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Panasonic to Raise Funds for Tesla Plant

first_img Reuters Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Next Article –shares Japan’s Panasonic Corp. said on Friday it would raise up to 400 billion yen ($3.86 billion) in corporate bonds, partly because it needs to bring forward its investment in a Tesla Motors Inc. battery factory.Panasonic plans to respond to brisk demand for the electric car maker’s upcoming Model 3 sedan, Senior Managing Director Hideaki Kawai told reporters after the company reported earnings.”In the near term, strategic investment (from the money raised) would be mostly in Tesla’s Gigafactory. There is a need to speed up investment,” Kawai said.(Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; Editing by Christopher Cushing) Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters panasoniccenter_img Panasonic to Raise Funds for Tesla Plant Register Now » July 29, 2016 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 1 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

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8 Inspirational Quotes From Space Pioneer John Glenn

first_img December 9, 2016 Next Article Memorable insights from the first American to orbit the Earth. John Glenn lived a life filled with firsts.After serving as a pilot in World War II and the Korean War, he became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 as a member of the Mercury 7, NASA’s first class of astronauts.In 1998, when he was 77 years old, he flew on board the space shuttle Discovery and became the oldest man to ever travel to space.Related: Buzz Aldrin Wants You to Know — the Sky Is Not the LimitIn between those major milestones, he didn’t stray far from government work, although this phase of his career was a little more grounded — from 1974 to 1999, he served as a U.S. senator for his home state of Ohio.Glenn died at 95 this week, at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University. In a statement, President Obama said of the astronaut and public servant, “John always had the right stuff, inspiring generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts who will take us to Mars and beyond — not just to visit, but to stay…The last of America’s first astronauts has left us, but propelled by their example we know that our future here on Earth compels us to keep reaching for the heavens. On behalf of a grateful nation, Godspeed, John Glenn.”Read on for the space pioneer’s insights about exploration, service and making a difference.8. “If I can inspire young people to dedicate themselves to the good of mankind, I’ve accomplished something.”7. “If there is one thing I’ve learned in my years on this planet, it’s that the happiest and most fulfilled people I’ve known are those who devoted themselves to something bigger and more profound than merely their own self-interest.”6. “If a man faces up to the [unknown] and takes the dare of the future, he can have some control over his destiny.”5. “Don’t give in to complacency and cynicism. Don’t ignore what is bad, but concentrate on building what is good. Don’t take America and the values reflected in our form of government for granted. And never forget that in our democracy, the government is not ‘them’ — it is ‘us.'”Related: Winston Churchill’s Most Inspiring Quotes4. “We are more fulfilled when we are involved in something bigger than ourselves.”3. “To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate.”2. “We have an infinite amount to learn both from nature and from each other.”1. “Zero G and I feel fine.” 8 Inspirational Quotes From Space Pioneer John Glenn Add to Queue Image credit: Hulton Archive | Getty Images Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5center_img Project Grow Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Entrepreneur Staff Nina Zipkin Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares 3 min readlast_img read more

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Alibabas Singles Day Shopping Event Sales Hit 1 Billion in 85 Seconds

first_img 2 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Engadget –shares This comes in spite of tariffs and other challenges to Chinese tech. Next Article Alibaba Chinese internet giant Alibaba is fond of crowing about its online shopping records, and that’s truer than ever this year. The company’s annual Global Shopping Festival, aka Singles Day, broke last year’s record by selling $30.8 billion in goods across 230 countries over the space of 24 hours, a hefty 27 percent increase over the $25.3 billion from 2017. However, the initial burst also stood out. It took just 85 seconds for Alibaba to sell its first $1 billion, and an hour to top $10 billion. That’s well past U.S. holiday sales — for context, Black Friday 2017 “only” generated $5 billion in online sales.The brands that most profited from the event included Apple, Dyson, Gap and Nike, among other big names.While not everyone is necessarily keen to celebrate a shopping frenzy (the event is basically an ode to unfettered consumerism), it’s also no mean feat considering the obstacles Alibaba had to face. U.S. tariffs potentially affected the cost of some products, and the Chinese yuan isn’t worth as much as it was a year earlier. Alibaba also cut its revenue expectations as a result of its less-than-certain future. This suggests that the festival is large enough to be independent of the ups and downs of China — like it or not, it’s a cultural institution for some people. Image credit: Alibaba via engadget November 12, 2018 Jon Fingas Alibaba’s Singles Day Shopping Event Sales Hit $1 Billion in 85 Seconds Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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Tech Giants Form Group to Pressure US Over Surveillance

first_img Apply Now » Seven of the nation’s largest technology companies have teamed to pressure the U.S. to scale back its government surveillance programs, demanding five changes in the way the U.S. compiles and uses the data of private citizens.“We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens,” the companies wrote in an open letter on the website for their coalition. “But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.”The companies involved are Who’s Who list of the American Internet: AOL, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo. In one way or another, all were involved in the National Security Agency’s surveillance of Americans and people abroad. The companies have publicly objected to government access to data – in some cases directly through the companies’ own servers. They have also lamented that they were not able to communicate their communications with the government itself, for fear of violating the law. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer went so far as to suggest she could be accused of treason if she made disclosures to the public.Related: Amid Surveillance Concerns, Two Companies Shut DownWhile the companies’ letter focuses on individual rights, there is also a big business implication at stake. The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation earlier this year suggested U.S. companies could lose as much as $35 billion over the next three years as businesses and individuals move their data to countries with better data protection.Indeed, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, is quoted on the site saying as much. “People won’t use technology they don’t trust,” he wrote. “Governments have put this trust at risk, and governments need to help restore it.”The business coalition wants five key changes:1. Limits on surveillance. In short, the companies are looking for changes in the law that make it harder for the government to force businesses to give up data.2. Better oversight. The coalition is seeking reform to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which approves subpoenas. The group wants that court to be more open and have an adversarial process, like the rest of the federal court system.3. Transparency to customers. A key problem for companies has been their inability to tell customers – and investors – that requests for data had been made by the NSA. The coalition wants more flexibility in disclosing subpoenas to the public.4. Data flow. The group wants the government to allow transfer of data across borders, without having to worry that the NSA will tap data centers overseas.5. Better government coordination. All of the companies operate internationally, and so are subject to different surveillance laws in different countries. The coalition wants a treaty or agreements to standardize practices.Related: Can This Company Save You From The NSA’s Prying Eyes?  3 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article Ray Hennessey The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Technology Tech Giants Form Group to Pressure U.S. Over Surveillancecenter_img December 9, 2013 –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Editor-at-Large Add to Queue Image credit: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel Guest Writerlast_img read more

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Beam Suntory introduces Basil Haydens 10YearOld Bourbon

first_imgBeam Suntory introduces Basil Hayden’s 10-Year-Old BourbonPosted By: Contributoron: December 18, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailBeam Suntory has released a limited-edition Basil Hayden’s 10-Year-Old Bourbon, aged in American oak barrels to give an “additional layer of complexity”.Available now in the US, the whiskey will return in limited quantities each holiday season.Featuring Basil Hayden’s trademark high-rye bourbon recipe, the spirit is said to have heightened oak aromas with hints of vanilla.With an ABV of 40%, the beverage has a taste of oak balanced by caramel sweetness and rye spice.Rob Mason, vice president of whiskey at Beam Suntory, said: “Basil Hayden’s has always been a crowd-pleasing choice, especially during a time when people are getting together to share drinks or a celebratory meal.“With the release of Basil Hayden’s 10-Year-Old Bourbon, we wanted to give our fans an expression that could be that ‘special something’ to enjoy when spending time with family and friends over the holidays or when picking out a great gift.”The whiskey is now available in the US in a 750ml bottle with a suggested retail price of $59.99. It is packaged in a parchment bib and wrapped with a copper belt.Earlier this year, Beam Suntory launched Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye, featuring a blend of two Kentucky straight rye whiskies and two Kentucky straight bourbon whiskies.Share with your network: Tags: Basil Hayden’sBeam SuntoryUSwhiskylast_img read more

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Pure Leaf betting on hibiscus with four new herbal iced teas

first_imgPure Leaf betting on hibiscus with four new herbal iced teasPosted By: Alex Clereon: February 07, 2019In: Beverage, Industries, Soft drinks, Tea & CoffeePrintEmailUnilever and PepsiCo will release a line of premium herbal iced teas as part of its Pure Leaf brand in the US.The new range consists of three different flavours, all drawing on the hibiscus flower, which has already been touted as a potential flavour of 2019. There’s mango-hibiscus, peach-hibiscus and cherry-hibiscus – all naturally caffeine-free, and containing between 100kcal and 110kcal per serving.The drinks are made from real-brewed hibiscus tea and natural fruit flavours, and will be available through Unilever’s tea joint-venture with PepsiCo.Pure Leaf tea master Amy Tran said: “We’re excited to bring real-brewed hibiscus iced tea to all of the places you buy your favourite beverage. We’ve listened to feedback from our iced tea lovers, who shared that they love the quality and real-brewed taste that’s synonymous with Pure Leaf, but also wanted a naturally caffeine-free option that can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime.”Unilever introduced the Pure Leaf brand as a premium offering in 2017, before adding new flavours such as matcha green tea later in the year.The herbal iced teas will be available through retailers US-wide, and through e-commerce, at a suggested retail price of approximately $1.99 for an 18.5oz single-serve bottle.Multi-packs of the mango variant are available for a suggested retail price of $6.29 for six 16.9oz bottles, and there will also a large 59oz hibiscus lemonade and mango-hibiscus bottle available in the chilled aisle.Pure Leaf is also taking advantage of the opportunity within hibiscus by adding a new variant to its Tea House Collection, containing hibiscus, passionfruit and pineapple.The launch will be supported with a new advertising campaign featuring print ads and a TV commercial, which is airing now.Share with your network: Tags: iced teaPepsiCoPure LeafteaUnileverUSlast_img read more

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Facebook ending News Feed experiment condemned as Orwellian

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Company announces end to trial in which professional news posts were removed from users’ feeds in six countries This article is more than 1 year old news Share on Facebook Share on Twitter @juliacarriew Email Share on Facebook Facebook ending News Feed experiment condemned as ‘Orwellian’ Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Thu 1 Mar 2018 16.29 EST The company created a separate feed called ‘Explore’ for so-called public posts in Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Bolivia, Cambodia, Serbia and Slovakia.Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images This article is more than 1 year old Since you’re here… Facebook moving non-promoted posts out of news feed in trial Read more Reuse this content Share via Email Social media Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest “You gave us our answer: people don’t want two separate feeds,” Mosseri wrote. “In surveys, people told us they were less satisfied with the posts they were seeing, and having two separate feeds didn’t actually help them connect more with friends and family.”Mosseri also acknowledged the criticism that Facebook had acted high-handedly by completely changing the media landscape for six countries without warning or input from stakeholders, stating that the company would be “updating the way we evaluate where to test new products, and how we communicate about them”.The end of this experiment is separate from changes to the global News Feed rolled out in January that are supposed to more modestly reduce public content and promote “meaningful social interactions”. “I’m glad that Facebook will end this test and I am even more pleased that Facebook admitted that they made mistakes when they didn’t communicate the test clearly,” Struhárik tweeted on Thursday. “I hope Facebook will have more interest in what is happening inside its test countries.” Share on Messenger Facebook Facebook will end an experiment that removed professional news posts from users’ News Feed in six countries, after months of criticism that the “downright Orwellian” move was increasing fake news and misinformation on the platform.Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s head of News Feed, said in a blogpost announcing the change that the experiment had been motivated by “consistent feedback” that people wanted to see more from friends and family and less from media organizations and businesses on the News Feed. Starting in October, the company created a separate feed called “Explore” for so-called public posts in Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Bolivia, Cambodia, Serbia and Slovakia.The backlash from news organizations in the affected countries was swift. “Facebook doesn’t think about consequences and has no interest at all in what is happening inside its test countries,” wrote the Slovakian journalist Filip Struhárik, one of the most prominent critics of the experiment. In December, Struhárik used CrowdTangle data to show that the experiment was hurting professional media more than fake news. Facebook Share on Twitter Shares639639 Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco Last modified on Fri 2 Mar 2018 17.00 EST … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Social networkinglast_img read more

