first_imgSangeet Natak Akademi is organising a multi-dimensional festival titled Yog Parv on June 21, announced by UN General Assembly as International Yoga Day. The festival highlights the essence, philosophy and virtues of yoga for spiritual uplifting, healing and holistic development that influences all aspects of life — physical, mental and spiritual through partaking and direct public participation in various events.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival encompasses over 300 selected works of art, dance and music performances, workshops, and other presentations by 150 plus artistes from across India and overseas.“Yuj — to unite is the root word for yoga. Performing arts is understood in the context of Yoga as Naad yoga, Asanas, Mudras, Pranayam, Bandhas, Kriyas and Dhyana (meditation). In both disciplines the practice combines physical exercise, has meditative and spiritual pursuits that connect humanity.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYog Parva is a festival to celebrate the International Day of Yoga by presenting performing and visual arts, wellness haat, organic cafe and many other activities to spread the value of Yoga,” says Helen Acharya, secretary, Sangeet Natak Akademi. The exhibition Yoga Chakra – Tradition and Modernity, will highlight an all encompassing philosophy of life sustaining practices across ages, cultures and continents for meditation and stress relief. It will showcase illustrated manuscripts, paintings, photographs, books, interactive installations, digital work, and films.  The other aspects of the festival that is integral to the concept of yoga include dance performances, music concerts, theater, lecture demonstrations, discourses, talks, workshops, meditation sessions, consultations with Yoga experts as well as an interactive arena to experience a host of herbal remedies and organic cuisine from across the country. Other institutions like — National Museum New Delhi, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Art New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademy New Delhi, Indian Museum Kolkata, Allahabad Museum will be highlighting the importance of this traditional Indian practice that is more than 5000 years old. The best of art works that bring out the essence of the spirit of Yoga will be showcased. “The act of creating art itself is a yogic practice for the artistes and the rasikas reflected in the vast corpus of visual arts. The project focuses on the philosophy and dynamics of Yoga, as a way of life, for an interface between mind, body and soul that continue to engage artists across cultures and eras,” says Sushma K Bahl (curator cultural projects).The exhibition will provide a wholesome experience to visitors giving them an opportunity to feel and understand the concept of Yoga as it is practiced today, encompassing the traditional within the contemporary context of modern lifestyles. The festival will be a celebration for enhancing our lifestyle by providing focus on how to improve our wellness and good health through different aspects of Yoga. So mark your calender and head over!Where: Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra BhawanWhen: June 21 -27  Timing: 9 am till 8 pmlast_img read more

first_imgArt is a language through which the artists express their beliefs, thoughts and emotions. In an attempt to showcase various perspectives towards life, ‘Three Aces’ are going to organise an art exhibition titled ‘Inner Vision 2016,’ where different artists with different ideas, perspectives and style can showcase their work in the national Capital.The exhibition begins on January 4 and will be on till January 8 in 2016. The artists who are participating in this exhibition include Dinesh Kumar, Gaurav Chawla, Kamlesh Tiwari, Kunal Kapoor, Kumud Grover, Lokeshwara Rao, Manju Narain, Meghna Agrawal, Mishika Chawla, Monica Wadhwa, Nira Dabar, Padhmini Meta, Priyadarshi Sharma, PS Mishra, Ruchi Chaddha, Renuka Sondhi, Tara Sharma, Vijay and Vivek Kumar. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gaurav, who paints mostly in Acrylic medium says, “My chosen visual form of expression, which I call an expression through colour, is universal.”Ruchi Chadha has participated in several group shows across the country and her paintings are held in private collections in India and Abroad. “Nature has always been an inspiration for me. The beauty is limitless. Wherever I look I find a theme or something that inspires me. I love water and the fluidity of colour just takes me to another level. I can’t express my love for nature as it has new facets, so you will find the freshness of nature, the richness of colors, serenity, peace and passion in my work.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“In this series I have tried to bring out human emotion and bonding in various situations of life,” she adds. ‘Three Aces’ is an initiative by Kishore Labar and Gaurav Chawla which brings together the artists and art lovers to a fair and unbiased platform.Striving to engage and push new boundaries within the multidisciplinary parameters and practices of art and design, ‘Three Aces’ is an initiative, which seeks to educate, inspire and lift the creative spirits within.last_img read more

first_imgA devoted actor can go to any length to get into the skin of the character and look the part. It is not new to see Aamir Khan packing on the pounds to fit into the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat in Dangal, he had transformed into different characters several times before. The shift from his cute looks to the tough eight-pack-abs in Ghajini was quite appealing for his fans. Similarly Shah Rukh Khan developed the famous six-pack-abs for his movie Om Shanti Om. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hollywood has seen some of the most drastic and shocking changes with Christian Bale being top on the list! His appearance in various movies had been different from his other movies. His outstanding performance in The Machinist not only won him accolades but also gave him a hard time to regain his health back. He had lost 63 pounds to play the titular character of the film and said that he lived on a diet of supplements to keep him alive as he starved and worked out too much to bring himself down to only 122 pounds! Charlize Theron, famous for her performance in The Italian Job had gained 30 pounds and shaved off her eyebrows for Monster and received the Academy Awards for best actress for the same,which is  quite worth it! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe famous Tom Hanks had also shed 50 pounds for the iconic role in Castaway. Even the production of the film was stopped so that Hanks could diet and grow a terribly long beard to look authentic. And the best part is that Hanks was then rewarded with his fifth Oscar nomination. Tom Hanks had won his first Oscar for the role of an AIDS patient in Philadelphia where he also had to shed about 30 pounds. Black Swan’s Nina played by Natalie Portman was not only a challenging role to portray psychologically but also physically. Portman had to lose 20 pounds to look credible as a ballet dancer in the psychological thriller.  “Losing weight in a very short period of time affects a person’s body in terms of the bone density and the heart gradually. It is not always clear which part of the body or which aspect of health will be affected. Weight loss can be done in a healthy manner which requires minimum three months by cutting down carbohydrates and fat”, said Dr Kavita Khanna, a Delhi based nutritionist.Some other examples of dedicated Hollywood actors include Mila Kunis who also like Natalie Portman lost 20 pounds for her role in ‘Black Swan’.Our very own Bollywood industry is not lagging far behind, it is not just Aamir Khan or Shah Rukh Khan who had experimented with their physique but also actors like Vidya Balan, who had gained 12 kilograms for her film The Dirty Picture, Kareena Kapoor’s size zero figure in Tashan and very recently Randeep Hooda for his upcoming movie Sarbjit.Bhumi Pednekar, who had been a model had gained an excessive amount of weight to star in Dum Laga ke Haisha! as an overweight housewife. Randeep Hooda had lost 18 kilograms in only 28 days under the supervision of a doctor and had grown a heavy beard for his role in Sarbjit, his secret was to survive only on water and coffee by cutting down on his meals.“A sudden change in weight is never a good step for the body, until done under expert guidance it affects  health in the long run and makes one develop weakness,” said Dr Putul Basak. Jared Leto’s drastic weight gain landed him with gout, for which he had been on wheel chair a few times! In most cases the transformations where supervised by dietitians and doctors. Fans who have been swept away by the drastic changes of these actors may note that losing or gaining weight is not an easy process but rather a very planned and meticulously carried out process which requires both supervision and dedication.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The state government has issued an alert asking fishermen not to voyage into the sea from Tuesday as a cyclonic circulation may hit soon.The fishermen who have already set sail have been asked to return wiithin Monday. The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted that the coastal districts of Bengal may receive rainfall during the days of Durga Puja as a low pressure trough is likely to form over Bay of Bengal.According to a senior official at the Alipore Met office, a low pressure trough will be created over Bay of Bengal on October 8 that may bring rainfall mainly in the coastal districts from October 10. A strong wind may also sweep through various South Bengal districts.last_img read more

first_imgBani Thani  offers eye-catching and contemporary special occasion wear. The term denotes a pretty woman or a bride decked in traditional costumes. Creating a striking balance between traditional and contemporary fashion, ensembles from the Bani Thani collection are of sheer grandeur, ethereal charm and elegance. This season’s, creation at Sue Mue is deeply inspired by royal stories. The brand consciously demystifies regal designs and recreates things from the past into things very modern for the connoisseurs of today. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe collection is a celebration of timeless art brought to form, using highly-skilled traditional Rajasthani craftsmanship. The designs and motifs on the clothes stem from the techniques that have been dear to the heritage of the state. Beautiful ensembles bring together interesting patterns, embroidery and mirror work that is reflective of a pulsating mood. The supreme craftsmanship amalgamates Indian aesthetics in a modern language. Taking centre stage is gota patti, an embroidery that has been delicately sewn with zari, resham French knots and mirror work to create dazzling motifs and patterns.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhat you witness, therefore, is sheer magic on angrakhas, jackets, peplum blouses, cholis and a fabulous mix of bottoms to go with them. These include parallels, shararas, dhotis, churidar, ghaghras and the like.Over a 100 artisans and embroiders have put in more than 150 days of love and labor in crafting these exquisite ensembles. Regional silhouettes in luxe silks are available in rainbow tones ranging from Lava Red to Rani Pink and from Emerald Green to Imperial Purple. Classic Ivories and Ebony Blacks gloriously make their way into the colour palette. It’s a perfect fusion of rituals and vogue.  With evolving customer needs and market trends, Sue Mue with Roposo as the social media partner, now offers a blend of prêt and bespoke options both in traditional Indian wear, and Indo-Western fusion styles, looked after by the founders Narinder Mohan and Surinder Mohan’s daughter, Mohita Gujral. Her rich experience, combined with the commitment to keeping high standards in design, finish and fine fabrics, has made Sue Mue a celebrated brand known for its subtle style statements, superlative silhouettes and exemplary finishing. Mohita’s daughter Mahima is the third generation of the family to join the brand, and is designing the marketing strategy to take it to even greater heights.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Police recovered 70 pistols and other apparatus from a house in Gangaram Bairagi Lane in Howrah. Three persons have been arrested.According to the sources, the detective department of Howrah Police got a tip off about a consignment that firearms will be sent to Bihar. Based on the information, the sleuths were keeping a strict vigil in the area. On Tuesday evening, they got a tip off about a house witnessing suspicious movement in Gangaram Bairagi Lane. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeImmediately, a police team raided the house and found three persons working there with lathe machines. During a search operation, police found 40 finished and 30 unfinished pistols and other apparatus related to firearms manufacturing. The trio were arrested. Sources informed that the accused persons are from Munger in Bihar. They were about to send the finished firearms to Munger for polishing and painting. The trio had hired the house a few years ago for the purpose of lathe factory. During day time they used to do normal work. At night they used to manufacture firearms. Police will produce them before Howrah Court on Wednesday with an appeal for their police custody.