The Beauty Products Amy Schumer Can’t Live Without Are . . . Secret Deodorant and Toilet Paper

first_imgAMY SCHUMER talked about her beauty “regimen” in a new interview with “In Style” magazine.Here are her six best quotes . . .1.  She wears normal-person deodorant.  Quote, “I use Secret.  I tried the natural ones, but my body was just like, ‘Stop all that.  Just die early and don’t smell like a foot.”2.  She also said the one “beauty product” that she can’t live without is . . . toilet paper.  She didn’t name a brand, but she’s pretty down-to-Earth, so it probably isn’t any of that posh, aloe-infused, eight-ply, perforated by hand, fair trade, gluten-free nonsense.  (???)3.  She doesn’t know if she’ll get Botox or filler.  Quote, “I’m not against it.  I’m pretty sure I’ll never get any sort of surgery, but no proclamations.“I cannot imagine a moment when I’ll need filler for my face, as if it needs to be filled.  Can we un-fill this?  Let’s get an emptier.”4.  Her parents raised her to be confident.  Quote, “My parents made me think I was a genius supermodel, and it was kind of too late when I found out that they’d been lying.”5.  But her confidence has been challenged by fame.  Quote, “I’m also realistic because if I look my absolute best and go to an awards thing, I’m still going to be seated next to Blake Lively or Emily Ratajkowski.  So, that can break your heart or you can be like, ‘This is pretty good.  I’ll take this level.’”6.  She’s been with her boyfriend Ben for almost a year and a half, but they can’t ALWAYS be together.  Quote, “I need a lot of alone time.  Right now, I’m getting my period, and I just don’t like him, you know?  My PMS is no joke.”For what it’s worth, Amy is on the cover of the magazine, wearing a one-piece bathing suit.  It’s low-cut, and she looks great.  But of course, that didn’t stop the trolling.A woman named Dana Duggan who owns a company called South Shore Swimwear made this hurtful comment . . .  Quote, “Come on now!  You couldn’t find anyone better for this cover?  Not everyone should be in a swimsuit . . . I don’t think it’s an attractive photo.”last_img read more

Takeaways from the WP Bacon “A More Accessible WordPress Panel Discussion”

