That didn’t do much to sway readers, who feel passionately about the topic and understandably felt fleeced. On Monday, VegNews issued a full apology, saying “With regard to our use of symbolic imagery in VegNews, our readers got it right. We wholeheartedly apologize. We assure you that we will never again use non-vegan photographs in VegNews.” The publishers say they will also build a vegan photo data bank. “To give you some background, 95 percent of all photos in VegNews are indeed vegan,” associate publisher Colleen Holland told FOLIO:. “In the rare situations that we’ve had to make the tough call on using a non-vegan stock image, we’ve taken it very seriously. We exhaust all of our possible options, and ensure that a vegan version looks exactly the same or better than the image we’re really considering using. It really is a last resort at that point.” In one example, VegNews photoshopped a plate of barbecue ribs to make them look like their vegan counterpart. “This was an 11th hour decision after an exhaustive photo search,” says Holland. “It was a singular case, we knew the vegan version looked exactly the same, and the photo used in the magazine was 2×2 inches. That was an absolute anomaly and something we didn’t do before or since. It goes without saying that our goal has always been to have 100 percent vegan photography.”That said, “We never expected this reaction,” says Holland. “And had we ever felt that readers would be so strongly opposed to the practice, we wouldn’t have done it. But our readers spoke and we listened, and they are happy we’re figuring out a way to increase the number from 95 percent to 100 percent.” Photoshop controversies are nothing new among magazines, usually in the context of some celebrity digitally shaving a pound or ten for a cover shoot. Last week VegNews, an independent vegan magazine, was called out by a blogger for using stock images of dishes with meat and other non-vegan recipes, sometimes photoshopping out the offending images. “We’ve always been fans of VegNews, since back in the mid-2000s when we’d wait with bated breath for the US Mail to deliver our copy,” the blogger writes. “We’d eagerly flip through, reading all about the latest veg stuff, salivating over the amazing pictures, trying out a vegan recipe, and maybe even discovering a restaurant in our home town through one of their reviews. It’s sad, then, that the pictures we’ve been drooling over for years are actually of MEAT! Veg News has written tens (possibly hundreds) of articles extolling the virtues of a vegan lifestyle, while purchasing rock-bottom priced stock photos of MEAT, EGGS, DAIRY and other completely non-vegan things.”The magazine’s initial response was that it was “deeply saddened with the dialogue” that transpired and explained that the photos were a necessary evil. “VegNews is a privately owned, independent publication with no funding or investors,” the publishers replied. “Publishing a magazine is extremely costly-with exorbitant costs for printing, postage, paper and production. . .Yes, from time to time, after exhausting all options, we have resorted to using stock photography that may or may not be vegan.” Getting a magazine out as an independent publisher these days is no small feat, but there’s no excuse for deliberately putting one past your audience; just as there is no excuse for lifting someone else’s work (which Countryside Publications was accused of last year for running photos without permission; or the infamous Cook’s Source, which did the same with content). No matter how tight things get, you can’t do it in the first place. And if you do, in these days of the long tail and readers having their own voices, you’re not going to get away with it forever.On the VegNews Facebook page, readers are split in their reaction, with most seeming to accept the apology, while a minority staunchly reject it. The brand is likely to lose some readers, but overall the magazine probably won’t be hurt too bad because it owned up. As a business, VegNews could be an inspiration to smaller publishers. What started with an investment of $3,000 in 2000 has grown to a company with more than $2 million in revenue and a readership of more than 1 million per month. At FOLIO:, we even recognized them with an Eddy Award for their Web site earlier this year. Everybody is cutting corners these days; but go too far, and both publisher and reader end up the losers.
