ATU066 – What does Windows 8 Mean For Screen Reader Users Jeremy

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat does Windows 8 mean for screen reader users (Jeremy Curry from GW Micro) www.GWmicro.comHigh Contrast Episode 3: My Home Button Barely Works | SeroTalk robots could help disabled children – Health – Children’s health – House Highlights Melissa Stockwell as Lets Move and Physical Activity Champion of Change – Disaboom to the Research Alliance for Accessible Voting creates ‘soundscape’ for blind people to see Technology – iPad VO Controller conference: All Students: #AppMondayTAS – Voiceover Gestures the “Pod” link above to listen or subscribe with iTunes.——————————Listen 24/7 at www.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comIndiana Assistive Technology Blog app list: you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our blog: http://blog.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU066: What does Windows 8 Mean For Screen Reader Users?. Baby Driven Robots, Voice Over Cheat Sheet, ICE Conference in Chicago, Melissa Stockwell recognized by White House, VetSuccess.GovAugust 31, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update”Top 10 Podcasts of 2012January 8, 2013In “Podcasts”AT202 – Assistive Technology Man Cave! (The dudes: Scott Fogo, Jeremy Curry, Ben Trockman, & Wade Wingler)April 10, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

StepPad cognitive support tool for multistep tasks

first_imgFeatures of the StepPad:Eight activities, 30 steps eachShared recording memoryErgonomic designQuick access to core messagesHeadphone jackRecord, level, and activity lockBuilt-in lanyard loops and belt loop slotUses:Household choresSchool schedulePersonal routinesVocational tasksCooking stepsShopping listsActivity transitionsTo learn more, check out the StepPad’s User Guide.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedNokia Thermo Smart ThermometerSeptember 28, 2017In “Products and Devices”ATU190 – Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) with John Halloran, Workflow for iOS, Windoweyes 9, Microsoft Office Online Accessibility, Step by Step App with Bridging AppsJanuary 16, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”Attainment Big Button CommunicatorsSeptember 8, 2015In “Communication” The new StepPad may be a great resource for individuals who have difficulty completing multiple step tasks by themselves.  With the StepPad, directions that are recorded are played back in a sequence, one step at a time, to prompt the user on what to do next.  The device functions well as both a short-term teaching tool and a long-term adaptive aid.The StepPad is very mobile and fits into one’s purse, pocket, and hands (even small hands!)  It is comparable to a video game controller as the buttons are easy to press with one’s thumbs.  The volume is easily accessible to one’s index fingers.How the StepPad works:Press any of the four activity buttons to activate a step-by-step sequence.  These buttons are easily labeled with a slide-in overlay plus an auditory cue.Users then hear the steps one step at a time by pressing the “Next” button.  To repeat a step, simply press “Play.”  Users may review previous steps with the “Back” button.StepPad allows users to record up to 29 steps for each activity.  Within the device, there is an 8 activity limit (four activities, two levels) yielding up to 240 step-by-step recordings.“But don’t worry, it’s no big deal if you make a mistake.  You can re-record any step without affecting other recordings.  You can even insert a new step within a sequence while keeping all steps intact.  You can also choose to lock StepPad into just a single activity, reducing the possibility of a user getting ‘lost’ and locking out the record and level changing functions.”last_img read more

How Do SSDs Work

first_imgHow Do SSDs Work? 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> Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 8:29 am The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads 0 Comments Tagged In storageextremetech explainsSSDNANDSSDshard drivesNAND flashsolid state storage Post a Comment 0 Comments Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar This Movie Will Have More Fight Scenes Than Any Other MCU Film Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Petition Is Trying To Convince Marvel To Keep ‘Blade’ Rated R We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared 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. 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SharpSpring Recognized with Three Major Industry Awards in Less than One Month