first_imgAt yesterday’s WPBacon A More Accessible WordPress panel discussion, hosts Robert Neu and Ozzy Rodriguez invited several WordPress accessibility advocates to discuss accessible websites and the current status of accessibility in WordPress. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch the live talk. However, thanks to WPBacon posting their video online, I watched the chat this afternoon.The panel included:Joseph O’Connor, leader for the Make WordPress Accessible teamMorten Rand-Hendriksen, staff author at Lynda.comRian Rietveld, WordPress developer, author of Genesis Accessible plugin, Make WordPress Accessible team member Though I read several web accessibility posts and track accessibility news on Twitter, I learned several new things about WordPress accessibility.Top TakeawaysThe goal of web accessibility is to make our content available to people of all abilities, including people with disabilities. Not everyone accesses the web the same way you do.Accessibility affects everyone. Consider a person with poor eyesight, someone who has broken their arm and can no longer use a mouse, a person who is hard of hearing, or someone who can’t distinguish different colors.Accessibility has been ignored by the majority of designers and developers. Main issue is not that designers/developers don’t want to create accessible websites; it’s that they’re not aware how to start. Education is needed.The easiest way to learn about accessibility is to experience it first-hand. Put your mouse away for an hour (I recommended this accessibility technique earlier this year.) Turn on VoiceOver on your iOs device or TalkBack on your Android device. Install the ChromeVox screen reader extension in Chrome and listen to how Google “reads” your website. You’ll be amazed at the content you’re not able to access and what information you’re not including on your website.Look for websites doing accessibility right. Examples we can learn from include the BBC and Gov.uk. The BBC has published Accessibility Guidelines highlighting methods to make their websites accessible.Government websites are required to be accessible. Since Drupal is far ahead of WordPress in terms of accessibility, WordPress is losing out to Drupal for government sites.The WordPress Accessibility team is doing a great job of making the WordPress backend accessible. The team works closely with WordPress core developers to test and advise on WordPress accessibility. Unfortunately, the front-end of WordPress (themes and plugins) aren’t accessible..5 percent (less than 1 percent) of WordPress themes are accessible. Only 13 out of 2,531 themes in the WordPress theme directory (as of May 28, 2014) are tagged with the label “accessibility-ready”.Creating accessible WordPress themes isn’t hard. WordPress Accessibility Guideliness for themes covers images, media, headings, link text, keyboard navigation, contrast, skip links, and forms. Currently, the Theme Accessibility Audit offers an optional review for themes submitted with the “accessibility-ready ” tag.WordPress developers can start improving accessibility by ensuring keyboard navigation is available. Rian pointed out that the majority of accessibility issues would be resolved if keyboard navigation works.The Underscores theme provides a good foundation for creating an accessible theme. Created as a theme for developers to build on, Morten recommended and discussed the accessibility features already built into Underscores (except for accessible drop-down menus, which can be replaced by the code snippet on the A11yProject site).Get InvolvedJoseph invited the WordPress community to get involved with the Make WordPress Accessibility team. There’s a need for technical writers, developers, outreach, theme developers, and documentation specialists on the team. The team has a weekly IRC chat on Wednesdays at 19:00 UTC. All are welcome to join.If you’re on Twitter, connect with the people doing WordPress accessibility work by following the #wpaccessibility#wpa11y tag. Or follow WordPress Accessibility on Facebook.ResourcesSeveral sites, extensions, and blog posts were mentioned during the chat. Here are a few you may find helpful in learning about and testing accessibility on your sites and applications.The Accessibility Project: great accessibility resource of posts and checklists for the front-end developer. Check out the Patterns widget and pattern library. Led by Dave Rupert, the project was kicked off in 2013. Several web developers contribute updates and posts regularly (read how A11yProject started).Contrast Ratio: online tool created by Lea Verou, that allows you to ener background color and text color to test the color contrast for testing Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Overview: a quick review of the guidelines from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).WAVE: web accessibility evaluation tool created by WebAIM allows you to quickly test the accessibility of a web page. Also available as a Firefox addon.I Want to See Like the Colour Blind: Chrome extension that allows you to right click a page and view the page as someone with one of eight forms of color blindnessShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedTakeaways from Online WordPress Accessibility WorkshopAt this month’s full-day Online WordPress Accessibility Workshop hosted by Knowbility, Robert Jolly shared his experience and knowledge as he discussed the current status of WordPress accessibility and explained the accessibility features built-in to the popular content management system. In addition, Jolly offered practical advice and tips to content writers,…In “Accessibility”November 25, 2012: Weekly Roundup of Web Development and Design ResourcesThis week’s resources include tips for using CSS for tasks you built in JavaScript in the past, accessibility in HTML5, an online application for quickly building responsive prototypes, a Modernizr tutorial, and more. For U.S. readers, I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends! CSS Building A…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: September 4, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll find out how Skype onboards users, find out how to move beyond simple accessibility requirements to make content accessible to low-vision users, learn about the anatomy of responsive images, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the Coming New Year

first_imgHappy holidays!This year has been amazing and I’m grateful to all my followers and everyone who stopped by the blog to read a post, leave a comment, or simply say hi.I hope you all have a happy holiday with family and friends! For the coming year, I wish you the gifts of happiness, friendship, and good health.My weekly web design and development news post is taking a break over the holiday and will resume on Friday, January 4, 2019. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWishing You Happy Holidays and the Best for the New YearHappy holidays! Thank you for all the comments, email messages, and tips you’ve shared this year. It’s been wonderful to meet you online as well as in person at the Detroit User Experience, Metro Detroit WordPress, and Refresh Detroit meetups. And I can’t forget everyone I’ve met at WordCamps and…In “Miscellaneous”Wishing You Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!Thank you for all the comments, email messages, and tips you’ve sent me this year. It’s been wonderful to meet you online as well as in person at Meetup groups, conferences, and networking events. I hope your holidays are filled with peace, joy, and happiness with your friends and family.…In “End of year”Celebrating Workers on Labor DayThank you to all the workers in the American and Canadian labor movements who worked to give us safe working conditions and a 40-hour work week. Hope you enjoy a safe and happy Labor Day! About the Image The image in today’s blog post depicts the 1882 labor festival held…In “Miscellaneous”last_img read more

