PureCircle unveils stevia cocoa and vanilla flavour enhancers

first_imgPureCircle unveils stevia cocoa and vanilla flavour enhancersPosted By: News Deskon: July 18, 2017In: Flavours, Food, Industries, Ingredients, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailPureCircle will launch stevia leaf-based cocoa and vanilla flavour enhancers which can be labelled as natural flavours.The company hopes the breakthrough will allow it to enhance sweetness quality and different tonalities across a range of food and drink products. Consumer demand for natural cocoa and vanilla ingredients has shown continued growth in recent years. According to PureCircle, its new product range will enable developers to reduce the amount of cocoa and vanilla alongside sugar, without compromising taste.PureCircle head of marketing and innovation Faith Son said: “We are excited to have an opportunity to meet new needs of our customers by introducing these flavour enhancers that specifically address cocoa and vanilla.“We strive to uncover new properties within the stevia leaf, and this breakthrough enables us to service new markets and customers in a meaningful way. “PureCircle is committed to maximising the full potential extracted from each leaf, and we believe our ability to reduce sugar and enhance key flavour tonalities naturally will be a winning combination.”The launch is the latest in a series of innovative developments by PureCircle which has been granted more stevia-related patents than any other company in the last year.Last month it launched a variety which is 20 times more concentrated than regular stevia as well as a new stevia antioxidant.Founded in 2002, the company currently has 72 stevia-related approved patents and 200 pending.Share with your network: Tags: PureCirclesteviasweetenerlast_img read more

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Hormelowned Justins releases 11 new nut products for the US

first_imgHormel-owned Justin’s releases 11 new nut products for the USPosted By: News Deskon: March 27, 2018In: Food, Industries, New productsPrintEmailHormel Foods-owned nut product producer Justin’s has released 11 new nut products including various snacks and nut butters for the US market.The releases included several firsts for the brand, including a cashew butter range, a line of nut cup snacks, while the brand will also extend several of its product lines, including a 28oz jar of its peanut butter.All of the brand’s new products are made using sustainably-sourced ingredients, such as Orangutan-friendly palm oil, while the confectionery products are made using only Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa.The new cashew butter is the first nut butter featuring a new nut that the brand has released since 2010, and is available in classic and maple varieties and can be bought in jars or squeezable pouches.Three new varieties of cup snacks have been released: Organic Dark Chocolate Cashew Butter Cups, Organic Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups and Organic White Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups.All three cup snack varieties are made from USDA-certified organic chocolate.The brand has also released its first cinnamon almond butter, which will be packed in squeezable pouches and in jars.Finally, the 28 oz peanut butter jar has been released to cater to the needs of families, and it will be available in both classic and honey varieties.Justin Gold, founder of Justin’s said: “We’ve landed on not one, not two, but 11 fantastic new products that round out our nut butter and confections lines with new nut types, new flavours and new forms.“The nut butter snacking possibilities are endless, and deliver the damn good taste and high-quality ingredients that consumers have come to love and expect from the brand.“Wait until you taste our Maple Cashew—it’s giving Maple Almond Butter a run as my new personal favourite!”Share with your network: Tags: Hormel FoodsJustin’snut buttersnutslast_img read more

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Sidelined China seeks to maintain influence as ties between North Korea and

first_imgChina North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi JinpingPhotograph: Ju Peng/AP Thank you for your feedback. Share on Twitter Was this helpful? Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Messenger Inside North Korea, all they will say about Trump is ‘he’s crazy’ In the ongoing talks, China has been relegated to the background. Zhang Liangui, a Korea expert at China’s Central Party School, said this was inevitable. “The stance of China’s foreign ministry has been that [the North Korean nuclear crisis] is none of its business and that North Korea and the US should be communicating directly,” Zhang told the South China Morning Post. “So now things are out of China’s control and it is no surprise that it is being excluded from the discussions.”While talks between North and South Korea and Washington fit China’s interest in stability on the Korean peninsula, Beijing is also worried about an unfavourable regional strategic balance unfolding.“[Beijing] doesn’t want Washington and Pyongyang to get too close, and doesn’t want unification on purely South Korean and US terms,” said Michael Kovrig, a senior adviser for north-east Asia at the International Crisis Group, an independent conflict-prevention organisation. China will still be part of any discussions over a formal peace treaty to replace the armistice signed by China, the US and North Korea in 1953, ending more than three years of fighting between the North and the South. A trilateral summit in May between Japan, South Korea, and China will also provide Beijing another chance to exert influence, according to Kovrig. “Politically, I think China is being careful to give North and South Korea the space to advance the diplomatic process, because that’s in Beijing’s interest. Watching closely and working behind the scenes to position itself,” said Kovrig. Mon 30 Apr 2018 02.06 EDT During North and South Korea’s historic summit on Friday, China was notably quiet. Chinese officials and state media focused instead on president Xi Jinping’s meeting with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and a visit by Xi to China’s Yangtze river. After the summit, China’s ministry of foreign affairs released a short statement saying Beijing “welcomed” the results of the talks. “China stands ready to continue to play its positive role to this end,” it added, according to Xinhua news agency. Then, on Monday, China’s foreign ministry announced it was sending its top diplomat, foreign minister Wang Yi, to visit North Korea this week. Asia Pacific China Hide North and South Korea have been divided since the end of the Korean War (1950-53), and except for about a decade ending in 2008, relations between the two have remained frosty. The two nations technically remain in a state of war, since a peace treaty was never signed. There have been occasional outbreaks of violence, most recently in 2010 when 50 people were killed when a South Korean navy corvette was sunk and several islands close to the border were attacked.This meeting could touch on a formal truce but this is also not the first time North Korea has expressed a willingness to abandon its nuclear ambitions. A deal with the US, Japan and South Korea in the 1990s was meant to give the North civilian nuclear power without the ability to build a weapon, but the reactor was never finished.North Korea pledged to relinquish its nuclear programme in 2007 in exchange for sanctions relief and fuel, but later pulled out of that agreement and expelled inspectors in 2009.Read a full explainer on the Korea summit here Share on Twitter ‘Sidelined’ China seeks to maintain influence as ties between North Korea and US improve Show Improved relations between the former foes could dramatically alter the power structure in the region, leaving Beijing on the outside Lily Kuo Share on Facebook Q&A What’s the history of conflict between North and South Korea? Since you’re here… Topics The visit comes as China, North Korea’s most powerful ally, moves to reassert itself in quickly moving peace talks with the formerly isolated Korean state. China has long said that North Korea’s nuclear programme is for Washington and Pyongyang to work out between themselves. But now warming ties between North Korea and the US could dramatically alter the power structure in the region, leaving Beijing on the outside.Kim said on Friday he is willing to give up nuclear weapons if the US promises not to invade and commits to a formal end to the Korean War that ended with an armistice in 1953. Kim and US president Donald Trump could meet within the next month.“It can be argued that China has chosen to be ‘sidelined’. However, the quick warm up of [the Pyongyang-Seoul] relationship and possible denuclearisation and reunification could change regional power structures and have long-term impacts on Chinese foreign policy,” said Weiqi Zhang, an assistant professor focusing on North Korea at Suffolk University in Boston. China, which accounts for more than 90% of North Korea’s trade, has seen relations with its communist brother fray over the last several years. When Kim visited Beijing last month for an “unofficial visit” it was the first time the North Korean leader had met Xi. China has implemented crippling sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear bomb and missile tests. … 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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Obese patients more likely to survive infection in hospital

