This week, Atlantic Media expanded the reach of its Government Executive brand into state, county and city governments. Previously, Government Executive was tailored towards offering federal-level elected, appointed and public sector managers information and analysis on pressing issues. Obviously, now that strategy has been extended into hyper-local markets. Constance Sayers Witherspoon, group president, refers to it as “a natural step.” The national campaign is expected to reach over 15 million government and private sector influencers. Plus, 350,000 readers have already signed up for the first newsletter. Also, later this year, the brand will introduce a mobile app, online utility tools and ebooks. Michael Grass, who is a recently hired senior editor, will spearhead the initiative. In a statement, Grass suggests that the new audience will strengthen the brand’s overall value and ability to better serve its core mission. “As I’ve been talking with local government practitioners across the country, so many are innovating and serving their residents in new exciting ways. Government Executive State & Local will amplify these success stories.”
Share your voice Apr 30 • Facebook’s new Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest: Which VR headset is for you? reading • Qualcomm’s new wireless VR headsets work with PCs, too Like a future Oculus Quest that works with your PCAt last year’s GDC, Qualcomm showed off a next-generation standalone VR headset using a Snapdragon 845 chip and eye tracking. This year’s headset design takes the same chip and adds 802.11ad wireless 60GHz connection, so it can wirelessly connect with a PC and act as its VR headset, too. The wireless connection will have 16ms latency, according to Qualcomm.The PC streams low-latency graphics and game content to the headset, which sends its built-in six degrees of freedom room tracking back to the PC. It’s similar to the way HTC Vive’s wireless PC headset already works. What’s most interesting here, though, is that the VR headset and PC will split processing.Since VR processing will be handled by the PC and the headset’s Snapdragon 845 chip, according to Swart, this means PCs could run VR off lower-end CPUs (but the onboard PC graphics would likely need to be the same). PCs or consoles would need 802.11ad Wi-Fi, and also run Qualcomm software that enables this communication and processing with these upcoming headsets. According to Qualcomm, PC content and games won’t need any alteration at all. A preview of how 5G VR will work?Swart explains the initiative as a stepping stone to eventually having one headset that does both AR and VR, local and wirelessly over 5G. We’re not there yet, but these headsets will connect to PCs in a similar way to how they may connect over 5G in the future.That same split processing is what Qualcomm envisions in future 5G-enabled hardware, mixing some rendering in the cloud and some in-headset. While these headsets are designed to connect to PCs and local devices, eventually they could mix sources from the 5G cloud, local devices and more.The first VR headset with 802.11ad will be the Pico Neo2. Qualcomm One hardware device so farWe don’t know where else this technology will appear, but expect headsets to start arriving this year, according to Qualcomm’s Swart. First up is a Pico Neo2 VR headset that will be “Boundless XR for PC” compatible and have a Snapdragon 845 chip. While the idea of “Boundless for XR” imagines AR and VR devices with wireless tethering, Swart admits that for now, VR headsets will be the major focus, with AR (mixed reality) coming further down the road. Future Snapdragon-enabled AR headsets, such as nReal’s compact glasses, could be possible candidates.The Vive Cosmos, teased at CES in January, remains a mystery but promises similar ideas. CNET Is this what Vive Cosmos is?Qualcomm’s partners so far include software partners Framestore and ZeroLight, hardware partners Pico, Goertek and WNC, and… HTC Vive. Which raises the question: Is this a preview of what the mysterious, multi-connectable Vive Cosmos will be?Qualcomm won’t say, and HTC hasn’t confirmed anything yet. But if this means premium standalone headsets could also connect to PCs wirelessly, then maybe this is what the next generation of VR and AR will look like. This would make sense for the next Microsoft HoloLens (which also runs off a Qualcomm chip) as much as the next Oculus Rift or Vive.Qualcomm’s reference designs have been a pretty good predictor of the future: The company’s standalone Snapdragon 820 headset preceded the Oculus Go. Its Snapdragon 835 standalone reference led to the Lenovo Mirage Solo, HTC Vive Focus and Oculus Quest. Qualcomm already has a parallel vision of the future of AR and VR at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with compact, possibly low-cost VR and AR headsets that will plug into 5G phones via USB-C. These newly announced PC-connected standalone wireless headsets look to be larger and more expensive than those USB-C plug-in possibilities. But it suggests that a lot of convergence is on the way for VR and AR in the next few years.CNET will be demoing the tech from GDC, so stay tuned for impressions to come. Apr 30 • How to preorder Oculus Quest and Rift S right now Wearable Tech 16 Photos See All Game Developers Conference • Oculus Quest virtual reality headset revealed Mar 21 • Google Stadia puts Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gaming on notice Tags 2 Game Developers Conference Comments Mar 21 • Intel intros 9th-gen Core H mobile CPUs, Graphics Command Center Qualcomm There are just too many VR helmets and goggles out there — getting even one on your face is enough of a struggle. But Qualcomm’s new vision for its next generation of standalone VR headsets has a solution to that problem. Qualcomm is developing VR headsets that will work as wireless PC-connected, head-mounted displays. Hardware will start arriving later this year, according to Qualcomm, and it’ll be available for demo at this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.The new initiative, called “Boundless XR for PC,” uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor combined with a wireless 802.11ad chip that will allow high-bandwidth 60GHz connections to a PC or console that’s ready to communicate with it. The VR headset will be a standalone device, like the upcoming Oculus Quest, but when it’s near a PC, it’ll double as a wireless way to play PC games and apps. And it could even hint at where AR headsets such as the HoloLens 2 will head next. Qualcomm’s Hugo Swart explained how it works in a conversation with CNET ahead of GDC. Qualcomm Virtual Reality
