Improved digital commerce with machine learning: In applying machine learning to key parts of the digital commerce experience, Liferay Commerce 2.0 vastly improves enterprises’ ability to provide seamless transactional experiences. Smarter product grouping, contextualized product recommendations and alerts for accounts at risk of churn help businesses improve the buying experience. Liferay Commerce also helps companies uncover opportunities to nurture and grow existing accounts. B2B Commercecontent managementLiferayLiferay Commerce 2.0.Liferay DXP 7.2Marketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleTechBytes with Anthony Macciola, Chief Innovation Officer, ABBYYNext ArticleE-discovery and Information Governance Expert Rena Verma Joins FTI Consulting Liferay DXP 7.2 and Liferay Commerce 2.0 Help Businesses Scale Digital Transformation Efforts with Better Content Personalization Tools, Headless Architecture and Applied Machine Learning InsightsLiferay, Inc., which makes software that helps companies create digital experiences on web, mobile and connected devices, announced the release of Liferay DXP 7.2 and Liferay Commerce 2.0. Designed to meet the needs of today’s digital-first business teams to create experiences rapidly across channels, the latest versions of Liferay DXP and Liferay Commerce equip enterprises with easy-to-use and reusable content management and personalization tools along with the flexibility of a decoupled CMS architecture.“The ability to quickly deliver relevant and personalized digital experiences for customers at scale across touchpoints has become an imperative for business success,” said Ed Chung, VP of Products for Liferay. “As businesses look to cater to customers on their preferred channels headless delivery is becoming increasingly important. Liferay DXP 7.2 delivers the capabilities of a headless CMS so businesses have the flexibility to meet customers on their preferred channel or device.”Marketing Technology News: SAPO Adopts AppNexus’ Full-Stack TechnologyCustomers are more demanding than ever at a time when IT resources are scarcer than ever. With Liferay DXP 7.2, enterprise business users are empowered to quickly and easily build and deliver the meaningful experiences their customers demand with features like auto-tagging and experience personalization. Headless CMS allows businesses to create content once and reuse it across touchpoints and devices in order to deliver experiences quickly in a personalized fashion. Liferay Commerce 2.0 brings this functionality to B2B commerce with the world’s first digital commerce offering built from the ground up to integrate with a DXP. The latest release of Liferay Commerce enables businesses to leverage their content to deliver rich, easy-to-use purchasing experiences unique to each customer.Marketing Technology News: Nielsen Launches Global Measurement For YouTube Mobile AppRelease highlights include:Personalization at scale: Liferay DXP 7.2 equips teams with greater control over managing personalized experiences, more content authoring tools for rapid delivery of customer experiences and the insights to continuously improve those experiences for customers. Business users can easily define audience segments with robust rules for fine-grained personalization and create variants of a single page for each audience segment. Advanced analytics allow users to understand how content is performing and an improved content authoring experience helps teams deliver key experiences faster. Streamlined business operations: New features in Liferay DXP 7.2 allow users to gain end-to-end visibility on critical business processes with workflow reports, set deadlines for processes and view real-time workflow analytics. Back office operations are further enhanced with peer-to-peer document sharing and open data engine APIs designed to help developers build more flexible business applications.Marketing Technology News: Interactive Demo Automation for Sales Engineers – Consensus’ New Release Unlocks Unique Buying Group Analytics Increased headless CMS freedom: Liferay DXP 7.2 introduces a decoupled CMS with improved APIs, giving developers the benefits of headless freedom but with traditional CMS-like management for the business user. Content delivery APIs provide access to structured content, document management, categories, keywords and more. Content management APIs allow developers to add, edit and remove content. Content participation APIs support user participation in the form of ratings, likes and more. This hybrid approach offers the best of both worlds to enterprises looking to efficiently deliver experiences at scale. Auto-tagging support: Liferay DXP 7.2 allows users to leverage image and text auto-tagging services like Tensorflow, Microsoft Cognitive Services and Google Cloud Vision to help content teams work more efficiently by quickly finding and identifying relevant content and images. Liferay Announces New Content, Commerce and Headless Capabilities to Drive Personalization at Scaleprn PRNewswireJune 4, 2019, 3:35 pmJune 4, 2019 Unified content and commerce experiences: Liferay DXP 7.2 and Liferay Commerce 2.0 bridge the worlds of content and digital commerce. Liferay Commerce’s seamless integration with Liferay DXP allows customers to simultaneously leverage the features and functionality of both products. As a result, customers are able to deliver personalized buying experiences leveraging content and commerce with no integration required.
