Events Digital Ads Raise B2B Revenues by 27 Percent

first_img ​Connectiv’s Business Information Network report is based on calculations of the size of the industry and aggregated data from several sources that report on revenues. Event revenue is supplied by CEI, print advertising data is supplied by IMS. B2B digital advertising revenues are estimated by Connectiv and based on information by IAB. Information on data is supplied by Outsell and supplemented by public information and Connectiv estimates.  Revenues went up in the B2B media and information industry by 2.7 percent in 2015, according to the Connectiv Business Information Network report. Events account for the majority of revenue across the B2B media industry, with $12.65 billion dollars in revenue, up 3.7 percent. Overall, trends point to a new mix in revenue streams. Today, print accounts for 23 percent of all revenues, down from 33 percent in 2009. Source: Connectiv’s BIN Report Source: Connectiv’s BIN Reportcenter_img Matt Kinsman, VP of content and programming at Connectiv, wrote that he expects that most Connectiv members will self-classify as “business information services” rather than “business media” by 2020. Kinsman also expects paid content and data/information services to pick up speed moving forward. Meanwhile, digital advertising and data/business info have both steadily risen since 2009. Digital ads went from 10 percent of revenues in 2009 to 22 percent of revenues in 2015. Data went from 8 percent of revenues in 2009 to 11 percent of revenues in 2015. Year-over-year, digital advertising grew 17.4 percent, while data grew by 2.7 percent.  The report credits growth in digital advertising/marketing, a steadily growing events industry and a rise in data and information services, for increased revenues to $28.35 billion in 2015, from $27.6 billion in 2014. Print and digital advertising are nearly tied, bringing in $6.4 billion and $6.3 billion respectively. However, this marks a steep decline from print advertising, which dropped 4.1 percent year-over-year. Print ads were worth $6.7 billion in 2014, down from $7.6 billion in 2009.Source: Connectiv’s BIN Report Connectiv reports that exceptions to this is trend can be seen in three of the 22 vertical categories: Architecture, healthcare and automotive publications all saw an increase in print advertising revenue.last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For November 26 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, November 26, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A slight chance of rain and snow before 8am, then rain. Patchy fog. High near 44. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.At Town Hall: The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 6:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: Brush Strokes Art Studio of Tewksbury is holding a paint night at 7pm. Come paint holiday wine glasses at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street).  Eat, drink and paint!  Brush Strokes will provide all the paint supplies.  No painting experience is necessary.  Space is limited so register today by calling 508-572-0853 or by clicking HERE.  Cost is $35 for two wine glasses.At The Library: Baby Laptime at 9:30am. Networkers: Exploring Entrepreneurship – The SBA Advantage at 10am. Exploration Station at 10:30am. Maker Mondays at 3pm. PJ Storytime at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Blood Pressure at 9am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Quilting at 1pm. Book Club at 1pm. Wii Bowling Tournament at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For March 5, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For December 18In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Invitations To BidInstallation of Porous Pavement on Shady Lane Drive — Deadline: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 10amCanyonlands Trip — Deadline: Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 2:3pmAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

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Game of Thrones finale streaming May 19 on HBO Now

first_imgDaenerys Sunburn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, Shivakamini Somakandarkram, the Unburnt, Queen of the Burgers and the First Cheese, Chaser of the Wheat Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons. HBO Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now. The audio is about a minute or two long.Since you’re reading this, let’s give you some extra information not found in the podcast: WWE Money in the Bank is airing live on the WWE Network this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. Watch as Becky “2 Belts” Lynch defends her two championships in two matches. Yes, the show is on at the same time as Game of Thrones, but the event will be available on demand on WWE’s streaming service. Want to know what else is new? Listen to this guy: Game of Barry Share your voice Your browser does not support the audio element. Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Home Entertainment What’s new to stream in May 2019 Comment Tagscenter_img For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out CNET.com/Netpicks or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to TVGuide.com to see what else is out in the world of streaming. Audio (weekly): RSS | iTunes | Google PlayVideo (monthly): iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD) | RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ)| RSS (SD) Netpicks Cord Cutters (OTT) 1 2:21 Amazon Prime HBO Amazon Hulu Netflixlast_img read more

