LinkedIn Expands Scope of Its Follow Company Feature

first_imgOn Monday the LinkedIn announced a new Follow Company button that lets individuals follow a brand or company page. The feature is essentially an expansion of functionality that was already in place, but from within the network itself. Now companies can allow individuals to follow them from outside the LinkedIn ecosystem by clicking on a button embedded in their websites.According to the blog post by LinkedIn product manager Mike Grishaver announcing the new feature, AT&T, Starbucks, Sony and American Express, among others, are already using the button on their sites. There are four ways to follow a company, including the embeddable website button. On LinkedIn itself, you can click a follow button on the company’s page, directly from a search results page, or by hovering over the company name in contact’s page and clicking on the follow link in the pop-up window. LinkedIn says it has more than 2 million companies and, as of early February, about 150 million members. The 2 million companies is up from almost 1 million since the spring of 2010 when LinkedIn launched its original Follow Company feature. At that point, there was no way to receive status updates from companies, a function that didn’t appear until later in 2011.last_img read more

AIM Ends Skiing Magazines Print Run After 70 Years

first_img “We are really focused on the total audience and the growth is in mobile and video,” Clurman tells the Denver Post. “In some cases, if there is less in print in the form of Skiing, there is more content going out to more people in total and that’s really the whole mission.” The quarterly magazine catering to passionate skiiers, in circulation since 1948, will maintain its digital presence but have much of its print content and resources redirected to its bimonthly sister title, the more family-friendly and broadly appealing Ski magazine. Despite ending the magazine’s seven-decade print run, it doesn’t appear that AIM has plans to lay off any of its staffers. Sales, marketing, support, and much of Skiing’s content creation was handled by a shared staff, all of whom will remain, a company spokeswoman tells Folio:. The brand had one full-time editor, Kim Beekman, and one full-time designer, Signe Higgins, both of whom will remain with the company moving forward, although their exact roles remian unspecified. The move bears a number of striking resemblances to rival enthusiast publisher TEN: The Enthusiast Network’s decision, two weeks ago, to shutter Surfing magazine in favor of its more widely read sister title, Surfer — part of a parallel pivot at that company toward a greater focus on digital and video. “The advertising market in traditional publishing is contracting, especially in areas where your’e dealing with younger demographics,” TEN CEO Scott Dickey told Folio: at the time. “The idea that brands were going to support multiple titles within a vertical doesn’t make sense anymore.” Active Interest Media has shuttered the print edition of Skiing magazine, the Boulder, CO-based enthusiast publisher revealed this week. With an emphasis on devoting greater resources to digital content, particularly video, the closure of Skiing’s print edition is part of an overall repositioning of both AIM’s Mountain Group, which also includes production studio Warren Miller Entertainment, and it’s greater Outdoor Group. Part of that repositioning, says president and CEO Andy Clurman, involved Warren Miller managing director Andy Hawk’s promotion, a month ago, to managing director of the Mountain Group.last_img read more

Two Army Communities Suffer Population Loss Report Shows

first_imgTwo cities with large Army posts have landed on a U.S. Census Bureau list of shrinking cities, with Columbus, Ga., home of Fort Benning, reaching the top of the ranking.The population of Columbus dropped 1.5 percent from July 2013 to July 2014, reported, which linked the decline to a lower-than-expected surge at Benning from the last round of base closures.Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson disputed the report, however, calling it “completely irresponsible.”“The annual census data has fluctuations due to assessment variables, but there is no question that Columbus, Georgia has grown since the 2010 census. Any reduction in population due to the drawdown of the war in the Middle East is not expected to offset the increase of population resulting from BRAC,” Tomlinson told WTVM.Manhattan, Kan., home of Fort Riley, experienced a one-year population loss of 0.8 percent, placing it 11th on the list of shrinking cities.Neither Columbus nor Manhattan suffered from a loss of manufacturing jobs, the trend that explained why most of the cities on the list experienced a drop in population. Manhattan’s drop could be attributed to the migration of young adults from rural areas, along with the increasing modernization of farm work, according to Laszlo Kulcsar, director of the Kansas Population Center and an associate professor of sociology at Kansas State University. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Spotify Is Making International Music A Bigger Priority

