first_imgTo learn more on this device, click here.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Related10 New Accessibility Features in iOS 8June 10, 2014In “Products and Devices”New Accessibility Features in iOS 9October 7, 2015In “Apps”How to make your iOS device accessibleJune 10, 2015In “Hearing” Apple’s iOS devices have indubitably revolutionized the world of technology since their introduction of the iPhone back in 2007.  iOS devices offer several benefits including their easy-to-use interfaces, simple syncing with other Apple devices, strong security, and smooth operating system updates.  Oh, and perhaps most importantly: the tech giant aims to make its devices as accessible as possible to all individuals.  With the Pererro iOS switch adapter, accessibility increases even more!According to Enablemart, “Pererro is a simple, compact, plug-and-play adapter that works effortlessly with any Apple device, providing access to all features, without the need to touch the screen.”  In other words, Pererro is a device granting access to iOS devices via switch, permitting users the ability to utilize a majority of features on the device without needing to touch the screen.  With this device, users may scan through on-screen options and select desired function–all via switch!Features and Benefits of the Pererro iOS Switch Adapter:Scan through onscreen selections and select desired function without touching the screenTwo scan modes: Auto-Increment and Press to Increment, enabling users to continue using their preferred scanning methodMessage, call, email, share webpages, use home automation apps, read books and moreConnects directly to and is powered by iOS devices, eliminating the Bluetooth power drain, and no battery to replace or chargeTurn Voiceover on or offiOS device can even be charged with Pererro connected3.5mm mono jack socket for universal switch inputPererro+ (lightning connector) has two jack socketsPererro (30-pin connector) has one jack socketlast_img read more

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first_img APWGcrmJohn LaCourMarketing TechnologyNewsPhishing Activity TrendsSoftware-as-a-Service Previous ArticleAlibaba Cloud Expands Offerings for EMEA PartnersNext ArticleWireWheel and Virtru Partner to Protect Integrity and Privacy of Personal Data Phishing of SaaS and Webmail Brands Surpasses Phishing Attacks on Payment Brands for the First Time PRNewswireMay 20, 2019, 2:13 pmMay 20, 2019 Use of HTTPS Protocol on Phishing Websites Reaches Record HighAccording to the APWG’s new Q1 2019 Phishing Activity Trends Report, users of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and webmail services are being targeted with increasing frequency. The category became the biggest target in Q1, accounting for 36 percent of all phishing attacks, for the first time eclipsing the payment-services category which suffered 27 percent of attacks recorded in the quarter.“Phishers are interested in stealing logins to SaaS sites because they yield financial data and also personnel data, which can be leveraged for spear-phishing”Online SaaS applications have become fundamental business tools, since they are convenient to use and cost-effective. SaaS services include sales management, customer relationship management (CRM), human resource, billing and other office applications and collaboration tools. “Phishers are interested in stealing logins to SaaS sites because they yield financial data and also personnel data, which can be leveraged for spear-phishing,” said Greg Aaron, APWG Senior Research Fellow.Stefanie Ellis, AntiFraud Product & Marketing Manager at MarkMonitor said, “The total number of confirmed phishing sites increased in early 2019, with the biggest jump in March.”Marketing Technology News: Yes Marketing Joins Forces with Adobe to Provide Leading Technology Combined with White Glove Agency, Implementation, and Program Management ServicesThe total number of phishing sites detected in 1Q of 2019 was 180,768. That was up notably from the 138,328 seen in the fourth quarter of 2018, and from the 151,014 seen in the third quarter of 2018.Payment Services and Financial Institution phishing continued to suffer a high number of phishing attacks. But attacks against cloud storage and file hosting sites continued to drop, decreasing from 11.3 percent of all attacks in the first quarter of 2018 to just 2 percent in the first quarter of 2019.Meanwhile, cybercriminals deployed HTTPS-protected phishing websites in record numbers, according to PhishLabs, posting a record high of nearly 60 percent of detected phishing websites in 1Q 2019 employing this data encryption protocol. Phishers turn this security utility against users, leveraging the HTTPS protocol’s padlock icon that appears in the browser address bar to assure users that the website itself is trustworthy.Marketing Technology News: Atos recognized as official Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner“In Q1 2019, 58 percent of phishing sites were using SSL certificates, a significant increase from the prior quarter where 46 percent were using certificates,” said John LaCour, CTO of PhishLabs. “There are two reasons we see more. Attackers can easily create free DV (Domain Validated) certificates, and more web sites are using SSL in general. More web sites are using SSL because browser warning users when SSL is not used. And most phishing is hosted on hacked, legitimate sites.”Also in this quarter’s Trends report: APWG contributor Axur documents phishing trends in Brazil, and researchers at APWG member PhishLabs document a significant increase in the use of SSL certificates on phishing web sites.Marketing Technology News: Nikon Video Contest Challenges Creators To “Follow Your Passion” For A Chance To Win $25,000 And A Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kitlast_img read more

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first_imgConnect Managed Services and G3 Comms Merge to Create Market-leading Managed Services Provider PRNewswireJuly 4, 2019, 6:00 pmJuly 3, 2019 Creates one of the UK’s largest Customer Experience and Unified Communications specialistsConnect Managed Services, and competitor G3 Comms announce the merger of the two businesses, creating a market-leading Customer Experience (CX) and Unified Communications (UC) managed services provider, generating annual revenues in excess of £55 million. The combined group will be one of the largest firms of its kind in the UK, and is backed by Apiary Capital, who acquired a majority stake in G3 in March 2019.Connect supports global enterprise customers such as Johnson & Johnson, BP and Diageo in the deployment and management of their CX and UC environments. The company has achieved strong growth since the LDC-backed MBO in 2014, culminating in turnover in the year to December 2018 of £30m. This transaction marks a successful exit for LDC.Marketing Technology News: SEMI Teams with Cornell University to Accelerate Technology Development Using Machine Learning and AIG3 Comms is an established business communications and network integrator, supporting multi-site UK enterprises, often with international operations. G3’s global reach is supported by its international network providing resilient voice and data services around the world. Turnover for the year to April 2019 was in excess of £20 million and its roster of for high-profile clients include Volkswagen and Morningstar.Connect’s Alex Tupman and Martin Cross, will lead the group as CEO and CTO respectively, together with G3’s James Arnold-Roberts and Adam Young, who will become group Managing Director and COO respectively. The board will be supplemented with the appointments of industry veterans Mark Thompson as Chairman, and G3 co-founder, Tony Parish, as non-executive director.Group CEO, Alex Tupman, said, “Our objective is to create a highly scalable and focussed business that can support the needs of a far greater and more diverse customer base, located within both the UK and abroad. The merger of G3 and Connect brings together two businesses with highly complementary capabilities which will enable our combined clients to derive significant benefits from the newly acquired skills provided by the enlarged team, together with the ability to offer an extended portfolio of specialist and proven products and services.Marketing Technology News: Chris Torres Writes First Ever Marketing Advice Book for the Tours and Activities IndustryJames Arnold-Roberts, CEO of G3 commented, “We are really excited to be joining forces with Connect. The combination of the two businesses will bring even greater benefit to our existing customers while our emerging scale will allow us to reach new prospects both here in the UK and around the world. When we looked at Connect’s capabilities alongside our own – including our dedicated global network infrastructure – it was clear that this was the perfect fit.”Nicki Boyd, Apiary Capital partner, commented, “We are delighted to be supporting the compelling merger of Connect and G3. Alex and James have a shared vision of building a platform of significant scale in the market they both serve so well. We believe this is just the start of an exciting and highly productive collaboration and it is fantastic to be working with experienced and likeminded people who are totally aligned with our goals and objectives.”Marketing Technology News: Taptica International Rebrand Reflects Video Advertising Leadership Connect Managed Servicescustomer experienceG3 CommsMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticlePrimeMyBody Launches VERB’s Interactive Video CRM at Momentum 2019 in Austin, TexasNext ArticleAtos Expands Strategic Partnership With Google Cloud to Enable Oracle Database Customers to Benefit From Google Cloud Platformlast_img read more

