Video: Beauty and the Beast

first_imgBroadway smash-hit musical Beauty and the Beast, boasting an all-South African cast in a lavish, large-scale prodution, has had its run at Cape Town’s Artscape Opera House extended to 22 March. Take a look at what you’re missing – if you haven’t seen it already! Click arrow to play video.last_img

Op-Ed: Objects Aren’t Social

first_imgrichard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… I first began writing regularly about the Internet of Things about a year ago. Now it’s bubbling up in the mainstream press and we’re also beginning to see web apps that are attempting to reach, if not quite a mainstream audience yet, then certainly the iPhone and Android-toting geek community. We’ve moved beyond the cutesy Internet-connected bunny rabbits and we’re now onto barcodes to stick on everyday objects.A new web service called tales of thingsjust launched, which aims to attach stories to objects. It follows on from a similar service that got a good amount of press at SXSW this year, StickyBits. Both services want to get people to ‘tag’ real world objects, by sticking barcodes onto them and adding information about the object onto the Web (often via mobile phone). The idea is that this will make the objects ‘social.’ However, I think this is doomed to fail and here’s why… Tales of things asks on its homepage: “Wouldn’t it be great to link any object directly to a ‘video memory’ or an article of text describing its history or background? Tales of Things allows just that with a quick and easy way to link any media to any object via small printable tags known as QR codes.”Both Tales of Things and StickyBits are going to struggle to get mainstream adoption. And it’s not because people just won’t stick barcodes onto objects – although that is a short-term pain point that both of these companies will likely fail to overcome. No, they won’t get mainstream adoption simply because the Internet of Things isn’t going to be just another social network platform. What’s unique about the Internet of Things is that it adds a huge amount of new data to the Web and allows real-world objects to become part of the cloud network. For example, sensors on a busy road communicate with your car to tell you of impending heavy traffic. Or when you walk into a shop, the store messages your phone to tell you that an item you’ve been looking for is in stock and on special. I met StickyBits founder Seth Goldstein at SXSW and he told me that his company aims to create a “social object network.” Trouble is, I just don’t think that Internet-connected everyday objects have much social value. Say I tag a book that I bought and attach the following ‘memory’ to it: “I read this book in the summer of 2010, it was a great read. I’d give it a 4/5.” Even if I wrote a much more in-depth review, what value does that have on a single object? If I uploaded that review to Amazon.com, then it’s put into context and gets aggregated with other reviews to form ratings and other ‘wisdom of the crowd’ intelligence. But on the object itself – my copy of the book – the review has limited value. If a friend of mine happened to scan my book with their phone, they’d see my review…and then probably head straight to Amazon.com to see what other people thought. Or perhaps check out what their own social network thought, via an app like Glue (a social network based on the media you consume – see our most recent review).Objects aren’t social, they never were and they never will be. The real value of Internet-connected objects is that they can become part of the network, which means they can connect to one another and they add more data to the giant computer we call The Cloud. But social networks aren’t going to form around single objects, other than perhaps public ones – like the Eiffel Tower, for example. But then you are just talking about a location, which the likes of FourSquare and BrightKite can take care of. The Internet of Things is about utility, not social networking. Neither Tales of Things nor StickyBits offers much in the way of utility, that we can’t already get from sites like Amazon.com or existing social networks. Let me know if you agree, or not! Tags:#Internet of Things#Op-Ed#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Could this new compound give you a suntan—without the sun?

