first_imgEU and FAO to take action on ‘immoral’ levels of food wastePosted By: News Deskon: October 06, 2017In: Beverage, Environment, Food, Industries, Social ResponsibilityPrintEmailThe EU and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN have joined forces to combat global levels of food waste. Both organisations have signed a letter of intent to halve per capita food waste by 2030, a goal established under the new Sustainable Development Goals global agenda.The EU said that globally, one-third of all food produce for human consumption – 1.3 billion tonnes – is estimated to be lost or wasted, each year, causing ‘massive financial losses while squandering natural resources’.In Europe alone, around 88 million tonnes of food are wasted each year, with associated costs at €143 billion, according to EU estimates.The EU and FAO said they will aim to synchronise efforts to quantify food losses and waste at each stage of the food chain.EU commissioner for health and food safety Vytenis Andriukaitis said: “Food loss and waste represent an unacceptable, unethical and immoral squandering of scarce resources and increase food insecurity.“We are becoming more united, more efficient and more strategic in how we tackle these issues, and as such, this agreement should be celebrated.”Noting that food loss and waste is linked to many aspects of sustainable development, FAO director general José Graziano da Silva cited the importance of strong partnerships like that between the FAO and the EU in addressing the problem.According to the FAO, almost half of all fruit and vegetables go to waste as well as 35% of fish and seafood.Share with your network: Tags: environmentEUFAOfood wastelast_img read more

first_imgInventure Foods and TGI Fridays release new snack rangePosted By: News Deskon: April 03, 2018In: Food, Industries, New products, SnacksPrintEmailInventure Foods has expanded its TGI Fridays snack range, as it has expanded its Party Bites and Potato Skins snack lines.Inventure says the new snacks are inspired by TGI Fridays menu options, and three new flavours will be added to the snack ranges: Chipotle Cheese and Cheddar Bacon Party Bites and Sriracha Ranch Potato Skins.Both Party Bites flavours will be available in 2.25oz bags with suggested retail prices of $1.99 per packet, while the Sriracha Potato Skins will be packaged in 3oz bags with a suggested retail price of $1.99 per pack.Steve Sklar, senior vice-president and general manager at Inventure Food said: “Innovation in indulgent snacking continues to be our number one goal.“We have the unique opportunity of being able to offer ultimate snackers the trendy flavours they crave through our TGI Fridays product lines.“We are able to get creative and pack new varieties with flavours that are quickly becoming favourites and staples in consumer’s kitchens, while also providing a tasty snack perfect for any party.”All three flavours are now available from selected US retailers.Share with your network: Tags: Inventure FoodssnacksTGI FridaysUSlast_img read more

first_imgWorld Beverage Innovation Awards 2018: judges announcedPosted By: News Deskon: August 14, 2018In: Awards, Beverage, Business, Events, Industries, Innovation, Juices, Packaging, Soft drinksPrintEmailThe judging panel for this year’s World Beverage Innovation Awards, taking place at BrauBeviale in November, has been announced.They include two brand experts, a food strategist, the executive director of the Clean Label Project, and the CEO of the Australian Beverages Council.Between them, they will decide between all entries to this year’s World Beverage Innovation Awards. There are 25 trophies to be won in total, and being  shortlisted provides a hallmark of success that will prevail long after the awards draw to a close. To find out more information, including how to enter, click here.A full list of this year’s judges can be seen below. Alex ClereGroup editor, FoodBev MediaAs editor in charge of FoodBev’s output across all its digital and print titles, including FoodBev.com and FoodBev magazine, Alex Clere sees innovation from every corner of the global food and beverage industry on a daily basis.It is this eye he’ll be casting over entries into the World Beverage Innovation Awards, looking for products that help to create entirely new categories, bring new life to old concepts, or improve the way we think about and make beverage products.In particular, entrants that have clearly considered the role they play in a wider beverage industry – the social and nutritional implications of their products, and the legislative pressures on their corner of their market – will find favour with him.Click here to view Alex’s LinkedIn profile Thea BourianneSenior data strategies & solutions analyst, Label Insight IncThea Bourianne is a licensed and registered dietitian based in Chicago. Specialising in nutrition, US and international food regulation, and food composition, Bourianne is uniquely positioned to work strategically with global food, personal care, beverage, and other CPG clients and retailers to build customer-centric solutions. In her current role at Label Insight, Bourianne supports CPG brands, retailers, the US government, technology companies, researchers, and other entities by creating rich product data to help clients reach their transparency goals.Her work with customers includes crafting and applying high order attribution to products in store and online to ensure best-in-class retail and e-commerce shopper experiences. Bourianne is passionate about safe, transparent, sustainable, wholesome food and strives to help people understand if products meet their individual expectations. Prior to working at Label Insight, Bourianne’s previous positions have included product development, commercialisation, fresh and frozen food manufacturing, and regulatory affairs at companies and clients such as Taco Bell, Starbucks, Ahold and 7-Eleven.Click here to view Thea’s LinkedIn profile Steve OsborneBrand design specialist, Osborne PikeSteve Osborne is a brand design specialist with over 30 years’ of experience in creating, evolving, re-positioning and extending brands through the medium of design, and especially packaging design. His career started in marketing at Unilever before he joined a startup design agency called Design Bridge.After playing a leading role in that agency’s development, including 7 years as founder and managing director of the Amsterdam office, he set up Osborne Pike 16 years ago. Osborne Pike is a design consultancy which works with several clients in the food and beverage industries, aiming to make its clients’ brands memorable through innovative and eye-catching designs.Click here to view Steve’s LinkedIn profile Geoff ParkerCEO, Australian Beverages CouncilGeoff Parker is the chief executive officer of the Australian Beverages Council, following his appointment to the role in 2009.Since his appointment, Parker has managed two mergers, significantly raised the Beverages Council’s profile with key stakeholders and positioned the organisation as the voice of authority for the $7 billion non-alcoholic beverage industry in Australia, representing all CSDs, bottled water, flavoured milk and milk alternatives, and fruit and vegetable juices.In 2010, Parker was elected President and Asia-Pacific Regional Director of the International Council of Beverages Associations (ICBA), and in 2012 he was elected for a consecutive two-year term.Parker also serves on the Board of the International Council of Bottled Water Associations (ICBWA), and was elected as its vice-president in 2017. Geoff has been on the ICBWA Board since 2009.He has over 20 years’ involvement at boardroom level – including at global training companies, national not-for-profits, arts organisations, public companies, statutory authorities and international associations in both director and chair roles – and is a fellow of both the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds qualifications from The University of Queensland and The University of Cambridge.Click here to view Geoff’s LinkedIn profile Jaclyn BowenExecutive director, Clean Label ProjectJaclyn Bowen is the executive Director of the Clean Label Project, a non-profit organisation focused on changing the definition of food and consumer product safety in America through data, science, and transparency.Bowen and the Clean Label Project have appeared on NBC, ABC, Fox News, CNN, and over 450+ print and online media outlets. She has been a featured guest on CBS’ ‘the Doctors’, Fox’s ‘Dr.Oz, and Dr. Drew and Mike Catherwood’s ‘Swole Patrol.’Before coming to the Clean Label Project, Bowen held numerous technical, standards development and leadership roles within the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, and NSF International. Most recently, Bowen served as the general manager of Quality Assurance International (QAI, Inc.), the largest domestic USDA organic certifier. She also collaborated with the NSF International Joint Committee on the development and maintenance of NSF/ANSI 173- Dietary Supplements.Click here to view Jaclyn’s LinkedIn profile Adam ArnoldFounder and creative director, BrandalityAdam Arnold is the founder and creative director of Brandality, a creative branding agency that specialises in working with food and drink companies.His experience spans over 20 years working with such brands as Unilever, Adidas, Sky, Aldi, and Brakes. Arnold has consulted and designed for clients in the beverage industry since 2000 when he worked as an art director on several drinks industry publications.As well as helping brands from a creative perspective, Arnold also consults strategically to ensure brands differentiate and gain advantage in their relevant segments.Click here to view Adam’s LinkedIn profile Wilhelmina Jewell SparksFounder and CEO, BiTHOUSE GroupWilhelmina Jewell Sparks is a global executive who has worked in both corporate and start-up environments for over 20 years, preparing markets and launching innovative products and services in the food, science, technology and retail industries.Sparks is the CEO of BiTHOUSE Group, a global business development cultivator and venture development firm fostering collaboration and innovation culture among corporates, innovators, investors, governments and communities.Additionally, Sparks serves on several global advisory boards: IADAS (International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences), WHU MSc Entrepreneurship, Shorty’s, and SXSW Accelerator among others.Sparks is also the founder of the AgTech FoodTech Summit and the chairwoman and co-founder of the Food und FoodTech Group of the Deutsche Startup Association.Click here to view Jewell’s LinkedIn profile. Frank LampenCo-founder and CEO, Distill VenturesFrank Lampen is the Co-founder and CEO of business accelerator Distill Ventures.In his career, Lampen has set up several businesses and advised dozens more both inside and outside of the drinks industry.He has a wide understanding of deal structures, launch strategies and effective brand positioning, and helps founders look for and achieve game-changing pivots to drive rapid growth.Lampen has over ten years’ experience in the beverage industry, and is currently helping to build and launch the drinks brands of the future in his role at Distill Ventures.Click here to view Frank’s Linkedin profile. Enter the World Beverage Innovation Awards now.Share with your network: Tags: BrauBevialeWorld Beverage Innovation Awardslast_img read more

