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By Lisa Heay, Marketing Planning Manager at Heinz MarketingVideo in the B2B landscape has exploded, becoming a staple in today’s modern marketing toolkit.Yet as more companies invest in video, the gaps between execution and performance are widening.And, for those who are investing more time, money, and resources in online video than ever before, are they generating the return on investment (ROI) required to sustain it?How are today’s most successful companies using video to drive results?To better understand how today’s B2B organizations use video to drive results, Heinz Marketing and Vidyard conducted a research study in July 2019.
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By this time of the year, smartphone launches usually fizzle out and the rumor cycle for next year’s flagships picks up pace.We’re now hearing much more than mere murmurs about the upcoming Galaxy S11 lineup of phones.According to famous tipster and Venture Beat reporter, Evan Blass, the Samsung Galaxy S11 lineup will once again feature three phones, but with much larger display sizes.At this point, we’re presuming they will be called the Galaxy S11e, Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11 Plus.In a recent tweet, Blass revealed that the Galaxy S11 will come in 6.4-inch, 6.7-inch, and 6.9-inch display sizes.Although he writes that the smallest Galaxy S11 phone will feature a 6.4-inch display, he also says that his information is conflicting.
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From its spirited beginnings, the state has always signaled possibility, but more and more, as the planet’s temperatures rise, as earthquakes continue to rattle with unpredictable fury, and bigger and deadlier fires ravage the state, the thought of disaster chokes the mind.In July, the writer Jon Mooallem reported on the historic 2018 wildfires that gripped the northern California township of Paradise last November.It was a snapshot of a future that is already consuming us.“It was all more evidence that the natural world was warping, outpacing our capacity to prepare for, or even conceive of, the magnitude of disaster that such a disordered earth can produce,” Mooallem wrote in his investigation for The New York Times.“Nature is increasingly finding a foothold in the unimaginable: what’s not just unprecedented but also hopelessly far beyond what we’ve seen.This is a realm beyond disaster, where catastrophes live.”
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The idea is simple: Carbon pollution is making the Earth uninhabitable, but companies have no incentive to stop polluting because they’re sociopathic.So slap a fee on every tonne emitted, and it should (in theory) cause companies to find other, less polluting ways of producing widgets, sprockets, and whatnot.But a paper published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences turns that logic on its head, suggesting the price should start high and, after a few years of ramping up, decline over time.Splinter’s Hamilton Nolan is a proponent; Republicans in the US Congress have sponsored carbon tax legislation numerous times (though it’s gone nowhere); and a bipartisan bunch of economists are into it.The general structure is that the price per tonne of carbon would start low (around $35-$40 in the US, for reference) and rise each year thereafter.But the new research suggests that thinking could be all backwards.
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Adobe Creative Cloud applications will soon support live-streaming, according to the company, enabling users to share their creations with fans in real-time.The announcement was made during the company’s’ MAX 2019 conference, during which Adobe also introduced its Photoshop and Illustrator for iPad products.In addition to making it easier for users to connect with fans, the built-in functionality could also open the door to educational opportunities.Sharing videos of one’s artistic work is nothing new — people have been shared real-time and high-speed versions of drawing and painting videos for as long as YouTube has existed.The improvements in technology over the years have opened the door to live broadcasting, making it possible for creatives to share their work as it takes place.Adobe aims to eliminate the need for third-party streaming tools, instead baking the ability to share one’s work in the company’s products in real-time as a built-in feature.
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Gaming addiction, which the World Health Organization (WHO) recently categorized as a mental health disorder, is still a heavily debated topic in both psychological circles as well as governments.While some might not be quick to label it as a mental health issue, it’s hard to deny that it is causing problems, especially for impressionable young people.Perhaps unsurprisingly, China is now reported to be imposing some very harsh restrictions when it comes to minors playing online games, a bit ironic considering the country’s position in the gaming market.By the numbers alone, China is one of the world’s biggest gaming markets.And that was even before gaming consoles were finally allowed into the country a few years back.China’s booming gaming market revolves around PC and mobile games, especially online ones, and it has been one of the first to make eSports a big deal.
