Sonocent Audio Notetaker

first_imgShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedArizona State University team creates low vision assistive technology for the classroomMarch 13, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”3 Annotation/Note Taking Apps for Learning DisabilitiesMarch 9, 2016In “Apps”Consumer Highlight: Mitchell ZookJuly 10, 2019In “Consumer Highlight” Image Source: EnableMart.comSonocent Audio Notetaker is a visual, creative and interactive approach to note-taking for students with dyslexia, ADHD and other learning difficulties. Instead of writing things down, students create their own notes from audio recordings; by formatting, annotating, coloring and adding presentation slides to a visual representation of speech. Students can take notes live during class or import digital recordings and create notes at their leisure.Audio Notetaker is an audio-based software program for note taking. Instead of relying on taking written notes, you use the original audio itself to take notes. Whether you’re recording meetings, lectures, interviews, dictations or even VOIP/Skype phonecalls and webinars, Audio Notetaker makes it easy to get the most value out of your audio. Take screengrabs, import presentations slides or PDF documents and annotate your recording with text and color to create the most comprehensive notes ever.Instead of a single stream of information, Audio Notetaker splits your recording into individual phrases and displays them on screen as a bar. You can then organize these bars by color coding sections and removing sections. You can add meaning to these bars, annotating them and importing PowerPoint or PDF slides to create comprehensive and meaningful notes. However you use text or color is up to you.last_img read more

