MVM title sponsor of the Women’s EHF FINAL 4

first_imgPingback: MVM takes up Women’s EHF FINAL4 title sponsorship for the second year in a row | Handball Planet ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items: 1 Comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe Hungarian energy company MVM Magyar Villamos Művek Zrt. has signed a contract with the organisers of the WOMEN’S EHF FINAL4, becoming the event’s title sponsor for the second year in a row. The event’s official name will be the 2015 MVM EHF FINAL4.The final weekend of the WOMEN’S EHF Champions League and pinnacle event of women’s club handball will take place on 9/10 May 2015 in the Papp László Sportaréna in Budapest.One year ago, Hungarian side Győri Audi ETO KC lifted the trophy after a thrilling final victory against Montenegrin club Buducnost in front of 10,000 fans.Commenting on the agreement, Peter Vargo, Managing Director of EHF Marketing, said: “The fact that MVM has become the event’s title sponsor underlines its prestige and the reputation that women’s handball has in Europe.”Csilla Nagy, Deputy Communications Director of MVM, said: “Last year’s MVM EHF FINAL4 was a huge success as 10,000 fans celebrated women’s handball together with the participating teams.“We continue in our efforts to give ‘a lot of energy’ to the best European handball teams and we are proud to be the title sponsor of the 2015 MVM EHF FINAL4. We believe the event will increase the rank of both Hungary and our company on the national as well as on the international level.”The Hungarian Handball Federation, as co-hosts of the 2015 MVM EHF FINAL4, welcomes the title sponsor.“With the successful organisation of the 2014 MVM EHF FINAL4 we have proven that Hungary is a perfect venue for Europe’s biggest women’s club handball event,” said Iván Vetési, President of Hungarian Handball Federation (HHF).“I’m sure that once again in 2015 the fans, who will come to Budapest from all over Europe, are poised to experience an extraordinary sports event on 9/10 May.”About the 2015 MVM EHF FINAL42015 is the second consecutive year that the WOMEN’S EHF Champions League culminates in an EHF FINAL4-weekend and is not decided by home and away matches between the two eventual finalists.After the successful premiere last year with 10,000 fans following the matches in a sold-out Papp László Sportaréna, the EHF and EHF Marketing reached an agreement with the Hungarian Handball Federation as local organisers until 2016.The four participating teams are known once the quarter-finals will have been played by 12 April 2015. Two days later, on 14 April, the draw for the 2015 MVM EHF FINAL4 will take place. On this occasion a new trophy for the eventual winners, designed by graduates of the renowned Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, will be presented.The semi-finals at the 2015 MVM EHF FINAL4 will be played on Saturday, 9 May; the match for third place and the final on Sunday, 10 May. The exact throw-off times will be communicated in due time. More information and tickets at EHF  1 Comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Study finds immune response in the gut may be key to preventing Parkinson’s disease

