This morning, the Reader’s Digest Association and parent company RDA Holding Co. announced that Paul R. Tomkins is set to succeed Tom Williams as executive vice president and chief financial officer with the company. Tomkins is also slated to join RDA’s management executive committee. Tomkins will start his new position on May 23, joining RDA from the non-publishing sector where he was vice president controller of AT&T’s Business Solutions.Former CFO Williams became RDA president and CEO when Mary Berner parted ways with the company in late April. After Berner’s departure, Randall Curran, CEO of telecommunications company DELTACOM, Inc., filled her position as chairman of the RDA board.This announcement trails shortly after RDA announced its first quarter financials. Overall revenue in the first quarter of 2011 was $326 million, falling from $413.9 million in the first quarter of 2010 (during which RDA emerged from bankruptcy on February 20). From February 20 to March 31, 2010, RDA’s revenue totaled $156.2 million. RDA cites fewer magazine/book renewals, unprofitable product lines and less magazine issues for the revenue loss and for the EBITDA in the first quarter of 2011, which was at negative $25.2 million. In the first quarter of 2010, EBITDA was up at $9.5 million.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, May 16, 2019:#1) Wilmington Middle School Jazz Band Concert At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting the WMS Jazz Band at 2:30pm. The Wilmington Middle School Jazz Band under the direction of Anita DiLullo will perform a wonderful, heartfelt concert. Come enjoy the talent of Wilmington youth! Register HERE.#2) Drop-In MeditationThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding drop-in meditation at 12:30pm. If you’re interested in starting a meditation practice, join technology librarian, Brad McKenna, for his weekly drop-in meditation sessions. It will be a mixture of silent and guided meditations The Insight Timer app will be used so you can continue your practice at home.#3) Wilmington Elderly Services Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, January 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop The Samsung Notebook 7 Force. Samsung The Notebook 7 Force is Samsung’s newest 15.6-inch laptop, and it’s all clean lines and high performance wrapped up in a black metal chassis.The Force, which will start at $1,500 when it’s available in the US on July 26, is a traditional clamshell design — not a two-in-one like Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pro — and looks very much like it’s aimed at potential Razer Blade buyers. Samsung even went so far as to call the laptop’s color Blade Black. Though, seeing as how Apple kicks off WWDC 2019 tomorrow, I suppose it’s also possible Samsung was tired of waiting for Apple to bring back the black MacBook, too, and decided to give people another strong Windows option.And it does look from the specs like it’ll be a good fit for anyone after performance for content creation and gaming. Built around a full-HD display with thin bezels on the top and sides, the Notebook 7 Force has an eighth-gen Intel Core processor (Samsung doesn’t say which one, but I assume it’s an i7 at this price) and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. You’ll also get 16GB of memory and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD and room to add a 2.5-inch hard drive and another SSD.The Samsung Notebook 7 will be available in 13.3- and 15.6-inch sizes. Samsung If you don’t need the Force to be with you, Samsung also announced plain ol’ Notebook 7 laptops available in 13.3- and 15.6-inch sizes starting at $1,000. These look more like the Notebook 9 Pro, though again, they’re traditional clamshells and not two-in-ones. Components are similar to what you’ll find in the Force, but with integrated graphics and not the GTX 1650. There will, however, be a 15.6-inch configuration with entry-level GeForce MX250 discrete graphics.The Notebook 7 will also be available on July 26 in the US from Samsung and Amazon. Preorders start July 12.Also read: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti mobile, 1650 are the new cheap gaming graphics News • Hands-on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro $899 See All Intel Nvidia Razer Samsung Apple reading • Samsung Notebook 7 Force Macbook Pro alternative appears ahead of WWDC Apple Laptops Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Air (128GB, Gray, 2018) See it Apple MacBook Air See It Walmart $1,099 $1,199 Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Preview • The MacBook Air is dead. Long live the MacBook Air Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 0 Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment • Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It
