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first_img Adobe Ad CloudAdobe Experience CloudDecibelemail marketingMarketing TechnologyNewspersonalization Previous ArticleNew SMG Research Evaluates How Blockbuster Premieres Impact the Movie-Going ExperienceNext ArticleGDPR Roundtable Part II: Fortify Your GDPR Strategy with Better Compliance and Optimization Marketers Are Now Able to Target Customers Based on Their Digital ExperiencesDecibel, a leader in digital experience intelligence for enterprise businesses, announced at Adobe Summit EMEA a new integration with the Adobe Experience Cloud. In addition to existing integrations with Adobe Analytics, Adobe Target and Adobe Launch, Decibel has now added an integration with Adobe Audience Manager. The new product integration will allow marketers to activate the metrics from a visitor’s Digital Experience Score (DXS) in Audience Manager. Mutual customers of Adobe Experience Cloud and Decibel include Toyota, First National Bank of Omaha, TUI and Allstate.At @AdobeSummit EMEA, @DecibelInsight announced a new integration with the Adobe Experience Cloud, enabling #marketers to target customers based on their digital experiences“The Decibel and Adobe Audience Manager integration enables joint customers to utilize and activate Decibel’s DXS data with not only Audience Manager, but also with Adobe Target, Adobe Campaign and Adobe Ad Cloud,” said Ben Harris, CEO and co-founder, Decibel. “Now, virtually any Adobe Experience Cloud customer can further maximize their investment in Adobe by leveraging Decibel’s experience intelligence.”Marketing Technology News: Teleperformance Groups ‘Praxidia Knowledge Services’ partners with CallMiner to launch TP Interact – a Comprehensive Interaction Analytics SolutionThrough this integration, joint customers will be able to segment and re-target customers based on their digital experiences by:Creating DXS Audiences – Create audiences in Decibel based on DXS scoring components (e.g., engagement, frustration)Onboarding to Audience Manager – Easily share custom DXS segments to Audience ManagerCombining and Creating Segments – Understand the overlap of Decibel and Adobe segments; combine with other 1st, 2nd and 3rd party data sources and create new look-alike segmentsActivating Cross-Channel Audiences – Activate DXS segments for onsite personalization with Adobe Target, email marketing with Adobe Campaign and for offsite re-targeting platforms, including Adobe Ad CloudMarketing Technology News: Alpha Software Launches Alpha TransForm, Cuts Build Time for Robust Offline Enterprise Mobile Apps from Months to Hours“Today’s marketers are striving to optimize the customer experience more than ever,” said Cody Crnkovich, head of platform partners and strategy, Adobe. “The combined Decibel and Adobe solution can help companies drive a more impactful multichannel experience, as well as provide an enriched view of visitor experiences and a deeper understanding of the behavioral cause-and-effect behind them.”Marketing Technology News: Qlik Kicks Off AI In Action: The Qlik Analytics Tour, The Largest Roadshow In Data & Analytics Decibel Builds Integration with Adobe Audience Manager PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 11:34 pmMay 24, 2019 last_img read more

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first_img Behavioral MarketingConductorDigital MarketExpediagoogleSearch MarketingTravel CompaniesTripAdvisor Previous ArticleAbsolutdata Named Best Overall AI-Based Analytics Company in 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards ProgramNext ArticlePubNub Selected as Winner for Best Overall Bot Solution in the 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards The travel industry is a competitive playing field and a massive part of the global economy, and nowhere is that clearer than in the digital market. Finding the perfect destination or the best airline deals are thoroughly researched, and customers are increasingly using Google to find the answers and make educated purchase decisions. Although there is no shortage of competition, a recent report by Conductor shows that there is still room for companies to find their niche with focus and innovation, while capturing significant portions of the market in the process.The 2019 report, Mile-High Travel Marketing: Tracking the Customer Journey for Business and Leisure Travel analyzed 1,500 keywords to find the top-ranking domains for travel customers at every stage of their journey—from the first adventurous impulse to booking the flight.Conductor broke down the travel market into two categories: business and leisure. But for the industry as a whole, the greatest takeaway is just how much space is still available and open to claim. In the larger field of vacation travel, the greatest share of the market claimed by any one company was only 8 percent, by travel giant Expedia, and only ten companies exceeded 3 percent. For the business travel category, there is even more open space to win, with only four players (Indeed, YouTube, Glassdoor, and Expedia) reaching a 4 percent share, and smaller companies making up a whopping 69 percent of the top searches.Read More: How to Analyze Your Lead Generation Form Using Google Tag ManagerOne strategy that many of the top-performing companies had in common was specialization. Companies that keep their content specific—whether it is a long form or short and snappy—can capture significant subsets of the travel market as opposed to battling it out with other competitors for more broad search terms.The Mile-High Travel Marketing report highlights Family Vacation Critic, a TripAdvisor company that broke into the top results for most family modified searches by focusing specifically on vacation ideas, destinations, and accommodations that are good for families and kids. Keeping that focus allowed the Family Vacation critic to catch customer attention at every stage of the planning and purchase phase.Read More: GDPR Compliance: Decoding The Mood A Year LaterEven for the biggest online travel agencies, getting specific can be an advantage. The report describes how Expedia breaks into search results by creating dedicated landing pages that target customers searching for flights to and from particular cities. That held true for smaller companies and independently run blogs as well. On the business travel side of the market, Expert Vagabond finds its audience by focusing on people who want to travel for work with long-form content that ranks for lots of different keywords. Knowing your audience is key to reaching more potential customers across every stage of researching and booking a trip.Read More: Navigating GDPR: Preparing for What’s to Come Small Travel Companies Hold Their Own in a Diffuse Digital Market Christine SchraderJune 27, 2019, 8:00 pmJune 27, 2019 last_img read more

