September 14, 2019

Using Engagement to Bring Storytelling Back to Video

first_imgNew York—”People don’t want to be talked at. They want to be talked with.” That was one of the opening statements made by Roy Sekoff, president and co-creator of HuffPost Live, during his rapid-fire closing keynote address at FOLIO:’s MediaNext event Wednesday. The notion forms the foundation of the streaming video site’s engagement strategy—that equalizing the status of the video content and community elevates interaction and deepens the story-telling experience. In 2012, the site launched with a visual emphasis on the video player, which dominated the screen, but it was when the team put community and engagement on equal footing with the video content that the site began to take off.”Once we decided to make engagement front-and-center it changed everything,” said Sekoff. “It became our North Star. It changed the platform, the technology and the people we had in front of the camera.” The emphasis on engagement was inspired by a deeper dive into viewer comment stats on Huffington Post. “I learned that 75 percent of the comments were left in response to another comment,” he said. “They were not just commenting, they were having conversations. What if we made engagement just as important as consumption?”The first iteration of the site was scrapped in favor of a smaller player with an equally-sized comment stream sitting right next to it.  A “green room” nav bar along the top of the page allows viewers to see upcoming programs. Clicking on one of the programs leads to a page that lets viewers comment and interact even before it airs. Links to related Huffington Post content is also available. “We’ve had 100 comments in a green room before something goes live,” said Sekoff.Another engagement milestone was reached when the site integrated Google Hangouts to enable video comments from viewers during live programming. The tactic also altered the site’s approach to video journalism—viewers became a resource. “We had to redefine what an expert is,” said Sekoff. “We qualified them by asking ourselves, do they have skin in the game? If you have skin in the game, then I think you’re an expert. It becomes incredibly dynamic.”By adding the person-on-the-street perspective, the site’s storytelling capabilities suddenly became more meaningful, he said. “It’s something we’ve lacked. It’s very easy to get data, but we lack storytelling and narrative.”Since launch, the site has reached 16 million monthly uniques and 550 million video views.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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August 31, 2019 Research team creates photoelectrowetting circuit

Research team creates photoelectrowetting circuit

first_img More information: “Actuation at a distance” of microelectromechanical systems using photoelectrowetting: proof-of-concept, arXiv:1201.2873v1 [physics.flu-dyn] demonstrate here a proof-of-concept experiment that microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) can be actuated using photoelectrowetting. In order to demonstrate this, a 30 mu m thick aluminum cantilever is actuated using an ordinary white light source. A deflection of 56 mu m is observed using a light irradiance equal to approx 1000 W m-2 at a bias of 7 V. The deflection of the cantilever relies on the recently observed photoelectrowetting effect [Sci. Rep.1, 184 (2011)]. Such “actuation at a distance” could be useful for optical addressing and control of autonomous wireless sensors, MEMS and microsystems. © 2011 Explore further Japanese company develops silver ink that requires no heat to harden Experimental setup showing aluminum cantilever, liquid droplet (H2O/HCl, c = 0.01M) and Teflon AF/silicon photoelectrowetting surface. Image from arXiv:1201.2873v1. Citation: Research team creates photoelectrowetting circuit (2012, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Deflection of a 30µm thick Al cantilever using photoelectrowetting on a Teflon AF (265 nm)/p-type silicon (NA =1.8×10^15 cm-3) stack at (a) 0V (dark), (b) +20V (dark) and (c) +20V (illuminated). Image from arXiv:1201.2873v1 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — Working together, Matthieu Gaudet and Steve Arscott from the University of Lille (IEMN lab) in France have built a circuit using a phenomenon known as photoelectrowetting, which allows a switch to be turned on by shining a light on it. As the two describe in their paper on the pre-print server arXiv, the circuit is made by using the principle of electrowetting to cause a drop of water to thin resulting in a conducting cantilever to fall towards a second conducting material allowing current to pass through. The circuit built by Arscott and his colleague uses photoelectrowetting to allow for switching from a distance using sunlight. Their circuit is essentially a capacitor, where two conducting materials are separated by an insulator. The substrate is made of P-Type silicon; above it is a layer of Teflon, and above that is a space with one drop of water in it. The drop of water holds up the free end of a cantilever made of Aluminum. The circuit is completed when light is shined on the water, causing the wetting angle to decrease, making the drop of water thinner. When that happens, the cantilever falls towards the electrode completing the circuit.The ability to switch a circuit on from a distance using only light will lead to advances in remote sensors and likely will also aid in the relatively new field of research called Lab on a Chip (LoC), which is focused on constructing self-contained devices that can perform tests on sample materials in remote areas. Electrowetting is a process whereby voltage applied to a liquid causes the wetting angle of the liquid to change. The wetting angle is the amount of rise seen when a liquid sits on a surface and is determined by the adhesive and cohesive forces inherent in the liquid. Differences in wetting angle can be seen when comparing drops of water sitting in a Teflon pan versus on an ordinary countertop. Subsequent research by Arscott showed that the same effect could be achieved by shining a light on a water droplet if it was sitting on an insulated conductor. He called the result photoelectrowetting.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 31, 2019 5 books to read in December 2018

