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first_imgLinks:Wikipedia information on audio books: our blog: http://blog.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAProjectShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedMonday Tech Tip: IRIScan BookJuly 15, 2019In “Tech Tips”Learning Ally: updated version makes audio books easier to obtainApril 19, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”ATU016: LookTel Money Reader (Gary Kelly), TASH conference, Windows 8 dev download, Audio Books, Android Accessibility, Google Maps with voiceSeptember 16, 2011In “Assistive Technology Update” Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

SAVE THE DATE 2017 INDATA Full Day Trainings Announced

first_imgThe INDATA Project hosts FREE trainings on various aspects of Assistive Technology (AT) each year.Previous trainings have included information on how assistive technology can improve the lives of individuals with vision, mobility or intellectual disabilities.  Click here for archives of all our past trainings.These trainings are held at our Indianapolis facility and streamed via the Internet.  Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are also offered. CEU’s are only available to those who attend the training in person.We are excited to announce our 4 training topics for the year of 2017!SAVE THE DATE!!!Assistive Technology for Individuals who are Blind or Low Vision              Friday February 24, 2017Assistive Technology for Students Transitioning from High School to College Friday April 21, 2017Assistive Technology 101                                                                                       Friday June 9, 2017Assistive Technology and Autism                                                                         Friday August, 25, 2017Registration is required for the trainings and the registration information will be sent to people on our mailing list and posted here on our website. If you would like to be the first to get announcements regarding upcoming full day trainings sign up for our emails here. Also, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for additional information about upcoming trainings.To view past full day training that are have archived: Click here for our streaming video channel.For more information on full day trainings or to recommend a topic, contact Nikol Prieto, Community Outreach Coordinator, at: this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedFree Full Day Training about Arthritis and Aging Related DisabilitiesSeptember 10, 2013In “Tech Tips”2013 INDATA Full Day Trainings Announced!January 9, 2013In “INDATA News”Free Full Day Training Announced! Registration now open!!January 22, 2014In “Training”last_img read more

Marketings Role in Transforming the Contact Center

first_img CCaaSContact Centercrmcustomer serviceGartnermarketing campaignsMicrosoftSales and marketingUjet Previous ArticlePulse Insights Ranked a Strong Performer in Digital Voice of Customer Specialist Platforms by Independent Research FirmNext Scoops $60 Million Series C Funding; Announces AI-based Revenue Intelligence Tool Marketing’s Role in Transforming the Contact Center Anand JanefalkarMay 21, 2019, 8:35 pmMay 21, 2019 Customer values and priorities are shifting. Today, customers place greater value on the total brand experience, which involves more than just the product and its cost. This shift has made customer service more important to businesses than ever before. In fact, Gartner estimates that poor customer service is costing U.S. businesses over $75 billion in lost revenue every year. The time has never been more critical for businesses to look inward and identify how they can transform the customer service being provided by their contact centers in order to outpace the competition and build brand loyalty.For most businesses, marketing and customer service are separate parts of the organization. Marketing does, however, stand to benefit substantially from the valuable customer feedback and data contact centers can collect, giving it both a reason for and a role in enhancing customer service.Read More: Why Tone is Everything in Marketing!The Digital Contact Center Enhancing the customer experience involves making changes at both ends of the conversation. For support teams, intelligent customer service platforms provide the customer context and automation needed to improve both customer satisfaction and agent effectiveness. For customers, empowering them to leverage their smartphones helps further streamline and otherwise enhance the experience.Contact-Center-as-a-Service (CCaaS) platforms securely access the wealth of data available about customers, products, common issues, agent expertise, contact center activity, and more. These data-driven insights make it possible to route each call more intelligently to the agent who is best able to resolve the issue without having to transfer customers or put them on hold.As more companies of all sizes and industries turn to CCaaS platforms, customer expectations are evolving. According to Microsoft’s 2017 State of Global Customer Service Report, two-thirds (66 percent) of those surveyed expect a customer service agent to know their contact information, product information and service history as soon as they engage.The Multimedia Service Experience The smartphone has become the device of choice for all forms of communication. Having a product or service that is optimized for a mobile experience has become a critical factor for customers when deciding which products and services to purchase. In fact, Microsoft found that more than half (52 percent) of respondents in the U.S. already had a more favorable view of brands that offer mobile-responsive customer service.People communicate with each other today through multiple modes: Voice, Text, Images, Video, and more. In many cases, using multiple forms of media during each conversation. The way customers interact with support agents should be no different.For example, customers can be presented with a list of recent purchases to select the one with the problem, and then be presented with a choice of available self-service options. Details can be gathered via text prompts during wait times. Images can be uploaded to substitute for the proverbial 1000-word description. Customer identities can be verified by fingerprints or facial recognition. A shared browser can enable customers and agents to interact online as they talk. The potential is limited only by the imagination.Sales & Marketing’s Role The arrangement with the contact center is a two-way street, with sales and marketing getting an ongoing stream of valuable data, and in return, needing to provide some existing data as input to the CCaaS platform.The direct, daily contact trained agents have with customers provides an ideal means for gathering valuable data to better understand market needs and trends, identify new opportunities, inform sales and marketing campaigns, and more. This direct, indirect and inferred feedback on customer experiences and perceptions is certain to make messaging and marketing campaigns more effective.As for the existing data sales and marketing organizations have, the more that can be made available to the CCaaS platform, the better the results, including more satisfied customers. This includes utilizing information from a CRM for hyper-personalization. Marketing usually has data that characterizes customers with buyer personas or other measures, and may have how-to and troubleshooting information.Read More: Customer Experience 2020: Personalization is KeyConclusion The mobile and cloud revolution has made it easier than ever for organizations of any size to take advantage of state-of-the-art technologies, including platforms being offered as services. With the cloud, large organizations get virtually unlimited scalability, and smaller organizations get a complete solution without needing to hire and retain a staff of experts.If your business stands to benefit from making the contact center a competitive advantage, take the initiative to start a conversation with the customer service organization about the win/win potential afforded by cloud native and mobile first CCaaS platforms.Read More: Why Tone is Everything in Marketing!last_img read more

