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first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals also signed tackle Kelvin Palmer to the practice squad. He was released from the practice squad, where he had spent the entire season, last week. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals shuffled their roster a bit Monday, releasing veteran linebacker Desmond Bishop and elevating rookie offensive lineman Anthony Steen to the active roster from the practice squad.Bishop, who was signed as a free agent in training camp, spent time on the roster, but didn’t play a down for the Cardinals this season. Steen, an undrafted rookie from Alabama, has spent the entire season on the practice squad after being released Aug. 30. The 6-foot-3, 309-pound lineman played in 51 games for the Crimson Tide in college, starting 36.last_img read more

Swiss pay TV service Swisscom TV is revamping its

first_imgSwiss pay TV service Swisscom TV is revamping its digital service with a raft of new digital applications and an updated video-on-demand platform.The Swiss platform, which is backed by the country’s telco, is launching a range of smart phone applications including a video-on-demand app, a weather app and a news app and has also increased the service’s tie-ins with Facebook, Flickr and Picasa.The company has also increased the number of titles available on its Teleclub on Demand service, which launched five years ago, from 500 movies and TV series to 5,000.The company is also encouraging Swiss TV households that do not currently have a digital TV service to sign up ahead of analogue switch off with two new introductory packages. It is launching Swisscom TV Select, which has no monthly cost but allows access to the Teleclub VOD service, and Swisscom TV Smart, which costs CHF50 (€40) and offers more than 50 television channels. Existing subscribers to its basic TV package, meanwhile, will receive 16 HD channels on the service from December.last_img read more

The photo above shows a queue of people waiting at

first_imgThe photo above shows a queue of people waiting at a currency exchange booth in Montevideo, Uruguay. Only a year ago, such queues were uncommon, but now they exist, literally at every such booth, at every hour of the day. Are Uruguayans suddenly becoming spendthrifts who need repeated daily infusions of cash to get through each day? No; and in fact, very few of those in the queues are Uruguayan. They are Argentines. The reason these people are in a foreign country, trying to extract a foreign currency from the exchanges is that the Argentine currency has been devalued dramatically through inflation and is on the way to further inflation. Argentines have understandably sought to bypass the peso in favor of the US dollar, in order to keep from losing their purchasing power any more rapidly than necessary. In response, the government of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has imposed a “dollar clamp,” which is intended to limit the use of dollars by Argentines. Not surprisingly, Argentines are trying everything they can think of to circumvent that dollar clamp, including taking the one-hour Buquebus ride across the Rio de la Plata to Uruguay to extract US dollars from their peso-based Argentine credit cards, for “spending money.” The day-tripper “tourism” has become so extreme that Cristina Fernández has passed a new credit-card limit to Argentines. An Argentine overseas now may extract only US $800 per month. More pointedly, if the destination is a neighbouring country (read: Uruguay), the limit is $100 every three months. No need to question whether $100 every three months would actually pay for the expenses of a visit across the river – there has been no attempt to disguise the measure as anything but a currency control. The purpose is that, as the monetary collapse completes its downward spiral, the sheep are penned in ever more firmly, to ensure that the final shearing may be as productive as possible. As one Argentine commented to me recently, “After October, there will be no more new Versace for Cristina. They have to take all they can from us now.” That’s a reference to both Mrs. Fernández’s rather extravagant wardrobe expenditures and the expected outcome of the October elections. But surely, all the above are the machinations of a south-of-the-equator, tin-pot dictatorship and have little relevance to the First World. Not so. Argentina provides us with a very useful lesson. Over the decades, its politicians have repeatedly collapsed the economy through the classic progression of governmental overspending/creation of massive debt/dramatic inflation/currency controls. Historically, this progression has always led to an eventual collapse of the economic system (wherever and whenever it has occurred, not just in Argentina). We can therefore observe the developments as they occur in Argentina and project out as to what may be on the way in the First World. The First World countries have most certainly reached the point of having top-heavy governments that have enormous appetites for funding, and are expanding those appetites dramatically at a time when they should be cutting back dramatically. As governments in this situation always do, they have turned to indebtedness as a solution, in order to prolong the current trend as long as possible. In order to cope with the debt, massive money printing is undertaken, which leads directly to inflation. Inflation leads to an outflow of wealth from the country in question, which is then addressed through currency controls and protective tariffs. Argentina is in the last stage of this progression and is poised to go over the edge. Its last production of this economic stage play was in 2001, and when the collapse came, the situation in Buenos Aires became so volatile that Argentina went through five presidents in just three weeks. The US, on the other hand, has reached the point in its money-printing scheme that it is now buying $85 billion per month in Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities and is committed to continuing to do so “until conditions improve.” This is equivalent to a railroad train approaching the cliff of the Grand Canyon whilst a crew of workers shovel dirt into the canyon to fill it in, in time to prevent a train wreck. If the classic progression continues as it does historically, we can anticipate dramatic inflation, followed by currency controls and protective tariffs in the US and other First World countries. As yet, there is little on the news regarding protective tariffs, but currency controls are very much in the works. Many have been implemented, and more are to come. At this point, anyone whose primary address is in a First World country might wish to ask the question, “Is there a dollar clamp in my future? Will my government soon be at the stage that my national currency will be inflating dramatically; and if I choose to divest myself of it, shall I find that I am unable to do so, as a result of hastily implemented government controls?” The answer is unequivocally “Yes.” Governments are in the habit of claiming that their first priority is the safety and well-being of their citizens. However, when a citizen of any country chooses to exit from the relationship, either physically or monetarily, governments have a nasty habit of turning, suddenly and forcefully, vindictive. For those who have a difficult time getting their heads around this fact, the following may be useful in providing a very real perspective. Picture a situation in which you are married and have reached the decision that your spouse’s wasteful spending is crippling you personally. You then request a divorce. You make plans for splitting up the bank accounts and personal possessions and are hit with an injunction from your spouse’s attorneys. You say, “But these possessions are mine. This money is mine. I worked with the sweat of my brow to earn them.” The attorneys then advise, “That’s not the way we see it. We regard them as community property, and we’re prepared to negotiate with you as to how much we will allow you to walk away with.” The above situation is virtually the same as one in which you choose to split the sheets with your government, should you choose to do so at a time when that government is facing economic collapse. Your net worth is not your own; it is community property, and your government can, if anything, become more vicious than a divorce lawyer. First Worlders are not yet queued up, as are the Argentines in the photo above, because the First World has not reached that stage in the progression as yet. What these Argentines are doing is a last, desperate measure. However, First Worlders may use the Argentine situation to forewarn themselves. They may choose to diversify their wealth beyond the confines of the nation-state to which they are presently married – and to do so whilst they still retain a modicum of control over their own wealth. Jeff Thomas is British and resides in the Caribbean. The son of an economist and historian, he learned early to be distrustful of governments as a general principle. Although he spent his career creating and developing businesses, for eight years he penned a weekly newspaper column on the theme of limiting government. He began his study of economics around 1990, learning initially from Sir John Templeton, then Harry Schulz and Doug Casey, and later others of an Austrian persuasion.last_img read more

