Microsoft Drops DOJ Suit After Feds Limit Secret Gag Orders

first_img Senior Editor Add to Queue Microsoft Apply Now » The Department of Justice has agreed to curb its use of gag orders when it comes to obtaining customer data from private companies, according to Microsoft.In April 2016, Microsoft filed a lawsuit against the federal government over its use of these secrecy orders. At the time, Microsoft was being forced to maintain secrecy regarding 2,576 legal demands — 1,752 of which had no fixed end date. In other words, it couldn’t tell thousands of customers the U.S. government had requested and received access to their data.That lawsuit has now been resolved, Brad Smith, president and chief legal council officer at Microsoft, wrote in a Monday blog post.The main problem Microsoft had was in how gag orders were being used. Vague legal standards were all that was required for a secrecy order to be issued, and no end date needed to be specified. So customer information was secretly being shared without specific facts or case details being known for an undefined period of time.According to Smith, Microsoft’s lawsuit played a major role in finally stopping this practice. “The binding policy issued today by the Deputy U.S. Attorney General should diminish the number of orders that have a secrecy order attached, end the practice of indefinite secrecy orders, and make sure that every application for a secrecy order is carefully and specifically tailored to the facts in the case,” he wrote.Such is Microsoft’s confidence in the new policy that it will dismiss its lawsuit, though it reserves the right to take action when necessary to protect customers. “We applaud the Department of Justice for taking these steps, but that doesn’t mean we’re done with our work to improve the use of secrecy orders. We have been advocating for our customers before the DOJ for a long time, and we’ll continue to do that. We will continue to turn to the courts if needed. And we are committed to working with Congress.”Microsoft goes on to thank the, “nearly 90 technology companies, media enterprises and organizations, academics, business groups and companies, civil liberties groups and former law-enforcement officials who signed friend-of-the-court briefs in this case.”The focus now moves to the ongoing effort to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which dates back to 1986; Redmond supports Senate efforts to advance the ECPA Modernization Act of 2017. Vague legal standards were all that was required for a secrecy order to be issued, and no end date needed to be specified. Matthew Humphries Next Article Microsoft Drops DOJ Suit After Feds Limit Secret Gag Orderscenter_img October 24, 2017 –shares 3 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: photogearch / Shutterstock This story originally appeared on PCMag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

Nestlé launches RD accelerator to boost product innovation

first_imgNestlé launches R&D accelerator to boost product innovationPosted By: Martin Whiteon: April 10, 2019In: Business, Food, IndustriesPrintEmailNestlé has launched a new research and development (R&D) accelerator programme, as the company aims to accelerate the development of innovative new products and systems.Selected Nestlé scientists, students and start-ups will be able to use dedicated ‘hot desks’ at the Nestlé R&D Accelerator, and will be given access to Nestlé’s R&D expertise and infrastructure, including shared labs, kitchens, bench-scale and pilot-scale equipment.Nestlé estimates that the unit will be operational by the end of 2019, and the first research teams already have been selected by the company.The Nestlé R&D Accelerator is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and forms part of Nestlé’s global R&D network. The accelerator is located at the same facility as the company’s dedicated research unit Nestlé Research, which was founded last year.Stefan Palzer, CTO of Nestlé S.A. said: “We have taken a number of steps to accelerate innovation, including our enhanced prototyping capabilities and the funding of fast-track projects.With the Nestlé R&D Accelerator and its proximity to our R&D and business teams, we will bring open innovation to a new level.Combining our internal expertise and the deep knowledge of our academic and industrial partners with external entrepreneurial creativity is a unique approach and will create an innovation powerhouse.“It will accelerate the translation of innovative ideas and concepts into tangible prototypes and products.”A number of high-profile food and beverage companies such as Coca-Cola, Campbell’s and Mars have launched accelerator programmes over the last year, as companies aim to keep pace with changing consumer trends and habits.The launch of the Nestlé Research unit last year aimed to address changing consumer habits by finding ways to further enhance the nutritional profiles of its products, following calls from senior figures for the company to increase its focus on health and nutrition.In a further boost to its research operations, Nestlé inaugurated a new R&D facility in Shenzhen, China last month, which will create new food and beverage products for consumers in Asia, and will also investigate new system technologies relevant for Nestlé’s global beverage businesses.Share with your network: Tags: acceleratorNestléresearchSwitzerlandlast_img read more

Tesco adds smaller wine bottles to help shoppers control portions

first_imgTesco adds smaller wine bottles to help shoppers control portionsPosted By: News Deskon: May 03, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Packaging, RetailPrintEmailTesco has launched a new range of smaller wine bottles in a move to help shoppers control portions and cut down on waste.Included in the new 37-strong line will be the supermarket’s first-ever 50cl wine bottle size – which is said to contain the equivalent of four glasses.According to data from retail analysts Kantar and the British Beer and Pub Association, alcohol consumption is in decline in the UK.Tesco said that younger consumers who are more focused on healthy lifestyles than their parents are reducing alcohol consumption with fewer drinking occasions or smaller portions.The new range includes wines such as Tesco Finest New Zealand sauvignon blanc (£5.50 for 50cl) and Tesco Finest rioja reserva (£6.25 for 50cl).Tesco product developer Alexandra Runciman said: “We are currently seeing an increase in the number of shoppers wanting to enjoy a smaller amount of wine or a mid-week treat without having to purchase and potentially waste a full-size bottle. “Millennials in particular are generally more concerned about the quantity of alcohol that they drink and so we hope this new range will help them manage portion control.“This new range of smaller wine bottles will also allow customers to cut down on waste by giving them the exact portions they want.”As well as the smaller bottles, Tesco has also expanded its Finest wine range, adding an extra nine products to the portfolio. The wines will be available in up to 2,000 Tesco stores in the UK and online.Share with your network: Tags: TescoUKwinelast_img read more