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Stephen Colbert on Stormy Daniels and Trump The least surprising story ever

first_imgStormy Daniels Twitter Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah discussed Stormy Daniels’ appearance on 60 Minutes and Trump banning transgender troops Late-night TV roundup Trevor Noah In a clip from the interview, Daniels talks about how, after spanking Trump with a magazine, he became more appropriate and inquisitive. “John Kelly,” Colbert quipped. “You know what to do.”“Years later, Stormy sold her story to InTouch magazine,” the host explained. “Trump found out, got the story killed, and then this happened.”Colbert then showed another clip from the interview, in which Daniels describes being threatened by a stranger in the parking lot of a fitness studio with her infant daughter. “It would be a shame if something happened to her mom,” the man reportedly said, gesturing to Daniels’ daughter.Trevor NoahComedy Central’s Trevor Noah addressed a string of news stories, noting in his introduction that Trump made so much news this past weekend that he could not cover it all.“This weekend’s March for Our Lives may have been the biggest news in terms of quality, but when it comes to news quantity nobody beats President Trump,” Noah said. “Let’s start with the big news of the day: Trump is getting tough on Russia.”Noah proceeded to show news coverage of the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats from the US and the closing of the Russian consulate in Seattle, all in retaliation for the nerve agent attack by the Kremlin on a Russian spy and his daughter in the UK.“Before he kicked out the Russians, Trump also got rid of his national security adviser, HR McMaster, and replaced him with elderly Lorax John Bolton,” Noah added. “Bolton taking over for McMaster is terrifying, because unlike McMaster, Bolton is horny for war with North Korea and Iran, and he’s one of the very few people left who still thinks the Iraq war was a good idea.” This article is more than 1 year old Tue 27 Mar 2018 11.13 EDT This article is more than 1 year old Stephen Colbert: ‘It’s an insane, salacious tale about a sitting president, and the least surprising story I have ever heard.’Photograph: Youtube Share on Facebook Late-night TV roundup Read more Donald Trump Facebook @jhnevins Jake Nevins Read more Share via Email Stephen Colbert on Stormy Daniels and Trump: ‘The least surprising story ever’ Television Support The Guardian Stephen Colbert Share via Email White House announces ban on transgender people serving in military Since you’re here… Finally, Noah got around to the Stormy Daniels interview, showing the clip in which the adult film actor describes spanking Trump.“You know Bob Mueller is watching this interview, right?” Noah joked. “He’s going to walk into the interrogation room with a rolled up magazine, like, ‘OK, Donald. Time to talk about Russia.’” Pinterest Stephen Colbert“Just like the rest of America, I tuned into 60 Minutes last night to see the big story everybody’s talking about,” Stephen Colbert began. “60 Minutes aired Anderson Cooper’s exclusive interview with porn star Stormy Daniels, which drew the highest ratings for 60 Minutes in 10 years.”“That means Stormy Daniels got higher ratings than Donald Trump did right after he was elected president,” Colbert noted. “The interview covered everything: the president had sex with a porn star, she spanked him with a magazine with his face on it, he didn’t wear a condom, later they watched Shark Week, then his lawyer paid her to keep her mouth shut, now Trump’s suing this porn star for $20m.”Colbert went on to call the story “an insane, salacious tale about a sitting president, and the least surprising story I have ever heard”. Last modified on Wed 11 Apr 2018 11.56 EDT White House attacks Stormy Daniels’ credibility after TV interview US television Noah continued: “We could talk about how Bolton’s policies could throw America into a never-ending spiral of unwinnable wars but we don’t really have the time, because thanks to another Trump decision America is actually going to have fewer troops.”The host was referencing Trump’s decision to ban transgender troops from the military except under “limited circumstances”, a plan outlined in a memo from the president that claims transgender troops undermine unit cohesion and lead to disproportionate costs.“I really don’t understand this decision,” Noah said. “If you’re looking for brave people to join the military, you don’t have to look any further than trans people. You think it takes guts to fight in Syria? Try being trans and walking into a restroom in Alabama.” Share on Pinterest Shares3131 Late-night hosts on Monday discussed the Stormy Daniels interview on 60 Minutes and a stream of news coming out of the White House, including John Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser and the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US. Share on Facebook Topics news Share on Twitter Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow)Trump expels 60 Russian diplomats, fires H.R. McMaster, hires John Bolton, issues a transgender military ban, and gets roasted by Stormy Daniels on “60 Minutes.” So much news, so little time! Full episode: https://t.co/E1zozCLcD0 pic.twitter.com/SY7Ya1YR5KMarch 27, 2018 Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Taliban to travel to Moscow for peace talks after 17 years of

first_imgThe Taliban did not officially comment on the reports from Moscow, but a senior member of the group confirmed to the Associated Press that they would send a delegation “for the sake of finding peace in Afghanistan”.The official said the group plans to send representatives to other countries in the region, including Pakistan and China, “to take them into confidence and address their concerns”.The talks in Moscow would mark the Taliban’s first public participation in a regional forum since they were ousted from power in Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on America. They were invited to a previous round of talks in Russia last year but did not attend.The talks will come after a wave of intense violence, but also in the wake of increased diplomatic outreach by the insurgent group and a series of peace overtures from the Afghan government.A ceasefire in June, during the Eid holiday at the end of the month of Ramadan, showed huge public appetite for ending decades of war. It also showed the Taliban had command and control over thousands of militants scattered across the country.President Ashraf Ghani, who made the first offer to halt fighting then, called for another break in hostilities for the Eid al-Adha holiday this week.The Taliban have not responded formally and the centre of Kabul was hit by rockets on Tuesday as Ghani made a speech on peace. However, the Wall Street Journal reported that they planned to mark an unofficial truce.The announcement from Moscow comes after a flurry of other diplomatic activity. In recent months the Taliban sent official delegations to Uzbekistan and Indonesia, and held talks with US diplomats in Qatar, where the militants’ political wing has an unofficial base.Both sides may have more appetite to talk now than they did a few years ago, when US-led forces insisted they could crush the Taliban and the militants argued they had the patience and morale to fight foreign forces until they gave up.In recent years the Taliban have made gains in rural areas around Afghanistan and have briefly seized several cities, but US air support and other military backing have ensured they cannot capture and hold urban centres.And while US president Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed his frustration with the cost and length of the conflict, American officials fear withdrawing support would allow militant extremists free rein again in the country where the 9/11 attacks were planned. The rise of the regional branch of Isis has only added to those concerns.The militants have refused to negotiate with the Afghan government, which they denounce as a puppet, and insist they will only attempt to broker peace directly with Washington. The meeting in Moscow could offer a rare public platform for the Afghan government and senior Taliban leaders to interact directly.The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, supported the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, but recently American officials have accused Moscow of backing and arming the Taliban. The Taliban are banned in Russia as a terrorist organisation. Moscow says it maintains contacts only because of security concerns. It fears that radical groups could use Afghanistan as a base to target Russian interests or build up cells in neighbouring countries including Tajikistan, where last month four cyclists were killed in an attack claimed by Islamic State. This article is more than 10 months old Share on LinkedIn Emma Graham-Harrison Blasts heard in Kabul during Afghan president’s Eid speech – video Russia … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Taliban Reuse this content Taliban to travel to Moscow for peace talks after 17 years of war Afghanistan Share on Pinterest Peace and reconciliation A security check in Helmand, Afghanistan. The Taliban have not responded formally to the government’s offer of a ceasefire.Photograph: Muhammad Sadiq/EPA Share on Twitter Share via Email Last modified on Tue 21 Aug 2018 18.25 EDT Taliban Since you’re here… Play Video Talks follow wave of violence but also series of overtures from Afghan government Share on Messenger Topics Share via Email Support The Guardian news Share on Facebook The Afghan Taliban will travel to Moscow for peace talks next month in a high-profile embrace of public diplomacy that will be a landmark for the group and their Russian hosts after 17 years of war.“The first reaction was positive, they are planning to take part in the meeting,” the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said, adding that he hoped for productive negotiations at the talks, which will bring together a dozen groups including regional heavyweights China, Iran and Pakistan, starting on 4 September. 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Stanley Donen director of Singin in the Rain dies aged 94

first_img Stanley Donen: a Hollywood blueblood treasured for Singin’ in the Rain Stanley Donen, director of Singin’ in the Rain and other classics of the golden age of Hollywood, has died. He was 94.Singin’ in the Rain, from 1952, starred Donen’s co-director Gene Kelly and became a mainstay of popular culture. Donen was also a dancer and choreographer. Among other films he directed were the musicals On the Town (his first film, from 1949 and starring Kelly, his co-director, and Frank Sinatra), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Funny Face (1957), starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. Movies Share on Facebook This article is more than 4 months old Share on Twitter Martin Pengelly in New York Stanley Donen receives his Oscar. This article is more than 4 months old To the delight of the audience, he then sang and danced Cheek to Cheek, from the 1935 Astaire-Rogers classic Top Hat, with his statuette.The secret of directing success, he confided, was to get the best writers, songwriters and actors and then, “when filming starts, you stay the hell out of the way.“But you’ve got to show up, otherwise you can’t take the credit and get one of these fellas.”Donen was married five times and had a famous affair with Elizabeth Taylor. In later years he was “happily unmarried” to the comedian, actor and director Elaine May, with whom he collaborated on theatrical projects.In 2014, the Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia staged a season of Donen’s films, entitled A Lotta Talent and a Little Luck. The organiser said: “Though so many people love his work, too few people know who he is, much less that he’s a native.”Despite this, among film cognoscenti his place is secure. The British critic David Thomson, author of the New Biographical Dictionary of Film, called him “a central figure in the story of the MGM musical”.This article was amended on 26 February 2018, to correctly identify Gene Kelly as co-director of Singin’ in the Rain Share on Messenger Stanley Donen, director of Singin’ in the Rain, dies aged 94 … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Shares3,5573557 Sat 23 Feb 2019 10.19 EST news Accepting his Oscar from Scorsese, Donen focused on sunnier themes. “Tonight,” he said, “words seem inadequate. In musicals, that’s when we do a song.” Read more Since you’re here… Donen, who was hailed as ‘a brilliant storyteller’, also directed On the Town, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Charade He made four films with Cary Grant: Kiss Them For Me (1957), Indiscreet (1958), The Grass is Greener (1960) and Charade, also starring Hepburn (1963). His last theatrically released film was the Michael Caine sex comedy Blame It on Rio, which flopped in 1984.Among tributes, the director Guillermo del Toro saluted “a brilliant storyteller” who he said was “elegant, exuberant, a master of color and [a] top crane choreographer” and added: “He had so much style and so much joy in him … We are indebted to him for as long as there is cinema.”In a statement, Steven Spielberg said Donen “was a friend and an early mentor” who “made his most compelling movies in multiple genres”.“Charade, Bedazzled and Two For the Road were my favorites,” Spielberg said. “When visiting New York I will miss not bumping into him on his daily walks and hear him talking about life and film, which for Stanley were inseparable.”Donen was born in Columbia, South Carolina, on 13 April 1924. His career in Hollywood was so long, he told Vanity Fair in 2013, “sound was still a fairly new thing when I came into movies. And the reason musicals happened is because of sound. They could put music in the picture! That’s how it all began.”In a tweet on Saturday which said one of Donen’s sons had confirmed his father’s death, the Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips said the director was “a huge, often neglected talent”.Donen was never nominated for an Oscar but at the 1997 ceremony he was given an honorary award. Introducing it, the director Martin Scorsese, then himself unrecognised by the Academy, said: “Once upon a time, a lonely boy in South Carolina was sparked by the wonder of movies, captivated by everything from cowboys to comedians to movie monsters. And then he saw his first musical, Flying Down to Rio.”In his Vanity Fair interview in 2013, Donen said: “I saw Fred Astaire in Flying Down to Rio when I was nine years old, and it changed my life. It just seemed wonderful, and my life wasn’t wonderful. The joy of dancing to music! And Fred was so amazing, and Ginger [Rogers] – Oh, God! Ginger!”Donen danced on Broadway, where he met Kelly, with whom he worked as a choreographer in Hollywood. They worked closely together but ultimately the partnership was not a smooth one, as Donen told the New York Times in 1996.“Gene, as a performer, was among the wonders of the 20th century,” he said. “His agility and his talents at being what he would call a song and dance man were very winning.“What I didn’t like … was his manner offscreen. He could be difficult with me and everyone else. It was always a complicated collaboration, partly because when we began he was a star and I was in the chorus. Then we became co-choreographers. It wasn’t always the happiest thing.”After Donen’s first marriage ended in divorce, Kelly married his ex-wife, Jeanne Coyne. 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ATU258 – AccessiByte

