Zite, the free personalized news app for the iPad, is moving to the mobile phone market. Current Zite users can save their iPad profiles and access their personalized content feeds from their smartphone devices; users who are new to Zite are able to create their profiles through the smartphone app. Zite enters the smartphone market at an opportune time. According to recently released data culled during Affinity’s American Magazine Study, more than 100 million consumers, or 43 percent of American adults, own smartphones. 29 million of these consumers have accessed magazine-branded content through apps and the mobile web, per Affinity. Affinity also totaled up the magazine brands gaining more than one million consumer visits to their app and web properties via smartphones a month. ESPN the Magazine comes out on top, with over five million monthly smartphone visitors. People magazine landed second on the list, with 3.99 million mobile phone visitors.WebMD the Magazine, Sports Illustrated and TV Guide all topped over 3 million smartphone visitors, according to Affinity counts. TIME, Us Weekly, Maxim and Entertainment Weekly each brought in over 2 million users through mobile phones. Rolling Stone rounds out the top 19 mobile-friendly mag brands, attracting 1.228 million visitors.In March of this year, a group of publishers (including TIME, Dow Jones and The Washington Post) sent a cease-and-desist letter to Zite. Claims involved copyright infringement and misuse of intellectual property. Despite these issues, CNN purchased Zite in late August for a reported price of $20 to 25 million. Zite is part of a crowded market, with free news aggregation apps like Flipboard and recently launched Google Currents also available for smartphone and tablet platforms. Publishers like Bonnier have reached partnership agreements with these apps, many with the hope of bringing content to new audiences. Sean Holzman, chief brand officer of Bonnier, told FOLIO: about the publisher’s new relationship with Google Currents, “For us, its not a paid model. It’s providing our content to Google, where they have the aggregation tools where they can deliver it to people on the platform, and then eventually bring models that will come into play with that. One way will be advertising.”Affinity releases its American Magazine Study bi-annually. Partnering with comScore’s Media Matrix Data, the aforementioned numbers are monthly averages gathered during a six-month period.
Artist Basavaraj poses with is bottle art creation of placing framed portraits of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (L) and president of Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi in narrow necked glass jars, in Bangalore on 12 April, 2019. Photo: AFPA war of words has broken out between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress in Kerala over the Sabarimala temple, following the 28 September 2018 Supreme Court verdict.Ever since the apex court said the Sabarimala temple should be open to women of all age groups, the three rival political fronts are caught in verbal duels.Prime minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the Vijay Sanklap rally on Friday in Kozhikode seems to have boosted the BJP’s Kerala unit. The Keral BJP unit chief PS Sreedharan Pillai said their stand on the Sabarimala had been upheld by the party. The party’s stance also reflected in the manifesto, released in Delhi, he added.At the rally, Modi said if need be, the BJP would move the court and could bring a law to protect the tradition and culture of the Sabarimala temple. Modi also slammed the CPI-M-led government in Kerala for “unleashing police attack on people who stood up to protect the tradition and culture of the temple”.”We have stated that we would not seek votes in the name of religion and it has not been done,” Pillai said here on Saturday.Chief electoral officer Tikka Ram Meena had warned the political parties not to use Sabarimala issue to seek vote.”What we plan to do with the Sabarimala issue is mentioned in our national manifesto. Had it been against the model code of conduct, the election commission would have indicated it. However, nothing has been said,” Pillai said. “How can the election officials here can override it. We will use the issue in our campaign,” he said.Slamming the BJP, former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy said no other party than the Congress was serious on protecting the Sabarimala temple tradition and culture.”As chief minister, we had submitted to the apex court the only way out of this, is to come out with a law. The BJP, instead of trying to act, was using it to create trouble, and that’s not acceptable,” said Chandy.State congress president Mullapally Ramachandran said Modi’s Friday statement on Sabarimala was nothing but a bluff. “If they were serious in protecting the traditions and culture of the temple, they had lots of time but they never did anything, but used it to create friction,” said Ramachandran.The Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government has made it clear it would implement the top court’s directive. The BJP is using the issue to its advantage. A few opinion polls have predicted its victory in at least one seat. The surveys indicate in Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad and Pathananamthitta, the BJP would give its traditional rivals a tough fight.
Two members of U.S. Congress are among the supporters of a museum director’s campaign to upgrade a District of Columbia memorial-museum complex that highlights the contributions of Black soldiers.African America Civil War Memorial. The African American Civil War Memorial, at the corner of Vermont Avenue and U Street NW in Washington, D.C., commemorates the service of 209,145 African-American soldiers and sailors who fought for the Union in the American Civil War. The sculpture The Spirit of Freedom, by Ed Hamilton of Louisville, Kentucky, was commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and completed in 1997.The director of the African American Civil War Museum, former D.C. Council member Frank Smith, wants to set up a visitor’s center and a park ranger post for the memorial that is located in the U Street corridor and across the street from the museum. He solicited the assistance of D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and got it.On Dec. 18, 2015, in a letter jointly written by Norton and Lewis, they encouraged the director of the National Park Service (NPS), Jonathan B. Jarvis, to consider Smith’s proposal. “We write to respectfully request that the Department of Interior and the National Park Service investigate the feasibility of establishing a visitor’s center and assigning a park ranger permanently to the African American Civil War Memorial in the District of Columbia,” the letter said. “. . . While we understand that NPS has suffered some budgetary cutbacks in recent years, we believe this memorial needs a permanent ranger – or a student ranger or seasonal employees for high visitation months – who can share the site’s rich history with guests.”The letter points out that the museum will be expanding this year with an additional 14,000 square feet of space and a full-time ranger would be key to the site’s viability. The letter also noted that the nation “is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment this year and the National Museum of African American History and Culture will open [later] this year.”The African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation was incorporated in 1992 to tell the story about the United States Colored Troops that fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War. The memorial was dedicated in July 1998 under Smith’s leadership and included former Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Colin Powell at the ceremony.The sculpture portrays uniformed soldiers and a sailor at a height of 10 feet with a family depicted on the back of the sculpture, and is situated in the center of a granite-paved plaza, encircled on three sides by the Wall of Honor. The wall lists the names of 209,145 Black soldiers from the Bureau of United States Colored Troops at the National Archive on 166 burnished stainless steel plaques arranged by regiment. The leaders of the museum estimate that more than 200,000 people visit the site yearly.Smith is encouraging friends and supporters of the museum to communicate with President Obama regarding the matter. “The year 2016 will mark the 8th and final year of your presidency and the Department of Interior/National Park Service hasn’t still opened a visitor’s center or stationed a National Park ranger at the African American Civil War Memorial,” Smith said in a letter to Obama. “Please correct this great wrong before you leave office.”
