HIMS Announces First Voice Recognition DAISY Player

first_imgOn July 5, HIMS Inc. introduced the industry’s fist voice recognition DAISY player.  A DAISY player is a device that assists people who are visually impaired or have difficulty interacting with print documents. People that benefit from using a DAISY player could be people who are blind, people with muscle degeneration and others.  A DAISY player is a compact device that functions similar to an audio book. The difference is that DAISY players have ways of navigating the device because a lot of information can be stored on the device.HIMS released an update for its version of a DAISY player, BookSense XT.  This advancement allows users to speak to the device and command it do to certain tasks. The voice recognition capability is available via a free firmware download to existing users of the HIMS BookSense XT. This change is a revolutionary achievement because DAISY players have never had this type of capability before.  HIMS BookSense players are stylish and compact and not bulky like other DAISY players. This makes this device more attractive to users, because it doesn’t appear like a device is for a person with disabilities.HIMS is a company that researches, develops and manufactures assistive technology for people who are blind or visually impaired.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedVictorReader Stream Daisy MP3 PlayerFebruary 19, 2013In “Easter Seals Crossroads”PLEXTALK Pocket DAISY Player / RecorderOctober 25, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”Milestone 312 Digital Book ReaderMay 5, 2015In “Products and Devices”last_img read more

Cheetah Digital Strengthens EMEA Team With Three Executive Additions

first_imgFormer Oracle and Salesforce Leaders to Lead Strategy, Services, Client Success, and Marketing for Emea ClientsCheetah Digital, the world’s leading independent, enterprise cross-channel marketing software company, announces the appointment of Steven Elsham as GM and SVP of EMEA, Ryan Hooper as VP Client Success of EMEA, and Sharon Forder as VP Marketing of EMEA. The seasoned executives will work hand in hand with UK and European marketers to best leverage the Cheetah Digital suite of solutions and help them build lasting customer relationships, drive revenue, and outperform competitors.“In every decision we make, whether it’s bringing new innovation to life or hiring top talent, we intentionally prioritize the needs of marketers”“In every decision we make, whether it’s bringing new innovation to life or hiring top talent, we intentionally prioritize the needs of marketers,” said Sameer Kazi, CEO, Cheetah Digital. “With more than 60 years of combined experience serving marketers at companies like Oracle and Salesforce, Steven, Ryan, and Sharon not only strengthen our ability to meet the unique needs of our clients, but also help them deliver successful enterprise-scale brand experiences that drive revenue and create meaningful customer engagement. I’m thrilled to have them onboard as we continue to shape the future of the marketing technology industry.”Marketing Technology News: Tetra TV Launches Transparent Advertising Network for Connected TVGM and SVP of EMEA Steven Elsham has more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, and will lead and execute Cheetah Digital’s strategy in the region, working with clients, partners, and professional associations to help marketers outperform their peers. Prior to joining Cheetah Digital, Steven led Oracle’s Customer Experience applications business in the UK.VP Client Success of EMEA Ryan Hooper will lead the teams that enable clients to derive maximum benefits from their Cheetah Digital investment and achieve meaningful business outcomes. Most recently, he ran the EMEA Customer Success team at Oracle Marketing Cloud.VP Marketing of EMEA Sharon Forder will oversee all demand generation activities across new and existing business, as well as brand activities in the UK and Europe. Sharon joins the team with an impressive background of senior leadership roles in technology and marketing with an emphasis on cloud solutions, including Salesforce Commerce Cloud, NetSuite and Saba. Before joining Cheetah Digital, Sharon was Senior Director of Marketing, UKIMEA at Snow Software.Marketing Technology News: Optimal Blue Extends Social Media Platform with Integrated Publishing CapabilitiesThe key EMEA leadership hires follow Cheetah Digital’s appointment of five senior executives and build on its long history of success in EMEA and globally – dating back more than 20 years, with the founding of CheetahMail. Today, the company has nearly 250 employees across seven UK and Europe offices, working with a wide range of well-known brands such as AO, FunkyPigeon and Karen Millen. Globally, Cheetah Digital now has more than 1,300 employees across 26 offices in Europe, the Americas, APAC, Japan, and India, with a mission to change how B2C marketers buy and use enterprise marketing software by providing the industry’s most advanced and easy-to-use technology.Cheetah Digital’s suite of products and services enable marketers to create, personalize, deploy, analyze, and optimize successful cross-channel campaigns. In order to achieve their business objectives, marketers need robust, reliable, and truly scalable technologies. Cheetah Digital provides the technology and expertise marketers need to deliver enterprise-scale brand experiences and meaningful customer engagement at every touchpoint.Marketing Technology News: PDI Launches PDI Marketing Cloud Solutions to Broadly Serve Needs of Convenience Retailers and Petroleum Wholesalers Cheetah DigitalCloud SolutionsEMEAMarketing TechnologyNewsOracle Marketing CloudSameer Kazi Previous ArticleLattice Engines Announces Spring 2019 Release of Its Atlas Customer Data Platform to Lead Industry into ABM 2.0 EraNext ArticleJumio, Monzo Partnership Grows to New Heights Cheetah Digital Strengthens EMEA Team With Three Executive Additions PRNewswireMay 3, 2019, 8:19 pmMay 3, 2019 last_img read more

Fluent Inc Announces Signing of Definitive Agreement to Acquire AdParlor

first_img AdParlorFluentMarketing TechnologyNewsRyan Schulke Previous ArticleKentico Reaches 15 Years of Age – with the Next Five Due to Achieve the Biggest Milestones in the Brands’ HistoryNext ArticleWoodbridge International Closes Xpressdocs-Amazingmail Deal Fluent, Inc. Announces Signing of Definitive Agreement to Acquire AdParlor Globe NewswireJune 20, 2019, 4:20 pmJune 20, 2019 The acquisition will expand Fluent’s Managed Media Buying, Creative Services, and Campaign Execution PlatformFluent, Inc., a leading data-driven performance marketing company announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of AdParlor Holdings, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries (collectively, “AdParlor”), a digital advertising solution for social media buying.“I am thrilled to welcome Evan Conway and the AdParlor team,” said Ryan Schulke, CEO of Fluent. “The combination of their high-touch approach to managing digital strategies with tech-enabled media buying and our scalable, first-party, self-declared data asset creates a unique value proposition for performance-focused and growth-minded brands.”Marketing Technology News: AUDIENCEX Continues Momentum with 300% Revenue Growth and Strategic Leadership AppointmentsWith the addition of AdParlor, Fluent will expand its performance-based marketing capabilities into the broader digital ecosystem. AdParlor’s expertise in developing social media strategy, planning, and buying will enable Fluent to extend its reach into alternative digital channels beyond its portfolio of websites. AdParlor also provides additional client service experience and product capabilities, as well as personalized creative design and testing across channels, to drive actionable insights.Marketing Technology News: CreatorIQ Announces $12 Million Series B Funding Round By TVC Capital, Affinity Group, And Unilever Ventures For Its Enterprise Creator Cloud“We have worked hard to build a team and a company that specializes in delivering performance for our customers on social networks, and we are excited to be joining the Fluent family,” said Evan Conway, CEO of AdParlor. “Our customer-focused approach will be enhanced by leveraging Fluent’s proprietary technology and resources, allowing us to provide more value across social channels, and leverage greater personalization and measurement capabilities.”Fluent and AdParlor, together, create a new approach to blending media buying with tailored program design and execution, resulting in measurable outcomes for their clients.Marketing Technology News: Databricks Accelerates APJ Expansion Following $250 Million Funding Roundlast_img read more

