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Innovations unveiled at Sisense Eureka! customer conference, kicking off today in New York with 1,000 industry expertsSisense, the world’s leading modern platform for analytics builders, kicked off its second annual customer conference, Sisense Eureka!, with a series of product innovations designed to help developers, data scientists and business analysts simplify complex data and provide insights to everyone across a business.The first major announcement, Cloud-Native Sisense, is a new cloud-native Linux architecture of Sisense’s analytics platform. The Cloud-Native Sisense platform has been completely rearchitected on a containerized microservices architecture that is multi-cloud and leverages Linux OS, coupled with best-of-breed technologies, like Docker containers and Kubernetes orchestration. As the preferred OS for cloud-based and other complex deployments, Linux is leveraged by a large share of today’s most data-driven companies. Cloud-Native Sisense integrates with infrastructure to enable faster delivery, high-resiliency, native dev-ops support and scalability. The architecture is supported on all major cloud providers including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. It provides the full Sisense platform including the Elastic Data Hub, which offers both live in-database connectivity to all major cloud databases, as well as Sisense’s proprietary In-Chip™ Performance Accelerator.Marketing Technology News: Loyalty Brands Announces Partnership with Textellent To Deliver Innovative SMS Sales & Marketing CapabilitiesWith Sisense’s new AI-augmented analytics capability, AI Exploration Paths, clients will find visualizations and widgets generated automatically that anticipate the “next question” from a business user without the involvement of a business analyst. Sisense’s AI-driven augmented capabilities uniquely leverage anonymized user behavior data to instantaneously deliver statistically relevant insights and suggest new perspectives on how to explore data directly within a user dashboard.These innovations and more will be on display at Sisense Eureka!, where 1,000 industry experts will converge to learn new ways to make an impact with data analytics. The conference includes two days of speakers and presentations, including a keynote address from Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, Inc. and a true builder.“With the addition of our latest AI technology, we’re helping empower our business users to answer questions they have never thought to ask. And with our cloud-native architecture, we’re opening up the power of Sisense to a new set of builders to operate in their preferred workflow,” said Dr. Guy Levy-Yurista, Chief Strategy Officer at Sisense. “We’re excited to bring together builders of all kinds – data scientists, engineers, business users, company builders, analysts and more – at Sisense Eureka! this week as we take modern cloud data analytics to the next level.”Marketing Technology News: Crimson Agility Receives Two Nominations from MagentoThe conference will also highlight the power of the Sisense platform following its recent merger with Periscope Data, including demonstrations of the complete, end-to-end data analytics solution the merged platform will soon provide. The combined company now serves more than 2,000 clients around the world, including Fortune 500 companies and smaller startups alike, all of whom utilize Sisense to turn deep data insights into action with the speed, power and flexibility they need to gain a competitive advantage.Session Highlights:“How Analytics and AI are Helping to Reshape Financial Markets and Nasdaq.” Nelson Griggs, President of the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, will highlight how Nasdaq is leveraging analytics and machine learning to help its clients perform and grow.“The Data Secrets Behind Productivity at Starbucks, Uber and More.” John Furneaux, CEO and Co-Founder of Hive, will share secrets behind the success at companies like Starbucks, WeWork, Pinterest and Uber, using anonymized data from Hive’s project and process management platform.“How GE uses AI and Predictive Analytics to Deliver Better Health Outcomes.” Girish Muralidharan, Vice President & General Manager, Performance Intelligence Analytics at GE Healthcare, will address GE Healthcare’s efforts to help providers address waste and other challenges in today’s healthcare delivery system through custom analytics apps built on Sisense.“The Role Analytics Plays in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.” Veteran technology executive Zack Urlocker will discuss the critical role analytics provides in entrepreneurship and innovation and how to lead a company from startup to high-growth and beyond.Marketing Technology News: DAA Announces Enforcement Deadline for ‘Political Ad’ Guidelines and Transparency Icon Sisense Brings Power to the Builders With New Cloud-Native Linux Platform, Insights to Everyone With Predictive AI Technology PRNewswireJune 13, 2019, 3:03 pmJune 13, 2019 AI technologyanalytics builderscloudNewssisense Previous ArticleiHeartMedia Doubles Down on Radio Attribution with Agreement to Support Nielsen Media Impact and Continuous Diary MeasurementNext ArticleArtificial Solutions Launches Antidote to Chatbot Frustration