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen. File photoBangladesh has come up with a new proposal for India regarding the Rohingya crisis.The proposal states that a safe haven can be created in Myanmar’s Rakhine state where the driven-out Rohingyas can be rehabilitated.And countries who are friends of Myanmar can take responsibility of ensuring that the Rohingyas can live there free of fear, in safety, with a sustainable livelihood. These countries can include India, China and ASEAN members.Bangladesh’s foreign minister AK Abdul Momen placed this proposal before the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and foreign minister Sushma Swaraj during his recent visit to India, adding that India should include this in talks with Myanmar.Abdul Momen was speaking to the media after a dinner hosted in his honour by the Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi on Friday.The foreign minister said, Myanmar may agree to its friendly states taking responsibility of overseeing the Rohingya and monitoring their welfare upon their return. He said Modi responded by saying it was an ‘innovative proposal.’Abdul Momen chose India for his first overseas visit after becoming foreign minister. During the three-day trip, he attended that Bangladesh-India Joint Consultant Commission (JCC) meeting.Speaking to the media, he said that he had also placed the proposal before Sushma Swaraj. She wanted to know if he had given the proposal to prime minister Modi and he assured her he had, albeit in brief.Sushma then asked that why he hadn’t proposed this to the Myanmar foreign minister who was his friend. He said that Myanmar would given the proposal more importance if it came from India.During the JCC meet, Abdul Momen stressed the need for sharing the waters of common rivers including Teesta. Some of these flow in from China. He said that the experts of the Bangladesh-India Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) would decide whether the issue of water sharing would be sorted out bilaterally or multilaterally.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir
Book lovers in the Capital now have reason to rejoice. The biannual event has just been converted into an annual event. World Book Fair 2013 began in the Capital on Monday with book-lovers thronging the exhibition. The fair was inaugurated by the Minister of State for HRD, Dr Shashi Tharoor. MP Karan Singh and French Ambassador Francois Richier were also present at the inaugural ceremony. The week-long fair being held at the Pragati Maidan displays books of all kinds and genres in both national and international category. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The fair has nearly 1,100 exhibitors from 28 countries exhibiting books in about 2,100 stalls. Stalls have been set up by foreign publishers from countries like the US, Nepal, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UK, Singapore, Sri Lanka and South Korea. The book fair is organised by the National Book Trust (NBT) and co-organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation.It has around 200 participants and the theme of the fair this year is Indigenous Voices: Mapping India’s Folk and Tribal Literature where France is the guest country. Keeping the theme in mind, the fair has a special exhibition of books on various aspects of folk and tribal literature, culture, exhibits of art and crafts, workshops and panel discussions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘France is the guest country of honour with focus on its publishing industry and its contemporary literature through a large contingent of publishers, authors and scholars,’ said MA Sikander, director, National Book Trust. ‘The main aim of the organisers is to captivate children. We wish to sensitise and improve the reading habits of youngsters. To keep them interested and involved, the organisers have made a children and youth pavilion,’ he further said. There are discussions and special sections for youth and children. Many NGOs, colleges, schools and government institutions are participating and organising various activities for youngsters and children to promote book culture among them.A special inclusion for e-books has also been made where the developers, publishers, and content providers are displaying their e-books. For the first time, NBT has set up four author corners in the fair where more than 75 eminent authors in English, Hindi and other Indian languages will hold reading sessions and interact with readers.DETAILAt: Pragati MaidanOn Till: 10 FebruaryTimings: 10 am- 7 pm
One’s personality decides whether you would strike a chord with a stranger, says an interesting study.Those who score low on neuroticism — the personality dimension related to anxiety and self-consciousness — are more likely to open the channel of interaction in response to eye contact, the findings showed.On the other hand, those who are more anxious and self-conscious may find eye contacts discomforting and may even experience high levels of anxiety when they are the focus of someone’s gaze. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Our findings indicate that people do not only feel different when they are the centre of attention but that their brain reactions also differ,” said corresponding author Jari Hietanen from the University of Tampere in Finland.For some, eye contact tunes the brain into a mode that increases the likelihood of initiating an interaction with other people.“For others, the effect of eye contact may decrease this likelihood,” Hietanen added.Eye contact plays a crucial role when people initiate interaction with other people. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIf people look each other in the eye, they automatically send a signal that their attention is focused on the other person.However, in some individuals, eye contact may also trigger brain activity associated with avoidance motivation.In this study, the researchers set out to study what lies underneath these individual psychological differences. Does personality modulate how a person reacts to eye contact? Can this difference be measured by brain activity? “We conducted an experiment where the participants’ electrical brain activity was recorded while they were looking at another person who was either making eye contact or had her gaze averted to the side,” said researcher Helen
