Are Ad Page Figures Inflated

first_imgTime Inc. and Martha Stewart Living are mentioned in the MDN report, too, but this epidemic is widespread. We’ve pointed out numerous times, the Publishers Information Bureau’s revenue figures, given the steep discounts magazines often give advertisers, are bogus.Just how bogus? Roughly 40 to 75 percent, according to this report on the Media Daily News Web site. As Bob Sacks, consultant and noted futurist, notes, “That is a lot of smoke and mirrors for an industry with limited accountability.” (FOLIO: stopped paying attention to PIB’s rate card-reported revenue years ago, focusing, instead, on ad page counts.)One of the biggest discounters appears to be Meredith: “The company reported publishing ad revenues of $308 million in the first half of 2008, compared to PIB rate card revenues of $1.16 billion. This suggests that its 25 consumer magazines are collectively offering discounts of almost 75% off the official rates.”last_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonights Meeting September 12

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School. An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:30pm.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will consider approving a new homework policy for the district. (The School Committee previously approved first and second readings of the policy in June and August.)The School Committee will consider approving a new 3-year contract for the School Nurses (September 1, 2018-August 31, 2021). Committee members will meet in Executive Session prior to the meeting to discuss.The School Committee will receive a presentation on the Coordinated Program Review’s Corrective Action Plan.The School Committee will consider approving the Student Activity Accounts for the 2018-2019 school year.The School Committee will receive a draft calendar of the budget process from Superintendent Glenn Brand.The School Committee will conduct a “first reading” of the Superintendent’s goals.The School Committee will receive a report on the district’s summer professional development efforts.The School Committee will be introduced to new staff members.The School Committee will receive an update on fall athletics.The School Committee will discuss its operating protocols.The School Committee will receive a report from the Superintendent, plus subcommittee reports and any public comments.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-E — Channel 99 on Comcast and Channel 39 on Verizon.  The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends on reporting on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Wednesday’s Meeting (August 29)In “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

Samsung The Wall Luxury Micro LED TV coming in July for rich

first_imgThe modular design of The Wall Luxury’s Micro LED panels allow TVs from 73 up to 292 inches. Samsung Samsung’s The Wall TV is finally going to be available for consumers to purchase. At least those wealthy enough to afford its still unknown, but likely insanely expensive, price tag. Available globally in July, The Wall Luxury is Samsung’s first consumer Micro LED display. The scalable, modular technology can be configured and customized to a variety of sizes, from 73-inches in 2K (a.k.a. 1080p) resolution all the way up to 292-inches in 8K resolution — assuming your room and budget can support adding the additional panels.  Comments TVs Samsung 3 Samsung MicroLED TV comes closer to reality in 75-inch… Samsung The Frame UN55LS003AF 1:48 Preview •center_img The Wall Luxury incorporates design-centric features from other Samsung TVs. Like the Frame, The Wall isn’t meant to be turned off. Instead, Samsung says, it changes “into a digital canvas best matching the owner`s interior needs and personal mood.” The display runs a version of Samsung’s Ambient mode found on its 2019 QLED TVs that shows curated art, photos and videos, complete with optional digital frames.Samsung says the product will be sold through its “Custom Installer Network” and those looking for pricing information should contact them. For context, Samsung’s QLED-based TVs max out at $70,000 for a 98-inch 8K version, so it’s safe to assume that The Wall Luxury will cost well into six figures, at least for the larger 4K and 8K sizes.the-wall-luxury3Instead of powering off, Samsung’s The Wall Luxury television can turn into a digital picture frame when not in use.  Samsung The first new screen technology in a decade, MicroLED utilizes millions of tiny, inorganic LEDs packed together to create the image. It has the potential for the same perfect black levels as OLED with no danger of burn-in. It can deliver higher brightness than any current display technology, wide-gamut excellent color and doesn’t suffer the viewing angle and uniformity issues of LCD. The Wall Luxury features a brightness of 2,000 nits, higher than all but the brightest LCD TVs available today, for improved HDR image quality. Samsung mentions a “120Hz video rate,” although it’s unclear whether that’s the same as the 120Hz refresh rate used by high-end 4K TVs. Samsung’s AI Upscaling is also present through what the company calls its “Quantum Processor Flex,” which uses machine learning to calibrate the picture regardless of The Wall’s modular screen resolution.The Wall Luxury has a panel depth of 30mm, an improvement on the 80mm depth of the earlier version of The Wall that was only available for the commercial market. Despite the depth improvement, however, a Samsung representative told CNET that The Wall Luxury doesn’t use the next-generation version of MicroLED tech shown at CES 2019. That version uses even smaller LEDs, managing to eke 4K resolution out of a 75-inch size. There’s no word on when Samsung will bring that version to market. Tags 31 Photos Meet Samsung’s modular and massive MicroLED TVs at CES Compared to OLED and LCD, one disadvantage of current MicroLED technology is resolution. At 73 inches and 2K/1080p resolution, the individual pixels of The Wall Luxury are significantly larger than those of a typical 75-inch 4K LCD or 77-inch 4K OLED TV, so the image won’t be as detailed with 4K TV shows and movies, in particular from relatively close seating distances. The same goes for higher-resolution; Samsung sells QLED TVs with 8K resolution as small as 65 inches, while to get that resolution in MicroLED you’ll need, yes, a 292-inch TV.Update June 13: Added more pricing information.  Share your voice Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

