Tickets GOING FAST for the annual Big Brothers and Big Sisters Halloween Party – TONIGHT AT 9PM

first_imgThe cost is only $25 per ticket and you can purchase them at Moose FM, the Alaska Highway News or the Visitor Centre. You can also purchase them online and pick them up at Moose FM. If your purchasing tickets from Moose FM or Alaska Highway News they will only acept cash or at Moose FM credit cards (there will be credit card fees added to your purchase)If you would like to make a donation to the event or a make a prize donation contact Danielle at 250-787-9674.All the monies raised go to support Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Fort St. John. Thank you to the generous support of the following sponsors….without them this event wouldn’t be possible. **TICKETS ARE ALMOST ALL GONE – GET YOUR TICKETS NOW – Tickets will be available at the door – Doors Open at 9PM**Nightmare on 100th 2.0 is coming this Halloween. October 31st you can have a spooky time all in support of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Fort St. John. Last year this event sold out so you should get your tickets now.- Advertisement -The cost is only $25 per ticket and you could win a part of $1,000 for the best Halloween Costume. We’ll give $600 to first, $300 to second and $100 to third. Plus there will be all kinds of other prizes you can win. We’re taking over the newly renovated Lonestar Bar in the Stonebridge Hotel. This two level bar will be transformed for Halloween Night with two big screens playing the biggest and best music around.The doors open at 9pm and everyone with a ticket over 19 years of age are welcome…but again get your tickets now as they sold out last year and there are only 250 tickets. Big Brothers and Big Sisters will also be providing safe rides home during the event.last_img read more

Amid E-Book Growth, Students Still Prefer Paper Textbooks

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Students love a bargain. Survey respondents said they often buy previous editions of a textbook (16% did this for their current class ) or international versions (18% did this at least once).Piracy is pervasive. More than 40% of survey respondents said they bought a textbook from a pirate website, or know others who have. In addition, many respondents reported copying their friends’ textbooks. Some learning tools have high value. Print study guides, Campus Learning Management Systems — such as Blackboard and WebCT — and diagnostic self-tests held high value for survey respondents.Some learning tools have low value. Online tutoring, audio study guides and “clickers” used in the classroom by instructors held low value for survey respondents.The 12% who did favor e-textbooks — “mostly males, and often MBA-seeking or distance learners” — said they valued the “lower cost, convenience and portability.”Textbook photo by Nina Scaletti | other sources: ResourceBlog A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Books#E-Learning#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Over the past half-year, we have written extensively about e-books and e-readers. We’ve discussed the merits of e-books over paper books. We’ve covered Kindle e-books outselling hardcover best-sellers and their strength over the holiday season. We’ve even included the growth of e-readers and e-books in one of our Top Trends of 2010 posts. But, as ReadWriteWeb editor Richard MacManus discussed in “5 Ways that Paper Books are Better than E-Books,” everything from price to packaging to, most importantly, the feel of physical books may keep them on the shelves for a long time to come. Now, in a study called “Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education,” another round in the debate has been settled on the side of paper. 75% of student preferred old-fashioned, paper-and-board textbooks over electronic versions.The surveying entity, the Book Industry Study Group, announced the results yesterday. The 75% who preferred paper textbooks cited “a fondness for print’s look and feel, as well as its permanence and ability to be resold.” Additional findings:last_img read more

