Evian opens carbonneutral production facility in France

first_imgEvian opens carbon-neutral production facility in FrancePosted By: News Deskon: September 14, 2017In: Beverage, Industries, Manufacturing, Packaging, WaterPrintEmailEvian has unveiled its new carbon-neutral bottling site in France as it announces a €280 million investment to transform the plant by 2020.Danone-owned Evian said the new site, located in Evian-les-Bains, marks a milestone in the brand’s commitment to achieve global carbon-neutral status by 2020.The plant is designed to support Evian’s future growth and innovations while ensuring the achievement of its commitments to sustainability. The company said it combines greater operational efficiency, new technology, the highest quality processes and a respect for employees and their workplace, with a particular focus on safety.Evian aims to use 100% recycled materials in its packaging at the site. The company said it is also expanding its use of more eco-friendly transportation, with a particular focus on rail freight. Currently, 60% of Evian bottles are shipped by train from a station at the bottling site with that figure expected to rise in the coming years.Speaking at the launch of the site this week, Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber said: “Faithful to its pioneering spirit and working closely with all local stakeholders in its natural water cycle upstream, its labour pool, and its logistics network downstream, Evian has transformed its bottling site, now certified as carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust.“This achievement combines a unique workplace organisation, a shift to digital technology, and technologies and sustainability solutions at the cutting edge of our sector worldwide, bringing together everything we need to support the brand’s development while preserving the natural resources we cherish and continuing to develop the local economy.” Between 2008 and 2016, the brand reduced its total industrial energy consumption by 23% per litre, while increasing the total volume of bottles produced to meet rising consumer demand. The global market for bottled water is expected to reach $230 billion by 2021 from $198 billion this year, according to Euromonitor, as consumers shift away from carbonated drinks.Share with your network: Tags: DanoneEvianFrancelast_img read more

Tetra Pak Index the connected consumer

first_imgTetra Pak Index: the connected consumerPosted By: News Deskon: September 20, 2017In: Beverage, Business, Food, Industries, Marketing, TechnologyPrintEmail The tenth edition of the Tetra Pak Index, published in collaboration with General Assembly, focuses on the fast-moving, information-saturated world of the connected consumer.This in-depth free global study explores how food and beverage brands can leverage social media and digital channels to cultivate engaging content, that will help to initiate and deepen consumer relationships and harness the power of advocates to amplify positive messages.Global overviewThe report is based on research across 57 markets with 70,000 consumers, plus ‘deep dive’ qualitative quantitative surveys to gain rich insights into online behaviour, customer journeys and what, how and why content is shared online.Find out: how mobile is shaping the online conversation, and the markets that are setting the pace; the most influential marketing channels, and how to leverage them; which connected consumers to focus on, and how to develop relevant content that fosters and builds advocacy.A new frameworkUnderstanding online behaviour requires a new kind of segmentation framework. At the ‘top of the tree’ are the Super Leaders, the most active and most social group of all. The earliest of adopters, the vocal trendsetters, who are a new kind of influencer, vital to unlocking the connected mass market, now and in the future.Find out: who Super Leaders are, and where and how to engage with them; how Super Leader behaviour varies across markets and interaction hotspots; and what, where and when they like to post about your brands.Redefining the customer journeyAs the offline and online worlds blur for connected consumers, they increasingly expect a seamless experience across all channels and devices.Find out: how mobile is increasingly the “glue” that connects the “omnichannel” experience; the role of online in the new customer journey; the disruptive ambitions of Amazon; the opportunities for personalisation, augmented reality and the digitally enabled packaging: “It gives brand owners a direct link to the consumer through the most important communication channel there is – the product itself.”Find out more Share with your network: Tags: Tetra PakTetra Pak Indexlast_img read more

Goodfellas to release its first vegan pizza in the UK

first_imgGoodfella’s to release its first vegan pizza in the UKPosted By: News Deskon: January 23, 2018In: Food, Industries, New productsPrintEmailGoodfella’s has announced it will release its first-ever vegan pizza in the UK, responding to the increased demand for convenience foods from vegan consumers.The new frozen pizza has been approved by the Vegan Society, and will be stocked by UK supermarkets from April.Topped with falafel, hummus, onion, red peppers, spinach and a spicy harissa sauce, the pizza offers a viable alternative to conventional pizzas for consumers who are following vegan diets.Alex Brown, brand manager at Goodfella’s said: “We’re so excited to launch the first mainstream vegan frozen pizza.“We’re meeting the demand of a huge number of people in the UK who don’t want to eat animal products, and what’s more – it’s really delicious.“We think this new pizza will appeal to all pizza-lovers. We’ve perfected the recipe and we’re really pleased with the result: flavoursome falafel, delicious veg, and the tastiest hummus drizzle… you’re less than 20 minutes away from a top-notch vegan dinner.”The release of the product follows the acquisition of the pizza distributor by Nomad Foods from 2 Sisters Food Group, which was announced last week.Goodfella’s Vegan Pizza will have a suggested retail price of £2.50.Share with your network: Tags: Goodfella’spizzaUKveganWorld Vegan Day 2018last_img read more

Eager Drinks hires Beatson Clark for new glass packaging design

first_imgEager Drinks hires Beatson Clark for new glass packaging designPosted By: Contributoron: November 06, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New products, PackagingPrintEmailUK glass packaging manufacturer Beatson Clark has completed a production run for over 200,000 unique glass bottles for Eager Drinks’ new mixer range – Cold Brew Tonics.Eager, founded in 2007, approached Beatson Clark last year to design its first glass bottle drinks line. All the brand’s other soft drinks, including its signature cloudy apple juice, are packaged using cardboard.South Yorkshire-based Beatson Clark designed and produced a 200ml white flint glass bottle. The brief was to produce a container which looked modern and contemporary but had a traditional and vintage feel to it.The container is heavier than a standard bottle in a move to give a high-quality, premium feel in line with the range’s intended consumer market.Eager Drinks founder Ed Rigg said: “Owing to the fact that Cold Brew Tonics is our first range packaged using glass, we had strict criteria for its look, feel and quality to ensure it was in keeping with our brand and commitment on sustainability.“We wanted a bottle which used recycled glass in some way and wanted it to look contemporary and modern yet traditional to the touch. We didn’t want an off-the-shelf design. We wanted a bottle which was going to make an impression in a competitive market.”Jonathan Clark, account manager at Beatson Clark, added: “It’s been a pleasure to work with the Eager team from concept right through to production. As Ed has found out, what we offer in terms of service is only matched by the quality of the product we make.“For an established drinks company entering the competitive mixer market for the first time, the packaging is just as important as the quality of what’s inside. The drinks are different to anything else on the market owing to the unique production process, and the packaging reflects that.”Each flavour in the range – tonic, light tonic, smoked tonic, lemonade, ginger beer, artisan lemonade and club soda – is produced by packing bunches of dried fruit peel into hessian bags and placing the oil-rich rinds in cold water for 24 hours before the product is carbonated.  Rigg said: “Each mixer has a purer and deeper flavour than any other mixer drink on the market, so we wanted to make sure the taste is preserved for as long as possible. That’s why we chose glass, because it does that better than any other form of packaging and it’s 100% recyclable.”The range launched last month in the UK and is now on sale in bars, hotels and restaurants.Share with your network: Tags: Beatson ClarkEager DrinksUKlast_img read more

