Xiaomi Faces Threat from Counterfeits

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Nova Southeastern confirms students death in crash

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A student at Nova Southeastern University died over the weekend in a rollover wreck, officials said.The university confirmed that one of their students died after he was involved in a two-vehicle collision.The crash occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Davie, Sunday morning.Nova Southeastern identified the victim as 21-year-old sophomore baseball player Dallas Perez.The other driver in this collision was not hurt.Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the fiery crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

SWAT units surround Pompano Beach apartment complex

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Heavily armed officers surrounded an apartment complex in Pompano Beach, Monday morning.Residents at Windsor Forest Apartments near West Sample Road and Northwest Third Avenue woke up to find the Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT team at the complex.Aerial cameras captured the officers positioned throughout the premises.Officials have not specified the circumstances that led to the SWAT activity at the complex.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man gives up first class seat on flight for mother and baby

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (WSVN) — A Florida mom says she was brought to tears by an act of kindness from a stranger, who gave up his first-class seat on their flight for her and her baby as they headed to a Pennsylvania children’s hospital for treatment.Kelsey Zwick and her 11-month-old baby Lucy have been traveling back and forth between their home in Orlando and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia so the infant can undergo treatment for chronic lung disease.“I have a baby stroller, a diaper bag and extra oxygen concentrator that she needs when we fly,” Zwick told Fox 29.Once on board, Zwick hooked the infant up to her oxygen machine for the flight.“I just started making jokes to the people around me saying, ‘I’m sorry it’s going to be a loud flight,’” she said.That’s when a flight attendant approached her, after a first-class passenger said he wanted to give up his seat so the mom and her baby would be more comfortable for the trip.“She’s like, ‘Excuse me Mrs. Zwick, the man in 2D is waiting to switch seats with you,’” she recalled. “I just kind of stared at her.” The flight attendant helped her gather her belongings, and brought Zwick and Lucy to the first-class cabin.“I’m just standing there looking at him saying, ‘Thank you, thank you,’” Zwick said. “He just quickly smiled and said, ‘You’re welcome, you’re welcome,’ and that was it.”Zwick tried to find the Good Samaritan at the gate, but couldn’t spot him. She later posted the heartwarming story to Facebook.“Not able to hold back tears, I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed! She felt it in her bones too… real, pure, goodness,” she wrote.Her post soon went viral, and ultimately helped her find the kind stranger.“He was thanking me for a birthday to remember. It was the best day,” Zwick told Yahoo! “He said it made him and his wife cry, and he said, ‘I am so glad we were on the same flight.’”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Driver escapes car fire in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A driver was able to escape from a car before it went up in flames in Miami.The person behind the wheel made their way out of the crashed car, located near Northeast 79th Street and 10th Avenue, at approximately 11:50 p.m., Sunday.Cellphone video taken at the scene shows the white car up in flames near a railing.Only one car was involved in the crash and the driver did not have to be transported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

3 hospitalized after car crashes into tree in Hollywood

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Three people have been transported to the hospital after a car crashed into a parked vehicle before crashing into a tree in Hollywood.Hollywood Police and Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene along Taft Street and North 35th Avenue just before 12:30 p.m., Tuesday.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where a light colored Lexus could be seen crashed into a tree along the curb.Officials said the car was being driven at a high rate of speed when it struck a parked truck before crashing into the tree.All three occupants inside of the Lexus were transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in unknown condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

California tackles wildfire caused by lightning strike

first_img(WSVN) – California is now dealing with a large wildfire.The cause of the fire was a lightening strike.Officials said it has already destroyed abut six thousand acres of land.Mandatory evacuations have been set for a county north of Sacramento.Roughly 650 firefighters are working around the clock as well as six air tankers.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

MultiState Outbreak Of E Coli Linked To Chopped Romaine Lettuce

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Center for Disease Control is recalling 8,757 pounds of ready-to-eat salad products following an E. coli outbreak that has spread to several states and sickened dozens of people. Fresh Foods Manufacturing, based in Freedom, Pa., is recalling the prepackaged products after learning last week from their romaine lettuce supplier that the vegetables may have been contaminated with Escherichia coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday. The recalled items, which were labeled “Great to Go by Market District,” were shipped to retailers in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and had sell-by dates of April 13 to April 16. The CDC advises consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away. Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, consumers should confirm with the store or restaurant that it is not chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. If you cannot confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it. Officials said the recalled products have not been tied to any E. coli-related illnesses Fred Meyer in Soldotna has removed all bags of romaine lettuce off the shelves.last_img read more

