Columbus adds convenient snacks to appeal to millennials

first_imgColumbus adds convenient snacks to appeal to millennialsPosted By: Harriet Jachecon: August 08, 2018In: Food, Industries, New products, SnacksPrintEmailColumbus, Californian deli meat brand, has released a salami and cheese snack range to appeal to growing demands for convenience. The three variations include recently-launched salami flavours which are free from antibiotics and contain no added nitrates or nitrites. The three cheese options, rBST-free, are paired to complement each meat option, giving consumers an easy way to enjoy the Columbus range. The three flavour combinations are Italian dry salami paired with white cheddar cheese, Genoa salami paired with provolone cheese, and pepperoni paired with fontina cheese. Lauren Keller, senior brand manager at Columbus, said: “Innovation drives our company’s growth, and snacks have played a large role in that growth since 2016.“Since then, the Columbus brand has grown 18%. And we always keep to our San Francisco heritage and love for craft meats.”Columbus said: “Charcuterie boards are some of the most shareable creations on social media out there. And they are also one of the tastiest things to snack on. But with work, running errands, dropping off the kids, etc, we understand that your schedule doesn’t always allow time for creating and enjoying these delicious meat and cheese combinations.“That’s why Columbus has stepped up our snacking game by offering our same, uncompromised salami in combination with premium rBST-free cheeses in one snack-size package. We have spent the past few months hand-selecting quality cheeses to pair with each salami flavour — so you can have a delicious snacking experience. These combinations are perfect when you’re craving a little charcuterie treat to tide you over.”As well as these new products, the brand has released its most popular variety of meats in snacking portions. These include original Italian dry salami, Genoa salami, uncured Italian dry salami, and uncured pepperoni.Snack portioning has become popular with the rise of busier lifestyles and the move away from bigger mealtimes. The new snacking range from Columbus appeals to consumers who wish to take their products with them in a bag to work, school, or to enjoy outside during the summer.Share with your network: Tags: Columbusdeli meatlast_img read more

Kopparberg releases readytodrink pink gin with lemonade

first_imgKopparberg releases ready-to-drink pink gin with lemonadePosted By: Contributoron: June 06, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailCider maker Kopparberg has launched a new ready-to-drink strawberry and lime flavour pink gin with lemonade in the UK.Kopparberg Premium Gin & Lemonade is sold in 250ml cans, has an ABV of 5% and 125 calories per serve. The premix serve aims to target the summer outdoors and party occasions this year.The release comes a month after brand introduced a 37.5% ABV strawberry and lime pink gin to more than 700 Greene King sites and select retailers in the UK. According to Kopparberg, impulse occasions continue to be a strong driver of growth for the brand, resulting in Kopparberg Premium Gin & Lemonade as the new pink gin’s first RTD offering in spirits.Single cans are available for £1.95 and multipacks of four cans retail for £6.“We wanted to continue the momentum and excitement surrounding the launch of Kopparberg Premium Gin and launch RTDs into the UK market ahead of summer,” said Rob Salvesen, Kopparberg head of marketing.“The perfect serve of Kopparberg Premium Gin & Lemonade was designed to enhance the natural flavours of the gin and offer a taste profile sweet enough for a long, hot summer. It’s the perfect drink to enjoy with friends and we’re very excited to offer Kopparberg fans another addition to the Kopparberg family.”Single cans are available for £1.95 and multipacks of four cans retail for £6.Earlier this year, Kopparberg launched an alcohol-infused sparkling water brand called Balans Aqua Spritz to offer consumers a lower-calorie alcoholic alternative.Share with your network: Tags: ginKopparbergUKlast_img read more

BrownForman secures deal for Fords Gin owner The 86 Company

first_imgBrown-Forman secures deal for Fords Gin owner The 86 CompanyPosted By: Jules Scullyon: June 11, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailBrown-Forman has announced it has reached an agreement to acquire The 86 Company, owner of Fords Gin.The move sees the owner of Jack Daniel’s, Canadian Mist and Old Forester whiskeys enter the gin category for the first time.As well as the Fords Gin trademark, the acquisition includes other assets of New York-based The 86 Company, including Caña Brava rum, Aylesbury Duck vodka and Tequila Cabeza. It is expected the transaction will close in the next 30 days.“Brown-Forman is a great partner to bring Fords Gin to more bartenders and consumers in the US and around the world while keeping our commitment to producing a unique, high-quality, mixable gin,” said Simon Ford, co-founder of The 86 Company.“We’re extremely thankful to all our supporters who have been championing the brand since the beginning and look forward to seeing what the future holds with our new collaborators.”Fords Gin is a collaboration between Simon Ford and eighth generation master distiller Charles Maxwell of Thames Distillers.A mix of nine botanicals, Fords Gin starts with a base of juniper and coriander seed balanced by citrus, florals, and spices. Steeped for 15 hours before distillation, the botanicals are said to deliver an aromatic, fresh and floral spirit with notes of jasmine and grapefruit.Brown-Forman said that Simon Ford and The 86 Company team will remain a “key part” of the building and crafting of Fords Gin going forward.“Fords Gin is a unique brand with terrific momentum in one of the fastest growing categories in spirits,” said Lawson Whiting, CEO of Brown-Forman. “We look forward to building Fords Gin into another iconic brand in our portfolio.”Whiting took the helm of Brown-Forman earlier this year following the retirement of former CEO Paul Varga.Share with your network: Tags: Brown-FormanginUSlast_img read more

Latenight hosts on shutdown America gets caught in the stairwell by the

first_imgStephen Colbert Tue 23 Jan 2018 11.11 EST Donald Trump … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email “Donald Trump wasn’t the only one that the shutdown affected. There were real Americans faced with real consequences,” Noah added, poking fun at lawmakers who reportedly complained that the congressional gym was short on towels.“You laugh, but it’s not funny to people in Congress. Without towels, everyone at the gym has to see Bernie Sanders naked,” Noah said. “So whether it’s because of Bernie’s naked ass or the threats of voter backlash, Democrats and Republicans reached a deal this afternoon to end the shutdown. The deal was: Republicans would promise to hold a vote on immigration, and in exchange, Democrats would agree to keep the government open for three more weeks.”Showing self-congratulatory speeches given after the vote by senators Susan Collins and Jim Clyburn, Noah concluded: “American lawmakers are priceless. They want credit for fixing the thing that they broke. And not like, really fixing it. Like, barely fixing it. Because the government is only going to be funded for three weeks. America gets caught in the stairway by the landlord, like, ‘Oh hey, I’m going to get you man. Don’t cash that till Friday.’”Jimmy KimmelKimmel talked about this past weekend’s women’s marches.“It was not a good weekend for Donald Trump,” he said. “Millions of protesters, mostly women, marched in cities all across the country on the one-year anniversary of his presidency. There were more than 200,000 protesters in New York, more than 300,000 in Chicago, and 600,000 here in LA.” Read more Share on Facebook Late-night hosts on shutdown: ‘America gets caught in the stairwell by the landlord’ Senate passes short-term funding bill to end government shutdown Share via Email Late-night TV hosts: ‘Sometimes Trump is so stupid that it’s not even funny’ US television Trevor Noah: ‘American lawmakers are priceless. They want credit for fixing the thing that they broke.’Photograph: Youtube Late-night TV roundup “We don’t have to think about that again until February 8th,” the host said, noting the date until which the continuing resolution will last. “Today, in exchange for voting for the short-term funding, Democrats got six years of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which everybody, including the Republicans wanted, and they got an agreement by Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on Daca by February 8th.”“Senate minority leader and man-whose-cheeks-are-farsighted Chuck Schumer is very confident that’s going to happen,” Colbert explained, showing footage of Schumer saying he expected the majority leader to fulfill his commitment to the Senate. Facebook Share on Messenger “Why would you expect that? Mitch McConnell’s proved he will lie to anyone about anything,” Colbert replied, noting unfulfilled promises McConnell made to senators Susan Collins and Jeff Flake in exchange for their vote on the tax bill. “The leverage that Schumer thinks he got? Schumer thinks that voters will all remember Mitch McConnell maed this promise 17 days from now,” Colbert said. “Can you remember what happened 17 days ago? I can’t. I’m guessing in two days we’re all going to forget the name Stormy Daniels. That was the hurricane that spanked the Gulf coast?”Trevor NoahNoah also addressed the shutdown, which forced Trump to cancel his planned trip to Mar-a-Lago.Noah explained that Democrats wanted a continuing resolution that included a provision to protect Dreamers, while Republicans wanted enhanced border security measures.“After a night of failed negotiations, lawmakers left the Capitol unsatisfied like it was a salad night at Paula Deen’s house,” the host joked, before noting that Trump was unable to attend a party at his Palm Beach gold club celebrating the first anniversary of his inauguration. “Donald Trump got more women to exercise than Michelle Obama ever did,” Kimmel joked. “And with all these protesters marching in all these cities, the president delivered, during the marches, perhaps his most breathtaking tweet of all time.”Kimmel then read the tweet aloud, which said: “Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!” Share on LinkedIn Television Jimmy Kimmel Share on Twitter Reuse this content Late-night hosts on Monday night discussed the end of the three-day government shutdown after Democrats and Republicans agreed to fund the government for three weeks.Stephen Colbert“As of this taping, America has a government,” began Colbert. “Here’s what happened: this afternoon, after intense closed-door negotiations, Republicans and Democrats reached a deal to reopen the government. Shares1313 Last modified on Wed 11 Apr 2018 11.56 EDT Jake Nevins Facebook Support The Guardian Twitter Read more Late-night TV roundup Trevor Noah Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel, addressed the end of the government shutdown and this weekend’s women’s marches Share on Facebook Share on Twitter “He’s really bad at reading women,” the host quipped. “Only Donald Trump can find a way to make a protest that’s about him even more about him.” Trevor Noah on the government shutdown. blogposts Topics Since you’re here… @jhnevins Pinterest Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Twitter Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

Alan Sugar and Martha Lane Fox among business figures to miss Trump

first_imgShare on Messenger Pinterest Support The Guardian Rob Davies Share on Pinterest Topics @ByRobDavies Facebook Wed 11 Jul 2018 10.59 EDT China Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Shares3838 Alan Sugar Martha Lane Fox Read more Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar)No afraid not . https://t.co/3qDPMi38pKJuly 11, 2018 Twitter Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk Branson, whose fortune is estimated at £3.8bn, will not be at Blenheim Palace either, although it is not clear whether he turned down an invitation or was not on the guest list. A book by the Virgin Atlantic tycoon, entitled Finding My Virginity, contains details of a feud between the two billionaires, in which Trump wrote a scornful letter to Branson criticising his TV show The Rebel Billionaire. Trump wrote: “At least your dismal ratings can now allow you to concentrate on your airline which, I am sure, needs every ounce of your energy. It is obviously a terrible business and I can’t imagine, with fuel prices etc, that you can be doing any better in it than anyone else.”Branson has also referred to having met Trump and witnessed his “vindictive streak”. However, sources close to Branson said the Virgin billionaire rarely attends UK business dinners. Other omissions from the guest list include the British American Tobacco chief executive, Nicandro Durante (despite the FTSE 100 firm’s £37bn acquisition of the US rival Reynolds American), and John Pettigrew, head of the power firm National Grid, which has sizeable US operations. Marco Gobbetti, the chief executive of the luxury fashion house Burberry, is also not going. Trump administration First published on Wed 11 Jul 2018 10.47 EDT From eels to anvils: Trump’s new China tariffs revealed Snacking for America: Donald Trump eating a pork chop during his presidential campaign in Iowa, US. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters Since you’re here… Share on Twitter British business leaders who are going to the dinner include Warren East, the CEO of Rolls-Royce, James Staley, the CEO of Barclays, and Helena Morrissey, a board member at the City firm Legal & General.BP’s group chief executive, Bob Dudley, and his counterpart at Shell, Ben van Beurden, are thought to be attending, as is Ratcliffe, the founder of the petrochemicals firm Ineos, who is estimated to be worth more than £20bn.Other names understood to be on the guest list include Unilever’s head, Paul Polman, the GlaxoSmithKline CEO, Emma Walmsley, Goldman Sachs’ international chief executive, Richard Gnodde, Airbus’s chief, Tom Enders, and Larry Fink, the CEO of the investment firm BlackRock. Oxfordshire black-tie event for US president will feature the chief executives of FTSE 100 firms such as Rolls-Royce, Barclays and BP Share via Email Share on Facebook This article is more than 1 year old Invitees, including the chief executives of FTSE 100 firms such as Rolls-Royce, Barclays, and BP, as well as Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, will have the chance to hear from Trump about his industrial and trading policies.The dinner comes amid mounting concern about an escalating trade war between the US and China; the president has slapped high tariffs on imported goods as part of his America First agenda.Guests will be able to hear at the event about matters affecting their industries but Sugar and Branson will not be present.Sugar, who is worth more than £1bn according to the last Sunday Times Rich List, said he had not been invited, despite the fact he and Trump presented the television show The Apprentice in their respective countries.The pair exchanged a string of acid barbs in 2012 after Trump criticised the UK for subsidising wind farms. He told Sugar: “Without my show you’d be nothing!” and said Sugar should drop to his knees “and say thank you, Mr Trump”. Martha Lane Fox, philanthropist, business chief and member of the Lords, who declines to entertain Donald Trump.Photograph: Richard Saker/The Observer Sir Richard Branson Share on Twitter Some leading business figures have been invited but have turned down the opportunity.Martha Lane Fox, the founder of Lastminute.com, who sits on the board at Twitter and is a member of the House of Lords, turned down her invitation. “I understand why the government have to entertain Trump but I certainly don’t want to,” Lady Lane-Fox said, according to the Financial Times.Three of the ‘big four’ accounting firms are sending their UK chiefs, although PricewaterhouseCoopers’ chair and senior partner, Kevin Ellis, has a prior commitment. WPP’s chair, Roberto Quarta, who is leading the world’s largest advertising company since the resignation of Sir Martin Sorrell, is also not attending because of a previous engagement. This article is more than 1 year old Prominent figures from British business and industry will attend a dinner with Donald Trump on Thursday night but Sir Richard Branson and Lord Sugar, who have had high-profile spats with the US president in recent years, will be among the absentees.Theresa May, the prime minister, will host the black-tie event for business leaders at Blenheim Palace, the former home of Sir Winston Churchill, near Woodstock, Oxfordshire. The event forms part of Trump’s state visit to the UK. news FTSE Donald Trump Share on Facebook Alan Sugar and Martha Lane Fox among business figures to miss Trump dinner Donald Trump Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. 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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.last_img read more

