The New Rules of the App Store

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … This concept boils down to a simple idea: something is only as valuable as what you are willing to pay for it. Thereby, apps are only worth as much as users are willing to pay for them at the time of purchase. A great example this concept executed poorly is the newspaper industry. The high-level concept of news is that information is very timely, valuable, and accurate. Yet most newspaper content costs less than a dollar to purchase in physical format, and it is absolutely free in digital format. This makes absolutely no sense from a pricing standpoint. If this content is valuable, then users will be willing to pay for it. As it relates to your app, if you as the decision maker train your customers via pricing strategy that your content is a valuable commodity, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Inversely, no one wants to participate in content that’s not viewed as valuable, even if it’s only for entertainment purposes. Marketing your applications well may merit a higher price point, thus increasing the perceived quality of your app and leveling the playing field between you and big-name, big-budget publishers. Every developer is an indie developer in the App Store. Everyone is going through the exact same thing. Electronic Arts values its games at $9.99. Why can’t you. Rule 2: Don’t Spam . . . Unless It’s Helpful Many observers say that Apple’s App Store download figures and application counts are inflated due to a large number of generally useless applications. This is troubling and devalues the benefits having a closed environment brings. However, moderation of applications via the App Store approval process has inevitably filtered out many of the “test” applications developers are building and attempting to distribute just to say they have an app on the store. Which brings us to spam. Anytime a developer attempts to game the system in order to advance in the App Store rankings, it is referred to as “spamming.” Spamming techniques have been around since the beginning of the App Store, beginning with the exploitation of naming conventions. And in an effort to drive revenues simply by sheer volume in the App Store, some developers have created thousands and thousands of lightweight shells of applications populated with basic or low-value content, and flooded the market in hopes of tricking a few thousand customers into buying them for $0.99. To put it lightly, this is not a recommended way to market applications. Apple has started to crack down on this type of behavior. On multiple occasions it has banned developers who abused the App Store platform in this way, eradicating thousands of “filler” applications. But there’s a lot we can learn from the spam techniques tested by others that caused users to respond positively.The beauty of a digital distribution system like the App Store is that developers can test pricing, colors, marketing copy, and all other types of branding to determine what users like. Be sure to include this type of A/B testing–comparing your core message with variants to see which works best–when you are launching your application, especially if you think there may be fragmentation in your user base and target audience. Knowing what your audience wants will help you learn how to best present your application to it in the most appealing way possible. Rule 3: Avoid Update Fatigue In previous iterations of the App Store, updating your application was grounds for reentering the “What’s New” list, but not anymore.This was a very popular spam technique, but then Apple spotted this trick and quickly changed its mechanisms around app updates. Software engineers tend to be compulsive updaters of their software, but don’t assume that consumers are like you. Many users don’t know what those red numbers sitting next to the App Store icon on their phone mean, let alone on their desktop version of iTunes. Update only when you need to update. Otherwise you may alienate your core customers. Rule 4: Don’t Necessarily Blame Apple When Things Go Wrong It seems that the first response developers have when they encounter challenges, no matter what they may be, is to blame Apple. Although Apple has certainly contributed to frustration in some regards, developers have made Apple the scapegoat. This doesn’t benefit developers who ultimately need Apple to provide the platform that has made them so successful. Developers are constantly getting entangled in the minutiae of their day-to-day experience with the inefficient vagaries of the App Store and neglecting to think about the big picture. Taking a step back, we need to think about the rest of the world and how it perceives the marketplace offering a selection of software to choose from. “Average consumers could care less if iPhone developers are unhappy,” says Brian Chen. Yet Apple has incentive to keep a basal level of peace among iPhone developers. The worst possible outcome for Apple would be a developer revolt leading to a mass exodus of famous developers providing killer apps to competing smartphone platforms while boycotting Apple’s [he warns]. I highly doubt this will happen, but Apple must be aware there’s something broken in its system that could lead to epic consequences if unaddressed. The first aspect of this rule is that it’s not Apple’s fault that developers hate the App Store. It seems like every day there’s another story