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Salesforce and United Way Worldwide Introduce New Salesforceorg Philanthropy Cloud Volunteering Capability

first_img cloudcrmDeloitteMarketing TechnologyNewsRob AckerSalesforceStephanie Slingerland Previous Article3Cinteractive and Automagi Partner to Enable RCS Business Messaging in JapanNext ArticleXactly Unveils AI-powered Solution to Deliver Real-Time Data-Driven Insights for Sales Launched in 2018, Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud is a platform for employees to find opportunities to engage in their communities. With more than 60,000 corporate partners, United Way engages with their employees to improve lives and strengthen communities around the world. The organization’s corporate partners contribute billions of dollars and countless volunteer hours to help those in need. Together, Salesforce and United Way are connecting corporations, employees and nonprofits at scale.Marketing Technology News: Tellius Named by Gartner as a 2019 Cool Vendor in AnalyticsTracking Impact on One Single PlatformIn addition to giving to causes by donating money, employees want to volunteer their time and skills. According to Povaddo, 68% of employees want their employers to provide volunteer opportunities.Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud has redefined community engagement in the workplace. With this tool, not only can employees connect with opportunities, companies can now automate the management of workplace campaigns and efficiently report on them. With this new volunteering capability, Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud will now enable employee-driven philanthropy through a single platform to track employee giving and report on impact.New key features include:Skills-Based Volunteering – Employees don’t just donate their time; now with Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud, they can donate their skills. Salesforce Einstein AI matches volunteering opportunities to each employee’s skills in a personalized dashboard.One Integrated Platform – For the first time, employees can see giving and volunteering opportunities and reporting side by side. They can choose whether they want to donate their money, time, or both in the same interface.Champion Role – With Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud, companies can designate Champion Roles, which allow the most enthusiastic employees to create volunteering opportunities, share stories, and make volunteering contagious.“Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud is ushering in a new era of corporate giving, and we’re thrilled to expand upon the innovations to make it even easier for employees to get involved,” said Rob Acker, CEO, Salesforce.org. “New generations of the workforce expect and demand that corporations take a leading role in making the world a better place, and Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud is delivering this solution.”“The Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud platform is the cornerstone of United Way’s commitment to changing how employers empower their employees to effect real change in their communities and to creating a real community of philanthropy in the workforce,” said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO, United Way Worldwide. “With the new volunteering capability, we are poised to help businesses mobilize their full game-changing potential in the communities where their employees live, work and play. We are excited by the momentum we’re seeing around Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud and look forward to continuing to work with employees and employers in more ways to advance our fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.”“Engaging employees with their communities is a growing focus for companies today in an effort to align employee and business values,” said Rebecca Wettemann, VP Research at Nucleus Research. “The new volunteering capabilities in Salesforce.Philanthropy Cloud will help deepen employee engagement, attract and retain talent, and elevate the workplace culture.”Marketing Technology News: BabbleLabs Raises $14 million Series A Financing from Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital to Accelerate Speech TechnologyTrailblazing Companies Choose Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud to Help Accelerate Social GoodKellogg Company, a global food company that strives to nourish families so they can flourish and thrive, has been a partner of United Way for more than 90 years. With Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud, Kellogg is now able to further elevate its Kellogg’s® Better Days commitment to help end hunger and create Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030. The company is deeply committed to advocating on behalf of hungry children everywhere and engaging people to help address the important issue of food security. Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud will better enable Kellogg’s employees across the U.S. to donate their time, money, and skills to the causes of their choice.“From our earliest days, Kellogg has been a purpose-driven company with a heart and soul,” said Stephanie Slingerland, global philanthropy lead for Kellogg Company and executive director of the company’s charitable funds. “Our employees are committed to giving back – from lending a hand when disaster strikes to packing thousands of meals for families in need. With this state-of-the-art tool and support from our partners at United Way, we’re able to better engage our employees and create even more Better Days for people and communities.”Marketing Technology News: Neongecko Inc. Launches “Neon AI SDK” – New “Software Development Kit for Artificial Intelligence” Supports AI Conversations in Multiple LanguagesDeloitte, a global provider of industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services, has been working with Salesforce as a go-to-market alliance since 2006. The organization is also committed to driving positive, societal impact with its corporate citizenship initiatives. In the U.S., Deloitte engages up to 25,000 professionals to volunteer annually in communities nationwide during its “Impact Day” of service and also inspires year-round volunteering to help build bridges to opportunity through programs such as mentorship through its RightStep™ college readiness initiative. Most recently, Deloitte has been recognized by Fortune’s The 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back and People magazine’s Companies that Care for its corporate social responsibility programs. With Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud, Deloitte will further connect its professionals’ volunteering activities to corporate giving initiatives and most importantly, to the causes and communities that matter most to them.“We believe that the power of human connection can help foster a more productive, innovative, and inclusive society. Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for community-powered social impact by harnessing the collective power of Deloitte’s people and network to help change lives, build stronger systems, and shape the future,” said Doug Marshall, managing director of Corporate Citizenship, Deloitte LLP. “Integrating Salesforce.org’s Philanthropy Cloud into our corporate citizenship engine is a natural fit given our long-standing relationship with Salesforce and our commitment to fostering employee volunteerism. By empowering our employees to give back to causes that are important to them, we can help achieve lasting social impact for the greater good.”Marketing Technology News: Mastercard Digital Wellness Program to Enhance Transparency, Security and Choice for Online Shopping With new volunteering capability, companies can organize, administer and report on employee-led philanthropic initiatives on one unified platformSalesforce, the global leader in CRM, and United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit, announced a new volunteering capability for Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud that allows employees to volunteer and connect with the causes they care about. Salesforce and United Way are also announcing Deloitte and Kellogg Company as customers, leveraging Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud to provide a seamless and transparent giving and volunteering experience for their personnel.A Partnership to Revolutionize PhilanthropyToday, new generations of the workforce expect and demand that companies take a leading role in making the world a better place. Additionally, customers are increasingly basing their buying decisions on corporate values. In fact, 76% of customers believe companies are responsible for giving back to their communities.center_img Salesforce and United Way Worldwide Introduce New Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud Volunteering Capability, Announce Kellogg Company and Deloitte as Customers PRNewswireJune 13, 2019, 9:44 pmJune 13, 2019 last_img read more

