Its the End of the Road for BZ Media

first_imgBZ Media, the Melville, New York-based entrepreneurial B2B publisher, has sold its flagship print brand, Software Development Times, and is in the process of selling off other assets—essentially winding down the company’s existence and divesting it brand by brand.The company, co-founded by current CEO Ted Bahr in 1999, sold its two-year-old drone-industry tradeshow to Emerald Expositions in March, but it will manage the 2017 event in September.Ted BahrIn an excerpt from a companywide memo written by Bahr that was posted on the company’s website, he wrote, “It’s been a terrific 17 years and we survived the Tech Downtown of 2001 and the Great Recession of 2008.”“It was—and will be for a while longer—a good place to work. It’s been a great ride and while it will be ending, you will all be well-equipped for your next great adventure,” Bahr added. Perhaps it’s only the end of one B2B media company, an individual decision by an individual owner looking to convert equity to wealth. Or perhaps it’s an indication that the old days of B2B media are over — a once-relatively straightforward business transformed beyond recognition by new technologies and different approaches. What’s certain, though, is that Bahr and his co-founder, Alan Zeichick (who left the company in 2013), were among the higher-profile examples of entrepreneurial B2B practitioners — learning their craft at big companies and striking out successfully on their own.In conversations I had with Bahr even in very recent years, he remained a proponent of print media and SD Times, calling himself the “Last Samauri.”“We have successfully produced a print publication — our flagship, SD Times — many years after all of our competitors have folded,” Bahr said in the memo, which in several parts sounded like a valedictory. “The company has hired and nurtured nearly 100 people over the years, providing jobs and new skills while generating more than $30 million in incomes. BZ Media paid nearly $2 million in healthcare premiums and more than $2.5 million in payroll and social security taxes — all of this came from nothing.”Software Development Times and related digital properties were sold to D2 Emerge, a new company formed by two BZ Media veterans. The principals are David Lyman, former vice president of sales for BZ Media, who is now the CEO of D2 Emerge, and Dave Rubinstein, former editorial director of BZ Media, who takes over as executive vice president.“I am thrilled that SD Times has been bought by the team most responsible for making the publication what it is,” Bahr says. “ This is a win-win for everyone involved as most of the staff is able to go with the publication and digital assets and focus on and grow them.”Divesting a traditional media brand is a hit-or-miss proposition these days. It’s telling that BZ Media is being divested in parts, and that the acquirers are senior managers from the flagship BZ Media brand. But Bahr is nevertheless bullish. “For years I had been told by my peers in the industry that my print magazine, SD Times, would be valued at zero by potential buyers,” he says in a press release issued by the deal broker, Corporate Solutions LLC’s Nick Curci. “Boy, were they wrong. We conducted an auction with 36 interested parties and four strong bids. We accepted the highest bid.”“We are excited to be taking over the strong SD Times title and brand, and look forward to maintaining the magazine’s leading position in the software development sector while growing our subscriber base and expanding our print and digital footprint,” says Lyman, who will also retain his position as publisher of the magazine.“As we’ve been publishing SD Times for such a long time, we understand the market and the needs of our readers and advertisers,” says Rubinstein, who will serve as COO and editor-in-chief of SD Times. “Our mission remains to provide articles that give our readers the information they need to keep up with the fast-changing development landscape, and to give our advertisers multiple platforms to put their messages out to our readers.”last_img read more

Canada launches Digital Charter to combat hate speech and fake news

first_img “Canadians can expect that digital platforms will not foster or disseminate hate, violent extremism or criminal content. The launch of the charter follows Canada last week signing the Christchurch Call following the March terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. “The platforms are failing their users, and they’re failing our citizens,” Trudeau said. “They have to step up in a major way to counter disinformation. And if they don’t, we will hold them to account and there will be meaningful financial consequences.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Getty Images The Christchurch Call, led by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, is a plan to prevent terrorists from uploading extremist content online, and to increase transparency around tech companies’ algorithms and the detection and removal of such content. Share your voice Politics Tech Industry Internet Security Culture Applications Mobile Apps Digital Media Online Universal access. Safety and security. Control and consent. Transparency, portability and interoperability. Open and modern digital government. A level playing field. Ensuring data and digital media are used for good. Strong democracy. Freedom from hate and violent extremism. Strong enforcement and real accountability. “The Government of Canada will defend freedom of expression and protect against online threats and disinformation designed to undermine the integrity of elections and democratic institutions,” the charter says. Canada wants to promote both safety and innovation online. Government of Canada The last three principles deal with hate speech and disinformation. Commentscenter_img Canada was joined by the governments of Australia, the UK, New Zealand, Germany, France, the European Commission, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, the Netherlands, Norway, Senegal, Spain and Sweden, as well as eight tech companies: Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Microsoft, Daily Motion, Qwant and YouTube. 5 The 10 principles of the charter are:  “There will be clear, meaningful penalties for violations of the laws and regulations that support these principles.” Tags The charter will target fake news and hate speech online, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. The US didn’t sign the call. Canada has launched its new Digital Charter, designed to protect its citizens online and enforce rules governing social media platforms. Amazon Facebook Google Microsoft Twitterlast_img read more

