US plantbased food market grows by 81 in the past year

first_imgUS plant-based food market grows by 8.1% in the past yearPosted By: News Deskon: September 14, 2017In: Beverage, Food, IndustriesPrintEmailSales of plant-based food and beverages in the US rose by 8.1% to $3.1 billion in the 52 weeks to 12 August 2017, according to Nielsen data compiled for the Plant Based Foods Association and The Good Food Institute.The data shows that plant-based dairy alternatives experienced 20% growth, topping $700 million in sales over the past year. This category, which excludes milks, consists of plant-based cheeses, yogurts and ice creams. Yogurt showed significant growth, at 56% since last year, according to the data.The plant-based milk category is up 3.1% since last year. Over the same period, the Nielsen data shows that cow’s milk sales are down about 5%.The results also reveal that plant-based meats grew by 6% year-on-year. Refrigerated meats are growing more than frozen at 23%.Plant-based meat claimed 2.1% of sales in refrigerated and frozen meat products sold at retail, according to Nielsen. Plant Based Foods Association executive director Michele Simon said: “It’s exciting to see the steady growth of the plant-based foods industry. With this new baseline data, we have a solid foundation for this young industry to grow each year.”The Good Food Institute executive director Bruce Friedrich added: “There is a revolution going on in the plant-based meat space. Right now, the sector is small, but growing, and we are working hard to create a viable market sector.“It is especially impressive to see that all the plant-based companies are working cooperatively, because a rising tide will lift all boats.”The Plant Based Foods Association is a trade body representing 80 US plant-based food companies. The Good Food Institute is a non-profit organisation that aims to transition the global food system away from industrial animal agriculture.Last week, Nestlé USA acquired California producer of plant-based meats Sweet Earth as it gains entry into the plant-based segment.Share with your network: Tags: plant-based foodsUnited Stateslast_img read more

GMOfree dairy product launches in Germany double in a year

first_imgGMO-free dairy product launches in Germany double in a yearPosted By: News Deskon: September 20, 2017In: Dairy, Food, Health, IndustriesPrintEmailGMO-free dairy product launches in Germany amounted to 15% of total new dairy products in the country between August 2016 and July 2017, according to new figures from Mintel.The GMO-free claim activity in Germany now doubles the European average, which has remained stable at 7% of all dairy products since 2015. Between 2015 and 2016, GMO-free dairy launches in Germany were 7%.Most dominant in the rise of GMO-free claims across Germany’s dairy category is the white milk segment. In 2016, GMO-free claims in the white milk segment were present in over two out of five (44%) new launches, followed by yogurt (10%), butter (9%), and cheese (8%).While Germany is the leading European market in terms of GMO-free product innovation, Mintel research shows that the idea of genetically modified food faces strong resistance in Europe.Among countries surveyed by Mintel, the share of consumers opposed to genetically modified food is highest in Germany (41%), closely followed by France (40%), Italy (38%), Poland (32%) and Spain (31%).The rising use of GMO-free claims comes as the organic market grows its visibility. Indeed, nearly a quarter (24%) of dairy launches in Germany in 2016 were labelled as organic.Food and drink analyst at Mintel Julia Büch said: “GMO-free claims are becoming an important quality differentiator, in particular among conventional, non-organic ranges. The rise in GMO-free claims is actively pushing public awareness of the fact that dairy products may derive from animals fed genetically modified feed.“The rise of GMO-free claims in Germany’s dairy sector follows in the footsteps of the country’s booming organic market, which continues to grow as consumers are becoming increasingly conscious about the origins and quality of their food.”Share with your network: Tags: DairyGermanyGMO-freelast_img read more

Tesco responds to demands for vegan food with plantbased line

first_imgTesco responds to demands for vegan food with plant-based linePosted By: News Deskon: January 08, 2018In: Food, Health, Industries, Innovation, New products, RetailPrintEmailBritish supermarket Tesco has responded to “soaring” demand for meat alternative products with its first ever range of plant-based dishes.Tesco has partnered with chef Derek Sarno to create Wicked Kitchen, a line which consists of vegan salads, sandwiches, wraps, ready meals and pizzas.The supermarket said demand for vegetarian and vegan food has risen as a result of lifestyle choices such as meat-free Mondays and flexitarian diets.In the last year alone, Tesco saw demand for chilled vegetarian ready meals and meat substitutes increase by 25%.Chef Derek said: “When I first arrived in Britain from America I was hugely surprised at how little choice there was for vegans and those considering a lifestyle change.“For too long, vegans have been overlooked, with many offerings that are available seemingly created to appease rather than truly please.“Wicked Kitchen plans to change all that and I’m proud to work with Tesco and offer all its customers delicious meals to get them on board with this growing foodie revolution.”The new range launches today in 600 stores across the UK. Variants include: sweet potato pakora wrap, rainbow curry bowl, and caponata sourdough pizza.Last week, Tesco rival Sainsbury’s unveiled a similar line after claiming that “91% of the nation is adopting a flexitarian approach to eating”.Share with your network: Tags: Flexitarianplant-basedTescoUKveganlast_img read more

The Guardian view on arms control signing up must mean something

first_imgReuse this content Share on LinkedIn Donald Trump … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. In Syria, Bashar al-Assad’s backers have lost sight of why chemical weapons are not allowed on – or off – the battlefield. The rest of the world has to establish a wider cost for such awful behaviour Opinion Opinion Share on Facebook Thu 12 Apr 2018 13.33 EDT Share on Pinterest Shares3333 Syria Bashar al-Assad Since you’re here… Editorial Support The Guardian Arms trade Syriacenter_img Share on Twitter Last modified on Sat 14 Apr 2018 13.52 EDT Share via Email Chemical weapons editorials Russia In 2013, Barack Obama made a bargain with Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, brokered by Russia, the latter’s ally. The United States withdrew its threat to attack Mr Assad’s regime for using sarin against Syrians in Damascus that summer. Hundreds died in the deadliest use of chemical weapons since the Iran–Iraq war. Mr Assad denied he had used such weapons, but in return for US restraint his regime agreed to dismantle its chemical weapons programme. Much of the country’s banned substances were thought to have been destroyed, and Syria joined the treaty against their use.Yet as the years have unfolded, Mr Assad, a ruthless dictator who the world would be better without, has made a mockery of the agreement. Syria’s civil war, now in its seventh year, has been wreathed in toxic fumes. Experts from the UN and the chemical weapons watchdog said the Syrian regime has used helicopters to dump chlorine gas on opponents. Chlorine is not a banned substance, since it has commercial uses, but its use as a weapon is. The watchdog last year said Mr Assad’s forces also used sarin gas, a nerve agent, to kill more than 90 people in Khan Sheikhun. There have been an estimated score or more of incidents of chemical weapons use since then.These are heinous crimes using weapons of mass destructive terror. It’s not that these weapons kill on any wider a scale than heavy artillery does, but that they kill in a very cruel way. People die in their beds, clutching babies and loved ones. The ability to burn people inside out sends fearful shivers through populations. The use of chemical weapons amounts to official terrorism, corrupting further a corrupt regime. Mr Assad does not care; it has been effective, even in smaller doses than the 2013 attack, to evict insurgents from their sanctuaries, forcing them to keep moving and making it harder to regroup, with consequent demoralisation.Mr Assad has been allowed to act with murderous impunity because of his backers in Moscow. Russia has vetoed critical resolutions at the UN security council in relation to Syria. To deter Mr Assad from using chemical weapons, the United States, France and the UK are considering military action – although Donald Trump followed bombastic threats by tweeting he never said “when an attack on Syria would take place”. Too large an attack might lead to a dangerous escalation with Russia in a country that Moscow has used as a testing ground for sophisticated weaponry, a fact demonstrated when anti-aircraft fire brought down an Israeli F-16 fighter jet in February.Vladimir Putin’s Russia has largely fallen out of love with arms control, seeing the rules-based order as a way of reducing its influence and stature in the world. Moscow wants Russia’s power to reflect its gigantic geography rather than its puny economy and almost non-existent political magnetism. Russia is similar to North Korea and Iran in seeking strength through having adversaries. But in eliciting global condemnation they achieve weakness.In the longer term, the only way to bring back rogue nations into compliance will be through reestablishing the fundamental premise of why arms control agreements exist. Countries enter into them not for the sake of moral principle but because they help to set up the rules for military strategy. Key to this is developing ways to avoid war, minimising the competition between military powers, and curtailing the scope of violence if the fighting does break out. In Syria, the Russians and Iranians have lost sight of these things. Precipitate military action without parliamentary scrutiny will not help. What will is establishing a wider cost for such awful behaviour.• This article was updated on 12 April 2018 to clarify the Guardian’s stance. Topics Share on Facebook Middle East and North Africa Share on Twitter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad talking with government troops in Eastern Ghouta.Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Messenger The Guardian view on arms control: signing up must mean somethinglast_img read more

