Ad Portals Make Gains Among Publishers

first_img$1,000-$4,99916% Less than $25010% REVENUESAVINGS $50,000-$99,9993% $500-$9997% $250-$4992% $100,000-$199,9990% Smaller publishers are adopting ad portals, too, including regional publisher Connecticut Cottages and Gardens. “I think ad portals are going to become big business,” art and production director Matthew Hageman told FOLIO: recently. “They save so much time and aggravation. We’ve logged more hours than we can count troubleshooting files for people.“I think it can even deter smaller advertisers who can’t afford an agency from advertising at all,” Hageman added. “The idea that an advertiser can drop a file on a Web site, have it preflighted in seconds, and upon approval be placed into the printer’s workflow, is phenomenal.”Estimated Annual Savings by Using an Ad Portal System The percentage of magazine publishers using ad portals—Internet-based processing and delivery systems that streamline the online submission of ad files from advertisers and agencies to publishers and printers—grew just one percentage point to 22 percent in 2008, according to FOLIO:’s 2008 Manufacturing and Production Trend Survey. But there is evidence that ad portals are gaining favor among both larger and smaller publishers. Quad Graphics this week said Condé Nast adopted its AdShuttle technology to support the publisher’s online ad portal, Condé Nast Transmit, which launched last fall. Approximately 60 percent of Condé Nast’s advertisers and agencies are now using Transmit. Submitted files are available to Condé Nast as a jpeg image in Publishers Studio, a management system that features AdSync and Impoze. Jpegs can then be dropped into the electronic magazine layout. Quad Graphics says Publishers Studio goes beyond basic ad portals to incorporate advertising, editorial and advanced versioning functionality into one real-time operating tool. According to David Orlin, senior vice president, operations and strategic sourcing, Transmit “has enabled us to streamline the process of receiving and handling ad materials from our advertisers and to develop one unified workflow for all Condé Nast magazines.” More than $500,0002% $10,000-$19,99914% $200,000-$499,9999% $5,000-$9,99910% $20,000-$49,99910% SOURCE: 2008 FOLIO: Manufacturing and Production Trends Surveylast_img read more

The story behind the Crazy Rich Asians Black Panther viral cast photo

first_imgThe Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther viral joint cast photo was made possible by Harry Shum Jr. Steven Lam When the casts of Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther posed together for a photo at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, the shot immediately went viral. The picture — which includes Crazy Rich Asians stars Constance Wu and Harry Shum Jr., as well as Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o — lit up the internet with delight.Turns out the moment was made possible by Shum, who just wanted to show his appreciation for the Black Panther ensemble, which won best cast in a motion picture at the awards ceremony.”I remember going to some [Crazy Rich Asians] cast members and saying, ‘Yo, let’s go say congratulations to the Black Panther cast,'” Shum said in an interview. “And then that happened.” “It was just this thing that started. People saw us mingling, and it was like, this is a perfect example of what Hollywood should be like, what it needs to do,” he continued. “It’s not just about your own community. How do you reach out with the community in mind, and collaborate or just support?”Shum spoke at a reception Thursday evening in Los Angeles for the Gold House A100, a list that honors Asians and Asian Americans in tech, entertainment and business. The list, announced earlier this month, includes several Crazy Rich Asians stars, including Shum, Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina and director Jon M. Chu. On Friday, Gold House also gave Chu its inaugural A1 award for the “single most impactful Asian of the year.”Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther were two of last year’s cultural milestones. The two films represented a push in Hollywood to tell more diverse stories and get more people of color on screen and behind the camera. Both movies were critical and commercial successes, and proved that movies with predominantly nonwhite casts could do well at the box office. 2:02 0 Now playing: Watch this: 2019 movies to geek out over Share your voice Danai Gurira, woman of actioncenter_img For Shum, the joint cast photo was an encapsulation of that push for representation. “It’s just a celebration of being there at this award show when so many faces have been erased or have been invisible,” he said. “And just to be there and see [the Black Panther cast] holding those trophies, it’s special.”Outside of entertainment, other heavy hitters honored by Gold House include Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Momofuku chef David Chang and Toronto Raptors point guard Jeremy Lin.Gold House also tries to ensure the success of projects driven by Asian people. A campaign by the group called #GoldOpen aims to buoy opening weekends by urging donors to buy out movie theaters and snap up tickets in bulk. The group made a big push around Crazy Rich Asians last year, which has grossed almost $240 million at the box office to date, and is the top grossing romantic comedy in 10 years. Tags 77 Photos Post a comment Culture Black Pantherlast_img read more