Dynata Organizes for Future Growth

first_imgNewly Created Unit Accelerates Product Innovation and Development of First-Party Data Solutions for Marketing Services, and Operational Realignment Strengthens Customer ExperienceDynata, a global leader in first-party data and data services, is pleased to announce that it has aligned the company to provide greater value to customers, partners, and stakeholders. Dynata’s recent strategic mergers and acquisitions, new brand identity, and organizational realignment, have established the scale and capabilities necessary to become the world’s largest and most reliable permission-based, first-party data provider.Dynata SolutionsData-driven marketers and advertisers understand that first-party data adds enormous value across marketing channels, digital and offline, as they make business decisions on a global, enterprise scale. To expand its first-party data throughout the marketing services continuum, including media, advertising, CRM, and activation, as well as to accelerate innovation within its current portfolio of global products, the company has established a new unit named Dynata Solutions.Hugh Davis, former Co-Founder of Reimagine Holdings Group, recently acquired by Dynata, will lead the new unit, as President, Dynata Solutions. Davis will drive the business strategy and development of a comprehensive array of first-party data solutions, incorporating the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to create robust automated and self-service data solutions.Marketing Technology News: MRC Continues DoubleVerify’s Accreditation for Desktop, Mobile Web & In-App Impressions, SIVT Traffic Filtration & ViewabilityCustomer ExperienceIn the Americas region, Dynata has realigned its sales and operational units into a new, integrated structure designed to provide an enhanced customer experience and deliver long-term growth. The holistic customer service approach is more closely aligned with customer needs and reflects Dynata’s increased focus on supporting its customers with a world-class experience.Keith Price, former Co-Founder of Reimagine, has been named President, Customer Experience, Americas and will lead Dynata’s efforts to create and implement a best-in-class customer experience for its customers in the Americas. This includes consistent delivery of high-quality data, modern data analysis technology, and seamless delivery of insights to empower customers to make quicker, more informed business decisions for better results.Marketing Technology News: Marking GDPR Anniversary, nCipher Survey Reveals Americans’ Data Privacy Attitudes“With the scale that has been created from the Research Now/SSI merger, in addition to the added capabilities from the recent Reimagine acquisition, we are strategically positioned for future growth,” said Gary S. Laben, CEO, Dynata. “The creation of Dynata Solutions will accelerate product innovation to meet the data-centric marketing needs of our clients, and greater alignment around our customers in the Americas will enable us to improve execution and increase efficiency for their businesses.”Marketing Technology News: Teleperformance Groups ‘Praxidia Knowledge Services’ partners with CallMiner to launch TP Interact – a Comprehensive Interaction Analytics Solution Acquisitioncrmcustomer experienceDynataMarketing TechnologyNewsReimagine Previous ArticleIo-Tahoe Integrates with OneTrust and Joins Data Discovery Partner ProgramNext ArticleEmployee Mistakes #1 Threat to Data Security in Hong Kong and Taiwan; Cloud Adoption Driving Encryption Says Ncipher Dynata Organizes for Future Growth PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 1:36 pmMay 24, 2019 last_img read more

CopacinoFujikado Helps Brands Navigate LGBTQ Marketing Beyond Pride Month

first_imgCopacino+Fujikado Helps Brands Navigate LGBTQ+ Marketing Beyond Pride Month Globe NewswireJuly 2, 2019, 5:52 pmJuly 2, 2019 Brand Pride GuideCopacino+FujikadoLGBTQ+ communityMarketing TechnologymicrositeNews Previous ArticleStepStone Acquires Majority of US Technology Provider AppcastNext ArticleCalendar-Based Scheduling Now Available for Geopointe on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud Marketplace Seattle Creative Agency’s LGBTQ+ Employees Spearhead Pride GuideCopacino+Fujikado, an independent creative agency in Seattle, Washington, announces the launch of its first-ever Brand Pride Guide, entitled “Rainbow with a Cause.” The guide takes the form of a microsite and offers tips to brands around how to use Pride flags and their respective colors in internal and external communications, generating increased awareness across the advertising and marketing industries beyond Pride Month.“We wanted to do something coming off of Pride that reflected our personal queer identities and our identity as an agency, while educating our peers on how to reach the LGBTQ+ community in an authentic way,” said John Line, Senior Account Director at Copacino+Fujikado.Marketing Technology News: Digital Communication Tools Leave Many Workers Feeling Squeezed out by Tech-Savvy Colleagues“As a queer person in advertising, I continually see my community asking brands to do better, but I rarely see an industry perspective on how to help brands make that progress,” said Caroline Henry, Senior Copywriter at Copacino+Fujikado. “We all know slapping a rainbow on your logo doesn’t cut it; you have to communicate exactly how you’re helping the LGBTQ+ community 365 a year.”“Rainbow with a Cause” aims to do just that, helping brands navigate marketing to the LGBTQ+ community in an authentic way. It covers the history of Pride, correct Pride flag usage, and how to ensure your brand’s efforts steer clear of  “Rainbow-Washing,” or using the Pride flag purely for publicity or profit, year-round. As the guide states, “LGBTQ+ consumers are savvy and painfully aware when a brand doesn’t dive any deeper than a pretty glitter exterior.”Marketing Technology News: Selligent Marketing Cloud Study Reveal Digital Marketers Struggle to Deliver Consistent Omnichannel ExperiencesThe idea originated from Copacino+Fujikado’s LGBTQ+ employees and came into fruition with the help of the agency’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative group, EDGE, which stands for Empowering Diversity and Growing Equity. Founded in 2018, the initiative aims to empower everyone at Copacino+Fujikado and create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive culture at the agency, in its work, and beyond.Marketing Technology News: LivePerson Wins 2019 Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough Awardlast_img read more

