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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

The MultimediaoverCoax Alliance MoCA has launc

first_imgThe Multimedia-over-Coax Alliance (MoCA) has launched a certification programme for products running the MoCA 2.0 specification.“The MoCA certification program for MoCA 2.0 products will enable manufacturers to verify their next generation of connected home technology products,” said Stephen Palm, MoCA certification board chair, and senior technical director, Broadcom.MoCA technology is the worldwide standard for home entertainment networking. MoCA 2.0 offers two performance modes of 400 and 800 Mbps net throughputs, while MoCA 2.0 Golden Nodes, for testing interoperability, are available from both Broadcom and Entropic.last_img

Russian broadcaster CTC Media has launched its Per

first_imgRussian broadcaster CTC Media has launched its Peretz channel in Kyrgyzstan following a deal with local distribution partner Evropa-Azia.Kyrgyzstan is the second international market for Peretz, which is also available in Belarus. Outside Russia, CTC also operates an international version of its flagship CTC channel in North America, Europe, Central Asia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, the Middle East and Kyrgyzstan as well as owning Kazakhstan’s Channel 31 and a subsidiary in Moldova.“Expanding CTC Media channels’ broadcasting internationally is part of the company’s long-term strategy. Evropa-Azia already owns the rights to distribute the CTC television channel’s signal in Kyrgyzstan. Peretz is now available in the country’s main cable networks and we plan on continuing to dynamically develop our technical penetration. In 2014 Peretz’s viewers will see quite a lot of new programmes and genres,” said Sergey Petrov, chief broadcasting officer for CTC Media.“We have been successfully working with CTC Media since 2012. I am certain that Peretz will not disappoint Kyrgyz viewers and will give us all a great deal of vividly positive emotions,” said Ayder Bekirov, CEO of Evropa-Azia.last_img read more

Marcus Arthur BBC Store the forthcoming electroni

first_imgMarcus ArthurBBC Store, the forthcoming electronic sell-through service from BBC Worldwide, will likely be rolled out internationally sometime after its UK launch next year, with the BBC’s commercial arm mulling whether to adopt a subscription or a transactional model for the international service. Speaking at Informa’s Digital TV World Summit in London this morning, Marcus Arthur, president, UK and ANZ, BBC Worldwide said a subscription model was one option that the organisation was considering for a future international rollout.“We could make it a subscription service. When we go overseas we have a choice,” he said.Arthur said the BBC’s existing non-linear international service, the Global iPlayer, had been launched as a trial and had “limited traction”.He said BBC Store was “just another step on our roadmap to digital innovation”.“We are looking how to modernise that [Global iPlayer] with the platform we are building here. We will role it out. But it is important to get it right. Just now we are concentrating on getting it right here [in the UK] and we will do that first,” Arthur told conference attendees.Speaking to Digital TV Europe on the sidelines of the event, Arthur said BBC Worldwide would “choose one model” for the international rollout of the service.Arthur said the Global iPlayer, which is present in Australia and currently has about 13,000 subscribers, would be kept ticking over until a decision was taken on how to launch the new platform.He said that the rollout of channel brands BBC Earth, BBC First and BBC Brit remained at the core of BBC Worldwide’s international strategy, but that the rollout of a digital platform would be considered on a territory-by-territory basis. “We have a rollout strategy for those [channels] globally but we will prioritise digital innovation where we think we can win,” he told Digital TV Europe.Arthur earlier told conference attendees that BBC Store will be launched in the UK next year, and “will sit inside and alongside BBC iPlayer”, the BBC’s popular catch-up streaming and download service.Arthur said that BBC Store will provide an “opportunity to buy programmes from the BBC post the 30-day window” on iPlayer. He said that the BBC’s UK viewers were frustrated with the lack of availability of content beyond the 30-day window and lack of access to older archive content. BBC Store would change that, he said.“If you are on BBC iPlayer and you find the programme we will serve up programmes similar to it or previous series and you will be able to buy them,” said Arthur.BBC Store will initially be launched as a standalone product, but Arthur said it would be integrated with BBC iPlayer over time. Viewers using BBC iPlayer will be given an opportunity to purchase content, with this clearly identified as taking them into a commercial environment, when the free catch-up window expires. They will then be able to both purchase archive programmes from BBC Store and download free catch-up content from BBC iPlayer and store them in the same digital locker for viewing across “virtually all platforms”.Arthur said the thinking behind BBC Store reflected the fact that the BBC “needs to have a direct route to market”.“The choice we’ve made is to have our own route to market and that’s partly because we are licence fee-funded and a subscription route will not work in the UK,” he said.Arthur said BBC Store would “offer the most comprehensive collection of BBC content ever”. He said the service would be simple and easy to use and that “it would grow the overall market” rather than cannibalise the existing DVD sales business.“It will be a sizable chunk [of the consumer business] going forward and will give us a direct relationship with the consumer,” said Arthur. He said BBC Store is expected to “more than double our EST business”, currently based on sales via iTunes and Amazon, because the consumer will have greater choice.last_img read more