Ditch identity politics fight for one persons rights at a time

first_img 4 5 LiberalView | Pick Share on Twitter Zagradotryad Contact author This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Wed 29 Aug 2018 01.00 EDT | Pick Facebook | Pick 29 Aug 2018 21:34 29 Aug 2018 23:20 tericheri Facebook | Pick 0 1 Human rights Jimmy Carter was elected US president on the promise of making human rights the guiding principle of his policies. How distant that feels today, with Donald Trump in the picture. It felt distant once Reagan started his campaign against Carter! What’s really instructive is that Reagan’s campaign was a positive one, and his ”Morning for America” films are pure genius. Many years later, Trump won with ”Make America Great Again”, though the positivity was less easy to discern. Both Reagan and Trump were/are charlatans, and Jimmy Carter the Tim Farron of his day, but since we now have Boris, Corbyn and Farage, we’re in no position to judge. 5 6 Share on Twitter 29 Aug 2018 21:50 Twitter Peter Krall I’d like to talk about heroes – and mine are people who defend human rights. They are the people who keep reminding us about the exquisite uniqueness of each individual human being and the need to protect his or her rights and dignity regardless of whatever characteristic may be attached to that person, willingly or not. Human rights are individual rights; they are not the rights of a group. This sounds obvious, yet it seems to get increasingly drowned out in the way we react to crises or events, and not least in the way politics is framed.Recalling how the international human rights movement emerged in the 1970s– how recent that is – is useful and timely, in the light of the UN report on the genocide perpetrated by the military in Myanmar and the many tributes to the late Kofi Annan. As head of UN peacekeeping missions, Annan failed dismally on human rights in Rwanda, but he later worked hard to try to address this, and that’s where credit is due to him. Since you’re here… 29 Aug 2018 22:22 The right invented identity politics Share on Twitter Share Wasserfall Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick 1 2 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest 1 2 Twitter Share comments (198)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Facebook 4 5 Peter Krall Reply Reply Facebook NoNukesPlease Grossman’s Life and Fate took me three weeks to read – and three to recover Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Excellent comment. LiberalView unretrofied PortsmouthLad33 Share on Twitter Report Report However if the full focus is on the immigrants rights it doesn’t take long for the indigenous individuals to feel ignored and that is when the problems start Twitter | Pick Report Share 29 Aug 2018 22:00 Facebook | Pick | Pick Twitter 9 10 Share Twitter 29 Aug 2018 23:57 3 4 | Pick Iapetus Share You need to be careful about suggesting the ditching of identity politics, and never more so than in The Guardian. They rather like it here… Facebook 1 2 1 Facebook Reply NoNukesPlease The left and right both use IP. They just skew it in opposite directions. Bjerkley Share Report Partegas macfeegal Facebook Reply 30 Aug 2018 0:34 Share Twitter | Pick Facebook 30 Aug 2018 1:12 Share on Twitter OneNation2 Are they in the Middle East? The quote was about the Middle East, my response was about the Middle East. Your response was about SE Asia. We have a responsibility for the Middle East because of our recent actions there and its proximity to Europe. SE Asia should be tackled by India, ASEAN, China, Japan and Australia. Reply Reply “If we all be love and do love then all the world’s problems will disappear” The spike in birthrate might be a problem. Share 29 Aug 2018 22:11 Share on Twitter Report Share Share troglodyte9 Share Reply 29 Aug 2018 21:44 SteveJones70 Facebook The way the media report the crises? What way is that. How about just tell me it exists by reporting the facts, and leave it at that. And, actually, I don’t think most people care what the media says is a crisis any more. To the media, everything has to be escalated to the level of a crisis for ratings. Report 50 Share on Facebook 30 Aug 2018 0:01 IChangedMyMind Share on Facebook Read more Reply EdChamp Facebook | Pick 44 45 Share on Facebook Let me just add a recent example. The “right-wing, white supremacist” rally recently held in Washington DC. To hear the news, you might have thought this had some significance. Bring in the counter protestors and you might have expected blood in the streets. Only one news outlet that I am aware of was accurate enough to point out that the “right-wing, white supremacist” protesters numbered only 12. Reply Couldn’t agree more, though as others have said, I am stunned that this headline is appearing in this paper… Wonder how long it will take before this comments section descends into a mire of “I’m right, you’re wrong”, “we’re good, you’re bad”. | Pick Twitter | Pick Reply | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Midland Reply Twitter Twitter Share 29 Aug 2018 22:23 Facebook Report PaulGButler Reply Email (optional) Ditch identity politics in the time of Trump?.. Is she nuts? Report | Pick Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Share Funny that when it is written by someone else it can take on a new meaning or possibly understanding by us. Facebook Share on Twitter 2 3 Leave_n_Remain 29 Aug 2018 22:00 Report Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Share tericheri Pinnington 29 Aug 2018 22:45 | Pick Twitter Share on Twitter Black_Beard Share on Facebook 11 12 Share on Twitter Share Twitter Share on Facebook expanded Share Twitter Report Peter Krall Darlings_Eyebrow Human rights Twitter Share Share on Twitter Facebook Report Darlings_Eyebrow Share 29 Aug 2018 22:31 So perhaps listening to Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the outgoing UN commissioner for human rights, may help. “In my experience,” he recently said, “the victims of human rights violations know full well that human rights are universal. Only those who violate human rights look for excuses in traditions, cultures, circumstances.” And he added: “human rights defenders defend the rights of each individual. Others defend the rights of a specific community. That’s the difference. Defending the rights of one community against other communities amounts to creating the conflicts of tomorrow.” It’s a warning that may well be debated, but is also hard to ignore. Human rights are best defended one unique, invaluable, irreplaceable person at a time. After all, that’s what the opening articles of the 1948 universal declaration keep telling us. Opinion 39 40 29 Aug 2018 22:30 29 Aug 2018 22:18 | Pick 5 6 | Pick Share Last modified on Thu 21 Feb 2019 09.17 EST Facebook Report I do love the gall of certain people BTL, who on the one hand like to bang on 24/7 about how the Guardian is dying, how few readers it has, how little influence it has etc and on the other hand insists that the Guardian is also the driving force behind things like identity politics. Like those who claim SJWs are all silly college students but also have control of the mainstream media as well as the biggest companies in Silicon Valley, and many mainstream political parties. Which is it? Reply | Pick Reply 67 68 Share My reading of the article is that society definitely does exist, but that tribes or group identities (real and imagined) within society should not be the accepted sub-group, given all of the problems with that approach that Natalie sets out ATL. Rather, society is made up of individuals exercising their human rights under the rule of law. On occasion, enough individuals will have the same opinion/belief/experience that they bind together in common cause to achieve something – this is great when it happens and is, I think, the root of ‘United we stand…” as unions were formed in response to conditions that enough workers agreed were terrible, and that something should be done (maybe not historically 100% but close enough for the purpose of a BTL response) In my opinion, identity politics falls over as it makes the logical leap that “because members of this group think the same way about this matter and are inspired to action, they must therefore think the same way about other things”. Some will, some of the time; some won’t, some of the time, but it seems to me that aspects of identity politics ignore this nuance. It also feels relevant as tributes flow this week to John McCain, who was personally subjected to torture, and who refused to be released while his fellow prisoners weren’t. Today that kind of heroism calls to mind the struggle of the dissident Oleg Sentsov, detained in Siberia, who has vowed to continue his hunger strike as long as dozens of other political prisoners are still unfree in Russia.It took a long time for the UN declaration on human rights, adopted after the second world war, to become the basis of what the historian Samuel Moyn has coined “the last utopia”. Only in the 1970s did human rights become a driving force capable of rallying public opinion, NGOs and politicians across borders. A new brand of internationalist citizen advocacy appeared. Amnesty International won the Nobel peace prize in 1977. Jimmy Carter was elected US president on the promise of making human rights the guiding principle of his policies. How distant that feels today, with Donald Trump in the picture. Reply Share | Pick Show 7 more replies 30 Aug 2018 1:26 Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Report Leave_n_Remain 29 Aug 2018 22:54 Twitter 13 14 | Pick 35 36 Reply The Liberal way of following a cause and ignoring others has been the major cause of Populism like Trump who is obvious and Macron who is more devious.Appeal to those who have been ignored and you may come to power Share on LinkedIn 29 Aug 2018 21:47 Report I agree with Rorty: We only can argue from our point of view. There is no such thing as an external point of view that would allow us to define something like moral high ground objectively. The best we can do is discussing how our values relate to each other and to assertions expressing beliefs about the world. Liberal democracies allow to organise coexistence of people holding different opinions and to balance their interests without violence. More is neither necessary nor possible. Share on Twitter 29 Aug 2018 22:56 Share Iapetus Share Reply Reply Show 25 Report Share on Facebook Twitter Well quite. The author herself has indulged more often than not. I suspect that now that the monster they have unleashed is coming after their own people they are desperate to put the genie back in the bottle. Hoisted on own petard lol Twitter MWhillier Since we neither recognize any right to occupy a space beyond private property rights or contracts, nor see any virtue in living where the parents lived, we do not have any reason to regret the loss of a so-called community. Well said, but never nearly often enough here. Twitter DennyMalone Report @nnougayrede | Pick Share on Twitter Report Share unretrofied Twitter 29 Aug 2018 21:44 Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter 29 Aug 2018 22:08 Linda Grant Share on Facebook Reply Share 7 8 Facebook Reply dbaty2017 Share on Twitter Carl123 Share Darlings_Eyebrow 29 Aug 2018 23:59 Report Natalie Nougayrède Twitter I can’t be alone in agreeing with much of this article, whilst being absolutely stunned at the gall of the G – the same newspaper that relentlessly and agressively pushes identity politics every day…if the G didn’t pour petrol on the IP fire in the first place, it wouldn’t need Natalie to try to extinguish it. Twitter Share on Facebook 5 6 117 118 ImperialInquisition Reply | Pick Share on Twitter peaceblaster 8 9 Report 30 Aug 2018 1:11 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook UnlikelyStory 29 Aug 2018 22:21 Share on Twitter Reply dunn31 Share Twitter Share on Facebook 32 33 Reply 4 5 Share on Facebook Facebook PortsmouthLad33 Share on Twitter newest Report The only credible path to social and economic justice is for the white guy on the production line Muslims in Myanmar, perhaps? Share on Facebook Twitter 25 LapinKulta Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Christians in the MENA face an existential threat in a way that Muslims do not Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Twitter | Pick MrMouse Share on WhatsApp Twitter 2 3 Facebook Reply Reply Share 29 Aug 2018 22:57 Share on Twitter | Pick unretrofied Share Twitter Share Share on Twitter Why should one receive rights simply because one had the misfortune to be born a certain species? No skill, knowledge or ability is required from the individual concerned to be created and brought into the world, and that human could just as easily have been born a slug, creatures which, I might add, often have a greater need of protection than most humans. If it is both acceptable and legitimate for us to be born into advantage over others, as is proved with farcical notions such as “human rights”, where does that leave the argument for open borders and monarchy? Quite damaged, I would argue. So much to ponder. Paracelsus Facebook Share on Facebook Meanwhile ignoring the hard left violence at these protests… against 12 people… Defending the rights of one community against other communities amounts to creating the conflicts of tomorrow. Share on Facebook Twitter Report Reply Twitter Share on Facebook 128 129 9 10 Pinnington | Pick Reply | Pick unthreaded Share on Twitter 29 Aug 2018 21:55 Share on Twitter See how the right prefers to defend Christians in the Middle East, as part of a wider narrative against Islam Twitter Twitter | Pick 29 Aug 2018 22:08 Muslims in Myanmar, perhaps? Shares156156 Reply 29 Aug 2018 21:59 5 6 tericheri Facebook Reuse this content,View all comments > Share on Twitter “Jimmy Carter was elected US president on the promise of making human rights the guiding principle of his policies”. This was a noble goal but it didn’t succeed. Carter was a weak and uninspiring president who lost his re-election by a landslide. 4 5 And people who kill and maim humans by dropping bombs on them from the air. EdChamp Share Share on Facebook A thousand alibis are available to haters of the USA. Reply Share on Twitter EdChamp Report | Pick It isn’t just the media though is it? The eighties neo-right wing lauded ‘ the individual’ above any kind of community or cultural affiliation – all cunningly designed to reduce the public to workers and consumers. The neo-liberals elevated identity politics knowing full well that they opened up the probability of strife, conflict and social dissent – much easier for those in authority to control and manage when everyone’s at each other’s throats. Such political devices intentionally camouflaged the barriers of social class, which for many years have been swamped by ‘We’re all middle class now’ mantras. Odd that the research shows that the bottom 25% of the population were written off, and we now have the biggest gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have- nots’ since pre-ww2. 60% of the current UK population declare their anxiety about living standards and personal debt runs at £40 billion per year – contrast that with the UK’s £30 billion estimated to be stashed off-shore. In the 60’s we were talking about using technology to create a three day working week, more leisure time, more time for personal development, education, community service and time for ordinary citizens to see a life rather than a work schedule. It’s no coincidence that copying the American new right revolution calmed the nerves of those in power who were horrified that people might elect to make lives for themselves, communicate with each other, fashion varied and creative forms of lifestyle and shun the worshippers of grey conformity. All identity politics has done is to create categories of human beings who, in their committed affiliations, begin to see ‘the other’ as the problem. Similarly, the much vaunted ‘individual’ serves little purpose in an atomised society where the pent house suite club call all the shots with no opposition. Both ‘visions’ were cynical strategies by the perpetrators of the ‘Quiet Revolution’ and both have been successful in producing a socio-economic framework where the majority have been tamed and muted. How is anybody ‘entitled’ to a good life? Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Share | Pick Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter Agreed, but lets be honest: this is one drop of integrity in a sea of identity politics. Normal service will be restored tomorrow. Pinnington Darlings_Eyebrow … 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. Reply Fair enough. But those arguments haven’t stopped and show no likelihood of abating any time soon. The reasons are political and will remain so. Share IChangedMyMind Facebook Facebook 2 Tom1982 29 Aug 2018 21:48 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share on Facebook Report Facebook 30 Aug 2018 0:03 Twitter Report dunn31 Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Twitter As sympathetic as I am to your human rights take if we are to fight for rights one individual at a time we’ll never get anywhere. Collective rights don’t have to be couched in the right wing agenda of identity politics at all – which I’m not dismissing out of hand. I’m just pointing out that collective struggles for collective rights have been crucial to social reform and social transformation for centuries. I’m not prepared to just ditch this crucial strength on the premise of a false dichotomy. The issue of struggles for individual human rights only makes sense with reference to overall collectively won rights, anyway. Acknowledgement of this is crucial if your argument isn’t to be dissected into propaganda soundbites for the right wing anti-collectivists. 6 7 Report Is this those imaginary Antifa attacks again? Apparently, they were meant to launch a wave of mass killings against Conservatives across the US a few months ago. Don’t remember it happening though. “and that human could just as easily have been born a slug” Metaphysical nonsense. Warrick Helme Reply ID3910692 29 Aug 2018 21:33 I’ll be honest, I was really surprised to see this article on the Guardian! Spot on comment! Share via Email Report Kofi Annan Facebook Reply 30 Aug 2018 0:07 64 65 I know I nearly dropped my sombrero into my bowl of jerk rice ! LiberalView Reply There’s no such thing as society. Just individuals exercising their human rights under the rule of law. Heard this before somewhere. Share Report Share on Facebook | Pick Twitter Facebook Tom1982 Twitter Share on Facebook Agree IChangedMyMind 11 12 Twitter NoNukesPlease Report Reply 2 3 Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Show 2 more replies | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter 29 Aug 2018 22:10 Wow! Progress…! Have a word with some of your colleagues on this point. Don’t be fooled. She talks about ‘individuals’ and human rights only in a vague abstract sense as we all know that human rights should really apply to all of us equally, and indeed individually. Talk about predjudice and privilidge again and its straight back to identity politics for Natalie. Report Loading comments… Trouble loading? Share on Facebook 7 8 Facebook UN human rights chief: Trump’s attacks on press ‘close to incitement of violence’ | Pick Facebook Report Support The Guardian Midland Report Rohingya refugees in the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.Photograph: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply 29 Aug 2018 22:19 OneNation2 Report Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook 74 75 Reply 97 98 Natalie Nougayrède is spot on describing the position of liberal individualists like me. What may be added is the wider context of the conflict between individualists and communitarians. Individualists only recognize individuals as primary and consider anything else as means or frameworks for organising affairs of shared interests. This has a lot of consequences beyond human rights. For example, communitarians consider it a problem if an area previously inhabited by workers born in England to parents born in England develops into an area occupied by software engineers and bank people born anywhere. For us individualists, this is no problem at all. Since we neither recognize any right to occupy a space beyond private property rights or contracts, nor see any virtue in living where the parents lived, we do not have any reason to regret the loss of a so-called community. This division is orthogonal to left/right-division in other questions, such as the financing of health service or education. Facebook Leave_n_Remain Share on Facebook troglodyte9 Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter 14 15 | Pick Share ID3910692 Show 6 more replies Share on Facebook Twitter ‘ they are also not going to bring the threat of radical Islamist ideology to the UK.’ Although the actions of some majority Christian nations certainly has. We need to empathise with every individual they are as entitled to a good life as much as we are. I think the line I would draw is that when equality under the law has been achieved then it’s time to stop arguing from a perspective which promotes group identity. Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook Report | Pick Share comment Report 39 40 So who occupies the moral high ground? For you? Reply Reply Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Report 30 Aug 2018 2:14 Report 1 2 Tribal politics, tribal thinking, are arguably human rights’ worst enemies Facebook | Pick Share Facebook Twitter Which is something this publication does every single day. As does the Daily Mail, as do all of our national news outlets. You are all pushing this agenda, the same shit in different shades, which I know the article acknowledges, but I think the editorial staff here really need to look at the agenda they are pushing and how it harms the public debate, and ultimately, the public. Remember, his article is on the same day a the news that self harm rates are up in teenagers, but this paper chooses to only focus on the female sufferers, and blame it on misogyny, completely ignoring the fact that is up amount boys as well. How do you think that will help male sufferers, by blaming them for it? How can you even come to such a skewed conclusion unless it is through the opaque lenses of identity politics? It is time to ditch it, and start thinking clearly, without prejudice and bias. 30 Aug 2018 2:09 29 Aug 2018 22:27 Report Share Report Tom1982 Share 30 Aug 2018 2:04 IChangedMyMind For human rights to work it has to be respected and reciprocated across all cultures and all religions. It isn’t happening and not likely to happen soon, either, when you have idiots all over the world putting themselves above others for all manner of idiotic reasons ranging from skin colour to my sky fairy/prophet/god/idol is better than yours. 30 Aug 2018 0:05 29 Aug 2018 22:23 Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick I couldn’t agree more, which is why I find it so hard to understand why in a supposedly left of centre newspaper so many journalists push identity politics as a progressive cure all to the evils of Brexit and Trump. The right invented identity politics. Just after the civil war in the US there were signs of a genuine class based consciousness developing, and black people and white people banding together to demand economic justice. This terrified the elite, who doubled down on creating a rift between the white and black working class; knowing that if those groups ever realised their economic interests were perfectly aligned the ruling classes privilege would be in grave danger. Sadly, the propaganda worked……..and racial animus led to poor whites voting against their economic interests for generations. The only credible path to social and economic justice is for the white guy on the production line to understand he has more in common with his black co worker than the rich guy in head office, and vice versa. Identity politics actively subverts this by dividing the working class into competing groups with supposedly unique grievances. Progressives can’t prevail trying on Donald Trump’s old clothes. I have to say I thought I misread this healdline. 94 95 LiberalView Share Share Read more 3 4 Report 3 4 Close report comment form 29 Aug 2018 21:45 Facebook Show 5 more replies Share Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Leave_n_Remain Tom1982 Reply Share on Twitter Reply If we all be love and do love then all the world’s problems will disappear in a puff of smoke. Midland Share on Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter 29 Aug 2018 22:22 | Pick Share Leave_n_Remain | Pick Share Comments 198 Facebook 17 18 Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Ditch identity politics: fight for one person’s rights at a time 5 6 5 6 | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Twitter DennyMalone I thought she was going to praise Jordan B Peterson. Share Report Share on Facebook Report Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter What production line? Starbucks? EdChamp 17 18 29 Aug 2018 21:44 Share on Twitter Report 26 27 Reply Share on Twitter Report Report Unfortunately yes but it’s not unique in the Guardian. There is something every so often which steps down from the wall of fanatics on the left screaming at the fanatics on the right and actually gives a good, sensible analysis of something. Not very often but sometimes. Twitter 62 63 Share on Facebook Facebook 29 Aug 2018 21:56 Report 29 Aug 2018 22:14 Report Share Reply Facebook 29 Aug 2018 22:00 DennyMalone Report Reply Share on Facebook OneNation2 8 9 3 4 30 Aug 2018 0:48 | Pick NowheretoHideQC Reply Reason (optional) Share on Twitter Share on Messenger ImperialInquisition 14 15 NowheretoHideQC Facebook DennyMalone Topics 1 3 UnlikelyStory Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter DennyMalone Facebook 29 Aug 2018 22:37 30 Aug 2018 0:10 Share I’d like to talk about heroes – and mine are people who defend human rights KMdude Share on Facebook dunn31 Reply NowheretoHideQC Facebook Opinion Twitter | Pick 3 Share on Twitter 29 Aug 2018 23:46 Report No, it is about being pragmatic. Christians in the MENA face an existential threat in a way that Muslims do not, they are also not going to bring the threat of radical Islamist ideology to the UK. Share Share on Facebook On that very precise point, I think she plays an easy card, bordering propaganda. The reason I, for example, would at least understand some actions by Russia, is much more complex than another nation balancing another. In this very case, China is the counter-balance, not Russia…and if you know any modern history about Iran, you could easily understand why some people are VERY angry with the US of A. She paints it simple. It is not. It is dumbing down the debate. 29 Aug 2018 22:05 2 3 | Pick Share on Facebook 29 Aug 2018 23:29 Report I’d argue that “the time of Trump” is the best time to ditch identity politics. Trump and co thrive on identity politics – specifically, telling the majority that they and everything they hold dear is under attack by evil “others”. Liberals and the left seem to have responded by focusing on helping various minority groups and ignoring (and sometimes attacking) the majority. That is tactically really stupid. It means they are fighting Trump and co on their own favoured grounds, but with a smaller force. What they should be doing is trying to unite a majority, by fighting for things that everyone (or almost everyone) can support. Insightful. Share Report Facebook Reply Threads collapsed | Pick Share | Pick Share Share on Facebook Share Oh I see. So getting it now. The left’s new tack is to dust off the good old ‘human rights’ racket rhetoric to fool the masses with it. Good luck with that, “liberals”. 29 Aug 2018 22:39 45 46 Share on Twitter | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook 6 7 | Pick 112 113 2 Share on Facebook Donald Trump Report Reply Share on Facebook 4 5 lestera Report Order by oldest 29 Aug 2018 22:13 29 Aug 2018 22:19 29 Aug 2018 22:45 But what also feels worryingly distant is the very notion that human rights hinge first and foremost on the protection of the individual, not of the group. And inverting that priority can have dire consequences. Vasily Grossman, one of the 20th century’s greatest writers, captured this eloquently in his book Life and Fate: “Human groupings have one main purpose: to assert everyone’s right to be different, to be special, to think, feel and live in his or her own way. People join together in order to win or defend this right. But this is where a terrible, fateful error is born: the belief that these groupings in the name of a race, a God, a party or a state are the very purpose of life and not simply a means to an end. No! The only true and lasting meaning of the struggle for life lies in the individual, in his modest peculiarities and in his right to these peculiarities.”Sensitivities will vary, of course. Some people will be more scandalised by violations in Yemen than by Syria, or by Venezuela rather than by the Saudi regime, or discrimination against LGBT groups or any other minority than that suffered by a dissident such as Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese human rights hero who died as a result of being denied adequate medical attention after imprisonment and torture.In our western societies, public or political outrage in the face of atrocities will fluctuate depending on who is suffering or who the perpetrators are, on our political leanings or on how a faraway crisis resonates with domestic debates on diversity, inequality, immigration and secularism. The way the media report crises matters immensely, just as NGO campaigns do. Human rights violations can’t be top of the news every day, even though they occur every day. And fundraising is surely more effective when it is done selectively, if only because some emotions are hard to sustain.What tends to get lost in all of this is the sacredness of the individual as opposed to the community or group they belong to – or are ascribed to. In an era of “resistance” against Trump and everything he embodies, what’s striking is how easily one set of struggles, defined by the category of people they want to defend, somehow ends up outflanking what’s universal about human rights.Tribal politics, tribal thinking, are arguably human rights’ worst enemies. See how the right prefers to defend Christians in the Middle East, as part of a wider narrative against Islam, or the left will focus on denouncing western governments’ complicity with certain dictatorships. The right, in the UK and elsewhere, all but turns a blind eye to the suffering of migrants, while the left makes allowances for major human rights violators such as Iran and Russia, as long as they are considered as forces “counterbalancing” American dominance.In much of this, individual humans can be forgotten, their importance dependent on what or where they supposedly belong to. It doesn’t help that abusive regimes handily point to cultural relativism (“our rules are different, and there is no such thing as universality”, their logic goes) to justify their actions. Along the way, strangely enough, they’ll find some eager, understanding ears within democracies. Share Leave_n_Remain Share via Email View more comments OB1Cannoli Twitter 29 Aug 2018 22:24 Share on Twitter ” left makes allowances for major human rights violators such as Iran and Russia, as long as they are considered as forces “counterbalancing” American dominance.” Report Ginen Twitter Share 100 Reply | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook Aqueuetangle Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Report Facebook Share on Facebook 16 17 30 Aug 2018 1:25 Isn’t it great that we are fortunate enough to have a national newspaper that allows a diversity of views to be presented? Are there editorial pieces in the Guardian, as opposed to opinion pieces, that support identity politics? Share BoneyOCoonassa Show 3 more replies | Pick Share on Facebook Report To the media, everything has to be escalated to the level of a crisis for ratings. Law (US) Share on Twitter collapsed The way the media report crises matters immensely, just as NGO campaigns do … Partegas Reply 0 1 All Share on Twitter Share on Twitter recommendations Facebook Couldn’t agree more, though as others have said, I am stunned that this headline is appearing in this paper… Wonder how long it will take before this comments section descends into a mire of “I’m right, you’re wrong”, “we’re good, you’re bad”. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Report 4 5 Aqueuetangle | Pick Twitter ID3910692 Share Share on Twitter How true. Each individual is different no matter what race, culture, religion or political party they belong to. For example, immigrants crossing the Mediterranean are all bunched into a large negative group rather than desperate individuals seeking a better life. Our media is largely responsible for this. We need to empathise with every individual they are as entitled to a good life as much as we are. Share on Twitter Facebook Report oldest Midland Twitter Share on Facebook Show 31 more replies Twitter | Pick Reply Reply Facebook Share What if equality in law doesn’t lead to equality in reality? Share on Facebook Report PaulGButler Reply | Pick A force capable of rallying public opinion, NGOs and politicians across borders – how distant that feels in the time of Trump Hahaha!, ditch identity politics. C’mon this is the Graun ! Report Share on Twitter Facebook 22 23 Reply 30 Aug 2018 2:05last_img read more

