There isn’t an immediate or obvious reason why trades have spiked so dramatically. Rule changes — especially those included in a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) — could have contributed. Before 2012, teams were eligible to receive a draft pick in return for a free agent who left the team, even if he was traded to that roster midseason. Under the new CBA, which went into effect in 2012, the value of those potential free agents dropped, since a team could no longer get draft-pick compensation for them. But the increase in trade volume appears to be a gradual rise, not the one-time bump we’d expect to see immediately after the CBA was adopted if the change in rules was responsible for the rise.Likewise, we might expect the recent dramatic increase in front-office jobs (particularly in analytics) to help boost trade volume because all those new workers could increase a team’s ability to juggle multiple potential offers. (The older, smaller front offices likely would have been forced to focus on only one deal at a time.) But there’s also very little correlation between the number of analysts in a front office and the frequency of trades, so it seems like front-office expansion isn’t to blame.Two more legitimate contributing factors, however, might be the second wild-card slot (instituted in 2012) and the newfound prevalence of tanking in MLB. The additional playoff spot encourages more teams to try to contend, which has sometimes resulted in an arms race of acquiring talent at the trade deadline. Last year’s American League East featured three teams (the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles) buying pitching in July, presumably with the hope of vaulting into contention.Tanking works in the opposite direction: When teams are forced to decide between the playoffs and rebuilding, they have more incentive to either trade their valuable players or gain additional strength. The White Sox were frozen in mediocrity for a long time, but in the last year, they unloaded all their stars, from Adam Eaton to Jose Quintana, for prospects. Those kind of abrupt sell-offs have changed the structure of the league and moved dozens more players between teams.Quintana is an especially representative example, because more pitchers are getting moved than in previous years. Hurler trades reached a nadir in 2013, when only 41.6 percent of traded players were pitchers. Last year, however, that percentage had risen to 52.6 percent, a big swing in only a few years. And although we saw a buildup in bullpen swaps last year, with the Indians grabbing Andrew Miller and the Cubs obtaining Aroldis Chapman, the increase in pitcher trades seems to be evenly divided between starters and relievers. In the new, juiced-ball MLB frontier, it may be that teams put an extra premium on acquiring good pitching.Trades can sometimes reveal the strategies a team is employing or the type of players they value the most. But just as often, they are mysterious, the outcome of negotiations to which the public is not privy. Whether due to tanking, the wild card, or some other factor, trades are way, way up and more pitchers are switching teams than before. That makes the deadline more exciting than ever, but it’s also just another block of time in MLB’s trade-happy calendar. With the MLB trade deadline approaching, texts are pinging between front-office executives, general managers are holding hushed phone calls, and amateur internet sleuths are breaking major stories. But swapping players isn’t just a deadline pastime these days. Whether it’s the result of rule changes, smarter front offices or the natural ebbs and flows of the market, the last few years have featured more trades than ever before, both before and after the deadline, making the deadline less relevant in relation to the rest of the year.Regardless of your rooting interests, it’s always entertaining to watch the buyers and sellers jostling to make the best deadline deal. On a day-by-day basis, this part of the season has always been the busiest part of the baseball calendar for trades, and it shows few signs of slowing down.However, the percentage of all trades taking place at the deadline has actually gone down in the past eight years, with teams trading up a storm throughout the entire year. Since 2009 (the first year for which Baseball Prospectus has transaction data), the total volume of trades across MLB has increased by an average of 14 percent every season. Deadline deals used to make up about quarter to a third of all trades; in the last four years they only represented roughly one-sixth of of all trades.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Feb 2015 – Medical expenses help is being sought for cultural personality, Bugaloo. Right now, the man who made conch salad prepared roadside and introduced a more authentic native experience in island dining is in hospital in Cuba. Berlie Williams aka Bugaloo, is 63 years old had reportedly use of his legs and arms about two weeks ago in Provo before he was flown out for care. Mike Stolow, owner of Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl in Five Cays told Magnetic Media last night that medical bills are mounting; already at $15,000 and Bugaloo will need your help. If you want to support the fund, donate to Berlie Williams account at RBC. More details to come. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl a Joaquin survivor Related Items:bernie williams, bugaloo, mediacal expenses, mike stolow Bugaloo is back home, today Bugaloo returning to Provo Saturday, still needs financial help