Back to basics: Understanding your paid search metrics

first_img HomeDigital MarketingBack to basics: Understanding your paid search metrics Posted on 28th November 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsThe California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Lytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 One of the great things about paid search is the fact that you can track everything. If someone visits your store after seeing your billboard or TV spot, there’s no real way to trace that. However, if someone sees your paid search ad and visits your website, you know how they got to your site. You know which ad they saw, what copy they responded to and even what search term triggered your ad.There’s so much data that it can be hard to figure out what it all means or what to do with it. Impression counts, clickthrough rates, cost-per-click…how do you sort through it all and use your paid search metrics to make intelligent decisions?I mean, what’s the point of having all of that data if you don’t know what to do with it?To make matters worse, a lot of this data can be hard to properly interpret, so even experienced online marketers often draw the wrong conclusions from their data or focus on the wrong metrics in their accounts. So, if you’ve ever stared at your paid search account and wondered, “What am I missing?”, this article is for you.Are you focused on the right paid search metrics?If you’re like most online marketers, you probably have several campaigns running, at least a dozen ads and over a hundred keywords to keep track of. And that’s if your account is on the small side.Every one of those campaigns, ads, ad groups and keywords can give you a wealth of information about your audience and how effective your advertising is…but only if you know how to use your data.These days, paid search is so competitive that it isn’t enough to simply set up Google Analytics and keep an eye on your cost-per-click. You need to know how to interpret every aspect of your paid search data and use it to optimize the performance of your account.Now, while that might sound like a daunting task, most of the information in your paid search account can be broken down into three manageable pieces: information about your traffic, information about conversions and information about sales.Let’s take a look at each of these three types of data and how you can use them to interpret what’s happening in your paid search account.What sort of traffic are you getting?When it comes to paid search advertising, most marketers tend to focus on traffic-related metrics like impressions, cost-per-click (CPC) or click-through rate (CTR). After all, the main reason why you run paid search campaigns is to drive more traffic to your website.And, not surprisingly, paid search platforms like Google Ads and Bing Ads are full of traffic-related information: device segmentation data, keyword info, impression share insights, and more. For Google and Bing, this info is incredibly easy to track and supply and it’s what most of their users are interested in.What you can learn from traffic dataWhile all of this traffic data is certainly handy, it’s only useful if you know what to do with it. That being said, your traffic data tells you a lot about how well your campaigns are working for your target audience.If no one is clicking on your ads, there’s a good chance that your ad copy needs some work…or you’re targeting the wrong keywords. If your cost-per-click is too high, you might need to rethink your bidding strategy. If you’re not getting enough impression share on your best campaigns, you probably need to consider shifting your budget around.For example, say you’re running paid search ads for a local attorney. On average, this client makes $3,200 from a new client and spends about $1,200 taking care of them.In your most recent review of your campaigns, you review your traffic data and put the following report together:From the data above, it’s easy to see which campaign is generating the best results. Campaign #3 produces more clicks at a lower cost-per-click than any of your other campaigns. In contrast, while you spent over twice as much on campaign #4, you got one-third of the clicks you got from campaign #3.Clearly, you either need to shut down campaign #4 and put its budget into a better campaign like #3 or invest some time into figuring out why campaign #4 is performing so poorly.However, before you make any decisions, we should probably talk about the other two types of data in your account. After all, your attorney friend doesn’t make money from clicks. To make money, she needs leads…and none of this data tells you whether or not all of those clicks are actually turning into leads.Is your traffic converting?So, with that in mind, let’s talk about conversion data. Because Google and Bing often can’t tell what a conversion is for your website, it takes some extra work to set up conversion tracking for your site. And, as a result, almost half of paid search advertisers don’t track their campaigns beyond traffic data.But here’s the thing, without conversion data, you can’t answer the following two critical questions about your paid search campaigns.1. Is my website (or landing page) a good fit for my traffic?Paid search marketing is intent-based marketing. When someone searches for something on Google or Bing and clicks on your ad, they’re actively looking for a solution to a problem…a problem they think your business can help them