Month: July 2019

Tech Tip Monday Dragon Naturally Speaking

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iPinYou Took the Lead in Construction of Big Data Security Systems

first_img AI marketing solutionsDavid NottinghamGDPRinformation security assessmentiPinYouMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticlePepsiCo Foodservice Unveils New Digital Lab to Help Restaurants Thrive In The Evolving Digital MarketplaceNext ArticleLatest Version of the Appian Platform Increases Speed and Impact of Low-code Development Recently, the AI marketing solutions provider iPinYou has passed the highest level of national information security assessment in China. The assessment aims to promote industry standards for big data system construction and collaboration. This national recognition marks an important step for iPinYou in the efforts of establishing a comprehensive data security system, which has become an increasingly crucial link in AI driven marketing solutions. As a milestone in data protection endeavor, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was enforced in May 2018, which was designed to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy. It requires all publishers, technology vendors, and advertisers to comply with the regulations in transparency, user-consent, and security measures. While most of us were focused on meeting the GDPR deadline, China had been constantly strengthening its own data privacy laws. China’s Cybersecurity Law governs the collection and use of the personal data of Chinese residents by network operators, including international brands that own or manage a business in China. As an AI driven company that facilitates the digitalization of many international corporations, iPinYou has always strictly abide by relevant laws, regulations and industry standards. To provide clients with a full range of specialized solutions in big data management, transmission, and services, iPinYou established three systems that ensure legal compliance in China and international markets. The company’s goal is to provide transparency in the deployment and selection of data partners, thus offer quality data collecting and targeting capabilities. According to David Nottingham, General Manager of Europe iPinYou: “Our diligent approach to the collect and application of verified data partners is vital to our European customers. By creating synergies with the global data compliance standards, we can ensure every campaign utilizes the most effective and transparent data sets available in the Chinese programmatic ecosystem.”First, when using AI technology in user value mining, iPinYou is committed to building a “complete lifecycle” security system covering data collection, transmission, storage, processing, sharing, and destruction. The company removes sensitive information of clients’ first-party user data through an irreversible approach. Adopting a forward-looking hybrid solution, iPinYou has built DMP for many large well-known enterprises with a transparent and automated implementation process. When collaborating with third-party data service partners, iPinYou requires them to engage in robust data compliance practices. Such practice ensures that all shared data are traceable, approved, and certified.Marketing Technology News: China’s Most Valuable Brands Grow a Record 30% to $889.7 Billion in 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands Ranking – With Alibaba the New Number OneSecond, iPinYou has built a strategic data security system through a comprehensive IT security assessment for all of its business operational systems. The assessment took multiple phases to examine eight aspects of the company’s intelligent decision platform, including host security, application security, data security and backup recovery, security policy, security management organization, personnel security management, system construction management, and system operation and maintenance management. iPinYou has been the first in the industry to pass the assessment and obtained the highest-level IT system security certificate issued by China Ministry of Public Security. This marks that the products and services of iPinYou have gained government authorization and recognition in data security compliance.Third, iPinYou aims to build an honest data security value ecosystem. Since the beginning of the business, the company has been following the core value of integrity. The industry leader takes the initiative to make data compliance suggestions while encouraging clients to adopt more secure first-party and third-party data solutions. For partners in this value ecosystem, iPinYou inspects their qualifications and data sources, to ensure that data partners meet particular information security standards, such as ISO/IEC 27001/27002. While embracing AI and enjoying the “dividends” of the digital era, companies must overcome the challenges in security, ethics, laws, and social governance when employing new technologies. iPinYou holds the belief that promoting a harmonious, healthy and civilized society is the true meaning of technological development.Marketing Technology News: Amazon or Alibaba: Freedonia Compares These Global E-Commerce LeadersDue to the differences between GDPR and China’s cyber security laws, iPinYou provides data compliance guidelines for international companies to expand their business in China. Since GDPR regulates data usage in EU countries specifically, iPinYou suggests that foreign companies meet the standards set by China’s cyber security laws when collecting and processing data for business operations in China. Moreover, the company requires clients to host servers in China during data collection and prevent clients from transmitting data to overseas servers. iPinYou advises clients to embed an opt-in pop-up window on website or in app to get visitors’ consent if their IP addresses are from EU countries. In addition, international advertisers should carefully select media vendors that meet China’s standards of information security. With the three established systems, iPinYou provides foreign enterprises with data solutions that meet the legal requirements of cyber security laws in China.Marketing Technology News: Persistent Systems Joins Siemens’ MindSphere Partner Program to Bring Industrial IoT Solutions to Market iPinYou Took the Lead in Construction of Big Data Security Systems PRNewswireMay 21, 2019, 1:54 pmMay 21, 2019 last_img read more

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Avaya Receives 2019 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award

first_imgAvaya Device Adapter Snap-in Honored for Exceptional InnovationAvaya Holdings Corp., a global leader in solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration, announced that TMC, a global integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online, has named the Avaya Device Adapter Snap-in solution as a 2019 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award winner.“Avaya Device Adapter allows CS1000 customers to leverage their existing desktop devices and gain the benefits of using these devices with Avaya IX Workplace. Avaya IX Workplace is a sleek, unified communications tool that provides you with one-stop access to voice, video, team chat, calendar, meetings and more,” said Mike Kuch, Avaya Senior Director of Product Marketing. “This provides an optimized approach, as the user can keep the phone and features they are used to while also experiencing a true UC client with Avaya IX Workplace on their Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices. It also provides customers with outstanding investment protection, a core part of Avaya’s solution development philosophy.”Marketing Technology News: Informatica Unveils AI-Powered Product Innovations and Strengthens Industry Partnerships at Informatica World 2019 Avaya Receives 2019 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award Business WireJuly 2, 2019, 4:27 pmJuly 2, 2019 avayaGreg CurryMarketing Technology NewsNewsProduct of the YearTMC Previous ArticleHCL Technologies Announces Close of Acquisition of Select IBM ProductsNext ArticleIAB Names Veteran Digital Industry Leader Sheryl Goldstein Senior Vice President of Marketing and Member Investmentcenter_img “It gives me great pleasure to honor Avaya as a 2019 recipient of TMC’s Unified Communications Product of the Year Award for their innovative solution, the Avaya Device Adapter Snap-in,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “Our judges were very impressed with the ingenuity and excellence displayed by Avaya in their groundbreaking work on this key innovation of their Avaya IX Workplace UC platform.”Avaya IX Workplace also enables users to achieve the full benefits of a cloud-based, fully integrated team collaboration environment. You can create and enter team rooms organized by a variety of categories with members both inside and outside of the organization, essentially breaking down the existing boundaries of your communications infrastructure. It supports persistent messaging and team chat, file sharing and task assignment and ad hoc and scheduled meetings, with audio/video conferencing, and screen sharing. And its mobile-first top-of-mind screen provides at-a-glance visibility to everything you need in real time and the ability to respond with a single touch.Marketing Technology News: MultiVu Launches Digital Marketing SuiteCombat Networks is an Avaya customer and a Canadian solutions integrator for enterprise corporate, government and defense infrastructures where security, performance and reliability are key to operating mission-critical communication networks. “Our early experience using the Avaya Device Adapter has prepared us to help our customers take the same journey,” said Greg Curry, Chief Technology Officer at Combat Networks. “Digital transformation in communication is where we’re all headed. We’re proud to be pioneers in the industry—so we can bring our customers with us.”Marketing Technology News: Live Data Is Now The Lifeblood For Telco Value Creationlast_img read more

