Many individuals on the autism spectrum often struggle to understand basic emotions. Mindlively offers a variety of products to benefit said individuals. “Our goal is to provide sound, credible, insanely affordable interactive experiences that are an alternative to the numerous ad-crammed, variable quality, free materials available online. We aren’t aiming big– either in size or profits–but we’re striving to improve the quality of the online educational materials landscape.” The company’s flagship product is their app, Sticker Steve and Sasha Basic Emotions.Sticker Steve and Sasha Basic Emotions is a simple, uncluttered app that helps children recognize basic emotions in a myriad of real-life scenarios.Contexts presented within Sticker Steve and Sasha app:SchoolHomeOut and aboutPlaytimeEach screen presents a themed scenario and three basic emotion multiple choices. You are then asked to choose the correct emotional response appropriate in that situation.Basic Emotions Practiced:SadHappyScaredAngrySurprisedThis app is appropriate for early intervention, children on the autism spectrum, and individuals with social deficits. It was developed by special needs development specialists with decades of experience creating materials for students of all ages with language deficits and ASD.To download free coloring pages, to view a data collection sheet to track accountability, or to browse tips developed by speech-language pathologists for using Sticker Steve and Sasha, at home or at the clinical setting, be sure to visit their blog available here.Or check it out on iTunes!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedLanguage Builder from Stages AppNovember 19, 2015In “Apps”Autism Awareness Grows, Support Needs to FollowJune 25, 2014In “Communication”iSEQUENCES: educational app teaches social habits and emotionsSeptember 24, 2015In “Apps”
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Marketing TechnologyNewsQlikQlik Analytics TourQlik Cloud ServicesQlik SenseSaaS deployment Previous ArticleTechBytes with Shrenik Sadalgi, Director of Next Gen Experiences, WayfairNext ArticleAlpha Software Launches Alpha TransForm, Cuts Build Time for Robust Offline Enterprise Mobile Apps from Months to Hours Worldwide Tour to Host More Than 130 Events Across Americas, Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Asia-PacificQlik announced the start of its Qlik Analytics Tour, which will host 130 events worldwide involving 90+ Qlik partners to showcase the power of analytics to turn raw data into powerful insights that helps organizations lead with data. Leading organizations are investing in analytics to more easily discover and leverage key insights through data that can enable strategic action across their entire organization. Through the Qlik Analytics Tour, attendees will learn how an end-to-end data strategy that includes analytics can transform their business and create opportunity for business outcomes. Qlik will be on tour across North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East from May 20 through early June.“Qlik is enabling organizations to get from raw data to deep insights quickly and easily, and we’re excited to facilitate the sharing of ideas and showcase best practices from our customers.”“There’s a lot of talk about AI in the market, and on this Tour we’ll show AI in action as part of Qlik’s powerful analytics platform,” said Robert Fleming, Qlik Senior Vice President of Global Field and Partner Marketing. “Qlik is enabling organizations to get from raw data to deep insights quickly and easily, and we’re excited to facilitate the sharing of ideas and showcase best practices from our customers.”Marketing Technology News: Baidu’s Mobile Reach Expanded to 1.1 Billion Monthly Active Devices in March 2019Over the course of the Tour, Qlik will be demonstrating new elements of its end-to-end platform and exciting new feature releases and updates to Qlik Sense. These include the market’s broadest multi-cloud deployment options, with the recently debuted full SaaS deployment capabilities through Qlik Cloud Services, along with new augmented intelligence capabilities native to the Qlik platform such as Associative Insights, which combines Qlik’s associative and cognitive engines to suggest hidden insights in data, directly expanding a user’s data literacy by augmenting their intelligence as they explore their data.Marketing Technology News: WireWheel and Virtru Partner to Protect Integrity and Privacy of Personal DataAttendees will hear a variety of customer success stories from organizations and have the chance to meet key industry leaders, network and leave the event with a fresh perspective on how to utilize analytics and data. Attendees will also have the chance to build their own customized, powerful analytics applications during hands-on workshops.Marketing Technology News: Phishing of SaaS and Webmail Brands Surpasses Phishing Attacks on Payment Brands for the First Time Qlik Kicks Off AI In Action: The Qlik Analytics Tour, The Largest Roadshow In Data & Analytics PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 2:39 pmMay 23, 2019