ATU395 – Model as a MASTER PAL with Tabi JonesWohleber

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:Tabi Jones-WohleberModel as a MASTER PALhttps://www.CommunicationAACtualized.com JONES-WOHLEBER: Hi, this is Tabi Jones-Wohleber, and I’m an AAC specialist, an SLP for Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland, and this is your Assistive Technology Update.JOSH ANDERSON: Hello and welcome to your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist individuals with disabilities and special needs. I’m your host, Josh Anderson, with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in beautiful Indianapolis, Indiana. Welcome to episode 395 of Assistive Technology Update. It’s scheduled to be released on December 21, 2018.On today show, we are very excited to have Tabi Jones-Wohleber. She is a speech language pathologist and assistive technology specialist. She has come up with the Model as a MASTER PAL program, which is just a set of tools to use whenever working with individuals who use AAC devices. We are very excited for the interview.This is our last show before the Christmas holiday, so I just want to take time and wish all of you out there, wherever you are, a very Merry Christmas and a very happy holiday season. Hopefully you get to spend time with family or spent time reflecting on the year and how everything has gone. This has definitely been a great year for us here at Assistive Technology Update. It’s been wonderful to be able to take the show over and talk with all of you every week. It has been just an absolute pleasure to be able to do it, and we hope to continue that on into the next year. So thank you all for listening. I hope you have a great holiday season. Let’s go ahead and get on with the show.BRIAN NORTON: Are you a fan of the show? I hope so, since you are listening to it today. But if you are a fan of the show, check out our other podcast, Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions. It comes out every other Monday of the month. This next show which will be released on the 24th, so Christmas eve, right after this show here, is Wade’s last episode. As you may or may not know, Wade has also been a contributor on the assistive technology frequently asked questions show. But he’s having to step away from that show just as he did this one. If you can choke back those tears long enough, go ahead and tune into our assistive technology frequently asked questions show on Monday to hear the farewell of Wade Wingler. I’m sure that we will try to get him back on both shows as we can, but there really are no promises with that. So if you are a fan of the show, a fan of Assistive Technology Frequently Asked Questions, or just a huge fan of Wade Wingler, as many of us are, make sure to listen to the show coming out on Monday. Wherever you get your podcast.So with the show last week, you might remember we had someone that used AAC to communicate. You could see how that was a little bit different than some of our other interviews. This week, we are going to talk a little bit more about AEC but from a different perspective. My guest today is Tabi Jones-Wohleber. I think I got her name right. She’s a speech pile just and assistive technology specialist. She’s here to talk about the Model as a MASTER PAL system. Welcome to the show.TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: Thank you. Glad to be here.BRIAN NORTON: We are very glad to have you. Before we get into everything, can you tell us a little bit about yourself, where you are from and what you do?TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: I live in Shepherdstown West Virginia. I work for Frederick County’s public school in Maryland as an AT specialist among the assistive technologies team. I do that part-time, and then I also work with West Virginia Birth through Three as a speech language pathologist. AAC is my passion and I have worked in AAC my entire career as a speech pathologist. I went to Penn State, really fell in love with it and had lots of opportunities to learn from some of the best. It’s a path I’ve always followed and I don’t see that changing.BRIAN NORTON: So let’s get into — you’ve developed a training program called Model as a MASTER PAL. Tell our listeners about the program.TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: Model as a MASTER PAL is a framework that I developed to really get at some of the nuances of interactions between individuals who use AAC in our communication partners. I really set out to positively impact the behaviors and belief systems of the communication partners to help them do that job better. I think we all recognize how difficult it can be to provide all the information there is about AAC. There is the technical understanding and the assessment piece and then how do we use AAC for academics, for social interactions. It’s just so multifaceted.Model as a MASTER PAL evolved as a way to move — I’m school based much of the time – to move communication partners in a school-based setting from a strictly academic focus to really recognizing the role of communication in language development and supporting individuals as a whole person. Model as a MASTER PAL just evolved from being inundated with information through conferences and social media about what best practices were in the going out to schools and realizing how difficult it was to really bring those practices to life. I felt like it was really necessary to provide people in the trenches, the teachers, the SLPs, the parents and other service providers, families, everyone, with information about what it means to be a good communication partner, what quality, meaningful interactions look like, and just to recognize the ways in which we interact with one another and how that sometimes shifts when we are interacting with individuals who use AAC but how being more naturalistic about it can really play such an important role in helping individuals be more confident and effective communicators.BRIAN NORTON: What are some of those best practices?TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: Model as a MASTER PAL is an acronym. M-A-S-T-E-R for “Master” and P-A-L — they each stand for something different. MASTER PAL, I just felt like that was a nice way to convey this model as a skilled friend, a skill pall indication partner. I’ll go through them quickly. M- is for “Motivate.” A- is “Accept multiple modalities.” S- is “Statements more than questions.” T- is for “Time,” both time for language to development and the wait time is needed, so kind of short-term and long-term. E- is for “Engage naturally.” R- is for “Response not required.” P- is for “Presumed potential.” A- is for “Appropriate prompting.” And L- is for “Let the child lead.”It kind of just walks through a variety of topics related to how to better support communication partners. It of course starts off with “Model,” because that’s how we teach it.BRIAN NORTON: Let’s go through those. We don’t have to spend a full hour on each one, but I know it started off with motivate. I know in a lot of different assistive technology – not just AAC – if the person is not motivated to use something, it’s never going to get used. I like how you started there. But how do you meet it in this sense?TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: Motivate is really at the essence of the human experience. None of us do anything without motivation. Motivation is the driver behind the choices that we make and the activity that we engage in and the things where we decide to invest our time in our effort. Let’s face it, AAC is hard. It’s hard to learn, hard to use, especially early in the learning process. So if the child isn’t motivated, or the individual isn’t motivated to communicate, then we really can’t expect much out of them. It’s an important place to start. Kayda Hern talks extensively about “Model, motivate, and move out of the way,” and how in all of her work, motivation constantly comes up as the driver, it’s the foundation for all of the other things we do.BRIAN NORTON: Moving on to accept multiple methodologies. Talk a little bit more about that.TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: Accept multiple modalities is just relating to the fact that we are all multimodal communication users – or we are all multimodal communicators. We all text, email, have face-to-face conversations, talked over the phone, gesture, use facial expressions, Facebook messenger. We all use multiple modalities. Communication is power. If the child or individual is communicating in some way, it is important that that modality is honored so that they learn that it’s a powerful. Once they learned that it’s powerful, then they learn how to use it in other ways.One of the key examples that I give is if a child has a consistent yes/no response, and they are able to shake their head or verbalize yes/no, we don’t necessarily need to take a real estate on a communication device to add that. We don’t need to redirect them and say, use it on your talker. Recognize that their attempt is meaningful and socially appropriate. We all use those modalities, so it’s really no different.BRIAN NORTON: The next part, statements more than questions. Are we talking about the communication partner? Are we talking about the AAC user when we’re talking about that?TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: We are talking about the communication partner. This really takes from language development. It’s interesting because if you record a caregiver of a young child, you will notice that there is tons of the descriptive language that transpires between the two. The parent or day care provider, they describe what’s happening in the environment. Look at that. That’s pretty. Let me see. That one is blue. So there are lots of statements about what’s happening. There is commenting and describing and look at that, let’s try again, talking about the actions and activities without “What is it?” “What color?’ “What do you want?”There is definitely a need to ask questions. Questions help us figure out what kids are learning and what they know and what they are able to respond to peer but when kids are inundated with questions constantly, they are always on the spot and is not an opportunity for initiation. Statements more than questions really facilitates comprehension. When we take off the pressure and get input – because we know kids need lots of input before they can produce an output — it just opens up our opportunities for more learning and more modeling without backing the child or communication partner into a question corner. That module is actually one of my favorite. It’s probably the longest because it’s such a rich topic. There are so many ways to talk about it and to discuss it and to give examples in an academic setting and with regard to the language of daily routines and language of leisure. It’s very rich.BRIAN NORTON: Very nice. How you described it with young kids and the way we do it, it’s something we do naturally, yet I do see it a lot, folks just asking a lot of questions of folks. This is a show where I am sitting here asking you questions, so probably not the best example.TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: It’s true. I go into classrooms. The questions – we feel like we need to know what their learning, we need to know what they are understanding, and questions seem like the logical path to get there. But I think it’s important to take that step back and recognize that when we are teaching AAC, we are teaching language from a developmental — we are teaching language development. When it happens naturally, we are not aware of our role in our actions as communication partners. But when we are supporting an AAC user, we need to be more cognizant of that role that we play and how our responses shape that Lingwood learning.BRIAN NORTON: The next one is time?TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: Time is two-pronged. That module talks about time in the sense that putting a communication device in place does not a communicator make. Just because a device is provided doesn’t mean that an individual knows how to use it. It takes time to learn language. We talk to kids in the womb and keep talking to them, even though they don’t talk back for a whole year. But we continue to talk to them. So it takes time for a child who is learning to use AAC, time to learn their tool. And not just learn their tool but how to use it in a variety of ways, how to use it to control their environment, how to use it to show their learning, how to use it socially. They need lots of modeling along the way. But it just doesn’t happen overnight. It’s not — learning language takes time.The other side of that is that – that’s the long-term perspective. The short term perspective is in any given interaction, an individual who uses AAC will probably require time to either process their message, processed or question, generate their message. So time is kind of an innate part of interacting with an individual who uses AAC. For those who are confident users, it takes longer to generate their messages, so we have to be patient communication partners. For those — a lot of are individuals who are learning to use AAC have processing difficulties or have motor impairments or vision skills that require more time, wait time in order for them to respond and generate the messages. It really is taking into account that time is necessary on two different fronts.BRIAN NORTON: Engage naturally. Does that just mean to make sure that I just talked to an individual the way I would talk to anyone else? How do you mean that?TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: Engage naturally refers to being respectful of the individual and engaging with them in such a way that you are equal communication partners to the extent necessary. But engaging naturally also means using the words — essentially core words, using words that are part of natural language, not necessarily – as the process of using lots of nouns and labeling. That’s really well known in the field of AAC. Nobody questions the use of core vocabulary by any stretch, but it’s just emphasizing and showing that engaging naturally does include mostly core words. There are some slides that demonstrate and spell that out quite powerfully in the context of language development and the use of language.But it also looks at how to engage in such a way that you are being respectful of an individual with regard to their emotional confidence. I think it’s a point that, when we are communicating with individuals who use AAC, we have a really important role to play in supporting their emotional confidence. Emotional confidence is the ability to understand one’s emotion and to be able to respond and have the language to understand those emotions. Often times, I think what we see is a child is having a rough day and they get an emotions board, and it says, “I am sad.” Okay, you are sad. Now let’s get back to math. But if I have a bad day and I am showing that, I’m given the opportunity to vent. I’m given the opportunity to talk about what’s not working and why it’s not working. I use language to work my way through that. In the end, I can cope better. I can get on with things. But I need the opportunity. For a kid who uses AAC, part of engage naturally is recognizing perhaps when things aren’t going well, or when they are going well, and given the language to talk about those things. You look sad. It looks like somebody took your favorite pen, pencil. That would make me sad too. Let’s see what we can do about getting it back. Or I know mom said you didn’t sleep well last night. It looks like you are tired. When I’m tired, it’s hard for me to pay attention too. But see we can take a walk to wake you up. And modeling “I want talk.” So giving kids the language to advocate for themselves to be able to express themselves in such a way that they can start to problem solve. They don’t learn that they which if we don’t give it to them. The only way they can figure out how to problem solve is through the modeling that they receive. There are kids out there that definitely figure it out, but for most — just being respectable of our interactions and honoring them, their humanity, as they work through it.BRIAN NORTON: For sure. Like anything else with kids, if you teach it that way, hopefully they’ll do the same with everyone they interact with as well.TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: Yeah. I think that language is so powerful in helping us internalize things like emotions and knowledge and understanding. Once we can assign words to it, it becomes that much more powerful inside of us. When we engage naturally with an individual who uses AAC, we are helping to give them that language to help them self actualize.BRIAN NORTON: I never thought about it that way. I really like that. Response not required? Elaborate on that for me.TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: Response not required is somewhat tied to statements more than questions. It really goes to the idea that — or wait time. There is a lot of overlap between these modules. Each is meant to be fairly explicit. Response not required is the idea that a child may not have an answer. They might just need you to give them space to think about it. I don’t think that this is terribly unique to any of us. I think we all benefit sometimes from space to think. When we take a position of response not required, we’re really employing a mindset that takes the pressure out of the interaction. But we are continuing to model and are continuing to provide opportunities to engage. It’s really just the idea that, even if the individual doesn’t have something to say in return, we just keep modeling.BRIAN NORTON: Sounds good. And then we presume competence?TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: Yeah. Presume potential is the phrase that I’ve used in here. It’s presuming potential – this is a big topic that we are talking about in AAC. Presuming potential is just assuming that a child is going, an individual is going to learn if we provide them the opportunities that are accessible to them to learn. So not having any preconceived notions about an individual’s upward level of achievement, not presuming he never has or never will. This module showcases several videos of the power of presumed potential. It also works through some examples of what happens when we usability- positive language and when we understand that language has bias, that the language we use can really shape the way the individual or their family or other service providers perceive them.BRIAN NORTON: The next one is appropriate prompting?TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: Appropriate prompting is a module that goes through what it looks like to provide a most-to-least or least-to-most hierarchy for prompting, and when those are appropriate. Ultimately, we know that prompting — the role of prompting is to shape learning by creating positive practice. But we want kids to be as autonomous as possible. When we are mindful of the way that we prompt, then we are better able to move toward that goal. It’s interesting, because as a speech pathologist, I feel like prompting was really drilled into me early in my career. But I think that that is perhaps unique to speech pathology or maybe other therapies – I’m not sure – because this is something that I think people get a lot from. This particular module I think creates a lot of “Aha!” Moments for individuals, just coming to an understanding that prompting is not something that we used to fill in dead space. It’s really meant to be purposeful. There is a goal in prompting to be able to fade it effectively to create more independent communicators.BRIAN NORTON: Lastly, let the child lead?TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: This one is somewhat self-explanatory. The emphasis for me for this module, the reason I felt like it was important, is really to talk about those most challenging students. These are the kiddos that get up and wander around the room. Maybe they clear the letters off the letter shelf in the alphabet center. Or they push over the blocks. They flip through books without ever looking to the pages. They just seem so busy. It can be difficult to get into their world and figure out where to start with communication. Before these kids, I think it’s so important to recognize what are they doing and why are they doing it? Like what sort of sensory seeking behaviors are they insurgent? Or what interests them? Who is it that they seem to have affection toward, that they’ll let into their world? And using that as our tool, as our foundation for moving forward and figure out what and how to bring communication to them.But when we let the child lead and we don’t have a preconceived notion about what activities we are going to use or what tools we’re going to use, but just really be kind of in their world for little while, it opens up opportunities that we perhaps would not have seen.I think a really important part of this is looking at that sensory peace. If you have kids that are crawling into tight spaces, then we know that they need a certain kind of sensory input. If we have kids that are running across the room and then stopping short, we know that they need a certain kind of sensory input. So how can we create that in meaningful ways to fit communication or shaped the routines of their days so that they are getting what they need so that they are available for learning in other ways? Of course, we want to let the child lead and follow their interest and let them be motivated, but on an even more perceptive level, this module is really helping to address the needs of some of our more complex students.BRIAN NORTON: I could see how that could be very helpful. If our listeners would want to find out more about the Model as a MASTER PAL program, or about you, how would they go about doing that?TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: I had a website. It’s, and actualized is spell A-A-C. so that’s one way. I also recently did a series on practical AAC about Model as a MASTER PAL. We did 11 weeks, one module per week. But the entire module is available through a bitly link. NORTON: Perfect. We will definitely make sure that those get in.TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: I do want to comment, it really is intended for all communication partners. This initially – it’s interesting. The first time I did this was with a small group of staff. It was really just a single page handout. I’m like, here are some talking points. I quickly realized that we just needed so much more. We needed to be able to figure out the direction of — the discourse needed guidance. I had another opportunity with some really supportive families and demonstrators. They set aside the time – we did it in rotation. All the staff and many families from an inclusive preschool and one of my schools, we set it up for them and did it throughout the morning over the course of several months. It was wonderful, a wonderful conversation between families, paraprofessionals, SLP’s, teachers, and everyone had something to contribute to the conversation, and everyone took something different away, and everyone had a different perspective on how they cite in their child or their students. It really is meant – this is something that’s meant to facilitate conversation over a long-term. This isn’t hey, let’s sit down and do a half day training. There are 10 modules, 11 modules, and they are really meant to be spaced out over time to keep the dialogue going about how we can do this better.I think that is such an important thing that is missing. When I provide training is, I’m often invited in, and I get an hour or maybe a half day or maybe we get to do a full day. But it’s once a year, that’s it. There is no carryover. People are excited and inspired, but then life takes over. This is really meant to be a way to keep the conversation going.Each module includes a PowerPoint. It has handouts. Most importantly is there is a facilitator guideline that walks through and has an explanation and talking points for each slide. So whoever — you don’t have to be an expert in the topic to share these modules. It’s really meant to be accessible so that we can have these important conversations and get people informed and excited about how to be a great indication partner.BRIAN NORTON: Very good. Thank you so much for being on the show. We will put all the information in the show notes.TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: Thanks for having me. This was fun.BRIAN NORTON: Have a great day.TABI JONES-WOHLEBER: You too.BRIAN ANDERSON: Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? If you do, call our listener line at 317-721-7124, shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. Are you looking for a transcript or show notes? Head on over to our website at Assistive Technology Update is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. For more shows like this, plus so much more, head over to The opinions expressed by our guests are their own and may or may not reflect those of the INDATA Project, Easter Seals Crossroads, or any of our supporting partners. That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Josh Anderson with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana. Thank you for listening, and we’ll see you next time.***Transcript provided by TJ Cortopassi. For requests and inquiries, contact***——————————If 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: this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedIdeas for Assistive Technology Holiday ShoppingDecember 22, 2016In “Apps”ATU102 – Dear Assistive Technology User – Special EpisodeMay 10, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”We’re celebrating our 100th podcast!April 30, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

