Focus On Medias Great Realignment At the ACT III Conference

first_imgOxford, Mississippi—Magazine publishers from a broad cross section of the industry spent two days presenting their best practices and innovative ideas for an era of transition during the third annual ACT III conference at the University of Mississippi.Like at the AMC in San Francisco last week, the underlying theme of the event was whether print media’s best days are behind it. And if it is, the question was how long the decline will take, and how far down print will go. And like at the AMC, there was no broad agreement. In fact, said opening keynoter Sid Holt, executive director of the American Society of Magazine Editors, no one really knows what form the business will take in the years ahead. And in the meantime, publishers described how they’re innovating and iterating to serve the changing needs of their communities.The conference, organized by Samir Husni, founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center here, featured an eclectic mix of speakers, from Rebecca Darwin, CEO of the acclaimed Garden & Gun, to Michael Capuzzo, publisher of Northern Pennsylvania’s Mountain Home, and author of the best-selling real-life shark thriller, “Close to Shore.” There were 145 attendees at the event, which also featured tours of the historic city and a visit to the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of blues music. Because it’s held in an academic setting, the event included students as attendees and sometimes participants, and many speakers geared their remarks to the next generation of journalists as well.Even as individual magazine operators and entrepreneurs told their own stories, the state of the industry was summed up in a presentation by Bob Sacks, the newsletter publisher and chronicler of the state of the magazine industry. “We’re in a period of what I call the great realignment,” Sacks said. “We’re going from being primarily print-revenue based to one that’s primarily digital. But for print, a loss of dominance does not equal death. There will be hundreds of billions of dollars to be made in the reading industry.”Sacks also urged publishers to reinvent themselves before someone else does, and from the tone of the presentations, the attendees and speakers at ACT III are busy doing just that.For example, in 2009, when it was in danger of being shut down, Garden & Gun set itself to developing new ways to connect, Darwin recalled. “I really always envisioned that this would be a national magazine that was about a region and a lifestyle,” she said. “But during that time, the four “P’s”—paper, printing, prepress and postal—kept coming. And at the same time the advertisers were paying late. So I got the staff together and said, ‘We have got to come up with something that will generate some revenue. We created a club. We came up with the membership levels ourselves. We came up with the names, and now we have a very loyal audience and the club is working well.”And Kevin P. Keefe, vice president of editorial at Kalmbach Publishing Co. described a variety of spinoff business lines in his company’s markets, which focus on railroading, model railroading and other enthusiast markets. Included in these products are track plans for modeling enthusiasts available for sale online, railroad maps that tell different stories about the industry, and DVD archives of back issues of print magazines. “These are the most profitable products we’ve ever produced,” Keefe said, crediting Sue Roman of Taunton Press for the idea. “It’s insane how popular they are.”Two speakers, Keefe and Jim Elliott, president of The James. G. Elliott Co., noted that apps have not played out as well as many publishers had hoped. “[The] Apple Newsstand hasn’t been quite the bonanza we were hoping for, but it still has been a positive,” Keefe said.Perhaps the most passionate speaker was Capuzzo, who summarized the true value of the industry: “It starts with the writer,” he said. “One of the things I wanted to talk about was content. At Mountain Home, we’ve suffered for something, and I hope this is it.”Paraphrasing Oxford native William Faulkner, Capuzzo said, “Journalism, at least on the newspaper side, has been a utopian venture, except they are aiming it at a tragic species.”Tony Silber is the general manager of FOLIO: Magazine.More on this topic Embrace Digital, IMAG Attendees Warned Bob Sacks Offers View of Industry at Circ Day LA Magazines Wrestle with Future Business Model At Association-Publishing and Printing Conference, Print Publishers Are Told to Change Their Focus FOLIO: Show Opens in Chicago Overheard at IMAGJust In Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