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“If you start a marketing program and you can’t sustain it, what are you going to achieve?” she asked. “We need to reset the thinking on marketing execution. This operates in a continuum. Campaigns don’t start and stop, they’re an ongoing process that builds momentum.”There was a focus on how to capture buyers at the beginning of the purchase curve, when they’re educating themselves on products. This, said several of the speakers, is where the content development process starts. Helping to capture those leads is identifying buyer roles—or personas—and understanding how those roles influence their approach to product selection, which in turn influences the kind of content that’s used to target them. For instance, buyers that are labeled as corporate “champions” will focus on the business value of the product. “Influencers” are interested in performance, C-level executives want the bottom line ROI and the actual end-users will value customer experience the most. Marketers are also creating new positions, called content strategists, that are the point person on the content development process. They don’t create the content, but rather organize it, measure it and prioritize it according to campaign needs. How Buyers Interact with Marketing ContentA new DemandGen survey that looked at buyer behavior with marketing content presented by DemandGen Report managing editor Amanda Batista revealed that overt sales messaging is not appreciated—75 percent of respondents said to curb the sales messages and focus less on product specs and more on value and how the product relates to business objectives. “Buyers don’t want to hear that you’re the leading provider, they just want to hear about your value proposition,” she said. Fifty-one percent of respondents gave more credence to peer reviews and user-generated feedback. About one-third valued content authored by a third party or analyst and sponsored by a vendor, while only 12 percent valued co-branded content. Whitepapers (88 percent) and webinars (72 percent) are the primary avenues used by respondents to learn more about brands, and 77 percent of respondents said they’d share basic contact information to gain access to a whitepaper. The b-to-b publishing market has long been aware of how brands are becoming their own publishers, hence the explosion of marketing services over the last couple years among publishers to leverage their built-in audience, content and marketing expertise. In New York this week, a one-day conference called B2B Content2Conversion organized by the team behind DemandGen Report offered a peek at how brands are developing their own content and lead-gen operations, which simultaneously, but not explicitly, revealed how b-to-b publishers could help the process along. Morning sessions touted the basics. In the first session—”Starting From Scratch: 10 Steps to Launch a Content Marketing Strategy”—Ardath Albee, CEO of Marketing Interactions, ran the 200 or so attendees through database organization tactics, persona creation, content audits and a host of other steps to building a brand-side content marketing setup. Noting the commitment these operations require, Albee stressed it’s not about building a project that lasts for three months and then moving on to the next one. As an example, Albee added that planning a campaign for three personas (a description of a particular customer segment) with 12 planned touches throughout the year requires 36 content assets, not including the 36 to 72 emails needed to support the campaign, along with webinars, conferences and whitepapers.
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Former England cricketer Shaun Udal with his familyTwitter/Shaun UdalDo you remember the 2006 Test series between hosts India and England? There were a lot of notable things about that 3-match rubber. To begin with, England were devoid of half of their first-choice players including their captain Michael Vaughan. Then, it was also the time that the Sourav Ganguly-Greg Chappell saga was playing on.It had been less than a year since England had regained the Ashes in that memorable 2005 series. But after having lost in Pakistan and missing their key players, not much was expected of them. The first Test was drawn with a young debutant named Alistair Cook getting a hundred. The second Test was won by India and the last one was played in Mumbai. England managed to turn things around in this match and by recording a great victory, level the series.The PersonCan you recall who the leading wicket-taker was in the second innings of that Test where India got bundled out for 100? Maybe you can’t. It was Shaun Udal, a veteran county player picked specifically to play in Asian conditions during England’s tour to Pakistan in 2005 and to India the following year. Sadly, this cricketer now finds himself battling the dreaded Parkinson’s disease.Udal made his Test debut in 2005 during England’s tour to Pakistan. Interestingly, his ODI debut came more than a decade ago, in 1994 against New Zealand. After his key role in shaping the famous win at Mumbai, he faded away from the spotlight. A conventional off-spinner, he proved deadly for India on that fifth-day Wankhede wicket that was breaking up and with career-best figures of 4/14, including the prized scalp of Sachin Tendulkar, led his team to a victory. This was the last Test of his career. Shaun Udal (R) has decided to take on the challenge of fighting Parkinson’s diseaseTwitter/Simon WrattenApart from this exploit, he had a very fruitful career in county cricket. Representing Hampshire and Middlesex, the tall offie played 301 first-class matches and picked up 822 wickets. He announced the fact of his having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s on social media and shared his feelings about it with a radio station.Struggle with ParkinsonParkinson’s is a neurological disorder which is degenerative in nature and affects a person’s movements. With time, patients suffer from symptoms like shaking and stiffness of muscles.Udal showed great courage in talking about the disease in his interview and revealed that he found out about his condition earlier this year, following a brain scan. He said that the disease will have to be fought ‘head-on’ and also mentioned seeking the help of people around him in retarding the disorder’s growth. There has been a lot of support shown for the veteran cricketer with not just English colleagues but even ex-players like Michael Clarke and Kevin Pietersen getting in touch with him.
