Podcast: Play in new window | Download297-9-28-18 GE Smart Countertop Microwave OvenHey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!By now I’m sure you’re at least a little familiar with Alexa, the smart voice assistant built into Amazon Echo devices. Well, now Alexa is built into a microwave! The GE Smart Countertop Microwave Oven offers ultimate hands-free convenience. With voice-enabled controls, you can tell Alexa how to prepare your food, set a timer, and more. The microwave also features Scan-to-Cook technology which allows you to simply scan the barcode of your favorite frozen foods, and the microwave will automatically adjust power levels, cook times, and more, according to package instructions. This is especially ideal for individuals with low vision who cannot read small print.Check out the GE Smart Countertop Microwave Oven on Amazon to learn more.For more information, to read our blog, or to drop us a line, visit EasterSealsTech.com. That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I’m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads, in Indiana.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Related
V12, a leading provider of customer acquisition solutions, announced the launch of its digital data licensing solution to provide brands with unlimited access to high quality, privacy compliant data assets. V12’s data licensing is available with zero restrictions on data usage at flat fee pricing.Powered by AudienceLink, V12’s digital data asset is a multi-verified data source built using high quality data products that deliver both depth and breadth covering consumer and business audiences. V12 houses 215+ million consumer contacts with full address, 186+ million VINs, 208 million consumer emails and 300 million monthly cookies.“In today’s heightened privacy environment, brands must be more diligent than ever by only sourcing data from vendors who continually invest in the quality of their data and who adhere to privacy standards,” said Andy Frawley, CEO of V12. “Working in the data industry for over thirty years, V12 takes strict measures to offer marketers a high quality and broad data catalog of foundational and purchase intender data assets to optimize media spend.”Marketing Technology News: STOMP Out Bullying™ Launches Emma, the First AI Platform Designed to Process and Respond to CyberbullyingSample audiences include:Purchase Intender Audiences, Powered by V12 Signals: Audiences include consumers who are expressing active buying indicators based on store visits or online browsing behaviors. Clients using V12 Signals intender audiences experience 4x the sales conversion rates and 3x the engagement rates of other audience data sets.Automotive Audiences: Powered by V12’s leading VIN dataset with 186+ million VINs, audiences are available for all 50 states, including privacy states and include in-market vehicle shoppers and aftermarket shoppers.Consumer Audiences: ConsumerLink, a proprietary consumer data source, offers access to data on 215+ million consumers, including 50 million individuals with shopping behavior and lifestyle categories and 130 million identified mail order buyers and responders.CPG Audiences: Built from a proprietary algorithm, V12 finds high-indexing “look-a-like” buyers for 70 CPG segments, allowing marketers to target a larger pool of consumers who are 5x more likely to make a purchase.Custom Audiences: V12 employs digital profiling techniques to analyze aggregated customer attributes to form a detailed composite of a brand’s “ideal” buyer. V12’s analytics capabilities provide insights into purchasing behaviors, unique segments and modeling applications.Marketing Technology News: Uber Versus Lyft: The Game of Ride Sharing and Pricing Data Gets Hotter“As data about consumers continues to grow exponentially, brands are increasing their use of both first and third party data in order to better understand their customers’ purchase intentions, shopping habits and media preferences,” said Anders Ekman, President of V12. “Our offering provides advertisers with an award-winning solution to build unlimited audiences and deliver campaigns at scale through the channels of their choosing.”Marketing Technology News: LINK Mobility to Integrate With Oracle Responsys AcquisitionAndy FrawleyAudienceLinkdata licensing solutionMarketing Technology NewsNewsV12 Previous ArticleAccenture to Expand Industry X.0 Capabilities with Acquisition of Zielpuls to Create Smart Products and Services for CarmakersNext ArticleMarchex Launches Marchex Stream, Unlocking Transformative Conversational Analytics Capabilities for Businesses V12 Launches Digital Data Licensing to Provide Brands with Unlimited Access to Privacy-Compliant, High Quality Audience Data PRNewswireMay 2, 2019, 4:02 pmMay 2, 2019
Adam HelfgottInscapeMadHiveMarketing TechnologyNewsTEGNA’s PremionTV advertising solutions Previous ArticleReelTime VRs New ReelTime Virtual Room May Be Coming to a Hotel or Home Near YouNext ArticleStudy Shows Two-Thirds of Consumers Prepared to Flee to Brands Offering Superior Service Ad Platform Known for Powering OTT Advertising for Station Groups Integrates Data from 11 Million Smart TVs to Deliver the First Local TV Market Solution at National ScaleMadHive, the advanced TV advertising solutions company best known for delivering evidence-based accountability with cryptography, today announced a strategic relationship with Inscape, the leading provider of smart TV viewing data. Integrating Inscape’s glass level TV viewing data from more than 11 million smart TVs into MadHive’s proprietary AI advertising platform enables broadcast networks to sell linear advertising alongside data enriched OTT inventory, as well as providing brands with the ability to easily plan, target, measure and optimize cross-platform linear and OTT campaigns in real-time.MadHive is currently powering linear to OTT reach extension, targeting, and fraud detection in 95%+ of the DMAs across the United States, giving local broadcasters the ability to offer addressable advertising and enabling brands to reach local markets. By incorporating Inscape’s data, Madhive can now deliver the ability to plan, buy, and analyze OTT performance against linear TV data, allowing true optimization across screens at the local level, translating to significant incremental reach.Marketing Technology News: L.A. Lakers Partner Wish Jumps to No. 1 in Earned Social Media Value Among NBA Jersey Patch Sponsors“OTT allows advertisers to leverage the precision targeting of digital on the TV screen, but at the same time it’s also contributing yet another platform to an already fragmented media landscape,” said Adam Helfgott, CEO at MadHive. “This partnership enables advertisers to holistically analyze cross-screen linear and OTT campaigns, while calibrating audiences to drive real business outcomes.”