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

Newsweek Redesign on the Way

first_imgDays after Newsweek and the Daily Beast officially merged, reports come that a redesigned Newsweek is about to make the rounds among ad buyers. The magazine is offering deep discounts according to Adweek, which quotes one anonymous ad buyer as saying, “I can’t fall off the floor with my rates.” Newsweek and The Daily Beast completed their merger on Feb. 1, creating a company called The Newsweek/Daily Beast Co. that is led by four directors: Newsweek buyer Sidney Harman as executive chairman, Daily Beast owner Barry Diller and two others-one appointed from each side. Tina Brown is editor-in-chief of both properties while former Daily Beast president Stephen Colvin is CEO.Ad pages fell 19.8 percent to 895 in Newsweek in 2010, according to Publishers Information Bureau. Former owner Washington Post Co. said the magazine lost $30 million in 2009 before selling to Harman.last_img read more

Sporty OptiShokz Revvez sunglasses integrate boneconduction headphones

first_img Some of the most anticipated tech for 2019 85 Photos Tags Now playing: Watch this: 0 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Post a comment All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 OptiShokz Revvez audio sunglasses from all angles Bone-conduction headphones, which transmit sound through your cheekbones (or in this case, through the cartilage behind your ear), don’t sound as good as traditional headphones, but they’ve improved a lot over the years and AfterShokz makes arguably the best bone-conduction headphones. I doubt these will sound quite as good as the Bose Frames (which I’ve tried) but they should sound decent and be appealing to runners and bikers who want to hear traffic around them for safety reasons. Also, for those entering race events that prohibit the use of headphones that block your ears, these audio sunglasses would be a good option. As soon as I get some hands-on time with an early unit I’ll update this post with my impressions of their audio performance. Until then, here are the OptiShokz Revvez’ key features: First sunglasses with transducers positioned to transmit sound through the cartilage behind your ear, providing the best bass response and volume.  Bendable two-position titanium temple arms Water and sweat resistant (IP55 certified) Each pair includes three interchangeable silicone rubber nose pads to ensure a comfortable fit Five lenses to choose from: Polarized Grey, REVO Blue, Gradient Grey, Transparent and Bright YellowLenses are interchangeable and molded in Teijin polycarbonate (glasses come with your choice of one lens, and additional lenses are sold separately) Open design leaves ears open and allows you to hear the outside world while listening to audio 6-hour battery life You can charge fully in less than 2 hours Bluetooth 4.2Dual noise-canceling microphones eliminate external noise while enhancing speech volume for phone calls Price: $179, with early-bird pricing of $99 (no word on international pricing) Available around June, though no ship date has been confirmed CES 2019 Enlarge Image AfterShokz In the coming weeks Bose is set to ship its Frames audio AR sunglasses, but if you’re looking for sportier spectacles that have integrated audio, you should keep your eye on the upcoming OptiShokz Revvez bone-conduction audio sunglasses from AfterShokz. Designed to allow cyclists, runners, hikers, golfers, skiers and others to listen to audio and make calls on the go while maintaining “ambient sound awareness,” the OptiShokz Revvez are launching via an Indiegogo campaign on Feb. 19, the company announced Monday here at CES. There are five lens options — the lenses are interchangeable — and early-bird pricing has been set at $99 or a 45 percent discount off the Revvez’ list price of $179. Alas, there’s no prescription lens option. They’re due to ship around June, although delays are always possible. Headphones 58 Photos Share your voice 1:07 CES Products Boselast_img read more