San Diego Professor Argues Against Corporate Human Rights Abuse

first_img About the AuthorYessenia FunesView more posts by Yessenia Funes Last Updated Oct 9, 2017 by Yessenia FunesFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: San Diego San Diego Professor Argues Against Corporate Human Rights Abusecenter_img Just because a person means business, they shouldn’t be expected to fight on the behalf of corporations.At the University of San Diego School of Business Administration, one professor is making the case that the courts should hold corporations accountable. Professor Richard Custin‘s new scholarly article, “Legal Remedies For Corporate Abuses of Human Rights (Jesner v. Arab Bank),” argues for the use of the Alien Tort Act and Supreme Court to take corporations to court. He doesn’t want to see corporations walking away from poor business transactions without seeing consequences. What better place than U.S. courts? This is true even if a corporation harms a foreign person not in the United States.The professor writes: “Congress could amend the [Alien Tort Act] to specifically include corporations. We expect that the Supreme Court in Jesner will finally answer the question of whether corporations are liable under the ATS. A finding by the Supreme Court that corporations are liable under the ATS will serve to hold financial institutions accountable for failing to detect unethical financial transactions. Eleanor Roosevelt’s wisdom that “we will be the sufferers if we let great wrongs occur without exerting ourselves to correct them” is as applicable today as it was for the “greatest generation” in World War II.”In a broader sense, harsher punishment towards corporate abuse has been a particularly difficult subject for decades, especially since the Great Recession. The Week‘s Ryan Cooper outlined much of problem in the financial industry and why repeated efforts to punish companies has fallen short.Custin is a Clinical Professor of Business Law and Ethics at the school. He is also an attorney and owns a law office. This expertise makes business law, mediation, health law, medical malpractice, and legal research his areas of expertise. Perhaps he can now add “human rights” to his resume.The article was published in this year’s Kroc Peace Magazine. The SCOTUSblog also mentioned the piece in its Oct. 3 round-up. RelatedCass Business School Releases 5 New Statements for Corporate GovernanceEndorsed by more than 250 leading international academies, the Modern Corporation Project at Cass Business School has released five statements, which reveal a new vision for corporate governance. High-level experts in a variety of legal systems helped to devise the statements, which cover company law, economics, management and politics. The…November 17, 2016In “Featured Region”Columbia Business School Talks Taxing Multinational CorporationsThe first step toward social responsibility is, arguably, fair taxation. There’s just one problem—for years, multinational corporations have raced to pay the fewest taxes or avoid paying it altogether. For example, Apple employs a few hundred people in Ireland, so it falls under the .005 percent tax bracket. And Apple…February 22, 2019In “Featured Home”5 New Faculty Join Rady for Coming School YearSchool’s almost back for the season. That means that campuses will be teeming with new students—and even new faculty. The Rady School of Management at the UC San Diego has added five new professors this school year, according to a recent press release. The new additions are Jeremy Bertomeu, Associate Professor…August 21, 2017In “Featured Region”last_img read more