first_imgSharpSpring, Inc., a leading cloud-based marketing automation platform, today announced it has been recognized with its third industry award in as many weeks. These awards include: a TrustRadius Top Rated All-in-One Marketing Tool for 2019, Top Marketing Resource Management Software by G2 Crowd and, most recently, a TrustRadius 2019 Most Revolutionary Software Award.TrustRadius considered every review on its site to-date, a collection of more than 50,000 B2B software reviews across hundreds of product categories, to determine the most ‘revolutionary’ products for 2019.“SharpSpring has won an award for being one of the 10 Most Revolutionary products on TrustRadius,” said Megan Headley, VP of Research at TrustRadius. “This unique title is awarded to a select group of products that have been declared revolutionary by their customers. Reviewers on TrustRadius highlight SharpSpring’s scalability, workflow automation features, and flexible integration capabilities.”Marketing Technology News: Brave Expands Advertising Platform to Mobile Devices and Launches Brave Ads Certified Vendor ProgramSome of the most ‘revolutionary’ comments on TrustRadius about SharpSpring include:“SharpSpring truly is the all-in-one that solves the marketing and sales needs of many businesses like ours. We highly recommend this product… SharpSpring is targeted and focused on agencies who then become experts in the tool and how to best utilize it for their clients. If you’re part of a marketing agency and need a tool to take your business to the next level – SharpSpring very well could be the answer that you have been looking for.”–Joshua VanMeter, Max Effect Marketing“The best thing since Wonder Bread! SharpSpring is perfect if you are looking for an inexpensive, feature-rich and customer support focused platform. You will be able to quickly understand how to do the basics of the program to take your business to the next level and have the support of SharpSpring to master all the complex and advanced features that it truly offers.”– Stephen Gutterson, Blue Wheel Media“SharpSpring is being used by multiple business units within our company to take our marketing to the next level. Being able to communicate with customers in a quick and targeted manner and drive lead generation. We use it to integrate with Salesforce to get our Sales team as much helpful info as possible. We are also using it to link to our back-end system to handle the onboarding of customers.”– Brad Meinen, Qualbe Marketing GroupIt was announced at the end of June that SharpSpring was named as a “Top Rated All-in-One Marketing Tool for 2019” by TrustRadius, positioning the platform as a leader among tools that “typically offer several online marketing functions as an integrated package,” often including marketing automation, CRM, content management (including blogging), SEO, social media marketing and e-commerce.Last week, SharpSpring announced that the platform achieved a #1 leader ranking on the G2 Crowd Grid Report for the Marketing Resource Management category. SharpSpring was also identified as a Leader in the G2 Crowd Summer 2019 Marketing Automation Grid report, based on the company’s large market presence and users’ high levels of customer satisfaction with the product.Marketing Technology News: M-Commerce Not Living up to Consumer Expectations, New Research FindsThe G2 Crowd and TrustRadius accolades follow a fourth award SharpSpring received earlier this year, when the platform was also named by TrustRadius as a Top Rated Marketing Automation Software for 2019.“These awards are confirmation that we’re filling a need for marketing agencies with a comprehensive product that allows them to manage both marketing and sales at a price plan that meets them where they are,” SharpSpring CEO Rick Carlson said. “Our commitment to constant improvement and unrivaled support for partners, show how dedicated our team is to building and growing a premium product.”Since they launched in 2016, the TrustRadius Top Rated Awards have become the industry standard for unbiased recognition of the best B2B technology products. Based entirely on customer feedback, they have never been influenced by analyst opinion or status as a TrustRadius customer.Marketing Technology News: Zeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data CloudEstablished in 2013, TrustRadius has become the most trusted site for B2B software reviews. Each month, about 400,000 B2B technology buyers use over 168,000 verified reviews and ratings on to make informed purchasing decisions.G2 Crowd empowers business buying decisions by highlighting the voice of the customer. Its review platform leverages more than 650,000 independent and authenticated user reviews read by more than 3 million buyers each month. The model brings transparency to B2B buying—changing the way decisions are made.G2 Crowd’s mission is to provide the insights business professionals need to gain confidence in their buying decisions and become more successful in their jobs.Marketing Technology News: Beanstalk Digital Launches Beanstalk Predictive to Provide Robust Data Analytics Through AI-Driven Insights cloud-based marketingG2 Crowdmarketing automationMarketing Technology NewsNewsResource ManagementSharpSpring Previous ArticleAskNicely Recognized as #1 in Customer Feedback Software by G2Next ArticlePalo Alto Networks Welcomes Jean English as New Chief Marketing Officer SharpSpring Recognized with Three Major Industry Awards in Less than One Month MTS Staff WriterJuly 12, 2019, 10:14 pmJuly 12, 2019 last_img read more