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first_img Bruce ChizenNewsOracleRona Fairhead Previous ArticleMatterport to Acquire AI-Driven Production Platform ArraiyNext ArticleCrate.io Receives 2019 IoT Evolution Industrial IoT Product of the Year Award Oracle Names Rona Fairhead to the Board of Directors MTS Staff WriterJuly 11, 2019, 3:15 pmJuly 11, 2019 The Oracle Board of Directors announced that it has unanimously elected Rona A. Fairhead to the company’s Board of Directors. The election is effective as of July 31, 2019 and increases the size of the Board to 15 directors.Marketing Technology News: Mobile Tide Ebbs as Popularity of PC and VR/AR Increases for UK Studios, says TIGA“I am very pleased to welcome Mrs. Fairhead to the Board,” said Larry Ellison, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Technology Officer.  Bruce Chizen, Chair of the Nomination and Governance Committee, added, “Mrs. Fairhead is an accomplished leader with extensive international experience in finance, risk management, government affairs and global operations.  The Board will benefit from her unique perspective.”Marketing Technology News: TripIt Launches New Amazon Alexa SkillMrs. Fairhead, 57, most recently served as Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, Department for International Trade in the United Kingdom from September 2017 to May 2019.  She previously served as Chair of the British Broadcasting Corporation Trust (BBC) from 2014 to 2017.  From 2006 to 2013, Mrs. Fairhead served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times Group Limited, which was a division of Pearson plc, and, prior to that, she served as Pearson’s Chief Financial Officer.  Before joining Pearson, Mrs. Fairhead held a variety of leadership positions at Bombardier Inc. and Imperial Chemical Industries plc.  Mrs. Fairhead previously served as a director of HSBC Holdings plc and PepsiCo, Inc.Members of Oracle’s Board of Directors serve one-year terms and stand for election at the company’s next annual meeting of stockholders in November 2019.Marketing Technology News: 8×8 Deepens Channel Commitment With New Elev8 Partner Programlast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. By Ryan Whitwam on June 27, 2019 at 11:35 am What Natalie Portman Could Look Like as the Mighty Lady Thor NASA Sends Tiny Atomic Clock to Space Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Winnie From ‘Wonder Years’ Is 44 Now and Unrecognizably Gorgeous Traveling through space isn’t just about knowing where you are. You also need to know what time it is, and a wristwatch won’t do. Spacecraft rely on extremely accurate measurements of time to coordinate maneuvers, and these systems will become even more important as we aim for distant destinations. That’s why NASA is testing a new type of mercury-ion atomic clock, which is smaller and more versatile. NASA’s new clock headed into space earlier this week aboard the second commercial Falcon Heavy launch. That rocket carried 24 different payloads including a prototype light sail spacecraft, NOAA temperature monitoring satellites, a NASA test of hydrazine fuel alternatives, and more. The Deep Space Atomic Clock was a very small part of the Falcon Heavy’s total payload, but it could be one of NASA’s most important current experiments. Most current spacecraft rely on signals from Earth-based systems to do all the work. A signal goes to the spacecraft from Earth, and the spacecraft sends one back. Atomic clocks on Earth measure the time it took for the signal to come back, allowing controllers to calculate distance and speed for the probe. The problem with this system is how long it takes light to travel between Earth and the probe. On a trip to Mars, it would take about 40 minutes for each navigation measurement, which is impractical for real-time autonomous navigation and crewed missions. The Deep Space Atomic Clock launched aboard the second commercial Falcon Heavy.To fix this, you need an atomic clock on the spacecraft, and that’s what the Deep Space Atomic Clock is. It’s about the size of a toaster oven, attached to the General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Orbital Test Bed satellite. Atomic clocks on Earth are usually the size of a refrigerator. It could effectively make navigation calculations a one-way system. Signals from Earth could allow the spacecraft to instantly measure its speed and position. NASA says the Deep Space Atomic Clock has a high degree of stability, so it should remain accurate far longer than any mission would last. It should only be off by one or two nanoseconds in nine million years. NASA will gauge the clock’s performance in the coming months with the aim to integrate similar devices with small and mid-sized satellites. Atomic clocks may also end up on spacecraft in the Artemis program’s moon missions.Now read:SpaceX Successfully Launches Starlink SatellitesNASA Installs Wheels on Mars 2020 RoverNASA Needs $20 Billion in Additional Funding to Reach Moon by 2024 The Real Reason Captain Marvel Was Barely in ‘Endgame’ J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along 5 Comments The Truth About Thor’s Jane Foster ‘Frozen 2’ Theories That Just Might Be True People are Furious ‘Cats’ Star Francesca Hayward Has White Fur Tagged In sciencespacenasaspacexatomic clock Post a Comment 5 Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgGoogle Might Try to Buy Your Face for $5 ‘Apex Legends’ Changed Gaming and We Barely Noticed Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 12 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Unless you’re a digital hermit, Google probably already has a lot of data about you. Even when you don’t tell Google specific bits of data, it can make educated guesses based on your searches and how you use its services. One thing it doesn’t have is your face, and that’s what Google is after. No, this isn’t some Game of Thrones-style Faceless Men situation — Google reps are offering $5 gift cards to scan people’s faces. Google representatives are approaching people in real life and asking them to contribute data to developing “the next generation of facial recognition phone unlocking,” according to a report from ZDNet. As compensation for helping out, Googlers are offering people a $5 gift card to Amazon or Starbucks. Are people willing to sell their faces to Google for five bucks? It appears they are, yes. After agreeing to help out, participants are handed a phone inside a large case that obscured the shape. It’s common for engineers to use cases like this to hide pre-release phones during testing, which strongly suggests these devices are Google Pixel 4s. It reportedly takes a few minutes for the phone to acquire face data as people move their heads around, and then they’re free to paint the town red with their gift cards. The data is most likely feeding into a machine learning algorithm that will help the Pixel 4 recognize faces with some assortment of sensors and cameras on the phone. While Android has supported face unlock for years, it has always been 2D camera-based recognition. The iPhone, by comparison, uses a 3D sensor to unlock the device securely. Some Android phones like the LG G8 have imitated that, but Google is adding official support for 3D face unlock in the upcoming Android Q release. Leaks of the Pixel 4 also show plenty of sensors on the front of the phone that could contribute to secure face unlock. This is all speculation for now — Google isn’t talking, and it probably won’t say anything until the Pixel 4 is official. The teaser and leaked images don’t show a fingerprint sensor in the traditional place, so Google has either gone to an in-display sensor or it’s ditching that all together in favor of face unlock. That would make the accuracy of its algorithm extremely important. In that eventuality, I hope a lot of people sell their faces to Google.Now read:3D-Printed Head Shows Face Unlock on Most Phones Isn’t SecureAndroid Q May Support Apple-Like 3D Face UnlockFBI Forces Suspect to Unlock Phone Using Face ID The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Here’s What the Cast of the Matrix Trilogy Looks Like Today Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads Tagged In googleprivacypixel 4face unlock Post a Comment 12 Comments By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 4:07 pmlast_img read more