first_imgShare Your gut may play a pivotal role in preventing the onset of Parkinson’s disease. And the reason may be its knack for sleuthing.Researchers at the University of Iowa have found that the gut may be key to preventing Parkinson’s disease. Cells located in the intestine spark an immune response that protects nerve cells, or neurons, against damage connected with Parkinson’s disease. Acting like detectives, the immune intestinal cells identify damaged machinery within neurons and discard the defective parts. That action ultimately preserves neurons whose impairment or death is known to cause Parkinson’s.“We think somehow the gut is protecting neurons,” says Veena Prahlad, assistant professor in biology at the UI and corresponding author on the paper published Aug. 30 in the journal Cell Reports. Pinterest LinkedIn Emailcenter_img Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that erodes motor control and balance over time. It affects some 500,000 people in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health. The disease occurs when neurons—nerve cells—in the brain that control movement become impaired or die. Normally, these neurons produce dopamine, and when they are damaged or killed, the resulting dopamine shortage causes the motor-control problems associated with the disease.Scientists have previously linked Parkinson’s to defects in mitochondria, the energy-producing machinery found in every human cell. Why and how mitochondrial defects effect neurons remain a mystery. Some think the impaired mitochondria starve neurons of energy; others believe they produce a neuron-harming molecule. Whatever the answer, damaged mitochondria have been linked to other nervous disorders as well, including ALS and Alzheimer’s, and researchers want to understand why.Prahlad’s team exposed roundworms to a poison called rotenone, which researchers know kills neurons whose death is linked to Parkinson’s. As expected, the rotenone began damaging the mitochondria in the worms’ neurons. To the researchers’ surprise, though, the damaged mitochondria did not kill all of the worms’ dopamine-producing neurons; in fact, over a series of trials, an average of only seven percent of the worms, roughly 210 out of 3,000, lost dopamine-producing neurons when given the poison.“That seemed intriguing, and we wondered whether there was some innate mechanism to protect the animal from the rotenone,” Prahlad says.It turns out there was. The roundworms’ immune defenses, activated when the rotenone was introduced, discarded many of the defected mitochondria, halting a sequence that would’ve led to the loss of dopamine-producing neurons. Importantly, the immune response originated in the intestine, not the nervous system.“If we can understand how this is done in the roundworm, we can understand how this may happen in mammals,” Prahlad says.The researchers plan to conduct more experiments, but they’ve got some interesting hypotheses. One is the intestinal immune cells are, according to Prahlad, “constantly surveilling mitochondria for defects.”Even more, those cellular watchdogs may be keeping their eyes on the mitochondria “because they don’t trust them,” Prahlad suggests. The reason has to do with the prevailing theory that mitochondria originated independently as a type of bacterium and were only later incorporated into the cells of animal, plants, and fungi as an energy producer.If that theory is correct, the intestinal immune responders may be especially sensitive to changes in mitochondrial function not only for its potential damaging effects, but because of the mitochondria’s ancient and foreign past as well.“How it’s happening is suggestive of the possibility that the innate immune response is constantly checking its mitochondria,” Prahlad says, “perhaps because of the bacterial origin of the mitochondria.” Share on Twitter Share on Facebooklast_img read more