Nintendo Switch V2 delivers a battery beatdown to the original Switch

first_img 1. For anyone looking to upgrade their #NintendoSwitch or get a #NintendoSwitchLite using a trade-in and transfer at a retail store, I just did it. Here’s how my transfer process went and what you should know BEFORE you head in to make the… Switch 😉 pic.twitter.com/RojIgWNHK2— ✨ ashley ✨ (@AshleyEsqueda) August 14, 2019 0 Dan Ackerman/CNET The Nintendo Switch Lite is still more than a month away, but there’s one new piece of Nintendo hardware you can get right now. The so-called V2 version of the dockable Switch has quietly made its way into stores, and some people are even trading in their original hardware for the new model.The difference between the two versions of the modular Switch is a processor upgrade that promises improved battery life (newer processors are often more power efficient than their predecessors). The new V2 battery claim from Nintendo is 4.5 to 9 hours, vs. 2.5 to 6.5 hours for the first-gen hardware. Both V2 and V1 Switches in hand, I ran a battery test on each. For this comparison, I ran non-stop video via the Switch’s YouTube app, with screen brightness at 100% and auto-brightness and sleep timers turned off. Note that V1 Switch used here has some mileage on it, but has been used almost exclusively docked. (What can I say? I’m a docker, not a hander.)Nintendo Switch V2: 4 hours 55 minutesNintendo Switch V1: 3 hours 30 minutes That’s a notable improvement, but is it worth selling or trading in your current Switch for a new one? I’d say it’s doubtful, especially as you’ll have to transfer game saves from one system to another, a process Nintendo complicates by deleting the data from the original Switch as part of the transfer process.My colleague Ashley Esqueda did just that, transferring her saves as part of a trade-in right at a retail store. She describes the process (and it’s a bit of a hassle) in great detail in this excellent Twitter thread.  Tags Computers Gaming Share your voice Post a comment I tried something different, transferring the saved content for a single game from the V1 Switch to the V2. By doing this, both Switch units can use the same account, but your saved game files are deleted from the original Switch when they get transferred to the new one. It’s also worth keeping track of which one is your primary Switch, which is an important designation Nintendo keeps track of. On your primary device, other user accounts on the same hardware can access your owned content. On a secondary device, only you can. If you’re convinced the Switch V2 is for you, just don’t go out and accidentally buy some old stock that’s still sitting on a store shelf. The only way I could find to tell the hardware apart is the model number stamped on the back. The original reads “HAC-001,” while V2 is “HAC-001 (-01).” But there’s also an easier way to tell the difference — the V2 Switch comes in a box with a red background on its front panel. But even if you just bought a V1 Switch, there’s hope, as Nintendo will swap out an original Switch purchased after July 17 for a new V2 model if you contact the company. See it at Best BuyDisclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Nintendolast_img read more

Chief justice being sent abroad by force BNP

first_img-Country’s principal opposition political party Bangladesh Nationalist Party aka BNP on Friday alleged that the government is sending chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha abroad by ‘force’ to establish its full control over the judiciary.Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam made the allegation while talking to reporters after visiting ailing BNP standing committee member Tariqul Islam, reports UNB.Read more: President signs GO for CJ Sinha’s visit abroad”It’s now clear to the entire nation that the government has taken all the steps to send the chief justice abroad by force. It’s also clear to all that the government is making all efforts to control the judiciary,” he said.He said the government took the move against Sinha for cancelling the 16th amendment and unveiling the truth and the current situation of the country in the verdict. “The government can’t accept and tolerate the verdict as they think it may put them in trouble.”Fakhrul also asked why the government is not allowing the chief justice to clear his position on his leave, sickness and foreign tour. “I think, the government should allow the chief justice to talk about it.”Read more: CJ Sinha, wife get Australian visaHe said the government is only giving information about his illness, leave and tour. “But we’re getting information from the newspapers, social media and other sources that he is being sent abroad by force. Indian media also ran news on it.”Earlier on Thursday, law minister Anisul Huq said the government only followed Sinha’s wish in issuing the executive order on the leave, its extension and his move to go abroad.He also said the chief justice is scheduled to leave the country for Australia today and return home on 10 November.Read more: SK Sinha applies for Australian visalast_img read more

