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Amazon oder Netflix? Studie offenbart deutschen Marktführer bei Streaming-Portalen

Die Nutzerzahlen von Streaming-Portalen sind ein gut gehütetes Geheimnis. Wie viele Menschen besitzen einen Account bei Amazon Prime, wie viele bei Netflix? Das war bislang lediglich Gegenstand von Spekulationen. Nun verspricht eine Studio, Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen und uns zu zeigen, wer in Sachen Streaming tatsächlich Marktführer in Deutschland ist.  Trotz erstklassiger Serien wie “House of Cards” ist Netflix nicht der Marktführer in Sachen Streaming. © Sony Das Marktforschungs – und Beratungsinstitut Goldmedia hat jüngst die Ergebnisse einer Online-Umfrage veröffentlicht, die sich mit zahlungspflichtigen Video-on-Demand-Anbietern in Deutschland beschäftigt. Laut der Studio nehmen schon heute 43 % aller Internetnutzer der Bundesrepublik das Angebot von Streaming-Diensten in Anspruch. Das entspricht ganzen 24 Millionen Nutzern. Dieser Wert hat sich damit seit Ende 2014 mehr als verdoppelt und ohnehin ist Streaming ein Geschäft mit Zukunftspotenzial. Die Umsätze der Portale lag 2015 bei 423 Millionen Euro, doch 2021 sollen die Einnahmen sich schon auf 990 Millionen Euro berufen und damit knapp vor der Milliardengrenze. Diesen Trend führt Goldmedia auf das Abo-Modell zurück, das für junge Nutzer unter 30 verlockend ist. Amazon gewinnt den Wettstreit mit Netflix deutlich © Goldmedia 2016, Nutzung von Pay-VoD-Angeboten in Deutschland, April 2016 Bei den VoD-Anbietern selbst gab es derweil einen deutlichen Sieger. Unter den Streaming-Nutzern gaben 32 Prozent an, dass sie über ein Abonnement von Amazon Prime verfügen. Dies sei darauf zurückzuführen, dass im Abo bei Amazon Prime zusätzlich zu Serien wie “Transparent” und “Mr. Robot” der Premium-Lieferservice enthalten ist. Netflix folgt dank Eigenproduktionen wie “House of Cards“, “Orange Is the New Black” und “Marvel’s Daredevil” mit 17 Prozent auf Platz 2, was angesichts des Deutschlandstarts vor gut zwei Jahren eine respektable Position. Komplettiert wird das Siegertreppchen durch Sky mit 12 Prozent, die wohl vor allem dank der deutschen Erstausstrahlung von “Game of Thrones” einen enormen Wettbewerbsvorteil gegen die folgenden Konkurrenten haben.  

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Pricing and availability for LG Rolling Bot revealed

The LG Rolling Bot will soon be available in the US and the UK. It will arrive late compared to the other LG Friends, but it's definitely one of the oddest gadgets we've seen recently. It's a robotic avatar you can use to check up on things at home while you are away. You can drive it around with the built-in camera and use the speaker to talk to people (or your cat). It even has an IR blaster so you can control equipment at home (e.g. turn on the air conditioner so it's nice and cool when you get home). There's also a laser pointer you can use to blind your enemies (or play with your...

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Steve Buscemi Set To Star In Andrew Haigh’s ‘Lean On Pete’

EXCLUSIVE– Steve Buscemi is set to star in Andrew Haigh's Lean On Pete. He will play the character of Del in the film, which has long been a passion project for Haigh, who will direct and write the tale of lost Americana.The film is an adaptation of Willy Vlautin's acclaimed novel about 15-year-old teenager Charley as he embarks on a perilous journey in search of his long lost aunt and a possible home, his only companion the stolen racehorse Lean on Pete. The Bureau’s…

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Tevez wage demands dashed West Ham return: Sullivan

LONDON: West Ham United's bid to re-sign Carlos Tevez stalled because of the striker's salary demands, the Premier League side's co-chairman David Sullivan has said. The 32-year-old returned to his native Argentina with childhood club Boca Juniors in 2015 after nine successful seasons in Europe, where he won league titles with English sides Manchester United and Manchester City and Italy's Juventus. Tevez, who helped save West Ham from relegation during his one-year spell in the 2006-07 campaign, also had an outstanding final season with Juventus to help them win the Serie A and the Coppa Italia and reach the Champions League final in 2015. "We tried to get Tevez but he wanted £250,000 (RM1.3 million) a week. In his last year at Juventus he was great. But 250 grand a week!" Sullivan told British media. "He'll probably stay where he is now but he doesn't pay a lot of tax down there. I actually offered him 150 grand a week to come back plus bonuses. I thought that was an incredible offer for someone who loves West Ham. "He was a fantastic player." — Reuters