3D development platformAugmented RealityCBS InteractiveMarketing Technology NewsNewsUnity Technologies Previous ArticleSnowflake Achieves ISO Certification to Help Keep Customers’ Data SafeNext ArticleAdthena Welcomes Three Technology Veterans to its Executive Leadership Team to Support Rapid Growth AR Campaigns and Branded Content Can Now Integrate Within CBS Interactive Mobile Apps Including CBS Sports, CBS News, CNET, GameSpot and TV GuideCBS Interactive, the largest publisher of premium digital content, has partnered with Unity Technologies, creator of the world’s most widely-used real-time 3D development platform, to offer advertisers the ability to build and scale augmented reality campaigns across a wide range of CBS Interactive’s mobile apps, including CBS Sports, CBS News, CNET, GameSpot and TV Guide.“Through the introduction of new ad formats like AR, we are continuing to create meaningful moments for CBS advertisers to connect with audiences in innovative ways”“Through the introduction of new ad formats like AR, we are continuing to create meaningful moments for CBS advertisers to connect with audiences in innovative ways,” said David Lawenda, Executive Vice President, Digital Sales and Sales Strategy, CBS Corporation. “Together with Unity, we look forward to leveraging augmented reality to create more engaging branded content and ad experiences for our advertisers.”Marketing Technology News: Jetson Announces Launch of its Self-Service Voice Commerce PlatformAugmented reality technology is currently enabled on 1 million mobile devices and is expected to grow to more than 3.4 billion in 2020. Through this partnership with Unity Technologies, CBS Interactive will provide brands with a significant opportunity to reach audiences around the globe with immersive new ad formats and branded content.Marketing Technology News: Leading Digital Fraud Prevention Provider Kount Partners With Engage People to Protect Customer Loyalty Redemption Programs“CBS Interactive’s commitment to creating premium digital experiences has made them one of the leading innovators in media today,” said Julie Shumaker, Vice President, Advertiser Solutions at Unity Technologies. “With this partnership, CBS Interactive will be able to bring another innovative solution to their advertising partners. At Unity, we’re seeing brands use mobile augmented reality ads as a way to achieve high consumer engagement, positive brand association, and direct response from users.”Marketing Technology News: New Study Shows Adoption of Business Automation Technologies is Driven by the C-Suite CBS Interactive Partners with Unity Technologies to Provide Advertisers With an Innovative Augmented Reality Ad Solution Business WireJune 27, 2019, 4:09 pmJune 27, 2019
Sinclair Broadcast Group’s CompulseOTT Unit Releases New OTT Reporting Platform: “Compulse360” PRNewswireJuly 3, 2019, 9:00 pmJuly 3, 2019 New platform will provide local CTV and OTT advertisers with advanced daily campaign reporting powered by third-party measurement from ComscoreSinclair announced the release of its new daily over-the-top (OTT) reporting platform for CompulseOTT called “Compulse360.” The new reporting platform will provide campaign measurement of audiences and impression metrics in a local market. The platform affords advertisers near real-time campaign evaluation, so they can optimize their advertising efforts in-flight.“Compulse360” will leverage Comscore‘s innovative cross-platform video advertising measurement solution, Comscore Campaign Ratings, to prove the efficiency of the campaigns run through the new ad network.Marketing Technology News: Say It Now and Booxscale win Amazon’s European Alexa Cup“We are very excited to provide the highest-level reporting at scale on over 2,000 local monthly connected TV campaigns with third-party reporting on every single ad impression from Comscore, a partner for planning, transacting and evaluating media across platforms,” said Brian Hunt, head of OTT/CTV for CompulseOTT and Sinclair Digital Group. “This is an added layer of transparency that is essential and necessary for local and regional advertisers to evaluate their campaign performance in one place. No longer should self-reporting of campaign results be tolerated by local and regional advertisers. “Compulse360″ will usher in a new era of transparency and accountability in OTT on a local level.”CompulseOTT is Sinclair’s local connected TV (CTV) ad product that aggregates premium inventory from leading steaming services and publishers. CompulseOTT provides local market targeted campaigns at scale in a fraud-free, brand-safe environment. CompulseOTT is represented by over 1,000 sales representatives in over 100 local markets and currently has over 3,000 campaigns running through the CompulseOTT platform. The new “Compulse360” reporting will be standard for all CompulseOTT ad campaigns. Each campaign will have a unique link that can be shared between ad agencies and advertisers with live daily metrics. Each time the advertiser clicks on the reporting link, new data will populate.Marketing Technology News: Button Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding to Build the Future of Mobile Commerce“We are thrilled to work with Sinclair to help power their new ad network reporting, “Compulse360,” which will provide local CTV measurement at scale for local markets,” said Steve Walsh, executive vice president at Comscore. “As local looks to take advantage of emerging markets, it’s vital that they garner a holistic view of campaign performance – especially as they look to see how their ads perform compared to national networks.”Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking Platforms Compulse360CompulseOTTMarketing Technology NewsNewsSinclair Broadcast GroupSteve Walsh Previous Article10 Tips for Using Messaging Apps in Customer CareNext ArticleBridgeline Announces Appointment of Mark Downey as Chief Financial Officer
