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Month: September 2019

Publishers Look to Monetize Social Media

first_imgAgreements vary. Creating Facebook pages is free but the MySpace Freshman 15 program includes cross-promotion and in-book placement for MySpace. “This is more complex stuff than we would be able to sign up for as a user of MySpace,” says Johnson. At this point, Hearst hasn’t done much with advertisers across its social sites. “We’re exploring the opportunities but it would have to be under the right circumstances,” says Johnson. “There would have to be a value-exchange in place with the network. They want to sell advertising and we want to sell advertising, so we have to figure out a way to do it together and share in the revenue.”Hearst is experimenting with multiple models, including advertising in widgets. At thedailygreen.com, an ad for HDTV in the environmental news section goes with a widget that a reader can place in their own Facebook page, taking the advertising with them. Another widget is offered with Seventeen’s daily giveaway. The experiments show promise but keep in mind that the cost of building a widget can range from $5,000 to more than $100,000. “Minimally, the cost to get in the game is a few thousand dollars,” says Johnson. And determining if that’s worth it is the biggest challenge for publishers right now. “We can build widgets, we can program Facebook pages, we can be a big presence on MySpace but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to get a lot of traffic out of it,” says Johnson. “The best user experience is in the social network. That places the burden on the publisher to figure out how I participate in the conversation in a valuable way to me. I’ve got a million ideas for new applications and I want to launch more widgets. These are things we can do relatively quickly but how do I ensure that I’ll get something out of it and I’m not just syndicating my content and my experiences into a social network and have all my site editors spend their time on social networks all day? We’re all in the early stages but we need to figure out how to sell advertising around that and drive traffic back to our sites or figure out if we’re able to charge a subscription fee.” [EDITOR’S NOTE: For more on publishers working with social networks, look for the May issue of FOLIO: Magazine.] Just as video was in 2007, social media is the “killer app” for magazine publishers in 2008 and teaming up with an existing network offers a huge audience without much effort (Facebook’s and YouTube’s outreach to magazine publishers earned them a spot on this year’s FOLIO: 40). More than 40 member magazines of the Magazine Publishers of America keep profiles on MySpace and Facebook and many smaller publishers are jumping into the game as well. On the b-to-b side, LinkedIn is the new darling, with publishers ranging from startup DesignWorld to McGraw-Hill giant BusinessWeek creating communities. But are these efforts relegated to branding or is there an opportunity to make money on it? EMarketer predicts advertising on social sites will increase 75 percent to $2.1 billion in 2008. However, publishers would most likely be required to split a hefty share with host networks and there are some doubts about how receptive network members are to advertising in that context (BusinessWeek itself ran an article earlier this year titled, “Generation MySpace is Getting Fed Up,” that quoted the CEO of ad network Specific Media calling social networks “the most overhyped scenario in online advertising”). Hearst has created a social presence on the major social media networks for many of its titles, including Seventeen and CosmoGirl. “They have a lot more users on their site than we have on ours, it doesn’t make sense to rebuild a social network with Cosmo or Seventeen. It makes more sense to take our content to where the users are,” says Chris Johnson, vice president of content and business development at Hearst Digital. Hearst has generated “thousands to tens of thousands of users” across its social media programs, which range from a CosmoGirl page on Facebook to hosting online events at There.com to an ambitious Seventeen video program on MySpace called Freshman 15 that features 15 young women sharing videos of their experiences during their first year in college. last_img read more

Hearsts CDS Global Buys PayDQ

first_imgPayDQ will be fully integrated into CDS Global, assuming the parent company’s name. CDS Global, the fulfillment company owned by Hearst Corporation, has purchased e-payment platform provider PayDQ. The acquisition broadens CDS’ electronic payment capabilities, providing it with a stronger cross-platform billing solution.Terms of the deal were not released, but CDS CEO Malcolm Netburn says the company has targeted $15 million for digital capabilities expansion and the PayDQ deal is part of that capital investment.Many consumers still prefer to pay their bills through snail mail, but companies are making a concerted push to move payments online, and increase customers’ digital payment options. Even in the digital age, CDS handles 500 million paper transactions each year. But with PayDQ, CDS gets a service that allows it to offer a collection of online payment capabilities in one place. “However a client wants to have their bills paid we want to be that go-to supplier,” Netburn tells AD. “PayDQ provides a payment portal capability. For anyone that wants to deploy a payment portal digitally we now have the technology to accept, record and manage that payment process. This puts us in all of the digital payment touchpoints.”In other words, with PayDQ, CDS clients can have a payment portal that not only provides credit card and PayPal options, for example, but with this deal, direct bank account payments as well. “This will allow us to go right into the account as if the customer is writing a check,” says Netburn. “PayDQ has all the hooks into the banking environment that will allow us to do this.” The deal also enables CDS to expand into markets outside of the publishing community. PayDQ comes with partners in the utility, insurance, finance and retail industries. And CDS has already identified the utilities, non-profit and fundraising markets as three to continue developing.last_img read more