PayPal Sues Pandora Over Logo Similarities

first_imgLawsuits 131shares May 23, 2017 With our attention spans now measured in seconds, service branding and protection of a brand is becoming ever more important. With that in mind, online payments service PayPal is suing music streaming service Pandora over its logo design being far too similar to its own.According to Billboard, PayPal believes Pandora’s use of a light blue “P” logo is causing confusion among consumers and apparently has the evidence to back it up. A letter was initially sent to Pandora by PayPal, which the company claims was ignored. Then PayPal spoke directly with Pandora over the phone, but Pandora did not recognize the branding confusion PayPal was talking about. Finally, a 110-page document was sent to Pandora containing examples of customer confusion, mostly taken from social media comments.Here’s one such example included in the lawsuit document (PDF):Pandora then ended the discussion and PayPal decided the only way forward was to bring a trademark infringement lawsuit against the company. That lawsuit was filed on Friday, May 19, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. PayPal is seeking legal costs, damages and for Pandora to stop using its current “P” logo design. Pandora is not commenting publicly on the dispute at this time.As you can see from the two logos above, they are similar, but still relatively distinct. However, you have to consider how small these logos appear in icon form on devices such as smartphone displays. You could easily mistake one for the other. PayPal has time on its side in this lawsuit. The PayPal “double P” logo was introduced in 2014, where as Pandora rolled out its “P” design in October 2016. 2 min read Image credit: via PC Mag This story originally appeared on PCMag Matthew Humphries Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img PayPal Sues Pandora Over Logo Similarities Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article PayPal claims Pandora ignored 110 pages of examples showing how its logo is causing consumer confusion. Senior Editor Register Now »last_img read more

Very Unattractive People Earn Significantly More Money Study Says

first_img April 23, 2018 This story originally appeared on Business Insider Writer Entrepreneurs Add to Queue –shares Next Article Image credit: Halay Alex/Shutterstock via BI Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img Lindsay Dodgson 2 min read Very Unattractive People Earn Significantly More Money, Study Says It’s no secret that life can be easier for beautiful people. Studies have shown being good-looking has benefits for your health, intelligence and helps with making friends.Being physically attractive can also literally pay off, as many people believe it can mean you make more money. In short, beautiful people are more confident, have more social skills and are seen as more able by employers, which translates to higher wages.However, a recent study, published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, has found there is a caveat to this “beauty premium.”Satoshi Kanazawa from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Mary Still from the University of Massachusetts in Boston analysed data from a study of 20,000 young Americans. They were interviewed and measured on physical attractiveness at age 16 then three more times until they were 29.The findings showed that the theory there is a “ugliness penalty” on wages isn’t that simple. When other traits were taken into account, such as health and intelligence, results showed people who were more conscientious, extroverted and less neurotic earned significantly more than others.Also, participants who were labeled as “very unattractive” always earned more than those who were just “unattractive.” This was also sometimes the case when very unattractive people were compared to those who were average-looking and attractive.Alex Fradera offers an explanation for this in BPS Digest. He said the personality trait “Openness to Experience” may have been surprisingly correlated with lower earnings and higher attractiveness in this particular data set, when it is usually associated with higher pay.”Could this Openness-attractiveness association be an indicator that some of the very unattractive scored especially low on Openness, and were perhaps highly devoted to a specific topic area, pursuing it obsessively to the exclusion of all distractions and eventually entering the forefront of their field?” he wrote. “We know that Openness correlates negatively with the passion component of ‘Grit,’ so such effects are conceivable.”Still said the methods of previous studies may not have accounted for the really ugly people because the “very unattractive” and “unattractive” are often lumped in together in one group.”Thereby they fail to document the ugliness premium enjoyed by the very unattractive workers,” she said. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Beautiful people arguably have an easier life — they’re happier, healthier, and have more friends. But a new study turns this theory on its head. Register Now »last_img read more