US vows to make North Korea rich if it gives up nukes

first_imgUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting at Workers` Party of Korea headquarters in Pyongyang, North Korea on 9 May. Photo: APThe United States promised Friday that it would work to rebuild North Korea’s sanctions-crippled economy if Kim Jong Un’s regime agrees to surrender its nuclear arsenal.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s vow came as senior US officials expressed growing optimism ahead of the landmark 12 June summit between Kim and president Donald Trump.Pompeo, who held talks Pyongyang’s young leader over the weekend, even said “we have a pretty good understanding between our two countries about what the shared objectives are.”He was speaking after talks with his South Korean opposite number Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha to coordinate Washington and Seoul’s preparations for the historic encounter.Many observers have warned Kim’s regime will try to drive a wedge between the allies as the summit approaches, playing Seoul’s fear of war against Washington’s nuclear concerns.But both Kang and Pompeo insisted that they agreed on the need for the “total, permanent and verifiable” denuclearization of the divided peninsula.Trump and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in are due to meet on 22 May at the White House for the next round of planning.Pompeo said the United States would remain on board to help develop the North’s economy, which has been devastated by its own mismanagement and crippling international sanctions.“If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on par with our South Korean friends,” he said.Since an ad hoc 1953 armistice put an end to active hostilities between the North and the South, South Korea has emerged from devastation to become a leading world economy.‘Good conversations’But the North has remained one of the world’s most isolated states and its outdated economy has been further battered by a UN-backed “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions.Over the past year Kim and Trump have added a personal touch to a half-century of international enmity, swapping insults and both openly threatening devastating direct military action.Kim’s regime also carried out missile tests that convinced US intelligence officials, including Pompeo in his former role as CIA chief, that North Korea could threaten US cities.But South Korea’s president Moon reached out to the North, reopening direct talks, and when Kim invited Trump to a summit to discuss disarmament the mood changed.Pompeo flew to Pyongyang for talks and to recover three released American detainees, and now a summit date has been set for 12 June in Singapore.“We had good conversations, conversations that involve deep complex problems, challenges, strategic decisions that chairman Kim has before him,” Pompeo said.The pair, he said, talked “about how it is he wishes to proceed and if he’s prepared, in exchange for the assurances that we’re ready to provide him, if he is prepared to fully denuclearize.“We’ll require a robust verification program, one that we would undertake with partners around the world which would achieve that outcome,” he warned.But he added: “I’m confident that we have a shared understanding of the outcome that the leaders want, certainly President Trump and chairman Kim, but I think President Moon as well.”South Korea’s Kang shared in Pompeo’s optimism and was at pains to insist that there is no daylight between how Washington and Seoul are approaching the talks.“We agreed that the summit would be an historic opportunity for resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, and securing enduring peace on the Korean peninsula,” she said.“We reaffirmed that our goal is to achieve the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula,” she added, promising “air-tight” coordination.Carrot and stickPompeo’s promise of an economic carrot to match the stick of “maximum pressure” may reassure observers who are concerned that Seoul and Washington’s objectives are not exactly aligned.“There’s a danger here of the peace track moving more quickly than the denuclearization track,” warned Abraham Denmark, an Asia expert and former senior US defence official.“If that happens, it could give North Korea an opportunity to try to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington,” said Denmark, now at the Wilson Centre think tank in the US capital.Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice offered three recommendations to Trump: allow experts to make the deal, don’t negotiate away the “equities” of others including Japan and South Korea, and “don’t be anxious to remove American troops from the equation.”“If we can hold to those three principles, this might work,” Rice said at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.So far, the North Korean regime has made vague pledges to “denuclearize” but has not spelled out what that means, when it would happen or how it would be implemented.In North Korea’s bombastic rhetoric, “denuclearization” has, for years, been a byword for US troop withdrawals from South Korea-an idea that Kang appeared to reject.After her talks with Pompeo, she took pains to “emphasize again that the US military presence in Korea is a matter for the ROK-US alliance first and foremost.”Hardliners in the North are believed to see a nuclear weapon as a guarantee against outside efforts to topple the regime, but Trump insists he will not tolerate their growing arsenal.last_img

Klaus Kleinfeld appointed adviser to Saudi crown prince

first_imgKlaus Kleinfeld, Chief Executive Officer of Arconic, takes part in the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in New York, on 8 February 2017. Photo: ReutersKlaus Kleinfeld, a former chief executive of Siemens and Alcoa, has been appointed an adviser to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman effective from 1 August, according to a report on the Maaal financial news website on Tuesday.Kleinfeld will leave his current position as chief executive of NEOM, a planned mega-city and business zone in the kingdom, but will retain a position on its board, the report said.Kleinfeld “will take over wider responsibilities to enhance the economic, technological and financial development of Saudi Arabia,” the report said.Nadhmi al-Nasr, who was tasked with developing the strategy for the mega-city and has more than 30 years of experience at oil giant Aramco, will take over as chief executive of NEOM, the report said.Prince Mohammed previously announced plans for the 26,500 square km zone, known as NEOM, at an international investment conference in Riyadh. Officials said public and private investment in the area was eventually expected to total $500 billion.The mega-city, with its own judicial system and legislation designed to attract international investors, is to focus on industries such as energy and water, biotechnology, food, advanced manufacturing and tourism, according to officials.It is part of bold moves by the 32-year-old heir apparent to wean the world’s top crude exporter off oil revenues that include plans to float a portion of state oil giant Saudi Aramco.last_img read more