CCTV shows Prince visiting doctors office a day before his death –

first_imgLast modified on Fri 20 Apr 2018 06.25 EDT Source: Carver County Sheriff’s Office Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Fri 20 Apr 2018 05.54 EDT Minnesota Prince was filmed with his bodyguard and Dr Michael Todd Schulenberg during a visit to the doctor on 20 April 2016. Schulenberg was accused of illegally prescribing an opioid for Prince and agreed to pay $30,000 (£21,000) over a civil violation. The settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing. An autopsy found the musician died the next day from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioidPrince: no criminal charges to be filed over musician’s overdose death Opioids Topics Shares1212 CCTV shows Prince visiting doctor’s office a day before his death – video,Play Video Prince Prince 0:33last_img read more

NoRA Alec Baldwin and Amy Schumer join new antiNRA initiative

first_img Read more A coalition of celebrities, activists and policy experts have joined forces to launch NoRA, an initiative hoping to curb the NRA’s influence NoRA has also partnered with organizations such as the Newtown Action Alliance, Rock the Vote, and Guns Down America to bolster its efforts. It is also soliciting donations on its website. NoRA: Alec Baldwin and Amy Schumer join new anti-NRA initiative Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Amy Schumer Since you’re here… Fri 20 Apr 2018 13.17 EDT Culture The initiative, which uses the hashtag #NoRA, sent an open letter to the National Rifle Association executive vice-president, Wayne LaPierre, on Friday, denouncing his organization’s sway in American politics and promising to hasten gun reform efforts in the wake of the Parkland shooting, where 17 people were killed. The letter accuses the NRA of fighting “every single basic gun reform measure that might have saved lives” and vows to “shine a bright light on what you and your organization do to America”.More than 130 celebrities and activists have partnered with #NoRA, including Alyssa Milano, Julianne Moore, Tarana Burke, Don Cheadle, Michael Moore, Patton Oswalt, Jill Soloway and Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg, who has been the victim of rightwing attacks since he began to publicly advocate tougher gun safety laws. Culture Jimmy Kimmel Share on Twitter Amy Schumer and Alec Baldwin promised the NRA’s executive vice-chairman, Wayne LaPierre, they would ‘shine a bright light on what you and your organization do to America’.Composite: getty / rex Jake Nevins ‘Shameful day in Washington’: five years after gun reform failed, is change coming? US gun control Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Columbine students urge action on gun control ahead of walkouts across the US Topics Read morecenter_img news … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian This article is more than 1 year old This article is more than 1 year old Break the cycle Share via Email NRA Break the cycle Celebrities, including Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer and Jimmy Kimmel, have added their voices to a new initiative targeting the National Rifle Association.The stars have partnered with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, policy experts, and various grassroots gun safety organizations to start the No Rifle Association Initiative, which pledges to reduce the NRA’s influence in American politics with demonstrations, boycotts and voter registration efforts. Julianne Moore Shares4545 Share on Messenger In the letter, #NoRA describes itself as a “diverse, non-partisan coalition of activists, artists, celebrities, writers, gun violence survivors and policy experts”. Since the Parkland shooting and last month’s March for Our Lives celebrities such as Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and George Clooney have been increasingly outspoken about what they see as America’s gun violence epidemic. Schumer, with her cousin, the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, advocated universal background checks among other gun safety measures after a man opened fire at a screening of her film Trainwreck. Shortly after appearing at the White House in 2016, where Barack Obama made an appeal for stricter gun laws, Schumer told Politico she was “sickened by the cowardice” of US senators failing to implement tougher gun legislation and said “their dedication seems to be only to dollar signs for their own pockets”.“Today we follow in the footsteps of the brave Parkland students and those who have come before to make sure you and those marionettes whose strings you pull hear all the voices who have been hurt by the gun violence you enable,” an excerpt from the letter, obtained by Time, reads. “Today we lift the voices of the children who died because you refused to allow your puppets to vote for mandatory safe storage, trigger locks, assault-weapons bans, or other commonsense devices and protections. Today we speak for the majority of Americans who correctly say your policies are bad for our nation.” Alec Baldwin @jhnevins Share on Facebook Last modified on Wed 5 Jun 2019 04.14 EDT Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Google records your location even when you tell it not to

first_imgGoogle Since 2014, Google has let advertisers track the effectiveness of online ads at driving foot traffic, a feature that Google has said relies on user location histories.The company is pushing further into such location-aware tracking to drive ad revenue. At a Google Marketing Live summit in July, Google executives unveiled a new tool that uses ads to boost in-person store visits. It says it can measure how well a campaign drove foot traffic with data pulled from Google users’ location histories.Google also says location records stored in My Activity are used to target ads. Ad buyers can target ads to specific locations, say, a mile radius around a particular landmark and typically have to pay more to reach this narrower audience. Google Mon 13 Aug 2018 14.30 EDT Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and has been used by police to determine the location of suspects. So the company will let you “pause” a setting called “location history”.Google says that will prevent the company from remembering where you’ve been. Google’s support page on the subject states: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.”That isn’t true. Even with “location history” paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking.For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, such as “chocolate chip cookies” or “kids science kits”, pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude accurate to the square foot and save it to your Google account.The privacy issue affects about 2 billion users of devices that run Google’s Android operating software and hundreds of millions of worldwide iPhone users who rely on Google for maps or search.Storing location data in violation of a user’s preferences was wrong, said Jonathan Mayer, a Princeton computer scientist and former chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission’s enforcement bureau. A researcher from Mayer’s lab confirmed the AP’s findings on multiple Android devices; the AP conducted its own tests on several iPhones that found the same behavior.“If you’re going to allow users to turn off something called ‘location history’, then all the places where you maintain location history should be turned off,” Mayer said. “That seems like a pretty straightforward position to have.”Google says it is being perfectly clear.“There are a number of different ways that Google may use location to improve people’s experience, including: Location History, Web and App Activity, and through device-level Location Services,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to the AP. “We provide clear descriptions of these tools, and robust controls so people can turn them on or off, and delete their histories at any time.”To stop Google from saving these location markers, the company says, users can turn off another setting, one that does not specifically reference location information. Called “web and app activity” and enabled by default, that setting stores a variety of information from Google apps and websites to your Google account.When paused, it will prevent activity on any device from being saved to your account. But leaving “web and app activity” on and turning “location history” off only prevents Google from adding your movements to the “timeline”, its visualization of your daily travels. It does not stop Google’s collection of other location markers.You can delete these location markers by hand, but it’s a painstaking process since you have to select them individually, unless you want to delete all of your stored activity.You can see the stored location markers on a page in your Google account at myactivity.google.com, although they are typically scattered under several different headers, many of which are unrelated to location.Huge tech companies are under increasing scrutiny over their data practices, following a series of privacy scandals at Facebook and new data-privacy rules recently adopted by the European Union. Last year, the business news site Quartz found that Google was tracking Android users by collecting the addresses of nearby cellphone towers even if all location services were off. Google changed the practice and insisted it never recorded the data anyway.Critics say Google’s insistence on tracking its users’ locations stems from its drive to boost advertising revenue.Google offers a more accurate description of how “location history” actually works in a place you would only see if you turn it off: a popup that appears when you “pause” Location History on your Google account webpage. There, the company notes that “some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other Google services, like Search and Maps”.Google offers additional information in a popup that appears if you reactivate the “web and app activity” setting – an uncommon action for many users, since this setting is on by default. That popup states that, when active, the setting “saves the things you do on Google sites, apps, and services … and associated information, like location”. Support The Guardian Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so.Computer science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.For the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information. An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to location if you use it for navigating. If you agree to let it record your location over time, Google Maps will display that history for you in a “timeline” that maps out your daily movements. Share via Email Can Silicon Valley workers rein in big tech from within? Since you’re here… Ben Tarnoff Associated Press Share on Messenger Alphabet Share via Email A mobile phone displays a user’s travels.Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP Share on LinkedIn Marc DaCosta Read more Google records your location even when you tell it not to Read more How to fix big tech? We need the right language to describe it first … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 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Louis CKs rant shows abusers are still casting themselves as victims

