Epicor Unveils AIBased Virtual Agent

first_imgEpicor Unveils AI-Based Virtual Agent PRNewswireApril 17, 2019, 5:46 pmApril 17, 2019 artificial intelligentEpicorEpicor Virtual AgentMarketing TechnologyMicrosoft AzureNatural Language ProcessingNews Previous ArticleThe Stride Customer Data Platform Launches Engagement Engine That Enables Marketers to Build 1:1 Campaigns Without IT or EngineeringNext ArticleOnly 1 of 8 Outreach Emails Receive a Reply, New Study by Pitchbox and Backlinko Finds Deep Industry-Specific Application of Artificial Intelligence Technology Simplifies Interactions with Erp Systems, Automates Tasks, and Facilitates Faster OperationsEpicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, announced the release of Epicor Virtual Agent (EVA), its new enterprise-wide digital agent designed to help users work smarter and accelerate pace of operations across the business more easily.Developed to execute tasks and recommend, predict, and adjust actions within set parameters, EVA appears on-screen as a virtual assistant that users can access via text or voice. Along with cognitive skills such as text and voice, EVA transforms data into visual information creating an intuitive experience to complete actions on native devices. Powered by Natural Language Processing (NLP), users can access EVA from their mobile devices and the agent will deliver targeted information to help them make better, faster decisions.Beyond the request/response conversational experience, EVA also uses artificial intelligent (AI) capabilities to proactively deliver alerts and carry out targeted actions based on combinations of events, market statistics, and historical data. Designed to extend and support the workforce, EVA can contribute timely insights that improve accuracy, problem-spotting, and can even forecast and automatically adjust production or distribution levels in-line with customer demand.“New forms of interacting with business software solutions are a key to accelerating the pace of operations and improving the exchange of data and information,” said Scott Hays, senior vice president, product marketing at Epicor. “Having an intelligent agent at hand will help companies become more agile and responsive to unexpected events and rapidly changing customer demands.”According to industry analyst Gartner more than 50 percent of all people collaborating in Industry 4.0 ecosystems will use virtual assistants or intelligent agents to interact more naturally with their surroundings and with people by 2022. IDC predicts that by the same year, task-level intelligent applications (apps) that augment human efforts will account for 30 percent of the enterprise apps market. According to IDC, by 2027 the advances in unsupervised and reinforcement machine learning will enable cognitive/AI systems that can detect and sense their environment, learn independently, and make decisions on their own or provide humans with constraint-optimized recommendations.Marketing Technology News: SetSail Introduces Machine Learning-Powered Incentives to Enhance Sales Behavior and Accelerate Performance“With EVA, you interact naturally with your ERP system,” comments Hays. “It’s as easy as just talking or typing to a colleague. This makes the breadth and depth of the industry-specific functionality and information available inside the system directly accessible to a larger audience, boosting productivity and efficiency, and giving the company an improved return on their ERP investment.”Developed using AI services from Microsoft Azure, EVA can be added to all sizes and types of Epicor ERP implementations—on-premise as well as in the cloud. This ensures customers of any size, including small and medium-sized companies, can take advantage of innovative technologies that will help them grow their businesses.“As consumers we’re already familiar with conversational technology, EVA will be easy for users to start working with straight away. Furthermore, thanks to its machine learning component, the more you use EVA, the better it will work for you,” said Hays. “We are confident that using an artificial intelligence-based agent that has deep industry-specific applications will make their enterprise systems more predictive, adaptive, and proactive. EVA will enable customers of all sizes, regardless of their operating model, to increase productivity, work smarter, and grow their business in whatever direction they want in today’s Industry 4.0 ecosystem.”Marketing Technology News: Heartbeat Acquires Influencer Commerce Company, IconeryDuring its global user conference, Insights 2019, held in Las Vegas, Epicor showcased several industry-specific use cases for EVA.Manufacturing—using EVA to detect an anomaly early on in a production machine that, if left untouched, could lead to unplanned downtime and sub-standard product quality. Data from machines and IoT sensors, combined with Epicor ERP, provides a virtual nervous system that delivers AI-driven alerts from EVA to a mobile device. With just a few clicks on the device, the production manager can confirm suggestions from EVA to schedule preventive maintenance for a machine and shift production to other available machines.Distribution—enabling outside sales representatives to obtain instant and easy access to product, price, and availability information, and create a quote on a mobile device while meeting with a customer. This time-saving process is made possible by EVA’s conversational user interface (UI), based on natural language processing.Retail—making cross-sell and up-sell recommendations in real-time while helping a retail customer in the aisles to make a purchase decision, thanks to an AI-powered recommendation engine based on market analysis.Automotive Aftermarket—using AI to evaluate a massive dataset of vehicle registrations and parts failure trends by region, EVA is able to notify an auto parts distributor of specific parts that need an immediate increase in stock levels for selected regions due to a projected increase in demand.EVA will be available as part of the latest releases on Epicor ERP and Prophet 21, which are planned for general availability in May 2019.Marketing Technology News: itelligence UK Acquires Majority Stake of SAP Partner Weaveability Ltd.last_img read more

