Kravitz: In a world where there are 100’s of millions of unique additions daily to social, proprietary, and academic sites, the permanence of print, observing the artistic integration of full size graphics, art and copy, and the tactile/physicality of paper is still highly valued by many. Traditional learners are sequential learners and studies show that engagement and enjoyment is increased and is as simple as flipping a page. Just because professional associations cover an incredibly wide range of various trades and industries, it doesn’t mean there aren’t some universal truths. Of course, media products—whether print, digital, or otherwise—are instrumental in helping any association grow, communicate with its members, and advance its mission into the future. Today, associations are engaging with their members across more platforms than ever before. But which are the most effective? And how do differing platforms command differing content strategies? When we began this research project, detractors asked, “Are you serious? CPAs in the War?” But our CPAs who were generals and our Washington think tank figured out the logistics for building planes and tanks efficiently and effectively as well as how to finance the war effort—a fascinating look back in history. This series, entitled “Then and Now,” was a finalist in the Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards for “Best Series of Articles.” ► Click here for our full series of Association Summit Speaker Q&A’s. Folio: What are some effective ways in which an association publication can draw feedback from its membership? Folio: In your opinion, what are some of the different benefits specific to the print edition of The CPA Journal? And digital? Folio: What was one of your most engaging articles/stories in recent issues, and why? Richard Kravitz: One of the most effective ways to engage our readership is to publish “point-counterpoint” type articles—in our new “news and views” segment of the publication—on the most critical issues facing our members. It’s our highest read area. We then continue the dialogue in successive issues with reader/member participation and response. We also never shy away from letters to the editor. We always allow our outside authors to respond. Kravitz: No. Different channels demand different treatment in order to take advantage of the unique strength of each distribution channel. For example, in the online world we have just begun to experiment with audio and video clips by the writers of the articles, adding the editor-in-chief’s favorite articles—”Rick’s Picks”—and leveraging related content and archival content from our repository into a media mix. Also, artwork online requires different display rules than artwork in the mag. With more than two decades in the publishing business, Rick Kravitz, editor-in-chief of The CPA Journal and managing director of content and publishing at the New York State Society of CPA’s (NYSSCPA), has extensive experience managing content and guiding strategies across multiple platforms. Here, enjoy a preview of some of the insights he will share as a panelist during the “Print Versus Digital: A Strategic Choice” session at the Folio: Assocation Media Summit in Washington. Kravitz: For our 85th anniversary issue, we ran a three-part series on the contributions of CPAs and our publication the CPA Journal to the World War II effort—this was arguably the last war where most Americans and much of western civilization were in alignment. Folio: Do you include the same content in both your print and digital editions, and why or why not? Richard KravtizThis is the eighth in a series of Q&A’s with speakers at the Folio: Association Media Summit on May 3rd in Washington, D.C. For the digitally engaged, online connotes rapid delivery, multitasking abilitiy, non-linear comprehension, and immediacy. When I was group publisher at Wolters Kluwer of their Legal Education and International Law units, one of our research studies concluded that learning time for multi-taskers added about 20 percent time to learn and that retention was reduced over the same period vs. print. I suspect that can be applied to periodicals that are read online as well.