Kenai River Reopened To Sockeye Salmon Fishing

first_imgAs of August 20, 926,917 sockeye salmon have passed the department’s sonar at river mile 19. Sockeye salmon harvest that occurred prior to the closure August 1 and any additional harvest that may occur for the remainder of the season are not expected to result in escapement below the SEG. The passage of sockeye salmon into the Kenai River has achieved the sustainable escapement goal (SEG) of 700,000 to 1,200,000 Kenai River late-run sockeye salmon, according to the DF&G. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is reopening sport fishing for sockeye salmon on the Kenai River and restoring the bag limit of three fish per day, six in possession effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, August 23.  Sport Fish Cook Inlet Management Coordinator Matt Miller: “With sockeye passage exceeding 900,000 we’re glad to be able to return an opportunity for folks to fish for sockeye as the season winds down.”center_img Anglers are reminded this does not affect sockeye salmon fishing in the waters of the Upper Kenai and Russian River confluence. These waters are managed for Russian River sockeye stocks and closed to the retention of sockeye salmon by regulation August 20. Poor performance by Kenai River late-run sockeye salmon resulted in sport, personal use and commercial closures and restrictions starting in July and continuing through August.last_img read more

Magazines That Managed to Grow Ad Pages in the First Half We

first_img-14.3 516.86 Star 591.1 362.73 1,011.69 1,200.98 6.8 -22 304.63 626.52 Entrepreneur 69 TITLE2008 Ad Pages Life & Style OK! 378.63 %CHNG %CHNG Blender Boating488.56 15.3 1,121.25 Forbes1,307.51 Spin -12.6 983.2 TITLE2008 Ad Pages 798.42 887.07 202.28 1,496.48 -22.4 2007 Ad Pages 229.07 -2.6 Salt Water Sportsman SmartMoney242.23 -21.1 605.39 Power Cruising Entertainment Weekly BOATING Economist1,245.47 Newsweek687.99 307.37 -4.9 1,151.57 People 344.05 -24.8 -23.6 453.65 259.9 282.18 2007 Ad Pages Fortune Small Business 1.3 2008 Ad Pages 619.34 2007 Ad Pages 385.02 1,457.56 NEWSWEEKLIES 779.22 Yachting898.2 235.97 1,115.93 Power & Motoryacht 645.78 Cruising World520.72 373.83 569.55 547.61 InTouch Weekly 1,723.61 In celebrity magazines, OK! realized a 31.7 percent spike in ad pages for the half. InTouch Weekly’s pages jumped 14.4 percent.We also took a look at boating magazines (an industry that’s particularly vulnerable to the soft economy and skyrocketing crude oil prices—boating sales and services for 2007 was about $37.5 million, down 5 percent from 2006, according to the National Marine Manufacturer Association’s 2007 Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract). Among the decliners were Bonnier’s Yachting and Motorboating, down 22 percent and 23.6 percent respectively.It will be interesting to see how these categories perform during the third and fourth quarters.BUSINESS SOURCE: PIB 145.14 3.7 321.53 TITLE2008 Ad Pages 196.43 -14.8 266.5 253.03 -21.9 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance221.69 -18.3 BusinessWeek934.51 People En Español Condé Nast Portfolio 2007 Ad Pages 8.8 Time The Week247.89 31.4 1.2 Us Weekly -30.3 645.6 916.23 MUSIC -2.4 %CHNG Money 1,812.14 -15.3 -16.8 -12.2 Rolling Stone486.19 Last week, the Publishers Information Bureau released first half figures, with consumer magazine advertising pages continuing to decline, slipping 7.4 percent over the first half and 8.2 percent for the quarter.In our spare time (because we have so much), we grouped a number of the magazines into topical categories to see how ad pages (the more telling statistic) fared in business magazines, newsweeklies and celebrity titles during the first half. Overall, not so well. But it wasn’t all grim news. In the business sector, Condé Nast’s Portfolio posted a 69 percent spike (it launched last spring) and Mansueto Venture’s Fast Company continued to grow with ad pages jumping from 196.43 during the first half last year to 258.09 this year—a 31.4 percent increase.Ad pages at newsweeklies continued to plummet, the worst being U.S. News & World report, down 30.3 percent. Music magazines also continued to see dwindling ad pages, save for Spin which pulled in 307.37 pages over the half, up 15.3 percent from last year. -23.4 -6.8 Vibe370.44 198.67 14.4 727.51 -2.3 31.7 U.S. New & World Report542.88 309.12 TITLE %CHNG 129.33 -23.5 -24.3 -10.9 Harvard Business Review244.70 -4.9 Motorboating293.97 Inc.369.55 Fortune1,135.87 495.82 -3.9 TITLE2008 Ad Pages -24.7 233.09 Fast Company258.09 -4.3 335.85 CELEBRITY 368.16 310.21 1,097.15 261.88 Sailing World 336.06 595.2 2007 Ad Pages 279.57 394.82 %CHNGlast_img read more