LiveRamp to Acquire Data Plus Math to Enable NextGeneration TV Currency

first_imgBig Win for the Entire Ecosystem, Providing All Participants With a Better Way to Buy, Sell and Measure Data-Driven TV Extends Lead in Omnichannel Identity and Data ConnectivityLiveRamp, the trusted platform that makes data accessible and meaningful, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Data Plus Math, providing the ecosystem with a more effective way to buy, sell and measure data-driven television.“The combination of LiveRamp and Data Plus Math is a great thing for the industry and represents an important step toward building an open and flexible model for the next generation of TV advertising.”Data Plus Math is a media measurement company that works with brands, agencies, cable operators, streaming TV services, and networks to tie cross-screen ad exposure with real-world outcomes. The combination of LiveRamp and Data Plus Math brings together the world’s largest people-based identity graph with unparalleled cross-screen data and key sell-side relationships, resulting in a big win for the entire ecosystem.TV advertising is the most powerful way for marketers to reach a wide audience, but it has lacked the ability to deliver people-based addressability and measurement across channels. By combining the reach and scale of TV with the outcome-driven capabilities marketers require, brands and agencies can now better coordinate the customer journey, deliver more relevant messaging, and tie TV campaigns to measurable return on investment (ROI). This move strengthens LiveRamp’s network and expands its ability to power experiences across the entire customer journey, all in a privacy-conscious way.Marketing Technology News: Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRM“While TV continues to be the most engaging screen in the household, the landscape is shifting,” said Scott Howe, CEO of LiveRamp. “Data and technology have transformed the relationship a brand can have with its consumer on TV, creating tremendous opportunities to improve how TV inventory is bought, sold and measured. We are excited for Data Plus Math to join the LiveRamp family and look forward to working closely with its deeply experienced team of industry experts. Together, we will accelerate LiveRamp’s TV efforts and offerings and unlock the amazing power of data-driven TV for the entire ecosystem.”Brands and Agencies can implement outcome-driven TV buying and measurement to deliver more relevant messages to consumers and generate higher ROI.“LiveRamp’s identity resolution technology is an integral part of our ability to truly understand our guests and how they’re shopping at Target. As we continue investing in our reimagined media company, Roundel, this addressability plays a key role in our ability to create smart, personalized campaigns that connect our guests to the brands and offers that are most important to them,” said Kristi Argyilan, President, Roundel, Target. “LiveRamp is an important partner that shares our vision for addressable, measurable guest interactions, and the addition of Data Plus Math’s powerful, real-world insights is an exciting next step in our work together to create exceptional guest experiences on any channel or platform.”“This is an exciting acquisition for LiveRamp,” said Tim Castree, CEO, North America for GroupM. “Our clients are seeking more precise solutions for people-based, cross-platform activation and measurement. The combination of LiveRamp’s identity management capabilities and Data Plus Math’s TV attribution expertise will certainly help us accelerate that.”“For three decades, Horizon’s business has been built on an integrated business service model,” said Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO & Founder of Horizon Media. “Data Plus Math is a partner of ours because we trust them as business solution experts. They have been able to integrate TV and digital ad exposure with data analytics, insights, and analysis. Now we’ll look to LiveRamp to elevate what we’ve done with Data Plus Math, incorporating people-based identity into video buys, all within a Safe Haven environment to protect and uphold consumer privacy.”Networks can better measure reach across multiple consumer screens and deliver outcome-based decisioning to brands and agencies – ultimately improving yields.“A+E Networks was the first to offer outcome-based guarantees, working to successfully shift the media industry mindset in partnership with Data Plus Math,” said Peter Olsen, EVP, Ad Sales, A+E Networks. “Data Plus Math has been instrumental in our efforts to provide marketers with measurement tools that accurately reflect TV’s unmatched power to drive business outcomes. This deal will continue to help elevate the groundbreaking, foundational work that Data Plus Math and LiveRamp have already done – as neutral constituents – to bolster cross-screen measurement and outcome attribution for advertisers, agencies and media companies.”“A requirement for growing the market for audience-based buying is campaign measurement that goes beyond reach. We are encouraged by the work Data Plus Math has been doing to go beyond reach and map exposure to business outcomes,” said David Levy, CEO of OpenAP. “Further cementing a relationship with LiveRamp is an important step that creates more opportunities for marketers to better measure and action outcome data across the consumer journey.”Distributors can more easily tie exposure data to business outcomes to prove ROI for their premium addressable inventory.“Our mission at NCC is to empower brands to connect with their audiences wherever and whenever they watch content, which is why we are so excited by this news,” said Nicolle Pangis, CEO of NCC Media. “The combination of LiveRamp and Data Plus Math is a great thing for the industry and represents an important step toward building an open and flexible model for the next generation of TV advertising.”All ecosystem participants will benefit from an independent source of cross-screen, people-based TV measurement and LiveRamp’s Data Safe Haven®.This acquisition deepens LiveRamp’s commitment to neutrality – a key component to driving adoption of these next-generation measurement capabilities. In addition, it furthers LiveRamp’s ongoing commitment to providing an open and scaled omnichannel identity solution, which includes efforts such as embedding IdentityLink into the bidstream; launching the Open Internet Measurement Initiative; providing LiveRamp’s identity graph to demand-side platforms free of charge via IdentityLink for Real-time Bidding; and expanding that to include cookieless inventory with its Authenticated Traffic Solution.“On the heels of our strategic partnership announced last year, we’re incredibly excited to now be joining LiveRamp,” said John Hoctor, CEO of Data Plus Math. “TV remains the most effective way for brands to quickly reach their audience, build their brand and drive product sales. Unfortunately as consumer’s viewing habits have evolved, TV measurement has struggled to keep up. With LiveRamp, we’re changing that.”Marketing Technology News: Yext Study: 58% Of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Marketers Say Their Marketing Management Strategy Needs Major ImprovementsFinancial Impact and ClosingThe addition of Data Plus Math extends LiveRamp’s lead in omnichannel identity and accelerates its TV efforts, driving continued strong growth and value for LiveRamp shareholders.The deal is expected to close in LiveRamp’s fiscal second quarter.In fiscal 2020, Data Plus Math is expected to contribute approximately $5 million in revenue and increase non-GAAP operating loss by approximately $8 million. In addition, LiveRamp expects the transaction to increase GAAP operating loss by approximately $27 million due to higher non-cash compensation and estimated purchased intangible asset amortization.Fiscal 2020 Guidance UpdateLiveRamp’s non-GAAP guidance excludes the impact of non-cash stock compensation, purchased intangible asset amortization, and restructuring charges.For fiscal 2020, LiveRamp now expects to report:Revenue of $363 million to $377 million, an increase of between 27% and 32% year-over-year.GAAP operating loss from continuing operations of between $192.5 million and $172.5 million. This guidance is subject to final purchase accounting adjustments.Non-GAAP operating loss of between $78 million to $58 million.LiveRamp continues to expect to be profitable on a non-GAAP operating income basis for the full year of fiscal 2021.A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP guidance is provided in the appendix to this press release.Marketing Technology News: PMG Launches Marketing Intelligence Platform — Meet Alli LiveRamp to Acquire Data Plus Math to Enable Next-Generation TV Currency Business WireJune 25, 2019, 3:00 pmJune 25, 2019 A+E NetworksData Plus MathLiveRampMarketing Technology NewsNewsScott Howestreaming TV services Previous ArticleTellius Partners with Google Cloud to Provide Enterprises with Multi-Cloud Augmented AnalyticsNext ArticleAT&T Invests Nearly $800 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Kentuckylast_img read more

WebCEO the Agency Oriented Marketing Platform Launches a New Local SEO Module

first_imgWebCEO is now integrated with Google My Business WebCEO has launched a fully packed module for local SEO that provides integrated data from the Google My Business service, as well as proprietary data on local competitors and their performance, all powered by WebCEO. The new module features comprehensive widgets and dynamic reports with aggregated historical data on searches and views for all local business profiles registered with Google Maps, customer reviews and ratings, and a breakdown of the local businesses competing with a given business on Google Maps. Because Google now tailors most search results to the searcher’s geo-location – even if they don’t mention their city or district in a search box – it’s critical to apply a local SEO strategy for literally any website now. It is important to optimize a website for all possible locations that a business covers, submit it to Google My Business, local and niche directories, and monitor the business search visibility from all locations where potential customers could be searching from. “If you underestimate the importance of local SEO now – you risk giving the local traffic share out to your competitors,” says Allen MacCannell, VP Sales & Partnerships at Web CEO.Marketing Technology News: ANSYS Welcomes Lynn Ledwith as Vice President of MarketingTo help marketers and digital agencies automate their local SEO routines and save time on promoting new client projects, WebCEO has integrated its Internet marketing platform with Google My Business, a service that can’t be ignored when doing local SEO. The new local SEO module of the WebCEO Internet Marketing Platform has been released as a beta product – to collect feedback and possibly add more features demanded by digital agencies and SEO practitioners.With the new local SEO module, WebCEO does not only pull the bare data from Google. Instead, WebCEO processes a large amount of data in a smart way, aggregates historical insights and presents the stats in an easy-to-use and comprehensive way, with a bird’s-eye view of historical fluctuations presented as deltas and in charts.Marketing Technology News: Relationship Intelligence Platform Affinity Hires Four New Vice PresidentsThe WebCEO local SEO module currently features 3 reports. Two of them taking data from Google My Business; the third one is powered solely by WebCEO:Location Insights: This report shows searches and visits to a local business profile on Google Search and Google Maps, visitor activity (phone calls, photo views, etc.), as well as the historical performance of a local business on Google Maps.User Reviews: This report shows not only review texts and figures, but also fluctuations of the rating for a business over time (red or green deltas). This is something not available in a regular Google My Business account.Local competitors: This report gives a detailed breakdown of all local businesses competing with the promoted project.Moreover, WebCEO will be extremely helpful for those who own a network of restaurants, cafes, bars, and other venues. Thanks to WebCEO, marketers will now forget about the pain of switching between different locations in their Google My Business accounts: WebCEO will give them a quick and easy way to see aggregated stats on all locations at once.Marketing Technology News: VaaS and USB are Helping to Drive Growth in the Video Conferencing & Collaboration Market Agency Oriented MarketingAllen MacCannellGoogle My BusinessMarketing Technology NewsNewsSEOWebCEO Previous ArticleNot All Product Recommendations Are Created EqualNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Ben Hindman, CEO at Splash WebCEO, the Agency Oriented Marketing Platform, Launches a New Local SEO Module PRNewswire6 days agoJuly 17, 2019 last_img read more

