RevJet Launches Shutterstock Image Application to Streamline Digital Ad Creative Production

first_imgNew Application Provides RevJet Customers Seamless Access to Shutterstock’s Collection of more than 260 million ImagesRevJet, the only platform where Fortune 500 marketers take control of advertising experiences, announced the integration of Shutterstock’s API to the RevJet AppXchange. The new app provides seamless access to Shutterstock’s high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, and illustrations via the Shutterstock API, all within The RevJet Ad Experience Platform — adding to RevJet’s suite of leading creative Connector Apps which already include Adobe Animate and Experience Manager, and more.“In order to deliver meaningful ad experiences to their customers, Fortune 500 marketers need a unified platform that makes it easy to develop and execute creative strategies without having to stitch together several disparate systems,” said Darren Waddell, RevJet EVP of Sales and Marketing. “Our addition of Shutterstock’s unrivaled collection of images through RevJet AppXchange furthers our mission to simplify ad experience management.”Marketing Technology News: Modulr Raises £14 Million in Scale-up Capital to Fuel Growth“Creativity is now mission-critical for digital advertisers and marketers,” said Alex Reynolds, General Manager of Platform Solutions at Shutterstock. “We’re thrilled to enhance the RevJet experience for today’s generation of highly-visual, digital marketers by providing integrated access to our collection of more than 260 million images.”With RevJet’s AppXchange, marketers have always-on access to their preferred data sources, platforms and creative assets in order to deliver meaningful ad experiences, with unprecedented speed and agility, across video, social, mobile and the web.Marketing Technology News: Metadata.io Wins TiE50 Award for Breakthrough AI-powered Account Based Marketing PlatformThe RevJet AppXchange offers an expanding gallery of apps, facilitating all marketing creative functions in one unified platform, including:Advanced Artificial Intelligence appsVideo, social, display and native creation appsPersonalization, programmatic creative and DCO appsHigh-velocity creative optimization appsCreative workflow and approval appsData visualization and “Forever Memory” appsMarketing Technology News: Malicious and Disruptive Ads Account for 1 in Every 100 Impressions According to New Confiant Research data visualizationMarketing TechnologyNewsRevJetRevJet AppXchangeShutterstockShutterstock’s API Previous ArticleVideo Streaming Is Best for Telecom Industries in Delivering Customer SatisfactionNext ArticleFreshworks Acquires Natero, a Leader in Customer Success Cloud Software RevJet Launches Shutterstock Image Application to Streamline Digital Ad Creative Production PRNewswireMay 22, 2019, 2:02 pmMay 22, 2019 last_img read more

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74 of Marketers and CX Professionals Say Customer Loyalty is Driving Digital

first_imgNew Research from Clicktale Reveals Customer Loyalty to Be the Biggest Driver for Digital Experience StrategiesNearly three quarters of marketers and CX professionals (74%) are investing in digital experiences in an effort to foster long-term loyalty and build better relationships with their customers. That’s according to research from experience analytics company Clicktale, which surveyed 200 marketing and CX professionals across the US and UK.Released in Clicktale’s Defining Digital Experience report, the research found customer loyalty to be the number one priority for those building a digital experience (DX) strategy. This was followed by a need to understand customer behavior (67%) and a desire to create a clearer customer experience vision (67%).For those at a managerial level (CX and marketing managers) improving customer lifetime value was also identified as an important driver of DX strategy.Marketing Technology News: Amazon Dominates E-Commerce Share, Ebay and Walmart Less of a Focus, Feedvisor Study FindsCommenting on these findings, Sara Richter, CMO, Clicktale said: “As ever more customer interactions are completed via digital channels, marketers find themselves faced with a ‘switching economy’ – in which consumers regularly flit between different brands when they’re dissatisfied with a particular experience. Given this fact, is it any wonder that so many marketers are looking to secure long-term customer loyalty through their digital experience approach?“To achieve such loyalty, however, we as marketers need to think about what it is that our customers need, and to do that requires a strong understanding of customer behaviors. This is where the other key objectives come into play.Marketing Technology News: Elliot’s Mobile-First Commerce Platform Enables Direct-to-Consumer Distribution at Global Scale“In order to drive loyalty, marketers must improve their digital experiences. But to do that, they must have a clear vision and the behavioral data needed to back it up. None of these factors can exist in isolation – they must all form part of a single, unified DX strategy and be supported with the right behavioral technologies.”Marketing Technology News: Motionloft named a 2019 Gartner “Cool Vendor” in Location Services and Applications 74% of Marketers and CX Professionals Say Customer Loyalty is Driving Digital Experience MTS Staff WriterMay 23, 2019, 4:11 pmMay 23, 2019 customer experienceCX professionalsDefining Digital ExperienceDX strategyMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleLocal DTC Brands Top Glossier, Harry’s & Casper, Converting a Quarter of ConsumersNext Article96% of People Have Seen Ads That Reference Their Location, Indicating the Prevalence of Location-Specific Advertisinglast_img read more

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2019 Mini Countryman S E All4 Review Bouncy FuntoDrive PlugIn Hybrid