ET Deals Samsung 75Inch 4K QLED HDR TV 1499 Samsung 512GB MicroSDXC

first_imgET Deals: Samsung 75-Inch 4K QLED HDR TV $1,499, Samsung 512GB MicroSDXC $88, Dell 9th Gen Core i7 Desktop $999 By Michael Sexton on July 12, 2019 at 4:35 pm The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar Petition Is Trying To Convince Marvel To Keep ‘Blade’ Rated R The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along Little Rudy From ‘Cosby Show’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 40 Black Friday isn’t the only time to find excellent deals on high-end electronics. Today you can get a large 75-inch Samsung QLED TV for just a fraction of its original retail price.Samsung QN75Q7FN 75-Inch QLED HDR 4K TV ($1,499.99)Samsung’s large format QN75Q7FN TV measures 75-inches diagonally and uses QLED technology to create an image with exceptional clarity and rich blacks. The TV also supports HDR, and it has several smart TV functions including support for Bixby voice commands. Right now you can get it from Walmart marked down from $4,799.99 to just $1,499.99.Dell XPS 8930 Intel Core i7-9700 Desktop w/ Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD ($999.99)Dell’s XPS 8930 desktop comes with an Intel Core i7-9700 processor with six Hyper-Threaded CPU cores that push their clock speed up as high as 4.7GHz. The system also comes with 16GB of DDR4 memory, a 1TB 7,200RPM HDD, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card that has plenty of power to run the latest games. You can get this system marked down from $1,349.99 to a more affordable $999.99 from Dell.Samsung Evo Select 512GB MicroSDXC ($88.80)In addition to its large 512GB capacity, this microSDXC card is also fairly fast and able to transfer data at up to 100MB/s. Currently, you can get it from Amazon marked down from $99.99 to $88.80.Asus GeForce RTX 2080 O8G ROG Strix OC Edition GDDR6 ($703.48)Asus built this RTX 2080 graphics card with a large 2.7 slot thermal solution that has an exceedingly large heatsink and three of Asus’s axial-tech fans. This helps to keep the card’s 2,944 CUDA cores from overheating well enough to permit Asus to factory overclock this card to 1,890MHz. Right now it’s marked down from $799.99 to $703.48 on Amazon.HP Pavilion 590-P0050 Intel Core i5-8400 Windows 10 Refurbished Desktop w/ 8GB RAM, 16GB Optane Memory and 1TB HDD ($399.99)This desktop comes equipped with a six-core Intel Core i5-8400 processor that has plenty of power for everyday tasks. The system also has 8GB of RAM and a 16GB Intel Optane memory chip to help speed things up. This PC has been refurbished and is on sale from PCMag’s storefront marked down from $599.99 to $399.99.Logitech Z313 Speaker System ($27.72)This affordable speaker system is marked down from Amazon from $49.99 to $27.72 and includes a 15W subwoofer that can produce deep bass notes that you can feel as well as hear. The two included satellite speakers each have a 5W power rating and will provide a clear audio experience.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at TechBargains.com. 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. This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up 0 Comments Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 0 Commentslast_img read more

Voicify LLC Receives Second Round of Funding from Multiple Investors

first_imgVoicify, LLC Receives Second Round of Funding from Multiple Investors PRNewswireMay 9, 2019, 12:08 pmMay 9, 2019 fundingJeff McMahonMarketing TechnologyNewsvoice experience platformVoicifyVoicify Voice Experience Previous ArticleShop Direct Enhances Customer Engagement, Revenues with Revionics AI-Based Price OptimizationNext ArticleBirdEye Honored As Most Innovative Tech Company in 2019, Winning Its Second Stevie Award Voicify, a voice experience platform company, announced it has completed a $2 million round of funding from several leading early-stage investors. This is Voicify’s second round of financing. Participation in the round included both new and returning investors. With this investment, Voicify will continue to advance the platform and expand its team to meet the significant interest from the market.Jeff McMahon, Chief Executive Officer of Voicify said, “The response from the investment community was overwhelming.  We were oversubscribed within a few weeks of going to market and we were able to close within thirty days of starting the fund-raising process.  We were fortunate to be able to bring in top tier investors who really understand the space and are already adding a lot of value.” McMahon added, “we plan on using the additional capital to solidify our leadership position in the market by investing further in our technology platform and expanding our engineering, customer service and business development teams.”Marketing Technology News: Media.net Donates Code To IAB Tech Lab To Promote Open Transparent MarketplacesVoicify has already established a clear leadership role in the enterprise voice app creation space.  While much of the market is focused on building tools for developers to assist in building voice apps with limited functionality, Voicify has achieved significant traction with many leading global brands.  This is largely attributed to the fact that Voicify’s more robust platform was built specifically for the needs of marketing departments of major brands and organizations.Voicify is the market leader in enterprise voice experience management software.  The Company’s platform combines voice optimized content management, cross-platform deployment, and voice-specific customer insights.  Voicify was established in 2017 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.Marketing Technology News: New Soda Study Reveals Significant Increase in Customer Personalization Budgets Despite Lag in CapabilitiesThe Voicify Voice Experience Manager enables marketers to connect with their customers by creating highly engaging and personalized voice experiences that are automatically deployed to a broad array of voice platforms such as voice assistants (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana), chatbots and other services.  The platform enables non-technical users to deploy feature-rich voice applications quickly and efficiently while offering the flexibility of unlimited customization.Marketing Technology News: Amazon or Alibaba: Freedonia Compares These Global E-Commerce Leaderslast_img read more