New Survey Reveals FinancialForce Is Top Installed Professional Services Automation Platform

first_img FinancialForceLori EllsworthMarketing Technology NewsNewsPSA solutionTSIA Previous ArticleTrue Influence Launches InsightBase 4.0, an Advancement in Buying Group/Demand Unit Discovery and Intent IntelligenceNext ArticlePercolate Ushers in Next Wave of Content Marketing Innovation With Ecosystem Approach FinancialForce PSA Product Leads by a Wide Margin, According to the Tsia 2019 Professional Services Tech Stack SurveyFinancialForce announced that it leads all competitors by a wide margin as the most installed PSA solution, according to a new report released by the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA).Announced at TSIA’s Technology & Services World conference, the TSIA 2019 Professional Services Tech Stack Survey, which defines the recommended technology stack for professional services, found that FinancialForce PSA is the top installed PSA product in the market, with 69% of survey respondents using FinancialForce. The nearest competitor was used by only 12% of respondents.“The TSIA 2019 Professional Services Tech Stack Survey speaks volumes about the popularity of FinancialForce PSA and how the platform is becoming increasingly important to the success of professional services organizations,” said Lori Ellsworth,FinancialForce Vice President, PSA Product Management. “As the leading enterprise PSA platform, FinancialForce brings predictability and efficiency to every stage of service delivery, helping the world’s largest enterprise organizations grow more rapidly.”Marketing Technology News: IntelliMedia bags two Product of the Year Awards at NAB Show 2019The TSIA report also found that PSA adoption among all organizations is on the rise, with PSA usage growing dramatically over the last year, from 61% in 2018 to 82% in 2019. What’s more, the study revealed that 40% of respondent organizations are planning new or additional spending on PSA in the coming year. Leading the charge are large organizations with revenue of $10 billion or more, of which 57% have plans to increase their PSA spending over the next 12 months, according to the TSIA survey.Marketing Technology News: DirectLync Shakes Up Small Business Marketing with New Digital Marketing Platform“Technology is incredibly important to the success of professional services teams. That’s why they are turning to PSA platforms like FinancialForce to take their business to the next level,” said John Ragsdale, TSIA Distinguished Vice President, Technology Research. “Today’s PSA platforms, such as top-installed solution FinancialForce, now come complete with the rich feature set and sophistication that large global organizations need to boost productivity and increase profitability.”Marketing Technology News: Entercom and Nielsen Announce Data-driven Comprehensive Agreement New Survey Reveals FinancialForce Is Top Installed Professional Services Automation Platform PRNewswireMay 7, 2019, 11:43 amMay 7, 2019 last_img read more

