Emily Boland, Marketing & Customer Relationship Manager, at Control Bionics show us the NeuroNode which is the world’s first wireless wearable EMG assistive communication device.Check it out here:Click here for more information on NeuroNode.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM275 – NeuroNodeFebruary 23, 2018In “Accessibility Minute”NeuroNode – EMG assistive technology deviceFebruary 20, 2018In “Mobility”Monday Tech Tip: TapJuly 8, 2019Similar post
Augmented AnalyticscloudNewsSnowflakeTellius Previous ArticleThe Wild Releases Oculus Quest Support, Opening The Door To Team-Wide VR Collaboration For Architecture and DesignNext ArticleDods Group Plc Acquires Meritgroup Limited, a B2B Data and Technology Specialist Tellius and Snowflake Partner to Deliver Cloud-Native Augmented Analytics at Scale PRNewswire4 days agoJuly 22, 2019 Tellius and Snowflake Customers Benefit from Modern AI-Powered Analytics Leveraging the Data Warehouse Built for the CloudTellius, a leading provider of AI-powered augmented analytics software, today announced a partnership with Snowflake, Inc, the data warehouse built for the cloud. Through the partnership, the Tellius Search and AI-Powered Analytics platform is certified to natively connect to the Snowflake data warehouse, allowing customers to discover insights at scale without worrying about analytics performance.Organizations leverage Tellius as a fast, simplified, and collaborative approach for business users, data analysts, citizen data scientists, and data engineers to visualize enterprise data using natural language and voice, discover insights assisted by AI, and automate machine learning across all their business data.“With our partners at Snowflake, we are delivering cloud-native data analytics to accelerate business impact from AI and machine learning,” said Ajay Khanna, Founder and CEO of Tellius. “Business users and data professionals can now focus on deriving insights across their multiple data sources and enterprise applications and on taking action based on automated recommendations without compromising on analytics performance.”The Snowflake Data Warehouse is a modern cloud data-warehouse-as-a-service offering. Snowflake’s ability to analyze data from diverse sources along with automatic tuning and scaling removes the headache of monitoring and fine-tuning data warehouse manually. By integrating Tellius natively with Snowflake, users can now get exceptional performance on data insights of any scale without worrying about maintaining the data warehouse infrastructure.“Our customers need cutting-edge analytics to get meaningful insights to their critical data questions,” said Hardik Chheda, Head of Product at Tellius. “With our integration with Snowflake, they can now build modern business intelligence and predictive analytics applications at scale.”Tellius + Snowflake advantages:In-database Augmented Analytics – Analyze petabytes of live data securely without moving it out of Snowflake’s data warehouse.Insights Across Data Sources – Discover insights from a multitude of sources on Snowflake data warehouse by analyzing disparate structured and unstructured data.Blazing Fast Data Collaboration – Democratize data access across your analytics team without any worrying about performance or IT maintenance.Tellius for Snowflake is now available. To learn more, schedule a demonstration of the Tellius Search and AI-Powered Analytics Platform.
Xpressdocs Acquires Amazing Mail, Expands Direct Mail API Capabilities PRNewswireJune 12, 2019, 6:42 pmJune 12, 2019 Xpressdocs Partners, Ltd, a Texas based provider of tech-enabled direct marketing and brand management solutions announced the acquisition of Amazingmail, an Arizona based provider of direct mail solutions.This acquisition, under which Amazingmail will operate as a 100% owned subsidiary of Xpressdocs, brings together two industry leaders specializing in high quality product offerings and cutting-edge marketing solutions. The complementary nature of the companies’ service offerings creates numerous opportunities for mutual business growth and an expansion of direct mail API capabilities for Xpressdocs.Marketing Technology News: Crimson Agility Receives Two Nominations from Magento“We are very excited to be joining forces with Amazingmail. When you look at their portfolio of great products and how their focus on innovative technology and marketing automation has led to them creating a world class experience for their customers, it just made them an ideal fit for Xpressdocs,” said Jim Wright, Chief Executive Officer of Xpressdocs.Danielle Stiehl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amazingmail, also commented, “This acquisition provides Amazingmail with the opportunity to offer an expanded set of products, services, and support to our customers by leveraging Xpressdocs’ expertise in enterprise marketing solutions. We look forward to the future and what we can produce as members of the Xpressdocs’ family.”Marketing Technology News: DAA Announces Enforcement Deadline for ‘Political Ad’ Guidelines and Transparency IconAmazingmail will continue to operate in Phoenix, AZ under the Amazingmail brand with the current management team remaining in place and continuing to run daily operations.Xpressdocs is a Falcata Capital portfolio company. Woodbridge International served as exclusive financial advisor to Amazingmail.Marketing Technology News: SentinelOne Announces $120 Million Series D Amazing MailDirect Mail APIdirect marketingNewsXpressdocs Previous ArticleAppSheet Expands Management Team, Adds Veteran Tableau ExecsNext ArticleCopper Partners with DocuSign to Enable Small Businesses to Accelerate Business Decisions
Cleo’s Latest Release Helps Organizations Optimize the Order-To-Cash Process to Drive Increased Value Across Their External and Internal Ecosystems for Unified Commerce and Trading Partner TransactionsCleo, the global category leader in ecosystem integration software, announced general availability of the latest Cleo Integration Cloud platform release, which strategically builds out e-commerce innovations to further optimize critical order-to-cash, procure-to-pay, and other supply chain processes driving the modern enterprise.@CleoNeverStops announces enhanced #ecommerce integration capabilities in Spring Release to deliver seamless #ecosystem experiences #ecosystemintegrationCleo’s latest release focuses on driving seamless experiences for internal user personas and external trading partners when delivering end-to-end transactions. To differentiate their brands and stay competitive, businesses must deliver reliable, accurate, and timely data for all process stakeholders – inside and outside the company – and the latest Cleo Integration Cloud enhancements support that journey. New capabilities bring additional visibility through real-time operational insights and “smart” integration functionality to help businesses accelerate creating their business-critical workflows to rapidly meet customer expectations.Marketing Technology News: Zeno Media and ADORA Cooperate on Strategic Marketing and Mobile App Content for Diaspora ListenersCleo Integration Cloud – Spring 2019 Release HighlightsCleo Integration Cloud is a single-platform ecosystem integration solution available as a service in public and private cloud deployments that enables companies to connect, transform, integrate, orchestrate, and analyze end-to-end business processes, such as order-to-cash and procure-to-pay, across internal and external ecosystems of applications, systems, marketplaces, and trading partners. Highlights of the latest release include:Smart Integrations™: Cleo’s latest release enhances an organization’s capability to optimize end-to-end business processes by using Cleo’s Smart Integrations – prebuilt or templatized workflows that enable organizations to rapidly onboard applications by automating multi-enterprise integration components of critical end-to-end business processes such as order-to-cash, procure-to-pay and many others.Persona-based insights: Real-time visibility of content and business context for a variety of internal and external user personas. Cleo Integration Cloud provides an easy way to consume integration workflow data without needing to create custom reports or manually collect data from multiple systems to get consolidated views – regardless of a user’s role.Executive teams get a global view of all revenue-generating transactions in a single, consolidated dashboard to optimize and uncover new growth opportunities.Line-of-business managers can onboard trading partners faster, assess the health of existing relationships quickly, and proactively act on errors through “one-click” transaction reprocessing.Integration specialists and technical teams can easily manage the key revenue driving integrations for the organization, with the ability to view, interact, and manage end-to-end integrations that connect business