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first_img We’ve already covered the basics of quantum computing in our article on How Does Quantum Computing Work, so now it’s time to dive into one of its most publicized applications: quantum cryptography. Quantum cryptography holds both promises and threats for our current cryptographic infrastructure. The most obvious threat is quantum computers could decrypt data that’s been encrypted using many of our current systems. But it also holds the promise of secure communications channels for key distribution. Eventually, using quantum technology, it may even be possible to build entire encryption systems that are considered unbreakable.Quantum Computing Decryption: Looming Crisis Or Another Y2K Blind Panic?Almost all widely used encryption systems rely on keys — typically large, random, numbers that can be used to encrypt or decrypt data. Current encryption packages are most often built using either symmetric or asymmetric keys — many using asymmetric keys to transmit a shared, symmetric key for doing the actual data encryption. Both types of keys would be vulnerable to hacking using quantum computers. Symmetric systems rely on a shared secret key, and cracking the key requires about double the computing work for each additional bit. With that kind of scaling, it’s been possible to keep using larger keys as computers get more powerful. However, by implementing Grover’s algorithm, quantum computers can essentially cut the key length in half — a nearly inconceivable reduction in the amount of time required to crack a key. The good news is that now that we’re aware of the challenge, doubling the key lengths in use should be an excellent defense.Asymmetric systems (like Public Key Infrastructure — PKI) use public/private key pairs that are mathematically generated. In the case of the widely-used RSA family of algorithms, the math is fairly complex. But it’s possible to crack if you can factor a very large number into its two prime number factors. If a key with enough bits is used, this is a nearly intractable problem for conventional computers, but quantum computers can use something called Shor’s algorithm to find the factors much more quickly. A rough estimate of the compute power needed is two qubits per bit length of the key. So a 1,024-bit key would require a quantum computer with 2,048 bits. Experts expect those to be possible within a decade, and some think sooner. Note that today 1,024-bit keys are already considered potentially unsafe, as they can be cracked given enough time on a large computer, but once a quantum computer can handle the task it will take very little time.Much like the situation with the software migration required by Y2K, there are other encryption techniques that aren’t easily cracked with quantum computers. Examples of (non-quantum) encryption systems resistant to quantum attacks include McEliece and NTRUEncrypt. That means the problem is migrating the large number of systems and data already in place to newer ones. Also, like Y2K, it remains to be seen how real, and how widespread, the threat will be, as sufficiently large quantum computers will be expensive when they are finally available. That means they’re unlikely to get used for trying to hack information unless it’s considered extremely valuable. To run all of Shor’s algorithm, a quantum computer also needs to be paired with a powerful conventional computer, which will drive the cost of a key cracking system up even further.Secure Communications Using Quantum Key DistributionWhen you hear the term quantum cryptography, more often than not what is being referred to is Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). QKD doesn’t actually encrypt user data but makes it possible for users to securely distribute keys to each other, which can then be used for subsequent encrypted communication.Whatever encryption system is used, there is almost always some type of private information that must be kept secret. For symmetric key systems, it is shared information in the form of a key, while in asymmetric systems each node has its own secret key while sharing a matching public key. In both cases, there are vulnerabilities when initializing communication. Symmetric key systems often rely on physical sharing of keys — some financial institutions use actual couriers with portable storage devices — to bootstrap. Or they may rely on a connection secured using an asymmetric system to share the encryption key needed for subsequent use. One reason for that is asymmetric systems like Public Key don’t require sending the secret (in this case private keys) over the channel, while symmetric systems are more efficient, and often more secure, for large volumes of data once keys have been exchanged.While QKD isn’t in widespread use, it has been in commercial use in Europe since 2007, and in the US since 2010. For high-value transactions like inter-bank communication and election result transmission, the benefits of QKD are sometimes worth the cost. Another impediment to the wider adoption of QKD is that current systems aren’t interoperable between different vendors. Fortunately, that’s starting to change. In a research effort directed at finding ways to secure the power grid, teams at Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratories have demonstrated the first successful use of QKD between different implementations. The University of Bristol has also just published research on doing something similar to help secure multi-vendor 5G wireless networks.But What About True Quantum Cryptography?While harder than QKD, it will eventually be possible to encrypt data using quantum computing techniques that are particularly resistant to eavesdropping and various other forms of hacking. The most popular approach currently is the Kak protocol. Essentially it’s a quantum version of the well-known double-lock algorithm, which allows two users to securely exchange data without sharing any keys.The double-lock protocol is remarkably simple. We’ll use common convention, and assume Alice and Bob want to exchange information, without it being modified by an eavesdropper, Eve. They also want to know if anyone is successfully eavesdropping on their communication channel. To do this they trade locks in a three-step process.In Kak’s protocol, Alice and Bob use encryption functions UA and UB as proxies for the physical locks of a traditional two-lock protocol.As the first step, Alice locks her data (in the digital case, encrypts it using a secret key), and sends it to Bob. Bob, in turn, adds his lock (encrypting Alice’s already encrypted data with his own secret key), and sends it back to Alice. Alice removes her lock and sends the result back to Bob. Bob can then remove his lock, and read the original data.This all works really nicely with physical locks and keys, but it’s a little more complex when digital encryption is involved. For the protocol to work, the encryption processes have to be commutative (because the encryptions are applied in the order Alice, Bob, but then Alice needs to be able to remove her encryption before Bob removes his). An example of one possible, and popular, encryption, is multiplying by a large number. So far, so good. But now imagine that Eve is listening. As the data goes back and forth, she will be able to see the data multiplied by Alice’s key, the data multiplied by both keys, and the data multiplied by Bob’s key. From that, she can compute the supposedly secret keys of Alice and Bob.Subhash Kak proposed using certain quantum rotations as a way to create a version of the double-lock protocol that couldn’t be eavesdropped. The rotations he proposed could be applied in either order, but any attempt to listen in by reading out intermediate data would result in corrupted data. Other researchers have continued to evolve the protocol with features to make it even more tamper-resistant, but unlike QKD, there aren’t any commercial implementations yet. While it is going to require much more powerful quantum computers to make true quantum-based encryption a reality, researchers are getting closer.Last fall, a team of Chinese researchers successfully used quantum-entangled photons to create and share one-time pads between a satellite and a ground station in Austria. Encryption using one-time pads is provably secure as long as the pad is not compromised, is random, is used only once, and is longer than the data being transmitted. Quantum technology helps with the first three of these, but its performance is still quite slow. Still, the team was able to encrypt, transmit, and decrypt over 2GB of data using their quantum system.In the meantime, quantum computers can do one simple task that’s important for encryption quite well: They can generate truly random numbers. It’s unlikely ultra-expensive quantum computers will be deployed just for that purpose, but once they’re in use, it will be a useful capability.Now Read:Quantum Computing Can Soon Help Secure the Power GridHow Does Quantum Computing Work?Google Announces ‘Bristlecone’ Quantum Computing Chip[Top Image Credit: iStock, Gauntman1, Museum of Science, Milan, Italy] Canceled Marvel Movies We’ll Never Get to See You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 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. 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first_imgIf You Are a B2B Professional, Don’t Miss out on Webinars! Sudipto GhoshMay 23, 2019, 10:16 pmMay 23, 2019 B2B MarketingBrightTALKcontent marketingDemand GenerationLive EventsNewsvideosWebinars Previous ArticleZeroBounce Offers Marketers Solution to Validate Catch-All Email AddressesNext ArticleWhy You Should Consider Embedding Analytics into Current Business Processes According to BrightTALK, Webinars Emerge As Top Learning Format For B2B ProfessionalsIf you are Content Marketer or a Demand Gen Professional, you should know that B2B Webinars are best for your learning. BrightTALK has announced the findings of a large-scale benchmark report of how professionals engage with online videos and webinars. The report analyzes the viewing patterns and preferences of 8 million professionals across IT, finance, HR, sales, and marketing functions. This year’s survey sought not only to establish performance benchmarks for content on BrightTALK, but also to uncover how and why highly educated professionals engage with corporate content.Recommended: Salesforce Ventures Launches New $125 Million Europe Trailblazer FundSecret to B2B Hacking: Spend At Least 2 Hours Engaging with WebinarsBrightTALK’s audience in 2018 came from a diverse global mix of countries and organizations, with a significant proportion of new users coming, respectively, from North America (48 percent) and large enterprises with more than 5,000 employees (31 percent). More significantly, an overwhelming majority of surveyed professionals held senior managerial positions in their respective organizations. Thirty percent held director and above titles, with an 11 percent holding C-suite authority.With this demographic breadth, the survey findings offer a comprehensive snapshot of the B2B decision-making community and provide telling insights into how B2B marketers can effectively create demand gen campaigns through webinars and online videos.Read Also: NetLine Corporation Releases 2019 State of B2B Content …Among the survey’s key findings:More than 77 percent of the survey’s B2B participants spend at least 2 hours per week engaging with content for professional growth.Webinars are the No.1 preferred type of B2B content (91 percent) among surveyed professionals, far outweighing industry articles (60 percent), whitepapers (48 percent), and blog posts (42 percent).More than 54 percent of the B2B participants engage with online webinars and talks on a weekly or daily basis.A full 84 percent of surveyed professionals interact with B2B video content to stay up to date on what’s happening in their industries, and nearly half do so to solve specific organizational problems or issues.The survey is part of BrightTALK’s tenth annual benchmarks report, demonstrating the consistent growth of B2B content marketing campaigns driven by webinars and videos. Between 2018 and 2019, BrightTALK’s platform saw a 20-percent increase in content shared and a 30-percent jump in content created.Recommended: Five Key Trends for Programmatic Advertising in 2018Video, Online Chats, And Live Events Key to B2B Marketing Success“As we continue to diversify and redefine webinars with innovative forms of interactive video content, online talks, and live events, it is exciting to see positive growth across all engagement metrics on our platform,” said Paul Heald, CEO and co-founder of BrightTALK.Paul added, “Year after year, we have seen that providing engaging, informative, and helpful content is B2B marketers’ most powerful weapon in building authentic connections with their prospects.”Currently, BrightTALK brings professionals and businesses together to learn and grow. More than 8 million professionals engage with 100,000+ free talks and 1,000 online summits to discover new technologies, learn from trusted experts, and enhance their careers. Thousands of businesses use BrightTALK’s AI-powered content and demand marketing platform to grow revenue. BrightTALK was founded in 2002 and has raised more than $30 million in venture capital. Clients include Symantec, JP Morgan, BNY Mellon, Cisco, and Amazon Web Services.Read More: Is Person-Based Marketing an Upgrade to ABM?last_img read more

