Tech Tip Slide 2 Unlock App

first_imgAnna Leung, iPad specialist at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana, introduces us to the free “Slide 2 Unlock” app–available for the iPad.  This app provides great practice for the “slide to unlock” gesture, which is required for iOS devices.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: Hand Gestures on iPadJuly 14, 2014In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech tip: Petralex-Hear it Clear! AppNovember 7, 2016In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Weather Pro appDecember 7, 2015In “Tech Tips”last_img read more

Hip Talk Plus is the Communicator with It All

first_imgPortable communication doesn’t get any better than this!The Hip Talk Plus is a wearable augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. AAC devices help people with disabilities who have lost their natural speaking ability to be able to communicate or express their thoughts, wants and needs to others without speaking.The Hip Talk Plus is by Enabling Devices, a company that has created products to help people with disabilities participate fully in the world for more than 30 years. Founded in 1978, the family-run company provides caring, individualized service to each customer.Enabling Devices’ AAC products include simple one- and two-message communicators, more complex progressive communicators, wearable communication devices, and AAC devices for the special needs education classroom.The speech-generating devices are for children and adults with complex communication needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, ALS, stroke, aphasia, Down syndrome and other diagnoses.The Hip Talk Plus allows users to stay with an easy and familiar device as their needs and abilities may change.The newly-improved Hip Talk Plus device features:300 seconds of recording time – 5 seconds of record time per messageIncredible sound qualityAuditory cueingMagnetic snap-on frames for easy icon changingNew, waterproof Neoprene carrying bagAdjustable waist strap to fit mostSleep mode to save battery lifeVolume controlLow battery warningThree interchangeable frames with 3, 6 or 12 messagesWith the Hip Talk Plus, you can record and re-record different sayings. You have the option to choose from either three, six or 12 different icons you can record on.All you do is hold down the icon you want to play and speak into it so it records your voice.The auditory cueing allows for the user to hear a message at a lower volume when a button is pressed. A second press on the button plays the message at a normal volume setting. It’s especially helpful for a visually-impaired user or someone with reading difficulties.The Hip Talk Plus makes it easier for people with disabilities to communicate and interact with family and friends. For more information, visit https://enablingdevices.com/product/hip-talk-plus/.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAssistive Technology for People with AutismMarch 7, 2013In “Services”Communicating with Assistive TechnologyNovember 28, 2009In “Loan Library”Augmentative and Alternative Communication AppsApril 13, 2011In “Accessibility Reviews”last_img read more

Oracle Collaborates with Top Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Members to Rethink Customer

first_imgOracle Collaborates with Top Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Members to Rethink Customer Data Platform Market PRNewswireJune 17, 2019, 8:25 pmJune 17, 2019 customer experienceData PlatformMarketing TechnologyNewsOracle Previous ArticleDatabricks Accelerates APJ Expansion Following $250 Million Funding RoundNext ArticleCoreMedia Announces CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud Marketplace To help organizations quickly and easily bring together customer data from across the entire organization, Oracle is collaborating with Accenture and Capgemini to address the hype and confusion around the Customer Data Platform (CDP) market.In collaboration with two Platinum level members of Oracle PartnerNetwork, Oracle is moving beyond current CDP capabilities to power richer digital marketing and customer experiences across the entire customer journey. This includes delivering the technology and best practices that help organizations understand and map different customer data sources, define business outcomes and key performance indicators for customer intelligence projects, and create a single and dynamic view of the customer.The CDP market has quickly expanded as marketing technology vendors have launched point solutions to try and help marketers bring together various customer data sources to better understand and engage known customers. Overall, this first wave of CDP solutions has failed to address the challenge of creating a single and dynamic view of the customer due to the complexity of integration, the need to address the entire customer journey and a limited set of use cases/capabilities centered on B2C marketing.Marketing Technology News: DAA Announces Enforcement Deadline for ‘Political Ad’ Guidelines and Transparency Icon“Clients across industries are eager to leverage the power and insights that CDP solutions offer but are concerned about the perceived cost and complexity of bringing different customer data sources together,” said Lucia Lesar, global practice lead for Oracle CX at Accenture. “Building on nearly 30 years of teaming with Oracle to help clients with digital transformation, this new joint initiative will enable us to better address these challenges, along with changing customer expectations, so that our clients can unify their data for a more holistic view of the customer that they can act on dynamically.”To provide B2B and B2C organizations with a complete customer intelligence platform for managing customer data, Oracle launched Oracle CX Unity in October 2018. Oracle CX Unity provides brands with powerful and actionable insights in context, in motion and in real time across the entire customer experience by providing the ability to bring together online, offline and third-party customer data sources. This unique approach provides organizations with a fast and easy way to bring together customer data from across the entire organization and across the entire customer journey. In addition, Oracle CX Unity goes one step further than existing CDP solutions by applying built-in machine learning to prescribe the optimal experience within existing business processes.Marketing Technology News: SentinelOne Announces $120 Million Series D“The customer journey has changed beyond recognition, making it much harder to gain a single source of customer truth,” said Jane Arnold Hommet, Global Partner Executive for Oracle at Capgemini. “As our clients adapt to the evolving nature of customer interactions, they are looking for customer data strategies and data sources that go beyond marketing which can enable anyone within their teams to have quick and easy access to comprehensive customer insights and intelligence.”Oracle CX Unity is pre-integrated with Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud to enable intelligence to be applied across every customer touchpoint. Oracle CX Cloud is an integrated set of applications which empower organizations to take a smarter approach to customer experience management and business transformation initiatives. Accenture and Capgemini are helping enterprise companies tap into all that Oracle CX Unity has to offer.“The CDP market is a confusing place right now with lots of promise and hype, but very few solutions that can provide a comprehensive view into customer interactions across channels and applications,” said Rob Tarkoff, executive vice president and general manager, Oracle CX Cloud. “To address the challenges of this first wave of CDP solutions and provide our customers with the scale and precision needed to make every customer interaction truly matter, we are delivering CX Unity, our customer intelligence platform, in partnership with experts in customer data such as Accenture and Capgemini.”Marketing Technology News: New Global Report Reveals 9 in 10 Companies See ‘Self-Service’ as the Future for Customerslast_img read more

