Tesco and Carrefour announce longterm strategic alliance

first_imgTesco and Carrefour announce long-term ‘strategic alliance’Posted By: Jules Scullyon: July 02, 2018In: Distribution, Industries, RetailPrintEmailTesco and Carrefour have joined forces to buy products over the next three years in an effort to boost profitability in the face of heightened competition.The alliance will cover the strategic relationship with global suppliers, the joint purchasing of own-brand products and goods not for resale.The retailers said that the partnership will enable both companies to improve the quality and choice of products available to their customers, at even lower prices, thereby enhancing their competitiveness.Carrefour, Europe’s largest retailer, and Tesco will continue to work with supplier partners at a local and national level. It is anticipated that the alliance will be formally agreed within the next two months.Tesco CEO Dave Lewis said: “I’m delighted to be entering into a strategic alliance with Carrefour. By working together and making the most of our collective product expertise and sourcing capability, we will be able to serve our customers even better, further improving choice, quality and value.”Alexandre Bompard, CEO of Carrefour, added: “This strategic alliance between Carrefour and Tesco is a major agreement as it combines the purchasing expertise of two world leaders, complementary in their geographies, with common strategies.“This agreement is a great opportunity to develop our two brands at the service of our customers. This international alliance further strengthens Carrefour, allowing it to reach a key milestone in the implementation of its strategy.”Earlier this year Carrefour agreed an e-commerce partnership with Google, which will make groceries from Carrefour supermarkets available through Google’s French shopping website from 2019.Reacting to the news, Frank Woods, a retail sector specialist for NFU Mutual, said: “The deal with Carrefour may be a result of having been caught on the hop by the proposed Sainsbury/Asda merger. “Tesco has already made it clear they want to place more emphasis on own-brand goods, having recently announced the end of the branded goods price guarantee. “Undoubtedly there will be some additional pressure on producers as a result. The larger buying group will seek to leverage its buying power, but some of the savings that consumers can expect to see will come from greater efficiency, as they will be able to de-duplicate buying processes. “On the plus side, it may also provide additional distribution for existing Tesco suppliers, who will now see their products on the shelves in Europe, and for UK consumers, more European products in Tesco.”Share with your network: Tags: CarrefourFranceTescoUKlast_img read more

Cargill revenues rise thanks to high demand for protein products

first_imgCargill revenues rise thanks to high demand for protein productsPosted By: News Deskon: July 12, 2018In: Agriculture, Business, Financial, Food, Industries, IngredientsPrintEmailCargill has registered strong full-year results, thanks in part to the strong performance of its Animal Nutrition & Protein business, as the company’s revenue rose 5% to $114.7 billion.The company’s operating earnings rose 6% year-on-year to $3.2 billion, and Cargill stated that its protein division was the largest contributor to its full-year operating earnings.This was due to a rise in demand for North American beef in both the US market and internationally, while the steady expansion in the value-added egg product market contributed to the division’s performance.Throughout the year, the division expanded through several factory expansions in the US and the establishment of the Avara Foods joint venture with Faccenda.Cargill also announced that the earnings of its Food Ingredients & Applications business rose for the third consecutive year, citing the “outstanding performance” of its cocoa and chocolate products, Asia-based ingredients and global edible oils as the main factors to this growth.Meanwhile, the company’s Origination & Processing division also exceeded last year’s annual results, thanks to its strongest fourth quarter in seven years.However, the company’s Industrial & Financial Services business registered a fall in operating earnings, due to lower returns from fund investments and a softer fourth quarter overallDavid MacLennan, Cargill’s chairman and chief executive officer said: “Our strong results show we are creating the connections the world needs for vibrant food and agriculture both today and tomorrow.“Cargill has always moved food from where it is produced to where it is needed. Today, we are pioneering new capabilities and partnerships to invest for the future.“We are innovating alongside our customers to develop healthy, delicious products made the way consumers want.“We are working with farmers and others to implement sustainable agricultural practices. And we are standing up for inclusive global trade that lets food move freely.”Share with your network: Tags: Cargillfinancialproteinlast_img read more

United Natural Foods purchases US retailer Supervalu for 29bn

first_imgUnited Natural Foods purchases US retailer Supervalu for $2.9bnPosted By: News Deskon: July 26, 2018In: Business, Distribution, Food, Industries, Mergers & Acquisitions, RetailPrintEmailOrganic food distributor United Natural Foods (UNFI) has bought US grocer Supervalu for $2.9 billion as it aims to expand and diversify its customer base.UNFI, which is a supplier of Amazon’s Whole Foods Market, said the deal will unlock new opportunities “through a comprehensive product portfolio”.It is expected the acquisition will allow UNFI to realise run rate cost synergies of more than $175 million within three years.Supervalu has annual sales of around $14 billion and serves customers across the US with a network of 3,437 stores. Last year it agreed a deal to acquire grocery wholesaler Unified Grocers for around $375 million.UNFI CEO Steve Spinner said: “This transaction accelerates UNFI’s ‘build out the store’ growth strategy by immediately enhancing our product range, equipping us to bring an attractive, comprehensive product portfolio to an expanded universe of customers.“Combining our leading position in natural and organic foods with Supervalu’s presence in fast-turning products makes us the partner of choice for a broader range of customers. Together, we can provide our better-for-you products as well as other high-growth segments, improving customers’ competitive advantages in a dynamic marketplace. “These benefits, plus our increased efficiency and productivity, will enable us to create value for our shareholders, enhance opportunities for our suppliers, provide a broader assortment for our customers and create new prospects for our associates over the long term.” Supervalu CEO Mark Gross said: “The combination of UNFI and Supervalu provides a substantial premium and delivers certainty of value to our stockholders, meaningful benefits to our customers, expanded opportunities for our employees, and the ability for us and our vendors to efficiently serve a varied customer base.“We have been executing an ambitious strategic transformation for over two years. We believe that this transaction is the best and natural next step for our stockholders, customers and employees. I am very proud of the unwavering commitment and focus of our employees in driving our strategic transformation and serving our customers.  I am confident that, together, Supervalu and UNFI will be well positioned to succeed – and to help our customers succeed – in today’s grocery landscape.”Share with your network: Tags: SuperValuUnited Natural FoodsUSlast_img read more

Asahi Group ups sustainability efforts with carbonneutral goal

first_imgAsahi Group ups sustainability efforts with carbon-neutral goalPosted By: Jules Scullyon: February 13, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, Environment, Industries, Social Responsibility, Social responsibilityPrintEmailAsahi Group will aim to achieve zero CO2 emissions by 2050, as part of a raft of sustainability goals set out by the Japanese beer maker.The firm – owner of brands such as Peroni, Grolsch and Tyskie – is working to achieve a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions from a 2015 benchmark in its Japanese businesses by 2030. It will pursue energy savings, actively utilise green power and other renewable energy sources, and implement initiatives across the entire value chain.Asahi will also aim for 100% sustainable procurement of agricultural raw materials. It will pursue further weight reduction in containers and undertake the development and introduction of eco-friendly containers through an increased use of recycled PET bottles.Within its domestic business, the company hopes to realise 100% restoration of the water used by 2025.In a statement, the brewer said: “We will create positive value for the environment through our businesses and seek solutions to social issues by leveraging strengths originating in proprietory technologies, including the utilisation of yeast, lactic acid bacteria, and other microorganisms.”Last month, Asahi launched the Asahi Group Philosophy, a new initiative which sets out to “contribute to a sustainable society”.In a move to enter new categories such as cask ale and cider, Asahi last month acquired the entire beer, cider, soft drinks and distribution business of the UK’s Fuller, Smith & Turner for a value of £250 million.The two companies agreed to arrangements that will see beers from across the Asahi portfolio sold in Fuller’s-owned pubs and tenanted outlets. Fuller’s will carry its former brands, alongside the existing Asahi Europe portfolio, across its pubs and hotels.As part of the deal, brands such as cask beers London Pride and Dark Star Hophead, craft lager Frontier, as well as Cornish Orchards cider will join the Asahi product portfolio. Share with your network: Tags: AsahibeerJapansustainabilitylast_img read more