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A cocaine-stuffed horse-head statue might be the latest sign of Mexican cartels' expansion

New Zealand Police On Friday, New Zealand made its largest cocaine bust ever, seizing nearly 80 pounds of the drug hidden in a horse's head statue that arrived in the country from Mexico. While three people are in custody in relation to the shipment, it's not yet clear who sent the drugs or what their final destination was. While New Zealand has seen its own drug use rise, it's also likely that the shipment was destined for Australia, where a kilo of cocaine, about 2.2 pounds' worth, can fetch $228,000 to $259,000 — far more than the same amount commands in the US. The arrest of two Mexican nationals in relation to the bust suggests that it may be part of efforts by Mexican drug cartels to expand internationally, moving into new markets and capturing new consumers. If the shipment was orchestrated by a Mexican cartel, then the odds are the Sinaloa cartel of jailed kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán — which controls are large portion of the world's cocaine — was involved. If the Sinaloa cartel was behind the cocaine shipment, it's not the only Mexican criminal organization seeking to expand into Asia and Oceania — nor is it limiting its offerings to cocaine. Push and pull New Zealand Police Active links between Mexican cartels and the Australian drug market were uncovered in 2010, when Mexican nationals, who had links to cartels, were arrested during counter narcotics operations in Australia. According to a report from the Australian National University, cartel expansion in Asia has been driven by "push" factors and "pull" factors. Declining demand and falling prices in US and European markets has pushed traffickers to other markets. New Zealand Police Those traffickers have been pulled toward Asia by Australia's high prices for illicit drugs ($228,000 to $259,000 for a kilo of cocaine, versus $54,000 in the US), as well as increased demand for illegal drugs related to the region's rapid economic growth. The region also has the most amphetamine-type stimulant users in the world, and at the wholesale level, meth can cost 20 times more in Australia than it does in Mexico. Australia isn't the only target, however. In early 2015, police reported "larger than usual amounts" of high-purity cocaine had been intercepted in India, and drug seizures in that country tripled between 2009 and 2013. In June 2015, authorities in Bangladesh seized a $14 million shipment of cocaine, believed to be from Bolivia. Nor are the drugs in question limited to cocaine. China accounts for 50% of the region's annual crystal-meth seizures (though much of the drug is produced in China). In 2013, South Korea seized more than 30 pounds of crystal meth that it linked to Mexico, and that same year, Japanese authorities discovered crystal-meth trafficking from Mexico into their country. New Zealand Police Though the ANU's report notes that the danger posed to Australia is not from any one group, but rather from "dark networks" of "multiple organizations ... where one unit is not merely the formal subordinate in some larger hierarchical arrangement," it does describe the specific threats traffickers — Mexican cartels in particular — present to Australia. Mexican cartels have pursued the wholesale side of the drug market in Australia, leaving retail distribution to local criminal groups (much as they do with street gangs in the US). And not only do Mexican cartels not discriminate when it comes to partnering with criminal groups — they often add incentives to ensure their continued access to the market. Worryingly, these incentives include illegal firearms, many of which flow into the hands of criminal groups in Mexico from sources in the US. Mexican cartels' growing partnerships with Australian criminal groups "is of particular concern because of the potential escalation of violence between local criminal groups vying for control of domestic distribution networks, made all the more lethal due to the diffusion of illegal firearms from the cartels," the ANU's report states. 'They are businessmen ... They are everywhere' While Guzmán's Sinaloa cartel is not the only game in town among Mexican criminal organizations, reports and arrests indicate that the Sinaloa organization has an outsize presence in international drug markets. New Zealand Police The cartel is believed to have operations in up to 50 countries, ranging from Argentina up to the US, across Europe and Africa, and throughout Asia and Oceania. It's suspected of partnering with Chinese traffickers to bring precursor chemicals into Mexico to fuel that country's growing meth industry. It's also turned up in Hong Kong, and the arrest of suspected Sinaloa cartel operative in the Philippines in 2015 led to the revelation that the cartel was attempting to break into that country's meth trade. New Zealand Police In Australia, the Sinaloans appear to have a significant presence. In September 2010, a report indicated that the cartel was moving more than 1,100 pounds of cocaine into Australia each month. In early 2013, court documents detailed how the Sinaloa organization would fly millions of dollars from Australia to the US to purchase cocaine, and then move that cocaine back to Australia. The Sinaloa cartel has "the capacity to negotiate with Nigerian criminal groups, European criminal groups — they provide to everybody. They are businessmen," Antonio Mazzitelli, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime representative for Mexico, told Vice earlier this year. "They are everywhere. They had the capacity to take advantage of the globalization of the demand for illicit drugs. They have the capacity to provide all types of drugs everywhere," Mazzitelli said.NOW WATCH: Federal agents found one of the longest US-Mexico drug tunnels hidden under a dumpster

