James Murphy On Advice From David Bowie Being Done With Producing

first_img Is James Murphy “Done” Producing For Good? james-murphy-advice-david-bowie-being-done-producing Facebook James Murphy On Advice From David Bowie, Being “Done” With Producing Twitter News Email The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter, producer, and LCD Soundsystem bandleader hints he might be hanging up his production spurs in new interviewBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 5:00 pm James Murphy’s production and engineering portfolio is quietly impressive.Outside of his thrice GRAMMY-nominated work with his band LCD Soundsystem, for which he is the frontman and chief songwriter, Murphy has contributed tracks and helped produce full albums for many of the bigger names in the alternative, indie, and dance-pop scenes.When building his first studio, he sought advice from former boss and mentor Steve Albini. He worked on a track with the Gorillaz and André 3000 in 2012. In 2013 he produced a song with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with whom he also shared a well-documented misspent youth in New York City around the turn of the millennium, for their fourth studio album Mosquito.He produced the lion’s share of songs on Arcade Fire’s Best Alternative Music Album GRAMMY-nominated Reflektor, and played drums on two songs from David Bowie’s Best Alternative Music Album and Best Engineered Album GRAMMY-winning Blackstar.During the Blackstar sessions, Murphy sat in a room with GRAMMY-winning producer Tony Visconti and GRAMMY-nominated bandleader Donny McCaslin and casually suggested Bowie should consider using a different chord progression on an undisclosed song from the album (advice which Bowie actually took when recording).Yet, in the face of his impressive catalogue, he told Guardian that the lessons he’s gained from reviving LCD Soundsystem after a 5-year hiatus have left him with the sense that he may forgo producing altogether.Murphy describes himself as a series of contradictions that amount to a controlling nature that’s at odds with a hypersensitivity to people’s feelings. He indicates that his short-lived presence at Bowie’s Blackstar sessions – where he’d been initially brought in as a potential co-producer with Visconti – became a moment where he recognized his nature might be incompatible with the requirements of a producer role. “I feel like I’d possibly been brought in to play some kind of Brian Eno role and that is so far from what I am,” he explains.  “I’m not being inflexible, I’m not being stubborn, it’s just not there. I can’t produce. I think I’m done producing. I can’t do it.”Longtime fans surely know that Murphy’s neuroses and idiosyncrasies tend to drive him to create his best work, so it’s certain that his assertion that he’s “done” producing must be taken with at least a medium-sized grain of salt.Interestingly enough, the specific advice he got from Bowie that prompted him to put his doubts aside and revive LCD Soundsystem is likely the biggest indication that Murphy’s production career is not yet over: “I was talking about getting the band back together. [Bowie] said, ‘Does it make you uncomfortable?’ I said ‘Yeah’, and he said, ‘Good – it should. You should be uncomfortable.'”Read More: Explore The Strokes’ First Years In New Rock BookRead morelast_img read more

KAABOO Announces New Texas Music Festival In Dallas Cowboys Stadium

first_img Which Music Festivals Are You Going To In 2018? Jack WhitePhoto: Yui Mok – PA Images/Getty Images Willie NelsonPhoto: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com Martin GarrixPhoto: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images Anoushka ShankarPhoto: Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times/Getty Images Kirk Franklin To Host Exodus Music & Arts Fest Vote: Most Anticipated 2018 Coachella Performance? Pharrell Williams and Green Day’s Billie Joe ArmstrongPhotos: WireImage.com Willie NelsonPhoto: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com Who’s Headlining Air + Style Festival 2018? 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BjorkPhoto: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images Who’s Helping Celebrate The National’s Homecoming? Mavis StaplesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Keith UrbanDia Dipasupil/Getty Images Kygo at Electric Forest 2014Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Willie Nelson’s July 4th Picnic Lineup BjorkPhoto: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images Kirk FranklinPhoto: Erika Goldring/WireImage.com Rocklahoma 2018: Have You Seen The Lineup? Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest The Weeknd Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.com Jack WhitePhoto: Yui Mok – PA Images/Getty Images Armin Van BuurenPhoto: El Pics/Getty Images FischerspoonerPhoto: Steve Mack/Getty Images Who’s Helping Celebrate The National’s Homecoming? FischerspoonerPhoto: Steve Mack/Getty Images ZeddPhoto: Taylor Hill/Getty Images The 1975 perform at Scala in LondonPhoto: Joseph Okpako/Getty Images Global Citizen Festival Announces All-Star Lineup Phase 2 Lineup Announced For ULTRA 2018 Phase 2 Lineup Announced For ULTRA 2018 Dirtybird Campout East: 2018 Lineup Announced Music Festivals 2018: EDC China Lineup Announced Independent Venue Week Will Honor Music Hot Spots Lucy DacusPhoto: Timothy Hiatt/WireImage.com Music Festivals 2018: EDC China Lineup Announced Kirk Franklin To Host Exodus Music & Arts Fest Willie NelsonPhoto: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com The National’s Matt BerningerPhoto: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images The founders of the growing San Diego-based festival have announced their official expansion to AT&T Stadium in DallasBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 5, 2018 – 4:51 pm In just four years, festival founder Bryan E. Gordon has grown his San Diego-based KAABOO Del Mar festival into an international brand that’s landed headlining sets by marquee acts such as Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, and Imagine Dragons, with a planned expansion to a new 2019 event in the Cayman Islands announced just this past February.  Hot on the heels of the Cayman Islands announcement, KAABOO officials revealed on April 5 that they have also inked a deal with the Dallas Cowboys organization to launch KAABOO Texas in May 2019 at AT&T Stadium.Often referred to affectionately as “Jerry World” in reference to the Dallas Cowboys organization’s longtime patriarch Jerry Jones, AT&T Stadium boasts a 100,000 attendance capacity, perfect for the “upscale experience” promised by the KAABOO production team. Given KAABOO Del Mar’s success at establishing itself as, “a new kind of entertainment and arts experience designed around comfort, quality and good times,” Cowboys stadium seems the perfect place for the opening of the acclaimed festival’s next chapter.”The Cowboys organization has been on the cutting edge of creating more engaging experiences, providing new and unconventional ways to connect with fans, making the KAABOO brand an ideal partnership,” the KAABOO team explains of the new venture, as reported by Billboard.  The event is also purported by the KAABOO team to be the first-ever partnership between a multi-day entertainment event of their stature and an NFL team organization.KAABOO Texas will take place on May 3 – 5, 2019. Lineup details are still forthcoming.center_img Keith Urban To Perform At SXSW 2018 Mavis StaplesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Prev Next Who’s Headlining Air + Style Festival 2018? 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2019 TV buying advice Get a 2018 TV now or wait for