[Representational Image]REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeThe telecom industry in India has taken a dramatic shift over the last few months after Reliance Industries entered the sector with its ambitious Reliance Jio in October 2016 offering free data and calls for six months. Since then, major telecom operators like Vodafone, Airtel, Idea and BSNL have introduced several tariff plans to retain their subscribers and survive the competition.Mobile phone users, irrespective of the network they are in, are benefiting from Reliance Jio effect, as they get more data and free voice calls for less money. However, they could be left confused as new tariff plans keep rolling out every now and then. So, here we give you the best 4G data tariff plans across the networks in India for the month of April 2017:Also read: This is how Reliance Jio’s rivalry with Airtel, Vodafone and Idea unfolded; best tariff plans for 2017Reliance Jio Jio users can avail Dhan Dhana Dhan Offer at Rs 309 and get 1GB of 4G data per day, and unlimited calls (both local and STD) and SMS for 84 days. However, non-prime members have to pay Rs 408 (Rs 99 for membership) for the same benefit.There is also Rs 509 plan that offers 2GB of 4G data per day, and unlimited voice calls and SMS (local and STD) for 84 days. However, non-prime members have to pay Rs 608 (Rs 99 for membership).Bharti AirtelThe Rs 399 plan offers 1GB of 4G data per day (500MB between 12 am and 6 am, 500MB between 7 am and 11 pm) for 70 days. It also comes with 300 minutes of Airtel-to-Airtel calls per day or 1,200 minutes of calls per week and 3,000 minutes of local or STD calls for 70 days.Rs 345 plan comes with 56GB of 4G data or for 28 days or 2GB per day. It also offers unlimited Airtel-to-Airtel local and STD calls for 70 days with a cap of 300 minutes per day and 3,000 minutes of local and STD calls to a different network.Rs 244 plan offers 1GB of 4G data per day and unlimited Airtel-to-Airtel calls for both local and STD for 70 days. However, 10 paise will be charged per minute after crossing the allotted daily use of 300 minutes and 1200 minutes per week. Representational imageReutersVodafone The network offers 1GB of 4G data per day for Rs 352 with a validity of 56 days. Those who opt for this plan will also get unlimited local and STD calls (300 minutes per day and 1200 minutes per week). However, there is no free SMS facility. A man casts silhouette onto an electronic screen displaying logo of Vodafone India after a news conference to announce the half year results in Mumbai, India, November 10, 2015.Reuters fileIdea Cellular The Rs 297 plan comes with 1GB of 4G data per day and is valid for 70 days. It offers unlimited Idea to Idea local and STD calls. It has a daily cap of 300 minutes of call per day and 1200 minutes per week.The Rs 447 plan offers 1GB of 4G data for 70 days. It also comes with unlimited Idea-to-Idea calls both local and STD and 3,000 minutes of calls to other networks. Idea Cellular’s Managing Director Himanshu Kapania speaks during a news conference to announce the company’s quarterly results in Mumbai October 24, 2013.Reuters fileBSNL Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited’s Rs 249 plan offers 10GB of data per day or 300GB per month at a speed of 2 Mbps for the initial 1GB before falling to 1 Mbps for the remaining 9GB. It comes with unlimited free calls between 9 pm and 7 am (unlimited free calls all day on Sunday). Facebook/BSNL India
Worried that your son or daughter sleep more even during final exams week? If so, take heart. According to a study, students who sleep for eight hours are more likely to perform better. “Better sleep helped in final exam performance, which is contrary to most college students’ perceptions that they have to sacrifice either studying or sleeping,” said Michael Scullin, Assistant Professor at Baylor University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor improvement in academic performance, a student does not have to be an ‘A’ grade, the researchers said. The findings showed that whether a student was an A, B, C, or D student before their final exam, sleeping eight hours was associated with a four-point grade boost. “It is worth noting that one student who had a D-plus grade before the final but slept more than eight hours for a week during finals week remarked that it was the first time her brain worked while taking an exam,” Scullin said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePoor sleep is common during finals as students cut back on sleep, deal with more stress, use more caffeine and are exposed to more bright light, all of which may disrupt sleep. Fewer than 10 per cent of undergraduates maintain the recommended average of 8 hours a night or even the recommended minimum of 7 hours, the researchers said. In the study, the students were given extra points if they met “the 8-hour Challenge” – averaging eight hours of sleep for five nights during final exams week. The participants included undergraduate interior design students and students in upper-level psychology. They wore sleep-monitoring wristbands for five days for accurate results.