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on WhatsApp This article is more than 1 year old Share on Facebook … 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. Since you’re here… Shares133133 This article is more than 1 year old In 1.7m US hospital admissions for pneumonia, obese patients were 29% more likely to survive than people of normal weight.Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA news Share on Facebook Sarah Boseley Health editor Research Other data from the US in patients with sepsis – blood poisoning – found a similar pattern. In more than three million hospital admissions, overweight patients were 23% less likely to die and obese patients 22% less likely to die than those of normal weight.Sigrid Gribsholt from Aarhus University hospital department of clinical epidemiology in Denmark led the research in the first study, on people admitted with infectious diseases during 2011-2015 in the Central Denmark Region. They looked at the risk of death within 90 days of entering hospital and made allowances for people who smoked or had other medical conditions.Gribsholt said there were two reasons obese people might be more likely to survive. One is that obesity causes inflammation which invokes a strong response from the immune system – which could help people recover from infection. The second is that people who are obese are less likely to experience wasting as a result of their disease. “They have larger energy reserves, which may also be protective,” she said. Share via Email Read more Obesity Share via Emailcenter_img Share on Twitter Health Obese patients more likely to survive infection in hospital Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Hospitals Last modified on Thu 24 May 2018 18.03 EDT Topics Study reveals obesity paradox where normal weight patients are less likely to recover from pneumonia Share on Pinterest Obesity can shorten lives, but obese people who are hospitalised for infectious diseases, pneumonia and sepsis have a better chance of surviving than those who are of normal weight, according to new research.The so-called “obesity paradox” was illustrated by three separate presentations at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna. A study of more than 18,000 people admitted to hospital with an infectious disease in Denmark found those who were overweight were 40% less likely to die, and those who were obese 50% less likely to die, than those of normal weight.A second study using data from 1.7m hospital admissions for pneumonia in the United States in 2013 to 2014 found that overweight patients were 23% more likely to survive and obese patients 29% more likely to survive than those of normal weight. Share on LinkedIn ‘The Mediterranean diet is gone’: region’s children are fattest in Europe Thu 24 May 2018 18.01 EDT Obesity Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Australia only nation to join US at procoal event at COP24 climate

first_imgGlobal climate talks How America’s clean coal dream unravelled Country’s stance described as ‘a slap in the face of our Pacific island neighbours’ Topics @bendohertycorro He said the advice of the IPCC showed emphatically there was no space for new coal and that Australia’s position on coal was isolating it from the rest of the world.The Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group of 48 countries most acutely affected by climate change, has committed to achieving 100% renewable energy production by the middle of the century at the latest. Other developed countries, including the UK, France, Canada and New Zealand, have committed to phasing out coal power by 2030.Wells Griffith, a Trump administration adviser speaking alongside Suckling on the panel, said the US would continue extracting fossil fuels, and warned against “alarmism” about climate change.“We strongly believe that no country should have to sacrifice their economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability,” he said.But the panel’s premise – that fossil fuels can be made “clean” through innovation – stands at odds with the recommendations of climate scientists who argue that countries should transition to renewable energy sources as soon as possible or risk catastrophic levels of global warming by the end of the century. Trump rolls back climate change rule that restricted new coal plants Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Ben Doherty in Katowice, Poland Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Greenhouse gas emissions Energy As the crisis escalates… Patrick Suckling, Australia’s ambassador for the environment, and the head of the country’s negotiating delegation at the climate talks, spoke on the panel. His nameplate bore a US flag.“Actions speak loudly,” he said, “and as we’ve been hearing, the United States has been a powerhouse … in different approaches to energy security while seeking emissions reductions.“Australia has a technology-neutral approach to emissions reduction. It’s important that we do so, we need to pull every lever to reduce emissions. We need to be open to innovation and new technologies providing multiple pathways for energy security and emissions reductions.”Suckling said Australia would continue to invest in low-emissions innovations, including doubling its innovation investment by 2020. But he said carbon capture and storage – “a proven technology” – was important in any model for emissions reduction, and that the technology had broad applications across industries.But Simon Bradshaw, Oxfam Australia’s climate change policy adviser, said it was “extremely disappointing” to see Australia line up behind the US in pushing a pro-coal ideas.“It is a slap in the face of our Pacific island neighbours, for whom bringing an end to the fossil fuel era is matter of survival, and who are working with determination to catalyse stronger international efforts to confront the climate crisis. And it is firmly against the wishes of an overwhelming majority of Australians.”Bradshaw said continuing to use coal was not only uneconomic, but would “be measured in more lives lost, entrenched poverty, rising global hunger, and more people displaced from their land and homes”. Australia only nation to join US at pro-coal event at COP24 climate talks … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media. At this pivotal time for our species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.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.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.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. Shares1,7861786 Read more Also at the UN climate talks in Poland, two new reports have cast Australia as a global laggard on addressing climate change.The Climate Change Performance Index, compiled by the Climate Action Network, ranked Australia 55 out of 60 countries for its actions on climate change. The index ranks countries according to their climate policies, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.Sweden and Morocco are the leading countries on the list, though no nation is clearly on a below-2 degrees pathway. India, ranked 11, and China, ranked 33, both improved their rankings significantly, having significantly increased their use of renewable energy. The US and Saudi Arabia are 59th and 60th respectively on the list.“Australia is at the bottom of the class when it comes to climate policy performance,” said Richie Merzian, climate and energy program director at the Australia Institute. “After four years of rising emissions, and a relative absence of climate policy, it is no surprise.”Merzian said the government was “openly and unapologetically defending the coal industry” despite overwhelming scientific consensus that rapid decarbonisation needed to occur worldwide.Separately, the Climate Action Tracker has updated its assessment of Australia’s efforts, saying the country’s “climate policy has further deteriorated in the past year, as it focuses on propping up the coal industry and ditches efforts to reduce emissions”.“The Australian government has turned its back on global climate action by dismissing the findings of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C and announcing it would no longer provide funds to the Green Climate Fund,” the assessment said.Emissions from fossil fuels and industry have been increasing by about 2% a year since 2014 in Australia. The assessment argues that Australia’s Paris agreement target was “insufficient” but Australia still won’t meet it.“While the federal government continues to repeatedly state that Australia is on track to meet its 2030 target “in a canter” the Climate Action Tracker is not aware of any scientific basis, published by any analyst or government agency, to support this. ”Associated Press contributed to this report Read morecenter_img Mon 10 Dec 2018 17.08 EST Read more Last modified on Tue 11 Dec 2018 03.07 EST Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to coal – and its unwavering support for the United States – by appearing at a US government-run event promoting the use of fossil fuels at the United Nations climate talks in Poland.Australia was the only country apart from the host represented at the event, entitled “US innovative technologies spur economic dynamism”, designed to “showcase ways to use fossil fuels as cleanly and efficiently as possible, as well as the use of emission-free nuclear energy”.Its panel discussion was disrupted for several minutes by dozens of protesters who stood up suddenly during speeches, unfurling a banner reading “Keep it in the ground” while singing and chanting “Shame on you”. Share on Facebook Climate change Fossil fuels Global climate talks Coal! It will not die OMG Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Coal Patrick Suckling (sitting on panel right), Australia’s ambassador for the environment, waits as protesters disrupt an event at the COP24 climate change summit in Katowice, Poland.Photograph: Łukasz Kalinowski/Rex/Shutterstock Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn United Nations First Dog on the Moon Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Trump baby blimp may not fly over presidents Fourth of July extravaganza

