Brainshark Launches Free Service: Takes on Slideshare

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web frederic lardinois Focus on NarrationAs Brainshark’s CEO Joe Gustafson and David Klein, the company’s product director, pointed out when we talked to them last week, today’s presentations at conferences or business meetings either include too much information per slide or consist of nothing more than just a few words and images per slide. While it is great that a lot of speakers make their presentations available after a public talk, most of these slides mean very little without the narration of the presenter. By giving presenters a wide range of options to add narration to their slides and to add videos and other documents, myBrainshark hopes to bring this context back to these disembodied presentations.In comparison with Slideshare, myBrainshark is more flexible when it comes to how a presentation can be organized. Inside your presentation, you can easily switch back and forth between documents (Brainshark supports Office 2003 and 2007) and videos, for example. A Brainshark presentation doesn’t even have to include a PowerPoint file – you can also use the service to voice-annotate a whitepaper, for example, or to narrate that exciting Excel spreadsheet you worked on all weekend long.Focus on ProfessionalsWhile the company is mostly targeting business users – something that’s clearly in Brainshark’s DNA – users can also easily create a photo slideshow with the service. While Brainshark is marketing this feature as an opportunity for real-estate agents to showcase their offerings, nobody is going to stop you from putting up a narrated slideshow of your latest family picnic, either.Selling PresentationsMyBrainshark also gives professionals the ability to sell their presentations. While anybody can register for a free account, Brainshark will give professionals the opportunity to go through a vetting process and then sell their presentations on the site. One example currently available on the service is a presentation about sexual harassment prevention for managers, which is selling for $15. These professionals (Brainshark calls them ‘Learning Providers’) can set their own prices for these presentations. VerdictOverall, the fact that Brainshark has been in this business for 10 years clearly shows in the product, which is very polished. Even though it only offers a subset of the features available in Brainshark’s enterprise product, myBrainshark still offers more features and flexibility than most other online presentation services. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting For the last 10 years, Brainshark has offered a very popular on-demand presentations service for enterprises. While most web services today typically start out by offering free services and then slowly move towards offering paid features, Brainshark is turning this model on its head. While the company already offers a profitable paid product, Brainshark just launched a free version of its service today. MyBrainshark, as this new service is called, was built on top of Brainshark’s enterprise product. In terms of its features, MyBrainshark clearly takes on Slideshare and similar services head-on, though the company is mostly targeting business customers for now.While Slideshare also allows its users to upload audio, Brainshark makes this exceptionally easy, as users can actually record their talks right from their phones. MyBrainshark supports PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and PDF documents, as well as most popular video and image formats. These documents can be up to 100MB in size. Once you have uploaded a document, you can either add audio tracks by uploading additional MP3 files or you can call Brainshark and record the presentation over the phone. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Are Ambitious

first_imgIf there is one thing that separates the hustler from the non-hustler, it’s ambition.The hustler is dead set on achieving something, usually something big. The hustler has a fire in their belly. They want what they want badly enough that no one ever needs to motivate them to take action, to work hard, or to do more than anyone else. Their ambition drives them.The non-hustler wants a lot of the same things the hustler wants. They want to be more, do more, and have more. Wanting things and a willingness to do the things necessary to have what you want are two very different things. The non-hustler is missing ambition. They don’t have the fire burning deep inside them, even though the tinder is there just waiting for a spark. Without the spark, they never catch fire.The hustler’s ambition is made up in part of the vision they have of themselves. They can already visualize their future self, and it’s a better version of what they are now. They can feel exactly what it’s going to be like. The hustler believes and behaves as if they are already that future version of themselves. Their ambition helps them to make that vision a reality.The non-hustler can’t see a better future self. They just don’t see it, even though it is there should they ever be struck with ambition. Most of the time the lack of vision also comes with a scarcity mindset, and that mindset is what keeps them from ever catching fire.When you ask a hustler where she wants to be in five years, she can not only tell you, but she can tell you her plan for getting there in 30 months. The non-hustler hasn’t even considered where they want to be in five years; they wait for the world to work on them, and they drift along wherever it takes them, never pushing back, never swimming hard against the current.What is it what you want badly enough that you can’t wait to work on it the minute your feet hit the floor in the morning? Do that. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Australian girls supreme in gymnastics

