Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescu Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The future of Twitter streams, Facebook’s new iOS app, and why topic pages are the next big thing. All of this and more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up.After the jump you’ll find more of this week’s top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web – Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web – plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.The Future of Streams: Twitter Looms As Biggest ObstacleOne of the five reasons why Web publishing is changing is the emergence of streams of information, The Future of Streams: Twitter Looms As Biggest Obstacle.More Top Posts:Why Facebook Ditched the Mobile Web & Went Native With its New iOS AppFacebook released a completely rebuilt version of its iOS app for iPhone and iPad today, changing a fundamental aspect of the company’s mobile strategy, Why Facebook Ditched the Mobile Web & Went Native With its New iOS App.Why Topic Pages Are The Next Big ThingChronological and real-time consumption of content just doesn’t work anymore. It’s time for topic pages to add a layer of organization on top, Why Topic Pages Are The Next Big Thing.How 3 Big Enterprises Are Building Their Own Internal iPad AppsAt the annual Gartner Catalyst conference this week in San Diego, top companies like Genentech, Eli Lily and Northern Trust Bank shared some of the secrets behind their impressive app portfolios, How 3 Big Enterprises Are Building Their Own Internal iPad Apps.Evernote & Moleskine Merge Paper & Pixels in “Smart Notebook”Evernote signed a treaty with Moleskine Friday at the Evernote Trunk Conference, formally declaring a truce in its war on paper, Evernote & Moleskine Merge Paper & Pixels in “Smart Notebook”.YouTube Finally Offers Mobile AdsIn the past, content creators on YouTube couldn’t make money from traffic coming in through tablets or smartphones, YouTube Finally Offers Mobile Ads .Will PayPal’s History Derail Its Discover Card Deal?PayPal’s new deal with Discover Financial Services may have just opened the door for the payment service’s users to pay for goods and services in seven million Discover card locations, but there are big questions whether this deal will really accelerate the future of mobile payments, Will PayPal’s History Derail Its Discover Card Deal?.Offbeatr Wants To Be The Kickstarter For XXX StartupsIf Kickstarter met the adult-entertainment industry and they fell in love, this would be their child. Meet Offbeatr, a crowdfunding site for the adult community, Offbeatr Wants To Be The Kickstarter For XXX Startups.Nikon’s Android-Powered Bid to Change Mobile PhotographyNikon just launched the first-ever Android-powered point-and-shoot camera. It’s a smart move designed to make the company’s line of consumer products relevant in a world of ubiquitous phonecams, Nikon’s Android-Powered Bid to Change Mobile Photography.What To Do To Keep Your Facebook Account Secure [Update]Facebook said this week’s problem, which had users sending and accepting friend requests they did not initiate, was a result of users using contact importer, What To Do To Keep Your Facebook Account Secure [Update].ReadWriteWeb ChannelsEnterpriseTake My Facebook Password? Over My Dead BodyIs Microsoft Challenging Google on HTTP 2.0 with WebSocket?[Infographic] Social Media Security Basics MobileFor Google, to Play Is to Fight the Commoditization of AndroidFuzebox, the iPad and the Reality of Simple Unified CommunicationsSquashing Bugs: The Many Layered Approach to Mobile App TestingCloudFollow ReadWriteCloud on Twitter and join the ReadWriteCloud LinkedIn Group.Red Hat Sets a Date for OpenShift Source ReleaseBox Launches Its Own Enterprise Cloud Operating EcosystemGoogle’s Go Programming Language Grows Up: Now What?HackFollow ReadWriteHack on Twitter.Google Adds New Toys to OAuth PlaygroundTrello: Online Collaboration Software at Its FinestRevenge of the DevOps: Microsoft Targets Next Visual Studio for Admins TooReadWriteWeb CommunityYou can find ReadWriteWeb in many places on the web, a few of which are below.ReadWriteWeb on FacebookReadWriteWeb on TwitterReadWriteWeb on Google+ReadWriteWeb on LinkedInReadWriteWeb on PinterestReadWriteWeb on StorifySubscribe to the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-upWant to have this wrap up delivered to you automagically? You can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email.
Russian search giant Yandex has unveiled plans to build a self-driving shuttle bus, in cooperation with Daimler, Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz, and government-backed research firm NAMI.It is Yandex’s first foray into the world of self-driving, following search rivals Google and Baidu. Instead of building all of the software and services, Yandex plans to work with NAMI on artificial intelligence, voice recognition, and cameras for the bus to see.See Also: Are self-driving cars the next crime frontier?As part of the agreement, the Yandex search engine will be front and center in the bus. Riders may be able to search the web, watch videos, and catch with friends while commuting to work or back home.The shuttle bus will have room for 12 passengers and last for 200 km (124 miles) before needing a charge. Other details, like if the bus is electric, have not been disclosed in the announcement.Yandex bus will hit road next year?NAMI has said it will start testing the shuttle bus in 2017, but the tests will not be on public roads. That puts Russia behind some states in the U.S., and some Asian and European countries, which already let auto manufacturers test cars on public roads.The Russian government has two connections to the project, with a stake in Kamaz and funding to NAMI. That might make it easier for NAMI to bring the shuttle bus to market, especially compared to competitors that might be blocked from testing vehicles in Moscow.It is not the first self-driving bus project in the world, the Swiss EPFL and Mobility Lab Sion-Valais will hit the road in a Swiss city this year. Tags:#autonomous cars#Daimler#Internet of Things#IoT#Kamaz#NAMI#Russia#Self-Driving#shuttle bus#Yandex David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Related Posts
Tags:#Beacons#Black Friday#inMarket#Internet of Things#IoT#retail#shopping#smartphone Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Francesco Gatti Related Posts inMarket, one of the world’s largest beacon platforms, says its analysis shows its platform influenced $14.5 billion in consumer spending during the Black Friday weekend.The platform noticed 370 percent more beacon detections than the same time last year, showing the rise in beacon engagement from both consumers and retailers in 2016.See Also: Estimote Mirror combines smart beacons with TV displaysBeacons send notifications to potential customers in the nearby area, which alerts them to deals, freebies, and other enhancements. inMarket provides the platform for retailers to push notifications to mobile devices, which reaches 50 million people in the United States.“Over our six-plus year history, we’ve seen a lot of trends in the echo chamber. The guiding light for us has been to drive value for consumers enabled by new technology. We focus on the user, not the tech or the hardware,” said inMarket CEO, Todd Dipaola.Significant growth in 2016 but much more to be hadinMarket experienced a 223 percent growth in clients during 2016, adding top brands such as Heineken, Clorox, Energizer, and Rite Aid. According to Johnsonville Sausage, another inMarket client, the beacon platform provided a 24 percent increase in sales.“The world has never experienced a more disruptive or relied-upon technology than mobile, and I have never seen anything as powerful within mobile as the precision data and personalized experiences created from beacons. The hundreds of partners in our beacosystem agree,” added Dipaola.84 percent of shoppers use their mobile devices while in stores and, according to inMarket, 55 percent use a mobile to aid their purchase decision. That has risen heavily in the past few years, making beacon engagement all the more powerful.Beacons are still not ubiquitous in stores and plenty of smartphones users have never received a notification, but the rise in engagement should lead to more adoption from retailers across the globe. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck
Related Posts China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Aashirvad Kumar is Founder of Tele Trick Mania and SEO Executive at Builds Worth Digital Marketing Agency Pvt. Ltd. He is blogging since 2016 on technology niche. He has experience of more than 2.5+ years in Digital Marketing. Tags:#business#Finance More often than not debt consolidation has proved to be the best option for the startups to manage their debts, stay away from further obligations as well as be more organized in their finance and business management.Ideally, the workload on startup businesses is much more as compared to the established business and given the fact that these businesses always start their journey small, there are high chances that they will face financial crunches soon, especially during their initial year.When you want to run your business independently, you will necessarily need a lot of guts, foresight and of course the required funds. If you do not have enough funds, then you should at least know about the resources from where you can arrange it to meet with the necessities. These are the perfect ingredients that will ensure the desired outcome.However, when things do not fall into place, it haunts your mind and adds to your headache. When you have several creditors at the door to repay each having varying loan amounts and rates of interest, the situation seems to be more profound, crucial and grim.You will lose focus and fail in organizing and running your business correctly having to continually concentrate on how you will pay your creditors every month. Slowly, these debts will grow up in volume, and a point will come when these will claim more critical than your primary business. Therefore, it is paramount that you look around for other alternative ways that will help you to manage your debts effectively and helps you stay focused and organized.Debt consolidation tipsIt is always a better idea to manage multiple debts with a debt consolidation loan. There are several reasons for it such as:This loan will not affect your credit score in any way much unlike the negotiation and bargaining with your creditors may. Your credit is affected because the creditors will report to the credit bureaus about your conversations and then that information is reflected in your current credit record.They might not reduce your interest rate as well which is a certainty in case of a debt consolidation loan. That means you will have lower monthly payments to make and that too to a single creditor.Having less money to pay and not worry about making arrangements for money, you will have more time for your business. Having the mental peace, you will be able to stay more focused.You will be more organized with your business operation, finance and management and even make your monthly payments on time. Some of the opportunities provided by this type of loan forces you to be organized. These types of loans include:You will hit the bull’s eye when you take this type of loan, secured or unsecured, by prioritizing your bills and payments.You will stop using credit cards that usually charge an excessive amount of interest and even if you do you will make proper plans to pay them off soon.You will also check on your utility bills at some point or the other and make sure that there is no misuse of energy to raise the monthly bills. You may even contemplate on introducing “earth hour” at your office premises if required.You will be knowledgeable about your income, your expenses, taxes, and payrolls and make these payments as and when they accrue.All these will ensure that you have enough money in hand at the end of every year. For more information and assistance in your business debt management, you can take help from Nationaldebtrelief.com and other sites as well.Factors to know to avail debt consolidation loanDebt consolidation needs careful consideration of the elements and proper knowledge about the features and its requirements.To start with you must know that you have all the right and responsibility to consolidate your debts before these start to go out of control.You will also have to make way for the administrative, management, and accounting parts of your startupYou may outsource your debt worries to another firm but will have to make sure that it is reliable and capable of working on your behalf.You will also have to consider the different criteria for eligibility of such loans and fulfill it to procure the loan from a leading consolidating firm. These criteria include having a credit score of around 500 or more and a business that is not less than six months old. Apart from that, your business must have some substantial annual turnaround and proper documents to substantiate it.These criteria can vary from one firm to another and most importantly, banks and credit unions will have stringent regulations to follow to acquire such a loan from them. They will want a year old business and a personal credit score of 650 and above for that matter.A word of cautionA debt consolidation loan will come with its own sets of benefits. These benefits lower monthly payments as these have a lower rate of interest, and extended time frame for its repayment, get some more time to be more organized and even have some extra cash in hand after making payments of all your existing loans.However, these benefits may be known to you but what you may not know is the task you have to follow on post-consolidation days.First of all, you will need to be committed towards your business finance management and make sure that you keep your credit card based transactions to the minimum possible rate, or even avoid it altogether at least till the time you pay off your debt consolidation loan.Make sure to designate a few specific areas where you may use your plastic money so that you do not end up incurring another huge debt along with your debt consolidation loan running.It is essential that you make all arrangements to pay back this loan on time as it will drastically affect your credit score if you fail to make a payment.Like it is said earlier, managing your debt is accessible only if you are organized and committed to it. 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Related Posts Tags:#bring your own device#BYOD#data privacy#mobile device management What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Brad ThiesFounder and President at BARR Advisory Brad Thies is the founder and president of BARR Advisory, P.A., an assurance and advisory firm specializing in cybersecurity, risk management, and compliance. Brad speaks regularly at industry events such as ISACA conferences, and he is a member of AICPA’s Trust Information Integrity Task Force. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Follow the Puck Thanks to the prevalence of bring-your-own-device programs and increasing reliance on mobile work, the need for high-quality mobile device management is higher than ever. To meet this demand, company leaders must understand what comprises a good Mobile Device Management (MDM) strategy and a 4-step guide to mobile device management — how to implement one effectively.Today’s employees love their smartphones, but not all of them are eager to use personal devices at work. Concerns about data privacy make many workers leery about handing over access to their employers. Evolving reliance on cloud technology multiplies points of access, too, which further complicates the issue.The “bring your own device,” (BYOD) culture will continue to expand, which means companies must find the balance between privacy and safety.One recent report found that the BYOD market will hit a compound annual growth rate of more than 17 percent by 2023. Businesses need to implement smart, scalable MDM strategies to keep their operations protected and powerful.For many companies, that task is too big to manage alone. Employee concerns, data protection, cloud technology familiarity, and other MDM issues all require a full staff to manage them. To thrive in a rapidly evolving MDM space, organizations are turning to MDM partner companies to manage their business needs and compliance challenges. These partners provide significant help to companies looking for guidance and clarity in a BYOD-driven world.To get the most from your MDM partnership, keep your employees happy. You’ll also want to fulfill the needs of your business as it grows — so follow this four-step guide on MDM mastery:1. Establish an acceptable use policy.Every device that accesses company data must pass muster. Create and establish an acceptable use policy to set the foundation for mobile device use at your business. This policy will set the foundation for the way your company handles everything from new device onboarding to employee departures.A good policy should outline parameters such as encryption, passwords, and device lock. You will want to impliment a detailed BYOD plan that provides guidelines for using personal devices at work. With 85 percent of companies now embracing BYOD plans and employees increasingly concerned about their privacy — acceptable use policies protect and reassure everyone involved. Reinforce this policy through security awareness programs as part of creating a culture of security at your organization.2. Choose the right applications.Choose applications that are easy to use and helpful to the company. For example, some applications store data locally on