I am really fed up with the paltry 17 increase i

first_imgI am really fed up with the paltry 1.7% increase in Social Security this year. How can that number be right when Medicare premiums were increased by almost three times as much? Sure, if Medicare premiums were the only thing going up, maybe that wouldn’t be so bad. But it seems like inflation is picking up far quicker than the official, government-reported numbers. I recently saw a photo of Congress with the caption, “Are you sure you want to move these 535 items to the recycle bin?” After looking at several surveys on Congressional approval ratings, I would say part of the problem is that too many are recycled. About 535 items should be dumped in the trash. Unfortunately, that’s not a realistic option. However, we can attack the sunny illusion and look at things as they really are. I am going to ask our readers for help this week in determining the true inflation rate you’re experiencing in daily life. The best way to find out what the real inflation number is ask our readers. Hopefully you will find it a bit fun, but it’s really an important first step toward looking at reality and taking charge of your financial future. Please take a moment after you’ve finished reading to complete our anonymous, one-question survey.What the Heck Is Inflation Anyway? One of my adult children recently asked me to define the word “inflation.” I went to my online dictionary, and here is what I found: in•fla•tion [ in fláysh’n ] Higher prices: an increase in the supply of currency or credit relative to the availability of goods and services, resulting in higher prices and a decrease in the purchasing power of money. OK, but what does that really mean? Well, if you’re working, hopefully your wages are keeping up with inflation so you’re not becoming poorer with each passing day. If you’re retired and no longer working, your overall portfolio must increase at a rate higher than the rate of inflation, or you are getting poorer each year. Imagine that you’d stuffed $1 million under a large mattress at the beginning of the year. Now, imagine that you lose 10% of your purchasing power. At the end of the year, that million would buy $100,000 less than it would have the previous year. The average American is having a tough time grasping just what is happening. Edward N. Wolff of New York University just released a study concluding that: “The median net worth of American households has dropped to a 43-year low as the lower and middle classes appear poorer and less stable than they have been since 1969.” We reached a similar conclusion on the effects of inflation on Social Security recipients in our recent article, Paul Revere, the Fearmonger. Hopefully both retirees and folks in the workforce are seeing their incomes go up. However, if inflation is rising at a faster rate, their buying power is going down. Increased income that creates the illusion of wealth can confuse a lot of us.What Is the Real Inflation Rate? OK, you’ve got the idea. So what is the true inflation rate and how does it affect you? The answer is, of course, “that depends.” Since the Federal Reserve was created in 1913, the value of the dollar – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – has declined by 95%. If $1.00 would buy 20 loaves of bread then, it would buy one loaf today. According to John Williams’ Shadow Government Statistics, if you calculate inflation the way the government did in 1980, the current inflation rate is 10%. If you calculate it the way the government did in 1990, it’s about 5.5%. And finally, ask any Social Security recipient what their cost of living adjustment was for this year’s check. It was 1.7% across the board. So take your pick, anywhere between the current government-reported 1.7% and the Shadow Government Statistics’ alternatives. Whatever the real number is, we know one thing for sure: Inflation is a way of life in America, and it erodes our true wealth. It is particularly devastating for seniors and savers who aren’t receiving regular wage increases. Why does the government continually manipulate the Consumer Price Index (CPI) numbers in its favor? Basically it is a hidden savings tax. It benefits borrowers by allowing them to pay back debts with much cheaper dollars. And who is the biggest borrower in the world? Why, the US government, of course. If you’d like to read more about the government’s incentives to manipulate the data in its favor, take another look at Paul Revere, the Fearmonger. So how can baby boomers and retirees fight back? During the Carter administration we experienced high inflation, but CDs and top-quality bonds also provided large interest income, allowing retirees to protect their buying power. Those options are not available today.Dennis Miller, “Restaurant Detective” How much do we really need to earn after taxes to maintain our wealth? First, let’s agree on the true rate of inflation, the true increase in the cost of living for Money Forever readers over the last year. It’s not an easy figure to pin down. For example, my favorite ice cream still costs the same, but the container is