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Smithfield Foods joins Campbell Soup as Chefd meal kit investor

first_imgSmithfield Foods joins Campbell Soup as Chef’d meal kit investorPosted By: News Deskon: August 10, 2017In: Business, Financial, Food, Foodservice, Industries, TechnologyPrintEmailMeat processor Smithfield Foods has joined Campbell’s in investing in US meal kit upstart Chef’d.The pork processor has put $25 million into Chef’d, according to a filing with the US’ Securities and Exchange Commission that was confirmed with both Chef’d and Smithfield Foods. Added to the $10 million that Campbell’s invested and a $200,000 investment from online grocery company Fresh Direct, it brings the total amount raised by Chef’d as part of its latest funding round to $35.2 million.Smithfield Foods president and chief executive officer Kenneth M Sullivan said: “This strategic partnership reflects our continued commitment to innovation – both in our products and how they are delivered to consumers. We’re able to expand our e-commerce capabilities and reach consumers looking for high-quality, stress-free meals.”And Chef’d CEO Kyle Ransford said: “Leveraging the collective knowledge and capabilities of both companies, our partnership will open up opportunities for innovation and access to first-in-class national manufacturing and distribution facilities as we rapidly scale. Smithfield is a well-recognised leader in the food industry and shares our vision of meal kits and e-commerce playing an increasingly important role in consumers’ food choices.”Chef’d brings together various different offerings from the likes of Atkins and Weightwatchers, and has also developed its own range of meal kits covering different meal occasions and cuisines.It is one of a number of companies to receive big-name backing in recent months: Unilever was the lead investor in US meal delivery company Sun Basket back in May, which was followed by Nestlé’s acquisition of a minority stake in Freshly in June.In addition, Amazon has soft-launched its own meal kit delivery service after becoming heavily involved in the food delivery and food retail categories in recent months – not least with the $13.7 billion mega-deal for Whole Foods – while Coca-Cola teamed up with Chef’d last month to develop a series of food pairings for several of its beverage products.“E-commerce and direct-to-consumer is an evolving space,” Chef’d CEO Kyle Ransford told American broadcaster CNBC. “The strategics are ahead of the financial players in terms of understanding where the market is and what it’s doing.”Following Campbell’s $10 million investment in May, the company was widely reported as being Chef’d’s largest strategic investor. But it has now been eclipsed by Smithfield Foods – the world’s largest pork processor and the owner of brands like Smithfield and Eckrich – whose identity was confirmed to CNBC by Ransford.At the time of Campbell’s investment, Ransford said: “We are actively looking to add strategic partners and Campbell’s outlook on the future of food and e-commerce aligns perfectly with the Chef’d vision of the future of online grocery. Both Campbell and Chef’d believe in continuing to drive innovation in the new food economy, particularly around consumer customisation and e-commerce solutions.”The move plays into Campbell’s focus on digital marketing and food transparency, with CEO Denise Morrison predicting that “e-commerce will transform the food industry in similar ways to how it transformed entertainment and apparel”. She called the pace of the meal delivery sector ‘a game changer’ for consumers, manufacturers and retailers.Morrison continued: “In the last six years, we’ve made significant progress activating our purpose – ‘real food that matters for life’s moments’ – and transforming our portfolio toward faster-growing spaces. Our intention has been to move Campbell in the direction of health and wellbeing. We are committed to accelerating those efforts and strive to be the leading health and wellbeing food company because we recognise that real food and healthier food is better for our consumers and better for our business.”And Mark Alexander, president of Campbell’s Americas Simple Meals and Beverages division, added: “We’re investing in digital and e-commerce across the enterprise with a goal of building industry-leading capabilities and relationships that will drive innovation in this space.”Share with your network: Tags: Campbell Soup CompanyChef’dfood deliverySmithfield FoodsUSlast_img read more

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Sir Aaron Klug obituary

first_img 27 Nov 2018 7:59 4 5 Share on Twitter Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you Shares7272 28 Nov 2018 0:37 Share on Facebook Facebook collapsed Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Aaron Klug credited the scientist Rosalind Franklin with showing him ‘that you have to tackle long and difficult problems rather than publishing clever papers’.Photograph: Brian Clark/MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology | Pick Reply Twitter Share on Twitter Nobel prizes Reply Support The Guardian Reason (optional) Share Human Genome Project 1 2 South Africa beprecise A great man. May his memory be as a blessing.The book which inspired him to study medicine, Microbe-Hunters by Paul de Kruif, is one of those very special books that have inspired scientists.In 2017, The Guardian listed several others of these wonderful books:• Sean Carroll’s book The Big Picture Carl Sagan’s Cosmos The Periodic Table by Primo Levi. Alan M Turing by Sarah Turing Views of Nature by Alexander von Humboldt Steve Jones. The Language of the Genes Irrationality by Stuart Sutherland Mushrooms and Toadstools by John Ramsbottom Fossils by HH Swinnerton James Watson’s The Double Helix https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/10/science-writers-books-inspired-them-brian-cox-garry-kasparov Whomightitbe Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Twitter Twitter oldest Report 25 2 3 Share on Messenger View more comments Twitter 27 Nov 2018 21:04 | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share comments (5)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 100 All Threads collapsed RobertWhite1 Share on LinkedIn Report Loading comments… Trouble loading? bubbleblowernz Twitter 2 3 GM Facebook Show 25 Report recommendations 50 Read more Aaron Klug credited the scientist Rosalind Franklin with showing him ‘that you have to tackle long and difficult problems rather than publishing clever papers’. Sadly most UK universities have forgotten this…. as have funding bodies 🙁 Science Whomightitbe Reply 27 Nov 2018 4:25 Sir Aaron Klug obituary Reply Share on Twitter Chemist and biophysicist who won the Nobel prize for developing crystallographic electron microscopy Mon 26 Nov 2018 08.10 EST unthreaded Facebook Science Lithuania Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp | Pick Order by oldest Staff 0 1 Gramercy Share on Pinterest Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Report Email (optional) Comments 5 An incredible CV – one of that post war generation of scientists who produced an outstanding body of work in UK universities – and as so often is the case, Rosalind Franklin features prominently in his story. What a tragedy she died at the age of 37. Brilliant scientist, much admired, at the epicentre of British Science and the birthplace of modern molecular biology. His contributions to first understanding and then rationally re-designing zinc finger transcription factors are now central to the latest, coolest genome editing tools of the 21st Century. A small correction, his son Dr Adam Klug, not David, died in 2000. Last modified on Sun 9 Dec 2018 13.05 EST Share on Facebook Facebook Klug’s fascination with assemblies of molecules and biological complexes led him to develop a new technique. Such assemblies fall in size between individual molecules that can be explored with X-ray crystallography, and structures that are large enough to see with a light microscope.Electron microscopy covers this gap, but produces two-dimensional images that do not reveal detailed structural information. During the 1960s, working at the newly founded LMB, Klug showed how electron micrographs taken from different angles could be combined to reconstruct the whole structure in 3D. The inventors of X-ray CT scans later developed them from his methods.He went on to use the technique to unravel complexes of protein and nucleic acid in viruses and in the chromosomes that carry genetic information. It was this work that brought him his Nobel prize in 1982, as the sole recipient.In 1986 he was appointed the third head of the LMB, an institution that famously had “a Nobel fellow on every floor”. He was notably supportive of female colleagues, and of researchers with projects that were almost recklessly ambitious.When the biologist John Sulston began to show that sequencing the whole genome of the nematode worm might be possible, he promoted him to head a new division of genome studies. He later negotiated with the MRC and the Wellcome Trust for Sulston to head the separate Sanger Centre (now the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute), which successfully completed not only the worm genome but also one third of the international Human Genome Project.Klug was knighted in 1988, and appointed to the Order of Merit in 1995. The same year he became president of the Royal Society, the UK’s premier scientific academy. On his watch it produced an authoritative report into bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and its transmission to humans.This was the first of several that provided a basis for public discussion and policymaking. Responding to the GM food crisis of the late 90s, another report acknowledged that GM technology could not be deployed without winning the confidence of consumers. Klug recognised the importance of engagement between scientists and the public, and developed the Royal Society’s resources for working with the media.Klug was born into a Yiddish-speaking family in Zelva, Lithuania, the second of two sons of Lazar, a cattle drover, and his wife, Bella (nee Silin). Lazar occasionally reported for newspapers in Kaunas, then the capital city. When Aaron was two years old and his brother Bennie four, the family migrated to Durban, South Africa, where Bella had relatives. After Bella died in 1932, her sister Rose took her place as the boys’ mother; in due course she married their father and had two more children.This turbulent start to his life left Klug remarkably unscathed. A voracious reader, he breezed through Durban high school at the top of a class of boys two years older than himself (including his brother). After reading Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif, a classic work of popular medicine published in 1926, he decided to study medicine, and entered the University of Witwatersrand on a scholarship at the age of 15. In the same class was Sydney Brenner, also from a Lithuanian Jewish family, also 15, and also a future head of the LMB and Nobel prizewinner.During his studies Krug’s interests shifted to pure science, and he graduated in physics, chemistry and biology. He followed this with a master’s degree in physics at the University of Cape Town. There his supervisor was Reginald James, who had survived Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition in 1914-16. James was an X-ray crystallographer who had worked alongside one of the subject’s founders, Lawrence Bragg, at the University of Manchester.Crystallography appealed strongly to Klug’s polymathic instincts, combining physics and chemistry and requiring both mathematical insight and experimental creativity to explore the atomic structure of molecules in three dimensions. It was at Cape Town, as he later recalled in his Nobel biography, that he developed “a strong interest … in the structure of matter, and how it was organised.”With James’s recommendation, Klug obtained an 1851 scholarship to go to the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge, now headed by Bragg, for his PhD. He arrived there in 1949 with his new wife, Liebe (nee Bobrow), a dancer and musician. He hoped to join the new MRC unit at the Cavendish, led by Max Perutz, which was exploring the structure of proteins. But Bragg assigned him to work on a theoretical project on how transitions occur in the microstructure of steel when it cools.What many might have seen as a dead end, Klug approached as an opportunity: he later said that the work had assisted his thinking about the assembly of virus structures. He advised younger scientists to “equip yourself to do a wider range of things than you are actually interested in immediately. You never know what might pay off.”The Klugs had two sons, Adam and David. As a family they retained a strong connection to their Jewish cultural roots, attending synagogue and observing festivals. They made many visits to Israel, being particularly attached to the city of Be’er-Sheva and Ben Gurion University, where a research centre is named in Klug’s honour.Liebe and David survive him. Adam died in 2000.• Aaron Klug, biophysicist, born 11 August 1926; died 20 November 2018• This article was amended on 27 November 2018. Adam Klug, rather than his brother David, died in 2000. Topics One of the mildest, most broad-minded and most cultured of scientists, Aaron Klug was once seen as a radical too dangerous to be permitted access to the US. The state department’s denial of his visa not only ensured he would make his research career in Britain, but also set the stage for his meeting with the X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin that would define his scientific future.Klug, who has died aged 92, won a Nobel prize in chemistry for his inventive approach to understanding how some of the key components of the living body assemble into its working parts. He was never a headline-grabber; his understated leadership of two of Britain’s foremost scientific institutions, the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge and the Royal Society, steered the scientific community’s response to major upheavals such as the Human Genome Project (HGP), the BSE crisis and the row over genetically modified food.As a young South African with a Cambridge PhD, in 1952 Klug was on the point of taking up a post in the US. The South African government told the US authorities that his membership of a youth group meant that he was a communist. Offered the chance to “renounce” communism, he indignantly refused, never having taken it up in the first place. No visa being forthcoming, he returned to the UK.From 1954, at Birkbeck College in London, he began to collaborate with Franklin on her studies of tobacco mosaic virus. They faced the immense challenge of solving the structure, not of a single molecule, but of the complex assemblies of proteins and nucleic acids that make up virus particles.Franklin’s exquisite technical skill in producing X-ray diffraction images, combined with Klug’s deep theoretical understanding of matter, eventually enabled them to solve the general outline of the structure just before Franklin’s early death from cancer in 1958. He credited her not only with introducing him to viruses, but with showing him “that you have to tackle long and difficult problems rather than publishing clever papers”. Share Thank you very much, and we’ve corrected the piece accordingly. 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Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer says sexual misconduct claims are homophobic smear