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MarTech Interview with Jason Wulfsohn CoFounder and COO at AUDIENCEX

first_imgThe MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. About AUDIENCEX Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start AUDIENCEX?I started my career directing television commercials and feature films after I graduated from USC film school in the late 90s. Eventually, I realized there was a compelling business rationale to launch my own commercial production company, especially during a time when broadcast spots were still the centerpiece of any brand campaign.Several of our clients were looking for more comprehensive Marketing support than simple Production services, and over time, we built out a creative and strategy team, followed by Client services and, finally, Media. At that point, it was apparent we had created a functional ad agency and brought in a Business Development team to grow further. Inevitably, we shifted increasingly into digital and experienced rapid and sustainable growth, far more than we were seeing with traditional channels.In 2014, my business partner and I acquired a Digital Agency in San Diego, along with a DSP and retargeting platform. From this, we integrated all the disparate pieces and in 2015 rebranded as AUDIENCEX, with the goal of delivering omnichannel digital campaigns for performance marketers.What is AUDIENCEX and how does it make Advertising intelligent?AUDIENCEX is built to empower performance agencies and brands with enterprise-class technology tools and fully integrated strategic support to engage audiences and elevate advertising. We seek to remove barriers to enterprise-class tech and equip marketers with the tools and services they deserve, from digital agencies to challenger brands and category leaders. We do this by partnering with the best in MarTech, creating a holistic advertising powerhouse that delivers premium tech, better performance, and a clearer perspective.How do you focus on bringing Audience Experience and Data Analytics together at AUDIENCEX? What are the core technologies driving your product? At the core of our newly launched trading desk, tdX is a robust proprietary platform analysis tool that determines the best platform mix for an advertiser’s unique goals. The tool assesses each integrated platform against over 200 attributes that can impact every conceivable aspect of campaign performance, helping us craft a fully-dimensionalized strategic solution catered to each campaign’s unique KPIs and each advertiser’s unique brand and audience goals.Tell us about your recent partnership with Marin Software? How would it benefit Marketers and Advertisers?To create a cohesive omnichannel campaign, marketers must be able to optimize across channels, including the walled gardens. As a direct result of our new partnership with Marin Software, AUDIENCEX enables marketers to leverage powerful performance and data synergies between different channels, from programmatic to search, social and Amazon. The result is cross-channel data integration and performance lift across all touchpoints within a consumer’s day. Beyond this, we are able to build more sophisticated multi-touch attribution modeling, which in turn yields deeper insights into cross-channel performance for our customers.Which segment of customers in the Martech landscape are you currently focusing on, to grow your market and services? Since our inception, we have been singularly focused on helping mid-market performance advertisers by empowering them with enterprise-class tech that is otherwise unavailable to them. It’s our belief that the entirety of the advertising ecosystem benefits when all marketers — regardless of scale — can efficiently and effectively engage their audiences in the moments that matter. This strategy has delivered accelerated and scalable growth for AUDIENCEX over the last five years, in part because of our intentional focus on what is both an underserved and largely untapped market opportunity.Tell us about your tune-in media strategies, cross-screen tactics, and creative messaging that could boost cross-channel viewership?We believe that it’s all about reaching consumers in the right moment, which is found by deeply assessing a complex array of contextual variables. What a consumer is watching at a given moment is a single component of that analysis. With addressable television, for example, we are able to reach consumers with compelling creative, concurrently sequencing messaging across devices to leverage each channel’s strengths — whether it’s garnering awareness through captivating video or nurturing the funnel with thoughtful social, display and native.How does AUDIENCEX drive cross-channel growth? How do you plan to empower omnichannel marketing teams with better control and transparency?First, we look beyond basic metrics and instead help marketers forge a path toward real, sustainable growth. To provide advertisers with better control, we’ve partnered with multiple leading DSPs, offering their technology to our advertisers on both a managed and self-serve basis. To deliver advertisers with better transparency, we’ve invested heavily in various sophisticated reporting solutions, including several that we have built and engineered ourselves, to help marry the data across our complex array of different partners. This is an area where we continue to invest in product development and ongoing research and innovation, including in the increasingly critical area of multi-touch attribution.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use?Much like the advertisers we serve, we use a mix of trusted, industry-leading CRM and Sales Enablement platforms, as well as Data Visualization tools like Tableau and Looker.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in AI and Data Management technology for 2019-2020?Today, Marketers have the opportunity to adapt to constantly evolving consumer wants and inclinations by delivering ad formats that adjust in real time, delivering more meaningful points of connections between brands and audiences in the moments that matter most. Soon, the next generation of MarTech AI will improve the efficiency of these capabilities even further. AI will think beyond existing binary metrics and evolve to granularly assess the quality of each interaction, taking advantage of the power inherent in a specific moment.Ever increasing consolidation in the AdTech space, driven by the largest technology and media companies — and built upon a strategy of acquisition — could usher in an emerging era of change and disruption from companies able to compete on the basis of agility, speed, and feature innovation. For instance, companies like Seenthis, Viewst, and Tapad are driving innovation in the areas of optimized video content, rich media mobile and device graphing.Marketers will continue to demand better quality audience data solutions, and the tools and providers that can look beyond cookies and evolve to turn otherwise fragmented data profiles into a cohesive customer perspective will flourish. After all, inadequate cross-device identification inherently leads to compromised performance, whereas data that brings to life fully-dimensionalized human behaviors — and links brands to audiences with smarter, more thoughtful ads —will drive powerful connections that yield conversions brands truly care about.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now? Brave — A privacy-oriented web browser that is seeking to introduce its own ad network in order to ‘deliver effective advertising while giving users privacy and control.’ In response to GDPR and the evolving data privacy regulatory environment in the U.S., it will be interesting to see how their model evolves.Faire — Helping independents compete with Amazon via a wholesale marketplace for smaller retailers that help them stock their shelves, paying only when items sell. It uses data science to help retailers discover new products. Faire is putting power back into the hands of the 1 million+ local retailers that drive nearly $1 trillion in annual revenues in the U.S.Thankyou — a remarkable social enterprise startup based in Australia that commits 100% of its profits to the goal of ending global poverty. Thankyou has built a transformational consumer movement that to date has raised millions of dollars to get safe water, toilets and child and maternal health programs to hundreds and thousands of people in need.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a Business Leader?We continue to see a dynamic tension between human-powered optimization and AI-driven technology solutions and we see real value in preserving this balance. We empower our strategy, customer success and ops teams to champion a holistic strategic POV that can be thoughtfully deployed within the context of an AI-powered campaign, an approach we don’t intend to move away from even as AI-innovation continues to impact literally every aspect of the campaign lifecycle, from Productivity to Performance and Personalization.How do you inspire your people to work with technology?We seek to think about functionality in an integrated way, rather than simply viewing tech and tech innovation in the abstract. We are deeply interested in how technology can have an impact on clearly defined, measurable business outcomes, both operationally as a company and in terms of how we deliver performance outcomes for our clients. In the media space, where there is ever increasing complexity in terms of campaign architecture and data structures, identifying technology solutions that deliver coherence, simplicity, and impact is the central narrative we use to inspire both our internal teams, as well as our customers, with respect to new and emerging technologies. One word (phrase) that best describes how you work.Creative problem-solving.What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?LinkedInWazeWhatsAppIMDBNestWim Hof Method appWhat’s your smartest work-related shortcut or productivity hack?It’s less a work-related shortcut and is more to do with helping encourage better productivity for myself and for our entire organization. It’s achieved when leadership is able to communicate a sense of shared commitment to achieving larger company goals. It’s about finding ways to articulate a macro narrative that can help stakeholders and team members contextualize the why and how behind high-level strategic decisions. If I can help connect the day-to-day to a larger, and perhaps deeper, sense of purpose, then it can often be transformational. Without this, leaders and team members can sometimes feel like they are adrift, divorced from an overarching strategic rationale. Bottom line: it’s crucial for everyone and anyone within an organization to feel like their contributions, at whatever level, are meaningful and making a real and definable impact.What are you currently reading? (What do you read, and how do you consume information?)Despite working primarily in Digital Media, I still have a real affection for the printed page, from newspapers to magazines to novels. Personally, I subscribe to The New York Times and The New Yorker print editions and watch films from start to finish, especially on the new Criterion Channel. Currently, I’m reading Satya Nadella’s book “Hit Refresh” which I find to be important and timely, and I’m also currently re-reading “The Tempest” for an upcoming stage production that I’m helping to direct.What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?Success is often achieved by being hyper-aggressive about opportunity whenever and however it presents itself, which, of course, is almost always unpredictable. Not every opportunity will translate into success, but if you pursue every opportunity with the expectation that it can be a game-changer, it often works out that way.Something you do better than others – the secret of your success?Getting same-day reservations at impossibly popular restaurants and, in the office, using emotional intelligence to help resolve communication obstacles.Tag the one person (or more) in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read:Peter Diamandis (founder The X Prize Foundation)Amy Webb (author “The Big Nine”)Henry Jenkins (Provost Professor of Communications, USC)Thank you, Jason! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. MarTech Interview with Jason Wulfsohn, Co-Founder and COO at AUDIENCEX Sudipto GhoshJuly 5, 2019, 1:30 pmJuly 5, 2019 MarTech Interview Series Jason is COO and Co-Chairman of AUDIENCEX. Working as both strategist and creative director he brings over eighteen years of experience across multiple platforms, including broadcast commercials, leading-edge digital, branded entertainment and feature films, developing award-winning campaigns for brands such as Sony, Toyota, Disney, Blue Cross, Vizio, 1-800-Flowers, and Honda. In 2008 he co-founded ONE/x, a digitally driven creative and strategy shop, where he served as Executive Creative Director.Jason earned a BA and MA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MFA from USC Film School.center_img About JasonAbout AUDIENCEXAbout Jason “To create a cohesive omnichannel campaign, marketers must be able to optimize across channels, including the walled gardens.” AUDIENCEX is an integrated Advertising and Marketing agency driven to empower marketers, engage audiences, and elevate advertising. Trusted by over 500 brands & agencies, AUDIENCEX is a leading provider of high performing, end-to-end campaigns for marketers of all industries, empowering them with the strategic support & innovative martech they need to effectively engage even the most elusive audiences.AUDIENCEX is headquartered in Marina Del Rey and operates in 11 offices throughout North America, including New York, Chicago, Toronto, Dallas, and San Francisco.hn AIAmazonAudienceXCampaign Performancecrmdata visualizationdigital mediainterviewsJason WulfsohnMarTech Interviewmedia mobileOmnichannelPOVretargeting platform Previous ArticleTechBytes with Brad Danaher, Director of TV Services at Experian Marketing ServicesNext ArticleBBC World News Launches Personalisable Programme With Millions of Alternative Versionslast_img read more

