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The Daw ( http://www.dawhb.com ), one of the web hosting industry’s premier blogs published an article on how the web is becoming a part of political debate in United States. The blogger Dimitar Avramov says that it is not a secret for anyone that as the Internet looms larger in American politics, lawmakers face a tough debate over how to balance election campaign finance restrictions and the free speech rights of web sites and Internet bloggers. The blog explains how the political debate threaten web.
Soft Money that political groups spend on web advertising change the way lawmakers see the web and its role in the election campaigns. Daw blog focus readers attention on a bill presented by the House leaders in March this year. It aims to exclude the Internet from restrictions on public communications under campaign law.
The blogger says debate over Web’s regulations “is about big ideas” all sides say they have bipartisan support.
“A whole virtual world emerged only a decade since the commercialization of the Internet began. The number of users, the speed of Internet connections and the variety of things everyone can do online created web culture. This process has been accomplished with light regulatory and in some countries even out of any regulations. That means officials have not been involved in decision making process over how to develop the Net” says the author.
Blog claims that having a whole industry out of regulations has produced good results. Web surfers can make cheap or free phone calls, legally download music, movies and software. They can also watch a network television shows online. Some of the Internet business ideas succeeded, others failed. Many of them however would never have been even tested if a regulatory bodies such as national governments or the U.S. Federal Communications had to say “Yes” first!
Becoming a part of political agenda is a worst thing that may happen to Internet. The web improved a lot out of government control and probably is a better idea to keep it less regulated.
In it’s previous article, the Daw blog has recently posted an article about Yahoo’s plans to implement new search and content technologies that should help the Sunnyvale, California based company to close the “monetarization” gap with rival Google.
DawHB.com ( http://www.dawhb.com ) web hosting blog has been launched in March 2006. The blog covers the web hosting and site promotion industry, starting with an newbie knowledge and finishing with the high-end issues. The blog publisher has been in the web hosting industry since 1999, working as a CEO of a web hosting company and then moving to website marketing and advertising business. He manages a network of web hosting, web design and web master related service directories that cover US, European and other regional markets.
Windstar Cruises, recently named as World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler, expands their fleet from four ships to six in May 2015 with the addition of two small luxury ships from Seabourn. Today, Windstar unveils the changes planned to transform these yachts to Windstar’s signature style. Take the tour here.
Windstar takes possession of the first Seabourn ship on April 15, 2015, when it undergoes an $ 8.5 million, three-week renovation in Genoa, Italy. It will debut as Star Breeze during a christening ceremony on May 6, 2015 in Nice, France. The second ship follows suit, joining the fleet on May 4, 2015, and completing a similar $ 8.5 million renovation. The yacht will be christened Star Legend on May 25, 2015 in Rome, Italy.
Star Breeze and Star Legend join sister-ship, Star Pride, marking the completion of the acquisition announced in February of 2013. The expansion doubles the size of Windstar’s fleet of three luxury sailing yachts, making the company a market leader in small ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,242 berths and six ships.
“Star Breeze and Star Legend will receive a full stem-to-stern transformation, more than doubling the investment that was spent on Star Pride’s original enhancements,” says Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer. “We learned a lot about our guests’ preferences with the debut of Star Pride last year. We are taking their feedback and giving them what they want with the launch of these two all suite yachts.”
Key changes on Star Breeze and Star Legend that differ from Star Pride include:
Lounge: The entertainment lounge completely transforms with new flooring, and furniture. The added elegance creates an ambiance that makes the show lounge an amenable space for entertainment, meetings or small gatherings.
Veranda: the restaurant in the aft of the yacht will have expanded outdoor seating, complete with a garden wall.
Star Deck: the outdoor deck will expand by four feet on each side, giving additional space for guests to relax on lounge chairs.
Star Screening Room: The space completely transforms from a card room to an intimate screening room where guests can watch current movies and play video games.
Both yachts, each holding 212 passengers at double occupancy, will also receive upgrades to the suites, public areas, and dining venues. The transformation will include the following overhauls and upgrades:
Public Spaces: Public areas receive updated décor, complete with new, more modern upholstery, lighting, wall coverings, carpeting, ceiling finishes, window treatments, and floors. The contemporary color palette combines sand and marine shades to contrast with the warmth of wood finishes, thereby creating an upscale, nautical feel, signature to Windstar. Some public space renovation highlights include:
Yacht Club: The observation lounge on the top deck was one of the most well- received spaces on Star Pride. The space becomes a chic coffee bar and lounge where guests can enjoy espresso and light bites. The lounge receives a complete overhaul, including new flooring, lounge furniture, and an open layout that embraces the view of the shoreline.
Reception: The carpeting receives an upgrade to Windstar’s signature blue, while new accent lighting and art give the reception area the quintessential Windstar welcoming look.