smaller. Sure, the grocery clerk adds the same amount to my bill, but my cost per spoonful has increased. That’s why I went back to our credit-card receipts to hunt down the facts. We frequent several local restaurants. (No, I do not get any compensation for mentioning them.) Let’s start with our local Bob Evans. Our bills for the last quarter of 2011 and 2012 were within a dime of each other. But this turned out to be a another example of hidden inflation, just like my ice cream. After my doctor and I had a “little talk,” I decided to get serious about dieting. Now we only order the “over 55” specials – you know, the ones on the back page of the menu. Yes, they are cheaper, but there’s also less food. The standard meatloaf dinner comes with two pieces of meatloaf; the senior special has only one. While we are spending the same amount, believe me, our portions are a lot smaller! Our local Hooters restaurant offers peel-and-eat shrimp sold by the pound. How much has our average bill increased? The answer is: 25.59%. A large portion of that is probably from increased labor costs, but that doesn’t really matter. I’m still paying more – a lot more! In most of the restaurants we frequent, Diet Coke and iced tea have gone up a quarter or more, which is also a double-digit price increase. As a friend mentioned recently, “Inexpensive dinners are getting more expensive.” I asked Vedran Vuk, our senior research analyst, to compare a few grocery staples, showing how much their prices have increased since 2006. The graph below shows what you likely already know to be true. We received quite a bit of feedback after publishing Paul Revere, the Fearmonger, but no one disagreed with the idea that our government is not telling the truth. Perhaps BLS, the acronym for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, should be shortened to “BS.” There may be some debate as to what the true inflation figure is, but no one believed it was 1.7%Time to Put In Your Two Cents Enough already with the government’s phony numbers! I’d like to hear from you – all of our readers in the retirement trenches. Then we can use that figure to better understand the investment challenges we face. Please take a moment to complete our anonymous, one-question survey, and check back next week for the results. There’s also a place to leave comments or share your own inflation experiences. If you really have a lot on your mind, please drop me an email. We have all worked hard for our money, making a lot of sacrifices as we built up our nest eggs. I dislike the idea of any government inflating its currency to avoid doing what we all have to do: not spend more than we make. What really frustrates me is the sneakiness, trying to hide the truth from the very public that keeps them in power. This is not a Democrat/Republican issue; politicians on both sides of the aisle are guilty. Inflation is like carbon monoxide to seniors and savers. If the alarm doesn’t go off in time, we’ll be in real trouble. We want to keep you informed and help you confront the investment challenges head-on. We can all make our nest eggs last and hopefully leave some for the next generation, but first we have to see the monster for what it is. Stay tuned…On the Lighter Side I read an article last week on how retirement savings accounts are drawing the attention of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The article points out that Americans hold $19.4 trillion in retirement assets. The author wrote: “The bureau’s core concern is that many Americans, notably those from the retiring Baby Boom generation, may fall prey to financial scams, according to three people briefed on the CFPB’s deliberations who asked not to be named because the matter is still under discussion.” When I read articles that suggest the government needs to protect us from scams, etc. by requiring we invest a portion of our retirement savings with the government itself, it really infuriates me. Isn’t the government running its own scam by tweaking inflation statistics? The government needs to keep their paws out of our retirement money.  They will get it soon enough through estate taxes. This kind of thing drives me nuts! —- Congratulations to the 49ers and the Ravens who are playing in the Super Bowl. How cool is it that two brothers are the head coaches of opposing teams in the biggest game of the year? Their father was also a successful football coach; I cannot imagine just how proud their entire family must be. Why do I suspect that both brothers are quite familiar with each other’s trick plays? And finally… Many thanks to our dear friend Toots who keeps us supplied with cool things to lighten the mood. Here are some she titled “Punography.” What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus. On a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory: I hope there’s no pop quiz. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me! All the toilets in New York’s police stations have been stolen. Police have nothing to go on. And my favorite… I used to think I was indecisive. Now I’m not so sure. Until next week…last_img read more

