Experian Appoints Ek Koh as Senior Vice President of Product Management for

first_imgKoh Will Lead Experian’s Product Management Team to Continued SuccessExperian announced that EK Koh has joined the company as senior vice president of product management for Global Identity & Fraud Solutions. In his new role, Koh will help Experian achieve its goal to drive growth and become a global leader in identity authentication.“Being able to resolve, identify and accurately recognize customers is the key to many areas of business including fraud prevention,” said Steve Pulley, executive vice president and general manager of Global Identity & Fraud Solutions at Experian. “We are committed to ensuring our solutions help our clients best optimize how they keep their customers safe whilst delivering a great customer experience for them. I’m confident that EK’s product management leadership will be a tremendous asset to our team.”EK brings more than 20 years’ experience in product management leadership. He was most recently chief product officer for LiveRamp, and prior to that chief product officer of Optymyze, where he was responsible for their cloud-based sales performance management solutions. Before Optymyze, he held various product management and marketing roles at other technology firms including IBM.Marketing Technology News: Plyzer Technologies Inc. Signs ISDIN as a New SAAS Customer for Its Plyzer Intelligence Platform“Advances in identity and artificial intelligence technologies enable new ways to authenticate users while improving the user experience,” said Koh. “I’m excited to join Experian to help ensure our products continue to offer the most innovative and best in class solutions.”According to recent research from Experian’s Global Fraud and Identity Report, consumer confidence grew from 43 percent to 74 percent when physical biometrics was used to protect their accounts. The report also found that 74 percent of consumers cited security as the most important aspect of their online experience, whereas 72 percent said they would be willing to go through a more thorough enrolment process at account opening if it meant easier access to their accounts later on.Marketing Technology News: Smart Communications Announces Acquisition of IntelledoxExperian offers identity verification capabilities specifically designed to deliver comprehensive online fraud management that can be deployed quickly, so companies can identify fraudsters better and stop fraud attacks before they happen. All our fraud and identity services are available through the Experian CrossCore platform. The open platform has been designed to help you with the ever-changing, complex and challenging world of fraud prevention.Marketing Technology News: The Keyes Company Adopts New Adwerx Enterprise Automated Retargeting Product Experian Appoints Ek Koh as Senior Vice President of Product Management for Global Identity & Fraud Solutions PRNewswire4 days agoJuly 19, 2019 EK KohExperianGlobal Identity & Fraud SolutionsMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticlePeerLogix Awarded Second US Patent That Enables Advertising, Tracking and Analysis of Over-the-Top Consumer Data and HouseholdsNext ArticleFabasoft is a “Strong Performer” for Cloud Content Platforms, Q3 2019last_img read more