first_imgShare via Email #MeToo movement A mockery of #MeToo: the rush to rehabilitate Louis CK is indecent Fiona Sturges Share on Twitter Topics Louis CK Louis CK mocks Parkland survivors in audio of standup routine #MeToo movement Louis CK’s rant shows abusers are still casting themselves as victims Celebrity Post #MeToo, the comedian isn’t the only accused man in the public eye to become a wronged party bubbling with wrath One of the more idiotic, if not wholly surprising, byproducts of the #MeToo era is how men who have been exposed as misogynists and abusers have recast themselves as victims. Lost livelihoods and broken reputations are, they tell us, an excessive price to pay for their transgressions. Lately, though, going hand in hand with this victim status, is a new hardened persona, one that comes bathed in fury and self-righteousness. “You thought that was bad,” they seem to say. “You ain’t seen the half of it.” Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Men Opinion Share via Email Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIncenter_img Nosheen Iqbal Sexual harassment Opinion Share on Messenger comment Support The Guardian Comedy Share on Twitter Shares245245 Last modified on Wed 2 Jan 2019 12.32 EST Read more Read more Tue 1 Jan 2019 06.51 EST Is this what the fightback against #MeToo looks like? We all know that unproven accusations can ruin lives, though you’ll note that James Franco, Johnny Depp and Casey Affleck are all still in gainful employment. But what of those men who have admitted their misdemeanours? Perhaps it was naive for their victims to expect meaningful contrition. There was no Damascene moment with these men and no confession; as the voices of #MeToo gathered in number and urgency, they were simply found out. Still, for all their early expressions of remorse, rage rather than regret has proved to be their default setting. As far as they are concerned, an apology and/or a few months’ soul-searching is a fitting punishment, but the threat of losing their power – the power that allowed them to do what they did for so long – is a step too far. Just ask Louis CK. Hell hath no fury like a celebrity scorned.• Fiona Sturges is a freelance arts writer specialising in books, music, podcasting and TV Take Louis CK, the comedian who, in November 2017, admitted to repeatedly exposing himself to and masturbating in front of unconsenting women and, on being found out, declared: “I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen.” For CK, “a long time” meant nine months, after which he was back on stage at the Comedy Cellar in New York doing what comics tend to do: talking and saying what he wanted. Now, new audio has emerged from a fortnight ago, featuring a lengthy Louis CK rant – I would call it a comedy set but that would give it a credence it doesn’t deserve – recorded at a Long Island club. It finds him “jokingly” bemoaning the money he has lost in the past year, mocking the survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 students and staff members were killed, and lamenting the new political correctness that champions gender neutral pronouns and frowns on the use of words like “retarded”. Presumably sensing disapproval from his audience, he says: “What, are you going to take away my birthday? My life is over, I don’t give a shit. You can … be offended, it’s OK. You can get mad at me. Anyway. So why do black guys have big dicks? Let’s talk about that for a minute.”It’s possible that this is a calculated career move, an attempt on the part of Louis CK – a one-time liberal comic hero – to restyle himself as a rightwing hatemonger expostulating about snowflakes, virtue signallers and ethnic minorities, though he might want to look at Milo Yiannopoulos’ credit rating before he sets out on a full-blown tour. A more likely story is that this is just a howl of self-pity. Poor Louis has lost everything – top of the list being his ability to write a smart gag – yet he is still able to pull a crowd after a year in the supposed wilderness. Perhaps most revealing in his hour-long whine-a-thon is the assertion, “My life is over, I don’t give a shit.” Not only does it reveal him as entirely unchastened by the experience of being outed as a literal wanker, it also suggests he believes his self-inflicted downfall now allows him to do and say exactly what he likes. He’s like the party host who, after eight solid hours of drinking, has decided to deliver some drunken truth bombs to his guests.Louis CK isn’t the only man in the public eye who, rather than choosing to reflect or, at the very least, keep a low profile, has become a wronged party bubbling with wrath. Last week the actor Kevin Spacey released a sinister video called Let Me Be Frank, in which he fleetingly reprised his role as Frank Underwood from House of Cards seemingly to address the repercussions of the sexual misconduct allegations against him. This despite having previously apologised to one of his victims, the actor Anthony Rapp, and pledging to “[examine] my own behaviour”. As with Louis CK’s latest outing, a critical assessment of Spacey’s video would be pointless, but, suffice to say, it could prove a useful showreel for next year’s panto season. Share on Pinterest ‘It’s possible that this is a calculated career move, an attempt on the part of Louis CK – a one-time liberal comic hero – to restyle himself as a rightwing hatemonger’Photograph: Stephen Lovekin/REX/Shutterstock Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Meet our new additions

first_imgAnne Carpenter, Social Media Intern with the INDATA ProjectOur loan library has over 2,000 products, but there is always room for more. We thought it would be a good idea to make some introductions, just so you’re familiar with all that we have to offer in our loan library. We wish you could have whatever you check out forever, but alas, others need to experience the products just like you did. So, here’s how you do it and one rule to follow:• Go to the loan library website via www.eastersealstech.como Click “Equipment Loan Library” under Do You Need Equipment?• Next, you can watch Wade tell you how to create an account and get started• Or you can click the link and do it yourself!• Once you have created an account and specified your need for a product, one of two things happen:(If you live in the Indianapolis area, you must come pick it up-If you live outside the Indianapolis area, we will mail it to you. You are responsible for mailing it back.)• Here is the only stipulation – you can only keep the product for 30 daysNow that we have the business out of the way, let’s take a look at our new babies.The Flipper Panel: This is the biggest of its kind, sporting a 12 inch screen, this enhanced vision magnifier is perfect for students who need to see the board from far way or for the average Joe who needs to read material up close. The panel has a camera that can be adjusted to any length and magnify any image. It comes in a great carrying case and costs around $2,000. (that’s why we recommend you try it first!)Ray: This little guy does a lot. If you are blind or visually imparied, attach it to the end of your cane and it will help you detect objects in your way. When the path is clear, Ray makes a low sound. When objects are approaching, Ray will make a sound that is a bit higher than when the path is clear.Switches: Our new switches give you more answering power. Both are dually equipped with separate switches, one for “on” and one for “off.” Or “yes” and “no.” Gone are the days of only one answer, you have the power of choice. One is hand-held and the other has bigger buttons more suited for larger or inanimate objects.Low-Vision Calculator: Equipped with larger buttons, an answer bar and a clear screen, this easy to read calculator is great for those of you with low-vision. The color coded buttons are easy to push with clearly displayed numbers. Perfect for those quick computations for checkbook balancing or budget making.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedThe loan library list keeps growing!!December 20, 2011In “Easter Seals Crossroads”Accessing the INDATA Loan LibraryOctober 7, 2009In “Loan Library”What is Assistive Technology?September 30, 2009In “Testimonials”last_img read more

ATU096 – Jaco Robotic Arm from Kinova Adaptive Dog Ball Launcher Make

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose  of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Show Notes:Jaco Robotic Arm – Laurie Paquet, Kinova | www.kinovarobotics.com | info@kinovarobotics.comCanAssist Mini Dog Ball Launcher with Shayla and Bear – YouTube http://bit.ly/YadOIvAdding Speak Cells for Accessibility in Excel | Business 2 Community http://bit.ly/YadoBOWear your iPhone on your wrist at Cool Mom Tech http://bit.ly/ZmVs2uZoomText ImageReader is Released! – ai squared-making accessibility simple http://bit.ly/YFnozCHashtag #augcomm MS podcasts:Podcast Library « Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis http://bit.ly/10K3Xto Webcasts : National MS Society http://bit.ly/YFt7WcApp “Bugs & Buttons”(www.BridgingApps.org)——————————Listen 24/7 at www.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comIf you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our web site:  https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/INDATA Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU086 – Blind Bargains (JJ Medaugh), Zoomtext 10.0.6, AT for kids with Downs Syndrome, 50 Questions about Learning Disabilities, Mozilla & Accessibility, Tactus at CES 2013January 18, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU086 – Blind Bargains (JJ Medaugh), Zoomtext 10.0.6, AT for kids with Downs Syndrome, 50 Questions about Learning Disabilities, Mozilla & Accessibility, Tactus at CES 2013January 18, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU053 – Bookshare, AT in the Cloud, DaVinci from Enhanced Vision, GW Connect 2.0, Glasses for Deaf & Hard of Hearing or Visually Impaired, ATIA webinars, Mind Control Robotic Arm, Survey ResultsJune 1, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