Kraft Heinz and Hershey create two new whipped toppings

first_imgKraft Heinz and Hershey create two new whipped toppingsPosted By: Martin Whiteon: August 31, 2018In: Dairy, Food, Industries, New productsPrintEmailKraft Heinz and The Hershey Company have collaborated to create two new whipped topping products for the US market.The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Dairy Whipped Toppings are now available from selected US retailers, and will be available nationwide in the US from October.Both flavours are made from 100% real cream and do not contain high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners or oil ingredients, while the Hershey’s Milk Chocolate flavour is made with Hershey’s cocoa.According to the companies, the toppings have been released to shake up the ‘vanilla’ whipped topping category with new exciting twists on the sweet treat.The toppings can be used to accompany a wide variety of products, including hot chocolates, waffles, pancakes fruit or cakes.Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Dairy Whipped Toppings will be available in 7 oz. cans, with a suggested retail price of $2.99–$3.99 per can.Share with your network: Tags: DairyKraft HeinzThe Hershey CompanyUSlast_img read more

Fonterra offloads stake in whey protein joint venture to First Milk

first_imgFonterra offloads stake in whey protein joint venture to First MilkPosted By: Contributoron: June 26, 2019In: Business, Dairy, Functional, Industries, Ingredients, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailBritish dairy cooperative First Milk has acquired Fonterra’s 51% stake in the Fast Forward joint venture the companies set up in 2011.As of July 2019, First Milk will become the sole owner of the whey protein concentrate manufacturing facilities based at the joint venture’s Lake District creamery in the UK.The announcement comes as First Milk reveals a new strategic partnership with Havero Hoogwegt for global sales and distribution of whey protein concentrate.Netherlands-based Havero Hoogwegt is part of the Hoogwegt Group and supplies proteins to more than 50 counties. The firm is an existing First Milk partner.First Milk chief executive Shelagh Hancock said: “The added value protein market continues to grow with applications for high-quality whey products, such as WPC80, in the expanding sports nutrition and functional foods categories.“We are delighted to take over full ownership of our well-invested whey processing facility at our Lake District creamery and to confirm our new sales and distribution partnership with Havero Hoogwegt.“Backed by their unique global network and team of commercial, technical and logistics experts, I am confident they are well-placed to maximise the market potential of our WPC80 production for mutual benefit.”Freek-Jan van der Puijl, managing director of Havero Hoogwegt, added: “We see First Milk as an experienced producer of WPC of consistently high quality and with a good reputation. We are proud to enter this partnership, which enables us to further grow and strengthen our global market position, allowing us to create best value for our partners.”Share with your network: Tags: First MilkFonterraUKwhey proteinlast_img read more

Evangelical Trump adviser tells people to skip flu shots in favor of

first_imgShare on Facebook … 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. Share on Messenger This article is more than 1 year old This article is more than 1 year old Share via Email @JamilesLartey Gloria Copeland’s advice to ‘inoculate yourself with the word of God’ met with scorn amid worst flu epidemic in a decade Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Theresa May rebukes Donald Trump over NHS comments Since you’re here… Topics Shares912912 Wed 7 Feb 2018 18.19 EST Read more Share via Email Christianity Flu A Texas evangelist preacher and member of Donald Trump’s faith advisory council told parishioners to skip the flu shot in favor of prayer, inviting scorn from concerned medical professionals and epidemiologists.“Jesus himself gave us the flu shot,” Gloria Copeland said in a video posted last Wednesday that has slowly begun to go viral, no pun intended, after some observers highlighted Copeland’s ties to Trump.“Just keep saying that ‘I’ll never have the flu. I’ll never have the flu,’” she continued. “Inoculate yourself with the word of God. Flu, I bind you off the people in the name of Jesus. Jesus himself gave us the flu shot. He redeemed us from the curse of flu.”Copeland’s advice is standard fare in the charismatic Christian tradition, but is also medically unsound as the US faces its worst flu epidemic in a decade. Evangelical Trump adviser tells people to skip flu shots in favor of prayer Health Donald Trump Evangelical Christianity Share on Twitter Religion news Flu A patient receiving a flu shot. This year’s tough strain of influenza has hit children especially hard.Photograph: Sam Mooy/AAP Reuse this content Jamiles Lartey in New York “So far this year the cumulative rate of hospitalization is the highest since we began tracking in this way,” Dr Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters late last week after the rate climbed above 50 per 100,000. Schuchat is less than a week on the job after Trump’s prior CDC director, Dr Brenda Fitzgerald, resigned over financial conflicts of interest.This year’s tough strain of influenza has hit children especially hard. Sixteen children died of the flu in the week ended 27 January, bringing total pediatric deaths to 53 for the season, according to the CDC’s weekly report.Medical professionals advise that flu shots are an important part of a holistic prevention strategy, even though this year’s vaccine has been calculated at an effective rate of as low as 10%. Health workers often report that misconceptions about the flu vaccine actually causing or contributing to the outbreak (it doesn’t) can stymie their efforts to fight the bug. Also, empirically more helpful than appeals to providence or, for some, relying on the social media rumor mill: frequent hand-washing and staying home when sick.Trump’s faith advisory council is a veritable who’s who of rightwing televangelists. It has stuck with him while he has had to disband two business advisory councils and an infrastructure panel due to defections by key members. Share on Facebook Last modified on Fri 9 Feb 2018 13.34 EST Support The Guardianlast_img read more

