Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Guest author Cameron Yuill is CEO of AdGent Digital, a digital media and technology company.The reason News Corp. has shut down The Daily, its iPad-only newspaper, is due to a simple math problem: not enough subscribers to cover the cost of production and distribution. The Daily had reportedly 100,000 subscribers at $40 per year which, by my math is only $4 million annually.The mistake News Corp. made was hiring (expensive) editorial, journalists and technologists to build and provide content for the newspaper. On top that cost structure, The Daily had to pay Apple 30 cents on the dollar to distribute the newspaper via iTunes. No doubt overhead was way in excess of income.Murdoch obviously made the decision that The Daily was not growing fast enough to ever have a chance of covering its costs, let alone making a profit. So The Daily bites the dust. Fair enough.But what could have News Corp. done that might have had some chance of surviving or at least have been a less costly experiment?Syndication Versus CreationAcross the News Corp. portfolio, the company is producing a ton of content that could have been syndicated to The Daily. The team to run the iPad-only newspaper could have been a whole lot smaller (and less expensive) which would have given it a chance of, at least, covering its costs.There is no guarantee that consumers would have ultimately paid for the iPad-only newspaper but with NewsCorp’s marketing muscle it might have been able to attract a respectable number of subscribers.And herein lies another problem that The Daily faced. In the offline world there is no way you can launch a new newspaper, put it in the distribution channel and expect customers to find it. Media companies spend tens of millions of dollars to launch a new paper. You have touts lining up on the streets to give you free copies and paid media to support a launch. In the offline world that is a defined market: distribution is in one city. A single market that is easy to cover.How To Find Subscribers?Online, it can be a far harder proposition to find customers. The market for The Daily is global. To find subscribers can be a costly exercise. And because the market is global, content has to be more generic so that is appeals to all potential readers. Offline, because distribution is usually limited to one city, content is tailored to local tastes. Online this would have been impossible as there are simply too many markets to cater for and the cost of providing such content would have been stratospheric.Faced with a low subscriber base, a paper that by definition had to offer broad generic content and a math problem that was getting worse, News Corp. made the only sensible decision it could. The Daily is no more.Kudos must go to Murdoch for sticking with it as long as he did. It was a worthy experiment in a rapidly transforming distribution environment.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#New Media#publishing The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology cameron yuill Related Posts
Samsung will be launching its quad-camera smartphone in India a few hours from now. The company is holding an event in Gurgaon starting 12pm where it will launch the Galaxy A9 (2018). This is Samsung’s newest A series phone that comes a few months after the Galaxy A7 (2018). The new Galaxy A9 was first announced in Malaysia last month as the world’s first phone with four rear cameras. Samsung will be livestreaming the event on Samsung’s official website.The Galaxy A9 is yet another attempt by Samsung to bring unique features to its mid-range Galaxy A series to take on the competition. Not only does the Galaxy A9 tout an array of cameras on the back, but it also comes with a fresh new look thanks to a gradient colour design on the rear panel. This gradient design was announced in Bubble Pink, Lemonade Blue and Caviar Black last month, but we will have to wait and see if all three variants will be coming to India.The Galaxy A9 (2018) sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080×2160) Super AMOLED display with support for Always-On functionality. The device comes with a 2.5D curved glass on the front and back that sandwiches a metal frame. The Galaxy A9 was announced with an octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset last month, but we will have to see whether the India variant gets the same chipset or an Exynos SoC. The chipset will be paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The 8GB RAM variant will only be available in some markets, and we are not sure yet if India is one of them. Both memory options will offer 128GB of internal storage with support for expandability up to 512GB via microSD card.advertisementThe quad-camera system on the Galaxy A9 includes a 24MP main sensor with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP 120-degree ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, a 10MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and a 5MP depth sensor. The Galaxy A9 houses a 3,800mAh battery with fast charge support via USB Type-C. Unlike the Galaxy A7 (2018) which has a side fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy A9 (2018) gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The device also supports facial recognition as well.Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) expected price in IndiaThe Galaxy A9 (2018) was announced globally with a price tag of 599 euros (approx Rs 51,300). We will know the India price of the device in a few hours, but we do expect it to fall well below Rs 50,000. Reports earlier this month suggest the device could come at a price of Rs 39,999 or lower, which would give it a better standing to compete against the likes of the OnePlus 6T.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Watch review: Looks like a watch, works like a smartwatch