OpenText Named a Customer Communications Management Leader in 2019 Aspire CCM Leaderboard

first_imgOpenText Named a Customer Communications Management Leader in 2019 Aspire CCM Leaderboard MTS Staff WriterMay 29, 2019, 2:19 pmMay 29, 2019 AspireCustomer Communications ServicesEnterprise information managementinfluential visualizationsMarketing TechnologyNewsOpenText Previous ArticleHG Insights Fuels Precision Marketing and Sales Programs at Scale with Marketo EngageNext ArticleTechBytes with Vinayak Nair, VP Research Ops and Custom Analytics at Verto Analytics Aspire Says ‘OpenText Well Placed to Shape CCM Market in Years Ahead’OpenText, a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), announced OpenText has been recognized by an independent consulting firm Aspire Customer Communications Services as a Leader in the 2019 Aspire Leaderboard, one of the industry’s most influential visualizations of the customer communications management (CCM) solutions landscape. OpenText is positioned as an overall market leader in the Aspire Leaderboard, and as a leader in the Communications Composition, Business Automation and Omni-Channel Orchestration grids for its OpenText Exstream CCM solution.The Aspire Leaderboard provides relevant vendor assessments, with analyst insights, to help enterprises determine the best software vendors for their business needs. Aspire evaluated the CCM solutions of 23 key vendors for critical capabilities and strategic direction. Exstream received top scores for critical capabilities in CCM overall, in communication composition and in business automation. Aspire concluded in its report, “OpenText is an excellent fit for enterprises wanting to buy from a large enterprise IT provider with best-in-class products such as Exstream, as well as structured support and professional services capabilities.”Aspire cites the flexible, hybrid OpenText OT2 platform for EIM SaaS applications and the OT2 vision for helping organizations easily extend solutions to the cloud as key differentiators.Marketing Technology News: From Sensing to Sensemaking: Converging Big Data with Plant AI“Under its OT2 vision, OpenText is gradually re-architecting key customer experience management products, including Exstream, and adding them to its microservices and container-based OT2 cloud platform,” said Kaspar Roos, founder and CEO of Aspire. “The company’s OT2 vision, powered by low-code/no-code business process management, cloud-to-cloud connectivity, identity management and automation, and AI/ML-based analytics, allows for drag-and-drop type application development that can be rapidly deployed in the cloud. It’s an extremely compelling vision for a world in which CCM is increasingly becoming part of a wider, digital customer experience ecosystem. With its OT2 cloud vision and focus on emerging technologies, OpenText is well placed to continue to shape the CCM market in the years ahead.”“OpenText has been at the forefront of providing innovative customer communication solutions for two decades,” said Guy Hellier, Vice President of Product Management for Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions at OpenText. “We continuously seek new ways to make it easier for businesses to quickly and effectively communicate with customers via their preferred digital channels and to build better customer experiences across all touchpoints.”Marketing Technology News: Index Exchange Introduces Adaptive Timeout, Incorporating Machine Learning into Header BiddingOpenText recently announced Exstream 16.6, which offers self-service, browser-based capabilities for designing and authoring customer communications and for interactive editing. These new capabilities help to free marketing, business and other non-technical users to compose and edit their own responsive HTML5 as well as paginated templates without technical assistance or additional coding. This saves time in customer communications and reduces strain on IT departments.The Aspire report additionally expressed excitement for newly released Exstream advancements “which put more content control in the hands of the business user.”OpenText also introduced customer communication orchestration capabilities for line of business process owners in Exstream 16.6. Now the people who have the greatest understanding of their customers can graphically define the creation and delivery steps for all communications using an intuitive, web-based drag-and-drop visual interface.OpenText is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Exstream and wants to thank its customers, many of which have been Exstream users for more than 15 years, for their business, loyalty and input as the product has evolved. Exstream is now being deployed by more than 5,000 enterprises worldwide to build lifetime customer relationships and business value.Marketing Technology News: How Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience Objectiveslast_img read more

3 Simple Steps to Meet Current GDPR Compliance

first_imgThe EU General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR as it’s widely known, fundamentally changed the handling, sourcing, and distribution of data collected about customers living within the European Union region. As professionals trying to engage with a global audience, it’s important for marketers to be aware of the GDPR Compliance, privacy and security responsibilities– all this help to avoid falling prey to breach of the international laws.With the GDPR,  an individual’s privacy rights are prioritized over a company’s right to access and use customer information. If a business relies on approaches like cold calls, or using cold mailing lists, it’s likely that company is not GDPR compliant, in the absence of gaining the explicit consent of the individual.As we approach the 1 year anniversary of the introduction of GDPR, it’s a good opportunity to review your data compliance policy and implementation of it, to ensure your company doesn’t find itself in breach of the ruling.Read More: Customer Experience 2020: Personalization is KeyHere are 3 key considerations when implementing a best-practice GDPR compliance strategy within your marketing teams:Set strong foundations in GDPR complianceThe GDPR demands significant accountability and obligation from companies, to the extent that the reversal of the burden of proof applies.  This means companies are responsible for proving they are complying with the GDPR laws, rather than authorities providing evidence of infringements. As a result, its necessary to continuously monitor and improve all GDPR processes.Because of this it’s vital to have a data protection and management system that maps all business processes to ensure they’re GDPR compliantOrganizations should document all data around the company processes company-wide, alongside the legal reasons for each process.How can this be done?The best way to monitor and document your GDPR requirements is by setting up a privacy management system that maintains a central repository of processing activities. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a complex system, but should record and map the processing of all customer data. This system should be updated to ensure it aligns with legal regulations for processing data, but should also contain guidelines around responsibilities, an overview of how data is collected and stored, any tech or internal measures that need to be taken to contain this data, and a risk management system to protect and deal with any potential security issues.Deploying a business process management (BPM) tool is the most effective way to do this, especially those that are cloud  based and can be customized to suit the business and its unique data.Many of our own customers have implemented Signavio’s BPM solution to create a data glossary, acting as both a register for various processes and data sets, as well as a dictionary for defining the GDPR category they relate to. Defining these processes and assets also allows them to easily check the legality of the processing of this data in accordance with GDPR, ensuring legal requirements are clear and staff aren’t guesstimating their responsibilities around data security.Understand the data you’re holding and how it’s used for GDPR complianceGDPR requires you to know and document the personal data your business holds, its origins and how it is shared. Establish an understanding of which data is collected, which data is stored, and where, as well as what responsibilities apply to each kind of data.Ensure responsibilities across your team are defined and documented in the process models, for example, identifying a compliance officer or other decision-makers for handling customer data.When you’ve established how data is collected and stored, you need to identify what kind of data it is and how you need to treat it. Thanks to technology advances, it’s easy to automate this process so decision makers can quickly evaluate and check that data is being processed in line with GDPR requirements.This is important because the GDPR requires a data protection impact assessment to be made wherever there is significant risk in the handling of sensitive data, which often, marketers deal with.If one does not already exist, creating a privacy statement that explains customers’ rights andthe business’ lawful responsibilities for processing information is a simple way to ensure companies are compliant with the requirements of the GDPR. A smarter approach would be to automate the way companies collect personal information, so that when a customer provides their data, companies can easily monitor when, how and the purpose for which it was supplied.Regularly and consistently monitoring this process is essential to stay afloat of compliance, and when automated, can be easily managed. The goal here is to achieve permanent GDPR compliance in a changing process landscape.Be cautious of consent obligations in GDPR complianceConsent is required to be explicit under the GDPR. Individuals need to opt-in to provide personal data to a company, using clear and unambiguous consent statements, specific to the information they are providing. This means blanket statements for general/ all data collection is not sufficient for GDPR compliance.Broader statements are enough when collecting non-sensitive data, however long, difficult to  read terms and conditions, fine print and opt-out ticked boxes are no longer acceptable. Companies are also required to give individuals a simple way to withdraw consent at any time, along with instructions about how to do so.Because companies are required to maintain proof of consent, here are a few questions you should consider when developing your GDPR consent strategy: How can you build trust to encourage customers provide consent, as well as engage with your business offering? How do you request, manage, and store consent? 3 Simple Steps to Meet Current GDPR Compliance Gero DeckerMay 17, 2019, 10:35 pmMay 21, 2019 Are new policies or processes required? Is data being collected from individuals under the age of 16? If so, how will parental consent be obtained to collect and use children’s data?center_img If you’re not currently doing this, what changes need to be made? How will these processes and systems be communicated to staff? Ensuring compliance officers and staff are equipped with answers to these questions is a good way to make sure they have a strong understanding of the GDPR requirements. Not only will this prevent organizational inefficiencies, it also enables staff to identify issues and act compliantly, protecting your organization from potential legal ramifications.Read More: Why Tone is Everything in Marketing! Business Process Managementcustomer datadata privacyGDPR ComplianceSignavio Previous ArticleAdoption of SymphonyRM’s AI-Powered “Next Best Actions” Soars as Company Doubles Revenue and Client Base and Raises $10 Million in Series A FinancingNext ArticleBiscuitville Chooses SiteZeus to Help fuel their Location Growthlast_img read more