Moz Expands Partner Ecosystem Delivers BestofBreed Local Presence Management SEO

first_imgNew partnership additions include Uberall, Web.com, SinglePlatformMoz, Inc., the leader in search engine optimization technology, announced the expansion of its Partner Ecosystem. Uberall, Web.com, and SinglePlatform join the ecosystem to offer customers an expansion of best-in-class resources.The partnership with Uberall enhances Moz’s local presence management platform to allow customers an even greater breadth of features to increase visibility in local search, while the partnership with SinglePlatform provides more vertical-focused businesses, like restaurants and spas, the opportunity to include online menus to reach patrons.Google’s recent changes indicate a continued evolution into local search, as February saw algorithm updates giving Local SERP features new abilities such as, “Get in Line” and “Reserve with Google.” As Moz doubles down on Local SEO, these partnerships allow for the SEO leader to deliver valuable insights and accurate, incomparable data.Marketing Technology News: Triton Digital Integrates Centro’s Basis Platform with the a2x Programmatic MarketplaceWith unparalleled listing management and distribution, validated listing accuracy, duplication detection and closure, and advanced analytics for traffic, ranking, customer behavior and competitive intelligence, Moz delivers performance-driving insights and recommendations that help businesses gain an edge over their competitors.“Similar to Moz, we believe search is the critical marketing strategy that will help grow businesses; so, it’s no surprise CMOs are implementing SEO initiatives and seeking the best search resources to stay ahead of the competition,” said Florian Huebner, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Uberall. “Partnering with Moz was a strategic move by both organizations to hone in on Local SEO and continue to lead the industry.”Marketing Technology News: Mindtree to Showcase Contextual, Real-Time Solutions for Personalized Traveler Experiences at HITEC MinneapolisOver the past year, Moz positioned itself as the leading SEO technology and authority in keyword research, link building tools and now Local SEO. To add even more value for its customers, Moz launched a complete overhaul of Domain Authority, Moz’s proprietary scoring system; and acquired STAT Search Analytics, a leading provider of SEO software and longtime friend of Moz. Both announcements came on the heels of the launch of Moz’s new link index, which made data 35x larger and 30x fresher; and its keyword Corpus expansion, which doubled.“Our partner ecosystem plays a critical role in helping us meet the high demand for better SEO practices, tools and expertise, and it puts the power of the Moz platform into the hands of more enterprises, agencies and SMBs,” said Sarah Bird, CEO of Moz. “As Google becomes more locally focused, we want to ensure users have access to the right resources to maximize exposure to prospects and customers.”Marketing Technology News: CoreMedia Announces CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud Marketplace domain authorityEcosystemMarketing TechnologyMozNewsSarah BirdSEOUberall Previous ArticlePriceless Experiences Are Coming to a Smart Speaker Near YouNext ArticlePhrasee Launches Dashboard to Give Marketers Real-Time Revenue Review of Global Email Campaigns Moz Expands Partner Ecosystem, Delivers Best-of-Breed Local Presence Management & SEO Business WireJune 18, 2019, 1:55 pmJune 18, 2019 last_img read more

Televerde Joins United Nations Global Compact

first_imgTeleverde Joins United Nations Global Compact MTS Staff Writer1 day agoJuly 22, 2019 Membership Supports Mission to Transform Lives of 10,000 Disempowered People Televerde, a global integrated sales and marketing technology organization, announced that it has joined the United Nations Global Compact¾a voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible business practices. Launched in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries.“I’m proud to work for a purpose-driven company that puts diversity, inclusion and sustainability practices into action,” said Michelle Cirocco, Chief Social Responsibility Officer for Televerde. “We continuously search out ways to align ourselves with organizations that want to have a meaningful impact on society. The U.N. Global Compact has the unique ability to make a difference in so many areas that need attention including human rights, labor and the environment.”Marketing Technology News: Collabra Technology Launches FlashCards Innovative Social Media Videos for Real Estate MarketingMembers of the United Nations Global Compact have visions that align with the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations General Assembly. Believed to be essential to achieving transformational change, the goals are universal calls to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Added Cirocco, “We believe in unleashing human potential and pledge to keep the Sustainable Development Goals at the forefront of everything we do. We’re proud to stand up in support of ending poverty and hunger, championing good health and well-being, and making sure individuals have access to quality education and decent work.”Marketing Technology News: New Strategy Book Reveals How to Respond to the Trade Wars and Digital Age DisruptionsTeleverde is a part of the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition, a global network of businesses dedicated to creating a market for inclusive employment by raising awareness of Impact Sourcing and demonstrating how inclusive hiring practices lead to greater business growth and social impact. “Every step we take gets us closer to our mission of transforming the lives of 10,000 disempowered people over the next decade,” said Cirocco.Marketing Technology News: Filmzie: A Place to Meet Exceptional Movies and Their Fans Marketing Technology NewsMichelle CiroccoNewsTeleverdeUnited Nations Global Compact Previous ArticleWhy Measurement Matters to Influencers Now More Than EverNext ArticleThomson Reuters Closes Acquisition of Confirmationlast_img read more

The 3 AI Scenarios Artificial Intelligence Augmented Intelligence and Intelligent Automation