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Plyzer Technologies Inc Signs ISDIN as a New SAAS Customer for Its

first_imgPlyzer Technologies Inc. Signs ISDIN as a New SAAS Customer for Its Plyzer Intelligence Platform PRNewswire5 days agoJuly 18, 2019 Plyzer Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that ISDIN, an international pharmaceutical company specialized in matters related to skin, has signed on as a new client. ISDIN will be using Plyzer Intelligence business analytics platform to monitor its brands globally.“ISDIN is a world class pharmaceutical company that produces leading edge and innovative products. Our team at Plyzer is pleased that we can offer innovative online strategies to ISDIN using our Artificial Intelligence driven solutions. We look forward to working with the team at ISDIN in helping them with their online marketing and sales strategies,” said Luis Pallarès, founder and CEO of Plyzer Technologies Corporation.Marketing Technology News: GCOM Software Announces Ernie Connon as New Chief Growth OfficerSince its foundation 45 years ago, ISDIN works closely with healthcare professionals (doctors & pharmacists) to provide an innovative and effective dermatological product range. ISDIN operates in over 40 countries, with 14 subsidiaries and almost 1.000 employees.Plyzer Technologies Inc. is a provider of custom, real-time, cloud-based business intelligence solutions for brands to analyze critical online price and market data. Plyzer’s highly customizable dashboard enables country, regional and local sales, production and logistics operations to adapt to prevailing market conditions quickly. The Company’s technology is also being used to provide real-time price comparison reporting to the consumer market. These solutions are both driven by Plyzer’s proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.Marketing Technology News: Blackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing Platform cloudIsdinMarketing Technology NewsNewsPlyzer TechnologiesSaas Previous ArticleThe Keyes Company Adopts New Adwerx Enterprise Automated Retargeting ProductNext ArticlePeach Launches New Product to Clientslast_img read more

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Apollo 11 at 50 NASA Is Streaming the Landing

first_img Tagged In sciencespacenasaapollomercuryApollo 11CBSBuzz Aldrinmoon landingGeminiGene KranzNeil Armstrong50th Anniversaryspace programWalter Cronkite Post a Comment 12 Comments Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All 12 Comments The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen By Joel Hruska on July 20, 2019 at 6:27 am Buzz Aldrin descends onto the moon’s surface. Credit: Neil Armstrong/NASAUpdate (7/20/2019): Today’s the big day. NASA TV will live-stream the original moon landing and then, six hours later, the moon walk. Broadcast times on the YouTube channel linked below are 4 PM EST (for the Moon landing) and 10 PM EST (for the moon walk).Original story below:Fifty years ago yesterday, the Apollo 11 mission took off for the Moon. You can see CBS’s coverage now on YouTube, showcasing not just what happened, but how it happened. It’s the same way you, your parents, or your grandparents saw the event.I am admittedly not much for watching video. I use YouTube almost exclusively for listening to music when I use it at all. But there’s something fascinating about seeing the real-time broadcast, complete with commercials and with breaking news coverage of then-current events happening in… well, not “real-time” obviously, but what real-time looked like 50 years ago. The original launch occurred at 9:32 AM on July 16, 1969, with the later lunar touchdown on July 20. Armstrong actually stepped out on the lunar surface six hours later.Watching the full live stream is fascinating for another reason — it highlights the degree to which both the takeoff and landing were extended, live affairs, carried out over hours with extensive footage. The idea that the moon landing was some kind of hoax carried out by Stanley Kubrick or through some other form of visual effects wizardry has been debunked more times (and from more angles) than I can think of. But one of the better treatments of the topic is by S. G. Collins of Postwar Media.Collins details in the video above why the special effects technology of the 1960s literally wasn’t capable of this kind of feat. Both launches and landings were live broadcasts that went on for hours and were seen by millions of people worldwide. Today, those kinds of issues would be no object for special effects wizards to solve. Fifty years ago, it was an entirely different matter.I hadn’t planned on watching any of the moon landing details this weekend, but after watching some of the Apollo 11 launch broadcast I may change that plan. Seeing the moon landing lift-off sent chills up my spine, grainy video and bad color reproduction be damned. Seeing the Saturn V in action is a joy, blurry video and all.It is unfortunate that the triumph of Apollo 11 and the following Apollo missions remain the last time we have sent humans to another world beyond our own. I do not know if I’ll be around when the 100th anniversary of Apollo rolls around, but I hope that by the time we hit the 75th — and I do hope to be around for that one — we’ll be able to say that we eventually exceeded the achievements of my grandfather’s generation. “We came in peace for all mankind” is too good of a slogan to leave it isolated and alone on the lunar surface. There are further worlds, farther worlds, to explore. Hopefully, one day, we’ll reach them.Now Read:NASA’s Restored Mission Control Shows the Glory Days of the Apollo EraApollo Guidance Computer Restored, Used to Mine BitcoinHow Space Exploration Has Evolved Over the Years Apollo 11 at 50: NASA Is Streaming the Landing Gamora’s Fate Is Finally Revealed After Tony’s Snap in ‘Endgame’ Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Why Oliver Won’t Be Miserable In ‘Arrow’ Season 8 Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Tarantino Has Written Multiple Episodes of Rick Dalton TV Serieslast_img read more

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iPhone Loyalty Is Reportedly Dropping Like a Rock

first_img The Real Reason Marvel Didn’t Bring Back Snipes For ‘Blade’ Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared According to a new report, iPhone loyalty is dropping rapidly as consumers trade in their Apple products and move to other devices. The news is a further potential blow to Apple as the smartphone market slumps and its devices continue to underperform.A new report from BankMyCell claims that after tracking about 38,000 users since October 2018, iPhone retention has fallen by 15.2 percent compared with March 2018. 26 percent of BankMyCell users reported planning to move to another brand, while just 7.7 percent of Samsung Galaxy S9 buyers planning to move to an iPhone.According to Kantar Research, iPhone devices accounted for 36 percent of US phone sales in Q2 2019, down 2.4 percent from the same quarter last year. Globally, Gartner has stated that smartphone sales are expected to decline by 68 million this year, down 3.8 percent.A few things are made collectively clear by this data, and not all of them concern just Apple. First, you can expect an absolute blizzard of advertising around 5G in upcoming years, and it’s probably not going to be honest. AT&T set the tone early, with its lies about 5G E, but it probably won’t be the last company to fudge its marketing one way or another. Expect manufacturers to fight and fight hard to get you in the door, even though first-generation 5G cell phones are so bad, high outside temperatures can literally make them stop working in that mode. And by “high,” I mean “85F,” which isn’t really all that high in the downtowns and city centers where 5G service is rolling out.5G’s Mortal Enemy: The SunNo, it’s not an actual subhead for this article. It’s just how I feel like that point needs to be made.Anyway, the mystery here isn’t why Apple customers are abandoning Apple, so much as why they’d be running to Samsung instead. Both companies have enthusiastically leaped on to the bandwagon of selling customers smaller upgrades with fewer features at higher prices in recent years. The only Apple devices I’d recommend to anyone would be the small iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, but the reason I’d recommend them personally is because of their size, not any other feature. I have absolutely no interest in large devices, which means I have no interest in Apple products any longer. Unfortunately, since Android is responsible for the current trend in giant devices, it means I also have no viable Android alternatives.I genuinely expect that the iPhone SE I currently own will be my last smartphone. I will not carry a giant, smash-prone device. Given that I have broken the screen on every iPhone I’ve owned save one, I have no intention of upgrading to a larger piece of hardware with more expensive components that I am statistically even more likely to damage.But even if you aren’t like me — even if you love large devices — it’s hard to see what the current crop of products offers that’s new, useful, or even desirable when prices continue to skyrocket. Top-end smartphones are now more expensive than some very well-made laptops. For some people, it may even make sense to invest more in a top-end smartphone and skip the laptop altogether, but we’ve gone from the era in which you could treat these devices as existing side-by-side to one in which buying one type of product might be so expensive as to preclude you buying the other.Companies won’t be able to fix this problem because companies aren’t very good at being creative. What Samsung and Apple did during the original smartphone revolution was realize that new interface paradigms were possible, then push those interfaces and capabilities during a narrow window when hardware was improving rapidly, allowing for quick evolution. But the entire reason that new categories of devices like wearables haven’t taken off the same way is because manufacturers haven’t been able to capture lightning in a bottle twice.Thus far, the smartphone manufacturers in the United States have decided to double down by raising prices sharply and hoping people are still willing to pay them. Whether this has made the short-term pain worse is unclear. At the very least, it’s drawn a clear line between what these companies think they are entitled to — even more money, despite offering fewer meaningful improvements — and what consumers seem inclined to do (namely, refusing to award weaker products with more cash).I have no particular idea why anyone would move to Samsung over Apple, because honestly, most of these trends apply to Samsung just as much, but it’s possible that the talk about how Apple is failing to live up to its own product heritage or the negative rumors about this years’ iPhone are pushing people away. Either way, if the long-term PC decline is anything to judge by, this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.Now Read:Police Can Unlock Any iPhone With Cellebrite’s New ToolVerizon’s Galaxy S10 5G Price Blows Straight Through the $1K BarrierApple Cuts MacBook Air Prices, Updates MBP, and Kills off the MacBook Square Enix President Discusses ‘Final Fantasy VII’ Remake You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet ‘Legacies’ Season 2 Casts New Vampire As A Love Interest 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. Tagged In applesmartphonesandroidsamsungiphoneAT&Tverizont-mobile5gSprintphabletsGartner5G Ephone salessmartphone market Post a Comment 93 Comments ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 May Be Coming Sooner Than You Think Wesley Snipes Sounds Off On The Latest ‘Blade’ News iPhone Loyalty Is Reportedly Dropping Like a Rock 93 Comments By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 3:44 pm This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Realitylast_img read more