PM Modi Google CEO Sundar Pichai among contenders for Time Person of

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi, Chennai-born Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai and the chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani are among the 58 candidates for ‘Person of the Year 2015′ honour conducted by The Time magazine.The winner of title will be declared next month and it will be conferred upon the person who “most influenced the news this year for better or worse,” the publication said.”Modi has encouraged foreign direct investment in India and is trying to modernise the world’s largest democracy,” The Economic Times quoted Time, as saying.”But the Indian leader has also faced controversy over what some see as right-wing extremism,” it added.Modi had also found a place among the contenders last year, but did not secure the title. However, he had emerged as the winner of the readers’ poll last year, garnering over 16% of the nearly five million votes.Pichai, who was promoted as the CEO of Google in August, is also among the contenders along with India’s richest person Ambani.”After 11 years at Google, most recently as co-founder Larry Page’s right hand, Pichai assumed the tech giant’s top job,” Time said.After joining as a ‘low key manager ‘ in Google in 2004, Pichai moved up to top ranks at the company following the successful launch of operating system Google Chrome in 2008. He also led the launch of Gmail and Google Maps.In the voting conducted for Person of the Year 2015 title so far, Modi has already secured 1.3% of the votes, similar to that of Pichai and Russian President Vladimir Putin.The other prominent contenders for the title include US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Chinese President Xi Jinping, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Tesla Motors  head Elon Musk, Apple CEO Tim Cook and last year’s winner Pope Francis.last_img read more

United States China team explore energy harvesting

first_imgCredit: ACS Nano More information: Ultrathin, Rollable, Paper-Based Triboelectric Nanogenerator for Acoustic Energy Harvesting and Self-Powered Sound Recording ACS Nano, Article ASAP, Publication Date (Web): March 19, 2015. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b00618 Six authors have described their work in harvesting energy in a paper titled “Ultrathin, Rollable, Paper-Based Triboelectric Nanogenerator for Acoustic Energy Harvesting and Self-Powered Sound Recording.” Translation: A paper microphone may help charge your cellphone. Jacob Aron in New Scientist wrote about their work; he said one benefit of such a microphone is that it could harvest acoustic energy to top up a phone charge on the go. The team, from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. and Chongqing University and Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, published their paper in ACS Nano last month. Explore further Device captures energy from walking to recharge wireless gadgets Journal information: ACS Nanocenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 Tech Xplore The scientists developed a rollable, paper-based triboelectric nanogenerator with 125 μm thickness. It can deliver maximum power density of 121 mW/m2 and 968 W/m3 under a sound pressure of 117 dBSPL. (The amount of power the microphone provides depends on its size, but it’s around 121 milliwatts per square meter.)What is a nanogenerator? Interviewed last year by Paul Weiss, Zhong Lin Wang of Georgia Tech said: “A nanogenerator is a device that utilizes piezoelectrics, triboelectrics, or paraelectrics, or all three of them, to convert mechanical action, thermal action, or other action into electricity for powering small electronic devices, mostly by converting mechanical energy.” As for the triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG), he explained that this uses the electrostatic charge “created due to the triboelectrification process as a driving force for electron flow to an external load. Using this process today, we can achieve 55 percent energy conversion efficiency, the best so far.”Again, Aron translated what Zhong Wang of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and colleagues actually did to their paper. “They used a laser to zap a grid of microscopic holes in the paper, then coated one side in copper and laid it on top of a thin sheet of Teflon, joining the two sheets at one edge. Sound waves vibrate the two sheets in different ways, causing them to come in and out of contact. This generates an electric charge, similar to the one made when your rub a balloon on your hair, which can charge a phone slowly.”The microphone is the size of a postage stamp. Aron said, “The amount of power the microphone provides depends on its size, but it’s around 121 milliwatts per square meter. ‘It can be made into any size you like,’ says Wang, though he admits a stamp-sized microphone fitted to your phone would only provide a small amount of power rather than fully charging your phone.”The authors of the paper said it can be implemented onto a commercial cell phone for acoustic energy harvesting from human talking. Aron, meanwhile, also wrote about another potential application—the recycling of sound energy from the environment, where one could get “free electricity from the ‘waste’ sounds all around us.”The authors said the concept and design could be applied to a variety of circumstances for energy harvesting or sensing purposes. Some examples they gave would be toward wearable and flexible electronics, military surveillance, jet engine noise reduction, a low-cost implantable human ear and wireless technology applications.Via NewScientist Citation: United States, China team explore energy harvesting (2015, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-states-china-team-explore-energy.htmllast_img read more