first_imgLavazza and PepsiCo release iced coffee through new partnershipPosted By: Martin Whiteon: July 03, 2019In: Beverage, Business, Industries, New products, Refreshment, Tea & CoffeePrintEmailLavazza and PepsiCo have formed a new strategic partnership which will see Lavazza launch its first ready-to-drink iced coffee product in the UK, and will establish the foundation for further product launches in the European market in future.Available nationwide in the UK from summer 2019, Lavazza Iced Cappuccino aims to leverage Lavazza’s reputation as a coffee specialist to capitalise on the growing demand for premium iced coffee options.The drink features a blend of Lavazza coffee and milk, and is available in a 100% recyclable, premium can.According to a statement from Lavazza, the UK launch is only the first step of a partnership which will aim to accelerate innovation in this rapidly growing segment.To achieve this, Lavazza claims that both companies will work together to launch new product lines in future, as well as expand into new markets in 2020.Sergio Cravero, chief marketing officer of Lavazza Group said: “We are proud to cooperate with PepsiCo as we enter the fast-growing iced coffee segment for the first time.“Lavazza’s commitment to quality, combined with PepsiCo’s expertise, allows us to explore and offer in certain strategic markets more and more ways to enjoy coffee, in line with the international vocation of the Group to grow on a global scale.”Mark Kirkham, vice-president and head of marketing, PepsiCo West Europe Beverages added: “PepsiCo is very excited to be introducing Lavazza Iced Cappuccino to the UK market.“This is the start of a collaborative partnership with Lavazza where we plan to innovate and bring to market new offerings based on consumer insights and preferences in the growing premium coffee space.“We look forward to building on this initial offering and setting the stage for European expansion in 2020.”Share with your network: Tags: iced coffeeLavAzzaPepsiCoUKlast_img read more

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first_img This earnings season has seen the likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon report unsurprisingly profitable results. As the biggest tech players continue to make an embarrassing amount of money in spite of controversy and backlash, we now get to see if smaller upstarts like Snap have had similarly successful quarters.From the looks of the company’s just-released earnings report for Q1 2018, things over at Snap have not been very smooth. This quarter, it added just 2 percent new Daily Active Users (DAUs), a drop from the 5 percent increase in Q4 2017. While its overall revenue of $230.7 million is up from the same period last year, that number has dropped 19 percent since the last quarter. Snap attributed this sequential decline to its recent redesign and “seasonality.”After struggling for two quarters to add users at a satisfying rate, Snap finally saw its efforts start to pay off in the fourth quarter of last year, hitting an encouraging 5 percent increase in DAU from the quarter before. It focused on improving its Android app and rolled out a redesign aimed at making its interface more user-friendly. Despite some unhappiness over the new look, things appeared to look up for the ephemeral messaging app.Now, we’re learning that the redesign may have done more harm than good, at least in the short term. Not only has user growth slowed, but CEO Evan Spiegel also noted in his prepared remarks accompanying the results that there was “a disproportionately negative impact among Android users.” He attributed this to “a number of performance regressions” due to “the volume of changes we made with the redesign.”The new layout affected users across all operating systems, too. Spiegel said that the March DAU average was lower than the overall first quarter average of 191 million, but pointed out that the number for that month is still higher than the Q4 average.The company had anticipated this negative impact, Spiegel said, noting that “a change this big to existing behavior comes with some disruption, especially given the high frequency of daily engagement of our community.”While the company is starting to see early signs of stabilization among its iOS users “as people get used to the changes,” Spiegel admits that it still has “a lot of work to do to optimize the new design, especially for our Android users.”The slowdown in user growth is troubling for a company like Snap, which is predominantly an ad business. It needs the viewer numbers to convince brands to continue buying spots for their commercials. To that end, Spiegel noted, “Our redesign created some headwinds in our revenue this quarter by disrupting user behavior and creating some apprehension among our advertising partners.” Despite the concerns, though, Spiegel said “our advertising business has continued to grow.”There was no mention of the new Spectacles that the company unveiled last week — at least, not in the press release and prepared remarks for this afternoon’s call, anyway. Curious analysts and media are sure to ask about it during the conference call, and we will update this post with what we learn from that.Update: No one on the call asked about the new Spectacles. Analysts were more concerned with the slow user growth and the company’s optimism about recovering from the redesign. Spiegel clarified that the work being put into the Android app involves a complete re-architecture that should dramatically improve efficiency, and is being rolled out in pieces. The upcoming quarter will be crucial for Snap, as it needs to prove that it can bounce back from the disruption caused by its redesign. This story originally appeared on Engadget Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Next Article Snapchat –shares 4 min read Cherlynn Low Even After Its Redesign, Snapchat Is Struggling to Add New Userscenter_img May 2, 2018 Image credit: vivalapenler | Getty Images via engadget Writer Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Add to Queue Register Now » Things over at Snap have not been very smooth.last_img read more

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first_img –shares Dysfunctional offices can raise employee stress levels, trigger more sick leaves, and promote anxiety and depression. Staff may also struggle to collaborate or have productive interactions. While we often blame technology for these symptoms — think constant notifications and 24/7 connectivity — there may be a more insidious cause: open office plans.Silicon Valley firms were among the first to champion open workspaces, where employees sit shoulder to shoulder at communal desks. They tore down walls and eliminated private offices as outdated symbols of corporate hierarchy. An open layout seemed to convey a modern, break-all-the-rules attitude. It also provided a stark contrast to the soulless cubicle farms skewered by Dilbert comics and films like Office Space.By 2014, about 70 percent of all offices reportedly had open floor plans. Like unlimited snacks and cold brew coffee on tap, these layouts have now become the norm, particularly in technology and startup circles. Facebook’s new MPK 21 building, for example, may represent the pinnacle of today’s open office design trend.While open offices were intended to encourage innovation, creativity and collaboration, a growing body of research indicates that, in practice, they may have the opposite effect.Related: Facebook’s Utopia, Our Nightmare: Open Offices Are Destroying ProductivityThe challenges of open office design.Many office workers have experienced the pitfalls of a barrier-free space. Distractions abound, from loud-talkers to gum-smackers to the colleague who eats a tuna sandwich al desko every day.A humming co-worker may be irritating, but some people argue that open office distractions like these are a small price to pay for greater collaboration and communication. That was the goal, for example, of Facebook’s previous Frank Gehry-designed building, MPK 20.