Brown Printing Company has announced the launch of a portal that allows customers to access updated reporting information online.The new interface will include graphical reports, online information, and a historical information repository allowing production departments to “access critical information and aid in business decisions,” Brown said. The portal is an enhancement to its B.Direct digital service, which offers publishers display, tracking and administration of pre-production, production and post-production, and is a process that closes the “information loop” within the graphic arts industry.According to Scott Blahosky, Brown’s IT business systems manager, this type of information was “only available through a customer service representative or direct contact at the plant level. This additional avenue will allow our customers the capability to retrieve up to the minute reporting securely through any standard internet connection worldwide, at any time.”Since launching this no-cost portal on Monday, approximately 30 large- and small-size publishers have signed up for the customer portal service, Brown said.
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A faction of quota protesters brought out a procession at the Dhaka University campus area on Tuesday. Photo: Mosabber HossainA faction of the students and job-seeking youth has rejected the decision to postpone the demonstration demanding reforms of the quota system in public service, following talks with the government.Apparently infuriated by the postponement of the campaign before any formal announcement, the protesters in hundreds held a rallly on the Dhaka University campus on Tuesday.Some of the protesters requested others not to bring out any procession and to wait until the government scrutises the matter and gives its decision after 7 May.In fact, the road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, in a meeting with a delegation of 20 demonstrators, said they had agreed to postpone the programme until 7 May.Some protesters expressed their dissent on Monday evening. On Tuesday they brought out a procession, chanting slogans demanding reforms in the quota system in public service.The protagonists of the dialogue with the government requested all others to ignore the call to continue the campaign, reports UNB.Rashed Khan, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, came up with the request while briefing reporters in front of Dhaka University Central Library premises.He alleged that a faction, from the beginning of the movement, was trying to disrupt their programme.Rashed also said that they have suspended their movement until 7 May following the assurance from the prime minister on quota reformation.He requested journalists not to cover any programme of the ‘dissidents’ as that might create confusion among people.The protesters apologised for assaulting some journalists during the Monday protest.The leaders of the council demanded an apology from agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury for her comments in parliament on Monday night.The ‘dissidents’ are in favour of carrying out their movement on the university campus, demanding reforms in the quota system within one week.
Facebook-owned Oculus officially launched its Oculus Go virtual reality (VR) headset at the company’s F8 developer conference Tuesday. The headset is an attempt to kickstart mass VR adoption with a $199 price point and an all-in-one form factor. A weeklong test of a review unit supplied by Oculus showed that the company may be onto something here.First things first: The Oculus Go is a mobile all-in-one headset, so you won’t need to your phone or your computer to run VR games and experiences on it. It runs the same software as Samsung’s Gear VR headset, which means that over 1,000 apps developed over the past three years already work on it out of the box.This includes games like the new multiplayer space shooter Anshar Online and the VR puzzler favorite Land’s End, entertainment apps like Netflix and Hulu as well as everything from guided meditation apps to VR roller coasters. In addition, Oculus is launching a new version of its Rooms app on the device, which allows users to meet up with friends and listen to music, play games or simply chat and hang out together. The performance of the Oculus Go seemed to be roughly equal to mobile VR headsets like the Gear VR, and adequate for most of the content available on the Oculus store. However, there were instances when the Go seemed to get a bit out of breath. Oculus allows users to stream their VR sessions live to Facebook, but turning it on at times significantly impacted the performance of the headset, making browsing through menus a bit painful, and causing the audio in one of the apps to stutter. Other apps, however, seemed to perform fine while being live streamed.Go wireless, one way or anotherSpeaking of comparing the Go and Gear VR: The biggest difference between the two devices, other than the absence of a phone on the Go, is input. Samsung launched the Gear VR without any external controller back in 2015, and instead integrated a touch pad on the right temple.Fast forward to 2018, and the Gear VR has a controller very similar to the one that’s shipping with the Go — but