first_imgThe Atlantic Share on Pinterest Sign up to our Film Today email Share via Email Singer denies allegations contained in an article in the Atlantic magazine that the film-maker knowingly engaged in underage sex Last modified on Thu 24 Jan 2019 19.55 EST This article is more than 5 months old Support The Guardian Wed 23 Jan 2019 08.37 EST … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Andrew Pulver Shares7070 Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Bryan Singer in 2013.Photograph: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP Topics Share on Messengercenter_img Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer has responded to the Atlantic’s article containing allegations of sexual misconduct against him by four men as “vendetta journalism” and a “homophobic smear piece”.In a statement released to Deadline, Singer said: “The last time I posted about this subject, Esquire magazine was preparing to publish an article written by a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997. After careful fact-checking and, in consideration of the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this piece of vendetta journalism.“That didn’t stop this writer from selling it to The Atlantic,” he added. “It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity. Again, I am forced to reiterate that this story rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits … And it is no surprise that, with Bohemian Rhapsody being an award-winning hit, this homophobic smear piece has been conveniently timed to take advantage of its success.”The Atlantic magazine published allegations that all involved claims of underage sex.Victor Valdovinos, who said he worked as an extra on Singer’s 1998 film Apt Pupil, claims that Singer sexually assaulted him when he was 13 years old, including “grabb[ing] my genitals and … masturbating it” in a locker room on the film set.Two other men – referred to pseudonymously as Eric and Andy – accuse Singer of having sex with them knowing they were under the age of consent of 18 in California, where the events allegedly took place. (They say they were 17 and 15 respectively.) Another man, named pseudonymously as Ben, said he had oral sex with Singer when he “was either 17 or 18”. Bryan Singer Share on Facebook Singer’s legal representative Andrew Brettler denied the allegations, and said that Singer has never been arrested for or charged with any crime and that Singer categorically denies ever having sex with, or a preference for, underage men.Brettler is described in the article as disputing a number of details, saying Valdovinos did not produce any documentation showing he had worked on Apt Pupil.In October, Singer posted a message on social media in anticipation of an article in Esquire magazine, accusing journalists of “a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible”.In 2017, Singer denied accusations by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who had alleged that, as a 17-year-old in 2003, he was sexually assaulted by Singer on a yacht. Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody before filming ended, but remains the sole credited director due to union regulations. Singer has consistently denied wrongdoing, and was recently reported to have been hired to direct a remake of the 1980s action flick Red Sonja.Millennium Films, which has employed Singer to direct a remake of the fantasy Red Sonja, said it was staunchly supporting him. In a statement on Thursday, Millennium Films chief executive Avi Lerner said he was going forward with the project. Lerner dismissed the accusations of sexual misconduct as “fake news” and said that “in America people are innocent until proven guilty.”“I am very comfortable with this decision,” Lerner said. Bryan Singer @Andrew_Pulver This article is more than 5 months old news Share on Facebook Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer says sexual misconduct claims are ‘homophobic smear’ Film industry Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Thank you for helping us raise 1m Heres our plan – as

