Roku eases signin with Hulu Sling TV dresses up search results bolsters

first_img $49 New voice commands: Roku’s own voice system will support commands for “replay” (goes back a few seconds) and “turn closed captions on/off” (mistakenly enabled captions are a common issue). It will also add “turn display off” for Roku TVs, allowing the TV’s screen to go dark while music keeps playing in apps such as Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. $59 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Roku users, get ready to see some minor upgrades on your TVs and streamers. Media Streamers TVs Owners of streamers like the Roku Express and Roku Streaming Stick Plus will get the update in the coming weeks starting today, while Roku TV owners will see them in early summer. Here’s what to expect: Autoplay on Roku Channel voice search results: If you use voice to search for a show or movie that’s available on the Roku Channel, the company’s free-to-watch collection, it will automatically begin playing, as opposed to just displaying search results. So will shows and movies from the premium subscriptions inside the Roku Channel, such as HBO. Tags Categorized search results: Currently, searching by categories such as “action movies” or “comedies” presents a text-based list of uncategorized results. After the update some category results will be presented with thumbnail art and broken down into sections like “new releases” and “free” (see above). Better results by category are coming with the latest Roku software update. Roku $49 Which Roku player should you buy? 0 Walmart Post a comment Review • Roku Streaming Stick Plus review: Our 4K HDR streamer pick Now playing: Watch this: $52 In a blog post Tuesday the company outlined upgrades in its latest free software update, version 9.1, which adds a selection of incremental tweaks and conveniences to Roku streamers and Roku TVs.  Best Buy TCL’s entry-level Roku TVs stream cheap and easy Share your voice Crutchfield My Offers: Roku will add a section to the home screen with discounts on Roku hardware and other offers. The company didn’t specify whether that option could be hidden, like it allows with some similar sections like Featured Free and the Fandango Movie and TV stores. See It Mentioned Above Roku Streaming Stick Plus See It 39 Photos Roku Streaming Stick Plus 3:20 See it Sign in-across Roku devices: With a handful of apps, including Hulu, Sling TV and Pandora, signing into one Roku device will automatically sign you into all of the others associated with that Roku account. Roku says it has “nearly 10 subscription streaming services” on board and expects to add more soon. Hulu Rokulast_img read more

Bowhead whales using the Northwest Passage

first_img 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. Citation: Bowhead whales using the Northwest Passage (2011, September 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-bowhead-whales-northwest-passage.html (PhysOrg.com) — According to a new study published in Biology Letters, the climate changes and melting of ice in the Northwest Passage are leading to the mingling of two bowhead whale populations that have been separated by ice for close to 10,000 years. More information: The Northwest Passage opens for bowhead whales, Biology Letters, Published online before print September 21, 2011, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0731AbstractThe loss of Arctic sea ice is predicted to open up the Northwest Passage, shortening shipping routes and facilitating the exchange of marine organisms between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. Here, we present the first observations of distribution overlap of bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) from the two oceans in the Northwest Passage, demonstrating this route is already connecting whales from two populations that have been assumed to be separated by sea ice. Previous satellite tracking has demonstrated that bowhead whales from West Greenland and Alaska enter the ice-infested channels of the Canadian High Arctic during summer. In August 2010, two bowhead whales from West Greenland and Alaska entered the Northwest Passage from opposite directions and spent approximately 10 days in the same area, documenting overlap between the two populations. Scientists stunned as grey whale sighted off Israel Bowhead Whales (Balaena mysticetus). Image: Wikpedia. The researchers, led by Mads Peter Heide-Jorgensen from the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, have tagged more than 100 bowheads with satellite tracking systems over the last 10 years. Recent travels into the Northwest Passage confirm previous DNA samples that showed that these two different populations have mingled before.Previously discovered bones found in Nunavut’s High Artic islands show that between 8,500 and 11,000 year ago there was open water in the Passage for the whales to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific, but until recently, this had been restricted by frozen waters.The first evidence of bowhead whales moving into the Northwest Passage occurred in 2002. A 40 foot male bowhead whale from West Greenland traveled 93 degrees W. in the Northwest Passage in the fall months before turning around and heading to the Hudson Straight.The fall of 2006 found another male whale from Alaska traveling east to Banks Island. However, both this whale and the whale from 2002 were unable to travel any farther because of dense ice blocking the passage.In 2010, the passage was nearly ice free by August 10 and the researchers tracked two male whales, one coming from each direction in September. Both of the whales arrived in the Viscount Melville Sound and spent two weeks in the area before crossing paths in the Parry Channel and returning home.The researchers are unclear as to what attracted the whales to this area as it is not known for producing high feeding opportunities. They do note that all the whales they have tracked into the area are males and may indicate that the males are more exploratory than female whales.The declining amount of ice in the Northwest Passage may open up areas that the bowhead whales have not inhabited for many years. The presence of bowhead whales are not the only whales that have been seen in the Northwest Passage in recent years. Belugas and narwhals have also been spotted. Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