Petrol and diesel prices todayReuters fileFuel rates have gone through the roof as petrol and diesel prices saw a marginal increase of 1 paise and 4 paise respectively on Friday.In the national capital Delhi, petrol price raised to a 55-month high at Rs 74.08 a liter, the highest since 2013. Diesel is retained at a record high of Rs 65.31 a liter, as per Indian Oil Corporation’s website.On April 19, petrol in Delhi was priced at Rs 74.07 per liter and diesel was priced at Rs 65.27 per liter. Price of one-liter petrol on Friday stood at Rs 76.78 in Kolkata, Rs 81.93 in Mumbai, and Rs 76.85 in Chennai.In Kolkata, one-liter diesel on Friday retailed at Rs 68.01, in Mumbai at Rs 69.54 and in Chennai at Rs 68.90.Increase in crude prices across the globe pushed domestic fuel prices higher in India. The rupee dropped to its lowest level and hit its 13-month low of 66.05 against the US dollar Friday.Due to skyrocketing of fuel prices, there is a call for excise duty cut on fuels in the country.Finance minister Arun Jaitley in Union Budget 2018 reduced basic excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per liter but introduced a new Rs 8 per liter levy of Road and Infrastructure Cess on both petrol and diesel prices.In India, state-owned oil companies – Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation have been following dynamic pricing of auto fuels from June 16 last year. Now petrol and diesel prices are revised on a daily basis.The fuel prices have been on the rise for the past few days. Also in January, there was a clamor for bringing fuel prices under Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. At present, petrol and diesel do not come under the ambit of the GST.
Fire at Kader Compact Spinning Limited in Konabari BSCIC industrial area of Gazipur. Photo: Masud RanaThe fire that broke out in a spinning mill in Konabari BSCIC industrial area of Gazipur early Monday has been brought under control.Ten units of fire fighters managed to douse the flames around 8:00am, said Gazipur Fire Service and Civil Defence deputy assistant director Md Akhtaruzzaman.No one was reported to be hurt in the incident so far, said witnesses.Kaliakair fire service station officer Kabirul Alam said the factory, Kader Compact Spinning Limited, caught fire around 2:00am and soon engulfed the factory.The two-storey tin shed factory is located at Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation area in Konabari.The reason of the fire could not be known immediately.
