5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday June 21 2019

first_imgNOTE: The library’s Touch A Truck event has been POSTPONED to Monday, June 24, 2019 due to the weather.WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Friday, June 21, 2019:#1) Wilmington-Tewksbury Ribbon Cutting Ceremony At Tewksbury Splash PadThe Town of Tewksbury is opening a Splash Pad and Outdoor Fitness Court at the Sanders Recreation Area (286 Livingston Street). Town officials and Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce are holding a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting at 9:30am. Light refreshments will be served.#2) Wilmington & Tewksbury High School Students To Perform Comedy Shorts“A Caboodle of Comedy” will take place at 7pm at Wilmington High School. The show features high school students from Wilmington and Tewksbury performing well-known comedy shorts, as well as one written by Wilmington High School junior Jessie Daniluik. Tickets cost $7 and can be purchased at the door or ahead of time by contacting act10productions@gmail.com. Some of the proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project, a national 24-hour toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.#3) Fornite Frenzy Solos Tournament At LibraryGot a couple Victory Royals under your belt and fancy yourself good at Fortnite? Show off your skills at this tournament run by One Up Games! Friendlies begin at 1:30pm at the Wilmington Library. Register HERE.#4) Bingo At Senior Center The Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) is holding its weekly bingo game at 1pm.#5) Karaoke At Pacific GrovePacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke from Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.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… RelatedWilmington & Tewksbury High School Students To Perform Comedy Shorts On June 21 At WHSIn “Education”Wilmington Residents Invited To Opening Of Tewksbury Splash Pad On June 21In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, June 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