MarTech Interview with Inbal Lavi CEO at Webpals Group

first_imgMarTech Interview with Inbal Lavi, CEO at Webpals Group Sudipto GhoshJune 11, 2019, 2:30 pmJune 11, 2019 About InbalAbout Webpals GroupAbout Inbal The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. “Marketing technology can enable financial app developers to enrich users’ experience, providing quick and simple management solutions for customer’s financial needs.” Webpals Group is a leader in performance Marketing with offices in New York, Tel Aviv, and Seoul. Our sub-brands, Webpals Finance, Webpals Tech & Webpals Mobile, have been maintaining their strong position in a wide variety of verticals for over a decade. With a complete understanding that data is the force driving the industry, we exclusively own and operate over 2,000 content-rich websites while leveraging our own, cutting-edge technologies, SEO, Media, and Mobile Advertising solutions to drive high-value users to global online businesses and mobile apps. Inbal Lavi has led Webpals Group since 2014. Inbal was responsible for leading all three of the company’s major acquisitions; Dau-Up, MarMar Media and ClicksMob. Her career spans over a decade in the Online Marketing industry, with expertise in Marketing Strategy, Operations, and P&L management. She holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. with honors in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University.center_img About Webpals Group MarTech Interview Series Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to be part of the Webpals Group? My journey started during my Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University, where I wrote my thesis about Machine learning and Data Mining. There weren’t many companies that offered jobs relevant to my academic background, but I always knew the right job opportunity would present itself.Before joining Webpals Group, I held several executive positions at 888 Holdings, leading 888’s business unit to ultimately become the second largest poker brand in the world. My first commercial position in the online world was in Data Mining at 888. With time, I moved into a Business Management position at the company and realized that it is the direction I wanted to follow.Later, when the opportunity arose to become the CEO of Webpals Group, I jumped at the chance. My vision was to build a company with a solid infrastructure, enabling scalable growth, both organically and through acquisitions, in various verticals. From a niche company operating in the Scandinavian market, I have led Webpals’ drastic expansion by branching out into new markets and verticals while successfully leading dozens of multi-million-dollar M and As.Equipped with 15 years of experience in the Online Marketing industry, I have been the CEO of Webpals Group, a world-leading performance Marketing company, since January 2014. Since taking the helm, I have transformed the company from a small startup into a mature organization. During my five years as CEO, the company has grown exponentially and multiplied its revenues.What is Webpals Group and how does it fit into a modern CMO’s Marketing Technology stack?Webpals Group is a Performance Marketing company, specializing in driving high-value users to online and mobile businesses. Utilizing proprietary technology, thousands of exclusively managed web assets in over 18 languages, and with over 400 employees hailing from around the world, Webpals works with partners on a performance basis which means the company only succeeds when our partners succeed. Webpals Group is wholly owned by XLMedia (AIM: XLM).Webpals’ technology enables the company to give its users the most practical advice and suggestions, guiding them towards the products and services they want to see – ultimately saving customers precious time and money in the search for the perfect product.It integrates into a modern CMO’s marketing tech stack by acting as the technology supporting Content Management, helping companies scale and shorten time-to-market. With an abundance of information available, the challenge is to provide the most accurate and relevant information in the friendliest way (e.g. video, tools, etc.). Advanced technology together with creativity enables us to drive a higher audience and more importantly, increase the engagement of returning visitors. As a woman in tech, what are the biggest growth factors in your business that you have managed to scale successfully? Under my guidance, Webpals has been able to set a strong foundation for our expansion activities, from both the organizational and business perspective. We have leveraged the company’s central technology and Online Marketing know-how to build successful business units that integrated their acquisitions and managed to grow them significantly.Webpals’ acquisition methodology has proven successful in the North American personal finance sector, with our portfolio including leading financial websites such as Moneyunder30, Greedyrates.ca, DoughRoller, and more.According to you, which businesses are fastest in adopting Marketing Technology platforms for personalized Customer Experience? Beyond the obvious fit of retail and e-commerce, we are seeing other industries integrating MarTech platforms to improve Customer Experience with great success. A few of the industries that have seen rapid adoption and great ROI are Gaming, Food Delivery, Travel, and Finance. Despite being vastly different from one another, each of these industries is customer-centric and sees the great potential for Personalization.While most of the banks are committed to providing Digital Solutions to meet their customers’ financial needs, there is considerable room for growth. Marketing technology can enable financial app developers to enrich users’ experience, providing quick and simple management solutions for customer’s financial needs.Which data points do you focus on to uncover true intent and preferences behind Consumer Search behavior? To what extent this Customer Behavior can be personalized? We focus on Consumer Behavior by monitoring indicators such as time on site, interaction within the site (using the tools, answering surveys, etc.), heatmap, conversion rates along the funnel, and a number of times consumers return to the site.Using these data points, we analyze user behavior and intentions, providing customers with unique and creative personalized offers and experiences.We also create unique content, manufactured to meet users’ needs, wherever and whenever possible. For example, on greedyrates.ca, we developed calculators and tools that enable users to find the perfect product – enabling us to segment audiences by profile. Our proprietary technology allows us to target users on various occasions or on different sites, offering complementary information to their previous searches. The results show an increase in engagement and returning visitors, as well as a 30% increase in revenue. We leverage mobile vs desktop to get the right content into the right hands. For example, blogs are easier to read on the go (mobile), whereas credit applications need attention and focus (desktop). And lastly, in order to personalize consumer’s online experiences, we build videos that resonate with the target audience, taking advantage of special events and utilizing relatable figures to present their own experiences with the product.How much has the Search Intelligence commerce changed since the time you first started in the tech industry? Search Intelligence commerce has changed drastically since I first began in the tech industry. In the early 90s, Internet-wide search was still in its infancy. Today, retailers understand they must innovate to survive, but rapidly changing technologies and tastes make it hard to decide which innovations are worth pursuing. For marketers seeking to navigate this ever-evolving space, always staying one step ahead can prove a challenge.Amidst the ever-changing Digital Search landscape, two unassuming technologies have quietly proven themselves useful for retailers and marketers alike: Voice and Visual search. The Visual search began as a novel Computer Science demo, but as mobile cameras improve and AI gets smarter, tech giants are increasingly throwing their weight behind this unique approach to search. Forward-thinking retailers are already implementing visual search to invigorate their online presence and deepen their connection with tech-savvy shoppers.Voice search, on the other hand, is more complex as some opt for their mobile devices over smart speakers; however, optimizing Voice search will be vital for businesses in the near future as more and more searches on mobile are being conducted orally.Understanding the nuances of Voice search is essential to help searchers find exactly what they’re looking for when searching by Voice – and, correspondingly, it’s also how marketers can direct audiences to relevant content and identify appropriate targets for outreach. Both Voice and Visual search will be an interesting space to watch as retailers and marketers turn to new venues for e-commerce and advertising. What are the major challenges/pain points for businesses that fail to leverage Mobile Marketing/Automation technologies? How does Webpals Group solve these?Developing the tools that will enable scalable growth in all verticals is one of the biggest challenges businesses face today. Webpals is a leader and innovator in the Online Marketing sector, which is a crowded and constantly evolving market. Today’s consumers are inundated with information and want access to highly-tailored content across all media channels- to stand out, companies must have a unique value. Therefore, we must always remain ahead of the curve to engage users through a wide variety of platforms and niche sites. In order to do so, we have utilized our know-how to expand into new territories and new verticals, like Personal Finance.Webpals’ advanced technology provides accurate targeting and segmentation of audiences, helping businesses tap into the most relevant users, ultimately enabling scalable growth. Lastly, as businesses often face a highly competitive environment, automation of campaign management is critical to gaining profits.Which markets and geographies are you currently catering to? We operate worldwide in the mobile, tech, finance, and gaming sectors, from the United States to Europe, MENA, and Asia.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use in your current roles? We use in-house tools for Content Management and Data Extraction, Data Analysis and Conversion Optimization. Additionally, I use several tools to keep track of the internal and external affairs at Webpals. I start each morning looking at managerial dashboards and BI to keep up to speed with the performance of the various sectors of our business and to track our targets. Rank ranger is another useful tool for me to see what’s going on outside of the business, tracking changes and trends in the Google rankings of the sites we operate (over 2,000). What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in AI and Data Management technology on Marketing and Sales for 2019-2020? I believe the most impactful disruptions on AI and Data management technology will come from Blockchain Technology and Augmented Data Management. What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now? I’m currently keeping an eye on Gong.io and GivingWay; I think both start-ups will make a large impact in the technology industry in the near future.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a MarTech Business leader?Events should be trackable, with user behavior being mapped and tracked, enabling us to granularly collect the data and analyze a customer’s journey, from beginning to end.Moreover, Statistics and Data Modeling experts should turn data into algorithms. Marketers and Content teams have the tools to understand user intent. Now, they must come up with content plans to fulfill those users’ needs.  How do you inspire your people to work with technology? While I try to lead by example, my team at Webpals is truly remarkable. When I began my role at the company, it was important to me that we put together a group of people that are inclusive and gender-balanced, exemplifying the essence of our mission. Creating a team of diverse and talented experts pushes each member to show what they can bring to the table, constantly striving to improve our technology and customer services.One word that best describes how you work. Multitasking.What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Mobile apps: Facebook ads, Google ads, rank tracker (rank ranger) and email application of courseDesktop tools: Internal reporting tools with different management dashboards to present daily status and trendsWhat’s your smartest work-related shortcut or productivity hack? Looking ahead is always important to me, so one of the most helpful tools or ‘hacks’ is our bi-monthly roadmap reviews. These assessments allow me to understand what progress has been made so far, and plan for future technological developments, reprioritizing our projects when necessary. Internally, my business and corporate teams submit weekly and monthly reports regarding the progress of major tech projects, initiatives, and various business affairs. Each month my financial team submits a performance review, allowing me to understand where we are in relation to our budget; this enables our team to adjust our operations and targets accordingly. What are you currently reading? A book I highly recommend (from past reading) is ‘Predictably Irrational’ by Dan Ariely. This book forced me to look at my decision-making process and re-evaluate how and why we all make the decisions we do – a critical element to running a healthy organization. A Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Dan Ariely’s book changed the way I thought about thinking. By dissecting the science behind our decisions, Ariely exposes the emotions, expectations, and ethics we subconsciously refer to when making choices, in daily life and in business. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?You don’t get ahead without making mistakes. Something you do better than others – the secret of your success? Looking ahead.Every few months the heads of our business units present me with a quarterly business review to examine the previous quarter, highlighting key successes and challenges. This allows us to learn and grow from the past, taking those lessons into account when reviewing business plans for the next quarter.Tag the one person in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read:I would love to read answers from Safra Catz, CEO of Oracle, who led 100+ acquisitions when she took over as CEO. Or, from Mary T Barra, CEO of General Motors, who worked in every position possible at her company in order to relate to each employee and learn the ins and outs of her business.Thank you, Inbal! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. AIaugmented dataBlockchain technologycontent managementInbal LaviinterviewsMarTech InterviewROIWebpals Group Previous ArticleMobiquity Technologies Releases AdTribute™ Real-Time Ad Effectiveness AttributionNext ArticleSalce-Garcia Brings 15 Years of Industry Experience in Customer Advocacy as Operative Extends Global Client Portfoliolast_img read more