LG TCL takes share from Vizio, Samsung stays strongI also asked Baker for recent market share numbers in general, in particular for TCL. The China-based manufacturer always seems to top Amazon’s best-selling TVs charts with its Roku TVs; its sets were featured in numerous Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales (including the 65-inch TV Baker cited), and its 6 series was my favorite TV of the year for the money.The TCL 6 series was CNET’s favorite TV of 2018 for the money. Sarah Tew/CNET Baker said TCL has grown by 60 percent for each of the last two years. Here’s his latest overall market share numbers for 2018 (January through October, the most recent month he had available) compared to the same period in the past two years, in both unit share (number of actual TVs sold) and revenue share (the dollar value of TVs sold). It shows that while TCL is growing fast, most of its share is in less-expensive TVs. Meanwhile perennial market leader Samsung continues to dominate, albeit less-so than in recent years. It lost 4% of unit share but only 2% of dollar share, indicating that it’s selling fewer TVs overall but still crushing its rivals in high-end TV sales. The biggest loser in both unit and dollar share is Vizio, which fell by 8% and 9% respectively. It competes in basically the same market as TCL, so I’ll be interested to see what strategies the big “V” employs in 2019 to try to stem the TCL tide. 11% Q3 2018 6% 7% 11% 3:06 Now playing: Watch this: 8K for sale! Get yer 8K TVs, rich guy!Samsung just started selling the first 8K TV in the US, the $15,000 85-inch Q900, and LG showed an 88-inch 8K OLED at IFA in Berlin, targeting a 2019 sale date. At CES 2019 you can expect more higher-than-4K-resolution TVs to be announced, not only from Samsung (which is already selling smaller, cheaper 8K TVs in Europe) and LG, but perhaps from Sony, Vizio, TCL and Hisense. 8K TV: What you need to knowAll of these TVs will likely be very expensive in 2019, and I don’t expect the resolution increase alone to be worth the cost. But over the next few years, 8K will likely come down in price and start to become the default resolution for very large screen sizes, much like 4K is already the default for TVs 55 inches and above.Whooo wants an 8K TV? Sarah Tew/CNET Bigger and higher defferSpeaking of very large screens:”The main trend is clearly big screen TVs, really big screens, continuing to be a growing part of market,” says Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD Group. “And of course you saw a manifestation of that during Thanksgiving with the $398 65-inch TVs Walmart was selling.”Here’s Baker’s quarterly sales numbers for TVs sized 65 inches and above, showing a gradual yet steady increase nearly every quarter (Q4 2018 numbers were not available at press time). LG Now playing: Watch this: 7% 15% 2018 Q2 2017 12% Q1 2018 8% Q1 2017 11% 9% 9% Q3 2017 Q2 2018 TCL Q2 2016 4% 9% 9% Ready or not, the 2019 International CES — aka Nerds in Vegas — is just around the corner. And for TV hardware nerds like me, it’s like a second Christmas. CES is the place where TV makers unveil their latest creations, both “stuff we’re going to sell this year” and “wacky concepts and new tech we may never sell, but looks hella cool.” The massive booths and sprawling show floor lend themselves to big screens used in creative ways, which helps explain why CES seems more about televisions than any other kind of gadget. Amazon’s Fire TV Cube gives you and Alexa hands-free… 12% 37% Comments Q3 2016 2018 US TV market share by units sold, Jan. – Oct. 2% Samsung 15% 6% 22% 35% 21% 19% 14% TVs of CES 2018 US TV market share by revenue, Jan. – Oct. 35% 6% This year it could come closer to market in smaller sizes. The technology is still a few years away, however, so I don’t expect a consumer version to appear this year.Wait, what about HDMI 2.1?Some folks might be wondering whether the TVs of 2019 will finally support the latest HDMI standard, 2.1, which delivers higher bandwidth for certain kinds of 8K video, among other benefits. I’d be surprised if any of the TVs announced at the show, or shipping in the first half of the year, fully comply with the HDMI 2.1 standard — although some TV makers might claim HDMI 2.1 compliance anyway.The thing is: it’s not a big deal unless you’re buying an 8K TV. For just about all of the 4K video available today, the HDMI connections on current TVs are sufficient. HDMI 2.1: What you need to knowSamsung’s 8K Q900, for example, can handle some HDMI 2.1 extras, specifically Variable Refresh Rate, High Frame Rate (HFR) and Dynamic HDR. The TV’s HDMI inputs will not handle 8K resolutions at 60 frames per second, however, maxing