Month: July 2019

Persistent Acquires youperience™ Bringing it Together With PARX to Create Europes Leading

first_imgPersistent Acquires youperience™, Bringing it Together With PARX to Create Europe’s Leading Boutique Salesforce Partner PRNewswireJune 26, 2019, 6:50 pmJune 26, 2019 Persistent Systems announced the acquisition of European Salesforce consulting partner youperience™. Together with previously acquired Salesforce Platinum Consulting Partner PARX, the professionals from these two boutique Salesforce shops combined with Persistent’s existing Salesforce experts will further strengthen the company’s ability to provide exceptional Salesforce outcomes to its global customers.With a combined 170 employees in four countries (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France), the integration of these two renowned boutique partners creates an important European player in the fast-growing Salesforce partner ecosystem, providing wide-ranging and long-standing expertise in Salesforce cross-cloud projects. youperience™ is a young and highly dynamic Salesforce partner with outstanding expertise in the Marketing Cloud, complementing the Salesforce professionals at PARX who deliver strong offerings in the full range of Salesforce services.Marketing Technology News: LiveVox and TDECU Share Keys to Optimizing the Customer Experience in a Digital Environment at CCW 2019Steffen Drillich, CEO and founder of youperience™“Joining Persistent and PARX creates exciting new opportunities for us. youperience™ has grown very rapidly and now we are in a position to accelerate this growth further. We will improve our capabilities and performance in terms of delivery and have access to new markets with locally available experts. We are delighted to join up with Persistent and PARX, who share our values, to have a huge impact on the European Salesforce market.”Marketing Technology News: Global Software Leaders Xero and Stripe Join Forces to Bring Seamless Payments to Millions of Small BusinessesChris O’Connor, CEO of Persistent Systems“The acquisition of youperience™ strengthens our global strategic Salesforce practice in Europe, a very important growth market for us. With more than 1,000 Salesforce professionals, we are a global Salesforce boutique partner with scale, offering customers both business-focused consulting and excellent technical solutions. The combined expertise of our PARX and youperience™ team will help drive our success in Europe.”Marketing Technology News: Tencent Champions “Tech for Good” in Cannes marketing cloudMarketing TechnologyNewsPARXPersistent SystemsSalesforceSalesforce Platinum Consulting Partneryouperience Previous ArticleConfirmit Receives Customer Experience Innovation AwardNext ArticleHow to Use Live Videos for Instagram Marketinglast_img read more

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Scientists Create Airplane That Can Land Itself on Any Runway

first_img Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous By Ryan Whitwam on July 9, 2019 at 7:18 am The Real Reason Captain Marvel Was Barely in ‘Endgame’ Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder ‘Endgame’ Director Finally Clears Up That Huge Thanos Plot Hole You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Inside Scoop On How ‘The Batman’ Is Coming Along 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. ‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Reveals Who Is to Blame for Massive Flop Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen 10 Comments Scientists Create Airplane That Can Land Itself on Any Runway Cars are getting reasonably good at driving themselves, but what about airplanes? Autopilot has existed for years, but a team of researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed the most autonomous airplane yet. The automated landing system called C2Land uses computer vision to identify the runway and guide the plane down for a safe landing. Commercial planes currently have a system called the Instrument Landing System (ILS), which can be useful when pilots can’t make visual contact with a runway. It relies on radio signals on the ground and on-board receivers to determine the plane’s position, but C2Land doesn’t need that infrastructure. Not all runways and airports will have costly hardware installed, but C2Land doesn’t need anything on the ground other than a runway. That could make it practical for use at smaller and more remote airports where expensive ILS hardware is impractical. C2Land uses GPS for flight control along with a computer vision system. The cameras operate in both visible and infrared, allowing the system to function even in low-visibility conditions. The computer finds the outline of the runway and determines where the plane needs to end up. Combined with current airspeed and altitude, the system can calculate a virtual glide path for a perfect landing. The team explained the system in a series of three papers, but nothing drives home the point like a real-world test. They equipped a Diamond DA42 propeller aircraft with the C2Land system and stuck a test pilot behind the controls. Pilot Thomas Wimmer took the plane up and pointed in the general vicinity of the airstrip, but from there it was all up to the computer. You can see the entire landing, along with the computer’s image recognition, in the video above. Wimmer doesn’t have to take control of the aircraft at all during landing. This isn’t technically the first autonomous landing ever — Boeing accomplished that with a prototype commuter aircraft. However, that was a VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) vehicle. The TUM system works with the aircraft in service today. Vision-assisted navigation systems like C2Land could become standard in the future, but this one is still just an experiment. Still, the researchers must be confident to put a human aboard the plane and turn the controls over to an algorithm.Now read:The BlackFly Is a Flying Car That Doesn’t Require a Pilot’s LicenseBoeing’s Own Engineers May Have Been Unaware of 737 Max ProblemsNASA, MIT Design Hollow Morphing Airplane Wing The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Tagged In scienceaiairplanesflightaircraftcomputer vision Post a Comment 10 Commentslast_img read more

