Architectural highlights of 2015

From the new Philharmonic in Paris to a new business school in Sydney, here are some of the more remarkable feats in architecture from the last 12 months.

Shanghai Tower
The Shanghai Tower in China is the new centrepiece of the city's financial district. Designed by Gensler architects, it is 632m high and has 128 storeys, making it the tallest building in China and the second highest building in the world. Only the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is taller.
Architects at Gensler used three strategies in designing the building: asymmetrical form, tapering profile and rounded corners to make the structure resistant to typhoon winds. Although the project was completed earlier this year, it is not yet open to the public.

Highlights and lowlights of journalism innovation in 2015

It’s almost a wrap for 2015, and what a year it was for the media. Here are my notables, plus my two disappointments.
Much has happened to advance storytelling. One of the most important, in my view, is that we don’t hear the phrase “digital first” as often as we did in 2014.  It is more about “the story first” now.  Concern about platforms has become secondary. The story as protagonist is where it’s at and should continue to be.  Those who populate newsrooms globally are getting the idea: we are in the storytelling business and we now have more platforms than ever to tell those stories. Amen to that, but I hope 2016 will be a year to concentrate on the need for innovative and creative storytelling techniques.
Let’s review the highlights of 2015:
  • Smartphones —If there was a platform that went for a sprint to the finish line in 2015 it has been that smartphone in your hand.  About 64% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, and they are getting their news there too.  We are seeing more content specifically aimed at smartphones.  Also notable: 15% of Americans ages 18-29 are heavily dependent on a smartphone for online access. We like what the Norwegian daily, Aftenposten, continues to do in this area, with more innovation in store for 2016. Keep an eye on the smartphone. It is the essential platform of consequence not just for news but also for advertising.

The biggest Android highlights of 2015

What a year it has been. There have been some soaring highs, some very hot moments and some epic Android fails this year. We've seen new phones came out that were brilliant, some that were terrible, and some that were totally unexpected. But right now we want to celebrate the biggest Android highlights of 2015.

Alphabet Inc and CEO Sundar

Earlier this year at Google I/O, when I met Larry Page and Sundar Pichai for the first time, I made jokes with Sundar about how tired he must be considering the heavy workload he was under at Google. He laughed and gave me a look that I would only fully understand a little later.Alphabet CEO Larry Page (left) and Google CEO Sundar Pichai (right). / © Google/ANDROIDPIT

Top 10 industry highlights of 2015

As we step into 2016, ClickZ presents the most important news in digital marketing over the past year, such as Periscope’s debut and Google’s “Mobilegeddon.”
Looking back, 2015 was an exciting time to be in the digital marketing industry, with so many technology advances and product updates, as well as mergers and acquisitions. While we are looking ahead, don’t forget what we have achieved over the last year.
Below, find ClickZ‘s top 10 industry highlights of 2015 (mostly) listed in chronological order.

1. Twitter debuts Periscope

Twitter introduced Periscope on the iPhone in March. The live-streaming app allows brands and agencies to be more interactive with their audience because viewers can comment in real time, or tap their screens to send colorful hearts to the broadcaster. Since Periscope is integrated with Twitter, new users have a ready-made audience.
As more and more brands, such as General Electric and Dunkin’ Donuts, experiment with Periscope in their marketing strategies, many predict that Periscope is going to be the next big thing in social media.

2. “Mobilegeddon” officially arrives

Search marketers had been talking about “Mobilegeddon” since Google decided to consider mobile-friendliness and indexed apps as ranking factors back in February. On April 21, “Mobilegeddon” officially arrived.
Brands of all sizes without mobile-friendly sites were hit hard by this update. Companies were pushed to redesign and optimize their sites for mobile devices, becoming “Google-ready.”


Every year, weather extremes make their presence felt in the Indian sub-continent. Unseasonal rains, floods, heat wave, and other major weather events affected various parts of the country in 2015 also.

We decided to list down seven major weather highlights affecting India and neighboring nations. Here’s a look at the seven weather events which impacted the country during this calendar year.

You won't get LPG subsidy if your annual taxable income exceeds Rs 10 lakh

Tax payers with annual income of more than Rs 10 lakh will not get subsidised cooking gas (LPG) from next month as the government today decided to limit supply of under-priced fuel to cut subsidies.

At present, all households are entitled to get 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised rate of Rs 419.26, while the market price is Rs 608.

The government had asked well-off people to voluntarily give up using subsidised LPG and instead buy cooking fuel at market price, Oil Ministry said in a statement.

Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme gets into Guinness Records: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the government's "Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme" has received a place in the Guinness World Records as the largest direct benefit transfer scheme. 

"It gives me immense pleasure to announce that the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme has recently found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and it has been implemented successfully," he said during his monthly radio address 'Mann Ki Baat'. 

As of now, already Rs.40,000 crore has been transferred to the accounts of the beneficiaries through different schemes, the prime minister said. 

"I believe about 35-40 schemes are being integrated with the direct benefit transfer scheme," he said. 

"With the help of Jan Dhan Yojana and Aadhaar card, through the largest direct benefit transfer scheme, the subsidies are directly getting deposited in the bank accounts of the beneficiaries," Modi said. 

"Till November, at least 15 crore LPG users have benefited from 'Pahal' scheme. We used to get a lot of complaints with regard to NREGA wages. In a few places, now the money is getting deposited in the accounts of the beneficiary. We have started direct benefit transfer scheme in providing students' scholarships as well," he added. 

Pahal or Pratyaksha Hastantarit Laabh, formerly the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme for LPG subsidy, is a scheme for direct transfer of subsidy to consumers for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). 

"The schemes should not be made to look like half-dead in the files. It should reach out to the last person in the country. The schemes are made for the poorest of the poor," Modi added.


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