first_img Spotify Making International Music A Bigger Deal spotify-making-international-music-bigger-priority The music streaming company wants to advance and promote more culturally diverse music, including music from the Arab, African, Indian and Latino diasporasJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Oct 3, 2018 – 6:09 pm We live in a digitally connected world and our music should be as eclectic and available as what we’re craving for lunch—whether it be Mexican, Italian or Chinese—Spotify argues. The streaming company’s latest initiative is to not only spotlight more international artists on the platform, but to advance and promote more culturally diverse music, including music from the Arab, African, Indian and Latino diasporas. Email Facebook Twitter center_img News The initiative emphasizes the people who live outside their homelands and continue to consume music from their culture. The Global Cultures initiative will feature expert-curated playlists with popular songs, new and old, from diasporic communities around the globe, beginning with some of the biggest diasporas around the world: Latino, Arab, African and Indian. Listeners can currently find the “LatinX” and “Desi” music “hubs” on Spotify. The Arab and African sections are coming soon.”We have launched numerous high-profile playlists and programs in the recent past, but Global Cultures is poised to become one of the most important things we are doing as a leader in the field of streaming audio,” said Spotify’s Head of Global Cultures Rocio Guerrero in a blog post on the company’s site.While you can already browse artists from foreign countries on the streaming platform—as long as they have a profile—Guerrero, who is from Spain, wants to bring more attention to international music to the highly English-language, “American made” saturated top-ranked hits in the U.S.Spotify is on to something. According to YouGov, an internet-based marking research and data analytics company, about half of Americans listen to music outside of the English language, with 52 percent of people saying that the music they listen to has lyrics in Spanish in it. At a global scale, Spotify states that 1 in 4 Spotify users around the world actively listen to an artist from outside their culture or country.”Diaspora people have different political views, different hobbies, different mindsets that come out in their music,” Guerrero said. “But they’re still connected to their communities. People are becoming more and more proud of their origins, and I think music might be one of the best ways to help them express that.”FAKE LOVE- BTSOne of the best current examples of music breaking barriers regardless of language in and out of diasporas is K-pop’s BTS. The South Korean band outlined how they feel when American audiences know the lyrics to every word of their songs during their visit to the GRAMMY Museum.”We have a lot of foreign artists, American pop stars, coming to Korea, and Korean audiences will sing along, but it’s very hard for them to sing along with all the lyrics and all the songs,” BTS’ Jungkook said. “So, when I see American audiences singing along to all of our songs, all of our lyrics, we can feel that they try really hard to learn our music, learn our lyrics, and we feel really thankful.”BTS is featured in Spotify’s Global X playlist, which they have launched with the initiative. The playlist features international, multicultural crossovers and can be found under the pop category. Guerrero defined a crossover as “a mix of different genres, a mix of languages, or it could be a song like ‘Despacito Remix’ that crosses over to the rest of the world.” Along with the playlist, is a vertical video for “Taki Taki,” featuring Selena Gomez, Cardi B, Ozuna and DJ Snake. Other than BTS, the playlist currently also features Luis Fonsi, Becky G and Iranian-Danish rapper Sivas. Artists like these contribute to a “multicultural array set to inspire listeners around the world,” the company wrote. The playlist will be regularly updated to expose listeners to new music overtime.READ: Dua Lipa To Zedd: International Artists Takeover LollapaloozaStream the Global X playlist here:Read more Spotify Is Making International Music A Bigger Priority last_img read more