“Advertisers are increasingly looking to take advantage of optimized OTT ad buys especially using local broadcaster inventory,” said Jodie McAfee, SVP of Sales and Marketing at Inscape. “This deal brings optimized cross-platform advertising to all local TV markets in the U.S. regardless of what service provider a home uses to bring OTT into the home”.Marketing Technology News: BabbleLabs Raises $14 million Series A Financing from Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital to Accelerate Speech TechnologyThis partnership comes on the back of TEGNA’s Premion announcing integration with MadHive, leveraging the advanced advertising company’s full stack solution to generate better targeting for advertisers and cryptographic proof for buy-side transactions. “OTT not only has the capacity to extend an advertisers reach, but working with MadHive we are able to measure a campaign’s impact on select business outcomes,” said Jim Wilson, President of Premion.Marketing Technology News: Tellius Named by Gartner as a 2019 Cool Vendor in Analytics MadHive, Inscape Partner To Enable Cross-Platform Linear, OTT Planning, Activation and Attribution For Local TV Broadcasters and Advertisers MTS Staff WriterJune 13, 2019, 8:03 pmJune 13, 2019
Partnership Enables Media Planning, Execution and Measurement Tied to Outcomes Built on Granular Understanding of What Consumers Watch and BuyCatalina Marketing, the market leader in shopper intelligence and personalized digital media that converts shoppers into buyers, and Samba TV, the leading provider of global TV data and audience analytics, have partnered to integrate shopper behavioral data and video viewership insights at massive, unprecedented scale, encompassing tens of millions of households and billions of data points. Together, the two companies will build advanced analytics tools that fundamentally improve media buying and selling across all marketing channels, including in-store, digital, mobile over-the-top (OTT) and linear TV. The combination of Catalina and Samba TV data will provide a comprehensive look at how all advertising, including TV advertising, is driving lift and in-store purchases for advertisers. CPG marketers and their agencies will now have a granular, real-time analysis of campaign performance in stores at the UPC-level allowing them to assess the effectiveness of cross-device campaigns across TV, digital and in-store, reach customers on the right platforms, and optimize campaigns mid-flight.“The melding of Samba TV and Catalina’s advanced analytics capabilities and unparalleled buyer intelligence will allow advertisers to make more informed media and marketing decisions, leading to higher ROI,” said Catalina Chief Executive Officer Jerry Sokol. “Our partnership with Samba TV enables tracking of both brand awareness and ROAS, creating stronger combined capabilities. This partnership is yet another example of how Catalina is dramatically evolving to provide greater value to our customers.” analyticsCatalinadigital mediaNewsSamba TV Previous ArticleMedia.net Partners with Amino Payments to Offer Third Party Supply Chain Transparency for All Media.net Marketplace TransactionsNext ArticleB2B Marketers Use AI to Move Beyond the Google/Facebook Duopoly as Research from Marketing Platform InfiniGrow Shows Growth for LinkedIn, Quora, Content Marketing and Events Marketing Technology News: Alorica Taps Business Transformation Veteran Colson Hillier to Be Chief Marketing Officer“This partnership is a massive leap forward for our industry that is still using legacy tools and methodology. Now we have massive datasets integrated to take the guess work out of media buying decisions and solve the cross-platform measurement problem once and for all,” said Ashwin Navin, founder and CEO of Samba TV. “At Samba, we have a real-time understanding of video and TV audiences at global scale. With Catalina, we marry viewership with real-time purchase data to create the most profound understanding of TV and OTT — the medium used to build brands — with the primary ways brand messages are consumed, creating a huge opportunity to drive more personalization and accountability in the media we enjoy every day.””Together, Catalina and Samba TV are establishing benchmarks and norms for campaign design and reporting that enable networks to track campaign performance to make in-flight optimizations, dramatically upgrading the ability to deliver outcome-based selling,” said Dr. Wes Chaar, Catalina’s Chief Data & Advanced Analytics Officer, who previously led major TV industry initiatives in audience estimation, audience targeting and audience demand modeling.Marketing Technology News: Alpha Software Launches Alpha TransForm, Cuts Build Time for Robust Offline Enterprise Mobile Apps from Months to Hours “The Catalina/Samba partnership will also fuel a new take on the Marketing Mix Model. The more granular Consumer Mix Model will use ratings that reflect an individual store’s consumer composition, trading area and ratings in near real time instead of weeks after a campaign ends, which is the current norm,” added Chaar.Howard Shimmel, President of U.S.-based research consultancy Janus Strategy & Insights, has played a key advisory role in the evolution of the Catalina and Samba TV partnership. Shimmel is a recognized expert in data integration, audience buying and ROI/Attribution through his work as Turner’s Chief Research Officer and other leadership positions with Nielsen and Symmetrical Resources.“Catalina and Samba’s collective expertise on buyer behaviors, motivations and lifestyles will allow marketers to be more precise in how they engage audiences to drive purchases, and to fuel the ability of media companies to sell based on outcomes,” said Shimmel. “What truly sets Catalina and Samba apart is the analytics they will apply to the data to help their customers with every stage of planning, execution and measurement.Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc. Catalina And Samba TV Partner To Significantly Transform Media And Measurement Landscape PRNewswireJune 4, 2019, 10:00 pmJune 4, 2019
