New Tobi PCEye Computer Eye Control Device

first_imgTobii LogoFor individuals with disabilities that affect their mobility and dexterity, computer use is a difficult task. Navigating a screen with a standard mouse or typing with a keyboard can be an arduous or even an impossible undertaking.Tobii, the world’s leading vendor of eye tracking and eye control devices, with offices in the United States, Germany, Norway, Japan and China, has worked to develop and perfect eye tracking technology that makes hand-free computer navigation possible for individuals with physcial disabilities. This widely used  technology  makes it possible for computers to know exactly where users are looking.Tobii  has released the Tobii PCEye, an advanced stand-alone eye-control device for the standard computer. The PCEye is easy to use, highly accurate, and portable, and is compatible with a wide range of software for total access to any personal computer.Tobii PCEye translates eye movement to a mouse cursor on a screen. It is primarily designed for those needing an alternative method for controlling a mouse and a computer, for example, individuals with impaired motor skills. By simply attaching the device to a computer screen and connecting the USB cable, users can control their computer through gazing, blinking, or dwelling on an item with their eyes.Tobii PCEye offers eye tracking to a wider range of users, as it can effectively track nearly every user regardless of eye color, lighting conditions, environment, or head movement. The “track box,” the box that defines the area/volume in which a person’s eyes can be tracked, is also one of the largest on the market.For more information, call (800) 793-9227 or visit the Tobii website.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedEye tracking technologyApril 12, 2017In “Computers”Control your computer with your eyesMay 15, 2014In “Tech Tips”Eye Tracking Technology Allows for Effective Communication for People with ParalysisJune 30, 2011In “Products and Devices”last_img read more

Monday Tech Tip Talking LabQuest

first_imgA representative from GW Micro talks about a collaborative project for people who are blind or have low vision, the Talking LabQuest, from GW Micro and Independence Science.Having trouble viewing the video? Click here!Click here to visit our archived videos.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedTech Tip Monday: Braille Sense On Hand by GW MicroOctober 11, 2010In “Products and Devices”ATU138 – GW Micro announces that WindowEyes is now FREE for Microsoft Office users. Press conference, interviews with Dan Hubbell, Dan Weirich, and Jeremy CurryJanuary 17, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”GW Micro Presents the BookSense DSJuly 22, 2010In “Products and Devices”last_img read more

More Than 90 of Small Businesses Will Increase Advertising Spending in 2019

first_img Google SearchIPNYLes KollegianMarketing TechnologyNewsPrioritizing Advertisingsocial media advertisingThe Manifest Previous ArticleNew AI-Powered Zoovu Interface Brings Self-Service Digital Assistants to MarketNext ArticleSugarCRM Announces Game-Changing Product Enhancements to Accelerate Growth, Improve Business Performance and Deliver Exceptional Customer Experiences Most Small Businesses Are Prioritizing Advertising This Year and Will Increase Spending on Social Media Advertising (56%) and Other Online Advertising Mediums Such as Google Search and Banner Ads (41%)Nearly all small businesses (91%) plan to invest more in advertising in 2019, according to a new survey from The Manifest, a business news and how-to website.Annually, more than half of small businesses (57%) spend less than $50,000 on advertising, the survey found. Increased spending on advertising will help small businesses spread brand awareness and stand out among their competition.“It really is critical to advertise and get your name out there because otherwise, you get lost,” said Tim Smith, director of communications and media planning at IPNY, an advertising agency in New York.Millennial Business Owners Spend More on AdvertisingMillennials value advertising more than older business owners.About 61% of millennial business owners spend more than $50,000 on advertising annually, while 52% of baby boomer business owners spend less than $10,000.Millennials grew up with both traditional and digital advertising, and this experience makes them more willing to spend money on advertising.“It’s the world [millennials] have grown up in, and they’ve seen other businesses be successful that way,” said Josh Ryther, senior partner at Deksia, a marketing strategy agency in Michigan.Marketing Technology News: Glocally and Storied Partner to Develop Digital Ad Units Distributing Local Social ContentSmall Businesses Will Spend More on Digital AdvertisingSmall businesses will increase spending on a variety of advertising channels, but most plan to spend more on social media advertising (56%) and other online advertising such as Google search, banner, and retargeted ads (41%).Small businesses are focusing on digital advertising because it’s an easy way to reach consumers where they spend time – online.“Digital advertising reflects the way people shop today, which is online, and offers targeting opportunities that weren’t possible before,” said Harry Chapin, CEO and founder of Forge Worldwide, a brand-building company in Boston.Digital advertising allows businesses to target people based on specific demographics. This ensures their advertising budget doesn’t go to waste reaching people who are unlikely to convert.“We’ve tried bus benches, billboards, print, and Yellow Pages, but nothing comes close to the ROI we are able to extract from online advertising,” said Sean Pour, marketing manager of SellMax, a company that buys people’s used cars.Marketing Technology News: Where’s Our Data? IDC Executive Brief – Data Control is Crucial for Success in Digital TransformationSmall Businesses Advertise Mainly to Increase Sales and RevenueAlthough ads costs money, a successful advertising strategy helps small businesses make money in the long run.About one-third of small businesses (32%) say their main goal for advertising is to increase sales and revenue.“The goal of advertising is to simply create brand recognition for small businesses in order to increase brand engagement and overall sales,” said Les Kollegian, CEO of Jacob Tyler, a brand experience agency in California.Overall, the survey shows that advertising is a beneficial investment for most small businesses and that businesses will continue to allocate time, money, and resources toward advertising.The Manifest’s 2019 Small Business Advertising Survey included 529 small business owners and managers across the US.Marketing Technology News: Primis Awarded Recertification of TAG Certified Against Fraud Seal by Trustworthy Accountability Group More Than 90% of Small Businesses Will Increase Advertising Spending in 2019 PRNewswireApril 25, 2019, 8:12 pmApril 25, 2019 last_img read more