Compass Rose: The club space will turn into Windstar’s popular Compass Rose, redesigned with all new contemporary furnishings, including rich new flooring finishes, plantation shutters, and comfortable chairs and bar stools designed for socializing. Live music can be found here nightly.
Star Bar: The Star Bar will offer casual drinks during the day and a venue for star-gazing by night. The bar area will be expanded with teak decking, new stools, new awning, and lighting.
Dining Venues: All restaurants will be transformed to embrace Windstar’s casual elegance, where guests are free to eat when, where, and with whom they please (no jackets or ties required). All dining experiences are complimentary.
AmphorA: Windstar’s formal dining experience will be introduced as AmphorA Restaurant. The main dining room will be redesigned, featuring mirror panels with Murano glass, new soft lighting, wall coverings, and art work. The room will feature a new seating layout; setting the stage for Windstar’s signature dining experience featuring contemporary, international menus and fresh, local dishes.
Candles: At night Veranda will transform to Candles, a favorite Windstar romantic experience where guests can dine with table service under the stars. The added elegance enhances the guest experience with culinary offerings to match.
Suites: Every guest suite (a total of 106 suites) undergoes upgrades to reflect a more luxurious and stylish experience. Changes include new carpets, linens, couches, chairs, mattresses, curtains, and headboards, as well as a modern color palette including vibrant blue hues, rich brown tones, and opulent greys.
Destination Suites: the Owner’s Suites will now showcase different, unique Windstar destinations, such as the Bora Bora Suite. Guests can get a taste of one of the hidden harbors that Windstar sails to, all in the comfort of their suite.
Coming in 2016: Star Pride Renovation
Windstar is planning a $ 3 million additional renovation of Star Pride in April 2016. The Star Pride joined Windstar’s fleet from Seabourn in May of 2014, after a moderate facelift and updated furnishings with some remodeling. The continuation of the transformation includes the completion of the AmphorA dining room remodel and a total renovation of the Lounge, Veranda, Screening Room, and more.
“With the addition of these two newly renovated yachts, we can meet our consumer demand, enhance the feel of luxury, and continue to rank at the top of the small cruise line industry,” concludes Birkholz.
For more information about the transformation of Star Breeze and Star Legend, please visit Windstar’s website. To download renderings, please go here. To book a Windstar voyage, contact a travel professional, or call Windstar at 800.258.7245.
About Windstar Cruises
Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships known for its intimate yacht style experience and unique voyages to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Its three recently renovated sailing yachts carry just 148 to 310 guests and cruise to 50 nations, calling at 150 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central America. In May 2014, Windstar launched Star Pride, the first of three newly acquired power yachts. In May 2015 the company launches Star Breeze and Star Legend. The power yachts, with a capacity of 212 guests each, will double the size of Windstar’s fleet, making the company the market leader in small ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,242 berths. The additional capacity opens up new itineraries such as voyages to Southeast Asia, Arabia, Iceland, and beyond. Windstar was recently named Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 small ship cruise line in the world.
For more information including rates and itineraries, contact a travel professional or call Windstar at 800.258.7245, or visit http://www.windstarcruises.com.
With the release of Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100, by Alexander White, White Knight Press provides a clearly written and comprehensive guide to the use of this advanced compact camera. The 248-page book, available in both paperback and ebook formats, shows beginning and intermediate photographers how to capture excellent images and video sequences with the LX100. The book explains the camera’s controls for autofocus, manual focus, aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, white balance, and ISO, as well as numerous other settings. The book also discusses the LX100’s many options for playback, setup, and customizing the operation of its various buttons, dials, and other controls.
The book contains more than 350 color photographs showing the camera’s controls, display screens, and menus. The guide also includes examples of images captured using the many creative settings of the camera, including the Photo Style settings; the Filter button picture effects, which provide the ability to customize the appearance of images in dramatic ways; and the camera’s features for continuous shooting and shooting in high-contrast lighting conditions.
The book also includes a full discussion of the video recording abilities of the LX100, which offers manual control of exposure and focus during movie recording, and which provides ultra-high definition 4K recording of motion pictures.
In three appendices, the book provides information about accessories for the LX100, including cases, external flash units, and other items, and includes a list of web sites and other resources for further information. The book includes an appendix with helpful Quick Tips that explain how to take advantage of the camera’s features in the most efficient ways possible.
The book is available for $ 9.99 in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats for download through White Knight Press and other sellers. The paperback version is available for $ 29.95 through Amazon.com and other online sellers.
New research shows that while TV consumers appreciate the greater content choice offered by online viewing options, they also have a strong need for tools to make all of that content easier to use.