Make Your Car an Office on Wheels

first_img February 1, 2006 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Belkin MediaPilot:Three-piece wireless USB keyboard; built-in mouse pad can be programmed to control software applications and audio/video devices. Street price: $100 6 min read Mike Hogan Next Article –shares Add to Queue This story appears in the February 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Make Your Car an Office on Wheels Lind Electronics Power Conversion:Auto adapters for mobile electronics. Street price: Varies depending on manufacturer Mini-box.com VoomPC:VIA C3 processor-based PC uses your car’s power supply for Windows-compatible storage, bus and wireless connectivity. Street price: $299 to $399 In the CarportAs cellular providers build out their 3G networks by year-end and more hardware vendors exploit that availability, you’ll also be able to wander as widely as Coffey. You can already find 400Kbps-to-700Kbps service in more than 200 metro areas, with 100Kbps–plus speeds pretty much everywhere in between. Bandwidth will increase and prices will fall next year as Mobile WiMAX (802.16e) and other multi-megabit-per-second networks like Flash/OFDM come into their own.Your telecomputing gear won’t need to change much. At most, you may want laptop, phone or printer/fax/copier versions that fit your car’s ergonomics and connectivity options–or maybe accessories that make it easier to dock and undock your tools as you dash in and out of your mobile office. The other necessary piece of equipment is a short-range wireless network in and around your car.You may soon see more Wi-Fi/3G router combinations. But fully half of all automobile brands are already building 1Mbps Bluetooth connectivity into at least some of their models, says Phil Magney, co-founder and principal analyst of Telematics Research Group, a research and data firm in Minneapolis. Carmakers have long design cycles, and Bluetooth was settled on before the arrival of 480Mbps Wireless USB. But Bluetooth is fast enough to connect digital entertainment systems to widely available Bluetooth-enabled phones and computers, says Magney.New models let you voice-dial a docked cell phone or choose a number from an automatically synced contact list in your car’s entertainment system. Incoming calls automatically mute music on the radio and can be answered using a steering wheel button. In-dash information displays are designed for safe access to in-vehicle communications and navigation systems. At some point, maps, directions and various menu options could be transparent images on your windshield. GPS-based navigation is on its way to becoming standard automobile equipment, says Magney, as are satellite radio and connections to iPods and other MP3 players.By the way, if you’re driving a late-model car, you’re already piloting a computer on wheels that electronically controls braking, steering and other major systems. Digital entertainment systems are adding DVDs, LCDs, and magnetic and flash drives to the cabin. This time next year, says Magney, we’ll see car-top antenna packages with various combinations of “cellular, GPS, Wi-Fi and WiMAX-you name it.”We really don’t have that far to travel before your car will be outfitted just about as well as your office or home. Keep your business rolling by making your car an office on wheels. Road Requirements In the Carport Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Magazine Contributor Does it feel like you spend more time in your car than in your office? You’re not alone–even if you don’t carpool. A recent wide-ranging study by The Dieringer Research Group revealed that almost 21 million Americans work in their automobiles. It’s not really surprising when you consider how many of America’s 135 million workers have outbound jobs–salespeople, client-services providers and entrepreneurs in particular. Work pressures being what they are, we’ve long turned on everything from cell phones to laptops to get a little jump on work outside work. We download e-mail, spruce up presentations and, of course, make lots of client calls while we’re gridlocked.ITAC, the Telework Advisory Group for WorldatWork, calls this “embracing telework”–the new way to describe our decades-old love affair with telecommuting. Not only are a third of us working at home these days, but we’re also “mobile working” in planes, trains and automobiles. More than 15 million of us can even be found working at parks and other recreational sites from time to time, according to ITAC, whose web address pretty much says it all: www.workingfromanywhere.org .Whether the prospect of more places to work makes you glad or sad, the direction is clear. The continuous stream of laptops, cell phones and all things portable has left us pretty well outfitted. The only thing missing is a place to plug them in–and I’m not talking about an AC power outlet. Most new cars are equipped with outlets for electronics, and there are plenty of aftermarket add-ons (see ” Road Requirements “). The thing that will take mobile working to the next level is a broadband internet onramp–and a wireless one is just around the corner.Consider the workstyle of 50-year-old yacht broker Berny Coffey, founder of WME Yachts Ltd. in Alexandria Bay, New York. Coffey’s office is wherever he parks his car–and it needs to be, because business keeps him traveling to marinas and boat shows six months a year. Coffey actively manages a network of 35 brokers around the world, with annual sales of almost $50 million.Besides the usual telecomputing quiver, Coffey’s key piece of equipment is a WavBoard wireless router from Omniwav Mobile. Easily mounted in a glove compartment or trunk, WavBoard connects Coffey to Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network at 400Kbps or better, and it connects his laptop and printer/copier to the internet over Wi-Fi.Coffey carries the portable WavBoard into boat shows and marinas, where he often gives prospective buyers continents away a live videocam tour of a yacht while chatting over Skype’s toll-free phone service.”I was in Florida when Hurricane Wilma hit,” recounts Coffey, “and my brokers couldn’t tell we were without electricity or phones for seven days because I never missed a beat. If my cell phone wouldn’t work somewhere, VoIP would.” OmniWav Mobile WavBoard:Cellular/Wi-Fi router downloads at 144Kbps to 700Kbps or faster over Verizon’s EV-DO/1xRTT network. Street price: $979; $60 monthly for cell service.Mike Hogan is Entrepreneur’s technology editor. Technology Kensington Technology Group Laptop Desktop USB:Docking platform displays laptop at eye level; 4 USB 2.0 ports maintain connections to keyboard, mouse, printer and wireless devices. Street price: $80 Register Now »last_img read more