At a Glance Kingston KC2000 1TB SSD Review

first_img Tagged In SSDsreviewsat a glancekingston Post a Comment 3 Comments Kingston’s new KC2000 series SSDs were designed to tackle the high-end consumer SSD market. With capacities available up to 2TB in size and read/write speeds as high as 3,200/2,200MB/s, this drive has the potential to play a major role in the SSD market. But so far, the drives are off to a rough start.DesignKingston’s KC2000 SSDs use 96-layer 3D TLC Kingston NAND that connects to an SMI 2262EN controller. This controller features Silicon Motion’s NANDXtend ECC technology, which helps to keep data secure by preventing read/write errors. The drive also supports 256-bit XTS-AES encryption. These features make the drive better suited for business use, where the loss or theft of data could have serious consequences.These drives have average endurance ratings that match up with what we’ve seen from other 3D TLC NAND products in the past. In short, for each 250GB of NAND, the drive is able to handle 150TBW before failing.BenchmarksOur sister site PCMag ran a 1TB model of Kingston’s KC2000 through its usual quartet of benchmarks alongside three competing products from Adata, Samsung, and Western Digital. In the first test using PCMark 8 Storage test, we see virtually no difference from one drive to the next.Stepping things up with Crystal DiskMark 6.0 we start to see some deviation between the competing drives. In the sequential read/write test, Kingston’s KC2000 places second while reading data and last while writing it. It’s worth noting that the KC2000 actually exceeds its maximum reported read/write performance. The same can’t be said for the other tested drives, all of which come in below their rated performance.Reading and writing random 4K chunks of data is a weakness of this drive. It doesn’t come in dead last in this test, but its performance results leave much to be desired.Turning last to AS-SSD’s file transfer test, we once again see the KC2000 in a rather mixed position. The KC2000 came finished in second place while transferring the program folder and the game folder, and its performance results were close to what was achieved by the Adata XPG SX8200. Conversely, the drive’s performance while transferring the ISO file was significantly lower than the other tested drives.ConclusionFinally, there’s pricing. The 1TB model PCMag tested has an MSRP of $201.50, and strangely, it’s currently available for a higher price of $218.06 from Amazon. Unfortunately for Kingston, SSD prices have been trending downward, so that’s somewhat high for a 1TB SSD at the moment.The 1TB model of Samsung’s 970 Evo is similarly priced but offers better performance in most scenarios. The Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB is significantly less expensive at $134.99, and it also supports ECC technology.Now read:At a Glance: Adata XPG SX6000 Pro ReviewAt a Glance: Acer Nitro XV3 XV273K ReviewAt a Glance: Dell UltraSharp U3219Q Review Little Jenny From ‘Forrest Gump’ Is 34 Now and Gorgeous Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Banned You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Why Jordan Peele Probably Won’t Be Directing ‘Blade’ Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar By Michael Sexton on July 18, 2019 at 2:29 pm The Most Brutal Continue Screens in Gaming History Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Sad and Tragic Life of Artie Lange 3 Comments Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents At a Glance: Kingston KC2000 1TB SSD Reviewlast_img read more

Credorax Announces Partnership with Small World to Enhance CrossEuropean Card Present Activity

first_imgCredorax Announces Partnership with Small World to Enhance Cross-European, Card Present Activity with a Unified Payment Solution MTS Staff WriterJuly 9, 2019, 2:32 pmJuly 3, 2019 acquirationCredoraxInsightsMarketing Technology NewsNewsNextGenSmall World Previous ArticleZipLine Acquires Gift Card Platform SmartClixxNext ArticleThe Role of AI in Shaping the Future of Video Conferencing Nextgen Merchant Acquirer to Provide Back-End Infrastructure and Banking Services to Streamline Small World’s European ActivityCredorax, the licensed NextGen merchant acquiring bank providing cross-border processing for ecommerce and omnichannel payments, announced its partnership with Small World, a leading global money transfer service provider. Small World will benefit from Credorax’s smart payments solution, including its Insights platform providing real-time data, and financial services enabling payment acceptance from terminals across the region. One of the first technology companies with a European banking license and worldwide processing capabilities, Credorax will provide a suite of products and services customized to help Small World streamline its European activity.The solution is tailor-made for Small World, built in conjunction with two other leading service providers to create an end-to-end offering encompassing logistics, tech provider and platform. Credorax will provide the financial back-end infrastructure, state-of-the-art acquiring services, transparent reporting, competitive fees and card acceptance. As part of this solution, NMI will provide the front-end gateway and technology to operate terminals across Europe and Hemisphere West will be managing logistics and installations.Marketing Technology News: Digital Communication Tools Leave Many Workers Feeling Squeezed out by Tech-Savvy Colleagues“This is an exciting time for Small World, with rapid growth across our branded global service and digital solution, said Nick Day, CEO and Founder of Small World. “Expanding globally requires the most robust and scalable solution available and Credorax was the obvious choice. With a quick and easy implementation, we have the benefits of Credorax’s suite of services – smart acquiring, payment acceptance, backend insights, clear reporting tools, user-friendly interface, account management and fee transparency”Small World works across many geographical borders with complex and diverse needs focused on providing customers with the best payment experience. This results in logistical complexities and a lack of transparency in reporting for Small World. With Credorax’s back-end platform, Small World will be able to consolidate all activity and accept payments from terminals across Europe, regardless of location.Marketing Technology News: Taptica International Rebrand Reflects Video Advertising Leadership“We are heading to a future of unified transparent solutions in the global payment space,” said Alon Bigler, VP Business Development at Credorax. “We are thrilled to help Small World usher in this new era, providing our unified solution for their diverse payment needs across Europe.”Marketing Technology News: LivePerson Wins 2019 Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough Awardlast_img read more

JumpCrew Announces Inaugural Conference JumpCon The Digital Sales Transformation Summit

first_img customer acquisitionDigital Sales TransformationJumpCrewMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleInpixon to Acquire Indoor Mapping Leader JibestreamNext ArticleValassis’ Marketing Technology Platform Earns Tech Award October 24 Event to Spotlight Sales Transformation and the Power of Combining Digital Marketing with SalesJumpCrew, the leading demand generation platform that integrates sales and marketing to accelerate new customer acquisition, will host its inaugural conference, JumpCon: The Digital Sales Transformation Summit on Thursday Oct. 24, 2019 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. The one-day conference will feature talks by industry leaders that educate attendees on leading digital sales transformation and implement an integrated sales and marketing approach to improve conversions, acquire customers and increase revenue.“JumpCon gives us the ability to connect world-renowned speakers with world-class sales and marketing professionals looking to up their game,” said Chief Marketing Officer of JumpCrew, Lavall Chichester. “I’m excited to bring them together with the support of partners like Twitter, Outreach and Salesforce who have so much to offer businesses in order to help them grow. We’ll be making symbiotic connections that will change peoples’ careers and businesses.”The line-up of speakers includes:Rand Fishkin, Co-Founder of Moz, CEO of Sparktoro and acclaimed authorAlden Mills, CEO of Perfect Fitness, author and ex-Navy SEALNancy Meyer, Publisher and GM, South Florida Sun Sentinel and Orlando SentinelDave Scott, Director of Global Marketing, Twitter BusinessRahul Sabnis, EVP, Chief Creative Officer, iHeartMediaMeghan Graham, Exec Strategy Director, T Brand Studio, New York TimesLauren Bailey, President and Founder, Factor 8, The Sales Bar, and #GirlsClubTiara Puglisi, Group Director, Connection Strategy, R/GAChristopher Boon, SVP, Audience Insights, Dstillery and others.The programming will focus on utilizing the three P’s (Purpose, People, Process) of digital sales transformation. These P’s bring sales and marketing together in order to achieve results and transform businesses.Marketing Technology News: Sponsorship Made Simple for Personal, College, Sports, Community Events etc.Featured JumpCon topics include:Purpose: Knowing your brand purpose will help you grow an engaged audience – Topics include: Audience development, Influencer marketing, brand building, the power of company culture and morePeople: Great people build great brands Topics include: How to build unstoppable teams, lessons from hiring 100 people in 100 days, learn how to learn to expedite employee and company success, and moreProcess: Proven processes provide predictable profits Topics include: How to integrate sales and marketing, essential sales and marketing tools, how to find and leverage new channels like voice, streaming radio, PODCasts, how to use search to grow and monetize D2C and publisher/media brands.Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand Awareness“We’re excited to host our first JumpCon conference – the only industry event focused on integrated sales and marketing,” said David Pachter, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at JumpCrew. “By using technology to bring sales and marketing together, attendees will learn techniques to transform their businesses and achieve tremendous results.”In addition to the line-up of speakers, conference attendees will have the opportunity to connect with 250+ influential thought leaders in sales and marketing including Directors, VPs, CMOs and CEOs while learning from transformative content. On Wednesday, Oct. 23 prior to the conference, Lauren Bailey founder of #GirlsClub will host a women’s mixer to foster relationships and offer advice on how women can grow to leadership positions in sales and marketing organizations.Sponsors of the inaugural JumpCon event include Twitter, Salesforce, Dialpad,, Sales Hacker, Ambition, dstillery and beautyblender.Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public Offering JumpCrew Announces Inaugural Conference “JumpCon: The Digital Sales Transformation Summit” Business WireJuly 11, 2019, 6:34 pmJuly 11, 2019 last_img read more

