Cloudflare Launches AMP Real URL to Give Publishers and Site Owners More

first_imgCloudflare Launches AMP Real URL to Give Publishers and Site Owners More Control Over Their Brands PRNewswireApril 17, 2019, 6:52 pmApril 17, 2019 Cloudflare, the leading Internet performance and security company, announced that it is launching AMP Real URL to give Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) publishers the ability to display content under their own unique domains, rather than AMP-generated domains. With AMP Real URL, Cloudflare customers using AMP can get all the performance benefits of AMP without sending visitors to a domain they do not control.The AMP Project, founded by Google, is an open-source initiative aimed at optimizing mobile content and making it available anywhere, instantly. AMP is great at providing content quickly to users and is especially crucial for driving traffic to eCommerce sites and news publishers. Google Search directs Internet users to AMP-enabled results (identified by a lightning bolt). Historically, AMP required the Google URL to appear in a browser’s address bar, meaning that publishers could not display their own domains and direct visitors to their own sites. AMP Real URL keeps traffic on publishers’ sites, giving them control over their pages, analytics, and the way their content is displayed to users.To build this at scale, Cloudflare worked with Google to implement an emerging standard called Signed Exchanges. This technology, paired with Cloudflare’s global network of 175 data centers in 75+ countries, allows Cloudflare to digitally sign each AMP page it delivers to Google’s AMP Cache. Supported browsers will now show actual domains ( instead of the Google AMP URL ( so that publishers can control their own cookies, analytics, and brand in their URL bar. Cloudflare is currently the only company with a CDN solution to implement AMP Signed Exchanges. Cloudflare customers can enable this feature with one-click on their dashboards, and it will roll out over the next few weeks.Marketing Technology News: G3G Partners with Symmetry for SAP Cloud Hosting Services“The AMP Project has allowed site owners and publishers to deliver fast content globally and monetize their sites. We’ve enjoyed working with Cloudflare to develop solutions to make AMP the best it can be,” said Malte Ubl, Technical Lead for the AMP Project at Google. “Cloudflare Workers made this seamless to develop and deploy, and will help scale better AMP URLs to the web community.”Publishers and website owners using Cloudflare and AMP will experience:Brand Protection: Instead of featuring content on a Google domain, publishers will now be able to direct AMP traffic to their primary website domain.Easier Analytics: AMP Real URL greatly simplifies web analytics for its users by ensuring all visitors, AMP or otherwise, can coexist on the same domain.Increased Screen Space: Publishers can enjoy more space to display their content on mobile screens. Previously, publishers using AMP had to make room for a “grey bar” at the top of their pages—space they could otherwise use for their own branding and monetization purposes.Reduced Bounce Rate: Website visitors may be more likely to stay on sites with publisher-branded domains.Content Signing: By relying on cryptographic techniques, AMP Real URL ensures that the content delivered to visitors has not been manipulated, protecting the sites and brands it is used on.“AMP has been a great solution to improve the performance of the Internet and we were eager to work with the AMP Project to help eliminate one of AMP’s biggest issues—that it wasn’t served from a publisher’s perspective,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “As the only provider currently enabling this new solution, our global scale will allow publishers everywhere to benefit from a faster and more brand-aware mobile experience for their content.”Marketing Technology News: UNICEF Engages Infotools to Integrate Multi-Country Data and Easily Access InsightsMedia, eCommerce, and recruiting organizations are eager to use AMP Real URL to further take advantage of the benefits of AMP:“AMP has played a key role in helping us to more effectively reach our audience and develop our online community,” said Andrew Warner, CTO of Genius. “We’re keen to use AMP Real URL to better manage our online presence and keep our users engaged on the site.”“AMP is a crucial part of helping our business to grow and reach consumers everywhere,” said Sumantro Das, Senior Director, Product Innovations & Growth Brands GM, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. “With AMP Real URL, we now have more control over our brand and can run analytics on our business site.”“The performance benefits of AMP deliver value to our business and we are excited to see how AMP Real URL is able to take that even further,” said Solomon Moskalenko, Director of Interactive, US Xpress Trucking, The Johnson Group.AMP Real URL is built on top of the same Cloudflare Workers infrastructure which thousands of developers use to deploy code on top of Cloudflare’s global network. Today, Cloudflare customers can enable AMP Real URL, for free. To learn more about AMP Real URL, check out the resources below.Marketing Technology News: SpotX and clypd Bridge Audiences between National Linear TV and OTT Accelerated Mobile PagesAMP ProjectCloudflareMarketing TechnologyMatthew PrinceNewsSigned Exchanges Previous ArticleIs Safari Safer than Chrome? New Data Report Reveals Insights on Online Journey Hijacking and its Effects on eCommerceNext ArticleActiveCampaign Hires Cory Snyder to Expand its Rapidly Growing Partner Programlast_img read more

Vertex Announces Salesforce Commerce Cloud Integration

first_imgVertex Announces Salesforce Commerce Cloud Integration PRNewswireMay 30, 2019, 10:02 pmMay 30, 2019 CRM platformcustomer serviceMarketing TechnologyNewspersonalizationSalesforce Commerce CloudVertex Previous ArticleSailPoint Drives the Future of Identity Governance with SailPoint Predictive IdentityNext ArticlePacific Life Partners with Salesforce for Digital Transformation Customers Can Benefit from Certified End-to-End Tax FunctionalityVertex, Inc., a leading provider of tax technology and services, announced a certified integration with Salesforce Commerce Cloud, the fastest path to unified commerce with advanced sales and use tax management capabilities.@VertexInc’s latest integration with @CommerceCloud enables end-to-end #tax functionality.Commerce Cloud enables brands to provide personalized experiences for shoppers that span web, mobile, social and in-store. As a part of Salesforce, the world’s #1 CRM platform, Salesforce Commerce Cloud customers can deliver completely unified experiences that extend beyond commerce to include marketing, customer service and more.The Salesforce certified Vertex integration empowers Commerce Cloud customers to automate tax calculations and generate signature-ready PDF returns in one solution, saving time, reducing risk and improving compliance. With 40 years in the industry and experience with thousands of implementations, Vertex builds robust integrations that consider every type of financial transaction and automatically apply the most up-to-date tax rates, rules and exceptions across jurisdictions.Marketing Technology News: Verint Honors 7 Award-Winning Customers Achieving Remarkable Results in Customer Engagement“There are multiple functionalities, from recurring billing and quick sales to multi-warehouse shipments or deliveries, that must be considered to satisfy the complex workflows of business,” said Paul Beirnes, managing director of partner development at Vertex. “Our tax integrations are built with the flexibility in mind to satisfy even the most sophisticated of customer needs.”Marketing Technology News: Zendesk Unveils Next Generation of Conversational Messaging ExperiencesThe Salesforce Commerce Cloud empowers retailers to unify customer experiences across all points of commerce, including web, social, mobile and store. From shopping to fulfillment to customer service, the Commerce Cloud delivers 1-to-1 shopping experiences that consistently delight customers, driving increased engagement, loyalty and conversion. With embedded predictive intelligence and a robust partner ecosystem, the Commerce Cloud helps retailers deliver superior customer experiences for retailers, from planning to launch and beyond.Marketing Technology News: MRC Continues DoubleVerify’s Accreditation for Desktop, Mobile Web & In-App Impressions, SIVT Traffic Filtration & Viewabilitylast_img read more