first_imgThe 3 A.I. Scenarios: Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Intelligence, and Intelligent Automation MTS Staff WriterJune 25, 2019, 8:00 pmJuly 16, 2019 Digital transformation by harnessing AI and Intelligent Automation is the most obvious path to sustain businesses to prepare for futureNew-age Digital Transformation journeys are hinged on AI capabilities. While most businesses automatically relate to AI for Artificial Intelligence, there are two more AI scenarios that you should be aware of. In this article, we will tell about these three A.I. scenarios that involve Cognitive Learning and Intelligent Automation —Artificial IntelligenceAugmented IntelligenceIntelligent Automation While digital transformation by harnessing AI and Intelligent Automation seems to be the most obvious path to sustain businesses, focusing on just one AI scenario can expose companies to unforeseeable challenges in the future.That’s why you should be able to define and distinguish between these three AI scenarios.What is Artificial Intelligence?I always refer to this Venn Diagram from Peter Sommer (2017) to distinguish between AI and ML.Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Cognitive Computing, via IBMAI for Artificial Intelligence is defined as the Machine-driven simulation of human intelligence and gestures controlled by a structured set of commands and algorithms. AI can be distinguished as a ‘strong’ AI or a ‘weak’ AI depending on how strongly machines are programmed to deliver results. Artificial Intelligence is a broad science leveraging Machine Learning, Reasoning, Computing, and Self-Correction, based on software inputs.Today, we find Artificial Intelligence scenarios transforming the world of Deep Learning, Machine Learning and Neural Networking for thousands of AI-related applications.These applications include-Image Recognition Facial RecognitionNLP and NLGSentiment AnalysisChatbots and Voice Pattern RecognitionHumanoids and SimulationComputer visionWhat is Augmented Intelligence?At its core, Augmented Intelligence is also referred to as Intelligence Augmentation or Cognitive Augmentation. AI for Augmented Intelligence is the true form of Artificial Intelligence that we find companies chasing for innovation, adoption, and promotion at a global scale. The key difference between AI for Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Intelligence lies in the cognitive learning and application of any machine, with respect to Human Intelligence.While most experts believe that AI is more of a sci-fi term, it’s Augmented Intelligence that we should be focusing on while discussing AI as a service or Enterprise AI applications.IBM Watson is a fine example of Cognitive Learning created by IBM. IBM’s cognitive technology is a wonderful platform to understand how Augmented Intelligence is built, trained and applied to various tasks.When a computer starts playing chess, pre-empting the moves of its human or machine competitor, we can call it Augmented Intelligence. When your autonomous vehicle starts maneuvring the route and takes preventive steps sensing danger on road, that’s Augmented Intelligence at play. There are hundreds of applications that are sprouting across industries, depicting how AI for Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Intelligence are related, and yet distinct in their training, execution, and application using Machines.Our Resources: How Connected Workplaces Can Help You Unlock Higher Levels of ProductivityWhat is Intelligent Automation?Intelligent Automation (IA) is defined as the combined technology of Augmented Intelligence and Automation. IA applies to the machines that perform the tasks using robotic sensing and AI & ML algorithms. In the example I gave for autonomous vehicles, IA applies to the technology that is connecting the automotive drive to the robotic sensing responsible for keeping the vehicle on road and preventing a collision or going off the track. IA in an autonomous car will not only steer the vehicle on the road but also apply brakes, auto-sense daylights and control the ambient temperature inside the cabin, and so much more. Leading car makers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Volvo have either introduced autonomous vehicles or are planning to launch in the coming months.Recently, Bruno Ferreira, UKI Area Vice President at UiPath, sat down with us to chat about the role of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in the industry.Bruno said,“Today’s news that robotic process automation (RPA) is the fastest growing market in enterprise software comes as no surprise, given that it can quickly accelerate digital transformation initiatives. However, RPA doesn’t just enable businesses to automate legacy processes: it also empowers them to attract and retain staff, by keeping employees happy and engaged. With RPA executing repetitive and admin-related tasks autonomously, it frees up human workers for higher-value and more creative tasks. More than two-thirds of UK employees are still bogged down in daily admin jobs. By delegating these to software robots, RPA can reduce pressure on human workers, whilst removing manual errors – meaning it’s a win-win for employees and their employers.”Between the two AIs and the IA, you can safely bet that Intelligent Automation is the most human-friendly and productive application of Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and Cognitive Learning put together in the shape of a simulation machine. The range of business problems to which IA applies today continues to expand at a rampaging pace. Powered by the maturity of technologies related to voice recognition, Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning, we can predict that IA would be controlled by Specialists and Augmented Intelligence by non-specialists or machines. These technologies are increasingly available as open source or low-cost products or Cloud-based services. Artificial IntelligenceAugmented IntelligenceIBMIntelligent AutomationNewsRobotic Process Automation Previous ArticleLiveRamp Alum and AppNexus Executive Join Narrative I/O Board of DirectorsNext ArticleEpiserver Launches App Marketplace Bringing Digital Experience Technologies to a Single, Shoppable Sourcelast_img read more

MSTS and SCHERMER Partner to Build EndtoEnd Brand and Buying Experiences

first_imgMSTS and SCHERMER Partner to Build End-to-End Brand and Buying Experiences MTS Staff WriterJuly 9, 2019, 10:00 pmJuly 9, 2019 Companies launch 4Business partnership to help B2C companies expand into B2B marketsMSTS, a global B2B payment and credit solutions provider, and SCHERMER, a global B2B marketing agency, announced their 4Business partnership. Together, the B2B payment systems and marketing leaders created 4Business to enable B2C brands to expand into the B2B market through customized solutions that deliver a streamlined, omni-channel B2B brand and buying experience.This 4Business partnership will enable local and global B2C companies to stand up new B2B revenue streams and programs that serve a new class of buyers who have different requirements and demand higher standards of service than B2C customers. Both MSTS and SCHERMER provide B2B brand, demand and buying solutions to traditionally B2C companies. For example, they help a global electronics retailer and a safety shoe manufacturer realize new revenue opportunities, stand up new B2B programs and differentiate themselves from competitors.Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand Awareness“We are excited that our partnership with SCHERMER will help companies looking to expand in the B2B space launch and grow to their full potential,” said Brandon Spear, president at MSTS. “When established B2C brands are first starting out in B2B, they often lack the front-end brand capabilities and back-office processes to be successful. With our capabilities and capital, we can help them provide everything from product promotion to payment terms for business buyers.”SCHERMER leads and launches B2B brand and marketing programs, with capabilities in research and analytics, branding, the buyer-journey and demand generation. MSTS’ Credit as a Service™ (CaaS) solution makes the ability to pay on terms as easy as accepting credit cards. Its suite of applications and services allow companies access to robust payment and credit solutions, sophisticated managed services and expert-driven integrations to power global commerce. Together, their combined capabilities provide B2C brands the necessary resources to position their products and services in front of B2B buyers. The companies plan to add and implement additional e-commerce and sales solutions into 4Business that will make it a complete stand-up to sales-driving B2B revenue solutions.Marketing Technology News: Nordic XR-company Bublar Group Acquires Finnish Augmented Reality Pioneer Sayduck“Our goal with 4Business is to create a marketing and technology stack that encompasses everything B2C brands need to go to market in B2B,” said Chris Schermer, president and chief brand officer at SCHERMER. “With SCHERMER’s marketing services and MSTS’ CaaS solution, we are able to do just that – provide B2C brands the consulting and capabilities to create a seamless B2B customer experience.”Marketing Technology News: Leadspace Acquires ReachForce to Offer Customers Even More Robust B2B Customer Data Platform 4BusinessChris SchermerEnd-to-End BrandMSTSNewsPartnershipSCHERMER Previous ArticleMarketing Analytics Is the Key to Revolutionize Your Customer Acquisition Strategy | Quantzig’s Latest ArticleNext ArticleKofax Establishes Leadership Position as the Only RPA Provider Delivering End-to-End Intelligent Automationlast_img read more