about a developer who feels personally persecuted by the App Store’s policies. Apple’s Phil Schiller, senior vice president of Marketing, has on two occasions addressed this: once when he reached out to prominent Apple blogger John Gruber via email to discuss the decision Apple made in removing a dictionary application from the App Store that contained “objectionable content” in August 2009; and a second time when he went to the press directly to talk about the App Store’s approval process in a one-on-one interview with Business Week’s Arik Hesseldahl in November 2009. Chen theorizes: Phil Schiller’s outreach is hardly a direct solution for Apple’s communication problem, but it’s a positive sign that Apple is even making the slightest effort to publicly communicate its approval process. It suggests the company is aware that it needs to do something to maintain positive relations with developers, and knowing that Jobs isn’t the type to sit around and twiddle his thumbs, there must be a larger solution in the works.And some of the problems are simply the result of the App Store growing so big, so fast. Once again, keep in mind that Apple could never have predicted the level of popularity the store would achieve in such a short period of time. In order to launch the App Store as scheduled, Apple created a subsection of the existing iTunes Music Store and leveraged existing technology to support the App Store.This distribution system wasn’t custom built to accommodate applications, and even two years later many of the basic problems have not been addressed. For example, consumers “gift” applications to one another. Previously, there was an ad-hoc promo code system that was slapped together to enable developers to distribute their apps to the media and other relevant parties. Changes like this indicate signs that Apple is working on correcting the challenges for developers. There have, however, been numerous problems with redeeming promo codes for applications. And Beta testers will inevitably encounter problems with accessing popular apps if they’ve recently acquired a new phone or upgraded to a newer model. There is a one hundred-UDID (unique device identifier) limit to beta testing applications, and once you’ve hit that, that’s it. Early on in iTunes, there was a similar problem on the music side. When users reformatted their computers or bought a new one, the authorization of their new machine would count toward the five computers allowed to play back the purchased content. Apple resolved this – somewhat – by enabling users to purge authorizations once a year and manually reauthorize the machines they wanted to give access to. Apple has gotten smarter about the App Store, but the App Store still isn’t perfect. It will improve as Apple begins to get its head wrapped around the needs and desires of each constituency represented on the platform. Excerpted from MOBILIZE, by Rana June Sobhany. Copyright © 2011 by Rana June Sobhany. Published and reprinted with permission from Vanguard Press, a member of The Perseus Books Group. All rights reserved.App screenshots by dougbelshaw Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#apps#mobile This post is an excerpt from Rana Sobhany‘s new book, Mobilize: Strategies for Success from the Frontlines of the App Revolution. Mobilize walks developers through the positioning, marketing and outreach needed to create successful apps. In her opening chapter, Sobhany follows the history of the app store phenomenon from its early days through the successes, failures, loopholes, and overhauls that have shaped the multi-million dollar industry.The App Store will continue to evolve, and participants in this new economy must continuously reevaluate and refine their relationship with the platform. Gone are the days of cheating one’s way through the App Store. In order to create a sustainable platform, we must document and memorialize the best practices that will serve as a guide and template for ensuring high quality on the store. While we can get crafty with our marketing campaigns and techniques, there must be a basal level of understanding for which acceptable practices will be moving forward. As with all good retail, there are certain rules fundamental to establishing a presence in the App Store. Here are some of those rules. Rule 1: Remember the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility “Diminishing marginal utility” is a law of economics stating that as a person increases consumption of a particular product, while keeping consumption of other products constant, there is a decline in the marginal utility that person derives from consuming each additional unit of that product. As a co-founder of Medialets, the largest in-application analytics and advertising platform, Rana Sobhany has been deeply involved in the successful design and implementation of comprehensive application marketing campaigns for products across the mobile industry, including iPhone, and was among the first to promote app marketing as a discrete practice. She has coached mobile application developers at every level: individual developers; independent development shops; creative and media buying agencies; and large, venture-backed application firms. Rana is a frequent speaker at mobile and technology conferences, helping educate developers about how best to develop and market their products for the iPhone and iPad ecosystems. guest author 1 Related Posts last_img read more