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How Do SSDs Work

first_img ‘Inside Out’ Things Your Kids Will Never Pick Up On Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu 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. Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC) and quad-level cells (QLC). Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place, and how do they compare with newer technologies, like Intel’s non-volatile storage technology, Optane?To understand how and why SSDs are different from spinning discs, we need to talk a little bit about hard drives. A hard drive stores data on a series of spinning magnetic disks called platters. There’s an actuator arm with read/write heads attached to it. This arm positions the read-write heads over the correct area of the drive to read or write information.Because the drive heads must align over an area of the disk in order to read or write data (and the disk is constantly spinning), there’s a non-zero wait time before data can be accessed. The drive may need to read from multiple locations in order to launch a program or load a file, which means it may have to wait for the platters to spin into the proper position multiple times before it can complete the command. If a drive is asleep or in a low-power state, it can take several seconds more for the disk to spin up to full power and begin operating.From the very beginning, it was clear that hard drives couldn’t possibly match the speeds at which CPUs could operate. Latency in HDDs is measured in milliseconds, compared with nanoseconds for your typical CPU. One millisecond is 1,000,000 nanoseconds, and it typically takes a hard drive 10-15 milliseconds to find data on the drive and begin reading it. The hard drive industry introduced smaller platters, on-disk memory caches, and faster spindle speeds to counteract this trend, but there’s only so fast drives can spin. Western Digital’s 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor family is the fastest set of drives ever built for the consumer market, while some enterprise drives spun up to 15,000 RPM. The problem is, even the fastest spinning drive with the largest caches and smallest platters are still achingly slow as far as your CPU is concerned.How SSDs Are Different“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” — Henry FordSolid-state drives are called that specifically because they don’t rely on moving parts or spinning disks. Instead, data is saved to a pool of NAND flash. NAND itself is made up of what are called floating gate transistors. Unlike the transistor designs used in DRAM, which must be refreshed multiple times per second, NAND flash is designed to retain its charge state even when not powered up. This makes NAND a type of non-volatile memory.Image by Cyferz at Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.The diagram above shows a simple flash cell design. Electrons are stored in the floating gate, which then reads as charged “0” or not-charged “1.” Yes, in NAND flash, a 0 means data is stored in a cell — it’s the opposite of how we typically think of a zero or one. NAND flash is organized in a grid. The entire grid layout is referred to as a block, while the individual rows that make up the grid are called a page. Common page sizes are 2K, 4K, 8K, or 16K, with 128 to 256 pages per block. Block size therefore typically varies between 256KB and 4MB.One advantage of this system should be immediately obvious. Because SSDs have no moving parts, they can operate at speeds far above those of a typical HDD. The following chart shows the access latency for typical storage mediums given in microseconds.Image by CodeCapsuleNAND is nowhere near as fast as main memory, but it’s multiple orders of magnitude faster than a hard drive. While write latencies are significantly slower for NAND flash than read latencies, they still outstrip traditional spinning media.There are two things to notice in the above chart. First, note how adding more bits per cell of NAND has a significant impact on the memory’s performance. It’s worse for writes as opposed to reads — typical triple-level-cell (TLC) latency is 4x worse compared with single-level cell (SLC) NAND for reads, but 6x worse for writes. Erase latencies are also significantly impacted. The impact isn’t proportional, either — TLC NAND is nearly twice as slow as MLC NAND, despite holding just 50% more data (three bits per cell, instead of two). This is also true for QLC drives, which store even more bits at varying voltage levels within the same cell.The reason TLC NAND is slower than MLC or SLC has to do with how data moves in and out of the NAND cell. With SLC NAND, the controller only needs to know if the bit is a 0 or a 1. With MLC NAND, the cell may have four values — 00, 01, 10, or 11. With TLC NAND, the cell can have eight values, and QLC has 16. Reading the proper value out of the cell requires the memory controller to use a precise voltage to ascertain whether any particular cell is charged.Reads, Writes, and ErasureOne of the functional limitations of SSDs is while they can read and write data very quickly to an empty drive, overwriting data is much slower. This is because while SSDs read data at the page level (meaning from individual rows within the NAND memory grid) and can write at the page level, assuming surrounding cells are empty, they can only erase data at the block level. This is because the act of erasing NAND flash requires a high amount of voltage. While you can theoretically erase NAND at the page level, the amount of voltage required stresses the individual cells around the cells that are being re-written. Erasing data at the block level helps mitigate this problem.The only way for an SSD to update an existing page is to copy the contents of the entire block into memory, erase the block, and then write the contents of the old block + the updated page. If the drive is full and there are no empty pages available, the SSD must first scan for blocks that are marked for deletion but that haven’t been deleted yet, erase them, and then write the data to the now-erased page. This is why SSDs can become slower as they age — a mostly-empty drive is full of blocks that can be written immediately, a mostly-full drive is more likely to be forced through the entire program/erase sequence.If you’ve used SSDs, you’ve likely heard of something called “garbage collection.” Garbage collection is a background process that allows a drive to mitigate the performance impact of the program/erase cycle by performing certain tasks in the background. The following image steps through the garbage collection process.Image courtesy of WikipediaNote in this example, the drive has taken advantage of the fact that it can write very quickly to empty pages by writing new values for the first four blocks (A’-D’). It’s also written two new blocks, E and H. Blocks A-D are now marked as stale, meaning they contain information the drive has marked as out-of-date. During an idle period, the SSD will move the fresh pages over to a new block, erase the old block, and mark it as free space. This means the next time the SSD needs to perform a write, it can write directly to the now-empty Block X, rather than performing the program/erase cycle.The next concept I want to discuss is TRIM. When you delete a file from Windows on a typical hard drive, the file isn’t deleted immediately. Instead, the operating system tells the hard drive it can overwrite the physical area of the disk where that data was stored the next time it needs to perform a write. This is why it’s possible to undelete files (and why deleting files in Windows doesn’t typically clear much physical disk space until you empty the recycling bin). With a traditional HDD, the OS doesn’t need to pay attention to where data is being written or what the relative state of the blocks or pages is. With an SSD, this matters.The TRIM command allows the operating system to tell the SSD it can skip rewriting certain data the next time it performs a block erase. This lowers the total amount of data the drive writes and increases SSD longevity. Both reads and writes damage NAND flash, but writes do far more damage than reads. Fortunately, block-level longevity has not proven to be an issue in modern NAND flash. More data on SSD longevity, courtesy of the Tech Report, can be found here.The last two concepts we want to talk about are wear leveling and write amplification. Because SSDs write data to pages but erase data in blocks, the amount of data being written to the drive is always larger than the actual update. If you make a change to a 4KB file, for example, the entire block that 4K file sits within must be updated and rewritten. Depending on the number of pages per block and the size of the pages, you might end up writing 4MB worth of data to update a 4KB file. Garbage collection reduces the impact of write amplification, as does the TRIM command. Keeping a significant chunk of the drive free and/or manufacturer over-provisioning can also reduce the impact of write amplification.Wear leveling refers to the practice of ensuring certain NAND blocks aren’t written and erased more often than others. While wear leveling increases a drive’s life expectancy and endurance by writing to the NAND equally, it can actually increase write amplification. In other to distribute writes evenly across the disk, it’s sometimes necessary to program and erase blocks even though their contents haven’t actually changed. A good wear leveling algorithm seeks to balance these impacts.The SSD ControllerIt should be obvious by now SSDs require much more sophisticated control mechanisms than hard drives do. That’s not to diss magnetic media — I actually think HDDs deserve more respect than they are given. The mechanical challenges involved in balancing multiple read-write heads nanometers above platters that spin at 5,400 to 10,000 RPM are nothing to sneeze at. The fact that HDDs perform this challenge while pioneering new methods of recording to magnetic media and eventually wind up selling drives at 3-5 cents per gigabyte is simply incredible.A typical SSD controllerSSD controllers, however, are in a class by themselves. They often have a DDR3 or DDR4 memory pool to help with managing the NAND itself. Many drives also incorporate single-level cell caches that act as buffers, increasing drive performance by dedicating fast NAND to read/write cycles. Because the NAND flash in an SSD is typically connected to the controller through a series of parallel memory channels, you can think of the drive controller as performing some of the same load-balancing work as a high-end storage array — SSDs don’t deploy RAID internally but wear leveling, garbage collection, and SLC cache management all have parallels in the big iron world.Some drives also use data compression algorithms to reduce the total number of writes and improve the drive’s lifespan. The SSD controller handles error correction, and the algorithms that control for single-bit errors have become increasingly complex as time has passed.Unfortunately, we can’t go into too much detail on SSD controllers because companies lock down their various secret sauces. Much of NAND flash’s performance is determined by the underlying controller, and companies aren’t willing to lift the lid too far on how they do what they do, lest they hand a competitor an advantage.InterfacesIn the beginning, SSDs used SATA ports, just like hard drives. In recent years, we’ve seen a shift to M.2 drives — very thin drives, several inches long, that slot directly into the motherboard (or, in a few cases, into a mounting bracket on a PCIe riser card. A Samsung 970 EVO Plus drive is shown below.NVMe drives offer higher performance than traditional SATA drivers because they support a faster interface. Conventional SSDs attached via SATA top out at ~550MB/s in terms of practical read/write speeds. M.2 drives are capable of substantially faster performance into the 3.2GB/s range.The Road AheadNAND flash offers an enormous improvement over hard drives, but it isn’t without its own drawbacks and challenges. Drive capacities and price-per-gigabyte are expected to continue to rise and fall respectively, but there’s little chance SSDs will catch hard drives in price-per-gigabyte. Shrinking process nodes are a significant challenge for NAND flash — while most hardware improves as the node shrinks, NAND becomes more fragile. Data retention times and write performance are intrinsically lower for 20nm NAND than 40nm NAND, even if data density and total capacity are vastly improved. Thus far, we’ve seen drives with up to 96 layers in-market, and 128 layers seems plausible at this point. Overall, the shift to 3D NAND has helped improve density without shrinking process nodes or relying on planar scaling.Thus far, SSD manufacturers have delivered better performance by offering faster data standards, more bandwidth, and more channels per controller — plus the use of SLC caches we mentioned earlier. Nonetheless, in the long run, it’s assumed NAND will be replaced by something else.What that something else will look like is still open for debate. Both magnetic RAM and phase change memory have presented themselves as candidates, though both technologies are still in early stages and must overcome significant challenges to actually compete as a replacement to NAND. Whether consumers would notice the difference is an open question. If you’ve upgraded from NAND to an SSD and then upgraded to a faster SSD, you’re likely aware the gap between HDDs and SSDs is much larger than the SSD-to-SSD gap, even when upgrading from a relatively modest drive. Improving access times from milliseconds to microseconds matters a great deal, but improving them from microseconds to nanoseconds might fall below what humans can really perceive in most cases.Intel’s 3D XPoint (marketed as Intel Optane) has emerged as one potential challenger to NAND flash, and the only current alternative technology in mainstream production. Optane SSDs don’t use NAND — they’re built using non-volatile memory believed to be implemented similarly to phase-change RAM — but they offer similar sequential performance to current NAND flash drives, but with vastly better performance at low drive queues. Drive latency is also roughly half of NAND flash (10 microseconds, versus 20) and vastly higher endurance (30 full drive-writes per day, compared with 10 full drive writes per day for a high-end Intel SSD).Intel Optane performance targetsThe first Optane SSDs have debuted as excellent add-ons for Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake. Optane is also available in standalone drives, and in a variety of server roles for enterprise computing. At the moment, Optane is still too expensive to match NAND flash, which benefits from substantial economies of scale, but this could change in the future. NAND will stay king of the hill for at least the next 3-4 years. But past that point, we could see Optane starting to replace it in volume, depending on how Intel and Micron scale the technology and how well 3D NAND flash continues to expand its cell layers (96-layer NAND is shipping from multiple players), with roadmaps for 128 layers on the horizon.Check out our ExtremeTech Explains series for more in-depth coverage of today’s hottest tech topics.Now read:The Worst CPUs Ever BuiltHappy 40th Anniversary to the Original Intel 8086The Myths of Moore’s Law<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 Now and Absolutely Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality Amazon is Developing a ‘Jack Reacher’ TV Series 0 Comments How Do SSDs Work? Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 8:29 am Tagged In storageextremetech explainsSSDNANDSSDshard drivesNAND flashsolid state storage Post a Comment 0 Commentslast_img read more

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How to Create Your Own StateoftheArt Text Generation System