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Contact Centers Adding AI to Become More Intelligent Responsive to Customers

first_imgISG Provider Lens Reports See Contact Center Industry Moving from Resolving Queries to Providing End-To-End Customer Service ExperiencesContact centers have evolved from query resolution to full-featured customer experience centers by embracing artificial intelligence and speech analytics, according to two new reports published by Information Services Group (ISG), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.The two ISG Provider Lens Contact Center/Customer Experience Services reports – one a quadrant analysis of global provider capabilities, the other a view based on buyer archetypes – find contact centers adopting AI to improve service and performance. Contact centers are using elements of machine learning and natural language processing to provide customer recommendations and enable constant system learning.Speech analytics and conversational AI have been major disrupters in the contact center space, the report said. AI systems are providing a holistic view of a customer history by pulling data from past contacts.“Machine assistance is creating more value out of voice processes,” said Esteban Herrera, partner and global leader of ISG Research. “Virtual help is making contact centers more intelligent.”Many enterprises using contact center vendors are also looking for more ways to enable customer self-service, the archetype report said. AI is helping enterprises move to intelligent self-service models, with knowledge management hubs that can predict patterns and pull out relevant information. In addition, many enterprises are looking for contact center support to help them deal with customer queries made through social media, the report said.Marketing Technology News: Grant Thornton’s Tax practice embraces Microsoft Power BIThe reports also find the contact center industry moving rapidly toward non-voice business models, including intelligent bots. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) bots can send emails and chat-based decisions to customers. “Bots are moving toward becoming complex decision-making agents,” Herrera said.Service providers also are offering consulting expertise to enterprises looking to deploy their own bots, the quadrant report said. Some enterprises are interested in using AI-powered bots to continuously measure customer sentiment and course-correct, as needed.The ISG Provider Lens Contact Center/Customer Experience Services Global Quadrant Report for 2019 evaluates the capabilities of 17 providers across the contact center/customer experience quadrant. The report names Alorica, Concentrix, Conduent, Sitel, Sutherland, Teleperformance and TeleTech as leaders in the quadrant.Meanwhile, the ISG Provider Lens Contact Center/Customer Experience Services Archetype Report for 2019 examines four different types of clients, or archetypes, that are looking for contact center service providers. The report evaluates the capabilities of 17 contact center providers to deliver services to the four archetypes:Customer service buyers: These are traditional customers focused on managed solutions. They don’t consider contact centers part of their core operations. They are taking a step-by-step approach during their digital transformation, including the adoption of non-voice services.Peak season buyers: They seek providers offering cost-effective services through an established work-at-home contact center model. They look for flexibility to increase or decrease the number of agents they use depending on varying business demands and seasonal peaks.Automation seekers: These buyers are seeking to embark on a digital journey as a way to cope with changing preferences of customers, including technologically advanced millennials. They want to offer 24×7 connectivity across all touchpoints, and they want service providers that offer traditional contact center services but also have automation capabilities, including virtual agents.Digital experts: They focus on domain-specific consulting strategies involving design thinking. They are looking for more than technology partners or vendors; they want to engage with providers that can help them in their transformational journeys, leveraging digital technologies to drive innovation and increase efficiency.Marketing Technology News: Philo Reveals Connected TV Ad Platform to Reach Latest Generation of TV LoversAmong the providers ISG evaluated against these buyer types, Alorica, HGS, Sitel, Sutherland, Teleperformance and TTEC were named leaders in three archetypes. Concentrix, Conduent and Genpact were leaders in two, while Atento, Hexaware, Tech Mahindra and WNS were leaders in one.A customized version of the archetype report is available from Sitel.The ISG Provider Lens Contact Center/Customer Experience Services Global Quadrant Report is available to ISG Insights subscribers or for immediate, one-time purchase on this webpage, while the ISG Provider Lens Contact Center/Customer Experience Services Archetype Report is available on this webpage.Marketing Technology News: MGH Survey Finds Nearly Half of US Diners Have Tried a New Restaurant Because of its Social Media Posts Contact Centers Adding AI to Become More Intelligent, Responsive to Customers PRNewswireApril 23, 2019, 5:03 pmApril 23, 2019 Artificial IntelligenceCustomer Experience ServicesInformation Services GroupMarketing TechnologyNewsTechnology Previous ArticlePX Open Marketplace Surpasses 500 Publishers in its ExchangeNext ArticleDeskforce Announces First Investment Roundlast_img read more

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Latest Research From Kargo Reveals Mobile Web Tops Mobile Usage Eclipsing Facebook

