Rafat Ali Leaving ContentNext paidContent

first_imgAli, a former managing editor of Silicon Alley Reporter and reporter on Inside.com, did not immediately return a request seeking comment. Managing editor Ernie Sander is expected to take on added responsibilities in Ali’s absence.After launching the company with paidContent in 2002, Ali added a number of events as well as paidContent:UK, mobile-focused mocoNews.net, and contentSutra.com, which covers India’s digital content market. Guardian reportedly paid about $6 million for ContentNext.“I am leaving the company while the editorial is still at the peak of its reputation, even though we are half the teams we used to be,” Ali writes.In the note, Ali says his future beyond ContentNext is unclear. “Very likely it will be another startup, in a larger media and marketing space.” Nearly two years after selling the company to U.K.-based Guardian News, Rafat Ali Friday said he is stepping down as founder and editor of ContentNext Media Inc., publisher of digital media news site paidContent.org.In a note posted to the paidContent site, Ali—who founded the company eight years ago—says his departure will be effective in early July. He will stay on as an advisor through the end of the year.“For most of you who know me, this isn’t coming as a huge surprise,” Ali [pictured] writes. “I have been wrestling with this for months now, and the two-year mark under the Guardian and the eight-year mark since I lunched the first site, seems appropriate enough as a closure point.”last_img read more

Good Omens review Devilish David Tennant a hell of a lot of

first_img1:13 Now playing: Watch this: Comment Apart from that, though, the cast is rounded out by familiar faces injecting energy into even the smallest parts. Michael McKean manages to find pathos under a wildly veering Scottish accent, Jon Hamm brings glossy-eyed cynicism to the blandly self-righteous angel Gabriel and Mireille Enos gleefully vamps it up as one of the four motorcyclists of the apocalypse. But most of all there are Sheen and Tennant, bouncing Pratchett and Gaiman’s words off each other beautifully.Irreverent and cheekily amoral, Good Omens can be slow in places, but two divine central performances make it a heavenly good time. It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel Prime. In Amazon Prime Video’s apocalyptic new miniseries Good Omens, it may be the end of days, but David Tennant and Michael Sheen vamp it up like there’s no tomorrow. Enlarge ImageGood Omens’ release date is May 31 on Amazon Prime Video. Amazon Good Omens is streaming on Amazon now. The six-episode miniseries, based on a 1990 comic fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett, is adapted by Gaiman in accordance with Pratchett’s final wishes.An irreverent tale of angelic intrigue in which Sheen and Tennant are servants of heaven and hell minding their own business on Earth during a celestial cold war. Devilishly funny in places while cozily meandering in others, the series earns its wings thanks to their heavenly double act.Sheen’s prim seraphim and Tennant’s debauched devil are mobilized to bring about the apocalypse when the Antichrist is born in contemporary England — except an admin error by satanic nuns delivers the bringer of darkness to the wrong family. Now who knows if the world will end on time?Angel and demon join forces as a motley collection of angels, devils and witches seek out the erstwhile Antichrist. Highlights of the freewheeling comedy that follows include surreal animated asides about angels dancing on the head of a pin, a witch hurrying along her own burning and the sight of Tennant just generally striding about like he owns the place.As the show romps through human history from the Garden of Eden to the swinging ’60s, the former Doctor Who steals the show as slinky demon Crowley. A snake-hipped combination of Bill Nighy and Keith Richards, Tennant offers serpentine oomph whether he’s sinking into the depths of demonic despair, engulfed by flame or dressing up as a Mary Poppins-style nanny — practically perfidious in every way. 1 50 Photos Share your voice TV and Movies Good Omens brings the End Times to SXSW 2:20 2019 TV shows you can’t misscenter_img The voiceover is just one of the things that makes the show feel kind of slow. The music and editing and a few narrative choices contribute to a general lack of urgency: Considering the show is literally counting down to the end of the world, it’s bizarre there’s so little sense of impending doom.The main problem is that we’re way ahead of the characters in their quest. We know where the Antichrist is, which makes the other characters’ investigations and revelations feel a bit circuitious. And when we do reach the end of the countdown, it’s a bit of an Antichrist anticlimax.It doesn’t help that a limp Jack Whitehall and blank Adria Arjona have zero chemistry in what should be a sizzling pairing of witchfinder and witch. This louche Lucifer has adapted well to the modern world, crashing mobile networks and diverting motorways into the shape of demonic sigils, and he begins to think armageddon might not be such a great idea after all. Sheen’s nervy angel Aziraphale shares Crowley’s concerns: He loves sushi and rare books and can’t understand why heaven is so keen to go to war. Sheen’s Aziraphale is a less showy part than Tennant’s Crowley, but the unfailingly decent angel is the gentle heart of the story. good-omens-amazon-tennant-sheen-goodomens-103-02736-rt2-fnlEnlarge ImageSheen and Tennant have fun in a succession of divine period costumes. Chris Raphael Pratchett and Gaiman’s 1990 novel mirrored the images of its much-loved authors in the lead characters of gentle Aziraphale and black-clad Crowley and in its cheery turn of phrase underpinned with a streak of jet-black humor. With the average goth’s favorite scribe Gaiman writing the TV adaptation, you expect it to lean toward a darker tone. But if anything, it could be darker. While blackly comic in places, Amazon’s Good Omens feels downright cuddly compared with, say, the outrageous treatment of similar metaphysical subjects in Preacher. A love of language shines through the masterful writing of both Gaiman and Pratchett. Unfortunately, the TV adaptation clings to the book’s text, translating it into a clunky and intrusive voiceover. Look, I’ve loved the novel and its delightful wordplay from the moment I first read it as a teenager. But television is a visual medium, and the wordplay-based jokes that can only be done in a voiceover, as amusing as they are, don’t make up for the constant interruption by momentum-killing explanation. Tags 2:20 Originally published May 20. Now playing: Watch this: Amazon’s Good Omens cast talks bad bosses and bureaucracy Amazon Prime Amazon TV show reviews Amazon’s Good Omens cast talks bad bosses and bureaucracy Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