Is FaceApp an evil plot by the Russians to steal your data

first_imgShares1,8191819 15 16 Twitter Facebook Share on Pinterest Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Share on Twitter DrRizla no, but after the events and revelations over the past two years, I am suspicious of any Russian-based internet company, especially if it involves personal data such as your face GrandMoffTanner 1d ago JacopoManfredi Report SecondGuardsTankArmy 100 1d ago 1d ago Killabee Chances are your face is already in a database somewhere, helping to train artificial intelligence to take over the world If you refused to partake in the #faceappchallenge because you were worried about your privacy, good for you. However, I wouldn’t feel too smug yet. Chances are your face is already in a database somewhere, helping to train artificial intelligence (AI) to take over the world. As Adam Harvey, a privacy expert, pointed out to me over email: “Google researchers disclosed that they used at least 8 million user images to train face recognition. And Facebook researchers mentioned using at least 10 million users.”In May Google researchers also disclosed that they had used 2,000 YouTube videos of people doing the mannequin challenge (the viral challenge where you stay still) to help train an AI model on predicting the depth of a moving object in a video. The researchers also released their data set for future research, meaning there’s no saying how that data will be used in the future. That video you made as a joke might be helping to train anything from a self-driving car to a killer drone.You don’t even have to upload anything to the internet yourself for your photo to end up training AI technology. Earlier this year it was reported that the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs had secretly been photographing students for a facial recognition study. Images of more than 1,700 people were collected between 2012-2013 without their knowledge or consent. Those photos went into a dataset used for training facial recognition algorithms. The funding for this dataset came from US intelligence and military agencies.The moral of this story, then, is that you shouldn’t worry too much about a Russian app. You should worry about everything. We are only just beginning to understand the extent to which we live in a surveillance hell. We are only just beginning to realize that our faces no longer belong to us, they’ve been privatized.Arwa Mahdawi is a Guardian columnist Since you’re here… Guardian Pick nikgregor View more comments 1d ago Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter Apps 1d ago Share on Facebook Is FaceApp an evil plot by ‘the Russians’ to steal your data? Not quite 0 1 | Pick Twitter Share on WhatsApp Email (optional) Share on Twitter Twitter JacopoManfredi everything in the digital world is being surveiled including this comment section, my texts, and everything on the internet. The internet is just a folder of things and AI is essentially the living and predictive ecosystem of the life inside that changing living organism. You cannot expect it to be private. Gmail is not even close to private, nor is your computer. Apps are really just an extremely easy entry way into stealing all your geolocation… Report 0 1 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Luka89 “You should worry about everything” Oh for goodness’ sake. What is so precious about a picture of my face? Thousands of people in the streets see my physiog every day. They could even take photos if they wanted, there is no law that says you can’t photograph people in a public place (or that you need their permission). Should I wear a veil to prevent this horrific invasion of privacy? And how exactly are these nefarious organisations going to use pictures of my face to harm me? Share on Facebook Rael64 15 16 Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp newest nikgregor collapsed Share Share Share on Twitter 1d ago everything in the digital world is being surveiled including this comment section, my texts, and everything on the internet. The internet is just a folder of things and AI is essentially the living and predictive ecosystem of the life inside that changing living organism. You cannot expect it to be private. Gmail is not even close to private, nor is your computer. Apps are really just an extremely easy entry way into stealing all your geolocation and a way to create new ways of measuring different things–which is essentially what an app is–a different way of differentiating yourself via the creation of unique data sets. I know because I was doing it, until it impoverished me. I certainly could not have been the only one. If used properly, AI can be an amazing utility for the betterment of our species and planet. If used improperly, it will invariably lead to our extinction and inequality that requires famine and worldwide and bloody-revolution. Stakes are very high–and my faith in those who control our fate is quite shaken. We must nationalize and eventually internationalize these public tech companies as utilities njglea SecondGuardsTankArmy expanded Facebook Twitter T0nyN Share Share on Facebook HaHaHaHa. Something else for uptight people to have a stroke over. What else? HM Report Share on Twitter 0 1 Reply Reply Share | Pick Report Facebook Threads collapsed 1 2 comment Report Report Share on Facebook 1d ago Share on Twitter Share | Pick Report Guardian Pick when your image appears in an advert for contraceptives. – when your image appears in a political advert for a party you don’t agree with. – when images of you participating in an event (anything from a concert to a protest) are altered/edited in a way that portrays your involvement as different to what it actually was. – when an algorithm raises your insurance premiums, or denies you a mortgage because it calculates the fact that you look 5 years older than your age (based on an average of facial analyses of millions of photos) may be down to an underlying health problem, and therefore you are a bigger risk. Reply ‘The moral of this story, then, is that you shouldn’t worry too much about a Russian app. You should worry about everything.’Photograph: Jim Waterson / The Guardian / FaceApp This is literally the best opening paragraph I have ever read in a newspaper. I actually almost fell off my chair. Brilliant! ldavies89 Facebook 22h ago 2 3 Report Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter | Pick bluejay2011 Concern escalated further when people started to point out that FaceApp is Russian. “The app that you’re willingly giving all your facial data to says the company’s location is in Saint-Petersburg, Russia,” tweeted the New York Times’s Charlie Warzel. And we all know what those Russians are like, don’t we? They want to harvest your data for nefarious purposes. Unlike American techies, of course. Who are always deeply respectful when it comes to personal data, and only use your private information to make the world a better, more connected, place.By Wednesday things had calmed down a little bit. A French security researcher who uses the pseudonym Elliot Alderson ran a check on the app and found it was not actually uploading your entire camera roll – just the photo you were modifying. Which is what you’d expect from an app like that. Speaking to me over the phone, Alderson said he also couldn’t find any evidence it was stealing all your data; it was just getting your device ID and your device model. Which, again, is pretty much to be expected. The reason the app was causing such a fuss, Alderson hypothesized, was because of fears about Russia.FaceApp also responded to the controversy, telling 9to5Mac on Wednesday that it “might store” some uploaded photos in the cloud for “performance and traffic” reasons. It also said that while the app’s “core R&D team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia”.As more information about FaceApp came out, Nozzi, the developer who helped raise the alarm about the tool, issued a lengthy mea culpa and deleted his original tweets. Wurzel also deleted his tweets about FaceApp, stating that his comments about it being Russian were being misinterpreted. “My frame of reference for them came from reporting i’m doing on diff apps accessing data/ sending it places we wouldn’t assume (3rd parties, not govts),” he tweeted.So does this mean everything is fine? Should we feel free to partake in the #faceappchallenge without worrying about our photos being misused? Well, no, not exactly. According to FaceApp’s terms of service, when you use the app you grant it a “perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide” license to do whatever it wants with your photos. However, while this may be awful, it’s worth pointing out that it’s the same as the privacy policy of basically every other tech service and platform. Twitter | Pick Facebook | Pick Oh dear. The Cold War is over, children. No Communist tanks rumbling through the hedge rows squashing your roses. Surveillance? Try GCHQ in your own backyard or their pals across the Pond. That’s where the real trouble is brewing. 2 3 Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Facebook nikgregor Share Reply Reply ElDiez johnson. trump. putin. kim jong-eun. xi jinping…. the list is long nikgregor Reply Share on Facebook Report 3 4 Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Following the panic over this viral app, the moral of the story is: don’t worry too much about ‘the Russians’. You should worry about everything Jump to comment | Pick Reply 4 5 7 8 1d ago Twitter Share Facebook Reply Report | Pick 0 1 I tried it and it came up with a gravestone 🙁 No1Thelarch Reply Reminds me of HuffingtonPost, which exploited its royalty-free licence to everything people had posted on its comment boards to the hilt. theEarlofMar 1d ago Rael64 | Pick It is an evil plot of a completely different variety. The most valuable part in AI/Machine Learning is the result of it. The Russian developer(s) ran a set of tasks which are common for police (state) work: Recognition based on old pictures, recognition in old footage, recognition after image alternation, etc. We provided them with the data to do that including data they cannot easily obtain such as pictures of racial types not common in Russia. In order to collect the result they do not need to copy a single piece of data to St Petersburg. They need to copy the variables from the ML training matrix. In any case, this is too long for a Guardian comment – I have had the full version on my blog since the whole hullabaloo started: https://www.fagain.co.uk/node/29 kotbegemotuk Kenan Malik Reply Share on Facebook Share Wikipedia and Google return no results for this.Do you have a link? Reply curiouswes Facebook and Google already have everyone’s data.. now it is a different app. Most apps do take all kind of data, nothing new here.. Twitter Hugh Montgomery 2 3 Reply Privacy Share on Facebook Considering the debacle of early 2017, when Russian created around 4M Trump following bots with photos lifted of adult sites, suppose they needed an app to get faces for future bots. 4 5 1d ago Share on Twitter I uploaded the photo which depicts my hangover after two days of binge drinking in the application and it gave very weird results: my older face was very similar to Trump’s. Is there anything wrong with me? 0 1 1 2 | Pick Twitter 1d ago No1Thelarch Share | Pick | Pick 3 4 Da, tovarishch. But the propaganda war is raging more than ever. RIP the 298. Report Privacy Hugh Montgomery Facebook Report Reply Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter 0 1 Jack_Garbo Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Show 25 | Pick 0 1 Reuse this content,View all comments > | Pick 1d ago ldavies89 3 4 | Pick Report Loading comments… Trouble loading? Isn’t this the point of the article? 2 3 Share | Pick Share Reply Guardian Pick 1d ago 5 6 | Pick Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook 0 1 Twitter Share on Facebook RonnieBigman | Pick Reply 1 2 | Unpick Share SecondGuardsTankArmy Reply Report 1d ago Facebook Share via Email 1d ago Facebook 2 3 People have no concept of today’s connectivities, a white noise electronic bomb over London would close down UK.co.uk in a quarter of an hour. My children, yell the Nets down well within a minute! Life as we know it can finish with indecent haste. Facebook Share on Facebook Read more Reply realistically though these things aren’t likely to happen. why even bother with using real people’s photos when algorithms can already make up completely fake people’s pictures? see thispersondoesnotexist.com Share Facebook Thu 18 Jul 2019 02.00 EDT Reply Facebook 1d ago AndreiK Report Reply Opinion Artificial intelligence (AI) | Pick 1d ago 6 7 Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report Twitter Reply Share on Twitter So now I have to ask: Is The Guardian in on this too? Order by newest Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter 22h ago Report 1d ago Twitter Share on Twitter 1d ago Report Share Facebook I think so too.I was just trying to subtly draw his attention to the fact that he didn’t know what he was talking about. ldavies89 Facebook My bathroom mirror has a similar app. Whenever I look at it I see an old bloke with white hair and a lined and jowly face instead of the fit thirty year old sex god that I still am mentally. bluejay2011 Jack_Garbo Share If used improperly, it will invariably lead to our extinction and inequality that requires famine and worldwide and bloody-revolution. a quick question: if we are extinct, how can there be inequality, famine and bloody revolution? | Pick I am reminded of the ‘Legitimate Businessman’s Social Club’ in the Simpsons… Reply Report Ross Kramer SepticIsle a white noise electronic bomb Guardian Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook theEarlofMar Facebook | Pick 18h ago … we have a small favour to ask. 