Scientists Simulate Marsquakes With Data From InSight Lander

first_img Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous The Real Reason the ‘Blade’ Reboot Is Happening 0 Comments 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. Paul Rudd to Join the Cast of Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ If you’ve ever wondered how different marsquakes are from earthquakes, we now have the answer thanks to NASA and Swiss research university ETH Zurich. NASA delivered the first-ever seismometer to the red planet aboard the InSight lander last year, and it’s now deployed and sending back data. Researchers from ETH Zurich have used that data to reconstruct a marsquake here on Earth, and it’s not what anyone expected. InSight touched down on Mars back in November of 2018. The robotic lander’s goal is to study the interior of Mars, which has not been possible with past missions like Curiosity. Among InSight’s instruments is the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS). NASA successfully deployed the sensor in December of 2018 (see above) after building a model of InSight’s landing zone on Earth to rehearse the delicate process. InSight placed the instrument about 5.3 feet (1.6 meters) away, close to the maximum reach of its robotic arm. If SEIS didn’t make good contact with the ground, its data wouldn’t be useful. Luckily, the sensor works perfectly and detected its first marsquake in April 2019. In a new video, ETH Zurich scientists demonstrate the differences between seismic events on Earth, the moon, and Mars. They have a quake simulator that can reproduce a seismic event from data as you’d get from an instrument like SEIS or the seismometer deployed on the moon by Apollo 11 50 years ago. Seismic waves are affected by the composition of a planet or moon, so you’d expect different worlds to have different quakes. Indeed, quakes on Earth feature strong initial P-wave arrival followed by a stronger S-wave. To experience moonquakes, the team had to scale the signal up by one million times. Seismic waves on the moon have much smaller attenuation with strong scattering. So a moonquake could last an hour or more. For the marsquake simulation, the team had to increase the InSight signal by 10 million times. The lander has so far detected two “families” of marsquakes. There’s a high-frequency version and the low-frequency version demonstrated in the video. The lower-frequency quakes may originate farther from InSight. The waves aren’t the same as on Earth, but they’re not like the moon either. ETH Zurich researchers believe Mars will end up having seismic properties in between the two. In time, the seismic data from Mars could help us better understand its composition without cracking it open to take a peek.Now read:InSight Lander Records the Sound of Martian WindInSight Takes Its First Mars SelfieInSight Beams Back Daily Weather Reports From Mars By Ryan Whitwam on July 23, 2019 at 1:54 pm You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet ‘Endgame’ Suggests The MCU Has a Big Problem With Captain Marvel Fans Are Absolutely Furious About That ‘Rise Of Skywalker’ Rumor Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp Scientists Simulate Marsquakes With Data From InSight Lander Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder Tagged In sciencespacenasamarseth zurichseismologyseis Post a Comment 0 Commentslast_img read more

Google Stadia Isnt Netflix for Games

first_img Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Very Latest On A Possible ‘Kill Bill Vol. 3’ Google: Stadia Isn’t ‘Netflix for Games’ Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today 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. By Joel Hruska on July 19, 2019 at 4:32 pm Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene ‘Legacies’ Season 2 Casts New Vampire As A Love Interest 11 Comments (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Google held an AMA yesterday on its upcoming cloud gaming service, Stadia. Stadia is a unique project in gaming — there’s no other service quite like it available — but that particular facet is going to cut both ways. Users have had a lot of questions, and the Stadia team has now provided some answers to how various facets of the service will work.One thing they made clear upfront: Stadia isn’t “Netflix for games.” Stadia director of product, Andrey Doronichev, writes:Stadia Pro is not “Netflix for Games” like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus. The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take. Starting with Destiny 2 (yay!).This comparison isn’t very good either. Whether you like the idea of Stadia or not, what it offers — games that exist only in the cloud that you purchase at full price — is not the model that Microsoft, Sony, or any other company uses. The major companies that offer cloud streaming services also offer physical downloads for local play or they offer a Netflix-style streaming service with a large back catalog of titles.Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus are thematically similar to Stadia Pro in that yes, all three of these services are “value adds” on top of the base platform experience. Stadia, however, is a very different service than what Sony and Microsoft offer. This changes the value proposition of Stadia Pro relative to Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus.When Will Google Kill It?Another question gamers raised is whether Google is invested in the product in the way it needs to be to encourage players to invest in it. This is not an unfair question. Every large company launches and retires products. But few, if any, do so at the rate Google has.As this article discusses, from just January to April 2019, Google retired the Chromecast Audio, removed YouTube annotations, abandoned Louisville KY’s fiber installation, dropped IoT support from Android Things, gutted its laptop and tablet division, shut down Google Allo, closed its Spotlight Stories VR studio, stopped accepting new users for the Goo.gl URL shortener, shut down IFTT support, and ended both Google+ and Google Inbox.The Google Cemetery lists 155 projects that Google has killed, as well as some statistics on its long-term behavior:2019 is shaping up to be a very good year for shutdowns, though 2011 is the easy leader.When asked whether there were any EoL guarantees associated with Stadia, Doronichev implied that gaming moving to the cloud is no different than the way music, movies, photos, and documents have already done. He emphasized Google’s investment to date in Stadia before declaring:[W]e’re committed to making Stadia a success. The games you buy on Stadia are yours to play. From day one we’ll support Takeout, so that you can download your game metadata, including saves if you want to.Of course, it’s ok to doubt my words. Theres nothing I can say now to make you believe if you don’t. But what we can do is to launch the service and continue investing in it for years to come. Exactly how we’ve been doing with gMail, Docs, Music, Movies and Photos. That’s exactly what we’re committed to.The actual question, however, was: “If the Stadia service is discontinued, do we know what (if anything) will happen with game purchases? Alternately, are they any minimum EoL guarantees, etc.”Donichev never actually answers the question, leaving the de facto answer: “No.” He begins by drawing parallels to how movies, documents, and photos have moved to the cloud, but he ignores that this content has either generally been made available on streaming sites with Netflix-style content systems or that the cloud services in question are used for storing one’s own personal data. Stadia isn’t the same as these services. The fact that Google continues to try and elide that difference is troubling.You can quit subscribing to Stadia Pro and still access the games you’ve purchased (though not the titles you got for free for being a subscriber). If Google shuts Stadia down, however, you’ll lose access to the titles you bought. This point is being confused in some spaces, with reports that you can “quit” the service and still keep the titles you previously got for being a subscriber. This does not appear to be the case. You regain these titles if you resubscribe, but that’s not the same as having a version of a game you can download and keep if the company decides to shut its servers down.No company ramping up for a major launch is going to declare that they only intend to operate a service for the short term or imply no one at Google is committed to making the launch a success. The fact that Google didn’t have anything to share about an EOL guarantee could mean that the company simply hasn’t finalized that aspect of its service, but given the company’s history, Google is one of the last companies I would bet on when it comes to the long-term question of whether it will keep a product in-market.Google Docs is a major component of Google’s efforts to take on Microsoft Office as a business productivity suite. Some of Google’s other cloud services are directly tied to Android. Google Stadia, in contrast, is an attempt to take on Microsoft and Sony in an entirely new market with an unproven business model. If Stadia takes off, Google will keep it. If it doesn’t — and keep in mind, we have no idea what metrics the company has set internally for what “takes off” means — then Google is one of the companies least likely to commit to iterative improvement or a marketing pivot. Google may rehabilitate some of its products, but its long-term tendency has always been to throw them away and launch something new. (This is how the company ended up with seven messaging platforms simultaneously at one point).If you’re the type of person to buy a game, beat it, and never play it again, this risk may not matter to you. But evaluated in terms of its commitment to offering users long-term platform support, no Silicon Valley company I can think of has done a worse job than Google. Some companies dig in and make products better; some companies throw them out and start over. Google has always tended far more towards the latter than the former.Other PointsOther tidbits from the AMA include:Stadia game prices will be competitive with other platforms. Playing on a TV will require a Stadia Controller ($69) and Chromecast Ultra ($69), though there’s also Founders Edition for preorder that includes these components, three months of Stadia Pro, and a coupon to give Stadia Pro to someone else for the same time period for $130.If you unsubscribe from Stadia and resubscribe later, you will regain access to games that you claimed while you were a Pro subscriber. You will not receive games that were given away while you were unsubscribed.Bluetooth audio support will not be present at launch but may be added at a later date. Support for audio through the Stadia Controller is via headphone jack only.Google is committed to adding support for cross-play. The company is starting with adding support to Chromecast Ultra but might enable the service on other devices. Andrey wants to add support for iOS and Android as well.Achievement support will be added post-launch but not available on day one.The free game per month offer is for Pro users only. The game is yours to keep for as long as you remain a subscriber. Stadia Base does not include a game, only the option to buy games.Google thinks ISPs will raise data caps to allow services like Stadia to function without eating all your bandwidth. There will be some unspecified tools and services for bandwidth management. Doronichev writes, “There’s a lot of great ISPs offering plans with 100s of mbps or even gigabits and no caps,” which is really cute, considering roughly 40 percent of the country, including myself, has access to exactly one ISP.Family sharing is coming “early next year.”On the whole, it’s a solid AMA, but I’d wait a year or three before investing any money into the platform. Google has been far too willing in the past to kill products that were passionately loved by its user base for me to put any faith in the company not to kill Stadia at the drop of a hat. It has never cared about the fact that users depended on products like Hangouts or Reader when it made the decision to kill them, and it doesn’t deserve to be trusted to have started now — unless, of course, the company is willing to explicitly guarantee it in writing. Thus far, Google has not done so.I will not be recommending that anyone buy products on Stadia unless Google is willing to provide a written guarantee that it will provide the service for a minimum length of time. “Trust us,” is a flatly unacceptable answer at this point.Now Read: How Google’s Stadia Game Streaming Service Can SucceedGoogle Reveals Stadia Pricing, Launch Date, and GamesGoogle Stadia Will Eat 1TB Bandwidth Caps for Breakfast The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Tagged In microsoftgooglegamingsonyconsole gamingcloud gamingStadiagoogle hangoutsgoogle readerGoogle CemeteryGoogle ChatGtalk Post a Comment 11 Commentslast_img read more