partners, applications, and data to their internal enterprise ecosystems.Customers, partners, and suppliers can now be given access to transaction data directly in the Cleo Integration Cloud platform. The intuitive user experience enables proactive issue resolution and centralized exception management visibility – making Cleo Integration Cloud the industry’s first integration platform supporting ecosystem enablement and accelerating collaboration for external constituents. Application integration connectors: Cleo has added a host of new application connectors designed to accelerate time-to-value by automating key parts of the order-to-cash or procure-to-pay processes. WooCommerce, SAP S/4 Hana Cloud, and others are the latest additions to Cleo’s expansive connector library. Such connectors further improve a company’s ability to quickly integrate end-to-end business processes with off-the-shelf support for e-commerce, payments, finance and ERP applications that span multi-enterprise ecosystems.Marketing Technology News: Adaptive Ad Systems Completes Installation of New Ad-Insertion Equipment on National Cable TV Systems Adds 40,000 Additional SubscribersThe Ecosystem Integration ImperativeA modern approach to business, ecosystem integration prioritizes the designing, deploying, operating, and optimizing of end-to-end processes between internal and external systems, customers, and partners that drive core revenue generation. The latest updates to Cleo Integration Cloud further underscore the value of an “outside-in” approach to understanding how and where value can be created for businesses in any industry in which order-to-cash, procure-to-pay, and other end-to-end processes are critical for growth.What Cleo customers get from these enhanced capabilities, then, are more predictable business outcomes, better trading partner relationships, and the ability to provide better experiences for all stakeholders, inside and outside the company. Cleo customer Charlie’s Produce, the largest independent west-coast wholesale produce distributor, was looking to modernize its legacy solutions and better serve its customers and vendors.Charlie’s Produce EDI Analyst Louie Brothers said the company was looking for a better way to handle non-EDI transactions and speed up trading partner onboarding. That’s when it migrated its B2B integration to Cleo Integration Cloud. “By partnering with Cleo, we were able to migrate trading partners from our legacy system to the cloud and can onboard new partners more quickly,” he said. “We can now accept and transform almost any data format, and we have real time visibility into all data transactions. Cleo Integration Cloud provides the scalability, reliability, and 24x7x365 support to ensure we are accelerating end-to-end business processes and proactively meeting all new and existing customer requirements.”Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, an industry analyst firm familiar with Cleo’s offerings, said, “Cleo offers pre-built core business processes like order-to-cash and others, thus giving its customers a straightforward approach to optimizing their core process while solving both B2B and internal integration problems.”Cleo CEO Mahesh Rajasekharan highlighted the need for businesses to deliver top quality unified commerce experiences, especially as manufacturers, retailers, and other organizations adopt new sales channels, expand their reach, and continue to compete with the “Amazon effect.”Marketing Technology News: Leading Associations Turn to ON24 for Member Engagement and Revenue Growth“All told, our latest release of Cleo Integration Cloud is packed with new capabilities and is without question our most innovative to date,” Rajasekharan said. “Our focus on user experience for internal and external personas enables Cleo customers to deliver unified commerce in ways that create value throughout their ecosystem. They’re effectively able to rise up and meet the challenges and opportunities that the Amazon effect has created for every industry, and they’re providing experiences that not only meet but exceed the expectations of all their key integration process stakeholders.” Cleo Integration Cloud Enhances E-Commerce Integration Capabilities to Deliver Seamless Ecosystem Experiences Business WireJune 24, 2019, 6:38 pmJune 24, 2019 CleoCleo Integration Cloude-commerce innovationsecosystem integration softwareMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleCloudscene Launches Enterprise Tool to Find Cloud Connectivity Routes WorldwideNext ArticleWPP and iHeartMedia Launch ‘Project Listen’
GetResponse Expands Turnkey Marketing Platform with Powerful Webinar, eCommerce, Online Payments, and Social Ad Integration Capabilities Business WireJuly 2, 2019, 2:09 pmJuly 2, 2019 ecommerceemail marketingGetResponseNewsSocial Ad IntegrationTurnkey Marketing Platform Previous ArticleConversocial Promotes Ido Bornstein-HaCohen to Chief Executive OfficerNext ArticleVonage and Freshworks Enhance Customer Experience Via Multichannel Communications Integrates with Facebook, PrestaShop, Square, and WooCommerce to Strengthen Inbound/Outbound Marketing PlatformGetResponse, the global innovator in digital and email marketing, announced that its all-in-one marketing platform now features enhanced webinar and e-commerce capabilities, a new online payments gateway, and direct integration with social ads.Since GetResponse is a complete inbound and outbound marketing platform, customers can centralize, manage and analyze integrated campaigns using advertising, email, landing pages, social media, webinars, and e-commerce. This results in stronger campaign performance while saving customers time and the cost of having to purchase separate marketing solutions.The new webinar capabilities are the result of extensive development efforts to further enhance the platform. The fully responsive webinar layout features a fresh modern design that delivers supreme audio and video with support for HD streaming, advanced chat and Q&A management, recorder templates, livestreaming on Facebook and YouTube, and customizable calls to action.Marketing Technology News: Digital Communication Tools Leave Many Workers Feeling Squeezed out by Tech-Savvy ColleaguesAdditionally, GetResponse has strengthened its integration with industry leaders including PrestaShop and WooCommerce for e-Commerce, Square for secure online payments, and Facebook for ad integration. These features are directly in GetResponse, enabling customers to easily identify their target audience and create and execute marketing campaigns from a centralized marketing platform.“GetResponse continues to stay one step ahead of the needs of its customers and today’s news of its increasingly more powerful marketing platform further demonstrates their commitment to making it easy to attract, engage and convert customers,” said Ian Cleary, CEO, Razor Social.Marketing Technology News: Selligent Marketing Cloud Study Reveal Digital Marketers Struggle to Deliver Consistent Omnichannel ExperiencesGetResponse customers that want to take advantage of the platform’s new capabilities can log on to their account and select the tools they need. For Facebook ads, users simply upload their ad, select their audience and budget and GetResponse does the rest. The advanced analytics capabilities make it easy to monitor progress and results. Additionally, GetResponse offers new customers a free 30-day trial.“Building on the success of our new Autofunnel offering, we’re delighted to continue to expand our platform’s features,” said Daniel Brzezinski, COO, GetResponse. “These new features provide marketers with an even more powerful turnkey solution for attracting, engaging and converting customers.Marketing Technology News: Aprimo Recognized as Winner for 2019 Microsoft Media & Communications Partner of the Year