first_imgLatest Research From Kargo Reveals Mobile Web Tops Mobile Usage, Eclipsing Facebook by 3% MTS Staff Writer2 hours agoJuly 23, 2019 FacebookKargoMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Jaime Romero, Vice President of Global ABM at MRPNext ArticleOmron Automation Americas Teams up With SDL and Dept to Launch New Website Across Four Languages Update from 2017’s landmark Web vs. App report presents new opportunities on mobile for advertisers Kargo, the leader in mobile brand advertising, released its 2019 Web vs. App Report in conjunction with Verto Analytics. The report acts as a sequel to a study Kargo conducted in 2017, which now finds mobile as a key component to a brands’ overall marketing strategy.  This year’s edition seeks out to answer how much of their budget brand marketers should allocate to mobile web versus in-app.Today, mobile devices are the single most-used platform for media consumption with almost four hours of use per day, slightly ahead of television usage. On top of this, devices are becoming more advanced, apps are introducing new features, and consumer behavior is shifting in terms of how they interact with the most popular apps today.Marketing Technology News: A SWOT Analysis Template is Crucial to Understanding the Business Better | SpendEdge Lists Key Steps to Consider While Developing a SWOT Analysis TemplateKargo’s new research provides insight on how these changes are impacting advertising in 2019, revealing the top findings: Web is the number one source of time spent on mobile. While mobile usage has increased over the past two years, app use preferences have changed. Average time spent on Facebook has declined, and consumers are splitting time amongst other top apps, leaving mobile web as the dominant single platform.In-app web usage is still a significant amount of time spent in app. About nine percent of Facebook app usage is spent on web content while some apps such as Flipboard, facilitate even more web traffic.Mobile web offers unique and high value advertising opportunities. App usage is primarily limited to social, entertainment (e.g. video), and games. Contrarily, mobile web usage spans across all categories of content and includes the most high-value categories such as automotive, shopping, and finance.In Kargo’s 2017 study, mobile web represented about a quarter of all time spent on mobile, just behind Facebook. Today, the mobile ecosystem has become more fragmented and consumers are spending a higher proportion of time in apps like YouTube, Gmail, and Instagram. Consequently, mobile web and Facebook share of time spent have each declined as a proportion of total time spent. However, mobile web is now the single most used platform and represents about 17 percent of all time spent on mobile.Marketing Technology News: Personetics Opens New Research & Development Center in Nazareth to Support Continued Growth“We’ve been fortunate to partner with incredible brands, working with them to ensure their platform of choice is the most relevant for them,” said Ryan McConville, President and COO at Kargo. “Our research shows that mobile web benefits enormously from accessibility and reaches a majority of all mobile device users – a key component they should take into consideration as they look to build out their overall mobile strategy and engage with more consumers.”When comparing the proportion of time consumers spend on each category by platform, Kargo’s research also revealed disparate differences in how each is used: consumers use apps almost exclusively for photo & video, games, or social content, whereas mobile web is preferred for categories related to automotive, search & reference, business, or real estate. When considering where to advertise, it’s important to consider which platform offers the most relevance for the given brand. Apps offer a multitude of social content and games, while mobile web offers relevance in high-value advertising categories.Marketing Technology News: Pop Art Announces the Launch of BAM! – the Sales Enablement Platformlast_img read more

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Salman Almost Confirmed His Relationship with Katrina Night Kings Mystery Decoded

first_imgAfter a landslide victory of BJP in Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Narendra Modi sworn-in as the Prime Minister of India for the second consecutive term. As re-elect Modi and his new council of ministers took the oaths of office and secrecy at the forecourt in Rashtrapathi Bhawan, a brigade of Bollywood celebs hoarded in New Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony. The day also marks the onset of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Marking the beginning of the sports celebration, the anthem of this year’s world cup was released today. In an interview to News18, SANAM (the band) detailed about the making of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 anthem and the fandom associated with the sport. On the Bollywood front, it seems like Salman Khan himself hinted at him being in a relationship with his Bharat co-actor Katrina Kaif in the past. Also, Godzilla: The King of Monsters is all set to hit the screens this Friday. But before you decide to go and watch the film, you can go through News18’s review of the film.Here’s the recap of the day’s top entertainment stories: Rajinikanth, Kangana Ranaut, Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher and Karan Johar are among film celebrities hoarded New Delhi to attend Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony today. They have wished him good luck for the journey ahead.Read: Karan Johar to Kangana Ranaut, Bollywood Brigade Set to Attend PM Narendra Modi’s Swearing-inSANAM, popularly known as India’s One Direction, has collaborated with global artists to celebrate cricket’s spirit of togetherness with the anthem Way-O, Way-O for the World Cup 2019 starting today. In an e-mailer interview to News18, the band details about the making of 2019 anthem.Read: Way-O, Way-O: Meet SANAM, the Band Behind 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup AnthemPlanning to watch Godzilla: The King of Monsters this weekend? Here’s what Rohit Vats of News18 has to say about the film. In his review, he writes, “It is still good enough, but every satisfaction demands a price and this time you need to do it by paying attention to a couple of weird researchers who appear to blame their fate as much as we do while watching Godzilla.” Read: Godzilla Movie Review: He’ll Come Screaming at You for No Reason So Just RunTalking of fictional and mythical monsters, fans are not yer over with HBO’s series Game of Thrones. Since the very beginning, the audience failed to guess why the Night King actually wanted to kill everybody in Westeros. But now, we know the answer.Read: We Finally Know Why Night King Wanted to Kill Everybody in Game of ThronesThere’s a prevalent internet theory that Salman and Katrina are secretly in love. Now, it seems like Salman has himself hinted at them being in a relationship in the past. The actor, who is on a promotional spree for his upcoming film Bharat, recently visited the sets of a chat show along with Katrina and made some interesting revelations.Read: Salman Khan Confirms His Relationship with Katrina Kaif, Says ‘She Even Left Me’Head back tomorrow for more updates from the world of entertainment.Follow @News18Movies for more Amit ShahBollywood celebs at modi’s swearing ceremonybollywood daily updatesbollywood news First Published: May 30, 2019, 7:29 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Modi is ModernDay Aurangzeb Has Destroyed Scores of Temples in Varanasi Says

