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In Germany, Amazon Makes a Play for Kids’ Digital Time – eMarketer

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Amazon’s lead among paid digital content platforms in Germany could be extended by the recent expansion of its child-focused content app FreeTime to Android device users. This week, Amazon added FreeTime to Germany’s Google Play store. The app now gives those on Android-powered smartphones and tablets access to “thousands” of age-appropriate books, YouTube videos and websites. The service’s subscription plan, FreeTime Unlimited, will cost €2.99 ($3.30) per month. FreeTime has…

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The report was completed this year and is a special science section of the National Climate Assessment, which is congressionally mandated every four years. The National Academy of Sciences has signed off on the draft report, and the authors are awaiting permission from the Trump administration to release it. Video Climate Change Report vs. E.P.A. Chief A draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies obtained by The New York…

North Korea now making missile-ready nuclear weapons, US analysts say – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment. The analysis, completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency, comes on the heels of another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist…

Kenny Rogers on Glen Campbell: ‘I Was Amazed at How Well He Sang’ – RollingStone.com

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Along with being a Grammy-winning singer, Glen Campbell was an exquisite guitarist, most famously playing with the L.A. session pros the Wrecking Crew. Among the songs he added his guitar flair to was “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In),” Kenny Rogers’ first Top 10 hit with the band the First Edition, in 1968. Rogers, a longtime friend of the “Rhinestone Cowboy,” discussed the magnitude of…

Mormon official ousted; first excommunication of a top church leader in decades – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

James J. Hamula in Salt Lake City in 2014. (Ravell Call/Deseret News/AP) The Mormon Church has excommunicated one of its top leaders, church officials confirmed Tuesday. It was not immediately clear why. “This morning, James J. Hamula was released as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, following Church disciplinary action by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,” read a statement…

How Disney Wants to Take On Netflix With Its Own Streaming Services – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Mr. Iger said Disney had lately noticed “a dramatic increase in app-based media consumption,” and not just for its own offerings. Disney will also offer a separate entertainment-oriented streaming service. (With traditional cable hookups, people are usually forced to pay for sports channels even if they do not watch them.) It will arrive in 2019 and provide exclusive access to new Disney films, including a sequel to “Frozen,” a live-action…

6 things to know about buying a laptop for college in 2017 – CNET

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Sarah Tew/CNET It’s August, and that can mean only one thing: Winter is coming. Also school. (Sorry, totally caught up in “Game of Thrones” season 7.) With a new school year often comes the need for a new laptop, and for college students in particular, it can be tough to pick the right model. How much should you (or, more likely, your parents) plan to spend? How much horsepower do…

Top 5 Digital Transformation Trends in Manufacturing – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Shutterstock Like the Industrial Revolution impacted manufacturing, digital transformation is now responsible for changing the industry. Finally, industrial manufacturers are joining their counterparts–as I’ve previously discussed–and are moving to a digital world. Not since Henry Ford introduced mass production has there been a revolution to this scale. Now, manufacturing companies are using technology to move from mass production to customized production, and it’s happening at a rapid pace. Consumer expectations…

The library of the future? It’s digital – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The National Student Survey and the teaching excellence framework are placing growing emphasis on the learning environment and student experience. But discussions have moved on from thinking about physical spaces. Instead, libraries are putting digital innovation at the top of their lists. Any revamped digital approach to libraries needs to begin by considering how student expectations vary. While hard copies of core texts will likely have a place on the…

What Venture Capitalists See In Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, And Other Digital Currencies – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg Once, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin were popular among digital currency collectors—usually young technology savvy investors—enchanted with the promise these currencies offer to solve the ills of a global economy. Like the monopoly of printing money by central banks. More recently, cryptocurrencies have become popular with venture capitalists, as a way to quickly and easily amass big fortunes, much faster than investing in conventional start-ups. How…

