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Wireless carriers are confronting increased competition

Wireless carriers are confronting increased competition for device sales from third-party ecommerce sites, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Wireless Purchase Experience Full-Service Performance StudySM—Volume 2 and the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Wireless Purchase Experience Non-Contract Performance StudySM—Volume 2.

Specifically, the percentage of device purchases made via carriers’ websites and overall level of customer satisfaction with those purchases has declined since the Volume 1 study, released in January 2019. Meanwhile, the total percentage of wireless purchases made via Amazon has increased by 3 percentage points during the same period, and customers who purchase via amazon.com are much more satisfied with their purchase experience than with their carrier website (884 vs. 851, on a 1,000-point scale).

“Wireless carriers have made meaningful investments in their digital channels, and while those investments are positively influencing customer care, there is still room for improvement when it comes to optimizing purchase experience,” said Ian Greenblatt, Managing Director at J.D. Power. “Carriers need to be positioned to satisfy their customers’ shopping preferences as the industry gets closer to 5G and the introduction of new phone models.”

Study Results

For full-service carriers, T-Mobile ranks highest with a score of 864. Verizon Wireless (837) ranks second and AT&T (836) ranks third.

For non-contract full-service carriers, Cricket ranks highest with a score of 862. Metro by T-Mobile (851) ranks second and Boost Mobile (850) ranks third.

For non-contract value carriers, Consumer Cellular ranks highest with a score of 876. TracFone (834) ranks second and Straight Talk (832) ranks third.

Now in the 16th year of publication, the U.S. Wireless Purchase Experience Full-Service Performance Study and U.S. Wireless Purchase Experience Non-Contract Performance Study evaluate the wireless purchase experience of customers who use any one of three purchase channels: phone calls with sales representatives; visits to a retail wireless store; or online/website. Overall purchase experience satisfaction with both full-service and non-contract carriers is measured in six factors (in order of importance): store sales representative; website; phone sales representative; offerings and promotions; store facility; and cost of service. The studies were fielded from January through June 2019.

Say Yes to the Prom

TLC’s SAY YES TO THE PROM Will Make Prom Dreams Come True and Empower Deserving High School Students Nationwide

In partnership with Macy’s, the 2019 SAY YES TO THE PROM Tour Kicks Off in Silver Spring, MD, with Stops in Knoxville, TN, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, and New York, NY

TLC’s SAY YES TO THE PROM initiative is back for the eighth consecutive year and kicking off the 2019 prom season alongside returning retail partner Macy’s to help 1,000 underserved and deserving students across the country find the perfect prom look. Travelling to five different cities, SAY YES TO THE PROM will create the ultimate prom “shopping” experience, complete with one-on-one style sessions with Monte Durham of TLC’s SAY YES TO THE DRESS: ATLANTA to help the students find the perfect dress, tuxedo and accessories.

Each of these 1,000 deserving students will be treated to a full shopping day alongside Durham. Young ladies will receive the prom dress of their choice, as well as shoes from NinaBlue by Betsey JohnsonJewel Badgley Mischka and Adrianna Papell, all provided by Macy’s. To complete their prom ensembles, they will be able to frost themselves with Kendra Scott earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Young menwill be furnished with a complete tuxedo rental from Men’s Wearhouse. Stylists from Paul Mitchell Schools will help participants cultivate their personal prom style by providing hair and makeup consultations.

The SAY YES TO THE PROM tour will begin in February in Silver Spring, MD, and continue in March with stops in Knoxville, TN, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, and ending in New York, NY. Each stop along the tour will feature an all-day “shopping” event to outfit participating students with the perfect head-to-toe prom ensemble. Beyond these local events, the specially designed line of SAY YES TO THE PROM dresses and accessories are currently available for purchase in Macy’s stores nationwide and online for the fourth consecutive year.

“What initially started as a prom dress donation drive and outreach event aimed at outfitting high school students with prom attire back in 2011, TLC’s SAY YES TO THE PROM has since evolved into a nationwide initiative. Entering its eighth consecutive year, this program stands by its mission – to give students across the country an unforgettable prom experience, along with educational and career-building opportunities beyond the prom that help prepare students for their futures,” said Adria Alpert Romm, Chief Human Resources and Global Diversity Officer, Discovery, Inc., and creator of SAY YES TO THE PROM.

“Macy’s is thrilled to partner with SAY YES TO THE PROM and help bring the magic of prom to these deserving students,” said Durand Guion, group vice president, Macy’s Fashion Office. “We know what a special moment this is, and we are incredibly thankful to our colleagues and customers for making these incredibly deserving prom wishes come true.”

