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Danone posts net sales rise thanks to strong nutrition sales

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first_imgDanone posts net sales rise thanks to strong nutrition salesPosted By: News Deskon: February 16, 2018In: Business, Dairy, Financial, Food, Industries, Nutrition, Snacks, WaterPrintEmailDanone has revealed that its like-for-like full-year net sales rose 2.5% to €24.7 billion following the strong performances of its specialised nutrition and water divisions.Like-for-like full-year sales for the brand’s specialist nutrition arm rose 9.3% globally to €7.10 billion, with early life nutrition product sales growing 10%, while overall nutrition sales in China grew 30%.Like-for-like water sales grew 4.7% to €4.61 billion, and the performance of Danone’s nutrition and water divisions offset weak growth in its international dairy operations.Danone’s International dairy division, which includes Europe and Latin America, recorded a 1.3% fall in like-for-like sales to €8.42 billion, though the brand noted sales of Activia rose throughout the year in France, Spain and the UK.The brand also posted strong operating income results, as its operating income figure rose 27.7% to €3.72 billion from the €2.92 billion figure recorded in 2016.Emmanuel Faber Danone’s chairman and chief executive said: “In 2017, Danone once again demonstrated the strength of its portfolio, the resilience of its business model and its ability to execute.“Despite volatile food and beverage markets and rising input costs, we delivered very strong full-year results, with double-digit recurring earnings per share growth in line with our latest guidance.“We closed the year with an accelerated sales growth rate, outperforming the industry average, along with very strong margin improvement and free cash flow above €2 billion.“In addition to strong results delivery, 2017 has been a year of preparation and continued transformation with the onboarding of WhiteWave, and the launch of our ambitious €1 billion ‘Protein’ savings program.“In a trading environment that remains volatile and fragmented, we are starting 2018 with stronger foundations and I am confident that we are on track to accelerate towards our 2020 ambition, with another year of delivery against the commitment we made to our shareholders for consistent EPS growth.”Share with your network: Tags: Danoneinfant nutritionnutritionwaterlast_img read more

Firmenich acquires functional ingredients producer Campus

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first_imgFirmenich acquires functional ingredients producer CampusPosted By: Martin Whiteon: August 09, 2018In: Business, Flavours, Food, Industries, Ingredients, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailFirmenich has acquired Italian functional ingredients producer Campus from White Bridge Investments and Giampaolo Cagnin for an undisclosed sum.Campus produces a range of natural ingredients for protein applications including meat, dairy, sauces and plant-based food products, and Firmenich claims this acquisition will enhance its production capabilities in both the animal and vegan protein segments.According to a statement from Firmenich, Campus developed “deep expertise” in using natural products such as fibres to create customised solutions for the manufacturers.As part of the agreement, Firmenich will acquire Campus’s research and production facilities in Italy, as well as a new production facility in Monterrey, Mexico, which will begin operations later this year.Campus will retain its brand identity and will operate as a functional solutions-focused segment within Firmenich’s Flavors division.Gilbert Ghostine, Firmenich CEO said: “Campus is a company that has been built on innovation and has made its mark in protein solutions.“We look forward to working together to expand its reach globally and leverage its capabilities into new categories such as dairy and plant-based solutions to make our customers win today and tomorrow.”Patrick Firmenich, Firmenich’s chairman of the board added: “I am delighted to be welcoming Campus into the Firmenich family, as we share common values, a commitment to world-class research and to leading innovation in natural solutions.“Giampaolo Cagnin and Federico Fulgoni, Campus’s CEO, have built an impressive organization that we look forward to taking to the next level to offer our customers a complete natural taste experience.”Federico Fulgoni said: “With Firmenich’s excellence in research and global market reach, I am excited about the many opportunities ahead for Campus.“By combining our capabilities we will accelerate our longstanding goal of offering the most comprehensive range of clean label solutions for protein applications, cutting across animal and plant-based products.”Share with your network: Tags: CampusFirmenichflavoursingredientsproteinSwitzerlandlast_img read more

Stora Enso invests 7m euros to expand Swedish raw material site

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first_imgStora Enso invests 7m euros to expand Swedish raw material sitePosted By: Jules Scullyon: August 15, 2018In: Food, Industries, PackagingPrintEmailStora Enso will spend €7 million to broaden its biocomposites raw material site in Hylte, Sweden, as it aims to strengthen its position as a renewable materials company.The investment covers a new biocomposites competence centre and the installation of new machinery for the milling of large fibres for the DuraSense material, which was launched earlier this year and is described as a renewable replacement for plastics.The centre will house a laboratory and piloting facilities, performance testing capabilities and a showroom. Construction is expected to be completed next year.Stora Enso said the biocomposite mill in Hylte – which started operations earlier this year – is the “largest wood fibre-based biocomposite plant in Europe”, with an annual production capacity of 15,000 tonnes.The company added that although the new investment will not have a significant impact on the production capacity, it will diversify the raw material base.Jari Suominen, executive vice president of Stora Enso’s wood products division, said: “As we see an increasing demand for the innovative DuraSense biocomposite, the diversification of the raw material base and the new biocomposites competence centre will provide Stora Enso with faster access to the market for replacing fossil-based plastics with renewable ones.“With our fully integrated process and excellent fibre knowledge we can enhance our growth in this market.”Stora Enso head of biocomposites Patricia Oddshammar added: “With the new equipment in place, Stora Enso will be able to provide more choice to DuraSense users in the technical properties and selection of fibres for the biocomposites, and also offer an attractive price position compared to traditional plastics. This will make it easier for customers to switch from existing material solutions to those based on biocomposites.She added: “At the new biocomposites competence centre we will be able to share our knowledge with our customers as well as assist them with test runs and product testing, step by step.”The DuraSense product is said to enable the use of renewable fibres, such as wood, to substitute for a large portion of fossil-based plastic such as bottle caps and kitchen utensils, among other products.Share with your network: Tags: Stora EnsoSwedenlast_img read more