Leading Data Provider Giant Partners Acquires Worxstudio Marketing

first_imgAmidst the Growing Trend of Marketing Firms Purchasing Data Companies, So-Cal Based Giant Partners Flips the ScriptGiant Partners, Southern California-based data provider, has recently purchased marketing agency Worxstudio to create a data-driven digital marketing offering. Marketing groups worldwide continue to partner with and purchase data companies, not the least of which is the acquisition of data-marketing giant Epsilon by Publicis Group in April of this year. The move by Giant Partners represents an important counter to this trend, that of data companies implementing and expanding their digital marketing services. Both trends indicate a growing public understanding that pairing data with digital marketing decreases advertising costs and increases quality.With this acquisition, Giant Partners has opened a new digital marketing division. Worxstudio and Giant Partners worked together on multiple occasions prior to the purchase of the former. The pairing of Giant Partners data with Worxstudio’s digital strategy was so successful, that the data company decided to bring marketing services into the fold.Marketing Technology News: Socialbakers Named in 2019 Now Tech: Social Suites Report by Leading Independent Research FirmGiant Partners has seen great success with its digital marketing offering, helping clients to build lead generation campaigns that merge data, digital technology, and marketing strategy. Learn more about how digital marketing and data can work together from our Genius Digital Marketing Crash Course.Giant Partners CEO, Giovanni Barile reports that this decision marks a great moment for the company, saying “Our customers always ask us how to best utilize data in the modern marketing landscape. After the acquisition, we not only have great answers for them, but have the ability to help them succeed with a complete digital marketing service. It’s a great day at Giant Partners.”Marketing Technology News: PINCHO and by CHLOE. Select Thanx to Create Superior Branded Apps for Customer Loyalty and Online OrderingGiant Partners is a data and digital marketing company based in Thousand Oaks, CA. Founded in 2000, we accelerate leads and drive sales with perfect customer lists, effective websites, strong branding, compelling content and marketing automation — powered by web search, social media, email and messaging.Marketing Technology News: Anexinet Continues Growth Under New Ownership Acquisitiondigital marketingGiant PartnersMarketing Technology NewsNewsWorxstudio Marketing Previous ArticleDeltatre Powers Next-Gen Fan Experience for CAFNext ArticleApollo 11 Landing: See it in TIME’s New Immersive AR VR App Leading Data Provider Giant Partners Acquires Worxstudio Marketing MTS Staff Writer5 days agoJuly 18, 2019 last_img read more

Hayabusa2 Probe Collects Second Sample From Asteroid Ryugu

first_img By Ryan Whitwam on July 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm The Outrage Over Robert Pattinson As Batman Continues Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder New Details Confirmed About Natalie Portman As Mighty Thor These Heroes Got Incredibly Fit for Their Superhero Roles Tagged In sciencespaceasteroidsjaxaHayabusa 2Hayabusa2 Post a Comment 2 Comments Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe has just made history — again. The spacecraft gathered samples from the surface of the asteroid Ryugu earlier this year, and it bombed the asteroid a few months later. Now, the probe has taken another trip to the surface to scoop up pristine material that used to be buried below the surface. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched Hayabusa2 in 2014, taking four years just to meet up with Ryugu in its orbit some 185 million miles (300 million kilometers) from Earth. It started by dropping off some barrel-shaped robots to get the lay of the land, and then it descended to pick up its first sample in February 2019. Hayabusa2 carried several tantalum slugs, which it fired at the surface after each landing. The impact launched particles upward and into the probe’s collection compartment — that first landing collected material from the top layer of the asteroid. The most recent collection is crucial because it may have included material from deeper inside Ryugu. In April, Hayabusa2 launched the 5.5-pound (2.5kilogramsm) Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI). The SCI used a shaped HMX explosive charge to launch the impactor at Ryugu at more than 2 kilometers per second. The result was a small, artificial crater. Regolith on the surface of Ryugu has been bombarded by solar radiation for eons, but just below the surface is pristine material that is virtually unchanged since the birth of the solar system. That’s what Hayabusa2 was after this time. [PPTD] These images were taken before and after touchdown by the small monitor camera (CAM-H). The first is 4 seconds before touchdown, the second is at touchdown itself and the third is 4 seconds after touchdown. In the third image, you can see the amount of rocks that rise.— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) July 11, 2019This landing required careful preparations — any problems could risk the loss of the first sample which is still inside Hayabusa2. The probe landed about 20 meters from the center of the crater, using its second tantalum slug to scoop up ejecta. Visual examination of the area showed varying color compared with other parts of the asteroid, so the team believes it does indeed have material from inside Ryugu. Hayabusa2 will remain in orbit of Ryugu for several more months, departing in November or December. The spacecraft will arrive back at Earth in late 2020, at which point scientists will be able to examine the Ryugu samples up close. JAXA doesn’t know exactly how much of Ryugu is coming back to Earth, but it hopes to get up to 100mg of material from the asteroid. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it will be the only perfectly preserved sample of the solar system from an object more distant than the moon.Now read:Hayabusa2 Probe Deploys Third Robot on Asteroid RyuguHayabusa Sends Back Photos and Video From Surface of Asteroid RyuguJapan’s Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Reaches Asteroid, Prepares to Collect Sample Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up Deleted ‘Endgame’ Scene Showed Us Tony Stark In The Afterlife Hayabusa2 Probe Collects Second Sample From Asteroid Ryugu 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. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 2 Commentslast_img read more

Beanstalk Digital Launches Beanstalk Predictive to Provide Robust Data Analytics Through AIDriven

first_imgBeanstalk Digital Launches Beanstalk Predictive to Provide Robust Data Analytics Through AI-Driven Insights MTS Staff WriterJuly 11, 2019, 7:07 pmJuly 11, 2019 Expanded service line through Beanstalk Predictive to drive more informed client-partner business decisions through real-time data driven by AI and audience intelligence platforms AIAI-DrivenBeanstalk DigitalBuzz Radardata analyticsMarketing Technology NewsNewsPatrick Charlton Previous ArticleJotForm Reaches 5 Millionth User After Major LaunchNext ArticleZeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data Cloudcenter_img Beanstalk Digital, a full-service agency headquartered in Dallas, Texas, announced the launch of Beanstalk Predictive, led by Chief Strategy Officer Matt Murphy. The new entity will broaden the Beanstalk Digital service line with the ability to report and execute data-driven projects to optimize product, branding, content and ongoing marketing strategies to increase market share and returns for its client-partners.Marketing Technology News: ada Strengthens Its Leadership Team as It Doubles Its HeadcountBeanstalk Predictive, the new data arm of Beanstalk Digital, will deliver real-time insights and innovative technologies to their client-partners through AI-driven marketing and audience intelligence – both through a stunning, simple-to-use visualization platform that makes data understandable and actionable, as well as bespoke AI-based reports available by request.“We are excited to partner with UK-based Buzz Radar as their exclusive, strategic provider for North America to generate actionable and useful information that will completely change the game for our client-partners,” stated Murphy. “The strength in social and audience intelligence from the Buzz Radar partnership will help brands create truly powerful campaigns based on historical and real-time customer data to predict future actions.”Marketing Technology News: Veritonic Launches First Audio Score For Marketers To Understand Relative Power Of Their Creative Assets“We’re really excited to be partnering with Beanstalk Digital to combine our talents and uncover the next generation of AI-driven social and audience insights for US brands,” said Patrick Charlton, Director and Co-founder of Buzz Radar. “We’ve spent a long time planning our move into the US and we think the Buzz Radar platform, combined with the considerable digital marketing expertise of Beanstalk Digital, will provide US brands with the most advanced and interactive insights into their consumers possible.”Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public Offeringlast_img read more