Designed to go beyond the dress and tuxedo to prepare students for college and careers, this year’s SAY YES TO THE PROM will feature scholarship, internship and mentorship opportunities as part of educational and youth workforce partnerships with The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation’s Careers in Entertainment initiative and The Emma Bowen FoundationStudents at each event also will meet and be paired with professional mentors from the fashion and media industries. These mentor-mentee relationships will extend beyond the event and offer students an ongoing connection to the professional world.

This year’s SAY YES TO THE PROM tour welcomes both new and returning national partners. In addition to a glittering selection of over 2,500 donated dresses from Macy’s, SAY YES TO THE PROM will be more impactful than ever before as a result of contributions from premier partners including Men’s Wearhouse, Kendra Scott, NinaBlue by Betsey JohnsonJewel Badgley MischkaAdrianna Papelland Paul Mitchell SchoolsAT&T® employee volunteers and members of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) will serve as mentors and style guides for this year’s initiative. The Cable Center will return as a SAY YES TO THE PROM partner to host this year’s Denver event.

“Say Yes to the Prom holds a very special place in my heart,” said Jana Henthorn, president and CEO of The Cable Center, which first hosted the event in the spring of 2016. “It was at this event where we first met our brilliant intern, Monserrat “Monsi” Vasquez, who was a high school senior and her class valedictorian. Monsi was my mentee and after the event, she began working as an intern at The Cable Center. Monsi still works with us in our office and has been a stellar addition to our team. We are delighted to be working with Discovery again to host this truly fun celebration and one-of-a-kind opportunity for our local Denver student community!”

“Having Monte and the Say Yes to the Prom team back at The Cable Center is such an honor. Seeing Monte work with these young women and men is heartwarming,” said Diane Christman, SVP of development at The Cable Center. “At the Denver event, Monte knew every single one of the students by name, and we watched them all gain confidence under his expert tutelage. We can’t wait for Say Yes to the Dress to be back at The Cable Center and to be part of this fantastic community event.”

Dates and locations for the 2019 SAY YES TO THE PROM tour include:

  • February 26 in Silver Spring, MD
  • March 5 in Knoxville, TN
  • March 14 in Los Angeles, CA
  • March 19 in Denver, CO
  • March 28 in New York, NY

Also, as part of Macy’s partnership with Becca’s Closet, for each prom dress purchased on Saturday, March 30th, Macy’s will donate one, up to 5,300 dresses, to a girl in need. Please visit our website to learn more about this year’s SAY YES TO THE PROM initiative and Becca’s Closet and follow #SYTTP on Twitter and Instagram.

About Discovery:

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit our website and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

About TLC

Offering remarkable real-life stories without judgment, TLC shares everyday heart, humor, hope, and human connection with programming genres that include fascinating families, heartwarming transformations, and life’s milestone moments. TLC is a top 10 network across key female demos.  TLC is a global brand available in more than 86 million homes in the US and 279 million households around the world. Viewers can enjoy their favorite shows anytime, anywhere through TLC GO – the network’s TVE offering featuring live and on demand access to complete seasons. A destination online, TLC.com offers in-depth fan sites and exclusive original video content. Fans can also interact with TLC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest. TLC is part of Discovery (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers in more than 220 countries and territories to satisfy curiosity and captivate superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, lifestyle, sports and kids content brands.

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 650 locations in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Squarein San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $52 million each year, plus 153,000 hours of volunteer service, to help make a difference in the lives of our customers. For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom.

About Men’s Wearhouse

Founded in 1973 and a subsidiary of Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE:TLRD), Men’s Wearhouse is the largest specialty retailer of men’s apparel and rental product in the U.S. with over 750 stores, including Men’s Wearhouse and Tux, nationwide. Men’s Wearhouse carries a full selection of suits, sport coats, slacks, formalwear, sportswear, outerwear, dress shirts, footwear and accessories in non-exclusive and exclusive merchandise brands such as Joseph Abboud, AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole, BLACK by Vera Wang, among others. Tuxedo and suit rentals are available at both Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores, which also offers a limited selection of retail merchandise, and Men’s Wearhouse stores nationwide. For additional information on Men’s Wearhouse, please visit our website.

About Becca’s Closet

Becca’s Closet is a nonprofit organization that donates free formal dresses to high school girls who are unable to afford to purchase them for homecoming, military ball and prom. Becca’s Closet also awards scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate dedication to serving their communities. Visit our website for more information.