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How to Create Your Own State-of-the-Art Text Generation System You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Hardly a day goes by when there isn’t a story about fake news. It reminds me of a quote from the favorite radio newsman from my youth, “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.” OpenAI’s breakthrough language model, the 1.5 billion parameter version of GPT-2, got close enough that the group decided it was too dangerous to release publicly, at least for now. However, OpenAI has now released two smaller versions of the model, along with tools for fine-tuning them on your own text. So, without too much effort, and using dramatically less GPU time than it would take to train from scratch, you can create a tuned version of GPT-2 that will be able to generate text in the style you give it, or even start to answer questions similar to ones you train it with.What Makes GPT-2 SpecialGPT-2 (Generative Pre-Trained Transformer version 2) is based on a version of the very powerful Transformer Attention-based Neural Network. What got the researchers at OpenAI so excited about it was finding that it could address a number of language tasks without being directly trained on them. Once pre-trained with its massive corpus of Reddit data and given the proper prompts, it did a passable job of answering questions and translating languages. It certainly isn’t anything like Watson as far as semantic knowledge, but this type of unsupervised learning is particularly exciting because it removes much of the time and expense needed to label data for supervised learning.Overview of Working With GPT-2For such a powerful tool, the process of working with GPT-2 is thankfully fairly simple, as long as you are at least a little familiar with Tensorflow. Most of the tutorials I’ve found also rely on Python, so having at least a basic knowledge of programming in Python or a similar language is very helpful. Currently, OpenAI has released two pre-trained versions of GPT-2. One (117M) has 117 million parameters, while the other (345M) has 345 million. As you might expect the larger version requires more GPU memory and takes longer to train. You can train either on your CPU, but it is going to be really slow.The first step is downloading one or both of the models. Fortunately, most of the tutorials, including the ones we’ll walk you through below, have Python code to do that for you. Once downloaded, you can run the pre-trained model either to generate text automatically or in response to a prompt you provide. But there is also code that lets you build on the pre-trained model by fine-tuning it on a data source of your choice. Once you’ve tuned your model to your satisfaction, then it’s simply a matter of running it and providing suitable prompts.Working with GPT-2 On Your Local MachineThere are a number of tutorials on this, but my favorite is by Max Woolf. In fact, until the OpenAI release, I was working with his text-generating RNN, which he borrowed from for his GPT-2 work. He’s provided a full package on GitHub for downloading, tuning, and running a GPT-2 based model. You can even snag it directly as a package from PyPl. The readme walks you through the entire process, with some suggestions on how to tweak various parameters. If you happen to have a massive GPU handy, this is a great approach, but since the 345M model needs most of a 16GB GPU for training or tuning, you may need to turn to a cloud GPU.Working with GPT-2 for Free Using Google’s ColabFortunately, there is a way to use a powerful GPU in the cloud for free — Google’s Colab. It isn’t as flexible as an actual Google Compute Engine account, and you have to reload everything each session, but did I mention it’s free? In my testing, I got either a Tesla T4 or a K80 GPU when I initialized a notebook, either one of which is fast enough to train these models at a reasonable clip. The best part is that Woolf has already authored a Colab notebook that echoes the local Python code version of gpt2-simple. Much like the desktop version, you can simply follow along, or tweak parameters to experiment. There is some added complexity in getting the data in and out of Colab, but the notebook will walk you through that as well.Getting Data for Your ProjectNow that powerful language models have been released onto the web, and tutorials abound on how to use them, the hardest part of your project might be creating the dataset you want to use for tuning. If you want to replicate the experiments of others by having it generate Shakespeare or write Star Trek dialog, you can simply snag one that is online. In my case, I wanted to see how the models would do when asked to generate articles like those found on ExtremeTech. I had access to a back catalog of over 12,000 articles from the last 10 years. So I was able to put them together into a text file, and use it as the basis for fine-tuning.If you have other ambitions that include mimicking a website, scraping is certainly an alternative. There are some sophisticated services like ParseHub, but they are limited unless you pay for a commercial plan. I have found the Chrome Extension Webscraper.io to be flexible enough for many applications, and it’s fast and free. One big cautionary note is to pay attention to Terms of Service for whatever website you’re thinking of, as well as any copyright issues. From looking at the output of various language models, they certainly aren’t taught to not plagiarize.So, Can It Do Tech Journalism?Once I had my corpus of 12,000 ExtremeTech articles, I started by trying to train the simplified GPT-2 on my desktop’s Nvidia 1080 GPU. Unfortunately, the GPU’s 8GB of RAM wasn’t enough. So I switched to training the 117M model on my 4-core i7. It wasn’t insanely terrible, but it would have taken over a week to make a real dent even with the smaller of the two models. So I switched to Colab and the 345M model. The training was much, much, faster, but needing to deal with session resets and the unpredictability of which GPU I’d get for each session was annoying.Upgrading to Google’s Compute EngineAfter that, I bit the bullet, signed up for a Google Compute Engine account, and decided to take advantage of the $300 credit Google gives new customers. If you’re not familiar with setting up a VM in the cloud it can be a bit daunting, but there are lots of online guides. It’s simplest if you start with one of the pre-configured VMs that already has Tensorflow installed. I picked a Linux version with 4 vCPUs. Even though my desktop system is Windows, the same Python code ran perfectly on both. You then need to add a GPU, which in my case took a request to Google support for permission. I assume that is because GPU-equipped machines are more expensive and less flexible than CPU-only machines, so they have some type of vetting process. It only took a couple of hours, and I was able to launch a VM with a Tesla T4. When I first logged in (using the built-in SSH) it reminded me that I needed to install Nvidia drivers for the T4, and gave me the command I needed.Next, you need is to set up a file transfer client like WinSCP, and get started working with your model. Once you upload your code and data, create a Python virtual environment (optional), and load up the needed packages, you can proceed the same way you did on your desktop. I trained my model in increments of 15,000 steps and downloaded the model checkpoints each time, so I’d have them for reference. That can be particularly important if you have a small training dataset, as too much training can cause your model to over-fit and actually get worse. So having checkpoints you can return to is valuable.Speaking of checkpoints, like the models, they’re large. So you’ll probably want to add a disk to your VM. By having the disk separate, you can always use it for other projects. The process for automatically mounting it is a bit annoying (it seems like it could be a checkbox, but it’s not). Fortunately, you only have to do it once. After I had my VM up and running with the needed code, model, and training data, I let it loose. The T4 was able to run about one step every 1.5 seconds. The VM I’d configured cost about $25/day (remember that VMs don’t turn themselves off; you need to shut them down if you don’t want to be billed, and persistent disk keeps getting billed even then).To save some money, I transferred the model checkpoints (as a .zip file) back to my desktop. I could then shut down the VM (saving a buck or two an hour), and interact with the model locally. You get the same output either way because the model and checkpoint are identical. The traditional way to evaluate the success of your training is to hold out a portion of your training data as a validation set. If the loss continues to decrease but accuracy (which you get by computing the loss when you run your model on the data you’ve held out for validation) decreases, it is likely you’ve started to over-fit your data and your model is simply “memorizing” your input and feeding it back to you. That reduces its ability to deal with new information.Here’s the Beef: Some Sample Outputs After Days of TrainingAfter experimenting on various types of prompts, I settled on feeding the model (which I’ve nicknamed The Oracle) the first sentences of actual ExtremeTech articles and seeing what it came up with. After 48 hours (106,000 steps in this case) of training on a T4, here is an example:The output of our model after two days of training on a T4 when fed the first sentence of Ryan Whitwam’s Titan article. Obviously, it’s not going to fool anyone, but the model is starting to do a decent job of linking similar concepts together at this point.The more information the model has about a topic, the more it starts to generate plausible text. We write about Windows Update a lot, so I figured I’d let the model give it a try:The model’s response to a prompt about Windows Update after a couple of days of training.With something as subjective as text generation, it is hard to know how far to go with training a model. That’s particularly true because each time a prompt is submitted, you’ll get a different response. If you want to get some plausible or amusing answers, your best bet is to generate several samples for each prompt and look through them yourself. In the case of the Windows Update prompt, we fed the model the same prompt after another few hours of training, and it looked like the extra work might have been helpful:After another few hours of training, here is the best of the samples when given the same prompt about Microsoft Windows.Here’s Why Unsupervised Models are So CoolI was impressed, but not blown away, by the raw predictive performance of GPT-2 (at least the public version) compared with simpler solutions like textgenrnn. What I didn’t catch on to until later was the versatility. GPT-2 is general purpose enough that it can address a wide variety of use cases. For example, if you give it pairs of French and English sentences as a prompt, followed by only a French sentence, it does a plausible job of generating translations. Or if you give it question-and-answer pairs, followed by a question, it does a decent job of coming up with a plausible answer. If you generate some interesting text or articles, please consider sharing, as this is definitely a learning experience for all of us.Now Read:Google Fed a Language Algorithm Math Equations. It Learned How to Solve New OnesIBM’s resistive computing could massively accelerate AI — and get us closer to Asimov’s Positronic BrainNvidia’s vision for deep learning AI: Is there anything a computer can’t do? last_img read more

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FreeWheel Appoints Utpal Kalita as Chief Technology Officer for Blockgraph

first_img BlockgraphDoubleClickFreewheelMarketing TechnologyNewsUtpal Kalita Previous ArticleMagewell Enhances Video Capture and Conversion with Three New Software ToolsNext ArticleMicrosoft “Cloud and Mobile Technology Incubation Program” launches in Zhaoqing Blockgraph Is an Industry Initiative Designed to Create a Secure Way to Use Data and Share InformationFreeWheel, A Comcast Company, announced that it has appointed Utpal Kalita as chief technology officer and vice president, engineering, for Blockgraph, an industry initiative designed to create a secure way to use data and share information.“As we looked for a CTO to help us realize our transformative vision, it was critical to find a leader with a strong track record of leading and inspiring teams to pioneer and build large scale platforms and Utpal stood out.”Kalita joined Blockgraph in this newly created position earlier this year. In this role, Kalita is tasked with leading, mentoring and growing Blockgraph’s team of engineers. He also partners with FreeWheel leadership to build and drive the initiative’s blockchain-based platform, product development and overall strategy.An engineer by training, Kalita brings more than 20 years of experience at companies spanning DoubleClick (now Google), Tremor Video (now Telaria), Xaxis (part of WPP’s GroupM), and Eyeview Digital. Over the course of his career, he has helmed teams spanning multiple disciplines and geographies, led product development and the launch of new technological capabilities and offerings.Marketing Technology News: Vonage Wins 2019 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year AwardsHe reports to Blockgraph General Manager Jason Manningham.“In today’s data-driven age, our vision for creating Blockgraph was to offer the entire advertising ecosystem the ability to seamlessly provide marketers best-in-class data capabilities while protecting, first and foremost, consumer privacy,” Manningham said. “As we looked for a CTO to help us realize our transformative vision, it was critical to find a leader with a strong track record of leading and inspiring teams to pioneer and build large scale platforms and Utpal stood out.”Prior to joining Blockgraph, Kalita served as chief technology officer for Eyeview Digital. There, he oversaw teams responsible for designing, building and scaling multiple products and solutions that helped cement the company’s position as one of the industry’s leading video marketing technology firms. Before that, he was vp, head of engineering at Tremor Video, where he developed the company’s supply and demand side platforms.Marketing Technology News: How Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience ObjectivesKalita has also held leadership positions at Xaxis and 24/7 Media, two WPP companies which later merged. He began his career as an engineering manager at DoubleClick, which was later acquired by Google.Comcast Advertising announced the launch of Blockgraph (then known as the Blockchain Insights Platform) in June 2017. In late 2018, it teamed up with industry partners to unveil Blockgraph’s next major development: the formation of a new, peer-to-peer platform to jumpstart the use of secure data sharing for advanced television advertising. FreeWheel has spearheaded this initiative to date as part of its broader ambitions to create a data and technology enabled premium video marketplace.Marketing Technology News: Alorica Taps Business Transformation Veteran Colson Hillier to Be Chief Marketing Officer FreeWheel Appoints Utpal Kalita as Chief Technology Officer for Blockgraph PRNewswireMay 29, 2019, 11:02 pmMay 30, 2019 last_img read more