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first_img By David Cardinal on June 22, 2019 at 9:00 am Awesome ‘Star Trek’ Projects We Never Got To See Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. If you’re part of a family with changing computing needs, or if you run a small business where employees and computers come and go, it’s quite likely that your backup strategy is a bit of a hodge-podge. You probably also rely on your users to pay attention to whether their data is actually being safely backed up. A recent experience of mine, where we realized that one of our business laptops hadn’t run a successful backup for a month, motivated me to dig in and implement a centrally managed backup system so that we could easily manage and monitor our computer backups. I actually did it two different ways, using one NAS-centric approach, and another more traditional backup suite, so we can compare them in this article.How Centrally Managed Backups WorkA typical, centrally managed backup solution consists of at least three pieces. First, there is a backup server, which keeps the database of clients, tasks, and storage locations. Along with it are one or more console applications. Some systems offer one management console for administrators and a separate one for users to allow them to do some self-service operations like file recovery. Finally, there needs to be some type of client software (often called an agent) that can respond to requests from the server and initiate backups. With Windows clients, this is often a custom application installed on each client. But existing system utilities like rsync may also work as an agent, depending on the product.In all cases, either a new account with administrator privileges needs to be created on each client, or the credentials for an existing account need to be supplied. Once a server and client(s) are in place, then the console (which might be an application or simply a web interface to the server) can be used to create backup tasks and deploy them to clients as appropriate. Most packages include some pre-defined templates that can be used as a starting point. For example, if you have a number of laptops that have a simple configuration, you can have a template that just does a System backup of the OS and boot drive.Backing Up PCs With EaseUS Todo BackupThere are many backup products for Windows PCs, but for this project, we wanted ones where we could upgrade from the typical entry-level standalone offering to a centrally managed, business-class solution inexpensively. So for our first solution, we chose EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation, since the desktop software and management console are quite inexpensive, and we were already using it standalone on several machines. However, currently, EaseUS can only centrally manage Windows client machines. Acronis offers a much broader range of solutions, but at a much higher price point for its business products.Todo Backup is powerful but not always obvious.You can start with the management console, which EaseUS calls Backup Center, and install and deploy from there, or take a more incremental approach and install Backup Workstation on your client computers and make sure they work to your satisfaction first. When you install the clients, you can create a backup user that’s separate from other users of the system. That’s handy for creating a single credential to use for backup tasks. When you install Backup Center, you’ll want to make sure you also select the option to install the server on a machine of your choice. Unfortunately, EaseUS Backup doesn’t support a NAS package for its server, which would be a nice option.Once the clients and the Backup Center console are installed, you can use the console to create, customize, and deploy template backup tasks to some or all of your clients. You can even put them in groups. In our case, we created a simple template for most of our laptops, which only have a System (“C”) drive, and then a couple of other templates for more complex desktops that also have data drives. It was simple to create a schedule for each template and deploy them. I wish the software offered an easier way to combine Full and Incremental backup schedules, but you can choose the type of backup(s) you want, the schedules, and the retention policies.You can add a Network Server as a backup destination for EaseUS Todo Backup using a mount point, a UNC path, or via the NAS Device option.Backing Up Your Network With Synology’s Active Backup for BusinessIf you own a NAS, you may already have access to all the software you need to back up your network. Most NAS vendors bundle at least one backup solution with their hardware and may offer add-on options. Synology did something pretty sweet last year, by including its Active Backup for Business (ABB) software with many of its units. It includes the server package, an active client for Windows, a user portal for self-service recovery, and the ability to back up other types of specialized hardware and virtual machines. I’ve been using ABB with both the Windows client and with my Jetson Nano Linux box with rsync as the agent.Synology’s Active Backup for Business provides a large number of options managed through a central console.One area where ABB goes beyond many of the other backup solutions bundled with network servers is the capability to do a bare metal restore — as you’d expect with a separate cost backup package. You simply create and boot to a recovery drive and then restore your full system image. Alternatively, you can do the expected set of drive, partition, and file backups to take more complete control of your system. There are even additional packages for specifically backing up G Suite and Office 365, although I haven’t used them.Consider a Belt and SuspendersNext to not noticing that backups are failing to run properly, not realizing that they’re corrupt is the next biggest problem with backups. While major corporations have policies in place for regularly testing the integrity and utility of their backups, most small business and families don’t. So in our case, we back all our machines up two different ways, to two different servers.Active Backup for Business offers a nice and easy to understand set of Retention options.Five-bay NAS units are very convenient for this, as shared data can be stored on a three drive RAID array, and backups can go on a separate, mirrored, two-drive array. We use a Synology DS1517+ as our primary data store — since it supports 10Gbps — and destination for system backups generated by Active Backup for Business. Then we also have a DS1019+ where we can keep a clone of our most important shared data on the first three drives, and our EaseUS backups on the other two. Or if you have room to keep your data and backups on the first three drives, the other two are ideal for mirrored security footage archives. Of course, just having two systems locally isn’t a perfect solution either, so you’ll want to have some type of off-site backup as well.Now Read:How to Set Up Subscription-Free Offsite BackupHow to Create Your Own Private Photo Sharing CloudIt’s World Backup Day: Here’s How the ExtremeTech Staff Stays Backed Up What Natalie Portman Could Look Like as the Mighty Lady Thor You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu How to Set Up Centrally Managed Backups for Your Home or Small Business The Most Offensive Video Game Characters of All Time Artist Reimagines Iconic Disney Scenes with a Hilarious Twist The First ‘Scary MCU Film’ Will Come Out During Phase 4 J.K. 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first_imgE-discovery and Information Governance Expert Rena Verma Joins FTI Consulting PRNewswireJune 4, 2019, 4:02 pmJune 4, 2019 Twenty-Year Veteran to Leverage Extensive Legal Industry Experience, Ranging from Pharma Litigation to Mergers and Acquisitions and E-Discovery Managed ServicesFTI Consulting, Inc. announced the addition of Rena Verma, an expert in e-discovery, information governance and legal operations, as a Senior Managing Director in the Information Governance, Privacy & Security practice within the Technology segment. Ms. Verma will be based in New York and will support growth for current and new data governance solutions.“The wide range of information governance challenges — from data privacy to post-merger data segregation and remediation — require a specialized skillset that includes legal and technical acumen as well as strategic thinking,” said Jake Frazier, a Senior Managing Director and Leader of the Information Governance, Privacy & Security practice at FTI Consulting. “Rena has this skillset as well as deep experience advising companies on how to operationalize and streamline their discovery and data governance practices. She will bring significant value to our clients, and we are extremely pleased she has joined our practice.”Marketing Technology News: VERB Adds Leading Health Care Provider OnDoc to Its Client RosterMs. Verma has nearly 20 years of experience advising Fortune 500 legal departments and law firms in information governance, electronic discovery, legal technology and legal operations. Her clients include some of the largest pharmaceutical, banking, insurance, transportation and technology companies.  In addition, Ms. Verma has led legal integration projects involving mergers, acquisitions and divestitures requiring merging and separation of business information systems and processes, organizational design work as well as implementation of legal hold solutions. Prior to joining FTI Technology, she served in leadership positions with Consilio and the Huron Consulting Group.“Every day, our clients face new challenges and rely on our global team of experts to help meet these needs in an efficient and defensible manner,” said Sophie Ross, Global Chief Executive Officer of FTI Technology. “We continue to invest in our group’s global growth and subject-matter expertise to remain the premier provider at the intersection of data and legal and regulatory risk. Rena’s addition to FTI Technology is a reflection of this investment and of the caliber of professionals on the team.”Marketing Technology News: TechTarget Integrates 1st and 3rd Party Intent Data within Priority Engine Platform to Help Companies Make Faster Sales and Marketing Progress with Best Fit AccountsFTI Technology’s IGP&S practice focuses on providing consulting services that are flexible and can range from a single short-term project to a complete transformational service with ongoing monitoring. The offerings address key corporate data challenges with safety and defensibility by mining, storing, migrating and disposing of corporate data, as well as designing and implementing defensible e-discovery and information governance policies that are cost-effective and do not disrupt business operations. FTI Technology has been recognized as a leader in information governance software and services across the legal industry, including acknowledgement from the National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel and Computer Technology Review.“FTI Technology’s IGP&S team has built a strong reputation in the industry for delivering practical solutions to help companies reduce risk,” Ms. Verma said. “I’m excited to help grow the practice and lend my experience assisting companies in pharma, financial services and other industries address complex discovery and data governance issues.”Marketing Technology News: Email Verification Company Kickbox Announces Release of New Partner Portal e-discoveryFTI Consultinginformation governanceMarketing TechnologyNewsPrivacy & Security practiceTechnology Previous ArticleLiferay Announces New Content, Commerce and Headless Capabilities to Drive Personalization at ScaleprnNext ArticleMagna Imperio Systems Selects Vertebrae for 3D & AR Sales Enablementlast_img read more

