Chris Stewart APTN National NewsIt’s a long drive, let alone a walk.But that’s what Stanley Barkman did when he left Sioux Lookout in Ontario last month for Fort McMurray.Over 2,000 km later Barkman arrived at the fire ravaged city in northern Alberta.He did so to raise money for the people affected by the wildfire.
The Indiana Pacers held on to Game 5 by a fingernail clipping, defeating the Miami Heat 93-90 and forcing the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals back to Miami for a Game 6. After the Pacers’ Game 4 loss, spearheaded by potent small-ball lineups from the Heat, the onus was on Indiana to make an adjustment. Indiana coach Frank Vogel’s adjustment was mostly to refuse to adjust: He didn’t do anything new; he just did more of what’s been working.This is the third consecutive year that the Pacers and Heat have met in the playoffs, and — although Lance Stephenson has taken over for Danny Granger the past two seasons for Indiana — a consistent pattern has emerged: Indiana’s starters can more than hold their own against the Heat, but things rapidly fall apart when the Pacers go to their bench.Indiana Pacers’ Point Differential vs. Miami HeatIn Game 5, Vogel essentially eliminated Rasual Butler and Ian Mahinmi from the Pacers’ rotation, instead playing his starters for 31 minutes. As a group, that’s the most minutes they’ve played in this series, and it’s more minutes than they played in Games 3 and 4 combined.The point differential numbers in the table above shows how even a few extra minutes from the Pacers’ starters can make a huge difference. To put those per 100 possession numbers in context, the San Antonio Spurs led the NBA this season with a per 100 possession point differential of +8.1. The worst mark in the league, belonging to the Philadelphia 76ers, was -10.7.There were extenuating circumstances last night. The Pacers’ Paul George poured in 31 second-half points, many of which came on difficult shots. According to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Box Score, he made 10 of 18 contested shots in Game 5, or 55.6 percent. He had made just 32 percent of his contested shots in the series over the first four games. The Heat’s LeBron James also picked up five fouls in just over 23 minutes, about five times his normal foul rate. He sat for almost the entire second and third quarters, and the Pacers’ starters were just even with the Heat while he was on the floor.The Pacers’ starters aren’t going to outplay the Heat in every stint on the floor or overwhelm every small lineup Miami coach Erik Spoelstra dreams up. But Indiana’s starting five is orders of magnitude more effective than any other lineup the Pacers have.
Jay Cutler2015CHI55.568.534369.2 201232.143233.85402713.810 Drew Brees2011NO54.556.035258.0 201639.186847.05321544.56 Aaron Rodgers2016GB48.185.9610166.7 Ryan Fitzpatrick2015NYJ43.405.005269.1 Regular season onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group 200945.637036.83771634.16 Tyrod Taylor2015BUF49.387.574255.0 Tom Brady2017NE58.978.7610254.0 201334.654424.3821407.126 Pressure on the quarterback is often a determining factor in which team wins the Super Bowl. However, pressure does not only mean sacks. Just forcing a quarterback to release a ball sooner than he wants or hitting him as he’s releasing it can sometimes be even more advantageous than a sack.In Super Bowl XLVIII, two quick pressures by Seattle on Peyton Manning led to two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown after Manning’s arm was hit as he threw. That led to a 22-0 lead and the rout was on. Two years later in Super Bowl 50, Manning had the great defense on his side, and Von Miller forced two strip-sacks of Cam Newton that ultimately decided that game for Denver. In New England’s comeback win over Atlanta in Super Bowl LI, the turning point was when Dont’a Hightower strip-sacked Matt Ryan on a 3rd-and-1 with the Falcons up 28-12. That set up the offense on a short field and the comeback was on.It’s not so much about the volume of pressure put on a quarterback, but it’s how he handles it in the big moments on third down, in the red zone, and with the game on the line. Fortunately, that type of context is what an advanced metric such as ESPN’s QBR is able to adjust for.In 2017, Minnesota’s Case Keenum (58.5) and New England’s Tom Brady (54.0) led all quarterbacks in QBR under pressure with marks that rank among the top 10 in all seasons tracked since 2009. Brady’s placement may not come as a big surprise, but Keenum’s breakout season in Minnesota continues to be one of the wildest success stories since Kurt Warner went from bagging groceries to Super Bowl MVP in 1999. Jameis Winston2016TB51.81%6.3112576.7 Carson Wentz2017PHI43.436.378052.7 Case Keenum2017MIN53.336.616358.5 Peyton Manning2009IND59.047.754562.9 Rob Gronkowski and his large catch radius are obviously a big help to Brady when he’s under pressure. Gronkowski led the Patriots with 226 receiving yards when his quarterback was pressured, but Danny Amendola also has a tendency toward clutch catches. Filling in for Julian Edelman in the slot, Amendola caught 14 of 21 targets for 186 yards when Brady was pressured this year. Throw in Brandin Cooks’ 215 receiving yards in these scenarios and the Patriots have a lot of formidable weapons for defenses to worry about even when Brady is pressured. They’ll need all this playmaking ability against a tough