GMC Syclone revived as a 455hp aftermarket brute

first_imgThe vehicle manufacturer that brought you the 1,000-horsepower Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro has now revived one of the craziest sport-truck badges and given it a dose of modernity.Specialty Vehicle Engineering on Tuesday unveiled the reimagined GMC Syclone sport truck. The conversion starts with a base 2019 GMC Canyon extended-cab midsize pickup in either 2WD or 4WD configuration. Its standard engine is swapped out in favor of a supercharged 3.6-liter V6 that puts out a positively delightful 455 hp, a far cry from the standard V6’s 308-hp output.Of course, all that extra power necessitates beefing up the Syclone in other ways. There’s a performance front brake upgrade that adds six-piston front calipers and two-piece slotted front brake rotors. The truck has been lowered 2 inches in the front and 5 inches in the rear for more car-like handling. The suspension’s been further tweaked by way of new traction bars, bushings, shock absorbers and rear sway bar. That power makes its way to the ground through 20-inch wheels wearing Y-rated performance tires. There’s also a new exhaust system that should provide a much meatier growl than the stock setup.Enlarge ImageThe Canyon’s design is a little long in the tooth, but SVE’s enhancements result in a pretty cool look, not too far from the Syclone of old. Specialty Vehicle Engineering The new Syclone also packs some aesthetic enhancements. On the outside, there’s a new hood with a power bump and a “455HP” badge. The rocker panels sport extensions, the grille surround is color-matched to the body, and that matching extends to the grille bars and rear bumper, too. Inside, there are custom-trimmed seats with Syclone graphics, new floor mats, a numbered dash plaque and unique key fobs. Only 100 will be built, and each Syclone will command a $39,995 premium on top of the truck’s MSRP. It could be worse — SVE’s 1,000-horsepower Camaro required $66,995 on top of the Camaro’s window sticker. The best part is, the truck can be ordered through a GMC dealer.Produced only in 1991, GMC built 2,995 examples of the original Syclone. Based on the Sonoma compact truck, it became the quickest pickup truck on the market, thanks to its turbocharged 4.3-liter V6, which put out 280 hp and 350 pound-feet of torque. It was capable of a sub-5-second sprint to 60 miles per hour, which is nuts for 1991 — and still pretty impressive today.Specialty Vehicle Engineering  Inc Syclone RearEnlarge ImageMaxing out the payload capacity with a lowered suspension probably isn’t the best idea. Specialty Vehicle Engineering 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Post a comment More From Roadshow Trucks Sports Cars 0 More about 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 Preview • 2019 GMC Sierra: Mo’ tailgates, no problemscenter_img Review • 2019 GMC Sierra AT4: A plush truck for mild off-roading 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star Tags GMC Share your voice 2019 Chevy Blazer first drive: Sharp style, smooth ridelast_img read more

Public servants students forced to join celebration

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday asked what development really means when it is announced from a bulletproof platform set up over a lake, that Bangladesh is a role model of development.Fakhrul posed the question while speaking at a seminar at a hotel in the capital organised by the Association of University Teachers, to mark the 53rd birthday of BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.Bangladesh Agriculture University teacher Golam Hafiz presented the keynote paper on ‘Politics of Tarique Rahman, agriculture and rural development’ at the seminar.The government organised a huge gathering of public servants and students of different schools at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan after a jubilant procession earlier in the day, Saturday, to celebrate UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s 7 March speech.Criticising the celebration, Fakhrul said the ruling Awami League is talking at the top of its voice and organising big programmes.”AL is compelling school students to attend the rally. It sent letters to teachers, telling them to attend the programme or they would be sacked and the schools would be ignored. The government officials were asked to attend the rally or a month’s salary would be deducted,” he said.The BNP secretary general said a limited number of people had benefitted from “development; and they [AL men] had become billionaires.”One the contrary, the common people suffered due to power tariff hike. Their backs have been pushed up against the wall, he said, adding that nobody cared about their crisis.About the 7 March speech of Bangabandhu, Fakhrul Islam said UNESCO had included 7 March speech in its International Memory of the World Register, a list of the world’s important documentary heritage.It is good news and nobody had denied the recognition, Fakhrul said.The BNP leader went on saying, “But you are celebrating it and holding rallies when people are in crisis. The floods in the haor areas of Sylhet may return again. The price of rice has risen to Tk 50-60 per kg. The fertiliser prices have jumped three times.”Whose development has taken place, he asked, also replying, “You have attained the development.”Sustainable development does not take place if the purchasing power of the people, investment and production do not go up, Fakhrul said, adding that sustainable development cannot be achieved without sustainable democracy.Fakhrul also asked, “Who will establish good governance if the administration is destroyed?”He alleged the government had destroyed the judiciary. The chief justice was sent on forced leave as his stance went against the government. The chief justice was driven out of the country and he was forced to resign, he added.Pointing out the amendment to the constitution, Mirza Fakhrul Islam said those who have amended the constitution are not representatives of the people. A total of 154 persons were elected without contest, they have brought the amendment to the constitution and now they are talking about the national election according to that amendment.The government should give political parties at least minimum space for political programmes, he said, alleging that the government does not let the opposition hold rallies and processions. It requires 100 types of permission to hold a rally, he added.BNP does not get permission to hold any programme, Fakhrul alleged, saying that if such a situation continues, the country will turn into a ‘failed state’.Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to send back Rohingyas to Myanmar. Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh will be sent back under the MoU, but nothing was clearly stated about what would happen to those who had come earlier, he pointed out. He also said the MoU was signed hurriedly, keeping the UN and other countries out of the process.Fakhrul alleged the prime minister could have visited China, India and Russia to seek diplomatic help but she did not do so.BNP vice chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, among others, spoke at the seminar presided over by teacher of Bangladesh Agriculture University Idris Miah.last_img read more