5 best back to school laptop deals – TechRadar

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Laptops have long since replaced pen and paper as the most instrumental tools students need in the class room. While notebooks have evolved to let us to so much more with touchscreens and digital pens, they’re still nowhere nearly as affordable as a box of ballpoint pens and a stack of loose-leaf. To help you make the most out of your student budget, we’ve selected the best back to school…

Digital News Fact Sheet | Pew Research Center – Journalism.org – Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project

Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

MORE FACT SHEETS: STATE OF THE NEWS MEDIA In the U.S., roughly nine-in-ten adults (93%) ever get news online (either via mobile or desktop), and the online space has become a host for the digital homes of both legacy news outlets and new, “born on the web” news outlets. Digital advertising revenue across all digital entities (beyond just news) continues to grow, with technology companies playing a large role in the…

Digital News Fact Sheet – Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

MORE FACT SHEETS: STATE OF THE NEWS MEDIA In the U.S., roughly nine-in-ten adults (93%) ever get news online (either via mobile or desktop), and the online space has become a host for the digital homes of both legacy news outlets and new, “born on the web” news outlets. Digital advertising revenue across all digital entities (beyond just news) continues to grow, with technology companies playing a large role in the…

CBS turns up the dial on digital streaming plans – Financial Times

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

CBS turns up the dial on digital streaming plans

A+E Networks Promotes Evan Silverman to EVP of Global Digital Products, Platforms – Variety

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

A+E Networks has elevated Evan Silverman to executive VP of global digital products and platforms, A+E Networks. Silverman, who previously was SVP of digital media at A+E, continues to report to Sean Cohan, A+E Networks’ president of international and digital. In his new role, Silverman oversees digital product, technology and design teams for A+E Networks, which includes A&E, History, Lifetime, FYI and LMN. In addition, Silverman oversees platforms for the…

Digital News Fact Sheet – Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

MORE FACT SHEETS: STATE OF THE NEWS MEDIA In the U.S., roughly nine-in-ten adults (93%) ever get news online (either via mobile or desktop), and the online space has become a host for the digital homes of both legacy news outlets and new, “born on the web” news outlets. Digital advertising revenue across all digital entities (beyond just news) continues to grow, with technology companies playing a large role in the…

Golf Channel Acquires Revolution Golf, Boosting Digital Audience To 15 Million – Forbes

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

Golf Channel is far more than a 24-hour television network devoted to golf. Over the past decade, Golf Channel has created the largest engaged digital audience in golf, and that following is now 15 percent bigger with the acquisition of Revolution Golf. With almost 2 million subscribers, Revolution Golf is the industry’s largest direct-to-consumer digital platform, delivering high-quality video-based instruction, travel content and integrated e-commerce. It joins Golf Channel’s portfolio…

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review: doing it right – The Verge

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

How long have I longed for a ThinkPad? Every time in my life that I’ve considered buying a laptop, the latest ThinkPad models have inevitably figured high on my list of desired computers. They once bore the IBM logo, now Lenovo, but they’ve always been that paradigm of no-nonsense work machine that you know you can rely on. Sturdy, hardy, and covered in deep matte black, ThinkPads are iconic. But…

Western Union’s digital growth is a bright spot – Business Insider

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

BI Intelligence See Also This story was delivered to BI Intelligence “Payments Briefing” subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Western Union posted a tepid 2% increase in revenue on a constant currency basis in Q2 2017. This growth was led by transactions in Latin America, North America, and Europe, but was partially offset by declines from oil producing countries in the Middle East and Africa. Even so, its digital…

T-Mobile Discounts Mobile Phone Service For Baby Boomers – Fortune

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017

T-Mobile had attracted more new wireless customers over the past three years than the rest of its competitors combined, but its subscriber base still skews younger and more urban than the industry as a whole. So T-Mobile this week will try to close the gap with a deep discount for people age 55 and up. Starting on Wednesday, new or existing senior customers will be able to sign up for…

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