Georgia governor signs bill to ban abortion after six weeks

first_imgGovernor Brian Kemp said he was signing the bill ‘to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, learn and prosper in our great state’.Photograph: Bob Andres/AP Shares111111 Georgia governor signs bill to ban abortion after six weeks Abortion Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? Tue 7 May 2019 11.34 EDT … is a basic human right. The Guardian is committed to reporting with rigour for women around the world, who all deserve equal access to reliable, quality healthcare. The vulnerable will be those who suffer most in the war on women we can see unfolding. We’ll deliver the facts and dispel the misinformation surrounding abortion legislation – that, among many devastating consequences, could force women to take dangerous measures to end a pregnancy.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative reporting 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.The Guardian is editorially independent, meaning we set our own agenda. Our journalism is free from commercial bias and not influenced by billionaire owners, politicians or shareholders. No one edits our editor. No one steers our opinion. This is important as it enables us to give a voice to those less heard, challenge the powerful and hold them to account. It’s what makes us different to so many others in the media, at a time when factual, honest reporting is critical.Support journalism that supports equal rights. Every contribution we receive from readers like you, big or small, goes directly into funding our reporting. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reproductive freedom… Read more Georgia Share on Twitter Georgia Georgia’s Republican governor Brian Kemp has signed legislation to ban abortion once cardiac activity can be detected – which can be as early as six weeks, before many women even realize they are pregnant.The signing caps weeks of tension and protests at the state capitol in Atlanta, and marks the beginning of what could be a lengthy and costly legal battle over the law’s constitutionality.Kemp said he was signing the bill “to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, learn and prosper in our great state”. The anti-gay extremist behind America’s fiercely strict abortion bans Show The legal showdown is exactly what supporters of the legislation are looking for. Anti-abortion activists and ultra-conservative lawmakers across the country, energized by the new conservative majority on the US supreme court that includes the Donald Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, are pushing ever stricter abortion bans.It also represents a further threat to the court’s landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide until a fetus is developed enough to live outside a woman’s uterus. Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share via Email Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Norma McCorvey, pictured, was the real name of the woman known as “Jane Roe” in the landmark 1973 US supreme court case Roe v Wade, which established the right of American women to have abortions.McCorvey became the plaintiff in 1970 after she met with two lawyers looking for a test case to challenge the abortion ban in Texas, where it was a crime unless a woman’s life was at risk. Similar statutes were in place in nearly every other state at the time.At the time, McCorvey was pregnant, unmarried, unemployed and unable to obtain an abortion legally or otherwise.The case went to the supreme court, which handed down the watershed ruling that a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions, including the choice to have an abortion, is protected under the 14th amendment.McCorvey never had an abortion. Her case, which proceeded largely without her involvement, took too long to resolve, and she gave birth to a child that she placed for adoption. Several years after the ruling, she publicly revealed her identity and became involved in the pro-abortion rights movement. But after a conversion to Christianity, she became an anti-abortion rights activist. Before she died in 2017, McCorvey had said it was her wish to see Roe v Wade overturned in her lifetime. Law would ban terminations after fetal cardiac activity detectedLegislation is expected to trigger lengthy battle in courts Last modified on Wed 15 May 2019 08.28 EDT Share via Email Share on Messenger Thank you for your feedback. Quick guide What is Roe v Wade? Reuse this content This article is more than 2 months old Topics Guardian staff and agencies Share on Twitter news Under current law, women in Georgia can seek an abortion during the first 20 weeks of a pregnancy. If it is not blocked in court, the new ban would take effect on 1 January next year.The legislation makes exceptions in the case of rape and incest if the woman files a police report first, and in order to save the life of the mother. It also would allow for abortions when a fetus is determined not to be viable because of serious medical issues.The bill also deals with alimony, child support and even income tax deductions for fetuses, declaring that “the full value of a child begins at the point when a detectable human heartbeat exists”.In fact, at six weeks, an embryo has not yet formed heart chambers, and is not considered a fetus until nine weeks into pregnancy.The Republican state representative Ed Setzler, the bill’s author, said in an interview after the bill passed the state House that it was a “commonsense” measure that seeks to “balance the difficult circumstances women find themselves in with the basic right to life of a child”.But the Democratic senator Jen Jordan disagreed that the legislation was balanced. “There’s nothing balanced about it, it’s an all-out abortion ban,” she said.Jordan said she was especially worried the new law would push obstetricians away from practicing in Georgia, worsening healthcare outcomes for women in a state that already has one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the country.“It’s about the unintended consequences,” Jordan said. “They’re making policy choices that are going to end up causing women to die, and they’re preventable deaths.”In the first few months of 2019, six-week abortion bans have been signed into law in four states: Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio and now Georgia.Tennessee, Missouri, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Louisiana and West Virginia are considering similar proposals.A bill in Alabama would outlaw almost all abortions at any stage of pregnancy. Share on Facebook This article is more than 2 months old Support The Guardian ‘It’s not a little child’: gynecologists join the fight against six-week abortion bans Share on WhatsApp Hide The bill is one of a growing number of similar pieces of legislation being pushed at state level, in what anti-abortion campaigners call “heartbeat bills” even though that is a medical inaccuracy as well as a politically inflammatory term in the reproductive rights debate.Sean Young, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, said the ACLU would challenge Georgia’s new abortion restriction in court.“Under 50 years of supreme court precedent, this abortion ban is clearly unconstitutional,” Young said in a recent interview. “Every federal court that has heard a challenge to a similar ban has ruled that it’s unconstitutional.”last_img read more

