Be careful when evaluating for user experience

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Over the weekend I read an interesting discussion online about one organization’s software selection process, i.e., should we select solution ‘A’ or ‘B’. In the end the company went with solution ‘B’, and the decision was largely based on the idea of ‘user experience’ or usability. The specific details don’t matter here, (which is why I am not linking to the source), but it made me think that I should write about UX this week. And that made me think that I have written about UX a dew times before, and it might make sense to re-run a couple of those posts this week. So here goes – more from the archive on UX and usability….Read full article Be careful when evaluating for user experienceShared from Steve Boese on 27 Jun 2016 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.last_img read more

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first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article great blog.Read full article Comment on Is Agency recruitment going to be ‘uber-ised’? The answer here. by ScottShared from missc on 22 Apr 2016 in Personnel Todaylast_img

AMC needs $750M to avoid bankruptcy

first_imgAMC Entertainment Holdings CEO Adam Aron (Getty)Movie theater chain AMC Entertainment Holdings needs a cash infusion of at least $750 million, otherwise it might have to file for bankruptcy.AMC said in a filing on Friday that without additional financing, the company will run out of cash by next month, Bloomberg News reported. In order to raise funds, the company is planning to sell more shares and possibly get financing from European sources. It is also making deals with its debt holders, including Mudrick Capital Management.The company wants to avoid bankruptcy since that would wipe out current stockholders’ positions.The company had about $320 million in cash on hand as of November, down from $418 million in September. AMC was spending an average of about $125 million per month in October and November.The pandemic has pummeled AMC’s business: Attendance at the chain’s U.S. locations fell 92 percent in the fourth quarter from the same time period a year ago. The company closed some of its theaters, and in cities like New York and Los Angeles, those cinemas have not been able to reopen.To help keep it afloat, the company signed a commitment letter with Mudrick Capital that would allow the investment firm to buy $100 million of new AMC-issued bonds. Mudrick would then receive a commitment fee equal to more than 8 million shares in the company.AMC is also negotiating rent relief with its landlords, since it has over $400 million of deferred rent coming due in 2021, according to Bloomberg.[Bloomberg]  — Keith Larsen TagsbankruptcyCommercial Real EstateRetail Real Estate Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

HomeLister property-selling platform raises $4.5M in seed funding

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsProptechSanta Monica Share via Shortlinkcenter_img HomeLister CEO and Co-Founder Lindsay McLean (LinkedIn)HomeLister, the Santa Monica-based property-selling platform that says it replaces the agent, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding.Venture capital firms MetaProp and Homebrew led the round, which was announced this week, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal.HomeLister says it will guide users through the process, from listing a property, to showing to closing a sale, according to its website.HomeLister charges users a flat fee between $599 and $2,699 depending on the number of services the user chooses.The money raised will go toward a redesign of the HomeLister website and marketing. The company was founded in 2015, and operates in 13 states — including New York, Florida and California — and Washington, D.C.MetaProp was one of the first proptech-focused VC funds to come on the scene and it is one of the most active funds in the space. The firm has been slow to attract investors to a $100 million fund started last year. As of July, it had only raised about half of that sum.But proptech remains a focus of real estate investors. A number of industry firms backed by Softbank could be headed for initial public offerings in the near future.Investors Joseph Beck and Thomas Hennessy are readying to take home-services startup public through their first blank-check company and are already working on their second SPAC fund — a $175 million vehicle eyeing an established proptech firm.[LABJ] — Dennis Lynchlast_img read more