Bristol Rovers sign Bournemouth ace

first_imgAFC Bournemouth midfielder Sam Matthews has become Bristol Rovers second signing of the summer after he signed a contract with the club. A deal that will take effect from July 1.Manager Darrell Clarke was delighted to have Sam agree to the transfer, according to Gazette series he said:“Sam is a very talented young player whose progress I have monitored for a while now.“He has worked hard and, learnt a great deal, from his time at Bournemouth and, of course, during his loan spell at Eastleigh in the National League last season.“We had to compete with a number of other clubs for his signature and I am delighted that he has chosen to join us “His arrival will intensify competition for first team places at the club and I look forward to working with him.”AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Bournemouth vs Manchester City Boro Tanchev – August 24, 2019 English champions Manchester City travel to Bournemouth for their encounter of the third Premier League Matchday.Upon signing, Sam continued;“I was on loan at Eastleigh last season and played quite a lot of games in the National League and then had some interest from other clubs, Rovers being one of them.“I met with Darrell Clarke over the summer, had a chat and as things progressed it’s resulted in me signing today and I’m really happy to get it done.“He told about the club itself, the squad the he has here and told me there’s great spirit amongst the players.”last_img read more

Gattuso unsure over Bonuccis future

first_imgAC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso unsure of Leonardo Bonucci’s future at the club.Bonucci is currently drawing interest from Europe’s premier clubs with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain interested in securing his services.Gattuso says Milan will do everything to keep the Italian defender at the San Siro despite PSG preparing to bring him to Paris this summer.Bonucci’s future with Milan has been under serious speculation but Gattuso has praised the attitude of his captain while also confirming that the defender is yet to commit his future to the club.“He’s a great professional and at this moment we’re interested in what he and other players have to say.” Gattuso said about Bonucci to reporters.Report: Chiellini knee surgery a success George Patchias – September 3, 2019 Giorgio Chiellini has had knee surgery and it has been successful.As we brought you earlier at Ronaldo.com, it was believed that the club was…“We have to respect whatever choice he makes. Obviously, he wants to win and so do we as a club, we’ll just have to wait and see as he’s a very important player for us, and we would do everything to keep him here at the club.”Milan have successfully appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) after their Europa League qualification was taken away by UEFA for breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.“Elliott is pleased that our intervention and support of AC Milan at CAS has achieved a positive result for the club,” a club statement said, quoted in FourFourTwo.“Playing in Europe is a huge part of Milan’s heritage as a club and the decision made today by CAS is the first of many steps towards the rehabilitation of this club.”last_img read more

ONeill admits defeat was deserved

first_imgRepublic of Ireland head coach Martin O’Neill has revealed his side deserves to lose after they suffered a thrashing at the hands of Wales.The Irish team were humiliated 4-1 at the hands of Wales who gave Ryan Giggs a victory in his maiden competitive game as head coach of the team.Ireland were without several regulars as they visited the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday night, which was something O’Neill attributed as a major factor in their heavy defeat.Players including Southampton’s Shane Long were absent from his squad, which produced a very disappointing performance from the one which had seen them qualify for the World Cup qualifying play-offs on their last visit, less than a year ago.Emile Heskey, LiverpoolReport: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“We were well beaten, it was difficult. We were missing some key players but were still well beaten.” O’Neill told Sky Sports.“We set out with good intentions, they scored fairly early on and their second was a world-class goal from a world-class player. That sets you back, and from there it’s tough. It was a hard evening.”“I think that we’re unable to be missing five or six Premier League players and put ona real bug show, we need to be at full-strength if we can be. I can’t remember the last time we were, but I don’t think we’ve been as decimated as this.”last_img read more

