Koh 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 2019
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
How 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 Customers
At 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, Tencent
Data 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 Engagement
The 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 Love
Bhopal: 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 IST
Kolkata: 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 IST
Follow @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: Dhadakdhadak castDhadak one yearDhadak Release First Published: July 20, 2019, 3:31 PM IST
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.
Mumbai: 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 IST
On 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.
Apple 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 year
While 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 imagination
Samsung’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.
At 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 feature 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.
Extended 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 Gallery
Atari 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 2019 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.