Monday Tech TipMAGic Speech on Demand

first_imgDusty Voorhees, Senior Product Manager at Freedom Scientific, stops by to show us the new features of MAGic 12. In this part 1 of 3 series, he show us the speech on demand feature.Having trouble viewing the video- click here Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: Optelec ClearView+ SpeechMay 20, 2013In “Videos”Monday Tech Tip: Built-in Speech Recognition for iOS operating systemsJuly 8, 2013In “Videos”ATU075 – Open Dyslexic (Abelardo Gonzalez), Livescribe Sky Wifi Smart Pen, 100 Best Web Sites for Speech Pathologists, MAGic version 12 and WindowEyes Beta 8.0, Twitter Can Help Students Learn, iPad Band from PS 177November 2, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

Monday Tech Tip Keyboard Buddy Case

first_imgThe Keyboard Buddy Case is an assistive technology device that is useful for people who like texting on an iPhone but prefer a tactile keyboard.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: Keyboard Carrying Case and Solar Powered KeyboardJanuary 16, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”5 Ergonomic KeyboardsApril 29, 2015In “Mobility”Typing strategies for people with DyslexiaJanuary 10, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”last_img read more

Sisense Brings Power to the Builders With New CloudNative Linux Platform Insights

first_imgInnovations 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 Frustrationlast_img read more