There have been debates and controversies, both at home and abroad, over the number of votes, turnout of voters and the margin of victory between the winning grand alliance and the opposition candidates in 11th parliamentary elections held in 30 December.The ruling Awami League-led grand alliance secured 288 seats while the AL itself won 257 seats in the 260 where it alone contested.Not only had the number of seats, the votes received by the winning candidates and the ratio exceeded all the records in the past.The unofficial results, given by the election commission, showed the grand alliance obtained 75 per cent of the total turnout while the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s coalition Jatiya Oikya Front received only 12 to 15 per cent of the votes.Among the winning candidates, 110 obtained 90 per cent of the total votes.Such a huge number of votes created discomfort even in the ruling camp.The BNP rejected the poll results while the masses have been stunned by the results.This has been a hot topic in the foreign media as well. Leading US daily The Washington Post wrote that such a margin of victory was hardly expected in a democratic nation like Bangladesh.The victory and the campaign before the election seemed to be exclusively for the ruling party. On election day, the AL simply grabbed the entire field.There were no agents for the Oikya Front candidates. The BNP alleged the police and administration facilitated the vote rigging.As many as 17 people died in election violence on voting day.However, AL president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said, the BNP itself is responsible for its electoral debacle.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda said, “The polls results were based on how the people voted.”Various political analysts think the BNP lacked preparations and organisational control over the party which is one of the reasons of the grand alliance’s landslide victory.However, political analysts also believe, the way the BNP candidates have been defeated by such huge margins, there would be doubts about the overall results of the elections.Former election commissioner M Sakhawat Hossain told Prothom Alo that the BNP even at its lowest in 2008 elections secured 27 seats and 30 per cent of the turnout. The present record low number of votes matter needs to be analysed, he added.Notably, the AL secured 49 per cent of the total votes cast in 2008 election while the BNP got 33 per cent.110 candidates got 90 per cent votesA total of 110 candidates obtained 90 per cent of the total votes. Of them, 108 are AL candidates. The other two were from the Awami League-led alliance — Mostafa Lutfulla of Workers Party in Satkhira-1 and Jatiya Party’s Anwar Hossain in Pirojpur-2 constituency.The five of the six candidates who got 99 per cent of the total votes, are health minister Mohammad Nasim in Sirajganj-1, Faruk Khan in Gopalganj-1, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim in Gopalganj-2, Nur-e-Alam Chowdhury Liton in Madaripur-1 and Iqbal Hossain in Shariatpur-1.And AL chief Sheikh Hasina got over 99 per cent of the votes this time which was as much as 97 per cent in 2008 elections.The Oikya Front candidates got less than 1 per cent of the votes in these seats.Among the winners, 89 candidates received 80 to 90 per cent of the votes, 45 got 70 to 79 per cent, 28 candidates received 60 to 69 per cent, 18 people got 50 to 59 per cent and six others received 30 to 49 per cent of the votes. Information about the remaining two candidates was not available. The opponents of the grand alliance candidates got less than 10 per cent of the votes in 146 seats. Of these, candidates in at least 83 seats have received less than 5 per cent of the total vote. Almost all of them were Oikya Front candidates.The initial data of the poll results obtained from the election commission showed the above picture.Competition in only 17 constituenciesThe poll results also showed that the polling was competitive in only 17 of the 298 parliamentary constituencies. Most of the seats are in northern region. For instance, Awami League candidate Mazharul Haque secured 55 per cent votes in Panchagarh-1 constituency while his opponent BNP candidate received 42 per cent votes.In contrast, the BNP’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has won with a wide margin in Bogura-6 that is generally the contesting seat for BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. He got 81 per cent of the votes. His nearest rival Jatiya Party’s Nurul Islam Omar got only 15 per cent votes.However, Fakhrul was beaten by a wide margin in his own constituency Thakurgaon-3. He received only 36 per cent of the votes while Ramesh Chandra Sen of Awami League, received 63 per cent.BNP lost in its strongholdBNP candidates never lost in Feni-1 and 3 from 1991 to 2008. Similarly Laxmipur 1, 3 and 4 constituencies are known as the BNP’s strongholds. In these seats, the Oikya Front candidates lost by a huge margin. The BNP did not get more than 11 per cent votes in any of the three seats of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s own area, Feni.BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s hometown is considered to be a strong seat for the party. The BNP has fared relatively better in the seats. In Bogura, the BNP candidates won in two seats (Bogura-4 and 6) among seven.The BNP candidates got nearly 6 per cent votes in Bogura-1, 25 per cent in Bogura-2, 26 per cent in Bogura-3 and 12 per cent in Bogura-5.Victory with big marginIn the majority of the seats, the margin of votes is more than several thousand. The AL candidate in the Dhaka-19 constituency won with the biggest margin. The difference of total votes with his opponent BNP candidate is 420,648.Zillul Hakim of Rajbari-2 won by 393,000 votes. AHM Mustafa Kamal in Cumilla-10 received 392,000 more votes than his opponent. AL candidate in Jamalpur-3, Mirza Azam secured 380,000 more votes while Ekramul B Chowdhury of Noakhali-4 received 372,00 more votes than his rival candidate.AL candidates in Brahmanbaria-3, Jamalpur-5, Pirozpur-1, Jashore-3 and Sirajganj-1 have received more than 300,00 votes each than their rivals.Fall of BNP heavyweightsMany heavyweight candidates of BNP have lost by big margins as well. BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed contested in Noakhali-5 seat against AL general secretary Obaidul Quader. Moudud got only 10,970 votes in the constituency. And Obaidul Quader got 93 per cent of the total votes that is counted to be 252,744 votes.Another standing committee member of BNP, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain lost in two seats in Cumilla-1 and 2.Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, also a BNP standing committee member, contesting in Chattogram-11, received only 52,898 votes while Mirza Abbas in Dhaka-8 and Goyeshwar Chandra Roy in Dhaka-3 obtained 38,717 and 16,612 votes respectively.National University vice-chancellor, political scientist Harun-ur-Rashid said the way the BNP or Oikya Front took part in the election cannot not be called a contest.“They did not take part in the election wholeheartedly. They were complaining all the time from the very beginning,” he added.“The BNP lost the election because it lacked organisational and ideological strength. The BNP would have faced the same consequence, no matter which political government conducted the election,” Harun-ur-Rashid concluded.* This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat
Whether Spotify’s big bet on podcasting pays off remains to seen. CEO Daniel Ek sees a growth opportunity in the space, noting that Spotify’s podcast listeners spend twice as much time on the service as non-podcast listeners and that people listen to traditional radio on average two hours daily. At the same time, he admitted that podcasting is a relatively small business today.Brooklyn-based Gimlet set out to build “the HBO of audio,” Matt Lieber co-founder told Variety in 2017. The company has established itself in the podcast biz with popular scripted and unscripted shows, including “Homecoming” — adapted into a TV series by Amazon Studios — and “StartUp” and “Reply All.”Gimlet had raised $28.5 million in funding from investors including WPP, Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective, Cross Culture Ventures, Betaworks Ventures, Stripes Group, and Graham Holdings.Anchor, based in New York, was founded in 2015 by Michael Mignano and Nir Zicherman. Described as a kind of YouTube for podcasts, Anchor claims it powers more than 40% of the industry’s new podcasts. The company had raised $14.4 million, according to Crunchbase, from investors including Accel, Acequia Capital, Betaworks, the Chernin Group, CrunchFund, Eniac Ventures, Nir Eyal, Omidyar Network, and Questlove.With the podcast M&A strategy, Spotify forecast a full-year 2019 operating loss of between $228 million-$410 million (€200 million-€360 million) on revenue of $7.23 billion-$7.74 billion (€6.35 billion-€6.8 billion), up 21%-29% versus 2018. That’s after Spotify turned its first quarterly operating profit in Q4, of $107 million (€94 million).Pictured above: Gimlet Media founder Alex Blumberg (l.) and Matt Lieber ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Streaming-audio giant Spotify shelled out around €300 million, or about $337 million, to buy two podcasting companies — producer Gimlet Media and services provider Anchor FM Inc., the company said.The deals for Gimlet and Anchor, announced last week, were primarily in cash, with the total purchase prices subject to closing adjustments, Spotify disclosed the figure in a Feb. 13 SEC filing.Spotify isn’t done with its M&A move into podcasting: The company told investors it expects to invest $400 million-$500 million in podcasting acquisitions for 2019. But that target includes what it’s paying for Gimlet and Anchor, chief content officer Dawn Ostroff told Variety, indicating the first two deals represent the lion’s share of its podcast investment for 2019.“We’re looking at a broad range of opportunities,” Ostroff said in an interview. “The business is so nascent. A lot of what we’re doing is obviously strategically targeting this area that we want to be a leader in.” Popular on Variety
Kolkata: A 45-year-old man and one woman were trampled to death by a wild tusker. The incident took place in Hindupara division of Gayerkata tea garden in Jalpaiguri on Friday morning.Police are yet to ascertain the identity of the woman, while the other victim has been identified as Karmi Minaz (45). Some locals on Friday morning found that the victims lying inside the tea garden.According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the incident might have occurred on Thursday night. Police are investigating as to why the victims went into the tea garden during the night. According to the injury marks found on their bodies, it is suspected that they were killed in an elephant attack. The exact cause of their death is yet to be ascertained by the police.Locals on Friday morning reported the matter to the forest department officials who rushed to the spot. They took both the victims to a nearby hospital where they were declared brought dead.Police are trying to ascertain the identity of the woman victim.They suspect that both the victims went to the spot to meet each other when they might have been attacked by an elephant.The victims could not flee the spot as the tusker might have appeared at the garden all of a sudden. The exact reason behind their deaths is yet to be confirmed bythe police.The investigating officers are waiting for the post-mortem report.The locals, however, informed the police that incidents of elephant attacks in the area is nothing new. People have died in elephant attacks in the past as well.