Zylotech Appoints Chief Revenue Officer to Support Next Phase of Growth

first_imgZylotech Appoints Chief Revenue Officer to Support Next Phase of Growth PRNewswireMay 28, 2019, 6:40 pmMay 28, 2019 AIcustomer intelligence platformDun & BradstreetMarketing TechnologyNewsPatrick O’BrienZylotech Previous ArticleLee Named Participant in Google News Initiative Data LabNext Articleilluma Receives EDAA Trust Seal From ABC Zylotech announced the expansion of its management team, appointing Patrick O’Brien as the company’s Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). In an increasingly evolving landscape, the role of the CRO has become increasingly important in establishing operating procedures that keep organizations oriented towards success. In this new role, Patrick O’Brien will be responsible for leading Zylotech’s sales and business efforts to support the company’s next phase of growth and its expanding go-to-market plans.While being a key member of the executive management team, O’Brien will lead the core business strategy across the company’s various business silos enabling the management team to gain valuable new insights. O’Brien brings more than two decades of leadership experience working across functional business areas to develop and launch successful revenue generating programs that accelerate growth. With a focus on cultivating deeper B2B customer and partner relationships, he has successfully led the implementation of new revenue programs for multiple advertising and marketing technology companies throughout his career. His appointment follows Zylotech’s recent move to its newly expanded headquarters in Cambridge fueled by ongoing demand for its customer intelligence solutions.Marketing Technology News: Zendesk Unveils Next Generation of Conversational Messaging Experiences“We are excited that Patrick has joined our leadership team to lead our growth, revenue planning and execution strategies as we continue to drive a new paradigm,” said Abhi Yadav, Co-founder and CEO of Zylotech. “As more organizations tap into the power of our self-learning customer intelligence platform, we are in position to expand our market reach. With Patrick’s proven track record for developing successful revenue programs, his deep experience is strategically important in advancing our go-to-market strategy.”Most recently, O’Brien guided the development and launch of a new audience targeting solution in his role as Executive Vice President for Dun & Bradstreet. Prior to that he was Vice President, Business Development at Bizo (acquired by LinkedIn), where he established a partner and reseller network to solidify the company’s leadership in the B2B digital marketing and advertising sector. Previous to those positions, he was on the leadership teams of more than half a dozen successful internet, advertising and marketing startups.Marketing Technology News: DataRobot and Informatica Partner to Accelerate Adoption of AI Across the Enterprise“Zylotech is at the forefront of the customer-tech movement enabling organizations to use AI technologies to automate data, decision practices and achieve timely insights,” said Patrick O’Brien, Chief Revenue Officer of Zylotech. “I’m thrilled to join Zylotech at this key growth stage and work alongside its talented leadership team to define and execute on the company’s vision for expanding its operations and offerings.”Marketing Technology News: True Influence Hires Data Strategist and Marketing Technology Visionary Ray Estevez as Chief Data Officerlast_img read more

Best Amazon Prime Day Deals SSDs and HDDs

first_imgBest Amazon Prime Day Deals: SSDs and HDDs 3 Comments Amazon’s Prime Day sales event is back again this year with countless deals on just about everything money can buy. Included in this are some excellent deals on SSDs and storage devices. After carefully sorting through the available deals, we’ve compiled this list of the best storage deals going on right now.Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD (R/W: 3,500/3,000MB/s)Adata has made quite a name for itself in the SSD market by offering affordable high-performance SSDs. This model of the company’s popular XPG SX8200 Pro product line has 512GB of storage space and it’s one of the fastest NVMe SSDs on the market with a read speed of 3,500MB/s. Right now this SSD is marked down from $129.99 to $74.99, and it drops an additional 6% with a clickable coupon on the store page that drops its final price to $70.49.Regular Price: $129.99Price From Amazon: $70.49Western Digital Black 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD (R/W: 3,400/2,800MB/s)Western Digital got a late start into the SSD market but has since become a force to be reckoned with. This WD Black drive can hold 500GB of data and it features a fast read speed of 3,400MB/s. The drive is also marked 47 percent off, which drops its price from $149.99 to $79.99.Regular Price: $149.99Price From Amazon: $79.99Intel 660p Series 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD (R/W: 1,800/1,800MB/s)Intel’s 660p isn’t the fastest NVMe SSD on the market and its read/write speeds are both capped at 1,800MB/s. It features a 1TB capacity, however, and it’s one of the least expensive NVMe SSDs of this size available.Regular Price: $149.99Price From Amazon: $79.99Samsung 860 QVO 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA-III SSD (R/W: 550/520MB/s)Large 2.5-inch SSDs like this one are slowly heading off the market as they are being replaced by smaller and faster M.2 NVMe drives. If your PC doesn’t support an M.2 slot, however, getting a 2.5-inch SATA-III SSD like this one will provide a significant performance boost over an HDD.Regular Price: $129.99Price From Amazon: $99.99Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD (R/W: 3,500/3,000MB/s)This model of Adata’s XPG SX8200 Pro offers just as much performance as the 512GB version, but with twice as much storage space. It also offers more gigs per buck compared to its less expensive counterpart. It’s marked down from $219.99 to $149.99 after a 32 percent discount, and it drops to $134.99 after applying a coupon that knocks off an additional 10 percent.Regular Price: $219.99Price From Amazon: $134.99Samsung 970 Evo 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD (R/W: 3,500/2,500MB/s)Reading data at 3,500MB/s, this SSD hits the limits of what the M.2 interface is capable of when connected using PCI-E 3.0 lanes. The drive was built using Samsung’s V-NAND 3-bit MLC NAND, which offers excellent performance. The drive is also rated to last for up to 1.5 million hours before failing.Regular Price: $299.99Price From Amazon: $169.99Western Digital Blue 3D Nand 4TB SATA-III SSD (R/W: 560/530MB/s)If you need a large and fast storage device, then this SSD will be perfect for you. Its enormous 4TB capacity can hold more data than the average person will use for several years. It’s also one of the fastest SATA-III SSDs and it can write data at a speed of up to 560MB/s. During Amazon’s Prime Day sales event you can get this drive marked down from $549.99 to $429.99.Regular Price: $549.99Price From Amazon: $429.99Seagate BarraCuda 4TB 3.5-Inch SATA-III HDD (R/W: 190MB/s)If that 4TB SSD is out of your price range but you still need large amounts of storage space, then a traditional 3.5-inch HDD like this one is a sensible alternative. Its read and write performance are significantly slower at 190MB/s, but it’s also significantly less expensive at just $79.99. This drive also comes with a large 256MB cache that helps to accelerate file navigation.Regular Price: $99.99Price From Amazon: $79.99SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable External USB3.1 Type-C SSD (R/W: 550/500MB/s)This compact external SSD easily fits in your pocket, which makes it easy for you to take large amounts of data with you anywhere you go. The drive was also designed to be durable and water-resistant with an IP55 rating.Regular Price: $549.99Price From Amazon: $429.99Seagate FireCuda 2TB SSHD (R/W: 210MB/s)Seagate’s FireCuda SSHD offers a balanced compromise between an HDD and an SSD. It packs in a large 2TB capacity with an 8GB SSD NAND chip.  It’s read/write performance can’t compete with an SSD and lags behind at 210MB/s, but frequently accessed files get transferred to the SSD chip and will load significantly faster as a result.Regular Price: $94.99Price From Amazon: $59.99Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at 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 Jordan Peele Probably Won’t Be Directing ‘Blade’ Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman We Finally Know Why Black Widow’s Death Was Necessary By Michael Sexton on July 16, 2019 at 11:07 am 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. Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 3 Commentslast_img read more