N.C. State freshman forward Abdul-Malik Abu was very close with Deah Shaddy Barakat, one of the victims of the Chapel Hill shooting earlier this month. In the wake of the tragedy, Abu posted a touching tribute to Barakat, his wife and her sister on Instagram. At Barakat’s wedding in December, Abu vowed he would beat UNC and Duke for his friend, a die-hard N.C. State fan. Barakat posted this photo to remind Abu after the Wolfpack upset Duke last month. “I’m gonna beat Duke and UNC for you as my wedding gift” @malikabuA photo posted by @arabprodigy0 on Jan 11, 2015 at 12:47pm PST On Tuesday, N.C. State stunned rival North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Abu made sure to let his friend know that he had fulfilled his promise, even if he was no longer alive to see him do it. Thanks Deah for being a special person to all of us. This one was for you your family and and the wonderful people of #WPN !!!!! Love you man #RIP #WeDidIt #iPromisedYouManA photo posted by Abdul-Malik Abu (@malikabu) on Feb 24, 2015 at 7:07pm PSTWhat an awesome way for Abu to keep his friend’s memory alive.[ SBNation ]
Iowa’s loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship knocked the Hawkeyes out of the College Football Playoff chase, though the team still earned the No. 5 ranking and a spot in the Rose Bowl opposite Pac-12 champion Stanford. All season long, Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd has mocked the Hawkeyes and challenged their credentials. He’s called the team overrated and “a fraud” even as it started off 12-0. Today, in typical Cowherd fashion, he got in one final parting shot at the black-and-gold clad program and its fans. Cowherd released a light-hearted video set to the tune of Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You.” He stares wistfully into the camera as lyrics poking fun at the Hawkeyes’ wins over lesser opponents play. My heartfelt message to Hawkeye Nation https://t.co/OizoLJnYeu— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) December 8, 2015For Iowa fans still looking for a reason to be mad at Cowherd, here’s another alley-oop for you, straight from the man himself.
New Delhi: The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is “very sensitive” and reasonable time should be given to the government to ensure normalcy there, the apex court said on Tuesday while refusing to pass any immediate order to the Centre to lift restrictions in the region imposed after abrogation of Article 370. The apex court also said that it is to be ensured that no life was lost there and posted the matter after two weeks, saying it will wait for normalcy to return. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details A three judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra was hearing the petition filed by Congress activist Tehseen Poonawalla on the Centre’s decision to impose restrictions and “other regressive measures” in Jammu and Kashmir following the revocation of the provisions of Article 370. The Centre told the bench that they are reviewing the situation in the region on a day-to-day basis and reports come from respective district magistrates and relaxations are being ordered accordingly. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “We have to ensure that law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir is maintained,” Attorney General K K Venugopal told the bench. He referred to the July 2016 agitation in Kashmir after encounter of terrorist Burhan Wani and said it took around three months to bring normalcy at that time. He said that since 1990, 44,000 people have been killed by extremists and people from across the border have been guiding and giving instructions to them. He said in the present situation, it will take few days to restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir. Venugopal said that not a single death has been reported since last Monday after the restrictions were imposed. The AG was responding to the bench which asked about the steps taken by the authorities for bringing normalcy and restoring basic facilities in the region. During the hearing, the bench said: “The situation is such that nobody knows what exactly is happening there. Some time should be given for bringing normalcy. They are analysing the situation on a day-to-day basis. “The government’s endeavour is to restore normalcy. That is why they are reviewing the situation on a day-to-to basis. If tomorrow anything happens in Jammu and Kashmir, who will be responsible? Obviously the Centre.” The bench further said that it has to look into all the pros and cons and therefore reasonable time should be given to the government to ensure normalcy returns in the state. It asked the petitioner’s counsel senior advocate Menaka Guruswamy to give specific instances where relief is needed. “You give us specific instances and we will give directions to them to provide relief,” the bench said. The top court asked the AG as to how much time will be needed to restore normalcy. Venugopal replied that there is need to ensure that law and order situation is maintained and least inconvenience is caused to the general public. He said that large number of troops