first_img Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads The biggest Mini, the Countryman, is 170 inches long, 72 inches wide, and 61 inches high. For comparison, the next biggest is the Clubman at 168 x 71 x 57. The base Mini Cooper is 151 (157 as a 4-door) x 68 x 56. The BMW X1 that is sort of the same under the skin is 175 x 72 x 63.<><>1234567891011 Winnie From ‘Wonder Years’ Is 44 Now and Unrecognizably Gorgeous Could Negan Get A ‘Walking Dead’ Movie Next? 2019 Mini Countryman S E All4 Review: Bouncy, Fun-to-Drive Plug-In Hybrid Mini now has a plug-in hybrid version in its largest model, the Countryman. Like every Mini, the plug-in is a blast to drive, with iconic big round instrument clusters and toggle switches. But, oh, the compromises: The little battery adds only 12 miles of electric-only range. The gas-plus-electric range is about 270 miles. The suspension is stiff, the wheelbase is short, and the ride can be choppy. The car weighs pocket change less than two tons. Our test car cost more than $45,000 and the cheapest plug-in hybrid Countrymen is in the upper thirties. The base prices don’t include much in the way of driver safety assists and no amount of money will get you blind spot detection.Mini’s strongest competition comes from the dealership next door with the blue-and-white propeller logo. BMW sells the Mini, more or less, as the BMW X1. They look a lot different, but they’re built around the same corporate-common front-wheel-drive chassis.  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. Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 and Season 5 Details Revealed Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All How It Works, How It DrivesThe PHEV Mini S E — lots of stories have it as the Mini SE without the space — uses a 134-hp, three-cylinder turbocharged engine (turbocharged, because otherwise, you’ve got a nice riding mower engine) to drive the front wheels through a six-speed automatic. An 87-hp electric motor running off a 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery powers the rears. Combined, they output 221 hp and 284 pound-feet of torque. The EPA rates the car at 27 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, 27 mpg combined running on gasoline, and 65 MPGe. But if you’re going to get 65 MPGe, you’ll need to plug the car in every night, and there may be times — human nature and all — you may say, maybe not tonight, I’m only going to pick up 12 miles of range. But with just a 9.5-gallon tank, you’re at a range of around 230 miles on gasoline alone, allowing for 8.5 gallons of usable fuel capacity.Trouble is, you’ll want a full load of electrons on board every morning so you can also use the motor, at will, as a second turbocharger. Electric motors provide maximum torque at 0 rpm, where gas engines are weakest. Having e-power in the back is a neat way to get all-wheel-drive without running a driveshaft and differential to the rear axle. Toyota hybrids have done it for years.When you jab the throttle, the car scoots its 3,950 pounds to 60 mph in 6 to 7 seconds, depending on who’s holding the stopwatch and who’s tromping the throttle. That’s nice. The motor provides quick stoplight getaways. It is quick around back country roads. Where this Mini falls down is on the average American road. A wheelbase of just 105 inches yields a choppy ride on all but the smoothest surfaces. To inject politics for a moment: Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike want better infrastructure, but they can’t stop bickering over which piggy bank to raid to pay for the work.Passenger room in front is good, and the room in the back is passable. Minis are short on cupholder and storage space.Adding a battery and electric motor (to drive the rear wheels) had virtually no effect on passenger or cargo space. It did knock the fuel tank (under the back seat) down to 9.5 gallons.Countryman S E All4’s Place in the Mini EcosystemThe original Mini: 10 feet long, less than 2,000 pounds.From a distance, Minis look about the same: small and hatchback-looking. Most have sporty versions (Cooper S) and seriously sporty versions (John Cooper Works). You can see the family resemblance going back to the late 1950s and the original Mini Cooper designed by Sir Alec Issigonis. That first Mini circa 1959 was truly Mini, measuring just 120 inches long. (The smallest car in the US today is the two-seater Smart Fortwo, 106 inches long.) The basic Mini Cooper sold now is 151 inches long (two-door) or 157 inches long (four-door). The Countryman tested here is 170 inches long, 72 inches wide, 61 inches high. In between, the Mini Clubman is 168 x 71 x 57. The Coupe and Roadster Minis were discontinued after 2015 because they were too close to the Mini Cooper hardtop and convertible. There was also the three-door variant of the Countryman called the Paceman; it died after 2016.The base Mini Classic Country S E All 4 is $37,800 (including $850 shipping) and that has a panoramic sunroof, sport seats, and 6.5-inch center stack display. The Signature ($40,250) has touchscreen infotainment, heated seats, keyless entry, dual zone HVAC, and forward collision warning/emergency braking. The Iconic ($45,250) brings navigation, Apple CarPlay, and LED headlamps/taillamps. Driver safety assists cost extra: $850 for adaptive cruise control, front/rear parking sonar, and parking assistant.The Countryman S E All4 exists to improve Mini’s desirability among environmentally motivated buyers, such as 12 miles on battery power motivates them, as well as buyers who want a tax credit ($4,100) or preferred parking status in some garages and office complexes where the chargers are near the main elevator or employee entrance. But the car also provides more power than the non-PHEV Minis and costs less than the all-out John Cooper Works performance.It lacks an adaptive damping system, meaning shocks that adjust to the road conditions. The lack of an adaptive suspension could be a turnoff for spouses and partners who admire how your Mini looks, but have learned from harsh experience not to apply cosmetics while the car is moving. Lipstick plus Mini plus potholes equals war paint.The first all-electric Mini arrives this fall. (Excluding the 500 prototype Mini E’s of 2009.)Should You Buy?Mini is the premium small car in the US. The Mercedes-owned Smart is cute in Europe but doesn’t sell here; by the time you add all the airbags and such, you’re paying the same as for a Hyundai or Toyota with space for four, which most Americans value more than the fact that you can almost park two Smart cars sideways in a parallel parking space. The Honda Fit is a fabulous small car, sized between the basic Cooper and the Countryman / Clubman.What sells Minis is their uniqueness, their sportiness (real and not imagined sportiness), and the immense variety of options (most Minis are factory-order, not sold off the lot). Reliability is around average now; Consumer Reports ranks Mini 15 of 28 brands in its 2019 Car Brand Reliability Rankings. The competition is other premium compact SUVs, most of which have higher sight-lines and more cargo capacity.If you’re interested in the Countryman S E All4, make sure you take an extended test drive and take along any family member who can make your life miserable if you were to ignore his or her opinions. If you can wangle the car for the weekend, better still.You will probably find: 1. Cute car. 2. Handles well. 3. 12 miles on battery isn’t a lot. 4. Stiff ride. 5. Driver safety assists some competitors make standard will set you back more almost $1,000. 6. Blind spot detection isn’t available. 7. Adequate cargo space for two for the weekend (but there is the roof rack). Mini is an intriguing brand and it carries the aura of a high-status car, regardless of it not costing $50K (although some models do get there).You may find it hard to understand the reason for such a modest EV-only range even though you know the electric motor serves to boost the car’s performance all the time. Also, if you’re looking at Minis broadly, not just the PHEV, you may find the turbo-three motor (other than in PHEV model reviewed here) isn’t enough, so look to the turbo-four models.If you want all-electric, hold tight. The pure-electric Mini S E will debut this summer and (but) it focuses on sporty performance, not max range. A demo car Mini showed to the media had a 33-kWh battery and a range of around 110 miles with a weight 265 pounds more than the gas-engine Mini Cooper hardtop. First customer shipments are expected in November.Now read:Mini’s Urban-X Accelerator Imagines the Brooklyn You’ve Always Dreamed OfFord Drops $500M on Rivian, Gets Head Start on EV Pickups, SUVsNew 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>  1 Comment The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Bill Howard on May 28, 2019 at 7:08 am Tagged In carsautomobilesautoscar reviewsBEVselectric carsPHEVs2019 carsplug-insauto reviewsMiniMini CooperMini CountrymanMini Countryman S E All4Mini reviewsplug-in hybrds Post a Comment 1 Commentlast_img read more