Microsoft Really Doesnt Want You to Use a Local Windows Account

first_imgMicrosoft Really Doesn’t Want You to Use a Local Windows Account By Joel Hruska on July 23, 2019 at 10:30 am At first, the Get Windows 10 utility was friendly, with a “Cancel reservation” link in the lower-left. Clicking “Close” or the “X” in the upper-right hand corner closed the app. <><>12345 Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder 22 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 3shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet This Happens in Every ‘Star Wars’ Movie and You Never Noticed A dark pattern in UI is when a developer changes the behavior of the application to change the behavior of expected elements. In advertising, a company might move the “X” to dismiss a message to the upper-left-hand side of the screen, while the upper-right corner has a “Replay” option that repeats the ad. (I’ve seen mobile ads use this tactic). Sometimes companies will switch between requiring checkboxes for opt-in versus opt-out in the same form, or change the location of “No” and “Yes” boxes in a similar fashion.While we’re glad to see Microsoft changed this behavior in 1903, it’s unacceptable regardless. Users who do not want a local account are already forced to select prompts that deliberately guide them against this policy. Whether a Microsoft account represents a value-add is a matter of personal preference — I don’t personally believe it does and have never used one in the three years I’ve used Windows 10. But even if one disagrees, Microsoft has no business hiding the option this way. Either have the guts to remove it and deal with the blowback or stop trying to hide it in the first place. Stop turning your operating system into a competitive event in which your own user base has to jump through hoops to find functionality that was more readily exposed in previous editions.Now Read:Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update on Surface Book 2Microsoft Kills Automatic Registry Backups in Windows 10Microsoft’s Dual-Screen Surface Could Launch in 2020, Run Android Apps Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Petition Is Trying To Convince Marvel To Keep ‘Blade’ Rated R Movies That Are Primed and Ready for a Prequel Winnie From ‘Wonder Years’ Is 44 Now and Unrecognizably Gorgeous The Real Reason Marvel Didn’t Bring Back Snipes For ‘Blade’ Ever since it launched Windows 10, Microsoft has been pushing hard for end-users to create and use a Microsoft account rather than a local account. Apparently last year, with the October 2018 update, the company went so far as to hide the option to create a local account altogether. The Windows 1903 update, released in May, rolls things back a little bit and restores an option that should never have been removed in the first place.The situation ironically illustrates why I didn’t write about this at the time. I did some testing on Windows 1809 last year, but I didn’t allow it to connect to the internet to finish setup. Good thing I didn’t. If you do, you can’t configure a local account.Note the complete lack of an alternative. Image credit: Mark Hachman/IDG.If you allow the system to connect to the internet using Windows 10 1809 to get updates out of the way, the option to create a local account is removed. When Microsoft launched Windows 10, it offered the local option as a straightforward alternative, even if it passive-aggressively shoved you towards the online option (the screenshot below dates to the Windows 10 original launch).The original local account setup password page.All of this was removed in 1809 if you connected to your Wi-Fi network first. The only reason I didn’t detect it at the time is that I don’t allow Windows to connect to Wi-Fi to finish installing itself. Even the previous practice of entering a garbage email to nudge Windows into offering a local account didn’t work. The only way to force 1809 into allowing a local account after connecting to Wi-Fi is to disable your router. You can also reboot the system and restart the installation process — but since Microsoft doesn’t actually tell you that refusing to allow it to update via Wi-Fi will still allow you to create a local account, this option isn’t obvious to users. I had no idea that when I refused this step, I was actually safeguarding my ability to create a local account.The situation has improved somewhat with 1903. Microsoft still shoves you hard towards a non-local account, but if you click the “I don’t have Internet” option followed by “Continue with limited setup,” you will eventually be allowed to access your computer without setting up an online Microsoft account.Microsoft Has Learned Nothing From Its ‘Get Windows 10’ DisasterWhat does this demonstrate? Mostly, that Microsoft has learned absolutely nothing. The “Get Windows 10” campaign was cautiously well-received at unveil and loathed at its conclusion, thanks solely to Microsoft’s repeated decision to transform it from an upgrade offer into a deceiving malware-like application that scheduled users for upgrades they did not wish to take and ignored their attempts to cancel the process. Microsoft changed the method of canceling a Windows 10 upgrade and didn’t communicate that to end-users as part of a deliberately created dark pattern. A slideshow of the various Get Windows 10 options that Microsoft cycled through (and the malware-like behavior some engaged in) is shown below: Tagged In microsoftwindowswindows 10operating systemosGet Windows 10Windows 10 1809Windows 10 1903Windows 10 1803Windows 10 upgradelocal account Post a Comment 22 Commentslast_img read more

The Worst CPUs Ever Made

first_img Now Read:Moore’s Law is Dead, Long Live Moore’s LawHappy 40th Anniversary to the Original Intel 8086The Myths of Moore’s Law Here’s Why It Matters That ‘Thor 4’ Comes Before ‘GOTG 3’ Tagged In amdintelsonycpussemiconductorsps3bulldozeritaniumCell Broadband EnginePowerPCCyrixDeschutesFDIVg5Merced6x866x86MXG4 Post a Comment 134 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 4shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Worst CPUs Ever Made You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene By Joel Hruska on July 23, 2019 at 7:40 am Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Intel Itanium Intel’s Itanium was a radical attempt to push hardware complexity into software optimizations. All of the work to determine which instructions to execute in parallel was handled by the compiler before the CPU ran a byte of code. Analysts predicted Itanium would conquer the world. It didn’t. Compilers were unable to extract necessary performance and the chip was radically incompatible with everything that had come before it. Once expected to replace x86 entirely and change the world, Itanium limped along for years with a niche market and precious little else.<><>12345678910 Feige May’ve Teased Clea For ‘The Multiverse of Madness’ Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 134 Comments Yesterday, we celebrated the Best CPUs Ever Made. Today, we’ve decided to revisit some of the worst CPUs ever built. To make it on to this list, a CPU needed to be fundamentally broken, as opposed to simply being poorly positioned or slower than expected. The annals of history are already stuffed with mediocre products that didn’t quite meet expectations but weren’t truly bad.Note: Plenty of people will bring up the Pentium FDIV bug here, but the reason we didn’t include it is simple: Despite being an enormous marketing failure for Intel and a huge expense, the actual bug was tiny. It impacted no one who wasn’t already doing scientific computing and the scale and scope of the problem in technical terms was never estimated to be much of anything. The incident is recalled today more for the disastrous way Intel handled it than for any overarching problem in the Pentium microarchitecture.We also include a few dishonorable mentions. These chips may not be the worst of the worst, but they ran into serious problems or failed to address key market segments. With that, here’s our list of the worst CPUs ever made. We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappearedlast_img read more