out at 8K/30. Once 8K/60 content from HDMI devices available — most likely from PCs first — that might be an issue. We’ll be thereMy boldest predictions yet: I’ll be at CES to sort through all the new screens in person, and there’s gonna be a lot of ’em. Follow us at @CNET for the latest CES news in general, and me @dkatzmaier for TV tech specifically. Should be fun!This article was first published on December 20, 2018. Updated January 3, 2019 to mention Sony Master Series TVs’ far-field mic.CES 2019: Check out all of CNET’s coverage of this year’s tech wingding.Best TVs of 2018: The top sets in every category. Q1 2016 9% 26% 13% Why? Aside from the obvious answer of “because they can,” a roll-up TV is truly useful. As I wrote last year: “One of the worst things about big-screen TVs is the necessity for a massive swath of black plastic taking up a chunk of wall when it’s turned off. With a rollable TV that’s no longer an issue, and that practicality is the main reason I think LG Display will want to perfect this technology and help manufacturers bring it to market sooner rather than later.”Looks like “sooner” will win. Brand 10% 2017 Brand 2016 TVs Element 50 Photos So what TVs can you expect at CES 2019? I have some educated guesses. In fact, most of the TV makers have already told me about a lot of the stuff they’re gonna have at the show. I can’t officially reveal it yet, but what you’re about to read provides a pretty good approximation of what I know. That said, there’s always a surprise or two in store.Rollin’ with the OLED homiesFrankly, I was as surprised as anyone to learn that the coolest concept TV of last year’s CES — an OLED TV that can roll up like a poster to disappear inside a trim, little box — is reportedly going on sale in 2019. Samsung’s huge 146-inch TV is called The Wall 2017 Market share of 65-inch and larger TVs 12% 7% 11% Q4 2017 Samsung Q900 85-inch 8K TV hands-on: A beautiful beast TCL 9% 2016 5% Q4 2016 LG’s rollable OLED TV could ship in 2019 https://t.co/PFQosCf6BR pic.twitter.com/JZHid1Yp7Z— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) December 18, 2018 ‘AI’ meets picture-quality enhancementsIt’s tough to market picture quality. Terms like “full-array local dimming” and “HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range” don’t exactly roll off the tongue. You know what does? “AI.”LG has already associated artificial intelligence with its built-in Google Assistant, but the next step is telling buyers that AI algorithms can improve picture quality. Samsung got that ball rolling with its Q900 8K TV — it says AI helps improve the necessary upconversion from 4K to 8K by using algorithms to examine a dataset of 4K video and better adapt it to 8K — and where Samsung’s marketing goes, others follow. David Katzmaier/CNET Micro-LED: Another brick in The Wall against OLEDFlat, stiff non-8K OLED TVs — which continue to deliver the best picture quality available — are selling better than ever. Baker says OLED’s share of TVs over $1,000 has grown to 15 percent in 2018, up from 11 percent in 2017.That means companies that don’t sell OLED, in particular Samsung, are doing their darnedest to come up with an alternative. The high-end Q9 QLED came closer than ever, but even it can’t escape the inherent issues of LCD-based displays. Enter Micro LED, which Samsung introduced last year with The Wall — a 146-inch modular “TV” that made a big splash at CES last year. It promises all of the great picture quality of OLED (perfect black levels, improved-off-axis viewing) along with superior brightness and less of a propensity for burn-in. Vizio 19% 18 Share your voice Sony 25% 2:30 Vizio 9% 15% 10% 1:14 Samsung 13% Now playing: Watch this: Tags CES 2019 Keep talking to the TVAlexa and Google Assistant have been built into TV remotes for the last few years, and more and more sets also support hands-free (no remote required) voice commands if you own an Echo, Google Home, Sonos One or other smart speaker. For 2019 I won’t be surprised to see TV makers take it a step further: by building a far-field mic into the TV itself so you don’t even need a separate speaker.Sony has already done so with its 2018 high-end Master Series OLED and LCD TVs, and could do so again in 2019, perhaps with more affordable models. Toshiba says most of its 2019 TVs for the European market will have these so-called far-field mics for hands-free Alexa control. It seems like a natural next step for 2019 Amazon Fire TV Edition sets too, especially given how well Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is able to “listen” without being affected by the blare of TV speakers. Look for other TV makers to follow suit.
Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from cricket, says 2014 World T20 final his lowest moment IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:11Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:10?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close One of India’s most successful cricketer Yuvraj Singh has announced his retirement from international cricket. At a press meeting in Mumbai, an emotional Yuvi talked about how cricket has influenced his life. He thanked people in his personal life, his guru, parents, etc.Describing his achievements, the 37-year old said the proudest moment of his career was the 2011 World Cup and, very interestingly, said the 2014 World T20 final against Sri Lanka where he scored 11 runs of 24 balls and was blamed for India’s loss. He said this shattered him and he needed some time to recover from the jolt and rediscover why he played cricket.He also thanked former captain Sourav Ganguly for having faith in him. It was after all, Dada under whose captaincy that Yuvi made his debut and established himself in the team despite failures early on. As he read out his pre-written statement, the former all-rounder often seemed overpowered by emotions.
Trolling can never be justified. Celebs often have to go through virtual attacks by trolls over some of the most insane and absurd reasons. Take a look.Meeting PM Modi: Priyanka Chopra had a brief meeting with PM Modi in Berlin last year. While what they discussed remains unknown, a certain section on Twitter started trolling the actress for her ‘indecent dress’. As a comeback and in a major burn to the haters, Priyanka shared another picture with her mother showing off their long legs.For napping on hubby Nick’s chest: Soon after her wedding, Priyanka shared an adorable photo with hubby Nick Jonas where she was clicked sleeping on his chest. Trolls had a field day asking if Priyanka has hired a photographer that follows her everywhere, including the couple’s bedroom. Talking about the trolling on Jimmy Fallon’s show, Priyanka said, “I mean, don’t you guys ever go out with friends and you’re sitting with a bunch of friends, and you do something cute and another friend takes a picture? We were like eight of us sitting and watching the Super Bowl. I fell asleep and she took a picture. She was like, ‘You’re probably the first person who fell asleep during the Super Bowl’.”Photo-shopped arm-pits: The cover of Maxim magazine’s June-July issue featuring Priyanka Chopra drew flak for photo shopping her armpit. However, Priyanka gave it back to the haters with another picture showing off her arm-pits.Smoking: Recently, a picture of Priyanka Chopra smoking along with mother Madhu Chopra and husband Nick Jonas on a yacht during a vacation in Miami surfaced online. Netizens started trolling the actress for smoking despite being asthmatic, as claimed by Priyanka herself.Age gap with Nick Jonas: Priyanka Chopra has often been trolled with tags like ‘mom’ and ‘aunty’ for the age difference between her and husband Nick. Addressing the same, Priyanka had said, “I find it really amazing when you flip it and the guy is older, no one cares and actually people like it.”
Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Via The Texas TribuneMock weapons used to train educators in Harrold, Texas. The North Texas school district was the first to allow educators to carry guns on school grounds in 2007.Following a deadly mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, Gov. Greg Abbottrolled out a 40-page plan to keep schools safe. Proposals ranged from beefing up existing mental health screening programs to encouraging voluntary use of gun locks at home, but one component seemed to divide lawmakers, districts and Texas schools: arming school employees.If Texas schools want to arm their staffs, they have two options. One is the Marshal Program, which Abbott proposed using state funds to help schools implement. It allows local school boards to authorize employees to carry a handgun on campus, but they must be specially trained and licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Under the program, armed school personnel can’t carry firearms around students.The other option was already around when then-Gov. Rick Perry signed the Marshall Program into law in 2012. Created by Harrold Independent School District Superintendent David Thweatt in 2007, the Guardian Plan allows local school boards to determine training standards and authorize specific employees to carry on campus at all times.Here are four things to know about the two existing plans that allow school districts to arm their employees:The Marshal Program creates a new kind of peace officerFor districts that choose to adopt the Marshal Program, teachers and other school staff members who undergo the required training are taught to act as armed security officers — or peace officers — in the absence of law enforcement.“The Marshal Program is about creating an entirely new class of peace officers — certified and [Texas Commission on Law Enforcement] trained — who can act in a moment of crisis to disable and neutralize an active shooter,” said state Rep. Jason Villalba, the Dallas Republican who authored the bill that created the Texas school marshal program Abbott wants to expand. “That’s why the program is so starkly different than what Mr. Thweatt calls the guardian plan.”The Guardian Plan, on the other hand, lets school staff carry guns with or without marshal training. It doesn’t train school personnel as peace officers, but lets them carry their weapons as long as they undergo district-specific training and have a handgun license. And it doesn’t have a maximum requirement for how many teachers can be armed, unlike the Marshal Program which lets schools only designate one employee a marshal for every 400 students.Despite the differences in approach for the two plans, they both aim to mitigate tragedies in the event an active shooter comes on campus grounds.“That’s the reason we’re doing it, and I think we can do that because they’re not going to know from where our particular defense is going to come,” Thweatt said.“When [an active shooter] comes to the school, they’re going to get swarmed from multiple directions,” he added. “Armed shooters go where they know there’s going to be little resistance, but if they don’t know where they’re going to get resistance, they’re not going to come to our schools.”Rural districts are more likely to adopt one of the plansMore than 200 of Texas’ 1,000-plus school districts have adopted one of two programs. And a majority of those districts tend to be in rural communities, according to Dax Gonzalez, a spokesman for the Texas Association of School Boards.“Generally speaking, districts with police departments … do not tend to allow staff to carry firearms,” Gonzalez said. “Those 217 are likely smaller, more rural districts that feel they cannot be serviced by local law enforcement quickly enough.”Villalba told POLITICO in February that he believes anywhere between 20 to 50 districts have adopted the marshal program. At least 172 Texas districts have adopted the Guardian Plan.Training and gun storage requirements varyArguably one of the biggest differences between the two programs is different requirements for teachers or other employees who want to carry a gun.Marshals have to receive 80 training hours and keep their firearms under lock and key. The Guardian Plan, on the other hand, lets teachers keep their firearm with them at all times — as long as they have a concealed handgun license and go through 15 to 20 hours of training.It’s worth noting that these requirements could change, however. Abbott previously proposed streamlining the training course under the Marshal Program — which he called “burdensome”— and eliminating the lockbox requirement.Villalba was critical of Abbott’s tweaks to the Marshal Program, saying that parents might be upset if teachers didn’t have to lock up their weapons.But several Texas Republicans, including Jerry Patterson, Texas’ former land commissioner who helped get the state’s concealed handgun law passed in 1995, say the lockbox requirement does more harm than good.