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ET Deals Apple MacBook Air 13Inch 1199 Lenovo Intel Core i3 156Inch

first_img Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous ET Deals: Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch $1,199, Lenovo Intel Core i3 15.6-Inch Notebook $289, Dell Vostro Intel Core i3 14-Inch Laptop $299 0 Comments New TV Shows That Will Absolutely Get Canceled in 2019 This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up We Now Understand Why Elizabeth Berkley Disappeared By Michael Sexton on July 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm The Hate for ‘Captain Marvel’ May Never Stop ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 and Season 5 Details Revealed Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous 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. With July half over and school starting back next month, lots of online retailers are running sales on notebooks that would be perfect for getting you or your kids through their next year of school.Apple MacBook Air Intel Core i5 13-Inch Laptop w/ 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD ($1,199.00)Apple’s MacBook Air was designed to be exceptionally lightweight at 2.75lbs. It also has a high-quality 2560×1600 display, and Apple built the system out of durable 6000 series aluminum. If you would like to buy one of these systems with the larger 256GB SSD, you can get it marked down from $1,399.00 to $1,199.00 at Amazon.Lenovo Ideapad S340 Intel Core i3-8145U 15.6-Inch Laptop w/ 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD ($289.00)This inexpensive laptop with its dual-core processor and 8GB of RAM offers solid performance for everyday home tasks like web browsing and school work. Lenovo claimed this system should also be able to last up to 8.5 hours on single charge. Right now it’s marked down from $329.00 to $289.00 at Walmart.Dell Vostro 14 3000 Intel Core i3-7020U 14-Inch Notebook w/ 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD ($299.00)Dell’s Vostro 14 3000 is a solid well-made notebook computer that’s currently selling at a dirt cheap price. The dual-core Intel Core i3-7020U processor paired with 8GB of DDR4 RAM offers plenty of performance for everyday tasks like web browsing.  As configured this system originally cost $740.42, but its price has been slashed well below the 50% off mark, down to just $299.00 with promo code SMLBIZ299.Tenda MW6 Nova Wave 2 802.11ac Mesh Wi-Fi System 3-Pack ($109.99)A mesh Wi-Fi network offers excellent network coverage over a large area by using multiple devices to rebroadcast the Wi-Fi signal. Tenda’s MW6 Nova Wave 2 comes with three networking devices, each of which can transmit data over a 2,000 sq. ft area, and they can cover up to 6,000 sq. ft when working together. Right now you can get this set from Amazon marked down from $199.99 to $109.99 with a $10 clickable coupon and promo code 30MESHWIFI.Ring Video Doorbell Pro + Echo Dot ($169.99)This helpful device is more than just a doorbell. It sends notifications to your Echo devices whenever the doorbell is rung, and it will allow you to see who is at your door and talk to them. This helps to keep you safe by making it easy to check who’s there. As a special deal for Prime members, Amazon is currently offering the Ring Video Doorbell Pro with a 3rd gen Echo Dot marked down from $298.99 to $169.00.Audible 1-Year Gold Membership + $0.99 Echo Dot ($119.99)If you’ve never tried Audible, then you may not know that it’s a popular audiobook service that was created by Amazon. Some people like myself use Audible on and off throughout the day to enjoy listening to books while also getting other important tasks done such as cleaning. Right now, you can try out the service for $119.99 for the first year and get an Echo Dot for just $0.99 as part of the offer, but you need to be an Amazon Prime member to qualify. Also, as an Audible member, you will get discounts on books and credit each month that can be redeemed towards your choice of virtually any book on Audible.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at TechBargains.com. We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 0 Commentslast_img read more

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Tesla Reports Record Sales Last Quarter

first_img 21 Comments Movies That Are Hard To Believe Actually Exist Tagged In carsteslaelectric vehiclesmodel 3 Post a Comment 21 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. Tesla has had its share of ups and downs over the years with exploding cars, autopilot mishaps, and CEO Elon Musk saying and doing foolish things on the internet. But this week was a big “up” for the electric car maker. Tesla’s latest quarterly report includes a record number of vehicle deliveries at 95,200. Tesla’s stock rose as expected following the news, gaining 7 percent after falling 35 percent since early 2019 when it reported slower than expected sales. Tesla has benefited from a full quarter selling the Model 3, its most affordable vehicle, in Europe and China. The Model 3 previously launched for US buyers in 2018, after taking reservations for years. The Model 3 makes up the vast majority of Tesla’s record-breaking sales at 77,550. That’s a 50 percent increase over the first quarter of the year. Sales of the more profitable Model S and Model X increased as well from 12,100 to 17,650. However, that number is lower than the 27,550 S and X vehicles delivered in the last quarter of 2018. That suggests the Model 3 is pulling some buyers away from the more profitable cars. Still, the increased sales are making up for it. Tesla also says that its production capacity has increased by 13 percent in the second quarter of 2019. Only 7,400 cars were still listed as in transit to buyers, down from 10,600 at the end of the first quarter. The Tesla Model 3 has proven very successful, making up most of the company’s 95,200 Q2 sales.The increased sales may be harder to sustain going forward. Tesla has cut prices several times in pursuit of its goal of selling 400,000 cars this year. The automaker is also facing the end of government tax breaks for selling electric vehicles. The $7,500 tax credit fell to $3,750 early this year, and now it’s down to $1,875. It will go away completely at the end of this year.  The company is also still operating at a loss. One bright spot on the horizon may be Tesla’s upcoming launch of the Model Y. This vehicle splits the difference between the Model 3 and the high-end Model X. It’s a smaller crossover/hatchback offering more space than a Model 3 and a lower price than the Model X. The Model Y will launch in late 2020 for US customers.Now read:Elon Musk: Tesla Broke in 10 Months Without ‘Hardcore’ Cost ReductionTesla Model 3 in Fatal Accident Had Autopilot EngagedSurprise: The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 That’s Finally Shipping? Not Any More Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Tesla Reports Record Sales Last Quarter You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 Now and Absolutely Gorgeous We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads The Outrage Over Robert Pattinson As Batman Continues By Ryan Whitwam on July 5, 2019 at 7:36 am Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36last_img read more