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The AI underlying assistants like Alexa gets better in part through manual data transcription and annotation, which takes outsized time and effort.In pursuit of a more scalable approach, scientists at Amazon — noting that people tend to reformulate misinterpreted commands — leveraged feedback from interactions to glean insights.It’s yet another step for Amazon along the way to a largely unsupervised and more human-like Alexa, as scientists and product managers from the company told VentureBeat in September.Such techniques have imbued Alexa with better contextual understanding of its surroundings with respect to smart home devices, as well as the ability to detect emotions like frustration in users’ voices.As the researchers note, assistants like Alexa are far from perfect.Errors arise from automatic speech recognition (ASR), where an utterance like “Play Imagine Dragons” could be misinterpreted as “Play maj and dragons.” Natural language understanding errors include examples like “Don’t play this song again, skip,” which Alexa would understand only if it was phrased “Thumbs down this song.” And then there are comprehension issues, like “Play Bazzi Angel” rather than “Play Beautiful by Bazzi.” Tackling theses challenges required developing a “query rewriting” technique that reformulates voice commands to convey the same meaning.
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The now has entered into a definitive agreement with the contractor Witron regarding the technology of the future highly automated logistics centre.as stated by a press release from The.The new warehouse is expected to be fully operational in 2023.during The period, the total contractual investment by the Witron will amount to 240 million eur in the period 2019-2023, that is to say, a total of slightly more than sek 2.5 billion, or slightly more than sek 500 million per year.In march of this year, The company entered into a letter of intent with Witron and the investment was deemed to be in the upper part of the above-mentioned range of about 400 to 600 million annually, over the period from 2019 to 2022.the future of The centre will be one of the largest and most modern congress centre in Europe for the distribution of food products to both the retail store which is e-commerce, according to The.
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Living in 2019, we know more than ever before about how Big Tech, particularly in the shape of Facebook, Twitter and Google – as the prime arbiters of information and social media online – have shaped and affected politics today.At the same time, we’re about to face several huge sea-changes in the global system, not least of which will be the next US election, Brexit, the rise of China and challenges of the climate crisis.The tech wolf has also now concentrated power in the hands of a relatively small number of companies that “all too often wield it clumsily and without sufficient legitimacy.”This comes at a time when the West’s lead on technology is “facing a clear and present challenge from determined Russian aggression and a concerted push from China to take a global lead in AI.”Blair’s Institute makes it plain in it’s new report (“A New Deal for Big Tech: Next-Generation Regulation Fit for the Internet Age”) that the current set of regulations designed for legacy industries is “a poor fit for the pace and scale of the Internet” and a new approach, based on stronger accountability coupled with more freedom to innovate, might be the best way to align private incentives with the public interest.Tony Blair (TB): Essentially what we’re saying is: there’s no way ‘big tech’ is going to avoid regulation, and regulation that will treat them almost like public utilities because of their power, their reach, and their impact.
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered AT to pay $60 million in a settlement regarding unlimited data plans and reduced data speeds.The FTC announced the settlement on Tuesday, November 5, which is a result of a complaint from 2014.The complaint alleges that AT didn’t fully disclose its policy to its customers with unlimited data plans that data speeds slowed down after a certain amount of data use.The FTC said that more than 3.5 million customers were affected.The FTC voted 4-0-1 on the settlement.Commissioner Rohit Chopra issued a statement regarding the settlement, saying that “cheating is not competing.”
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Google har sedan 2007 kallat sig för ett koldioxidneutralt bolag, eftersom de klimatkompenserar sina utsläpp.Sökmotorjätten har dessutom investerat stort i förnybar energi, och senast i september annonserade de 18 nya energiavtal på flera kontinenter.Vd:n Sundar Pichai kallade affären för ”det största köpet av förnybar energi gjort av ett företag, någonsin”.Men deras klimatåtaganden räcker uppenbarligen inte till – i alla fall om man får fråga Googles egna medarbetare.Nu har över 1000 anställda gått ihop i ett gemensamt brev, där de kräver sin arbetsgivare att dra ner på sina egna koldioxidutsläpp.Initiativet tas i samband med att allt fler anställda inom techsektorn kräver större engagemang i klimatfrågan från sina arbetsgivare.