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Nine Congress workers and supporters were arrested by Karaya police on Saturday for allegedly interrupting the screening of the movie The Accidental Prime Minister at a multiplex near Park Circus on Friday. The other hall where screening of the film was affected was at Ashoka Cinema Hall in Behala.Due to the protests on Friday, the Inox authority has suspended it’s screening at Hind Inox. On Saturday, several cinema halls like Navina, Ashoka, Prachi and Roxy suspended the screening of the controversial film. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalAccording to sources, suspecting unwanted obstruction and protest, authorities of these cinema halls decided not to continue with the screening for an indefinite period. Navin Chokhani, the owner of single-screen Navina Cinema, said: “We’ve stopped the screening of the film from today, the second day after its release, apprehending (any) untoward incident after parts of a screen were torn up in a multiplex in a mall at Park Circus.” A spokesperson of the Ashoka Cinema, said: “We have decided to suspend the matinee show of The Accidental Prime Minister from today in view of the agitations by some group.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedYouth Congress supporters led by Suman Pal staged a demonstration outside a movie theatre on Friday afternoon. They raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and burnt his effigy. The screening of the first show was in progress when the incident took place. The authorities of Hind Inox suspended the show for the safety and security of the employees. Later at around 8:35 pm, some Congress supporters led by Rakesh Singh entered the Inox located at a multiplex near Park Circus just after the screening of The Accidental Prime Minister started. The supporters allegedly entered the cinema hall and damaged the movie screen. After intervention of the security personnel, they were forced to leave the hall. Later, the screening of the movie continued with the torn screen. Later on the basis of the complaint lodged by the mall authority, Karaya police held a joint raid with the Anti Rowdy Squad (ARS) and Detective Department (DD) and arrested nine Congress supporters who were involved in the Friday’s incident.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Seven persons were killed after a bus and an SUV collided head-on near Mohammad Bazar in Birbhum on Friday evening, while two persons including a child are still undergoing treatment.According to sources, on Friday evening, a bus was coming from Rampurhat towards Suri. At the same time, an SUV carrying nine passengers was moving towards Rampurhat from Suri. Near Kalikapur village in Ganapur forest, the driver of the SUV lost control and collided head-on with the bus. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHearing the sound of the accident, local residents ran to the spot and found that the passengers of the SUV were badly injured. Mohammad Bazar police station was informed immediately. But before the villagers could act, five persons died on the spot due to the accident. Within a few minutes, police arrived at the spot and rushed the four injured including a child to Suri Superspeciality Hospital, where two persons succumbed to their injuries later. The other two are undergoing treatment but their condition is still critical. After admitting the injured persons, police sent the bodies to the same hospital for autopsy examination. Till Friday night, none of the deceased persons could be identified. It is suspected that the injured and the deceased persons are from the same family. To know their identity, police are trying to locate the vehicle owner through the registration number of the SUV.last_img read more

first_imgLong-term smoking cessation in women was associated with a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) compared to those who had recently quit, a new study has shown. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet. The study showed that the risk of seropositive RA – when patients have antibodies in their blood that help identify the disease – was reduced by 37 per cent for those who sustained smoking cessation for 30 or more years compared with those who recently quit smoking. “Our study is one of the first to show that a behaviour change of prolonged smoking cessation may actually delay or even prevent the onset of seropositive RA, suggesting lifestyle changes may modify risk for development of a systemic rheumatic disease,” said Jeffrey Sparks from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US. Patients who have seropositive RA tend to have a more severe disease course with more joint deformities, disability, and inflammation outside of the joints. According to the World Health Organisation, rheumatoid arthritis tends to strike during the most productive years of adulthood, between the ages of 20 – 40 and is more common among women.last_img read more

first_imgThe National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Ministry of Culture, Government of India celebrated the International Museum Day on May 18, 2019, at NGMA, New Delhi. This year, the focus was on the new roles of the museum as active members of their communities.Adwita Charan Garanyank, Director General, NGMA along with the eminent artist, Arpana Caur and Harshvardhan Sharma also conducted a discussion on the topic ‘Museums as Cultural Hub, the future of traditions’ at the event. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been steadily gaining momentum ever since. Each year for International Museum Day, ICOM selects a theme that is at the heart of the concerns of society. The theme for this year is ‘Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition’. As the role of museums in society is changing, they keep reinventing themselves in their quest for becoming more interactive, audience-focused, community-oriented, flexible, adaptable and mobile. They have become cultural hubs functioning as platforms where creativity combines with knowledge and where visitors can also co-create, share and interact. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAs institutions at the heart of society, museums have the power to establish a dialogue between cultures, to build bridges to connect with the world. The National Gallery of Modern Art as a cultural hub is finding new ways to honour its collections, it’s legacy, creating traditions that will have involve the youth. Its mission is to involve and create a cultural relationship with the various communities and to constantly contribute in this direction. National Gallery of Modern Art with all the vibrant programmes and activities, which it organises is a cultural hub in its community, and plans to further project the same role throughout.last_img read more