Khali A US Citizen Shouldnt Be Allowed to Influence Indian Voters Trinamool

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Saturday wrote to the Election Commission protesting against wrestler Khali’s citizenship status. Khali had campaigned for BJP’s Jadavpur MP candidate Anupam Hazra. On behalf of the Trinamool, a lawyer wrote the chief electoral officer and pointed out that Khali is a US citizen. It urged the poll panel to take action against the wrestler, who had campaigned for Hazra on Friday. “He (Khali) holds US citizenship; therefore, a foreigner shouldn’t be allowed to influence the minds of Indian electors,” reads the letter dated April 27. Hitting Jadavpur’s streets in an open-top jeep, Khali had campaigned for Hazra, urging voters to vote for the BJP leader. Hazra is contesting against Bengali actress and Trinamool candidate Mimi Chakraborty.Earlier, the BJP had approached the EC and asked it to take action against Bangladeshi actors campaigning for Bengal’s ruling party.Elections in West Bengal were held in three phases and will continue in the remaining four phases on April 29, May 6, 12 and 19. The counting of votes will begin on May 23. 2019 lok sabha pollsanupam hazraBJPelection commission First Published: April 28, 2019, 8:37 PM ISTlast_img read more

Rajkummar Rao Warned Film Fraternity Against a Gang of Con Artistes Claiming

first_imgActor Rajkummar Rao on Tuesday requested the film fraternity to be wary of a gang of con artistes claiming to represent him.The 34-year-old actor released a statement on Twitter warning directors and producers of the crooks. “It has recently come to my notice that someone is claiming to represent me. They seem to be a team of con artists who not just claim to represent me but also have someone impersonating me to dupe producers and directors,” Rajkummar tweeted. The actor set the record straight, saying he is represented by an agency and no independent entities.Rajkummar also urged the filmmakers to be aware and not to engage in monetary transactions without thorough research. “Please do not trust any paperwork that says otherwise as it is most likely forged. I would urge you to do a thorough research on who you are dealing with before you engage in any monetary transactions with anyone. Be safe, be aware,” he added. con artistesJahnvi Kapoorrajkummar raoRajkummar Rao films First Published: June 4, 2019, 4:41 PM ISTcenter_img Kind attention..— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) June 4, 2019Meanwhile, Rajkummar Rao is coming together with Janhvi Kapoor for producer Dinesh Vijan’s film, Rooh-Afza, which also features Varun Sharma in key role. This will be Rajkummar’s third collaboration with Dinesh Vijan after Stree and Made in China.The shooting will start in Uttar Pradesh this June and the film is slated to release on March 20, 2020.Rooh-Afza is a Maddock films production and a Jio Studios and Dinesh Vijan presentation.Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

Action Against Terror Took Place in Kashmir Not Pakistan Pawar Slams PM

first_imgMumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday slammed the Narendra Modi government’s assertion of “hitting the enemy in his home”, claiming that such actions against terrorists actually took place in Kashmir and not in Pakistan.Stating that cultural communalism had helped the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politically, he warned that one community standing against another was dangerous for the country’s social harmony. During his Lok Sabha poll campaign, Prime Minister Modi had said “ghar mein ghus ghus ke marenge” (we will enter the terrorists’ homes and eliminate them).He had made these remarks after the Indian Air Force targeted a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot following a suicide bomber belonging to the proscribed organisation ramming his explosives-laden vehicle into a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14, killing 40 men.During a live chat with people on Facebook from his office here, Pawar noted that the public used to like when Modi, during his poll campaign and rallies, said his government would enter the houses of enemies and kill them.However, the Maratha leader was quick to claim that “the attacks that had taken place did not happen in Pakistan, but in Kashmir. And Kashmir is a part of India”. “Hence, whatever steps the Modi government took to put a check on the activities in Kashmir, that does not mean you entered Pakistan,” he said.”People do not have information about the Line of Control (LoC) and the situation there. So, they felt some action had been taken against Pakistan,” the former Union minister said.He also alleged that systematic efforts were made to create an aversion towards a particular community. “Cultural communalism received an indirect boost in the country, which politically benefitted the BJP,” Pawar said.”It is dangerous for the social harmony of the country that one community stands against another. Muslims are the second-largest community in the country after Hindus,” the former Maharashtra chief minister added. 2019 pulwama attackBalakot StrikeBharatiya Janata PartyBJP First Published: June 9, 2019, 2:55 PM ISTlast_img read more

A Kindle Audible audiobook update is coming

first_imgAmazon may have a brand new Kindle flagship to tempt you with today, but the company also has the promise of some firmware updates to give existing ereader owners something new to play with. Alongside the new Kindle Oasis (2017) there’s also the promise of new software for some of the older models. Depending on which you have, that’ll add features like Audible audiobook support, and new display options. On the latter, everything from the Kindle Paperwhite Gen 6 – released in 2013 – forward will be getting an update from today. That’ll add extra font size options, for those wanting more granularity in how their ebooks appear. There’ll also be five levels of adjustable boldness. Amazon is also using the new firmware to add a ragged right alignment option. Now, it’ll be possible to set ebooks to show in left-align mode, rather than justified across the screen. Maybe more interesting to some – though with a smaller release overall – is Audible audiobook support. That’s being rolled out “in the coming months”, Amazon says, to the Kindle (Gen 8) and the first Kindle Oasis. With it, there’ll be support for buying and downloading Audible audiobooks directly from the Kindles themselves. There’ll also be adjustable speed rates, allowing you to slow or speed up the narrator at will. A button-press will be all it takes to switch between audio and text, and the Kindle will remember which mode you were using last, per title, and automatically re-open at that later on. As you’d expect there’s Whispersync support still. That means your current position – whether text or audio – is remembered, and synchronized across all your Kindle ereaders and Kindle apps. Still, before you get too excited, it’s worth keeping an eye on storage capacity. With no microSD slot, and limited onboard memory, it won’t take too many audiobooks to fill the whole thing up. Since there’s no 3.5mm headphones socket on any of the Kindles, Amazon has turned to Bluetooth instead for audio purposes. You’ll be able to pair the readers to headphones, speakers, or even your car. No matter the hardware limitations, though, it’s hard to argue with what’s been a well-requested feature. Amazon’s font update rolls out from today, but you’ll have to wait a little longer if you’ve an eligible Kindle and you want the Audible support.last_img read more