Intels Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons 64 Cores

first_img By Joel Hruska on July 16, 2019 at 7:08 am ‘Playmobil’ Trailer Debuts Danielle Radcliffe’s Toy Secret Agent 17 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 20shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Intel has announced a significant advance for its neuromorphic research processor, codenamed Loihi. The company has now scaled up its Loihi implementation to the 64-processor level, allowing it to create a system with more than 8M neurons (8.3M). This new configuration (codenamed Pohoiki Beach) delivers 1,000x better performance than conventional CPUs in applications like sparse coding, graph search, and constraint-satisfaction problems. Intel claims that the new Pohoiki Beach delivers a 10,000x energy efficiency improvement over conventional CPU architectures in these sorts of tests.Neuromorphic computing is a subset of computing that attempts to mimic the brain’s architecture using modern technological analogues. Instead of implementing a typical CPU clock, for example. Loihi is based on a spiking neural network architecture. The basic Loihi processor contains 128 neuromorphic cores, three Lakefield (Intel Quark) CPU cores, and an off-chip communication network. In theory, Loihi can scale all the way up to 4,096 on-chip cores and 16,384 chips, though Intel has said it has no plans to commercialize a design this large.A close-up shot of an Intel Nahuku board, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Pohoiki Beach, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach was introduced in July 2019. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)“With the Loihi chip we’ve been able to demonstrate 109 times lower power consumption running a real-time deep learning benchmark compared to a GPU, and 5 times lower power consumption compared to specialized IoT inference hardware,” said Chris Eliasmith, co-CEO of Applied Brain Research and professor at University of Waterloo. “Even better, as we scale the network up by 50 times, Loihi maintains real-time performance results and uses only 30 percent more power, whereas the IoT hardware uses 500 percent more power and is no longer real-time.”One of Intel’s Nahuku boards, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips, shown here interfaced to an Intel Arria 10 FPGA development kit. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Poihoiki Beach, annuounced in July 2019, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach was introduced in July 2019. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)The Pohoiki Beach implementation is not the largest planned deployment for the neuromorphic chip. Intel states that it intends to roll out an even larger design, codenamed Pohoiki Springs, which will deliver “an unprecedented level of performance and efficiency for scaled-up neuromorphic workloads.”We’ve covered the advances and research in neuromorphic computing for several years at ET. The work being done on these CPUs is closely related to the work that’s being conducted in AI and machine intelligence overall, but neuromorphic computing isn’t just concerned with how to run AI / ML workloads efficiently on existing chips. The ultimate goal is to build processors that more closely resemble the human brain.One of the oddities of computing is that analogies comparing human brain function and how computers work are so prevalent. Human brains and classic computers have very little overlap in terms of how they function. Transistors are not equivalent to neurons and the spiking neural network model that Loihi uses for transmitting information across its own processor cores is intended to be closer to the biological processes humans and other animals use than traditional silicon.Projects like this have a number of long-term research goals, of course, but one of the most fundamental is to better understand how brains work in order to copy some of their energy efficiency. The human brain runs on roughly 20W. Exascale supercomputing, which is considered the minimum for advanced neural simulation of anything more complex than an earthworm, is expected to consume megawatts of power per supercomputer. The gap between those figures explains why we’re so interested in the long-term energy efficiency and computation potential of the brain in the first place. Architectures like Loihi aren’t just an effort to write programs that mimic what humans can do; the goal is to copy aspects of our neurology as well. It makes their progress a bit more interesting.Feature Image Credit: Tim Herman/Intel CorporationNow Read:New Leak: Intel 10-Core Comet Lake CPUs Will Counterattack Ryzen 3000 FamilyIs Moore’s Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? Even Experts DisagreeIntel’s New Omni-Directional Interconnect Combines EMIB, Foveros We Now Understand Why Eliza Dushku Has Disappeared Intel’s Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons, 64 Cores Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel The Hate for ‘Captain Marvel’ May Never Stop ‘Endgame’ Directors Apologize To Tom Holland Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 May Be Coming Sooner Than You Think Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Tagged In scienceintelcpusartificial intelligencesemiconductorsaimachine learningneuromorphicneuromorphic computingLoihineuromorphic processor Post a Comment 17 Commentslast_img read more

Pixel 4 XL Leak Confirms Big Bezel No Notch

first_img The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman By Ryan Whitwam on July 8, 2019 at 12:13 pm 4 Comments ‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Reveals Who Is to Blame for Massive Flop Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous The Real Reason These Celebs Refused to Do Nude Scenes 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 Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Google’s track record for Pixel phone secrecy is spotty at best. There are always some leaks here and there, and last year a crate of Pixel 3 XLs “fell off a truck” in Russia. Nothing that informative has happened yet this time around, but there are some new renders of the upcoming Pixel 4 XL. Unlike in past years, Google isn’t playing dumb with its upcoming phone launch. The company’s Made by Google Twitter account posted a shadowy picture of the phone after the last round of render leaks. That image left a lot to the imagination, but the new leaked render puts it all on display. This leak comes from OnLeaks, who has been very reliable in the past. OnLeaks gets access to leaked CAD files for phones, and then creates renders based on them. The last Pixel leak featured the smaller Pixel 4, but this time it’s the Pixel 4 XL. This one also includes the screen placement and size, whereas the last leak skipped over that part. We already know what the back of the phone will look like — that was in Google’s Twitter post. There’s a square camera module has three sensors, two of which are probably cameras. The third is most likely a time-of-flight sensor. There is no fingerprint sensor on the back. So, Google has either gone to in-display sensor technology or has ditched the fingerprint sensor in favor of 3D face unlock.  On the front, the Pixel 4 XL reportedly has a 6.25-inch screen that hugs the bottom of the device more closely than the top. There’s no notch, though. The Pixel 3 XL was roundly criticized for the massive notch that ate up about half of the status bar for no good reason — the phone still had a gigantic chin at the bottom. This year, the Pixel avoids that with asymmetrical bezels. Whether that’s an improvement is largely an aesthetic judgment. The slightly larger top bezel houses two front-facing cameras and two other small sensors of unknown nature. Some combination of cameras or other sensors could form the basis of Google’s rumored 3D face unlock system. The overall phone body measures 160.4 x 75.2 x 8.2mm. That makes it slightly larger in all dimensions than the Galaxy S10+. So, it’ll be a very big phone. We expect Google to announce the Pixel 4 and 4 XL in October — that’s when all its past Made by Google events have taken place.Now read:Google Settles Pixel Class Action Lawsuit, Will Pay Owners Up to $500Google Says Pixel 3 Sales Are Worse Than Pixel 2New Leak Shows Google Pixel 3 XL in White Pixel 4 XL Leak Confirms Big Bezel, No Notch Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Biggest ‘Arrow’ Plot Holes No One Ever Talks About The Truth About Collin Gosselin Revealed Tagged In smartphonesgoogleandroidPixelleakspixel 4pixel 4 xl Post a Comment 4 Commentslast_img read more