first_imgShare via Email Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Read more … 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 Facebook Donald Trump Share on Twitter Shares213213 The Trump baby blimp in Parliament Square during Donald Trump’s visit in London on 4 June.Photograph: Imageplotter/Rex/Shutterstock ‘A narcissistic travesty’: critics savage Trump’s Independence Day jamboree Donald Trump Antiwar protest group Codepink was granted a permit to fly the balloon, but only if it is filled with ordinary air and not helium Last modified on Thu 4 Jul 2019 07.20 EDT Share on Pinterest Support The Guardiancenter_img Wed 3 Jul 2019 11.48 EDT news Share on WhatsApp Topics Share via Email Protest Lauren Gambino in Washington and Matthew Weaver in London Reuse this content The Donald Trump “baby blimp” will appear at a protest near the president’s Independence Day celebration in Washington on the Fourth of July – but there is diminishing hope that authorities will allow it actually to fly.The blimp, a giant orange balloon that depicts Donald Trump crying and dressed only in a nappy, became the focal point of protests against both of his two visits to the UK.Codepink, the direct action antiwar protest group behind the latest effort, was granted a permit to bring the blimp to Washington’s National Mall while Trump gives an address at the Lincoln memorial, to protest against the “militarization of July 4”. Trump baby blimp may not fly over president’s Fourth of July extravaganza US politics Share on Messenger But the group has not yet received permission to fly the balloon over the president’s Fourth of July extravaganza, which will include the deployment of tanks on the mall, which stretches from the memorial to the Houses of Congress, and an extended fireworks display.The US National Park Service granted Codepink a permit on 1 July to fly the balloon, but only if it is filled with ordinary air and not helium, which is required for it to become airborne.The Codepink co-founder Medea Benjamin said the group has applied for a waiver from aviation authorities to fly the balloon 60cm (2ft) off the ground and said in a brief interview that they remain hopeful the request will be granted.“We plan to fly the blimp, hopefully with helium, but if not, with air,” she said.In a statement, Benjamin added: “It is ironic that it is right here, in the ‘land of the free’, the balloon is being grounded.”The group has raised more than $16,000 to help cover the costs of flying the balloon.Codepink had initially requested space near the base of the Washington Monument, opposite the Lincoln Memorial, where Trump would have been forced to view the effigy during the event. But they were only granted permission to set up in locations that will be out of Trump’s line of sight.The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, infuriated Trump supporters by twice giving permission for the blimp to fly over the British capital during Trump’s business trip to the UK last year and his state visit last month.Codepink’s logistics manager, Tighe Barry, added, of the Washington arrangements: “This bureaucratic process is designed to force us to just keep the baby on the ground, instead of floating it in the air. It’s ridiculous that we have to contact the Federal Aviation Administration to hoist a balloon two feet off the ground.He added: “There is nothing dangerous about helium – there are lots of helium floats in the July 4 parade. And you certainly can’t say that a 20ft-tall balloon is going to interfere with Trump’s Air Force One.”Air Force One and the presidential helicopter, Marine One, are expected to be part of a flamboyant display on Thursday that critics have slammed and say demonstrates weakness rather than strength in its flaunting of military might. Washington DC Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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ATU008 John Williams interview OSX Lion JayBee Sign4Me Facial Expression Recog

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadLinks:OSX Lion Accessibiility: http://bit.ly/nZXiv0Jay-bee: http://bit.ly/oqSieMSign4Me: http://bit.ly/eD0oYpFacial expression recognition: http://bit.ly/mZUZWEiBlink: http://bit.ly/n02OtrIn-depth interview with: John Williams’ ATECHNEWS.com site: http://bit.ly/nBZhGRIn the upcoming weeks we will be adding Question and Answer sessions and interviews to our podcast. If you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our blog: http://blog.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedFriday PodcastJuly 22, 2011In “Accessibility Reviews”ATU010: GW Micro (Jeremy Curry) + Baby robots for the elderly, Xbox 360, Closed captioning and more!August 5, 2011In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU039 – Job Accommodation Network (Dr. Beth Loy), Braille Smartphone interface, A Car For The Blind, Accessible Event, Apple OSX Mountain Lion AcessibilityFebruary 24, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

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Articulation with The Speech Wizard

first_imgThere are so many available apps for tablets and smartphones to assist individuals with speech and language challenges.  One example of this type of app is Articulation with The Speech Wizard.Articulation with The Speech Wizard is an innovative speech therapy tool designed to help children improve their articulation skills.  More specifically, the activities within the app are designed to increase speech clarity, assist late talkers, children with speech delays/disorders, auditory discrimination delays/disorders, and phonological disorders.Features of Articulation with The Speech WizardSound discrimination activitiesFlashcardsConsonant blends, word, phrase, and sentence levelsData trackingRecord buttonAnd more!Articulation with The Speech Wizard provides speech and language pathologists, parents, caregivers and educators with a fun, interactive, easy-to-use speech therapy application for children.  The app also features over 1,000 real-life images and audio recordings by children.  According to the app’s description on Friendship Circle, “Research indicates that child [sic] respond better to children’s voice so we felt we had no choice but had to implement a child actress voice recordings for our audio examples for a reference to the users.”The founder of The Speech Wizard apps, Shawn Manvell is a licensed and practicing Speech-Language Pathologist, so he knows the value and necessity of auditory training.  Further, Manvell stated:“Auditory discrimination skills with articulation and phonological disorders/delays are so crucial and is why I decided to include two activities just for this important and overlooked area in our Articulation app.Auditory discrimination skills are the first component to being able to successfully remediate saying a speech sound correctly.  The child must be aware and able to listen for their target sound before we should be expecting them to be producing it.”To learn more about this app, click here.To learn more about other apps by this developer, click here.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedApps and Activities for Speech and Language DevelopmentJune 15, 2016In “Apps”5 Apps for Speech DelaysMarch 16, 2016In “Apps”Articulation CarnivalFebruary 4, 2016In “Apps”last_img read more