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Finding deals on the latest Apple iPad Mini can be tricky, even if you know where to look.A simple price check shows that these iPads are indeed discounted.If you are looking to score the best small tablet for less, head to Amazon now.When it was released, prices of the fifth-generation Apple iPad Mini started at $399.64GB Apple iPad Mini Wi-Fi Tablet — $384 ($399 on Apple)256GB Apple iPad Mini Wi-Fi Tablet — $519 ($549 on Apple)
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Following a successful trial of transforming its broadband cabinets into EV charging points, Virgin has more on the way in the next 18 months.The ISP set up a series of test sites earlier this year, and now it's rolling out 1,200 more over the next 18 months as part of the new service, dubbed Virgin Media Park & Charge, with plans to have all 40,000 street cabinets eventually adapted to be able to charge up your EV.The finer details of locations and prices haven't been hashed out yet, but during the trial, ISP Review noted that the charge was £3.50 per hour with a maximum stay time of four hours - and that's on top of the parking charge.Overstaying the allotted time slot results in a £10 penalty.“Leveraging street cabinets allows Liberty Global to look beyond traditional uses of telecom infrastructure and make a positive impact on the environment and in communities throughout the UK.By bringing more electric vehicle chargers and associated connectivity to Britain’s streets, we are making a significant contribution to Innovate UK’s ambition to encourage more people to buy electric cars," said Liberty Global’s VP of global energy and utilities, Jason Simpson.
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The professional dancer spoke over the Head Judge's critique of his routine with partner Emma Barton.HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.Verizon Media and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Pinterest reported revenue of $279.7 million in the third quarter of 2019, up 47% from $190.2 million in the year-earlier period, but its net loss soared 561% over the same time period, to $124.7 million from $18.9 million, using generally accepted accounting principles.The company pointed out that it was profitable on a non-GAAP basis, with $5.96 million of net income, compared with a net loss of $14.9 million in the previous-year period.Pinterest tallied 322 million global monthly active users at the end of the third quarter, up 28% year-over-year, citing double-digit growth in nearly all countries outside of the U.S.The company now sells ads in 28 countries, up from 19 at the end of the second quarter.New markets added during the period were Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.Pinterest said it uploaded 75% more merchant catalogs than in the second quarter, along with expanding its shopping ads globally and working with ecommerce platforms including Shopify to onboard merchants and advertisers to its platform.
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Motion gestures might be the next fad in smartphones, which makes LG’s sudden withdrawal in the G8X ThinQ look rather premature.Although not the first, Google’s Motion Sense, based on its Soli radar technology, might be inspiring other manufacturers to try their hand as well, no pun intended.Unsurprisingly, Samsung may be one of those but a trademark filed in Europe could hint at how it will avoid the problems the beset the Pixel 4’s implementation.Unlike previous implementations that simply repurposed front-facing cameras, the Pixel 4’s gesture-based Motion Sense utilized radar technology provided by Google’s Project Soli.Radar has long been used for more energy-efficient and more accurate object and motion detection and Soli itself promised such hand-waving controls for more than just phones, including clothes and other objects.Unfortunately, radar technology is quite distinct from the wireless communication that smartphones already posses and requires a different set of certifications per country.
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Debatten om falsk och vilseledande politisk reklam i sociala medier har tagit ny fart i USA de senaste dagarna.Detta sedan Twitter i onsdags aviserade att all politisk annonsering på plattformen ska försvinna från och med den 22 november.Bör vi blockera politiska annonser med falska uttalanden?Detta handlar om att betala för räckvidd.Jack Dorseys beslut kommer efter flera veckor av kritik, mot flera sociala medieplattformar.Och han var snabb med att både upprepa och försvara sin ståndpunkt i samband med kvartalsrapporten som redovisades redan samma dag.
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The Sonos Move is the best Bluetooth speaker we've ever tested, but its rich feature-set means that it's pretty expensive to buy off the bat, with a $399 / £399 / AU$649 price tag.However, if you have an older Sonos speaker knocking around at home, that cost could come down, thanks to the company's new Trade Up program, which gives you a 30% discount on new models when you recycle your unwanted Sonos speakers.Best smart speakers: which one should you buy?Eligible models include the Sonos Connect, Connect:Amp, ZP80, ZP90, ZP100, and ZP120 – the Sonos Play:1, which has now been discontinued, isn't included on that list, as you can still buy it from the Sonos website.To take advantage of the program, you'll need to head to the Sonos app, select My Account, and then System.Here you can select each device you want to swap – yes, you can do this with multiple speakers and you'll get the 30% discount for each model you trade up.