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Elon Musk says Neuralink plans 2020 human test of braincomputer interface

first_img Sci-Tech Tech Industry Comments 5:10 18:28 Neuralink brings the squishier, immensely complicated realm of biology into Musk’s purview. Human brains are famously hard to understand, though computer scientists at companies like Facebook and Google are progressing rapidly at emulating some of how brains work through technology called neural networks, the most practical and promising foundation for today’s artificial intelligence work. One of the most useful aspects of that research is getting computers to understand humans better by processing human speech.But as with his other projects, Musk sees Neuralink as important to civilization.”Even in a benign AI scenario, we will be left behind. Hopefully it is a benign scenario,” in which superintelligent AIs surpass but don’t wipe out humans, Musk said. “With a high-bandwidth brain-machine interface, I think we can go along for the ride and effectively have the option of merging with AI.”First published July 16 at 8:41 p.m. PT.Update at 11:13 p.m. PT:  Adds details, images and background. Update, July 17: Adds new graphics. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Elon Musk Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to hook your brain to a computer… Tags Controlling electronics with your mind! But the long-term goal is to build a “digital superintelligence layer” to link humans with artificial intelligence, a technology he views as an existential threat to humanity.”Ultimately, we can do a full brain-machine interfaces where we can achieve a sort of symbiosis with AI,” Musk said. One goal along the way will be letting people type 40 words per minute just by thinking.Neuralink has the potential to dramatically reshape both computing and humanity — if it and like-minded researchers can persuade regulators and society at large that we should be directly wired to machines. That’s a big if. The challenges are immense when it comes to developing the technology, making it practical and affordable, and convincing people it’s safe and desirable.The startup uses sewing machine-like technology this year to drill small holes into brains and insert super-slender electrodes called threads, steering clear of blood vessels as they go.Neuralink envisions brain-connected chips and accompanying communication wires placed under the skin. A data transfer system would then link to a wearable, removable pod behind the ear that communicates wirelessly with external devices like a phone or computer.Neuralink envisions brain-connected chips and accompanying communication wires placed under the skin. A data transfer system would then link to a wearable, removable pod behind the ear that communicates wirelessly with external devices like a phone or computer. Neuralink; Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET “We hope to have this, aspirationally, in a human patient by the end of this year. So it’s not far,” Musk said. He acknowledged, though, that approval from the US Food and Drug Administration “is quite difficult.”Brain-machine interface (BMI) technology is active research at competitors and other laboratories. But some worry that Neuralink’s invasive method is risky.Today, some epilepsy patients have dozens of wires inserted to monitor brain activity, said Bin He, head of biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and a researcher who favors noninvasive methods. “In the general population, I could not see how many of such inserted wires into a human’s brain would not cause risks or potentially impair the working of the brain,” He said.Noninvasive methods not only can read brain activity but also stimulate it. That’s easier at the surface, but new breakthroughs show promise for communications with neurons deeper in the brain, He said.Even if Neuralink’s approach works, don’t expect to download the ability to speak French anytime soon. The company’s first goals are dauntingly ambitious, and training the brain to understand the Neuralink signals won’t be easy, either, said Max Hodak, Neuralink’s president and co-founder. “It’s a long process. It’s like learning to touch-type or play piano,” he said.In a research paper — authored by “Elon Musk and Neuralink” but not published in a peer-reviewed journal — Neuralink described progress using its technology with rats. In one case, it laced electrodes into a rat’s brain and fitted it with a USB-C port so the sensor data can be monitored. “This system serves as a state-of-the-art research platform and a first prototype towards a fully implantable human BMI,” the paper says.Thousands of electrodes implanted by robotWith Neuralink’s approach, a robot inserts tiny threads a quarter the width of a human hair. “The threads are about the same size as a neuron,” Musk said. “If you’re going to stick something in your brain, you want it to be tiny — approximately on par with the things that are already there.”On this rat, Neuralink's sensor chip connects to the outside world with a USB-C port. On humans, the plan is to communicate wirelessly so there won't be a cable plugged into your skull.Enlarge ImageOn this rat, Neuralink’s sensor chip connects to the outside world with a USB-C port. On humans, the plan is to communicate wirelessly so there won’t be a cable plugged into your skull. Neuralink A “wisp” of 1,024 threads attach to a small chip, up to 10 of which will be embedded under your skin. Each will connect wirelessly to a wearable, detachable, upgradable “pod” behind your ear that communicates wirelessly with a phone. “The interface to the chip is wireless so you have no wires poking out of your head. It basically Bluetooths to your phone,” Musk said.The installation takes place through holes 2mm wide, temporarily expanded to 8mm, then glued shut, Musk said. Among the company’s challenges are developing electrodes that will last “many decades,” but “getting the right coatings is a tough materials science problem.” The human brain is not a hospitable environment.Electrodes read and write brain dataNeuralink is designing its electrodes not just to “read” from neurons what’s going on in the brain, but also to “write” signals into the brain. “You can use this technology in the brain to restore a sense of touch or vision,” said Neuralink scientist Philip Sabes.Connections to the motor control parts of the brain also could help people with brain disorders, Sabes said.Neuralink's N1 sensor chip, measuring 4x5mm in its present incarnation, can detect spikes of neural activity and send signals back to the brain.Neuralink’s N1 sensor chip, measuring 4x5mm in its present incarnation, can detect spikes of neural activity and send signals back to the brain. Neuralink; Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET “A person could imagine running, dancing or even kung fu,” Sabes said, with the Neuralink connection controlling their 3D avatar in a digital realm. “Ultimately, if and when technology for spinal cord nerve or muscle stimulation gets far enough, it could be used to restore that individual’s control over their own body.”Neuralink hopes its procedure will be safe and easy enough that people will choose to undergo it. “This should be safe enough that it can be an elective procedure,” said company neurosurgeon Matthew MacDougall.In tests so far, “we’ve been able to rapidly place thousands of electrodes into the brain without any bleeding,” MacDougall said. That’s because the electrodes are small — far smaller than the deep-brain stimulation electrodes that currently come with about a 1-in-100 risk of causing bleeding in the brain, he said.In an era dominated by tech giants that have succeeded through computing hardware, software and services, Musk stands out as an entrepreneur who’s got a knack for other parts of the physical world — things like electricity, rocks and gravity. Musk is pretty busy. He’s got Tesla, which makes electric cars and trucks, massive electric power storage batteries and solar roofs. He’s got SpaceX, which is launching satellites — including its own set for providing internet service — and is working on rockets to get people to orbit, Mars and the other side of Earth. Then there’s the Boring Company, which is trying to create tunnels to relieve automobile congestion on ordinary roads. Neuralink plans to test its brain machine interface technology with four of its N1 chips installed under patients’ skin. Neuralink; Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Neuralink, Elon Musk’s startup that’s trying to directly link brains and computers, has developed a system to feed thousands of electrical probes into a brain and hopes to start testing the technology on humans in in 2020, Chief Executive Elon Musk revealed Tuesday. And it’s working already in animal tests. “A monkey has been able to control a computer with his brain,” Musk said at a San Francisco livestreaming the presentation on YouTube Tuesday, revealing even more research results than the company’s scientists expected.Neuralink’s initial goal is to help people deal with brain and spinal cord injuries or congenital defects, Musk said. The technology could help paraplegics who have lost the ability to move or sense because of spinal cord injury — a medical treatment that’s a lot less shocking than radical sci-fi ideas like “consensual telepathy.”  Now playing: Watch this: 23 Photos Every Elon Musk project right now 6last_img read more