first_imgThe eighth edition of the KiiT-IS Model United Nations (MUN) was inaugurated on August 10, 2019. Students from various schools of the country and abroad, representing the member countries of UN, discussed and debated on burning issues of the world during the three-day submit from August 10 – 12.This year, keeping in mind the response to the MUN, the Organising Committee, comprising mostly of students from the international baccalaureate diploma program, opened ten councils instead of the usual six to justify the relevance of various national and global issues, keeping the sustainable development goals in mind, with a special council on climate change. Another key aspect of the theme is inclusivity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAlong with the discussions and debates, they also got the opportunity to know the working of various UN agencies. Over 700 student delegates from 50 schools across India attended the programme. Besides, student delegates from five countries also joined the MUN. At the event, the staff of the school including Dr Sanjay Suar, Principal, and Nandita Mishra, also addressed the guest students who joined the MUN. Prajwala Patil, was nominated as Secretary-General of KiiT International School Model United Nations. Keshav Gupta, representative of Dais, and executive Board member was also present at the venue to encourage delegation to make the most of this MUN experience. Ruhin Gharai, Deputy Secretary-General spoke about the sustainable development goals and role of youth in creating and adopting a sustainable way of life. The valedictory session of the MUN was held on August 12, 2019.last_img read more

first_imgLeBron James dipped into his David Blaine street magician bag of tricks last night to drop an unbelievable dime in the Cavs 116-108  win over the Timberwolves.The King hit recently acquired swingman Derrick Williams in stride on a dive to the basket by five-holing former Cavs #1 pick Andrew Wiggins.There’s threading the needle, then there’s this absurd ridiculousness. LeBron has taken heat recently for off-the court comments, but there’s no way to criticize this unless you’re just a hater.If this doesn’t win assist of the year, it’s at least on the short list.#LeBronJames doing @KingJames things— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) February 15, 2017last_img read more

first_imgAlso:-Cowboys shouldn’t pay immature Zeke a fortune-The difference between KD and LeBron-Baker will always have drama Guests:Danny Kanell, Kevin O’Connor, Matt Mosley, and Shawne Merriman <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Miami should trade for Chris PaulChris Paul is sitting in purgatory with the Thunder, waiting to see if a deal can be worked out to send him to Miami. Some think Paul’s declining game and massive contract are a poison pill, but Colin thinks Pat Riley should make the trade.Ever since LeBron left, the Heat have been spinning their wheels trying to rebuild with mediocre veterans and young talent. Paul would instantly make them more interesting and can be an asset to jumpstart a reboot with some promising young talent. CP3 isn’t a #1 anymore, or even good enough to be the second in a super duo, but he still has a ton of value to a team like the Heat.last_img read more

first_img 13 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Shop Talk This story appears in the March 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Enroll Now for Free Shoppers on smartphones are nothing new, but there’s a growing possibility they’re no longer simply talking or texting. An increasing number of consumers are relying on their mobile devices to check product availability, identify nearby bargains and read reviews, too. Fifty-nine percent of adult mobile subscribers in the U.S. said they planned to use their handsets for shopping and event organizing during the 2010 holiday season–up 25 percent from 2009–according to a consumer study published late last year by the Mobile Marketing Association and Luth Research. Respondents cited searching for local stores selling a desired gift item and comparing prices as their most common mobile behaviors.”The fundamentals of commerce have not changed–I still want to buy the product I want at the price I want, it’s got to be in stock and I want fast checkout and fast delivery,” says Cathy Halligan, senior vice president of marketing and sales at PowerReviews, a San Francisco company that provides social commerce solutions (including customer reviews) to retailers and brands.”What has changed is the access to information. We’ve seen a 500 percent year-over-year increase in consumers using mobile devices to access product information. They used to look for that information through the desktop, but that’s very limiting. After all, you don’t carry your PC with you to the supermarket,” she says.Brands large and small are capitalizing on the trend, rolling out applications designed to enhance the mobile shopping experience. Check these out:Price Check by Amazon. This free comparison shopping tool enables iPhone users to check in-store product prices against items available on the web. Price Check gives consumers the option to scan a product barcode, snap a photo of the merchandise or speak/type its brand name to instantly receive prices from Amazon and rival online merchants. The app sorts prices from lowest to highest, incorporating Amazon shipping discounts when available. Price Check encompasses millions of products across a variety of categories, as well as mobile access to shopping features like customer reviews and product information sharing via Twitter, Facebook, text message or e-mail link.Google Shopper. Available exclusively for smartphones running Google’s own Android mobile operating system, Google Shopper lets consumers capture product information via their device camera. The application recognizes cover art on books, CDs, DVDs and video games, as well as most barcodes. In addition, users can speak the name of the product they’re looking to purchase. In response, Google Shopper supplies product recommendations, pricing comparisons and identifies local stores where the item is in stock, complete with contact information and driving directions. The app also saves each user’s search history, guaranteeing product and price information even when the Android device is out of network range.NexTag Mobile. Online shopping comparison site NexTag