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AECI buys stake in Indonesian firm

first_img9 November 2012South African explosives and chemicals company AECI has acquired a 42% stake in Indonesian chemical firm Black Bear Resources Indonesia (BBRI) for US$23-million, the organisation announced on Wednesday.“In line with its internationalisation strategy, AECI subsidiary AEL Mining Services entered the Indonesian market in 2009,” AECI said in a statement. “Significant sales volumes were achieved and AEL rapidly became the second largest supplier of explosives to that market.”BBRI is building a nitric acid plant and ammonium nitrate solution plant in Bontang in Indonesia and AECI believe in-country access to a secure source of ammonium nitrate will sustain its growth in the country.“The BBRI partnership is the first phase of a potential future AECI investment programme for the growing Southeast Asian mining services market,” the company said.The firm has also expanded its southern African interests by acquiring 80% of Afoodable Proprietary Limited in Cape Town, which will be merged into the food division of Lake International Technologies.Afoodable primarily manufactures and bottles marinades and sauces for retailers an manufacturers. Lake represents international manufacturers and suppliers of specialty ingredients for the food industry.“The Afoodable acquisition provides Lake with entry into the meat sauces industry and enhances the range of products and services available to its customers in Southern Africa,” AECI said.The acquisitions form part of the company’s plans to expand its footprint further into Africa, Southeast Asia and South America.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Google Announces In-App Billing Ready for Testing

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Tags:#Android#apps#mobile Related Posts Google has announced that its in-app billing platform is ready for testing, in advance of next week’s public launch. The system allows Android developers to sell items within their mobile applications, which mobile users can then purchase using Google Checkout. Popular use cases for this system include selling virtual goods, like those found in games, plus upgrades, subscriptions and any other sort of digital content.Developers can now upload their apps for testing, says Google, but won’t be able to publish them until next week.Developers who upload their about now to the Developer Console can begin end-to-end testing using in-app billing, Google noted in a post on the Android Developers blog. They can now create a catalog of in-app products and set pricing, then test buying the items using in-app purchases and test accounts.The system will work exactly the same during this test phase as it will when it rolls out to users next week for live transactions. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Google has also published extensive guides that explain how to administer in-app billing, provide refunds, set up test accounts and test the in-app billing system. In addition, it has provided security guidelines and best practices which it recommends developers follow when implementing the service within their apps.There are a few caveats to using the new service, notes Google in its online documentation. It only works on Android versions 1.6 and higher, it requires developers to have a Google Checkout Merchant account, it’s only available for apps published in the Android Market and it can only be used for selling digital content, not physical goods, personal services or anything requiring personal delivery.As business models are shifting away from paid content, the launch of officially supported in-app purchases and billing will help Android developers better monetize their content. In some cases, developers may end up making more money than with paid applications. For example, at this week’s CTIA conference in Orlando, Florida, Get Jar’s CMO Patrick Mork noted during a panel on app stores how one well-known game development shop increased revenue by 4-5 times after implementing virtual goods.Although there have been third-party alternatives for implementing such systems for some time from providers like Boku and Zong among others, many developers have been waiting for the official platform to launch instead.Google didn’t specify which day next week the new system would go live, but some reports say it will be on Tuesday. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Film Theory: Why Don’t We Notice All Those Editing Cuts?

