Education publisher to phase out print textbooks

How digital publishers are shaking up the book industry The firm currently makes 20% of its revenues from US courseware, but has been struggling as students increasingly opt to rent second-hand print textbooks to save money. To counter this Mr Fallon said Pearson would stop revising print books every three years, a model that has dominated the industry for 40 years. Related Topics Students Books Publishing Original Article : HERE ;

How Amazon Prime Day became the shopping Super Bowl

New York (CNN Business)Amazon has successfully invented a new shopping holiday, a kind of Black Friday in July. The e-commerce giant and its retail competitors are set to capitalize on shoppers dishing out on everything from clothes to televisions next week. Amazon (AMZN) faces increased pressure this Prime Day, however. Rival retailers such as Walmart (WMT), Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT) and EBay (EBAY) have had years of practice perfecting their Prime Day strategies and are rolling out discounts of their own. “This will be the most competitive Prime Day ever,” said Justin Belgiano, senior vice president at Nielsen. More than 250 retailers are planning deals and are poised to capture Prime Day’s “halo effect.” ‘Step Aside Black Friday’ Prime …

Storyboards, Marvel’s Parts Unknown, Is Coming to Disney+

Ever since Disney announced its forthcoming streaming service, Disney+, there's been a question in the back of comic book fans' minds: What about Marvel? There's been talk of stand-alone shows for Loki, Wanda Maximoff, and Hawkeye; an animated series based on the Marvel's What If … ? comics is also in the works. Yet those shows are expected to be a year or two away. Today, Marvel is finally revealing one of the shows that'll arrive when the Disney+ service launches: Storyboards. Adam Rogers Here's How Disney+ Will Take Over the World Angela Watercutter John Wick's Writer Is Heading to Marvel's Falcon & Winter Soldier Brian Raftery The Streaming Wars Began in 2018—and They'll Only Get Worse Unlike the Star …

I Design Ads Of Major Companies That Show The Harsh Reality (Warning: Upsetting Content)

My name is Igor Dobrowolski and I’m a Polish artist. Recently, I designed my own version of the real advertisement.  Corporations like Nestlé and Unilever profit wildly from single-use plastic packaging while peddling the myth of recycling as a solution. But anyone who has thought seriously about the issue can see that recycling could never handle the amount of plastic surrounding our everyday life. Coca-cola Also, don’t forget that plastic is itself created from fossil fuels and lobbied for by the fossil fuel industry, while they desperately try to maintain the single-use plastic status quo instead of tackling the problem at the source. Only by stopping the production of single-use plastics can this crisis be addressed. Lukoil Years of scientific …

This 78-Year-Old Grandmas Confession To Her Driver Went Viral On Twitter And Got Over 106,000 Likes

Twitter user @Cimónalisa 7.15 shared a now-viral thread about one such experience with one of her customers and the internet’s heart melted. She picked up an old woman who asked her what seemed like an odd question at first: had she ever been with a woman? but as they talked further the conversation turned into an experience that would change this passenger’s life. Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: BoyDyke Conscious_Filth abs_special ferreone JeauxAlejandro MsRita73 “The higher rates of aging and health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults is a major concern for public health,” according to author Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, professor at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. “The health disparities reflect the historical and …

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony postponed by one week

Testimony comes a week later than planned, under an agreement that gives lawmakers more time to question him The special counsel Robert Mueller will testify before Congress about the findings of the Russia investigation on 24 July, one week later than his appearance was originally planned, under an agreement that gives lawmakers more time to question him. Mueller had been scheduledto report on the inquiry into Russian election meddling and ties between Russia and the campaign of Donald Trump on 17 July. But lawmakers in both parties complained that the short length of the hearings would not allow enough time for all members to ask questions. Under the new arrangement, Mueller will testify for an extended period of time, three …

The Toxic Potential of YouTubes Feedback Loop

From 2010 to 2011, I worked on YouTube’s artificial intelligence recommendation engine—the algorithm that directs what you see next based on your previous viewing habits and searches. One of my main tasks was to increase the amount of time people spent on YouTube. At the time, this pursuit seemed harmless. But nearly a decade later, I can see that our work had unintended—but not unpredictable—consequences. In some cases, the AI went terribly wrong. Artificial intelligence controls a large part of how we consume information today. In YouTube’s case, users spend 700,000,000 hours each day watching videos recommended by the algorithm. Likewise, the recommendation engine for Facebook’s news feed drives around 950,000,000 hours of watch time per day. In February, a …

Security News this Week: Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families