Shop Direct Enhances Customer Engagement, Revenues with Revionics AI-Based Price Optimization PRNewswireMay 9, 2019, 11:57 amMay 9, 2019 Comprehensive Organizational and Process Approach Transforms and Streamlines a Retail InnovatorAs the UK’s largest integrated pureplay digital retailer and financial services provider, Shop Direct is committed to continuous innovation that makes it a preferred online shopper destination while delivering strong business results. Having made a deliberative selection to adopt AI-based price and promotion optimization, Shop Direct’s implementation of Revionics is delivering measurable positive impact on multiple fronts, including customer engagement, unit lift and revenues. Based on strong results in the initial deployment in its Ireland businesses, Shop Direct is now moving confidently through rollout in its UK operations.“The success of this customer-centric pricing initiative is due in no small part to our unique culture at Shop Direct, which embraces a willingness to constructively challenge the traditional ways of doing things, at the same time recognizing the critical value of thorough planning and a comprehensive end-to-end approach,” said Shop Direct’s Group Retail Director Sam Perkins, the executive board member who leads the etail giant’s combined retail and product teams. “Rather than adopting retail price optimization technology in isolation, we took a holistic end-to-end approach, from a meticulous consensus-driven selection process, to setting up the right price strategies, processes and organisation structure, to a disciplined implementation rollout, all of which enable us to maximise the impact of these powerful optimisation capabilities. And we teamed with Revionics at every step of the way to benefit from the best practices they’ve seen as they’ve worked with leading retailers worldwide.”Marketing Technology News: Persistent Systems Joins Siemens’ MindSphere Partner Program to Bring Industrial IoT Solutions to Market“While Revionics has always taken a long-term partnering approach with our retail customers, Shop Direct is a truly outstanding partner that embodies the powerful business benefits of this sort of strategic collaboration,” said Revionics Chairman and CEO Marc H. Hafner. “Their willingness to challenge their past approaches in favor of new, thoughtful innovations, their deep commitment to having a razor-sharp focus on their customers, and their strategic business transformation mindset make Shop Direct an exemplar of a forward-thinking retailer structured for long-term success.”Marketing Technology News: Madison Logic Unveils New Data Cloud to Accelerate ABM for B2B Organizations GloballyAs the UK’s largest integrated pureplay digital retailer and financial services provider, Shop Direct has annual sales of £1.96 billion. Later this year, we will rebrand to The Very Group as part of plans to bring our name and identity in line with our largest and fastest growing retail brand Very.co.uk.Marketing Technology News: Amazon or Alibaba: Freedonia Compares These Global E-Commerce Leaders AIfinancial services providerMarketing TechnologyNewsSam PerkinsShop Direct Previous ArticleZappar Launches ZapWorks Studio 6Next ArticleVoicify, LLC Receives Second Round of Funding from Multiple Investors
Marketing Technology NewsMichelle SkupinNewsRetailMeNot Previous ArticleShuttlerock Wins Facebook Storyteller Award at CannesNext ArticleQualcomm and ZTE to Advance 5G Cloud Gaming on Live Networks RetailMeNot’s Primer for Savings: The 2019 Guide to Prime Day and Back to School PRNewswireJune 26, 2019, 7:54 pmJune 26, 2019 RetailMeNot predicts that more than 250 retailers will participate in Prime Day-related promotions in 2019, a 30% year-over-year growthPrime Day marks the kickoff to the back-to-school shopping season, and RetailMeNot data indicates shoppers are hunting for the best deals earlier than ever. Now in its anticipated fifth year, Prime Day has morphed into something bigger than just a big sales day for Amazon: It has become a new holiday for the retail industry with deals and offers from several hundred retailers who are also looking to increase sales.Marketing Technology News: Haoqipei Secures US $60 Million in Series D Funding to Further Accelerate Growth of its Online B2B Auto Parts MarketplacePrimed for DealsThe Prime Day time period is an opportunity for all retailers. In fact, 84% of retailers say the week surrounding Prime Day is the most important time for driving online sales during the entire back-to-school shopping season. These retailers are smart in trying to gain market share, because the data says:64% of parents will be shopping on Prime Day in 2019.Parents plan to spend $162 on Amazon Prime Day, doing an average of 35% of their total back-to-school shopping through Amazon.Additionally, RetailMeNot data reveals the number of Prime Day-related offers rose 45% in 2018, and predicts more than 250 retailers will offer deals on Prime Day or through the extended Prime week. Consumers have caught on to the savings available across retailers, and surveyed parents plan to shop at an average of 11 retailers during the Prime Day time period.