first_img AurangzebLok Sabha elections 2019modiNarendra Modi First Published: May 8, 2019, 9:49 AM IST Varanasi: In comments that are likely to trigger a massive controversy, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has called Prime Minister Narendra Modi the moder-day incarnation of Mughal ruler Aurangzeb. In Varanasi to campaign for the Congress, Nirupam claimed that Modi is the modern-day version of Aurangzeb as it was on his instructions that “scores of temples were destroyed for the sake of a corridor in the city”. He was referring to the demolition of several small buildings and structures as part of the clearance to build the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi, as part of which many temples were also allegedly destroyed. The former Mumbai chief for the Congress, known for his caustic remarks, further claimed that Modi has also instructed that a ‘fine’ or ‘fee’ of Rs 550 be charged from disciples who want to visit the Baba Vishwanath temple. “This is proof that whatever Aurangzeb could not do, Modi is doing today,” he said. “At one time, Aurangzeb came to the streets of Kashi to destroy our temples, even then the residents had saved her temples and protested,” he said, adding that a similar movement will take place now. This is not the first time that Aurangzeb has been dragged into the political dogfight. In fact, his name seems to crop up every election campaign. Last year, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had likened PM Modi to the Mughal ruler, while a Rajasthan BJP leader had compared Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to the 17th century emperor.Polling in the Varanasi constituency will be held in the last and seventh phase on May 19. The Prime Minister is seeking re-election from the seat, where he had polled nearly 5.8 lakh seats. After much speculation that Priyanka Gandhi will fight against him, the Congress gave a ticket to Ajay Rai again, despite him only coming third last time around with less than 80,000 votes. last_img read more

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Did Taylor Swift Just Confirm Rumours of Justin Bieber Cheating on Selena

first_img Demi LovatoHailey BieberJustin BieberJustin Bieber Selena Gomez Breakup First Published: July 2, 2019, 11:31 AM IST Soon, many Swift’s fans started calling Bieber out on social media. But one post, in particular, drew a lot of attention.”‘We haven’t gotten to communicate our differences.’ You cheated on her best friend and then publicly sided with the man who made revenge porn against her was she supposed to invite you over for tea?'” one Tumblr user posted, citing a line from Bieber’s post and referring to Kanye West’s Famous video.Later, the Tumblr user posted a screen shot of Swift liking the post.”Oh she’s MAD mad,” the social media user captioned the post.Elle first noted that many assumed the “best friend” cited in the post was Selena Gomez, whom Bieber dated on and off again for years before marrying supermodel Hailey Bieber. Follow @News18Movies for more Taylor Swift spoke out against Justin Bieber’s talent manager, Scooter Braun, for buying her music catalog, prompting the Canadian pop star to come to the latter’s defense. The spat, which has now turned ugly, has drawn in several top figures in the music industry, including Demi Lovato and Iggy Azalea. Swift, 29, published a lengthy Tumblr post on Sunday, June 30, in which she claimed that she learned about Braun’s purchase of her masters and her former label, Big Machine Records, as it was announced to the world. She went on to accuse Braun, 38, of “incessant manipulative bullying”. Swift said Braun “got two of his clients to bully me online” about a 2016 tiff with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and referred to a photo of Braun and Bieber.After her post went viral, Bieber took to Instagram to defend his talent manager. In his post, Bieber claimed “Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you.” He also claimed it “isn’t fair” for Swift to share her post on social media and “get people to hate on Scooter.”last_img read more

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Alia Bhatt Shares BTS Video of Her Moving into Her Own Home

first_imgAlia Bhatt, who launched her own YouTube channel earlier last month, has shared a new video, which shows all that it took her to move from her parents’ house to her own place a few years ago.Calling it “the first ever house that I bought with my own money, my own effort and everything,” Alia shared a few glimpses of her working with her mother Soni Razdan and sister Shaheen Bhatt to ensure the place turns out exactly the way she wanted it to. Talking about her decision to live independently after she became an actor, Alia says in the 2.44-minute video, “Moving out of my house was a very very special experience because it was the first time I was moving away from my home and into my own house…Initially I was gonna move in alone. Then I decided to take my sister along with me and she was more than happy. She decided to live part time with me and part time with my mom.”This is the third video on Alia’s new YouTube channel, which she has come to call Alia Be. The first one, posted three weeks ago, had her introduce the vlog and talk about why she felt the need to start a video series. The second gave a BTS sneak peek into her gif shoot. Meanwhile, on the professional front, the 26-year-old will soon be seen in several high-profile projects, including Ayan Mukherji’s Brahmastra, Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak 2, Karan Johar’s Takht, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah and SS Rajamouli’s RRR.Follow @News18Movies for more. Alia BeAlia BhattAlia Bhatt YouTubeAlia bhatt YouTube channel First Published: July 19, 2019, 2:40 PM ISTlast_img read more