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The Future of Retail Environments – Architecture Design Collaborative Talks Experiential Architecture

first_imgInternational award-winning Architecture Design Collaborative projects that Experiential design in retail will continue to trend as more and more businesses seek out firms like theirs to help them create a more Human-centric design and interactivity to shape the customer experience. They have mastered the art of helping owners rethink their existing properties to make common areas more inviting and multifunctional by combining interactive storytelling with environmental design to engage an audience, increase dwell time, and cater to the entrepreneurial mindset. The Future of Retail Environments – Architecture Design Collaborative Talks Experiential Architecture PRNewswireJune 5, 2019, 3:57 pmJune 5, 2019 Architecture Design Collaborative Experiential Retail Space “As mall owners reposition their properties to make them preferred destination points, the art and science of shaping the customer experience in collaboration with occupants allows designers to understand users’ needs and expectations. This translates to more returning customers, and more brand ambassadors. More and more businesses and institutions are realizing this and are seeking out experiential designers to help them create these strong emotional connections,” says Craig Chinn President, AIA, NCARB.Marketing Technology News: US Podcast Ad Revenues Hit Historic $479 Million in 2018, an Increase of 53% over Prior Year, According to IAB & PwC Researchcenter_img Baybrook Mall in Friendswood, Texas is an excellent example of experiential design in action. ADC’s Retail team worked to come up with solutions to activate the 12,365 foot outside space that connected to the expansion of retail shops. Led by Craig Chinn, AIA and Alexandra Gomez, the team created a welcoming gathering area including a children’s play area with a Luckey Climber, musical instruments and seating to allow for parents to watch over their children at play. A shade structure and lighting was incorporated to enhance the area for maximum use throughout the day during a customer’s shopping experience.Marketing Technology News: Hitachi and Virtusa Partner to Advance AI in Financial Services“We’re calling it ‘Purely Grammable,’ a concept that is derived from the current Social Media trend encompassing beautiful places and spaces as a destination within the retail environment. A moment in space where individuals can express themselves and capture ‘the shot.’ The artistic installations and retail environments can provide the perfect backdrop for a photo while also creating opportunity for advertisement and sale,” Erika Garcia.ADC is actively creating prototypes of these to deliver blurred boundaries and layer spaces and ultimately increasing the involvement of the user with the retail.Marketing Technology News: Box Maintains Aggressive Revenue Growth in Q1; Reveals Loyal Customers Continue to Drive Sales Architecture Designartistic installationscustomer experienceHuman-centric designMarketing TechnologyNewsSocial Media Previous ArticleFigure Eight Secure Data Access Solution Provides Customers With Comprehensive Security ControlsNext ArticleDark Data Exceeds 50%, Creating Major Security Blind Spot for Most Companieslast_img read more

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What Is Speculative Execution

first_img Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp Edward Furlong is Returning in ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ By Joel Hruska on May 16, 2019 at 9:07 am The Real Reason Marvel Didn’t Bring Back Snipes For ‘Blade’ Tagged In microsoftamdintelcpuswindows 10ARMcpusemiconductorsibmextremetech explainsprocessorsRAMprogrammingspeculative executionbranch predictionspeculative processing Post a Comment 28 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 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. Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous 28 Comments We Finally Understand Why Hollywood Dumped Christina Ricci What Is Speculative Execution? As discussion of the Spectre and Meltdown flaws continues to dominate the tech news cycle, there has been repeated reference to a specific feature of high-end CPUs: speculative execution. It’s a key capability of higher-end ARM products, Apple’s custom ARM cores, IBM’s POWER family, and the vast majority of the x86 processors produced by Intel and AMD. Here’s what speculative execution is and how it relates to other key capabilities of modern microprocessors, and how the recent Meltdown bug targets Intel CPUs in particular.What Is Speculative Execution?Speculative execution is a technique CPU designers use to improve CPU performance. It’s one of three components of out-of-order execution, also known as dynamic execution. Along with multiple branch prediction (used to predict the instructions most likely to be needed in the near future) and dataflow analysis (used to align instructions for optimal execution, as opposed to executing them in the order they came in), speculative execution delivered a dramatic performance improvement over previous Intel processors. Because these techniques worked so well, they were quickly adopted by AMD, which used out-of-order processing beginning with the K5. ARM’s focus on low-power mobile processors initially kept it out of the OOoE playing field, but the company adopted out-of-order execution when it built the Cortex A9 and has continued to expand its use of the technique with later, more powerful Cortex-branded CPUs.Here’s how it works. Modern CPUs are all pipelined, which means they’re capable of executing multiple instructions in parallel, as shown in the diagram below.Image by Wikipedia. This is a general diagram of a pipelined CPU, showing how instructions move through the processor from clock cycle to clock cycle.Imagine that the green block represents an if-then-else branch. The branch predictor calculates which branch is more likely to be taken, fetches the next set of instructions associated with that branch, and begins speculatively executing them before it knows which of the two code branches it’ll be using. In the diagram above, these speculative instructions are represented as the purple box. If the branch predictor guessed correctly, then the next set of instructions the CPU needed are lined up and ready to go, with no pipeline stall or execution delay.Without branch prediction and speculative execution, the CPU doesn’t know which branch it will take until the first instruction in the pipeline (the green box) finishes executing and moves to Stage 4. Instead of having moving straight from one set of instructions to the next, the CPU has to wait for the appropriate instructions to arrive. This hurts system performance since it’s time the CPU could be performing useful work.The reason its “speculative” execution, of course, is because the CPU might be wrong. If it is, the system loads the appropriate data and executes those instructions instead. But branch predictors aren’t wrong very often; accuracy rates are typically above 95 percent.Why Use Speculative Execution?Decades ago, before out-of-order execution was invented, CPUs were what we today call “in order” designs. Instructions executed in the order they were received, with no attempt to reorder them or execute them more efficiently. One of the major problems with in-order execution is that a pipeline stall stops the entire CPU until the issue is resolved.The other problem that drove the development of speculative execution was the gap between CPU and main memory speeds. The graph below shows the gap between CPU and memory clocks. As the gap grew, the amount of time the CPU spent waiting on main memory to deliver information grew as well. Features like L1, L2, and L3 caches and speculative execution were designed to keep the CPU busy and minimize the time it spent idling.If memory could match the performance of the CPU there would be no need for caches.It worked. The combination of large off-die caches and out-of-order execution gave Intel’s Pentium Pro and Pentium II opportunities to stretch their legs in ways previous chips couldn’t match. This graph from a 1997 Anandtech article shows the advantage clearly.Thanks to the combination of speculative execution and large caches, the Pentium II 166 decisively outperforms a Pentium 250 MMX, despite the fact that the latter has a 1.51x clock speed advantage over the former.Ultimately, it was the Pentium II that delivered the benefits of out-of-order execution to most consumers. The Pentium II was a fast microprocessor relative to the Pentium systems that had been top-end just a short while before. AMD was an absolutely capable second-tier option, but until the original Athlon launched, Intel had a lock on the absolute performance crown.The Pentium Pro and the later Pentium II were far faster than the earlier architectures Intel used. This wasn’t guaranteed. When Intel designed the Pentium Pro it spent a significant amount of its die and power budget enabling out of order execution. But the bet paid off, big time.There are differences between how Intel, AMD, and ARM implement speculative execution, and those differences are part of why Intel is exposed to some of these attacks in ways that the other vendors aren’t. But speculative execution, as a technique, is simply far too valuable to stop using. Every single high-end CPU architecture today — AMD, ARM, IBM, Intel, SPARC — uses out-of-order execution. And speculative execution, while implemented differently from company to company, is used by each of them. Without speculative execution, out-of-order execution as we know it wouldn’t function.Why Is Meltdown Such a Problem for Intel?The reason Meltdown causes such unique headaches for Intel is because Intel allows speculative execution to access privileged memory a user-space application would never be allowed to touch. Here’s how MarkCC of Goodmath.org describes the problem:Code that’s running under speculative execution doesn’t do the check whether or not memory accesses from cache are accessing privileged memory. It starts running the instructions without the privilege check, and when it’s time to commit to whether or not the speculative execution should be continued, the check will occur. But during that window, you’ve got the opportunity to run a batch of instructions against the cache without privilege checks. So you can write code with the right sequence of branch instructions to get branch prediction to work the way you want it to; and then you can use that to read memory that you shouldn’t be able to read.The speculative prediction implementations of other CPU vendors don’t allow user-space applications to probe the contents of kernel space memory at any point. The only way to mitigate Meltdown in software is to force the system to perform a full context switch every time it switches between kernel and user memory space. The reason the performance impact from Meltdown is so varied is that how much this patch hurts is a function of how often an application has to context switch. The performance issues, however, appear to be limited to servers and have not generally been seen on the consumer side — at least, not very much.There are Performance Impacts on Some Mitigation StrategiesOne of the mitigation strategies we’ve seen proposed, particularly more recently, is disabling Hyper-Threading. Apple has issued an update related to MDS, notifying its users that they can disable HT if they want to limit the ability of data to leak between multiple threads within the same CPU core. They’ve also stated that this can hit performance by up to 40 percent. That’s an extreme case because HT isn’t generally “worth” that much performance to an Intel CPU — we’d expect the typical impact to be in the 20-30 percent range — but it’s still a significant whack and far more performance than we typically see from a new CPU version.There has been genuine expert disagreement on the degree to which people need to do this in order to protect themselves. Some, like Theo de Raadt, who runs the FreeBSD project, have disabled HT by default. Other OS’s have yet to take this step. Companies like Apple have shied away from telling customers to do this as well, writing: “Although there are no known exploits affecting customers at the time of this writing, customers who believe their computer is at heightened risk of attack [can disable HT].” Some of the patches associated with fixing Spectre and Meltdown have also had performance impacts, though some of the impacts were then reduced by further patches, and the degree of slowdown is workload and, to some extent, CPU architecture dependent in the first place.In the long run, we expect AMD, Intel, and other vendors to continue patching these issues as they arise, with a combination of hardware, software, and firmware updates. Conceptually, side channel attacks like these are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to prevent. Specific issues can be mitigated or worked around, but the nature of speculative execution means that a certain amount of data is going to leak under specific circumstances. It may not be possible to prevent it without giving up far more performance than most users would ever want to accept.Now read:Intel Discloses New Speculative Execution Security VulnerabilitiesModern CPUs Likely Permanently Haunted by Spectre Security FlawsIntel’s Whiskey Lake Contains Some Hardware Mitigation for Spectre, Meltdown, and ForeshadowCheck out our ExtremeTech Explains series for more in-depth coverage of today’s hottest tech topics.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>  Little Rudy From ‘Cosby Show’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 40 Jon Favreau Has a Funny Idea for ‘Iron Man 4’ Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadderlast_img read more