A picture of health: GP surgery of the future

first_imgAOC presents its GP surgery concept at Mipim UKAOC’s presentation was based on its work on Pembroke House in London, where the practice is working with a major local health partner and statutory funders to create a GP surgery that is integrated with the community. “Pembroke House offers a friendly and supportive space for everyone, with an inclusive volunteering programme tailored to each person’s needs,” said director Tom Coward.At the centre of the building is what Coward described as a “living room”. “It’s a space in the centre of the community for wellbeing partners to offer joined-up services,” he said. “There is a shift in understanding of consultation, the vital joined-up conversation over time that provides an articulate prescription of care in response to complex needs.”To make the living room financially viable, the scheme includes a back-office space where administrators can support multiple GP practices by making use of modern technology. In addition, the space hosts hot-desking facilities for community health workers and related professionals. According to Coward, the model is replicable elsewhere and could be used to update the NHS’s existing estate.Judges’ verdict: The judges praised AOC for reusing the existing estate and focusing on wellbeing.Gatti Routh Rhodes ArchitectsFor his pitch, Gatti Routh Rhodes director Richard Gatti focused on the company’s redevelopment of a 1950s building in Bethnal Green, east London, which was previously home to both a church and GP surgery. The idea was to take what was already a mixed-use building and run with it. “So the structure and materiality of the church bleaches into the rest of the building and provides space for community activity,” he said. Salway said that to optimise the design, Softroom would need “a proper period of immersion” into the world of NHS Property Services, but he spelled out some broad themes focused on transforming the patient experience by viewing them as customers.“Upon arrival at the GP, with most admin tasks already completed remotely, patients could be welcomed by a greeter, who could provide assistance where needed and importantly help humanise the experience [see above image],” he said. “The entrance could also feature health-related pop-ups to bring activity into the space and increase wellbeing awareness.“Moving inside, the commercial sector has taught us that even simple rebranding can help reframe our thinking and unlock possibilities. So rather than ‘waiting rooms’ that suggest time lost, they could become ‘lounges’ or ‘living rooms’ – like our Eurostar lounge in Paris that actually makes missing a train a bonus,” added Salway.Judges’ verdict: The judges praised Salway for his focus on changing the nature of the patient experience, as well as the simple rebranding of waiting areas to create a lounge experience. They felt that approaching the design from an outsider’s perspective actually helped his pitch.AOC Architecture Here, Property Week presents a summary of the seven ideas that were pitched and reveals the winning practice.Winning submission – SoftroomWhile acknowledging that his company had little experience of designing medical facilities, Softroom director Oliver Salway said that it had “evolved a specialism providing highly imaginative but carefully thought-through spaces that function beautifully”. Architects have a vital role to play ensuring that GP surgeries help make the links between clinical care and other organisations and initiatives aimed at keeping people healthy, he argued. “Future designs for GP surgeries will help deliver this, becoming more accessible and relevant to both the well and the sick and providing new spaces to actively support good health and social care,” he said.Judges’ verdict: The judges thought Linnell’s presentation included some effective images and made a persuasive case about his practice’s credibility and ability. However, they said they would have liked him to share more thoughts on future projects.Pilbrow & Partners“Why are environments for healing so rarely uplifting spaces?” asked senior founding partner Fred Pilbrow at the start of his pitch. “By the time you see your doctor you’re already in a deep gloom because you’ve had to negotiate tortuous, poorly lit, airless spaces.” Pilbrow said that his company was currently on site with a facility for UCLH. “We brought the patient areas to the facade, so you’re in a clear, logical sequence of spaces – daylit, lofty and clear,” he said. “Go up to the roof and there is a garden for staff and patients.”He added that future GP surgeries need to reflect the fact that consultations increasingly take place online or in group environments and focus on health and wellbeing as well as pharmaceutical solutions.“That has profound implications for the studio in terms of more open-plan spaces,” he said. “Let’s get the digital filing to free up office space and the receptionist out from behind her wall to make a better environment for patients in the future.”Judges’ verdict: The judges described Pilbrow as a seasoned public speaker and said that his presentation had been visually exciting. They also liked the idea that GP surgeries should be uplifting spaces for healing.White Red ArchitectsWhite Red Architects director Dicky Lewis opened his pitch by offering a picture of his fiancée at work as a GP.“As you can see, she works in a small room with no windows,” he said. “Can you imagine bringing a patient in a wheelchair in here?”Lewis said that medical professionals were currently working on incredible advances in healthcare. “But why isn’t this reflected in the design of hospitals and GP surgeries?” he asked. “We need to design for the future, for the ageing population, for the welfare of patients and doctors.”center_img Producing a model with spaces for exercise and other wellbeing activities at the centre of his proposed building, Lewis said that preventative solutions needed to become a fundamental part of the surgery of the future.“Prevention needs to be located within the GP’s practice,” he said. “There needs to be space made available for preventative measures. We see this space as the core of the GP practice. It could be that the GP surgery of the future is somewhere you go more often in health than in sickness.”Judges’ verdict: The idea of visiting more in health than in sickness caught the judges’ attention. So too did the idea of meshing the preventative measures into the design of the building. They also appreciated the focus on providing a good working environment for professionals as well as visiting patients. Cannon added that the whole idea must be to knit surgeries into the communities they serve. “We want to see barriers broken down and surgeries to be seen as extensions to the public realm,” he said. “Greater permeability should allow for an outward-looking perspective to alleviate the claustrophobia of the waiting room. We see no reason this can’t be provided retrospectively in the existing estate.”Judges’ verdict: The judges praised Cannon’s use of diagrams as a storytelling device, as well as the idea of the surgery as an extension to the public realm. They said this was something that the NHS would like to encourage in the future; so too was the reuse of the existing estate.Henley HalebrownHenley Halebrown studio director Craig Linnell opened his pitch by describing four GP surgery projects his practice designed between 2003 and 2012. “The designs for all the buildings focused on patient experience and creating efficient, adaptable and flexible facilities,” he said.Linnell went on to describe the challenges facing the NHS and how it planned to respond. “The NHS five-year forward view includes stronger links between health and social care, shifting the agenda from treatment to prevention and engaging and equipping communities to self-help,” he said. In addition to a church, GP surgery and recreation space, the new building includes storage space for a food bank that doubles as accommodation for homeless people, as well as a café. “The café is on the most prominent corner of the site,” said Gatti. “It encourages people to get over the threshold and access community services within.”In order to fund the community spaces, the project includes apartments on the upper levels, something that Gatti said could easily be done on other redevelopment projects. “There is the potential for this partnership working to produce mixed-use buildings that can be supported by residential accommodation above,” he said.Judges’ verdict: According to the judges, Gatti delivered a strong message about the underdevelopment of NHS buildings. They also said that the concept of a truly mixed-use, community-orientated building chimed well with NHS strategy.GruffGruff director Rhys Cannon opened his pitch by stating that the GP surgery of the future had to be about more than medical services. “We think that GP provision is a means of wayfinding through to a variety of other clinical referrals, community services and lifestyle choices,” he said. “The building’s design must reflect this and aid the growing trend of ‘social prescribing’ [a way of linking patients in primary care with sources of support within the community] or treatments beyond those solely under the umbrella of the NHS.”Cannon underscored the importance of the entrance to the building being as welcoming as possible. “The role of the reception is vital in providing moments of human contact and helping to combat social isolation,” he said. “These interpersonal interactions can so often make or break the experience of visiting a GP.”last_img read more