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CPIM Panchayat Member Who Joined BJP Claims TMC Men Ransacked Her House

first_imgRanaghat (WB): Within hours of a woman CPI(M) panchayat member joined the BJP in Nadia district, a group of people, allegedly Trinamool Congress workers, ransacked her house on Thursday.However, two other TMC leaders who also joined the saffron party were spared. Police said they have initiated an investigation into the incident that occurred at Habibpur village under Ranaghat police station limits.Sargina Bibi, the CPI(M) member of Habibpur gram panchayt, joined the BJP in presence of its state unit president Dilip Ghosh who came to Ranaghat.Pradip Sarkar, TMC member of Habibpur panchayat samity and Sanjit Biswas, TMC Zilla Parishad member, also joined the BJP at the same programme.BJP leaders alleged that soon after Sargina Bibi switched over to the saffron party, TMC miscreants vandalised her home.The TMC denied the allegation saying it was the fallout out of an internal conflict of the family.Jagannath Sarkar, newly elected BJP MP of Ranaghat, who was also present at the meeting, said, “We have told police to provide security to Sargina Bibi and her home.”She is scared to return home, he said. CPMSargina BibiTrinamool Congress(TMC)West Bengal First Published: June 6, 2019, 11:58 PM ISTlast_img read more

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How Epic Games almost made the mistake of ending Fortnite

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Sony Xperia XZ1 spotted at Geekbench with Snapdragon 835

first_imgJust when you though Sony was finally consolidating its smartphone strategy, along come rumors of models that seem to contradict the company’s earlier statements. First there was the appearance of what is allegedly the Sony Xperia XZ Compact. And although Sony has not exactly ruled it out, seeing what is claimed to be an Xperia XZ1 at Geekbench seems to prove that Sony still hasn’t changed its ways. Back in May, Sony was reported to have shown investors some slides that described its future smartphone strategy. It admitted that its “premium standard models”, namely the Xperia X and the Xperia X Compact, didn’t perform well in the market as they had hoped. Sony effectively canceled that line, leaving only its Flagship and Mid-Range lines intact.Earlier this month, however, it seemed that Sony still has a Compact model planned. The Sony G8441 appeared at Antutu with a 5-inch HD screen, which designated it as a smaller phone. It’s Snapdragon 835 processor, however, would suggest it isn’t a mid-range model.Now a certain Sony G8341 has also popped up, this time on Geekbench. Unfortunately, aside from the Snapdragon 835 and its test scores, as well as 4 GB of RAM, there is not much else to be gleaned from this benchmark entry. Given how things are going, it is believed to be signs of an Xperia XZ1.The two’s use of the Snapdragon 835 would suggest that Sony intends them to join the Flagship line for 2017. However, it already has an Xperia XZ Performance as well as an Xperia XZs, both of which already trace their roots to last year’s flagships. But since this is Sony, it probably doesn’t mind having more smartphone models than it can sell.VIA: Playfuldroid!last_img read more

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Lenovo Yoga 730 packs Alexa and Cortana into the same 2in1

first_imgBoth Yoga 730 models have similar starting prices, with the 13-inch starting at $879.99 and the 15-inch beginning not much higher at $899.99. Obviously, your final price depends on what kind of configuration you decide on, and with different options for the CPU, display, RAM, and storage, there are quite a few variables at play when determining total cost. We’ll see both of these notebooks launch in April 2018, with both available in iron grey and platinum silver and the 13-inch also sporting a copper color option. Story TimelineLenovo Yoga 920 hands-on: Thunderbolt 3, 8th Gen Core i7, moreLenovo YOGA 720 15″ Review: a sleek but heavy Windows laptopReview: Lenovo YOGA 920 Lenovo has showed up to MWC 2018 with a pair of new Yoga 2-in-1 notebooks in tow. The company today announced the 13-inch and 15-inch Yoga 730, which offer a number of improvements over their predecessors. Perhaps the most interesting thing about these new Yoga notebooks, however, isn’t the hardware on the inside, but how Lenovo approaches AI smart assistants.center_img Obviously, any machine running Windows 10 is going to feature Cortana, as she’s a big focus in Microsoft’s latest operating system. Lenovo has decided that in the case of the Yoga 730, Cortana isn’t enough, pairing her with Amazon’s Alexa as well. It isn’t too often we see notebooks and PCs with Alexa compatibility, so if you’re already part of Amazon’s AI ecosystem, this might be a notebook to consider.The Yoga 730 can be outfitted with up to a UHD IPS display depending on your configuration, and with these releases, we’re seeing Lenovo drop total weight and thickness over previous versions. It isn’t a huge drop, but the 15-inch Yoga 730 clocks in at 4.16 pounds, while the 13-inch is down to just 2.46 pounds. Indeed, the goal here is to create a portable 2-in-1 that doesn’t skimp on power as much as other notebooks and ultrabooks in the space.On the inside, the hardware you’ll find largely depends on the configuration you opt for. You can choose a CPU as powerful as an 8th-gen Core i7 in both machines, and in the 15-inch 730 in particular, you also have the option of discrete NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics. Both notebooks will be compatible with Lenovo’s Active Pen 2, and both have been outfitted with a pair of JBL speakers that should hopefully sound a little better than your standard notebook fare.last_img read more