How migrant workers took on Ben Jerrys – and won a historic

first_imgLast modified on Sat 18 Aug 2018 02.30 EDT Twitter How migrant workers took on Ben & Jerry’s – and won a historic agreement In Vermont, activists demanded better working conditions on dairy farms – even as the threat of deportation loomed When the Ben & Jerry’s CEO spoke at Stanford, students chanted: “Hey, Ben & Jerry’s, can I get some Milk with Dignity in my Cherry Garcia?” Photograph: 58shadows/Getty Images/iStockphoto Ice-cream and sorbet How migrant workers took on Ben & Jerry’s – and won a historic agreement Share on Pinterest Topics Annelise Orleck On a windy afternoon in March 2017, protesters singing civil rights songs circled the steps of the Vermont state capitol. It was a classic Vermont rally. There were white-haired activists; Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim clergy; young adults; and children carrying signs that said: “We All Belong Here. We Will Defend Each Other.”At the center was a small group of dairy workers from remote mountain villages in southern Mexico. They sang songs, then chanted: “¡Ni una más! Not one more deportation!”This was the third demonstration in four days to protest the arrest of three Vermont farmworker-activists – Enrique “Kike” Balcázar, Victoria “Zully” Palacios and Alex Carrillo-Sánchez. Detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice), the three faced deportation, swept up in a nationwide crackdown ordered by President Trump.Even before Trump’s election, farmworker organizers had been targeted and deported for years. Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Read more US immigration Protest Share on Facebook Facebook Balcázar thought the approach was perfect for Vermont dairy farms.He knew that workers could not squeeze much out of hard-pressed dairy farmers struggling to survive in a time of corporate farming and falling milk prices. Still, migrant workers had leverage because dairy farming is a cold and dirty job that even unemployed Americans are loth to do.Vermont’s cows must be milked every 12 hours, 365 days a year, or they will die. And unlike other kinds of farms, dairy farmers are prohibited from using legal guest workers because, until now, the H-2A guest worker program has been limited to seasonal farm workers while dairy farmers need help year-round. (A bill to change that was introduced in October and is working its way through the House and Senate.) So undocumented dairy workers and the Vermont dairy industry are inextricably bound together.In 2014, Balcázar began pressing Vermont’s largest dairy buyers to demand improved labor conditions in their supply chains.“Ben & Jerry’s is one of the biggest purchasers of milk in Vermont,” Balcázar announced. “They’ve made a powerful brand by advertising that their products are fair trade. Milk with Dignity will make sure that this trade is truly fair.”Despite its hippie origins, the famous ice-cream company was sold in 2000 to the multinational food conglomerate Unilever. Executives insisted that the company’s corporate responsibility code protected workers well enough. Balcázar disagreed.Migrant Justice activists protested outside Ben & Jerry’s stores in 16 cities. On International Workers’ Day 2015, speakers at a rally outside Ben & Jerry’s Vermont headquarters described working conditions in the company’s supply chain.One worker, Víctor Díaz, told of injuries he’d received when glass milk bottles exploded and chlorine (used to disinfect milking rooms) sprayed his eyes. Others spoke of sleep deprivation, because of midnight milking. Twelve-to-14-hour shifts, without a day off, are common. And workers have been housed in barns and unheated trailers through long, frigid Vermont winters.Dairy work is dangerous and workers in Vermont were angry about risking life and limb. Migrant Justice itself was born of tragedy: in 2009, the 20-year-old Mayan dairy worker José Obeth Santiz-Cruz was strangled to death when his clothing caught in a farm machine. In the summer of 2017, two were arrested after a 13-mile march from the Vermont state house to Ben & Jerry’s headquarters.The protest was part of Migrant Justice’s most ambitious campaign, “Milk with Dignity”, which aimed to bring to Vermont’s dairy farms a system of worker-run labor inspections pioneered in 2011 by Florida tomato pickers.The approach has been incredibly effective. In three years, worker-run inspections dramatically improved labor conditions on Florida tomato farms, which one federal judge had described as “ground zero for modern slavery”.“I heard about the campaign and I was anxious to bring it here,” Balcázar says.Florida’s tomato and cane fields had long been infamous for inhumane labor practices. In 2011 a group of indigenous workers from Mexico and Central America, members of an alternative labor union called the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), decided to apply pressure at the top of the supply chain – on the fast food and retail grocery chains buying tomatoes in bulk.To do this, they had to win the consumers’ support. The key was making the invisible visible through workers sharing their own stories on cross-country “Truth Tours”.Field workers called on consumers, students, and clergy nationwide to pressure big tomato buyers to sign on to a Fair Food agreement. The strategy worked, and fast. In three years, 14 major companies – including McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Burger King, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart – agreed to pay tomato growers a penny more per pound to increase worker salaries and fund inspections by an independent Fair Food Standards Council. CIW’s Fair Food program has since resolved hundreds of wage theft, sexual harassment, and verbal abuse cases and, by 2015, raised $14m through “Fair Food premiums”, bringing thousands of field workers above the poverty line. The program has also pioneered effective resistance to slave labor, including training workers to identify and report these abuses. Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img Many of the workers come from small towns in Chiapas, the southern Mexico region that gave birth to, and has long sustained, the Zapatista rebellion. By 2014, they were ready to rise.Milk with Dignity was Vermont dairy workers’ bid for a brighter future, and Balcázar thought that Ben & Jerry’s should be more than willing to give it to them.“Ben & Jerry’s has stood up for cows (no RGBH), for chickens (cage-free agreement with Humane Society), and for international farmers (fair trade),” Balcázar argued. “They’ve pledged support for climate justice, for Occupy Wall Street … So, after four years of us educating them about farmworker human rights abuses in its supply chain, it’s time Ben & Jerry’s stands up for the rights of the same farmworkers who put the cream in ice cream.”In June 2015, Ben & Jerry’s agreed to adopt Migrant Justice’s Milk with Dignity program. But then the foot-dragging began.Migrant Justice activists went on tour again, partnering with student groups to protest at ice cream shops and college campuses. CIW workers came to Vermont to strategize.When the Ben & Jerry’s CEO, Jostein Solheim, spoke at Stanford, students chanted: “Hey, Ben & Jerry’s, can I get some Milk with Dignity in my Cherry Garcia?”Solheim was conciliatory. He agreed that worker-led safety codes were the best way to improve labor conditions. He patted his pocket and swore that he had a Milk with Dignity contract that “I hope I’m going to sign next week”. More than two years later, he had not signed. On 17 June 2017, activists marched 13 miles from the Vermont state house to Ben & Jerry’s headquarters, where Solheim announced that he was “ready to go”.Ten days later, Presbyterian congregations across the US sent a joint letter urging him to “not delay any longer … and sign in fact what you have already agreed to in principle”. Methodists sent one too, urged him to “continue Ben & Jerry’s legacy of justice-seeking … and fulfill your promise to workers, farmers, and consumers”. And Will Allen, Vermont organic pioneer, led organic farmers in challenging Ben & Jerry’s, along with Cabot Creamery, owned by Agri-Mark, to stop running “sweatshop dairies” that abuse farmworkers, exhaust cows and bankrupt small farmers. Activism On 27 March 2017, hundreds circled in a chill rain near the JFK Federal Building in Boston, where deportation hearings were under way for Balcázar, Palacios, and Carrillo-Sánchez.The crowd included activists from Cosecha (Harvest) – a nationwide movement led by and for undocumented workers. Migrant Justice came with 10,000 signatures calling on the judge to free “the Vermont Three”.Fifty activists went into the courtroom to let the detainees know that “they are not alone. Estamos en la lucha. We are fighting.” “We’re going to have to make you an honorary Ice officer,” an immigration agent wrote to one DMV employee. The ACLU won a $40,000 settlement and DMV employees were warned by the state to stop the practice. But the case highlighted the impossible situation so many farmworkers find themselves in. Ice has continued targeting Migrant Justice activists. Outside, protesters sang a 1930s union song, The Rich Man’s House, revived in the 1990s by activists seeking to build an international economic human rights movement, which has become an anthem of undocumented workers. “I went down to the courthouse and I took back what they stole from me / I took back my humanity / I took back my dignity / Now it’s under my feet / Ain’t gonna let nobody walk all over me,” they sang.That evening, citing letters from Vermont’s senators, an immigration judge freed Balcázar and Palacios on bail, though the threat of deportation still loomed.But “the judge looked straight at my daughter and me and denied bail”, said Lymarie Deida, Alex Carrillo-Sánchez’s wife. “It’s OK. We are going to keep fighting.”Carrillo-Sánchez was deported on 7 May 2017, leaving behind his wife and daughter, who are US citizens. “I’m angry,” he said. “But there’s no other way.” He has applied for a marriage visa and began an indefinite wait.On 30 June 2017, Migrant Justice won the release of activists arrested at the Ben & Jerry’s protest.Then, on 3 October, came a sweet, hard-won victory. Ben & Jerry’s finally signed the Milk with Dignity agreement, giving dairy workers in their supply chain a full day off each week, Vermont minimum wage ($10 per hour), at least eight hours between shifts, and a guarantee that housing will include a real bed (not straw piles), electricity and clean running water.Jostein Solheim, Ben & Jerry’s CEO, lauded the company’s leadership: “We love to be part of innovation. We believe in worker-led movements.”Balcázar spoke to a jubilant crowd in Burlington, Vermont: “This is a historic moment for dairy workers. We have worked tirelessly to get here and now we move forward towards a new day in the industry.”Adapted from ‘We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now’: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages by Annelise Orleck (Beacon Press, 2018). Reprinted with permission from Beacon Press Shares568568 features Balcázar moved to Vermont at 16 to find work. He considers it home. Asked by local news media if he feared deportation, he replied:“I’m not scared at all. We’ve been here as a community fighting for our rights to live free and dignified lives and we aren’t going back in the shadows.”When Vermont Ice let it be known that they planned to arrest and deport Balcázar, allies offered him sanctuary in their homes. He graciously refused.Balcázar was tired of hiding. Just 19 when he became active in Migrant Justice, he felt trapped on the farm where he worked 78-hour weeks. The brutal schedule exhausted him. So did the stress of dodging immigration police.Until 2013, undocumented Vermonters could not get driver’s licenses. Farmers would drive their workers to shop. In rural Vermont, one of the country’s whitest regions, vans of Mexicans were easy pickings for Ice.Migrant Justice led successful campaigns to ban racial profiling by state police and to enable undocumented Vermonters to get driver’s licenses. But that victory came back to bite them.Some department of motor vehicles (DMV) employees decided to send Ice copies of license applications “with south-of-the-border names”. Though against state law, the practice continued unrestrained. A single mom, undocumented, living in the shadow of Ice Read more In fear of deportation: five hours that can make or break a family’s future Share on LinkedIn Migrant Justice activists protested outside Ben & Jerry’s stores in 16 cities – and eventually won a huge agreement.Photograph: Graham Turner/The Guardian Sun 25 Feb 2018 06.00 EST Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share via Email “We are Mexicans and immigration is always chasing us,” said Vermont dairy activist Maribel Lopes. She was arrested by Ice when she left her workplace to buy diapers for her baby.“If it weren’t for migrant workers, our dairy products and everything else would go up higher to the point where we couldn’t afford it. So I say, let them do what they came here to do, which is to support their families,” Lyle Deida, Carrillo-Sánchez’s father-in-law, told the rally.Carrillo-Sánchez, Balcázar, and Palacios are all activists with Migrant Justice, an organization that promotes “worker-led social responsibility” on Vermont dairy farms.Last year, the National Education Association, the country’s largest union, awarded Migrant Justice the César Chávez human and civil rights award. They have won the John Brown Freedom award. Senator Bernie Sanders hailed them as “human rights defenders”. Twenty-four-year-old Balcázar has been described as “the face of undocumented labor in Vermont”.And that’s the problem – Migrant Justice activists are intentionally visible. … 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. 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We feel like part of it watching the royal wedding at a

