July 25, 2019
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first_imgThis article is more than 1 year old Share on Twitter Share via Email The latest gains were in retail trade, healthcare and construction, and wage growth picked up modestly.Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters After comment on US adding 223,000 new jobs in May, economic advisers chair says Trump should never get data in advance again Fed proposes changes to rule limiting risky trading on Wall Street This article is more than 1 year old US economy Read more Donald Trump Share on LinkedIn news Share on Twitter US economy Donald Trump broke with years of protocol on Friday, commenting on the US’s latest jobs report an hour before its official release.The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced at 8.30am that the US had added 223,000 new jobs in May as the unemployment rate slid t0 3.8%, its lowest level since April 2000 and one of the lowest levels since after the second world war.Trump, who has taken credit for job market growth despite the fact that it began under Obama, said on Twitter he was looking forward to the release of the monthly jobs report just over an hour ahead of its release. … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Shares4545 That fall in participation was partly responsible for the latest dip in the unemployment rate, said the Economic Policy institute.“About two-thirds of the drop in the unemployment rate in May was because workers found jobs, while about one-third of the drop was from people leaving the labor force,” wrote EPi economist Elise Gould in a blog post. Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Obama, said Trump should never again be given sight of the figures before their release.“You should have gotten the employment numbers from the Council of Economic Advisers yesterday. And if this tweet is conveying inside information about a particularly good jobs number you should never get them in advance from the Council of Economic Advisers again,” he wrote on Twitter.The latest gains were in retail trade, healthcare and construction, and wage growth – which has been slow since the end of the recession – picked up modestly. From a year ago, wages were up 2.7% – better than the 2.6% growth economists had forecast.So far this year the US has now added 207,000 new jobs a month, continuing a record nine-year streak of job creation.The strong numbers come as some economists worry that a threatened trade war could damage the US economy and as investors fret that the news will further pressure the Federal Reserve to speed up the rate at which it increases interest rates.But the report highlighted once again that many Americans remain on the sidelines despite the tightening labor market. The labor force participation rate, which measures the percentage of workers in jobs or looking for work, edged down to 62.7% from 62.8% in April – levels last seen in the 1970s. Topics Share on Facebook Dominic Rushe in New York Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning.June 1, 2018 @dominicru Last modified on Fri 1 Jun 2018 17.00 EDT Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Following his tweet, treasury yields moved sharply higher. The monthly report is one of the most market sensitive pieces of economic information released by the government and is carefully guarded ahead of its release.For anyone other than the president, the comment would likely lead to an investigation or likely firing. The report is given to senior White House officials the day before its release but is usually closely protected. Employment Read more Trade war? 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first_img Since you’re here… Volcanoes Lava ‘bomb’ crashes through roof of boat in Hawaii, injuring tourists Topics Mileka Lincoln (@MilekaLincoln)#LeilaniEstatesEruption #KilaueaVolcano UPDATE: Unbelievable footage from #IkaikaMarzo’s crew on board the #KalapanaCulturalTours #lava boat captures the #lavaexplosion that sent #lavabombs flying onto a tour boat, injuring 12 people https://t.co/h193ZfuIRP @HawaiiNewsNow #HINews pic.twitter.com/cvYg0CLDUkJuly 16, 2018 Share via Email Turpin has been navigating lava tour boats for many years and has lived on the Big Island since 1983.He said most of the injuries were minor, but that he had just visited one woman who sustained serious injuries in the hospital.Officials have warned of the danger of getting close to lava entering the ocean, saying the interaction can create clouds of acid and fine glass. Despite the hazards, several companies operate such tours. The US Coast Guard in May instituted a safety zone where lava flows into the ocean off the Big Island. It prohibits vessels from getting closer than 984 feet (300 meters) from ocean-entry points.The agency allows experienced boat operators to apply for a special license to get up to 164 feet (50 meters) from where lava sizzles into the sea.The molten rock is coming from the Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting continuously for the past 35 years. In May, its eruption entered a new phase when it began spurting lava through newly formed fissures in a residential neighborhood. Officials were interviewing injured passengers at a hospital. Last modified on Tue 17 Jul 2018 15.10 EDT Play Video Share on Facebook Natural disasters and extreme weather Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Shares225225 Pinterest Twitter Share on Pinterest This article is more than 1 year old Facebook Lava ‘bomb’ crashes through roof of Hawaiian tourist boat – video report 1:06 Mon 16 Jul 2018 18.42 EDTcenter_img news Share on Facebook Reuse this content He didn’t observe “any major explosions,” so he navigated his vessel closer, to about 250 yards away from the lava.