first_imgLooking for more articles on the secrets of film? Check these out.Editing Theory: How to Manipulate The Passage of TimeFilm Theory: How to Master the Memorable Ending ShotIndustry Thoughts: When Can You Call Yourself a Filmmaker? Edits are cuts in the “reality” of a film or television show, so they should be jarring. So why don’t we really notice them?Bertolt Brecht is a well-known playwright and director of the early twentieth century. The Brechtian approach to theater alienated the audience to remind them that they were watching a production and not something real. This was a far cry from other playwrights at the time, who sought to immerse their audiences in their stories. A few of the techniques Brecht used included breaking the fourth wall, displaying placards that informed the audience of the location or time of the scene, and including song and dance.These techniques kept the audience aware that they were an audience. And in film and television today, these techniques are standard practice. However, why is it that, unlike the Brechtian theater, these elements do not pull the audience out of a film? Surely such an intrusive element should have a disruptive effect? So, why don’t we notice edit cuts?Image via spartakas.Of course, there are cuts we do notice — the bad ones. The edits that cut too soon or too often. We lose sight of the fight in action scenes when the filmmakers use quick cuts instead of showcasing a well-choreographed scene in its entirety. However, excellent editing goes unseen. After all, the editor’s job is to be invisible. The American Cinema Editors Association quite literally calls it the invisible art.Still, the fact that we remain locked into the narrative when watching cuts of unrealistic viewpoints, such as a long shot of a tall bell-tower clock to a close-up of the ticking clock hand, is quite remarkable. Each of these actions is entirely alien to the real world. Famed editor and theorist Walter Murch puts it more poignantly:Every theatrical film, except perhaps Hitchcock’s Rope, is made up of many different pieces of film joined together into a mosaic of images. The mysterious part of, though, is that the joining of those pieces – the ‘cut’ in American terminology – actually does seem to work, even though it represents a total and instantaneous displacement of one field of vision with another, a displacement that sometimes also entails a jump forward or backward in time as well as space.Image via Warner Bros.In the same chapter from his book In The Blink of An Eye, Murch goes on to say that it’s almost surprising that we were able to concede to the idea of editing without completely rejecting the disparity between two images conjoined to tell a story. That’s true. From the moment we wake to the moment we sleep, everything we see, even edited films, are in a single stream of continuous information.Although, is that the case? Well, using a similar exercise to the one that gave Walter Murch the idea of using the blink as an edit point (video below), we can see that we often omit visual information to stop becoming inundated with useless data.First, find an area of the room away from your monitor or phone to focus on. It could be a mirror, a television, a lunch menu — anything. After reading this sentence, look at the object, hold your focus for a few moments, then come back to the article. Unless you’re superhuman, all of the information between looking from the screen to the other area of the room gets omitted. And we’ll blink often while looking at the two points of focus, just like an edit cut.It’s not only the blur between focus points that we systematically edit out. Everyone makes the mundane commute from point A to B, whether it’s for work, school, or traveling to the airport, and these are the elements often “edited” out from our recollection of that day. It’s easy to recall what happened at work, or how great the holiday was, but remembering the drive to the point of interest gets left on the cutting room floor. And of course, it bears pointing out that often in film and television, unless a meaningful conversation is taking place inside a car, these traveling scenes from A to B are very rarely in the script.However, our brains are also editing what we see to help us process what comes next.In 2014, Wired published a series of articles exploring the science of cinema and the nature of perception. One report, “Cinematic Cuts Exploit How Your Brain Edits What You See,” by Greg Miller, delves into how we digest visual information, and it includes a section about psychologist and author Jeff Zack‘s work:His research suggests our brains are constantly dividing up the torrent of information streaming in through our senses into more manageable chunks in order to help us make sense of what’s happening around us and predict what’s likely to happen next . . . He thinks this is a manifestation of our brains’ never-ending effort to predict the future. We have a mental model of what’s happening that we use to predict what’s likely to happen next. ‘You do this because it’s super adaptive,’ Zacks said. ‘If you can anticipate what’s coming up in a few seconds you can react adaptively.’ But whenever the action changes — when the stoplight turns from red to green, say, or when your boss suddenly appears at your desk — you have to update your mental model to reflect what’s happening now.Editing is unnoticeable because, to an extent, it’s built on the foundation of how we perceive the world around us. While we don’t cut from location to location, we do neglect the non-important visual cues, and we delegate moments of time into event boundaries, like scenes, which allow for greater memory recall.last_img read more

Fun and games help Beermen surround newcomer Romeo with family atmosphere

first_imgMOST READ “Even if it’s not basketball, if you’re together after you do anything, it brings you closer,” said Pessumal, who helped set up the game and refine it to an actual contest that dangles a tiny replica of a WWE championship belt.The four players line up with in a spot designated by the reigning winner. Players start out with 10 points and alternately take shots, with a point deducted for every miss. The last man with still a point wins a round and the shooter who compiles the most victories emerges as the day’s champion.“A shooter’s paradise, huh?” Marcio Lassiter, San Miguel’ deadliest marksman said.“Actually, I haven’t been this happy since my rookie year,” Romeo told the Inquirer in Filipino. “The last time I felt like this was during my freshman year at GlobalPort (now NorthPort). We weren’t winning that much but I was really enjoying the game.”Romeo, who had an unproductive stint with TNT, is a star so complex that no other team reportedly wanted to have him. His time at the KaTropa camp was highlighted with a bitter exit, allegedly the handiwork of seven players.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer took a lot of heat after injecting Terrence Romeo to a stacked roster. Critics said the star guard, who has had brushes with fans, teammates and even his own coach, was only going to disrupt the Beermen’s championship defense.The results so far? Chemistry has never been better.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants But all that is in the past. After all, Romeo is still looking to reinvent himself.“I’m working on my defense. My scoring won’t taper off. That’s what endeared me to the game in the first place,” he said. “There are ordinary basketball players. I don’t want to be ordinary.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other PLDT scores Grand Prix stunner over F2 Logistics LATEST STORIES That’s all thanks to a mini-game engineered by one of San Miguel’s veterans, Alex Cabagnot, one that has squeezed the best out of Romeo, Von Pessumal and Paul Zamar and has injected fun in to their postgame rounds. Just check their Instagram accounts.“We’re just trying to expedite the process of making him comfortable as possible for him to be able to show his wares,” said Cabagnot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You know, this is just the cloth of this team,” he added. “The PBA is a business … We try to make it a family environment. We’re even the first team to do Zumba. We do a lot of stuff together as a team.”Zamar, who like Romeo joined San Miguel at the start of the season, said their little extra-curricular contest helps: “If you’re enjoying, come game time, it shows.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director View commentslast_img read more