The Week Continues Upward Trajectory

first_imgThe Week has been a bright spot in consumer magazine publishing since it launched in 2001, and was one of the only magazines to continuously increase its advertising pages through much of the economic recession. Through the first half of 2010, the magazine has increased ad pages by 10.3 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.And its growth continues in other areas. According to president Steven Kotok, the print magazine is gearing up to raise its rate base again in 2011 from 500,000 to 510,000. It also will be raising the price of gift subscriptions by 17 percent next year. Kotok says the magazine currently offers a bundled “two-for-one” deal for $69.“Our largest source of new subscriptions is from current subscribers introducing The Week to friends, family and colleagues, and that activity just keeps increasing,” he says. Online, the brand has effectively tripled its audience over the last 18 months. In January 2009, TheWeek.com averaged more than 330,000 unique visitors and roughly 1.28 million page views. Last month, the site pulled in more than 1.35 million uniques and 3.5 million page views.On top of seeing a strong amount of returning visitors coming directly to the site each day, TheWeek.com is getting a lot of its traffic from links from other sites. “We see a lot of links to our content from Yahoo News and AOL News—sites that report news events but link to our content for those of their readers seeking a further multiperspective ‘opinion take’ on the news,” says Kotok. “And we see a lot of traffic from links from opinion sites such as Real Clear Politics, Hot Air, Talking Points Memo, Salon and DailyKos.”Kotok says the linking raises TheWeek.com’s profile with Google, and as a result the site also is seeing an increased amount of traffic from search.Online Accounts for More Than a Third of ProfitsInitially, as did other publishers, The Week considered selling advertisements on its Web site as a small add-on for print buys. Today, though, roughly 35 percent of the brand’s profits are generated online. Kotok says a big contributor to this is landing major advertisers that aren’t buying into the print magazine, like BMW and FedEx, to buy ad schedules online.“We see online revenue rising by 50 percent in 2011 and 33 percent in 2012,” he says.Content-wise, Kotok says TheWeek.com is planning to launch a new “Election” page later this month and is developing several “multiplatform programs” which he declined to describe in further detail.“Even though we are considered new and innovtive, we actually put a lot of effort toward not changing what’s already working and toward staying true to what makes us unique,” he says. “And most importantly, focusing on what’s best for our business in the long term. There are so many pressures in this business to make compromises on those principles for short-term benefit, but compromise is not what has gotten us to our successful position today.”last_img read more

Why you should use dark mode on the iPhone

first_img See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 1 See it Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $999 Are there any negatives? Not that we know of — not any real health consequences, anyway. A few potential downsides to inverted color schemes include: Very small text and long blocks of text may be harder to readPeople with certain kinds of color blindness may find it harder to useMay be hard to see in dimly lit environments  Should you use it? If you look at your phone screen for a substantial amount of time each day, there’s a chance you could benefit from using dark mode. For the best results, try enabling Dark Mode and Night Shift (Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift) to reduce as much blue light as possible. There are no real consequences from using Dark Mode, but a few great benefits to consider, so when Apple rolls it out for iPhone in September, give it a shot and note any differences in your vision, sleep or headaches.  2:45 Apple iPhone XS Dark Mode comes to Apple iOS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple The benefits of dark mode Apple introduced dark mode for Mac in 2018. At the time, creative professionals raved about the feature, as it’s sleek and makes photos and text pop on the black background. But aside from creative potential, the obvious benefit is that dark mode helps protects your eyes from the traditionally blinding whiteness of computer and phone screens. Even with features like Night Shift, which softens harsh blue light and wearing blue-light blocking glasses, bright white tech screens can still cause blurry vision, headaches and watery eyes. For many, dark mode may alleviate those symptoms. Reducing the amount of blue light you come into contact with throughout the day may also help you sleep better. Additionally, dark mode for iOS might increase your iPhone’s battery life. It takes less power for OLED screens to emit dark colors than a bright ones, so while Apple hasn’t yet made any claims that Dark Mode saves battery, there’s a good chance that it will give you more time before you need to plug in again. However, this is only true for OLED screens (organic light-emitting diode) and not LCD (liquid crystal display) screens. In OLED screens, every individual pixel lights up to create an image. So when you turn on Dark Mode, your phone just shuts off the pixels it doesn’t need — versus an LCD screen, which uses a backlight regardless of color scheme. Only the newest iPhones use OLED, so this trick won’t work for you if you use any model from the 8 Plus or earlier. More iPhones with OLED screens are expected to come out next year. See It 9 Photos Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sprint reading • Why you should use dark mode on the iPhone Dark Mode in the calendar app James Martin/CNET Apple announced at WWDC 2019 that it is bringing Dark Mode to iOS to give anyone with an iPhone the chance to use the alternative color scheme. Until this year, Dark Mode was only available with MacOS on Mac computers. The new feature is currently in Apple’s beta iOS and should be available with iOS 13, which will come out with the newest iPhone in September. What is dark mode? Like its name implies, dark mode darkens the user interface on Apple devices. Basically, the appearance is inverted so that instead of black text on a white background, you see light or white text on a black background. The feature is system-wide, so all native Apple apps will support dark mode, and so will your notifications and widgets. Plus, Dark Mode will be available for third-party developers to make it part of their app. The effect is most noticeable on apps where the majority appears white, such as Apple Health and Calendar. Read more: Dark mode is coming to iOS 13, but these iPhone apps have it now Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags Boost Mobile Comment • See All $999 Wellness $999 Dark mode for iOS 13: iPhone’s dark side never looked so good Best Buy Applelast_img read more