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Boeing Completes CST100 Starliner Parachute Testing

first_img The Main Thing the ‘Thor 4’ Director Wants to Make Crystal Clear Why ‘Gears 5’ Dropped ‘of War’ From the Title You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Ryan Whitwam on June 27, 2019 at 10:18 am Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. New Details Confirmed About Natalie Portman As Mighty Thor 2 Comments ‘Endgame’ Directors Apologize To Tom Holland What the End of ‘Big Little Lies’ Meant The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressed The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads Boeing Completes CST-100 Starliner Parachute Testing Tagged In sciencespacenasaspacexinternational space stationissBoeingcommercial crew programcst-100 Post a Comment 2 Comments The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Boeing and SpaceX have traded the lead a few times in the race to send a crewed spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). Initially, Boeing was the favorite due to its long history navigating the intricacies of government contracts, but SpaceX pulled ahead on the strength of the Falcon 9 and a fuel leak that delayed Boeing. Now, SpaceX is looking at a delay after the loss of a Dragon 2 capsule during engine tests. Meanwhile, Boeing is back on track after completing its final and most challenging parachute test. Boeing’s CST-100 “Starliner” is a reusable spacecraft that builds on the design heritage of the Apollo command module. It has room for a crew of seven and can launch atop four different rockets: the Atlas V, Delta IV, Falcon9, and Vulcan. Testing has been underway in some form since 2011, but the timeline has slipped repeatedly. Boeing finally seems to be in the home stretch after the latest test. Being attached the CST-100 to a balloon above the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range last week. After reaching an altitude of 40,000 ft (12,200 meters), the balloon dropped the CST-100. The capsule has six parachutes to gently lower it to the ground following atmospheric reentry. Unlike past crewed vehicles, the CST-100 isn’t limited to water landings. In this four-minute test, three of the six parachutes had been intentionally disabled — two drogue chutes and one main. Boeing reports that the Starliner still managed a safe landing at White Sands thanks to its remaining parachutes and airbag system. SpaceX reportedly failed a similar parachute test with its Dragon II capsule. This was separate from the testing that led to the test stand explosion. The CST-100 can carry up to seven passengers to and from the ISS.This success keeps Boeing on track to complete its first launch test later this summer. This mission will be uncrewed, with the CST-100 maneuvering autonomously to the ISS and then returning to Earth. SpaceX completed a similar mission several months ago before the now-infamous explosion. If Boeing nails the uncrewed test, it could be ready for a NASA-approved crew mission in November of this year. The first passengers will be Michael Fincke, Christopher Ferguson, and Nicole Aunapu Mann. SpaceX has not announced a new testing schedule yet, but the delay could be measured in months.Now read:SpaceX completes successful test of parachutes for manned Dragon capsuleBoeing Reportedly Delaying Crew Capsule Flight by MonthsNASA May Launch Orion Crew Module on Commercial Rocket last_img read more

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Beeswax Appoints Matt Clark as its First Vice President of Partnerships

first_imgIndustry Veteran to Join the Bidder-as-a-Service PioneerBeeswax, the industry’s first extensible programmatic buying platform, welcomes Matt Clark as its first vice president of partnerships. In the role, Clark will be responsible for overseeing all new and existing exchange and data partnerships, as well as managing Beeswax’s Programmatic Cloud. He will report directly to the chief executive officer, Ari Paparo.Clark has worked for a variety of companies, from ad tech platforms and publishers to ad networks and agencies. Most recently, he served as SVP of product strategy for Publicis Media where he focused on building solutions that guaranteed performance outcomes for advertisers. With Clark’s appointment, Beeswax is able to leverage his prior experience in a complex ad tech environment.One of Clark’s first tasks is to expand on the successes of the Beeswax Programmatic Cloud, a set of deep product partnerships that bring complete solutions to complex enterprise customers.Marketing Technology News: New Research Reveals That Understanding Customer Emotions is a Key Driver of Business Predictability for Brands“Matt is an extremely thoughtful and analytics-driven leader with deep experience in ad tech,” said Paparo. “We’re excited to have someone with Matt’s pedigree onboard to help us expand the support we provide to customers by building direct relationships with partners that matter to them and make smarter decisions on where their media dollars are spent.”“I’ve always tried to take on roles where I can help advertisers make better decisions,” said Clark. “The Beeswax platform is the most forward-thinking offering in service of this vision and the company has continued to present unique opportunities to push the envelope of previous industry standards. It’s exciting to be part of that.”Marketing Technology News: Fox Corporation and Leading Agencies Join Project OAR to Provide Buy-Side & Sell-Side Guidance for New Addressable TV StandardBeeswax experienced over 150% growth last year, leading to its recent $15 million Series B —  funding that has allowed for aggressive expansion of its customer pool, employee base, and scope of services.Marketing Technology News: Contentsquare and Monetate Bridge Customer Experience Gap Between Brands and People Beeswax Programmatic CloudMarketing TechnologyNewsprogrammatic buying platformPublicis Media Previous ArticleFor the Third Year in a Row, Sabio Takes Top Honor in Best Use of Mobile Technology Category at the Pollie AwardsNext ArticleThe Sports Streaming Tipping Point: Four Lessons for Future Success Beeswax Appoints Matt Clark as its First Vice President of Partnerships MTS Staff WriterJune 14, 2019, 5:52 pmJune 14, 2019 last_img read more