How Sleep and Fitness Trackers Work and Whether Theyre Worth It

first_img Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ Release Date Confirmed By David Cardinal on March 26, 2019 at 7:27 am The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene ‘Black Widow’ Set Photos Reveal The Main Villain HowYou Create the Best Pokemon Emerald Team New Details Confirmed About Natalie Portman As Mighty Thor You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 10 Comments Tagged In extremetech explainshealthfuture healthsleepquantified selfdigital healthecgekgfitnesselectrocardiogramfitness trackersBeddrSleepTrackersleep trackingFitness trackingHuawei Band 3 ProFitBit VersaZeTime Post a Comment 10 Comments The Real Reason the ‘Blade’ Reboot Is Happening If you’ve read articles about fitness trackers, they were probably written by compulsive workout junkies who compare them for how well they can track those zillion mile bike rides or marathon training runs. Well, I’m not one of them. But the tech in sleep and fitness trackers is pretty amazing and well worth writing about. And yes, they can also provide health benefits for the rest of us who get exercise as time permits.Trackers, as with much of the digital health movement, have come a long way in the last few years. From the simple and not-very-accurate step counters of a few years ago, they have evolved into devices that can monitor your heart rate, sleep, and other vital signs. However, they’re far from perfect, so they can also provide an undeserved impression of accuracy.How Step-and-Stair Tracking WorksThe simplest form of counting steps is to use the data from the device’s accelerometer and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to detect rhythmic motions that are consistent with the back-and-forth movement that typically goes along with walking or running. By using the data from both sensors, the device tries to filter out false positives.Once the device has a step count, then it multiplies that by an estimate of your stride to calculate how far you’ve walked or run. Worst case it uses a generic guess at your stride, but typically you’re able to enter your height to give it a more accurate starting point, or even enter your stride length directly. Some devices go a bit further and will calibrate your stride by comparing GPS results with its estimates. Because consumer GPS has limited accuracy, this process usually requires several minutes of traveling at a consistent speed. Some also calculate separate stride lengths for walking and running. Until recently, that meant remembering to tell the tracker when you started a hike or run. But many newer devices do a good job of auto-detecting when you start some type of exercise and classifying it appropriately.From having owned various fitness trackers over the years, it’s clear that counting steps and stairs is as much of an art as a science at this point. Even when using several current state-of-the-art trackers at the same time, their step counts can differ by as much as 15 percent. Typical wrist trackers and watches don’t have the processing power to run a lot of sophisticated AI-based analytics to help clean up the data, either.Devices with altimeters often also let you count how many flights of stairs (or equivalent) you’ve climbed. Here, too, sensor fusion is required, so that altitude gained while driving or flying doesn’t get credited to your fitness (a shame for tech journalists who spend a lot of time on airplanes).Tracking climbing can be even more of a crapshoot. For example, my Fitbit Versa regularly reports dozens of floors climbed while I’m playing tennis — even though each floor is supposed to represent 10 feet of altitude gained while walking or running. In contrast, my Huawei Band 3 Pro isn’t fooled. However, the Versa does a better job keeping up with my running up and down stairs during the day.Fitness Tracking: Another Field Turned on Its Head by AIAs with so many areas of technology, digital health has been vastly improved through the use of AI. For example, instead of writing long sequences of complicated code based on physical models to count steps, modern trackers rely on neural networks that use machine learning to determine strides. Similarly, instead of relying on human analysis of sleep data for each patient, trackers have systems that are trained on huge amounts of human-labeled sample data. As a result, they can categorize the sensor information from users into not just sleeping or awake, but even the specific type of sleep.How Heart Rate Monitoring WorksIf you’ve ever had a heart issue, you may have been hooked up to a machine with a variety of electrodes to monitor your heart (an ECG or EKG). Those electrodes measure the small electrical currents emitted by the “pacemaker cells” in your heart. The best consumer-grade heart monitors use a simplified version of the same technique. A chest strap with electrodes on the inside is used. With that approach, it is possible to get both a very accurate measurement of heart rate, and also calculate Heart Rate Variability (HRV), an increasingly popular metric of fitness.As you can imagine, that’s something of a hassle, so most trackers rely on a less accurate but lower-hassle optical system. Optical heart rate monitors use a process called photoplethysmography (PPG) to calculate your heart rate by shining light into your skin and measuring the reflectance. The light is emitted from LEDs (usually at least two) on the inside of the tracking device. Multiple LEDs at different frequencies help provide better results across the wide range of possible skin colors and thickness.Unfortunately, the readings from an optical tracker placed on your wrist, or in a ring, are susceptible to fluctuations as you move. In particular, if you are running or jogging at a similar pace to your heart rate, then it is possible for a tracker to pick up on that cadence and think it is your heartbeat. This is often referred to as the “crossover problem.” Since only about .1 percent of the light reflected from your skin is related to the heart rate signal, there are plenty of opportunities for error to creep in.To help with this, many trackers also incorporate an accelerometer to help them disregard incorrect data. The amount of light reflected also varies with ambient light level, as unless you are in a dark room or have your hand and wrist completely covered, some pollution of the light from the LEDs will occur. Higher-end devices include ambient light monitoring to minimize this problem.Because of these issues, the most accurate of the optical heart rate devices appear to be armbands and clips that go on your finger. Of course, neither is quite as easy to use as a wrist-based tracker or even a ring, so a lot of work has gone into making more accurate heart rate tracking for popular devices that can be worn all day (and night). Manufacturers of brand-name models from Garmin, Fitbit, and others claim accuracy within 5 percent of a medical-grade device for their wrist-worn trackers. That’s pretty reasonable if you just want a general measure of your health, and an estimate of how much “cardio” time you’re getting from exercise each day, but certainly not good enough for training elite athletes.As an experiment, I outfitted myself with five different heart-rate-capable tracking devices. For starters, we have a Sleeptracker from FullPower under our mattress (which uses pressure and vibration to measure heart rate while asleep). Then I tried a ZeTime watch, a Fitbit Versa, a Huawei Band 3 Pro, and an inexpensive fingertip pulse-oximeter. While the data from the ZeTime nearly gave me a coronary (it showed some massive spikes while sleeping that certainly didn’t look healthy), the other four trackers were generally consistent in pattern, and fairly close in actual values. I’m sure some of the differences were caused by having to wear several at once, so none of them were really in an ideal location. None of these devices are accurate enough to calculate HRV, though. Leading HRV app maker EliteHRV only fully supports chest strap devices for that purpose.Using an ECG to Detect A-fibWhile the Apple Watch 4 isn’t the first wearable to be able to provide users with an electrocardiogram (ECG), it is by far the most popular. Specifically, on demand, the latest Apple Watch can provide an ECG trace and detect whether the user may be suffering from an irregular heartbeat — in this case atrial fibrillation or a-fib. It does that by measuring the electric pulses sent out by the heart as they reach the watch. To get a reading, the user lays their finger alongside the watch for 30 seconds to close the circuit. By itself, diagnosing an irregular heartbeat may not mean much, but it is enough reason to consider further evaluation by a medical professional. Apple helps the process along by providing a PDF of the ECG that the user can forward to their physician.To validate the effectiveness of this capability, Apple has funded an extensive study showing that wearers of its Watch 4 using this feature receive similar benefits to those wearing a medical device in a more typical week-long evaluation. There are clearly benefits to early detection of symptoms of possible heart disease. However, the medical community is divided over the value of diagnosing a-fib in otherwise healthy people with no specific propensity for heart disease. In any case, this capability is certainly a taste of what are likely to be further developments in tracking heart health through popular wearables.Sleep Tracking Compared With Sleep StudiesIf you have a sleep disorder or have ever suspected that you have an issue with sleep apnea, you were probably referred to a clinic that could load you up with electrodes and charge you a ton to let you know how, and how well, you sleep. But if you simply wanted an idea of how well you’re sleeping, and what you might be able to do to improve it, wearing a dozen electrodes every night certainly isn’t practical. Enter sleep trackers. Using one or more sensors, they rely on science and machine learning to estimate when you are sleeping, what phase of sleep you’re in, and suggest various health tips and tidbits.My experience with five different trackers that report on sleep indicates that consumer products can do a reasonable job of creating a rough outline of your sleep and waking states, and perhaps of roughly the total time spent in each of the labeled sleep states. These are commonly called Light, Deep, and REM, although a sleep researcher I spoke with said that medically REM is important enough that they start by classifying sleep into REM and non-REM. In any case, no two of the trackers matched on a consistent basis.Sleeptracker’s AI-powered cloud and proprietary sensor results in the sleep data I feel most confident about.The sleep tracker I’ve been using the longest is the Sleeptracker. The sensor pod goes under your mattress so it is totally hassle-free. Fullpower has also done an excellent job of building health statistics based on your demographic profile compared with its community of users. That lets them provide some interesting and potentially useful coaching tips. Placement of the sensor also helps them measure breathing rate — something the typical fitness trackers I’ve used couldn’t estimate. From speaking with Fullpower, the company credits its in-house design sensors that detect motion from under your mattress coupled with an AI model based on 250 million nights of sleep with giving the device 90%+ accuracy and putting it ahead of the competition. I also asked about the large variety of mattresses and learned that the device auto-calibrates, again based on the company’s cloud-based AI models. By using dual sensors, Sleeptracker can also monitor two sleepers in the same bed, which is pretty impressive.Fitbit Versa sleep data from the same night. The overall pattern and total time are similar, but the specific stages varied by quite a bit.Most other sleep trackers in use are simply fitness trackers that can do continuous heart-rate monitoring. They analyze data including how much you are moving and your heart rate to estimate whether you are asleep or awake, and which stage of sleep you’re in. Currently, none of the standard fitness trackers are certified as medical grade devices or for use in diagnosing sleep apnea. However, startup Beddr has a device you can attach to your forehead that also includes a pulse-oximeter and can be used to detect apnea events. Fitbit markets that its Charge 3 and Versa have SpO2 (pulse-ox) sensors, but they don’t actually do anything currently.Huawei’s sleep data from the same night (worn next to the Versa) shows a lot more time in deep sleep than any of the other trackers, which is consistent with its 20-60 percent reference data, which also seems high compared with the benchmarks used by the other companies. Caveat: Wearing two trackers on the same wrist or even one on each wrist (I tried it both ways) is certainly not a perfect way to compare them.The Quantified Self Is on the WayWhile consumer fitness and sleep trackers clearly have a long way to go before they are on a par with medical-grade procedures, progress has been and is likely to continue to be rapid. Sensors are getting smaller, less expensive, and more accurate at the same time that increased processing power and improved analysis tools are becoming available. What took a large watch a couple of years ago can now be done with a ring. As a next step, look for increased integration of personal tracking devices with the professional health care system. It is already starting to happen on a limited basis but is likely to become commonplace.[Image Credit: PPG]Now read from PCMag:The Best Fitness TrackersThe Best Fitness AppsThe Best Heart-Rate Monitors<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>  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 How Sleep and Fitness Trackers Work, and Whether They’re Worth It Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’last_img read more