first_img iTunes app, AirPlay 2 Far-field mic for hands-free voice 8.3 No idea Quantum dots, more dimming zones 8.2 Far-field mic for hands-free voice The best TVs of CES 2019 Vizio P-Series Best new feature Vizio P-Series Quantum I’m guessing LG’s 2019 OLED TVs, coming soon, won’t perform significantly better than the 2018 versions seen here. Sarah Tew/CNET The last big TV sale event of the season, the Super Bowl, is now behind us, and ahead lie a bunch of brand-new 2019 models to tempt shoppers. Late winter and early spring are when most of the new TVs hit store shelves and online, and some are even available now. If you want a new TV now, perhaps one thought is “I shouldn’t buy an obsolete 2018 TV now when new ones are just around the corner.” Allow me to add a complexifier or two. A 2018 TV bought today is not obsolete. TVs are a mature technology and most will do everything you need for years to come. The improvements on many 2019 TVs will be minor compared to 2018 models available now. For most of this year, you’ll pay more for a 2019 TV than you will for the roughly equivalent 2018 model. The earliest you can expect 2019 TV prices to fall to 2018 levels is mid-November 2019. If you’re OK waiting until November and Black Friday season to buy your 2019 TV, then by all means do so. You’ll probably get the best deal on a new TV.  7.0 2 Now playing: Watch this: TVs 13:20 None Brighter, more dimming zones, 75-inch size available 2019 TV comparisons No Yes 8.6 2018 CNET rating Sony X900F But if you want a new TV now and missed your opportunity to snag something in the last few months on-sale, you face a conundrum. Will the 2019 version coming soon be a better choice than 2018 version you can buy now? I can’t actually answer that question for sure until I review the new TVs and compare them directly to the older ones. But in my years of doing just that as a TV reviewer at CNET, I’m willing to take some educated guesses now. No Samsung Q8 Comments Processing Viewing angles, processing No Vizio M-Series Quantum Tags Processing Samsung Q9 Quantum dots, more dimming zones Yes Yes LG OLEDB8P AirPlay 2, HomeKit Sony X950G Viewing angles, processing Samsung Q80R iTunes app, AirPlay 2 Vizio E-Series The best TVs at CES 2019 Vizio V-Series Katz’s guess: Significantly better picture? 6.9 No 7.7 2019 TV series 8.7 Vizio M-Series AirPlay 2, HomeKit Built-in Alexa AirPlay 2, HomeKit 2018 TV series 8.0 7.5 None No Yes 8.1 Armed with the information from the chart above, you can get some idea of what the TVs of 2019 will bring to the table compared to their predecessors, and hopefully make a more informed decision. And if you’re looking for more info on 2019 TVs, here the latest I have on 2019 TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony, Vizio, TCL and Hisense. Some stuff to keep in mind: Again, these are just guesses based on manufacturer info and my past experience testing TVs. I haven’t seen any of the 2019 TVs in person beyond brief glances at CES, let alone subjected any to a full CNET review with measurements, side-by-side comparisons and the whole bit. I say “significantly better” because even those TVs that get a “No” could show slight improvements. For example, improved processing on the C8 last year did produce a somewhat better picture than the B8 in my tests, but it was so minor that I still chose the less-expensive B8 as CNET’s Editors’ Choice for high-end TVs. Just because I’m guessing a 2019 TV will have a better picture doesn’t mean the 2018 version isn’t worth buying. I’m guessing the successor to the TCL 6 series (whatever they end up calling it) will be a better performer for example, but the 6 series is still an excellent choice and remains CNET’s Editors’ Choice for now. Speaking of TCL, it’s the only maker on the chart above that hasn’t specified model numbers for most of its 2019 TVs. Hence the “TBD” and “No idea.”Unless you’re rich, no 2019 8K TV is worth waiting for. Unless you’re a hardcore gamer or a Dolby Atmos user who needs eARC, no 2019 4K TV with HDMI 2.1 features is worth waiting for. A handful of new 2019 TVs lack immediate predecessors I reviewed, yet could still be excellent choices for some buyers this year. They include the Samsung Q70R (the cheapest Samsung with full-array local dimming, or FALD), the Hisense R8 (an inexpensive Roku TV with FALD) and of course LG’s rollable OLED. The bottom line? All of this advice will evolve as I review new 2019 TVs, the 2018 models start selling out and the 2019 TVs fall in price. As always, waiting until later in the year will help you make a more informed decision. But if you can’t wait, here are the best TVs to buy right now. 8.7 Vizio P-Series Quantum X LG OLEDC8P TCL 5 TCL S405/S305 TBD AirPlay 2, HomeKit Samsung Q90R Yes 61 Photos 8.1 LG OLEDB9 TCL S425/S325 Far-field mic for hands-free voice TBD Brighter Vizio P-Series Quantum Quantum dots, more dimming zones None TCL 6 No Share your voice Picture quality improvements Built-in Alexa TBD 2018 vs. 2019 TVs compared: Buy now or wait Here are all of the TVs CNET reviewed in 2018 (with overall ratings) and all of their nearest 2019 successors. I’ve noted the major improvements, based on TV manufacturer information available now, for both image quality and features. Finally, I guess whether the 2019 TV’s picture quality will be any better than its predecessor. LG OLEDC9 last_img read more