first_imgWalmart Canada invests $175m to modernise Canadian storesPosted By: Martin Whiteon: October 12, 2018In: Business, Distribution, Food, Industries, Retail, TechnologyPrintEmailWalmart Canada will invest $175 million to renovate and refurbish 23 stores across Canada, as the retailer seeks to improve the integration between its e-commerce business and its physical stores.Walmart says that the upgrade programme will allow the company to provide a comprehensive omnichannel experience to consumers, featuring a “seamless intersection of the in-store and online shopping experience.”This upgrade programme will see the retailer create dedicated parking spaces for online grocery pickup and new areas in stores devoted to online orders, to help facilitate the interaction between Walmart Canada’s e-commerce and bricks-and-mortar operations.The retailer will also expand its product offering to include more ethnic and organic products in order to “further integrate stores into the community”, and will update branding in stores to provide a fresh appearance.Lee Tappenden, president and CEO of Walmart Canada said: “This investment in our stores is part of our commitment to provide our customers with an improved in-store shopping experience.“We are modernizing our stores, ensuring a seamless omnichannel shopping experience and meeting evolving customer needs.“Walmart Canada is committed to helping Canadians shop when they want, how they want and where they want.“As we move into 2019, we’ll continue to invest in more store remodels, including new and creative concepts in key urban stores.”This investment is the latest move by the retailer to improve its e-commerce offering in the face of growing competition from online retailers such as Amazon.Last month, Walmart acquired the Cornershop grocery delivery service for $225 million, expanding its delivery service in Latin America.Walmart also partnered with Japanese online retailer Rakuten earlier this year, as the retail giant expressed its desire to launch a new grocery delivery service in the US as it aimed to gain a firmer foothold in an area that has been dominated by Amazon.Share with your network: Tags: Canadae-commerceretailWalmartlast_img read more

first_imgNestlé boosts Coffee-Mate line with Snickers and Dove creamersPosted By: Contributoron: January 18, 2019In: Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailNestlé USA has expanded its Coffee-Mate creamer range with the launch of two new variants: Snickers and Dove dark chocolate almond.The Snickers chocolate creamer has notes of peanut and caramel, and pays homage to one of America’s favourite chocolate bars, Nestlé said.Meanwhile, the new Dove flavour features the “silky smooth sweetness” of dark chocolate creamer combined with an almond taste.Jason Merideth, marketing director for Coffee-Mate, said: “The new Coffee-Mate Snickers and Dove dark chocolate almond flavoured creamers bring two things people love together – coffee and candy – to make morning coffee anything but the mundane.“Coffee-Mate is constantly focused on delivering innovative flavours that turn the coffee you like into coffee you love, and we’ve been thrilled to see rave reviews and excitement for these new flavours.”The two new variants are now available in US grocery retailers in 32oz bottles with a suggested retail price of $3.59.Last year, Nestlé added to its Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss range with a line of ready-to-drink cold brew coffees.Made from milk, cold brew coffee, cane sugar, double cream, natural flavourings and baking soda, two flavours are available: sweet cream and mocha.Share with your network: Tags: creamerDoveNestléSnickersUSlast_img read more

first_img© SyscoSysco buys Waugh Foods to grow foodservice distribution businessPosted By: Contributoron: January 29, 2019In: Business, Distribution, Food, Foodservice, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailSysco has entered into an agreement to acquire Waugh Foods, an Illinois-based foodservice distributor with approximately $40 million in annual sales.Headquartered in East Peoria, Waugh Foods was founded in 1948 as Waugh Frozen Food Company. The firm provides products to customers throughout Illinois.Waugh Foods executives will continue to manage the business, including Rick Look, Tim Waugh and Joe Waugh Jr.Greg Bertrand, Sysco executive vice president of US foodservice operations, said: “Waugh Foods has a long, rich history in the central Illinois area, which includes strong relationships with local independent operators.“We are excited to welcome Waugh into the Sysco family and believe this acquisition is a perfect complement to our existing local and regional presence.”The deal follows on from Sysco’s acquisitions last year of UK-based frozen food distributor Kent Frozen Foods and Louisiana-based Doerle Food Services.Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Sysco operates approximately 330 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 600,000 customer locations. For the 12 months to 30 June 2018, the company generated sales of more than $58 billion.Last August, the company said it aims to divert 90% of operations and food waste from landfills as part of its 2025 responsibility goals. It has also set a target of sourcing 20% of its electricity from renewable sources and powering 20% of its fleet vehicles with alternative fuels by 2025.Share with your network: Tags: SyscoUSlast_img read more