ET Deals TCL 4K HDR 49Inch TV 299 Dell Core i5 1080p

first_imgET Deals: TCL 4K HDR 49-Inch TV $299, Dell Core i5 1080p IPS Laptop $699, Overpowered GTX 1080 Ti Desktop $1,499 Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp ‘Endgame’ Director Finally Clears Up That Huge Thanos Plot Hole Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 1 Comment Natalie Portman’s Reaction To Marvel’s Phase 4 Slate Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Banned 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. The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Actors Who’ve Sadly Died So Far in 2019 1 Comment Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared By Michael Sexton on July 22, 2019 at 4:40 pm 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 As July comes to a close retailers are starting to offer excellent deals on laptops and desktop computers as we approach the back to school season. Today there are several excellent deals on these systems, as well as a strong deal on a 49-inch 4K TV.TCL 49S517 4K HDR Roku Smart 49-Inch TV ($299.99)TCL’s S517-series of TVs feature localized dimming technology that reduces light bleeding and gives you an improved image with deeper blacks. This model also sports a 4K display panel and support for HDR for improved color, and right now you can get it from Walmart marked down from $599.99 to $299.99.Dell Vostro 14 5481 Intel Core i5-8265U 1080p IPS 14-Inch Laptop w/ AMD Radeon 530, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB NVMe SSD ($699.00) Dell designed this system with a built-in fingerprint sensor to help keep your system safe from unapproved users. The notebook also has a capable Core i5 processor and an 1080p IPS display. It also has a low-end AMD Radeon 530 graphics processor that can run some games with low settings. Currently, it’s marked down from Dell from $1,418.57 to $699.00.Overpowered DTW3 Intel Core i7-8700 Gaming Desktop w/ Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 32GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD and 2TB HDD ($1,499.00)Marked down from $2,099.00 to $1,499.00 at Walmart, this desktop offers exceptional power and performance relative to its price point. The system is known to have problems with insufficient ventilation and you may want to move the parts to a new case or install some additional case fans, but for what you get for the price few systems can match this one.Acer Predator Helios 500 AMD Ryzen 7 2700 17.3-Inch 144Hz 1080p Gaming Laptop w/ AMD Radeon RX Vega 56, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB NVMe SSD ($1,299.00)This gaming laptop was built using desktop components and has exceptional processing power and performance as a result. It also features a fast 144Hz 17.3-Inch 1080p display, but don’t expect it to last long on battery. Right now the system is marked down from $1,879.12 to $1,299.00 from Amazon.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.Audible 1-Year Gold Membership + $20 Amazon Credit ($119.50)If you’ve never tried Audible, then you may not know that it’s a popular audiobook service created by Amazon. Some people like myself use Audible on and off throughout the day to enjoy listening to books while also getting other important tasks done such as cleaning or driving in the car. Amazon is offering Prime members a year of Audible service marked down from $149.99 to $119.50, and a $20 Amazon credit is included in the deal. Also, as an Audible member, you will get discounts on books and credit each month that can be redeemed towards your choice of virtually any book on Audible.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at last_img read more

Quantum Cryptography Demystified How It Works in Plain Language

first_img Wesley Snipes Sounds Off On The Latest ‘Blade’ News We Now Understand How Curt Schilling Blew His Entire Fortune We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Paul Rudd to Join the Cast of Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ 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. Quantum Cryptography Demystified: How It Works in Plain Language The Real Reason the ‘Blade’ Reboot Is Happening 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] ‘Black Widow’ Set Photos Reveal The Main Villain By David Cardinal on March 11, 2019 at 12:08 pm Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ 10 Comments New Details Confirmed About Natalie Portman As Mighty Thor Tagged In extremetech explainsquantum computingcryptographyquantum cryptographyquantum key distributionpublic key cryptographyqkdasymmetric photographysymmetric cryptography Post a Comment 10 Commentslast_img read more

VuPulse Raises 1 Million in Series A Funding From Florida Funders and

first_imgVuPulse Raises $1 Million in Series A Funding From Florida Funders and Bridge Angel Investors MTS Staff WriterMay 30, 2019, 4:46 pmMay 30, 2019 VuPulse, the digital advertising industry’s only Post-Click Marketing Platform, announced Series A funding of $1.025 million led by Florida Funders, along with Bridge Angel Investors. This adds onto the initial investment from New World Angels, who led the Series A Preferred round in June 2018, of $587.5 thousand bringing the total to just over $1.6 million.As the digital world becomes increasingly fragmented, companies in every industry have an urgent need to engage with and convert consumers in the most personalized way imaginable. VuPulse offers marketers a competitive edge in analyzing, segmenting, and sending consumers from a click to exactly where they want to watch and shop. Launched in 2015, the company has gained ground with more than 15 enterprise customers spanning media, entertainment, and publishing.Led by CEO Kevin Hill, CTO David Hartmann, SVP Marketing Jason Wolfson and VP Customer Success Brenda Cruz, VuPulse’s machine-learning technology gives marketers the tools to apply unique, post-click marketing intelligence to their digital marketing and advertising campaigns. By sending consumers to their preferred digital retailers, VuPulse makes every marketer more knowledgeable of their audience in a more efficient manner.Marketing Technology News: DataRobot and Informatica Partner to Accelerate Adoption of AI Across the Enterprise“At Florida Funders, every day we see the challenges companies face in getting traction to realize their vision. Among the numerous investments being made in ad tech, the VuPulse solution stood out for us as serving a critical need faced by every company, across industries,” said Kevin Adamek, Partner, Florida Funders. “As every company goes through the digital transformation, the need to drive revenue from it is growing leaps and bounds. The VuPulse team deeply understands these challenges and has the expertise and drive to address them. Our team has been following the company for a couple of years now and we are so impressed with their customer focus, innovative technology, and growth.” As part of the funding, Kevin Adamek will join the VuPulse board.“The competition for consumers has never been more intense. The companies who will win know they need to use the most advanced solutions to make every digital experience easy for the consumer. We’re delighted by the feedback we receive from our customers daily who tell us they know their consumers are converting more with VuPulse,” commented Kevin Hill, co-founder and CEO. “This funding will help us further develop and scale our solution to help companies meet their business goals.”Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc.“VuPulse has been a highly effective tool for us, especially as we seek to keep growing and monetizing our audience in an extremely competitive market. VuPulse’s customer support team has been thoughtful and strategic, always there to lend their expertise as our digital strategy evolves,” said Eli Lippman, GM Celebrity Entertainment Group, American Media LLC.Marketing Technology News: Alorica Taps Business Transformation Veteran Colson Hillier to Be Chief Marketing Officer Bridge Angel InvestorsDigital advertisingfundingMarketing TechnologyNewsPost-Click MarketingVuPulse Previous ArticleBpm’online has Been Named a Leader in the Nucleus CRM Value Matrix for the Fourth Consecutive YearNext ArticleHazelcast Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer Steve Wooledge Strengthens the Executive Team to Bolster Global Go-To-Market Strategylast_img read more

