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Yes, Finds Pew Study, People Will (and Do) Pay For Digital Content

first_imgFor a long time – right or wrong – content on the Internet has been synonymous with “free.” Free music. Free videos. Free access to your local newspaper. Free blogs. And so some have worried that people might be reluctant to actually spend money to buy digital content if they can already find it (or something similar) online without having to pay. But a new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project should assuage some of those fears. In fact, almost two-thirds of Internet users have paid for digital content.In a survey of 755 Internet users this fall, Pew found that 65% have paid to download or access some kind of online content from the Internet. The purchased material ranged widely -from music to games to news articles, with music, software and apps being the most popular. The survey looked at “intangible” objects – digital content that needn’t have a physical form – not at “tangible” goods and services that people can buy online. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 33% of those surveyed had purchased music online, and the same percentage had purchased software. 21% had purchased apps for their mobile devices. And 19% had purchased games. 18% said they’d paid for digital magazines or newspapers. And 16% said they’d paid for videos or movies. Only 10% say they’ve purchased e-books. The Pew survey asked about 15 different content types all told, and found that people’s digital consumption habits were varied, with 6% of respondents saying they bought content not included in the Pew’s list of 15.According to the survey, most people who buy digital content online spend about $10 per month, but the average is higher: $47 per month, including both subscriptions (an average of $12 per month) and individual file access ($22 per month). In order to access this content, 23% turn to subscription services while 16% download the file and 8% stream it. This is the first year that Pew has conducted this particular survey, so there isn’t any historical data to see how online purchasing may be trending. But the news seems to be good for those who want to charge for digital content, provided, so it seems, that it costs less than 10 bucks. Tags:#news#web audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_imgA look at what’s happening in Touch around Australia. *Now that the excitement from the National 18 years Championships has settled down the next event on the ATA calendar is near. The Australia Cup will be held on October 7-9 at Elwood Park in Melbourne. 19 teams have been nominated for the tournament including sides from ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and NSW country. There will be mens and womens divisions. Elwood Park is located on the corner of Head St and Ormond Esplanade, Elwood. The Australia Cup draw will be available on the ATA website from Wednesday September 29th. *A lot is happening over the next few weeks for Queensland Touch. Queensland welcomed the visiting New Zealand teams on Friday September 24th to our shores. The highlight of their tour will be on October 1st and 2nd when Queensland A teams will play New Zealand in a three game series in Toowoomba. Queensland Touch will host the Inaugural 2004 Coca-Cola QLD Team Titles in Bundaberg on the 23rd and 24th of October. There will men’s, women’s and mixed divisions from under 20’s to over 50’s for the competitive and the social players. The nomination fee is $250 per team which includes a free party for all participants on the Saturday night. The tournament is being dubbed “the biggest social event on the 2004 touch calendar!” For more information contact www.qldtouch.com.au *NSW Touch will be conducting school holiday clinics in the Sutherland Shire during the school holidays. The clinics run on the 28th, 29th and 30th of September and the 1st of October. All clinics start at 1pm, and the venues vary. So take the kids along and give Touch a go! For more information contact www.nswtouch.com.au *The ACTTA Super League Canberra Cup will be held in Canberra on November 5-7, 2004. Team nominations close on October 8th, so don’t miss out! Contact www.acttouch.com.au for more information. *Following the National 18 years Championships, WA 18’s boys Captain Shanon Boyd has been awarded the Shaun Jones Memorial WA 18 & under Player of the Year Award. Following the tragic loss of Shaun in March this year, TouchWest will present the award every year in his memory. *Players selected for 18 years teams for the Youth World Cup in Kawana in January will receive their letters of offer by the end of this week. 18 players were selected in each men’s women’s and mixed team. Players will have till October 14th to accept their offer and pay their deposit. The final selection camp will be held at the Sports Super Centre, Runaway Bay, Qld on November 12-15. The Australian Youth World Cup 18’s sides will be announced following this camp. *Rachel Moyle is currently on holidays. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

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Philippine Consul General and team visiting Fort St John this week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A team from the Philippines consulate in Vancouver, including Consul General Niel Ferrer, will be in Fort St. John this week to provide outreach services for members of the local Filipino community.The first event is taking place on Wednesday, April 11th at Employment Connections, located at Unit 101, 9907 99 Ave. The Philippine Overseas Labor Office will be putting on the information session for Filipinos employed in the area on a temporary basis on renewing their OWWA memberships, and allowing any Philippines nationals who are planning to vacation in the Philippines while working Canada to get an Overseas Employment Certificate. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Program Assistant Janis Nual explained that the OEC is required by Filipinos working overseas who are not permanent residents upon re-entering the country.On April 12th and 13th, consulate staff will offering consular services for all Filipinos who are temporary or permanent residents of Canada living in the North Peace to renew their passports, register as overseas voters, obtain the services of a Notary, or to re-acquire Philippine citizenship and dual citizenship. The consular services will be provided at the Stonebridge Hotel from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on both days, and again at S.U.C.C.E.S.S., located at Unit 209, 10142 101 Ave, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday the 14th. For more information about the outreach program, visit the Facebook event’s page.last_img read more