“As we were exiting the zone, all of a sudden everything around us exploded,” he said. “It was everywhere.”Turpin said he had no idea just how big the blast was until he saw video of the event later on shore.“It was immense,” he said. “I had no idea. We didn’t see it.”Turpin says that he has been observing and documenting these explosions and that this type of activity is new. There were no warning signs before the blast, he said.“There’s something new. There’s something really new,” he said. “And I’ve been documenting them a bit.” They were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean from a long-erupting volcano that has been vigorously shooting lava from a new vent in the ground for the past two months. The lava punctured the boat’s roof, leaving a gaping hole, firefighters said.Shane Turpin, the owner and captain of the vessel that was hit, said he never saw the explosion that rained molten rocks down on top of his boat.He and his tour group had been in the area for about 20 minutes making passes of the ocean entry about 500 yards offshore, Turpin said. Share on Twitter An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean has sent molten rock crashing through the roof of a sightseeing boat off Hawaii’s Big Island, injuring 23 people.The “lava bomb,” which burst from the water near the boat as molten rock poured into the ocean, landed on the roof of the vessel and crashed into the seating area, said Hawaii County Fire Department Battalion chief, Darwin Okinaka.A woman in her 20s was in serious condition with a broken thigh bone, the department said. Three others were in stable condition at a hospital with unspecified injuries. The rest of the passengers suffered burns, scrapes and other superficial injuries. Read more Hawaii This article is more than 1 year old Share on Twitter The damaged roof of boat. 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first_img I actually found the related article whilst I was doing research on something else and the headline stretches the truth by quite a lot.Long story short, producing a weapon in this way is actually very difficult, he tested three machines which their makers all claimed could produce such a weapon, and to varying degrees of success he was able to produce something but in no way could that something be classed as a weapon able to fire effectively. He took them to various people to check them and they all said that if they were fired the person using it would be at more danger from injury/death than a bullet actually hitting the target.Irrespective of what machine was used, the author eventually concluded that without quite a lot of metalwork experience (months if not years), money and raw materials you would be spending a lot of money and wasting quite a bit of time to effectively produce scrap. Share The Guardian view on printing guns: shadow-boxing the apocalypse | Pick The threat of homemade and undetectable plastic firearms is more exciting, but less dangerous, than the abundance of metal ones Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook 2 Aug 2018 3:48 Share on Twitter Elgrecoandros | Pick Reply 4 5 Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 3D printing SeanThorp Facebook fraser48 Why is it that the ultimate aim of those who profess to be libertarian seems to be anti-liberty? 0 1 editorials Report Reply Share via Email Facebook 2 3 If you were to take the principle you’ve applied to Cody Wilson and apply it more generally, you’d be forced to conclude there is blood on many people’s hands you don’t want to think of as having blood on their hands Paddy01 You just introduced the logic for “safe-spaces”. rebel7 Facebook Reply oldest Share Reply Share Twitter well done! Dizzy1476 Facebook Paddy01 Share on Twitter 2 Aug 2018 2:59 2 Aug 2018 2:23 Report Reply 4 Reply 4 5 Share on Facebook | Pick The argument that all computer code must be protected under the US first amendment would, if taken seriously, make it impossible to regulate the internet. 