“It really creates an environment where people can collaborate; they can innovate together,” said Lori Goler, Facebook’s chief people officer. “There’s a lot of spontaneity in the way people bump into each other, just a really fun collaborative creative space.”In 2018, Harvard Business School researchers analyzed how the transition to an open workspace affected staff collaboration. It was the first study of its kind to objectively measure the impacts of open plan offices by using electronic badges and microphones to record employee interactions and track email usage.The study found that an open office reduced face-to-face interactions by about 70 percent. In contrast, email messages increased by 50 percent. The open architecture seemed to trigger a withdrawal response, where co-workers craved less social contact and chose instead to send emails and instant messages.As the study’s co-author, Associate Professor Ethan Bernstein, explains: “If you’re sitting in a sea of people, for instance, you might not only work hard to avoid distraction (by, for example, putting on big headphones) but — because you have an audience at all times — also feel pressure to look really busy.”The study also found the workers were less productive in open offices and, critically, the quality of their work decreased as well.Other studies have shown a wide range problems related to those laid-back, free-form spaces. When organizational psychologist Matthew Davis reviewed over 100 studies of office environments he found they had a negative effect on attention spans, creative thinking, productivity and job satisfaction. Employees who worked in open offices also had higher stress levels and lower concentration and motivation than those in standard office layouts.According to researchers at Queensland University of Technology, 90 percent of employees working in an open floor plan office had high levels of stress, conflict, high blood pressure and more job turnover. A Danish study of 2,400 employees also found that people working in fully open offices took 62 percent more sick days than those stationed in single-person offices.Related: Can’t Concentrate in Your Open Office? Try These 3 Things.A functional alternativeWhile it’s unlikely we’ll return to Mad Men-style corner offices (or their well-stocked bar carts) I believe we can find an effective middle ground. At my company, JotForm, our employees work in small, cross-functional teams of five or six people. Each team includes a lead designer, who works closely with UI and CSS developers, full stack developers, plus UX specialists, data scientists and any other necessary functions.Every group has its own room with a door. The offices also have big whiteboards, large desks, space for people to stretch out and various productivity tools. In our experience, these private spaces help our teams stay focused. They can ditch the noise-cancelling headphones and work productively, then meet and collaborate as required.Noise distractions might seem trivial, but a University of Sydney study found that noise is the top complaint from employees who work in open offices. “We found people in open plan offices were less satisfied with their workplace environment than those in private offices,” said Jungsoo Kim, the study’s co-author. “The benefits of being close to co-workers in open plan offices were offset by factors such as increased noise and less privacy.”Noise distractions lead to lower productivity and higher absentee rates. That’s why a workspace that minimizes distraction of all kinds isn’t just an HR decision; it’s a smart financial move. For example, the Information Overload Research Group estimates that digital distraction alone costs U.S. companies almost $1 trillion dollars annually.Instead of fighting distraction, a cross-functional team can collaborate openly and capitalize on each other’s energy. The proximity actually boosts productivity, because all group members are working on a single project and share the same day-to-day goals.Related: 9 Rules of Open-Office EtiquetteWhat’s the right team size?My company isn’t the only advocate for a small team model. In 2014, researchers Albert Kao and Ian Couzin published a study that found small groups often make more accurate decisions. Small teams represent the best of both worlds, because they can draw on collective wisdom without having to navigate the excess noise of the crowd.Determining the right team size may be a matter of trial and error. It’s important to discover what works best for your organization, and your employees. Decision-making process and project types also need to be taken into consideration.In “Decide and Deliver: Five Steps to Breakthrough Performance in Your Organization” by Marcia W. Blenko, Paul Rogers, and Michael C. Makins, the authors argue that seven is the magic number of team members for making effective decisions. Once you reach that point, each additional member reduces the group’s effectiveness by 10 percent.Ultimately, every organization needs to find its sweet spot. For us, seven people would start to feel unwieldy. But, it’s a decision every company should make based on its own unique circumstances.Related: The Surprising Reason Why an Open Office Space May Not Be Great for Your CompanyPlan it your way.Unfortunately, there’s no template for the perfect office design. We could all theoretically copy Facebook’s stunning redwood forest, rooftop garden, and cutting-edge architecture and still discover that our employees need doors that close and a quiet place to code. Or perhaps our teams do thrive in collective pods — no walls required.While managers often prefer an open layout — especially for its economic advantages — it’s important to understand the potential downsides of an open plan. Even if private offices aren’t feasible for all companies, we can often provide our employees with part-time private spaces, like breakaway pods or quiet rooms.Like most things in business, it’s essential to do what works best for your company and your teams. Open spaces may look cool for office tours and website photos, but results matter more than surface reflections.Give your employees what they need to be healthy, productive and focused. It’s worth every bit of the investment you’ll make. Entrepreneur; Founder and CEO, JotForm Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 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first_imgKroger begins autonomous grocery delivery trial in ArizonaPosted By: Martin Whiteon: August 16, 2018In: Distribution, Food, Industries, Innovation, Logistics, RetailPrintEmailKroger has started the trial of its autonomous grocery delivery service in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the service is capable of same-day grocery deliveries to consumers in the city.The retailer partnered with autonomous vehicle manufacturer Nuro in June to launch the service, and the two companies stated at the time that they would announce the location of the trial at a later date, and Scottsdale was chosen partially due to the state’s accommodating laws regarding driverless vehicles.Consumers will be charged a flat fee of $5.95 for the service, which they can access when ordering food from Kroger’s Fry Foods store online or through an app.Grocery deliveries can be scheduled for same-day or next-day delivery, and orders will then be delivered directly to consumers by Nuro’s fleet of driverless vehicles.The pilot will initially utilise Nuro’s driverless Toyota Prius fleet, though later this year the custom R1 driverless vehicle will begin operations. in the city.Kroger’s chief digital officer Yael Cosset said: “We’re excited to launch our autonomous vehicle delivery pilot with Fry’s in Scottsdale.“Kroger wants to bring more customers the convenience of affordable grocery delivery, and our pilot with Nuro will help us test and learn to understand customer acceptance of autonomous vehicles in our seamless offering.“We thank Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, and the Scottsdale community for being terrific partners and for supporting customer-focused innovation.”Nuro co-founder Dave Ferguson added: “Arizona is home to some of the most innovative autonomous vehicle testing.“We’re proud to contribute and turn our vision for local commerce into a real, accessible service that residents of Scottsdale can use immediately.“Our goal is to save people time, while operating safely and learning how we can further improve the experience.”Share with your network: Tags: deliverygroceryKrogerNuroretailUSlast_img read more

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first_imgNo-deal Brexit could cause five years of supply turmoil – reportPosted By: Martin Whiteon: October 23, 2018In: Business, Distribution, Food, Industries, LogisticsPrintEmailIt could take five years for food and beverage companies operating in the UK to successfully restructure their supply chains in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to supply chain and logistics consultancy Scala.The report claims that uncertainty surrounding currency exchange rates, possible new trade tariffs and the likelihood of border delays could severely impact businesses that source products or components from the EU, and/or export to the EU.The food industry, in particular, could be vulnerable, as it may no longer be feasible for businesses to import short-shelf-life products and perishable goods from the EU.Scala says that these factors make it increasingly necessary for food and beverage companies to undertake a full assessment of their supply chain strategies, as it could take as long five years to re-engineer and optimise their supply chains.John Perry, managing director of Scala said: “Over the years, company supply chains have been continuously improved and developed to meet the demands of the consumer as cost-effectively as possible.“As part of this, UK businesses have become increasingly reliant on sourcing from the EU, driven by the supply chain benefits of quick lead-times, manufacturing rationalisation and faster response times to changes in demand.“However, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, this is all set to drastically change. Companies will need to determine the impact of new trading laws and tariffs, as well as the potential costs and duration of new supply chain routes.“Borders will be more complicated, so supplier relationships will need to be re-evaluated, and alternative options considered such as stockpiling in UK warehousing.“This is a complex process and these changes can’t be made overnight. For some companies, this will involve a major reset. The more complex the supply chain network, the more extensive and lengthier the process is likely to be.“Even for proactive businesses that start preparing now, the ramifications of Brexit are major, and it is not a quick process for companies to re-optimise their supply chains.“Some companies may just tweak elements or try and make-do for short-term survival, but for long-term competitiveness the supply chain needs to be properly re-assessed and optimised.”Share with your network: Tags: Brexitsupply chainUKlast_img read more