first_imgShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU200 – Wade Wingler is interviewed by Danny Wayne in This Special Celebration of 200 Episodes of Assistive Technology UpdateMarch 27, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU153 – Vincennes University’s New Academic Certificate (ATCPC) for Assistive Technology, NPR Covers Braille, Top 10 AAC Apps for the iPad, Toca Tea Party appMay 2, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU204 – Tongue Mapping, Daredevil on Netflix, Free K-12 Android Apps, RESNA early bird registration, ATIA call for papers, Functional Communication System LiteApril 24, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update” Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Show notes:Researchers Develop Magnifying Smartphone Screen Application for Visually Impaired http://buff.ly/1Z7HEtDDevelopers Forum | RESNA | http://buff.ly/21tduTqApp: Tasker | www.gatfl.org——————————Listen 24/7 at www.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comIf you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our web site: https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/INDATA——-transcript follows ——JOE JORGENSEN: Hi, this is Joe Jorgensen of AccessiByte, and this is your Assistance Technology Update.WADE WINGLER: Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals crossroads in Indiana with your assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Welcome to episode number 258 of Assistive Technology update. It’s scheduled to be released on May 6, 2016.Today I hang out with Joe Jorgensen who is a developer and has created the apps over at AccessiByte, a bunch of games and academic applications for folks who are blind or visually impaired.Also a fascinating story about using Google Glass to look at the magnified image on your smartphone; an opportunity with RESNA to show your AT inventions to smart people to get some feedback; and our App Worth Mentioning segment with the folks from Tools For Life.We hope you’ll check out our website at www.eastersealstech.com, give us a call on our listener line at 317-721-7124, or shoot us note on Twitter at INDATA Project.***Did you ever wish you could listen to Assistive Technology Update on Google Play? Now you can. Google just released podcasts not too long ago and all of our shows here at the INDATA Project are on there: Assistive Technology Update, ATFAQ, and Accessibility Minute. Go over to Google play, search under podcast. You will find us there.***I found a fascinating article from Medical Design Technology Magazine that talks about a research study that happened at Massachusetts Eye and Ear which is part of the Harvard Medical School. What they are doing is they have realized that when you are using screen magnification on a smartphone, it may not be easy to understand exactly the context of what you’re looking at. If you ever used screen magnification technology on a computer or video modifier or a smartphone, you don’t see all of the screen when you are zoomed in. In fact, depending on the level of magnification, you may not see much of the screen at all. You may just be singing a small portion through the magnified view.What they have done at the switchers project is taking the magnified view and projected it onto Google glass which then takes that magnified image and projects it right onto the user’s eyes. The thing is when you’re using a screen magnifier, there is sort of a disconnect between your hand and the magnification image and what you’re seeing. This eliminates one of those steps. What they found out is when people look at the magnified screen of the phone as it is projected through Google Glass, they had about a 20 percent increase in efficiency in using their phone because it took away some of that disconnect between hand eye coordination that needs to happen. Obviously there are some questions about Google Glass and the viability of that as a product right now, and there are lots of questions about how this might be implemented.So this is a research study that seems to be in the beginning stages, but I like the idea of being able to use a head worn device like Google glass or something similar to use screen magnification on your computer, laptop, phone, or those kinds of things. I’m fascinated with the concept and think it is a pretty interesting breakthrough. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes over to Medical Design Technology’s website so you can you read this article and check it out on your own. They have a video there of a subject using the device. Pretty cool stuff. Check our show notes.***So I haven’t talked about this on the show before, but I’m a huge fan of the TV show Shark Tank. I love it when entrepreneurs are coming to get feedback and solicit funding from these really rich people who give them ideas. That’s what I thought about when I saw this headline from RESNA. They are going to have a developer forum. Now this isn’t a fundraising thing, but it is an opportunity for people who are developing assistive technology to get some really valuable feedback. In Crystal City, Virginia, in the Washington DC area, on July 12 which is a Tuesday, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, they are doing a thing called the Developers Forum. It is going to be part of the RESNA NCRT conference. It will be a situation where you can get feedback on your ideas from rehab technologists, assistive technology specialists, engineers, therapists, consumers, everybody who knows a lot about the field of assistive technology. They describe a situation where participations participants will have it with experience and have people who know a lot about assistive technology sort of walk around going from table to table and explaining and giving feedback on your product ideas. They describe it as a mini exhibit hall sort of environment.It’s available to people who are registered to attend the RESNA conference, and it is sponsored by the Center for Translation of Rehab Engineering Advances in Technology. Recall that the TREAT Center. So if you are interested in taking your AT invention and getting some feedback from people who really do know their stuff, I’m going to suggest you check this out. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes over to RESNA’s website. The page I will take you to has specific information about the Developers Forum and also has a bunch of people you can contact that will give you more information about this cool event. Check our show notes if you’re looking for that kind of opportunity.***Before we jump into our App Worth Mentioning segment this week, you might have noticed or heard a new voice last week when we talked about our apps. That’s because we have some new contributors to the show. In addition to our friends over at BridgingApps and our friends over at AppleVis, our friends at Tools For Life out of Georgia Tech are going to start contributing app segments as well. Ben Jacobs is someone who has a lot of experience with apps. Over on their website at Tools For Life, they have a pretty good listing of apps as well. You’re going to hear Ben talk about an app called Tasker today and we hope to have him on the show for future App Worth Mentioning segment. Welcome, Ben. Thanks for Tools For Life for participating.Each week, one of our partners tells us what’s happening in the ever-changing world of apps, so here’s an app worth mentioning.BEN JACOBS: Hello, this is Ben Jacobs with Tools For Life, and this is an app worth mentioning. This week’s app is called Tasker. Tasker is an android app for automating tasks on your phone or tablet. We recommend this app for all users with an android phone.Tasker allows you to create profiles and tasks. A profile is something that happens in your phone. Some examples of the profiles are when something is plugged into the headphone jack; when it is a certain time of day; when you’re in a specific location; or when you receive a text message. Tasks are action that you want your phone to take when your profile is activated. Some examples of tasks include opening an app, turning Wi-Fi on or off, sending a text, silencing your phone, or taking a picture. These are just a few of the myriad examples of profiles and tasks. When profiles and tasks are combined, your phone can be programmed to run in many helpful actions automatically. Some examples include announcing a caller’s name when the phone is ringing, muting the ringer during the quiet hours; or turning Wi-Fi on and off depending on your location. Tasker is a powerful tool for any user that is will you take the time to learn how to use it. The possibilities of what you can do automatically on your phone with Tasker are endless. Tasker is available on the android play store for $2.99. To learn more about Tasker and other great apps, visit the Tools For Life website at www.GATFL.org.***WADE WINGLER: I don’t know that I can go an entire day without using some of the critical apps on my smartphone. They just sort of become part of getting through the day. Whether I’m learning things organizing the life or even just sort of having some recreation, I don’t know, I find myself dealing with little screens on a pretty regular basis. So to that end, I’m pretty excited today to have Joe Jorgensen who is a developer of AccessiByte to talk about some interesting apps he has developed and a career he has created here dealing with some apps. Before we jump into all that, Joe, are you still on the line?JOE JORGENSEN: I am.WADE WINGLER: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to hang out with us a little bit.JOE JORGENSEN: Thanks for having me. I really appreciate it.WADE WINGLER: Talk to us a little bit about you and your background and how you ended up where you’re dealing with this thing called AccessiByte. Tell us about you, and about the company a little bit.JOE JORGENSEN: My background is kind of all over the place really. During my undergrad years, I studied English of all things. I ended up finding out about the blind rehab program out at NIU from a friend of mine who did IT work there. I ended up joining and finding out that the blind rehab field is really where I belonged. Prior to that, I didn’t really know a lot about it. Even considering I have a visually impaired relative, still it was just off my radar. Then once I started in the field, I just meandered into access technology which really suited my interest. I’ve always been a computer guy, a bit of a nerd. And a lot of my different skills came together in creating this software. I always dabbled with creating music, drawing comic strips, coming up with little computer programs, just kind of generally random creative stuff that didn’t have too much direction. And then it just kind of struck me that there were some tools that I wanted to create for my own day-to-day, and then they kind of grew a little bit from there because of the people got interested in using those same tools. Before you knew it, I had decided this thing had legs and turned it into AccessiByte as it is today.WADE WINGLER: Talk to us about AccessiByte. What does a company do? What do you offer? Those kinds of things.JOE JORGENSEN: AccessiByte’s tagline is “A simple approach to accessible technology.” That’s kind of the guiding principle to everything I do. There are a ton of great access technology is out there, a lot of good stuff. I just want to make some real simple stuff that was also really powerful, kind of filling some gaps I saw in the field. All the programs, they are made from the ground up with not only the student with visual impairments but the teacher of the student in mind. I teach assistive technology daily. It takes all those factors into account but also doesn’t just slap on visual or audible elements to existing concepts. Everything, even from the menu navigation to the way these programs operate is thought of from the perspective of someone who has a visual impairments. Easy stuff. The thing I always say is I want it to be as easy to use as it is to teach.WADE WINGLER: I know that you have a number of apps. I look at your website and look at them a little bit. Let’s do the run down. Talk about the different apps and what they are.JOE JORGENSEN: There’s Typio, which is and accessible typing tutor; Quick Cards, which is a flash card and testis and program; AccessiByte Arcade, which is a collection of games; and then there’s WordWav, which is a utility tool for converting text and audio files. So to go into each one a little more specifically: Typio is the flagship product for AccessiByte. It offers typing instruction through three different modes. There is progress, practice and free type mode. Each mode provides a different angle to how you would teach typing. Progress mode is a primary mode of the program. Within that mode, students are guided through their keyboard training with 45 lessons. Each lesson introduces a new key or two. Each lesson starts with a tutorial phase which tells the students which fingers to use to find the key. They then can ask for the keyboard to ensure they know where the key is that. Once they have proven they found the key, a lesson begins that centers around that key. For example, if the next lesson is going to be the letter H, the lesson may start off by saying this lesson is going to be about the letter H. Move your right index finger from the J, left one key to the H. Go ahead and find it. Once you find it, it will say audibly that you hit the H key. Then it will say, hit JHJH. So it has you do that movement