Drip by Kickstarter about to be the best Patreon alternative

first_imgThis morning Kickstarter Drip, or just Drip, emerged as a direct competitor to Patreon. The folks at Patreon made a community in which artists and creators of all sorts can obtain subscription cash in exchange for access to their creative projects and products. The folks at Kickstarter acquired the music patronage group Drip in March of 2016, and here in November of 2017 they’ve re-launched as a broader coverage service. Kickstarter announced their Drip acquisition in a way that suggested they might just keep it in the music business. Back then, Kickstarter’s announcement included the following: “So how does this change things? In some ways, not at all. Our commitment to serving creators is hardcoded into our missions, and will continue to guide us. In other ways, we’re excited to discover where it leads.”The big differentiator between Kickstarter and Drip is the creative forces behind the work. “Kickstarter is for projects, Drip is for people.” Kickstarter is made to fund artists and creators fund one-time projects. Drip is “a tool for people to fund and build community around their ongoing creative practice.” In the Kickstarter announcement of Drip today, the company calls out Patreon specifically – along with similar services in Steady and Flattr. The key difference between those services and Drip, says Kickstarter, is “creator independence.”To that end, Drip offers artists and creators the ability to export their data and content. They’re also aiming to “help creators securely transfer subscription and payments information to other subscription platforms.” In other words, Drip wants you to stay, but keeps the door open so you can go if you want to. Drip will let you go if you want, but it’s only because they love you so much. Kickstarter users can also log in to Drip with their already-created Kickstarter accounts – this includes payment information, too.Drip is also designed to be “light.” Their intention is to keep focus on the creators in Drip, not the Drip brand itself, the primary focus. For the moment, creators will have to wait to get in on the Drip fun. Today a Kickstarter representative wrote, “We plan to open Drip up to more creators early next year. Please drop your email at the bottom of the Drip homepage to be notified.”The Drip community can be found over at D dot rip – because that’s the best URL possible for a brand called Drip. Story TimelineSamsung C-Labs’ Welt smart belt goes live on KickstarterCamorama 4K action VR and 360 camera lands on KickstarterSuperbook, a $3m Kickstarter product, delayed until June 2017ZTE Project CSX Hawkeye phone Kickstarter campaign cancelledMakeblock Neuron launches Kickstarter to get kids interested in STEMPhysical Pong game table about to meet its Kickstarter goalNOMATIC Backpack and Travel Pack blast past $1m milestone on KickstarterPeak Design redesigns revamp original Kickstarter accessorieslast_img read more

Why big teams like Apple develop and little ones like OnePlus disrupt

first_imgA study published this week on the size of teams in science and technology showed how one disrupts while the other tends to develop. I’m using Apple and OnePlus to extrapolate because Apple was, for a while, a disruptor. Now they’re not exactly the same company they were a decade ago – they still disrupt the industry, sometimes, but they’re far more apt to develop what’s already successful. OnePlus, on the other hand, is in a place where they’ve disrupted the market, recently, and several times over. The study we’re looking at today was published in the scientific journal Nature and authored by Lingfei Wu, Dashun Wang, and James A. Evans. Their study seeks out reasoning behind what they call “one of the most universal trends in science and technology today.” That trend is “the growth of large teams in all areas, as solitary researchers and small teams diminish in prevalence.”Back in 2010Think about the smartphone industry. When I started covering news about smartphones, it was 2010, three years after the release of the iPhone, two years after the first Android phone hit the market. When I started, we’d report on every single smartphone released by every brand – everything running Android was hot.Since then, the industry’s shifted to just a few brands, each with their hero phone. Where Samsung used to release as many phones as there were touchscreen displays available to put in a phone, now they’ve got their Galaxy S, their Galaxy Note, and a few lesser Galaxy phones for release in Asia and developing countries.Brands petered out, big brands became bigger, and all but gone is the major change between generations of device – and between smartphones in general. One display and cameras on a candybar-style rectangle – that is every single smartphone on the market today (more or less).Starting in the last year or year and a half, brands in China started revving their engines, readying a race that’s making the speed of innovation in smartphones in the USA look positively wimpy. One of the brands that’s emerged from this fray is OnePlus. As of the year 2017, the number of people employed by OnePlus was 776 (according to the OnePlus full financial year 2017 report).The Study: Big and LittleThe study we’re looking at today is about all sorts of teams, in both technology and science. This study took into account “more than 65 million papers, patents, and software products that span the period 1954-2014.” “Across this period smaller teams have tended to disrupt science and technology with new ideas and opportunities, whereas larger teams have tended to develop existing ones,” says the study. The study isn’t focusing exclusively on brands making hardware – but for brands like Apple and OnePlus, and the consumer tech industry in general, the shoe seems to fit. We report on brands like Apple, Samsung, and Amazon a lot. Almost any product they create is newsworthy, and any announcement they make is worth some analysis. That’s true even though they rarely make products that disrupt the industry – beyond their first editions, anyway.“Work from larger teams builds on more-recent and popular developments, and attention to their work comes immediately,” says the study. The bigger your team, the more you’ve got riding on the outcome of any project. The more people in the mix, the more you’re apt to work with what’s already proven. Big teams don’t take big chances as much as little teams. Little teams have less to lose, and a lot more potential to grow as a result of disruption.As the study says: “By contrast, contributions by smaller teams search more deeply into the past, are viewed as disruptive to science and technology and succeed further into the future—if at all,” says the study. OnePlus has had their fair share of missteps – most of them made public mainly because of their relative rocket to popularity as a smartphone-selling-brand. They’ve made a major competitor of a company in a very short amount of time.Look at what OnePlus did. They’ve beat Samsung and Apple in India. They’ve succeeded in making some of the best smartphones in the market at any given time in the last couple of years. That same OnePlus report cited above suggests OnePlus had a revenue of $1.4-billion in their financial year 2017. This is a brand that only started in December of the year 2013! Story TimelineApple acquires Pullstring for likely Siri upgradeApple in 2019: AirPower, reverse wireless charging, iPadsApple Watch with flexible display strap teased in MicroLED patentcenter_img Innovation or EvolutionIf this study’s findings also hold true for our subject matter, in order to continue to keep an industry that’s relevant and progressive, we need to have teams both large and small. “These results demonstrate that both small and large teams are essential to a flourishing ecology of science and technology, and suggest that, to achieve this, science policies should aim to support a diversity of team sizes.”REMEMBER THIS: Apple contends on innovation: “New is easy, right is hard.”Every time Apple holds an event to reveal their latest hardware, I see comments about how the company isn’t innovative. Or about how all the things they see presented by Apple aren’t anything they haven’t seen before. The big-team development was expressed with the massive growth of the company in the past decade. In 2007, Apple’s revenue for the full year was approximately $24.5-billion, and the company employed approximately 21,600 employees.Apple’s financial year 2018 revenue was $265-billion, and they reported having approximately 132,000 employees (according to their Apple 10-K Report FY2018).What’ll happen when OnePlus reaches Apple’s current size? Will they continue making smartphones with major hardware changes each new year? Or will they redefine the way they progress, developing the hardware they’ve got that’s been proven to work before? If you want major disruption, look to the small team. Small brands make big moves. They don’t always win right out the gate, but they’ve got the potential to make change happen.For more information on this topic, head on over to the research paper “Large teams develop and small teams disrupt science and technology” in Nature with DOI:10.1038/s41586-019-0941-9 as published on February 13th, 2019. This paper was authored by Lingfei Wu, Dashun Wang, and James A. Evans, and is filed under “phase transitions and critical phenomena.”last_img read more