“With the back-to-school shopping season starting with Prime Day, all retailers have an opportunity to capture early sales by participating in Prime-related promotions,” said Michelle Skupin, senior director marketing and communications, RetailMeNot. “Over the last few years, RetailMeNot data has shown an increase across the board in participating retailers, and consumers are ready to take advantage of the deals.”Marketing Technology News: Zeno Media and ADORA Cooperate on Strategic Marketing and Mobile App Content for Diaspora ListenersRetailers Prep for the Long HaulPrime Day has lengthened the back-to-school shopping season, and RetailMeNot data indicates peak shopping days across the three-month period will fall on Prime Day (#No. 1), the first weekend of August (#No. 2) and Labor Day weekend (#No. 3).Just over 3 in 5 (63%) parents will start their back-to-school shopping in July or earlier, and they plan to spend an average of $507 during the season, up from $465 in 2018. Additionally, half of parents (51%) report shopping for themselves while picking up back-to-school items.Retailers are responding accordingly:74% of retailers say they will invest more money in their back-to-school marketing in 2019.78% say their company will offer more discounts for back-to-school shoppers this year.In August, consumers are likely to spend 20% more in stores compared to the rest of the year, according to RetailMeNot data. In-store shoppers are best reached through mobile deals, as 73% of shoppers search for items to purchase on their mobile device.“Given the long season, retailers will need to prioritize their marketing spend and discounting activities across the three months to meet consumers where they are in the shopping journey. RetailMeNot data shows that pulsing promotions in accordance with peak shopping times will result in increased sales for retailers,” said Skupin.In fact, 69% of back-to-school shoppers say price is the biggest determining factor in the items they buy during back-to-school season.Marketing Technology News: Adaptive Ad Systems Completes Installation of New Ad-Insertion Equipment on National Cable TV Systems Adds 40,000 Additional Subscribers
Aprimo Recognized as Winner for 2019 Microsoft Media & Communications Partner of the Year MTS Staff WriterJune 28, 2019, 7:32 pmJune 28, 2019 Aprimo, the leading provider of technology solutions for content, operations, and performance that enable enterprises to optimize their brand experiences and the resources they use to deliver them, announced it has won the 2019 Microsoft Media & Communications Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.As a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, the company has been able to bring all its content, operations, and performance solutions onto the Azure platform, enabling enhanced, intelligent functionality and usability to its customers.Marketing Technology News: Gigapaces Partners with Tableau to Accelerate Machine Learning and Data Visualization“This recognition is a testament of our commitment to Microsoft, our customers, and our partner community,” said Ed Breault, CMO at Aprimo. “We’re proud to receive this award, as it symbolizes our dedication to helping our customers better achieve their goals, and Microsoft empowers us to do that. We’re excited to take our partnership to the next level, driving growth and Azure consumption across industries globally.”Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,900 entrants from 115 countries worldwide. Aprimo was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services in Media & Communications.Marketing Technology News: Verve Releases SDK 4.0 To Supercharge The Revenue-Generating Power Of In-App Inventory“It’s an honor to recognize finalists and winners of the Microsoft 2019 Partner of the Year Awards,” said Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “These companies are successfully leading their industries, building intelligent solutions, addressing complex business challenges and making more possible for customers around the world. I’m honored to congratulate each winner andfinalist.”The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year.Marketing Technology News: Invoca Survey Finds Over Half of Consumers Only Offered Automated Communications By Brands Feel Frustrated When They’re Unable to Speak with a Live Person AprimoEd BreaultGavriella SchusterMarketing Technology NewsMicrosoftMicrosoft MediaNews Previous ArticleSay It Now and Booxscale win Amazon’s European Alexa CupNext ArticleSelligent Marketing Cloud Study Reveal Digital Marketers Struggle to Deliver Consistent Omnichannel Experiences
Oracle For example, using the application, a beachwear retailer would be able to analyze proprietary and third-party customer or consumer fit datasets to determine what size flip-flops were top sellers in its specific markets. Combining that data with machine learning and artificial intelligence, the company would be able to understand what assortment of sizes would be needed to quickly sell at the top price in each location and minimize those sizes that would end up on the sale rack. On a million dollars of inventory, even a five percent reduction in average load would result in $50K in savings, all as a result of putting the right sized products in the right locations at the time of demand.Business benefits of Size Profile Science include the ability to:Maintain and even decrease inventory levels necessary to drive additional revenueIncrease customer satisfaction by improving in-stock rates by locationReduce missed sales by helping ensure optimal sizes are available at time of demandDecrease workloads through intelligent alerts, exceptions and streamlined parameter settingDesign escalation paths to deliver accurate profiles when useful lower level data is unavailable“With the amount of choice the customer has today, retailers must be able to effectively understand size and fit preferences to preserve their brand equity and foster loyal shoppers. A targeted assortment plan, as well as an optimized size strategy, will maximize the sell-through of inventory at full price, enabling