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Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share Twitter 17h ago Share on Facebook Quixotematic Share on Facebook Over the last few days the #faceappchallenge has taken over social media. This “challenge” involves downloading a selfie-editing tool called FaceApp and using one of its filters to digitally age your face. You then post the photo of your wizened old self on the internet and everyone laughs uproariously. You get a small surge of dopamine from gathering a few online likes before existential ennui sets in once again. Challenge completed.On Monday, as the #faceappchallenge went viral, Joshua Nozzi, a software developer, warned people to “BE CAREFUL WITH FACEAPP….it immediately uploads your photos without asking, whether you chose one or not”. Some media outlets picked this claim up and privacy concerns about the app began to mount. I half hoped that the columnist’s picture on the article would’ve been FaceApped just this one time. | Pick 4 5 Share Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter SecondGuardsTankArmy Share on Twitter 22h ago Share on Facebook Reply 0 1 Highly entertaining article, certainly got the tinfoil hats worried.. Although I do enjoy the completely naïveté of anyone who believes any of their data uploaded to a “free” service run by a private company isn’t used elsewhere in one form or another. Share No1Thelarch 1d ago Sharecenter_img Share Twitter Close report comment form Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook Reply Share 50 Share Share on Twitter Do you think that every single Russian that has ever started a business is working for Putin and the FSB? 1d ago It also said that while the app’s “core R&D team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia”. and if you believe that, you are as gullible as trump believing putin that there was no russian interference in american elections 1d ago Facebook 0 1 Show 3 more replies Facebook Twitter Report 0 1 Share 0 1 | Pick Report Twitter they could try thispersondoesnotexist.com and get completely fake made up people. | Pick Facebook 1d ago | Pick 25 Share on Twitter Presumes he means an EMP. Twitter Reply Share on Twitter | Pick This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Report Reply Share on Facebook 1d ago | Pick 2 3 JacopoManfredi Share ldavies89 Luka89 Facebook Facial recognition | Pick Report KedarB njglea Last modified on Thu 18 Jul 2019 20.17 EDT Support The Guardian | Unpick Reason (optional) Share 1d ago Share goldilockess SecondGuardsTankArmy Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter 1d ago Share on Twitter Twitter 1d ago Share Report Share Report Did you actually read the article? Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter No, nothing to worry about at all about giving someone a “perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide” license to use one’s photograph. I’d laugh but we’ve fallen to such a level of stupidity that it’s really quite sad. But hey, there’s probably a cat video that will distract us all from any deep thinking about this, so don’t worry, be happy 🙂 Twitter Facebook Share SecondGuardsTankArmy Twitter Share on Facebook 1d ago Twitter 1d ago digamey Share on Twitter Share | Pick Reply Twitter 1d ago Jump to comment Share on Facebook Reply Share via Email Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Report Facebook Reply Twitter Share on Twitter Reply 4 5 Share on Twitter recommendations Reply Reply Facebook Reply Facebook 19h ago | Pick Presumes he means an EMP. But if you have an EMP capable of taking out London you probably also have a nuclear bomb capable of doing the same – the political fallout would likely also be the same. Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter randombloke Flashbleu Share Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Would happily purchase this app if my name was not Benjamin Button. Twitter Twitter How about:- when your image appears in an advert for contraceptives.- when your image appears in a political advert for a party you don’t agree with.- when images of you participating in an event (anything from a concert to a protest) are altered/edited in a way that portrays your involvement as different to what it actually was.- when an algorithm raises your insurance premiums, or denies you a mortgage because it calculates the fact that you look 5 years older than your age (based on an average of facial analyses of millions of photos) may be down to an underlying health problem, and therefore you are a bigger risk. Maybe not all of these would worry you. Maybe some will. The point is one of scale and consent. The more of a visual presence you have online, the more data there is to be used and potentially abused. And, more importantly, if you have expressly given your consent by not reading what’s in the T&Cs of some random app, then you have no recourse to withdraw your data if you don’t like how it’s being used. Likewise, a company will have fewer qualms about taking liberties with your data if they know you have consented to it. Why would a mortgage lender want a picture of your face? They probably wouldn’t.. But let’s say someone did come up with a way of analysing facial data to predict underlying health problems and therefore greater lending risk. If that data is out there, and you have consented to it being shared, then what’s stopping them. If your only line of defence is to hope that companies, authorities, organisations, or governments will always do the right thing, or not make a mistake, then you’re in a pretty vulnerable situation. Report As surveillance culture grows, can we even hope to escape its reach? Share Share 0 1 SecondGuardsTankArmy Jack_Garbo Facebook Report SecondGuardsTankArmy Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook unthreaded Reply 0 1 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Report | Pick This is no worse, possibly not even as bad, as certain US law enforcement organisations who have uploaded photos from a variety of sites for facial recognition development. Twitter Facebook You can fool some people all the time, all the people some time but not all the people all the time. There is a sucker born every minute. The key is that there are enough fools in America that the government will always be able to sell any shit in a nice package. Does not matter that our own government is spying on us. Does not matter than many people are held incommunicado in detention centers especially Muslims. Does not matter that we have the largest prison system in the world with more people in prison than Russia and China combined. Does not matter that with things like asset forfeiture the government can always seize our legally earned property without even bringing criminal charges. The thing is that these damn Ruskies want to take away our freedoms. If not them then it is that nasty Mohammed from Arabia or Eye-ran who hates our way of life and the rights we enjoy. Not to forget those nasty Chinese and the Koreans. We are the land of the free and the home of the brave. So we must oppose any kind of App that the Russians are creating. It is a threat to the free world. Twitter curiouswes Share on Twitter Share 1d ago Share on Facebook Twitter Report 23h ago 1d ago Twitter Report AndreiK Twitter Topics Twitter Over the last few days the #faceappchallenge has taken over social media. This “challenge” involves downloading a selfie-editing tool called FaceApp and using one of its filters to digitally age your face. You then post the photo of your wizened old self on the internet and everyone laughs uproariously. You get a small surge of dopamine from gathering a few online likes before existential ennui sets in once again. Challenge completed. 1d ago nikgregor Share on Facebook Report YorkshireExPat | Pick Facebook 0 1 Rael64 That’s precisely how I see it Report That is why we have a bill of rights in the constitution. With that thing, people who actually care can clearly see when the government is getting out of hand. Unfortunately too many gullible people take their freedom for granted. i think you use a lot of clichés that is not a good sign Report Share on Facebook Jack_Garbo This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. 1d ago Show 5 more replies Report Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook I can still worry about this when people can upload my pics without my consent. 2 3 Share Share on Twitter 2 3 | Pick Comments 65 Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook SecondGuardsTankArmy Report KedarB | Pick 0 1 Share SecondGuardsTankArmy Facebook Share on Twitter Show 5 more replies Share on Facebook Facebook 0 1 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 1 2 Share on Twitter Unfortunately this face aging app has generated some rather distastefull Madeline McCann memes. Reply | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter 2 3 | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter 23h ago 1d ago She is not saying this is normal, ok or acceptable, quite the opposite | Pick Reply Share on Twitter Facebook SecondGuardsTankArmy Quixotematic This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. SecondGuardsTankArmy mintaka Rael64 goldilockess No, nothing to worry about at all about giving someone a “perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide” license to use one’s photograph. I’d laugh but we’ve fallen to such a level of stupidity that it’s really quite sad. But hey, there’s probably a cat video that will distract us all from any deep thinking about this, so don’t worry, be happy 🙂 Opinion Share Share Show 1 more reply Share on Twitter 1d ago KedarB Report Reply Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook Facebook Facebook 1d ago Reply Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Report SepticIsle ldavies89 Report Reply 1d ago Share on Facebook 1 2 Reply Share 1d ago If only it were funny, bluejay2011, 1d ago Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report Share Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook Twitter 1d ago Facebook Reply 1d ago Twitter 23h ago Report SecondGuardsTankArmy 0 1 Share on Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Facebook Bluebaby 1d ago 5 6 Share Gary Thrasher | Pick Twitter Twitter 0 1 Reply Arwa Mahdawi Report 0 1 3 4 Report | Pick maybe the cold war is over, but that hasn’t prevented russian agents killing people in salisbury Reply Share Reply So what are you suggesting? That society should bear the cost of protecting individuals who deliberately sharing their information in exchange for access to a service largely without bothering to read the T&Cs or even vaguely researching the service they’re signing up to? Share on Messenger Report Share on Twitter Report KedarB Share Share on Twitter Reply comments (65)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Rael64 All | Picklast_img read more

Monday Tech Tip Topaz HD CCTV from Freedom Scientific

first_imgWatch as Tom Blackman demonstrates how to use the Topaz HD CCTV from Freedom Scientific.Having trouble viewing the video? Click here!Click here to visit our archived videos.To view Closed Captioning, click on the “CC” in the lower right corner of the video.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: Topaz CCTVAugust 8, 2011In “Easter Seals Crossroads”Tech Tip: TOPAZ PHDFebruary 16, 2015In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: MAGic HD MouseJanuary 28, 2013In “Videos”last_img read more

Uno with Braille

first_imgVision Aid Systems presents the popular card game Uno, but with braille! Uno is a widely played card game that both kids and parents can enjoy. Since it was introduced in 1971, more than 100 million copies are in circulation.Image courtesy of LS&SThis timeless game is very similar to the original, with just a few added features to help individuals with visual impairments. Every card in the deck is brailled in the corner with the number or action, and the color of the card. The cards are additionally printed with the assigned pictures and colors like a regular deck of Uno cards would be. The cards are the same standard size and use the same color scheme and overall layout.All the same rules apply. The first person to score 500 points wins. Points are scored by getting rid of all the cards in your hand before your opponents. The game is designed for anywhere from 2-10 players.By printing braille on the cards this allows individuals with visual impairments to participate in one of the world’s most beloved card games.A deck of Uno with Braille runs for anywhere between $19-$21 and are available online.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Related8 more accessible gift ideas for those who are blindFebruary 1, 2017In “Products and Devices”11 Blindfold games for the visually impairedSeptember 2, 2015In “Apps”Fun Holiday Braille and Low Vision GamesDecember 19, 2012In “Products and Devices”last_img read more