Domo IoT Cloud Now Integrates with Zendesk Data Platform to Deliver Better

first_imgAs part of this partnership, Domo and Zendesk launched the Zendesk Customer Success for IoT App, an application built on top of the Domo IoT CloudLeading Mobile Cloud-based Business Operating system provider, Domo, is taking the Connected Devices route to bridge Sales and Marketing processes. In an exciting development for Marketing and Sales Technology aficionados, Domo has announced a strategic partnership with MarTech giant, Zendesk. This partnership with Zendesk will help Domo customers to better manage their IoT solutions and offer a better, proactive service experience to their end users.As part of this partnership, Domo and Zendesk launched the Zendesk Customer Success for IoT App, an application built on top of the Domo IoT Cloud, to provide end-to-end management of data from device to end user.How IoT App is a Value-Add to Domo Customers?This new IoT app extends the Domo IoT Cloud provisions, enabling a better, proactive customer service experience with Zendesk. This is particularly focussed at creating a self-service autonomous workflow from device data to issue resolution.Domo is already recognized as a leader in Self-Service BI Market by independent market research firms and analysts. This new IoT App further strengthens the Company’s BI product roadmap with Zendesk as a key partner.Why you’ll love your Zendesk data in DomoModern customers expect an unprecedented level of experience delivered on every device they access. It’s easy to promise on Customer Experience dreams than to truly deliver on these. This Domo IoT App allows customers to move out of the vacuum created due to Marketing, Sales and Customer Service silos.Intricately tying into every business operation, Zendesk’s Domo integration allow Domo customers to connect and manage all your other sources of customer data within Domo. This means you can get a holistic view of your customers’ needs and habits. With that kind of information, you won’t merely respond to helpdesk requests.Role of Zendesk in Domo IoT AppWith this new app, companies can merge their Zendesk data with data from other sources, all in the Domo platform. Once this data is in Domo, companies can get a holistic view of its customers’ needs and habits, and see how business decisions are affecting customers in real-time.via DomoBenefits of Working with Zendesk within DomoWith the new IoT app, you can merge Zendesk data with data from any other source, all in one platform.Additionally, you can create real-time alerts and receive instant notifications when Zendesk metrics hit thresholds that you determine.The most satisfying benefit of having Zendesk work within Domo is the availability of Instant insights. Domo customers can now bring Zendesk and other data sources together to see how business decisions affect customers in real-time.Marketing and Sales will Relish this Fluent Combination of CRM Data with IoT FunctionalityCompanies get real-time alerts based upon changes in the data coming from a device, and Domo pushes that data back to Zendesk Sunshine, the company’s CRM platform built on Amazon Web Services (AWS), to automatically initiate a ticket for Zendesk support. This app offers an end-to-end solution for companies to take action based upon the data from their IoT machines.At the time of this announcement, Jay Heglar, Chief Strategy Officer at Domo., said, “Domo is helping customers evolve their IoT data from an operational tool for the shop floor to a valuable asset for the entire company.”Jay added, “With this new App, we are providing our mutual customers with a seamless experience for taking data from machines and initiating (a) workflow to solve problems. Zendesk Sunshine makes it easy to deliver this integrated experience, which we believe is the future of IoT.”Domo Customers Enjoy An Upper-Hand in Dealing with Heightened Customer ExpectationsTech does all the talking in this Zendesk+Domo IoT app function. Customers can leverage Domo’s new IoT App to merge an organization’s most relevant Zendesk data points and turns them into dynamic visualizations. These include:Meet Customer Satisfaction ObjectivesThis feature allows users to easily analyze customer survey responses and breakdown the data by marketing channel, manager, location, teams, and individual agents, to identify trends and improve customer satisfaction scores.Support Ticket ActivityThis feature allows customers to view all of their support ticket data in one digestible dashboard, seeing opened and closed tickets, the number of escalations, and support team efficiency with a variety of filters and segments.Autonomous Zendesk QuickStartThe Zendesk QuickStart provides a comprehensive summary of team performance, including backlog management, ticket handling, agent leaderboards, and much more. This feature allows customers to optimize their customer support and streamline their organization’s operations.Norm Gennaro, SVP of worldwide sales at Zendesk, said, “The best customer experiences are built on Zendesk. Our customers are looking to drive excellent customer experiences and increased business value through IoT data, our new partnership with Domo helps us deliver on that opportunity.”Norm added, “With the new Domo and Zendesk app, organizations can gain a holistic view of their customers’ needs and habits, and anticipate helpdesk requests that are affecting their customers in real-time.”What Domo’s Loyal Customers Have to Say about  the new IoT Applications for Their Marketing, Sales, and ServiceCompanies like SharkNinja will be able to use this new solution to provide a new level of customer service to its install base.“When SharkNinja launched the new Ion robot, they had hundreds of thousands of robots in consumers’ homes. And it would take them a whole week to analyze data from just 20 robots to learn things like ‘is the battery running low,’ or ‘is the robot completing its mission.’Domo already offers its unique Data Science suite to customers. Adding its IoT App to the marketplace will heighten its sellability quotient, especially with Zendesk as its tech partner in the ecosystem.After implementing the Domo IoT Cloud and Zendesk integration, SharkNinja will get 20 billion rows of data every hour to tell them what the robot’s doing, how they can proactively help a customer with a robot issue they may not have even detected, and give a five-star experience to all of their customers,” explained Heglar.Domo currently has over 30 IoT Integration Apps including AWS IoT Core, Azure IoT Hub, Raspberry Pi, and Soracom.Besides the Zendesk integration, the newest in the fleet of IoT Integration Apps is the MQTT data and connectivity App. MQTT is a machine-to-machine, Internet of Things connectivity protocol. This protocol is lightweight and is suitable for constrained environments. This protocol is deployed in many IoT devices globally. MQTT is useful for connections with remote locations where a small code footprint is required and/or network bandwidth is at a premium.For example, MQTT has been used in sensors communicating to a broker via satellite link, over occasional dial-up connections with healthcare providers, and in a range of home automation and small device scenarios. It is also ideal for mobile applications because of its small size, low power usage, minimized data packets, and efficient distribution of information to one or many receivers.Currently, Domo’s mission is to be the operating system for business, digitally connecting all your people, your data and your systems, empowering them to collaborate better, make better decisions and be more efficient, right from their phones. Domo works with many of the world’s leading and most progressive brands across multiple industries including retail, media and entertainment, manufacturing, finance and more. analyticsdata analyticsdata scienceDomoDomo IoT CloudIoT AppIoT CloudMarketingNews Previous ArticleATX Adds OTT Video Streaming Capabilities to Media Distribution SolutionNext ArticleHow Brands Can Connect with Gen Z through Social Media Marketing Domo IoT Cloud Now Integrates with Zendesk Data Platform to Deliver Better Customer Service Sudipto GhoshJune 10, 2019, 5:40 pmJune 10, 2019 last_img read more