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New Ookla Speedtest Data ATT Wins Performance Verizon Holds Reliability

first_img We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads 3 Comments By Joel Hruska on July 9, 2019 at 8:00 am Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. New speed test data from Ookla shows that both Verizon and AT&T have boosted mobile network performance in the past 12 months, though our absolute world ranking compared with other nations remains mired in the middle of the pack. In Q1 2019, the United States ranked 40th in the world for mean wireless download speeds (between Spain and Saudi Arabia). In uploads we fared much worse, coming in at 94th (between Angola and Poland).Ookla bases its speedtest information and comparisons by gathering data from 2.7M unique mobile user devices used to perform over 11.5M total benchmarks. This type of testing is distinct from the driving tests that our sister publication PCMag also performs, but their results largely echo what Ookla is reporting. (Note: As a matter of full disclosure, both Ookla and PCMag are owned by Ziff Davis, which also owns ExtremeTech.)Performance across the entire United States increased by 24 percent in download and 13 percent in upload, provided you live in a major metropolitan area and could benefit from these improvements in the first place. I make this distinction — Ookla doesn’t — because, if you live in a rural area in the United States, the rate at which your performance improves may depend on when the ancient equipment in the local cell tower needs to be replaced and not much more. According to Speedtest.net, as of 7/8/2019, my iPhone SE is capable of 6.7Mbps down, 3.31Mbps up on AT&T’s LTE network. That’s about normal for where I live. It’s also 1/5 and roughly 1/3 of median US wireless performance.Both the degree of improvement you see year-on-year (if any) and when those improvements arrive are both tied to how urban your home is. If you happen to live in areas where AT&T hasn’t yet deployed LTE, for example, improved results like the ones Ookla is trumpeting mean nothing to your quality of service.I bring this up, not to dump on Ookla’s efforts, but to illustrate that reports like this really only have validity if you live in the areas they describe. This metric is referred to as “LTE Accessibility” in the first graph. Verizon users have access to LTE 95.9 percent of the time and are only without service 3.3 percent of the time. AT&T has a much lower rate of LTE access and a higher rate of “No coverage.”No single person’s experience is the same as a broad report like this, but these findings do echo what I found to be true when I had AT&T and lived in an even more rural area than I currently occupy. In 2014, my old stomping grounds were still using HSPA+. Five years later, that hasn’t changed. With a new wave of 5G devices certain to start shipping in 2020, cell providers are going to start banging on the “Upgrade your life with faster wireless!” drum. Never forget to check and make certain that your home address (or wherever you spend the bulk of your time) will actually benefit from the upgrade.As for the “Acceptable Speed Ratio,” ASR measures what percentages of a cell carriers’ connections are 5Mbps or above, to allow for HD video streaming. Verizon scores the best here, at 87.3 percent, but most of the other firms are closely clustered — T-Mobile is at 86.9 percent, and AT&T at 85.9 percent. Only Sprint is an outlier, at 81.2 percent, and that’s not terribly surprising given the lower-quality state of the Sprint network. Like PCMag, Ookla found that AT&T’s performance had grown the most in the past 12 months, thanks to its decision to begin replacing legacy LTE connections with more powerful, later-generation LTE hardware. Despite AT&T’s ongoing attempts to label this as “5G E” technology, it remains entirely linked to LTE signaling and methodologies.This distribution shows what percentage of each companies’ users report which level of network performance. 14 percent of AT&T users, 19 percent of Sprint users, 13 percent of Verizon, and 13 percent of T-Mobile customers are in areas where they receive less than 5Mbps of download performance. A far smaller group of people with every company have the opposite problem and live in areas where they report more than 100Mbps of regular service.Now Read:Ookla Rolls Out New Global 5G MapHere Are the Most Affordable Places to Live With High-Speed InternetUS Mobile Download Speeds Shot Up in 2018, T-Mobile Beats Verizon Why Robin is the Best Thing to Happen to Steve Harrington What the Biggest ‘America’s Got Talent’ Stars Are Doing Now Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All New Ookla Speedtest Data: AT&T Wins Performance, Verizon Holds Reliability Bran’s Deleted ‘GoT’ Scene Would Have Changed Everything Tagged In internetlteAT&Tverizon4gt-mobile5gSprint3gHSPA+cellular5G EFaux Gfake 5G Post a Comment 3 Commentslast_img read more

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Voice is the New Click Why Voice Commands Will Replace the Click