first_imgMeghan, Duchess of Sussex Americans have long been fascinated by the British monarchy. In 1860, when Queen Victoria’s eldest son, the future King Edward VII, visited North America for four months, tens of thousands crowded cities to see him; stories about his visit dominated magazines and newspapers. For a country on the brink of civil war, the spectacle provided some much-needed relief.Elisa Tamarkin, author of Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America, said Americans can in some ways afford to be more excited about the monarchy than the British. “There is a way in which the royal family can remain this vital object of attention, because in many ways it’s of no importance to a nation that can relinquish it,” Tamarkin said. It helps that Americans’ taxes have not provided financial support to the monarchy for centuries. If anything, this wedding has been a small boon to the US economy – specifically, to the media industry. Analysts projected $100m in revenue. Advertising slots, which at some points seemed to only feature ads for wedding rings, commanded rates comparable to major sporting events.NBC’s Today Show built a barn-sized structure on top of a Windsor hotel. Other publications took a more relaxed tone: New York magazine published a pithily titled Royal Wedding Guide for the Apathetic But Curious.Ahead of the ceremony, broadcasters provided Americans with a very tidy picture of the UK, soundtracked to the tune of trumpets. ‘A long, cool glass of water’: Meghan Markle’s wedding dress was perfect for a Californian royal Little talk of republicanism as Americans celebrate monarchyUS viewers hail ‘heartwarming multicultural wedding’Meghan Markle and Prince Harry marry as millions watch Royal wedding 2018 Share on Twitter Sat 19 May 2018 13.19 EDT Read more Prince Harry Share on Facebook Guests watch the royal wedding at the Churchill Tavern in New York.Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest @holpuch “I think that [pride] is so important,” said Westphalen, an American who lives in New York City. “Sadly, in our country, we’re so far from that right now.”Westphalen, who wore an imitation Prince of Wales pin because his actual one was being repaired, said he had been a fan of the royal family since he was a child, because his Prussian ancestors had ties to the British monarchy. “There is an admiration for the British monarchy by Americans,” he said, “because we have nothing to compare it to.” Read more Pinterest Amanda Holpuch in New York Who is Michael Curry? The minister who told royal wedding ‘love is the way’ Since you’re here… Royal wedding 2018 Shares1919 Share on Facebook Topics The party at the Churchill Tavern on East 28th Street in Manhattan was one of hundreds of royal wedding parties taking place across the US, where fervor for the British royals persists.“It feels like a fairy tale that we don’t have here and now we’re feeling like we’re part of it because she’s an American,” said Geri Merchant, sipping a mimosa, on vacation from Minneapolis, Minnesota.Merchant admitted she had reached that conclusion after talking to her daughter about why exactly they wanted to go to a bar so early in the morning to watch a televised wedding.When the standing-room-only crowd first saw Markle in her Givenchy wedding gown, squeals pierced the room. As the ceremony continued, a rhythm developed: reverential silence, followed by much less reverential commentary – “Is that person asleep?” – then coos over Princess Charlotte, Prince Harry’s face and the celebrity guests. Desmond Barnes and his friend Octavia Alford, who wore a sequined, spaghetti-strapped Union Jack dress, said they were pleasantly surprised by the American tone injected into the wedding – particularly Bishop Michael Curry’s emotional, energetic sermon that included a reference to slavery. The friends, who are both black, said they had been fans of the royals ever since Diana, Princess of Wales, joined the family. They were lured in by the extravagance of palace ceremonies, they said, but continued to follow the family because they seemed down to earth and were philanthropists. Barnes said that though Markle was biracial, he “didn’t think there would be as many [black faces] as there were”.Americans’ infatuation with the royals existed long before Markle entered the picture, but her background meant this particular wedding held a special place for some black Americans. When the engagement was announced, it fired up “black Twitter”, where people celebrated having a “black American princess” and the fact that Prince Harry’s new mother-in-law, Doria Ragland, had dreadlocks. Such celebrations were met by pointed criticisms. Commentators emphasized that the marriage would hardly revolutionize race relations in either country. That didn’t diminish the event for people such as Tyler Young, who edits a tech newsletter covering innovators of color. “I cannot wait to tell my children one day about this heartwarming multicultural wedding,” she said. “The Duchess of Sussex is forever a ray of light for little black and brown girls.”How Markle uses that role now she is officially part of the royal family is not yet clear, but it is obvious large swaths of Americans will be watching her every move. center_img Facebook In the city that never sleeps, a 7am start time for the royal wedding was not going to stop more than a hundred people in fancy hats and plastic tiaras from crowding into a bar to watch an American join the royal family. Facebook Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Twitter … 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. 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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. features Guests at the Churchill Tavern. Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters Support The Guardian ‘We feel like part of it’: watching the royal wedding at a New York bar ‘We feel like part of it’: watching the royal wedding at a New York bar Share on Messenger Monarchy New York Twitter Reuse this content American journalists, with assistance from enterprising British presenters, did segments explaining pieces of British culture such as Eton, without even hinting at all those unpleasant class dynamics. The merest suggestion of republicanism was deeply buried under jars of marmite, Union Jack bunting and royal bobbleheads. At the Churchill, a guest named Herbert Westphalen III acknowledged that people were critical of the monarchy in the UK because of its cost, but said he felt the feeling of pride the family generated was worth any price. 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Spaniard convicted for 1977 killing of five leftist lawyers arrested in Brazil

