Meredith Reports Flat Revenues Expects Lower Ad Demand for Rest of 08

first_imgIn its publishing unit, Meredith’s operating profit touched $65 million and revenues were $323 million during the quarter—flat compared to the same quarter last year. Publishing advertising revenue was $155 million, down about 4 percent. Total revenues in the first nine months of fiscal 2008 were $1.2 billion. In 2007, Meredith’s annual revenue was $1.6 billion.As of March 31, Meredith’s debt was $445 million, down from $475 million as of June 30, 2007. Meredith announced its fiscal 2008 third quarter earnings this morning, reporting $401 million in revenue, down 2 percent over the same period in 2007.While advertising revenues in the first half of fiscal 2008 grew nearly 10 percent over the same period last year, Meredith experienced weakness in its home, pharmaceuticals and direct response ad categories, but saw growth in its food category, the publisher said. The company expects the downturned economy will cause lower advertising demand for the remainder of fiscal 2008.“I think it is important to note that our fundamentals are strong with great brands, outstanding customer connections, expanding online and video platforms, sound growth strategies, top-notch employees and management, and a solid track record of increasing shareholder value over time,” Meredith president and CEO Stephen Lacy said in a statement. “Our strategy is to capitalize on these strengths, carefully manage expenses, and work aggressively to increase market share.”last_img read more

MA Scorecard January 2009

first_imgBuying? Selling? Know someone who is?Submit M&A related tips and news to associate editor Jason Fell. It took 10 months to shake out, but Reed Elsevier’s auction of Reed Business Information ended in December with Reed taking the b-to-b publisher off the block. As one M&A executive put it: “What this decision means is that for all practical purposes, the [big] media M&A market is closed until further notice.”December 2Buyer: Interweave (Aspire Media)Seller: Crochetme.comSale Price: N/AMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal:Craft and arts publisher Interweave—a unit of Loveland, Colorado-based Aspire Media—acquired from its developer, Kim Werker, the former editor of Interweave Crochet. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Unrelated to the sale, Werker, who—without any prior print magazine experience—made the reverse jump from online to print in 2007, resigned as editor of the magazine. Werker will remain with as a blogger and creative consultant, Interweave said. Interweave later replaced Werker with former News & Observer literary editor Marcy Smith as editor. Werker launched in 2004. The site will join Interweave’s portfolio of online properties in its fiber craft division.Our panel says:“The acquisition is a good fit for Interweave in that it bolsters its print crochet product and that Werker’s staying on as a consultant gives the site continued credibility.”December 9Buyer: TechInsights (United Business Media)Seller: Sanguine MicroelectronicsSale Price: N/AMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal:On behalf of its TechInsights business, United Business Media acquired China-based Sanguine Microelectronics, a provider of integrated circuit reverse engineering services and information, for an initial cash payment of $8 million.An additional payment of $9.5 million is to be paid over a three-year period if performance conditions are met, the company said.TechInsights, which publishes EE Times, was to add Sanguine Microelectronics to its newly-created services, data and market intelligence group. Other products assigned to that group include Semicondoctor Insights and Portelligent, a provider of product teardowns for the electronics industry the company acquired last year.The new group is to be led by senior vice president Harry Page.Our panel says:“This is UBM’s second recent acquisition from China [it purchased Xinhua PR Newswire in November]. I think this complements the new group as TechInshights looks to expand its foothold in technical and market intelligence data services.”December 16Buyer: Ryan Communications GroupSeller: Advanstar Communications (Dirt Sports, Price: Ownership transferMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal: As part of a new partnership, Woodland Hills, California-based Advanstar Communications has transferred ownership of Dirt Sports and to newly-formed Ryan Communications Group, which is led by former Dirt Sports group publisher Jim Ryan.Advanstar’s Off-Road Expo events and were not part of the deal. Those products will be moved to Advanstar’s automotive group, which includes Motor Age, Aftermarket Business and part of the partnership, Advanstar and RCG will share cross-marketing and promotional opportunities to advertisers and customers in their respective off-road portfolios, the companies said.As a result, Advanstar merged its automotive and off-road sales teams. Advanstar’s Jacquie Parral and Kurt Miller will join RCG.Our panel says:“I’m not sure how profitable the Dirt Sports brand is, but perhaps Advanstar Communications is moving these products in order to streamline operations and cut costs. Maybe the brand will live better under another umbrella.”December 16Buyer: Redwood Collaborative MediaSeller: BZ Media (software test & performance group) Sale Price: N/AMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal:Redwood Collaborative Media, a Melville, New York-based b-to-b company, acquired BZ Media’s software test and performance group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.In addition to Software Test & Performance, the group includes the Software Test & Performance and FutureTest Conferences and an e-newsletter called Test & QA Report. The magazine was launched in 2004 and has a controlled circulation of 25,000.BZ Media president and co-founder Ted Bahr said the company will continue to “focus on its core businesses serving the software development market.” Media investment banking advisors the Jordan, Edmiston Group represented BZ Media in the deal.Our panel says: “Redwood seems like a newer group, so BZ Media must have been impressed with their enthusiasm to serve the market, whether those products are struggling or not.”last_img read more