According to the 2014 wave of “Conquering Content”—Hub’s annual study on how consumers find and choose new TV shows—adoption of online TV sources continues to climb. 83% say that they use at least one online TV source, up from 77% in November 2013.
The growth in TV options makes consumers more selective about what they watch:
81% say that thanks to new TV options, more of their viewing time is spent on TV shows they “really like” than was the case in the past.
Only 13% “graze”—try new shows that look even a little interesting—vs. 29% who say they only try a new show if they’re sure they’ll like it.
This combination of near-unlimited choice and greater selectivity leads to a significant unmet need: an easier way to discover shows across platforms. And consumers make it clear that providers that can offer this capability will gain share:
60% agree they “need a universal listing that lets them find shows across all TV sources,” vs. only 9% who disagree.
48% say they are more likely to choose sources that make discovery of new shows easy, vs. only 9% who aren’t.
In fact, there’s evidence that online content is a critical part of the discovery process for shows on live TV:
61% of viewers—and 72% of Millennials—say that they have watched a show on live TV that they first discovered and watched online.
This is even more common among subscribers to Netflix (68%) and Hulu Plus (73%).
“The bottom line is that consumers are now realizing both the benefits and the challenges that come with massive amounts of content available instantly,” says Jon Giegengack, co-author of the study. “Even the choosiest consumer can find more of their favorite types of content than they have time to consume. But almost unlimited catalogs mean that viewers need, and increasingly expect, tools to make discovering shows they’ll love a manageable task.”
“Changes in how consumers watch TV mean that the discovery process is more important than ever,” says Peter Fondulas of Hub. “Given that 80% of consumers binge view at least some of the time, each viewing decision has the potential to dictate a much greater share of viewing time than the next 30 or 60 minutes.”
About this Research
“Conquering Content” is an annual tracking study among 1,250 US TV viewers with broadband. This data was collected in November 2014. An excerpt of the findings is available for download from Hub Entertainment Research.
About Hub Entertainment Research
Hub Entertainment Research is a market-research firm with deep expertise in television, movies, video games, music, publishing, and sports—anywhere that entertainment and new technology overlap. Our work includes The Hub Reports: an annual series of 6 syndicated studies that track key behaviors of TV consumers, and enable decision-makers to anticipate the biggest risks and opportunities in a rapidly changing marketplace. For more information, please visit us at http://www.hubresearchllc.com.
In response to a huge demand for background music, royalty free music website RoyaltyFreeKings.com has released dozens of new tracks.
The growing selection of free royalty free music is available to anyone working with a budget of US$ 250,000 or less. The music is immediately downloadable and ready to use. This section has proved to be very popular with students, educators and charities around the world. The range of styles and genres in the music given away by RoyaltyFreeKings.com include: epic dramatic orchestral, ambient piano, jazz, comedy, rock and suspense tension.
In anticipation of the upcoming 4th of July holiday and other summer celebrations, royalty free music website RoyaltyFreeKings.com offers a variety of options choose from with their ever-expanding collection of royalty free patriotic music and more. New epic, orchestral & contemporary albums such as ‘Epic Patriotic,’ ‘Jazz Patriotic’ & ‘Patriotic Punk Rock’ were created to amplify the excitement in summer celebration-themed advertising, wedding videos, and other projects.
Heroic & heart pounding ‘Epic Patriotic’ includes old Americana favorites like ‘Yankee Doodle’ done in a swashbuckling style reminiscent of blockbuster movie trailers, and other more stately orchestral renditions feature solo trumpet, as in their version of ‘Star Spangled Banner.’ ‘Patriotic Jazz’ & ‘Patriotic Punk Rock’ instrumentals include songs such as “America The Beautiful” & “Grand Old Flag” done with a fun, uptempo flair that is specifically geared towards advertising.
In addition to this background patriotic music, The Summer also brings new royalty free wedding music from Royaltyfreekings.com. The website recently released an array of options for producers, not only with volume 3-4 of ‘Weddings & Romance’, but now also five diverse “Drama – Light” albums, two “Laidback Acoustic” guitar albums & the “Heartfelt Inspirational” series. These albums feature dozens of evocative, film-inspired instrumental tracks designed for montages and more, showcasing orchestra or solo piano & acoustic guitar.
To further herald the return of summer, brand new releases in the summer and tropical category include fresh volumes of ‘Surf,’ ‘Summer Fun 2′, ‘Latin 2′. A second volume of the popular ‘Road trip’ series features an eclectic mix of alternative & southern rock tracks.
For regular customers who rely on high energy staples, Royaltyfreekings.com has continued to garner even more royalty-free high energy music for everything from local advertising to documentaries and corporate videos and include new volume releases for categories such as ‘Hi Tech,’ & ‘Upbeat & Inspiring,’ as well as the new dance floor style ‘High Energy Techno’ collection.