first_imgAustralia made it a grand double in team gymnastics when their women took top honours at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex on Tuesday.The Aussie men had reigned supreme in the corresponding event on the first day of the Commonwealth Games and it was the turn of the girls a day later.Georgia Bonora, Ashleigh Brennan, Emily Little, Lauren Mitchell and Georgia Wheeler teamed up to add another gold to the Aussie tally. It was a similar scenario to the one in the men’s team event with England and Canada taking silver and bronze respectively.India – represented by Debjani Samanta, Priti Das, Meenakshi and Dipa Karmakar – finished eighth among as many teams. The difference between the top two teams was 5.5 points as Imogen Cairns, Laura Edwards, Jocelyn Hunt, Becky Wing and Charlotte Lindsley settled for silver.Catherine Dion, Kristine Jana Ann Klarenbach, Emma Leigh Willis, Gabrielle May and Cynthia Lemieux-Guillemette claimed bronze for Canada with 154.750 points.Malaysia, Scotland, Singapore and New Zealand finished fourth to seventh. None of the Indians qualified for the individual all-round final, but Dipa has made it as a reserve.Among individual apparatus, the Australians came first in the vault, uneven bars and floor exercises while England were best in the beam. Mitchell was the best individual on show with a tally of 56.950, followed by Little (53.600) and England’s Cairns (53.500).last_img read more

No positive dope test is heartening

first_imgWith almost two-thirds of the events over in the Commonwealth Games and India adding to the medals tally, one thing which has not been spoken about is dope.Less than a month before the Games began, Indian athletes were in the news for the wrong reasons as almost a dozen of them from various disciplines has tested positive for MHA (Methylhexanamine) Few knew what this stuff was all about since it was added on the list of banned substances by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) only in January this year.At home, when wrestlers like Rajiv Tomar, swimmer Richa Mishra and even shot putter Saurabh Vij tested positive for MHA, the feeling was disgusting. The world of sports is made ugly by any form of doping and for the host nation to be caught before the Games was distressing.On Sunday, Commonwealth Games Federation boss Mike Fennell answered questions on dope tests being conducted during the Games. He said approximately 850 random tests have been conducted at the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), a WADA-accredited lab in the Capital, and 600 results have come out. The surprising part is, not one test has been reported positive.At a time when people are still critical of the Games, and rightly so, because of the ticketing, transportation and food problems for volunteers, people are not aware how the people in the lab are also working overtime.India has a dubious history of sorts in the Commonwealth Games and as far back as 1990 in Auckland, a weightlifter called Subrata Kumar Paul had flunked a dope test.advertisementIndia athletes also shamed the nation during the 2004 Athens Olympics when women weightlifters were caught in tests just before the Games. I was scared that in a sport like weightlifting, the Indians would be under the scanner because of their dubious past.To have been penalised $500,000 by the International Weightlifting Federation was shocking. The Indian body had to virtually beg, borrow and steal before paying a sizeable portion so that India could compete in the Games. Obviously, nobody in India wanted to take a chance with dope and athletes were subjected to stringent testing.However, there was a school of thought which said that a WADA-accredited lab being used for checking athletes was wrong. As the hosts celebrate the rich medal haul, what needs to be highlighted is how the Indians have been fair while competing. At least till now.last_img read more

Politics on Vijender: Indian Boxing Federation head Chautala hits back after Hooda’s jibe at boxer Vijender Singh

first_imgHaryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s jibe at boxer Vijender Kumar has taken a political connotation with Abhay Chautala, president of the Indian Boxing Federation, taking on his political rival.Chautala said that the chief minister publically humiliated the boxer and his comments reflect his bias against boxing since a leader belonging to the main opposition party in the state was heading the concerned federation.During a felicitation function in Chandigarh on Thursday, Hooda had told Vijender: Tu tour laganey band kar de (you stop taking tours), apparently implying that frequent modeling assignments and stints on television shows had had an adverse effect on the boxer’s performance.Vijender had tried to make light of the remark stating that he was not aware which tour the chief minister was talking about.Abhay – the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MLA from Ellanabad – said that the comment by the chief minister was not an advice but a taunt” aimed at the boxer.He alleged that Hooda was venting his frustration at failing to manage any of the prestigious sports bodies in India.”Vijender had brought laurels to the country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He had won a bronze medal,” Abhay said, adding that the chief minister should have desisted from making such remarks. The INLD leader said that Hooda wasbiased” in honouring players and had not done much to promote boxing in Haryana.He alleged that the chief minister had been making announcements only to gain publicity and had not fulfilled his promises.”The chief minister had promised to set up an international boxing academy in Bhiwani.But it has not come up so far. The training centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is in a bad shape. The players have been left to their own means,” Abhay added.The opposition leader also took potshots at Hooda for honouring players from other states. Only Yogeshwar Dutt among the six medallist at the London Olympics belonged to Haryana.”The chief minister claims that four of the Indian medallists belong to the state but they never represented Haryana at any level in any sporting event,” Abhay said.advertisementlast_img read more

