South Africa on world’s top 51 most powerful passports list

first_imgSouth African citizens have visa-free access to no fewer than 97 of the world’s 194 countries – earning the passport a ranking of 42 out of 51 on travel site GoEuro’s ‘Ultimate Passport’ list.Brand South Africa reporterGoEuro, the European-based rail, air, bus and car search and booking engine, has ranked passports from 51 countries to uncover which nationalities’ passports are the most useful when it comes to travel.The survey ranked passports on visa-free access as well as the ease of obtaining the passport – which included factors such as the cost of a passport, the length it remains valid, and the amount of time a citizen must work to obtain the passport.“All factors were weighted and scored to produce the ultimate passport ranking,” GoEuro said.South Africa is ranked 42nd out of the top 51 countries, down one spot from 41st in 2014. South African citizens have visa-free access to no fewer than 97 of the world’s 194 countries.South Africans need to work an estimated 32 hours at minimum wage to afford the application fee of R400 required by the Department of Home Affairs.GoEuro’s analysis shows the five nations with the most powerful passports are Sweden, Finland, Germany, UK, and the US with 174 visa-free countries.Most but not all countries need a passport for Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Benin, Burundi, Chad, China, Iraq, Mozambique, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen.The top 10 most powerful passports in the world are:Sweden: 174 visa-free countries, $43, 1 hour workedFinalnd: 174 visa-free countries,$56 5 hours workedGermany: 174 visa-free countries, $69, 7 hours workedUnited Kingdom: 174-visa free countries, $110, 11 hours workedUSA: 174 visa-free countries, $135, 19 hours workedDenmark: 173 visa-free countries, $133, 15 hours workedCanada: 173 visa-free countries, $133, 15 hours workedSpain: 172 visa-free countries, $30, 5 hours workedBelgium: 172 visa-free countries, $76, 8 hours workedNetherlands: 172 visa-free countries, $78, 8 hours workedCountries SA passport holders can visit without a visaAfricaMost SADC countries are accessible to South Africans without a visa – as long as they’re going there for holiday. Any form of work – even volunteering – requires some kind of visa so always check before leaving home.African countries South Africans can enter without visas: Benin, Botswana, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Senegal, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.African countries where South African citizens get a visa on arrival: Cape Verde, Comoros, Egypt, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Tongo, Tunisia and UgandaSouth and Central AmericaMost of South and Central America is accessible to South Africans.South and Central American countries South Africans can enter without visas: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay and Venezuela.South Africans will need a visa to visit, among others: Suriname, French Guiana, Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.North AmericaVisas are required to visit the United States and Canada. See the US Embassay’s guide to applying for a US visa.EuropeWhile most European countries require South Africans to have a visa, there are a few exceptions: Ireland, Kosovo and France’s Reunion Island.AsiaSouth Africans can visit Georgia, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand without a visa.South Africans will be granted a visa on arrival in: Armenia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Korea, and Timor-Leste.Middle EastSouth Africans do not need a visa to visit Israel and Jordan. Oman and Turkey will grant visas on arrival.OceaniaNo visa is required when visiting the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federated states of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Clay Loveless: Understanding API Usage