Sony reshuffles executives in its PlayStation division

first_img Amazon Read the AirPods review $999 $60 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Post a comment $6 at Tidal 0 Sony,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Angela Lang/CNET See It Best Buy Tags I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Gaming Boost Mobile Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Share your voice Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read DJI Osmo Action preview $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple iPhone XS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Chris Monroe/CNET $59 at eBay New Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan. Sony Sony has announced a management reshuffling in its games business, with two of its top executives swapping jobs.Jim Ryan, a longtime PlayStation executive who most recently served as deputy president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, will become the division’s CEO on April 1, Sony said Monday. Ryan will replace John Kodera, who will become the deputy president — Ryan’s former role at the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant.Kodera’s new position will allow him to “dedicate his focus on creating innovative user experiences and further enhancing the network area,” Sony said in a statement. The new management structure comes less than two weeks after Sony announced disappointing earnings for its games division, which accounts for about one-third of the company’s total revenue. Operating income in the division fell 14 percent in the most recent quarter due to slower sales of the PlayStation 4 game console during the holiday shopping season.”This industry is relentlessly fast-moving, and to remain the market leader, we must constantly evolve ourselves with a sense of urgency,” Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said in a statement. “Based on extensive discussions with John, I have decided to change the management structure of SIE to ensure sustainable evolution of the PlayStation platform and further growth of the network area.”Ryan, who has worked in Sony’s games division for a quarter of a century, will report directly to Yoshida. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See at Turo Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See itcenter_img Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Amazon Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Comments See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $520 at HP Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Sprint See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 28 Photos $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read Google Home Hub review 7 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $155 at Google Express Turo Tags The Cheapskate TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNETlast_img read more

Gazipur spinning mill catches fire

first_imgA fire broke out in a textile mill in Konabari BSCIC industrial area of Gazipur early Monday.Kaliakair fire service station officer Kabirul Alam said the factory, Kader Compact Spinning Limited, caught fire around 2:00am and soon engulfed the factory.On information, nine units of fire fighters from different areas including Joydebpur, Tongi, and Kaliakair rushed to the area to douse the flames. The two-storey tin shed factory is located at Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation area in Konabari.The reason of the fire could not be known immediately.last_img

Beto ORourke Visits Houston Matters Police Had Lupe Valdezs Missing Gun All

first_imgTuesday, August 21, 2018Top afternoon stories:Beto O’Rourke Visits Houston MattersAs part of its series of interviews with candidates running in major political races, Houston Matters interviewed U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Senator Ted Cruz. O’Rourke talked about a myriad of issues ranging from President Donald Trump to voting rights and the Texas economy.O’Rourke (D-TX) said he wants to work with Trump on topics such as increasing mental health care to veterans and expanding protected public lands in Texas. “Where I can find a partner in the White House or across the aisle, I’ll be there, with anyone, any place, any time.”“But we also have to be able to stand up against this President and his worst impulses where we must,” the Congressman added in reference to the critical comments the President has made about Mexican immigrants and asylum seekers, and his defense of some people who participated in the white supremacist rally that was held in Charlottesville last year.Click HERE to listen to the interview.  Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneLupe Valdez gives her victory speech after defeating Andrew White in the Democratic runoff for governor on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.Police Had Lupe Valdez’s Missing Gun All AlongDallas County authorities say a new inventory search has turned up former Sheriff Lupe Valdez’s gun that was reported missing after she stepped down to run for Texas governor.The Dallas County sheriff’s department Tuesday apologized to Valdez for “any distress and hardship” after the Democratic nominee for governor faced questions surrounding the whereabouts of her on-duty weapon.The 9mm Berretta was found in the department’s property room. Spokesman Raul Reyna says Valdez “did what she was supposed to do” in returning the gun.Valdez was sheriff for 13 years. She resigned in December to mount a longshot challenge against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.Abbott’s campaign had attacked Valdez over reports of the missing firearm, tweeting that Valdez wants to run Texas “but can’t even keep track of her gun.” Dave FehlingThe Big Brown power plant in Freestone County burns coal mined nearby.Texas Could Soon Have More Authority to Regulate Coal Plant EmissionsTexas could have more authority to regulate coal plant emissions under a new proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency, which would formally replace the Clean Power Plan.In the audio above, Houston Matters learns what the new rules could mean for Texas industries and the environment from Victor Flatt, director of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston Law Center, and Felix Mormann, professor of law at the Texas A&M School of Law._____________________Top morning stories:Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston responds to Pope FrancisJohn L. Mone/APIn this March 30, 2017 image taken from video, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo of the Archdiocese of the Houston-Galveston, speaks during an interview in Houston.Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is adding his voice to calls against alleged sexual abuse within the Catholic church.Cardinal DiNardo was responding to Pope’s Francis’ letter. It addressed suffering caused by alleged abuse within the Catholic Church and failure to respond. Post Oak Little League team eliminated from World SeriesHouston’s Post Oak Little League baseball team is returning home from Pennsylvania after a stretch of games in the Little League World Series. The team lost 7-6 to a team from Peachtree, Georgia. Texas A&M adopts new sexual-assault policiesShelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneStudents on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.Texas A&M University officials say the school is creating tougher sanctions for students found responsible for sexual assault.The school was criticized over the summer for how it handles cases of sexual assault, with multiple women sharing their stories online. The scrutiny prompted an internal review of university policies.Officials say the changes include a streamlined reporting process, a predetermined range of sanctions and more investigators. Students found responsible for sexually-based violence or rape will have to serve a minimum one-year suspension, and if they return to campus, they would also be barred from receiving scholarships or representing the school. Attorney General moves to limit abilities of immigration judgesA decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making it harder for immigration judges to postpone hearings for immigrants while they wait for special petitions that would allow them to stay in the country legally.Lawyers say they expect, as a result, some immigrants will be deported while they wait on petitions that would have allowed them to stay in the country. Federal disaster assistance appears to widen the racial wealth gapWhites who live in counties badly damaged by natural disasters on average gain nearly $126,000 in wealth. Minorities, on the other hand, lose tens of thousands of dollars.This happens even when you control for income, education and a range of other factors, according to a study from Rice University and the University of Pittsburgh. Sara Tubbs/UHMusician Stephanie Rice performs at Houston Public Media. Rice appeared in the 12th season of NBC’s The Voice.Stephanie Rice: ‘If I Didn’t Perform I Would Die’When Stephanie Rice came out to her parents ten years ago at age 18, she received the one response she was most afraid of: rejection. They told her “they couldn’t choose their daughter over God,” and they’re estranged to this day.And, as she later recounted on her blind audition for season 12 of The Voice, she finds music is the best way for her to channel her emotions over that painful moment in her life.Rice graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in biology and worked for a time as a researcher at Baylor College of Medicine. She would often work 50-60 hours a week and then play a couple gigs each week.“It was a really crazy time in my life where I would go into work with a lab coat on and be running out and changing into my leather pants and going to a gig,” she said. Sharelast_img read more