Adobe and Software AG Partner to Advance Customer Experience Management

first_imgAdobe Experience Platform and Marketo Engage Combined with Software AG’s Technology Helps Companies Stitch Customer Data from Across SystemsAt Adobe Summit EMEA, Adobe and Software AG announced a partnership to help companies transform their customer experience management (CXM) by bringing together customer data from across multiple enterprise systems into a centralized and actionable real-time customer profile. Adobe and Software AG will create integrations between Adobe Experience Platform and Software AG’s webMethods Integration and API management services.Adobe Experience Platform eliminates data silos by stitching together data from across the enterprise, enabling real-time customer profiles that are fueled by Adobe Sensei artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Software AG’s technology establishes enterprise-wide connectivity between CRMs and applications, as well as multiple backend systems. This connectivity comes with ready-to-use integration recipes and easily configurable data connectors. The combined offering lets brands move a customer’s key enterprise data into Adobe Experience Platform via Software AG’s integration platform, resulting in a more complete view of the customer journey, making personalization at scale a reality for enterprises.Marketing Technology News: DataGrail Research Reveals 70% of Privacy Professionals Agree Their Systems Will Not Support New Privacy RegulationsLeveraging Software AG’s strength in developing integrated SAP solutions, the partnership will also introduce a new data connector between Marketo Engage and SAP solutions that will seamlessly sync account scoring behavior (e.g. visited key web pages, opened email, attended an event) and other marketing data with sales activity and pipeline data.“Adobe and Software AG are coming together to deliver a solution that will enable enterprises to harness and action large volumes of customer data to deliver personalized, real-time customer experiences at scale,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe.Marketing Technology News: Modulr Raises £14 Million in Scale-up Capital to Fuel Growth“At Software AG, we help thousands of businesses turn their data into value each day,” said Sanjay Brahmawar, CEO of Software AG. “Our partnership with Adobe will unlock even greater value by connecting the customer journey to core enterprise data. This integration is the foundation of greater visibility, transparency, and customer intimacy – all in real time.”Marketing Technology News: Travel Tech Providers Gimmonix and Trip Sciences Strike a Strategic Partnership to Deliver Travel Industry’s First White-label Native Mobile Solution for Hotels Adobe and Software AG Partner to Advance Customer Experience Management PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 8:04 pmMay 23, 2019 AdobeAdobe Experience Platformcrmcustomer experience managementMarketing TechnologyNewspersonalizationSoftware AG Previous ArticleSalesforce.org Launches foundationConnect, a Complete CRM and Grants Management Solution for GrantmakersNext ArticleSalesforce Ventures Launches New $125 Million Europe Trailblazer Fundlast_img read more

