The idea of creating a magazine targeting the commercial construction space was on the table before Hanley Wood was acquired by CCMP Capital Advisors in August 2005. The company assembled a team of 20 executives—including major group publishers, chief editors and stakeholders—to help develop the Architect concept and launch the product. The team spent two years of due diligence, assessing the market opportunity. The time was also spent hiring staffers and creating technology platforms for the Web site.“The notion was that since Builder is at the hub of everything we do in residential construction, we thought we needed a hub for commercial construction. That’s where Architect came in,” says Goldstone. “There was a gap where none of the magazines in the market focused on the people and products and practice—they just focused on the big beautiful projects. Architect connects the projects with the people that are doing them, the products going into them and the business information of how to run a viable architectural practice. We’re doing that both in print and online.”Big Launch, Big ReturnWhat differentiated the launch of Architect from a number of other b-to-b launches is the time and amount of money that was spent pre-launch, Goldstone says. Shortly after the launch, Hanley Wood purchased Architecture and Architectural Lighting, and folded the content of each into Architect.“This was sort of an old school launch in that we knew it would take some major initial losses but that the idea was big enough to sustain the investment,” Goldstone says. Architect launched with two issues in 2006 and immediately went monthly in 2007. With the two acquisitions, the company was due to lose at least $2 million in its first year. But, the publisher generated $5 million in revenue and instead broke even in the first full year of the magazine’s operation.Today, Architect has a controlled circulation of 60,000 and the Web site features original content including Web-first stories, slideshows, video, podcast interviews, blogs, interactive maps and continuing education learning programs. The Architect staff uses a combination of the K4 publishing system and Adobe’s InDesign and InCopy programs to manage the magazine’s design and editorial workflow, and to convert easily from print to Web.“The two formats have their own particular strengths and weaknesses,” says editor-in-chief Ned Cramer. “Architects are highly visual people and the graphic freedom and photographic richness of a magazine strongly appeal to them. But architects, like every professional group, rely more and more on the Web as a fast and convenient way to gather and exchange information.”More recently, Hanley Wood this fall developed Hanley Wood TV, a product that spans the company’s Web sites. Architect TV is set to launch online early next year. It will feature editorial content such as construction practices and product information.In today’s growing e-media marketplace, Goldstone urges that anyone considering a magazine launch to invest equally in its companion Web site. “A great magazine will support a great Web site and a great Web site will support a great magazine. Having either a lousy magazine or a lousy Web site, in today’s market, will inevitably drag down your brand. You have to be ready to make the right type of investment and have enough resources.”MORE STARTUP STORIES:Glam MediaCraftInternet EvolutionScientific AmericanWTWH Media This was the coolest launch I’ve ever been a part of.”That’s how Hanley Wood Business Media president Peter Goldstone describes the 2006 launch of Architect. The magazine’s launch coincided with the Business Media group’s merger of its magazine and e-media operations, enabling the Architect brand to have a print and e-media play right from the start.“Architect was Hanley Wood’s first to launch parallel with the magazine and Web site,” Goldstone says. “Everyone who was involved with starting the magazine was also involved in the e-media launch. We didn’t talk about the magazine without talking about the Web play at the same time. We didn’t have two separate operating teams working in silos. It was completely integrated and seamless.”
$25 at Amazon Anker PowerCore Fusion battery: $26 Sarah Tew/CNET Save $20 Save $5 August is nearly done, which means many college students are already on campus — and the rest will be joining them by Labor Day. But whether you’re buying for college students, middle schoolers or anyone in between, there are plenty of great gadgets you can get without breaking the bank. Oh, and if you’re just buying a gift for yourself, that’s OK, too. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite products available for $30 or less. All of these have been fully reviewed or anecdotally tested by CNET editors. Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. Roku and Amazon have a boatload of video streamers available in the under-$50 price range. But if $30 is your cutoff, this entry-level Roku is your go-to choice. It delivers pretty much every video service you can think of, from Netflix to Hulu to countless more obscure apps, as well as the free-with-ads Roku Channel, too. You’ll be hard-pressed to find more entertainment for your TV at this price. Read more: Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV: Which streaming device is best? Share your voice SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive 128GB: $23 Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon Echo Dot: $30 $18 at Amazon Belkin WeMo Mini: $25 Wyze Cam: $26 Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 Best back-to-school headphones Best gift cards for back to school 2019 Read Sony SRS-XB01 review Smart Speakers & Displays Gadgets Mobile Accessories Audio Media Streamers $26 at Amazon Comments • Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Splurge pick: Tribit XFree Tune wireless headphones: $40 Read Google Home Mini review Looking for additional gear you can snag for even less? Check out our favorite products available for $25 or less below. $30 at Amazon Read more Read Tribit XFree Tune Bluetooth Headphones review There are plenty of cheap smart plugs out there, but the Belkin WeMo Mini is one of the few at this price that deliver the hat trick: compatibility with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri (HomeKit). In other words, this plug convert any lamp in the dorm — or home — into one that’s voice-controlled. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Buying for someone who prefers Google Assistant to Alexa? Google’s most affordable smart speaker is also half price at Walmart. This handy Anker 5,000-mAh battery pack is about the size of a MacBook power supply, and it can charge two USB-powered devices simultaneously. Best of all, it doubles as a wall charger, and the AC prongs fold up for easy travel. It’s now available in white and lipstick red for $30, too.Read more: See our picks for the best battery packs for iPhone Sarah Tew/CNET Google Home Mini: $29 These days, one or more (or all) of the USB ports on laptops are USB-C. But there are still plenty of old-school rectangular USB-A ports out there. The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive splits the difference perfectly, sporting both USB-C and USB-A plugs on one thumb drive. And now the 128GB model is priced below $25. (This is a great gift for anyone with a recent USB-C iPad Pro, since the autumn iPadOS upgrade will add support for external storage.) 