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നികുതി വരുമാനം കൂടിയെന്ന് ധനമന്ത്രി

തിരുവനന്തപുരംജൂൺ മാസത്തിൽ നികുതി വരുമാനം പത്തൊമ്പത് ശതമാനമായി കൂടിയെന്ന് ധനമന്ത്രി തോമസ് ഐസക്. നികുതി വരുമാനം 25 % ആക്കുകയാണ് ലക്ഷ്യം. കഴിഞ്ഞ വർഷം ശരാശരി പത്ത് ശതമാനം മാത്രമായിരുന്നു നികുതി വരുമാനമെന്നും അദ്ദേഹം പറഞ്ഞു.ഭരണമാറ്റത്തിന്റെ സന്ദേശമാണ് വർധനയെന്നും അദ്ദേഹം കൂട്ടിച്ചേർത്തു.

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How to combine macro images for amazingly sharp photographs

Step by step: how to get pin-sharp macro images Focus stacking is a handy technique used to extend the depth of field in your images. This technique is commonly used in extreme close-up photography as depth of field is so limited.Depth of field is determined by three factors: focal length, distance to subject and aperture. Macro lenses tend to have long telephoto focal lengths – like the Sigma 105mm lens we're using – and you have to get in close to your subject to achieve full-size magnification, both of which leave you with a very shallow plane of focus. This is why narrower apertures are typically used in macro photography to ensure the subject is sharp, while blowing out the background into soft focus. But often this isn't enough to render the entire subject in sharp focus. The solution is to shoot several images, each with tiny adjustments to focus, then merge the sharpest parts together into one seamless, pin-sharp image. All you need is a macro lens, a sturdy tripod to keep your camera in a fixed position for the sequence of exposures, and a subject that will remain perfectly still, too.It's actually quite a simple, automated process to combine your stacked shots in Photoshop CC or CS. While this is adequate for getting started, you may want to consider using specialist stacking software such as, Zerene Stacker and Helicon Focus when you move on to more complex subjects that require a lot more images to be stacked together.1. Secure camera The most vital part of the focus stacking technique is to ensure that your camera is locked solidly in place so that it doesn't move between exposures. Set your camera up on a tripod. Even the smallest nudge can cause movement, so use a shutter release cable too.2. Enable live view mode Move your subject into position and enable Live View; this is invaluable when working in such a controlled environment. Squinting through the viewfinder to set focus is a painful process, whereas Live View will allow you to zoom in to specific areas for more accuracy.5 essential photography filters (and why you can't live without them!)3. Switch to manual To ensure the exposure remains the same for each shot, set Manual mode and the optimum aperture of your lens, usually f/8-f/11. Don't be tempted to select a really narrow aperture to reduce the amount of shots required as diffraction will soften your images.How to take manual control of your camera4. Focus... and repeat Switch your lens to manual focus (MF). Zoom in to 5x magnification and twist the focus ring until the closest part of your subject is pin sharp.Fire a shot, twist the focus ring a fraction, take another shot. Repeat until you've focused/shot the furthest point of your flower.5. Subject Your subject needs to remain static. Some work better than others due to the complexity of their structure. Smooth, simple objects won't require as many shots. Subjects with overlapping layers will prove much trickier. 77 photography techniques, tips and tricks for taking pictures of anything6. Light source A north facing window, offering plenty of diffused light, is ideal. Pop a reflector on the opposite side to bounce light back into the shadows. If the light is flat, a constant light source, such as an anglepoise lamp, will also work.7. Composition It's important to compose slightly wider than what you want the final composition to be as, when you blend your images in Photoshop, you will need to crop out the overlaid areas towards the edges of the frame.8. Focus overlap To ensure you get a sharp end result you'll need to overlap the plane of focus for each shot. Make use of the 5x and 10x magnification function in Live View to ensure you don't miss a section when shifting the focus.How to take food photos9. Cropping We mentioned that you should compose slightly wider than you want the final image to be. This is because the Auto-Align Layers command may rotate some frames marginally during the alignment process and you will need to crop in to remove the uneven edges. We suggest cropping your image