Jacksonville defense. While the Jaguars didn’t pressure Ben Roethlisberger often last week, they did hold him to just 1-of-10 passing for 43 yards (including a brilliant touchdown to Antonio Brown) under pressure, and had a huge strip-sack returned for a touchdown in the second quarter.The Jaguars will need to do that to Brady to have a good chance at another upset, but Brady’s seen just about everything from defenses in his career. Against the Titans last week, Brady’s QBR under pressure was 87.6, including a touchdown pass to Chris Hogan and a soft toss to Amendola after heavy pressure.Even if Brady and Keenum aren’t at their best in tough matchups this weekend, they should still have a decisive advantage over the other quarterbacks. Blake Bortles finished 14th in QBR under pressure (21.2), but the strength in his game is really his scrambling ability. According to Sports Info Solutions, Bortles avoided 21 sacks this year, the second most by any quarterback (Matthew Stafford had 22). Bortles will have to use his legs against a New England defense that likes to make quarterbacks hold the ball —a unit that took down Marcus Mariota for eight sacks last week.As for the Eagles, Carson Wentz ranked third in QBR under pressure (52.7), so the offense has been missing that element since his injury. Nick Foles, in a limited sample of games, only has a 7.6 QBR under pressure this season. He’s always a hard one to predict with his unusual career path. Foles actually led all quarterbacks in QBR under pressure in 2014 with a mark of 48.2, but he was dreadful with the Rams (2.3 QBR under pressure in 2015).Then again, as Keenum has shown, stats collected in a Jeff Fisher offense may not be all that telling. If head coach Doug Pederson can devise another good game plan for Foles to implement this week, there’s no reason he can’t get this team to the Super Bowl.Then a whole new level of pressure begins. Keenum also led all quarterbacks in Football Outsiders’ passing Defense-adjusted Value Over Average metric, which measures efficiency, and he may just be the least likely quarterback to do so since 1986. A big part of Keenum’s success has been his improvement at handling pressure. When we first saw Keenum with the 2013 Houston Texans, he held the ball a long time as an inexperienced second-year player. Keenum’s pressure rate in 2013 was 38.7 percent, the second-highest season among all quarterbacks since 2009. With the Rams in 2016, Keenum ranked dead last in QBR under pressure (6.5). He took a sack on 26.7 percent of the plays he was pressured on.In Minnesota this year, Keenum has cut that mark in half, taking a sack on 13.3 percent of his pressures. Keenum has taken multiple sacks in each of his last seven games, but he was sacked just one time total from Week 5 to Week 11. A big help to Keenum has been wide receiver Adam Thielen, who led the NFL with 40 targets while his quarterback was under pressure — seven more than any other player. Thielen’s 397 receiving yards while targeted under pressure also led the NFL.Thielen is a great security blanket for Keenum, but Stefon Diggs has also been helpful in these moments. The game-winning touchdown pass to Diggs against New Orleans technically wasn’t a play under pressure, but it was a pressure-packed moment of desperation for the duo. Keenum’s QBR under pressure against New Orleans was just 26.4; he completed 4 of 10 passes for 53 yards with a bad interception that got the Saints back in the game. He’ll have to be much better against a Philadelphia defense that got after Matt Ryan often last week. For the season, Philadelphia allowed a 4.7 QBR when getting pressure on the quarterback, which ranked third among all defenses. Keenum can’t force things this week or create turnovers in what should be a low-scoring battle.Speaking of defense, the Jaguars ranked No. 1 in QBR when getting pressure (2.8). This is often a product of the Jaguars being able to get at the quarterback without sacrificing defenders in pass coverage: no defense blitzed less than Jacksonville at just 17.8 percent of its pass plays. That’s probably the right strategy against Tom Brady and the Patriots. You especially don’t want to send a big blitz of six-plus pass rushers at Brady. Since 2006 (including playoffs), Brady has 71 touchdowns to one interception against big blitzes (six-plus pass rushers).Still, at 40 years old, Brady has managed to improve in this area, posting a phenomenal season against pass pressure. His average yards per pass attempt under pressure was 8.76, the highest of any of the 277 qualified seasons since 2009. He also had the second-highest completion rate (59.0 percent) and second-highest passer rating (109.1) under pressure since 2009. The only real issue was that Brady still took 35 sacks this year, but sometimes that’s just the smart play instead of forcing a pass into coverage. YearCmp %YardsYPATDINTSacksQBRQBR Rank 201758.9710258.761023554.02 PlayerYearTeamCMP %YPATDINTQBR 201041.672986.21112510.79 201442.025684.77452136.33 Carson Palmer2015ARI49.647.067255.0 201539.238426.48813827.311 Includes all action plays (passes, sacks, runs); regular season onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Brady has improved with ageTom Brady’s year-by-year numbers while under pressure, 2009-2017 Keenum and Brady are elite with defenders in their facesThe best seasons based on QBR while facing pressure, 2009-2017 201141.033874.96313215.013 Dak Prescott2016DAL50.435.213052.4
Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected $299 HomePod gets multiuser support, live radio and audio transfer Amazon’s Alexa will soon be able to schedule a whole movie night out Google Duplex is less creepy assistant and more autofill on steroids See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. reading • Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri will get smarter this year. Here’s how. Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Bluetooth Google Siri Apple Apple HomeKit See It Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Of course, it would be much more natural to say, “Alexa, what’s the current temperature at the hallway thermostat?” and then simply “Set my hallway thermostat to 68 degrees,” without requiring the wake word again.Fortunately, Amazon recently introduced two new things that could make Alexa’s natural-language smarts even smarter. First, Alexa will soon be able to handle more than one related request without you having to repeat “Alexa.” This features is expected to roll out to US customers later in 2019 and will be specific to planning an evening out on the town. My colleague, Ben Fox Rubin, saw the feature on display at the Amazon re:MARS conference. In the video demo, someone asked Alexa about local movie times, bought tickets, locked down a restaurant reservation and scheduled an Uber — without having to say Alexa multiple times. Amazon also has an award competition called the Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge, encouraging colleges to design social robots that help develop Alexa’s natural language capabilities. It’s currently in its third year; University of California, Davis won first place last year, which included a check for $500,000 for their social robot, which “achieved an average conversation duration of 9 minutes and 59 seconds,” according to an Amazon’s blog post announcing the 2018 winner. The University of Washington, Seattle won in 2017; their social robot conversed for an average of 10 minutes and 22 seconds. By developing bots that can engage in longer conversations, the hope is that these student groups will help Amazon (and Alexa) find the best ways to maintain longer conversations of their own. News • Get a refurbished Apple HomePod for $194 CNET Smart Home WWDC 2019 Google I/O 2019 $299 SiriApple has been slower to embrace the smart home than Amazon and Google, but it’s still a major competitor. There’s one Apple-branded, smart home device that isn’t an iPhone, an iPod or a Mac: the HomePod, which you can control with Apple’s Siri voice assistant.Through Siri voice commands (and via the Home app in iOS), you can control smart home devices that are compatible with Apple’s HomeKit software. Like Alexa and Google Assistant, you can say, “Hey Siri, set my hallway thermostat to 68 degrees” or ask general questions. While Siri tends to interface well with the the third-party smart home devices that HomeKit supports, she typically falls behind when it comes to answering general questions and understanding natural-language queries. Fortunately, the HomePod got a few updates at WWDC 2019 that might help improve things, including the ability to recognize multiple voices, transfer audio from your iPhone to the HomePod and play live radio on iHeart Radio, TuneIn and Radio.com. Alexa and Google Assistant already have multi-user voice recognition, meaning they can distinguish between my voice and my co-workers’ (some of the time, at least). So Siri’s ability to tell who’s talking is something we’ve been waiting for, but it’s welcome nonetheless. This will mean that Siri should be able to give you reminders, music recommendations and other things that are customized just for you. Apple also announced Neural Text to Speech (TTS) software at WWDC, which should make Siri sound less like an AI and more like a person. We’ll see how well it actually works when iOS 13 comes out later this year. The HomePod, Apple’s smart speaker, costs $299. James Martin/CNET The current state of voice assistantsAmazon’s efforts to enable multiple requests without requiring the wake word each time is a huge step forward, even if it’s currently limited to planning a night out. Google’s “stop” alarm feature shows a similar trend to reduce reliance on the wake words or phrases and allow the conversation to flow more naturally. And while we didn’t hear much about Duplex’s voice-based software at this year’s I/O, Duplex on the Web could streamline a ton of tedious web-chores that I’d just as soon skip. Even Apple is stepping up with its new voice recognition feature and Neural Text to Speech software, designed to make Siri sound more human. There’s a definite theme here, and it’s all tied to streamlining conversations and making them sound more like natural dialogue. I’m all for losing some of those repeated wake words to streamline conversations, but am creeped out by the idea of AI sounding so human that we won’t be able to distinguish between voice assistants and people — and I’m definitely not alone. It’s an interesting time for the smart home voice control, with three major players competing for supremacy. A 2018 study said Google Assistant was the smartest voice assistant even though Echo devices sold better, but that Alexa was catching up. We may be moving into a more incremental phase of improving voice assistants, rather than the mad dash to third-party