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How Contract Acceptance Is Evolving with New Customer Experience Expectations

first_imgHow Contract Acceptance Is Evolving with New Customer Experience Expectations Ashley Walsh5 days agoJuly 15, 2019 B2Cconsent managementcustomer experiencedata privacyGDPRPactSafe Previous ArticlePeach Launches New Product to ClientsNext ArticleSOCi Launches Google My Business Posts Integration The customer experience in the B2C world is constantly evolving. Consider how you ordered food a few years ago. You would dig up a menu from the junk drawer, dial the number on your landline, and cross your fingers, hoping someone would answer the phone. Once you got through that, you had no real idea when the food would actually be delivered. Today, you grab your phone, open an app, customize your order, pay, leave a tip (I hope) and then track your order from the restaurant to your door. Companies like Uber Eats are mastering the food delivery industry with more than 8.5 million monthly users.Consumers value a good experience. Disruptive mobile apps like DoorDash are delivering faster, effortless and reliable experiences that beat their industry counterparts. This is causing unprecedented growth in this on-demand economy, as evidenced by the massive IPOs from companies like Uber, Airbnb, and Grab. Businesses like these are striving for high-velocity contract acceptance – and it is working. Read more: The Benefits of Empowering Agents to Go Omni-DigitalThe riskAccess to personal data is a core requirement for these companies to succeed. But this upgrade in to-your-door customer experience comes with an increase in privacy risks. Not to mention, today’s consumers are becoming more and more aware of their privacy rights. Legislative initiatives like the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) reflect the renewed global focus on privacy. The efforts are stateside too with legislation like the California Consumer Privacy Act.The legal landscape of data privacy is certainly in flux, as penalties are growing steep. A violation of GDPR can result in fines of up to four percent of annual revenue.The risks for innovative, known brands reaching consumers at a massive scale are even greater. These brands are more likely to receive inquiries from regulators, which can result in massive reputational damages if the inquiry goes poorly. The larger tech companies are being looked at first to make an example of them, and we have already seen big names like Facebook showcase how damaging a privacy faux pas can be to a large organization.What to do?As contract acceptance evolves with new customer expectations and focuses on data protection, how do you protect your business while creating a repeatable, scalable consent experience? The answer is simple: create an in-app data privacy center and consent management experience. You need something as flexible and effortless for users as the rest of the mobile app. Consumers want quality experience and transparent control over their personal information. You can satisfy their desires by building an in-app privacy data center that aligns with the rest of their in-app experience.How to start?To start building an in-app privacy data center, identify the collection points that make sense. Initial consents need to be presented in a way that informs the user in simple terms on how their data is being used. The key is to give them the ability to opt-in or opt-out. Remember to be clear, concise and articulate a real reason why they will benefit from giving you their data.A clickwrap agreement is the best way to execute these initial consents. As you begin to develop your privacy center, you are going to have to evaluate consent management tools. When doing so, the UI elements that a given platform provides for integration into your app don’t matter much. Any good enterprise wants to style their in-app privacy data center to match their brand. Pre-built plug-ins will not do the trick, especially as you try to scale them.Finding a Consent Management provider Flashy elements can grab your eye in a software demo, but it is worthwhile to invest time into building your own consent interface for your data privacy center. This is especially true with mobile apps. Pre-built plug-ins typically do not play nice with iOS. This front-end work will benefit your team in the long run when it comes to scalability, stability and a better experience.There are three key things to look for when finding a consent management solution: back-end integrations, record-keeping and API scalability. Here are five quick questions to ask your potential provider to ensure you get the right one:What are your throughput and uptime rates?How many transactions do you power each day?Is your solution prepared for failovers?How do you ensure conversions are not held up in case of an outage?Is a PDF record created for every consent action?Take time to develop a roadmap of how your in-app data privacy center will talk to other relevant business systems. For instance, if a user rejects your request to track location data and your consent management solution’s API isn’t actually disabling it, you could find yourself in a compromising position.Standardized, high-velocity contract acceptance is increasingly becoming a larger part of B2C businesses. The need for clickthrough agreements and contract acceptance, coupled with rising customer experience expectations, calls for a great user interface for their consent management. To stay relevant, businesses need a data privacy center and consent management provider that can scale with their exponential growth and gives customers the experience they have grown to expect.Read more: Measuring Company Success Beyond the Bottom Line: Why It Pays to Invest in Your Customerslast_img read more

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Tencent Champions Tech for Good in Cannes