Ward 8 Dems Endorse White

first_imgTrayon White and LaRuby May are running for the Ward 8 seat. (Courtesy Photos)Former Ward 8 D.C. State Board of Education member Trayon White overwhelmingly won the endorsement of the Ward 8 Democrats, recently. White got 135 votes for the Ward 8 Democrats’ nod while D.C. Council member LaRuby May (D-Ward 8) received 50 and the lesser known opponents, Aaron Holmes, Maurice Dickens, and Bonita Goode had eight, two and zero votes, respectively.White was elated at receiving the political club’s stamp of approval. The Ward 8 Democrats are known for having a large influence on political elections in the city. “I feel great, it is a blessing to get the support of the Ward 8 Democrats,” White told the AFRO. “We just have to continue to work to get every vote we can before Election Day.”The endorsement was the product of a straw poll on May 14 at Anacostia High School. Any registered Democrat living in Ward 8 had the right to vote in the poll and the results were tallied by members of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. Ward 8 Democrats President Charles Wilson told the AFRO that in order for a candidate to get the organization’s endorsement, they would need 60 percent of the votes cast. On a percentage basis, White got 68 percent while May got 25 percent.Earl Weaver, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens, is a firm White supporter. “He understands the needs of returning citizens and he is also able to bring the youth out. No other candidate in the race can reach the youth the way Trayon can,” Weaver told the AFRO.The Democratic Party primary for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat will be held on June 14. The winner of that primary will have no problem winning the position in the November 8 general election because the Democrats have a 10-1 voter registration advantage over the Republicans.The race is essentially a rematch between White and May. May barely won the April 23, 2015 special election to replace the late Marion S. Barry Jr., as the Ward 8 council member, defeating White by 78 votes in a field with numerous candidates.In this race, White is running with the support of the unofficial political operation of D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and some backers of former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. May is one of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s strongest allies on the council and is a beneficiary of Bowser’s informal political and financial organization.While May has received the endorsements of such organizations as National Nurses United, AFSCME, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and Democrats for Education Reform, White has been tapped by Jews United for Justice, the D.C. Latino Caucus, and Marion C. Barry, the son of the late council member and four-term mayor.In addition to the straw poll, there was an approximately 90-minute candidates’ forum held in the Anacostia High School auditorium before 200 people that was moderated by 8A04 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Troy Donte Prestwood. White, Holmes, Dickens, and Goode focused on such issues as affordable housing, crime, and economic development. May did not attend the event.May was the keynote speaker at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development commencement that morning but some of her competitors took her to task for missing the forum. May received her master’s degree in community counseling and psychotherapy from the university.“The fact that she is not here shows what she thinks of you,” Holmes said to some scattered boos in the audience. “You cannot just buy this seat.”Dickens also commented, saying, “she’s been MIA [missing in action] like she has been the last 20 months.”However, May told the AFRO May 16, “I have a lot more to do as the Ward 8 council member. I want to focus more on economic development, education, employment and all of the issues that affect the people of Ward 8.”May supporter Absalom Jordan, the advisory neighborhood commissioner for 8D03, said it was his candidates’ critics and the Ward 8 Democrats leaders who are out of order. “LaRuby made the commitment to speak at George Washington University long before this event was scheduled,” Jordan told the AFRO. “We were notified about this event a few weeks ago. They should have re-scheduled this meeting because she was speaking at George Washington. A Black woman out of Ward 8 [speaking] at George Washington University is a real honor.”last_img read more