Your Mac could be hijacked through major security flaw in Zoom conferencing

first_img 14 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The top 3 upgrades in MacOS Catalina 0 4:39 Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? In a statement, Zoom said the local web server is a workaround for Apple’s Safari 12 web browser, introduced last September.”Zoom installs a local web server on Mac devices running the Zoom client,” the statement reads. “This is a workaround to an architecture change introduced in Safari 12 that requires a user to accept launching Zoom before every meeting. The local web server automatically accepts the peripheral access on behalf of the user to avoid this extra click before joining a meeting. We feel that this is a legitimate solution to a poor user experience, enabling our users to have seamless, one-click-to-join meetings, which is our key product differentiator.”In regard to a potential denial of service attack, Zoom says it has no record of such a weakness being exploited, and says it fixed that security flaw in May. Along with the likes of Slack, Uber and Pinterest, Zoom is one of many tech companies to go public in 2019. It raised $356 million upon its April 18 IPO, with its shares trading as high as $66 on that day. The stock has risen since, currently sitting at around $90.70. Post a comment Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Enlarge ImageZoom says the flaw was born out of a workaround for Safari 12. Sarah Tew/CNET Your computer’s webcam has always been a gateway for potential security intrusion, which is why people like Mark Zuckerberg and ex-FBI head James Comey put tape over theirs. On Monday, security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh gave Mac users another reason to fret over their webcams — there’s a security flaw in the Zoom video-conferencing app.Zoom is most notable for its click-to-join feature, through which clicking on a browser link takes you directly to a video meeting in Zoom’s app. But Leitschuh in a Medium post explained that he months ago discovered Zoom achieves this in insecure ways, allowing websites to join you to a call as well as activating your webcam without your permission.He added that this would allow any webpage to denial-of-service a Mac by repeatedly joining you to an invalid call. Uninstalling the Zoom app from your Mac isn’t enough to fix the problem, either. Zoom achieves its click-to-join function by installing a web server on your computer — which can reinstall Zoom without your permission.”If you’ve ever installed the Zoom client and then uninstalled it, you still have a localhost web server on your machine that will happily re-install the Zoom client for you,” Leitschuh writes, “without requiring any user interaction on your behalf besides visiting a webpage. This re-install ‘feature’ continues to work to this day.”1-mrgy9jojkkjsrp-xjsyomwHere’s the first setting you should change in Zoom. Jonathan Leitschuh/Medium For those of you who have the Zoom app installed on your Mac, Leitschuh, in his Medium post, lists directions to neutralize the local server in his Medium post. You should also activate the Turn off my video setting when joining a meeting, as seen above.The researcher said he contacted Zoom on March 26, giving the company a public disclosure deadline of 90 days. He said Zoom patched the issue, disabling the ability of a webpage to automatically turn on your webcam, but still this partial fix regressed on July 7, allowing webcams to once again be turned on without permission. reading • Your Mac could be hijacked through major security flaw in Zoom conferencing app Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier • See All Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Tags Computers Security Apple Mac Pro: Expensive, sleek and definitely not for grating cheeselast_img read more

A small Kia pickup truck might be in the works

first_img 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 14 Photos 18 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff More From Roadshow More From Roadshow General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 10 Photos 81 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Tags Kia Trucks Car Industry Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Hyundai Kia,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 52 Photos 49 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Comments 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 26 Photos 3 69 Photos 12 Photoscenter_img 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Share your voice 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line review: A legit compact performer Tags 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan 71 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Enlarge ImageKia’s new truck could share its underpinnings with the Hyundai Santa Cruz, seen here in concept form. Hyundai We’ve long known that Korean automaker Hyundai is working on a pickup truck, previewed by the Santa Cruz concept in 2015. Now, a new report from Australia’s CarsGuide suggests Hyundai’s sister company, Kia, could be getting in on the pickup action, too.”Work has begun” on the new truck, according to Kia Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith. He told CarsGuide the Kia pickup could launch around 2022 or 2023.Interestingly, while Meredith acknowledges the existence of Hyundai’s forthcoming pickup, it’s not immediately clear if the two are related. The Santa Cruz will use a unibody construction, not unlike the Honda Ridgeline, but CarsGuide believes Kia’s offering will be more robust — Meredith says the platform is “brand-new.””We’re talking about a dual-cab, a single-cab — what we’ve requested is the full gambit for the ute,” Meredith told CarsGuide.It seems somewhat silly that Hyundai and Kia could be developing two separate truck platforms, but of course, crazier things have happened. Let’s not forget the Kia Borrego, which used an honest-to-goodness, body-on-frame truck platform — something the Hyundai brand never did. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 68 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Hyundai’s first US pickup expected to look like its 2015 Santa Cruz concept Hyundai’s jumbo compact sedan communes with Google 1 Share your voice Comment 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUVlast_img read more