Leading Digital Fraud Prevention Provider Kount Partners With Engage People to Protect

first_img customer loyaltyDigital Fraud PreventionEngage PeopleKountNewsRich Stuppy Previous ArticleAmazon Advertising Data Science Pioneer Teikametrics Introduces On-Demand eCommerce Analyst ServicesNext ArticleJetson Announces Launch of its Self-Service Voice Commerce Platform Leading Digital Fraud Prevention Provider Kount Partners With Engage People to Protect Customer Loyalty Redemption Programs Business WireJune 25, 2019, 10:30 pmJune 25, 2019 Kount, a leading digital fraud prevention provider, and Engage People, a global loyalty platform, announced a partnership that will protect customer loyalty programs from fraud.Customer accounts that store valuable information or currency, such as loyalty points, are frequent targets of fraud. Account takeover attacks have tripled over the last year, costing consumers more than $5.1 billion worldwide, according to the 2018 Identity Fraud Survey conducted by Javelin Strategy & Research. Engage People will help its clients counter this trend utilizing Kount’s advanced technology.Marketing Technology News: Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRMIn the age of the customer, consumers expect frictionless interaction when accessing loyalty accounts or they often take their business elsewhere. By partnering with Kount, Engage People creates a welcoming experience for legitimate customers and protects against individuals who would commit fraud. Kount utilizes advanced machine learning as well as device and account intelligence to analyze digital risk signals and empower informed decisions, whether frictionless authorization, reasonable challenge, or confident rejection.Engage People’s solutions enable businesses to deliver personalized, targeted loyalty campaigns with limitless redemption options on any white label ecommerce website or at point of sale, in any currency. By teaming with Kount, Engage People’s business and customer accounts are protected against fraudulent transactions and account takeovers.Marketing Technology News: Yext Study: 58% Of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Marketers Say Their Marketing Management Strategy Needs Major Improvements“We are committed to offering our customers the highest level of security and iron-clad protection against fraud, and that is exactly what Kount enables us to deliver,” said Len Covello, CTO at Engage People. “With Kount, we have an ultra-secure technology platform that separates us from the competition and allows us to deliver better loyalty solutions. Kount is instrumental in helping us create a better experience for organizations and their valued members, while providing a frictionless experience for redeeming rewards.”“When businesses like Engage People proactively protect accounts against digital fraud and account takeover, they are investing in a top-notch customer experience,” said Rich Stuppy, Chief Customer Experience Officer at Kount. “Two elements – a frictionless experience plus one free from fraud – are required to build consumers’ trust and loyalty.”Marketing Technology News: PMG Launches Marketing Intelligence Platform — Meet Allilast_img read more

Vista Cinema the Global Leader in Cinema Management Software Focuses on Transforming

first_imgVista Cinema, the Global Leader in Cinema Management Software, Focuses on Transforming the Guest Experience for Cinema Exhibitors Business WireJune 17, 2019, 4:14 pmJune 17, 2019 The recent momentum displayed in the Vista Cinema product suite will continue unabated at CineEurope 2019 – following Vista’s February ’19 Customer Conference and the launch of its new products at CinemaConVista Entertainment Solutions (Vista Cinema), the leading provider of cinema management software for global cinema exhibition and the founding company of Vista Group International, announced an enhanced product suite in April this year. Just two months on, evidence-based showcasing of new Vista products will feature at CineEurope.Vista Horizon, MovieTeam’s Attendance Forecasting, Vista Digital, Paperless Tickets, and Film Manager are a snapshot of Vista Cinema’s innovation. Delivering new opportunities to meet the demands and challenges of exhibition, now they are market ready and part of the CineEurope line-up to be showcased.Vista Horizon is Vista’s response to exhibitor demand, unlocking the opportunities that lie within operational cinema data. Its three key components – Stream, Store, and Discover – together provide a next-level business intelligence experience, delivering real-time operational data insights and enabling cinemas to make informed decisions faster. Data can be streamed around a circuit in real-time revealing insights and enabling flash reporting to allow responding to trends as they unfold. Storing operational data in full detail in the cloud, exhibitors can discover new possibilities via the product’s dashboards and self-service analysis tools.Also optimised for mobile, Vista Cinema’s operational cinema data warehouse solution offers new and improved business outcomes; it is now in use with several Vista customers and is available for demonstration at Vista’s CineEurope hub.Marketing Technology News: MultiVu Launches Digital Marketing SuiteMovieTeam, Vista Cinema’s cloud-based staff scheduling solution was released to market in 2016 and continues to penetrate the cinema exhibition world at pace. The product’s latest feature ‘Attendance Forecasting’, boosted through joining forces with Vista Group company Cinema Intelligence – has already proven a winner with US-based cinema/brewery Flix Brewhouse by delivering impressive labour cost savings to the chain. Vista has prepared a Case Study documenting the Flix journey and the product will be available for demonstration at Vista’s booth #101.Let’s Talk Digital is an invitation Vista is extending to CineEurope exhibitor guests. Vista’s digital offering is based on a new customer partnership model that includes Web, Mobile, Kiosk, and Digital Signage and was unveiled at Vista’s February 2019 conference. Vista’s digital experts work with cinemas to design, build, and manage a consistent guest engagement experience based on a suite of highly functional omni-channel components.Focus is on crafting an experience that is unique to the cinema using brand and tailored configuration of sales touchpoints. Integration with the full suite of Vista Cinema software unlocks additional functionality that takes the offering to another level. “Talk Digital” with Vista’s experts at #101.Marketing Technology News: Live Data Is Now The Lifeblood For Telco Value CreationPaperless Tickets can evolve and adapt to the moviegoer: sending cloud hosted digital tickets to guests gives them an easy point of reference and one that can change and develop; Vista calls this the “the living ticket”. Aside from the obvious environmental and cost savings impacts, via the sharing of moviegoer contact information, digitally delivered tickets create the beginning – then track the continuation – of a customer journey that does not rely on Loyalty membership. When a customer’s journey is captured in this way, it becomes a powerful tool to support guest engagement – for example, by driving targeted content to the living ticket.Film Manager – built in 2018 in collaboration with a Vista Cinema customer – has proven life-changing for the Film Programmers who use it. That was exactly Vista’s goal when work began to enable film schedules to be created from a central hub for every cinema in an exhibitor’s circuit. Control; workflow; time saved; sessions policies, and real-time box office sales review (to support schedule adjustments and maximise circuit revenues), summarise the key benefits of this fantastic new product. Film Manager is intuitive, browser-based, and one system, which means centrally created schedules can be sent directly to cinemas and adjustments made collaboratively at cinema level.Integrations with Vista Group companies Cinema Intelligence (‘CI’) and Numero push the boundaries of Film Manager. CI enables film performance forecasting to automatically generate schedule recommendations and optimise guest attendance, whilst Numero enables access to film performance data at a national level to help guide a programmer’s decisions.Visit Vista Cinema at CineEurope Booth #101.Marketing Technology News: Actifio Announces Global Alliance with Tata Consultancy Services to Provide Multi-Cloud Copy Data Management Solutions for Data-Driven Enterprises Cinema IntelligenceGuest ExperienceMarketing TechnologyNewsNumeroVista Cinema Previous ArticleExperience Innovations with SIGN CHINA 2019 in ShanghaiNext ArticleIQIYI and Astro Set iQIYI Content Channel in Malaysia, Bringing in New Model of Content Distributionlast_img read more