Monday Tech Tip Kurzweil 3000

first_imgBrian Norton, Manager of Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads shows us Kurzweil 3000.Having trouble viewing the video-click hereShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedTech Tip: Bookmarks on Kurzweil 3000November 24, 2014In “Tech Tips”ATU106 – Danny Wayne Beemer, RESNA 2013, Kindle on iOS, Facebook Accessibility Improved, Abilipad AppJune 7, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU065: Toby Churchill (James Rowe), Apple and Other Accessible Technology Podcast, Teen with Autism Not Allowed to Use iPad on Flight, Kurzweil 3000 Image Reader and Firefly App, NOAA Storm Center App, Verizon Wireless Mobile Accessibility, Control Units or Electronic Aids to Daily Living (ECU/EADL)August 24, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

PushSend Launches AllinOne Marketing Platform That Brings Enterprise Capabilities to SMBs

first_img email campaignsemail marketing platformsMarketing TechnologyNewsPushSendSaaS solutionSMBs Previous ArticleNICE Wins 2019 CRM Service Leaders Awards for Excellence in Analytics and Workforce OptimizationNext ArticleHow Video Technology Is Changing the Face of the Web PushSend Launches All-in-One Marketing Platform That Brings Enterprise Capabilities to SMBs PRNewswireMay 8, 2019, 2:30 pmMay 8, 2019 Platform Helps SMBs Market Through Email Marketing, Landing Pages, Event Marketing and List ManagementPushSend announces the launch of its all-in-one SaaS solution that helps marketers create, market and manage email campaigns, landing pages and events. This easy-to-use marketing platform is far beyond traditional SMB email and landing page builders. This powerful tool allows businesses of any size the opportunity to maximize their marketing efforts through a single platform traditionally only available to enterprise-level companies.Say hello to PushSend, an all-in-one solution for SMBs to create, market and manage email campaigns, landing pages, and events. Push send and watch your business grow.Designed with small and medium-sized businesses in mind, PushSend addresses many of the issues that business owners have with traditional marketing platforms that are built for the enterprise. PushSend has solutions to address SMBs through every stage of their growth. From email marketing, landing pages, lead generation forms, to event marketing, PushSend offers all of these tools in one easy-to-use platform. This means that businesses only have to pay for one service, versus several different services, and they also benefit from the holistic analytics that the platform offers across all of the tools.PushSend offers a free tier available for an unlimited time period. Different from most competitors in the space, this free tier includes the same level of quality customer support that even the highest-paying tiers offer. As businesses grow, they’re able to easily increase their scope of use with PushSend and the range of marketing tools that the platform offers.Marketing Technology News: Vaimo Accelerates Global Growth with USA ExpansionPushSend provides a variety of advanced features not traditionally found in email marketing platforms, such as:Email Sequencing – allows a business to create a series of personalized emails that are automatically sent on scheduled dates and times. The point of sequenced emails is that each email leads a user down the desired path that ends in conversion.Automation – allows businesses to automate marketing emails for customers who may be at a specific step in the sales cycle.Multivariate Testing – allows marketers to test multiple variables, such as different subject lines, messages and designs, in an email and see how they interact with one another. The goal is to determine which combination of variables performs the best out of all of the possible combinations.Events – allows businesses to sync with their email campaigns to promote events, manage RSVPs, guest lists, and more. This is a tool that similar marketing platforms don’t offer, making business owners spend money on two different services.Marketing Technology News: Cheetah Digital Strengthens EMEA Team With Three Executive Additions“The SMB market has a need for a tool like PushSend,” said Hardeep Arora, owner of several Verizon Wireless franchise stores throughout the Northeast and beta customer of PushSend. “I look forward to utilizing the platform on a daily basis to help with in-store events, email marketing campaigns and landing pages for our constantly-changing special offers. It’s easy to use, but powerful enough to really impact the growth of our business. The best part is: we pay for one service that does the work of three.”The PushSend platform offers user-friendly tools to create and manage email marketing campaigns, landing pages, and events. It allows you to market, learn, and convert, all while using less time and resources. The platform is easy enough for the entry-level marketer, and robust enough for a seasoned marketing professional.The platform was created by Eric Diamond, CEO of PushSend, after he experienced common struggles with marketing a small business.“We are a small business for small businesses. We address the issues that smaller companies have with the functionality of an enterprise-grade platform,” said Diamond. “They don’t want to spend a ton of money on a lot of different services to help them with marketing functions needed on a daily basis. PushSend is an all-in-one solution that is much more cost-effective than competitors, and it’s easy to start using right away. From startups to more mature companies, PushSend has the tools to help drive any business.”Marketing Technology News: Jumio, Monzo Partnership Grows to New Heightslast_img read more

NASA Will Send Flying Dragonfly Robot to Saturns Moon Titan

first_imgNASA Will Send Flying ‘Dragonfly’ Robot to Saturn’s Moon Titan Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 Now and Absolutely Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads 16 Comments Most of what we know about Saturn’s moon Titan comes from the Cassini probe, which studied it repeatedly during its 13-year mission orbiting Saturn. Cassini is gone, but Titan is going to get another robotic visitor in the coming years. NASA has given the green light to the Dragonfly mission, a project to send a multi-rotor flying vehicle to the surface of Titan. This mission is on track to make history in more ways than one. Dragonfly is part of the agency’s New Frontiers program, which also includes Jupiter probe Juno, the OSIRIS-Rex asteroid mission, and more. This mission beat out a proposed comet sample return mission to become the fourth mission in New Frontiers. Dragonfly builds on a previously discontinued concept project called Titan Saturn System Mission (TSSM) that called for a balloon probe to circumnavigate Titan. Dragonfly is more flexible — it will be able to fly to specific locations to take readings on the surface of Titan. A multi-rotor drone wouldn’t be a viable way to explore most planets and moons, but Titan stands out. It’s one of the very few objects in the solar system with a thick atmosphere, up to four times more dense than Earth’s. Scientists are also anxious to get a close look at the moon’s lakes of liquid hydrocarbons and exotic crystal formations. Titan is the only object in the solar system other than Earth with permanent bodies of liquid on the surface, and NASA also believes this organic soup could contain the building blocks of life. Titan is the best place in the solar system to study this type of prebiotic chemistry. Dragonfly will have eight rotors powered by a Radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) similar to Curiosity, the Mars rover. NASA plans for a 2.7-year mission during which Dragonfly will move between multiple locations on Titan, covering at least 108 miles (175 kilometers). The Mars 2020 rover’s helicopter technology demonstrator will most likely be the first flying robot on another planet, but Dragonfly will be the first one to do science while flying. It will also be the most distant robotic explorer on the surface of a planet or moon. NASA is working with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to develop the lander, but the project is just leaving the proposal phase. Some details of the mission could still change before launch, which is scheduled for 2026. Dragonfly should arrive on Titan in 2034.Now read:Astronomers Find Evidence of Seasonal Weather on TitanTitan’s Lakes May Have ‘Bathtub Rings’ of Bizarre CrystalsNASA New Frontiers Finalists: Titan Quadcopter, Comet Sample Return Mission ‘Bond 25’ Car Scene Clues Teased Via Workshop Photo Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 False Things You Believe About Marvel By Ryan Whitwam on June 28, 2019 at 7:01 am This ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ April Fools’ Day Joke Broke Hearts Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder 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 Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Tagged In sciencespacesaturntitandragonfly Post a Comment 16 Commentslast_img read more

