense live concert of Geeta Dutt by a solo artist to make his dream come true. Who remembers that this week on July 20th was Geeta Dutt’s death anniversary?,’ he asks adding  that they had been  paying tribute to her every year since 2007 to packed houses across the country. ‘We have taken special care that the songs have same expressions as she would ingrain in her intoxicating voice. Since she was not deeply trained in classical, expressions dominated most of her songs which struck the right chord with all and sundry, everyone could sing her songs.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAdds Shetal, the lead vocalist for evening, ‘I read in Geeta Dutt’s blog maintained by her daughter in which she says that ‘no one pays tribute to my mother’ so she had prepared Pal a music CD dedicated  to her some time ago. We are trying to contact her to say that we have not forgotten her.’The evening is called Aik Adhoora Sapna to indicate at the loneliness the versatile singer lived almost all through her life.  Says Mr. Naidu, ‘Geeta Ghosh Roy Chowdhury,  a highly qualified woman hailing from an aristocratic zamindar family of Faridpur (before Partition) was at the peak of her career when she married Guru Dutt to become Geeta Dutt  –  then a struggling assistant to different directors. Dutt hailed from a Saraswat Brahman family and their union was a taboo affair in their families.’He adds, ‘If a person of Guru Dutt’s sensibilities could fall for Geeta Dutt, she must have had some tremendous qualities, yet he could not sustain respect for this relationship. He fell for Wahida Rehman, and Geeta was left alone’.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019 STF reconstructs plot of smuggling firearms

STF reconstructs plot of smuggling firearms

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata Police reconstructed the plot in connection with the smuggling of firearms from Rifle Factory Ishapore to the Maoists. A team comprising senior police officers from the STF took one of the six arrested persons, Umesh Ray, alias Bhola, to the spot and reconstructed the plot. Bhola is a resident of Ishapore near Surkikal Kumarpara at Noapara in North 24-Parganas. During reconstruction, the investigating officers have come across the spots from where they used to take scrap firearms out of the rifle factory without getting noticed by the security personnel. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSources said during reconstruction Bhola showed the window with broken grill at the rifle factory from where they used to take out firearms. Police have found some revolvers, quite similar to those recovered on Tuesday, lying near the window. They suspect that there were plans to take out the same from the room.He also showed the spots from where they used to scale the fences while taking out scrap firearms to avoid getting noticed by security personnel. He also took the investigating officers to the place at the factory from where the firearms were stolen. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice have also found that there was no inventory or record of the scrapped materials and it helped them to carry on with their work for the past ten years without getting caught. Police have also seized two revolvers during the reconstruction of the plot. The same will be used for comparison with those seized from the arrested persons on Monday. During reconstruction, names of some more staff and contractors of scrap items have cropped up. Police said they will be summoned for interrogation in this connection. Further investigation revealed that Bihar resident Ajay Pandey, alias Guddu Pandit, who was arrested in connection with the incident, knows more people who are involved in the racket and with the help of the same people; AK-47 was procured from North East states. Police have recorded the moments of the reconstruction of the plot.last_img read more