offers mobile solutions for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones, touting features like price comparisons spanning thousands of merchants, image recognition-based search, seller ratings and a wish list that users can share with friends and family. NexTag Mobile also offers a full complement of GPS-enabled tools, giving consumers the option of mapping the distance from their ZIP code or current location to a local merchant selling a scanned product. –J.A. February 22, 2011 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The idea first came to Cyriac Roeding in 1994. The German-born business and engineering graduate student was studying Japanese management theory at Tokyo’s Sophia University. “Everywhere I went, I saw people walking around with these clunky machines they called ‘mobile phones,'” Roeding says. “I said, ‘Wow, that’s the next big thing.'”The seed was planted, but the true form and scope of the idea remained elusive for more than a decade. In the meantime, Roeding pursued other successes. He founded a mobile marketing firm called 12snap. He served as executive vice president of CBS Mobile, where his interactive entertainment concepts were strong enough to win an Emmy Award nomination.Still, the big kahuna–the eureka moment, the one that captured lightning in a bottle–refused to reveal itself.”I have been looking for an idea that has the potential to become a really large company in mobile for 11 years,” Roeding says. “When I started 12snap in 1999, it was during the dark ages of mobile, when text messaging was still a geeky thing even in Europe. For years I’ve been trying out different mobile-use cases, looking for the one with a chance to become huge.”Roeding left CBS Mobile in 2008 and traveled the world for nearly two months. Everywhere he went, from New Zealand to Nepal, he saw people on mobile phones. With each successive stop, the idea took shape.”I wanted to develop a service where mobile meets the real world,” Roeding says. “Your cell phone is the only interactive medium you carry with you in a noninteractive physical environment, and that changes everything. It makes the offline world an interactive experience.”The idea finally achieved critical mass in September 2008, when Roeding arrived at his new gig as entrepreneur-in-residence with Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. After poring over thousands of business plans submitted to KPCB’s iFund (a $200 million investment initiative created to ignite software developer interest in Apple’s then-fledgling iPhone) and finding nothing that crystallized his vision, he shifted his perspective from identifying a solution to pinpointing a problem.”The number-one challenge facing every retailer in America is getting people through the door,” Roeding says. “Conversion rates in the physical world are so much better than online–between 0.5 percent to 3 percent in the virtual world, and between 20 percent to 95 percent in the real world. So if foot traffic is so important, then why hasn’t anyone rewarded people for visiting stores? The answer is simple: It’s because nobody knows you came through the door.”So Roeding set to work on a smartphone-optimized rewards program offering customers discounts and promotions simply for entering retail stores–a model he describes as “the physical-world equivalent of an online click.” Meetings with big-box retailer executives followed. “They all loved the idea,” he recalls. “It was crazy. I still didn’t have a company, the technology, a team or even any funding. I only had a PowerPoint presentation.”With kickbucks, retailers design their own rewards.The idea–or shopkick, as it’s now formally known–launched last August, buoyed by $20 million in funding from KPCB, as well as venture firm Greylock Partners and Linked-In founder Reid Hoffman (also an investor in Facebook and Zynga). The startup’s eponymous mobile application delivers “kickbucks” rewards to all registered iPhone and Android users who enter a participating retail location. Kickbucks can be collected and redeemed across any partner store and turned into gift cards, discounts, song downloads, movie tickets, Facebook Credits or even charitable donations. As of late last year, shopkick spanned 1,100 individual U.S. retail outlets and 100 shopping centers with partners such as Best Buy, Macy’s, Target, Sports Authority, Crate & Barrel and mall operator Simon Property Group.”Shopkick transfers the online business model to the real world,” says Roeding, CEO of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company. “We’re tackling a huge market with a big problem, and we’re offering them a solution that works.”Roeding speaks about ideas in a deeply reverential, almost spiritual, tone. “I love building companies,” he says. “I’ve always said that if the right people and the right idea pop up, I will drop everything to start a company. That’s why I came to the U.S. I wanted to build something.”Roeding’s entrepreneurial aspirations took a left turn when he landed in the entertainment industry, taking the helm of CBS Corp.’s fledgling mobile entertainment unit in 2005.”At that time Disney had 270 people in its mobile department and CBS had zero,” he recalls. “I met with [CBS executives] Nancy Tellem and Leslie Moonves and asked, ‘Why are you talking to me? I’m an entrepreneur. I’m not a big-company person,'” he says. “And Les said, ‘Because I want to turn this company into a company of entrepreneurs.'”Roeding left CBS Mobile after three years at the top. Along the way, he pioneered a mobile video news-alert program, produced mobile games based on the network’s prime-time hits and masterminded original made-for-mobile content across the three largest U.S. wireless carrier networks. Roeding also inked an early location-based mobile advertising partnership with Loopt, a still-growing mobile social networking startup that predates up-and-comers like Foursquare and Gowalla by several years.At first glance, it may appear shopkick is yet another variation on the location-specific check-in paradigm championed by those firms, but Roeding cautions that the app is not a social networking tool.”Our vision is to transform shopping into a personal, rewarding and fun experience for everyone,” he says. “Shopkick is an app that is built around the act of going out and shopping. It’s not about going out and letting your friends know where you are.”And unlike other location-enabled applications, shopkick doesn’t rely on GPS triangulation. “If you want to reward someone for walking in your store, you cannot use GPS,” Roeding says. “It’s way too inaccurate. There’s an error radius of about 500 yards, meaning I still don’t know if you’re inside the store, out