Penton Hires Former UBM Tech CEO

first_img “We’ve basically doubled the size of our tech business [since acquiring iNet in February], and there are a ton of very important clients in the Bay Area,” Kieselstein says. “The impetus [for establishing a San Francisco office] was to scale relationships we’re building with tech clients, not just within our tech market, but across our entire portfolio—a lot of these technologies are part of the core infrastructure that every company needs.” Miller’s hiring exemplified the approach. While Kieselstein hadn’t worked with Miller before, a number of his senior staffers had. And references like those have been given a lot of weight as the company has developed new hiring practices through a period of rapid growth. Miller’s hiring also helps illustrate where the company will go from here. “The DNA of who we think succeeds at Penton is very specific,” he says. “We had a lot of first-hand knowledge about what Paul’s capable of doing. That gave us an increased sense of confidence about his ability to fill the role.” The company recently added another experienced operator to that effect, Paul Miller. The former CEO of UBM Tech left the company in September as part of a reorganization. Miller, group president of a broad portfolio that includes energy, buildings, design engineering and sourcing, and manufacturing and supply chain markets, is replacing Bob MacArthur who leaves the company after 24 years. With a well-defined path to success, a foundational structure to accommodate growth and the leadership in place to execute that vision, Penton is looking to its next chapter. Penton’s retention rates have far exceeded industry norms, he says.center_img He’ll be based out of a new San Francisco office with about 20 other employees. While it’s a small bureau, a West Coast home-away-from-home was becoming an increasingly important priority for Penton. The strategy was clear and established early on under Kieselstein: Penton was changing from a traditional B2B media entity into an information services provider largely centered around digital, events and marketing services. Structurally, it adopted a matrix model to emphasize those areas of expertise and to allow for scale. In turn, that’s attracted talent. Half of Penton’s current staff wasn’t there when David Kieselstein took the reins as CEO in 2012, with the company pivoting away from its traditional publisher roots. Finding the right leadership for those new lines of business—namely, digital, events and marketing services—and the new employees running them, has been critical. Since Kieselstein joined three years ago, Penton has added about 600 employees. Some of those additions have gone hand-in-hand with corporate acquisitions, but the rest have been done internally, without using headhunters. Digital and social media tools aid the process, but the company’s internal recruiting team has been heavily reliant on referrals. “With a shared-services environment, two things happen that allow you to recruit top talent,” Kieselstein says. “One, the jobs you’re creating have a much bigger scope because they’re impacting the entire company, which is very attractive to [prospective employees]. And two, you can build out groups that have scale to create career development paths. If you just drop one person with a specific skill-set into a market, where do they go next? They usually leave.” “Getting the right talent into the business is the most important thing we can do,” he adds. “That said, you have to get strategy right first, then the structure, then you can go get the talent.”last_img read more

Budget Cut Not Intended to Harm Commissary Benefit DOD Says

first_imgMilitary grocery operations would suffer a $221 million cut under the department’s fiscal 2017 budget request, but the Pentagon’s top financial officer said the proposal would not lower the commissary benefits enjoyed by military families.“This year’s proposal is a different proposal,” Comptroller Mike McCord told reporters Tuesday. “A more modest proposal financially that only tries to get savings out of the business end, does not touch the benefits. So, that’s different in an important way, I think from the troops’ perspective to last year,” McCord said.Last year, the department proposed slashing the Defense Commissary Agency’s budget by $322 million in FY 2016 — out of a total allocation of $1.4 billion — and $1 billion in FY 2017, but lawmakers restored much of that funding for the current year. The proposed cuts would have been accommodated by reducing days of operation and operating hours, laying off staff and closing some stores.Officials, however, have not said how the cut proposed for FY 2017 what affect commissary operations. A source told Army Times the $200 million reduction could be the result of various operational changes carried out by the Defense Commissary Agency; for example, the agency is saving $40 million annually through a new means of supplying produce to stores in the Pacific.“As long as it’s not affecting the benefit and they’ve made some efficiencies that reduce the [federal subsidy], we wouldn’t have any problem. But we’d like to see where the money is coming from,” the source said.Stars and Stripes suggested the savings may result from plans to close a handful of European stores this year.The Pentagon isn’t the only stakeholder looking to trim the taxpayer subsidy supporting military grocery stores. The FY 2016 defense authorization bill requires DOD to submit a plan by March 1 to operate the commissaries without federal dollars by FY 2018, while maintaining the customer benefit — an average savings for military families of about 30 percent over off-base groceries. The legislation allows the department to try out new approaches for meeting that objective. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Language Cluster Fuels Montereys Case for Retaining Defense Missions

