Zinio’s new online global newsstand offers about 870 digital consumer titles in more than 200 countries from 350 publishers. It also gives consumers the option of using Zinio’s proprietary reader service or downloading the digital edition directly once they’ve registered with the store. “Consumers can read it, archive it, download it, etc.,” says Zinio president Rich Maggiotto. “That decision was made primarily from user feedback. It started off mostly from our textbook initiative, where students wanted to read textbooks on multiple screens. We’ve always focused putting the choice with the publishers, and we realized we should put choice in consumers’ hands too.”Pricing for the digital newsstand (which can be audited by ABC and BPA) is set by the publishers and Zinio will enable them to conduct multiple testing offers at one time. Digital single copies are priced the same as the physical newsstand while digital subscriptions tend to cost slightly less than the print subscriptions, according to Maggiotto. While he wouldn’t reveal specifics, Maggiotto says there are two pricing components for publishers, including a commission on what’s sold over the digital newsstand and payment for fulfilling orders. “We’re acting kind of like a digital U.S. Postal Service,” says Maggiotto. “There’s nothing up front they have to worry about it, it’s about getting paid for the actual delivery of that content.” Zinio sees about 55 percent of its existing customers from overseas and has also teamed with Accesso Group, a division of Havas Media, in order to expand the number of titles on the newsstand to more than 2,000 this year.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A new 747-residence neighborhood at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is starting to welcome its first residents ahead of its grand opening scheduled for May 3.The new homes, a mix of duplexes and single-family units, feature a British West Indies architectural style that reflects a Florida Gulf sensibility, reports Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) Public Affairs. The neighborhood has homes for airmen and their families of all ranks, from junior enlisted to general grade officers, and includes a 12,000-square-foot community center.“We expect 32 new move-ins in April,” said Kim Cariker, community management director for Corvias Military Living, the Air Force’s privatized housing partner.Many of the neighborhood’s newest residents lived in base housing built in the 1950s that is scheduled for demolition to make room for new construction.Since Corvias took over the base’s family housing, occupancy has jumped from about 70 percent to between 95 to 97 percent, a testament to the improvement in building maintenance and customer service privatization has spurred, Cariker said.The neighborhood’s completion coincides with the AFCEC Installations Directorate’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of privatized housing. The housing project at Eglin is emblematic of the program’s success across the Air Force, said Robert Moriarty, installations director at AFCEC.“Resident satisfaction is the number one indicator of program success; over the past two decades we’ve seen satisfaction climb and maintain parity with industry standards,” Moriarty said.
Laptops Computers Desktops Share your voice Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Nvidia Tags Nvidia announced at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference that it would be bringing DirectX ray tracing (DXR) support to its older Pascal-based graphics cards, so it’s time to buckle in: The drivers are now ready for download. But you may not find the tradeoff between performance and the potentially enhanced quality worth it.The Pascal-generation GTX cards supported include: Titan XP Titan X GTX 1080 TI GTX 1080 GTX 1070 TI GTX 1070 GTX 1060 6GB The Volta-based Titan V and Turing-based GTX 1660 and 1660 TI are also supported. You’ll be able to get the Game Ready driver via GeForce Experience or on GeForce.com, along with some new whizzy demos.The new generation of RTX GPUs based on Nvidia’s Turing architecture arrived last summer, bringing two headline features: processing cores devoted to ray tracing (RT cores) — the same kind of rendering that’s used in almost every 3D animation — and Tensor cores for accelerating the neural network processing which underlies DLSS (Deep Learning Super-Sampling), Nvidia’s new AI-based scaling algorithms which more realistically simulate detail when the graphics processing load starts to punish performance.A less glamorous advance is the concurrent floating-point execution pipeline, which improves overall performance with parallel processing for the myriad calculations which underlie rendering.Ray tracing can make games look better, providing more realistic reflections and shadows, with a lot less work for the developers: The less manual tuning for individual scenes they have to do the more they’ll be able to concentrate on improving the overall visual quality of the game. 0 2:12 17 Photos The DXR programming interface makes ray tracing easily scalable for developers. In other words, they can define rules which determine how to prioritize rendering tasks like reflections and shadows and to what level of accuracy. DXR then applies those rules based on how powerful your hardware is.By opening DXR to the vast installed base of older GTX cards, developers have a lot more incentive to incorporate ray tracing into their games, without any extra work, than they have for the small number of pricey RTX GPUs in laptops and desktops.But here’s where the technical nonsense matters. Pascal-based cards, because they have no RT cores, are really not up to the processing challenges of full-on ray tracing, so DXR will dumb down the effects to fit within the capabilities of the card. And even then you’ll still be taking a performance hit — for effects that may be so subtle as to not be worth it.And it seems like the more noticeable the effect, the more processing it tends to require, with reflections (we like the shiny shiny) and global illumination (which can simulate the changing light over the course of a day, for example), being the most demanding.The newer priced-to-sell Turing-based GTX 1660 and 1660 Ti don’t have any RT cores either. What they do have is the improved floating-point performance. So they’ll still take a performance hit in exchange for slightly better realism, just not as much as some of the older cards.While ultimately I think ray tracing will become common — it always takes some time for new hardware technologies to ramp up and prices to come down — it’s possible that opening it up to cards that can’t do it justice may backfire. Though Nvidia’s working hard to manage expectations, I think the exercise will leave a lot of gamers with an “is that all there is?” letdown rather than a “this is so worth plonking down $350 to upgrade to RTX!” attitude. We’ll have to wait and see what actual gaming reveals. The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 See the first Nvidia RTX gaming laptops in action