Highlevel exits Infosys senior VP and head of technology Navin Budhiraja quits

first_imgBoth SAP and Infosys said that they have mutually resolved all concerns regarding the use of their respective trademarks.REUTERS/Abhishek N. ChinnappaResignations from top executives continue at India’s second largest software services firm. In a latest, Navin Budhiraja, development, architecture and technology head of Infosys, has put in his papers, Mint reported.Budhiraja had also followed Vishal Sikka from German software giant SAP to join Infosys in 2014. And it’s been just over a month that Sikka stepped down as chief executive of the Bangalore-based IT major. On counting Budhiraja, as many as 12 former SAP executive have left Infosys since March last year.Earlier in July, Ritika Suri had quit from of the position of executive vice president of Infosys. In August, Yusuf Bashir, MD of the $500-million Infosys Innovation Fund, had resigned from his post, later Sanjay Rajagopalan, who had also joined Infosys from SAP, also put in his papers.Budhiraja’s exit does not come as a complete surprise as a number of Sikka loyalists inside Infosys were expected to resign soon or later, Mint reported quoting a source aware of the development.Budhiraja joined Infosys with a reputation of being a world-class technologist, and with his exit, he left his reputation intact. He was involved with several key Infosys projects, which included Rs 1,380-crore project of Narendra Modi government’s Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) initiative.Being at the helm of technology and architecture of IT firm, Budhiraja, along with other senior executives, helped the company undertake complicated technology projects in areas such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, reported the business daily.Sources told the daily that Budhiraja’s exit can impact the company’s ambitious plans to monetize and scale up business from its artificial intelligence-powered platform, Infosys Nia. Nia was the brainchild of Budhiraja and another former SAP colleague at Infosys, Abdul Razack.Earlier on August 18, Sikka had resigned, blaming co-founder NR Narayana Murthy for “baseless/malicious and increasingly personal attacks.” Post Sikka’s exit, the company had lost nearly Rs 33,914.71 crore of market valuelast_img read more

4 burnt people die in Rangpur hospital

first_imgFour people, who were admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital with serious burn injuries, died at the hospital on Friday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Gita Rani, 25, a resident of Birganj upazila of Dinajpur, Afroza, 75, from Nilphamari district, Rumki, 27, a resident of Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat district, and Makbul, 62, of Dinajpur.Hospital sources said the four victims sustained burn injuries while warming themselves standing beside flame amid cold on 6 and 7 January.Later, they were admitted to the burn unit of the hospital, said the hospital’s assistant director Nur-E-Alam.last_img

Womans body found in pieces in dumping station

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationPolice have recovered the body of an unidentified woman cut into six pieces from a waste dumping station in Savar’s Baliapur, reports UNB.Additional superintendent of police (crime) of Dhaka Saidur Rahman said on information, a team of police first recovered the decapitated body without hands and legs from the garbage dumping station of Dhaka North City Corporation on Monday.Later, they found the head and legs from a separate spot of the station, he said, adding that the body was sent to Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital for autopsy.He said the woman might have been killed 2-3 days ago and the dismembered body was dumped into the dumping station.last_img

Governor Abbott And Democratic Opponent Lupe Valdez Agree to Debate in September

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera: Abbott/Laura Buckman: ValdezGovernor Greg Abbott and Democratic candidate Lupe Valdez have agreed to a debate in September.Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Democratic candidate Lupe Valdez have agreed to a debate in September.The two opponents had been at odds over the date, location and broadcast terms of a debate. Abbott, a Republican, had agreed to a September 28 debate in Austin, while Valdez was planning on an October 8 debate in Houston hosted by a Spanish-language TV station.After negotiations, Valdez has agreed to the Austin debate. The Spanish-language outlet Telemundo will translate the debate and broadcast it on TV and online. Sharelast_img