a significant margin increase,” said Marc Koehler, solution director at Oracle Retail.Marketing Technology News: RedPoint Announces Digital Acquisition Platform for Targeted Ad Experiences Oracle Insights Help Retailers Right-Size Inventory for Every Store Business WireJuly 2, 2019, 3:29 pmJuly 2, 2019 “Customer expectations are higher than ever and retailers are constantly walking a tightrope, balancing between too much of the wrong inventory and not enough of the right,” said Jeff Warren, vice president, Oracle Retail. “Predicting sales at the size and style level, with assortments changing monthly, creates an exorbitant amount of data. Oracle continues to invest in powerful machine learning and artificial intelligence-based applications that enable retailers to quickly turn that data into usable insights and an action plan when it comes to ordering.”Marketing Technology News: Epicor Acquires Auto Care CRM Systems Provider MechanicNet Advanced data science and machine learning can give fashion retailers an accurate view of demand for sizes and styles across each store location ORACLE RETAIL CROSS TALK – Fast fashion retailers are under an immense amount of pressure to get their in-store product assortments allocated perfectly. While customers expect their desired styles and sizes to be in stock, retailers grapple to minimize excessive inventory and dramatic markdowns. Part of the newly launched Oracle Retail Science Platform Cloud Service, the Size Profile Science features enable retailers to tackle this problem by helping accurately predict sales to ensure they have the right inventory mix in the right locations. InventoryJeff WarrenMarc KoehlerMarketing Technology NewsNewsOracle Previous ArticlePega Names Carlos Fuentes Chief Information Security OfficerNext ArticleNew Study: “Digital Natives” Value Brick and Mortar Stores More Than Their Parents or Grandparents
Contegix Appoints Elizabeth Clor as Chief Marketing Officer PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 9:15 pmJuly 2, 2019 Contegix, the leading Managed Service Provider for digital applications, announced that it has named tech marketing expert Elizabeth Clor as its new chief marketing officer. Clor, who joined Contegix on May 22, brings two decades of experience in growing B2B technology companies to the Contegix leadership team. Her expertise in generating awareness and demand for businesses of all sizes will drive significant growth for the application services provider. Most recently, she was the vice president of demand generation at enterprise analytics software company MicroStrategy where she was responsible for generating sales pipeline. She has also held leadership positions at SaaS companies Opower and Clarabridge.Marketing Technology News: Connected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem: ExtremLatest Video Benchmarks Report Shows 49% of Video Ad Impressions Going to CTV “As we continue to grow and evolve our business, we are excited to have Elizabeth join our team,” said Contegix CEO, Brad Hokamp. “Elizabeth’s proven track record will help us scale our business, enter new markets, and evolve the customer experience. Her data-driven approach and passionate leadership style will make a huge contribution to our continued success.”“Contegix has an enormous opportunity for growth in the coming years,” said Clor. “Digital applications are driving key results for businesses of all sizes and are now a competitive differentiator. I’m excited to help grow Contegix and help more companies advance their customer experience initiatives.”Marketing Technology News: Cognitiv Launches First Deep Learning Incrementality Solution To Help Marketers Find New Customers B2B technologyBrad HokampContegixElizabeth ClorMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleIntelliverse Launches Free IntelliSales CRMNext ArticleSony Network Communications Partners With Taboola to Integrate Taboola News Into Sony News Suite Services Across 34 Countries Elizabeth Clor, Contegix Chief Marketing Officer
Windows 10 comes with the Your Phone app which allows you smartphone (Android or iOS) to connect to your PC to offer cross-platform connectivity, however it is finally receiving a massive update. According to a report by Windows Central, users will no longer need to pick up their phones to view or delete notifications. Also dismissing a notification on one device will also dismiss it on the other. That’s not all. According to Microsoft, you can also pick which app notifications get pushed to your PC. While the feature has started rolling out for all users, you do however need to be running on the April 2018 Windows 10 update or later. As of now we haven’t received an update to enable these features. Microsoft’s Your Phone app currently offers some useful features like the ability to access photos on your phone, so you don’t need to plug it in or head to Google Photos on your browser. It also offers the ability to read and reply to text messages. Adding the ability to show notifications from all apps is definitely going to be one of the best features to arrive on Windows. It will be interesting to see if the app would allow users to reply using their PCs, because that will be super convenient. android windowsandroid windows connectivitymicrosoftmicrosoft your phone First Published: July 4, 2019, 1:36 PM IST