with.Their click is an act of faith in your business and the page they land on after clicking shows them whether or not their faith was justified. If your landing page or website meets their expectations, a decent percentage of people should convert. If not, they’ll leave.So, if your conversion rate is high, then your destination page is a good fit for your traffic. However, if your conversion rate is low, it means that something is off. Your landing page or site isn’t working for your traffic, so they’re leaving to find something better.If you find yourself in the latter situation, you may want to take a hard look at the page you’re sending traffic to. You may need to rethink your page and site experience to bring it into closer alignment with the expectations of your traffic.2. Is your traffic a good fit for your landing page?Of course, the opposite might be true, too. If your landing page seems like it should be converting traffic, but it isn’t, your ads may be sending the wrong people to your page.If people click on your ads because they want a divorce attorney, but you’re a personal injury firm, will they convert? The wrong traffic never converts, regardless of how good your site is.In this situation, it’s often a good idea to look at the search terms people are using to find your ads and the actual ad copy that you’re using. If it seems like you’re attracting clicks from the wrong people, you may need to rework your advertising strategy to target the right audience.What you can learn from conversion dataOnce you have set up conversion tracking, look beyond traffic data and see how your campaigns did in terms of conversions.Although it doesn’t have the best conversion rate (CR), campaign #3 gets enough cheap clicks that it still has the best cost-per-lead. And, as before, campaign #4 is still a lost cause. Between a low conversion rate and high cost-per-click, it’s producing leads at almost ten times the cost of a lead from campaign #3.With an 8 percent conversion rate, it doesn’t seem like either of these campaigns are targeting the wrong traffic, but they could probably both benefit from a little conversion rate optimization on their destination pages.However, while this data paints a clearer picture, your attorney friend still doesn’t make money off of leads. She needs to close new clients. To get at that information, we need to look at our sales data.Are you making sales?As helpful as traffic and conversion data are, they still don’t tell you whether or not your campaigns are making money. And, if your campaigns aren’t making money, why are you running them?Unfortunately, tracking your paid search campaigns clear through to sales data can be tricky. E-commerce is pretty straightforward, but once you get beyond that, it can be hard to connect your actual sales data to your campaign performance. You often need some sort of CRM like Salesforce and you have to figure out how to connect all of the dots.But is it worth it? Absolutely. Let’s take a look at what the sales data for our hypothetical law firm’s campaigns shows.All of sudden, campaign #4 just went from zero to hero. It might not have a great CPC or conversion rate, but its return-on-ad-spend (ROAS) is almost twice the ROAS of any other campaign.So what does this actually tell us? Well, for one thing, it’s clear that campaign #4 appeals to people who are much more likely to buy than the people in any of the other campaigns. Campaign #3 might drive a lot more traffic, but that traffic is far less likely to sign up for our attorney friend’s services.Does this mean that campaign #3 is bad? With a ROAS of 92 percent, it’s certainly losing money right now, but it has a lot going for it on the traffic and data front. Before you can pass judgement on it, you’ll need to dive into that data and see if there is any way to turn all of that potential into actual sales.Maybe you need to change your ad messaging to filter out people who aren’t likely to actually become a client. Maybe you could tweak the landing page to better appeal to potential clients. Maybe your attorney friend just needs some coaching on how to respond to leads from this campaign.In any case, without this sales data, it would have been easy to assume that campaign #4 was a complete loss and campaign #3 deserved more of your budget – when, in fact, the opposite was actually true. This is why sales data is so important. Traffic and conversion data teach you useful things about your campaigns, but only sales data answers the question, “Are my ads actually making money?”ConclusionYour paid search account is full of valuable information, but turning all of that data into actionable information can sometimes seem overwhelming. The trick is making sure that you have access to all of the data that you need to make educated decisions and then knowing what each type of data tells you.Now that you know how to interpret your data, all you have to do is start digging through your paid search metrics. Opportunities to improve your account should quickly become apparent. Good luck!This story first appeared on Search Engine Land. For more on search marketing and SEO, click here.https://searchengineland.com/back-to-basics-understanding-your-paid-search-metrics-325799The post Back to basics: Understanding your paid search metrics appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Back to basics: Understanding your paid search metrics Back to basics: Understanding your paid search metricsYou are here:last_img read more

