Linda’s Lion sleeps – at last

first_imgThis is a story about numbers: 10 shillings, US$15-million, 70 years, over 160 covers and three centuries of continuous radio air play. It’s the story of a song we all know, the impoverished Zulu migrant worker who wrote it, the musicians and record companies who raked in millions for it, and the almost 70 years it has taken for his family to see justice done.full story: southafrica.infolast_img

Apple Introduces iTunes 8 and New iPods

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois new iPod Shufflepush notification for iPhoneone more thing…TV ShowsWith regards to TV shows on iTunes, Apple announced the availability of a select number of shows in HD, including Monk, The Office, and Heroes. Apple also announced the return of NBC to the iTunes store.iTunes 8The user interface of iTunes 8 only received minor cosmetic updates such as a flat album cover view and one-click automated playlist creation. The major addition to iTunes is the ‘Genius’ feature, that will make buying recommendation and suggest playlists based on your buying behavior and the music already in your library.Apple also announced that iTunes will start sending data about the songs you listen to and your music preferences back to Apple. This is an opt-in service and, according to Jobs, completely anonymous, but privacy advocates are surely going to take a very close look at this.iPodsClassic: The iPod Classic has been cut down to one model with 120GB. According to Jobs, most users only considered the 80GB model anyway.Nano: The Nano received a major design overhaul, with a curved glass front and a larger screen and a built-in accelerometer. The UI for the Nano is now similar to that of the iPhone/iPod touch.One nifty new feature: Thanks to the accelerometer, you can now just shake your nano and it will automatically go into shuffle mode.The nano can now play 24h of music and 4h of video.The new nano will cost $149 for 8GB and $199 for 16GB and should ship in the next few days. It’s available in a whole rainbow of colors:blue, purple, orange, green, and pink. It also looks as if the new headphones for the iPod’s have microphones, though it is not immediately clear why. We assume that all the iPods now have voice recording built-in by default.Ipod Touch: Apple also introduced a new iPod touch, which keeps the same design as the old one, but is a bit thinner and has a stainless steel rim with integrated volume controls on the side (hey – I want that for the iPhone as well!) and built-in speakers.Nike+ now comes standard with the iPod touch, though you would still need a transmitter for your shoes.According to Apple, the iPod touch can play 36hrs of music and 6hrs of video and the price points are: 8GB, $229, 16GB for $299, and a 32GB for $399.App StoreAccording to Jobs, 100 million apps have been downloaded from the store in only 60 days.Games: Apple is clearly trying to push the iPod/iPhone as a mobile gaming platform. Jobs stressed that there are now over 700 games available for the iPhone/iPod touch platform. To drive this point home, Phil Schiller demoed Spore Origins for the iPod (our review of Spore for the PC was mostly negative, but the iPhone game has gotten rave reviews so far). Phil also demoed ‘Real Soccer 2009’ and ‘Need for Speed,’ which both look like they are very good games as well.2.1 FirmwareThe updated firmware is available for the iPod touch for $9.99.For the iPhone, Apple promises that this updated fixes the problems with dropped calls and crashes in Safari and other applications that have plagued the phone from the beginning. iPhone users can also expect better battery life, though Jobs did not go into any specifics. Apple also promises that backups will now be considerably faster (right now, some users are experiencing backups that can take hours).The update will be available on Friday.SummaryOverall, this was a bit of a lackluster event. While the updates to iTunes and the ‘Genius’ feature are interesting, the updates to the iPod line were, at best, incremental. The new look of the iPod nano is nice (though surely some will complain about it as well), but also nothing too revolutionary. Apple, of course, is in a hard spot, where it is constantly expected to surprise us. This event didn’t hold many surprises, especially because 90% of the news had already leaked before the even even started.One thing that did surprise us was that Apple did not make any announcements about the availability of push notifications for the iPhone in the next release of the firmware. It could still be part of the update, but so far, there is no indication that this will indeed be the case. Tags:#Features#news#web Related Posts At Apple’s “Let’s Rock” special event today, Steve Jobs introduced a new version of iTunes, the availability of HD TV shows for the American market, a new design for the iPod Nano and iPod touch, as well as a major update for the iPhone/iPod touch firmware. According to Jobs, Apple has sold 160 million iPods worldwide and now holds 73.4% of the market in the US.center_img Some things we didn’t see: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Evolution of Asset Protection Analytics

first_imgLAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP: You do not want to miss this important discussion on the evolution of asset protection analytics!This upcoming webinar session will review the role of technology in driving change and provide insights into what the future is likely to hold in the world of profit protection analytics.During the session, which will be held March 30 from 1:00-2:00 p.m., industry veteran of 45 years and Sysrepublic client service consultant John Knowlton will discuss stages of data-centric evolution in the industry over the last several decades.  Sysrepublic CEO Nathan Smith will provide an overview of solutions in development that incorporate machine learning to support the loss prevention teams of tomorrow. Check out The Evolution of Asset Protection Analytics on our Events page to register.- Sponsor –   Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Proposed Regulations Provide Guidance on Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse Tax (BEAT) (NPRM REG-104259-18; IR-2018-250)