first_imgAt the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Tencent‘s Senior Executive Vice President and Chairman of Group Marketing and Global Branding, SY Lau introduced “Tech for Good” as an integral part of Tencent’s new vision and mission, and he shared the company’s practices and experiences in this regard. As the member of the CMO Growth Council, Tencent, together with 25 international companies such as P&G, Unilever and LVMH, jointly announced the “Global Center for Brand Innovation and Creativity” to open in 2020. “Rather than the techno-optimism of the past, people are becoming increasingly cautious of technology. We should make careful choices instead of being blindly optimistic. At Tencent, our choice is ‘Tech for Good’,” said Lau. “A company should be the trustee of brand by transforming from serving business to serving humanity so as to achieve sustainable growing brand value.”This year, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity received a total of 8,854 entries in the Reach Track. The PR Lions Silver Lion Award was presented to the campaign “A Team of One”, which was co-created by the creative agency, Loong, Tencent Foundation, Tencent Marketing Solution, and China Human Organ Donation Administrative Center, and aimed to encourage organ donation. The Award further honors the team’s success record. Since the launch of the campaign on Tencent’s online platform, more than 150,000 people have taken the initiative to register for organ donation, which is four times that of 2017.Marketing Technology News: Data: Consumers First Hear About New Retailers Through Friends and FamilyA series of sessions were organized for the Meet China Studio to promote its latest smart marketing system Tencent IN, and a partnership with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) with launch the 2019 Report on Digital Behaviors of Luxury Consumers in China, a big data-based report on China’s luxury market.“Tech for Good”: Individual, Community, Society and WorldIn a digital civilization, user-centric technology innovation will be the main driver for global sustainable development, Lau said. His speech outlined four levels of how Tencent ignites the goodness in individuals to build a “universally accessible” digital community that addresses the challenges to individual empowerment, community, society and our planet.From an individual perspective, Lau said, Tencent has developed innovative and easy ways to engage individuals in charitable causes, such as monthly donations, bundled charitable programs, and daily step challenges. By May this year, Tencent Foundation received donations totaling 5.2 billion RMB from 227 million users, making it the world’s largest online platform for public charitable donations.At the community and society level, Tencent believes that brands should “leave no one behind” and provide information accessibility in the community and wider society. Almost all Tencent products are accessible for the disabled, enabling more people to enjoy the convenience of new technology. Tencent’s instant messenger, QQ, launched an OCR function to convert words from an image into editable text for visually-impaired people to communicate with each other online. And in more than 360 Chinese cities, people now have access to local public services through WeChat, making “Smart City” a reality. This followed two trial programs with the Guangdong and Fujian provincial governments on WeChat, “Yue Sheng Shi” and “Min Zheng Tong“. The “China Government Service Platform”, a mini program of the General Office of the State Council, also went online earlier this month. And now, Chinese citizens can access basic public services of six ministries online, such as ID registration, queries on traffic violations and penalty payments, among others.Marketing Technology News: Kentico Reaches 15 Years of Age – with the Next Five Due to Achieve the Biggest Milestones in the Brands’ HistoryAt the global level, Tencent is addressing challenges of food, water and energy security around the world, by providing solutions based on emerging technologies such as AI. At the 2019 Tencent Global Digital Ecosystem Conference, Tencent announced the establishment of a Joint Lab for Smart Agriculture in association with the Agricultural Information Research Institute under the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. The two partners will jointly develop smart agriculture solutions based on cutting-edge technologies like IoT, robotics and computer vision. Last December, at the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge hosted by Wageningen University, Team iGrow, which was made up of Tencent AI Lab and agricultural experts, won the second place for its design of an AI-based agricultural system. This program greatly increases crop yield and resource efficiency, offering five times more output than human agricultural experts.CMO Growth Council Launches Three Key Action Plans and Calls for “B4H”, a New Model of Brand ManagementOn June 20, representatives from 25 global companies like Tencent, P&G, Unilever, Deloitte and Samsung attended the forum held by the CMO Growth Council. As representatives of the Council’s brand innovation and creativity committee, Lau and LVMH Global Brand Officer Mathilde Delhoume spoke about brand value in the digital age.“Companies are not just guardians of the brand, but trustees and should evolve from focusing on B2B or B2C to building ‘B4H’, namely Brands for Humans,” said Lau. “They should review and redefine brand value from a long-term social development and humanity perspective and switch from serving business interests to serving humanity.”He added that companies should evolve with three strategies: to revive the strategic focus on the CMO Mission; to reinvent the foundational tenets of Marketing Craftmanship; and to bring science into the craft of brand building. Overall, these three strategies will help organizations to finally realize the value of the brand as one that “serves humanity.”Marketing Technology News: Fluent, Inc. Announces Signing of Definitive Agreement to Acquire AdParlorTo carry out the strategies of B4H, Lau and Mathilde shared three tangible actions. The global center for brand innovation and creativity will set up CMO Masters Series, with 1000 CMOs committing to 1 hour of mentoring at regular intervals, via 1 on 1 and live webex mentoring to reach global scale. Secondly, the center will create a Marketing Innovation and Creativity Index in partnership with The Economist and make it recognized as gold standard for business growth. The center will leverage existing resources for marketers around the world, for example, leveraging the global network of Cannes Lions, WARC, ANA and others to exchange best practice, establishing a community of professionals to continuously raise the bar of mining insights and connecting brands and humans, running 21st century brand building hackathons for data alchemists, partnering with a brand-building leader to develop a learning curriculum for CMOs. Partners with 25 Multinationals to Build “Global Center for Brand Innovation and Creativity” Tencent Champions “Tech for Good” in Cannes PRNewswireJune 21, 2019, 6:35 pmJune 21, 2019 Cannes LionsInternational Festival of CreativityMarketing TechnologyNewsTech for GoodTencent Previous ArticleOnly 6% of Small Businesses Focused on Retaining Customers, Despite Main Digital Marketing Goal of Increasing SalesNext ArticleInsite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommerce Regarded as the Oscar awards for the advertising and marketing sector, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has collaborated with “Tencent AI Simultaneous Interpreting” (TASI) this year, marking the first time the Festival provides Artificial Intelligence-powered real-time simultaneous interpretations in Chinese and English. Co-developed by Tencent’s Fanyijun (Mr. Translator) team and its WeChat Zhiling team, TASI had been applied in more than 100 international conferences such as China International Import Expo and Bo’ao Forum for Asia and its speech recognition accuracy is 97% on average. TASI has brought brand new experience of simultaneous interpretation for the world-class event through its AI technologies, such as self-developed neural network-based translation engine. SY Lau, Senior Executive Vice President and Chairman of Group Marketing and Global Branding, Tencentlast_img read more

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New 2019 Cloud Security Research Reveals Key Challenges for Security Professionals

first_imgData Loss and Leakage, Unauthorized Access Top List of Cloud Security ConcernsSecurity professionals continue to face a number of major challenges as more organizations move legacy IT operations to cloud infrastructure and applications, and traditional security tools often fall short, according to the 2019 Cloud Security Report. The research, produced by Cybersecurity Insiders and sponsored by Delta Risk, a leading provider of cloud security and consulting services, clearly shows that organizations must assess their cloud security posture and strategies on a regular basis and have a well-developed incident response plan that includes cloud applications and infrastructure.“High-profile data breaches in the past year have driven increased concerns about the security of cloud environments, and we see this reflected in the survey results.”Among the findings:The top cloud security concern is data loss and leakage (64 percent).Unauthorized access through misuse of employee credentials and improper access controls (42 percent) takes the number one spot in this year’s survey as the single biggest perceived vulnerability to cloud security, tied with insecure interfaces and APIs (42 percent). This is followed by cloud misconfigurations (40 percent).Most respondents (54 percent) say cloud environments are at higher risk of security breaches than traditional on-premises environments – a 5 percent increase from last year.“We are pleased to have Delta Risk as a partner in this year’s research,” said Holger Schulze, CEO and Founder of Cybersecurity Insiders. “The 2019 Cloud Security Report highlights the fact that IT and security professionals have to take the lead in securing their cloud data, systems, and services under the shared responsibility model.”Marketing Technology News: Whitebox Raises $5 Million in Series A Funding to Accelerate eCommerce “Factory Floor to Front Door” Tech PlatformJohn Hawley, Vice President of Product Strategy, noted, “We’ve developed our cloud-native ActiveEye solution to address the limitations of legacy security tools and give organizations the visibility they need into their cloud, endpoints, and networks, as well as provide 24 x 7 support from our security operations center (SOC) specialists.”“The 2019 research supports what we hear from organizations about their challenges with effectively monitoring cloud applications and infrastructure,” said Tempy Wright, Vice President of Marketing. “High-profile data breaches in the past year have driven increased concerns about the security of cloud environments, and we see this reflected in the survey results.”The 2019 Cloud Security Report includes current cloud security trends and data points to help companies benchmark how their own organization is doing. It also offers insights into cloud security threats, organizational investment priorities, and solutions. The results are based on real-time feedback from IT security professionals in the 400,000-member Information Security Community.Marketing Technology News: Global Software Leaders Xero and Stripe Join Forces to Bring Seamless Payments to Millions of Small BusinessesDelta Risk will showcase its solutions as an exhibitor at booth 417 at the inaugural Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud security conference, AWS re:Inforce. The event takes place June 25 and 26 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. It will feature keynote speaker Steve Schmidt, Vice President and CIO for AWS, hundreds of sessions, and networking opportunities with more than 8,000 cloud security professionals.Marketing Technology News: LiveVox and TDECU Share Keys to Optimizing the Customer Experience in a Digital Environment at CCW 2019 New 2019 Cloud Security Research Reveals Key Challenges for Security Professionals Business WireJune 25, 2019, 6:36 pmJune 25, 2019 cloud applications and infrastructureCloud Security ConcernsCloud Security ResearchDelta RiskMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticlePAN Communications Partners with Heinz Marketing for the Agency’s 6th Annual Content Fitness ReportNext ArticleMobile Marketing and Advertising Tech Company Vehicle Relaunches as Sinch Engage, Setting a New Standard for Personalized, Relevant Customer Engagementlast_img read more

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The Best Free Marketing Tools to Grow Your Business Using Pinterest