courtpop singerShakiratax fraud First Published: June 6, 2019, 2:55 PM IST Colombian singer Shakira appeared in a Spanish court on Thursday to answer to tax fraud charges, with prosecutors accusing her of failing to pay up to 14.5 million euros ($16.29 million) in tax on income earned between 2012 and 2014.Shakira arrived to Esplugues de Llobregat court near Barcelona in the morning through the court’s car park entrance to avoid the media and was seen briefly through a window. Prosecutors filed charges last December for the period they say Shakira was living in the region of Catalonia, but the singer’s representatives say she did not live in Spain until 2015 and has met all of her tax obligations.The 42-year-old singer and the FC Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué have been together since 2011 and they have two children.Shakira appeared in court in May to face accusations of plagiarism for “La Bicicleta”, a song she plays with Carlos Vives, though the lawsuit was dismissed after the court dictated they did not copy it.
Follow @News18Movies for more Later pics from the sets of Sooryavanshi featured Katrina and Akshay wearing towels on their heads, hinting that they were shooting for the track. Another picture posted by choreographer Farah Khan raised anticipation of the fans further. See pics here: Actress Raveena Tandon, who grooved to 90s iconic song Tip Tip Barsa Paani from the film Mohra (1994), which also featured Akshay Kumar alongside her, has reacted to the recreated version of her track which will feature Akshay and Katrina Kaif. The remixed song is for Rohit Shetty’s upcoming cop-thriller Sooryavanshi, set to release on March 27, 2020.While most of the yesteryear music composers have pegged new-age remix tracks in the wrong light, Raveena took a contrary stance and told SpotBoye that she loves new remixes. She said, “Sounds Superb, I love new remixes.” Putting speculation to rest, Akshay had tweeted the news of recreating Tip Tip Barsa Paaani with Katrina in a social media post earlier this month. His tweet read, “I would’ve definitely been disappointed if any other actor would’ve recreated Tip Tip Barsa Paani, a song which has been synonymous with me & my career & I can’t thank Ratan Jain ji enough. At times like these you realize, we may have come a long way but we also go back a long way.”I would’ve definitely been disappointed if any other actor would’ve recreated Tip Tip Barsa Paani,a song which has been synonymous with me & my career & I can’t thank Ratan Jain ji enough. At times like these you realize,we may have come a long way but we also go back a long way pic.twitter.com/UtH5iDS0i9— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 20, 2019 90s iconic songakshay katrina sooryavanshiAkshay KumarFarah Khan First Published: June 27, 2019, 4:24 PM IST
Uber puts its bike- and scooter-sharing services front and center in main app Google Maps will let you enter Incognito Mode, and it won’t store your data Google Maps will now warn you about disasters and tell you how fast you’re going Google Maps’ Waze-like speed-camera feature rolls into 40 more countries Google Maps adds a new tab showing restaurants’ most popular dishes Editors’ Recommendations More and more app-based bikesharing services are rolling into cities, but for riders, that can mean more confusion as you search through multiple apps to find nearby stations and available bikes.Aiming to smooth the way, Google Maps now tells you the location of bike stations and how many bikes are available in real-time. Even better, as you embark on your journey, you can also check ahead to confirm which nearby stations have an available space for parking your bike at the end of the trip. The new feature has been made possible by transit software company Ito World, which is now sharing its global bikeshare data with Google, among others.Google Maps tested the real-time system in New York City last year and this week it arrives in 24 additional cities in 16 countries, namely Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid, Mexico City, Montreal, New Taipei City, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, the San Francisco Bay Area, São Paulo, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zurich. More locations are on the way.“Bikesharing is booming as this two-wheeled technology transforms how people get from A to B in cities around the planet,” Google Maps software engineer Andrew Hyatt wrote in a post introducing the new feature. “With an estimated 1,600 bikeshare systems and more than 18 million shared bikes in urban centers worldwide, bikesharing has gone mainstream.”As Hyatt points out, bikesharing is a “convenient, affordable, fun, and hassle-free way to get around,” and in some busy urban centers can be faster than an Uber or Lyft ride.Bikesharing services operated by the likes of Lime, Jump, and Motivate let you hire two-wheelers by the minute. Everything operates via the app, including unlocking the bikes and rental payments.Some services are dockless, though issues with unused bikes blocking sidewalks mean that some cities only allow bikesharing services with docking stations, which is where Google Maps’ new feature comes in.Google Maps has been rolling out a slew of updates in recent months. Just recently it added a feature that predicts how crowded your train or bus is likely to be, while another update offers foodies a new way to find a restaurant’s most popular dishes. It’s also been building out the app to make it even more useful for drivers, helping them to stay within speed limits and avoid speed traps.