Little girls dont stay little forever abuse victims confront Larry Nassar –

first_imgShare via Email ‘Little girls don’t stay little forever’: abuse victims confront Larry Nassar – video,Play Video Shares7272 US sports Last modified on Wed 17 Jan 2018 09.08 EST Share on Facebook Gymnastics Gymnastics Source: Pool Topics Share on Twitter 1:42 Dozens of abuse victims testify at the sentencing hearing of sports doctor Larry Nassar in Michigan on Tuesday. Nassar, who was the USA Gymnastics team doctor at four Olympic Games, was sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges last month. Now he faces an additional punishment after pleading guilty to further charges of criminal sexual conductSimone Biles breaks her silence: ‘I am not afraid to tell my story’ Wed 17 Jan 2018 09.03 EST Michiganlast_img read more

Twitter reports profit for second quarter in a row and adds 6m

first_imgInternet Share on Twitter Last modified on Wed 25 Apr 2018 17.00 EDT Read more Share on Facebook Share via Email Shares2020 Wed 25 Apr 2018 10.12 EDT Share on Facebook Tech firms could face new EU regulations over fake news Digital media Topics … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Share on Twitter Twitter Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 1 year old Since you’re here… @dominicru Blogging news It’s taken 12 years, but Twitter is now a money-maker. The social media company reported its second profitable quarter on Wednesday, driven by a 10% rise in users and faster growth overseas. This article is more than 1 year old Twitter Share on Messenger Company posts first-quarter profit of $61m on revenues of $665m, comfortably ahead of analysts’ expectations Twitter has struggled since it went public in 2013 and user growth has slowed dramatically. But while its US base is still declining, the company now seems to have found a rich source of international growth.In its first financial quarter, Twitter’s revenue rose 21% from a year earlier to $664.9m, comfortably ahead of analysts’ expectations, and posted a profit of $61m, compared with a loss of $61.6m in the same quarter last year.Twitter’s daily active users (DAU) rose 10% year-over-year, while monthly user numbers rose 3% to 336m. The company added 5 million people outside the United States and a million inside its home market.Twitter now has 69 million monthly users in the US, 1% lower than this time last year, and 267 million internationally.Twitter struggled for years to make a profit and its internal problems led to an exodus of executives and layoffs. Co-founder Jack Dorsey rejoined the company as chief executive last May and the company set a goal of “driving towards” profitability.Advertising revenue rose 21% to $575m over the quarter, with strong growth in Asia.As with its peers, Twitter is facing a backlash over the misuse of its platform by parties spreading fake news and hate speech. Twitter said it expects to increase its headcount by 10-15% in 2018 as it seeks to tackle the issues.Doresey said: “The first quarter was a strong start to the year. We grew our audience and engagement, marking another quarter of double digit year-over-year DAU growth, and continued our work to make it easier to follow topics, interests, and events on Twitter.” Despite the profits, Twitter has been widely condemned over the misuse of its platform by parties spreading fake news and hate speech.Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images Support The Guardian Dominic Rushe in New York Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Twitter reports profit for second quarter in a row and adds 6m new users Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Thanksgiving Day parade in New York – in pictures

first_imgTwitter Photograph: Eduardo Muñoz/AP Facebook Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters Last modified on Thu 22 Nov 2018 20.29 EST,Sunny the Snow Pal is carried down Sixth Avenue. The Macy’s parade is in its 92nd year Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters Facebook Facebook Shares3333 Twitter Topics Share on Twitter Pinterest Facebook Facebook Rita Ora wouldn’t have been Anywhere else Macy’s annual parade featured giant balloons from Pokémon to Elf on the Shelf floating through Manhattan Pinterest A Christmassy SpongeBob SquarePants was also among the marchers Joanna RuckMain image:Sinclair’s Dino float hovers above the crowd in Manhattan.Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters This Pikachu is a monster you definitely could not fit in your pocket Thanksgiving Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images Facebook Pinterest Facebook Photograph: Eduardo Muñoz/AP Pinterest Tom the Turkey has been a regular fixture in the parade since 1971 Sinclair’s Dino float hovers above the crowd in Manhattan.Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters,Share on Facebook Photograph: Eduardo Muñoz/AP Ronald McDonald was clearly lovin’ it Twitter Twitter Photograph: Erik Pendzich/Rex/Shutterstock Pinterest Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP Share via Email Other guests included the Pillsbury Doughboy, the mascot for Pillsbury, a food processing companycenter_img Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters Twitter Facebook Twitter Pinterest Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters Thu 22 Nov 2018 13.49 EST Elf on the Shelf floats along Sixth Avenue Pinterest And what parade would be complete without … roller-blading clowns? Facebook Facebook Pinterest Photograph: Erik Pendzich/Rex/Shutterstock Diana Ross put in a typically Supreme appearance Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images Twitter New Yorkers took to their balconies to watch the floats pass Twitter Despite the sunshine, some participants were feeling the November cold Facebook Twitter Twitter Some of the performers were not afraid to take a panning Facebook Photograph: Erik Pendzich/Rex/Shutterstock Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest Thanksgiving Day parade in New York – in pictures New Yorklast_img read more

Assistive Technology Solutions for Learning Disabilities

first_imgMoney Calc and Communication DeviceA Learning Disability is a neurological disorder that affects the way a person learns, making it difficult to process information.  Some common problems associated with learning disabilities include difficulty in reading, writing, speaking, grasping math concepts, and language comprehension.   According to LD Online, fifteen percent of the U.S. population, or one in seven Americans, has some type of learning disability.The INDATA Project recognizes that learning disabilities can complicate an individual’s way of life, and pledges to resolve such issues by providing resources for the necessary assistive technology.  Our Loan Library offers many learning disabilities devices including:Money Calc – This calculator is designed to facilitate learning centered around money math problems.  It has the option to display decimals with dollar signs, dollars, and cents (as in $5.00 instead of just 5).  Its big bright keypad includes buttons the shape of coins and mini dollar bills.Franklin Speaking Children’s Dictionary and Spell Corrector – With this device, students can check their spelling with phonic technology, hear over 40,000 words pronounced correctly, play word-building games, and more.AbleLink Schedule Assistant – Those with literacy challenges can use this device to organize their appointments with ease.  You can record a message to remind you of an event at the day and time you specify.B. A. Bar – Language therapy is made easy with this portable device.  Its digital voice corrects pronunciation errors and recalls instructions and assignments, making it an excellent assistive tool for work or school.Co:Writer – A word prediction program featuring several learning aids, such as topic-specific dictionaries and vocabulary bank to help improve students’ reading and writing.LiveScribe Pulse Smartpen – No ordinary pen!  This device will actually record audio as you write, and then play it back when you touch the pen to where you started writing.  Read our review about it here.Communication devices can also be very helpful for people who have difficulty speaking.Be sure to check out other learning aids available at the INDATA Loan Library.  What kinds of assistive technology can you link to learning disabilities?  Share your thoughts!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedOverride the Summer SlideJune 22, 2016In “Apps”Learn math with these fun apps!August 19, 2014In “Products and Devices”ATU135 – Critical Apps for Learning Disabilities (Carolyn Phillips & Martha Rust) www.gatfl.org, Tablet Computer for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired, Priests use Technology to Hear Confessions of People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, International Association of Accessibility Professionals, Panther Math PaperDecember 27, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