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first_imgTheresa May is increasing the number of British troops serving in Afghanistan to more than 1,000 for the first time in years as she heads to a crunch Nato summit where allies will come under intense pressure from Donald Trump to spend more on defence.The prime minister committed an extra 440 troops to the international body’s capacity building mission in the country as she called on other European countries to match the UK’s 2% of GDP on defence spending. Speaking ahead of the summit, the Nato general secretary, Jens Stoltenberg, said concerns about burden-sharing would be addressed. “Burden-sharing in Nato is not fair, that is why we have agreed to do something about it,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Wednesday.Ministry of Defence sources fear that the US president, who will attend the Brussels summit, could threaten to pull troops out of eastern Europe and refuse to contribute to joint Nato exercises unless they commit to boosting their contribution.Before taking off on Air Force One, Trump tweeted about the US giving more money to Nato than any other country. Military Tue 10 Jul 2018 17.30 EDT Nato Share on Facebook Pippa Crerar Deputy political editor … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. In remarks which will alarm European defence chiefs, who are already anxious about his planned talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin next week, he added: “Nato countries must pay more, the United States must pay less.”May, however, is expected to stress her commitment to Nato and underline the leading role the UK plays in the alliance, which defence sources fear could be under threat if Trump is persuaded to rethink his military commitments by Putin.She will say: “Nato is as vital today as it ever has been and our commitment to it remains steadfast. The alliance can rely on the UK to lead by example, not just in meeting the 2% pledge but by contributing our cutting edge capabilities to operations around the world. This article is more than 1 year old Theresa May commits 440 non-combat troops to region, bringing total to 1,100 Number of UK troops in Afghanistan to rise ahead of Nato summit Defence policy Topics news Theresa May Share on LinkedIn “And we will continue to make the case for all allies to follow the UK’s example and meet the 2% pledge.”The troop uplift to 1,100 will be the biggest UK military commitment to Afghanistan since David Cameron withdrew all combat troops four years ago after 13 years of fighting the Taliban.A support mission of 450 stayed on to train domestic forces, which was later increased. It is this non-combat resolute support mission, backing up local forces in their ongoing fight against the Taliban, that will be boosted by the deployment. The additional troops will initially deploy from the Welsh Guards, with around half of the 440 arriving in August and the remainder to follow by February 2019. It comes at a critical time ahead of national elections in October.Britain is one of only five countries that currently meets the Nato targets of spending 2% of GDP on defence. Germany’s contribution is 1.2%, although Angela Merkel has said she knows that in needs to rise.Defence secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan will help keep the streets of Britain safe and this uplift signals our unwavering commitment to realising that future.”Stoltenberg said there was a plan in place to address the concerns of the US. “European allies are stepping up after years of cutting defence spending,” he said. “Germany has to spend more on defence and Germany agrees, after two decades of reducing defence spending Germany has started to increase. “Last year, it was 6% in real term… they have put forward plans to increase defence spending by 80% until 2024.” Last modified on Wed 11 Jul 2018 03.04 EDT Military Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Messenger British soldiers departing Camp Bastion in 2014. David Cameron withdrew all combat troops after 13 years of fighting the Taliban.Photograph: EPA Read more This article is more than 1 year old US politics Afghanistan Shares7474 Support The Guardian The Guardian view on the Nato summit: Europe must come together Share via Email Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)Getting ready to leave for Europe. First meeting – NATO. The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!July 10, 2018 Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Donald Trump Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_imgSpacewatch Share on Twitter Last modified on Thu 9 Aug 2018 17.09 EDT After lift-off, set for Saturday, Nasa’s solar probe starts its six-year flight to within 3.8m miles of the sun – the nearest visit yet 11 Aug 2018 6:18 1 2 | Pick Share on Twitter When the chips are down Facebook 10 Aug 2018 23:30 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Spacewatch: Firing up for a close encounter with the sun 1:52 10 Aug 2018 19:12 Share Share on Twitter Report Share on Twitter Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on Facebook The last Delta IV Heavy launch took place a little more than two years ago, so as excited as I am about PSP, I’m just quite happy to see this rocket flying again. Reply Report Report Reddenbluesy | Pick Share @DrStuClark Since you’re here… 0 1 oldest recommendations Report Facebook Comments 13 Share All Threads collapsed Share expanded Share Reply “The probe’s mission is to dip into the solar atmosphere and deduce how the rarefied gasses there are heated to millions of degrees centigrade when the solar surface itself is just 6,000°C.” Perhaps much of the solar surface is covered in a thick layer of ash, you know like an Indian fire walker can walk over hot coals without burning his feet? View more comments Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Share on Twitter Play Video Reply Venus 3 4 Report comments (13)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 0 1 Reply Facebook One theory is that the heating is due to nanoflares, the presence of nanoflares was confirmed by the EUNIS mission in 2013. These, as the name suggests, are much smaller events than flares. The energy involved is about a billionth of that in a flare event. The plasma temperature associated with these events is around ten million degrees centigrade. The mechanism thought to give rise to the heating is magnetic reconnection where the magnetic topology of highly conducting plasmas from different magnetic domains come into contact and have their topology rearranged with magnetic energy converted into kinetic and thermal energy. 0 1 Facebook Twitter hmmmm… this comment section is a really ‘heated’ discussion. Shares88 | Pick | Pick Close report comment form Reddenbluesy Reply 10 Aug 2018 19:28 FWIW (for the benefit of any passing visitors from the 18th century) 6,000°C is 11,000°F when rounded up to the nearest 1,000. 3 4 Reply Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook The analogy of the puzzle would be finding that the air above the ash was at something like 1000 times its temperature. 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Report Share on Twitter Report | Pick Reply Share CitizenWise 0 1 unthreaded How NASA’s Parker solar probe is preparing for an encounter with the sun – video Share on Twitter Is it too late to stick a copy of The Golden Apples of the Sun on the heatshield? Even if it’ll be alight at 233°C? Share via Email Share on Facebook Facebook Show 25 | Pick 50 LuDux22 “Its first close solar approach will be on 5 November. This first pass will take place at a distance of c. 24m km (15m miles). Successive flybys will be closer, culminating, in 2024, with a series of encounters just 6.1m km (3.8m miles) above the sun’s surface… which is approximately 16 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon or 112,000 sides of a square the size of Wales.” Support The Guardian Facebook Report 10 Aug 2018 5:35 Share on Facebook Nasa’s Parker Solar Probe is now on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. 