TV GUIDES BEST SHOWS OF THE YEAR

first_img Facebook Twitter In 2017, perhaps more than any other year in recent memory, real-world events lent a poignancy to certain TV shows that would not have been there before. And conversely, television personalities, actors, and creators who typically maintain an air of neutrality used their platforms to discuss real-world issues in strikingly personal ways.So while many of the shows on this list will clean up when it comes to awards season, and deservedly so, in coming up with our picks for the 25 best TV shows of 2017, we at TV Guide considered a number of criteria, including the impact of a show in the current cultural zeitgeist of America. This means that while we were just as obsessed with The Handmaid’s Tale as you were, there are a lot of shows making an appearance which managed the simple feat of making us smile — a often seemingly impossible task during the crush of negative news that was 2017. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Orphan Black — Orphan Black aired its final season this spring, and what a final season it was. Four years of mystery and intrigue tied together in way that was not only satisfying to fans but also focused on the emotional core of the show rather than the breakneck plot. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever see such an intense performance from a lead actress anytime soon as Tatiana Maslany’s bow: The last half hour of the finale jumped forward in time to an unforgettable coda that showed the seestras living, if not peacefully, at least freely. The bittersweet normalness of a family fractured and found seeped into every delicious moment: Though the war was over, they still had a future to face. The only difference between the pilot and finale? The seestras didn’t have to go it alone.last_img read more

Pressmart Gets 6M in Funding

first_imgOther e-paper vendors include Zinio, Texterity and Nxtbook, which was recently named to Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. Pressmart, a new media delivery partner for newspapers and magazines, has secured $6 million in funding from venture capital firms Draper Fisher Jurvetson and NEA IndoUS Ventures.The investment, the company said in a statement, will help Pressmart “accelerate its global footprint” and to build its global sales, marketing and customer-support services. Pressmart CEO Sanjiv Gupta said the company has seen a “remarkable” adoption rate of its print-to-digital service over the last two years. As part of the deal, Draper Fisher Jurvetson partner Sateesh Andra and NEA IndoUS Ventures managing director Vinod Dham will join Pressmart’s board of directors.In March, Pressmart partnered with distributor Curtis Circulation Co. to launch iMags, a digital sales, distribution and marketing service for magazine publishers. last_img read more

Magazine Industry Has a FrontRow Seat to the History of Media

first_imgEarlier today I attended the 13th annual New York Magazine Day. Here are my live Twitter updates—essentially a “liveblog” or running notes, in reverse chronological order—from the event.Ann Moore: “I’m absolutely sure each of the Time Inc. brands I work on will be standing long after we’re all gone.” #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web Moore: “Winters, like recessions, do end.” #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web    Moore: Ex-TW CEO Dick Parsons is “one cool cat.” #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web    Moore: Time Inc. restructuring has been a “home run.” Changed a corp. culture that had been “getting in the way.” #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web    Moore on user-generated content: “Every opinion is not created equal.” #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web    And now, the headliner: Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore. #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web    Domeniconi: “We’ve all got a front row seat to ‘The History of Media.’” #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web    Ex-Time Inc. exec. Robin Domeniconi: “Going ‘online only’ has become a euphemism for ‘folding.’” #nymagday about 9 hours ago from mobile web    Panelist on the new media reality: “There’s probably someone in this room Twittering what we’re saying right now.” #nymagday about 10 hours ago from mobile web    Not quite noon at NY Magazine Day, yet beer and wine carts are rolling in. #nymagday about 10 hours ago from mobile web    Hearst Magazines SVP: “I’m deeply concerned (ad buyers) are devaluing media at a time when innovation is actually increasing.” #nymagday about 10 hours ago from mobile web    AEGIS CEO on helping develop events for SI: “They (now) have to be cash positive” out of the gate. #nymagday about 10 hours ago from mobile web    NY Magazine Day 2009 theme: “INDUSTRY IN MOTION” — presented in italicized font to create, one would assume, the “motion” effect. #nymagday about 10 hours ago from mobile web    Hearst Magazines SVP: “We’re spending an enormous amount of money to reduce (ad) closing times” of our magazines. #nymagday about 10 hours ago from mobile web    AEGIS CEO: “We look at media as the kindling that starts the fire.” #nymagday about 11 hours ago from mobile web    AEGIS CEO: Consumer has much more brand credibility than marketer. #nymagday about 11 hours ago from mobile web    Million dollar question goes unanswered: “Are we measuring magazine accountability correctly?” #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web    Just over 300 attendees, mostly women, from ad agencies; roughly half as many attendees as last year. #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web    Jamison: “We’ve got to stop the print bashing”; more applause. #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web    Jamison: “Girls aren’t going on Myspace to talk about their weight, their acne, their period–they come to us for that.” #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web Jamison, Seventeen: “Our magazine is kind of like ‘a friend with benefits’” #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web    Jayne Jamison, VP, Seventeen: “I love magazines”; applause. #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web    MSLO CEO: “Simply put, advertising cannot support all the media that is out there.” #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web    MSLO CEO: “’The Rise of the Bloggers’ [would’ve] sounded like a horror movie.” #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web    MSLO CEO: “We didn’t anticipate the consumer creating content to the degree they have.” #nymagday about 12 hours ago from mobile web MSLO CEO: 15 years ago we knew consumer was in control, “but we didn’t take it far enough.” about 12 hours ago from mobile weblast_img read more