Modi Explains Meaning of 5 Trillion Economy in Varanasi Address Slams Critics

first_imgLucknow: Referring to Union Budget, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that New India was on threshold of racing ahead. He further slammed the critics for questioning ‘$5 trillion economy’ mission of the Centre.Addressing party workers in Varanasi after launching BJP’s membership drive, the prime minister said, “What is ‘5 trillion dollar economy’? Can we achieve this? This Budget is for development and poor. Many people have questioned the target but criticism only strengthens my resolve. Woh jo saamne mushkilon ka ambaar hai, uss hi se to mere honsalon ki minar hai.” This is PM’s maiden visit to his constituency after taking oath of the Prime Minister for the second time after Lok Sabha elections.After arriving in the eastern UP city, PM Modi unveiled a statue of former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri at the airport and also took part in plantation drive.For the membership drive, the BJP workers have undertaken massive preparations to add 36 lakh new members in Uttar Pradesh itself. Modi kick-started the drive by welcoming 11 prominent people from various sections of the society to the BJP.“Four counters will be set up at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Trade facilitation centre to welcome new members to the party. Apart from this, a helpline will also be launched on which and people can get membership by calling on this number. The number will be launched post formal inauguration of the drive by PM Modi on 6th July.” a worker said on Friday.Ahead of the visit, PM Modi tweeted and said that that he would share his thoughts on the Budget, which was presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.At around 11:30 this morning, I will address the programme in Varanasi marking the launch of @BJP4India’s Membership Drive. During my speech, I will elaborate on my thoughts on the Budget and India’s growth trajectory in the coming years. Do watch.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 6, 2019“Apart from launching the membership drive, PM Modi also launched a plantation drive which aims at planting 27 lakh saplings. He may also felicitate BJP workers who had worked hard in the Lok Sabha polls. A public meeting at Rameshwaram, along with several foundation laying ceremonies, is also on the cards,” said Navratan Rathi, BJP spokesperson for the Kashi region. BJP Spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, “The BJP workers across the state are excited and happy about Modi’s visit to Kashi. The nationwide membership drive launched by PM today will last till August 11.” Bharatiya Janata PartyBJPbjp membershipNarendra Modi First Published: July 6, 2019, 7:25 AM ISTlast_img read more

Telangana Govt Has Rs 500 Crore for New Secretariat But Not Rs

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana BJP president K Laxman launched an attack on Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday for failing to construct Ambedkar statue and not allotting lands to Dalits.”If the KCR government cannot spend Rs 30 crore for Ambedkar statue, from where did it get Rs 500 crores to construct new Secretariat and Assembly,” Laxman asked while addressing a protest staged by the party workers here at Ambedkar Bhavan. With an eye on 2024 polls, the state BJP president continued his tirade against the KCR government and said the party couldn’t fufil the promise made three and half years ago to install a 125 meter Ambedkar statue near NTR Marg and to allot three acres of land to Dalits.He also said that the decision to build new Secretariat and Assembly will only waste public money. He further said that it was an insult to the Dalit community.Slamming the TRS government for not appointing a Dalit as the chief minister, Laxman said BJP would take on the anti-Dalit stance of the party and will put pressure for Dalit welfare. AmbedkarBJP PresidentDalitK Chandrasekhar Rao First Published: July 4, 2019, 8:29 PM ISTlast_img read more