How to Create Your Own StateoftheArt Text Generation System

first_img Tagged In googleartificial intelligenceextremetech explainsdevelopersHow-Toprogrammingtensorflowpythonopenaifake newsgoogle compute engineGoogle ColabGPT-2text generation Post a Comment 4 Comments Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel Hardly a day goes by when there isn’t a story about fake news. It reminds me of a quote from the favorite radio newsman from my youth, “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.” OpenAI’s breakthrough language model, the 1.5 billion parameter version of GPT-2, got close enough that the group decided it was too dangerous to release publicly, at least for now. However, OpenAI has now released two smaller versions of the model, along with tools for fine-tuning them on your own text. So, without too much effort, and using dramatically less GPU time than it would take to train from scratch, you can create a tuned version of GPT-2 that will be able to generate text in the style you give it, or even start to answer questions similar to ones you train it with.What Makes GPT-2 SpecialGPT-2 (Generative Pre-Trained Transformer version 2) is based on a version of the very powerful Transformer Attention-based Neural Network. What got the researchers at OpenAI so excited about it was finding that it could address a number of language tasks without being directly trained on them. Once pre-trained with its massive corpus of Reddit data and given the proper prompts, it did a passable job of answering questions and translating languages. It certainly isn’t anything like Watson as far as semantic knowledge, but this type of unsupervised learning is particularly exciting because it removes much of the time and expense needed to label data for supervised learning.Overview of Working With GPT-2For such a powerful tool, the process of working with GPT-2 is thankfully fairly simple, as long as you are at least a little familiar with Tensorflow. Most of the tutorials I’ve found also rely on Python, so having at least a basic knowledge of programming in Python or a similar language is very helpful. Currently, OpenAI has released two pre-trained versions of GPT-2. One (117M) has 117 million parameters, while the other (345M) has 345 million. As you might expect the larger version requires more GPU memory and takes longer to train. You can train either on your CPU, but it is going to be really slow.The first step is downloading one or both of the models. Fortunately, most of the tutorials, including the ones we’ll walk you through below, have Python code to do that for you. Once downloaded, you can run the pre-trained model either to generate text automatically or in response to a prompt you provide. But there is also code that lets you build on the pre-trained model by fine-tuning it on a data source of your choice. Once you’ve tuned your model to your satisfaction, then it’s simply a matter of running it and providing suitable prompts.Working with GPT-2 On Your Local MachineThere are a number of tutorials on this, but my favorite is by Max Woolf. In fact, until the OpenAI release, I was working with his text-generating RNN, which he borrowed from for his GPT-2 work. He’s provided a full package on GitHub for downloading, tuning, and running a GPT-2 based model. You can even snag it directly as a package from PyPl. The readme walks you through the entire process, with some suggestions on how to tweak various parameters. If you happen to have a massive GPU handy, this is a great approach, but since the 345M model needs most of a 16GB GPU for training or tuning, you may need to turn to a cloud GPU.Working with GPT-2 for Free Using Google’s ColabFortunately, there is a way to use a powerful GPU in the cloud for free — Google’s Colab. It isn’t as flexible as an actual Google Compute Engine account, and you have to reload everything each session, but did I mention it’s free? In my testing, I got either a Tesla T4 or a K80 GPU when I initialized a notebook, either one of which is fast enough to train these models at a reasonable clip. The best part is that Woolf has already authored a Colab notebook that echoes the local Python code version of gpt2-simple. Much like the desktop version, you can simply follow along, or tweak parameters to experiment. There is some added complexity in getting the data in and out of Colab, but the notebook will walk you through that as well.Getting Data for Your ProjectNow that powerful language models have been released onto the web, and tutorials abound on how to use them, the hardest part of your project might be creating the dataset you want to use for tuning. If you want to replicate the experiments of others by having it generate Shakespeare or write Star Trek dialog, you can simply snag one that is online. In my case, I wanted to see how the models would do when asked to generate articles like those found on ExtremeTech. I had access to a back catalog of over 12,000 articles from the last 10 years. So I was able to put them together into a text file, and use it as the basis for fine-tuning.If you have other ambitions that include mimicking a website, scraping is certainly an alternative. There are some sophisticated services like ParseHub, but they are limited unless you pay for a commercial plan. I have found the Chrome Extension Webscraper.io to be flexible enough for many applications, and it’s fast and free. One big cautionary note is to pay attention to Terms of Service for whatever website you’re thinking of, as well as any copyright issues. From looking at the output of various language models, they certainly aren’t taught to not plagiarize.So, Can It Do Tech Journalism?Once I had my corpus of 12,000 ExtremeTech articles, I started by trying to train the simplified GPT-2 on my desktop’s Nvidia 1080 GPU. Unfortunately, the GPU’s 8GB of RAM wasn’t enough. So I switched to training the 117M model on my 4-core i7. It wasn’t insanely terrible, but it would have taken over a week to make a real dent even with the smaller of the two models. So I switched to Colab and the 345M model. The training was much, much, faster, but needing to deal with session resets and the unpredictability of which GPU I’d get for each session was annoying.Upgrading to Google’s Compute EngineAfter that, I bit the bullet, signed up for a Google Compute Engine account, and decided to take advantage of the $300 credit Google gives new customers. If you’re not familiar with setting up a VM in the cloud it can be a bit daunting, but there are lots of online guides. It’s simplest if you start with one of the pre-configured VMs that already has Tensorflow installed. I picked a Linux version with 4 vCPUs. Even though my desktop system is Windows, the same Python code ran perfectly on both. You then need to add a GPU, which in my case took a request to Google support for permission. I assume that is because GPU-equipped machines are more expensive and less flexible than CPU-only machines, so they have some type of vetting process. It only took a couple of hours, and I was able to launch a VM with a Tesla T4. When I first logged in (using the built-in SSH) it reminded me that I needed to install Nvidia drivers for the T4, and gave me the command I needed.Next, you need is to set up a file transfer client like WinSCP, and get started working with your model. Once you upload your code and data, create a Python virtual environment (optional), and load up the needed packages, you can proceed the same way you did on your desktop. I trained my model in increments of 15,000 steps and downloaded the model checkpoints each time, so I’d have them for reference. That can be particularly important if you have a small training dataset, as too much training can cause your model to over-fit and actually get worse. So having checkpoints you can return to is valuable.Speaking of checkpoints, like the models, they’re large. So you’ll probably want to add a disk to your VM. By having the disk separate, you can always use it for other projects. The process for automatically mounting it is a bit annoying (it seems like it could be a checkbox, but it’s not). Fortunately, you only have to do it once. After I had my VM up and running with the needed code, model, and training data, I let it loose. The T4 was able to run about one step every 1.5 seconds. The VM I’d configured cost about $25/day (remember that VMs don’t turn themselves off; you need to shut them down if you don’t want to be billed, and persistent disk keeps getting billed even then).To save some money, I transferred the model checkpoints (as a .zip file) back to my desktop. I could then shut down the VM (saving a buck or two an hour), and interact with the model locally. You get the same output either way because the model and checkpoint are identical. The traditional way to evaluate the success of your training is to hold out a portion of your training data as a validation set. If the loss continues to decrease but accuracy (which you get by computing the loss when you run your model on the data you’ve held out for validation) decreases, it is likely you’ve started to over-fit your data and your model is simply “memorizing” your input and feeding it back to you. That reduces its ability to deal with new information.Here’s the Beef: Some Sample Outputs After Days of TrainingAfter experimenting on various types of prompts, I settled on feeding the model (which I’ve nicknamed The Oracle) the first sentences of actual ExtremeTech articles and seeing what it came up with. After 48 hours (106,000 steps in this case) of training on a T4, here is an example:The output of our model after two days of training on a T4 when fed the first sentence of Ryan Whitwam’s Titan article. Obviously, it’s not going to fool anyone, but the model is starting to do a decent job of linking similar concepts together at this point.The more information the model has about a topic, the more it starts to generate plausible text. We write about Windows Update a lot, so I figured I’d let the model give it a try:The model’s response to a prompt about Windows Update after a couple of days of training.With something as subjective as text generation, it is hard to know how far to go with training a model. That’s particularly true because each time a prompt is submitted, you’ll get a different response. If you want to get some plausible or amusing answers, your best bet is to generate several samples for each prompt and look through them yourself. In the case of the Windows Update prompt, we fed the model the same prompt after another few hours of training, and it looked like the extra work might have been helpful:After another few hours of training, here is the best of the samples when given the same prompt about Microsoft Windows.Here’s Why Unsupervised Models are So CoolI was impressed, but not blown away, by the raw predictive performance of GPT-2 (at least the public version) compared with simpler solutions like textgenrnn. What I didn’t catch on to until later was the versatility. GPT-2 is general purpose enough that it can address a wide variety of use cases. For example, if you give it pairs of French and English sentences as a prompt, followed by only a French sentence, it does a plausible job of generating translations. Or if you give it question-and-answer pairs, followed by a question, it does a decent job of coming up with a plausible answer. If you generate some interesting text or articles, please consider sharing, as this is definitely a learning experience for all of us.Now Read:Google Fed a Language Algorithm Math Equations. It Learned How to Solve New OnesIBM’s resistive computing could massively accelerate AI — and get us closer to Asimov’s Positronic BrainNvidia’s vision for deep learning AI: Is there anything a computer can’t do? Popular Memes That Completely Destroyed Innocent Lives ‘Inside Out’ Things Your Kids Will Never Pick Up On Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Banned Jon Favreau Has a Funny Idea for ‘Iron Man 4’ We Now Fully Understand the Bizarre Finale of ‘Friends’ Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous 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. 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Nvidia Built One of the Most Powerful AI Supercomputers in 3 Weeks