Scratch another Guinea worm hot spot off the list

first_imgScratch another Guinea worm hot spot off the list.One of the countries hardest hit with the parasite — South Sudan — has finally stopped transmission, the Carter Center announced Wednesday.The country reported zero cases in 2017 and hasn’t had a case in 15 months. There are also no signs Guinea worm is circulating in dogs in South Sudan, as it is in Chad and Mali.”I come from an area that had the most Guinea worm,” South Sudan’s Minister of Health, Dr. Riek Gai Kok, said at a news conference. “I never thought — even one time — that the area would be free of Guinea worm, let alone all of South Sudan would be.””But today that dream has come true,” he added.The international effort to eradicate Guinea worm has been a huge success. Back in the mid-’80s, more than 3 million people were catching the parasite each year. Now Guinea worm is circulating in only three countries: Ethiopia, Mali and Chad. Last year, there were only 30 human cases worldwide.But to eradicate the worm, health workers also have to stop transmission in animals. Last year, there were nearly a thousand cases in dogs and cats in Chad and Mali.Guinea worm is a horrific infection. First, a painful blister starts to form on the skin. Then a thin, white worm — up to 3 feet long — emerges from the blister over the course of a few weeks. It is an incredibly painful process and temporarily handicaps a person while he or she waits for the worm to come out of the skin.People catch Guinea worm by drinking contaminated water. Simply filtering drinking water can stop transmission of the parasite. An infected person can also stop the spread of the parasite by keeping the emerging worm away from water. When the worm touches water, it releases tens of thousands of baby worms and contaminates the whole body of water.Back in 2006, South Sudan reported more than 20,000 cases, making it the third hardest hit country in the world. Only Nigeria and Uganda had reported higher annual cases, at about 650,000 and 126,000, respectively.”This an incredible story, given all of the challenges that South Sudan has faced, especially the ongoing conflict,” says Dr. Sharon Roy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who leads an international team working on Guinea worm eradication.Former President Jimmy Carter has led a massive campaign to eradicate the worm. “I’d like for the last Guinea worm to die before I do,” he told reporters.Sudan was especially challenging. Civil war has plagued the region since the 1960s. To begin the eradication program in the area, Carter had to negotiate a special “Guinea worm cease-fire” back in 1995. And just a few years ago, the Carter Center had to evacuate its staff from the country because of violence.”If South Sudan can stop Guinea worm, Chad can do it. Mali can do it. Ethiopia can do it, too,” Roy says. “It’s really an amazing accomplishment.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.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