first_img@olliemilman Activism The toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan, as well as high-profile pipeline protests such as the one staged by the Standing Rock tribe in North Dakota, have also helped install the environment as a central plank in the Poor People’s Campaign. This has set up a theological collision with some evangelical conservatives who view the Earth as a resource for humans to exploit. “God has blessed us with natural resources. Let’s use them to feed the world. Let’s use them to power the world,” Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and devout Christian, said last year. Under Pruitt, the EPA has moved to roll back dozens of regulations aimed at maintaining clean air and water.Barber is derisive of this attitude, which he says stems from a disastrous misunderstanding of a passage in Genesis in which God gives man “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth”.“Dominion in this sense means to care for, not destroy,” Barber said. “The first commandment is to take care of creation. To destroy creation is fundamentally irreligious. It’s a violation. It’s a sin. Pruitt says he believes in God but you’ve never seen him pull out scripture that shows Jesus said we must help corporations poison the water.“You get white so-called evangelicals who say they are against abortion but say nothing about environmental devastation that is destroying lives and stunting children. The president may have chosen the worst person to run the EPA but ultimately Earth is the only place we have to live. A lot of people of faith are now articulating that not taking care of Earth is an affront to basic theology.” Demonstrators protest against Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate change accord 2 June 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images Activists channel Martin Luther King with new national climate campaign As the crisis escalates… Oliver Milman Share via Email Climate change Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Read more Facebook Read more Bill McKibben Share on Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest ‘America’s dirty little secret’: the Texas town that has been without running water for decades Twitter A civil rights ’emergency’: justice, clean air and water in the age of Trump Read more Barber, a 54-year-old man who walks with the aid of a cane due to an advanced type of arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis, grew up with an acute appreciation of clean air and water. A pulp mill near his North Carolina home “filled the air with all sorts of smells and toxins”, Barber recalls. His father, also a pastor, helped workers at the mill get adequate insurance to help pay for cancer treatments.Since then he has helped galvanize his flock against toxic waste dumped in rivers in North Carolina and Virginia, visited black families in Alabama who endure raw sewage in their back yards, headed north to see the retreating ice in Alaska and allied with the Apache tribe over concerns a copper mine will taint their drinking water.“This is real for me,” Barber said. “Where there’s pollution a community will get a cold but poor people will get pneumonia. The love of money is the root of all evil and it’s the root of all environmental devastation. It’s a dangerous self-destruction.” The Poor People’s Campaign is demanding the US shifts to 100% renewable energy, curbs oil and gas drilling and ensures clean drinking water for its citizens.These goals stem from an environmental movement that King did not live to see or fully embrace. But there is evidence King was cognizant of what was at stake, praising the beauty of the world and lamenting that “cities are gasping in polluted air and enduring contaminated water”. Share on Facebookcenter_img Last modified on Mon 11 Jun 2018 06.02 EDT While stressing the urgency of climate change can be a hard sell, the presence of heavy industry, asthma-ridden children and foul smells is immediately apparent to the communities that are burdened with them.“We are called upon to care for the Earth, not deplete it,” said the Rev Leo Woodberry, who spearheaded a campaign to halt a proposed wood pellet mill in the small North Carolina town of Hamlet, a majority black area already surrounded by a cluster of industrial plants. “African Americans are far more likely to have asthma, our children are more likely to die than white children,” he said. “People stand up in church and say they need a respirator. We are pushing and pushing and pushing so that something is done about it.” Twitter “The police were blocking us from the statehouse, which tells us that even people with black lung aren’t welcome there,” said the Rev William Barber, a North Carolina pastor and a rousing progressive voice who has taken on King’s mantle in the campaign, referencing the disease suffered by some coalminers. “We understand the connection between systemic racism, voter suppression and ecological devastation. They are interlocking injustices and we can’t ignore any of them.”Black majority churches are increasingly speaking out on environmental issues, jolted by reams of evidence showing that people of colour are far more likely than whites to live next to sources of harmful pollution such as coal plants and landfills. … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media. At this pivotal time for our species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Poor People’s Campaign’s attempt to stage a “moral revival” across dozens of US states echoes much of its 1968 antecedent – a guttural cry to shake America from a miasma of racism, poverty and militarism. But the modern version has also opened up a new battleground – the environment.Last week, as several hundred protesters tried and failed to gain entry to the Kentucky statehouse, concerns over healthcare roiled the crowd. But the campaigners also decried the pollution of air and water by the state’s mining industry, which has sickened residents and contributed to a sprawling, existential crisis – climate change – that was barely on the horizon when Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. Environmental justice in America Share on Twitter Shares398398 features Support The Guardian Topics Activism Poor People’s Campaign holds a protest on Capitol Hill to demand healthcare and a healthy environment04 June 2018.Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA The Revs William Barber and Jesse Jackson at a Poor People’s Campaign rally in Washington DC on 21 May. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Share on LinkedIn Just five months before he was shot, King’s famous speech A Christmas Sermon on Peace contained key ecological touchstones. “All life is interrelated,” he said. “We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.”Last year, Barber met with Pope Francis, who has perhaps now eclipsed Al Gore as the world’s most famous environmentalist. The pope’s 2015 encyclical called climate change “a global problem with grave implications” and warned the Earth is “beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth”. Francis added that Christians who believe that God “invites us to subjugate the Earth” are mistaken.There are allies closer to home, too. Black pastors have started to organize various outreach efforts to engage their communities on issues such as climate change and energy efficiency. “We focus on the election, we focus on poverty, we focus on Black Lives Matter,” said the Rev Kip Banks, a senior pastor in Washington DC. “Equally important is the environment.” The Poor People’s Campaign, which revived King’s anti-poverty efforts, is taking a modern focus on the environment after the Flint crisis Share via Email Mon 11 Jun 2018 06.00 EDT Donald Trump is costing us one precious thing: time Facebook Share on Messenger Environmental justice in Americalast_img read more