OnePlus 7 Pro said to support 5G and have a super fast

first_img Share your voice Retail site Giztop has already published rumored specs for the forthcoming OnePlus 7 that include a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, rear triple cameras, a 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, a 4,000-mAh battery and Oxygen OS 9 base running on Android 9.0 Pie.  Starting at $569 (about £440 or AU$800), the phone will also come with 128GB of storage that can be expanded to 256GB by adding a microSD card, according to the listing.  OnePlus 7 has a ‘faster’ screen. Will you care? Now playing: Watch this: Comment The company’s next flagship is expected this spring, possibly as early as May 14. The Verge suggests that although the OnePlus 7 Pro will support 5G, the company is downplaying it, given the near-term limits of the next generation network.  Previously, OnePlus had said that it would be among the first to have 5G in a phone — but that the device would not come to the US. The company did not immediately respond to a request to comment. Read more: Everything we know so far about the OnePlus 7 Shenzhen-based OnePlus originally captured a following by making phones with many of the premium features found on Apple and Samsung’s premium phones and selling them for hundreds less. Since then, it’s tweaked that strategy: OnePlus now has one of the highest increases in cost from model to model. Excited to share the next product from OnePlus will unleash a new era of Fast and Smooth. Especially Smooth! Smooth is more challenging than Fast – a true test of hardware and software.The new product is just beautiful – I can’t wait for you to see it! 😬✨ pic.twitter.com/yPU9sEbeIv— Pete Lau (@petelau2007) April 17, 2019 Phones 1 OnePlus Tags A purported photo of the OnePlus 7 showing a pop-up camera. Giztop Editors’ Note, May 14, 2019: CNET’s OnePlus 7 Pro review is here. Read more about the new phone from OnePlus.   OnePlus is reportedly planning to introduce a new premium phone in 2019 that supports 5G and features new display technology. Called the OnePlus 7 Pro, the phone will have a display that’s “super smooth and very crisp,” OnePlus CEO Pete Lau told The Verge. The report speculates that the display may support a 90Hz refresh rate that’s about 33 percent faster than most other smartphones. The faster refresh rate may have been foreshadowed by Lau in a tweet from last week: 1:38last_img read more

ICICI Bank Reduces Base Rate to 97

first_imgPrivate sector lender ICICI Bank on Thursday has reduced its base rate by 5 basis points (bps) to 9.7 percent with effect from 26 June, 2015. The bank’s new rate is equal to that of State Bank of India (SBI).ICICI Bank, which is India’s second largest bank in terms of market capitalization, had cut its base rate by 25 bps to 9.75 percent in April this year. Many banks had announced similar cuts in base rates in response to 25 bps cut in repo rate by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at its 2 June meeting.The first was SBI, which announced a 15 bps cut in base rate to 9.7 percent.Overall, the RBI has reduced the key rate by 75 bps since the beginning of the year.On 12 June, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held a meeting with chiefs of various banks, asking them to pass on the benefits of the recent rate cuts by RBI to end users.Bank credit growth, a major indicator of economic growth, slowed to a two-decade low in the fiscal year ending March 2015. In 2014-15, credit growth was up 9.52 per cent, down from the 13.83 per cent increase in 2013-14.Bankers cite continued tight liquidity conditions and poor uptake in credit growth as reasons for the absence of higher cuts in lending rates.”With effect from July 1, 2010, interest rates on new loans and advances, including consumer loans, are determined with reference to I-Base (ICICI Bank Base Rate),” ICICI Bank said in a statement.last_img read more

