25 September 2022 19:22

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Zee Keralam will bring to its audiences a unique comedy series titled ‘Wife is Beautiful’, starting this month. The comedy series will start airing on Zee Keralam on September 12 at 7 PM.

Prominent stars Adinad Sashi, Shiny Sara, Manikandan Pattambi, Vinod Kovoor, Salim Hasan, Veena Nair, Sneha, Sufi and Niyas essay the main characters in Wife is Beautiful. Intended to evoke added laughter in the living rooms of Malayali audiences, Wife is Beautiful will have TV stars of repute and comedians in the well-crafted, laughter-inducing episodes.

Wife is Beautiful is different from the regular comedy programmes, as it has been shot as full-length comedy scenes that have much for the viewers to have fun and think too. Episodes narrate tales that are commonly seen in Malayali households, with a comic twist.

Wife is Beautiful is a humorous portrayal of a family caught between tradition and cultural diversity. The serial revolves around an ordinary family consisting of an elderly couple Balaraman and Seethalakshmi, their three children and their wives. Humorous events unfold with the arrival of three daughters-in-law, who hail from different cultures and backgrounds.

Thursday, 08 September 2022 00:00

Apple reveals iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

Featuring the Always-On display, the first-ever 48MP camera on iPhone, Crash Detection, Emergency SOS via satellite, and an innovative new way to receive notifications and activities with the Dynamic Island

Apple today announced iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, the most advanced Pro lineup ever, featuring the Dynamic Island — a new design that introduces an intuitive way to experience iPhone — and the Always-On display. Powered by A16 Bionic, the fastest chip ever in a smartphone, iPhone 14 Pro introduces a new class of pro camera system, with the first-ever 48MP Main camera on iPhone featuring a quad-pixel sensor, and Photonic Engine, an enhanced image pipeline that dramatically improves low-light photos. These groundbreaking advancements make iPhone even more indispensable for everyday tasks, creative projects, and now even emergency situations with features such as Emergency SOS via satellite and Crash Detection. iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be available in four gorgeous new finishes: deep purple, silver, gold, and space black. Pre-orders begin Friday, September 9, with availability beginning Friday, September 16.

“Our customers count on their iPhone every day, and with iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, we’re delivering more advancements than any other iPhone. iPhone 14 Pro introduces a camera system that empowers every user — from the casual user to the professional — to take their best photos and video, and innovative new technologies like the Always-On display and the Dynamic Island, which offers new interactions for notifications and activities,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Groundbreaking safety capabilities bring users even more security, offering help when they need it most. And with the incredibly powerful and efficient A16 Bionic chip and all-day battery life, this is the best iPhone yet.”

Dynamic Island: An Interactive User Experience

The Dynamic Island enables new ways to interact with iPhone, featuring a design that blends the line between hardware and software, adapting in real time to show important alerts, notifications, and activities. With the introduction of the Dynamic Island, the TrueDepth camera has been redesigned to take up less of the display area. Without impeding content on the screen, the Dynamic Island maintains an active state to allow users easier access to controls with a simple tap-and-hold. Ongoing background activities like Maps, Music, or a timer remain visible and interactive, and third-party apps in iOS 16 that provide information like sports scores and ride-sharing with Live Activities can take advantage of the Dynamic Island.

A New Class of Pro Camera System

The pro camera system on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in a smartphone, empowering every user — casual or professional — to capture the best photos and video.

iPhone 14 Pro takes computational photography even further with Photonic Engine, offering a giant leap for mid- to low-light performance in photos across all cameras through a deep integration of hardware and software: up to 2x on the Main camera, up to 3x on the Ultra Wide camera, up to 2x on the Telephoto camera, and up to 2x on the TrueDepth camera. Photonic Engine enables this dramatic increase in quality by applying Deep Fusion earlier in the imaging process to deliver extraordinary detail, and preserve subtle textures, provide better color, and maintain more information in a photo.

Additional pro camera system upgrades and features include:

A new 12MP Ultra Wide camera with 1.4 µm pixels, which delivers sharper images with more detail, improving already powerful macro photography capabilities.