The Capital is going to witness an evening of melodious renditions by Santoor maestro and music composer Abhay Rustam Sopori. India Habitat Centre in collaboration with Siet and Sakhsi presents this analytical santoor concert. The concert is a part of Sound of Music – an introduction to musical instruments of India which is a workshop on recognition, cognition and appreciation of instrumental music with eminent and world acclaimed musicians. The event will also feature a discussion about the Indian classical music and musical scenario with known musicologists Shubhra Mazumdar, Manjari Sinha, Ravindra Mishra and Pt. Vijay Shankar Mishra. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show aims to create awareness and to bring back the charisma of Indian classical music among the educated, urban middle class youth, who know very little about the depths and intricacies of Indian classical music or the instruments used therein. Also it tries to provide the artistes a broader visibility and opportunity to be acclaimed by the many who have not had an easy opportunity to enjoy such arts. It tries to make the public aware of the eminence and skill of these artistes and also to ensure that no art lover can miss the opportunity to learn from the nuances of music from the best in the field.When: 30 June Where: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre Timing: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Now that their namesake games are among the best-selling apps of all time, what’s left for the Angry Birds to do? If you guessed starring in an animated series, then you’re right.Finland-based Rovio Entertainment, the company behind the hit mobile game Angry Birds and its sequels, is set to launch an Angry Birds cartoon this weekend. By downloading the latest update for any Angry Birds game on any mobile device, users will gain access to a new video channel in the game where they can watch the animated show. The cartoon will also be shown on select television networks and video-on-demand channels around the world.The cartoon, featuring the game’s familiar stylized birds and pigs, will release one episode per week with a full run of 52 episodes planned. “We want to combine the feel of cartoon classics with modern twists on an unprecedented scale,” said Nick Dorra, Rovio’s head of animation, in a press release.A brief history of Angry Birds, detailing how it became a global phenomenon, follows.December 2009: Rovio Entertainment releases Angry Birds for the iOS as an app for $0.99. It is Rovio’s 52nd game and becomes the first hit for the struggling company. A version of the game will later be released for Android and Microsoft devices as well as for Facebook, and it will be followed by four sequels.February 2010: Angry Birds becomes the number-one selling paid app in Apple’s U.K. App Store and, soon after, the top-selling app in the U.S. store as well. It will hold this spot until October 2010.October 2010: The Android versions of Angry Birds (a free, ad-supported app and a paid app for $0.99) launch and are downloaded more than two million times in the first weekend.Related: Zipcar Timeline: From Business Idea to IPO to $500 Million BuyoutMarch 2011: Rovio raises $42 million of venture capital in a series A round led by Accel Partners.November 2011: The first Angry Birds store opens in Helsinki, near Rovio’s Espoo headquarters. It sells merchandise, such as plush pigs, based on the game characters. The merchandise is also available through an online store on the official Angry Birds website. In January 2013, TechCrunch reports that Rovio expects that half or more of its revenue will eventually come from physical goods.December 2011: Rovio crosses the mark for 200 million monthly active users of its games across all devices.April 2012: In Cannes, France, Nick Dora, Rovio’s head of animation, reveals plans for an Angry Birds animated series. It will be a cartoon exploring the story of the characters from the mobile games. Originally slated to debut in the fall of 2012, it is later postponed until spring 2013.September 2012: Rovio launches Bad Piggies, a puzzle game that is a spin-off to Angry Birds. It becomes the number-one app in Apple’s App Store within three hours.November 2012: Angry Birds Star Wars, the latest title in the series and a crossover with the popular science-fiction franchise, launches to great success.December 2012: Rovio now has 263 million monthly active users for its games. In a sign of Rovio games’ global popularity, China became the largest source of daily active users for the company the previous month.March 2013: Rovio announces that it will be debuting an animated series starring the characters from its Angry Birds games. The series will be distributed across a new video channel in all Angry Birds titles across all smartphones and tablets, and will also be shown on select TV networks and video-on-demand channels.”We’ve long wanted to tell our fans the story of the Angry Birds and the Bad Piggies, to introduce their personalities and their world in detail,” said Mikael Hed, Rovio’s chief executive, in a press release. By now, according to the press release, the Angry Birds game titles have been downloaded 1.7 billion times across all platforms — making them a perfect vehicle for mass video distribution.Related: How Instagram Went From Idea to $1 Billion in Less Than Two Years Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read March 14, 2013 Listen Now