India expels first group of Rohingya refugees

first_imgSahidullah, a man from the Rohingya community, holds his son on his lap as he speaks with Reuters inside his shack at a camp on the outskirts of Jammu on 5 October 2018. Photo: ReutersHours after Indian TV channels flashed that the country was deporting seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, Sahidullah said he received a call from his nephew: “Uncle, please get us out of here. They will send us back too.”Sahidullah, a Rohingya living in the far north of India after fleeing what he called persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar in 2010, said his relative, Sadiur Rahman, 40, was lodged in one of several detention centres for illegal immigrants in the distant northeastern state of Assam.Rahman, he said, had been incarcerated with his brother and eight other relatives since being caught in 2012 at a railway station as they fled to India via Bangladesh. Sahidullah had taken the same route two years earlier, but like many others had escaped detection.He said Rahman made the phone call when he was taken out for a routine medical checkup on 3 October, the day when India moved the seven Rohingya men out of a similar detention centre and took them to the border.They were handed to the Myanmar authorities the next day, the first ever such deportations of Rohingya here, spreading panic among an estimated 40,000 refugees who have fled to India from its neighbour.About 16,500 of the refugees, including Sahidullah, have been issued identity cards by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that it says helps them “prevent harassment, arbitrary arrests, detention and deportation”.India says it does not recognise the cards and has rejected the UN’s stand that deporting the Rohingya violates the principle of refoulement – sending back refugees to a place where they face danger.”Anyone who has entered the country without a valid legal permit is considered illegal,” said A. Bharat Bhushan Babu, a spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs. “As per the law, anyone illegal will have to be sent back. As per law they will be repatriated.”In recent days, Reuters interviewed dozens of Rohingya in two settlements, one in the northern city of Jammu and a smaller one in the capital, Delhi, and found communities who feel they are being increasingly vilified.Many now fear prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government is about to act on its stated position – that it wants to deport all Rohingya Muslims from the country. With a general election due by next May, they worry that targeting them will be a populist tactic used by Modi and his allies.Hatred GrowingSahidullah – who like many Rohingya goes by only one name – is not just worried about his detained relatives but also his family living in a mainly Hindu region of India’s only Muslim-dominated state, Jammu & Kashmir, in the country’s northern tip.The restive Himalayan state that borders Pakistan and is home to Muslim separatists battling Indian rule, has the biggest population of Rohingya in the country with around 7,000 people scattered in various makeshift settlements, largely in the Jammu region.”We came to India because people told us things were better here, there’s more work and one could move freely unlike back home,” said Sahidullah, who works as a cleaner at a car showroom in Jammu city to support his aging amnesiac mother, wife and four children.”All that’s true and we are thankful to India for letting us live here. But hatred against us is growing,” he told Reuters as he sat on a colourful linen sheet laid on the floor of his self-made wood and plastic-sheet house built on a rented plot of land.Mohammed Arfaat, a 24-year-old Rohingya youth leader in Jammu, said that locals often accuse them of having links with militants without any proof.”They want us out of here and that has got our families worried,” said Arfaat, switching between English and Hindi as nearly a dozen community elders seated around him on the rough concrete floor of a Rohingya house started leaving for Friday prayers. “Everybody here is aware of the deportation and is afraid.”Indian authorities said that the repatriation of the seven was a routine procedure and that it sends all illegal foreigners back home.But the UNHCR voiced deep concern on Friday about the safety and security of those expelled, saying they had been denied access to legal counsel and a chance to have their asylum claims assessed.”Current conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are not conducive for safe, dignified and sustainable return of stateless Rohingya refugees,” said UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic.Most Rohingya used to live in Rakhine.In August last year, attacks by Rohingya fighters on security posts in Rakhine led to a bloody military crackdown that caused around 700,000 Rohingya to flee across the border to Bangladesh.The United Nations has accused Myanmar of acting against the Rohingya with “genocidal intent,” a charge Myanmar refutes, saying its military did not use excessive force and was reacting to militant attacks.Increasingly UglyThe atmosphere facing the Rohingya in India has been getting increasingly ugly.Jammu’s Chamber of Commerce & Industry last year threatened to launch an “identify and kill movement” against the settlers, which it said pushed the government into taking the issue of Rohingya more seriously.The chamber’s president, Rakesh Gupta, told Reuters on Friday that there was nothing new in taking the law into one’s hands if “someone becomes a threat to our security, to the nation’s security, and the security forces don’t tackle them”.In some of the more virulent parts of India’s media, the Rohingya are not only accused of being terrorists but also of trafficking in drugs and humans, and of having the money to elbow out local businesses.The Pioneer newspaper, which supports Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said in an editorial on Saturday that “the Rohingya are a problem”, declaring that those that are radicalised Islamist extremists need to be dealt with ruthlessly and the rest are economic migrants that India cannot afford to help.India, which considers itself a victim of Islamist militancy and is trying to boost economic ties with Myanmar to counter China, said late last year that it shared Myanmar’s concern about “extremist violence” by Rohingya militants.India’s home ministry has told the Supreme Court that it had reports from security agencies and other authentic sources “indicating linkages of some of the unauthorised Rohingya immigrants with Pakistan-based terror organisations and similar organisations operating in other countries”.”It’s definitely an election issue,” said Kavinder Gupta, a BJP legislator in Jammu & Kashmir and former deputy chief minister of the state.”It’s our decision to throw them out keeping in mind the security situation of the state,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of a campaign meeting for municipal elections. “We have made the home ministry aware of the need to send them back to their country.”Senior Jammu police officials said on condition of anonymity that they had identified all Rohingya in the area in preparation for their eventual deportation. They added they had not found any link of Rohingya with militants.Around 600 km (370 miles) south of Jammu, residents of a makeshift refugee camp in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh also said they fear deportation.”We don’t want to leave India. Where will we go?” said Mohammed Harun, a 47-year-old Rohingya elder in Delhi. “There are refugees from other countries in India too. Why are we being targeted? Why do they send us to jail? It is only because we are Muslims. They don’t do this to the other refugees.”last_img read more