Winter Olympics: Lots of gold medals, sure, but how about those 15,000 eggs

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives SPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWith that in mind, here’s some numbers that might help make sense of it all:3 — Mikaela Shiffrin’s goal is to do what no skier has ever done — win five gold medals on the slopes. The young American star probably won’t do that, but there’s a good chance she can win three, something skiers have done only three times. Shiffrin is a prohibitive favorite to defend the slalom title she won in Sochi, a top contender in the giant slalom and the favorite in the combined. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Unfinished business brings Will Gozum back to UP LATEST STORIES $900 million — The amount of ads NBC has sold for its broadcast of the games.14 — The time difference in hours from New York, which is why some of the biggest prime-time events on NBC will actually take place in the morning in Korea.86 — The number of workers ill with norovirus a day before opening ceremony. The figure is expected to rise, forcing organizers to bring in 900 military personnel to take the place of sick or exposed security workers.4 – If it’s a Winter Olympics there have to be new sports. There are four of them in this Olympics, including a mass start speedskating event featuring 24 skaters that has been compared to a NASCAR race on ice.168 — Russia is officially banned from the Olympics because of a state-sponsored doping scheme the country carried out in Sochi. But 168 Russians will still compete under a neutral flag as “Olympic athletes from Russia” and 45 others could win last-minute appeals and make their way onto the snow and ice.10.5 — The over-under for gold medals won by U.S. athletes.100 — The perfect number Shaun White scored last month to give him a spot in the snowboard halfpipe. The U.S. star won the first two golds in the sport before flaming out in Sochi.32 — The temperature water freezes, and also the forecast for Friday night’s opening ceremonies. Organizers are giving 35,000 fans heated seat cushions, hand warmers and other gear to ward off the cold in the outdoor stadium, where winds are expected to make it feel like it is in the 20’s. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 2 — The number of North Korean athletes who qualified for the Olympics on merit. Up to 22 will actually compete in the games, cheered on by a highly choreographed group of singers and dancers, along with the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.13,500 — The number of eggs Norway’s Olympic team will be sending back after a breakfast order went sunny side up. Norway thought it was ordering 1,500 eggs from a Korean distributor for the Games but a translation mistake caused 15,000 to be delivered instead.50 — Miles from the mountains of Pyeongchang to the North Korean border.4 — The unofficial over-under for the number of halfpipe snowboarders carried off the slopes on stretchers. White himself was sent to the hospital twice after crashes last year, and defending gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov was knocked out in a scary crash last month at the Winter X Games.149 — In Sochi the best teams were made up of NHL players, 149 of them in all. No current players will be in Pyeongchang, after the league decided its best interests were not served by shutting down in midseason for three weeks like it did the last five Winter Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games They will unfold — officially, at least — without the Russians who dominated on the ice and snow and in the backroom of the drug testing labs four years ago in Sochi. And they will take place amid rising world tensions and a last-minute rapprochement of sorts between the two Koreas that may be as much of a show as the games themselves.Politics are very much in play, but in the end the Olympics are usually defined more by numbers than philosophies.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto MOST READ Max Parrot, of Canada, trains ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The world hasn’t seen such an intersection of sports and politics since the U.S. boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics and the Soviets returned the favor four years later in Los Angeles.The Winter Olympics begin Friday in a rugged and brutally cold area of rural mountains near the North Korean border, with a lot more at stake than the glittery medals chased by the best ice and snow athletes in the world.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd chief Woodward declares commitment to ‘Ole’ and long-term plan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward declares commitment to ‘Ole’ and long-term planby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says they’re focused on building for the long-term.As the United chief announced record annual revenues of £621.7million today, he insisted everyone understands the plan.He said, “We and our global fanbase demand success and winning trophies – that target and standard has never changed. The progress on the business side underpins the football operation.”Much progress has been made on the academy, recruitment department and the training ground, and behind the scenes, so this isn’t always apparent.”These investments we have made and our commitment to Ole in March provide the building blocks for success.”We are wholly confident this approach will deliver, but it is important to be patient as we build for the future.Woodward even credited his staff for not getting distracted by the transfer rumours circulated around Old Trafford.The 47-year-old noted: “We won’t be influenced by short terms distractions.”The club was linked with hundreds of players, but despite this our recruitment department was able to approach the window in focused and disciplined way.”Danny James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire joined a strong squad and we also renewed contracts for players like Marcus Rashford and David De Gea. We are optimistic for the future.”The sale and loaning of players allowed the manager to involve more young players, providing a firm foundation and culture ready for building next trophy winning squad.”Much speculation is focused on recruitment and it is area we’ve evolved. The players signed demonstrate this approach is right.”The root of the club is youth-led attacking football, and it is the right way forward. Everyone from the manager, players and board remains resolute in the desire to get Manchester United to the top of English football.”We will continue to make the necessary investment to make this happen.” last_img read more