first_imgBrazil A Spanish man convicted for the 1977 killing of five leftist lawyers in a Madrid trade union office has been taken into custody in Brazil’s biggest city.The head of the federal police in São Paulo, Disney Rosseti, said Carlos García Juliá was arrested Thursday as he was walking down a street in a middle-class neighborhood.Rosseti said Spain is expected to request the extradition of García Juliá, who is being held in a cell in São Paulo. The request must be made within the next 90 days.García Juliá was among those convicted of the 24 January 1977 attack by gunmen linked to far-right organizations against a legal office working for labor unions near the Atocha train station in central Madrid.Five lawyers were killed as a result of the shots and four more were seriously injured. Share on WhatsApp This article is more than 7 months old Share on Twitter Associated Press in São Paulo Spain Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Last modified on Fri 7 Dec 2018 16.04 EST Carlos García Juliá was arrested as he was walking down a street, official said, and Spain is expected to request extradition Share via Email news … 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. Franco’s cruel legacy: the film that wants to stop Spain forgetting This article is more than 7 months old Europe Since you’re here…center_img Reuse this content Shares3636 Spaniard convicted for 1977 killing of five leftist lawyers arrested in Brazil Brazil Read more Share on Pinterest Fri 7 Dec 2018 15.56 EST It was one of the bloodiest attacks by shadowy neo-fascist groups during Spain’s largely peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975 after nearly three decades of authoritarian rule.Rosseti said the 63-year-old García Juliá told police he had been working as an Uber driver and had been living in Brazil since at least 2001, when he entered the country with Venezuelan papers that identified him as Genaro Antonio Flores Mategran.Police began to investigate García Juliá in May, when they noticed the man had not renewed his 2009 temporary residency visa that had expired in 2011, Rosseti said.Spanish police officer Jorge Garrigos Juarez, who attended the news conference, said that García Juliá was sentenced to a 193-year jail term in 1980, but in 1991, a judge gave him temporary parole and allowed him to travel to Paraguay where he purportedly had a job offer.He disappeared after the decision to release him was revoked shortly afterward and Spain requested his immediate return so that he could serve out the remainder of his prison term.He said García Juliá is believed to have lived in Argentina, Venezuela and Bolivia before arriving in Brazil. Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Spanish police commissioner Marcos Frias Barbens speaks during a news conference regarding the arrest of Carlos García Juliá in São Paulo, Brazil on 7 December.Photograph: André Penner/AP Share on Facebook Topics Americas Share on LinkedIn Share via Emaillast_img read more

Monday Tech TipVirtual On Line Training VOLT at Easter Seals Crossroads

first_imgShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM103 – Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)May 17, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”Autism and Assistive Technology TrainingOctober 9, 2009In “Conferences and Events”Monday Tech Tip: HIMS Braille Sense U2December 23, 2013In “Videos” Wade Wingler, Director of Assistive Technology and Brian Norton, Manager of Clinical Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads discuss the new Virtual On Line Training (VOLT) program.Having trouble viewing the video-click here.last_img read more

ATFAQ102 – Q1 tactile maps for visually impaired Q2 – livestreaming for

first_imgPanel – Brian Norton, Belva Smith, and Josh Anderson – Q1- tactile maps for visually impaired, Q2 – live streaming for blind and visually impaired , Q3 – Livescribe pen feedback, Q4 – Co:Writer alternatives, Q5 – Showdown: Braille Notetaker vs. Laptop w/ screenreader, Q7 Wildcard question: thoughts on bigger tech companies developing their own built-in accessibility. Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATFAQ103 – Q1- inside navigation for visually impaired , Q2 – amplified phones, Q3 – zero-force keyboards, Q4 – converting math worksheets for screenreader access, Q5 – assistance getting into house, Q6 – Switching from Jaws to NVDA, Q7 – Wildcard question: balancing medical and developmental concerns when using assistive techJuly 8, 2019In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ099 – Q1- Kiosk Accessibility, Q2 – Navigating Public Restrooms, Q3 – Voice-activated alerting, Q4 – Orcam and computer text, Q5 – Showdown: Google Hub or Amazon Echo, Q7 – Wildcard: What type of old equipment do you have laying around?May 13, 2019In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”ATFAQ039 – Q1. Braille production Q2. Portable Ramps Q3. Document Stands for Mobile Devices Q4. Magnification Apps for Android Q5. What is OCR? Q6 Handheld GPS Devices Q7. Wildcard Question: NestCam and Home Monitoring systems.October 10, 2016In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast” Podcast: Play in new window | Downloadlast_img read more