MercedesBenz MBUX infotainment system a revolution with AI natural language and more

first_imgInteractions are natural and visualizations are self-explanatory thanks in part to the system’s 3D operating system. Users scroll horizontally and vertically, but there’s also a third dimension for access to deeper menu layers. Users can explore car functions via a real-time 3D vehicle render, as well, which shows any given function in action on the display.AdChoices广告The instrument cluster is similar, featuring the same glossy and clean design while all needed content is integrated into the cluster. Users have control over the instrument cluster’s three different zones, choosing what each of them will display to best suit their needs. For example, a user can choose a simple, clean mode that shows only essential information. Those who desire more can add more detailed info and data to round out the driving experience. MBUX features a silent mode for times you need a clean, simple presentation. For other times, though, MBUX has an entirely different user experience, one that presents access to a load of functions (phone, radio, etc), all with the same clean interface.The platform isn’t just a pretty facade, though. Intelligence is at the heart of MBUX, which features an intelligent learning system thanks to artificial intelligence. The system can adapt to the needs up customers, including personalized settings, comfort features, audio settings, and more. The user merely speaks their request and the system responds.Control is also possible via a touchscreen and touchpads, in addition to the speech control. The tech runs “almost unnoticed in the background,” Daimler explains. MBUX revolves around the latest and greatest hardware to ensure complaints found with other infotainment systems, such as lag, aren’t an issue. This includes the use of the NVIDIA Parker 128 chip, a 4-core CPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and 256 CUDA Cores. Secure over-the-air updates ensure the system is always up to date.Daimler boasts that MBUX’s intelligence foundation learns from the user’s habits and uses that to predict the future, in a sense. It can learn to play the right playlist for the right moment, who you’re likely to call at any given moment, which places you’re more interested in visiting, and more. The company says that its natural language processing technology is “at a level unmatched by even the most sophisticated systems available on the market.” This means being able to state things in a way that requires the system to understand the larger context behind your question or request. The example given was asking MBUX whether you can wear flip-flops tomorrow; the system intelligently knows that what you’re asking is, “Will the weather be appropriate for this kind of footwear?” The NLP system supports 23 different languages.The system also supports some third-party apps like Trip Advisor and Yelp. There’s Google Home and Alexa for smart home control, plus support for smartwatches for door-to-door navigation. Users also have access to global search for getting access to all potential relevant info related to a keyword, including destinations, phone numbers, and more, eliminating the need to search through sub-menus. Like what you see? Vincent Nguyen is on location with Mercedes at CES 2018 and will have first hand experience in the A-Class, which the MBUX will launch on. Stay tuned for SlashGear’s first hands-on! Mercedes-Benz called its MBUX system a “revolution” during its unveiling at CES today, explaining that the platform gives “the best graphics and performance,” as well as natural language processing (NLP) so that drivers can have the “best conversation you’ve ever had with a car.” Natural language processing, of course, allows the user to interact with the system using phrases akin to those they’d use with a fellow human, but Mercedes has taken this to a new level.Daimler AG Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener said, when talking about the system, “Our new MBUX is incredibly intelligent and tailored to your needs.” The user experience is as much of an emotional experience as it is a tech one, he explained, utilizing animations, 3D spaces, and glossy materials for the purpose of “user delight.” Mercedes has unveiled the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), its completely new infotainment platform, at CES 2018, where we got an in-depth look at the technology. The MBUX system will be included as standard equipment in the maker’s upcoming A-Class, it announced. Among other things, MBUX offers an intuitive OS and advanced features made possible via artificial intelligence.last_img read more

Waymo v Uber trial opens and the sparks are already flying

first_img“Uber is cheating” is the simple reason Waymo has spent the past twelve months suing its autonomous car rival, Waymo lawyer Charles Verhoevan told the court as the much-anticipated case ends day one in California. Alphabet-owned Waymo, the self-driving car company spun out of Google’s X moonshot division, filed suit against ride-sharing firm Uber in February 2017. Today, its legal team had its first moment in the courtroom. At the heart of the case is Anthony Levandowski. The former Google engineer left the driverless car project and created his own business, Otto, focusing on autonomous trucks. That was subsequently acquired by Uber, and Levandowski took charge of the company’s work on autonomous vehicles. Along the way, Waymo alleges however, the engineer also left his former employer taking a cache of technical secrets with him. 9.7 GB of highly confidential files and trade secrets – including documentation and blueprints for Waymo’s homegrown LIDAR laser scanning system – were among the haul, it’s alleged. That data, Waymo argues, is the key reason Uber showed interest. According to Verhoevan, however, that was simply one example of how Uber – and, specifically, then-CEO Travis Kalanick – sought to cheat its way into being competitive in driverless vehicles, without doing the same legwork that Waymo had. “We’re bringing this case because Uber is cheating,” the lawyer told the Jury as part of his opening statement. He also spared no time in underscoring just how important getting autonomous vehicles right would be. AdChoices广告Billing such cars as driving more safely than humans can, thus cutting both accidents and traffic congestion, Verhoeven also pointed out one of the key aspects of the technology required for that: the LIDAR laser scanners. That was the jewel that Kalanick realized Uber needed to acquire, the lawyer argued, going to the extent of helping Levandowski set up Otto effectively as a shell to give his leaving Google and joining Uber a veneer of legitimacy. Unsurprisingly, when Uber’s legal team began its opening statement, it wasted no time in rubbishing its rival’s arguments. Uber lawyer William Carmody dismissed Waymo’s version of events as a conspiracy theory, and went on to argue that, far from Levandowski stealing trade secrets, Waymo can’t even demonstrate that the technology Uber is using is based on its own intellectual property. “Nobody can own engineering concepts,” Carmody insisted. Not all of the case is going to be open to the public as the trial progresses. Indeed, Judge Alsup closed the courtroom today for a period, so that the jury could be shown some of the what Waymo allege are trade secrets infringed by Uber. What seems clear at this point is that, in open court or otherwise, the Waymo v. Uber case isn’t likely to end quickly, or comfortably, for either party. Story TimelineWaymo says Uber made “cover up scheme” to steal self-driving car techUber just fired the ex-Googler accused of Waymo autonomous tech theftWaymo is down to one patent in its self-driving Uber lawsuitUber-Waymo trial delayed again as more evidence comes to lightlast_img read more