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Cloudinary Brings Adobe Creative Cloud Connector for Dynamic Digital Experiences

first_img Adobe Creative CloudCLoudinarydigital asset managementDynamic Digital ExperiencesMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleOracle Ushers in New Era of AnalyticsNext ArticleNeongecko Inc. Launches “Neon AI Nano HTML” to Add Conversational AI to Websites Integration Enables Cloudinary DAM and Adobe Creative Cloud Users to More Easily Deliver Engaging Campaigns and Dynamic Digital ExperiencesCloudinary announced that it is adding the Adobe Creative Cloud Connector to its suite of end-to-end media management integrations. The new connector enables Cloudinary Digital Asset Management (DAM) and Creative Cloud customers to streamline media workflows, allowing creative, marketing and development stakeholders to work seamlessly and more effectively across solutions, and more easily create and deliver dynamic media experiences. The Connector is currently in beta with customers and will be generally available this summer.“Our integration with Creative Cloud makes the entire media management process even more seamless, facilitating deep productivity improvements and improved workflows across teams.”Adobe Creative Cloud compromises Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and more, enabling users to manage everything from image compositing and photo editing to website design. The Cloudinary Creative Cloud Connector enables users to move media assets freely between both Cloudinary and Adobe platforms, and quickly and easily manipulate and transform those assets within a single source of truth for optimal delivery across browsers and mobile devices, no matter where customers are engaging.Marketing Technology News: Leading Associations Turn to ON24 for Member Engagement and Revenue Growth“The Cloudinary DAM solution enables brands to craft dynamic media experiences that support greater user engagement and improved bottom-line impact,” said Ariel Shiran, Senior Director of Product, Cloudinary. “Our integration with Creative Cloud makes the entire media management process even more seamless, facilitating deep productivity improvements and improved workflows across teams.”Marketing Technology News: Zeno Media and ADORA Cooperate on Strategic Marketing and Mobile App Content for Diaspora ListenersLater this week, Cloudinary will be at the Henry Stewart DAM Europe 2019 conference in London, June 27-28, demoing its recently enhanced DAM, which helps dozens of leading brands manage their media assets and workflows, including Apartment Therapy, Gymshark, Nintendo of Europe, StubHub and trivago.Marketing Technology News: Insite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommerce Cloudinary Brings Adobe Creative Cloud Connector for Dynamic Digital Experiences Business WireJune 26, 2019, 2:48 pmJune 26, 2019 last_img read more