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first_imgLivePerson Wins 2019 Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough Award PRNewswireJune 28, 2019, 7:54 pmJune 28, 2019 AIcustomer serviceGoogle RCS Business MessagingLivepersonMarketing TechnologyMavenNews Previous ArticleDigital Communication Tools Leave Many Workers Feeling Squeezed out by Tech-Savvy ColleaguesNext ArticleTaptica International Rebrand Reflects Video Advertising Leadership LivePerson’s Maven Recognized with “Best AI-Based Solution for Customer Service” Award in 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards ProgramLivePerson, Inc., a global leader in conversational commerce, announced that its recently introduced Maven™ conversational AI platform was selected as the winner of the “Best AI-Based Solution for Customer Service” from AI Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes top companies, technologies, and products in the global artificial intelligence market.Maven is a conversational AI that enables organizations to replace traditional websites and 800-numbers with personalized conversations over SMS, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google RCS Business Messaging, Apple Business Chat, Amazon Alexa, and other popular messengers and voice assistants. Maven now operates as the brains behind new LivePerson AI-based products that brands use to create, manage, and improve their conversations with consumers.Marketing Technology News: Invoca Survey Finds Over Half of Consumers Only Offered Automated Communications By Brands Feel Frustrated When They’re Unable to Speak with a Live PersonMaven enables not only computer scientists but also millions of agents working in contact centers to develop conversational AI experiences. The “tango” between human agents and AI makes it possible for brands to have personalized conversations with billions of consumers, outperforming traditional websites and 800-numbers on measures such as customer satisfaction and sales conversion. LivePerson developed Maven using its conversational data set of billions of brand-to-consumer interactions, and the AI continues to improve with every conversation, strengthening its ability to serve customers and help businesses with marketing, sales, and brick-and-mortar experience use cases.“It’s no secret that many customer service bots simply don’t provide the high-level customer experience that brands need to consistently deliver, but Maven represents an entirely new approach to AI for conversational commerce,” said Alex Spinelli, Chief Technology Officer at LivePerson. “Maven brings the best of AI and human interactions into a blended environment where AI is taught and managed by contact center agents, ensuring that agent productivity increases dramatically while still providing stellar experiences. We’re thrilled to receive this recognition for Maven as a cutting-edge solution for conversational commerce.”The AI Breakthrough Awards recognize innovation, hard work, and success in AI and machine learning-related categories including AI platforms, Deep Learning, Smart Robotics, Business Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, industry-specific applications, and more. This year’s program attracted more than 2,500 nominations from over 15 countries.Marketing Technology News: Verve Releases SDK 4.0 To Supercharge The Revenue-Generating Power Of In-App Inventory“Maven is truly transformative as a tool for organizations to scale conversational commerce using AI without lowering the bar on customer experience,” said James Johnson, managing director, AI Breakthrough. “LivePerson’s new approach represents the breakthrough level of solution we recognize with our annual awards program, and we congratulate the entire LivePerson team on their well-deserved 2019 AI Breakthrough Award.”LivePerson has been innovating digital connections between brands and consumers for more than 20 years, starting with the invention of live chat on websites in 1995. Since then, the company has driven consumer communication technology through the evolution of predictive intelligence and customer transcript insights. LivePerson is driving today’s new era of messaging, conversational design, and the integration of AI into the customer care of the world’s largest brands. Marketing Technology News: 4C Launches New Cross-Channel Video Solution to Help Marketers Reach Cord-Cutters and Cord-Nevers Across Streaming Environmentslast_img read more