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Clay gave six tips for making an API work:Guest author Phil Windley is the founder and CTO of Kynetx, an early stage company providing context automation services. He is also an adjunct professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses on reputation, digital identity, large-scale system design, and programming languages. Phil writes the popular Technometria blog and is a frequent contributor to various technical publications. He is also the author of the book Digital Identity from O’Reilly Media. Test it all. Unit tests are just the beginning, but if you don’t have them yet, don’t start there. Instead, test what your user’s experience with end-to-end black box tests. Replaying your access logs is a good way to go since you’ll then get tests that mock-up what your users actually do rather than what assumptions you’ve made. Last thing on testing: validate your return payloads. Getting a response isn’t enough since a stack trace isn’t the same as getting valid XML, JSON, or what have you.Plan for the future. Use versions on your APIs. This allows you to avoid forklift upgrades that you have to coordinate with all your users. Versions aren’t sexy or semantic, but you have to do it anyway. Announce versions well in advance to avoid surprising users.Embrace standards when practical. APIs are better when they’re predictable. Standard approaches make tooling and monitoring easier. It’s easier to monitor anomalies on non-unique snowflakes. Standards help avoid uncomfortable migrations like the OAutholypse. Standards also enhance runtime validation by allowing you to reject bogus calls earlier in the request pipeline. Monitor everything and be honest. Testing is vital to this effort – you should know before your users. Trends are your friends. To spot trends, you need to be continuously monitoring. Fess up fast – no user wants to think they’re your early warning team. Be open by default. Make it part of your nature. Fail well. Well-formed errors win friends. Developers will be more tolerant of failure if you anticipate the possibility and are prepared. Make failures obvious so that monitoring is easy. Try to localize failures so that any given failure doesn’t screw everyone. Take care of you big customers. Use a management system. Obviously this is a plug for Mashery, but that doesn’t make it wrong. Active monitoring by a service with a support team can be your early warning system. Analytics can help understand how your API is used. Tags:#hack#How To Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes I was in a Point-of-View session at Defrag with Laura Merling of Alcatel-Lucent, Brian Mulloy of Apigee, and Clay Loveless of Mashery. Laura and Brian gave interesting talks, but since they went before me, I was too occupied to take notes. I did take notes for Clay’s talk, however, since he went after me. guest author 1 Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… My own talk was about how using events will make users happy. The idea is that client-server architectures require users to “go and get” whereas an event-based architecture lets goodness flow to users without their continual interaction. Web 2.0 was largely about dynamic queries against static data pools whereas the future web will include rivers of information with static queries. My contention is that we need new abstractions for processing these rivers of information. That, of course, leads us to KRL (Kynetx Rule Language) and the event processing layer that Kynetx is building for the Web.last_img read more

Bing Debuts Social Search with New Facebook Integration

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Google cannot do this because Facebook does not allow it. But, Microsoft has always had a good relationship with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and were one of the early investors in the social platform, so Bing gets to integrate Facebook basically as much as it wants. A lot of people have come to count on the fact that Google cannot crawl Facebook for privacy reasons so with Bings basically unfiltered access, it might be time to revisit those privacy settings within Facebook.Other features include “shared shopping lists” and flight planners that help friends share ticketing information to look for the best deal. It will also help you find friends in different cities when you are traveling with a function called “friends who live here.”Video: Bing Puts User Control at the Center of Search Experience Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… dan rowinski The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#Microsoft#search#web Microsoft’s search engine is about to tie its search results to the Facebook social graph in a move that will come as a blow to Google and its +1 initiative. Where Bing will be able to take existing “likes” from friends and integrate them into search, Google +1 has to be added from within search results before someone even clicks on a page. Google’s biggest rivals are teaming up to try and make the Mountain View giant irrelevant in the future of social search.The news was originally reported by Ad Age last week. Microsoft posted it as a blog post in its press center earlier today but the blog post had been pulled for unknown reasons. It is reported to be going live tomorrow, May 17. Bing put the blog post back up Monday afternoon with fuller details.The most exciting news to come out of the release is that there will be a new Bing Bar with a “universal like button,” the first of its kind. Users will now be able to like any page on the Web from anywhere, regardless if that site has a like button installed or not.Bing search results will now show “liked results, answers and sites” by showing contents that friends have liked. It will also show personalized results by surfacing content that friends have liked from “deep within” search results to the top page. Around 33% of users click on the top link of search results with click-through results dropping precipitously going down the page and to subsequent pages. So, if your friend liked something that was buried on page 89 of the search results, Bing will in theory bring it to the front page. Crowd Sourcing SearchOutside of friends, Bing is looking towards crowd sourcing the decision engine by using the aggregate of likes on the Internet and bringing them to forefront. Bing also apparently will have the ability to crawl Facebook Pages for what brands and companies are posting online.It is not just pages though, Bing can crawl profiles too. According to the pulled blog post; “Now when people search for a specific person, Bing provides a more in-depth bio snapshot, such as location, education and employment details, to help them find the person they’re looking for more quickly.” Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

