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Worldpolitas is looking for cool people for an awesome opportunity to join our team to work on our new magazine based in Manchester. The magazine will focuses on business & technology, with some art & cultural content thrown into the mix!


Cool People.

We are looking for people who have some spare time free to work on the design and content of the magazine. Also we need people who enjoy to network and socialise. You may already be working, be a student or looking for work. The important thing is that you want to be a part of a fresh new team that meets regularly and works together to create interesting content for our readers.

Awesome Opportunity.

You will meet new people, get experience and learn new skills. A chance to do something you enjoy and work within an inspiring and creative environment. You will get support for your own personal development. Also being a part of our team you will be around talented individuals with the potential to be a part of our paid staff as our business grows.

Join The Team.

We have the following positions available:

Magazine Layout Designer, Graphic Designer , Director of Art & Creativity, Director of Photography, Journalist, Writer, Blogger, Photographer, illustrator / Artist, Business Development Leader, Group Co-ordinator, Communications Co-ordinator, Marketing Co-ordinator, Magazine Editor, Online Content Editor, Events & Social Networking Co-ordinator, Software & App Developer, Website Developer.

How To Apply.

If you are interested, then you will need to complete our application form and return it to us by email as soon as possible. We will contact successful candidates with details of our group meeting.

For more information visit: http://www.worldpolitas.co.uk/magazine

Business In You Campaign Launched

The Prime Minister has launched a major campaign aimed at inspiring people to start or grow their own business.

The campaign encourages people to make this the year of enterprise by taking the leap to start up a business or grow an existing one. Business in You helps make your business idea happen. Whether you’re looking to test your ideas, or develop your financial and planning skills, it gives you the support and inspiration you need, highlighting real-life examples of success. It also provides links to key business-support advice, pointing you to top tools available from Businesslink, Start Up Britain and a whole range of partners.

Jamal Edwards

Jamal Edwards started SB.TV at the age of just 16 with a video camera he got for Christmas. In the early days, Jamal filmed MCs on estates around London and uploaded them to YouTube.

Six years on, his YouTube channel has over 87 million views and 150,000 subscribers. It is seen as one of UK’s hottest youth channels­ offering broadcasting, production, editorial services, merchandise and live events.

Jamal says the moment when he realised he could earn money doing something he loved was the moment he decided to make his business dream a reality.

He was working full time in a high street retailer, but people would come in to work and ask him for videos. He struck a partnership with YouTube to capitalise on their popularity: ‘The money from YouTube was matching my wages, so I thought: do something I love. SBTV is the way.’

For Jamal, the excitement comes from being able to do what you want to do.

‘You don’t have to answer to anyone else. If I had an idea, it had ten people to go through before it reached the person it needed to go to. Now I can do what I want and run with it. It’s about freedom.’

Now Jamal is the boss and he has 12 people working for him. He loves bringing people in and giving them some inspiration: ‘I really enjoy it’.

But ultimately, he says, it’s about chasing your own dreams; ‘Go for it, because people told me I couldn’t do it and I just didn’t listen, I just did it. Chase your dream, not the competition’.

Source: http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/whats-the-business-in-you/

Yousef Meets Doug Richards at Web Fuelled Business Event

Yousef met with Doug Richard on Tuesday at the Web Fuelled Business event, which was held in Manchester. We take a look at what this new initiative has to offer for those entrepreneurs looking to use the web to grow their business.

Doug Richard may be more well known in Britain for his involvement in Dragons Den. However he is also a successful public speaker and mentor, and in 2006 he  received an honorary Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for his work helping entrepreneurs. In 2008 he founded the School for Startups, an enterprise focussed on teaching entrepreneurship across the UK in partnership with leading UK Universities. In 2010 he also received the Enterprise Educator of the year award from the National Council on Graduate Employment for his work through School for Startups. He has been an influential campaigner for the continuing need for entrepreneurialism to form the heart of the government’s plans for economic recovery.

What is Web Fuelled Business?

“We’re getting behind schemes like the fantastic Web Fuelled Business that’s launching with workshops for businesses all over the country to get them online.” David Cameron

In partnership with the BIS (Department of Business Innovation and Skills) these Web Fuelled Business events are full day bootcamps aimed at the SME and entrepreneur who wish to learn more about using the web to grow their business. As well as a lot of practical help on offer during the day, the event also turned out to be a great networking opportunity.

Programme:

The bootcamp in Manchester focused on key areas, and are part of a wider course that is being offered by Web Fuelled Business.

  • How to Grow a 21st Century Business
  • The Secrets of Search: Optimizing your site
  • Spending Pennies to Make Pounds: How AdWords and AdSense Advertising Really Works
  • Business growth through exporting: New Government help for SMEs
  • Setting Up Your Own E-Commerce Site & Taking Advantages of Marketplaces
  • No Nonsense Social Media: How to use it and not let it use you

Doug Richard presented a clear and engaging class which started with tips on having a focus for your idea or business. He then went onto explain how once you have that focus you can clearly tell others about what you do and what you want to achieve with your site?  He then discussed some of the various SEO tools that are available such as Google Keyword Tool, Google AdwordsGoogle Analytics, and Google Remarketing. SEO (Search engine optimization) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines. Doug Richards with this event has managed to make everything clearer for those who may not be as technical and this course provides a lot of useful videos and material to explain everything step by step. 