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

Taxi Companies line up to overhaul Japans staid cab sector

© 2018 AFP This week, Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made his first visit to Japan since taking over at the firm, touting “promising partnership talks” on his Twitter feed, where he posted smiling photos of himself alongside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Toyota chief Akio Toyoda.The global ride-hailing giant has had little success so far penetrating Japan’s taxi market, which is governed by strict regulations.But instead of pursuing the aggressive strategies it has used elsewhere, the company is opting for a charm offensive, emphasising cooperation rather than confrontation.”Clearly we need a different way of doing business in Japan,” Khosrowshahi said at an event in Tokyo covered by local media.”We need to come in with partnership in mind, and in particular a partnership with the taxi industry here, which actually has a very, very strong product,” he added.”But that product hasn’t kept up with technological change”.Rushing to catch upJapan’s taxi companies have seen little reason until now to innovate, shunning the upheaval seen across the industry elsewhere in the world.Hailing a taxi rarely takes more than a few seconds in major Japanese cities, with the vast majority hired from cab ranks. Uber has had little success so far penetrating the Japanese market But with major sporting events—the Rugby World Cup next year and the 2020 Olympics—expected to bring in an unprecedented number of tourists, companies including Uber think the time is right for a taxi revolution.”We know that the first thing many people do when they arrive in a country is open the Uber app. Our vision is for visitors to Japan to get a taxi via the app, with no language issues,” Uber spokesman Chris Brummitt told AFP.For now, the company has a limited presence in Japan with its premium service UberBLACK, but finding a local partner could change that.”We believe there is immense potential to reach more customers by partnering,” Brummitt said.Uber is far from alone in targeting the market, with Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing and Japanese telecom firm SoftBank announcing a deal in early February to develop a taxi app in Japan. Citation: Taxi! Companies line up to overhaul Japan’s staid cab sector (2018, February 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-taxi-companies-line-overhaul-japan.html Japan’s taxi market is governed by strict regulations Hailing a taxi rarely takes more than a few seconds in major Japanese cities “We’re trying to make it easier for everybody to hail a taxi with more reasonable fares,” said Ryota Fujimura, a spokesman for JapanTaxi, the subsidiary in charge of the project.JapanTaxi estimates the app could reduce ride costs by between 15 to 40 percent for customers, and the company has attracted 7.5 billion yen ($70 million) from Toyota for other projects to update the sector.Under pressure from competitors and anticipating a drop in private car purchases, Toyota says the investment is “part of our transformation from a strict car maker to a provider of mobility.”The Toyota tie-up hopes to bring Japan’s taxis into the digital age, equipping them with on-board tablets and AI technology to help better predict customer demand.Electronics giant Sony is jumping in too, announcing plans to partner with six Japanese companies who would receive AI technology for their vehicles, some 10,000 in Tokyo alone.The innovations aim to rejuvenate the client base for taxis, but perhaps also their drivers, who at present have an average age of 60.And at carmaker Nissan, developers are taking things one step further, testing “robo-taxis”, driverless cabs that could be particularly tempting for Japan given its labour shortages.For now, the cars will be moving around a test route, with a safety driver in place but not touching the steering wheel.But Nissan’s partner Renault hopes it can bring the taxis to market by 2020—just in time for the Olympics. Sony jumps into Japan taxi market with AI app plans With their white-gloved, greying drivers and lace-covered seating, Japan’s taxis seem to belong to another era, but as the 2020 Olympics approach, the sedate sector is facing a quiet revolution. 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 SoftBank owns a 15 percent stake in Uber, but appears to be hedging its bets.And as outsiders line up to tap the sector, Japan’s taxi companies are also springing into action, seeking to tackle a decline in rider figures, which fell by a third between 2005 and 2015.”The Japanese taxi industry has been protected by regulation for a long time. However recently more attractive, customer-oriented services have appeared,” said Hitoshi Kaise, an automotive expert at Roland Berger, a consulting firm.Robo-taxisTokyo’s leading taxi company Nihon Kotsu, whose slogan is “unchanging sincerity in this ever-changing society”, recently began testing a ride-sharing app. 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