Baidu Showcases Major Advances in AI Assistant Ecosystem with DuerOS 5.0 and New Product Innovation Globe NewswireJuly 3, 2019, 12:27 pmJuly 3, 2019 Baidu, Inc. unveiled DuerOS 5.0, the latest iteration of its conversational AI system, at Baidu Create 2019 in Beijing. The upgrade advances the development of its AI assistant technology that powers a rapidly-expanding ecosystem of smart hardware products. Baidu also showcased three new DuerOS-powered smart speaker additions to its product lineup, further strengthening its innovative consumer offerings.Baidu’s upgraded conversational AI assistant, DuerOS 5.0, pushes the burgeoning AI technology forward with two major new features. Integrating AI into real-world applications, a new ‘full-duplex’ feature allows Xiaodu to respond without the need for a wake word, creating a continuous conversation experience for users. Further underscoring Baidu’s pioneering vision for exceptional user experiences, DuerOS 5.0 also introduces a key feature that enables Xiaodu to recognize in sync when to reply and execute tasks and when to just listen and not to respond or react. The overall experience brings a seamless integration of AI to life, generating a more natural human-machine interaction.Robin Li, Baidu’s co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, took to the Baidu Create stage and amazed attendees with a demo of Xiaodu’s new “continuous conversation” ability and its “super-high IQ”. Li said that, with the two new features, Baidu has taken a huge step forward in voice interaction experience to realize smooth human-machine communication without the hassles of constantly having to wake up devices or getting interference from conversation.Marketing Technology News: Constant Contact Unveils New WooCommerce and Shopify Offerings at 2019 Internet Retailer ConferenceKun Jing, Vice President of Baidu and General Manager of Baidu Smart Living Group (SLG), officially kicked off the launch of DuerOS 5.0 and the three new Xiaodu series smart speakers at the conference. In his keynote, he said that, as of June 2019, the DuerOS voice assistant install base has surpassed 400 million and monthly voice queries on DuerOS exceeded 3.6 billion (not including those from Baidu’s apps).As an entrance and hub for a connected world, smart speakers hold an increasingly integral position in Baidu’s smart living revolution. The launch of three new Xiaodu smart speakers further accentuates Baidu’s efforts to drive transformation in this fast-growing segment. The new devices include Xiaodu smart speakers “King Kong” , “Play” and the “Xiaodu at Home 1C 4G” battery version. All three devices are priced competitively at RMB199, demonstrating Baidu’s commitment to enabling more families to enjoy smart living affordably.Xiaodu smart speaker “King Kong”, rolled out in early June, brings a premium and sophisticated design, complete with infrared control and DLNA projection screen technology that can instantly turn the device into a TV. Xiaodu smart speakers have also joined forces with iQiyi, whose AI projection technology powers a voice-controlled video experience. Responding to user demand for a more expansive smart speaker experience, Baidu developed its first mobile smart speaker, “Xiaodu at Home 1C 4G” battery version. The portable device runs without needing to connect to a power source, supports Nano SIM cards and can even serve as a mobile hotspot, allowing users to take Xiaodu’s AI with them anytime, anywhere. Xiaodu smart speaker “Play” was specially designed with innovative features that cater to younger generations.Baidu’s technological strength in AI software-hardware integration has quickly translated into commercial success. According to data from three independent market research firms including Canalys, shipments of Xiaodu smart speakers ranked third globally and first in China for Q1 2019.Marketing Technology News: CoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers WorkUnderpinning the company’s commitment to openness, Baidu’s Xiaodu Skills Open Platform has also seen explosive growth, with the number of skills growing by 300%, the skill PV by 1,926,523%, the skill types by 126% and the next-day skill retention rate by 200% between May 2018 and May 2019. Currently, the Xiaodu Skills Open Platform counts more than 32,000 developers and over 2,000 wide-ranging skills.Further showcasing Baidu’s ecosystem of offerings, Kun Jing announced the official launch of Xiaodu VIP, which offers two joint membership models – ‘Xiaodu x iQiyi’ and ‘Xiaodu x brand’. The new VIP membership is part of Baidu’s business transformation that harnesses the power of user experience through AI by allowing users and brands to interact effortlessly.Baidu Create 2019 provided an end-to-end demonstration of how Xiaodu’s implementation of AI technology is having a profound impact on Baidu’s leading position in the intelligent transformation of industry. Xiaodu will serve as a pioneer in shaping the future of the smart living as Baidu continues to deliver smart interactive technology and product innovation to respond to the needs of its users.Marketing Technology News: Connected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem: ExtremLatest Video Benchmarks Report Shows 49% of Video Ad Impressions Going to CTV AIBaiduDuerOS 5.0Marketing TechnologyNewsRobin LiXiaodu x iQiyi Previous ArticleYouTube Gaining Popularity With Generation Z as Demand for Video Content Rises, Facebook’s Popularity DecliningNext ArticleHitachi High-Tech Group to Lead Japanese Distribution of SparkCognition’s Automated Machine Learning Modeling Product, Darwin
email marketingEmail Testing SoftwareLitmusMarketing Technology NewsNewsPersonally Identifiable Information Previous ArticleQuadrant Audiences Launches Offering Highly-Targeted Audience Insights in Asia PacificNext ArticleTBWA\Media Arts Lab Appoints Ricardo Adolfo as Executive Creative Director for Japan and Korea Litmus Adds Cloud Storage Integration with Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive PRNewswire9 hours agoJuly 23, 2019 Award-Winning Email Platform Now Imports HTML Email Design Files from Leading Cloud-Storage Solutions, Saving Time and Eliminating Errors for Email MarketersLitmus, a leader in email marketing and analytics, announced several new updates to its email platform, including the ability to import email design files from leading cloud storage solutions, expanded privacy protections, and enhancements to custom email tracking. The company also announced that its platform was recently named Spring Leader 2019 by G2 Crowd in the category of Email Testing Software, receiving positive user feedback and above-average scores for both ease of setup and ease of use.“We continue to expand the capabilities of the Litmus platform to deliver an integrated and best-in-class email marketing solution for our customers,” said Richard Yu, senior vice president of product, Litmus. “These new collaboration features and enhancements make it even easier for our customers to efficiently design and test their email campaigns, and to gather critical insights from post-send analytics.”“At Dropbox, it’s our priority to bring content, tools, and teams together, by organizing your content, bringing context to your work, and giving everyone a place to get work done,” said Abhishek Lahoti, business development executive at Dropbox. “Email is a core communication tool for most marketing organizations, so we’re pleased to partner with Litmus to enable marketers to collaborate more efficiently and execute effective campaigns faster.”Marketing Technology News: James Liu Appointed to Board of Directors of Opera LimitedThe Litmus platform and the new features span the full email marketing cycle—from pre-send design to testing and post-send analytics. The new features, as well as recently announced accessibility functionality, make marketing campaigns more inclusive and extend the value of the Litmus platform while maintaining its hallmark ease of use.Cloud Storage IntegrationLitmus users can now import their hypertext markup language (HTML) email files from popular cloud file storage solutions such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. By importing these directly into Litmus, users save time and avoid copy-and-paste errors. The import feature streamlines workflow at several steps along the way, including Builder, Proof, and Checklist — and ensures users are always working with the latest files. Review and approval cycles are simplified, and testing checklists are quickly created without the need to switch between platforms.Privacy Protections and Custom TrackingMarketers can now protect subscribers’ personally identifiable information (PII) while still gathering actionable insights via meaningful tags and parameters. The new functionality enables users to disable email fields that collect PII and replace those with unique tracking codes for every email, along with defined campaign timeframes and expiration dates. This enables Litmus users to track email metrics at the subscriber level and better identify which emails are making the biggest impact.Marketing Technology News: Adobe Survey Says That Voice and Screen Combined Are the FutureG2 Spring Leader AccoladeThe G2 Leader badge is based on independent tech reviewers who have identified Litmus as a leading email marketing and testing solution. Litmus achieved the highest satisfaction scores in its product category, with above-average scores for both ease of setup and ease of use. The satisfaction rating is derived from independent and authentic user reviews, factoring in multiple rankings across product features, administrative services, and Net Promoter Score (NPS). G2 applies a unique algorithm to each review, analyzing and weighting reviews in terms of popularity, thoroughness, and age. Products in the leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial market presence scoresMarketing Technology News: OpenText Automates Invoicing for Rosneft Deutschland