in the parking lot or across the street at a competitor.”Shopkick instead incorporates a patent-pending device located in each participating store. The box, which costs retailers less than $100 and is roughly the dimensions of a paperback novel, plugs into any power outlet, emitting an audio signal that’s undetectable to the human ear but automatically picked up by a smartphone’s internal microphone. Because the signal’s range is limited to the perimeter of the store, users must physically enter the location to earn kickbucks. And as Roeding points out, because detection occurs via the mobile device, consumers retain control over the privacy of their presence information.Retailers determine how many kickbucks a shopper receives for entering their business. Roeding says each walk-in can earn as many as 100 kickbucks, with 875 kickbucks earning a $25 restaurant gift certificate, for example. Retailers can leverage the shopkick app to deliver special offers, like a discount on specific merchandise.The concept also extends beyond retail: In partnership with brands including Kraft Foods and Procter & Gamble, shopkick offers smaller rewards for scanning product barcodes, which extends the network to about 230,000 additional stores nationwide.Shopkick receives a small commission fee for each kickbuck a customer earns. “It’s essentially a cost-per-click equivalent, only we charge cost-per-visit,” Roeding says. If a shopper makes a purchase after using the app, shopkick claims a percentage of that transaction as well.Not only is the shopkick model different from services like Foursquare, its users are different.Cyriac Roeding”Eighty percent of Foursquare users are male and 70 percent are between the ages of 19 and 35,” Roeding says. By contrast, he notes, “55 percent of our users are female. Forty-nine percent of all users are aged 25 to 39, and 13 percent are 40 or older. Only 6.5 percent are 13 to 17. It’s the perfect shopper demographic.”Retailers credit shopkick with kicking their customer traffic into a different gear. Sporting goods chain Sports Authority has rolled it out to more than 100 of its U.S. locations. In late 2010 the chain doubled–and in some cases even tripled–kickbucks rewards to determine the potential effect on walk-ins. The promotion ultimately increased shopkick user walk-in growth 50 percent to 70 percent.”You have to innovate in retail to be relevant,” says Jeff Schumacher, Sports Authority’s chief marketing officer. “We looked at other applications, but we felt shopkick’s strategy was the best fit. Their focus is on driving frequency, and in retail, frequency is a powerful metric. Anything that incents the customer to come into the store more often is a win-win for us.”Schumacher declines to reveal how many Sports Authority customers actively use the shopkick application, but says the company is “quite pleased” with it. “We’re trialing shopkick in our major markets, which is where we see the greatest density of smartphones,” he says. “Our customers love it. Some of them are even asking for it in markets where we don’t have it. Feedback has been very positive.”Shopkick’s rapid growth corresponds with surging consumer interest in leveraging mobile technology to shop smarter (see sidebar on Page 33). Shoppers relying on mobile solutions to search for price and product information, check merchandise availability, compare prices at nearby stores, browse product reviews and even purchase goods accounted for $127 billion in consumer spending during the 2010 holiday season–which represents 28 percent of the $447 billion the National Retail Federation forecasts U.S. consumers spent over the period–according to a survey conducted by research firm IDC.”We’re seeing a fundamental shift in how consumers are accessing information at the point of purchase,” says Cathy Halligan, senior vice president of marketing and sales at PowerReviews, a company in San Francisco that provides social commerce solutions (including customer reviews) to retailers and brands. “Consumers now have access to product information while they’re standing in the store. They’ve never had that before. It’s a game-changer.”As of October, nearly 61 million U.S. consumers owned smartphones, up 14 percent from the preceding three-month period and translating to one out of every four American wireless subscribers in all, researcher comScore reports. And as smartphone penetration grows, the opportunity for startups like shopkick flourishes.”We made the decision to focus only on smartphones–it makes the most sense,” Roeding says. “There will be 150 million smartphone users across the U.S. by the end of [2011], and consumers who can afford to shop are overrepresented in that group.”His idea is growing, too. Shopkick is extending its platform into the small-business sector: At press time, the firm was planning to launch its SMB retail trials in the first quarter of 2011.”We’re very excited about moving into the small-business world,” Roeding says. “You could never join a national program as a local player before. It just didn’t work. But with kickbucks, the playing field is level.”He also plans to expand the core capabilities of the shopkick model. In conjunction with the annual Black Friday shopping frenzy, the company recently unveiled The 12 Days of Kickmas, a sweepstakes giving walk-in users a shot at winning one of a dozen daily prize packages, including a grand prize of 4.25 million kickbucks. Other initiatives are in the pipeline, and as shopkick grows and improves, retailer offers should become more sophisticated as well, with kickbucks awards and promotions eventually targeting consumers according to age, gender, geography, shopping frequency or purchase history.”Shopkick is about shopping, and not anything else,” Roeding says. “There are all kinds of things that shopping entails, and we want to improve all of them. It’s about making the in-store experience amazing. It’s not a tool. This is your world.”last_img read more