People on the Move 012208

first_imgMeredith’s Ladies Home Journal announced a number of staffing changes: Beth Roehrig was named home editor, Julie Bain rejoined the magazine as health and consumer service director, Jessica Brown was promoted to features editor and Amanda Wolfe was promoted to senior editor.Time Inc.’s CNNMoney appointed Kurt Paulson vice president of its Western division. Previously, Paulson served as Western head of travel, advertising sales and operations for Google.Harold Shain, former president of Newsweek Inc., and ex-president of Newsweek Budget Travel Inc., will serve as chairman of Budget Travel under the magazine’s new ownership. Budget Travel’s senior management team—including president Nancy Telliho, publisher Bernadette Haley and editor-in-chief Nina Willdorf—will remain with the magazine, new owners Fletcher Asset Management said.PenWell Corp. named Jim Klingele publisher of Houston-based Oil & Gas Journal, which covers the international petroleum industry. Klingele most recently served as senior manager of sales and exhibits at the Society of Petroleum Engineers, which publishes JPT magazine.Condé Nast’s W magazine named Janice C. Simpson contributing entertainment editor. Previously, Simpson served as assistant managing editor at Time and also as senior editor of its arts and media section.TechWeb’s InformationWeek named two new members to its advisory board: Chiquita Brands International vice president and CIO Manjit Singh, and Peter Whatnell, CIO of Sunoco.Bonnier Corp. appointed David K. Gibson editor-in-chief of Caribbean Travel + Life. Gibson joined Bonnier in 2007 as launch editor of luxury mountain resort title Snow.Network Communications Inc. named Charity Hisle Community Sherpa operations manager, overseeing its Community Sherpa suite of social media marketing services. Hisle previously served as a social media consultant, speaker and trainer.Story Worldwide named Chiqui Cartegena senior vice president of multicultural marketing. A former broadcast journalist, Cartegena is an author and has served as a marketing consultant. Time Inc. has hired Wired senior writer Daniel Roth as managing editor of Roth previously worked at Fortune but left in 2006.National Geographic announced a pair of personnel changes. Michele Murphy, marketing director of National Geographic’s magazine publishing division, was appointed vice president of marketing for the Global Media Advertising and Marketing Group. Margaret Schmidt, who served as business director for the publishing division, was named vice president of business and finance for the group.Wenner Media’s Rolling Stone announced some staffing changes: former Best Life vice president and publisher Michael Wolfe was named associate publisher of sales; Tracy Monahan, who most recently served as associate publisher of creative services at Details, was named associate publisher of marketing; and photo director Jodi Peckman was promoted to creative director.last_img read more

SendMyAd Adds Web Advertising to Service

first_imgSendMyAd has added support for Web advertisements to its ad portal service.The company—a subsidiary of Blanchard Systems—says advertisers and publishers using the portal can upload both print and Web ads utilizing the service’s Advertiser Dashboard. “What makes the SendMyAd approach to processing Web ad materials unique is the preflighting and interactive preflight report,” says Jessie Williams, a SendMyAd developer. “For example, the frame rate and video run time of an .swf file can be checked within the portal. As with print ads SendMyAd provides the advertiser and the publisher with an instantaneous interactive preflight report.”The SendMyAd portal is accessible using any standard Web browser, the company says. File formats supported by the new Web ad functionality include .swf, .flv, .png, .gif and jpeg.last_img read more

People Magazine Launches Custom Social Platform

first_imgTo take advantage of the presidential election buzz, for example, People asked readers to share pictures of themselves voting. Using the hash tag #YTIVoted, users could tweet or use Instagram to share their images with the magazine, which were then uploaded to this social platform in the “Share Your Voting Pics” challenge section. Morris says the brand hopes to roll out a new challenge everyday, though testing is still taking place to determine the best frequency.“If you look at the main page of Your Turn, one of the tabs is called partners,” says Morris. “If you click on that you will see that Cotton is there. It’s built so multiple advertising partners can live in that space.”There are also banner ads on the Your Turn site from its sponsorship partner and the company also has a user challenge associated with it: “Got the hottest cotton street style in the country?” Users are encouraged to post outfits that have a cotton element for a chance to win a trip to a Cotton runway show.It took People about six months to develop and execute the plan, which uses a landing page within its site and Olapic software, which is designed for posting customer photos to a brand site. Since users can upload photos through an existing profile account by using a social login, People will also have access to data from social networks like Facebook. Additionally, in order to submit a photo, a user must input their name, location and email address, providing more data points for the brand.“We’re going for the greatest reach possible with this one,” says Morris of the group’s promotional efforts. “We have dedicated space on the homepage itself and throughout the site there are call-outs on the main channel pages. We’ll also try to catch readers as they come to the site through articles and galleries with visual cues. We’re using our social outlets like Instagram as well as Twitter and Facebook. More importantly, we’re moving it into the print space—we have taken over our dedicated dot-com space in the magazine and are asking readers to participate in addition to the Web users. We’re taking advantage of what our readers are already doing and trying to encourage them to do it more.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! As more and more women turn to social media for information and interaction, so is People magazine. The Time Inc. title has launched “Your Turn” within its website—its own social platform that allows users to contribute to and share with visiting users can upload photos for various “challenges” that are tied to engaging news or trending topics on the site. To participate, a user shares images from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or a desktop computer. Submissions are also collected from different social networks by using a determined hash tag that coincides with a specific challenge.“We’ve been collecting user photos over the past few years—we’ve offered a lot of different challenges for readers, from Halloween to show us your cute pets,” says Janice Morris, managing editor for People Digital. “But we never had one place to house all the images and we never did it consistently, instead treating it as a special event. We wanted to give readers more of a turnkey platform to work with because it’s so easy to upload now with all the social tools, and hash tags make it easy to share and communicate.”last_img read more