MarTech Interview with Dietmar Rietsch CEO Pimcore

first_img As CEO and co-founder of Pimcore and as manager of digital agency Elements, Dietmar Rietsch deals with new technologies and the digital transformation of companies daily. Dietmar is a passionate entrepreneur who has been designing and realizing exciting digital projects for more than 20 years. Pimcore is a software vendor for free and open-source customer experience management, digital asset management, product information management, multi-channel publishing and e-commerce software.The company is based in Salzburg, Austria, with offices in Houston, TX, USA, and New Delhi, India. “Each customer demands an experience that’s tailored to their specific needs and preferences, and retailers that fail to provide this will lose an entire subset of customers.” MarTech Interview with Dietmar Rietsch, CEO, Pimcore Sudipto GhoshMay 24, 2019, 9:15 pmMay 24, 2019 About Pimcore AdobeAIB2B technologycouldcrmcustomer experienceData ManagementDietmar RietschinterviewsITMagentoMarketoMarTech InterviewPimcoreRed BullSAP Previous ArticleiGeolise Raise £3.2 Million Investment for Their Location Search and Mapping APINext ArticleMicrosoft DevDays Asia 2019: Leveraging Cross-Disciplinary Skills for Next-Gen AI Talents in Taiwancenter_img The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. MarTech Interview Series About DietmarAbout PimcoreAbout Dietmar Tell us about your role and journey into technology. How did you arrive at Pimcore?Pimcore was carved out of a digital agency named New Elements Media Solutions in Salzburg, Austria, in 2010, where I (along with the other co-founders of Pimcore) spent close to seven years. Pimcore was formed out of a strong desire to change the way we were functioning. All of our projects were turning into data management nightmares, as we were using multiple softwares for multiple tasks, and required multiple interfaces. There were severe troubles with updating and syncing several programming languages. And all of it was being done for every single customer. Even the smallest of updates in any of the systems were pushing our projects to the brink of breaking up. Our developers were working under tremendous pressure. Besides, the quality we were delivering to our clients was suffering, along with our time-to-market.Pimcore came about as we attempted to find a solution that could manage any amount and type of data, be used across industries, and was agile enough to adjust to rapidly changing customer and business demands. We realized the potential of open-source as a means to organize and streamline product data across enterprises and improve their customer experience. For the past nine years, we have been working with customers across the retail, CPG, manufacturing, automotive and healthcare industries to show just how easy data management for an organization can be.From the time you joined Pimcore, how much has marketing technology for retail and ecommerce landscapes evolved?Since we founded Pimcore in 2010, the retail and eCommerce landscapes have evolved dramatically. Customer experience has taken the industry by storm; it’s at the core of almost every enterprise decision. While price used to be what determined where consumers would direct their wallet share, it’s now based on where they’re going to have the most convenient, streamlined and unique experiences across channels. Retailers are realizing that it’s no longer enough to provide one message or one discount to every customer. Each customer demands an experience that’s tailored to their specific needs and preferences, and retailers that fail to provide this will lose an entire subset of customers.In the last 10 years, marketers have shifted their focus to technology, in an effort to provide these unique experiences across channels – whether that be online, in-store, on their mobile phones, even through voice devices. And as they’ve realized the necessity to provide personalized experiences across channels, marketers are investing in the solutions to appropriately and accurately, gather and store product data, and then use that data to create consistent experiences across platforms. I believe we’ll continue to see a rise in open-source and Cloud solutions over the next 10 years, as marketers increasingly understand the importance of strong master data management strategies to obtain customer insights that drive differentiated experiences.As a Marketing Technology CEO, how would you identify the biggest advantages and challenges of leading a data-driven company?The biggest advantage is that as an open-source enterprise software, which is 100% API driven, we’re in a unique position to handle projects of any scale and scope for any industry. We can help enterprises by simplifying their IT architectures, decreasing their time-to-market and enabling an awesome ROI. We’re very proud to offer Pimcore for free to enterprises around the world through an open-source licensing model.As for challenges, I’d say that being a technology product, we have to constantly be on a path of evolution and invention. There are new features being added to Pimcore night and day. So, that keeps you on your toes all the time. Second, I’d say every use case is a challenge, as it comes with its own requirements and expectations. Many clients come to Pimcore, after having tried other similar platforms, many that are our competitors. So, gaining their trust and then retaining it, I’d say is another big challenge.What valuable lessons did you learn from 2018’s massive mergers and acquisitions in the Ecommerce and Data Management areas?In the B2B technology sector, 2018 was a big year for acquisitions, and the deals we saw in commerce and customer experience were unparalleled. Adobe’s acquisitions of Magento and Marketo, and SAP’s purchase of Qualtrics show just how important digital commerce and customer experience data are across industries, as these two historically tech-focused companies invested in eCommerce solutions for enterprises. It’s a unique merger as Adobe, which is a proprietary software, acquired Magento, which is open source. This signals a huge paradigm shift in the way the world views open source. On the other hand, customers expect a seamless experience working with different products from a single vendor. And seamlessly bringing together Magento and the existing marketing suite from Adobe might be a challenge.One of the biggest learnings is that buyers demand convenience, and B2B players need to invest in the solutions that deliver, and allow buyers to make purchases across touchpoints, provide personalized offers and mirror their consumer shopping experiences. Second, data provides additional insight into buyer preferences, as B2B organizations can now collect these insights across more touchpoints than ever before. Having strong data on hand is crucial for business and customer experience strategy, and can point to future acquisitions that might be necessary in order to retain customers.There was also a big focus on data management this year, specifically with Salesforce’s acquisition of Mulesoft. This indicates that organizations are serious about increasing the agility and flexibility of their data outside of legacy systems and use it to drive both business operations and customer experience. Enterprises are realizing that they must have the data management solutions in place to compete at the speed that their customers demand today, and are investing in the tools that allow them to pivot quickly.We’re seeing that software vendors are starting to think in platforms, rather than in best-of-breed applications. Therefore, the trend we started in 2009 by bringing together data and experience management into one single and seamless interface is now imitated by all the global vendors, such as Salesforce, SAP and Adobe. And platforming is the exact right move for creating successful data-driven digital experiences to put the customer at the center of everything.Tell us about your go-to strategies to support rapid growth, lessons learned through periods of massive shift and transition.Growth is always a challenge, especially for startups with an open-source business model. Particularly, the biggest challenge we faced was growth in three different continents, all with different time zones and cultures factored into the mix, while scaling massively from five employees to more than 120. In the beginning, our resources were always limited and we were just figuring out our structures, processes, teams and budgets. While it was tough to adapt to these changes early on, it was important to realize that change is constant, and communication across our teams and offices would be crucial for our success.Leading with the mentality that change is inevitable has been a strategy that’s enabled great success, such as being named a Gartner Cool Vendor, expanding our product and services to the U.S. and experiencing a $3.5 million Series A investment at the end of last year. We view change as innovation, and it’s helped us evolve our solution and the way that our customers conduct business today, providing them with the flexibility and agility to transform customer experience in the digital age.How do you mentor your product marketing and B2B commerce teams at Pimcore?Our product marketing and B2B commerce teams are an empowered lot already. Our love for open-source technology is a binding factor. We make it a point that the teams stay agile and collaborative at every stage. Everyone lends an ear to everyone else. Every suggestion is welcome. We continually hold several joint sessions across all three continents to ensure that everyone stays on the same page and feels they’re a significant part of Pimcore.What does your technology community look like? Who do you meet at events and conferences to discuss technology?Honestly, as we currently scale up our operations, build exciting new products and awesome services such as subscriptions and PaaS, there is almost no time to attend events and conferences. That’s of course a pity and I’m quite sure that will change in the future again. So my interaction with the tech community is currently rather virtual via social media. I even got addicted to LinkedIn lately.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use?That’s an easy one to answer. We use Pimcore for that. The Pimcore Experience Cloud – a functionality that is also available open-source and free of charge – is the ideal framework for creating sophisticated marketing and sales automation tools on top of our open source customer data platform (CDP). Even our CRM is on top of Pimcore. And I think that’s even better then Salesforce, I might add.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in Marketing and Sales technology for 2019-2020?Over the next year, I believe we’ll see a rise in the use of open-source software as a means to manage product data and experience. With more and more departments across organizations (IT, sales, marketing, etc.) impacting customer experience, it’s crucial that companies have a solution that allows them to aggregate valuable product data from every touchpoint and use it to drive and create personalized offerings for each customer.The flexibility of open-source software allows organizations to evolve their strategies quickly, as customer demands change at the drop of a hat. These solutions are more cost-efficient and agile compared to legacy systems like SAP, and allow for secure storage and sharing of product data across departments. Plus, the total cost of ownership is far less than other solutions, and allows the IT department more freedom to make changes with either a small licensing fee or none at all. I think this is the future of CX technology, especially with the ever-increasing demand for personalized experiences.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now? There are a few hidden champions in the field of data and experience management that we monitor and watch closely. But I won’t tell any names, because after our next round of investment these hopefully will get bought.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a business leader?Preparing for an AI-centric world involves getting your data in line, organized and clean so that the technology can function best. Global organizations know that AI’s strengths are streamlining and analyzing massive data sets, so in order to use the technology to its fullest potential, it’s crucial that business leaders prioritize master data management. This can involve investments in open-source and Cloud solutions to ensure that all data from across the organization is in order so AI can get to work, collect customer insights and analyze that data to drive next-level business processes and strategy.In addition, ensuring that product information is accurate and well developed is crucial for organizations to operate in an AI-centric world. This way, smart technology like AI and machine learning tools can effectively learn and provide insights on where content can be improved across channels to enhance customer experience. It’s important that businesses prepare themselves so that AI can operate efficiently, especially as this technology becomes a more central aspect of organizational strategy.How do you inspire your people to work with technology? Technology is the foundation of our work. No inspiration needed. Pimcore people love tech.One word that best describes how you work.Currently “Better done than perfect.” Because I work 50% at Pimcore and still 50% at the digital agency. In the years to come: “Think different.”What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?Chrome, Outlook, Powerpoint – and Pimcore. I’m pretty mainstream.What’s your smartest work related shortcut or productivity hack?Red Bull, especially as it’s made in my hometown.What are you currently reading? (What do you read, and how do you consume information?)The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben HorowitzWhat’s the best advice you’ve ever received?Get your own kids as early as possible.Something you do better than others – the secret of your success?Connecting people and ideas.Tag the one person (or more) in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read:SAP’s Bill McDermott. Pimcore should take over SAP by the way.Thank you, Dietmar! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon.last_img read more

Cvent Acquires DoubleDutch to Accelerate Its Investment in Mobile Event Technology

first_img CventDoubleDutchEvent TechnologyMarTech acquisitionNews Previous ArticleMajor Marketers Up 6% on a Two-Year CAGR BasisNext ArticleWeborama’s Parent Company Tops Amazon’s Bid to Acquire Sizmek Ad Server and DCO Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, today announced that it has acquired DoubleDutch, one of the unique leaders in the mobile event app industry based in San Francisco. The acquisition of DoubleDutch highlights Cvent’s investment in the mobile technology space and will complement and grow the company’s signature mobile event app and onsite solution capabilities.Mobile event apps are an integral part of the attendee experience, facilitating – and capturing – engagement that leads to higher event ROI and attendee satisfaction. By acquiring DoubleDutch, Cvent is expanding its commitment to the critically important onsite experience.Marketing Technology News: Smartsheet Announces General Availability of Smartsheet Gov at AWS Public Sector Summit“DoubleDutch is an innovator in the mobile event app space and both Cvent and DoubleDutch have a shared mission to unlock the business value of human connection,” said Lawrence Coburn, CEO and founder of DoubleDutch. “We are incredibly proud to join the market-leading team at Cvent. With their global reach and scale, we can fuel our passion to change the way people connect, learn, and grow at live events.”Marketing Technology News: LiveData Announces the Launch of PeriOp Manager for Salesforce Health Cloud on Salesforce AppExchange“We are extremely excited to add DoubleDutch to the Cvent family,” said Reggie Aggarwal, CEO and founder of Cvent. “By adding DoubleDutch’s industry expertise to Cvent, we accelerate our investment in mobile event technology. We are also proud to welcome the talented DoubleDutch team to our more than 4,000 Cventers worldwide. Together, we will continue to drive innovation in how attendees engage at events.”Marketing Technology News: Political Marketers Spent 60% of Digital Ad Budgets on Programmatic Buying in 2018 US Midterms Cvent Acquires DoubleDutch to Accelerate Its Investment in Mobile Event Technology MTS Staff WriterJune 10, 2019, 8:59 pmJune 10, 2019 last_img read more