“The lockbox requirement is silly. The gun needs to be carried on the person and accessible immediately,” Patterson said. “Not where you have to run to the office, go through a combination and then get the gun. If you carry it all the time, you won’t lose the weapon.”Individuals schools and districts that adopt the Guardian Plan are also allowed to choose their own training requirements. At Harrold ISD, for example, employees who choose to carry go through at least 15 hours of training that includes videos of hostage scenarios and shooting drills. Fayetteville ISD, which adopted the plan in February, doesn’t require a specific amount of firearms training (though most staff do around 20 hours per year). And at Keene ISD, which adopted the Guardian Plan in 2016, Superintendent Ricky Stephens previously told The Texas Tribune he requires staff to undergo 80 hours of initial training and 40 hours annually after that.Only one plan receives money from the stateTo adopt either plan, districts have to find a way to pay for training, purchase firearms and ammunition and, in some cases, a lock box.But only the Marshal Program has received state funding to help pay for those expenses.When the Marshal Program was first signed into law, the state had a grant program in place to help districts cover training costs. But that money ran out and funding has not been reauthorized. That’s why Abbott proposed that the state pay for school marshal training this summer to ease the burden on individual districts.Funding for the Guardian Plan was notably missing from the governor’s proposal, however. Instead of getting approval from the Legislature, authorization for the plan is outlined under the Texas Government Code, which lets certain school district employees who have a handgun license to carry their weapon.Since there’s no legislative recognition of the Guardian Plan, Thweatt said, districts that adopt the plan have to pay for it themselves. Thweatt said Harrold ISD reimburses employees who participate for the cost of guns, ammunition and training.“I’ve never received any funding [from the state] for the Guardian Plan,” Thweatt said.Note: This story was inspired by a discussion on education policy happening now in our Facebook group, This is Your Texas. Sign up here to join the conversation.Disclosure: The Texas Association of School Boards has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. 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Kolkata: With India’s fighter pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returning to his homeland on Friday night after being in Pakistan’s custody for two days, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed his return.”Welcome home #AbhinandanVarthaman Welcome home sweet home,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. Banerjee on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi government of seeking political mileage over the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force in Balakot, stressing on the fact that the Centre is yet to divulge the truth about the terrorists allegedly killed in the strike. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The people of India have a right to know what exactly happened during the air strike. The Centre must allow our forces to speak the truth. They should also come clean on the number of terrorists claimed to have been killed during the air strike,” Banerjee had maintained. While speaking to the media at Nabanna on Thursday, the CM hit out at the Modi government, saying: “Ahead of the forthcoming elections, the Centre is keen on deriving political mileage from the air strike that has been conducted by our Air Force. The jawans defend our borders and we all hold them in high esteem. But politicising the whole issue only to satisfy one’s political interest is condemnable.”
Kolkata: A fish trader was shot dead by a few miscreants in Howrah on the wee hours of Friday.According to sources, the deceased fish trader identified as Tarak Bhuniya, used to sell fish at Parbati Bazar near Bose Para in Byantra. He used to buy fish from the Howrah wholesale fish market. Like other days, Bhuniya was going to the Howrah fish market to buy fish on his bicycle, on Friday at around 4 am. When he was crossing the Bankim Setu over Howrah railway station, a few miscreants surrounded him and tried to snatch away the bag containing money. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhen Bhuniya tried to resist, the miscreants fired multiple bullets at him. Two bullets penetrated his abdomen and chest and he fell on the road, bleeding profusely. Hearing his screams, some local residents ran to his rescue. Seeing them, the miscreants fled from the spot. Bhuniya was rushed to Howrah District Hospital, where he revealed his identity. However, a few minutes later, he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The hospital authorities immediately informed Golabari police station. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSources informed that there is a CCTV camera installed near the murder spot. In the footage collected from it, the miscreants were seen firing at Bhuniya. Police claimed that the killers have been identified and will be behind bars soon. However, till Friday night no one has been arrested. Though police are claiming that the miscreants have been identified, the motive behind the murder is still not clear. Sleuths suspect that Bhuniya might have had some business rivalry with someone, or it could have been a case of snatching money, where the miscreants shot Bhuniya because they were resisted. Sleuths are also checking to know if he has any family problem as police came to know that he had got married twice and both of Bhuniya’s wives are alive.