George Lois, Esquire’s art director from 1962 to 1972, took a no holds barred approach to design, producing some of the most iconic covers in the history of magazines. Lois takes the same approach to interviews, telling AdAge media reporter Nat Ives how he was “embarrassed” by Esquire’s battery-powered e-ink cover, a “silly gimmick” that “cost a quarter of a million dollars, I’m told.” (Esquire’s issue touted the cover line, “The 21st Century Begins Now” with, as Lois described, “Mickey Mouse lights clicking on and off.”)Since April, the MOMA has been hosting a collection of Lois’ Esquire cover designs. During this interview, Lois said: “great covers need to have a great idea behind them.” Of Esquire’s cover, he said: “That wasn’t great; it was ridiculous.” “When will they learn?” Lois said of Esquire. “Oh lord, how long will it take for them to learn.”
Apple forecast its first revenue drop in 13 years on 27 January and reported the slowest-ever increase in iPhone shipments as the critical Chinese market showed signs of cooling down. Despite this, the company reported revenue of $18.37bn (Â£12.83) from Greater China, accounting for 24.2% of total revenue. Revenue from the region nearly doubled in the fourth quarter. Avneesh Saxena, vice president of DCI Asia/Pacific, said Apple had performed well in the current economic state, but that the company will have to continue to be innovative if it wants to keep its edge.I feel that given the times and environment we are in, Apple has done really well. But the other point Id like to make is that too much is still dependent on iPhone â€“ more than 65% of their revenue still comes from there â€“ and that is a concern. They have to start looking at a more holistic contribution from some of their other products and streams, Saxena said.Saxena added that Apple faces tough competition from Chinese technology giants whose phones have become increasingly popular. Chinese vendors have come up in the last few years with formidable designs and price points that are almost 30-40% cheaper.f you look at Huawei, its not a poor mans phone anymore â€“ its actually a solid contender to Samsung and the iPhone. To keep that margin and distance between them and the others, theyll [Apple will] have to come up with some innovative designs in the future, Saxena said.Apples China sales grew by 84% in the year to September 2015. And despite the slowdown, the company remains the most profitable in the S and P 500 and the most valuable publicly traded US tech company.
Russia intervened in the Syrian conflict in 2015, staging air strikes in support of its ally Damascus targeting both the Islamic State group and other jihadists as well as rebels fighting government troops. AFP file photoRussian President Vladimir Putin held talks with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Monday for the last leg of a day-long diplomatic dash, during which he ordered the partial withdrawal of Russia’s troops from the war-torn country.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Putin at his presidential complex in Ankara for a closed-door meeting.This is the eighth face-to-face meeting between Putin and Erdogan this year, a sign of the intensity of a relationship that had hit rock bottom in November 2015 when Turkey shot down a Russian war plane over Syria.Putin was welcomed earlier in the day at Russia’s Hmeimim airbase by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on a surprise first visit to the country.In a televised speech to Russian troops, Putin said he had ordered his Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to start a partial withdrawal.“I have taken a decision: a significant part of the Russian troop contingent located in Syria is returning home to Russia,” he said at the base in Latakia Province, a government stronghold.Russia first intervened in the conflict in 2015, staging air strikes in support of Assad which targeted both the Islamic State group (IS) and other jihadists as well as rebels fighting government troops.Putin said the troops had helped the Syrian army crush the “most battle-ready group of international terrorists,” apparently referring to IS.“On the whole the task has been completed. And completed brilliantly.”‘Our homeland thanks you’Putin said last month that efforts to end the war were entering a “new stage” as the focus shifted from military intervention to political reforms.He said both Hmeimim and Russia’s naval facility in Tartus would continue to function and warned that Russia would repel any new attacks by militants.Putin made the Syria stopover, the first by a Russian head of state since president Dmitry Medvedev visited in 2010, en route to Egypt, where he met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, one of Ankara’s prime foes in recent years.Putin thanked the troops for defending Russia from terrorism and helping Syria remain a “sovereign independent state”.He said the conflict proved that Russia’s armed forces, including intelligence officers, pilots, sailors, special forces, military police, sappers and military advisers, were on top form, and he also praised the country’s defence industry.“Our homeland thanks you, my friends,” he said.‘Deep gratitude’Putin also held talks with Assad, who expressed his “deep gratitude” for Russia’s role in the conflict.“The Syrians will never forget what the Russian forces did,” official Syria media quoted him as saying.Putin said he would discuss Russia’s efforts to convene Syria’s political congress with the leaders of Egypt and Turkey, and then brief Assad.While Turkey has backed the anti-regime opposition and Russia along with Iran is the main international supporter of Damascus, Putin and Erdogan have worked closely to resolve the Syrian conflict in recent months.Ankara officially remains opposed to Assad staying in power in any transition but has notably toned down its rhetoric against the Syrian leader in recent months.After talks, Erdogan said the next step to help resolve the Syrian conflict would be to hold a second summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi “as soon as possible”.Last month Putin held a summit with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Erdogan in the city to discuss Syria.Putin said at the beginning of 2018 that a congress of national dialogue should be held to seek a political solution for Syria, adding that he spoke to Assad about it.Pentagon scepticismLast week Putin announced he would be standing in the March presidential election that he is widely expected to win, and his lightning visit to Syria was likely to play well with Russian voters.The commander of Russia’s forces in Syria, Sergei Surovikin, said 23 Russian planes, two helicopters and military police would be returning to Russia soon, national television reported.Asked how long the process of bringing back the contingent from Syria would take, Shoigu said: “They have already started coming back, we will see how it goes,” Russian news agencies reported.The Pentagon voiced scepticism about Putin’s announcement, saying such declarations were not necessarily reflected by action.The size of the Russian deployment in Syria is not known, but Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent Russian military expert, has told AFP that up to 10,000 troops and private contractors may have taken part in the conflict.Putin had ruled out dispatching ground forces in Syria, making the air force the mainstay of Moscow’s Syria campaign.Around 40 Russian servicemen have reportedly been killed in Syria since Moscow’s intervention. The Kremlin has acknowledged some of those deaths.But the losses may be higher given the number of Russian troops and mercenaries believed to be in the country, observers say.More than 340,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict broke out in March 2011 with protests against Assad’s rule that sparked a brutal crackdown.
A total of 21 students of various departments under the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Dhaka University (DU) have been awarded ‘Dean’s Award’ for their outstanding academic results in BS (Hons) examinations of 2015, 2016 and 2017.Besides, 3 teachers of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences have received Dean’s Award for research works.DU vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman handed over the awards to the awardees as the chief guest at a function held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of the university on Thursday .Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences ASM Maksud Kamal presided over the function while pro-vice chancellor (Administration) Muhammad Samad and treasurer professor Kamal Uddin addressed it as special guests.The teachers who received the award are professor Kazi MatinUddin Ahmed (Geology), professor Kawser Ahmed (Oceanography) and lecturer Yousuf Gazi (Geology).The students who received the awards are- Zannatul Ferdous, Naznin Bintey Hayder, NishatTasnim Kakon and Dola Dutta (Geography and Environment), Mahmud Al Noor Tushar, AfrozaParvin, Tamanna Meheran Shemu, SumiyaSadeak, Sharaf Anika Hoque, Farjana Zareen Maria, FatematuzZohora Nishi and Md. Tariqul Islam (Geology), Nazma Ahmed, Shamima Ferdousi Sifa, Ariful Islam, Tanzim Hayat, Nawar Wadud Khan, Falguni Sarkar, Tanzeem Hossain, SumaiyaTabassum and Ayesha Islam (Disaster Science and Management).