first_imgIowa Share on Messenger Iowa Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Iowa conservative seeking to gain from Mollie Tibbetts case fails to make ballot Guardian staff and agencies Tibbetts, 20, was out running near Brooklyn, Iowa when she was last seen, on the evening of 18 July. On Tuesday, it was announced that her body had been discovered in a cornfield, about 12 miles from town.Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a 24-year-old dairy farm worker from Mexico who apparently used a false identity to conceal the fact he was an undocumented immigrant, was charged with her murder.A funeral mass was held for Tibbetts on Sunday, in the gymnasium of BGM high school in Brooklyn, a city of 1,500 where she grew up. Hundreds of people attended. Bishop Thomas Zinkula of Davenport, Iowa, led proceedings.Tibbetts’ father, Rob, told the audience in his eulogy to remember her by “celebrating something wonderful”, such as a couple who had just married the day before.Cristhian Bahena Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in Tibbetts’ death. Investigators say the 24-year-old Mexican farmworker led them to a cornfield Tuesday where Tibbetts’ body had been left since her 18 July disappearance. With the midterm elections expected to produce resounding Democratic victories, Republicans nationwide have attempted to cast Tibbetts’ death as the result of flawed immigration policies.In a White House video, Donald Trump alluded to his hugely controversial policy of separating immigrant children from their parents when he said: “Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman, is now permanently separated from her family.”More starkly still, former House speaker and prominent Trump supporter Newt Gingrich told Axios: “If Mollie Tibbetts is a household name by October, Democrats will be in deep trouble. If we can be blocked by Manafort, Cohen, etc, then GOP could lose [the] House badly.”Despite appeals by Tibbetts family members and friends that such nakedly political activity should stop, an attempt was mounted locally to put Patrick Anderson, of Des Moines, on the Iowa ballot for attorney general as a non-party candidate. The incumbent Democratic attorney general, Tom Miller, is running unopposed.State law does not allow non-party candidates to use any part of the names of the Republican, Democratic or Libertarian parties – the only three parties recognised in Iowa. The attempt to run Anderson therefore planned to list “GOP” beside his name. Short for “Grand Old Party”, the term is used interchangeably with “Republican”. The group needed 1,500 signatures from at least 10 Iowa counties and began its effort on Wednesday. On Saturday, elections assistant Wes Hicok told the Associated Press the group turned in pages of signatures ahead of a 5pm deadline.“On a cursory look, it appears that they have not met the minimum threshold,” Hicok said.A formal review of the paperwork is due to take place on Monday.Miller entered the national debate over immigration policy in June when he joined 20 other Democratic attorneys general in calling for the federal government to stop separating children from their parents when they enter the country illegally. George Anderson, an organizer of the effort and Patrick Anderson’s son, told the AP: “This has to do with the upholding of immigration law. I’m not sure the current Iowa attorney general is committed to that.” Share via Email First published on Sun 26 Aug 2018 11.25 EDT Share on Facebook Topics Sun 26 Aug 2018 18.50 EDT Share via Email ‘This is about Mollie’: many who knew Tibbetts reject Trump’s politicising of murder news Share on Twittercenter_img Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this content Read more An attempt to add a conservative candidate to the ballot for Iowa attorney general appears to have failed, dealing a blow to rightwingers seeking to make the death of student Mollie Tibbetts an election issue in November. Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a 24-year-old dairy farm worker from Mexico, has been charged with Tibbetts’ murder.Photograph: Reuters Shares7474 Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 10 months old This article is more than 10 months old Share on Twitter US politics Attorney general hopeful Patrick Anderson has attempted to cast Tibbetts’ death as a result of flawed immigration policieslast_img read more

first_img Asus has never been a major part of the smartphone world, but the company’s gaming-focused ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand attracted some attention last year with the original ROG Phone. Now, a follow up known as the ROG Phone II is on the way. It still has a funky design and a wealth of accessories, but it’s got a bigger battery and faster Snapdragon chip. We first heard about the ROG Phone II’s existence last week when Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855+, which is basically an overclocked 855. The company said the ROG Phone II would be the first to have this chip, but Asus wasn’t ready to talk about the phone beyond that. Cut to today, and the company is spilling the beans. The Snapdragon 855 has a higher 2.96GHz maximum clock speed, and Asus says the ROG Phone II’s advanced cooling keeps the chip from throttling down under load. It actually has vents on the back that work this year — the original ROG Phone had purely decorative vents. The Asus ROG Phone II sports a 6.59-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED display. That’s a slightly taller aspect ratio than the last ROG Phone, and the refresh rate has jumped from 90Hz to 120Hz — that’s the highest on any Android device. If the phone can keep up with that frame rate, the ROG Phone II’s interface will look incredibly smooth. The new screen will undoubtedly use more power, but the ROG Phone II has juice to spare. The phone gets a 50 percent battery boost over the original with a 6,000mAh capacity. However, the phone is also much heavier at 240g versus 200g for the last version. Asus equipped the phone with the standard USB Type-C port for charging, but there’s also a headphone jack. It also continued the ROG Phone tradition of adding a second USB-C port on the side. You can use this for charging while playing a game, or as a connector for the company’s accessories. Most of the accessories are a bit silly, but “gaming” phones tend to be like that. There’s the active cooling bracket, a desktop dock, and more. The phone also has ultrasonic shoulder buttons you can map to on-screen buttons in games. Asus will start selling the ROG Phone II in China on July 23, and the international model will launch in early September. We don’t know the exact price yet, but Asus says it will be similar to the first-gen ROG Phone, which launched at $900.Now read:Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 855+ SoC Is an Overclocked Snapdragon 855Nubia Just Stuffed the First Active Fan Inside a SmartphoneAsus Engineers Exposed Company Passwords for Months on GitHub Tagged In smartphonesandroidmobileasussnapdragon 855rog phone ii Post a Comment 3 Comments The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads 3 Comments Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Sad Truth About This ‘Rehab Addict’ Star Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder Movies That Are Primed and Ready for a Prequel 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. Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855+, Tons of Accessories By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 11:38 amlast_img read more

first_img This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up By Ryan Whitwam on July 13, 2019 at 8:20 am Hubble Spots a Black Hole That Shouldn’t Exist 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. Easter Eggs In ‘E.T.’ You Only Notice As An Adult The Dangerous ‘Toy Story 4’ Scene One Million Moms is Protesting Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Tagged In sciencespaceastronomyphysicsblack holeshubblegalaxiessupermassive black holes Post a Comment 13 Comments Emma From ‘Friends’ Grew Up to Be Gorgeous Natalie Portman Lifts Mjolnir After Epic ‘Thor’ Annoucement 13 Comments Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Conventional wisdom holds that most large galaxies harbor supermassive black holes at their centers. Scientists also believe that only so-called “active” galaxies should have visible accretion disc of matter, but the Hubble Space Telescope has found one around a black hole with unusually low luminosity. This galaxy might bend the rules a bit, but it offers an opportunity to study how the theory of relativity applies in the real world. NGC 3147 is a large spiral galaxy just a bit smaller than our own Milky Way. It sits about 120 million light-years away — you’ve probably seen pictures of it because it’s quite stunning. Active galaxies like quasars are easy to spot. The matter falling into them produces emissions across the electromagnetic spectrum, and the accretion discs are quite visible. Everyone thought NGC 3147 was far too dim to have a disc of its own, but a new analysis from an international team suggests otherwise. Hubble collected data from the central black hole in NGC 3147, which has a mass about 250 million times greater than our sun. The object turns out to have a thin disc of material similar to what you’d find around an active galactic nucleus. Observations from Hubble show the disc spins at about 10 percent the speed of light. Researcher Stefano Bianchi from the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Italy says this discovery indicates the current models for low luminosity galaxies have “clearly failed.”This discovery could have far-reaching effects on the way we model galaxies and black holes, but it also could lead to a better understanding of the physics underlying supermassive objects. The fast-moving disc combined with the low apparent brightness of NGC 3147 could make it possible to test both general and special relativity. General relativity deals with the mechanisms of gravity in the universe, and special relativity describes the relationship between space and time. Since NGC 3147 is dimmer than a typical active galaxy, we can make out the accretion disc around it much better. The disc is inside the black hole’s powerful gravity field where scientists can study the way it affects light. Based on findings in NGC 3147, astronomers may now go on the hunt for other weakly active galaxies. Some may even be closer to Earth where we can make even more precise measurements to test Einstein’s theories.Now read:Cold Quasars Could Change Our Understandings of Galactic DeathAstronomers Capture Historic First Photo of Black HoleResearchers Use Supersonic Fluid to Test Hawking’s Black Hole Theories Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNetlast_img read more