People on the Move 111810

first_imgTodd Anderman, senior vice president of digital media at Hachette Filipacchi, has accepted the position of chief media and revenue officer at Jumptap, a mobile advertising network. Anderman will continue in his current role at Hachette through the end of the year and start at Jumptap on Jan. 1. Before joining Hachette, Anderman served as president of Dennis Digital, where he built online and mobile business for Maxim and other Dennis brands. National Geographic has tapped Jenifer Berman as vice president of marketing for the Global Media advertising and marketing group. Berman most recently served as executive director of creative services at The New Yorker, where she ran integrated marketing activities as well as events, including The New Yorker Festival. Therese Mageau is taking over as editorial director of 1105 Media’s Campus Technology and T.H.E Journal. She is former editor-in-chief of Scholastic’s Electronic Learning.Dick Barnett has joined Lucky as design director. He most recently served as creative director of Maxim and has also been creative director for Blender, Premier and Popular Science, for which he won a National Magazine Award for general excellence in 2004. Traditional Home Magazine named Jon Walker as home furnishings manager. Previously, Walker was direct account manager for Traditional Home and Midwest Living. Robin Shallow, executive vice president of communications at Rodale, is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Her last day at Rodale is Friday, Nov. 19. Forbes Media promoted Ann Marinovich to Chicago sales director. Since joining Forbes in 2003, Marinovich has served as account executives at Forbes, business development and integrated sales executive at ForbesLife, and most recently Los Angeles manager at Forbes Media.last_img read more

MeritDirect Buys LDSGroup

first_imgThe first in a series of upcoming moves, direct marketing firm MeritDirect has purchased LDSGroup, another direct marketing firm specializing in list management and prospect generation for consumer publications.Terms of the deal were not released.The acquisition brings the client roster of Maryland-based LDSGroup, along with its full staff, to MeritDirect. “We’re in the process of a pretty rapid expansion,” says Rob Sanchez, CEO of MeritDirect, noting that the company is focused on adding to its online and consumer portfolios. “We’re looking to do strategic acquisitions that can add specific areas of strength. LDS is mainly a consumer customer acquisition company and it brings us some great talent and some blue-chip clients.”As a privately held company, Sanchez declined to give specific numbers related to funding for the expansion, or on LDSGroup’s client roster. He did say the acquisition will have a “sizable impact” on MeritDirect’s existing consumer publishing customer base though. LDSGroup counts Time, Sports Illustrated, People, Popular Science, Kiplinger and others, among its clientele.Sanchez, who was named CEO in October, adds that more expansions will be coming soon, including the launch of an international division of MeritDirect.LDSGroup’s entire staff will be absorbed into MeritDirect, including founders Jeff Kobil and Richard Vergara who will each join the company as vice presidents.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!More on this topic Rob Sanchez Named New CEO of MeritDirect MeritDirect The Good List IDG Acquires Online IT Network Special Report: List Management 2007 Value Up, Volume Down for Consumer Print and Online Media M&AJust In This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered bylast_img read more

FT Relaunches Web App

first_imgPinches adds that in the coming weeks, the FT will continue to iterate on the dynamic features, introducing Fast FT, which will provide a more breaking news quality to the app. That balance between the lean-back and lean-forward aspects of the app experience has been getting more attention lately. New York, for example, recently launched its new app with a home screen that’s divided in half—the top dedicated to daily content from the website and the bottom featuring the weekly issue cover. In both cases, the idea is to pipe in more of the web content that’s being produced, which serves the dual role of exposing more content to the mobile audience while linking the static branded app experience to the more dynamic web experience.Mobile is an increasingly bigger influence on web use as well. The FT says it accounts for 30 percent of FT.com’s pageviews and drives 15 percent of new subscriptions.See Also: At MPA Swipe 2.0, App Model Begins to Grow UpFT has added to that by collecting personalization features that had been spread around the app and FT.com into a single-page hub called My FT. Here, an adaptive personalization function presents suggested stories based on a reader’s previous article choices. Also available is a space where readers can collect clippings for later reference. Importantly, MY FT allows subscribers to clip stories from FT.com for later reading within the web app. “We’ve put a lot more focus on movement between the two platforms,” says Pinches.FT’s new web app also expands advertising inventory, offering more full-page, rich media experiences between articles. The Financial Times released a significantly redesigned version of its web app today, introducing dual static and dynamic content functionality as well as a rebuilt personalization hub called My FT.While the FT has been making incremental updates to its app—which now has more than 3.7 million users—since causing a stir two years ago when the paper decided to largely forego the native app route, today it announced its first major reboot. One of the biggest changes is offering readers both a static version of the morning paper along with a dynamically updated version that automatically updates throughout the day. “The big learning for us with the first app is how important the concept of a finite read is,” says Steve Pinches, FT.com‘s group product manager. “Readers love the idea of starting with the FT in the morning and reading it all the way through, which is quite a different concept than on the web. It’s quite a balancing act because we also have a lot of more digitally savvy users who need that ongoing, up-to-the-minute coverage.”last_img read more