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SamsungBacked Researchers Debut Ternary Semiconductor Design

first_img By Joel Hruska on July 22, 2019 at 3:04 pm 6 Comments The Emotional Way ‘Riverdale’ Paid Tribute to Luke Perry at SDCC ‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Reveals Who Is to Blame for Massive Flop Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 1shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Marvel Announced a ‘Blade’ Reboot and Here’s What We Know One of the first things we learn about computers is that they perform operations using binary code to represent values. It’s a fundamental trait of computing — but it’s not a requirement. It’s possible to build a computer that uses three discrete values for computing rather than just two. “Ternary” is the term for this, though you’ll sometimes see “trinary” used instead. South Korean researchers backed by Samsung have created such a device and demonstrated it can be built using conventional CMOS manufacturing.There are several different types of ternary computers. A ternary computer may use unbalanced trinary {0,1,2}, fractional unbalanced trinary {0, 1/2, 1}, balanced trinary {-1,0,1}, unknown state logic {F,?,T} or trinary coded binary {T,F,T}. The Soviet Union actually experimented with some ternary computers, but they were never commercialized at scale. A ternary bit is known as a trit (no word on whether four trits are known as a tribble).Captain James T. Kirk contemplates a tribble. Or a physical representation of 23rd-century computing in stuffie form. You pick.One potential advantage of ternary computing is that it’s a more efficient way to represent numbers, as fewer trits are needed to hold larger values. Three is the closest integer value to e (e, with a value of ~2.718 is defined as the most efficient base for representing arbitrary values). It is therefore somewhat more efficient to use base 3 as opposed to base 2. The South Korean researchers, led by Professor Kyung Rok Kim of UNIST’s Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, developed the first unbalanced ternary system {0,1,2} using leakage current to derive the third value.“The latest research shows that there is a possibility of commercializing ternary semiconductors on the current binary-method chipmaking process technologies, which can lead a change in the paradigm of the semiconductors industry,” Kim told The Korea Herald.In their paper, published by Nature, the team writes:The human brain is an example of an energy-efficient system that uses ternary synaptic weights, consuming only ~20W with petascale connection densities. It is known that the brain’s energy efficiency is achieved through maximized parallelism with low-frequency processing (~10Hz). Massively parallel hardware architecture with low frequency, which mimics the structure of the brain, has been considered as a promising approach to break through the power scaling limitations of conventional CMOS digital circuits. In particular, neuromorphic systems on chips (SoCs) based on binary CMOS have been demonstrated, which use 4,096 maximally parallelized neurosynaptic cores and 128 k spiking neural networks at low-frequency (~1 kHz) operation and are of potential value in low-power artificial neural network applications.This is a reference to Loihi, a neuromorphic architecture from Intel we covered recently. The significance of this research, specifically, is that it’s the first time we’ve seen a ternary design implemented in a modern 8-inch wafer using conventional CMOS processes. As the quote above implies, the South Korean team isn’t trying to build a high-speed replacement for conventional CMOS logic, but a vastly more efficient ternary platform that would enable ultra-low-power devices. Elsewhere in the paper, they speak of scaling the design between kilohertz and megahertz depending on design characteristics, and they imagine a system with both ternary and binary circuits (as well as conversion logic to move between the two). This is not a circuit design that would replace conventional Core or Ryzen CPUs, but it might find applications in AI and machine learning.It remains to be seen if ternary logic will ever be adopted for computing, but the fact that we’re seeing it explored at the same time interest in AI and machine learning are spiking is no coincidence. We’re already seeing articles about how top-end AI efforts at companies like Facebook and Google are slamming into power limits. Reducing data movement and improving architectural efficiency are both important to efforts ranging from human-brain interfaces to the widespread adoption of neural networks. Slow, ultra-parallel architectures may have applications in this space that they won’t offer in more conventional computing, and with new process nodes offering smaller gains with every improvement, engineers are re-examining older ideas, hunting for ways to improve computing across various use-cases and scenarios. In theory, multi-valued logic circuits can provide higher efficiency, though the design logic is also much more complex.The difficulty of adopting ternary computing relative to binary shouldn’t be understated, but it’s possible that such techniques might find uses in new areas like AI/ML, where architectures are less established and the need for high efficiency, especially in edge devices, is paramount. It’s difficult to completely evaluate the relative advantages of ternary versus binary computing because so little work has been done on ternary computing in the first place, but it might offer meaningful, useful advantages in specific applications. This research isn’t the only work being done on the concept; researchers at the 2016 Hackaday conference presented data on a balanced ternary system, again theoretically intended for the IoT and AI/ML applications.Now Read:How Makimoto’s Wave Explains the Tsunami of Specialized AI Processors Headed for MarketChiplets Are the Future, but They Won’t Replace Moore’s LawIs Moore’s Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? Even Experts Disagree Bran’s Deleted ‘GoT’ Scene Would Have Changed Everything Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Samsung-Backed Researchers Debut Ternary Semiconductor Design Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ Tagged In samsungsemiconductorsfoundrycmoscomputingsouth koreaLoihibalanced ternarybinary computerKyung Rok Kimsemiconductor researchT-CMOSternaryternary computertrinaryunbalanced ternary Post a Comment 6 Commentslast_img read more

