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Updated TEN Shutters Surfing Magazine

first_img While Surfer and Surfing had a shared sales staff, the two titles maintained separate editors. Just how many editors will be brought over from Surfing remains unclear, but Garrett describes the staff going forward as “a strong blend of members of both teams.” TEN: The Enthusiast Network confirmed this week that Surfing — which chronicled surf culture since its first monthly edition went to press in December 1964 — will cease to exist as a distinct brand, its print edition shuttered and its digital assets folded into fellow TEN title (and longtime competitor) Surfer. “Surfer was the logical brand to put everything into as we go forward; it’s always served a larger audience,” Garrett tells Folio:. “But we’re bringing over a lot of the great editorial concepts from Surfing, including some of the key members of the staff, to really round out Surfer moving forward.” After 53 years, Surfing magazine is paddling off into the sunset. “The advertising market in traditional publishing is contracting, especially in areas where your’e dealing with younger demographics,” TEN CEO Scott Dickey tells Folio:. “The idea that brands were going to support multiple titles within a vertical doesn’t make sense anymore. This is a natural contraction of the surf publishing industry. It doesn’t mean those dollars are going away, they’re just going into other distribution channels and other media. That’s where we’re investing.” In an all-too-common refrain reverberating throughout the magazine business, TEN cited consolidation and a pivot toward digital media as the answer to changing demands from consumers and advertisers, preferring to stake its claim on the older and more widely read Surfer, which Norb Garrett, EVP/GM of TEN’s sports and entertainment portfolio, called “the lifelong bible of the sport.” “We’re putting more resources and manpower on creating content in areas where consumers clearly are consuming more — in video, in social, in digital,” adds Garrett. “It is, no doubt, a manifestation of that strategy, and an ongoing one. Experiential events is another channel where we see a lot of opportunity. We’ve got a few really great events that were with Surfing that we can expand and grow.” The news of Surfing’s closure prompted an outpouring of social media consternation from professional and amateur surfers alike, as well as this somewhat bizarre-but-passionate Beachgrit.com eulogy for “the brave little magazine.” Surfline.com’s interview with “surf historian” (and former Surfer editor) Matt Warshaw provides some further insight into Surfing’s lasting impact on the sport and culture it covered for decades. The announcement comes as TEN — which also publishes titles like Motor Trend, Hot Rod, and SLAM, among others — aggressively reinvents itself as a digital-first enthusiast media company, with a particular focus on video content. Its nascent but recently rebranded video production arm, StudioTEN, has grown into a 50-employee operation with a 30,000-square-foot Los Angeles studio. The company claims an overall audience of 162 million —of which its print magazines account for just 3 percent — and 27 million monthly video views on its branded YouTube channels alone. Founded by Dick Graham, then-editor of the short-lived Petersen’s Surfing, and photographer Leroy Grannis in 1964, the upstart Surfing soon established itself as a formidable competitor to the more well-established Surfer, a rivalry that persisted even after both titles gained a common owner in Primedia, in 2001. Both magazines were sold, along with the rest of Primedia’s action sports portfolio, to Source Interlink in 2007, and both survived that company’s 2014 bankruptcy and subsequent rebirth as TEN. This story was updated on January 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm.last_img read more

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Why AR is going to give you superpowers in the future