How Do SSDs Work

first_img The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today The Untold Truth of Jane Foster Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet How Do SSDs Work? Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents 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. 0 Comments The Emotional Way ‘Riverdale’ Paid Tribute to Luke Perry at SDCC By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 8:29 am Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC) and quad-level cells (QLC). Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place, and how do they compare with newer technologies, like Intel’s non-volatile storage technology, Optane?To understand how and why SSDs are different from spinning discs, we need to talk a little bit about hard drives. A hard drive stores data on a series of spinning magnetic disks called platters. There’s an actuator arm with read/write heads attached to it. This arm positions the read-write heads over the correct area of the drive to read or write information.Because the drive heads must align over an area of the disk in order to read or write data (and the disk is constantly spinning), there’s a non-zero wait time before data can be accessed. The drive may need to read from multiple locations in order to launch a program or load a file, which means it may have to wait for the platters to spin into the proper position multiple times before it can complete the command. If a drive is asleep or in a low-power state, it can take several seconds more for the disk to spin up to full power and begin operating.From the very beginning, it was clear that hard drives couldn’t possibly match the speeds at which CPUs could operate. Latency in HDDs is measured in milliseconds, compared with nanoseconds for your typical CPU. One millisecond is 1,000,000 nanoseconds, and it typically takes a hard drive 10-15 milliseconds to find data on the drive and begin reading it. The hard drive industry introduced smaller platters, on-disk memory caches, and faster spindle speeds to counteract this trend, but there’s only so fast drives can spin. Western Digital’s 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor family is the fastest set of drives ever built for the consumer market, while some enterprise drives spun up to 15,000 RPM. The problem is, even the fastest spinning drive with the largest caches and smallest platters are still achingly slow as far as your CPU is concerned.How SSDs Are Different“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” — Henry FordSolid-state drives are called that specifically because they don’t rely on moving parts or spinning disks. Instead, data is saved to a pool of NAND flash. NAND itself is made up of what are called floating gate transistors. Unlike the transistor designs used in DRAM, which must be refreshed multiple times per second, NAND flash is designed to retain its charge state even when not powered up. This makes NAND a type of non-volatile memory.Image by Cyferz at Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.The diagram above shows a simple flash cell design. Electrons are stored in the floating gate, which then reads as charged “0” or not-charged “1.” Yes, in NAND flash, a 0 means data is stored in a cell — it’s the opposite of how we typically think of a zero or one. NAND flash is organized in a grid. The entire grid layout is referred to as a block, while the individual rows that make up the grid are called a page. Common page sizes are 2K, 4K, 8K, or 16K, with 128 to 256 pages per block. Block size therefore typically varies between 256KB and 4MB.One advantage of this system should be immediately obvious. Because SSDs have no moving parts, they can operate at speeds far above those of a typical HDD. The following chart shows the access latency for typical storage mediums given in microseconds.Image by CodeCapsuleNAND is nowhere near as fast as main memory, but it’s multiple orders of magnitude faster than a hard drive. While write latencies are significantly slower for NAND flash than read latencies, they still outstrip traditional spinning media.There are two things to notice in the above chart. First, note how adding more bits per cell of NAND has a significant impact on the memory’s performance. It’s worse for writes as opposed to reads — typical triple-level-cell (TLC) latency is 4x worse compared with single-level cell (SLC) NAND for reads, but 6x worse for writes. Erase latencies are also significantly impacted. The impact isn’t proportional, either — TLC NAND is nearly twice as slow as MLC NAND, despite holding just 50% more data (three bits per cell, instead of two). This is also true for QLC drives, which store even more bits at varying voltage levels within the same cell.The reason TLC NAND is slower than MLC or SLC has to do with how data moves in and out of the NAND cell. With SLC NAND, the controller only needs to know if the bit is a 0 or a 1. With MLC NAND, the cell may have four values — 00, 01, 10, or 11. With TLC NAND, the cell can have eight values, and QLC has 16. Reading the proper value out of the cell requires the memory controller to use a precise voltage to ascertain whether any particular cell is charged.Reads, Writes, and ErasureOne of the functional limitations of SSDs is while they can read and write data very quickly to an empty drive, overwriting data is much slower. This is because while SSDs read data at the page level (meaning from individual rows within the NAND memory grid) and can write at the page level, assuming surrounding cells are empty, they can only erase data at the block level. This is because the act of erasing NAND flash requires a high amount of voltage. While you can theoretically erase NAND at the page level, the amount of voltage required stresses the individual cells around the cells that are being re-written. Erasing data at the block level helps mitigate this problem.The only way for an SSD to update an existing page is to copy the contents of the entire block into memory, erase the block, and then write the contents of the old block + the updated page. If the drive is full and there are no empty pages available, the SSD must first scan for blocks that are marked for deletion but that haven’t been deleted yet, erase them, and then write the data to the now-erased page. This is why SSDs can become slower as they age — a mostly-empty drive is full of blocks that can be written immediately, a mostly-full drive is more likely to be forced through the entire program/erase sequence.If you’ve used SSDs, you’ve likely heard of something called “garbage collection.” Garbage collection is a background process that allows a drive to mitigate the performance impact of the program/erase cycle by performing certain tasks in the background. The following image steps through the garbage collection process.Image courtesy of WikipediaNote in this example, the drive has taken advantage of the fact that it can write very quickly to empty pages by writing new values for the first four blocks (A’-D’). It’s also written two new blocks, E and H. Blocks A-D are now marked as stale, meaning they contain information the drive has marked as out-of-date. During an idle period, the SSD will move the fresh pages over to a new block, erase the old block, and mark it as free space. This means the next time the SSD needs to perform a write, it can write directly to the now-empty Block X, rather than performing the program/erase cycle.The next concept I want to discuss is TRIM. When you delete a file from Windows on a typical hard drive, the file isn’t deleted immediately. Instead, the operating system tells the hard drive it can overwrite the physical area of the disk where that data was stored the next time it needs to perform a write. This is why it’s possible to undelete files (and why deleting files in Windows doesn’t typically clear much physical disk space until you empty the recycling bin). With a traditional HDD, the OS doesn’t need to pay attention to where data is being written or what the relative state of the blocks or pages is. With an SSD, this matters.The TRIM command allows the operating system to tell the SSD it can skip rewriting certain data the next time it performs a block erase. This lowers the total amount of data the drive writes and increases SSD longevity. Both reads and writes damage NAND flash, but writes do far more damage than reads. Fortunately, block-level longevity has not proven to be an issue in modern NAND flash. More data on SSD longevity, courtesy of the Tech Report, can be found here.The last two concepts we want to talk about are wear leveling and write amplification. Because SSDs write data to pages but erase data in blocks, the amount of data being written to the drive is always larger than the actual update. If you make a change to a 4KB file, for example, the entire block that 4K file sits within must be updated and rewritten. Depending on the number of pages per block and the size of the pages, you might end up writing 4MB worth of data to update a 4KB file. Garbage collection reduces the impact of write amplification, as does the TRIM command. Keeping a significant chunk of the drive free and/or manufacturer over-provisioning can also reduce the impact of write amplification.Wear leveling refers to the practice of ensuring certain NAND blocks aren’t written and erased more often than others. While wear leveling increases a drive’s life expectancy and endurance by writing to the NAND equally, it can actually increase write amplification. In other to distribute writes evenly across the disk, it’s sometimes necessary to program and erase blocks even though their contents haven’t actually changed. A good wear leveling algorithm seeks to balance these impacts.The SSD ControllerIt should be obvious by now SSDs require much more sophisticated control mechanisms than hard drives do. That’s not to diss magnetic media — I actually think HDDs deserve more respect than they are given. The mechanical challenges involved in balancing multiple read-write heads nanometers above platters that spin at 5,400 to 10,000 RPM are nothing to sneeze at. The fact that HDDs perform this challenge while pioneering new methods of recording to magnetic media and eventually wind up selling drives at 3-5 cents per gigabyte is simply incredible.A typical SSD controllerSSD controllers, however, are in a class by themselves. They often have a DDR3 or DDR4 memory pool to help with managing the NAND itself. Many drives also incorporate single-level cell caches that act as buffers, increasing drive performance by dedicating fast NAND to read/write cycles. Because the NAND flash in an SSD is typically connected to the controller through a series of parallel memory channels, you can think of the drive controller as performing some of the same load-balancing work as a high-end storage array — SSDs don’t deploy RAID internally but wear leveling, garbage collection, and SLC cache management all have parallels in the big iron world.Some drives also use data compression algorithms to reduce the total number of writes and improve the drive’s lifespan. The SSD controller handles error correction, and the algorithms that control for single-bit errors have become increasingly complex as time has passed.Unfortunately, we can’t go into too much detail on SSD controllers because companies lock down their various secret sauces. Much of NAND flash’s performance is determined by the underlying controller, and companies aren’t willing to lift the lid too far on how they do what they do, lest they hand a competitor an advantage.InterfacesIn the beginning, SSDs used SATA ports, just like hard drives. In recent years, we’ve seen a shift to M.2 drives — very thin drives, several inches long, that slot directly into the motherboard (or, in a few cases, into a mounting bracket on a PCIe riser card. A Samsung 970 EVO Plus drive is shown below.NVMe drives offer higher performance than traditional SATA drivers because they support a faster interface. Conventional SSDs attached via SATA top out at ~550MB/s in terms of practical read/write speeds. M.2 drives are capable of substantially faster performance into the 3.2GB/s range.The Road AheadNAND flash offers an enormous improvement over hard drives, but it isn’t without its own drawbacks and challenges. Drive capacities and price-per-gigabyte are expected to continue to rise and fall respectively, but there’s little chance SSDs will catch hard drives in price-per-gigabyte. Shrinking process nodes are a significant challenge for NAND flash — while most hardware improves as the node shrinks, NAND becomes more fragile. Data retention times and write performance are intrinsically lower for 20nm NAND than 40nm NAND, even if data density and total capacity are vastly improved. Thus far, we’ve seen drives with up to 96 layers in-market, and 128 layers seems plausible at this point. Overall, the shift to 3D NAND has helped improve density without shrinking process nodes or relying on planar scaling.Thus far, SSD manufacturers have delivered better performance by offering faster data standards, more bandwidth, and more channels per controller — plus the use of SLC caches we mentioned earlier. Nonetheless, in the long run, it’s assumed NAND will be replaced by something else.What that something else will look like is still open for debate. Both magnetic RAM and phase change memory have presented themselves as candidates, though both technologies are still in early stages and must overcome significant challenges to actually compete as a replacement to NAND. Whether consumers would notice the difference is an open question. If you’ve upgraded from NAND to an SSD and then upgraded to a faster SSD, you’re likely aware the gap between HDDs and SSDs is much larger than the SSD-to-SSD gap, even when upgrading from a relatively modest drive. Improving access times from milliseconds to microseconds matters a great deal, but improving them from microseconds to nanoseconds might fall below what humans can really perceive in most cases.Intel’s 3D XPoint (marketed as Intel Optane) has emerged as one potential challenger to NAND flash, and the only current alternative technology in mainstream production. Optane SSDs don’t use NAND — they’re built using non-volatile memory believed to be implemented similarly to phase-change RAM — but they offer similar sequential performance to current NAND flash drives, but with vastly better performance at low drive queues. Drive latency is also roughly half of NAND flash (10 microseconds, versus 20) and vastly higher endurance (30 full drive-writes per day, compared with 10 full drive writes per day for a high-end Intel SSD).Intel Optane performance targetsThe first Optane SSDs have debuted as excellent add-ons for Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake. Optane is also available in standalone drives, and in a variety of server roles for enterprise computing. At the moment, Optane is still too expensive to match NAND flash, which benefits from substantial economies of scale, but this could change in the future. NAND will stay king of the hill for at least the next 3-4 years. But past that point, we could see Optane starting to replace it in volume, depending on how Intel and Micron scale the technology and how well 3D NAND flash continues to expand its cell layers (96-layer NAND is shipping from multiple players), with roadmaps for 128 layers on the horizon.Check out our ExtremeTech Explains series for more in-depth coverage of today’s hottest tech topics.Now read:The Worst CPUs Ever BuiltHappy 40th Anniversary to the Original Intel 8086The Myths of Moore’s Law<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman ‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Reveals Who Is to Blame for Massive Flop Tagged In storageextremetech explainsSSDNANDSSDshard drivesNAND flashsolid state storage Post a Comment 0 Commentslast_img read more

Alibaba Cloud Unveils New Products and Features for Global Markets

first_imgProven Technologies to Empower Businesses in Digital EraAlibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, unveiled more than 10 new products and features at the Alibaba Cloud APAC Summit, as well as a new accelerator program connecting technology partners with the Alibaba ecosystem. The summit showcased Alibaba Cloud’s commitment to building a more inclusive platform with proven technologies that will empower APAC customers and ecosystem partners to win in the digital era.“We are committed to providing the Asia Pacific region with a cloud service that will drive a highly integrated, best-in-class technology ecosystem”“As the largest public cloud provider in Asia Pacific, Alibaba Cloud is speeding up digital transformation in this region by building a world-class cloud infrastructure and we have also been at the forefront of the rapid development of data intelligence. Today, Alibaba Cloud not only provides infrastructure that underpins the entire Alibaba economy from e-commerce and payment, to logistics and supply chain management, but also ensures inclusiveness, so that our cloud technologies can be accessed by companies of all sizes,” said Selina Yuan, President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence International. “We are committed to providing the Asia Pacific region with a cloud service that will drive a highly integrated, best-in-class technology ecosystem,” added Yuan.Marketing Technology News: True Influence Hires Data Strategist and Marketing Technology Visionary Ray Estevez as Chief Data OfficerNew products and features for an “All in Cloud” futureFor businesses in the region and their pursuit of “All in Cloud” strategies, Alibaba Cloud launched more than 10 new products and features that are available for the first time outside of China and can now be accessed by customers worldwide. The new product and feature highlights include:PolarDB: A MySQL and PostgreSQL – compatible relational database built for the cloud that combines the performance and availability of traditional enterprise databases at a much lower cost. It offers excellent scalability, with the architecture of hardware-software co-design. The solution can also scale up to 100TB in storage which helps customers manage big data development. It can scale up to 88 vCPUs and 710GB of memory and allows customers to pay for usage by the minute, enabling customers to handle peak business traffic while minimizing cost.Alibaba Log Service (SLS): SLS allows customers to automatically collect logs from all your services, applications and platforms, irrespective of whether they are on-premises or in the cloud. SLS allows the log data to be tagged with context derived. SLS also allows decisions to be taken on this data in near real time for trend analysis, alerts or visualization.Support of “Bring Your Own Key” (BYOK): An end-to-end security service which provides customers encryption controls on both hardware and software, protecting customers’ data in transit and at rest. The new BYOK feature now supports ECS Cloud Disk, OSS and RDS.SaaS Accelerator: A platform where technology partners can easily build and launch SaaS applications and leverage proven business and technology know-how in the Alibaba Economy. The accelerator helps SaaS providers quickly deploy and test their applications on the cloud, shorten the implementation lifecycle, and accelerate time-to-market. It enables ecosystem partners, such as enterprises in the e-commerce, lodging, and travel industries, to quickly reach their customers on Alibaba platforms. It also defines three centers for the SaaS ecosystem: the commercial center, the capability center, and the technology center.Smart Access Gateway (SAG) Software: An app that allows endpoint devices such as cell phones, POS and laptops to securely get connected with Alibaba Cloud and on-premises data centers in one click, accelerating access to enterprise applications and cloud resources.Marketing Technology News: DataRobot and Informatica Partner to Accelerate Adoption of AI Across the EnterpriseContainer Registry (ACR) Enterprise Edition: Alibaba Cloud Container Registry (ACR) is a fully-managed container registry that allows developers to easily store, manage, and deploy container images. ACR Enterprise Edition is integrated with the Alibaba Cloud Container Service, simplifying customers’ deployment to production workflows. It eliminates the need for customers to operate their own container repositories or worry about scaling the underlying infrastructure. ACR hosts customers’ container images in a highly available and scalable architecture, where customers can reliably deploy containers and launch applications at a global scale.Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK): A fully-managed service compatible with Kubernetes to help users focus on their applications rather than managing container infrastructure. It provides enterprise-level high-performance and flexible management of Kubernetes containerized applications throughout the application lifecycle. This service simplifies cluster creation and expansion and integrates Alibaba Cloud capabilities in virtualization, storage, network, and security, providing an improved running environment for Kubernetes containerized applications.In line with its commitment to champion small businesses, Alibaba Cloud also launched an upgraded service support campaign designed for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SME customers will now be able to benefit from greater access to resources and support from Alibaba Cloud. Key benefits of the enhanced support and service include dedicated one-on-one presale consultations, 24/7 technical support, a doubling of complimentary tech support tickets and swifter after-sales support.Marketing Technology News: Teleperformance Groups ‘Praxidia Knowledge Services’ partners with CallMiner to launch TP Interact – a Comprehensive Interaction Analytics Solution Alibaba Cloud Unveils New Products and Features for Global Markets PRNewswireMay 31, 2019, 2:06 pmMay 31, 2019 Alibaba CloudAlibaba Cloud Container RegistryAPAC customersAPAC SummitMarketing TechnologyNewsPostgreSQL Previous ArticleGuidepost Solutions Bolsters Data Management and Governance Capabilities, Welcomes Two Senior Managing DirectorsNext ArticleNimble Named Sales Intelligence Market Leader and #1 in Small Business Customer Satisfaction by G2 Crowdlast_img read more