An improved Telephoto camera that offers 3x optical zoom.

A new front TrueDepth camera with an ƒ/1.9 aperture that enables better low-light performance for photos and video.

A new Adaptive True Tone flash that has been completely redesigned with an array of nine LEDs that change pattern based on the chosen focal length.

Powerful computational photography benefits like Night mode, Smart HDR 4, Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, Night mode Portrait photos, Photographic Styles to personalize the look of every photo, and Apple ProRAW.

A new Action mode for incredibly smooth-looking video that adjusts to significant shakes, motion, and vibrations, even when video is being captured in the middle of the action.
Cinematic mode, now available in 4K at 30 fps and 4K at 24 fps.

Pro-level workflows for video, including ProRes3 and end-to-end Dolby Vision HDR.

TV & Film Awards Unveils New Category Updates in Documentary, News Reports, and News Features

The 2023 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards competition is now accepting entries.

New York Festivals Television & Film Awards celebrates innovative storytelling from around the globe and honors content creators whose compelling programs reach international audiences. The competition's 65-year legacy provides a showcase of exceptional work across all genres of entertainment media.

For 2023 New York Festivals has updated several categories reflecting the evolving nature of the industry.

"Journalists today are finding new ways to keep viewers informed in our ever-changing and interconnected world. Here at New York Festivals, we want to be able to amplify their dedication with categories tailored for those purposes," said Rose Anderson, VP & Executive Director, New York Festivals TV & Film Awards. "We are thrilled to partner once again with the WaterBear Network honoring documentary filmmakers who are using their talents to save our planet."

Documentary categories award in-depth storytelling with a distinctive point of view. New Documentary categories include Best Nonfiction Series and Investigative Journalism.

News Programs categories for 2023 include Best Breaking News Coverage, Best Continuing News Coverage, and Best Investigative News Coverage. News Reports/Features include Breaking News Story Coverage, Continuing News Story Coverage, Financial News Report, Heroes Feature, Human Interest Feature, Investigative Report and Legal News Report

View TV & Film's powerhouse roster of categories, visit HERE.

New York Festivals TV & Film Grand Awards for 2022 went to the following programs: "The National Lottery's Big Night of Musicals" Performing Arts Special (TBI Media for BBC One), "Old People's Home For 4 Year Olds S2" Social Issues Documentary (Endemol Shine Australia for ABC), and "Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special" Variety Special (Done+Dusted for Apple TV+).

Sean McManus, Chairman of CBS Sports, was honored with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. CBS Sports host Greg Gumbel made the presentation to Mr. McManus.

New York Festivals TV & Film Awards debuted a prestigious new award for 2022, the WaterBear Award, a partnership between WaterBear Network that honors the highest scoring documentary across the Climate Change & Sustainability, Environment & Ecology, and Nature & Wildlife categories. Together NYF and WaterBear Network honored "Hippo King" (A Terra Mater Factual Studios / Skyland Productions/ Into Nature Productions production in co-production with DOCLIGHTS/NDR NATURFILM/ The WNET GROUP in association with PBS and CPB) Nature & Wildlife with the inaugural WaterBear Award.

For the sixth consecutive year, Al Jazeera English Qatar's coverage of international issues and wide-ranging themes earned the network the prestigious title of Broadcaster of the Year. Done+Dusted earned the Production Company of the Year Award for 2022.

Due to ongoing global pandemic quarantine restrictions, the 2022 NYF TV & Film Awards winners were honored via a virtual ceremony on April 26th during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The two-part virtual Storytellers Gala ceremony hosted by Rose Anderson, VP & Executive Director, New York Festivals TV & Film Awards, featured highlights and acceptances from award-winning teams of men and women recording from their hometowns in over 40 countries around the globe.

The 2023 TV & Film Awards Storytellers Gala will take place at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 18, 2023. This is the 13th year of NYF's strategic partnership with NAB Show. All NYF TV & Film Award winners have access to the multi-day event which is the world's largest global gathering for the media and entertainment industry.