Small Business Customers Embrace AIdriven Insights and Advice Integrated Into Online and

first_imgAverage Rating of Financial Insights Delivered to Business Customers Is 4.6 out of 5Following the success of its AI-driven consumer banking solutions, Personetics now brings the power of AI to small business banking.The Personetics solution is designed to help small businesses proactively manage their day-to-day banking needs, optimize cashflow and ensure they have enough liquidity to support future growth. Integrated into the bank’s online and mobile experience, the solution enables business owners and managers to stay in control of their financial affairs anytime, anywhere.Banks that have implemented the solution are getting strong positive customer feedback. AI-driven insights powered by the Personetics solution receive an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 from business users, slightly higher than the average consumer rating.Small Businesses Want More from their BankA survey conducted by Personetics shows a significant gap between the needs of small businesses and their current banking experience. Some of the key findings include:As many as 90% of small business owners would like to conduct their banking activities digitally, but only 41% do it today.Two thirds of the respondents want online cashflow management, forecasting and budgeting tools from their bank.Only 14% are currently getting financial guidance from their bank.“AI is increasingly enabling banks to bridge the gap between small businesses’ needs and their ability to meet these needs,” said Alenka Grealish, Senior Analyst at Celent Banking Practice. “Historically, delivering value-added services to small businesses has been cost prohibitive for banks. AI allows banks to customize service and provide advice digitally, thereby lowering costs and democratizing services that were only available to large businesses in the past.”Marketing Technology News: MuleSoft Sets New Standard for Successful API Strategies With Next Major Release of Anypoint PlatformMeeting the Needs of Small Businesses with AI-driven Insights and Guidance When asked about their financial challenges, small businesses ranked cashflow issues at the top of their list, followed by making payments and ensuring timely collections. Using the power of AI and predictive analytics, banks can help businesses address these challenges, improve financial control and simplify money management:Proactively highlight payment and receivable issues to provide greater visibilityPredict future cashflows and suggest corrective actions to preempt balance shortfallsRecommend relevant financing options to address liquidity and growth needsProvide a holistic view of actual and planned financial activities using bank and accounting dataMarketing Technology News: InMoment Receives Strategic Growth Investment from Madison Dearborn PartnersReducing Time-to-Market and Keeping Business Banking AgileSmall business banking has long lagged consumer banking in digital investment, opening the door for fintech players to chip away at critical profit centers such as lending and payments. According to industry analysts, banks must act quickly to stave off competition in small business banking. The Personetics solution comes with a rich library of over 50 prebuilt insights tailored to business users’ needs, allowing banks to significantly shorten time-to-market.At the same time, the ability to adapt the solution to their unique customer engagement strategies is critical for banks. Similarly, banks must have the tools to continuously adjust the solution to changing customer and business needs. The Personetics Engagement Builder allows banks to modify pre-built insights, create their own custom insights, and maintain complete control over the user experience.“The small business solution is a result of our work with banks around the globe to address the shifting expectations of business customers as they become more digital-savvy,” said David Sosna, Personetics co-founder and CEO. “Banks that act on these emerging needs have an opportunity to turn online and mobile banking into the go-to places for businesses to manage their day-to-day finances and stay ahead of the rapidly evolving needs of their small business customers.”Marketing Technology News: aqfer Launches Next-Generation SI-Ready Marketing Data Lake Small Business Customers Embrace AI-driven Insights and Advice Integrated Into Online and Mobile Banking PRNewswireMay 17, 2019, 4:25 pmMay 17, 2019 AIDavid SosnaMarketing TechnologyMobile BankingNewsPersoneticsPersonetics solution Previous ArticleBain & Company Introduces Bain Media Lab; Announces Partnership With Hive And Launch Of Mensio, An AI-Powered Analytics Platform To Analyze TV Advertising And SponsorshipsNext ArticleUbimo Location Intelligence Allows Kinetic to Connect the Digital and Physical Worlds for Out-of-Home (OOH) Advertiserslast_img read more

Mobile Marketing and Advertising Tech Company Vehicle Relaunches as Sinch Engage Setting

first_img cloud communicationsMarketing Technology Newsmobile customer engagementmobile marketingNewsSinchSinch Engage Previous ArticleNew 2019 Cloud Security Research Reveals Key Challenges for Security ProfessionalsNext ArticleShowpad Secures $70 Million in Series D Funding Mobile Marketing and Advertising Tech Company Vehicle Relaunches as Sinch Engage, Setting a New Standard for Personalized, Relevant Customer Engagement Business WireJune 25, 2019, 6:37 pmJune 25, 2019 New Agency Matches Dynamic Messaging Technology With Advanced Creative, Empowering Brands to Reach Consumers With Personalized Video and Other Rich Content on Their Mobile DevicesSinch, a global leader in cloud communications for mobile customer engagement, launched Sinch Engage, a new business unit focused on mobile marketing and advertising technology. Formerly known as Vehicle, Sinch Engage draws upon Sinch’s shared technology assets and broad ecosystem of channel partners to spearhead group initiatives in mobile marketing and next-generation personalized messaging. Sinch Engage is based in Seattle and led by Matt Ramerman.“Marketers have entered the post-loyalty era — and customers are mostly tuning out loyalty programs as inauthentic. Today, relevance is everything, and loyalty and engagement are about communicating a sense of purpose that aligns with customer needs”Sinch Engage melds data-driven insights, creative services and powerful technology to empower brands such as AT&T, Cricket Wireless and Comcast to strengthen customer relationships through highly personalized, deeply relevant videos and other rich content delivered to their mobile devices. Sinch Engage uses personalized video to drive loyalty and reduce churn, enabling brands to make one-to-one connections with their consumers. Clients conducting campaigns with Sinch Engage have been able to reduce their customer churn by upwards of 20% while doubling their sales over control.Sinch Engage’s marketing programs are underpinned by Sinch’s cloud communications platform, which provides the ability to reach every mobile phone on the planet, in seconds or less, through mobile messaging or voice & video calling — handling more than 30 billion API transactions per year. The platform allows brands and channel partners to deliver highly personalized content across the entire mobile spectrum — MMS, RCS, WhatsApp and digital ads, along with social, email and web content — ensuring that they connect with their customers wherever they live on mobile.Marketing Technology News: Tencent Champions “Tech for Good” in CannesLoyalty, Meet RelevanceSinch Engage emerges at a unique time in marketers’ relationships with their customers — in that their loyalty is no longer ensured through exclusive memberships or loyalty rewards. Research from consultancy Kantar Retail found that 71% of consumers aren’t made more loyal by loyalty programs. Instead, customers crave relevance — and seek to engage with brands that truly “get” them, with a minimum of effort, by meeting their needs in a particular moment — through highly-personalized communications and timely notifications, particularly those sent to their mobile devices. And the content they most desire — and which will be most memorable — is video, rather than text.Marketing Technology News: Only 6% of Small Businesses Focused on Retaining Customers, Despite Main Digital Marketing Goal of Increasing Sales“Marketers have entered the post-loyalty era — and customers are mostly tuning out loyalty programs as inauthentic. Today, relevance is everything, and loyalty and engagement are about communicating a sense of purpose that aligns with customer needs,” said Matt Ramerman, president of Sinch Engage. “We’re driving this relevance for brands — allowing them to reach their customers on a one-to-one basis, at scale, primarily through personalized video and other rich content created expressly for them. As a part of Sinch, we will work closely with channel partners and continue to expand our technology capabilities within the most relevant messaging channels to intersect the point in mobile where consumers are most likely to engage.”Marketing Technology News: Insite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommercelast_img read more