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Apollo 11 at 50 NASA Is Streaming the Landing

first_img 12 Comments By Joel Hruska on July 20, 2019 at 6:27 am 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. Tarantino Has Written Multiple Episodes of Rick Dalton TV Series Gamora’s Fate Is Finally Revealed After Tony’s Snap in ‘Endgame’ Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Why Oliver Won’t Be Miserable In ‘Arrow’ Season 8 Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp Buzz Aldrin descends onto the moon’s surface. Credit: Neil Armstrong/NASAUpdate (7/20/2019): Today’s the big day. NASA TV will live-stream the original moon landing and then, six hours later, the moon walk. Broadcast times on the YouTube channel linked below are 4 PM EST (for the Moon landing) and 10 PM EST (for the moon walk).Original story below:Fifty years ago yesterday, the Apollo 11 mission took off for the Moon. You can see CBS’s coverage now on YouTube, showcasing not just what happened, but how it happened. It’s the same way you, your parents, or your grandparents saw the event.I am admittedly not much for watching video. I use YouTube almost exclusively for listening to music when I use it at all. But there’s something fascinating about seeing the real-time broadcast, complete with commercials and with breaking news coverage of then-current events happening in… well, not “real-time” obviously, but what real-time looked like 50 years ago. The original launch occurred at 9:32 AM on July 16, 1969, with the later lunar touchdown on July 20. Armstrong actually stepped out on the lunar surface six hours later.Watching the full live stream is fascinating for another reason — it highlights the degree to which both the takeoff and landing were extended, live affairs, carried out over hours with extensive footage. The idea that the moon landing was some kind of hoax carried out by Stanley Kubrick or through some other form of visual effects wizardry has been debunked more times (and from more angles) than I can think of. But one of the better treatments of the topic is by S. G. Collins of Postwar Media.Collins details in the video above why the special effects technology of the 1960s literally wasn’t capable of this kind of feat. Both launches and landings were live broadcasts that went on for hours and were seen by millions of people worldwide. Today, those kinds of issues would be no object for special effects wizards to solve. Fifty years ago, it was an entirely different matter.I hadn’t planned on watching any of the moon landing details this weekend, but after watching some of the Apollo 11 launch broadcast I may change that plan. Seeing the moon landing lift-off sent chills up my spine, grainy video and bad color reproduction be damned. Seeing the Saturn V in action is a joy, blurry video and all.It is unfortunate that the triumph of Apollo 11 and the following Apollo missions remain the last time we have sent humans to another world beyond our own. I do not know if I’ll be around when the 100th anniversary of Apollo rolls around, but I hope that by the time we hit the 75th — and I do hope to be around for that one — we’ll be able to say that we eventually exceeded the achievements of my grandfather’s generation. “We came in peace for all mankind” is too good of a slogan to leave it isolated and alone on the lunar surface. There are further worlds, farther worlds, to explore. Hopefully, one day, we’ll reach them.Now Read:NASA’s Restored Mission Control Shows the Glory Days of the Apollo EraApollo Guidance Computer Restored, Used to Mine BitcoinHow Space Exploration Has Evolved Over the Years Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 Apollo 11 at 50: NASA Is Streaming the Landing You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All Tagged In sciencespacenasaapollomercuryApollo 11CBSBuzz Aldrinmoon landingGeminiGene KranzNeil Armstrong50th Anniversaryspace programWalter Cronkite Post a Comment 12 Commentslast_img read more

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Sinclair Broadcast Groups CompulseOTT Unit Releases New OTT Reporting Platform Compulse360

first_imgNew platform will provide local CTV and OTT advertisers with advanced daily campaign reporting powered by third-party measurement from ComscoreSinclair announced the release of its new daily over-the-top (OTT) reporting platform for CompulseOTT called “Compulse360.” The new reporting platform will provide campaign measurement of audiences and impression metrics in a local market. The platform affords advertisers near real-time campaign evaluation, so they can optimize their advertising efforts in-flight.“Compulse360” will leverage Comscore‘s innovative cross-platform video advertising measurement solution, Comscore Campaign Ratings, to prove the efficiency of the campaigns run through the new ad network.Marketing Technology News: Say It Now and Booxscale win Amazon’s European Alexa Cup“We are very excited to provide the highest-level reporting at scale on over 2,000 local monthly connected TV campaigns with third-party reporting on every single ad impression from Comscore, a partner for planning, transacting and evaluating media across platforms,” said Brian Hunt, head of OTT/CTV for CompulseOTT and Sinclair Digital Group. “This is an added layer of transparency that is essential and necessary for local and regional advertisers to evaluate their campaign performance in one place. No longer should self-reporting of campaign results be tolerated by local and regional advertisers. “Compulse360″ will usher in a new era of transparency and accountability in OTT on a local level.”CompulseOTT is Sinclair’s local connected TV (CTV) ad product that aggregates premium inventory from leading steaming services and publishers. CompulseOTT provides local market targeted campaigns at scale in a fraud-free, brand-safe environment. CompulseOTT is represented by over 1,000 sales representatives in over 100 local markets and currently has over 3,000 campaigns running through the CompulseOTT platform. The new “Compulse360” reporting will be standard for all CompulseOTT ad campaigns. Each campaign will have a unique link that can be shared between ad agencies and advertisers with live daily metrics. Each time the advertiser clicks on the reporting link, new data will populate.Marketing Technology News: Button Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding to Build the Future of Mobile Commerce“We are thrilled to work with Sinclair to help power their new ad network reporting, “Compulse360,” which will provide local CTV measurement at scale for local markets,” said Steve Walsh, executive vice president at Comscore. “As local looks to take advantage of emerging markets, it’s vital that they garner a holistic view of campaign performance – especially as they look to see how their ads perform compared to national networks.”Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking Platforms Compulse360CompulseOTTMarketing Technology NewsNewsSinclair Broadcast GroupSteve Walsh Previous Article10 Tips for Using Messaging Apps in Customer CareNext ArticleBridgeline Announces Appointment of Mark Downey as Chief Financial Officer Sinclair Broadcast Group’s CompulseOTT Unit Releases New OTT Reporting Platform: “Compulse360” PRNewswireJuly 3, 2019, 9:00 pmJuly 3, 2019 last_img read more