At Hearst Business Information Is Becoming Bigger Business

first_imgAs Hearst’s magazine and newspaper divisions continue to navigate economic headwinds, its business information group is becoming an increasingly vital source of income to the multimedia giant.One-third of the company’s overall profits in 2018 came from within Hearst Business Media, wrote Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz Tuesday morning in his annual memo to staffers, up from 28 percent last year and 14 percent five years ago.The largest contributor to the division’s profitability was the credit ratings and financial information provider Fitch Group, of which Hearst became the sole owner after acquiring the remaining 20-percent stake from the French-based Fimalac S.A. for $2.8 billion in April. Hearst had twice increased its stake in Fitch over the years since purchasing its initial 20 percent in 2006, noting the company’s expansions into information services and education to complement its credit ratings business.“Fitch’s core ratings business,” added Swartz, “scored impressive market share gains in 2018,” and “generated a strong financial return for us by selling its interest in a local Chinese rating agency. The sale … clears the way for Fitch to start its own local ratings business within China in 2019, pending government approval.” Richard MallochLed by executive VP Richard Malloch since its founding in 1999 as a rollup of Hearst’s B2B magazines and business-facing software products, Hearst Business Media also provides software and information services to the automotive/transportation and healthcare industries through various brands and products.Its transition over the years to a primarily digital and subscription-focused operation has outpaced the company’s larger consumer magazines division, and reflects a broader shift among a number of legacy B2B media companies away from the traditional trade magazine model and toward an even heavier emphasis on software and technology-enabled, database-oriented information services.“We’re generating 30 percent of our revenue from products that didn’t exist three years ago,” Malloch told Crain’s New York Business back in 2015.Among the transportation-focused properties, aviation industry software provider CAMP Systems achieved record profits in 2018, according to Swartz, as did the automotive data provider MOTOR Information Systems and the used car values database Black Book.Similarly, Swartz wrote that for a second consecutive year, the Hearst Health group’s data services and software providers First Databank, Homecare Homebase, MCG and MedHOK—the most recent addition to the portfolio, in 2016—all achieved record profits as well. The notable absence here was Zynx Health, which provides clinical decision support services to hospitals and physicians and has been part of Hearst Business Media since 2004.“We expect to add to our collection of Business Media companies in 2019, both through bolt-on acquisitions to our existing businesses and through investments in new data or software sectors,” wrote Swartz.Steven SwartzHearst Magazines received considerably less ink in the annual memo, though Swartz did mention that he expects the company’s consumer magazine business to “return to profit growth in 2019.” Apart from the acquisition of Rodale’s magazine business and a brief recap of the major personnel changes atop the division last year, Swartz noted record digital traffic as well as the fact that Food Network Magazine turned 10 years-old.“Today’s environment often demands cutting costs in some areas while expanding investment in others,” added Swartz. “Each of our businesses has to stand on their own two feet and be evaluated accordingly. But our financial strength does give us the ability to invest aggressively in our future growth, to be patient with some of our businesses as they fight back against disruption and to be certain that we have the wherewithal to manage an inevitable downturn.”The full memo is available here.last_img read more

ACL Music Festival 2018 Date Announced Mark Your Calendars

first_imgNews When Is ACL Music Festival 2018? acl-music-festival-2018-date-announced-mark-your-calendars Twitter Facebook Email ACL Music Festival 2018 Date Announced: Mark Your Calendars Following the second weekend of Austin City Limits Music Festival, 2018 dates announcedTim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 16, 2017 – 11:37 am Jay Z, Chance The Rapper, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Killers, the xx, Foster The People. The dust has barely settled on the amazing 2017 installment of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. But festival over-achievers who like to make their road-trip plans far in advance can now look ahead to ACL 2018. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 8, 2017 – 6:26 pm Vance Joy: Writing “Lay It On Me” According to the festival’s official website, the 2018 festival will take place over two weekends once again, on Oct. 5–7, 2018, and Oct. 12–14, 2018.In addition to a dazzling diverse lineup, the festival provides a huge boost to the local economy each year. In 2016 the ACL festival generated more than $277 million into the Central Texas economy — a 24 percent increase from its 2015 economic impact, and up nearly 52 percent from 2013, when the festival expanded to two weekends.The Recording Academy was on the ground for ACL 2017, providing coverage during weekend one. Some of the artists we interviewed were Grace VanderWaal, Devin Dawson and Lukas Nelson.More Coverage From 2017 ACL Music Festivallast_img read more