first_img By Ryan CrossJun. 13, 2017 , 12:15 PM Could this new compound give you a suntan—without the sun? A newly discovered compound may one day allow beachgoers to get a natural tan without exposure to ultraviolet rays. kaliostro/iStockphoto A new compound promises to give human skin a suntan without the sun. The compound hasn’t yet been tested in clinical trials—just in mice and on patches of human skin leftover from surgeries. But doctors are hopeful it could one day combat skin cancer by keeping people away from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.“Assuming there are no safety concerns, it is clearly a better option than UV exposure,” says Jerod Stapleton, a behavioral scientist at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick who studies indoor tanning and was not involved in the work. “We are talking about millions of young people potentially not using tanning beds each year. … It could be a game-changer for skin cancer prevention.”The advance has its origins in a strain of “redhead” mice with rust-colored fur. The rodents harbor a variant of a gene called MC1R that gives rise to red hair and fair skin in humans. A properly functioning MC1R gene encodes a receptor that sits on the surface of skin cells called melanocytes, which transmit a signal to crank out dark melanin pigments; these pigments help protect skin cells from UV radiation. The redhead version of the receptor doesn’t respond to the make-more-melanin signal, which explains why redheaded humans tend to burn, not tan.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)David Fisher, a dermatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, reasoned that he could help people tan by finding a way to stimulate this melaninmaking pathway. He and chemist Nathanael Gray of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston targeted a protein called salt-inducible kinase (SIK), which works like a master off switch in the melanin factory. They bought a molecule known to inhibit SIK from a chemical supplier, and applied the compound as a liquid to the shaven backs of the redhead mice. After 7 days of daily treatment, the mouse skin turned “almost jet black,” Fishers says. The tan was reversible though, and the rodents’ skin tone returned mostly back to normal in about 2 weeks. Fisher notes that were no apparent safety concerns, but this would need to be tested more rigorously before human application.Next, Fisher and Gray made several new versions of the compound with different chemical modifications to help it penetrate human skin, and tested it on patches of skin discarded from surgical procedures. One of their compounds made a brown splotch, indicating that it was able to reach the melanocytes in the skin and spur melanin production, the team reports today in Cell Reports.Under the microscope, the tan produced by the compound looks just like a natural tan, Fisher says, unlike spray tans and other sunless tanning products, which rely on dyes to stain dead skin cells and provide no UV protection. Melanin is known to provide some UV protection, although the team didn’t test this on the redhead mice in this study. If the compound proves safe for human use, it would provide tanners an alternative to the illicitly used synthetic hormone called melanotan, which has been associated with skin cancer.Fisher emphasizes that the new compound would not replace sunscreen, but instead be used alongside it. Because the compound simply ramps up melanin production, it should work on all skin types, but could prove most helpful for fair-skinned people at greatest risk for developing skin cancer, he says. Fisher is now looking for collaborators to test the compound in a clinical setting.Still, even if the new compound hits store shelves, experts urge caution. “I worry these molecules could give people a false sense of security,” says Jennifer Herrmann, a dermatologic surgeon at Moy-Fincher-Chipps Facial Plastics & Dermatology in Beverly Hills, California, who has studied the use of tanning accelerator products. “If you are just slightly darker, you may not give yourself a huge amount of protection,” she says, noting that a tan provides less shielding from the sun’s UV rays than a low-SPF sunscreen.last_img read more

Topless Traffic Vanity Fairs Miley Cyrus vs New Yorks Lindsay Lohan

first_imgIn February, when New York magazine posted those arguablyartful nude photos of Lindsay Lohan doing Marilyn Monroe on its Web site, themagazine’s servers were, not surprisingly, tested. Traffic to the site eclipsed17 million page views on day one, 81 million in the first week and 105million to date, according to DART and Omniture figures provided by themagazine.This week, another controversy—albeit an absurdly contrived one—surroundingVanity Fair’s Annie Leibovitz-shot topless story of Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrusresulted, not surprisingly, in record-breaking traffic, too.(Maxim editor Jim Kaminsky, speaking on a Mediabistro panel theother night, put it best: “They went out of their way to sexualize a15-year-old girl and it sold a lot of copies of the New York Post and probablywill sell a lot of copies of Vanity Fair.”) Executive online editor MichaelHogan said VF.com had registered 1.8 million unique visitors on Monday (itaverages between 20,000 and 40,000, he said) and 17 million page views. Thesite normally averages 100,000.The wide split between visitorsand page views (9.4 pages per visitor, roughly) was no doubt due to the accompanying18-page slideshow VF posted, too.But that server-shaking traffic windfall was due, in largepart, with their marketing strategy. VF gave the New York Post an exclusive torun the photos, and they did so, on the front page, on a Monday. The magazinealso posted the accompanying video of the shoot, recalling the tactic ofposting the video highlights from the now-infamous, entirely awkward covershoot featuring Mark Ford and skin-baring actresses Keira Knightley andScarlett Johansson, which brought the site record-breaking traffic at the time.last_img read more

Government to set up inflation target RBI to implement Chidambaram

first_imgNew Delhi, March 07 (ANI): Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram asserted on Friday that the government has the right set up an inflation target while the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) role is to implement the decision. The comment by Chidambaram comes after a RBI panel in January proposed moving to an inflation target of 4 percent in three years, with a 2 percent band on either side when setting monetary policy, sharply below current levels. The recommendation raised concerns about a potential clash with the traditionally more pro-growth finance ministry, which were further reinforced after RBI surprised investors in January by raising interest rates by a quarter percentage point, its third hike in five months. Chidambaram made it clear that parliament will set an inflation target and entrust the central bank to implement the propositions.last_img read more

Accused dies in DB custody

first_img.An accused of a kidnaping case died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the city under the custody of Detective Branch (DB) on Sunday.The deceased was identified as Aslam, 45.Accoring to the DMCH, Aslam was rushed to the hospital under the custody of Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police by DB Inspector Mahbub of West Division at around 5:45pm when the on-duty physician pronounced him dead.Inspector Mahbub said Aslam was sick. We took him to the DMCH as he felt sick, he added.last_img