BJPcongresskerala-lok-sabha-election-2019kerala-lok-sabha-elections-2019 First Published: April 23, 2019, 12:13 PM IST Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan came down heavily on opposition Congress-led UDF and BJP-led NDA Tuesday, saying the “avarice” of both the fronts would come crashing down in the Lok Sabha elections as candidates of the CPI(M) headed LDF would win with a thumping majority.Vijayan cast his vote at a local school in Pinarayi in northern Kannur district along with his family members in the morning. “You will see that the avarice of certain people crashing in the state during this election,” he told reporters after exercising his franchise.In an apparent reference to BJP president Amit Shah, Vijayan said those who had led”communal violence” in north India, thought that they could win the heart of people of the state by organsing road shows.The Congress did not even talk about its election manifesto during the party’s election campaigns, he alleged.”They hoped that they could garner votes by creating misunderstanding among people. But their dreams are not going to be fulfilled,” the Chief Minister said and asserted that LDF would achieve remarkable victory in the Lok Sabha elections.Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition, Ramesh Chennithala expressed confidence that the UDF would win all the 20 seats and AICC chief Rahul Gandhi contesting from Wayanad would have a massive impact on the poll results.”It will be a twenty out of twenty victory for Congress and UDF. People will give befitting reply to the Narendra Modi led BJP government at the Centre and Pinarayi VIjayan headed state government,” he said.BJP leader Kummanam Rajeshakaran, who quit as Mizoram Governor, to contest from Thiruvananthapuram, said people in the prestigious constituency want a change.Though this is the capital of Kerala, there was no development, he claimed.Senior Congress leader and CWC member, A K Antony, who cast his vote in the state captial, said Keralites want a change of government in New Delhi.They are confident that only a Nehru-Gandhi leader can end the “divisive rule” of the Narendra Modi regime, he said.Most of the people also want to teach a lesson to the CPI(M)-led LDF government of Pinarayi Vijayan, he said.Kerala recorded 11.61 per cent voting till 9 AM in the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state, where Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and Union minister, Alphons Kannamthanam are the key contenders.
Priyanka Chopra has never shied away from speaking her mind out for a noble cause. Be it gender equality, girl child education, child rights, health or hygiene, Priyanka has been at the forefront of social issues that plague the world today. Being the global symbol of power and strength that she is, Priyanka took to her social media and shared an enlightening post on the occasion of World Refugee Day, which falls today. Sharing a video from one of her work trips with UNICEF, Priyanka wrote a powerful message to inspire everyone to be a contributor in social causes in these changing times. She wrote, “The truth is quite simple… the future of this world lies in the hands of the children of today. But the harsh reality is that there is an entire generation of innocent children growing up right now without any prospects for thier future.” She added, “These children are affected by displacement due to serious conflict and emergencies in their various regions. When families are forced to leave their homes due to violence, persecution, natural disasters, they are torn apart and it’s the children that end up suffering the most. The numbers are staggering, yes… but we have to continue to stand for them, in whatever capacity we can as individuals. They are the future and we need to help. Join me and @unicef by clicking the link in my bio to help keep refugee children safe. #AChildIsAChild #WorldRefugeeDay.”In the video, Priyanka can be seen interacting and playing with children from underprivileged areas and having a fun time. See Priyanka’s post on World Refugee Day here: On the movies front, Priyanka recently wrapped up the shooting of her upcoming film The Sky is Pink. The Shonali Bose directorial features Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim, Rohit Saraf and others in pivotal roles. Read : Priyanka Chopra Wraps Up the Shoot for The Sky is Pink, Shares Heartfelt Post on InstagramFollow @News18Movies for more nick jonaspriyanka chopraPriyanka Chopra activistPriyanka Chopra girl child First Published: June 20, 2019, 3:35 PM IST
As the marathon Lok Sabha election exercise, spread over 38 days, drew to a close today, the focus has shifted to the exit poll results, which will indicate whether the NDA will return to power for a second term after May 23 or whether the opposition will cobble up the numbers. In this live blog, we will focus on the crucial states of Maharashtra and Gujarat, which the BJP had nearly swept in 2014, as well as Goa and the union territories of Dadar and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. This time, News18.com and CNN-News18 will bring to you the much awaited News18-IPSOS exit poll survey. IPSOS, the world’s top international pollster that boasts a solid track record of predicting the electoral outcomes of several elections around the world with accuracy. We will also bring to you the round-up of what other pollsters are predicting. Apart from the News18-IPSOS exit poll, we will also be bringing you the predictions and findings of other surveys, including Aaj Tak exit poll 2019, ABP exit poll 2019, C-Voter exit poll, CG exit poll 2019, Chanakya exit poll 2019 and NDTV exit poll 2019. Click here for exit poll 2019 Lok Sabha Maharashtra, exit poll 2019 Lok Sabha UP, exit poll 2019 Odisha, exit poll 2019 Andhra Pradesh, exit poll 2019 Tamil Nadu and exit poll 2019 Karnataka.While Maharashtra sends 48 lawmakers to the Lok Sabha, the second highest after Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has 26 seats. In 2014, the BJP and Shiv Sena had won 42 seats in Maharashtra and all 26 in Gujarat, propelling the NDA to get an absolute majority at the Centre. The Congress had won just two seats in Maharashtra and had drawn a blank in Gujarat. In both the states, the NDA has banked mainly on ‘Brand Modi’, the Balakot air strike and national security as it hopes for a repeat of 2014, while the Congress, bereft of a leader with similar appeal, strived to keep the campaign focused on local issues and highlighted farmer distress and unemployment. Two Lok Sabha seats are up for grabs in Goa, while both Dadar and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu have one constituency each. All the four seats are currently held by the BJP.