announcements we saw in the first few years of the technology. It’s these gradual changes though that will ultimately move them forward to hopefully being more useful. Further reading Smart Speakers & Displays Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy See It See All Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house $299 Google AssistantGoogle Assistant appears in five main smart speakers and displays and Google Assistant is the brains behind those devices. Unlike Alexa, which is both the name of the voice assistant and the default wake word for Alexa-enabled speakers, Google Assistant devices respond to the phrases, “OK, Google” and “Hey, Google.”Like Alexa (and Siri, as you’ll see below), you can ask Google Assistant about the weather, the traffic, to adjust a smart LED for you — and much more.Google Assistant is also a fairly strong in terms of natural-language conversations. I particularly like how you can use Google Assistant in concert with your Google Nest Hub smart display to make dinner. The voice assistant is patient as you go through the steps: You can ask it to go back to a previous step, repeat the current step and even ask for the next ingredient, how much of it you need, and what the conversions are, if any. And, at I/O 2019, Google’s annual developer conference, the company introduced a feature where you can say “stop” to turn off an alarm without having to remember to say, “Hey, Google, stop” in your just-awakened grogginess. The tech giant also introduced something called “Duplex on the Web” at I/O 2019, a follow-up to the Duplex software that would put a human-sounding voice AI on the other end of the phone line to assist you with booking appointments, reservations and more. Because it sounded so real, you wouldn’t necessarily know you weren’t talking to a person. Duplex on the Web is text- rather than voice-based. Ask Google Assistant to make a dinner reservation for you and it will use the information it has about you to auto-fill your details on the website. The idea is sound in theory: Let technology book your car rental and other basic information input tasks for you, but I wonder how well it actually works. Regardless, I’m certainly more comfortable with the concept of a text-based Duplex, rather than the voice-based AI. Apple HomePod See it Comments Mentioned Above Apple HomePod (White) Share your voice Apple 14 Photos Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Do you have a favorite voice assistant (or smart speaker)? Weigh in below in the comments. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri aren’t the same smart-home voice assistants they were at launch, or even a few months ago. All three AIs undergo regular updates that set them apart from one another — and keep the competition interesting for those of us following along at home (and in my case, at work, too). Google I/O, the tech giant’s annual developer conference took place in May and there was a lot of smart home news. Apple’s own yearly conference, WWDC, just happened too. And Amazon’s re:MARS conference is currently underway. That makes this a particularly busy time for smart home announcements, particularly related to Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.Let’s explore the most recent changes to get a better sense of each assistant’s strengths, as well as where they need the most work — and what we hope to see in the future. Read: Amazon’s helping police build a surveillance network with Ring doorbellsAlexaAmazon has been a leader in the smart home space ever since it introduced its inaugural Echo speaker back in 2014. Now it has seven smart speakers and smart displays to choose from, powered by Amazon’s AI assistant, Alexa. Say “Alexa” to wake your speaker and then start talking. Alexa can help you with directions, order food and even turn on your lights or adjust your thermostat. Alexa is already a decently strong conversationalist, but it’s dependent on its wake word (Alexa) to initiate nearly every new line of conversation. For example, If I say, “Alexa, what’s the current temperature at the hallway thermostat?” I’d then have to say, “Alexa” again before requesting that the voice assistant “set the hallway thermostat to 68 degrees.” 52 • Review • Apple HomePod review: Great sound, but it’s trapped in Apple’s world 4:05 CNET Smart Home Preview • Hey Siri, beat Amazon, Google and Sonos: Apple HomePod hits Feb. 9 Tags The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… Adorama $299
Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.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 … Tech Mahindra IT employee told to resign by 10am, call recording goes viral Mahindra Group’s executive chairman Anand Mahindra has apologised for the way an employee was fired from the organisation. The apology comes after the unnamed employee was reportedly asked to leave with immediate effect and his recorded conversation with the HR representative went viral online.”I want to add my personal apology. Our core value is to preserve the dignity of the individual & we’ll ensure this does not happen in future,” Mahindra tweeted, along with an CEO CP Gurnani’s apology, which said: “I deeply regret the way the HR rep & employee discussion was done. We have taken the right steps to ensure it doesn’t repeat in the future.”The HR representative reportedly asked the employee to resign by 10 am the next day and said that the layoff was