How the iPad Will Change the Way You Do Business

first_img Early reviews have been tepid, but Apple’s latest still demands attention from your business. How the iPad Will Change the Way You Do Business 5 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares iPad Allen Moon Apply Now »center_img March 15, 2010 Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article On April 3, Apple’s long-awaited tablet computer, iPad , hits the streets. Despite the initial mixed reviews it received when it was introduced, there is no denying this new device will change the way you do web business.I’ll get to exactly how it’s going to do that in a moment. But first, let’s take a quick look at the iPad, and its key features.An Overgrown iPhone?When images of the iPad first came out, many observers called it an “overgrown iPhone”–an obvious comparison, because it looks so much like Apple’s popular smartphone, and shares so many of its capabilities. Like the iPhone, the iPad allows its users to send and receive e-mail, surf the Web, play music and videos, store photos, and download utilities and games from the iTunes App Store.It also allows user to read eBooks via a reader built into the device — making it a direct competitor to Amazon Kindle and other e-reading devices on the market with far fewer bells and whistles. However, the iPad is being marketed as more than just a tool for consuming online content. Apple has revamped its iWork suite of applications to work on the iPad as well as standard Mac notebook and desktop computers. You can use “Keynote” to create multimedia presentations, “Pages” to create word processing documents, and “Numbers” to create spreadsheets. And you get to do all this via the same simple touch-screen interface that iPod Touch and iPhone users love so much.But Who’s Going to Buy it?When Apple introduced the iPad, a lot of tech geeks were disappointed. The iPad didn’t have a camera, and it couldn’t make phone calls–two big iPhone features. And it doesn’t support any sort of Flash-based programming, which puts off many designers and programmers.But when you consider what the iPad does do, it soon becomes clear that the device just isn’t meant for hardcore tech geeks. The iPad target audience is clearly people who spend most of their time on their computer doing leisure-type activities, including browsing the web, reading books, watching movies, consuming online content and interacting on social networking sites.More specifically, the iPad is going to hold huge appeal for:People who don’t like computers: The iPad’s touch-screen interface is exceptionally easy to use. Anyone who has ever got lost moving from program to program on their computer is going to love Apple’s new tablet. Key demographics fitting this description include middle-aged people and senior citizens who enjoy e-mailing friends and family, surfing the web, watching videos, and sharing photos–but hate all the hassles associated with a regular computer.People who travel: The iPad is a smaller, more lightweight alternative to a traditional laptop–which makes it ultra-portable. This ensures that people will take their iPad to places you normally wouldn’t imagine taking a laptop. Imagine being in a restaurant with hungry kids–kids growing restless and fidgety as they wait for their meals. Why not distract them–and save your fellow diners some frustration–with a movie or game on your iPad?Students: Kids are used to lugging around backpacks crammed full of heavy, expensive textbooks–textbooks that are used for one course or semester, and then never opened again. As more textbooks get converted into an iPad-friendly format, students will flock to the Apple Store to purchase this tablet in droves.So What Does This Mean for you?Even if you have no interest in ever buying an iPad yourself, you need to pay attention to how Apple develops and markets this device.As the iPad and other tablet computers become more popular over the next few years, the amount of time people spend consuming online content is going to explode. If you want your internet marketing to take advantage of this emerging trend, then you’ll make sure your website provides them with the kind of appealing content they’re looking for.Make sure your site has a blog that features regularly updated articles your target audience will find useful and entertaining. You can even create videos to satisfy their desire for multimedia content. And as your business grows, plan to include more interactive social media features on your site. These features are the most effective way to encourage your users to pursue an ongoing relationship with you and your other customers, and form a community around your business.Finally, consider offering e-books. They’re easy to produce–you can hire writers and designers to create professional-looking eBooks for you, or do it yourself. And they fit into all kinds of objectives:Main product: Great if you’ve got an info-heavy site, and they’re almost 100 percent profit once you’ve paid for the initial production.New stream of revenue: You can add e-books to your site to complement what you already offer. They’re a good upsell or standalone product.Opt-in incentive: They’re cheap to produce so you can offer them free.Sales tool: Use them as an online sales rep, to demonstrate the value of your product. eBooks can contain text, video, audio, graphics–the whole multimedia deal.As more people use devices like the iPad to access information online, e-books are going to become increasingly popular and widely used. Even now, the demand for good books to read via electronic reader outweighs the supply. If you want to take advantage of this new electronic information gold rush, the time to act is now. So what will you do to make your business more iPad-friendly?  The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