TRAI seeks power to penalise errant telcos

first_img1. MTNL10.4%8.2% A recent study on the rate of call drops by different carriers has highlighted their continuing poor performances, according to the telecom regulator, TRAI. The Call Drop Rate Performance study, though limited to national capital Delhi in its first leg, is the regulator’s efforts to improve the overall service quality.The Mint noted dropped calls (call drop) as those that terminate abruptly for technical reasons before the call is complete. Recently, there were reports that telcom service providers were using new technology to artificially keep the calls connected even though there was no voice exchange from the other end.The regulator said Aircel was using the radio link time out technology to mask call more than other carriers. However, the big four — Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Communication — too were requested to further decrease their drop rates. MTNL, the government run telecommunication carrier, was the other service provider monitored for the study. Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in DelhiCompanies2G3G Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi1. MTNL10.4%8.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi2. Idea0.9%6.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi3. Reliance Communication-5.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi4. Airtel3.3%2.2% Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi5. Vodafone2.8%1.4% Related”We have been conducting drive tests to access quality regularly and for the last 8-9 months we have increased the tests in terms of coverage with the number of cities going up to almost 12,” TRAI chairman R.S. Sharma told the Mint.The May 2016 study, however, indicated only Vodafone to have had a reduction in its call drop rates in Delhi, while all others lurked where they were or showed increase in call drops against the January 2016 study. Idea’s 2G, with 0.9 percent call drop rates, was better than 2.1 percent seen in January.Except Vodafone and Reliance, all other telecos could not even meet the benchmark in terms of call drops in Delhi region, noted the Mint.A source told the news outlet that the regulator may seek penalising power for itself against faulting telecos. The regulator has already set up a portal to register call drop complaints. It has also warned that not more than 2 percent of the calls on each of the carriers network should be dropped.The study, conducted to analyse the overall service quality offered by the carriers, also focused on three other important parameters of call set-up success rate, signal quality (Rx quality) and blocked call rate.Pro teleco lobby group Broadband India Forum highlighted that the study was welcome as there was a sustained improvement in call set up rate across many telecos. On the call drop issue, another lobby group noted that some chosen areas in Delhi were highly congested. 5. Vodafone2.8%1.4% Companies2G3G 3. Reliance Communication-5.2% 4. Airtel3.3%2.2%  Ranking of Telecos based on Call Drop Rates in Delhi 2. Idea0.9%6.2%last_img read more

BTRC launches 100 to hear complaints

first_imgThe Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Sunday launched its new short code number 100 in a bid to solve customer hazards and problems quickly.BTRC issued a direction in this regard cancelling the previous short code 2872.According to the direction, the operation of Complains for Telecommunication Service (CTS) call centre has gone easier with the new three-digit short code.BTRC secretary Sarwar Alam told UNB the previous number was changed as it was difficult for customers to recognize.The customers will be able to lodge complains from 9:00am to 5:00pm on working days.Along with the short code, phone number 01555121121 and website btrc@btrc.gov.bd was also available to lodge complain.last_img read more

Bhabadah people seek remedy from waterlogging

first_imgPeople of a community movement that want solution to waterlogging in Jashore’s Bhabadah area on Tuesday urged the authorities concerned to implement the tidal river management (TRM) immediately to save several thousand people of Bhabadah from stagnant waters, reports UNB.The Bhabadah affected areas are – Abhaynagar, Momirampur, Keshabpur and Jashore sadar upazila in Jashore and Phultala and Dumuria in Khulna and Tala upazila in Satkhira districts.The leaders of the community at a press conference at its office in Jashore town said at least 1 million people of 200 villages were directly affected by the water stagnation problem.Ranjit Bawali, convener of the Bhabadah’s water problem mitigation committee, read out the written statement at the conference where Iqbal Kabir Jahid, polit bureau member of Workers Party of Bangladesh, Baikuntha Bihari Roy, Gazi Ahdul Hamid, Abdul Majid Gazi, Chaitanya Kumar Paul and other leaders of the committee were present.The committee announced to hold protest rally between 25 July and 20 August to press home their demand.last_img read more