About the Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF)

EBF connects the media, entertainment, and technology industries with a pipeline of talent and emerging leaders, and advocate for best practices in diverse hiring, retention and advancement. Founded in 1989, EBF has provided internships for over 1,300 students of color. Over 60% of alumni pursue careers in the media, entrainment, technology fields in roles ranging from account executives to engineers and on-air reporters, and include Emmy and Peabody award winners.

About The Cable Center
The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit organization serving the media and telecommunications industry. We tell the story of the cable industry, highlighting for the global community the significant contributions made to technology, society, and culture. We connect people and ideas to advance innovation. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry; the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources; as well as the Community of Innovators with a focus on entrepreneurship. For more information visit us at our website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Which Wireless Firms Are Doing Well?

The study is out for the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study—Vol. 1.

As the release linked above describes, this study measures network quality experienced by customers with wireless phones and network performance of tablets and mobile broadband devices. It’s based on responses from 32,159 wireless customers and was fielded from July through December 2018. Carrier performance is examined in six regions: Mid-Atlantic, North Central, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and West.

The metric used is quality problems per 100 connections (PP100) in call quality, messaging quality, and data quality in each region. Simply put, the lower the number, the fewer problems customers experienced by customers and the better the overall experience is.

The release notes that wireless network problems are rising among customers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and North Central regions, but that problems have decreased in the Southeast region.

As for what carrier is doing the best overall, Verizon is the clear leader. It ranks highest in all six regions covered in the study, achieving the lowest network quality problems per 100 connections (PP100) in call quality, messaging quality and data quality in each region. T-Mobile ties Verizon in data quality in the Northeast region.

You can find specific charts for each region in the study.

Here’s the link to last year’s release if you’d like to compare.

AT&T and REESE WITHERSPOON’S HELLO SUNSHINE

Though women make up 50% of moviegoers, they represent only 17% of creators in Hollywood, outnumbered by men in most roles within film and TV production, from writing and cinematography to production and editing jobs.  To address the gender imbalance and bring more diversity to the screen, AT&T, Hello Sunshine, and Fresh Films have joined forces to create the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab, an unforgettable opportunity for young women to immerse themselves in a professional film production and learn from industry experts, including Reese herself.

“Everyone at Hello Sunshine is ecstatic about this program where we can share our resources with young female storytellers and filmmakers,” says Witherspoon, “Hopefully, it will provide young women with the tools to tell their own stories , and ultimately, start a chain reaction that leads to continued access and opportunity for them in our industry. “

“AT&T is excited to collaborate with Hello Sunshine and Fresh Films to support the next generation of female filmmakers,” said Charlene Lake, senior vice president, corporate social responsibility, AT&T.  “It is critical that we develop a pipeline of talent who will create content that captures diverse perspectives and stories.  We’re looking forward to working with the exceptional young women selected for this program and supporting their journey as storytellers.”

Through the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab, which will be held in Los Angeles July 30-Aug. 6, teen girls will learn the ins-and-outs of storytelling and production as they rotate through all key filmmaking positions – from camera and editing to sound and costume – while being mentored by professionals from Fresh Films, AT&T and Hello Sunshine. Hello Sunshine was launched in November 2016 by Reese Witherspoon in partnership with The Chernin Group and AT&T under Otter Media’s growing portfolio.

Girls 13-18 with a passion for storytelling and creating videos can apply online at www.att.com/filmmakerlab now through June 10 to become one of 20 teen girls selected for the experience.

The program is free and open to teen girls of any experience level.  And like in all Fresh Films programs, teen girls in the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab program will gain career skills and practical experience on a real project.  This hands-on, on-set experience will grow the teen’s problem solving, communication, collaboration and tech skills.

Fresh Films’ past summer programs for teens have produced feature film “The Stream” featuring Mario Lopez and Rainn Wilson as well as Emmy-nominated kids’ TV show “Detectives Club.”

“Fresh Films was a great program to work with. I thought the skills they were offering to teach were so priceless,” said Maya Brown, a Fresh Films alum who participated in the summer program sponsored by AT&T in 2017. “AT&T did a great job by sponsoring this program through influencing young minds to invest their time in something productive and magical.”