Nestlé boosted by infant formula sales and performance in China

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first_imgNestlé boosted by infant formula sales and performance in ChinaPosted By: Contributoron: October 18, 2018In: Beverage, Business, Financial, Food, IndustriesPrintEmailNestlé saw its net sales rise by 1.4% in its third quarter thanks to the performance of its coffee and infant formula brands.The world’s largest food and beverage company posted net sales of CHF 22.5 billion ($22.6 billion) in the three months to the end of September, recording mid-single-digit growth in China.For the first nine months of the year, net acquisitions increased the company’s sales by 0.1% as the acquisition of Atrium Innovations, the Starbucks license and other transactions were offset by divestments, mainly the US confectionery business.In its Americas zone, the firm’s largest area by revenue, sales shrank by 3.1% in the first nine months of the year compared to last year, which was largely due to the sale of its US confectionery unit. However, Nestlé drew attention to the positive performance of its Coffee-Mate creamer brand as well as ice cream segment.Nestlé CEO Mark SchneiderMeanwhile, sales grew by 3.3% from January to September in Nestlé’s Asia, Oceania and Sub-Saharan Africa area. A strong performance in China was complemented by mid-single-digit growth in Southeast Asia, with positive momentum of its Maggi, Nescafé and KitKat brands.Nestlé has been under pressure from Third Point after the activist investor bought a 1.25% stake in the company last year. It has since sought to reposition its brand portfolio with a focus on high-growth areas.Earlier this year, Nestlé signed a $7.15 billion deal for exclusive rights to sell Starbucks’ line of packaged coffees and last year it concluded the acquisition of nutritional health product supplier Atrium Innovations.Speaking of the latest results, Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said: “We are encouraged by the progress on our path of accelerated value creation. The nine-month sales show solid growth across most geographies and product categories.“We are starting to see improved momentum in North America and in our infant nutrition category globally. Our business in China continued to grow at a mid-single-digit pace. Our growth was supported by disciplined execution and faster innovation. We have reached significant milestones in portfolio management and are particularly pleased with the early closing of the Starbucks transaction.“We have also made good progress on our various cost reduction programmes. Our growth and efficiency initiatives put us on track to meet our full-year 2018 guidance and 2020 targets.”Nestlé has confirmed it wants to grow sales by around 3% this year.Share with your network: Tags: Nestlélast_img read more

Mintel reveals scope for boosting milks health credentials in India

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first_imgMintel reveals scope for boosting milk’s health credentials in IndiaPosted By: Contributoron: January 21, 2019In: Dairy, Health, IndustriesPrintEmailThere exists a “strong opportunity” for dairy manufacturers to boost milk’s health credentials in India, according to new Mintel research.While seven in ten (71%) Indians have used milk at least on one occasion in the last three months, according to Mintel, only three in five (59%) Indian consumers associate milk with being healthy and just 37% perceive milk to be a high source of calcium.Moreover, the study reveals that as many as three in five (61%) Indians are trying to eat more protein, but just 39% perceive milk to be a high source of protein.Though Indian consumers may not fully recognise milk’s health benefits, it seems they are open to supporting healthier lifestyles with milk. Indeed, according to Mintel, over a quarter (26%) of regular milk drinkers in India are looking for milk with added nutrition (such as added calcium, protein, vitamins), while 22% are seeking milk offerings that provide specific health benefits.Natasha Kumar, India food and drink analyst at Mintel, said: “Milk has been traditionally associated with health benefits; however, this may no longer be the case in India today. Amidst reports on adulteration (such as the inclusion of ingredients with the likes of detergent and paint) consumers no longer see the value regular milk can provide them. There are many worrying lifestyle diseases cropping up in India, and consumers are vowing to adopt healthier lifestyles and actively seeking added benefits in all that they eat or drink.“Manufacturers of milk products can tap into this situation by communicating milk’s health credentials, such as its high calcium and protein content. There is opportunity for dairy manufacturers to fortify milk in order to increase its association with ‘health’, particularly through providing benefits that target specific health concerns, enabling consumers to see value in the product.”In light of consumer demand, there is a call for dairy brands to focus on ethical and environmental claims. According to Mintel, there has been a steady decline in ethical and environmental claims in the milk and flavoured milk categories in India. In 2018, less than half (45%) of milk and flavoured milk launches in India carried ethical-environmental claims, down from 52% in 2016.Highlighting the demand for eco-friendly milk, three in ten (29%) Indian consumers say that they actively look for ethical claims or seals on packaged food or drink product labels. However, Mintel said that only 15% of milk drinkers in India have expressed their concerns around the welfare of dairy animals.Kumar added: “Dairy brands that effectively communicate their environmental and animal welfare credentials can potentially reap the benefits from people’s changing priorities. Consumers today are not only conscious of what they put inside their bodies but also what they put back into the environment.“Therefore, when brands follow the same ideologies, are transparent about their practices and carry ethical claims, these informed consumers get up and take notice. This, in turn, gains their trust in the long run.”Share with your network: Tags: IndiamilkMintellast_img read more

Radnor Hills to launch zerosugar range of natural energy drinks

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first_imgThe drinks are boosted with seven B vitamins and 70mg of natural caffeine.Radnor Hills to launch zero-sugar range of natural energy drinksPosted By: Jules Scullyon: March 13, 2019In: Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New products, Soft drinksPrintEmailUK beverage company Radnor Hills has unveiled a new line of natural energy drinks with zero sugar and five calories per bottleRadnor Plus Energy is a lightly sparkling water drink, which will be sold in two flavours: cranberry and raspberry, and lemon and lime.Each 500ml bottle is boosted with seven B vitamins and 70mg of natural caffeine – around the same kick as a cup of coffee.The spring water used to create the drinks is sourced from the company’s family farm in Powys, Wales. The beverages are targeted at convenience stores, travel forecourts, supermarkets, gyms and leisure centres.William Watkins, owner and managing director of Radnor Hills, said: “We have created the ultimate range of great-tasting energy waters that contain natural caffeine. Each 500ml bottle is designed to give you a convenient energy boost without having a dreaded sugar crash.”The company will launch the drinks at the International Food & Drink Event in London next week and the National Convenience Show in April.Radnor Hills was founded in Powys in 1990 and now turns over £42 million. The company produces 1 million bottles of soft drinks a day.Last year, the business moved the majority of its PET plastic bottles to 51% recycled plastic.Share with your network: Tags: energy drinksRadnor HillsUKlast_img read more