British Gas has partnered with Localz, leading experts in last mile location and messaging technology, to improve customer experience and overall efficiencies. With engineers challenged to fulfill appointment promises and an increased demand for uberisation from customers, British Gas has implemented Localz “On my way” solution to deliver real-time automated messages to customers.British Gas engineers were experiencing challenges fulfilling their call ahead promise when leaving the previous job. Engineers said it was difficult to make contact with their next customer when they were on their way. In some cases this meant they were late to an appointment and the customer had not been informed. These poor experiences led to anxious customers and increased calls into contact centres checking the arrival time of their engineers.Marketing Technology News: BlueCrest Wins Two Direct Commerce AwardsLocalz “On my way” Solution is being used by 7,000 British Gas service and repair engineers and enables them to send one-click on the way notifications to their next customer. Customers receive SMS or landline phone call notifications with a real-time ETA and live map tracking. These notifications also support two way communication, allowing the customer to message or call their engineer back with important information. The increase in their first time access rate has enabled British Gas to achieve its goal of delivering best in class customer service as the leading energy supplier in the UK.“The utilities industry is currently in a transition from a commodities business to a services industry. Today’s customers are becoming accustomed to services that are centred around their convenience and experience. Companies such as Uber and Amazon Prime have created new benchmarks for service. By implementing Localz technology, British Gas is meeting and delighting customers with new levels of real-time communications,” said Technology & Innovation, British Gas.Marketing Technology News: M-Files Makes Microsoft Office 365 the Single Point of Access to All Enterprise Information“Rapidly hiking consumer expectations, in an increasingly time-poor society, has created the ‘Individual Economy’, or ‘IConomy’. Each of us expects service providers to have apps and solutions which allow us to see our appointment progress in real-time. Transparency and two-way communications on our smartphones are now a standard expectation. By implementing our solution British Gas has not only been able to fulfill customer satisfaction levels but has also been able to improve its business efficiencies, improving first time access rates means more customers can be seen,” said Tim Andrew, CEO and Co-Founder at Localz.Marketing Technology News: Kibo Announces Enhanced B2B Features to eCommerce Platform automated messagesBritish Gascustomer experienceLocalzMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleSponsorship Made Simple for Personal, College, Sports, Community Events etc.Next ArticleCommunity Management Is the Main Course for Hospitality Sector British Gas Goes the Extra Mile to Improve Customer Experiences with Local PRNewswireJuly 8, 2019, 12:21 pmJuly 8, 2019
Amritsar: A court here has convicted 13 people, including 11 former policemen, in a 2014 kidnapping and murder case of a jail inmate. Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Singh Bajwa, while convicting them on Friday, said the quantum of punishment would be pronounced on Monday.Those who have been convicted include former inspector Narang Singh, former assistant sub-inspectors Gulshanbir Singh and Sawinder Singh, ex-head constables Jagjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Lakhwinder Singh, ex-constables Makhtool Singh, Angrej Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Amandeep Singh and Randhir Singh of the Punjab Police. The two others are Deep Raj Singh and Jagtar Singh. On May 5, 2014, jail inmate Bikramjit Singh, who was undergoing life imprisonment in a murder case, was taken to a government hospital here for treatment. He was kidnapped from the hospital by a police team led by Narang Singh and taken to Batala where he was tortured inhumanely and then murdered, as per the complaint filed by victim’s brother Dalbir Singh.Following Bikramjit’s abduction, police had initially registered a case against him on May 6, 2014, alleging that he escaped from the police custody from the hospital premises. But later the policemen and two others were booked for his murder.All the accused have been held guilty under sections 302 (murder), 364 (kidnapping), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.The public prosecutor said a total of 14 persons were nominated in this case and one accused, identified as former ASI Baljit Singh, was declared a proclaimed offender and is yet to be arrested. IPCjailKidnappingmurder First Published: July 6, 2019, 3:08 PM IST
AIADMK govtEdappadi K PalaniswamiHindi ImpositionKanizmohi Karunanidhi First Published: July 7, 2019, 8:40 PM IST New Delhi: Even as the language row continued to rage in southern states, new state transport buses in Tamil Nadu were found bearing stickers that read in Hindi.In a bid to improve public transport, the Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation (TNSTC) and Metropolitan Transport Corporation of Chennai (MTC) have jointly added 500 buses to the fleet. However, with the buses having instructions for passengers in Hindi, leaders of opposition parties have called it the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government’s gradual move towards ‘imposition of Hindi’.The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)’s Thoothukkudi MP Kanizmohi Karunanidhi said it was attempt to reduce the importance of Tamil in the state. She also lashed out at the AIADMK dispensation for competing with the Centre in imposing Hindi and put out a tweet in this regard. தமிழக மக்களின் வரி பணத்தில் புதிதாக வாங்கியிருக்கும் பேருந்துகளில் தமிழுக்கு இடமில்லை.மத்திய அரசின் இந்தி திணிப்பு ஒருபுறம் என்றால்,நாங்களும் அவர்களுக்கு சளைத்தவர்கள் அல்ல என்று இந்தியை திணிக்கும் அதிமுக அரசுக்கு கடும் கண்டனம்.#stopHindiImposition pic.twitter.com/SqAQfEJI6N— Kanimozhi (கனிமொழி) (@KanimozhiDMK) July 7, 2019“Already the Union government has tried to impose Hindi here. Now, the Edappadi K Palaniswami-led AIADMK government is trying the same. The DMK strongly condemns this,” Kanimozhi was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.The Hindi-reading stickers have already gone viral on social media. However, an official of the transport department said the stickers with Hindi words in the government buses have already been removed.“No government buses have Hindi instructions in Tamil Nadu. As the new buses were manufactured in other states, they had Hindi stickers. We removed that before the buses were used by public,” read a statement from the department.Weeks ago, the DMK had strongly registered its protest against a three-language proposal in the draft National Education Policy that made teaching Hindi mandatory in non-Hindi speaking states. Soon after, the Centre dropped the contentious clause from the draft.