Prosecutors Manafort Wrote OpEd With Colleague In Russia

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @RealtorJairoFormer Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves U.S. District Court after pleading not guilty following his indictment on federal charges on Monday, October 30, 2017 in Washington, D.C.While facing several felony charges, Donald Trump‘s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been working on an op-ed essay with a longtime colleague “assessed to have ties” to a Russian intelligence service, according to court papers filed Monday by prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller.In a court filing, prosecutors say Manafort and the colleague sought to publish the op-ed under someone else’s name and intended it to influence public opinion about his work in Ukraine. The op-ed was being drafted as late as last week, with Manafort currently under house arrest. Prosecutors did not name the colleague but noted the person is based in Russia.Manafort is currently facing several felony charges involving allegations of money laundering and other financial crimes related to his political consulting work in Ukraine. He has been confined to his home while he works out a bond arrangement with the government.Manafort has denied any wrongdoing related to his work in Ukraine. A spokesman for Manafort declined comment on the op-ed described by prosecutors.In the court filing, prosecutors say the op-ed appeared to violate an admonishment from the judge last month to refrain from public statements.“Even if the ghostwritten op-ed were entirely accurate, fair, and balanced, it would be a violation of this Court’s November 8 Order if it had been published,” the prosecutors wrote. “The editorial clearly was undertaken to influence the public’s opinion of defendant Manafort, or else there would be no reason to seek its publication (much less for Manafort and his long-time associate to ghostwrite it in another’s name).”They added, “It compounds the problem that the proposed piece is not a dispassionate recitation of the facts.”Prosecutors said they discovered the efforts to publish the op-ed last Thursday and alerted Manafort’s attorney, who assured prosecutors that “steps would be taken to make sure it was it was no longer going to be published.”At the time, Manafort was working to secure his release from home confinement by posting more than $10 million in bond, and according to court papers, he had reached a tentative agreement with the government. But after discovering the op-ed, Mueller’s team is now opposing Manafort’s proposed bond agreement.Prosecutors did not disclose the op-ed in court papers so as to prevent it from becoming public. They also did not disclose what name the ghostwritten op-ed would have been published under.Manafort and his longtime business associate, Rick Gates, were indicted in October by a grand jury in Washington. They were among the first people to face charges brought by the special counsel’s office.Manafort led the Trump campaign for several months, including during the Republican National Convention. Gates also worked in a senior role in the campaign.last_img read more

Shantanu Packs A Punch With The Target

first_imgEach chapter brings out sensational revelations that if taken into consideration and scrutinised individually could be vital in understanding the larger conspiracy.For the first time since the NSEL crisis engulfed the FTIL group, an investigation uncovers sensational revelations in the chronological narrative of ‘The Target’. This is the first time that explosive exposure regarding a powerful politician and an influential bureaucrat have come to the fore in the NSEL saga. Many a times in the past, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s name has been dragged with controversies surrounding market manipulations. This book has authenticated the degree of his interest in the business of stock exchanges. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShantanu has combined his investigation with flashbacks of Jignesh Shah’s stardom. He has produced documentary evidence that adds merit to his research which went on for nearly two years. Each chapter brings out an observation that if taken into consideration and scrutinised individually could be vital in understanding the larger conspiracy. Through a seamless flow, the book brings out the core – how Chidambaram’s most favourite bureaucrat, K P Krishnan, in the Finance Ministry took the rising competition against NSE due to FTIL’s phenomenal rise as a potential threat to their interest. NSEL crisis was a smokescreen to the ulterior motive which was to obliterate FTIL group and Jignesh Shah’s innovative spirit. The crux of the book is the strategic planning to execute the hatched plot against Jignesh Shah and his group.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThrowing in glimpses of the past, Shantanu describes Jignesh Shah as an unstoppable force who changed the dynamics of the financial markets. And, it became a catalyst for his downfall.From then on the book spirals into exposing the conspiracy by the political-bureaucratic-rival network that colluded so that Jignesh Shah who had effortlessly torn down NSE’s cartel and established a democratic market for all could be stripped off his innovative spirit. Planned strategic measures that fell into place one by one to entangle Jignesh Shah and his FTIL group in a web of conspiracy has been narrated explicitly.  One often wonders if not for this book, could anyone have imagined that the financial markets do run a parallel administration in the country.  Without any doubt, the protagonist of the book is Jignesh Shah. Shantanu draws parallels in Shah’s life from that of John Galt from Ayn Rand’s legendary novel ‘Atlas Shrugged’. John Galt dared to challenge the status quo of the existing system by standing up against those who tried to bring him down. In the end, like John Galt, Shah too revolutionised the system. Shah comes across a man who has been misconstrued because he defied popular perception by playing the odds and winning every time!last_img read more