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Amperity and Snowflake Partner to Help Joint Customers Power Customer 360 Initiatives

first_img AIAmperityChris Jonescustomer data managementdata warehouseNewsSnowflake Previous ArticleCreator by Zmags Brings Greater Agility to Ecommerce CreativityNext ArticleCoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers Work Amperity and Snowflake Partner to Help Joint Customers Power Customer 360 Initiatives PRNewswireJune 28, 2019, 4:41 pmJune 28, 2019 Seamless integration allows joint customers to fully leverage the power of their customer data to drive highly personalized programs and campaignsAmperity, the first AI-powered Customer Data Management platform, and Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud, announced a strategic partnership and technology integration to help joint customers accelerate their Customer 360 initiatives. Both companies are focused on reinventing legacy systems with modern cloud infrastructure and machine intelligence solutions to make data management faster, simpler, and more effective.Amperity tackles data silos and impossible-to-unify customer records using AI, helping customers graduate from slow, manual, and error-prone legacy approaches to data unification. Snowflake brings unparalleled data warehouse performance, concurrency, and simplicity. Both run end-to-end on either AWS or Azure, giving customers the freedom to use their cloud provider of choice.Amperity and Snowflake share a long list of joint customers including Brooks Running. The strategic partnership between the two companies provides seamless integrated access to Snowflake’s cloud-built data warehouse, enabling joint customers to fully leverage the power of their customer data to drive highly personalized programs and campaigns. Together, they provide joint customers with the most flexible, complete, and scalable foundation for Customer 360 initiatives.Marketing Technology News: 4C Launches New Cross-Channel Video Solution to Help Marketers Reach Cord-Cutters and Cord-Nevers Across Streaming Environments“Next-generation customer data management is critical for companies to gain accurate insights about their customers,” Snowflake Vice President of Data Sharing Business Development, Justin Langseth said. “Amperity and Snowflake are quite similar in that we were both purpose-built for the cloud. Amperity’s approach to leveraging machine learning and AI drives customer data unification and usability for the enterprise and integrates well with Snowflake as we deliver on our commitment to performance, simplicity, and affordability.”Benefits and features of the Snowflake-Amperity integration include:Full support for ingress from Snowflake into Amperity, leveraging Snowflake secure data sharingFull support for egress from Amperity into Snowflake, leveraging Snowflake secure data sharingMaximum security and control when moving data between systemsAn even easier way to ingest data and deliver profiles across platformsFlexibility to leverage cloud provider of choice for end-to-end data management using Amperity and Snowflake’s full support to run on either AWS or Microsoft AzureMarketing Technology News: PubNub Selected as Winner for Best Overall Bot Solution in the 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards“From the outset, we knew we had the opportunity to completely upend the status quo in customer data management,” said Chris Jones, Chief Product Officer at Amperity. “We were at an inflection point in the market where by taking advantage of the latest in machine learning and affordable cloud computing, and by partnering with cloud-native technologies like Snowflake, we could fundamentally reinvent the process of managing and unifying customer data — and we did. Using this modern approach today, we’re helping companies achieve a truly comprehensive 360 view of the customer. And we can deliver it in a few weeks instead of months or years, and it’s highly flexible and easy-to-evolve.”Marketing Technology News: Absolutdata Named Best Overall AI-Based Analytics Company in 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards Programlast_img read more

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TechBytes with Keith Fenech VP Software Analytics at Revulytics

first_img Keith Fenech is Revulytics’ VP, Software Analytics and was the co-founder and CEO of Trackerbird Software Analytics before the company was acquired by Revulytics in 2016. Following the acquisition, Keith joined the Revulytics team and is now responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the Usage Analytics business within the company.Prior to founding Trackerbird, Keith held senior product roles at GFI Software where he was responsible for the product roadmap and revenue growth for various security products in the company’s portfolio. Keith also brings with him 10 years of IT consultancy experience in the SMB space. Keith has a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Malta, specializing in high-performance computing. AIblockchainCompliance AnalyticsKeith FenechRevulyticsTech Bytes Previous ArticleFrom One Marketer To Another: 4 Tips for Getting Started with Data ActivationNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Vrahram Kadkhodaian, CEO at PROLIFIQ About KeithAbout RevulyticsAbout Keith Revulytics offers cloud-based software usage analytics and turnkey services that give software producers deep visibility into how their products are being used and misused, providing them with actionable intelligence to generate revenue by converting unlicensed users into paying customers, optimize product development, and make data-driven decisions across their business.Its compliance analytics solutions and services are used by leading software vendors to increase license revenue and globally reduce software piracy. Its software usage analytics solution provides valuable insight into product adoption, engagement, and environments, enabling product managers and developers to make data-driven decisions to meet customer needs and deliver contextually relevant messages to build customer satisfaction. Revulytics software intelligence has supported customer compliance programs generating more than $1.8 billion in new license revenue since 2010. TechBytes with Keith Fenech, VP, Software Analytics at Revulytics Sudipto GhoshJune 24, 2019, 1:00 pmJune 21, 2019 About Revulytics Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at Revulytics.As Vice President of Software Analytics, I am in charge of the business strategy and product roadmap for the Usage Analytics side of the business. I spend a good amount of my time in our European office working with the engineering team that handles the R&D related to the analytics engine and our SaaS portal. Most of the work we do involves building big-data technologies to collect, analyze and visualize data supporting customers with millions of installations.How did you arrive at Revulytics?I was the co-founder and CEO of Trackerbird, a software analytics company I started in Malta in 2010. In 2016, Revulytics acquired Trackerbird and I took up a VP role within the company. Trackerbird technology is the foundation of what is now Revulytics Usage Intelligence.Tell us more about Revulytics Usage Intelligence and the technology driving it?The Revulytics Usage intelligence platform consists of three main components. The first is the Client SDK that our customers integrate with their on-premise software. We provide APIs for various languages and platforms and the integration itself consists of just a few lines of code. Once the API is integrated, it enables any software running on Windows, Linux and Mac to collect anonymous installation and product usage data which are automatically and securely uploaded to the Usage Intelligence servers over the web.Our customers can then analyze this data in real-time using out-of-the-box reporting with state of the art visualizations, allowing them to discover how their customers are making use of various features within their software, perform workflow analysis, analyze conversion and churn, and get metrics related to platforms and architectures that the product is running on. The framework also includes our ReachOut in-app messaging platform that allows customers to create campaigns to target specific audiences based on their status, historical usage of the product, and other properties or metrics.Our core analytics engine was custom built using Python, C and MongoDB and runs on several Linux clusters. We also make use of a mix of other technologies for storing and real-time processing of data, with a primary aim of scalability.How can CMOs and CIOs leverage your technology and solutions to optimize their software stacks?The ability to combine in-app messaging with software usage analytics is a powerful tool for marketers. It allows granular segmentation by a wide range of filters so they can deliver hyper-targeted messages to the most relevant users. One of our customers – TechSmith – has used this approach to achieve 61% more clicks and 44% more conversions for upgrade campaigns compared to their email campaigns. Marketers can also leverage Conversion Funnel reports to better understand how users first enter and explore a product and compare the behavior of those who convert to those who do not. They can then target specific in-app message campaigns to introduce important functionality and encourage behavior that yields higher conversions.How can Compliance Intelligence impact revenue and sales? Which metrics do you measure to ascertain the compliance?The goal of a software license compliance program is to maximize license revenue from existing customers and active prospects by minimizing license leakage. License leakage occurs through overuse as well as the adoption of pirated software. By detecting unlicensed use and identifying infringers, software companies with mature programs can generate significant additional license revenue on top of their overall revenue.From a vendor perspective, the key metrics for a compliance program are cases (leads) created and conversion rates. It is also important to measure the average deal price, additional products sold, and renewal rates on converted compliance targets. Sales and Marketing are always looking for new leads. A license compliance program identifies people already using the software and getting value from it, they’re just not paying for it.What are the biggest challenges you face in Compliance Analytics? For vendors without existing compliance programs, it can be a challenge to get a consensus from the management team to support an initiative. If there is already a compliance program in place there is greater interest in pursuing a data-driven approach that proactively identifies opportunities for new license revenue that enables them to scale and grow their program.What are your predictions on the role of Blockchain and AI/ML further disrupting the Software Compliance Analytics markets? Applying Blockchain to software licensing can help simplify distribution and authentication of licensing and reduce overuse, but overt piracy and licensing cracking will always be possible with distributed software. However, Machine Learning and AI along with software usage analytics will allow vendors to better predict customer behavior, software needs and eventually fill in the knowledge gap between customers and vendors that sometimes drives piracy in certain markets.How do you work with AI, Machine Learning and other data-centric technologies to improve your product lifecycle? We live in a data-centric world where you can no longer remain competitive unless your R&D and roadmap decision making is backed up by data. One bad PM decision can set you back months behind your competitors which can potentially lead to unrecoverable revenue and wasted resources.As the ability to collect data improves and the costs for data storage keep decreasing, one major challenge we face is that the variety of data sources and volume of the data itself is always increasing. This can make it difficult to analyze all the (potentially conflicting) data in a timely manner and filter out what is noise from what is actionable. But having a good visualization tool and leveraging the power of AI can help highlight the relevant points of interest without having to manually sift through the noise. Getting faster and actionable answers will help you fine-tune and accelerate your product lifecycle to be able to focus on the features and products customers actually want and use while getting to market faster.How did GDPR impact your business operations and 5 key lessons that you learned from the GDPR phase?Given our focus on software usage data, it wasn’t surprising that we had to answer a lot of questions from customers and prospects in the run-up to GDPR taking effect. We worked with a firm that specializes in implementing and maintaining strong privacy programs to ensure continued compliance and help educate customers and prospects on the issues. While Usage Intelligence is built on anonymous data, it does allow custom data to be collected which could include personal information. Compliance Intelligence does leverage personal information to aid in the identification of infringers. But the bottom line for our customers is that our software usage and intelligence analytics platform can be leveraged in a manner that is GDPR compliant. There are several approaches that may be used to lawfully process personal information under GDPR. Here are 5 key lessons:A popular approach is to obtain consent from the data subject. In fact, this approach has been used by Revulytics’ customers in the past, but under the GDPR, provided that another basis, such as legitimate interest, is present, it is not necessary to rely on consent as the legal basis for the processing.Another approach, described under GDPR Article 6, provides a legal basis for processing based on the legitimate interests of the data controller or a third party. Recital 47 states “The processing of personal data strictly necessary for the purposes of preventing fraud also constitutes a legitimate interest of the data controller concerned.” Therefore, for solutions like Compliance Intelligence, consent is not needed for the processing of personal information to take place.Vendors still need to comply with GDPR’s fairness and transparency principle – including providing appropriate notices in their external privacy policyWhile not explicitly called out in a recital, the improvement of products and services may also be considered a legitimate interest, so consent is not needed for solutions like Usage Intelligence, especially if the data is anonymousIn the event a vendor’s users are sensitive to their activities being tracked, they may want to consider obtaining consent for the collection of information for processing by solutions like Usage Intelligence. Consent would need to meet the requirements described above – be obtained by a clear affirmative act, be freely given, be specific and informed, and be unambiguous. It would also need to be revocable and you would need to address the fairness and transparency principle. An opt-out mechanism, accessible at any time, should be provided.last_img read more