Pioli: ‘Milan can learn from this’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Stefano Pioli believes Milan can learn a great deal from their 2-2 draw with Lecce. “I saw positives, but we should’ve closed the game earlier.” The Coach saw his debut on the Rossoneri bench, and also his birthday, ruined by a stoppage-time Marco Calderoni screamer in this 2-2 draw. There was progress, as both Milan goals were from open play, as many as throughout Marco Giampaolo’s seven games in charge. “I struggled a little with players who I used to work with, Babacar and Calderoni,” Pioli told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s a pity, there were positives, but we wanted the win and didn’t get it because of our mistakes. I saw some good moves, quality and spirit, but if you leave the game open, you can have a nasty surprise at the end. “Milan players are well aware of their capabilities and the fact they are wearing a prestigious jersey. They will be able to judge their own performances and we’ll analyse them carefully, but in a way we paid for our generosity, as we ran after the ball and didn’t keep an eye on other players. I think we had deserved to win it. “Some of the positions we took were positive, others not so much. We tried to build from the back with a three-man defence, but that can change with a different opponent such as Roma next week. “After only a few days of training, I did see some of the ideas we had worked on and that bodes well for the future, even if there is a lot of work to be done. “I had hoped for a gift this evening for my birthday, but I saw some good things and I hope we can learn from these mistakes.” The equaliser for 2-2 was a ferocious Calderoni strike, but Pioli pointed to issues in the build-up. “We lacked a little collaboration on the final equaliser. Calderoni hit it well, but we had several opportunities to close that Lecce move earlier and if we had, we’d be here talking about a deserved victory. “In the Press conference yesterday, I was asked many questions about how I found the team. I tell you after this match, there are many positives. The big error was that a side like Milan has to kill games off. We could’ve even held on for 2-1 and kicked it out of play rather than misplace those passes. “This match will help us learn a great deal, for what we did and what we should’ve done. On the penalty, there were too many of us going after the ball and we left gaps. We weren’t set out well at all.” Rafael Leao started the match and was replaced by Krzysztof Piatek, but will we see them play together for Milan? “I think Leao and Piatek can play together when overall we are a more balanced team and I have a better idea of their characteristics. “I replaced Leao because the medic told me he had a slight muscular issue and we didn’t want to risk any further damage, while Paqueta also seemed tired.”last_img read more

Parma suffer double blow

first_imgParma will be without key duo Bruno Alves and Roberto Inglese for at least the next game after they suffered injuries. Parma thrashed Genoa 5-1 on Sunday to move up to eighth in Serie A – but at the expense of Inglese. That is because, as per the Ducali’s official website, the striker sprained his ankle and needs two weeks of treatment “and subsequent recovery”. He lasted just 12 minutes at the weekend and was replaced by Andreas Cornelius, who scored a quick-fire hat-trick. With the next international break scheduled for November 11-19, it seems unlikely Inglese will return before then. Alves, meanwhile, missed the win against Genoa with what Parma describe as “a grade-I injury to his left hamstring”. The defender should therefore miss only his side’s next match at Inter this Saturday, although there is a midweek round coming up. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Earth Day Network Partners with Twitter to Release Earth in Our Hands