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Smart Communications Announces Acquisition of Intelledox

first_imgSmart Communications Announces Acquisition of Intelledox MTS Staff Writer5 days agoJuly 18, 2019 AcquisitioncloudDigital TransformationIntelledoxJames BrownNewsSmart Communications Previous Article84.51° Announces Launch of STRATUM, A New Insights Product Delivering Science-Powered Data to Drive ResultsNext ArticleThe Keyes Company Adopts New Adwerx Enterprise Automated Retargeting Product Joint Offering Will Deliver the Industry’s Only Cloud-Based, Next-GenerationSmart Communications, the leading cloud-based platform for enterprise customer communications, announces it has acquired Intelledox, a global digital transformation software company. As a result, customers will be empowered to deliver the smartest, most interactive communications possible, throughout the entire customer lifecycle—from acquisition to servicing, and every interaction in between.“This is a tremendously exciting development for both companies,” said James Brown, CEO of Smart Communications. “Since our start, we have been wholly focused on empowering companies to deliver personalized, relevant and interactive communications at tremendous scale. Through our acquisition of Intelledox we are now even better equipped to deliver best-in-class, two-way customer conversations throughout the entire customer journey. Together we will redefine customer engagement, while also improving internal efficiency and creating ROI that is unmatched in our industry.”Marketing Technology News: Blackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing PlatformIntelledox’s cloud platform connects to any system of record and provides next-generation forms, built-in workflow and on-demand customer communications.  It is designed to digitally transform traditional forms-based processes into intelligent, conversational user experiences that streamline internal systems, manage risk and reduce demand for support services and, as a result, delivers more customers ready to transact. The company has enabled hundreds of enterprise and government organizations and more than 22 million users globally to rapidly transform paper or PDF-based processes into intelligent, data-driven customer experiences. In June, Intelledox completed a record-setting fiscal year, growing more than 50 percent year-over-year.The acquisition comes at a time of rapid growth for Smart Communications as well. The first half of 2019 was the best performing in company history, with new business growth of more than 50 percent over one year ago.Marketing Technology News: boostr Announces the End of Siloed Ad Sales and Operations with the General Release of its Omni-channel Order Management System (OMS)“Intelledox and Smart Communications have a common vision, to help enterprises intelligently transform the conversations they are having with their customers in order to more effectively interact with them in an increasingly digital world,” said Michelle Melbourne, Co-Founder of Intelledox. “We are thrilled for this next step as a company and for what our joint commitment to enhancing enterprise communications will mean for businesses that are ready to embrace a digital-first, customer-driven future.”Marketing Technology News: BlueVenn Wins ‘Data-Driven Product of the Year 2019’ at London DataIQ Awardslast_img read more

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OpenText Automates Invoicing for Rosneft Deutschland

first_imgOpenText Automates Invoicing for Rosneft Deutschland PRNewswire1 day agoJuly 23, 2019 Oil Refiner Expands Operations with OpenText Business NetworkOpenText, a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), announced Rosneft Deutschland GmbH, Germany’s third largest crude oil refiner and a major wholesaler of petroleum products, has deployed OpenText Business Network solutions to help accelerate invoicing automation.OpenText™ B2B Managed Services and OpenText Active Invoices with Compliance enable Rosneft Deutschland to more quickly onboard and deliver electronic invoices to customers in multiple countries, assisting in compliance with local legal and technical requirements. The solution seamlessly integrates with SAP S/4HANA, the cloud-based ERP platform Rosneft Deutschland is implementing to digitally transform its core business processes.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakers“To expand our business, we needed experienced partners such as OpenText to help us redesign technical systems to meet specific requirements, and to connect our refineries and customers with a high degree of automation,” said Thomas Titsch, CIO of Rosneft Deutschland. “OpenText streamlined the integration of electronic invoicing with S/4HANA and extended our capabilities in this market.”“An increasing majority of businesses are making the strategic decision to migrate enterprise applications to the cloud to enable process transformation and to better manage data,” said Muhi Majzoub, executive vice president of engineering, OpenText. “Our secure Business Network, which tightly syncs with SAP, is helping Rosneft Deutschland expedite and grow its business by facilitating scalable outbound digital invoicing in the cloud.”Marketing Technology News: GCOM Software Announces Ernie Connon as New Chief Growth OfficerWith OpenText cloud-based Active Invoices with Compliance, Rosneft Deutschland can now consolidate both structured and unstructured data from across applications to help create accurate and complete invoices. The solution validates information consistency and assists the company to manage digital signatures and archive invoices according to specific regulations.OpenText hosts Rosneft Deutschland electronic invoicing on OpenText Trading Grid, a leading cloud-based B2B integration platform currently serving more than 800,000 businesses. Rosneft Deutschland suppliers already utilizing Trading Grid can more easily connect to the company’s new digital invoicing system. OpenText B2B Managed Services professionals integrate and communicate with customers and manage the invoicing process, reducing time and resources required by Rosneft Deutschland and its customers.Marketing Technology News: Blackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing Platform cloudEnterprise information managementERP platformNewsOpenTextRosneft DeutschlandThomas Titsch Previous ArticleGumGum Sports: Women’s World Cup Unused In-Stadia Space Could Have Netted Sponsor $1 Million Per Match ValueNext ArticleAdobe Survey Says That Voice and Screen Combined Are the Futurelast_img read more

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Sunny Deol Who Lives in Dharmendra House Declares Assets Worth Rs 8718

first_img election commissionGadarGhayalgurdaspur-s19p01 First Published: April 29, 2019, 6:56 PM IST Chandigarh: Bollywood actor Sunny Deol, known for his thrillers like Gadar, Ghayal and Border and fighting as a BJP candidate for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat, has declared total assets, including that of his wife, as Rs 87.18 crore.Deol, whose real name is Ajay Singh Deol, declared the assets in his affidavit to the Election Commission, filed Monday along with his nomination papers. His affidavit on assets and liabilities showed his income to be Rs 63.82 lakh in 2017-18, Rs 96.29 lakh in 2016-17 and Rs 2.25 crore in 2015-16.Deol, who had won national film award for his movies ‘Ghayal’ and ‘Damini’, declared his total assets along with that of his spouse at Rs 87.18 crore.His affidavit put the values of his moveable and immovable assets at Rs 60.46 crore and Rs 21 crore respectively.Deol who described himself professionally as an ‘actor, director, producer in film industry’, showed a sum of Rs 26 lakh as cash-in-hand with his wife Lynda Deol having Rs 16 lakh as cash-in-hand.Among moveable assets, Deol declared bank deposits and investments at Rs 9.36 lakh and Rs 1.43 crore respectively.In his affidavit, he declared having vehicles worth Rs 1.69 crore, without disclosing their details.He also disclosed gold jewellery worth Rs 1.56 crore belonging to his wife while affirming that he has no valuable articles in his personal possession.Among immovable assets, the actor declared agriculture land, non-agricultural land and a flat at Oshiwara complex in Mumbai with a total worth of Rs 21 crore.Deol also declared a total liability of Rs 51.79 crore, including dues worth Rs 2.49 crore (with GST dues Rs 1.07 crore) to the government.As for his educational qualification, the actor mentioned having secured a diploma in acting and theatre from The Old Rep theatre, Birmingham (UK) in 1977-78.He has shown his address as Dharmendra House, Ville Parle, Mumbai. As BJP Gurdaspur nominee, Deol will take on sitting Congress MP and party candidate Sunil Jakhar, AAP’s Peter Masih and PDA’s Lal Chand. Polling on all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will be held in the seventh and final phase on May 19. last_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi Asks Sam Pitroda to Apologise Says Comments on 1984 Riots