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2018 Samsung 4K QLED TVs are almost invisible with ambient mode

first_imgAmong everything Samsung has to offer with this year’s TVs, Ambient Mode is the most interesting. With this, and as demonstrated in the image above, users can set the TV so that its background mimics the pattern on the wall upon which the TV is mounted. This gives the panel an “invisible” appearance, making it appears like a pane of glass with data on it rather than a big TV screen. As mentioned above, owners can set the TV to display info like traffic data, weather, news, and more throughout the day.Joining Ambient Mode is something called One Invisible Connection, which is a single cable that brings both power and A/V to the television. This cable is available at lengths up to 15m / 50ft, making it possible for owners to have a clean, clutter-free installation while enabling them to mount the TV anywhere (available on the Q7 and greater models with the exception of the Q8F).As mentioned above, this year’s Samsung Smart TV offerings bring Bixby support, though there are some limitations. Samsung says Bixby mobile control will be available to the Galaxy S8 and greater handsets in certain countries; as well, the Smart TV Bixby service only supports English, Mandarin, and Korean. The Smart TV offerings also include Effortless Login for rapidly signing into TV apps, plus a Universal Guide for finding content across multiple services and channels in a single place.Finally, as far as TVs go, Samsung’s Q8F and Q9F models in particular boast Direct Full Array tech, which is comprised of a series of panel zones that adjust and control backlighting automatically, the end result being purer whites and deeper blacks. All QLED models will offer HDR10+ support, enhanced contrast and color, Smart TV with Bixby Voice enhancements, Ambient Mode, One Invisible Connection support, and One Remote Control. Sizes depend on model, but span 49-inches to 88-inches. The Premium UHD models, meanwhile, will offer HDR10+, dynamic crystal color, Smart TV with Bixby Voice, One Remote Control, and “clean cable solutions.” Finally, the UHD lineup will support Smart TV features, 4K resolution, HDR, and the same clean cable solutions. Samsung has taken the wraps off its 2018 television lineup, introducing consumers to its flagship QLED TV offerings, as well as its new Ultra HD, Premium Ultra HD, and Ultra-Large Screen televisions. Samsung has packed a bunch of features into this year’s lineup, including things like an Ambient Mode for displaying useful info during the day, Smart TV features with Bixby integration, and more.last_img read more

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Chrome is about to start eating more RAM and we have Spectre

first_imgStory TimelineIntel details Meltdown and Spectre-proof processorsIntel drops older chips from Spectre patch plansVariant 4 vulnerability: Spectre continues to haunt Intel, AMD, ARM Over on the Google Security Blog, the company details a new feature called Site Isolation that will be rolling out in Chrome 67. Site Isolation has actually been in small-scale testing since Chrome 63, but now Google is confident enough to roll it out to 99% of users on Windows, Mac, Linux, and ChromeOS. Google says it’s holding back that final 1% so it can continue monitoring performance.So, what is Site Isolation? Put simply, it’s a change to Chrome’s architecture that keeps each render process limited to a single site. This, in turn, can potentially keep a malicious website from executing a Spectre attack and stealing data loaded from other sites, since they’ll now be separated into different processes. Google says that while this is a significant change to the way Chrome operates under the hood, there shouldn’t be any major changes for developers and end-users outside of a few known issues that it’s working to fix. The tradeoff, of course, comes in overall RAM consumption. “Site Isolation does cause Chrome to create more renderer processes, which comes with performance tradeoffs: on the plus side, each renderer process is smaller, shorter-lived, and has less contention internally, but there is about a 10-13% total memory overhead in real workloads due to the larger number of processes,” writes Google’s Charlie Reis. “Our team continues to work hard to optimize this behavior to keep Chrome both fast and secure.”So, it sounds like Google will be working to decrease the RAM impact Site Isolation has on Chrome, but there are some things you can do to make sure that the impact isn’t so great. You can, of course, increase the amount of RAM in your PC, but barring that, a good way to ensure that RAM usage stays low is to keep a limited number of tabs open. That’s good advice for using Chrome in general, but it’s also easier said than done when you’ve got the entirely of the internet at your fingertips. While Chrome is a pretty solid browser, it’s known for its tendency to be a bit of a resource hog. Its well-known appetite for all the RAM you’ve got is about to get worse, and we’ve all got Spectre to thank for it. The good news, however, is that this increase in RAM usage comes along with a new feature that should help keep Chrome users safe from Spectre’s rather scary threats while browsing the web.last_img read more

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Android 9 Pie for Nexus 6 Nexus 5X arrives unofficially

first_imgThey may not be completely open (they still require some very proprietary blobs) but the best thing about Google’s now-defunct Nexus line was how their lives could be extended almost indefinitely through custom ROMs. That character has once again been put to the test with the latest Android release, version 9 Pie, which is now available on the Motorola-made Nexus 6 and the LG-made Nexus 5X. And, surprisingly, both ports are in almost perfectly working conditions. The Nexus phones were long hailed for being relatively more open than their OEM counterparts and has, therefore, made them easier targets for custom ROM development. It’s not always perfect, especially as the device ages. The Nexus 6, for example, was launched in 2014 and its support ended with Android 7 Nougat. The Nexus 5X launched the year after and got Android 8 Oreo as its last official version.Most ports of latest Android versions usually start off rough, with this or that missing critical feature, with cellular modems and cameras being the worst culprits. So it’s a testament to how far the custom ROM community and developers have come to see these Android Pie ports have a release that’s working almost perfectly right from the start.The Nexus 5X “PieX” ROM comes via XDA Senior Member argraur and reports only two broken features that may or may not be critical to users. One is incoming calls for VoLTE and the other is SafetyNet, which is often used to detect compromised or tampered hardware and apps. The Pie-based Carbon ROM for the Nexus 6 is in a similarly finished state. Only encryption and an occasionally breaking mobile connection on reboots remain.AdChoices广告Whether or not these older devices can handle more recent versions of Android, especially those with more taxing graphical needs, is the bigger question. For now, at least, owners of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5X won’t feel too left out.last_img read more