MarTech Interview with Andrew Joiner CEO at InMoment

first_imgMarTech Interview Series Mr. Andrew Joiner has been Chief Executive Officer at InMoment, Inc., since March 08, 2017. Mr. Joiner has experience in building global, high-growth SaaS organizations. Prior to joining InMoment, he served as worldwide head of the HP Software’s customer experience business at Hewlett Packard. He also led the high-growth business unit within HP Autonomy.Mr. Joiner joined Autonomy via ZANTAZ in 2006, having served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Singlecast Technologies. Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to start at InMoment?I don’t have a traditional software background by any stretch. I was a pre-med student who worked on Wall Street then started a software company one afternoon. (That should be comforting for anyone struggling to determine their major.) But I was fortunate enough to see a fundamental trend – technology (at that time email) was disrupting the cozy way of Wall Street business. Emails were finding their way to the cover of the Wall Street Journal and the leaders of those firms wanted to it stop. My brother and I founded Singlecast Technologies, to solve this problem and we became a pioneer in unstructured data classification. As the world went bigger digitally with instant messaging, rich media and document management, we were fortunate enough to not only see that startup acquired but stick around to steer the ship through several more acquisitions in this space. I eventually led a high-growth business unit within HP Autonomy, a $1.1 billion market leader in providing unstructured Data Applications and solutions focused on Customer Experience and Marketing Technology.What drew me to InMoment specifically was its combination of unique technology that was related to my past and a culture that is people and customer-centric. It also didn’t hurt that it is headquartered in the Silicon Slopes (Utah’s tech center), which is an ideal place to economically scale a business. There’s always a certain amount of rolling-the-dice when stepping in as CEO of any organization, but I’m happy to say InMoment leverages the best of what I’ve learned and was exactly the right choice in a very exciting industry.What is InMoment and how does it fit into a modern Marketing Technology Stack?InMoment is a Customer Experience software company that helps leading brands fundamentally improve their businesses by listening to their customers. We uniquely distill signals of what’s happening in business despite the vast noise that exists in customer data. Ultimately, we’re helping them focus on the actions that will deliver a positive impact to the bottom line, while also improving the relationships with customers and employees alike.For years, traditional sources of marketing data have been limited to static data that tells businesses the “how,” “what,” and “where” customers were buying. By bringing together these other powerful sources of data into InMoment, brands can understand the “why,” ensuring they can create and nurture more profitable relationships with the key human stakeholders. Our platform brings together intelligence about brands, customers, employees, and the market to help businesses understand and identify the critical intersection of what creates meaningful experiences that will drive revenue and increase business performance.How did you prepare the company for the latest strategic growth investment from Madison Dearborn Partners? InMoment is an ambitious company and our strategy and performance to date attracted a wide range of interested parties. We’re not here to be another player in the industry—we deliberately shared that we aim to be a true disruptor. What has driven InMoment to this point, and what will continue to drive it, is our vision of the future of feedback. The CX market has been underserved by both metric-heavy and market-research-led approaches, but it’s time to think beyond traditional surveys and metrics as a way of understanding human beings.MDP invested in InMoment because of our forward-thinking vision—in addition to our strong management team and accelerating financial performance—aligns with their ability to add value. I couldn’t be more excited about this new partnership and have no doubt the investment and support will help us achieve our disruptive ambition.How do you plan to extend the benefits of this investment to your employees, customers and technology partners?The origins of InMoment are unique in that it’s been both profitable and a high-growth company for years. We haven’t lost the discipline that’s brought us to this point, but now we have the flexibility to make choice investments that will differentiate us even more among other platforms and expand our offering. We’re on the bleeding edge of technology, which offers incredibly exciting professional experiences for the entire team at InMoment.For our clients, the investment allows us to accelerate our plan to double down on our strategic services. The customers of do-it-yourself and tech-only vendors are struggling. Customer Experience isn’t just a tactical job to be done. It requires significant subject matter expertise and strategic best practices in order to really succeed. We never want to be in a position where we are selling clients technology without ensuring it’s adding real value to the business.Tell us more about your Data-Driven solutions? How can CMOs optimize their Digital Marketing and Advertising budget using your products, services, and solutions?Experience data contains a wealth of information CMOs can use to drive marketing efforts, including brand perception, product insights, competitor intel, segmentation detail, and nonbuyers. Our solution enables marketers to search data for answers in a matter of seconds, create and execute market studies to segmented consumer groups to understand specific issues, or perform benchmarking in near real-time to see how they compare with competitors in the marketplace. We also enable targeted micro surveys to help marketers get feedback on customers’ journeys throughout the website. All of these solutions combine to provide value for CMOs by enabling them to optimize their marketing spend through deeper contextual intelligence.How can businesses maximize their ROI from investing in your Customer Experience platform?It would be easy to talk about improving response rates or boosting satisfaction or NPS scores, but that’s the kind of mindset we’re trying to break in the industry. When businesses invest in InMoment they’re investing in a technology partner that sits down and maps out a blueprint for using customer experience to improve the larger objectives of the business, whether that’s increasing retention, identifying operational improvements, or creating truly personalized experiences for their customers. And then there’s the employee side of the equation. By understanding and even anticipating human expectations, brands can optimize their businesses, making them both more efficient, and creating unique and meaningful value for both customers and employees. The ROI on that kind of investment comes from multiple places across the business both in the form of cost savings and in increased revenues – think lower people attrition, more loyalty (and all the financial benefits), and more efficiencies. The customer intelligence we provide our clients is like a secret shortcut to much smarter business decisions.Tell us how you integrate the Customer Experience (CX) Cloud, Employee Experience (EX) Cloud, and Market Experience (MX) Cloud in a single Experience Intelligence platform.The InMoment platform provides data from an insight into the three most critical lines of intelligence about the customer: intelligence from customers themselves, from employees, and from the market. We’re able to do this because we built our platform specifically to ingest any customer or contextual data, no matter the format or origin. Instead of forcing our customers to fit their needs into our technology solution, we offer flexible technology that provides customer, employee, and market intelligence and actionability for all areas of the business.Which other Technology platforms like Website Analytics, Video, Contacts, Contracts, Email and Customer Service sync with your platform?We enable clients to view existing partnerships all within our Experience Intelligence (XI) platform and then choose to connect to plug-and-play integrations like Adobe Launch, Slack, and Clicktale. While many customers still respond to traditional surveys, response rates are at historic lows. There’s a treasure trove of feedback that can be found in other sources, and we make it possible for companies to do that seamlessly.To ensure our clients are hearing from as many customers as possible, our solution integrates with social and review sites, telephony systems, contact center chat and call records, and much more. We have also integrated with a number of solutions to help disseminate intelligence and integrate into the business’s native workflow. Experience data and its associated insights can be accessed in ways that are most natural to users. Our integrations empower everyone to get involved, share ideas, and ultimately take action.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in AI and Machine Learning technology for 2019-2020?The first generation of AI was all about going from brick-and-mortar to digital, or “bricks-to-clicks.” Now we’re seeing the customer journey evolving into a machine-led, human-assisted hybrid. Many of the advances we see in improving experiences are focused on improving human-to-human connections, whether that’s in the contact center, online chat, social media, or a mobile app.One reason AI hasn’t historically worked well in CX is that everyone dumbed it down to a metric. Now that we understand the complex nature of customer relationships, we can better use customer data to make personalization and empowering humans much more effective.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now?Certainly, as customer feedback has gotten richer, the ability to discern contextual clues from rich media like videos, audio, etc. is becoming more important. Startups with the infrastructure in their technology to combine diverse data sets in a more cohesive and comprehensive way to improve the customer experience will be ones to watch. I think Banjo is doing some interesting things with how they are using AI, location and event-based data to curate content to make it more relevant, and disrupting the journalistic community in the process.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a Business Leader?AI is not going to replace humans—it will make our lives much, much easier. And faster. As a Business Leader, I would find ways and places where AI works really well and helps people work smarter. Look for areas of big impact with little disruption to the business. For example, with Salesforce, AI can save a lot of manual effort trying to decode a successful sales process and give you the blueprints to make Sales Leaders better.How do you inspire your people to work with technology? The brand associated with InMoment’s internal culture is something we call Leave Your Mark. InMoment has always hired positive, dedicated people—industry analysts and many of our customers have recognized that defining the character of our culture specifically. Leave Your Mark permeates every good thing throughout the organization, from employee rewards and recognition to community service efforts to the way we treat our clients.I love the concept that there are many who can light up a room, but far fewer who, after they leave the room, leave the light behind. We live and work around amazing, creative people.One word that best describes how you work.Vision-first or design-led – like our platform.What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?Apple TV: It’s proven to be very useful for collaboration among our team.Zoom Communications: InMoment is a globally diversified company and video conferencing helps us keep the human touch of startup culture we thrive from.Parental monitoring apps: I’ve used dozens for our kids. Too bad none of them work.Slack: It has changed the way we communicate and collaborate as a team for the better. Slack is a classic example of forward-thinking technology, which is one reason we chose to integrate it with our platform.What’s your smartest work related shortcut or productivity hack?I don’t take notes in meetings, which helps me focus on the big picture versus the little details. It’s hard to get everything right, so what sticks is usually the most important.What are you currently reading?I’m a huge reading junkie, but I also consume a lot of podcasts. Podcasts are a perfect medium for Business Leaders and present a solid way of getting deep into a piece of content. One podcast in particular that I’m always streaming is, “How I Built This” with Guy Raz.On my reading list, I’d highly recommend, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup — it’s a useful book for any software entrepreneur looking to be successful in a very cut throat industry. It’s really a cautionary tale of the ‘‘fake it till you make it” approach taken too far.What’s the best advice you ever received? There are three pieces of advice that have stuck with me throughout my life:Integrity is a virtue that you lose only once.Think of life as a juggling act and the five balls you’re constantly juggling are: work, health, family, faith, friends. Work is most rubber of all the balls — we go through high and low points, but the ball largely retains its shape. Think of the other balls as glass; once dropped, it’s almost impossible to return them to their original state. Knowing this, prioritize which balls you’ll take the greatest care of when making some of life’s toughest decisions.And, for my fellow tech professionals, the most useful quote I can think of is, “Always bring a gun to a knife fight.” You never, ever, want to compete on your competitors’ terms.Something you do better than others – the secret of your success? For starters, I’m certainly willing to take risks, but only after carefully calculating those risks. For me, this involves both gut instinct and Bayesian thinking, which allows me to approach complex problems like customer experience, with multiple lenses at the same time. This helps me break away from conventional thinking. Tag the one person (or more) in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read. John Lewis or Gary King.Thank you, Andrew! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. “As customer feedback has gotten richer, the ability to discern contextual clues from rich media like videos, audio, etc. is becoming more important.” InMoment™ is the leader in Experience Intelligence (XI), transforming metrics into meaning to drive high-value business decisions and relationships with both customers and employees. The company’s cloud-native XI Platform is engineered with data science at the core, and specifically architected to harness intelligence from across the entire experience ecosystem to deliver clear business value.The platform features three clouds that all work seamlessly together to give companies a comprehensive understanding of the most important factors impacting their bottom lines, including Customer Experience (CX) Cloud, Employee Experience Cloud, and Market Experience Cloud. InMoment’s approach of providing strategic technical, best practice and thought leadership support ensures that our nearly 500 brands across 95 countries realize the maximum business impact. About AndrewAbout InMomentAbout Andrewcenter_img MarTech Interview with Andrew Joiner, CEO at InMoment Sudipto GhoshJuly 11, 2019, 1:30 pmJuly 11, 2019 About InMoment The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. Andrew JoinerInMomentinterviewsMarTech Interview Previous ArticleTechBytes with Scott Brazina, CMO at ImpactNext ArticleEpsilon Appoints Lee Myall as its Chief Commercial Officerlast_img read more