On Zoom conference calls across the US this week, brows furrowed as the news broke that the video conference company had a flaw in its backend that could give hackers access to people’s webcams. Worse, Zoom seemed at first unwilling to fix the problem. Thankfully, hours after the initial reports, Zoom backtracked and issued a new fix to solve underlying vulnerability. You can go back to Zooming your brilliant brainstorms in peace, everyone. According to a new report this week, a Magecart hacking group has been breaking into misconfigured Amazon Web Services buckets, scanning the contents of 17,000 domains, and stealing any goodies—like credit card numbers used on some ecommerce sites. In other Amazon news, are you ready for Amazon …

The Netherlands Turns 316 Bus Stops Into Bee Stops

According to statistics, 358 bee species live in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, more than half of them are already endangered and put on the Dutch Red List (RL). The Netherlands’ officials recognized the growing problem and found an ingenious solution – to transform the city of Utrecht’s bus stops into bee-friendly havens to support pollinating populations. The city of Utrecht now has 316 bus stops with rooftops covered in greenery Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: uitdragerij Back in February, Utrecht announced that they will be replacing their current buses with electric ones. The officials are hoping to employ an entirely carbon-neutral transit fleet before 2028. Here’s what people online had to say

The Earths Magnetic North Pole Is Shifting Rapidly So What Will Happen To The Northern Lights?

Like most planets in our solar system, the Earth has its own magnetic field. Thanks to its largely molten iron core, our planet is in fact a bit like a bar magnet. It has a north and south magnetic pole, separate from the geographic poles, with a field connecting the two. This field protects our planet from radiation and is responsible for creating the northern and southern lights – spectacular events that are only visible near the magnetic poles. However, with reports that the magnetic north pole has started moving swiftly at 50km per year – and may soon be over Siberia – it has long been unclear whether the northern lights will move too. Now a new study, published …

Julio Iglesias facing seven-figure lawsuit over paternity case: report

In this Sept. 29, 2016 file photo, Spanish singer Julio Iglesias attends his star unveiling ceremony at the Walk of Fame, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A judge concluded on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 that there are enough indications to conclude that a 43-year-old Spaniard is the biological son of Iglesias, who for years has refused to undergo genetic testing to confirm paternity. (AP) SINGER JULIO IGLESIAS EARNS HONORARY DEGREE FROM BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC “Can you imagine how he has suffered without the support of a father? Can you imagine the children asking him in the playground, ‘Where’s your dad? Why’s he never around?’” Maria, who gave up on her ballet career when she fell pregnant, said: “Julio has …

Kamala Harris Rips Russian Bots For Kaepernick Furor, Says They’re Coming For Her

Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said she blames Russian bots for helping stir up the frenzy that Colin Kaepernick Now, she said, the bots are coming after her. “We already know we are” being targeted, the presidential candidate said Friday on the New York radio show “ Trump repeatedly blasted Kaepernick for taking a knee as the 2016 NFL season was gearing up to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Trump claimed the then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who is black, was disrespecting the flag and the military. But the flames over the issue were fanned by Russian bots, Harris said. “The Russian bots started taking that on,” she said. Noting that the Russians know that race is a particularly incendiary issue among the …

Painted stones record smashed in girl’s memory

Image caption Isla’s mother spent months planning the fun day Isla’s mother Katherine Tansey, from Hinckley, said she had been aiming to collect at least 4,000 stones to eclipse a recent record attempt in Surrey that had yet to be verified. Image caption People were encouraged to get creative with their decorated stones Isla’s father, Simon Tansey, said: “Isla would have been amazed. She’d have found it crazy and been clapping her hands. “It keeps her legacy alive and it’s all about raising awareness of childhood cancer, which is very close to our hearts.” Related Topics Hinckley Original Article : HERE ; Curated & posted using : RealSpecific

A Dutch runner breaks the 23-year-old record for the women’s mile

(CNN)The women’s world record in the mile run, which has stood for 23 years, finally fell on Friday. “I knew I could run fast but the first 800 was a bit slow, so after that I wasn’t thinking it would be a world record,” Hassan said in a statement from the International Association of Athletics Federations. “When I crossed the line I was so surprised. “After you run a last 400 like that, and set a world record, it gives me so much confidence over 5000m.” The 26-year-old Dutch runner’s previous best time was 4:14.71, set last year at the London Diamond League meet. Her new record shaved more than two seconds off that time. The athletic association has Hassan …

Why the Momo Challenge Film Might Beat the Meme Movie Curse

Momo is not coming for your children, but she may be coming soon to a theater near you. The creepy face, which became the center of a viral hoax that petrified thousands of parents earlier this year, is reportedly about to be the basis of a horror movie from Orion Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment, and producer Taka Ichise. It's easy to see why. It's Pennywise wishes he could stretch his smile that wide. There's a freakishness to Momo's over-taut skin and bulging eyes, and she's not even moving. Oh, and did we mention she has bird legs? Momo won't be the first meme character to make her way to the movies, but, for a lot of reasons, she might be the …