BScada Inc Launches New Text Messaging Marketing Platform

first_imgB-Scada, Inc. With the amount of spam distributed, response rates for email marketing plummeting and younger consumers texting instead of using email and desktop computers, many companies are now turning to text messaging as their primary means of communication and marketing to their customer base.B-Scada Inc., known for its industrial automation software, has decided to diversify its product offerings, and has launched a new company in the mobile marketing space.To address this new demand, B-Scada has created Fuzz Mobile Marketing Solutions Inc. and has developed an online platform for sending bulk SMS messages, executing drip campaigns, conducting surveys, signing up subscribers, and doing basic customer relationship management online all with text messaging.Marketing Technology News: Chorus.ai Expands Robust Ecosystem of Sales TechnologyFuzz MMS combines the latest text messaging technology and relationship management to provide a comprehensive marketing platform for today’s mobile world. The Fuzz solution is a pay-as-you-go online platform, more information and a free trial of the system.In addition to providing the Fuzz Mobile Marketing Solution, the new company will provide consulting services and custom software development to assist companies in integrating text messaging into their own products and business solutions. Customers can leverage Fuzz’s expertise in SMS mobile messaging and AWS cloud development to generate custom solutions that can be incorporated with their existing business processes. These can include chat bots, two-factor authentication, alerts, surveys and more.Marketing Technology News: Firefly Recruits Former Google and Clear Channel Execs to Spearhead Measurement and Analytics for Fastest-Growing Media Platform in USThe Fuzz solution is currently available in the United States and Canada.Marketing Technology News: Pop Art Announces the Launch of BAM! – the Sales Enablement Platform B-Scada Inc. Launches New Text Messaging Marketing Platform PRNewswire1 day agoJuly 22, 2019 B-Scadaemail marketingFuzz Mobile Marketing SolutionsMarketing Technology NewsNewsText Messaging Marketing Platform Previous ArticleHow to Make Top-Ranking Evergreen Content from a Tool Review PostNext ArticleWill Salesforce Customer 360 Arrival Push CRMs and DMPs Out of Equation in 2020?last_img read more

PC Gamers Who Didnt Play Classic Console Games Missed Out on Great

first_img Tagged In sonyPC gamingnintendoconsolesconsole gamingNESsnessegawing commanderoriginclassic gamingSuper NintendolucasartsPS1classic gamesSierra Games16-bit Post a Comment 43 Comments Natalie Portman’s Female Thor Name Revealed Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder PC Gamers Who Didn’t Play Classic Console Games Missed Out on Great Experiences 43 Comments Growing up, I was not a console gamer. My parents steadfastly refused my entreaties for an NES or any console and only grudgingly tolerated my affection for computer games. I suspect they felt computers were going to be Too Important to the future to smash my primary means of interacting with them, and they respected the idea that I had the right to spend my own money on hobbies of my choice, but there were limits to their tolerance. Computer games fell on the right side of the line, barely. Console games did not. As a result, my own introduction to gaming came squarely from classics of the mid-to-late 1980s PC space — Space Quest III and Ultima IV were the two titles I remember playing first.As a result, I never really got familiar with the NES or SNES titles that were popular at the time. I played through Final Fantasy I, II, and III at a friend’s house, but I didn’t ever log much time on the side-scrollers that were popular. I played enough Super Mario Bros. to beat 1-1 and 1-2 and that’s about it. Recently, thanks to emulators, I’ve picked up some SNES games that I never played before — games like Castlevania IV, Super Mario World, and Super Metroid.I genuinely wasn’t sure what I’d think. Mostly, I’ve been impressed. The skills required to play these titles well — and to be clear, I don’t play them well, having never acquired more than a rudimentary level of skill with a controller — are about more than just quick reflexes. They demand the player become intimately familiar with the position and movement of enemies through 2D space, timing certain attacks and jumps precisely. The games often challenge you with cleverly placed gotchas, like a Mario bullet that flies through the exact space you will be occupying if you attempt to grab a certain power-up. These puzzles can be maddening. The game developers leave hints to tell you that something can be done, but figuring out exactly how to do it is a challenge.This type of gameplay is entirely different from the games I grew up with. Solving puzzles in Conquests of the Longbow or fighting Ad Avis in Quest for Glory II wasn’t remotely the same kind of experience. The Sierra, Origin, and LucasArts games that dominated my childhood were thoughtful adventure titles with an emphasis on writing and text parsing, or later, point-and-click interfaces with a variety of possible actions. Other games, like Civilization, offered long-form play and sophisticated strategy that outstripped what consoles were doing at the time. It’s been a fascinating example of how developers from another country found ways to overcome language barriers and hardware limitations to design very different types of experiences.In the modern era, in which consoles are functionally based on PC hardware and in one case, run a modified PC operating system, the differences between these platforms have come down to a handful of graphics options, frame rates, and load time. Thirty years ago, the gaps were far larger. Dedicated hardware capabilities gave consoles graphics options that PCs of the era couldn’t duplicate. I remember gazing wistfully at a Super Nintendo around Christmas of 1991 precisely because there was no equivalent to what Super Mario World looked like available on my own entertainment solution.All love to Invasion of the Vorticons, but it’s not exactly the same.Playing the console titles I’ve never played before has shown me that there’s an entire aspect to gaming I hadn’t really experienced. I’d played side-scrollers enough to know I wasn’t very good at them. Taking the time to play them enough to improve (slightly), I’ve developed a respect for the subtle ways Japanese developers showed players the rules of the world over time, with small clues to where monsters will spawn, visual hints about how powers work, or clever level design that forces you to use abilities you’ve just collected. Oftentimes, the arrangement of threats and carrots — like a ? block you know contains a 1Up — are downright cunning.Learning how to precision-time one’s jumps or attacks isn’t anything like solving puzzles in Myst or the Colonel’s Bequest and it doesn’t much compare to the likes of Doom or Quake — but then, part of the fun of gaming has always been the way it evolves over time. The games that exist now are fundamentally different than the titles I played in my childhood, and while sometimes I miss the style of games we once had, I would miss the different types that have come into existence in the meantime just as much (at least in some cases).One thing this experience has shown me is that it’s absolutely worth picking up the old experiences you never got to have. It would be a little harder for console players to take this idea in the other direction. Getting used to computer games where you read extensively and type commands if you’re used to console gaming is, in my opinion, a larger challenge than picking up a controller if you used to be an old-school PC gamer. But both sides of the PC-versus-console debate could learn from each other’s histories. Playing some classic 16-bit titles has given me an appreciation for that aspect of gaming history that I previously didn’t have, even if I’m never going to swap in a PC for a console as a primary game system.Now Read:Nintendo Forces Removal of Commodore 64 Super Mario Port 7 Years in the MakingNintendo Switch Controllers Are Beginning to Fail in Large NumbersNintendo Unveils Switch Lite, Coming Sept. 20 for $199 Celebs Who Died Tragically in 2018 You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Joel Hruska on July 17, 2019 at 1:57 pm This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard ‘Legacies’ Season 2 Casts New Vampire As A Love Interest 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 Most Offensive Video Game Characters of All Timelast_img read more