first_img Colin CrowellEarth DayEarth Day NetworkMarketing TechnologyNewssocial media platformVoteEarth Previous ArticleAPR’s Annual Advertising Production Trends Highlight The Need To Have A Content Production StrategyNext ArticleCITCON Raises US$5 Million to Power Global Expansion of Mobile Payments As Earth Day prepares to mark its 50th anniversary, Twitter has partnered with Earth Day Network to recognize the urgency of the environmental movement through a new Earth Day emoji. The emoji will run for 365 days – through the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2020 – in a first-of-its-kind collaboration.The image, which shows the Earth cradled between two hands, will automatically generate when Twitter users use any one of four action-oriented hashtags: #EarthDay, #EarthRise, #ClimateAction, and #VoteEarth.The launch of the Earth Day emoji kicks off the beginning of a collaboration between the social media platform and the global environmental organization in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, which will be marked by mobilizations around the world in April 2020.“Earth Day drives a timely global conversation on Twitter about the urgent need to address climate change,” said Colin Crowell, Twitter Public Policy Vice President. “We’re delighted to partner with the Earth Day Network, as well as share new commitments that Twitter is making to help address these important issues.”Marketing Technology News: 3CLogic Announces Microsoft AppSource Certification for Microsoft Dynamics CRM“As we look toward the next generation of mobilizations for our planet, we’re building an environmental movement that is ambitious, inclusive, and global,” said Kathleen Rogers, Earth Day Network President. “Twitter has demonstrated an unparalleled ability to unite individuals and communities around the world around a common cause and value system, and we are thrilled to have their support as we look to build a global movement to make our planet a safer, healthier, and more prosperous home for us all,” said Rogers.The #EarthRise hashtag, inspired by the 1968 color photo of the same name of Earth taken from the Apollo 8 space craft, reflects the goal of Earth Day Network to mobilize a global citizenry ‘rising up’ to meet our planet’s challenges with creativity, urgency, and ambition.Marketing Technology News: Philo Reveals Connected TV Ad Platform to Reach Latest Generation of TV LoversThe #VoteEarth hashtag also launches today with the kickoff of the Vote Earth campaign, which calls on citizens, particularly young and first-time voters, to examine the environmental platforms of their candidates and vote at the ballot box for candidates with clear, ambitious, and convincing plans to protect our planet.Marketing Technology News: HipChat Founders Launch Swoot, a Social Podcast App Earth Day Network Partners with Twitter to Release ‘Earth in Our Hands’ Emoji to Mark Earth Day 2019 PRNewswireApril 24, 2019, 5:51 pmApril 24, 2019 last_img read more

Zeta Global Closes Acquisition of Sizmeks Data and Programmatic Platform Combining Superior

first_imgZeta Global Closes Acquisition of Sizmek’s Data and Programmatic Platform, Combining Superior Data with World’s Best AI PRNewswireMay 2, 2019, 6:46 pmMay 2, 2019 Acquisitionadvertising technologyDMPmarketing cloudsMarketing TechnologyNewsSizmekZeta Global Previous ArticlePimcore Launches Data Hub To Strengthen Content-As-A-Service Capabilities For Enhanced Data Delivery and ConsumptionNext ArticleActiveCampaign Launches CX Automation, Redefining Marketing Automation The Deal Signifies a New Monetization Pipeline for the Company and a Superior DSP Coming to MarketZeta Global, a data-driven marketing technology company that helps brands acquire more customers, retain them longer and grow their value, announced that it has closed the acquisition of certain assets from online advertising technology company Sizmek.Zeta Global’s acquisition of Sizmek assets is impactful to the current programmatic marketplace because the resulting Zeta DSP will mark the first time that data of this quality and depth is offered in a DSP and will be at no cost. Zeta owns the third largest data set in the world with 2.2 billion probabilistic profiles and 750 million connected, deterministic profiles in its database.“We look forward to welcoming the talented Sizmek DSP and DMP teams and integrating their technology into our data and marketing clouds to deliver a uniquely valuable solution for clients and partners,” said David A. Steinberg, Zeta Global CEO, Chairman and Co-Founder.Marketing Technology News: Huawei Enables Smart Finance with “AI+DATA”Under the terms of the acquisition, Zeta now owns Sizmek’s DSP and DMP platforms and is hiring over 200 Sizmek employees. Zeta will soon make its proprietary data cloud and AI derived audiences available to Sizmek clients and partners . “We are witnessing the convergence of the world’s best AI with identity and intent data,” said Mike Caprio, former Chief Growth Officer for Sizmek, now a Divisional President for Zeta. “We’re excited to see this acquisition come together and believe that the combined company is better positioned to help our clients improve performance – across channels and across the customer lifecycle.”Marketing Technology News: LINK Mobility to Integrate With Oracle ResponsysForrester principal analyst Joe Stanhope and author of the recent report A More Perfect Union: Adtech And Martech Convergence Will Revolutionize Marketing commented, “Convergence is happening and it will affect tens of billions of dollars in marketing spend. Connecting and delivering customer interactions across touchpoints and devices is pushing marketers’ current analysis, orchestration, and execution capabilities to their limits. Nowhere is the struggle more acute than efforts to build stronger connections between advertising and marketing, which promises tremendous potential synergies in coordinating insights, profiles, targeting, personalization, and execution.”Marketing Technology News: Uber Versus Lyft: The Game of Ride Sharing and Pricing Data Gets Hotterlast_img read more