first_imgThe HoloLens 2 reboots augmented reality for Microsoft. It’s got a new fit, larger field of view and adds detailed hand and eye tracking. But one thing it’s still not is a consumer device.Alex Kipman is a Microsoft technical fellow and inventor of the Kinect and the HoloLens. During a visit to Microsoft’s Redmond campus to try the HoloLens 2 before its debut, we were able to talk to Kipman about his vision for where computing is headed, what HoloLens is becoming and how far away we are from a future where everyday people are actually wearing advanced AR headsets.To Kipman, and Microsoft, a headset like the HoloLens is one of many devices in which sensors will digest the world with AI. As Kipman says, on a headset, it’s the HoloLens. In a home, it’s a smart camera. On a car or drone, it’s an autonomous vehicle. This time, HoloLens 2 aims to connect its AR experiences in the cloud to other devices, including iOS and Android, and feel more like a work tool than ever. Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone 18 Photos 0 Now playing: Watch this: 4:54 Wearable Tech Inside Microsoft’s HoloLens development lab Microsoft HoloLens 2: A first dive into the future of… 53 Photos How much of these technologies is the general consumer going to see in the short term?I have no interest in overhyping, and having a bunch of people think these things are consumer products. And then … get to the trough of disillusionment when people are like, “my God, I’m not using this instead of a PC, instead of a phone, instead of a television.” These devices need to be more comfortable, they need to become more immersive and ultimately they need to have more value-to-price ratio. There is a threshold in the journey where there is enough immersion, enough comfort, enough out-of-box value, where I’ll be happy to announce a consumer product. This is not it.How far are we?That’s impossible me to go guess per se. … I think humans are terrible predictors of time. In enterprise, in first-line worker scenarios, we’re finding great value where this stuff is transformative. Now, to be clear, if I can take the highest watermark, the single best product that exists in this space today and it’s still “not ready for consumers,” you guys can be the judges of everybody else’s product in this space. Now playing: Watch this: May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Share your voice What do you think the killer apps will be?I think communication … essentially defines a secular trend in computing. As it turns out, more often than not, it’s the innovation in the communication stack that changes things. Snail mail to real mail, real mail to messaging, to text messaging, to Snapchatting people. It’s like going from a still to a video to a teleportation. Like, my daughter being able to teleport to play with her cousins in Brazil, as a parent. Me not having to travel around the world to visit all my partners. How much would I love that? If you guys could be having this level of present experience, and you’re in New York, and you guys are in San Francisco and still it’s this immersive, with me in Redmond? It’s not hard to imagine presence as a killer experience for mixed-reality devices.As for monitor replacement … think about you sitting in front of your PC for “n” number of hours a day. This can be immersive and comfortable. Would you go spend this much money, to put this [the HoloLens] on your head with a keyboard and mouse versus buying a 30-inch, $500 monitor? Probably not, so we do try to focus a lot on things that you simply cannot do otherwise. Done right, we will all live in a world very soon where we will interface and interact and instinctually manipulate technology ubiquitously through our days, and you’re not going to be interfacing through monitors.In terms of eye tracking, what challenges or opportunities do you see?I think ultimately the quest here goes back to having our AI understand people, places and things. You want to get as much signal in that conversation as possible. If you’re going to teleport somewhere, I want to be able to know what you’re doing, and have that level of understanding so I can really teleport you. I still want your facial expressions to go through it. That’s something that I am very excited about, the eyes and the emotion of your eyes — there is so much signal there for us to mine to create more immersive and more comfortable experiences.I do think a lot about security of these devices. We’re going to have state-of-the-art iris recognition, the single most secure biometric system with iris recognition through HoloLens, that allows me to get all of that data securely, all of my comfort information, all of my customization. And then lastly, is the idea that we can close the loop. I know at any point in time, where is the device, in relation to your eyes, as we’re starting to form the hologram. Without that signal, I may or may not be getting the image correctly. Which means your eyes and your brain are doing all of the math for everything that I get wrong. Which is what translates into fatigue at the end of the day. We’re able to load most of that math on the device and adjust the hologram as you’re moving, to create sharper, more immersive holograms in the experience. Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Post a comment reading • Why AR is going to give you ‘superpowers’ in the future The creator of HoloLens 2 discusses its future One thing that sets apart your tech versus others in the field is not having any physical control at all, using hands. Is a controller or haptics ever going to happen?100 percent, we love haptics. We started this journey 11 years ago with input. Kinect was about having sensors on the edge that observed environment to understand people, places and things. We went from Kinect input innovation to HoloLens, input plus output. The last one is having these things in my world exchange energy. Having zeros and ones, that transact into photons, actually transact into energy so I can push a hologram, and it pushes me back with equal force. So I can hold the hologram and I can feel the temperature of a hologram. We can call that haptic feedback. Much more sophisticated than how you traditionally would think about [it], but another level of immersion. The minute that I throw a hologram to you and you can catch it and it pushes you back … ooh, immersion just took one crank forward. The minute that I’m holding a hologram and there’s temperature to it, it changes the level of immersion and believability of the experience.Now although that’s absolutely in our dreams, we also believe that humans are tool builders. I would not want my doctor to operate on me without tools, just with their bare hands, anymore than I’d like to eat my food tonight without a fork and a knife. We don’t have any dogma on, “You cannot have something in your hands.” As a matter of fact, in our virtual reality handsets, you’re holding things in your hands: tools, controllers. That device could work here, but I don’t know if you guys have seen that one, it has lights. All you see is the lights over the hologram. It’s not that great of an experience. It’s super easy for us to go create a version of that that goes in IR, so you don’t see the light. It’s absolutely also in our roadmap to think about holding things in the hand. Not just things we create. What if I am a person with a real physical hammer? We’re holding a coffee cup and I still want to touch my hologram?Trying on the HoloLens 2. James Martin/CNET How long are you spending right now using HoloLens each day?Several hours a day is the short answer. We actually designed HoloLens on HoloLens. Wearing HoloLens and looking at the model in 3D is a much more visceral way of being able to understand space and creation on it. But look, when I’m in meetings, I’m not wearing a HoloLens. There are plenty of times when I’m in my office, and I’m using my keyboard, mouse and my PC monitor to do any number of things. But I do wear the device several hours a day and so do most people on the team.What’s the one thing that kept bugging you while making the HoloLens 2?It’s everything. I have a dream that one day there’s only gonna be one problem that keeps us up at night. We count HoloLens in miracles. You know, we can’t have double-digit miracles in any given product cycle. That’s how we kind of size how much innovation or issues we’re going to pack into one release. This carbon fiber enclosure is a huge issue. It’s there so that we can essentially make the device much more comfortable and much more stable. But shipping carbon fiber that doesn’t look like carbon fiber … was incredibly hard, is still incredibly hard, has tons of issues. Inventing a new display engine: that was a huge miracle. The innovation in the lenses, to the vapor chamber in the back, to the fit system, and making the fit system extensible for enterprises, so you can put it under a hard hat, any number of things. That’s just the hardware. The manufacturing, building at scale, at yield? A whole different set of issues. Getting articulated hand tracking to feel instinctual. Getting eye tracking to work over glasses. How do you create this platform from edge to cloud? To staying up at night and saying, “Oh my God, how do we take all of this and make it open?” If you do it wrong, we’re gonna have to live with some of these decisions for the next decade-plus.If you solve all the problems, what’s the dream end state you want?My dream state is I walk on an airplane, man, and every single person on that airplane is wearing our product. That’s not this product, by the way, It’s probably not the next one either. But, ultimately, the goal is these things transform humans, they empower people and organizations to do things they just plainly were not able to do before, they allow us to displace space and time on a daily basis as if we were born instinctually with those superpowers. It’s a work of a lifetime, but certainly I can’t think of anything else better to do with my life. • Tags Augmented reality (AR) Microsoft Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 pulls us further into an augmented reality 8:35 See All 13 Photos Kinect started with consumers, on the Xbox. Do you ever think of revisiting that route for the HoloLens?Look, like everything in life, you learn. I am incredibly proud, obviously, of the work we did with Kinect, and I think Kinect transformed the world. But, look, people in the living room don’t want to stand up and play games … they want to lean back and enjoy and want the precision of a controller in their hands. We didn’t find as much signal in the living room for entertainment with devices like Kinect at the time. But you know, go look today at an Alexa. What are those things doing? They’re recognizing people, they’re recognizing speech. They’re doing a lot of the things that Kinect was doing in 2010. So, obviously, there’s space in people’s homes for devices like Kinect, that recognize people, that recognize the objects in it and understand the context of who you are. But we’re finding way more signal with Kinect in enterprise workloads. They don’t tend to go through a proxy PC. Which is why we then end-of-lifed Kinect for Windows, and we now just launched Azure Kinect, which is of course still tetherable to a PC but also connects directly as an IoT appliance to our cloud.Where’s mixed reality going in the next five years or so, and what part does Microsoft play?I’m not going to guess five years, to be honest with you. Let me say for the duration of this product, let’s say more in the one to two category … I think all the successful ones will be enterprise-bound, primarily first-line worker scenarios, and increasing over time to knowledge worker scenarios. So I’ll give you the prediction for the next two years. Next two years, these are still enterprise-bound. Mobile World Congress 2019 The 51 best VR games But when will that magic augmented world become something for the rest of us?An edited version of our conversation plus a video interview with Kipman are below, from when CNET spoke to him January 31, 2019.  Mobile World Congress 2019 Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phonelast_img read more