SAS Again Named a Leader for Multichannel Marketing Hubs in Gartners Magic

first_imgThe rise in artificial intelligence (AI)-powered marketing helps brands accelerate the value delivered from data to increase customer profitability, streamline marketing operations and foster brand loyalty. Embedded, AI-powered analytics and real-time decisioning capabilities featured in the SAS Customer Intelligence technology optimize every phase of the customer journey and ultimately elevate the customer experience.SAS believes its market advantage is confirmed by Gartner’s evaluation of SAS Customer Intelligence 360, a comprehensive multichannel marketing solution grounded in AI and machine learning processes. The company was positioned highest for ability to execute in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Multichannel Marketing Hubs.The solution’s advanced analytics functionality enables customer-level data and analysis, as well as predictive analytics, journey analytics and customer profile management. SAS Customer Intelligence 360 helps marketers exploit digital and offline data with practical self-learning AI applications and guided analytics for successful campaign orchestration.Marketing Technology News: SalesLoft Scoops $70 Million Series D to Fuel Growth in Sales TechnologyGartner says that Leaders “consistently do considerably better in overall multichannel marketing performance for basic and advanced campaigns, and for integration with digital marketing. They have high market visibility, high market penetration, strong market momentum and a strategic vision for growing the multichannel marketing hub business.” Gartner defines the multichannel marketing hub as a “technology that orchestrates a company’s communications with and offers to customer segments across multiple channels. These include websites, mobile, social, direct mail, call centers, paid media and email.”“AI is revolutionizing how marketing leaders can design and deliver customer experiences – synching digital and offline interactions,” said Wilson Raj, Global Director of Customer Intelligence for SAS. “AI and real-time decisioning is at the heart of SAS Customer Intelligence 360 – allowing brands to deliver personalization at scale, embrace a test-and-learn approach, and continuously engage with prospects and consumers efficiently.”Marketing Technology News: Bidalgo Launches Industry First Asset-Level Data for Google App Campaigns to Give App Marketers Greater Accuracy and ControlLearn more about elevating customer experiences with SAS Customer Intelligence. *Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Multichannel Marketing Hubs,” by Noah Elkin, Adam Sarner, Benjamin Bloom, Joseph Enever, Colin Reid. 18 April 2019.Marketing Technology News: Snap Inc. Names Kenny Mitchell Chief Marketing Officer SAS Again Named a Leader for Multichannel Marketing Hubs in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant 2019 PRNewswireApril 29, 2019, 6:18 pmApril 29, 2019 Artificial IntelligenceGartnerMagic QuadrantMarketing TechnologyMultichannel Marketing HubsNewsSAS Customer Intelligence Previous ArticleMuleSoft is the Only Company Named a Leader in Both the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) and the Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API ManagementNext ArticleBlis, WBR Insights and Future Stores Study Shows 91% of Retailers Are Embracing Digital Strategies to Build Loyalty to Physical Storeslast_img read more

For Marketing Video is Best Tool for Online Learning

first_imgPanopto has taken a different approach, building a unique video player optimized for online learning. And, we’re announcing new playback capabilities for mobile devices.On the desktop, our HTML5-based video player is already optimized for interactivity and active learning:Multi-camera support enables viewers to see the instructor and their content simultaneously, and also select from multiple camera angles or video feeds at any time during playback.Inside-video search enables viewers to find and fast forward to the precise moment that any word was spoken or shown in videos.Quizzing and live webpage embedding help improve knowledge retention and make video playback an interactive experience.Time-stamped, social notes enable viewers to bookmark important points in the video and collaborate with peers.And the built-in table of contents and thumbnails simplify navigation.But how does all this translate to mobile devices? According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index report, video already accounts for more than half of all mobile data traffic, and between 2017 and 2022, mobile online video is expected to grow 9-fold. Given this growth, there needs to be a mobile playback experience for online learning videos that doesn’t sacrifice interactive functionality on smaller form factors.So today we’re releasing a new video player for our mobile apps and embedded online playback.  The player sets a new standard for interactive video on smartphones, tablets, and when watching recordings embedded in learning management systems and other web pages.Marketing Technology News: Blackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing PlatformWhile watching videos on their phone, viewers can easily navigate with a built-in table of contents, search inside the video for any word spoken or shown, take time-stamped notes for future reference, leave a public comment on the video, and take quizzes. Of course, traditional playback functionality is still included, including rewind and fast-forward, volume control, closed caption display, and playback speed control. The interactive features are accessible in both portrait and landscape orientation.For your viewers, the new player provides a no-compromises video learning experience on mobile devices. And for your organization, the new player stands to increase video engagement, which ultimately leads to greater return on your video learning investment.Starting today, Panopto customers will automatically see the new player in mobile apps and embedded videos. The player is included with the Panopto subscription at no additional cost.Marketing Technology News: boostr Announces the End of Siloed Ad Sales and Operations with the General Release of its Omni-channel Order Management System (OMS) Yet, as important as video-based learning has become in the consumer, business, and education markets, online video players have largely remained stagnant over the years. Nearly every online video playback experience consists of a box embedded on a web page with basic controls for volume, rewind, fast-forward, caption display, and sometimes playback speed.Marketing Technology News: GCOM Software Announces Ernie Connon as New Chief Growth Officer Learning is by far the number one reason that people watch online videos. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 51 percent of YouTube users say that the site is very important to figuring out how to do things they haven’t done before. By contrast, only 28 percent of respondents said that the site was important for just passing the time for entertainment. And according to YouTube’s own data, 86% of viewers regularly tune in to learn something new. Marketing Technology NewsNewsPanoptoVideo player Previous ArticleSubmittable Raises $10 Million Series B to Transform the Application Submission and Review ProcessNext ArticleThe Wild Releases Oculus Quest Support, Opening The Door To Team-Wide VR Collaboration For Architecture and Design For Marketing, Video is Best Tool for Online Learning PRNewswire4 days agoJuly 22, 2019 last_img read more