Uberall Study Over 20 Using Voice Search Every Week

first_imgMost Are Using Voice Search in Their Home (37%) or Car (34%)Uberall, Inc., the location management solution for businesses competing to attract and win local brick-and-mortar customers, recently released its “Uberall Voice Search Readiness Report 2019,” analyzing 73,000 business locations across SMB, mid-market and enterprise.While analyzing thousands of businesses, Uberall also surveyed 1,000 consumers to find out if and how they were adopting voice search to find local business information. Key findings from the 1,000-person survey include:20% are using voice search every week Our results found that 21% of respondents were using voice search every week, whereas 57% of respondents have never used voice search. These results show usage is either frequent (daily and weekly) or not at all.Almost 60% of respondents feel that voice search will be important in the future, while 27% of respondents feel that voice search will not be important at all.“Our research shows that as consumers get used to voice products in their everyday lives, it is more likely that it will have a broader adoption rate,” said Norman Rohr, SVP of Marketing at Uberall. “This has already been proven through the rise in smart speaker sales and in-car technology in 2018.”Marketing Technology News: BlueVenn and London Research Release Customer Data Platform Maturity Model When asking frequent users where they were most often using voice search, most were either using it in their own home (37%) or in the car where using their hands was not an option (34%) – 11% also utilize voice search when they are walking to a destination. Other responses included at work, restaurant/shop/cafe, and public transport.The report also analyzed the top reasons people are not adopting voice search more frequently. Either they are not used to it (23.2%), they don’t feel that it is the most efficient means of search (19.7%), or they do not feel that it is accurate enough (13.5%).“It is fair to say that voice search technology has to become more user friendly before it wins the hearts and minds of the general public,” said Rohr. “From this data, businesses can start asking questions such as ‘is a consumer likely to search for my business while out driving and walking to a destination or at home?”Marketing Technology News:Pegasystems Acquires Leading Digital Messaging Platform Provider In The Chat Consumers would search for businesses via voice searchWhen asked if consumers would even be using voice search to find local business information, Uberall found that 48% were using voice search as a means to locate business information at least some of the time.The number one reason users gave for their lack of voice adoption to search for business information was the lack of natural dialogue (12.4%), followed closely by the lack of results provided for the search query (11.7%). The limits of voice search technology seems to be the biggest hurdle stopping it from gaining universal adoption, while the biggest opportunity for businesses to get ahead of their competition seems to be in offering consumers deals, sales or promotions that are tied to voice search (7.6%).“VSR is an evolving opportunity for businesses to reach more customers easily and improve their online presence,” said Rohr. “As voice technology is constantly improving and finding its way into our homes, workplaces and transport, adoption is only likely to increase and, although 21% may not seem like a lot of regular users, that’s 1 in 5 people businesses aren’t reaching every day when they decide to neglect voice search readiness.”Marketing Technology News: IBM, Thomson Reuters Introduce Powerful New AI and Data Combination to Simplify How Financial Institutions Tackle Regulatory Compliance Challenges Uberall Study: Over 20% Using Voice Search Every Week PRNewswireMay 15, 2019, 8:01 pmMay 15, 2019 location management solutionMarketing TechnologyNewsUberallUberall Voice Search Readiness Previous ArticleLaw Firm Press – Video Press Release Solution Aimed At Revolutionizing How Law Firm Press Release WorksNext ArticleProtected.net Reduces Customer Churn and Captures Lost Revenue with Vindicia Selectlast_img read more

2019 TOPO Summit Recap Customer Experience Disrupts B2B Economy

first_imgTOPO’s annual Summit brought together more than 1,500 B2B marketing and sales leaders from large global brands to discuss all-things sales and marketing in San Francisco earlier in April. Many analysts and practitioners took center stage to discuss topics such as sales effectiveness and development, account-based marketing, organizational issues and leadership, to the role technology and business innovation plays in driving strategic revenue growth for your organization.As the Founder and CEO, I took center stage and started off the event by introducing six ideas I believe will help create the biggest impact for companies to implement and lean on in the year to come, which include:Customer experienceGo-to-market (GTM) fitAccount based Marketing (ABM)B2B brand powerThe data paradoxPeople, ideas and technologyIt’s No Doubt That Customer Experience Has Become the Key Differentiator in Today’s EconomyCustomer engagement past the closed/won phase has become critical, and organizations are honing in on how they want to better understand and engage with customers both pre- and post-sale. The number of products and the amount of information available to buyers are a result of existing in a highly commoditized space of B2B.When we look at how many applications exist in the MarTech landscape (over 7,000 according to Scott Brinker), and overlay that with the number of search results for the phrase “MarTech”, which shows 4,720,000 results, we see the intersection of number of products and customer power. As a result of this intersection, companies need to find ways to differentiate themselves from their competition, and the answer is customer experience. In this highly commoditized space, experience delivered to buyers and customers will become the key differentiator.Recommended: How AI and Interactive Technology Can Improve the Efficiency of Your Sales TeamTo define it, customer experience is a customer’s perception of your company based on their engagement with you across the entire customer lifecycle. TOPO believes there are 5 attributes to world class customer experience: relevant, responsive, predictable, high value, and guided.Organizations need to design touch that resonates with individual customers or segments, make experiences responsive, fast, and easy, deliver an experience that minimizes surprises, focus on delivering value to the customer with every touch, and design the customer journey to move them from the status quo to an improved state.Organizations will also require unique best practices, to help build a strong foundation for delivering the best B2B customer experience. Focus on quality of product, expertise of product knowledge, responsiveness to customers, balancing human engagement with digital, and creating different user journeys for different segments set the highest growing companies apart from the rest.Go-To-Market Fit Is the Foundation of Revenue GrowthToday, organizations are faced with choosing between multiple GTM models, the perfect example being volume and velocity vs account-based. That decision is often made for the wrong reasons, e.g. a particular strategy is popular or the strategy worked for the executive team at a previous company. To drive growth, it is key for an organization to identify GTM fit.A framework for identifying the right strategy is to look at the target market, average contract value or lifetime value, and complexity.Many people make the mistake of making the decision “either/or”. In fact, most organizations have multiple GTM strategies depending on segment, product, etc. and it is important that organizations embrace that both in their GTM strategies and in their operations. There are many breakout companies who have embraced the co-existence of these two GTM models including ServiceNow and Twilio, both of whom continue to scale their number of customers (the success metric for volume/velocity), and their ACV/LTV (success metrics for account-based models).Read More: Why Tone is Everything in Marketing!Account Based Has Moved from a Cool, New Trend to a Proven, High-ROI Foundation for a Go-To-Market StrategyTOPO research has shown that the number of organizations executing account based increased significantly in 2018 and will continue to rapidly grow in 2019.The reason? Account based delivers on strategic, boardroom metrics. Our research showed that 80% of respondents say it improves customer lifetime values, 86% say it improves win rates, and 76% say it delivers higher ROI than traditional go-to-market strategies. That same piece of research also revealed that account based creates opportunities and targets account pipeline. Specifically, respondents cited a 20% opportunity rate, meaning for every 5 accounts targeted, a new opportunity in a target account is created.TOPO foresees the growth and investment into account-based strategies to continue, growing by at least 150%, fueled by wider adoption and current account expansion. Our research shows that these programs will be bolstered by an expected 41% budget increase for account-based technology and implementation.Your Brand Is More Important Than EverA recent study of the Brandz Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands showed that companies with a strong brand outperformed the S&P 500 by 70% in revenue. The old school way of thinking about brand was to focus on building awareness of your brand. It would delineate clear positioning, differentiation, and a consideration set. However, it would not focus on brand impact on prospect consideration, the purchase cycle, or the customer interaction with the brand.The new brand framework includes awareness but then builds out how brand continues to support the customer journey. In the consideration stages, companies can use brand to build trust, vendor viability, assumed expertise, and for including your company on a de facto shortlist. When in a purchase cycle, brand can be used for assistance in negotiation, creating a shorter sales cycle, and maintaining price integrity. After the sale has been completed, having a strong brand leads to better customer advocacy and referrals. This framework will develop prospect and customer confidence in what you say and do, and enables them to ensure you are committed to acting on their behalf.The Data Paradox: Balancing Quantity with QualityIt’s a problem that many of TOPO’s clients seem to have. In the era of “big data” and an abundance of marketing and sales technologies in tech stacks, organizations are faced with large quantities of data, a significant amount of which may not prove useful. We have a 3-point framework for improving data quality which focuses on which data to access, how to drive relevant insights, and designing activations with prospects and customers based on the data accessed.Data activation is the holy grail in relation to the “too much data” problem. An example of this would be an organization using intent data and engagement to build an account score. They then use that account score and relevant data to create a personalized campaign. They execute the campaign using a designated touch pattern on email and social, ad creative, mailers and more to execute the campaign. To close, they would analyze campaign performance and optimize target account list and campaigns. Advanced organizations will then use that analysis to adjust plans and move through that same cycle again.Read More: Customer Experience 2020: Personalization is KeyPeople, Ideas, TechnologyIn that order! A recent Fortune magazine study showed that investing $1000 in the “Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For” yielded 2x returns from that of the Russel 3000. It’s clear that people, culture, and teams drive performance and revenue.Even the best GTM market is difficult to execute without (a) the right team and (b) enthusiastic buy-in from that team.In the pursuit of high growth, companies rarely focus on culture and team-building and instead focus on execution and tactics. The reality is, the best companies in the world do both and since their employees are enthusiastically bought in, they executive better. Delivering culture isn’t just words or executive speeches on the topic. It requires a framework.We believe that framework starts at the top with organizational-wide alignment across purpose and values. Companies that then focus on building proper training and enablement for their organization, introduce role specialization, and hone in on creating lifetime value of a team tend to produce better results and lower turnover.Conclusion: It’s no doubt that today, forward thinking brands are transforming their approach based on current trends and educated predictions that will shape the business landscape in the marketing and sales industry today.Read More: The Three Promises Every Marketer Must Make B2BB2B brand powercustomer experienceEventsMarketing and SalesTOPOTopo Summit Previous ArticleZendesk Unveils Next Generation of Conversational Messaging ExperiencesNext ArticleSeven Tech Data Executives Named 2019 CRN “Women of the Channel” 2019 TOPO Summit Recap: Customer Experience Disrupts B2B Economy Scott AlbroMay 22, 2019, 9:02 pmMay 22, 2019 last_img read more