EC set to introduce health kits in polling booths

first_imgKolkata: In a unique move, the Election Commission is all set to introduce health kits at the polling booths in the state on election days.The health kits will contain all the essential medicines and other medical items. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) had urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Delhi, seeking permission for the same. The ECI has given an approval in this regard and hence all the polling booths will have health kits. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA senior official of the CEO’s office has officially unveiled the health kit, which will eventually be delivered to all the polling booths across the state. If the voters or any polling personnel need any medical intervention, the kits would come handy. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that the Income Tax department has confiscated a huge amount of money from the state. The matter was reported to the Election Commission. The I-T department is now conducting a probe to ascertain if the money was supposed to be used in the election process. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe commission has taken a stand on fair and clean polling in view of the Lok Sabha elections. A couple of days ago, the EC had confiscated more than Rs 54 lakh from four people in Alipurduar. Apart from I-T, various other election machineries like state police and flying squads are constantly on the lookout and also conducting raids at various places across the state. The commission has also recently recovered more than 59 weapons, ammunition and 6,757 kg of ammonium nitrate and 2,676 kilogram of gelatine stick powder from different districts of the state. Around 3,782 litres of liquor was also recovered.last_img read more

Online Lifestyle Retailers Are Turning Into Magazines

first_imgBut producing editorial content that rivals the output of top magazines — the standard to which Gilt aspires — is no easy feat. “People forget that to do this well you need to have the right team and you need to carve out the right ecosystem within a business that isn’t necessarily set up to do editorial,” says Thoreson. “If you just treat it as some sort of commodity, you’re likely not going to succeed here.”But with U.S. online retail sales expected to grow to $262 billion this year from $231 billion in 2012, it’s worth doing what it takes to claim a bigger slice of the ecommerce pie. And already this kind of content is becoming expected for companies who want to stand out. Over the past three years, he says, a commitment to quality editorial “has gone from something that’s a novelty [for ecommerce brands] to something that’s an essential.”But however important content marketing is for online retailers now, it is as merchants, not publishers, that Bureau of Trade and other new-wave companies will ultimately succeed or fail. The women behind Zady understand this. “At the end of the day, Zady is a wonderful and beautiful ecommerce site,” Darabi says.Related: Struggling With Online Sales? So Are the Big Guys Models present clothing from Frank & Oak’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week on September 8, 2013.Image credit: Brian Patrick Eha Lend us your earsFor brands that want to be more than mere online shops, maintaining a consistent editorial voice is paramount. The arch, worldly tone of the Bureau’s editorial — “more John Cleese than Gawker” — is “the reason we were able to raise any money at all,” Moskowitz says. (The Bureau raised $1.2 million in seed money in September 2012 from Foundation Capital and others.) “They want this voice. That’s what people had a visceral reaction to.”As for how he arrived at the proper tone for the Bureau’s emails and other editorial, says Moskowitz, “I wanted a buttoned-up sense of Fifties formality, because that’s what helps jokes land.” Case in point: a racy video, made in partnership with Esquire for the Bureau’s Japan Rising collection, which explains shibori, the ancient Japanese art of dying fabric. In the video, a dominatrix stuffs a shibori cotton pocket square into a client’s mouth to silence him. It’s an image not soon forgotten.Zady founders Maxine Bédat, 31, and Soraya Darabi, 30, say their editorial voice aims to be “an authentic voice for our generation.” Zady launched with an eye toward rescuing people from the soullessness of fast fashion, and