Barack Obama—whose election helped boost newspaper sales and propped up dozens of magazines at the newsstand—appears to have done the same for Time in 2008.Newsstand sales for Time’s commemorative election issue and Person of the Year issue shattered the magazine’s own single copy sales records.The November 17 election issue sold an estimated 575,000 single copies—nearly five times as many copies as an average issue—forcing the magazine to go back to print four times.The Person of the Year issue, meanwhile, is on track to become the biggest-selling cover in the history of the franchise, the magazine said. The company estimates the issue will sell 70 percent more copies than average Person of the Year editions, which would put it close to 400,000 copies. (Last year’s POTY issue sold 200,315 single copies, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations; in 2006, the issue sold roughly 205,000.) Obama’s victory led to late season victories for other prominent magazines. The New Yorker’s post-election edition sold 84,000 copies at the newsstands, second only to its 9/11 cover this decade. That issue sold more than 162,000 copies.
President Barack Obama is due to be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States today, and for newsweeklies, the event, like the election, has largely been treated with the reverence of a Super Bowl, Rolling Stones concert or papal visit—in some cases, all three.Here’s a quick look at how the major newsweeklies (and some monthly magazines and assorted news outlets) are covering the inauguration online: COVERAGE OVERVIEW: This week the Atlantic is devoting its entire homepage to coverage of the inauguration. In addition to the blog posts, the site also features The Atlantic’s archival coverage of new presidencies as far back as Abraham Lincoln.LIVEBLOGGING: YesLIVE VIDEO: NoThe EconomistCOVERAGE OVERVIEW: The Economist is running a few features on the inauguration on its homepage, including a correspondent’s diary, archival material and a (disappointingly) static “hope and change index.”LIVEBLOGGING: YesLIVE VIDEO: No The Atlantic NewsweekCOVERAGE OVERVIEW: Newsweek is devoting less homepage real estate to the inauguration as some of its online competitors, but does turn the top quarter of its homepage to coverage, including a link to a live Webcast produced in partnership with its parent, the Washington Post.LIVEBLOGGING: YesLIVE VIDEO: Yes TimeCOVERAGE OVERVIEW: Time is devoting nearly its entire homepage (above-the-fold anyway) to the inauguration, with editorial coverage of everything from security to a Q&A with “inauguration poet” Elizabeth Alexander, and a link to live video of the event through a partnership with CNN.com. LIVEBLOGGING: YesLIVE VIDEO: Yes (via CNN.com) The New York TimesCOVERAGE OVERVIEW: The centerpiece of the Times’ homepage is a slideshow entitled “the Nation awaits its 44th President”; along with its usual expanded editorial coverage, the site includes an interactive travel guide for the 2 million people expected to attend the inauguration, and live video of the ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. EST.LIVEBLOGGING: YesLIVE VIDEO: YesThe WeekCOVERAGE OVERVIEW: Perhaps refreshingly, The Week is not doing much differently for the inauguration, with a top headline linking to op-eds on Obama’s inaugural speech, nothing more. “We’re pretty templated,” said general manager Steven Kotok.LIVEBLOGGING: NoLIVE VIDEO: No
Speedway Illustrated was launched in May 2000 by former driver and TV commentator Dick Berggren. It has a monthly circulation of about 120,000.Berggren will remain with the magazine as executive editor, Anthem said. As part of the deal, publisher Silvio Calabi is no longer with the company.Down East Enterprise publishes Maine’s Down East magazine. Down East was represented in the transaction by Regional Magazine Advisors. UPDATE: Anthem Media Group Suspends Publication of Speedway IllustratedAnthem Media Group, a marketing firm and magazine publisher, has acquired Performance Media LLC.—publisher of Speedway Illustrated magazine— from Down East Enterprise Inc.. The deal includes SpeedwayIllustrated.com, NASCAR Insider and the Speedway Expo.Speedway Illustrated will join Anthem’s motorsports division, the company said. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
When RMS media purchased Northshore in the spring of 2005, “It was a staple-bound, 36-44 page advertorial-format magazine that looked like a direct mail piece,” says RMS Media Group president Rick Sedler. The then four-year-old title, which served as a regional lifestyle magazine for the North Shore area of Boston, was acquired from an independent self-publisher for approximately “an eighth of its total worth today,” says Sedler. At the time, a mostly freelance staff was orchestrating the final product, which had a circulation of about 15,000.But Sedler had bigger plans for the regional title. Upon purchase, he expanded its circ to 30,000, including 25,000 sent to subscribers and via direct mail, 2,500 newsstand copies and 2,500 event/hotel copies.It wasn’t until 2009, a time that much of the industry would rather forget, that Sedler made the strategic decision to increase his staff. Ultimately, the magazine has realized second quarter growth of 10 percent over the same period in 2008, says Sedler, bouncing back from a 20 percent loss in the first quarter of 2009. The magazine also hit advertising, circulation and production targets for the first half of 2009.Culmination of ‘Connected’ Hires Northshore’s success, says Sedler, is a combination of factors including the culmination of recent decisions like hiring “connected” and “experienced” staff, and building on the magazine’s track record with advertisers. Despite layoffs across the industry, the Andover-based title