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If for any reason the spacecraft does not launch by 23 August it will have to wait until May 2019 for the next launch opportunity, when Earth and Venus will again be lined up correctly. PallasAthenea Reply Twitter Stuart Clark Share on Facebook | Pick 4 5 Facebook Twitter 10 Aug 2018 19:36 LuDux22 10 Aug 2018 19:21 Twitter CitizenWise 25 3 4 glumlun Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reddenbluesy Planets Twitter Report Share CitizenWise Astronomy Reddenbluesy OvlovS60 Facebook Share on Twitter The Sun, Lieserl, The Sun Nasa The sun hindmost Space Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Reddenbluesy Order by oldest Facebook | Pick Reply collapsed Spacewatch Wasn’t it combining SI units with the system that helps maintain scientific illiteracy in the USA that led to NASA losing the US$125 million Mars Climate Orbiter? As a public service can we please have the SI version consistently used as default even with optional conversion to others in the Guardian’s Science section? 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first_img“While impeachment should be undertaken only in extraordinary circumstances,” he tweeted, saying that unlike many of his colleague he had read the 448-page report in full, “the risk we face in an environment of extreme partisanship is not that Congress will employ it as a remedy too often but rather that Congress will employ it so rarely that it cannot deter misconduct.”In a demonstration of the hold Trump maintains over the Republican party, Amash was swiftly and comprehensively rejected by his own colleagues.Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, accused him of “parroting the Democrats’ talking points on Russia”. Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, questioned if he was truly a Republican.“What he wants is attention in this process,” McCarthy, a staunch ally of Trump, told Fox News on Sunday. “He’s not a criminal attorney. He’s never met Mueller. He’s never met Barr. And now he’s coming forward with this?“It’s very disturbing. This is exactly what you would expect from Justin. He never supported the president. And I think he’s just looking for attention.”Amash, who was elected in the Tea Party election of 2010, has often bucked his party on key legislation. Nonetheless, he has voted with Trump most of the time and is aligned with the conservative House Freedom Caucus.His comments on impeachment will contribute to debate among Democrats, despite party leaders’ belief that the process would be both politically risky and guaranteed to fail in the Republican-controlled Senate.On Sunday Adam Schiff, the chair of the House intelligence committee, told CBS: “What may be pushing towards impeachment has less to do with Justin Amash and more to do with the administration engaging in a maximum obstructionism campaign against Congress.”But the Michigan congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who has sponsored a resolution to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump, invited Amash to join her.“You are putting country first, and that is to be commended,” she wrote on Twitter. “We both took an oath to uphold the US constitution.” US Congress Read more Donald Trump This article is more than 1 month old Trump lashes out at Justin Amash after Republican talks of impeachment As the only Republican in Congress to call for the impeachment of Donald Trump, Justin Amash is facing his own party’s wrath.In a series of tweets on Saturday, the Michigan congressman said attempts to obstruct justice as outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election amounted to “impeachable conduct”. He also accused the attorney general, William Barr, of misleading the US public. … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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Share on Facebook Congressman was dismissed by fellow Republicans and rebuked by Trump after saying he engaged in ‘impeachable conduct’Follow the latest in US politics – live In the 48 hours that followed Amash’s intervention, the five-term libertarian was rebuked by the president, dismissed by Republican colleagues and challenged from the right in his district.Jim Lowe, a Michigan state representative, said on Sunday he would run for Amash’s seat in the Republican primary next year.“I am a pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-jobs, pro-second amendment, pro-family values Republican,” Lowe said in a statement. “Justin Amash’s tweets yesterday calling for President Trump’s impeachment show how out of touch he is with the truth and how out of touch he is with people he represents.”Trump said he was “never a fan” of the congressman he called “a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy”.Trump insisted Mueller’s report had found “no collusion” and “no obstruction”. A redacted version of the Mueller report made public last month found no conspiracy between Trump and Russia but laid out extensive evidence of contacts between aides and Russians and detailed 11 instances in which Trump or his campaign may have attempted to obstruct justice.Mueller did not charge Trump with obstruction, instead punting the issue to Congress. Barr chose to clear Trump of obstruction himself, before Congress had seen the report. The House and Senate have reacted in dramatically partisan fashion. Amash’s tweets therefore broke the mold. Share via Email US politics Topics @SabrinaSiddiqui Sabrina Siddiqui in Washington Share on Messenger Share on Twitter news Shares163163 Justin Amash (@justinamash)Here are my principal conclusions:1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.4. 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first_imgPurple HeartHeroes and AthletesWhat: Adaptive recreation experience, such as kayaking and archery.When: Saturday, September 11, 2010 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.Where: Hurshtown Reservoir, Fort Wayne, IndianaAll veterans with a service connected disability that causes you to use an adaptive device are invited to partici­pate in this fun outdoor recreation expe­rience! We’ll introduce you to kayaking and archery as possible lifetime outdoor sports. Turnstone will provide adaptive equipment for you to try out and infor­mation for leisure time activities will be available.This event is FREE and lunch will be included.  Contact Tony Acosta at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation at (260) 427- 6008.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAdaptive Programs: Carmel Clay Parks and RecreationJune 23, 2010In “Conferences and Events”Adaptive Water Skiing Program in AlabamaJune 21, 2011In “Organizations”Springtime Serenity For All!May 15, 2012In “Services”last_img read more

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first_imgBCW Expands Strategic Planning and Analytics Groups with Key New Hires PRNewswireMay 7, 2019, 7:35 pmMay 7, 2019 BCWdata and analyticsMarketing TechnologyNewsUnited Entertainment GroupWPP Previous ArticleBeware: Ad Fraud is Not a Harmless CrimeNext ArticleAvalara Announces 17 Newly Certified Integrations into Business Applications BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe), a leading global communications agency, announced that Johanna Skilling has joined the firm as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Planning, based in New York, and Jeffrey Cutler has joined as Executive Vice President, Analytics and Performance Media, based in Washington, D.C. Their hires underscore BCW’s commitment to helping clients solve tough business challenges through creative ideas informed by data and powered by technology.