AppOnboard Doubles Down on NoCode Movement with Acquisition of Buildbox

first_imgAppOnboard Doubles Down on #NoCode Movement with Acquisition of Buildbox Business WireJune 15, 2019, 5:02 pmJune 14, 2019 Two Leaders in Mobile App Design and Development Software Join Forces to Accelerate the #Nocode Movement and Empower the Maker GenerationAppOnboard, the leading no-code mobile app design and development platform, announced the acquisition of Buildbox, the global leader in no-code mobile game development. Buildbox’s suite of tools has been used to create and power more than 45,000 unique games in 2018 alone and has driven over 3 billion estimated downloads in the app stores to-date.“Buildbox users will also gain access to additional no-code design tools, including AppOnboard Studio, that can help them develop initial prototypes, full apps and games, and even playable ads to continue to grow their mobile app business and become even more successful.”“AppOnboard and Buildbox have long shared the mission of enabling makers, creatives, designers, artists, and anyone else to become creators of mobile apps and games,” announced Trey Smith, CEO of Buildbox. “Today, we are excited to join forces with AppOnboard and double-down on the no-code movement to empower the Maker Generation to bring their ideas to life and eliminate the technical barriers to entry in mobile game and app development.”For the last 3 years, both AppOnboard and Buildbox have worked passionately to advance the no-code movement, each creating a suite of design and development tools for apps and games that enable the expression and creation of original ideas and eliminate the technical obstacles that have previously held back many great ideas.Earlier this year, AppOnboard announced the global availability of AppOnboard Studio, an easy-to-use mobile app design software that transforms ideas into interactive mobile experiences that can be shared on the Google Play store, top social networks and messaging platforms. Since its release, AppOnboard Studio has continued to gain momentum and be trusted by the largest global brands and mobile developers to power the first time user experiences of some of the largest mobile apps and games including Cooking Craze by Big Fish, MARVEL Contest of Champions by Kabam, MARVEL Strike Force by FoxNext Games, and Cookie Jam Blast by Jam City among others.Marketing Technology News: New Research Reveals That Understanding Customer Emotions is a Key Driver of Business Predictability for BrandsWith the acquisition of the Buildbox team and software tools, the AppOnboard design and development software suite has expanded to take your ideas one step further. With native asset libraries of sounds, graphics and animations, easy-to-use templates and drag and drop development tools, along with robust resources of expert advice and best practices from veterans in the industry, makers will now enjoy a complete toolset to design, build, and publish 3D games and apps to all app stores without writing a single line of code.“Buildbox is the most successful no-code game platform in the world. The Buildbox team’s attention to detail and the user experience is unlike anything I have seen in my career, even going back to our founding team who built 14 of the first 100 games on the App Store. We are thrilled to join forces with the Buildbox team to accelerate the mobile no-code movement and continue to build upon the massive success that many Buildbox creators have already experienced across the globe,” proclaimed Jonathan Zweig, CEO of AppOnboard. “AppOnboard is investing significantly in the Buildbox platform and development software to launch new features faster than ever before.”“We built Color Switch using Buildbox in about a week, which became one of the most successful viral hits with 250M downloads,” said David Reichelt, creator of Color Switch. “We can’t wait to see how AppOnboard and Buildbox will push the software even further, enabling more app makers to bring their vision to life and onto the app stores.”Marketing Technology News: Contentsquare and Monetate Bridge Customer Experience Gap Between Brands and PeopleWith Buildbox 3, Buildbox’s latest software release, creators without a technical background are already building action-packed 3D flying arcade shooter games, like Nite Fighter. “Buildbox offered me a gateway into a world that had previously seemed inaccessible; suddenly, with minimal coding knowledge but huge ideas, I had all the tools I needed to make my dreams a reality,” proclaimed Ben Scriven, creator of Nite Fighter.With the acquisition of Buildbox, Trey Smith will join the AppOnboard executive team as Chief Growth Officer alongside his co-founder and business partner Nik Rudenko who joins as VP of Technology.“AppOnboard’s investment in Buildbox will bring increased support, development and marketing resources that will help Buildbox continue to grow and expand with even more product updates, features and support to ensure it reaches the hands of even more makers across the globe,” said Bryan Buskas, COO AppOnboard. “Buildbox users will also gain access to additional no-code design tools, including AppOnboard Studio, that can help them develop initial prototypes, full apps and games, and even playable ads to continue to grow their mobile app business and become even more successful.”Marketing Technology News: MadHive, Inscape Partner To Enable Cross-Platform Linear, OTT Planning, Activation and Attribution For Local TV Broadcasters and Advertisers AcquisitionAppOnboardBuildboxMarketing Technologymobile app designNews Previous ArticleE- Commerce Growth: How to Boost Your E-Commerce Sales Without Reducing PricesNext ArticleTallwave Earns Key Industry Awards from the American Marketing Association; Also Claims Spot as a Top Company to Work for in Arizonalast_img read more