Previewing The New York Times Foray Into Virtual Reality

first_img The Times also announced six new signature video series, including “The Fine Line – Olympics: Rio de Janeiro 2016,”
 which will break down how each athlete competes, illuminating the techniques they use to gain an advantage in their sport, and “The Art of Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business,” for which Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg will explore the science of productivity and, in his words, “how we can be happier and improve our lives every day.” Levien seemed almost giddy when announcing the launch of Story X, “a space, lab and team of journalists, creators, and technologists experimenting with how stories are made and shared” this summer. The Story X team will create products for the newsroom and T Brand Studio, the Times’ brand marketing unit.  Credit: Doug Goodman Photography; courtesy of the IAB. It’s not every day that you get to peer at the icy surface of Pluto. But yesterday afternoon, guests at The New York Times NewFront presentation got an eyeful of the dwarf planet, thanks to Google Cardboard viewers and borrowed iPhones (which helpful interns were careful to reclaim). The audience previewed “Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart,” a stereoscopic experience that did not disappoint. The film will be available in the NYT app later this month when 300,000 digital subscribers receive Google Cardboard viewers. After sharing video clips and some personal reflections by Times journalists on their beats or how particular stories came about, Levien closed the presentation by saying that “the future of media is nothing more than great content.” In the Times’ case, however, that content more and more is meant to be viewed, not read.center_img It’s clear with or without the viewers that the Times is pouring its resources into video. “The trend toward a visual future is both obvious and accelerating,” said Meredith Kopit Levien, executive vice president and chief revenue officer, The New York Times Company.  Duhigg involved spectators in a low-tech, interactive gag by challenging everyone in the room to create a paper airplane and send it soaring into a red bucket he had on stage. He promised anyone whose plane landed in the bucket $100. (One actually made it, and I’m guessing Duhigg wrote a check from his personal account.) last_img read more