its founders’ own sense of the zeitgeist is what determines the editorial content. The retailer produces two types of stories: brand stories, which Bédat says are fundamental to the company’s mission, and standalone features. The former are based on interviews that Bédat and Darabi conduct with every brand they sell, dissecting what makes them special. The latter have no direct connection to the products Zady sells. Whether they realized it or not, guests were holding in their hands the vanguard of a growing trend among ecommerce brands: the convergence of online retail and editorial content. Increasingly, digital retailers are finding value in weaving story elements around their products as a way of compensating for the lack of the sensory experience one finds in brick-and-mortar stores. And some are going even further, commissioning words and images with no obvious sales component.Fashion marketplaces Net-a-Porter and Gilt Groupe pioneered the trend, and over the past three years it has snowballed. A new wave of ecommerce startups is now getting traction in the marketplace by marrying high-quality editorial with online shops boasting fast delivery, excellent customer service and lust-worthy products.Related: In New Venture, Bonobos Co-Founder Reimagines the Way Men ShopIt’s a strategy that is paying off for Frank & Oak, which received $5 million last October from Lightbank and other investors. Some of that money was put toward editorial efforts. Right now, three of the company’s 100 employees focus entirely on researching and creating stories. While that may seem like a small fraction, it is a sign that the company is serious about educating and entertaining its customers.”Especially for guys, contextualizing clothing makes a lot of sense,” says Ethan Song, 29, Frank & Oak’s co-founder and creative director. “Clothing is not just clothing.”Narrative merchandiseMichael Phillips Moskowitz, founder of one-year-old startup Bureau of Trade, wants nothing to do with unmemorable junk. The Bureau, as it’s called, curates “narrative merchandise” — unique clothing and lifestyle items, even classic cars and taxidermied scorpions — for discerning men and makes the goods available for purchase online. “Precious pieces,” the 35-year-old Moskowitz calls them.His New York City-based team of five is supplemented by eight part-time curators in cities around the world, from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, all of whom are tasked with finding stylish clothes, interesting books, vintage watches, antique furniture and other desirables for the Bureau. Some are found on eBay and Craigslist; others are sourced from trusted boutiques. Moskowitz himself spends time overseas once a quarter, hunting in shops, bazaars and souks. When he finds a merchant with an item he wants for the Bureau, he talks him into putting it online. The Bureau gets a cut of every purchase made through its website.The goods are grouped by theme, often something au courant, though Moskowitz has also organized larger collections. Continental Rift, for instance, focused on Africa, with droll teaser videos released in the days before its launch. Either way, each item is tied to a larger story. “Storytelling and commerce are inseparable,” Moskowitz says. “Otherwise it’s just stuff.” Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Zady co-founders Maxine Bedat and Soraya Darabi want to put an end to soulless fast fashion with their venture-backed startup.Image credit: Zady September 13, 2013 On a warm Sunday in September, stylish men and women lined up on a street in New York City’s Meatpacking District to see a preview of the fall/winter collection of Frank & Oak, an ecommerce startup for menswear. It was the brand’s first presentation during New York Fashion Week, so it was something of a coming-out party.Inside, the bare industrial space evoked the workshop of famed inventor Nikola Tesla, complete with work table, assorted tools and a faux electricity machine. On plywood platforms, 12 models stood facing the crowd, dressed to ward off the winter chill. There was a green tweed suit, a double-breasted glen plaid blazer, a chunky white cable-knit sweater and, of course, the obligatory scarf or two.The crowd passed through in shifts. As they left the workshop, guests were each handed something unusual: a copy of the inaugural issue of Frank & Oak’s own quarterly magazine, The Edit. Printed on heavyweight environmental paper, issue No. 1 is 26 pages long, features actor and designer Waris Alhuwalia on its cover and is full of words and visuals designed to appeal to Frank & Oak’s customers. Along with a profile of Alhuwalia, there is a piece about Montreal-based furniture company À Hauteur d’Homme, which has designed a men’s valet for Frank & Oak, and a photo feature on what to pack for a fall trip to Portland. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img 10 min read One feature is an interview with a New York Times photo editor who produced a Kickstarter-funded documentary about horse-rearing customs in Iceland. It seems a strange thing to find on a fashion retailer’s website. “We think that the kind of customer who likes a story about denim made in North Carolina will also like a story about a beautiful documentary about wild horses in Iceland,” Bédat says. She admits it’s a hunch. “Time will tell us if that’s true or not.” For now, they can afford to experiment; Zady received $1.35 million in October 2012 from New Enterprise Associates and others.Where Frank & Oak is building a dedicated editorial team, Zady is using serious freelance journalists to create its content. A feature on work-life integration — as opposed to the impossible ideal of work-life balance — carries the byline of Melissa Wall, the founding editor of Newsweek’s iPad edition. “We’re trying to define where we are culturally,” Bédat says of the feature’s subject matter. “So far, our intuition seems to be on point.”A shopping community”You’re essentially trying to build a community of like-minded individuals around your brand,” Thoreson says of such efforts. Admittedly, the ROI picture is “murkier” with content that isn’t tied to products, but such editorial is “no less powerful” as a branding tool, he says.Since Frank & Oak’s founding in February 2012, 800,000 people have signed up for its members-only site, with the majority of customers living in the U.S., Song says. And many who have downloaded the Frank & Oak mobile app access the app every day. As Song sees it, that represents a major shift in how brands are built and how consumers interact with products. “You’d never walk into a store every day,” he points out.Fashion and style magazines, as Moskowitz is quick to note, have always excelled at narrative — and at the related art of cultivating desire. To hear him tell it, online retailers now have the chance to be like magazines, only better, because they can indulge the impulse to buy. “GQ isn’t shoppable,” he says. “Esquire isn’t shoppable.” Ethan Song, co-founder and creative director of Frank & Oak, collaborating with Ricardo Hinojosa, a Mexican artisan who has made wallets and cardholders for Frank & Oak. Hinojosa’s business partner, Jose Antonio Echeverria, looks on.Image credit: Samuel Pasquier Lend us your ears It isn’t surprising that a retailer who aspires to be “the merchandise equivalent of the Library of Alexandria” cares about the provenance of his wares. But he goes further, saying that as local and regional ties have loosened their hold over the past century, and racial and ethnic differences have become less contentious, our identities have come to be defined primarily by what we buy, where we eat, how we shop and other markers of cultural consumption.It’s an idea that has been voiced by Tyler Brûlé, founder of media brand Monocle, which serves the global cosmopolitan elite, and others: In today’s world, possessions evidence character. In its extreme formulation, it’s the idea that, at least in the eyes of others, we are what we surround ourselves with. By marrying shopping with storytelling, brands such as Bureau of Trade and Zady, a New York City-based fashion retailer that launched this month, charge what might otherwise be mere acquisitiveness with the primal human need for meaning.”Online shopping is increasingly about exploration,” says Tyler Thoreson, vice president of men’s editorial, creative and customer experience for Gilt. “It’s less transactional.”It’s a mistake to look for an immediate return on your investment in editorial, he says. Brand visibility, goodwill, excitement, customer loyalty — these are the things it achieves. “You have to ask yourself what your goals are. Is it [sales] conversion, or is it marketing and branding?”Related: The Family Behind Luxury Lingerie Business Cosabella Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more