Google Releases Android Q Beta 5 With Gesture Navigation Tweaks

first_img Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ Release Date Confirmed 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. Wesley Snipes Fans Have Something to Say About ‘Blade’ Reboot Tagged In smartphonesgoogleandroidmobilePixelandroid q Post a Comment 3 Comments A new version of Android Q is rolling out today, moving us one step closer to a final release. This fifth beta is also the first “release candidate” build of Android Q. Developers can test their apps against Beta 5 and feel confident they’ll work the same way on the final version launching later this summer. While the feature set of Android Q is pretty well fleshed out at this point, there are a few new things in Beta 5. Google says all developers should implement and test dark mode, gesture navigation, and foldable optimizations. That last point seems awfully optimistic considering Samsung hasn’t even managed to release its folding phone yet.A big chunk of Google’s efforts in Beta 5 revolve around the revamped gesture navigation. As Google announced at I/O this year, it will do away with the awkward two-button gesture nav that debuted in Pie. Instead, Android will move to an iOS-style gesture bar. This will, however, require some changes to the way Android currently works. Beta 5 includes the new Assistant shortcut that plays nicely with the gesture nav. Previously, you’d long-press the home button to access Assistant. In Beta 5, you can swipe in diagonally from the lower left or right corner to access Assistant. Google’s new back gesture (swipe in from the sides) looked like it would break navigation drawers in apps, but Google has a new peek behavior in Beta 5 that signals to users when they are interacting with the drawer rather than triggering the back gesture. Android Q’s gesture navigation will be a big change for Android.Google is also apparently admitting it doesn’t have a good solution for third-party home screen launchers. Features like the multitasking menu are part of the home screen, so they don’t work properly with replacements like Nova or Action Launcher. Users will have to use traditional button navigation with these launchers until Google develops a solution, which will happen in a post-launch update for Android Q. Android Q Beta runs on all Pixel phones, as well as some third-party devices. Google’s phones are getting OTA updates right now, but it’ll take a few days before other OEMs in the preview program get new builds ready. We’re expecting one more beta to launch in the coming weeks with very minor changes. After that, it’ll be time for the final release. That’s probably also when we’ll find out what Google has decided to name Android Q — its options are a lot more limited than with past letters.Now read:Google Just Shared an Image of the Unannounced Pixel 4Project Mainline Is Google’s Latest Attempt to Fix Android UpdatesAndroid Will Finally Have Dark Mode in Android Q ‘Legacies’ Season 2 Casts New Vampire As A Love Interest You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman By Ryan Whitwam on July 10, 2019 at 2:30 pm The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressed Google Releases Android Q Beta 5 With Gesture Navigation Tweaks 3 Comments ‘Far From Home’ Brought Back An Old Character No One Noticed Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depplast_img read more

Pureport Announces Feature Enhancements to Its OnDemand Cloud Connectivity Platform

first_imgNewFunctionality Includes Cloud Grade NAT for IP Address Conflict ResolutionMulticloud Networking Provider Pureport announced major feature enhancements to its Multicloud Fabric platform which enables seamless orchestration of private connectivity to the major cloud providers. Pureport’s Multicloud Fabric empowers businesses of all sizes to securely interconnect clouds, sites, and on-premises facilities in minutes, without the need for additional physical infrastructure.Multicloud, hybrid cloud, and multi-site networks are often configured with overlapping IP address ranges. To solve this common obstacle, Pureport’s new product enhancements include Cloud Grade NAT functionality, a feature that intelligently detects and resolves overlapping IP address conflicts. By mitigating these conflicts, organizations can avoid significant expense, and immediately proceed with network interconnection.“Enabling the new Cloud Grade NAT functionality for a connected network is as simple as checking a box in our console, which is just one example of how these features are truly evolving the way cloud networks are built,” said Doug Mittendorf, CTO of Pureport. “A great application of the Cloud Grade NAT functionality is to support SaaS providers who offer private connectivity to their customers, where the SaaS provider has no control over the customer networks. With Cloud Grade NAT, this is no longer an issue.”Marketing Technology News: Airtame Adds Power over Ethernet Product to Their ServicesIn this latest release, Pureport’s Console has been enhanced to make it even easier to build and deploy multicloud, hybrid cloud, and multi-site networks within minutes. The Console now offers a user-friendly, visual tool to manage cloud networks, thereby reducing the administrative overhead and technical expertise often required when deploying traditional networks.“Cloud networking is becoming more and more challenging as organizations attempt to marry multiple dispersed technologies, and we’re on a mission to remove the common obstacles organizations face today when creating and managing cloud networks—specifically time to deployment, and excessive expenses incurred in deployment and management,” said Rich Lee, CEO of Pureport. “This latest version of Pureport’s platform addresses industry feedback and makes cloud networking easier, faster, and more affordable.”Marketing Technology News: Jumio, Monzo Partnership Grows to New HeightsAdditional Key Feature Enhancements of Pureport’s Multicloud Fabric include:Layer 3 Networking – All Pureport gateways now support BGP Peering to allow for dynamic exchange of routes with edge routers, as well as between other gateways across an organization’s private network. Cloud connections support automatic failover between redundant gateways and allow all edge routers to dynamically learn the routes to all interconnected subnets.Automated BGP Configuration – Pureport’s Distributed Multicloud Router simplifies network configuration and deployment by assigning network subnets, discovering autonomous system numbers, and automatically configuring BGP sessions on the administrator’s behalf.High Availability – Every connection within a Pureport network is highly available by default, where each connection has two gateway containers across separate availability zones. Traffic will continue to flow, even if a failure—such as a power outage, provider circuit loss, switch failure, engine failure, etc.—occurs in one of the two zones.Power Seamless Integrations with Existing Orchestration and Automation Systems –Pureport now exposes a simple REST API, allowing for DevOps automation of multicloud and hybrid cloud networks using existing orchestration and automation tools.Expanded RegionsPureport’s Multicloud Fabric is deployed to five key interconnection facilities (San Jose, Seattle, Washington DC, Chicago, and Dallas) with a full-mesh backbone between all locations. This allows for low-latency, private connectivity between all public cloud regions in the US.Marketing Technology News: Cheetah Digital Strengthens EMEA Team With Three Executive Additions Pureport Announces Feature Enhancements to Its On-Demand Cloud Connectivity Platform PRNewswireMay 8, 2019, 8:04 pmMay 8, 2019 Marketing TechnologyMulticloud Fabric platformMulticloud NetworkingNewsphysical infrastructurePureportRich Lee Previous ArticleAudio Visual Solutions Company, IVCi, Explains How Companies Can Leverage Video Walls to Increase Room FunctionalityNext ArticleLinda Avery, Chief Data Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Named US Chief Data Officer of the Year 2019 by CDO Clublast_img read more