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that Sam Pitroda should apologise for his remarks dismissing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that took place in the aftermath of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination. “I think what Sam Pitroda ji said is completely out of line and he should apologise for it,” said Gandhi. “I think 1984 was a needless tragedy that caused tremendous pain.” Pitroda, the chief of the Overseas Congress, is considered to be close to Gandhi. On Thursday, Pitroda reportedly said “hua to hua (so what, it happened)” about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, leading to massive criticism from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.Earlier on Friday, Pitroda expressed contrition and sought to clarify his statement, claiming his remark had been “misrepresented” as he could not speak Hindi very well. This happened a few hours after the Congress distanced itself from the statement and said Pitroda’s words did not reflect the party’s stand.“What I meant was move on. We have other issues to discuss as to what the BJP government did and what it delivered. I feel sorry that my remark was misrepresented, I apologise. This has been blown out of proportion,” Pitroda said.The Congress in a statement has advised its leaders “to be careful and sensitive”.“I think justice has to be done. The people who were responsible for the 1984 tragedy have to be punished,” said Gandhi. “Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ji has apologised. My mother, Sonia Gandhi ji, has apologised. We all have made our position very clear — that 1984 was a terrible tragedy and should never have happened.” “What Sam Pitroda has said is absolutely and completely out of line and is not appreciated. I will be communicating this to him directly. He must apologise for his comment,” Gandhi added.Hitting out at the Congress, Modi had said that Pitroda’s statement was reflective of his party’s “mentality” and “arrogance”. Modi said the comments must not be taken as an individual’s statement, but as an overarching sentiment of the Congress party.Criticising the Congress over a “lack of remorse”, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had dared Rahul Gandhi to sack “his guru” for the statement. 1984 anti-Sikh riots2019 lok sabha electionsarun jaitleyBJP First Published: May 10, 2019, 10:54 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Tamil Filmmaker AL Vijay Announces His Wedding to Aishwarya Deets Inside

first_img On the professional front, Vijay, who is one of the leading filmmakers from South and has made landmark films like Madradapattinam and Deiva Thirumagal, is teaming up with Kangana Ranaut, for a biopic based on the life of former Tamil Nadu CM and veteran actress Jayalalitha.The biopic will be written by K.V. Vijayendra Prasad, who has also penned Baahubali and Manikarnika, and will be produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shaailesh R Singh under the banner of Vibri & Karma Media and Entertainment.Follow @News18Movies for more A L VijayAL Vijayal vijay second marriageamala paul aadai First Published: June 30, 2019, 10:26 AM IST Tamil filmmaker AL Vijay on Saturday, announced his wedding to Dr R Aishwarya. The director revealed that it is an arranged wedding and the ceremonies will be held in July.In a lengthy Twitter post, shared by Diamond Babu, the director addressed media as his family and well-wishers and informed that the wedding will be a private affair. “Just like everyone, my life travelled through different stages involving success, failure, joy and pain. But what stood by me through all such occasions is the strong support from the press media,” Vijay wrote, adding, “I am happy to announce my marriage with Dr R Aishwarya and it is going to be a private ceremony which will be held in July 2019. With all your love and blessings, am embarking on a new chapter in my life!” From the desk of Director #Vijay on his Wedding with Dr. R. Aishwarya. @DoneChannel1 pic.twitter.com/tT4ADWWKoZ— Diamond Babu (@idiamondbabu) June 29, 2019center_img This will be Vijay’s second marriage. In April 2014, Vijay announced that he was in a relationship with actress Amala Paul, and later in June 2014, the couple got married in Chennai. Two years later, in July 2016, they decided to part ways, and in February 2017, they officially got divorced. last_img read more

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SC Agrees to Hear Plea of BJP Barrackpore Candidate Seeking Protection From

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday took note of violence during Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal and agreed to hear the plea of BJP candidate from Barrackpore seat seeking protection from arrest in several cases lodged against him by state police.A vacation bench comprising Arun Mishra and M R Shah took note of the submissions of BJP leader Arjun Singh that he be granted protection from arrest as he wanted to be present during the counting of votes for Lok Sabha elections tomorrow at Barrackpore in West Bengal. “Violence is taking place there. You (Singh’s counsel) know it very well,” the bench said while agreeing to hear the plea of BJP candidate at 12:30 pm today.Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, appearing for Singh, said around 20 criminal cases have been lodged against him from April 4 to May 20 due to political vendetta and to ensure that he remains away during the counting of votes.”If I go back without protection I will be arrested. Tomorrow I have to be present at counting,” the senior lawyer said, adding lawyers are on strike in Kolkata.- BarrackporeBengal violenceBJP Arjun Singhwest bengal lok sabha elections First Published: May 22, 2019, 12:59 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Row Over Jai Shri Ram Continues BJP MP Ajay Bhatt Compares Mamata

first_img Ajay BhattBJPjai shri ramMamata Banerjee First Published: June 5, 2019, 6:26 PM IST | Edited by: Debdeep Mukherjee New Delhi: With the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ controversy raging in West Bengal, BJP MP from Uttarakhand’s Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar Loksabha constituency Ajay Bhatt has attacked West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee by comparing her to a “bull”. “Mamata Banerjee gets angry when someone chants ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in front of her in the same way a bull gets agitated after seeing a piece of red cloth,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying on Wednesday. “In Bengal, people have shaken Mamata didi by chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’. I don’t know what happens to her when she hears Ram’s name. She gets angry when someone chants ‘Jai Shri Ram’, which reminds one of how a bull gets agitated after seeing a piece of red cloth,” he added. The first-time MP, who defeated former Uttarakhand chief minister and veteran Congress leader Harish Rawat in the Lok Sabha elections, advised Banerjee to remain patient. “In a democracy, everyone has the right to shout slogans,” he said.”I don’t know why Banerjee has an aversion to Ram Chandra. I watched a video in which she behaved like someone touched a beehive when people chanted ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Some people say ‘Jai Shri Ram’ instead of saying ‘Hello.’ What is the problem with this,” he asked.On multiple occasions recently, Banerjee has lost her cool when people shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram’ at her cavalcade. She has accused the BJP of misusing the religious slogan for political gains. last_img read more

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