Does Firefox OS Have A Chance? Maybe

first_imgTags:#Android#Firefox OS#iPhone Firefox OS, the mobile platform being developed by Mozilla, is not something I’m not convinced will ever matter, although I could be wrong — and I kind of hope I am. After all, another platform, more developers, more competition and the promise of truly open web standards for mobile devices are all good things. The odds, however, appear stacked against its success. The Odds Firefox OS FacesPresently, Google’s Android dominates the smartphone market, accounting for approximately 70% of all new smartphone sales. In its short life, Android has amassed 48% of the global smartphone market. Apple’s iPhone follows with 19%. Both platforms are supported by highly capable, deep-pocketed tech giants, and both platforms are growing their overall base. There may simply be no room for a viable third platform.Not that Firefox OS is only facing off against Android and iPhone, of course. Blackberry was the third-best selling smartphone platform in 2012, and it has recently launched its own new operating system, BB10. Next comes Windows Phone, which despite the considerable backing of both Microsoft and Nokia this OS continues to generate only middling interest.Then there are numerous other smartphone operating systems, including some with significant corporate sponsorship. Samsung and Intel, for example, continue to develop Tizen. Amazon has its own version of Android. There are also Bada, Jolla, Aliyun, webOS, Ubuntu and others, including the hybrid Nokia Asha platform at the low end. The OpeningMozilla Corporation, which oversees Firefox OS development, remains undaunted, perhaps with good reason. While Android and iPhone continue to grow, other smartphone platforms are either in decline or treading water. If there’s to be a viable third smartphone platform — which, of course, is far from a certainty — it could still be Firefox. As CNET reported from last month’s Mobile World Congress, Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs is enticing developers and carriers with visions of a smartphone OS that could appeal to the next “2 billion smartphone users.” I find it impossible to understand how 3, 4, 5, or 6 billion people are going to get their diverse needs satisfied by one or two or five companies, no matter how delicious those companies are. Is the farmer in the Indian countryside going to have the same needs and requirements as a lawyer sitting in New York?”Truly Open And Web-BasedThe primary appeal of the Firefox OS is that it is built using web standards, including HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Mozilla has deep roots in the web, which are clearly reflected in its vision for the new OS:Built entirely using HTML5 and other open Web standards (and) free from the rules and restrictions of existing proprietary platforms.App developers, particularly those already familiar with Mozilla and Firefox, can leverage these open standards to effectively transform a web page into an app. This could theoretically jumpstart usage. The Mozilla’s Developer Network offers developers a guide to get started. This could prove crucial. As CNET remarked earlier this year: Using this browser-based approach poses some technical challenges, but it also means that a huge amount of services already work on the phone, at least in principle, simply by pointing the phone at a Web page.Moreover, Mozilla just announced a series of app workshops to encourage development of new apps — albeit with clear specifications:If you know how to build mobile app experiences with HTML5 and JavaScript, we’re looking for you —especially if you’d like to develop apps in Spanish, Polish or Portuguese! If you’re fast and focused, this is the time to take first-mover advantage.Admittedly, there are no guarantees that developers in any of these regions will embrace the platform, web standards and workshops notwithstanding. It’s not merely a question of revenue potential. As ReadWrite noted last year, Facebook famously reversed course on web-standard HTML5 and went native.Firefox OS ensures handset makers a platform free of current licensing restrictions — and costs — while simultaneously providing consumers with an alternative to the two major platforms.  And it could be time for a truly open, accessible — and alternative — platform. For example, ReadWrite noted how Samsung has become so dominant within the Android ecosystem that other phone makers are struggling to compete.  Keep Hope Alive The first smartphones running Firefox OS are expected to be released this summer, initially in South America, then Asia.  ZTE, LG, Huawei and Sony have all announced smartphones based on the operating system. Two developer preview phones have recently been released.The Mozilla Foundation appears fully committed to the platform. The organization is wisely focusing on South America first, then Asia — where low-cost devices and mobile web services are commonplace. At last month’s Mobile World Congress, per CNET, Mozilla announced support not only from select device makers but also “18 mobile network operators across the world.”  Several of these, including Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom have substantial footprints.I do not expect Firefox OS to ever achieve above 5% of the smartphone market, and probably less. But Mozilla appears ready to make me a believer. Image courtesy of Shutterstock brian s hall Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Sick of Premiere Pro? Try Editing in DaVinci Resolve.