first_imgThe Best Free Marketing Tools to Grow Your Business Using Pinterest Ashley HalseyJuly 14, 2019, 10:00 amJuly 11, 2019 Content Creationcustomer behaviorEngagementmarketing toolsPinterest Previous ArticleBounteous Included in Analyst Report, ‘Now Tech: Digital Experience Agencies’Next ArticleSharpSpring Joins Russell 3000 Index In the ever-changing world of social media, the main platforms continually vie for the greatest share of our time and money, evolving new ways to help us maximize our businesses and earning potential. As any self-respecting blogger or marketer will know, one of the key players in recent years has been Pinterest, whose website tagline ‘Find new ideas to try’ captures this concept perfectly. “Oft-touted as the ‘second-largest search engine after Google’ (though YouTube may have something to say about that), the simplicity of Pinterest has seen marketers, bloggers, and small business owners scramble to generate traffic for their websites and swell their mailing lists using its delightfully uncomplicated process of sharing images on their pin-boards,” explains Tom B. Kelley, social media expert at LastMinuteWriting and Researchpapersuk.Read more:  The Latest Local Social Features Brands Need to KnowWhether a Pinterest newbie or a marketer looking for fresh ideas, we’ve narrowed down the Top-8 FREE marketing tools available to help you increase your followers and grow your business or blog.Pinterest’s In-House ToolsPinterest supplies some great free tools which are at your fingertips as soon as you open your account at Pinterest:An obvious starting point is the Widget Builder where you can add a Pinterest button to your website or blog, allowing people to follow you on Pinterest directly from your site and (perhaps more crucially) view your content within their own feed. We strongly recommend a ‘Pin It’ button which means they can save your content directly to their own pinboard – critical for spreading your message far beyond your own network.A Rich Pin allows you to embed your content with important additional data such as contact details (ideal for a restaurant), a product price and web-link (for conversion to a direct sale) or even the details of a film.Grow Your Followers and keep them! Use these tools to tailor your posts specifically to your audience and watch your readers and followers grow.PinGroupie helps you to quickly reach a crowd of new, like-minded users by searching for Group Boards and contributing to the discussion, immediately pushing your brand or message to a wider audience.Woobox allows you to add a copy of your Pinterest pin-board to your Facebook page; a useful tool for facilitating cross-pollination from your other social media followers. If someone is already interested in your product, help them spread the news further!Keep your audience engaged with Pinterest’s in-built Analytics by understanding their behavior and interests. You can then adapt your content accordingly and refine your overall strategy.Create the content, spread the wordThere are countless design tools at your fingertips online, and here are three of our favorites.Canva has been a social media staple for some time now, offering fantastic templates and tutorials for all of the networks, including Pinterest. “As someone who has always found content creation using words far easier than images, my introduction to Canva was a game-changing moment in my blogging history! Create a free account and choose from the customizable designs available at the perfect-for-pinning aspect ratio of 2:3,” suggests Hana K. Morrison, web designer at Draft Beyond and Writinity.Starting off as a simple ‘Text-over-Image’ app Over has evolved into a complete design application with users from around the globe supporting their vision to ‘inspire the World to create.’ Download the app to get started or visit their website for details of beautiful content you can customize in a moment.A final fun and simple idea, Quozio is perfect for inspiring your followers with a quick and easy Pinterest post, direct from the website. Choose your motivational quote (or create your own!), name the author or speaker and click ‘GO’ – before choosing which custom background or image you’d like to superimpose your quote over. There’s even a built-in ‘Pin It’ button waiting for you, enabling you to post directly to your pin-board!This list is by no means exhaustive, but a collection of apps and sites which are proven to enhance your journey with Pinterest as you increase your followers, pushing the message of your blog far and wide. If you feel that we’ve missed something out, please let us know in the comments below!Read more: How to Create Viral Content That Generation Z Will Lovelast_img read more

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Here To Fight Those Linking Saffron With Terrorism Says Pragya Thakur After

first_imgBhopal: BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Thakur on Tuesday attacked her opponent Digvijaya Singh of the Congress and said that she had jumped into the poll fray to provide a fitting response to those who had equated “bhagwa” (saffron) with terrorism. “I am here to fight those who linked Hindus and Bhagwa with terrorism,” she said. Addressing a rally before submitting her nomination papers, Thakur claimed that “sanyasis” (female saints) were forced to take up power when atrocities and excesses started to increase. Citing her example, Thakur also claimed that women under the earlier Congress government at the Centre were subjected to all kinds of atrocities and torture.Thakur cited the example of former Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi, who was forced to leave the party after allegedly being harassed by workers. Chaturvedi later joined the Shiv Sena.The Narendra Modi-led government, meanwhile, has ensured respect for women, she claimed. Thakur added that the state government, under former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, had undertaken several types of welfare schemes for women, which have now been halted by the Congress government.Responding to Singh’s vision document for Bhopal’s development, Thakur said she would seek public advice before chalking out such a plan.After a public meeting, Thakur led hundreds of party workers and supporters clad in saffron towards the collectorate and completed the nomination process amid chanting of mantras.During the procession, a man suspected to be a worker of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) showed black flags to Thakur. He was thrashed by BJP workers and rescued by the police. Thakur, who had submitted her nomination papers on Monday as per a “shubh muhurt” (an auspicious occasion), completed the formalities on Tuesday.Outgoing Bhopal MP Alok Sanjar also filed his nomination as a ‘dummy’ candidate from the seat, a day after police registered an FIR against Thakur over remarks on the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case, had boasted about her role in the demolition of the 16th-century structure, inviting a show-cause notice from the Election Commission (EC), which also directed the police Monday to file an FIR against her. 2019 lok sabha electionsbhopalBJPcongress First Published: April 23, 2019, 9:22 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Hindutva Opposition Vacuum and WhatsApp How the Modiled BJP foiled Mamata Banerjees

first_imgKolkata: When BJP president Amit Shah had announced, over a year ago, that the saffron party would look to capture at least 20 seats in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress leadership had scoffed. As election results pour in, it is becoming increasingly evident that the BJP is not just the prime opposition in the state — but also a serious challenger for West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The reasons for BJP’s incredible success rests on three factors: their utilisation of Hindutva as a political force against Mamata Banerjee’s alleged Muslim appeasement, the opposition vacuum that had plagued the state since almost immediately after Banerjee’s 2011 victory and WhatsApp as a method to counter the TMC’s much-discussed “election machinery”. BJP’s relentless Hindutva campaignThe CPI(M) had often cited the three decades of Left Front rule as evidence that Hindutva is antithetical to Bengal, that under its rule ideology had trumped identity. But the state polls saw that this was simply not true. As it went for polls, political conversations from Contai to Cooch Behar, from Darjeeling to Diamond Harbour were eventually whittled down to the binary of Mamata versus Modi, Hindu versus Muslim. Its relentless campaign of Hindutva has allowed them to gain traction in the state where Muslim-Hindu relations have seen both conflict and cohabitation, said the BJP. In Purulia for instance, for the first time, in its history, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) organised a Ram Navami Rally in Purulia town, a day after the one that the Bajrang Dal organised for the third year in a row. Like Asansol, Durgapur and West Burdwana, Purulia also has a cultural similarity to adjacent Jharkhand and Bengal and celebrate many of the same festivals. A BJP leader explained, “The BJP gained rapid ground here because people wanted an option. Hindutva was something that had an instant connection with people…it allowed us to reach out to voters who never really believed in the ideology of the Left or TMC…but would vote for them nonetheless.”Left left for deadThat the Left in Bengal was left with no seats, during counting, is something that many voters in Bengal predicted. But a senior CPI(M) leader told News18.com, “This is something that the TMC has itself to blame. It attacked the CPI(M) after coming in power. It arrested our cadres and destroyed our offices.” The leader added that “it was only after a matter of time before the BJP’s communal forces took up that space”. The BJP exploited this, focusing its efforts on seats that were former strongholds of the CPI(M)’s smaller constituent. While TMC leaders admit that its “tactic” against the Left had possibly backfired, they also added that a singificant portion of Left voters, especially in rural areas, were actively “asked to vote for the BJP”. The leader said, “There was a time when the Left would want the Congress vote to be high…now we were hoping that the Left vote share would be significant. But this wasn’t the case.”WhatsApp versus ‘Election Management’Since her first electoral victory in 1984, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee would write, and rewrite opposition politics in the state. “Vitriol and tenacity, matched with an acute understanding of her party’s own weaknesses when faced with a behemoth,” described one leader in her election management committee. As the state goes to polls again in 2019, things are different. In power, it is Banerjee who is fending off an ascending BJP, armed with her own playbook. Nowhere is that more apparent than in their use of Banerjee’s iconic slogan against the CPI(M): ‘Chupchap, phoole chhap’. (Quietly vote for the flower).There were two flowers in Bengal. The BJP’s Lotus, albeit more prominent than ever before and the TMC’s ghas phool (grass flower). While BJP urged voters to vote ‘silently’, to keep their allegiances to themselves, its campaign over WhatsApp was much larger. A BJP IT cell leader from Howrah told News18.com, “We knew that we couldn’t match up to the TMC’s organisation capacity that would look to cajole or intimidate voters. Instead, we got into their phones…and their homes and their heads. We argued our point when no one else was looking.”​ Amit ShahasansolBJPChief Minister First Published: May 23, 2019, 2:02 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Janhvi Kapoor Ishaan Khatter Celebrate One Year of Dhadak with Throwback Pictures

first_imgFollow @News18Movies for more July 20 marks the completion of one year of the Bollywood remake of Sairat. Dhadak, starring Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter, can be credited with launching Janhvi into the limelight, however, the film failed to weave any magic at the box office. Marking the occasion, Janhvi took to her Instagram account and shared some throwback pictures from the time of filming for Dhadak. She accompanied on-set pics with a long message that read, “1 year of Dhadak. 1 year of Madhu and Parthavi. 1 year of this family, of your love, of all these memories and people that I will cherish my whole life and never let go of. Eternally grateful @karanjohar ❤️ With this film you’ve given me a family, an opportunity and set me on a path I’ve always only dreamed of.” She added, “Thank you for being my guiding light 💕and @shashankkhaitan every step of this journey I looked up to you more and more. Thank you for everything you’ve taught me, for being there for me and for giving us more love than we could have ever hoped for. @ishaankhatter Mr. Madhukar Bagla, Nothing I say will be enough to sum up how happy I am that we went on this journey together and had each other to lean on, to argue with, and to find comfort in. ❤️ love you team Dhadak I miss you’ll everyday!! (sic).” Other members from the cast and crew, namely Ishaan, director Shashank Khaitan and producer Karan Johar also celebrated the occasion with messages and special videos. See posts here:center_img Dhadakdhadak castDhadak one yearDhadak Release First Published: July 20, 2019, 3:31 PM ISTlast_img read more