Future employers of these female movie makers can take note:  according to research compiled by Women and Hollywood, the inclusion of more female perspectives at all levels within the film industry results in more diverse and interesting storytelling. Additionally, female directors consistently employ more diverse production teams and casts, and films with diverse cast enjoy the highest median global box office. In short, bringing voices of women to the industry means making better and higher grossing movies.

About Fresh Films:  Fresh Films has been engaging youth behind the camera and creating youth-targeted TV shows, films and original content since 2002 – all purposed to make a difference in young lives.  Teen creatives have worked on over 150 short films, documentaries and features, including recent productions  “The Stream,” a coming-of-age family comedy created by teens, benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of America and featuring Mario Lopez (Extra), Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) and Rainn Wilson; “Detectives Club,” a science TV show for kids featuring Tim Kazurinsky; “Traveling Without Moving” starring Steve Guttenberg and Harry Lennix; and season two of “Detectives Club,” which will debut in late 2017.  Fresh Films is the non-profit arm of Dreaming Tree Films with info at www.fresh-films.com

Fresh Films is now located on-campus of Augustana College, a top-tier liberal arts college located on the beautiful Mississippi River in Rock Island, IL.

*About AT&T

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ABOUT HELLO SUNSHINE

Hello Sunshine is a media brand and content company dedicated to female authorship and storytelling across all platforms. Hello Sunshine is producing feature films, television shows as well as unscripted series, audio storytelling and social series under the Hello Sunshine brand, all anchored by a singular mission: to change the narrative for women. Hello Sunshine is also the home for Reese’s Book Club, fast-growing in reach and influence. Some of the film and TV projects that have already been announced by Hello Sunshine include the highly-anticipated limited series from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller Little Fires Everywhere, as a Hulu Original Series, a 10-episode comedy series for Apple executive produced by and starring Kristen Wiig that was created by Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock) and inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It; Are You Sleeping, executive produced by and starring Octavia Spencer, which is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber that is created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife, Justified) for Apple; an Untitled Morning Show Project produced by and starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, which was given a two-season, straight-to-series order by Apple with Kerry Ehrin (Bates Motel) serving as showrunner; a film for Fox 2000 based on Catherine Steadman’s novel Something in the Water, being adapted by Julia Cox; and A White Lie, a psychological thriller for TriStar Pictures produced by and starring Zendaya based on Karin Tanabe’s critically-acclaimed novel The Gilded Years, which will be adapted by Monica Beletsky (Fargo, The Leftovers). Hello Sunshine recently launched its first original podcast series, How It Is, which features powerful, personal stories told by a diverse group of high-profile women and hosted by actor and author Diane Guerrero (Orange Is The New Black, Jane the Virgin). The content company most recently launched the podcast How It Is, which features powerful, personal stories told by a diverse group of high-profile women and is hosted by actor and author, Diane Guerrero.

J.D. Power × Network Quality

Photo Credit: Google Images

J.D. Power has just issued the release for its U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study–Volume 1 for 2018, based on the responses of 38,595 wireless customers (phones, tablets, and mobile broadband devices) from July through December 2017.

Below are some of the key findings of the study:

·         Unlimited data continues to improve customer perception of quality: Unlimited data plan customers experience an average of 11 overall network quality problems per 100 connections (PP100) vs. an average of 13 PP100 among customers with data allowances. They also experience a lower incidence of data problems (15 PP100 vs. 17PP100).

·         Bring your own device (BYOD) customers experience higher incidence of network quality problems: Overall network quality for customers who brought their own device is 12 PP100 vs. 11 PP100 for those who paid their carrier in full or in installments for a device. This difference in overall network quality is driven by gaps in calling quality (14 PP100 among those who brought their own device vs. 13 PP100 among those who purchased a device from their carrier) and data quality (17 PP100 vs. 15 PP100).

·         Phone age not really a factor: The average age of a phone brought to a carrier is 19 months vs. 14 months for phones that were purchased through the carrier. However, network quality does not necessarily decline with phone age. Phones less than a year and a half old are associated with 12 PP100 vs. 10 PP100 among phones 18 months or older, suggesting that some quality issues may be caused by network optimization issues and not the age of the phone.

As usual, the different carriers were also ranked. Verizon Wireless ranks highest in all six regions covered in the study, with better PP100 scores than the regional averages in call quality, messaging quality and data quality. U.S. Cellular ranks highest in a tie with Verizon Wireless in the North Central region.