How HBO Is Changing Sex Scenes Forever

first_imgIt was a welcome change that Meade herself had initiated. The previous winter, amid the roiling outcry about sexual assault and rape culture — especially in Hollywood — Meade had gone to HBO executives and demanded change. She needed some kind of advocate on the set, someone to help her when she had a sex scene to film.She got her ask — and then some. Network executives found Rodis through Intimacy Directors International, a nonprofit she cofounded in 2016 that aims to normalize a set of standards and practices surrounding the execution of sex scenes on stage and on film. Rodis’ hiring has made such an impact that showrunner David Simon told Rolling Stone in September that he would never work without an intimacy coordinator again. Following suit, HBO has now adopted a policy whereby all of its shows and movies with intimate scenes will be staffed with an intimacy coordinator — either Rodis or someone like her. Along with her work on The Deuce, Rodis is already overseeing the sets of Crashing, the upcoming Damon Lindelof-helmed Watchmen series and Deadwood (the movie); she is training other intimacy coordinators to work on Jett, about a female ex-con, and Euphoria, a coming-of-age series about high school kids. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Candy directing a porn shoot on HBO’s ‘The Deuce.’ (Paul Schiraldi/HBO) Last spring, Emily Meade was getting ready to give a blow job in front of a crew of people on the Bronx set of HBO’s The Deuce, and she wasn’t thrilled about it. The penis wasn’t real — it was a dildo — but she had never done this specific thing on screen before. Meade, who plays budding porn star Lori, worried about that image of her being out in the world. “What if my future kids see this someday?” she thought. She was a woman in a sexualized industry, playing the role of a prostitute in 1970s New York; surely her concerns were not new. But in the era of #MeToo, her sense that she could do something about it was. The time was ripe to think about safety in the workplace — particularly if your job revolved around sex.Despite the fact that Meade had been doing sex scenes since she was 16 years old, they still had the power to make her feel uneasy. Part of the problem was that she sometimes felt so alone. When she had misgivings about a scene, was uncomfortable or cold, or felt too naked — physically or emotionally — in between takes, it was always up to her to say so, right there in front of everyone. Like many actors, she didn’t want to disappoint the people she worked with or to seem like she was complaining. Over the years, she’d often resigned herself to taking the path of least resistance, even if it took a toll on her. For some jobs, she even packed her own safety supplies, like a flesh-colored thong that she hoped would protect her during nude scenes. All too often, no one else considered those details.But things were different this season on The Deuce. As Meade knelt down, a woman named Alicia Rodis, the network’s first-ever “intimacy coordinator,” was within eyeshot, watching the monitor. She had given Meade a pad for her knees, knowing that the hard floor would bruise them otherwise. Between takes, she offered mouth spray and flavored lubricant. And she had spoken with Meade before the scene about her concerns and relayed them to the director. In a moment when Meade was completely exposed, Rodis was there, providing physical, social and professional protection. Advertisement Advertisement Twittercenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Ofcom wants channels that it licenses that are tra

first_imgOfcom wants channels that it licenses that are transmitted beyond the UK to be made to provide subtitling, signing and audio description services.The UK communications regulator licenses 400 channels that are transmitted beyond UK borders from channel operators including Discovery, Disney, Turner and Viasat. It wants all of these to meet its new requirements by the start of 2014. The cost of introducing these measures should be limited to no more than 1% of revenues and a consultation on the proposals is now open and will close in July.“Licensees would need to meet the subtitling and audio description targets set out in Ofcom’s Code, rising progressively from 10% for subtitling and 2% for audio description in 2014, to 80% and 10% audio description respectively within ten years,” the regulator noted. “If the cost of meeting these targets in full exceeded 1% of the relevant turnover of a channel, the subtitling targets could be reduced substantially.”last_img read more