The value of IT

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

The Camp Nou Clasico fixture now has a date and kick-off time

first_imgWith over a month to go before the first Clasico of the season, La Liga has confirmed the time it will kick off. Barcelona and Real Madrid meet at Camp Nou on Sunday October 28. The kick-off time is 4.15pm CET, as LFP president Javier Tebas confirmed to Jose Ramon de la Morena on Onda Cero radio show El Transistor. Ramón Fuentes 07/09/2018 It’s not the first time they have played at this time – in 2016-2017 at Camp Nou the teams met at this time, on December 3, 2016. IN SPORT.ES In the week beforehand both teams have Champions League games so Sunday was the obvious choice of day to play. El Clásico Barcelona-Madrid ya tiene horario Upd. on 12/09/2018 at 09:12 CESTlast_img read more

Workers with ability

first_imgBy BEN CAMERON OPEN your mind and think outside the square when it comes to the possibility of employing people…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Real to offer Pochettino Tottenham escape after making him No1 target

first_imgREAL MADRID want Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager by the end of next month.Spanish player power stopped former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte getting the job after Real finally sacked Julen Lopetegui.4 Mauricio Pochettino heads Real Madrid’s wishlist to replace Julen LopeteguiCredit: Alamy Live NewsSantiago Solari has been named interim boss but the La Liga giants will target Spurs chief Poch — who admitted he is at his lowest point with the London club.Representatives from the Bernabeu met with people close to Pochettino in London last week and gave promising reports to chairman Florentino Perez.Poch, 46, reiterated his commitment to Spurs last night but their chairman Daniel Levy must now resist Real’s charms again.Madrid captain Sergio Ramos gave the view of the dressing room in Spain yesterday as Conte was ruled out as manager.Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his sympathies for former team mate Julen Lopetegui following his sacking at Real Madrid 4 Julen Lopetegui was axed after a dreadful run ended in a 5-1 defeat to BarcelonaCredit: Getty4 Gareth Bale has struggled this season as Real fell apartCredit: ReutersThe Italian is desperate for a major job after being sacked by Chelsea at the end of last season.But his style and man-management were not looked upon favourably by Madrid players.Eden Hazard, who fell out with Conte at Stamford Bridge, is a major target for Real and appointing Conte would have ended hopes of a £100million-plus deal.Real Madrid Castilla, the club’s second-string side, are managed by Solari — a former Real player who played alongside Pochettino for Argentina.BRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormRED LETTER DAYKeane and Neville urge Man Utd to invest big after securing Champions LeagueLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordPoch has resisted Real’s advances before.  But with the farce of Tottenham’s new £850m stadium delays, the lack of transfer activity and burning question of Spurs’ ambitions, he must be seriously pondering his future.And Real will have been encouraged by his comments ahead of last night’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at Wembley.Tottenham 0-1 Manchester City: Riyad Mahrez scores to fire City back to the top of the Premier League4 Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy faces a fight to keep hold of Mauricio PochettinoCredit: Getty Images – GettyPoch said: “My feeling is the worst I’ve had in the five years I’ve been here.“I’m disappointed we’re still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there at the start of the season.“Many things happened in the summer that put me not in my best mood.”Lopetegui’s horror four-month reign ended after Sunday’s 5-1 defeat to rivals Barcelona — a fifth loss in six games.Real sit NINTH in La Liga after their worst start since 2001-02.last_img read more

