Ad Blocking is Eating Up More than 20 Billion in Global Revenues

first_img The report concludes that mobile will likely be the next frontier for ad blocking and that the software’s adoption rate will continue to climb. With that in mind, the writing on the wall seems clear: Digital advertising’s future is in serious jeopardy. Globally, close to 200 million Internet users are using ad-blocking software, and that number is expected to keep growing rapidly. As magazine media looks towards new ways to counter losses in print ad sales through programmatic selling and other digital ad products, ad-blocking software poses a paramount challenge. Could that mean that print advertising will have resurgence? Or does it mean that magazine media will lose out on even more ad spend? For now, it’s anyone’s guess. One silver lining for publishers (for now) is that mobile ad blocking is still in its infancy, accounting for less than 2 percent of all blocked ads. Fortunately, most publishers are starting to capture half or more of their pageviews through mobile traffic, so as that migration continues, the loss of ad dollars on desktop could be offset. However, it’s not unreasonable to expect ad blocking to become more common on mobile devices in the near future.center_img More troubling than the adoption rate is the lost revenue at stake. The report says that the global loss of ad dollars due to ad-blocking software is an estimated $21.88 billion and $10.78 billion in the U.S. alone. That’s roughly a quarter of the cumulative earnings of the total U.S. magazine industry. According to a recent report from PageFair and Adobe, ad blockers are catching on quickly and accounting for massive losses in potential ad revenue. In just one year, the number of average monthly software users increased 41 percent between Q2 2014 and Q2 2015. In the U.S., the adoption rate grew even faster at 48 percent, which accounts for 45 million monthly active users.last_img read more

Renault wants to merge with Nissan then pursue FCA report says

first_img 26 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye: Classic looks, gobs of power More From Roadshow 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura Share your voice 3 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Tags Car Industry Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Car Industry 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 49 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 46 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 81 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Enlarge ImageRenault, which introduced the new Clio at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, is apparently hungry for mergers. Renault Not content with only an alliance, French automaker Renault wants to pursue a full merger with Nissan, the Financial Times reports. After that’s completed, Renault then reportedly wants to go on and seek a merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.The FT says that Renault wants to begin merger talks with Nissan within 12 months’ time, and after that the company would start looking to merge with another automaker. FCA is on the list of “the preferred targets” for that merger.The FT also reported this week that FCA chairman John Elkann has recently discussed merger possibilities with Peugeot, as well as “with Korean and Chinese automakers.” Despite that, no deals are apparently imminent. Still, with Renault’s pursuit of FCA some way off, it’s not impossible that FCA will find a suitor before Renault has finished its merger tie-ups with Nissan.Renault didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A Nissan spokesman in the US declined to comment.Late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne was known to be interested in pursuing mergers in his final years at the company’s helm. His replacement, current FCA CEO Mike Manley, also has publicly stated his interest in tie-ups with other automakers. He told Automotive News earlier this month that, “I want to find areas where cooperation — whether it is partnerships, whether it’s joint ventures or whether it is deeper levels of equity cooperation that makes sense for us.”There’s some interesting historical context for a Renault and FCA deal. In the 1980s, Renault briefly took a stake in American Motors Corporation, which also then manufactured Jeep, before AMC was sold to Chrysler. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Renault Nissan,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 68 Photos 71 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Share your voice 69 Photos More From Roadshow Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Tags Comments Comments 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 review: Let it semi-autonomously chauffeur your chauffeur 52 Photos 12 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 3 18 Photoslast_img read more

US columnist accuses President Donald Trump of sexual assault

first_imgUS President has denied the allegations and said that he had never met her.A US magazine columnist has accused President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her at a New York luxury department store in the late 1990s.An excerpt from E Jean Caroll’s book titled ‘What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal’ was published in New York Magazine on Friday. It divulged details about her experience of sexual assault by “real estate tycoon” in first person account headlined ‘Hideous Men: Donald Trump assaulted me in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago. But he’s not alone on the list of awful men in my life’.Caroll revealed that she had met Trump at the store when she was 52 and helped to suggest a gift for ‘a girl’ after he sought her advice.She claimed that between 1995 and 1996, he ‘lunged’ at her at the upscale Bergdorf store’s lingerie section, and pushed her against the wall while attempting to kiss her.  “I am so shocked I shove him back and start laughing again. He seizes both my arms and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights” she wrote.While she had confided to two friends about the assault, where one said that she should report to the police while the advised Caroll to not reveal anything because “he’ll bury her with 200 lawyers”, she had decided to not lodge a criminal case. New York reported that both the women had confirmed their accounts on the incident.However, Donald Trump has denied all allegations and claimed that he had never met her and called the publication a “crooked newspaper”.Just revealed that the Failing and Desperate New York Times was feeding false stories about me, & those associated with me, to the FBI. This shows the kind of unprecedented hatred I have been putting up with for years with this Crooked newspaper. Is what they have done legal?…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019He accused the Democratic party to be behind the recent controversy in a statement, “If anyone has information that the Democratic Party is working with Ms Carroll or New York Magazine, please notify us as soon as possible. The world should know what’s really going on. It is a disgrace and people should pay dearly for such false accusations.”The White House has also denied the accusations and stated, “This is a completely false and unrealistic story surfacing 25 years after allegedly taking place and was created simply to make the president look bad.”Regarding evidence, Caroll claimed that the department store no longer had security footages of the time the incident took place.She described that the reason she didn’t lodge a formal complaint was that he will deny the allegations like the way he denied the accounts of two dozen women who had confided about his unwanted sexual advance before. She also said, “I run the risk of making him more popular by revealing what he did”.Trump was under fire after 15 women alleged Trump of gross sexual misconduct before he became the president.A video of an Access Hollywood footage had emerged during his 2016 presidential election campaigns in which he controversially stated of having the liberty of grabbing women by her vagina because of his popularity,He had apologised for the statement and said that it was “locker room” talk.last_img read more