Beanstalk Digital Launches Beanstalk Predictive to Provide Robust Data Analytics Through AIDriven

first_img AIAI-DrivenBeanstalk DigitalBuzz Radardata analyticsMarketing Technology NewsNewsPatrick Charlton Previous ArticleJotForm Reaches 5 Millionth User After Major LaunchNext ArticleZeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data Cloud Expanded service line through Beanstalk Predictive to drive more informed client-partner business decisions through real-time data driven by AI and audience intelligence platforms Beanstalk Digital, a full-service agency headquartered in Dallas, Texas, announced the launch of Beanstalk Predictive, led by Chief Strategy Officer Matt Murphy. The new entity will broaden the Beanstalk Digital service line with the ability to report and execute data-driven projects to optimize product, branding, content and ongoing marketing strategies to increase market share and returns for its client-partners.Marketing Technology News: ada Strengthens Its Leadership Team as It Doubles Its HeadcountBeanstalk Predictive, the new data arm of Beanstalk Digital, will deliver real-time insights and innovative technologies to their client-partners through AI-driven marketing and audience intelligence – both through a stunning, simple-to-use visualization platform that makes data understandable and actionable, as well as bespoke AI-based reports available by request.“We are excited to partner with UK-based Buzz Radar as their exclusive, strategic provider for North America to generate actionable and useful information that will completely change the game for our client-partners,” stated Murphy. “The strength in social and audience intelligence from the Buzz Radar partnership will help brands create truly powerful campaigns based on historical and real-time customer data to predict future actions.”Marketing Technology News: Veritonic Launches First Audio Score For Marketers To Understand Relative Power Of Their Creative Assets“We’re really excited to be partnering with Beanstalk Digital to combine our talents and uncover the next generation of AI-driven social and audience insights for US brands,” said Patrick Charlton, Director and Co-founder of Buzz Radar. “We’ve spent a long time planning our move into the US and we think the Buzz Radar platform, combined with the considerable digital marketing expertise of Beanstalk Digital, will provide US brands with the most advanced and interactive insights into their consumers possible.”Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public Offeringcenter_img Beanstalk Digital Launches Beanstalk Predictive to Provide Robust Data Analytics Through AI-Driven Insights MTS Staff WriterJuly 11, 2019, 7:07 pmJuly 11, 2019 last_img read more

CAKE Announces Acquisition by Constellation Software Inc

first_imgInvestment Makes CAKE the Largest Performance Marketing Software Vendor; Maximizes Innovation While Increasing Reliability and Scalability to Create New Revenue Opportunities for CAKE Customers Worldwide CAKE, the leading global performance marketing software provider, announced that the company has been acquired by Constellation Software Inc., a $20-billion international provider of market-leading software and services. The acquisition investment furthers CAKE’s innovation in performance marketing software and solutions for affiliate marketing, lead generation and multichannel marketing; and reinforces the company’s commitment to superior customer support, providing performance marketers, advertisers and publishers with new opportunities to increase margin.“We are pleased to have acquired CAKE,” said Dexter Salna, President of Perseus, a Constellation operating group. “Their strong management team and focus on serving performance marketing customers make them a promising addition to Perseus.”Marketing Technology News: Cloudinary Brings Adobe Creative Cloud Connector for Dynamic Digital ExperiencesConstellation acquires, manages and builds industry-specific software businesses which provide specialized, mission-critical software solutions that address the particular needs of its customers. With over 125,000 customers in more than 100 countries and a proven track record of solid growth, Constellation has established a broad portfolio of software businesses to provide its customers and shareholders with exceptional returns.“Constellation has demonstrated its ability to acquire and integrate companies with great success, and its acquisition of CAKE is a clear endorsement of our strategy and technical expertise in performance marketing,” said Santi Pierini, President of CAKE. “Since our inception, our mission has been to embrace a truly customer-driven approach. We intend to continue our tradition of delivering trusted technology and services driven by and for our clients, and are thrilled about the continued innovation this partnership will enable to drive our customers’ continued success.”Marketing Technology News: Oracle Ushers in New Era of AnalyticsThe acquisition comes after a rich history of CAKE’s growth and product innovation, delivering the highest levels of reliability and scalability. CAKE plans to leverage the investment by Constellation to build out its product roadmap and go-to-market execution. Key areas of investments include CAKE’s infrastructure, support mechanisms and engineering.Marketing Technology News: Neongecko Inc. Launches “Neon AI Nano HTML” to Add Conversational AI to Websites Affiliate MarketingCAKEConstellation Softwarelead generationMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleFandango LATAM Leverages CleverTap’s Intent Based Segmentation To Transform Customer ExperienceNext ArticleDealSignal Introduces Intent-based Inbound Lead Enrichment CAKE Announces Acquisition by Constellation Software Inc. MTS Staff WriterJune 27, 2019, 5:33 pmJune 27, 2019 last_img read more

Grapevine6 Fuels Growth with Appointment of First President and Chief Revenue Officer