Elon Musk Starship Super Heavy Will Have 41 Total Engines

first_img This ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ April Fools’ Day Joke Broke Hearts You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 1shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 Now and Absolutely Gorgeous By Ryan Whitwam on July 23, 2019 at 7:23 am Movies That Are Hard To Believe Actually Exist Most spaceflight firms would never hang around on Twitter and randomly tweet information on upcoming rocket designs. But most companies aren’t SpaceX, and most CEOs aren’t Elon Musk. During his daily Twitter ramblings, Musk revealed that the Starship launch platform is now up to a total of 41 Raptor engines. Although, he jokes that the design is begging for just one more. In his initial tweet, Musk announced that the Starship Super Heavy would have 35 Raptor engines in total. After a request for clarification, Musk explained that the “full stack” of the Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle will have 41 engines — 35 of those will be on Super Heavy and another six on the Starship itself. From what we know of the Starship’s design, the craft will have three Raptors optimized for use in the atmosphere and three others designed for vacuum usage.Before this most recent update, the Super Heavy was slated to have just 31 Raptor engines. Traditionally, rockets have relied on smaller numbers of more powerful engines. However, SpaceX has always gone the other way. According to Musk, the added complexity is outweighed by the redundant nature of having many engines. If one or two fail, the vehicle can still fly its mission. Full stack is 41 rn, but kinda beggin for just one more …— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 21, 2019Musk has explained many of the Starship’s design updates and milestones on Twitter. For example, the momentous test firing of the Raptor engine earlier this year and the name change from BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) to Starship, perhaps a more suitable name for something that could one day ferry 100 passengers to Mars. SpaceX is closing in on the first real test flight of the Starship in a configuration known as the StarHopper. That vessel will lift off, hover, and land safely. Late this year, the company could launch a high-altitude sub-orbital version of the Starship later this year. The first orbital flight is currently scheduled for 2020. At 41 engines for the full stack, the count is just one shy of the answer to life, the universe, and everything from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. No one really knows why Elon Musk does the things he does, so it would not be shocking at all to see another engine pop up on the final Super Heavy. After all, this is the man who launched his car into space on top of the most powerful rocket in the world.Now read:SpaceX Starship Moves Closer to Launch With Successful Engine TestSpaceX Successfully Launches, Partially Recovers Falcon HeavyElon Musk Explains Why the Starship Will Be Stainless Steel Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Tagged In sciencespaceelon muskrocketsstarshipSuper Heavy Post a Comment 5 Comments The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Movies That Hollywood Didn’t Want to Make Elon Musk: Starship, Super Heavy Will Have 41 Total Engines 5 Comments Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadderlast_img read more

How to Set Up Centrally Managed Backups for Your Home or Small

first_imgHow to Set Up Centrally Managed Backups for Your Home or Small Business 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. By David Cardinal on June 22, 2019 at 9:00 am We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared If you’re part of a family with changing computing needs, or if you run a small business where employees and computers come and go, it’s quite likely that your backup strategy is a bit of a hodge-podge. You probably also rely on your users to pay attention to whether their data is actually being safely backed up. A recent experience of mine, where we realized that one of our business laptops hadn’t run a successful backup for a month, motivated me to dig in and implement a centrally managed backup system so that we could easily manage and monitor our computer backups. I actually did it two different ways, using one NAS-centric approach, and another more traditional backup suite, so we can compare them in this article.How Centrally Managed Backups WorkA typical, centrally managed backup solution consists of at least three pieces. First, there is a backup server, which keeps the database of clients, tasks, and storage locations. Along with it are one or more console applications. Some systems offer one management console for administrators and a separate one for users to allow them to do some self-service operations like file recovery. Finally, there needs to be some type of client software (often called an agent) that can respond to requests from the server and initiate backups. With Windows clients, this is often a custom application installed on each client. But existing system utilities like rsync may also work as an agent, depending on the product.In all cases, either a new account with administrator privileges needs to be created on each client, or the credentials for an existing account need to be supplied. Once a server and client(s) are in place, then the console (which might be an application or simply a web interface to the server) can be used to create backup tasks and deploy them to clients as appropriate. Most packages include some pre-defined templates that can be used as a starting point. For example, if you have a number of laptops that have a simple configuration, you can have a template that just does a System backup of the OS and boot drive.Backing Up PCs With EaseUS Todo BackupThere are many backup products for Windows PCs, but for this project, we wanted ones where we could upgrade from the typical entry-level standalone offering to a centrally managed, business-class solution inexpensively. So for our first solution, we chose EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation, since the desktop software and management console are quite inexpensive, and we were already using it standalone on several machines. However, currently, EaseUS can only centrally manage Windows client machines. Acronis offers a much broader range of solutions, but at a much higher price point for its business products.Todo Backup is powerful but not always obvious.You can start with the management console, which EaseUS calls Backup Center, and install and deploy from there, or take a more incremental approach and install Backup Workstation on your client computers and make sure they work to your satisfaction first. When you install the clients, you can create a backup user that’s separate from other users of the system. That’s handy for creating a single credential to use for backup tasks. When you install Backup Center, you’ll want to make sure you also select the option to install the server on a machine of your choice. Unfortunately, EaseUS Backup doesn’t support a NAS package for its server, which would be a nice option.Once the clients and the Backup Center console are installed, you can use the console to create, customize, and deploy template backup tasks to some or all of your clients. You can even put them in groups. In our case, we created a simple template for most of our laptops, which only have a System (“C”) drive, and then a couple of other templates for more complex desktops that also have data drives. It was simple to create a schedule for each template and deploy them. I wish the software offered an easier way to combine Full and Incremental backup schedules, but you can choose the type of backup(s) you want, the schedules, and the retention policies.You can add a Network Server as a backup destination for EaseUS Todo Backup using a mount point, a UNC path, or via the NAS Device option.Backing Up Your Network With Synology’s Active Backup for BusinessIf you own a NAS, you may already have access to all the software you need to back up your network. Most NAS vendors bundle at least one backup solution with their hardware and may offer add-on options. Synology did something pretty sweet last year, by including its Active Backup for Business (ABB) software with many of its units. It includes the server package, an active client for Windows, a user portal for self-service recovery, and the ability to back up other types of specialized hardware and virtual machines. I’ve been using ABB with both the Windows client and with my Jetson Nano Linux box with rsync as the agent.Synology’s Active Backup for Business provides a large number of options managed through a central console.One area where ABB goes beyond many of the other backup solutions bundled with network servers is the capability to do a bare metal restore — as you’d expect with a separate cost backup package. You simply create and boot to a recovery drive and then restore your full system image. Alternatively, you can do the expected set of drive, partition, and file backups to take more complete control of your system. There are even additional packages for specifically backing up G Suite and Office 365, although I haven’t used them.Consider a Belt and SuspendersNext to not noticing that backups are failing to run properly, not realizing that they’re corrupt is the next biggest problem with backups. While major corporations have policies in place for regularly testing the integrity and utility of their backups, most small business and families don’t. So in our case, we back all our machines up two different ways, to two different servers.Active Backup for Business offers a nice and easy to understand set of Retention options.Five-bay NAS units are very convenient for this, as shared data can be stored on a three drive RAID array, and backups can go on a separate, mirrored, two-drive array. We use a Synology DS1517+ as our primary data store — since it supports 10Gbps — and destination for system backups generated by Active Backup for Business. Then we also have a DS1019+ where we can keep a clone of our most important shared data on the first three drives, and our EaseUS backups on the other two. Or if you have room to keep your data and backups on the first three drives, the other two are ideal for mirrored security footage archives. Of course, just having two systems locally isn’t a perfect solution either, so you’ll want to have some type of off-site backup as well.Now Read:How to Set Up Subscription-Free Offsite BackupHow to Create Your Own Private Photo Sharing CloudIt’s World Backup Day: Here’s How the ExtremeTech Staff Stays Backed Up The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads Kevin Smith Unveils Poster for a Gritty Reboot Taika Waititi to Direct ‘Thor 4’ With ‘Akira’ Plans On Hold Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads Tagged In storageextremetech explainsHow-TonassynologybackupsQNAPprivate cloudcentrally-managed backupsEaseus Todo Backup Post a Comment 9 Comments Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 9 Commentslast_img read more