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2015 New Year Sale SpiceJet Offers Tickets for ₹699

first_imgAs a part of the 2015 New Year celebrations, SpiceJet has come up with another three day sale starting on Tuesday with domestic flight fares as low as ₹699.The “Early New Year Sale” as the airline calls it, is applicable for one way travels between 16 January 2015 to 24 October 2015 and the sale offer will be available till 18 September 2014 midnight. The bookings are limited and are available on a first come first serve basis.”The sale is applicable only on bookings made on www.spicejet.com, online travel portals and through travel agents. The sale is not available at SpiceJet’s Sales and Reservation Centre or at our Airport Ticketing Offices,” the SpiceJet release said adding that the sale does not include booking for infants and groups.The fare on offer does not include taxes and is also non-refundable and non changeable, except for the taxes and fees.”The travel period covered under this sale is extensive. It offers a number of reasons and occasions to the customers to choose SpiceJet as their preferred mode of travel. Advance planning of travel will help customers to fly at very nominal fares and travel more often,” NDTV Profit quoted Chief Commercial Officer Kaneswaran Avili.This is Kalanithi Maran owned airline’s third sale offer in a row in the month of September. It had earlier offered tickets for as low as ₹499 during the beginning of the month, and last week it offered tickets at ₹ 1,999 for domestic flights.last_img read more