Aragon Research Positions Vonage as a Leader in the Globe For Unified

first_imgAragon Research Positions Vonage as a Leader in the Globe For Unified Communications and Collaboration PRNewswireMay 7, 2019, 2:06 pmMay 7, 2019 Alan MasarekAragon Researchcloud communicationsMarketing TechnologyNewsUnified Communications and CollaborationVonage\ Previous ArticleClick2Mail Announces Two Mobile Apps for Sending Postal MailNext Articleenosix Hires Former SAP Executive as CMO Company Recognized for Completeness of Strategy and PerformanceVonage, a global business cloud communications leader, has been positioned by Aragon Research, Inc. as a Leader in the 2019 Globe for Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC).The Aragon Research Globe graphically represents an analysis of a specific market and its component vendors. The Aragon Research team does a rigorous analysis of each vendor, using three dimensions that enable comparative evaluation of the participants in a given market – strategy, performance and reach. Vendors positioned as Leaders have comprehensive strategies that align with industry direction and market demand, and effectively perform against those strategies[1].“Vonage spent 2018 making key acquisitions, including TokBox and NewVoiceMedia, so that it now offers complete, end-to-end communications solutions,” said Jim Lundy, CEO and Lead Analyst, Aragon Research. “Vonage has always been known for its prowess in voice, but its complete makeover as a UCC provider means more existing customers can look to Vonage for their enhanced UCC portfolio for current and future needs.”Marketing Technology News: eSentire Report: Volume of UK Cyber Attacks Increased by Over 140 Percent in 2018The lines between unified communications, contact center and programmable communications are blurring as businesses look for solutions to enhance both internal employee collaboration and external interactions with customers. Businesses will win, or lose, based on customer experience, which ultimately relies on the quality of interaction between a businesses’ customers and its employees, and the ability to interact through the customer’s preferred mode of communication.“We are excited to be named a Leader in the prestigious Aragon Research Globe for UCC this year,” said Vonage CEO Alan Masarek. “This underscores our position as a leading global provider of innovative and industry-leading communication solutions that enable our customers to develop more innovative, frictionless and meaningful communications experiences for both customers and employees.”Marketing Technology News: Video Conferencing Equipment Supplier, IVCi, Lists and Explains How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Video ConferencingAs stated in the report, “Vonage has seen strong growth powered by its Unified Communications-as-a-Service, Contact Center-as-a-Service, and Communications Platform-as-a-Service technology. While anchored by its voice offerings, Vonage’s UCC platform enhances internal connection and collaboration among employees and enables deeper connections externally via cloud-based APIs.”Vonage’s unique set of cloud-based capabilities and solutions are built on top of the fully integrated One Vonage platform, a microservices-based software platform that makes it easy to create the specific tools customers need to address the unique communications challenges their businesses face. With One Vonage, businesses can quickly and easily redefine how they communicate and operate to enhance internal collaboration among employees and deepen relationships externally with customers.Marketing Technology News: DirectLync Shakes Up Small Business Marketing with New Digital Marketing Platformlast_img read more