Whats Happening In Wilmington This Week April 814

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here is what’s happening in Wilmington this week! Click on each listing for additional information. (If I missed something that you’d like me to add, please let me know by emailing, April 8, 2019DEADLINE: Last Day To Register To Vote For Annual Town Election & Annual Town Meeting, Town Clerk’s Office, 8:30am-8pmREGISTRATION for Summer Playground Program, Town Hall, 7:30amWilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting, Town Hall, 7pmWilmington Historical Commission Meeting, Town Museum, 7pmWilmington Housing Authority Meeting, Deming Way’s Community Hall, 5pmWoburn Street School’s School Advisory Council Meeting, 3pmLibrary Event: Wilmington Networkers — Networking While Breakfasting!, 10amLibrary Event: Cultures & Communities — Easter Eggs, 2:30pmLibrary Event: Tech Buddies Drop-In, 2:30pm-3:30pmLibrary Event: Minecraft Monday, 3:45pmLibrary Event: Girls Who Code, 6pmSenior Center Activities: Blood Pressure Clinic (9am-11am); SBF Exercise (9:45am); Special Exercise (11am); Quilting (1pm)TUESDAY, April 9, 2019WCTV’s Candidates Night — School Committee Forum (6pm); Selectmen Debate: 1-Year Seat (6:45pm); Selectmen Debate: 3-Year Seats (8pm)Library Event: Tech Workshop — Gmail, 10amLibrary Event: Art Adventures, 3:45pmLibrary Event: How To Identity Mushrooms, 7pmTown Museum Open, 10am-2pmSenior Center Activities: Red Sox Spirit Day; Zumba Class (9am); Aerobics (10:30am); Mah Jongg (1pm); Tai Chi Class (1pm)WEDNESDAY, April 10, 2019Lutz Buddy Up Military & First Responders Social Club, Wilmington KofC Hall, 7pmREGISTRATION for Tiny Tots & Kids Club, Town Hall, 5pmWilmington School Committee Meeting, High School’s Large Instruction Room, 7pmChild Safety Seat Inspections & Installations, 10am-2pm, Wilmington Public Safety BuildingBrush Drop-Off, 8am-2pm, Wilmington Yardwaste CenterWilmington Food Pick-Up Hours, 6:30pm-7:30pmLibrary Event: Tech Help Drop-In, 2pmLibrary Event: Star Mag Meeting, 3:45pmLibrary Event: Wetland Resource Areas & Conservation Land In Wilmington, 7pmLibrary Event: Tech Buddies Drop-In, 7:30pm-8:30pmFriends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door, 10am-4pmSenior Center Activities: SBF Exercise (9:45am); Special Exercise (11am); Line Dancing (1pm); Card Playing (1:30pm); Fun Singers (3pm)THURSDAY, April 11, 2019Wilmington STEM Fair, Middle School Cafeteria, 6pm-8pmWilmington Board of Registrars Meeting, Town Hall, 6pmWilmington School Committee’s Superintendent Evaluation Subcommittee Meeting, Roman House, 9pmLibrary Event: Mini Monets, 10amLibrary Event: Drop-In Meditation, 12:30pmLibrary Event: Tech Buddies Drop-In, 6:30pm-7:30pmTown Museum Open, 10am-2pmSenior Center Activities: Art Class (9am); Aerobics Class (10:30am);  Knitting/Crocheting Group (11am); Ceramics Class (1am)FRIDAY, April 12, 2019DEADLINE: Town Scholarship Applications DUENational Robotics Week Open House, Symbotic (200 Research Drive), 11amAnalog Devices’ Annual Science & Tech Fair, Middle School, 7:30am-1:40pmEarly Easter Family Night, Abundant Life, 6:30pmLibrary Event: Needleworkers, 10amLibrary Event: Tech Buddies Drop-In, 2:30pmSenior Center Activities: Video Exercise (10am); Sewing Group (10am); Special Exercise (11am); Bingo (1pm); Cards (1pm)SATURDAY, April 13, 2019Veterans Poker Night, Wilmington KofC Hall, 6pm-9pmBreakfast with the Easter Bunny, Rocco’s Restaurant, 10am-noonWilmington Food Pantry Drop-Off Hours, 10am-noonBrush Drop-Off, 9am-4pm, Wilmington Yardwaste CenterLibrary Event: Drop-In Baby Times, 9:30amLibrary Event: Preschool Art Show Reception, 11amFriends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door, 10am-4pmSUNDAY, April 14, 2019Wilmington Farmers Market, Wilmington United Methodist Church, 2pm-4pmWilmington Sons of Italy’s Annual Easter Bunny Breakfast, Wilmington KofC Hall, 8:30am-10am and 10:30am-noonLike 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat’s Happening In Wilmington This Week (April 22-28)In “5 Things To Do Today”What’s Happening In Wilmington This Week (April 1-7)In “5 Things To Do Today”What’s Happening In Wilmington This Week (April 15-21)In “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:Full-Time Fiber Optic Construction at ElecCommFull-Time General Manager (Sales and Field Operations) at OrkinFull-Time/Part-Time Line Cooks at Michael’s PlacePart-Time Drivers at American Classic LimousinesPart-Time Project Administrator at Trinity BuildingFull-Time Drivers at FedExFull-Time Drain Cleaner at Drains By JamesFull-Time Senior Mechanical Engineer at AmetekFull-Time Sales Rep at Pepsi Beverages Co.Part Time / Full Time CERTIFIED Pet Stylist/Groomer at King’s Royal Pet Grooming in Wilmington, MA to work as an Independent Contractor; percentage per dog you groom, (from start to finish). Hours to start would be Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30. Duties include, but are not limited to: bathing, drying, nail clipping and ear cleaning on all breeds of dogs and felines, in addition to skilled finish cuts. This position is physically demanding. Applicant must be able to bend and lift in order to handle large and small animals. Dependability, patience, compassion and attention to detail are a must for this position. Previous experience preferred. Please respond by email ( along with attached resume and references.(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Subaru officially teases STI S209 ahead of Detroit Auto Show