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China chemical plant blast death toll reaches 47 now

first_imgBeijing: The death toll in the powerful explosion at a chemical plant in China climbed to 47 on Friday with President Xi Jinping demanding all-out efforts to carry out search and rescue operations. The blast occurred after a fire in a fertilizer factory in a chemical industrial park in Yancheng, Jiangsu province on Thursday, according to the government of Xiangshui county. Forty Seven people have been killed and a further 90 seriously injured, reported state-run China Daily. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USPresident Xi, also the general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, demanded all-out efforts to search and rescue victims. Xi, who is on his five-day tour of Europe, said that all-out efforts must be made to search those trapped, and the injured must be timely treated and relief work must be well carried out to maintain social stability. Meanwhile, environment monitoring and early warning should be strengthened to prevent environmental pollution as well as secondary disasters, he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe explosion affected 16 surrounding enterprises. Open fire has been put out and air pollution indexes are within the allowed range. Xi ordered that the cause of the accident must be identified as early as possible and that authoritative information should be timely released. The Ministry of Emergency Management said 88 people have been rescued from the site of the incident. Eye-witnesses said several workers were trapped after buildings were knocked down by the shockwave stated to be a mild tremor caused by the blast which took place in a pesticide plant. The blast also shattered windows of nearby residential houses. The fire fighter brigade of Jiangsu has mobilised 176 fire trucks with 928 personnel to join the rescue mission, the Ministry of Emergency Management said. A professor of applied chemistry at Beijing University of Chemical Technology, in an interview with CCTV, said the leak of toxic chemicals might have affected the people and environment in the surrounding areas.last_img read more

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Relics revisited: Victoria Memorial to unveil Tagore’s letters penned in 1920s

first_imgKolkata: Victoria Memorial Hall (VMH) is all set to unveil two letters penned by Rabindranath Tagore to Dilip Kumar Roy in the 1920s, to mark the occasion of the legendary bard’s 158th birth anniversary, which falls on May 9.The memorial has a large collection of various literary works of Tagore and every year, it retrieves something and brings it to public display. “These two original letters by Tagore are our ‘Objects of the Month’ for May and they will be put on display at the Prince Hall of Victoria Memorial in the afternoon on May 8, for the first time ever. The two letters will be on display for three weeks,” said Jayanta Sengupta, curator and secretary of VMH. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDilip Kumar Roy, son of playwright Dwijendralal Roy, was an eminent Bengali musician, musicologist, novelist, poet and essayist. Tagore and Roy shared many stimulating conversations and exchanged many letters, most of them on music and literature. The two letters that will be put on display are the one written on April 3, 1924, which is a warm invitation to Roy to have more conversations with him and another written in verse in a humorous style on January 18, 1928, saying how much the poet misses his company. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe VMH will also hold an illustrated lecture titled ‘New Vistas into Tagorean Theatre’ by Ananda Lal, eminent theatre critic and former Professor of English, Jadavpur University, in the conference hall on May 8. “The world of Tagorean performance is the most under-researched in his huge corpus of work. The Abanindranath Tagore and Gaganendranath Tagore paintings of his theatre art in the Rabindra Bharati Society collection, presently under the care of VMH, are largely unfamiliar to the public and provide many important glimpses into their stage creativity. The lecture will highlight a representative sample of them,” Sengupta added. The talk will also discuss Lal’s recent study of non-Bengali political productions of Tagore, which has unearthed a few unknown but significant interpretations, from the world premiere of Red Oleanders in 1928 to Muktadhara in the Narmada Valley in 1993. The VMH also has an original exercise book in its collection, with writings of Tagore during his stay at Budapest. Tagore’s writings have been popular in Hungary ever since he won the Nobel Prize in 1913 and resulted in many Hungarian poets treading the long journey to Santiniketan. Most of his books have also been translated into Hungarian.last_img read more