Baltimore City States Attorneys Race Heats Up

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comIvan Bates, the defense attorney, former prosecutor and candidate for Baltimore City State’s Attorney, has been on the campaign stump incessantly attacking State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her record. Mosby says her office’s 92 percent felony conviction rate speaks volumes about her record.Mosby, Bates and former Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah, another candidate for the State’s Attorney’s Office, will have at least three opportunities in person to debate the pressing issues confronting the SA’s Office and the city.Last week, Mosby’s office said she will participate in three debates. The first debate will be at WYPR and the Midday show hosted by Tom Hall (the specific date in May or June has not been announced yet). On June 7, Mosby will also participate in the Baltimore Sun/WJZ debate and on June 13, Mosby will take part in the WOLB debate on the Larry Young Morning Show.Marilyn MosbyMosby graduated magna cum laude from Tuskegee University and obtained her law degree from Boston University. While in law school, she clerked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston and Washington, D.C., as well as the Homicide Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston.Marilyn Mosby (Facebook Photo)A native of Boston, and a resident of the Reservoir Hill neighborhood of West Baltimore, Mosby was sworn in as Baltimore’s 25th State’s Attorney January 8, 2015, after what many characterize as a surprising almost 10 point victory over incumbent Gregg Bernstein.In the wake of the homicide of Freddie Gray April 19, 2015 and the subsequent uprising, Mosby charged the six officers connected to Gray’s death on a variety of charges on May 1, 2015 (the officers were officially indicted by a grand jury May 21, 2015). The move sparked the ire of many law enforcement agencies across the nation and the praise of law enforcement reform advocates and people who have been victims of police misconduct around the country and the world (The first trial, William Porter was declared a mistrial, Brian Rice, Caesar Goodson and Edward Nero were found not guilty by bench trial, and all charges against Alicia White, Garrett Miller and Porter were dropped). Beyond the 92 percent felony conviction rate touted by Mosby, her office also argues it has convicted every public enemy number one brought to trial since 2015.Mosby is married to Baltimore City Delegate Nick Mosby (D-40).Ivan BatesBates graduated with honors from Howard University and subsequently obtained his law degree from William and Mary. After law school, Bates clerked for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. After moving to Baltimore in 1995, Bates also clerked for the Hon. David B. Mitchell in the Circuit Court of Baltimore City. He is a U.S. Army veteran who served in the 32nd Air Defense Artillery unit.Ivan Bates (Twitter Photo)A veteran trial attorney, Bates has worked as a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office led by Patricia Jessamy, in the Juvenile Crime Division and later in the Homicide Division, where he says he never lost a murder trial.Bates is a former president of the Monumental Bar Association. He is a senior partner at the law firm of Bates and Garcia, which he started in 2006.last_img read more

Men now open to various aspects of grooming

first_imgGroomed bodies to coiffed hair, smooth chests to manicured hands and beards, men are increasingly opening up to the various aspects of grooming from skin care, facial styling and body-grooming, reveals a survey.]According to Philips India’s annual Stylescape survey, men are getting inquisitive about grooming. This was the fifth annual survey conducted to study about male grooming preferences in India. They interviewed 300 males and 250 females in the age group 20-30 years in key metros, read a statement.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOut of various grooming habits like skincare, facial styling, shaving, hairstyling and body-grooming, the majority of women wanted their significant others to start taking care of their skin. And 74 per cent women take note of the skin quality when they notice men. Skin care is increasingly climbing up the priority list for men as well with 29 per cent stating that they consider skin care an important aspect of their grooming routine. What’s more? 79 per cent men admit to being open about trying skin care regimens at home. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFacial styling is the most sought after form of grooming. And when it comes to facial styling, shaving remains the first and foremost form of grooming 62 per cent men start with, followed by trimming as a second. When it comes to the fairer sex, 83 per cent women understand that men’s grooming consists of more than just shaving. To add to it, 73 per cent women mentioned an increase in the number of men they see during their visit to the salon. With 29 per cent men considering skin care an important aspect of their grooming routine, 61 per cent admitted to visiting a salon monthly.  Men are increasingly spending more on their grooming, with 39 per cent visiting the salon more than once a month; 20 per cent men spending over Rs 1,000 on services other than haircuts. The increasing trend of body-grooming stems from 55 per cent men wanting to take care of their bodies and maintain hygiene. As many as 73 per cent women admitted to having an aversion to men’s body hair. Most women admitted to sharing their grooming products with a male family member or friend. When asked, 41 per cent women said they had shared skin care products like facial scrubs, cleanser brushes and 26 per cent women shared grooming products like depilation creams. When it comes to discussing body-grooming with their partners, 69 per cent women indulge in such discussion. While men are taking control of their grooming rituals and choices; 73 per cent men admitted that they look at getting inputs and advice from people or turned towards men’s magazines, mobile apps, men’s blogs and brand websites for answers. Interestingly, the women too are taking charge – while 84 per cent women said they would like to talk to their partners about body grooming, 69 percent stated they already do.last_img read more