Brandfolder Becomes A HubSpot Connect Beta Integrator

first_imgBrandfolder Becomes A HubSpot Connect Beta Integrator PRNewswireJune 26, 2019, 6:38 pmJune 26, 2019 Beta IntegratorBrandfolderhubspotMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleOmnisend Research: Email Newsletters Sent at 8 A.M. Perform the Best in Open, Click-Through Rate, and Number of OrdersNext ArticleEvergage Named a Leader in G2 Grid Report for Personalization Engines Brandfolder announced that it has joined HubSpot as a Connect Beta Integrator. HubSpot, a leading growth platform, works with Connect integrators to help grow their business through listing and marketing and distribution resources to increase shared customers. Connect Beta Integrators are independent software vendors who have built an integration with HubSpot and been accepted to the Connect Beta Program.Marketing Technology News: Adaptive Ad Systems Completes Installation of New Ad-Insertion Equipment on National Cable TV Systems Adds 40,000 Additional SubscribersThe Brandfolder and HubSpot integration allows marketers and creatives to bi-directionally sync rich assets, such as images, videos, GIFs, and more. With features like versioning, teams can rest easy knowing that viewers will have the most up-to-date-version and accurate information within their email marketing campaigns and landing page copy at all times. And, with Brandfolder’s Insights dashboard, users can understand which content is being used and how it’s performing to help inform future campaigns.Marketing Technology News: Leading Associations Turn to ON24 for Member Engagement and Revenue GrowthHubSpot’s Connect Program is an ecosystem of valuable third-party integrations. Connect partners comply with a set of requirements.“A HubSpot integration is something that countless Brandfolder customers have requested. Brand creative is the currency trafficked through HubSpot, and for thousands of brands, Brandfolder is the source of truth for their creative. We’re eager to see the fluidity that this integration enables,” said Luke Beatty, CEO of Brandfolder.Marketing Technology News: Insite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommercelast_img read more

FellowApp the Startup Building the Worlds First Software for Managers Announces 65

first_img Aydin MirzaeeFellow.AppInovia CapitalMarketing Technology NewsNewsShopify Previous ArticleYappa Selected by Google for New Business Scale Sales ProgramNext ArticleFormer Oracle and Salesforce Exec Kate FitzGerald Appointed Leanplum President Fellow.app, the company by the serial entrepreneurs who founded Fluidware (acquired by SurveyMonkey), announced $6.5 million in seed capital and Shopify as its first customer. The round was backed by Inovia Capital, Felicis Ventures, Garage Capital, and a series of prominent angel investors.Fellow.app—the software used by tens of thousands of employees at companies like Shopify, Vidyard, Tulip Retail, and North—was designed to help leaders manage their 1-on-1s, team meetings, feedback, and priorities in one intuitive cloud-based tool. Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Welcomes Kim McLachlan as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing“We fell in love with the product—how lightweight and easy to use it was and the fact that there finally was a great product built for managers,” said Aydin Senkut from Felicis Ventures.Aydin Mirzaee, Fellow.app’s CEO, says the product solves a problem he encountered while building his previous company:“We learned from software for every aspect of our business, from sales to marketing, to customer success. However, as our number of reports grew, we wondered: Why isn’t there a great app for managers of people?… We interviewed industry leaders to determine the traits that make someone a great manager and built our learnings into Fellow—an app that helps managers become exceptional leaders.”When sales and marketing professionals get hired, they get access to tools like Salesforce, Hubspot, and Marketo. According to Mirzaee, Fellow.app is the equivalent tool for managers of people.Marketing Technology News: CoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers Work“For far too long companies have ignored manager training and productivity tools,” said Karamdeep Nijjar, partner at Inovia Capital. “Fellow is poised to capture this up-and-coming market.”Fellow.app’s beta period began with 200 Shopify employees, who provided the feedback necessary to build a truly compelling product. Now, all Shopify employees around the world use Fellow.app to manage their work interactions and exchange peer-to-peer feedback.“Fellow has been a game changer for us,” said Brittany Forsyth, Shopify’s Chief Talent Officer. “I love how easy it is to use. It intuitively builds into my day-to-day rhythm, and the natural flow of Shopify, making it so much simpler to have valuable conversations.”Marketing Technology News: Constant Contact Unveils New WooCommerce and Shopify Offerings at 2019 Internet Retailer Conference Fellow.App, the Startup Building the World’s First Software for Managers, Announces $6.5 Million in Seed Funding and Shopify as First Customer PRNewswireJuly 1, 2019, 9:39 pmJuly 1, 2019 last_img read more

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 215 28nmBased SoC Chipset For Budget Smartphones

first_img It comes with Qualcomm Processor Security and Content Protection for security, supporting up to 3GB LPDDR3 RAM, eMMC 4.5 and SD 3.0 (UHS-I) storage. With a single 13MP sensor or dual 8MP sensors with its dual 12-bit ISP, the Qualcomm 215 chipset will support 1080p video recording. Qualcomm Snapdragonqualcomm snapdragon 215qualcomm snapdragon 215 hindiqualcomm snapdragon 215 specs First Published: July 10, 2019, 7:03 PM IST Qualcomm has decided to introduce modern features like dual cameras, longer aspect ratio displays and VoLTE calling on budget phones with its new chipset. After moving on to mass produce the flagship Snapdragon 865 with the help of Samsung, Qualcomm has now announced its latest chipset 215 for entry-level smartphones. However, the company has decided not to use the Snapdragon name with its latest 200-series processor, which will be the successor to the Snapdragon 212 chip. Built on a 28nm process, the Qualcomm 215 equip a quad-core Central Processing Unit comprising of ARM’s Cortex-A53 cores that are clocked at 1.3GHz. The CPU will update the performance level by up to 50 percent, as compared to its predecessor and supports a 19.9:9 aspect ratio and HD+ (1,560 x 720) display. In addition to the performance, the Qualcomm 215 will also offer a 28 percent improvement in graphics. The chipset will also feature a Qualcomm Adreno 308 GPU (graphics processing unit) and dual ISPs for dual-camera support. This is a major upgrade as 215 chipset will be the first among 200-series processor to have 64-bit CPU support, making it compatible with newer versions of Android. The additional features include a 3,000mAh battery, over 5 days of music playback, 20 hours of voice calls and 10 hours of video playback on a single charge. It will support Qualcomm Quick Charge, providing 75% faster charge compared to a 5V/2A charger. last_img read more

The Lion King Box Office Prediction Jon Favreau Film is Expected to

first_imgAfter breathing new life in the Rudyard Kipling classic The Jungle Book, director Jon Favreau is back with The Lion King in a bigger and better avatar, and the Disney classic is expected to roar loud in India.Favreau has updated the 1994 screen classic with photo-realistic, computer-generated animation, to bring back the adventures of Simba, who is to succeed his father Mufasa as King of the Pride Lands. It narrates a tale of how he rises up to the occasion despite several attempts to bring him down by his villainous uncle Scar. Disney is taking the audience on a trip down memory lane and has backed it up with star power to widen its reach and box-office prospects.The star-studded voice cast of the original Hollywood version includes Donald Glover, Beyonce Knowles, Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani and John Oliver. Actor James Earl Jones is also reprising his original role as Mufasa.Back home, the Hindi dubbed version cashes in on Shah Rukh Khan’s stardom. SRK is voicing Mufasa in the dubbed Hindi version while his son Aryan’s act as Simba. Sunidhi Chauhan and Armaan Malik have sung for Hindi version. The film opened in India in 2,140 screens on July 19 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The Hindi version also opened in UAE on Friday.The Jungle Book saw a gala opening-day collection of Rs 10.09 crore in India when it released in 2016. The trade expects “The Lion King” to eclipse that figure.According to trade expert Taran Adarsh, the film has started on a good note. “‘The Lion King’ has started on a good note. It will be the first choice of moviegoers this week. It should collect in double digits on day one (all versions combined),” Adarsh tweeted on Friday. #TheLionKing screen count…India: 2140#English #Hindi #Tamil #TeluguHas started on a good note… Will be the first choice of moviegoers this week… Should collect in double digits on Day 1 [all versions combined].— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 19, 2019Favreau hopes to repeat the success of The Jungle Book in India with his latest live-action project. “Hello India, I am director Jon Favreau. I still remember the love you shared for ‘The Jungle Book’. It was heartening to see you connect so beautifully with Mowgli and his animal friends. Now, I am here with my new film, that I cannot wait for you to see. I am telling the story on a bigger grander scale with updated technology. I hope you fall in love all over again with Simba and his journey,” Favreau said in a video message for the Indian audience. According to a report in variety.com, the film is already roaring past $100 million in ticket sales globally. In fact, it posted the second biggest opening day of the year behind “Avengers: Endgame” in a few markets, including France ($4.8 million), Australia ($2.9 million) and Germany ($2.3 million). In India, the advance sales for the film have been phenomenal, according to Ashish Saksena, chief operating officer (cinemas) at the online ticketing platform, BookMyShow. “Ever since ‘The Lion King’ teaser released in November last year, the film has been the talk of the town. Its close-to-life animation, background score, celebrated voiceover artists have brought back a sense of nostalgia among audiences young and old,” Saksena told IANS.”With the film being promoted extensively in Indian local languages with Shah Rukh Khan and his son Aryan Khan (Hindi), Mohanlal and his son Pranav (Malayalam), Arvind Swami and Siddharth (Tamil) and Jagapathi Babu and Nani (Telugu), lending their voice to the film, the advance sales on BookMyShow have been phenomenal,” he added. Devang Sampat, director (strategic initiatives), Cinèpolis India, said, “‘The Lion King’ is expected to be one of the blockbusters of the year. We expect the movie to garner over a million footfalls across our 377 screens in India… Also, there will be shows available round the clock in day / movie hours, so patrons can enjoy the movie at any time of their choosing.”With the growing buzz, distributor Rajesh Thadani says the first week is going to see a “big collection for the film”. To this, film and trade expert Girish Johar added, “The buzz is phenomenal. Disney has gone all out to promote the film the world over, including India. They have dubbed the film in three languages, which clearly shows that India is an important market. After mature films like ‘Kabir Singh” and ‘Article 15’, comes a complete family film, and we are expecting a good start.”So, all hail the Lion King. He is here to win over the hearts once again. Follow @News18Movies for more Aaryan Khanbox officeDisneyHindi version of The Lion King First Published: July 19, 2019, 6:18 PM ISTlast_img read more

Amazons crazy deliverydrone blimp as imagined by a video artist

first_imgWhether you see it as “borderline dystopian” or simply a really fun way to receive your online deliveries largely depends on your view of the world, but either way, a video purporting to show an Amazon blimp surrounded by drones has understandably created quite a stir on social media in recent days.To be clear, the clip (below) is actually a computer-generated effort created by a digital artist in Japan who goes by the Twitter name Zozi009.ドローンで配送するという話があったけど、もう始まってたんだな。もっと先の話かと思ってた。There was a talk about delivery by drone, but it had already started. I thought it was a story ahead.#エイプリルフール #zozi撮影 pic.twitter.com/hFrmGOKwof— zozi(厳島神社の人) (@zozi009) March 31, 2019What makes the video particularly interesting is the fact that it appears to be inspired by an Amazon patent that surfaced several years ago for what the company described as an “airborne fulfillment center.” In other words, a floating warehouse that uses autonomous drones for deliveries. Amazon has been working hard on developing a delivery drone since 2013, though we’re pretty sure the floating warehouse is still nothing more than a sketch on a piece of paper.Yes, it’s a crazy idea, but the video makes it look impressively real, so much so that it may have Jeff Bezos and his buddies back at Amazon HQ thinking, “Hey, we might actually be able to pull this off.”In the video, the delivery blimp, which is surrounded by a fleet of drones as it moves slowly through the sky, is seen floating at a considerably lower altitude than the 45,000 feet described in the patent. According to Amazon’s own filing, a delivery drone would collect an item from the blimp before falling partway to the ground. A couple of thousand feet up, the drone’s engine would fire up, allowing it to fly to the customer’s address.Once the delivery is done, the drone, with its power mostly depleted, would make its way to a nearby shuttle that would fly it back to the blimp for recharging in preparation for its next delivery.The documents suggest the system would work particularly well at football games where the drones could drop off merchandise and snacks in a specially designated area close to the stadium. No, we don’t think it’ll happen either.Another Amazon patent that Zozi009 might want to explore with a video is a ground-based drone tower that looks rather like a giant beehive, complete with buzzing sounds. The tower is designed for deliveries in urban areas and incorporates numerous exit and entry points for delivery drones. It’s a marginally more realistic idea than the floating warehouse, perhaps, but one that at the current time would likely leave safety-conscious regulators wiping a bead of sweat from their brow at the sheer horror of it all. Editors’ Recommendations Mud-spraying drones could be used to build homes in disasters areas Watch Amazon’s all-new delivery drone zipping through the sky The rise and reign of Starship, the world’s first robotic delivery provider A prototype robotic grocery store has just launched in Tel Aviv The best drones under $100last_img read more