Guantánamo inmates claim Trumps antiMuslim bias fuels their detention

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first_imgShare via Email This article is more than 1 year old Thank you for your feedback. This article is more than 1 year old Share on Messenger Show @edpilkington news Thu 11 Jan 2018 10.30 EST Protesters with Witness Against Torture participate in a rally at the supreme court in Washington on 11 January 2017, calling for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay prison. Photograph: Molly Riley/AP Share on Twitter Eleven Guantánamo inmates are challenging their indefinite detention in the US military camp in Cuba on grounds that Donald Trump’s defiant pledge to keep all remaining detainees permanently locked up is fuelled by hostility towards Muslims.The inmate’s petition, filed on Thursday in a federal court in Washington, falls on the 16th anniversary of the arrival of the first 20 detainees to Guantánamo. The prisoners were brought in shackles from Afghanistan on 11 January 2002 dressed in distinctive orange jumpsuits.Some of the petitioners in the new filing have themselves been held on the Cuban base almost since the beginning; others have been detained for 10 years. None of them has ever been charged, and all know that unless the courts intervene they could remain in their cells until they die.In a memorable phrase, they say that “the aura of forever hangs heavier than ever”. Barack Obama promised to close Guantánamo Bay in January 2009, only to make repeated compromises amid political opposition, bureaucratic tangles, and disputes within his team.In May 2009, the Democratic-controlled Congress rejected funding to close the prison, calling Obama’s plan too vague. In 2010, New York’s independent mayor refused to host a trial for detainees charged over the 9/11 attacks. Obama continued with and defended several practices of George W Bush’s administration, including indefinite detention and military commissions to try detainees instead of civilian courts. When Republicans retook Congress in 2011, they started adding terms to funding bills, which Obama signed, that prevented transfers or closure.Meanwhile, Obama’s justice department argued against appeals by detainees fighting for release in court, and the Pentagon moved at a glacial pace to review parole cases for detainees deemed not to be a threat. Faced with hunger-striking detainees, General John Kelly, then commander in charge of the base, oversaw force feeding, and the Obama administration tried to stop the release of evidence.Obama gradually reduced the number of detainees in the prison, from 242 to 41 over two terms; since Bush’s first term, 731 of Guantánamo’s 780 detainees have been released without charge, to the Middle East, Africa, central Asia and the Caribbean. Donald Trump supports keeping the prison open and has said he would like to “load it up” with detainees. Alan Yuhas The entrance of the US prison at Guantánamo Bay: ‘the aura of forever hangs heavier than ever.’Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images Guantánamo inmates claim Trump’s ‘anti-Muslim bias’ fuels their detention Hide Two of the petitioners, Toufiq al-Bihani and Abdul Latif Nasser, have officially been cleared for transfer out of Guantánamo. Bihani, who has been in the camp for almost 15 years having been arrested in Iran on suspicion of having al-Qaida ties, has been held for a full seven years after the US government decided he could leave.Nasser was approved to be sent to his native Morocco in July 2016 and was all set to travel until procedural hiccups prevented the move in the last days of the Obama administration. The inmates argue that since Trump came to office there has been “open hostility to transferring any detainees. Q&A Why hasn’t Guantánamo been closed? Share on LinkedIn Ed Pilkington in New York Last modified on Thu 11 Jan 2018 17.00 EST Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images North America Share via Email We Guantánamo Bay detainees have the right to protest our conditioncenter_img Was this helpful? Topics Share on Facebook Guantánamo Bay Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Since you’re here… … 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. Khalid Qassim Twitter Trump’s approach stands in sharp contrast to either of his predecessors. Though George W Bush was instrumental in setting up the extrajudicial nature of the military detention system, in the end he released 539 of the 780 prisoners.Obama went on to transfer 201 prisoners out of the base. Despite his declared intent to shut down the camp, Obama was ultimately frustrated in the ambition, not least by Republican opposition in Congress to transferring inmates to the US.The endurance of Guantánamo outside the norms of the US criminal justice system and international law has been condemned repeatedly by world bodies including the UN and human rights groups. As time has passed, the remaining detainees have grown older and more vulnerable, both physically and mentally. The oldest prisoner is now 70.Nine inmates have died over the past 16 years, some by their own hand. Prolonged hunger strikes have also taken their toll. At the heart of the legal petition is the claim that President Trump has taken a radically new approach towards the treatment of the 41 prisoners who remain at Guantánamo. The inmates argue that his stance is defiant in spirit, arbitrary in nature, and fueled by his “suspicion and antipathy” towards Muslims.The petitioners quote medical experts who have compared the prolonged indefinite imprisonment at Guantánamo to sensory deprivation and psychological torture. “Prisoners are medicated for depression and anxiety brought on by acute despair.”The inmates are basing their challenge on two legal points. They claim that indiscriminate indefinite detention is illegal under the due process clause of the US constitution.The second argument is that the justification for never-ending detention under the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) was that it was needed to prevent committed enemies of the US returning to the battlefield. But the petitioners claim that justification has begun to unravel.On the campaign trail Trump said of Guantánamo that he would “load it up with some bad dudes”.Shortly before his inauguration he pledged in a tweet to block any further releases on grounds that all the 41 were “extremely dangerous people”.That threat has come to pass. Pardiss Kebriaei, a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights who represents one of the petitioners, Sharqawi Al Hajj of Yemen, who has been detained for 15 years, said that all moves towards release have ground to a halt since Trump came in.“There’s nothing happening. It’s an entirely static situation, and that kind of indefinite detention without charge is intolerable, it cannot be allowed to continue,” she said. 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Republican axed from ethics body after report on alleged sexual misconduct