How Badgeville Is Gamifying the Internet

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 5 min read Two years ago, serial entrepreneur Kris Duggan was itching to start another company, following his success in founding Medsphere, a government open-source medical platform, and OzNetwork, an Internet media company.Inspired by the popularity of social games like FarmVille and the Internet gamification trend, he left his position as vice president of sales for Socialtext, a developer of collaboration software for businesses, and began searching for a partner with web development skills. He soon met Wedge Martin, and less than two years later, they have a hit technology startup on their hands: Badgeville, which helps companies boost user engagement by gamifying their websites.Menlo Park, Calif.-based Badgeville applies various elements of social games, such as challenges, points, badges and levels, to non-game business websites. Given the success of FarmVille and other social games, it’s no wonder that companies want to make their brands’ websites and mobile apps more engaging. Because the user’s experience becomes fun and sometimes even addictive, companies often see an increase in Facebook “likes,” customer product reviews and, most important of all, purchases.Growth Spurt: Started in September 2010, Badgeville was initially funded with $300,000 from the founders’ families. While testing the concept, Duggan and Martin got a lucky break. They were invited to participate in the startup launch competition TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield. Badgeville made it to the final round and won the Audience Choice Award.The Badgeville website was launched during Disrupt, and in the first 30 days after the event, it attracted 20,000 visitors, overwhelming Duggan and Martin with hundreds of qualified business leads–more than they could handle. Martin was still working at IBM, but left the day of Badgeville’s successful launch, realizing that he and Duggan really were on to something.The company now has 50 employees and boasts more than 100 customers. It says revenue last year totaled between $5 million and $10 million and that it has raised $15 million in venture capital. Duggan declines to be more specific about revenue but notes that it grew 400 percent. “With our fast growth and customer traction, we are now on a clear path to profitability,” he says.Working with customers like Dell, Samsung and eBay, Badgeville says that on average, it helped increase social sharing by 200 percent, user-generated content by 50 percent, and conversion of users from nonpaid to paid status by 10 percent in 2011.Samsung, for example, came to Badgeville hoping to increase the number of product reviews users post on its website. The companies combined forces to launch Samsung Nation, a social loyalty program that lets users earn badges for such activities as writing reviews and watching videos and compete for rewards. By using Badgeville’s platform along with its own technologies, Samsung saw a 500% increase in customers’ product reviews.Why It’s Worth Watching: Badgeville’s platform sets it apart from other companies because it can be embedded into any company’s website or app. That means Badgeville can typically promise lower costs because customers don’t have to pay developers to create a customized solution.While gamification is a hot trend, Badgeville doesn’t face a lot of competition in the category–at least not yet. Copycats could start popping up, as more companies try to jump on the gamification bandwagon.Why It Matters: As Badgeville grows, Duggan doesn’t intend to stray from its strong customer focus. “We’ve been very focused on customer acquisition and delivering a product that customers want to buy,” he says.The company has based its decisions on market research. “We did it the old-fashioned way,” Duggan says. “We picked up the phone, and we called [potential customers]. We asked them, ‘If you had this product, would you buy it?'” The research helped Badgeville identify exactly what potential customers wanted and how much they were willing to pay.Looking Ahead: Badgeville is investing in its customer support and marketing teams, as it continues to add clients. Duggan expects revenue to more than double this year and his staff to grow to 100 people in 2012, with most of the expansion in New York and Europe.From a product standpoint, Badgeville’s platform “is about 10% done,” Duggan says. “If you think about all of the different levers you can pull to influence user behavior, we feel like we’ve started off with some really strong ones, but there are so many more… That’s probably going to keep us busy for the next several years.”Tip to Stay Ahead of the Curve: Duggan recommends that business owners “consider how they can leverage gamification inside their businesses and how they can make their experiences with their audiences more social.” That doesn’t just mean using Facebook, he says. Companies “should think about how they can create communities, experiences and engagement that are going to drive results.” He also encourages businesses to thoroughly understand gamification before trying it. “Gamification is not about adding games to your website,” he says. “It’s about identifying ways to drive behavior using techniques from games.”  Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global January 20, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more