Facebook chief faces EU grilling over his digital monster

first_img European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, right, welcomes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg upon his arrival at the EU Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces senior European Union lawmakers today to answer questions about a scandal over the alleged misuse of the data of millions of Facebook users. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) In this March 29, 2018, file photo the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. Many companies large and small are updating their privacy policies and service terms to comply with upcoming European Union rules governing data and privacy. In preparation for GDPR, Facebook in March updated its privacy controls in hopes of making them easier to find and understand. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) The law, which goes into force on Friday, is tougher than U.S. legislation and will give Facebook’s estimated 252 million European users more control over what companies can do with what they post, search and click on, regardless of what country those companies operate in. Companies could be fined up to 4 percent of their worldwide annual revenue for violations.Asked whether Facebook is ready to respect the rules, Zuckerberg said: “We do expect to be fully compliant” on Friday.The evening hearing was initially meant to be held behind closed doors but was broadcast live after many in the assembly demanded an open session.As time ran out, Zuckerberg agreed to provide written answers to questions he had not responded to during the hearing.Lamenting the way the hearing was organized and the lack of solid answers, Conservative leader Sayed Kamall said, “Unfortunately the format was a get-out-of-jail-free card.” European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, background, walks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg upon his arrival at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. European Union lawmakers plan to press Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday about data protection standards at the internet giant at a hearing focused on a scandal over the alleged misuse of the personal information of millions of people. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) “We still don’t know the depths that people’s data has been abused,” he said. “Until we genuinely know what has happened, and is still happening, Facebook and legislators can’t put in place the right solutions to prevent the same issues in the future.”Zuckerberg is due to hold talks in Paris on Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron. Zuckerberg said Facebook is strengthening cooperation with national election authorities and trying to introduce more transparency about who is running political advertising. In this April 10, 2018 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears on a television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as he testifies in the Senate in Washington. Shares in the social media giant are trading around $185 early Friday, May 11, returning to the levels last seen eight weeks ago, when news broke that the company failed to prevent major privacy breaches during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election in the U.S. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) “This is one of our top priorities as a company,” he told the lawmakers. He said the goal is to build more artificial-intelligence tools to identify fake accounts and to take them down.Facebook came away largely unscathed from Zuckerberg’s testimony in front of Congress in April. The company’s stock even rose after his appearance. Several U.S. lawmakers often seemed to fail to grasp the technical details of Facebook’s operations.European politicians in general have been tougher on Silicon Valley and have attached more importance to online privacy.Zuckerberg’s testimony in Brussels came just before a stringent new EU law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, takes effect. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. EU lawmakers to press Zuckerberg over data privacy Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from European Union lawmakers Tuesday over what one of them branded Zuckerberg’s “digital monster,” and he apologized for the way the social network has been used to produce fake news, interfere in elections and sweep up people’s personal data. Citation: Facebook chief faces EU grilling over his ‘digital monster’ (2018, May 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-facebook-chief-eu-grilling-digital.html Explore further 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. European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, right, welcomes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg upon his arrival at the EU Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, right, welcomes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg upon his arrival at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. European Union lawmakers plan to press Zuckerberg on Tuesday about data protection standards at the internet giant at a hearing focused on a scandal over the alleged misuse of the personal information of millions of people. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) “That was a mistake, and I’m sorry for it,” he added during the hearing, which ran just over an hour and a half.But liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt said Zuckerberg has done enough apologizing for his company’s mistakes. He said the real question is: “Are you capable to fix it?”Verhofstadt asked whether Zuckerberg wanted to be remembered like computer legends Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, “who have enriched our world and our societies,” or as “a genius who created a digital monster that is destroying our democracies and our societies.”Socialist leader Udo Bullmann demanded an explanation for how the number of false Facebook accounts can be on the rise and what is being done to stop them being used to manipulate elections.”We are at the crossroads, and in a critical situation, because your business practices touch upon two basic values of our societies,” Bullmann said. “First of all, the personal data which became perhaps the most important asset in modern media society. And secondly, on the right of self-government of sovereign nations.” At a hearing in the European Parliament in Brussels, legislators sought explanations about the growing number of false Facebook accounts and whether Facebook will comply with new EU privacy rules, but many were left frustrated by Zuckerberg’s lack of answers.After short opening remarks, Zuckerberg listened to all the questions first, and then responded to them all at once. There was no back-and-forth with lawmakers, as happened during his testimony in front of the U.S. Congress last month.As a result, he was able to avoid giving some answers and ran out of time to provide others.His appearance came at a difficult time for Facebook. In March it was alleged that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica used the data of millions of Facebook users to target voters during political campaigns, including the one that brought Donald Trump to the presidency.Whether it was “fake news, foreign interference in elections and developers misusing people’s information,” Zuckerberg said, “we didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibilities.”last_img read more