BEA MILLER

BEA MILLER

CONCERT SPECIAL

Presented by AT&T and AUDIENCE

Watch the trailer HERE

Tune in TONIGHT at 9 PM ET/PT to watch the broadcast premiere of the

concert special on AT&T* AUDIENCE Network

via DIRECTV Ch 239, AT&T U-verse Ch 1114

Click (HERE) for a sneak peek of Bea’s performance (sweet little unforgettable thing)

Bea Miller brings her indomitable voice to the concert stage in this intimate performance of songs off her recently released EPs: chapter two: red and chapter three: yellow.

Miller is gearing up for the release of her sophomore album, which she created with Julia MichaelsJustin Tranter, Sir Nolan, Jesse Shatkin, Pop & Oak, Ilsey and Nick Jonas, among others. Itߣs been a year-long project ߝ an anthology of EP releases chapter one: bluechapter two: red and chapter three: yellow that will culminate with her second full-length Hollywood Records album (which will include 5 additional new songs).

For more information on Bea Miller visit:

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TV ONE SPONSORS NAACP IMAGE AWARDS

TV One is joining forces with a distinguished team of sponsors supporting the 49th NAACP Image Awards: Red Carpet Live! pre-show on Monday, Jan. 15 at 8.00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT. and the subsequent live telecast of the 49th NAACP Image Awards onTV One at 9 p.m. ET8 p.m. CT. Sponsors include Ford Motor Company, AT&T, American Family Insurance, Black Radiance, Curls, Disney Pictures, McDonald’s, Walmart and Toyota.

 

“As we recognize black achievement on a day as auspicious as the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, TV One is proud to partner with a dynamic group of companies which understand the importance of representing the dream within their communities and across the nation,” says Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay, TV One EVP of Ad Sales and Marketing.

For the fifth consecutive year, TV One is the television home for the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization’s award show, the 49th NAACP Image Awards hosted by Golden Globe-nominated actor Anthony Anderson.

Additionally, actor and TV personality Terrence J (Think Like A Man) will return to host and serve as one of the producers for the 1-hour live TV One Red Carpet Special with correspondent Tanika Ray (Extra) and chat with the stars as they grace the carpet at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.  The telecast will feature the latest, fully loaded Toyota Camry on the carpet. Toyota will also present the digital red carpet promotional category on HelloBeautiful.com. Following the arrivals, special guests will indulge on festive fair in the Walmart VIP Gold Room, complete with food, drinks and photographs to capture the occasion.

Ford Motor Company returns as the lead telecast sponsor to present the Backstage Pass, hosted by celebrity influencer Tai Beauchamp and comedian/actor/producer Chris Spencer. The in-show segments offer exclusive interviews with award presenters and winners throughout the night. Ford will also sponsor the Entertainer of the Year Award category, which boasts a tight field of nominees including Chadwick Boseman, Ava DuVernay, Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Chance The Rapper and Jay-Z.

McDonald’s has signed on as sponsor of the newly created “Music Makes A Difference Honor,” which recognizes exceptional individuals whose work and foundations strive to create a force of development, change and inspiration in the lives of our communities.   The recipient is to be announced. Also, McDonald’s will sponsor the digital music recording promotional category as featured on HelloBeautiful.com.

AT&T’s sponsorship of the Countdown Clock during the red carpet special will help build anticipation leading up to the live broadcast of the Awards show, while their support of the TV One after party with show participants, winners and other special guests will help continue the celebration after the last trophy is awarded.

American Family Insurance and Black Radiance Curls will sponsor the first-ever NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Fan Zone, where 100 lucky fans can watch their favorite stars walk the red carpet as well as experience all the glitz and glamour of the celebrity arrivals. Disney Pictures will build excitement for their new films A Wrinkle In Time and Black Panther with exclusive content from the upcoming releases during the telecast.  Beauty brand Black Radiance Curls will also sponsor activations on-site during the Red Carpet Live! pre-show.

The NAACP Image Awards honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors and celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film.  For the first time in its award show history, the public was invited to vote for their favorite nominees in 36 categories, which is certain to make for an even more meaningful win for this year’s honorees.

“For the first time in our history, voting for the 49th NAACP Image Awards was open to the public,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “Through our Hollywood Bureau, the NAACP fights for diversity and inclusivity in front of and behind the lens. Engaging the public in the selection of the Image Awards winners is a natural extension of that mission. I am thrilled but not surprised that more than a million individual votes were cast for nominees in 36 categories. We look forward to celebrating the winners they selected on January 15th.”