Texas Leads The Nation In Traffic Deaths – These Proposed Laws Could

first_img Share Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTAt least one person has died on Texas roads every day since Nov. 7, 2000. Despite efforts to “End the Streak,” as the Texas Department of Transportation puts it, the state still leads the nation in traffic deaths.Fatalities did fall about 2% between 2016 and 2017, but more than 3,700 people died in 2017.A slate of bills aimed at making a dent in traffic deaths has gotten mixed results at the Texas Legislature this year.Statewide Vision Zero PlanThere does seem to be some action on expanded road safety efforts over at the Texas Transportation Commission. Last month, the commission heard a presentation from TxDOT’s director of engineering and safety operations that indicated the agency may be moving toward a goal of having no traffic fatalities in Texas by the year 2050. Austin adopted a so-called Vision Zero plan in 2016, with the goal of ending deaths and serious injuries on Austin’s roads by 2025. Other major cities have adopted similar plans, which aim to address the problem through better road design, better enforcement of existing laws and education programs. Washington state was the first to adopt a statewide goal of zero traffic deaths in 2000. Since then, more than half of states have set a zero-death goal. But Texas has not. “I’ve been working on Texas transportation policy for 15 years,” said Jay Blazek Crossley, executive director of Farm & City, a nonprofit spearheading a road safety campaign called Vision Zero Texas. “I am stunned and confused about the progress we are making.”He said he’s hopeful the commission will adopt a zero-death goal at its meeting next month.Speed LimitsOne proposal that has moved along in the process at the Legislature would reduce the default speed limit on neighborhood roads in urban areas.“If you look at just kids who are walking and biking, more kids are hurt or killed on 30-mile-an-hour streets than any other type of street,” said Blazek Crossley,House Bill 1287, filed by state Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin), would lower the speed limit on roads that otherwise don’t have marked speed limits from 30 miles per hour to 25. “This is about saving lives, but it’s also about saving money,” she said. Right now, if a neighborhood wants to lower the speed limit on their street to under 30 miles per hour, the city needs to do a traffic study. Under this measure, the speed limit in neighborhoods where there are no speed limit signs would automatically be 25 miles per hour, without doing a traffic study.The bill, which has bipartisan support, has made it out of committee. It’s still waiting to get on the agenda for debate and a vote in the full House of Representatives.Statewide Hands-Free LawMiguel Gutierrez Jr./KUTAustin Police conduct a hands-free phone use ordinance enforcement operation on May 10, 2016.Meantime, a law that would ban all use of handheld electronic devices while driving has gotten less support in the Legislature.TxDOT says more than 100,000 crashes involved distracted driving in 2017 — which killed 444 people and seriously injured 2,889 others.Senate Bill 43, filed by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), would crack down on distracted driving by making state law look more like Austin’s hand-free driving ordinance. Right now, state law outlaws only texting while driving. You can still talk on the phone, fiddle with your GPS, browse the web or do whatever else you want to do — as long as you’re not using your phone to “read, write or send an electronic message.”Under SB 43, all uses of an electronic device while driving would be illegal (unless you’re using a hands-free device). Your vehicle would have to be stopped outside a travel lane for you to legally use your phone with your hands.But the proposal hasn’t even had a committee hearing in the Senate — the first step to getting passed. A statewide texting ban was passed only in 2017, so the Legislature’s appetite for beefing up the law may not be there quite yet.Stop For PedestriansThis proposal would make a tweak in the state law that requires drivers to give pedestrians the right-of-way. Right now, the law simply says a driver must “yield” to a pedestrian in a crosswalk when there’s a walk sign or when there is no traffic light. Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTA pedestrian crosswalk in the Allandale neighborhood of North Austin.House Bill 1289 would require drivers to “stop and yield” for pedestrians legally present in a crosswalk. “You have too many people who are just not respecting pedestrians — the right of a pedestrian to be in the crosswalk,” said Israel, who also proposed this bill. “Because you’re in a car doesn’t give you the right to close in on a pedestrian or hurry up a pedestrian with your car bumper. You have to stop and you have to yield.”There doesn’t appear to be open opposition to the proposal, but it remains stalled without a committee hearing.“Some things in the Legislature are a mystery,” Israel said.‘Crash’ Not ‘Accident’There’s been movement afoot in road safety circles for years now to get officials to stop using the word “accident” to refer to traffic crashes. The idea being that accidents are somehow inevitable — and that the word doesn’t hold anyone accountable for a crash.A New York-based safety group called Transportation Alternatives has a campaign for people to pledge not to use the “a-word.” They describe it like this:Before the labor movement, factory owners would say “it was an accident” when American workers were injured in unsafe conditions. Before the movement to combat drunk driving, intoxicated drivers would say “it was an accident” when they crashed their cars.Planes don’t have accidents. They crash. Cranes don’t have accidents. They collapse. And as a society, we expect answers and solutions.Traffic crashes are fixable problems, caused by dangerous streets and unsafe drivers. They are not accidents. Let’s stop using the word “accident” today.House Bill 4243 would change every instance of “accident” in the Texas Transportation Code to “crash.” So far, it hasn’t had a hearing.This piece was originally published on https://www.kut.org/last_img read more

With BLISS Driving Academy An Entrepreneurial Spirit Finds Her Niche

first_imgralejandro@afro.com Dawn Simmons, owner and lead instructor at BLISS Driving Academy, LLC.When Dawn Simmons opened the BLISS Driving Academy last October, it was the culmination of a long search for the right outlet for her entrepreneurial energies.  Fun and engaging classes are what set Bliss apart, says Simmons, who may have found her entrepreneurial niche with her driving school but remains engaged in a number of business and social endeavors.“I’ve always believed that training of any kind doesn’t have to be like watching paint dry,” Simmons told the AFRO about her approach to teaching driver’s education, in which she employs a conversational teaching style, with students and herself sharing their experiences.Simmons, who holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Walden University, says she always knew that she had wanted to be self-employed, but that she took her time, exploring various ventures, before settling on opening a driving school. Opening BLISS, which stands for ‘Being Licensed, Insured, Safe & Secure,’ made sense in no small part because it guarantees a captive market.“It’s a requirement,” explained Simmons.  “You can’t get a license in Baltimore—in Maryland—without going to driving school.”Simmons also works as a business consultant and a virtual assistant, sells hand painted glassware, as well as running a program in which she guides high school students with a business idea through the start-up process.  She has also taken her hand painted glassware and turned it into a social event called ‘Sip and Stroke,’ in which folks gather at an establishment for wine and to paint their own glasses.“I know it sounds weird but when you hear the name it piques your interest,” said Simmons, ever aware of the importance of branding and marketing.“I’ve got a couple things pulling at me but it’s all worth it,” said Simmons.  “If you look at anybody who has gone from zero to millions, they have multiple streams of income, so I’m following that blueprint.”Simmons says that her classes at BLISS are fairly evenly split between young adults just learning to drive and older residents who know how to drive but never received their licenses.  The biggest challenge with the adults is getting them to break their bad habits, since many of the things experienced drivers do on a regular basis will cause you to fail a formal road test.With her younger students, the biggest challenge is getting parents to realize that driving school is just part of the learning process, not its entirety.“A lot of times what parents think is they come to driving school and they don’t have a responsibility to their child outside of driving school, not realizing that Maryland also requires 60 hours of additional driving outside of the classroom,” said Simmons, adding later, “the real practice comes in with the parent outside of driver’s ed.”The BLISS Driving Academy is located at 132 W 25th Street, and anyone interested in learning more can visit its website at www.blissdriving.com.  Driver’s education is a prerequisite for receiving a license in the state and BLISS’s program consists of 10, three-hour sessions totaling the legally mandated 36 hours of classroom instruction.last_img read more