Bengaluru: Facing serious political turmoil in the Karnataka government, former chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday confirmed that all 21 Congress ministers in Karnataka have resigned from their posts in a bid to help accommodate rebel MLAs who have resigned from the Assembly. He also assured that disgruntled MLAs will be given suitable berths during the Cabinet reshuffle. “The BJP has tried to topple the government sixth consecutive times in the last one year. First five times they failed and they will fail the sixth time as well. The BJP is troubling the government ever since its formation. The BJP leaders are forcing the Congress-JDS lawmakers to join their party. It is clearly against democratic values. They have done the same in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal,” said KC Venugopal, general secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC). Venugopal said he has full faith in the strength of the state government. “We are in taking terms with the MLAs who have quit. We request them to come back and we will solve all the issues,” he said. Siddaramaiah also addressed the media persons on Monday and said that BJP has no faith in democracy. “The BJP did not win people’s mandate. Even in vote share percentage, they have lesser share than us. They have only won more seats and they are desperate for power. The central government, BJP high command is trying to topple the government since one year,” Siddaramaiah said.The former Karnataka CM continued his attack on the Centre and said that the Narendra Modi-led NDA government is misusing the Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax department to arm twist the Opposition across the country. “The BJP is using independent investigative agencies for Operation Kamala (Lotus). But we will fail them again to save the democratic values. All the ministers of Congress have given their resignation voluntarily and told us to give portfolios to whomsoever to save the government.”Siddaramaiah also requested rebel MLAs to not jump the gun in a hurry. “We will soon reshuffle the Cabinet and solve the issues of dissatisfied MLAs. I have already had a word with a few MLAs.” BJPcongresskarnatakaKarnataka government First Published: July 8, 2019, 3:26 PM IST
Sony has a rather strange relationship with consumer robotics lately. It’s definitely no stranger to them, having had at least two in the past. Now it is taking a more educational spin to these robots, but it isn’t going directly to the market. Toio, revealed last week, is on Sony’s internal “First Flight” crowdfunding platform. And now the KOOV coding and robotics kit has made its way to Indiegogo as well, finally making a real public appearance a year after Sony was supposed to launch it. KOOV is practically Sony’s own take on the LEGO Mindstorms idea, a kit with modular blocks, sensors and actuators, and a programming language that can be used to control the robot. KOOV, however, bills itself not just as a simple “build it” robotics kit but one meant to actually teach kids about how robots work as well as a dash of visual programming.That comes via the KOOV app that promises over 30 hours of educational content for kids to follow. The app also contains a custom visual programming language not unlike Scratch and Alice, two of the most popular programming languages for children. While the course takes children on a guided journey, the visual programming feature offers them the chance to venture off long after the course ends.Sony presented KOOV last year as a core part of its STEM101 thrust and was supposed to launch in the summer of 2016. Although the kit been available in Japan, it is only now that Sony is announcing a US launch, and on a crowdfunding platform at that. Sony, however, is using the Indiegogo campaign more as a way to gather feedback from interested parents rather than as a way to raise funds for production.Although it might be too early to tell, Sony’s KOOV isn’t off to a rocking start just yet, barely raising a fifth of its already modest $100,000 goal. There is definitely plenty of time left, though the extremely limited super early bird slots have all been taken already. Remaining tiers include a regular KOOV kit for $287 and an Advanced Kit for $399, a 20% discount on the expected retail prices of $359 and $499, respectively.VIA: Indiegogo
Schlage actually already added Android support for its Sense Smart Deadbolt way back in August last year. But adding Android support doesn’t immediately mean support for Google Assistant. With Assistant, the Schlage Sense now supports the three major voice-controlled assistants, including Siri and Amazon Alexa.To use the Google Assistant integration, you will need the Wi-Fi Adapter, which you already need anyway to use the Smart Deadbolt with Android. The adapter allows for secure remote access of the lock without having to pay for monthly subscription fees. Google Assistant commands work using Google Home or any iOS or Android phone.In addition to access via voice commands, the Schlage Sense Smart Deadlock also offers the ability to manage 30 unique access codes you can give out to trusted family and friends. And, of course, you can limit when they can use those or monitor which codes were used and when. The Wi-Fi Adapter also allows users to check on the status of lock even when they’re away from home. Smart locks are already smart for being able to connect to the Internet, be controlled remotely, and communicate with our mobile devices. These days, however, you’re not a smart home product if you can’t be controlled by voice. Lock master Schlage already has its Sense Smart Deadbolt talking with Siri via Apple HomeKit. Now it’s leveling the mobile platform playing field by making the Sense also respond to “OK Google”.