How Makimotos Wave Explains the Tsunami of Specialized AI Processors Headed for

first_img You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Joel Hruska on March 7, 2019 at 9:32 am Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder How Makimoto’s Wave Explains the Tsunami of Specialized AI Processors Headed for Market The Real Reason Marvel Didn’t Bring Back Snipes For ‘Blade’ Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 New TV Shows That Will Absolutely Get Canceled in 2019 3 Comments Tagged In cpusgpucpuartificial intelligencesemiconductorsaimachine learningextremetech explainsmoore’s lawfpgaTPUDennard ScalingasicacceleratorsDomain Specific Architectureaccelerator wallMakimotoMakimoto’s wave Post a Comment 3 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. Kevin Smith Unveils Poster for a Gritty Reboot Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Tom Hanks Breaks The Internet With Mister Rogers Debut There are certain terms of art in semiconductor technology that have become common touchstones. Moore’s law, Dennard scaling, and concepts like the “memory wall” refer to long-established trends in technology that often resurface across many different areas of expertise. In that vein, there’s a concept we’re going to discuss today that some of you may be familiar with, but that we haven’t previously covered here at ET: Makimoto’s wave. While it doesn’t date back quite as far as Gordon Moore’s seminal paper, Makimoto’s argument has direct bearing on the booming market for AI and machine learning devices.First presented in 1991, Makimoto’s wave is a way of describing the fact that the semiconductor market often swings between specialization and standardization. These cycles have often occurred in roughly 10-year intervals, though there’s been disagreement in the larger space about whether or not the 1997-2007 and 2007-2017 cycles were strong enough to qualify.Image by SemiEngineeringThe theory isn’t contested for earlier cycles, however. From 1957-1967, standardized discrete components dominated the market, followed by custom large-scale integration chips, which gave way to the first standardized microprocessor and memory technologies.It’s not clear that Makimoto’s classic wave, as shown above, cleanly aligns with the current push into AI and ML. It predicts that the market should be moving towards standardization starting in 2017, when in reality we’re seeing a tremendous push from a wide range of companies to build their own custom accelerator architectures for specialized AI and ML workloads. With everyone from Fujitsu and Google to Nvidia and AMD throwing a proverbial hat into the ring, the pendulum seems to be arcing farther towards customization, not already in the middle of swinging back towards standardization.But it’s not unusual for a generally accepted theory that explains some aspect of semiconductor progress to fail to map perfectly to real life. Moore’s law, in its original incarnation, predicted the doubling of transistor counts every single year. In 1975, Gordon Moore revised his prediction to every two years. The actual rate at which transistor counts have doubled in shipping products has always varied somewhat depending on foundry node transition difficulties, market conditions, and the success or failure of CPU design teams. Even Moore’s law scaling has slowed in recent years, though density improvements have not yet stopped. After Dennard scaling quit in 2004, density scaling became the only metric continuing to follow anything like its old historical path.And given how drastically general purpose CPU scaling has changed between earlier eras and the present day, we have to allow for the fact that the pendulum may not swing exactly the same way that it used to. The video below, narrated by Makimoto, isn’t new — it was published in 2013 — but it offers a further explanation of the concept to anyone interested.A new article at SemiEngineering details the rush of firms working on specialized accelerator architectures and why the field is red-hot. Faced with the lack of progress in general-purpose compute, companies have turned their attention to accelerators, in the hopes of finding workloads and cores that map well to one another. Thus, it might seem as if the pendulum is swinging permanently away from general-purpose compute.But this is effectively impossible in the long term. While there’s nothing stopping a firm from developing a specialized architecture to process a well-known workload, not every workload can be described in such a manner. As Chris Jones, vice president of marketing at Codasip, told SemiEngineering: “There always will be instances where the software that will be run on a given chip is largely unknown, and if the software load is indeterminate, all the chip designer can do is provide a robust general compute platform where performance is purely a function of core frequency and memory latency.”In other words, you can’t simply build an array of hardware accelerators to cover every workload. General-purpose compute remains critical to the process. Custom implementations of work also become standardized over time as companies zero in on optimal implementations for handling certain kinds of work.There’s some significant overlap between the behavior Makimoto’s wave describes and the looming accelerator wall we discussed earlier this week. The accelerator-wall paper demonstrates that we can’t depend on accelerator solutions to provide infinite performance improvements absent the ability to improve underlying aspects of transistor performance via Moore’s law. Makimoto’s wave describes the broad industry trend to oscillate between the two. The recent flood of venture-capital money into the AI and machine learning markets has led to a definite hype-cycle around these capabilities. AI and machine learning may indeed revolutionize computing in years to come, but the new trend towards using accelerators for these workloads should be understood within the context of the limits of that approach.Now Read:Specialized Chips Won’t Save Us From Impending ‘Accelerator Wall’With Spintronics, Intel Sees Efficiency, Density Scaling Far Beyond CMOSChiplets Are the Future, but They Won’t Replace Moore’s Law<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>  last_img read more

ResponseiQs New Handcrafted Letter Campaigns Smash 1600 ROI Rate

first_img EventsCaseMarketing Technology NewsNewsResponseiQScott Lee Previous ArticleEverything You Need to Know About WordPress and DatabaseNext ArticleEllie Mae Extends Deeper Integration Capabilities to CRM Vendors as Part of the Ellie Mae Integrated Partner Program ResponseiQ’s New Handcrafted Letter Campaigns Smash 1600% ROI Rate MTS Staff WriterJuly 10, 2019, 9:30 pmJuly 10, 2019 ResponseiQ, a conversion optimization platform with a global footprint, announced the immediate availability of its latest B2B sales conversion service, Inkdesk. Inkdesk offers clients a fully managed service, defining campaigns and crafting handwritten letters, as well as sourcing and validating CRM-ready data.“The development of Inkdesk was driven by mediocre, industry-wide response rates of 4% for direct mail campaigns,” said Scott Lee, CEO, ResponseiQ. “Our mission at ResponseiQ is to excel our clients’ conversion expectations, so we trialled a handwritten letter service and the response and results have been overwhelming – on average, our beta testers have seen ROI rates of 1657%.”Marketing Technology News: AccuWeather Continues Rapid Expansion with Relocation of Global Office in New York City“Handwritten letters open more doors than any other marketing campaign we do – we’ve had a 2122% ROI since adopting the service,” said James Morritt, Head of Customer Success, EventsCase. “As a result of our outreach via Inkdesk, we’ve just signed a deal with CNBC to use our event management software for the World Economic Forum.”Unlike most handwritten letter offerings on the market, Inkdesk employs a team of writers, not robots, to pen clients’ critical messages. Clients can opt to use their own data, which the ResponseiQ team validates manually, or ResponseiQ can source and provide customizable, segmented data sets for campaigns targeting any and all verticals.Marketing Technology News: ada Strengthens Its Leadership Team as It Doubles Its Headcount“We’ve spent the past few years caught up in a digital cacophony of programmatic ads and hyper personalization so we decided to take a step back from the millions of emails and websites shared daily and offer clients an impactful, carefully composed personalized letter,” continued Lee. “We’re seeing response rates of 48%, that’s 12 times more than a traditional direct mailer, which clearly indicates a desire for more considered communications.”Bespoke messages are written on a range of paper types and packaged up in premium envelopes with any required promotional materials. In the US, letters can be mailed out from any desired location for a local touch. Inkdesk also offers a subsequent email and/or LinkedIn service for a final check in following receipt of the postal message.Marketing Technology News: Veritonic Launches First Audio Score For Marketers To Understand Relative Power Of Their Creative Assetslast_img read more