What was interesting was how many free tools are available online, and that with a little homework you can learn the basics of SEO and other ways of reaching your target audience. Furthermore some small businesses  may be wasting huge amounts of money outsourcing to SEO companies, when in fact a lot of key stuff can be done yourself.

However for some businesses it may not be suitable to manage it themselves and they prefer to outsource. Doug Richards mentioned that there are some good companies out there that specialize in providing a SEO service. However he suggests that we should at least try to understand the basics of these tools ourselves, get a better understanding and then you can have a clearer idea if you are being provided with a valuable service. Why pay someone a huge amount of your budget when you may be able to do it yourself. Also what are these SEO companies charging you for? Make sure you get a regular report from them if you’re not certain!

Throughout the day there were many tips on how to have a more effective online presence for your business. Also there was  a look a look at e-commerce. James Dening, ex-Amazon executive and a specialist in e-commerce, explained the fundamental reasons why Amazon is so successful, and also went through a live demonstration on setting up an online shop for your business.

Social Media is another key area for a businesses online presence. Many entrepreneurs are today using Twitter, Google+, Facebook and blogging on WordPress. There are many sites out there they can help you connect to your customers. The question is are you providing a meaningful discussion between you and your audience. And are you indeed turning your followers into real paying customers for your business. Alexandra Samuel is a blogger for the Harvard Business Review and Oprah.com, and she provided an insight into the world of online social networking. One tip she shared was to keep some of your social media profiles, such as LinkedIn (Facebook for grown ups!) for only those contacts you actually know or are friends with someone they know.

Overall this event was great, it was free and actually ended up turning into a useful networking opportunity, during lunch and breaks a lot of the delegates where exchanging ideas and business cards.

To find out more about future events you can visit the Web Fuelled Business site for more information, BIS (Department of Business Innovation and Skills) and School for Startups.

By Yousef Alikhasi

( Yousef is founder of Worldpolitas - a creative enterprise which provides News, Seminars and a ThinkTank, with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation & technology. You can follow Yousef on twitter: @worldpolitas & @yousefalikhasi )

www.worldpolitas.co.uk

Wikipedia to shut down on Wednesday in protest

Wikipedia will be taken offline for 24 hours this Wednesday in protest at the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Jimmy Wales, founder of the web encyclopaedia, previously threatened to suspend the service indefinitely in the US if the controversial bill is passed.

The English version of Wikipedia will now go down for 24 hours across the world on January 18 from Midnight EST (5am in the UK).

“Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday! #sopa,” he posted on Twitter.

Wikipedia will be replaced by a page displaying contact details for local members of Congress, which Wales hopes “will melt phone systems in Washington”.

SOPA aims to help service providers tackle websites deemed to be in violation of copyright infringement. Opponents of the bill warn that it could be harmful to the internet as a whole, bringing repercussions for legitimate websites.

A similar bill called the Protect IP Act (PIPA) was approved by a Senate committee last year and is scheduled to go before the full Senate on January 24.

“We have no indication that SOPA is fully off the table,” Wales tweeted. “PIPA is still alive and kicking. We need to send Washington a BIG message.”

Universal, Warner Bros, Viacom, ESPN, ABC, Major League Baseball and the National Football League are among SOPA’s key supporters. Marvel Entertainment and its parent company Disney are also in favour.

Facebook, Google, AOL, Yahoo, Twitter, eBay are in opposition.

The US government issued a statement this weekend condemning anti-piracy legislation that includes the “risk of online censorship of lawful activity”. It is thought that the Obama administration will reject SOPA in its current form.

Earlier today, Rupert Murdoch criticised the White House for its stance, claiming that “Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery”.

Source:

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a360401/wikipedia-to-shut-down-for-24-hours-on-wednesday-in-sopa-protest.html

 

 

IBM researchers make 12-atom magnetic memory bit

Researchers have successfully stored a single data bit in only 12 atoms.

Currently it takes about a million atoms to store a bit on a modern hard-disk, the researchers from IBM say.

They believe this is the world’s smallest magnetic memory bit.

According to the researchers, the technique opens up the possibility of producing much denser forms of magnetic computer memory than today’s hard disk drives and solid state memory chips.

“Roughly every two years hard drives become denser,” research lead author Sebastian Loth told the BBC.

“The obvious question to ask is how long can we keep going. And the fundamental physical limit is the world of atoms.

“The approach that we used is to jump to the very end, check if we can store information in one atom, and if not one atom, how many do we need?” he said.

Below 12 atoms the researchers found that the bits randomly lost information, owing to quantum effects.

A bit can have a value of 0 or 1 and is the most basic form of information in computation.

“We kept building larger structures until we emerged out of the quantum mechanical into the classical data storage regime and we reached this limit at 12 atoms.”