Fake Apple products Heres how to avoid being fooled—and endangered—by counterfeits

first_img Apple sets recall of some defective iPhone 8 devices, but there could be a catch Here’s how Apple and UL, the global safety and certification company, say you may be able to spot and avoid buying knockoffs.ColorApple’s genuine iPhone power adapters are white in color, and they are certified with letters in the name of UL, the global safety and certification company based in Northbrook, Illinois.Some fakes go so far as to spoof Apple’s logo and those of the regulatory agencies, even on products with four-star reviews on Amazon. One way to make sure what you’re buying is legitimate is to check and make sure the spelling of words such as “California” is correct.PackagingThe iPhone power adapters made by Apple that come bundled with iPhones and are also sold separately come in white, sealed Apple packaging. They are not sold loose in bins or other packages.Certified third-party Apple accessories have the Apple logo on the package, as well as the words “Made for iPhone,” or “Made for iPhone iPad iPod.”MarketingWhen shopping online, be mindful of reviews. A number of Amazon and online sellers copy the image of Apple’s power adapters to market and sell their fake products, fooling some consumers into buying counterfeit goods by making them think they are getting a great deal on the real thing.While some fakes even go so far as to copy Apple’s logo, looking quickly for the term “MFi certified” (MFi is short for “Made for iPhone”) in the product’s description or glancing through some of the online reviews can be helpful in discerning what’s genuine and what’s not.PriceGenuine iPhone power adapters generally retail for roughly $19. An unusually lower price may be a tipoff to a counterfeit.Printed TextAn Apple Lightning to USB cable has the wording “Designed by Apple in California” and either “Assembled in China,” “Assembled in Vietnam,” or “Indústria Brasileira.” The wording should be on the cable followed by a 12-digit serial number.The wording is located towards the USB end of the cable, approximately 7 inches from the connector. The text is written in a tiny, light grey font. You may need to focus carefully to see it.What to do about non-Apple accessoriesOne of the biggest selling points for counterfeits is their cheap price as an alternative to Apple’s accessories. Good news: There are plenty of legitimate options outside of Apple made by third parties.Amazon, Anker, Belkin, Mophie and a number of others make legitimate cables and charging solutions for the iPhone. A 6-foot, MFi certified Lightning cable from Amazon Basics is $7.99, more than $20 less than Apple’s comparable 2-meter cable (roughly 6.6 feet).These companies also are helpful in legitimately filling in the gaps of Apple’s official offerings, such as wireless chargers, portable batteries and car adapters.When in doubt, look out for those “Made for iPhone” or “MFi certified” labels and descriptions to make sure what you’re buying will work as expected. Citation: Fake Apple products: Here’s how to avoid being fooled—and endangered—by counterfeits (2018, September 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-fake-apple-products-fooledand-endangeredby.html Counterfeit Apple power adapters and charging cables may look like the real thing, but they have differences that can cause injuries to you or damage your device. 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. Explore further ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.last_img read more