first_imgWith fellow first-round picks Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas pegged to rotate inside next to Buckner on passing downs, the 49ers enter free … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device SANTA CLARA — Whatever money the 49ers earmarked for the defensive tackle position could very well be part of a historic contract. For one of their own.DeForest Buckner is eligible for an extension after his third season produced 12 sacks and a Pro Bowl debut.last_img

first_img27 February 2013South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, delivering his 2013 Budget Speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, proposed an employment tax incentive for young, first-time workers which will use a new graduated formula and replace the contested youth wage subsidy proposal made in last year’s Budget.Delivering his 2013 Budget Speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan also revealed plans for several tax incentives for the country’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs).The Budget Review says youth employment incentive, which will amount to R500-million in tax relief once implemented, will operate using a graduated tax incentive at the entry-level wage, falling to zero when earnings reach the personal income tax threshold.Protection provided by existing labour legislation, combined with oversight by the South African Revenue Service (Sars) and the Department of Labour, will ensure that employers don’t replace older workers in favour of first-time workers just to take advantage of the tax incentive.Incentives for Special Economic ZonesA similar tax incentive will be made available to eligible workers of all ages within the country’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs). This will allow employers to make a tax deduction for employing workers earning less than R60 000 a year.The Budget Review also contains a proposal that businesses based in SEZs be subject to a 15% corporate tax rate, almost half that of South Africa’s current corporate tax rate of 28%.Added to this, an accelerated depreciation for buildings in these areas, based on the existing tax regime for urban development zones, will encourage SEZ developers to invest more in industrial premises.The DTI released its draft Special Economic Zones Policy and Bill during 2012 and invited the country’s nine provinces to submit proposals for the establishment of Special Economic Zones.Last week, Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale announced that the DTI was set to partner with the Limpopo government to establish two SEZs in the province, one focusing on logistics and coal beneficiation, the other on platinum beneficiation.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgPandora is one of the Internet’s slow and steady success stories.After years of work and more than $20 million dollars invested, the company is finally looking at the light of the end of the tunnel: Turning a profit. In this exclusive interview with founder Tim Westergren after a town hall meetup in Richmond, Virginia, we discuss the company’s close call with bankruptcy in 2007, their ad-based revenue model, their roadmap for adding new features and an open API, and their incorporation into a variety of hardware devices.Westergren told us that in 2003, he was burdened by about $200,000 of personal debt from his efforts with the startup. Most of the employees had gone long periods of time without paychecks. When the company finally got a badly needed round of funding, about $1.5 million went immediately to recifying a payroll backlog. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#People in Tech#web Related Posts Now, however, the “unwitting nonprofit” is closer than ever to growing revenues larger than their expenses, news the investors will surely be ecstatic to hear.In addition to recording this one-on-one talk with Westergren, we also captured about 20 uncut minutes of his talk to Richmond fans and users. Watch for the fuller story of Pandora’s trials, triumphs, and evolution, including an extended discussion of the utterly unscalable but nevertheless fascinating Music Genome Project. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… jolie odelllast_img read more