first_img By Adam Dachis on June 20, 2019 at 10:08 am Tagged In carsnvidiaartificial intelligenceaineural networkssupercomputersself-drivingdeep learningautonomous vehiclestensor coresNvidia DGX-2superpod Post a Comment 11 Comments 11 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Autonomous vehicles: they’re not perfect and sometimes they kill people. But they also hold the promise of safer transportation—and far fewer jobs—in the relatively near future. To help these vehicles upgrade their intelligence from causing fatal accidents to preventing them, Nvidia created the DGX SuperPod, an AI-optimized supercomputer that can help design a better self-driving car.Nvidia made it very clear it wants to be amongst the leaders in artificial intelligence and decided to build a supercomputer to demonstrate that. It only took the company three weeks to build by connecting 96 Nvidia DGX-2H supercomputers with Mellanox interconnect technology. You can actually buy it, too, if the novelty of your sixth yacht has worn off and you have $435,000 burning a hole in your pocket.  That’s how much one DGX-2H costs at list price. The DGX SuperPod uses 96 of them. If you want to make a self-driving car, it seems Nvidia thinks it’ll cost somewhere in the ballpark of $41,760,000 to get started with the best hardware. Clearly, these systems were designed for large corporations.Image credit: NVIDIAWith 1,536 Nvidia V100 Tensor Core GPUs, the SuperPod packs a lot of power for a relatively small system (by supercomputer standards). Nevertheless, if you want people to invest in anything that expensive you might want to prove that it’s up to the toughest of tasks. That’s why Nvidia decided to make its SuperPod build assist in solving one of the most difficult problems in AI.Autonomous vehicles require an enormous amount of training data compared with technologies that use similar image classification models for other purposes (e.g. diagnostic medicine). The AI in a self-driving car isn’t looking for something specific and it needs to consider all of its surroundings and understand them well enough to safely function. That amounts in approximately one terabyte of data per vehicle per hour and the AI that powers autonomous vehicles needs to retrain itself continuously over time using data from an entire fleet. Nvidia decided to demonstrate how its SuperPod can help expedite the processing of training data measured in petabytes:The system is hard at work around the clock, optimizing autonomous driving software and retraining neural networks at a much faster turnaround time than previously possible.  For example, the DGX SuperPod hardware and software platform takes less than two minutes to train ResNet-50. When this AI model came out in 2015, it took 25 days to train on the then state-of-the-art system, a single Nvidia K80 GPU. DGX SuperPOD delivers results that are 18,000x faster.  While other TOP500 systems with similar performance levels are built from thousands of servers, DGX SuperPOD takes a fraction of the space, roughly 400x smaller than its ranked neighbors.While the DGX-2H happens to perform best using ResNet-50, those numbers would remain impressive when scaled for just about any image classification model. You should expect impressive performance from a multi-million dollar system, but accomplishing that at such a small (relative) size it’s clear why Nvidia has remained dominant the AI hardware market.What kind of advancements might such capable hardware lead to?  Nvidia demonstrated that as well with a new and more accurate method of calculating distance from objects in three-dimensional space so autonomous vehicles can more easily prevent collisions.Nvidia explains some of the key areas where this new approach helps to improve safety:[W]e use convolutional neural networks and data from a single front camera. The DNN is trained to predict the distance to objects by using radar and lidar sensor data as ground-truth information. Engineers know this information is accurate because direct reflections of transmitted radar and lidar signals pro precise distance-to-object information, regardless of a road’s topology.  By training the neural networks on radar and lidar data instead of relying on the flat ground assumption, we enable the DNN to estimate distance to objects from a single camera, even when the vehicle is going up or down hill.It seems like Nvidia has some new advancement in artificial intelligence on almost a weekly basis—even if it’s just a more efficient method of turning your dog into a lion. Perhaps that’s because the company can build one of the most efficiently powerful supercomputers in the world in three weeks. When you don’t have to wait very long to process an enormous amount of data, you can quickly test new ideas and find the optimal solution a lot faster. You just need around $40 million dollars to get started.Top image credit: NvidiaNow read:Nvidia Crushes Self to Take AI Benchmark CrownGoogle’s EfficientNet Offers up to a 10x Boost in Image Analysis EfficiencyNvidia AI Turns Doodles Into Realistic Landscapes<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Banned The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Paul Walker’s Daughter is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 20 Nvidia Built One of the Most Powerful AI Supercomputers in 3 Weeks Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 41shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 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Jump Start for 5G Era is not Limited to Fast Speed And