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first_img ’83 Biopic’83 Dharamshala’83 Film’83 Shoot First Published: May 28, 2019, 2:17 PM IST He has played a quirky wedding planner, a street-smart con man, a ruthless invader, a rapper, and now he is diving into the role of real life cricket icon Kapil Dev. Actor Ranveer Singh says essaying an icon like the former Indian skipper comes with a set of challenges, which he is well prepared to face.Ranveer has embarked upon the journey of ’83, a Bollywood film in which he will be seen as Kapil Dev. Before leaving for London with the ‘squad’ to begin the shoot, Ranveer told IANS, “I feel prepared and less anxious than I was when I started.””This is the longest I have prepared for any role. I have been preparing essentially since January, which makes it about six months. I have done three weeks, three and a half weeks, four weeks, six weeks, but six months preparing for a character is unique… But then, it’s a unique film in itself,” added the actor, who was suited, booted and moustached for the role.As the game is about to begin, the actor gave an insight into the preparation that has gone into it.”Playing a living legend poses a unique set of challenges, and your approach to the preparation for that character has to be all the more intensive. And it has been. But at the same time, it has been very rewarding and fulfilling,” said Ranveer.In the course of the “absolutely wonderful” prep for the Kabir Khan directorial, he says he has learnt a lot about being an athlete, about cricket and about the “iconic cricketer” Kapil Dev.Ranveer not just trained with Kapil Dev in Dharamsala, but also spent about 10 days with him in Delhi, trying to pick on the nuances to bring out the best possible performance on-screen.The actor says, “It was a process of taking a lot of tips… Cricketing is one aspect and then the characterisation is one aspect. So it has been a two-prong process in essence.”I think what I gained from Kapil sir has been invaluable. There is no other way I’d do it. I am very fortunate, privileged and honoured that he welcomed me into his home. He was warm, welcoming and forthcoming. Everything I gained from him during those days is going to be invaluable for the construction of my performance.”Presented by Reliance Entertainment, ’83 will begin its shoot from June 5 in Glasgow.Joining Ranveer are Saqib Saleem, Adinath Kothare, Chirag Patil, Harddy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Jatin Sarna, Pankaj Tripathi, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Dinker Sharma, Jiiva, Sahil Khattar, Dhairya Karwa, Nishant Dahhiya and R Badree.The squad will begin the shooting at a local cricket spot in the Scottish port city for a week, followed by other popular locations like Dulwich College in London, Edinburgh Cricket Club, Nevill Ground at Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent and The Oval cricket ground.The film will trace India’s historic victory in the 1983 cricket World Cup. It is slated to release on April 10, 2020 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, one of the most bitterly fought in recent memory, will come to a close on Sunday when polling will be held in 59 constituencies in seven states and a Union Territory. More than 10.01 crore voters are expected to decide the fate of 918 candidates, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Varanasi constituency will also vote in the final phase. The high-voltage campaign for the final phase saw poll meetings by Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Congress leader Sachin Pilot and West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress President Mamata Banerjee. Polling will be held in all 13 seats in Punjab and an equal number in Uttar Pradesh, nine in West Bengal, eight seats each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, four in Himachal Pradesh, three in Jharkhand and the lone seat in Chandigarh. The Election Commission has set up more than 1.12 lakh polling stations for the smooth conduct of polls.An average voter turnout of 66.88% was recorded in the last six phases. Overall, the elections spanned 38 days. In Uttar Pradesh, all eyes will be on Varanasi where Modi and 25 other candidates are in the fray. The Congress party’s Ajay Rai and SP-BSP grand alliance’s nominee Shalini Yadav are the main challengers to Modi. Union minister Manoj Sinha and Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey will also seek re-election from Ghazipur and Chandauli, respectively.The BJP is contesting 11 Lok Sabha seats in this phase, while its ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) is contesting Mirzapur, currently held by Union minister Anupriya Patel, and Robertsganj.SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri are among the 278 candidates including 24 women whose fate will be decided in Punjab on Sunday.Besides Punjab, more than six lakh voters in Chandigarh will choose between sitting MP and BJP candidate Kirron Kher and former railway minister and Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal.Actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol who recently joined the BJP, Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab unit chief Bhagwant Mann are among other prominent candidates in the fray.In most of the 13 seats in the state, the contest appears to be a straight contest between the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance.A conglomeration of several political outfits, the Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA) led by AAP rebel Sukhpal Singh Khaira, is also contesting on all 13 seats while SAD (Taksali), a breakaway faction of SAD, has fielded one candidate from Anandpur Sahib.In 2014, the AAP and the SAD had won four seats each, the Congress three and the BJP two.The fate of 111 candidates in nine seats of West Bengal — Kolkata North and Kolkata South, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Jaynagar (SC) and Mathurapur (SC) — will also be sealed. The nine constituencies are spread across the three districts of Kolkata, South and North 24 Parganas.Eight seats, barring Jadavpur, will witness a contest among the Trinamool Congress, BJP, Congress and the Left Front. The Congress has given the Jadavpur seat a miss.On May 14, Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata was marred by violence and destruction of noted reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bust in a college in north Kolkata. This action led to the EC curtailing campaigning in the nine West Bengal constituencies, in a first such action in the country’s electoral history.Four Union ministers — Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ram Kripal Yadav, RK Singh and Ashwini Kumar Choubey — are among the 157 candidates in Bihar. Seven of the seats in the state were won by the NDA last time, five by the BJP and two by the RLSP, which has now joined forces with the “mahagathbandhan”. One seat was bagged by the JD(U) headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, which then fought separately but is now back with the NDA.The most keenly-watched contest is in Patna Sahib where Prasad, one of the most prominent members of the Modi cabinet, is seeking entry into the Lok Sabha. He is pitted against actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha who won it on both occasions for the BJP and is now contesting as the Congress candidate.The electoral fortunes of 42 candidates in Jharkhand, including that of former chief minister and Union minister Shibu Soren, will also be decided on Sunday. Soren, the chief of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and a eighth-term sitting MP is fighting from Dumka seat once again and will be up against BJP’s Sunil Soren. The JMM leader had defeated his BJP challenger twice in 2009 and 2014.Dewas, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Dhar, Indore, Khargone and Khandwa seats in Madhya Pradesh, all currently held by the BJP, will also go to polls. Former Union ministers Kantilal Bhuria, Arun Yadav are in the fray from Ratlam and Khandwa, the latter seeing a tough fight between Yadav and ex-MP BJP chief Nandkumar Singh Chauhan.Polling will also be held in all four Lok Sabha constituencies in Himachal Pradesh where as many as 45 candidates, including five legislators, are in the fray. On Sunday, a bypoll will be held in Panaji in Goa that was necessitated due to the death of former chief minister Manohar Parrikar in March. Bye-elections will also be held in four assembly constituencies of Tamil Nadu — Sulur, Aravakurichi, Ottapidaram (SC) and Thiruparankundram — and in Bihar’s Dehri Assembly seat.Counting of votes will be taken up on May 23.(With inputs from PTI) 2019 lok sabha electionsBJPcongressfinal phase of 2019 First Published: May 18, 2019, 10:23 PM ISTlast_img read more

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first_img arjun rampalArjun Rampal and Gabriella DemetriadesArjun Rampal and Gabriella Demetriades datingArjun Rampal and Gabriella Demetriades Photos First Published: July 18, 2019, 2:59 PM IST Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal and his model girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades are the parents of a newly born boy now. On Thursday, Demetriades gave birth to a boy in Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital. As per reports, Demetriades was admitted in the hospital on Wednesday. It’s also reported that the child has been born through c-section operation. Filmmaker JP Dutta’s daughter Nidhi also confirmed the news on Twitter. She wrote: Congratulations @rampalarjun on the arrival of your bundle of joy! God bless!Congratulations @rampalarjun on the arrival of your bundle of joy! God bless! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vWsPGMfLGY— Nidhi Dutta (@RealNidhiDutta) July 18, 2019 In April, Rampal surprised everyone with the sudden announcement of the pregnancy of his girlfriend. It was a brave decision because Rampal and Demetriades weren’t married. However, the two never shied away from publically showing their affection for each other. Gabriella is a South African supermodel. She participated in Miss Indian Premier League (IPL) Bollywood 2009 and was chosen as one of FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women In The World” contenders. She gained fame for becoming “Miss IPL Bollywood” and represented the IPL team Deccan Chargers. She has also acted in a couple of films and music videos.On the work ront, Rampal was last seen in a web show titled The Final Call. He played the character of an alcoholic pilot in the show.Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: In a shocking revelation, Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) chairman Uday Samant admitted that the four-storeyed building, which collapsed in south Mumbai on Tuesday, was supposed to have been demolished in 2012.The ground-plus-four-storey ‘Kesarbai’ building, located in a densely populated narrow lane in Dongri’s Tandel Street, collapsed around 11.40 am, leaving around 50 people trapped. At least 13 people have been confirmed dead so far. Samant, also the MLA of the Ratnagiri-Sangmeshwar constituency, said the building was 100 years old. According to him, the building owned by the Maharashtra Housing And Area Development Authority (MHADA) was to be demolished by a private developer. “Strict action will be taken, no one will be spared…the developer and our officials should have seen the work,” he said.After the collapse of the building, the MHADA said it had not given a No Objection Certificate to the developer in 2012 for its redevelopment. The authority added that it is an MHADA building and not under the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the latter had given a notice to the residents to vacate the building in August 2017.Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in a letter dated 7 August 2017 on Kesarbhai building that collapsed in Dongri, today: Building is classified as ‘C1’, to be evacuated for demolition at the earliest…In event of any mishap this office won’t be responsible. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/h2XEaV4LxF— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2019However, despite the notice for immediate demolition of the building by the BMC in 2019, the building went missing from the MHADA’s list of dangerous buildings issued before monsoons in 2019.Congress legislator Bhai Jagtap also alleged that residents had been complaining to the MHADA to take prompt measures as the building was very old and in a dilapidated state. However, a top MHADA office-bearer denied that the building belonged to the authority.Vinod Ghosalkar, chief of the repair board of MHADA, said the building did not belong to the housing body as mentioned by a few locals and Jagtap. His statement came even as officials of MHADA reached the site to assess the situation.Fire brigade, Mumbai Police and civic officials rushed to the site of the collapse despite being hindered by the narrow constricted lanes. Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force were also deployed while scores of locals joined in the efforts.The locals joining in the rescue efforts formed a human chain to help remove the debris brick-by-brick and pick up slabs of concrete to locate those buried. Ambulance, however, were unable to reach the site and had to be parked around 50 metres away. dongriMaharashtra Housing and Area Development AuthoritymumbaiMumbai building collapse First Published: July 16, 2019, 5:54 PM ISTlast_img read more