ayodhyaAyodhya caseBabri MasjidBharatiya Janata Party First Published: July 15, 2019, 5:59 PM IST New Delhi: A special judge holding daily trial in the politically sensitive 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case, involving BJP veterans LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti and others, moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking six more months to conclude the matter. The judge, at Lucknow, had informed the top court in a May 25 letter that he is due to superannuate on September 30, 2019.Besides Advani, Joshi and Bharti, the accused against whom the conspiracy charge was invoked on April 19, 2017, by the apex court included former BJP MP Vinay Katiar and Sadhvi Ritambara. Three other high-profile accused have died. The top court had held that Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, during whose tenure as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh the disputed structure was razed, is entitled to immunity under the Constitution as long as he remained in gubernatorial position.The top court on Monday sought assistance of the Uttar Pradesh government to devise a mechanism to extend the tenure of the special judge to enable him conclude the trial in the case. A bench, headed by Justice RF Nariman, asked the state government to apprise it by July 19 of a mechanism by which the special judge’s tenure could be extended till he delivered the verdict in the high-profile case.”The special judge after two years of virtual day to day hearing is at the fag end of the hearing of the case and requires little more than six months to complete the trial together with the delivery of the judgement”.”However, in his letter to us dated May 25, 2019, he has indicated that he will be superannuating on September 30, 2019. We are of the view it is important for the special judge to conclude the proceedings and pronounce the judgement in the the case. Given the facts and circumstances, we call upon the state of Uttar Pradesh to assist us on this behalf. List on Friday,” said the bench, also comprising Justice Surya Kant.The bench told senior advocate Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government, to find a “way out” and refer to the rules by which the tenure of the judge could be extended. “You find out the mechanism and refer to the rules. If possible we can extend the tenure by exercising powers under Article 142 of the Constitution,” the bench said. On April 19, 2017, the top court had ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years in the case. While dubbing the demolition of the medieval era monument as a “crime” which shook the “secular fabric of the Constitution”, it had allowed the CBI’s plea on restoration of criminal conspiracy charge against the VVIP accused.The court had come down heavily on the CBI for the delay of over 25 years in the trial and said, “The accused persons have not been brought to book largely because of the conduct of the CBI in not pursuing the prosecution of the aforesaid alleged offenders in a joint trial, and because of technical defects which were easily curable, but which were not cured by the State Government.”Issuing a slew of directions, it had said that “the proceedings (against Advani and others) in the court of the Special Judicial Magistrate at Raebareli will stand transferred to the Court of Additional Sessions Judge (Ayodhya Matters) at Lucknow.””The court of sessions will frame additional charges under Section 120-B (conspiracy) and the other provisions of the Penal Code mentioned in the joint charge sheet filed by the CBI against Champat Rai Bansal, Satish Pradhan, Dharam Das, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahamadleshwar Jagdish Muni, Ram Bilas Vadanti, Vaikunth Lal Sharma and Satish Chandra Nagar,” the apex court had said.It had also said that if trial was adjourned, then it should be fixed on the next day or a close proximate date and the reasons for it should be recorded in writing. The CBI should ensure that on every date fixed for recording of evidence, some prosecution witnesses must remain present, so that for want of witnesses the matter is not adjourned, it had said.The court had termed the Allahabad High Court’s February 12, 2001 verdict dropping conspiracy charge against Advani and others as “erroneous”. Of the eight VVIP accused Giriraj Kishore, and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal and Vishnu Hari Dalmia died during trial and the proceedings against them have been abated. Before the 2017 verdict of the apex court, there were two sets of cases relating to the demolition of the disputed structure on December 6, 1992 going on at Lucknow and Raebareli. The trial of first case involving unnamed ‘karsevaks’ was going on in a Lucknow court, while the second set of cases relating to the eight VVIPs were going on in a Raebareli court.