The groups of atoms, which were kept at very low temperatures, were arranged using a scanning tunnelling microscope. Researchers were subsequently able to form a byte made of eight of the 12-atom bits.

Central to the research has been the use of materials with different magnetic properties.

The magnetic fields of bits made from conventional ferromagnetic materials can affect neighbouring bits if they are packed too closely together.

“In conventional magnetic data storage the information is stored in ferromagnetic material,” said Dr Loth, who is now based at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Germany.

“That adds up to a big magnetic field that can interfere with neighbours. That’s a big problem for further miniaturisation.”

Other scientists thought that was an interesting result.

“Current magnetic memory architectures are fundamentally limited in how small they can go,” Dr Will Branford, of Imperial College London, told the BBC.

“This work shows that in principle data can be stored much more densely using antiferromagnetic bits.”

But the move from the lab to the production may be some time away.

“Even though I as a scientist would totally dig having a scanning tunnelling microscope in every household, I agree it’s a very experimental tool,” Dr Loth said.

Dr Loth believes that by increasing the number of atoms to between 150 to 200 the bits can be made stable at room temperature. That opens up the possibility of more practical applications.

“This is now a technological challenge to find out about new manufacturing techniques,” he said.

Source: BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16543497

Rupert Murdoch squares off with Obama

Rupert Murdoch squares off with Obama over online piracy legislation. News Corp chief accuses White House of siding with ‘Silicon Valley paymasters’ as two bills go through US Congress.

Rupert Murdoch's 20th Century Fox is calling for a clampdown against piracy of films, music and other copyrighted material. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The gathering storm over online piracy legislation being debated in theUS Congress has sucked two more heavy hitters into the fray, with theObama administration and Rupert Murdoch lining up on opposite sides of the argument.

The controversy over the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) going through the House of Representatives and its Senate equivalent, the Protect Intellectual Property Act (Pipa), has intensified. Websites including Reddit and possibly Wikipedia are planning to “go dark” on Wednesdayin protest at the proposals, which they say will lead to government censorship of the internet and be disastrous for innovation.

On Saturday, the Obama administration made clear that it would not tolerate several of the more controversial aspects of the two bills, particularly the power to interfere with the architecture of the web by tampering with its Domain Name System (DNS).

“We will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet,” said three of Obama’s top technology advisers in a statement. The authors said manipulating the DNS by forcing service providers to block access to pirating sites could damage cybersecurity by driving users to much more unscrupulous servers.

Just before the White House statement was issued, a sponsor of Sopa – the Texan congressman Lamar Smith – said the DNS blocking provision in the bill would be dropped.

Under the two bills, the US department of justice would have the power to censor foreign websites engaging in piracy by requiring search engines, payment portals and online advertising networks to desist from carrying them.

Murdoch – whose News Corporation includes the Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox, which is among the companies calling for a legislative clampdown against piracy of films, music and other copyrighted material – launched a tirade against the Obama administration for its criticism of Sopa.

“So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery,” he wrote in a series of five tweets, accusing Google of hosting pirated material and selling advertising against it.

The White House statement was not a simple denunciation of Sopa and Pipa. It also makes clear that the administration is in favour of new legislation to combat online piracy, though the authors say it must be narrowly targeted. “Online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response,” they say.

The two bills have led to an outpouring of criticism from proponents of a free internet, Silicon Valley giants such as Google and Facebook, and start-up entrepreneurs.

By Ed Pilkington

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jan/15/online-piracy-legislation-murdoch-obama

Usain Bolt mimics Richard Branson

Jamaican sprinter mimics Virgin founder in multimillion-pound advertising campaign for Virgin Media.

Usain Bolt as Richard Branson to promote Virgin Media's superfast broadband

Virgin Media has signed Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man and Olympic gold medal-winning Jamaican sprinter, to front a multimillion-pound campaign to promote its superfast broadband service.

The ad campaign, directed by Seth Gordon who most recently made Hollywood comedy Horrible Bosses starring Jason Bateman, launches nationwide on Saturday.

Virgin Media, which came close to signing the sprinter back in 2008 after his record-shattering appearance at the Beijing Olympics, is starting a nationwide campaign featuring Bolt and Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson.

The campaign, which launches on Saturday night with an ad during ITV1′s hit dating show Take Me Out, will promote Virgin Media’s new £110m move to double the broadband speed for its 4.1m internetcustomers over the next 18 months.

The TV ad, to be supported by ads in other media including national press and billboards, shows Bolt in a tongue-in-cheek attempt to impersonate Branson by taking over his office and donning his trademark blonde goatee.

The ad campaign, which has been created by agency DDB London, introduces the strapline “Keep Up” that Virgin Media will use in future marketing activity.

“It is a brilliantly simple idea but the trick was to avoid the obvious sportsman endorsement cliches,” said Jeff Dodds, executive director of brand and marketing communications at Virgin Media.

By Mark Sweney

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/jan/13/usain-bolt-richard-branson-virgin-media