first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – Even for someone who prides himself on staying consistent with his day-to-day routine, Quinn Cook admitted that preparation can only do so much to ensure success. Stability helps, too.In related news, Cook scored 18 points while going 8-of-13 from the field in 21 minutes in the Warriors’ 108-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Earlier …last_img read more

first_imgAir New Zealand has launched an online artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, Bravo Oscar Tango – Oscar for short.Oscar will initially assist passengers with commonly asked queries, saving them time and offering a more personalized experience than searching a traditional Frequently Asked Questions section online says the airline. Air New Zealand says that as with other AI technology, Oscar will learn based on the conversations people have with him, becoming more user-friendly and more helpful the more he interacts. Air New Zealand Chief Digital Officer Avi Golan says “Oscar has been launched as a beta product allowing customers to play an active role in training him.’’“This is a new approach for us, getting Oscar out fast and in the early-development stages so that we can build and co-create with our customers. Given Oscar learns natural language it makes sense he learns directly from our customers the types of information they want to know and the language they use, rather than airline jargon.“The world’s best digital companies foster a culture of customer-led design and collaboration and for the airline to meet its big digital ambitions we must embed this culture of thinking, acting and doing as leading digital companies do.”The airline has initially launched Oscar as a help chatbot to assist with Air New Zealand Lounge, Airpoints™ and baggage queries but the airline says it has big plans for him, including integration with the Air New Zealand Mobile app, via both voice and text, and with other chat platforms and in-home digital assistants.“Over time we want Oscar to become a virtual travel assistant helping customers across every stage of the journey, with the ability to recognize who you are, inform you about your flights, make or change a booking, select seats, check you in, and offer to help sort you a taxi to the airport,” says Mr Golan.“There’s no doubt that AI is the future, allowing customers to better self-serve within their channel of choice, further improving the customer experience.”Customers with queries about Airpoints, baggage or Air New Zealand lounges are asked to put Oscar to the test. He can be found in the Help & Contact section of the airline’s New Zealand website.last_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Notepods each contain 100 pages, and you can snag a 3-pack for around $18USD. Shipping will take between 7 and 12 business days, unless you’re lucky enough to live in Australia or New Zealand.As we all know, the best ideas often hit you at inappropriate or inconvenient times. As Inventive Labs posted, “It’s incredibly fun to come up with an idea in the pub over a few beers;” however, how fun is it to decipher those indecipherable, scrawled-on and soggy cocktail napkins the next morning? Keep one in your bag, one on the nightstand – wherever inspiration strikes. It might be made of paper, but we think smartphone developers will find it a fun and simple productivity tool. We’ve discovered an adorable yet highly useful little product that could significantly ease some pain and lead to greater levels of productivity for smartphone developers.It’s ridiculously simple as a concept, yet it allows for more creativity, freedom, and portability than any other tool we’ve seen for mobile developers, hands down. The product of a design shop and a web development lab, both based in Australia, these nifty and inexpensive toys have been popping up in offices all over Silicon Valley. Read on to learn the secret behind your favorite mobile dev’s favorite Christmas present.It’s made of paper. Yes, the Notepod is the Moleskine of the digerati, an ingenious little sketchpad shaped like an iPhone. The front of each sheet features “52mm by 77mm of blank space floating in darkness,” and the back of each piece is a blank grid of graph paper, perfect, as the site says, “perfect for notes or jotting down the phone number of a hot geek.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgTags:#New Media#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… chris cameroncenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A few weeks ago we reported on the glut of traditional media publishers that are seemingly flocking to the wildly popular micro-blogging service Tumblr. Now it seems Tumblr is also attracting the employees of these media outlets. Mark Coatney, editor at Newsweek and the man behind the magazine’s Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook accounts, has announced he is leaving the publication to join the Tumblr team. Coatney says the decision was obviously a difficult one for him to make, but that Tumblr, to him, represents the future of publishing. “One of the reasons I’ve long been interested in online journalism is in the ways it can be, in a way no other medium can, a two-way communication between writer and reader; Tumblr is one of the best ways I’ve seen to accomplish that,” he wrote on his Tumblelog today.Coatney’s new position will be to be a liaison for other media publications that want to extend their reach on Tumblr the way companies like Newsweek, The New Yorker and The New York Times have. His philosophy is that editors should not simply be shameless self-promoters, but should instead leverage these various platforms to engage with their communities at the personal level.The move to Tumblr is a clear sign that the micro-blogging service is very interested in helping traditional media find a new voice online. For Coatney, this isn’t the first time he’s shifted gears in his media career. Before joining Newsweek, he worked as a writer and editor for Time Magazine, where he also helped to create the first iteration of Time.com.last_img read more