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TVSquared Releases DirecttoConsumer TV Advertising Performance Report

first_img Direct-To-ConsumerMarketing TechnologyNewsTVSquaredTVSquared ADvantage platformUNTUCKit Previous ArticleInsideSales.com Names Chris Harrington Chief Executive OfficerNext ArticleSDL Wins AI Breakthrough Award for Best Machine Translation Solution TVSquared, the worldwide leader in TV attribution, released the findings of its 2019 Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) TV Advertising Performance report. DTC brands are one of the fastest growing groups of TV advertisers, devoting $3.8 billion in media spend to it last year alone. TVSquared’s report uncovers the TV buy elements that are driving response, spanning creative lengths, KPIs, programming genres, dayparts and days of week.“Direct Outcomes: Analyzing the ‘Big Bets’ DTC Brands Are Making on TV”TVSquared analyzed 15 months of performance data and $138 million in TV ad spend for 18 US-based DTC brands across the retail, food delivery, subscription services and travel categories. Response, cost and audience data from the TVSquared ADvantage platform was evaluated by TV buy elements, including network, daypart and day of week, for campaigns that ran on broadcast, cable and satellite.Marketing Technology News: Insite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommerceKey findings featured in the report include:On average, DTC brands track four performance-based KPIs15-second spots are the most frequently used formatPerformance for 30-second spots was 4x higher than any other lengthMorning dayparts outperformed primetime by 120%Alberto Corral, Senior Director of Marketing and Business Development at UNTUCKit, a long-time TVSquared client, said:“TV is an invaluable marketing channel for us, and we treat it like digital in that we continuously measure and optimize it to maximize performance. We use real-time analytics to measure which creatives, channels, programs, genres, days and dayparts are working for us, and use those insights to make even more effective buys.”Marketing Technology News: Tencent Champions “Tech for Good” in CannesMark Hudson, Head of Business Intelligence at TVSquared, who spearheaded the report, added:“As digital natives, DTC brands eat and breathe data for every aspect of business, and they recognize that TV can deliver both scale and performance. Understanding optimal days, dayparts, programs and creative strategies gives them the analytics they need to drive the best outcomes.”Marketing Technology News: PMG Launches Marketing Intelligence Platform — Meet Alli TVSquared Releases Direct-to-Consumer TV Advertising Performance Report Business WireJune 26, 2019, 3:32 pmJune 26, 2019 last_img read more

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Logi Analytics Acquires Zoomdata Extending Market Leadership in Embedded Analytics