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first_img … 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. Reuse this content Republican axed from ethics body after report on alleged sexual misconduct Congressman Patrick Meehan, of Pennsylvania, denies allegation he harassed female staffer but is ordered to pay back taxpayer funds Share on Twitter Martin Pengelly and Ben Jacobs Sat 20 Jan 2018 18.08 EST One year later, thousands return for Women’s March with spirits undaunted Share on Messenger The congressman has been accused by a former aide of making ‘unwanted romantic overtures’.Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Read more Shares109109 This article is more than 1 year old Share via Email This article is more than 1 year old US politics Share on Pinterest US news US news Support The Guardian Topics Republicans news Last modified on Sun 21 Jan 2018 09.47 EST Pennsylvania Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Sexual harassment Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp A Republican congressman on Saturday denied an allegation of sexual misconduct made in a report that said he used taxpayer dollars to settle a complaint from a female staffer about inappropriate sexual behaviour.He was nonetheless removed from the House ethics committee by the speaker, Paul Ryan, made subject to investigation by his former panel and told to repay “whatever taxpayer funds were used”.The New York Times reported that the Pennsylvania representative Patrick Meehan, a 62-year-old married father of three, was accused last year by “a former aide” of making “unwanted romantic overtures”. In an email to the Guardian, a spokesman said Meehan denied the claim. The spokesman added: “Throughout his career [Meehan] has always treated his colleagues, male and female, with the utmost respect and professionalism.”Citing interviews with “10 people, including friends and former colleagues of the former aide and others who worked around the office”, the Times said Meehan’s former aide reached a confidential agreement that included an undisclosed payment from the representative’s congressional office fund. The Times did not name the aide, who it said was left “feeling as if the settlement was not worth the emotional distress the process had caused”.As a member of the House ethics committee, Meehan has been involved in investigations into numerous recent cases of alleged sexual harassment and confidential settlements involving members of the House.The Michigan Democrat John Conyers and Arizona Republican Trent Franks resigned. Blake Farenthold, a Texas Republican, and the Nevada Democrat Ruben Kihuen have said they will step down in November.A spokeswoman for Ryan confirmed that Meehan would step down.“Speaker Ryan takes the allegations against Mr Meehan very seriously,” said AshLee Strong in an email. “The speaker is committed to rooting out sexual misconduct in the House and providing victims the resources they need.”Strong added: “Though Mr Meehan has denied the allegations, they must be fully and immediately investigated by the House ethics committee. Following a conversation with the speaker today, Mr Meehan will immediately submit himself to the ethics committee for review.” Meehan was first elected in 2010. He has long been considered a top Democratic target in the forthcoming midterms as his suburban Philadelphia district was won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.The Times also wrote of Meehan’s record in Congress that “he has sponsored legislation mandating the reporting of sexual violence, and he is a member of a bipartisan congressional task force to end such violence”.Meehan’s spokesman said: “In this case, the employee, represented by counsel, made certain assertions of inappropriate behavior which were investigated … every step of the process was handled ethically and appropriately.”He added: “At Congressman Meehan’s request, the congressional attorneys handling the case have asked the complainant’s counsel to release all parties from the confidentiality requirements of the agreement to ensure a full and open airing of all the facts. “The congressman is hopeful that they will agree to this request for full transparency.”Ryan’s spokeswoman added that “new reforms going into place bar the use of taxpayer money to pay settlements, and so the speaker has also told Mr Meehan that he should repay whatever taxpayer funds were used to settle this case”. 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New Autofunnel by GetResponse Radically Simplifies Small Business Marketing and Creates Fastest

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first_imgA step-by-step guide to every stage of the online marketing and sales process. The Autofunnel suite includes Sales Funnel to sell products and services; Lead Funnel to collect email addresses and build loyalty, and Webinar Funnel to manage and promote online events.40+ conversion-optimized scenarios written and designed by industry experts to sell, build contact lists, showcase your offers, and grow small businesses. Each scenario features high quality images, designs, and professional marketing copy that can be easily edited based on the needs of the business.The ability to create and manage an online storefront.Integration with popular social media channels and ecommerce platforms: including BigCommerce, Etsy, Magento, PrestaShop, Shopify, and WooCommerce.Securely process and accept payments online using PayPal, Stripe, BlueSnap, or PayU without requiring the customer leave the website.Automatically generate social media ads: Amplify campaign reach and easily create social media ads using videos, animated slideshows or photos.An extensive template library features ready to use forms based on industries and specific customer interests. This includes autoresponders, landing pages, offer pages, order forms, and order confirmation pages. Every template can be easily edited and customized to reflect the small business owner’s brand.The cost of purchasing these marketing tools is estimated at tens of thousands of dollars, making it cost prohibitive for small business owners. It would also require significant time to master the tools and additional resources to make them all work together. Autofunnel removes these challenges and makes it easy for small business owners to promote and sell their goods online.Marketing Technology News: Primis Awarded Recertification of TAG Certified Against Fraud Seal by Trustworthy Accountability GroupCustomer Testimonials Prove the Value of AutofunnelBelow are testimonials from customers and influencers that have tested Autofunnel.“There’s no doubt that Autofunnel is a game changer. No other product on the market provides the marketing tools and know how that specifically helps small business owners quickly build an online presence and sell their products.”Ian Cleary, CEO, Razor Social“Autofunnel is ideal for marketers. I used to spend a lot of time and money struggling to integrate multiple platforms and constantly learn new technology, which really slows down an entrepreneur. Autofunnel has everything we need to powerfully automate and exponentially scale our businesses in one simple-to-use system. It truly is amazing. I love it and I’m telling every business owner I know that they need to get it, too.”– Sean Smith, Founder, Elite Coaching University“When it comes to tackling the age-old problem of knowing how to effectively market to customers, nothing compares to Autofunnel. I can’t imagine why any small business owner would need another marketing tool.”Jason Whaling, Founder & CEO, Act Marketing LLCMarketing Technology News: Twitter Confirms Machine Learning has Helped to Identify and Remove Abusive Tweets Significantly AutofunnelBigCommerceemail marketingGetResponseJason WhalingMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleSmartcalls – Voximplant’s Web Service for Creating Outbound Call Campaigns – Has Now Become All-in-One Solution for Call Process AutomationNext ArticleNew AI-Powered Zoovu Interface Brings Self-Service Digital Assistants to Market Small business owners, entrepreneurs and online marketers can now seize a greater slice of the multi-trillion dollar e-commerce industry without having to leave work, learn marketing or hire additional staff. “Autofunnel” by GetResponse is the only product of its kind that provides small business owners with a complete set of integrated marketing tools and the fastest step-by-step process to attract customers online, drive sales and measure results.GetResponse, the global innovator in digital and email marketing, created Autofunnel based on an analysis of how customers buy online, and a deep understanding of the biggest challenges facing small business owners today – a scarcity of time and resources to market their products and services.Depending on what you’re trying to sell online, Autofunnel provides a specific path to reach customers. Autofunnel also includes the most effective inbound and outbound marketing tools to drive sales. Those tools include advertising, social media, email, web forms, landing pages, webinars, ecommerce, abandoned shopping cart recovery, and more. Along with a complete set of digital marketing tools, GetResponse has teamed up with industry leaders in social media and ecommerce including Etsy, PayPal, Shopify, Stripe, and others to make Autofunnel a turnkey solution.Autofunnel is ideal for small businesses selling products and services online. This includes e-commerce shop owners, e-book writers, coaches, designers, photographers, event planners, professional services providers, and other work-at-home pros selling goods and services online to other businesses and consumers. Autofunnel is so simple to use that small business owners only need to spend a few minutes setting up a campaign to see results within hours.Marketing Technology News: Where’s Our Data? IDC Executive Brief – Data Control is Crucial for Success in Digital Transformation“In today’s crowded marketing space, it’s difficult for small business owners to figure out the fastest and most effective ways to attract customers online, manage leads, and turn those leads into sales,” said Daniel Brzezinski, COO, GetResponse. “Autofunnel removes all that confusion and complexity by providing time-tested guidance and integrated marketing tools that make it easy to build profitable online businesses.”Key Autofunnel Features and BenefitsAutofunnel brings together inbound and outbound marketing through the following key features and benefits.center_img New Autofunnel by GetResponse Radically Simplifies Small Business Marketing and Creates Fastest Path to Profitability Online PRNewswireApril 25, 2019, 7:53 pmApril 25, 2019 last_img read more