first_imgDiscovery Bar: Users move a slider across a discovery/recommendation bar to listen to similar artists. The top of the slider offers music from just your searched artist, and the other end of the spectrum offers all new recommendations.Voting and Radio: Users can also vote music up and down in a Pandora-like fashion and listen to music in “radio”-mode (continuous play), or simply listen to their playlists.Reviews: Users can also search for lyrics and info through the player, and MOG will push them back to the MOG blog network. From here you can rate songs with the song pre-linked in your posts, and add your favorite concert memory, videos and images. Review pages also show the top listeners of a particular artist ,and like other music fan services, you can scroll through artist bios, news, photos, songs, albums and reviews. Users can also play music through the blogging network if they choose to discover music via the reviews.Playlists: Users can add any searchable track to their personal library or to a custom playlist. You can also search for an artist and add entire albums or artist collections as one big playlist. In addition to being able to listen to your own playlists, you can also listen to featured community playlists and playlists created by artists. For instance, if you’re in the mood for an artist-curated experience, TV on the Radio gives you a “Radio on the Internet” playlist while DJ Shadow offers his “Hyphy” mix. You can also share your own playlist with others by making it public. Users upload a photo that represents their mix, and add tracks either through the website or via the player. dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Social: Similar to Facebook, user activity is shown in a feed and friends can watch each other depending on user privacy settings. You can also track your favorite MOG-users and music bloggers. In the past you could see when your favorite blogger was posting, but now you can also build playlists around that post. Users can also push their playlist choices and blog entries out to Facebook and Twitter.To check out the service for yourself register for it at mog.com. Tags:#start#startups Related Posts MOG‘s $5 all-you-can-eat streaming music subscription service has finally launched. Although we interviewed CEO David Hyman in mid October, the music industry has changed considerably in the last two months. Imeem sold to MySpace for a song, and competitor Spotify is rumored to be delaying a United States launch as it refuses to enter North America with a paid-only version. We spoke to MOG CEO David Hyman to find out his thoughts on the industry and why his service is different from his competitors.How has Spotify’s delay and Imeem’s acquisition affected your service? We’ve just been watching from the sidelines waiting for the stars to align to launch a service that’s sustainable. Anyone in ad-supported music has had a hard time, including free radio. The freemium services have to offer their subscriptions at at least $15 per month to offset the cost of their free service. We’re the first personal radio service where you can play radio, jump to an album on demand and offer it all online without client installation. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In the past MOG allowed bloggers to link to music through the blogging network, and you weren’t really responsible for that. Now you’re taking a more active role. Do you want to comment on that? There’s two types of bloggers on our network, there are those that use MOG.com as a platform and take advantage of our tools and there are the 3rd party bloggers (1,000 top music bloggers) that are on our network but use their own tools. Platform bloggers will see music playlists seamlessly integrate through the MOG service – you’ll notice that whenever you go to review a song, it’s already pre-embedded in the post. Whereas 3rd party bloggers will get the VIP service for free and be able to use embedding tools to become part of our affiliate program.You’ve got some great discovery tools. Between all your discovery features and a mobile app that caches playlists on the horizon, why would anyone want to buy a track through your site? Are downloads really necessary anymore? Well, it’s important to download a song if you’re listening on a device that can’t sync. But honestly, we’re betting that consumption in the cloud is the future. One problem subscription music services have faced is lack of portability. Today, with the power of smart phones, playlist caching and 3G there’s a lot more you can do.Your mobile app is supposed to offer offline caching of playlists. When will that appear on the scene? You’ll see that in the first three months of 2010.While you’ve remarked that freemium models are not sustainable, a few of your competitors have scratched their heads on how you’d make a $5-per-month service sustainable with this mobile component. Can you comment? Our mobile service will be at a slightly higher rate – under $15 but more than $5. I wish I could charge $5 for everything but the labels charge me more than that.We noticed you’re featuring video content on the blogs. Spotify’s Daniel Ek once suggested that streaming media services can stream anything, including video. Have you got any plans to incorporate video into the service? You’ll likely see some video content featured next year, but the amount of video we have compared to music files in tiny. We’ve only got about 1 or 2 videos per album and that’s for the really popular artists.And finally, what are your favorite features in the site? I’m lazy. I just like that I can type anything I want to listen to into the search bar and stream radio. I like to listen to Miles Davis radio or Tom Waits radio and I don’t even move the discovery slider over.MOG All Access Features While MOG offers your basic web service with a pop-out player and the ability to save to your streaming library or playlists, it also offers a number of unique features: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgAfter putting students’ union polls on hold for over two years in four State universities, the West Bengal government has allowed the varsities to conduct elections whenever they deem appropriate. A letter in this regard was sent by the Higher Education Department to the V-Cs of Jadavpur University, Presidency University, Rabindra Bharati University and Diamond Harbour Women’s University.last_img

first_imgXiaomi launched the Redmi 4 in India on May 16, and announced that the phone will go on sale for the first time via Amazon India on May 23. The Redmi 4 starts at Rs 6,999 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB memory version going all the way to Rs 10,999 for the top end 4GB RAM and 64GB memory version. The Redmi 4 will also be available in 3GB RAM and 32GB memory version for Rs 8,999. Amazon India, on Monday, announced that the 4GB RAM/64GB memory variant of the Redmi 4 won’t be available for buying on May 23, but, will be available towards the end of June.”It’s amazing to have witnessed over 1.7 million “Notify Me’s” for this smartphone already. Smartphones have continuously been a top selling category on Amazon.in and we continue to explore many more such symbiotic partnerships to offer our customers the best selection across categories,” Noor Patel, director category management, Amazon India said.The Redmi 4, much like its predecessor Redmi 3S Prime, also comes with an all-metal body and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone, in fact, looks a lot like the Redmi Note 4, with smaller bezels. It comes with curved 2.5D glass on the front and will also come in matte black finish and gold colour options like the Redmi Note 4.It comes with a 5-inch 720p display and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor under the hood. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.On the software side, the Redmi 4 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8. The phone will be eligible for Android Nougat preview out-of-the-box. Furthermore, the phone is backed by a 4,100mAh battery. The phone supports 4G LTE and is also VoLTE-ready.advertisementXiaomi’s first Mi Home, which the company opened for everyone on May 20, was the first place where potential buyers could view and buy the Redmi 4 before being made available for buying via online channel.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 quick review: You might actually be able to buy this phonelast_img read more