MIT Technology Review Redesigns for the Greater Good

first_imgOne of many memorable covers over the long history of MIT Technology Review‘s various iterations arrived in October of 2012, in the form of a close-up portrait of Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin above the tagline, “You promised me Mars colonies. Instead, I got Facebook.”Six years later, we still don’t have condo’s on the red planet, but we do find ourselves in an increasingly fraught conversation about the positive and negative impacts of technological advancement—and a 119-year-old magazine wants to host it.“As the leader, I’m trying to get people rallying behind this vision of MIT Technology Review as the most authoritative, influential, and trusted media platform in technology,” says Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, who arrived from The Economist in 2015 before rising to CEO and publisher last summer. “That’s a very hubristic goal and vision.”A major step toward fulfilling that vision comes to fruition next week with the release of the magazine’s July/August issue, the first since a major redesign (and reinvestment), replete with an elevated paper stock, bolder graphics and typography, and a book-like, single-topic focus.Folio: sat down with Bramson-Boudreau to learn more about the redesign and the role of a technology-focused print magazine in 2018. Elizabeth Bramson-BoudreauFolio: I think it’s fair to say that for the last several years, the magazine’s core audience has probably fallen into that “makers” category. Is there any concern about turning an objective lens on those folks or alienating core readers?Bramson-Boudreau: It’s not a worry. The kinds of articles that we’re going to be writing will not necessarily be profoundly different. What we have done is hire a new editor-in-chief [Gideon Lichfield, from Quartz] who is extremely savvy about how to make a story acceptable to a broader number of people. It really is about expanding the tent. It shouldn’t be a different tent.We’ve always been saying that the people who are the makers have responsibility. In my view, we don’t even have enough of those makers in our audience. So I think we’ve got some things to do to improve how we tell the story to our traditional readers, too. So I really don’t see anything but growth.Folio: Was there anything specific you were hearing from your readers, or seeing in the market, that catalyzed this shift within the print product?Bramson-Boudreau: Any time you have a new leader come in, there’s a moment and a nice opportunity to think about why we are here, about what makes us special and what our purpose is. When I took this role, we engaged in a large market research project to understand better who we ought to be targeting and where the gaps were.There were a lot of things that we hadn’t really done to be unique and distinct. We were doing a lot of things that other publications were also doing, so it was a great opportunity to rethink a lot of things. Folio: The redesign is being rolled out as part of what’s been called a new mission for MIT Technology Review. What do you mean by that? Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau: It’s very popular to say that technological advances are good for everyone, but for some time, it’s been clear to us that technology has not always been oriented towards the good for the greatest number of people.We read about things like the power of large companies like Google and Facebook and Amazon, about risks related to cybersecurity and hacking, concerns about what might be going on with our democracy. There are a lot of things that technology purports to be able to improve about the world, but it hasn’t necessarily been oriented in that direction.Folio: So this is a new and important role to play for MIT Technology Review, in steering technological advancement in a way that serves the greater good?Bramson-Boudreau: I don’t think this is a changing of our mission so much as a rephrasing of it. What is different is that these things we’ve been talking about for years were read and experienced by far too few people, and that had to do with MIT Technology Review not really having a voice that was amplified properly in technology media. Our impact was low. So really this is about doing a better job with our core principles.Folio: That sounds like broadening the audience a bit. Are there certain types of readers who should be reading the magazine, but aren’t?Bramson-Boudreau: Absolutely. We think our readership ought to be anyone who cares about how technology is being made and being used and being shaped. We think of the makers, the users, and the framers, and there are an awful lot of those people—about 40 million of them in the United States, by our reckoning.center_img Folio: Was this rebrand in the works already at the time Gideon was brought in late last year?Bramson-Boudreau: We already knew that we needed to do these things. We came to Gideon and we said listen, we’ve got all of this stuff that we want to do. We need the right sensibility and the right voice, and he was so clearly the right leader for this moment.Folio: Let’s talk about the print redesign. The most notable change is this shift to a single-topic format with each issue. What was the rationale there?Bramson-Boudreau: Print in 2018 and beyond has a special role to play. I do think it has a role to play, but it’s not the same as it once was. There’s not enough of a reason for people to read you in print if they can read the same thing online. Those two things don’t complement one another.The first step meant asking whether we were going to continue doing print at all. Then it was a matter of how we do it in a way that’s special and enhances the value of the reader’s experience. It became pretty clear to us that—given that we publish six times per year and aren’t going to be publishing all the time, like The Economist or The New Yorker—that we needed to be a little bit more considerate about what we do in print. The ability to do a thorough job of communicating the societal and business impact of technology is going to be really important. So a really wonderful way of doing that is to take a tough issue like blockchain or artificial intelligence or the impact that tech is having on the economy, and treat it in a single issue from a whole bunch of different perspectives.Folio: So it affords you more real estate in each issue to explore topics to a level of depth that wasn’t possible before?Bramson-Boudreau: Absolutely. We’ll look at what this technology is all about, how does it work. That’s the “how.” Then there’s the “now,” which is how the technology is being used and what impact it’s having today. Then there’s the “next.” What’s coming. What’s possible. What could be the desired or unforeseen negative consequences of the way this technology is working out.Every one of these topics takes that “how, now, next” structure. At the same time, we’ve changed the paper stock so it’s a higher quality and more tactile reading experience. It gives people who want to spend the extra time digging into a topic a little bit more of an immersive experience when doing so.We’re excited about how this single-topic, lean-back reading experience accompanies and complements the always-on, constant, largely-mobile reading experience on the web. The two things are quite different, and the times in your life when you’ll consume one or the other are different.Folio: Do you need all of your print readers to be digital readers, and vice versa? Are you content to cultivate and serve two different communities in two different places?Bramson-Boudreau: We’d like you to be our reader everywhere, and we’d like you to attend our events. We don’t necessarily expect that. Our readers have different preferences, different appetites for how they want to digest their content. And that’s fine.However, we also think that we haven’t necessarily made a case for each of those groups to cross over. That’s the rationale for rethinking the way we do print. It’s a matter of taking into consideration what is unique and special about the print experience and leaning into that, and doing the same on the digital side. Together, it creates an offering that’s really formidable.We’ll continue to offer a print-only or a digital-only subscription, but we really think there’s a case to be made for this print experience that complements the digital experience, and vice-versa. Previously, we really didn’t give you any reason to.Folio: What other big changes can readers expect from the book going forward?There’s going to be a really nice, new way of treating infographics. We’re going to be doing a lot more of them in print. We haven’t traditionally used infographics to their best effects, and we’ve got a lot more that we aim to do there.In general, we’re treating our images a little bit differently. Previously, we kind of took things as they were, and I often felt that our photography and design were a little bit inconsistent in terms of style. We’re going to be more intimate in our photography. We spent a lot of time thinking about what type of mood we wanted to convey. It’s been really eye-opening for me, because it’s not intuitive. So it’s been fun to work with Pentagram and our creative director [Eric Mongeon] on that. It’s about connecting our readers to people and technologies that might have previously felt a little bit out of reach.Folio: Were there any advertising considerations at play in the redesign?Bramson-Boudreau: We’re excited to share it with our advertisers, and we’ve been giving them some sneak previews. Print is appealing to advertisers, but it’s not our leading advertising medium. Because our endemic advertisers are technology companies, they tend to be doing a lot more activations in live events and in digital. Hopefully a better looking book will mean that they want to add that on, but really the motivation that drove the design was about the subscription reader over the advertiser.Folio: You have the CEO in place. You brought in a new editor-in-chief. Was it a matter of convincing the rest of your stakeholders, both up and down the ladder, that this shift was a step worth taking?Bramson-Boudreau: Change is always hard. But I can say that the entire team is really excited and supportive and creative, and really ready for this. In terms of my stakeholders like the board, I really lucked out. The devil is in the details, of course, but I have tons of support. That doesn’t make it easy, but at least I don’t have to convince people that it’s worth doing.last_img read more