Apple revealed its PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus today, but we couldn’t help but notice the glaring omission of an iPhone X (RED) to go with them. The company’s flagship smartphone was conspicuous by its absence in the range of special editions and, as our mockup shows, that’s an aesthetic missed opportunity. Story TimelineiPhone X Plus teased with display assembly leakA 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus could fix Apple’s iPad headache2nd gen iPhone X price will be this low Indeed, an iPhone X (RED) has some clear advantages over its siblings. The far slimmer bezels on the OLED-fronted smartphone help minimize the argument we have every time a PRODUCT(RED) iPhone goes on sale: should the screen be surrounded by black or white? This year, the answer on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is black; last year, on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus version, it was white.Apple hasn’t left the iPhone X completely out of the party. If you’ve already got the smartphone, you can now pick up a (PRODUCT)RED leather folio for it. That joins the existing iPhone X (RED) leather case, which is currently priced at $49, and will be $99. Again, a portion of the price will go toward Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants. Apple’s iPhone X line-up has looked a little spartan from the outset when it comes to color options. Whereas the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus launched in a choice of silver, gold, or Space Gray, only two finishes of iPhone X were offered. If you weren’t happy with silver or Space Gray, it was time to find a case. The company hasn’t said exactly why that is, though that hasn’t stopped speculation. The general assumption is that the stainless steel Apple uses for the frame of the iPhone X is trickier to apply different colors to than the aluminum of the iPhone 8 and other models. We see something similar in the Apple Watch range, where there are more case color finishes available for the aluminum wearables than for their stainless steel counterparts. Tinting stainless steel isn’t impossible, but it’s tougher, especially if you want something that holds up to scratches and doesn’t get more scuff-susceptible as a side effect of the colorizing process. Apple is actually believed to have been planning a gold iPhone X, only to shelve the finish after encountering issues with production. According to rumors, it intends to try again for the “iPhone X Plus”, the larger version of the smartphone tipped to arrive later this year.For the moment, then, we’re probably going to have to be patient in our wait for an iPhone X (RED). Until Apple figures it out, cases and skins are your friends.
According to the pre-event rumors, the entry-level 2018 iPhone will be an “iPhone 9” with a 6.1-inch display. Although it will share the same design language as the current iPhone X, complete with minimal bezels and a notch in the top of the display for the front-facing camera, earpiece, and other sensors, it won’t use an OLED panel. Instead, it’s believed to use a cheaper LCD screen. At the same time, there’ll be two other phones, tentatively believed to be the iPhone X and iPhone X Plus. The 2018 iPhone X will be an update on last year’s iPhone X, with the same 5.8-inch screen dimensions, while the iPhone X Plus is expected to be around 6.5-inches. Both will use OLED panels, however, for better picture quality, brighter colors, and more power efficiency. Just glancing at the three by size, therefore, could leave you confused as to the hierarchy of the range. After all, the entry-level “iPhone 9” would have a larger screen than the presumably more expensive iPhone X 2018. Apple is also believed to be using more premium materials for the cases of its X-branded phones, but again, that may not be something you notice at first look. Apple’s 2018 iPhone range is expected to include three new models, including a new iPhone X and a larger iPhone X Plus, and a preview video is making it clear just how clever the Cupertino firm is being about it. Although this obviously won’t be the first time Apple has announced three new iPhones at one event, it could prove fairly confusing given the typical signifiers addressing “Which is the best iPhone?” won’t hold true. Story TimelineThe iPhone X Plus triple camera rumor just won’t die6.1-inch LCD iPhone renders show what you’ll be missingNew iPhone X and Plus leaked and detailed for 2018 A video previewing the 2018 iPhone line-up by Shai Mizrachi and 9to5Mac underscores that potential for uncertainty. The clip compares the current iPhone X with dummies of the iPhone X Plus and iPhone 9. Clearly, the iPhone X is the smallest in terms of overall size. The easiest way to differentiate may, in fact, be from the rear. There, the cheapest 2018 iPhone is believed to have a single camera, unlike the dual camera array of the iPhone X and iPhone X Plus. That will likely mean it will lack Portrait mode, since – where Google does faux-bokeh with computational photography and a single camera sensor – Apple uses its twin cameras for the background defocus effect. Of course, for Apple, the fact that price doesn’t increase in line with physical handset size could well be a benefit in the long run. Although the smartphone industry has generally shifted toward larger and larger displays over time, there are still plenty of people who prefer a smaller physical device. For that cohort, assuming they wanted a 2018 iPhone, the most obvious option would be the new iPhone X. That would mean a higher sticker price, however: in short, you pay for portability and easier single-handed use. What that means for the current single-hand darling of Apple’s line-up is unclear. The iPhone SE may have been refreshed in early 2017, but the core hardware still dates back to its original launch in March 2016. Even then, it was built using components from the previous year. Apple’s intentions with the iPhone SE are still uncertain. Although it’s believed to have been a solid sales success for the firm – not least because its minimal design changes from the iPhone 5S meant little in the way of tooling changes were demanded, helping cut down on manufacturing-related costs – Apple would undoubtedly prefer shoppers to pick up a more expensive model instead. Whether a new iPhone SE could embrace what look to be Apple’s core trends in specifications, such as wireless charging, the TrueDepth camera array expected to be on the front of all three of the 2018 iPhones, and sufficient processing power for ARKit-based augmented reality applications, while still being cost-effective for the Cupertino firm to produce is questionable. Indeed it could be more likely that Apple would take the easier decision to do away with the current iPhone SE – and the 4-inch screen altogether – and rely on the 5.8-inch iPhone X 2018 refresh to satisfy those wanting a smaller handset. That could then be followed up by an iPhone SE 2 that prioritized small size at a cost, instead of keeping low cost as its lodestar. Rather than the old association of “small means cheap,” Apple would position it as a case of paying