first_imgBy the early 1990s, leaders in Monterey, Calif., started branding the region as the “Language Capital of the World,” to capitalize on the area’s linguistic and cultural heritage, and higher education resources, including the Defense Language Institute (DLI) and the Naval Postgraduate School.The city registered the slogan from 1997 to 2007, but its use lapsed, reported the Monterey Herald. More recently, though, as the threat of a new BRAC round loomed, elected officials and local leaders have rekindled efforts to showcase the region’s language specialty. In 2014, the Monterey County Business Council paid to have the “Language Capital of the World” logo trademarked.Last year, the city hosted the inaugural Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival, a two-day event intended to highlight the area’s language training, translation and academic resources.A new round of base closures potentially threatens the $1.5 billion annual economic impact of the region’s defense sector. Well over half of that is generated by DLI and the language and culture component of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), estimates Dino Pick, Monterey’s deputy city manager of plans and public works.The region’s cluster of language-related institutions developed alongside its defense facilities. Civilian DLI instructors founded what was originally called the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), and its instructors now train DLI faculty, according to Pick.The strong linkages between the area’s defense facilities and its other linguistic resources are a compelling reason to preserve those missions in central California, he says.“As we go forward into potential base realignment and closure rounds in the next several years, it’s the ‘Language Capital of the World’ capability and the interconnectedness of DLI and MIIS and NPS that will be an important component in making the case that these missions — DLI and NPS — should stay here in Monterey,” said Pick. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Holes Patty Schemel Pens Memoir Hit So Hard

first_img Twitter Hole’s Patty Schemel Writes New Memoir holes-patty-schemel-pens-memoir-hit-so-hard Email Facebook Hole’s Patty Schemel Pens Memoir, ‘Hit So Hard’ News Rock drummer writes book chronicling her life and times in the music industryRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 8, 2017 – 2:32 pm You might recognize the band Hole from its most famous member, Kurt Cobain’s former wife Courtney Love. But that’s only one story to come out of the beloved female-fronted alternative Los Angeles band. Thanks to Patty Schemel, we’ll now get a whole new glimpse.Hole’s drummer from 1992–1998, Schemel will release her autobiography titled Hit So Hard. The book chronicles her life as a woman in the music industry, her memories of Cobain, her life with drug addiction, leaving Hole, being homeless in Los Angeles, how she got sober, and more.This intimate glimpse into the life of a female rocker follows a 2011 documentary of the same name featuring Schemel, which provided a never-before-seen look into life with Hole, including archival footage of Schemel, Love and Cobain throughout their heyday in the 1990s.Get your hands on this don’t-miss memoir, Hit So Hard, via Da Capo press on Oct. 31.Sinéad O’Connor: “I Want To Destigmatize Mental Illness”last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For May 15 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, May 15, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, then becoming cloudy during the afternoon, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Board of Library Trustees meets at 7pm in the Library’s James Banda Trustees Room. Read the agenda HERE.At Wilmington Public Schools: Wilmington Public Schools is holding its annual Behavioral Health Provider Fair from 5pm to 7:30pm at Wilmington High School (159 Church Street). The event, organized by the Wilmington Public Schools Behavioral Health Task Force, consists of Tables and Vendors (5pm-6pm, Cafe) with local mental health providers, community organizations, municipal departments, and state agencies, followed by Keynote Speaker Lynn Lyons (6pm-7:30pm, Auditorium) on “Preventing Anxiety and Depression: Skills We Can (And Should) Be Teaching Our Children.” Children age 12 and up are encouraged to attend the presentation. Child care is available in the school’s Large Group Instruction Room throughout the event.In The Community: Cub Scout Pack 126 is holding a Registration Night, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, at Villanova Hall (126 Middlesex Avenue). Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm.At The Library: Film Screening of ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Computer Class at 9am. Zumba at 9am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Mah Johg at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm.Go Wildcats!: Three Wilmington High School teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 20, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Recreation Assistant at CareOneFull-Time Employee Relations Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Delivery Driver at J. Polep Distribution ServicesFull-Time Customer Service Representative at SpeedwayPart-Time Customer Service Representative at SpeedwayPart-Time Summer Intern at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time “Athlete” at Olympia SportsFull-Time Banker at People’s United BankFull-Time Installer at SunRunPart-Time Package Handler at UPS(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at recent Wilmington School Committee Meetings:#1) WILMINGTON HIGH HANDBOOK CHANGES: WHS Principal Linda Peters presented several changes to the high school handbook. “There’s not a lot of changes, but some major ones.” Peters changed the deadlines to complete community service hours — seniors must submit their paperwork by the first Friday in April; underclassmen have until the last Friday in April. … Peters clarified that students afforded due process for all investigations, not just suspensions. … Peters updated the school’s bullying policies to match the district’s new bullying prevention and intervention plan … Peters revised the school’s appeals process for academic eligibility. The school will have a mid-quarter notification to students and parents if they’re in danger of possibly not being eligible for athletics or after-school activities at the end of the quarter. A team will be formed to come up with a success plan. A student can now appeal an eligibility ruling if they meet all the provisions set forth in the success plan. MIAA eligibility requirements, however, cannot be appealed. The School Committee held off on formally accepting the new handbook until language involving a new vaping policy is finalized.#2) SCHOOL COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS: The School Committee set its subcommittees until the next Town Election. Steve Bjork, David Ragsdale, and Jen Bryson, with MJ Byrnes as an alternate, will serve on the Policy Subcommittee. Steve Bjork and Jo Newhouse will serve on the Sick Bank Committee. Jen Bryson, Jo Newhouse, and Jay Samaha will serve on the Superintendent Evaluation Committee. Jesse Fennelly will serve as the representative to the Wilmington Educational Foundation. MJ Byrnes will serve as the representative to the district’s Wellness Committee. David Ragsalde, with Jen Bryson as an alternate, will serve as the representative to the Wilmington SEPAC. Jen Bryson will serve as the Executive Session Minutes Committee. MJ Byrnes and Jesse Fennelly will serve as the Committee’s Legislative Representatives. Jen Bryson, MJ Byrnes, and David Ragsdale will serve on the School Committee Handbook Protocol Committee. Jen Bryson, Jay Samaha, and Jo Newhouse, with MJ Byrnes as an alternate, will serve on the School Committee-Family Relations Committee.#3) MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE: Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand proposed expanding the school committee’s student representative program with theaddition of a Middle School student representative. The School Committee expressed support for the idea. “The more we can get students involved, the better,” said School Committee Vice Chair Steve Bjork. #4) COSTA RICA FIELD TRIP APPROVED: The Wilmington School Committee approved a WHS World Languages Field Trip to Costa Rica, during April vacation 2020. A maximum of 20 students will be attending. Students will be fully immersed in the Spanish language and culture of Costa Rica; receive first hand experience conducting biological and ecological research and experiments; and participate in environmental service learning projects.#5) SEEM COLLABORATIVE BUDGET: School Committee members receive a copy of the SEEM Collaborative’s FY20 budget. The SEEM Collaborative is an organization formed in 1986 to provide quality education to 11 school districts, including Wilmington, and strengthen existing school programs and services that would otherwise not be accessible or affordable to local districts on their own. The collaborative’s FY20 budget represents a 2.36% increase in expenses and an increase of 2.42% in revenue compared with the FY19 budget. Wilmington currently sends 10 students with an anticipated tuition cost of $410,966 in FY20.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wilmington High’s New 4-Week Senior Internship Program Is A SuccessIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”Wilmington Middle School Students Welcomed Back To School With Homeroom Changes, New ‘Launch Pad’In “Education”last_img read more