5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Toys For Tots Coordinator Karen West

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple recently caught up with Karen West for five question questions. With her husband Frank, Karen is the longtime coordinator of the Marine Corp Reserves’ Toys For Tots program in Wilmington.Why did you get involved with the Toys For Tots Program?“We’ve been involved for 22 years. We got started because we wanted to do something in the community to help out. We figured this would be a very good way to give back to the community. We started a Toys For Tots drive in Wilmington, then Tewksbury asked us to start one up over there. Over time, Frank and I became the zone managers for both Wilmington & Tewksbury.”Where can Wilmington residents drop off their toy donations?“We have approximately 78 donation boxes between Wilmington and Tewksbury. Some of the locations in Wilmington include Market Basket, Super Cuts, Wilmington Dance Academy, both Reading Cooperative Banks, Eastern Bank, Firestone, All Floorz, Planet Fitness, and the list goes on and on.”When is the deadline for toy donations?“We’re looking for new, unwrapped toys. The deadline is Friday, December 14. We’re trying to get as many donations as possible by December 12. This year, there’s a concentration on toys for infants (0-2) and children (12 and up).”How many toys do you collect in Wilmington each year?“We used to count, but we no longer count [due to the overwhelming response from the community]. I can say we usually fill up the storage pod outside our building at least twice.”How did you land Rick Middleton for your big Toys For Tots Drive Fundraiser?“My husband Frank and I reach out to various organizations and let them know we’re looking for people to volunteer. Over the years, we’re worked with the Bruins Alumni Association. Rick was here many years ago. He also came last year and enjoyed himself so much, he asked if he could come back this year.”BONUS QUESTION: Do you do pickups?“If anyone needs us to pick up toy donations at their own location, they can call us at 978-658-1754 or 978-758-7824. Sometimes people have birthday parties or Christmas parties where they collect donations. We’ll gladly come and pick them up.”Karen WestLike 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Receives Award For Its Support Of ‘Toys for Tots’ Program; Collection Boxes Now OutIn “Community”PHOTOS: Bruins Great Rick Middleton Participates In Toys For Tots Drive In WilmingtonIn “Photo of the Day”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for January 26 Counterfeit Money At Market Basket iPhone Stolen

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, January 26, 2019:Police assisted with a motor vehicle lockout on Valyn Lane. (8:47am)A Fiorenza Drive resident reported a plow damaged her mailbox and granite mailbox post on January 20. (3:32pm)A black 2015 Honda Accord struck a tree at Chestnut Street and Hillside Way. Airbag deployed. Occupants refused medical treatment. Vehicle towed. (5:44pm)A caller reported an iPhone was taken off a pool table at K1 Speed. He reviewed the facility’s cameras and confronted the subject, who denies taking the phone. Police responded. Phone was returned to rightful owner. (5:46pm)A party attempted to pass a fake $50 bill at the service desk at Market basket. Police responded. Party received the bill at Encore Casino for payment of catering services. (6:44pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 29: Burlington Man Arrested For OUI; Injured HummingbirdIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 13: Woman Arrested After She Quits Her JobIn “Police Log”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday July 14 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, July 14, 2019:#1) Wilmington Farmers MarketThe Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.July 14 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmEJ’s Pizza Grab & GoGaouette FarmGrateful TastesHawaiian Jim’s Shaved IceKittredge CandlesMa & Pa PicklesPurple Carrot BreadRed AntlerSeafood ExpressSusan Anton, LMTSwiss BakersTewksbury HoneyAdditional Attractions:Debi’s Dance Studio, Sole Sisters Running Club & Reading Municipal Light Department are at the Community Table.Make a Star Wars Rebels Finger Puppet at the Kids Table#2) Food Drive At St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’sThe Parish of Configuration’s Charities Committee will be holding a special collection for My Brother’s Table, a local soup kitchen and organization which helps people in need.Donations may be left at the entrances of both churches during all masses on July 13, 2019 and July 14, 2019.Most needed items include: Breakfast/Protein Bars; Ensure/Carnation Infant Breakfast; Deodorant; Toothbrushes/Toothpaste; Stews/Soup/Canned Pasta; Bars of Soap; Razors; New Socks; and Dollar Tree and/or CVS Gift Cards.#3) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, August 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Aquaman beats Batman v Superman to become topearning DC movie

