10 March 2010Inzalo Communications is not planning to miss the 2010 Fifa World Cup train. The Johannesburg-based company got out their football gear on 2 March to celebrate the start of the 100 days countdown with the rest of South Africa.Inzalo Communications getting into the South Africa 2010 spirit of things. (Photo: Inzalo Communications)The Inzalo team show off their readiness for the first Fifa World Cup on African soil. (Photo: Inzalo Communications)Football Fridays News Desk
Tags:#business#enterprise#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jason rothbart Many Web 2.0 companies have tried to make money by charging for their product, but it can be hard work – especially if the product started out as free. Jott, a voice to text transcription service, is an example of one that took the plunge and succeeded. Jott moved to a paid model following a successful free beta. I spoke with Jott CEO John Pollard to learn how they did it and how it is working out for them.Jott is a great tool if you haven’t tried it. It is a voice-to-text service where you call a number on your phone, dictate a note, schedule a meeting, or write a to-do and the service transcribes your voice into the appropriate message type; it even creates an object on Outlook automatically. The service had been in “beta” status and completely free. Recently, they came out of beta and rolled out a paid model with multiple plans for different usage and features. Jott still has free service, but it’s been put together such that if you are a frequent Jott user, you’ll be very tempted to upgrade. The upgrade itself is less than $4 so I suspect many people will go for it. Jott has a variety of plans to choose from including free, basic, pro, pay-as-you-go, etc.The company based these plans largely on user behavior and lots of data. When they started the company, they knew they would ultimately have a free and paid version, but had to learn the rest along the way. For example, they had to find out if their customers were home makers, road warriors, students, professionals, etc. Some of the factors they experimented with during the beta program included turnaround times, length of recordings, and features. By collecting data around user behavior and usage, they were able to model scenarios and identify trends. They then used focus groups, the Jott user group, and conjoint analysis (a very cool survey technique requiring users to make trade-offs on product features versus price) to come up with the different packages. They were very confident that some professionals wouldn’t want an ad-supported service, and the research confirmed it.As you can imagine, they overcame significant challenges along the way. While many users understand that Jott has to put food on the table, there were users who were shocked that a company dare ask for money. Personal note: this is both a common and ridiculous sentiment that has grown as more “free” things pelt us, but that is a conversation for another day.John and company decided to be extremely transparent about the process and spent significant time in their forums, hitting the blogs, and using other marketing mechanisms to tell their story and let users know what was going on. John admitted they could improve on the communication front, but they did a solid job. The communication philosophy was to tell the users what was coming, tell them when it was coming, and explain why – as many times and in as many places as they could.The company is very pleased with the conversion process so far. They are apparently hitting their goals and on plan. One pleasant surprise according to Jott is the percentage of people selecting annual plans; John said they are getting 10 times the number of annual subscribers that they expected. I’m not surprised as I’m sure a large percentage of Jott users are business customers, and this is the most efficient way to get something expensed; although this is pure speculation on my part. John has good advice for other companies embarking on this journey. First, talk to your customers as much as possible. Really talk to them and understand the problem you are trying to solve and how they use the product or service. Second, utilize web-based tools like conjoint analysis to gather quantitative information to make decisions. Finally, try to be transparent and don’t surprise your customers; they hate that. If you build something that people want and value, you can ask them for money and it is good business. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts
This ‘robofish’ is so realistic, it can film fish without frightening them By Katie LanginMar. 21, 2018 , 2:00 PM Most robotic fish are like fish out of water: They’re surprisingly poor swimmers, and they often scare away any other creatures they come in contact with. But a new robot is so realistic that fish in Fiji are falling for it—hook, line, and sinker.The remote-controlled robofish isn’t the world’s first. But the new version—called SoFi, for Soft Robotic Fish—is a step up from previous generations of robotic fish because it can be maneuvered up and down to depths of up to 18 meters. There’s a fisheye camera where its mouth would be, perfectly positioned to capture any action up ahead. And the robot doesn’t just look like a fish; it also moves like one, undulating its tail to propel itself through the water.Scientists took SoFi for six test runs in coral reefs around the Pacific island of Fiji. The robot, which is 47 centimeters long, swam at speeds of half a body length per second. That’s a tad slower than most real-life fish, which can swim two to 10 body lengths per second. And it could swim for 40 minutes at a time, controlled by a diver up to 10 meters away, the team reported today in Science Robotics. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The Fijian fish didn’t seem to mind SoFi swimming around. So the team hopes that the robot and its camera can be deployed elsewhere to help us peer into the lives of marine animals—to better see how they move, what they’re eating, and who they’re swimming around with.