Streaming Wars Lion King beats Rise of Skywalker Ahead of Disney launch

first_imgStreaming Wars; Lion King beats Rise of Skywalker Ahead of Disney+ launch MTS Staff WriterJuly 16, 2019, 6:50 pmJuly 16, 2019 The Lion King37% New research of 5,507 consumers aged 16-64 by GlobalWebIndex reveals ahead of a series of highly anticipated Disney feature films, including Star Wars and Frozen II, that The Lion King tops the UK’s list as the film over a third (37%) are excited to see.Top 3 upcoming Disney films people are excited to watch in the UK. Disney Film% of all respondents in the UK excited to see said film Star Wars Rise of Skywalker24%center_img Conducted in the US and UK, the research finds that already 35% of UK consumers are aware Disney will be launching their own streaming service, Disney Plus, despite not being available yet.With the service slated for launch in Q4 2019, Disney no doubt will be leveraging upcoming movie releases to effectively raise awareness, and encourage the 39% who currently do not plan on taking out a subscription.Marketing Technology News: Zeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data CloudRivals to beatJust over half (51%) of Disney fans in the UK would be willing to spend up to £10 per month for a Disney streaming service subscription.However, currently 71% of Disney fans in the UK use Netflix and 37% Amazon Prime video. Around a quarter  of Disney fans state they would subscribe to Disney Plus and keep their current film/TV subscription services.Currently in the UK, 57% of consumers claim they currently spend up to £20 per month on their TV/Film subscription services.Marketing Technology News: M-Commerce Not Living up to Consumer Expectations, New Research FindsWinning back hearts and mindsWhen it comes to content that would entice UK consumer to subscribe to Disney’s streaming services, Pixar content proves most popular, with 37% stating so, closely followed by Marvel content (32%). Over a quarter (28%) state new Disney shows and films exclusive to the Disney platform would entice them.Chris Beer, senior trends analyst comments, “With Pixar proving most appealing among content that could entice consumers to subscribe to Disney Plus, the recent success of Toy Story 4 in the box office will give Disney a lot of confidence in their ambition to win a strong foothold in the UK video streaming market. The most important focus for the new service will be paying close attention to the content demands of its diverse, family-oriented audience.”Marketing Technology News: JotForm Reaches 5 Millionth User After Major Launch Frozen II25% Disney feature filmsDisney streaming serviceFrozen IIGlobalWebIndexMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleGlobal DMARC Adoption Report Reveals Nearly 80 Percent of Companies Leave Consumer Data VulnerableNext ArticleNICE Robotic Process Automation Named a Leader in Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix for Second Consecutive Yearlast_img read more

Denied Nod for Jadavpur Roadshow Amit Shah Dares Mamata to Arrest Him

first_img Amit ShahLok Sabha elections 2019Mamata Banerjeewest-bengal-lok-sabha-elections-2019 First Published: May 13, 2019, 1:52 PM IST Canning (WB): BJP national president Amit Shah Monday dared West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to arrest him for chanting “Jai Shri Ram”, claiming that the TMC supremo can stop him from attending rallies in Bengal, but won’t be able to stop BJP’s victory march in the state.Addressing a rally at Canning, which comes under Joynagar Lok Sabha constituency, he said, “Mamatadi gets angry if someone chants Jai Shri Ram. I am chanting Jai Shri Ram here today. If you (Mamata) have the guts, arrest me. I will be in Kolkata tomorrow.” Hitting out at the TMC government over denial of permission for his chopper to land in Baruipur, Shah said, “The Mamata Banerjee government is visibly perplexed. She wants to stop me from attending rallies. The TMC can stop me from addressing rallies, but can’t stop the victory march of BJP in Bengal.”Shah’s scheduled rally in Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat was called off on Monday after the state government denied him permission to land his chopper and hold a public address at Baruipur. last_img read more