first_img Review • 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA: Performance at a price Detroit Auto Show 2019 Subaru 61 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow • Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago Subaru More about 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA Comment Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star Tags Performance Cars Sedans 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA is sharper than your average STI May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The S209 follows in the footsteps of other limited-edition, S-badged STIs. We can’t wait to test this one on American soil. Subaru We definitely knew this was coming.First, Subaru applied to trademark “S209” in the US. Then the company released a teaser video of a hotter WRX STI sedan testing, saying we’ll see the production version at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January. Now, the cat’s officially out of the bag: Subaru confirms its Detroit-bound STI is, in fact, a limited-edition S209. But we still have a couple of questions.For starters, what’ll be under the hood? As Roadshow’s Andrew Krok smartly pointed out last week, Subaru’s most recent special STI — the not-for-US S208 — used a 2.0-liter, turbocharged H4 engine. The current, US-spec STI, meanwhile, uses a 2.5-liter H4 engine. Our money’s on the 2.5 for the US-spec S209, tuned somewhere north of the 310 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque it makes in the STI Type RA.Regardless of engine, expect the S209 to get a number of tasty performance upgrades. The S208 came with a faster steering rack, new front strut tower brace, Bilstein dampers and model-specific, 19-inch wheels, among other niceties. We also don’t know just how limited this limited-edition model will be. The Type RA, for example, is limited to just 500 examples in the US. It’d make sense for the S209 to be less than that. Maybe, oh, 209?We’ll know all this and more when the S209 officially debuts in January. Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value See All Preview • 2018 Subaru WRX/STI: New look, more performance for the road-going rally car reading • Subaru confirms STI S209 for Detroit Auto Show, to no one’s surprise 1 Detroit Auto Show 2019last_img read more

New tech scans the outside of your car

first_imgI don’t normally cover scanners on CNET but this one scans cars, so it’s pretty interesting. Originally founded to scan the undersides of cars for threats like bombs, Israeli startup UVeye wants to bring that tech to an everyday audience. Cooley On Cars Share your voice More From Roadshow Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Now playing: Watch this: Scanning cars is becoming a thing Post a comment Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2:47 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 To scan a car, a flat, ground-mounted module looks up at the bottom of the car with three high-res cameras and over a dozen calibrated LED lights. As the car rolls past, a 3D image is built and processed with proprietary image-recognition software. It claims to spot any anomalies under the car, ranging from damaged areas to missing parts or leaks.UVeye creates a detailed 3D model of a car’s belly in real time, allowing the system’s software to look for anomalies ranging from oil leaks to hidden weapons or bombs. UVeye UVeye says a key part of its technology is the combination of machine learning paired with stock data about cars, which allows it to quickly identify what’s normal and what isn’t. That dual reference approach allows the system to recognize a wide range of anomalies, not just those from a stock set of predictions.Another version of its tech loads the cameras into a side-facing assembly about the size of a fire hydrant that is expressly tuned to read tires, determining their size, brand and level of wear. Yet another scanner uses two arching arms over and around the car to scan for dents, scrapes, scratches and missing scanners on the overhead arms allow the system to become a smart dent and scratch detector, which could potentially automate the process of assigning value to a used car. UVeye Numerous businesses are now being targeted to adopt vehicle imaging. Wholesale auto auctions process millions of cars each year yet still rely on people milling around the vehicles, eyeballing them for a minute or two to assign a value. Rental companies process millions of returns each year, as well as end-of-life inspections before they sell off a used car. And new mobility companies will have fleets of shared or autonomous cars that may not have a human monitoring their condition most of the time.Scanning 3D objects is hardly a new technology, but using it on cars seems like a timely idea as vehicles move from objects we personally care about to being someone else’s vehicle that provides us a temporary service.last_img read more