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SSC aspirant stabbed to death

first_imgNew Delhi: A boy preparing for SSC examination was stabbed to death in North Delhi’s Wazirabad in the wee hours of Monday as he stepped out of his rented accommodation to have a cup of tea at a friends place in the same neighbourhood.28-year-old Shivkant Yadav was talking to his friend on his mobile when it is said that he was intercepted allegedly by two men, who stabbed him multiple times. Since it was 3 am in the morning there was not much movement in the lane and the assailants fled after stabbing him. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe motive of the attack remains unclear as the victim’s mobile phone was found intact. “After getting injured Shivkant Yadav called his friends on phone who came to help him. He was then taken to the hospital by his friend on a two-wheeler. He was later referred to another hospital where he was declared dead. We are waiting for the post mortem report for the final conclusion,” said DCP North Nupur Prasad. According to police, some initial leads through CCTV cameras are being examined. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaThe call records of the deceased are also being analysed to know any foul play. Shivkant, a resident of Aligarh came to Delhi in 2014 and was preparing for SSC exams in Wazirabaad. It was during the night he planned to have a cup of tea with his friend who stayed at walking distance in the lane opposite his. The attack happened while he was on move talking to one of his friend on mobile. Police has formed several teams to arrest the accused. The family of the deceased has been informed and the body has been sent for postmortem. Was it a snatching attempt gone wrong due to the victim’s resistance or it had some other angle is a matter of investigation. Cops say that once the assailants are arrested the motive would be clear.last_img read more

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Scouting Michigan State A look at the 2015 Spartans

Michigan State then-redshirt junior quarterback Connor Cook (18) during a game against OSU on Nov. 8, 2014 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe 10-game warmup for No. 3 Ohio State has come to an end.Now begins the most important, and difficult, two weeks of the regular season for the Buckeyes, starting with Michigan State on Saturday. The forthcoming game has been circled on the schedules of college football fans since the season began in August when both teams were ranked in the top five of the AP poll. Anticipation hit its peak during Weeks 4 and 5, as the Buckeyes and Spartans occupied the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the AP poll, respectively. The matchup began to lose some of its luster ever since, especially on Nov. 7 when the Spartans fell to Nebraska 39-38 on the road. Even though it is no longer a meeting of unbeatens, there is still a lot of hype about a game between two top-10 teams with major implications on who advances to the Big Ten Championship Game. Here is a look at the 2015 Spartans. Can Connor still cook? Redshirt senior quarterback Connor Cook is an integral part of Michigan State’s success, but unfortunately for coach Mark Dantonio and his team, there are questions surrounding Cook coming into Saturday’s contest. Cook did not play in the second half of the Spartans’ 24-7 win over Maryland because of an apparent shoulder injury. The Hinckley, Ohio, native took two major hits in the first quarter. On the second one, Cook was slow to get up and visibly favored his right shoulder. He stayed in the game but his arm strength was clearly diminished. The decision to trade his helmet for a headset in the second half was more a precautionary one, Cook said after the game. Both Dantonio and Cook downplayed concerns about the redshirt senior’s availability against OSU, but there is reason to wonder how effective he will be able to be. For a quarterback, an injury to the shoulder is about the worst place, besides maybe to the hand, to be ailing. It’s highly likely that Cook suits up — on Monday, multiple OSU players said they are preparing as if Cook will play — but questions of whether he can he still be the same guy who ranks 28th nationally in passing yards and has a 32-4 record as a starter are legitimate. Everything Michigan State does offensively revolves around Cook’s ability to distribute the football so efficiently. Cook has talent on the outside, namely senior wide receivers Macgarrett Kings Jr. and Aaron Burbridge, who have combined for well over half of the Spartans’ receiving yards, but if his arm isn’t able to deliver the football with the same zip to these players, the offense is vulnerable.The Spartans’ rushing attack has taken steps backward this season with the loss of Jeremy Langford to the NFL, as it ranks 92nd nationally. So, if Cook cannot be his normal self, meaning a larger reliance on the run game, the Spartans could struggle mightily to put up points against the vaunted OSU defense. Reviving the old recipe The old recipe for Spartan success was typical smash-mouth football: a strong run game to set up nothing more than an effective passing game, complemented by an imposing defense to win low-scoring affairs. This has worked incredibly well for Dantonio and Michigan State since he took the helm in 2007. However, the past two years have seen the program veer slightly away from this formula to a more wide-open offense spearheaded by Cook with really good, but not great, defenses — especially this season. The Spartans’ defense has not been the feared unit it has in the past yet this season. It can partly be attributed to injuries in the secondary, but even so, the defense’s performance against Maryland might be what it needed to regain its old mojo. The Spartans have held opponents below 20 points just twice: the Terrapins last week (24-7) and Central Michigan in Week 4 (30-10). However, the old, dominating defense re-emerged against Maryland. The Spartans, who are led by redshirt junior linebacker Riley Bullough, limited the Terrapins to 289 yards total offense, about 100 fewer than OSU allowed. They also forced five turnovers: three interceptions and two fumbles. The latter statistic — turnovers — will be an area where the Michigan State defense will need to repeat its success against OSU, especially because the Buckeyes have been slightly turnover prone this season. The Scarlet and Gray have turned the ball over in each of their past three games, including twice last week against Illinois. For Michigan State to have a real shot at upsetting OSU, the Spartans’ defense will need to be able to generate turnovers, and the offense will have to capitalize on the extra possessions. Beyond the BuckeyesFollowing Saturday’s tilt against OSU, Michigan State is scheduled to return to East Lansing, Michigan, for its final game of the regular season against Penn State. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