22 days agoCardoner admits Barcelona players pushed board to bring back Neymar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardoner admits Barcelona players pushed board to bring back Neymarby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner admits the players pushed the board to bring back Neymar last summer.It’s been confirmed Barca twice had offers for Neymar turned down by PSG.And Cardoner says it was the players who were eager to see the deal happen.He told Catalunya Ràdio: “Neymar, in addition to having a good relationship with the locker room, is a great player. “Hence our desire to have him in our ranks. The players have suggested him to us, but we are the ones who weigh the pros and cons.” last_img

Report Maria had 43B impact on Puerto Ricos economy

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s government says Hurricane Maria had a $43 billion impact on the U.S. territory’s economy, $1 billion more than originally estimated.The report by the Puerto Rico Planning Board takes into account millions of dollars received so far in federal hurricane recovery funds and insurance money.The report says the capital of San Juan was among the six most affected cities on the island after the Category 4 storm hit in September 2017.Economist Jose Caraballo said Monday that federal aid and insurance payouts so far have covered only 24 per cent of the losses reported.The Associated Presslast_img

Most Albertans staying home for Boxing Day

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Millions of Canadians are cramming shopping centres to find the best deals on Boxing Day while others are staying home.A new survey released by the website RetailMeNot.ca shows that a large majority of Canadians surveyed won’t be at the mall on Wednesday.The survey found that 74 per cent of Canadians will avoid shopping malls during Boxing Day and Boxing Week due to the crowds.That number is even higher for Albertans who took the survey as 79 per cent will likely stay home.Public Relations manager with Retail Me Not Katie Hammill, said online shopping is likely the reason for these numbers.“It’s definitely continuing to grow for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now Boxing Day, we’re definitely seeing a shift in trend of more online shopping.”That part of the survey found that just over half of respondents (55 per cent) think there are better Boxing Day deals online than there are in bricks & mortar stores.Hammill said there was one aspect of the survey that really caught her attention.“Over 20 per cent of Millennial parents say that they’re willing to call in sick or skip work to go shopping so while as a whole, not as many people are going out to shop, those Millennials are willing to do anything at all costs to get out there.”The survey took in about 1000 respondents from across Canada.last_img read more

Little hope seen for oilpatch activity growth as steep price discounts continue

first_imgMorrison says unusually wet weather in Alberta in September will contribute to soft third-quarter earnings reports from oilfield services companies.The analyst says Western Canada will remain short of pipeline capacity even if Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement pipeline is completed by 2020, thus adding 370,000 barrels per day of capacity.He says the short-term situation will improve but not enough to allow growth in activity if crude-by-rail exports double, as he expects, to a record 450,000 barrels per day by the end of this year.“We believe this reality will start to percolate into 2019 capex budgets, with a number of producers likely to delay the issuance of formal guidance until January and then we believe many are likely to announce development programs that show little to no incremental production growth,” Morrison’s report says. CALGARY, A.B. – An energy analyst warns the Canadian oil and gas sector is in a holding pattern in which spending and production growth can’t occur until new ways to get products to export markets are found.CIBC analyst Jon Morrison says in a report that steep discounts being paid for Canadian heavy and light oil production compared with U.S. benchmarks won’t end soon and that means there’s no money for producers to increase their drilling budgets.The report bodes poorly for Canada’s energy services sector as the industry enters the winter drilling season, its traditionally busiest time of the year as the frozen ground allows more access to backcountry sites.last_img read more

India finish with 16 gold medals at Asian Airgun Cships

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian shooters continued their dominance claiming five gold medals on the final day of the Asian Airgun Championships to sign off with a total of 25 medals in Taoyuan, Taipei. India finished with 16 gold, five silver and four bronze. On the last day of the competition, Yash Vardhan and Shreya Agrawal bagged three gold medals each. Yash finished on top in 10m Air Rifle men’s junior event. He then clinched the yellow metal in Team competition with his partners — Keval Prajpati and Aishwary Tomar. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Yash scored 249.5, while Keval and Aishwary shot 247.3 and 226.1 for silver and bronze respectively. Earlier Vardhan and Shreya combined to win the Mixed Team Rifle junior event. Shreya won the gold in the 10m Air Rifle women’s junior event. She also won the Team gold along with Mehuli Ghosh and Kavi Chakkaravarthy. Shreya’s gold winning 24-shots ended on an impressive 252.5, while Mehuli settled for individual bronze with an effort of 228.3. Kavi was fourth. Indian shooting’s next assignment is scheduled at Al Ain, UAE where the ISSF Shotgun World Cup stage two commences on April 5.last_img read more