Over a Month After Drubbing in Lok Sabha Polls MP Congress Leaders

first_imgJabalpur: After facing defeat in the recent Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh, as many as 14 Congress leaders and some independents moved High Court on Monday casting doubt on EVMs and VVPATs. The leaders who moved court include veteran leader and former MLA from Jhabua and Ratlam constituencies, Kantilal Bhuria. “No one, including the public, is able to digest the fact that our candidates lost by huge margins ranging from one lakh to five lakh,” veteran Congress leader Bhuria said. The prominent tribal leader said winning and losing was part of the election, but alleged that one-sided win had raised doubts. He also accused the Centre of interfering with the working of Election Commission. In a humiliating defeat, the Congress lost 28 out of 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh. Bhuria claimed there were problems in EVMs and VVPATs. “We raised all these matters before the Election Commission but were compelled to approach the high court as we did not get any satisfactory response,” the senior Congress leader said. Rajaram Tripathi from Satna, Ashok Singh from Gwalior, Kiran Ahirwar from Tikamgarh, Madhu Bhagat from Balaghat, Shailendra Diwan from Hoshangabad, Kamal Marawi from Mandla, Babulal Malviya from Ujjain, Govind Mujalde from Khargone, Shailendra Patel from Vidisha, Pratap Singh from Damoh, Prabhu Singh from Sagar and Pankaj Sanghvi from Indore.Independents Rakesh Dixit from Bhopal, Rajkumar Chauhan from Sidhi and Vishnukant Sharma from Gwalior have moved their similar petitions. BSP candidate Kankar Munjare from Balaghat too has filed a petition. Leaders like Devashish Jarariya who contested from Bhind, Pramila Singh from Shahdol, Prabhu Singh from Sagar and Shailendra Diwan from Hoshangabad had approached the court on Saturday. The petitioners have objected to the fact that EVMs brought to the counting centres were charged upto 90% despite hectic usage in voting process. Several candidates have referred to poll code violations and EC failing to resolve public’s confusion on various issues and others in their pleas.“I mentioned issues such as EVM having batteries upto 90% on counting day, EC removing EVM data from its portal quickly and EC failing to address various confusions prevailing among public over election process,” Jarariya told News18.Similar concerns were voiced by Diwan. “Our polling agents had objected to 90% batteries in EVMs at two places in Hoshangabad, but they were made to believe that everything was fine,” Diwan said, claiming that loss margin seemed impossible as large numbers of voters vouched that they voted in party’s favour. Australian Election Commissioncongresselectronic voting machinesEVMs First Published: July 8, 2019, 8:53 PM ISTlast_img read more

Watch an ISS astronaut enter the SpaceX crew capsule for the first

first_imgAmerican astronaut Anne McClain has become the first astronaut to climb inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, which docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on its debut outing over the weekend.The historic mission marked the first launch to the space station of a commercially built and operated American rocket and spacecraft designed to carry humans.On this occasion, the Crew Dragon brought supplies — not people — to the space station, but if the entire mission is a success, we could be just months away from the spacecraft bringing its first humans to space.Prior to the arrival of the SpaceX crew capsule, McClain tweeted that the ISS crew was enjoying “a quiet night on the space station before the new era of space flight arrives to our front door tomorrow …”A video (below) posted on the ISS Twitter account shows the astronaut entering the successfully docked capsule to have a look around, at the same time welcoming Ripley (a sensor-laden mannequin that was on board) and Little Earth (a soft toy that functioned as a “super high tech zero-g indicator,” according to SpaceX boss Elon Musk)..@AstroAnnimal welcomes humans aboard the first @SpaceX #CrewDragon to visit the station and introduces two special guests, Ripley and Little Earth, ushering in the era of @Commercial_Crew. #LaunchAmerica— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) March 3, 2019Speaking from inside the capsule, McClain said: “Congratulations to all of the teams who made yesterday’s launch and today’s docking a success. These amazing feats show us not how easy our mission is, but how capable we are of doing hard things.”The Crew Dragon, also known as the Dragon 2, is the successor to the cargo-carrying Dragon capsule that’s been taking supplies to the space station for the last seven years. The spacecraft is capable of carrying up to seven crew members, and, like the Dragon, reaches space via a Falcon 9 rocket launch.Significant momentNASA launch manager Steve Stich described the latest mission as “an important step in returning human spaceflight to American soil.”He said SpaceX and NASA teams had been working side-by-side on the mission, adding that the flight test “will inform the system design, operations, and drive any changes that need to be made ahead of crew flights.”Following the successful launch early Saturday, Musk said he was “a little emotionally exhausted,” adding that he was pleased SpaceX was making good progress toward its ambition of launching astronauts into space.“The whole goal of SpaceX was crewed spaceflight [and] improved space exploration technologies,” Musk said. “I really believe in the future of space, and I think it’s important that we become a space-faring civilization and get out there among the stars.” Editors’ Recommendations SpaceX finally knows what caused its Crew Dragon capsule to explode Watch SpaceX’s parachute tests for its soon-to-be-manned Crew Dragon capsule NASA’s Artemis capsule is complete, will carry the first woman to the moon Boeing shows off Starliner test ahead of launch this summer Three new astronauts join the International Space Station crew for Expedition 60last_img read more

Intelligent pedestrian crossing system banishes the button

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Loupedeck Plus custom keyboard will make you feel like a pro video editor Apple’s new sign-in feature brings a secure way to log in to your iOS 13 apps Lyft’s new safety features include an in-app 911 panic button Corsair’s Ironclaw, Glaive gaming mice are tuned for performance and comfort Logitech’s wireless G502 Lightspeed is faster than wired gaming mice Heath Brandon/Creative CommonsWhile we fully acknowledge that the act of pushing a button to indicate your presence at a signalized crosswalk isn’t exactly a chore worthy of complaint, researchers at the Institute of Computer Graphics and Vision in Graz, Austria, have nevertheless created a new system that brings such crosswalks firmly into the 21st century.Mindful of the fact that you don’t always have a free hand to press the button, and perhaps wanting to eradicate forever the odd sight of someone whacking the button repeatedly in the mistaken belief that it’ll bring traffic to a halt more quickly, the researchers have built a signalized crosswalk that replaces the button with a camera that detects when someone wants to step into the road.While today’s signalized crosswalks stay green for pedestrians for a set number of seconds, the new system can extend the “walk” period to accommodate large groups or slow-moving folks, or shorten it if it’s just one person zipping across the street. This helps to optimize traffic flow while at the same time improving safety.The researchers also note how the system would end the practice of folks who find it amusing to press the button as they pass, even though they have no intention of crossing — a time-wasting act that leaves drivers stuck at a red light even though no one is crossing the street.The setup is actually pretty simple. Atop the light on each side of the street is a camera that monitors the space where pedestrians wait to cross.“It requires one second to estimate the [pedestrian’s] intention; after two seconds the estimation becomes reliable,” explained researcher Horst Possegger, adding that the system functions much more quickly than conventional button-based crossings.Privacy campaigners will be pleased to know that the camera’s images are only analyzed locally and are not stored or streamed beyond the software based at site of the crossing.The city plans to introduce the new lights at selected crossings in the Austrian capital, Vienna, in 2020 for a trial period, with more locations added if the system is deemed a success.In the future, crosswalks will communicate with autonomous cars to ensure maximum safety for both pedestrians and motorists. But until then, Austria’s updated crosswalks seem like a useful improvement on the current design.last_img read more