recently hired full time staff to replace its freelancers, including a director of new media, a creative director, a designer and two new sales people. Its new creative director is a former creative director from Boston, and its director of new media is a former FOX TV affiliate new media Web site expert. The move from freelance to full-timers increased the staff by 60 percent, says Sedler. Removing Weaknesses“If you can focus on taking out the weaknesses in your business, it’s a formula for success,” says Sedler. “We looked at all parts of the business that were our weaknesses and worked on correcting them and building out fresh new ideas.” In addition to deciding to triple its photo budget, Sedler also worked to add sections to Northshore’s formerly “lackluster” Web site. These included a business directory, sponsored e-mail marketing campaigns and banner ads, which implemented over the past nine months have helped boost site traffic threefold.The title has additionally worked to make connections between its Web and print assets, tying its online stories and promotions back to the magazine in hopes of driving readers to nshoremag.com. “We turned our weaknesses into value propositions,” Sedler says.Higher Growth GoalsThe August/September “best of” issue has reaped the cumulative benefits of Sedler’s new staff and editorial modifications, showing a 25 percent increase in sales revenue over any previous issue. This success in the sales realm makes its 2009 “best of” issue its most profitable to date.“We had four people selling on this issue as opposed to two,” he says. “While of course there are increased costs by bringing people on board, I put higher growth goals in place.” If the growth of its assets continues as expected, Sedler anticipates Northshore’s circ to grow by 10 percent through the end of the year.
Conducted by the Harrison Group, the survey included responses from 1,816 U.S. residents aged 18 to 64—some being tablet/e-reader owners, some not. The survey was conducted online between September 17 and September 23. Consumers who own tablets and other e-readers generally spend 50 percent more time reading magazines (presumably on those devices) than consumers who do not own those devices, according to the results of a survey released this week from market research firm the Harrison Group, digital magazine vendor Zinio and Qualcomm, a mobile device display manufacturer.Also according to the survey, more than 80 percent of tablet and e-reader owners indicted that they are comfortable using digital payment systems that debit accounts automatically for subscriptions to content. It says roughly one in four tablet owners and one in three e-reader owners prefer purchasing single copies of publications while 15 percent of tablet owners and 13 percent of e-reader users prefer a pre-payment option. The survey says more than 15 percent of tablet and e-reader owners prefer the “traditional subscriber model of purchasing content for a set amount of time.”According to Harrison Group vice chairman Jim Taylor, results of the survey indicate that “tablet-based devices and e-readers have already become critical components of the personal technology suite.”Meanwhile, the survey says the majority of consumers (73 percent) maintain that the content they purchase once should be available to them for reading across multiple devices.
Paying for Content or for Access on a Select Device? The panelists cited News Corp.’s The Daily and The New York Times as two publishers taking different approaches to paid content-with The Daily only available on select devices, while The New York Times is charging for content across a variety of platforms. “Is the value simply that you can access it on the iPad?” said Hecht. “Or is there some functionality that makes it different? How do you keep The Daily from being just a novelty item?” (The Daily may have other issues as well. In a March earnings call, News Corp. said the app was still a “work in progress” and generated a $10 million loss in the last quarter. When the DIGIDAY panel polled the audience on how many attendees downloaded The Daily the first week it came out, maybe 20 out of at least 100 raised their hands. When asked how many read it this week, just one raised a hand, at least that I saw.)As of April, The New York Times said it had 100,000 subscribers with its new plan (which is roughly equal in revenue as this point to what The New York Times generated from its previous paywall attempt, Time Select, which generated 227,000 subscribers and about $10 million per year). Creating content that others are willing to pay for also requires significant investment, something that can be at least partially addressed by sticking to an advertising model. Content aggregation and licensing deals are part of any smart content strategy but they are also a symptom of the fact that most publishers (particularly those serving the mass market) just don’t make enough money online to cover the costs of creating digital content.Specialized information providers (particularly those in the financial services space) invest in unique content and have an audience willing to pay for it (The Daily invests heavily in content but again, is it the right model and the right content?). Paywalls are the new hope for some smaller b-to-b publishers seeking an answer to eroding ad dollars, but many of those same publishers still look at content creation as simply a cost center.Is The Billing Process An Even Bigger Factor? Beyond content quality itself, publishers have to consider how they draw readers in and perhaps even more importantly, how readers actually pay for that content. (Look at reviews of publisher apps in iTunes–even the ones doing well with app functionality got knocked for the billing process, at least in the pre-Apple