a part of the company’s restructuring plan. Even though the employee requested the representative to give him some more time, the HR told him that he needed to leave with immediate effect and cited the condition in the employment contract, which says that the employer can ask an employee to leave with immediate effect.”Cost optimization is happening at the company and your name is part of that list. If you can put in papers we will be treating it as a normal exit with June 15 as last working day. If not, we will be sending you a termination letter and don’t expect anything from the company including an experience letter or basic salary,” the Times of India quoted the HR representative as saying on the call.The IT giant, which is India’s fifth largest IT services provider, also later apologised for the fiasco and Vineet Nayyar, vice-chairman, Tech Mahindra, said in a statement that necessary steps have been taken to resolve the matter and he regrets the way things transpired. An employee sits at the front desk inside Tech Mahindra office building in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi March 18, 2013 (representational image).Reuters fileIt was earlier reported that Tech Mahindra was set to sack about 1,500 employees for poor performance. “We have a process of weeding out bottom performers every year and this year is no different,” the company had then told TOI.I want to add my personal apology. Our core value is to preserve the dignity of the individual & we’ll ensure this does not happen in future https://t.co/yBxAxvFZlc— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) July 7, 2017Though the company has said that the layoff would be on the basis of the appraisal and the employees’ performance in the past years, it did not reveal whether the decision will affect workers across the board or only at certain levels.
Arun JaitleyReutersThe Modi government has been weighing the possibility of introducing a stimulus package, following GDP growth in the first quarter (Q1) ended June 30, slumping to a 3-year low of 5.7 per cent. It has now done just that by considering a Rs 50,000-crore fiscal stimulus to the economy to boost exports, support MSMEs, and expand bank credit, even at the cost of letting the fiscal deficit widen a little, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing two government sources.Television channel ET Now on Thursday reported the proposed stimulus as Rs 40,000 crore, citing unidentified sources.This is despite industry reportedly not being too enthused about such a move. The government has acknowledged that GDP growth in Q1 was dragged lower due to destocking by manufacturers prior to the introduction of the GST (Goods and Service Tax) on July 1.ET Now said that the government is considering giving itself some elbow room on fiscal deficit as it believes that given the current state of the economy, a fiscal stimulus of Rs 40,000 crore would be more crucial than maintaining fiscal deficit.Indian banks are desperate for capital as they have been reeling under pressure from bad loans, leading to credit growth in India being stifled.The government seems to be of the view that the FRBM panel (Fiscal Responsibility and Budgetary Management) has made provisions for a higher deficit in lieu of structural reforms, the report said, adding that hence, the government is likely to relax the fiscal deficit target this year given the recent implementation of major reforms like GST and demonetisation.Business Today had earlier reported that as private capital expenditure has long been muted following demonetisation and the hasty implementation of India’s biggest tax overhaul, and the government is expected to announce a big capital allocation for public sector projects in the stimulus package.Elaborating on the specific heads of the proposed stimulus, financial daily Economic Times (ET) quoted ET Now as saying that the government is considering an interest subvention scheme for MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) — a sector widely considered to be among the primary drivers of India’s economy. Workers stand around a crane as it loads wheat onto a ship at Mundhra Port in Gujarat in this file photo. REUTERS/Amit DaveThe government is also considering relaxing the working capital requirement for the MSMEs to 180 days from the current 90 days, which will provide them with enough elbow room, ET said.The government is also likely to infuse an additional Rs 25,000 crore into recapitalising state-run banks in addition to the Rs 15,000 crore already budgeted. This additional amount of Rs 25,000 crore is not a part of the Rs 40,000-crore stimulus package calculation, ET said, quoting the ET Now report.Last month, the government figures showed that India’s GDP growth disappointed for the second straight quarter, slowing down to a mere 5.7 percent in the April-June period and pitting the country behind China on the list of world’s fastest growing major economies, ET said.The 5.7 percent fiscal first quarter GDP growth was much lower than the 7.1 percent seen in the same quarter a year ago, and down from 6.1 percent in the preceding quarter. The government sought to apportion a major part of the blame for the slow growth on GST, saying that high levels of inventory drawdowns and destocking due to businesses rushing to clear stocks ahead of the implementation of the ambitious tax reform had a negative impact on GDP growth.