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first_imgPanaji: Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar has said even if late Manohar Parrikar had promised a full tenure to ministers of the ally Goa Forward Party (GFP), he is no more.He was responding to a claim by GFP chief Vijai Sardesai that his party supported the BJP after 2017 elections because Parrikar, who became chief minister, promised full five-year tenure to GFP ministers. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Friday dropped all three GFP ministers alongwith independent Rohan Khaunte from his cabinet after 10 Congress MLAs joined the BJP.Asked about Sardesai’s claim, Tendulkar said, “Parrikar had promised, but unfortunately, he is not amongst us. After him, Pramod Sawant was made chief minister and he has taken the decision (to drop GFP ministers) as per the directions of the Central leadership.”Sardesai had also said that he supported Sawant government because Parrikar, before his death, had taken such an assurance from him. BJPcongressGoaGoa Forward party First Published: July 14, 2019, 8:21 AM ISTlast_img read more

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first_img Editors’ Recommendations UV-activated superglue could literally help to heal broken hearts In China, a deep brain stimulation implant is being used to treat addiction A cardiac arrest-detecting smart speaker could save your life Motion-sensing shrubs and robo-Venus flytraps: Inside the world of Cyborg Botany Future smart clothes promise to keep you the perfect temperature at all times Pacemakers have a problem — and that’s not something you want to hear about a medical device which literally helps a person’s heart to continue to beat normally. The problem, simply, is that they rely on bulky batteries, which have to be swapped out at regular intervals due to their short lifespans.Fortunately, researchers from China and the U.S. may have come up with a solution. They have developed an alternative battery-free pacemaker which gathers its required electricity from the energy of heartbeats. While not yet ready to be implanted into humans, it was recently tested successfully in pigs. This is significant because the pig hearts used in the study are approximately the same size as human hearts.“Our symbiotic cardiac pacemaker (SPM), powered by an iTENG (implantable triboelectric nanogenerator), is the first self-powered battery-free pacemaker [to be] fully implanted in adult pigs,” Zhou Li, a professor in the School of Nanoscience and Technology at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, told Digital Trends. “SPM is inspired by the biological symbiosis phenomenon involving interaction between different organisms living in close physical association — such as nitrogen-fixing bacteria with leguminous plants — which is a fancy and interesting idea. The SPM converts biomechanical energy from the heart beating to electricity for powering the pacing module [as it sends] pulses. The abnormal heart can be corrected by these pulses, and the recovered heart will provide more energy for SPM.”The recent demonstration was significant because it showed that the energy output from the iTENG is enough to reach (and exceed) the threshold needed for a commercial medical human pacemaker. This makes the idea of a self-powering “implant for life” not only exciting but also feasible.“There is still a long way to go [before this can be] used in humans,” Li said. “Some technical challenges are needed to be solved. To meet the minimally invasive implantation process and better comfort long-term operation in vivo, it is necessary to develop an iTENG [that is] small in size, high energy density, [has] efficient fixation with bio-tissue, and long-term biosafety. It depends on developments of material science, micro and nano-fabrication technologies, and electronic techniques.”The work isn’t just promising for cardiac pacemakers, however. Li suggested that similar self-powering tech could also be used for alternatives to other battery-powered implant medical devices. These could include neural stimulators, muscle stimulators, devices for tissue repair and engineering, drug delivery systems, and more.It could additionally be used for consumer devices such as wearables, which currently require charging. “I think that electronic equipment is entering a self-powered era,” he said.A paper describing the work was recently published in the journal Nature Communications.last_img read more

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first_img“After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end,” Cindy Holland, VP of Netflix original content, said today. “It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kick ass, and outright unforgettable. Never has there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world.” The show had been praised by critics for its commitment to diversity. Each of the characters had an origin story in a different part of the world and from a different culture; Sense8 didn’t shy from representations of people of color, various religious beliefs, the LGBTQ community, and disability. Although criticized at times for being far-fetched, that didn’t appear to dampen enthusiasm among viewers.In fact, according to Netflix’s research, at least 70-percent of those viewers who stuck Sense8 out to episode three would go on to watch the whole first season. Further research indicated it was a hit with “binge watchers”, with viewers devouring multiple episodes on each occasion. It proved to be an international success, too, with Netflix highlighting strong viewership in European countries in addition to the US. However things clearly weren’t positive enough for a third season. Netflix has made a habit in recent years of opening its wallet wide and splashing out on homegrown and exclusive content. In many ways that’s been a huge success, with shows like House of Cards taking industry awards. However, it also leaves anything even slightly underperforming at risk of cancelation, as executives look for the best bang-for-their-buck. Thank you for being a part of our journey. Sensates forever. pic.twitter.com/SClwiY3rwy— Sense8 (@sense8) June 1, 2017 Story TimelineNetflix is going to make another four Adam Sandler moviesNetflix’s first big animated movie will be R-rated ‘America: The Motion Picture’Netflix abandons star rating system, replaces it with thumbsThe Witcher is being turned into a Netflix seriesArrested Development season 5 is officially inbound for Netflix Indeed, Sense8 becomes the latest high-profile Netflix show to get the axe from the company. Last week, ambitious music-themed show The Get Down, created by Baz Luhrmann, was cancelled. Known for being Netflix’s most expensive show to create to-date, some estimates pegged the cost at a whopping $16m per episode. Meanwhile other well-promoted shows like Lilyhammer, Hemlock Grove, and Marco Polo have also experienced the downside of Netflix’s changing favors. Netflix has cancelled Sense8, with the show becoming the latest in the on-demand streaming TV service’s growing list of axed series. Two seasons of Sense8 were produced, focusing on an eight-person group who discovered they had interlinked mental connections through which they could share emotions and more. It was the creation of Lana and Lilly Wachowski, along with J. Michael Straczynski. last_img read more

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first_imgGoogle’s Project Fi announced today that they’d be getting the Motorola-made Moto X4 with Android One. This device was said by Google to run the Android One software suite, the first of its kind in the United States. This Android One software system means it’s a “pure Android experience.” It’ll run Android Nougat right out the gate, then is promised by Google to get Android Oreo before the end of the year. Story TimelineMoto X Pure smartphones get graffiti treatment from artist FuturaMoto X Pure Edition from 2015 gets a Nougat updateLenovo’s Moto X moment: going stock Android on all phonesHere are the Moto X4 specs, price you can expectThe Moto X4 streams to 4 Bluetooth devices: Here’s howMoto X4 hands-on: Alexa and dual-cameras for the midrange The Moto X4 with Android One, or Android One Moto X4 as Google calls it, works with Google’s own set of preinstalled apps. This means the basics – the same apps you get with every Google-certified Android phone, Google’s set of apps, as well as the Project Fi apps and apps like Google Duo. Google also promised in a release today that “Android One Moto X4 will also be among the first to receive an upgrade to Android P.”SEE: Moto X4 hands-on (a slightly different edition)This smartphone is IP68 water resistant and works with what Motorola calls a “contoured design” – just a bit more curvy than the Moto Z lineup. This device has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor inside with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage – with a microSD card slot to boot. This device has a 5.2-inch FHD display – that’s 1920 x 1080 pixels across the face. This display works with LTPS IPS technology and is covered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass.This device is basically identical to the Moto X4 we saw earlier this year – save the personal assistant. While the version available unlocked straight from Motorola has Alexa, Google’s will run with the Google Assistant.The Moto X4 was revealed by Motorola and Lenovo earlier this year. The device back then was only given Europe-centric pricing (at 399 Euro, as it were). Fast forward to now, and Google suggests that this Moto X4 with Android One “is available only in the U.S. on Project Fi’s network.” This device will be made available starting today (on pre-order) through Project Fi online. The Moto X4 with Android One will cost $399 USD and comes in Sterling Blue or Super Black.last_img read more