first_imgProposed regulations provide much anticipated guidance on the base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT) under Code Sec. 59A and related reporting requirements. The regulations are proposed to apply generally to tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, but taxpayers may rely on these proposed regulations until final regulations are published.Code Sec. 59A was added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97) (the Jobs Act) and imposes a tax on base erosion payments of taxpayers with substantial gross receipts. The tax is equal to the base erosion minimum tax amount for the tax year. The Jobs Act also added reporting obligations regarding the BEAT for 25-percent foreign-owned corporations subject to Code Sec. 6038A and foreign corporations subject to Code Sec. 6038C.Proposed BEAT RulesThe proposed regulations generally provide rules for determining whether a taxpayer is an applicable taxpayer on which the BEAT may be imposed and rules for computing the taxpayer’s BEAT liability. In particular, the proposed regulations provide rules:– 1. for determining whether a taxpayer is an applicable taxpayer on which the BEAT may be imposed ( Proposed Reg. §1.59A-2);– 2. for determining the amount of base erosion payments (Proposed Reg. §1.59A-3(b));– 3. for determining base erosion tax benefits arising from base erosion payments (Proposed Reg. §1.59A-3(c));– 4. for determining the amount of modified taxable income, which is computed in part by reference to a taxpayer’s base erosion tax benefits and base erosion percentage of any net operating loss deduction (Proposed Reg. §1.59A-4);– 5. for computing the base erosion minimum tax amount, which is computed by reference to modified taxable income (Proposed Reg. §1.59A-5);– 6. for applying the proposed regulations to partnerships (Proposed Reg. §1.59A-7);– 7. that are specific to banks and registered securities dealers;– 8. that are specific to insurance companies;– 9. that disregard certain transactions having a principal purpose of avoiding Code Sec. 59A (anti-abuse rules) (Proposed Reg. §1.59A-9);– 10. regarding the general application of the BEAT to consolidated groups (Proposed Reg. §1.1502-59A);– 11. addressing limitations on a loss corporation’s items under Code Secs. 382 and 383 in the context of the BEAT (Proposed Reg. §1.383-1); and– 12. regarding reporting and record keeping requirements under Code Sec. 6038A.Proposed Applicability DatesConsistent with the Code Sec. 59A applicability date, the proposed regulations (other than the proposed reporting requirements for qualified derivatives payments (QDP)) are proposed to apply to tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. However, taxpayers may rely on these proposed regulations for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, until final regulations are published, provided the taxpayer and all related parties consistently apply the proposed regulations for all those tax years that end before the finalization date.The proposed reporting requirements for QDPs apply to tax years beginning one year after the final regulations are published. However, the simplified QDP reporting requirements are proposed to apply to tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.Any provision that is finalized after June 22, 2019, will apply only to tax years ending on or after the date of filing of the proposed regulations in the Federal register.Comments and Hearing RequestsWritten or electronic comments and requests for a public hearing must be received by the date that is 60 days after the proposed regulations are published in the Federal register. Send submissions to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-104259-18), room 5203, Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044. Submissions may be hand delivered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-104259-18), Courier’s desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20224, or sent electronically, via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov (IRS REG-104259-18).Proposed Regulations, NPRM REG-104259-18IR-2018-250Other References:Code Sec. 59A– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶5461A– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶5461C– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶5461E– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶5461G– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶5461I– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶5461K– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶5461M– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶5461O– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶5461Q– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶5461S– Code Sec. 383– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶17,204D– Code Sec. 1502– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶33,145D– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶33,148B– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶33,190B– CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶33,193ABCCH Reference – 2018FED ¶33,193FCCH Reference – 2018FED ¶33,209Code Sec. 6038ACCH Reference – 2018FED ¶35,561ADCCH Reference – 2018FED ¶35,561BDCCH Reference – 2018FED ¶35,561DDCode Sec. 6655CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶39,572BTax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC INTL: 18,206Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? 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‘Reinvention is the most credible buzzword today’

first_imgDilip BobbIt’s called Jivamukti. For the uninitiated or plain ignorant, Jivamukti is yoga on speed. Started (where else?) in the US, it has just invaded Britain to the accompaniment of howls of protest from the purists. Hardly surprising since it has transformed a meditative, slow-moving exercise form into a hyped-up,Dilip BobbIt’s called Jivamukti. For the uninitiated or plain ignorant, Jivamukti is yoga on speed. Started (where else?) in the US, it has just invaded Britain to the accompaniment of howls of protest from the purists. Hardly surprising since it has transformed a meditative, slow-moving exercise form into a hyped-up “supermarket” version practised to the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. The “new, improved” yoga is an aggressive, modern avatar of the traditional form that turns it into a competitive sport.Boosted by celebrity endorsements from Sting and Uma Thurman, Jivamukti is as controversial as it is symbolic. We live in a world that is shrink-wrapped. The pace of change is now constantly in fast forward mode.Attention spans are increasingly compressed and anything, from work to sex, exercise and sport needs a new take to keep it interesting. The key agent here is the Yawn Factor, the reason why the most credible buzzword in our times has become “reinvention”. Actors and celebrities, brands and TV programmes, everyone is under pressure to reinvent itself, or themselves, and to hell with the purists. Take one-day cricket. One would imagine it’s a pretty exciting format, fulfilling its primary objective of pulling the crowds and TV revenue. Yoga on SpeedNot so. A new, shorter format is called 20/20 and the buzz it is causing will ensure its international debut pretty soon. The same goes for hockey, now reinvented as the PHL, with American-style team names, music, promos and cheerleaders. It’s not just spectator sports. A new music album features celebrated ragas and semi-classical pieces set to a jazzed up contemporary score. We’ve also just witnessed the truncated version of the ultra traditional Republic Day parade. Life in fast forward mode is today’s live reality show.Technology is the obvious victim of the accelerated need for change. It seems like yesterday when camera cell phones were ultra cool. No longer. Videophones are the must-have gizmo, till the next innovation comes along. In an age when bling is king, beating the yawn factor is becoming all-important. Which is why making a personal statement is like negotiating a minefield.What’s hot and what’s not has become a lottery. The pace of change is so dizzying it’s almost a case of blink and you’ll miss it. Most days, you wake up and look around you, at your music system, your TV, your wardrobe, car, the furniture and furnishings, even the paintings on your wall, and you invariably ask yourself one question: Are these past the Use By date?advertisementlast_img read more