ET Deals Dell Core i79750H Laptop 819 Ring Video Doorbell Camera 169

first_img 1 Comment ET Deals: Dell Core i7-9750H Laptop $819, Ring Video Doorbell Camera $169, Samsung 256GB MicroSDXC $36 By Michael Sexton on July 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 Now and Absolutely Gorgeous The First ‘Scary MCU Film’ Will Come Out During Phase 4 The Truth About Thor’s Jane Foster Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Independence Day has come and gone and the fireworks have all burned out, but the deals haven’t. Today you can get a versatile high-end laptop from Dell that’s well suited for travel, office work, and gaming.Dell Vostro 15 7590 Intel Core i7-9750H 15.6-Inch 1080p Notebook w/ Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and 256GB NVMe SSD ($819.00)Dell’s Vostro laptops are typically targeted as home and business solutions. But this system, with its powerful Core i7-9750H processor and mid-range GTX 1050 graphics chip, is able to run modern games as well. Dell also built this system with a brushed aluminum exterior that makes it durable and relatively lightweight. Right now you can get it from Dell marked down from $1,651.42 to $819.00.Ring Video Doorbell Pro ($169.99)This helpful device is more than just a doorbell. It sends notifications to your Echo devices whenever the doorbell is rung, and it will allow you to see who is at your door and talk to them. This helps to keep you safe by making it easy to check who’s there. Right now you can get the Ring Video Doorbell Pro from Amazon marked down from $249.00 to $169.99. You must be a Prime member to get this discount, though.Samsung Evo Select 256GB MicroSDXC ($39.99) In addition to its large 256GB capacity, this microSDXC card is also fairly fast and able to transfer data at up to 100MB/s. Currently, you can get it from Amazon marked down from $49.99 to $39.99.Google Nest Hub ($79.00)Google’s Nest Hub is a versatile device that makes it easy to connect to and control various other smart devices around your home. It also accepts voice commands, and it can display information on a wide assortment of topics on its built-in 7-inch touchscreen display. For a limited time, you can get it from Walmart marked down from $149.00 to $79.00.Dell Alienware M17 Intel Core i7-9750H 17.3-Inch 1080p IPS Gaming Laptop w/ Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCI-E M.2 SSD and 1TB SSHD ($1,299.99)Dell built its Alienware M17 to be a powerful mobile gaming machine. This system’s Core i7-9750H processor and RTX 2060 graphics card offer desktop level performance, and the system’s 16GB of RAM and 256GB PCIe SSD ensure you won’t be slowed down waiting for programs to load. With promo code AWAFF300, you can get this system from Dell marked down from $1,949.99 to $1,299.99.Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscriptions (20-40 Percent Off)An Amazon Kindle subscription gives you access to over a million titles for you to peruse and read at your leisure. Amazon is currently offering this service discounted between 20 and 40 percent off the regular retail price.6-Month Subscription w/ 20 Percent Discount: $47.861-Year Subscription w/ 33 Percent Discount: $80.302-Year Subscription w/ 40 Percent Discount: $143.80Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at TechBargains.com. Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 1 Comment The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder 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.last_img read more