RainFocus RainFocus Delivers the Event Industry’s Most Advanced Machine Learning Tool PRNewswireJune 20, 2019, 9:30 pmJune 20, 2019 RainFocus, the leading Event Marketing Platform, announced the release of its newest machine learning tool, the Recommendations Bot. Large events pose a number of challenges for event directors. With over 2,500 sessions, recommendations become the key to improving the attendee journey and maximizing engagement. The Recommendations Bot is designed to address those challenges by providing a more personalized attendee experience — a truly game-changing feature for the industry. Event marketingmachine learningMarketing TechnologyNewsRainFocusSaasSarah Mills Previous ArticleEmail Open Rates: Leveraging Personalization to Be Ever in Your FavorNext ArticleSound That BRANDS Raises Capital; Forming Core Leadership Team The RainFocus Recommendations Bot takes a deeper look into the interests and values of attendees. By utilizing attendee demographics, behaviors, historical data, and session ratings, the Recommendations Bot can make suggestions for attendees that will enhance their conference experience. Each event that an attendee participates in will become more personalized as the Recommendations Bot remembers and scores their preferences and interactions.Marketing Technology News: Popular Ticketing Platform Ticketbud Announces Integration with Salesforce“Putting event data in action has and continues to be a massive gap in the industry,” says Mike Bushman, CTO of RainFocus. “Each conference-hosting company has different parameters for what they determine to be an ‘engaged customer.’ From day one of starting this company we’ve made it our goal to provide our clients and their attendees with personalized experiences. The Recommendations Bot is the most advanced machine learning tool in the events industry and is getting better with each attendee interaction.”Key benefits of the Recommendations Bot:Every cycle of feedback provided by the attendee improves the accuracy and relevance of recommendations through a simple thumbs up or down.Take advantage of recommendations from any view. Attendees will be able to easily add recommendations to their schedules from the catalog or from their calendar.Train the bot to fit the needs of your business by making simple adjustments to the scoring model.The Recommendations Bot enhances RainFocus’ content module by offering a win-win solution for attendees and event staff. With the bot, attendees are provided a smooth content-guided experience all while event managers are gaining important event data. The combination of automated attendee recommendations and centralized data management significantly lowers the workloads of event managers and staff.Marketing Technology News: Conagra Brands Puts Consumers at the Center of its Business Transformation with Salesforce“Splunk has an integration between RainFocus and their content catalog on their event website, where the ability to schedule sessions now lives. Now when we need to make a change to content, instead of going to the Splunk web team, the changes are made within RainFocus and pushed everywhere else,” says Sarah Mills, Senior Global Event Technology Manager for Splunk. “Having one source of truth for customer-facing content is extremely helpful. It’s hard for me to shake the memories of 2015, when we had to use three different spreadsheets with specific formatting to update information in multiple places and then cross-checking manually to assure that they all match.”As a true SaaS platform, RainFocus is constantly innovating and providing new features to help its clients manage their event data. These constant improvements allow the company to innovate faster and stay ahead of its competitors. RainFocus is continuing to build its product offering and is subsequently establishing its place as the only events software platform to provide complete end-to-end event management.Marketing Technology News: SessionM Demonstrates How to Turn Data into Loyalty at Salesforce Connections
CM GroupDelivraemail marketing automationmarketing automationMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleSeismic Strengthens its Relationship with Microsoft at Upcoming Microsoft EventsNext ArticleAvaya Identified as a Leader in Aragon Research Globe for Intelligent Contact Center Marketing Technology Company Unveils New UX Developed to Meet the Growing Needs of CustomersDelivra — a provider of advanced email marketing automation and a part of the CM Group family of brands — announced the release of its new in-application user experience. Inspired by customer and in-house expert feedback, Delivra has made several improvements to its navigation and functionality to increase ease-of-use including its automation dashboard. Alongside this, Delivra announced its rebrand, bringing a modern and consistent look and feel to its application and website.“The improvements made were a direct impact of our dedication to putting the customer first and building a marketing technology that answers their needs and empowers them to drive their business forward.”