Tolkien review Poignant Lord of the Rings biopic goes from WWI to

first_imgBut one does not simply make a biopic without bending the truth a little. The Tolkien family has disavowed the film, and there are inevitably some deviations from the truth. The film implies Tolkien and his friends went straight to war, for example, although in reality he delayed joining up long enough to raise eyebrows. And it feels like the film may be playing coy with some aspects of Tolkien’s story. Director Dome Karukoski has made a couple of films based on true stories, and speaking to CNET he admitted biopics are “always a battle between fact and fiction.” But even if the facts are streamlined or adjusted, it’s only to find the “emotional truth” of the story. 2 42 Photos Movie reviews Amazon More Tolkien Comments Originally published May 7.  Farewell to Middle-earth: celebrate ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ (pictures) 2019 movies to geek out overcenter_img Share your voice Tolkien director: ‘Battle between fact and fiction’ in Lord of the Rings biopic Tolkien movie taught me I’ve been saying Tolkien wrong all this time TV and Movies JRR Tolkien himself also resisted attempts to analyze the influences on his work. But Lord of the Rings remains as influential as ever, with Peter Jackson’s epic movie series soon to be followed by a new TV version on Amazon. And of course Tolkien’s influence is seen throughout the fantasy genre from the Narnia stories of his contemporary CS Lewis to the phenomenon of George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones.Not just for Lord of the Rings fans, Tolkien explores how the war to end all wars inspired the one ring to rule all fantasy. And by taking Tolkien as a representative of a doomed generation, it reminds us of the tragedy that some things which should not have been forgotten were lost. Tags It’s pronounced Tol-keen, apparently.Even if you’re enough of a Lord of the Rings fan to already know that — or even if you’re not a fantasy fan at all — this new movie about the life of JRR Tolkien is still a poignant tale of fellowship and a reminder of the humanity and creativity lost to war.Tolkien’s is available on home release in the US now. In the UK it’s available as a digital download on August 26 and Blu-ray and DVD on September 9.Mad Max and X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult stars as the legendary author, born in South Africa, orphaned in England and instilled with a love of language at Oxford. The story of Tolkien’s life and love for his wife Edith, played by Lily Collins, is framed in flashbacks from the mud-clogged trenches of the First World War where Tolkien served as an officer.Nicholas Hoult as JRR Tolkien. Fox Directed by Dome Karukoski, the biopic illustrates various influences upon The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. These include the epic myths read to young JRR Tolkien by his late mother; Wagner’s Ring Cycle opera; and his transition from idyllic rural English shires to the hellish chimney towers of industrial Birmingham. The film is then tied together by Tolkien’s feverish hallucinations of fiery dragons and nightmarish knight-monsters stalking the gas-shrouded, flame-engulfed hellscape of the Western Front.Some of these mirrorings are a bit dead-on: For example, Craig Roberts has a thankless task as a faithful companion named Sam, spurring Tolkien on an arduous quest through the trenches.Ultimately though the Lord of the Rings allusions are just the hook. Fans will enjoy spotting the references and inspirations to the Middle-earth books, but the real story is about a generation scythed down by war. At the upscale school where he feels like an outsider, Tolkien falls in with a group of artistic dreamers who find themselves in uniform while still only boys. Already confined by the strictures of society, they find themselves fighting for their lives during World War I.tolkien-008-0004-reel-5-no-blanking-rec709-2-93-2Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins face the nightmare of the First World War. Fox Tolkien symbolizes the artists, poets and painters, the creative, playful and gentle souls lost to war even if they made it home. The film presents Tolkien as a survivor who speaks for a generation of artists lost to history.While it is a heartfelt meditation on loss and linguistics, Tolkien’s actual life story is fairly slight — especially if you’re not keen on posh boys palling around posh schools. But there are gently affecting moments, like Edith pushing Tolkien beyond linguistics and into emotion by inventing a story on the spot. There’s also a heady cameo from Derek Jacobi, who delivers a stirring speech on the power of words. 77 Photoslast_img read more

Walmart launches free oneday online shipping in challenge to Amazon

first_img Walmart Amazon Prime E-commerce Amazon Internet 4 While Amazon plans to build up its one-day shipping capacity over the course of this year, Walmart started offering it new “NextDay” perk immediately, but only in Phoenix and Las Vegas and with a limited inventory of up to 220,000 items. Southern California is coming on board in a few days. By year’s end, Walmart expects to reach about 75% of the US population.There’s one more very big difference between these competing programs: Amazon’s requires a $119 annual membership, while Walmart’s is free, so long as orders are $35 or more.”We feel good about where we are and where we’re going,” Marc Lore, Walmart’s head of US e-commerce, said in an interview. “We’re expecting, based on research, customers to really appreciate the upgrade here.”Walmart’s move could force other retailers to start offering more one-day and same-day shipping to keep up, providing shoppers with more choices and faster shipping times. The move could also put more pressure on Amazon and make it harder for the company to raise the annual price of Prime.nextday-delivery-landing-page-1A look at the NextDay delivery landing page. Walmart The new one-day shipping program continues Walmart’s aggressive push to be a stronger online competitor to Amazon, after it seemed to ignore e-commerce for years, allowing Amazon to balloon into the juggernaut it is today. Walmart bolstered its online capabilities with the purchase of Jet in 2016 and a majority of India’s Flipkart last year. It also added free two-day shipping two years ago and has been expanding its grocery pickup and delivery services. It’s even started a crowdsourced operation called Spark Delivery, a rival to Amazon’s similar Flex business.Now Walmart’s e-commerce sales are growing faster than Amazon’s, albeit from a far smaller base.”It’s King Kong versus Godzilla. These guys are really duking it out,” said Forrester analyst Sucharita Kodali. 0:55 The one-day inventory at Walmart will focus on the most popular online items, like diapers, electronics and laundry detergent, as well as stuff that’s tailored to each city served, like suntan lotion in Phoenix. The inventory of up to 220,000 items is still tiny compared with the 75 million items Walmart sells online and far fewer than the hundreds of millions of items Amazon sells.A typical cutoff time to get one-day shipping will be 3 p.m. local time, but it will vary by location and in some cases will be in the late evening, Lore said.”It’s going to be a very convenient experience, very predictable, reliable, and we think it’s a very significant step change,” he said.Originally published on May, 13, 9:01 p.m. PT.Updated on May 14, 8:59 a.m.: Adds Moody’s analyst comments. One-day free shipping…without a membership fee. Now THAT would be groundbreaking. Stay tuned.— Walmart (@Walmart) April 26, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Others are trying to up their fast shipping game. Fact is, Amazon customers in thousands of cities across 44 major metropolitan areas already have access to millions of items with free SAME DAY delivery. Customers are smart – they know the difference.— Amazon News (@amazonnews) May 14, 2019 What Amazon’s one-day shipping means for you Amazon, DoorDash, Uber Eats and Postmates, she said, are all helping raise customer expectations for faster shipping times, making it more likely that one-day shipping will become the norm. However, she’s not sure if that change will last.”I question whether it’s sustainable in the long run,” Kodali added. “How cost-effective is this going to be for them?”Walmart says its one-day shipping actually costs it less than two-day, since orders come from a single warehouse that’s located close to customers, letting Walmart deliver in just one box and using inexpensive ground shipping.Charlie O’Shea, a Moody’s analyst, said he expects Walmart will continue using its over 5,000 US stores as a big advantage against Amazon to power its shipping services and provide same-day pickup. As a way of narrowing that gap, Amazon in 2017 bought Whole Foods, which has 500 stores.Amazon on Tuesday took the opportunity to mock Walmart’s announcement, tweeting that many of its customers already have access to same-day delivery. Comments Tags Share your voice Walmart’s one-day shipping selection will include diapers, wipes, toys, toilet paper and electronics. Walmart Walmart is joining the race to make one-day shipping the new e-commerce standard.Amazon last month announced plans to upgrade its Prime membership program in the US from two-day shipping to just one day. Not looking for Amazon to hog all the attention, Walmart on Monday unveiled its own plans to provide one-day shipping. Walmart had hinted that this effort was in the works soon after Amazon’s announcement.last_img read more