first_img“Jump Start” for 5G Era is not Limited to Fast Speed, And China Mobile MIGU Aspires to Emerge as 5G+ UHD Ecosystem Booster PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 3:39 pmJuly 2, 2019 5G license5G UHD Arena5G+UHD experiencesMarketing TechnologyMWCNewsTechnology Previous ArticleNew Study: “Digital Natives” Value Brick and Mortar Stores More Than Their Parents or GrandparentsNext ArticleBelgian Telecom Provider Speeds Delivery of Customer Services with Oracle MWC 2019 officially closed the curtain in Shanghai. This was not only the first industry-wide event after 5G license is officially issued in China, but also a technology carnival with full coverage of the world’s largest 5G network. Three major Chinese operators, domestic and international mainstream communication equipment manufacturers and headphone brands showcased their latest technologies and products.UHD will be such an industry that launches a thorough transformation in the wake of 5G Era, which is also closely related to cultural and entertainment life of individual users. During the three-day MWC 2019, which 5G+UHD experiences have been made available to individual users? Which industry challenges and opportunities have been revealed thanks to the worldwide industry heavyweights’ brainstorming and wisdom pooling?Experience: 5G+ UHD Immersive Experience Available to EveryoneThere were seven exhibition pavilions of MWC 2019. As expected by Organizers, 60,000 professionals from 110 countries and regions attended, and 550 exhibitors supplied exhibits for exhibition. During this three-day event, “Global 5G Immersive Experience Exhibition” undoubtedly gained the highest popularity, which was organized by China Mobile and co-organized by MIGU and Global Virtual Reality Organizing Committee.In front of the first 8K MIGU Cinema in China, guests and visitors queued up at any time. Since the first Chinese-style 8K film Dance of a Dream premiered on June 26, 20 sessions were filled to capacity every day. Many experiencers marvel at the immersive experience of this 8K film.Focusing on various scenarios of daily cultural consumption (such as entertainment, sports, games, etc), MIGU also set up “5G UHD Arena”, “Museum in Movement”, “Panda 5G Paradise”, “5G Virtual Reality” and other exhibition areas together with NBA China, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chinese Museum Association and other sports and entertainment IP partners, showing off skills in the basketball training camp supported by holographic training system, taking a millennium boat to play the game of Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival through VR, and directly watching cute giant panda Gun Gun to eat bamboo branches thousands of miles away under 5G+4K+VR. For the first time, 5G+ UHD immersive experience was available for users in a lifelike manner.It is worth mentioning that 5G UHD video, 5G UHD video polyphonic ringtone, 5G UHD fast games and other three 5G+ UHD innovative applications also made their debut on the scene, thereby offering the experiencers with HD imagination spaces under more scenarios.Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking PlatformsCruxes: Lack of UHD Content and Three Major Pain Spots of the Whole Industry5G greeted users earlier than the expected schedule. At MWC Barcelona in late February 2019, 5G was placed in a glass showcase together with another star product: folding-screen smartphone. Just four months later, 5G’s advancement made rapid progress in MWC 2019 Shanghai. In addition to 5G+ UHD experience in the pavilions, 5G products are also unveiled. On June 27, China Mobile released the first 5G phone card in MWC 2019 Shanghai, which is called as “Huaka“. Its lowest pricing package of RMB10/month aroused the widespread attention of the whole industry. This is another important move after China Mobile announced “5G+ Plan” for the purpose of spreading 5G on the mass consumer market.However, although China’s 5G construction capability has already taken the lead in the world, the pace of 5G+ is still hindered by some cruxes, especially in UHD segment with pioneering efforts for 5G applications. At Global 5G UHD Industry Summit during MWC 2019, which was jointly organized by MIGU, Shanghai Jinqiao (Group) Co., Ltd. and Global Virtual Reality Conference Organizing Committee, leaders of Huawei, Sony China, Cameron Pace Group, BesTV, China Sports Media, China UHD Video Industry Alliance, 5G Multimedia Innovation Alliance and other worldwide UHD put their heads together and discussed the challenges and opportunities for the industry.Three major pain spots of the whole industry are insufficient supply of UHD video capabilities, shortcomings of key technologies (such as acquisition and production) and no popularization of consumer-grade terminals at the user level. Wang Bin, CEO of MIGU Video, pointed out that these pain spots lead to the immature UHD industry chain.Yan Xing, Vice President of Industry Development, Huawei Technologies, also pointed out: “Currently, 80 operators draw blueprints for UHD video services all over the world. There are 200 UHD video channels overseas, but there are only two UHD video channels in China“. According to him, from another perspective, the existing pain spots of 5G+ UHD industry really affords important opportunities, and the most important opportunity lies in UHD Content Production.Wen Xiaojun, Secretary-general of China UHD Video Industry Alliance, also commented that consumer-grade terminal mode and closed loop haven’t taken shape up to now. The business model between upstream production content, TV stations and consumers hasn’t been completely integrated. It is uncertain when these things will occur in the market.Marketing Technology News: Anexinet Continues Growth Under New OwnershipPromising Outlook: Joining Hands with Partners to Jointly Build an Ecosystem and Be Poised to 5G+ Wave with Tremendous CourageFaced with the existing pain spots of 5G+ UHD industry and the increasingly fierce global 5G competition, with a view to corner overtaking in 5G+ Era, Chinese enterprises should not only take fast pace, but also promote the all-round development and balanced development of the industry, and work together to build a favorable ecosystem.In this regard, MIGU makes full preparations. China Mobile will invest RMB3 billion to implement a plan of “5G+ UHD Enabling Digital Content Industry Innovation and Development”, which will be put into practice by MIGU. As an all-scenario immersive platform affiliated to China Mobile, MIGU has been deeply involved in video, music, reading, animation, game and other content segments for nearly five years. MIGU tapped into sports content industry during the FIFA World Cup 2018. Up to now, MIGU presents 350 live 4K sports events and live artistic performances, while its HD content library ranks first in the industry.Committed to boosting ecosystem construction of 5G UHD industry, MIGU initiated the establishment of 5G Multimedia Innovation Alliance (5MII), the first-ever alliance for digital content in China. 5MII not only comprises the entire industry chain of digital content production, transmission, dissemination and consumption, but also vigorously pushes forward media technology application and business model innovation in the context of 5G. Currently, 44 industry partners have been united of one mind. Two standards have been submitted to International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and projects have been approved for initiation. Nearly 20 collaboration research tasks have been carried out. A number of key project achievements have been made. The y new impetus has been injected into innovation and development of digital content industry.The seed, sowed by China Mobile in the field of UHD, has already broken through the soil and sprouted. With the advent of the first year of Commercial 5G, MIGU, which boasts dual advantages of 5G+ UHD technology and content, will further thrive by leaps and bounds. In order to help strengthen the UHD content production pool, during MWC 2019, MIGU also signs contracts with China Hualu Group Co., Ltd., Mango Excellent Media Co., Ltd., Wanda Film Holding Co., Ltd., International Skating Union, Real Club Deportivo Espanyol, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and other partners, with a view to profoundly figuring out sports and entertainment IP content, expanding 5G+ UHD ecosphere and promoting sound development of the industry ecosystem.Marketing Technology News: Connected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem: ExtremLatest Video Benchmarks Report Shows 49% of Video Ad Impressions Going to CTVIn addition, MIGU has also launched 5G+UHD Video Industry Demonstration Base together with Administration Committee of Jinqiao Economic and Technological Development Zone and Shanghai Jinqiao (Group) Co., Ltd. Three parties will jointly establish a national-level UHD joint laboratory. This is of great significance for propelling two-way enabling of 5G technology and UHD, exerting superposition effect and accelerating the innovation and development of China’s UHD industry.The unveiling of 5G and the growth of MIGU simultaneously take place. As the national team in the new media industry, MIGU will unswervingly insist on openness and integration, join hands with all partners to solve the industry development problems, and be poised to 5G+ UHD wave with tremendous courage.last_img read more

MarTech RADAR 2019 Top 250 B2B Technology Companies You Should Follow

first_imgOur MarTech Radar 2019 Brings You The Top 250 B2B Technology Companies That We Believe Would Continue to Excite Us the Most With Their Cutting– dge Insights, Events, Content, and Product Updates.According to a survey, 71% Martech leaders agree that their company lacks sufficient in-house martech talent; 61% of the IT leaders acknowledge lack of enough MarTech training and learning resources for Marketing professionals in dealing with traditional and advanced Martech stacks.Why MarTech Training?Last year, we published the MarTech RADAR 150 Technology landscape for B2B marketing and sales companies based on an extensive research and marketing analytics. In the last twelve months, a lot has changed in the MarTech landscape as we saw some significant mergers and acquisitions in 2018. In 2019, we have expanded our horizon to include a few more companies in the Marketing Technology RADAR. This year we are also including MarTech Training, Learning and Development Platforms that share abundant resources for Marketing and Sales professionals.Why?Because, Marketing Technology is no longer a dish of tech supremacy – but more of a cultural clash between companies that can provide smarter, personalized and highly contextual Customer Experience. And, it is only possible to deliver on promises when MarTech professionals train right with tools, technologies and read best content available from vendors, magazines and events.We had an exciting time re-evaluating* what our MarTech RADAR companies did versus the rest in the B2B tech space.Our research and listing was based on Accenture’s 4R Personalization Framework. Accenture had put forth ‘4R’ to guide MarTech companies in curating individual-centric contextual content and omni-channel services.PERSONALIZATION AT SCALEHere is your MarTech RADAR 250 that we hope have a lot to offer and why you should keep an eye on them.Marketing Clouds for Total Customer Experience Management (The Big Five)SalesforceGenesysSAPOracle Marketing CloudAdobe Experience CloudMarketing Automation HubSpotPardotSalesfusionSharpSpringMailChimpAct-OnSelligent Marketing CloudActiveCampaignMaropostGetResponseAdestraDemandforceZaiusOracle Eloqua and Oracle ResponsysZohoMarketoNetcore Marketing AutomationMauticDrip Ecommerce CRMKeap (earlier Infusionsoft)LeadSquaredLead Liasionbpm’onlineGleanViewListrak3D Interactive Sales & Marketing, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality ApplicationsBlipparKaon InteractiveWorldVizMarxent LabsSmart2VRTRIVVERVARJOCustomer Data Platforms and Customer Intelligence IgnitionOneArm Treasure DataLyticsSegmentExperianAcxiomTealiumBlueConicIPONWEBOptimoveHull.ioSimon DataCaliberMindNGDataAmperityAgilOneMarketing Performance ManagementAllocadiaBiziblePercolateHive9AprimoAnaplanSAS Marketing OpsAdobe CampaignBrightfunnelInfor MRMContent Marketing and EngagementUberflipKapostSnapAppLookBookHQ(rebranded as PathFactory, as on 5 May 2018)CurataUpContentOutbrain AmplifyContentlySprinklrHootsuiteOracle Content and Experience CloudMapp DigitalShowpadSABIOCheetah DigitalEvent Management and TrackingCertain Event AutomationetouchesRegOnline by CventEventbriteBizzaboHubbSplashEventogySymphonyEventsforceHubiloDryfta Predictive Analytics and Sales Intelligence ToolsMintigoEverStringInfer by IgniteRadiusDiscoverOrgFICO PredictiveAmbitionCien6SenseClariDatahugQymatixLookerTableauInfusionsoftTopOPPSLeadspacePegaSeismicInsideSales.comGoodDataLeanPlumNeustarData Science, Visualization, and Marketing Analytics (The 16) TIBCOStatisticaTeralyticsMapD TechnologiesBuxton Analytics AlteryxTolunaLatentViewDatoramaChartioInformaticaDataFoxZilliant IQDataXuSwrveZementis Media Intelligence and Social Media MonitoringCisionTalkwalkerMeltwaterTrendKiteSysomosSynthesioBrandwatchSprout SocialSendibleNetBaseCrimson HexagonTrack MavenUnion MetricsUnmetricSocialbakersAudienseNUVISimply MeasuredAgoraPulse Conversational Marketing— Chatbots, Voice Assistants, Contact Center AutomationDriftZendeskFreshdeskAtlassianRingCentralChatfuelNewVoiceMediaSalesmachineAudience Data and Identity ResolutionJanrainTriton DigitalEvergageTru SignalOktaBitiumOneLoginLogMeInYsanceSimilarWebSmarterHQMonetateDynamic YieldVideo Marketing for B2BWistiaTwentyThreeAnimotoVidyardBrightcoveSproutVideoKnovio- Knowledge VisionInnovidBombBombZypeOoyalaKalturaVimeoPanoptoAdvertising, Post-Click Marketing and Ad Network Management ViralGainsOutbrain.comAdmixerJebbitInstapagePerfect AudienceQuadient Digital ExperienceDigital Asset ManagementAcquiaCantoWidenBynderWrikeSitecoreKenticoState-of-the-Art Artificial IntelligenceConversica Fractal AnalyticsInvocaDeepIntentUruSensoryProtagonistSalesBrainLyticsSentient AIEquals 3AivoIntercomAlexa for BusinessDigital Advertising and Live AnalyticsSpotXCriteo4C InsightsPubMaticMarin AnalyticsNielsen AnalyticsMarchexComscoreDataxuChoozleVerizon Media DSPMediaMathConversantThe Trade DeskQuantcastViant Advertising CloudSteelhouse EdgeVungleXaxisPixabilityTeadsVideo Conferencing GoToMeetingZoom Video ConferencingRingCentralSkype for BusinessCiscoWebexBlueJeansUberConferenceZoho MeetingFree Conference CallPolycomFuzeQumuMarTech and SalesTech TrainingMedill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing CommunicationsArke UniversityHubSpot Academy LinkedIn Sales NavigatorSalesforce Trailhead / Salesforce Learning CentreAdobe eLearningContent Marketing Institute(CMI)ITSMA Account-Based Marketing Certification and Mentoring Program Demandbase ABMMarketo UniversityGartner Marketing TechnologyTo participate in our editorial programs, drop us a line at news@martechseries.com Adobe Experience CloudAugmented RealityCustomer Data Platformscustomer experienceGenesysmarketing automationMarketing TechnologyMarTech RADAR 2019Oracle Marketing Cloudsales & marketingSalesforceSAPvirtual reality Previous ArticleAdoreboard Recognised as a 2019 Gartner ‘Cool Vendor ‘in Artificial Intelligence for Customer AnalyticsNext ArticleFrost & Sullivan Names Luminati the 2019 Global Market Leader in the Enterprise IP Proxy Networks Market MarTech RADAR 2019: Top 250 B2B Technology Companies You Should Follow Sudipto Ghosh6 hours agoJuly 23, 2019 last_img read more