In a First 4 Top Leaders to Stay Out of Crucial Phase

first_img azam khanelection commissionLok Sabha elections 2019maneka gandhi First Published: April 16, 2019, 12:00 AM IST New Delhi: In a first, the Election Commission has imposed a nationwide campaign ban on Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and SP leader Azam Khan for 72 hours and on Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati for 48 hours from Tuesday for their “provocative” communal remarks, which it said had the “propensity to polarise the elections”.The all-India ban on all four leaders — two from the ruling BJP and two from opposition parties — comes into force from 6.00 AM Tuesday. While Adityanath, Mayawati and Gandhi were found guilty of violating the model code, EC said Khan, who also faced a state-specific ban during 2014 polls, not only violated the poll code, he also disregarded its directive asking politicians to desist from “deeds or actions construed as being repugnant to the honour and dignity of women”.”…the Commission has observed that Azam Khan has not changed his way of campaigning and he is still indulging in using very objectionable language in election campaigning,” the order said “reprimanding him”.In its order on Adityanath, the Commission said it “strongly condemns” the impugned statement made by the UP chief minister and “censured” him for “misconduct”.The Election Commission order to bar these leaders came within hours of the Supreme Court taking note of the communal remarks made by Adityanath and Mayawati and asking the poll watchdog about the action it has initiated against them.However, a senior EC functionary said the Commission had examined the issues of Adityanath and Mayawati on April 14-15, and came up with the final decision on Monday after lots of deliberation as it felt a clear message should go out to the politicians.Using its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution, the EC barred them from “holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in media (print, electronic and social media) in connection with the ongoing elections for 72 and 48 hours from 6.00 am on April 16”.On the different time periods for the leaders, a senior EC official said, “It is for the second time that the Uttar Pradesh CM has been issued a show cause notice by the EC. On April 5, he was asked to be ‘careful’ in the future. Khan had faced a similar ban in 2014 for campaigning in UP.””This is the first show cause and action against the BSP president and the Union minister… the severity of the action is, therefore, different,” he said. Mayawati was issued the notice for her speech in Deoband, where she appealed to Muslims to not vote for the Congress.The BSP chief had violated the Model Code of Conduct, the poll panel found. Adityanath was served the notice for the “Ali” and “Bajrang Bali” remarks he made while addressing a rally in Meerut.He compared the Lok Sabha elections to a contest between ‘Ali’, a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali (another name of the Hindu god Hanuman). The poll panel also observed that being the chief minister of a state, Adityanath has an “added responsibility to not only uphold the basic tenets, including secularism, of the Constitution of India, but also to display the same in his public appearances”.The order said, the EC is convinced that Adityanath made a “highly provocative” speech, which had the “tone and tenor” to aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred between religious communities.The poll panel told Mayawati that being a senior leader, she should have “desisted” from making such comments that have the “undertone and propensity to polarise the elections” in several constituencies due to the reach of the media. A poll rally of the BSP chief, which was scheduled in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, was cancelled following the Election Commission order.During the Lok Sabha polls of 2014, Khan had faced a ban for campaigning in Uttar Pradesh for his religious remarks. Now BJP chief Amit Shah also faced a similar ban in 2014, but later it was lifted after he assured the poll body that he would not disturb public tranquillity and law and order. Since Khan had not given a similar assurance, the ban on him had continued.A similar ban was placed on BJP leader Giriraj Singh from campaigning in Jharkhand and Bihar for his controversial remarks. SP leader Akhilesh Yadav took to Twitter to ask EC whether it is capable to issue similar directives to the prime minister. “EC directive against @mayawati ji begs the question: do they have integrity to stop PM from asking for votes in name of the army?” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks asking first-time voters to dedicate their vote to those who carried out the Balakot air strike are under examination of the poll panel.Maneka had on Thursday last told Muslims to vote for her as they will need her once the Lok Sabha elections are over. “We are not Mahatma Gandhi’s children that we keep giving and not get anything in return,” she said in Sultanpur’s Muslim-dominated Turabkhani area. Targeting BJP’s Jaya Prada, Khan at a rally on Sunday had said, “…the underwear beneath is of khakhi colour”.(With inputs from PTI) last_img read more

I Have Never Played Such a Strong Character Before Says Huma Qureshi

first_imgAs Shalini, who sets out on an arduous 16-year-long search for her missing daughter born out of a ‘mixed’ marriage in the latest dystopian show Leila, actress Huma Qureshi felt challenged to push her boundaries and play the role with full justice and honesty.Based on Prayaag Akbar’s 2017 novel of the same name, Leila showcases the fight of Huma’s character for her lost daughter amidst undesirable situations and frightening experiences in the fictional world of Aryavarta. “It has been a gratifying journey for me. I have never played such a strong character before this show. With this character, I have pushed myself as an artiste. I really had to go deep into the story.”Playing a mother on-screen was quite difficult because it was not only about being a mother…it was more about inheriting the qualities of Shalini who fights against the evils to find her daughter. Shalini demanded strong emotions and to portray them correctly, I had to prepare a lot,” Huma told IANS.The gritty six-episode Netflix series also delves into the issues of authoritarian rule, class and religious divide and environmental crisis, apart from depicting a mother’s search for her daughter.While talking about the societal and political issues prevailing in real life, Huma said Leila is quite relevant to present times. “I really believe in the story. Every day, we read so much on Twitter or in newspapers that this happened, that happened…but we move on and ignore it. We hardly do anything about it. But when we get stuck in a particular situation and that situation starts affecting us, then we do something about it.”The same thing happens with Shalini in the show. So despite being set in a dystopian world, this show holds some elements related to present times too,” she said.Huma considers Leila a show of a lifetime. “Earlier, heroines were not given proper and important roles in the films….Only heroes were doing the main job. But now it is changing. Our women are changing the game. They are turning into producers, directors and what not. Films and shows are now being made around women. For the first time in my life, I got the opportunity to play such strong character where ‘she’ is the main lead and hero of the story,” she said.”There is a long way to go. We need more stories about women for women and from women,” Huma added.Directed by Deepa Mehta, Shanker Raman and Pawan Kumar, Leila marks Huma’s first digital project. The 32-year-old actress said it was a “liberating” experience. “It gives more freedom to actors. When you are working for OTT platforms, you get more time to spend time with the characters without restrictions. So this way you can tell your stories in a much better way,” she said.Follow @News18Movies for more. Huma QureshiHuma Qureshi interviewHuma Qureshi LeilaLeila First Published: June 17, 2019, 9:07 AM ISTlast_img read more

Salman Khan Reveals This Actor Will Replace Vinod Khanna As Chulbul Pandeys

first_imgThe newest cast member of Dabangg 3 was introduced to the cop drama franchise in an overwhelming way. Salman Khan revealed that Vinod Khanna’s brother, Pramod Khanna, will replace the veteran actor as Chulbul Pandey’s father in the upcoming movie.Vinod Khanna passed away in April, 2017, at the age of 70 after prolonged illness. Now his brother Pramod has been roped in to play the character of Prajapati Pandey in Dabangg 3. Salman, Sonakshi Sinha, who plays Chulbul’s wife, Rajjo, and film’s director Prabhudheva introduced Pramod in a video that begins with a portrait of Salman and Vinod Khanna. They then introduce Pramod Khanna, who is seen dressed in a kurta pyjama and slightly resembles the late actor. Salman is also dressed as Chulbul.Introducing Pramod Khanna . . #Dabangg3 @sonakshisinha @PDdancing pic.twitter.com/wYDvcsQWw7— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) June 27, 2019 Apart from Pramod, Dabangg 3 will also bring back its other old characters– Arbaaz Khan as Chulbul’s brother Makhanchand Pandey or Makkhi and Mahie Gill as Makkhi’s wife Nirmala. Kannada star Kichcha Sudeep plays the antagonist in the movie.Sudeep also revealed that he and Salman would be seen fighting bare-chested in the climax of Dabangg 3, which will release this Christmas. Reportedly, the villain’s track is more of a parallel lead in the upcoming action cop drama.Produced by Arbaaz Khan and Salman Khan Films, Dabangg 3 is also going to launch Salman’s friend, filmmaker-actor, Mahesh Manjarekar’s daughter Ashwami.The film was previously expected to clash with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer Brahmastra, which has now been postponed to 2020. Follow @News18Movies for more Alia Bhattarbaaz khanbrahmastraChulbul Pandey First Published: June 28, 2019, 1:45 PM ISTlast_img read more