Gaming LaptophpHP OMEN 15hp pavilion First Published: July 10, 2019, 5:39 PM IST HP might not be the first name that comes to your mind when it comes to gaming notebooks, but the company has been offering premium products under the Omen range. It also offers entry-level and mid-range gaming notebooks under the Pavilion brand. Speaking of which, the company recently announced a refresh to its 15-inch midrange variant. The new Pavilion Gaming 15 now comes with the latest 9th-generation Intel processor options, updated Nvidia graphics, and some minor cosmetic changes. Now on first glance, the new Pavilion Gaming 15 looks identical to the previous version. That’s because the new model is essentially using the same design language. It doesn’t entirely stand out as a gaming machine and continues to take a minimalistic approach. This makes it great for someone who wants a laptop that can blend in as an everyday laptop and doesn’t stand out when using it say in college or in an office environment. And when you go back home, you can catch up on winning more of those ‘chicken dinners.’ The plastic build does it make a bit flimsy in certain places, and the matte black rubberised finish can attract fingerprints and smudges. The laptop is fairly slim though, and not as heavy as most gaming notebooks out there. The trapezoidal pattern speaker grill makes a comeback, as well as the matching violet, coloured HP logo and keyboard backlighting; which does look cool, but those are the only gamer-focused features that you are going to see on this machine. You do however get a fast 144Hz 1080p panel to enhance your experience. It is an IPS anti-glare micro-edge matte WLED-backlit bezel-less display. Of course, it isn’t edge-to-edge and there is enough space on the top to stuff in a webcam, but HP has shaved off a few centimeters from the frame. Notably, the bottom is more angular than before, and all-in-all the panel itself looks and feels the same as the previous model. It’s a pretty decent display and while you can’t compare it high-end OLED panels, it gets the job done. It can fairly produce good colours and offers good viewing angles. I just wish it offered a bit more punch when it comes to brightness and contrast.There’s a decent set of ports including HDMI, a USB Type-A 3.1 port, an RJ-45 connector, a USB Type-C 3.1 (sadly no Thunderbolt support) and an SD card reader. On the right side, there is the charging plug, two USB Type-A 3.1 ports, and a 3.5mm Audio jack. As mentioned earlier, HP is now offering the 9th-generation Intel processor options on the Pavilion Gaming 15. You can opt for either a Core i5 or Core i7 along with the latest Nvidia GTX 1600 series GPUs with MaxQ design. HP sent us the top of the line variant which features an Intel Core i7 9750H six-core processor, with 12GB of DDR4 RAM, and a GTX 1660Ti. As for storage, you get a 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD with a 7,200rpm 1TB hard drive so you have ample of storage at your disposal. The fast NVMe drive definitely helps in loading things quick and snappy. Windows loads fast, and everyday tasks like checking mails, browsing through multiple Chrome tabs, streaming videos, is a piece of cake. Of course, you can do a fair amount of gaming and the new GTX 1660Ti works great. It’s a more advanced version of the GTX 1060 so you can easily swift through esports titles, and AAA titles aren’t too shabby. I could easily get around 90 fps on Apex Legends at ultra settings and about 65 fps on Rise of Tomb Raider at the highest settings.The keyboard feels a little cramped and HP should have used full-sized arrow keys, considering it has the word ‘Gaming’ in its name. You do however get a full-sized num-pad and while the key travel is a bit shallow it is pretty good for typing or casual gaming. The touchpad is large and all plastic, and is good at response. There are no dedicated left and right click keys though and the integrated ones didn’t feel very intuitive. In fact, the touchpad felt a little wobbly, but that could be a unit For a mid-range gaming notebook, the battery life isn’t all that bad. Regular web-surfing on Wi-Fi you can get up to 5 hours of runtime. Under heavy loads, the battery manages to last about one hour and 20 minutes. Of course, if you want to do some gaming then you’ll need to plug in the 200W adapter. So basically if you are looking for a powerful laptop that can blend in while at work or at play, then the new Pavilion Gaming 15 seems like a pretty solid deal. While it maintains a limit to not look as flashy as a gaming notebook, it does manage to be great for your casual gaming needs and works very well as an everyday notebook.
Mumbai: Even as political bigwigs like Parth Pawar and Shrirang Barane have hogged the limelight in Maharashtra’s Maval, it’s the area’s independent candidate who has made it to household conversations.Dr Navnath Dudhal, who has been a consultant at Tata Cancer Hospital for 25 years, is the latest candidate to jump into the poll fray. While leaders talk about the infrastructure and basic amenities, Dudhal has just two clear objectives — improve breeding of local cows and eradicate cancer from India. The doctor quit his job to make people aware about the menace of cancer and is working towards improving breeds of local cows. He has been running mass campaigns to reach out to the villagers and assist them in diary production.The candidate’s daily routine includes talking to small group of villagers for nearly 20 minutes and helping them understand methods to improve their cows’ breed. He also tells them how cancer could be controlled through cow milk, ghee, butter milk and cow dung.Apart from this, he worships cow during his door-to-door campaigns in villages.A Doctor Who Advices People Against MedicineDudhal’s peculiar election banner has attracted many eyes. The banner says — “do not take medicines”. The independent candidate tells voters about ill effects of medicines during his small community meetings.Poll Arithmetic in MavalMaval Parliamentary constituency was carved out in 2008. The first election was held in this constituency in 2009 in which Shiv Sena’s Gajanand emerged victorious. In 2014, Shiv Sena offered this seat to Shrirang Barane and he won from this seat by a margin of more than 1.5 lakh votes.Had triangular contest not been here in Maval, despite Modi wave, it was not possible for Shiv Sena candidate to have easy win from this seat. Lakhsman Pandurang Jagtap fighting from this seat on the ticket of PWP party, had secured second position while NCP candidate remained on third position. Shrirang Barane, Shiv Sena (5,12,223)Lakshman Pandurang Jagtap, PWP Party (3,54,829)Rahul Suresh Narvekar, NCP (1,82,293) Lok Sabha elections 2019maharashtramaharashtra-lok-sabha-eletions-2019Maval First Published: April 24, 2019, 8:25 PM IST | Edited by: Sumedha Kirti
Story TimelineSatechi Aluminum Power Strip heads up USB movement with IC smart techSatechi Wireless Gamepad for mobile devices now availableSatechi USB Type-C hub has (almost) all the ports you needSatechi’s USB-C Power Meter tries to make sense of the Type-C mess The Satechi Type-C Pro Hub plugs into both USB-C ports on the left of the MacBook Pro 13-inch model or both sides of the MacBook Pro 15-inch model. As Satechi suggests, this hub “acts as a missing puzzle piece” and adds ports that’ve been on MacBook Pro notebooks in previous generations. This includes a Thunderbolt 3 Port, 4K HDMI port, a standard USB-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an SD/Micro-SD card reader. Without the hub, users have two USB-C ports on the side of their MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 capabilities. With the hub, they have one of these ports as well as a USB-C port without Thunderbolt capabilities. As such, the trading of the use of one Thunderbolt-capable port for a standard USB-C port gives the user 2X USB 3.0 ports, a memory card reader, and a 4K HDMI port. Seems like a pretty good trade – supposing the extra tiny bit of bulk is acceptable to you. We’ll be reviewing this hub on SlashGear very soon with a standard 13-inch MacBook Pro. From there we shall have judgement, to be sure.The Type-C Pro Hub from Satechi is available starting this week from Satechi or Amazon online. The hub is available for around $100 in both Silver and Space Gray. Satechi made a very similar hub back in 2015 called the USB Type-C hub for the first MacBook with USB-C ports – now it’s time to go Pro. A new USB-C “Type-C Pro Hub” from Satechi has suddenly made the MacBook Pro seem like a professional again. Plugging in to the left or right side of the MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch models, this hub adds multiple connections to the notebooks. Satechi’s hub is delivered in Silver or Space Gray to match the Silver and Space Gray colors of the MacBook Pro as delivered by Apple. Metal for metal, multiple ports added to the relatively port-hungry notebook.