the device while others do not. Working inside the cloud provides employees access to countless applications, so be judicious when assessing your options. Err on the side of caution, and use only applications that provide essential benefits to your business.Using too many apps can lead to forgotten passwords and IT headaches — not to mention security concerns from an abundance of access points. Thirty percent of enterprises think security is the most prominent obstacle to BYOD adoption — and app selection is a critical component of maintaining data security.3. Restrict access to settings.Employees don’t need access to everything. Excessive access can lead to data breaches, unintentional and otherwise, and breaches grow costlier every year. Kaspersky found that the average cost of a data breach at a small business spiked from $88,000 in 2017 to $120,000 in 2018.Working online in shared workspaces creates opportunities for information loss or misuse. Sadly, only 56 percent of companies have the power to employ key tactics like remote wipes of sensitive data.When working in the cloud, restrict access to shared application settings to keep the system safe. Access restrictions protect companies from malicious acts and accidents alike. Only a few users need master access, depending on the size of the company and the practicality of implementation, so make exceptions for tight security only on a need-to-use basis.4. Find an MDM service to fit your needs.Many MDM services can help you manage your mobile devices. Depending on the operations of your company and the services you require, your options for MDM partners may vary. Conduct thorough research on potential candidates to find the best one for your organization.The right partner should make it easy for you to stay compliant on information security issues, such as tracking devices and maintaining updates. Your MDM service should empower your company and protect it. In a cloud environment, endpoint management should complement your MDM, which can detect suspicious authentication from devices, enforce multifactor authentication, detect malware, and detect suspicious ingress and egress activity.Most MDM services work by installing a bit of software on user devices. This software can handle everything the business needs, but companies should be mindful when implementing MDM services with BYOD populations. Many employees might be leery of allowing an MDM solution on their personal devices. Consider employee sentiment, and be prepared to answer questions about privacy before moving forward with a new service.Reliance on cloud technology and the prevalence of smartphones will only grow stronger in the years ahead. To operate effectively in this environment, take the precautions outlined in this guide and work with employees and your vendor to keep your company and information safe. The challenges of mobile device management will continue to evolve, but with the right mindset, tools, and partners, you can stay ahead of the curve and keep your business safe.
by Juliann Woods, Ph.D., CCC-SLPImage from Pixabay.com, CC0As promised in yesterday’s blog, today we will share a few strategies to help support language and literacy development simultaneously within family activities with family members who are home and who may be deployed or stationed elsewhere.But first, we left you with one word of caution related to early literacy intervention – Try to control the summer camp persona. It is important for home visitors to remember that not everyone has or loves glue sticks, paints, and safety scissors. You can substitute sidewalk chalk for paint, use water or soap bubbles to draw pictures outside, draw or write letters on tablets or smart phones and screen capture the image, or use fruit for edible art. Joining in with the family and expanding on what they already have and do promotes their engagement with their child’s learning. Talking together about how to increase vocabulary, awareness of sounds or word endings, or how to include print to an activity supports the caregiver’s learning regarding how and why these practices are important as they engage with their child.Sharing the Everyday StoriesCell phones and computers are important communication tools for families with members who are deployed (and for everyone). When talk time is short or includes multiple participants, having a message prepared in advance can decrease the stress of participation or the child’s performance anxiety. The anticipation can be overwhelming for young children and result in tears and disappointment all around. Making a story with photos, line drawings, or any scribble is a great visual support. If the parent adds words then the activity of preparing the story becomes even richer for the child. The parent on either end can communicate with the child by “reading” the story if the child isn’t able to do so independently. This does not need to be fancy to be functional. Everyday stories about going to the babysitter, feeding the pet, getting dressed, or watching a cartoon can become a short “book” with vocabulary, sequencing, past, present and future tense, and an enthusiastic ending complete with sound effects. If sharing the story in the moment is difficult, a video made on a phone can be shared later or saved for watching again on demand.Emotions and EmojisLearning about emotions is important in child development and can be supported through everyday language and literacy experiences. Many children’s books are in print and available describing different emotions including stories to support children with parents deployed in the military. MFLN has a list of some of these books here. Just as vocabulary develops from the familiar words in the child’s environment, vocabulary and comprehension about emotions develop from the concrete and familiar to the more abstract. Children are able to recognize emotions earlier than they can express them with words to others. Emotion words can be hard to teach because they tend to occur in the moment and are often situational. For example, a child becomes frightened when a dog barks at the park or angry when another child visiting takes a favorite toy and won’t return it when asked. Reading books with children that include emotions can help support their understanding of their feelings and the meaning of those feelings when they occur. Book reading is something that parents and caregivers can do whether home or away. For more information about supporting reading together for military families with deployed service members see this blog post.A more recent strategy for sharing emotions is the use of Emojis. We see them in email, on Facebook, texts, and even in movies! Emojis are visual representations of emotions and many other symbols that can make story writing a snap activity while waiting at the doctor’s office, in line, or simply for fun. Children may like to create long lines of the same emoji, encourage parents to write short stories with their children using a variety of emojis. These stories can be easily shared with others to stay in touch.The Family Fridge! How can the refrigerator become a vehicle for increasing the components of early literacy development? Easy! The refrigerator is often a central meeting place throughout the day and therefore can also easily be used to boost the child’s language and literacy development. Families can use the refrigerator as a focal point for photos, notes, artwork, magnetic letters, and more for your conversations and storytelling. Talking about the objects posted on the fridge or telling a story about a recent field trip that resulted in a lovely leaf and twig art project is a quick and effective way to review recent events, repeat new vocabulary, plan for the next adventure, and practice the names of important objects or people. If alphabet letters or common words are included families can work on print and letter awareness, as well.Below you can see how one mom used magnetic alphabet letters to help her son practice letter awareness.The fridge can also be organized to make it easier to display artifacts by creating colorful frames with magnets to keep the family photos together, another frame for the latest artwork, and a section for magnetic letters, numbers or figures.Framing a special section and including photos and notes from family members who are deployed offers an opportunity for children to say good morning, blow a kiss, and share a story to loved ones they might be missing. It is also a great place to save messages to send in the next letter or to share in video so they aren’t lost.In our next webinar on Sept. 27, 2018 we will discuss more strategies to support communication and how caregivers can embed these strategies into a family’s daily activities. To learn more about this great learning opportunity, visit the webinar’s event page.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on YouTube.