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Oil stable as production outages offset impact of stronger dollar

first_imgOil prices were steady on Friday after a run up on supply disruptions, especially in the Americas, where wildfires continue to rage near Canada’s huge oil sand fields, tightening a market suffering global oversupply.The disruptions helped offset the impact of a stronger dollar this week .DXY, which potentially reduces demand for crude as it makes dollar-traded imports more expensive for countries using other currencies.International benchmark Brent crude futures LCOc1 were trading at $44.95 per barrel at 0203 GMT, 6 cents below their last settlement but flat with its first close this week.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $44.17, down 15 cents but over 1 percent above this week’s first close.”Supply disruptions and closures helped push crude oil prices higher, despite the stronger U.S.-dollar,” ANZ bank said on Friday.A massive fire around the Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray has forced the evacuation of all its residents and the closure of 690,000 barrels per day (bpd) worth of production out of Canada’s total oil sands output of 2.2 million bpd.Adding to the production outage in Canada is an ongoing decline in U.S. output.”While the wildfire in the oil-sands regions of Canada is still wreaking havoc with many producers, U.S. oil output continues to feel the impact of low prices,” ANZ said.Data by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that U.S. crude oil output has fallen by 410,000 bpd this year, and by 800,000 bpd since mid-2015, as many producers succumb to a rout that saw prices tumble 70 percent between mid-2014 and early-2016.Analysts said that the hits to North American output, combined with disruptions in Latin America, were contributing to a fast erosion of global oversupply that peaked as high as 2 million barrels bpd last year.”Unplanned oil supply disruptions have been a key element so far this year that have contributed to a tighter oil market than was otherwise expected,” said analyst Guy Baber of Simmons & Co.last_img read more

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Key Indian equity indices open in green

first_imgIndian pedestrians watch as a digital broadcast presents the rolling share price information and national election results news coverage on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai on May 16, 2014.PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]The key Indian equity market indices on Monday opened higher despite a cautious trend in Asian markets.The Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which had closed at 35,742.07 on December 21, opened higher at 35,859.66 points.Minutes into trading, it was quoting at 35,731.58, down by 10.49 points, or 0.03 per cent.At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader 51-scrip Nifty, which had closed at 10,754 points on Friday, was quoting at 10,769.95, up 15.95 points or 0.15 per cent.Concerns over global economic growth and threat of a partial US government shutdown spooked international and domestic equity indices on the last day of trading, with the BSE Sensex and the NSE plunging nearly 700 points and 200 points, respectively.On Monday, Asian indices were showing a mixed trend. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was quoting red, down by 0.66 per cent, South Korea’s Kospi was down by 0.19 per cent, SET Composite of Thailand was down by 0.20 per cent and China’s Shanghai Composite index was trading in green, up by 0.16 per cent.Last week, Nasdaq closed in red, down by 2.99 per cent while FTSE 100 was up by 0.14 per cent at the closing on Friday.last_img read more