RedPoint Announces Digital Acquisition Platform for Targeted Ad Experiences

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first_imgRedPoint Announces Digital Acquisition Platform for Targeted Ad Experiences Business WireJuly 5, 2019, 4:33 pmJuly 5, 2019 True Closed-loop Process Empowers Marketers to Optimize the Customer Journey from Anonymous to KnownRedPoint Global, a top provider of customer data platform (CDP) and customer engagement technologies, announced the RedPoint Digital Acquisition Platform for targeted ad experiences, a solution that will simplify the process of data activation and personalization across the digital ecosystem. This solution enables RedPoint Global customers to directly access and control granular data to dynamically determine the next-best offer to serve in ad networks. This means brands can define an audience once and then deliver an offer or message to any number of touchpoints, with a closed-loop of response data returned back that provides for optimized interaction, re-targeting and increased contextual relevancy of the next-best message or offer. The solution enables marketers to seamlessly manage communications across all online and offline touchpoints. The solution gives ownership of the full customer relationship (acquisition to retention) and digital ecosystem (website, mobile apps, email, ad networks, social) to the brand marketer.“Having an accurate, comprehensive, and in-depth customer record that is available in real time to any interaction touchpoint is critical in empowering brands to compete based on customer experience”Using the RedPoint Customer Engagement Hub, a marketer selects a first-party audience, which is dynamically onboarded for activation in downstream ad platforms and networks (e.g. SSPs, DSPs, providers like Google and Facebook, and many others) and hyper-personalized ad targeting. Audience details from these providers are dynamically returned to RedPoint for measurement, re-targeting, and additional real-time website optimization of the customer journey. The solution offers marketers better insight into visitor profiles, interests, and activities when on a brand website for more effective personalization and engagement through virtually any type of delivery system.Marketing Technology News: Selligent Marketing Cloud Study Reveal Digital Marketers Struggle to Deliver Consistent Omnichannel Experiences“Having an accurate, comprehensive, and in-depth customer record that is available in real time to any interaction touchpoint is critical in empowering brands to compete based on customer experience,” said Dale Renner, CEO and co-founder of RedPoint Global. “Previously, marketers lacked control over their data and advertising platforms, and had no reliable way of matching downstream interactions back to the CDP. The RedPoint Digital Acquisition Platform helps brands simplify and optimize interactions with true measurement and optimization for all data at the speed and scale required to improve customer engagement.”The connection of the CDP, real-time decisioning, and demand side platform (DSP) functionality greatly simplifies the traditional value chain of onboarding, activation, acquisition, and measurement for marketers, creating a closed-loop process that can be optimized based on true attribution.Marketing Technology News: Aprimo Recognized as Winner for 2019 Microsoft Media & Communications Partner of the YearAs third-party demographic data and behavioral data is appended and continuously updated to the CDP environment, marketers have the precise data that enables them to customize the journey at every step along the way, including those spanning anonymous-to-known states. The granularity of the data available helps brands best understand in real-time consumer preferences, intent and changing behaviors throughout the buyer journey.“The traditional approach to programmatic advertising is broken, requiring brands to invest in multiple disparate technologies to manually stitch together disparate customer profiles without a high level of success,” noted David Daniels, CEO of The Relevancy Group. “This closed-loop process allows for a much more seamless and efficient experience in digital customer engagement while helping organizations streamline resources and budgets to gain the most impact.”Marketing Technology News: Say It Now and Booxscale win Amazon’s European Alexa Cup customer data platformDigital Acquisition PlatformMarketing TechnologyMarketing Technology NewsNewsRedPointTargeted Ad Experiences Previous ArticleConverge Technology Solutions Acquires Nordisk Systems, Inc.Next ArticleM-Files Makes Microsoft Office 365 the Single Point of Access to All Enterprise Informationlast_img read more

Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update on Surface Book 2

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first_img This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up Kevin Smith Unveils Poster for a Gritty Reboot Microsoft has been forced to block the Windows 10 May 2019 update from its own hardware, due to incompatibilities with the GPUs used in its Surface Book 2. It’s the latest self-own from a company that promised its new methods of rolling out updates and patches would result in more consumer trust and fewer issues four years ago. So far, those promises have not materialized.Microsoft’s methods of testing Windows 10 have been broken for years. After Satya Nadella took over as CEO, Microsoft made QA changes that left programmers in charge of fixing their own bugs and turned Windows 10 users into voluntary beta testers via the Windows Insider program. Unfortunately, members of the Windows Insider program rarely use the OS as a daily driver (and Microsoft does not recommend doing so). This has been the explanation for how certain flaws have shipped on an ongoing basis.Microsoft has repeatedly shipped updates with significant problems, though the number of people hit by said problems has varied. We’ve seen the company push major updates that deleted decades worth of customer files, caused blue screens when certain USB devices were plugged in, and broke various other critical system components, including third-party antivirus utilities, System Restore, Windows Media Player, and file associations. The Windows 10 May 2019 update is already blocked on PCs that use USB storage and SD cards. Microsoft has made much of the fact that its overall incidence rate has declined over time, but has not addressed user concerns about the severity of some of the bugs it has introduced.From Microsoft’s compatibility warning page.In this case, as PCMag reports via ZDNet, a bug in the Windows 10 2019 update causes the secondary Nvidia GPU on the Surface Book 2 to vanish. Since the main reason to buy a Surface Book 2 is for the unique design that allows for an Nvidia discrete GPU in a thin portable with a detachable option, this is a major flaw. It is not clear why this flaw solely affects the Surface Book 2 but not the Surface Book. It appears to have been discovered as Microsoft gears up to push the May 2019 update out to larger numbers of customers, due to the large number of people still using the April 1803 update, which officially leaves support in November of this year.As a side note: Microsoft has also identified an issue with 1903 that causes gamma ramps, color profiles, and night light settings to stop working. I’m fairly certain this explains the distinct purple tint that’s been popping up on testbeds in between driver swaps and occasionally in the middle of reboots. We didn’t mention this in the Gigabyte Aorus Xtreme 8GB review or the 5700 / 5700 XT review, but I’ve talked about it with several other publications and they’ve been seeing oddities around driver updates as well. If you do happen to run into this weird purple-tint issue, it can sometimes be solved by rebooting or by reinstalling a display driver. In one case, setting a specific color profile for the monitor I was using also worked. It causes the Windows 10 blue screen that pops up when you Ctrl-Alt-Delete to be a distinct shade of purple but does not harm performance (it does, however, wreck screen colors and is generally off-putting to look at).Now Read:Microsoft Includes Telemetry Update in Security Patches, Raising Fears About Company MotivesMicrosoft Kills Automatic Registry Backups in Windows 10Bill Gates: My Greatest Mistake Ever Was Letting Microsoft Lose to Android We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled Tagged In microsoftwindowswindows 10bugsmicrosoft surfacesatya nadellaWindows 10 1903Surface Book 2Windows 10 2019 May Update Post a Comment 2 Comments Truly Terrible Actors Who Desperately Need Acting Classes Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous By Joel Hruska on July 16, 2019 at 3:29 pm You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Fans Are Absolutely Furious About That ‘Rise Of Skywalker’ Rumor Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update on Surface Book 2 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. 2 Comments Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeouslast_img read more