first_img 2019 movies to geek out over Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) See it $999 See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $299 at Amazon $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the AirPods review Turo Apple iPhone XS 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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate See It 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. Read the Rylo camera preview TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Angela Lang/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 He rules the box office — oh, and the seven seas. Warner Bros. Pictures Nobody’s laughing at the hero who talks to fish anymore. Aquaman swam past 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in worldwide ticket sales on Saturday, to become the highest-grossing D.C. Extended Universe movie at the global box office.Aquaman has earned $887.6 million, beating Batman v Superman’s $873.6 million, Box Office Mojo reports. This is only the film’s third weekend in theaters, meaning that $1 billion mark is likely in sight. That would make it DC’s third film to top $1 billion, joining 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, the half-Atlantean/half-human who must battle his half-brother to rule the underwater world and save the surface world. Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags Chris Monroe/CNET Rylo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET See It $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $6 at Tidal DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Boost Mobile 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. Comments 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. $155 at Google Expresscenter_img Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy 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. 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). TV and Movies Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. 3 $999 See at Turo 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. Read Google Home Hub review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags Sprint 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. Sarah Tew/CNET 77 Photos Share your voice 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 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. 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. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) DC Comics Batman Superman,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. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 7 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It Comments Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $520 at HP $59 at eBay Amazonlast_img read more

Fortnite season 8 week 1 challenges and how to finish them fast

first_img 17 Photos Comments Tags Epic Games Fortnite: Battle Royale’s season 8 is here and there are a bunch of new places to land on the island, including a huge volcano you can (safely) dive into. Of course, with a new season comes a new Battle Pass, and Epic Games posted its first week of challenges so you can get started now. I’ve been to most of the new locations and I think they’re all great additions to the island. I’m already envisioning crazy firefights down in the volcano (can you imagine if the last storm circle ended up there?) and Sunny Steps village promises to be a loot-filled place to land. To make room for it all, Epic also moved The Block’s location to the west, getting rid of the rundown motel in the process. This week’s challenges give us a mix of old and new, with ones we’ve seen before and others that rely on the new map changes. Get ready, because here’s where we dive into season 8, week 1 challenges. s8w1challengesEpic gave the challenges UI a full makeover. Looks good! Jason Parker/CNET Free  Visit all Pirate Camps (0/7) Search Chests at Retail Row or Junk Junction (0/7) Deal damage with a Shotgun and an Explosive Weapon in a single match (0/2) Battle Pass  Visit a giant face in the desert, the jungle and the snow (0/3) Use a Volcano Vent in different matches (0/5) Get an elimination with a Shotgun, Assault Rifle and Explosive Weapon (0/3) Deal Damage to a vehicle driven by an opponent (0/200) How to visit all pirate camps To kick off the new season of challenges, our first challenge involves the new pirate camps spread around the island. These do not include the new pirate ship now docked in the new Lazy Lagoon, but are instead some of the older rundown houses remodeled with a flag on top. Here’s where you can visit all of them: fortnitemappiratecampsMost of these are places we’ve been before, but now there’s a pirate theme with a huge flag to mark their locations. Jason Parker/CNET How to search chests at Retail Row or Junk Junction We’ve seen these types of challenges plenty of times but be prepared for these locations to be crowded at the beginning of the week. As long as you land at either location a few times, you should have this one done pretty quickly. How to deal damage with a shotgun and an explosive weapon in a single match It appears that in the new season 8 challenge interface overhaul, we no longer have challenges marked as “hard.” But I would say this one would definitely have qualified. Fortunately, you won’t have to eliminate players, only deal damage to them with both weapon types. If you focus on using both over few matches, you’re bound to get at least a little damage. When you’re done with Stage 1, follow the directions to move on to the next pairing of weapons. How to visit a giant face in the desert, the jungle and the snow This one is just as it says and the three locations are pretty spread out. You might be able to take out the snow and desert ones in a single match if you’re quick, but here’s where all three are on the map: fortnitemapthreegiantfaces Jason Parker/CNET How to use a Volcano Vent in different matches Volcano vents have sprung up around the new volcano and they’re great for launching yourself into the sky for a quick getaway or to close the distance to the storm circle. They are all in the upper right quarter of the map, but here’s every location: fortnitemapvolcanoventsThe vents are all over the area, just make it a point to use them often to complete the challenge. Jason Parker/CNET How to get an elimination with a shotgun, assault rifle and explosive weapon This challenge shouldn’t be too difficult because you’re likely to get eliminations over the course of the week with each of these weapons. Just remember that explosive weapons can be anything that explodes, which includes grenades, dynamite and even rocket launchers. How to deal damage to a vehicle driven by an opponent This one is pretty self-explanatory and shouldn’t be too hard to complete. I initially wrote here that your safest bet would have been to take potshots at X-4 Stormwings. The only problem (sent by a reader) is that the X-4 Stormwings have been vaulted (also true for the ATK and shopping carts). Your only options left are to shoot at either the Quadcrusher or the Driftboard as players speed by you. Whatever method you choose, you only need 200 damage so it shouldn’t take too long. The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 4 Originally published Feb. 28.Update, March 2: Adds new info about damaging opponent vehicles. Share your voice Fortnite 2:42 How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? Video Games Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Google Doodle taps AI to unleash your inner Bach

