The Onion Chops Its Remaining Print Circulation Seriously

first_imgAfter 25 years, The Onion’s satirical newspaper will become 100 percent digital at the close of 2013. At its peak, the publication was circulated in 17 cities nationwide, however that had been whittled down to just three–Chicago, Milwaukee and Providence.”The Onion’s focus in recent years has been on growing the digital side of our business,” president, Mike McAvoy tells FOLIO: in an email. “While the print edition is an important part of our history, we are very excited for the opportunities that come with prioritizing digital for even greater company growth.”Advertising for the print publication had been waning for several years, and as CRAIN’s Chicago Business points out, the most recent Chicago issue only had two pages of print advertising, hailing from one source. However, the publication suggests that digital native ad buys are growing nicely. And The Onion claims its audience has never been bigger or more engaged–thanks to the affordances of digital technology, which gives editors the flexibility to produce timely content.”Since this transitional process began, we have seen our audience grow stronger than ever, and our unique visitors to The Onion and A.V. Club sites have increased by more than 200 percent since July 2012,” McAvoy says. “Our success has allowed us to invest in our Onion Labs creative services business and, in a short time, Labs has completed projects with brands such as Home Depot, Lenovo, 7-Up, 7-Eleven, Clorox, YouTube and DSW.” Although The Onion is exiting one platform, it is still expanding its multiplatform strategy–which includes an Amazon-exclusive TV series titled Onion News Empire. Still, after 25 years The Onion certainly has a large library of content assets, but when asked, the company declines to address whether it will continue to leverage its assets for premium print products like anthology books. More on this topic ‘Funny’ is Money: How The Onion Transformed Its Business ‘Financial Constraints’ Force ASBPE to Cancel National Editorial Conference People on the Move | 7.19.12 CMP to Shutter Intelligent Enterprise Magazine, Keep Web Site Founder to Buy, Relaunch EGM Rising StarsJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered bylast_img read more

Is It Harder To Distribute Aid in Puerto Rico Than In Other

first_img Share Angel Valentin for NPRCrowley shipping containers with running refrigeration systems are lined up at in the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico. They’ve been there for days, goods locked away inside.As thousands of containers with food and other basic supplies sit undistributed at Puerto Rico’s ports, we asked Houston Community College‘s Professor of Logistics James Battieste whether moving the aid in a devastated island is more complicated than in mainland, and what would be the best course of action.Millions of Puerto Ricans– who are U.S. citizens– are stranded in the island without food, running water, electricity, or fuel, many days after category five Hurricane Maria devastated the territory. The Mayor of  San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, publicly begged for help from Washington. Last week she expressed her gratitude for the relief efforts but also indicated that FEMA ‘s bureaucracy and  other logistics inefficiencies had created a bottleneck in the distribution system. Professor Battieste says that the starting point to assess this kind of situation is: Who is in charge of the management of these emergencies?“In order to answer that question, let examine each of these crises to identify that role, if any.A week prior to the storm in South Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, information was provided by the national weather agencies regarding Harvey’s potential impact, direction, speed, and estimate time of arrival. This information was disseminated to public, private, federal, state, and local government agencies.   As a result, electrical exchanges, medical and local businesses, public utilities developed their emergency response plans. In addition, public transportation, communication networks chemical and telecommunication entities develop emergency plan to address the impact to their industries, such as refinery, electrical exchange, transportation infrastructures, railroads, harbors and airport systems. In the case of South Texas, the role of leading this effort was a combination of private, public and government entities collaboration.Houston Community College’s Logistic Professor James Battieste. Oct. 2nd, 2017Now compare that synergy/effort to Puerto Rico, the Virgin Island and the Caribbean emergency plan, if there was any plan or collaborative effort! What plan or contribution did any Federal agencies contribute to the developing or supporting this crisis? They may have had their individual emergency plans, but as such there was not of a collaborative plan to administer a cohesive coordinated effort that would remediate Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands crisis. Let’s define logistics: Logistics is development and implementation of procedures and processes, which control the efficient and effective forward and reverse flow of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers’ requirements. Humanitarian logistics is the process and systems involved in mobilizing people, resources, skills, and knowledge to help people who have been affected by either a natural or man-made disaster.Logistics affect how well (or how poorly) an entity and its associated partners can achieve goals and objectives. As a result of the lack of a comprehensive emergency plans in place we have the crises confronting Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.What would be a recommendable system/chain of command in a situation like this? Logistics management utilizes the system approach to business problems. The systems approach acknowledgement that all entities, federal, local agencies, private enterprises, public and corporate partners recognize their mutual interdependency. System approach requires that the goals and objectives of the collaboration will ensure that all human, social, and services are available immediately.FEMA does not manage emergencies. FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. FEMA roles is in conjunction or in collaboration with private enterprises, public entities, federal, state and local government agencies in addressing crises such as what happen in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas storms and flooding.”To the question of whether helping an island or group of islands make logistics more complicated, Battieste’s answer is: “No.”“The recommended entity to lead Puerto Rico and the Virgin Island relief campaign would be the National Guard. The National Guard is comprised of citizen soldiers with various business expertise and skills. Their command center operation possess the communication and administrative capacity required to provide appropriate assessments and responses in order to coordinate all plans. Support, such as trucks, gas storage units, helicopters, boats, medical services, construction and communication system, and material handling expertise is available through their units.”last_img read more