for that convenience. In the process, the all-important average selling price per device, a figure the company has been nudging up and up with each successive quarter, could continue to grow. Analysts are pretty much in agreement that the smartphone market in North America and Europe, and beyond, is close to saturated. Device buyers are keeping their phones longer than before, delaying the frequency of their upgrades. That’s at least in part believed to be down to the rising cost of smartphones themselves, but it also stems from more incremental improvements from one generation to the next, and fewer people making the first step from a feature phone to a smart device. Apple’s evolving stance in the face of those trends became clear earlier this year. Back in February, the company revealed that iPhone sales for the three months ending January 21, 2018 had been 77.3 million units. In comparison, iPhone sales for the same period twelve months prior had been 1-percent higher in unit terms. Despite the disparity in physical numbers, though, the 2018 quarter was a far greater success financially. Indeed, Apple reported revenues for the three month period from iPhone were $61.6 billion, a whopping 13-percent increase over the $54.4 billion from a year prior. Although it may have sold fewer iPhones, each of those handsets purchased were, on average, more expensive than their counterparts the previous year. It’s no accident, either. Apple laid the groundwork – both for those strong sales and for the subsequent transition we’re expecting to see this year – with the original iPhone X. Rather than replacing an existing model with the new, high-end handset, it opted to expand the range. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were succeeded by the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and Apple carved out a new niche for a fresh flagship, not to mention justifying a $999 price tag, with its all-new design. That’s something Apple is succeeding in while the rest of the smartphone world is yet to catch up, at least according to analysts. In February, it was calculated that Apple’s average selling price per device was almost three times as high as that of its rivals. Whereas the average wholesale price of a Samsung smartphone sold in the US was $254 in Q4 2017, for Apple it was $794. Samsung, and others, look to be at least attempting to shift that skew of selling price. For example, Samsung is widely expected to launch a folding Android smartphone, tentatively believed to be branded the Galaxy X, which would be offered in limited numbers and a hefty $1,850 sticker price to reflect its cutting-edge specifications and relative rarity. Sales of that one device wouldn’t be enough to tip the scales fully in Apple’s direction, but could at least encourage would-be shoppers to stomach a more expensive Samsung-branded phone. For Apple, 2018 may well turn out to be a combination of a captive audience and cunning positioning. Those who want to buy a new iPhone this year, and who maybe held off from jumping on the iPhone X last year from an abundance of caution about a brand new design, will have little choice but to open their wallets or purses for a larger, more expensive phone. With the 6.1-inch iPhone 9 still believed to start at around $700, that’s a neat premium to keep Apple’s average selling price – and its investors – content. Obviously, all this is based on leaked and unconfirmed information, and things could well change by the time Apple unveils its new iPhones officially. That’s expected to happen in September 2018.
Like then, the focus of the new wearable is on luxe just as much as it is the functionality of Wear OS by Google. Unlike the plastic or chromed smartwatches in the sub-$300 price range, Montblanc opted for high-end materials like PVD-coated stainless steel, sapphire crystal, and the same leather straps as its traditional analog watches. For the Summit 2, it’s a return to form. Design is clearly a priority, with Montblanc’s oversized crown – which still acts as a button, not for scrolling – and some gentle contouring to the touchscreen cover glass that catches the light in eye-catching ways. Beyond the chipset, though, full specifications are still in short supply.From what we know of Snapdragon Wear 3100, however, there’s plenty to get enthusiastic about. The last-generation Snapdragon Wear 2100 – which powered the original Summit – was hardly the most speedy or power-efficient chipset out there. After all, even when Montblac launched its first watch, the chipset inside it was more than a year old.AdChoices广告With the new platform, though, Qualcomm has switched to a whole new architecture. As well as four A7 primary cores, the Snapdragon Wear 3100 also has a new, ultra-low power core, along with DSP. The chip-maker is calling it “Big-Small-Tiny” and it basically means that for moderate tasks there’s a far more frugal processor that can handle things.In the process, the main cores can be left in sleep mode, with a significant uptick in battery life compared to the old chipset. Indeed, Qualcomm says, in ambient mode the new SoC uses up to 67-percent less power. You could potentially see 4-12 hours more battery life – battery size depending – based on just the chipset economies alone. Montblanc isn’t saying how big a battery it’s putting inside the Summit 2, nor whether it’ll be tapping into Qualcomm’s other improvements with Snapdragon Wear 3100. There’s better NFC support, for example, along with the option of a standalone GPS version that is also significantly more frugal. Indeed, for fitness watches, Qualcomm says you could see up to 15 hours of standalone GPS use, a far cry from the 3-4 hours of the last-generation models. What we’d be more interested in seeing, though, is the Summit 2 having 4G LTE. Again, there’s a version of the smartwatch chipset with that integrated, allowing Wear OS to go fully independent from your smartphone – whether iOS or Android. We’ll know the exact specifications when the new wearable goes on sale in October. Pricing, too, will be announced then, though given the roughly $1,500 starting price of the first-generation model, the Summit 2 is unlikely to be cheap. Montblanc has revealed its newest smartwatch, the Summit 2, powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset. Announced in San Francisco, CA today, the Summit 2 follows the original Summit luxury smartwatch, launched back in early 2017. Story TimelineMontblanc Summit is the latest luxury Android Wear smartwatchMontblanc Summit Android Wear smartwatch now available