Tesla More From Roadshow 50 Photos The Tesla Model 3 has officially launched in China, but they’re a smidge expensive for now.While Tesla has been taking orders since January, the first vehicles are finally making their way to owners. The first two versions made available were Tesla’s most expensive: The all-wheel-drive Model 3 Performance costs 560,000 yuan (about $83,000), while the long-range AWD version costs 499,000 yuan (about $74,000).That’s just a bit pricier than the US, where the Performance costs $62,000 and the long-range AWD variant costs $51,000. However, Tesla is now also taking orders in China for a long-range variant with rear-wheel drive, coming in a bit cheaper at 433,000 yuan (about $64,000). That version is no longer offered in the US. All three variants on Tesla’s Chinese Model 3 website estimate a delivery in March.Building cars in the US and shipping them to China is expensive, not even accounting for vehicle tariffs that have risen as the trade war between the two nations continues. Prices should come down once Tesla launches its factory in Shanghai, though. The company has already found a plot of land for it, and it will be responsible for the Model 3, in addition to the Model Y SUV that will share its platform. Tesla’s production estimates for its Shanghai factory have wavered between 250,000 and 500,000 cars per year.It’s unclear if Tesla plans to introduce the cheaper midrange battery pack in China. In the US, it costs $44,000 and offers about 50 fewer miles than the long-range battery (264 miles vs. 310). It replaced the RWD long-range variant as the cheapest Model 3 on offer — until that fabled $35,000 short-range version finally decides to show up. Tesla said that version is estimated to arrive in the first half of 2019, but it’s already pushed that goalpost back in the past. Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comment Share your voice Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim 1 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Electric Cars Car Industry Tesla
See it 50 Photos 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. Boost Mobile 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Share your voice 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. HBO,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. TV and Movies Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Sarah Tew/CNET $155 at Google Express Silicon Valley has been tracking the adventures of a technology startup since it debuted in 2014. Star T.J. Miller, who played entrepreneur Erlich Bachman, left after the fourth season, but Thomas Middleditch remained to lead Pied Piper through its expansion. Microsoft’s Bill Gates is a notable fan of the show.Deadline reports season 6 is currently in pre-production, with an expected return to HBO later this year. See It Silicon Valley slams Facebook with Russian logo in credits HBO renews Silicon Valley for a sixth season 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. See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. Comments 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. $520 at HP The Cheapskate $999 Rylo Comments Angela Lang/CNET $999 See at Turo Best Buy $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Tags Silicon Valley HBO HBO is done paying for the Pied Piper. Silicon Valley is coming back for one last hurrah with a short season 6. It will be the show’s last.The official HBO PR Twitter account retweeted a Deadline story on the finality of the show’s delayed sixth season on Friday. Showrunners Alec Berg and Mike Judge issued a statement saying Silicon Valley has been a career and life highlight, but that the final seven-episode season will be a “fitting conclusion.” $59 at eBay $6 at Tidal Chris Monroe/CNET 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. Silicon Valley endures Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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. 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. Read the Rylo camera preview Read the AirPods review $999 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. Share your voice See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read DJI Osmo Action preview Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $60 at Best Buy Sprint 2 See at Amazon Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. 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). $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 7 $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $210 at Best Buy Amazon
The Reserve Bank of India has instructed all banks to formulate a comprehensive cyber security policy approved by their boards to tackle cyber threats, depending on the complexity of business and subsequent risk assessment.The directive lays out that cyber policies in banks must focus on mitigating and preventing specific cyber threats as distinct from overall IT security measures already in place. Banks are under increasing pressure to safeguard infrastructure and sensitive information against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, phishing and zero-day vulnerabilities, among others.The new initiative underscores the need to maintain a Supervisory Reporting Framework to report cyber threats to the RBI in the following format. In the event of gaps in preparedness, banks are expected to report the same to the Cyber Security and Information Technology Examination (CSITE) Cell of the RBI.Banks are expected to communicate their compliance with this requirement to the CSITE cell before Sep. 30, 2016, and are also required to spell out risk cost and decisions based on “potential cost trade-offs” to the central bank in order to facilitate a subsequent supervisory assessment.The RBI’s notice mandates banks to categorise risks into low, moderate, high and very high, based on internal and external risk assessments, which in turn depend on factors such as bank size, business complexity, prevalent technology, nature of digital products and stakeholders involved in banking activities.The report calls for periodical assessment of vulnerabilities, a functional Security Operations Centre (SOC) “to monitor and manage cyber risks in real time,” protection of network as well as databases that often store important information, a separate Cyber Crisis Management Plan, cyber resilience framework to assess risk levels and preparedness.The banking regulator also emphasised that banks have to continuously review their cyber policy to take preventive action against new security threats.”Wherein it was indicated that the measures suggested for implementation cannot be static and banks need to pro-actively create/fine-tune/modify their policies, procedures and technologies based on new developments and emerging concerns” the report states.