RAMBLING ROSE

first_imgHello my friends and fans. I’m praying that everything is as good as it possibly can be and you are enjoying life to the best of your ability.I am ready to have some fun and want to take you with me. If for some reason you are not able to get out and enjoy the festivities I am about to tell you about, then I will bring it to you in words. Just close your eyes after reading each paragraph and imagine you are hanging out with me. “I got you!Subria and Tito will be performing at the historic Arch Social Club for the club’s Music Series fundraising event on October 14, from 3:00 p.m -7:00 p.m., at 2426 Pennsylvania Avenue. The event is open to the public, all are welcome. For more information call 410-443-9959.Alright, let’s get started. Free Fall Baltimore is a month of free entertainment events hosted by Tracy Baskerville and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. The entire month of October will feature free arts and cultural activities throughout Baltimore City. The program spotlights the arts in Baltimore with artists, conversations, dance performances, exhibitions, festivals, film and various other activities. All events are free! The participating organizations include: American visionary Art Museum, Arena Players, ArtsCentric, Baltimore Center Stage, Baltimore Dance Crews Projects, Fells Point Corner Theatre, Greater Baltimore History Alliance, Baltimore Filmmakers Collective, Baltimore Heritage, Baltimore Jazz Works, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Arts, Coppin State University Development Foundation, Coppin Repertory Theatre, Dance Baltimore, Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, St. David’s Episcopal Church, The Hippodrome Theatre, The Jewish Museum of Maryland, and the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, just to name some of the 80 plus organizations participating in this Free Fall Baltimore. To learn more call 410-752-8632 or go to: www.freefallbaltimore.org.Now, let’s talk about Concerts for Causes Fall Fest. It is a fun event to attend for the young, the seniors and the little ones. Food, wine and music, which I think is a great combination for having a damn good time. There will be hundreds of vendors, all kinds of food, exhibitors and artisans and lots of live entertainment. The event will be at the Bowie Towne Center, on October 20th 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at 15606 Emerald Way, Bowie, Maryland. For more information call 301-332-8318.Bells Records presents the anniversary of Lil’ David and the Bells of Joy featuring many of the top recording gospel artists in the country on October 14, at Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 2720 W. North Ave., starting at 2:30 p.m.Now, one of my favorite types of entertainment are gospel concerts. And Girlfriend, do I have one for you?! Bells Records is hosting an anniversary show for Lil’David & the Bells of Joy on Sunday, October 14 at 2:30 p.m. at the Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 2720 W. North Ave., where Dr. Linwood C. Robinson is the Pastor. On this program performing live and in person are: Gospel legends of Columbia, SC., the Jackson Southernaires of Jackson, Miss., Kenny Davis & the Melodyaires of Baltimore, Singing Disciples of Baltimore, Pastor Bobby Cohen & Men of God of Grear, SC. and Pastor White & Tur- Gozpel of Baltimore, just to name a few. Oh, by the way, the MC for the concert is Min. Robert Wilson. For more information on this event call 410-358-9661.There are a few more events coming up I want to share with you, which I will be attending also. Please join me at Maybelle & Co., who is Baltimore’s well-known comedian and radio personality from WOLB 1010 A.M., as well as the founder of her own full figured fashion organization. She will host “Sistas 4 Life” (women who survived breast cancer) an uplifting program for women only on October 13, noon- 4:00 p.m., at the Potter’s House, 6218 Reisterstown Rd. The keynote speaker is Dr. Sharon Jackson and you will be entertained by comedian, Sylvia T. Morrison. For more information call 443-226-8895.You know I have so much more to tell you, but I am afraid that I am out of space. So I have to go, but remember, if you need me call me at 410-833-9474 or email me atrosapryor@aol.com. Until the next time, I’m musically yours.last_img read more