Merkle Releases Customer Experience Impact Report

first_imgMerkle Releases Customer Experience Impact Report Business WireJuly 5, 2019, 3:39 pmJuly 5, 2019 Purchase Behavior Study Reveals 66% of Consumers Care More About Experience Than PriceMerkle, a leading technology-enabled, data-driven performance marketing agency, has released its Experience Impact report, analyzing how and why customer experience affects where consumers choose to spend their money. For its report, Merkle polled 500 US residents in March 2019.“Now more than ever, consumers expect brands to offer personalized and seamless experiences”The research revealed that 66% of consumers care more about experiences than price when choosing a brand from which to purchase. Additionally, over half (52%) of online shoppers reported having stopped shopping on a brand website due to poor site experience.Marketing Technology News: LivePerson Wins 2019 Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough AwardNike, Amazon, and Apple were cited as the top mentioned brands for delivering a personalized experience. These customer-centric brands were also the top mentioned for delivering the best online experience, with Amazon cited by over half of respondents for being fast and easy, as well as its overall customer service.Marketing Technology News: Taptica International Rebrand Reflects Video Advertising Leadership“Now more than ever, consumers expect brands to offer personalized and seamless experiences,” said Rives Martin, manager, customer intelligence & brand strategy, Merkle. “Marketers must focus on developing experiences that place customers squarely at the center. It begins with a comprehensive understanding of the entire customer journey, which allows marketers to learn and respond to the interests and needs of their customers. This ultimately results in more valuable, lasting relationships that lead to competitive advantage.”Marketing Technology News: Digital Communication Tools Leave Many Workers Feeling Squeezed out by Tech-Savvy Colleagues customer experienceExperience Impact reportmarketing automation newsMarketing TechnologyMerkleNewspersonalization Previous ArticleIteris Announces Closing of Acquisition of Albeck GerkenNext ArticleCustomer Experience Transformation Will Attract 23% of 1.68 Billion Dollars Invested in Digitalization in 2019last_img read more

Dun Bradstreet Named A Strong Performer Among B2B Customer Data Platform Providers

first_imgDun & Bradstreet Named A Strong Performer Among B2B Customer Data Platform Providers PRNewswireJune 24, 2019, 4:00 pmJune 24, 2019 Company Believes Pending Acquisition of Lattice Engines Will Position It as a Leading Provider in the CDP SpaceDun & Bradstreet was cited as a Strong Performer in The Forrester New Wave=: B2B Customer Data Platforms, Q2 2019. Customer Data Platforms (CDPs) have become one of the fastest growing segments within the sales and marketing information landscape.In the report, Dun & Bradstreet received a differentiated rating in the data sources and types, data management, activation, product vision, and product roadmap criteria.The report states that “Dun & Bradstreet uses its proprietary Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S Number and corporate hierarchies extensively throughout its B2B CDP for data management, segmentation, buying center identification, and analytics. The solution also provides access to a wide range of additional third-party data sources and offers strong integrations for programmatic advertising activation.”On Thursday, June 13, 2019, Dun & Bradstreet announced its intention to acquire Lattice Engines, which is named a leader in The Forrester New Wave™: B2B Customer Data Platforms, Forrester Research, Inc., Q2 2019.  The report says that “Lattice Engines leads the pack with rich data, comprehensive profiles, and omnichannel activation” and “is a best fit for companies that need a comprehensive B2B-focused CDP.”Marketing Technology News: PMG Launches Marketing Intelligence Platform — Meet Alli“We think this report validates the complementary nature of Lattice Atlas and D&B DataVision capabilities,” said Michael Bird, EVP and General Manager, Sales & Marketing Solutions for Dun & Bradstreet.  “Once the acquisition of Lattice Engines is final, we will have a complete solution that offers both the critical targeting and segmentation that marketing and sales teams expect with the comprehensive ability to analyze and connect to downstream systems for better campaign activation.”Lattice Engines received a differentiated rating in eight of the ten criteria, including unified profiles, activation, and market approach, to name a few. Dun & Bradstreet believes Lattice Engines’ strength in smart campaign activation leveraging real-time analytics, along with access to Dun & Bradstreet’s extensive Data Cloud, will offer unparalleled value to marketing and sales professionals.Marketing Technology News: Haoqipei Secures US $60 Million in Series D Funding to Further Accelerate Growth of its Online B2B Auto Parts Marketplace“Having access to Dun & Bradstreet’s data within our leading CDP will increase value to our customers and the market,” said Shashi Upadhyay, CEO of Lattice Engines. “This combination creates a solution that marketers critically need right now: a unified, comprehensive, and continuously optimized view of their customers and prospects persistent across the MarTech stack.”Dun & Bradstreet offers the largest and most trusted global portfolio of solutions designed to improve business performance. The pending acquisition of Lattice Engines will further extend that portfolio to offer more value to marketing and sales professionals in businesses of every size.Marketing Technology News: Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRM B2B Customer Data PlatformCustomer Data PlatformsData ManagementDun & BradstreetMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleSheerID Gives Brands Worldwide Reach to Gen Z Audience with Industry’s First Student Verification Solution Available in 191 CountriesNext ArticleIntroducing Nimble 5.0, Simple Smart Relationship Manager for Office 365 and G Suite Teams That Puts The “R” Back Into CRMlast_img read more

You Can Now Get Your Made to Order Lenovo ThinkPad Laptop Over

first_imgLenovo has announced that it is now rolling out the ‘Made to Order’ service for laptops in India. At present, this option is available only for the ThinkPad laptop line-up, though the company confirms that it will be extended to its other laptop lines, including the IdeaPad and Yoga lines, later this year. Users will now be able to customize the configuration of a ThinkPad laptop they are ordering from the Lenovo India online store. “At Lenovo, we understand that in today’s world, every individual uses a laptop differently because of which there has been a growing demand for personalized laptops,” says Rahul Agarwal, CEO & MD, Lenovo India. The customization options that buyers will get include the CPU, storage, graphics and more. You can choose between Intel and AMD CPUs, including the Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7. If you need more storage space or faster storage, you can choose from the hard drive and solid-state drive options. There are also dedicated graphics options from Nvidia and AMD to choose from. Upgraded battery packs, ethernet dongles, expansion docks and more accessories are also on the options list. At the moment, you can do the ‘Made to Order’ magic on the 6th generation of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the ThinkPad E480, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, to name a few. Lenovo says that it will take just over two weeks from the time of order confirmation, to get the customized laptop delivered to customers. Intel CoreLenovolenovo laptoplenovo laptop price First Published: June 26, 2019, 3:05 PM ISTlast_img read more