.UNESCO on Saturday added eight pre-Islamic Iranian archaeological sites to its World Heritage List, the UN agency announced at a meeting in the Bahraini capital.The sites collectively appear on the worldwide list as the “Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars region (Islamic Republic of Iran)”.A province in modern-day Iran’s south, Fars was the cradle of the Sassanid dynasty, which appeared at the start of the third century.After the fall of the Parthian empire, the Sassanids ruled territory that, at its peak, stretched from the west of Afghanistan to Egypt, before falling to the Arab conquest under the Umayyad caliphate in the middle of the seventh century.”These fortified structures, palaces and city plans date back to the earliest and latest times of the Sassanian Empire,” UNESCO said.With the latest addition, Iran now has 24 sites on the heritage list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
Carolyn Kaster/AP1. MICHAEL FLYNN SEEKS IMMUNITY IN RUSSIA PROBE“General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” says his lawyer Robert Kelner, amid investigations into possible contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.2. WHAT COULD UNDERMINE US MILITARY CAMPAIGNS IN IRAQ, SYRIAA sharp spike in civilian casualties said to have been caused by U.S. airstrikes has the potential to undercut the fight against Islamic State militants.3. WITNESSES: TRUCK WAS SWERVING BEFORE DEADLY WRECKAuthorities in two Texas counties received calls about a pickup driving erratically in the moments leading up to a collision with a church bus that killed 13 people.4. SKOREA’S EX-LEADER JAILED ON CORRUPTION CHARGESFormer President Park Geun-hye is imprisoned over the allegations that ended her tumultuous four-year rule.5. NC ROLLS BACK BLOCKS ON LGBT ANTI-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONSBut it isn’t yet clear if the repeal is enough to coax back businesses and sporting events that have skipped the state.6. WHY SPACEX ‘RECYCLED ROCKET’ IS A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGHThe rocket’s successful launch and retrieval provides the biggest leap yet to drive down costs and speed up flights.7. EU SOFTENS TONE ON BREXITEuropean Council President Donald Tusk signals some flexibility on allowing talks on a new relationship before the divorce proceedings are done.8. COLLAPSED BRIDGE ‘WILL HAVE A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON TRAVEL’That’s what Georgia Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry says about an I-85 overpass that crumbled apart following a massive fire.9. VENEZUELA SUPREME COURT GUTS CONGRESS OF LAST VESTIGES OF POWERThe move “marks a point of no return on the road to dictatorship,” says Freddy Guevara, No. 2 congressional leader.10. WHERE ‘SUPER BLOOM’ DRAWS HUGE CROWDSNurtured by record rains, spectacular wildflower displays carpet California’s desert sands about 85 miles northeast of San Diego, attracting 150,000 people in the past month. Share
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u From 5-7 P.MSean Yoes reports live from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Plus, a report on Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s decision to drop all charges against the remaining officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now I started my company while I was a college student, swimming in technology; I could literally run my business from my phone in the hall between classes and have everything available at the touch of a button. Well, nearly everything. The big exception was . . . banking.Related: Five Fintech Startups To WatchAs I quickly learned, when you’re used to handling everything digitally, a trip to the bank can really slow you down.Fortunately, things are changing. I believe that the bank of the future will look very different from banks today, and my fellow millennials are helping to speed this change along. What’s driving this change? Expectations and frustration.Three generations compose the U.S. workforce today: baby boomers, Gen X and millennials — and as of 2015, millennials have become the largest group. Why is this important? Because millennials represent a lot of purchasing power, so our preferences matter.We don’t want to adapt our habits to fit the rigid way that banks operate today; that’s not our style. Instead, we expect banks to support our lifestyle. If everything else is on my phone, why can’t my bank be? Why can’t getting a loan, mortgage or credit card be as easy as plugging a new service into a Google Apps account?According to the Millennial Disruption Index — a three-year study that surveyed 10,000 millennials — my generation is generally frustrated with traditional banks, and one-third of us think that within five years we won’t even need a bank. The study also found that almost half of us believe tech startups are