Nissan IMQ hybrid crossover concept debuts at Geneva Motor Show

first_img Tags reading • Nissan IMQ hybrid crossover concept debuts at Geneva Motor Show Post a comment Hybrids Crossovers • 0 Geneva Motor Show 2019 Share your voice The Nissan IMQ concept hints at the company’s future designs Nissan 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Geneva Motor Show 2019 Nissan More From Roadshow Get a taste of Nissan’s future design with the IMQ concept… Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh 1:32 The futuristic Nissan IMQ introduced Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show is purely a concept car, but the automaker is eager to point out that some of the basic design trends shown here could appear on future production models. “The interior and exterior are seamlessly blended together, signaling what our design direction may be for Nissan’s third generation of crossovers in Europe,” Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for design at Nissan, said in a statement.At 179.4 inches long, the IMQ is a little shorter than the Nissan Rogue crossover. It’s a high-riding crossover with an extremely tall beltline and super-skinny windows, and the bodywork has very few, simple panels with lots of sharp lines. Up front is a new interpretation of Nissan’s “V-Motion” grille, which the company notes has “a deliberately more subtle execution” than before.The high-riding IMQ concept has rather skinny windows. Nissan From behind, a large roof spoiler emerging from the glass roof is the most obvious design element. Nissan’s typical “boomerang” taillight design has been reshaped slightly for the IMQ, and vertical character lines are specifically intended to improve aerodynamic performance. The car’s lower body cladding is made up for black ridges called lamellas, which Nissan says are “evocative of Japanese traditional design.”As is often the case with show cars, there are several fanciful touches: cameras instead of rearview mirrors, a distinct lack of door handles and overstyled 22-inch wheels.With coach-style rear doors and no B-pillar, access to the inside of the Nissan IMQ is easy. The four seats are made from a special “technical” fabric that was laser-cut in geometric patterns to recall traditional Japanese kumiko woodworking, Nissan says. The ultra-minimalist dashboard follows Nissan’s usual “gliding wing” motif, with a long center console that extends to the back row.There’s a massive 33.1-inch screen in the instrument panel that provides information on the car’s functions, while a smaller screen on the second stack is said to host the IMQ Virtual Personal Assistant. Nissan says the system will respond to driver requests to control car functions like navigation, suggesting it’s some sort of voice-recognition software. The black lamellas are used again for the back of the dashboard design.Nissan IMQ conceptThe inside of the concept has a decidedly minimalist appearance. Nissan Perhaps even more intriguing than the looks, though, are the technical details of the Nissan IMQ concept. It uses a version of the company’s e-Power series-hybrid powertrain, whereby a gasoline engine is used to create energy for electric motors. In the case of the IMQ concept, it’s a turbocharged 1.5-liter gas engine with multiple motors to provide all-wheel drive. System output is rated at an impressive 335 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. So far, no e-Power models are available in the US, but the tech is offered on the Japanese-market Note and Serena.The Bridgestone Connect 22-inch tires also feature advanced technology, with embedded sensors reporting information on tire load, pressure, temperature and tread depth. Nissan says that data would allow the IMQ’s safety technologies, like the stability control, to automatically be calibrated for grip conditions.Finally, the Nissan IMQ is equipped with a version of ProPilot Assist, the automaker’s semi-autonomous highway driving assistance tech. It also has the Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) feature Nissan introduced at CES, which uses information from a variety of sources and sensors to provide “mixed reality” information about traffic jams, alternative routes and other road information. Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car 39 Photos See All Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboardlast_img read more