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first_imgHard Rock International Taps Yext to Power Brand Verified Answers for Hard Rock Cafe Locations Around the World PRNewswireJuly 12, 2019, 11:01 amJuly 12, 2019 “Hard Rock International has been on the cutting edge for decades, and as technology changes the way we interact with businesses every day, restaurants everywhere need to take control over the facts about them online,” said Wendi Sturgis, Yext’s Chief Client Officer and CEO of Yext Europe. “We’re proud to work with Hard Rock so that when a diner is looking for the great food and classic entertainment experiences that Hard Rock Cafe is known for, they can be confident they are getting accurate, brand-verified answers.”Marketing Technology News: Brave Expands Advertising Platform to Mobile Devices and Launches Brave Ads Certified Vendor ProgramWith Yext, Hard Rock has gained more control over the information guests find online. From search engines like Google, to voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, to Hard Rock Cafe’s own local restaurant pages, guests can find accurate answers about Hard Rock wherever they search.Marketing Technology News: Zeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data Cloud Yext, Inc., the platform for Brand Verified Answers in search, announced its work with Hard Rock International to power answers-ready online listings and restaurant pages for Hard Rock Cafe locations globally. By managing restaurant information like locations, hours of operation, and holiday-specific details, the Yext platform allows Hard Rock to deliver facts verified by the brand directly to their searching customers’ fingertips. Hard Rock Cafe locationsHard Rock International tMarketing Technology NewsNewsWendi SturgisYext Previous ArticleStitcher and Wondery Join Forces to Offer UK Advertisers Global Access to Premium ContentNext ArticleIBM Closes Landmark Acquisition of Red Hat for $34 Billion; Defines Open, Hybrid Cloud Futurecenter_img Hard Rock Will Leverage the Yext Platform to Power Answers to Consumer Questions about Locations, Hours of Operation, and Holiday Information in Search “At Hard Rock Cafe, we are always looking for new ways to improve the experience for our guests,” said Stephanie Esposito, Director of Brand Marketing at Hard Rock International. “We’re excited for our partnership with Yext that allows us to improve all aspects of our guests’ experience before choosing to dine with us. The platform gives us the opportunity to provide up-to-date information through various search engines, voice assistants and maps about our innovative new menu that features award-winning Steak Burgers, Instagram-worthy Boozy Milkshakes, Sliders and Shareable offerings, as well as exciting entertainment experiences taking place at Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world.”Marketing Technology News: M-Commerce Not Living up to Consumer Expectations, New Research Findslast_img read more