Palo Alto Networks Completes Acquisition of Twistlock

first_img Acquisitioncloud-native technologiesMarketing Technology NewsNewsNikesh AroraPalo Alto NetworksTwistlock Previous ArticleKaltura Introduces Industry’s Most Advanced Video Analytics Platform To Drive Actionable Business Insights from Video DataNext ArticleAT&T Invests More Than $100 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in San Joaquin County Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, announced that it has completed its acquisition of Twistlock, the leader in container security, to extend its Prisma™ cloud security strategy. This acquisition will further advance the company’s ability to secure today’s modern applications throughout the entire life cycle, enabling organizations to deliver innovations that are secure, reliable, and scalable.“As a growing number of organizations move their business to the cloud, developers increasingly rely on cloud-native technologies such as containers and serverless infrastructure to accelerate the development, testing, and deployment of modern applications and services,” said Nikesh Arora, CEO of Palo Alto Networks. “We are excited to welcome Twistlock to Palo Alto Networks. With Twistlock’s market-leading container security capabilities, we are more confident than ever in our ability to enable a secure journey to the cloud for our customers.”Marketing Technology News: Veritonic Launches First Audio Score For Marketers To Understand Relative Power Of Their Creative AssetsTwistlock combines vulnerability management, compliance, and runtime defense for cloud-native applications and workloads. The company serves more than 300 customers, with more than a quarter of those on the Fortune 100 list. Twistlock co-founders, Ben Bernstein and Dima Stopel, will join Palo Alto Networks. Twistlock will continue to be available as a standalone product and will also be integrated into Prisma Public Cloud.Containers are a fast-growing software development infrastructure option. The technology packages code, configurations, and dependencies, enabling organizations to deliver software more quickly and easily.Marketing Technology News: AccuWeather Continues Rapid Expansion with Relocation of Global Office in New York CityPalo Alto Networks paid approximately $410 million in cash, excluding purchase price adjustments, to acquire Twistlock. The company announced another addition to its Prisma cloud security suite with the completion of its acquisition of PureSec, a leader in serverless security, on June 13, 2019. With the acquisitions of Twistlock and PureSec, customers migrating to the cloud can now rely on Prisma to secure all types of cloud workloads and architectures, across multiple public cloud provider platforms, as well as private and hybrid cloud environments.Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public Offering Palo Alto Networks Completes Acquisition of Twistlock PRNewswireJuly 10, 2019, 3:56 pmJuly 10, 2019 last_img read more

After ModiShah Rap Pragya Thakur Opts for Selfimposed Ban to Observe 63Hour

first_imgBhopal: BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate Pragya Singh Thakur, who recently kicked up a row with some of her remarks, on Monday apologised for it and said she is observing “silence” for 63 hours as a mark of penance.Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, said she felt it was now time for some “soul searching”. The BJP leader last week courted controversy by calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot”.Prior to it, she claimed that the then Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks due to her “curse”.Taking a dim view of her remarks on Godse, the BJP said it did not agree with her.Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he will never forgive Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi.An aide of Thakur told PTI that she began observing a ’21 prahar maun’ (63 hours silence) from Monday morning.Thakur, in a tweet, also apologised for her remarks. “After the poll process, time has arrived for soul searching. During this period, if my words have hurt the patriots, I apologise for it. As per the decorum of public life and to repent, I am observing a 21-prahar silence and will undergo hard penance,” she said in a tweet in Hindi.Following some of Thakur’s controversial statements, the Election Commission had imposed a 72-hour ban on her from campaigning in the Lok Sabha polls. BJPHemant KarkareLok Sabha elections 2019Mahatma Gandhi First Published: May 20, 2019, 4:41 PM ISTlast_img read more

Dilip Ghosh to Follow Titfortat Policy to Counter Mamata Brigade in Bengal

first_img BJPdilip ghoshLok Sabha elections 2019Mamata Banerjee First Published: May 24, 2019, 5:11 PM IST Kolkata: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh Friday criticised TMC for allegedly letting loose violence on the party’s workers in the state since the Lok Sabha polls and said BJP would follow the ‘tit for tat’ policy to counter it.He urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to take her party’s poor showing in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls in the “right spirit”. “The TMC is unable to concede defeat. It should take the results in the right spirit. If TMC tries to use violence as a tool to intimidate and attack our workers then we will answer them in the same coin. We will follow the policy of tit-for-tat,” Ghosh said.He along with several other BJP MPs from Bengal were felicitated at the party’s state headquarters.The people have given Banerjee a “befitting reply” for her arrogance, Ghosh said and claimed that the opposition candidates and leaders were heckled and assaulted by TMC goons in an unprecedented way.”The people of Bengal have reposed their faith in us. They want an end to TMC’s misrule in Bengal and have chosen BJP as an alternative,” he said.Asked whether BJP would allow entry to TMC leaders who would like to switch over, he said the doors of the party are open for those who want to fight against TMC.Bengal like the rest of the country witnessed a saffron surge on Thursday with the BJP winning 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, up from just two in 2014.TMC has won 22 seats this time, down from 34 in 2014.The saffron party also gave the TMC a run for its money bagging 40.25 per cent of the vote share counted so far compared to 43.28 per cent clinched by TMC. last_img read more