Have You Seen Patralekhaas Hilarious Recreation of SRKKajols DDLJ Scene with Rajkummar

first_imgThe train scene from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’s climax is probably the most iconic of all moments from the film, recreated and emulated several times since the film released in 1995. Amrish Puri’s legendary dialogue – ‘Ja Simran Ja’ – followed by Kajol running to catch the train as Shah Rukh Khan extends his hand beckoning her, is etched into the minds and hearts of every ’90s Bollywood buff.Actor Rajkummar Rao and his girlfriend just proved that they too are big fans of the movie by recreating the scene in London. The couple turned their #FunModeOn in a park, where Patralekhaa acted out Kajol’s part, trying to free herself from an out-of-frame Bauji, played by Rajkummar himself. She emulates Kajol’s look of shock, and then relief, when he lets go of her hand. The CityLights actress then does a slow motion run towards her Raj, who switches into full Shah Rukh form, imitating the superstar’s facial expressions as he says, “Bade bade deshon mein, aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hain, Senorita.” Rajkummar and Patralekhaa have been dating for about 8 years now, and have starred together in Hansal Mehta’s CityLights. While talking about his relationship on Koffee With Karan, the Stree actor had said that he is in a stable and happy place in his life right now. The two keep sharing adorable photos and videos of each on Instagram. On Valentine’s Day, Rajkummar shared a mushy photo with Patralekhaa and wrote, “Thank you for being in my life and for making it so beautiful. Here’s to more travel, films, fun, friendship & unlimited & unconditional love.”Follow @News18Movies for more Actor Rajkummar RaoddljDilwale Dulhania Le JayengeKajol First Published: June 7, 2019, 12:39 PM ISTlast_img read more