NASA Will Send Flying Dragonfly Robot to Saturns Moon Titan

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first_imgNASA Will Send Flying ‘Dragonfly’ Robot to Saturn’s Moon Titan By Ryan Whitwam on June 28, 2019 at 7:01 am Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet This ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ April Fools’ Day Joke Broke Hearts Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Banned 16 Comments Natalie Portman Was A Go For ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’ All Along 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 Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 5 Is Already Planned ‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Reveals Who Is to Blame for Massive Flop The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Tagged In sciencespacesaturntitandragonfly Post a Comment 16 Commentslast_img read more

Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855 Tons of Accessories

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first_img Tagged In smartphonesandroidmobileasussnapdragon 855rog phone ii Post a Comment 3 Comments By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 11:38 am Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855+, Tons of Accessories Why ‘Gears 5’ Dropped ‘of War’ From the Title Asus has never been a major part of the smartphone world, but the company’s gaming-focused ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand attracted some attention last year with the original ROG Phone. Now, a follow up known as the ROG Phone II is on the way. It still has a funky design and a wealth of accessories, but it’s got a bigger battery and faster Snapdragon chip. We first heard about the ROG Phone II’s existence last week when Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855+, which is basically an overclocked 855. The company said the ROG Phone II would be the first to have this chip, but Asus wasn’t ready to talk about the phone beyond that. Cut to today, and the company is spilling the beans. The Snapdragon 855 has a higher 2.96GHz maximum clock speed, and Asus says the ROG Phone II’s advanced cooling keeps the chip from throttling down under load. It actually has vents on the back that work this year — the original ROG Phone had purely decorative vents. The Asus ROG Phone II sports a 6.59-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED display. That’s a slightly taller aspect ratio than the last ROG Phone, and the refresh rate has jumped from 90Hz to 120Hz — that’s the highest on any Android device. If the phone can keep up with that frame rate, the ROG Phone II’s interface will look incredibly smooth. The new screen will undoubtedly use more power, but the ROG Phone II has juice to spare. The phone gets a 50 percent battery boost over the original with a 6,000mAh capacity. However, the phone is also much heavier at 240g versus 200g for the last version. Asus equipped the phone with the standard USB Type-C port for charging, but there’s also a headphone jack. It also continued the ROG Phone tradition of adding a second USB-C port on the side. You can use this for charging while playing a game, or as a connector for the company’s accessories. Most of the accessories are a bit silly, but “gaming” phones tend to be like that. There’s the active cooling bracket, a desktop dock, and more. The phone also has ultrasonic shoulder buttons you can map to on-screen buttons in games. Asus will start selling the ROG Phone II in China on July 23, and the international model will launch in early September. We don’t know the exact price yet, but Asus says it will be similar to the first-gen ROG Phone, which launched at $900.Now read:Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 855+ SoC Is an Overclocked Snapdragon 855Nubia Just Stuffed the First Active Fan Inside a SmartphoneAsus Engineers Exposed Company Passwords for Months on GitHub You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet ‘Legacies’ Season 2 Casts New Vampire As A Love Interest Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads 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. 3 Commentslast_img read more