Ford boosting Expedition Navigator production by 20 percent

first_img More From Roadshow 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Tags More about 2019 Ford Expedition Max Platinum 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV 2019 Ford Expedition Max Platinum: Large scale meets upscale Review • 2019 Ford Expedition Review 0 Lincoln Fordcenter_img Share your voice No matter the size or average transaction price, it sure does seem that Americans can’t get enough SUVs, and Ford is more than happy to supply ’em, even if it means ramping up production.Ford announced on Tuesday that it intends to ramp up production of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigation by 20 percent this summer. It’s expanding throughput at its Kentucky Truck Plant outside Louisville in order to meet “surging” customer demand for the two recently revised SUVs. Kentucky is also responsible for Ford’s heavy-duty trucks.In order to boost production, Ford said it’s increased the line speed at the Kentucky Truck Plant. It did so by adding stations and splitting up tasks that, normally, could not be completed in the usual cycle time. It also added “pits and platforms” to improve working in areas with “varying height requirements.”These adjustments will create about 550 jobs, Ford said. It will also move over a similar number of employees from Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant, which currently builds the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC. The production rate is scheduled to ramp up in July, after the plant’s summer shutdown. Sales numbers for both large SUVs are sitting pretty. Ford said in its release that the Expedition’s sales jumped 35 percent last year, swallowing up another 5.6 percent of market share, with average transaction prices rising $11,700 to $62,700. At the same time, Navigator sales in 2018 were up some 70 percent compared to 2017, making its best single-year sales in over a decade. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment Ford Lincoln SUVs Car Industry 76 Photoslast_img read more

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iPhone XR and XS review Seven months in whats good and whats