3 min read May 5, 2015 Cloud computing can mean big changes for small businesses. Those changes have been realized by many of today’s small-business owners, from tech startups in the heart of Silicon Valley to urban and small-town mom-and-pop shops.Today, 37 percent of U.S. small businesses have fully adapted to cloud computing, and a 2014 Intuit study predicts that percentage will more than double to 80 percent by 2020. The cloud is redefining the way small businesses do business. Here are four reasons small-business owners should consider migrating to the cloud:1. Lower costsOne of the most obvious benefits of moving everyday business to the cloud is that it can provide small businesses with significant savings. For starters, cloud computing fully utilizes hardware. Virtualization increases the value of physical server hardware, meaning businesses can do more with less.Related: Why Cloud Technology Is the Smart Move Right From Start UpAs a result, small businesses will see a decrease in rack space, power usage, IT requirements, etc. That means lower installation, maintenance, hardware, upgrade and support costs. For small businesses, especially, those savings are invaluable.2. Better collaborationCollaboration is made easy in the cloud. The ability to save and access various files through the cloud enables employees to easily work from the same master document. Cloud collaboration tools, such as Google Drive, allow users to upload, edit and comment on documents, which makes for better workplace collaboration. Additionally, employers can opt to limit what employees can access.Not to mention, being able to access files through the cloud makes it easy for small-business owners to track and manage individual progress on assignments. How’s that for efficiency?3. Increased flexibilityOne of the most alluring benefits of cloud computing is being able to access work-related files and information from any device in any place at any time. We live in a mobile world. Long gone are the days where files are stuck on a single server on a single computer.Related: 3 Ways IT Innovation Is Changing the Game for Small BusinessesAs the workplace begins to cater to more remote workers and flexible working arrangements, being able to access work materials, when not at work, is essential for employees. Not only does cloud computing make it easier for employees to work outside of the office, it makes it easier for small-business owners to manage their business at any time of day, from anywhere.What’s more, increased mobility and flexibility in the cloud can lead to additional cost savings. For instance, small-business owners can opt to implement BYOD (bring your own device). Employees can work on devices they already own and are comfortable with, such as tablets and laptops — even their smartphones (to each their own, right?).4. Greater integrationAdopting a cloud-based business solution creates multiple opportunities for integration — and simplified integration, at that. Cloud-adapted small businesses have the option of integrating with various cloud-based providers.Small businesses can take advantage of specialized services that integrate with back-office operations, from human resources to marketing to accounting. These opportunities for integration give small-business owners more time to focus on the more critical areas of business.Have you made the move to the cloud? How has cloud computing transformed the way you do business? Share in the comments section below!Related: 10 Big Misconceptions About Cloud Computing Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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. Register Now »
1 min read Enroll Now for Free For further proof of the impending arrival — and magical upshots — of VR technology, look no further than famed trailblazer Björk. While the songstress’ tech-heavy MoMA exhibition was widely panned (New York magazine called it a “discombobulated mess,”) a piece from the show recently unearthed for public consumption is downright dazzling.In collaboration with the director Andrew Huang, Björk shot a music video for Oculus Rift for her song Stonemilker. But after YouTube enabled users to share 360-degree videos last March, viewers can now experience the groundbreaking virtual reality clip without one of the coveted headsets.As Björk croons in a neon yellow gown along the Icelandic coast, PC users can click and drag around to get a panoramic scope of the scene. On mobile, the spectacle is even more sweeping: simply tilt your device or move it around, and the landscape shifts accordingly.Related: Here’s What Oculus Just Revealed at Its Much-Anticipated Press EventExperience it for yourself right here:Related: GoPro Leaps Into Virtual Reality, Teases Drone Plans June 12, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now