33 Photos Tyler Lizenby/CNET $30 at Amazon Aug 30 • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Roku Express: $25 $23 at Amazon Originally published earlier in 2019. Updated to verify pricing, and add back to school angle. Yes, this product breaks our $30 budget by just a bit. But if you want solid sound quality in a full-size wireless headphone at a budget price, you can’t do better than the Tribit. Amazon Google Amazon sold a zillion of these during its Prime Day sale, when the price dipped as low as $22. But now the smart speaker’s price is back to its usual price of $30 (down from its list price of $50). Just make sure that you’re not buying it for someone attending a school where these are already in every dorm room. $40 at Amazon Read Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation) review Anker 5 Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide reading • The best back-to-school gadgets under $30 David Carnoy/CNET Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets Want to catch the roommate in the act of stealing your ice cream from the fridge? This Alexa-compatible Wyze model is a solid choice, and it only costs $26. Save $20 Best tech under $25 Sarah Tew/CNET If you don’t want a smart speaker listening in on your conversations — or just want a rechargeable speaker that travels with you — the Sony SRS-XB01 is a great choice. It sounds great for its size, and it’s splashproof, too.Read more: See our picks for the best mini Bluetooth speakers $29 at Walmart See All $26 at Amazon Sony SRS-XB01: $23 or less See the Belkin WeMo Mini review Sarah Tew/CNET Read Roku Express (2017) review Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019
After live streaming services provider Amazon Prime Video’s entry in India, the growth of domestic direct to home (DTH) service providers are likely to be hit in coming years.Amazon launched its Prime Video service in India on Wednesday along with 200 other countries and territories. The subscription will come up at Rs 499 per year and will provide a range of entertainment services like drama, comedy, biopic, mythological, sports drama, and political satire along with local content, among others.Interestingly, the launch of Amazon Prime Video has come up after Netflix’s entry into the Indian market in January this year.According to analysts, DTH operators are likely to be negatively impacted due to rising live streaming services in the country. Firstly, DTH operators don’t have such real-time on-demand video streaming services and secondly, services of global giants like Amazon and Netflix are coming at very competitive prices.Though leading DTH operators are now providing live streaming services through smartphone apps to take on the competitions, analysts said that might not be good enough to contain live streaming service providers.DTH universe in India comprises players like Tata Sky, Dish TV, Sun DTH and Airtel Digital TV, among others. While Dish TV has the largest share of Indian DTH market, Tata Sky is placed at the second spot. Sun Direct is another major player in the market with 25 percent share in the whole pie. Airtel Digital TV also provides direct-to-home services.Meanwhile, the DTH operator space has seen consolidation in the recent times. Dish TV and Videocon DTH have announced that they would merge to create one of the biggest DTH operators in the country. Similarly, Reliance Digital has already merged with Sun Direct as part of its consolidation plan.Analysts said despite consolidation, live streaming services will hit the business of DTH operators as broadband penetration goes up along with higher internet speed.
Charter Communications agreed to a settlement valued at $174.2 million to resolve a lawsuit alleging the U.S.’s second-biggest cable operator defrauded broadband customers by failing to deliver promised internet speeds.According to the terms of the settlement with the New York Attorney General’s Office, Charter will pay $62.5 million in direct refunds to 700,000 active broadband subscribers in New York, who will each receive between $75 and $150. In addition, Charter has agreed to offer free streaming services and HBO and Showtime premium channels with a retail value of over $100 million to approximately 2.2 million active subscribers in the state.The New York Attorney General’s Office said it’s believed to be the biggest-ever payout to consumers by an internet service provider in U.S. history. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety “This settlement should serve as a wake-up call to any company serving New York consumers: fulfill your promises, or pay the price,” New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood said in announcing the settlement Tuesday.The agreement settles the NY Attorney General’s 2017 lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, alleging Charter failed to deliver the internet speed or reliability it had promised subscribers in several respects. The fraud allegations covered services initially operated by Time Warner Cable, which was acquired by Charter in 2016.According to the complaint, Charter (and Time Warner Cable before it) leased “deficient modems and wireless routers” to subscribers that didn’t deliver the internet speeds they had paid for. The operator also did not maintain enough network capacity to reliably deliver advertised speeds to subscribers, and Charter engaged “in hardball tactics with Netflix and other popular third-party content providers” that resulted in degraded streaming video quality.In a statement, Charter said: “We are pleased to have reached a settlement with the Attorney General on the issue of certain Time Warner Cable advertising practices in New York prior to our merger, and to have put this litigation behind us. Charter has made, and continues to make, substantial investments enhancing internet service across the state of New York since our 2016 merger, as acknowledged by the Attorney General in this settlement. We look forward to continue providing the best TV, internet, voice and mobile products to our customers, and to bringing broadband to more homes and businesses across the state.”Under the settlement, Charter’s Spectrum Internet subscribers in New York will have a choice of either three free months of HBO or six free months of Showtime. All other active Charter internet subscribers will receive a free month of Charter’s Spectrum TV Choice streaming service, which lets customers access broadcast TV stations and a choice of 10 pay-TV networks, along with one free month of Showtime.In addition, Charter is required to implement a series of “marketing and business reforms,” according to the New York AG, including the requirement to describe internet speeds as “wired” and to “substantiate them through regular speed testing.”