first_imgWe did it! Thank you for helping us hit our goal – and for taking part in the audience vote to shape our 2019 coverageIt’s not too late to give! Support the Guardian’s independent, fact-based journalism with a contribution Reuse this content US news The Guardian Share via Email Share via Email Your story ideasNearly 1,000 readers submitted story ideas. (It took 20 members of our staff to read them all.) Here are five we plan to pursue in the coming months.You asked for: talk to the base – not just pundits – ahead of 2020“Talk to the Democratic base: black women, poor people (of all races), and Hispanics. Ask them how their lives have changed in the past two years. Ask them what kind of person they want for president. Break away from the GOP narrative.” Kim C, ConnecticutOur plan: In 2016 – and since – much of the narrative was around the working-class white communities in four key states that swung it for Trump: Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania. In 2020, we will ensure that we don’t just replay the last election. The political map of the US is changing, and the number of Americans affected by an economic system that is failing to deliver is growing. The Trump base is but a part of that. We will reach out to a new coalition that could yet decide the election: low-paid teachers, nurses, retail workers, low-wage professionals. We will bring their voices into the conversation.You asked for: stories on the impact of technology“The traumas caused by living in a fast-paced world, overloaded with instant news, leads people to further disconnect in what would normally be everyday life interactions. Fast digital info means fast to categorize and judge others corresponds to more polarization. Or just tune out. Think Air Pods.” – Anonymous, CaliforniaOur plan: Throughout the year, we will profile key thinkers and doers handling a key social question: are we truly addicted to social media and the rapid way we all consume news? Mixing advice with reported pieces, this series will give you the tools to think critically about the way we all use our phones – and tablets, VR glasses and Fitbits.You asked for: stories on the US role in Yemen“What is the US involvement in the tragedy unfolding in Yemen? Are the Saudis and UAE just following orders from the US or do they have their own agendas? What is the scope of the bombing and embargo in terms of death, destruction, famine, and plagues?” – Daniel Brooks, MarylandOur plan: More than 10,000 people have been killed since the Saudi-led coalition launched its campaign in Yemen four years ago; 3 million have fled their homes and 14 million face starvation in what could be the worst famine the world has seen in a century. In the coming months, the Guardian will continue to report on the devastating situation on the ground and the growing attempts in Washington DC to end support for Saudi Arabia and its UAE allies.You asked for: more climate change coverage“Climate change challenges – it is easy to get bogged down and feel like armageddon is around the corner. But there are solutions. Be a voice of shifting from fear to solution: show the myriad of options being worked on, inspire people to realize they can get involved and how to do it.” – Ann Kramer, FloridaOur plan: The Guardian covers climate change daily as a matter of urgent priority. But many of you want even more coverage. More than 10% of your story suggestions related to climate. We will continue to cover this core Guardian issue from every angle in 2019 – science, geopolitics, public health, human migration, extreme weather – but we hear you on hope and solutions. We’ll look at the potential of geoengineering, the coming Democratic proposal for a “Green New Deal” to create new jobs, as well as at issues of personal choices and climate change, from climate-friendly diets to ethical shopping.Sign up to Green Light, our weekly email on the planet’s most important stories.You asked for: solutions and hope“More reporting on solutions large and small to give us some sense that all is not lost and that our natural world and children aren’t necessarily doomed. Big order, but hope matters.” – AnonymousOur plan: This year, we’ll look for ways that the US operation can build on the success of the Guardian’s award-winning solutions journalism project, The Upside, to cover US stories that can bring hope and restore faith. Highlighting social entrepreneurs and scientists, environmental champions and unsung heroes, we’ll step up our search for invention, solutions and inspirational leadership.Speaking of hope and inspiration, thanks again to everyone who supported our $1m fundraising campaign. Your generosity is creating a more hopeful future for independent, fact-based journalism. If you’d still like to make a contribution, your support will help us tell the stories of 2019. Last modified on Fri 5 Apr 2019 21.09 EDT Sign up to the Media Briefing: news for the news-makers Thu 31 Jan 2019 06.00 EST US news Shares77 Illustration: Guardian Design Why are insects dying in droves? What’s the US role in the Yemen tragedy? How is technology changing our brains?Those are among the hundreds of story ideas you, our readers, suggested when we invited you to share ideas for 2019, as part of our year-end fundraising campaign. Nearly 1,000 people sent ideas – and our favorites have already been assigned in our newsroom. (More on the selections below.)The outpouring of brilliant ideas was matched by your outpouring of generosity. In November, we set an ambitious goal to raise $1m in year-end gifts from US readers to help us tell the stories of 2019. Tens of thousands of you – from all 50 states and DC – made contributions, ranging from $1 into the thousands. Small or large, one-time or recurring, every contribution helped us cross the finish line. We ultimately raised $1,006,076 in just over a month, all of which will be reinvested in the Guardian’s fact-based, independent journalism in 2019. Special shout out to Vermont, Washington and Oregon – the three states where the highest share of the population contributed. (And if you’d still like to make a contribution to support the Guardian’s journalism, it’s certainly not too late; you can do so here.) Thank you!The Guardian is built in partnership with our readers, and we deeply value your input in our coverage. In addition to seeking contributions and story ideas, we asked readers to vote on the topics they wanted us to cover most in 2019. More on the winning topics and our coverage plans below. Our plan: We will make voting rights a key part of our coverage between now and the 2020 election. This is an issue we strived to cover in the run-up to the midterms but we are formulating a more ambitious project – that would also involve other organizations – that would help map the rolling back of voting rights across the United States. Looking at the human stories of those prevented from exercising their democratic right, and investigating the systemic political obstructions placed in their way, we hope our voting rights project will offer a 360-degree look at one of the gravest failures of democracy in the US.You voted for: coverage of plastic pollution and zero wasteOur plan: With more than 340m tons of plastic produced globally each year – enough to fill every skyscraper in New York City – the crisis is a growing focus. We’ve launched a new column on personal consumption, exploring how plastic makes its way from our homes into our environment. We’ll cover how to stop synthetic clothing from poisoning waterways and where plastic bags go when you “recycle” them. Separately, our environment team will continue to cover the global story of plastic pollution in our oceans and landfills, with a focus on public health.You voted for: coverage of the ethics of big techOur plan: In 2018, the Guardian and its sister paper, the Observer, broke the story of Cambridge Analytica, revealing how a political consulting firm harvested the data of 50,000 Facebook users to help Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. In the coming year, the Guardian’s west coast bureau will continue to hold the tech industry accountable for its unprecedented power and influence over ordinary people’s lives. Our reporting will examine questions including how algorithms shape the lives of workers and voters around the globe and how big tech spends money to influence politics. And from diversity to pay, we will continue scrutinizing how the most powerful companies treat their workers – and uncovering the ways in which exclusionary work environments impact the technologies shaping our society.You voted for: solutions to America’s gun violenceOur plan: Why don’t we treat gun violence the way we do heart disease, diabetes or Zika? As an epidemic that takes more than 30,000 American lives each year, gun violence is a devastating public health crisis. Yet it’s rarely covered from this perspective. This year, we’ll be exploring how the public health community can reframe the conversation about guns. We’ll be launching a year-long reporting project in the Bay Area that will focus on deeper trends, not one-off acts of violence. We will explore connections between violence and poverty, work, gentrification, incarceration, mental health, social policy and gun access. Our reporting will focus on what works to save lives. This article is more than 5 months old Read more Share on Pinterest news Jane Spencer Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Topics Share on Twitter Share on Facebook We asked our readers to vote on 12 topics we were considering covering in depth in 2019. Your top four choices – and our plan to tackle the stories – are below.You voted for: coverage of voting rights and voter suppression This article is more than 5 months old Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Thank you for helping us raise $1m! Here’s our plan – as decided by you Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Monitoring for Nocturnal Seizures with Emfit MM

first_imgEpilepsy, sometimes called a seizure disorder, is a disorder of the brain causing seizures, a short change in normal brain activity. Epilepsy is one of the most common conditions affecting the brain — nearly three million Americans have epilepsy.If more than 90 percent of your seizures occur while you sleep, you likely have nocturnal seizures — usually triggered by changes in the electrical activity in your brain during certain stages of sleeping and awakening.It can be difficult to diagnose nocturnal seizures because they happen when you’re sleeping, and the Emfit MM monitor can help.It’s the top-selling seizure muscle contraction monitor and is currently being used in more than 60 countries worldwide.Emfit is a world-leading manufacturer of nocturnal tonic-clonic seizure monitors and heart detection-based bed occupancy monitors.The Emfit MM monitors an individual who, during sleep, may experience seizures or faster, abnormal muscle movements that continue for 10 seconds or longer. A quick, high-frequency alert allows a family member or caregiver time to respond.Features of the Emfit MM:Consists of a flexible and durable bed sensor placed under the mattress and a bedside monitor with sophisticated embedded softwareDetects when a person has continuous faster muscle movements over a set amount of timeTriggers a notificationSystem notices light movements, making it equally suitable for small childrenControl unit can be clipped to the bed, mounted on the wall or placed at the side of the bedBattery operated; an optional, medical-grade AC adapter is also availableAudible alarm with adjustable volumeInterfaces with most nurse call systems, wireless transmitters and personal emergency phones “Six years ago, I bought this monitor for my daughter after I was unaware she had a seizure for an hour. I am grateful every day for this monitor and this company,” said Melissa B.“We just set up the Emfit Movement Monitor, finally got a waterproof sheet and tested it, and Ben had a myoclonic seizure and it went off. What a relief to know we have this,” said Peggy R.“My 19-month-old granddaughter, Charlotte, had a seizure at 2:45 a.m. Her parents were immediately alerted by the Emfit. Honestly, this is the second time it has probably saved her life. This time she was sick with a fever that happened sometime after she had went to bed. Emfit, you are worth your weight in GOLD! This has worked 100% of the time for our family, and we cannot thank you enough for saving our baby and for giving her parents a device they can trust where they can rest and sleep,” said Sherry G.Emfit’s mission is to improve the safety of customers and their loved ones, seniors living alone and children with epilepsy.To learn more about Emfit and the Emfit MM, visit https://www.emfit.com/seizure-muscle-contraction-monitor.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonitor epilepsy and more with the Embrace WatchJune 18, 2015In “Medical Equipment”Boogaloo Beds – Smart Bed for Individuals with Sensory IssuesApril 9, 2019Similar postBellt Alert CoversJuly 2, 2019Similar postlast_img read more