Alabama Sets Dozens Of Dates In 2019 For Their 50th Anniversary Tour

first_img Email News On June 6, 2019 the band returns to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to play the Carolina Country Music Festival.”We never thought playing for tips at the Bowery in Myrtle Beach, S.C., that 50 years later we would still [be] playing arenas, stadiums and festivals,” said Owen, quoted in Rolling Stone. “We are finding out that we are playing to three generations of fans who have followed us and our music.”Their indie debut album, Wild Country, was released in 1976 and their major-label, self-titled debut came out in 1980 on RCA. After placing 30 albums on the Billboard 200 charts, the trio’s most recent release, Southern Drawl, reached No. 14 in Oct., 2015. Their pop crossover success through the 1980s proved that a country group could sing, write their own songs and perform their own music live — like the rock bands were doing.In the category Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Alabama’s two GRAMMY wins were for “Mountain Music” at the 25th GRAMMY Awards and for “The Closer You Get…” at the 26th GRAMMY Awards.Tickets are on sale at the band’s website. So far Sept. 14, 2019 in Peoria, Ill. is their final show, but additional dates are expected to be announced.The Oak Ridge Boys “Still Love To Sing”Read more Always fresh, the iconic country band has more to show their three generations of fansPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 17, 2018 – 1:35 pm Country cousins Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen grew up on separate cotton farms in Lookout Mountain, Alabama, singing in church together as well as studying guitar. On July 4, 1969 they visited another cousin, Jeff Cook, and began their phenomenal ascent as the singing/songwriting country band Alabama. Nearly five decades later, beginning Jan. 10, 2019 in Detroit, Mich., the trio embark on their 50th Anniversary Tour.”It seems only a few days ago, but on the fourth of the July, it will be 50 years since me and Teddy went walking into Jeff’s little house,” Owen told the Tennessean. “We picked a little bit and we sang a song I’d written and we thought, ‘Wow, that’s pretty good.'”Unfortunately, Cook’s battle with Parkinson’s is expected to interfere unpredictably with some of their 27 dates announced so far. But three separate musicians — a guitarist, a violinist and a singer — are on call to fill in for Cook on days he’s unable to perform. Alabama Sets Dozens Of Dates In 2019 For Their 50th Anniversary Tour Facebook Alabama 50th Anniversary Tour Sets Dates For 2019 alabama-sets-dozens-dates-2019-their-50th-anniversary-tour Twitter last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Ashley Mason Graduates From Becker College

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Ashley Mason, of Wilmington, graduated with a AS in Veterinary Science, Veterinary Technology Concentration from Becker College. Mason was one of one hundred Becker students to graduate at the end of the fall semester.About Becker CollegeFounded in 1784, Becker College is an undergraduate and graduate, career-focused private college, providing a supportive and inclusive learning community that prepares graduates for their first to last careers. Nearly 1,800 students from the United States and around the world live and learn on the College’s Worcester and Leicester campuses. With nationally recognized programs in nursing, game design and animal studies, Becker has been consistently ranked as a “Best College” for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Becker College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Mason & Ravagni Graduate From Becker CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Mason & Ravagni Named To Dean’s List At Becker CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Cornish & Mason Named To Dean’s List At Becker CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo EV confirmed for late 2020 launch