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Sphero RVR details The DIY doanything robot

first_imgThis morning Sphero revealed a project called Sphero RVR, a do-it-yourself robot. This robot works with simple-to-use software and 3rd-party hardware, and is part of a Kickstarter right out the gate. In less than 12 hours, the project reached $145k of its $150k goal (with 30 days left to go). Inside the robot are a color sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, ir-sensor, and light sensor. The folks that built this machine created a ready-to-use library of code samples for 3rd-party ad-on systems like Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and micro:bit – with room for expansion in excess. Sphero RVR Features:• Removable, rechargeable high-capacity battery• USB-C charging• Included battery key• 4-Pin UART port (RX, TX, GND, 5V, with 3.3V signals)• 5V 2.1A USB-A onboard power + data• Removable cover plate with quick-release button• Removable protective roll cage• Interchangeable tops• Neutral design adaptable to a multitude of use cases• Ambient light sensor• RGB sensor w/ normalizing LED and focus lens• Full 9-axis IMU – accelerometer, gyro, magnetometer• 10 individually addressable RGB LEDs• IR sensors• High-resolution 20-pole magnetic encoders• Hypergrip all-terrain treads• High 20mm clearance• 22.5:1 gear ratio w/ incredible speed to accuracy ratio• High-power, compact motors with enough torque to climb a wallThis project starts its life as a Kickstarter campaign. In said campaign, the first, lowest price for a Sphero RVR unit is approximately $199. In this project, Sphero suggests that MSRP for the Sphero RVR is $249 – with estimated delivery date of October of 2019.This new Sphero RVR project will host its own live stream on its crowdfunding page over at Kickstarter on February 20th at noon, CST. That live stream was listed as “RVR: Tech and Team,” and it promised to bring on an introduction to RVR, and the tech, and the team behind the tech. Coding for this robot works with as-simple-as-possible software in the Sphero Edu app. You might remember this piece of software from the Sphero Bolt robot – in its latest edition released in September of 2018. Story TimelineSphero R2-Q5 brings R2-D2’s Imperial rival to lifeSphero BOLT robot returns the focus to educationSphero says goodbye to BB-8, Spider-man, Disney-licensed toys [Update] This robot can be driven right out the box if you don’t want to do anything beyond the basics – with the Sphero Edu app on your smartphone or tablet. The motors in this machine are high-torque and the tracks are rubbery and ready to hold fast up steep hills. This remote-controlled robot is powered with a removable, rechargeable battery that’s super simple – like the power pack battery you might have in your backpack or purse right now.AdChoices广告This robot comes fully assembled, but can be fully taken apart, piece by piece. This is a very user-friendly teardown-friendly piece of equipment. This is RVR, an extension of the Sphero Edu app into a fabulous do-it-all robotic creature. The base of the robot is a car-like machine, what with its four wheels and a rectangular (nearly square) body. On its top is a connection platform, on which a “universal expansion port” works with onboard power to work with a wide variety of already-made bits of hardware, like Arduino, BBC micro-bit, and Raspberry Pi. last_img read more

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Jaguar XF Sportbrake tows skier at 117 mph to set world record

first_imgJaguar teamed up with a former Olympic skier called Graham Bell to set a new world record for the Fastest towed speed on skis. Jag used its sexy wagon called the XF Sportbrake to set the world record. Bell was towed along behind the Jag at an average top speed of 117 mph to set the break the former world record. The world record was set at the Jaguar Land Rover Revi Test Centre in the Arctic Circle. Temperatures during the feat were -28C. Jag and Bell smashed the previous world record by 47 mph with its average top speed of 117 mph. The XF Sportbrake used to set the record used AWD and Adaptive Surface Response and All Surface Progress Control feature for the car to control grip on the ice and snow.Power for the XF Sportbrake is from a 3.0L 380PS supercharged gas V6 able to push the car from naught to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. I can’t even imagine how cold it would be being towed outside a car, at 117 mph when it’s -28C just standing around wearing nothing but spandex.This is the same test center where Jag holds the Jaguar Experience Ice Academy. Jaguar Land Rover had been big on breaking Guinness World Records of late. The last record went to the company in September.AdChoices广告In that world record setting stunt a Land Rover Discovery towed a 110-ton Aussie road train across the outback. The vehicle used in that record was a Land Rover Discovery Td6 with a maximum certified towing capacity of 3,500 kg. I think Land Rover might have voided a warranty with that record. SOURCE: Jaguarlast_img read more