again to solidify it a little bit. Then it will say press H a few more times and we will start the lesson. Pretty straightforward. Now once a lesson starts, visually you can have all sorts of different modifications: different color contrasts, fonts, font sizes the screen is divided in half. On the top half of the screen you will have the promise that needs to be typed, and on the bottom half is your progress. All of this is fully audible as well so you will hear a voicing of everything that’s required as you go. At the end of a lesson in progress mode, you are given your stats, words per minute, accuracy, and a key comment which is a fun score of how many keys you got correct in a row without getting a typo. So you’re given your stats and your total if you make it to the next lesson or not. You make it to the next lesson if you meet your words per minute and accuracy goals. That can be fine-tuned to meet each student’s needs. That’s kind of the meat and potatoes of progress mode right there. Again, all of the settings are stored for each student, so they all can have their own goals that they need to maintain, their own voicing schemes, their own sound effects — there are a lot of different, fun sound effects in the program — and also their own visual accessibility as well.Practice mode operates much like progress mode except it doesn’t follow the same structure. Instead it lets you jump around and practice lessons as the name implies. So you can go to a past lesson and loaded up and go through it again to improve your score. You are so given the same statistics as you would in progress mode. The really nothing to practice mode is you can also create your own typing lessons really easily. All you do is throw a text file into the Typio folder in My Documents, and then Typio does the rest. So you can just have a list of words, perhaps an existing typing curriculum. You can copy and paste an article on the Internet and it will break it up into a typing lesson for you and presented in a logical structure and then share the statistics on how the student did.Free type mode is an open typing environment where students can type without prompting. See you can have them type either what you dictate or whatever they want. At the end they are given their statistics just the same as the other notes. It’s very important because you are learning how to type, we really type from a prompt. We just type freely when you are doing an email or an essay, whatever it may be. So it’s good to get your statistics on a real world example such as that.All these statistics that are given can be called back up within the program, or you can automatically export it out side of the program seeking copy and paste them, print, email them, put them into your own documentation. This makes it really easy to have measurable goals put in there for you automatically.WADE WINGLER: Is this a self voicing program or do you need a screen reader to go with that? What is going on there?JOE JORGENSEN: I’m really glad you mentioned that because I should clarify that. It is self voicing. Same with all of the visual elements to it, it’s all contained within the program so you don’t need outside accessibility. That was in a purpose just so and a computer can run this stuff. So if you’re in a computer lab that may not have another program installed for screen reading or modification, or if students at home who just don’t have all those options. It’s all contained within the program. If you fire up the program with a screen reader or magnification program running, you’ll be brought to a screen that says just that, that you don’t need to have a program running and it gives you the option of temporarily disabling it until you’re done with the program, and then it will launch it again for you.WADE WINGLER: The next [app] I saw on your website was Quick Cards. Can we talk about that one a little bit?JOE JORGENSEN: Quick Cards is a really useful program. Essentially it is a flash card program that’s fully accessible with the addition of providing students with multiple choice tests. So the weight it works is, either within the program or using an outside word processor, if that’s what you’re more comfortable with because of different software as you may be using, you create a deck, a flash card deck. You could create one about the presidents if you want. Then you add any number of cards to that deck, each with a Side A and a Side B. So you could have Side A, John F. Kennedy, and Side B would say they in this president ever be elected, and you would continue on like that adding different cards to that deck. Then in practice mode, you look up a deck and it will present Side A, again in a highly visual and audible way. So it may say, “John F. Kennedy.” At that point the student can think about that card to try to come up with the answer. They hit the end it will present that Side B. So when the student hits space, it will say they in this president ever elected. And you just hit enter to move on to the next card. You keep doing that throughout the whole deck. It will loop at the end if you wanted to. You had escaped when you’re done to get out. So it is a really easy way to study that material. What student doesn’t need flash cards? Then test mode takes it a step further. It uses the exact same decks, so you don’t have to create separate ones for testimony. But what it does is to create multiple choice tests. So a student will be presented with Side A of a card. They then can arrow down two different options to try to find out which one fits that side. So for the John F. Kennedy, and they would be looking for the answer about his being the youngest president ever elected. Where do these other answers come from? They either come from the other Side B’s within that deck — so all the other cards kind of get scrambled in. And you set the limit of answers so maybe four, because you wouldn’t want to have the entire deck’s worth of answers to choose from. So it just scrambles the correct answer and with a bunch of random cards. Or, when you’re creating the deck, you can quickly and easily add purposefully wrong answers associated with an individual card. In that way you can make a very methodical, multiple-choice test. At the end of each test got the students are given the score, how many they got right out of how many total, a percentage, and then they are also given which cards they got incorrect. Now, the incorrect cards are automatically added to a study deck without any work on your end. So you could then go look up the study deck in either practice or test modes and focus only on those cards you got wrong on your most recent test. Additionally, your statistics can be printed, saved, emailed, copy and paste it, however you may need just to make those documentation needs of your own easy to obtain. And it’s got all the same accessibility as Typio and the other programs, so you can choose font size, style, coloring, voice pitch, rates, whatever voicing options you may have. You can also minimize the card order if you would like or decide you run up the other side first. So that is Quick Cards in a nutshell. It’s a pretty useful program.WADE WINGLER: It sounds like it. Clearly after you studied all of that time, you’re going to want to relax, right? You will want to play some games? How’s that for a segue?JOE JORGENSEN: That is such a good segue. You are a pro at your craft.WADE WINGLER: Why don’t we talk about Accessibility Arcade, and just a quick description of each one because we are running a little short on time.JOE JORGENSEN: Accessibility Arcade in a nutshell is a collection currently of six games. I think currently as a little hint to a future update. Each game is built from the ground up like all these programs are with a visually impaired user in mind. So is not just a voice and magnification shoehorned into an existing program. There is the canteen which is a summer camp simulator. Basically you have a little canteen stand and you have 30 days for camp and you decide on any given day if you want to open shop and sell some items or you want to stock up on items for the following days. There are different types of they seems like sunny days, rainy days, book clubs, where different items sell better than others. So the goal is just to see how much money you can make at the end of the 30 days. I have a lot of fun playing it. It was fun to make and fun to play. A special shout out to my good pal Tyler Long who helped program that game and a few others for Accessibility Arcade. Next is Crazy Phrase, which is very similar to some of the games that are out there where you choose a type of work and you list them all off. So you may be asked to provide a verb, a noun, an adjective, and at the end they all get put into a story which is right off. So you are asked to provide this information before you know the story is so it begins a crazy phrase as it is named. The nice thing about that game is you can make your own custom stories very easily and then they will be presented within the program. See you can make your own custom stories for your students. Lastly there is samurai which is built around patience and reflects. Each round of the game you hear and anticipation sound effect or music, sometimes a heartbeat or the wind blowing. Then you hear the samurai shot and you had any key on the keyboard to strike. If you strike quick enough, you win. If you go too soon before you hear that samurai shot, then you lose. With each successive round, that timeframe gets tighter and tighter. With that program, and echo, there are different difficulties at play here. Easy through hard cover a good range for different players. Easy has no challenge. It is just fun. But by the time you get to the heart mode, it is pretty difficult, so an advanced player can still have a challenge. Then there is endless extreme which gets hard enough to the point where you won’t win the game. You just try to see how far you can go. There are a few extra games that will be coming soon but I don’t like to speak to think before they happen. Accessibility Arcade is currently the one to watch.WADE WINGLER: Good. Talk to me little bit about Word Wav, and then I want to hear more about what they cost and what platforms they work on and those kinds of things.JOE JORGENSEN: Word Wav is a utility program for teachers or anybody where basically you can convert text files into audible documents very quickly, very easily. You can just throw in instructions for a classroom or a set of notes. One user converted a book they had written for their visually impaired friends just by copying and pasting a 150 page book into Word Wav, hitting convert, and a minute later they had a file they put onto a CD and mailed out to people. So it is a really simple but powerful tool for making audible notes for whoever may need to listen to them.WADE WINGLER: That’s great, just like you said at the beginning, simple but effective stuff. Talk to me a little bit about pressing on these apps and what platforms they were gone.JOE JORGENSEN: Currently everything is running on Windows. With all of its built-in accessibility, the visual and audible stuff is built into the programs. All you need is a Windows computer and the software. Typio, Quick Cards, and Accessibility Arcade are currently $100 each on our promotional pricing. That will be changing soon enough. But I wanted to give people a chance to get in early, check out the programs and see how they like them. Word Wav is $55 currently on the promotional pricing scheme. All of these programs have a two-week demo that you can download from AccessiByte.com because I know very well for my day today then a program may sound or look great but it is not until you and your clients or students your hands on those programs that you know that they work for you. I wanted to give everyone a nice, fair chance to check it out for themselves.WADE WINGLER: Then made a lot of sense. I love it when you can get a demo of something to be sure before you make the investment. If people were interested in downloading, learning more, reaching out to you, what kind of contact information would you recommend?JOE JORGENSEN: First and foremost, I would say go to AccessiByte.com and check out the website. I highly recommend signing up for the mailing list. I sent one email today. I got another one set up for the end of spring that will talk about those updates to Arcade and a few other exciting things that are going to be happening with AccessiByte. Feel free to sign up for that mailing list. No, you are not going to be spammed. It’s just for useful info. Lastly, Facebook/AccessiByte. Go ahead and add us there and you will be up-to-date with program updates, what’s new, what’s coming out and maybe if I have something funny to say.WADE WINGLER: Joe Jorgensen is a developer and an AT professional and the person who has created AccessiByte and all these amazing apps. Joe, thank you so much for being with us today pureJOE JORGENSEN: Thank you, Wade. I very much appreciate it.WADE WINGLER: Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? Call our listener line at 317-721-7124, shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. Looking for a transcript or show notes from today’s show? Head on over to www.EasterSealstech.com. Assistive Technology Update is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. Find more shows like this plus much more over at AccessibilityChannel.com. That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana.last_img read more