A giant new first for iPhone 8

first_imgStory TimelineiPhone 8 dummy hints at what could beThe iPhone 8’s Touch ID will be right in the OLED report claimsGalaxy Note 8 specs tip the big war with iPhone 8Latest iPhone 8 leaked schematics show no fingerprint sensoriPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 vs Essential Phone (leading the way)iPhone 8 VS 7: the big size changeApple’s roadmap allegedly leaked: iPhone 8, Glasses, 2018 MacBook, more Three at onceIn the beginning, Apple released just one iPhone at a time. This worked out alright for a while, until Apple’s manufacturing process allowed them to continue to profit from iPhones they’d released in the past as they delivered a new iPhone every year. At that point, Apple still only released one phone a year, but made a point of announcing that previous year’s iPhones would still be in Apple stores, for a bit cheaper than they’d been offered before. Then the iPhone 5C was revealed, and Apple tried something new with 2x new iPhones at once. That didn’t work out too spectacularly as evidenced most plainly by the lack of any iPhone 6C, 7C, and so forth. Once the iPhone 7 Plus was released with great success, Apple found that offering the standard iPhone as well as a slightly bigger and/or better iPhone worked to their advantage.With what we’re to understand about the next new iPhone, Apple’s trying something slightly different. This new iPhone isn’t just larger, and doesn’t just have a more impressive camera at its back. This new iPhone is said to have a far better display than before as well as advanced features that seem to skip the incremental update schedule Apple’s followed for the past half-decade.What’s so great about this OLED iPhone?The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus – if that is indeed what they’ll be called – won’t be massively different from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. They’ll look largely the same and will very likely have the same ports, displays, and size as their predecessors.The OLED iPhone is rumored to sit between the smaller and the larger iPhone – for physical size, only. While the body of this third iPhone is tipped to be smaller than the “Plus” but bigger than the standard iPhone 7s, it’s meant to be seen as a sort of perfect edition. This isn’t a three bears type situation.SEE TOO: iPhone 8 will start a revolution at AppleThe display on this iPhone 8 device is rumored to cover the vast majority of the front of the phone. This means less bezel above and below, and more display space with only slightly more phone body. It’s also rumored that the display will have the iPhone’s home button embedded within it – in the same place it normally is, with Touch ID to activate.There’s an array of cameras at the back of this device, too, set up vertically rather than the horizontal pill-shape of camera lenses delivered with the iPhone 7 Plus. This next-generation set of cameras will come with the newest image sensors available and will far surpass those of iPhone cameras of the past – so we can safely assume.Will I be able to afford this new iPhone?It’ll be difficult to judge whether this new iPhone will cost more than the iPhone 7 Plus, but it’ll certainly cost more than the iPhone 7. Both the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are expected to cost the same as their predecessors. Unless Apple changes the pricing range in an unexpected bump move.For those without the desire to have the most premium iPhone, there’ll still be the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. The standard 2x sizes for the standard iPhone user who is due for an upgrade after their standard couple of years with an older device. That part doesn’t need changing – it’s the addition of the third device that’ll change Apple’s game.The full, official set of details on the next array of iPhones will be delivered by Apple, and only Apple. Before the event at which the set of three will most likely be shown, no new iPhone information will be official. That means that until Apple says it, it’s not necessarily finalized – so don’t go making any massive cash bets on what you’ve read about the next iPhone release.It’s expected that the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 (or iPhone OLED, iPhone Pro, iPhone Edition, whatever you’d like to call it) will come in an Apple event in September. September 7th was the date of the 2016 reveal of the iPhone 7, and September 9th was the 2015 reveal of the iPhone 6s. Keep your calendar clear and your reading eyes greased. Take a peek at the timeline below for rumors that’ve led up to the article above. The iPhone 8 is coming with a couple other Apple smartphones this year, and they’re all tipped coming at the same time. Release dates for two of the devices wont be all that different from previous years of iPhone drops – they’ll be called iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus most likely. The third will be what’s commonly referred to in the press today as the “iPhone 8”, and it’ll most likely come at the same time as the first two or not too long afterward. last_img read more

Tasty One Top smart cooktop works with companion recipe app

first_imgA new smart device designed for home cooking has launched, and it’s called the Tasty One Top. This induction cooktop is the brainchild of GE Appliance’s First Build Team and BuzzFeed Product Labs, and it works with a companion app that brings hundreds of recipes to a user’s smartphone. When the two products are used together, the cooktop will do all the work (of keeping the temperature where it needs to be). The Tasty One Top, which is only available for preorder at the moment, features Bluetooth connectivity and works with the Tasty app. That app offers users about 1,700 recipes in video form, at least to iPhone users; the Android app isn’t available yet, and though the company says it is inbound, there’s no clear launch date at this time.The video recipes, meanwhile, come from Tasty, and include step-by-step instructions on cooking the dishes so that anyone can follow along. The app makes sure to cater to those who live beyond the US, offering measurements in the metric system if desired. The app connects with the induction cooktop so that the appliance can monitor the temperature of the pan as necessary for the recipe.BuzzFeed explains that Tasty One Top can also monitor the internal temperature of food being cooked. The company says the cooktop can be used for just about any kind of cooking you’d ordinarily do on a stove, whether that’s slow cooking, using a pot or a pan, or something else. Talking about the appliance — which is itself BuzzFeed’s first smart offering for the kitchen — is Product Labs’ head Ben Kaufman, who said:Tasty’s strong brand and massive fan base give it almost limitless avenues for expansion — from cookbooks to licensing to consumer tech — and we’re excited to take a new big step with the One Top, a product that has the potential to truly make precision cooking widely accessible.The model costs $149 USD; shipping date wasn’t provided.SOURCE: BusinessWirelast_img read more