first_imgEffective websites can help promote your film or video project. Follow these eight tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your online efforts.Cover image via Farknot Architect.Whether you’re just starting a project or are finishing up and looking for distribution, building a website to promote your film — short, feature, or anything in between — is never a bad idea. If done well, it can really boost your project. The trick is not to get bogged down.Here are eight tips to help you create a simple, clean, informative website for your next film or video project.1. Use a Web PlatformImage by Rawpixel.com.If you know your way around coding and web design, great. More power to you — go build a website from scratch. However, if you don’t, to maximize your time, use a service or a free web platform like Wix or Squarespace. This is your best bet to get something done quickly and professionally. Here are a few to consider:WebnodeucraftWebsiteBuilderweeblySITE123 2. Buy Your DomainImage by By JMiks.While this step isn’t necessarily essential, it will make your website look more professional. Also, with many of these services, like Wix and Squarespace, paying a hosting fee also upgrades your membership, so you get better functionality and a few more customization options. It will also remove the “.squarespace” part of your website, so it can be a clean and simple domain just for your project.3. Keep it SimpleImage by This Is Me.This should be your number one rule throughout. A website will never make or break your project — at least not in the same way your cinematography or sound design will. At most, it will be a nice perk that adds a bit of professional flair to your project. So, treat your investment as such, and keep the information on your site simple and easy to find.4. Share Basic InfoImage by Rawpixel.com.Ideally, your film will speak for itself. If you have a trailer or teaser video, your website is a great place to make that available. But beyond this content, you’ll want to only include the basic information: who, what, when, where, and (briefly) why. Tell your story, but make it concise and include information about how to learn more or contact the filmmakers.5. Press KitIf you have a press kit, your website is a great place to host it. Your press kit will come in handy later as you’re promoting your film and looking for press and distribution — and if you end up screening at any festivals. A press kit doesn’t have to be complex, but it should include a few basics. Here are some good resources for more on press kits.How to Create a Dynamic Press Kit6 Production Tips for Shooting an Electronic Press KitThe Ultimate Guide to Creating an EPK (with FREE Template & Samples) 6. Awards and LaurelsImage by Michaelica.Be sure to include every award, festival laurel, and accreditation that your film has earned. This is your space to show off and validate your film’s status through its achievements. If you have blurbs or quotes from reviews, don’t hide those (but don’t overdo it either).7. Contact InfoPerhaps the most important function of your website is to include contact info so interested parties can reach you. Build a clear contact page for all inquiries, including everything from press requests to distribution queries to fans simply looking to learn more.8. Connect with Your AudienceImage by Robert Kneschke.Finally, give your website visitors a way to join your audience. If you have other social media pages — Facebook, Twitter, etc. — leave links your visitors can follow for more updates. If you have a FilmFreeway account or Vimeo or Youtube pages that you’re looking to grow, share those as well. Give your visitors at least one more place to go where they can further engage with you and your project.For more tips on promoting and marketing your film projects, check out some of these resources.Bring Your Film Marketing To Life With a Motion PosterMarketing Your Film in the Digital AgeShould You Promote Your Short Film on Facebook or a Website?Freebie: Movie Marketing Pack7 Tips for Promoting Your Indie Film on Social Medialast_img read more