first_img See All iOS 12 5G Apple Share your voice iPhone XR and XS: 6-month check-in 12 iPhone XR vs. iPhone XS: Photo samples 30 Photos Since the launch of the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR last year, the phone landscape has changed a bit. It’s recently been crowded with much sexier stories: 5G is beginning to rear its head, wild new transforming folding phones are capturing people’s imaginations — even with problems rearing their heads– and there are phones studded with more cameras than you can keep track of.The iPhones from late 2018 are not so interesting in comparison. But that’s also to their credit. After all, when Verizon launched its 5G network it turned out to be spottier than expected, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold phone is already breaking, and some of those camera-studded phones don’t do quite as much as you think. Now playing: Watch this: Although some phones edge out the iPhones in photo quality based on CNET tests, it’s really one specific feature from one specific phone I envy the most — Night Sight on the Pixel 3. After trying Google’s low-light mode on the Pixel 3, I immediately loved what it did for my photos. The iPhone can handle well without flash most of the time, but Night Sight is on a different level. It’s the sort of feature that either iOS 13 or the next iPhone should have.apple-iphone-xr-red-9700-002 Josh Miller/CNET Face ID stands aloneThere are other phones that have face unlocking, and others have in-display fingerprint scanners, like the Galaxy S10 and OnePlus 6T. But Face ID remains the smoothest and best implementation of facial biometrics I’ve seen. Even though I’m still not wild about how many times I seem to still need to enter my passcode because my face is at the wrong angle, Face ID in general works well and works invisibly. It’s even more useful when it reads my face to pull up my app passwords and help with logins, which is something I’ve become hooked on.Face ID isn’t very different in concept than it was when the iPhone X launched in 2017. Now, it feels everyday normal.Let’s talk AirPower (and charging)The AirPower wireless charging mat was a looming promise since 2017, and it suggested that charging for the iPhone and its accessories would be vastly improved. Now that Apple canceled AirPower though, what’s the alternative? The iPhone still uses Lightning to charge, and a too-slow 5-watt charger bundled with the phone. The iPhone should have fast charging right out of the box, but in the meantime you could buy larger chargers and adapters for USB-C chargers at an extra cost, which help compensate if you’re not satisfied with the battery life. And while wireless Qi charging is nice to have, iPhones still charge as fast with wireless Qi as other phones do. Moving to USB-C and faster Qi charging need to happen in 2019.In addition, it’d be cool if the iPhone could wirelessly charge other accessories too. This would be cribbed directly from Samsung, whose Galaxy S10 phones can cleverly charge Galaxy Buds and the Galaxy Watch right through their back. The Apple Watch could use that type of convenience when traveling and you wouldn’t have to bring an extra charger.iphone-xs-iphone-xr-coffee-4 Angela Lang/CNET The iPhone is a stable buoy in a changing worldThe iPhone is still a really great phone, but it continues to feel familiar in a world of increasingly changing tech. It’s almost, dare I say, the comfort choice? It’s the device that connects to all my things, and it powers the connections to most of the tech I test and wear. It’s a cornerstone device and it does a good job at being exactly that. It’s the product Apple makes that feels the most recommendable. And yet, as the shape of phones (figuratively and literally) begins to transform to farther-off possibilities, the iPhone remains the familiar, stable — almost boring — device, not the more exciting and unpredictable new one. Phones Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?center_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 6:24 Tags Comments The iPhones, meanwhile, feel pretty flawless, which is quite un-newsworthy. They’re clearly Apple’s most polished and perfected products right now.But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t use improvements. The phone industry is accelerating so fast that Apple’s phones are inevitably going to change with it. But where they are now is a very solid, stable place — if not an exciting one. Angela Lang/CNET Did you buy the right iPhone?Good news: Whatever iPhone you picked last year, if you picked one that is, you’re just fine. (You’re also fine if you have the iPhone X or iPhone 8 or iPhone 7, too!) Each model has its advantages and drawbacks. My favorite is still the iPhone XR. It has the best price-to-value pick, its battery life is great and its smaller size is ideal for me. And the iPhone XR’s LCD display, while technically not as good as the iPhone XS’ OLED display, isn’t perceptibly different in everyday use.But I appreciate the added antennas, durability and, in particular, the dual rear camera of the iPhone XS models. I use the 2x zoom for on-location shoots and closeup shots of my kids all the time. A dual camera iPhone XR this year seems like an inevitability, especially if the new premium iPhones get three rear cameras. The XS and XS Max still feel too expensive (not as expensive as a folding phone, though).iphone-xs-19Only two rear cameras? Angela Lang/CNET Camera: Good, but could definitely be betterThe iPhone XS and XR do a great job in everyday use, and both their rear cameras and selfie cameras are really good. Video capture is particularly excellent too. But there are other phones that can do things the iPhone can’t.The newest Samsung Galaxy S10, for example, has three rear cameras, offering an ultra wide-angle lens that the iPhones don’t have. It’s a common trend, and the more lenses you have, the more framing options you have. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple • reading • iPhone XR and XS review: Seven months in, what’s good and what’s bad Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorslast_img read more

Polestar 1 enters its final prototype phase

first_img1:37 Now playing: Watch this: 5 Photos 0 More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Polestar 1 hits the track to work on its reflexes Polestar 1 packs 600 electrified horsepower in a discreet… Enlarge ImageWe’ve been drooling over Polestar’s first model for ages now, but it seems production cars are coming soon. Polestar The fine folks at Polestar have been teasing us for nigh on a year with their gorgeous-looking Polestar 1 grand touring performance hybrid luxury thing. We’ve been wondering when it will start getting nearer to production and based on an announcement the company made on Wednesday, that time is now.Polestar announced that it’d entered the final prototype phase for Polestar 1 which means, among other things, that the Polestar facility in Chengdu, China has managed to crank out around 50 prototype cars to verify that its tooling is on point and within spec.”It’s great to see how we have progressed from showing the Polestar 1 for the first time in 2017, to now having our beautiful new manufacturing facility up and running with the TT (tooling tryout) cars being tested in and around the plant,” says Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, in a statement.The exciting thing for customers is that now Polestar has started reaching out to lock down final configurations for specific cars, and that means the wait won’t be too terribly long before you’re blasting through a continent in your eco-friendly and intensely handsome not-a-Volvo.center_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment Share your voice 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Tags Luxury cars Hybrids Performance Cars Polestarlast_img read more