“Johanna and Jeffrey are both world-class talents who are experts in mining research, data and analytics to uncover powerful and relevant insights that move client audiences with precision and impact and drive business results,” said Chris Foster, President, North America, BCW. “They are incredibly skilled at building high-performance teams and tools and have delivered powerful results for clients across every industry. I am delighted to have them on our BCW team.”Skilling, who leads BCW’s North America strategic planning team across all practices, is an award-winning career strategist who has built and led strategic planning departments across agencies within WPP, Havas, and Publicis Groupe. Her client engagements have spanned a wide range of industries, including beauty, consumer packaged goods, finance, healthcare, over-the-counter health, technology and telecommunications.Marketing Technology News: PushSend Launches All-in-One Marketing Platform That Brings Enterprise Capabilities to SMBsSkilling has spoken at numerous industry conferences, most recently at SXSW on “Engineering Empathy” and the United Nations, where she led a panel at the annual Economics and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum. She is an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies, teaching the graduate-level and professional courses in brand-building and strategic planning. She is listed in “50 Business Profs to Follow on Twitter” and “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” (SMM Magazine). She serves on the board of the Pvblic Foundation, whose mission is to connect brands and businesses to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and she received a 2016 Leadership Award at the UN in recognition of her contributions.Cutler spent five and a half years in senior roles at various Daniel J. Edelman (DJE) companies. For the past three years, he was Executive Vice President, Performance Marketing and Head of Analytics at Zeno Group. He built Zeno’s Performance Marketing and Analytics Practice and led a team of programmers responsible for building proprietary data applications. In addition to his efforts in the U.S., Cutler also oversaw a variety of global assignments spanning from communications, analytics and digital consultancy engagements.Marketing Technology News: Spot.IM Raises $25 Million in Series D FundingBefore that, Cutler served as Senior Vice President, Insights and Analytics at Edelman Intelligence. During his time at Edelman Intelligence, Cutler spearheaded efforts to evolve service offerings that united the best in primary and secondary research as well as digital analytics. Cutler started his tenure at DJE serving as Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy with United Entertainment Group (UEG), where he built and directed all facets of UEG’s digital team, including new business, client strategy, implementation, analytics, finance and staffing.Marketing Technology News: Price f(x) Introduces Innovative Plug-and-Play CRM Integration and Enhanced Features to CPQ Solutionlast_img read more

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first_img Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All 1 Comment Emma From ‘Friends’ Grew Up to Be Gorgeous Independence Day has come and gone and the fireworks have all burned out, but the deals haven’t. Today you can get a versatile high-end laptop from Dell that’s well suited for travel, office work, and gaming.Dell Vostro 15 7590 Intel Core i7-9750H 15.6-Inch 1080p Notebook w/ Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and 256GB NVMe SSD ($819.00)Dell’s Vostro laptops are typically targeted as home and business solutions. But this system, with its powerful Core i7-9750H processor and mid-range GTX 1050 graphics chip, is able to run modern games as well. Dell also built this system with a brushed aluminum exterior that makes it durable and relatively lightweight. Right now you can get it from Dell marked down from $1,651.42 to $819.00.Ring Video Doorbell Pro ($169.99)This helpful device is more than just a doorbell. It sends notifications to your Echo devices whenever the doorbell is rung, and it will allow you to see who is at your door and talk to them. This helps to keep you safe by making it easy to check who’s there. Right now you can get the Ring Video Doorbell Pro from Amazon marked down from $249.00 to $169.99. You must be a Prime member to get this discount, though.Samsung Evo Select 256GB MicroSDXC ($39.99) In addition to its large 256GB capacity, this microSDXC card is also fairly fast and able to transfer data at up to 100MB/s. Currently, you can get it from Amazon marked down from $49.99 to $39.99.Google Nest Hub ($79.00)Google’s Nest Hub is a versatile device that makes it easy to connect to and control various other smart devices around your home. It also accepts voice commands, and it can display information on a wide assortment of topics on its built-in 7-inch touchscreen display. For a limited time, you can get it from Walmart marked down from $149.00 to $79.00.Dell Alienware M17 Intel Core i7-9750H 17.3-Inch 1080p IPS Gaming Laptop w/ Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCI-E M.2 SSD and 1TB SSHD ($1,299.99)Dell built its Alienware M17 to be a powerful mobile gaming machine. This system’s Core i7-9750H processor and RTX 2060 graphics card offer desktop level performance, and the system’s 16GB of RAM and 256GB PCIe SSD ensure you won’t be slowed down waiting for programs to load. With promo code AWAFF300, you can get this system from Dell marked down from $1,949.99 to $1,299.99.Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscriptions (20-40 Percent Off)An Amazon Kindle subscription gives you access to over a million titles for you to peruse and read at your leisure. Amazon is currently offering this service discounted between 20 and 40 percent off the regular retail price.6-Month Subscription w/ 20 Percent Discount: $47.861-Year Subscription w/ 33 Percent Discount: $80.302-Year Subscription w/ 40 Percent Discount: $143.80Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at TechBargains.com. ET Deals: Dell Core i7-9750H Laptop $819, Ring Video Doorbell Camera $169, Samsung 256GB MicroSDXC $36 The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 1 Comment By Michael Sexton on July 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm New TV Shows That Will Absolutely Get Canceled in 2019 The Real Reason the ‘Blade’ Reboot Is Happening Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up Gamora’s Fate Is Finally Revealed After Tony’s Snap in ‘Endgame’ Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Real Reason Marvel Didn’t Bring Back Snipes For ‘Blade’last_img read more

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first_img How Loki Could Return For ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’ Paul Walker’s Daughter is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 20 We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared By Michael Sexton on July 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm ET Deals: Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch $1,199, Lenovo Intel Core i3 15.6-Inch Notebook $289, Dell Vostro Intel Core i3 14-Inch Laptop $299 ‘Doctor Strange 2’ May Have A Different Version Of Nick Fury Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous With July half over and school starting back next month, lots of online retailers are running sales on notebooks that would be perfect for getting you or your kids through their next year of school.Apple MacBook Air Intel Core i5 13-Inch Laptop w/ 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD ($1,199.00)Apple’s MacBook Air was designed to be exceptionally lightweight at 2.75lbs. It also has a high-quality 2560×1600 display, and Apple built the system out of durable 6000 series aluminum. If you would like to buy one of these systems with the larger 256GB SSD, you can get it marked down from $1,399.00 to $1,199.00 at Amazon.Lenovo Ideapad S340 Intel Core i3-8145U 15.6-Inch Laptop w/ 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD ($289.00)This inexpensive laptop with its dual-core processor and 8GB of RAM offers solid performance for everyday home tasks like web browsing and school work. Lenovo claimed this system should also be able to last up to 8.5 hours on single charge. Right now it’s marked down from $329.00 to $289.00 at Walmart.Dell Vostro 14 3000 Intel Core i3-7020U 14-Inch Notebook w/ 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD ($299.00)Dell’s Vostro 14 3000 is a solid well-made notebook computer that’s currently selling at a dirt cheap price. The dual-core Intel Core i3-7020U processor paired with 8GB of DDR4 RAM offers plenty of performance for everyday tasks like web browsing.  As configured this system originally cost $740.42, but its price has been slashed well below the 50% off mark, down to just $299.00 with promo code SMLBIZ299.Tenda MW6 Nova Wave 2 802.11ac Mesh Wi-Fi System 3-Pack ($109.99)A mesh Wi-Fi network offers excellent network coverage over a large area by using multiple devices to rebroadcast the Wi-Fi signal. Tenda’s MW6 Nova Wave 2 comes with three networking devices, each of which can transmit data over a 2,000 sq. ft area, and they can cover up to 6,000 sq. ft when working together. Right now you can get this set from Amazon marked down from $199.99 to $109.99 with a $10 clickable coupon and promo code 30MESHWIFI.Ring Video Doorbell Pro + Echo Dot ($169.99)This helpful device is more than just a doorbell. It sends notifications to your Echo devices whenever the doorbell is rung, and it will allow you to see who is at your door and talk to them. This helps to keep you safe by making it easy to check who’s there. As a special deal for Prime members, Amazon is currently offering the Ring Video Doorbell Pro with a 3rd gen Echo Dot marked down from $298.99 to $169.00.Audible 1-Year Gold Membership + $0.99 Echo Dot ($119.99)If you’ve never tried Audible, then you may not know that it’s a popular audiobook service that was created by Amazon. Some people like myself use Audible on and off throughout the day to enjoy listening to books while also getting other important tasks done such as cleaning. Right now, you can try out the service for $119.99 for the first year and get an Echo Dot for just $0.99 as part of the offer, but you need to be an Amazon Prime member to qualify. Also, as an Audible member, you will get discounts on books and credit each month that can be redeemed towards your choice of virtually any book on Audible.