5 books to read in December 2018

first_imgIt’s the last month of 2018, a year that saw the release of several impressive novels and nonfiction works on subjects of contemporary interest. December will ring the final bell before the arrival of literary festivals, and these new offerings across various subjects and tastes will keep you company. If political books are making much noise lately, brace for some more as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is on a spree of releasing books critical of the ruling dispensation, will be publishing ‘Changing India’, a unique series chronicling the country’s changing economy and polity over seven decades. This set of five volumes offers a selection of his writings, speeches, interviews and press conferences from his days in academia during the 1950s, through his career in the civil service during the 1970s and 1980s, as India’s Finance Minister in the early 1990s and as Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfReaders of mythology will not be disappointed as Devdutt Pattanaik, who has authored over 30 books on subjects related to ancient Indian scriptures and mythology, is returning with a new book. It is a popular belief that the Ramayana is idealistic while the Mahabharata is realistic. “Yet these two epics have identical building blocks, identical themes, and identical history,” believes Pattanaik, who in ‘Ramayana vs Mahabharata’, explores the similarities and dissimilarities between the two epics in a “playful analysis” accompanied by his signature illustrations. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive’Why I Am a Liberal: A Manifesto for Indians Who Believe in Individual Freedom’, by Sagarika Ghose, will ask its readers whether they are liberal, or dislike liberals. It argues that whatever the case may be, the liberal is at the centre of public debate today. “From discussions on nationalism to religion, freedom of speech, freedom to dissent and women’s rights, the liberal is regarded as a crucial voice. However, once influential, the Indian liberal is under attack from many who feel liberals have got it all wrong. Liberals stand for individual freedoms and argue against Big Governments. Yet, today, are individual freedoms such as the right to eat, worship, dress, love, marry, set up businesses, free speech, have opinions, read and write what you want in serious danger? Is the dominance of a Big Government or Big State stamping out individual freedom in an unprecedented manner?” asks Ghose. The author shows how deep liberal traditions in India are and how the founding vision of India was a thoroughly liberal one. This is a compelling and thought-provoking book, a book one might want to read to know about individual freedoms. And then there is ‘A Rural Manifesto: Realising India’s Future through Her Villages’, by Varun Gandhi. The book, published amidst a national conversation on rural distress, highlights the potential solutions to putting the village economy on an even keel, while exploring how the vast majority of India ekes out a living. “In this heartfelt and timely book, covering facets of the Indian rural economy, Feroze Varun Gandhi shines a bright light on the travails of the marginal farmer and asks searching questions on why the rural economy remains in doldrums, six decades after Independence,” the publisher said. The book is said to explore rural India’s innate perseverance and highlight potential solutions in development policy with a focus on making the rural economy resilient. ‘Where Some Things Are Remembered: Profiles And Conversations – Dom Moraes’, edited by Sarayu Srivatsava, will emphasise that Dom Moraes was not only one of India’s greatest poets, but also an extraordinary journalist and essayist. He could capture effortlessly the essence of the people he met, and in every single profile in this sparkling collection he shows how it is done. “The Dalai Lama laughs with him and Mother Teresa teaches him a lesson in empathy. Moraes could make himself at home with Lalu Prasad Yadav, the man who invented the self-fulfilling controversy, and exchange writerly notes with Sunil Gangopadhyaya. He was Indira Gandhi’s biographer – painting her in defeat, post-Emergency, and in triumph, when she returned to power. He tried to fathom the mind of a mysterious ‘super cop’ – K P S Gill – and also of Naxalites, dacoits and ganglords,” publisher Speaking Tiger said, giving a backround of the book. It said that the collection is literary journalism at its finest.last_img read more

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