Kolkata: The centenary of Bengali cinema will be celebrated through a musical event at the ‘Bongo Probashi Milap 2018’ in Dubai on November 30, 2018, Bengali film superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee said. The musical event will be presented by artistes from the Bengali entertainmeent industry and is “aimed at showcasing the contemporay best of Bengal,” he said yesterday. Chatterjee said Punjabi soundtracks have become the rage for rhythm, pace and beats in the country and globally though many did not understand the lyrics. Bengali music should strive to get that kind of popularity among the non-Bengali speaking people. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “We must ponder how to make Bengali music equally popular among a cross-section of Indians. We have everything – from lyrics to foot-tapping rhythm – we have such a rich reserve of different genres of music with which people can easily connect. We have to take Bengali music to the world,” Chatterjee said adding events like the ‘Bongo Probashi Milap 2018’ can serve the purpose of taking our culture to the diaspora. Besides Chatterjee, popular radio jockey-actor-emcee Mir, actors Biswanath Basu, Kanchan Mullick, actress Pallavi Chatterjee, Poulami Das and director Kaushik Ganguly have suppported the initiative. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed As part of the event, besides hosting the show to commemorate special celebration for ‘100 years of Bengali Cinema’, a film festival showcasing six Bengali feature films and six short films will be held on December 1 and 2. There will also be a trade exhibition on December 1 and 2, 2018 involving exhibitors from Bengal and UAE to showcase designer apparels, specialty foods and savories, travel and tour options, education opportunities and many more. “Bongo Probashi Milap 2018 is a celebration of the rich Bengali Art and Culture on a single platform. It is an attempt to create a warm confluence of cinema, music, business, art and culture, handicrafts, fashion and specialty food from Bengal,” actress Pallavi Chatterjee said on behalf of the organisers.
LAS VEGAS — The U.S. gambling mecca’s efforts to draw millennials and new visitors are paying off.A third of Las Vegas tourists last year were millennials – those between 18 to 35 – up from less than a quarter in 2015, according to a report commissioned by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and released Wednesday.The increase in younger visitors is undoubtedly good news to the destination that has been adding attractions to remain relevant to a generation not as fond of gambling as their elders.The data also showed that 27% of the city’s 42.9 million visitors in 2016 were first-timers.So, who came to Sin City and what did they do? Here’s a profile of average visitors:HOW OLD ARE YOU?The city set a record for visitation in 2016, though the number of baby boomers dropped to 28% from 35% in 2015. Generation X visitors made up 35% of tourists, down 1%, while millennial travellers increased to 34% from 24% a year earlier.“The product that we have now really appeals to millennials,” said Bo Bernhard, director of the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a noted scholar on gambling and hospitality in Las Vegas. “Nightclubs are like theatre to millennials. They are experiencing a very different Las Vegas than their grandparents.”More news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsTake MGM Resorts International, which several years ago created a committee dedicated to reimagining the gaming experience with the millennial demographic in mind.The company recently opened an interactive and skill-based gaming social venue at the MGM Grand that is essentially a hybrid bar, arcade and gambling lounge. The company has hosted e-sports tournaments and even released a set of emojis in December.“We’ve created dining destinations that are social and engaging and created food and beverage experiences ideal for sharing socially,” said Jenn Michaels, MGM’s senior vice-president of public relations. “And, of course, we are looking at our gaming floors and identifying how those can evolve to appeal to today’s traveller.”NEW TOURISTSThe increase of first-time visitors is comparable to the level Las Vegas experienced in the mid-1990s, the report said. It attributed the renewed interest to the recovery of the national economy, an increase in millennials who discovered the city and the reinvestment by hotels and others on new experiences and activities.“Indeed, it is quite possible that the varied and targeted entertainment options and related venues currently in Las Vegas have served to attract new visitors to the destination much the same as the ‘new’ megaresorts did in the 1990s,” according to the report by GLS Research, a San Francisco-based public opinion and market research firm.More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsIts data is based on information volunteered by 3,600 random tourists polled during 2016. 91% of visitors said they would recommend Las Vegas to others.HITTING THE CASINO FLOORThe number of visitors who gambled during their trip has remained at about 7 in 10 over the past five years, the data show. But gamblers are spending a lot less time on the casino floor.Last year, visitors spent an average of 1.9 hours gambling, that’s an hour less than in 2015 and more than 2 hours less than two decades ago.“They are spending more time enjoying the non-gaming amenities,” said Kevin Bagger, executive director of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s research centre.Those other activities include day club-nightclubs, concerts, shows and sports events.WHERE ARE YOU FROM?The report says 81% of visitors came from within the U.S., down 3% from 2015. Meanwhile, the number of foreign visitors rose 3% from 2015, returning to the 19% seen in 2014.About half of U.S. tourists were from Western states, with the majority coming from California. Who’s going to Vegas? New stats show millennials and first timers are on the rise By: Regina Garcia Cano Source: The Associated Press Friday, April 7, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Las Vegas, Millennial Travel, Trend Watch