Appeal hearing against stay on Gazipur polls Wednesday

first_imgGazipur City CorporationThe Supreme Court (SC) is scheduled to hold hearing on the two appeal petitions on Wednesday challenging the High Court order staying the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election for three months, reports UNB.The full bench of the appellate division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, will hear on the appeal petitions filed by two mayoral candidates of ruling party Awami League (AL) and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).Earlier in the day, Awami League mayoral candidate Zahangir Alam filed a petition with the Appellate Division bench of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order staying the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election for three months.The chamber judge of the Appellate Division justice Hasan Foyez Siddique on Tuesday sent the petitions to the full-bench of the appellate division after hearing on the two petitions.Earlier on Monday, BNP mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarkar filed a petition with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order.However, no hearing on the petition was held with the chamber judge of the Appellate Division as no representative from the election commission was present at the court, said Sagir Hossain Leon, counsel of the BNP mayoral candidate.On Sunday, the HC stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election, which was scheduled to be held on 15 May, for three months.It also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into GCC should not be declared illegal.The government on 16 January 2013 published a gazette incorporating six moujas of Shimulia union of Savar upazila (South Boroibari, Domna, Shibrampur, West Panishail, South Panishail and Domnag) under Gazipur City Corporation but according to law, GCC was formed with Gazipur and Tongi municipalities.ABM Azharul Islam Suruj, Shimulia union parishad chairman of Savar, filed the writ on Sunday morning challenging the legality of the gazette as the election commission announced the election schedule incorporating six moujas of Dhaka district, which is illegal.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedule for Gazipur and Khulna city corporations on 31 March.last_img read more

HISD To Hold Community  Meetings On Improvement Required School To Avoid State

first_imgWednesday, March 21 Worthing High School 9215 Scott St. *Both Worthing High School and Woodson PK-8 will be discussed at this meeting  Thursday, March. 1  Dogan Elementary School  4202 Liberty Rd.   Wednesday, March 21  Hilliard Elementary School  10719 Seneca St.   Tuesday, March 6  North Forest High School  10725 Mesa Dr.   Share Thursday, Feb. 15  Highland Heights Elementary School  865 Paul Quinn St.   Tuesday, Feb. 27  Wesley Elementary School  800 Dillard St.   Wednesday, Feb. 21  Mading Elementary School  8511 Crestmont St. center_img Tuesday, Feb. 27  Blackshear Elementary School  2900 Holman Ave.   Tuesday, March 20  Henry Middle School  10702 E Hardy Rd.  Tuesday, Feb. 20   Madison High School   13719 White Heather Dr.   Wednesday, Feb. 14  Cullen Middle School  6900 Scott St.   HISDHISD Trustees will hold a series of public meetings at schools that have been deemed with an “improvement required” status, by the Texas Education Agency.   According to the district’s press release, HISD is recommending changes at 10 of the struggling schools; in light of a potential state takeover. It is also recommending changes at four additional low-performing campuses.“The state has yet to tell us what their standards are,” said HISD Board of Education President Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, in an e-mailed statement. “So as much as these students are accelerating academically and raising the bar on their campuses, we’re shooting in the dark at a moving target.”   According to the district:“The current recommendation is for eight schools to be managed by outside organizations such as a nonprofit or an institution of higher education. They are Dogan and Mading elementary schools, Henry Middle School, and Kashmere, Madison, North Forest, Wheatley and Worthing high schools. The remaining six – Blackshear, Highland Heights, Hilliard and Wesley elementary schools, Cullen Middle School and Woodson PK-8 – would be closed and reopened to serve limited grades.” Skillern-Jones says they want to be clear these are only recommendations. “We are committed to doing everything in our power under the law to keep these schools open. We are also committed to keeping these school communities informed and engaged as we navigate this process together,” said Skillern-Jones, in an e-mailed statement.All meetings will begin at 6 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 6  Wheatley High School  4801 Providence St.  Wednesday, Feb. 28  Kashmere Gardens Elementary School  4901 Lockwood Dr.  last_img read more