the touchpad is still there. That’s useful if you ever misplace the controller, but it can also be annoying when you accidentally launch apps, or misfire during a game, just because you try to adjust the headset. All of that won’t happen with the Go, which only has a volume rocker and power button on top of the display area.Not using a phone for mobile VR also comes with a few minor downsides. For one, there is currently no way to get phone notifications on the device. When you are in VR, you are in VR, and you might miss any incoming calls. Then again, you also won’t be bothered with any app notifications that you don’t want to be bothered by anyway, so there’s always a silver lining.Not using your phone also means that you won’t be able to access some of your phone’s unique other features. Gear VR owners can cast their gameplay to any Chromecast-equipped TV. This makes it much easier to show off a VR game, and can make the experience of wearing a headset in the presence of others a bit more social. Oculus Go is not a Google-sanctioned Android device, which is why casting is not supported. Go try it onThe Go is a headset that offers what VR insiders call three degrees of freedom. The action of VR games will happen all around you, but you can’t truly lean in, or walk within a game, as you could with higher-end VR devices like the Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR. Similarly, the controller can be used to point at objects, and swipe through menus with a built-in trackpad, but you won’t be able to reach out, or bring your virtual hand up to your face.The headset comes with integrated speakers that pipe stereo sound straight to your ears. That works surprisingly well if you use it at home, or anywhere else where it is quiet enough — there isn’t really any isolation to mute outside noises. Likewise, the speakers aren’t all that private, and instead just blast any audio loud enough for everyone nearby to hear. Luckily, there’s also a headphone jack to add your own earbuds.Wearing the Go is reasonably comfortable. It’s not super light, and weighs about the same as other phone-based VR headsets. But the straps hold it well in place, and it still feels okay on your face even after extended wearing. There was some light creeping in from the nose area, which doesn’t have a whole lot of padding, but the effect wasn’t too distracting.Go ahead, read the specsFacebook has done a lot to get you the most bang for your buck. The Go uses a 2560 x 1440 pixel LCD screen that’s capable of a frame rate of up to 72Hz, and it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor — all optimized for VR usage.The result is that the picture quality is truly remarkable, especially if you have seen other mobile headsets in the past. Sure, if you pay close attention, you’ll still see those pixels, but everything is rendered very smoothly, and the image quality generally felt on par, if not even better, than those of a Gear VR with a Samsung Galaxy S8. Except for one thing: Samsung’s phones use OLED screens, and the Go’s LCD simply can’t match those blacks, with dark sequences instead looking a bit more grey and washed out. The awkward moment when you realize that not all Gear VR apps are optimized for the Oculus Go yet.Android users may miss a few other essentials they are used to from their phone. There is no file manager for the Go for instance, and the device also doesn’t offer a way to quickly see how much storage you have used. The Go will however warn users when they only have 2GB of storage left, and repeat that warning at the 500 MB mark. Oculus is also selling a 64 GB version for VR pack rats for $249 — but it would have been nice if the company had included an SD card slot for users to manually add storage.Finally, the two headsets are binary compatible on paper, which means that apps for the Go will run on the Gear VR, and vice versa. But in practice, it will take some time for developers to really embrace the new headset.Until then, you’ll likely see a virtual representation of the Gear VR controller in many Go apps and games. That’s admittedly only a visual oddity, which doesn’t affect the actual usage. It’s more confusing when you find out that some inventive developers figured out ways to incorporate the heart rate monitor of a Samsung phone into their meditation app — and now ask you to use that non-existent heart rate monitor on your Go.Go check out these shiny new thingsCoinciding with the launch of the Go, Oculus is also launching a new version of its social Rooms app — and the relaunch is actually really well done. There is a new avatar creation process, and users get to get together in their own customized rooms with up to four friends to watch videos, listen to music together, play Hasbro tabletop games and simply chat with each other.Users can also meet up in rooms, and then enter other social VR apps together, and the entire experience feels very well-designed and natural. Oculus clearly has big plans for social VR, and this seems like a great starting point. CREDIT: Courtesy of Facebook Playing Games in Oculus Rooms.Oculus is also promising to launch a new venues app as well as a TV app in the near future, both of which is supposed to make it easier to find things to do when you put