New tax system for small firms

first_imgTurnover Tax Voluntary tax system “It is not available to labour brokers, personal service providers or persons that render professional services,” Sars said. “Public benefit organisations and recreational clubs also do not qualify, since they already enjoy specific concessions.” 6 March 2009 Turnover Tax is calculated by simply applying the relevant tax rate to a business’s annual taxable turnover. Small businesses already registered for VAT that opt to register for Turnover Tax will automatically be deregistered from the VAT system if their application for Turnover Tax is successful. According to Sars, Turnover Tax is voluntary, so qualifying small businesses can choose whether to register for it or not, depending on their individual circumstances. Applications to register for Turnover Tax in the current 2009/10 tax year close on 30 April 2009. Simplified tax system “This initiative is in line with the government’s broader mandate to encourage entrepreneurship and create an enabling environment for small businesses to survive and grow,” Sars said in a statement this week. Under the Turnover Tax system, qualifying small businesses will only need to submit two interim returns and a final return for assessment. This represents a huge saving in time and costs relating to the current provisional tax, income tax and VAT system, which requires businesses to submit an average of 10 returns a year. TurnoverMarginal ratesR0 – R100 0000%R100 001 – R300 0001% of each R1 above R100 000R300 001 – R500 000R2 000 + 3% of the amount above R300 000R500 001 – R750 000R8 000 + 5% of the amount above R500 000R750 001 and aboveR20 500 + 7% of the amount above R750 000center_img In a bid to cut red tape and reduce the administrative burden on small businesses, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) has launched a new tax system that will dramatically lower the time and cost of submitting tax returns. Known as Turnover Tax, the innovative system is available to small businesses with a turnover up to R1-million a year, replacing income tax, provisional tax, capital gains tax, secondary tax on companies and value added tax (VAT). Start-up businesses can also apply to register within two months of their establishment. More information is available on the Turnover Tax website, or by phoning 0800 007 277. SAinfo reporter “Thereafter applicants will only be able to register for the Turnover Tax for the next tax year to avoid the administrative challenge for businesses and Sars of running multiple tax systems in a year simultaneously,” Sars said. Turnover Tax is available to sole proprietors, partnerships, close corporations, cooperatives and companies provided they have a taxable turnover of R1-million or less in a year of assessment and meet certain other criteria. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “According to independent research commissioned by Sars and the National Treasury, it costs small businesses an average of about R7 000 a year to ensure that tax returns for income tax, provisional tax, VAT and employees’ tax are prepared, completed and submitted as required,” Sars said. The introduction of of the new tax system this week coincided with an increase in the compulsory VAT registration threshold, from R300 000 to R1-million.last_img read more

#Nextchat RECAP: Finding Your Voice as an HR Professional

first_imgOn August 1, @shrmnextchat chatted with SHRM Field Service Director and host of Honest HR podcast Callie Zipple, @SHRMCallieZ about Finding Your Voice as an HR Professional.  In case you missed this amazing chat filled with helpful tips and advice you can read all the tweets here:last_img