Netflix Engineers Developed a Rumble Pack Feature During Latest Hack Day

first_img Popular on Variety A duo of Netflix employees had a unique idea for making the service’s shows even more stirring: They added a rumble pack option to the Netflix app as part of the company’s latest hack day. When watching shows like “Voltron,” the feature makes phones vibrate in sync with the action on the screen, similar to the way game controller rumble packs translate explosions and more into haptic feedback.However, the Project Rumble Pack hack is just that — a quick hack, put together in 24 hours as part of one of the company’s hack days. Netflix has been holding these kinds of events for its developers, and anyone else with creative ideas, for the last couple of years.Hack Day Projects aren’t developed to become part of the company’s apps, and are instead meant as a way to build community within the company. “It’s not about innovation for the product,” the company’s vice president of engineering Daniel Jacobson told Variety in 2017 during an extensive behind-the-scenes look at a previous hack day.This also means that consumers likely won’t ever get to enjoy the rumble pack in the wild. The same is true for most other projects — and some are clearly not meant for consumers to begin with. Netflix engineers often also use hack days to build improvements for the company’s own facilities. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img This year around, this included a hack that helps to kick coworkers out of conference rooms after their time is up — with an Oscar-worth orchestra playoff, no less.Netflix detailed some of the other hacks coming out of its most recent hack day on its tech blog; previous years’ efforts included space travel, eye-tracking for navigation and even mind control.last_img read more

Researchers identify possible catalyst for converting methane to methanol at room temperature

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists would very much like to find a way to convert methane (the primary component in natural gas) to methanol at room temperature. Doing so would offer a new source of liquid fuel that would be readily available due to the abundance of methane. Unfortunately, researchers have found it difficult going due to the unreactive nature of methane. In this new effort, the researchers report on progress they believe they have made in achieving that goal.As Labinger reports, that progress has come in two forms. The first was developing an aid for picking out the active site of a heterogeneous catalyst from a host of candidates. The second involved creating a design for converting methane to ethanol that would be both efficient and achievable at room temperature.To create their design, the team looked at an iron-containing structure generated via a zeolite (a type of mineral) that had been reported back in 1997. Since that time, researchers have used various techniques to ascertain that such structures contain another structure known as the α-Fe(ii) center, an important component in converting methane to methanol at room temperature. The new design involved proposing a means of describing a structure with an unusual monometallic iron center. They then conducted experiments using Mössbauer spectroscopy that indicated they were on the right track, which could lead eventually to finding the catalyst they are seeking.The finding by the team is good news, Labinger suggests, though he cautions that it is unlikely that the same approach could be used for solving other catalytic problems. Journal information: Nature Explore further 3-D printed polymer turns methane to methanol Citation: Researchers identify possible catalyst for converting methane to methanol at room temperature (2016, August 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-catalyst-methane-methanol-room-temperature.htmlcenter_img Ball and stick model of methane. Credit: Ben Mills/Public Domain © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Belgium and the U.S. has identified the active site of an iron-containing catalyst that has raised hopes for designing a practically useful catalyst that might make converting methane to methanol a possibility. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers describe their efforts, what they discovered and why they believe their findings may lead to a practical way to convert methane to a more efficient energy resource. Jay Labinger, with the California Institute of Technology offers a News & Views piece outlining the work done by the team in the same journal issue. More information: Benjamin E. R. Snyder et al. The active site of low-temperature methane hydroxylation in iron-containing zeolites, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature19059AbstractAn efficient catalytic process for converting methane into methanol could have far-reaching economic implications. Iron-containing zeolites (microporous aluminosilicate minerals) are noteworthy in this regard, having an outstanding ability to hydroxylate methane rapidly at room temperature to form methanol. Reactivity occurs at an extra-lattice active site called α-Fe(II), which is activated by nitrous oxide to form the reactive intermediate α-O; however, despite nearly three decades of research, the nature of the active site and the factors determining its exceptional reactivity are unclear. The main difficulty is that the reactive species—α-Fe(II) and α-O—are challenging to probe spectroscopically: data from bulk techniques such as X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic susceptibility are complicated by contributions from inactive ‘spectator’ iron. Here we show that a site-selective spectroscopic method regularly used in bioinorganic chemistry can overcome this problem. Magnetic circular dichroism reveals α-Fe(II) to be a mononuclear, high-spin, square planar Fe(II) site, while the reactive intermediate, α-O, is a mononuclear, high-spin Fe(IV)=O species, whose exceptional reactivity derives from a constrained coordination geometry enforced by the zeolite lattice. These findings illustrate the value of our approach to exploring active sites in heterogeneous systems. The results also suggest that using matrix constraints to activate metal sites for function—producing what is known in the context of metalloenzymes as an ‘entatic’ state—might be a useful way to tune the activity of heterogeneous catalysts.last_img read more

Death anniversary of Shyama Prasad Mookerjee observed

first_imgKolkata: For the first time, the Mamata Banerjee government has decided to observe the death anniversary of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee on Saturday. Ministers Firhad Hakim and Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay would attend the programme before Mookerjee’s bust at South Kolkata’s Keoratala crematorium, according to the formal invite issued by the Information and Cultural Affairs Department. Chattopadhyay said Mookerjee would never have approved the BJP’s communal agenda for the sake of getting political mileage. “The way BJP is bringing religion into the political arena, and indulging in the politics of polarisation to create an atmosphere of hatred, and gain political mileage, I don’t think Shyama Prasad would have approved all this,” he said.last_img read more

