Derby v QPR: Austin back, trio absent

first_imgCharlie Austin returns to the starting line-up for QPR at Derby, Yun Suk-Young makes his first appearance of the season and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Tjaronn Chery and Massimo Luongo are all absent.Austin, fit again after a recent injury, comes in for Emmanuel-Thomas up front.Yun, who has been overlooked at left-back in favour of Paul Konchesky, is deployed in a more advanced role, replacing Chery.Meanwhile, James Perch is restored, with Nedum Onuoha returning to centre-back because Clint Hill is out with a knee injury, and there is also a starting place for Alejandro Faurlin.Derby are without the suspended George Thorne and the injured Tom Ince.Derby: Carson, Christie, Forsyth, Keogh, Hendrick, Martin, Russell, Shackell, Johnson, Butterfield, Weimann.Subs: Grant, Bryson, Bent, Baird, Pearce, Hanson, Warnock.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Henry, Faurlin, Tozser, Yun, Phillips, Austin.Subs: Smithies, Angella, Fer, Hoilett, Doughty, Polter, Blackwood.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Paywall for The New York Times Set for March 28

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img The New York Times has finally announced the terms and pricing for its paywall that will go into effect beginning March 28. The paywall is porous, meaning that you’ll be able to read 20 articles a month without having to pay.But once you click on that 21st article, you’ll have to pony up a new subscription fee for online viewing – $15 per month for access to the website and a mobile phone app, $20 for Web access and an iPad app, and $35 for an all-access subscription plan. If you’re a subscriber to the paper version (remember paper versions of newspapers?), this digital access will be included.Even though the paywall will go into effect after reading 20 articles, you will still be able to access stories that have been shared via Facebook, Twitter, and Google.Are People Willing to Pay for Digital News?“A few years ago it was almost an article of faith that people would not pay for the content they accessed via the Web,” said The New York Times Company Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr., calling the move an “investment in our future.” The new revenue sources will help the newspaper maintain its “journalistic mission and digital innovation.”Despite Sulzberger’s contention that people are now willing to pay for digital news, a recent Pew study found that few people do. Only 18% of respondents in its most recent survey indicated they’d be willing to pay $10 a month for online access to local news. The New York Times can’t really be described as a local newspaper, of course, but it remains to be seen if people are willing to pay $15 for a digital subscription.Is $15 Too Much?And as news hit this morning about the NYT paywall, many have balked at the $15 fee. Dave Winer wondered why there wasn’t something more offered to online subscribers. “Wouldn’t it have been wise to, at this juncture, offer something to sweeten the deal. Something truly exciting and new that you get when you pay the money. Something that makes your palms sweat and your heart beat faster?”Currently, what’s offered – other than online access, of course – is the promise of helping the newspaper survive. Indeed, in its announcement of the paywall this morning, The New York Times says that, “the fragile condition of the industry has left newspapers with few other choices.” What choice will you make? Will you subscribe?Disclosure: ReadWriteWeb and The New York Times are syndication partners. audrey watters Related Posts last_img read more

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How to win in the booming China babytech market

first_imgMatthew Ryan Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Thanks to the relaxing of the single-child policy in 2016, China is predicted to be heading towards a baby boom, with the number of newborns predicted to reach 18 million by 2018. As a result, the countries already crazy annual spending on baby products is set for 15 per cent year-on-year growth, rising to RMB 969 billion ($147.4 billion) by 2020. Chinese born in the ’80s and ’90s are fearless tech lovers, with a recent survey finding that 60% of the population consider themselves early adopters. Babytech sales are already strong, and these changing demographics paired with a growing urban middle class are set to See also: Is smart baby tech a parent’s dream or worst nightmare?A number of babytech devices have already created a furor in China. In particular Moodoo, a smart fetal monitoring patch which managed to raised more than $4.3 million in five minutes. Other successes have been smart milk formula mixing machines, like NicePapa and the number of smart thermometers and monitoring devices. We spoke to Liang Du, CEO of Mommy Knows, an OEM/ODM company that focuses on Smart Diapers, Oscar Chan of Bimado, a foreign owned, but Chinese based baby tech manufacturer and Lucas Wang, CEO of hardware collaboration platform, HWTrek. They gave us the info on what overseas companies need to succeed in this flourishing smart product market. Consider the Chinese family as a wholeA difficult recent history and rapidly changing social milieu have created complex sets of consumer demands that are distinct from the US. Young Chinese parents are some of the savviest, early adopters in the world and make, informed, research-driven tech consumption decisions. Unfortunately, the situation is not as simple as marketing strictly towards this demographic. Grandparents commonly take the role of raising children, while parents work long working hours. According to Liang Du, creators of babytech devices “Always have to consider three factors. First, the user (baby), then the person purchasing the device (the parents) and finally the operator (grandparents).” Older generations of Chinese mostly grew up poor, in a country that was technologically behind the rest of the world and are confused by complex features. They also hold a number of folk beliefs that are incomprehensible to non-natives. For example, Bimado found at the testing stage, that many older Chinese believe that the correct treatment for a child with a fever is to wrap them in as many layers as possible, making it impossible for their device to get accurate temperature readings. Oscar Chan recommends that overseas companies in the babytech field in China, “study the overall preference of the whole Chinese household, rather than thinking about consumers individually.” You need to make the device simple enough for this generation to use, while still being technically advanced to attract parents. Being foreign is no longer enoughChina has changed. The catchment of buying a product from the West is fading and consumers are starting to prefer Chinese electronics brands. This is especially true of IoT and smart products, where China is widely perceived as having a competitive advantage. The ecosystem for smart products in Shenzhen and the rest of China is so advanced, that it is almost impossible for overseas companies to compete on features. Oscar Chan, recommends that it’s better to concentrate on branding, industrial design, and product safety: “Many Chinese products have really strong features but feel cheap or look ugly. Foreign companies can really add value and be competitive through telling a story…. branding, industrial design, swish UI and safety certification.” These views are echoed by Lucas Wang: “For more simple functioning hardware you can’t differentiate on hardware because that is easily replicated, the real value for Chinese consumer is in services and user experience.”Companies need to be special. The market is much more mature than the West and consumers have seen a lot before. Just adding BlueTooth, Wifi, and an app to a traditional toy, is not enough to woo consumers. According to Liang Du, If you do want to go down that path of adding technical features to a familiar baby product, then “make sure that every last bit of your design is as good as the traditional product.”Find a local partnerMao Zedong said “Women hold up half the sky,” but in modern Chinese households, the mother now has an even greater share of the decision making process. As Liang Du explains, “The role of the father in shopping has been reduced to only suggestions. It’s useless selling a babytech product on features or techy spec stuff that men like. You need to use more feminine trigger words in your branding like “natural” and “environmentally friendly.”To meet the demands of the China market, it is best to work with a Chinese partner. The supply chain in Shenzhen and the rest of China is pretty complete, from sensor manufacturers to specialist babytech design houses. Foreign companies who base themselves in China, can take advantage of this ecosystem and get both the edge on the local market and the global one. As Oscar Chan explains that “Shenzhen has become so international. The company I work with has a Swiss designer. Shenzhen had a good downstream ecosystem and now they have upstream as well. Everything is here.”Lucas Wang adds: “Working with a local design house or manufacturer, means that you are able to meet the rapidly changing preferences of local consumers. The preferences of Chinese parents change so quickly and without a local partner, you are fumbling around in the dark.”center_img Tags:#baby#babytech#China#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#top Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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