on your headset. Neither app was ready during the test period though. The TV app is supposed to launch with support for Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, Pluto TV and others later in May. Popular on Variety However, Oculus did line up a number of games and other titles in time for the launch of the Go, and some of them really make the headset shine. Anshar Online, the aforementioned space shooter, just looks gorgeous, and makes you forget that you only have a $200 device strapped to your head. Virtual Virtual Reality, which has been a hit on Daydream, is finally making its way to Oculus. And Coaster Combat, a VR roller coaster slash shooter, is, pardon the pun, quite a ride.Go ahead, buy it if you don’t already have a headsetAt $199, the Oculus Go is almost a no brainer. If you don’t have a VR headset yet but want to explore the medium without spending an arm and a leg, the Go is the right device for you. If you are already a VR convert, and want to convince others, $199 is also a very giftable price point. And if you have an iPhone, the Go is really the first viable and affordable way to explore mobile VR.Granted, the Go doesn’t offer advanced tracking, which means that a lot of truly immersive VR remains out of reach with this device. But taking the plunge to high-end VR still requires a significant commitment. Gaming PCs required to run high-end VR cost $800 to $1000, and high-end VR headsets start at $400. Only PlayStation VR is significantly cheaper, especially if you already have a PlayStation 4. But even then, high-end VR requires a lot more setup work, whereas the Go works out of the box.That being said, there is no real reason to switch if you already have a Gear VR, or even a Daydream for that matter. Mobile VR is what it is — a stepping stone that promises to be a lot of fun until a better version comes around. The iPod that came before the iPhone, if you will.Virtual reality will truly unleash its potential once high-end all-in-one devices with positional tracking, which combine the ease-of-use of the Go with the immersion of a Rift or HTC Vive, become available to consumers — but that likely won’t happen until next year at the earliest. Until then, the Go is a great entry-level VR device. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Popular on Variety Impacted by its ongoing dispute with Dish Network, increased expenses and impairment losses, U.S. Hispanic media giant Univision reported an 8.9% decline in fourth-quarter total revenue to $688.5 million from $755.5 million in the year prior.In comparing the full year of 2018 with the previous year, total revenue fell 7.6% to $2,713.8 million from $2,937.3 million. Total core revenue dipped 5.4% to $2,674.2 million from $2,827.3 million.Last year, the Company began the process of selling its discontinued English-language digital businesses, including the Gizmodo Media Group, The Onion and Fusion Digital. According to Univision, the loss from the Gizmodo group in the quarter was $32.5 million compared to $3.0 million for the year-ago period. The Wall Street Journal reported that Univision has written down the value of those digital assets to $15 million, down from $135 million. “Univision serves a unique audience,” said Vince Sadusky, CEO of Univision. “Hispanic America is driving population and GDP growth and will continue to do so for decades,” he said, adding: “Our strategic focus on serving this core audience has recently resulted in viewership growth, as from the third to fourth quarter, we saw increases in our primetime ratings in all key demographics at a time when all other major networks experienced declines.”Sadusky, in his second earnings call since taking over the helm from Randy Falco, cited the “gangbuster ratings” of its “Dancing with the Stars” adaptation, “Mira Quien Baila” which scored highest among the 18-24 demo.Sadusky stressed that Univision was focusing on reinforcing its core business, and hailed its long-time programming supplier, Mexico’s Televisa, for reinvigorating its programming. Company has also turned to more acquisitions of canned shows and formats, more soccer content, live shows and local news to bolster its programming.Operating expenses rose due to its newly acquired UEFA soccer rights, more Mexican soccer league matches and a higher Televisa licensing fee. Direct operating expenses jumped 11% to $287.6 million, with selling, general and administrative expenses increasing 11 percent to $176.5 million.Sadusky concurred with Dish president and CEO Erik Carlson’s comments a day earlier that the contract dispute talks between the two companies remained at a stalemate.“We continue to have discussions with Dish. It’s clear that not doing a deal for both companies is harmful to both companies. It’s just down to a matter of value,” said Sadusky who observed that subscribers have been migrating to Dish’s rival companies.“Our other partners that are paying us a fair amount, we have a good relationship with and believe continue to benefit from the migration of Dish viewers,” he said. Dish’s satellite service subs fell below the 10 million mark for the first time in 15 years, which it partly attributed to its Univision and HBO blackouts. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15