Roku Faces Criticism Over Infowars Channel

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Streaming device maker Roku faced a backlash Tuesday over its decision to carry a channel for Infowars, the controversial website of right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The company responded by saying that Infowars wasn’t currently violating its terms of use.The uproar over Roky carrying Infowars comes a few months after most other major platforms, including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Apple’s app store, removed Jones and his outlet from their services. It was first reported by Digiday.Jones and Infowars have frequently posted conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as the Sandy Hook school shooting. Prior to being booted from most major platforms, Jones on occasion had individual videos removed for hate speech and other terms of use violations.Infowars had been on Roku for years with a channel apparently created by Infowars contributor Paul Joseph Watson. In recent weeks, the company added another channel that seems to have been created by an outside web development company. “While open to many voices, we have policies that prohibit the publication of content that is unlawful, incites illegal activities or violates third-party rights, among other things,” the statement concluded. “If we determine a channel violates these policies, it will be removed. To our knowledge, Infowars is not currently in violation of these content policies.”It’s worth noting that Roku isn’t the only company still carrying an Infowars app or channel. Google continues to offer an Infowars app on Google Play. That app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, according to publicly available Google Play data.Update: 1:50pm: This was updated with a statement from an attorney representing some of the families of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. That new channel caught the attention of Twitter users, whose plights with Roku to remove the channel were picked up by Sleeping Giants, a progressive advocacy group that frequently organizes advertiser boycotts against outlets with far-right pundits.“Such a cynical move by Roku,” the group said in a tweet. “In light of very public lawsuits against him by the Sandy Hook parents who’ve been targeted by him, why would they decide now to stream his show?”After being disparaged by Jones on his show, parents of schoolchildren murdered in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting won a legal victory last week, with a judge deciding that they were allowed to review financial records and other documents as part of the discovery process in an ongoing lawsuit against Infowars.An attorney representing several of these families also criticized the company for carrying Infowars in a statement released Tuesday afternoon:“Roku’s shocking decision to carry Infowars and provide a platform for Alex Jones is an insult to the memory of the 26 children and educators killed at Sandy Hook. Worse, it interferes with families’ efforts to prevent people like Jones from profiting off innocent victims whose lives have been turned upside down by unspeakable loss. We call on Roku to realize this and immediately pull the program.”Roku said Tuesday that it had currently no reason to drop the Infowars channel from its platform. “We do not curate or censor based on viewpoint,” the company said in a statement, which also pointed out that there were thousands of channels with a wide range of topics and viewpoints in the Roku channel store.  “While the vast majority of all streaming on our platform is mainstream entertainment, voices on all sides of an issue or cause are free to operate a channel,” the statement continued.Roku also said that it doesn’t have a commercial relationship with Infowars, and that it doesn’t sell ads or receive any fees for carrying the channel. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Container rethink Ooho team cooks up water holder

first_img © 2014 Phys.org The technique dates back to lab work in the 1940s. In more recent times. Spanish chef Ferràn Adria brought the technique to highly creative modern cuisine at his restaurant elBulli. The Ooho ingredients are water, calcium chloride and brown algae. The Ooho team applied the concept not to elegant caviar or pea soup renderings but to water. Their project involved their experimenting with different portions and dimension of their brown algae, calcium chloride and water ingredients and they developed a suitable double gelatinous membrane. An estimated cost to make this water ball is not exactly prohibitive—two cents a unit. The double membrane protects the inside hygienically, one of the designers said in Fast Company.A report on the team’s efforts in designboom, the digital architecture and design magazine, said the inspiration for their entry came from nature’s way of encapsulating liquid using membranes, as in the egg yolk. The Ooho team succeeded in creating their edible membrane as an alternative to the plastic water bottle. To achieve their double gelatinous membrane they used sodium alginate from the brown algae and calcium chloride in proportions that could generate gelification. While companies have the infrastructure to manufacture packaging, according to the report in designboom, the main idea of Ooho “is that everyone could make them at their kitchen, modifying and innovating the ‘recipe.’ From DIY to CIY (Cook It Yourself).” (Phys.org) —Think about it. A Sunday in the park. Trashbins overflow with plastic water bottles cast off by joggers, power walkers and their cheering supporters. They have gone home after a charitable athletic event to raise money for—you guessed it—the environment. Are we going nowhere very fast? A water container called the Ooho is a potential option; it is biodegradable and edible. The Ooho was created by three designers and has been named one of 12 winners of the Lexus Design Award 2014. This is an international design competition, where 1,157 submissions were received during the application period and from that group, 12 winners were selected after consideration by six judges. One may describe this entry as a water ball or more specifically as membrane packaging for liquids. Rodrigo García Gonzalez, Pierre Pasalier, and Guillaume Couche are the designers. After all, are plastic bottles the choice containers for water? The designers came up with a holder for water in the form of a double membrane. The process they used is known as “spherification,” a technique used in culinary circles for shaping liquids into sphheres resulting in artistic presentations of food that look like magical jewels. Explore further More information: www.designboom.com/project/ooho/center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Novel membrane reveals water molecules will bounce off a liquid surface Citation: Container rethink: Ooho team cooks up water holder (2014, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-rethink-ooho-team-cooks-holder.htmllast_img read more