first_imgLogi Analytics Acquires Zoomdata, Extending Market Leadership in Embedded Analytics PRNewswireJune 11, 2019, 1:02 pmJune 11, 2019 Acquisitionlive streaming dataLogi AnalyticsMarketing TechnologyNewsSteven SchneiderZoomdata Previous ArticleTopbox Conversation Analytics Enable Faster Discovery of Actionable Customer InsightsNext ArticleConsumer Demand for Personalisation and Tech Advances Drives Innovation in Entertainment and Media Industry Acquisition Enables Application Teams to Embed Analytics With Patented Technology for Big Data and Streaming DataLogi Analytics, Inc. (“Logi”) announced the acquisition of Zoomdata, the leading analytics platform for big data and live streaming data. The acquisition comes three months after Logi acquired JReport for pixel-perfect operational reporting. The combination solidifies Logi’s position as the leader in embedded analytics, now with the richest suite of capabilities and a global partner network.“The nature of data is changing,” said Steven Schneider, CEO of Logi. “It’s growing bigger and faster and is increasingly being managed using next generation data systems from companies like Cloudera, Elastic, Google, Amazon, MongoDB and Snowflake. At Logi, our vision is to help application teams create smarter software. And with Zoomdata, product managers and developers have native access to cloud data warehouses, big data, and streaming data, plus an expert global partner network.”Marketing Technology News: Big Data Push to MarTech Continues as Google Taps Looker for $2.6 BillionFor three years in a row, Zoomdata received the Technology Innovation Award for Big Data Analytics by Dresner Advisory Services. Zoomdata’s unique and patented streaming technology allows real-time visibility into data that is too big to move and data that changes frequently, which are common challenges for Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity, financial risk and fraud, customer insight, hospital patient care, and telco network performance applications.“By joining forces with Logi, our groundbreaking analytics software will be embedded in more applications,” said Nick Halsey, CEO of Zoomdata. “Many more people will be able to analyze billions of rows of data in seconds, even across multiple data sources, within the applications they use all day, every day.”Marketing Technology News: Forging MarTech with Big Data: Salesforce Eyes Tableau’s Big Data Expertise with $15.7 Billion DealZoomdata is Logi’s second acquisition in 2019. “Logi’s developer-grade platform offers the broadest set of embedded analytics capabilities in the industry, including security integration, custom theming, self-service analysis, workflow, write-back, pixel-perfect operational reporting, predictive analytics, and big data analytics. And Zoomdata’s worldwide network of key resellers and systems integrators like StrategyCore, Deloitte, InfoSys, and Hitachi will help companies successfully adopt, build, and manage mission-critical applications,” said Schneider.Marketing Technology News: AdQuick.com Releases Campaign Genius, so Marketers can Plan and Optimize Out of Home (OOH) Advertising Campaigns in Minuteslast_img read more

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Thomson Reuters Acquires HighQ

first_imgThomson Reuters Acquires HighQ PRNewswire5 days agoJuly 18, 2019 AcquisitionHighQJim SmithMarketing Technology NewsNewsThomson Reuters Previous ArticleSurvey Shows Majority of Marketers Fail to Meet Consumers’ Expectations for Customer EngagementNext ArticleV-Click Technology Officially Launched Thomson Reuters  announced that it has acquired HighQ, a leading collaboration platform for the legal and regulatory market. Based in London with offices in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and India, HighQ offers a secure cloud-based platform for business collaboration, workflow automation and client engagement. HighQ currently serves more than 400 customers, including more than half of the Global 100 largest law firms.Thomson Reuters provides its customers with solutions that help them generate more efficiencies, lower costs, improve accuracy and reduce risk. This acquisition will expand on the company’s strategic objective to provide more cloud-based software offerings and will meet a growing market need for legal professionals, aligning with Thomson Reuters focus on legal, tax, compliance and risk.“This deal follows our recent acquisition of Confirmation, a leading provider of secure audit services, and reinforces our strategy of carefully investing to grow our core offerings in the world of business information services,” said Jim Smith, president and CEO, Thomson Reuters.Marketing Technology News: TDG: Three-in-Ten TV Viewers Engage with Show-Related Content on Social Media“HighQ’s software platform is flexible, user-friendly and integrates with other leading-edge technology to provide a seamless user experience,” he continued. “This acquisition will position us with an open best-in-class platform at the heart of the legal software ecosystem. It provides us with an opportunity to leverage our channels to sell HighQ to thousands of large and medium-sized law firms and corporate legal departments globally. It also brings impressive software development talent into our organization.”“Legal professionals are being disrupted by technology change and are seeking software solutions to help them improve costs and increase productivity,” said Brian Peccarelli, COO, Customer Markets at Thomson Reuters and head of its Legal Professionals segment. “The acquisition of HighQ will help us meet customer needs for efficient, compliant workflow collaboration solutions, and supports our ongoing approach to providing open technologies and driving customer innovation.”Marketing Technology News: LogMeIn Releases Grasshopper Connect for Small Businesses“Our intelligent workflow platform allows legal professionals and in-house corporate legal departments to collaborate on projects, matters and transactions, transforming legal service delivery and creating compelling digital experiences for clients and business,” said Ajay Patel, CEO and founder of HighQ. “We are excited to expand our global footprint and leverage the Thomson Reuters network to support and serve across several vertical industries and geographies.”Marketing Technology News: Icertis Cements Undisputed CLM Market Leadership with $115 Million Roundlast_img read more

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Amazon Prime Day Sale Five Best Phones to Buy if you Love

first_img The 64GB version of the Apple iPhone XR is priced at Rs 49,999. Before the sale, the iPhone XR (64GB) was available for Rs 59,900. All colour options are a part of the sale—White, Yellow, Blue, Black, Coral and also the (PRODUCT)Red. The launch price of the iPhone XR (64GB) was Rs 76,900. The 128GB version of the iPhone XR will cost you Rs 54,999 during the Amazon Prime Day Sale. This was retailing for Rs 64,900 till now and was priced at Rs 81,900 at launch. The Black, White, Yellow, Blue, Coral and (PRODUCT)Red colours are in stock.If you want to buy the top-spec 256GB storage option, you can get your hands on one of these for Rs 64,999 during the Amazon Prime Day Sale. The Black, White, Yellow, Blue, Coral and (PRODUCT)Red colours are available at the discounted price. The iPhone XR (256GB) was retailing for Rs 74,900 before the sale and was launched at Rs 91,900 late last year.OnePlus 7 There are four variants of the OnePlus 7 that you can pick from. Each of these come with bundled offers and discounts that do make for a rather interesting proposition. The newest addition to the OnePlus smartphone line-up in India is the Mirror Blue colour option. This went on sale for the first time today to coincide with the Amazon Prime Day Sale. The OnePlus 7 Mirror Blue will be available in the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage configuration and is priced at Rs 32,999. There is an exchange offer on this as well, and you can get up to Rs 10,400 for the phone you want to trade in—the final price will depend on how old your phone is, the condition and the specifications. Then there is the 10 percent instant discount up to Rs 1750 on minimum order of Rs 3,000 with HDFC Bank debit and credit cards. If you are paying using the Amazon Pay ICICI Bank credit card, you are eligible for a 5 percent instant discount with no upper limit on that amount.Then there is the OnePlus 7 Mirror Grey (6GB + 128GB) variant which is priced at Rs 32,999. On this phone, the maximum exchange price for your old phone is Rs 15,500. Then there is the 10 percent instant discount up to Rs. 1750 on minimum order of Rs. 3,000 with HDFC Bank debit and credit cards. If you are paying using the Amazon Pay ICICI Bank credit card, you are eligible for a 5 percent instant discount with no upper limit on that amount.There are two higher spec variants as well which have the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage configuration, available in Red and Mirror Grey colours and are priced at Rs 37,999. On these variants as well, the maximum exchange price for your old phone is Rs 15,500. Then there is the 10 percent instant discount up to Rs. 1750 on minimum order of Rs. 3,000 with HDFC Bank debit and credit cards. If you are paying using the Amazon Pay ICICI Bank credit card, you are eligible for a 5 percent instant discount with no upper limit on that amount. Incidentally, there is the Jio offer as well, which is worth a cashback of Rs 5,400 (36 coupons of Rs 150 each) as well as discounts when shopping at Chumbak, Zoomcar and Easemytrip.Nokia 8.1The Nokia 8.1 is being offered at Rs 18,499 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB variant while the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant is being offered for Rs 21,999. The handset will also be offered with no cost EMI, and an additional discount of up to Rs 8,050 when you exchange an old smartphone. Amazon is also offering 10 percent instant discount of up to Rs 1750 with HDFC Bank Debit/Credit cards and EMI transactions. There are also some partner offers including Rs 100 off on SanDisk Extreme microSDXC 64GB Memory Card, and up to Rs 1,100 back on Redbus, Goibibo, 1mg, Faasos and on recharges, bills & money transfers on Amazon.Samsung Galaxy S10Samsung’s flagship handset for 2019, the Galaxy S10 is selling at a discounted price during the Amazon Prime Day sale. The 128GB variant is going for Rs 60,940 while the 512GB variant is selling for Rs 70,000. Besides that you can avail no-cost EMI, and 10 percent instant discount up to Rs 1,750 on minimum order of Rs 3,000 with HDFC Bank debit and credit cards. But there is an additional discount of Rs 1,750 if your purchase os over Rs 50,000. Essentially you can get up to Rs 3,500 off. If you are paying using the Amazon Pay ICICI Bank credit card, you are eligible for a 5 percent instant discount with no upper limit on that amount. You can also get up to Rs 1,100 back on Redbus, Goibibo, 1mg, Faasos and on recharges, bills & money transfers on Amazon.Realme U1Oppo’s sub-brand Realme is offering discounts on it budget smartphone, the Realme U1. The handset is now selling on a discount with the starting price coming down to Rs 8,999. The company is offering discounts on all variants of the handset. The Realme U1 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs 8,999 while the 3GB + 64GB variant will be available for Rs 9,499. The top variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is selling at Rs 10,999.As a part of the Amazon Prime Day sale, the handset will also be offered with no cost EMI, and an additional discount of up to Rs 8,050 when you exchange an old smartphone. Amazon is also offering 10 percent instant discount of up to Rs 1,750 with HDFC Bank Debit/Credit cards and EMI transactions. There are also some partner offers including cashbacks and up to Rs 1,100 back on Redbus, Goibibo, 1mg, Faasos and on recharges, bills & money transfers on Amazon. amazonAmazon PayAmazon Prime DayAmazon Prime Day Sale First Published: July 15, 2019, 1:13 PM IST The iPhone XR is available at discounted prices in the Amazon Prime Day Sale and is now available for Rs 49,999 onwards. Apart from the discount, there is also the exchange offer if you want to trade in an older smartphone, and the maximum buyback price of your old phone is Rs 10,400—this will depend on your phone’s and its condition. HDFC Bank credit card users get an instant discount of up to Rs 1,750 (on a minimum purchase of Rs 3,000). There is also a 5 percent discount for the Amazon Pay ICICI Bank credit card users, with no maximum ceiling on the discount amount. There is also the No cost EMI on debit cards on orders above Rs 8000 and with Bajaj Finserv EMI cards on orders above Rs 4500. Apple iPhone XR The Amazon Prime Day is here and this year the special sale will be on for two days. The most popular category, as usual, is going to be smartphones and almost all popular smartphone brands are offering some sort of discount along with special offers from Amazon. This also makes the perfect time to get a new smartphone upgrade if you have been waiting to improve your gaming experience, especially on PUBG Mobile. We’ve listed down five phones that you should definitely check out this Amazon Prime Day sale, especially if you want a new smartphone to play the popular battle royale game. last_img read more