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first_imgMarketing Technology Company Unveils New UX Developed to Meet the Growing Needs of CustomersDelivra — a provider of advanced email marketing automation and a part of the CM Group family of brands — announced the release of its new in-application user experience. Inspired by customer and in-house expert feedback, Delivra has made several improvements to its navigation and functionality to increase ease-of-use including its automation dashboard. Alongside this, Delivra announced its rebrand, bringing a modern and consistent look and feel to its application and website.“The improvements made were a direct impact of our dedication to putting the customer first and building a marketing technology that answers their needs and empowers them to drive their business forward.”“Since Delivra’s inception in 1999, supporting customers has been the heart of the brand. That’s why in this update, it was important to create a more intuitive, attractive user experience any marketer would feel comfortable using, no matter their skill level,” said Barbara Berry, head of product at Delivra. “The improvements made were a direct impact of our dedication to putting the customer first and building a marketing technology that answers their needs and empowers them to drive their business forward.”Marketing Technology News: Agency Veteran Joao Machado Joins as Sabio’s SVP of Product Marketing“With Delivra everything is user friendly and has simplified a lot of our processes. We have a high volume of emails we send — each of our 17 race weekends has three to four emails that need to be built in under 30 minutes,” said Ryann Weatherford, vice president, partnership activations and communication at Andretti Autosport, a Delivra customer. “If we ever aren’t able to figure something out, the Delivra team is only a phone call away no matter where we are.”Marketing Technology News: Intertrust and Vewd Partner to Introduce Next Generation Content Protection for HbbTVFeature Improvements Include:Consolidated dashboards and updated terminology for more intuitive learning.Clear action buttons, toggles, and easy filtering in each dashboard.The easy-to-use Campaign Workflow, combining content and mailing processes into one.Marketing Technology News: AdQuick.com Releases Campaign Genius, so Marketers can Plan and Optimize Out of Home (OOH) Advertising Campaigns in Minutes Delivra Unveils Improved User Experience and Automation Dashboard PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 1:26 pmJune 10, 2019 CM GroupDelivraemail marketing automationmarketing automationMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleSeismic Strengthens its Relationship with Microsoft at Upcoming Microsoft EventsNext ArticleAvaya Identified as a Leader in Aragon Research Globe for Intelligent Contact Centerlast_img read more

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first_imgAbout Zoovu TechBytes with Sarah Assous, SVP Marketing at Zoovu Sudipto GhoshJune 17, 2019, 1:30 pmJune 18, 2019 Seamless live chat – Consumers can engage with a chatbot the same way they would with a live customer support employee.A chatbot can provide a 24/7 customer service offering that is less stressful for a customer.Facebook Messenger as a way to interact where customers are and help guide them through their buying journey, which is unique to them.The technology behind chatbots is also able to remember and store previous conversations that enable a brand to provide a curated personalized recommendation at all times across the entire product range. About SarahAbout ZoovuAbout Sarah As SVP, Sarah is responsible for Zoovu’s global Product Marketing, Branding, Positioning and Marketing functions.Since joining the team, Sarah has successfully helped to facilitate the company’s close of its Series B funding round in early 2019. Prior to this role, she has held Product Marketing roles for various successful companies in the MarTech and Retail spaces, previously working in Product Marketing at Selligent and SmartFocus. Tell us a little about Zoovu and your role within.Zoovu is a leading conversational marketing platform that delivers authentic human-level engagements across Chatbots, websites, and in-store. Zoovu provides real-time insights to help brands and retailers understand their consumers to grow sales and conversion. Our focus is to provide brands with the tools to better engage with their customers, providing an engaging, seamless brand experience.As the SVP of Marketing, I am responsible for expanding and growing the company’s global presence. Over the past year, building our brand awareness in a creative, powerful way across our key verticals has been my goal. A critical component of my role is to supervise lead generation and acquisition helping to enable our sales team with content and material that will grow our business and partnerships.Can you explain the choice overload challenge that shoppers face?Choice overload is what happens when we’re faced with more possibilities than we can clearly or easily comprehend. About 56% of consumers have abandoned a website purchase because it was just too difficult to find the right product. Shoppers are faced with the concept of choice overload due to the growing diversification of products and goods available to them. The rise of digital has made choice overload even more prevalent due to the lack of support provided by brands during the online shopping experience. Even though consumers may think they are product experts, they aren’t and don’t speak the same language as brands and retailers who know how to effectively navigate through their website. If a brand provides product filters and technical product descriptions this often does not help shoppers to choose or even enhance the overall shopping experienceIt is evident that there is a disconnect between the brand and the consumer. Consumers need help to decipher what the brand and or retailer is saying and providing. This is the challenge that brands need to tackle in order to remove this choice overload difficulty faced by shoppers and up-level the experience in a competitive marketplace.What are retailers/brands doing to help tackle the issues faced by consumers today? How are brands/retailers leveraging new technologies and solutions to enhance the Customer Experience?I believe that brands understand that there is a disconnect when it comes to the shopper experience. Yet, retailers are struggling to find the solution that is right for their business and how to tackle the challenge in an affordable manner. Brands are turning to different technologies and solutions, but they first need to determine just which platform is right for their unique challenge, brand, and customer.There are a variety of technologies and solutions that are available on the market today. Companies are looking for ways to engage with shoppers and make it easier for brands to communicate and bring shoppers to a point of purchase. For example, Pinterest boards provide shoppers with the inspiration that they need to help them make a final purchase decision. Similarly, Social Media leader, Instagram announced earlier this year that it was enabling in-app checkout for shoppable posts. This provides a more frictionless experience and removes too many clicks or prevents leaving the application to make a purchase.Another technology that brands have started to implement is augmented reality and smart mirrors that provide an interactive experience. The smart mirrors are “smart” because they enable a likely indecisive shopper the ability to try on or experience the look, or hairstyle before they jump in with two feet. While a non-technical route, brands should be resurfacing the age-old, community feel. Shopper’s like to feel important and that their sale is the most important, so a brand leverages influencers and a loyalty program will naturally drive conversions and sales. Any form of communicating and getting in touch with a consumer, big or small, is vital to a customer coming back and choosing a brand over another.Are there technologies that brands can leverage both in-store and online?There are many new existing in-store technologies. Some of my favorites are Smart Mirrors, which allow customers to test different outfits without having to change their clothes. Experts predict that Augmented Reality in-stores will work $130 billion by 2020. This type of technology also exists at home for those online shoppers. Amazon recently filed a patent for an AR mirror that would enable customers to test clothes from their home.The launch of their Amazon Go store, with “self-checkout” and the perks that come with shopping easily, is one key proof point. Grocery shopping can be a daunting task for many, with lines and the endless checklist of items to purchase, but with the emergence of an AI shopping cart that enables a customer to scan an item through a screen on the front of the cart, it doesn’t seem so bad.The number of in-store and online technologies is, however, a little more limited, but on the rise. In some stores, such as Alibaba, customers can scan QR codes in-stores to gather information about the product. They also have the option to purchase via the application, which makes the entire experience seamless and convenient.Digital Assistants can be leveraged both in-stores and online. They provide that authentic, quick and informative experience that shoppers crave. Digital Assistants, also make sure to work with a customer to know what works best for them and direct them in the right location, whereas a Sales Associate can often be less than helpful.How are technologies like Chatbots and Voice Commerce Solutions helping to improve the shopping experience?Chatbots have previously had a heavy emphasis on Customer Support. Now chatbots are also being used to provide a more personalized experience for consumers during the buying process, guiding them from the browsing state to purchase. A chatbot can be leveraged for these functions: chatbotsecommerceOmnichannelSarah AssousTech BytesZoovu Previous ArticleGoldilocks Principle of Marketing: The Need for a Consistent View of the Consumer JourneyNext ArticleFor the Third Year in a Row, Sabio Takes Top Honor in Best Use of Mobile Technology Category at the Pollie Awards zoovu is the ultimate AI-Conversational Marketing platform. We help brands and retailers grow sales and increase conversion across chatbots, website, and in-store. Our AI-driven digital assistants interact with billions of consumers every day to help find the perfect product.More than 200 brands use zoovu digital assistants today, including Amazon, Coty, Whirlpool, and Canon. Headquartered in New York and London, zoovu operates worldwide in 1000+ categories and all languages. Additionally, Voice e-commerce solutions are mostly focused on repurchasing rather than selling, due to the lack of Visual Product representation available. However, it is also a great way to engage in brand experiences that redirect consumers to other digital channels. Voice is perfect for brands who want to provide a convenient and omnichannel experience for their consumer base.Do you think customers are receptive to brands leveraging technologies to better connect with them?Brands are very receptive to technology providing them with the tools to better connect with shoppers. Consumers want more personalization and convenience when shopping and it’s up to brands to provide that, especially if they want to stay ahead of the curve.What is one thing that brands still don’t get right?Brands are still struggling to cater to consumers’ needs at the point in time to which they decide ‘I want to buy this product.’ Otherwise known as solving the ‘I want moment.’ It’s critical that a brand knows how to best guide their shoppers to the right landing page, or a matching accessory to upsell. Rather than talking in specs, or product descriptions, brands need to find a way to communicate and engage with shoppers rather than push content and information that is overwhelming or underwhelming. Knowing the format in which your customer wants to be reached is key.What advice would you give to Marketing Leaders to tackle this?Brands that are focused on a customer-first strategy will always win. Thinking in terms of what the consumer wants rather than how to get their product out there makes a difference. Leveraging authentic interactions with a customer and providing a Personalized experience from browse to point of purchase is where marketers need to be thinking. Leveraging technologies like Zoovu’s Conversational Marketing platform can help tackle this and ensure the marketing strategy is consumer-centric and create lifetime customer loyalty and superior Customer Experience.last_img read more