first_img Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents The Truth About Collin Gosselin Revealed You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 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. 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Artist Reimagines Iconic Disney Scenes with a Hilarious Twist The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman The Real Reason Marvel Didn’t Bring Back Snipes For ‘Blade’ By Joel Hruska on July 17, 2019 at 10:02 am Nintendo Switch Controllers Are Beginning to Fail in Large Numbers 25 Comments Nintendo’s Switch has been a huge hit for the company. We’ve heard relatively little news of problems with the hardware since soon after launch when JoyCon controller connection issues proved to be an issue for some users.It turns out, however, that the JoyCon controllers — which are fairly expensive, at $80 per set — have an issue that’s been an increasing problem for gamers: drift. It’s apparently not unusual for these controllers to begin to read input from a controller stick, as though an individual actually had their thumb on it and were pushing the analog controller in a specific direction. The issue is distinct from a calibration problem and is not resolved by recalibrating a JoyCon. It doesn’t happen at first, but it may appear after several weeks or months of play.Standard explanations for this kind of problem include connection errors, dirt or grime building up inside the controller, or people (children especially) simply being too hard on the Switch’s internals while playing it. The reports from players are too numerous to chalk up solely to these explanations, however. One gamer, LocusAintBad on Reddit, who insists he’s treated his Switch with the utmost care and has used a Switch Pro controller for all “rough” gaming, has nevertheless seen this issue appear on his JoyCons, even though he’s only used them lightly over four months of ownership, relying primarily on the Switch Pro.Kotaku notes that there are widespread reports of JoyCon drift all over multiple Switch gaming communities and tons of videos on YouTube that purport to show people how to resolve the problem. There’s a cottage industry of mods and fixes. Kotaku notes that roughly a quarter of the Switch-owning staff have had issues with drift. Nintendo Life states that nearly all of their employees have been impacted. Nintendo will honor a warranty on your Switch controllers, provided the device is in-warranty, but some buyers have been through multiple pairs of Switch controllers, most or all of which have shown signs of drift within weeks to months.This kind of repetitive failure rate can be key to diagnosing whether an issue is really hitting users. Forums have a well-known tendency towards negative reports because all of the people who aren’t having Switch problems don’t show up to post about it on technical support forums. Seeing people talk about having the same problem with multiple Switch controllers doesn’t guarantee that they aren’t causing it themselves, but it at least suggests an issue that goes beyond a single bad controller.According to Rainbopython, who examined the JoyCons in a teardown, the issue is caused by wear and tear on the internals of the device, which leads to residue build-up inside the controller, which causes the drift. This can apparently be addressed to at least some degree with DIY repairs. The frequency of failure and the repetitiveness of it, however, may or may not be permanently fixable at-home.@NintendoAmerica I’ve owned the switch for 4 months and am experiencing joycon drift already this is highly unacceptable and unprofessional. Your “Support” told me to pay $4 shipping to have you guys fix your faulty controller. No thanks. pic.twitter.com/PAnGO9BIcd— Daniel Jacques (@NemisisPlays) July 14, 2019Users are also concerned about what this could mean for the Switch Lite, which doesn’t have removable controllers at all. Having to ship a Switch Lite back to Nintendo for repair would be a far larger headache than switching to a Pro controller while the Switch JoyCons are off at Nintendo for repair.At the same time, however, two years is more than enough time to have diagnosed and fixed this issue and the high price of JoyCons means Nintendo has no excuse as far as continuing to ship the current designs. At $80 a pair, it doesn’t take all that many sets of JoyCons to add up to the base cost of the hardware itself. This may not be an issue to compare to Microsoft’s infamous RROD, but it’s big enough that Nintendo should’ve already fixed it.Now Read:Nintendo Unveils Switch Lite, Coming Sept. 20 for $199Nintendo: 34.74M Switches Sold, No Plans for New Hardware at E3Report: Smaller Nintendo Switch to Arrive Before More Powerful Version Tagged In microsoftgamingsonynintendoconsolesNintendo SwitchportableJoyCondriftJoyCon controllersJoyCon driftRRODSwitch Mini Post a Comment 25 Commentslast_img read more

first_img Paul Walker’s Daughter is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 20 By Ryan Whitwam on June 28, 2019 at 7:01 am Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Real Meaning Behind These Movie Titles We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled Tagged In sciencespacesaturntitandragonfly Post a Comment 16 Comments Most of what we know about Saturn’s moon Titan comes from the Cassini probe, which studied it repeatedly during its 13-year mission orbiting Saturn. Cassini is gone, but Titan is going to get another robotic visitor in the coming years. NASA has given the green light to the Dragonfly mission, a project to send a multi-rotor flying vehicle to the surface of Titan. This mission is on track to make history in more ways than one. Dragonfly is part of the agency’s New Frontiers program, which also includes Jupiter probe Juno, the OSIRIS-Rex asteroid mission, and more. This mission beat out a proposed comet sample return mission to become the fourth mission in New Frontiers. Dragonfly builds on a previously discontinued concept project called Titan Saturn System Mission (TSSM) that called for a balloon probe to circumnavigate Titan. Dragonfly is more flexible — it will be able to fly to specific locations to take readings on the surface of Titan. A multi-rotor drone wouldn’t be a viable way to explore most planets and moons, but Titan stands out. It’s one of the very few objects in the solar system with a thick atmosphere, up to four times more dense than Earth’s. Scientists are also anxious to get a close look at the moon’s lakes of liquid hydrocarbons and exotic crystal formations. Titan is the only object in the solar system other than Earth with permanent bodies of liquid on the surface, and NASA also believes this organic soup could contain the building blocks of life. Titan is the best place in the solar system to study this type of prebiotic chemistry. Dragonfly will have eight rotors powered by a Radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) similar to Curiosity, the Mars rover. NASA plans for a 2.7-year mission during which Dragonfly will move between multiple locations on Titan, covering at least 108 miles (175 kilometers). The Mars 2020 rover’s helicopter technology demonstrator will most likely be the first flying robot on another planet, but Dragonfly will be the first one to do science while flying. It will also be the most distant robotic explorer on the surface of a planet or moon. NASA is working with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to develop the lander, but the project is just leaving the proposal phase. Some details of the mission could still change before launch, which is scheduled for 2026. Dragonfly should arrive on Titan in 2034.Now read:Astronomers Find Evidence of Seasonal Weather on TitanTitan’s Lakes May Have ‘Bathtub Rings’ of Bizarre CrystalsNASA New Frontiers Finalists: Titan Quadcopter, Comet Sample Return Mission 16 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. NASA Will Send Flying ‘Dragonfly’ Robot to Saturn’s Moon Titan The Biggest ‘Arrow’ Plot Holes No One Ever Talks About The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadderlast_img read more