The deadline to enter the 2023 Television & Film Awards competition is December 31st, 2022. To view entry details and competition rules and regulations visit HERE. For a complete list of 2023 categories, visit HERE.

Microsoft has invested in Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick's new venture, Cloud Kitchens, becoming the first known U.S.-based investor to do so, according to the Financial Times.

The news outlet, citing two people with knowledge of the agreement, reported that the investment was part of CloudKitchens' $850M funding round in November 2021. It gave the company, which provides "dark kitchens" to restaurants for the purpose of cooking food to be sold on delivery apps, a $15B valuation.

The infusion of capital was used to help the company expand with more than 4,000 employees across the U.S., Latin America, the U.K. and the Middle East. Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, which gave Uber $3.5 billion in 2016, invested $400 million into CloudKitchens in 2019.

Ghost kitchens — also known as cloud kitchens and dark kitchens — initially hit the scene in 2015 and took off in March 2020 when the pandemic took hold and the demand for delivered restaurant meals skyrocketed.

The concept involves buying or leasing warehouse, storefront, or other space and converting the premises into a massive kitchen for preparing food for multiple restaurants simultaneously specifically for takeout orders.

• The show is among the most successful on AT Radio -- Aaj Tak’s official podcast platform with loyal listenership

• The witty show on current affairs is hosted by senior journalists Kamlesh Singh, Panini Anand and Kuldeep Misra

• The 100-episode landmark will be celebrated with an exclusive event at the India Today headquarters

Teen Taal, an original podcast on India Today Group’s official podcast platform Aaj Tak Radio, hits the 100-episode milestone on September 10.

The weekly podcast is hosted by senior journalists Kamlesh Kishore Singh, News Director, India Today Group Digital, Panini Anand, Executive Editor, Aaj Tak and Kuldeep Mishra, Associate Editor, India Today -- known for their monikers on the show, ‘Tau’, ‘Baba’ and ‘Sardar’.

Together, they tackle a new conversation every Saturday, ranging from political events, Indian society, viral stuff on social media, food, movies to much more over an hour-and-a-half episode.

Their signature blend of humour and wit has garnered them a devoted following, which communicates with them through numerous notes, long handwritten letters, and emails of admiration for the show.

It also receives a significant amount of traction on social media and has inspired listeners to create memes.

Listeners have loved Tau’s wit and unpopular opinions, Baba’s rich vocabulary and anecdotes from real India and Sardar’s intriguing way of hosting, shayari and jokes.

The 100 episodes of the show will be celebrated with a special event at the India Today Auditorium on September 10 called Teen Taal Sammelan.

Loyal listeners of the show will get an exclusive opportunity to interact, laugh and play along with their favourite hosts in person while getting a behind-the-scenes look into what makes the magic happen in the recording room.

This landmark is particularly significant for the India Today Group as it heralds the success of its flagship podcast platform and firmly establishes its presence as a leader in the voice, vernacular and video revolution of new digital media.

Since its inception, Aaj Tak Radio has produced 23 podcasts, including six daily, eight weekly and nine archived shows which can be listened to any time.

Aaj Tak Radio produces 58 episodes per week, totaling more than 15 hours of audio programming.

Kalli Purie, Vice Chairperson, India Today Group, said: “Aaj Tak Radio is yet another manifestation of our commitment to powerful storytelling that is accessible, engaging and authentic for audiences around India. We couldn’t be more proud of “Teen Taal’ for communicating with Indians with refreshing honesty, a witty tone and complete openness. The love we have received has been overwhelming.”

India Today group’s audio journey, which began with Aaj Tak Radio, has now entered its second phase, with the launch of ‘India Today Podcasts’ which brings listeners two brand new weekly shows on politics, current affairs and the state of the world in response to the growing need for both enrichment and entertainment.

Podcast enthusiasts around India can access “Teen Taal” and other offerings by Aaj Tak Radio on Aaj Tak’s app and various audio platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, JioSaavn and Wynk.

To Listen, click HERE

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