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Conga Study Documents are Going Digital but 76 of Companies Yet to

first_img“When organizations focus on documents as the first step in their digital transformation journeys, it provides a path to progress that leads to improved productivity and business growth,” said Doug Rybacki, Chief Technology Officer, Conga. “The results of the Digital Document Transformation Pulse Survey indicate that while organizations understand the importance of digitizing documents — especially contracts and agreements — there is still incredible potential for them to adopt AI to modernize the process to eliminate human errors, enhance the customer experience and close deals faster than ever before.”Documents are essential to business, but when they are stuck on paper, they can create a lot of drag — and worse, risks such as audits, missing contract clauses and even lawsuits. The Digital Document Transformation Study found that there’s a strong correlation between DDX and companies that are prevailing by maximizing efficiencies, increasing revenue and providing a better customer experience — with 49% of those who are winning already transforming eight or more types of documents.Marketing Technology News: Beanstalk Digital Launches Beanstalk Predictive to Provide Robust Data Analytics Through AI-Driven InsightsAdditional highlights of the study include:60% of respondents believe that artificial intelligence (AI) is critical in transforming documents and document processes, with 37% either having plans to adopt AI or some level of AI already in place.Contracts and agreements are the most commonly digitized documents, with customer and marketing communications next on the list (50% of respondents), closely followed by billing and invoices, signatures, HR documents and offer letters.On the other end of the spectrum, documents that are least frequently digitized include RFPs, procurement documents, and finally, negotiations, which prove to be the true last mile in DDX at less than 24% adoption.As organizations seek a reliable technology vendor to partner with them on their digital transformation journeys, the factors on which make their decision are price-to-value, return on investment and speed of deployment and adoption – mirroring the exact reasons that companies transform documents and automate processes.Marketing Technology News: JotForm Reaches 5 Millionth User After Major Launch AIcongaDigital DocumentDoug RybackiMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleNewsCred Announces $20 Million in Additional Financing; Takes Aim at Global Marketing TransformationNext ArticleDatadog Announces Support for Microsoft Azure Deployment Manager Conga Study: Documents are Going Digital but 76% of Companies Yet to Fully Transform Business WireJuly 12, 2019, 9:15 pmJuly 12, 2019 center_img Research demonstrates more transformation — and automation — helps enterprises prevail Conga, the leader in end-to-end Digital Document Transformation (DDX), announced the results of its inaugural Digital Document Transformation Pulse Survey, which found that while two-thirds of companies have digitized contracts and agreements, the majority have yet to automate associated processes, including negotiations (24%) and electronic signatures (45%).The benchmark study aims to provide a pulse on how businesses are embracing digital transformation — and the role DDX is playing in the process. It offers insights into how and why companies are engaging in DDX, the key ingredients for successful transformation and best practices for measuring progress.Marketing Technology News: Zeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data Cloudlast_img read more

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OpenText Automates Invoicing for Rosneft Deutschland

first_imgOil Refiner Expands Operations with OpenText Business NetworkOpenText, a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), announced Rosneft Deutschland GmbH, Germany’s third largest crude oil refiner and a major wholesaler of petroleum products, has deployed OpenText Business Network solutions to help accelerate invoicing automation.OpenText™ B2B Managed Services and OpenText Active Invoices with Compliance enable Rosneft Deutschland to more quickly onboard and deliver electronic invoices to customers in multiple countries, assisting in compliance with local legal and technical requirements. The solution seamlessly integrates with SAP S/4HANA, the cloud-based ERP platform Rosneft Deutschland is implementing to digitally transform its core business processes.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakers“To expand our business, we needed experienced partners such as OpenText to help us redesign technical systems to meet specific requirements, and to connect our refineries and customers with a high degree of automation,” said Thomas Titsch, CIO of Rosneft Deutschland. “OpenText streamlined the integration of electronic invoicing with S/4HANA and extended our capabilities in this market.”“An increasing majority of businesses are making the strategic decision to migrate enterprise applications to the cloud to enable process transformation and to better manage data,” said Muhi Majzoub, executive vice president of engineering, OpenText. “Our secure Business Network, which tightly syncs with SAP, is helping Rosneft Deutschland expedite and grow its business by facilitating scalable outbound digital invoicing in the cloud.”Marketing Technology News: GCOM Software Announces Ernie Connon as New Chief Growth OfficerWith OpenText cloud-based Active Invoices with Compliance, Rosneft Deutschland can now consolidate both structured and unstructured data from across applications to help create accurate and complete invoices. The solution validates information consistency and assists the company to manage digital signatures and archive invoices according to specific regulations.OpenText hosts Rosneft Deutschland electronic invoicing on OpenText Trading Grid, a leading cloud-based B2B integration platform currently serving more than 800,000 businesses. Rosneft Deutschland suppliers already utilizing Trading Grid can more easily connect to the company’s new digital invoicing system. OpenText B2B Managed Services professionals integrate and communicate with customers and manage the invoicing process, reducing time and resources required by Rosneft Deutschland and its customers.Marketing Technology News: Blackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing Platform cloudEnterprise information managementERP platformNewsOpenTextRosneft DeutschlandThomas Titsch Previous ArticleGumGum Sports: Women’s World Cup Unused In-Stadia Space Could Have Netted Sponsor $1 Million Per Match ValueNext ArticleAdobe Survey Says That Voice and Screen Combined Are the Future OpenText Automates Invoicing for Rosneft Deutschland PRNewswire1 day agoJuly 23, 2019 last_img read more

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Twitter Cracks Whip on Hate Speech Bans Dehumanising Posts Toward Religious Groups

first_imgSan Francisco: Twitter now prohibits hate speech that targets religious groups using dehumanising language.The social network already bars hateful language directed at individual religious adherents. Tuesday’s change broadens that rule to forbid likening entire religious groups to subhumans or vermin. The company has come under fire along with fellow social media networks such as Facebook and YouTube for the prevalence of harassment and offensive language on its service.Twitter’s latest update came after users wrote in thousands of responses when the company asked for suggestions on how to expand its hate speech policies.The company says it may also ban similar language aimed at other groups such as those defined by gender, race and sexual orientation. hate speechsocial mediatwitter First Published: July 9, 2019, 9:32 PM ISTlast_img read more