How to Set Up Centrally Managed Backups for Your Home or Small

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first_img Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All If you’re part of a family with changing computing needs, or if you run a small business where employees and computers come and go, it’s quite likely that your backup strategy is a bit of a hodge-podge. You probably also rely on your users to pay attention to whether their data is actually being safely backed up. A recent experience of mine, where we realized that one of our business laptops hadn’t run a successful backup for a month, motivated me to dig in and implement a centrally managed backup system so that we could easily manage and monitor our computer backups. I actually did it two different ways, using one NAS-centric approach, and another more traditional backup suite, so we can compare them in this article.How Centrally Managed Backups WorkA typical, centrally managed backup solution consists of at least three pieces. First, there is a backup server, which keeps the database of clients, tasks, and storage locations. Along with it are one or more console applications. Some systems offer one management console for administrators and a separate one for users to allow them to do some self-service operations like file recovery. Finally, there needs to be some type of client software (often called an agent) that can respond to requests from the server and initiate backups. With Windows clients, this is often a custom application installed on each client. But existing system utilities like rsync may also work as an agent, depending on the product.In all cases, either a new account with administrator privileges needs to be created on each client, or the credentials for an existing account need to be supplied. Once a server and client(s) are in place, then the console (which might be an application or simply a web interface to the server) can be used to create backup tasks and deploy them to clients as appropriate. Most packages include some pre-defined templates that can be used as a starting point. For example, if you have a number of laptops that have a simple configuration, you can have a template that just does a System backup of the OS and boot drive.Backing Up PCs With EaseUS Todo BackupThere are many backup products for Windows PCs, but for this project, we wanted ones where we could upgrade from the typical entry-level standalone offering to a centrally managed, business-class solution inexpensively. So for our first solution, we chose EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation, since the desktop software and management console are quite inexpensive, and we were already using it standalone on several machines. However, currently, EaseUS can only centrally manage Windows client machines. Acronis offers a much broader range of solutions, but at a much higher price point for its business products.Todo Backup is powerful but not always obvious.You can start with the management console, which EaseUS calls Backup Center, and install and deploy from there, or take a more incremental approach and install Backup Workstation on your client computers and make sure they work to your satisfaction first. When you install the clients, you can create a backup user that’s separate from other users of the system. That’s handy for creating a single credential to use for backup tasks. When you install Backup Center, you’ll want to make sure you also select the option to install the server on a machine of your choice. Unfortunately, EaseUS Backup doesn’t support a NAS package for its server, which would be a nice option.Once the clients and the Backup Center console are installed, you can use the console to create, customize, and deploy template backup tasks to some or all of your clients. You can even put them in groups. In our case, we created a simple template for most of our laptops, which only have a System (“C”) drive, and then a couple of other templates for more complex desktops that also have data drives. It was simple to create a schedule for each template and deploy them. I wish the software offered an easier way to combine Full and Incremental backup schedules, but you can choose the type of backup(s) you want, the schedules, and the retention policies.You can add a Network Server as a backup destination for EaseUS Todo Backup using a mount point, a UNC path, or via the NAS Device option.Backing Up Your Network With Synology’s Active Backup for BusinessIf you own a NAS, you may already have access to all the software you need to back up your network. Most NAS vendors bundle at least one backup solution with their hardware and may offer add-on options. Synology did something pretty sweet last year, by including its Active Backup for Business (ABB) software with many of its units. It includes the server package, an active client for Windows, a user portal for self-service recovery, and the ability to back up other types of specialized hardware and virtual machines. I’ve been using ABB with both the Windows client and with my Jetson Nano Linux box with rsync as the agent.Synology’s Active Backup for Business provides a large number of options managed through a central console.One area where ABB goes beyond many of the other backup solutions bundled with network servers is the capability to do a bare metal restore — as you’d expect with a separate cost backup package. You simply create and boot to a recovery drive and then restore your full system image. Alternatively, you can do the expected set of drive, partition, and file backups to take more complete control of your system. There are even additional packages for specifically backing up G Suite and Office 365, although I haven’t used them.Consider a Belt and SuspendersNext to not noticing that backups are failing to run properly, not realizing that they’re corrupt is the next biggest problem with backups. While major corporations have policies in place for regularly testing the integrity and utility of their backups, most small business and families don’t. So in our case, we back all our machines up two different ways, to two different servers.Active Backup for Business offers a nice and easy to understand set of Retention options.Five-bay NAS units are very convenient for this, as shared data can be stored on a three drive RAID array, and backups can go on a separate, mirrored, two-drive array. We use a Synology DS1517+ as our primary data store — since it supports 10Gbps — and destination for system backups generated by Active Backup for Business. Then we also have a DS1019+ where we can keep a clone of our most important shared data on the first three drives, and our EaseUS backups on the other two. Or if you have room to keep your data and backups on the first three drives, the other two are ideal for mirrored security footage archives. Of course, just having two systems locally isn’t a perfect solution either, so you’ll want to have some type of off-site backup as well.Now Read:How to Set Up Subscription-Free Offsite BackupHow to Create Your Own Private Photo Sharing CloudIt’s World Backup Day: Here’s How the ExtremeTech Staff Stays Backed Up 9 Comments The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Marvel Announced a ‘Blade’ Reboot and Here’s What We Know We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality The Truth About Collin Gosselin Revealed 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. How to Set Up Centrally Managed Backups for Your Home or Small Business By David Cardinal on June 22, 2019 at 9:00 am Tagged In storageextremetech explainsHow-TonassynologybackupsQNAPprivate cloudcentrally-managed backupsEaseus Todo Backup Post a Comment 9 Commentslast_img read more

Datadog Announces Support for Microsoft Azure Deployment Manager

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first_img analyticsDatadogMarketing Technology NewsMicrosoft AzureNewsSteve Harrington Previous ArticleConga Study: Documents are Going Digital but 76% of Companies Yet to Fully TransformNext ArticleOneTrust Raises $200 Million Series A to Tackle Sweeping New California Consumer Privacy Rights and “Do Not Sell” Obligations in CCPA Datadog, the monitoring and analytics platform for modern cloud environments, announced its support of Microsoft Azure Deployment Manager (ADM) as a Launch Partner. This new integration will allow Azure users to limit or prevent impacts from bad updates by automatically halting deployments in Azure if an unhealthy state is detected in Datadog.Marketing Technology News: Neustar and Freckle Partner to Provide Marketers with Actionable Privacy-Compliant, First Party Consumer DataBy monitoring health for each stage of a deployment using Datadog’s unified view across infrastructure metrics, application traces, logs, and synthetic monitoring, users can be sure they know that an update is healthy as it progresses. And if an issue is detected, the troubleshooting can begin in context with the full array of tools in Datadog for correlation, data visualization, and anomaly detection. The result is smoother deployments and higher uptime.Marketing Technology News: Tremor Video Expands Its Advanced TV Solutions“We’re proud to partner with Microsoft Azure and support Azure Deployment Manager on Datadog’s cloud monitoring platform,” said Steve Harrington, Product Manager at Datadog. “Supporting teams that rely on Azure’s powerful services is a top priority, and we look forward to bringing new functionality to our customers.”Marketing Technology News: Alluxio Delivers First Data Orchestration Platform Powering Multi-cloud Analytics and AI Datadog Announces Support for Microsoft Azure Deployment Manager Business WireJuly 12, 2019, 9:30 pmJuly 12, 2019 last_img read more

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

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

Researchers in Israel Develop HapticResponsive Vests to Communicate with Rescue Dogs

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first_imgResearchers have developed an innovative dog vest, which allows users to transmit communications and command their dog via haptic technology. According to the study, dogs can be trained to respond to haptic vibration commands while wearing a modified canine vest developed at the Ben-Gurion University in Israel. Haptics technology simulates the senses of touch and motion, which is especially helpful in a remote operation or computer simulation where the user is not able to interact with and feel physical objects.The technology might be useful for delivering remote commands to dogs for use in search and rescue, assisting disabled handlers and other service animal applications. “Our research results showed that dogs responded to these vibrotactile cues as well or even better than vocal commands,” Amir Shapiro, Professor at Ben-Gurion University said in a paper to be presented at World Haptics Conference on Friday in Tokyo. “Our current proof-of-concept study shows promising results that open the way toward the use of haptics for human-canine communication,” he said. According to the researchers, the modified, commercially available mesh canine vest contains four small vibrating motors positioned over a dog’s back and sides that can be used to train or direct dogs to respond to different vibrations sent via wireless remote control. The handler can elicit different commands by controlling the site and duration of vibrations. In this demonstration video, Tai, a six-year-old Labrador retriever/German shepherd crossbreed, responds to several distinct commands, such as “spin”, “down”, “to me” or “backpedal”.The haptic vest may also be used with existing dog training devices that detect posture and automate reward systems. “Integrating devices will allow us to further advance the potential of fully or partially autonomic dog training to assess general behaviour, responsiveness to commands and the effectiveness of rewarding dogs for desired behaviour,” Shapiro said. Command vestDog vestHaptic conferencehaptic technology First Published: July 12, 2019, 7:53 PM IST | Edited by: —last_img read more