Game of Thrones for HBO piracy is better than an Emmy as

first_img Four questions with ‘Game of Thrones’ expert Lisa Woolfork Provided by The Conversation Since then, GoT has repeatedly become the most pirated series of all time in every season. And with season seven this record was broken yet again.Obviously, HBO has explored ways to reduce piracy: implementing participatory fan culture, using videos to advertise the DVD/Blue Ray box set, building “fan-art challenges”, or broadcasting episodes simultaneously around the world. Season five was seen in 173 countries simultaneously, enabling fans – pretty much anywhere in the world – to watch the show legally rather than having to pirate it. But legal streaming has not reduced piracy as expected. Instead, the availability of so many streaming platforms has encouraged consumers back into piracy and while these platforms are strongly competing with each other for subscribers and for screentime, there are clearly millions of fans of Game of Thrones who are not prepared to pay for the privilege. Battle of the BoxMeanwhile, the competition for the Iron Throne on the screen is paralleled – in the real world – by the epic struggle for supremacy in television production. Back in 2015, John Landgraf – CEO of FX Networks – complained that 400 new series were scheduled to air that year: “This is too much television,” he declared. And since then, the number of new series has only increased – Netflix alone aired more than 700 original productions in 2018, posing a clear threat to HBO’s empire.For two decades, HBO was the indisputable ruler of television. The slogan “It’s not TV, it’s HBO” was backed up with the success of household name must-watch series such as The Sopranos (1999-2007), The Wire (2002-2008), Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000 – present) or Sex and the City (1998-2004).But in 2018, for the first time in 17 years, HBO received fewer Emmy nominations than its main competitor – garnering 108 against Netflix’s 112. At the same time, Netflix gained 28m new subscribers, making a total of 139m around the world, whereas HBO Now, the streaming platform, reached 5m in February 2018. So the battle is on – way beyond the kingdoms of Westeros. Viewers are now used to streaming services – and they have the means to escape the paywalls if they need to. The rise and rise of digital platforms has also broken the stranglehold of the traditional giants such as Disney, Time Warner and News Corp. Pretenders to the crown include some relative newcomers that are fast becoming household names: Netflix, Amazon, Google’s YouTube, and lately Snapchat and Apple are also turning to producing platforms in their own right.The final season of Game of Thrones emerges at the centre of this ferocious competition. Whoever ends up on the throne in Westeros, one thing is clear – the battle for domination of our screens will rage on, pirates or no pirates. Explore further Citation: Game of Thrones: for HBO, piracy is ‘better than an Emmy’ as it battles Netflix (2019, April 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-game-thrones-hbo-piracy-emmy.html Eight years after the first season premiered, the long-awaited winter has finally come – Game of Thrones’ final season is here. The television series created by David Benioff and Daniel Brett Weiss from the books by George RR Martin has built a rich and complex multi-thread plot-knot of epic battles, of the living and the undead, of long owed-debts to be paid, and of the culmination of clan stratagems to win the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. But at the end of season seven in the autumn of 2017, it wasn’t the clan warfare that had us cliffhanging, but the thought of the army of undead white walkers and their zombie dragon bearing down on Westeros.Many millions of fans are waiting breathlessly for the denouement – and it’s a legion of fans that has grown exponentially over the eight-year run. In the US, for example, the audience has grown from 2.5m viewers in the first season (2011) to an average of 10.3m during season seven, which peaked at more than 12m viewers during the season seven finale on August 27, 2017.According to MUSO, a magazine which specialises in piracy, the first episode of season seven alone was pirated 91.74m times and the season accumulated more than a billion illegal downloads a week after it ended.So many people viewing outside of the official channels doesn’t just suggest the incredibly large audience GoT can attract, it also demonstrates the growth in illegal downloading of television shows – 11% last year – despite the effort of the streaming technologies to kill off piracy.Piracy has its rewardsBut this hasn’t necessarily been a problem for HBO. In 2013, the boss of Time-Warner (which owns HBO), Jeff Bewkes, declared that piracy was: “Better than an Emmy” because more people watching the show inevitably led to more people deciding to pay for subscriptions. He said: “We’ve been dealing with this for 20, 30 years – people sharing subs, running wires down the backs of apartment buildings. Our experience is that it leads to more paying subs. I think you’re right that Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world and that’s better than an Emmy.” This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. 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.last_img read more

Indian Institute of Welding to organise 3day seminar from December 13

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on December 06, 2018 COMMENT SHAREcenter_img More than 300 delegates are expected to participate in the three-day national seminar organised by the Indian Institute of Welding here at Bolgatty Palace from December 13 to 15.Welding technology experts, researchers, professionals will be participate in the seminar, which will be inaugurated by the State Chief Secretary Tom Jose. Madhu S Nair, Chairman and Managing Director, Cochin Shipyard Ltd, will be the chief guest.Managing Directors of various companies will speak on topics like skill development and role of welding technology in national development. Arunkumar Bhadhuri, Research Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research and President, IIW – India; Parimal Biswas, Secretary General, IIW and M R Srinivasan, Mumbai IIW Foundation Chairman, will also participate.Established in 1966 with its registered office at Kolkata, IIW has 13 branches in Bengaluru, Baroda, Bhilai, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Tiruchirapalli, Vishakhapatnam, Pune and Hyderabad. It has over 4000 welding professionals and more than 300 industries as members. Kochi COMMENTSlast_img read more