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PC Gamers Who Didnt Play Classic Console Games Missed Out on Great

first_img This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene Mahershala Ali Isn’t The First Actor To Play Multiple MCU Roles Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Growing up, I was not a console gamer. My parents steadfastly refused my entreaties for an NES or any console and only grudgingly tolerated my affection for computer games. I suspect they felt computers were going to be Too Important to the future to smash my primary means of interacting with them, and they respected the idea that I had the right to spend my own money on hobbies of my choice, but there were limits to their tolerance. Computer games fell on the right side of the line, barely. Console games did not. As a result, my own introduction to gaming came squarely from classics of the mid-to-late 1980s PC space — Space Quest III and Ultima IV were the two titles I remember playing first.As a result, I never really got familiar with the NES or SNES titles that were popular at the time. I played through Final Fantasy I, II, and III at a friend’s house, but I didn’t ever log much time on the side-scrollers that were popular. I played enough Super Mario Bros. to beat 1-1 and 1-2 and that’s about it. Recently, thanks to emulators, I’ve picked up some SNES games that I never played before — games like Castlevania IV, Super Mario World, and Super Metroid.I genuinely wasn’t sure what I’d think. Mostly, I’ve been impressed. The skills required to play these titles well — and to be clear, I don’t play them well, having never acquired more than a rudimentary level of skill with a controller — are about more than just quick reflexes. They demand the player become intimately familiar with the position and movement of enemies through 2D space, timing certain attacks and jumps precisely. The games often challenge you with cleverly placed gotchas, like a Mario bullet that flies through the exact space you will be occupying if you attempt to grab a certain power-up. These puzzles can be maddening. The game developers leave hints to tell you that something can be done, but figuring out exactly how to do it is a challenge.This type of gameplay is entirely different from the games I grew up with. Solving puzzles in Conquests of the Longbow or fighting Ad Avis in Quest for Glory II wasn’t remotely the same kind of experience. The Sierra, Origin, and LucasArts games that dominated my childhood were thoughtful adventure titles with an emphasis on writing and text parsing, or later, point-and-click interfaces with a variety of possible actions. Other games, like Civilization, offered long-form play and sophisticated strategy that outstripped what consoles were doing at the time. It’s been a fascinating example of how developers from another country found ways to overcome language barriers and hardware limitations to design very different types of experiences.In the modern era, in which consoles are functionally based on PC hardware and in one case, run a modified PC operating system, the differences between these platforms have come down to a handful of graphics options, frame rates, and load time. Thirty years ago, the gaps were far larger. Dedicated hardware capabilities gave consoles graphics options that PCs of the era couldn’t duplicate. I remember gazing wistfully at a Super Nintendo around Christmas of 1991 precisely because there was no equivalent to what Super Mario World looked like available on my own entertainment solution.All love to Invasion of the Vorticons, but it’s not exactly the same.Playing the console titles I’ve never played before has shown me that there’s an entire aspect to gaming I hadn’t really experienced. I’d played side-scrollers enough to know I wasn’t very good at them. Taking the time to play them enough to improve (slightly), I’ve developed a respect for the subtle ways Japanese developers showed players the rules of the world over time, with small clues to where monsters will spawn, visual hints about how powers work, or clever level design that forces you to use abilities you’ve just collected. Oftentimes, the arrangement of threats and carrots — like a ? block you know contains a 1Up — are downright cunning.Learning how to precision-time one’s jumps or attacks isn’t anything like solving puzzles in Myst or the Colonel’s Bequest and it doesn’t much compare to the likes of Doom or Quake — but then, part of the fun of gaming has always been the way it evolves over time. The games that exist now are fundamentally different than the titles I played in my childhood, and while sometimes I miss the style of games we once had, I would miss the different types that have come into existence in the meantime just as much (at least in some cases).One thing this experience has shown me is that it’s absolutely worth picking up the old experiences you never got to have. It would be a little harder for console players to take this idea in the other direction. Getting used to computer games where you read extensively and type commands if you’re used to console gaming is, in my opinion, a larger challenge than picking up a controller if you used to be an old-school PC gamer. But both sides of the PC-versus-console debate could learn from each other’s histories. Playing some classic 16-bit titles has given me an appreciation for that aspect of gaming history that I previously didn’t have, even if I’m never going to swap in a PC for a console as a primary game system.Now Read:Nintendo Forces Removal of Commodore 64 Super Mario Port 7 Years in the MakingNintendo Switch Controllers Are Beginning to Fail in Large NumbersNintendo Unveils Switch Lite, Coming Sept. 20 for $199 You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Joel Hruska on July 17, 2019 at 1:57 pm Celebs Who Were Sadly Killed By Their Fans 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. PC Gamers Who Didn’t Play Classic Console Games Missed Out on Great Experiences Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Movies That Are Primed and Ready for a Prequel Iconic Movie Scenes These Actors Totally Regret Filming 43 Comments Tagged In sonyPC gamingnintendoconsolesconsole gamingNESsnessegawing commanderoriginclassic gamingSuper NintendolucasartsPS1classic gamesSierra Games16-bit Post a Comment 43 Commentslast_img read more

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Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update on Surface Book 2

first_img Why Oliver Won’t Be Miserable In ‘Arrow’ Season 8 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 Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Microsoft has been forced to block the Windows 10 May 2019 update from its own hardware, due to incompatibilities with the GPUs used in its Surface Book 2. It’s the latest self-own from a company that promised its new methods of rolling out updates and patches would result in more consumer trust and fewer issues four years ago. So far, those promises have not materialized.Microsoft’s methods of testing Windows 10 have been broken for years. After Satya Nadella took over as CEO, Microsoft made QA changes that left programmers in charge of fixing their own bugs and turned Windows 10 users into voluntary beta testers via the Windows Insider program. Unfortunately, members of the Windows Insider program rarely use the OS as a daily driver (and Microsoft does not recommend doing so). This has been the explanation for how certain flaws have shipped on an ongoing basis.Microsoft has repeatedly shipped updates with significant problems, though the number of people hit by said problems has varied. We’ve seen the company push major updates that deleted decades worth of customer files, caused blue screens when certain USB devices were plugged in, and broke various other critical system components, including third-party antivirus utilities, System Restore, Windows Media Player, and file associations. The Windows 10 May 2019 update is already blocked on PCs that use USB storage and SD cards. Microsoft has made much of the fact that its overall incidence rate has declined over time, but has not addressed user concerns about the severity of some of the bugs it has introduced.From Microsoft’s compatibility warning page.In this case, as PCMag reports via ZDNet, a bug in the Windows 10 2019 update causes the secondary Nvidia GPU on the Surface Book 2 to vanish. Since the main reason to buy a Surface Book 2 is for the unique design that allows for an Nvidia discrete GPU in a thin portable with a detachable option, this is a major flaw. It is not clear why this flaw solely affects the Surface Book 2 but not the Surface Book. It appears to have been discovered as Microsoft gears up to push the May 2019 update out to larger numbers of customers, due to the large number of people still using the April 1803 update, which officially leaves support in November of this year.As a side note: Microsoft has also identified an issue with 1903 that causes gamma ramps, color profiles, and night light settings to stop working. I’m fairly certain this explains the distinct purple tint that’s been popping up on testbeds in between driver swaps and occasionally in the middle of reboots. We didn’t mention this in the Gigabyte Aorus Xtreme 8GB review or the 5700 / 5700 XT review, but I’ve talked about it with several other publications and they’ve been seeing oddities around driver updates as well. If you do happen to run into this weird purple-tint issue, it can sometimes be solved by rebooting or by reinstalling a display driver. In one case, setting a specific color profile for the monitor I was using also worked. It causes the Windows 10 blue screen that pops up when you Ctrl-Alt-Delete to be a distinct shade of purple but does not harm performance (it does, however, wreck screen colors and is generally off-putting to look at).Now Read:Microsoft Includes Telemetry Update in Security Patches, Raising Fears About Company MotivesMicrosoft Kills Automatic Registry Backups in Windows 10Bill Gates: My Greatest Mistake Ever Was Letting Microsoft Lose to Android You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads Aggravating Things That Always Happen in ‘Apex Legends’ 2 Comments Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update on Surface Book 2 By Joel Hruska on July 16, 2019 at 3:29 pm The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Tagged In microsoftwindowswindows 10bugsmicrosoft surfacesatya nadellaWindows 10 1903Surface Book 2Windows 10 2019 May Update Post a Comment 2 Commentslast_img read more