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first_imgCarPlay isn’t new. Introduced in 2014, it was Apple’s first foray into the automotive space. It might be the precursor to Titan, or a standalone product meant as a stopgap for the time we’re in, where Apple’s own automated vehicle platform is still just a beta project. Either way, it’s here. It’s a tangible, working product. And for the first time, you don’t need to wire your iPhone to the car to experience it. To test that, we took the Alpine iLX-107 for a spin. Literally. HardwareIn-dash, the only thing you’ll see from the iLX-107 is the screen. That’s what we’ll spend our time on with regard to hardware.Some CarPlay devices utilize seriously bad screen technology. Alpine doesn’t. The iLX-107 sports a 7-inch capacitive touch screen rather than a resistive touch panel, which makes it pretty snappy. It’s not nearly as quick as an iPhone, but it’s better than most in-dash touch screens.It’s a bright display, too. The only real interruptions are a large ‘home’ button and a dedicated Siri button below the display. The home button gets you back to the device settings, not the CarPlay home screen. Pressing the Siri button launches Apple’s digital assistant, which is ready to listen to your query. A few other capacitive buttons for volume control and menu navigation also exist, but they only pop up when the display is on.AdChoices广告In addition to the CarPlay unit, Alpine includes a microphone. Unless your car already has an active listening mic for phone calls and the like, you’ll need to mount this. Our installer says the best place is above the windshield, about where oil-change technicians put those annoying stickers. A microphone is equally annoying, but infinitely more useful.The hero here is Bluetooth. Alpine buried Bluetooth in this unit for wireless CarPlay, and it’s special. You don’t need to take your phone out of a pocket or bag; a few seconds after you start your vehicle, it syncs with the phone and away you go. Like the Apple Watch, the Alpine iLX-107 makes your iPhone feel like a pocketable supercomputer that controls everything else in your life.Another nice touch is an included GPS antenna. It’s stronger and better than the one in your phone, so CarPlay uses it and sends that data to your phone. It makes for a much more responsive Maps experience, which is crucial.SoftwareHere’s the thing about CarPlay: as a platform, it doesn’t necessarily add to your in-car iOS experience. It just makes it better. CarPlay is also seamless, and apps are front and center – and also better in some cases.The best example is Maps, which is bolder and brighter on the 7-inch display. It’s a slightly tweaked interface, and utilizes more familiar plus and minus buttons or arrows. Scrubbing through the map while driving is best when using directional arrows. The bottom left of the display always shows your next destination, and defaults to home if you have nowhere to go.Music is also nicer. I use Apple Music, and some slight tweaks to how you discover artists or albums in your library really make CarPlay a winner. You can scroll, slip through a list using directional arrows or bring up a keypad to type out the first letter in an artist or album to quick-advance to that spot on the list. It’s handy.Background, non-CarPlay apps also feel more useful. Fantastical is my go-to calendar app. If I’m headed somewhere, I always add the destination in Fantastical. On the iPhone, a notification to leave for an appointment launches me into Fantastical, where I can choose to head into Maps. With CarPlay, Maps automatically surfaces my next destination. It’s much more sleek and modern.CarPlay navigation is really clever on Alpine’s iLX-107. You always have your three most recent apps on the left of the screen, so dipping and diving between Music and Maps (just an example) is smooth. Alpine did an excellent job of thinking about how a driver would actually use apps in the car. While there’s not a lot of fiddling that can be done with CarPlay itself, Alpine’s UI is the best there is. The phone’s battery indicator on-screen is also a nice touch.Siri still runs the showAnd that’s not great. We’re hoping Siri gets a lot smarter before the HomePod drops this December, but as-is she’s got a lot to learn. Literally!While driving, Messages is voice-only. If you get a message, Siri offers to read it to you. It’s understandable, but also antithetical to the rest of your iOS or macOS experience. People use colloquialisms and emoji all the time, and Siri just doesn’t quite understand it.You can choose to respond via voice, but there’s no way to read the message on a CarPlay screen. You also can’t send emojis; even when you learn Siri’s code-names for emojis (she will read them to you if someone sends you an emoji), she still defaults to text. So saying ‘smiling face emoji’ won’t actually send the smiling emoji.When synced, CarPlay and the iPhone cannot be used independently. If you’re using Maps on your CarPlay device, you’re in Maps on the phone. If you pulled out your phone to use an app not available via CarPlay, the CarPlay home screen pops up on the unit. It’s meant for distraction-free driving, but can be mildly annoying at times.Its saving grace here is that it can make good use of the dual-screen experience. Maps offers general overview directions on the phone, with turn-by-turn on the CarPlay screen. If you have your phone mounted to a dash, it’s a nice one-two punch.With a microphone right by my face, Siri has no trouble hearing me. Other units don’t offer this, and I suspect it’s why Siri feels limited there. My Scion xB test vehicle assumes a lot of road noise, and Siri had no issue hearing me. I must say I had one strange issue where Siri simply stopped listening for a few days, but some IT-guy ‘turn it off and back on’ fiddling with the iPhone and CarPlay seemed to remedy the problem.Siri is still not perfect, and context is the biggest hurdle for CarPlay. I asked it where all the Starbucks in my area were, and it had no idea what to do. I said ‘get me directions to Starbucks’ and it defaulted to the closest location. I didn’t want to go to that particular Starbucks, and it’s a time when a list or suggestions would have been more appropriate.You also won’t get web results in CarPlay – again, distraction-free driving.VerdictThere are two parts to this conclusion. First, CarPlay is just not iOS. You won’t be able to use Facebook or send a Snap while driving. If you want to listen to music, use Maps or have some Podcasts – CarPlay is great. If you are the type who uses an iPhone as a hub for your vehicle, CarPlay is an easy aftermarket addition to talk yourself into.And the Alpine iLX-107 isn’t cheap. At $900 (I’ve seen it for $700, but $900 is the MSRP), it’s one of the more expensive upgrades you’d readily consider. Add installation and it’s a good $1,000 or better.As an aside, we do suggest sourcing a local Alpine dealer to install the iLX-107. They probably have a better idea of what you need; if I had gone to a big-box retailer to have this unit installed, they’d probably ask where I wanted to mic mounted, and my answer would have been something that affected my experience.Another point we should make: CarPlay uses cellular data from your phone. It does allow multiple devices to link to it, one at a time, so it’s also possible to have a passenger control the action. Switching users requires the vehicle to be stopped, though, so decide who’s in control before you leave for that road trip.The iLX-107 is top of the heap, though. You can add a backup camera if you like, and wireless CarPlay is sort of magical. It’s as if the platform were meant for the car, rather than being some sort of second-screen for an iPhone – which is exactly how I feel plugging it in with other units. The screen is also the best I’ve ever used with CarPlay or any other in-dash ‘infotainment’ system, both in hardware and the interface.The best endorsement I can give is this: I’m buying one. Alpine sent me this unit for review, but I’m sold on its CarPlay experience and will be purchasing an Alpine iLX-107. It’s well worth the investment, especially since it works so seamlessly with iOS, a platform I use to navigate life in general.last_img read more

