Wednesday, November 21st 2012

Presenting NextPowerUp

Presenting NextPowerUp, our sister tech-publication in the works, designed with a bigger canvas. TechPowerUp established itself as one of the top PC hardware publications thanks to our pursuit for quality reviews and relentless news delivery. We decided it was time to put these core ideals to use, in addressing the much larger consumer electronics and gadgets markets, without disturbing TechPowerUp's focus on PC enthusiast content, one of its hallmarks.

NextPowerUp is designed to keep you up to speed on the latest in over 20 markets (and growing), each with its own content channel, and editors hand-picked for them. These include Audio (personal, home, professional, concert), Business, Cinema (filming, production, exhibition), Desktops (pre-built desktop PCs), Displays (signage, projectors), Gadgets, Gaming (games, game development, gaming industry, consoles), Internet (the business of WWW), Networking (social networking), Notebooks (notebooks, Ultrabooks, netbooks), Phones (of all shapes and sizes), Photo & Video (cameras of all shapes and sizes), Politics (industry soap-opera), Robots (outside assembly lines), Science (popular science, space exploration), Software, Storage, Tablets, Televisions (TVs and technologies built around them), Transportation (wheels that don't run on fossil fuels), and Wireless (Cellular carriers, commercial WiFi).

Sounds good? We're looking for talented and motivated people who would like to join us on our journey into the post-PC era. There are various positions open:
  • Writers for news, articles, editorials, and interviews, in any single (or a combination of) channel(s) listed above,
  • Channel Editors who along with writing, can marshal writers and oversee their work in a particular channel of their area of expertise,
  • Web Designers who work with our web developers to incrementally improve the design, usability, and functionality of the site,
Working for us pays, and can be as materially rewarding as it is intellectually challenging. We are a virtual corporation, and working for us (full-time or part-time) will not require you to move. Interested (and serious) candidates can write to btarunr[at]techpowerup[dot]com with CVs, and answers to the following questionnaire:

1. In less than 270 characters (use a word processor to count), come up with a crisp, catchy, and concise paragraph on any one of the following recent developments:2. To supplement your CV, informally tell us a bit about yourself (to the extant you're comfortable with, we won't judge you on that). Tell us how you developed a passion for the area(s) of interest you'd like to work with us for.
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87 Comments on Presenting NextPowerUp

#1
W1zzard
by: Dj-ElectriC
Video content - I expect it! :)
need to find someone who wants to go in front of a camera and not make a fool out of himself
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#2
Dj-ElectriC
The Elric type? the Linus type? or maybe Paul-class?
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#3
3870x2
Submission sent. I look forward to NextPowerUp!
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#4
mlee49
by: W1zzard
need to find someone who wants to go in front of a camera and not make a fool out of himself
Should we submit a video reply?

Could you outline what you would like a video review/update to be about?

Any general requirements, editing, professional gear, hardware?
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#5
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
I think the site is great, but having a Disqus thread instead of a proper forum is a step backwards. Seeing the forum threads the way we do here is very grabby and helps to keep users on the site. Not being able to dive into user generated threads at NPU is just bad.
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#6
3870x2
by: qubit
I think the site is great, but having a Disqus thread instead of a proper forum is a step backwards. Seeing the forum threads the way we do here is very grabby and helps to keep users on the site. Not being able to dive into user generated threads at NPU is just bad.
There are plenty of successful news sites that stand on delivering an article, and a discussion about it.
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#7
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: 3870x2
There are plenty of successful news sites that stand on delivering an article, and a discussion about it.
Sure, I still don't think it's good though. With the momentum that tpu has, I'm sure an npu forum would become very active quickly.
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#8
W1zzard
by: mlee49
Should we submit a video reply?

Could you outline what you would like a video review/update to be about?

Any general requirements, editing, professional gear, hardware?
I have absolutely no clue. Never bothered with video personally. Convince us :) We are very extremely open to new ideas.
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#9
3870x2
by: W1zzard
I have absolutely no clue. Never bothered with video personally. Convince us :) We are very extremely to new ideas.
Looks like you might have a word there.
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#10
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
by: W1zzard
We are very extremely to new ideas.
Extremely what? You're missing a noun. No writer job for you. :D
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#11
3870x2
In other news, Kriej and 3870x2 have been secretly slipped an infraction.
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#12
Ravenas
I like whats happening with the main user menu and the secondary trending bar. I don't like how the news is organized, or might I say, not organized. The front page has a mess of news articles and comment columns and polls...

These news articles need to be in a single column by themselves, and polls and comment counter can be placed in columns of the left and right. There is just far too much clutter.