Deve Gowda Sheila Dikshit Mehbooba Saffron Wave Swept Away a Dozen ExCMs

first_img Bhupinder Singh HoodabiharcongressDeve Gowda First Published: May 24, 2019, 11:30 AM IST | Edited by: Zoya Mateen New Delhi: Sweeping aside the opposition in Uttar Pradesh, holding the fort in the Indian heartland and making major gains in West Bengal along the way, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cruised to a second term on Thursday, with a record tally of 303 seats.Decimating the opposition that was left hovering around a tally of 50, Modi became the first non-Congress full majority Prime Minister to get re-elected with a stronger majority, 48 years after Indira Gandhi pulled it off in 1971. As the saffron wave swept across the country, 12 former chief ministers, including eight from the Congress lost their contests.Sheila DikshitThree-time chief minister Sheila Dikshit lost from North East Delhi constituency by a margin of 3.63 lakh votes against Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari. Conceding defeat, Dikshit termed the loss “very disappointing” and congratulated the BJP for its spectacular performance.Riding high on the Modi wave, the BJP made a clean sweep in the national capital winning all seven seats with massive margins as all its candidates bagged more than 50 per cent of votes, while the Congress for the first time in five years fared better than the ruling AAP which was relegated to the third spot.Deve GowdaIn a big blow to the ruling coalition in Karnataka, JD(S) patriarch and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda was defeated in Tumkur constituency by his BJP rival by a margin of over 13,000 votes. GS Basavaraj secured 5,96,127 votes while Gowda got 582788 votes.Pegged as a battle between the Vokkaligas and Lingayats (Basavaraju’s community), Tumakuru delivered the death knell to 87- year-old Gowda’s active political career. Gowda, the joint candidate of ruling Congress-JDS coalition, was forced to contest from Tumkur at the last minute, giving up home turf Hassan to grandson Prajwal Revanna.Congress had ceded the Tumkur seat to JD(S) as per the seat sharing arrangement, denying ticket to sitting MP Muddahanumegowda, causing resentment within.The humiliating defeat of the Congress-JD(S) combine in the Lok Sabha elections with the coalition partners winning a seat each has put the year-old coalition government on uncertain grounds. The BJP, in a stellar performance has won 25 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats here. ​Digvijaya SinghThe former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh was defeated by Pragya Singh Thakur, BJP’s most controversial candidate who is on trial for alleged involvement in the 2008 Malegaon blasts. Singh lost by a huge margin of 3.6 lakh votes from Bhopal in the Lok Sabha elections. Pragya Thakur bagged 8.6 lakh votes, while Digvijaya Singh received 5 lakh votes in the high-profile seat. Singh was reportedly averse to fighting elections from Bhopal and was keen to contest from Rajgarh, his home district, but CM Kamal Nath reportedly prevailed over the central leadership.After 40 years, Madhya Pradesh witnessed a rerun of the post-Emergency 1977 general elections, in which the Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS) won 39 seats, while the Congress was reduced to just one seat – Chhindwara – in the then undivided state.Ashok ChavanThe Congress faced one of its biggest defeats in Maharashtra’s Nanded, as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) swept the Marathwada region, with BJP’s Prataprao Chikhalikar defeating former CM Ashok Chavan by a margin of 40,010 votes. Nanded was considered Chavan’s bastion, who won the seat in 2014 by 81,455 votes.Chikhalikar, who won the Loha Assembly seat in 2014 on a Shiv Sena ticket, was formally inducted into the BJP prior to the elections. Sushil Kumar ShindeVeteran Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde was defeated by seer and BJP candidate Siddeshwar Shivacharya, who established an unassailable lead of 1,58,608 votes over the 3,66,377 votes polled by Shinde in the crucial Solapaur Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra.Shivachrahya’s win has been largely attributed to the split in the traditional Congress votes triggered by the third contestant in fray, Prakash Ambedkar, the great grandson of BR Ambedkar. Popularly known as Maharaj, the seer garnered 5,24,985 votes.Harish RawatState BJP president Ajay Bhatt defeated former chief minister and Congress leader Harish Rawat by a margin of over 3 lakh votes in Nainital. Bhatt defeated Rawat by 3,39,096 votes in Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar constituency to upset the calculations of the Congress which was looking to regain lost ground after the rout of 2014 Lok Sabha and 2017 assembly polls.Rawat had been fielded by the Congress in the hope that he would capitalise on the relative inexperience of Bhatt, a Lok Sabha poll debutant.Mukul SangmaFormer Meghalaya chief minister and Congress candidate from Tura, Mukul Sangma was defeated by the National People’s Party (NPP) candidate Agatha Sangma by a margin of over 3 lakh votes.Bhupinder Singh HoodaFormer chief minister of Haryana and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda was defeated by BJP’s Ramesh Chander Kaushik from the Sonipat Lok Sabha constituency by a margin of 1,64,864 votes. Hooda,who was a two time chief minister of the state from 2005-2014, was a sitting MLA from Ghari Sampla Kiloi in Rohtak district and had entered the Lok Sabha competition after a gap of 14 years.Veerappa MoilyCongress leader Veerappa Moily who was the chief minister of Karnataka between 1992 and 1994 lost in his Chikkballapur Lok Sabha constituency by 5,63,802 votes to BJP’s BN Bache Gowda.Chikkabllapur till Thursday was a stronghold of the Congress with Veerappa Moily himself winning in the last two Lok Sabha elections in 2009 and 2014. In 2014, his win came with a narrow margin of 9,520 votes with BJP’s BN Bache Gowda closely following him. He was first elected from Karkala in Udupi district as an MLA in 1992. He won from there six consecutive times.Mehbooba MuftiPDP president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti lost the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat to National Conference’s Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi by nearly 10,000 votes. Her defeat has been largely attributed to backlash she faced over her “heavy-handed” measures to control the post-Burhan Wani violence during which she was in alliance with the BJP.Masoodi, who was fighting his maiden electoral battle, polled 40,180 votes, while Mehbooba secured 30,524 votes. This is only second electoral defeat for Mufti since she joined politics in 1996. She had lost the 1999 Lok Sabha poll from Srinagar constituency to NC leader Omar Abdullah.Babulal MarandiFormer chief minister and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) candidate Babulal Marandi was defeated by BJP’s Annapurna Devi in Koderma, by a huge margin to by 4,00,162 votes. The first CM of Jharkhand, Babulal Marandi formed the JVM (P) after walking out of the BJP in 2006.The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) completely decimated the four-party Mahagathbandhan in the general elections, establishing its dominance again in mineral-rich Jharkhand. Out of the 14 seats in the state, the BJP-led NDA registered victory in 12. Of these 12, 11 seats were won by the BJP and one by its ally, AJSU.In the last Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand, the BJP had won 12 seats and Mahagathbandhan ally JMM registered victory in two seats – Dumka and Rajmahal. However, in this election JMM supremo and sitting MP of Dumka lost its seat to the BJP’s Sunil Soren. Unlike last time, the Congress has been able to open its account in the state. Geeta Kora of Congress defeated BJP state president Laxman Giluwa.Shibu ShorenJharkhand Mukti Morcha president and former chief minister of the state Shibu Soren lost the Dumka (ST) seat to BJP’s Sunil Soren by 47,590 votes. While Shibu Soren got 4,37,333 votes, Sunil Soren polled 4,84,923 votes, they said. The former chief minister had won the seat eight times. last_img read more

BJP May Add More Bengalis in Modi Cabinet to Steamroll Mamata in

first_imgSo far as the BJP is concerned, the fight for Bengal has just begun. With 18 MPs from a state that had so far resisted it, the saffron party is likely to give a number of cabinet berths as part of its plan ahead of the 2021 assembly polls.In 2014, two MPs from the state — SS Ahluwalia and Babul Supriyo — were given cabinet berths. While Supriyo has received a call to be part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new cabinet, party sources indicated that the list also included Raigunj MP Debasree Chaudhuri who defeated Left leader Mohammad Salim from the Raiganj seat. Ahead of Mamata Banerjee’s electoral victory in 2011, her MPs and ministers in the Union cabinet had, over decades, continuously campaigned in Bengal. As railway minister, Banerjee had famously showered Bengal with projects while arguing that “the CPI(M) in the state had done nothing for Bengal”.The BJP’s campaign is likely to be similar, said leaders, with one key difference: Narendra Modi. “The BJP MPs will also campaign in the state but the issue at hand will not be focused around a project here and there. Instead, the MPs will campaign on the plank of Modi, on the work that he is doing and how Banerjee is continuing to act like a speed-breaker for development,” said the BJP.The immediate challenge for the BJP though will be the Municipal Elections in the state next year. With over 50 councillors joining the BJP, the party is all set to capture four municipalities in the North 24 Parganas district. Incumbent Barrackpore MP and former Bhatpara municipality chairman Arjun Singh said, “It is just the matter of time.” With the TMC’s strength now concentrated in the urban areas around Kolkata, BJP leaders said the party would soon make inroads in suburbs of Kolkata, including Biddhannagar and Barasat.A BJP state committee leader, who had prepared a 10-page presentation for Amit Shah ahead of 2019 polls and is creating a similar document now, summarised the party’s strategy as two-fold. “Weaken the TMC, steadily. Make inroads into their cadre and oppose them on the streets. On the other hand, the Union government will come crashing down on TMC’s myriad corruption cases. The net result is to make Mamata unsteady…not give her any breathing space and force her into making wrong decisions,” he said. Amit ShahBabul SupriyoBarasatBarrackpore First Published: May 30, 2019, 2:30 PM ISTlast_img read more