Facebook Shoots Down Innovation Chaos with a New CryptoCurrency Platform Calibra

first_img calibraCryptocurrency NewsFacebook BlockchainFacebook CryptocurrencyLibraNews Previous ArticleSingapore’s Conversant Leverages Verimatrix Secure Cloud for Multi-DRM SecurityNext ArticlePX Launches Private Marketplaces to Support Direct Advertiser to Publisher Engagement Facebook Shoots Down ‘Innovation’ Chaos with a New CryptoCurrency Platform ‘Calibra’ Sudipto GhoshJune 19, 2019, 3:30 pmJune 19, 2019 Facebook’s vision for social media networking is hinged on the future of Internet and Blockchain now! Facebook has been swinging two ends of the ‘chaos’ spectrum ever since it’s roles in overlooking data privacy compliance and Cambridge Analytica scandal were exposed last year. In less than a year, Facebook has managed to map a more-focused and heavily fortified digital messaging and social media platform for users. It will be topped with a digital currency offering powered by blockchain technology. Yesterday, Facebook officially announced the launch of Calibra, a newly organized Facebook subsidiary for FinTech solutions delivered through social media channels. As their first Facebook Cryptocurrency product, the company is slated to release a digital wallet for Libra.Sneak Preview: Facebook CalibraFacebook’s Project Calibra is a cutting-edge blockchain and cryptocurrency project designed specifically for its social media channels, Facebook Messenger and Instagram. Users can send digital currency called ‘Libra’ on Messenger and Instagram, in addition to tying in with mobile-based apps and merchants such as Uber, Soptify, MasterCard and so on.Right from Day 1 of its installation on your smartphone, Facebook Calibra would allow users to send Libra digital currency to any other user using a smartphone. This Facebook digital wallet will guarantee little or no cost of transaction. In their official statement, Facebook announced that they are hoping “to offer additional services for people and businesses, like paying bills with the push of a button, buying a cup of coffee with the scan of a code or riding your local public transit without needing to carry cash or a metro pass.”Calibra’s Safety and Security PromisesWhile we haven’t covered Blockchain and Crypto extensively at MarTech Series, our other publication, AiThority dives deep into this space. Our in-house analysts suggest that Facebook could be partnering with any of the reliable Cryptocurrency Exchanges. Alternatively, it could be building their own cryptocurrency exchange to compete with digital assets like bitcoin and ether. Examples include Binance, Bitfinex, Kucoin and Bittrex.Too soon to speculate if there would be any crypto trader  or ‘ghosts’ as they are often labelled in this transactions. These ghosts often pose grave danger to trading by offering cryptocurrency-related schemes on a hacked exchange or outright fake platforms. These are malicious in danger and hence, banned by law of the land in some countries.Before Facebook brought out their Blockchain-powered digital wallet solution, we are certain they did their homework on the regulations. Currently, the legal and policy landscape surrounding cryptocurrencies around the world is ambiguous and complex with regards to blockchain applications in Finance and Cybersecurity. The regulation of blockchain and cryptocurrency around the world would eventually boost the growth of Calibra in the coming months.An anonymous Blockchain expert from the industry believes that blockchain can be used to improve overall ad experiences with better targeting and personalization on Facebook’s advertising platforms. In the blog, Facebook clarified this view.It wrote:“Calibra will not share account information or financial data with Facebook or any third party without customer consent. This means Calibra customers’ account information and financial data will not be used to improve ad targeting on the Facebook family of products. The limited cases where this data may be shared reflect our need to keep people safe, comply with the law and provide basic functionality to the people who use Calibra. Calibra will use Facebook data to comply with the law, secure customers’ accounts, mitigate risk and prevent criminal activity.”Though still too early to state and speculate how Facebook plans to market this digital wallet, and what measures it will take to safeguard customer and financial data of the users, we feel cybersecurity and social media have a good chance of making the digital market a better place to do business.last_img read more