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ISRO Fully Prepared to Launch Chandrayaan 2 Lunar Mission on July 15

first_img ChandrayaanChandrayaan 1chandrayaan 2 launchChandrayaan 2 launch date and time First Published: July 14, 2019, 8:10 AM IST Tirupati: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set for the country’s prestigious lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, and preparations are going on for its launch on July 15, its chairman K Sivan said on Saturday.This will be ISRO’s first mission to land on any celestial body and a follow-up to Chandrayaan-1 launched in 2008. Its objective is to take up a detailed study on understanding the origin and evolution of the moon. “All preparations for Chandrayaan-2 are going on for the launch scheduled at 2.51 am on July 15 from Sriharikota,” Sivan said after offering prayers at the Lord Venkateswara hill shrine at Tirumala near Tirupati.The space agency had earlier said all three modules of the moon mission — Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan) — were getting ready for the launch and the lander was expected to touch down on the lunar surface in early September.In a brief interaction, Sivan, also Secretary of the Department of Space, said the lander would make a soft landing in the lunar South Pole, an uncharted territory so far, on September 6. He ruled out rains posing a threat to the launch.”There will be no effect since the launch vehicle (GSLVMkIII) is rain protected,” he said.The Chandrayaan-2 would be carried by the GSLV-MkIII, dubbed ‘Fat Boy’ by Indian scientists for its ability to carry satellites weighing up to four tonnes.Asked about the total mission cost, Sivan said it was Rs 1,000 Crore.About the ‘Gaganyaan’ project, India’s maiden human spaceflight programme, Sivan said it was progressing and the first unmanned mission would be taken up in December next year. “Currently, the design phase has been completed. Realisation phase is going on,” he said. Two unmanned missions would be taken up, the first in December 2020 and the second on July 2021. “In December 2021, we are planning to send humans into space,” he said. About selection of candidates for the mission, he said it was proceeding on schedule.Chandrayaan-2 is an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 mission which had 11 payloads — five from India, three from Europe, two from the US and one from Bulgaria. The first mission had the credit for the discovery of water on the lunar surface.last_img read more

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Maharashtra Water Minister Blames Crabs for Tiware Dam Breach That Killed 18

first_imgMumbai: In a bizarre statement, Maharashtra water resources minister Tanaji Sawant has claimed that crabs were responsible for the Tiware dam breach, which has so far killed 18 persons. The opposition lashed out at Sawant, some even taking a dig at the minister by asking him of the further capabilities of crabs.When asked if there were complaints of substandard construction of the dam, Sawant told reporters, “There is no allegation of substandard construction. The dam has been functional since 2004. Water is being accumulated there for the last 15 years. Nothing happened then. There is a large problem of crabs there. The issues brought to our notice were immediately addressed by our department. But this is unfortunate.” Speaking on the incident that led to the death of 18 people, Sawant said some villagers suspect a cloudburst caused rise of waters in the dam. “Just two days ago, there 192 mm rainfall within 8 hours. Some villagers are afraid that it was a cloudburst as the water level rose by eight metres in eight hours. It is one of the natural calamities. It is unfortunate,” the minister said adding the government had taken all the necessary steps.Maharasthra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to be headed by an under-secretary level officer. Meanwhile, the opposition has lashed out at the minister. “This is a shameful defence to save his party and to save the contractor who is responsible for this. What a logic! To defend big corrupt sharks, you blame poor crabs. His party MLA is the contractor of the same dam. It can’t be tolerated. Inquiry should be there. He must be punished,” Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said.NCP spokesperson Clyde Crasto put out a tweet with a GIF of running crabs. Taking a dig at the minister, Crasto asked if the crabs were capable of doing this as well. Bharatiya Janata PartyBJPDevendra Fadnavismaharashtra First Published: July 5, 2019, 10:33 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Digital Trends Live Jony Ive leaves Apple Galaxy Note 10 images and

first_imgOn this episode of Digital Trends Live, host Greg Nibler and DT senior staff writer Parker Hall discuss the biggest trending stories in tech, including Jony Ive’s departure from Apple, how to prepare for Amazon Prime Day, new images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, Apple Music’s latest milestone, a NASA drone that’s heading to one of Saturn’s moons, and more.Later, we talk to Sean Lane, chief executive officer of Olive, an A.I. platform that connects multiple systems within the health care industry to automate administrative tasks.Nibler than speaks with Marsha Garrison, head of market development for MyndVR, about wellness for the elderly, and how VR experiences can improve quality of life.Patrick de la Roza, CEO of EASE Applications, then joins us to discuss how hospitals can better stay in touch with patients during their visits.last_img read more

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iOS 11 Siri update new voice translation abilities and ondevice learning

first_imgApple has announced big changes coming to Siri on iOS 11, among them being a new voice that sounds less robotic than the current iteration. The changes were announced here at the company’s WWDC 2017 keynote, where Apple explained that the updated version of its digital personal assistant will be arriving on Apple products later this year when iOS 11 rolls out. The changes are both big and welcomed. According to Apple, the Siri update arriving later on in 2017 will bring a new language Translation feature in beta, one that will be able to translate between a few major languages, such as from English to Chinese and English to Spanish. It appears the early beta launch of the feature will only support translating from English to Spanish/Chinese/German/Italian/French, but the company plans to introduce more language translation support in the future.The company also explained that Siri will be getting on-device learning capabilities, enabling the personal assistant to be better able to predict the things you want based on how you use the app. This improved prediction ability will be available across all your Apple devices with Siri, as well, for a seamless experience.Apple indicates that privacy is a big focus, and as such it is using end-to-end encryption to make sure the things Siri learns are kept private despite syncing between devices. Given that this is a developers conference, Apple also announced a feature specific for developers, saying that they’ll soon be better able to integrate Siri with their apps, allowing the personal assistant to be used for task management and more. Finally, the app will feature a new voice that is more natural sounding, and joining that will be a new interface with follow-ups and suggestions. Story TimelineApple’s roadmap allegedly leaked: iPhone 8, Glasses, 2018 MacBook, moreAmazon Prime Video is coming to Apple TV later this yearlast_img read more

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Unlocked HTC U11 life gets Android Oreo today

first_imgWhile Android One users had Oreo on the U11 life from the get-go, US buyers were stuck with Nougat until HTC managed to push an Oreo update to the device. At launch, HTC promised that the update was coming quickly, and today the company is making good on that promise. The Oreo roll out for the unlocked U11 life begins today, according to HTC VP of Product Management Mo Versi on Twitter.READ MORE: HTC U11 life ReviewVersi’s tweet offers the only information we have about the HTC U11 life’s Oreo roll out so far. We don’t know how big the update is going to be and we don’t know if this is launch is happening in phases. Still, Versi says that the download is available from today, so even if it is a phased launch, it probably won’t be very long before it’s complete.It’s been a big week for HTC when it comes to Android updates. On Monday, the company launched the Oreo update for the standard U11, which serves as HTC’s flagship for 2017. Now, just three days later, we’re seeing Oreo come to the U11’s little brother, the budget-minded U11 life.In that regard, HTC pulls ahead of many other Android manufacturers, which have largely been slow to push Oreo updates to their own phones. Hopefully HTC’s major Oreo push lights a fire under some of these other manufacturers, because it would be great to see Oreo updates launch for a large range of other phones. In any case, if you’ve got an unlocked U11 life, be sure to keep an eye out for the OTA update (or check manually through your Settings menu) today. The HTC U11 life is a pretty young phone, enjoying its worldwide launch only a month ago. Its launch in the US looked a fair bit different than its launch in other regions: while the HTC U11 life was launched as part of the Android One program in many areas around the world, here in the US, we only received the unlocked version. One of the biggest differences between the two versions is that the U11 life didn’t launch running Android Oreo out of the box in the States. Story TimelineHTC U11 Life specs beat Android One releaseAndroid One HTC U11 Life looks like the Baby Bear of the familyHTC U11 Life leaked by T-Mobile, Germany’s first Android OneHTC U11+, U11 Life leaked hands-on leaves nothing to imaginationlast_img read more