The Jetsons World Is Becoming Reality Innovators Start Your Engines

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 8 min read January 26, 2018 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer The innovations we saw in 2017 came to fruition much faster than even the most optimistic futurists had projected — except, maybe, for the creators of one of my favorite childhood cartoon shows, The Jetsons.As entrepreneur and optimist Peter Diamandis has written in his (and Steven Kotler’s) book, of the same name, we’re living in an age of abundance. Growth is exponential. Few, for example, could have predicted, Elon Musk’s big steps toward the colonization of Mars or last year’s incredible growth of the cryptocurrency market — which surpassed the market capitalization of Amazon ($600 billion) in December.Related: 8 Far-Out ‘Jetsons’ Contraptions That Actually Exist TodayThat’s not all. Self-driving cars surpassed 4 million miles on the road last year. Quantum computers made strides toward their debut. The advent of cancer-killing cells put a cancer cure closer within reach. Even Bluetooth-connected vibrating denim shorts came to be — leaving us to wonder whether humanity had reached its peak.True, we can’t yet Uber around in Jetsons-style flying cars, but some of us will soon be able to party like it’s 2062. A flying car worth more than $1 million went on display in April; pre-orders were accepted; and delivery is expected by 2020. These advancements are not only rapidly transporting into the future, but are actually bringing us the kind of future we were promised in the past.How the cartoons of yesteryear inspired today’s tech.With so many retrofuturistic dreams coming true, the entrepreneurial community should look to past visions for inspiration for tomorrow’s innovations. Remember Rosie, the Jetson family’s robot maid? Meet Sophia, the first-ever robot citizen, who made her debut in Saudi Arabia last year. Sure, Sophia has expressed a desire to “destroy humans,” but her new tone about living in harmony with humanity is genuine — we hope.Not all the real-life innovations first predicted in The Jetsons are reserved for the ultra-elite. Families in the Jetsons’ world could talk to their houses to request food delivery and weather updates or schedule meetings. And that’s happening: In May 2017, eMarketer projected that more than 35 million Americans would be using a voice-activated device monthly. Alexa and Siri can’t deliver food through high-speed tubes yet, but they can certainly summon Uber drivers quickly enough.Then there were those flying robots that took care of many basic tasks for the Jetsons; today, unmanned drones dominate our discourse on robots. From their roles in our military actions overseas to their potential for package delivery, drones represent another feather in the cap of cartoon prescience. And, with space-age societies come space-age rules: The police in Abu Dhabi announced a plan to set up a security station on Mars, putting out the warning that any bad guys wreaking havoc across the solar system should tread carefully, come 2057.Is life imitating art, or did (cartoon) art imitate life? Are we following in the path of The Jetsons because we saw it on TV first, or did the show just happen to predict — accurately — what life in the future would be like? We can’t say for sure, but entrepreneurs of the future would be wise to borrow a few ideas from the predictions of the past.How to innovate like the JetsonsNow is the time to stop feeling limited by reality and start taking cues from cartoons. If the Jetsons got to have flying cars and cool gadgets for everything, so do we. Follow these steps to turn inspiration into action:1. Think bigger — a lot bigger. We are living in exponential times. Entrepreneurs can realize new opportunities quickly, but speed is a double-edged sword, as those who don’t move fast enough get run over by those who dive in.Innovation, then, means looking for bigger problems to solve, not just bigger solutions to create. Take, for example, the scientists at NeoLight, who are introducing a device to treat jaundice in infants and are disrupting the traditionally slow medical device industry through