India UK sign business deals worth 14 billion big energy project for

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in the UK has seen $14 billion worth of business deals inked by enterprises of both sides, including a $4.4-billion investment by Britain’s OPG Power Ventures to add 4,200 MW capacity of new electricity generation in Tamil Nadu over the next few years.Among the two-dozen pacts and investment commitments acknowledged by Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and David Cameron was one by Merlin Entertainment to open the famed Madame Tussauds wax museum in New Delhi by early-2017 and another by Vodafone to invest $1.4 billion to support the Government of India’s “Digital India” and “Make in India” initiatives.This apart, the largest Solar power generator in Europe, Lightsource, said it was investing a little over $3 billion in India to design, install and manage around 3 GW of solar power infrastructure in India over the next five years in partnerships with Indian companies, led by Srei Infrastructure.”Prime Ministers Cameron and Modi noted the deep and fruitful business relationship between the UK and India and welcomed the 9.2 billion pounds ($14 billion) of commercial deals between the UK and India announced during the visit,” said a joint statement issued by the two sides after the official talks.Other major deals announced late on Thursday included:1. Standard Life, Bupa and Aviva to invest a combined total of $365 million in their Indian joint ventures.2. Pact between Britain’s cloudBuy for facilitating $5,3 billion worth of transactions using an online marketplace.3. British technology company Intelligent Energy’s $1.8 billion contract to provide clean energy for 27,400 telecoms towers of GTL.4. Holland and Barrett International pact with Apollo to open 1,000 stores in India over the next five years.5. Kloudpad Mobility Research’s investment in South India to make next generation smart watches, wearables and tablets.6. TVS to open an advanced logistics facility at Barnsley, a town in South Yorkshire.7. London Stock Exchange and Yes Bank pact for collaborations on bond and equity issuance, with focus on green infrastructure.8. HDFC’s proposal for rupee-denominated bonds overseas up to $750 million under new Indian central bank guidelines.9. Wipro’s commitment to increases its investment in Britain.As per the joint statement, the two prime ministers also announced three UK-India city partnerships with Indore, Pune and Amaravati to support India’s ambitious urban development goals through technical assistance, expertise sharing and business engagement.They also launched a new Thames-Ganga partnership for healthy river systems.last_img read more