Scientists help robots understand humans with board game idea

Sadler said it is a signifcant challenge to find ways for a machine to query a human that efficiently takes advantage of the human’s expertise.”Humans are particularly good at accurately answering yes/no questions,” he said. He explained that it is important to minimize the number of queries, while maximizing the value of each one, so as not to waste the human’s time or endanger a soldier who has duties to perform in a dangerous environment.The 20 questions game is a classic pastime, where players can only ask questions whose response is yes or no, while attempting to identify an object. The sequence of questions is designed so that the player can rapidly figure out the answer: “Is it bigger than a breadbox,” “is it alive,” and so on; however, in the Army problem, it is possible that the question may be answered in error.”Unlike the actual 20 Questions game, we admit the possibility that a question might be answered in error,” he said. “We call this the noisy 20 questions game.”ARL and University of Michigan researchers developed a method to automatically formulate a sequence of questions to narrow down the error and provide an answer to the question, “what is the value of x”. The researchers have shown that their querying will achieve the minimum mean-square error between their best guess and the unknown true value of x.Moving forward, as part of research into artificial intelligence and human-machine teaming, ARL will apply methods such as the 20 Questions paradigm to Soldier-robot teaming. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by U.S. Army Research Laboratory Information scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Michigan have borrowed from the popular game “20 Questions,” to make an important step towards helping robots maintain continuous and purposeful conversation with humans. They have developed an optimal strategy for asking a series of yes/no questions that rapidly achieves the best answer. Explore further Crowd workers, AI make conversational agents smarter Citation: Scientists help robots understand humans with board game idea (2018, March 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-scientists-robots-humans-board-game.html U.S. Army Research Laboratory is turning to the popular game “20 Questions” to make an important step towards helping robots maintain continuous and purposeful conversation with Soldiers. Credit: U.S. Army Research Laboratory More information: H. W. Chung, B. M. Sadler, L. Zheng, A. O. Hero, “Unequal error protection querying policies for the noisy 20 questions problem,” IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 64, no. 2, pp. 1105—1131, February 2018. In the game, a player wishes to estimate an unknown value on a sliding scale by asking a series of questions whose answer is binary (yes or no). In this way, scientists say, their research findings could lead to new techniques for machines to ask other machines questions, or for machines and humans to query each other.ARL senior scientist Dr. Brian Sadler teamed with University of Michigan researchers Hye Won Chung, Lizhong Zheng, and Professor Alfred O. Hero to conduct the study, which appears in the February 2018 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.The work is part of a larger study to develop methods for machines and humans to interact.”It is well known that artificial intelligence systems, such as those found nowadays on every smartphone, can answer at least some questions,” Sadler said. “They can even win a game like Jeopardy, focusing on only one question at the time. A real, purposeful conversation, especially in complicated military environments, is different. It requires the AI system to understand a whole sequence of questions and answers, and to handle every question or answer with consideration of what has been asked or answered before. Such computer algorithms do not yet exist, and the scientific theory for building such algorithms is not yet developed.” read more