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Google Stadia Isnt Netflix for Games

first_img Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 11 Comments We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared Tagged In microsoftgooglegamingsonyconsole gamingcloud gamingStadiagoogle hangoutsgoogle readerGoogle CemeteryGoogle ChatGtalk Post a Comment 11 Comments Movies That Are Primed and Ready for a Prequel This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality Google: Stadia Isn’t ‘Netflix for Games’ Woody Harrelson’s Father Was an Actual Hitman 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. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Google held an AMA yesterday on its upcoming cloud gaming service, Stadia. Stadia is a unique project in gaming — there’s no other service quite like it available — but that particular facet is going to cut both ways. Users have had a lot of questions, and the Stadia team has now provided some answers to how various facets of the service will work.One thing they made clear upfront: Stadia isn’t “Netflix for games.” Stadia director of product, Andrey Doronichev, writes:Stadia Pro is not “Netflix for Games” like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus. The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take. Starting with Destiny 2 (yay!).This comparison isn’t very good either. Whether you like the idea of Stadia or not, what it offers — games that exist only in the cloud that you purchase at full price — is not the model that Microsoft, Sony, or any other company uses. The major companies that offer cloud streaming services also offer physical downloads for local play or they offer a Netflix-style streaming service with a large back catalog of titles.Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus are thematically similar to Stadia Pro in that yes, all three of these services are “value adds” on top of the base platform experience. Stadia, however, is a very different service than what Sony and Microsoft offer. This changes the value proposition of Stadia Pro relative to Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus.When Will Google Kill It?Another question gamers raised is whether Google is invested in the product in the way it needs to be to encourage players to invest in it. This is not an unfair question. Every large company launches and retires products. But few, if any, do so at the rate Google has.As this article discusses, from just January to April 2019, Google retired the Chromecast Audio, removed YouTube annotations, abandoned Louisville KY’s fiber installation, dropped IoT support from Android Things, gutted its laptop and tablet division, shut down Google Allo, closed its Spotlight Stories VR studio, stopped accepting new users for the Goo.gl URL shortener, shut down IFTT support, and ended both Google+ and Google Inbox.The Google Cemetery lists 155 projects that Google has killed, as well as some statistics on its long-term behavior:2019 is shaping up to be a very good year for shutdowns, though 2011 is the easy leader.When asked whether there were any EoL guarantees associated with Stadia, Doronichev implied that gaming moving to the cloud is no different than the way music, movies, photos, and documents have already done. He emphasized Google’s investment to date in Stadia before declaring:[W]e’re committed to making Stadia a success. The games you buy on Stadia are yours to play. From day one we’ll support Takeout, so that you can download your game metadata, including saves if you want to.Of course, it’s ok to doubt my words. Theres nothing I can say now to make you believe if you don’t. But what we can do is to launch the service and continue investing in it for years to come. Exactly how we’ve been doing with gMail, Docs, Music, Movies and Photos. That’s exactly what we’re committed to.The actual question, however, was: “If the Stadia service is discontinued, do we know what (if anything) will happen with game purchases? Alternately, are they any minimum EoL guarantees, etc.”Donichev never actually answers the question, leaving the de facto answer: “No.” He begins by drawing parallels to how movies, documents, and photos have moved to the cloud, but he ignores that this content has either generally been made available on streaming sites with Netflix-style content systems or that the cloud services in question are used for storing one’s own personal data. Stadia isn’t the same as these services. The fact that Google continues to try and elide that difference is troubling.You can quit subscribing to Stadia Pro and still access the games you’ve purchased (though not the titles you got for free for being a subscriber). If Google shuts Stadia down, however, you’ll lose access to the titles you bought. This point is being confused in some spaces, with reports that you can “quit” the service and still keep the titles you previously got for being a subscriber. This does not appear to be the case. You regain these titles if you resubscribe, but that’s not the same as having a version of a game you can download and keep if the company decides to shut its servers down.No company ramping up for a major launch is going to declare that they only intend to operate a service for the short term or imply no one at Google is committed to making the launch a success. The fact that Google didn’t have anything to share about an EOL guarantee could mean that the company simply hasn’t finalized that aspect of its service, but given the company’s history, Google is one of the last companies I would bet on when it comes to the long-term question of whether it will keep a product in-market.Google Docs is a major component of Google’s efforts to take on Microsoft Office as a business productivity suite. Some of Google’s other cloud services are directly tied to Android. Google Stadia, in contrast, is an attempt to take on Microsoft and Sony in an entirely new market with an unproven business model. If Stadia takes off, Google will keep it. If it doesn’t — and keep in mind, we have no idea what metrics the company has set internally for what “takes off” means — then Google is one of the companies least likely to commit to iterative improvement or a marketing pivot. Google may rehabilitate some of its products, but its long-term tendency has always been to throw them away and launch something new. (This is how the company ended up with seven messaging platforms simultaneously at one point).If you’re the type of person to buy a game, beat it, and never play it again, this risk may not matter to you. But evaluated in terms of its commitment to offering users long-term platform support, no Silicon Valley company I can think of has done a worse job than Google. Some companies dig in and make products better; some companies throw them out and start over. Google has always tended far more towards the latter than the former.Other PointsOther tidbits from the AMA include:Stadia game prices will be competitive with other platforms. Playing on a TV will require a Stadia Controller ($69) and Chromecast Ultra ($69), though there’s also Founders Edition for preorder that includes these components, three months of Stadia Pro, and a coupon to give Stadia Pro to someone else for the same time period for $130.If you unsubscribe from Stadia and resubscribe later, you will regain access to games that you claimed while you were a Pro subscriber. You will not receive games that were given away while you were unsubscribed.Bluetooth audio support will not be present at launch but may be added at a later date. Support for audio through the Stadia Controller is via headphone jack only.Google is committed to adding support for cross-play. The company is starting with adding support to Chromecast Ultra but might enable the service on other devices. Andrey wants to add support for iOS and Android as well.Achievement support will be added post-launch but not available on day one.The free game per month offer is for Pro users only. The game is yours to keep for as long as you remain a subscriber. Stadia Base does not include a game, only the option to buy games.Google thinks ISPs will raise data caps to allow services like Stadia to function without eating all your bandwidth. There will be some unspecified tools and services for bandwidth management. Doronichev writes, “There’s a lot of great ISPs offering plans with 100s of mbps or even gigabits and no caps,” which is really cute, considering roughly 40 percent of the country, including myself, has access to exactly one ISP.Family sharing is coming “early next year.”On the whole, it’s a solid AMA, but I’d wait a year or three before investing any money into the platform. Google has been far too willing in the past to kill products that were passionately loved by its user base for me to put any faith in the company not to kill Stadia at the drop of a hat. It has never cared about the fact that users depended on products like Hangouts or Reader when it made the decision to kill them, and it doesn’t deserve to be trusted to have started now — unless, of course, the company is willing to explicitly guarantee it in writing. Thus far, Google has not done so.I will not be recommending that anyone buy products on Stadia unless Google is willing to provide a written guarantee that it will provide the service for a minimum length of time. “Trust us,” is a flatly unacceptable answer at this point.Now Read: How Google’s Stadia Game Streaming Service Can SucceedGoogle Reveals Stadia Pricing, Launch Date, and GamesGoogle Stadia Will Eat 1TB Bandwidth Caps for Breakfast 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder By Joel Hruska on July 19, 2019 at 4:32 pm Surprising Things Men Actually Found Attractive 50 Years Agolast_img read more

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Galaxy Tab S6 Leaks Point to Samsungs Continued Commitment to Tablets

first_img You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Taika Waititi to Direct ‘Thor 4’ With ‘Akira’ Plans On Hold 6 Comments ‘Black Widow’ Set Photos Reveal The Main Villain Tagged In androidsamsungtabletsleaksgalaxy tab s6 Post a Comment 6 Comments The Untold Truth of ‘Batman & Robin’ Samsung has been making tablets almost as long as Apple, but while the iPad has maintained its popularity, Android-based slates have declined. Google might be giving up on making tablets, but Samsung is keeping at it with a rumored high-end Galaxy Tab S6. This device will allegedly be the followup to the Galaxy Tab 5e and Tab S4, but it will have more in common with the Galaxy S10. The latest leaked info points to a major upgrade over the Tab S4, which was Samsung’s last high-end tablet. That device had no fingerprint scanner, instead relying on an awkwardly positioned iris scanner for biometric authentication. The Tab S6 will reportedly have an in-display fingerprint sensor like the one in the Galaxy S10. This would be a first for a tablet — Apple uses Face ID, and most Android tablets aren’t expensive enough to justify such an extravagance. While you should never take photos with a tablet, most of them still have a (terrible) camera on the back. Strangely, Samsung will equip the Tab S6 with a pair of camera sensors on the back. There will be a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP wide-angle. Camera performance on tablets is rarely a selling point for consumers, so it’s odd to direct resources there. Credit: SamMobile.comOn the inside, this tablet should rival the Galaxy S10. Past Galaxy Tabs have been a generation behind in specs, but not this time. The leak points to a Snapdragon 855 chip, the same one in Samsung’s current flagship phones. There will also be 128GB of storage (with a 256GB option), 6GB of RAM, quad speakers, and a 10.5-inch OLED display. We don’t know the resolution, but the tablet reportedly has very narrow bezels. Since this is a Galaxy Tab, it will include Samsung’s S Pen stylus. It’s been reworked to attach magnetically to the back of the tablet. While there, it will charge inductively. So, we can safely assume it will have the same Bluetooth tricks as the Note 9. The Tab S4 stylus wasn’t powered at all, so it didn’t need charging. There’s no word on the pricing, but it won’t be cheap. Samsung’s Tab S4 started at $650, an almost unthinkably high price for an Android tablet. Still, someone must be buying them if it’s making another. Samsung may choose to unveil the Tab S6 alongside the Galaxy Note next month.Now read:Samsung’s Latest Galaxy Tab S5e Has an Enormous Wi-Fi FlawMicrosoft’s Dual-Screen Surface Could Launch in 2020, Run Android AppsReport: Tariffs Could Raise Laptop, Phone Prices 22 Percent We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up By Ryan Whitwam on July 11, 2019 at 9:25 am Galaxy Tab S6 Leaks Point to Samsung’s Continued Commitment to Tablets 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 Hate for ‘Captain Marvel’ May Never Stoplast_img read more