Close to 100 stocks trading nearing lifetime high on BSE

first_imgEmployees of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) carry a cake outside the building for the celebrations marking the Sensex index rising over 30,000, in Mumbai, April 26, 2017.Reuters fileThe party continues on Indian stock markets, with the benchmark indices consolidating their previous day’s gains and hitting new highs on Thursday in early trade, tracking bullish Asian cues. At around 9.30 am, the BSE Sensex hit 30,306 while the Nifty was up 26.75 points at 9,434, led by metal and realty stocks. The upbeat mood lifted 98 stocks close to their lifetime high in early trade; some of these are GAIL (India), Force Motors, Thyrocare Technologies, Sun TV Network, TVS Motor, Piramal Enterprises, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, Ceat, Tata Chemicals, Titan Company, Petronet LNG, Godrej Consumer Products, SpiceJet, HDFC, Britannia Industries, Hindustan Unilever (HUL), Ultratech Cement and CESC.At around 12.35 pm, the indices were trading with higher gains; the Sensex was up 96 points at 30,344 and Nifty at 9,446, a gain of 39 points.The rupee gained marginally at 64.52 to the US dollar on Thursday in early session.Union Bank of India was up 2.66 percent at Rs 181. The state-owned lender plans to raise Rs 6,390 crore this fiscal, including Rs 4,950 crore via issue of shares. For Q4, the bank reported 12.5 percent rise in net profit at Rs 108 crore on a year-on-year basis, helped by write-back of excess provisions of income tax. The net interest income rose 14.5 percent YoY to Rs 2,387 crore. The logo of Union Bank of India is pictured on the wall of its branch in Kolkata, India, April 11, 2017.Reuters filelast_img read more

Defects in 2D semiconductors could lead to multicolored lightemitting devices

first_img The researchers, led by Sefaattin Tongay, Joonki Suh, and J. Wu, at the University of California, Berkeley, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, and MIT, have published their paper on the effects of point defects on 2D semiconductors in a recent issue of Nature’s Scientific Reports.”Typically, defects in materials are considered something not wanted,” Tongay told “On the contrary, most of the functionalities of the materials are enabled by various imperfections such as defects. In this work, we show that engineering the defects in two-dimensional materials allows us to create another light emission channel and also enhance the light emission. “This is likely to be a milestone in the field. We scientists did not know how to observe defects by optical methods, and here we have found the first signatures of defects in 2D semiconductors. That’s exciting. Apparently, defects are another way to tune/activate the material’s properties on-demand.”While the physics of point defects in 3D semiconductors has been widely studied, much less is known about point defects in the more recently developed 2D semiconductors. The low-dimensional electronic systems are highly susceptible to disorder and imperfections. In 2D semiconductors, this propensity is expected to strongly influence electronic and excitonic processes. One such type of newly emerging 2D semiconductor is monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). Because TMDs have direct band gaps, meaning electrons can directly emit photons, they are promising light-emitting materials. Here, the scientists found that removing chalcogen (sulfur) atoms from a 0.7-nm-thick sample of the TMD MoS2 significantly changes its optical properties. As the number of defects in the material increases, the overall brightness of the light that is emitted by the material increases. This light has a photoluminescence peak at 1.90 eV, which determines its wavelength and color. But the defects also created a new photoluminescence peak at 1.78 eV. Citation: Defects in 2D semiconductors could lead to multi-colored light-emitting devices (2013, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Explore further , Scientific Reports More information: Sefaattin Tongay, et al. “Defects activated photoluminescence in two-dimensional semiconductors: interplay between bound, charged, and free excitons.” Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep02657center_img Journal information: Nature The photoluminescence spectrum at 77K for pristine MoS2 and MoS2 with defects created by two different irradiation doses. The defects enhance the intensity of the original photoluminescence peak (X0) as well as create a new peak (XB). Credit: Tongay, et al. ©2013 Nature Scientists enhance light emission in 2D semiconductors by a factor of 100 The scientists found that this lower energy peak dominates the photoluminescence spectrum at low temperatures, and becomes weaker as the temperature increases until it completely disappears above 250 K (-23 °C). However, at room temperature, the presence of such defects enhances the light emission. This observation goes against the conventional wisdom in the new field of 2D semiconductors, which has been that optical emission intensity at room temperature is sufficient criteria for assessing the crystal quality of 2D semiconductors; the results here suggest that assessments of crystal quality should involve low-temperature photoluminescence measurements.The scientists also demonstrated that vacancy defects have similar effects on the optical properties of two other TMDs, MoSe2 and WSe2. These results indicate that the effects of point defects are likely universal in other 2D semiconductors, as well.The researchers propose that the underlying mechanism of these effects depends on the interaction of the defect sites with nitrogen gas in the air. In vacuum, the defects did not have any effect on the TMDs’ optical properties. The scientists explain that N2 molecules in the air may drain free electrons from the material at the defect sites, which results in a greater proportion of free excitons (electrons bound to holes) in the material. Some portion of the free excitons then get trapped and bound by the defect vacancies, forming bound excitons. Eventually, both free and bound excitons recombine radiatively and yield two distinct light emission peaks at 1.90 eV (~650 nm) and 1.78 eV (~700 nm), respectively. Since researchers can create these defects by irradiation or thermal annealing, the defect density—and the resulting changes in the material’s optical properties—can be controlled via defect engineering. This ability could lead to the production of 2D semiconductors with multiple bandgaps, multi-colored light-emission devices, and optical gas sensors, among other applications.”With a smart design, point-defective 2D semiconductors potentially show better materials performance, which can be realized by uncovering defect physics in 2D systems,” Suh said. “That’s our team’s ultimate goal!” When scientists remove individual atoms in a semiconductor material, the resulting vacancies become point defects. Contrary to what their name implies, these defects can have beneficial effects on the semiconductor’s properties and enable most functionalities of electronic materials. In a new study, researchers have demonstrated that point defects in 2D semiconductors result in an increase in the overall room-temperature photoluminescence intensity. Further, the defects create a new emission peak that could lead to a better understanding of defect physics in 2D semiconductors as well as future applications such as multi-colored light-emitting devices.last_img read more