first_imgVoice is the New Click: Why Voice Commands Will Replace the Click as the Standard Measure for Brands Stas TushinskiyApril 29, 2019, 4:00 pmApril 25, 2019 The humble-but-powerful act of clicking a mouse cursor on a hyperlink has long served as the cornerstone of the now decades-old digital media revolution. The click enabled digital media to unlock new doors of measurement and analytics, making it possible to more closely understand engagement and marketing campaign performance, drive direct responses, and rapidly grow audiences. The click is the essential commodity that built giants such as Google and Facebook, and the beacon by which every digital marketer and advertiser seeks to deliver for brands as proof that campaigns are working.However, on the strength of Alexa and Siri and evolving smartphone technologies, we are entering the era of voice — and with it, a dethroning of the click as the key measurement for marketers. The reasons behind this are easy to formulate: as voice interfaces are undergoing a truly remarkably proliferation, audio cannot be clicked and necessitates a new methodology in measurement.Gartner predicts that by 2020, 30% of web browsing sessions will be executed without a screen, through “voice-first” interactions via mobile or smart speaker devices. Voice commerce will subsequently skyrocket as consumers adopt these user-friendly interfaces, with voice shopping estimated to surpass $40 billion in the US and UK by 2022 — a trend for which marketers will need to quickly adapt in order to capitalize on as early as possible. At the same time, consumers will increasingly prefer voice interactivity as a faster and simpler alternative to the click, accessing information and engaging with conversational voice advertising. With ads that offer to engage in dialog, consumers will be able to ask and get exactly what they want — and dismiss irrelevant ads just as quickly — making for better user experience will yield brands much richer data than clicks have historically provided.Read More: Why Has Zuckerberg Taken a Bold Stride Towards Becoming a ‘Privacy-Focused’ Platform?The speech recognition and natural language understanding technologies behind AI solutions that deliver interactive voice ads at scale are already capable of providing satisfying experiences, and will only improve as they mature. For example, Microsoft’s speech recognition capabilities recently reduced transcription error rates to 5.1%, which is on par with how well actual humans perform. Voice interfaces will also solve several issues inherent to click advertising. Click fraud will become all but extinct, as the veracity of real users and their human responses becomes impossible to emulate. Accidental clicks aren’t possible with voice, as engagement — a verbal “I’m interested” or similar — isn’t a mistakable action. Additionally, consumers will be spared from the troublesome experience of clicking “X” to dismiss unwanted ads; the voice interface makes it easier and faster to let ads know when they’ve worn out their welcome.Interactive voice ads can also match the native style of their medium — be it a search assistant, streaming audio, podcast, etc. — offering less-intrusive experiences that are at the same time brief, interactive, and intelligent compared to their clickable counterparts. Where passive click ads force a monologue with listeners, these voice ads offer a dialog between consumers and brands. Marketers are able to achieve a deeper form of engagement because consumers are actively thinking about how to verbally respond to offers, capturing their mental attention. Because of this, interactive voice ads will feature higher brand recall rates, and excel at guiding consumers through the stages of the purchase funnel.Read More: How AI will Change the Game for Influencer MarketingPerhaps, most importantly, replacing simplistic click data with the array of real-time measurements collected from voice interactions will be transformative in empowering brands to iterate and improve their campaigns. Equipped with the same sophisticated AI delivering the ads, marketers will be able to react to listener responses and optimize voice campaigns in real-time. Furthermore, marketers will have the data to understand what elements of voice interactions are most effective in achieving conversions — all the way down to the granularity of specific verbal responses and phrases. And, as these interactions are optimized, interactive voice ad experiences will become more to the point and enjoyable to consumers.Traditional click advertising has always been a volume business, typically requiring tremendous levels of reach and view frequency to make a significant impact on consumers and achieve campaign objectives. For example, marketers use the concept of “3+ reach” as a rule of thumb — meaning that a campaign needs to reach a consumer at least three times to be effective. However, with interactive voice ads offering a channel through which brands can much more efficiently capture audiences’ attention — perhaps even the first time they speak with an ad — advertisers will no longer need to bombard consumers with the same repetitive ads. Therefore, the high engagement natural to interactive voice ads greatly reduces that need to overwhelm audiences with ad quantity, instead, providing experiences that are vastly more memorable and meaningful — and measurably so.Read More: How to Fight Ad Fatigue AI solutionsAlexaFacebookgoogleInstreamatic.aiinteractive voice adVoice Commands Previous ArticleWhat Kind of Chatbot is Right for Your Business?Next ArticleInsideSales.com Bolsters Leadership Team to Fuel Company Growthlast_img read more

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Sally Beauty Launches Customer Experience Management Program to Uncover Customer Insights and

first_img Andy Frommcustomer insightMarketing Technology NewsNewsSally BeautySMG Previous ArticleRightpoint Acquires Bowfin, Further Growing Its Salesforce CapabilitiesNext ArticleSignpost Raises $52 Million To Arm Main Street With Automated Marketing Technology Service Management Group (SMG), a global customer experience management, employee experience and brand research partner to more than 500 brands, has announced a new partnership with global beauty products retailer Sally Beauty. The iconic specialty retailer chose SMG for the actionable insights delivered through its technology platform and industry-leading professional services.Sally Beauty is the world’s largest distributor and retailer of salon-quality hair color, hair care, nails, salon and beauty supplies. With more than 3,700 Sally Beauty stores and 1,300 stores in the Beauty Systems Group network, Sally Beauty services both retail consumers and salon professionals with up to 10,000 products from professional lines and an extensive selection of proprietary merchandise.Marketing Technology News: Norled Sets Sail for Digital Transformation with InforSeeking to better understand and act on insights garnered from its retail and digital customer journey, Sally Beauty is implementing a customer experience management program. Using SMG VisitView, a location-level CX survey, Sally Beauty is capturing customer feedback across its retail locations through a post-purchase email invitation.To keep pace with the continued growth of its e-commerce business, Sally Beauty is using SMG eTrack to capture feedback from both purchasers and non-purchasers about the online shopping experience, measure satisfaction and evaluate conversion rates. Following delivery, the retailer is using SMG PostShip—a post-fulfillment feedback tool—to measure order accuracy, timing and delivery satisfaction.Marketing Technology News: New ISG Study Focuses on Digital Business ServicesWith multi-channel feedback data delivered via the smg360® reporting dashboard and mobile app, employees get a holistic view of key customer experience metrics and store leaders have anytime access to local customer feedback, role-based reporting and intuitive dashboards.“At the end of the day, it’s about listening to your customers, turning that feedback into actionable insights and giving your employees the tools they need to make changes,” said SMG Chairman and CEO Andy Fromm. “We’re honored to be working with the team at Sally Beauty, and we look forward to helping them use customer insights to take their business to the next level.”Marketing Technology News: AccuWeather Continues Rapid Expansion with Relocation of Global Office in New York City Sally Beauty Launches Customer Experience Management Program to Uncover Customer Insights and Drive Engagement Across Touchpoints MTS Staff WriterJuly 9, 2019, 8:00 pmJuly 9, 2019 last_img read more

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ActressSinger Ruma Guha Thakurta Kishore Kumars First Wife Passes Away

first_img 36 Chowringhee Lane80 Te Asio NaAbhijaanAmit Kumar First Published: June 3, 2019, 1:16 PM IST Thakurta was married to Kishore Kumar from 1950 to 1958. They also had a son, Amit Kumar, who is a singer and composer for Bollywood movies. After her divorce from Kumar, Thakurta married again in 1960 to Arup Guha Thakurta, with whom she has daughter Sromona Guha, also a singer and a son, Ayan Guha.Beginning her career as an actress in 1944 with Amiya Chakravarty’s Jwar Bhata, Thakurta has acted in Bengali movies including Ganga, Palatak, Antony Firingee, 80 Te Asio Na, Balika Badhu, Dadar Kirti, 36 Chowringhee Lane, Amrita Kumbher Sandhane, Bhalobasa Bhalobasa and Wheelchair.A niece of filmmaker Satyajit Ray, Thakurta was last seen in the English film The Namesake.Follow @News18Movies for more After suffering from old age-related ailments, veteran Bengali actress Ruma Guha Thakurta passed away on June 3 at her Ballygunge residence in Kolkata. Founder of Calcutta Youth Choir, a song and dance troupe, Thakurta is the first wife of the late singer Kishore Kumar. 84-year-old Thakurta was applauded for her work in Satyajit Ray-directed films like Ganashatru (1989) and Abhijaan (1962). Born in 1934, the actress has worked in several movies and has been a playback singer too. Her funeral will be held today in Kolkata. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mourned the actress’ death on Twitter, writing, “Saddened at the passing away of Ruma Guha Thakurta. Her contribution to the field of cinema and music will always be remembered. My condolences to her family and her admirers.”Saddened at the passing away of Ruma Guha Thakurta. Her contribution to the field of cinema and music will always be remembered. My condolences to her family and her admirers— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 3, 2019last_img read more