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The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Movie Review Dhanushs Charming World

first_imgThe Extraordinary Journey of the FakirCast: Dhanush, Barkhad Abdi, Bérénice BejoDirector: Ken Scott Have you never judged a story by its narrator and not its characters? The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is one such story where the storyteller, despite being a major character, leaves you chaffing the truth from fiction. A street smart Mumbai guy Ajatashatru Lavash Patel (Dhanush) offers a story to three slum kids who are in police custody. This story has turns and twists and all the major plot tropes of a make-believe fairy-tale, including exotic locations, the hope of being loved one day and song and dance. Through planes, cruises and even a hot-air balloon, Ajatashatru takes us to Paris, where the air is filled with love 10 times more than rest of the world, Americans are searching their souls and playing characters in apparent and covert lives. Ajatashatru, with a charming smile and agile feet, keeps banking on his good ‘karma’ and some skills he acquired on those notorious life-altering Mumbai roads. He is out there to give us good life lessons and on occasions he gets it right, some laughs too. Read: Men In Black International Movie ReviewRead: X-Men Dark Phoenix Movie ReviewDirector Ken Scott’s perspective is as western as it could be—there’s a poor slum guy with a heart of gold, lungs of hope and feet of a peacock. You need something to hold him back so there is a mother and a beloved cow, since dogs are outdated. Or, maybe Scott couldn’t consider any other animal during his research on India.It may also remind you of Zero and many other films where the protagonist’s innocence wins over beautiful, powerful women waiting for some oriental thrill and the onus is always on the poor guy to make such women realise their actual worth.However, there are sequences where Scott goes truly global and puts forth his philosophy about world peace and harmony in the simplest manner. One such track involves Barkhad Abdi (that terrifying pirate from Captain Phillips), and what a comforting presence he has. Both, Abdi and Dhanush, glide without a glitch through their scenes. It’s smooth, fluid and quite natural. Also, very comforting for a film bordering on Aladdin without the magic carpet. Those who have grown up on a staple Bollywood diet may not be very charmed with The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir but it might be a fun ride for hopeless romantics. Dhanush has got it right, so have the other cast members. It’s a well-made fantasy film with no extraordinary approach. Watch it if simplicity is what you’re looking for.Rating: 2.5/5Interact with Rohit Vats at Twitter/@nawabjha barkhad abdiBerenice BejodhanushKen Scott First Published: June 21, 2019, 11:04 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Amit Shah Distances BJP from Godse Controversy Asks Three Leaders to Explain

first_imgTaking exception to the remarks by Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in support of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, party chief Amit Shah has asked them for an explanation within 10 days, saying they will face the disciplinary committee.The BJP has been put in a tight spot since its Bhopal pick Pragya Thakur called Godse a patriot, fuelling an all-out attack by the Opposition. Even as the party was trying to contain the damage, two more leaders — Union minister Ananthkumar Hegde and Nalin Kumar Kateel — tweeted in support of Godse just before the last round of voting for the national election on Sunday. Kateel sparked a row when he compared Godse to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, saying “Godse killed one, Kasab killed 72, Rajiv Gandhi killed 17,000. You judge who is more cruel in this??”His colleague Hegde, known for his controversial remarks, added to the chorus with a tweet that read: “Am glad that 7 decades later today’s generation debates in a changed perceptional environment and gives good scope for the condemned to be heard upon. #NathuramGodse would have finally felt happy with this debate!”As he faced flak for his remark, the minister deleted the tweet and posted: “My Twitter account has been breached twice in the past one week and certain tweets have been posted on my timeline which has been discarded and deleted. Regret the posts attributed to me.”In an effort to contain the controversy, Shah said on Friday: “Statements of Ananthkumar Hegde, Pragya Thakur and Nalin Kateel are their personal opinion. The BJP has nothing to do with it. They have withdrawn their statements and apologised. The BJP has taken their statements seriously and sent them to the disciplinary committee. The committee will seek explanation from all the three leaders and submit the report to the party within 10 days.” Amit ShahAnanthkumar HegdeNalin KateelSadhvi Pragya Thakur First Published: May 17, 2019, 1:18 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Vikas Swarup Appointed Secretary of Overseas Indian Affairs

first_img external affairs ministryOverseas Indian AffairsVikas Swarup First Published: July 12, 2019, 11:53 AM IST New Delhi: Senior diplomat Vikas Swarup has been appointed as Secretary, Overseas Indian Affairs, according to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry on Friday.Swarup, a 1986-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service, is at present India’s High Commissioner in Ottawa. He has been appointed as the Secretary, (consular, passport, visa and Overseas Indian affairs) in the External Affairs Ministry with effect from August 1, 2019, the order said.last_img

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Gorgeous image of the Cosmic Bat nebula leaves us starryeyed

first_imgHidden in one of the darkest corners of the Orion constellation, this Cosmic Bat is spreading its hazy wings through interstellar space two thousand light-years away. Too dim to be discerned by the naked eye, NGC 1788 reveals its soft colors to ESO’s Very Large Telescope in this image — the most detailed to date. ESOA dark figure spreading its wings against a starry backdrop: the “Cosmic Bat” nebula has been captured in beautiful detail by the European Southern Observatory (ESO).The Cosmic Bat, formally known as NGC 1788, is two thousand light-years away in a dark corner of the Orion constellation. The nebula does not give off any light of its own, as it is what is called a “reflection nebula” meaning it is a cloud of dust and gas that it illuminated only by the light of nearby stars. In the case of the Bat, the illumination comes from a cluster of young stars at its core.The delicate nebula NGC 1788 is located in a dark and often neglected corner of the constellation Orion. ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgement: Davide de MartinIn order to capture this dim nebula, a powerful telescope was required. The ESO used its Very Large Telescope (VLT), part of the Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert of Chile, which sits at a high altitude — 2,635 m (8,645 ft) above sea level. The site has very low levels of light pollution as the nearest community to the observatory is the tiny hamlet of Paposo, population 259, which is located 38 kilometers (24 miles) away.This means the VLT is able to capture very dim or very distant phenomena using its 8.2m diameter mirrors, with minimal blurring caused by Earth’s atmosphere.This particular image of the Cosmic Bat is the most detailed image of the nebula ever taken since it was first catalogued by astronomer William Herschel in 1888. It was selected as a target for imaging in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of one of ESO’s instruments, the FOcal Reducer and low dispersion Spectrograph 2 (FORS2).The FORS2 instrument, mounted on one of the VLT’s telescopes, is a versatile tool which can take spectra of one of more objects simultaneously. As a spectrograph it can disperse light into a rainbow of different wavelengths to allow astronomers to study the chemical composition of distant objects. And it can also image large areas of the sky with high sensitivity, creating beautiful images like this one of the Cosmic Bat. The Very Large Telescope captures the beautiful remnants of a dying star Images of the Whirlpool galaxy show the value of infrared light observations The Very Large Telescope gets upgrade to aid its hunt for habitable exoplanets Galactic mapping satellite Gaia spotted by ground-based Very Large Telescope Two galaxies play tug of war in this spectacular Hubble image Editors’ Recommendationslast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 handson