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CGI Influencers The Rise and Eventual Fall

first_imgCGI. What is it? How do we use it? Why is it relevant in influencer marketing?Computer Generated Imagery has been around for decades. We all remember the Atari game Pong, or the mobile-friendly Snake, which came preloaded on every early-aughts Nokia cell phone. Nowadays, CGI takes form in highly-produced video like Avatar or Black Panther and has even extended its reach to social media.The popularity of CGI influencers is hard to miss. From Lil’ Miquela to the new-and-improved Colonel Sanders on KFC’s Instagram account (a genius move on Wieden + Kennedy’s part), they are nearly ubiquitous.The rise of CGI influencers comes from shock factor. We are sixteen years into the business of influencers: MySpace and WordPress launched in 2003. People became attached to influencers based on their personalities and their senses of style; it was fully original, and every standout influencer was unique.However, the days of the traditional style blogger are long gone. Bryan Boy, Man Repeller, Fashion Toast, Karla’s Kloset and Sea of Shoes all had exceedingly unique points of view and carved out their own versions of success due to their eye-catching style back in the day. Most started as bloggers, and as our digital attention spans decreased along with content length over the years, so did their focus. From WordPress to Instagram to Twitter to Snapchat, content length has only become shorter and there is no doubt that we have become more attracted to this easily-digestible content in order to fulfill the growing desire for instant gratification.Now that ‘influencer’ is a legitimate career path, you will find young, ambitious Internet stars on every corner of SoHo shooting near-identical imagery. Filters are ubiquitous, captions are short and personality is lacking. Authentic audiences are becoming harder and harder to find because there is nothing unique or eye-catching about this type of content.Enter: the CGI influencer. They are different, offer shock value and provide a sense of camaraderie for outsiders looking in. Companies like Brud, the one who produces Lil’ Miquela, have started developing entire rosters of animated influencers to drive shock value and awareness (a great PR move, frankly).Just as with anything that shocks, the CGI influencer will remain an intriguing fad and will end there. The draw of real influencers will remain for personality, for something unique and for a fresh perspective. The standout new influencers who offer that (Officially Quigley, Jera Bean, Orion Vanessa) will win in the long run for offering something that CGI cannot: a human perspective, a genuine connection with readers and a compelling reason to seek them out, again and again, like a best friend with great advice. CGI Influencers: The Rise (and Eventual Fall) Beca AlexanderMay 9, 2019, 5:05 pmMay 7, 2019 Animationaudience dataAvatarBlack PantherCGI Influencerscontent marketingInfluencer marketingWordpress Previous ArticleWorld Leading AI Chatbot Provider Bespoke Announces US LaunchNext ArticleWeAre8 Launches Content Marketplace For Brands To Access Constant Funnel Of User-Generated Contentlast_img read more

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Survey Shows Majority of Marketers Fail to Meet Consumers Expectations for Customer

first_img customer engagementdigital marketingecommerceMarketing Technology NewsNewsomnichannel marketingsurvey Previous ArticleThe Battle for Digital Ad Spend is Fiercer than Ever— Who’s Winning?Next ArticleThomson Reuters Acquires HighQ Customer engagement thought leader identifies 60% of marketers still rely on single-channel customer engagement strategies, despite consumer demand for omnichannel experiencesWhile the news is filled with ecommerce and retail concerns over how to best engage with customers to increase conversion and to create loyalty, Maropost’s inaugural industry survey has identified a large gap in the importance marketers place on managing customers, and the strategies and technology most use to connect and engage with customers. The stats are based on a survey of hundreds of senior digital marketing decision-makers at consumer-facing SMB companies in the US and Canada.Marketing Technology News: BlueVenn Wins ‘Data-Driven Product of the Year 2019’ at London DataIQ AwardsFindings also show that while most marketers list the ability to capture all customer signals across multiple touchpoints as the most valuable customer engagement initiative, only 4% have a true single customer view, despite two-thirds of respondents reporting that they do. And 82% use more than one platform to manage their email marketing, customer engagement and commerce/storefront.Other key findings include:95% of marketers agree customer expectations are increasingOnly 37% of marketers say they effectively create an omnichannel customer experienceLack of knowledge and training is the #1 challenge keeping marketers from achieving their customer engagement goalsThe cost and timeline for implementation is a market-wide issue, with 79% of respondents reporting implementation taking three months or longerTime is money: The longer the implementation the lower a marketer’s satisfaction with the processOnly 20% see their customer engagement platform provider(s) as a strategic partnerMarketing Technology News: boostr Announces the End of Siloed Ad Sales and Operations with the General Release of its Omni-channel Order Management System (OMS)“Being able to effectively reach customers across all channels is key to increasing attention, stickiness, loyalty and conversion,” said Ross Andrew Paquette, Maropost founder and CEO. “This research reveals that most marketers deal with complicated platforms that slow them down, impede their growth and are difficult to use. Marketers need a solution that promises much quicker time-to-value and a single view of their customer across all channels.”The average consumer typically used two touchpoints when buying an item 18 years ago. Today, consumers use a variety of touchpoints, stressing the need to move beyond email marketing alone. In addition, while omnichannel marketing strategies can increase revenue, poor or nonexistent omnichannel experiences can result in a 10% decrease in revenue.Maropost is a B2C cloud-based marketing platform that enables companies to increasecross-channel customer engagement and maximize revenue. Its survey was designed to measure marketers’ attitudes toward consumer expectations, as well as how prepared their current organizations are in meeting those expectations. The company commissioned B2B International, a market research company, to interview 300+ marketing decision-makers at consumer-facing companies with 25-999 employees in industries including retail, publishing, ecommerce, and hospitality.Marketing Technology News: Flipboard Appoints Advertising Industry Veteran David Bell As New Board Member Survey Shows Majority of Marketers Fail to Meet Consumers’ Expectations for Customer Engagement Globe Newswire5 days agoJuly 18, 2019 last_img read more

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Introducing Acoustic A New Marketing Cloud Bringing Humanity to AIPowered Marketing

first_img AcousticAcoustic Marketing CloudIBMmarketing cloudMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleMerkle/HelloWorld Named a Strong Performer Among Loyalty Service ProvidersNext ArticleTechBytes with Reza Rassool, CTO at RealNetworks Independent Marketing Cloud Built on the Foundations of Ibm’s Marketing and Commerce Platform Debuts with Singular Focus on the MarketerAcoustic officially debuted as the largest independent marketing cloud, offering marketers purpose-built solutions on the industry’s most exciting and open marketing platform. Formed by Centerbridge Partners’ acquisition of IBM’s marketing and commerce software offerings, Acoustic launches with a total focus on unleashing the brilliance in marketers by empowering them with freedom to do their best work. Led by an experienced team including former IBM executives, Acoustic enters the industry with market position, customer scale, and a proven technology platform.Today’s marketing challenges can be overwhelming with copious amounts of data and siloed, mediocre tools. The Acoustic name represents the organization’s commitment to listening, understanding, and solving these complex challenges with intuitive technology that gives brands the power to resonate with audiences in a more personal way. Acoustic believes every marketer has the capacity to be brilliant when provided with products that are just as good as they are.Acoustic is challenging industry status quo by letting clients utilize an open technology ecosystem that easily connects their data and provides a deep understanding of their customers. Driven by a vision to transcend the ordinary, Acoustic’s AI-powered products are designed to remove friction and deliver a more consistent experience to the market, while still fiercely championing and protecting the privacy customers want.Marketing Technology News: Softeon Expands Retail and eCommerce Logistics Solution Footprint and Success“Acoustic is filling a major void in the industry as a true platform that’s entirely devoted to the marketer. As an independent company, our goal is to bring back a personal approach to the art of marketing by investing in products that work together across the entire marketing ecosystem to help enhance creativity and truly move people,” said Mark Simpson, Acoustic’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our new name is a symbol of our ability to create environments that draw people in, inviting closer and more personal connections. By providing purpose-built solutions, we can empower marketers to make these true human connections. Only by listening carefully to consumers can marketers make themselves heard.”Acoustic presents a new path forward for marketers eager to apply new technologies and take advantage of industry-leading AI development so they can get better results. Acoustic’s open platform integrates with other leading services at scale, complementing tools already used by marketers to connect data across ecosystems and uncover novel insights that can drive growth. Acoustic solutions are built specifically for the marketer, solving challenges unique to them and setting them free from the fragmented processes they’ve had to settle for in the past.Marketing Technology News: Study Finds Enterprises Rapidly Shifting to Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Business ModelSolutions and product names have been simplified to represent the new company’s focus. Products offered by Acoustic include:Acoustic Marketing CloudAcoustic Campaign (formerly Campaign Automation)Acoustic Experience Analytics (formerly Tealeaf)Acoustic Content (formerly Content Hub)Acoustic Personalization (formerly Real-Time Personalization)Acoustic Journey AnalyticsAcoustic Digital AnalyticsAcoustic Exchange (formerly Universal Behavior Exchange) Introducing Acoustic: A New Marketing Cloud Bringing Humanity to AI-Powered Marketing Business WireJuly 16, 2019, 2:32 pmJuly 16, 2019 center_img Acoustic Lifecycle Pricing (formerly DemandTec)Acoustic Lifecycle Promotion (formerly DemandTec)Acoustic Payments (formerly Payments Gateway)The intersection of humanity and technology is at the core of all modern marketing. Just like Acoustic’s messaging and name, the new brand identity was designed to express Acoustic’s mission to unleash the brilliance in every marketer. The simple geometric shapes reflect an interplay of people and technology, of art and science that is core to Acoustic – with purposeful, meaningful moments that leverage bright, brilliant colors.Marketing Technology News: NextStage to Support YSEOP, a World Leader in AI Dedicated to Natural Language Generation, in View to Accelerating Growth, Particularly in the United Stateslast_img read more