NASAs Orion Capsule Passes Launch Abort Test With Flying Colors

first_imgNASA’s Orion Capsule Passes Launch Abort Test With Flying Colors Winnie From ‘Wonder Years’ Is 44 Now and Unrecognizably Gorgeous Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Those ‘Candyman’ Bee Stings Made Tony Todd a Rich Man 7 Best and 7 Worst Couples Ever on ’90 Day Fiance’ NASA’s Orion spacecraft is one step closer to carrying humans into space today. The agency confirms that all systems performed perfectly during the second ascent abort test, proving that astronauts aboard Orion could be safely wrenched free of a rocket in the event of an emergency. Launch abort systems are not a new idea, but Orion is a new piece of hardware. NASA needs to make sure the abort system works as intended because it’s the difference between saving and losing the crew when a launch goes wrong. The crew of a Russian Soyuz capsule narrowly averted disaster last year when the MS-10 rocket carrying it spun out of control. The abort system pulled the capsule away from the rocket before it broke apart. NASA conducted the test from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station using a modified Peacekeeper missile obtained from the Air Force. The missile carried the Orion capsule 44,000 feet into the air, reaching a speed of 760 mph. The simulated failure caused the capsule to flip end-over-end before it fired the jettison motor, launching the spacecraft clear of the rocket. The abort system consists of three solid rocket motors: one that jettisons the pod, one to control attitude, and one that pushes Orion clear of the failing rocket. Test complete! Today’s ~3 minute test of @NASA_Orion spacecraft’s launch abort system verified that @NASA_Astronauts can safely get away from their launch vehicle in the case of an emergency after liftoff. More: https://t.co/mUf6z9uYjA pic.twitter.com/nI9CZKT6H9— NASA (@NASA) July 2, 2019The entire test was a mere 3 minutes and 13 seconds, but triggering the launch abort took just milliseconds. Orion ejected 12 data recorders after breaking free of the launch vehicle, all of which were recovered within about an hour. NASA will comb through the data as it prepares for future crewed flights, but all signs point to a textbook test. Orion Program Manager Mark Kirasich called the test “spectacular.”Orion will eventually mount atop the Space Launch System (SLS), which should be the most powerful rocket in the world when it’s complete. Orion and the SLS grant NASA access to space beyond low-Earth orbit once more. Orion will carry humans to the moon as part of NASA’s new Artemis Program, a follow-up to Apollo. This time, NASA plans to establish long-term human habitation on and around the moon with the aid of the Gateway station. This will serve as a jumping off point for the exploration of Mars, which may also employ the Orion capsule. An uncrewed lunar orbit test is scheduled for July 2020. The first astronauts could ride Orion in 2023.Now read:NASA Needs $20 Billion in Additional Funding to Reach Moon by 2024NASA May Launch Orion Crew Module on Commercial RocketNASA successfully tests parachutes on Orion spacecraft Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 1shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Jon Favreau Has a Funny Idea for ‘Iron Man 4’ Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu 17 Comments 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard By Ryan Whitwam on July 3, 2019 at 7:08 am The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads Tagged In sciencespacenasarocketsSLSorion Post a Comment 17 Commentslast_img read more

Google Might Try to Buy Your Face for 5

first_img 11 Comments By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 4:07 pm The Dangerous ‘Toy Story 4’ Scene One Million Moms is Protesting Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The First ‘Scary MCU Film’ Will Come Out During Phase 4 The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Unless you’re a digital hermit, Google probably already has a lot of data about you. Even when you don’t tell Google specific bits of data, it can make educated guesses based on your searches and how you use its services. One thing it doesn’t have is your face, and that’s what Google is after. No, this isn’t some Game of Thrones-style Faceless Men situation — Google reps are offering $5 gift cards to scan people’s faces. Google representatives are approaching people in real life and asking them to contribute data to developing “the next generation of facial recognition phone unlocking,” according to a report from ZDNet. As compensation for helping out, Googlers are offering people a $5 gift card to Amazon or Starbucks. Are people willing to sell their faces to Google for five bucks? It appears they are, yes. After agreeing to help out, participants are handed a phone inside a large case that obscured the shape. It’s common for engineers to use cases like this to hide pre-release phones during testing, which strongly suggests these devices are Google Pixel 4s. It reportedly takes a few minutes for the phone to acquire face data as people move their heads around, and then they’re free to paint the town red with their gift cards. The data is most likely feeding into a machine learning algorithm that will help the Pixel 4 recognize faces with some assortment of sensors and cameras on the phone. While Android has supported face unlock for years, it has always been 2D camera-based recognition. The iPhone, by comparison, uses a 3D sensor to unlock the device securely. Some Android phones like the LG G8 have imitated that, but Google is adding official support for 3D face unlock in the upcoming Android Q release. Leaks of the Pixel 4 also show plenty of sensors on the front of the phone that could contribute to secure face unlock. This is all speculation for now — Google isn’t talking, and it probably won’t say anything until the Pixel 4 is official. The teaser and leaked images don’t show a fingerprint sensor in the traditional place, so Google has either gone to an in-display sensor or it’s ditching that all together in favor of face unlock. That would make the accuracy of its algorithm extremely important. In that eventuality, I hope a lot of people sell their faces to Google.Now read:3D-Printed Head Shows Face Unlock on Most Phones Isn’t SecureAndroid Q May Support Apple-Like 3D Face UnlockFBI Forces Suspect to Unlock Phone Using Face ID J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along We Now Understand Why Eliza Dushku Has Disappeared Robert Pattinson’s Batman Gets an ‘Arkham Knight’ Style Batsuit Tagged In googleprivacypixel 4face unlock Post a Comment 11 Comments Google Might Try to Buy Your Face for $5 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beardlast_img read more