Airbnb on track to become 4th largest OTA

first_img SAN FRANCISCO – After making strategic moves in recent months that included a new deal in Cuba and a groundbreaking agreement with American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), Airbnb is on track to become the world’s fourth largest online travel company by the end of 2016.As reported by Travel Weekly, the peer-to-peer accommodations service, which doesn’t disclose bookings or revenue figures, is expected to surpass the annual bookings of European juggernaut eDreams Odigeo this year. eDreams Odigeo is comprised of five brands, including OPodo, Travelink and Go Voyages, and generated 10.7 billion euros in bookings for the year ended March 31.According to research firm Phocuswright, Airbnb likely generated approximately US$7.5 billion in gross bookings in 2015. After this year, the company will trail only Expedia Inc., Priceline Group and China-based Ctrip in annual gross bookings.Earlier this summer, Airbnb filed documentation that indicated it will be raising $850 million in funding, which would put the company’s value at approximately $90 billion, reports Bloomberg News. More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyAlmost one in three U.S. travellers stayed at a home-based unit in 2015, up from one in 10 in 2011, Phocuswright said. Posted by Share Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Airbnb on track to become 4th largest OTA Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Hong Kong is part of a multidestination itinerary and they know it

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, February 23, 2018 Michael Smith Tags: Hong Kong, Trend Watch TORONTO — The Hong Kong Tourism Board celebrated the Year of the Dog at Susur Lee’s Luckee last night with plenty of good news, like the 58.4 million visitor arrivals in 2017. That includes 370,000 arrivals from Canada.The HKTB is looking to keep up the forward momentum with its ‘Best of All, It’s in Hong Kong’ campaign which encourages visitors to discover Hong Kong like a local.“We have identified various experiences to feature under the best campaign,” says Michael Lim, Director-Canada, Central & South America, Hong Kong Tourism Board.Susur Lee shows how to make his famous slawFor Canadians visiting Hong Kong, those experiences are culture, dining, attractions, Chinese festivals and the great outdoors, he adds.The city is also seeing new hotels with an additional 34 hotels being developed by the end of the year, taking the capacity to over 85,000 rooms.There’s also a new initiative to promote Hong Kong neighbourhoods with the launch of Old Town Central, positioned as a melting pot of arts, culture and entertainment.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaPart of the Old Town Central messaging includes five themed walking routes for clients looking to explore the neighbourhoods at their own pace. The next neighbourhood is Sham Shui Po and will be launched in late March. Sham Shui Po is home to multiple historic sites, characteristic architecture, religious buildings, local diners, hawker stalls, shopping malls and bazaars.In other news, the famous ‘A Symphony of Lights’ light and sound show, performed daily at Victoria Harbour, has gotten a refresh, with a new edition making its debut in December 2017 with even more dazzling elements and a new soundtrack performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.The most revealing statistic from last night’s reception was the destination’s popularity as part of a multi-destination trip for clients.“Over 90% of Canadian visitors [to Hong Kong] are on a multi-destination itinerary,” said Lim. “We’ll be leveraging on this to accelerate our co-ops with China, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam. New multi-destination itineraries will be developed with our airlines and tour operator partners.”With 14 direct flights daily from Canada to Hong Kong, the destination is definitely a hub to Asia for Canadians. This is how the tourism board is looking to leverage itself with other destinations:More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaChinaWorking with the China National Tourist Office, they are focused on ensuring Hong Kong is included on the itinerary when consumers are thinking of visiting the rest of China. They will be continuing a digital campaign with the micro-site china-hongkong.ca.ThailandAnother partner is the Tourism Authority of Thailand, with two campaigns. The first is a 20-page feature in Fashion Magazine’s summer issue and a hub on fashionmagazine.com. They will also be working with OTA Travelzoo on an eight-week campaign.TaiwanHaving seen success working with the Taiwan Tourism Bureau on B2B initiatives, they will continue to work with the destination through the website 2storiesonetrip.com, offering various packages from tour operators.VietnamThey feel the destination is gaining interest this year and will be working on new initiatives this year and exploring various tactical opportunities with trade partners.For more information, go to partnernet.hktb.com.center_img Posted by Share Hong Kong is part of a multi-destination itinerary and they know itlast_img read more

Rep Glardon honors local heroes in 911 memorial

first_img Tags: Glardon, Sept. 11 10Sep Rep. Glardon honors local heroes in 9/11 memorial Categories: Featured news,Newscenter_img State Rep. Ben Glardon, R-Owosso, with special guest Owosso Public Safety Chief Kevin Lenkart, took part in the annual Michigan House of Representatives 9/11 memorial service today.The ceremony marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, and honored military members and service members. House representatives invited guests to join them in honoring the victims and heroes of 9/11, and men and woman serving today.The names of 14 first responders and service members from Michigan who died in the line of duty during the past year were read during the ceremony.Among those honored on the day was Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman, who was killed this week. Rodeman had recently moved to Owosso.last_img read more