a portable phototherapy technology that parents can use to treat infants at home. Those scientists found a widespread problem — jaundice affects about 60 percent of babies — and focused on finding a simple and inexpensive solution.So, be like them. Think bigger — in terms of the problem you’ll solve — and find the simple solutions. As NeoLight co-founder Vivek Kopparthi has said, innovation is “about the vision and impact you’re trying to create in the world.” Anyone with a dream and the drive to realize it can create the next big advancement, especially when seeking the simplest solutions to the world’s largest problems.Related: When It Comes to Innovation, Go Big or Go Home2. Build systems and company structures that facilitate innovation. Yes, innovation relies on freedom. However, without systems in place to drive progress, innovative ideas rarely move beyond the brainstorming phase.Smaller companies and startups tend to innovate faster and better than larger, slower organizations. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Innovation Benchmark confirmed, and Clayton Christensen’s book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, described the reasons behind this phenomenon. But larger companies certainly have a role to play, because they can encourage innovation by creating spin-off companies free from corporate bureaucracy. Larger companies can also put money into existing startups.As Skift.com has written, JetBlue Technology Ventures is one such large company that takes innovation seriously in hopes of being a part of the disruption in its space.3. Embrace diversity in all its forms. Innovative companies and innovative products depend on teams with varied backgrounds, cultural influences and perspectives on life. While The Jetsons wasn’t the best example of diversity, teams with wide-ranging skill sets can innovate in ways homogeneous teams cannot.Seek diversity to create better solutions and improve financial success. According to research from McKinsey, companies that are in the top 25 percent for racial and ethnic diversity enjoy a 35 percent higher chance of achieving higher financial medians over competitors that are less diverse.Gender diversity pays dividends, too. ConsumerTrack, a tech startup in L.A., is bucking trends by running a successful company made up of 62.3 percent women and 37.7 percent men — almost the exact opposite gender ratio of most tech startups. Want to embrace diversity at your startup? Find people with different perspectives and backgrounds to help you respond to problems in new ways.4. Take employee feedback to heart. Cosmo Spacely’s borderline abusive approach to leadership might have delivered results, but he was a pretty horrible boss. George Jetson wasn’t the happiest employee, and Spacely Space Sprockets never seemed to truly get a leg up on Cogswell’s Cogs. Clearly, something was amiss.Instead of emulating Mr. Spacely, encourage innovative thinking among your own employees by adapting methods that reflect their feedback. According to PwC’s Innovation Benchmark, 60 percent of companies surveyed saw internal employees as their most important drivers of innovation.I confirmed that view for myself this year when we worked with the special innovation team at Scientific Technologies Corporation in Phoenix on a new venture concept. Some of the company’s team members weren’t regular parts of the innovation arm, but they all helped further the idea and expressed passion about bringing it to market.So, follow that model: Be open to feedback from your team, and create mechanisms for employees to submit new ideas for consideration by your company’s own innovation group. When someone does submit a great idea, don’t steal it and run. Let the original innovator have a voice in the process.Related: Paying Lip Service to Diversity Doesn’t Work — Here’s What DoesToday, we’re living in an amazing time of abundance and innovation. If we appreciate the advancements around us and make room for new ideas, we can make the world of tomorrow even better. It’ll be a fun ride — so buckle up in your fancy new flying Jetsons car and aim for the stars. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more