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at TechBargains.com. The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 0 Comments Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads 0 Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgNearly All Small Businesses Claim to Protect Their App Users’ Data, but Most Fail to Meet Adequate Security Standards Such as Requiring Strong Passwords or Encrypting Data. the Majority of Small Businesses (84%) Invest in Social Media or Messaging Features for Their Mobile Apps, While One-Third (33%) Invest in AI FeaturesThe majority of small businesses (98%) claim to protect their app users’ data, but most companies do not implement the basic measures required for online security.Less than half of small businesses (41%) require a strong user password for their mobile app, while only 40% of small businesses encrypt their user data or implement two-factor authentication. These actions leave users’ data vulnerable.This data comes from a survey published by Clutch, the leading B2B ratings and reviews company. The report analyzes the app features and security measures developers prioritize in 2019.Features such as encryption are vital to mobile app security.“It’s very important to protect your app code with encryption; you want the code to be hard to read and secret,” said Clare Bittourna, a marketing designer at Codal, a mobile app development company based in Chicago.Marketing Technology News: SetSail Introduces Machine Learning-Powered Incentives to Enhance Sales Behavior and Accelerate PerformanceSmall Businesses Prioritize Social Media and Messaging Integration in Mobile AppsSmall businesses prioritize mobile app features that encourage community engagement. Nearly all small businesses (84%) use social media integration or messaging features.Broken down, almost half of small businesses (44%) incorporate social media into their mobile apps while 40% use messaging features.“Businesses prefer to integrate…social sharing because it motivates new users to download the app and use it,” said Joana Kelly, chief operating officer of Small Planet, a mobile app design and development company.Small businesses can easily integrate social media into their app using a software development kit (SDK), which streamlines users’ login process. By incorporating an SDK, small businesses allow people to use their mobile app by simply connecting to their social media account.Marketing Technology News: IAB Tech Lab Announces Two New Technologies to Build More Transparency & Trust in the Programmatic Supply ChainSmall Businesses Recognize Value of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Mobile AppsSmall businesses invest in AI and augmented reality (AR) to create more personalized and automated services for their mobile apps.One-third of small businesses (33%) integrate AI into their mobile apps. Small businesses can use AI to analyze data and personalize users’ experiences.AI powers machine learning, which allows applications to learn and grow as users interact with them. “[Machine learning] always leads to better and stickier experiences for our customers, which is the name of the game at the end of the day,” said Dary Merckens, chief operating officer of Gunner Tech.Approximately the same number of small businesses (30%) incorporate AR in their mobile apps.AR features can increase an app’s marketing capabilities. For example, the IKEA Place app allows user to see how a product would look in their own home before purchasing it.Clutch’s 2019 Small Business Mobile App Survey included 529 small businesses across the USMarketing Technology News: Claritas Unveils Next-Generation Consumer Segmentation Tool for the Financial Services Industry: P$YCLE Premier AIAugmented RealityClutchMarketing TechnologyMobile App DevelopmentNewsSoftware Development Kit Previous ArticleTrustpilot Partners with Promo.com to Integrate Customer Reviews Into VideosNext ArticleUrban Airship Streamlines Name And Unveils New Brand To Reflect Dramatic Growth Of Its Customer Engagement Solutions 98% of Small Businesses Claim to Protect App Users’ Data, But Most Lack Significant Security Measures PRNewswireApril 17, 2019, 8:58 pmApril 17, 2019 last_img read more

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first_img Marketing Technology NewsmgageNewsOracle Marketing CloudOracle PartnerNetworkSMS Public Aggregator Network Previous ArticleQuad Helps Accelerate the Future of Commerce, Announces Strategic Partnership With the dtx CompanyNext ArticleDiscogs Releases iOS App 2.2 Update Improving Discoverability And Explorations mGage Collaborates with Oracle Marketing Cloud to Deliver Optimized Omni-Channel Marketing and Make Mobile Marketing Easier Globe NewswireJuly 11, 2019, 3:40 pmJuly 11, 2019 mGage, a Vivial company and Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), announced that it has integrated with the Oracle Responsys SMS Public Aggregator Network (SPAN) to provide an easier way for organizations around the world to manage their SMS campaigns.Oracle’s SPAN portal, available within the Oracle Marketing Cloud, offers customers an easy to use, self-service application where they can directly find, request and manage SMS services based on their needs and preferences. The result is a more optimal customer experience, increased conversion rates and an overall better return on investment.Marketing Technology News: AccuWeather Continues Rapid Expansion with Relocation of Global Office in New York City“Oracle is a true leader in this market and we are proud to have worked closely with them for the past 10 years,” says Denisse Goldbarg, COO, mGage. “Expanding our relationship to leverage SPAN is yet another way we help our clients maximize their mobile marketing initiatives.”Marketing Technology News: Kochava Expands In APAC RegionmGage has been an Oracle partner for a decade and is pleased to continue that relationship through the SPAN program. mGage offers Oracle Responsys customers best of breed global and domestic carrier connections coupled with a dedicated support team that has the technical knowledge and expertise these international companies demand. Its state-of-the-art infrastructure ensures the highest delivery rates providing superior performance. Marketing Technology News: New ISG Study Focuses on Digital Business Serviceslast_img read more

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first_img AIAmperityChris Jonescustomer data managementdata warehouseNewsSnowflake Previous ArticleCreator by Zmags Brings Greater Agility to Ecommerce CreativityNext ArticleCoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers Work Amperity and Snowflake Partner to Help Joint Customers Power Customer 360 Initiatives PRNewswireJune 28, 2019, 4:41 pmJune 28, 2019 Seamless integration allows joint customers to fully leverage the power of their customer data to drive highly personalized programs and campaignsAmperity, the first AI-powered Customer Data Management platform, and Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud, announced a strategic partnership and technology integration to help joint customers accelerate their Customer 360 initiatives. Both companies are focused on reinventing legacy systems with modern cloud infrastructure and machine intelligence solutions to make data management faster, simpler, and more effective.Amperity tackles data silos and impossible-to-unify customer records using AI, helping customers graduate from slow, manual, and error-prone legacy approaches to data unification. Snowflake brings unparalleled data warehouse performance, concurrency, and simplicity. Both run end-to-end on either AWS or Azure, giving customers the freedom to use their cloud provider of choice.Amperity and Snowflake share a long list of joint customers including Brooks Running. The strategic partnership between the two companies provides seamless integrated access to Snowflake’s cloud-built data warehouse, enabling joint customers to fully leverage the power of their customer data to drive highly personalized programs and campaigns. Together, they provide joint customers with the most flexible, complete, and scalable foundation for Customer 360 initiatives.Marketing Technology News: 4C Launches New Cross-Channel Video Solution to Help Marketers Reach Cord-Cutters and Cord-Nevers Across Streaming Environments“Next-generation customer data management is critical for companies to gain accurate insights about their customers,” Snowflake Vice President of Data Sharing Business Development, Justin Langseth said. “Amperity and Snowflake are quite similar in that we were both purpose-built for the cloud. Amperity’s approach to leveraging machine learning and AI drives customer data unification and usability for the enterprise and integrates well with Snowflake as we deliver on our commitment