Chevys 30liter dieselequipped Silverado 1500 finally gets pricing but is it worth

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe 2020 Chevy Silverado will spoil its buyers with choice when it comes to engines, but which one should they get — gas or diesel? Chevrolet The battle between the major truck manufacturers continues to heat up thanks to the proliferation of smaller, more efficient diesel engines in the half-ton truck range. The latest to enter the fray is GM with its 3.0-liter Duramax unit, for which it announced pricing on Monday.The new Duramax unit will find a home first in the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and to get it, you’re going to have to pay just as much as if you’d specced the 6.2-liter V8. That means it’s a $3,890 premium over the 2.7-liter turbo four-cylinder and just a hair under $2,500 more than the smaller 5.3-liter V8.What are you sacrificing by going with the new inline-six cylinder diesel over the well-proven and decidedly excellent 6.2-liter V8 gasser? To start with, it’s rated at 277 horsepower and 460 foot-pounds of torque compared with 420 hp and an identical torque rating in the V8. The diesel makes peak torque at a much lower engine speed and maintains it from 1,500 to 3,000 rpm while the gasoline engine doesn’t hit its peak torque figure until 4,100 rpm. Both models have 10-speed automatic transmissions with tow/haul modes, so both should have little trouble keeping in their powerband when load demands it.Usually, the reason one makes the switch to diesel from gas (in addition to increased torque) is the bump in fuel economy. Diesels are typically more efficient than their gasoline counterparts, and we’d expect that to play out here as well, especially given the displacement difference between the two engines. GM hasn’t offered economy figures for the 3.0-liter Duramax, but we already know that the 6.2-liter engine has the ability to shut down as many as seven of its cylinders under low load conditions, and is surprisingly frugal — comparing favorably with the 4.3-liter V6 engine also offered in the Silverado 1500 — so the delta likely won’t be vast.So, much as is the case with Ford’s new six-cylinder PowerStroke diesel, you really have to want a diesel engine to justify the expense. Diesel fuel, remember, is typically more expensive than gasoline and service on diesel vehicles is slightly pricier too.Which way would you go on your new Silverado — gasoline or diesel? Let us know in the comments. 2020 Chevy Silverado is all about that V8 Chevrolet 2019 Chevy Silverado 2.7T review: Turbo tradeoffs Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow 2020 Chevy Silverado Diesel first drive: A smooth and torquey operator Diesel Cars Trucks Share your voice General Motors Chevrolet More about 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Reg Cab 140″ Work Truck 12 Photos Preview • 2020 Chevy Silverado Diesel first drive: A smooth and torquey operator Tags Comments 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD first drive: Teched out for towing 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST 4:13 13last_img read more

Huaweis Twitter followers think its owned by the Chinese government but Facebook

first_imgHuawei decided to check the wisdom of the web. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Huawei apparently decided that one way to address the controversy over its alleged links with the Chinese government was to run a poll on its official Twitter account, asking people who they think owns Huawei. The poll started Friday and got 56,790 votes before it closed down.”Who do you think owns Huawei? #WhoRunsHuawei,” the Chinese phone manufacturer wrote. Huawei P30 Pro’s four rear cameras from every angle “The government” was the top choice at 42%, “employees” were at 26%, “financial institutions” got 17% of the vote and “consortiums” got 15%. A similar poll on Facebook yielded a different result: 77% voted for “employees” and 23% said “the government.” Its Facebook page also pointed toward a website detailing its corporate structure, which states that the company is owned by 96,768 shareholding employees. Nearly 90% of these are current employees — each of whom elected the company representatives in its collective leadership model — while the others are “retired and restructured.” Who do you think owns Huawei? #WhoRunsHuawei— Huawei (@Huawei) August 2, 2019 Comments Tags 7 40 Photos What is going on between Huawei and the US? However, research published in April suggests it’s more complicated than that. Huawei’s employees have contractual interests in a profit-sharing plan, but The New York Times noted in April that those shares can’t be transferred to others or owned by nonemployees. If an employee under a certain level of seniority leaves the company, it buys the shares back.The company is apparently 100% owned by a holding company, around 1% of which is owned by Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei and 99% owned by a mysterious trade union committee — which, the researchers say, due to the nature of Chinese trade unions essentially means Huawei is controlled by the state.Jiang Xisheng, chief secretary of the Huawei board of directors, told reporters that this is a matter of legal convenience and that the union doesn’t influence business operations. First published at 3:54 a.m. PT.Updated at 8:05 a.m. PT: Adds results of Facebook poll. Share your voice 4:59 The company was blacklisted by the US in May when it was added to the “entity list” due to concerns about its relationship with the Chinese government. However, US companies will be able to sell equipment to Huawei if they’re granted licenses and there’s no threat to national security. In July, President Donald Trump reportedly agreed to award those licensing deals in a “timely” way.Trump signed an executive order essentially banning Huawei in May in light of national security implications over the company’s alleged ties with the Chinese government — though Huawei repeatedly has denied those links.At the time, Google locked Huawei devices out of updates for its Android operating system, but the Commerce Department granted it a three-month general license in late May to update existing devices. Huawei then moved to trademark the name of its in-house operating system, “Hongmeng,” in Peru, suggesting a move away from Android. A report this week said the first Hongmeng-powered phone will be released this year.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the poll. Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Security Politics Huaweilast_img read more