Next Insta360 camera could orbit around you

first_imgAs fancy and entertaining as 360-cameras might be, they all suffer a flaw due to their very nature. They can capture the world around it but they can never capture what’s at the center of that world. That is, they don’t record the immediate area around where they stand. If Insta360’s latest teaser has any hint of accuracy in it, the camera maker’s next product might turn that limitation on its head. While the camera still can’t see its own body, this time it is the one revolving around the center of the scene looking inside rather than watching the rest of the world move around it. This is pretty crazy: @Insta360’s next camera may shoot orbiting video while stationary— Richard Lai (@richardlai) August 14, 2017 That seems to be the idea that Insta360 is putting into people’s heads in a marketing campaign for an “Everything Epic in One” event later this month. The teaser image simply shows what looks like a regular 360-degree camera seen from the bottom and what is almost like an eclipse waiting to happen or just happened. Considering the event takes place a week after the solar eclipse, it’s more of the latter.More interesting, however, is the video clip that comes with those teasers. It shows a man and a woman standing in the middle with the camera rotating around them. The woman seems to be holding a canister producing pink smoke which the camera passes through, lending some weight on this “evidence”.center_img Such a footage is impossible for ordinary 360-degree cameras and usually involves the use of a drone, especially one with stabilization flying at a precise circle around the subject matter. That said, in all the video clips teasing this next product, at least one person in the middle is holding his or her arm straight up, almost suggesting a sort of selfie stick that is perhaps automatically edited out in post-processing.Whatever it is, Insta360 has marked 28th August for its reveal. It is not uncommon for some camera makers, like GoPro, to jump on to drones, but Insta360 hasn’t exactly shown such inclination. And its teaser does show a more traditional 360-degree camera, hinting that this might be sleight of hand more than anything.VIA: Engadgetlast_img read more

Samsung Gear S4 release to battle Apple Watch Report

first_imgThis year we’re expecting something similar. There aren’t many other places for a smartwatch to go at this point – no massive advances have been made in the field over the past year. None that this reporter is aware of, anyway. Have a peek at our Samsung Gear S3 hands-on from last year at this time. And prepare yourself for another Apple Watch competitor in the very near future. The Gear S2 became circular and was delivered with a stack more finesse than the original. Have a peek at our Gear S2 Review to check it out. In 2016, Samsung revealed the Gear S3, once again at IFA in Berlin.The Samsung Gear S3 came with a slightly more rugged appearance and a collection of key abilities that made it entirely unique. This device had LTE connectivity inside (with a SIM card), Samsung Pay access, and no need for a smartphone. This week the folks at Samsung revealed the Galaxy Note 8 and are tipped to release a new Samsung Gear watch in the near future. A report released earlier today suggests that Samsung will launch a brand new smartwatch during IFA 2017. This event will likely happen during the event series in a Samsung-centric event in Berlin. Story TimelineSamsung Gear S2 gets a taste of Gear S3 in latest updateSamsung Gear smartwatches iPhone compatible with release of new appsSamsung Gear S3 smartwatch gets a new serving of appsSamsung Gear smartwatch rotary dial could also have a screenGear S2, S3 gets its own GameBoy emulatorSamsung Gear S3 Classic LTE arrives at Verizon, AT&T and T-MobileGear S3 Frontier Special Edition sports TUMI band and watch face Rumors suggest that Apple’s next event could happen in two weeks from now. If true, an unveiling of Samsung’s next Gear smartwatch would come just one week before Apple’s next Apple Watch. That is, if Apple’s history dictates the releases of the near future.SEE TOO: Galaxy Note 8 accessories revealed: Quite VariedAn interview with CNBC gave the tip straight from the President of Samsung’s mobile division. That is DJ Koh, who said that “If we can put in place properly a smartwatch that can monitor everything for your health and provide the information, then the market will grow.” He continued, “Today’s sensors do not look like enough.”Koh asserted that the next Gear S series watch will be launched at IFA next week. This is the event where Samsung originally revealed their now-headlining Galaxy Note series. Since then, the Galaxy Note split off into its own top-tier events, while Samsung’s IFA appearances revealed less massive devices. The Samsung Gear S started its journey at IFA 2014. Back then, the device was wild and weird – what with its curved display and physical home button. Below you’ll see our original hands-on experience with the Samsung Gear S.last_img read more

Xperia Z5 Premium Meltdown Spectre patches unlikely

first_imgFor those who haven’t heard it yet, Meltdown and Spectre are two very serious security vulnerabilities that they advantage of how modern processors work in order to gain unauthorized access to parts of an operating system’s memory or inject malicious code. While it initially and mostly affects Intel processors, even ARM-based processors running inside our mobile devices aren’t immune to them. You can read up on Google’s report on the details of these two haunting bugs.Chip makers and platform developers have already issued fixes for the two, though the fixes are sometimes just as bad as the problem. Unfortunately, Android devices have it worse because of the way updates are rolled out. To be fair, Google has already patched things on its side, so it’s up to OEMs to deliver the goods.Unfortunately, not all OEMs behave the same way. They are, understandably, more focused on updating at least their most recent models. Sadly, that leaves users who faithfully hung on to their brand defenseless and helpless. Sony advises users to keep their phones safe by avoiding installing apps from sources outside of Google Play Store, but some malware always manages to sneak in there anyway.AdChoices广告While the tweet only specifically mentions the Xperia Z5 Premium, it reasonable to expect it will be the same for any device that came before it, including the entire Xperia Z5 line. Even if they’re just a little over two years in the market. Android Oreo’s Project Treble was designed specifically to address this unfortunate situation, but it comes a little too late for almost all Android devices in the market today.VIA: Xperia Blog One of the worst effects of Android fragmentation is that devices often don’t get even critical security patches fast enough. A related disadvantage is that not so old devices are even less likely to get those same fixes. That’s the rather unfortunate situation that owners of the two-year old Sony Xperia Z5 Premium might be finding themselves in. According to Sony’s Twitter support account, that model, and most likely all others before it, won’t be getting patches for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities currently rocking the computing industry.last_img read more