Four Approaches to Music Recommendations: Pandora, Mufin, Lala, and eMusic

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Thanks to MP3s and the Internet, we now have millions of songs readily available to us with the click of a button, but, paradoxically, this has often made it even harder to discover new music to listen to. Every online music store and every social network that focuses on online music, however, now features some kind of music recommendation system, and some services like Pandora or Slacker Radio are indeed nothing else but highly sophisticated music discovery engines. In this post, we will look at the different approaches behind some of the most popular music recommendation and discovery services.Currently, we are seeing four different approaches to giving music recommendations in the market place – though the lines between them are often fluid and some services mash them up in different ways. For the sake of this post, we will only look at a small sample of music recommendation and discovery services that we think are representative of a specific approach. Pandora: Humans Only Pandora, one of the most popular music recommendation and discovery services on the Internet today, bases its recommendations on data from the Music Genome Project. The Music Genome Project assigns up to 400 attributes to every song. This, however, has to be done by trained musicians and the process can take up to half an hour per song. While the results of this method are often great, and we ourselves have often discovered interesting new music through Pandora, this approach simply doesn’t scale very well and Pandora’s library can often feel somewhat limited.Mufin: Algorithms Only Maybe the best known proponent of a music recommendations system that is purely based on algorithms is Mufin. Mufin’s software analyzes the fundamental properties of a song and makes recommendations based solely on the musical similarity between songs. While Mufin’s approach generally works surprisingly well, the problem with this technique is that the system is simply oblivious to the cultural context of a song. Thanks to this approach, you might get to hear Christmas songs in February, for example, as the algorithms simply can’t understand the cultural context of your music library.At times, however, being agnostic to the cultural context of a song can also have its advantages, as Mufin’s recommendations can often help you to rediscover music you had forgotten about. Mufin also works with any song, no matter whether it’s from your own band, Kanye West, or an unsigned local band. While Mufin’s web service turned out to be a bit of a disappointment, we did like the company’s iTunes plugin, which analyzes the songs in your library.Lala: Explicit P2P Recommendations Other services, like Lala, have decided to not feature any real recommendation technology at all. Instead, Lala purely relies on users following each other on the service and recommending new music to each other. At least for Lala, this approach seems to work very well. When we talked to Lala’s founder and CEO Bill Nguyen last week, he pointed out that 70% of all the music listened to on Lala was new music that was not already in a user’s music locker, and that 18% of new music listened to on the service is bought and added to collections.eMusic: Hybrid ApproachEMusic, the second largest online music store after iTunes, introduced a new recommendation system on its site late last year. This new system is based on technology from MediaUnbound, one of the larger providers of personalization and recommendation services. MediaUnbound, for example, provides the recommendations for MTV’s Urge, Napster, and Brazil’s Terra Sonora (eMusic, by the way, dropped Choicestream as its recommendation service in favor of MediaUnbound).As MediaUnbound’s CEO and co-founder Michael Papish explained to us last week, the company believes that a hybrid approach, which uses both algorithms and human input from experts, will provide the best results for users.For eMusic, this means that the recommendations on the site are constantly fine-tuned by your own actions on the site, MediaUnbound’s algorithms, and eMusic’s editors, which, together with MediaUnbound’s high-level teams, constantly evaluate the resulting sets of recommendations (Papish called this the “mosh pit” approach).Genius: Apple’s Black BoxIt is hard to evaluate how Apple’s Genius feature in iTunes really works, but Apple does have a few advantages. Because iTunes users often rate the songs in their library, Apple gets a lot of explicit information about a song’s popularity. Users also regularly transmit information about how often they played and skipped a song to Apple’s central servers.Besides this, however, we can only speculate about what Apple looks at to give its recommendations. They surely evaluate playlists and the similarities between different users’ libraries, for example. We can only assume that Apple uses a mashup of various recommendation techniques to come up with its own suggestions.The results are generally quite good, though often either very predictable or completely random. Opening the Black BoxIn general, a black box approach similar to Apple’s is still common for most recommendation services. Very few services give users a clear insight into why a certain song was recommended and the ability to fine-tune these selections (Pandora is a good example of a service that readily provides this kind of information). We are, however, seeing a trend towards users getting slightly more control over these recommendations. Slacker Radio, for example (see our review of their iPhone app here), lets users choose whether they want to hear more hits or more obscure artists on their radio stations. Mufin, too, gives users some control over how similar the recommended songs should be.What Does Your Ideal Music Recommendation Engine Sound Like?In general, we feel that every one of these approaches can provide us with relevant suggestions, depending on what kind of recommendation we are looking for. Of course, sometimes the easiest way to find great songs is to simply forget about the algorithms and editors and just look at what the people around you listen to on a service like imeem.Do you have a favorite service for music recommendations? Or do you have some recommendations for these services that might help them to improve their service? Just let us know in the comments.ReadWriteWeb Resources for Recommendation TechnologiesWe will be profiling other recommendation companies in upcoming posts. We also invite you to explore our custom ReadWriteWeb Resources:RWW Recommendation Industry Feed Favorites OPML file (save link) RWW Recommendation Industry Feeds – Best of Feed (copy and paste to your reader) Click to preview the above feeds before subscribing (pop-up window) RWW Recommendation Site Search (Visit and Bookmark) CC-licensed logo image used courtesy of Flickr user shankar, shiv. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img Tags:#Features#music#NYT#Product Reviews#Recommendation Engines#web frederic lardinois 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more