Ruling clears path for Times Square Edition hotel foreclosure

first_img20 Times Square and Maefield Development’s Mark Siffin (Edition Hotels)Maefield Development’s Times Square Edition is one step closer to foreclosure.A judge granted the hotel’s lenders, led by Natixix SA, the right to foreclose on the 42-story property, owned by Mark Siffin’s development firm, Bloomberg News reported.The property — designed by Marriott International and major hotelier Ian Schrager — has faced foreclosure since December 2019 when the providers of a $650 million loan on the property sued the owner, citing “numerous undischarged mechanics’ liens recorded against the property.”Read moreTimes Square Edition to close after only a yearTRD Insights: Untangling Times Square Edition’s “Gordian Knot” of debt claimsArgent Ventures buying Vornado’s Times Square hotel debt at deep discount Message* Tags Email Address* Hotel MarketHotelsTimes Square Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* The 452-room hotel at 701 Seventh Avenue, also known as 20 Times Square, opened in February 2019 with great fanfare. The property was once valued at $2.4 billion.But it struggled to attract retail tenants and failed to generate positive cash flow, leading to the foreclosure filing by the lenders. The pandemic then ravaged the hospitality industry, and the hotel has been shut down since March 2020.In May, the owner, the lenders and the hotel’s operator, Marriott International, reportedly came to an agreement to reopen the property in the fall, but apparently, the plan wasn’t implemented as the health crisis flared up.New York State Supreme Court Justice Joel Cohen, who is presiding over the case, set up a status conference for March 23 to discuss the next step. In general, a foreclosure ruling allows lenders to move forward with a foreclosure sale to recoup their investment.[Bloomberg News] — Akiko MatsudaContact Akiko Matsuda Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

CalSTRS venture will invest $1B in build-to-rent homes

first_img Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags CalSTRS CEO Jack Ehnes and PCCP partner Jim Galovan (Photos via iStock, CalSTRS, PCCP)The nation’s second largest public pension fund and an investment firm are placing a big bet on build-to-rent housing.California State Teachers’ Retirement System and Pacific Coast Capital Partners have formed a $1 billion joint venture to invest in the fast-growing single-family housing sector, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal.The venture will focus on build-to-rent communities in primary and secondary markets across the country. It will acquire existing properties and construct new single-family developments.CalSTRS and PCCP have so far paid $240 million for five build-to-rent properties in Atlanta; Jacksonville, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Raleigh, North Carolina.“With a nationwide shortage of single-family housing supply, we see the strongest demand for the [build-for-rent] sector coming from millennials and baby boomers,” PCCP’s Jim Galovan said in a statement. The duo is targeting homes between 1,200 square feet and 2,000 square feet, which Galovan said are in particular demand among renters because of their price point.The pandemic has led to a surge in demand for housing outside urban areas, and has also pushed prices up. A growing number of individuals and families who have struggled with social distancing in large apartment buildings are opting for more indoor and outdoor space in the suburbs once their leases are up.Investors are seeing opportunity. Firms like NexMetro, Brookfield Asset Management, and American Homes 4 Rent are also betting big on the build-to-rent sector.More than 50,000 build-to-rent homes were constructed in the 12 months ending on Sept. 30, according to a recent report. That was 66 percent more than the average over the last 40 years.Last week, developer Quinn Residences said it was planning to construct 8,000 build-to-rent houses in the Southeast after a $500 million commitment from an investor. [LABJ] — Dennis Lynch  Housing MarketSingle Family Rentalslast_img read more

Feeding rates and diel vertical migration of copepods near South Georgia: a comparison of shelf and oceanic sites

first_imgSeventeen Longhurst Hardy Plankton Recorder profiles were taken over a diel cycle in January 1990 to study the feeding of four major copepods over the South Georgia shelf. Ontogenetic changes in vertical migration were followed and feeding cycles determined by gut fluorometry for Calanoides acutus Stage CV, Calanus sinillimus CV and CVI♀, C. propinquus CV and Rhincalanus gigas CV and CVI♀. In common with a neighbouring oceanic site visited two weeks later and reported elsewhere, all four species had a diel cycle of feeding and migration. The vertical distributions of C. simillimus (all stages), R. gigas (nauplii) and Euphausia frigida (postlarvae) were similar at both sites, the night being spent within the chlorophyll maximum at 15 to 30 m. However, the biomass dominants, C. acutus and R. gigas, dwelt below the chlorophyll maximum, about 30 m deeper than their oceanic counterparts. Unlike the oceanic site, feeding at the shelf site was not restricted to darkness, but increased 6 to 10 h before nightfall and finished at dawn; the intervening period coincided with sinking and digestion. Daylight feeding may have been induced by the shorter night, lower light levels or greater food requirements at the shelf site, despite planktonic predators being over three times more abundant. Daily ration estimates for R. gigas at both sites were only ∼2% body carbon per day. These low values contrast with its smaller competirors, whose rations were in the range 5.6 to 27%.last_img read more