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The last few months brought lots of new options to market, including some from companies that you wouldn’t normally associate with audio products, such as Microsoft and Amazon.I tested them with a Huawei Mate 30 Pro, a Mate 20 Pro, several other non-Huawei phones, and my Windows 10 laptop.Huawei FreeBuds 3 review: Tech and specsKirin A1 chip with Bluetooth 5.1 and BLE 5.1 (world first)Isochronous dual channel connection (smaller power consumption, higher transmission rate)Active noise cancellation (world first for open-fit earphones), adaptive, up to 15dB
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The world is on fire, but football, when done the right way, has the opportunity to set an example our leaders cannot, it is up to us as fans to support that, journalist Jen Offord writes.HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.Verizon Media and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Having trouble pitching your startup to investors?This year at Disrupt Berlin, we’re going to help you solve that problem.We’ve invited a panel of experts to tear down real pitch decks live onstage, to help any founder in the room learn about the right way to tell a startup’s story.If you’re attending, you can apply to have your pitch deck chosen for the stage — just fill out this form.We had a packed house for the first teardown we did, at Disrupt SF this year.We’re excited to bring it to you.
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Ben Horowitz, the co-founder of the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, has a new book coming out this coming Monday titled “What You Do is Who You Are,” that takes a look at how to create “culture” at a company.Horowitz learned firsthand as a CEO how elusive it can be when he took stock of his company, only to discover it was made up of “screamers who intimidated their people,” others who “neglected to give any feedback,” and at least one compulsive liar who excelled at sucking up to Horowitz and also making up stories from whole cloth.Horowitz says creating culture was a missing part of his education, and in this new book — a follow-up to his best-selling “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” — he does his best to fill that gap for other CEOs, using his own experience, as well as lessons gleaned from historical figures Toussaint Louverture and Genghis Khan, along with Shaka Senghor, a contemporary who served time for murder and today is a criminal justice reform advocate.TC: You’ve just written a book about culture that’s coming out just as a lot of questions are being raised about culture, owing to the blow-up of WeWork.When you’re really good at part of it, you can delude yourself into thinking that you’ve got everything you need, when you have some massive incompleteness.TC: As with Uber’s Travis Kalanick, whose culture also came under fire, Neumann operated in very plain sight.
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There’s no end in sight to the ongoing legal disputes between Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors, the subsidiary of Molson Coors.The legal issues between the two beer giants started brewing in February, when Anheuser-Busch aired a Bud Light ad during the Super Bowl suggesting that other competitors, such as Miller Lite and Coors Light, use corn syrup in their products.Now, in a new heavily redacted court filing, Anheuser-Busch is accusing MillerCoors of obtaining trade secrets, specifically the recipes to Bud Light and Michelob Ultra.“Today, we filed in federal court claims alleging that MillerCoors violated state and federal law by misappropriating our trade secrets, including our beer recipes,” Anheuser-Busch said in a statement.“We will enforce our right to uncover how high up this may reach in the MillerCoors organization.We take our trade secrets seriously and will protect them to the fullest extent of the law.”
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If you don’t want to spend too much money on a secondary computer that you’re just going to use for web browsing or binge-watching, you might want to consider a Chromebook.There are several low-cost options to choose from, one of which is the Lenovo Chromebook C330.This convertible laptop/tablet hybrid is not only inexpensive, but also packs a decent performance, an impressive 10-hour long battery life, a comfortable keyboard, and a wide selection of ports.The Lenovo Chromebook C330 is super tiny and borders on cute, very reminiscent of the obsolete netbooks.However, its bezels are offensively large and paired with an all-plastic body that flexes with the slightest of pressure, it also borders on cheap.Fortunately, it comes with a healthy number of ports, including a single USB-C 3.0 port, a USB-A 3.0 port, a full-size HDMI connection and a DisplayPort port for connecting external displays, a full-size SD card reader, and a combo audio jack.