How Do SSDs Work

first_img This ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ April Fools’ Day Joke Broke Hearts Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC) and quad-level cells (QLC). Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place, and how do they compare with newer technologies, like Intel’s non-volatile storage technology, Optane?To understand how and why SSDs are different from spinning discs, we need to talk a little bit about hard drives. A hard drive stores data on a series of spinning magnetic disks called platters. There’s an actuator arm with read/write heads attached to it. This arm positions the read-write heads over the correct area of the drive to read or write information.Because the drive heads must align over an area of the disk in order to read or write data (and the disk is constantly spinning), there’s a non-zero wait time before data can be accessed. The drive may need to read from multiple locations in order to launch a program or load a file, which means it may have to wait for the platters to spin into the proper position multiple times before it can complete the command. If a drive is asleep or in a low-power state, it can take several seconds more for the disk to spin up to full power and begin operating.From the very beginning, it was clear that hard drives couldn’t possibly match the speeds at which CPUs could operate. Latency in HDDs is measured in milliseconds, compared with nanoseconds for your typical CPU. One millisecond is 1,000,000 nanoseconds, and it typically takes a hard drive 10-15 milliseconds to find data on the drive and begin reading it. The hard drive industry introduced smaller platters, on-disk memory caches, and faster spindle speeds to counteract this trend, but there’s only so fast drives can spin. Western Digital’s 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor family is the fastest set of drives ever built for the consumer market, while some enterprise drives spun up to 15,000 RPM. The problem is, even the fastest spinning drive with the largest caches and smallest platters are still achingly slow as far as your CPU is concerned.How SSDs Are Different“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” — Henry FordSolid-state drives are called that specifically because they don’t rely on moving parts or spinning disks. Instead, data is saved to a pool of NAND flash. NAND itself is made up of what are called floating gate transistors. Unlike the transistor designs used in DRAM, which must be refreshed multiple times per second, NAND flash is designed to retain its charge state even when not powered up. This makes NAND a type of non-volatile memory.Image by Cyferz at Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.The diagram above shows a simple flash cell design. Electrons are stored in the floating gate, which then reads as charged “0” or not-charged “1.” Yes, in NAND flash, a 0 means data is stored in a cell — it’s the opposite of how we typically think of a zero or one. NAND flash is organized in a grid. The entire grid layout is referred to as a block, while the individual rows that make up the grid are called a page. Common page sizes are 2K, 4K, 8K, or 16K, with 128 to 256 pages per block. Block size therefore typically varies between 256KB and 4MB.One advantage of this system should be immediately obvious. Because SSDs have no moving parts, they can operate at speeds far above those of a typical HDD. The following chart shows the access latency for typical storage mediums given in microseconds.Image by CodeCapsuleNAND is nowhere near as fast as main memory, but it’s multiple orders of magnitude faster than a hard drive. While write latencies are significantly slower for NAND flash than read latencies, they still outstrip traditional spinning media.There are two things to notice in the above chart. First, note how adding more bits per cell of NAND has a significant impact on the memory’s performance. It’s worse for writes as opposed to reads — typical triple-level-cell (TLC) latency is 4x worse compared with single-level cell (SLC) NAND for reads, but 6x worse for writes. Erase latencies are also significantly impacted. The impact isn’t proportional, either — TLC NAND is nearly twice as slow as MLC NAND, despite holding just 50% more data (three bits per cell, instead of two). This is also true for QLC drives, which store even more bits at varying voltage levels within the same cell.The reason TLC NAND is slower than MLC or SLC has to do with how data moves in and out of the NAND cell. With SLC NAND, the controller only needs to know if the bit is a 0 or a 1. With MLC NAND, the cell may have four values — 00, 01, 10, or 11. With TLC NAND, the cell can have eight values, and QLC has 16. Reading the proper value out of the cell requires the memory controller to use a precise voltage to ascertain whether any particular cell is charged.Reads, Writes, and ErasureOne of the functional limitations of SSDs is while they can read and write data very quickly to an empty drive, overwriting data is much slower. This is because while SSDs read data at the page level (meaning from individual rows within the NAND memory grid) and can write at the page level, assuming surrounding cells are empty, they can only erase data at the block level. This is because the act of erasing NAND flash requires a high amount of voltage. While you can theoretically erase NAND at the page level, the amount of voltage required stresses the individual cells around the cells that are being re-written. Erasing data at the block level helps mitigate this problem.The only way for an SSD to update an existing page is to copy the contents of the entire block into memory, erase the block, and then write the contents of the old block + the updated page. If the drive is full and there are no empty pages available, the SSD must first scan for blocks that are marked for deletion but that haven’t been deleted yet, erase them, and then write the data to the now-erased page. This is why SSDs can become slower as they age — a mostly-empty drive is full of blocks that can be written immediately, a mostly-full drive is more likely to be forced through the entire program/erase sequence.If you’ve used SSDs, you’ve likely heard of something called “garbage collection.” Garbage collection is a background process that allows a drive to mitigate the performance impact of the program/erase cycle by performing certain tasks in the background. The following image steps through the garbage collection process.Image courtesy of WikipediaNote in this example, the drive has taken advantage of the fact that it can write very quickly to empty pages by writing new values for the first four blocks (A’-D’). It’s also written two new blocks, E and H. Blocks A-D are now marked as stale, meaning they contain information the drive has marked as out-of-date. During an idle period, the SSD will move the fresh pages over to a new block, erase the old block, and mark it as free space. This means the next time the SSD needs to perform a write, it can write directly to the now-empty Block X, rather than performing the program/erase cycle.The next concept I want to discuss is TRIM. When you delete a file from Windows on a typical hard drive, the file isn’t deleted immediately. Instead, the operating system tells the hard drive it can overwrite the physical area of the disk where that data was stored the next time it needs to perform a write. This is why it’s possible to undelete files (and why deleting files in Windows doesn’t typically clear much physical disk space until you empty the recycling bin). With a traditional HDD, the OS doesn’t need to pay attention to where data is being written or what the relative state of the blocks or pages is. With an SSD, this matters.The TRIM command allows the operating system to tell the SSD it can skip rewriting certain data the next time it performs a block erase. This lowers the total amount of data the drive writes and increases SSD longevity. Both reads and writes damage NAND flash, but writes do far more damage than reads. Fortunately, block-level longevity has not proven to be an issue in modern NAND flash. More data on SSD longevity, courtesy of the Tech Report, can be found here.The last two concepts we want to talk about are wear leveling and write amplification. Because SSDs write data to pages but erase data in blocks, the amount of data being written to the drive is always larger than the actual update. If you make a change to a 4KB file, for example, the entire block that 4K file sits within must be updated and rewritten. Depending on the number of pages per block and the size of the pages, you might end up writing 4MB worth of data to update a 4KB file. Garbage collection reduces the impact of write amplification, as does the TRIM command. Keeping a significant chunk of the drive free and/or manufacturer over-provisioning can also reduce the impact of write amplification.Wear leveling refers to the practice of ensuring certain NAND blocks aren’t written and erased more often than others. While wear leveling increases a drive’s life expectancy and endurance by writing to the NAND equally, it can actually increase write amplification. In other to distribute writes evenly across the disk, it’s sometimes necessary to program and erase blocks even though their contents haven’t actually changed. A good wear leveling algorithm seeks to balance these impacts.The SSD ControllerIt should be obvious by now SSDs require much more sophisticated control mechanisms than hard drives do. That’s not to diss magnetic media — I actually think HDDs deserve more respect than they are given. The mechanical challenges involved in balancing multiple read-write heads nanometers above platters that spin at 5,400 to 10,000 RPM are nothing to sneeze at. The fact that HDDs perform this challenge while pioneering new methods of recording to magnetic media and eventually wind up selling drives at 3-5 cents per gigabyte is simply incredible.A typical SSD controllerSSD controllers, however, are in a class by themselves. They often have a DDR3 or DDR4 memory pool to help with managing the NAND itself. Many drives also incorporate single-level cell caches that act as buffers, increasing drive performance by dedicating fast NAND to read/write cycles. Because the NAND flash in an SSD is typically connected to the controller through a series of parallel memory channels, you can think of the drive controller as performing some of the same load-balancing work as a high-end storage array — SSDs don’t deploy RAID internally but wear leveling, garbage collection, and SLC cache management all have parallels in the big iron world.Some drives also use data compression algorithms to reduce the total number of writes and improve the drive’s lifespan. The SSD controller handles error correction, and the algorithms that control for single-bit errors have become increasingly complex as time has passed.Unfortunately, we can’t go into too much detail on SSD controllers because companies lock down their various secret sauces. Much of NAND flash’s performance is determined by the underlying controller, and companies aren’t willing to lift the lid too far on how they do what they do, lest they hand a competitor an advantage.InterfacesIn the beginning, SSDs used SATA ports, just like hard drives. In recent years, we’ve seen a shift to M.2 drives — very thin drives, several inches long, that slot directly into the motherboard (or, in a few cases, into a mounting bracket on a PCIe riser card. A Samsung 970 EVO Plus drive is shown below.NVMe drives offer higher performance than traditional SATA drivers because they support a faster interface. Conventional SSDs attached via SATA top out at ~550MB/s in terms of practical read/write speeds. M.2 drives are capable of substantially faster performance into the 3.2GB/s range.The Road AheadNAND flash offers an enormous improvement over hard drives, but it isn’t without its own drawbacks and challenges. Drive capacities and price-per-gigabyte are expected to continue to rise and fall respectively, but there’s little chance SSDs will catch hard drives in price-per-gigabyte. Shrinking process nodes are a significant challenge for NAND flash — while most hardware improves as the node shrinks, NAND becomes more fragile. Data retention times and write performance are intrinsically lower for 20nm NAND than 40nm NAND, even if data density and total capacity are vastly improved. Thus far, we’ve seen drives with up to 96 layers in-market, and 128 layers seems plausible at this point. Overall, the shift to 3D NAND has helped improve density without shrinking process nodes or relying on planar scaling.Thus far, SSD manufacturers have delivered better performance by offering faster data standards, more bandwidth, and more channels per controller — plus the use of SLC caches we mentioned earlier. Nonetheless, in the long run, it’s assumed NAND will be replaced by something else.What that something else will look like is still open for debate. Both magnetic RAM and phase change memory have presented themselves as candidates, though both technologies are still in early stages and must overcome significant challenges to actually compete as a replacement to NAND. Whether consumers would notice the difference is an open question. If you’ve upgraded from NAND to an SSD and then upgraded to a faster SSD, you’re likely aware the gap between HDDs and SSDs is much larger than the SSD-to-SSD gap, even when upgrading from a relatively modest drive. Improving access times from milliseconds to microseconds matters a great deal, but improving them from microseconds to nanoseconds might fall below what humans can really perceive in most cases.Intel’s 3D XPoint (marketed as Intel Optane) has emerged as one potential challenger to NAND flash, and the only current alternative technology in mainstream production. Optane SSDs don’t use NAND — they’re built using non-volatile memory believed to be implemented similarly to phase-change RAM — but they offer similar sequential performance to current NAND flash drives, but with vastly better performance at low drive queues. Drive latency is also roughly half of NAND flash (10 microseconds, versus 20) and vastly higher endurance (30 full drive-writes per day, compared with 10 full drive writes per day for a high-end Intel SSD).Intel Optane performance targetsThe first Optane SSDs have debuted as excellent add-ons for Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake. Optane is also available in standalone drives, and in a variety of server roles for enterprise computing. At the moment, Optane is still too expensive to match NAND flash, which benefits from substantial economies of scale, but this could change in the future. NAND will stay king of the hill for at least the next 3-4 years. But past that point, we could see Optane starting to replace it in volume, depending on how Intel and Micron scale the technology and how well 3D NAND flash continues to expand its cell layers (96-layer NAND is shipping from multiple players), with roadmaps for 128 layers on the horizon.Check out our ExtremeTech Explains series for more in-depth coverage of today’s hottest tech topics.Now read:The Worst CPUs Ever BuiltHappy 40th Anniversary to the Original Intel 8086The Myths of Moore’s Law<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up 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. We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled How Do SSDs Work? 0 Comments By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 8:29 am This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet New TV Shows That Will Absolutely Get Canceled in 2019 Why The Hound May Have Been ‘GOT’s’ Most Important Character Quentin Tarantino’s 50 Greatest Quotes What Natalie Portman Could Look Like as the Mighty Lady Thor Tagged In storageextremetech explainsSSDNANDSSDshard drivesNAND flashsolid state storage Post a Comment 0 Commentslast_img read more

Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855 Tons of Accessories

first_img Tagged In smartphonesandroidmobileasussnapdragon 855rog phone ii Post a Comment 3 Comments We Finally Understand Why David Schwimmer Has Disappeared Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Asus has never been a major part of the smartphone world, but the company’s gaming-focused ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand attracted some attention last year with the original ROG Phone. Now, a follow up known as the ROG Phone II is on the way. It still has a funky design and a wealth of accessories, but it’s got a bigger battery and faster Snapdragon chip. We first heard about the ROG Phone II’s existence last week when Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855+, which is basically an overclocked 855. The company said the ROG Phone II would be the first to have this chip, but Asus wasn’t ready to talk about the phone beyond that. Cut to today, and the company is spilling the beans. The Snapdragon 855 has a higher 2.96GHz maximum clock speed, and Asus says the ROG Phone II’s advanced cooling keeps the chip from throttling down under load. It actually has vents on the back that work this year — the original ROG Phone had purely decorative vents. The Asus ROG Phone II sports a 6.59-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED display. That’s a slightly taller aspect ratio than the last ROG Phone, and the refresh rate has jumped from 90Hz to 120Hz — that’s the highest on any Android device. If the phone can keep up with that frame rate, the ROG Phone II’s interface will look incredibly smooth. The new screen will undoubtedly use more power, but the ROG Phone II has juice to spare. The phone gets a 50 percent battery boost over the original with a 6,000mAh capacity. However, the phone is also much heavier at 240g versus 200g for the last version. Asus equipped the phone with the standard USB Type-C port for charging, but there’s also a headphone jack. It also continued the ROG Phone tradition of adding a second USB-C port on the side. You can use this for charging while playing a game, or as a connector for the company’s accessories. Most of the accessories are a bit silly, but “gaming” phones tend to be like that. There’s the active cooling bracket, a desktop dock, and more. The phone also has ultrasonic shoulder buttons you can map to on-screen buttons in games. Asus will start selling the ROG Phone II in China on July 23, and the international model will launch in early September. We don’t know the exact price yet, but Asus says it will be similar to the first-gen ROG Phone, which launched at $900.Now read:Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 855+ SoC Is an Overclocked Snapdragon 855Nubia Just Stuffed the First Active Fan Inside a SmartphoneAsus Engineers Exposed Company Passwords for Months on GitHub 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. By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 11:38 am Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855+, Tons of Accessories ‘Endgame’ Directors Apologize To Tom Holland The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads 3 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressed Batman Stories Only True Fans Know Aboutlast_img read more