Samsung has reported record Q2 earnings and is preparing for Apple’s iPhone to buoy it even further, putting the flaming Note 7 debacle resolutely behind it. Preliminary operating income for the South Korean company reached $12bn in the three months between April and June 2017, Samsung confirmed, comfortably outperforming market expectations. Meanwhile, its strong position in the supply chain of other device-makers signals the second half of the year will be just as impressive. Operating profit was 72-percent higher year-on-year, in fact. Samsung’s revenues in Q2 2017 rose to approximately 60 trillion won, having previously been projected to reach 58.4 trillion won. Part of that success is down to the Galaxy S8, the company’s flagship Android smartphone released in April this year. That helped stem ongoing criticism of the South Korean company amid the lingering Galaxy Note 7 crisis. Samsung’s phablet launched in late 2016 to glowing reviews, but victory swiftly soured after battery incidents saw the phone recalled in every country. Subsequent investigations revealed that Samsung’s enthusiasm for chasing overall device thinness left the batteries potentially prone to puncture.A sizable PR campaign – including a new, eight-step battery check process – ensued, culminating in the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Each not only represents the cutting-edge in Samsung Electronics’ phone design, but is a showcase of the components that its various stablemate businesses are capable of producing.For instance, Samsung Display is expected to be the sole supplier of OLED panels for Apple’s “iPhone 8” later this year, with reports from the supply chain suggesting that no other display manufacturer can currently get close to the Cupertino firm’s stringent demands. Samsung’s memory business is another success story, with its chips found in a number of devices – including Apple’s – while its semiconductor business has also been notching up wins. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, for instance, which is increasingly ubiquitous in Android devices, is being manufactured at Samsung fabs.Indeed with Apple predicted to have a huge demand for the iPhone 8 – along with the updated iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus – later in 2017, Samsung will end up a winner by proxy itself. Even if iPhone sales eat into Galaxy S8 demand, its footprint in Apple’s supply chain means profit from all directions. Meanwhile Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 8 is waiting in the wings, with an announcement tipped for August, while the Note 7 will be reborn as the Note 7 “Fan Edition” with a limited number of the devices sold in Korea and other geographies. Story TimelineSamsung is thinking small – really, really smallSamsung teases its stretchable OLED displaySamsung spun its old plasma TV plant into something much more profitableGalaxy Note 8 announcement rush could cost Samsung againSamsung execs can’t stop whispering Galaxy Note 8 secrets
Although our devices are getting smaller and our appliances getting smarter, the amount of data we produce have grown immensely. As such, it is even more critical to find ways to store all that data without having to expand the amount of physical space that servers and racks already occupy. Samsung, best known for smartphones and consumer electronics, might just have the data storage solution for those as well. It has just revealed a series of data storage solutions whose high capacities are all thanks to Samsung’s new V-NAND tech. NAND (short for Not-AND) flash memory is the most common type of solid state memory in use today, from the internal storage in smartphones to the SSDs inside laptops and desktops. With the rare exception of tapes, these are pretty much the data storage upon which the world’s data will be stored in. As such, it is also the area where data storage makers are putting much of their focus on.Samsung’s solution, in addition to the 3D-NAND it already uses, involves stacking layers of silicon to achieve more capacity without increasing the 2D area occupied by the memory. In other words, a vertical NAND, or V-NAND. But beyond that, Samsung’s real achievement here is producing a 1 Tb (Terabit, not Terabyte) V-NAND chip.This means that Samsung can produce a 2 TB (yes, Terabyte this time) NAND memory by stacking sixteen 1 Tb dies. More for mostly the same space as a regular NAND memory. And Samsung didn’t stop at NAND chips either. It also revealed complete SSD solutions that can be more directly used in server racks. Its new 16 TB NGSFF (Next Generation Small Form Factor) SSD, for example, can be used instead of the common M.2 drives in 1U server racks to achieve greater data capacities at the same or better speeds. A single 1U rack can contain 36 such SSDs, totaling a whopping 576 TB. Samsung also has a new Z-SSD that has lower latencies than the fastest NVMe SSDs in the market.While Samsung is more popular for its consumer electronics products, its silicon division has, ironically, been more profitable, showing steady growth quarter after quarter. And with the surging amount of data coming not just from smartphones but also from IoT devices, Samsung believes it has the solutions to store that flood of data.SOURCE: Samsung
When I reviewed BB-8 by Sphero, I didn’t expect the company would go back and create an R2-D2, too. They built their name on the original remotely controlled sphere – Sphero – and they’d not yet expanded to the world of Cars and Spider-Men. Since then they’ve become a much more diversified group of smart-device creators, and it’s become time to roll out with the most beloved Star Wars robot in the history of the world: R2-D2 (also now by Sphero). When this article was first published, Sphero’s Star Wars lineup included BB-8, a Battle-Worn BB-8, BB-9E, and R2-D2. This review is for the first R2-D2 released by Sphero, as released on September 1st, 2017, AKA Force Friday II. Those coming here looking for the most awesome Star Wars toys in the history of Star Wars, look no further.NOTE: The “also” part of the title refers to BB-8 by Sphero, the best Star Wars toy ever made. That’s our first Star Wars-related Sphero review – and not the last.There are several pretenders to the throne (none of which are shown here). So-called “Smart” devices are so cheap to produce. One example is the Hasbro “Smart R2-D2” that costs anywhere between $39 and $99 – do not buy this one. The Hasbro model will connect to its app just fine, but given its status as a quick-sale-drop item this season, it won’t necessarily work for long. Hasbro will have no compelling to support the app beyond the sale time of the unit, and it does not come with any other sort of controller. The R2-D2 by Sphero comes in a black box with no plastic “window” up front – as shown in the photo above. It says SPHERO in big letters, very clear on more than one side. The R2-D2 by Sphero is priced at $180 (or thereabouts) and wont likely cost much less (or more) than that any time soon. Beware fakers – they’re out there.Hardware DetailsThis Star Wars Droid is 6.7-inches tall and more detailed than it needs to be. That means he’s got treads on his two main lets, and a central foot that retracts automatically. Whilst standing upright, the third leg retracts, and when traveling about, the third leg extends.It’s not difficult to imagine Sphero