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B2B Marketers Use AI to Move Beyond the GoogleFacebook Duopoly as Research

first_imgMarketers Utilize Infinigrow’s AI Technology to Optimize Their Marketing Budget Allocation as B2B Marketers Turn to Linkedin and Quora as Alternatives to Facebook and GoogleAs B2B marketers embrace AI technology to optimize the marketing budget spent across channels, a combination of newer digital platforms and tried and true marketing tactics are the fastest growing marketing channels in 2019.These are the results of a survey of the hundreds of marketing plans created via the AI-driven marketing planning optimization platform, InfiniGrow.InfiniGrow’s research highlights the expected increase or decrease in marketing spend in 2019 for each category/platform surveyed from the hundreds of marketing plans created using the company’s platform. Among B2B marketers working with infiniGrow’s platform, more than 80% utilized the company’s AI technology to optimize their channel budget allocation.Ad spend on LinkedIn is expected to increase by 26% in 2019, according to the company’s analysis, driven by the introduction of video and live video, the redesigned LinkedIn Campaign Manager and the addition of interest targeting.Quora is expected to experience a 28% increase in ad spend in 2019. With 300 million monthly unique visitors and answers which rank favorably in Google, B2B marketers are increasingly investing time answering relevant questions and now also money for advertising. Quora is growing its ad product offering, adding bulk ad creation for companies looking to scale, as well as ad targeting according to topic, question, audience, and keyword.Marketing Technology News: Net Element Launches Blade, Fully-Automated, Artificial Intelligence-Powered Underwriting Solution with Predictive ScoringIn addition to LinkedIn and Quora, more traditional marketing channels will also experience an increase in B2B marketing spend in 2019, most notably Content Marketing, Events, and Direct Mail.At a 32% increase in marketing spend according to InfiniGrow survey of hundreds of marketing plans, Content Marketing is the fastest growing marketing channel. A trend which stood out in InfiniGrow’s analysis is the move towards ungated content — content accessible without providing contact info or being part of a certain community. B2B marketers are willing to forgo the benefits of gated content in order to place their content in front of as many prospects as possible and build their brand.Event budget spend is forecast to increase by 27% according to InfiniGrow’s research, as B2B marketers seek more personalized and intimate opportunities to engage with prospects. From small meetups, workshops and self-hosted conferences to brunches and yoga classes, marketers are looking to cultivate real relationships.Marketing Technology News: Upland Software Acquires Kapost, Raises GuidanceSome of the marketing channels that are losing favor among the B2B marketers surveyed by InfiniGrow include Facebook, which experienced only a 6% increase in the proposed ad budget spend in 2019, and Twitter, whose ad spend is expected to decrease by 12% in 2019 among B2B marketers.“The fact that so many of our customers optimized their marketing budgets based on the recommendations of our AI is a tremendous vote of confidence for our technology,” said Daniel Meler, CEO, and co-founder, InfiniGrow. “According to our data and customer feedback, the AI-based channel recommendations have improved marketing ROI, resulting in our clients’ increasing their use of our AI technology and data in marketing planning.”InfiniGrow is an AI-driven marketing planning optimization platform that helps B2B SaaS marketing teams to automatically uncover the business impact of any marketing activity and provide clear visibility and AI-driven recommendations to better allocate their budget to continuously hit their KPIs.The goal of InfiniGrow’s AI technology is to ensure that B2B SaaS marketers continually invest in the best-performing channels to hit their KPIs. Marketers working with InfiniGrow have also uncovered previously unexplored channels recommended by InfiniGrow’s AI engine and reallocated their budgets to improve their marketing ROI.Marketing Technology News: Consumers Reluctant to Swap Passwords for Biometrics for Fear of Identity Fraud B2B SaaS marketingcontent marketingInfiniGrowmarketing platformMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleCatalina And Samba TV Partner To Significantly Transform Media And Measurement LandscapeNext Article250ok Further Enhances Platform with a Suite of New Features B2B Marketers Use AI to Move Beyond the Google/Facebook Duopoly as Research from Marketing Platform InfiniGrow Shows Growth for LinkedIn, Quora, Content Marketing and Events MTS Staff WriterJune 4, 2019, 10:00 pmJune 5, 2019 last_img read more

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TechBytes with Brad Danaher Director of TV Services at Experian Marketing Services

first_imgAt Experian Marketing Services, we use data and insights to help brands have more meaningful interactions with people. We can help you identify your customers and the right potential customers, uncover the most appropriate communication channels, develop messages that resonate, and measure the effectiveness of marketing activities and campaigns. TechBytes with Brad Danaher, Director of TV Services at Experian Marketing Services Sudipto GhoshJuly 5, 2019, 1:00 pmJuly 3, 2019 About BradAbout ExperianAbout Brad Brad Danaher is Experian’s Director of TV Solutions, where he is responsible for creating and managing partnerships with companies in the TV ecosystem. He works closely with TV operators, device manufacturers, measurement firms, media agencies and advertisers. Prior to joining Experian in 2008, Danaher held various roles in sales, marketing and product management at 3M, Cheetah Technologies, Tech Data and TV measurement firm erinMedia, LLC. Danaher received a B.B.A from The University of Iowa and an M.B.A. from Florida State University. About Experian Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at Experian. Experian has a background in direct mail and realized that addressable TV was just direct mail applied to TV. Thus, my role is to help companies use advanced segmentation in the TV ecosystem. It’s no secret that people have shifted the way they consume video – relying less on traditional TV and more on streaming services and mobile devices. However, TV remains a viable option for brands to reach their best customers, but they need more advanced data to find those customers.As Experian’s Director of TV solutions, my team and I are responsible for helping advanced TV companies leverage data and technology to deliver and measure TV advertisements more effectively and efficiently – whether it’s across linear TV, over-the-top or addressable. Additionally, we support agencies to tell a consistent story across multiple marketing channels and measure the success of TV campaigns.What is the current technology roadmap to build TV Analytics and Attribution models? For many years, the barometer for TV success has been brand sentiment and ratings. Advertisers wanted to know if the commercial was memorable and if it reached a large viewership – it didn’t necessarily matter if it reached the right customers. But given the shift in how consumers engage with brands, it’s become more important to understand the impact of each marketing tactic. And identity resolution sits at the center of today’s TV ecosystem that now includes linear, addressable, connected and over-the-top TV.Experian leverages technology to assist in the application of identity resolution, audience segmentation, analytics and measurement across all modes of advanced TV. In doing so, we help advertisers and agencies understand who their ideal consumers are, where they consume media, and apply measurement within, and across, these platforms in a consistent manner.What are the key TV Analytics/metrics that Digital Advertising and Marketing teams should be keenly following? Historically, TV performance was limited to incredibly basic terms of implied success. The advanced TV provides for the unique opportunity to understand how well a data-driven campaign performed – not simply based on how many eyeballs ‘may’ have seen the ad, but based on the test over control revenue outcomes tied to the KPI’s that are meaningful to the advertiser. Brands need to establish KPI’s in advance of the campaign to best prepare for an optimal read. Regardless of the outcome, the learnings provide any opportunity to optimize future campaigns.How is Experian’s TV Analytics technology transforming the way modern brands do their Marketing and Sales? Consumers need to be at the heart of every advertising strategy and decision. And using identity resolution to pinpoint your customers is the most efficient and effective way to accomplish that objective. Brands and agencies that leverage a combination of first-party data and Experian data, along with our advanced technology, such as Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, are better positioned to create a truly cross-channel campaign. It’s no longer enough to implement a single-channel campaign – the TV commercial needs to work with a brand’s email campaign, as well as its banner ads. Experian allows brands to link all these channels and providers seamlessly.To make this easier for brands, we work with nearly every addressable TV provider – cable, satellite, TV networks, OTT, CTV – to deliver effective campaigns across all of them.Why do brands fail to fully understand real-time TV Analytics? How do you train your customers to understand these analytics better? Historically, TV is not planned, bought or sold in real-time. Hence, this type of data is unfamiliar to TV buyers. Most buyers still rely on traditional TV ratings and brand sentiment measures to evaluate the success of TV campaigns. But with more and more people consuming TV through non-traditional platforms, such as streaming services and smartphones, brands and agencies need to rely more heavily on identity resolution and new data, such as TV viewership from smart TVs.In my experience, to understand these analytics, customers need to “test and learn”. They need to test the data-driven approach, evaluate it and funnel those learnings into the next campaign.Tell us more about your AI and Machine Learning initiatives for TV Attribution. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning open the door for marketers to use data more effectively and gain deeper insight into their customers — understanding their preferences. At Experian, we have a Research and Development group, Experian DataLabs, and they are constantly testing new data sets and employing Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence techniques to address challenges across all marketing channels.What are the biggest challenges in measuring the ROI of TV-focused Advertising? How do these compete with ad formats such as Search, Display, and Programmatic? Traditionally, TV audience measurement has focused simply on projected counts that represented national viewership. Today, using alternative TV viewership data sets represent just a portion of the viewing landscape and lack the scale that brands need to provide statistically accurate results.TV competes with digital channels by focusing on better measurement, cross-channel impact, and attribution of sales. This has been a weakness of TV in the past, but it is turning into a strength.Through better identity linkage and the advanced measurement, brands can better understand the customer’s complete path to purchase. Proper identity resolution removes the need to think with a single-channel mindset and create more cross-channel campaigns.What is your prediction on the disruptive application of TV Analytics in B2B and B2C marketing initiatives?Data will continue to have a tremendous impact on how brands connect with people, regardless of how technology shifts. I believe TV advertising will become akin to direct marketing – more segmented, more relevant and more measurable. Brad Danaherdirect marketingExperian Marketing ServicesTechBytesTV advertising Previous ArticleDenodo Receives Highest Overall Rating in the 2019 Gartner Peer Insights “Voice of the Customer”: Data Integration ToolsNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Jason Wulfsohn, Co-Founder and COO at AUDIENCEXlast_img read more

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YSEOP Recognized as a Representative Vendor in Gartners First Ever Market Guide

first_imgYSEOP, world leader in AI software and pioneer of natural language generation technology (NLG), announced recognition as a Representative Vendor in Gartner’s first Market Guide for Natural Language Generation Platforms@Gartner_inc has recognized YSEOP as a Representative Vendor in its first #NLG Market Guide! Download the full guide to learn whyAccording to Gartner, “Natural language generation platforms automatically create linguistically rich descriptions of insights found in data. This makes information easier to understand and possibly more engaging.” The report goes on to state, “NLG offers significant opportunities to improve operations and user experiences.”With over 12 years of expertise, YSEOP demonstrates a solid track record in effectively helping companies respond to the paradigm shift of digitalization and big data. The company benefits from experience across hundreds of automated reporting, sales coaching, and customer interaction management projects; designed to help companies across multiple industries convert operational challenges into business efficiency.Gartner highlights, “the market for NLG platforms continues to mature. Vendors are expanding the breadth and sophistication of the use cases that can be handled and the quality of the tools available to users.”Marketing Technology News: Druva Gives Channel Partners the Keys to Cloud with Druva CompassYSEOP continuously enhanced its multi-patented inference engine to deliver the most qualitative narrative, natively multi-lingual. The company was also the first to open the path to NLG-BI software integration in 2016. Today its capabilities go beyond NLG, synergizing benefits from other AI sub-disciplines such as NLU and Machine Learning to drive the evolution of the next generation NLG platform.YSEOP introduces “intentions,” a new concept that overcomes limitations of hard-coded templates and provides the framework for companies to adapt and thrive. This key evolution of the platform ensures the accelerated implementation of first use case initiatives and enables “NLG factory” deployments to scale complex and personalized report generation within the financial services and pharma industries.In the retail banking space, YSEOP Smart Personal Advisor transforms the data insight from CRM platforms into a sales assistant capable of proactively engaging with customers through non-scripted human-like dialogues while documenting all interactions for the benefit of the sales client advisor.Marketing Technology News: AT&T/DIRECTV Blacks Out Local TV Stations in 97 Markets Across the USA on July 4th After Rejecting Nexstar Offers to Extend Access for Consumers to Leading Local Content“We are extremely pleased to be included in Gartner’s first ever Market Guide for Natural Language Generation Platforms. For us, this is a pivotal moment as we continue to extend the functional richness of our NLG solutions with a high-quality narrative, augmented data insights, and end-user satisfaction as key drivers.We are also committed to continuous innovation, having successfully transformed our architecture with an increased focus on a component-based approach and SaaS deliveries to scale our deployment capabilities through our expanding partner ecosystem,” says Emmanuel Walckenaer, Chief Executive Officer, YSEOP.Marketing Technology News: 8×8 Deepens Channel Commitment With New Elev8 Partner Program YSEOP Recognized as a Representative Vendor in Gartner’s First Ever Market Guide for Natural Language Generation Platforms Business WireJuly 8, 2019, 11:53 amJuly 8, 2019 AIcrmGartnerMarketing Technologynatural language generation technologyNewsYSEOP Previous ArticleMobile Tide Ebbs as Popularity of PC and VR/AR Increases for UK Studios, says TIGANext ArticleSponsorship Made Simple for Personal, College, Sports, Community Events etc.last_img read more