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first_img G2Marketing TechnologyMinneapolis-based ModusNewsSales Enablement Previous ArticleBox Powers NEC Corporation’s Digital Transformation with Cloud Content ManagementNext ArticleAnzu and CHEQ Launch First Ad-Verification Solution for 3D Video Gaming Modus One of the Companies to Receive Top Rating in G2 Grid ReportG2, a review platform that helps businesses make technology purchasing decisions, named Minneapolis-based Modus as a Leader in its Summer 2019 G2 Grid® Report on Sales Enablement Tools. This is the top rating a company can receive and signifies high marks in overall customer satisfaction, setup and support, based on reviews gathered from the G2 user community and data aggregated from online sources and social networks.Modus named a leader in Sales Enablement Tools in the Summer ’19 @G2Crowd Reviews Grid Report. #B2B #Marketing #Sales #SalesEnablement #salestools @G2dotcomTo qualify for inclusion in the sales enablement category, G2 evaluates products based on how well they act as a repository of marketing content for use by sales representatives, track prospect and customer engagement on content and sales pitches, allow users to upload a variety of collateral or build content directly within the tool and assist in the preparedness of salespersons during presentations or pitches by having easy access to relevant marketing content.Marketing Technology News: Veritonic Launches First Audio Score For Marketers To Understand Relative Power Of Their Creative AssetsModus is a sales enablement platform that empowers dealers, distributors, and field sales success by ensuring predictable access to the most effective sales content for any selling situation. The fully customizable mobile app also enables marketing teams to create, manage, and track the performance of this content within a single interface, allowing for greater insights into content effectiveness, better investment prioritization, and significantly reduced production costs.“We allow sales reps to thrive in face-to-face interactions, which are the most critical moments of the customer journey,” said Orrin Broberg, Modus President & CEO. “More than 120,000 sales and marketing professionals already benefit from the decision their leadership teams have made to transform their sales distribution channels with Modus. We’re honored to be recognized by the G2 Grid® Report and named a Leader on this important list of sales enablement tools.”Marketing Technology News: Leadspace Acquires ReachForce to Offer Customers Even More Robust B2B Customer Data PlatformThe G2 review platform leverages more than 650,000 independent and authenticated user reviews read by more than 3 million buyers each month. According to G2, this model brings transparency to B2B buying, which changes the way decisions are made.Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand Awareness G2 Names Modus a Leader in Sales Enablement Tools Business WireJuly 10, 2019, 3:12 pmJuly 10, 2019 last_img read more