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Amitabh Bachchan Pays Off Outstanding Loans of 2100 Farmers from Bihar

first_img Abhishek Bachchanamitabh bachchanAmitabh Bachchan BiharAmitabh Bachchan blog First Published: June 12, 2019, 1:20 PM IST Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has cleared the loans of over two thousand farmers from Bihar. “A promise made done… the farmers from Bihar that had outstanding loans, picked 2100 of them and paid off their amount with a OTS (One Time Settlement) with the Bank called some of them over to Janak and personally gave it to them at the hands of Shweta and Abhishek,” Amitabh wrote on his blog.The cine icon had previously written that “there is the gift of those that suffer from the inability to pay back the loans. They be now from the state of Bihar”. This is not the first time Amitabh has helped farmers. Last year, the Piku star had cleared the loans of over one thousand farmers in Uttar Pradesh.The 76-year-old actor also wrote that there is “another promise to be completed”. “To the family and wives of the brave hearts that sacrificed their lives for the country, at Pulwama, a small gesture of financial aid .. true ‘shaheeds’,” he wrote on his blog.On Monday, Bachchan’s Twitter handle was allegedly hacked by Ayyildiz Tim, which claimed to be a Turkish hacker group. The group replaced Bachchan’s profile picture with a photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and also changed the bio, adding “Love Pakistan” and an emoji of the Turkish flag. “We have informed our cyber unit and Maharashtra Cyber about *hacked* Twitter account of @SrBachchan. They are investigating the matter. Further updates awaited,” the Mumbai Police spokesperson told PTI.Read: Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter Account Hacked, Profile Picture ChangedAlso read: Adnan Sami’s Twitter Account Hacked, Profile Pic Replaced with Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s(With inputs from agencies)Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

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Modi Cannot Remove Article 370 35A From JK Farooq Abdullah

first_imgJammu: National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah said on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot remove Article 35-A and Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.He said the prime minister should make efforts to unite the people of the country instead of dividing them. “Let him be as powerful as he (Modi) likes, he cannot remove Article 370 and article 35-A (from the state of Jammu and Kashmir),” Abdullah told reporters here.”Our right of Article 370 and Article 35-A should be protected. This is very important for us. We are soldiers of this country not enemies of this nation,” he said.Article 370 grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir and limits Parliament’s power to make laws concerning the state. Article 35A empowers the state assembly to define ‘permanent residents’ for bestowing special rights and privileges on them.Abdullah urged Modi to connect the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country through rail network.The NC chief said his party will provide autonomy to all the three regions of Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu after winning the assembly polls.Abdullah (83) got 1,06,750 votes and defeated Aga Syed Mohsin of the PDP by 70,050 votes in the Srinagar constituency, which has a total electorate of 12,94,560.This will be Abdullah’s fourth term in the Lok Sabha, having been a member in 1980, 2009 and 2017 previously.He appreciated Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for continuing with his agenda of unity and diversity.”Winning and losing are part of life. Rahul Gandhi after five years will make a comeback and I don’t think that people of Amethi will forget him. I think he (Rahul) will sit down and introspect as to why this happened and how to ensure Congress becomes stronger,” the NC chief said.To a question about talks with Pakistan, Abdullah said if the prime minister wants to save the nation, he needs to be in friendly terms with our neighbours. Article 35 AArticle 370Farooq Abdullahjammu and kashmir First Published: May 24, 2019, 7:03 PM ISTlast_img read more

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V Muraleedharan Amit Shahs Aide from Kerala MoS in MEA and Social

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Kerala BJP president V Muraleedharan has been inducted in Narendra Modi’s new team of ministers as the MoS in the Union Ministries for External Affairs and Social Justice and Empowerment.A close aide of Amit Shah, Muraleedharan’s rise has been one of the most-steady ones in the party across the country. He took oath as a Rajya Sabha MP last year, only the fourth Keralite to have achieved the designation in the four years of the Modi government. He was elected unopposed from Maharashtra.Muraleedharan has been a full-time member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and has also been active in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in his home town, Kozhikode. Known as a good orator, his entry into the upper House of Parliament was a huge boost for the party as he played a significant role in strengthening the BJP’s roots in the southern state. In 2014, a record 240 CPI(M) members had joined the BJP, a development that Muraleedharan is credited to have overseen personally. During the current election, he was in-charge of the party’s Andhra Pradesh unit.Muraleedharan has held several positions, over the years, when it comes to the party. Among other roles that he has donned, the parliamentarian had assisted Venkaiah Naidu at the BJP’s central election control room during the 1998 polls, was the national convener of the NGO cell of the BJP in 2004 and a year later, was made the convener of the BJP training cell.Under his leadership, the BJP has seen a steady rise in its members in Kerala, widely known to be not favouring the BJP. During an interview to News18 earlier this year, the senior BJP leader had predicted a catch-22 situation for Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad. Gandhi ended up winning the election.#ModiSarkarDobara – @VMBJP takes the oath of office. | #ModiRajya Know More: https://t.co/yPF3i6eXzd pic.twitter.com/3GT7nXiKPB— News18 (@CNNnews18) May 30, 2019 Amit Shahkerala bjpModi Govt 2.0Narendra Modi First Published: May 31, 2019, 7:10 PM ISTlast_img read more

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SC Agrees to Hear Plea Challenging Bombay HC Order Upholding Law Granting