Apple is reportedly planning to make a major push

first_imgApple is reportedly planning to make a major push into original content, making TV show and movies that will be available through its subscription streaming service Apple Music.According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has been in talks with producers about buying rights to scripted TV shows and has preliminary plans to also offer original movies.The report claims that Apple aims to launch its first original scripted content later this year and that it will look to compete with critically acclaimed series like Netflix’s Stranger Things and HBO’s Westworld.Apple will focus on a “handful of carefully selected shows” and will use the content to help differentiate its Apple Music offering, building on the music-focused documentary segments that are already available through the service, according to the WSJ.Last October, Apple CEO Tim Cook said on the company’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings call that it has an “intense interest” in television and claimed there is “great opportunity” for the company to create and own content.This came after Apple acquired exclusive rights to James Corden format Carpool Karaoke last summer, with the new series to debut on Apple Music. Apple reached an agreement with CBS Studios International, which began shopping the format after The Late, Late Show with James Corden skit became a viral hit on YouTube.Cook has spoken previously about Apple’s TV aspirations. On the company’s Q3 2016 earnings call he said that the latest version of Apple TV and its tvOS software, which launched in October 2015, marked “the foundation” for bigger plans in this space.last_img read more

Global pay TV revenue growth slowed significantly

first_imgGlobal pay TV revenue growth slowed significantly last year, with North American revenues peaking in 2015 and emerging markets contributing much of the growth between 2010 and 2016, according to new research.According to Digital TV Research’s Global Pay TV Revenue Databook, pay TV revenues across 138 countries increased by US$32 billion (€29 billion) between 2010-2016. However, pay TV revenue growth in 2016 amounted to only US$1.23 billion.Digital TV Research principal analyst Simon Murray said that North American pay TV revenues, which grew by US$7.516 billion between 2012-2016, peaked in 2015 and actually declined by US$1.77 billion last year.The Asia Pacific region, on the other hand, added US$10.21 billion between 2010 and 2016, up by 42% to US$34.38 billion. Latin America increased by 78% to US$18.44 billion. Sub-Saharan Africa more than doubled its total to US$4.20 billion.The US accounted for 49.5% global pay TV revenues in 2016; slipping below the halfway point for the first time. The country’s share of the global total in 2010 was 54.5%, according to Digital TV Research’s numbers.Five countries – the US, China, the UK, Japan and Canada – accounted for two third of global pay TV revenues last year.Half of the growth between 2010 was generated by the US, China, Brazil and India. Nine countries reported declines over the same period, mostly due to subscribers converting from standalone TV services to bundles with other products.Overall, pay TV revenues more than doubled in 59 countries over the reported period.last_img read more

York researchers share new findings on who is at risk for orthorexia

first_imgThe long-term impact of these findings is that they will lead to better recognition among healthcare providers as well as members of the public that so-called healthy eating can, in fact, be unhealthy. It can lead to malnourishment or make it very difficult to socialize with people in settings that involve eating. It can also be expensive and time-consuming. When taken to the extreme, an obsession with clean eating can be a sign that the person is struggling to manage their mental health.”Jennifer Mills, associate professor in the Department of Psychology and senior author on the study Previous research has shown that unlike individuals with anorexia nervosa who restrict calories to maintain very low body weight, people who have the condition have a fixation with the quality of food eaten and its preparation rather than the number of calories. Over time, they spend increasing amounts of time and effort purchasing, planning, and preparing pure and healthy meals, which eventually becomes an all-consuming obsession that interferes with other areas of life and results in weight loss.One of the main reasons for conducting this study was that current research on the condition is limited. Unlike other eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, orthorexia is not recognized in standard psychiatric manuals for healthcare providers. Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaAnorexia may be as much a metabolic disorder as it is a psychiatric one, say scientistsResearchers found the literature consistently showed that those who have obsessive-compulsive traits, depression and a previous eating disorder, and/or are preoccupied with their appearance and body image, are more likely to be at risk for developing the condition. Other eating habits such as being a vegetarian or vegan also put individuals at higher risk for developing orthorexia nervosa. Lacto-vegetarians were at highest risk for the condition and people who are on a strict eating schedule, spending large amounts of time preparing meals, were also at greater risk.”In our research, we found equal rates of men and women who struggle with symptoms of orthorexia nervosa,” said Mills. “We still think of eating disorders as being a problem that affects mostly young women. Because of that assumption, the symptoms and negative consequences of orthorexia nervosa can fly under the radar and not be noticed or taken seriously.”Researchers say developing a consistent definition of orthorexia nervosa will make it easier for health researchers to develop reliable measures and provide better diagnosis and treatment of the condition.The study is published in Appetite.Source:York UniversityJournal reference:McComb, S.E & Mills, J.S. (2019) Orthorexia nervosa: A review of psychosocial risk factors. Appetite. doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2019.05.005 It was surprising to me that the overwhelming majority of the articles in this field were of neutral-poor quality, indicating that the results of these studies must be interpreted with caution. It really suggests a call for more valid measurement tools of orthorexia, so that more reliable conclusions can be drawn about the true prevalence of orthorexia in the population and which psychosocial factors really put a person at risk for developing orthorexia nervosa.”Sarah McComb, a Master’s student in Mills’ lab and first author of the study Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 15 2019Researchers at York University’s Faculty of Health say those who have a history of an eating disorder, obsessive-compulsive traits, dieting, poor body image, and a drive for thinness are more likely to develop a pathological obsession with healthy eating or consuming only healthy food, known as orthorexia nervosa (ON). Although eating healthy is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, for some people this preoccupation with healthy eating can become physically and socially impairing.In the first exhaustive review of the psychosocial risk factors associated with orthorexia nervosa, York University psychology researchers examined all studies published up until the end of 2018 in two popular databases. They looked at studies that examined how orthorexia nervosa is related to psychosocial risk factors that predisposed or made an individual vulnerable to or more likely to develop the condition. They then amalgamated all available findings for each risk factor to reach conclusions about which psychosocial factors were most reliably associated with the condition.last_img read more