Nayanthara Resumes Shooting for Her Big Diwali Release Bigil

first_img a r rahmanatlee kumarBigilKG Vishnu First Published: July 16, 2019, 3:26 PM IST Nayanthara, who is all geared up to star in Vijay’s upcoming film Bigil, has resumed shooting for this movie. Helmed by Atlee Kumar, the movie will witness Nayanthara as a physiotherapy student. The scenes which are scheduled to be filmed in college will take place in a private campus in Chennai. Previously, a picture of the actress wearing a white t-shirt and black trousers from the set of this film broke the internet, ever since than fans are eagerly waiting for the upcoming updates. Meanwhile, superstar Thalapathy Vijay will be seen playing the role of a football coach. Besides featuring Nayanthara and Vijay, the AGS Entertainment produced movie will also star noted actors like Kathir, Indhuja, Daniel Balaji, Jackie Shroff, Rebba Monica, Varsha, Amritha, Vivek, Yogi Babu, and Anandaraj. Along with them, the movie will witness the music direction by academy award winner A.R. Rahman and cinematography by ‘Mersal’ fame KG Vishnu.Besides her big Diwali release, Nayanthara will be next seen in Dhyaan Sreenvisan’s Love Action Drama. Recently, the second poster of this film left her loyal fans fuming as the poster did not feature the gorgeous actress. Meanwhile Vijay was last seen in A.R. Murugadoss’s Sarkar. Further, Atlee Kumar’s Bigil is all set to hit theaters on 27 October 2019.Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

Hizbul Mujahideen Militant Killed in Encounter in JKs Shopian

first_img Hizbul MujaheedinJ&Kmilitantsecurity forces First Published: July 5, 2019, 7:07 PM IST Srinagar: A Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant was killed on Friday in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.Acting on specific information about the presence of terrorists in Batpore-Narwani area of Imam Sahib in Shopian district of south Kashmir, security forces launched a cordon and search operation on Friday morning, a police official said. As the forces were conducting searches of the area, the terrorists fired upon them, he said.The forces retaliated, ensuing in an encounter in which one terrorist was killed, the official said, adding the body was recovered along with arms and ammunition.He said the slain militant has been identified as Sameer Seh of Shopian, who was affiliated with the proscribed outfit HM. Seh was involved in several cases related to civilian killings and attacks on security establishments. last_img read more

Softbank acquires robotics company Boston Dynamics from Google

first_imgRobotics aficionados may have mixed feelings right now. On the one hand, Alphabet, Google’s parent compny has just sold Boston Dynamics, potentially saving the robotics company from descending into obsolescence in the company. On the other hand, the buyer is none other than Japan’s Softbank, which may raise a few eyebrows within the tech industry and raising the biggest question of all: what does Softbank plan to do with Boston Dynamics’ giant robots? To be fair, Softbank is no stranger to robotics, which isn’t surprising considering the country it hails from. After all, it already own Aldebaran Robotics, makers of the friendlier humanoid robot Pepper. But the stark contrast between Softbank’s lone commercial robot and Boston Dynamics’ hulking machines also points to a big difference in the two companies’ paths.Not that Boston Dynamics really had such a path moving forward had it stayed under Alphabet. When Alphabet, back then still Google, bought Boston Dynamics in late 2013, it was under the watchful eye of Andy Rubin, who had a grand but, up to now, secret vision for robotics inside Google. That vision, however, went away with Rubin, and Alphabet was left with a few properties it really didn’t know what to do with. Except sell them, of course.Boston Dynamics’ future inside Softbank is just as unclear and the press statement doesn’t exactly remove any ambiguity. Naturally, both companies had high praises for one another and talked about their shared vision for robotics. In terms of actual applications, we’ll have to wait and see.Boston Dynamics, along with fellow robotics company SHAFT of Japan, is just part of Softbank’s latest acquisition spree. September last year, it acquired ARM Holdings, which designs the most popular mobile processors in the market. So far, Softbank seems to have seen it fit to take a “hands off” approach to managing ARM, something the robotics community might also like it to do as far as Boston Dynamics is concerned.SOURCE: Softbank (PDF)last_img read more

Verizon wont buy Comcast apocalypse averted

first_imgStory TimelineHere we go again: Verizon’s data leak will make you madVerizon throttling confession raises net-neutrality questionsNew Verizon unlimited plans are going to kill consumer goodwillVerizon, ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint team up (for mobile security) Bloomberg Technology quotes Verizon boss Lowell McAdam, who said that his company has “moved on” from trying to buy up a cable company during a Goldman Sachs conference in New York. This, of course, is a great thing to hear for anyone concerned about further consolidation among cable companies and telecoms. Verizon is already the largest mobile carrier in the nation, and adding a company like Comcast to its portfolio would make it even more monolithic in size.There isn’t even a guarantee that a company the size of Verizon would be allowed to merge with Comcast or Charter, which are giants in their own field. A merger between Verizon and Comcast is one that would normally sound the alarms for regulators, but with a new, presumably more business-friendly administration in the White House, many analysts believe that this is the time for Verizon to strike. For now, however, Verizon will remain something of a competitor to Comcast and Charter rather than a suitor. Verizon has been trying to break into the content delivery business for quite some time, and snatching up a cable company would be a good way to do that. With plans to buy a cable company on ice for the time being, we can expect to see Verizon make a larger push to build the audience for go90, its in-house video streaming app.Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that these plans will be left on the back burner forever. Should the industry continue to shift away from traditional cable packages and more toward streaming, Verizon could find itself in a better position to make a bid for a cable company at some point in the future. We’ll see how things pan out, but don’t expect this to be the last we hear of Verizon’s cable aspirations. Throughout the year, the idea of Verizon purchasing either Chater or Comcast – two huge cable providers in the US – has been floated by all sorts of people. Analysts, financial experts, and even Verizon itself have all flirted with the idea, but those who were concerned that such a deal might actually go down are getting a bit of good news today. As it turns out, Verizon has abandoned efforts to buy up a cable company… at least for now.last_img read more

Snapdragon X24 blurs the line between 4G LTE and 5G

first_imgQualcomm revealed today that it has begun sampling the X24 modem, which it claims is the first Category 20 LTE modem to achieve speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second. Not only that, but it’s also the first modem made with Qualcomm’s 7 nanometer FinFet process. We’ll see the X24 get its first demonstration at MWC in cooperation with Ericsson, Telstra, and Netgear.The Snapdragon X24 will support 7x carrier aggregation and 4×4 MIMO on up to five aggregate carriers, which allows the modem to “utilize all spectrum assets available from a mobile operator.” This, in turn, opens the door to better performance than what we have now, though since your network speeds aren’t just dependent on the modem in your phone, it might be best not to expect 2Gbps speeds from phones utilizing an X24 at all times.Still, the launch of this modem serves to blur the line between 4G LTE and 5G. Though 5G speeds will eventually outclass what even the best 4G LTE modems are capable of achieving, it’s going to take a long time to get to that point. At the beginning, as carriers start to roll out their 5G networks, 4G LTE is going to still be important for many mobile users. So, even though the launch of 5G is right around the corner, there’s still reason to try to improve 4G LTE speeds over the next few years. Qualcomm says that sampling with its partners has already begun, and that we should see the first devices featuring the X24 launch by the end of the year. Stay tuned. Qualcomm, it would seem, is starting 2018 with a bang. Last week, the company announced that its Snapdragon X50 would enter testing this year with carriers around the world and feature in 5G phones beginning next year. This week, the focus is back on 4G LTE and the immediate future, as we see the new Snapdragon X24 pushing LTE boundaries further. Story Timeline2018 iPhone tipped to dump Qualcomm completelyQualcomm 5G aims for biggest brands in mobile gadgetryQualcomm board unanimously rejects Broadcom final $121B bidlast_img read more

Bixby live sports scores and news feature arrives Update

first_imgSamsung’s Bixby assistant will soon provide sports scores to users in the United States. The announcement was made by theScore, which reported today that it will be providing game updates through Bixby. The assistant is baked into Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones, though many users complain that it still lacks the features necessary to compete with existing alternatives. According to theScore, a sports news company, it will soon provide live score updates on Samsung’s digital assistant, at least for users located in the US. In addition, the company plans to push breaking sports news to Bixby, making it a new option for diehard sports fans who want the latest news. According to the company, Bixby users with a supported device will be able to access theScore’s news headlines for various sports, such as NFL football, directly from the assistant’s home screen. The support will also include personalization.Within Bixby Home, users will have the option of choosing their favorite leagues and teams for updates tailored to the user’s own preferences. Tapping on one of theScore’s content cards will take the user directly to theScore mobile app, which obviously need to be installed for access.Talking about the new support is theScore’s founder and CEO John Levy, who said:This enables us to showcase the features that have made theScore one of the most popular sports apps in North America to a huge audience, delivering sports fans on Bixby Home a highly-customizable experience and access to their scores and news headlines at a glance.UPDATE: The feature is available now, not in August as originally reported.SOURCE: Market Insiderlast_img read more