If you’re in the market for a new microphone kit or simply want to learn more about your own wireless mic setup, check out this informative video comparing four of the leading brands/models.Premiumbeat pal Dave Dugdale, at LearningDSLRVideo.com, has recently released a through comparison of four of the most popular professional wireless microphone kits. In this comparison video Dave reviews the microphones, testing sound quality, field performance and more. Dave test includes using the mics with DSLR cameras, turning the pre-amp down to best determine which mic provides the best signal. Highlights of the video include:Sennheister G3 reviewSony UWP reviewShure FP reviewAzden 330 reviewA worthwhile watch for both DSLR shooters as well as professional sound technicians. See which wireless microphone stands up best to Dave’s rigorous testing – and is touted as the best value based on performance and quality.
We caught up with Marc-André Ferguson, Editing and Effects Evangelist for Autodesk Smoke. Find out the benefits of a Smoke post production workflow in the interview and tutorial links below.Autodesk is making a splash in the post production industry with the rollout (and continuous improvement) of their Smoke video editing and compositing application. Smoke provides a comprehensive post production workflow. Do your editing and finishing (compositing, grading and visual effects) in one application, without roundtripping to other apps. Autodesk continues to add new tools and functionality to Smoke, taking in advice from video professionals that are using it on a daily basis. They promise many new features in upcoming releases.The release of Smoke 2013 comes with a significant price drop over previous versions, making it more accessible to a wider user-base (it can be purchased on the Autodesk site for $3495). If you’re not ready to drop that kind of cash you can also take it for a FREE 30 day trial run.We met up with Marc-Andre Ferguson, Autodesk’s main man behind Smoke 2013, to get his insight into why Smoke provides a unique toolset for video professionals. Check out that interview here:Looking to get started with Autodesk Smoke? Our Brian Mulligan has tons of in-depth Smoke tutorials here on the Premiumbeat blog – great info for Smoke newbies or long-time users looking to take advantage of the new tools added in Smoke 2013.We’ve rounded up some of Brian’s most popular Smoke tutorials: Collaborative Editing in SmokeWorking in a multi-editor post production environment? Open a Smoke project remotely or have multiple editors working on the same project at the same time…with the same clips. Essential info if you’re using Smoke in a collaborative video editing facility. Keyframing in SmokeUsing Smoke’s Channel editor you can set your keyframes in Autodesk Smoke. Adjusting animation curves allows you to give elements in your project natural, fluid looking motion. Discover quick ways to smooth and simply your keyframes. Action Node in SmokeThe action node is the basis of compositing in Autodesk Smoke. In this Smoke tutorial, you’ll learn the basics of working with nodes and how the Action in particular is essential for building your node based effects. Also includes info on the Action Output menu. Alpha and Matte Clips in SmokeIn this post, Brian shares a way to edit with alpha clips in Smoke. Additionally, you’ll learn how to export out these projects while preserving an alpha channel (transparency). Lots of useful info for working with alpha channels in Smoke’s ConnectFX. 101 Smoke 2013 Questions AnsweredOur most popular Smoke post! Brian answers 101 of the most common Smoke 2013 questions, addressing Setup/System Requirements, Audio, Editing, Titling and Training. If you have a Smoke question it’s likely answered here! Are you using Smoke for your video editing work?What do you like or dislike most about the app?Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
We shed some light on our 6 favorite blending modes in After Effects.One of the quickest ways to add stylization to your video or images in After Effects is to use a blending mode. With just a few clicks you can radically change the look and feel of your composition.Blending modes (also called transfer modes) are ‘mini-effects’ that can easily be applied to any layer in your composition to make it interact with the layers beneath. Transfer modes can serve as a quick keying utility, a color effect, or even a silhouetting tool.Below we’ve rounded up a list of our 6 favorite blending modes to use in After Effects. However, you can use the transfer modes mentioned in this post in Premiere and Photoshop as well.1. ScreenScreen is a blending mode that is used to get rid of the dark parts of your image. The Screen blending mode allows you to composite elements on a black background into your scene. You will typically use this blending mode in a VFX context as most VFX elements usually come either pre-keyed or on a black background.For example if we had this image:and put in this snow elementWe can apply a the Screen transfer mode to composite the snow into the final image.2. MultiplyMultiply is the exact opposite of Screen. Instead of taking out the dark parts, Multiply takes out the light parts of your image. While Multiply can be used for a variety of different circumstances, I typically use it to add grungy textures to my compositions.For example if we had this image:and wanted to add this image:We could simply add a Multiply effect to create a grungy effect.3. AddLike Screen, the Add transfer mode leaves only the highlights of the image while removing the dark parts. However, Add goes one step further. Add, as the name implies, adds its color values to the image below causing the image to greatly increase in brightness.Practically this can be used for any number of purposes. I typically use this transfer mode to simulate lighting in my composition such as lens flares or light leaks.For example if we had this image:And wanted to create a ‘Hipster’ style light leak we could put this masked out solid layer on top.Then we could apply the transfer mode Add to create this stylized light leak look.4. Classic Color Burn or Color BurnIn line with Multiply, the Color Burn transfer modes will darken your image. However, Color Burn differentiates itself in a way that it blends with the background. As the name implies it creates a burned look, making it great for grunge and vintage looks. Highlights are retained when using the color burn effect. Color Burn is typically used to add a dirty vintage effect.For example if we had this image:and applied this image to the top of the composition:We would end up with this:5. OverlayOverlay changes the color of the mid-tones while preserving the light and dark parts of your image. Overlay is typically used to add stylized elements into your composition. The following example is an image with a green solid with the Overlay transfer modes applied.6. Soft LightSoft Light is very similar to the Overlay transfer mode. However, Soft Light tends to be very subtle whereas Overlay is more noticeable. Here’s the same layer on the same image with the Soft Light transfer mode applied instead of Overlay.If you want to learn more about using blending modes check out a few of the following resources:1. Adobe Premiere Pro Blending Modes – Adobe2. Photoshop Blend Modes Explained – PhotoBlogStop3. Gradient Maps and Blend Modes in After Effects – PremiumBeatWant to take our After Effects skills to the next level? Check out the After Effects section of the PremiumBeat blog where we have hundreds of articles and tutorials dedicated to helping you become a better motion artist.What transfer modes to you use the most? Share in the comments below.