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Naveen Patnaik Responds to PMs Attack Invites Him to Attend BJDs OathTaking

first_imgBhubaneswar: Undeterred by the BJP’s campaign blitzkrieg in Odisha and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s no-holds-barred attacks on the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday rubbished the PM’s assertion that the saffron party is set to come to power in the state.Less than 24 hours after an exuberant Modi claimed that the 19-year-old government led by Patnaik is on its way out, the chief minister said that Odisha is poised to get a BJD government for the fifth straight term. Patnaik even invited Modi to attend the oath-taking ceremony in Bhubaneswar after the elections. “The prime minister said yesterday that he would visit Odisha next after the BJD government is ousted from the state in these polls. With the third phase of polls now over, the BJD has already got a majority in Odisha with the blessings of the people,” said the 72-year-old Patnaik in his trademark broken, heavily-accented Odia at a campaign rally in Balasore. “I humbly invite Modiji to take part as a guest in the BJD government’s oath-taking ceremony.” In a frontal attack on Modi, Patnaik said, “PM Modi did not come to Odisha when the state suffered massive losses due to cyclones Phailin and Titli. He is visiting the state only during elections and shedding crocodile tears”.BJD sources said Patnaik was responding to the direct attacks mounted by Modi at a BJP rally in Kendrapara on Tuesday. “Naveen babu, you are on your way out. Odisha’s people are ready to drive you out in a mood of anger. Now it is impossible for you to save yourself… Odisha’s people have decided to put a double engine in Delhi and Bhubaneswar,” Modi had said.“No matter how much effort the BJD may put, it cannot stop Odisha from getting the double engine of lotus brand,” he had added.Odisha has a 147-member Assembly and polls for 105 of these seats have already taken place in the first three phases. The rest of the seats will go to polls in the fourth phase on April 29. Polling for the 21 Lok Sabha seats is also being held simultaneously in four phases.In the last elections in 2014, the BJD won as many as 117 Assembly seats while the Congress bagged 16 and the BJP 10. Of the 21 Lok Sabha seats, all except one – Sundergarh – were won by the regional party. Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oraon of the BJP had won from Sundergarh. 2019 lok sabha electionsNaveen PatnaikOdishaodisha assembly election 2019 First Published: April 24, 2019, 10:20 PM ISTlast_img read more

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He Has What the Country Needs Why Tejashwi Yadav Endorses Rahul Gandhi

first_imgSamastipur: Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Friday endorsed Congress president Rahul Gandhi as the next prime minister of the country. The leader had earlier also praised the grand old party chief but had put a condition then.Sharing the stage for the first time with Gandhi at Bihar’s Samastipur, Yadav said, “The Congress president does what he says and the country needs a prime minister like him.” Praising Congress’s NYAY scheme, he described it as a programme that had the potential to bring a turnaround in the country.Gandhi on Friday called the NYAY scheme a surgical strike on poverty and asserted that the proposed minimum income guarantee programme was not populist but based on sound economics. He also sought to allay apprehensions of the middle class saying he guaranteed that the salaried people will have to pay not a single paisa from their pockets to fund the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) scheme.Former state minister Ashok Ram of Congress is pitted against Ramchandra Paswan, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother, at Samastipur (reserved seat).Commencing his nearly 25-minute-long speech with an apology for turning up late because of a snag in his aircraft, Gandhi greeted the crowds with Ki haal chaal chhe (how are you) in the local Maithili dialect and went on to add with a smirk has not Modi looted you a lot. biharbihar-lok-sabha-elections-2019congressLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: April 26, 2019, 9:51 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Gujarat Congress MLA Rebels Against Party Over Demand of Alpesh Thakors Disqualification

first_img Alpesh ThakorcongressgujaratLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 8, 2019, 6:53 PM IST Ahmedabad: A Gujarat Congress legislator has rebelled against the party and dared the leadership to suspend him over demands of disqualifying MLA Alpesh Thakor. The leader, Dhavalsinh Zala, is considered to be a close aide of Thakor.State Congress chief Amit Chavda and other senior party leaders earlier on Wednesday met Gujarat Assembly speaker Rajendra Trivedi demanding the disqualification of Thakor. Just before Lok Sabha Polls, OBC leader and Congress MLA from Radhanpur, Alpesh Thakor, had resigned from the grand old party along with two other MLAs — Dhavalsinh Zala and Bharatji Thakor. Reacting to the development, Zala accused his colleagues of “in fighting” and said that the internal rift will be out in the open when the counting is held on May 23. He hinted that Congress would face a “humiliating defeat” in Gujarat.If Congress takes any actions against Alpesh Thakor, then the people of Gujarat will never forgive Congress. Alpesh Thakor will continue as an MLA as he has not done anything against the Party. We were elected by voters in our constituencies and therefore we are accountable to people,” Dhavalsinh Zala told media persons.Zala alleged that the Congress is misleading the people by saying the Thakor had resigned from all positions in the party. He has not resigned from primary membership of the party.”We have repeatedly made several representations about some party workers who had been engaged in anti-party activities but no actions were taken against them. Congress is rattled as Alpesh Thakor has emerged as a mass leader. We will soon expose Congress as seven to eight Congress MLAs are in touch with us and people will know about it in coming days,’’ Zala claimed.When asked if he is joining BJP, he denied it.Reacting Dhavalsinh Zala’s accusation against Congress, Congress leader Punbhabhai Vansha said that being Congress MLA, Dhavalsinh Zala should not comments against party.“Before holding presser against party, he should have resigned first. He is a first-time MLA and was elected on Congress ticket. Whatever he is today, because of the Congress,” said Punjabhai Vansha, Congress MLA from Una assembly constituency.last_img read more