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Bixby Vision realtime text translation tipped with Google Translate

first_imgSamsung’s Bixby AI will be getting some new capabilities in the future, and rumor has it that real-time translates are among them. The assistant already offers translations of written text via Bixby Vision, but Samsung is gearing up to add real-time translation, sources claim. The AI may soon also be equipped with better recognition of landmarks and other notable destinations. That would change with real-time translation, which presumably means simply pointing the camera at the text and getting a translation back right away, no tapping and selecting necessary. Such a feature would be immensely useful for someone traveling in a region where they don’t speak the language (or, at least, can’t read its script).As well, Sammobile reports that Samsung may be planning to ditch Foursquare and switch to Google for Bixby Vision’s ability to ID landmarks and various establishments. This change will reportedly arrive for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets, meaning we may hear that announcement officially in a couple weeks. SOURCE: Sammobile Samsung will announce the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones in Barcelona later this month. It is expected that Bixby will also get a time in the spotlight and that Samsung will announce new features arriving with it. The company has previously detailed big plans for its artificial intelligence.According to info acquired by Sammobile, one of those features will be real-time text translations via Bixby Vision, powered by Google Translate. As it currently exists (shown in the video below), anyone can use Bixby Vision to take an image of text, select the text, choose translate, then select the specific words to translate. That’s great if you’re in a difficult situation, but it’s not exactly fast.last_img read more

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Huawei P20 Lite captured on video in all its midrange glory

first_imgAt the end of this month, Huawei is slated to take the stage and reveal a new line up of phones. One of these is the Huawei P20 Lite, which will introduced alongside the standard P20 and the souped up P20 Pro. Today we’re getting another early look at the P20 Lite, thanks to a leaked video that leaves little to the imagination. As this is intended to be a budget device, the camera won’t be capable of recording video in 4K, with Huawei settling for Full HD. Similarly, the display isn’t quite top notch, clocking in at 2,280 x 1,080. That’ll unquestionably get the job done, even if it doesn’t match the super high resolution displays we’re seeing on a number of phones these days.Finally, Android World expects the Huawei P20 Lite to be sporting a Kirin 659 SoC, with Android 8.0 out of the box. It’ll have a price that’ll match its specs, as it’s rumored to cost somewhere in the vicinity of €369 ($455). We’ll get a proper introduction to the P20 Lite on March 27, and seeing it out in the wild like this suggests that it’ll launch not long after. Stay tuned. Story TimelineHuawei P20, P20 Plus notches defy AppleMajor Huawei phone leak: P20, Pro, LiteHuawei P20, P20 Pro might ditch this featurecenter_img The video comes from Italian site Android World, which seems to have encountered the P20 Lite at a retail store. Perhaps the first thing that will jump out at many users is the familiar notch that cuts into the edge-to-edge display. The notch has become a hot item here in 2018, with many Android manufacturers implementing something similar as a compromise between a true fullscreen display and retaining front-facing sensor.Although short, the video gives us a quick overview of the P20 Lite’s big features. As expected, it seems the P20 Lite will indeed feature a rear-facing dual camera, though it comes without the Leica branding that we usually see on some of Huawei’s more expensive phones. We also learn that the P20 Lite will use 4GB of RAM, which is a small amount by flagship standards but by no means too little.last_img read more

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This is the 2018 BMW M5 Its AWD is superclever

first_imgExtended Merino leather is standard, as are sports seats with integral head restraints and thicker side bolsters. All of the driver-assistance tech from the regular 5 Series, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping, are optional on the M5, too. There’ll be a number of exclusive colors available, including a new Marina Bay Blue Metallic. First out the gate will be the 2018 BMW M5 First Edition, with just 50 of the 400 total cars headed to the US. It will get Frozen Dark Red Metallic paint and Shadows Line trim, together with 20-inch seven-double-spoke light alloy wheels with a black finish. Inside, it’ll have Smoke White leather with red contrast stitching.Pricing for the First Edition car and the 2018 M5 in general will be announced closer to release. That’s set to happen in the Spring of 2018. However, if you want to try the M5 out sooner, you’ll be able to preview it – in digital form, at least – in Need For Speed Payback this November. Purists may scoff, but this first debut of AWD on an M5 sounds like it could offer the very best of all worlds. The M-customized xDrive system starts out in all-wheel drive mode when you first start the car up, complete with all the electronic Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) nannies activated. However, that’s where the fun starts.Even in the default mode, the 2018 M5 is rear-wheel biased. Indeed, the front wheels are only given power when those at the rear aren’t able to put any more torque down effectively. A special transfer case splits torque front and rear, while an Active M Differential splits it between the rear wheels. Switch to M Dynamic Mode, meanwhile, and more torque is pushed to the rear axle while the amount of rear wheel slip the electronics will allow is increased. A third, pure rear-wheel drive mode turns the AWD off altogether, and supports having the DSC off too, for those who think they can handle the car at its most excessive. That’s no small task. 600 HP comes between 5,700-6,600 rpm, which is high, but max torque arrives at just 1,800 rpm. Higher maximum injection pressure in the turbochargers makes for a more responsive engine too, while an active flap exhaust system not only keeps the soundtrack throaty – adjustable with a button in the cabin – but cuts weight by 11 pounds. The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission gets a shorter shifter in the center console along with paddles on the wheel. Three transmission modes are supported, spanning fuel efficiency, through sporty everyday driving, to finally track-intended super-short shifting. In manual mode, meanwhile, the M5 won’t upshift automatically even when you hit the rev limiter.Underneath this all, there’s Variable Damper Control – with Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus modes – with electronically controlled shock absorbers, together with double-wishbone suspension at the front and five-link at the rear. Electromechanical steering allows for lower force during low-speed maneuvers, but then more weight when being driven aggressively. M compound brakes are standard, with M carbon-ceramic brakes a 50.7-pound reducing option. Outside, it’s still a fairly discreet car. The front bumper has larger air intakes while the front side panels have M gills (and are made of aluminum to cut weight, as is the hood). The roof is carbon fiber-reinforced plastic to save mass. Further around, the side skirts, rear diffuser, M rear apron, and M rear spoiler are all specific to the 2018 M5. Inside, there’s a big touchscreen int he center stack, and a digital instrument closer to M-specific graphics. BMW has added a variable rpm pre-warning field and shift lights, and the same data can be pushed into the head-up display, too. A special M sports steering wheel is fitted, along with a bright red starter button; there are also two red-finished M1 and M2 buttons on the wheel, which can be used for driver-configurable mode shortcuts. That way, M xDrive, DSC, engine, transmission, damper, and steering characteristics can be summoned with a single tap. All hail the 2018 BMW M5, the sixth-generation of the iconic super-sedan, and the German automaker’s most cunning yet. Sure, the 2018 M5 isn’t short on power: its twin-turbo V8 is good for a heady 600 horsepower, along with 553 lb-ft. of torque, after all. No, what’s really clever is BMW‘s specially-prepared all-wheel drive. 2018 BMW M5 Gallerylast_img read more

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Atari VCS gaming PC console gets a design overhaul

first_imgAtari is proud to say that the Atari VCS is now visually closer to the Atari 2600 that inspired it, albeit with some modern touches. Unlike the original vision and prototype for this retro remake, the VCS now has a “floating effect” that raises the main body on top of a barely visible smaller base. The changes, however, were more than aesthetic. Dream come true or early April Fools? Probably neither or both, depending on who you ask. Atari has just announced what is tantamount to a deign and construction overhaul for its already delayed Atari VCS crowdfunded console. Noticeably missing from the announcement, however, is any mention of a delay for the launch of that console that supposed to come out last year. Hopefully, that means there won’t be any, at least not from this redesign. Story TimelineAtari VCS pre-sales open next month: Here’s our biggest questionAtari VCS smashes pre-order goal on first day of crowdfunding campaignAtari VCS console switches to AMD Ryzen, delayed to end of 2019center_img With a new base, Atari decided to move two of the four USB ports to the front. This, it says, would make it easier to plug in peripherals while reserving the back ports for additional storage. Strangely, it also used that as a justification to remove the console’s SD card slot.AdChoices广告Gone, too, is the ambitious and wasteful construction that employed 18 different parts that required more than 10 unique tools and material to make. The Atari VCS will instead have just our primary pieces while still keeping “every cool curve and rib” promised in its crowdfunding campaign.The Atari VCS is also changing its overall dimensions, which the company promises not only makes room for more specs but also improves thermal management. That last bit is critical for the new AMD Ryzen chip that has pushed back the console’s launch to late 2019.last_img read more

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