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Will texting be the new hip, retro user experience for digital content?Digital news outlet Quartz, which is owned by the parent company of The Atlantic, just announced a new app for displaying and featuring news that looks and operates like the texting screen on your smartphone. Users communicate with the app as if they were texting with a friend. The app answers questions about the news, populates the text feed with gifs and emoticons, and just like your friends, it learn what interests you and what doesn’t. Each text session lasts only a few minutes, perfect for when you are waiting in line or on the bus.Image Credit: QuartzThe app will send push notifications when there is a major update in a story you are following, and sometimes the updates arrive in haiku form — a pretty adorable feature.Related: The Rules of Business TextingThe Quartz app features stories from many news outlets, not just stories written on the platform.Image Credit: QuartzAlso, if a user is following the stock market and has an Apple Watch, the Quartz app will have a single emoji pop up on your watch communicating whether the markets are doing well or poorly.Image Credit: QuartzWhile the app is currently only available for iOS, Quartz says it will soon release an Android version. It’s free for users and will generate revenue from ads displayed within the app.The idea of meeting consumers where they are has been a chronic, unabetting Damoclean sword over the journalism industry. The pressure to evolve rapidly has only accelerated as the number and types of screens in our lives has grown.Related: Why Texting is the New Email in the Hiring ProcessIt doesn’t sound like Quartz is entirely convinced that it has the golden solution, but it is trying something bold. “This is a big and broad endeavor for Quartz as we experiment with new formats,” says Zachary Seward, executive editor of Quartz, in a blog post announcing the new app. “Mobile has developed a lot in the last few years, and we saw some new opportunities worth exploring.” Just text me. Quartz isn’t alone in its endeavor to utilize a text-messaging user interface, which, without exaggerating, might be dubbed a bit of an app-splosion.For example, Talkspace is a service that lets users message with a therapist for $25 a week via their smartphones.Image Credit: TalkspaceAnd Magic is a personal assistant service that users engage with by texting “83489,” a number that correlates with the word “Magic.”Image Credit: MagicJonathan Libov, a partner at the esteemed venture capital firm Union Square Ventures, says that he is thankful to be able to text the New York City MTA to find out when the next bus is coming. “Sure, an app that put the bus on a map would be more rich in information, but when I got to texting Bus Time I thought, “Thank god I don’t need to download another f—— app for this,” Libov wrote in a blog post.There is no learning curve for texting, Libov points out. Everyone who uses a smartphone understands it intuitively.“There’s only really only one way to skin this cat: The text I type is displayed on the right, the text someone else typed is on the left, and there’s an input field on bottom for me to compose a message,” Libov writes.And in a world where consumers are constantly overwhelmed trying to keep up with the barrage of new apps and technologies every day, along with the latest news, then simple, intuitive user experiences might just be where it’s at.IMHO.Related: 5 Rules for Texting Anyone You Do Business With February 12, 2016 4 min read Register Now »
Educational channel English Club TV has struck an agreement for distribution with UAE-based service provider Du. The channel is now available in Du’s basic package in standard definition. The deal was struck through local agency SAWA Media. English Club TV is represented in the region by reseller Represent TV.“Expats from all over the world have always played an important part in the development of Dubai as an International city, attracting millions of tourists every year. The English language is an important communication tool amongst the many different nationalities living in UAE for business and cultural exchange,” said Andrew Semchenko, CEO of EСTV.“With the innovative educational content of the English Club TV channel, together with SAWA Media we are creating a fun and easily accessible environment for those who want to learn and improve their English language skills in an effective and exciting way.”