How Sleep and Fitness Trackers Work and Whether Theyre Worth It

first_img Woody Harrelson’s Father Was an Actual Hitman By David Cardinal on March 26, 2019 at 7:27 am Tagged In extremetech explainshealthfuture healthsleepquantified selfdigital healthecgekgfitnesselectrocardiogramfitness trackersBeddrSleepTrackersleep trackingFitness trackingHuawei Band 3 ProFitBit VersaZeTime Post a Comment 10 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. If you’ve read articles about fitness trackers, they were probably written by compulsive workout junkies who compare them for how well they can track those zillion mile bike rides or marathon training runs. Well, I’m not one of them. But the tech in sleep and fitness trackers is pretty amazing and well worth writing about. And yes, they can also provide health benefits for the rest of us who get exercise as time permits.Trackers, as with much of the digital health movement, have come a long way in the last few years. From the simple and not-very-accurate step counters of a few years ago, they have evolved into devices that can monitor your heart rate, sleep, and other vital signs. However, they’re far from perfect, so they can also provide an undeserved impression of accuracy.How Step-and-Stair Tracking WorksThe simplest form of counting steps is to use the data from the device’s accelerometer and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to detect rhythmic motions that are consistent with the back-and-forth movement that typically goes along with walking or running. By using the data from both sensors, the device tries to filter out false positives.Once the device has a step count, then it multiplies that by an estimate of your stride to calculate how far you’ve walked or run. Worst case it uses a generic guess at your stride, but typically you’re able to enter your height to give it a more accurate starting point, or even enter your stride length directly. Some devices go a bit further and will calibrate your stride by comparing GPS results with its estimates. Because consumer GPS has limited accuracy, this process usually requires several minutes of traveling at a consistent speed. Some also calculate separate stride lengths for walking and running. Until recently, that meant remembering to tell the tracker when you started a hike or run. But many newer devices do a good job of auto-detecting when you start some type of exercise and classifying it appropriately.From having owned various fitness trackers over the years, it’s clear that counting steps and stairs is as much of an art as a science at this point. Even when using several current state-of-the-art trackers at the same time, their step counts can differ by as much as 15 percent. Typical wrist trackers and watches don’t have the processing power to run a lot of sophisticated AI-based analytics to help clean up the data, either.Devices with altimeters often also let you count how many flights of stairs (or equivalent) you’ve climbed. Here, too, sensor fusion is required, so that altitude gained while driving or flying doesn’t get credited to your fitness (a shame for tech journalists who spend a lot of time on airplanes).Tracking climbing can be even more of a crapshoot. For example, my Fitbit Versa regularly reports dozens of floors climbed while I’m playing tennis — even though each floor is supposed to represent 10 feet of altitude gained while walking or running. In contrast, my Huawei Band 3 Pro isn’t fooled. However, the Versa does a better job keeping up with my running up and down stairs during the day.Fitness Tracking: Another Field Turned on Its Head by AIAs with so many areas of technology, digital health has been vastly improved through the use of AI. For example, instead of writing long sequences of complicated code based on physical models to count steps, modern trackers rely on neural networks that use machine learning to determine strides. Similarly, instead of relying on human analysis of sleep data for each patient, trackers have systems that are trained on huge amounts of human-labeled sample data. As a result, they can categorize the sensor information from users into not just sleeping or awake, but even the specific type of sleep.How Heart Rate Monitoring WorksIf you’ve ever had a heart issue, you may have been hooked up to a machine with a variety of electrodes to monitor your heart (an ECG or EKG). Those electrodes measure the small electrical currents emitted by the “pacemaker cells” in your heart. The best consumer-grade heart monitors use a simplified version of the same technique. A chest strap with electrodes on the inside is used. With that approach, it is possible to get both a very accurate measurement of heart rate, and also calculate Heart Rate Variability (HRV), an increasingly popular metric of fitness.As you can imagine, that’s something of a hassle, so most trackers rely on a less accurate but lower-hassle optical system. Optical heart rate monitors use a process called photoplethysmography (PPG) to calculate your heart rate by shining light into your skin and measuring the reflectance. The light is emitted from LEDs (usually at least two) on the inside of the tracking device. Multiple LEDs at different frequencies help provide better results across the wide range of possible skin colors and thickness.Unfortunately, the readings from an optical tracker placed on your wrist, or in a ring, are susceptible to fluctuations as you move. In particular, if you are running or jogging at a similar pace to your heart rate, then it is possible for a tracker to pick up on that cadence and think it is your heartbeat. This is often referred to as the “crossover problem.” Since only about .1 percent of the light reflected from your skin is related to the heart rate signal, there are plenty of opportunities for error to creep in.To help with this, many trackers also incorporate an accelerometer to help them disregard incorrect data. The amount of light reflected also varies with ambient light level, as unless you are in a dark room or have your hand and wrist completely covered, some pollution of the light from the LEDs will occur. Higher-end devices include ambient light monitoring to minimize this problem.Because of these issues, the most accurate of the optical heart rate devices appear to be armbands and clips that go on your finger. Of course, neither is quite as easy to use as a wrist-based tracker or even a ring, so a lot of work has gone into making more accurate heart rate tracking for popular devices that can be worn all day (and night). Manufacturers of brand-name models from Garmin, Fitbit, and others claim accuracy within 5 percent of a medical-grade device for their wrist-worn trackers. That’s pretty reasonable if you just want a general measure of your health, and an estimate of how much “cardio” time you’re getting from exercise each day, but certainly not good enough for training elite athletes.As an experiment, I outfitted myself with five different heart-rate-capable tracking devices. For starters, we have a Sleeptracker from FullPower under our mattress (which uses pressure and vibration to measure heart rate while asleep). Then I tried a ZeTime watch, a Fitbit Versa, a Huawei Band 3 Pro, and an inexpensive fingertip pulse-oximeter. While the data from the ZeTime nearly gave me a coronary (it showed some massive spikes while sleeping that certainly didn’t look healthy), the other four trackers were generally consistent in pattern, and fairly close in actual values. I’m sure some of the differences were caused by having to wear several at once, so none of them were really in an ideal location. None of these devices are accurate enough to calculate HRV, though. Leading HRV app maker EliteHRV only fully supports chest strap devices for that purpose.Using an ECG to Detect A-fibWhile the Apple Watch 4 isn’t the first wearable to be able to provide users with an electrocardiogram (ECG), it is by far the most popular. Specifically, on demand, the latest Apple Watch can provide an ECG trace and detect whether the user may be suffering from an irregular heartbeat — in this case atrial fibrillation or a-fib. It does that by measuring the electric pulses sent out by the heart as they reach the watch. To get a reading, the user lays their finger alongside the watch for 30 seconds to close the circuit. By itself, diagnosing an irregular heartbeat may not mean much, but it is enough reason to consider further evaluation by a medical professional. Apple helps the process along by providing a PDF of the ECG that the user can forward to their physician.To validate the effectiveness of this capability, Apple has funded an extensive study showing that wearers of its Watch 4 using this feature receive similar benefits to those wearing a medical device in a more typical week-long evaluation. There are clearly benefits to early detection of symptoms of possible heart disease. However, the medical community is divided over the value of diagnosing a-fib in otherwise healthy people with no specific propensity for heart disease. In any case, this capability is certainly a taste of what are likely to be further developments in tracking heart health through popular wearables.Sleep Tracking Compared With Sleep StudiesIf you have a sleep disorder or have ever suspected that you have an issue with sleep apnea, you were probably referred to a clinic that could load you up with electrodes and charge you a ton to let you know how, and how well, you sleep. But if you simply wanted an idea of how well you’re sleeping, and what you might be able to do to improve it, wearing a dozen electrodes every night certainly isn’t practical. Enter sleep trackers. Using one or more sensors, they rely on science and machine learning to estimate when you are sleeping, what phase of sleep you’re in, and suggest various health tips and tidbits.My experience with five different trackers that report on sleep indicates that consumer products can do a reasonable job of creating a rough outline of your sleep and waking states, and perhaps of roughly the total time spent in each of the labeled sleep states. These are commonly called Light, Deep, and REM, although a sleep researcher I spoke with said that medically REM is important enough that they start by classifying sleep into REM and non-REM. In any case, no two of the trackers matched on a consistent basis.Sleeptracker’s AI-powered cloud and proprietary sensor results in the sleep data I feel most confident about.The sleep tracker I’ve been using the longest is the Sleeptracker. The sensor pod goes under your mattress so it is totally hassle-free. Fullpower has also done an excellent job of building health statistics based on your demographic profile compared with its community of users. That lets them provide some interesting and potentially useful coaching tips. Placement of the sensor also helps them measure breathing rate — something the typical fitness trackers I’ve used couldn’t estimate. From speaking with Fullpower, the company credits its in-house design sensors that detect motion from under your mattress coupled with an AI model based on 250 million nights of sleep with giving the device 90%+ accuracy and putting it ahead of the competition. I also asked about the large variety of mattresses and learned that the device auto-calibrates, again based on the company’s cloud-based AI models. By using dual sensors, Sleeptracker can also monitor two sleepers in the same bed, which is pretty impressive.Fitbit Versa sleep data from the same night. The overall pattern and total time are similar, but the specific stages varied by quite a bit.Most other sleep trackers in use are simply fitness trackers that can do continuous heart-rate monitoring. They analyze data including how much you are moving and your heart rate to estimate whether you are asleep or awake, and which stage of sleep you’re in. Currently, none of the standard fitness trackers are certified as medical grade devices or for use in diagnosing sleep apnea. However, startup Beddr has a device you can attach to your forehead that also includes a pulse-oximeter and can be used to detect apnea events. Fitbit markets that its Charge 3 and Versa have SpO2 (pulse-ox) sensors, but they don’t actually do anything currently.Huawei’s sleep data from the same night (worn next to the Versa) shows a lot more time in deep sleep than any of the other trackers, which is consistent with its 20-60 percent reference data, which also seems high compared with the benchmarks used by the other companies. Caveat: Wearing two trackers on the same wrist or even one on each wrist (I tried it both ways) is certainly not a perfect way to compare them.The Quantified Self Is on the WayWhile consumer fitness and sleep trackers clearly have a long way to go before they are on a par with medical-grade procedures, progress has been and is likely to continue to be rapid. Sensors are getting smaller, less expensive, and more accurate at the same time that increased processing power and improved analysis tools are becoming available. What took a large watch a couple of years ago can now be done with a ring. As a next step, look for increased integration of personal tracking devices with the professional health care system. It is already starting to happen on a limited basis but is likely to become commonplace.[Image Credit: PPG]Now read from PCMag:The Best Fitness TrackersThe Best Fitness AppsThe Best Heart-Rate Monitors<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>  Celebs Who Were Sadly Killed By Their Fans Season 2 of Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ Release Date Confirmed How Sleep and Fitness Trackers Work, and Whether They’re Worth It 10 Comments The New ‘IT: Chapter Two’ Trailer is Absolutely Terrifying J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scenelast_img read more