The articles:

I absolutely love the layout of the articles... Great work their adding social widgets and easily accessible comment section. Everything looks in neat order.

The search bar:

I'm not fond of how the search bar is setup. I DO like instant results, but it should not be instant results within the home page itself. The instant results should appear on the bar. It takes away from what you are reading on the homepage.
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#13
W1zzard
by: Kreij
Extremely what? You're missing a noun. No writer job for you. :D
missing "open". fixed the original post.

no plans for me to write on npu. just strategic planning, coding the site engine and back office
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#14
human_error
Awesome news. Have been finding my normal go-to sites for more consumer orientated tech news have been slipping a lot as of late, so this will replace them nicely. Shame I have a full time job, else I'd have applied as a writer.
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#15
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Does no one else think that the lack of a forum on npu is a mistake, making the site less engaging? Just think how tpu works and you'll see where I'm coming from.
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#17
stinger608
Dedicated TPU Cruncher & Folder
by: btarunr
ounds good? We're looking for talented and motivated people who would like to join us on our journey into the post-PC era. There are various positions open:

Writers for news, articles, editorials, and interviews, in any single (or a combination of) channel(s) listed above,
Channel Editors who along with writing, can marshal writers and oversee their work in a particular channel of their area of expertise,
Web Designers who work with our web developers to incrementally improve the design, usability, and functionality of the site,

Working for us pays, and can be as materially rewarding as it is intellectually challenging. We are a virtual corporation, and working for us (full-time or part-time) will not require you to move. Interested (and serious) candidates can write to btarunr[at]techpowerup[dot]com with CVs, and answers to the following questionnaire:

1. In less than 270 characters (use a word processor to count), come up with a crisp, catchy, and concise paragraph on any one of the following recent developments:

Archos announcing a tablet for families
A leaked pic on Twitter of the HTC Droid DNA
First 4K project (film/television) being called "Space," by 3net Studios

2. To supplement your CV, informally tell us a bit about yourself (to the extant you're comfortable with, we won't judge you on that). Tell us how you developed a passion for the area(s) of interest you'd like to work with us for.
:rockout: working on this one!!!!!
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#18
buggalugs
Good luck with it guys, it sounds like a good idea.
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#19
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
by: qubit
Does no one else think that the lack of a forum on npu is a mistake, making the site less engaging? Just think how tpu works and you'll see where I'm coming from.
I disagree. If you look at a site like DailyTech there is a lot of engagement in the comments for any given news item/article.
It keeps the site more "news centric" and less "section centric" like a forum tends to do.
If the majority of the audience you are trying to target is of the type to simply consume information (and possibly comment) without necessarily wanting to generate discussion outside of the news itself, it's a far superior method.
There are 1000s and 1000s of Wordpress sites that incorporate both blogs and news, using comments only, that are heavily trafficked.
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#20
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: Kreij
I disagree. If you look at a site like DailyTech there is a lot of engagement in the comments for any given news item/article.
It keeps the site more "news centric" and less "section centric" like a forum tends to do.
If the majority of the audience you are trying to target is of the type to simply consume information (and possibly comment) without necessarily wanting to generate discussion outside of the news itself, it's a far superior method.
There are 1000s and 1000s of Wordpress sites that incorporate both blogs and news, using comments only, that are heavily trafficked.
Yes, I can see that it does alter the focus as you describe. However, how do you know that those sites wouldn't be more successful with a forum attached to them? I also can't say, as I have no data to show either way, but it's reasonable to consider that those sites might be more successful with a forum attached.

As I explained, my point isn't that the site will fail because of it, but will be made less engaging, in my opinion. This form of news-centric participation is already available on tpu underneath every news story, so members are simply being offered less options for participation.
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#21
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
It'll be like Engadget only ten times better and less biased! About damn time!
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#22
mediasorcerer
by: qubit
Does no one else think that the lack of a forum on npu is a mistake, making the site less engaging? Just think how tpu works and you'll see where I'm coming from.
I guess Q they may be able to add one at a later stage?
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#23
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: mediasorcerer
I guess Q they may be able to add one at a later stage?
Maybe, but it doesn't look like it's gonna happen. No one else seems at all bothered, which seems strange to me. I could expand my case for it, but I really can't be bothered now. No interest from members or staff and it's not my site. Just giving my 2 cents on it.
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#24
Mussels
Moderprator
its interesting. i dont like NPU's chaotic front page tho - wheres the good old linear view, top to bottom?
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#25
vawrvawerawe
I didn't know this.
Good for forum visibility (traffic) too.
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