On Saturday, June 15, retailer Target experienced a register outage at its stores across the entire United States, leaving customers stranded with no way to pay for their items. The outage, by all accounts, happened at the same time at stores throughout the nation, causing confusion and, in some cases, forcing the stores to shut down entirely. Fortunately, the issue wasn’t the result of malware. In a statement issued by Target Corporate, the company revealed that its register outage was caused by an ‘internal technology issue’ that has since been fixed. The bug caused the registers to stop working for around two hours, during which time some stores closed entirely and others remain open in limbo, waiting to get word on how long a fix would take.The company said that it has conducted an initial review that was ‘thorough’ in nature, and as such can state that there wasn’t any sort of data breach or other security issue behind the outage. Guests do not need to worry about whether their data was compromised (because it wasn’t), and there are no actions customers need to take.The outage happened at an unfortunate time — right before Father’s Day when shoppers were trying to pick up last-minute gifts. It provided a unique look at the fallout resulting from a simple bug capable of impacting widespread infrastructure, though thankfully one that ultimately had very little impact on society beyond the doors of the nearest Target store.Target has around 1,800 stores in the United States, and many complaints from customers appeared on Saturday directed at the retailer. The company has apologized for the inconvenience of the matter and stresses that the technical issue — which was never detailed — has been resolved.Image via Target Corporate Story TimelineTarget finally accepts Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung paymentsTarget recalls 90,000 Lightning cables over fire and shock riskTarget takes on Amazon with same-day delivery for online orders
There are some features on Android that iOS users would have loved to be on their platform but there is one persistent iOS feature that has yet to take flesh on Google’s mobile OS. Sharing images and sometimes files to other apps and contacts within those apps are relatively easy on Android but doing the same between Android devices isn’t. That will hopefully be changing as an AirDrop-like feature called “Fast Share” may be coming to Google Play services really soon. It’s not that Android doesn’t have the technology to make easy sharing between two Android devices possible. It just hasn’t been easy, much less consistent. All Android phones have Bluetooth and support for ad hoc Wi-Fi connections, for example, and some even have NFC radios.On the software side, Android has its “Nearby” API for detecting and communicating with nearby devices but it hasn’t seen much utilization. To make matters worse, Google recently retired the NFC-based Android Beam and pushed users to its Files app, which does support that kind of file sharing. Fortunately, Google seems to have finally gotten it right this time around.9to5Google reports the sighting of a Fast Share feature which is pretty much AirDrop for Android. It uses Bluetooth to detect nearby devices and initiate a connection and then uses Wi-Fi to actually transfer the data. The screenshot shows it can at least detect Chromebooks, iPhones, and smartwatches within range as well.There’s still a lot of unknowns here, like whether it will actually be able to transfer or receive files from non-Android devices. It will supposedly be tied to Google Play Services, though, which could leave out even a certain class of Android devices that don’t have Google Play installed.
Speaking to what the New York Times described as a sellout crowd in Florida, former President Bill Clinton reprised many of his convention speech themes regarding how the health law is strengthening Medicare and providing benefits to millions of Americans. The Obama campaign is expected to continue to rely on Clinton as a surrogate in battleground states. The New York Times: Embracing Role As Surrogate, Clinton Hits Campaign TrailSpeaking to a sellout crowd of 2,300 at Florida International University, Mr. Clinton reprised much of the detail-laden defense of Mr. Obama’s first term that he delivered in Charlotte, N.C. He lavished special attention on two particularly resonant issues in a state with many students and older voters: education loans and health care. Repealing Mr. Obama’s health care law, as Mitt Romney has pledged to do, would “weaken Medicare; it’s going to run out of money quicker,” Mr. Clinton said. The Republicans, he said, would cut off the access of students to low-interest federal loans, which could put college out of reach for many middle-income people (Landler, 9/11).Los Angeles Times: Bill Clinton Focuses On Medicare In Speech For Obama In FloridaLaunching a two-day campaign swing in senior-heavy Florida, former President Clinton pushed back Tuesday against what he described as Republican scare tactics over healthcare programs for older Americans — then provided his own frightening predictions about what would happen to seniors if Mitt Romney became president. Clinton said the Republican nominee was misleading voters by arguing that President Obama’s healthcare overhaul “robbed Medicare of $716 billion,” noting that the money would mainly be cut from future payments to hospitals and insurance companies, not beneficiaries. The issue has particular resonance in this state, which has the largest proportion of over-65 voters in the country (West, 9/11).The Washington Post: In Election’s Last Weeks, Obama Campaign Deploys Bill Clinton To Battleground StatesFor 41 statistic-filled, wonky minutes, former president Bill Clinton held forth to an adoring crowd at Florida International University about the economy, health care, taxes and the national debt, reprising remarks he made on behalf of President Obama at last week’s Democratic National Convention. An appreciative Obama borrowed a Twitter joke and gave Clinton the new “secretary” nickname. … Obama campaign officials believe that the former president’s popularity is near universal and that he can be successfully deployed in all the major battlegrounds of the nation. In addition to Florida, they indicated that he will campaign in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire and will headline fundraisers on both coasts (Helderman, 9/11). With Rock Star Fanfare, Clinton Talks Health Care On The Campaign Trail This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
The Wall Street Journal: Novo Nordisk Bets On Riskier Insulin Research Kaiser Health News: Young Boy’s Struggle To Survive Sparked Push For Drugs For Terminally Ill As U.S. drug prices rise, drugmakers are playing down their role, instead heaping blame on the middlemen who help determine how medicines are priced. Some of the sharpest criticism has come from drug-industry executives who have been grilled by lawmakers or skewered on social media over sharp price increases on their products. They include the chief of Mylan NV, maker of the lifesaving EpiPen, who says her company is being tarred unfairly for a dysfunctional system in which wholesalers, pharmacies and pharmacy-benefit managers take their own cut of each prescription. (Walker, 10/2) The disease is characterized by an itching, oozing rash that can cover almost all of the skin. The constant itch, to say nothing of the disfigurement, can be so unbearable that many patients consider suicide. There has never been a safe and effective treatment. On Saturday, the results of two large clinical trials of a new drug offered hope to the estimated 1.6 million adult Americans with an uncontrolled, moderate-to-severe form of