Mahesh Babus Fanboy Moment With Sir Andy Roberts at Cricket World Cup

first_imgAfter wrapping up his visit to Europe, Mahesh Babu will begin working on his next Sarileru Neekevvaru, with director Anil Ravipudi and actress Rashmika Mandanna. According to news reports, the first schedule of Sarileru Neekevvaru will be shot in Kashmir and the lead pair will be part of the schedule.Follow @News18Movies for more After hogging the limelight for attending the India vs Australia match at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in London, Mahesh Babu is in the news again after he had a huge fanboy moment at The Oval. It seems that after watching the Cricket World Cup Match on Sunday, the Telugu superstar got a chance to meet Sir Andy Roberts, the legendary former West Indies fast bowler. Sharing the picture on Instagram, the Maharshi actor wrote, “With the legend himself… Andy Roberts… huge fanboy moment.” Andy RobertsAnil RavipudiBharat Ane NenuCricket World Cup 2019 First Published: June 13, 2019, 7:03 PM ISTcenter_img Basking in the success of Maharshi, which has gone on to become the biggest grosser of his career, the star is on a family vacation with his kids and wife Namrata Shirodkar. Maharshi has zoomed past the worldwide theatrical revenue of Mahesh’s previous best outing, Bharat Ane Nenu, to become the top-grossing film of his career at the box-office.The actor had a lovely stay in Europe, before reaching London to attend the match at the Oval on Sunday and cheer for the Men in Blue. His social media is proof of his over-enthusiastic presence at the match. Sharing pictures from the ground, Mahesh Babu wrote, “This one’s for my boy… @gautamghattamaneni #INDvAUS @ The Oval”last_img read more

From Robert Downey Jr to Padma Lakshmi Celebs Share Wishes on US

first_imgActress Elizabeth Banks posted a selfie with the American Flag, and the caption reads ‘I Love You America.’ Rapper Diplo also shared a video to show his love for the country. Some had a fun day at beach including actress Drew Barrymore, who shared pictures from her beach visit, posting with the American Flag. While Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest enjoyed their day with a makeshift beach house; Ryan Phillippe hit the beach with his kids. Follow @News18Movies for more The United States celebrated their US Independence Day on July 4, and popular names from the film fraterrnity took to Instagram and Twitter to share their celebrations. The American stars celebrated the country’s Independence with a weekend jam-packed with barbecues, days at the beach, fireworks, red, white and blue decorations. However, some also took to social media to highlight some issues. The Avengers star Robert Downey Jr shared a video where he can be dunked in a water pool. He shared the video with the hashtags, #dunkitformycountry #happy4th and #happybirthdayamerica. Ciara co-hosted this year’s Macy’s fireworks display, and took to Instagram to share a video from the event. center_img However, not everyone celebrated the day with pomp and show. Actress Padma Lakshmi shared a message along with her pictures of Independence Day celebration. She wrote, “While we celebrate the Fourth, there are refugee families legally seeking asylum in this country being detained and forced to sleep on concrete floors with aluminum blankets and no medical care. This is a stain on our nation and we need to do something now. Contact your representatives tomorrow to demand they #CloseTheCamps. #4thofjuly #AmericanPie #independenceday #thisisamerica #resist” On the other hand, singer Madonna shared some pictures of an immigrant centre, writing, “This is America!!!… Happy Independence Day… Land of the Free, Home of the Brave #thisisamerica” CiaraDiplodrew barrymoreElizabeth Banks First Published: July 5, 2019, 4:07 PM ISTlast_img read more

Got 400 million to burn The worlds largest airplane is up for

first_img Virgin Orbit took a major step toward launching satellites from a Boeing 747 Elon Musk thinks Starlink satellite internet could be online before 2021 Bill Nye the Science Guy talks “solar sailing” and the new space race Bosch sensors used in Skywalker’s lightsaber will keep flying taxis in the air How pioneering pilot Jackie Cochran helped and hurt the Women in Space Program Editors’ Recommendations Stratolaunch SystemsStratolaunch, the world’s largest airplane, is up for sale. All it’ll cost you is $400 million dollars.Vulcan, a holding company that belonged to late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is looking to sell off Stratolaunch for the hefty sum, according to anonymous sources familiar with the matter who spoke to CNBC.With six engines, 28 wheels, and a 385-foot wingspan (that’s more than the length of a football field), the plane took flight just once, back in April. It flew for just over 2 hours after taking off from the Mojave Air and Space Port north of Los Angeles.The 500,000-pound plane was a dream of Allen’s, who died in 2018 at the age of 65 and never got to see it fly. He founded Stratolaunch Systems in 2011 with the goal of creating a mobile launch platform that could be used to provide convenient access to space. The Stratolaunch’s goal was to carry vehicles high into the atmosphere (to an altitude of 35,000 feet) and then release them to fly even higher.For $400 million, the buyer won’t just get an airplane. They’ll also be buying the intellectual property and the facilities (including, presumably a massive hangar that houses it), according to MSNBC.We reached out to Stratolaunch, which did not deny reports that the airplane was up for sale.“Stratolaunch remains operational,” spokesperson Cecilya Moreno told Digital Trends. “We will provide an update when there is news to share.”What’s not clear is exactly who would shell out the $400 million for the plane. The most obvious buyer would be another company looking to push the limits of commercial space travel, like Elon Musk’s SpaceX or Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin. Neither company immediately responded to our requests for comment.According to MSNBC, Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Galactic, the SpaceShip Company, and Virgin Orbit, is interested in buying the Stratolaunch — for $1.If no one buys the airplane, it will be a sad end to Allen’s dream of more affordable access to space. In a 2016 LinkedIn post, Allen wrote that he was determined to improve accessibility to low-earth orbit in the hope that it would benefit all humankind.“As always, space remains an unforgiving frontier, and the skies overhead will surely present obstacles and setbacks that must be overcome,” he wrote. “But hard challenges demand fresh approaches, and I’m optimistic that Stratolaunch will yield transformative benefits – not only for scientists and space entrepreneurs, but for all of us.”last_img read more