first_img 12 Comments By Joel Hruska on July 20, 2019 at 6:27 am Buzz Aldrin descends onto the moon’s surface. Credit: Neil Armstrong/NASAUpdate (7/20/2019): Today’s the big day. NASA TV will live-stream the original moon landing and then, six hours later, the moon walk. Broadcast times on the YouTube channel linked below are 4 PM EST (for the Moon landing) and 10 PM EST (for the moon walk).Original story below:Fifty years ago yesterday, the Apollo 11 mission took off for the Moon. You can see CBS’s coverage now on YouTube, showcasing not just what happened, but how it happened. It’s the same way you, your parents, or your grandparents saw the event.I am admittedly not much for watching video. I use YouTube almost exclusively for listening to music when I use it at all. But there’s something fascinating about seeing the real-time broadcast, complete with commercials and with breaking news coverage of then-current events happening in… well, not “real-time” obviously, but what real-time looked like 50 years ago. The original launch occurred at 9:32 AM on July 16, 1969, with the later lunar touchdown on July 20. Armstrong actually stepped out on the lunar surface six hours later.Watching the full live stream is fascinating for another reason — it highlights the degree to which both the takeoff and landing were extended, live affairs, carried out over hours with extensive footage. The idea that the moon landing was some kind of hoax carried out by Stanley Kubrick or through some other form of visual effects wizardry has been debunked more times (and from more angles) than I can think of. But one of the better treatments of the topic is by S. G. Collins of Postwar Media.Collins details in the video above why the special effects technology of the 1960s literally wasn’t capable of this kind of feat. Both launches and landings were live broadcasts that went on for hours and were seen by millions of people worldwide. Today, those kinds of issues would be no object for special effects wizards to solve. Fifty years ago, it was an entirely different matter.I hadn’t planned on watching any of the moon landing details this weekend, but after watching some of the Apollo 11 launch broadcast I may change that plan. Seeing the moon landing lift-off sent chills up my spine, grainy video and bad color reproduction be damned. Seeing the Saturn V in action is a joy, blurry video and all.It is unfortunate that the triumph of Apollo 11 and the following Apollo missions remain the last time we have sent humans to another world beyond our own. I do not know if I’ll be around when the 100th anniversary of Apollo rolls around, but I hope that by the time we hit the 75th — and I do hope to be around for that one — we’ll be able to say that we eventually exceeded the achievements of my grandfather’s generation. “We came in peace for all mankind” is too good of a slogan to leave it isolated and alone on the lunar surface. There are further worlds, farther worlds, to explore. Hopefully, one day, we’ll reach them.Now Read:NASA’s Restored Mission Control Shows the Glory Days of the Apollo EraApollo Guidance Computer Restored, Used to Mine BitcoinHow Space Exploration Has Evolved Over the Years Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet This ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ April Fools’ Day Joke Broke Hearts Canceled Marvel Movies We’ll Never Get to See Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 5 Is Already Planned Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Undercover Cop Stories That Could Be Turned Into Movies Apollo 11 at 50: NASA Is Streaming the Landing The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Tagged In sciencespacenasaapollomercuryApollo 11CBSBuzz Aldrinmoon landingGeminiGene KranzNeil Armstrong50th Anniversaryspace programWalter Cronkite Post a Comment 12 Commentslast_img read more

first_img Integrated Specialist InsurerMarketing TechnologyNewsQBERisa RyanSVP—Analytics Previous ArticleWebtrekk and Mapp Successfully Start Their IntegrationNext ArticleGartner Says Marketers for US Spirits Brands Must Tap Into Search to Gain Competitive Advantage QBE North America Appoints Risa Ryan SVP to Help Drive Analytics Ecosystem PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 6:13 pmJuly 2, 2019 QBE North America, an Integrated Specialist Insurer, is pleased to announce that Risa Ryan has joined the company as SVP—Analytics to lead the development and delivery of analytic services. Based in QBE’s New York office, Ryan will be responsible for further strengthening QBE’s innovative analytics strategy for North America and cultivating a team to drive the use of state-of-the-art modeling and analysis methods to support business objectives.“Risa is a proven leader and talented insurance executive who is joining QBE with more than 20 years of leadership, data and analytics experience,” said John Beckman, Chief Underwriting Officer, QBE North America.Marketing Technology News: Selligent Marketing Cloud Study Reveal Digital Marketers Struggle to Deliver Consistent Omnichannel ExperiencesHe continued, “Nurturing a robust analytics ecosystem is critical to how we build for the future, respond to emerging market trends and help our customers manage risk from end to end with integrated solutions. Among the many avenues we are exploring, we see great potential in mining internal and external data and applying Machine Learning, and we’re excited to have Risa help power our efforts.”Prior to joining QBE, Ryan spent most of her career at Munich Re America, holding positions of increasing responsibility, with her most recent role as Head of Strategy and Analysis. She was featured in Business Insurance’s 2018 Women to Watch and Reaction’s 2018 Women in Insurance, and has had articles published in Best’s Review.Marketing Technology News: Aprimo Recognized as Winner for 2019 Microsoft Media & Communications Partner of the YearRyan is pursuing a PhD at New Jersey Institute of Technology and holds a Master of Science in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Temple University and a Certificate of Business Analytics from Cornell University.Marketing Technology News: Say It Now and Booxscale win Amazon’s European Alexa Cuplast_img read more

