Loading …Voting is open now here and on Twitter, and feel free to comment about why you made your choice. We’ll see you next week to crown yet another winner in the saga of Ask It! As I’m writing this up, I can hear the sounds of the fireworks from Wishes from outside my home office. Without looking up, I can tell from the sounds of the shells what “scene” is going on for the show. It will certainly be an adjustment when the new “Happily Ever After” nighttime spectacular debuts later this spring. It seems that everyone has a favorite nighttime show at Walt Disney World — so here’s this week’s question:What is your favorite current nighttime show at Walt Disney World Wishes (46%, 358 Votes) Illuminations (30%, 230 Votes) Fantasmic (21%, 163 Votes) Rivers of Light (3%, 23 Votes) Total Voters: 774 Share This!
ConferousFrom PW: “A toll-free number with support for multiple conference rooms, create rooms with a specific purpose and track the number of participants.”A very simple service and there are others like GroupCall that use Twitter for creating a conference calls. RingerousRingerous lets you post to your blog by phone.Your recorded message is added to the post with an embedded MP3 player for easy playback. There are a number of similar services . alex williams Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… On Programmable Web (PW), the telephony category has 83 APIs. Of these, Twilio is by far the leader with 88 mashups associated with its API. That’s far ahead of Skype, which has 28; Jaduka has 8 and MyVox and Ringful each have six.Twilio is a cloud-based service that helps you build telephony-based services. In September it added more than 100 new features. Using telephony-based APIs is new territory for many. We are always asking how telephony services are used. Developers use the Twilio API for alerts, changes to calendars, conferencing and a host of other uses.To get a perspective, here are five ways developers are using the Twilio API:Bad News RobotBad News Robot allows you to call someone with bad news without having to do it yourself. The robot does the talking for you.Using Twilio, the service will call the recipient for the robot to deliver the bad news. The robot may have a “dude voice,” or a “chick voice.” The call costs 99 cents. Twitter and email is free. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing VoxilateVoxilate provides the ability for a silent auction. Bidders can bid on items over the phone and are notified via text message when they are outbid.From the Voxilate blog, a walk-through for how it works:“All bid items are listed in a Google spreadsheetUsers at the silent auction enter their name, bid amount, and phone number on the auction sheets.When the auction completes, on-site staff enter the winners into the Google Spreadsheet.Bidders dial the Twilio-provided number and enter their phone number as a PIN (automatic if they send Caller ID). They are told whether they have won, and if so, what their total is (important for those who bid on multiple items!). They are then instructed to say their names, addresses, and other pertinent information and are of course thanked for participating.This information is then transcribed and posted into the Google Spreadsheet (this is fun to watch in real-time!) The Twilio link to audio is also included in case the information needs to be double-checked.On-site staff can then complete the checkout at their leisure.We’re using Google App Engine for serving the TwiML responses to Twilio, and the Google Data APIs for connecting to Google Spreadsheet.”The services we see range from the trivial to the truly useful. What they all offer is an example of how the telepehony space is rapidly becoming a platform for communication that sits on equal footing with the Web. From an interview with Pha on the Twilio blog:“I built Conferous using Ruby on Rails with a slightly customized version of the Twilio gem from Webficient to communicate with the Twilio API. The Twilio API was so flexible and easy to use that I was able to develop the core functionality very quickly. In addition, I deployed the application on Heroku, which sped up the development/deployment process even more. On the front-end side, I used jQuery to create some of the UI effects and for AJAX interactions. You could say I’m a sucker for technologies that make my life easier and let me focus on functionality and not nitty-gritty details.”Mobile CommonsMobile Commons is a service that is a page out of modern, political marketing. It provides advertisers and agencies quickly launch and manage mobile marketing campaigns from a Web-based user interface. Can you see how this might be used in the next session of the U.S. Congress? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
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McConnell (sprained AC joint, left shoulder) and Jahlil Okafor (individualized training) were not with the team.Celtics: Marcus Smart left in the fourth quarter with pain in his right ankle. He got treatment in the locker room and said afterward that it was feeling better. … Irving had five of Boston’s 12 3-pointers. … Boston outscored Philadelphia 44-36 in the paint.QUOTABLE“He’s certainly one of the most gifted scorers in the game. He can do things just with a tiny amount of space and make it look easy.” — Stevens on Irving.RUNNING TIMEThe Celtics ended the second quarter on an 11-3 run and took a 54-44 lead into halftime. Boston shot 48 percent from the field and was 7 of 16 from beyond the 3-point line.Philadelphia erased a 12-point deficit and took a 67-65 lead in the third quarter, but Boston got hot again, ending that period on an 11-4 run that included six points by Morris.TOUGH SCHEDULEThe Sixers have already played some of the league’s top teams just 21 games into the season. Thursday was their second meeting with the Celtics, and they’ve also played Golden State and Houston twice, and Cleveland.But coach Brett Brown is thankful for the tough road they’ve plodded thus far.