first_img Tags This isn’t the first time a Google Doodle has let us fiddle with virtual music. In 2011, Google celebrated the musician and electric-guitar innovator Les Paul with a playable and recordable guitar. A year later, Google gave us a virtual synthesizer to celebrate American engineer and electronic music pioneer Robert Moog. But this was a much larger undertaking, requiring much greater resources. Machine learning typically occurs on a lot of servers, with information being sent from a user’s computer to a data center and back to the user’s computer. To better handle all the back and forth that would be generated by the interactive Doodle, the PAIR team used TensorFlow.js, a JavaScript library that allows machine learning to occur on the user’s browser. For computers not fast enough to run the Doodle on TensorFlow.js, Google’s TPUs (tensor processing units) are used to serve up the Doodle. This is the first time the custom processors that speed up AI tasks have been used in a Doodle. Take note: When your composition is harmonized in Bach’s style, you’ll have the option of sharing it with friends and even giving it feedback on your masterpiece, which will help improve the machine’s performance. The Doodle will remain on Google’s search page for two days in most of the places it’s appearing. Our favorite Google Doodles through the years 49 Photos Share your voice 0 Google Doodle Google Harmonize with Johann Sebastian Bach. Google If you’ve ever listened to classical music and thought, “I could write that,” Google has the key to your success. To mark the 354th birthday of renowned German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, Google on Thursday launched its first-ever artificial intelligence-powered Doodle, which harmonizes a melody of your own creation into Bach’s Baroque style of music. Widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest composers, Bach produced hundreds of compositions, including cantatas, concertos, suites and chorales, over his lifetime. Bach already had a great deal of musical knowledge close at hand when he was born in Eisenach, Germany, in 1685. His family included 50 known musicians and several notable composers. But you and I most likely need a little help to create compositions that sound like Bach’s Art of Fugue or Brandenburg Concertos. So Google used machine learning to analyze more than 300 Bach compositions, and with the push of a button, the Doodle will use what it’s learned to transform your two-measure melody into Bach’s signature style. Composing Bach, made easy with machine learning. Google Within the interactive experience, you can start with simple existing melodies, change the key of the composition and even listen to your composition with a modern rock twist. The use of AI is spreading like wildfire across the tech industry for everything from speech recognition to spam filtering. The term generally refers to technology called machine learning or to neural networks that are loosely modeled on the human brain. Once you’ve trained a neural network with real-world data, it can, for example, learn to spot a spam email, transcribe your spoken words into a text message or recognize a cat. Helping out the Google Doodle team on this project were Google’s Magenta and PAIR teams. Magenta is an artificial intelligence effort to create original music and visual art, while PAIR (People + AI Research Initiative) examines the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence in the hopes of making the latter more useful to the former. The task of creating a machine learning model to power the Doodle fell to Anna Huang, an AI resident with Magenta. She developed Coconet, a model that can perform a wide range of musical tasks, such as harmonizing melodies, smoothing transitions between disconnected fragments of music and composing from scratch. Coconet was then trained to match Bach’s musical style on 306 of Bach’s chorale harmonizations. Bach’s chorales always have four voices (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) that create a rich harmonic progression when played together. The nature of this structure made for good training data for the model, allowing Coconet to harmonize your melody in Bach’s specific style. Google shared more about the process in a “Behind the Doodle” video.   Online Music Originally published March 20.Update, March 21: Adds “Behind the Doodle” video from Google. Post a commentlast_img read more