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CIID detains man with 1625kg gold

first_imgThe arrestee was identified as Rabiul Islam, 22. Customs Intelligence and Investigation Department (CIID) on Saturday arrested a young man along with 140 gold bars weighing 16.25 kg from Baitul Mukarram Market in the city, reports UNB. DG Moinul also sought assistance from Bangladesh Jewellers Samity and some jewellery ornament traders to seize the consignment, said CIID assistant director Shahiduzzaman. On Saturday morning, a CIID team, led by assistant director Zakaria, arrested Rabiul in association with the local traders along with the gold consignment around 5:20pm. Following a secret information that a big consignment of gold bars would come to the market illegally, CIID director general Moinul Khan directed a team to start vigilance there.last_img read more

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Thai princess meets foreign minister Mahmool Ali

first_imgVisiting Thailand’s princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on Tuesday evening held a meeting with foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and discussed various issues of mutual interest.Sirindhorn who arrived in Dhaka on Monday on a four-day visit also visited Mariali Government Primary School in Gazipur.She will visit Thailand and Bangladesh collaborative project on Vetiver Grass Development near Tiger Pass Area in Chattogram on Wednesday.She will also visit Ethnological Museum in the port city.Sirindhorn will meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday morning and exchange views with agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and culture affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor and other dignitaries, officials said.She will also inaugurate a new environmental conservation project taken in collaboration with the environment and forests ministry titled”Bangladesh-Thailand Vetiver Grass Development Project to prevent hill erosion in Chattogram” on Wednesday at Tiger Pass in Chattogram city.The princess is leading an 11-member high-profile Thai government delegation to visit philanthropic projects she set up in Bangladesh in 2011 under her father late King Bhumibols’s Royal Chai Pattana Foundation.On the first day, she visited Liberation War Museum in the city and took a tour of different galleries of the museum.Officials at the museum described the brutalities carried out by Pakistan army during the 1971 Liberation War.She will also attend dinner to be hosted by foreign minister Mahmood Ali in her honour.last_img read more

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Gas fire kills youth

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationA young man, who along with his wife sustained burn injuries in a fire that broke out at their house from a gas cylinder explosion in the city’s Mohammadpur area early Tuesday, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the evening, reports UNB.The deceased is Saiful Islam Rubel, 28.Sub-inspector Bachchu Miah, in-charge of DMCH police outpost, said the originated at the tin-shed house on Road-13 in Nabinagar Housing after a cooking gas cylinder exploded around 5:00am, leaving the couple injured.They were admitted to the hospital around 6:30am, he added.Saiful succumbed to his injuries around 7:00pm while his wife Sajena Akhter, 18, was undergoing treatment at the hospital.last_img read more

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Sri Lankan tourist police asked to learn Hindi

first_imgSri Lanka’s inspector general of Police Pujith Jayasundara said on Monday that 25 new police posts will be set up covering all main the tourist spots across the country for visitors’ security. And police personnel have been asked to learn Hindi.The decision was taken after discussions with the chairman and senior officials of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), Xinhua news agency quoted Jayasundara as saying.He said a new uniform would be introduced to the Tourist Police Division.In a few years, the tourism sector was expected to become the largest foreign exchange earner for the country. Therefore, ensuring safety of the foreigners visiting Sri Lanka will be a top priority for the police force, Jayasundara said.”Officers of the Tourist Police Division should pay special attention to language training. In addition to English, they should also learn widely used international languages such as Chinese, Hindi and French,” Jayasundara said.Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, once heavily scarred by a 30-year ethnic conflict, has become one of the leading industries after it was dubbed one of the world’s greatest tourist hot spots by several international publications.last_img read more

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ACV launches EBB for Trafalgar vacations in Europe

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada Vacations, EBB, Trafalgar ACV launches EBB for Trafalgar vacations in Europe << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations is offering both savings and perks with its new Early Booking Bonus for Trafalgar Guided Vacations in Europe.Available until Nov. 18, the offer includes savings up to $1,500 per couple plus free standard seat selection and an additional $50 optional experience credit voucher when booking an authentic European escape with Trafalgar Guided Vacations.The offer applies for travel between Jan. 1 and Nov. 2, 2019, and is based on economy class service on select packages and departure dates only. New individual bookings must be made with a minimum five-night stay.When booking a Trafalgar Guided Vacation with Air Canada Vacations, clients receive: roundtrip flights, hotel accommodation and select meals; air-conditioned coach equipped with Wi-Fi; the services of Travel Directors and Local Specialists; unique experiences like wine tasting, cooking lessons and walking tours; and Be My Guest dining that includes dining with local families in their homes.For more information go to aircanadavacations.com. Thursday, September 6, 2018 Sharelast_img read more