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Oversigning footballs latest overindulgence

Oversigning. It’s when a school signs more recruits than it has roster spots available. The gods of college football’s recruiting gluttony? The SEC. Today is National Signing Day, college football’s version of the NFL Draft. However, instead of the pro teams picking players, the players choose their schools. The NFL Draft is spaced out over three days. ESPNU has dedicated 10 straight hours to coverage of Signing Day. There’s no such thing as excess when it comes to football in this country. Schools are allotted 85 total players on scholarship at a given time. Last year the SEC implemented a rule limiting its teams to 28 signees between Signing Day and May 31. The rule, now adopted by the NCAA, isn’t being strictly enforced. One reason schools are circumventing the rule is the spacing of the two dates. Auburn signed 32 players last year because it brought in five players, including Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton, in January. The Tigers had 27 players signed between February and May — one below the limit. According to a January Sports Illustrated report, LSU had to use more cutthroat methods in 2008. Coach Les Miles misjudged how many of his borderline academic qualifiers would become eligible. By summer’s end, Miles had to cut quarterback Chris Garrett because he had two more newcomers than available scholarships. He then had to tell signees Elliott Porter and Cameron Fordham — both of whom declined scholarship offers from other schools to accept Miles’ and LSU’s promise of playing football in Baton Rouge — that there wasn’t room for them. Porter had already moved into his dorm room and started classes when he received the news. The same report stated that eight of the 12 SEC schools had averaged 25 or more signees over the past five years. The website Oversigning.com, which chronicles the practice, lists six SEC schools projected to be over the scholarship limit following Signing Day. The leader of the clubhouse? Ole Miss, which has a projected 14 players over the limit. The website projects Ohio State, which is normally far from the oversigning hoopla, to be right at the 85-man limit following Signing Day. I love college football. I love the pageantry and the rivalries. I spend my Saturdays in the fall glued to the television. The sport dominates my life for a little more than three months. But this practice is bad belly fat on the sport. The presidents and athletic directors of every school around the country — not just those in the SEC — need to step up, show some accountability and actually police the guilty coaches. Whether it’s stricter NCAA laws or a shake weight for SEC schools, something has to be done. read more

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Football Nick Bosa will not play against Tulane

Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland (32) and junior defensive end Nick Bosa (97) run toward the ball in the first quarter of the game against TCU on Sept. 15. Ohio State won 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIn the middle of a press conference focused on his suspension and domestic violence allegations made against former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Monday that junior defensive end Nick Bosa will not play in Saturday’s game against Tulane. Meyer said that the defensive end had suffered an abdominal and groin issue in the Buckeyes’ 40-28 win over No. 15 TCU on Saturday, leaving the game in the third quarter and not returning for the remainder of the game. In the win over the Horned Frogs, Bosa recorded five tackles, including a strip sack recovered by redshirt junior Davon Hamilton in the end zone for the first Ohio State score of the game. Meyer said Bosa will undergo further tests this week. No. 4 Ohio State will face Tulane at Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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Lacazette could play at number 10 – Bould

first_imgArsenal’s assistant manager Steve Bould discussed the potential new role in the team for Alexandre Lacazette ahead of his return against Stoke City after he was out due to a knee injury.It is not clear yet whether Lacazette will be a part of the starting lineup as he is a direct competitor for the right to lead the attack to Arsenal’s winter transfer window signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.“He’s actually a very, very, very good football player. He could play at number 10 – he’s really good,” Bould shared, according to Football.London.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s not just a goalscorer, he’s not an out-and-out striker, he can play.”“The physical element has surprised him and caught up with him, which it does to many players who come from abroad. We’re hoping he comes back sharp.”“This little break might have done him the world of good actually. The Premier League is absolutely different compared to the French league,” Bould went on to add, addressing the break Lacazette took, due to injury.last_img read more

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