Bitcoin hits 4month low after currency exchange theft

first_img After Coinrail announced the theft, the price of bitcoin dropped $500 in an hour and it has continued to slide.The decline also follows a Wall Street Journal report that U.S. regulators have asked virtual currency exchanges to provide trading data to aid an investigation into virtual currency manipulation. The reports raised concerns about the future of virtual currency markets.David Jones, Capital.com’s chief market strategist, says Bitcoin is “a classic case of an economic bubble.” Last year, the virtual currency increased sixfold and hit a record high of $19,783 in December. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Bitcoin hits 4-month low after currency exchange theft (2018, June 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-bitcoin-month-currency-exchange-theft.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The price of bitcoin has fallen to a four-month low of $6,370, days after South Korean virtual currency exchange Coinrail said hackers had stolen over $37 million, or almost a third of the virtual currency it had stored.center_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain Federal regulator gives OK for bitcoin futures to trade Explore furtherlast_img read more

Ferrari says most of its cars will be hybrid by 2022

first_img “By 2022, nearly 60 percent of the models we produce will be built around hybrid powertrains,” new CEO Louis Camilleri said at the company’s Maranello headquarters.The company known for its low-slung aerodynamic sports cars will also launch its first SUV—Purosangue—after the end of the current business plan in 2022.Gas-guzzling Ferraris are faced with more and more anti-emission regulations around the world, as well as increasingly environmentally aware would-be owners.Ferrari stock tumbled 8 percent in August as investors wondered if the company could stay on track for its profit targets after the death of historic boss Sergio Marchionne.Announcing the SUV, former Philip Morris boss Camilleri said he initially abhorred the idea.”It just does not sit well with our brand and all that it represents,” he admitted, but insisted that the new design will “redefine expectations”. Most of the cars made by Ferrari will be hybrid petrol-electric by 2022, the Italian sports car manufacturer said on Tuesday, including its first SUV. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Fiat Chrysler board meets in light of CEO’s surgerycenter_img Going hybrid © 2018 AFP Citation: Ferrari says most of its cars will be hybrid by 2022 (2018, September 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-ferrari-cars-hybrid.htmllast_img read more

Inter exam row Panel submits report reverification of scripts to be completed

first_imgActivists protest against the alleged irregularities in the evaluation of the Intermediate Board examinations. (File photo) Inter exam row: NHRC issues notice to Telangana Govt April 27, 2019 Broken exam system SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED The panel investigating the discrepancies in intermediate examination results in Telangana has submitted its report to the Government on Saturday.While the contents of the report has not been announced officially yet, it is learnt that the panel has blamed the private firm, Globarena which processed the results, as well as lack of co-ordination among the officials of Board of Intermediate (BIE), Government of Telangana for the fiasco.It may be recalled that large scale discrepancies have been reported in the results announced by the BIE on April 18. In the examinations held in March-April about 8 lakh students appeared out of which 3.28 lakh were declared `failed’.The errors in the marks memo, confusion in hall tickets numbers and wrong identification of students, mismatch between marks obtained by the students and required cut-off, and others triggered major protests by students, parents as well as opposition political parties across the state. Bowing to the pressure, the government formed a three member panel on April 22 which submitted a report today. RE-VERIFICATION According to B Janardhan Reddy, Secretary, Department of Education, Govt of Telangana, re-verification of answer scripts of all failed students will be completed in 12 days from now. The process is currently on in 12 centres across including five in Hyderabad. In districts, collectors have been given the charge of the process. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had earlier directed the officials to conduct re-verification of answer sheets of all failed students free of cost.Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has on Friday issued notice to the state government over reports of 18 suicides by the failed students.center_img Published on SHARE Telangana COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img

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