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first_imgMutare Unveils Mutare Voice Spam Filter at Cisco Live PRNewswireJune 13, 2019, 1:38 pmJune 13, 2019 caller IDCisco LiveMarketing Technology NewsMutareMutare Voice Spam FilterNewsSession Initiation Protocol Previous ArticleOppSource Hires Former RevJet Director to Grow Business, Lead Enterprise DealsNext ArticleDiscoverOrg Survey Indicates Competition to Grow Dramatically Among U.S. Companies Cisco Live, Cisco’s annual IT and communications conference, MUTARE, INC. unveiled the Mutare Voice Spam Filter, part of its Mutare Voice call screening and missed call completion product portfolio.Mutare developed the Mutare Voice Spam Filter in response to high demand across all industries for a solution that will stop the increase in the number of robocalls received daily by businesses.“In 2019, fifty percent of all calls to an enterprise will be from a robocaller,” said Chuck French, Chief Growth Officer at Mutare. “We’ve developed a solution that will stop robocalls before they ever reach a phone extension. Mutare Voice Spam Filter will reduce the enormous frustration these calls create and save businesses time and money.”Marketing Technology News: Mastercard Digital Wellness Program to Enhance Transparency, Security and Choice for Online ShoppingThe Mutare Voice Spam Filter relies on modern Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) digital communication. It examines the signaling information transmitted with the SIP call to identify the caller ID. Within a fraction of a second, the filter checks the caller ID against enterprise white and blacklists, as well as a dynamic robocall list(s).“The voice spam filter is wickedly fast, screening calls in a few hundred milliseconds, and can process over 150 calls per second. The system is fully automated and designed with a “do no harm” approach ensuring calls are completed even if the system fails,” said Rich Quattrocchi, Mutare’s VP of Digital Transformation.Marketing Technology News: Tellius Named by Gartner as a 2019 Cool Vendor in AnalyticsMutare is currently conducting beta tests of the solution, with expected general availability slated for July 2019.Marketing Technology News: Neongecko Inc. Launches “Neon AI SDK” – New “Software Development Kit for Artificial Intelligence” Supports AI Conversations in Multiple Languageslast_img read more

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first_img BJPelection commissionLok Sabha election 2019Prakash Javadekar First Published: April 25, 2019, 8:35 AM IST New Delhi: Over 250 veterans have once again written to President Ram Nath Kovind and the Election Commission, seeking an end to the politicisation of the armed forces in the Lok Sabha elections.The letter, which was originally signed by 156 people, states the concerns of the forces “which have caused considerable alarm and disquiet”. Objecting to the practice of political leaders claiming credit for military operations like cross-border strikes, the veterans also referred to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s “Modiji ki sena” remarks.The letter said though a notification had been issued to seek explanation from those responsible for such comments, “these do not appear to have resulted in any substantive change of behaviour or practice on ground”.They added that with elections, such practices were bound to be on the rise.Stating that such practices would “impinge adversely on the morale and fighting efficiency of serving man or woman in uniform and therefore directly affect national security”, the veterans appealed to ensure that “secular and apolitical character of armed forces is preserved”.They urged that steps be taken to direct all parties to desist from using military, military uniforms or symbols, and “any actions by military personnel or formations for political purposes or to further their political agenda”.The letter, which was first signed by over 150 veterans about two weeks ago, had created a furore, with the Opposition accusing the Narendra Modi government of trying to appropriate the armed forces.Hitting back at the criticism, Union minister Prakash Javadekar had termed it a “disgusting act by grand alliance”, saying it reflected disappointment and nervousness of the Opposition. last_img read more

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first_img Elton JohnElton John’s BiopicElton John’s Biopic Rocketmanrocketman First Published: June 3, 2019, 9:31 AM IST Legendary English singer Elton John’s biopic Rocketman, scenes from which were cut out for a preview in Russia, has released in India without any excisions.The film, which is exclusively distributed in India by Viacom18 Studios, received the censor certificate without any cuts. It was certified on May 29 and got an ‘A’ certificate for release on May 31.  “This movie is about when I started to become famous. It was an extraordinary and surreal time, and that’s how I wanted the film to be,” John said in a statement. Described as an “epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of John’s breakthrough years”, the film follows the journey of his transformation from a shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into an international superstar. Directed by Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman also stars Richard Madden as John Reid, John’s manager and one-time lover, and Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, John’s famed song-writing partner. According to Fletcher, the idea “was to create something that would genuinely explode off the screen, a riotous joy-ride of imagination, celebration and drama”. Though the film has had a smooth sailing in India, Russian movie distributors have censored Rocketman and excluded several scenes showing gay sex and affection—a move which has been denounced by the singer as well as the makers of the movie. They issued a joint statement, saying, “We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today. That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.”We believe in building bridges and open dialogue, and will continue to push for the breaking down of barriers until all people are heard equally across the world,” they added.As per a report in people.com, a spokesperson for Central Partnership, the film’s Russian distributor confirmed to news agency TASS that the film had “been modified to make it comply with Russian law”.Follow @News18Movies for more. last_img read more

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first_imgLucknow: As fourteen parliamentary constituencies of Uttar Pradesh went to polls in the fifth phase of the general election, the Samajwadi Party on Monday complained to the Election Commission of booth capturing done by the BJP in several locations, including Kunda, Amethi and Kaushambhi. A three-member delegation of the party met the State Election Commissioner and lodged an official complaint in Lucknow. The party alleged that in Kunda assembly seat, which comes under Kaushambhi, more than 50 booths have been captured. Speaking to news18, Senior SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary said, “We have heard very serious complaints. The ruling side is adamant on killing the democracy. Not just EVM malfunctioning, but booth capturing is being reported from Kunda, Amethi and Kaushambhi especially where the people are poor and from weaker sections.”He further alleged that the saffron party has hired goons who are beating up people and scaring them away from the voting booths. “We have filed complaints with specific booth numbers, and if nothing is done then the EC will be responsible,” he added. Nearly nine crore voters will decide the fate of 674 candidates, including political bigwigs Rajnath Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Smriti Irani, in the fifth phase of polling on Monday in 51 Lok Sabha constituencies in seven states.Around 2.47 crore people are eligible to vote in Dhaurahra, Sitapur, Mohanlalganj (SC), Lucknow, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi (SC), Barabanki (SC), Faizabad, Bahraich (SC), Kaiserganj, Amethi, Raebareli and Gonda constituencies where 182 candidates are in the contest.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is seeking re-election from Lucknow, while his colleague at the Centre Smriti Irani is again taking on Rahul Gandhi in Amethi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi is fighting polls against her own old guard Dinesh Pratap Singh in Raebareli. BJPelection commissionLok Sabha elections 2019samajwadi party First Published: May 6, 2019, 3:07 PM ISTlast_img read more

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first_imgAvengers fans are eagerly waiting to see the return of Gamora, but her resurrection is still on of the biggest unanswered questions. The character, who had a played a significant role in the two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, died in Avengers: Infinity War, only to come back in Avengers: Endgame via time travel. But the return hasn’t brought back the same Gamora, sparking a lot of debate and discussion. While Gamora was expected to betray Thanos in the Avengers: Endgame, her fate was left uncertain at the end of the movie. Recently, Zoe Saldana has spoken about her character and a possible return to Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Speaking at Seattle’s ACE Comic-Con, Zoe said that she would like to see the original Gamora resurrected and rejoin the Guardians. She also thinks playing 2014’s Gamora in the third Guardians of the Galaxy film could be especially interesting.The actress said, “The technical answer is, it all depends on what Marvel and James Gunn desire to do with the Guardians and with Gamora’s fate. However, there’s a part of me that wants her to go back, find her way back to the Guardians.”Hinting at the probability of Gamora playing a negative character, Zoe said, “There’s also a part of me that wants to explore a bad Gamora. I’ve never seen that and she’s considered the most lethal assassin, the most lethal woman in the galaxy. So I would want to see what that wrath looks like, also because it would just give me layers to sort of work on.”Lately, when the Russo brothers were asked about the fate of Gamora, they were cryptic, replying, “The argument could be that Tony wished away all the evil. Was she evil or just the enemy? Is she still alive? Who knows, that’s a story for another time.”Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3 is scheduled to release in 2021.Follow @News18Movies for more ‘Avengers: Infinity War’AvengersAvengers EndgameGamora First Published: July 5, 2019, 11:12 AM ISTlast_img read more