DocuSign Demonstrates Industrys Next MustHave Cloud at Momentum 2019

first_imgCompany joined on stage by Dave Matthews, The Wilderness Society, Keller Williams, Refinitiv, Shell, UCSF, and Walmart to showcase impact of DocuSign’s Agreement Cloud visionWith a broad lineup of world-class speakers, a host of innovation announcements, and a strong vision for the future of agreements, DocuSign kicked off its annual Momentum conference for more than 1500 customers, developers, and partners in San Francisco.This year’s event centers around the DocuSign Agreement Cloud—the recently announced suite of more than a dozen products and over 350 integrations for digitally transforming how organizations prepare, sign, act on, and manage agreements.Today, the company enhanced the DocuSign Agreement Cloud with several new products and features via its latest quarterly update, the DocuSign Summer ’19 Release. The company was also joined on stage by Keller Williams, Refinitiv, Shell, the University of California San Francisco, and Walmart to showcase the revenue and productivity impact it can have on real estate, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare and life sciences, and retail—among many other industries.Marketing Technology News: Mongolia’s Mongolsat Networks Optimizes Multi-Screen Video Delivery with Verimatrix and moTV.euDocuSign Momentum comes on the heels of the company showcasing strong revenue growth and a growing base of paying customers around the world during its Q1 FY 2020 earnings last week. And it all points to what DocuSign CEO Dan Springer believes is substantial potential for the company’s expanded solution portfolio.“Since we unveiled the DocuSign Agreement Cloud in March, we have seen a positive response from existing and potential customers—it is designed to meet their need to manage not just signing, but the entire agreement process both before and after that signature takes place,” said Springer. “The fact that we now have over half a million paying customers worldwide bears that out. In addition, given the caliber of customers and partners we have on stage today and the value they are driving with our technology, we believe we are creating the industry’s next must-have cloud.”Marketing Technology News: Study: Consumers Reject Brands That Advertise on ‘Fake News’ and Objectionable Content OnlineBy helping to automate and connect the entire agreement process, the DocuSign Agreement Cloud enables business to be done faster with less risk and lower costs, and to deliver better experiences for customers, partners, and employees. The company continues to innovate in that regard, and as part of the DocuSign Summer ’19 Release, several enhancements were announced today:DocuSign Rooms for Mortgage. Part of the company’s broader solution for the real estate industry, DocuSign Rooms for Mortgage accelerates closing times and improves the borrower experience with a secure, digital workspace for everyone involved in the process. Aimed primarily at mortgage lenders, it is flexible enough to support traditional closings via pen and paper, fully digital closings using eNotary, eNote, and Asset Vaulting, or anything in between. The product has been in beta testing since October last year, and is now slated for US availability in mid-July this year.Conditional Recipients. This feature allows customers to automate their existing workflows by configuring the rules on an envelope and automatically routing it to different recipients. Conditional Recipients is the first advanced recipient routing feature that will be available globally this month (with additional features slated for the DocuSign Fall ’19 Release).eWitness. This capability allows signers to identify a witness and capture their information as part of agreements and deeds. eWitness is targeted towards larger mid-market and enterprise customers and will be available globally this month.eSignature API v2.1. In a move to strengthen its developer-first experience, DocuSign will now make the API it uses internally available to developers this month. This is expected to give developers access to the very latest features—such as comments, bulk envelopes, and more—and to in turn ensure the DocuSign API continues to originate more than 60% of DocuSign’s successful transactions.During Momentum, DocuSign will also be expanding its commitment to protecting the environment through its DocuSign for Forests initiative—this time in partnership with The Wilderness Society, and environmentalist and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Dave Matthews.“Since our inception in 2003, we have helped millions of people around the world to replace almost 20 billion sheets of paper with eco-friendly digital processes,” said Springer. “We are committed to the continued protection of the environment. That’s why we launched the DocuSign for Forests initiative earlier this year to support organizations doing critical work to preserve the world’s forests. And I’m looking forward to making a further announcement on that this afternoon.”Marketing Technology News: Triton Digital Integrates Centro’s Basis Platform with the a2x Programmatic Marketplace DocuSign Demonstrates Industry’s Next Must-Have Cloud at Momentum 2019 PRNewswireJune 18, 2019, 7:45 pmJune 18, 2019 cloudDan SpringerDocuSignMarketing TechnologyMomentum 2019News Previous ArticleOracle Joins Forces with Accenture and Capgemini to Rethink Customer Data Platform MarketNext ArticleTeespring and Twitch Announce New Partnershiplast_img read more

Heres What Katrina Kaif Thinks Would be the Perfect Alternate Career for

first_imgThe promotions of Bharat are going ahead full steam and the lead stars, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, are having all the fun and frolic times that they can before the film finally releases on June 5. While the funny banter between these two is not new, Katrina and Salman have taken the fun quotient to another level while promoting Bharat. Each time they appear in the media they make sure of grabbing headlines with their statements and acts.Read: Salman Khan Dances and Lifts a Child Contestant on Super Dancer 3 Sets During Bharat Promotions, See Pics During their latest outing, Katrina was asked if there was an alternate career choice for Salman, what role would best suite his abilities. Katrina responded to the question by saying (via, “Counsellor, people advisor”.About working with Salman, Katrina added, “Salman is a funny guy and someone who really gives you your space and just observes. There is a certain system which Salman has and it could be tough sometimes.””But now I am used to it as we have been doing films like ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ and now ‘Bharat’. He is not too investigative. Some actors like to give you a lot of suggestions on rehearsals, but he lets you and your director figure out your thing,” she further added.All this conversation was part of talk show By Invite Only, which will air on Saturday on Zoom. Only recently, Salman had quipped, while appearing on a talk show that he thinks that an alternate career choice for Katina would be to “get married and be married and produce children.”Read: Salman Khan Thinks an Alternative Career for Katrina Kaif Could be to Get Married and Produce BabiesBharat releases on June 5 amidst much fanfare. The pairing of Katrina and Salman are reuniting with director Ali Abbas Zafar after their 2017 film Tiger Zinda Hai. Bharat also stars the likes of Disha Patani, Tabu, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Grover and Aasif Sheikh in pivotal roles.Follow @News18Movies for more Aasif SheikhAli Abbas ZafarbharatBharat cast First Published: June 1, 2019, 2:31 PM ISTlast_img read more