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear on Friday a plea challenging the Bombay High Court’s decision to uphold the law by which the Maratha community would get reservation in admissions and government jobs in Maharashtra.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Anriuddha Bose took note of the plea that the issue of Maratha quota needed an urgent hearing. It decided to fix the petition for deliberations on July 12.The plea was filed in the apex court by Sanjeet Shukla, a representative of an NGO, “Youth for Equality”.It challenges the Bombay High Court order which upheld the constitutional validity of the quota for the Maratha community in education and government jobs in the state.The plea said the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, which provided a 12 per cent and a 13 per cent quota to the Maratha community in education and jobs respectively, breached the 50 per cent ceiling on reservation fixed by the apex court in its landmark judgment in the Indira Sahwney case, also known as the “Mandal verdict”.The Maharashtra government had also filed a caveat in the top court anticipating challenge to the verdict passed by the high court, saying no ex-parte order should be passed on any plea challenging the June 27 judgment of the high court without hearing the state. Bombay High CourtmaharashtraMaratha quotasupreme court First Published: July 8, 2019, 12:24 PM ISTlast_img read more

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OLED smart glasses display firm denies Apple invested

first_imgStory TimelineApple tipped to be eyeing smart glasses marketApple patents augmented reality (AR) smart glasses system with ‘touchscreen’Apple’s smart glasses may have found their missing keyApple smart glasses optics detailed in patent application Apple did not invest in an OLED specialist making microdisplays for wearables, the company has said, despite reports suggesting the Cupertino firm might be shoring up its smart glasses supply chain. Emagin makes OLED microdisplays with particularly high resolution and which, though little use to the naked eye, when combined with magnifying optics could be ideal for wearable displays. Indeed, the company already provides military contractors with such screens, and is exploring commercial implementations in segments like virtual reality headsets. One of its latest products has 2048 x 2048 resolution – or 2k by 2k – and 500 nits of brightness, despite being small enough to fit into a wearable headset. All that said, it didn’t come as a great surprise when, over the weekend, a report claimed Apple was among a group of new investors in Emagin. The suggestion – which included not only Apple but LG Display, Valve, and others – was based on an SEC filing by the company in late January 2018, in which the firms were listed as “specified investors” in its recent fundraising. Now, though, Emagin says that was all “misconstrued.” “As of today, to the Company’s knowledge, none of these consumer electronics companies have taken part in the offering,” it said in an announcement today. Indeed, it blamed the initial reporting – which helped send Emagin’s share price up more than 40-percent – on a misinterpretation of what the original S-1 form claimed. AdChoices广告According to Jeffrey Lucas, chief financial officer at the microdisplay company, the mention of Apple as a “specified investor” was not, in fact, intended to suggest that Apple was a specified investor. Instead, Lucas told Bloomberg, the company had listed Apple, LG Display, Valve, and others in its SEC submission “because it has had discussions with them at industry events.” Were they of a mind to invest “EMagin would have given them different pricing,” it’s reported. “On the commercial front,” Emagin wrote in its January 23, 2018 filing, “we entered into strategic agreements with multiple Tier One consumer product companies for the design and development of microdisplays for consumer head mounted devices and, together with these companies, negotiated with mass production manufacturers for higher volume production capabilities.” That apparently includes at least one Tier One company wanting to use the 2k x 2k display.It’s unclear at this point whether Apple and the other companies mentioned are in fact Emagin customers rather than investors. Apple is widely believed to be working on a set of smart glasses that it plans to release in 2019 or 2020. The wearable would wirelessly connecting to a nearby iPhone, and project information including notifications and more into the user’s eye-line. last_img read more

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Surface Go review roundup No clean sweep for Microsoft

first_imgREAD: Microsoft Surface Go is shipping a day earlyMicrosoft’s new 2-in-1 Surface Go has a starting price of only $399 USD, making it the most approachable Surface model for the general public. At that price point, buyers get a 10-inch 1800 x 1200 display, an Intel 4416Y processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB eMMC storage, and battery life at around nine hours. That’s a considerable hardware sacrifice over the Surface Pro, which starts at a much higher $799 USD.Visually speaking, the Surface Go is readily identifiable as a Surface product, and it brings a bunch of features buyers are likely to want, including a headphone port, USB-C, 10-finger multitouch, Windows Hello support, detachable keyboard covers, and a very slim overall size at a bit over a quarter-inch.Customers buying at the lowest price point are making the biggest compromise, choosing a cheaper cost for a slower processor. Multiple early device reviews point out the slow speed, with Engadget, for example, pointing toward the slow processor as one of the model’s downsides. Their review unit — which was the more expensive 8GB model — had issues loading content-heavy pages or syncing OneDrive files.“Basically, any task that’s the least bit demanding would rocket my CPU usage to 100 percent,” the review states.Other reviews had similar things to say, including Gizmodo, which notes that it’s better to treat the Surface Go like a tablet rather than a Windows laptop — throw things at it like a more powerful laptop and you’ll just bog it down. In fact, poor performance is the primary complaint in a sea of otherwise glowing compliments directed at the Surface Go.Venture Beat notes that the Surface Go has to occasionally catch up to an activity, such as typing, due to obvious lag, which is also present when doing things like maximizing a YouTube video. The reviews point toward some other annoyances that buyers should take note of, such as the cramped keyboard that people with large hands may find uncomfortable, as well a large power adapter.That said, many reviews have overall great things to say about the Surface Go, including its very light and small size, making it a great option for travel and other times when portability is paramount. ZDNet, for example, calls the Surface Go the “best cheap PC ever” despite its shortcomings, praising the portability.Ultimately, early reviews suggest that buyers should be mindful about their needs and expectations before jumping into the Surface Go. It’s important to note that many reviewers were using the 8GB model, which features a 128GB SSD rather than the slower 64GB eMMC. For something portable that can handle email, documents, and general web browsing, the Surface Go is a winner. Those with more demanding needs, though, such as using Photoshop while streaming music and toggling a dozen browser tabs, may be well advised to look elsewhere. The newly launched Microsoft Surface Go promises the Surface experience in a cheaper ultra-portable package. The first batch of Surface Go preorders are shipping out today and reviews are rolling in. What do the experts have to say about Microsoft’s Surface product for the masses? A little bit of everything, complimenting the device’s portability and style while uniformly complaining about one big issue.last_img read more