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Wouldnt Have Allowed Sunny to Contest Had I Known Who Is Up

first_imgNew Delhi: Veteran thespian and former BJP MP said that he wouldn’t have let his son Sunny Deol contest from Punjab’s Gurdaspur if he had known that he would be pitted against sitting Congress MP Sunil Jhakhar.”Balram Jakhar was like my brother. Had I known his son Sunil Jakhar was contesting from Gurdaspur, I would have not allowed Sunny (to contest against him),” Dharmendra was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. The 83-year-old further said that Deol, who recently joined the BJP cannot debate with an experienced politician like Sunil Jakhar.”Sunny cannot debate with him as he (Sunil) is an experienced politician and even his father was a very experienced politician, but we come from the film industry. Moreover, we are not here to debate but to listen to the plight of people as we love this land,” he said. Last week, during a campaign in Gurdaspur, Deol raked up a controversy after he admitted that he had little knowledge of India’s relations with Pakistan. “I do not know much about issues like Balakot strikes or India’s relations with Pakistan. I am here to serve people; if I win maybe I will have an opinion, right now I don’t,” he had said.Punjab will head to the polls in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections. BJPDharmendragurdaspur-s19p01Lok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 13, 2019, 4:54 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Congress Holds Edge But No Smooth Ride for Any Party in Punjab

first_imgNew Delhi: Punjab will vote on Sunday for the Lok Sabha elections but unlike in other states, the contest in this border province is reduced to a battle between Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh of the Congress and arch rival Akali Dal.One of the few remaining states where Congress is in a commanding position, the Lok Sabha battle is being fought essentially on local issues. Amarinder stormed to power two years ago. Despite claiming that it is a national election and the outcome will not be a reflection on his government’s performance, the voters are in a mood to put him on a mid-term test.The going is not easy for the Akali Dal as well. The infighting leading to the formation of breakaway, Taksali group, has the party in disarray. The anger among Sikh voters over the episode of desecration of holy scripture and the subsequent police firing on the protesters during the Akali rule is still simmering.In 2014, the Modi wave failed to inundate Punjab, which gave four seats to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the only state to send members from the new entity to the Lok Sabha.However, the AAP’s surge was at the expense of the Congress as the party managed to win only three of the 13 seats while the Akali Dal-BJP alliance bagged six.With the AAP in disarray as most of its prominent faces and sitting MPs – Dharmavir Gandhi from Patiala and Harinder Singh Khalsa from Fatehpur Sahib — deserting the ship, both the Akali Dal and the Congress are relieved. They are happy to face each other in a direct contest instead of batting it out in a triangular fight.Considering the overall political situation in the state, the Congress seems to have an edge but it is going to be a tough fight on every seat for various equations at play.There is anti-incumbency against the state government in some areas and the BJP is confident that the Hindu votes will go to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at least in big cities like Amritsar and Ludhiana.Lack of employment is one of the major concerns for voters for which both the central and state governments are being held responsible.There is resentment against the state government for stopping many schemes of the previous regime for the poor. The promise by the Congress government to put a stop on the rampant drug business — one of the major poll issues in the Assembly elections — remains unfulfilled.Every region has its own complications that would have their own impact. In Amritsar, the banning of border trade with Pakistan because of the ongoing stand-off has affected livelihood of around 40,000 people.The farmers in the border villages have a major issue with fencing as they face problems in accessing their fields.The Congress will benefit from the split in the Akali Dali, with its Khadoor Sahib MP, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, floating Akali Dal (Taksali) with others like Rattan Singh Ajnala and Sewa Singh Sekhwan.The Akalis had faced the wrath of the people in the Assembly elections when it came third behind the Congress and AAP winning only 15 out of 117 seats. The Congress got 77, AAP won 20 and the BJP could secure only three.It remains to be seen how much ground has been regained by the Akali Dal-BJP.Union Minister and prominent Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is defending her Bathinda seat, told IANS that the party was on the comeback trail. She appeared confident of winning her own seat and said that her husband Sukhbir Badal, contesting from Ferozepur, will also secure an easy win.The BJP is also facing a challenge. The party has fielded Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri from Amritsar. He is getting little support from the state unit as the campaign on the seat remains low key.Sunny Deol, fielded by the party from Gurdaspur, seems to be the best bet as the popular star is attracting a lot of attention. It is a prestige battle for Amarinder in Gurdaspur as the Congress nominee and state unit president Sunil Jakhar is considered close to him.Vjay Sampla, a prominent Dalit face of BJP, is sulking after being denied ticket from Hoshiarpur.The fields of Punjab are ash blackened due to rampant stubble burning by the farmers preparing for the next sowing season.The political parties are looking for a rich harvest on May 23. Akali DaliAmarinder SinghLok Sabha elections 2019punjab First Published: May 14, 2019, 2:43 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Poonam Mahajan to Win Mumbai NorthCentral Says News18IPSOS Survey

first_img Lok Sabha elections 2019maharashtra-lok-sabha-elections-2019mumbai-north-central-s13p29 First Published: May 20, 2019, 7:10 PM IST As the country awaits the results of the world’s biggest democratic exercise, News18-IPSOS, an exit poll survey by Network 18, gives an insight into the probable outcome of the results.News18-IPSOS suggests that BJP candidate Poonam Mahajan may emerge as the winner from the seat in the state of Maharashtra. She is in contest with Congress candidate and former MP Priya Dutt. Earlier in 2014, the BJP won this seat when Mahajan defeated Dutt who was contesting as the Congress’ candidate then too. The victory was with a margin of 22.1 per cent of the votes. Both of them have a political legacy because of their fathers, Poonam being a daughter of a tall leader – BJP’s Pramod Mahajan – while Priya is the daughter of five-time MP, Sunil Dutt.This constituency in the financial capital of the country could never be the stronghold of a single party. The voters have kept changing their choices time-to-time which has resulted in a variety of candidates and parties coming to power.In the previous two elections—2004 and 2009—Congress had held the seat. In 2004, Eknath Gaikwad of Congress defeated the sitting MP from Shivsena Manohar Joshi with a margin of merely 2.6 per cent votes. However in the 2009 elections, Dutt won against Mahesh Jethmalani of BJP with a huge vote margin of 26.3 per cent votes. Mahesh also holds the political legacy of his father, Ram Jethmalani.The Lok Sabha elections in 2019 took place in seven phases across India in the time span of about a month and a half. A total of 543 seats went to the polls in which around 900 million voters were expected to exercise their voting rights.The final results will be announced on May 23.​ last_img read more

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