iHeartMedia and Jake Brennan, host and producer of the rock and roll true-crime podcast “Disgraceland,” announced Wednesday at the Winter Podcast Upfront a new partnership to bring listeners two additional seasons of “Disgraceland” to the iHeartPodcast Network.Season 3 will feature 10 episodes and will debut March 14 with part one of a two-part episode on Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, part two will follow on March 19. Subsequent new episodes will be released bi-weekly on Tuesdays beginning March 26 with an episode on Snoop Dogg. In addition, “Disgraceland” will debut the Season 3 premiere first on iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations across the U.S. on March 13 before it’s available digitally on March 14.“I can’t wait for ‘Disgraceland’ listeners to hear Season 3,” said Brennan. “They can expect more of the same highly entertaining stories from the seedy underbelly of rock and roll past and present, but with a whole new cast of characters: Kurt and Courtney, Ike and Tina, Johnny Cash and Amy Winehouse to name a few.” The partnership will also include a new slate of iHeartRadio Original podcasts led by Brennan set to be released later this year. Two of the originals include “Rocka Rolla,” a serialized version of Disgraceland with a 10-episode arc on the madness and genius of Phil Spector, and “The 27 Club,” a new anthology series that will explore the lives of rock stars who died mysteriously at the age of 27. The new slate of shows will be hosted by Brennan and co-produced by iHeartRadio in the style of “Disgraceland.”“Today’s listeners have an insatiable appetite for true crime and music, and ‘Disgraceland’ perfectly blends the two together offering listeners suspense through an engaging scripted series,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “We are excited to be partnering with Jake on both the launch of the next two seasons of ‘Disgraceland’ and also a slate of new iHeartRadio Originals, introducing entertaining new content to listeners across the country.”Last year, Variety named “Disgraceland” “One of the 10 Best Music Podcasts” and called it the “rock ‘n’ roll version of the Peabody Award-winning Serial.”UTA brokered the deal. Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Teenagers who are habitually glued to their smartphones are more likely to be unhappier than their peers, a study has found. Researchers from the University of Georgia in the US, analysed data from a survey of over a million US teens.The survey asked students questions about how often they spent time on their phones, tablets and computers, as well as questions about their in-the-flesh social interactions and their overall happiness.On average, they found that teens who spent more time in front of screen devices – playing computer games, using social media, texting and video chatting – were less happy than those who invested more time in non-screen activities like sports, reading newspapers and magazines, and face-to-face social interaction. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers believe this screen time is driving unhappiness rather than the other way around. “Although this study can’t show causation, several other studies have shown that more social media use leads to unhappiness, but unhappiness does not lead to more social media use,” said Jean M Twenge, professor at San Diego State University in the US.Total screen abstinence does not lead to happiness either, Twenge found. The happiest teens used digital media a little less than an hour per day. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHowever after a daily hour of screen time, unhappiness rises steadily along with increasing screen time, according to the study published in the journal Emotion.”The key to digital media use and happiness is limited use,” Twenge said.”Aim to spend no more than two hours a day on digital media, and try to increase the amount of time you spend seeing friends face-to-face and exercising – two activities reliably linked to greater happiness,” he said.