Whats Leaving Netflix in July 2018

first_imgLethal Weapon 2Lethal Weapon 3Lethal Weapon 4Little WomenMichael ClaytonMidnight in ParisMixed SignalsMore Than a GamePandemicPiglet’s Big MovieRugrats Go WildScary MovieScream 3Terminator 3: Rise of the MachinesTropic ThunderV for VendettaJuly 2Breakfast at Tiffany’sJuly 8Alpha & Omega: Journey to Bear KingdomReal Husbands of Hollywood: Seasons 1-5July 9Ratchet and ClankSerenaJuly 11Alice Through the Looking GlassJuly 14Wild HogsJuly 15ConvergenceLockup: State Prisons: Collection 1Small Is Beautiful: A Tiny House DocumentaryJuly 16ChangelingWantedJuly 29The DenJuly 30A Cinderella StoryHurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet HotSwing State ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 When a new crop of movies and TV shows hits Netflix each month, it’s inevitable that another must head toward the exit.On July 1, “Tropic Thunder,” the cult-classic comedy spoof of “Apocalypse Now,” will be leaving the streamer alongside “Michael Clayton,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Bring It On,” “Midnight in Paris,” and “Scary Movie.” Later this month, “Wanted,” “A Cinderella Story,” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will also be hitting the road.Check out the full list of titles leaving Netflix below:July 1AliveAlong Came PollyAn Honest LiarThe Art of WarBeerfestBefore MidnightBring It OnBring It On AgainBring It On: All or NothingBring It On: Fight to the FinishBring It On: In It to Win ItCocktailExtremely Loud and Incredibly CloseLethal Weaponcenter_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Sonos Has Started Beta Testing Google Assistant Integration Will Launch This Year

first_imgThe company has since begun a private beta test of the Assistant with select Sonos owners, and is looking to scale up the beta test to thousands of homes in the weeks following CES, a spokesperson told Variety Monday. The company will decide on the final schedule for a public roll-out based on the results of that test, she added.Even with the delayed launch, Sonos would still be the first smart speaker to support both Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant. However, getting those two to work together on the same device is becoming a lot less novel. Just this week, Samsung announced that in addition to running its own Bixby assistant, the company’s new TVs will also work with both Alexa and the Google Assistant. Sonos has started a private beta test of Google Assistant on its smart speakers, and is looking to launch the integration to the public this year. Google Assistant will be directly integrated into speakers with voice input, while older models will work in conjunction with Google Home and similar smart speakers.Google highlighted its partnership with Sonos as part of a broader publicity push for the Google Assistant at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Tuesday morning. The company said that Google Assistant would be directly integrated into the Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers, while older speakers without integrated microphones will receive a software update to make them work with the Assistant.Sonos first announced that it was working with Google when it introduced the Sonos One speaker in late 2017. At the time, the company said that it was aiming to roll out support for the Google Assistant in 2018. However, in a blog post published in November, Sonos admitted that it was going to miss that deadline. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more