Congress Rahul Gandhi Amasses 10 Million Followers on Twitter Says He Will

first_img amethicongressfollowersRahul Gandhi First Published: July 10, 2019, 2:48 PM IST Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has amassed 10 million followers on Twitter and said he will celebrate the “milestone” in Amethi where he lost the Lok Sabha battle to BJP’s Smriti Irani. “10 Million Twitter followers – thank you to each and every one of you! I will celebrate the milestone in Amethi, where I will be meeting our Congress workers and supporters today,” Gandhi, who arrived here on Wednesday, said in a tweet. Gandhi joined Twitter in April 2015. Compared to his 10 million followers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who joined Twitter in January 2009, has 48.5 million followers on the social media platform.This is Gandhi’s first visit to Amethi in Uttar Pradesh after the Lok Sabha elections in which the Congress was mauled. Gandhi, who lost the Amethi seat after holding it for three terms, will meet party activists in the Uttar Pradesh Constituency, which for long was considered a Gandhi family bastion.According to party leaders, Gandhi will attend a closed-door meeting of party workers at the Nirmala Institute of Women’s Education in the afternoon at Gauriganj in Amethi.He will then pay a private condolence visit to ex-block President Dwinda Prasad Dwivedi’s family in Babhanpur village. The party leaders said Gandhi will discuss with party workers the reasons for his defeat. He will also interact with the public. Gandhi’s visit is an indication that he has not given up on Amethi although he was elected to the Lok Sabha this time from Wayanad in Kerala. last_img read more

Smriti Irani Asks Amethi Voters to Bid Adieu to Missing MP Rahul

first_img amethi-s24p37BJPcongressLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: April 22, 2019, 8:19 AM IST Amethi (UP): Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, pitted against Congress president Rahul Gandhi at his home turf here, Sunday appealed to voters to give farewell to their neither-seen-nor-heard, “missing MP”. Addressing an election meeting in Dharai under Amethi assembly segment, Irani exhorted voters to bid adieu to their MP, saying give “bidai” (farewell) to the “namdar” and send a “kamal” (lotus- BJP poll symbol) to New Delhi from Amethi this time. Talking on development, Irani said despite Rahul Gandhi consistently “abusing” Prime Minister Narendra Modi and calling him a “chor” (thief), the prime minister has never discriminated against development of Amethi.The textiles minister also sought to sweeten her appeal with a promise to Amethi voters on behalf of the prime minister to get sugar at Rs 13 a kg on the BJP coming to power again in the Centre.Attacking Gandhi, Irani said, “The missing MP comes here once in five years when the nomination papers has to be filed. Had it not been mandatory to personally file thepapers, he would not have come here (at all).”Alleging that Gandhi has not even used his MPLAD fund on development of Amethi in the last 15 years she said, “I am sure the leader who is neither seen here nor heard in the Parliament will surely be given a farewell this time.””I have come with a message of Modiji. He has asked you all to strengthen the BJP and on (the BJP) coming to power, get sugar at Rs 13 a kilo,” she said, adding the sweetener.Talking on the issue of Amethi’s development, she said, “Rahul Gandhi abuses the prime minister branding him chor but Modiji has never discriminated against Amethi on the issue of development.””Modiji understands the problems of women and that is why he has got built two lakh toilets here and given more than one lakh gas connections while during the Congress government, people used to take bribe even for providing gas coupons,” she said.Talking on the BJP growth in Amethi since she first fought the Lok Sabha poll from here against Gandhi in 2014, she said when she first came here there was not a single BJP MLA, but there were four now.”But to ensure development, you also need an MP. So this time give a ‘bidai’ to the naamdar and send a ‘kamal’ from Amethi to Delhi,” she said, apparently referring to referring to Gandhi as “naamdar”, a dynast.The voting for Amethi is scheduled to be held on May 6 in the fifth phase of elections. last_img read more

Malpractices Irregularities Lead to Fresh Polls in 13 Booths in Tamil Nadu

first_img aiadmkdmkECLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 9, 2019, 5:31 PM IST Chennai: Fresh polls will be conducted across 13 booths in Tamil Nadu on May 19 along with four more by polls after the Tamil Nadu Election Commission sent reports about errors in the booths during the polling held on April 18.“Out of the 46 polling booths which were reported to have been involved in malpractices and were to go for a re-election, only 3 of them have been approved to further have re-election. In the rest of the cases referred to the Election Commission of India, as per its orders, counting will be done by counting VVPATvote slips” said Satyabarata Sahoo, Chief Election Officer of Tamil Nadu. The Tamil Nadu Election Commission got information about malpractices and irregularities in 46 booths across the state and had sent a detailed report to ECI on April 29.Eight booths in Dharmapuri district are scheduled to have re-elections on May 19. Sahoo said: “In Dharmapuri, party agents entered the booth thereby reducing the credibility of the elections”. Dharmapuri is also a PMK stronghold and Anbumani Ramadoss is the candidate of this constituency. The DMK candidate had accused the PMK for malpractices in 10 booths during the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls.Sahoo explained the reason behind the re-election at Theni and Erode polling booths.“In Erode, the mock poll with 50 votes poll were not cleared before the commencement of the poll. In Theni, there was malpractice in VVPAT. Similarly, in Periyakulam booth, booth no 197, voting machine was replaced without intimation,” said Sahoo.EC recorded that in a polling booth in Cuddalore district, the EVM machine was faulty and a few buttons were not functional.The DMK, however, sought clarification from the Election Commission of India on why 20 VVPATs and 50 ballot units were shifted from Coimbatore to Erode and Theni as this was against the guidelines laid by the ECI.When asked about the shifting of the EVMs, Sahoo said: “After elections, the machines were sent back to the godown and hence there is a shortage. So we had to transfer EVMs.”2019 Lok Sabha Polls is crucial for both the AIADMK and the DMK as it is not just about the Lok Sabha results but also the result of the 22 by polls. For the AIADMK to remain in power, it should win at least five of the 22 and the DMK is hoping to sweep all 22 to stake claim to form the Government. last_img read more