after running this command, before using the AutoBlend Layers command.10. Open your images in Raw Transfer your stack of images (we took 30 shots) onto your computer and save them in a new folder. Open them into Photoshop; if they are Raw files, as ours are, they will automatically open into Adobe Camera Raw so you can make some Raw adjustments.11. RAW adjustments With the topmost image highlighted, scroll down to the bottom image and shift-click it to select all the images. Now any exposure tweaks you make will be applied to all images simultaneously – saving time, as they're slight variations of the exact same shot.12. Save as JPEGS Merging a large number of files will take a long time, so, to speed up the process, click the Save Images button to batch-convert them as JPEGs. Set Destination to Save In Same Location, Format to JPEG, Quality to High and hit Save.13. Load as layers Click Done to exit Camera Raw. Moving to the main Photoshop editor, go to File>Open and select all the newly created JPEG files. Go to File > Scripts > Load Files Into Stack, and click OK. This will open all the images as individual layers into one file.14. Align layer Once loaded in Photoshop, select the topmost layer in the Layers palette, hold shift and click on bottom-most layer to select them all.Go to Edit > Auto-Align Layers and ensure Auto is selected and hit OK. This will counter any slight movement between shots.15. Blend layers With all the layers still highlighted, go to Edit>AutoBlend Layers and ensure Stack Images and Seamless Tone and Colors are selected.Photoshop will create a series of layer masks that reveal the sharpest bits of each layer, for a pin-sharp shot, from front to back.How to use Photoshop to turn images into drawings16. Check the focus Photoshop isn't perfect and you may notice some areas it's missed due to misalignment. Locate the layer that has the area of sharpness you want to recover. The quickest way to view them is by flicking through your sequence in Bridge or Lightroom.17. Edit the masks Locate that layer in the Layers panel, drag it to the top of the stack, and click its mask to edit it. Paint with white to bring the area of focus back. Repeat to other layer masks, if required. Reveal all layers and Hit Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to create a merged layer.18. Boost contrast Zoom in and scroll around the image, using the Spot Healing Brush tool to paint over and remove any imperfections. Next, add a Levels adjustment layer to boost contrast by dragging the Shadows and Highlights sliders in to the edge of histogram and adjust the Midtones to balance the exposure.19. Saturate and sharpen Next, add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and increase the Saturation slider to boost the color. Create another merged layer and go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. For our image, we set Amount to 66%, Radius to 2 pixels and Threshold to 2 levels to sharpen the finished image. 20. Just add water If you choose to photograph a flower that doesn't have an overly complex structure and a flat-looking bud, jazz it up by spraying water on it for a different effect. We did this with a bright pink Gerbera to add more interest and detail to the final image. You can pick up spray bottles from DIY, gardening shops or even your local supermarket for a few quid, if you don't have one.52 photography projects: a photo idea to try every week of the year

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Why the power in MLS has shifted firmly to the Western Conference

Western teams appear faster, stronger, more competitive and more tenacious – and teams from the East are too quick to fire the coach when things go wrongAs the halfway point of the 2016 MLS season rounds into view after a pause for the Copa America, this season is looking as hard to predict as any other. One prediction that was easy to make, however, was that the Colorado Rapids would beat the Chicago Fire when play resumed two weeks ago. They duly did, and their 2-1 win cemented their perch at the top of the Western Conference, at least for a short period. (They now sit a point back of Dallas, but with two games in hand.) Colorado have arguably been the league’s top team this year; Chicago are the league’s worst. It was about as hard of a guess as Argentina choking in another final. Related: Montreal better without Drogba; and NYC FC's best Englishman isn't Lampard Continue reading...

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