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first_img AssamEncephalitisguwahatiHealth Minister First Published: July 6, 2019, 4:36 PM IST Guwahati: A total of 49 deaths and 190 cases of Japanese encephalitis have been reported till July 5 in Assam, where the transmission season is at its peak, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.Sarma said all the districts, except Kokrajhar, were currently under the influence of the disease and preventive steps being taken to combat the situation. Among the slew of measures put in place, the health department’s fear surveillance network, comprising multipurpose workers, malarial technical supervisors and accredited social health activists, has been instructed to collect blood samples.”The state government has made arrangements for free transportation of suspected fever cases from the community to the district hospital, while reserving beds for JE and acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in intensive care units and wards,” Sarma said at a press conference here.”It will also bear the cost of diagnosis and treatment of patients,” he said.The minister said the Elisa (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) kits for detection of the virus had been distributed in district hospitals and medical colleges, and awareness was being spread.Intensified fogging operations are being carried out in affected areas and a total of 1,094 affected villages have been covered under the fogging operation so far, he said.”A round-the-clock central control room has been made functional to deal with and monitor the situation closely, and all deputy commissioners directed to step up surveillance activities in coordination with urban local bodies and village panchayats,” Sarma said.He said vaccination through routine immunisation for children was currently going on, adding that adults had been vaccinated in 20 districts during 2016-17 and the remaining areas need to be covered under the programme.The central government has agreed to support the adult vaccination programme across the state this year once the Japanese encephalitis season was over, Sarma said.In addition to the combative steps, the minister said, emergency measures were being taken to overcome the situation with minimum fatality.The state will provide consolidated special transport allowance of Rs 1,000 for each JE or AES patient reaching a government hospital using own means of transport in case of non-availability of ambulances, he explained.With timely management, the case fatality rate (CFR) could be reduced to a great extent, Sarma said.”However, we recognise that the ICU facilities in government hospitals are limited. In order to overcome the hurdle, a consolidated ICU treatment allowance up to Rs 1 lakh per patient will be paid directly to the private hospital, where an AES/JE positive case has been admitted,” the health minister said.A dedicated help desk will be set up in all medical colleges to ensure faster service delivery, he asserted.”As of now, leaves of all doctors and para-medical staff, including surveillance workers (SW), have been put on hold. Any emergency leave will be granted only with the prior approval of the deputy commissioner of the district.”Unauthorised absence from the place of posting, even after the duty hours, will amount to criminal dereliction of duty and filing of FIR with police,” the minister warned.Assam is an ecologically favourable region for the spread of JE owing to heavy rainfall, large paddy fields with big water bodies, pig farming and domestic pig rearing, all of which support the virus propagation, he pointed out.Contending that JE has no specific treatment and can be cured through supportive treatment, the minister said all drugs like paracetamol, Mannitol, IV fluids and other antibiotics were available free of cost in public health institutions. last_img read more

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first_img jammu and kashmirKashmir issueMEA spokesperson Raveesh KumarMinistry of external affairs First Published: July 11, 2019, 11:48 PM IST New Delhi: India on Thursday dubbed an update of a UN rights office report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir as “false and motivated” and as one that seeks to create an artificial parity between the world’s largest democracy and the country that “openly practises state-sponsored terrorism”.Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, said the update of the report is a “false and motivated narrative” on the situation of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. “Our main problem is that the update seems to accord a legitimacy to terrorism which is in complete variance with the UN Security Council positions,” he said.He said the report is also an “unacceptable advocacy of the dismemberment of a UN-member state”.On Monday, India had lodged a strong protest over the report.Last year, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released its first-ever report on Kashmir, and in an update of that report issued on Monday, it claimed that “neither India nor Pakistan have taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised”.”A UN human rights report on the situation in Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir from May 2018 to April 2019 says the number of civilian casualties reported over the 12-month period may be the highest in over a decade,” the new report released in Geneva by the OHCHR said.”The update is false and motivated narrative on the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It ignores the core issue of cross-border terrorism. We also feel that the report and update seems to be an effort to create an artificial parity between world’s largest democracy and most vibrant democracy and the country which openly practises state sponsored terrorism,” Kumar said.Asserting that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, he said Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state, including the so called “Azad Jammu and Kashmir” and “Gilgit-Baltistan”.India has repeatedly called on Pakistan to vacate these occupied territories, Kumar said.”It (the report) belittles constitutional provisions, statutory procedures and established practices in an established functioning democracy,” the MEA spokesperson said. The “prejudiced mindset” of the update has also chosen to wilfully ignore the determined and comprehensive socioeconomic developmental efforts undertaken by the Indian government in the face of terrorist challenges, he said.By coming out with this update, they have undermined their own credibility, he said. last_img read more

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first_imgShirdi: Congress leader Hardik Patel on Sunday described his party’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls as the defeat of honesty by dishonest people.He also said that people would rally behind Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, as he is an “efficient leader”. The Patidar community leader, who is here to attend a two-day camp of Youth Congress, was talking to reporters after visiting the Saibaba temple.Responding to a query on the Congress’ performance in the Lok Sabha elections, he said, “There might have been some shortcomings…It is the defeat of honesty by the dishonest.””But don’t worry about our defeat as we are much efficient,” he added.On the question about Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, Patel said, “He is as efficient a leader as his father late Rajiv Gandhi, grandmother late Indira Gandhi and great grandfather late Jawaharlal Nehru, all of whom worked for the country. I think people will firmly stand behind him (Rahul Gandhi).””When the BJP won the Lok Sabha polls in 2014 people were happy, but in the 2019 elections, people weren’t. Farmers have been committing suicides in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions on a large scale during the BJP rule,” he said. Hardik PatelHardik Patel CongressLok Sabha elections 2019lok-sabha-election-results-2019 First Published: June 16, 2019, 9:18 PM ISTlast_img read more

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