State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today praised the federal government for finally declaring ISIS actions to be genocide against Chaldeans, and other Christian and religious minorities in the Middle East.Rep. Runestad is sponsoring a House resolution urging the federal government to declare ISIS activities as an act of genocide. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday announced the administration’s decision to support such a declaration.“Although it’s unfortunate it took immense public pressure for the federal government to do the right thing, Secretary Kerry’s announcement is welcome news to many families in our area,” Rep. Runestad said. “A genocide designation commits international resources to protect and restore property and lands taken from the minority groups and opens up more avenues for international aid, asylum an eventual return to their homelands.”Rep. Runestad introduced House Resolution 197 in January, urging the president to declare that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham is committing genocide against Chaldeans, and other Christian and religious minorities in the Middle East.##### 18Mar Declaration of Acts as Genocide Supported by Rep. Runestad Tags: #SB, genocide, ISIS, Runestad Categories: Featured news,News,Runestad News
Scandinavian online movie service Voddler has launched a movie app for Nokia’s Meego platform and the Nokia N9 phone. The app is free of charge and available via the Ovi Store.Voddler has recently released apps for Nokia Symbian, iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The Meego app will have about about 250 movies activated for mobile viewing initially, including both pay-per-view ‘Rent’-titles and ad-funded ‘Play’-titles.
Digital TV technology firm Advanced Digital Broadcast Group (ADB Group) has seen earnings and and revenue climb in 2012 thanks to increased demand for services and further US market penetration.The firm, which offer solutions to distribute digital pay-TV and multimedia services to the connected home through cable, satellite, terrestrial and IP networks, reported full year revenue of US$452 million, up 13% compared to 2011, while net profits came in at US$8.46 million, compared to a US$12.3 million loss in the previous year.“Year 2012 saw the digital TV penetration worldwide exceeding the 50% threshold. This figure is expected to reach 78% by 2016. While the competition from various forms of internet-carried television poses a serious challenge, the ‘traditional’ pay-TV continues to gain ground as it still remains a popular form of accessing entertainment content,” the firm said.
Question Time, The Andrew Marr Show and Doctor Who were the first, second and third most-tweeted about BBC TV shows of 2018, TV Licensing has revealed.According to the TV Licensing’s stats, BBC news and current affairs programmes regularly sparked opinion and debate on social media, with nine of the twenty most-tweeted about shows falling into these categories.The Daily Politics was the fourth most-tweeted about BBC show, Newsnight came in at number six, BBC Breakfast at eight, Victoria Derbyshire at 10 and the Daily Politics at 11.Elsewhere, BBC entertainment shows and events like the Eurovision Song Contest, Eastenders, Strictly Come Dancing and The Apprentice all ranked among the top 12 most-discussed BBC shows on the social network.“Throughout 2018 unmissable TV moments have united fans, sparked debate and compelled viewers to join the conversation on social media, with watching and tweeting going hand in hand as part of the viewing routine,” said TV Licensing spokesperson, Michael Collins.“Whether it’s predicting the ending to Killing Eve, judging Eurovision contestants, or dissecting the debate in Question Time, our top 20 shows just how engaged audiences are by all types of BBC content.”The most talked about BBC TV shows on Twitter in 2018 were:Question TimeAndrew Marr ShowDoctor WhoDaily PoliticsEurovision Song ContestNewsnightEastEndersBreakfastStrictly Come DancingVictoria DerbyshireSunday PoliticsThe ApprenticeCountryfilePolitics LivePanoramaTop of the Pops 2 (TOTP2)CasualtyKilling EveThe One ShowImagine