3 Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 10 11 | Pick Twitter Dizzy1476 Show 3 more replies Share rebel7 Share And what is wrong with an unregulated internet? Wasn’t this property what made it desirable as a tool for more democracy? What made the faux-liberals of today change their mind? Share collapsed Share on Facebook Reply Twitter 5 6 | Pick I think the people who need the ‘safe space’ are the libertarians who seem intent on creating their own little autonomous worlds cut off from the rest of us who seem to be able to rub along along together – ‘sullen damaged solipsists’ is spot on. Report Share on Twitter Share Reply Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Share on Facebook 1 2 | Pick Twitter More likely blood on the guys hand shooting the 3d printed gun, damn good chance it could blow his hand clean off. Cody Wilson with a 3D-printed gun. ‘Mr Wilson’s guns are dangerous not so much because they will often fire bullets without exploding but because they are an idea given form in plastic.’ Photograph: Cody Wilson A bazooka really isn’t very dangerous without a grenade to launch out of it. You cannot 3D print grenades. AgainstDarkness Facebook Share on Twitter rebel7 2 Aug 2018 3:30 TheToothbrushMan | Pick Share expanded mikedow Facebook Without it Ecommerce wouldnt have got anywhere. iruka Share on Facebook | Pick Share | Pick Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook unclestinky ID090718 Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter arkley Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter mikedow Share 17 18 To be fair, as long as recipient countries have no internet filter infrastructure, this is not a case where only the US can “ride roughshod over the rest of the world”, but any smaller country could do the same. Of course, the filter infrastructure of a country could potentially be abused by the powers that be, so one has to weigh the good and the bad.Of course, each country can decide to make using the plans illegal, and German police have announced that both printing and owning (never mind using) a weapon would be illegal. Report Share on Facebook Report 1 2 Reply | Pick Report Ceramic firing pin. All we are waiting for is a printable propellant. True freedom does not depend on the ability to kill your fellow citizens. Share on Facebook Reply Chinajim Share on Facebook Report Share | Pick GoldCD Report Share on Twitter | Pick Twitter JacksonMS comments (415)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Such guns are already illegal. They’re legal.Under U.S. federal law, the creation and possession of ghost guns is permitted, but a license is required to manufacture firearms for sale or distribution. 5 6 Share on Facebook Share 7 8 Share | Pick Facebook Report Share 0 1 3 4 Reply True freedom, what is it anyway? I guess the real question is does government have the obligation to keep citizens safe? In the US of A I would say it is too nuanced for a yes or no. I like guns, they are fun to play with, but we sacrifice our own children on their altar like Philistines. Reply Share on Facebook Share Facebook 2 Aug 2018 16:46 Facebook 2 Aug 2018 4:20 Share GoldCD Reply Share Order by oldest Twitter Share Facebook 19 20 Share 2 Aug 2018 4:07 “If Cody Wilson has to go into hiding for his own safety” Are you implying that those who object to firearms are going to kill him? With, or without, using firearms? | Pick JonPurrtree Facebook 0 1 Twitter 100 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter rebel7 Opinion 5 6 Reply Reply Opinion Twitter 2 Aug 2018 5:06 2 Aug 2018 2:54 4 Share on Messenger JacksonMS Share on Twitter rebel7 Reply stevensj Share on Twitter PlantPhotonics 420 uncollective Share on Twitter 2 Aug 2018 3:02 2 Aug 2018 2:27 uncollective Reply Share Share on Facebook Threads collapsed Share on Twitter Report 2 3 Where would you get that kind of printer ‘ink’? Report Professor Von Neuman, is that you? 2 Aug 2018 2:18 2 Aug 2018 1:54 If Cody Wilson has to go into hiding for his own safety, a great initiative for his personal freedom will have been made. 2 Aug 2018 4:36 Show 5 more replies This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share 10 11 Twitter Share on Twitter Report Twitter | Pick DirtWorshiper Probably why 3D printing isn’t where many futurologists expected it to be by now. Reply Share on Facebook rebel7 rebel7 Unlicensed possession of a handgun is illegal. Nope; thirty-one states allow the open carrying of a handgun without any license or permit. Fifteen states require some form of license or permit in order to openly carry a handgun. Under federal law you have a right to manufacture your own guns for private use. Share on Twitter | Pick Show 12 more replies Report 3 4 Report | Pick madrilenoingles Report 6 7 Share Share on Facebook Reply Dizzy1476 rebel7 Taking someone’s life is about as anti-liberty for the victim as it gets. Share on Twitter PlantPhotonics 420 | Pick Topics “Deaths from firearms are minuscule compared with these.” Factually wrong. A few years ago, for the first time, the number of firearm deaths in the US exceeded the number of car accident deaths. You are also confusing two different things. Car accidents are, by definition, accidents, and are not intentional. The vast majority of gun deaths are not however accidents – they are intentional acts of one man wanting to kill either themself or another. 