going to change the way banking works.I’m inclined to agree. Tech disruption in the banking sector is not some fuzzy future possibility — it’s already happening.Financial technology (FinTech) companies like Mint are forging ahead down this path. Sign up with Mint on your phone and within minutes you’ll have help managing your bills and analyzing your spending patterns, and figuring out what credit card to get. For tech-savvy millennials, user-friendly yet powerful services like this are clearly attractive.Other FinTech firms focus on areas like payments and money transfers. For example, nTrust allows users to securely manage and instantly move their money in the cloud, whether those dollars are going to a friend paying the bill at a restaurant or a family member travelling abroad. If you give millennials the choice to instantly transfer money for free by phone, versus paying a bank for a transfer that will take hours, it’s obvious which option we’re going to choose.As millennials embrace these powerful new FinTech services, traditional banks are realizing that they need to get in the game or risk being left behind. No surprise then that we have seen several recent examples of financial institutions partnering with fintech companies.Related: Fintech At The Forefront: PayFort Announces New MENA AcceleratorFor example, Santander UK partnered with two tech firms to create the KiTTi app, which makes it easy to pool money with your friends for things like vacations and team fees. In October 2015, three major banks invested in Kabbage, an Atlanta-based FinTech firm that helps small businesses open a line of credit. Nor are these partnerships confined to the United States or Europe: In January 2016, Alterna Bank partnered with a startup in Vancouver, BC, called Lendful, to provide simple online access to consumer loans of up to $35,000.These partnerships aren’t just financial institutions and FinTech companies working together to provide new services. I believe that we’re seeing the “bank of the future” being born.I also believe that millennials and companies like mine will come out on top, with financial services that are more aligned with our expectations — in other words, fast, digital and versatile. Meanwhile, the FinTech companies that best provide these services will thrive if they can continue to innovate and set the bar for tomorrow’s banks.Related: Fintech, The Wake Up Call For BanksI suspect that the big banks will also pull through, thanks largely to their deep pockets. But they will need to evolve much faster by partnering with FinTech firms or building their own teams to drive innovation, or perhaps doing both. 4 min read April 14, 2016
Posted by TORONTO — Goway has released its 2018-19 World’s Most Idyllic Islands & Boutique Cruising brochure featuring Tahiti, Fiji, Cook Islands, Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, Bali, The Greek Islands and Croatia.Goway Islands General Manager Bronwyn Hodge says boutique cruising “was incredibly popular this year, which is why we have put an emphasis on new cruise product for this market.”In Tahiti Goway has added the four-day Haumana cruise sailing between Bora Bora and Taha’a with just 24 passengers.In Croatia, Mini-Cruises, which sail between Split and Dubrovnik, were a top seller and offer great value for money, says Hodge. “We now feature both a 3-day and 6-day option. In the Greek Islands, we added the 8-day Jewels of Cyclades, part of the Variety Cruse line.”Deluxe hotel product continues to be a focus as well. Goway has added new luxury product this year including the Fiji Marriott Momi Bay which opened in April 2017. This contemporary property features over-water bure villas, giving guests direct access to the tidal lagoon. Also available through Goway, the InterContinental Hotel Thalasso in Bora Bora enhances the luxury experience by adding four, two-bedroom Overwater Brando Suites, as well as Overwater Pool Villas which include a private plunge pool on the split-level decks.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterIn the Indian Ocean, Goway has added the Four Seasons at Anahita in Mauritius, and the Four Seasons Seychelles.Also included in the 52-page brochure is a range of island resorts from boutique to ultra-luxury, sample vacation packages and extension ideas.Hodge says Goway’s IslandEscapes specialists can customize romantic escapes, such as honeymoons and destination weddings, plus family vacations, diving, adventure packages, and beach stays for any client on any budget.Goway can also arrange international airfares, inter-islands flights, excursions, spas and more, plus clients can choose to escape on an island stopover en route to Downunder, Africa or Asia. Travelweek Group Goway launches 2018-19 World’s Most Idyllic Islands brochure Share Wednesday, December 27, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>