One Drowns Another Remains Missing Off Marine Drive During High Tide in

first_imgMumbai: One person drowned on Saturday while another remained missing in the Arabian Sea off Marine Drive here, a civic official said.The incident happened at around 2pm during high tide, the BMC disaster management official added. “Javed Khan (22) was brought out and rushed to GT Hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival. Search for the other person is continuing with teams from the Navy and police pitching in,” he said. Arabian SeaBMChigh tidemumbai First Published: July 6, 2019, 10:46 PM ISTlast_img read more

Google Lens Assistant and Photos get a super smart update

first_imgAt the moment we do not know the exact time and date of the update to Google Assistant and/or Google Photos. When the update happens, we’ll bring you the links to the APK download for both app updates. For now, stay tuned as SlashGear continues to cover all Android updates throughout the Google I/O 2017 event series! This week Google revealed that they’ll be making a new push for their “Google Lens” initiative (and eventual app integration). Much like what we’ve seen in the past with things like Google Goggles, Google Lens is about to make the things Android smartphones see – recognizable. As Google suggested today, Google Lens will be a “set of vision-based computing capabilities.” The first places that Google Lens will be coming is in a couple of apps for Android devices. Using Google lLens, users will be able to identify objects in Google Assistant. Also in Google Photos, Google Lens will be able to identify new objects it wasn’t able to identify before.As you’ll see in the chart shown by Google here, Image Recognition has become incredibly accurate over the past several years. A far better Vision Error Rate occurs now in computer algorithms than in the human brain – or so they suggest. Users will be able to use Google Lens to identify the world around them.Users will be able to – for example – see a set of codes on a Wi-Fi router and attain the username and password. It has OCR – which is amazing. This new system is also able to point at restaurants and decide which restaurant is in its field of vision. It does this in concert with Google Maps info and GPS. Google Lens also works with Google Translate. At a restaurant, users will be able to translate a menu from any language covered by Google Translate to any other language – Japanese to English, for example. center_img Story TimelineGoogle Goggles 1.6 for Android now scans photos in the backgroundGoogle Goggles now built in to Android (with Now On Tap)Behold, an “iPhone Edition” with Google Goggles insideGoogle Assistant SDK developer preview arrives for gadget makersGoogle Assistant comes to PCs via AutoVoice Chrome extensioniDevices adds Google Assistant support for its smart home productsGoogle Assistant tipped to land on iOS soonlast_img read more

Why Ethereum crashed this week ETH

first_imgStory TimelineWhy DigiByte’s price is soaring: $DGB, Minecraft, Memes, and CitibankCoinbase tipped at $1b valuation as demand for cryptocurrency soarsKeep your eye on $ETH or Ethereum’s major weakness The cryptocoin system known as Ethereum crashed in the middle of the day yesterday due to a single mega-massive trade. While the ticker showed a relatively significant drop in price throughout the day, it was at 12:30PM (on the 21st of June) that a single order kicked the entirety of the Ethereum universe in the pants. Not on all exchanges – not all at once – but the shockwaves were swift and merciless. In the aftermath of the mega-trade, Vice President of GDAX Adam White sent out a message about what had happened. On GDAX he explained, “on 21 June 2017 at 12:30pm PT, a multimillion dollar market sell was placed on the GDAX ETH-USD order book.” According to records, “this resulted in orders being filled from $317.81 to $224.48, translating into a book slippage of 29.4%. This slippage started a cascade of approximately 800 stop loss orders and margin funding liquidations, causing ETH to temporarily trade as low as $0.10.”That’s harsh, and certainly not something that happens every day. According to White, there hasn’t been indication of any wrongdoing so far. Not to say that the trade wasn’t devastating, but it wasn’t against any rules. “Our matching engine operated as intended throughout this event,” said White, “and trading with advanced features like margin always carries inherent risk.”In some cases, users that had margin orders on Ether lost thousands of dollars in an instant. Entire accounts were wiped clean and investments were kicked squarely in the face. Twitter users started using the monetary hashtag “$dETH”. It was an unprecedented bloodbath for $ETH, without a doubt.Today Ethereum is still in the negative and – compared to yesterday – might even be popping up as positive for some exchanges. It’s not only because of this single trade that the price of $ETH is dropping. It has a lot to do with the nature of the beast – it being largely about ICOs and startup companies that have the option of cashing in their first-wave investment Ethereum into FIAT. It’s not necessarily a great place to be at the moment. last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S may have a notch in the corner

first_imgHistory may see Apple as the trendsetter for the notch but Xiaomi should be credited for having gotten the ball rolling on the bezel-less design that gave birth to that notch. The Xiaomi Mi Mix and its Mi Mix 2 successor never adopted the notch and instead resigned to still having some bezel, pushed down to the bottom. The Mi Mix 2S, however, will allegedly have a notch, but Xiaomi will do it in an interestingly different way. Naturally, there is still some debate on whether that’s the case. Some leaked photos don’t seem to have any indication of a notch at all, leaving one to wonder where the front camera is. Another set of leaks shows the camera at the center of the bottom bezel.AdChoices广告Whichever the location, reducing the space for the front camera practically means limiting it to smaller and lower image sensors. It would, then, be the anti-selfie camera, so to speak. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is expected to have dual main cameras though, which could appease mobile photography fans just a bit. Based on leaked press renders and hands-on photos and videos, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S will practically have no bezels, just like an iPhone X. The previous two iterations still had a bezel at the bottom for the front-facing camera. Most of the other sensors have already been moved out or moved under the screen.So where is the camera on the Mi Mix 2S? Apparently in the upper right corner of the phone. There is a small, almost unnoticeable notch there, at least based on the leaked video below.last_img read more