Battle of Kalinga Can Patnaik Retain the Crown for Another 5 Years

first_imgAll of coastal Odisha is reeling under the trail of devastation caused by cyclone Fani that hit the state on May 3. So much so, the modern capital city of Bhubaneswar has remained under a state of siege for many days with no electricity and water supply. The city ran on diesel generators. Fani triggered a mini exodus. Bhubaneswar’s bus and railway stations witnessed massive rush as many fled the city to escape harsh living conditions. In living memory, never before Bhubaneswar had suffered as much. The situation in the temple town Puri is even worse. It became a living hell for a large number of people in coastal districts. While the Naveen Patnaik government has done a commendable job in minimising death toll (the United Nations has lauded the state government’s efforts) to 64 by evacuating a million people into safety, it escaped scrutiny for its patchy rebuilding efforts in inaccessible areas as the national media largely chose to ignore the calamity (one TV editor said Odisha has no TRP).However, electorally speaking, as both the state and general elections got over on April 29, just three days before the cyclone hit Odisha’s coast, there is no chance of the hardship people facing in the aftermath of Fani having any kind of impact on the poll prospects of the Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal. It was the 1999 Odisha super cyclone that had killed over 10,000 people and had wiped out the then Congress government and brought Patnaik’s newly formed BJD into power. Since then Patnaik has been ruling the state uninterrupted for the past 19 years. The Congress in Odisha is still struggling to rise from the ashes and has even conceded the second spot to a resurgent BJP.This time there is much talk about the BJP, powered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s immense popularity, having made strong inroads in Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal and this is where the saffron party aims to cover up a possible seat shortfall in the Hindi heartland. Many travelling journalists, opinion polls included, have come back with ground reports that while Patnaik is poised to win an envious fifth term, the same cannot be said about his Lok Sabha score card and the BJP may well go on to win nine to 12 of the total 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state.Also, there is a great deal of talk on “double voting” in both the state and national media — many have voted differently this time, i.e., for the BJD in the Assembly election and for the saffron party in the parliamentary polls.Is double voting possible? Has this ever happened in Odisha? In 2009, the BJD had won 103 Assembly and 14 Lok Sabha seats, while the Congress had contributed six Lok Sabha constituencies to the UPA-II government. In 2014, the BJD regained its lost ground and swept 20 Lok Sabha seats leaving just one to the BJP, as the grand old party drew a blank. The difference in BJD’s vote share between Lok Sabha (44.1%) and assembly polls (43.4%) was about 0.7% in 2014. A jump of 6% vote share in favour of the BJD as against 2009 saw Patnaik romp home with a massive mandate of 117 assembly seats. The Congress, despite getting 26% vote share, could not win a single Lok Sabha seat, while the BJP managed to win a seat even though it had only 18% vote share.If one looks closely at the 2009 Odisha results, the BJD couldn’t do as well in Lok Sabha as in the Assembly (103 MLAs with 38.86% vote share to 14 MPs with 37.23% vote share), indicating that people have voted differently, but not as differently to throw up any big surprises. But in a close contest, a little jump in vote share can make significant change in the final outcome. And that seems to be the big worry in 2019 for Naveenbabu. Apparently, in several Assembly seats, the BJD is said to be locked in close contests. In this election, the BJP launched its fiercest campaign yet in Odisha, clearing its own confusion whether to attack Patnaik in case his support would be needed in a post-poll scenario. But closer to polls, the state BJP campaign, led by Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, went all out to attack. The BJD clearly sensed the danger signal and Naveenbabu undertook extensive bus tours across the state on campaign trail. Patnaik, too, didn’t spare Modi, and said the latter didn’t deserve a second term. Towards the end of the campaign, both sides appeared desperate.Two instances revealed that desperation. To quell rumours about his health condition, the CM’s office released a rather awkward video of Patnaik’s fitness regimen, reinforcing he’s in fine fettle, and the BJP going on to announce rice, dal and salt for Re 1 as a match-up to BJD’s populist scheme. On the BJD’s part, its initial campaign theme, which started on a confidant note — “21 ru 21 shankha” (21 out of 21 conch, the BJD symbol) and the party would play a key role at the Centre — had made way for taking on the BJP, asking the Central leadership “where were you” when Odisha was hit by cyclones Hudhud and Titli. Patnaik did not stop at that and took potshots at his one-time confidant Kendrapda MP Baijayant Panda, who had crossed over to the BJP just before the elections. He also addressed people in broken Odia to prove to his opponents that he knew how to speak the native language.Inarguably, Patnaik is the most popular leader in the state and there is no such anger against him as incumbents face. So, what changed in three months’ time leading up to the simultaneous elections when Patnaik still looked invincible? One BJD MP says it is anti-incumbency and not as much the BJP fightback. Also, apparently, Patnaik’s masterstroke, the Kalia welfare scheme for farmers, has caused a lot of heartburn among people who didn’t receive the first instalment. The BJD started blaming the BJP for stalling the payments. The BJP has surely done well in cashing in on these loopholes. Some key BJD leaders who didn’t get party tickets quickly switched over to the opposition camp. Modi’s ever-rising popularity and his fabled decisive leadership has definitely caught up the imagination of urban voters, and thanks to WhatsApp, PM’s speeches are instantly available for rural folks to take note of. No matter what the outcome, Odisha elections have never been this tantalisingly close and the poll battle so intense. Former BJD MP Tathagata Satpathy compares Odisha’s voting pattern this time to what had happened in 1977, indicating it could be an anti-establishment vote. “There was complete voter silence after the polling and no way one could figure out what would be the outcome.” Also not clear if the Congress vote that has shifted to BJP in great measure. Will 2019 Odisha Lok Sabha results be similar to 2009, or has the ‘Modi-wave’ swept the state? Has the BJP done a Tripura by breaching one of its last frontiers? If it’s a Right turn, then it’s nothing short of a tectonic shift in Odisha’s political landscape. And a victory for the BJD would mean Patnaik remains the Kalinga samrat at least till 2024. For a clear picture, one has to wait till the last vote is counted in Odisha on May 23. Bharatiya Janata PartyBiju Janata DalbjdBJP First Published: May 17, 2019, 7:23 PM ISTlast_img read more

BJP to Hold Padyatras as Part of Gandhis 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations

first_imgAhmedabad: BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday said party workers would take out ‘padyatras’ across the country to spread the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi as part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of the Father of the Nation.Shah, also the Union home minister, said an official announcement about the initiative will be made by the party in coming days. The BJP chief was addressing party workers from seven assembly segments which are part of his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency. “In 2022, our country will be celebrating 75 years of Independence and 150 years of Gandhiji’s birth (this year).”On the occasion of ‘Gandhi 150’, Gujarat BJP workers should set a goal to reach out to the masses and spread Gandhiji’s principles and teachings,” said Shah.”The party has taken a decision in this regard and an official announcement will be made in days to come.”On the occasion of ‘Gandhi 150’, party workers would hold 150-hour padyatras at various levels (booth, district, state) across the country to spread Gandhiji’s teachings to the masses,” said the home minister.Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “serving people for 18 years (as Gujarat CM and as PM) without taking a vacation”, Shah said he has eliminated three “demons”, namely casteism, dynastic politics and appeasement politics.”After 1960s, elections used to be fought on the issues of casteism, dynastic politics and appeasement politics.”But Narendra bhai has put the final nail on the coffin of these three demons of our democracy in this Lok Sabha election and started a new tradition of politics of performance,” he said.Referring to the air (2019) and surgical (2016) strikes on terror camps in Pakistan, Shah said the people of India had been for long waiting for a PM like Modi. “We stormed into Pakistan and eliminated terrorists,” he said.”No one can be allowed to play with our security in the name of peace. We want peace with respect and I believe that our power will become the base for a lasting peace,” said the home minister.Referring to BJP’s landslide victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Shah urged cadres to not rest till the party forms its governments in states like West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.He said though the media as well as political analysts had doubt about BJP’s victory in the 2019 polls, the party won 303 Lok Sabha seats. Amit ShahBJPGandhinagarGujarat BJP First Published: July 4, 2019, 7:45 AM ISTlast_img read more

In Last Two Years BJP Raised Rs 915 Crore in Donations While

first_imgIn the past few years, the BJP not only managed to garner the maximum number of votes but also the maximum money from those who donated to political parties, according to a recent report published by Association for Democratic Reforms, India (ADR).According to the report, the six national parties have received the total funding of Rs 1059 crore from various sources. The corporate houses donated a total of Rs.985.18 crore during 2016-18, which accounts for the 93 per cent of total donations received by the national parties. The leftover 7 per cent or Rs 74 crore came from unknown sources. Of this total amount, the BJP has received the maximum donations of Rs 915 crore, which is 86.4 per cent of the total donations in the last two years. Congress stood at second on the list with just Rs 55.36 crore while the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) secured the third spot with Rs 7.73 crore funds.The report has considered the national parties – BJP, Congress, NCP, CPI (Communist Party of India), CPM (Communist Party of India – Marxist), AITC (All India Trinamool Congress) and BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) for the study. Though BSP is a national party, they declared that they have not received any voluntary contribution above Rs 20,000 in the above mentioned period. As per the rules, political parties need to declare donations worth more than Rs 20,000.Between FY 2012-13 and 2017-18, donations from corporates to National Parties increased four-fold from Rs 82.04 crore to Rs 421.99 crore, the report said. There was a major drop in the percentage of corporate donations in FY 2015-16. In the last six years, from 2012 to 2018, BJP has received a maximum of Rs 1621.40 crore in funding, which constitutes 83.4 per cent of the total funding.In the last two years, Prudent Satya electoral trust made the biggest donations to Congress and BJP. They have donated Rs 429 crore in total out of which Rs 405.5 crore went to the BJP while the rest Rs 23.9 was given to Congress. Among the top 10 corporate donors, five are electoral trusts while the rest are corporate companies.Almost half of the funds have come from the various electoral trusts in the last two years. Manufacturing, Real Estate, and Mining & Export-Import were the other top donors with the share of 12.2 per cent, 9.2 per cent and 6.5 per cent, respectively.A total of 347 donations amounting to Rs 22.59 crore have been made out to six national parties from unidentified sources. The contact and address details of most of these companies were unavailable in cases where they were visible online, mentioned the ADR report. Association for Democratic ReformsBJPcongressNationalist Congress Party First Published: July 10, 2019, 2:25 PM ISTlast_img read more