Cricket kept him away from his family for most of his career but now Sachin Tendulkar makes the most of his time by spending it with his children — son Arjun and daughter Sara.The legendary cricketer revealed that he spends a lot of time with his son playing paintball, bowling and go-karting.”I play paintball sometimes because of my son’s demand. My friends and his friends make two teams we play best of three or best of five. It is a real bonding time for our family because at times my daughter Sara also joins in when she takes time out of her own interests,” Tendulkar said while launching a gaming centre Smaaash here on Thursday.”My son also enjoys bowling and we often visit a bowling alley. Earlier, when I was playing cricket, I did not have much time for my family but now it is about giving quality time to them which I feel is extremely important as it gives me immense satisfaction.”The former India captain drew large crowds at the cyber hub of Gurgaon. Word of mouth spread quickly as people got to know that Tendulkar was in the suburban town.Tens became scores and scores became hundreds in a matter of minutes and as the loved cricketer walked out on to a stage to face the public with the chant of “Sachin, Sachin” reverberating once more.
Wolves Europa League tie Slovan Bratislava to feature 5,000 strong crowdby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveA 5,000 strong crowd is likely to attend Wolves’ Europa League match away to Slovan Bratislava on 24 October – even though it is officially being played behind closed doors.Uefa sanctioned the Slovak champions after fans made racist chants in a play-off game against PAOK of Greece.But Uefa rules will allow accompanied children aged 14 and under to attend.In addition, 200 Wolves fans will be allowed in to see the game, providing they hold ‘category one tickets’.Uefa ruled in August that Slovan must play their next two European games behind closed doors as a consequence of racist behaviour by their supporters at a play-off match against Greek side POAK Salonika. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
@jharkelroad1Michigan’s football program is set to unveil its new Air Jordan jerseys next week.The Wolverines, who signed a $173 million deal with Nike that runs through 2027, officially become a Nike school on Aug. 1. Jim Harbaugh’s team is set to reveal their new Jumpman-brand jerseys (they’ll be the first college football team to wear the logo) at a special ceremony on Tuesday in Detroit.It looks like a picture of the jerseys might have leaked early, though.Check out this photo:@mgoblog @michiganinsider @umichWD @SamWebb77 pic.twitter.com/NzWfGbhPVn— Justin E Harkelroad (@jharkelroad1) July 29, 2016This photo of the jerseys hasn’t been confirmed, but they certainly look like they could be Michigan’s new Jumpman jerseys. The uniforms aren’t expected to change much, save for the addition of the classic Air Jordan logo.If these are the new jerseys, what do you think, Michigan fans?The Wolverines open their 2016 season Sept. 3 against Hawaii.
Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) witnessed an increase in revenues, coupled with a surge in volumes, during the first quarter of 2018.The company’s total revenues were up by 16.3 percent to USD 1.37 billion, compared to USD 1.18 billion reported in the first quarter a year earlier.The Trans-Pacific and Asia / Europe trades saw the largest increase in revenues with 19.2 and 23.8 percent, respectively, while the Intra-Asia / Australasia trade witnessed a rise of 13 percent in revenues during the first quarter of 2018.For the three-month period ended March 31, 2018, OOCL’s total volumes were 7.5 percent higher at 1.58 million TEU, compared to 1.47 million TEU handled a year earlier.The rise was driven by the company’s Trans-Pacific, Asia / Europe and Trans-Atlantic trades, which handled 16.3, 20.5 and 2.2 percent more volumes in the first quarter, respectively. The Intra-Asia / Australasia volumes were slightly down during the period, dropping by 1.1 percent.The company said that its loadable capacity increased by 16 percent and the overall load factor was 6.4 percent lower than in the same period in 2017. Overall average revenue per TEU increased by 8.3% compared to the first quarter of last year.
The Patriots held on to beat the Falcons 30-23 and remaining unbeaten, after Aqib Talib denies a final touchdown attempt in Sunday’s game at the Georgia Dome.The Falcons were making a phenomenal comeback late in the game, bringing a 30-13 Patriot lead to within one touchdown. With the Falcons down by seven points in the closing seconds of the game, Aqib Talib stopped the Falcons’ charge by breaking up a fourth-down pass from Matt Ryan in the end zone, sealing the 30-23 win for the Patriots.Talib’s last minute defensive play got the team hyped, but not as hyped as Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.“Aqib’s played great for us all year, all the way back to the spring training camp,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “He’s stepped up in every game, played well, played the ball well, played against good receivers, and he’s tackled well, he’s covered well, he’s done a good job for us.”Check out the the pic below.