first_imgJuly 16, 2015 Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. On Tuesday, Google launched an open-sourced beacon format named Eddystone that connects smartphones to nearby objects. Eddystone is a direct competitor to Apple’s iBeacon technology, which launched in 2013.The two use the same basic Bluetooth technology to enable retailers to send customers relevant, hyper-targeted (down to the aisle, in some cases) notifications and ads on their smartphones.But in fundamental ways, the two are different. First, Google’s Eddystone works with both Android and iOS, while Apple iBeacons are only compatible with iOS.As distinctions go, it’s a big one. In the U.S., iPhones account for approximately half of the smartphone market. This means that retailers using iBeacons are only reaching a portion of their customers.Related: The Rise of ‘Nudge’ AdvertisingWhile Eddystone and iBeacon can send notifications to customers’ smartphones, Ars Technica reports that with iBeacons, in order to receive a push notification from Starbucks, for example, a user must first have downloaded the Starbucks app.Eddystone, meanwhile, is able to send customers a URL that opens in a Web browser, enabling Starbucks to send promotions to people in its store who haven’t downloaded the app.Google is working to incorporate Eddystone with its other products to improve user experience, the company said in a blog post. “Soon, Google Now will also be able to use this contextual information to help prioritize the most relevant cards, like showing you menu items when you’re inside a restaurant.”Related: Everything Business Owners Need to Know About Beacons Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min readlast_img read more

first_img 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. A new data breach is in the headlines nearly every day,and businesses are investing trillions in IT security annually to protect themselves against cyber threats. Unfortunately, as long as these investments focus only on digital data, they will never be enough. Because, according to the Office of Management and Budget’s latest cyber assessment, the biggest information security risk for federal agencies isn’t cyber — it’s paper.Related: In Government Hack, the Number of Fingerprints Stolen Has Jumped to 5.6 MillionIn fact, fully 25 percent of incidents reported in fiscal year 2014 involved the possible mishandling of hard copies or printed materials, as opposed to digital records. Clearly, all businesses need to better protect their sensitive information, including anything important enough to make it off the screen and onto paper. Yet despite the common assumption that we now live in a paperless world, studies show that 89 percent of businesses still use paper copies for record-keeping.Those physical documents represent the one risk that cannot be protected by expensive IT-security technologies. And that scenario is surprising, because protecting that information requires merely a minimal hardware investment and the commitment to properly train your most trusted and trusting employees. Let’s take a look at who is most likely to put your company at risk and the simple steps you can take to protect your company.Who is putting your company at risk? When it comes to trust in the workplace, your employee demographics make a difference. According to a survey by Swingline, younger adults and high earners are most trusting of their employers. While on the surface, trust sounds like a good thing, there may be reason for employers to be cautious. Research shows a positive correlation between those employees who are the most trusting and those who improperly dispose of sensitive information.Trust in the employer declines steadily with an employee’s increasing age. Roughly 72 percent of employees in the survey, ages 25 to 34, said they trusted their employer, compared to only 56 percent of those ages 55 to 64, and 48 percent of those over age 64. As paychecks get richer, employees are more trusting, as well. For example, 88 percent of employees making more than $150,000 said they trusted their employers, compared to only 55 percent of those making less than $49,999.  It’s an odd correlation but, taking a closer look at security compliance, one finds that the most trusting age groups also are those most likely to throw away sensitive business information without first shredding it. Employees aged 25 to 34 admitted to skipping the shredder at least 38 percent of the time. Meanwhile, their more compliant and less trusting colleagues in the 45 to 54 category were compliant more than 75 percent of the time.Related: 8 of the Biggest Data Breaches Ever and How They Happened (Infographic)The same trend holds true for high earners. Those making $100,000 to $149,999 admitted skipping the shredder 47 percent of the time while those in the $25,000 to $49,999 income bracket skipped it only 27 percent of the time.Those making more than $150,000, meanwhile, seemed to be an anomaly of this correlation, with fewer of them trusting their employers (33 percent), yet significantly more of them (67 percent) tossing information without shredding.Securing your company’s informationIt’s important to create a culture that promotes data security alongside trust in the company’s leadership. There are three simple steps that business owners and leadership can take to promote trust in the company while also ensuring compliance:Implement the policies and processes needed to secure your company’s physical documents, and educate your staff on their importance.Make the small investment required in a high-tech shredder with a secure auto-feed chamber, to reduce the time and hassle typically associated with shredding sensitive documents.Most importantly, set an example and create a culture of shared responsibility in security.In an era when online data breaches are top of mind, it’s easy to overlook the amount of valuable information that businesses and their employees willingly place on the street each week without a second thought. As you continue to invest in IT security, don’t overlook these simple steps to protect your valuable physical documents.Related: How Much Do Data Breaches Cost Big Companies? Shockingly Little. October 22, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgOpera 48.0 Stable released: find out what is new by Martin Brinkmann on September 27, 2017 in Opera – 17 commentsOpera Software released a new stable version of the Opera web browser, Opera 48.0 Stable, today for all supported operating systems.The new version of the web browser introduces a whole range of new features and improvements. Opera 48 ships with an updated conversion tool to convert units, currencies and time zones, an improved pop up search tool, and a new snapshot tool to capture web pages.Existing Opera users may use the browser’s built-in automatic update functionality to upgrade to the new Opera 48.0. This is done by loading opera://about in the browser’s address bar. Opera checks the version automatically when the page loads, and will download updates that it finds automatically.The new Opera 48.0 can be downloaded directly from the Opera website as well if that is preferred, or if Opera is not installed yet on a device.Opera 48.0Opera Software improved the currency converter that it launched in Opera 42.0 by adding support for converting units and time zones to the tool.All you need to do is highlight the time zone or unit on a