subscription days). The Financial Times has experimented with online content going back 15 years–its current iteration follows a metered model of offering a select number of stories before requiring payment. In 2010, FT saw paid circulation growth of 50 percent. “Publishers have to think long and hard about what they are,” said Hecht. “iTunes used to offer 30-second samples of songs, now they offer 90 second samples. Does that make you more or less likely to buy today? The lesson there is, don’t do market research in your head.” Some publishers charge different fees for access on different digital devices. “The biggest factor for the paywall is the back-end,” said Rutledge. “If you have to go to different publications or different devices and key in your information each time, the fall-off is huge. Part of the reason iTunes is so successful is that’s a turnkey process but publishers don’t want to slice and dice revenue with Apple.”However, if it builds TheStreet’s paid audience, Hecht would gladly team with Apple. “I’m happy to give Apple 30 percent and I’ll take it from there and figure out how to make up that money on my own,” he said. Advertising and paywalls are typically viewed as a mutually exclusive proposition but they can successfully co-exist, according to participants at a roundtable at DPAC (Digital Publishing and Advertising Conference) this week. “Why not dual models?” said Andrew Rutledge, vice president and general manager of publisher development at PubMatic. “Who’s paying for digital content from more than two providers? The market can only support two or three players with a paywall. I don’t think the paywall is THE solution, it’s one of many.”However, Brian Hecht, senior vice president of publisher premium services at TheStreet.com, which offers 10 premium content products ranging from $200 to $5,000 per year, thinks the market opportunity is larger. “I don’t agree that only two to three publishers can succeed with a paywall but I do agree that it’s difficult to sell subscriptions. It’s a complex process, we have a significant marketing department, we have people with PhDs running this, but the company would not be where it is without the stable advertising side.” Brian White, vice president of publisher solutions at Vibrant Media, a company that specializes in contextual advertising, agreed that subscriptions and advertising can co-exist online, but only with certain types of advertising [naturally]. “Behavioral and contextual advertising are becoming more valuable,” he said. “Display advertising can now target by characteristics but I’m not sure if higher CPMs can mitigate the loss of pageviews.”
Publishers are literally driving engagement between the print product and digital platforms by linking print magazines directly to smartphones. The idea aims to neutralize the “either-or” aspect of print and mobile and merge the strengths of both.“We’re connecting print to mobile because we believe we’re well poised with our demographic—they are glued to their phone,” says Jason Wagenheim, vice president and publisher of Teen Vogue. “We did a study earlier this year that found that 9 out of 10 of our readers are shopping with their mobile phones. They’re not just making purchases, but using their phone while they’re shopping, searching for coupons and texting friends photos of dresses when they’re in a store.”Attaching Apps to PrintBased on this, the magazine developed the Teen Vogue Insider app, which is a companion to the magazine. It allows readers to “like” and share brands on Facebook, Twitter and over email as well as map nearby locations to make purchases. Editorial or advertiser-based slideshows and videos are also available. Finally, discounts and special offers are pushed out through the app. The app is updated to coincide with every issue of Teen Vogue, further tying the mobile experience to print. By having it as a companion to every single issue, Wagenheim says the brand is changing reader behavior that will enhance attachment to the print magazine.“The app is promoted in every issue with advertising and editorial,” he says. “There’s also a directory featuring all of the pages within the magazine that can be activated with a mobile scan—we use image recognition, not QR codes. You can use the app to scan pages in the magazine to launch these engagements.”As of press time, the app has been downloaded 80,000 times in the three months since its launch; there have been over 250,000 scans of magazine pages and over 550,000 user sessions.Every Page Mobile-izedLike Teen Vogue, city and regional consumer publication Milwaukee Magazine is also mobile-enabling its printed pages.“We’ve gone cover to cover,” says Linda Lundeen, associate publisher of Milwaukee Magazine.In this joint project with Quad Graphics, which owns Milwaukee Magazine, every single page was integrated with unique mobile experiences. The October “Best of 2012” issue features 146 image recognition and augmented reality experiences that readers can launch with a free app. Readers can go behind the scenes of a music studio, see a 3D gold watch pop off the page and hear a restaurant critic narrate dining listings. “We offered the more robust experience for advertisers if they took out a full page ad, which is why some increased or added insertions,” says Lundeen. “They wanted to be apart of this.”Lundeen told many of her advertisers, which are local to Milwaukee, that the ads would be enhanced through basic additional content features—more pictures or video they already had in their possession. Through the analytics, she adds, the publication sees which aspects and pages were interacted with most, also enhancing insights for both the editorial staff and advertisers. As of press time, the app for the October issue had been downloaded over 100,000 times.