2 Aug 2018 2:48 | Pick Twitter Cabbagehead Facebook It’s up there with a Saturday Night Special for quality alright. It’s only about being politically provocative for losers. Share on Twitter Facebook It might if they’re trying to kill you or they’ve got the last of the food rations. Maybe come the Brexocalypse you’re going to be finding out just how wrong you are. Report 2 Aug 2018 2:19 Dougal Julian Hare 2 Aug 2018 2:13 Facebook | Pick Twitter Share Share on Twitter Barbablanca Share on Twitter Share Support The Guardian Twitter Report Facebook 2 Aug 2018 2:24 3 4 2 3 Report Share on Facebook 4 5 25 23×7 US politics Share Report 2 Aug 2018 2:50 Barbablanca Twitter Facebook Twitter unthreaded ICareAboutTheTruth GoldCD CitizenWise What is gun shaped though? I have various power tools that could be described as “gun shapped” as they are ergonomically designed.Google Welrod, Sleeve Gun, liberator pistol and deer gun. Report 2 Aug 2018 2:01 Share on Twitter Its a small file needed for 3d printing something that basic and is easily emailable, don’t need the full blown internet for it. Twitter Twitter 2 Share 1 2 Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook 57 58 2 3 2 3 2 Aug 2018 4:12 | Pick I had one of them 3D printers myself for a bit. It was a bit cantankerous so I pressed the self-test combination of buttons – it printed out a 3D printer. Since you’re here… Reply 15 16 | Pick Share on Twitter | Pick | Pick Facebook | Pick Share Report Reply Share 2 3 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 0 1 Dizzy1476 Email (optional) Share on Twitter Report Share on Pinterest Until someone points the gun at another person and pulls the trigger no one’s liberty has been violated. Share on Facebook Flumpalicious | Pick AgainstDarkness Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter 2 Aug 2018 5:06 | Pick 2 Aug 2018 3:36 Twitter mikedow 2 Aug 2018 18:00 Share 8 9 mikedow Report Share 34 35 Share | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter 6 7 Share on Facebook | Pick diddoit PlantPhotonics 420 JonPurrtree Twitter | Pick Show 2 more replies | Pick Addicks123 fraser48 Reply Report Twitter Share on Twitter 2 Aug 2018 16:00 | Pick Share Reply 2 Aug 2018 3:48 And the firing pin. Twitter Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp 2 Aug 2018 3:53 2 Aug 2018 4:28 Share on Facebook Report Report A big ado about nothing. Takes a $10k+ printer. Tech savvy. And when you’re done it fires a single shot and there is a probability that while the lead slug goes out the barrel the back of the gun goes toward the shooters eye. Cheaper and a whole lot easier just to go buy a gun. An illegal handgun. One that holds 18-9mm rounds. Reliable. Easy to conceal. Share Huh? Explain. What ever do you mean? Facebook Reply Twitter Marcel Marré Twitter Facebook 2 Aug 2018 14:21 Facebook Barbablanca Show 4 more replies | Pick Share on Facebook This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. 1 2 Twitter Reply Share uncollective Facebook Elgrecoandros Share Also, good luck with your plastic tank without ammunition. You’d be better off with a bog-standard killdozer. Twitter | Pick Report 7 8 Share on Twitter Flumpalicious 5 6 Share on Facebook 2 Aug 2018 3:57 Twitter Natural selection in action – which is more than a bit ironic in a populace that endorses creationism ! newest Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick 1 Share on Twitter Share 1 2 Share curiouswes mikedow Share Share on Facebook DirtWorshiper Share on Facebook Share AgainstDarkness Share on Twitter PlantPhotonics 420 Facebook Report Reply Facebook Twitter Reply | Pick 12 13 stevensj Facebook TheToothbrushMan | Pick Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other stevensj 5 6 Reply Share What’s next, printing bazookas’, or tanks? Report Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 6 7 | Pick 2 Aug 2018 2:35 Report The United States has long had a pathological relationship with guns. But other countries must now deal with the consequences. That is the logical outcome of the extraordinary decision of the State Department to cave in to the demands of a young libertarian who believes that everyone in the world should be able to make and use guns without any government control.Like so many libertarians, Cody Wilson believes that he can use technological change to enact his political vision. In this case, it is the technology of 3D printing, which allows almost anything to be modelled in plastic using relatively cheap and widespread machinery operating under computer control. Mr Wilson’s organisation sells 3D printers and gives away the software needed to drive them and the instructions to assemble the result into lethal weapons. Until June, the State Department was trying to stop him distributing the software files on the grounds that these breached laws on weapons exports. The case had been running since 2013, when Mr Wilson put on the internet his first instructions for making a gun which would be invisible to metal detectors and – because of the lack of serial numbers – untraceable by governments. They were taken down within a week, after the State Department first stepped in. Now that it has surrendered (and even paid some of Mr Wilson’s legal costs), the only legal obstacle to his plans is a suit brought by eight