The points of interest, in this case, represent anything that someone may find interesting within what the patent calls a ‘real environment.’ Snap a picture of a city block with your iPhone, for example, and an augmented reality system like one detailed in the patent could identify and then point out points of interest within it — a historical building, popular diner, notable street art, or something like that.The patent includes illustrations showing this kind of AR system being made available on a phone (the iPhone, no doubt), but also smart glasses. These glasses, per the patent, would feature at least one built-in camera that could image the ‘real environments’ (that is, the physical world around the wearer) without the use of a connected smartphone, then select points of interest within that environment, visually identifying them for the user.The patent details a technology that would (or could, at least) take things to the next level by adding a sort of touchscreen functionality to the glasses. In this case, a camera on the glasses could be used to identify where the user’s finger is pointing in the environment, reacting to it as if the person were tapping the object or location on the actual glasses display.For example, someone wearing these AR smart glasses could look at a wall containing artwork, reach out and point their index finger at a particular painting. The camera monitoring the real environment in front of the glasses would take note of the user’s finger and react to it on the glasses, bringing up that point of interest with, perhaps, additional information about it. The patent describes the smart glasses’ display as ‘semi-transparent.’The patent was uncovered by Patently Apple, which says it comes from Metaio, the company acquired by Apple a couple years ago. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen some type of ‘smart glasses’ patent surface from Apple, though this time around the focus is more heavily on the AR aspect than it is the wearable itself.SOURCE: Patently Apple An Apple patent has surfaced detailing a pair of smart glasses that in some way feature augmented reality (AR) technology, the purposes for which seem to, in this case, revolve around presenting points of interest. The patent indicates something like a two-part system, in that the augmented reality system wouldn’t necessarily require smart glasses, but such a wearable device would greatly enhance the AR experience. Even better, these smart glasses have a type of ‘touchscreen’ support.
GNOME is the other most popular Linux desktop environment and it too has joined the cause. While it has been less active on the mobile front of late, it has dipped its toes in almost every Linux-based mobile platform in the past, from the Openmoko phones to the Nokia N900.With the backing not just of these developers but as well as the users in those communities, the Purism Librem 5 might have a chance to succeed where others failed.What: Not Your Grandfather’s SmartphoneBut what is the Librem 5 phone anyway? At this point you might expect a list of specs, but, sadly, nothing is set in stone yet. Except for one critical piece of hardware: the application processor.Purism is going with an i.MX6, which is, truth be told, not the most powerful nor the most recent ARM-based chip around. This line of chips launched way back in 2011 and is, at least on paper, comparable to something like a Snapdragon 210. This puzzling choice, however, was made because, unlike any other chip in the market, it can run on purely open source software, no proprietary blobs at all. It also has the odd property of not integrating the modem inside it, which gives Purism the option to choose a different radio chip that would, hopefully, be similarly open.The specs are still subject to change, depending on how open they can be. The Librem 5 might end up using a more recent i.MX8 if all goes well. Purism, however, does set some minimum specs for the phone, like a 5-inch screen, 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 32 GB of eMMC storage, USB-C, and, perhaps most importantly for its purpose, switches to turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mics, etc.On the software side, the Librem 5 will still use PureOS, which is based on the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. This means that, aside for the ARM architecture, it will be nearly identical to Debian on desktops (techies might be interested to know, however, that it will be using Wayland instead of X for display management). What form PureOS will take on the phone, however, is still undecided. Both KDE Plasma and GNOME will be in development if the campaign succeeds. But it really doesn’t matter in the long run. Because of its openness, users will be free to install any desktop environment or even any Linux distribution of their choice, though