first_img Electric Cars Sports Cars Future Cars Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo in the real world Porsche Review • 2019 Porsche Cayenne review: The enthusiast’s SUV More about 2019 Porsche Cayenne 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: A mighty, frugal wagon 2019 Porsche Cayenne S review: The sporting life Tags Post a comment 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo review: The performance SUV par excellence More From Roadshow Share your voice Porsche’s annual press conference in Stuttgart was, in part, a celebration of the past year’s developments. But it also confirmed yet another piece in Porsche’s puzzle of future products, too.Porsche confirmed on Friday, as part of its annual press conference, that the Taycan Cross Turismo has been cleared for production at the end of 2020, which would put its debut about a year after the standard Taycan’s debut this coming September. Porsche first confirmed Cross Turismo production last October, but it hadn’t clarified a date at that point.In all likelihood, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will share the Taycan’s powertrain, with its electric motors putting out approximately 600 horsepower. It should reach 62 miles per hour in about 3.5 seconds, although the taller, bulkier body of the Cross Turismo may tack an extra tenth or two onto that figure. As for range, it’s estimated to be around the 300-mile mark, but that will likely change once the EPA tests it, as its estimates are usually slightly lower than its European counterpart.Enlarge ImageWhile the Cross Turismo is a little SUV-ish, it shouldn’t get in the way of Porsche’s future electric SUVs. There’s a place for everything in its next-gen lineup. Porsche Along with the Taycan that precedes it, the Taycan Cross Turismo is part of Porsche’s plan to electrify its lineup in the coming years. At Porsche’s press conference, chairman Oliver Blume said that, by 2025, more than half of all Porsche vehicles will be available with an electric motor. In addition to both Taycan variants, Porsche has also confirmed that the next-generation Macan will go electric, as well.Given that the Taycan Cross Turismo could be seen as a quasi-SUV of sorts, Porsche doesn’t feel there will be any overlap between it and the upcoming electric Macan. “The Cross Turismo concept is basically a more lifestyle-ish interpretation of the Taycan,” said Detlev von Platen, Porsche’s board member in charge of sales and marketing, in an interview with Roadshow on the sidelines of the conference. “It’s not directly targeting the SUV market.”Despite nobody seeing its production form yet, Porsche is already facing some serious demand for its first purely battery-electric vehicle. Earlier in March, Porsche announced that it identified more than 20,000 people with serious interest in the car, enough to force the company to double its first-year production from 20,000 vehicles to 40,000. It will be built in Zuffenhausen, where Porsche manufactures its 911 and 718 lineups, with its own dedicated assembly and paint facilities. Preview • 2019 Porsche Cayenne: A stronger foundation 53 Photos 0 Porschelast_img read more

Sesame Street invades Game of Thrones Westworld for good cause

first_img Game of Thrones HBO Westworld 0 Tags There’s a dissonance that comes from seeing beloved Sesame Street muppets engaging with some of television’s deadliest characters. No blood is shed and respect wins the day, giving us feel-good alternate timelines that depart significantly from the grim and gory stories we’re used to.Now can we all just hug? Share your voice Season 8 premiere slays show’s own viewer record Premiere recap: Reunions, dragons and Bran is always watching Game of Thrones returns 57 Photoscenter_img Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today The Westworld video is called “Respect World” and features Jeffrey Wright (Bernard) and Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores) sitting inside a lab room when Cookie Monster arrives. He calls Dolores “robot lady” and delivers a lecture on respect illustrated through the sharing of a cookie.  Be sure to stick around for the Sesame Street theme rendered by a player piano manned by the Two-Headed Monster. The footage starts off like a normal Game of Thrones scenario as Cersei and Tyrion argue. Elmo, dressed in armor, shows up to talk the pair through their issues. The video is meant to highlight the importance of respecting one another, even in the case of sworn enemies. It wraps ups with a joke about the meaning of “toast.” While the Sesame Street crossover isn’t canon, those of us pining for a happily-ever-after ending for all the residents of Game of Thrones can pretend it is. Besides, a fuzzy red bug-eyed creature isn’t any more fantastical than a bunch of dragons. Post a comment Enlarge ImageCookie Monster takes his chances in Westworld. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Cersei Lannister and Tyrion Lannister might be siblings, but there’s not much love between them. They may never have warm feelings, but they can at least respect each other. They just need a little help from furry red Elmo from Sesame Street.Bernard and Dolores from Westworld also have plenty to say to each other about violent delights having violent ends, but Cookie Monster can convince them to see their conflicts a little differently.HBO airs Game of Thrones, Sesame Street and Westworld. That’s why we now have some unlikely crossovers timed for the children show’s 50th anniversary celebration. One video, titled “Sesame Street: Respect is Coming,” brings together Cersei (Lena Headey), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Elmo to resolve a tense scene.  TV and Movieslast_img read more