to performance, simplicity, and affordability.”Benefits and features of the Snowflake-Amperity integration include:Full support for ingress from Snowflake into Amperity, leveraging Snowflake secure data sharingFull support for egress from Amperity into Snowflake, leveraging Snowflake secure data sharingMaximum security and control when moving data between systemsAn even easier way to ingest data and deliver profiles across platformsFlexibility to leverage cloud provider of choice for end-to-end data management using Amperity and Snowflake’s full support to run on either AWS or Microsoft AzureMarketing Technology News: PubNub Selected as Winner for Best Overall Bot Solution in the 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards“From the outset, we knew we had the opportunity to completely upend the status quo in customer data management,” said Chris Jones, Chief Product Officer at Amperity. “We were at an inflection point in the market where by taking advantage of the latest in machine learning and affordable cloud computing, and by partnering with cloud-native technologies like Snowflake, we could fundamentally reinvent the process of managing and unifying customer data — and we did. Using this modern approach today, we’re helping companies achieve a truly comprehensive 360 view of the customer. And we can deliver it in a few weeks instead of months or years, and it’s highly flexible and easy-to-evolve.”Marketing Technology News: Absolutdata Named Best Overall AI-Based Analytics Company in 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards Programlast_img read more

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first_imgAs all of its applications run on the same platform and database—allowing growing businesses to deliver never-before customer experiences. HubSpot minimizes friction in the complete customer journey by aligning its full suite of products. Through end-to-end marketing, sales, regular upgrades, and customer service solutions, HubSpot addresses clients’ distinct needs. The company demonstrates its ability to pursue organic growth through distribution channel optimization, new product releases, as well as geographic expansion. Furthermore, numerous new connect partners integrated their applications into HubSpot in 2018, thereby expanding the value created for customers.Marketing Technology News: Norled Sets Sail for Digital Transformation with InforBy introducing a ‘flywheel’ strategy to garner more customer referrals and word-of-mouth recommendations, HubSpot succeeded in speeding up its business momentum and achieved significant growth. In the HubSpot model, there is room to expand customers’ solution set. The company rearranged its pricing options into a growth suite bundle, extending its three tiers to four packages: free, starter, professional, and enterprise packs. Customers responded by transitioning to the full suite faster—a 50% increase in the upfront sales of all three (paid) products through the bundle.“Lastly, by helping clients understand, utilize, and master its software and inbound methodology, HubSpot educates, influences, and inspires the way the world does business. In addition to its software that enables a systematic approach to nurture leads, HubSpot’s online education and training offer compelling value propositions,” noted Siefken. “Amid digital transformation on many levels, HubSpot’s approach presents a better way to market, sell, and serve customers, allowing companies to grow sustainably in the long term.”Marketing Technology News: New ISG Study Focuses on Digital Business ServicesEach year, Frost & Sullivan bestows this award upon the company that demonstrates excellence in growth and customer value. It recognizes the superiority of the product/service as well as the overall customer, purchase, ownership, and service experience offered, which has resulted in the recipient company seeing above-market growth and a greater share of wallet. The award lauds the growth, diversification, and sustainability strategies of the company.Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.Marketing Technology News: Kochava Expands In APAC Region Hubspot’s Flywheel Methodology Helps Attract Visitors to Clients’ Websites as Well as Organize, Track, and Nurture Relationships to Transform Customers Into PromotersBased on its recent analysis of the global marketing automation solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes HubSpot with the 2019 Global Growth Excellence Leadership Award for its ‘flywheel’ strategy. This strategy creates new ways in which customers access HubSpot’s open platform, data, and tools for sales enablement, lead optimization, and campaign management. The company’s thought leadership excellence and customer value creation have resulted in a 90% expansion in the share of wallet, 48% international revenue growth, and 37% growth in total revenues.“At the core of HubSpot’s integrated and intuitive hosted platform is a customer relationship management database that helps companies manage their pipeline and speed up their sales workflows by automating tasks through a single suite of software,” said Melody Siefken, Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “The company supports productive sales outreach by converting marketing and leads to revenue. Its applications for live chat, bots, email marketing, sales content, prospecting, and appointment setting integrate with data and processes organized into three hubs: sales, marketing, and customer service.” Frost & SullivanGlobal Growth Excellencehubspotmarketing automationMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleBrandable Closes Series B Financing RoundNext ArticleYouAppi Granted Patent for App-Scanner, Enabling Quick and Effective Detection of Fraudulent Trafficcenter_img HubSpot Earns Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan for Its Product Innovation-based Growth Strategy PRNewswireJuly 9, 2019, 1:51 pmJuly 9, 2019 last_img read more

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first_imgBhopal: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice-president Prabhat Jha has sent a legal notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi for BJP chief Amit Shah a ‘murder accused’ during an election rally in Madhya Pradesh recently.Speaking to the media, Jha quoted reports on Gandhi’s statements saying it was directed at the national president of a party which has 11 crore members, one of whom is the nation’s Prime Minister. “Shah hatya ke aropi aur shahzada jadugar,” Jha read a header of one of the reports quoting Gandhi during a recent election rally in Jabalpur. He said Gandhi had also called Shah a “murder accused”.“We wish to know from Rahulji whether he considered himself a court, as the (country’s) court has already said Shah was not an accused and the CBI has also said the same thing. So how was he (Gandhi) saying this?” said the senior BJP leader.“As the vice-president of the party, I was hurt by Gandhi’s remarks and I ask him to either tender an apology within three days or face defamation suit in the court,” said Jha.He also said that the Congress president had recently apologised for ‘chowkidar’ jibe.Jha has sent another legal notice to Gandhi over his reported remark that the central government had passed an Act which allowed tribals to be shot at.“Narendra Modi Sarkar ne ek kanun pass kiya hai jisme ek line jodi gayi hai ki adivasiyon ko goli mari ja sakegi (Narendra Modi government has passed a law which allows shooting of tribals),” Jha quoted Gandhi as saying.Stating that no such law has been passed by Parliament, Jha said this was nothing but an attempt by Gandhi to confuse voters in the tribal belt.“Even if such an Act was passed, where was Rahul Gandhi and his 44 MPs at the time?” the Rajya Sabha MP said. Amit ShahBharatiya Janata Partychowkidar jibecongress First Published: April 28, 2019, 9:52 PM ISTlast_img read more