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Fiat ChryslerRenault Merger Points to High Cost of Developing Electric Cars

first_imgFiat Chrysler-Renault Merger Points to High Cost of Developing Electric Cars We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled The Truth Behind the Affair That Halted Meg Ryan’s Career Here’s Why It Matters That ‘Thor 4’ Comes Before ‘GOTG 3’ Tagged In carsautomobilesautosNissanMitsubishiInfinitiRenaultAlpineDaciaDatsunLadaRenault SamsungRenault–Nissan–Mitsubishi AllianceVenucia Post a Comment 16 Comments The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressed New Details Confirmed About Natalie Portman As Mighty Thor ‘Endgame’ Directors Apologize To Tom Holland The Hate for ‘Captain Marvel’ May Never Stop By Bill Howard on June 3, 2019 at 2:04 pm Should Americans care in the least if Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) merges with Renault, as is currently rumored? Should you get excited at the prospect of a, say, Renault Clio coming stateside, given that many American butts won’t fit on the seats of a 149-inch sub-subcompact hatchback?Probably not, so let’s keep it simple: FCA is doing well. It has money to invest because two of its brands (Jeep and Ram) are kicking butt in sales. Grown men drooled seeing the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup at the various winter-spring auto shows. So that gives the London-based (don’t ask) FCA multinational the ability to go on a shopping spree. Or, at the very least, go window shopping.What FCA wants is what Renault has: more of a head start in the EV business than either the F or C part has. Also, access to Renault may or may not mean access to Renault-partner Nissan, which is also a capital-P Player in EVs. It also means possible access to Mitsubishi, which, ah, well, sometimes you get puzzle pieces that don’t always complete the picture. Expect more alliances and mergers as automakers deal with the huge costs of electrification, as well as the need to work on higher levels of autonomous driving.Under its new CEO, Mike Manley, Fiat Chrysler pledged to build cars, SUVs, and pickups using a wide range of powertrains: conventional gasoline and diesel, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure electric vehicles. In March, Manley said FCA would develop opportunities “including at least four plug-in hybrid vehicles and the flexibility to produce fully battery-electric vehicles.”2019 Renault ClioBut What About Nissan (and Mitsubishi)?Remember the Facebook status box every teenager checked: “In a relationship and it’s complicated”? That box got ticked here, too. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance dates to 1999 between Renault and Nissan, with Mitsubishi joining up in 2017. The three companies represent the world’s largest automaking alliance and sell 10-11 million cars a year (Nissan 6 million, Renault 4 million, and Mitsubishi 1 million a year ago). With 500,000 EV sales since 2010, they’re also the biggest player in electrification. (Tesla is at about 300,000, for comparison.)The three automakers don’t own each other, but they have stock investments in each other: Renault 43 percent stake in Nissan (with voting rights), Nissan 15 percent stake in Renault (without rights), and Nissan a controlling stake in Mitsubishi. They control 10 brands: Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Infiniti, Renault Samsung, Dacia, Alpine, Datsun, Venucia, and Lada.Nissan Leaf: 400,000-plus sold.While FCA seems to be interested in Renault’s EV savvy, it’s Nissan that sells way more EVs. The Leaf recently topped 400,000 sales on its own. Analysts have been busy deciding if they believe an FCA-Renault alliance is good for Nissan, or bad. Nissan sells more vehicles and has twice the market value. Nissan also has a significant self-driving effort and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist has been well received. Renault also doesn’t have many cars of interest to the North American market. The Renault Clio looks sharp, but critics say it’s short on interior space compared with competitors and the US isn’t dying (yet) for another Ford Fiesta kind of car.The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, before FCA came calling, had added an Alliance 2022 campaign to reach 14 million sales and $240 billion by 2022. But the iconic leader of the alliance, Carlos Ghosn, has been in or out of jail in Japan this year (the Japanese keep re-arresting him and he keeps posting bail, most recently in April) on charges of underreporting his incoming and misusing of company assets. Last November he was ousted as Nissan’s chairman. He previously had been chairman of Renault and since the early 2000s has had a reputation as a fierce cost-cutter and innovator.2019 Ram 1500Where Electrification Matters to FCAPreviously, Fiat Chrysler seemed most intrigued by electrification prospects in China, the world’s largest car market, with 28 million sales in 2018 versus 17 million in the US, and an even larger lead in air pollution so bad much of the populace complains. Now FCA apparently sees potential in the US.Both the Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500 offer gasoline engines with battery-assist 48-volt electric motors that function as economy boosters and also as e-turbochargers both on- and off-road. Several automakers such as startup Rivian, Tesla and now Ford are talking about electric-only pickup trucks and Ram is doing R&D as well. As a market, it will be small for some time. And for now, FCA needs to work with other automakers. The electrified vehicles include:2019 Jeep WranglerJeep Wrangler with a four-cylinder eTorque engine, FCA-speak for the 48-volt electric motor booster with a 0.4-kWh battery. It’s a $1,000 upcharge.Jeep Renegade, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Wrangler, all with plug-in hybrid options in 2020. The Renegade and Compass target younger buyers, potentially more open to alternative drivetrains. Wrangler is the iconic Jeep flagship.Ram 1500 pickup also with the eTorque motor/generator attached to the engine crankshaft, standard on the 3.6-liter V6, $1,450 on the Hemi V8. Continental supplies the liquid cooled motor for the V6, while Magneti Marelli supplies the Hemi’s electric motor.FCA’s US EV sales have been modest. Green Car Reports last fall estimated that the EV version of the Fiat 500e EV has about 19,000 US sales over five years. FCA launched the 500e as a California “compliance car” to meet the state’s 2012-2017 zero-emissions-mandate. At some points during the period, FCA was offering the 500e at lease rates under $100 a month with little money down. That got you a car with a cramped cockpit and an 84-mile range. It sort of worked out for five years, but now buyers are looking for 150 miles of range and up.FCA’s smaller, halo brands like Alfa Romeo are moving toward hybrids and plug-in hybrids because a) they have to to keep up with competitors, b) they have to keep up with fuel-economy standards, and c) the electric motors boosting hybrids act as additional turbochargers.US tastes may be changing, and more accepting of EVs, primarily in urban areas. You’ll see more UFOs in heartland America than electrified Fiats. But the market is clearly looking for cars with ranges well over 100 miles. That’s where automaker partners come in. Thus FCA’s approach to Renault and discussions of a merger of near-equals.From 2013 to 2018, Americans (on average) worried (very or somewhat) increased from 53% in 2013 to 69% in 2018. 95% of liberal Democrats are concerned and so are a third of conservative Republicans. (Source: Yale Program on Climate Change, George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication.)The US Slowly Warms to Climate Change ConcernsOfficial Washington, the part in power right now, has mixed concerns about climate change, including the “what global warming, it was cold in May” school of thought. But surveys show America is changing. Much of the world has concerns about global warming coming from internal combustion engines. You can lick air pollution, but CO2 emissions — which link directly to how much fossil fuel comes out of tailpipes, regardless of how otherwise-clean the exhaust is — may be damaging the planet long term, and long term may soon be near term. That’s how they feel, as do people in coastal cities who voted for Hillary. Also, a lot of students and young people who may be around as long as the year 2100. Not so much conservative Republicans. Currently, seven in 10 Americans say they are somewhat or very worried about global warming. Five years ago it was just over half, according to a late 2018 survey.So, there’s more reason for FCA to woo Renault (and maybe Nissan): access to more and better EV technology. As long as Jeeps and Ram pickup trucks are selling well, FCA has some money to spend.Could we see more mergers and alliances? Quite possibly. Anti-trust regulators are less concerned about joint parts procurement, or things that may not be seen as cutting edge on the one hand (transmissions, infotainment). Automakers say they need the alliances and maybe mergers, such as Renault and FCA here. In the 1990s there was a belief an automaker needed to build 1 million cars a year to be in a survivable position. Now it may be 5 million.The hottest rumor, and rumor is about all it is, is that Ford and General Motors might merge. Or ought to merge. The idea gained impetus with a May 30 story in MarketWatch that claimed a merger of the two is inevitable, mostly because MW doubts Ford can really bring to market the 40 hybrid and EV models it claims it can by 2022, and if it does, they won’t sell. Meanwhile, GM has issues but not at Ford’s level, and it has savvy in both electrification and self-driving. GM’s real ace in the hole is how well its cars sell in China. So far, most other media outlets have referenced the story without passing judgment on the odds it will happen. If it does, chalk it up to the high costs of developing next-gen technology, and ferocious competition from international automakers.Now read:Nissan Leaf EV First to Pass 400,000 Sales, but Tesla Model 3 Topped 20182019 Nissan Leaf EV Review: The Long Ranger Rides, FinallyNew eTrucks Reduce Air Pollution at the Cost of More Visual Pollution<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>  You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 16 Commentslast_img read more

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Going Solar Part 2 Ensuring the Project Is a Success