Googles Projects Jacquard and Soli Make Fabric Thats Interactive

first_img This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 29, 2015 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Google is trying its hand at manufacturing high-tech fabrics and wearable electronics that you can actually wear with new Advanced Technology and Projects Group efforts called Project Jacquard and Project Soli. Google showed off the projects, which involve weaving electronics into fabrics and a gesture-based interface, at its Google I/O developer event being San Francisco Friday.The result of the combined projects is a fabric that acts as a touch screen of sorts. Different ways of stroking the fabric allow could someday allow a user to turn on lights, make a phone call or do any number of tasks programmed for that patch of fabric. Levi Strauss & Co. has signed a partnership with Google to try to exploit the technology. Project Jacquard is a combination of two technologies—weaving conductive threads into a piece of cloth and creating a package of electronics that work with the conductive threads to read the information they convey and turn it into something a computer can understand. For those who like to win on trivia nights, Jacquard is likely named after the first mechanical loom that was able to make complicated fabrics such as brocades.Google is not the first to create conductive threads. Startups such as OmSignal, Heapslyon and others currently sell shirts, running socks and even sports bras that contain such threads and use their electronic innards to track various metrics associated with physical activity. The Sensoria socks from Heapsylon are surprisingly comfortable.But with Project Soli, Google is adding a futuristic tweak. Soli uses radar to “see” tiny gestures that a person might make with their fingers and turns that into a signal a computer can understand. So a flick of the thumb over the fabric could become a screen swipe. Using radar or other forms of radio waves for gesture control isn’t actually all that new. Elliptic Labs, a Norwegian startup has been licensing its ultrasound technology to smart phone manufacturers so people could control their handsets with a flick of their wrist from across the room. Researchers at the University of Washington have used disruptions in Wi-Fi radio signals as a way to build a gesture-based interface for the home.So Google’s breakthrough with these two projects is to choose radar for Project Soli, and apply it to fabrics to turn anything from your jacket lapel to your sofa cushions into a responsive screen of sorts. This is good news for people who are tired of looking at screens, or are frustrated by trying to perform complex tasks on something the size of a smart watch. But it’s probably bad news for people who like to wipe their hands dry on their pants.last_img read more

Facebook can pinpoint the moment you fall in love

first_imgAdvertisement Wondering whether your ‘dating’ status is about to turn into a relationship?Facebook may have the answer before you do.As part of a couples-themed study undertaken by the social networking giant for Valentines Day, Facebook data scientists analyzed timeline posts between Facebook users who had entered relationships. – Advertisement – According to Daily Mail, study head Carlos Duik said he found that in the 100 days leading up to the day when users change their relationship status, the number of timeline posts increased significantly.Called ‘The Formation of Love’, the study found that during the 100 days before a relationship starts, there is a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between the future couple. However once they get together the posts start to decrease dramatically.The amount of exchanges peaked 12 days before the beginning of the relationship change, with 1.67 posts a day, according to Venture Beat.However after that, timeline post activity decreases.‘Presumably, couples decide to spend more time together, courtship is off, and online interactions give way to more interactions in the physical world,’ Diuk wrote in a blog post yesterday.Diuk also analyzed how the sentiment of the timeline posts changed over time, and found positive feelings increased significantly around the day when the relationship begins.He said that even though the number of posts exchanged between the couple decreased once they get together, the sentiment of the exchanges became ‘sweeter’. According to the data, even though the number of wall posts goes down once the relationship starts, the wall posts that are exchanged become happier and sweeter.This is because of anniversaries and special shared moments, he said.The study involved data mined from some 460,000 couples and 18 million posts, Diuk said.last_img read more