According to a recent statement by the American Geophysical Union, many photos captured with NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) show hundreds of instances of these light flashes on Earth, and that’s just covering a period of a single year. It is known these flashes are reflections of light off of something, but their presence on land seemed to eliminate the possibility of them being reflections from flat water surfaces. Because of the location of the flashes, such as the one above shown near the top of South America, researchers could conclude that the light isn’t coming from the surface itself. According to NASA researcher and DSCOVR deputy project scientist Alexander Marshak, ‘It’s definitely ice, and most likely solar reflection off of horizontally oriented particles.’ That is, these flashes of light are reflections off particles of ice that are high up in the planet’s atmosphere.Now that researchers have determined the nature of these flashes of light, they’re preparing for further study to see whether such data can be implemented into related computer models that show how much heat is escaping and reaching our planet. Likewise, detecting these kinds of flashes of light could help shed light on things related to exoplanets. A fully study detailing the research is available here.SOURCE: American Geophysical Union Back in 1993, Carl Sagan and his colleagues spotted some glints of light in photos of Earth taken by the spacecraft Galileo. These patches of light were spotted on coastlines and in the ocean, and were assumed to be the result of sunlight reflecting off smooth patches of water. Years later, however, individuals have spotted similar spots of light in photos captured by the Deep Space Climate Observatory’s camera, only with one big difference: the bright spots are on land in addition to water, paving the way for a good ole fashioned mystery. Story TimelineNASA contest offers cash to anyone who boosts its simulation codeNASA begins considering proposals for future New Frontiers missionsNASA puts James Webb Space Telescope through final freeze before launch
The newest legal document out of the case shows that the court “grants in part and denies in part” the government petition to make Coinbase follow the IRS’s summons. According to the ruling, Coinbase must turn over data on user accounts if they:– Made at least $20,000 in transactions from one of three different transactions types (receiving, selling, and buying) took place.– If those above transactions happened in the course of a single year.– If that single year was in either 2013, 2014, or 2015.Not many Coinbase users fall under those requirements, but those who do will have their account details turned over to the IRS. Those details will include the user’s name, birthday, and addresses, account activity records/logs including the names of those with whom transactions took place, any account invoices or periodic statements, plus the individual’s taxpayer ID number. That is the IRS’s victory, but the rest goes to Coinbase, as the court says that “in all other respects the petition to enforce is denied.” Coinbase says that it is currently reviewing the order and that it will update its customers on the matter in due time. Overall, the company says that the affected users comprise less than a single percent of its customer base.SOURCE: Coinbase Coinbase has been ordered to turn over data on about 14,000 users to the Internal Revenue Service, the latest development in a legal spat that has been ongoing for months. Coinbase is calling this a partial victory, saying that the scope of the summons was reduced by a huge 97%, requiring it to turn over data on only a small fraction of its users. Affected users are people with $20,000 or more in transactions in a single year.
Android 8.0 OreoNo annual round up would be complete without a new major Android release. For a time, it seemed too obvious if Google went with Oreo for Android 8.0. That, plus the legal and business matters involved in using a trademarked name led many to look for alternative desserts. It didn’t help that Hiroshi Lockheimer himself seemed to be trolling the Internet with Oreo references.Beyond the chocolate cream sandwich, Android 8.0 Oreo brings more changes under the hood than above. In particular, Project Treble brings the promise of faster updates and even easier ROM development. Sadly, only new Oreo devices will be able to take advantage of that.Google Pixel 2With a new Android version comes a new Google phone. All eyes were on Google to see if it could repeat the Google Pixel’s magic last year. It did, and then some. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (not Pixel XL 2), nearly checked off all the boxes in features, though users had to choose between a smaller screen and a bigger but bezel-less one. It also, unsurprisingly, topped DxOMark’s charts, pulling off effects like bokeh even without a second camera. But, yes, this time Google added OIS.AdChoices广告But while the Pixel 2 looked great on paper and benchmarks, the phones were riddled with thorns that bit into the hands of users. The Pixel 2 XL, in particular, seemed to have a litany of faults, some of which were addressed via simple software updates. Together with QA issues with the Google Home Mini and, to some extent, the Home Max, some are left questioning whether Google has what it takes to be an Apple.New players: Essential and RazerThose disillusioned by the Pixel 2’s less than stellar reputation have some new companies to look up to. And now, we don’t mean OnePlus or Nokia, though those are definitely good choices as well. Although it was off to a rough start, Andy Rubin’s Essential finally shipped its first and so far only smartphone. For the most part, it was able to deliver on the promise of a “pure” and premium Android phone. Especially after cutting the price almost in half and addressing complaints about the camera.While the jury is still out on whether it’s really a gaming phone, or what a gaming phone is for that matter, the Razer Phone proves there is still room for one more player in the arena. Especially if you play your cards, and your marketing, right. It’s a promising start, but one that needs a strong follow-up to stay in the race.KRACKing your Wi-FiWhile not as egregious as Stagefright, the KRACK WPA2 vulnerability was far more expansive in its reach, practically affecting any device that connects to Wi-Fi. But more than the