first_img 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard Going Solar Part 2: Ensuring the Project Is a Success Once Huge Stars Who Are Total Recluses Now How ‘Harry Potter’ Killed This Star’s Career 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 extremetech explainsHow-Tosolarrenewable energyrenewablessolar energyIlum SolarSolar PVNRELPG&Esolar installer Post a Comment 10 Comments Okay, you’ve picked a solar installer. You’re about to sign on the dotted line and write the first check — typically for $1,000, at least in our area — and now are hoping for the best. If you have a straightforward install, and you have selected an experienced installer that isn’t overwhelmed by the nearly insatiable demand for solar, perhaps you can sit back and relax. More likely, you’ll want to know what possible issues could arise and ways to stay ahead of them. We’ll provide some thoughts on making sure your project is a success.Follow Your Project CloselyAs my first sales VP boss told me decades ago, “Never confuse selling with installing.” Solar companies certainly don’t. They will be super-urgent to throw out an optimistic vision of an optimal setup, nearly instant installation, and massive returns. Your first time to take a deep breath and proceed carefully is when you sign the actual contract. Make sure you understand the proposed timeline, the exact equipment to be used, what other costs there might be, and what recourse you have if things aren’t going the way you expect. Because once you’ve signed, you’re now in the hands of the stretched-thin, overworked, system design and project management departments, who need to deal with the realities of fire safety setbacks, building codes, electrical hookups, scheduling their short-staffed roofing and solar teams, and making a profit on the deal. The more you can learn about the project team and their likely timeline in advance, the better.Based on our own experience and that of several people I’ve spoken with, often the initial planning documents sent for your approval may not be much more than a JPEG showing proposed panel placement. If you have the time and inclination it’s worth having a look (usually via a simple PDF) at the full documents that will be submitted to your local planning department on your behalf. If you’re getting an inverter or battery, check where they’ll be installed. For the most part, building codes and regulation will protect you from the worst possible outcomes, but it doesn’t hurt to make sure the project will be what you expected and signed up for.Verifying Your Utility InterconnectOne friend signed a substantial contract for a solar installation with a top-rated installer, only to find out that his electric service was not large enough to safely accommodate the size of the installation he’d purchased. That’s because in most places there is a safety limit of 120 percent of your electrical service to the total amount of power flowing through your main breaker box. So if you have a 200 amp electric service with a box rated at 200 amps, then you would be limited to 240 total amps, which in turn means a maximum of 40 amps of solar backfeed. There isn’t any reason the installer shouldn’t have known how to do the math in advance, but they didn’t.The utility (PG&E, but it could have been any of them) not only wanted $2,000 to bump his service from 200A to 225A but for him to change some of his landscaping for better access. The installer basically gave up on the project, so now he is asking for his deposit back and looking around for a different company to work with. Depending on your installation, your utility may also want to do additional testing before certifying you to be able to sell electricity back to them. In our area, the amount of validation and testing required varies greatly from one house to another — even in the same town.Fire Departments Have Final SayWhen we did our first solar installation over 15 years ago, we were able to cover a roof surface entirely with panels. As solar proliferated, fire departments realized they could prevent them from walking on the roof and cutting needed holes in it in the event of a fire. So there are now fire safety setbacks in place. That means your fire department will need to sign off on both the signage for how to power down your panels in case of an emergency and the actual layout of the panels. Those codes are changing, and are subject to interpretation, so there is no guarantee that your initial installation design will pass muster. In our area, for example, a 3-foot setback is normally required on the ridge and sides of each roof area, but that can be reduced to 18 inches if there is easy access from an adjoining roof.Due to fire setbacks, only about half of this roof surface was available for solar panels (in this case 6 * 310 watts each)In our case, the first several layouts were rejected, including one that unfortunately actually got installed. We wound up having to use a different, and slightly less desirable, set of roof surfaces than the ones that were originally specced. Our installer added two panels to our installation (at their cost) to help offset the loss, but it was still a stressful process that dragged the project out and required moving panels around after initial installation.Keeping Your Installer FocusedOf course, the most common source of delay in starting your project is the usual issue of scheduling. Several people I contacted reported that once they’d signed up it was hard to get the attention of their contractor to schedule the work. In our case, that wasn’t an issue. Ilum scheduled our roof work quickly, and the solar installation followed as soon as the roof was upgraded as needed to allow for the panels. (We had some sections of wood shake roof, which are both not a great idea anymore, and in our area, no longer legal for a solar installation.)We wound up having to use this roof surface, which has partial shading when the sun is low in the sky. Overall it’s a small loss, but calculating the effect of shade is an important part of planning.One tip I learned by going through this process is to get a copy of the full plan that the installer is planning to submit for permitting. Make sure to look it over before it gets submitted. It’s easy for there to be an incorrect assumption about the property or project based on the initial site survey. In our case, we have a nice, covered location for the inverter which will work better than the standard one that the installer had first specced. By getting that straight before the plans went in to being approved we saved some time and anguish.Upgrading? Your Old System May Find a HomeMost people are installing solar for the first time. But if you’re like us and upgrading an older installation, you’ll need to do something with your current panels and electronics. If they’re worth re-using, and you can find an installer willing to work with them, great. Otherwise, the installer is likely to want to charge you a potentially large amount to remove and dispose of the old panels.Fortunately, if you look around, there are people who repurpose old solar tech. We found one person who provides them to low-income households, and then another who lived off the grid and was happy to take them off our hands. Both options are certainly a more environmentally friendly alternative to having them stuck in a landfill, or even pulled apart for partial recycling.Project Management: Try Not to Assume AnythingSolar installers are running pretty much full tilt, at least where we are. There are plenty of opportunities for things to fall through the cracks, even after the project is specced and permitted. In our case, even though the installer had corrected an error in their initial permit package to specify the (black and high-efficiency) panels we had ordered, on installation day the truck showed up with a different (less attractive and less efficient) model. Fortunately, I was on site and made a point of checking the crate of panels so we caught the issue in time. The installer was quick to correct it.If, like us, you wind up needing to calculate and recalculate the potential output of a specific panel layout, there is an invaluable estimation tool called PVWatts from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). Instead of just giving you a simplified best case answer for your home, you can put in exactly the power and efficiency of your panels, their tilt and azimuth, and numbers for your electricity rates, shading, and the efficiency of your other components. In our case, we wound up with panels facing three different directions on four different roof surfaces, but with PVWatts I could calculate the projected output from each of them and add them up. Yes, our installer did the same thing, but with all the changes it was great to have my own planning tool when working with the installation crew.Did You Get What You Were Promised?One of the biggest complaints about solar installers, judging by their online reviews, is that they promised some massive payback that never materialized — either because the system didn’t generate enough power, or because the user didn’t save enough money. I absolutely believe that happens all the time. My solution (unless you just like getting into tussles with vendors) is to do your own homework using some of the methodologies we’ve described above, and then decide how much solar you want and what you’re willing to pay. That way if the company delivers the installation they quoted, you’re good to go. In our case, our system is definitely delivering everything we’d hoped for, at least so far. We’ve been tormented with smoke from some wildfires since it was turned on, but by comparing the actual solar radiation falling on a nearby weather station with our rated system efficiency, it’s doing a great job.Solar monitoring tools are now really good. Here I’ve charted the 6 panels on the partially shaded surface to see how much they are each affected as the sun rises.In some cases, you can get a deal where the solar company finances your project based on projected output. Especially if you’re cash-strapped, that may be a great option, although with interest rates increasing, this type of lease/payback option isn’t as good a deal as it used to be. Remember that there really isn’t any such thing as a free lunch, so do your own calculations and see what they’re getting out of it for themselves that might accrue to you if you paid up front.Wait, What? You Want Me to Wash Them?One expense that doesn’t typically get added to solar estimates is the cost of cleaning the panels. It’s likely you will get a stern admonition from your solar installer that they should be professionally cleaned twice a year. He’ll probably also have a company to recommend. Unfortunately, those cleanings can easily run $400 each. That takes a big chunk out of your solar savings.There are two pieces of good news here though. First, in most parts of the country, cleaning is rarely needed. Rain typically cleans the panels, and because they’re usually sloped most debris slides or is washed off. Some studies show only a few percent loss from even a fairly dirty panel. In our case, we’ve had our initial solar installation for 15 years and only felt the need to clean them a few times. And that was mostly just out of guilt. The second piece of good news is that you can do it yourself (as long as you feel you can do it safely). So if your panels are in a location you feel comfortable getting near with a brush or broom and a hose, they’re easy to wash off. Just avoid doing it while they are in sunlight and producing a lot of power.Solar Has Come a Long WayOur new solar installation is night-and-day different from the 17-year-old version it replaced. The panels are nearly 50 percent more efficient, for starters. And our SolarEdge inverter is also both much simpler and more efficient than our old Trace/Xantrex installation. I can monitor it from anywhere because it has a Zigbee gateway that connects through our Wi-Fi to the SolarEdge monitoring site. As the dust finally settles, we are still optimistic that we’ll have a payback of 7 years or perhaps slightly less. It could wind up being substantially less if our power utility, PG&E, has to jack up rates to help pay for wildfire safety upgrades, which is a real possibility.Now read:Going Solar Part 1: How to Plan a Successful Solar Panel ProjectTesla Will Sell its Powerwall and Solar Roof in Home DepotSolar Roads Officially SuckTop image credit: Getty Images Bran’s Deleted ‘GoT’ Scene Would Have Changed Everything ‘Dark Phoenix’ Director Reveals Who Is to Blame for Massive Flop 10 Comments Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By David Cardinal on January 28, 2019 at 9:25 am Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at Alllast_img read more

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Hubble Spots a Black Hole That Shouldnt Exist

first_imgHubble Spots a Black Hole That Shouldn’t Exist You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 13 Comments This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality The Dangerous ‘Toy Story 4’ Scene One Million Moms is Protesting ‘Frozen 2’ Theories That Just Might Be True Canceled Marvel Movies We’ll Never Get to See Iconic Movie Scenes These Actors Totally Regret Filming New ‘Harriet’ Trailer Packs An Emotional Punch By Ryan Whitwam on July 13, 2019 at 8:20 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. Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Conventional wisdom holds that most large galaxies harbor supermassive black holes at their centers. Scientists also believe that only so-called “active” galaxies should have visible accretion disc of matter, but the Hubble Space Telescope has found one around a black hole with unusually low luminosity. This galaxy might bend the rules a bit, but it offers an opportunity to study how the theory of relativity applies in the real world. NGC 3147 is a large spiral galaxy just a bit smaller than our own Milky Way. It sits about 120 million light-years away — you’ve probably seen pictures of it because it’s quite stunning. Active galaxies like quasars are easy to spot. The matter falling into them produces emissions across the electromagnetic spectrum, and the accretion discs are quite visible. Everyone thought NGC 3147 was far too dim to have a disc of its own, but a new analysis from an international team suggests otherwise. Hubble collected data from the central black hole in NGC 3147, which has a mass about 250 million times greater than our sun. The object turns out to have a thin disc of material similar to what you’d find around an active galactic nucleus. Observations from Hubble show the disc spins at about 10 percent the speed of light. Researcher Stefano Bianchi from the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Italy says this discovery indicates the current models for low luminosity galaxies have “clearly failed.”This discovery could have far-reaching effects on the way we model galaxies and black holes, but it also could lead to a better understanding of the physics underlying supermassive objects. The fast-moving disc combined with the low apparent brightness of NGC 3147 could make it possible to test both general and special relativity. General relativity deals with the mechanisms of gravity in the universe, and special relativity describes the relationship between space and time. Since NGC 3147 is dimmer than a typical active galaxy, we can make out the accretion disc around it much better. The disc is inside the black hole’s powerful gravity field where scientists can study the way it affects light. Based on findings in NGC 3147, astronomers may now go on the hunt for other weakly active galaxies. Some may even be closer to Earth where we can make even more precise measurements to test Einstein’s theories.Now read:Cold Quasars Could Change Our Understandings of Galactic DeathAstronomers Capture Historic First Photo of Black HoleResearchers Use Supersonic Fluid to Test Hawking’s Black Hole Theories Tagged In sciencespaceastronomyphysicsblack holeshubblegalaxiessupermassive black holes Post a Comment 13 Commentslast_img read more