finding the creation of R2-D2 to be a bit of a challenge, mostly because of elements out of their control. Carpet was likely one of their biggest challenges, what with the ever-present threat of getting stuck in place. BB-8’s worst enemy is sand – and for that there’s no head-inclusive solution, while R2-D2’s worst enemy is uneven terrain.For R2-D2 toys of all sorts, the biggest challenge is in the wheels. How might a droid this size get through rough terrain with only the wheel size allowed by these tiny feet? The solution was in the actual real-deal R2-D2, who doesn’t use wheels at his back feet at all, but a pair of treads.ABOVE: I’ve been rolling this R2 around on carpet for quite a few hours at the time this photo was taken. It seems that some dust sticks, but not nearly enough to impede the movement of the robot. I do wish there were an easier way to clean the treads – this is certainly a place I’ll be returning for our inevitable 6-month-later review part II. This R2 unit has real treads, just like his original iteration. He gets around surprisingly effectively on standard medium-thick, medium-height carpeting, and extremely well on flat ground. I can’t imagine this unit would move through 1970’s-style shag carpet too well – but what droid would? * As it is with the real R2-D2, this droid’s design is a bit top-heavy. That means less stability when resting on just two legs, and completely fine stability on all three. This only becomes a problem when attempting to do quick movements on extra-deep carpeting. For R2-D2 flat ground is no problem for all movements, even on two legs. The third leg has a plastic bump with rounded edges that glides with ease across most surfaces. I worry a bit about the third leg getting beat up on harsh ground – especially with rocks – but it’s not as if I’m planning on putting this toy out to roll in a parking lot at any point. R2-D2 is really meant to function mostly indoors.A Real Living R2-D2R2-D2 is alive – not that he has any sort of substantial artificial intelligence that’d make me consider him a person, but he’s no simple remote controlled robot. Much like BB-8, R2’s standby mode has him periodically chirp, beep, and trill. His head turns back and forth, his lights blink, and he makes comments from time to time, much like the real R2. He’s not the sort of droid to sit idly by.Sadly this version of R2-D2 does not have any prehensile robot arms, nor a real holographic projector. Not without the app, that is. The projected holograms present in the BB-8 by Sphero app have been replaced by augmented reality here in R2-D2. The same is true of BB-9E and BB-8, each of whom have their own unique ship to explore in AR.The app opens up the Millennium Falcon for R2-D2, allowing the user to roll through the majority of the ship while the real R2-D2 stays mostly stationary. The mapping of the Millennium Falcon in and of itself is incredible – the detail here is a real treat. Inside the ship are a set of factoids about the Star Wars universe activated by virtual proximity.The Millennium Falcon AR experience here allows the user to look around in real-time at the ship in all directions. The falcon isn’t super detailed, but the experience is more than just a simple bonus feature. Super-fans of the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi will want to unlock all three ships to go exploring for new details. To unlock all three, all three droids must be purchased and activated. Story TimelineSphero SPRK edition unboxing: robot education inside-outSphero BB-8 updated with exclusive Star Wars content before film’s premiereSphero SPRK+ robo-ball to get kids rolling with programmingSphero’s next remote-controlled car has eyes and a mouthSpider-Man by Sphero offers interactive games with plenty of snarkSphero R2-D2 will be 2017’s must-have toy ControlR2-D2 also got the same ability to patrol your general area that BB-8 does, bumping in to objects and maneuvering around your living room. This is one of a variety of ways to have R2 move about – another is a more classic version of the Sphero joystick. There’s also a “draw a path” feature that R2 will follow.Above: Joystick with head motion control, rotate, and sound/motion buttons. Below: Draw A Path for R2-D2 to follow.The Star Wars Force Band from Sphero also works to control R2-D2 much in the same way it works with BB-8. See our full Force Band by Sphero Review to learn all about this radical piece of hardware. The new Star Wars app by Sphero allows users to connect to all three Sphero Star Wars droids at one time. This includes BB-8, R2-D2, and the other rolling ball droid BB-9E. Three droids can do several activities all at once, while some controls are relegated to one droid at a time.All three droids can be sent out to patrol at the same time – and each will forge their own path as such. Drawing a path and using the joystick to control a droid only works for a single droid at one time. All three droids can watch a Star Wars movie all at once, and all three will react to different moments in the film with different movements and sounds.Best Movie BuddiesR2-D2 reacts to the Star Wars movies as they’re played within his hearing range. That means your smartphone needs to be on and listening within your television’s speaker range, and R2 must be within range of your phone. Once that’s accomplished, the magic begins. At the moment, R2-D2 reacts only to The Force Awakens. Sphero’s plan is to add the original trilogy of films in the near future. If you’ve got an R2-D2, BB-8, and the other new droid BB-9E, you can set the whole lot up at once to watch Star Wars films. Films available to watch and react to at launch include The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and Star Wars: A New Hope. Dev Software and Ease of UseFor the software-savvy, R2-D2 works with the Sphero SDK that can extend his abilities well beyond the basic app. Every movement, light, and sound available in or on R2-D2 is available to the user. Set R2-D2 up to whistle whenever you get a message on your phone – make his light flicker between red and blue whenever you get a notification.The average user will find the Sphero’s R2-D2 quite easy to control and enjoy. The app is comprised mostly of symbols, allowing anyone to get a handle on R2-D2’s movements and abilities with a few taps. Probably the most difficult part of this whole robot is making sure he’s connected to your phone or tablet before setting him out to patrol – and that’s pretty easy, too. Once connected, R2’s a breeze for users of all ages.Wrap-upBB-8 by Sphero was a dream come true for fans of The Force Awakens. Sphero’s R2-D2 is pure wish fulfillment for every fan of the original trilogy (and beyond). ALSO SEE: BB-8 by Sphero Review (3-months later)This is the closest we’ve gotten to owning a real R2 unit – without all the fuss of having to find a place to store a life-sized droid. If you have a Star Wars fan in your family or extended friends group, any sort of Star Wars fan at all, this R2-D2 by Sphero is the ultimate gift.R2-D2 by Sphero is set to be available from a variety of stores immediately if not soon. Sphero’s online store, Apple Stores, Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Disney Stores are all onboard with this magical piece of hardware. R2-D2 is just a bit pricier than his spherical brethren, coming in at approximately $180 at launch time.