first_img CaaScloudCMScontent managementKenticoNewsOmnichannel Previous ArticleNew Industry Report Reveals Journey Management Unites Sales, Marketing, Service and IT at Leading Brands GloballyNext ArticleFluent, Inc. Announces Signing of Definitive Agreement to Acquire AdParlor Kentico Reaches 15 Years of Age – with the Next Five Due to Achieve the Biggest Milestones in the Brands’ History Globe NewswireJune 20, 2019, 4:13 pmJune 20, 2019 Award-winning technology vendor celebrates 15 Years of helping marketers and developers create websites, portals, apps, and other digital experiencesThis year, Kentico Software, the leading provider of digital experience and content management solutions, celebrates 15 years in the market.As a tech start-up in 2004, Kentico’s founder, developer, and employee number one, Petr Palas, had a clear vision: to provide the best way to work with content. Despite many version updates, a broadening of the original platform to include e-commerce and online marketing capabilities, and the launch of a separate Cloud offering all bringing huge global recognition, today Kentico has that same vision. The backbone of its history – and its future – is simple: a commitment to delivering the platforms that help people tell stories that change the world.Guitar brand Gibson was the first to get on-board with this vision. Becoming Kentico’s very first client 15 years ago, it still uses the platform today. A great example of starting small and building trust as the business grew. Now they are one of 25,000+ websites, via 1,000 digital agency partners, across 100 countries.Marketing Technology News: Databricks Accelerates APJ Expansion Following $250 Million Funding RoundToday, the company is recognized globally by industry analysts and regularly gains industry accolades. Kentico was named a Strong Performer in the Forrester Wave™ for Web Content Management 2018. Kentico also receives customer recognition, recently named an April 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Web Content Management (WCM)*.Helping Partners and Customers Grow WorldwideKentico launched its partner program early in its history because many of its clients are digital agencies that soon recognized that they needed to have a professional content management system (CMS) if they wanted to help their customers and stay competitive in the market. Now the growing global partner network enjoys many benefits including support, training, discounts, and faster time to market. “Over the last 15 years we have worked hard to develop the features our partners and customers need to leverage digital marketing capabilities, modern technologies, and support for competitive advantage so that they can drive growth across their business,” said Petr Palas.Marketing Technology News: Experian Appoints Shri Santhanam as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Global Analytics and AIWhat’s Next for Kentico?The next few years will be critical for Kentico’s continued success. Petr Palas adds: “We can see that customers will need to have a new way to work with content in the future that will make them more efficient internally and allow them to deliver more impactful customer experiences externally. For me, it’s all about how to succeed in leveraging this opportunity we see in the market today, and how to get closer to that vision of providing the best way to work with content.”Kentico will continue to make strides with its digital experience platform for web content management, online marketing, and e-commerce. Kentico allows users to manage contacts and campaigns, track customer journeys, provide global e-commerce functionality, and measure and analyze results to create and manage customer experiences.In addition, significant growth is expected for Kentico Cloud, the comprehensive cloud-first headless CMS and Content as a Service (CaaS) platform that lets users manage content and deliver omnichannel experiences with powerful content collaboration.Marketing Technology News: Lattice Engines Ranked a Leader in B2B Customer Data Platform Report by Independent Research Firmlast_img read more

first_img DomoJosh JamesMarketing Technology NewsNewsonline consumer behavior Previous ArticleAdLedger Unites Brands, Agencies, TV And Technology Companies To Fight Ad Fraud On OTTNext ArticleCheetah Digital Announces Acquisition of Wayin The latest numbers show that data creation won’t slow down anytime soonDomo released its “Data Never Sleeps 7.0” infographic, a special look at online consumer behavior that showcases the amount data generated every minute across high-traffic platforms and applications like Instagram, Twitter, Google, Netflix and more.Introduced in 2013, “Data Never Sleeps” is a quick glimpse into the volume, velocity and variety of data generated and distributed over the internet. According to reports, the internet reaches 56.1% of the world’s population and now represents 4.39 billion people — a 9% increase from January 2018, which implies the rate of data creation won’t slow down anytime soon. This year’s edition shares some of the latest stats on the growth of data in the digital sphere.Marketing Technology News: Veritonic Launches First Audio Score For Marketers To Understand Relative Power Of Their Creative AssetsSome highlights from “Data Never Sleeps 7.0” include:The sharing economy is hot. Increasingly, consumers are not just openly sharing their lives in the form of images posts, and live video, they’re also using digital apps to share tangible assets like vehicles, clothes and homes. In one minute in 2019, for example, Airbnb connected 1,389 users to homes and apartments all across the world.Streaming video is exploding. Streaming video is exploding, and with no signs of slowing down. Streaming giant Netflix saw an over 614% increase in streaming hours (97,222 hours to 694,444 hours per minute) from the previous year’s report, while YouTube video viewership also increased from 4,333,560 videos viewed per minute to over 4,500,000 videos in 2018.Humanity isn’t dead. With a rise in awareness around bullying, social justice, and mental health, it’s interesting to see how many people are using the internet to make the world a better place. 2018 saw the hashtag #love posted an average of 23,211 times per minute.Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public OfferingMost of our media is still social. It appears that the most popular social media sites are only gaining momentum. Twitter saw a usage rate spike from 473,000 tweets per minute in 2017 to 511,200 in 2018, while Facebook reports over 1,000,000 users logging into their platform every minute. Instagram, a baby behemoth in the Facebook family of investments, saw a rise from 49,380 to 55,140 photos shared per minute, a nearly 12% increase.Love at first swipe. More and more people are turning to dating apps to find their one and only. In 2019, Tinder users swiped 1.4 million times, up from 1.1 million who swiped in 2018—a 27% increase in people looking to get digitally lucky in love.“Year over year, the variety and velocity of data generated from new applications and internet-based services provide an interesting view in how technology continues to change the ways in which we communicate, collaborate and build community,” said Josh James, founder and CEO, Domo. “While the popularity of underlying applications may change over time, the desire for technology to improve our lives remains constant.”Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand Awareness Domo Releases Seventh Annual “Data Never Sleeps” Infographic Globe NewswireJuly 10, 2019, 8:10 pmJuly 10, 2019 last_img read more

first_imgSequent Appoints Neil MacDonald VP and GM for EMEA PRNewswireJune 28, 2019, 3:28 pmJune 28, 2019 Sequent secures data on the move by tokenizing Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and renders that valuable data valueless to cybercriminals while simultaneously providing a frictionless, improved customer experience. The Sequent Platform orchestrates and manages the tokenization and digital issuance of any type of tokenized personal credential, such as cards/payment accounts, bank accounts or identification information to any type of connected device.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 EMEAJohn KirstNeil MacDonaldNewsSequent Previous ArticleQualtrics Announces New Survey Programming Capabilities to Accelerate Modern ResearchNext ArticleAnimoto Investigates Marketing Potential For Branded Videos on Instagram Stories Experienced Marketing and Sales Expert Bringing Tokenization to Mobile Data in EMEAcenter_img “Neil will lead our company’s efforts to foster sales growth and customer satisfaction across a rapidly growing market,” said John Kirst, Chief Revenue and Customer Officer at Sequent. “And with over 20 years of regional sales and marketing experience in mobile and security technologies, Neil is well-positioned to leverage key relationships and build new ones with payment industry partners, issuing banks, payment processing and network providers.”“It is a wonderful time to lead Sequent into the EMEA territories where mobile contactless payment solutions are becoming popular,” said Neil MacDonald. “Sequent is laser-focused on implementing the highest levels of security for on-device applications supporting banking and payments, IoT, eHealth and more. Sequent’s ability to innovate enables new tokenized exchanges to be tested and iterated quickly.”Marketing Technology News: 4C Launches New Cross-Channel Video Solution to Help Marketers Reach Cord-Cutters and Cord-Nevers Across Streaming EnvironmentsThe EMEA region has seen broad adoption of contactless and mobile-contactless payments as users gain confidence in new technology that offers convenience of this mode of payment. Consumer adoption parallels the mandating and roll-out of NFC enabled POS terminals. With these changes, merchants recognize the benefit of closer customer relationships that develop when customers implement mobile contactless payments in the broader landscape of mobile engagement.Prior to joining Sequent, MacDonald served in a sales and marketing leadership capacity with many innovative mobile and security-focused providers, with a particular focus on mobile usability, enhanced through the application of machine learning and neural networks. Leading the commercial team at SwiftKey, MacDonald ensured that over 300,000,000 mobile devices installed the ML-based technology, leading to a successful exit to Microsoft. And with six other successful exits in a ten-year period, MacDonald has proved pivotal in taking start-up companies to scale-up mode. More recently, his experience in the voice biometric industry led to the realization that Sequent is well positioned to capitalize on the need to secure mobile data on the move with its market-leading tokenization platform.Marketing Technology News: PubNub Selected as Winner for Best Overall Bot Solution in the 2019 AI Breakthrough AwardsIn addition to his new position at Sequent, MacDonald is currently an investor and advisor to DAPPR Aviation Limited, an innovative aviation-inspired furniture designer. He is also an advisor to Sentient Machines, a London-based company that uses natural language, deep learning and big data to harness language for smarter communication.MacDonald received his degree from Kingston University in London and continues to support the academic community through numerous mentorship programs.Marketing Technology News: Absolutdata Named Best Overall AI-Based Analytics Company in 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards Program Sequent, Inc. announced that Neil MacDonald has been appointed Vice President of Sales and General Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).  In his new position, MacDonald is opening new territories and creating new partnerships to provide banks, payment networks and payment service providers with Sequent’s leading mobile payments and tokenization platform for securing mobile data.last_img read more