If you’ve never gone through all of his work before, I highly recommend going to Loutit’s website for more.Want to learn more about shooting timelapses? Check out our article on Timelapse Tips, Tricks, and Tools. The master of the tilt-shift timelapse debuts his most ambitious project to date.Top image via Keith LoutitKeith Loutit is one of the best timelapse filmmakers working. The Australian photographer/filmmaker has blown away audiences with his work over the years, but his latest is an all-time best.Dubbed The Lion City II — Majulah, the latest timelapse is a multi-year project showing off the incredible growth of Singapore. Prepare to be blown away.In an interview with Channel News Asia, Loutit shares some insight and information on the making of the video.Singapore’s history and approach to working within its limited geography fascinates me. I think that sometimes we all travel past subjects and notice sudden changes, but not the slow and steady ones. It’s a little like the elephant and mouse that both coexist, but are unaware of each other’s existence because they perceive time differently. I wanted to open people’s eyes — myself included — to this change and see if it could be crafted into a short film that would appeal to people.The filmmaker mentions that location scouting and timelapse experiments began in January of 2013 and continued over the next five months. Actual production began in June 2013 and did not conclude until June 2016. Over the three year period, shooting lasted over 500 days, most frequently at the Ghim Moh HDB demolition site.Loutit admits that he could have continued to shoot longer, “but at some point you just have to draw a line in the sand and release the work so that others can see it.”The Lion City II is aptly titled, as this is the second Singapore timelapse that Loutit has produced. The first installment, The Lion City, was uploaded three years ago — and also earned a Vimeo Staff Pick. It blew us away then, too.There is a great breakdown of the original video over on Cinema 5d. This video focused more on the tilt-shift photography that Loutit was known for.The film is hard hitting and full of effects… more so than if I were releasing a story-based concept. Many of the scenes are not really tilt shift… they’re what I call ‘clean shocks’ or ’tilt shots’ depending on whether I choose to keep the tilt-shift effect.Loutit is no stranger to timelapse roundups. Seven years ago, he uploaded his tilt-shift timelapse, Beached. The short gave viewers a look at a weekend at Tamrama Beach in Sydney, Australia. It was Loutit’s first of many Vimeo Staff Picks.He has also covered events in his tilt-shift style, including the Hulkamania Tour in Melbourne, Australia. Catch Hulk Hogan and Rick Flair soaring through the ring.You may have also seen one of his many Bathtub installments that use tilt shift photography of cargo ships.
Some of my favorite edits in films are those that you don’t see at all. These hidden cuts are often filmmaking necessities — say, for example, to link two different locations as if they were one.In this tweet from Solo VFX Supervisor Rob Bredow you can see how well the filmmakers use this hidden cut — hiding in the black to connect the outside location shot of the Millennium Falcon with the interior set.What I think makes this work particularly well is the brief two-frame flash of red as Han fires off his blaster in the midst of the blackout, making the darkness feel more intentional and the connection more seamless.In this Twitter Moment, you can see all of Rob’s tweets on some specific VFX moments from his work on Solo: A Star Wars Story.Via Editing Modulations.In this example from Editing Modulations, this hidden cut in Christopher Nolan‘s Dunkirk not only helps to add to the confusion but also increase the impact of the water blast. Again the inclusion of a little bit of light helps make the dark section of the sequence more believable.For more examples of hidden cuts, especially in “one-take” films like Birdman or Alfred Hitchcock‘s Rope, check out this PremiumBeat post.Filmic Wipes and TransitionsAlthough Star Wars brought the wipe dissolve back into the cinematic vocabulary of modern audiences, it was itself referencing the use of wipes by Akira Kurosawa and ’30s b-movies.In this supercut of every wipe in the original Star Wars trilogy, you can seem just how many there are — and how varied.These days, a wipe still seems out-dated — or at least knowingly self-referential: “We’re using a star wipe, and you’re supposed to notice it’s a little kitschy.”But as with the dissolve, with a little creativity and planning, the wipe transition can be a thing of beauty.In this Nerdwriter video essay, you can enjoy a really detailed breakdown of some of the creative transitions employed by director Edgar Wright in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. This includes his use of foreground options, transitions within shot-reverse-shot combinations, and sound effects to make the transitions seamless and noticeable.Image via Nerdwriter.Here is a still of the “scene transition diagram,” which breaks down the wipe-to-the-right transition that merges three different shots in Scott Pilgrim.Via Editing Modulations.This simple transition from Snatch, reveals just how effective a basic push slide can be when combined with some matching action. The Editing Modulations creator remarks that “this technique in Snatch use[s] sound effects, actors, and camera movements to make the effect seamless.”One thing that these silent .gifs don’t convey is the integral component of sound design to blend these shots together.Via PremiumBeat.These days the whip pan cut is a far more accepted transition, often employed in comedies to keep the energy as we move from one location to another.You can learn more about whip pans and creating some nifty looking visual effects in this PremiumBeat post from Jason Boone.Combining TechniquesVia Editing Modulations.None of these techniques need to occur in isolation, and often the combination of several techniques can be even more powerful.One of my favorite combined transitions was in Darkest Hour, when the carpet bombing of France transitions to a dead soldier’s back through a match cut with a dissolve-to-black. (You’ll have to click through to see it.)In this example from Francis Ford Coppola‘s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the match cut pairs with a slow dissolve, so the wolf’s glowing eyes appear first in the vampire bite marks before we fully transition into a scene of a wolf staring into the camera.Via Editing Modulations.In this great example from Wind River, editor Gary D. Roach creates a great match cut and semi-hidden transition between these three shots.I say it’s a “semi-hidden” transition because the five-frame shot of Jeremy Renner‘s boot coming down to mostly fill the screen matches the darkness of the door before it’s kicked in. That brief moment of black helps to land the boot and give the audience a visual continuity (black to black), but the rhythm and energy of the shots keep the movement flowing across the cut.I can only imagine that the filmmakers meticulously finessed the pacing and timing of each shot to get this just right.It’s also a great example of using match cuts to connect characters across time and space while maintaining a narrative connection — even though the scenes play out in isolation.If this inspires you to try something a little different in the future, don’t forget to follow Editing Modulations for more great editing craft insights.Cover image via Fox Searchlight.Looking for more editing tips and tricks? Check out these articles.3 Ways to Get Un-Stuck When You’re Struggling with An EditVideo Editing 101: Using The J, K, and L Key Editing ShortcutsProduction Tip: How to Edit a Fight Scene for Rhythm and Pacing5 Ways to Sharpen Your Film and Video Editing PerspectiveFilm Theory: Why Don’t We Notice All Those Editing Cuts? Sometimes you don’t need a long tutorial to pick up some new editing tricks. Check out our favorites from Editing Modulations.When it comes to learning more about film editing, one of my favorite new internet finds is the Editing Modulations Tumblr page. It’s a great mixture of two-second clips with lessons and short insights on specific cuts, transitions, and editing techniques.In this post, I’ve rounded up a selection of techniques that Editing Modulations has examined, and I added a few thoughts of my own with some additional links on the same topics. It’s absolutely worth clicking through to each of the examples to learn more about the editors involved and the context of the shot in the wider film.We’ll be taking a look at the following.Match CutsDissolvesHidden cutsWipes and transitionsCombining techniquesAs editors, we shouldn’t be afraid to get creative with our scene transitions, including the use of sound effects, wipes, and dissolves. If