first_imgDaVinci Resolve is more than just the world’s best color grading platform — it’s a professional video editing software too. Editors are making the switch. Here’s why.For over a decade, DaVinci Resolve has been the industry-standard solution for color grading film and video projects. However, everything changed in 2014 when Blackmagic Design introduced video editing features in DaVinci Resolve. Users were promised the ability to edit their entire project natively in Resolve without ever opening up Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or Media Composer.The 2014 release was well received, yet some basic features like multi-cam editing were missing. Since then, Resolve has received some major updates to become a video editing platform comparable to Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro.DaVinci Resolve is currently more popular than it ever has been, via Google TrendsSome non-biased industry leaders have even started their migration over to Resolve. Most recently Dave Dugdale revealed that he will be making the switch over to Resolve. He states many reasons for making the switch ( like the advanced color features), yet it seems to be the SLog support that made the Resolve switch really appealing. The following video explains why he made the switch to DaVinci Resolve.In the video, Dugdale states that Premiere Pro currently has a slight edge over DaVinci Resolve when it comes to 4K video editing, but if you work mainly in an HD format, both applications are essentially even.If you work in After Effects all the time, it totally makes sense to edit in Premiere Pro.The biggest thing to consider if you’re going to be transitioning from Premiere Pro to DaVinci Resolve is the loss of the Creative Cloud application ecosystem. With Premiere you can easily import After Effects compositions, Audition timelines, Photoshop documents in just a matter of seconds. This makes Premiere a great collaborative software. If you use more than Photoshop in your day-to-day workflow, it doesn’t make sense to transition over to Resolve, as you will already be spending $50 a month for the Creative Cloud.Why Would I Want to Move to DaVinci Resolve from Premiere?1. It’s FreeThe most obvious advantage to using DaVinci Resolve is that it’s free. In fact, if you made the switch from Premiere Pro to DaVinci Resolve, you would save $50 bucks a month. Don’t think that Resolve is less useful because it’s free. You won’t find a better free video editing software in the world.Of course, if you’re working on a larger project that requires color control surface integration or stereoscopic color grading, you can upgrade to the Studio version for $995. Blackmagic has a great chart that compares the free and paid versions.2. The Best Color Grading ToolsImage via Blackmagic DesignThe color grading tools are the main reason why professional colorists prefer DaVinci Resolve over any other software. Using their node interface, users can edit high-resolution footage with incredible levels of precision.The world’s most advanced color grading tools. — Blackmagic DesignResolve has all of the features a colorist could need when working on a video project including:Automatic Color MatchingPrimary Color AdjustmentsSecondary Color AdjustmentsLUT SupportHSL CurvesReal-Time Noise Reduction (Studio Version Only)In a lot of ways, DaVinci Resolve has more tools than the average editor will ever use. The same can not be said about the color features found in Premiere Pro.3. It’s a Complete Editing PlatformThe advanced audio features in DaVinci Resolve are comparable to Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro.DaVinci Resolve video editing capabilities have only been around for about two years now, yet it has quickly become one of the most popular software options for video editors. With features like multi-cam editing, a multi-track timeline, and graph-editable keyframe paths, there’s seemingly no editing technique that can’t be accomplished using DaVinci Resolve.One thing that surprised me in Resolve: the advanced keyframing options. You’d expect a new software to only allow you to create linear keyframes, yet Resolve gives users complete control over their keyframe interpolations. Users familiar with smooth movements in After Effects will have no trouble doing the same in Resolve. Awesome DaVinci Resolve TutorialsSo, you’ve decided to make the switch from Premiere Pro to DaVinci Resolve. Now what? Here are some of the best online tutorials for learning DaVinci Resolve.1. DaVinci Resolve: End-to-EndCreated By: Casey FarisWhen it comes to learning DaVinci Resolve, there are few resources as helpful as the YouTube Channel of Casey Faris. In this tutorial, Faris gives us a quick overview of DaVinci Resolve, from import to export. The tutorial also dips into a few different color grading workflows for those interested in how color works in Resolve. Faris also gives away a lot of really cool color grading LUTs on his website, Color Grading Central.2. Trimming in DaVinci ResolveCreated By: The Post Color BlogThis helpful tutorial from The Post Color Blog gives us an overview of the various trimming features found in DaVinci Resolve. In particular the tutorial shares how to use some of the more advanced features like the slide tool and ripple trim. A Premiere Pro editor will very quickly understand how to use Resolve’s trim features.3. Color Grading in DaVinci ResolveCreated By: Tom AntosIf you’re a video professional, Tom Antos is a fantastic resource for everything from practical effects to color grading. In this helpful tutorial, Antos shows us how to do basic color grading in DaVinci Resolve using footage he captured on a music video shoot. Great DaVinci Resolve ResourcesThe internet is littered with DaVinci Resolve resources. If you’ve ever dreamed of learning Resolve, here are a few of our favorite online resources.1. Ripple TrainingAlexis Van Hurkman (who is THE color grading expert for DaVinci Resolve) teaches a few Resolve courses over on Ripple Training. If you’re serious about learning DaVinci Resolve, this is a great place to start. In the course linked above, users will learn the intricacies of using the Power Windows, OpenFX, and FX Management features found within DaVinci Resolve.2. Color Grading CentralAnother great resource for learning the latest in DaVinci Resolve is Color Grading Central. Every Thursday at 2:00 pm EST, Color Grading Central features free online tutoring in DaVinci Resolve. Users are invited to join in these free webcasts and ask hard-hitting color questions to industry experts.3. PremiumBeatHere on PremiumBeat, we keep our eyes peeled for the latest DaVinci Resolve tutorials and updates. If there’s big Resolve news, you’ll definitely hear about it here on PremiumBeat. If you’re interested in learning how to use DaVinci Resolve (or simply looking for inspiring filmmaking and video editing articles), the PremiumBeat blog is the place for you.One of my favorite articles on PremiumBeat is Noam Kroll’s How to Build a Color Correction Suite that demonstrates how to build a Hollywood-quality editing suite in your home.Have you transitioned over to DaVinci Resolve? What was your experience like? Were there resources that you found particularly helpful? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more