first_img Galaxy Note 8 Gallery Inside, little has changed from the S8. The Note 8 will use the same, 10nm processors – Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 in the US; Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 elsewhere – though pair them with 6GB of RAM. It’ll have gigabit Cat16 LTE with 4/5 carrier-aggregation for up to 1 Gbps downloads and 150 Mpbs uploads, carrier-depending, together with the usual WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC. 64GB of storage as standard can be augmented by a microSD card, and you get both USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack for the bundled AKG earbuds. Two cameras done rightOn the back is where the Note 8’s other big change can be found. It has twin cameras, each packing a 12-megapixel sensor: one has a telephoto f/2.4 lens, with autofocus; the other, a wide-angle f/1.7 lens, with dual-pixel focus. Together, they give the Note 8 a 2x optical zoom, just as you get on the iPhone 7 Plus. Unlike Apple’s phone, though, Samsung has found space for optical image stabilization (OIS) on both the wide and telephoto cameras. It should make even the 10x digital zoom more usable and relatively free of hand-shake. More importantly, it opens the door to a faux-bokeh portrait mode, which Samsung has dubbed Live Focus. Like Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus it keeps the foreground subject crisp while giving their backdrop a pleasing blur.Samsung goes further, though. Live Focus allows you to adjust the degree of blur in real-time as you take the photo, showing you exactly what you’ll get through the camera app. You can adjust it again later, too, in the gallery app. When you capture a Live Focus picture, the Note 8 also saves both the wide-angle and telephoto images.The 2017 Galaxy familyJust from first glance, it’s clear that the Note 8 is the closest to its Galaxy S counterparts of any of the phablet lineage. That’s partly down to the Note appealing to a progressively larger and larger mass-consumer audience, no longer averse to big screen devices. On the other hand, though, the Galaxy S8 shows how what would’ve long been considered Samsung’s “mass market” phones are steadily encroaching on the Note.The narrowing gap is most conspicuous when you look at the Galaxy S8+. Its 6.2-inch screen is a fraction of an inch smaller than that of the Note 8; it has the same processor, and the same internal storage. It even, bizarrely, has a larger battery: 3,500 mAh, versus the 3,300 mAh in the Note 8. The list of key differences, then, is small, though for the right audience it’s still a compelling one. Obviously the Galaxy Note 8 has the S Pen stylus, which the Galaxy S8+ does not. The new Note also throws in its dual cameras, whereas the S8+ only has one on the back. Finally, there are the software tweaks, many of which are designed to work specifically with the S Pen, but which generally position the Note 8 as more of a productivity device. Will that be enough? Samsung seems to think so, yes, and its research would be inclined to agree. Its survey – carried out this spring, so post-recall – found eight out of ten users said they “love” their Note. Productivity time spent with the phablets is significantly higher than with other devices, too, including 40-percent more use of split-screen apps. The new Note ExperienceUnderstandably, then, Samsung has put at least as much thought into the Note 8’s TouchWiz as it has the hardware that runs on. Many of the changes are based on how users of previous Notes interact with their phones. A new App Pair feature, for instance, allows you to join two apps together in the Apps Edge launcher, opening both in split-screen mode with a single tap. That could be useful for juggling email and Google Docs simultaneously, but also for quickly opening Google Maps and Spotify when you get into the car. S Pen related features have also been supercharged. Screen-Off Memo, introduced as a way to quickly start a new note from the lockscreen just by whipping out the stylus, has been wildly popular: 60-percent of all notes taken, Samsung says, rely on it. Now, you’ll be able to write notes up to 100 pages long, as well as pin them to the Note 8’s lockscreen. Live Message works a little like sketches on the Apple Watch, only with a much bigger screen and the greater precision of having a stylus to draw them with. You can jot down a message or sketch out an image, and send that as an animated GIF to contacts. Samsung’s PEN.UP community of artists is still there, and now the Note 8 gets downloadable coloring books too. Translation, which had been enabled for individual words on previous iterations of Note, now can support converting whole sentences between more than thirty different languages. Of course, you also get Samsung Bixby, the virtual assistant launched on the Galaxy S8, together with Samsung DeX with the optional desktop dock. The latter will support a new Game Launcher interface and redesigned app drawer, together with the ability to hold video conferences – and switch seamlessly between docked and undocked without dropping the call – out of the box. Those features will find their way to the S8 and S8+ with a future firmware update, Samsung says. Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 the most highly-anticipated Android smartphone of 2017? There’s a good case to be made for that; certainly, given the fiery fall from grace of its Note 7 predecessor, launched to rave reviews and then forced into an embarrassing, and costly recall over battery issues, many have been waiting to see what Samsung would do with its new phablet. The answer, it seems, is double-down. More productivity, more S Pen features, more cameras, and more screen. If you expected Samsung to be coy, the Note 8 will prove you wrong. Unlike the S8, though, you get Samsung’s S Pen – now with the 0.7mm nib and 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity from the Galaxy Tab S3 – and so the Note 8’s Infinity Display has been tweaked some. It’s flatter, the curves less pronounced, so that there’s more usable space for you to write on. Both stylus and phone are IP68 water and dust resistant, whether or not the S Pen is docked in its silo. center_img When an S8 and a Note 7 fall in loveLargest of the Galaxy smartphone family, the Note 8 plays its strongest feature from the get-go. The fascia is dominated by its 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display – “See More, Scroll Less” will be Samsung’s tagline – which now supports Mobile HDR Premium. Like the Infinity Display on the S8, it wraps around the edges of the phone, leaving only tiny bezels top and bottom. Ticking all the boxes… but is that enough?Beyond that, it’s business as usual for the Note 8. There’s the same choice of PIN, face unlock, iris unlock, or fingerprint biometrics as the S8, and the same frustrating positioning of the fingerprint sensor up by the camera on the rear. You get fast wireless charging and Samsung Pay, along with Knox 2.9 support and of course compatibility with the Gear VR and Gear 360. Indeed, you could feasibly find yourself looking at the Note 8 and finding yourself a little short on excitement. It’s not that the phablet is lacking in tech, just that the S8 gave us so much, and some of the more far-fetched tech rumors – like in-display fingerprint sensors – clearly aren’t ready for this generation of phone. Factor in the iPhone 8-shaped specter looming on the horizon and, with only a few weeks to to go until we see what Apple has for its tenth smartphone anniversary, you’d be forgiven for holding off on any purchase until then. Of course, the Note faithful won’t want to wait, and Samsung will reward their impatience. Although the eye-catching Deepsea Blue and Maple Gold versions of the Note 8 won’t launch in the US, at least not initially, preorders of the Midnight Black and Orchid Gray models will come with either a 128GB microSD and fast wireless charger, or a Gear 360 camera. Pricing will be confirmed by individual carriers, though Samsung has confirmed that it’ll also be offering a SIM-free, unlocked version itself. If you’re tempted, there’s not long to wait. Preorders will kick off from August 24, with the Note 8 showing up in stores on September 15. last_img read more