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Ram 1500 Classic is the old body style selling alongside the new

first_imgAutomakers are beginning to learn that just because they roll out a new body style of a vehicle that doesn’t mean demand for the old-style wanes. Nissan did that with the Rogue when it rolled out its new body style years back selling the old and new together. Jeep has done it with the Wrangler selling the Wrangler JK (the old body style) alongside the new Wrangler JL this year. Now Ram Trucks is doing this with the Ram 1500 Classic. Truck fans will recognize the 1500 Classic as the old body style truck that was popular before the rollout of the new 2019 Ram truck. The Classic will be sold right alongside the new truck and presumably will be cheaper making trucks more affordable for the masses looking to buy. Ram says that the 1500 Classic is known internally as the DS model while the 2019 Ram 1500 is known as the DT.Ram specifically says that the 1500 Classic is targeted directly at entry level and commercial buyers and that it is keeping the old truck on to not “walk away” from those two buyer categories. Along with the old body style, the trucks will also feature a new “Classic” badge on the fenders. There will be four trims available with Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star, and special services vehicles.There are three packages for those trucks including Chrome Plus on the Tradesman with chrome bumpers, body-color upper front fascia, 17-inch wheels, remote keyless entry, and carpet. Tradesman SXT will be offered on the Tradesman trim adding chrome bumpers, body-color front fascia, 5-inch radio, fog lamps, dual exhaust for V8 models, and 20-inch chrome wheels. An Express Black Accent package is available on all Express trim colors and has black wheels, black headlamp bezels, and black badges. 1500 Classic buyers can choose bed and cabs including Regular Cab with 8-ft. bed or 6-ft., 4-in. bed, Quad Cab with 6-ft., 4-in. bed, Crew Cab short bed (5-ft., 7-in.) or Crew Cab with optional 6-ft., 4-in. bed.. Both 4×4 and 4×2 models will be offered with 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine or a 5.7L Hemi V8. A 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel will be offered later. Ram 1500 Classic will launch in Q4 2018 with pricing unannounced for now.AdChoices广告SOURCE: FCAlast_img read more

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2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE 10speed automatic transmission lands in late February

first_img AdChoices广告 Chevrolet has a new big gun from Ford to fight at the road course and drag strip, that car is the 2020 Shelby GT500. The GT500 is offered only with a dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Camaro ZL1 1LE, by contrast, has always been offered with only a manual transmission. That will change in late February when Chevy will cram a 10-speed automatic inside the 2019 ZL1 1LE Camaro. That will put the Camaro on par with the GT500 letting those not wanting to row their own gears to profit. Chevy says that the new paddle-shift 10-speed will be good for gains of several seconds for lap times on longer courses compared to the manual ZL1.Chevy also notes that the 10-speed gives customers more performance options. For ZL1 1LE duty, the transmission has unique calibration, electronically limited slip diff, and a performance traction management system. Chevrolet also tuned the front and rear Multimatic DSSV dameps to accommodate faster shifts in weight transfer.center_img The transmission also has a new transmission oil pan and an additional cooling duct for the steering gear. Other than the 10-speed automatic transmission, the ZL1 1LE carries on unchanged. It has additional aero bits for downforce, adjustable suspension, unique wheels and tires, and a supercharged 650hp LT4 V8 engine.The car has Brembo brakes all around, dual automatic climate control, Bose audio, heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The ZL1 1LE package has a $7,500 MSRP with the 10-speed automatic costing another $1,595.last_img read more

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Honda E reservations open – but theres still bad news

first_imgIn fact, the Honda E – the production name for the Honda E Prototype – is expected to do more than 125 miles on aa full charge. It’ll support fast charging, too, with a 30 minute charge at a compatible station being good for up to 80-percent. Along with the reservations process, Honda has also confirmed the color options that the Honda E will be offered in. There’s the Platinum White Metallic that we saw the show car debut in, which almost looks like white ceramic in person. Honda will also have a Modern Steel Metallic, which gives the EV a very different feel.Crystal Black Pearl should appeal to the traditionalists, meanwhile, and Crystal Blue Metallic contrasts nicely with the black A-pillar and roof. Most unusual of the five finishes on offer is Charge Yellow. That statement color might be too punchy on most cars, but considering the scale of the Honda E it could in fact be just right. Right now, Honda isn’t taking any other option details, so the final trim levels of the car won’t be confirmed until closer to release. Even the color selection isn’t binding. Honda says that reservation holders will be able to change their mind later on, if they wish.Reservations are priced at £800 in the UK, or just over $1,000. Actual orders, however, aren’t expected to be taken until toward the end of 2019. Honda says it will be contacting reservation holders when it’s their turn to buy the car, with that process being carried out through a local dealer of their choice. Alternatively, the reservation is fully refundable, though it can’t be transferred to someone else. That’s likely being done to avoid early placeholders selling their spot in line to someone later on. Now, the terrible news. Honda still isn’t planning on bringing the Honda E to the US, in no small part because it believes the car’s range just isn’t sufficient to satisfy the sort of needs American drivers typically have. That remains a huge disappointment for anybody who was hoping for more EV options with personality, but hopefully the Honda E’s stylish dashboard – and brand new Honda infotainment system – will eventually make it across the Atlantic to a US-spec model. Honda has thrown open reservations for its adorable Honda E electric city car, though there’s still bad news if you were hoping for some green motoring in the US. Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 back in March, the retro-styled hatchback won over hearts with its cutesy aesthetic, even if its range doesn’t live up to other EVs. center_img Story TimelineHonda just teased this adorable EV concept with some excellent newsHonda’s Geneva-bound EV concept has a dash we’re obsessed withAdorable Honda e Prototype EV heads to productionlast_img read more

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