Banque du Caire One of the Largest Stateowned Banks in Egypt Goes

first_imgNew Digital Experiences for Both Corporate and Retail Customers Rapidly Deployed With Bank’s Existing CoreTemenos, the banking software company, announces that Banque du Caire has gone live with Temenos Infinity, the omni-channel digital banking product to transform the bank’s multiple banking channels into a fast, seamless and compelling customer journey. At this first stage of the Temenos Infinity implementation, the bank has gone live with digital channels servicing corporate and retail customers. The second phase of the implementation will deliver enhanced customer engagement with the Temenos Infinity real time marketing, digital engagement and digital analytics modules. Temenos Infinity will allow Banque du Caire, which currently operates a network of 225 branches, to increase product agility and take new products and services quicker to market.Temenos Infinity was implemented through APIs as an independent front office platform on the bank’s existing third party core banking system. The bank is also undergoing a core banking system overhaul after choosing the cloud-native, cloud-agnostic Temenos T24 Transact, the next generation core banking product. By selecting Temenos’ integrated, packaged, open, upgradeable banking software Banque du Caire will benefit from accelerated project timelines which will massively reduce the cost of deployment.With this end-to-end digital transformation project, Banque du Caire will be empowered to not only realize its growth strategy in a cost-effective way, but also to bring cutting-edge banking services to its 2.9 million customers in Egypt and to continue working towards the bank’s vision to become the region’s leading bank.Marketing Technology News: Epicor Acquires Auto Care CRM Systems Provider MechanicNetWith its open API-first design, Temenos Infinity will enable Banque du Caire to connect with a wider ecosystem of financial and non-financial providers as well as the developer community to innovate and bring products to market faster to satisfy the Egyptian public needs. Banque du Caire is a multi-award winning, full-service bank that provides a complete array of products and services to the corporate and retail markets. The bank plays an effective role in financing vital sectors of the national economy through participating in the syndicated loans serving different sectors, as well as in financing SMEs and Microfinance projects. By implementing Temenos packaged, open and upgradeable software, Banque du Caire continues to ensure that the 10,000,000 million transactions processed monthly are fast, secure, and compliant, as well as providing world-class products and services to consumers and small business owners across Egypt.Amr El Shafei, Executive Vice Chairman, Banque du Caire, said: “We are delighted to be working with Temenos as our strategic technology partner for our digital transformation journey. The implementation of Temenos Infinity was on-time and on budget. Using Temenos Infinity, with its API-first technology, we will dramatically enhance our customers’ experience by leveraging emerging digital technologies and taking new innovative products and differentiated services to market rapidly. We selected Temenos’ integrated, packaged and open banking software for our front and back office as this will enable us to transform faster, drive out complexity and drastically lower our overall total cost of ownership. Temenos has a worldwide reputation for robust, innovative banking software and predictable, fast implementations combined with extensive presence and commitment in the Middle East.”Marketing Technology News: Global Software Leaders Xero and Stripe Join Forces to Bring Seamless Payments to Millions of Small BusinessesJean-Paul Mergeai, Managing Director – Middle East and Africa, Temenos, said: “Egypt is embracing the digital revolution and we see banks of all sizes embarking on digital transformation projects. We are delighted to be partnering with Banque du Caire. The bank has benefited with a fast implementation of its digital front office by selecting our integrated, packaged product, Temenos Infinity. By choosing to transform its operations front –to- back with our software products Temenos Infinity and Temenos T24 Transact on the same technology platform, Banque du Caire will benefit from a rapid deployment model and significantly lower costs. The bank will be positioned to leverage technology innovation to drive operational efficiencies and enhance their customer experience at a reduced cost.”Marketing Technology News: P&G’s Marc Pritchard and Brand Leaders from Taco Bell and LEGO Take on the Future of Advertising, Platforms and Purpose at Wake up with the Economist Banque du Caire, One of the Largest State-owned Banks in Egypt, Goes Live With Temenos to Redefine Digital Customer Experience Business WireJune 25, 2019, 6:30 pmJune 25, 2019 Banque du Cairedigital customer experienceMarketing TechnologyNewsState-owned BanksTemenosTemenos T24 Transact Previous ArticleNew Study Finds Millennials Are the Biggest Audio Generation, Listening to More Content Than All Others: More Types, More Times, More PlacesNext ArticleUJET Unveils Enhancements to Customer Support Platform that Expand Fit and Flexibility within the Contact Center Ecosystemlast_img read more

Rishi Kapoor Suggests the Perfect ICC World Cup Trophy Design and We

first_img amitabh bachchanAmitabh Bachchan ICC World CupAmitabh Bachchan ICC World Cup 2019Amitabh Bachchan Twitter First Published: June 15, 2019, 8:27 AM IST Before Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan also expressed his displeasure as to how the cricket tournament was progressing. On June 14, Bachchan had tweeted, “shift the tournament WC 2019 to India .. we need the rain.. (sic)!!!” shift the tournament WC 2019 to India .. we need the rain .. !!! https://t.co/KcGAAEODyr— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 13, 2019In another image posted by Kapoor on Friday, he was seen posing for a photograph with Pakistani actress Mawra Hocane. Hocane, who made her Bollywood debut with Sanam Teri Kasam in 2016, had visited Kapoor in Manhattan, New York with a friend. Kapoor shared the image of their happy times together on Twitter and wrote, “She is the famous actor from Pakistan,Mawra Hocane (left) and her friend Khatija. Sweet of them to visit us (sic).”She is the famous actor from Pakistan,Mawra Hocane (left) and her friend Khatija. Sweet of them to visit us https://t.co/YM1tztOyQ6— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) June 14, 2019Follow @News18Movies for morecenter_img Going by this week’s ICC World Cup 2019 tournament, it may be ascertained that the rain gods in England have not been favourable to fans’ feelings. Due to rainfall, some of the important and anticipated matches at the ICC tournament were washed out, much to the annoyance of the viewers. Reportedly, around 15,000 Indian fans came to Trent Bridge on Thursday to catch up on the India vs New Zealand match, before turning miserable due to the wet spell in England. Rishi Kapoor, who is known for his witty take on events and is currently stationed in New York, on Friday, posted a re-imagined version of the ICC World Cup trophy, keeping in mind how the tournament is progressing, amidst rain and fury of fans. Kapoor shared an image of a gold-plated, inverted umbrella and wrote on his Twitter handle, “The new ICC Cricket World Cup design.” The new ICC Cricket World Cup design. pic.twitter.com/kzIkR8c1Rl— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) June 14, 2019last_img read more