Box has announced its new ‘Box Skills,’ a framework that taps machine learning to power new features that extract data from multimedia files. With these Skills, the system is able to automatically do things like extract text from images, create a text transcript from an audio file, and recognize faces within video files, among other things. Box announced the new framework today, pointing toward the increasingly huge amounts of data that are being created every year. Manual processing all of that data is a huge burden, one that is increasingly more expensive for companies and time-consuming for everyone else. This results in a mass of data that can’t be properly or efficiently utilized, but machine intelligence promises to solve that problem by doing the hard work itself.Box Skills brings machine learning to the Box storage service, and it is behind three abilities that will soon be available to content stored on the service. The first among them is image intelligence, a feature that has been in beta testing since this past August. Images are the second most common type of content stored in Box, the company says, and with this technology it is easier than ever to manage. The image intelligence works by automatically adding context to images via detecting things about them, such as text that it may contain, or handwriting when applicable. The text is automatically added as part of the image’s metadata, and tags are applied as well so that it is easier to find images when necessary.The other skills are similar to this, such as audio intelligence’s ability to create a text transcript of an audio file. The skill is also able to figure out the topics of an audio file ultimately making it easier to find needed audio clips by searching for specific topics or words they contain.Then there’s video intelligence, which is able to recognize faces within footage, as well as figure out the video’s topic(s) and transcribe any audio in them. Users can leverage this information to more quickly navigate through a video in search of a particular segment, as well as finding videos while searching through the Box files.The Box Skills will enter beta early next year.SOURCE: Box Blog
Brace yourselves, MoviePass customers. The company is about to introduce a big change to the way it works, one that will no doubt upset some subscribers. Starting in July, MoviePass will charge a small fee to see movies that it deems as high-demand, a sort of surge pricing apparently intended to help reduce demand during peak times. The fees will start at $2 and depend on the movie. This is one of multiple changes coming to MoviePass, according to Business Insider, which got the information from company CEO Mitch Lowe. It seems the fee will be a relatively rare thing, targeting blockbuster movies during moments of high demand, such as Friday night and the weekend. By charging this, MoviePass hopes to drive more mid-week traffic to their theater partners.The company has some big plans for other features, too. Later this summer, MoviePass will introduce an option to bring a friend when a customer buys a ticket. This feature will be for friends who don’t have their own MoviePass subscription; the customer will have to pay for it, though its hinted that the price may be a tad different than the regular retail rate.As well, MoviePass is gearing up to offer a price option that includes premium movies, such as IMAX. Under this feature, the customer will choose to pay a fee that lets them basically upgrade from a standard to premium viewing. That fee won’t be too much, ranging from $2 to $6, assuming nothing changes by the time the feature arrives.AdChoices广告It’s a work in progress, though, and it’ll initially involve those two new features — friends and premium — being separated. Customers will have to choose to bring a friend or see a premium movie, but not both. That’ll change at some point in the future, though. When can you expect the changes? By the end of August.SOURCE: Business Insider
The promotion will only be live on Labor Day 2018, giving all smartphone users free in-flight Gogo WiFi for a total of 30 minutes. During that time, users will be able to access the Internet with their mobile device, using it to send messages to friends, update their status, and more.The free minutes will be provided to all smartphone users, not just T-Mobile customers, the idea behind it being that users will get a taste of what the Uncarrier has to offer. Under the T-Mobile ONE plan, subscribers are given an hour of free smartphone WiFi on any domestic flight with Gogo service; the ONE Plus plan includes free WiFi during the entire flight.T-Mobile uses this as an opportunity to brag about its other plan benefits, such as unlimited (2G) data and text in more than 210 locations around the globe. The company doesn’t fail to take a jab at Verizon and AT&T by pointing out that its biggest competitors don’t match that offering. Trips to Canada and Mexico include 5GB of high-speed data access. T-Mobile offers more information on its Gogo and travel benefits here.SOURCE: T-Mobile T-Mobile has a new promotion lined up for Labor Day, one that will be available to all smartphone users…including those who are signed up with different carriers like Verizon. This upcoming Monday, the Uncarrier will give smartphone users free in-flight Gogo WiFi on domestic flights, giving them a taste of the T-Mobile ONE plan experience.
US and German automakers find themselves in the midst of a war of import tariffs and car comparisons, following President-elect Trump’s threat to hit Mercedes, BMW, and others with eye-watering rates. The prospect of a 35-percent import duty to car manufacturers bringing in vehicles from outside of the US was met vocally by German politicians, this week. According to them, Trump’s characterization of car sales as a “one-way street” is all down to American automakers. Trump criticized German automakers like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz in an interview with The Times [subscription required] published today. In it, the President-elect contrasted the popularity of Mercedes-Benz in the US with American automakers abroad. “How many Chevrolets do you see in Germany?” he asked, rhetorically. “Not many, maybe none, you don’t see anything at all over there. It’s a one-way street.”To rebalance the equation, Trump suggested, the US would impost a 35-percent tariff on any cars brought in from abroad. That could have a huge impact on German vehicle pricing, the high-end luxury models of which commonly reach into the six-figures. However, while the President-elect may have been hoping for a quick capitulation, he may have a fight on his hands. Sigmar Gabriel, who is both Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy in Germany and Vice Chancellor, pushed the blame for any imbalance back into the US. Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Gabriel argued that popularity comes down to product. “The American auto industry is getting worse, weaker and more expensive,” he countered. Indeed, if American automakers want to improve their international sales, the Vice Chancellor suggested, they should “build better cars” rather than expect the incoming administration to tip things in their favor. The politician also voiced doubts on just how likely Trump’s plans for a 35-percent tariff might be, pointing out that some in Congress disagree with the idea. Going unsaid, meanwhile, is the potential for tariff reciprocity should Trump’s threat be enacted. Although Chevrolet may not be a common sight in Europe, GM subsidiary (and Germany-based) Opel is far more prevalent. Some of the company’s designs are also sold under the Buick nameplate in the US. Trump has claimed successes with domestic automakers in recent weeks, arguing that his strong-arm tactics have persuaded companies like Ford to cancel plans to shift manufacturing to Mexico. However just how instrumental the President-elect has been is questionable. Ford’s decision to cancel a $1.6bn plant in Mexico was not down to political pressure, CEO Mark Fields said, but because “it became very clear that we did not need this plant” for economic reasons alone.