Assam Cong Committee Chief Submits Resignation After Humiliating Defeat

first_imgThe Rashtrapati Bhavan in a communique on Sunday said that President Ram Nath Kovind would administer the oath of office and secrecy to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Council of Ministers at 7 pm on May 30.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier in the day called PM Modi to congratulate him on his massive victory in the Lok Sabha elections, reiterating Islamabad’s desire to work with Delhi.In his first bilateral meeting after a resounding victory in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Maldives next week. Earlier today, Modi met Vice-president Venkaiah Naidu as well as Jaganmohan Reddy, chief of the YSRCP that trumped Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra Pradesh. With Reddy, Modi discussed issues of special status of Andhra Pradesh and the state’s finances.Modi is all set for a packed schedule with visits to Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh after the BJP crossed the 300 figure in a stunning victory. He is first scheduled to visit Ahmedabad with BJP chief Amit Shah where he will meet his mother Heeraba and the state party unit.He will then visit his constituency Varanasi where he will seek blessings at Kashi Vishwanath temple and then attend a ‘karyakarta sammelan’ at Deendayal Hastkala Sankul.last_img read more

Govt Spent Rs 4348 Crore over 5 Years to Propagate Hindi Worldwide

first_img external affairsHindimeaofficial language First Published: July 4, 2019, 8:49 PM IST New Delhi: The Union government has made “sustained efforts” to publicise Hindi and spent Rs 43.48 crore over the past five years to propagate the language worldwide through diplomatic missions and posts, the External Affairs Ministry said Thursday.Responding to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs V Muraleedharan said the government has made sustained efforts for acceptance of Hindi as an official language of the United Nations and its propagation across the world. According to UN’s procedure, getting Hindi accepted as an official language involves adoption of a resolution by the General Assembly with at least two-thirds of its membership. Besides, the additional expenditure will have to be borne by all UN member-states.Muraleedharan said the government has allocated and spent Rs 43.48 crore over five years to publicise Hindi worldwide through diplomatic missions and posts abroad.”The details of the funds spent over the last five years are: Rs 2.88 crore (2014-15); Rs 10.88 crore (2015-16); Rs 5.01 crore (2016-17); Rs 3.54 crore (2017-18) and Rs 21.17 crore (2018-19),” he said.He said India signed an MoU with the UN Secretariat in March 2018 for an initial period of two years to increase the volume and frequency of Hindi content produced by the UN.”In July 2018, UN launched Hindi versions of its social media content on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Hindi website of UN News was initiated on the occasion of World Hindi Day in January 2019. The UN News audio bulletins in Hindi (UN Radio) are being released on a weekly basis,” he said.Listing out the steps, the minister said Indian leaders have delivered statements at the UN in Hindi, including the prime minister’s statement at the 69th UN General Assembly in September 2014 and at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015 and a World Hindi Secretariat has been set up in Mauritius since February 2008 to promote Hindi as an international language.He said efforts to propagate Hindi worldwide are also being made by our diplomatic missions abroad in coordination with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations through activities such as establishment of chairs of Hindi language in universities abroad, scholarship and fellowships to foreign students to study Hindi, internationally distributed publications such as “Gagananchal”, and holding of international conferences pertaining to Hindi. ​last_img read more

Autonomous Smart Desk 3 has a sideways touchscreen

first_imgThe Autonomous Smart Desk 3 has an embedded touchscreen display that’ll tell you when to stand up or sit down. This desk is also a standing desk – as you might have guessed – that’s motorized for ease in rising. It’s the touchscreen, though, that I’ve found strangest – as it’s embedded at an angle, aimed at the user in the center. Story TimelineStir Kinetic Desk pairs Fitbit for height-adjustable health trackingNextDesk CrossOver makes any desk a standing deskThis desk changed my lifeUpDesk UpWrite Standing Desk ReviewLifeSpan TR1200-DT7 Treadmill Desk Review: Because sitting is killing you This touchscreen device does not run Android, as you might expect. Instead it runs Autonomous OS 1.0, and connects with Bluetooth (for music) and Wi-Fi (for internet). This touchscreen requires its own power (of course), which is provided by a cord which runs under the desk. This touchscreen connects wirelessly (with Bluetooth) to the user’s smartphone to interact with a variety of apps. It can connect to both Android and iOS operating systems, and has a variety of functions right out the box.While this touchscreen’s processing does equate to somewhat of an artificial intelligence, it isn’t exactly Autonomous’ first. Back in 2015 we covered the very first Autonomous Desk, and its humble beginnings. This most recent SmartDesk 3 works with a lowest height of 24-inches (609mm) and a highest height of 50-inches (1270mm). It’s made with industrial-grade steel and has a lifting power of 300 lbs. This desk is available in three different colors: Black, White, or Grayscale.The Autonomous SmartDesk 3 is available for purchase through Autonomous’s store online. They can be found at Autonomous (dot) AI, and they’ve got the desk available for $500 as an “early bird special”, after which it’ll be $600 USD.Of note – this desk is exceedingly similar to a desk we’ve seen in the past. Have a peek at the Stir Kinetic Desk M1 and see what you make of it. Stir decided to place their touchscreen straight-on – wild!center_img It makes sense, when you think about where you’d put a tablet on a desk. The tablet wouldn’t necessarily sit flush with the desk’s edge, it’d be aimed sideways, aimed at you. That’s what the folks at Autonomous have decided to run with for their own embedded (read: non-moving) touchscreen display. last_img read more

Airbus A380 aircraft deliveries to end in 2021

first_imgAirbus is one of the biggest manufacturers of aircraft for commercial aviation in the world. The company has announced that it will be ending production of the A380 aircraft in 2021. The end of production for the aircraft comes as Emirates airlines decide to reduce the number of A380 aircraft it had ordered by 39 units. As Emirates cut its A380 orders, it ordered 40 A330neo and 30 A350 commercial aircraft. With the Emirates order reduction, Airbus says that it has no substantial backlog of aircraft despite the sales efforts with other airlines in recent years. Airbus notes that the consequences of its decision to end production in 2021 is embedded in its 2018 full year results.Airbus says that the A380 is an “outstanding engineering and industrial achievement” it also notes that passengers globally love to fly on the aircraft. It says that the announcement of the end of production for the aircraft is “painful for us.”Airbus’ Tom Enders noted that the A380 aircraft will be flying for many years to come and that Airbus will continue to support the aircraft. Emirates notes that the A380 is its flagship aircraft and that the aircraft contributed to its success over the years.Another consequence of the end of the A380 comes in workers who are in that A380 supply chain. Airbus says that it will start discussions with its social partners in the coming weeks to talk about the positions potentially impacted over the next three years. The end of production could put as many as 3,500 workers out of a job. The ramp-up of the A320 aircraft and new orders from Emirates will mean a “significant number” of internal mobility opportunities according to Airbus.last_img read more

Windows 10 May 2019 Update released What you should know

first_imgStory TimelineAlexa finally gets hands-free support on Windows 10Install Windows on a Chromebook in 2019: Campfire dead, what still works?Korean government is moving from Windows to Linux The next major Windows 10 update has been released, Microsoft announced on Tuesday. Users can download the Windows 10 May 2019 update starting today, though Microsoft cautions that it is taking a ‘measured and throttled approach’ to the release. Users who want the update as soon as possible can manually check for downloads; everyone else can keep tabs on the release through Windows release health dashboard. Though the Windows 10 May 2019 update (version 1903) is now rolling out to all users, Microsoft is issuing the update very slowly. The ample caution follows a long release preview phase that aimed to avoid the overlooked bug issue that impacted the version 1809 rollout late last year. center_img In its wider release announcement today, Microsoft stressed that it is taking this release slowly in order to ‘study device health data’ as availability increases. Some users will not immediately have access to the May 2019 release due this ‘throttled’ approach; anyone can manually check for the update now, however.To see whether you have the option to update, open Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update on your Windows 10 machine. Select “Check for updates” and, assuming you see the “Download and install now option,” initiate the update process. If you don’t see that option, according to Microsoft, you’ll need to wait until the update rolls your way.AdChoices广告The new Windows release health dashboard detailed in the video above is now available, as well. This dashboard provides the present rollout status for an update, as well as any issues known to impact it. Microsoft will use this new dashboard to release information about the May 2019 update’s progression.The new update separates Windows search and Cortana, adds the light Windows 10 theme previewed months ago, and adds a Windows sandbox features and Kaomoji support.last_img read more