We Havent Opened a Dance Bar Here Azam Khans Comments on Idea

first_imgRampur: Using expletives and references to dance bars, Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan has kicked up another row and said a society that honours the vulgar cannot progress.The Rampur MP, who is known for his vitriolic outbursts particularly against his one-time colleague and now BJP member Jaya Prada, on Sunday used a victory speech to vent his ire. “We have not opened a dance bar here…” the Rampur MP said in his speech in Hindustani without naming anyone.Khan, who also used abusive language, was addressing the electorate for the first time since his win in the general election.”People know who it is being referred to. In a society where this word is classified as respectable, how will it progress and keep its head high?” he asked. “Will those who drag down the respectable tell us what to do? They will take themselves as gods and goddesses.””You saw what the result was. How much money was spent and power was used to defeat me? They said that they will be humiliated if Azam Khan wins,” the SP leader said.During the Lok Sabha election, the Election commission had banned Khan from campaigning for 72 hours for allegedly making sexist remarks against actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada.The BJP leader was also booked for allegedly making objectionable comments against Khan and BSP chief Mayawati. ​ azam khanBJPJaya Pradarampur First Published: July 1, 2019, 9:33 PM ISTlast_img read more

Lets Keep Politics and Religion Apart With Mamata at Rath Yatra Nusrat

first_imgThe other part of the tweet describes how ISKCON Kolkata Rathyatra is an example of social harmony where Lord’s dresses and the chariot have been built by craftsmen of the Muslim community for decades now.The Trinamool MP has been in the limelight ever since she debuted in the political arena. She had earlier said in a tweet that she “represent an inclusive India, which is beyond the barriers of caste, creed and religion,” she said in a tweet. “As much as I respect all religions, I still remain a Muslim and no one should comment on what I choose to wear”.TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty, who along with Jahan was also trolled earlier for her sartorial choices, extended support and said being an Indian would remain their only identification.In May, Jahan and her friend Chakraborty had faced backlash on social media over their choice of clothes for their first day in Parliament.In an interview with CNN-News18 earlier, Jahan said she has always followed her heart where life choices are concerned.”I am glad that everybody is happy about my marriage, which was a personal decision. A lot of people asked me that I have ‘sindoor’ on my head, if I have converted because I married a Hindu. But I think we all have the right to choose our religion. I have chosen Islam by birth and will follow it but I respect all religions and their rituals. My husband and I follow our respective religions and I don’t think this is a bold step; it is natural,” she had said. Newly elected Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan, who was under attack from Muslim clerics for wearing ‘sindoor’ and ‘mangalsutra’ when she took oath in Parliament after her wedding to businessman Nikhil Jain, on Thursday repeated her look as she stood with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the annual Rath Yatra in Kolkata.The presence of Jahan, who was a special invitee to the event organised by ISKCON, seemed to a be a subtle yet powerful message to her critics. Speaking to reporters, Jahan said, “Mamata Banerjee comes for Eid and stands with all. There is no politics in this, it is about faith and belief. Let’s keep politics and religion apart.” Speaking about the fatwa issued against her, Jahan said: “Don’t pay heed to things which are baseless. I know my religion. I have been a Muslim by birth and I am still a Muslim. It’s about faith. You have to feel it inside your heart and not in your head.” ISKCON, meanwhile, had applauded Jahan for promoting inclusiveness of religious identities. “Thank you @nusratchirps for accepting the Rathyatra invitation. You are really showing the road forward. Respecting and caring for what others believe and participating in other festivities is a sure way to achieve that elusive social harmony,” ISKCON spokesperson Radharamn Das said in a Twitter post.Its an honour Sir.. #unity #secularIndia https://t.co/G1mrWBcnz4— Nusrat (@nusratchirps) 4 July 2019 ISKCONMamata Banerjeemimi chakrabortynusrat jahan First Published: July 4, 2019, 2:41 PM ISTlast_img read more

Microsoft beefs up Office 365 for new Surface Pro launch

first_imgMicrosoft also took time during the demonstration to show new features coming to the Windows Whiteboard app. These include things like “collaborative inking, geometry recognition, table conversion, and automatic table shading.” While they all sound underwhelming on their own, together these new features should help ensure that you don’t spend a lot of time fussing with options, instead getting your ideas down in the Whiteboard app quickly and (relatively) effortlessly. These features have already launched in a private preview, but Office 365 subscribers should look for them to go live later this year.Beyond the changes to Whiteboard and the new features coming with the refreshed Surface Pen, Office 365 subscribers can look forward to more ink effects (including a pencil texture) in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. These ink effects will be joining a digital pencil case that syncs between all of your devices, so you can have all of your pens, pencils, and inks at the touch of button regardless of where you happen to be working.While a lot of these new Office 365 features revolve around Ink and how you’ll use the new Surface Pen within Microsoft’s suite of apps, there are also new features on the way for commercial users. These include the Office 365 adoption content pack in Power BI and OneDrive Files On-Demand, which allows you to access your files from OneDrive without having to download them first. There’s a lot more that Microsoft has announced for Office 365 this month, so for all the details, be sure to check out the source link below!SOURCE: Microsoft Perhaps the biggest new features coming to Office 365 include tilt support and improved latency. With that tilt functionality, Microsoft is looking to let the new Surface Pen’s 4,096 pressure points shine – depending on the angle of your pen, Office 365 will automatically adjust the thickness of your strokes. Add to that “almost zero latency” when you’re using the pen within Office 365 and you have what might be the closest emulation of a pen on paper that we’ve seen yet. Story TimelineMicrosoft gives Apple fans more reasons to use Office 365Microsoft Planner is rolling out to all eligible Office 365 subscribersOffice Lens arrives on Windows 10 with Office 365 supportMicrosoft Teams rolls out to Office 365 users globallycenter_img In case you missed the news, Microsoft revealed the next Surface Pro during its event in Shanghai earlier today. This is something Surface Pro adherents have been waiting a long time for, but with this new Surface Pro comes news that Office 365 is getting some improvements to Inking. These improvements seem to go hand-in-hand with the new Surface Pen, and indeed, you’ll see them come to touch-enabled Windows devices first.last_img read more

Amazon Echo Dot gets a big discount but youll need to be

first_imgStory TimelineAmazon Echo Dot price cut briefly offers Alexa for $10 lessNinety7 Vaux Review: Echo Dot speaker-battery cuts Alexa’s cordAnker Eufy Genie undercuts Echo Dot for low-cost AlexaAmazon cancels free Echo Dot orders after discount fluke Amazon has a variety of different Echo devices available these days, but if you’ve yet to dive into the Alexa ecosystem, the company has a new deal aimed directly at you. Amazon has discounted its second-generation Echo Dot today, making its cheapest Alexa device even more inexpensive. You’ll have to act fast, though, because this deal isn’t going to last very long. In fact, this just so happens to be a one-day-only deal. Amazon has marked down the price of the Echo Dot by $10, dropping it to $39.99. That may not seem like much, but considering the Echo Dot is already inexpensive as far as smart speakers go, that $10 price drop ends up representing a 20% discount.That isn’t too bad for someone who’s new to Alexa and wants to dip their toe in the water before jumping in with a more advanced device like the standard Echo or the Echo Show. If you’re already an Alexa user, on the other hand, this is a good opportunity to expand your Alexa network of devices to more rooms within your house. This is the price we normally see the Echo Dot drop to during big sales, such as Black Friday or Prime Day. Therefore, if you miss out on this sale but later decide that you want to pick up an Echo Dot, it shouldn’t be tool long before you have another chance to buy it at a similar price – Thanksgiving and Black Friday are right around the corner, after all.Of course, if you want something a little more robust, there’s always the 2017 Amazon Echo, which costs quite a bit less than its predecessor did. Amazon doesn’t give an exact time that this Echo Dot sale will end, so if you want one, it’s probably best to buy sooner rather than later. You can find the Echo Dot, discount and all, over at Amazon.last_img read more