New project enables mobile phone use in areas with no reception

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Australian scientists have invented software that enables mobile (cell) phones to work in remote areas where there is no conventional coverage and in locations where the infrastructure has been destroyed through disaster, or is not economically viable. The technology enables ordinary mobile phones to make and receive calls without the need for phone towers or satellites. Director of the Research Centre for Disaster Resilience and Health at Flinders University, Professor Paul Arbon said the systems could prove invaluable in disasters, providing an instant network allowing people to call out and receive calls from concerned relatives, and helping volunteers to coordinate the response. The system could also provide the community with updates and warnings. The systems have been successfully tested in remote areas of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia where there is no mobile phone reception, with the three researchers creating a network over one square kilometer. The next stages in the project are to increase the range and improve sound quality. The team is also working on developing a method of dropping the temporary towers into disaster areas.Dr Gardner-Stephen said the system could be operational within 18 months provided the project receives adequate funding. He said his dream was for every mobile phone to be equipped with the system so that if there is a disaster all the phones in the region will automatically switch to the mesh network mode of operation as a fallback. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Verizon to allow Skype calls over wireless network More information: www.servalproject.org Paul Gardner-Stephen (left) talks with a colleague in the wilderness using his new system. Credit: Village Telcocenter_img Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: New project enables mobile phone use in areas with no reception (2010, July 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-enables-mobile-areas-reception.html Leader of the team, Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen of Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, named the project the Serval Project, after an African wildcat renowned for its problem-solving abilities. The aim is to “provide fast, cheap, robust and effective telecommunications systems” for areas where there is currently no telephone infrastructure, or where it has been destroyed by natural disasters or civil unrest. The project includes two systems that can operate separately or be combined. One is specifically for disaster areas, and consists of a temporary, self-organizing and self-powered mobile phone network that operates via small phone towers dropped into the area by aircraft. The second system consists of a permanent mesh-based phone network between Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones, with no tower infrastructure required. Eventually, the system will also include the “Batphone,” which will be a specially designed phone able to operate on other unlicensed frequencies.The systems use open-source software developed by the team and dubbed Distributed Numbering Architecture (DNA). The software allows mobile phones to make calls out and receive calls on their existing numbers. The mesh network technology was developed by Village Telco and is integrated with the software to create a mesh network in which each phone acts as an independent router.Dr Gardner-Stephen said the device essentially “incorporates a compact version of a mobile phone tower into the phone itself.” It uses the Wi-Fi interface in modern Wi-Fi-enabled phones, carrying voice over it in such a way that it does not need to go back to a tower anywhere. The current range between phones is only a few hundred meters, which limits the usefulness of the system in remote areas, but Gardner-Stephen said adding small transmitters and more devices could expand the range considerably. The real benefit of the current system would be in disaster areas where there are plenty of phones but the towers are destroyed or the infrastructure is no longer functioning. In the recent Haiti disaster area for example, the mobile phone network was knocked out for over two days after the earthquake struck, and did not return to normal operation for a week.last_img read more

Play TravelBrands TicTacKnow to win a Royal Caribbean cruise

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Contests, Royal Caribbean International, TravelBrands Play TravelBrands’ Tic-Tac-Know to win a Royal Caribbean cruise Share Posted bycenter_img MISSISSAUGA — Game on! TravelBrands is once again inviting travel agents to play its popular Tic-Tac-Know game, running from now until Sept. 8.Agents who book and guarantee any Royal Caribbean cruise will be eligible to play. All eligible players will be entered to win up to 10,000 Loyalty Rewards Points plus a chance to win the grand prize of a Royal Caribbean Cruise for two.“The response we had to our first Tic-Tac-Know game in July was fantastic,” said Nathalie Tanious, Vice President, Cruise Division, TravelBrands. “We decided to bring this game back by showcasing the great product Royal Caribbean has to offer, and to make the prizing bigger than before as a thank you to our loyal agents.”Qualifying agents will be entered into the Grand Prize draw to win a six to eight-night cruise for two with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. The lucky winner will get to choose their cruise destination out of the following destinations: Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada & New England, Alaska and Europe. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced by the end of September.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoIn order to be qualified, the agent must book any Royal Caribbean Cruise Line product with a minimum net booking value of $500 before taxes and fees. When a qualified booking is made, the agent will receive an email seven days later inviting them to take part in the game.Agents must be registered with and book through travelbrandsaccess.com. They can also book via phone to be entered. << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, August 17, 2017 last_img read more