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Brooklyn Electric Car Races Add Showroom Stock Cars

first_img Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads By Bill Howard on July 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled The Formula E electric car race in Brooklyn this weekend may be the slickest sporting event in the Big Apple this year. It’s a look at the future of auto racing. It’s on the waterfront of the city’s hippest borough, with the Statue of Liberty and Wall Street in the background. Formula E has much of the sophistication of Formula 1 but without the throbbing noise of unmuffled engines and the crowded races that draw in five to 10 times as many people.With the improvement in battery technology, Formula E now runs as a nonstop race without the need to change cars halfway through. And the Saturday and Sunday races are preceded each day by a sedan race (top photo) using nearly identical Jaguar i-Pace electric cars — little modified from what Jaguar dealers sell to the public.In Brooklyn, fans in the grandstand are just a few feet from the racing. In most auto races, being this close means your ears would ring for days afterward.What Is Formula E?Parts of the world are concerned about climate change, emissions and air quality, yadda-yadda. So FIA, the governing body of motorsports, wants to get ahead of the climate curve and promote a form of motorsport that looks toward a cleaner form of racing in the kinds of cars we’ll be — possibly — driving in the near future. That means electric vehicles. Formula E, E for electric, formed five years ago under the umbrella of FIA, the governing body for much of motorsport.Note: Do not confuse FIA, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, which governs world motorsport, with FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the governing body of world futbol/soccer. The difference? One is seen as a bunch of old men, autocratic rules, and a lot of money changing hands whereas the other … uh, never mind. To their credit, FIFA doesn’t have vuvuzelas any more and FIA never did.To the untrained eye, Formula E cars look like open-wheel, combustion-engine Formula 1 race cars — or, for that matter, the Indycar racers that mostly run in the US. They run on the power of lithium-ion battery packs. There was one set of rules for seasons 1-4 and another for the current season 5, which concludes this weekend in the US. Some parts of the car are specified to save costs, such as the kevlar-and-carbon-fiber body, OZ wheels, Michelin tires, the motor, and the McClaren Applied Technologies battery. The power inverter spec is open and so is the race strategy.Reports have the current cars costing about $900,000 to build (€800,000) versus about $445,000 (€400,000) for the first-generation. The current cars develop 335 hp and weigh 900 kg or an Orwellian 1,984 pounds. But there’s no power steering and the drivers’ arms get a workout. They reach 60 mph or 100 kph in about 2.8 seconds, about the same as a Formula 1 racer, but the top speed is way different, about 175 mph (speed governed) versus 235 mph.In seasons 1-4, the battery wouldn’t last the entire race, so drivers swapped to a second car around the halfway point. But no more. This is the paddock at the 2018 Brooklyn ePrix, as Formula E is called, race.No More Changing Horses in MidstreamThe biggest change for season 5 is the bigger battery that allows cars to go the entire distance of the race. Batteries had been 28 kilowatt-hours (kWh), but now for 2018-19 are 54 kWh. The races had been 80-100 kilometers or 50-60 miles, or 33-46 laps depending on the circuit length. Now there is a fixed race time of 45 minutes plus one lap. (Which is roughly what the previous races took.)At roughly the halfway point, drivers used to pull into their teams’ paddock area tents, unbuckle, and step into identical second cars. Except for fans sitting in certain areas of the grandstands (photo above), there was a half-minute where the car was gone from view. For most of the first years, there also had been a mandatory time-in-pits rule of about 30 seconds (depending on the track), so drivers didn’t skimp on properly fastening their safety harnesses. Needing two cars good for only 25 minutes of racing was not good PR for electric vehicles, and that has changed for this current season.How much are 28 kWh and 54 kWh? The original Nissan Leaf had a 24 kWh battery good for about 84 miles. Now the Leaf batteries are 40-62 kWh, rated at 150-226 miles. The Tesla Model 3 has three batteries: 50 kWh (220 miles rated range), 62 kWh (240 miles), or 75 kWh (264 miles). The longest-range Tesla Model S, the 100D, has a 100 kWh battery and, with battery and software enhancements, has raised its EPA range from 335 to 370 miles. The street version of the Jaguar I-Pace has a 90-kWh battery and an EPA range of 234 miles. So even the newer Formula E battery isn’t that big compared with longer range production cars.Much of the battery technology derives from the smaller energy recovery systems in Formula 1 cars that add an extra 160 hp or 120 kW to the 1.5-liter V6 F1 engine’s 700 hp. (F1 cars actually capture energy from the deceleration and from exhaust gas heat.) For more than a decade, Formula 1 has used forms of hybrid power.Drivers say Formula E cars are simpler to drive in many ways than Formula 1 cars. But easier still isn’t easy. The driver continually runs calculations in his or her head about battery consumption and when to charge ahead versus hold back. The driver is backed up by some dozen people in the paddock monitoring race telemetry. The driver gets some, but not all, of the available information. Interestingly, the track signage tells fans — but not the drivers — how much power is left. The goal is to finish with a minimum amount of power left in the batteries.As to whether you should care: The research into battery technology and energy recovery has direct applications for passenger cars; EVs specifically, but also hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Racing is an especially important way to test thermal management of batteries and charging.Formula E halo bar over the driver glows blue (here) when the car is in Attack Mode.Extra Shots of Energy During Formula E RacesIn Formula E, drivers can boost power temporarily. One way is gimmicky, called Fanboost. Formula E fans vote online, up to six days before the race, or during the early stages of the race, for their favorite driver. The five most popular drivers in the voting get an extra five seconds of power that can be used, in one shot, to make a crucial pass in the second half of the race. (It’s unclear if Russian trolls have taken an interest in these elections.) By the rules of Fanboost, you can vote once a day.New for the current season is Attack Mode: It gives every driver an extra 25 kW of power and it must be used during the race. To activate, the driver goes outside the racing line (but still on the track) and — shades of Mario Kart — loses a bit of time in order to gain the attack mode advantage later. The number and duration of Attack Mode activations are announced to the teams an hour before the race, which requires frantic juggling. LEDs built into the “halo bar” over the driver’s head — the roll bar/stiffener in many open wheel cars — indicate the modes. Attack Mode for TV viewers includes a virtual overlay of the activation zone area, much like how first-down markers are shown for US football.The three power levels for current cars are:Base power output (2018-19) – 200 kW / 268 hp.Attack Mode – 225 kW / 302 hp. Halo bar LEDs glow blue.Fanboost – 240-250 kW / 322-335 hp. Halo bar LEDs glow magenta.Bryan Sellers, the lone American in the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series, is second in the standings going into the final weekend.Now, a Supporting Race: eTrophyFor the fifth season, a supporting race was added, the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy for nearly showroom stock sedans (actually, SUVs) prepared by Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations. The races run on the same urban tracks as the Formula E cars. Because every car is a Jaguar, the winning car will be a … Jaguar. It also helps Jaguar build cred for the I-Pace. The I-Pace already won a trifecta of sorts in annual awards: World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, and World Green Car. Not to mention ExtremeTech’s own Car of the Year award.Compared with the Tesla Model S, the I-Pace is happy running lap after lap on a racetrack (as delivered from the factory), where Teslas, until recently, grew wheezy after just a lap or two. Teslas are capable of insanely fast acceleration; just don’t try to do it 10 times in a row.“Electric cars are clearly the way of the future,” says Bryan Sellers, one of the eTrophy drivers. At 36, he has a quarter century of racing experience behind him. You don’t need a driver’s license to race; many drivers start with karting in grade school. He is the first American to win an eTrophy race, winning in Hong Kong in March.Manhattan skyline in the background of the 2018 Formula E race in Brooklyn’s Red Hook section. While this is a “street circuit,” the track is laid out on roads and parking areas of the Brooklyn cruise ship terminal.The Brooklyn Weekend’s RacesThis is the final weekend of the 2018-19 Formula E ePrix and Jaguar eTrophy series, in Brooklyn’s Red Hook waterfront section that is quickly transforming from seedy to you-can’t-afford-it. There will be two races, Saturday and Sunday, with practice, qualifying, and a race each day. You can pay anywhere from $12 for admission to more than $1,000. If you’ve been to other big auto races — the Indianapolis 500 once got 300,000 attendees — Formula E Brooklyn is much more human-scale. Among other things, when a race series is building, everybody goes out of their way to be accessible to fans.Formula E has 11 teams, each with two cars. As automakers recognize the need to promote EVs, and now that a single car and battery goes the entire race, more big names are in the race series, including Audi, BMW (formerly as Andretti Motorsport), Jaguar with Panasonic, Mahindra (big elsewhere), Nissan (previously as Renault). Mercedes-Benz and Porsche join Formula E for the sixth season that begins this fall. All the series needs now is a US-flag automaker.The New York race is unique with not one but two days of racing. It’s the only US stop on the world tour that covers Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and other parts of North America (Mexico City, but no longer Montreal, Long Beach, or Miami). All are on urban public circuits.Ironically for a sporting event involving motor vehicles, the better way to get to the track is by public transportation rather than driving and parking. Pack sunblock. No need to pack hearing protection: The cars at 80 dB are significantly quieter than Formula 1 cars, although you can then hear hard braking, suspension bounce, the body contact (it’s a narrow track), and the wind whistling over the cars at speed.Now read:2019 Jaguar I-Pace Review: Tesla-Killer EV Is 2018’s Best CarNvidia Built One of the Most Powerful AI Supercomputers in 3 WeeksFiat Chrysler-Renault Merger Points to High Cost of Developing Electric Car Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Brooklyn Electric Car Races Add Showroom Stock Cars 7 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous ‘Endgame’ Writers Reveal How Fat Thor Made People Feel On Set ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Images Introduce Charles Manson and More Tagged In carsautomobilesautosBMWAudiMercedes-BenzNissanjaguarPorschepanasonicauto racingJaguar i-PaceFormula ERenaultracingFIABrooklynRed HookhipstersFanBoostAndretti Motorsport)MahindraAttack ModeFédération Internationale de l’AutomobileeTrophyBryan SellersStreet racing Post a Comment 7 Commentslast_img read more

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AMD Will Provide a Free Temporary UEFI Upgrade Kit for Ryzen 3000

first_img Jeremy Renner’s Double Life Is Almost as Sketchy as Hawkeye’s By Joel Hruska on July 16, 2019 at 10:05 am Natalie Portman Lifts Mjolnir After Epic ‘Thor’ Annoucement Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 38 Comments ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ Producer Shuts Down Popular Toad Theory You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet AMD Will Provide a Free Temporary UEFI Upgrade Kit for Ryzen 3000 Motherboard Updates Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 18shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous AMD has once again refreshed its backward compatibility program and will offer customers who buy a Ryzen 3000 CPU without a compatible motherboard an APU they can use to update their systems. This program, which has been in place for several years now, is a solution to the perennial issue of CPU/APU upgrades not being backward compatible with older motherboards.To be clear: This issue is longstanding and has existed for decades. When CPU designers release new CPUs, UEFI/BIOS updates are always required to add support for the new chips. The reason this has been a topic we’ve returned to multiple times in the Ryzen era is that AMD made it a point to emphasize backward compatibility with Ryzen. This means more CPUs have been launched for older platforms, which increases the chance of hitting this problem.With that said, there may be reasons for AMD customers to prefer older chipsets with the Ryzen 7 3000 family, and that makes this offer important. We have been investigating third-generation Ryzen power consumption and the associated power consumption of X470 and X570 motherboards since before the Ryzen 7 review embargo lifted. While the X570 motherboard family provides newer features, like PCIe 4.0 support, these boards also consume more power than the X470 family.The gap can be significant in some cases, and the gap means that the X470 may be a better choice for customers who are looking to build the most power-efficient system possible. But this also introduces the possibility that you’ll end up buying a motherboard that isn’t compatible with the latest CPUs, due to having been stocked before the chips launched.If you need a CPU to perform a UEFI update, AMD will ship you one, provided you have made a valid purchase of a 3rd gen Ryzen CPU and can’t boot the motherboard due to a UEFI update issue. Send AMD a photo of your CPU (with serial numbers visible) and a copy or summary of communication with your motherboard manufacturer to indicate why support from the OEM won’t resolve the problem. AMD’s help page goes through several options that may help users fix the problem without needing a new CPU, but whether these work will depend on whether the motherboard supports features like UEFI / BIOS flashback.AMD will ship users an Athlon 200GE with prepaid return shipping to perform the update. The CPU must be returned within 10 days, but users are free to keep the included thermal solution if they so desire. Those who need to apply for a kit can do so here. Include your CPU serial number in the product details and enter the phrase “Boot kit Required” (without quotes) in the “Problem Description” field.Now Read:Destiny 2 Doesn’t Currently Run on Ryzen 3000 CPUs, but a Fix Is ComingAMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X Reviewed: Red Storm RyzenNew Leak: Intel 10-Core Comet Lake CPUs Will Counterattack Ryzen 3000 Family ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 May Be Coming Sooner Than You Think The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared Tagged In amdcpusuefibiosRyzen 3000Ryzen 7 3700XcompatibilityBIOS updateUEFI updateX470 motherboardX570 motherboard Post a Comment 38 Commentslast_img read more

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