Netflix adsupported plan could rake in 1 billion every year

first_imgREAD: Netflix price just increased: Yes, you’re paying more ASAPThough on-demand streaming video services are now common, there are various business and content models in play that attempt to capitalize on different types of viewing habits and consumer bases. Whereas Netflix offers all of its content without advertisements for a single monthly fee, Hulu offers a cheaper plan supported by advertisements, for example. Netflix elects to release its original shows’ seasons in full batches, but Hulu releases them one episode at a time like traditional television.AdChoices广告Though not all consumers are bothered by the presence of commercials, a substantial number cite a lack of advertisements as one of the most appealing parts of Netflix. Speculation that the company may be testing ads has historically sent Netflix subscribers into a rage and thus far the streaming service has continued to avoid ads.Netflix has around $10 billion in debt and billions more in content obligations. According to Instinet analysts, the company could chip away at that to the tune of $1 billion annually by adding advertisement revenue into the mix. Such revenue would, under this theoretical scenario, come from an ad-supported plan that would show customers advertisements in exchange for eliminating the monthly fee.The figure assumes the Netflix plan would be released next year and amount to 25-percent of the company’s paid subscriber base by 2021. There’s the concern that a free ad-supported plan would result in a substantial cancellation of existing paid accounts, however, slashing direct revenue and forcing the company to be highly dependent on advertisers.There are concerns for viewers beyond simply seeing advertisements, as well. A lack of dependency on ads gives Netflix a degree of content freedom that it may not retain if it has to keep advertisers in mind. Certain types of content and storytelling may drive away advertisers, potentially having an impact on the nature of the original content Netflix produces.Netflix hasn’t revealed any plans to introduce advertising on its platform, and in the past has emphasized that being ad-free is a core part of the brand. Story TimelineNetflix taps George Clooney for new post-apocalyptic feature filmNetflix releases trailer for ‘Orange is the New Black’ final seasonCable network saves canceled Netflix sitcom ‘One Day at a Time’ A lack of advertising remains one of Netflix’s most appealing benefits, but questions remain over whether the streaming service will eschew advertisements forever. The company has raised its plan prices multiple times in recent years, and though it remains a great deal comparatively, some users have complained the new prices are too high. Amid that customer turmoil is a new report claiming Netflix could make around $1 billion annually by adding advertisements.last_img read more

MercedesAMG CLA 35 4Matic is fourdoors of family performance

first_imgOther features include AMD ride control suspension and active damping with three modes. The brakes are 4-piston front and single piston rear units with ventilated discs to help with heat and prevent fading. AMG Track Pace system is optional to record lap times and data. Pricing on the vehicle and options are unannounced; the CLA 35 will launch April 29. That means a turbo four-cylinder that makes 306hp and 400 Nm of torque. The engine uses a twin-scroll turbo and has variable valve control. Power goes to all four wheels via an AMG Speedshift DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission. The CLA 35 gives up a slight bit of performance to the A 35 reaching 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds compared to the 4.8 seconds the A 35 needs. CLA 35 buyers get a sporty interior with MBUX infotainment system. That infotainment system has the MBUX interior assistant that recognizes movement towards various elements of the infotainment system.The car also supports the “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant tech. The instrument cluster is fully digital and has three AMG styles with Classic, Sport, and Supersport. The latter mode has a central, round rev counter and three other bars with info to the left. CLA 35 offers the new AMG steering wheel with optional buttons as standard. Five different driving programs modify vehicle characteristics as needed with settings for slippery, comfort, sport, sport+, and individual. AdChoices广告 Mercedes pulled the wraps off the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 4Matic this week, and it looks enough like the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic that you may need a double take. The CLA 35 4Matic is a four-door coupe according to Mercedes, and it shares the same engine as the A 35 uses.last_img read more

Citroen 1919 Concept aims to be a comfortable escape from the city

first_imgCitroen is celebrating 100 years of “boldness and creativity” and is doing so with its 19_19 Concept. The vehicle is focused on taking comfort to new levels with a cabin that aims to be a living room on wheels. The cabin of the car is suspended on a new suspension system called Progressive Hydraulic Cushions and combined with a smart active control layout. Citroen’s 19_19 Concept aims to reinvent long car journeys by giving occupants ultimate comfort for regenerative and restorative travel. The concept also promises a “mental detox” experience for maximum traveling pleasure and to be able to enjoy total relaxation and calm. The outside of the concept is meant to resemble the fuselage of an aircraft and the transparent bubble of a helicopter. The layout of the cabin is “informed” by the world of furniture, says Citroen, with individualized seats each expressing a vision of comfort. The 19_19 Concept uses autonomous driving technology with drivers being able to have the autonomous systems handle all aspects of getting them to their destination. AI integrated into the concept would allow passengers inside the vehicle to use digital personal assistants to take over control of the car.The AI system also aims to anticipate the needs of the passengers. Citroen’s concept is entirely electric and aims for a driving range of 800 km per charge. The charging system of the car would use induction technology and could charge when parked or when driving if the infrastructure permits.center_img The design also features contrasting colors and transparency. Citroen uses blue micro-perforated trim to allow passengers to see out, but allow privacy as well. Citroen says that passengers can see without being seen. Getting into the concept is via a rear-hinged autoclave door that is pillar-free and promises easy cabin access.last_img read more

SelfInsurance For Small Businesses Goes Under The Microscope

first_imgPolitco Pro describes the growing focus on this part of the insurance marketplace as a “sleeper battle to watch.” Meanwhile, Reuters reports that a growing number of people are signing up for supplemental insurance coverage.  Politico Pro: Focus On Self-Insurance For Small BusinessesIn a summer dominated by health care fights, self-insurance is emerging as a sleeper battle to watch. Amid signs that more small businesses may self insure — which could effectively let them avoid complying with aspects of national health reform — the nation’s insurance commissioners are wrestling with new guidelines for stop-loss insurance that would mean small businesses would have to bear more of the self-insurance risk. California’s crusading insurance chief is leading a high-profile effort to significantly raise the bar for self-insuring in his state while the Obama administration examines federal limits on self-insurance (Millman, 8/2).Reuters: Supplementary Insurance Fills New GapsA convergence of trends in insurance costs is driving up the number of people who are signing up for supplemental insurance – overall sales rose 11 percent between 2011 and 2012, with critical illness sales jumping by 23 percent and accident plans by 21 percent, according to industry analyst, LIMRA. One big reason for that increase? The 13.5 million-plus people now enrolled in a high-deductible health plan paired with a health savings account (HSA) (Zamosky, 8/2). Self-Insurance For Small Businesses Goes Under The Microscope This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Medicare Docs Not Leaving Program Sen Baldwin Pushes To Protect Rural Hospital

first_imgMedicare: Docs Not Leaving Program; Sen. Baldwin Pushes To Protect Rural Hospital Funds This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. In Medicare news, doctors may not be leaving the Medicare program in droves as some think. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is pushing back against Medicare cuts to rural hospital reimbursement, and some hospitals are making follow-up care changes to lower readmission rates.NPR’s Shots Blog: Doctors Fleeing Medicare? Not So Fast, Feds Say Are doctors so fed up with Medicare’s stagnant pay and bureaucratic rules that they’re bailing out of the program? Short answer: Yes, some are. Long answer: Not as many as you might have thought. … [S]ome analysts at the Department of Health and Human Services just ran the numbers … [and] found that the proportion of docs taking new patients has held pretty steady for Medicare in recent years — rising about 3 percentage points, actually, to 90.7 percent in 2012 from 87.9 percent in 2005 (Hensley, 8/23).The Associated Press: Baldwin Leads Protest Against Cuts To Rural HospitalsU.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is leading a fight against proposed cuts to Medicare reimbursements for rural hospitals that she says will reduce access to health care and weaken rural economies across the nation. The Wisconsin Democrat and 19 other senators sent a letter dated Thursday to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Sen. Orrin Hatch, the ranking member on the committee, protesting changes to how Medicare classifies and pays critical access hospitals, or CAHs (Johnson, 8/25).California Health Report: Readmission Penalties Prompt Hospitals To Improve Follow-Up CareFor every five Medicare beneficiaries discharged from a U.S. hospital, one person returns for within a month. Often, doctors and federal policymakers say, those people could have avoided that second trip to the hospital altogether if only they’d received good follow-up care (Richard, 8/23).last_img read more