Amazon Prime Day After Hours Sale Samsung Galaxy 10e 59999 Apple AirPods

first_img Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous Actors Who’ve Sadly Died So Far in 2019 1 Comment Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 1 Comment Prime Day is officially over, but it seems someone forgot to tell that to Amazon, Dell, and Walmart. There are still tons of excellent deals available with huge discounts, but for how much longer no one can say. If you missed out on buying anything during the shopping event, here’s a list of deals that you can still take advantage of.Samsung Galaxy S10 Factory Unlocked w/ 128GB Storage ($599.99) During Amazon’s Prime Day sale you can get one of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 smartphones with 128GB of storage marked down from $899.99 to $599.99. This phone is one of the fastest smartphones available on the market today with a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and 8GB of RAM. It also features a relatively high-quality camera and it comes fully unlocked.Apple AirPods w/Wireless Charging Case ($169.99)This set of Apple’s AirPods comes with a wireless charging case. Simply set the earbuds into the case whenever you are finished using them and they will automatically start charging. They also have support for Siri to quickly access your iPhone, and they can last for over 24 hours while listening to music. Amazon is offering these AirPods currently marked down from $199.00 to $169.99.Overpowered DTW2 Intel Core i7-8700 Gaming Desktop w/ Nvidia GTX 1080, 512GB SSD, 2TB HD, 32GB RAM ($899.00)Overpowered’s DTW2 desktop comes loaded with high-performance components at an unbelievable price. At its heart rests an Intel Core i7-8700 and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. Best of all, this system is marked down from $1,899.00 to $899.00 at Walmart. Discounted as much as it is, it would be impossible to build a system to match it without paying more. 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Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855 Tons of Accessories

first_img An Honest ‘Once Upon a Time In…Hollywood’ Review Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu New Look At The Knights Of Ren From ‘Rise Of Skywalker’ Revealed Tagged In smartphonesandroidmobileasussnapdragon 855rog phone ii Post a Comment 3 Comments Asus has never been a major part of the smartphone world, but the company’s gaming-focused ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand attracted some attention last year with the original ROG Phone. Now, a follow up known as the ROG Phone II is on the way. It still has a funky design and a wealth of accessories, but it’s got a bigger battery and faster Snapdragon chip. We first heard about the ROG Phone II’s existence last week when Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855+, which is basically an overclocked 855. The company said the ROG Phone II would be the first to have this chip, but Asus wasn’t ready to talk about the phone beyond that. Cut to today, and the company is spilling the beans. The Snapdragon 855 has a higher 2.96GHz maximum clock speed, and Asus says the ROG Phone II’s advanced cooling keeps the chip from throttling down under load. It actually has vents on the back that work this year — the original ROG Phone had purely decorative vents. The Asus ROG Phone II sports a 6.59-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED display. That’s a slightly taller aspect ratio than the last ROG Phone, and the refresh rate has jumped from 90Hz to 120Hz — that’s the highest on any Android device. If the phone can keep up with that frame rate, the ROG Phone II’s interface will look incredibly smooth. The new screen will undoubtedly use more power, but the ROG Phone II has juice to spare. The phone gets a 50 percent battery boost over the original with a 6,000mAh capacity. However, the phone is also much heavier at 240g versus 200g for the last version. Asus equipped the phone with the standard USB Type-C port for charging, but there’s also a headphone jack. It also continued the ROG Phone tradition of adding a second USB-C port on the side. You can use this for charging while playing a game, or as a connector for the company’s accessories. Most of the accessories are a bit silly, but “gaming” phones tend to be like that. There’s the active cooling bracket, a desktop dock, and more. The phone also has ultrasonic shoulder buttons you can map to on-screen buttons in games. Asus will start selling the ROG Phone II in China on July 23, and the international model will launch in early September. We don’t know the exact price yet, but Asus says it will be similar to the first-gen ROG Phone, which launched at $900.Now read:Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 855+ SoC Is an Overclocked Snapdragon 855Nubia Just Stuffed the First Active Fan Inside a SmartphoneAsus Engineers Exposed Company Passwords for Months on GitHub 3 Comments 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. By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 11:38 am Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Netflix Adopts New Policy After ‘Stranger Things’ Backlash Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855+, Tons of Accessories You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNetlast_img read more

RainFocus Delivers the Event Industrys Most Advanced Machine Learning Tool

first_imgRainFocus 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 Connectionslast_img read more

Delivra Unveils Improved User Experience and Automation Dashboard

first_img 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 last_img read more

Andrey Andreev Consolidates Badoo Bumble Chappy and Lumen Into New Entity Magic

first_img“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 center_img 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.last_img read more