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first_imgLenovo 500e ChromebookIf you’re focused on Chrome OS and have a little more to spend, though, the Lenovo 500e Chromebook might be the answer. Priced from $349, it’s only available with Google’s platform, in an 11.6-inch 360-degree spinning form-factor. The HD IPS display gets Gorilla Glass protection and a pressure-sensitive pen: handily, there’s a built-in silo to store the stylus, too, something we wish “grown up” pen-enabled notebooks would adopt. Inside, there’s an Intel Celeron N3450 processor, paired with up to 8 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Battery life is up to 10 hours, and the whole thing weighs 2.97 pounds. The 500e’s 5-megapixel camera faces outwards, too, so that it’s easier to take photos of the classroom or field-trips. It’ll go on sale this month.Lenovo 500e Chromebook: Lenovo 100e Windows: Lenovo 300eLike its cheaper brethren, the Lenovo 300e will also be available in Windows 10 and Chrome OS forms. The Lenovo 300e Windows will start at $279, and have an Intel Apollo Lake processor, and go on sale this month. It’ll offer up to 8 hours of battery life, and have pen support in addition to the ten-point multitouch 11.6-inch display.Lenovo 300e Windows: As for the Lenovo 300e Chromebook, that’ll also start at $279 but will go on sale from February. Inside, it’ll eschew Intel in favor of a MediaTek MTK 8173C processor. Though it doesn’t have pen support, it still packs the 11.6-inch touchscreen and extends battery life to up to ten hours. Both weigh from 3 pounds. Lenovo 300e Chromebook: Lenovo ThinkPad 11eFlipping over to Windows, finally, there are the ThinkPad 11e and ThinkPad 11e Yoga. Each shed bulk and weight compared to their fourth-generation predecessors, while battery life has risen too. Lenovo claims they’ll now each get up to twelve hours on a single charge.Each runs a latest-gen Intel N series processor, and Windows 10. The ThinkPad 11e Yoga has a digital pen – with a silo for storage – and a world-facing camera, along with its 360-degree hinge. The ThinkPad 11e is a more traditional notebook form-factor, but its 11.6-inch HD IPS display can now be had with touch, too. It’ll be priced from $429, while the ThinkPad 11e Yoga will start at $499, when both go on sale from February 2018.Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Windows:center_img Lenovo has a gaggle of new education notebooks but, while it may be part of Microsoft’s new push to seize back STEM from Google’s Chromebooks, it’s hedging its bets with new Windows and Chrome OS models. Seven new models are arriving today, spanning form-factors and ranges that include Yoga and ThinkPad, and in some cases offered in either Chrome OS or Windows 10 forms. Pricing will kick off from just $219, too. Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Yoga Windows: Whichever OS you prefer, there are some welcome commonalities across all of the models Lenovo has announced today. Arguably most important, given their intended audience in classrooms, the whole range is MIL-SPEC tested. That includes keyboards that can resist an entire can of soda being spilled across them, and drop-tests from 29.5-inches. Lenovo 100eThe Lenovo 100e is the most affordable of the line-up. It’ll be offered in both Windows 10 or Chrome OS forms, each priced from $219. Running an Intel Celeron N3350 processor, it has an 11.6-inch HD display with an anti-glare coating, and tip the scales at 2.7 pounds. Lenovo claims they’ll run for up to 10 hours on a single charge, and will go on sale in January for the Windows 10 model, and March for the Chrome OS version.Lenovo 100e Chromebook:AdChoices广告last_img read more

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first_imgTrump raged this morning at around 7AM Central Time with a Twitter post which suggested he wasn’t pleased with the market’s reaction to his comments on aluminum and steel. “We must protect our country and our workers,” said Trump, “Our steel industry is in bad shape. IF YOU DON’T HAVE STEEL, YOU DON’T HAVE A COUNTRY!” (Emphasis entirely Trump’s.) Trump’s trade war comments suggested he has only a rudimentary idea of how the economy works and what an actual trade war is. “When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!”As the stock market read the Tweet on trade wars, the DOW Jones Futures market slid a cool 200 points. At the same time, Bitcoin fell just under 2 points, recovering within 3 hours. It would appear that the reverse correlation of the overall stock market VS Bitcoin USDT prices continues to hold relatively strong. Keep your eye on the tweetstorms for more.As it is always, SlashGear takes no responsibility for the financial and/or investment actions of the reader. The article here and all other articles on SlashGear are not meant to be interpreted as financial and/or investment advice in any way whatsoever. All responsibility for actions before, during, and after reading SlashGear remain the reader’s alone. Over the past 24 hours the stock market’s fallen sharply while Bitcoin price seems to be sticking to its guns. The DOW has “plunged” over the past three days around 1,000 points over the past two days, falling especially sharply a moment after Donald Trump made comments about adding trade tariffs to steel and aluminum. Bitcoin prices stayed steady this morning, too, as Trump said that “trade wars are good” and “easy to win.” Story TimelineCompanies leaving Trump today get big boost (UPDATE: Trump ends councils)Solar cell imports slapped with Trump tariff in China trade warLG washing machine price hike confirmed after Trump’s import tarifflast_img read more

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first_imgZTE is back from the dead, sort of. And at least for now. The company is perhaps desperate to put the horrible past few months behind and show a tough face. That resolve is being tested at IFA 2018 where it’s showing off the Axon 9 Pro. Yes, there was no Axon 8 and neither is there a non-Pro Axon 9. And while the ZTE Axon 9 Pro might sound like any other 2018 flagship, it does have one feature that makes it a tiny bit more interesting. Unfortunately for US consumers, that doesn’t really matter. The base specs of the ZTE Axon 9 Pro are something you’ve seen before. There’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Like its predecessor, the successful and popular Axon 7 from 2016, it has an AMOLED screen. It’s larger though at 6.21 inches but, ironically, less pixel-dense with only 2248×1080 pixels, FHD+ down from QHD. And yes, that means it has a notch.On the back you get dual cameras, 20 megapixels and 12 megapixels to be exact. The front has a large 20 megapixel sensor too. But that’s not the only sensor sharing space in that notch. There’s an RGB sensor that part of the Axon 9 Pro’s defining feature: Axon Vision. Axon Vision is ZTE’s marketing term for the smartphone’s adaptive display. It’s actually two features lumped into one. The first uses that RGB sensor to measure ambient color temperature and adjust the display’s settings to compensate. Sounds like Apple TrueTone so that isn’t exactly special. What’s special is Axion Vision’s “Motion Video Optimization” feature that fills in videos with frames to ensure that you get smooth 60 FPS even if the source video is only 24 or 30 fps.Call it a gimmick but it at least the ZTE Axon 9 Pro has something worth talking about. Well, there’s also the 649 EUR ($757) price tag. And the fact that it’s not coming to the US. Either ZTE, like Huawei, is taking out its grievances on US consumers or it figured it would rather not stir the hornet’s nest this soon.last_img read more