Atari VCS console switches to AMD Ryzen delayed to end of 2019

first_imgBefore Bitcoin was making headlines, the most revolutionary thing to happen in our modern world was crowdfunding. It made dreams possible but also robbed some not only of their aspirations but also of their money. Some crowdfunded projects, however, do seem to carry on and on and on, almost forever. One of those might be Atari’s VCS gaming console which is being delayed to by a few months to provide what Atari promises to be a significant upgrade to the PC gaming console. To be fair, there is some technical merit to its claim. When the Atari VCS hit the news in 2017 as the Ataribox, it was designed to run on an AMD “Bristol Bridge” processor. Even back in 2017, it was hardly the stuff of gaming PCs. Launching that in 2019 would undoubtedly hurt Atari’s and AMD’s credibility.A lot has happened since then and AMD has revamped its processors along the Zen CPU cores and Vega GPUs. Given that, it’s fitting and perhaps necessary that Atari switch to a new and still unannounced dual-core Ryzen CPU with built-in Radeon Vega graphics. This 14 nm processor is still a secret but Atari promises more details will come before the console launches. Which is in about nine months.Atari also promises better cooling, quieter operations, and more efficient performance with the new processor. The AMD silicon also brings native 4K video and DRM support for free. Sadly, it also comes with a free delay from Spring to Fall, possibly event Winter.While Atari says that the change won’t impact manufacturing, it will affect everything else, including certifications and especially software. So the Atari VCS, which started out in 2017, won’t be delivered until late 2019 in North America. The rest of the world will, of course, have to wait even longer.last_img read more

Viewpoints Empty Budget Gestures GOP Should Endorse Doomsday Sequester Imagined Dangers Imperil

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. Viewpoints: ‘Empty Budget Gestures’; GOP Should Endorse ‘Doomsday’ Sequester; ‘Imagined Dangers’ Imperil Vaccine Successes Los Angeles Times: Obama And House Republicans Trade Empty Budget Gestures President Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to put off — again — the start of the “sequester,” a series of across-the-board spending cuts that would save $1.2 billion over 10 years. … The president’s speech is likely to have zero effect on Capitol Hill. … Republicans believe they’ve done enough on the revenue side of the equation. Their focus now is on finding a way to force Democrats to accept cuts in entitlement programs, which are the main driver in Washington’s long-term budget problems. So, what did House Republicans do Wednesday? They rammed through a bill (HR 444) that would require Obama to submit a budget proposal by April 1 that would eliminate the deficit within 10 years — something Republicans have yet to do with any of their deficit-slashing budget resolutions (Jon Healey, 2/6). The Wall Street Journal: A Fiscal Fantasy Meanwhile, the entitlements that Mr. Obama refuses to reform continue on autopilot. Government health-care spending will double over the decade, with Medicare rising to $1.079 trillion in 2023 from $592 billion this year, Medicaid to $572 billion from $265 billion. ObamaCare insurance subsidies add another $949 billion. For the first time the U.S. will spend more on health programs ($13.850 trillion in 10 years) than on Social Security (2/5). The Wall Street Journal: The Unscary Sequester The sequester that nobody seems to love would cut an estimated $85 billion from the budget this fiscal year starting in March. Half of the savings would come from defense and half from domestic discretionary programs. Medicare providers would take a 2% cut. This “doomsday mechanism” … was the fallback when the White House and Republicans couldn’t agree during the 2011 debt-ceiling negotiations. The White House strategy was to create a fiscal hatchet that would disproportionately carve up the defense budget to force the GOP to raise taxes. … This hasn’t worked. Republicans have rightly concluded after two years of being sucker-punched that the sequester is the main negotiating leverage they have and may be the only way to restrain spending. So now Democrats and a gaggle of interest groups are denouncing Mr. Obama’s fiscal brainchild because the programs they cherish—from job training to education … to money for Planned Parenthood—are about to get chopped too (2/6). Tampa Bay Times: Lifetime Medicare And Social Security Taxes Vs. Benefits Are Social Security and Medicare benefits actually a partial refund of what the beneficiary has already paid in taxes? The Tampa Bay Times takes a closer look in a February 2013 story by Louis Jacobson. Here we provide a visual display in bar charts of the Times’ findings, which were researched from the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan research institute that produces annual statistics on the topic. … In most cases, people get more from Social Security and Medicare combined than they put in, though the specific amount can vary depending on income and family circumstances (2/6).The Medicare NewsGroup: Ending SGR: The Time Is NowThe failed Medicare physician payment formula known as the SGR, which has plagued Medicare patients and physicians for over a decade, must be eliminated now and replaced with policies that promote efficiency, quality and value in Medicare for patients and taxpayers. The AMA has called on Congress again and again to stop the broken cycle of scheduled cuts and short-term patches that impede the development and adoption of new ways to deliver and pay for high quality patient care (Dr. Jeremy Lazarus, 2/6).The Wall Street Journal: Rolling Back The War On Vaccines Thanks to a massive international vaccination effort, world-wide fatalities from smallpox fell from two million annually in 1967 to zero by 1980, when health authorities confirmed the complete eradication of the disease. The Salk and Sabin vaccines have saved five million people from paralytic polio, and eradication of that once common disease is in sight. Vaccination against infectious childhood diseases now prevents more than 2.5 million deaths annually, with an extremely low risk of serious side effects. Yet these achievements have rendered the benefits less visible to young parents, enabling imagined dangers and the rare side effects of vaccines to capture heightened attention (Jay Winsten and Emily Serazin, 2/6).Dallas Morning News: Erasing The Stigma Of Mental IllnessThe baseline for Mayor Mike Rawlings’ call to action on mental illness was to get the vexing, pervasive subject on the table, where it can emerge as a community focus. Consider the first step a positive one. The 600-plus people who gathered at City Performance Hall in downtown Dallas on Tuesday night were focused and ready to move forward, in a number of directions. The event was “Erasing the Stigma: Mental Illness and the Search for Solutions,” a joint project of the mayor, The Dallas Morning News and KERA. It sprang from Rawlings’ alarm that any community — not just Newtown, Conn. — can experience unspeakable tragedies if it stays oblivious to festering problems related to mental illness (2/6).Miami Herald: The Trauma Over TraumaFor anyone wondering what all the drama was about at the Miami-Dade County Commission meeting this week involving workers from Kendall Regional Medical Center, here’s a clue: Trauma patients can mean big money for revenue-starved hospitals, and suddenly everyone wants a piece of the action. … The issue was whether the commission should reconsider a vote to allow Jackson Health System to take legal action to defend its ability to provide quality trauma care to the community. Wisely, the commission decided to leave Jackson free to protect itself by resorting to the courts, if necessary, to defend the level of service offered by its Ryder Trauma Center, one of the top-rated emergency treatment hospitals in the country (2/6).last_img read more