“Since Delivra’s inception in 1999, supporting customers has been the heart of the brand. That’s why in this update, it was important to create a more intuitive, attractive user experience any marketer would feel comfortable using, no matter their skill level,” said Barbara Berry, head of product at Delivra. “The improvements made were a direct impact of our dedication to putting the customer first and building a marketing technology that answers their needs and empowers them to drive their business forward.”Marketing Technology News: Agency Veteran Joao Machado Joins as Sabio’s SVP of Product Marketing“With Delivra everything is user friendly and has simplified a lot of our processes. We have a high volume of emails we send — each of our 17 race weekends has three to four emails that need to be built in under 30 minutes,” said Ryann Weatherford, vice president, partnership activations and communication at Andretti Autosport, a Delivra customer. “If we ever aren’t able to figure something out, the Delivra team is only a phone call away no matter where we are.”Marketing Technology News: Intertrust and Vewd Partner to Introduce Next Generation Content Protection for HbbTVFeature Improvements Include:Consolidated dashboards and updated terminology for more intuitive learning.Clear action buttons, toggles, and easy filtering in each dashboard.The easy-to-use Campaign Workflow, combining content and mailing processes into one.Marketing Technology News: AdQuick.com Releases Campaign Genius, so Marketers can Plan and Optimize Out of Home (OOH) Advertising Campaigns in Minutes Delivra Unveils Improved User Experience and Automation Dashboard PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 1:26 pmJune 10, 2019
“Today we are making our mission known to the world – Magic Lab creates life-changing moments for millions of people by building relationships,” said Andrey Andreev, Founder and CEO, Magic Lab. “Those special moments when people meet for the first time are what makes life memorable. The formation of this group reflects our belief that the Internet can be used as a force for good and that everyone deserves a connection, no matter your social, ethnic or economic background.”Marketing Technology News: Tellius Named by Gartner as a 2019 Cool Vendor in AnalyticsIn conjunction with this announcement, Magic Lab is committing $100 million to identify, recruit and support the next generation of product visionaries and innovative founders who share a common purpose – fundamentally changing the lives of every human on the planet by bringing people together. The pledge will be used primarily for marketing and brand incubation, as the identified leaders will be able to leverage the group’s shared component-based technology infrastructure, world-class talent, and decades of experience.Candidates may submit their innovative ideas online at www.magiclab.co which will be reviewed by Mr. Andreev directly. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to meet Mr. Andreev in person, discuss potential partnerships and observe the full capabilities of the broader group.Andreev continued, “Our differentiated technology platform, talent, and experience enables us to bring new consumer products, brands and features to the market faster and more efficiently than our competitors. After our success with Badoo, Bumble, Chappy and Lumen, we are continuing to search for innovative leaders who have new ideas on how to connect people together. Our dream is to create the future of relationships by building chemistry all over the world.”Marketing Technology News: BabbleLabs Raises $14 million Series A Financing from Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital to Accelerate Speech TechnologyMagic Lab builds, owns, and operates a portfolio of mission driven brands:Badoo – Founded in 2006, Badoo was a pioneer in mobile-focused dating. With over 425 million users worldwide, Badoo is ending self-doubt by helping people date honestly.Bumble – Founded in 2014, Bumble combats misogyny by empowering women to make the first move. With over 55 million users, Bumble connects people across dating, friendship and professional networking.Chappy – Founded in 2017, Chappy aims to be the safe space for gay dating, thriving in acceptance and ending stereotypes.Lumen – Founded in 2018, Lumen is ending loneliness and ageism by connecting over 50s, capitalizing on an underserved market.Marketing Technology News: Neongecko Inc. Launches “Neon AI SDK” – New “Software Development Kit for Artificial Intelligence” Supports AI Conversations in Multiple Languages AndreyBadooBumbleChappyLumenMagic LabNews Previous ArticlePegasystems Named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center for 10th Consecutive YearNext ArticleDell Technologies Simplifies Customers’ Path to Innovation with AI and High Performance Computing Andrey Andreev Consolidates Badoo, Bumble, Chappy and Lumen Into New Entity: Magic Lab PRNewswireJune 17, 2019, 6:16 pmJune 17, 2019 Commits $100 Million for next generation brand incubationsAndrey Andreev, Founder and CEO of the group which builds, owns, and operates market-leading dating and social networking apps, Badoo, Bumble, Chappy and Lumen in partnership with their founders, today announced the creation of Magic Lab to serve as a holding company for its growing number of brands.Within the group, each of the brands will continue to benefit from a shared integrated technology platform built by a best-in-class engineering team ensuring operational efficiencies and flexibility. With this unique foundation, Magic Lab has the ability to consistently launch and quickly scale mass consumer products to drive future growth. The brands will focus on marketing to solve societal issues such as misogyny, stereotypes, self-doubt and ageism. Already, more than half a billion people around the world have been connected through the Magic Lab’s family of brands.