I would be very happy if Kaminey 2 happens

first_imgShahid Kapoor’s Haider with Vishal Bhardwaj is ready to come out, but that is not enough for the actor. His wish is that the filmmaker should make Kaminey 2 with him.While reports are doing the round that Shahid is, in fact, already a part of Kaminey 2, the actor said: ‘I would be very happy if Kaminey 2 happens.’ Released in 2009, Kaminey starred Shahid in a double role and he won accolades for his performance from all quarters. It also starred Priyanka Chopra and it brought out the news of the affair the two actors had, which lasted for a few months after the movie released. The actors, however, still maintain that they are in good terms with each other. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame‘I had an amazing experience with Vishal sir working on Kaminey and now Haider. I just hope he casts me in his next film and I hope that this film is Kaminey 2,’ the 33-year-old said here Wednesday on the sets of reality show Cine Stars Ki Khoj.In fact, Bhardwaj has already locked a story. ‘He has an amazing story and I think everyone should tell him to make it because he is difficult to convince. But he has a story and a romantic version of Dhan te nan also. I have been telling him he should do it, but he is a filmmaker and he has his own thoughts,’ he added.An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Haider also stars Shraddha Kapoor. The film will hit theatres on  2 October.last_img read more

Three Tips for Using Public WiFi Safely

first_img In an era of laptops, smartphones and mushrooming Wi-Fi networks, we can get online nearly anywhere. But we often connect without considering the potential perils.Sensitive information you transmit over Wi-Fi can be literally “sniffed” from the airwaves by a nearby snoop using readily available software and equipment. What’s more, hackers could trick you into connecting to their computer by making it appear to be a legitimate Wi-Fi hotspot.Despite these risks, it’s relatively easy and inexpensive to surf safely. Here are three tips for securely using Wi-Fi networks when you’re on-the-go, doing work in hotels, airports, cafés and other public places.1. Avoid automatically connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots.It can be tempting to quickly jump online using one of the 1.4 million public Wi-Fi networks now active in the world. But you could unwittingly connect to a rogue hotspot set up by a crook to gather sensitive information transmitted by unsuspecting users like you.Industry group Wi-Fi Alliance recommends that Web users carefully select which, if any, public network they access rather than allow their device to connect automatically. It also recommends choosing only hotspots that use security technologies known as Wi-Fi Protected Access version two, or WPA2, which are stronger than the older WPA and Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) technologies. A network’s security system is displayed in the box where you enter a password to connect.Related: What to Do If Your Business Gets Hacked 2. Make sure sensitive websites you use encrypt data you send and receive. Sending and receiving information on unsecured public wireless networks can be like shouting in a crowded room, says Maxim Weinstein, executive director of StopBadware, a Cambridge, Mass., nonprofit group that fights malicious websites. “Unless you’re talking in code, it’s no secret to anyone who’s listening.”Fortunately, most websites that handle sensitive information use encryption technology known as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to turn readable text into a mash of digital gibberish. You know SSL is in place if you see “https” in the address bar. It is almost always at work when you’re making a purchase or banking online.Related: How to Protect Android Smartphones From Cyber AttacksMany communication services, such as Google’s Gmail, Microsoft’s Hotmail and Facebook, also use SSL to keep your private communications safe from eavesdroppers. Some services, such as Gmail, use HTTPS by default at all times, but Facebook and others require you to turn the technology on.To activate it on Facebook, click on the down arrow in the upper right corner and select Account Settings. In the left column, click Security and enable Secure Browsing.3. Install and use VPN software on your device to encrypt your Internet activity. “Virtual private network” software is a must-have for road warriors who regularly transmit sensitive data over public Wi-Fi networks. VPN software creates an encrypted tunnel through which your data flows as it traverses the Internet. Employees at many large companies already use VPNs on business trips to protect valuable corporate information, and small companies would be wise to follow suit.If you don’t have an information-technology department that can set up a VPN for you, consider using one of the personal VPNs now on the market. Options include PrivateWiFi from startup Private Communication Corp. (Windows and Mac, $9.95 a month or $84.95 a year; three-day free trial); Anonymizer Universal (Windows, Mac, iPhone and iPad, $79.99 a year; 14-day free trial); and VPN4ALL (Windows and Mac $9.95-$19.95 a month, depending on amount of data use; iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile and tablets, $5.95 a month).Related: What Technologies Banks Should Be Using to Keep Your Money SafeOpenVPN Technologies, keeper of the open-source technology behind some of these software products, sells a hosted VPN service specifically to small businesses called PrivateTunnel (Windows and Mac, price based on amount of data transferred).Another thing to consider: putting up a firewall to block strangers seeking access to your computer. Firewalls are typically provided by modern operating systems and are on by default. To make sure yours is active on a Windows PC, review Microsoft’s directions based on your operating system version. On Macs, open System Preferences and click Security & Privacy and then Firewall.You also can avoid Wi-Fi networks altogether and go online using a cellular connection from a wireless carrier, which use encryption when transferring data, albeit at a significant cost. Plan to pay for a large or unlimited data plan for a mobile device. For your laptop, you’ll need a special device that plugs into the side and a monthly service plan. Verizon and AT&T can charge $50 to $60 a month for 5 GB.  Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » December 22, 2011 4 min readlast_img read more