Snapchat redesign fury drives 800k signature petition

first_imgSnapchat’s goal, the company said back in late November 2017 when it first announced that changes were in the pipeline, was a straightforward one. Rather than blending together content from friends with promoted content from advertisers and media from publishers and other creators, the Snapchat app would split it out into two halves. On the one side would be the social; the other would be the media. “This means that the Chats and Stories from your friends are on the left side of Snapchat,” the company explained, “and the Stories from publishers, creators, and the community are on the right.” It also revamped the Friends page, which dynamically adjusts its order according to how often you interact with each person. Meanwhile, the new Discover page was dominated by media and third-party creators. Snapchat seemed to think users would love it, but as the redesign progressively rolled out through January and into February 2018 the response certainly hasn’t borne that prediction out. Instead, it’s been described as disorganized and confusing, and accused of burying friend content in favor of the promoted media which Snapchat makes money from. Most galling, users didn’t even have a chance to choose what they wanted. Rather than push out a specific app update which switched Snapchat users from the old to the new design, the company instead just migrated them automatically. Furious users found that, just by opening the app, they were presented with the little-loved updated layout. Still, there was method in Snap’s madness. According to founder and CEO Evan Spiegel, while younger users were vocal in their disgust, the redesign was seeing more positive feedback from an older cohort. Indeed, those over 35 – a group which might have once expressed confusion about Snapchat altogether – apparently found the update to their taste. Since they’re also the age group which tends to spend money, versus Millennials, that could mean big things for Snap’s bottom line. All the same, the complaints don’t look likely to go away. A petition demanding Snap reverse course and restore the old Snapchat layout is at over 800,000 signatures online, and on its way to a million. “Many ‘new features’ are useless or defeats the original purposes Snapchat has had for the past years,” petition creator Nic Rumsey writes. While there are workarounds – including a method that brings back the old layout and keeps your Snapchat streaks – it’s uncertain how long they’ll work. Meanwhile, even if presented with a 1m+ angry critics, there’s no guarantee that Snap will change its stance. Story TimelineSnapchat overhaul will completely redesign app: it’ll be easier to useSnapchat update: What just happened?Snapchat will be basically unavoidable with Stories Everywhere To say Snapchat’s recent update has gone down badly is an understatement. The social network had been gradually transitioning away from just the ephemeral photos and videos that it made its name with originally, but it took the early 2018 redesign to really turn users off. Now, the demands that Snapchat roll things back are getting more organized. last_img read more

Google Play Books audiobook feature is now worth using

first_imgThe latest update introduces a feature that should have been present on day one. Actually, it’s a feature that should be present on any audio app, be it audiobook player, podcast player, or music player. That is the ability to stop and pick up exactly where you left off. Nothing is more frustrating than forgetting where you were and having to scrub through minutes if not hours of audio.Google being Google, the resume feature is being called “Smart Resume”. That’s because it will actually rewind to the start of a word or sentence when you resume your listening. That’s to help give you a bit more context and jog up your memory. The update also brings bookmarks, yet another day one feature, to help you go back to important or memorable parts of the book.Google Assistant integration was one of the key features Google boasted about when it launched the audiobook feature. Now it has gotten more useful with the newly released Routines. Simply add Google Play Books to your morning routine or work commute and you don’t have to worry about remembering putting the audiobook on.AdChoices广告You can also speed up or slow down playback after the latest update. The update also marks the expansion of Google Play Books’ Family Library sharing feature to 13 additional countries, including Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Chile, Mexico, Japan (audiobooks only), and South Africa. Some people still swear by dead tree paper books despite the digital age. Others can’t live without the convenience of carrying a whole library in a single slab of plastic. Still, others prefer not to read words at all but still enjoy the “reading” experience with audiobooks. Earlier this year, Google added that second method of digital reading to its Google Play Books app and service. But it is only two months later that Google Play Books audiobooks actually became worth using at all.last_img read more

iOS apps are coming to macOS – eventually

first_imgAs Apple’s Craig Federighi pointed out during the WWDC 2018 keynote, it’s not like Macs don’t have access to multiple software environments already. “Mac users have access to a rich set of great native applications, apps that take full advantage of the power of Mac technologies,” he pointed out. “We see an advantage for the Mac to tap into the world’s most vital ecosystem,” Federighi continued. Describing it as the first step of an ongoing project, the iOS apps on macOS system won’t be available for third-party developers until 2019. However, we’ll see the first signs of it later this year. “Phase 1 of this effort will be to test it on ourselves,” Federighi said of the multi-year project. In fact, several of the new apps in macOS Mojave will use the system. That’ll include the new News app, the Home app, and the audio recorder: they’re all being ported over from iOS to macOS. There are some big considerations involved, of course. iOS apps aren’t used to dealing with trackpads, for example, or all of the varying hardware that the average Mac or MacBook uses. Still, it’s something that AppKit, WebKit, and Metal all have to deal with, so it’s not an insurmountable prospect. It comes as Apple completely revamps the Mac App Store, bringing an entirely new interface to the download center. That will arrive in macOS Mojave later in the year, and Apple is presumably hoping that it will kickstart a new age in Mac software. It’s been a fairly slow start for the Mac App Store until now, with some developers criticizing Apple for not embracing Mac apps in the same way that it has for iOS. The combination of the new Mac App Store and, eventually, iOS apps on macOS is a two-pronged attack on the problem, then. We’ll have to wait to see exactly how it pans out, though. Apple has given a sneak peak of its attempt to bring iOS apps to the Mac, teasing how iPhone and iPad apps will run on macOS. The news comes amid another denial from Apple that iOS and macOS will ever merge, though it will eventually mean apps currently only available through the App Store will also run on MacBook, iMac, and other Mac hardware. Story TimelinemacOS Mojave revealed with Dark ModeSafari stokes privacy war in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave5 Quick new features in macOS Mojavelast_img read more