Priya Runchal Shares a Throwback Pic with John Abraham On Their Anniversary

first_imgThe couple met in 2010 and dated for four years before tying the knot in a hush-hush ceremony in 2014. John’s previous relationship, with Bipasha Basu, which lasted about nine years, was one of the most publicised relationships in Bollywood.The New York actor made the revelation about his private wedding on Twitter with a New Year wish that read, “Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed 2014! May this year bring you love, good fortune and joy. Love, John and Priya Abraham.”On the work front, John was last seen in the thriller Romeo Akbar Walter. He will be next seen in Batla House, which will go on floors on August 15 this year. He was recently in the news for getting injured on the sets of Pagalpanti, his November 2019 film which also stars Anil Kapoor and Ileana D’cruz.Follow @News18Movies for more While a lot of Bollywood couples openly indulges in PDA on social media, John Abraham and his wife Priya Runchal have mostly stayed away from the limelight. The couple’s wedding was also a private affair, with just a social media post from John informing the world that he had tied the knot with Priya.On Thursday, Priya took to Instagram to share a throwback picture of the couple to celebrate their anniversary. It is unclear what kind of anniversary they are celebrating, as the couple got married on January 3, 2014. Alongwith the picture, where Priya can be seen kissing John on his nose while the couple is enjoying some coconut water, Priya wrote, “Three coconuts #happy anniversary.” Anil KapoorBatla HouseBipasha BasuIleana D’Cruz First Published: June 6, 2019, 5:35 PM ISTlast_img read more

Rapper Honey Singh Booked By Mohali Police For Vulgar Lyrics in Makhna

first_img Bhushan KumarHoney Singh bookedHoney Singh MakhnaHoney Singh Mohali police case First Published: July 9, 2019, 12:40 PM IST Singer Yo Yo Honey Singh has again landed himself in the middle of controversy with yet another song. This time, it is his song Makhna, that released about six months back, which has invited the wrath of the Punjab Women Commission for its misogynistic lyrics and objectification of women. The matter has now reached the police, with the Mohali police registering a case against the rapper and Bhushan Kumar, the producer of the song from T-Series, at Mattaur police station this morning. Punjab DGP had handed over the case to the Mohali SSP to investigate after the matter was raised by the Women Commission, which had also sought an action-taken report from the state police by July 12. Singh has been booked under section 294 (punishment for obscene song and acts) and section 509 (punishment for word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC, Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Harcharan Singh Bhullar told PTI. He has also been charged under section 67 (punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and relevant section of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, Bhullar said.Earlier, chairperson of the women panel Manisha Gulati had written to the state home secretary, the Punjab director general of police and the inspector general of police (crime), demanding appropriate action against the singer. “We have asked the police to register an FIR against the singer for using vulgar lyrics against women in his song Makhna,” Gulati had said.Read: Honey Singh Lands in Trouble for Using ‘Vulgar’ Words Against Women in New SongThe women panel had also asked the police to submit a status report in the matter by July 12. Gulati had said the song with the objectionable lyrics against women should be banned in the state.With inputs from PTI.Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

With Leads in 15 Seats Modi Appears to Have Swept the Carpet

first_imgWest Bengal Lok Sabha Election Results 2019: In West Bengal, with the BJP leading in 15 seats at 10:30 am, the TMC at 24 seats and with the Congress clinging on to 2 seats – a key factor in the Narendra Modi-led BJP’s seemingly successful foray into Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal bastion is the fact that the Left is yet to open its account.A look at the seats where the BJP has been consistently leading gives insight into their tactics. In Purulia and adjacent Asansol for instance, both seats alongside Jharkhand and Bihar, the BJP had focused their aggressive Hindtuva on the large population of Hindi-speaking migrants, while stressing on TMC’s alleged Muslim appeasement. In seats like Maldah Uttar, the BJP appears to have benefitted from the divide in votes between the Left, the Congress and the TMC. While the break in the Dalit votes in south Bengal has aided it in seats like Bongaon. The presence of the RSS in south Bengal, which has been active in the area for decades and its growth in the past few years in north Bengal will be a crucual factor for the saffron party’s chances in the Lok Sabha results.During the polls, the entire state found itself divided, over religion, caste and, above all else, politics. While the TMC has formidable organisation on the ground, BJP’s gains in the state suggests that it was able to combat this with its social media team. The state, with its 42 Lok Sabha seats, has the third-largest share in Parliament after Uttar Pradesh (80) and Maharashtra (48). But unlike in the two states, the party’s presence here is scant, limited to two seats (Darjeeling and Asansol) and hence offers an opportunity to offset any potential losses in northern India. asansol-s25p40Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjeebiharbongaon First Published: May 23, 2019, 10:50 AM ISTlast_img read more