According to Strachan, Hanley Wood has done many show-home projects, building homes for demonstrations. But it wouldn’t be possible to demonstrate home improvement projects for already exiting homes, and the virtual tour can show many different improvements. “Moving walls to accommodate wheelchairs, showers without a step-up, even residential elevators for multiple-story homes” were just some of the examples Strachan gave of renovations shown in the virtual tour that would be impossible in the show-home.Another study by AARP showed that baby boomers and seniors are more active on the Internet than expected. The study showed that the most important online activity for this demographic is watching videos, and the virtual home tour uses that to its advantage. According to the survey, 75 percent of boomers and 68 percent of seniors take an action after watching a video.Strachan explains that sponsorships are sold to building product manufactures and featured within the virtual tour. Visitors will be able to view more information and link to the product’s website. And will be able to make purchases once on the page.The “Home for Life” virtual tour originally debuted last year, with over 26,000 unique views on the tour’s website and generated 7,000 registered leads. Many improvements have been made to this year’s version, including integration with the REMODELING website and social media. REMODELING magazine announced its launch of “Home for Life 2013,” a virtual tour showing how to remodel a home to be cost-efficient, safe and comfortable for life after retirement.The virtual tour will be targeted towards members of the baby boomer generation entering their retirement years—nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population. A study by AARP found that 84 percent of boomers want to stay in their homes during retirement, but only 16 percent have adapted their home for retirement.Rick Strachan, group president, Residential Remodeling at Hanley Wood explains that the targeted audience for “Home for Life” has two audiences in mind. “We saw a very significant need for serving both trade and consumer audiences in the field of retrofitting homes for retirement,” says Strachan. “Creating this tool would allow reach to both of those audiences.” Boomers are the largest customer group for these professionals. “As of today, 44 percent of all home improvement expenditures are coming from baby boomers,” he says.
Since then, Questex has been building out its event and digital platforms and, says president and CEO Kerry Gumas, the board this year deemed the company ready to look for a new financial backer. Gumas says the sales process started several months ago and Shamrock, which focuses its investments in the media and communications markets, expressed interest early on. The deal will leave Questex intact—the executive team will continue, as will the staff. “There is nothing in the transaction that will affect either the staff, management or the portfolio,” says Gumas.Going forward, Gumas says the company now has the wherewithal to more broadly invest in some focused technology rollouts that it’s been testing in specific markets. “We’re going to build out the tech-enabled solutions—lead-gen, digital media tools and e-commerce tools—on an enterprise-wide basis and take them across the portfolio,” he says. “Over the last few years, we’ve run some very effective pilots in specific markets to prove out the technology solutions we want to bring to market.”Gumas adds that now that Shamrock is on the scene, Questex will be making more acquisitions as well.The compay is based in Newton, Massachusetts and employs about 350 people. Questex is announcing today that it’s being acquired by private equity firm Shamrock Capital Advisors, Folio: has learned.Deal terms were not disclosed, but one source pegs the company’s revenues at just over $100 million. Questex, which serves the hospitality and travel, beauty and life sciences markets, emerged from bankruptcy protection in late 2009 after completing a financial restructuring which resulted in the company’s sale to a group of undisclosed senior lenders.
The principal of an elementary school on Fort Benning, Ga., which was named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School on Monday, cited the high degree of participation by parents and the commitment of teachers outside the school in explaining its success. “Communication is the big thing, the sense of community,” E.A. White Principal Renee Mallory told the Ledger-Enquirer. “Parents in our building all the time, a lot of involvement from our Partners in Education … a lot of visibility of the teachers in the community, not just at school functions, and very supportive parents,” Mallory said. Partners in Education is a joint initiative of the Muscogee County School District and Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce which provides a vehicle for businesses and other local organizations to provide resources through partnerships with individual schools.E.A. White was one of three DOD Education Activity (DODEA) schools to be recognized for their academic performance; the other two are in Europe. The Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon program recognizes public and private schools of all levels for high performance on state assessments or nationally normed tests, as well as schools that are successful in closing achievement gaps between student subgroups. E.A. White, which recently opened in a new building, earned the highest scores in teaching and learning of any DODEA school on its latest accreditation assessment. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
ADC AUTHOR Stress, anxiety, depression, unemployment and divorce are high among military families, according to a new study the Pentagon released last week.About 60 percent of spouses participating in the 2017 survey claimed they are “satisfied” with their military lives, DOD said in a press release. Families seemed more pleased with child care than in previous surveys, DOD reported.Roughly nine in 10 reservists’ spouses reported additional stress, anxiety, depression or loneliness while their spouses were deployed, according to an NPR report.DOD plans to repeat the survey later this year.2018 spouse orientation course at Parris Island, S.C. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jack A. E. Rigsby