and para military forces have been sent to Jammu and Kashmir. While Guruswamy was making submissions that due to snapping of all type of communication people failed to speak on the festive occasion, the bench said, “nothing can be done overnight. There are serious issues. Normalcy would return and we expect it will come with time. What is important is it has to be ensured that no life is lost”. Venugopal said that the government is ensuring that no violence or human rights violations takes place there. He said that during the agitation in July 2016, total of 47 persons had died but till today no one has died. Before posting the matter after two weeks the bench said, “We are with you on the issue of right to liberty of the people. But we should have a real picture before us. “Wait for sometime. Let us wait for normalcy to return”. The bench told further the petitioner that he will have the chance to come back after two weeks. At the outset, Guruswamy said how can there be total prohibition on communication that even soldiers posted in the state cannot talk to their family members. This submission invited angry reactions from the bench. It said: “Why you are raising grievances on behalf of soldiers. Your prayer is not this. Soldiers have to maintain discipline and if they have any grievance then let them come before us. Why you are taking up the cause of soldiers.” When Guruswamy tried to make a reference of Article 370, the bench warned her saying, “dont make any such statement on it”. She had said she was not making any comment on Article 370 but was on the issue of constitutional right of the individuals. While she was making submissions on various violation of rights by referring to people’s difficulty in even reaching to hospital and schools and police station, the bench said that in the petition no instances have been cited like that. “Your petition is poorly drafted”, the bench said, adding that it is also filed very carelessly without realizing the seriousness and importance of the matter.
OTTAWA – The federal carbon pricing system for heavy emitters, softened last week to ease the impact on Canadian industry, could be amended even further this fall as Ottawa looks to address competitiveness fears in corporate Canada fuelled by U.S. tax cuts, tariffs and environmental policy roll backs.Environment Canada also now has to consult on the proposed plan with more than a dozen industrial sectors specific to Ontario that weren’t originally expected to be affected by the federal carbon pricing program because Ontario had its own system — now scrapped by Doug Ford’s new provincial government.That includes the auto sector, which is the next possible target for President Donald Trump’s tariffs, and breweries, who are paying more for their cans from the aluminum tariffs Trump has already imposed.Steel, which also had tariffs imposed by the U.S. in June, was one of the industries given the biggest break by Ottawa last week when Environment Minister Catherine McKenna increased the amount of emissions companies can produce before they have to start paying the carbon price. Those changes came after six months of consultations with affected industries who warned the government the proposed system was too onerous and could compel some of them to consider leaving Canada altogether.Manufacturers of steel, iron, lime, cement and nitrogen fertilizer will now have to pay the carbon price only on emissions that exceed 90 per cent of the average emissions in their sector. Other companies that produce more than 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, will pay the carbon price on anything over 80 per cent.The original proposal McKenna made in January was to set that cap at 70 per cent for all industry.John Moffet, the associate assistant deputy minister at Environment and Climate Change Canada, said Thursday those changes may not be the last, and that economic pressures facing companies from things like U.S. tariffs are among the factors being looked at.“I would say the government is open to further changes across the board,” said Moffet.Environment Canada officials met with representatives from more than a dozen Ontario industries, including auto and auto parts manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and a number of chemical firms, last week to begin the process of assessing how their competitiveness might be affected by the carbon price. The federal system will only be applicable in provinces without a federally approved carbon price system of their own.Although Ottawa won’t be assessing which provinces have such plans until September, Moffet said when the original consultations took place, the federal government analysed and consulted industries only in provinces that were expected to use the federal pricing program.The changes to the system have become political fodder for carbon price opponents — particularly the federal Conservatives and their provincial counterparts in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta — who argue that scaling back the program to reduce the impact on business is an admission the carbon pricing system is bad for the economy. They want Ottawa to scrap the entire carbon pricing plan.The government says the plan all along was to set an initial target and then amend it after more specific review, and that the changes made will not have a material impact on the amount of greenhouse gases that will be cut from Canada’s total annual emissions. Moffet said the incentives to reduce emissions remain, even with a higher