Indulge in Luxury Shopping Festival for prizes

first_imgDLF Emporio, India’s first and finest luxury destination, is presenting the 8th edition of Luxury Shopping Festival which began on October 13 and will be on till November 8. This Festival will exhibit the impending festive season in the most luxurious way and will offer patrons a chance to win exclusive designer gifts, holiday packages and much more.Shoppers who shop for a minimum of Rs 20,000 during the festival will be entitled to participate in daily, weekly and mega lucky draws during the festival.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The mega draw winner stands a chance to win an exquisite bejeweled necklace from Rose. The highest spender of the each week will also win fabulous holiday packages to Dubai/Cape-town/NYC/Maldives by ‘One&Only Resorts’. The excitement continues as patrons win designer gifts from in-house brands daily throughout the festival.The Luxury Shopping Festival 2015 includes an exclusive pop-up store wherein the winners of Design Awards 2014-15 will get to showcase their collection for two weeks at DLF Emporio. Dinaz Madhukar, senior vice president, DLF Emporio adds, “We are happy to host the 8th edition of Luxury Shopping Festival at DLF Emporio. We look forward to welcoming all our guests to celebrate the pre-festive season with us and win while they shop at DLF Emporio.”DLF Emporio’s Luxury Shopping Festival is the place to be where so much is on offer. So go there and grab the opportunity to explore.last_img read more

Things to keep in mind while booking hotel

first_imgPlanning to go for a family vacation? From managing the needs of all of your family members, to ensuring that the hotel fits in your budget – there are lots of things to consider before booking the place, say experts. Here are a few things that one needs to keep in mind while booking a hotel for a family vacation:Location of the hotel: One should select the hotel by checking out its location over the map or the areas nearby. It should be located at a safe area or within walking distance to the major attractions you plan to visit. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFamily-friendly room features and amenities: The hotel should be well equipped with all the basic and some add-on amenities like larger rooms, separate bathroom with pocket door, laundry service, room wifi, parking and take away service.Select hotel with multiple dining options: Always look out for hotels which offer various in house restaurants like fine-dine and coffee shop which makes your trip more interesting and allows you to relish more food options. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSize of the rooms: If you are looking to accommodate the entire family (upto four people) in one room, please make sure the size of the room is spacious enough for the entire family, do the hotel have an extra bed facility in case you need one.Special facilities for children: Do check in advance if the hotel provides separate pools for children with life guards around during the swimming hours.Research about the hotel: Last but not the least, do read the reviews on the hotel before making the final payment.last_img read more

Swift is improving the UI of its generics model with the reverse

first_imgLast week, Joe Groff of the Swift Core Team published a post on the Swift forums discussing refining the Swift Generics model which was established by the Generics Manifesto, almost three years ago. The post introduced new changes to improve the UI of how generics work in the Swift language. The first part of this group of changes is the SE-0244 proposal. This proposal introduces some features around function return values. SE-0244 proposal The SE-0244 proposal addresses the problem of type-level abstraction for returns.  At present Swift has three existing generics features in Swift 5. Type-level abstraction The syntax of a type level abstraction is quite similar to generics in other languages, like Java or C#. In this users type out the function definitions, use angle brackets, and conventionally use T for a generic type, all of it happening at the function (or type) level. Each of the functions for Type-level abstraction has a placeholder type T. Each call site then gets to pick what concrete type is bound to T, making these functions very flexible and powerful in a variety of situations. Value-level abstraction Value-level abstraction deals with individual variables. It is not concerned with making general statements about the types that can be passed into or out of a function; instead, developers need to worry only about the specific type of exactly one variable in one place. Existential type Many swift libraries consist of composable generic components which provide primitive types along with composable transformations to combine and modify primitive shapes into more complex ones. These transformations may be composed by using the existential type instead of generic arguments. Existential types are like wrappers or boxes for other types. However, they bring more dynamism and runtime overhead than desired. If a user wants to abstract the return type of a declaration from its signature, existentials or manual type erasure are the two choices. However, these come with their own tradeoffs. Tradeoffs of existing generics features The biggest problem of the original genetic manifesto is generalized existentials. Present existentials have a variety of use cases that could never be addressed. Although existentials would allow functions to hide their concrete return types behind protocols as implementation details, they would not always be the most desirable tool for this job. This is because they don’t allow functions to abstract their concrete return types while still maintaining the underlying type’s identity in the client code. Also, Swift follows in the tradition of similar languages like C++, Java, and C# in its generics notation, using explicit type variable declarations in angle brackets. However, this notation can be verbose and awkward. So new improvements need to be made for existing notations for generics and existentials. Reverse generics Currently Swift has no way for an implementation to achieve type-level abstraction of its return values independent of the caller’s control. If an API wants to abstract its concrete return type from callers, it must accept the tradeoffs of value-level abstraction. If those trade-offs are unacceptable, the only alternative in Swift today is to fully expose the concrete return type. These tradeoffs led to the introduction of a new type system feature to achieve type-level abstraction of a return type. Coined as reverse generics by Manolo van Ee, this system behaves similar to a generic parameter type, but whose underlying type is bound by the function’s implementation rather than by the caller. This is analogous to the roles of argument and return values in functions; a function takes its arguments as inputs and uses them to compute the return values it gives back to the caller. This process has already begun with a formal review in progress on SE-244: Opaque Result Types. This proposal covers the “reverse generics” idea and some keyword in return types. “If adopted”, says Tim Ekl, a Seattle-area software developer, “it would give us the ability to return a concrete type hidden from the caller, indicating only that the returned value conforms to some protocol(s)”. He has also written an interesting blog post summarizing the discussion by Joe Groff on the swift forums page. Note: The content of this article is taken from Joe Groff’s discussion. For extensive details, you may read the full discussion on the Swift forums page. Read Next Swift 5 for Xcode 10.2 is here! Implementing Dependency Injection in Swift [Tutorial] Apple is patenting Swift features like optional chaininglast_img read more