Xiaomi Will Launch The Mi Mix 4 Later This Year And Its

first_img 64 megapixel cameraMadhav Shethmi mix 4realme First Published: July 5, 2019, 2:34 PM IST After launching Mi MIX 3 5G at MWC 2019, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is now gearing up to launch another smartphone in the same series – Mi MIX 4 – with 64MP sensor, later this year, said Wang Teng Thomas, Product Director at Xiaomi. In a Weibo post, Thomas confirmed that Mi MIX 4 will have a camera that will be “better than” the 64-megapixel Samsung GW1 sensor.The device is also claimed to have a DxOMark score of 115 points. The smartphone could possibly offer an AMOLED 2K HDR10+ display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Previous leaks also suggested that the fourth generation Mi MIX smartphone will sport IP68 certification for dust- and water-resistance. Earlier, Realme Mobiles had confirmed that it is working on a new smartphone that would be equipped with a 64MP camera sensor. Realme CEO Madhav Sheth had also tweeted a photo taken from the 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor, and said that the phone that will integrate the 64MP camera sensor will be launched first in India. last_img read more

AAP Congress Talks in Final Stage as Sonepat Seat Last Hurdle in

first_imgNew Delhi: After nearly a month of flip-flops, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress are close to finalising a seat-sharing formula in Haryana and Delhi as AAP’s Sanjay Singh on Wednesday met Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to take the alliance talks to a conclusion, sources said.According to the sources, while the two parties have agreed to a 4:3 seat distribution in Delhi, with four seats going to AAP, Sonepat seat in Haryana is still proving to be a hurdle as the Congress does not want to give it up while the AAP wants it to go to the Jannayak Janata Party. Singh has proposed a 6:3:1 seat sharing in Haryana in which Congress would fight from six seats, while the JJP would field its candidates for three seats and one candidate would be fielded by the AAP.But the Congress has proposed a 7:2:1 seat-sharing formula in which seven Congress candidates, two JJP candidates and one AAP candidate would contest the polls, the sources added.On Tuesday, a meeting was held at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence during which senior AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Sanjay Singh and Satyendra Kumar Jain were present.Following the meeting, the party said it is ready to have further discussion with the Congress and has appointed a representative to take the matter forward. The AAP has appointed Singh to hold the alliance talks.AAP sources said if the Congress wants alliance only in Delhi then it has to be in the 5:2 ratio and if an alliance is sealed for both Delhi and Haryana then the ratio can be 4:3 in the national capital and 6:3:1 in Haryana.Amid a continuing blame-game over seat-sharing in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal Monday engaged in a public spat, with the Congress president accusing the AAP of making a “U-turn” over alliance talks, prompting the Delhi chief minister to hit back at him.Gandhi had said while the doors of his party are open, time is running out, but Kejriwal slammed him, questioning what U-turn was he talking about as the talks were still on. aapaap-congressarvind kejriwalcongress First Published: April 17, 2019, 5:53 PM ISTlast_img read more

Akshay Kumar and Team Sooryavanshi Train Guns at Fight Master But Who

first_imgAkshay Kumar gave us yet another glimpse into the thtrilling and exciting world of his upcoming film Sooryavanshi, set to release on March 27, 2020. In the BTS pic, Kumar and some of the team members of Sooryavanshi shot at the cop drama’s fight master, who kept them “all alive during this epic crazy month”. Kumar shared a photograph of Sunil Rodrigues, the action director of Sooryavanshi, on social media on Friday. “When your action is over and the only thing left to do is shoot the fight master. ‘Sooryavanshi’ giving love to the big man with the golden head who kept us all alive during this epic crazy month,” Akshay captioned the image in which he along with the movie’s director Rohit Shetty, actor Vivan Bhathena and others are seen pointing their guns at the fight master.When your Action is over and the only thing left to do is Shoot the Fight Master 🔫#Sooryavanshi giving Love to The Big Man with the Golden Head who kept us all alive during this Epic Crazy month 👊🏼 pic.twitter.com/MfF1SmwEMu— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 28, 2019 Sooryavanshi also features actress Katrina Kaif, who recently shot for the music video of the recreation of the song Tip tip barsa pani along with Kumar. The song sequence has been choreographed by Farah Khan and the BTS images from the shoot location raised speculation for the upcoming film to the next level. See pics here: (WIth inputs from IANS)Follow @News18Movies for morecenter_img Action director Sunil RodriguesAkshay KumarbollywoodBollywood films First Published: June 28, 2019, 4:17 PM ISTlast_img read more

Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key locks your laptop with USB

first_imgWithout the key – and without your finger – nobody is going to gain access to your notebook. What’s more, this piece of technology does not need to remain plugged in to your laptop, so you can carry it around like you would a key for your home. This is just about as secure as it gets when it comes to locking up your notebook computer – save an actual physical lock that clamps down the top with teeth.This device comes from the same folks that make physical locks for your notebook. Elder generations of MacBooks and a whole lot of Windows notebooks today feature a tiny pill-shaped hole that’s specifically placed there for Kensington locks. With the VeriMark Fingerprint Key, users will be securing their device with their own biometrics.This device works with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7, just so long as they’re working with Windows Account Login. The Kensington Fingerprint Application works with Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 and works with Windows 10 through Windows Hello – just like your Galaxy S8 as of this month. This device is available through Kensington online for a cool $50 USD. It’ll likely be available at your local retail store for a similar price immediately if not soon. Above you’ll see a video of the Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key in action. This week, this device won the “Product Innovation of the Year” award in the North American Office Products Awards. This event announced its winners this year at the SP Richards ABC event in Orlando, Florida by Office Products International (OPI) in association with SP Richards (SPR) Company.BONUS: Look at the trackball mobile mouse in the timeline below. It’s so magnificent! So completely outmoded it’s crazy! Story TimelineKensington KeyFolio iPad keyboard case offers protection & rubber buttonsKensington unveils new easier to use ClickSafe notebook lockKensington Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball up for pre-orderKensington unveils KeyFolio Secure Keyboard Case & Lock for iPad 2Kensington unveils DisplayLink USB 3.0 docks for home and officeKensington Proximo: A Bluetooth tracking dongle for the perpetually paranoidApple iPad Air keyboard cases unveiled by Kensingtoncenter_img This year is the year of fingerprints for security – if it weren’t already abundantly clear, here’s another bit of proof. This is the VeriMark Fingerprint Key by Kensington. This device is just about as simple as a fingerprint scanner gets – or as simple as a fingerprint scanner gets when it’s not already embedded into a device. This fingerprint scanner is a USB dongle – and it lets the user log in to their notebook.last_img read more