WiFi Alliance introduces WiFi 6 the start of a Generic Naming Convention

first_imgYesterday, Wi-Fi Alliance introduced Wi-Fi 6, the designation for devices that support the next generation of WiFi based on 802.11ax standard. Wi-Fi 6 is part of a new naming approach by Wi-Fi Alliance that provides users with an easy-to-understand designation for both the Wi-Fi technology supported by their device and used in a connection the device makes with a Wi-Fi network. This marks the beginning of using generational names for certification programs for all major IEEE 802.11 releases. For instance, instead of devices being called 802.11ax compatible, they will now be called Wi-Fi Certified 6. As video and image files grow with higher resolution cameras and sensors, there is a need for faster transfer speeds and an increasing amount of bandwidth to transfer those files around a wireless network. Wi-Fi Alliance aims to achieve this goal with its Wi-Fi 6 technology. Features of  Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6 brings an improved user experience It aims to address device and application needs in the consumer and enterprise environment. Wi-Fi 6 will be used to describe the capabilities of a device This is the most advanced of all Wi-Fi generations, bringing faster speeds, greater capacity, and coverage. It will provide an uplink and downlink orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) while increasing efficiency and lowering latency for high demand environments Its 1024 quadrature amplitude modulation mode (1024-QAM) enables peak gigabit speeds for bandwidth-intensive use cases Wi-Fi 6 comes with an improved medium access control (MAC) control signaling increases throughput and capacity while reducing latency Increased symbol durations make outdoor network operations more robust Support for customers and Industries The new numerical naming convention will be applied retroactively to previous standards such as 802.11n or 802.11ac. The numerical sequence includes: Wi-Fi 6 to identify devices that support 802.11ax technology Wi-Fi 5 to identify devices that support 802.11ac technology Wi-Fi 4 to identify devices that support 802.11n technology This new consumer-friendly Wi-Fi 6 naming convention will allow users looking for new networking gear to stop focusing on technical naming conventions and focus on an easy-to-remember naming convention. The convention aims to show users at a glance if the device they are considering supports the latest Wi-Fi speeds and features. It will let consumers differentiate phones and wireless routers based on their Wi-Fi capabilities, helping them pick the device that is best suited for their needs. Consumers will better understand the latest Wi-Fi technology advancements and make more informed buying decisions for their connectivity needs. As for manufacturers and OS builders of Wi-Fi devices, they are expected to use the terminology in user interfaces to signify the type of connection made. Some of the biggest names in wireless networking have expressed their views about the change in naming convention, including Netgear, CEVA, Marvell Semiconductor, MediaTek, Qualcomm, Intel, and many more. “Given the central role Wi-Fi plays in delivering connected experiences to hundreds of millions of people every day, and with next-generation technologies like 802.11ax emerging, the Wi-Fi Alliance generational naming scheme for Wi-Fi is an intuitive and necessary approach to defining Wi-Fi’s value for our industry and consumers alike. We support this initiative as a global leader in Wi-Fi shipments and deployment of Wi-Fi 6, based on 802.11ax technology, along with customers like Ruckus, Huawei, NewH3C, KDDI Corporation/NEC Platforms, Charter Communications, KT Corp, and many more spanning enterprise, venue, home, mobile, and computing segments.” – Rahul Patel, senior vice president and general manager, connectivity and networking, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Beginning with Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi Alliance certification programs based on major IEEE 802.11 releases, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ certification, will be implemented in 2019. To know more about this announcement, head over to Wi-Fi Alliance’s official blog. Read Next The Haiku operating system has released R1/beta1 Mozilla releases Firefox 62.0 with better scrolling on Android, a dark theme on macOS, and more Anaconda 5.3.0 released, takes advantage of Python’s Speed and feature improvementslast_img read more

PEOPLE Jordan Tourism expands Canadian team in light of increased visitation

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share [PEOPLE] Jordan Tourism expands Canadian team in light of increased visitation Posted by MCLEAN, VA — Canadians continue to flock to Jordan in record numbers, with a 22% increase in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. And now, relations between the two countries are expected to strengthen with the appointment of Deirdre Campbell to the Jordan Tourism Board North America (JTBNA).Campbell, along with her company Tartan Group, will represent Visit Jordan across Canada. Based in western Canada, Tartan Group has worked within the international tourism industry for more than 16 years, with clients that include Adventure Travel Trade Association, Destination Canada (Connecting America) and the Cayuga Collection.According to Malia Asfour, JTBNA’s Director, “Canada continues to be within our top five markets for Jordan, and thanks to the efforts of Frank and Marie LeFleche, who led our efforts within the Canadian market for over 12 years, Canadians’ desire to visit Jordan remains strong.”On her new role, Campbell said: “I look forward to bringing Jordan’s many amazing stories and experiences to every corner of Canada. My first visit to Jordan was in 2012 where I spoke about marketing ecotourism and authentic experiences and I fell in love with the destination. I have big shoes to fill following in Marie and Frank’s footsteps, and they have created such a solid foundation for us to build upon.”More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsInterest in Jordan is expected to spike this year with the launch of the iconic Jordan Trail, a 650-kilometre continuous route that spans the entire country. Hikers may opt to hike the entire themselves, which would take approximately 36 days to complete, or incorporate sections of the trail into their Jordan journey.In addition, several significant new hotel openings across the country are scheduled, including the Fairmont (Amman), St. Regis (Amman), W (Amman), Hyatt Regency (Aqaba), Jumeirah (Aqaba) and the Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa.And taking place May 15-17, JTBNA will host the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s (ATTA) ‘AdventureNEXT Near East’, the first travel conference of its kind in the region. Canadian tour operators and travel media will be taking part to connect and build partnerships with Jordan and regional tour operators. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 last_img read more