first_imgAvi Pollock and Brian Cook Join Grapevine6 Executive Leadership Team Grapevine6, the leading social and digital sales engagement platform that accelerates sales and marketing efforts, names Avi Pollock the company’s first President and Brian Cook the company’s first Chief Revenue Officer.Since its founding in 2013, Grapevine6 revenues and client base have grown 100%+ every year. Forrester recently named the Grapevine6 a leader in the social selling space, citing them in The Forrester New Wave™: Sales Social Engagement Tools, Q2 2019 report.Marketing Technology News: Softeon Expands Retail and eCommerce Logistics Solution Footprint and Success“Grapevine6’s future success depends on our ability to recruit the best talent. We are excited to bring on two accomplished leaders who have significant depth and breadth of skills,” said Wayne Gomes CEO and co-founder, Grapevine6.  “Avi’s experience and expertise leading high growth businesses and Brian’s track record building high-performance sales teams are invaluable as we continue to attract and retain large enterprise clients.”As President, Avi is responsible for providing strategic, operational and financial leadership, building on the company’s significant momentum to guide the firm through its next growth phase.  Avi’s 25+ year career has been split between leading, scaling and advising entrepreneurial growth oriented companies and in senior innovation, strategy and P&L roles at large companies including Royal Bank of Canada, D+H/Finastra and North American Media Engines (NAME).“Grapevine6 is on an amazing growth trajectory with the right team, strategy and product to take advantage of the enormous market opportunity ahead.  The founding team created a customer-driven culture laser focused on building innovative products that deliver quantifiable business outcomes to a roster of top tier clients in financial services, insurance and technology,” said Avi.Marketing Technology News: NextStage to Support YSEOP, a World Leader in AI Dedicated to Natural Language Generation, in View to Accelerating Growth, Particularly in the United StatesAs Chief Revenue Officer, Brian will expand the company’s sales operations and go to market strategy to support clients as they embrace digital and social selling to grow their businesses.  Brian is a veteran of the cyber security, analytics, compliance and social selling marketplace having held leadership positions across these sectors.  His breadth of experience building sales teams across the advisory and sectors within wealth, banking, insurance and technology sectors will be instrumental in achieving the company’s ambitious goals.“I am thrilled to be joining Grapevine6 and be a part of the company’s amazing growth story,” said Brian.  “Grapevine6’s market leading, mobile-first app is critical in today’s sales environment with a new norm being established in how people make purchasing decisions.    The company has an amazing track record helping large enterprises make social engagement part of their sales DNA as they build new networks and turn content into business opportunities.”Marketing Technology News: SynergySuite Closes $6 Million Series A Led by First Analysis Grapevine6Marketing Technology NewsNewsSales and marketingWayne Gomes Previous ArticleIf Social Media Platforms Are Pledging to Not Sell Your Personal Data, Why Are They Still Collecting It?Next ArticleSharpSpring Unveils Sales Optimizer, a First-of-Its-Kind Product to Streamline the Sales Process Grapevine6 Fuels Growth with Appointment of First President and Chief Revenue Officer MTS Staff WriterJuly 12, 2019, 4:27 pmJuly 12, 2019 last_img read more

Donald Trump Lifts Huawei Ban Says US Firms Can Now Sell Technology

first_imgIn a much-needed respite to Huawei that stands to lose nearly $30 billion in two years owing to the US trade ban, President Donald Trump on Saturday said American firms could start selling technology to the Chinese telecommunications equipment giant as long as the sales did not involve equipment that threatens the national security.According to the South China Morning Post, Trump said the decision on whether to take Huawei off the Commerce Department’s entities list would be left to a later date, adding he will have a meeting on the same subject next week. “We are leaving Huawei towards the end. We are seeing what goes with the trade agreement,” Trump said during a press conference in Osaka following the G20 summit, suggesting that fully lifting the ban on Huawei would rest on a deal to end the trade war. Speaking at a press conference, Trump reportedly said China and the US can be “strategic partners”. Earlier, Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to resume trade talks on the sidelines of the summit and put a hold on new American tariffs on Chinese goods.Trump agreed with Jinping that the US will not implement new tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports “at least for the time being”.Trump said China had agreed to buy a “tremendous” amount of US goods to reduce the trade imbalance. The US will give China a list of the goods it wants them to buy, according to the report.On May 15, Trump had blacklisted Huawei with a national security order; the US had publicly asked its allies to steer clear of using Huawei products over concerns that the equipment could be used by the Chinese government to obtain private information.Huawei responded by filing a motion in a US court challenging the constitutionality of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, 2019.The Chinese tech giant also asked for an end to US’ state-sanctioned campaign against it, arguing that it would “not deliver cybersecurity”.Hit by the US trade ban, Huawei is looking at a massive $30 billion loss in revenue over the next two years, the Chinese smartphone giant’s Founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said this month.Ren compared the firm to a “badly damaged” plane, estimating that the company’s revenues could miss targets by around $30 billion this year and the next but he expects a revival in 2021.Google has decided to end support for its Android operating system and apps on Huawei devices.Although the Chinese communications giant aims to launch its own operating system called “Hongmeng” to replace the Android OS on its smartphones but the OS has to see the light of the day and then users’ approval.The absence of pre-installed apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram have become a double whammy for Huawei. banban lifteddonald trumpgoogle bans huawei First Published: June 30, 2019, 1:49 PM ISTlast_img read more

IleanaAndrew to PriyankaNick Indian Celebs with Foreign Partners

first_imgGoodbyes are emotional, especially when someone you love is going away for a longer time. One such airport goodbye that is in news right now is that of Ileana D’Cruz with her husband Andrew Kneebone. The Barfi beauty married Andrew Kneebone, an Australian photographer in a private ceremony in 2017. Ileana kept the news under folds for a long time. However, Ileana is not the first Indian celebrity to have married a foreigner. There are many other celebs, like Preity Zinta and Priyanka Chopra, who found love in a foreign land.Here’s a look at famous Indian celebrities who are in a blissful relationship with their foreign partners: Preity Zinta: After being a commendable actress and successful entrepreneur of her IPL team Kings XI Punjab, Preity Zinta is busy enjoying her married life with Gene Goodenough. The Kya Kehna actress tied the knot with her longtime beau on February 28, 2016. Preity Zinta is undoubtedly the cutest actress in B-Town and the couple makes an adorable pair.Celina Jaitley: While her Bollywood career didn’t last long, Celina Jaitly found stability in her relationship and married Peter Haag, a Dubai-based Austrian businessman in 2011.Priyanka Chopra: B-Town’s desi girl got married to American singer Nick Jonas in a lavish wedding in December 2018. The Quantico actress had her wedding at Ummaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas met at Met Gala 2017, where they instantly hit it off.Aashka Goradia: TV actress Aashka Goradia married her American boyfriend Brent Goble in both Hindu and Christian ceremonies on December 3, 2017. The actress has had a long-term relationship with Brent Goble and the couple also participated in Nach Baliye. The couple met for the first time in Las Vegas.Suchitra Pillai: Actress and VJ Suchitra Pillai, who has worked in movies like Fashion and Dil Chahta Hai, married Lars Kjeldsen, an engineer from Denmark in 2005. The pair first met in Mumbai.Shriya Saran: The Indian beauty tied the knot with Russian boyfriend Andrei Koscheev on March 19, 2018 at her Mumbai residence. Andrei Koscheev is Russia’s national level tennis player and also an entrepreneur.Purab Kohli: After being in a long-term relationship and welcoming a baby girl, Purab Kohli finally tied the knot with her UK-based live-in partner Lucy Payton in 2018. The couple has a destination wedding in Goa.Follow @News18Movies for more aashka goradiaAndrei KoscheevAndrew KneeboneBarfi First Published: May 24, 2019, 1:37 PM ISTlast_img read more