At the time, it seemed like nothing more than a harmless basketball play. But as P.J. Hill’s attempted steal broke Dallas Lauderdale’s hand, the Ohio State men’s basketball team was left without its starting center for the next four to six weeks.While it is possible that Lauderdale could be back for the team’s opener Nov. 9, it is more likely he will be sidelined for at least a couple of games. His absence opens the door for Kyle Madsen and Zisis Sarikopoulos, the only other centers on the roster.It’s not immediately clear which of the two will see the most time on the court, but Madsen said he expects both to make an impact.“Dallas brings a lot of things to the table that we will miss,” Madsen said. “[Zisis] and myself will really be able to step out and help the team while he is gone.”Sarikopoulos, a transfer from Alabama-Birmingham, has yet to play one minute in a Buckeye uniform. However, his inexperience has not left the seven-foot sophomore with a lack of confidence.“I know I can score on the block,” Sarikopoulos said. “I like to create action though, so if I’m on the block and I know I’m not going to score, I can find the shooter. I can pass the ball very well.”Junior David Lighty said that one of Sarikopoulos’ biggest assets is his ability off the ball. “He’s a real wide body,” Lighty said of Sarikopoulos, who is listed at 265 pounds. “He can get people open with screens, and he’s hit me with a couple of them this year.”While the Buckeyes may not miss Lauderdale on the offensive end, with most of the scoring expected to come from the other four positions, his absence on defense could be glaring. Lauderdale led the team and was second in the conference last season with more than two blocks per game.Sarikopoulos said he is plenty capable of blocking shots, but knows that it is unrealistic to reproduce Lauderdale’s production. He said he spent most of last year working with assistant coach Alan Major on rebounding the ball, on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.“Even though I didn’t play in games, the practice really helped me,” Sarikopoulos said. “I got stronger, I got more physical and I got more used to the Big Ten game in general.”No matter how Madsen and Sarikopoulos play, with the team down one center it will be important for both to avoid foul trouble. There is a certain leeway that comes with having three centers on the roster, but without Lauderdale, there is no room for error.“Coach [Thad Matta] has talked to us about it,” Sarikopoulos said. “We are going to have to be careful.”Though it seems Sarikopoulos will be ready to step up, Matta may be more inclined to lean toward Madsen, a senior. He is coming off a season in which he averaged only 7.7 minutes a game, but, with Lauderdale’s injury, expects to have a bigger impact.“Me and Dallas are really different players,” Madsen said. “Dallas is a lot more explosive blocking shots and dunking the ball. My game is a little more cerebral.”Madsen spends more time on the perimeter and said he prefers to face up his defender as opposed to the back-to-the-basket approach Lauderdale uses.However, the biggest difference between Madsen and the team’s other centers is his ability to shoot.“Kyle is a threat because he can take it inside or outside,” Lauderdale said. “He has the ability to shoot the ball very well.”The Buckeyes begin the season playing Alcorn State and James Madison, both inferior opponents, so it may not be necessary to get stellar play from the position right away.But if Lauderdale is unable to return before the Nov. 19 showdown with defending national champion North Carolina, the two inexperienced centers will have to step up. Madsen said he is ready for the challenge.“I’ve been here a while, and I’ve seen a lot of situations,” Madsen said. “I look forward to it.”
Through an initiative to make mainstream Indian theatre evolve and get recognised, National School Of Drama has left no stone unturned as it is making theatre lovers and enthusiasts get a taste of the best of theatre by staging multicultural plays by directors from across the country. As a part of the ongoing 18th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, three plays, one in Hindi and two in Bengali, were staged in the national capital on Tuesday.Ila-The play, which has been directed by Puja Sarup and Sheena Khalid and was performed by The Patchworks Ensemble group from Mumbai, tells the story of a king who once ventured into an enchanted forest and is transformed by a spell. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As the moon waxes and wanes so does Ila, turning from man to woman and back to man. Inspired by a lesser known myth, Ila is a devised piece that looks at gender, its related myths and the importance they play in our lives today. “Work on this show started in September 2014, when we decided to get a few performers together and have a workshop session based on ideas/notions of gender and what it means to us today. What started off as fairly informal “play” session soon became rigorous rehearsals and before we knew it we were working creating a show”, said the director. Hiyar Majhe-The backdrop of this play is the rehearsal room of a theatre group rehearsing their upcoming play. Directed and written by Kingsuk Bandyopadhyay and performed by Kolkata Creative Art Performers group, the focal point of the play is the agony of the director. She can connect with the feelings of the boy and the girl in her play, representing today’s youth, to that of Rabindranath Tagore’s two female protagonists, Nandini of Raktakarabi and Srimati of Natir Puja. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Theatre is the only source of our existence, our livelihood. The occurrence of various incidents in the life of a theatre artist sharing this feeling gives rise to an indomitable desire for a new creation amidst all these difficulties. It is to confront all these impediments once again, and to find the solution to these difficulties once for all,” said Kingsuk Bandyopadhyay, director of the play. Directed by Rokeya Rafique Baby and performed by Theatre Art Unit group from Bangladesh, another interesting play titled- Amina Sundari is a story of love and sacrifise. It is based on the story of a beautiful girl from Chittagong and her struggle to survive without her estranged husband. When asked about the play, Rokeya, director of the play said: “Amina Sundari has been adapted from 350 year-old folklore. One particular dialogue in the play really moves me and makes me pause and think. We have only one life. Grief, joy and happiness, everything is within the bounds of this life and with life it all ends. “I have been inspired by the dual conflict; of triviality of human life in the face of eternity, and the insignificance of eternity in the greatness of one human life. This remains true in all times and everywhere in the world. To me Amina is timeless and this is why we have presented the story of one Amina representing several Aminas.”