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Nielsens TV Ratings Platform Moves To AWS

first_img AIAWSMarketing Technology NewsNewsNielsen Previous ArticleKaltura Launches New Integration with Zoom Video CommunicationsNext Article4 Tips for Using Stock Photos in Marketing Nielsen’s Core National TV Measurement Processing Modernizes Its Traditional On-premise Servers To A Cloud-based InfrastructureNielsen announced that as part of an ongoing initiative to transform the technology infrastructure that powers its products and services, it has migrated its core National Television Audience Measurement processing from traditional on-premise server processing to a cloud-based infrastructure. These assets serve as the foundation for the industry currency, underpinning over $70 billion dollars in advertising revenue in the U.S. annually.Working alongside with Amazon Web Services (AWS), this major initiative provides Nielsen with the key foundation to improve scalability, redundancy and reliability, which has never been more crucial in an industry that has seen the rapid advancement of technical capabilities and innovation.Marketing Technology News: Sesame Workshop Names Samantha Maltin Chief Marketing Officer“The move to a cloud-based engine is a significant undertaking and underscores Nielsen’s commitment to invest in technology that will benefit our clients and the industry as a whole. Cloud processing allows for greater flexibility and velocity, as we build new and enhance existing products. It will also give us the opportunity to spend more time innovating and less time on managing infrastructure,” said Scott N. Brown, Head of Product, TV and Audio at Nielsen.“Nielsen’s move to AWS will help them become a more agile organization in the cloud and accelerate their work in helping companies around the world understand viewership data,” said Stephen Orban, General Manager at AWS. “AWS’s breadth of services, scalability and reliable infrastructure will help Nielsen drive product innovation that offers new ways for their network, publisher, agency and advertising customers to monetize their data.”Marketing Technology News: WebCEO, the Agency Oriented Marketing Platform, Launches a New Local SEO ModuleWith an emerging cloud-based infrastructure and sharpened Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence expertise, Nielsen is now modernizing their platform in order to give clients data to both monetize today’s media landscape as well as the landscape of tomorrow. This will speed up the company’s product roadmap, as well as enable more creativity and flexibility with the measurement data and services Nielsen packages and delivers to networks, publishers, agencies and advertisers.Marketing Technology News: Progress Named a Leader in the New 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multiexperience Development Platforms Nielsen’s TV Ratings Platform Moves To AWS PRNewswire5 days agoJuly 18, 2019 last_img read more

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Dave Bautista on Being Part of Fast and Furious Franchise Id Rather

first_imgWorld Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has paved way for many wrestlers to venture into the film business, with the likes of many, including Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, John Cena, Dave Bautista among others going on to become legitimate Hollywood stars with their action-packed films and an imposing and impeccable personality.However, Bautista, who has tasted film success and global recognition with Spectre, Blade Runner 2049 and Guardian of The Galaxy, recently hinted that he does better films than his contemporarires like Cena and Johnson. Bautista, who has films like Stuber, My Spy and Dune, among others lined for release this year, hinted that his filmography was better than Johnson’s and Cena’s and claimed that he does “good films.” A fan wrote on Twitter, “@TheRock and @JohnCena will get a Fast and Furious spin-off also and @DaveBautista will Be the villain.” Replying to this Bautista wrote, “…..thank you for your consideration… #idratherdogoodfilms (sic).”…..thank you for your consideration… #idratherdogoodfilms https://t.co/7VT0wFG6bY— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) June 29, 2019 Johnson entered the Fast and The Furious farnchise with Fast Five and has gone on to do major blockbuster films in the past. Cena was recently announced to be part of the upcoming The Fast and the Furious film, while Johnson continues with the spin-off series Hobbs and Shaw, with co-star Jason Statham. Cena also has reportedly signed up for the sequel to Suicide Squad, in which he will play a pivotal role.Read: WWE Star John Cena Becomes a Part of the Fast and Furious FranchiseAlso read: WWE Superstar John Cena is in Talks to Star in Suicide Squad SequelWith many films for each one of them, its difficult to decide who does better ones. However, a quick resolution may be arrived at the question of “who’s the best” inside the four cornered ring. Not a bad idea?Follow @News18Movies for more Dave Bautista Dwayne JohnsonDave Bautista FilmsDave Bautista John CenaDave Bautista The Rock First Published: July 1, 2019, 7:01 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Deepika Padukone Cant Stop Gushing About Ranveer Singh Posts Another Loving Tribute

first_imgOn the occasion of his birthday, Ranveer Saturday unveiled his first look as ‘Haryana hurricane’ Kapil Dev from Kabir Khan’s ’83. The film will reunite Ranveer with Deepika, who will essay the role of Romi Dev, wife to cricketing legend Kapil Dev.This will be the duo’s fourth collaboration after last year’s release Padmaavat. ’83 will chronicle India’s win under Kapil’s captainship, when the Men in Blue defeated West Indies in the final to clinch their first-ever World Cup trophy in 1983. While yes, they’ve co-starred in multiple films together, the truest bonding factor between Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, the genetically gifted actors, is their mutual love of public teasing.From expressing their love with grand romantic gestures to dropping tongue-in-cheek comments on one another’s Instagram posts, the Bollywood It couple definitely has a knack for using social media to keep their fans entertained. They’re also pretty much the star of one another’s Instagram feeds at this point. A day after sharing Ranveer’s colourful rainbow birthday cake, which the Internet said was perfect for the actor as it suited his ‘rangeela’ personality and quirky fashion choices, Deepika has now posted a touching tribute to her husband.Sharing a perfect holding hands picture, Deepika wrote, “There’s something so real about holding hands, some kind of complex simplicity, saying so much by doing so little…” On Ranveer’s birthday, Deepika shared a throwback picture of the actor from his childhood days and captioned it as: “Sensitive & emotional, caring & compassionate, generous & gentle, funny & intelligent, delightful & faithful… all this and so much more… To my husband, my friend, my lover, my confidante…but more often than not, my child, my infant, my toddler, my dot, my pineapple, my sunshine, my rainbow…May you forever and always be this way…I love you…” (sic)center_img ’83 movieCricket World CupDeepika PadukoneDeepika Padukone Ranveer Singh Pictures First Published: July 10, 2019, 7:57 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Aryan Khan Voices Simba in The Lion King Everyone Wonders Is It