January 22 2018 This is the last week to go see

first_imgJanuary 22, 2018This is the last week to go see “Repositioning Paolo Soleri: The City is Nature” on display at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. You don’t want to miss it before everything goes into storage!“The City Is Nature spans the breadth of Soleri’s ideas and practice, bringing together elements from his built and unbuilt residences, bridges, dams, cities and transportation systems. In addition to original drawings, models and sketchbooks, the exhibition surveys the artist’s earliest ceramic and bronze artisan crafts, as well as fabric designs and silkscreens. This ground-breaking exhibition represents the largest collection of original works by Soleri presented in North America since 1971. Large scroll drawings—some over 30 feet long—will be presented for the first time since their conservation in 2005.”Find out more at SMOCA.org7374 East Second StreetScottsdale, AZ 85251last_img read more

Local residents can meet with Rep McCready on Jan 29

first_img State Rep. Mike McCready will host an open office hour on Monday, Jan. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 3 of the Bloomfield Township Public Library, located at 1099 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Township.“I’m honored and committed to serve as the state representative to the 40th District,” Rep. McCready said. “Being accessible and accountable to the people in our communities is one of my top priorities as a legislator.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. McCready at 517-373-8670 or via email at MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov. Categories: McCready News 11Jan Local residents can meet with Rep. McCready on Jan. 29last_img read more

Four staterun Russian TV channels went black for

first_imgFour state-run Russian TV channels went black for around 117 million people at the end of last week, due to satellite problems, according to Russian news agency Ria Novost.Citing a statement by the country’s Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, the agency reported Russia’s European territories and the Urals were effected on Thursday.While broadcast of the country’s two most watched channels, Rossiya-1 and Channel One, were restored to 90% of viewers in the region within an hour, outages on the Culture Channel and Fifth Channel, as well as for regional broadcasts, persisted into the weekend.The ministry said that 98% of the affected population would have full access restored within 10 days, though 2% could wait up to three months for antennas to be readjusted. Faulty orientation of the the Express-MD1 satellite was blamed for the issues, with reserve satellites due to be used to fix the problem.last_img read more

The Modern Times Group has launched its online ent

first_imgThe Modern Times Group has launched its online entertainment channel Gossip in Norway.The video-based site will have local celebrity news as well as covering Hollywood stars, TV shows and movies.MTG said it has, via its TV channels, acquired a large amount of Hollywood-skewed video content for the site, which will be edited by Raymond Henriksen.Danish and Swedish equivalents have already launched.As the Norwegian site launched, MTG cited the findings of a survey among users of TV3Play, the streaming and catch-up service run by MTG-owned broadcaster TV3, that shoed 17% of users did not have a TV and went online to watch entertainment shows.“The digital services are very important to reach younger viewers and who do not have access to linear television in their household,” said MTG Norway digital director Jørn Korbi. “With gossip.no we want to reinforce the provision of relevant content especially for girls aged 15-29.”last_img read more