UnitedHealth Cites Health Law Costly Hepatitis Drug In Reporting Lower Earnings

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. UnitedHealth Cites Health Law, Costly Hepatitis Drug In Reporting Lower Earnings The health law’s effect was mixed, officials said, because the company did not participate in many of the online marketplaces, but it did see more customers for its Medicaid plans. Officials are considering a bigger role in the marketplaces next year.The New York Times: Health Law Bellwether, UnitedHealth Posts Lower ProfitThe UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, reported lower earnings on Thursday, attributing its weak results in part to the federal health care law. It said profits were also weighed down by an expensive new drug to treat hepatitis C that costs $1,000 a pill (Abelson, 4/17).The Wall Street Journal: UnitedHealth’s Profit Falls Amid Health-Law ChangesUnitedHealth said the health law pushed down earnings by around 30 cents a share, including via taxes and cuts to government payments for Medicare Advantage, which is the private version of the federal benefit program. The company also said it lost around 90,000 customers from its business selling insurance to individual consumers, as it chose to play a very limited role in the law’s public marketplaces where consumers shop for coverage. But the law also helped drive an increase of 255,000 people in UnitedHealth’s Medicaid plans. … The company also highlighted more than $100 million in costs tied to hepatitis C treatment in the first quarter across its Medicaid, commercial and Medicare segments (Stynes and Mathews, 4/17).Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Biggest Insurer Shocked With Hepatitis C CostsUnitedHealth Group spent $100 million on hepatitis C drugs in the first three months of the year, much more than expected, the company said Thursday. The news helped drive down the biggest insurance company’s stock and underscores the challenge for all health care payers in covering Sovaldi, an expensive new pill for hepatitis C (Hancock, 4/17). Related earlier coverage: There’s a Life-Saving Hepatitis C Drug. But You May Not Be Able To Afford It. (Appleby, 3/3).The Associated Press: UnitedHealth’s 1Q Profit Tumbles 8 PercentUnitedHealth Group’s first-quarter net income slid 8 percent as funding cuts to a key product and costs imposed by the health care overhaul dented the health insurer’s performance. The Minnetonka, Minn., company said Thursday the overhaul and government budget cuts added about 35 cents per share in costs during the quarter (Murphy, 4/17).The Star Tribune: UnitedHealth Sees Impact Of Health Law; Profit Falls 8%UnitedHealth Group Inc. pointed a finger at the new U.S. health law and cuts to Medicare payments on Thursday as it worked through a difficult first quarter. The Minnetonka-based company said earnings were down 8 percent during the quarter, as it felt the full brunt of the Affordable Care Act for the first time. Yet despite a somewhat downbeat tone from executives in a morning conference call with analysts, UnitedHealth maintained its previously stated outlook for the rest of 2014 (Crosby and Ramstad, 4/17). The Washington Post’s Wonkblog: The Nation’s Largest Insurer Thinks Obamacare Exchanges Are Doing Just FineAfter taking a pretty cautious approach to the launch of the health insurance marketplaces in 2014, the nation’s largest insurer said it’s looking to expand its Obamacare footprint in 2015. UnitedHealth Group, which is participating in just five public exchanges this year, said it’s likely to join more insurance marketplaces in 2015 but didn’t offer specifics (Millman, 4/17).last_img read more

Medicare Open Enrollment Brings Lots Of Choices

first_imgMeanwhile, The Wall Street Journal looks at some of the scams aimed at people over 50. And news outlets scrutinize the record number of hospitals penalized by Medicare for readmitting too many patients within 30 days of their discharges.The New York Times: Beware of Shifting Options Within Medicare Plans For millions of older Americans, it is time to sift through the mind-boggling array of Medicare plans. There is an average of 29 drug plans to digest, and about 18 options for Medicare Advantage, the plans delivered through private insurers. Then there are the 10 supplemental plans that cover what traditional Medicare does not. The choices can be paralyzing for anyone, and they can be even more challenging as you age. … Here are some ideas on how to approach the decision-making process (Bernard, 10/3).Related KHN Story: Medicare Open Enrollment Is Fast Approaching — Here’s What We Know So Far (Andrews, 9/30)The Wall Street Journal: If You’re Over 50, You’re A Scam Target Unfortunately, the 50-plus demographic has long been vulnerable to scams. Today, they make even more attractive targets because of their often sizable retirement savings. … These days, Medicare and health-insurance scams have become a rich area for con artists to mine. Old-fashioned drains on bank accounts, like “free” contests and magazine subscriptions that really cost money, persist. Email and the Internet have added new dimensions to scams that were once perpetrated over the phone. Identity theft is spreading, and the holiday season is prime time for charity-linked email “phishing” scams (Lauricella, 10/4).The Hill: Medicare Fines Record Number Of Hospitals Medicare is fining a record number of hospitals because they readmitted too many patients within 30 days for more treatment, according to federal records released this week. During the next year, 2,610 hospitals will see their reimbursement levels reduced and 39 hospitals will be hit with the largest penalty allowed, according to Kaiser Health News (Needham, 10/4). The Wall Street Journal: Medicare To Reduce Hospital Payments Medicare will cut payments to a record 2,610 hospitals — three-quarters of those eligible — because too many patients were readmitted within 30 days, according to an analysis of federal records by Kaiser Health News. The hospitals, which include top academic medical centers and small regional ones, will see Medicare reimbursements reduced for every beneficiary they treat, from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30 of next year (Beck, 10/3). Georgia Health News: Most Hospitals Face New Round of Readmission FinesTwo-thirds of eligible Georgia hospitals will face Medicare fines for having too many patients return within a month for additional care, federal data show (Miller, 10/3).Related KHN Story: Medicare Fines 2,610 Hospitals In Third Round Of Readmission Penalties (Rau, 10/2).  Medicare Open Enrollment Brings Lots Of Choices 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