Billed as the largest health magazine launch of all time, Publishers Group of America’s newspaper magazine Spry hit newsstands last week with a 9.2 million circulation—up 200,000 from 9 million projected pre-launch.The PGA says it hopes to increase Spry’s circ again, and will “decide in next month or so” on an increase, if any, for 2009 through 2010, president Dick Porter told FOLIO:. “We’ll look at the budget and rate base, and which markets are interested in Spry,” he said. “It will most likely depend on whether our ad sales can keep up with rate base growth.” Earlier this summer, the PGA—which publishes its flagship American Profile magazine—said it plans to raise circulation at sister newspaper insert magazine Relish from 12 million to 15 million, effective with its January 2009 issue. Relish launched in February 2006 as the largest ad-supported food magazine and has increased circ by three million each year. PGA media contact Fred Pfaff says he expects to see a 20 to 30 percent overlap in the newspapers that carry both Spry and Relish. Right now, Spry is distributed in The Washington Times, The Florida Times Union, the New York Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Los Angeles Daily News.
Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 26 Photos Tags Best Buy stores across the US will now be able to fix your Apple gear. Best Buy Have a busted iPhone but live closer to a Best Buy than an Apple Store? You now have a new option for properly repairing your phone. On Wednesday Apple announced that it would be expanding its repairs program with Best Buy, bringing certified support to nearly 1,000 Best Buy stores in the US. The repairs are backed by Apple, with the iPhone maker touting that Best Buy’s Geek Squad has “nearly 7,600 newly Apple-certified technicians ready to make same-day iPhone repairs or to service other Apple products.” The partnership isn’t the first time that Apple has tapped Best Buy to help with repairs, with the two companies partnering in 2017 to bring Apple’s iPhone screen repair machines into Best Buy’s stores. $999 Apple iOS 13: Top new features See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 1 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $999 “If a customer ever needs to repair their products, we want them to feel confident those repairs are done safely and correctly,” Tara Bunch, Apple’s vice president of AppleCare, said in a statement. “We’re always looking at how we can reliably expand our network of trained technicians and we’re excited to partner with every Best Buy store so it’s even easier for our customers to find an authorized repair location near them.” The move will also bring more Apple-certified repairs to states that lack Apple Stores, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. When combining the Best Buy expansion with its existing authorized service providers and Apple Stores, Apple says that eight out of 10 customers in the US are now within 20 minutes of a location that can help fix their devices. Read more: Best Buy’s flash sale has some of the lowest iPad prices ever $999 See All Comment $999 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It • Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best Buy Apple Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See it reading • Apple expands repairs to nearly 1,000 Best Buy stores in US Apple Share your voice See It iPhone Update Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: Apple iPhone XS Best Buy Mobile Phones Sprint iPhone XR: It’s the iPhone you should buy Boost Mobile 6:35
“Anyone listening to this podcast is probably familiar with the acceleration in cord-cutting, and perhaps even more serious is the fact that lots of younger people are not connecting the cord to begin with,” Ryan said.Pluto is trying to capitalize on this trend — by offering free linear programming on mobile platforms — while sticking to the belief that channel surfing is human nature.“One of the misconceptions over the past few years is that everything’s moving to on-demand, and one of our core theses is actually that the linear use — the programmed use case — is alive and well and will remain alive and well in the digital space because people fundamentally want to be programmed to.”“Strictly Business” is Variety‘s weekly podcast featuring conversations with industry leaders about the business of entertainment. Listen to the podcast below for the full interview, or check out previous “Strictly Business” episodes featuring comedian/actor/producer Kevin Hart, ICM Partners agent Esther Newberg, and HBO chairman/CEO Richard Plepler. A new episode debuts each Tuesday and can be downloaded on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and SoundCloud. “We are one of many players, but I think we’re quite a differentiated player,” Ryan said. “When we launched the service live in 2014, everyone said, ‘Everything is going on-demand, and subscription is the only way to do it.’ We had a different opinion about delivering a programmed, linear-ized experience — or leading with it at least — and also going free, which we also saw as an underappreciated opportunity.”Pluto TV offers a mix of channels that span multiple networks — like News 24/7, which aggregates different networks’ takes on news stories — as well as content from singular networks like NBC or Scripps. While Ryan advocated for the consumer appeal of having options, he also acknowledged the decreasing popularity of linear programming. Pluto TV isn’t concerned about the growing number of cord-cutting consumers seeking content via paid streaming options.In this week’s episode of the Variety podcast “Strictly Business,” Pluto CEO Tom Ryan expressed his faith in the OTT service, which delivers hundreds of channels to more than 6 million users for free. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety
Researchers have identified a complex network in the brain that has revealed why artificial sweeteners may not be the best way to slim down. Artificial sweeteners are substitutes for sugar that provides a sweet taste while containing significantly less food energy.According to the researchers, the brain responds to artificially sweetened food by telling the animal it hasn’t eaten enough energy, thus increasing the appetite and prompting them to actually eat more. It senses and integrates the sweetness and energy content of food, said the study conducted on mice and fruit flies.“After chronic exposure to a diet that contained the artificial sweetener sucralose, we saw that animals began eating a lot more,” said lead researcher Greg Neely, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney in Australia. “Artificial sweeteners can actually change how animals perceive the sweetness of their food, with a discrepancy between sweetness and energy levels prompting an increase in caloric consumption,” Neely added.The findings showed that inside the brain’s reward centres, sweet sensation is integrated with energy content. When sweetness versus energy is out of balance for a period of time, the brain recalibrates and increases total calories consumed. For the study, fruit flies were exposed to a diet laced with artificial sweetener for prolonged periods (more than five days). The flies were then found to consume 30 per cent more calories when they were then given naturally sweetened food. “The chronic consumption of the artificial sweetener actually increases the sweet intensity of real nutritive sugar which then increases the animal’s overall motivation to eat more food,” Neely stated in the work published in the journal Cell Metabolism.Further, the artificial sweeteners were also found to promote hyperactivity, insomnia as well as decrease the sleep quality – behaviours consistent with a mild starvation or fasting state.