Improvements to the accuracy of measurements of NO2 by zenith-sky visible spectrometers. II: Errors in zero using a more complete chemical model

first_imgUsing a flexible chemical box model with full heterogeneous chemistry, intercepts of chemically modified Langley plots have been computed for the 5 years of zenith-sky NO2 data from Faraday in Antarctica (65°S). By using these intercepts as the effective amount in the reference spectrum, drifts in zero of total vertical NO2 were much reduced. The error in zero of total NO2 is plus/minus 0.03 x 10 15 from one year to another. This error is small enough to determine trends in midsummer and any variability in denoxification between midwinters. The technique also suggests a more sensitive method for determining N2O5 from zenith-sky NO2 data.last_img read more

Statistical characteristics of the spatial distribution of Pc3-4 geomagnetic pulsations at high latitudes in the Antarctic regions

first_imgThe diumal variations in the parameters of Pc3 (20–60 mHz) and Pc4 (10–19 mHz) pulsations at latitudes of the dayside cusp and polar cap have been studied using data of the magnetic stations of the trans-Antarctic meridional profile for the time interval from January to March 1997 (local summer) under weakly disturbed geomagnetic conditions (AE ≤ 250 nT). The technique for estimating pulsation parameters is based on the separation of the wave packets and noise. The diumal variations in the hourly average parameters of the wave packets in the Pc3 and Pc4 bands and noise in the Pc3-4 band (10–60 mHz)—the average number of wave packets, energy of wave packets and noise, and energy of a single wave packet—turned out to be different for the stations located deep in the polar cap (Φ ∼ 87°) and at the latitudes of the dayside polar cusp (Φ ∼ 70°) and auroral oval (Φ ∼ 66°). Several sources of pulsations caused by different channels of wave energy penetration into the magnetosphere through the dayside cusp, dayside magnetopause, and dawn flank of the magnetotail apparently exist at high latitudes.last_img read more

Evolution of the Southern Annular Mode during the past millennium

first_imgThe Southern Annular Mode (SAM) is the primary pattern of climate variability in the Southern Hemisphere1, 2, influencing latitudinal rainfall distribution and temperatures from the subtropics to Antarctica. The positive summer trend in the SAM over recent decades is widely attributed to stratospheric ozone depletion2; however, the brevity of observational records from Antarctica1—one of the core zones that defines SAM variability—limits our understanding of long-term SAM behaviour. Here we reconstruct annual mean changes in the SAM since AD 1000 using, for the first time, proxy records that encompass the full mid-latitude to polar domain across the Drake Passage sector. We find that the SAM has undergone a progressive shift towards its positive phase since the fifteenth century, causing cooling of the main Antarctic continent at the same time that the Antarctic Peninsula has warmed. The positive trend in the SAM since ~AD 1940 is reproduced by multimodel climate simulations forced with rising greenhouse gas levels and later ozone depletion, and the long-term average SAM index is now at its highest level for at least the past 1,000 years. Reconstructed SAM trends before the twentieth century are more prominent than those in radiative-forcing climate experiments and may be associated with a teleconnected response to tropical Pacific climate. Our findings imply that predictions of further greenhouse-driven increases in the SAM over the coming century3 also need to account for the possibility of opposing effects from tropical Pacific climate changes.last_img read more