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Google Datally adds two new datasaving options Emergency and Bedtime

first_imgGoogle’s data-saving app Datally has received an update that adds two new ways to reduce data usage: Emergency and Bedtime. Both names hint at each feature’s purpose, one helping reduce the amount of data that may be passively used at night while the device owner sleeps, the other reserving a certain amount of data specifically for emergencies. Google Datally enables users to control how their mobile data is used, helping ensure a limited amount of monthly high-speed data isn’t wiped out by an accident or a single app. Users are able to see what apps were recently used and how much data they took up. Users can also block apps from using mobile data.The two new features expand the app’s functionality. The new Emergency mode is a way to make sure a certain quantity of data remains reserved for potential emergency situations. With the feature, users can choose the amount of data they want to keep in reserve, such as 500MB, and the app will make sure that isn’t used up.The new Bedtime mode, meanwhile, helps users who may forget to switch their phone into airplane mode before going to bed. With this, Datally will automatically block apps from using mobile data during the night, resuming when the user wakes. To use this, the user must specify their bedtime and waking hours.AdChoices广告Both features are available starting today.SOURCE: Googlelast_img read more

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HTC U12 Life touts dual cameras dual finish familiar design

first_imgNo, you’re not seeing double or getting a sense of deja vu. This isn’t the OG Google Pixel. You can immediately tell by the lack of thick bezels on the front and the dual cameras on the back. But it definitely bears a striking resemblance, which might not be all too surprising given the Pixel’s history. But while Google may have used that dual color as a differentiating factor, the HTC is embracing it wholeheartedly as the HTC U12 Life’s theme and identity. You can’t really consider this as a case of copying Google. One of the two Pixels was made by HTC after all. Perhaps it’s more a case of HTC being granted the permission to use the first Pixel’s design, considering that phone is so old by now.The HTC U12 Life takes the dual theme to heart. Its duality doesn’t just apply to the colors. The back is glass but with soft subtle stripes that give it an illusion of rough texture. This was made to contrast the metal-like design around the screen.Then there’s the dual cameras, something Google still refuses to use. It’s not that much, mind, with a 16 megapixel sensor paired with a 5 megapixel one. It at least makes bokehs better if you don’t have access to all the fancy algorithms that Google has.HTC bills the U12 Life as the most affordable member of its “U” family, and it isn’t kidding. For 299 GBP, roughly $389, you are getting an Android 8.1 Oreo phone with a 6.0-inch 2160×1080 no-notch screen, a Snapdragon 636, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, 64 or 128 GB of storage, and a choice between Moonlight Blue and Twilight Purplse. Unfortunately, HTC doesn’t seem convinced it is a fit for the US market, so don’t expect the HTC U12 Life to hit US carriers or stores.last_img read more

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Millions worth in Lamborghini supercars gathering Video

first_imgLamborghini is easily among the most alluring supercar makers, and when dozens of Italian bulls gather in one place, it makes for quite a theatrical sight. We recently spent a day with Lamborghini, and a Southern California-based Lambo owners club. While we got to stretch a Huracán LP 580-2’s legs in the canyons around Malibu—more on that on SlashGear soon—it was witnessing the ultra-rare collection of so many glorious Italian supercars in one place that continues to resonate. In this case, the 580-2 Huracán is aurally flexing its naturally-aspirated V10, which sounds as good as its power band feels under aggressive driving. With more supercars opting for turbos to further performance without the extra fuel gulping, the naturally aspirated variety is becoming increasingly rare. Thankfully, the Sant’Agata, Bolognese-based Lamborghini has held off on the Huracán and Aventador (the upcoming Urus SUV will get a turbo V8). AdChoices广告 As the video above demonstrates, aural muscle and sharp, futuristic Italian design make for quite the pairing, even when captured on the fly with an iPhone. You’ll want to turn the volume up for the first part. When we spoke with Maurizio Reggiani, head of engineering for Lamborghini a few months ago—the same day that we chatted with outgoing CEO, and now Audi Quattro boss Stephan Winkelman—he made it Italian-crystal-vase-clear that Lambo’s lingua franca was pure performance. After driving the LP 610-4 Huracán Spyder earlier in the year—that’s 610 horsepower sent to all four wheels—and the glorious rear-wheel drive 580-2 coupe, we can’t deny Reggiani’s assertion that these are pure performance machines. But what also cannot be denied, is how striking, emotional, and stirring the experience of feasting your eyes on an Aventador, Huracán, or their equally—some may say even greater—striking predecessors, the Murcielago, Gallardo, and past legends such as the Diablo and Countach, truly is. There’s also the sound. A Lamborghini revving for enthusiasts is the Pavlov-equivalent of shaking your dog or kitty’s treat bag. The whole of your being and attention becomes aware and consumed with intense intrigue. And the Lambo’s revs come calorie-free.last_img read more

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Bentley Gigapixel image shows Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase on Goldengate

first_imgStory TimelineThe five most ridiculously lavish features of the Bentley BentaygaBentley Bentayga app for Apple Watch lets owners control their carBentley Continental GT Speed has 633hp, comes in Superman colors The shot was taken using some camera tech that was originally created by NASA to allow rovers cruising the surface of Mars to take panoramic photos. Since the shot of the Bentley is from 700 meters away at its widest zoom you can see the entire bridge and can’t even make out the car. In the video, you can see the zoom process on the image begin from 700 meters away, you can zoom in so closely that you can see the stitches in the Bentley logo on the passenger seat headrest of the car. The image is 4,425 times larger than a typical smartphone image and is made up of over 53,000 megapixels. The gigapixel image is the result of taking 700 individual shots from the same location and then stitching them together digitally. If the image was printed in its standard format, it would be the size of a football field. The Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase is intended to be a car you are driven in and Bentley says it is the most generously proportioned luxury limousine in the world. The extra rear legroom allows Bentley to fit the rear seats with electronic leg rests allowing rear seat passengers to sit upright or reclined. The rear seats also have tables that can fold out allowing the rear passengers to work on the go. The color combo on the car in the image is Rose Gold over Magnetic and it rolls on Bentley’s new 21-inch wheel.AdChoices广告SOURCE: Bentley Bentley has published what it claims to be the world’s most extraordinary car photograph. While it may not be the MOST extraordinary photo of a car ever taken, it is very cool. The photo is a shot of the new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase cruising across the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. The image was taken using a massive zoom lens from 700 meters away.last_img read more

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