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August 30, 2019

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Mobile App Developer

first_img If your company doesn’t have a mobile app yet, you could be missing out on a golden opportunity to tap into new revenue streams. Smartphones and tablets are where today’s consumers live. The majority of the 120 million smartphone owners in the U.S. use a shopping or retail app at least once a month, according to a recent Nielsen report. Yours could be one of them.If you’d like a mobile app that lets customers buy your products — or simply access products reviews, videos or coupons — you’ll need to hire an experienced developer you trust to custom build it.Here are 10 key questions to ask mobile app developers to help you choose the right one for the job:1.Where can I find examples of mobile apps you’ve developed? Qualified candidates should be eager to provide you with a list of apps they are personally responsible for creating — or at least played a major role in developing — complete with links to each in Apple’s iOS App Store, BlackBerry App World or Google Play, Google’s Android app store.”That way you can begin to gauge whether or not they have the skills, experience and vision to produce the type of mobile app you’re looking for,” says Chad Mureta, CEO of App Empire, a San Francisco-based app development firm, and author of App Empire: Make Money, Have a Life, and Let Technology Work for You (Wiley, 2012).Related: The Basics: 3 Important Tips for Creating Killer Mobile Apps2. May I have a list of your current and past clients? Unlike reading movie credits, there’s typically no way to tell who actually developed an app. This is why speaking directly with candidates’ current and former clients can be essential to verifying that the developers actually created the apps they claim to have worked on, Mureta says.Checking references also gives you an opportunity to ask how reliable, responsive and results-oriented candidates are. For example, you might ask whether they delivered on deadline and within budget, and how well they work under pressure.Candidates sometimes only offer references who have a favorable opinion of them, says Farhan Thawar, vice president of engineering at Xtreme Labs, an Ontario, Canada-based mobile strategy and product development firm. He suggests visiting a candidate’s LinkedIn profile to see if you have any professional colleagues or former co-workers in common. If you do, contact your mutual connections and ask them about their impression of the candidate’s experience, capabilities and work ethic.3. What kind of smartphone do you use?This question can provide insight into how passionate and knowledgeable a candidate is about specific mobile platforms, Thawar says. “If you’re telling me that you can build an app for an iPhone, then you should have an iPhone, you should be playing with the apps that you are building and also playing with other people’s apps on a very regular basis.” The same goes for Android and BlackBerry.4. How can my app make money? If your primary goal is to generate revenue with your app, the developer needs to know exactly how to build in features that will allow you to make money. You could opt for a pay-per-download revenue model, charging, say, between 99 cents and $4.99, depending on how many features your app offers.If you opt for a free app, be sure the candidate is well versed in how to integrate mobile display ads, in-app purchases or paid subscription services.5. How will we communicate during the development process? The quality of your app often depends on how clearly and often you communicate your app design and functionality requirements throughout the development process.Does your app developer prefer to chat in person or via phone, Skype, instant message or email — and how often? Or does he or she prefer to interact with you using a popular project and task management system like 37signals’ Basecamp? How often will he or she provide you with status updates?Related: 5 Tools for Building a Shopping App6. What kind of special features can you create? Apps rarely grab consumers’ attention without truly innovative and useful features. Figure out the bells and whistles you’d like and then assess your developer’s capabilities. For example, can your candidate add 3-D gaming, social media sharing, GPS check-ins or product coupon elements to your app?7. Who will own the mobile app? Typically the individual or company paying for a mobile app will own the finished product, Mureta says. To be sure you own all the rights to the app you commissioned, you and the app developer should sign a written “copyright assignment” or “work made for hire” contract. The document should establish confidentiality and state that you own the app’s design, source code and all of its content.8. How will you test my app? Generally, the best way to test an app is simply to run it on the smartphone it will be used on. The candidate should provide a thorough explanation of how he or she conducts an extensive beta test to weed out any glitches. If bugs are found, how will the candidate fix them — and how quickly?9. Will you submit my mobile app to app stores? After you’ve approved the beta-tested version of your app, the last step is for the developer to submit it to an app store for approval to be sold there. App submission is often a long, multi-step process that your developer should already know how to successfully navigate.10. What are your fees and payment terms? Draft a written agreement specifying that you will pay the developer by the hour or with a flat fee. Most developers, like Mureta, ask for a one-time fee upfront. Others require a deposit at the beginning of a project, often for up to half of the estimated total cost, with the balance due when the app is completed.The most basic mobile apps can start between $1,000 and $5,000, but you could end up spending many times more if you pay a developer by the hour. More complicated mobile apps, including ones that are database driven or involve 3-D gaming, can cost thousands more.Related: Caterina Fake’s Findery Aims to Be an ‘Adventure Machine’ 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img April 8, 2013 Register Now »last_img read more

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August 19, 2019 Did you know Why you should never wear leggings on airplanes

Did you know Why you should never wear leggings on airplanes

first_imgDid you know? Why you should never wear leggings on airplanes Share Wednesday, March 15, 2017 NEW YORK — Say it ain’t so! An aviation expert has come forward to denounce the many benefits of leggings, which have become the must-have accessory for women while travelling.According to Cosmopolitan, aviation expert Christine Negroni told The Sun that yoga-style leggings shouldn’t be worn on planes, not because they may not be warm enough or can be regarded by some as ‘skimpy’, but because they may actually be a fire hazard.“Everyone is wearing yoga pants on aeroplanes now, but I avoid all artificial fibres because they are more likely to burn and stick to you if there is a fire,” she told The Sun during her interview.Negroni suggests clothes made of cotton and natural fibres as a safer alternative, and also advises passengers to put their shoes on prior to arrival. While many of us are guilty of shedding our footwear throughout the course of a long flight, Negroni says that the riskiest time on a flight is during landing, which is why a shoe policy should be enforced.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?“If you escape an aircraft, the floor could be very hot or cold, it might be covered in oil or on fire, or in a cornfield – you won’t want to be barefoot,” she added.Got it. Ditch the leggings and keep our shoes on. But oh, how difficult it’ll be to leave those leggings at home. Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: Planes << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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