Will the rise of AI and automation lead to mass unemployment

first_imgPrakash Mathema/Getty ImagesIf you’ve been following the conversation about technological unemployment and the threat of robots and A.I. stealing jobs, you may have come across the prediction that 47% of current jobs in the U.S. are at risk of automation. That figure comes from a widely cited 2013 paper, titled “The Future of Employment.”One of that paper’s co-authors, Dr. Carl Benedikt Frey, has now expanded on the thesis in a new book. Frey is co-director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment at the U.K.’s prestigious Oxford University. His new book, The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation compares the age of artificial intelligence to past shifts in the labor market, such as the Industrial Revolution.Frey spoke with Digital Trends about the impacts of automation, changing attitudes, and what — if anything — we can do about the coming robot takeover.DT: There has been plenty of discussion of this topic over the past several years. What does your book add to the puzzle?CF: There is a very polarized debate surrounding automation. The one extreme is that robots will take all the jobs, we’ll all be left unemployed, and the only solution is a basic guaranteed income. The other is people pointing to history and saying that automation has worked out well in the past.I think that what the book does is to collect everything we know about the impact of automation. It gives an overview of the determinants of the pace of automation; taking in everything from the cost of capital relative to the cost of labor to attitudes to technological progress itself. Most importantly, it shows that everything didn’t always work out well for labor in the past. There were episodes when parts of the population faced declining wages for years — and even decades. And when people didn’t see technology improving their wages and conditions of living, they often opted against it.Paul Hennessy/Getty ImagesYour prediction that 47% of jobs could be automated within the coming decades was widely reported. Do you feel that your concerns and conclusions in this paper have been accurately reported?The paper received a wide variety of coverage. A lot of it has been good, but some of it has been less good. Overall, my impression is that few people actually read what we said in the paper. For example, we discuss how many determinants of technology adoption — like wages, legislation, culture, [and] resistance — can play into the pace of automation.The paper also makes quite clear that the headline figure merely refers to the potential automatability of jobs from a technological capabilities point of view. It doesn’t say that these jobs will be automated or anything like that. I think it’s sometimes been taken to suggest that 47% of jobs will disappear in a decade or two. That was not what [myself and co-author Michael A. Osborne] said.Do you think there is ever an argument for technological progress being halted on the basis that it will cause unemployment? In 1589, there’s a story about Queen Elizabeth I refusing a patent for a stocking frame knitting machine because it would put people out of work. In that scenario, permission was denied not on the inefficiency of the technology, but rather the impact that it would have. That seems difficult to imagine today.My own view is that people who think we should bring progress to a halt haven’t really thought it through. If you were to stop the technological clock in 1900, that would clearly have been a mistake. People are much better off today as a result of technological change — both in their capacity as producers and consumers. I definitely think that progress over the long run is a good thing.However, if you take the first Industrial Revolution, there were a lot of negative side effects for average people. Wages were stagnant, or even fell, for around seven decades. Not to mention the unhealthy working and living conditions in factory towns. The Luddites were essentially right to riot against the mechanized factory because they didn’t live to see its benefits from it. But future generations did. We can all be grateful that the Luddites didn’t succeed in bringing progress to a halt.Are there certain jobs you think we as a society should be morally compelled to eliminate, even if that means putting people out of work? The modern equivalent of child chimney-sweeps in Victorian England.I couldn’t give you one specific example of a job that we are morally obliged to automate. One of the more extraordinary things is how much of the hazardous work has already been eliminated, at least in the industrialized west. What we might deem hazardous work has fallen from around 60% to 10% over the past century. And much of the more routinized, boring work has disappeared as well.Walmart’s Robot Janitor Brain Corp./ WalmartIn the developing world, there are still lots of unpleasant factory jobs which could be automated away. But they also support the livelihood of those people who hold them during a critical stage of development.Are there jobs that you think are safe from automation not for reasons of technical bottlenecks, but because we as a society would not wish to hand them over to machines?I think priests and politicians are two such examples. We’re unlikely to automate those for cultural reasons.What has been the biggest surprise to you while researching this topic? Was there a trend you’ve observed, or a single piece of research, which has challenged your base assumptions on this topic?What is most intriguing to me is to read through popular perceptions of technology in history. You find that the debates we are having haven’t actually progressed very much at all since the early eighteenth century, whereas the technology has progressed enormously. If you look at debates on automation in the 1930s or 1960s they’re extraordinarily similar to those we are having in the present day.[Perhaps] the thing that surprised me the most is how much attitudes regarding what people think seem to matter for technology adoption. We assume that technology falls from the sky and we adopt it because it makes economic sense. But there are so many factors that play into this. One reason growth was so stagnant up until the Industrial Revolution — which could have happened much earlier because the technology was there — was that people didn’t see the introduction of replacing technologies as beneficial to them.Craft guilds, in particular, vehemently resisted any technologies they perceived threatened their members skills. And fearing social unrest, governments often introduced legislation to block new technologies. Such was the political economy of technological change for most of human history.Getty ImagesDo you see sufficient areas of job growth today to offset the number of jobs being destroyed or negatively impacted?I’m not concerned that we are not creating enough jobs. But I do think that we should be concerned about the fact that the wages of the unskilled have steadily fallen for three decades now. If we look at labor force participation rates, unskilled middle-aged men who used to work in the factories are now much less likely to have a job. I think this has a lot to do with the unevenness of job creation and job replacement.If you think about the Bay Area, there are lots of new high tech industries. On the flipside, if you look at places like Detroit, a lot of the technologies which have been developed in the Bay Area have replaced people in Detroit. As a result of this, we see the local economy of Detroit has taken a hit. That’s because manufacturing jobs also supported the incomes of other people there as they went grocery shopping, took taxis, or went to the hairdresser. Meanwhile, when tech jobs are created in the Bay Area, that also creates more low-skilled service jobs in the area. This has led the great divergence we are seeing between skilled cities and the rest.We’ve seen great correlation between technological advances and also a growing divide between rich and poor. Do you see causation here as well as correlation? Does technology necessitate this kind of hollowing out of the jobs market on one end of the spectrum and winner-takes-all hyper wealth on the other?When it comes to the hollowing out of the middle of the labor market, there is an abundance of research which shows that automation and globalization have been the prime drivers. It’s hard to distinguish between the two because ICT been the enabler of globalization. Technological change and globalization has probably also to some to some extent driven the rise in top incomes, as it allows innovators and superstars in various fields to reach the global market places. But it also has a lot to do with compensation in the financial sector.Another factor is housing. What is often overlooked is that almost the entire rise in wealth documented by Thomas Piketty has to do with housing. That, in turn, is related to structural changes in the economy. To return to the Detroit and Bay Area example, what happens is that when new tech jobs are created in the Bay Area, more people want to move in to tap into the local labor market.That will drive up the cost of housing unless supply keeps pace with demand. Because of zoning restrictions, however, it rarely does. It also means that fewer people are able to benefit from the growth being created there.People often talk about today’s technological revolution as fundamentally different to previous technological waves, particularly when it comes to employment. One reason for this is that we’re no longer simply seeing blue collar jobs replaced, but A.I. impacting on professional roles like lawyers and doctors as well. Do you view this as a difference?I think it’s true that A.I. will also transform many skilled jobs. Medical diagnostics is one field that is already being automated. Certain tasks that lawyers used to do, like document review, is another example. But I think that doctors and lawyers have been relatively safe from automation because they also involve other tasks which are harder to automate, such as complex social interactions or creativity.What our 2013 paper showed is that most skilled jobs are therefore not all that exposed to automation. The jobs that are much more exposed to A.I. are more in low-skilled sectors such as transportation, retail, logistics, construction. Although we will see A.I. moving into more professional services, I don’t think we will see much outright replacement there.What advice do you have for people starting out in the workforce now, or trying to re-skill to ensure their future?The good news is that the hardest things to automate are the things we enjoy, like social interactions and creativity. So it is not just about teaching digital skills. It is true that if you think that data is the new oil, then learning machine learning and statistics more broadly is a good idea. But I’m not a career advisor, and not an aspiring one either, so people are probably better off figuring out what they are good at themselves.Initiatives like Universal Basic Income, robot taxes, and micropayments for data have all been put forward as ways to help protect workers in a future of automation. Are there any solutions you personally view as particularly viable?I don’t think that there is one solution. But I do think that there are many things that we can do that, collectively, can make a big difference. Early childhood education is one such example. Deficits in math and reading, which emerge early in life, tend to be a bottleneck to further learning. People that lag behind early on are much less likely to go to college, meaning that is has significant impacts on their future earnings potential. Devoting resources to help people early on can make a really big difference.If you think about the unevenness of job creation and replacement geographically, connecting places could also be very helpful going forward. Close to where I grew up in southern Sweden, Malmö was a city which had specialized in building ships. When that industry went down in the 1980s, Malmö declined. But it was given a boost by the construction of the Øresund Bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen in Denmark.All of a sudden, people in Malmö had access to the labor market in Copenhagen. They could work there, but stay living in Malmö, where housing was relatively cheap, and spend their money locally, which boosted the local service economy. By connecting places that way, you can achieve quite a lot. There’s a currently a feasibility study looking at connecting Cleveland and Chicago using a Hyperloop. A six-hour commute would become 28 minutes, which would a feasible commute to work.There are many other things that can be done which I discuss in greater detail in the book.“The Technology Trap Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation” is published by Princeton University Press. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 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The Rev1 delivery robot is fast enough to hit the bike lane

first_imgAs many folks continue to look skyward in expectation of drone delivery services, they’re missing the development of an increasingly popular delivery technology back on terra firma.Wheel-based delivery robots may not be quite as sexy as their flying counterparts, but with fewer regulatory hoops to jump through than drone services, the technology is likely to become more widely used sooner rather than later by companies looking to make their delivery operations more efficient.The latest outfit to join the race is U.S. startup Refraction A.I. with its autonomous Rev-1 machine.The brainchild of University of Michigan professors Matthew Johnson-Roberson and Ram Vasudevan, the Rev-1 tootles along on three wheels instead of the four or six that we see with most of the competition. The wheels and storage compartment mean the look of the Rev-1 is similar to efforts from dominant player Starship Technologies, as well as delivery robots from FedEx and Amazon. Meanwhile, more extreme variations include the Digit from Oregon-based Agility Robotics, which has created a bipedal robot capable of tackling steps and other obstacles that cause problems for most — though not all — wheel-based bots.The Rev-1 tips the scales at about 100 pounds and can reach a speed of up to 15 mph, making it 5 mph faster than Starship’s machine. Its storage compartment offers 16 cubic feet of space, which the company says is good for around four or five grocery bags.As with similar machines, when the Rev-1 arrives at its destination, the recipient can unlock the storage box by entering a one-time code into the robot’s keypad.The self-driving robot uses 12 cameras as its main sensor system though it receives extra situational data via radar and ultrasound sensors. Similar robots also use lidar and fewer cameras, but Johnson-Roberson said that its system is reliable enough to eliminate the need for pricey lidar technology — a decision that’s enabled it to keep costs down and price the Rev-1 at $5,000.Johnson-Roberson describes the Rev-1 as “lightweight, nimble, and fast enough to operate in the bike lane and on the roadway,” adding that it can also handle rough weather conditions that have the potential to slow down or hinder competing machines.Refraction A.I. says its first test application is with restaurant partners, with the company hoping to expand to other areas of last-mile delivery over time. Editors’ Recommendations Walmart Grocery challenges Amazon with a new $98-a-year delivery option Uber Eats’ drone delivery service could see Big Macs hit speeds of 70 mph This futuristic driverless pod will soon be delivering pizza in Texas Meatballs and pastries offered by Wing’s first European drone delivery service The rise and reign of Starship, the world’s first robotic delivery providerlast_img read more