Swaraj Thapa files nomination after resigning from GJM Bimal faction

first_imgDarjeeling: Swaraj Thapa, who had resigned from the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Bimal Gurung faction), filed his nomination from the Darjeeling constituency on Tuesday.Incidentally, GJM (Bimal faction) and the GNLF have extended support to the BJP. Following the announcement of the name of Raju Bista as the BJP candidate for the Darjeeling constituency, Thapa had tendered his resignation from GJM (Bimal faction). Following the filing of nomination, Thapa told media persons: “Niraj Zimba, the GNLF Spokesperson, had called me up and told me that the GNLF had recommended my name to the BJP for the Darjeeling constituency as the fittest candidate. I have decided to contest the election so that people get a strong alternative.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThapa, who was a close confidant of Gurung and served as an Advisor at the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, stated: “BJP has fielded a candidate from outside. People are unhappy with the choice. I am sure I will be able to do more than him.” The Gorkhaland issue would be Thapa’s poll plank. “In an electoral process, people should be given a choice of candidates. I am sure I can do much more for the issue than the previous BJP MPs who have won from this constituency,” said Thapa. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHarka Bahadur Chettri, the Jan Andolan Party president, also filed his nomination on Tuesday. “We had tried to bring the regional parties from the Hills together and field a consensus candidate. When this fizzled out, we decided to contest,” Chettri said. Though the main agenda for Chettri’s party is the Gorkhaland issue, he stated that other issues like drinking water and minimum wage for tea garden workers will also be taken up by the party. “I will carry the voice of North Bengal to the Parliament,” added Chettri. 21 candidates have filed nominations from the Darjeeling constituency. Tuesday was the last day of filing nomination. The constituency will go to polls on April 18.last_img read more

Brian is pouring a batch of plaster 67 consisten

first_imgBrian is pouring a batch of plaster. 67% consistency, a ratio of 2 lbs of water to 3 lbs of plaster, hand mixed mindfully. This photo illustrates the multiple stages of our process, and Paolo gracing our moment, Grazie! Creative Genius!, it is an honor to continue this work, with his blessing, his input and insight. Paolo Soleri wind bells, Bravissimo! Creative process … nothing quite like it. Working with energy  that comes from within and through our hands into form, into the world.center_img March 9, 2012Paolo Soleri is an inspiration to me. His foundational approach to ceramics is rooted in an understanding of elemental materials. EARTH AIR WATER FIRE / ALCHEMY. Combining ideas, impulse, creative spark … designing with materials ancient, timeless, present and lasting.[text by David Hutchens]last_img read more