those might not be optimized for running on a 5-inch screen.How and When: Getting Help From the CrowdJust like with its Librem laptops, Purism is resorting to crowdfunding to not only raise money for expenses but to also gauge interest in the device. Purism has no illusions, people have been burned by failed open phone projects already. And its $1.5 million funding goal is no small change, though worlds apart from Canonical’s outlandish $32 million for the Ubuntu Edge.If the campaign doesn’t reach its funding goal in a month’s time, all backers will be refunded and the dream ends there. If they manage to raise the remaining 60% needed, it will be a long journey towards its 2019 shipping date, which is likely to still slip.Yes, 2019 is still a long away and the hardware, if it remains the same as it is now, will be terribly outdated by then. It does give Purism enough time to find answers to the most pressing questions, especially around Wi-Fi and Bluetooth hardware or upgrade to an i.MX8. No one said it was going to be easy creating a truly open phone, from hardware to software. But, by including open source communities in its quest, it won’t have to do it alone. Why: The Android TrapAlthough Android technically fulfills the letter of the law as an open source project, it doesn’t exactly follow the spirit in the same way. Source code, while available under open source licenses, is simply dumped after development. That’s not even considering the parts of the Android stack that are actually not open source, from Google’s proprietary services and apps to the proprietary blobs for closed hardware.The latter has been an especially thorny topic when it comes to any attempt at creating an open phone platform. For one, it makes it harder for such projects to get off the ground using commercially available devices. Those fortunate to be open enough for modification still has to rely on Android’s proprietary drivers to even get hardware to work. Secondly, it makes it twice as difficult actually implement an open mobile platform that leverages decades of work and code already available considering how the Android stack is actually so far removed from its Linux cousins.To be able to offer a truly free (as in freedom) mobile platform, Purism is almost starting from scratch and removing any reliance on Android. Almost. Rather than reinventing the wheel, it will be putting a regular Linux (a.k.a GNU/Linux) stack on the Librem 5 phone, like the ones you would put on a regular computer. And it is getting some help from key open source communities.Who: Open Source GiantsThe Librem 5 is hardly the first attempt at an open phone platform. The Openmoko project perhaps came closest to having both software and hardware opened, but sadly faded silently into the background. Everything else that followed, from Jolla’s Sailfish to Mozilla’s Firefox OS to Canonical’s Ubuntu Touch all had to make compromises to run on existing commercial hardware, particularly in the use of Android proprietary drivers.In that context, Purism’s goals are undoubtedly ambitious, especially for a young and relatively unknown Social Purpose Corporation. However, it has proven itself already capable of delivering its promise of a truly open laptop, complete with switches to kill hardware as needed. But a laptop is one thing. A phone is a whole different ballpark. Even with its experience and connections, it admitted it couldn’t do things by itself, especially when it came to its PureOS Linux distribution, which isn’t exactly designed for mobile and touch-based devices. In the true spirit of open source, it reached out to other communities for help.KDE is a community that, among other things, develops Plasma, one of the two most popular workspace environments on Linux. Plasma has already been developed and designed with multiple device form factors and uses cases in mind, from regular desktops to small screen netbooks to big screen media centers to, yes, phones. But like everyone else, Plasma Mobile’s development has been dependent on and, at the same time, hampered by Android drivers. By working together, it will be possible to cut out the middle man and have access to nearly the same software used on Linux desktops, speeding up development and shaking off the shackles of proprietary software.(An early version of Plasma Mobile on the Nexus 5) Part of the appeal of Android is its openness, at least compared to iOS. But, let’s face it. Google isn’t running a charity and Android’s direction will always be aligned with Google’s business. There will always be a large hole to be filled as far as a truly open, truly free, truly secure, and truly private phone goes. And Purism, the people behind the more or less successful Librem laptops, is diving into that space with the Librem 5 phone, and it is taking open source communities along for the ride.