Lyft selfdriving car plans put it in the big leagues Updated

first_imgLyft is developing its own self-driving car technology, joining rideshare rival Uber and a host of automakers in chasing driverless vehicles. The company is opening a new self-driving research facility in Palo Alto, CA. over the next few weeks, Lyft announced today. However, where other companies have closely guarded their autonomous tech, Lyft is taking a very different approach. That’s the Lyft Open Platform Initiative. It builds on what the company argues is one of its relatively unique advantages: the sheer quantity of real-life data its drivers are collecting every day. With nearly a million rides every day, Lyft says, that’s a valuable trove of scenarios self-driving car AIs could learn from. Now, Lyft itself will be producing a system for autonomous vehicles based off that data. It envisages a combination hardware and software kit, with which third-party manufacturers such as automakers could easily upgrade their cars to delete the driver. The company has already inked a deal with Jaguar Land Rover to supply such technology. The tougher side of that will be the software. That’ll include computer vision algorithms, mapping AI, and all of the various systems for pulling together inputs from a range of sensors. The hardware side will consist of off-the-shelf cameras, processors, and radar scanners, among other things, likely from established tier-one suppliers. That’s a different approach to how some of Lyft’s rivals are tackling the autonomous challenge. Alphabet’s Waymo and Uber, for instance, are currently locked in a patent battle over allegations of design theft around homegrown LIDAR laser scanning technology. By opting to build such sensors – which are usually the single most expensive piece of hardware autonomous cars rely upon – the goal is to cut the price from existing models, and help make the vehicles themselves more affordable.Lyft isn’t alone in picking a section of the self-driving car problem to tackle. Apple, though long rumored to be working on the so-called “Apple Car”, is now focusing on an autonomous car system that third-party players could adopt. That may not give full control of the experience, but it’s a relatively safe strategy given the challenges involved in trying to produce an entire vehicle. Plenty of startups have waded into that arena and discovered it’s a fast-track to burning money, with struggling LeEco the most recent casualty. According to Lyft, its autonomous project has been a work-in-progress for the past eighteen months. It’ll be aggressively recruiting a team of engineers to the new Palo Alto facility, though it will continue to support third-party users of its Open Platform Initiative. For automakers, there’ll eventually be the option to use some or all of the homegrown autonomous system, though Lyft says it has no plans to make its own car. Update: In a Medium post, Lyft VP Engineering Luc Vincent explains more of the background to the work. “To be clear, we aren’t thinking of our self-driving division as a side project. It’s core to our business,” Vincent writes. “That’s why 10% of our engineers are already focused on developing self-driving technology — and we’ll continue to grow that team in the months ahead.”Lyft has dubbed the new center in Palo Alto the “Level 5 Engineering Center,” a reference to the definition of Level 5 autonomy for self-driving vehicles. Currently, the company uses feedback from the Lyft app its drivers rely on for instructions and navigation for data on each trip. However, the former Google engineer suggests, the future will see new sensors being included on vehicles used with Lyft.“For example, we gain insights into factors like traffic patterns, demand hotspots, and driver utilization by region,” Vincent explains. “Going forward, we see great opportunities to add more sensing capabilities to Lyft vehicles, which makes it possible to build High Definition 3D maps, while quickly collecting training data for self-driving cars at large scale.”The goal is a so-called “hybrid network” with autonomous and human-driven vehicles coexisting. When a user requests a ride, the system will decide which of the two is most appropriate and dispatch it accordingly. Story TimelineGM teams with Lyft for on-demand autonomous auto networkLyft is working on self-driving Chevy Bolt EV cabsLyft has bold predictions for self-driving cars by 2021last_img read more

State Roundup Calif Budget Cuts Texas Hospitals Cry Foul Over Funding Plan

first_imgA selection of health policy stories from California, Texas, Colorado, Oregon and Rhode Island.Los Angeles Times: Specifics Of California’s Budget CutsSpending on welfare, child care and home care for the elderly and disabled would be reduced but not by as much as Brown wanted. CalWORKs, the state welfare program, is facing the biggest hit at $428 million. … In-Home Supportive Services, which allow some elderly residents to avoid being moved into nursing homes, would be reduced by about $90 million. The cut means 3.6 percent fewer hours of care for beneficiaries (Megerian and York, 6/16).Texas Tribune: Private Hospitals Angry Over Funding PlanThree days before Health and Human Services Commissioner Tom Suehs announced his upcoming retirement, the chief executives of Texas’ five biggest private hospital systems asked Gov. Rick Perry for a sit-down meeting … In the letter, the presidents and chief executives … suggested that state deliberations over how to reimburse private hospitals for caring for the indigent — including the details of a federal Medicaid waiver — favored public hospitals in a way unfair to private hospitals. … It’s the latest salvo in a running back-and-forth between public and private hospitals (Ramshaw, 6/15).Texas Tribune: Texas-Based Projects Win Health Care Innovation AwardsTexas-based health care projects have been selected to receive about $38.8 million in federal money through an initiative that aims to support projects designed to deliver quality medical care and save money. Winners of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s Health Care Innovation Awards were announced Friday by the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. In addition to the direct awards, about $61.6 million will go to other projects that affect Texas (Luthra, 6/15).Denver Post: Denver Health Wins $19.8 Million To Manage High-Risk CasesDenver Health won $19.8 million from a highly competitive federal grant to hire “navigators” and information specialists who can sort high risk cases to cut costs and improve care. Denver Health believes it can extend the complex services to 15,000 new patients, saving $40 million over three years by reducing ER visits and expensive procedures through better primary medicine and mental health coordination (Booth, 6/16).The Oregonian: Health Reform: Portland Collaborative Lands $17.3 Million Health Innovation AwardPortland-area health providers have landed a $17.3 million federal innovation award to build a more coordinated system for taking care of low-income people with complex health problems. The goal is to step-up support services and preventive care for people to reduce their need for emergency room visits and hospital admissions. Planners hope to save about $32.5 million over three years (Rojas-Burke, 6/15).Modern Healthcare: R.I. Governor To Let Legislation On Hospital Deals Become LawRhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said that he will allow legislation to amend the state’s Hospital Conversions Act become law without his signature. The bill will amend the state law to allow for-profit companies to acquire more than one hospital in Rhode Island every three years. The Rhode Island House and Senate passed the legislation this week (Lee, 6/15). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Roundup: Calif. Budget Cuts; Texas Hospitals Cry Foul Over Funding Planlast_img read more

Medicare Part B Still A Target For Fraud Federal Watchdog Says

first_img The watchdog office at HHS warned Tuesday that the Medicare Part D program is still vulnerable to fraud and called out CMS for not taking recommended steps to crack down on potential problems. The Office of Inspector General also released a report identifying more than 1,400 pharmacies with suspicious billing patterns that accounted for $2.3 billion in prescription drug submissions to the Part D program last year. These pharmacies, most independently owned, merit further scrutiny, the OIG said. (Norman, 6/23) Modern Healthcare: CMS Must Do More To Stop Medicare Part D Fraud, OIG Says ProPublica: Fraud Still Plagues Medicare Drug Program, Watchdog Finds Politico Pro: OIG Warns Medicare Part D Still Susceptible To Fraud Medicare Part B Still A Target For Fraud, Federal Watchdog Says Two reports from the HHS Office of the Inspector General highlight the program’s questionable billing patterns and urge the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to do more to protect Medicare Part B. center_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Two new federal reports shine a light on questionable billing patterns across the country in regards to Medicare Part D and urge the CMS to do more to protect the program. The reports, released Tuesday by HHS’ Office of Inspector General, come days after federal officials announced charges against 44 people across the country for fraud in Medicare Part D, which is Medicare’s drug benefit program. Those charges represented the first large-scale, federal effort to focus on Medicare Part D fraud—an effort many say is likely to continue. (Schencker, 6/23) Fraud and abuse continue to dog Medicare’s popular prescription drug program despite a bevy of initiatives launched to prevent them, according to two new reports by the inspector general of Health and Human Services. The release follows the arrests of 44 pharmacy owners, doctors and others, who last week were accused of bilking the program, known as Part D. (Ornstein, 6/23) last_img read more