Ivy Owen has left his position as executive director of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority in Arkansas.Since 2007, under Owen’s leadership, more than 2,600 new jobs were created, the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education was established at Fort Chaffee, 17 headquarters have moved into the area, and 29 residential neighborhoods opened, according to local reports.“Ivy has made a tremendous impact on the entire base redevelopment community,” said Russell DeSalvo, a member of the ADC board of directors and president and CEO of PuebloPlex. “His quick wit, charm and willingness to help others navigate the complex redevelopment process are an asset to ADC.”Owen was the recipient of the 2017 John Lynch Redevelopment Leadership Award from ADC. ADC AUTHOR
Fortune magazine rates Chance as one of the year’s top “disruptors, innovators, rebels and artists”Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 21, 2017 – 11:57 am “Blessed and highly favored — BHF” is how Chance The Rapper described his life on the 59th GRAMMY Awards red carpet this past February, and “BHF” at age 24 nicely sums up his place on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list of young business successes who influence and inspire. News The list covers young “disruptors, innovators, rebels and artists” and as we know — in the music industry and as a philanthropist — Chance is all that, as well as the youngest person on the list.The young rapper’s Coloring Book has made headlines for its success as a streaming-only album, charting on Billboard and leading Chance to his 3 first GRAMMY wins. Apple Music paid half a million dollars for an exclusive, and endorsement deals have followed with brands including Nestle and Nike.As a prayerful artist who evangelizes through his raps, his estimated $9 million net worth can seem an extension of his uniquely individual path. But besides crediting divine help, Chance has also made sure to put his money to good work and spread the love, especially in his hometown of Chicago.Chance The Rapper’s $1 million donation to arts education in Chicago public schools in March was only the most conspicuous gift from a steady stream of innovation in philanthropy. Time also credits his nonprofit SocialWorks and recent donation of 30,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for Chicago students. While this youngest out of 40 inspiring businesspeople celebrated his 24th birthday in April, he used the occasion to raise an addition $100,000 for SocialWorks. And while this outreach is centered in the city of Chicago, we can feel the spirit of his generosity wherever we are and catch more of Chance’s joy from his music.Fortune described him as a “rule breaker,” and Chance The Rapper seems to know which rules to break.More than 100,000 fans enjoyed Chance’s return to Lollapalooza in Chicago earlier this summer Chance The Rapper On Fortune 40 Under 40 List chance-rapper-makes-fortunes-40-under-40-list NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Chance The Rapper on the 2017 GRAMMY red carpet Facebook Chance The Rapper Makes Fortune’s 40 Under 40 List Email Twitter
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of July 15, 2018:Full-Time Educational Assistant (Special Education) at Woburn Street SchoolFull-Time Educational Assistant (Pathways) at West Intermediate SchoolFull-Time Site Coordinator Apprentice at C.A.R.E.S. Extended Day ProgramPart-Time Group Leaders at C.A.R.E.S. Extended Day ProgramFull-Time Installation Coordinator at SunRunFull-Time Installer at SunRunPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Warehouse Associate at Vivint SolarFull-Time Warehouse Specialist at Vivint SolarFull-Time General Warehouse Worker at S.G. TorriceFull-Time Merchandise Handler (First Shift) at Crate & Barrel WarehouseFull-Time Furniture Shop Deluxer (First Shift) at Carte & Barrel WarehouseFull-Time Field Analyst at SymboticFull-Time Marketing Services Associate at Charles River LabsFull-Time Communication & Brand Coordinator (Global Graduate Program) at OSRAM SylvaniaPart-Time Cashier at K1 SpeedPart-Time Track Operator at K1 SpeedFull-Time Treasury Manager at Charles River LabsFull-Time Sanitation Worker at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technicians at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Bench Worker at TecometFull-Time Global Alliance Sales Manager at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Sales Manager at D.B. RobertsFull-Time (Commission) Field Sales Representative at D.B. RobertsFull-Time Store Manager at Dollar TreeFull-Time Merchandiser at Frito LayFull-Time Product Manager at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Software Engineering Manager at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsPart-Time Delivery Driver at OptimaPart-Time Price Accuracy Team Member at TargetPart-Time Merchandiser at Lawrence MerchandisingFull-Time Software Application Support Rep at LoadSpringFull-Time/Part-Time Sales Associate at Nouria EnergyFull-Time Merchandiser Relief at Frito LayFull-Time Accounts Receivable and Cash Applications Specialist at AMETEK, Inc.Full-Time Market Research Manager at Charles River LabsFull-Time Associate Director Marketing (Global Discovery) at Charles River LabsPart-Time Office Manager at Group 5 POSFull-Time Elementary Teacher at Abundant Life Christian SchoolFull-Time Customer On-Boarding Coordinator at AmetrosFull-Time Key Account Executive at AmetrosFull-Time Custom Account Coordinator at RocheFull-Time Sales Operations Consultant at RocheFull-Time Disaster Restoration Crew Chief & Technician at ServiceMaster Disaster Associates, Inc.Part-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehousePart-Time Retail Project Merchandiser via Advanced SolutionsFull-Time Delivery Driver at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Retail Merchandiser at HallmarkSubstitue Teachers, Educational Assistant, LPN & Nurses at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Foodservice Specialist at SpeedwayPart-Time Foodservice Specialist at SpeedwayFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technicians at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Audio Visual Project Manager at Verrex CorporationFull-Time Audio Visual Field Technician at Verrex CorporationFull-Time Merchandiser at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Analytic Mechanical Design Engineer at SolidusFull-Time Licensed Technician at TeslaFull-Time Driver via Express Employment ProfessionalsFull-Time Deployment Specialist at Locus Robotics(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at email@example.