Hulu‘s fancy new interface, which isn’t really new anymore to most users, has just arrived on some Samsung smart TVs, giving those with the models access to the latest and great Hulu offering sans using a third-party device. Most importantly, though, these smart TV owners get access to Hulu’s live television offering using the app available for their TV. The new Hulu interface, which blends together the platform’s on-demand and live television offerings into a single platform, is already available on all of the popular devices, including Roku’s various streaming boxes, the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, Android, and iOS. Now it is also available on the 2017 Samsung smart TV models.If you have an older Samsung smart TV, you’ll need to use one of the other devices mentioned above to get access to the newest Hulu interface. Everyone else, though, gets the new UI including its various features, such as the ability to create profiles for every person in the house (assuming you have no more than half a dozen people at home).The new user interface is the colorful one, which you’ve no doubt already seen at this point if you’re a Hulu user. The big glaring exception to Hulu’s supported device list is the PlayStation 4, which continues to be snubbed for whatever reason. No doubt the list will continue to grow in the future, though. Note that if you have a smart TV that runs one of the above supported platforms — that is, a Roku or Fire Smart TV — you also have access to the newest interface. You get access to this new interface even if you’re not a live TV subscriber — if you are, though, you’ll see the live television stations and shows blended in with the rest of the content. Some users enjoy this mixing of on-demand and live shows, while it has proven surprisingly unpopular with others.
This potentially big change is spurred by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reform plans, which includes boosting the nation’s tech presence. The sources, which spoke to Reuters, say Amazon is holding talks via its Amazon Web Services, which is apparently the focus of those particular talks.Apple, for its part, is tipped to be talking with Saudi Arabia’s SAGIA about potentially opening Apple Stores in the nation. This will be done, assuming the sources are correct and the deal goes through, via a licensing agreement between Apple and SAGIA. A pair of sources claim Apple retail stores could have an initial launch in 2019 under these talks, though nothing is finalized at this time. If the sources are correct, a deal between Apple and SAGIA will be struck by this upcoming February; whether an announcement will happen then isn’t clear, though. Amazon’s talks aren’t so far along, though, and the sources say there aren’t any specific dates in place at this time. However, sources say Amazon is one of the big tech companies on the kingdom’s priority list, making it likely that some deal will come about.SOURCE: Reuters Amazon and Apple are both in talks to expand their presence in Saudi Arabia, according to sources, potentially marking the first time both will have a direct presence in the country. Details are fuzzy at this time, though sources indicate that both companies have been in talks, with Apple discussing a licensing deal that may see an Apple Store or several launch in the country.
However, email receipts proved that the Zuckerberg messages had, at one point at least, existed. Challenged with the evidence, Facebook confirmed that it had deleted some messages from the inboxes of the recipients, without disclosing it was doing so. As well as messages sent by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it also had done the same for other members of the social network’s executive team. “Unsend” features aren’t new or even that unusual, but what proved unacceptable for regular Facebook users is that so far the majority of the site’s members don’t have access to them. Now, TechCrunch reports, Facebook plans to roll out an “unsend” feature to everybody. However it won’t be arriving immediately.According to the company, it had been working on – or at least thinking about – such an addition to the messages system already. However it’s clearly not ready for public release, and exactly how the system will operate is still being discussed. One possibility is that message authors will be able to set an expiration time for their messages, after which point they’ll be automatically deleted from the recipient’s inbox. In the meantime, Facebook promises, it won’t be using its backdoor access to delete or retract any more of its chief exec’s messages. AdChoices广告Facebook insists that its behavior until now was all above board, and suggests that the decision to selectively edit Zuckerberg’s Messenger history was done for security. In a statement, it pointed to the Sony Pictures hack, in which numerous privileged or potentially embarrassing emails sent between executives at the firm were released publicly. “After Sony Pictures’ emails were hacked in 2014 we made a number of changes to protect our executives’ communications,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “These included limiting the retention period for Mark’s messages in Messenger. We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages.”While that may well be the case, it comes as trust in Facebook is already in question. The social network has found itself back under FTC investigation, after revelations that earlier versions of its app policies allowed third-parties to extract the personal information of millions of users without their explicit consent. Yesterday, Facebook said that the data of as many as 87 million people could have been passed to Cambridge Analytica, the most high-profile case to have been revealed so far. Story TimelineFacebook says its changing its policies and wants your feedbackFacebook to restrict data accessed by third-party appsReport: Facebook asked hospitals for patient info to match with its user data Facebook plans to roll out an “unsend” feature to its messaging service, after the social network was caught retracting messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg and other executives. Reports last night raised claims from users who had received messages from Zuckerberg through Facebook, but who since discovered that the site had no record of those conversations.