SNLs Amazon Echo Silver responds to almost any name

first_imgSOURCE: @Amazon Let’s admit it. Today’s fancy gadgets and technologies are really designed for younger, more agile consumers. While market dynamics and profits do demand that, it doesn’t have to be that way. Good technology is inclusive technology. Take for example the new Amazon Silver Echo, as seen on Saturday Night Live and only on Saturday Night Live. It’s a super limited and nonexistent version designed with well-aged users in mind, responding to almost any name even loosely sounding like “Alexa”. As if it weren’t bad enough that smartphones are getting larger, with high-density screens that confound the elderly, the latest tech and mobile hype revolves around voice-controlled products that talk back to you. When you’re a lot older, those are exactly the first things to go.Realizing this critical flaw in an otherwise almost perfect product, Amazon is introducing the Echo Silver, hot on the heels of the Echo Show. This Echo device, however, has no screen to confound the elderly. But even better, it boasts of features that cater to the particular needs of “the greatest generation”. Developed in partnership with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the Echo Silver can respond to any name that even remotely resembles “Alexa”, like Allegra, Clarissa, Odessa, or even Excedrin. Unlike your regular Echo, the Silver has super loud speakers that make sure its answer can be heard, even if the question was forgotten. And even without a camera, it has a quick scan feature that can help remind users that they are already wearing their glasses.If you haven’t gotten the hint already, this is yet another SNL spoof. One that Amazon is only too happy to get into. But while it is indeed entertaining, it does underlie the fact that the fast-paced development of technologies and devices do often leave this segment of society in their dust.last_img read more

Google Now cards in Nova Launcher for Android APK download

first_imgStory TimelineInstagram update with Face Filters, Rewind Video, New Hashtag [APK Download]The best new Google Assistant feature is the simplest thing [APK Download]This Android O Pixel Launcher works for 6.0 [APK download]How to delete Archive posts on Instagram [APK Download]Magikarp Jump app is super quick fun [iPhone / APK download] Before you go anywhere, know that this update requires that the user have a smartphone with Android 6.0 or higher right out the gate. Without this, the entire set of instructions will be for nothing. Users will also need to be able to find the settings of their phone to enable Unknown Sources for app installs.The first thing a user wishing for Google Now cards in Nova Launcher will want to do is get in on the Beta. Move in to the Google Play app store for this first step. This is all about being official – even though it’s a Beta, and could have some bugs as such.Once the user has app installs from Unknown Sources activated and OKed, they’ll be able to take the next step. This step involves heading to APK Mirror to download Nova Google Companion 1.0. Remember that this is not a Google-sanctioned app store, and the contents of the app are not guaranteed to work entirely properly.AdChoices广告However – we’ve gotten this process to work quite easily, so there. We first got wind of the update through Android Police – now we’re rolling with it live and in person on devices of several sorts. It works pretty well! This week the folks responsible for updating Nova Launcher for Android have brought on a giant advance. This week the Beta version of the app officially has the ability to work with Google Now cards. Users will need to be brave in their downloading and loading of software – more than usual – because one part of the instructions to attain the cards requires a download and loading of an APK outside the Google Play app store.last_img read more

Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor location confirmed by Health app

first_imgSamsung had a nearly perfect 2017 if not for one nitpick. It obstinately placed the rear fingerprint scanner in an inconvenient and odd location. Granted, that flaw wasn’t as bad as exploding phones, but it, unfortunately, marred the Galaxy S8’s and Galaxy Note 8’s image. Samsung has apparently learned its lesson and will be putting the sensor dead center. At least that seems to be the confirmation based on Samsung’s own Health app, which has been updated to show the new backside layout. It’s not a deal breaker, at least not for most. Having the fingerprint scanner to the far left (or right, depending on where you’re facing) is, at most, an inconvenience that requires some guesswork and produces some smudging. Even Samsung is aware of that because it advises users to clean their camera lens from time to time.That was supposedly just a stopgap solution to the lack of an on-screen fingerprint sensor. But since that is no longer a possibility, it seems that Samsung has decided to finally and properly arrange the components on the back of its next flagship.The new clue comes from a screenshot of the in-app guide to Samsung’s Health app, showing specifically how to use the heart rate monitor. Naturally, the focus on that sensor, not the fingerprint sensor, but the change is still clear. Here, for example, is the Galaxy Note 8 version of that guide.And here is the new Health app, supposedly updated in time for the Galaxy S9.Here we see the dual cameras arranged vertically instead of horizontally, with the telltale sign of the fingerprint scanner at the bottom. The heart rate monitor, however, is at the side, which is just fine for its purpose and infrequency of use.Somewhat ironically, this might actually be the biggest change in the Galaxy S9 compared to the Galaxy Note 8. Next year’s early flagship is expected to be more of a refinement than a revolution. Samsung might still have a few surprises up its sleeve, though, and we, fortunately, don’t have to wait long to find out.VIA: Weibolast_img read more

Google Grasshopper free coding app is made for beginners

first_imgA number of free services and apps offer coding education to individuals who may otherwise never learn the skills. Many of these free educational options are targeted at children, among those being ones from Google itself. Others, though, like Enki and now Grasshopper, are intended for older individuals new to the field.Upon launch, Grasshopper prompts the user to sign into their Google account. From there, the user must choose whether they’re new to coding or have existing experience. Be careful here — users report being unable to change this selection once it is made, though a future update may correct that issue.Content is broken down into lessons that focus on specific topics, including “Fundamentals” and “Animations.” Users get real-time feedback, unlock achievements, and are presented with visual puzzles to help drive home concepts. Progress is linked to the Google account used to log into the app.SOURCE: Google Play Google’s experimental products workshop Area 120 has released a mobile app that teaches adults how to code in JavaScript. The Grasshopper app, which is free, supports both Android and iOS, walking beginners from the very basics toward more sophisticated skills, but also helping individuals who already have some coding knowledge. The app is one of many that offer similar lessons.last_img read more

Google Maps quick access buttons appear for some users

first_imgSome Google Maps users on Android have started seeing quick access buttons for work and home addresses, according to Android Police. This feature assumes, of course, that you’ve already setup the Google Maps app with your home and work addresses. By saving these, the app makes it easier to pull up directions to those places from wherever you happen to be located. Arguably the easiest way to get to either place is using a voice command, but if you can’t use the voice command for some reason, the new quick access buttons are the fastest way: tap one and you’re off. The buttons appear at the bottom of the map view, one with a home icon, the other with a briefcase icon. Each icon is joined by a minute figure showing the current time it will take to navigate to the location. It’s not a big change, but it is a very convenient one that doesn’t introduce any obnoxious design elements. The big unknown at this point is how many people have access to the feature and when Google will be rolling it out to more Maps users.SOURCE: Android Police Google Maps is the navigation app of choice for many people, but it’s not always the easiest to navigate. Given that Maps is used for driving, you need to be able to access your primary destinations quickly, and that’s where quick access buttons come in. These buttons are overlaid directly onto the home screen and pull up directions with a single tap.last_img read more