first_imgSuperstar Shah Rukh Khan on Thursday shared a video presenting his son Aryan Khan as Simba from the upcoming film The Lion King.Shah Rukh tweeted the promotional video of the Hindi version of Disney’s live-action film, where Aryan is heard introducing himself as Simba, son of Mufasa. “Mera Simba,” Shah Rukh, who will be voicing Mufasa, captioned the image. Mera Simba.. #TheLionKing @disneyfilmindia pic.twitter.com/kC66BMBOVE— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) July 11, 2019 animation filmsAryan Khan The Lion Kinghollywood filmsJon Favreau First Published: July 11, 2019, 11:58 AM IST The 53-year-old star’s close friend and filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted that he got excited hearing Aaryan’s voice.”Pardon my excitement! But Aryan is the firstborn in our family! And even just hearing his voice has made me so so excited! And without a bias he sounds amazing,” Karan tweeted.Pardon my excitement! But Aryan is the first born in our family!!! And even just hearing his voice has made me so so excited !!!!! And without a bias he sounds amazing!!!!!👍👍👍👍👍 https://t.co/9WEqM5LmVD— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) July 11, 2019Meanwhile, after watching the teaser clip from The Lion King, fans on Twitter were left confused as to whether Simba is voiced by SRK or Aryan. See some reactions here:Its like you only dubbed for #Simba as well!! Aryan 🔥👌— Chandler Bing (@SarcasmChamp) July 11, 2019Wow! His voice is as powerful as yours ⭐— Arth Chavda (@Arthwrites) July 11, 2019Ahhhhhh!!! He sounds just like you!!! This is so exciting Shahru!!! 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁Yay Ary!!!!! #TheLionKing #AryanKhanisSimba— Maryam Khan (@Devoted2SRK) July 11, 2019Ye toh bilkul SRk voice hai pic.twitter.com/su1yMelkui— Aawes SRk (@AawesSrk) July 11, 2019I thought it was you!!!! your voices are exactly the same.. i never thought that profound voice will be at least inherited by someone.. in fact this voice sounds better .. Aryan you are already a star baby 😘— Мадара Умаянгани (@SRKmeriJAAN) July 11, 2019Later in the day, SRK also thanked everyone on behalf of Aryan. He wittingly acknowledged the resemblance in their voices and wrote on Twitter, “Young Lions don’t tweet so on behalf of Simba #AryanKhan I want to thank u all for appreciating his effort. Also thx to @disneyfilmindia & the team at Sound & Vision ( Mona & Mayur gang) & doesn’t his voice sound a bit familiar? Or is it just me?”Young Lions don’t tweet so on behalf of Simba #AryanKhan I want to thank u all for appreciating his effort. Also thx to @disneyfilmindia & the team at Sound & Vision ( Mona & Mayur gang) & doesn’t his voice sound a bit familiar? Or is it just me?— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) July 11, 2019The Lion King follows the adventures of Simba, who is to succeed his father Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands, and narrates a tale of how he rises up to the occasion despite several attempts to bring him down by his villainous uncle Scar.The Jungle Book fame director Jon Favreau has re-imagined the world of Disney’s classic to bring alive the new live-action version. He has stayed true to the classic story of Simba and used pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring the iconic characters alive on the big screen in a new way.The film will release in India on July 19 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.Read: The Lion King Early Reviews: Beautifully Animated Film with Heart and Humour(With inputs from IANS)Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

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How to get rid of the soap opera effect on your new

first_imgIf you recently purchased a new high-end TV, only to turn it on and feel disappointment and confusion about the weird video motion, you’re not alone. Some call it the ‘BBC effect,’ referring to the similarity between motion on new televisions and the motion effect on older BBC shows that used to bother so many American viewers. In recent times, though, this strange new video experience has become known as the ‘soap opera effect,’ and you can get rid of it if you’d like. The soap opera effect, obviously, gets its name from the similarity between motion in soap operas and the motion on new TVs. If you’ve never seen this in person, it is hard to explain; if you have seen it, though, you know exactly what we’re talking about. The same motion effect can be found in some theaters, depending on the technology they’re using. Not many people like it the first (or second) time around, and a subset say it makes them feel sick.What causes the effect? A feature that goes by many names: ‘motion interpolation,’ ‘motion smoothing,’ or sometimes even the acronym ‘MEMC.’ Some companies have adopted their own names like ‘Cinema Smoothing.’ The feature exists to try and reduce the motion blur that you may see on certain kinds of televisions by inserting extra frames, eliminating the motion blur but also eliminating the cinematic, film-like feel of video content.Some people really do like this technology, and there’s nothing wrong with that…but they’re in a minority despite the feature’s existence for the last handful of years. Some people get used to it, but others can’t. If you fall into the latter category, you can turn it off for good.Turn off motion smoothingThe exact method to turn off your television’s motion-smoothing effect will depend on the unit’s manufacturer, its model, and its year. That makes giving precise instructions difficult. Below we’ve provided the instructions for disabling the feature by brand, though the exact menu items and steps may vary a bit.VIZIOHow to turn off motion smoothness on Vizio TVs:– Select ‘Menu’– Scroll to and select ‘Advanced Video.’– Choose the ‘Smooth Motion Effect’ option.– Select ‘Off.’ Alternatively, you can reduce the severity of the motion smoothing, minimizing the effect without completely eliminating it.SAMSUNGSamsung calls its motion smoothing effect ‘Auto Motion Plus.’ To turn off Samsung’s feature, do the following:– Press ‘Menu.’– Select ‘Picture.’– Select ‘Picture Options.’– Scroll down to ‘Auto Motion Plus.’– Press the -> arrow key multiple times until the option reads ‘Off.’Check out Samsung’s support page here for more info.LGLG calls this feature TruMotion, and it bills it as a solution to the slight blurring present in fast-action scenes. If you don’t want it, do the following:– Press ‘Menu.’– Select ‘Picture.’– Scroll down and select ‘TruMotion.’– Choose ‘Off.’Note: some users report having trouble finding the TruMotion option; if the above doesn’t work, keep looking, as the feature is there somewhere.HISENSEHisense calls motion smoothing ‘MEMC,’ which we mentioned above: it stands for Motion Estimation / Motion Compensation. You can turn this feature off doing the following:– Choose ‘Menu.’– Select ‘Picture.’– Scroll down and select ‘MEMC.’– Choose ‘Off.’Wrap-upThe motion smoothing ‘soap opera’ effect is unwanted by many but it’s not going anywhere any time soon. Fortunately, you can decrease it or entirely disable it in almost any television, and it only requires a few button presses. If your model isn’t included above, try heading into the Menu > Picture settings and look around a bit — odds are the feature is readily accessible.last_img read more

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TMobile will give unlimited highspeed data in South Korea during Olympics

first_imgT-Mobile is giving its customers unlimited data in South Korea during the 2018 Winter Games, the carrier has announced. The unlimited data will be free and available anywhere within South Korea (only during the duration of the Games, mind), also being joined by free unlimited calls from the nation back home to the United States. T-Mobile announced the new perk in a statement today, pointing out that its customers already get free texting in more than 140 countries, one of which happens to be South Korea. The perk will go live starting on February 7 and will remain running through March 20.Subscribers won’t have to do anything to ‘activate’ the perk; it’ll just start automatically if you’re a T-Mobile customer. There is one small “catch,” though, and it’s that you must be a postpaid subscriber; prepaid customers don’t get this benefit.The carrier didn’t pass up the opportunity to use this as an educational moment, or rather as a chance to tell competitors’ customers what they’re missing out on. The Uncarrier points out that Verizon customers have to buy a TravelPass and are limited to 500MB of data each day, or otherwise pay roaming charges.AT&T is similar, offering its customers an “International Day Pass,” which is $10/day for those heading to South Korea. T-Mobile ONE remains an excellent option for frequent travelers, giving them free texting and data in more than 140 countries. SOURCE: T-Mobilelast_img read more

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Facebook and Oculus data privacy update AR and data download

first_imgUsers of Oculus VR headsets: never forget you’re working with a Facebook company. Oculus’s latest release suggests they’re very much in the fold, as it were. The bad news is – you do need to keep an eye on the data Oculus collects about you. The good news is – it would seem that Oculus is remaining relatively separate from the deep-dive info-collecting ways of Facebook. “As we look toward the future and the exciting work being done in research, we’re expanding our Terms of Service beyond VR to include AR products,” said the latest Oculus PR release. What’s most interesting there is the mention of Augmented Reality. Is Oculus moving outside the confines of the at-home VR headset, they’ve got to cover all their bases. That includes augmenting your reality from your phone.Perhaps the most important part of Oculus’s release this week is the following question and answer:AdChoices广告Q: Is my Oculus data used to target ads to me on Facebook?A: We don’t share data with Facebook that would allow third parties to target advertisements based on your use of the Oculus Platform.If this is true, it would seem Oculus is remaining as autonomous as possible within Facebook. It’s good to know that Oculus remains mostly separate from Facebook – even though they’re owned by Facebook – especially given the latest in the Facebook newsfeed at large. In coming weeks, Oculus users will be given the opportunity to download all the data Oculus collects on them – everything except the credit cards and the parts that remain on the user’s computer in the first place. Cross your fingers it includes all the apps you’ve used – yes, even that one!Meanwhile we’ll wait for Steam and HTC to update their respective VR and AR platform policies to make them all look real nice and properly modernly private and whatnot, too. It’s time for everyone to take a good, hard look at themselves in this trying modernity, time indeed. Oculus users were sent an update sheet today for the near-future of the VR platform owned by Facebook. In preparation for the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules in-effect date, Oculus is taking action. This May, new tools will be launched for Oculus users, including a new Privacy Center, Updated Terms of Service, Updated Privacy Policy, and a new Code of Conduct added to the Oculus official Terms of Service. Also you’ll be able to download all your data – so that’s neat. Story TimelineOculus releases a patch for broken Rift headsetsFacebook F8 strategy tipped with an Oculus GO VR launchPlex adds Oculus and Gear VR support to its virtual reality applast_img read more

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