security exploit itself, the situation once again brought one of Android’s biggest problems under a microscope.Android OEMs’ responses were quick. That is, depending on who you ask. And by quick, we mean a month later at the earliest. Even Google didn’t patch their own Pixels until December for the sole reason that it missed the November cutoff by just a day or two. The inconsistent and disjointed rollout of critical security patches is something Treble can hopefully help with. Hopefully.Samsung’s comeback, HTC’s fallSamsung ended 2016 on a terrible note and many expected it would never be able to bounce back. The company had more than the Galaxy Note 7 to worry about, after all. But from the Galaxy S8 to the Galaxy Note 8, the Korean giant proved it would take more than that to take it down.Conversely, HTC is proving it will need a miracle to save its smartphone business. While its U11 flagship, or flagships, was commendable, it was easily overshadowed by other brands. It was expected to sell its mobile business to Google, who just ended up acquiring a huge portion of its workforce. Nonetheless, HTC might be in the process of winding down its mobile division, which is something to look out for in 2018.Best Frenemies: Google v. AmazonGoogle and Amazon have never really been close friends and have sometimes even fiercely competed in some products. They have, however, never been at each other’s throats until this last quarter.Google blocked access to YouTube on the Amazon Echo Show, which was believed to be motivated by Amazon’s refusal to sell competing Google products like the Chromecast. Negotiations were supposedly underway as Amazon did finally put up Google’s streaming HDMI dongle on its store. Discussions may, however, have fallen through as even the Amazon Fire TV now tells users to use the new Firefox web browser or Amazon’s own Silk browser for YouTube. Sadly, when giants clash, it is always the little folk that get hurt the most.Google laying down the lawGoogle has finally started, or at least trying to, enforcing rules, both old and new, to give Android some amount of consistency, security, and dependability. At least one, however, has fallen afoul of users. The platform maker gave out an ultimatum to developers using accessibility API and features for purposes other than accessibility. However, some of those apps use those features for things like automation. Google did eventually reconsider and is rethinking how to better approach the matter.Google has also stated that apps can no longer put ads on the lock screen unless they are a lock screen app. While this might be great news at first blush, it subtly takes a shot at Amazon’s Prime Exclusive phones, which subsidize the retail price in exchange for ads on the lock screen. Curiously, UK OEM Wileyfox followed that same business model, just when Google put out that notice.Bezel be gone, double squaresThis year saw the rise of a new type of display. No, not a new display technology but a new format. Started by the Xiaomi Mi Mix in 2016, almost all major OEMs, and some smaller ones, have adopted nearly bezel-less screens and 18:9 aspect ratios (18.5:9 for Samsung) on their flagship phones. Or sometimes just 18:9 while keeping some bezels around.The change is both practical and reeks of being a fad. It expands the screen real estate without significantly increasing the phone’s actual dimensions. It makes side-by-side split windows a bit more usable as well. But it also makes phones taller and longer, introducing a different kind of usability and ergonomic problem in the process.Go, go, go Android GoAndroid is already available in almost every type of computing device imaginable, both officially and unofficially. But at Google I/O this year, Google introduced another new version of Android. It’s technically not really a new form of Android and not really for a new type of device. In fact, it’s really for an older type of device.Android Go is explained to be more like a special configuration of Android that simply turns down some settings and features in order to make the OS run smoothly on extremely low-end smartphones, which, in 2017, means phones with less than 1 GB of RAM, fo example. There are also a new suite of “Go” Google apps designed for that same purpose. But since it’s still the normal Android Oreo, just trimmed down, all apps still work across normal and Go configurations.Wrap-up: 2 Billion Strong2 billion active devices monthly. That’s the staggering number that Google dropped at I/O 2017. And that was just last May. Since then, nearly a dozen new Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the Essential PH-1 and the Google Pixel 2, have gone online. Suffice it to say, Android has grown well beyond being a smartphone platform for geeks and techies.We’ve barely even scratch the tip of the iceberg. A lot has happened in 2017 that helped shape the world’s biggest software platform (which already overtook Windows). And we’ll be seeing the repercussions, both good and bad, in the coming year. And it’s going to be an exciting 2018, if 2017 is any indication. Another 365 (and one-fourth) days have passed. Naysayers have again been proven wrong. Android is still going strong and the open source operating system is going places no other OS has or can. But it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Android in general or for Google and its OEM partners. But then again, every year has always had its ups and downs. Here are some of the highs and lows in Android land in 2017 that could hopefully serve as both inspiration and hard lessons learned for 2018 and beyond.