Cadillac Super Cruise beats Tesla Autopilot in autonomous rankings

first_imgConsumer Reports (CR) recently ranked autonomous driving systems for the first time and in that test, it pitted Cadillac against Tesla, Nissan, and Volvo. Tesla’s Autopilot system is the partially autonomous driving tech that we hear about most, but Cadillac has a similar system called Super Cruise. In CR’s testing, the Cadillac system came out on top. Part of the reason CR ranked the Cadillac system higher is because it feels that the system does more to ensure the car is being operated safely and that the driver is paying attention. Both the Cadillac and Tesla system used similar hardware with cameras, radar, and other sensors. Mapping data is sometimes used to keep the cars moving on the intended path. Cadillac also has a camera that looks at the driver to ensure they are paying attention.While neither system is intended to provide autonomous operation, the systems can help reduce driver fatigue and prevent accidents in heavy traffic. The publication noted in its testing that these systems do add additional risk for drivers if the systems allow operation in situations where drivers feel as if they don’t need to pay attention.CR’s rankings put Cadillac Super Cruise first, Tesla Autopilot second, Nissan/Infiniti ProPilot Assist third, and Volvo Pilot Assist fourth. Nissan’s system good at keeping drivers engaged. Autopilot did outscore super Cruise in capability and performance, as well as ease of use. Autopilot scored lower than Super Cruise in being clear when safe to use, keeping the driver engaged, and handling unresponsive drivers. Test rankings for the Volvo system weren’t good, but it did outscore Tesla in keeping the driver engaged. CR went so far in testing as to call Volvo and ask why it was marketing its system for “autonomous driving” on its website and Volvo changed the wording.SOURCE: CRlast_img read more

2020 MercedesAMG CLA 45 debuts AMGs most powerful turbofour

first_img Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/km Story Timeline2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan first drive: Elegantly tech-savvyThe 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe is 4-door seduction Mercedes-AMG saves the real monster for Europe, however. The images you see here are of the Euro-spec CLA 45 S, tuned even further for 416 hp. That, sadly, isn’t coming stateside; still, what’s on offer for those in the market should be more than sufficient, the M139 paired with an equally-fresh eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. 4MATIC+ fully variable all-wheel drive with AMG torque control helps get you from zero to 60 in 4-seconds flat with launch control. While the CLA 45 isn’t a sports car by a purist’s definition, adding to the sportier driving experience is torque vectoring on the rear wheels. That allows for variable amounts of torque to be transferred to the front and rear, and then from left to right, according to traction, drive mode, and driving style.A fast car requires equally effective brakes. The CLA 45 pairs its 235/55 R 19 tires with 13.8-inch discs with four-piston calipers at the front, and nearly-matching 13-inch brake discs with single-piston calipers at the rear.AdChoices广告The unique all-wheel drive setup allows for an optionally available drift mode, for those seeking an even more thrilling driving experience. It pushes all of the power to the rear axle, trading grip for fun going sideways. Having experienced the E63’s rear-wheel bias on an ice track, I can first hand-attest to how much more entertaining it can be, just as long as you’ve got the right track to safely do so. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph, though buyers have the option to unleash the engine’s potent power for a higher top speed of 168 mph – and get adaptive dampers at the same time – by ticking the AMG Driver’s Package. Peak torque arrives at 4,750 rpm to 5,000 rpm, and the engine redlines at 7,200 rpm. In AMG’s eyes, the power band’s on par with a naturally aspirated engine. Differentiating from the A-Class, CLA owners enjoy more form-fitting seats – with red accent stitching to match the red seat belts – and an AMG steering wheel. Similar to Audi’s RS line, the instrument clusters display additional info that more engaged drivers might care about. Opting for the Track Pace package adds additional telemetry data: g force, throttle and brake position, on top of engine/oil, selected gear and track time. It’s all served up on the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, which is optional on the CLA 250.Mercedes’ dual display infotainment system is one of the best in the class. Alongside the driver’s instrumentation panel is a 10.25-inch touchscreen, from which you control all aspects of the vehicle. One of my favorite features is the natural-language voice control, which can handle not only vehicle settings but answer general knowledge questions and more. Just how far can you squeeze a turbo-four? If you’re Mercedes-AMG, then the answer is to record-setting levels, with the new M139 hailed as the world’s most powerful series-production turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. That’s found a home under the shapely hood of the new AMG CLA 45, where it’s good for 382 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. For those keeping track, that’s 7 hp more than the the first-generation CLA 45. Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/kmcenter_img Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/km On the outside, the CLA 45 gets AMG’s slatted Panamericana grille, with bigger lower air intakes integrated into the front bumpers. The wider-looking grille blends nicely into the the front fenders and new side skirts. At the rear, the CLA gets bigger diffusers with round-quad exhaust pipes, and a rear spoiler for more downforce.Going on sale at the end of the year, pricing for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, 35 and CLA 250 will be announced at a later date. Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/km Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,3-8,1 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 189-186 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.3-8.1 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 189-186 g/kmlast_img read more