BridgelineecommerceMark Downeymarketing automationNewsWeb content management Previous ArticleSinclair Broadcast Group’s CompulseOTT Unit Releases New OTT Reporting Platform: “Compulse360”Next ArticleHotels Can Now Overcome Language Barriers and Enforce Incidental Policies with Mobile Devices and Connect Staff by Monscierge Bridgeline Digital, Inc., a provider of cloud-based Web Content Management, eCommerce, Community Portals, Marketing Automation and Enterprise Search software, announced the appointment of Mark G. Downey as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company(“CFO”), effective July 1, 2019.Marketing Technology News: Digital Communication Tools Leave Many Workers Feeling Squeezed out by Tech-Savvy ColleaguesMr. Downey comes to Bridgeline with more than 25 years of finance and operations experience and has held CFO and COO positions at several public and privately held companies in the technology, private equity, financial services and professional services industries. He has extensive accounting, capital markets structuring, risk, treasury, M&A due diligence, technology enhancements, and overall operational and management experience. Mark began his career as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand and holds a BBA from Iona College – Hagan School of Business.Mr. Downey added: “I am excited for the opportunity to be joining the Executive Team at Bridgeline Digital as it continues on its path of strategic growth initiatives. I look forward to supporting the business transformation to the next level, as Bridgeline seeks to expand its scope of services and geographical footprint with more value-added solutions and technologies.”Marketing Technology News: Selligent Marketing Cloud Study Reveal Digital Marketers Struggle to Deliver Consistent Omnichannel Experiences“We’re excited to welcome Mark to Bridgeline as our new CFO” said Ari Kahn, President and CEO of Bridgeline. “Mark brings extensive financial, operational, and strategic experience. This, combined with his deep knowledge and technology experience in scaling high-growth companies, will be a huge asset to Bridgeline as we enter our next phase of growth and further our mission to make commerce better for our prospects and customers.”Downey will succeed Carole Tyner, who has served as Bridgeline’s Chief Financial Officer since September 2018.Marketing Technology News: Aprimo Recognized as Winner for 2019 Microsoft Media & Communications Partner of the Year Bridgeline Announces Appointment of Mark Downey as Chief Financial Officer Globe NewswireJuly 3, 2019, 10:15 pmJuly 3, 2019
The DNA Technology Regulation Bill, which seeks to control the use of DNA technology for establishing the identity of a person, has been introduced in Lok Sabha amid questions being raised by opposition parties on its provisions. A similar bill was passed in Lok Sabha in January, but lapsed as it could not be cleared in Rajya Sabha. The bill had then lapsed with the dissolution of the previous Lok Sabha.Opposing the introduction of the bill, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, the bill violates fundamental rights as DNA of undertrials can be collected without court orders. Describing the draft law as “flawed”, he said there is no provision of consent on the storage of DNA data. Shashi Tharoor (Cong) alleged that the bill will institutionalise a “surveillance state” and suggested that first a data protection law should be put in place. “You cannot put the cart before the horse,” he said. Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan, who introduced the bill, said there is “no serious substance” in the concerns raised by members. He also pointed out that several rounds of consultations have been undertaken and the measure has been pending for nearly a decade. He reminded members that a similar bill was passed by the previous Lok Sabha too after long deliberations. The legislation seeks to establish a National DNA Data Bank and Regional DNA Data Banks.The bill envisages that every data bank will maintain indices like the crime scene index, suspects’ or undertrials’ index, offenders’ index, missing persons’ index and unknown deceased persons’ index. The legislation also seeks to establish a DNA Regulatory Board. Every laboratory that analyses DNA samples to establish the identity of an individual, has to be accredited by the board. Under the bill, a written consent by individuals is required to collect DNA samples from them. Consent is not required for offences with punishment of more than seven years of imprisonment or death.It also provides for removal of DNA profiles of suspects on filing of a police report or court order, and of undertrials on the basis of a court order. Profiles in the crime scene and missing persons’ index will be removed on a written request. data privacydata securityDNA Billharsh vardhan First Published: July 8, 2019, 3:30 PM IST