Amazon’s smart assistance service, Alexa, has already made the jump from connected speaker to a number of different smart home products, but its next location will be portable devices. The company has announced a new “Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit” that will allow hardware manufacturers to integrate Alexa with wearable products like headphones and smartwatches. Story Timeline5 ways to get the best out of Amazon Alexa100+ Alexa skills every Echo owner should know aboutGE bakes Alexa and the Google Assistant into your ceilingAlexa turns personal chef with oven controlChargePoint Home Adds Amazon Alexa IntegrationKohler’s new Alexa mirror isn’t even its weirdest IoT product The software kit is coming later this year, but Amazon says it will allow companies to “add Alexa to their devices with minimum investment in hardware or integration efforts.” Rather than trying to fully build Alexa into a device, the software is designed to work with lightweight gadgets that have a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone.Amazon says the gadgets merely need to transfer voice commands or requests to the Alexa app on a connected iOS or Android smartphone, which then passes it on to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS). This form of integration means a lot less work for manufacturers, as they don’t need to use the AVS Device SDK, which is made for standalone products. Plus, devices like headphones and smartwatches can already handle something like recording and transferring audio.Bose, Jabra, iHome, and Beyerdynamic are among the companies that have already committed to supporting Alexa with the new software kit. Headphones are almost surely the first product we’ll see from Amazon’s partners, as the company needs to keep up with Apple’s AirPods, which already features Siri integration, and Google’s Assistant, which has started to appear in headphones, including a pair from Bose.AdChoices广告SOURCE Amazon
1. The Core i9-8950HK is leading the chargeNot only is the Core i9-8950HK the first Core i9 developed specifically for notebooks, but it’s also the first Intel mobile processor to offer 6 cores and 12 threads. With that kind of build, it immediately becomes clear that this is a processor meant only for high-end laptops, whether those will be used for gaming or CPU-intensive video processing apps. In fact, Intel has been boasting significant improvements to general performance, gaming framerate, and 4K video processing speeds over the 7th-generation Core i7, which sat on the top of the heap itself once upon a time.2. The Core i9 wasn’t the only hexa-core processor revealed todayWhile the Core i9 is definitely expected to be a beast, it isn’t the only Core processor being outfitted with six cores and 12 threads. The Core i9 is merely leading the way here, as its part of a larger line up of 8th-gen mobile processors, some of which sport six cores of their own. We’ll see the same six core/12 thread build in new H-series Core i7 processors, and while those will still be the domain of high-end laptops, they probably won’t cost quite as much as the Core i9.3. Core i9 comes fully unlocked with Optane memory and the promise of fast WiFiThe Core i9-8950HK comes with a base clock speed of 2.9GHz, but it’s also fully unlocked, meaning that overclocking should be much easier than it was with some previous Intel processors. With TurboBoost 2.0, Intel says single-core clock speeds can climb up to 4.8GHz, which is nothing to stick your nose up at.Many of these new processors, including the Core i9, will come equipped with Intel Optane memory as well, speeding up load times from SATA-connected data drives. WiFi is also a big focus for Intel in its 8th-gen Core CPUs, and with the company’s Wireless-AC 2×2 160MHz WiFi, Intel says you can reach speeds of up to 1,733 Mbps – faster than a Gigabit ethernet connection.4. Companies have already announced new laptops featuring the Core i9Intel’s hardware partners were prepared for today’s announcement, with a bunch of them introducing new notebooks pretty much the second news about the Core i9 dropped. While many of these notebooks, such as Samsung’s Notebook Odyssey Z, use Intel’s 8th-gen Core i7, there are a few that go whole hog and feature a Core i9-8950HK, like the ASUS ROG G703 and Alienware’s 15 and 17 gaming laptops. 5. We still don’t know the most important detailEverything Intel shared today certainly seems impressive, but the company left one make-or-break detail out of its announcement: price. There was no word of pricing at all during today’s reveal, and while we can expect them to be expensive, enthusiasts and professionals who can actually use this kind of power would like to know how expensive the processor will be. Similarly, many of the laptops announced today didn’t include any pricing information, but expect them to be priced well outside of mainstream range.Wrap-UpAs we said, the specifications and benchmarks Intel revealed today are definitely impressive, but it’s important to take them with a grain of salt until these new processors can be tested in real-world scenarios. Even with that caveat, it’s safe to assume to that Intel’s Core i9 mobile processor is going to be a powerful piece of hardware, and it’ll be interesting to see how it stacks up against existing CPUs. Today is a big day for Intel, with the reveal of its new 8th-generation mobile Core processors. The single biggest announcement of the day came in the form of the new Core i9-8950HK, which is the first Core i9 processor ever made for notebooks. There’s a lot of information about these new processors being released all at once, so let’s dive into some things you should know. Story Timeline8th gen Intel Core desktop processors launched for gamers, creatorsAcer Nitro 5 gaming laptops put 8th gen Intel Core at your serviceDell and Alienware go all-in on 8th Gen Core laptops and AIOs
Pandora is creating a personalized discovery platform for podcastsPodcasts are more popular than ever but finding new ones to enjoy is often based on recommendations from friends. Pandora aims to be the solution, launching a discovery tool that catalogs existing podcast shows and then suggests ones to users based on various characteristics.More than 1,500 characteristics are used as part of the recommendation system, though Pandora is being quiet about the finer details. As with the music streaming product, users can thumbs-up and thumbs-down content to help influence their recommendations.Over time, Pandora’s system will form a profile for the user that enables it to better provide suggestions. This means the system should get better the more it is used, but may not be entirely on point when the user first gives it a try. Such a tool fills a very important void for podcast fans who still largely have to depend on trending tabs and curated content for new entertainment.Pandora users can sign up to try and get access to the public beta here. Pandora previously teased plans to launch a podcast discovery tool similar to its streaming music product, and now that day has finally arrived…for beta users, at least. The new discovery system is called the Podcast Genome Project and it works by recommending users podcasts they’re likely to enjoy based on both an algorithm and human curation.
