Spikes also says that theater chains have been pleased with the results of the company's recent closed beta. MoviePass saw attendance shoot up as much as 64 percent — and there's no doubt the entertainment industry needs some kind of boost. Domestic theatrical attendance has been on the decline for years, with a 2011 report by the Motion Picture Association of America revealing that admissions in the US and Canada had dropped over 18 percent since 2002. This year looks to be no better, with the 533.5 million tickets sold this summer representing a four-percent decrease from last year — and the lowest summer turnout since 1993. … [Read more...] about MoviePass, take three: can a subscription service reignite the US box office?
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Vehicles will be delivered to your preferred location by white-glove concierge service, and Cadillac says you can swap out vehicles as often as you like, in case you want a coupe for a weekend trip. Drivers must keep a car at all times, but because there’s no contract commitment, it’s possible to cancel the service for a month and start it up again at a later time. There are no mileage restrictions either, although Cadillac told The Verge in an email that driving for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft is not allowed. That last bit is something of a bummer because a $1,500 per month service that lets you swap between Cadillacs with included insurance and maintenance (and detailing when swapping cars!) would be a pretty stellar deal for a professional Uber driver. … [Read more...] about Cadillac is launching a car subscription service for $1,500 a month
NEW DELHI: The Competition Commission has dismissed a complaint against Vodafone Idea, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Airtel and Sify Technologies which alleged that they were charging higher rates for overseas inbound calls as compared to the ceiling fixed by telecom regulator Trai. The order came on a complaint filed by Canada-based Teleclub (Alberta Ltd), which is an international telecom carrier. The complainant alleged that the Indian telecom operators together decided to charge standard rate of 0.0053 USD for inbound calls terminating on their network in India, instead of the rates fixed by Trai. As per IUC Regulations, 2018, the telecom regulator prescribes international termination charges (ITC) of Rs 0.30 per minute for international incoming calls to wireline and wireless networks, it said. It added that the telecom operators further increased the rate of inbound calls to 0.0115 USD per minute after another meeting in February 2018. Besides, they allegedly harassed the firm by … [Read more...] about This CCI order is good news for India’s telecom companies
The short version The best portable SSD you can buy right now is the $149 CalDigit Tuff Nano (512GB). It was one of the fastest performing SSDs we tested, beating out most of the competition in read and write speeds. It's one of the most portable drives as well, with a metal body that has dimensions smaller than the size of a typical credit card. The device is IP67 water- and dust-resistant, and it has a special USB-C port that has its own waterproof rating. We only wish it came in more capacity variations, but for now, the CalDigit Tuff Nano portable SSD in 512GB is well worth its price of $149. Buy now CalDigit Tuff Nano (512GB) at Amazon. Our runner up portable SSD is the Samsung T5 (500GB). This palm-sized drive has been very popular over the past few years as a drive that's as reliable as it is portable. It's not as fast as our top pick, but it was one of the fastest among the average performers in our benchmark tests. We also appreciate that it has AES 256-bit hardware … [Read more...] about Guidemaster: The best portable SSDs you can buy right now
Range Rovers have long been the manifold destiny of the modest-yet-moneyed equine set—those who want to slog through unpaved slop to reach the perfect lake or meadow. And nobody driving one has failed to make it anywhere due to shortcomings off-road; Land Rovers and Range Rovers are the virtual poster dogs for exploring the wooded backlands. But until now, no Land Rover has beached itself onto American shores with diesel power, even though diesel has been an option in Europe for more than 30 years. It's been all-gasoline Range Rovering in the US, be it with a V8 or a supercharged V6. … [Read more...] about Queen of the Road: The 2016 Range Rover HSE Td6 has kingdom-crossing range