“We’re playing NBA royalty right now,” Brown said. “We’re playing against the league’s best. The analytics people tell us we’ve had the most difficult schedule to date in the NBA, and it feels like that. But I think it expedites learning. … You’re always learning from All-Stars.”UP NEXT76ers: Begin a three-game homestand Saturday against the Detroit Pistons. Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving holds off Philadelphia 76ers’ Jerryd Bayless during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas developed a reputation in Boston for big performances late in games. It’s quickly becoming apparent that the Celtics probably have an even more potent scoring weapon in Kyrie Irving.The star guard scored 36 points and Boston held off the weary and short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 108-97 on Thursday night to improve the NBA’s best record to 19-4.ADVERTISEMENT It was Irving’s fifth game this season with 30 or more points. Al Horford added 21 points and eight rebounds, and Marcus Morris had 17 points as the Celtics bounced back from Monday night’s home loss to Detroit with their ninth victory in 11 games.“It’s go time, man,” Irving said of his mindset in the fourth quarter. “Especially when the game is in the balance. It’s the best time to play. 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Saturday’s game against Detroit will conclude a week featuring matchups with the East’s three top teams.Philadelphia played without center Joel Embiid, who continues to rest on the second night of back-to-backs.With Embiid out, Celtics coach Brad Stevens went with a bigger lineup, starting Aron Baynes in place of Morris.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LeBron ‘bothered’ that some teammates disapproved of Wade signing Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celtics: Continue their five-game homestand Saturday against the Phoenix Suns.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Still, the fact that sales and marketing needed the most attention was a relief for Donohue, who pounded the beat with Petersen and group publisher Tom McIntyre. “When the owners are the day-to-day sales reps, that tells the marketplace they’re dealing with the key decision makers,” says McIntyre. By the end of 2008, CSD had 58 advertisers. Through June 2009, the magazine has added 40 new advertisers on top of that and ad pages are up 83 percent through May, according to Patterson Advertising Reports.No changes were made to CSD’s pricing (the 6x rate card is $6,169 net) and McIntyre says Harbor weeded out some of the bad inherited contracts and promised advertorials. “When ad pages drop, edit pages usually drop,” he adds. “We promised a minimum 64-page folio and at least a 50/50 ad-to-edit ratio.” Ancillary OpportunitiesPart of the CSD acquisition included a Web site and a dormant association called the National Convenience Store Advisory Group, which Harbor plans to revive.The association was purchased on Donohue’s watch at Penton. While the National Association of Convenience Stores caters to the larger chains in the industry, the National Advisory Group was targeted to smaller chains with 10 to 100 stores. “We had to fix the magazine first but we’ve had a lot of questions from retailers about bringing it back,” says Donohue.CSD will host a reunion for the association in November and will talk with retailers about what direction it should take in 2010 and beyond. “We want this to be a retailer-run association,” says Petersen. “If we do that right, the other side of balance sheet will take care of itself.”While the Web business remains relatively small for CSD, online revenue is up 35 percent and the brand has a goal of $100,000 in 2009. Harbor has added a video player and weekly e-newsletters. CSD also does an annual three-part Webcast series. Sponsorships range from $3,500 to $10,000 per Webcast. Sam’s Club was the exclusive sponsor in 2008 and McLane took this spot in 2009. “It’s tough for a lot of people to travel these days and the Webcast enables us to deliver good content and research to their desks,” says McIntyre. Still, the print magazine remains the core product for CSD. “There is a lot of buzz with digital but it depends on whether your market wants it,” says McIntyre. “Big publishing companies are really taking the spotlight off of print but I’m a big believer in print. I’m a believer in digital, too, but print is not dead and it doesn’t have to be unless you don’t pay attention to it.” When Harbor Communications got wind in 2007 that Penton Media had decided to shutter Convenience Store Decisions, it pounced with an acquisition offer. Partly because Harbor co-founder Bill Donohue (and a former Penton retail division head) first launched the title back in 1990, and partly because Harbor sees an opportunity in print that many larger publishers no longer do.“This was an attractive opportunity for us,” says Harbor president and co-founder (and former Penton president) Dan Ramella. “We approached them in October 2007 and the deal was finalized in about 30 days. We knew what we wanted; we were buying the brands and lists.”In fact, the deal was done so quickly that the last issue under Penton’s ownership featured a farewell note from editor John Loftsock (who joined Harbor). While editorial quality remained high and Penton previously invested in maintaining the circulation file (41,250 multi-unit executives), sales was neglected. At the time of acquisition, CSD had just four signed ad contracts for 2008. “This was late in the fall selling season and we had missed a huge industry show,” says publisher John Petersen, who joined Harbor from Penton. “By the time we got our team situated and took complete ownership, we were kind of up against it for 2008.”