first_imgTotalAR Transforms Marketing Content from Static to Interactive PRNewswireJuly 3, 2019, 1:33 pmJuly 3, 2019 Augmented Realitycustomer experienceHoloPunditsMarketing Technologymobile advertisingNewsTotalAR Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Rob May, CEO at TallaNext ArticleThe New Intelligent Enterprise Has Arrived! Maximize Your Company’s Historical Data by Using SAP’s S/4HANA Selective Data Transition Engagement Holopundits’ Proprietary Enterprise AR Platform Seeks to Bolster the Effectiveness of Marketing Campaigns WorldwideCustomer engagement and conversion are challenges for marketing departments everywhere. Traditional forms of advertising often have a low recall value and lead to poor ROI. Mobile advertising continues to grow as consumer engagement habits change. TotalAR takes mobile to new levels with Augmented Reality (AR), allowing for customized, captivating and compelling marketing and branding campaigns.US-based technology experts HoloPundits Inc. recently launched the brand offering TotalAR. TotalAR brings an interactive spin to print or any static image. It enhances the customer experience by augmenting and magnifying a large assortment of content. The result is potential for exceptional customer conversion rates.Marketing Technology News: Constant Contact Unveils New WooCommerce and Shopify Offerings at 2019 Internet Retailer ConferenceWhy Augmented Reality matters?Companies are taking notice that AR is accessible by any smartphone camera. Deloitte has reported that nearly 90% of organizations with annual revenues between $100 million and $1 billion are now harnessing the power of AR and VR technology. Companies are looking to use AR/VR in the marketing and operational stream too.TotalAR takes AR marketing beyond the normal scope. TotalAR is a dynamic platform that allows marketers to create and publish their own unique AR content. This content can overlay any existing static material to create an entirely new level of engagement for marketing initiatives.Mr. Vinod Dega, the CEO of HoloPundits, has an interesting angle on the immense value offered by TotalAR. He said, “As a holistic platform, TotalAR is aimed at democratizing AR for all marketers by providing the freedom to add AR to existing materials. Organizations can harness and integrate dynamic digital content to static materials from actual products, to packaging, brochures, coupons, pamphlets, business cards, user manuals, signage, displays and much more. It lets organizations create, target, and measure relevant content for their customers.”Marketing Technology News: Amperity and Snowflake Partner to Help Joint Customers Power Customer 360 InitiativesOn the user end, there is no additional hardware or configuration requirement. A useronly needs a smartphone to interact with the content. AR ensures better acceptance, enhanced engagement, and a higher rate of conversion in a brand’s campaign.Marketing Technology News: CoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers Worklast_img read more

first_imgNearly Half of Users of Ad Blockers Will Avoid Websites that Target Them With Ads, Creating Challenges for Advertisers MTS Staff Writer5 days agoJuly 18, 2019 Advertisers State That Data Collection Makes Ads More Helpful for Online Visitors. New Data from Visual Objects Indicates That Highly Targeted Ads Could Negatively Impact Businesses’ Potential to Engage with AD-Fatigued Consumers, Though.Nearly half of users of ad blockers (45%) say they would avoid a company’s website if that company targeted them with ads, according to a new survey report from portfolio website Visual Objects.Businesses argue that personalization makes ads more useful for potential customers, but this data shows that ad-fatigued users disagree.To avoid alienating these users, businesses must ensure ads that rely on user data do not reveal personal information, such as age, marital status, or schooling.Users of ad blockers feel strongly about how their personal data is collected for advertising. Almost two-thirds of people who use ad blockers (63%) say data collection in online advertising is an invasion of privacy.Visual Objects surveyed 500 people who use ad blocking browser extensions to learn how ad-fatigued users feel about data collection and online privacy in advertising.Marketing Technology News: Fastbase New 3.0 Extension to Google Analytics Boosts Lead Generation to a New High Level for B2B companiesBaby Boomers Most Uncomfortable With Data Collection in AdvertisingThough most ad-blocker users feel that data collection is invasive, baby boomers are the generation most averse to highly targeted advertising. Almost three-quarters of baby boomers (72%) say that data collection from ads feels like an invasion of privacy.By contrast, 58% of millennials and 64% of Generation X respondents feel that data collection invades their privacy online.“I think younger people tend to be less threatened by data collection because it’s what they’ve known,” said Tim Smith, director of communications and media planning at IPNY. “They’ve grown up with data breaches and they’ve almost always been connected and online.”Smith also said that older internet users often have more to lose financially than younger users, making them more wary of data breaches.Businesses should build trust with users of all ages by allowing them to access the personal data businesses collect and remove it if they desire.Marketing Technology News: Vonage Awarded 2019 CRM Excellence AwardGen-X Users Are Most Likely to Pay for Ad-Free BrowsingAs people increasingly demand more privacy online, some browsers, like Mozilla, have started offering options for users to go ad- and tracking-free for a price.The Visual Objects survey found that younger ad blocker users are more likely to pay for this type of browsing. Almost half of Generation X users (47%) and 41% of millennials are willing to pay to browse ad-free, compared to only 29% of baby boomers.“It’s helpful to have an alternative option that allows people not to have ads when they’ve become a premium subscriber,” said Kyle Deming, founder at Chicago web services firm Wojo Design.Offering an ad-free alternative for a small fee could help businesses build trust with users who feel strongly about invasive advertising and data collection, according to the survey.Marketing Technology News: Bpm’online named a Leader in 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation ad-fatiguedMarketing Technology NewsNewsOnline AdvertisingpersonalizationVisual Objects Previous ArticleWill On-Demand AI Solutions Design Cloud for Data ScientistsNext ArticleDirectMail.io’s Voice Device Integration Sets the Pace for Marketing Innovation by Being the First to Combine Google Home and Amazon Alexa With Direct Maillast_img read more