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first_img New task force to take on rogue drone pilots flying near airports Sloshed drone pilots in Japan can now be punished with jail time The best drones under $100 Drone delivers lifesaving kidney for transplant patient in world first It sounds like utter madness, but you can now buy a flamethrower drone Editors’ Recommendations AerialXImagine the scenario. A quadcopter drone, rigged to carry a bomb, is headed for the White House, a major airport, or a packed school full of children. There’s no time to track down and arrest the person who either programmed its path or is directly piloting it. The most important thing to do is to get it out of the air as soon as possible, stopping it from ever reaching its target.Just a few years back, such a scenario would have been limited to action movie fodder for Hollywood screenwriters. Although so-called “hunter-killer” drones have been used by the military since the turn of the millennium, these UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) were largely inaccessible to the general population. For better or worse, they were tools intended for warfare, used to conduct what French philosopher Grégoire Chamayou refers to, in his book A Theory of the Drone, as “remote war” or “war from a distance.”The DroneBullet is described as a “hybrid between a missile and a quadcopter.”This is patently no longer true. According to a recent Goldman Sachs report, consumer spending on drones will likely total around $17 billion worldwide by 2020. That’s a whole lot of drones, with virtually no oversight to stop them from being misused. Recent incidents such as the one in which a drone brought one of the U.K.’s biggest airports to a screeching standstill highlight the glaring vulnerabilities that exist in this space. Drones represent the ultimate tool for asymmetric guerrilla warfare, capable of letting single bad actors confound much larger, more sophisticated organizations.“This is only the beginning,” Noam Kenig, CEO of drone-oriented defense company AerialX, told Digital Trends. “As drones get more portable and available, there’s a real risk of people using them for harm. You need some way to take them down.”The magic bulletAerialX, a six-year-old company based in Vancouver, Canada, believes that it’s come up with a magic bullet to stop incidents like this. Literally. Drawing on its expertise in areas like machine vision and unmanned aircraft, and combining that with its contacts in the defense world, AerialX has created a patent-pending solution called the DroneBullet.AerialXThe DroneBullet is described by Kenig as a “hybrid between a missile and a quadcopter.” It is, in essence, a kamikaze drone which looks like a miniature missile, but boasts the maneuverability of a quadcopter. With a takeoff weight of 910 grams, this pocket rocket has a four kilometer range and is able to reach speeds of up to 350 kilometers-per-hour in a dive attack. It’s designed to lock onto enemy drones and then doggedly pursue them; ultimately crashing into them and knocking them out of the sky.“We started out developing our own drones,” Kenig said. “At a certain point, we realized that the industry had become crowded. We then started working on counter-drone technologies. One solution we started working on was the drone forensic toolkit, which lets people retrieve crashed drones and analyze their flight information. We’ve also worked on detection systems for drones. Finally, we started work on the DroneBullet.”“Other solutions suffer from absurd requirements and complexity like massive costs, huge power draw, or the need for a highly trained UAS pilot.”The DroneBullet is launched by hand. All an operator needs to do to deploy it is to identify a drone target in the sky and then let the DroneBullet take care of the rest. Packed into its relatively small form factor are a camera and various neural net-based components, which allow it to do the necessary onboard number crunching to calculate things like the optimal trajectory and flight path it needs to hit its foes.“It can track objects autonomously and will even work out exactly where to hit its target, depending on its speed and whether [its target is] a quadcopter or fixed wing drone,” Kenig continued. “That could be from above, below, or from the side. It works out where the weak spot is and goes after it. If it sees a small drone like a Phantom, it will hit it full-force from below. If it’s a bigger target, it can change the attack mode and attack from above. That’s usually the most sensitive part for drones, where the GPS module and multiple exposed propellers are housed.”Designed for military and law-enforcementUnlike a conventional missile, the DroneBullet doesn’t pack any explosives. All its devastating power comes from the kinetic energy supplied by its impact. Should it survive its initial collision (something which certainly isn’t guaranteed), it possesses the ability to recalibrate in order to pursue a second target or return to the ground.ArielX’s DroneBullet uses a kamikaze-style approach to take down its target. An example clip seen here shows it autonomously track another drone before slamming into it and inflicting severe damage. AerialX“It can operate in two types of scenario,” Kenig said. “It can be both a standalone system and also work with third-party detection systems. That means that it could be linked to radar or vision-based systems, and then deployed autonomously.”Last year, AerialX demonstrated its creation for the United States Special Operations Command (USSOC). This trial was carried out at the Fort Bragg, North Carolina military base. “It involved showing the technology on various drones, from small-sized ones to much larger ones,” he said. “We demonstrated our DroneBullet’s capabilities to eliminate the aerial threats.”Kenig said that the company has received purchase orders from both the military and law enforcement, in the U.S. and overseas. (It won’t, however, be available for consumer purchase — so abandon those dreams of using it to put paid to your annoying neighbor’s early Sunday drone flights!)AerialXWhat else is out there?AerialX isn’t alone in developing anti-drone technologies. While its approach is unique, other “hard and soft kill” solutions include an assortment of nets, jammers and even drones loaded with firearms. “Other solutions suffer from absurd requirements and complexity like massive costs, huge power draw, or the need for a highly trained UAS pilot,” Kenig maintained. “The DroneBullet has none of those shortfalls.”The next step is to deploy the technology so that, should the worst happen, it can be called into service.“I’m not talking about kids flying a DJI drone over an outside concert,” he said. “This is for situations in which you really need to take a drone down before it causes real damage. You don’t want to mess around with solutions that involve manually chasing drones with nets or things like that. You don’t have time for it. You want to be able to press a button and get rid of the threat immediately. This is what we’ve built.”last_img read more

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first_img Editors’ Recommendations Next Previous The Honda Insight was one of the original hybrids, and the name was revived during the 2019 model year for a new hybrid sedan based on the Civic. Today’s Insight is radically different from the two generations that preceded it. While those cars tried to be different, the current Insight aims to be a practical car that just happens to be a hybrid. For its sophomore year, the current-generation Insight carries forward without any major changes.The Insight uses the same basic body shell as the Honda Civic sedan, but with changes to accommodate the hybrid powertrain and to give the hybrid a unique identity. Only the roof and rear quarter panels carry over from the Civic, according to Honda.No mechanical changes were made for the 2020 model year. The Insight uses a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine paired with Honda’s hybrid system, which eschews a conventional transmission. The gasoline engine acts as a generator most of the time, with an electric motor driving the front wheels. In certain situations, the gasoline engine will also connect directly to the wheels and, like most modern hybrids, the Insight is capable of limited all-electric running.The Insight is rated at 151 horsepower and 197 pound-feet of torque, giving it more power than the rival Toyota Corolla Hybrid. The Honda has a maximum EPA fuel-economy rating of 52 mpg combined (55 mpg city, 49 mpg highway) in LX and EX trim levels, giving it an advantage over the Toyota in the combined and city categories. However, the Insight Touring model dips to 48 mpg combined (51 mpg city, 45 mpg highway). These figures carry over from the 2019 model year.The Insight comes standard with LED headlights and the Honda Sensing suite of driver aids, including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and road departure mitigation. But if you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you’ll have to upgrade from the base LX trim level to the midrange EX. The top Touring trim level adds leather upholstery, a power driver’s seat, navigation, and dual-zone climate control, among other features.The 2020 Honda Insight is on sale now. Pricing starts at $23,860 for the base LX trim level, rising to $25,240 for the EX. The top Touring trim level starts at $29,270. Those prices represent increases of $135, $245, and $285 for the LX, EX, and Touring, respectively, and are partially the result of Honda increasing the mandatory destination charge from $895 to $930 for 2020. The Insight is assembled in Greensburg, Indiana, while its hybrid powertrain is built in Ohio.center_img 1 of 10 2019 Honda HR-V Touring review The 2020 Hyundai Elantra keeps an eye on the road even if you’re not looking For 2020, Toyota is finally fixing the Prius Prime’s two biggest downsides For 2020, the Lexus RX finally gets the tech that owners are clamoring for Honda extends the warranty of select CR-Vs, Civics after finding problemlast_img read more

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