British parliament votes to ask EU for Brexit delay

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May waves as she leaves 10 Downing Street in London on 14 March ahead of a further Brexit vote. Photo: AFPBritain’s parliament on Thursday voted to ask the European Union to delay Brexit until at least June and head off a chaotic end to their 46-year partnership in two weeks.But lawmakers also rejected a call to use that time to hold a second Brexit referendum — a blow to the hopes of a large swath of Britons who still dream of keeping their European identities.The UK is barrelling towards the 29 March Brexit deadline with no approved EU withdrawal agreement and a prime minister who appears to have lost control over her bickering cabinet.Anxious businesses are pleading for action and US president Donald Trump waded in to pronounce himself “surprised to see how badly it has all gone”.A sense of chaos filled the House of Commons this week as lawmakers held a series of votes on ideas about what they could do next.MPs have twice rejected the deal struck by prime minister Theresa May’s with the other 27 EU nations — in January and on Tuesday.They voted on Wednesday not to leave without an agreement but still lacked a clear roadmap on the way forward three years after Brexit was launched in a bitterly divisive referendum.The plan they all finally agreed on — after turning down four other proposals — was submitted by May herself: to ask EU leaders to simply push Brexit back.The motion also supported holding a third vote early next week on May’s twice-rejected deal.A revised tally showed it passing by a 413-202 margin despite the majority of her own party — and seven of her 28 cabinet members — voting against.May had already lost her voice earlier in the week and did not stand up to speak before the chamber after all the voting had wound down for the day.”Parliament’s rejection of no deal and desire for an extension shows there is still some common sense in Westminster,” the influential CBI business lobby tweeted after the vote.”But without a radically new approach, business fears this is simply a stay of execution.”Another voteA bumpy “no deal” exit on 29 March will still happen if May’s strategy is voted down for a third time and the EU 27 fail to approve an extension.EU leaders have said they would consider any request from London.But they also want to know how long the extension would be — and what it would be used for — before they meet in Brussels in a week’s time.May’s plan is to hold a third vote on her agreement with Brussels by Wednesday.Approval would then see her ask for the delay until 30 June so that the treaty can be ratified.But she warns that her deal’s rejection next week could see Brexit postponed for much longer.A bigger delay would also see Britain take part in European Parliament elections in May — bizarrely re-immersing the country in EU politics after Brexit was originally meant to have gone into effect.Rethinking BrexitEU Council chief Donald Tusk said Thursday that the bloc could approve a long postponement “if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it”.He reflected Brussels’ long-standing position that a closer relationship is possible if May abandons her opposition to staying in the EU customs union.May’s deal has been blocked chiefly by disagreement over the so-called Irish “backstop” — a measure to keep trade flowing and avoid friction at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney mentioned the possibility on Thursday of Brexit being pushed back until the end of 2020.”It would give a long reflection period for the British political system to look at how they want to approach Brexit again,” he said.No second referendum?Parliament’s rejection of a second Brexit referendum reflected a broader debate in UK society about how democratic such a vote would be.Only 85 MPs voted in favour and 334 voted against.People’s Vote and other pro-EU campaign groups have been organising periodic marches across London in support of a second vote that could potentially undo the first one’s results.One rally in October drew around half a million people and was joined by London mayor Sadiq Khan.But the group knew it lacked sufficient support in parliament Thursday and withdrew its formal support of the motion before it came up for a vote.Labour backs the idea in principle but asked its MPs to abstain.last_img

2 killed in road crash

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloTwo people were killed after a truck plunged into a roadside ditch at Lengra Bazar in Muktagaccha, Mymensingh on Wednesday.The deceased could not be identified immediately.Ali Mahmud, officer-in-charge of Muktagaccha police station, said the accident took place around 6:30am when a Mymensingh-bound truck laden with goods fell into the ditch.The driver and his assistant were killed on the spot.On information, police recovered the bodies and sent them to local hospital for autopsy.last_img read more

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Road shut for week for emergency repairs due to gas leak

first_imgThe approximate location of the closure (marked A) (Image: Google/INRIX) Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA road is set to be closed for a week following a gas leak this morning Maunders Road is shut in Milton while emergency repairs take place following reports of a leak earlier today. The street is shut in both directions at the junction with Newford Crescent – with traffic data company INRIX reporting the closure is outside The Old Bike Shed. The road is set to reopen by next Friday (February 23). A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: “Maunders Road is closed at the junction of Newford Crescent due to a gas leak.” For more traffic and travel news visit our dedicated channel here or visit our live news service for the latest news, traffic and travel updates and weather from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Read MorePolice urge drivers to ensure cars are secure – after spate of attempted break-ins For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire.last_img read more