Oscar Mayer hot dog ice cream sandwich is both real and terrifying

first_img Share your voice Oscar Mayer revealed the ingredient list, which does indeed involve Oscar Mayer wieners.  For curious taste buds, here are the delicious ingredients for Oscar Mayer’s Ice Dog Sandwich–the hottest 🍦 this summer:✅Candied Hot Dog Bits✅Hot Dog Sweet Cream✅Spicy Dijon Gelato✅Cookie Bun(Yes, this is real! Want to try it? DM us to find out how) #OscarMayerIceCream pic.twitter.com/Fa28xoLPfA— Oscar Mayer (@oscarmayer) August 1, 2019 10 Photos . @OscarMayer you’re welcome to our pint any day! Enjoy #Frenchs #MustardIceCream your way — even if it’s with a hotdog. pic.twitter.com/NU2TM0Y8oR— French’s (@Frenchs) August 1, 2019 Post a comment Do you hear that song?! 🔊🔊 That’s the sweet and delicious sound of Oscar Mayer Ice Dog Sandwich. Keep an 👁️and 👂out for the @Wienermobile in NYC the week of 8/12 to get your taste buds in on this. #OscarMayerIceCream pic.twitter.com/6NhpVSUl6T— Oscar Mayer (@oscarmayer) August 1, 2019 As far as food marketing stunts go, Oscar Mayer’s latest is both funny and gross. Will it be a culinary abomination or the surprise sweet-treat hit of the summer? It will depend on your tolerance for processed beef tube-flavored ice cream.One thing is certain: “I wish I were an Oscar Mayer ice cream sandwich” doesn’t really roll off the tongue. Freaky fast food: From black buns to Batman burgers (pictures)center_img Who eats just mustard @Frenchs? Condiments were made for Oscar Mayer hot dogs. Say hello to the Oscar Mayer Ice Dog Sandwich – 🌭 flavored ice cream, made with our better hot dogs, sandwiched with spicy mustard 🍦. Do you want to try this? Coming in August🔥 #OscarMayerIceCream— Oscar Mayer (@oscarmayer) August 1, 2019 It appears the Ice Dog Sandwich will make the rounds in New York City the week of August 12. Oscar Mayer said fans should keep an eye and ear out for a specially outfitted Wienermobile, which will double as the world’s weirdest ice cream truck. Samples will be free. I sent a Twitter direct message to Oscar Mayer to ask about the Ice Dog and received this response: “Hi! Oscar Mayer’s Ice Dog Sandwich is REAL! Our ice cream maker is churning our delicious candied hot dog bit as we type this DM! You’ll hear from us with more deets soon.”New York City hand-made ice cream company il laboratorio del gelato partnered with Oscar Mayer to create the sandwich, aiming to “translate the experience of eating your favorite Oscar Mayer hot dog in frozen form.” An Oscar Mayer PR representative told me the Ice Dog is “actually delicious.”The Oscar Mayer ice cream reveal comes at a time when mustard brand French’s is pushing its own mustard ice cream, so clearly the madness is contagious. Oscar Mayer is owned by Kraft Heinz, while French’s is owned by McCormick & Company. 0 Enlarge ImageThe Oscar Mayer Ice Dog Sandwich is here to assault your sanity. Oscar Mayer Candied hot dog bits + hot dog sweet cream + spicy Dijon gelato + cookie bun. Is this heaven or hell? Oscar Mayer, a meat-focused brand that’s not afraid of bizarre advertising stunts like renting out the Wienermobile as an Airbnb, is making a for-real hot dog-flavored ice cream sandwich. You’re probably either pondering this with a deep “hmm” or you’re retching right now. Oscar Mayer tweeted about the cold treat’s existence on Thursday, calling it the “Ice Dog Sandwich.”  Tags Randomlast_img read more

Food To Schools From Farms

first_imgClick for more information about growing your area’s Farm to School program.A national effort to bring fresh food from farms to schools has resulted in $385 million in purchases for school lunches and other meals across the country.  More than half the school districts in Alaska are participating in the Farm to School program, feeding more than a hundred thousand kids in the state.Download AudioHOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:Deborah Kane, Director, Farm to School Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition ServiceJohanna Herron, Farm to School coordinator, Alaska Division of AgricultureCallers statewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

Lawyers Say Walker Can Act On Medicaid Without the Legislature

Governor Bill Walker likely has the authority to expand Medicaid without legislative approval, according to two legal opinions written last month. One opinion, from the legislature’s legal services department, says the state’s health department can “cooperate with the federal government” and accept money for things like Medicaid. Download Audio:The opinion also points out it is probably unconstitutional for lawmakers to include a line in the budget blocking Governor Walker from receiving Medicaid expansion funds. That’s because a section of the state constitution says “bills for appropriation shall be confined to appropriations.”The memo was written in response to a question from House minority leader Chris Tuck. In a separate opinion, the state law department makes a similar argument. In an email, a spokesperson for the Governor says Walker will evaluate whether to expand Medicaid on his own after the legislative session. read more