Unemployment in India Lower Than China and Asia Pacific Says Minister Quoting

first_img jobsLabour and Employment Ministersantosh kumar gangwarunemployment First Published: July 3, 2019, 6:05 PM IST New Delhi: India has the least unemployment rate in the world based on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) report, but the government is not satisified with it, Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said in the Rajya Sabha Wednesday.As per the ILO report, unemployment rate stood at 3.5 per cent in India, against 4.7 per cent in China and 4.2 per cent in Asia Pacific, he said during the Question Hour. The Minister also said that the data given before the general elections was not true.”India has least unemployment rate in the world based on ILO report. …India’s situation is better than other countries, but we are not satisfied with it,” Gangwar said.The Prime Minister is talking about reforms. There is no dearth of jobs in the country, but people want stable and government jobs, he added.To a query on decline in jobs in the informal sector, the Minister said: “We have no information on decline in the informal sector.”After the government came to power, it is working more proactively in this area.The government is very active in creating employment, he said, adding that in the formal sector, there has been increase in jobs by 1 crore each year.He was also asked if job seekers are getting the benefit after the government removed interview process for some category of government jobs.The Minister said: Interview is scrapped for D category posts, it is benefitting. About 10-12 per cent jobs are getting vacant each year, we are in the process of filling them up. It takes one year to offer a job in this process.”On the demand to set up an institutional mechanism to maintain a consolidated data of vacancies and potential recruitment in the country, Gangwar said there is a set system in place for government jobs.”In the last five years under UPSC and SSE, 2,45,470 government jobs were offered. That apart, the government recruiting agencies are also filling up posts. We make efforts to give information about the recruitment from time to time,” he added. last_img read more

News18 Daybreak Nirmala Sitharaman to Announce Her First Budget Today and Other

first_img news18 daybreakNirmala Sitharamanunion budget 2019 First Published: July 5, 2019, 8:31 AM IST Today’s Big StoriesFM Nirmala Sitharaman to announce her first Budget today, here’s what to expect Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will announce her first budget today, that will present a roadmap for Modi government’s second term.Budget 2019 comes at a crucial juncture for the government, which has been consistently racked by concerns around unemployment and sluggish GDP growth.Follow the live updates here.What to expect: The FM is expected to lower corporate taxes for small and medium-sized businesses and personal ones towards reviving consumption by the middle classes.The Budget 2019 might come as a relief to the common man in particular as Sitharaman is likely to raise the income tax threshold for certain categories.A boost in spending across sectors, including agriculture, healthcare and social sectors is also expected, which will come at the cost of short-term fiscal deficit targets.Some analysts, however, believe that the less-than-ideal state of the economy might compel the government to stick to earnings, expenditures and investments it had put in the Interim Budget.Here are some other major demands the Budget is likely to address from across sectors.Economic Survey indicates: The Economic Survey that was released yesterday ticked all the right boxes in exhorting industry to come forward with investments to boost growth, debunking the correlation between increasing investments and job destruction, and explaining why the small and medium enterprises are erroneously thought to be mega job creators.It also forecasts that the Indian economy will grow at 7% this fiscal, which would be an improvement over the 6.8% growth rate clocked in 2018-19.Ravi Shankar Prasad moves Aadhar Amendment Bill, faces strong oppositionUnion Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad moved the Aadhaar and Other Laws Amendment Bill, 2019 in the House for consideration, asserting that Parliament not only had the “right to make laws” but also “undo judgements”. He, however, faced opposition in several lawmakers including Congress MP Manish Tiwari who said that the government should first think about privacy and take into account a citizen’s “right to be forgotten”.In Other News‘Seen it before’: India on Thursday took a grim view of Pakistan’s announcement of crackdown against Hafiz Saeed, leader of the group blamed for the 2008 attacks in Mumbai. According to sources, India said that it will not be “fooled” by Islamabad’s “cosmetic” steps.Brash attack: The son of former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane – Congress MLA Nitish Rane – was taken into custody after he was caught on camera tying and pouring mud on a deputy engineer.You’ve been served: Two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tough talk on Akash Vijayvargiya for assaulting a civic official with a bat, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) issued a show cause notice to the first-time MLA.Freedom to choose: Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan, who was under attack from Muslim clerics for wearing ‘sindoor’ and ‘mangalsutra’, on Thursday repeated her look as she stood with CM Mamata Banerjee for Kolkata’s annual Rath Yatra.ICC Work Cup 2019: A combined effort with both bat and ball helped West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs at Headingley on Thursday and finish their 2019 World Cup campaign on a high. Afghanistan, on the other hand, returned home with nine defeats in as many games.On Our SpecialsA hard look: Not many would like to be in the shoes of finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman this week. The second-term NDA government is slated to present its maiden Budget on Friday and all eyes will be on the measures Sitharaman announces to tackle the visible stress afflicting the Indian economy. GDP growth has been faltering (it was at 20-quarter low in the March quarter), questions are being raised on the reported growth numbers under this government’s first term, jobs have dried up and a truant monsoon is making life rather tough for farmers. Sindhu Bhattacharya looks at if the Modi government has money in its coffers to fulfill BJP’s poll promises.On ReelAs India awaits Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s maiden Union Budget presentation today, here’s a look at some very interesting facts and trivia about the previous budgets.last_img read more

Vande Bharat Express Likely from August Delhi to Katra in 8 Hours​

first_img Delhi-KatraTrain 18vaishno deviVaishno Devi yatra First Published: July 15, 2019, 8:09 PM IST New Delhi: The much-awaited second Vande Bharat Express will be run on the high traffic Delhi-Katra route three days a week, likely from next month, sources said on Monday.The Delhi-Katra route was chosen by the Railway Board in a bid to capitalise on the high traffic volume owing to the Vaishno Devi temple pilgrimage, they said. The high-speed train will bring down the travel time between Delhi and Katra, the last station on the way to Vaishno Devi temple, to eight hours from 12 hours it takes currently.The first Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 was launched on the Delhi-Varanasi route.The second Vande Bharat Express is proposed to be run three days a week, which could be extended up to five, they said.”The train will run every Monday, Thursday and Saturday for now. However, depending on the demand, we might extend it by two more days,” said the source.The train will leave from Delhi at 06:00 hours and reach Katra at 14:00 hours. On its return journey, it will leave Katra the same day at 15:00 hours and reach Delhi at 23:00 hours.Running at a maximum speed of 130 kmph, the train will have around two-minute halts each at Ambala, Ludhiana, and Jammu Tawi, before Katra.The train has undergone trials on the Delhi-Katra route, which was chosen among others such as Delhi-Amritsar and Delhi-Chandigarh that were also in the contention for the premium service.Unlike its earlier version, which was criticised for lack of adequate space for pantry, the upgraded train has more space to store meals for passengers.It has adjustable seats and improved washbasins, a sturdy aluminium-clad nose cover to avoid damage due to cattle run-over and special anti-spall film on windows to guard against stone pelting.The first Train 18 was launched on February 15 on the Delhi-Varanasi route. It runs five days a week.Currently, the second train is undergoing additional trials. last_img read more

Luzli Roller headphones feature 13 folding links 3k price tag

first_imgSOURCE Luzli When it comes to headphones, nothing can beat the compactness and portability of ear buds. Most larger over-ear and on-ear models at least try to take up less space when not on your head with a folding hinge on each side. Now there’s a pair of premium headphones that tries to go a step further: the Luzli Roller MK01 features a design similar to a link-style metal watchband, allowing it to literally roll up into a smaller size. Made of stainless steel and aluminum, the Roller MK01 has a headband with 13 links and 22 separate springs, meaning the headphones can not only roll up, but also provide a more comfortable fit on the wearer’s head. The trade-off, however, is a luxury-level price tag.For $3,000, buyers will the headphones inside a fancy wooden display case, along with a suede travel bag, extra set of foam earpads, a cleaning cloth, and a detachable 3.5mm cable that runs 1.5 meters long. There’s no Bluetooth or noise cancellation, but there is an option to get engraved name plates.Luzli says that each pair of Roller MK01s is built by hand in Switzerland, and they are only produced in limited edition batches. While they certainly have an impressive design and function, $3,000 is still a bit much to ask for a pair of headphones that are a little more travel-friendly than the typical models.last_img read more