cap.Corporate Canada may also get help this fall from Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who is spending the summer listening to a wide range of perspectives on Canada’s competitiveness challenges. For months now Canadian businesses have been firing off warnings that Canada is at a deep disadvantage after recent changes like U.S. corporate tax reforms.Business associations want Ottawa to cut corporate taxes in Canada, arguing the U.S. tax changes could end up inflicting more damage on the Canadian economy than the possible termination of the North American Free Trade Agreement.A spokeswoman for Morneau said if he is to make any adjustments, they would be announced in his fall economic statement.The draft regulations finalizing the industrial component of Canada’s carbon pricing scheme are also expected this fall, with the final regulations not expected until the summer of 2019.
The Lok Sabha elections are barely a month away and camps of all political outfits are buzzing. Amidst their carefully crafted strategies and populist manifestos lie the issues that will play a pivotal role in steering their ships to shore. The most-preferred choice in a public mandate is the one which understands the ground situation more than anything. The need of the hour is to understand the prevailing situation. While the incumbent bears the responsibility of addressing grievances, others are free to either suggest or criticise – latter being the case most of the times. In the democratic set-up constituted and passed down to the future generations, the concept of opposition was to sit with the government and contribute to the discussions over decisions to be made in the interest of people or nation as a whole. It was certainly not to create an ugly environment by dissenting to the point of humiliating the incumbent over their decision. Maybe that is why the heavily advocated concept of a majority government by BJP is crucial to their vision of India. As evident, the 16th Lok Sabha never had any troubles over decisions simply because of a staggering 282 seats that it had in the 2014 elections. Such a majority gave BJP the power it may not have speculated. The Modi wave reduced Congress to scrap – mere 44 seats in a historic low. Congress has since walked a long way in recovering from such a disaster to be able to once again become the reckoning force it was prior to the Modi wave. Led by yet another Gandhi, Congress’ recent victory in the major states was the first glimpse of the grand old party’s resurgence. But why was Congress able to sideline BJP in the three states of Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh? The answer to this question holds the key to understanding the upcoming elections. Also Read – A compounding difficultyThe ever-dominant Modi wave is still there but BJP lost the three states to their bitter rivals purely on the ground issues. It seemed as if the saffron party’s time at the helm made it accustomed to their wishes more than the public’s. Demonetisation had already hurt the rural population immeasurably. Adding higher MSP’s and poorly implemented farm schemes after a tumultuous outcry of the same did not exactly help. Farmers resort to suicides as the debts grew and grievances were seldom addressed. The compounding distress came back to haunt BJP in the most crucial hour – elections. Understanding this bit of an unaddressed issue transforming into a decisive factor in the public mandate is necessary to draw predictions about the upcoming polls. Though the aforementioned instance was just for the three states – which had agrarian distress as the predominant issue, it is a collective of issues across the verticles of society that will decide who gets to the helm. Each state has its own set of issues, adversities to be precise, that need to be resolved. These did not emerge overnight, they have come to the forefront based on neglect of the government. Take for instance Kerala’s Sabarimala imbroglio or Northeast’s agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Both the regions are embroiled in their respective controversies which, on several occasions, has brought the state to an uncomfortable halt. BJP and Congress have done little to resolve the adversities. In such a situation, regional parties have become the popular choice – making them a key factor in the national narrative. The third front or the federal front which will have to align towards either side to give the general mandate an outcome, should BJP fail to register majority, has become an essential feature of the polls. Of course, BJP is trying to avoid such a circumstance where its claim to the driving seat rests on other’s allegiance while Congress acknowledges their presence and hopeful alliance as the only way to usurp BJP. While half the country suffers from agrarian distress, there are several other state-specific issues such as militancy in J&K, drug abuse in Punjab, unemployment in UP, Jat reservation/agitation in Haryana, et al. Now, while the populist manifestos will certainly highlight these and influence public mandate through sops of all sorts, the voters’ dilemma exists nevertheless since deep down none will cater to the troubles with the eye of resolving them in entirety. If you solve the problem then there is no problem to build your promises on. In such a case, the next best thing is to vote the one with fewer lies or the one who understands the regional issues more. In this context, the narrative of polls might meander depending on the regional powerplay!