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from Wilmington Community Television:Are you a high school student interested in sports but not playing on the field?Maybe you’ve got some interest in play-by-play or camera? Or you’re already attending some games? Are you on a JV or Freshmen team and want to help cover varsity?WCTV is offering a PAID sports internships for juniors and seniors.These positions pay $11/hour and we’re looking for students to make a commitment of at least one game per week. Students can expect work evenings and weekends, as the schedule dictates. We’ll work with you on games that fit into your schedule.Sound interesting?Send a letter of interest to Youth Director Marty McCue (email@example.com) or drop it off at the Wildcat TV control room (next to the LGI at WHS). Your letter should include:Your name, and date of birth.Describe why you’re interested and whether you’re more interested in being a camera operator, play-by-play announcer or editor (if you want to be all three roles, that’s great!).Please confirm that you’ll be available for at least one home game per week. Note that these often start at 7PM and go until 9PM.Indicate which sports you are most interested in (although note that we cover every sport.)Note whether you’re interested in serving as crew for ROAD playoff games and the Thanksgiving Day Football game.Students will be fully trained on all the gear. After an orientation period, they’ll be expected to work solo, as part of a student team or under staff supervision. They may be required to take equipment home with them and return them to WCTV the next day.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: WCTV Hiring Student Interns To Cover Wilmington High SportsIn “Community”WCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: WCTV Looking For Camera Operators & Commentators For WHS Fall SportsIn “Community”
Comment Tags Share your voice Facebook Google Tech Industry Digital Media Politics Internet Services 1 Google and Facebook will have to pay up to settle campaign finance lawsuits in the state of Washington. Getty Images Google and Facebook will pay over $450,000 to settle lawsuits over campaign finance rules in Washington state. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Tuesday said Google will pay $217,000 and Facebook will pay $238,000 to settle cases alleging the companies failed to maintain legally required information for political advertisements placed on their platforms since 2013. “Whether you are a small-town newspaper or a large corporation, Washington’s political advertising disclosure laws apply to everyone,” Ferguson said in a release.Ferguson in June filed campaign finance lawsuits against the tech giants. Washington state requires platforms to maintain information about who purchased political advertising services and to make that information available to the public. The lawsuit alleged Google and Facebook didn’t obtain, maintain or provide such information.The companies reportedly admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement.”We operated in compliance with local Washington laws until the state introduced new requirements under its campaign disclosure law in June. At that point, we paused accepting election advertising in Washington because our systems weren’t built to comply with these new requirements,” a Google spokesperson said in an email. “We’ve rolled out several features this year to ensure transparency in U.S. federal elections and we are looking at ways to bring these tools to the state level as well.”Washington state political candidates and committees spent $5.1 million on Facebook and $1.5 million on Google for advertising-related services in the past decade, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission. In response to Russian interference in US elections, Facebook in 2017 rolled out new rules for advertisers in order to promote transparency on its platform. Political ads have to be verified and identified as political. In May, Google also introduced stricter rules on election ads. Advertisers have to verify they’re US citizens or lawful permanent resident in order to place political ads on Google. In June, Google paused accepting political ads in Washington in response to the lawsuit. In June, Facebook also added a “Paid for by” disclosure label on top of political ads. If you click on the label, you’ll be taken to a page where you can see how much money was spent on this ad and how many people saw the ad. A breakdown of the audience’s age, gender and location is shown as well. “We’re pleased that the matter with the Attorney General’s office is resolved,” said Beth Gautier, a Facebook spokesperson, in an email statement. “We believe all ads should be transparent on Facebook and aren’t waiting for legislation to authorize political advertisers and house these ads in a public archive. Given the recent Washington State Public Disclosure Commission ruling, we’re looking at how best to address its new disclosure requirements.”Facebook on Thursday planned to halt the sales of political ads in Washington State by the end of the year, said Gautier.First published on Dec. 19, 11:47 a.m. PT.Updates, 12:50 p.m. PT: Adds Google and Facebook statements. Updates on Dec. 20, 10:03 a.m. PT: Adds Facebook plans to stop sales of political ads in WA.