Maybe reconsider deleting that old batteryhog app

first_imgThe lengths some people will go through to avoid working a 9-5 job are just incredible. What we’re seeing here today is a fraudster campaign perpetrated by an unnamed “Company X” discovered fitting itself in-between ad networks and their final target, the everyday average Android smartphone user. They did it by hiding, and they did it by draining your battery while they hid. A team of investigators at DoubleVerify did a whole lot of investigating to uncover a scheme by bad actors posing as legitimate mobile advertisement servers. They’ve apparently done their deeds in such a way as to go nearly completely undetected because of the extra-clever way in which they implemented their software. They didn’t even really commit fraud, so to speak, but deceived both the ad companies they worked with and the user at the other end of the equation.What went downThere’s a phone and an app, quite possible a mobile game. The game has an advertisement banner in it that appears from time to time. The ad looks harmless enough, and indeed it is – it’s literally a standard advertisement that’s doing no extra harm to anyone. It’s what’s behind the ad that we’re looking at today.The fraudster takes advantage of an opportunity, something of a pyramid scheme of ad sales, so to speak. They buy the ad space like a normal advertiser would, but instead of placing one ad, they place several. They provide ad code which looks like a standard ad – and might well be one, single, standard ad. But behind that ad is several other ads.Legitimate companies looking to advertise on mobile apps and games are caught up in this scheme just as much as end-users. Legitimate companies buy ads from legitimate ad representatives, who at some point got caught up in working with malicious entities looking to serve themselves alone. The good news is that this scheme was detected and is largely shut down – at least with the networks that were affected in the recent past. The bad news is that unwitting apps served massive amounts of ads without knowing. You might’ve been served HELLA ads without ever having known about it. Only your friendly ad server knows for sure. The takeaway, in a nutshellIt would appear that some apps and games in the recent past got unwittingly caught up in a scheme that served massive amounts of ads where one ad should have been served. As such, these apps or games probably drained user batteries VERY fast, and made said users suspicious enough to delete said apps or games. YOU might want to look back at your app and/or mobile game activity over the last few years and think: “Did I delete any app or game just because it seemed to drain my battery super fast?” There’s a chance that the maker of said app didn’t know what was happening, and was just as much a victim of this scheme as anyone else. Consider giving them another shot at your patronage, with caution!last_img read more

New Audi A1 Sportback launches this summer

first_imgThe overall design delivers what Audi calls a “taut, sporty look.” The car has a wide Singleframe grille with implied side air inlets. Under the leading edge of the hood are three flat slits, a homage to the sport quattro. Audi designed the A1 Sportback to resemble the Ur-quattro and Sport quattro from the side.The car can be fitted with S line equipment with larger air inlets, additional sill trims, and an elongated slit centrally below the hood with two fins and a larger rear wing. Audi will offer an Edition model that is based on the S line features and will be offered from the market launch of the car.Audi says that launch is particularly distinctive. It will have 18-inch wheels in bronze, white or black depending on the color of the car. The Audi rings on the side of the car will be offered in the same color as the wheels. LED headlights and LED taillights are fitted that are dark tinted.Customers will be able to combine interior and exterior trim lines however they want. That means buyers can get basic, advanced, or S line in various configurations. A black styling package is offered along with Interior advanced and Interior S line packages. The car will launch this summer and will launch in Europe in the fall starting at under 20,000 Euros. SOURCE: Audi Audi has pulled the covers off the new A1 Sportback and the little compact car is very attractive. Audi says that the new A1 Sportback has grown significantly in length with an additional 2.2-inches making the car 13.2-feet. Width is almost the same at 5.7-feet and the new model is 4.7-feet high.last_img read more

The Aston Martin RapidE EV just got into a race with Porsches

first_imgAccording to Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s CEO, the RapidE is likely to be the first car on the market to use an 800 volt system. Palmer shared a shot of the production-intent battery on Twitter, along with a recommitment to the idea that the car’s “key attributes include the ability to have useable performance for laps of Nurburgring and a top speed of 155mph.”Considering it’s a component most people won’t ever see, it’s no surprise that the battery system doesn’t exactly look very dramatic. All the same, the technology is far more important than the aesthetics might suggest. After all, it’s Aston Martin’s play for making electrified luxury cars more user-friendly. 800 volt technology means considerably faster charging, and as such addressing one of the key complaints still lingering around electric vehicles: charge times. Current DC fast-charging stations typically top out at around 400 volts at most. With 800 volts, you’re potentially looking at a sub-20 minute recharge, though Aston Martin hasn’t committed to any specific figures yet. Aston Martin isn’t alone in looking to 800V to address recharging frustrations, mind. Volkswagen Group – and Audi and Porsche in particular – are both advocates of the technology, envisioning higher-voltage cars and chargers being the answer to placating luxury car buyers unwilling to compromise. Actually getting to that stage requires an uptick in technology on both the vehicle and the infrastructure side, however. For a start, the car’s electronics and battery system has to support 800V charging. Then, the charging stations themselves need to deliver that sort of voltage. It means Aston Martin finds itself in a new race for high-end EVs. Porsche announced earlier this year that it would be installing 800V chargers as part of a pilot project in Berlin, and predicted it would be the first to have a production vehicle supporting the technology on the market. That will be the Porsche Taycan sedan – formerly known as the Porsche Mission-E – in 2019.Audi, meanwhile, is expected to eventually adopt 800V charging, though its first EVs won’t support it. The Audi e-tron Quattro SUV will be 400V, for instance. And whether Aston Martin or Porsche are first to the market will, for most drivers, be immaterial: you won’t be able to install an 800V charger at home, and they’ll be a rarity in public charging locations for some time. Nonetheless it’s a milestone for Aston Martin, which has faced more than the expected number of hurdles with the RapidE. The car was originally intended to be produced in collaboration with Chinese automaker LeEco, but after those plans fell through the British automaker dramatically slimmed its expectations. Now, only 155 of the cars will be built, each likely to be priced at more than a quarter of a million dollars. Rather than a production model, therefore, the RapidE will be more of a testbed for Aston Martin’s future electric vehicles. When, exactly, they’ll go on sale is unclear at this stage, though the company has been teasing high-end luxury EVs like the Lagonda Vision as a vision of its intent. Story TimelineAston Martin eyes 800hp all-electric RapideAston Martin debuts all-electric RapidE conceptAston Martin RapidE all-electric car gets green light for 2019 Aston Martin’s RapidE EV may only be a toe dipped into the performance electric luxury market, but that doesn’t mean the automaker is holding back when it comes to drivetrain and battery tech. The work-in-progress electric sedan is expected to arrive at the end of 2019, and Aston Martin is already predicting one big first for the industry – one which puts it head to head with a German rival A significant step forward on @astonmartin road to zero emission capability. This is the first production intent battery for the RapidE, Aston’s first EV. The significance is it’s also an 800v system, likely to be an industry first when launched to 155 lucky customers at end 2019— Andy Palmer (@AndyatAston) August 21, 2018last_img read more

Uber adds quiet mode option in app but only for luxury rides

first_imgStory TimelineProsecutors: Uber not criminally liable in autonomous car crashUber brings its Ride Pass plan to another 20 major marketsUber airport PIN test lets riders get in the first available car Uber users have been requesting some type of quiet mode for years, one that would enable them to make their preference for zero small talk known before the driver picks them up. The company has finally launched this feature, but it isn’t available for many of the rides that take place on its platform. In addition to the new quiet preference, riders can also now alert drivers to temperature preference, request luggage help, and more. The new options have appeared within the Uber app for riders who order a car on the platform’s luxury option, Uber Black and Black SUV. The new features enable users to better personalize their rides by making certain needs and preferences known. Perhaps the best addition is the new Quiet Mode option, which is exactly what it sounds like: a way to let the driver know you’re not interested in chatting.In addition, Uber Black customers can let the driver know what temperature they’d like the vehicle to be, whether they’ll need help loading their luggage into the car, and if they’ll need an extended pickup period — the latter option will give the rider a bit of extra time to get to the car before it leaves.A number of other changes and vows have been made, including the promise of professionalism from Uber Black drivers, premium phone support with live agents for riders, and consistent vehicle quality. These changes will be applied across all Uber Black and Uber Black SUV rides in the US starting today.AdChoices广告The new requirements for vehicles and drivers (such as the professionalism change) is also live for drivers in many cities across the US, including NYC, Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Diego, Washington DC, New Orleans, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, and many other destinations. The same requirements will deploy elsewhere “soon.”last_img read more