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Facebook Downvote button is not a Dislike insists Facebook

first_imgJust like Twitter hashtags, the Like button has become synonymous with Facebook. But ever since its conception, users have been begging the social network giant to give them a dislike counterpart. Facebook has always refused, claiming how much negativity it would so over the Internet, especially on Facebook. Like that stopped it from happening anyway. And on Facebook even.The downvote button is slightly different. It comes from a different tradition and a different network, namely Reddit. Its purpose, along with its upvote counterpart, was to allow users themselves to indirectly moderate threads, specifically comments, by pushing them up or down, depending on how much they like or dislike a response or how relevant or irrelevant the comment is to the topic.Facebook’s Downvote button is supposedly similar, which is why it is only appearing in Facebook Groups comment sections or in Memories, and only for a small fraction of users in the US. It could be used as a tool to surface more relevant comments and bury bad ones.AdChoices广告At least that’s the goal. This being the Internet and Facebook, it could still be misused and abused to spread the very same negativity that Facebook is desperately trying to avoid.VIA: The Daily Beast When will Facebook ever get a Dislike button? If you ask Facebook, probably never. That doesn’t mean, however, that it isn’t cooking up ways to help users express their disapproval without typing anything. Multiple users have reported seeing a “downvote” button in some parts of Facebook. It’s not a dislike button, a Facebook representative explains. And while some might consider it splitting hairs, there is indeed a subtle difference between the two. In the end, however, it might have the same effect.last_img read more

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Headsup Amazon Prime price hike lands tomorrow

first_imgStory TimelineHere’s how to remove Amazon Prime Exclusive locksreen ads nowAmazon Prime phones now get an ad-removed refundAmazon Prime gets another discount, this time for Medicaid recipients Last month, we told you about an incoming price hike for Amazon Prime. That increase is nearly upon us, as it goes into effect tomorrow, May 11. That means today is your last chance to get a year of Amazon Prime at its current rate, which is $99 annually. Beginning tomorrow, a year of Amazon Prime will cost $119, representing a 20% increase. While an extra $20 for an annual subscription may not seem like a big deal to some, it’s big within the context of where Prime started. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that a year of Amazon Prime only cost $79.In fact, Amazon Prime cost $79 for the first nine years it was available. It wasn’t until 2014 that Amazon implemented its first price hike, bringing Prime to the $99 point it’s at currently. For anyone who has been a Prime subscriber since those good old days, this jump to $119 could very well sting a little.Of course, you could also argue that Amazon Prime offers a lot more for the money these days. While a subscription only got you free two-day shipping on some items purchased from Amazon at the start, over time we’ve seen the company toss in more and more bonuses to tempt non-subscribers into opening their wallets. These extra features include Amazon Prime Video and a free sampling of Prime Music, along with members-only shopping perks like Prime Wardrobe and the recently announced Prime Book Box.AdChoices广告Amazon recently revealed that it has 100 million Prime subscribers around the world, and now the big question is how many will stick around once this price hike goes into effect. If you’re already a subscriber, you have until June 16 to lock in another year at $99, but today is the last day for those who don’t have an existing subscription. Head down to the comments section and let us know if you’ll stick with Amazon Prime after tomorrow’s price hike, or if this new annual fee is too much for you.last_img read more

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Notion now on Android to revolutionize your digital workspace

first_imgWhile Notion doesn’t exactly replace communication tools like Skype, Slack, or Hangouts, it can pretty much replace almost everything else, including Evernote. Notion is part of a new generation of apps and services, like Airtable and Zenkit, that, instead of presenting one specialized tool per use case, tries to embrace all of them without overloading the user. It’s a delicate balancing act that is the key to the success of such products.Notion’s forte is in the handling of documents. Not plain text documents or notes, mind, but rich, multi-form content. It can even do multimedia to some degree, not to mention todo lists and spreadsheets. More than just a note-taking app, Notion can be a collaborative wiki, an inventory database, a project calendar, a word processor, and a kanban board.And it doesn’t stop there either. Knowing that it can’t possibly replace or reimplement all your favorite tools and services, Notion tries to integrate with them instead. You can, for example, embed Figma designs, Google Sheets, GitHub code snippets, and even Twitter posts. Everything can be seen in one place without actually putting all your eggs in one basket.AdChoices广告 One of Notion’s biggest missing feature was its lack of an Android app. That now changes, making the service available on the Web, Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android (no Linux though). Like any service of its kind, it has a free but limited tier that caps your blocks (Notion’s term for any piece of native or embedded content) to 1000 and uploads to 5 MB. With the launch of the Android app, Notion is also adding a $4/month Personal subscription with unlimited storage and blocks but can only be used by one person. A per member Team subscription starts at $8 per month. Few apps and services have changed the way we do work or collaborate with colleagues that they have become household names in the industry. There was Skype for voice and video calls, Evernote for note-taking and data collection, and Slack for text-based team chats. Notion, one of the newest contenders in the space, is trying to carve out a name for itself by offering an almost all-in-one solution for all your personal and work productivity needs. And now that it has an Android app, it might very well close to achieving that.last_img read more