Bhopal: At a time when the Election Commission of India is cracking down on politicians over controversial comments on opposition candidates especially women, Madhya Pradesh leaders seem to be unperturbed by the EC whip.Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who is known to be a ‘responsible’ speaker, threatened the district collector of Kamal Nath stronghold Chhindwara for not permitting his chopper to land at Umreth. While addressing the election rally at Chowrai, he hit out at the collector.“Ye pithhu collector sun le re, hamare din bhi ayenge, tab tera kya hoga, (The puppet collector needs to listen that we would also come back to power someday, they what would happen to him” said Chouhan amid applaud from the crowd.The former CM decided to not take the helicopter as he had to talk to the people of Gurmandi area here. Congress immediately accused Chouhan and other BJP leaders of trying to cause instability to the Congress government with their statements and lodged a complaint with the EC. The party also accused Chouhan of saying in Vidisha on Tuesday that one vote would serve two purposes ‘bringing back the BJP in Centre but also ensuring return of BJP in MP’.Claiming that the BJP leaders are creating an atmosphere of confusion and instability in the state during elections, the party has sought registration of case against the leaders concerned.Two senior leaders from BJP and Congress too, engaged in below-the-belt remarks on Wednesday.Meanwhile, former BJP state head and Khandwa candidate Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, who earlier made headlines calling scribes ‘Pakistainis’ for asking uncomfortable questions, took potshots against Congress president Rahul Gandhi.Chauhan when accosted by the media over his remarks crossed the line even further.“There are women who give birth to kids every week and produce 52 babies every year,” said the senior BJP leader who has stirred controversy with his bizarre remarks in the past as well.Another senior leader, former Leader of Opposition and Congress’ Ajay Singh while comparing his family’s works with that of his BJP opponent’s, said, “Unko aap log ajma chuke, thik maal nahin tha (You people have tried her and she wasn’t a good choice).” Congress in Rajgarh has also accused Badrilal Soni, former BJP MLA from Susner of making a derogatory comment on its woman candidate. BJPchhindwara-s12p16congresselection commission First Published: April 24, 2019, 10:34 PM IST
Tom Holland has revealed the ingenious methods that helped him stay hydrated and munch on snacks during the shooting of Spider-Man: Far From Home.“It’s an interesting contraption to say the least,” the 23-year-old actor told Entertainment Tonight in a recent interview, explaining that he had to push a straw through the eyehole of his Spider-Man costume all the way down to his mouth. “Basically, my eyes in my mask, they clip off, they come off, because they’re glass, and obviously the suit is fabric, and they need to clip in,” the actor further explained, according to People magazine. “And what I can do is I can take my left one out, and there’s a little, like, thing that I pull out, and then I put a tube, a squeezy tube, down into my mouth, and then I can drink from a bottle.”The Marvel Cinematic Universe star said he found another hack that allowed him to have snacks .“But what I found out now is if I push the mask forward, I can now squeeze like gum and stuff, down the eye hole,” he added. “I’ve had a KitKat in the suit now.”Speaking to IGN, Holland said earlier this week that wearing the black and red suit is “like wearing a work of art.”“It looks so realistic that it feels like you should be able to climb walls, and you should be able to shoot webs. And the way that it’s made is an homage to the Godfather of the MCU,” he said in an apparent reference to Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).In another recent interview, Holland told Seth Meyers that he would he has the most difficult Marvel superhero suit to wear,“Because I have no skin showing,” Holland said. “I’m straight up head-to-toe in lycra. I can’t even use my phone. And I’m 23, like, I use my phone a lot!”“I’ve become so good at liking pictures with my nose,” he added.Follow @News18Movies for more Marvel Cinematic UniverseSpider Manspider man far from homeSpider-Man Costume First Published: June 28, 2019, 12:28 PM IST
According to a newly published application, Microsoft has patented an OLED touch bar panel for integration with its Surface Pen accessory for the Surface and Surface Pro 2-in-1 devices. The specification, which was originally filed in 2017, released for public consumption by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office late last week, and first picked up by Windows Latest, includes a mock-up rendering depicting a Surface Pen with a long, thin touch panel displaying three different “screen” layouts. This is meant to showcase the accessory’s ability to adaptively cycle through settings options depending on the context of the open app or software.While this new patent rendering bears obvious similarities to the Touch Bar on Apple’s newer line of MacBook Pros, its inclusion as part of a creative accessory such as the Surface Pen makes for a logical next step, and fertile ground for innovative applications. The biggest possible game-changer would likely stem from avid Adobe Photoshop users being able to change brushes without having to break their current stroke, or try to keep it steady while they switch styles using their other hand. This kind of added efficiency would also ostensibly extend to other visual editing and drawing applications, or with other software that the Pen can pair with for precision control (like audio or video editing).This isn’t the first time Surface Pen patents have emerged, though, and when considered alongside these previous reports, the OLED touch bar could yield even more dramatic strides in functionality. For instance, a dynamic row of buttons would prove practical for the supposed presentation remote