First Edition May 23 2013

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. First Edition: May 23, 2013 Today’s headlines include various status updates about state activity regarding the health law’s online insurance marketplaces.  Kaiser Health News: Can My Insurer Deny Coverage For Care At An Out-Of-Network Hospital? (Video)Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews answers a reader question about emergency room and out-of-network hospital cost changes under the health law (5/23). Watch the video or read the transcript.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: 11 Insurers Want To Play Ball In Colorado’s MarketplaceNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Phil Galewitz reports: “Colorado became the latest state Wednesday to post proposed health insurance plans for its new online marketplace, which is slated begin enrolling people in coverage Oct. 1. What stands out is the number of plans being proposed. A total of 11 insurers are seeking approval to market about 250 health plans to individuals and small groups  in the state’s online marketplace under the federal health care overhaul” (Galewitz, 5/22). Check out what else is on the blog.The Wall Street Journal: Two States Seek Help With Health ExchangesTwo states that had planned to run their own health-insurance exchanges this fall are asking the federal government for help in the first year, a sign of the obstacles states face in carrying out a centerpiece of the health-care overhaul. Idaho and New Mexico had been among a few Republican-led states that had agreed to operate their own health exchanges, which will offer a variety of insurance plans for people who don’t have coverage otherwise (Dooren, 5/22).Los Angeles Times: UnitedHealth, Aetna And Cigna Opt Out Of California ExchangeSome prominent health insurers, including industry giant UnitedHealth Group Inc., are not participating in California’s new state-run health insurance market, possibly limiting the number of choices for millions of consumers. UnitedHealth, the nation’s largest private insurer, Aetna Inc. and Cigna Corp. are sitting out the first year of Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange and a key testing ground nationally for a massive coverage expansion under the federal healthcare law (Terhune, 5/22).Politico: Clock Ticking On Full Medicaid Expansion FundsStates still mired in the fight over the Obamacare Medicaid expansion are starting to give up on their first year of full funding — and it’s unclear whether they would be able to tap into the money before 2015. Expansion remains an open question in about a dozen states after months of legislative fights. As more states continue to wrap up their budgets, some are already looking to next year’s legislative sessions as their next shot at the expansion, even amid calls for state legislatures to return for special sessions (Millman, 5/23).The Wall Street Journal: Contraception Violates Beliefs, Firms Tell CourtTwo small-business owners challenging contraception-coverage mandates in the federal health-care law told a federal appellate court Wednesday the law would force them to violate their beliefs because they run their businesses in accordance with their religious faith. The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is the first federal appellate court to hear arguments in cases challenging the mandate that took effect last August for most employers to cover contraception, including the morning-after pill, in workers’ insurance plans without out-of-pocket costs (Kesling and Radnofsky, 5/22).The Washington Post: Some Business Owners Resist Providing Employees With Contraceptive CoverageReligiously devout business owners are waging a broad rebellion against providing their employees with contraceptive coverage, bringing dozens of lawsuits that seem certain to land the issue before the Supreme Court. The company owners say their religious beliefs take precedence over a new federal requirement, contained in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, that they give employees insurance that covers contraceptives (Barnes, 5/22).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Hobby Lobby Appeal Tests Limits Of Federal Birth-Control Coverage MandateIn the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill. The Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts chain argues that businesses — not just the currently exempted religious groups — should be allowed to seek exception from that part of the health law if it violates their religious beliefs (5/23).USA Today: Incentives Push Doctors To Electronic Medical RecordsMore than half of doctors’ offices and 80% of hospitals that provide Medicare or Medicaid will have electronic health records by the end of the year, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday (Kennedy, 5/22).The New York Times’ Bucks Blog: Family Medical Costs Still RisingThe good news is health care costs are going up more slowly. The bad news is that families continue to see larger medical bills. The typical cost to cover a family of four now exceeds $22,000, including the amount paid in insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, according to the latest Milliman Medical Index for 2013. Milliman, an actuarial and benefits consultant, puts the cost at slightly less than the amount a family might pay to send a child to an in-state public college for a year (Abelson, 5/22).Los Angeles Times: Geography Has A Role In Elective Surgery Decisions, Study FindsGeography plays a role in whether patients in California have elective operations such as joint replacement, weight loss surgery and gallbladder removal, according to a new study. The California HealthCare Foundation study showed wide variations in patient surgeries across the state (Gorman, 5/22).Los Angeles Times: Most Unionized UC Hospital Workers Go To Jobs Despite StrikeAs University of California patient care workers returned to the picket lines Wednesday, hospital administrators said they were gratified that so many others chose to come to work. More than three-quarters of union members who had been scheduled to work Tuesday did so, said Dianne Klein, spokeswoman for the UC office of the president. Hospital officials said they expected a similar turnout Wednesday (Gorman, 5/22).The Associated Press/Washington Post: American Samoa To Keep Frequent Flier Miles Of Government Travelers; Use For Sick, StudentsAmerican Samoa plans to take away frequent flier miles from government workers who travel on behalf of the U.S. territory and use the loyalty points to help medical patients and students travel off the islands when necessary (5/22). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.last_img read more

Analysts Predict Continued Medicare Cost Growth Slowdown

first_imgAs Medicare and Social Security’s trustees prepare to release their annual report Friday, USA Today reports that the rate of increase in overall Medicare spending could continue to slow because of the 2010 health law. The Associated Press reports that a slowed upward curve only delays a day of reckoning for the popular programs, however.USA Today: Analysts: Medicare Costs May Keep DecliningInnovations adopted and accelerated by the 2010 health care law will continue to force down overall Medicare costs, according to industry analysts and studies, even as the economy continues to improve. Those changes include new payment plans, improved efficiency and a move toward consumer-driven insurance plans that started before the law’s passage. They influenced the $618 billion drop in projected Medicare and Medicaid spending over the next decade that was reported May 15 by the Congressional Budget Office. That report showed that costs for the two programs in 2012 were 5 percent less than projected in early 2010, and the CBO data are expected to foreshadow the spending projections in the annual Medicare trustees report scheduled to be released this week (Kennedy, 5/30). The Associated Press: Social Security, Medicare Still Face Big ChallengeAs the U.S. recovery slowly gathers steam, federal deficits are finally coming down from their nosebleed $1 trillion-plus heights. That will postpone until fall a new budget showdown between Congress and the White House — and also will probably delay the days of reckoning, feared by millions of aging Americans, when Social Security and Medicare could become insolvent. Why does it matter? If those programs’ money dries up, benefits must be reduced. Some answers on future financial prospects should come Friday when trustees overseeing the two popular programs issue their annual report (Raum, 5/31). Analysts Predict Continued Medicare Cost Growth Slowdown This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

New Enrollment Figures Give Clearer View Of Exchange Efforts In States

first_imgNew Enrollment Figures Give Clearer View Of Exchange Efforts In States This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Officials in California, Maryland, Illinois, Kansas and Georgia give status checks on their online health insurance exchanges. In the meantime, officials in Oregon are pressuring their website contractor, Oracle, to speed up fixes to the marketplace as insurers consider extending deadlines there.Los Angeles Times: California Enrolls 107,000 In Obamacare Policies Through NovemberCalifornia’s health exchange has signed up 107,087 people in Obamacare policies through the end of November, federal data show, accounting for nearly a third of enrollment nationwide. The federal figures released Wednesday also show that 181,817 Californians have qualified for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program for the poor (Terhune, 12/11).The Washington Post: O’Malley, Back From A Trade Mission, Plans To Provide Update On Health Insurance RolloutMaryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who recently returned from a trade mission to Brazil and El Salvador, plans to brief the media on Thursday regarding the status of the state’s online health insurance exchange, an aide said. O’Malley’s expected appearance comes just two days after Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) addressed reporters on the same subject and declined to say whether the state would meet a mid-December target set by O’Malley to fix the major glitches that have hindered enrollments in private insurance plans (Wagner, 12/12). The Associated Press: Feds: More Than 7K Illinoisans Select Health Care PlansMore than 7,000 Illinois residents signed up for private insurance coverage in the first two months of the troubled healthcare.gov website, less than 30 percent of the federal government’s projection for the state’s enrollment at this point of the rollout (Johnson, 12/11).The Associated Press: Kansans Slow To Embrace Health Marketplace In Nov.Kansans remained slow to enroll in health insurance plans in November through the online marketplace set up under the federal health care overhaul, though enrollments did jump, figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed Wednesday (Hanna, 12/11).Georgia Health News: Exchange Enrollment Up, But Still Weak The number of Georgians signing up for a health plan through the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange increased to 6,859 by the end of last month, up from 1,390 as of Nov. 2, federal officials announced Wednesday. The rise in enrollees reflects, in part, a better-functioning federal website, which has been plagued with problems since ACA enrollment began Oct. 1. … November enrollment in the federally run exchanges — used in Georgia and 35 other states — was more than four times greater than October’s reported enrollment number, HHS said (Miller, 12/11).The Oregonian: Oregon’s Health Exchange Woes Spark Tension With Largest Contractor, Oracle Corp. After Oregon’s high-profile failure to build a functioning health insurance exchange, the already strained relations with its largest contractor, Oracle Corp., escalated into finger pointing and acrimony in November. Cover Oregon emails obtained by The Oregonian show that it enlisted a high-profile trio of political heavyweights for help as its website, which has cost more than $150 million, still didn’t work. Democrats Gov. John Kitzaber, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader took turns calling Oracle’s top executives on the carpet in October and November, demanding the technology giant deliver the functional health care exchange it had promised (Manning, 12/12). The Oregonian: Insurers Consider Extending Deadlines To Address Cover Oregon BacklogState officials and insurance carriers are looking at extending certain enrollment deadlines to deal with problems at the state’s overwhelmed health insurance exchange, one company executive said Wednesday. Insurance executives met Tuesday with state Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali and Cover Oregon director Bruce Goldberg to discuss ways the exchange can get more time to  work through its backlog of more than 30,000 applications. At least some insurance carriers tentatively agreed to push back the deadline they would take enrollment information from Cover Oregon from Dec. 23 to Dec. 30, said Dawn Bonder, chief executive officer and president of Health Republic Insurance, one of two new Oregon-based cooperatives (Hunsberger, 12/11).last_img read more