The aim of RoyaltyFreeKings.com is to be a music licensing website that focuses on high quality production music and niche genres. Every track is handpicked for quality and maximum emotional impact.
Royalty free epic music is also a specialization at RoyaltyFreeKings.com, and the heroic, inspirational music is popular with producers looking for a sense of adventure and excitement in their advertising. Epic albums at RoyaltyFreeKings.com include: the ‘Epic Worlds’ series (now at 5 albums), the ‘Action Film’ series (now six), and ‘Heroic & Inspiring’ volumes 1 and 2.
A new milestone was recently reached at RoyaltyFreeKings.com – over 100 albums for sale. The albums are heavily discounted collections of music also available individually on a track by track basis. After launching in 2012, RoyaltyFreeKings.com focused on popular genres like epic royalty free music – with over 15 albums and 200+ tracks in that category alone. Royalty-free Christmas music, another popular category, saw considerable focus with the unique albums ‘Epic Christmas’, ‘Pop Rock Christmas’ and ‘Folk Rock Christmas’ released over the past year.
Launched in 2012, the aim of RoyaltyFreeKings.com has been to make searching for quality background music much easier and more streamlined. The crowd-sourcing business model (where anyone can upload music), like that used by many competing royalty-free websites, has the benefit of a rapid expansion of content. The downside is that with so many tracks being uploaded, the catalog easily gets bloated with mediocre music that does little to enhance a project, whether it’s a commercial, wedding video, film or webisode. Producers looking through these crowd-sourcing music licensing websites have to spend significant time sifting through vast collections to find something they’d actually want to use, or worse – settle for something inferior just because they don’t have the time to continue searching.
By hand picking each track, RoyaltyFreeKings.com only allows music that meets a strict standard of musicality and production value. The growing catalog of hand picked tracks at RoyaltyFreeKings.com is produced by an international group of over fifty award winning composers, including a pop rock producer in Finland, a Nashville based folk and country expert, a heavy metal specialist in Italy, a renowned acoustic guitar artist in Hawaii and several well known trailer music composers. The high quality of tracks from these composers results is a streamlined shopping experience where producers can find, purchase and download the music they need within just a few minutes.
RoyaltyFreeKings.com also emphasizes fair treatment of their content suppliers. The composers who provide the carefully vetted music are given an equal share of the sales, before any sales a customer might receive. This is in sharp contrast to many of its competitors, some of whom are offering far less; 40%, 35%, or in some cases just 30% of the sales to composers.
PortableApps.com, the world leader in portable software, and CustomUSB, a leading memory products manufacturer, have teamed up to produce the World’s Best Flash Drive: The PortableApps.com Companion. This USB 3.0 drive combines incredibly fast components with a full suite of bundled portable software and wraps it in a durable aluminum shell laser-etched with the customer’s name. It’s backed by a best-in-class lifetime warranty and a no-hassle 30-day return policy. The drive ships in a custom tin, making it a great gift for the holidays. And with pricing starting at under $ 40, it’s an amazing value.
“We spent years working with USB vendors trying to create a drive that we’d be happy to put our name on,” said John T. Haller, lead developer of PortableApps.com. “CustomUSB really came through for us with a drive that looks and works great. I use mine every day.”
The drive included PortableApps.com’s award-winning software allowing users to carry their entire computer experience with them. Users can install their favorite software like LibreOffice, Google Chrome, Skype, uTorrent, Foxit and more right to their PortableApps.com Companion drive and use it on every PC they plug into.
“The software is top-notch. The platform is very intuitive and easy to use,” said Vadim Molochnikov of CustomUSB. “It’s been a real pleasure working with John and the PortableApps.com team.”
The PortableApps.com Companion is available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB sizes for $ 39.95, $ 54.95 and $ 99.95 respectively. Custom laser-etching and a gift tin are included in the price. The drive is available for immediate purchase directly from http://worldsbestflashdrive.com/
PortableApps.com is the world’s most popular portable software solution allowing users take their favorite software with them. A fully open source and free platform, it works on any portable storage device (USB flash drive, iPod, memory card, portable hard drive, etc) or cloud drive and lets users carry their favorite desktop software with them and use it on any computer. With millions of users all over the world and a full collection of open source software as well as freeware and commercial software and partners in the software and hardware industry, PortableApps.com is the most complete solution for life on the go.
CustomUSB is a service oriented custom memory products manufacturer. In 2011 alone we produced more than two million USB drives for customers ranging from non-profit organizations to Fortune 500 companies. We also do project management and manufacturing for customers who are looking to create USB product replicas and USB based retail products. In December of 2011, we have launched a web store allowing customers to buy cool, high-capacity flash drives for personal use. We are also an exclusive custom USB flash drive supplier for SanDisk and PortableApps.com.
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