OSU sophomore forward Marcus McCrary (19) during a game against Michigan on Nov. 4 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Laurie Hamame | Lantern PhotographerAnother title is coming to Columbus, this one by way of the Ohio State men’s soccer team, which captured the regular-season Big Ten crown on Wednesday after defeating Michigan 3-1.The Big Ten championship is the third for the program and first since 2009. Senior midfielder and captain Zach Mason said he knew this year’s team would be special.“We have a team full of winners, a winning mentality,” Mason said. “I knew something special would happen this year, and I’m glad it came to fruition.”After a rocky 1-4 start, the Buckeyes finished their regular season with an overall record of 11-5-2 and a conference record of 5-2-1. OSU coach John Bluem said the team’s turnaround is a testament to its mindset.“Even when we were 1-4, the guys didn’t lose confidence. They thought that we were a good team and that we had just been unlucky,” Bluem said. “The fact that they didn’t give up and realized that if we could just get it going, we would be fine, and obviously we did get it going.”The Buckeye seniors, who were honored prior to the game for senior night, were the stars of the night. Mason and midfielder Kyle Culbertson combined for the Scarlet and Gray’s three goals. Mason’s tally was the first of his collegiate career.“Senior night, a couple seniors getting some goals, getting a win, the Big Ten title, I mean it’s a dream come true,” Mason said. Culbertson’s first goal of the evening, and his fourth of the season, occurred at the 25th minute of the first half when the ball bounced to him off a Michigan player 12 feet in front of the net. The strike gave OSU a 1-0 lead.Shortly after, in the 32nd minute of play, a corner kick from senior defender Liam Doyle found Mason on the ground after a deflection, redirecting into the net for his first goal in scarlet and gray.“I went up for the header and I missed it. I fell down on the ball and it went in. It was worth the wait though,” Mason said. “I just started laughing instantly. It’s ironic that I never scored, and it wasn’t a good goal, but it went in.”Culbertson got his second tally of the match in the 55th minute following skillful passing by junior forwards Danny Jensen and Yaw Amankwa. The goal swelled the OSU lead to three goals.“The front four played fantastic, that last goal was just a testament to that,” Culbertson said. “I think everybody touched it, all the front four guys. It was just a great combination play.”The Buckeye defense did its part as well, keeping Michigan off the scoreboard until the 85th minute of play when senior goaltender Chris Froschauer’s bid for an eighth shutout was snapped by Wolverine senior forward James Murphy.“The performance speaks for itself, we’ve given up four goals in our past 11 games,” Bluem said. “Our defense has really been doing the job for us, they’ve been fantastic all year long and we’re playing well at the best time of the season to be playing well.”With the Big Ten regular-season title under its belt, OSU will move on to the Big Ten tournament, where it enters as the top seed. Culbertson said that despite the Big Ten title, the competition is still intense.“Every team in this conference can beat anybody out there, so we are definitely getting prepared and making sure that we know the opponent that’s coming in, and making sure we’re ready to work,” Culbertson said.Bluem said there is still a lot of soccer to be played.“We’ve got the Big Ten tournament in front of us, and it would be great to win that as well. We know that after that, we’re going to advance and play in the NCAA tournament,” he said. “This isn’t the last game of the season, there’s a lot of games left in front of you, let’s just one win at a time and do what we did tonight and if we do it well enough, we’ll win.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to host their first Big Ten tournament game Sunday against the winner of Michigan State and Penn State. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLast season, redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins secured the backup quarterback position when redshirt junior quarterback Joe Burrow was temporarily sidelined with a hand injury. In that backup role, Haskins threw for 565 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, completing 70.2 percent of his passes across eight gamesWhile the numbers in his limited play aren’t gaudy by any means, Haskins made his best case for the 2018 starting job on a single drive against his team’s arch-rival. Once J.T. Barrett was forced to exit the game and Ohio State trailed 20-14, Haskins orchestrated a scoring drive that proved to be the game-winner in its 31-20 victory. Given the collectiveness he showed in the most tense moment of his football career, Haskins made a strong case for why on Sept. 1, when the when the Ohio State football team opens its season against the Oregon State Beavers, he should start at quarterback. “It’s crazy to go win the biggest rivalry in sports. I never thought it would be a reality,” Haskins said after the win. “I got my number called and it worked out for me. I’m thankful.”Worked out for him it did, most importantly in the eyes of head coach Urban Meyer.“I can’t say it’s comfort yet,” Meyer said after the game. “But to see him perform in that environment, and more importantly against that defense. That’s an elite defense.”If there’s one thing about quarterbacks that matters to Meyer, it’s big-game experience. That was evident when he began the 2015 campaign with Cardale Jones — who led his team to a national championship the year prior —, to be the Week One starter over Barrett, — who became statistically the greatest quarterback in school history.From a scheme standpoint, Meyer has almost always had a quarterback weith the ability to make plays on the ground. Haskins has the skills to extend a play at times, but in no way are his legs a threat for opposing defenses to worry about.The lack of mobility, however, might not be a detriment to his chances of becoming the starter since Ohio State will be returning two previous 1,000-yard rushers. Last season, Barrett out-carried Mike Weber or J.K. Dobbins in seven games and out-carried both combined on two occasions.With that duo behind him, the Buckeyes’ offense can become more simplified. The running backs run and the quarterback throws. And Haskins will throw well because what he lacks on the ground, he makes up for with incredible arm talent.“It would mean the world to me [to be the starter],” Haskins said following Ohio State’s Cotton Bowl victory. “I’ve been working for this since I was a little kid and it’s right there so I’m going to go take it.”
Thierry Henry has hailed Vincent Kompany’s impact at Manchester City as being similar to the one that John Terry had at ChelseaThe Belgium international joined the newly-crowned Premier League winners back in August 2008 from Bundesliga side Hamburg and, after replacing Carlos Tevez as the club captain back in 2011, Kompany has led City to three league titles.But in recent seasons the defender has been struggling with injury issues with Pep Guardiola having reportedly admitted to have grown tired with the constant setbacks.Yet Kompany returned to the side on 3 February in their 1-1 draw against Burnley and has since been an ever present figure at the back with the Belgium having led City to the Carabao Cup later that month in their 3-0 win against Arsenal at Wembley.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“When Vincent Kompany talks, he’s eloquent, intelligent, knows the game, is a good player and a great leader. It’s exactly what you want from him.” said Henry, according to Sky Sports.“He’s had a difficult couple years with injuries, but he never gave up, was always there for the team with a smile.“It’s very important to have these types of players to win titles. We saw it at the end of John Terry’s career at Chelsea. You can always rely on Vincent Kompany, on what he can bring.”