Rep Hall Working toward a real solution for Michigans roads

first_img06May Rep. Hall: Working toward a real solution for Michigan’s roads This article ran in the May 4, 2019 edition of the Marshall Advisor & Chronicle. You may view it here. Categories: Hall News,News (Rep. Matt Hall represents the 63rd District in the Michigan House.) There is one topic I hear more about than any other when I talk with residents of Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s misguided proposal to raise the gasoline tax by 45 cents per gallon.Residents are rightfully upset. As your representative in the Michigan House, I’m upset too.People always tell me they want a government that is more efficient, effective and accountable. But the governor’s proposed gas tax increase is none of those things. It’s irresponsible and lazy.This article ran in the May 4, 2019 edition of the Marshall Advisor & Chronicle. First, it’s important to note the state already raised the gasoline tax and vehicle registration fees to put more money toward roads. This plan – approved in 2015 ­– will be not be fully phased in until 2021.The governor’s additional proposed increase would make Michigan’s gasoline tax the highest in the country – by far. Her increase alone would add nearly $7 to the price of every fill-up. Yet, the governor failed to propose any reforms or accountability measures to ensure that Michiganders receive better value for their tax dollars spent on roads and bridges.The governor’s proposal would steer new tax dollars toward Michigan’s “most heavily traveled” roads. Based on available information, this means the higher taxes would be overwhelming weighted toward repairing roads in Metro Detroit.Every person in Michigan deserves better roads, not just the residents of Metro Detroit.Our elected leaders must work together on a plan to fix our local and county roads – in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties, and elsewhere. We should not be pitting rural communities against cities. We are one state, and we need a solution that benefits all Michigan communities.Another important issue: Gov. Whitmer’s proposed tax increase goes beyond roads. The proposal would take another $2.5 billion of your money in taxes, but only $1.9 billion would go to roads and bridges. She wants to spend the remaining $600 million on growing other government programs that don’t have anything to do with roads.Michiganders already pay a tax at the pump that doesn’t go toward roads – the state’s 6 percent sales tax. It’s just common sense that all of the money collected in taxes at the pump – every single penny – should go to fixing our roads and bridges. If gasoline were priced at $2.50 per gallon, taking the sales tax and applying it directly to roads would put 15 cents more per gallon toward repairs – without raising taxes.I am willing to work with Gov. Whitmer and other legislators to fix the roads, but I need to see a real plan first. Raising the gasoline tax by 45 cents a gallon is not a real plan. It would hurt Michigan families and seniors who are already paying higher taxes and vehicle registration fees without all of the money going to fix roads and bridges.That’s why I am opposed to her proposal, and I am working to find a better solution for the Kalamazoo-Calhoun county region and all of Michigan.last_img read more

Interactive social TV applications need to be base

first_imgInteractive social TV applications need to be based on simple-to-understand concepts  and deliver an immediate reward, according to Josh Atkins, senior design director, Soho Productions, part of Microsoft Studios, speaking at the MIPCube event in Cannes at the end of last week.Atkins was part of the team that developed a new interactive concept for Sesame Street, Kinect Sesame Street TV. Kinect provides a camera that can see in 3D and can provide voice and facial recognition. Animated shows can be programmed to react to human movements recorded by the Kinect camera. It can also show viewers in picture-in-picture on the screen. In the example shown at MIPCube by Atkins, two children’s reflection was shown in a mirror on TV held up by an animated character from Sesame Street, the Cookie Monster, giving the children instructions on what to do in order to see themselves in the ‘morror’.According to Atkins, participation on the part of viewers needs to be optional, instructions on interaction need to be simple and the reward needs to be instantaneous and fun.Atkins said that the same interactions could be applied to exercise shows for adults as well as kids animation. Kinect has had over 200 children through its lab over the last 11 months testing concepts .“The future of TV is inherently interactive,” said Atkins, who has a games background. “Useability is absolutely required for it.”Atkins said Soho had developed other applications that could appeal to older kids, such as a game where they had to find a hidden object on screen.last_img read more

Vdio the video rental service for movies and TV s

first_imgVdio, the video rental service for movies and TV shows from Skype co-founder Janus Friis, has shut down after less than a year.The video site said in a statement that it had discontinued the service as it was “not able to deliver the differentiated customer experience we had hoped for.”Vdio added that it was unable to deliver a “business model which was attractive to shareholders.”The site shut down on December 27, with site users unable to access their account information from that date. Vdio said that customers who had purchased videos or had unused rentals will be offered Amazon gift cards in an amount equal to the total cost of their transactions on the site.Vdio launched in the UK and US in April and moved into Canada in August.The service was developed by the same team behind the 2010-launched music subscription service Rdio, and was designed to let users buy, rent and share content with friends on a pay-per view basis.News of the shut-down comes less than a month after Amazon’s global head of digital video Anthony Bay moved to Rdio to take up the CEO role.He took over from Drew Larner was previously CEO of both Rdio and Vdio, prior to which he worked at firms including Twentieth Century Fox.last_img read more