the director hates them, we can always take them out, but at least let’s try something a little different when we can.Editing with Match CutsVia Editing Modulations.These match cuts from Baby Driver are a good example of an editing technique that is usually scripted. That’s not to say that it’s impossible to have an organic match cut in your project, but more often than not, they’re pre-planned to get the visuals to match up exactly.There are a ton of other great examples of match cuts on Editing Modulations, so click through to see some from The Graduate, Snatch, and Schindler’s List.In the example above, you can see that the position of the actor and the movement of the black car draws your eye to the left, which moves into the dangling car in the second shot. The match cut’s “join” is largely around the position of Baby in the foreground — although other compositional elements also match, such as the cars on the left and right, the crane, and the B2 column.Via Editing Modulations.It’s also worth thinking about the meaning created by juxtaposing these two shots; it’s not just a nice visual transition.This match cut from Grease (1978) contrast’s the group’s imagination with reality. For Baby, it’s supposed to be a turning point in his criminal career. In this example (click through) from The Lost World: Jurassic Park, we actually see a “black comedy” match cut.Via Editing Modulations.Match cuts can be visually similar, but they can also be more metaphorical — you can match compositions, movement, energy, and emotion.In this example from The Lost City of Z, the movement and placement of the liquid moving from right to left matches the stream train traveling in the same direction. Although this could easily have been planned in production, it’s also a good example of a more organic match cut.Keeping an eye out for these possibilities, either as a filmmaker or an editor, definitely adds a further layer of meaning for your audience.If you want to see even more great examples of match cuts, check out the following PremiumBeat.com post, which includes this nicely edited supercut of match cuts from Celia Gomez.Using Dissolves in Your ProjectsVia Editing Modulations.Sometimes a dissolve can seem like a cop-out. As the old editing saying goes, “When you can’t solve it, dissolve it” — meaning that when the editor couldn’t think of a good way to make a cut work, they could just slap a dissolve on it.But in the right hands, and the right context, a dissolve can be a far more powerful transition — one that adds some visual connection and additional meaning.In this great example from Natural Born Killers, the dissolve connects Mallory’s cigarette smoke to the dragon’s breath.I think the challenge of the dissolve is that it actually requires extra thought to succeed. What is the sustained visual connection between the two shots? What meaning are you conveying with the juxtaposition?Is it about communicating the passage of time? Internal thoughts? Connections between characters across time and space? Whatever it is, there has to be some meaning, or the transition will feel unnecessary.When was the last time you successfully used a dissolve?This Guy Edits (Sven Pape) created a nice video essay that contrasts the successful use of dissolves in film with those that are just plain lazy.Pape argues that, in some ways, the dissolve is “the hardest cut” because it draws attention to itself, and so it really has to work — otherwise it will be drawing attention to its own failure.In the comments, Brenn Film shared an interesting observation that I’ve yet to try out for myself, but it sounds plausible:I learned a little trick to make dissolves ‘feel’ more cinematic. When editing digitally, usually dissolves are done in seconds. A multiple of 25 or 30 frames in length.Once upon a time, when dissolves were done in labs with a and b roll of negative, dissolves had the length of a multiple of 8 frames, due to closing and opening the iris from a to b roll. This amount ‘feels’ like [it’s] from the movies, and trust me . . . you can ‘feel’ the difference by a couple of frames already.So make your dissolves a multiple of 8, and they will ‘feel’ like the ones from the movies.To learn more about using dissolves in your edit, check out this great post by PremiumBeat’s Logan Baker.Hidden Cuts
“Our current provider is great. We are really happy with them. Like I told you, we’re really not thinking about changing right now.”5 minutes later . . .“They’re really good. We’ve worked with them a long time.”5 minutes later . . .“There is this one area where we would like a better result. We do have a few challenges.”5 minutes later . . .“We’re really having a tough time here. We need a better result. This is important. Our current provider isn’t getting this done for us.”When you first sit down with a contact inside your dream client, they don’t know you. You are a stranger (but hopefully you are known and your are known for the value you create). You can’t expect your new contact to bury their current supplier right out of the gate. And there is a reason to be concerned if they do.As you demonstrate your ability to listen and respond without judgment and without pitching them prematurely, they feel safe in opening up a little more. Remember, you are likely sitting across from the person who chose your competitor.Your dream client contact can get to this point with very little help from you if you let them. Sometimes when you push hard to create a gap between your dream client’s current state and a better future state, you cause them to resist and defend what they are doing, as well as their current provider.Selling is influence or persuasion, not force. In all human relationships, fast is slow and slow is fast. Make space for dissatisfaction. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
The hockey stick is a growth chart that shows some inflection point at which revenue goes up at an extremely high angle and continues in that direction forever.I’ve seen sales plans and projections that show a hockey stick for the future sales, even though there is no plan or data to support that kind of growth can be achieved, other than some data that points to the size of the market.When a company buys another company, they often buy a hockey stick chart that shows them how much revenue and profitability is going to grow, providing them with belief that their investment is going to grow, and showing them how they can very easily profit from their investment in a short period.But, the hockey stick eludes those who don’t understand what it takes to make revenue and profit grow. Reality intervenes, mocking them and their hockey stick chart. The chart in no way reflects what it really takes to produce those results.It is incredibly difficult to build a high-performing sales organization. Most people underestimate the amount of time, money, and energy required. Especially how much energy is required from leadership.Lots of companies lose focus because they get tied down in the day-to-day operational problems that plague every company. Their attention shifts away from client acquisition, order acquisition, and creating new revenue. Their energy is consumed by compliance, regulatory issues, and a list of other problems that have nothing to do with client acquisition and growth.The hockey stick chart comes only when you are firing on all cylinders, winning new clients, while retaining your existing clients and growing your wallet share. You have to get a lot of things right.Wanting growth isn’t the same as being motivated and driven to do what it takes to grow. You bring to life only what you focus on.If you bought the hockey stick chart, frame it and hang it on your wall. A picture is what you really bought. If you want results that look like a hockey stick, you are going to have to dig in and build a high-performing sales organization. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now