German Amazon employees are the latest to protest the company on Prime

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Amazon warehouse workers plan to strike during Prime Day Amazon encourages its workers to quit and start their own delivery companies Digital Trends Live: Huawei updates, Starlink launch, and Pac-Man’s birthday Amazon is using smart technology to track warehouse worker productivity Digital Trends Live: Spotify hits 100 million subscriptions, simulated asteroid Thousands of workers at Amazon’s facilities in Germany went on strike Monday, making them the latest to use Prime Day to bring attention to the company’s working conditions.The strikes officially started on Sunday evening, under the slogan “No more discount on our incomes.” They’re centered around  wages for Amazon employees in Germany, which workers say are not livable, CNN reports. Unions have asked for collective bargaining agreements to be established across Germany’s retail sector.“While Amazon throws huge discounts to its customers on Prime Day, employees lack a living wage,” said Orhan Akman of Germany’s Verdi union, which helped organize the event.More than 2,000 people reportedly participated in the strike. We’ve reached out to Amazon for comment, but have yet to hear back. Germany wasn’t the only place Amazon workers were protesting on Monday. Warehouse employees in Shakopee, Minnesota are also protesting the company. Those employees planned to strike for three hours at the start of the day shift and three hours at the start of the evening shift to put pressure on Amazon to offer employees safe and reliable jobs.The Minnesota employees said that Amazon has failed to convert temporary employees into full-time ones and that the company often sets productivity quotas that are unsafe for employees. Workers at a warehouse on Portland, Oregon complained of sweltering heat and constant piercing alarms at that facility.In the case of the Minnesota employees, Amazon noted that it already offers employees above-average wages ranging from $16.25 to $20.80 with benefits and that it has held the same productivity requirements for the facility since November 2018. It also said that 90% of the employees at the Minnesota plant are full time. European Amazon workers are no stranger to protesting. Workers have held a number of protests over the years including a demonstration during Prime Day last year that included employees in Italy, The United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain.Last year’s protests were focused on the long working hours required by employees an Amazon’s facilities, which often do not result in bonuses for those employees. Workers claim that conditions are so strenuous that people have collapsed on the job from exhaustion. Employees in Germany and Italy also protested during Black Friday in 2017 for similar reasons.Last year the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health named Amazon as one of the most dangerous places to work in the United States, citing seven warehouse worker’s deaths at Amazon facilities in the US since 2013.last_img read more

First Edition March 5 2013

first_imgFirst Edition: March 5, 2013 Today’s headlines include reports about how health programs might fair in the context of efforts to balance the budget. Kaiser Health News: Hospitals Crack Down On Tirades By Angry DoctorsSandra G. Boodman, writing for Kaiser Health News in cooperation with The Washington Post, reports: “At a critical point in a complex abdominal operation, a surgeon was handed a device that didn’t work because it had been loaded incorrectly by a surgical technician. Furious that she couldn’t use it, the surgeon slammed it down, accidentally breaking the technician’s finger. ‘I felt pushed beyond my limits,’ recalled the surgeon, who was suspended for two weeks and told to attend an anger management course for doctors” (Boodman, 3/5). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Insuring Your Health: Caveat For Contraceptive Coverage; Early Retirees May Get Cheaper Plans On ExchangesKaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews answers readers’ questions about birth-control coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act and subsidized coverage on the state-based health insurance exchanges (Andrews, 3/4). Read the story. Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Florida House Panel Opposes Medicaid Expansion; C-Section Delivery Rates Vary Widely Across Nation; Prostate Screening Tests In Older Men Decline, But Many Still Get Them, Study FindsNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, WFSU’s Lynn Hatter, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on Florida action related to the Medicaid expansion: “The Florida House of Representatives has signaled it won’t go along with Gov. Rick Scott to expand Medicaid coverage to more than a million low-income Floridians under the Affordable Care Act. The party-line vote came Monday shortly after a joint committee hearing on the law’s financial impact on the state” (Hatter, 3/4).Also on Capsules, Alvin Tran reports on a study regarding c-section rates: “The study, published Monday in the journal Health Affairs, found that the overall rates of C-sections — the most common type of surgery in the U.S. — varied from about 7 to 70 percent  across the nation’s hospitals” (Tran, 3/4).In addition, Julie Appleby writes about new findings related to prostate screening tests in older men: “Fewer men over age 75 are being routinely screened for cancer with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test following a 2008 recommendation against the tests, researchers said today, suggesting a less-is-more approach sometimes works. But while the numbers have declined, they remain significant – more than 4 in 10 men in that group still get the tests” (Appleby,  3/4). Check out what else is on the blog. The Washington Post: Republican Goal To Balance Budget Could Mean Deep Cuts To Health ProgramsAnxiety is rising among House Republicans about a strategy of appeasement toward fiscal hard-liners that could require them to embrace not only the sequester but also sharp new cuts to federal health and retirement programs. Letting the sequester hit was just the first step in a pact forged in January between conservative leaders and Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to keep the government open and the nation out of default. Now comes step 2: adopting a budget plan that would wipe out deficits entirely by 2023 (Montgomery, 3/4).Politico: Paul Ryan Floats Change To Medicare PlanPaul Ryan’s budget will show how Republicans can balance a budget that’s trillions of dollars out of whack. But the most significant unresolved issue comes down to a minuscule number: one year. Ryan — the House Budget Committee chairman — has privately been floating the idea of allowing his changes to Medicare to kick in for Americans younger than 56.  In previous budgets, those 55 and older were exempted from his plan to turn Medicare into a premium-support — or voucher — program (Sherman and Allen, 3/4).The New York Times: Lax Policing Of Doctor And Pharmacy Conflicts Is Found In Medicare Coverage DecisionsDeciding which drugs will be covered by Medicare can influence huge amounts of spending, but government officials do little to police conflict of interest among doctors and pharmacists who make those decisions, federal investigators said Monday (Pear, 3/5).USA Today: Health Care Spending Is Transferred Out Of ICUHealth care spending last year rose at one of the lowest rates in a half-century, partly the result of cost-saving measures put in place by the 2009 health care law, a USA TODAY analysis finds. Spending for medical care has increased modestly for five consecutive years, the longest period of slow growth since Medicare began in 1966 (Cauchon, 3/4).USA Today: Gunshot Wounds Drive Up Government Health Care CostsGunshot wounds and deaths cost Americans at least $12 billion a year in court proceedings, insurance costs and hospitalizations paid for by government health programs, according to a recent study (Kennedy, 3/4).Politico: For Doctors, Too Much Information? A new research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday finds just that: Electronic health records may cause doctors the unintended side effect of information overload. The survey of primary-care practitioners from the Department of Veterans Affairs shows nearly one-third of those using the EHR system reported having missed or failed to follow up on key electronic alerts about patient test results (Smith, 3/5).The New York Times: Texas Rebut Governor On Expansion Of MedicaidHundreds of activists and uninsured Texans plan to rally at the steps of the Capitol here Tuesday, increasing the pressure on Gov. Rick Perry and other Republican leaders to switch their stance on expanding Medicaid, a major provision of President Obama’s health care overhaul (Fernandez, 3/4).Los Angeles Times: Key Senate Panel Approves Medi-Cal ExpansionA key Senate panel supported legislation Monday that would dramatically expand Medi-Cal, the state’s public insurance program for the poor. The proposal, authored by state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) and Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), is part of a legislative package that aims to help California implement President Obama’s healthcare overhaul (Mishak, 3/4).The Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: Women’s Group Works With Cuomo On Rights, AbortionA new coalition lobbying for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s women’s rights agenda said it supports his decision to link popular measures against workplace discrimination and human trafficking with a hotly debated abortion measure. It’s a political gamble that faces strong opposition among Senate Republicans (3/4).  Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more