Troopers Woman raped over 5 weeks at rural cabin

first_imgA 37-year-old Alaska man has been charged with kidnapping and raping a woman over a five-week span at a remote cabin more than 100 miles west of Fairbanks.Download AudioA preliminary hearing was scheduled Nov. 20 for Daniel Selovich, who was arrested Sunday when he and the woman were brought to Fairbanks. The woman was hospitalized.Troopers say he held her against her will at the cabin located about 16 miles south of Manley Hot Springs. That’s a tiny village at the end of the Elliott Highway, the only road link to Fairbanks.Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says in an email to The Associated Press that a friend of the woman who was concerned about her health called authorities.A call to the public defender’s office in Fairbanks, which is representing Selovich, wasn’t immediately returned Thursday. Troopers couldn’t immediately provide additional information.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Jan 18 2016

first_imgGov’s budget plan aims to reshape relationship with oilRachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageAfter months of public debate, lawmakers will gavel in Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Juneau to begin fashioning a solution to the state’s budget crisis.Gov hopes nonpartisan politics will help cross party linesLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageGovernor Bill Walker is in Juneau preparing for tomorrow’s start to the legislative session. Regardless of other considerations, the big challenge will be finding common ground with lawmakers over how to fix the state’s large and growing budget deficit.Kaiser wins 2nd K300, Bethel crowns hometown champ againLakeidra Chavis, KYUK – BethelBethel’s Pete Kaiser has won the Kuskokwim 300 for the second year in the row. Last year he became the first local musher to win the race in nearly 30 years.  He’s only the second local musher to claim the title.Moose hunter’s land jurisdiction lawsuit goes to Supreme CourtDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA dispute between an Alaska boater and the National Park Service will be heard by the highest court in the country this week on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Lower courts have rejected Anchorage resident John Sturgeon’s suit challenging Park Service authority to regulate Alaska rivers, where they pass through federal conservation units.State, Native interests also ride on hovercraft case in Supreme CourtLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageThe U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear an Alaska case challenging the National Park Service’s authority to ban hovercraft on navigable rivers. But the case has alarmed people with no interest in hovercraft, and it splits Alaska Native stakeholders.After corruption allegations, tribes call on AVCP to meetJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageFour tribes in western Alaska are calling on the Association of Village Council Presidents to broaden the focus of a special meeting originally intended to address regional governance, and to set a date for the gathering.Pivotal Alaskan economist Arlon Tussing dies at 82Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageAn economist who played an important role in the shaping of modern Alaska has passed away. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more

Pull out of Iran deal Sullivan says no

first_imgU.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, in his Washington, D.C. office. Photo: Liz RuskinAlaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was harshly critical of the Iran nuclear agreement in 2015. He said then lifting sanctions would fuel the economy of a country that sponsors terrorism.Listen now“Billions are likely to be used to pump up the terror machine around the world and target American citizens,” Sullivan said on the Senate floor in 2015.Now, President Trump has mandated that Congress decide what to do with the agreement. Sullivan still doesn’t like the arrangement. He said it’s too lenient on Iran. But Sullivan said the U.S. should not back out of the deal.“I think a better way to deal with it right now is to vigorously enforce it,” Sullivan said Friday in a phone interview.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other top security officials say Iran is in technical compliance. Sullivan said Iran has violated the letter and spirit of the deal, similar to what President Trump said in a speech Friday. Sullivan said the U.S. should give Iran time to change its ways.“And then we should undertake what President Obama and Secretary Kerry said we would do, which is apply snap-back sanctions,” Sullivan said.In 2015, though, Sullivan mocked that as an unworkable solution when the Obama administration proposed it.“I know what we’ve heard from the administration,” Sullivan said in 2015. “‘Don’t worry. If there’s a violation of this agreement these sanctions will just snap back into place. They’ll snap back. No problem. Piece of cake.’”At that time, Sullivan said it can take years to impose sanctions and get companies and other nations to divest.One reason Sullivan gives for staying with the agreement now is to retain America’s leadership position with allies who also signed the deal. He said several European countries are more interested in doing business in Iran than they are in containment.last_img read more

49 Voices Tribute to Dave Waldron

first_imgAlaska Public Media audio engineer Dave Waldron (Photo by Daniel Hernandez, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week on 49 Voices, we managed to surprise our long-serving audio engineer Dave Waldron on his last day with testimonials from around the station about how beloved he is, and how much we’ll miss him when he’s gone.Listen here:last_img