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Most of these critters are harmless, but a handful wreak havoc on their new environment, attacking trees and each year causing more than $70 billion in damage.A team led by the University of Washington, drawing largely on the evolutionary history of insect-plant interactions, has developed a way to understand how nonnative insects might behave in their new environments.The team's model, described in a paper appearing Oct. 17 in the journal Ecology and Evolution, could help foresters predict which insect invasions will be problematic, and help managers decide where to allocate resources to avoid widespread tree death."What makes the bad invaders so special?That has been the million-dollar question, for decades," said Patrick Tobin, an associate professor in the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and one of the project leaders."This has the potential to profoundly change how we predict the impact of nonnative species and prioritize limited resources used to mitigate these impacts."
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Pokémon Go’s success has brought about a wave of other AR exploration games, like Jurassic World: Alive or Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.But none of those have found anywhere close to Pokémon Go’s success.Until a wild Dragon Quest Walk appeared.The location-based AR game from Square Enix has enjoyed what mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower is calling the second-highest grossing launch month for any exploration game, only trailing Pokémon Go.It’s received 1.7 million downloads on iOS and Google Play, and it’s brought in an estimated $86 million since its September 8 debut.“Globally, Pokémon Go grossed $118 million in its first 30 days, with Dragon Quest Walk coming in second with its $86 million.
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Photo: Sam Byford / The VergeThe team behind the Libra keyboard says it will change the product’s hinge design to avoid a patent owned by Brydge, which is known for making iPad keyboard attachments.Libra’s creator, Sentis, said it “would like to apologize publicly” in response to Brydge’s complaint, and that it does not expect product delays because of the redesign.But after reviewing mock-ups of the changes, Brydge says they don’t go far enough.Brydge sued to take down the Libra keyboard last week, claiming that the product infringed on a patent it owns and on which its own keyboards rely.The patent largely focused on the pair of U-shaped hinges that Brydge’s keyboards use to hold onto an iPad and then rotate open and closed like a laptop.
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As Office 2010 support has now reached the final year of its 10-year lifecycle, Microsoft is encouraging customers to migrate to its newer subscription-based Office 365 ProPlus bundle which it says is the future of Office.The software giant recently announced that extended support for Office 2010 will come to an end on October 13, 2020.However, as is the case with Windows 7 which has an end of life date of January 2020, Office 2010 will also no longer receive tech support, bug fixes or security patches.While customers could choose to upgrade to the on-premise Office 2019 for a one-time purchase, Microsoft is heavily encouraging enterprise customers to make the switch to Office 365 ProPlus which employs a per-user subscription model.In its Office 2010 roadmap, Microsoft highlighted the fact that Office 365 ProPlus is regularly updated with new features while Office 2019 has had the same features since its initial release in October 2018.Most enterprise plans come with Office 365 ProPlus and the bundle includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Skype for Business.
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The clinical trial, led by researchers from the University of Edinburgh, sought to understand the impact of using the high sensitivity troponin blood test for heart attacks but with specific thresholds for men and women.But the researchers found that, despite the improvement in diagnosis, women were about half as likely as men to receive recommended heart attack treatments.This included coronary revascularisation in which a stent is fitted (15 per cent versus 34 per cent), dual antiplatelet therapy (26 per cent versus 43 per cent) and preventative treatments including statins (16 per cent versus 26 per cent).The research follows a BHF briefing released two weeks ago that found a failure to treat women and men equally has led to more than 8,000 women in England and Wales dying needlessly from heart attacks over the past decade.The charity says that a misperception that a heart attack is a man's disease, and unconscious biases in the delivery of healthcare, are leading to delayed treatment and poorer survival chances for women who suffer heart attacks.The way test results and patient history are interpreted by healthcare professionals can be subjective, and unconscious biases may influence the diagnosis.
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The remaining founding members of the Libra Association have met for the first time in Geneva on Monday, and insisted the cryptocurrency will still launch in 2020.The optimism comes despite five major payments providers pulling out of the currency, after Mastercard, Visa and eBay withdrew from the Libra Association last Friday, as well as fintech start-up Stripe and payments firm Mercado Pago.The move follows PayPal’s exit from the association earlier this month, and leaves the project without the backing of any major payments firms.And on Monday in a further blow, the latest member defection was by online travel company Booking Holding, which operates websites such Booking.com, OpenTable and Kayak.But the remaining backers of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project pledged to forge ahead, Reuters reported.They selected a five-member board on Monday, shrugging off the withdrawals and the concern from numerous regulatory bodies.
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