Too many startups worry about the wrong metric. That metric is “burn rate,” or how fast they are going to run through their cash—or more likely, their investor’s cash.Listen, you never, ever want to run out of cash. But counting off the months until you are out of cash, out of runway, and out of time isn’t the right focus. Here are five better metrics.New Clients ObtainedOne way to not run out of cash is to create more of it. The way you create cash is by acquiring paying clients (or customers if that word better suits your business).Your burn rate starts to lose its significance when you gain new clients and customers. If days go by without your acquiring new clients, your burn rate becomes more important. If weeks pass without your winning new clients, you don’t have the right focus. Entrepreneurs create customers.New RevenueYes, new revenue. New revenue is worth more to you than new investment money. It doesn’t matter how sexy investment money is, revenue is much, much sexier (and real investors think so, too). Speculator money isn’t real money.You might start a business with investor money, but you don’t run a business with investor money. You run a business with the money you create by selling to your clients.Entrepreneurs make money. They don’t spend investor’s money without also multiplying it.Gross ProfitGross profit is the money you have left after you subtract your expenses from your revenue. If you don’t have any revenue, then you don’t have any gross profit.If you don’t have any significant revenue, then you look at your burn rate. Generating gross profit is what keeps you from having to look at your burn rate.No business survives for long without gross profit in excess of their expenses. Investor money is not the solution to a lack of gross profit. The solution is to sell enough to generate gross profit.Net ProfitWant to be successful? Want to be a real entrepreneur? Keep some of the money that you make.A 5B company with no net profit isn’t as strong or as safe as a 125M company with 5M in profit. When there is a blip in the economy, the C-Suite will be removed from their posts and replaced by someone who knows how to keep a few of the 5B dollars.Be a strong, well-run business. Then worry about scale.PipelineWhat does your future client acquisition look like now? How many new clients will you obtain this quarter, next quarter, and this year? What will those clients pay you?The value of your pipeline is some prediction of your future. When you look at your burn rate, you are looking at how fast you are going to kill the business. When you look at your pipeline, you are looking at how fast you are going to grow your business. It’s a focus thing.If you are an entrepreneur, these metrics are your focus. If you believe in your idea, then focus on creating clients, not burn rate. You may even get to keep the business you started.
There is an iron law in sales that requires that you create value for your dream clients (or prospects) in every interaction. You are trading the value you create for their most precious commodities, their time and attention.When you disrespect the gift that is your dream client’s time and attention, you violate that iron law, and you alienate your dream client.Breaking the LawThere are certain questions that create no value for your prospective client. Let’s review a few of them now.“Do you have budget?” If this is your first time speaking with a prospective client, you have done an outstanding job making sure that they know you are qualifying them. You have also established yourself as self-oriented, and you have established your company as not-very-thoughtful.“Are you the person who would be making the decision to purchase?” You’re telegraphing your intentions here, aren’t you? This isn’t really a very good question early in a relationship. As a percentage, it creates exactly 0.0 percent value for your dream client.“How soon are you thinking about making a purchase decision?” For some reason, you believe that you have to have a fully qualified, ready-to-buy lead to pass onto the salesperson with whom you work.The reason you have trouble qualifying early in the conversation is because it is unnatural and because it subtracts value.Ignorance of the Law is No DefenseIf you can’t create value by identifying where your dream client is in their buying journey and addressing their needs there, they are right to refuse any request you make to move forward—with you or the person to whom you are supposed to be handing them to.If the salesperson who is supposed to receive this “qualified” lead can’t create value where your dream client is at the end of your conversation because you’ve done too much value creating, then they need to work much harder to pick up where you left off.Whatever your role is in sales, that role requires you to make every prospective client interaction valuable for them. You can do this and do the qualifying work you need to do, even if it requires you learn to ask more artful questions, and even if you have to teach and train your salesperson how to create additional value. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now
Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The sales pundit who tells you that there is no way to create value for your dream clients, that they prefer instead to buy without any help from a salesperson, has infected you with their belief, if you accept that statement as being true.The prognosticator who prematurely shouts that salespeople are going to lose jobs by the millions in the next few years has also installed a virus in your operating system, if you believe this is to be a fact and act on it.When someone puts forth the idea that one generation is not recognizable to previous generations and will not fall eventually into the patterns of the dominant culture they are a part of, they are sharing an opinion that doesn’t jive with the lessons of history.The idea that everything is going to collapse into being a simple transaction, regardless of industry, regardless of business, regardless of strategy, and regardless of any other fact is infecting you with their belief, even when this idea isn’t true.There are other beliefs, healthier beliefs, with which you might decide to be infected.You could choose to believe that you have the ability and the responsibility to create value for your dream clients, deciding that you can help them make better decisions because of what you know and how much you care.You can decide that while some sales jobs will disappear far into the future, that it won’t be yours. You might also look at the research and see for yourself that there is a massive shortage of salespeople now, and that it’s third on the list.You might also recognize that people of all generations share far more in common than their few differences. You can study history and realize that deep human needs don’t dominate behavior, even buying behaviors. Meet the new boss . . .Markets are changing, but they are not collapsing into being purely transactional. They are splitting into two different strategies. You can do as well in one as the other. You can choose to believe that you can choose to go the other direction and succeed.Some beliefs speak to your fears. These beliefs disempower you. Other beliefs speak to the better part of you, the part of you that is drive, purpose, and meaning. You can choose what you allow yourself to be infected with. Choose thoughtfully and carefully.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There are a few reasons it’s difficult to make your number in December.Defying the Natural Timeline of Opportunities: When you create an opportunity, there is a certain amount of conversations you need to have with your dream client, and there are certain commitments you need them to make and keep. Let’s assume it takes 6 hours of conversations to move through those commitments in deals that you win and that normally takes 6 different meetings, each meeting with its own specific agenda. Deciding to have 3 meetings of two hours each to cover two outcomes is not the same, and it isn’t likely to compress the natural timeline. Instead, trying to go faster than your dream client works against you, often subtracting from trust, and causing others to try to slow things down.Pushing Reveals a Self-Orientation: When you push people to push deals because you need the deal, the contacts you are working with can feel the shift in your attention. Because you want—or need—what you want now, your contacts can feel the shift in your intentions. Your language might also betray you, signaling that signing before the end of the year is more important to you than the outcomes you are working towards for your dream client. When you push, the person you are pushing can push back. If what you were doing was for your client’s benefit, it would feel different to them and would move things more quickly.Attention Shift: In the last month of the year, and especially during that last couple weeks, not much work gets done. People have already shifted their thinking to the following year, with little time left to do anything meaningful in the current year. If you initiative doesn’t have traction going into the year, you are likely to have the opportunity stalled until the third or fourth week of January. The shift of attention doesn’t serve you if your opportunity hasn’t matured and if you haven’t gained the commitments you need to be close enough to sign a contract.If moving the deal forward in time and agreeing to move forward benefits your client, making the case to do something to create value for them, then the best thing you can do is explain the benefit to your dream clients and ask them to accelerate the conversations to ensure they receive the benefit of moving forward. As difficult as this might be, it’s still more likely to help you than bad salesmanship.
Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Every task you scratch off your to-do list is only replaced by three more. Responding to an email only returns two more, both of which make some commitment on your time. There is never enough time to get everything done and, over time, you fall far enough behind that you need to start catching up.Here is a five-step plan for catching up and getting back on course.Preventative MeasuresThe first rule of getting out of a hole is to stop digging.Say No to Anything New: We all feel the need to be helpful to others and to be a team player. We agree to join this project or sit on this task group or lead this initiative, even though we agree to give it time we already can’t afford. It is both polite and professional to say no to requests for your time, especially when you are unable to give it the attention it deserves, and more so when that lack of time is going to make the project less than it might have been with someone passionate enough about it to give it their time.Renegotiate Your Commitments: If you have yes to something you should have said no to, do something about it now. The people you have made commitments to will forgive you if you ask them to allow you to bow out. They have their priorities, and they will almost invariably let you out when you explain that you need time for your most important tasks and projects. If you want to mitigate the fact that they need help, offer to introduce them to someone else who has the time and interest.Catching UpFocus on the few things that are most important and work until completed.Prioritize Your Work: Not all tasks and projects are equal in value to you, to your clients, or your business. Some of that you need to do is much more valuable, especially the ones required for the future results you need. You will never have an empty project or task list, but you can make good decisions about which few things deserve your time and focus. Starting with a simple list on a legal pad, write down what needs to be done first, as well as the next few tasks that should follow your biggest priority.Schedule Focus Blocks: Put two blocks of 90-minutes on your calendar for the most important outcome you need to produce. Put both of those blocks on the same day, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. Block out all distractions, including the phone, email, and especially the internet. Give your full attention to your task for 90 minutes without interruption. Each of the two blocks will feel to you like a good half day’s work, and if you are like most people, you will get more work done than you thought possible.Work to Completion: Complete the most important thing you need to do before moving on to the next item on your list. Start on the next most important outcomes once you complete the first. Not completing work only creates a greater feeling that you are not getting anything done. Nothing is coming off your list, and it feels like running on a treadmill that speeds up the longer you run. The benefit in this approach is that your most important work gets your time and energy—and it gets done.If you have fallen behind, these five steps will help you catch up. If you want help, check out b2bsalestoolkit.com.
Nar Bahadur Bhandari, one of the longest-serving chief ministers of Sikkim, died on Sunday, State government sources said.Mr. Bhandari, a three-term former Chief Minister, was 77. He is survived by his wife Dil Kumari Bhandari, a former MP, two daughters and a son. He breathed his last at a Delhi hospital this afternoon.Born in 1940 at Malbasey in West Sikkim, Mr. Bhandari was a teacher in a government school before he joined active politics. He became the Chief Minister of Sikkim for the first time in 1979 on a Janata Parishad ticket and then again in 1984 and 1989 on a Sikkim Sangram Parishad ticket. The founder of the SSP, Mr. Bhandari remained its President till his death.Known as a pragmatic and resilient leader, Mr. Bhandari was the second Chief Minister after L.D. Kazi to hold the reins of the fledgling state which officially became a part of the Indian Union in 1975. He was also a former president of Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee.“I am extremely sad and shocked to know about the untimely demise of Shri Nar Bahadur Bhandari. With his passing away, Sikkim has lost a worthy son of the soil whose contribution to the state and its people are unparalleld.” Chief Minister Pawan Chamling said.
The Odisha Human Rights Commission has no human face to represent it now.The rights watchdog, which was till recently functioning with a single member — acting chairperson B.K. Mishra — has no representative left now with his term coming to an end.The OHRC should have one chairperson, who should be a retired High Court judge, and two other members, who should be chosen on the basis of their experience in administrative and legal fields.Justice Mishra, who was elevated as acting chairperson, had been adjudicating matters single-handedly ever since former Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik resigned from its membership on April 28, 2015. Prior to that, the post meant for the second member had been lying vacant. Justice Mishra’s term ended on August 15.Unprecedented situation“This has created an unprecedented situation. People who want to fight for their rights have nowhere to go. We have long been warning the government that the situation will come to such a pass that the OHRC will be bereft of any member,” said Biswapriya Kanungo, a human rights lawyer.For the past three years, Justice Mishra was struggling to clear the backlog as the number of cases being filed annually had touched an average 5,000 and he had to handle more than dozen cases every day.According to Mr. Kanungo, the OHRC had not been taking human rights violation cases suo motu since there was only one functional member in the commission. “After the term of Justice Mishra came to an end, the OHRC has become defunct. The sooner the government fills up the three posts, the better it will be for the commission to address complaints related to rights violation.”“The situation has become worse. In the last couple of years, there have been more than 10 major custodial torture cases. Of those, four ended in deaths of the victims. About 30% to 40% of total cases filed in the OHRC are related to police atrocities. In the absence of members in the commission, people face hopeless situation,” said Mr. Kanungo. At present, more than 11,000 cases are pending with the OHRC, while all urgent matters relating broader State issues cannot be heard.