web page to get the converted unit displayed in the search overlay that Opera displays when you highlight things on web pages.Opera published the full list of supported units, time zones and currencies on the Opera blog. Units more or less let you convert imperial to metric system and vice versa, and a couple of others such as Fahrenheit to Celsius.The system works well if the site displays the units in a supported format. So, if you highlight 11oz for instance, you will get that converted to ml, but if a site displays ounces instead, you won’t as Opera does not seem to recognize that (yet).The pop-up search tool was introduced back in Opera 42 as well. It is not clear from the description at the Opera website why it is highlighted there as a feature as it has been part of previous versions of Opera as well.Opera 48 supports 16 units of measurement, 14 time zones, and 32 currencies.It works by highlighting test on a web page. Opera displays the pop-up tool right afterwards giving you options to run a search, copy the text, or share it. Searches are run using the default search engine which you may change in the browser’s preferences.The new version of Opera ships with a Snapshot tool to capture web pages. Taken from the concept browser Opera Neon, it allows you to capture a web page in the browser. You can run the snapshot tool from the Opera menu or with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-5.The snapshot tool displays an overlay on the web page that highlights the area that will be captured when you hit the capture button. You can increase or decrease the height or width of the area, or click on the “capture full screen” button to highlight the visible part of the page. There is no option yet to capture scrolling pages though.Images that you capture can be saved locally, or copied to the Clipboard instead. Mozilla introduced a Screenshots feature recently in the Firefox web browser as well.Another new feature of Opera 48.0 is the option to delete suggestions that the browser displays when you type in the address bar. Opera displays an x-icon at the far right of the line if the suggestion comes from the browsing history. A click on the icon deletes it from the browsing history.The feature is only available in Opera 48.0 for Windows and Linux right now. I cannot remember if it was possible before to hit the Delete key on the keyboard to remove suggestions this way as well. It works in other browsers definitely.Opera Software cleaned up the Opera menu a bit by reorganizing some menu entries. All bookmark related actions have been moved to the Bookmarks entry for instance, and under History, you find the option to access recently closed tabs.Bookmark importing received an update as well in the new version. Opera 48.0 supports the importing of bookmarks from Microsoft Edge and the Yandex browser.The Chromium engine was updated to version 61 in Opera 48.Now You: What’s your opinion on the new Opera release?Summary12345 Author Rating0 based on 1 votes Software Name Opera 48.0Software Category BrowserLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more 4.1 update brings lots of improvements by Martin Brinkmann on September 06, 2018 in Software – 9 4.1 is out; the new version of the popular image editor for Windows introduces new functionality and changes that improve the user experience.The new version is the first desktop release in more than six months. The developer of the image editor released two new versions of in January 2018 but those have been the only two updates for the program up until the release of 4.0.20, released in January 2018 was a big release as well. It introduced support for a dark theme and other should inform the user about the new update thanks to the program’s built-in update functionality. Users can download the new version using it or download the new version from the official website instead.Just install the downloaded versions over the existing one to upgrade it without loss of customization options and other user-made changes.The change log of 4.1 is huge. One of the bigger changes of 4.1 is that the rendering of many effects supported by the program were moved from the processor to the GPU. Users should see big performance gains when they use effect tools such as Gaussian Blur, Edge Detect, Invert Colors, or Pixelate.Two new effects that were added in the new release — Morphology and Turbulence — use the GPU as well when it comes to the rendering. You find the new effects under Distort and Render in the Effects menu at the top.The developer added two new shapes, Heptagon and Octagon to 4.1 which users can select with a click on the Shape tool and the selection of Rectangle and Starts from the shape selection 4.1 users who use the Windows Store version of the image editor can add command line parameters to the start of the app using the paintdotnet: protocol.The new version features two additional changes only available for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. First, that long file paths are now supported provided that the setting has been made in the Registry or Group Policy and second, that Battery Saver Mode is supported in the version so that user interface animations are disabled when the mode is active.Tip: Use Long Path Fixer or Too Long Paths Detector to find and fix long path issues on all versions of 4.1 includes a number of smaller changes on top of that:The mouse wheel can be used in version 4.1 to scroll menus.New shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Alt-` to trigger a manual .NET garbage collection.Plus and minus buttons added to Tolerance and Hardness sliders.The function Edit > Copy Selection copies the selection as JSON data to the Clipboard.The function Edit > Paste Selection pastes the selection from the Clipboard.The Move Selected Pixels tool supports Bicubic 4.1 on Windows 7 Service Pack 1 requires the Platform Update from 2013 which added Direct2D 1.1.Text tool uses points for measurements. You can switch to the old font size metric with a click on the area on the right of the font size menu.Closing words and 4.1 is a big update for the image editor that improves performance of some features, fixed a crash, and introduces other changes to the image editor.While some users may not like it because it relies on the Microsoft .Net Framework, others may like it for its feature set and ease of use. Those who dislike it can check out GIMP instead which has been updated recently as well.Now You: Which image editor do you use primarily?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 7 votes Software Name 4.1Operating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

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