When Kriti Sanon Made Diljit Dosanjh Blush Actress Shares Video of Their

first_imgDiljit Dosanjh might be seen dancing around Kriti Sanon in the song Main deewana tera in Arjun Patiala, but there was a time when the actress made the actor-singer blush by complimenting him on his good looks.It happened when Diljit interviewed Kriti along with the Dilwale team Rohit Shetty, Shah Rukh Khan and Varun Dhawan, for a Punjabi channel. Kriti shared the throwback video on her Instagram handle. She wrote: “Hahahahahaha! Then and now! That’s when I met you first Diljit Dosanjh … who knew that you’d be singing Main deewana tera for me.”In the video, Kriti told Diljit that he is quite good looking. “I will say you are very good looking. After Tiger (Tiger Shroff) and Varun, now I am coming to you… You have very innocent eyes,” she said.With the mention of Tiger and Varun, she was referring to the films she did with them. She worked with Tiger in Heropanti and Varun in Dilwale. After hearing the compliment, the Udta Punjab actor blushed.In fact, Shah Rukh also joked about it. “Ab Kriti ko tum pasand ho…Hamari dulhania ko yeh le jaega,” SRK said, while looking at Rohit. Now, Kriti will soon be seen with Diljit in Arjun Patiala, which also stars Varun Sharma. Produced by T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar and Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock Films, the movie is directed by Rohit Jugraj. It is a comedy film set in Patiala. The quirky film showcases the story of a police officer (Diljit) who is known for his quirky, original and unusual ways to solve crime and how his life changes when he meets a news reporter (Kriti). The film is slated to release on July 26. Action star Tiger ShroffArjun PatialArjun Patiala castArjun patiala july 26 First Published: June 30, 2019, 10:03 AM ISTlast_img read more

More Congress TDP Leaders in Touch with BJP Says Muralidhar Rao

first_imgHyderabad: A day after four TDP MPs joined it, BJP general secretary P Muralidhar Rao on Friday claimed many more leaders were in touch with the party and it will occupy the principal opposition space in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh within two years.”In the coming days, there will be a lot of changes in Telangana’s political scenario. In both the Telugu states – Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, BJP is the only party which can fill the space of opposition in the next tpw years,” he told a press conference here. His comments come in the backdrop of four of the six TDP MPs in the Rajya Sabha joining the BJP Thursday and seeking merger of the TDP Legislature Party with it in the Upper House.The Congress in Telangana has also been hit by desertions with 12 of its 18 MLAs in the state joining the ruling TRS.Congress is a fast-disappearing party in Telangana. Day by day, hour by hour it is getting reduced. Many leaders in the Congress, as well as TDP, believe BJP under the leadership of Narendra Modi alone can fight against the TRS,” Rao said.Many senior leaders were in touch with the BJP and “they want to join the party. We, in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, invite them to strengthen the party,” he claimed.Buoyed by its good showing in the recent Lok Sabha elections in Telangana, where it won four seats, BJP has set its eyes on further strengthening the party and is wooing leaders from other parties.Senior TDP leader and former minister E Peddi Reddy has recently said he has plans to join BJP.Congress MLA K Rajgopal Reddy has openly criticised the party and hailed the BJP, saying it alone can take on TRS, prompting the party to slap a show cause notice.Rao said Congress in Telangana and TDP in Andhra Pradesh were going to have existential question.”…it (the question) will be haunting them for the next four-five six months. We are not doing this purposely. It is a Sun self-inflicted wound, he said, in apparent reference to TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu’s son N Lokesh.Replying to a query, Rao rejected allegations that some of the Rajya Sabha members joined BJP in the wake of cases filed against them by the Enforcement Directorate and CBI and said they took the decision without any conditions.Welcoming the inauguration of Kaleshwaram lift irrigation party, the BJP leader said it was not fair on Telangana Chief Ministers part to say the Centre did not extend any help to the project.According to him, the NDA government at the Centre and the BJP-led Maharashtra government had supported the project by giving necessary clearances. congressMuralidhar RaoTDPTelangan First Published: June 21, 2019, 7:23 PM ISTlast_img read more

Facebook Google Microsoft and Twitter team to take the headache out of

first_imgMoving your data between internet services is something that isn’t always easy or fast. This is especially true when you’re doing something like moving photos between social networks or music libraries and playlists between music streaming services. Today, some of the biggest companies in the world announced that they’re going to do something about it, announcing the Data Transfer Project. The Data Transfer Project is the result of a team up between Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft. Each of these companies (which the exception of Microsoft for the moment) discussed the Data Transfer Project in separate announcements today. The project is still in the early stages of development, but eventually, these four companies would like to see wide scale adoption across an array of services.While Facebook and Twitter merely touch on the core concepts of the Data Transfer Project, Google goes into a little more detail in its own announcement post. “The organizations involved with this project are developing tools that can convert any service’s proprietary APIs to and from a small set of standardized data formats that can be used by anyone,” Google writes, noting that so far, these four have developed adapters for “seven different service providers across five different types of consumer data.”On the security side of things, Google says that services which agree to allow data transfers will need to require that individuals independently authenticate each account before those transfers can take place. “All credentials and user data will be encrypted both in transit and at rest,” the company says. Services that sign up to be part of the Data Transfer Project can use their existing security features for authentication, which results in fewer barriers of entry for companies that want to offer transfers to their users.Many of these companies already offer a way for users to download all of the data associated with their accounts, so the Data Transfer Project is the next step in allowing those users more control over it. The Data Transfer Project is open source, and though it has a long way to go, we’ll probably see it develop quickly with companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter at the helm. You can read more about the project in a lengthy white paper that explains it in further depth, or you can hop over to the Data Transfer Project developer site to give it a try for yourself. Story TimelineFacebook and Oculus data privacy update: AR and data downloadInstagram data download tool arrives, but only on desktop for nowSecret Facebook deals gave some companies special user data accesslast_img read more