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Twitter puts major focus on news with latest updates

first_imgTwitter, if you couldn’t already tell, not only wants to be a place to keep in touch with your friends, but also a platform you can use to keep up with news and other matters that are important to you. We’ve seen Twitter roll out a number of features over the years to achieve these goals, including Moments and the Explore tab. Today, however, Twitter has detailed plans for a fairly massive expansion of this new initiative, and a number of improvements to existing features are coming along with it. Story TimelineTwitter gears up to ban most cryptocurrency adsTwitter’s pistol emoji replaced with squirt gun in new updateTwitter saved your password as plain text: Now it says to change it Over on the Twitter blog, the company explains its multifaceted approach to delivering news to its users. For starters, it will begin organizing Explore by topic instead of content type, which is a change it’s already been experimenting with on a small scale. Over the next few months, topic tabs will begin rolling out for Explore to everyone on Android and iOS in the US.Search is also getting a minor improvement, as it will now surface relevant news stories whenever you enter a query – saving you from having to dig through a timeline’s worth of tweets to find the stories you’re looking for. In keeping with the theme of making news more accessible, the “Happening Now” section of your Timeline is expanding beyond just sports as well, and will now serve up breaking news and personalized stories for you to peruse. Like the changes to Explore, we’ll see this launch to all iOS and Android users in the US over the coming months.Unfortunately, with these changes, Twitter might get a little more annoying as well. In addition to breaking news notifications, which Twitter has been experimenting with recently, it’s going to start sending you notifications “based on your interests (like who you follow and what you Tweet about), so you won’t miss a beat.” While some will probably find some value in these notifications, we imagine others will want to mute them entirely, which is thankfully something you’ll have the ability to do.Twitter’s Moments feature – which is now available in 16 markets around the world, the company announced – is also slated to undergo some changes. Twitter is going to give Moments a new, vertical look, noting that swiping through them horizontally isn’t really the best way to view them. Finally, we’ll also see Twitter roll out new types of timelines for Moments, whether those show you a recap of tweets or collect live video that you may have missed.So, there are lots of minor changes that are collectively pretty big on the way to Twitter. It sounds like Twitter will need the summer before most of these are ready to debut, though some others will be ready to go in a matter of weeks instead of months. last_img read more

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Google Voice update gives app a welcome refresh

first_imgGoogle Voice sometimes feels like the forgotten service in Google’s portfolio, but a new app update has given the calling service a quick refresh. Launched on iOS with an update this week, the new app won’t blow anybody away with its new functionality, but it does make using Google Voice a little easier if it’s your primary voice call system. Story TimelineGoogle Voice gets first significant update in 5 yearsGoogle Voice VoIP is coming, beta testers wantedGoogle Voice adds voicemail greeting control on mobile The new iPhone app adds a contacts tab to the bottom of the UI, making it easier to find a person’s number and call them from there. Previously, the contacts icon was part of the dialer interface, but now it has been brought out with a spot of its own. If you’re using Google Voice for messaging, this new location is far more convenient for starting up new conversations. The other big change is found in the settings. Do Not Disturb has been revamped, with the ability to automatically activate it depending on what day and time it is. Until now, you’ve had to do that manually, flipping the switch in the settings pane. Now, though, you can have it automatically toggle Do Not Disturb on and off depending on your working hours. You’ll need to set those first, obviously. That’s done in Google Calendar, which synchronizes with Google Voice to share the time settings. The final change is what you see on your home screen. Gone is the old, squared-off app icon with a blue color scheme for the voice bubble. In its place is a circular version in green, much more like the icon Google uses for Hangouts. As changes go, they’re all relatively minor. Still, there have been times in Google Voice’s history where the future of the service – which assigns a virtual phone number to an account, and allows it to redirect to multiple other numbers, useful for those who juggle several lines but want a single contact for them all – has been in question. As such, any sign that Google hasn’t given up on Voice is a heartening one. Earlier this year, Google launched a version of Voice for G Suite enterprise users, though there are currently few differences between that and the version more generally available.last_img read more

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YouTube Digital Wellbeing tools help users avoid bingewatching

first_imgUsers can find the information under the profile in the account menu. Within this, a list of four stats are presented: “Today,” “Yesterday,” “Past 7 days,” and “Daily average.” The numbers are based on the user’s watch history and are joined by management features.Users can enable a feature that will make the YouTube mobile app give an alert when it is time to take a break, helping them step away from the binge watching cycle. This new stats profile can be found by opening the YouTube app, signing into an account, then tapping on the Account icon. The stats are available under “Time watched.”Assuming the take-a-break prompt is enabled, the user will see a reminder appear at the appropriate time. Users will be shown how much time they’ve spent watching videos, followed by the ability to dismiss the prompt or open Settings and adjust it. The user chooses how much time passes before the reminder appears.As well, users can choose to limit the number of notifications they receive by bundling all of the alerts into a single push notification. Users choose the specific time they receive this notification, which YouTube calls a digest. Finally, users can disable vibrations and sounds during chosen blocks of hours, such as while at work or during the night.SOURCE: YouTube Blog YouTube has expanded its Digital Wellbeing tools, a set of features designed to help users manage their use of the service including how many hours they spend watching videos. The Digital Wellbeing toolbox includes a Time Watched feature that shows users how much time they’ve spent watching videos during the present day, as well as the previous day and a sum total of the previous week. last_img read more

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Wileyfox revives Windows 10 Mobile phone due to popular demand

first_imgThere are no more Windows 10 Mobile phone makers and sellers. Not even Microsoft sells one, or any of its own phones for that matter. Wileyfox, which just launched its Wileyfox Pro barely a year ago, was the last one to that party. It was reportedly also the last and latest to call it quits.Not so fast, says the company. In a statement to Windows Latest, Wileyfox proudly said that not only is the Wileyfox Pro back in stock, they’re even making more of them. Why? “Due to popular demand”, no less.It’s not easy to see how big that demand is, but it must be really big for a company to start producing such a smartphone again. And it’s not like the Wileyfox Pro is the best Windows 10 Mobile phone there is. In fact, it would be the equivalent of an Android Go phone, with a 5-inch HD screen and a Snapdragon 210 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. It will most likely be all about access to Microsoft’s apps and services, which you can pretty much do on Android and iOS these days anyway. At least Wileyfox isn’t taking advantage of the scarcity and is selling the Wileyfox Pro at only 79.99 GBP ($106) a pop. Microsoft may have given up on its own Windows-based smartphone platform but at least one of its partners hasn’t yet. If you’re still itching to get your hands on an honest to goodness Windows 10 Mobile phone, one of the last of its breed, then you might have to make a trip to the UK for it. Or find a way to ship it from there. Because OEM Wileyfox has just started making and selling its Wileyfox Pro phone again because, according to them, their customers demanded it.last_img read more

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