2 Tags The Audiophiliac Share your voice The ModWright Instruments PH 9.0 preamp on the right, power supply on the left ModWright I’ve admired ModWright Instruments components from afar for years at audio shows. The company’s design aesthetic has been clean and straightforward, the sound honest and true. I haven’t covered much in the way of vacuum tube components this year, but when I heard the new ModWright PH 9.0 tube phono preamp I knew it deserved a more extended listen at home. And now that it’s here, I’m so glad I made the request. LPs sound more “analog” played over a great tube preamplifier, they just do.Enlarge ImageModWright Instruments PH 9.0 rear panel ModWright The PH 9.0 is designed and handcrafted in the US, and uses parts from a mix of US and Asian suppliers. Every PH 9.0 is tested and listened to by the company’s owner, Dan Wright. The US price is $2,900 and it’s AU$4,500 in Australia. ModWright doesn’t currently have distribution in the UK so they ship directly to UK customers; the PH 9.0’s US price converts to £2,300. The PH 9.0 is a two-box design, the phono preamp section has front panel controls and connectivity jacks on the rear panel, and there’s a separate power supply. The preamp has a selector control for moving-magnet and moving-coil cartridges, and the front panel’s “on the fly” impedance control settings of 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, and 470 ohms makes it super-easy to hear how impedance “loading” changes the sound of moving-coil cartridges. Just turn the knob and listen to discover which setting sounds best. The PH 9.0 is a zero feedback design. The preamp measures a tidy 10 by 10 by 4 inches (254 by 254 by 102mm); the separate power supply is 7 by 9 by 3 inches (178 by 229 by 76mm). A Mono/Stereo toggle switch is located on the preamp’s rear panel. The review sample had RCA inputs and outputs, but a fully balanced version of the preamp with transformer-coupled XLR outputs is available as an extra cost option. The preamp design utilizes four tubes, two 6C45s and two 6922s. The stock tubes sounded fine, but I couldn’t resist experimenting with a few other tubes to see how they changed the sound. Amperex 6922 tubes warmed up the sound, adding maybe too much tube flavor for my taste, so I popped in a pair of old Russian Sovtek 6922 tubes, which had the best balance of soul and transparency. You can find 6922s on eBay for anywhere from $10 to more than $100 per tube! That’s one of the big advantages of tube electronics — you can get a new sound just by swapping out the tubes! A set of tubes should provide 3,000 to 4,000 hours of use before they need to be replaced. Enlarge ImageA look inside the ModWright Instruments PH 9.0 Steve Guttenberg/CNET For this review I used my SME Model 15 turntable fitted with a Ortofon Cadenza Blue moving-coil cartridge.Listening to the PH 9.0It’s been a long time since I heard a tube phono preamp in my home system, and right away it was clear the tubes enhanced the analog “flavor” of the sound of my LPs; there’s no better way to put it. The highest compliment I can pay the PH 9.0 is that it widened the gap between the sound of my LPs and CDs and audio files.The preamp revealed more soundstage depth, while solid-state preamps sounded dimensionally flatter. Whether the depth was a “distortion” created by the tubes I can’t say for sure, but I liked the way it sounded. I almost felt like I could get up from my listening chair and walk into the soundstage.It’s interesting that even after all these years, the best of analog and digital audio are still so far apart. That’s not to say digital is inferior, just that they’re not getting more like each other. They sound very different, though which one is better is up to you.With the Cabaret film soundtrack, Liza Minnelli’s powerhouse vocals pinned me to my listening chair. This 1972 recording never sounded better. It’s shocking how much sound was hiding in the grooves of a nearly half-century-old LP I bought for $1. There was simply more life to the sound; I felt like I was hearing more of the music.With the PH 9.0, musical dynamics flowed effortlessly, more like they do in real life. In that sense, the PH 9.0 sounded more powerful than my Parasound Halo JC-3+ solid state preamp.Relative to the JC 3+, the PH 9.0 sounds spatially bigger and more expansive. The soundstage had more depth; instruments sounded more like themselves. The JC 3+’s bass definition and shading outclassed the PH 9.0, but not by all that much. The JC 3+ sound was also crisper, more exacting, the PH 9.0 was freer, more limber. I liked both, there’s no clear winner in that contest. I’ve played legendary saxophonist John Coltrane’s Ballads LP for decades, but never noticed the studio ambiance before. It was always in the recording, but now with the PH 9.0, I feel like I was in the studio with the band.The Rolling Stones’ Still Life 1981 concert album isn’t a great recording. It can sound “canned,” and compressed, but it’s less so with the PH 9.0. The Stones original bass player, Bill Wyman was still in the band, and his nimble touch on the strings propelled the music. The band hasn’t been the same without Wyman, that’s for sure.So to all of you vinyl loving audiophiles seeking a bit of tube magic the ModWright Instruments PH 9.0 comes highly recommended, it’s a delight. Comments Audio Home Entertainment