The result is 789 HP (or 800 CV) at 8,500 rpm, as well as 530 lb-ft. of torque at 7,000 rpm. 80-percent of the engine’s torque comes in at 3,500 rpm, too. A new transaxle architecture puts the engine in the front but the transmission in the rear for perfect weight distribution. All that power is for naught if the 812 Superfast was slab-sided, so there’s plenty of aero work done too. A variety of parts hinge and rotate depending on airflow and speed, some mechanically-activated while others are shifted by the air itself. Alongside the engine and brake cooling intakes there’s a tuning vane on the front bumper; that, Ferrari says, helps channel the flow of air so that it hugs the flanks of the car.The end result is a smaller width to the 812 Superfast’s wake, and less drag. A rear spoiler adds to the rear downforce, along with three pairs of curved dams on the underbody. Altogether, 0-62 mph comes in 2.9 seconds. However, there’s one decision that might have some purists scratching their heads. The 812 Superfast is the first Ferrari to use electric power steering. That’s for good reason, though: it’s allowed the automaker to integrate its response into the rest of the vehicle dynamic controls. It’s not the only clever tech: the new Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system mixes the electric front wheel steering assistance with rear-wheel steering, to tighten up the car’s cornering agility and response times. Elsewhere, Ferrari has focused on keeping the driver aware of the car’s limits by using the electric power steering. Torque through the wheel, for instance, can give a physical indication of when the coupe is getting close to the limits of its grip. Similarly, torque can also give feedback for realigning the car should oversteer happen coming out of a corner under power. The 812 Superfast’s wheels are shod in Michelin and Pirelli 275/315 front and rear. Stopping is courtesy of Brembo Extreme Design brakes – as were fitted to the LaFerrari – and help cut the brake distance from 62 mph by 5.8-percent compared to the F12berlinetta. Inside the car, a whole new cabin design uses a variety of void spaces and stacked planes to give it an almost spartan, race-car feel. The seats have perforated leather trim, and echo that cutaway design. As for the steering wheel, that has the usual shortcut controls, including the drive mode dial. And the price, you ask? 292,000 EUR, or $308k, with Ferrari’s order books open now. You’ve some time to save up, however, as all the cars for 2017 have already been snapped up. MORE Ferrari Ferrari has dragged the silk from its latest supercar, the Ferrari 812 Superfast, and as the name suggests this isn’t a slow beast. Mustering a heady 789 HP, it’s the fastest and most powerful Ferrari yet, in fact, sitting atop a tree of very covetable cars. Under the hood there’s a brand new 12-cylinder engine. Admittedly, you need to discount Ferrari’s rear-engined special limited-series 12-cylinder cars in order for the 812 Superfast to hold its title. Since so few of them were made, though, we won’t begrudge Ferrari the hyperbole. Better, in fact, to focus on what makes the new car so special.For a start it’s the power increase over its predecessors. The 812 Superfast has 59 HP more than the F12berlinetta – hardly a slouch itself – and shares its perfect weight balance. Engine size has increased over that car, too, now rising to 6.5-liters from 6.2-liters. That required more airflow so as to maximize combustion efficiency, which meant a rethink of the intake system.
HyperFocal: 0 That means a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, Jaguar claims, courtesy of two electric motors for standard all-wheel drive. Each delivers 197 HP, one at the front axle and one at the rear: together, they’re good for 394 horsepower, and a very healthy 512 lb-ft. of torque. Top speed is 124 miles per hour. From the outside, the carry-over from the I-PACE Concept is clear. That includes C-X75 Supercar Concept styling cues with a low, short hood with the automaker’s traditional grille and a built-in hood scoop for aerodynamic improvements. The rear is squared-off, meanwhile, with a curved rear window all adding to a lower coefficient of drag. 12/09/17 Three trims will be offered at launch: S, SE, and HSE. Jaguar will also have a 2019 I-PACE First Edition model, based on the HSE, and offered only in the EV’s first year. It’s a strategy which has proved very successful for Jaguar’s other recent SUV launches, the F-PACE and, this year, the E-PACE. Jaguar says it expects the 2019 I-PACE to arrive at US dealerships in the second half of 2018. Pricing will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 next week, where the car makes its official debut. Jaguar has revealed the production 2019 Jaguar I-PACE, its electric luxury SUV and attempt to take Tesla’s Model X head-on. The car will be the automaker’s first all-electric vehicle, promising an estimated 240 miles of range on a full charge of its 90 kWh lithium-ion battery, along with the driving dynamics you’d expect from a vehicle with the Jaguar badge. Story TimelineJaguar I-PACE Concept previews Model X rivaling EV for 2018Jaguar’s I-PACE is on the prowl in prime Tesla territoryJaguar’s I-PACE EV has a Tesla-rivaling charge rate It’s controlled both by Jaguar’s app, an Alexa skill that the automaker plans to release alongside the car, and of course the I-PACE’s own dashboard. That gets the InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system we saw first on the Range Rover Velar, with twin touchscreens and multi-purpose physical controllers. An update to the navigation package will work out routes not only based on rapidity and distance, but take topography of the road and other conditions into account to maximize electric range. It’ll even bear in mind your own driving style as it makes those calculations. A head-up display will be optional and, taking a leaf out of Tesla’s book, Jaguar says the I-PACE will be its first car to support OTA software updates. It’ll get a panoramic glass roof as standard, and a choice of leather, Luxtec fabric, or premium textile Kvadrat wool-blend and technical suede for the seats. Inside, the benefits of electrification show themselves in terms of available space. The 2019 I-PACE’s actual dimensions put it in the midsize SUV segment, but the interior space – including 35-inches of rear legroom and a 0-43 cubic foot central storage compartment – are more akin to a full-sized SUV. There’s more storage under the rear seats, too, while the trunk has 25.3 cu.ft. of capacity or, with the second row folded, 51 cu.ft. It’s courtesy of the battery pack being mounted low in the car, between the axles in the floor. Jaguar says that’s enough to deliver 50:50 weight distribution; it fits the I-PACE with an Integral Link rear suspension and Active Air Suspension as standard. Driver-configurable Adaptive Dynamics are optional. Two levels of regenerative braking – high or low – will offer a choice of how quickly the car slows itself when you lift of the accelerator. AdChoices广告As for charging, that of course depends on what you plug the 2019 I-PACE into. If you have access to a 100 kW DC Charger, you could get to 80-percent in just 40 minutes. On a 240 volt Level 2 charger, however, you’re looking at around ten hours to do the same, or almost 13 hours to fill the battery completely. 2019 Jaguar I-PACE Gallery
This update to the standard phone app for Android phones will include a whole new Blocked Numbers section in its list of settings. This new section will include block switches for Numbers not in Contacts, callers marked Private, Pay Phone calls, and calls from unknown numbers. That’d mean you’d be able to block just about any call under the sun.In addition to the switches in the newest version of the app, it would seem that the Add A Number feature is in effect. Know a phone number from whens you’d like to never, ever receive a call? Add it to the list.NOTE: If you’ve received a call from an unwanted caller already, and you’ve not already gotten this update, you can already block said number. This newest feature just adds the ability to block before the fact. To block an already-connected number, just tap the number in your Phone app (from recent calls, etc) and select Block or Report Spam. Google shall do the rest.According to Jules Wang over at Android Police, these features have only just begun to appear in the Phone app in devices running the latest in Android Q beta software. Have a peek at our Android Q Beta rundown to learn more about that software build. The official Google Phone app has an update in the pipeline that’ll bring far better call blocking features than Android’s ever had before. This is the first sign we’ve seen of the update coming beyond behind-the-scenes testing, likely hitting public builds quite soon. It’s quite likely this update will come to Android P first, then MAYBE back to older versions of Android after that.