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first_imgFord promised something different with the 2018 Expedition and 2018 F-150, and that’s coming under the hood. The upcoming SUV and truck will pack an all-new V6 engine, Ford has confirmed today, in addition to adding an updated turbocharged engine with the most power of an EcoBoost so far. It’s part of what the automaker says is a push to coax more economy out of its bigger vehicles. The all-new 2018 Ford Expedition will be offered with a single engine. That’s a 3.5-liter EcoBoost, tuned differently depending on whether it’s under the hood of the XL, XLT, and Limited, or the more expensive Platinum. The latter will also require 93 octane fuel. The Explorer XL, XLT, and Limited will deliver 375 horsepower arriving at 5,000 rpm, and 470 lb-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm. That’s tested with 87 octane fuel. For the Platinum, meanwhile, the same engine gets 400 HP and 480 lb-ft.Only fleet customers will get the XL, mind, including emergency services and law enforcement. The XLT, Limited, and Platinum series will be offered to individual buyers; the XLT will also have an optional FX4 Off-Road Package. The Expedition MAX, with its extended length, will be available with all trims when it and the regular SUV arrive in Ford dealerships this fall. It’ll have a 10-speed transmission, and the ability to tow up to 9,300 pounds. The gearbox will be shared by certain configurations of the 2018 F-150, which has a full five engine options for the new model year. Two are new gas engines, while three are updated; a 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 diesel will be added as a sixth option next spring.Brand new is a 3.3-liter V6, with 290 HP and 265 lb-ft. of torque, 8 HP and 12 lb-ft. improvements over last year’s 3.5-liter V6. It’s expected to boost economy, too, with an estimated 5-percent enhancement.An all-new second-gen 2.7-liter EcoBoost gets 25 lb-ft. more torque, at 400 lb-ft. Ford says it comes in lower in the engine range, too, mimicking a naturally-aspirated V8. It’ll get the 10-speed gearbox as standard. Meanwhile, the 5.0-liter V8 is also enhanced, with Ford borrowing engine treatments from the Mustang GT350 and improving horsepower to 395 HP and torque to 400 lb-ft. It’ll also get the 10-speed gearbox. Auto Start-Stop will be standard across the range. The 2018 F-150 will arrive in dealerships this fall.last_img read more

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first_imgStory TimelineHuawei P30 Pro ReviewOnePlus 7 Pro Review: A hero phone with a price to match SpecsLet’s get the specs out of the way first. Not because they’re not that interesting but because they’re nearly identical. Almost identical. Both, for example, run top of the line processors, a Kirin 980 on the Huawei P30 Pro and a Snapdragon 855 on the OnePlus 7 Pro. Both offer 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 to 256 GB of storage, but only OnePlus 7 Pro has a 12 GB RAM offering while only the Huawei P30 Pro has 512 GB storage.Of course, there are differences, though not always in the ways that might matter to many users. The OnePlus 7 Pro, for example, has no expandable memory but the fact that the Huawei P30 Pro only supports Huawei’s own nanoSD card means they’re practically on the same boat. Huawei does offer wireless charging, reverse wireless charging even, but while the technology is indeed convenient and now more common, it hasn’t yet become a deal breaker for most consumers.In the end, when it comes to raw power and performance, the kind that you’ll want to have when recording and even editing videos, the Huawei P30 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro are on equal footing. Well, almost equal footing.ScreenPerhaps for the first time, OnePlus will have a lot to say about its screen. Just when Huawei decided to step back on the resolution, OnePlus decides to step up. The P30 Pro now only has a FHD+ screen while the OnePlus 7 Pro, for the first time, goes up to QHD+. DisplayMate definitely thinks 3K QHD+ is the way to go and has crowned OnePlus’ flagship with a lot of “highest” and “best” grades.Resolution aside, however, the OnePlus 7 Pro also boasts of a 90 Hz refresh rate. While that’s not going to magically speed up the camera or even your phone, it does give the impression of responsiveness. The faster refresh rate could also help users get a better “feel” for the photo or video they’re framing in the camera.CamerasNow we come to the main show, the cameras. On paper and in reviews, there is little doubt that the Huawei P30 Pro is there at the top. The 20 megapixel ultra-wide angle camera is definitely a bonus and the 8 megapixel periscope-style telephoto camera is obviously the star of Huawei’s show. Even that 3D Time-of-Flight sensor, often used just for AR experiences, helps in producing incredible bokeh effects.The question, however, is by how much does the Huawei P30 Pro lead the pack and how much people will be willing to pay for that lead. If the preliminary reviews are to be believed, that gap isn’t as wide as Huawei might have hoped.According to DxOMark’s scores, at least, the OnePlus 7 Pro isn’t that far from the Huawei P30 Pro or even the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. In some cases, it even beats the two, but only barely. Our own review reveals a camera setup that is definitely good but could still use some improvement on the firmware side. We definitely need to see more tests of night mode, bokehs, and zooms but the consensus seems to be that the OnePlus 7 Pro, at least for now, can hold its head high among the bigger, more expensive phones.And that 5x optical zoom? It’s admittedly a great trick and one that could become the norm in the near future. For now, however, it might only be relevant for the most professional of mobile photographers.SoftwareGoogle proved that camera hardware and megapixel count isn’t everything. Even with a measly 12.2 megapixel camera, it is able to produce photos its rivals couldn’t and climb almost to the top. Of course, it eventually hit some limits but a combination of good hardware and good software can be a very potent weapon.In terms of overall software, both run modified versions of Android. OnePlus’ OxygenOS, however, is closer to vanilla Android than Huawei’s EMUI is. This means, at least in theory, that OnePlus is able to be more quickly roll out updates than this rival. That spirit of agility applies not only to Android itself but the other parts of the software experience as well. Huawei may have the lead in camera software but by taking quick steps, OnePlus has a chance of catching up soon.PriceHuawei may have the small advantage in the camera department but few will argue that OnePlus holds the title of “Most Affordable”, among other things. The “middle ground” OnePlus 7 Pro costs $699 while an equivalent Huawei P30 Pro goes for $899. If you can even find one in the US.Some might argue that the $200 difference gives you more features but how much of that is absolutely needed? You do get superb cameras but the OnePlus 7 Pro isn’t that far off. You have wireless and reverse wireless charging that may not be critical to your everyday use. You have the assurance of IP rating that OnePlus argues is more expensive than it’s really worth. In the end, the real question is whether those features are indeed worth $200 more.Wrap-up: Samsung and GoogleWhen it comes to camera output, the Huawei P30 Pro definitely takes the crown. The Galaxy Note S10 5G came close but not enough. A smartphone, however, is more than just its camera, even if you use that camera 50% of the time (which is probably debatable). A smartphone is still a smartphone and is both its parts as well as the sum of its parts. In the context, the OnePlus 7 Pro could very well steal the crown from everyone this year.Surely, there are other contenders in that space, you might ask. Of course, there are. If you’re an iPhone fan, there’s really no other option anyway. On Android, you still have the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the Google Pixel 3. The problem with Samsung’s camera topnotcher is that it is only true for the expensive 5G version whose key feature you might not be able to use within the next year or so anyway. As for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, you do get amazing photos but even less power considering its a 2018 phone. You will, however, probably choose it more for its pure Android experience, in which case you might as well wait for the Pixel 4 in a few months.The bottom line is that the OnePlus 7 Pro is shaking up the smartphone market this year. It may not have the best camera by the numbers but, considering the Galaxy S10 5G’s status, it remarkable that it comes close to being second best. The fact that OnePlus 7 Pro has the highest rated screen this year and flagship specs for $699, it’s hard to see how it can’t be 2019’s best smartphone, even if it’s OnePlus most expensive yet. Smartphone cameras are where it’s all at these days. Even Google, who has stuck to only one sensor, at least for now, performs all sorts of software magic to produce unbelievably good photos that trump even those with two or more cameras. For almost two years now, Huawei has claimed the top spot, in DxOMark ranking as well as in reviews. The OnePlus 7 Pro has just broken cover and is now challenging the long-time champ. Will it win in a camera face off against the Huawei P30 Pro or does the self-proclaimed Flagship Killer have some other trick up its sleeve? last_img read more

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