Juneau loses boundary appeal to Petersburg

first_img“I don’t necessarily consider it a loss. … We thought the law stood for something that needed clarification, and the court has now clarified. … “I think it really solidifies that it’s the commission’s decision, how to frame the question in making a boundary determination.”Since Mead is the City and Borough of Juneau’s staff attorney, fighting the case carried only incidental expenses. The Alaska Supreme Court has settled a boundary dispute between Juneau and Petersburg affecting about 1,500 square miles of Southeast. Under the decision the court issued Friday (Dec. 4), Petersburg Borough boundaries will stand as they are, now that Juneau has lost its last legal challenge on the matter.Download AudioPetersburg Mayor Mark Jensen says his borough was ready for the decision.“I think it’s good news, you know? Definitely for Petersburg. We’ve already been moving ahead like that was in our borough, so I’m glad to hear that it is.”The previously contested land is almost completely uninhabited national forest – an old estimate puts the population at one. Still, local control and some revenue were at stake.Petersburg Borough Manager Stephen Giesbrecht says the annexed land boosts state revenue sharing and some federal payments.“If the borough formation would not have happened, our financial situation here in the borough would have been a lot different than it is today. We’re like everybody else. We’re having to look for things to cut. But because of the borough formation, we’re not having to do it in ways that other communities have done.”Petersburg fisherman are responsible for more than 90 percent of the commercial haul from the area; Juneau businesses and residents own most of the private land.Goldbelt, Inc., Juneau’s urban Native corporation, owns about 30,000 acres in the annexed area around Hobart Bay. Since logging ended there in 1999, Goldbelt has explored turning it into a cruise ship destination, and planted 80,000 geoduck seed for an experimental aquaculture operation. Goldbelt anticipates Hobart Bay geoduck will be harvest-ready beginning around 2023, according to its last annual report.Attorney Amy Mead argued the case for Juneau before the Supreme Court in June. She says it was a worthwhile fight.last_img read more

Wrangell mourns victims of Fridays plane crash

first_imgNational Transportation Safety Board investigators have begun the work of determining why a Wrangell plane crashed Friday morning on Admiralty Island.Download AudioRescuers work at the site of a crashed small plane on Admiralty Island on Friday. (Photo courtesy Sitka Mountain Rescue)Three people died and a fourth was badly injured when the Cessna 206 hit the 2,200-foot elevation about 20 miles southeast of Angoon.Alaska State Troopers identified the victims as 60-year-old David Galla, 61-year-old Greg Scheff and 57-year-old Thomas Siekawitch, all of Wrangell.The fourth person on board was 21-year-old Morgan Enright, who is from Ketchikan. She was rescued and medevaced to Seattle.As of Monday afternoon, she remained in critical condition at the Harborview Medical Center’s intensive care unit.Safety Board Investigator Shaun Williams says a preliminary report will be issued in five to 10 days. But a final determination of cause could take around a year.“All wreckage has been recovered,” said Williams. “It is in Juneau in a hangar and we are actually conducting a detailed wreckage layout examination at this time.”He says representatives of the frame, engine and propeller manufacturers will help with the investigation. He says the plane was relatively intact at the crash site and was removed in three pieces by helicopter.Meanwhile, Wrangell residents are mourning the loss of three members of their 2,400-person town.Jeff Jabush is the Southeast Alaska community’s borough manager“Everybody just knows everybody, it seems like,” Jabush said. “And it is hard when something bad happens to people, because everybody is involved in the whole thing.”He says community members are pitching in to help families of the victims.Jabush knew all three people killed in the crash.He says Galla was a longtime pilot who also served on a local electrical commission board. Scheff was a surveyor who worked around Southeast Alaska. Siekawitch worked for Scheff’s business.Wrangell medical provider Alaska Island Community Services is offering assistance to community members.The crashed plane was flying from Wrangell to Angoon. It’s owned by Wrangell’s Sunrise Aviation. Galla, the pilot, was one of the owners.last_img read more

Walker ally on gas line board resigns to run for state Senate

first_imgLuke Hopkins was identified with a hastily written name card, after being appointed to the AGDC board the day before. Photo: Rachel Waldholz, APRNOne of Gov. Bill Walker’s allies overseeing the effort to build a natural gas pipeline has resigned, and plans to run for state Senate.   Download AudioFormer Fairbanks borough mayor Luke Hopkins, a Democrat, announced his resignation from the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation in a letter to the governor today. He is expected to challenge North Pole Republican John Coghill, the Alaska Senate majority leader.Walker appointed Hopkins to the board last November, after removing the previous chairman and another member. The move was seen as an effort to consolidate control over the agency, which is responsible for the state’s share of the massive Alaska LNG pipeline project.Hopkins was narrowly confirmed by the legislature in April. He said he is resigning to avoid politicizing the gas line board during the campaign.In his resignation letter, Hopkins said he was prompted to run by a lack of leadership in Juneau. “Whether it be balancing the budget, providing stability and certainty for our critical industries, or supporting our University, the Legislature has utterly failed Alaskans,” he wrote.In a statement, Walker said he would begin the process of finding a replacement soon.last_img read more