2019 Volvo V60 hybrid wagon is what the Swedes do best

first_imgPilot Assist, Volvo’s semi-autonomous adaptive cruise control, is also onboard. It will handle steering, acceleration, and braking at speeds up to 81 mph, and the automaker says that the 2019 V60 should handle corners better than with previous iterations of the system. Run-off Road Mitigation and Oncoming Lane Mitigation will also be available, in addition to other steering-assistance systems, as will Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake.Like the 2019 Volvo XC40, the new V60 will also be joining the Care by Volvo subscription car scheme. Rather than a traditional lease or outright purchase, drivers will be able to sign up for a cellphone-like contract and pay a single sum each month that includes not only the car but their insurance, servicing, and other fees. Pricing for that, and the more typical purchase options, will be announced closer to the 2019 V60’s launch. There’ll also be a surprising array of engine options, though not all will be available in every market. Rather than, as with previous launches, kicking off with gas-alone and then bringing hybrids along later, the 2019 V60 will be electric from the outset. The wagon will be offered with a new T6 Twin Engine AWD gas plug-in hybrid, with a combined 340 horsepower, or a T8 Twin Engine AWD gas plug-in hybrid with 390 horsepower. Volvo has revealed the newest car in its 60 Series, the 2019 Volvo V60, a handsome wagon built on the same platform as the XC60 SUV. Embracing electrification from the outset, the new V60 wagon will be offered with two hybrid powertrains in addition to regular gas and, country depending, diesel engines. AdChoices广告 Alternatively, there’ll be T5 and T6 gas-only powertrains with various levels of turbocharging and supercharging. Diesel options will include Volvo’s D3 and D4 engines, though it’s unclear at this stage whether they’ll make it to the US at any point. Inside, meanwhile, Volvo’s reputation for high-quality and well-designed interiors looks unlikely to be spoiled by the 2019 V60. The familiar Sensus infotainment system, a 9-inch portrait orientation touchscreen dominating the center stack, is carried over from the XC60, and will be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’ll also have integrated 4G LTE, navigation, and more. Safety tech will be bumped up, too. City Safety with Autobrake, for example, will automatically halt the car if it spots a potential collision with pedestrians, cyclists, or even large animals. It can also start braking to mitigate an oncoming collision with another vehicle. Volvo V60 New Volvo V60 interiorcenter_img New Volvo V60 interior New Volvo V60 interior 2019 Volvo V60 Gallery It’s unmistakably a Volvo, certainly. The midsize premium estate borrows liberally from the V90 before it, with the automaker’s new grille design starting a flow of bold lines and deeply-dished side contouring that continue all the way to the tapered rear. Volvo hasn’t said just how much cargo space there’ll be in the back, but promises “increased levels of space” compared to rivals. Under the sheet metal is Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, arguably the key to the automaker’s reinvention since the second-generation XC90 SUV in late 2014. It went on to form the basis of the S90, V90, and V90 Cross Country, as well as underpin the smaller XC60. Now, Volvo is using it again for its newest station wagon. New Volvo V60 interiorlast_img read more

Moto Z4 will try to stand out by being traditional

first_imgOK, it’s not completely dated, considering the Moto Z launched in mid-2016, but it’s pretty old given how fast smartphones change. As part of that family, the Moto Z4 has no choice but to preserve its dimensions and the basic design of the back in order to be compatible with Moto Mods. At least the few that do still exist, including that 5G mod.Not that the Moto Z4 won’t have any new thing. It does have a waterdrop notch, a small deviation from its Moto Z3 predecessor, but that pretty much it. It will still have a 3.5 mm headphone jack, which is a dying breed among smartphones these days.Unfortunately, the Moto Z4 might not really be competing with the big players anyway. If rumors and leaks are to be believed, Motorola has downgraded the Moto Z4 to a mid-range phone with a Snapdragon 675 processor. Worse, though, is that there seems to only be one camera on its back. The Moto Z3 had dual cameras despite keeping that same design.On the one hand, you could say that the Moto Z4 is sticking with proven and well-tested features. On the other hand, however, you could also say that Motorola isn’t ready to move on. And if that’s the case, it won’t be playing the smartphone game that much longer. Folding screens, notches, punch-holes, sliders, popups, 5x to 10x zoom, quad-cameras, and button-less seamless bodies. These are the highlights that many phones and their makers throw around these days to promote their products. While not exactly bad, one can sometimes feel inundated by all these fancy features when all they want and need is a solid, “normal” phone. If there are indeed consumers that feel that way, then the Moto Z4 might be what they want, with its relatively dated look and a strong connection to the past. Story TimelineMoto Z4 Play to come with waterdrop notch, Moto Mod pinsMoto Z4 render looks very familiar, causes some confusionMoto Z4 specs hints at the beginning of the endlast_img read more

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI packs Golf GTI tech into sports sedan

first_imgVolkswagen has revealed the 2019 Jetta GLI, wrapping the 2.0-liter TSI engine of the Golf GTI in a performance sedan body. Making its debut at the Chicago Auto Show 2019 today, the new GLI packs 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, along with tapping into tech from both the GTI and the Golf R. It’s based on VW’s MQB architecture, unsurprisingly, just like the more mainstream 2019 Jetta. However into that the automaker drops its EA888 TSI engine, for 18 hp and 41 lb-ft more than the outgoing Jetta GLI. There’s variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust sides, along with variable exhaust valve lift. Power is routed to the front wheels, and VW is giving a nod to purists by spec’ing a six-speed manual transmission as standard. Those who prefer not to row their own gears have the option of a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic instead. That comes with auto start/stop, too. Independent sport suspension is standard, with a strut-type setup at the front and multi-link for the rear wheels. 13.4-inch vented front disc brakes are shared with the Golf GTI and R, too, and there’s the VAQ electronically-controlled, torque sensing limited-slip differential. Variable ratio electric power steering is standard, and the 2019 Jetta GLI 35th Anniversary model will also get DCC adaptive damping.Drivers get four drive modes to choose between: Normal, Sport, Eco, and Custom. The latter allows the various settings – steering, throttle, front differential, engine note, and climate control – to be adjusted individually. The 35th Anniversary GLI will also offer control over damping settings in Custom mode, as well as add a fifth, Comfort mode. Inside, heated seats and dual-zone climate control are standard. There’s keyless entry and start, together an infotainment system that works with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink. An auto-dimming rearview mirror is standard, as is forward collision warnings, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, and automatic post-collision braking. Options will include a sunroof and the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. That replaces the standard analog gages with a fully-digital display, complete with special GLI graphics. A 400W BeatsAudio system, VW Car-Net connected services, SiriusXM, Voice Control, and a second USB port are also available, as is a power driver seat with memory and lumbar adjustment, ventilated seats, and remote start. As you’d expect, like the regular Jetta the 2019 Jetta GLI gets VW’s six year/72,000 mile warranty. That can also be transferred to subsequent owners. VW says the 2019 Jetta GLI will arrive in dealerships in the spring of 2019. There’ll be both the regular trim, and the 35th Anniversary Edition. Pricing for both will be confirmed closer to the on-sale date. 2019 VW Jetta GLI Gallerylast_img read more