Essential Phone AMA 35mm addon Android Oreo update more

first_imgThe Essential Phone has arrived in Sprint stores today, and creator Andy Rubin and his team have been answering questions about the upstart Android handset in a Reddit AMA. As you might expect, there have been plenty of questions about the smartphone’s physical design, upcoming modular accessories, and of course when owners can expect Android 8.0 Oreo. On those fronts, there’s both good news and bad. Story TimelineThe Essential Phone is a huge work-in-progressEssential’s Andy Rubin just rectified a huge mistake – good on himEssential phone’s claim of toughness put to the drop testEssential Phone arrives in Sprint retail stores tomorrow On the update front, the expected timescale is “2 months-ish” to Android 8.0 being released. In the meantime, Essential continues to refine its current software, particularly around the camera. There, early testers have been fairly critical about performance in comparison to rival devices, but the Essential team argues that there have been significant improvements already.“We are pretty happy with the hardware design of the camera,” the team wrote. “We are using computational photography to fuse a monochrome and color sensors. That’s the part we’re not too happy about, but luckily it’s software and we’ve already done a number of updates to the app to fix bug and add features.”On the accessories front, there’s movement there both within Essential and paving the way for third-party add-ons. Right now, the company is talking publicly about two devices, first of all the charging dock that was announced alongside the Essential Phone at launch. “We are planning on having the dock out shortly. Our final prototype build is this month and we will have it available for purchase after we run through reliability testing,” Essential says. There’s also the argument that it’s a better solution to charging convenience than wireless methods like Qi. Having a dock “is much more “Green” than Qi power as its more efficient and solves the “drop and charge”,” so the official stance goes.Perhaps more interesting, however, is the promise of a headphone jack add-on. “We are under development on a number of Click Connector accessories,” Essential says. “The first available should be the charging dock. We are also actively developing a high end audio accessory to support a 3.5mm jack.”That would address one of the common criticisms of modern smartphones, not just Essential’s, that they’ve sacrificed the convenience of a traditional headphone jack in favor of a smaller, slimmer phone. It’ll include a high-end DAC, too, since Essential says they couldn’t fit such a component into the handset itself.As for other accessories, the other missing piece is cases. “We are working closely with several brands to produce cases for our phone, so they’ll be coming from our friends and partners and not from Essential,” the company said. “We play nice with others, so we’re supporting lots of requests from accessory companies!”Eventually, though, the details of the connector – which hooks up physically for power, but which uses a short-range wireless link for data transfer – will be opened up. “We have a reference design almost complete,” Essential says. “Once ready, it will be made available to 3rd parties so they can easily integrate our connector into their products. This works for hobbyists as well!”Currently, Essential is focusing on just one of the announced colors, Moon Black. However, “Pure White ceramic is in build trials now,” the company says, though says it’ll be “a few weeks until they’re in boxes and shipping.” Other colors, like Ocean, are further of as Essential’s ceramics suppliers try to stabilize the finishes. MORE Essential Phone first-impressionsOn the carrier front, Essential has “been in the certification process with Verizon and are at the tail end,” and says that approval could come “as soon as tomorrow.” Down the line, though, Rubin’s interest is still in advanced artificial intelligences and the company’s circular-touchscreen home assistant, Essential Home.“I’m particularly excited about the home product,” Rubin wrote. “It has the potential to unify all the disparate devices in your home, including your phone! Not quite ready to talk details, but development is going well and we’ll have something to show soon.”MORE Redditcenter_img Essential Phone Gallerylast_img read more

This 99 Apple Watch lookalike could dry our Pebble tears

first_imgHuami has announced the launch of a new budget-tier smartwatch with a familiar style: the Amazfit BIP. Priced at $99, this smartwatch clocks in at the inexpensive side of the wearable spectrum, but unlike many budget-tier options, the Amazfit BIP has an attractive Apple Watch-like design. While this model has a bunch of features to boast about, Huami points toward its 45-day battery life as its chief offering. The Huami Amazfit BIP has a more “traditional” smartwatch design versus the fitness band and rectangular designs often used on budget-tier wrist wearables. The BIP features a 1.28-inch color always-on touch display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and an AF coating.The smartwatch boasts some higher end features including an optical heart rate sensor for tracking heart rate and VO2 max. Joining the heart rate sensor and the display to see its data is a geomagnetic sensor for compass functionality, a barometer for taking altitude measurements, plus a 3-axis accelerometer for tracking both activity and sleep.Amazfit BIP is suitable for outdoor use thanks to an IP68 rating, which means it is resistant to dust, water (splashes/rain), and brief accidental submersion. The wearable can also track where you travel via built-in GPS and GLONASS. All of this is joined by a 190mAh battery and a 1.1oz weight.AdChoices广告According to Huami, that 190mAh battery can power the wearable for more than a month before it requires charging. Huami is offering Amazfit BIP in four colors: Onyx Black, Kokoda Green, White Cloud, and Cinnabar Red. While Onyx Black is available now, the other three colors are listed for pre-order with shipments starting in March.last_img read more

Apple lifts Telegram block

first_imgApple has lifted its alleged block on updates to secure messaging app Telegram, after the company’s CEO accused the Cupertino firm of unfairly locking down the software. Pavel Durov, chief exec of Telegram, announced earlier this week that the messaging app had gone more than a month without receiving a single update, blaming Apple’s over-zealous reaction to complaints from Russia. The fate of Telegram in Russia has been complicated of late. The app has proved popular among those who want to escape monitoring and surveillance in their conversations, by using encryption to prevent eavesdropping. For that reason, use of Telegram has become commonplace among dissidents and protest groups, who might otherwise have good reason to be afraid of security forces. Russia’s Federal Security Service, however, didn’t see things quite the same way. Telegram is being used by terrorists, it has argued, insisting that the company must hand over the encryption keys so that it could decode any message. Telegram refused, amid accusations from critics of the Russian government that such access would be used to unfairly crack down on legitimate protests, and the Russian courts responded by demanding Apple remove the software from the App Store. According to Durov, though, Apple’s reaction went much further. Earlier this week he announced that Telegram would miss the GDPR deadline, the new European regulations for app and service privacy, because Apple was blocking updates globally. The issue became more broadly noticed after Apple’s release of iOS 11.4, which inadvertently broke Telegram’s use of stickers. AdChoices广告That’s something Telegram’s engineers had actually cooked up a fix for “weeks ago,” Durov said, but the company had been unable to actually distribute it. Happily for users, Telegram has apparently had a reprieve, at least in the App Store if not in Russia. Durov took to Twitter to confirm that there was a new update for Telegram available for iOS users. Version 4.8.2, which was released roughly an hour ago at time of publication, updates the app’s registration process for GDPR compliance. Those in the UK or EU must be 16 or over to use the messaging app. There’s now control over ceasing updates of contacts from the iPhone to Telegram, and you can delete previously synchronized contacts in the Privacy & Security settings page. “If you enabled link previews in Secret Chats,” Telegram says, meanwhile, “you can now disable them in Privacy & Security settings.”last_img read more