first_imgIndia secured an unexpected bronze in the men’s 20km walk when Harminder Singh finished third behind the Australian duo of Jarred Tallent and Luke Adams with a personal best of 1:23:28 in the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.Medals TallyThe 26-year-old Harminder finished a minute and 10 seconds behind silver-medallist Adams while Tallent, a double-Olympic walk medallist in the Beijing Olympic Games, clinched the gold medal after he trailed Adams till the last two kilometers in a new Games record of 1:22:18.However, there was disappointment for India in the women’s 20km walk in which Rani Yadav was the best-placed at sixth after clocking 1:42:54. Another Indian Sandhya Jolly finished eighth in 1:51:44, while Deepmala Devi failed to even finish the race and ended up bottom of the heap.England’s Jo Jackson grabbed the gold medal in this event by clocking 1:34:22, while Australia Claire Tallent, wife of men’s gold winner Jared, settled for the silver in 1:36:55. Kenya’s Wanjiru Grace took the bronze in 1:37:49.The gold helped England catch up with India on the gold medal tally and also pushed them up to the second spot, having won more silver medals (37) than the host nation (16), on the sixth morning of competitions.Men’s freestyle grapplers had mixed fortunes with 96kg fighter Anil Maan losing his preliminary bout to Leon Gregor Rattigan of England while hot favourite Yogeshwar Dutt winning his first two bouts convincingly against Australian Farzal Tarash and South African Zachari Marius Loots to enter the semifinals of frestyle 60kg event.With five boxers in fray, two of them in the quarter finals, and the shooting squad firing on all cylinders, the chances of India going ahead of England during the day looked bright.advertisementIndia would look to their archers, weightlifters and wrestlers, who have also been among the medals, to contribute to the medals kitty.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

first_imgToday is Thursday, Jan. 1, the first day of 2015. There are 364 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Jan. 1, 1975, a jury in Washington found Nixon administration officials John N. Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman and Robert C. Mardian guilty of charges related to the Watergate cover-up; a fifth defendant, Kenneth Parkinson, was acquitted, and Mardian’s conviction for conspiracy was later overturned on appeal.On this date:In 1515, Louis XII, King of France, died; he was succeeded by Francis I.In 1660, Englishman Samuel Pepys (peeps) began keeping his famous diary.In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states shall be “forever free.”In 1913, the U.S. Parcel Post system went into operation.In 1935, The Associated Press inaugurated Wirephoto, the first successful service for transmitting photographs by wire to member newspapers.In 1945, France was admitted to the United Nations.In 1953, country singer Hank Williams Sr., 29, was discovered dead in the back seat of his car during a stop in Oak Hill, West Virginia, while he was being driven to a concert date in Canton, Ohio.In 1959, Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries overthrew Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, who fled to the Dominican Republic.In 1979, the United States and China held celebrations in Washington and Beijing to mark the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.In 1984, the breakup of AT&T took place as the telecommunications giant was divested of its 22 Bell System companies under terms of an antitrust agreement.In 1985, the music cable channel VH-1 made its debut with a video of Marvin Gaye performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”In 1995, the World Trade Organization (WTO) came into being, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Sweden, Finland and Austria joined the European Union. Fernando Henrique Cardoso took office as Brazil’s president.Ten years ago: Desperate, homeless villagers on the tsunami-ravaged island of Sumatra mobbed American helicopters carrying aid as the U.S. military launched its largest operation in the region since the Vietnam War. Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress, died near Daytona Beach, Florida, at age 80. California Congressman Robert T. Matsui (mat-SOO’-ee) died in Bethesda, Maryland, at age 63. No. 6 Texas managed a wild 38-37 win over No. 13 Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Fifth-ranked Utah dominated 19th-ranked Pittsburgh 35-7 in the Fiesta Bowl.Five years ago: A suicide bomber detonated a truckload of explosives on a volleyball field in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 97 people. Fifth-ranked Florida overwhelmed No. 4 Cincinnati 51-24 in the Sugar Bowl. In the Rose Bowl, No. 8 Ohio State defeated No. 7 Oregon 26-17.One year ago: The nation’s first legal recreational pot shops opened in Colorado at 8 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. Actress Juanita Moore, 99, died in Los Angeles. No. 4 Michigan State romped to a 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl. No. 15 Central Florida pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the bowl season by outlasting No. 6 Baylor 52-42 in the Fiesta Bowl.Today’s Birthdays: Former Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., is 93. Actor Ty Hardin is 85. Documentary maker Frederick Wiseman is 85. Actor Frank Langella is 77. Rock singer-musician Country Joe McDonald is 73. Writer-comedian Don Novello is 72. Actor Rick Hurst is 69. Country singer Steve Ripley (The Tractors) is 65. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., is 61. The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, is 59. Rapper Grandmaster Flash is 57. Actress Ren Woods is 57. Actress Dedee Pfeiffer is 51. Actress Embeth Davidtz is 49. Country singer Brian Flynn (Flynnville Train) is 49. Actor Morris Chestnut is 46. Actor Verne Troyer is 46. Elin Nordegren is 35. Actor Jonas Armstrong (Film: “Walking With the Enemy”; “Edge of Tomorrow”; TV: “Robin Hood”) is 34. Actress Eden Riegel is 34. Olympic gold medal ice dancer Meryl Davis is 28.Thought for Today: “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more