Phones 1 85 Photos All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Dazzling Honor View 20 has you in its thrall at CES 2019 4:13 Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries mean you never have to swap them out, and the ReSound Linx Quattro will charge in its own case in three hours, for up to 30 hours of battery life.The Resound Linx Quattro is on sale now through health care professionals, which means prices will vary. But the souped-up hearing aid could cost between $2,500 and $3,000 per ear. ReSound says the pair should last between 5 and 6 years, the typical life span of hearing aids before the battery becomes less efficient. Tags Share your voice CES Products Sarah Tew/CNET “Hey Siri, stream iTunes through my hearing aid.” That’s just one of many things you can do with the ReSound Linx Quattro, the first smart hearing aid to use AI to pair with Apple’s Siri assistant. Smart hearing aids are part of a burgeoning field of gadgets set to transform the health care industry. For the Linx Quattro, that means drawing people with hearing impairment further into their digital world. The Linx Quattro uses AI to learn your preferences and settings over time, and to proactively make adjustments to various sound profiles. You’ll be able to ask Siri to change profiles with voice commands (e.g. turn up the volume in my left ear). Sarah Tew/CNET Combined with the app for Android and iPhone, Siri voice control will give the wearer multiple ways to tweak noise cancellation and wind reduction filters, turn on a directional microphone, control the volume and so on. You’ll also be able to stream phone calls, music and TV wirelessly, using both the app and your voice.While Apple’s Siri assistant is the inaugural voice assistant on board, a partnership with Google suggests that support for Google Assistant could come in time. CES 2019 Health and Wellness Can hearing aids be as hip as the Apple Watch? (The 3:59,… Comment
Dan Ackerman/CNET There’s plenty of high-tech gaming gear at CES 2019, from massive gaming laptops to VR headsets, but the most fun I had demoing a gaming product this year involved motors and magnets. This decidedly analog recreation of the classic Pong game — originally created by Atari and designer Al Alcorn in 1972 — has gone from a Kickstarter idea funded to the tune of about $335,000 in 2017 to a commercial product manufactured by a major arcade game company. It made an initial appearance last year at CES 2018, but new for 2019 are a taller cocktail table version and a colorful, customizable coin-op version designed for arcades. Prices for those are TBD, but the basic coffee table version is $2,999 (about £2,350 or AU$4,175). The new cocktail table version of Pong. Dan Ackerman/CNET This is one of those ideas that seems underwhelming on paper, but is absolutely amazing in person. The simple two-paddles-and-a-square-puck game is recreated in 3D by two foam paddles and a foam square puck, which are controlled by a series of magnets and motors underneath the table, while you spin the control wheel to move your paddle. There’s one-on-one or you-versus-AI modes, with three levels of difficulty. There’s a zen-like quality to the repetition of simple actions (spinning a control dial), combined with the minimalist white-on-black visuals, that I found unexpectedly addicting. Unlike the (also very fun) Arcade1UP machines, which attempt to mimic the original products they’re based on as faithfully as possible, this modern Pong filters its inspiration through the current vogue for analog entertainment (vinyl records, tabletop board games), and wouldn’t look out of place on a ’70s sci-fi TV show, or in my living room. CES 2019 Tags 40 Photos See all the best laptops from CES 2019 Gaming Comment 1 Share your voice 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. CES Products
Follow, unfollow, follow, unfollow. Who does that? Spammers. So we’re changing the number of accounts you can follow each day from 1,000 to 400. Don’t worry, you’ll be just fine.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 8, 2019 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET 0 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Post a comment See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Boost Mobile HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sprint 0 $520 at HP Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Tags Amazon Angela Lang/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Mobile Applications Mobile Apps Digital Media $6 at Tidal DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See at Turo $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice Read Google Home Hub review $59 at eBay Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $299 at Amazon $999 Twitter has been cracking down on fake accounts, bots and spam. Twitter in October reported 326 million monthly active users, a drop the company attributed to cleaning out fake users. Twitter’s also been working on improving conversations on the platform, and has add a way to appeal violations from within the app. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review Tags Twitter drops how many people you can follow a day. Omar Marques via Getty Images “Don’t worry, you’ll just be fine,” says Twitter. The social media platform on Monday said it decreased the number of people you can follow everyday from 1,000 to 400 in an effort to curb spammers. “Follow, unfollow, follow, unfollow. Who does that? Spammers,” the company wrote in a tweet. “So we’re changing the number of accounts you can follow each day from 1,000 to 400.” Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Sarah Tew/CNET Post a comment $155 at Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 Turo $999 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See at Amazon Twitter,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Best Buy Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $210 at Best Buy Apple iPhone XS Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See It See It $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See it Rylo