PC market barely grew but still beat dismal expectations

Not too long ago, almost every annual or quarterly tech market report would come with some bad news or prophecy. The PC market is dead or is at least dying, made obsolete by smartphones and even tablets (which are now also dying). And yet, the PC market still exists and has even grown just a bit last quarter. This quarter saw flat growth or even a decline but analysts now see and agree: the PC ain’t no dinosaur on the verge of extinction. The numbers differ depending on which market analyst you ask. For IDC, the traditional PC market didn’t grow at all and, in fact, declined by 0.9% compared to the same quarter in 2017. But considering the forecast was supposed to be a 3.0% decline, the PC market definitely showed them.Gartner is a bit more hopeful. The PC market did grow but only by 0.1% year-on-year. The research firm credits this flat but steady growth to the Windows 10 upgrade cycle and it expects it to continue at least until 2020. Like IDC, it cites the Intel CPU shortage which may affect future sales. For now, though, the market is safe.Both IDC and Gartner agree on who the top three PC makers are. Lenovo rises at the top, helped by its joint venture with Fujitsu. HP and Dell follow, their shipments boosted by business computers. The two, however, put Apple and Acer in different positions, though Apple could make its lead clear once sales of the new MacBooks switch into full gear.It should be noted that both IDC and Gartner are only counting “traditional” PCs, including desktops and notebooks. While Gartner does include “ultramobile premiums” like the Microsoft Surface, IDC excludes detachable and tablets. With the computing landscape shifting towards multi-form computers, it might be time for these to update their metrics as well. read more

Galaxy Watch Active to say goodbye to iconic bezel ring

first_imgIt may have started out as an oddity, but that rotating bezel has become the hallmark of Samsung’s smartwatches. It provide a physical control that allowed users to operate the device without swiping again and again. At the same time, it was also arguably more ergonomic that the Apple Watch’s small crownAccording to the latest info received by SamMobile, the Galaxy Watch Active will indeed do away with that feature. In theory, the bezel-less design would make it look classy and premium. But that theory falls apart thanks to other pieces of information.For one, the Galaxy Watch Active is said to be 13 mm thick, which is a lot compared to the Gear Sport’s 11.6 mm thickness. The 1.1-inch 360×360 screen also means there’s a smaller touch area now. In other words, users will be forced to swipe and tap a lot on a smaller screen.The Galaxy Watch Active may also have a smaller 236 mAh battery and come only in one model. No larger sizes or capacity will be offered. So while the smartwatch might indeed look less sporty and more classic (aside from the strap), the question now is whether it will still be as usable as Samsung’s older smartwatches. Story TimelineGalaxy Sport smartwatch render shows a less sporty designGalaxy Watch Active specs leak leaves one question unanswered Samsung is not one to shy away from making experiments. Sometimes it hits gold, sometimes it flops. And sometimes it decides to change things even when things are still working right. That is the puzzle that fans of Samsung’s Gear, now Galaxy Watch, smartwatches will be facing, with a new leak that confirms their greatest fears, The Galaxy Watch Active, successor to the Gear Sport, will have a smaller display but, ironically, no rotating bezel ring that has made Samsung’s smartwatches unique.last_img read more

Galaxy J is dead long live Galaxy A

first_imgSamsung being what it is just can’t stop flooding the market with smartphones, regardless of its marketing strategy. On the one hand, it is consolidating its phones into fewer lines. On the other hand, it is increasing the number of phones per line, like four Galaxy S10 and, rumor has it, four Galaxy Note 10 phones this year. Word on the street is that it has also put the Galaxy J to pasture but, in its stead, it is doubling the number of Galaxy A models as well. We’ve heard about this reorganization as far back as last year when Samsung was reported to be dropping its other phone lines and focusing on the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S, Galaxy A, and a new Galaxy M series. The Galaxy M did debut and the Galaxy On seems to have faded quietly into the background. The Galaxy J, however, remained but it seems only for a while.The smartphone maker has announced that the Galaxy J is no more and it will be folded into the Galaxy A series. That probably explains why the mid-range line seems to be adding some entry-level members. Now that series will be present on both low and mid tiers and will probably focus on new features and innovations rather than price.It was an inevitable change as Samsung continues to lose ground in the lower tier markets to the likes of Xiaomi. Despite marketed as budget-friendly phones, they were often overpriced for their capabilities, forcing consumers to gravitate towards other brands.AdChoices广告That said, Samsung could very well repeat the same mistakes with the Galaxy M. By putting its innovations on the Galaxy A series, however, it could reserve the “plain” features for the entry-level Galaxy M phones. Presuming, of course, it actually survives.last_img read more

Land Rover aims for allterrain autonomy

first_imgPublic trust of autonomous cars is at a low point thanks in large part to high profile fatal accidents such as the Uber vehicle that killed a pedestrian. Land Rover is still pushing forward with autonomy, and in the case of the venerable off-road brand, it wants all-terrain autonomy. Land Rover is developing off-road self-driving tech in a project called CORTEX. CORTEX is a program with £3.7m in funding with a stated goal of creating all-terrain, all-weather autonomous capability. The project uses 5D technique that combines acoustic, video, radar, light detection, and LiDAR data in real time. The tech is in engineering right now.Machine-learning is also used to enable the self-driving car to behave in a more sophisticated way and allow it to handle any weather on any terrain. Jaguar Land Rover plans full and semi-autonomous vehicle tech that will offer levels of automation. The available levels will allow drivers to maintain part of the driving experience.The company says that its vision is to make self-driving cars viable on the widest range of on and off-road conditions. This is a big challenge with Land Rover famous for off-road prowess. It’s not clear how the system would plot a course for off-road areas that are typically unmapped.AdChoices广告CORTEX development involves algorithm development, sensor optimization, and physical tests on off-road tracks in the UK. Development was announced as part of the Innovate UK third round of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Funding in March of this year.SOURCE: Jaguar Land Roverlast_img read more