Salman Khan Says He Doesnt Know about Vivek Oberois Crass Meme on

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first_img Abhishek Bachchanaishwarya rai bachchanAishwarya Rai MemeAishwarya Rai Meme Vivek Oberoi First Published: June 4, 2019, 6:03 PM IST Vivek Oberoi caused a furore a few weeks back when he shared a meme featuring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, in the context of the exit poll of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. The actor had shared a collage that featured him, Aishwarya, Abhishek Bachchan, Salman Khan and Aishwarya’s seven-year-old daughter Aaradhya. What he thought was funny, was criticised as an extremely disgusting and classless act on Vivek’s part. His tweet angered people across and beyond the film industry, but Aishwarya and her husband refrained from reacting to it. Salman was asked about the meme recently during an interaction, and the Bharat star said that he doesn’t know about it, or the controversy it created. Salman claimed ignorance when asked about the meme that Vivek had tweeted and then deleted some weeks ago. He told Bombay Times, “I don’t know about it. I haven’t seen it.”In the meme that went viral, three of Aishwarya’s photos were mashed up. In one, she is with former beau Salman and the caption on it is “Opinion Poll”. In the second, she is with Oberoi himself. This one was captioned “Exit Poll”. In the last photo, she is seen with husband Abhishek Bachchan and daughter Aradhya.Sonam Kapoor was one of the first Bollywood stars to slam the tweet, calling it “disgusting and classless.” Even Omung Kumar, the director of PM Narendra Modi, the Vivek Oberoi starrer which was waiting for the elections to be over in order to hit the theatres, found the meme unfunny. Calling it a mistake, Kumar told Zoom, “I did not find it funny. There is nothing funny about it. But wrong judgement ho gaya, woh ho jata hai. Isse zyada disastrous things hue hain. This is nothing much.”Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

From the First Day May 26 2014 PM Modi Says Hes Been

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first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that he is “absolutely confident” of BJP’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections. He added that “since May 26, 2014”, the day he took oath as PM, he knew that he would return for a second term in 2019. In an interview with Hindustan Times, when Modi was asked if he is confident about a second term, he said, “Absolutely. From the first day. May 26, 2014.” At a 2014 event, when a student had sought PM’s advice on the things that he needed to do to become the prime minister. Modi had then told the student to “start preparing for the 2024 elections…at least till then I am safe”.PM Modi negated the perception that the kind of narrative in the 2019 elections had dropped sharply. Modi defended his way of ending speeches by saying that every vote for the local BJP candidate as a vote for him. He said that this year’s Lok Sabha polls were fought on performance and not perception. “By performance, I mean the various schemes of the government of India; and the local MPs are involved in the implementation of these schemes locally at the grass-root level. To just say that in these elections, there is just a name that is working, that isn’t correct. Naam bhi chal raha hai; kaam bhi chal raha hai (the name is working, sure, but so is the work),” he said.Earlier, in an interview to News18, PM Modi had said that BJP will form the government with a bigger mandate as compared to 2014. “We will form the government with a bigger mandate as compared with 2014. NDA allies will also increase their tally. The NDA’s strength will rise in these elections. We will carry our governance agenda forward with the same selflessness and confidence with which we have worked in these five years,” he said. 2019 lok sabha electionsBhartaiya Janata PartyBJPLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 9, 2019, 11:04 PM ISTlast_img read more

Regional Parties Will Join Federal Front in Event of Hung Verdict in

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first_imgHyderabad: The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana hoped regional parties would jump on the bandwagon of the federal front proposed by party president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in the event of a hung verdict in the Lok Sabha elections.DMK president MK Stalin’s reiteration of his party’s alliance with the Congress is not a setback to the efforts for a federal front, said TRS MLC Palla Rajeshwara Reddy. “It is not a setback for us… He (Stalin) is part of UPA. We have been trying for a consortium of the regional parties. We are already in touch with all these people,” he said.”In case they (UPA and NDA) don’t get majority on their own, and if we (regional parties) are in a position, at that point of time, they (UPA or NDA) may support us,” he said.The Congress’ allies may influence the party to support the consortium of regional parties if such a situation arose, he claimed.The senior TRS leader felt the Lok Sabha elections would throw up a hung verdict and said in that case parties like JD(S) and JD(U) may support the proposed federal front.”When the regional parties are together, two or three other people also may support us at that point of time. Maybe JD(S), JD(U) also,” Reddy said.”We are, actually, in good position. Definitely, we will have our say. People will only come to us. Whether it is UPA or NDA. We will take a decision at that point of time,” he said.Rao met CPI(M) leader and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Stalin during the last week. On Rao’s federal front idea, BJP leader and former MLC P Sudhakar Reddy said the mood of the nation is ‘phir ek bar, Modi sarkar’ (Modi government, once again).”BJP will get absolute majority. NDA allies would also cooperate,” he said.Dismissing the efforts for a federal front, senior Congress leader and former MLA Marri Shashidhar Reddy said no government can be formed at the Centre without the participation of either the BJP or Congress.”Non-BJP, non-Congress government is simply wishful thinking. It is not possible. We have seen it in the past,” Shashidhar Reddy, a former vice-chairman of National DisasterManagement Authority, said.There are no takers for Rao’s idea of non-Congress, non-BJP front as leaders like Mamata Banerjee and Stalin have made it clear that there cannot be a front without the Congress, Shashidhar Reddy said.AICC spokesperson Sravan Dasoju asked why Rao has not met any of the NDA allies like Shiv Sena, Akali Dal or JD(U). “It conveys a message that he is trying to disintegrate UPA rather than integrate it as a federal front,” Dasoju said.The Congress would emerge as the single largest party, he claimed. 2019 lok sabha electionsBJPcongressFederal front First Published: May 15, 2019, 4:57 PM ISTlast_img read more