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No major breakthrough in dialogue

first_imgPrime minister speaks at a dialogue between Awami League-led 14-party alliance and Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front, at prime minister`s official residence Ganabhaban on Thursday. Photo: BSSRuling camp and opposition leaders on Thursday completed their first round of dialogue, but without any thaw in the country’s political deadlock over holding of the new general elections in a free and fair manner.After the talks at Ganabhaban, none of the participants reported any progress in most critical issues, especially formation of a poll-time government and release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.”Our leaders raised complaints and relevant issues. We, however, didn’t get any special solution over there,” Kamal Hossain, leader of Jatiya Oikya Front, told newsmen at his Bailey Road residence around 11:45pm.On the Ganabhaban compound, ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader termed the dialogue successful.Opposition BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir twice said his party is not satisfied with the discussion. “Our [demonstration] programme will continue,” he told newsmen.Leaders of ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance and Jatiya Oikya Front led by Kamal Hossain join for a dialogue at Ganbhaban in the city on Thursday night. Photo: Collected At the talks, the BNP leader iterated the seven-point demand of the Front. Premier Hasina made opening remarks but did not touch on the pending issues.The demands include installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution the election commission, release of all the political prisoners, deployment of army and cancellation of the move to use EVM for holding the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.Ruling Awami League-led14-party alliance coordinator Mohammad Nasim enters Ganabhaban to join talks with Jatiya Oikya Front leaders on 1 November. Photo: Dipu MalakarWhen asked if there was any new decision on election-time government, Quader only referred to the constitution which has no caretaker government provision after the AL government scrapped the system in 2011.He also called irrelevant the issue of release of Khaleda Zia. “It’s a matter of law and the court. We didn’t frame those cases against her, rather the caretaker government did it.” the AL said.Claiming that the two sides — AL-led 14-party alliance and Jatiya Oikya Front led by Kamal Hossain — agreed on a few issues and they would hold further talks after 8 November.”If they want to join the talks, the prime minister’s door is open and such talks may be held after 8 November,” the AL leader added.Kamal Hossain said there was no progress except one issue — holding public rallies without any disturbances created by the law enforcement.”There will be no barrier to holding meetings and rallies. The prime minister has already asked the law enforcement in this regard,” Subrata Chowdhury, executive president of Gano Forum and leader of the Front, said while reading out the formal statement.About the allegations of concocted cases, both Quader and Subrata said the coalition leaders raised it with the prime minister who asked them to submit a list for taking necessary steps.Jatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain in front of Ganabhaban to join talks with 14-Party leaders, led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina on 1 November. Photo: Dipu MalakarThe Front leaders demanded delaying announcement of polls schedule, but prime minister Sheikh Hasina said this is the jurisdiction of the election commission, the leaders of the two camps said.“Prime minister assured Oikya Front leaders of allowing foreign observers to oversee the elections. Regarding their reservation on use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in polls, the prime minister said EVMs would be used in a limited scale.”BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir enters Ganabhaban to join talks with 14-Party leaders, led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina on 1 November. Photo: Dipu MalakarThe two sides held talks for more than three hours beginning around 7:00pm.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina led a 23-member delegation of the 14-party alliance while Kamal Hossain led the 20-member team including senior BNP leaders.The talks were held following the AL president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s response to Kamal Hossain’s letter earlier this week, urging her to hold dialogue.last_img

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Boost your creativity by developing your distant thinking skills

first_imgThe common human default mode is that we focus our energy on the here-and-now, and care less about ourselves and the events of the farther-off future. The creative mind may tell us still more about how we connect to our future selves. Read the whole story: Quartz Researchers that include UCLA Anderson’s Hal E. Hershfield have established that prompting individuals to think about their own distant future reduces acts of present-bias. Young adults shown a photographic rendering of their retirement-age self committed to saving more today for retirement. Individuals prompted to think about themselves 20 years on chose to exercise more often. It also prompted participants in one study to make more ethical choices.center_img This present-bias can get in the way of all sorts of decisions that might improve our lot. The struggle with delayed gratification is what makes it hard to choose saving for retirement over spending today, or committing to a diet or exercise plan for our future health at the cost of spending less time on the couch binging Netflix and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Or, say, supporting public policy aimed at tamping down the march of global warming for the benefit of future generations. An inability to think far into the future has also been shown to influence our empathy and ability to consider the perspective of our enemies.last_img read more

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