feature that Microsoft is contemplating. An OLED display could also easily provide a scroll wheel, as previous patent whisperings have suggested. In fact, a scroll control could be a practical default option on the Pen’s touch bar if the open application isn’t optimized to give the Pen contextual cues.A touch bar would also pose an elegant solution for the much-requested ability to erase with the Pen. Instead of requiring the user to turn the device over, breaking their workflow, the OLED touch panel could allow them to hold or toggle an eraser and then simply “draw” over what they wanted to erase in the default tip-t0-screen orientation.While there has not been any explicit confirmation of when a new Surface Pen would debut, or what hardware it would include, Microsoft would be wise to unveil it alongside the Surface Pro 7, which could come as early as October. Until then, we can only speculate. Microsoft might finally embrace USB-C on next-gen Surface Pro 7 Surface Book 3: Everything we know about Microsoft’s next powerful 2-in-1 Surface Centaurus: News, rumors, specs, release date, and more Best Buy flash sale drops the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 down to its lowest price Microsoft’s foldable patent paves way for a durable PC folding screen Editors’ Recommendations
While rumors claim that the Galaxy Note 8 might just be two months away, a different somewhat flagship smartphone might actually be closer. While Samsung has thankfully stopped making half a dozen “spinoffs” of its flagship brand, it still hasn’t thrown in the towel when it comes to its “Active” line of smartphones. Yes, there will apparently also be a Galaxy S8 Active, at least based on this entry in Geekbench, revealing practically the same specs as the original. Story TimelineGalaxy S8 Active (SM-G892A) reportedly in the worksThis could be what the Galaxy S8 Active looks like Geekbench shows a certain SM-G892A makiong its way to its lists. The Galaxy S7 Active from last year had a model number of SM-G891A. And just like last year’s pattern, the SM-G892A is equipped with the same Snapdragon 835 and 4 GB of RAM as its namesake. We don’t have info on the display, but we can pretty much assume it will be the same as well.The biggest question then is what form the Galaxy S8 Active will take. The Galaxy S8 itself already has the highest dust and waterproof rating. And based on JerryRigEverything’s tests, it is rock solid as well. The only thing an Active model could add, just like the Galaxy S7 Active, would be a thicker bumper case and hardware buttons.But if the Galaxy S8 Active takes that path, it loses the biggest appeal the Galaxy S8 has in the first place: a near bezel-less screen. Any amount of padding to make the phone even more rugged would result not only in bezels but a thicker shell as well.It will be curious to see how Samsung will try to spin this version of the Galaxy S8. The device is mostly targeted at industry workers anyway, but there might be more affordable alternatives in the market by the time it comes out. No word on when that will happen though, other than probably really soon.SOURCE: Geekbench
Whereas once IFA was dominated by Samsung’s big event, which in earlier years had seen several iterations of Galaxy Note make their debut, that’s no longer the case. With the Note 8 already revealed, it’s the turn of companies like LG and Motorola to grab their moment in the spotlight. That means the LG V30 and the Moto X4, respectively. Of course, IFA is about more than just smartphones. Indeed, consumer technology like phones, tablets, and the Internet of Things is just one subsection of what’s brought along to the show. Big screen 4K TVs rub up against the latest in white goods such as fridge-freezers, new ranges, and the geekiest of coffee machines. Samsung may not have brought the Note 8 along to Berlin, but it did bring a brand new washing machine with the promise of faster, more efficient cycles. According to Messe Berlin, the organization responsible for IFA each year, that focus should come as no surprise. Indeed, home appliances may only have joined the IFA line-up ten years ago, but they’re now occupying eleven halls at the show. It’s now the world’s largest trade show for the segment. “IFA is now the most important trade show for the Consumer and Home Electronics industry,” Jens Heithecker, IFA executive director, said today, “with the largest number of trade visitors and highest international attendance.” Messe Berlin says it has the receipts to prove that, too, pointing to a hefty 4.5bn euros of sales made at IFA 2016. For those of us based in the US, a fair amount of what’s shown off at IFA never makes it to North American shores. While many of the brands might not be recognizable, though, the underlying message holds true. The modern smart home is more than just connected speakers and streaming TVs, it’s appliances that talk with each other, and the unavoidable progression of the Internet of Things. We’ll have all the biggest news from IFA in our show hub, so keep that bookmarked to find out all the latest information. It’s summertime in Berlin, and that can only mean one thing: IFA 2017 has arrived. What was once seen as the European answer to CES has bloomed into a trade show behemoth in its own right, not least thanks to its strategy of expanding into home appliances alongside the latest phones and laptops. That’s happened in parallel with shifts in IFA’s biggest players in the tech space.