Wind tunnel tests could help kites become a clean energy highflier

first_imgThe use of kites to capture wind energy and turn it into cost-effective ‘green’ electricity could be coming within reach, with EPSRC-funded research at Imperial College London playing an important role in making it possible. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Linked to a wider Innovate UK-funded project, a team at Imperial’s Department of Aeronautics has put a kite-energy device through its paces using a wind tunnel that is part of the EPSRC-supported National Wind Tunnel Facility (NWTF).The data produced has helped Glasgow-based Kite Power Systems (KPS) – a company aiming to bring kite energy to market by 2025—to optimise its device to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. This is enabling the company to take the concept to the next stage of development.Kite energy involves tethering a specially designed kite to a spool via cables. As the kite moves around in the wind, in a figure-of-eight pattern, the pull on the cable turns the spool and the motion of the drum is harnessed to generate electricity. Kites of this kind could be deployed in groups, with offshore locations one potential possibility where installations could produce significant amounts of competitively priced power.The wind tunnel tests at Imperial explored the ‘load’ that a model of the kite-energy device measuring three metres x one metre was subjected to, as well as the effect of ‘drag’ as it manoeuvred. As kite-energy devices would be designed to move in the air at speeds of up to 80 metres per second, these forces could be very substantial, so the design needs to combine agility with robustness. Citation: Wind tunnel tests could help kites become a clean energy high-flier (2019, June 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-tunnel-kites-energy-high-flier.html Explore further Energy from the windy heights Provided by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Professor Mike Graham, who led the Imperial team, says: “We treated both a fabric model of the kite-energy device and a rigid aerofoil model of the cross-sections and the data gathered has helped KPS assess this design. Our work has also helped inform the choice of materials that will be used in the devices. The consortium involved in the Innovate UK project included a lot of industrial backing, but Imperial has been the only academic partner involved. Our work has therefore played a distinctive role in enabling the concept to move forward.”The wind tunnel at Imperial that was used in the test has an 18 metres-long high-speed working section and a large low-speed section of just under six metres wide and three metres high. It is one of three wind tunnels at the college included in the NWTF.Professor Graham says: “The NWTF consists of 17 wind tunnels located across seven UK universities, collectively providing a world-class facility available not only to universities but also to industrial-based users. It will keep the UK at the forefront of aerodynamics and fluid mechanics research and our work on kite energy has been a great example of its value.”David Ainsworth, KPS CEO, says: “The work conducted in the wind tunnel by Imperial College London as part of the Innovate UK grant was invaluable to our increased understanding of the behaviour of our components. The learning has substantially steered our technology direction and ensures that we are on course for commercialisation by 2025.” 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.last_img read more

Cats in Australia Kill Over 2 Billion Wild Animals Each Year

first_img Australian officials are exploring multiple strategies for controlling populations of feral cats, including shooting, trapping and poisoning them with bait such as toxic sausages. Such culls are expected to eradicate around 2 million cats by 2020, but some species of vulnerable Australian wildlife may be running out of time, said study co-author Christopher Dickman, a professor in terrestrial ecology with the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney. Cats are recognized as a threat to 35 species of birds, 36 mammal species, seven reptile species and three amphibian species, according to Australia’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPAC). “Many of Australia’s native species cannot withstand these high levels of predation and will become increasingly at risk of extinction unless the problem of cats in Australia is solved,” Dickman said in the statement. Here, Kitty, Kitty: 10 Facts for Cat Lovers When cats roam free, small wild animals die. And the body count in Australia exceeds 2 billion native animals per year. Environmental researchers in Australia compiled the alarming figure by combing through hundreds of studies on the predatory habits of Australia’s free-ranging pet cats as well as feral felines. The scientists documented cats’ historic and ongoing toll on Australian wildlife in the book “Cats in Australia” (CSIRO Publishing, 2019). In just one day, Australia’s millions of cats kill approximately 1.3 million birds, 1.8 million reptiles and over 3.1 million mammals. [In Photos: The Peskiest Alien Mammals]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65915-australia-cats-wildlife-killers.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Cats were introduced to Australia in the 18th century by European colonizers, and a report in 2017 found that feral cats could be found in 99.8% of the continent, including on 80% of Australia’s islands. Current estimates of the number of feral cats in Australia range from about 2 million to more than 6 million during years with a lot of rainfall, when prey is abundant. And every feral cat kills about 740 native animals annually, co-author Sarah Legge, a principal research fellow with the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Australia’s University of Queensland, said in a statement. There are also about 4 million pet cats in Australia. Pet owners who allow their cats to spend time outdoors may never witness their beloved animal’s killer instincts. Yet a single pet cat kills, on average, about 75 animals each year. That may not sound like much compared to the death toll racked up by feral cats. However, urban cat populations tend to be denser than in rural areas; with about 180 cats per square mile (60 per square kilometer) wildlife in urban areas pay a deadly price, Legge explained. “As a result, cats in urban areas kill many more animals per square kilometer each year than cats in the bush,” she said. Meet the Rare and Fabulous Felines of ‘Super Cats’ (Photos) Photos: See the World Through a Cat’s Eyes A feral cat pauses for the camera after killing an Australian rosella parrot. Credit: Brisbane City Council Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSoGoodlyThey Were Named The Most Beautiful Twins In The World, Wait Till You See Them TodaySoGoodlyUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndolast_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