the disease, atopic dermatitis, which is a type of eczema. (Kolata, 10/1) Dr. Steve Miller, the chief medical officer of Express Scripts, sits at the center of the storm over rising drug prices. … Miller has watched super-sized drug prices infuriate patients and strain the health care system with growing frequency, starting when a new hepatitis C drug hit the market at $84,000 for a course of treatment and continuing through the recent revelation that the price of Mylan’s EpiPen rose more than 500 percent since 2007. (10/2) The Associated Press: Insider Q&A: A Front-Row Seat For The Drug Pricing Battle The Wall Street Journal: Drugmakers Point Finger At Middlemen For Rising Drug Prices Drugmakers, Under Scrutiny, Find Scapegoat For Prices In Form Of Pharmacy-Benefit Managers Pharmaceutical execs say high prices aren’t their fault; instead it’s the system that allows PBMs to benefit from the rebates they negotiate. Meanwhile, The Associated Press talks to the chief medical officer of Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefit management organization in the United States. The Mercury News: EpiPen Outrage: It Costs About $8 To Make A 2-Pack, Engineers Say In other pharmaceutical news — Mylan insists most patients pay less than $50 out of pocket for a two-pack, though critics say insurers pass the higher wholesale drug costs along to consumers in other ways. But what does it really cost to make? To get the answer, Wallace and Krevitt dissected a two-pack of EpiPens into individual pieces, carefully weighed each plastic part and applied an industry-standard method for analyzing the manufacturing costs. (Seipel, 10/1) Nearly 10 years ago, executives at Novo Nordisk A/S wondered whether the company’s decadeslong quest to make ever-better insulin had finally come to an end. The trigger was an impressive set of results for the company’s newest insulin that suggested the product would be difficult to improve upon. (Roland, 10/2) The New York Times: New Drug For Severe Eczema Is Successful In 2 New Trials At age 7, Josh Hardy became the poster child for a movement to help desperately ill or dying patients access experimental therapies which, they hope, will save their lives. People around the world rallied 2½ years ago when a small biotech company refused to provide the Fredericksburg, Va., boy, who had battled cancer since infancy, with an experimental drug that doctors believed could save Josh from a life-threatening infection. Within days, a social media campaign called #SaveJosh, sparked by his mother’s anguished Facebook post and propelled by well-connected supporters, spurred thousands of people to contact the company, Chimerix Inc. of North Carolina, prompting it to release the drug. (Szabo, 10/3) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Facebook CIBC’s increase came as a decline in profit at the Toronto-based lender’s Canadian personal and small business banking business was offset by gains in other parts of the bank.Canadian Press What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Featured Stories Share this storyCIBC profit rises, but narrowly misses expectations Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Recommended For YouU.S. FDA approves Karyopharm Therapeutics’ blood cancer drugOntario Cannabis Store pulls affected CannTrust products amid Health Canada probeUPDATE 2-FDA approves expanded label for Regeneron/Sanofi’s DupixentTrump pick for Fed seat says doesn’t want to pull rug from under market -CNBCAP Explains: US sanctions on Huawei bite, but who gets hurt? Sponsored By: Reddit Email May 22, 20196:27 AM EDTLast UpdatedMay 22, 20196:33 AM EDT Filed under News FP Street Comment Join the conversation → Twitter TORONTO — Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce has reported a second-quarter profit of $1.35 billion, up from $1.32 billion in the same quarter last year.The increase came as a decline in profit at the Toronto-based lender’s Canadian personal and small business banking business was offset by gains in other parts of the bank.CIBC says its overall profit amounted to $2.95 per diluted share for the quarter ended April 30, up from $2.89 per diluted share a year ago.Provision for credit losses was $255 million, up $43 million from the second quarter a year ago.On an adjusted basis, CIBC says it earned $2.97 per diluted share for the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $2.95 per diluted share.Analysts had expected a profit of $2.99 per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Related Stories:Walgreens third-quarter profit falls 23.6%European shares fall as BASF profit warning hits German stocksWall Street rises as Fed’s Williams cements rate-cut expectations More The Canadian Press ← Previous Next → 0 Comments CIBC profit rises, but narrowly misses expectations Decline in profit in personal and small business banking business was offset by gains in other parts of the bank advertisement
Source: Electric Vehicle News Day by day. Bit by bit.That’s how the news seems to now be trickling in for the Kia Niro EV.Oddly, Kia doesn’t seem to be all that interested in widely sharing Niro EV news, so we’ve had to dig deep into some foreign media sources to find the relevant info.More Niro News This latest bit of Niro EV news relates to pricing, which of course is high up on the list of importance for any electric car buyer.Just the other day we revealed that the Niro EV was rated at 301 miles (WLTP). That should work out to approximately 260 miles EPA, or just a wee bit higher than its close relative the Hyundai Kona Electric. It’s an impressive figure that’s only exceeded by Teslas here in the U.S.With range info now in hand, the only missing element is price. And guess what? We’ve got that juicy info to share with you now.Here’s the info from Express.co.uk:The car is expected to costs around £30,000 when it goes on sale which makes it over half the price of a lot of its rivals including the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-Tron, and Mercedes EQA.Admittedly, comparing the Niro EV to those other crossovers is not advised, as the Niro won’t be fighting against luxury electrics. But the pricing info does provide us with a base for U.S. conversion. That £30,000 works out to $39,854 USD. Assuming the £30,000 is the base price for the 64-kWh version (which is in line with official Hyundai Kona Electric pricing in the UK – see graphic below) then we should be able to safely assume the U.S. Niro EV will start comfortably under $40,000.Here’s why we say comfortably under. The Kia Niro PHEV starts at £25,162.50 in the UK and has an official U.S. price of $27,900. So, the Niro EV then should ballpark in the low to mid $30,000 range. Let’s say $33,900. After the tax credit, it would drop to $26,400. Sounds like a winner to us.***See graphics below for UK pricing info on the Kona Electric and Niro PHEV:Kona Electric Hyundai Kona Electric Compared To Kia Niro EV: Video Kia Niro EV Gets Range Rating Of Over 300 Miles 6 photos Source: Express.co.uk Autocar Drives 2019 Kia Niro EV Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 20, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News