Intels 5GHz 28core demo neglected one key detail

first_imgDuring Computex 2018, Intel demonstrated a 5GHz 28-core processor for workstations, but it failed to mention one important thing: the processor was overclocked. The demonstration, to those watching, appeared to show the offering operating with its stock speed, but that’s not the case. Instead, Intel used an extreme setup with a water chiller to keep it from overheating. Intel confirmed the “accidental” overclocking demonstration to Tom’s Hardware, which reports that it spoke with a company representative on Wednesday. According to comments from the rep, the report states that Intel “forgot” to tell those at Computex that the demonstration showed performance beyond what they’d get from an ordinary desktop with the processor.The overlooked detail was the result of “the excitement of the moment,” the company representative explained. That’s disappointing news for gamers and others who expected performance beyond what they’ll actually get, at least in the absence of a similar extreme setup. According to the report, Intel was cooling its overclocked system using an industrial water chiller.The report goes on to claim that Intel’s Computex demonstration system included a 1300W power supply and a peak 1000W one-horsepower water chiller, putting it well beyond the reach of ordinary consumers. Intel has since clarified that the upcoming workstation processor isn’t targeted at gamers.AdChoices广告A price for the 28-core processor hasn’t been revealed, but the company did say that it anticipates bringing it to market in the fourth quarter of this year. Though the model — series yet unknown — will no doubt be a nice option for workstations, anyone who watched the Computex demonstration should be mindful about the real-world experience they’ll get from the hardware.SOURCE: Tom’s Hardwarelast_img read more

Plex is getting rid of Watch Later Cloud Sync and plugins

Plex recently announced plans to get rid of its cloud feature, which enabled some users to operate a server using content stored in a cloud account. The company is back with more eradications, saying that it will also be getting rid of its Watch Later and Cloud Sync features.Watch Later is a feature that allows users to mark a show that they want to watch at some point in the future; according to the company, it hasn’t been popular for quite a while. The “small handful” of people actually using the feature makes it a waste of Plex’s time to maintain.As well, Cloud Sync is built on an old sync engine and isn’t used by many users. For this reason, Plex says it is getting rid of the option. Of importance, though, is the decision to get rid of plugins. According to the company, “This was not a decision taken lightly…” There’s reasons for the removal, though, and it include using an “ancient protocol” and likewise only having a small number of users.AdChoices广告All hope is not lost, however. Plex says users who really want their plugins will still be able to install them manually. The Plugin Directory is simply being removed, making the process a little more involved. As previously announced, Plex Cloud will also be removed on November 30.SOURCE: Plex Home entertainment software Plex, which enables anyone to create their own video server, is getting rid of more features. The company likens this to housekeeping, explaining that some features need to go for various reasons. Most users won’t cry over two of the losses, as the company says they were seldom used. However, there’s one big change that already has some fans complaining. read more

Surface Pro and Surface Laptop update leaks have some terrible news

Microsoft’s big event may make relatively small changes this week in New York City, with its Surface refresh tipped to play it safe – or even disappointing – as it heads into holiday sales season. The software giant has summoned the media to NYC on Tuesday, October 2nd to reveal the latest fruits of its Surface computing team. However, some early leaks have spoiled the surprise a little. We’d already had a pretty solid idea of what to expect. On the one hand, the Surface Pro is on track to get a revamp, with the 2017 version of the 2-in-1 replaced with a 2018 update. We’re also likely to see a new Surface Pro for 2018. The Surface Book 2, meanwhile, is also a year old.As we saw from a leak earlier this month, however, the updates this coming week aren’t expected to address everything Surface fans have been asking for. Indeed, if the industry chatter turns out to be true – and it’s reasonable to expect the possibility of at least a couple of surprises on Tuesday – it’ll be connectivity which remains top of the list of complaints.Most frustrating is likely to be the absence of any USB-C ports, something a new leak today from WinFuture reiterates. Despite rivals embracing USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, the Surface Pro 6 (2018) – as some believe it to be called – will stick with its regular USB-A port and along with Mini DisplayPort for external graphics. Microsoft will also continue using its proprietary magnetically-attached charging cable. AdChoices广告It’s similarly annoying news for the Surface Laptop 2. That, it’s suggested, will still be available in a variety of colors, as per the original model. However there’ll be no USB-C or Thunderbolt 3. Instead there’ll be a slight processor bump, it’s claimed. The entry-level Surface Laptop 2 will get Intel’s Core i5-8250U quad-core, with a 1.6 GHz clock speed and 3.6 GHz Turbo Boost. Microsoft is also said to have dispensed with the 4GB RAM option, at least on the notebook, making 8GB the base configuration. However, you still get a 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD for storage, which seems a little miserly at this point. Options will include 16GB of RAM and a choice of up to 1TB of SSD storage. An Intel Core i7 quad-core processor will also be available as an upgrade. Both units will get Windows 10 S as standard, it’s said, though buyers will be able to unlock full Windows 10 Home if they prefer. There’ll be a black finish, new to the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop lines, too, though it’ll apparently only be offered on higher-spec configurations. Microsoft’s Surface range has turned out to be an unexpected success, though the criticisms of the lack of more modern ports had been increasing in volume over the past twelve months. With the Surface Book 2 adopting USB Type-C – even if it wasn’t Thunderbolt 3 capable – the hope had been that Microsoft’s more affordable models would follow suit. When that will happen, though, remains a mystery. read more