TV One will drive conversation around MLK Jr. Day and the 49th NAACP Image Awards by encouraging its social audience to share how they ‘REPRESENT’ Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream today. Nominees, celebrities, influencers, notable dignitaries and the social community will use the hash tag #RepresentTheDream to create an emotional and powerful campaign that will remind viewers of the power of “The Dream.” Viewers can find each thought-provoking #RepresentTheDream testimonial on www.TVOne.tv/ImageAwards or on Instagram during the Red Carpet Live! pre-show.

For all information and latest news, please visit the official 49th NAACP Image Awards website at http://www.naacpimageawards.net. Viewers can also join the conversation on TV One’supcoming live telecast of the 49th NAACP Image Awards by visiting www.tvone.tv/imageawards and connecting via social media on TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tags #ImageAwards and #RepresentTheDream.

APPLE × SAMSUNG

OF SMARTPHONES AND SUPREMACY —THE NEVER ENDING RACE BETWEEN APPLE AND SAMSUNG

Written by: Amardeep Singh

2016 and 2017 have been strange years for smartphone giants that seem to show no signs of backing out on every front. From Samsung‘s gadgets being seen as potential explosive bombs to Apple admitting its dirty tactics in slowing down its older phones for better sales, from Nokia making a valiant return with the 3310 to Google releasing Pixel. But before techies and phone savants declare their opinions on the best phone for the year as 2017 comes to an end, it’s important to review two of the most happening smartphones that had gripped everyone in hype.

IT’S ALL IN THE SPECIFICATIONS

The iPhone X debuted with a staggering size of 43.6 × 70.9 × 7.7 mm (5.65 × 2.79 × 0.30 inches) showing an absent home screen button when compared to the Note 8’s size of 162.5 × 74.8 × 8.6 mm (6.40 × 2.95 × 0.34 inches).

Initial advertisements by Apple boasted several of the phone’s  features such as a stunning 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display that shows a beautiful 2,436 × 1,125 pixels (458 ppi) home screen. Apple wasn’t just betting on visual appeal to be the main selling point but it seems that the new animated emoji( called animoji) clearly took the stage at the keynote speech.

The phone runs on an A11 Bionic  64-bit architecture with a 2716 mAh battery that Apple promises to power 12 hours of internet, 13 hours of video playback, 21 hours of talk time and up to 60 hours of audio playback. Cameras have seen a vast improvement in the latest release with a M10 motion co-processor being coupled with a dual 12MP rear (both with OIS) and a 7MP True Depth front that captures images up to 4K at 60fps. Video making too has been augmented with users now being able to shoot 1080p at 240fps. Beneath the silver or space Gray exterior the, the provides up to 64GB or 256GB of storage space and the newest iOS 11 framework.

All this for a standard price of nearly a $1000 which is likely to increase in the coming months as Apple hints the possible release of more color variants and even a rumored iPhone 9.

The Note 8 too isn’t much far in that regard when it comes to technology. While slightly heavier than its counterpart, the phone still takes the lead with a 162.5 × 74.8 × 8.6 mm (6.40 × 2.95 × 0.34 inches) size with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display and a 2,960 × 1,440 (522 ppi) resolution. While the rear camera is no different than the iPhone ‘s12 MP feature, the front has an 8 MP capability. Early reviews stated that the phone hosts features to create videos at 4K at 30fps and 720p at 240fps. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (U.S.)/Samsung Exynos 8895 (international) processor allows for 22 hours of talk time, 13 hours of internet, 16 hours of video playback, and up to 74 hours of audio playback.

Available at three storage spaces of 64GB (U.S.) 128, 256GB (International) and two colors of midnight black and orchid gray, the phone will cost buyers $ 930.

VERDICT— WHAT THE PUBLIC HAS TO SAY

The iPhone X launch brought some radical changes to its generation of smartphones which were welcomed by some but ridiculed and criticized by most. Despite showing some amazing sales figures when compared to the iPhone 7 which was considered to be no less than disastrous on the public front, the Note 8 still holds a competitive edge against the former.

Buyers are specifically amazed at the uses for Google Assistant and the S pen along with several other features such as Bixy, peripheral ports and its special lock-in procedures.

However, newer versions of the Note 8 have attracted some hindrance after users reported that they were unable to charge even on plugging after using them for the first time. Users are also dissatisfied with facial detection, screen burning and short battery lives on the latest iPhone. And the company too seems to be on thin ice as it revealed details about slowing down ageing phones which took a big crunch at its stock prices.

But only time will tell if either company can maintain a stronghold of their investors and consumers as the year comes to another end.

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