This month the folks at Adobe made a push to bring love to users for Valentine’s Day in the form of color fonts. Color fonts are a strange new beast, the likes of which only began to make sense here in this computer-first generation, one in which the letterpress techniques of the past have gone the way of the dodo. They’re extinct, and the world is crumbling as a result. We are literally at the start of what many scientists believe is the start of the 6th mass extinction of life here on Earth. As such, since all the insects are going to be dead in 100 years, it seems only right that Adobe would team up with the brand Fontself to promote color fonts. When we began to write words, we did so with pictures – then with letters. We wrote letters for a long time before the era of the printing press. When the printing press came about, printers set each letter – each character, each image – individually, physically. In the printing press, every single letter needed to be set in place, blocked off, and inked up before a piece of paper was placed and the press would push ink unto said paper.As such, each letter was one color. It only made sense that one way. Now, here in the year 2019, things are different. Everything is on your computer, and every computer has the ability to blast as many letters at your face as you want. So why stick with one color? Why not just deliver each letter with its own color collection?AdChoices广告Now, the designers of each “color font” chooses not only the placement of the strokes, the shoulders, joints, serifs, arms, bars, crossbars, ligatures, and gadzooks, they get to choose the colors of the end product, too!In Adobe Creative Cloud products, users will soon be able to use a selection of color fonts from professional creators for free. Just like the rest of the fonts available in the Creative Cloud collection of apps, color fonts (in association with Fontself) are coming in the month of February. The first of these fonts is called Mad Type, made by designer Adhemas Batista. Head over to Illustrator CC dot com slash valentines to see the full story and hit the download button – but ONLY if you’re all about Creative Cloud as such.
SOURCE: BMW The 2017 Frankfurt International Auto Show is only a few days away now, but BMW has decided to pull the curtain back a bit early on its largest SUV yet: the Concept X7 iPerformance. The upcoming crossover will top the German carmaker’s existing X5 SUV by offering three-row seating, as well launching as a plug-in hybrid model. BMW has been busy with its concepts lately, with the X7 coming after the recent 8 Series and Z4 reveals. The first noticeable thing about the SUV’s design is the front end and how BMW covered it with a huge version of their trademark “kidney” grilles. Contrasting this is a pair of extra thin LED headlights, giving the whole thing a big-nostril, angry face kind of look. The car’s overall profile is much more reasonable, however, with plenty of room provided for three rows of seats, and large wheels it keep everything in proportion. The real interest should be in the interior, as that’s where people will spending most of their time with a vehicle like this. With the X7, BMW is showcasing a lot of tech under the almost all-glass roof. This includes an updated iDrive infotainment system that sits alongside the gauge cluster, and plenty of surfaces covered in either aluminum, leather, or wood. The rear seats even get their own entertainment screens, allowing occupants to queue up their music to the car’s stereo, interact with the navigation system, and send content to other screens.Not much info on the powertrain was released, as we’ll likely get that at Frankfurt in the coming days, although a non-hybrid model seems like a sure thing. As a concept, this X7 sounds like it’s representative of the production model’s size and interior features, but the overall design will almost definitely be toned down before it goes on sale. Story TimelineBMW Concept 8 Series previews a stunning luxury coupe comebackBMW Concept Z4 teases 2018 rear-wheel drive droptopThis is the 2018 BMW M5: Its AWD is super-cleverBMW unveils first ever i3s with sporty style and more powerBMW Z4 Concept design interview: deceptively simple lines2017 BMW i3 vs i3 with Range Extender ReviewBMW takes on Tesla Model 3/S and commits to 12 BEVs by 2025
For all its other innovations, Samsung has actually been lagging behind when it comes to charging technology. It does have its own adaptive fast charging tech but while it may be OK, it pales in comparison to the latest advancements in that field, with manufacturers hitting 30 watts and above.Samsung was recently seen showing off a 45-watt fast charger that would at least catch up to the competition. The question, however, is when Samsung with launch it and with what phone. Given the upcoming launch of the Galaxy Note 10, it was almost a perfect fit.Unfortunately, it seems that Samsung will ship a regular 25-watt fast charger. No worries, though, as the 45W super fast charger does exist. According to GalaxyClub, however, it will require a separate purchase amounting to 50.90 EUR or $57.It might be a bit disappointing but at least the Galaxy Note 10 will at least support that fast charging capability. As to why it’s shying from shipping the charger in the Galaxy Note 10’s box, Samsung might still be trying to play it safe in light of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. While the Galaxy Note 10 has pretty much been leaked to death, including its availability, there are still some things that seem to be in debate. One of those is the charging capabilities of the phone whether it will include the brand new 45 watt charger that has been repeatedly leaked before. The good news is that such a charger does exist and the Galaxy Note 10 will support it. The bad news: you’ll have to buy it separately.
Pharmacists and drugstores appear to have undone an effort to impose more strict controls on certain drugs. Meanwhile, Accretive Health, the Chicago-based hospital-billing company which is under fire, is fighting back. The New York Times: Lobbying Effort Is Said To Sink New Controls On PainkillersEfforts to impose stricter controls on prescription drugs that are subject to rampant abuse have apparently failed after a groundswell of lobbying by pharmacists and drugstores, members of Congress said on Monday. The proposed controls, sought by senators and law enforcement officials, would apply to products like hydrocodone that are used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain (Pear, 6/18).The Hill: Embattled Medical Debt Collector Hires Second Lobby FirmAccretive Health has hired its second D.C. lobby firm after facing scrutiny for allegedly shaking down patients. The Chicago-based hospital billing company will retain The Duberstein Group in addition to its first firm, Heather Podesta + Partners. Accretive has been under fire since late April, when The New York Times covered a report from the Minnesota attorney general’s office detailing allegations that the company pressured patients into settling debts, sometimes before they received care (Viebeck, 6/18). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Lobbying Sinks Efforts To Impose Restrictions On Painkillers