states. On Tuesday, a district judge issued a temporary order stopping the release of the blueprints.In one sense this case is all shadow boxing. The software is already available to anyone with access to a search engine and has been for years. But only a few thousand copies have been downloaded, perhaps because the guns themselves, although undoubtedly lethal, possibly to their users, can’t kill anyone without ammunition, which is tightly controlled in most developed countries. Mr Wilson argues that his software is protected speech under the first amendment of the US constitution. A similar argument was made and won in the 1990s by Phil Zimmermann, the author of an early cryptography program called PGP which the American government tried to ban because it would be useful to terrorists. Mr Zimmermann opposes the spread of gun-printing software today.There may be another parallel between the two cases: although encryption is now the foundation of secure commerce on the internet, and so of much of the modern economy, the Zimmermann implementation is notoriously difficult to use and never gained popularity outside a tiny circle of cryptography geeks. Not until it was brought to the mass market in almost invisible forms, in apps such as WhatsApp, did encryption become popular. It is probable that Mr Wilson’s invention will languish in a similar way until and unless someone else finds a way to make it easy and convenient for anyone to manufacture weapons and ammunition at home. In a country with 10,000 gun homicides a year, it’s easy enough to get hold of an entirely legal weapon, even if US law enforcement worries about untraceable firearms. Nonetheless, there are wider issues involved. The technology of 3D printing does have huge possibilities for good as well as for wicked silliness. It is already used in surgery, in engineering, and in the manufacture of cheap prosthetic limbs for children. In future, researchers hope to be able to print out human skin and organs, or to replace broken bones with exact copies. So the technology should not be suppressed, even if that were possible, which it is not. But it must nonetheless be controlled, like any other. The argument that all computer code must be protected under the US first amendment would, if taken seriously, make it impossible to regulate the internet.In the end, Mr Wilson’s guns are dangerous not so much because they will often fire bullets without exploding but because they are an idea given form in plastic. It is the libertarian idea that individual rights must take precedence over any form of government control which makes American handguns uniquely dangerous. True freedom does not depend on the ability to kill your fellow citizens. Reply I guess the real question is does government have the obligation to keep citizens safe? No, that’s the fake question used by politicians to justify taking away civil liberties. There are arguments for controlling the possession of firearms, but “keeping citizens safe” is not one of them. The main cause of death in the USA, other than disease, is accidents. Car accidents kill about 35,000 people per year in the USA. Falls in the home kill about 30,000 people per year (includes falling down stairs, falling off ladders, etc). Deaths from firearms are minuscule compared with these. If you seriously believe government has the “obligation to keep people safe”, the first thing to do would be to ban cars, and next ban stairs in houses. Reply 1 2center_img Share on Twitter Facebook But WTF gives him the right to publish the plans to every other country on the internet? Share on Twitter Twitter 11 12 Report | Pick PlantPhotonics 420 2 Aug 2018 1:50 Share on Facebook | Pick Twitter TheToothbrushMan | Pick Share on Facebook 4 5 2 Aug 2018 4:03 23×7 Share on Twitter Report Share Share 2 Aug 2018 4:35 Twitter Share on Facebook More likely that the NRA fears a drop in membership as the users of these plastic guns start blowing their own brains out with the backfire Share on Facebook 2 Aug 2018 4:03 5 6 Facebook Share on Twitter Report JacksonMS Facebook 2 Aug 2018 2:55 Facebook 3 Aug 2018 0:36 Share on Facebook | Pick PleaseTurnLeft 2 Aug 2018 15:39 Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn | Pick A big ado about nothing. It’s the principal here.Cody Wilson has done a great thing and expanded human liberty and curtailed the reach of the state.3-D printer technology will improve and with it the ability to print ever more improved and sophisticated weaponary.Cody Wilson has killed gun control and our Bill of Rights wielded the death blow.Gun control (RIP) Share Reply Reply A big ado about nothing. What’s even sweeter is that the State Department is paying some of Defense Distributed’s legal costs. The Second Amendment, it turns out, is protected by the First.Every day I marvel at the wisdom and prescience of the Founding Fathers. Report As it says in the article though it relies on a quirk in US law about what counts as a firearm. 2 Aug 2018 2:19 Share on Facebook Facebook Share 3D printing Report 2 Aug 2018 3:17 Facebook Share Share Whats the big deal, this law was vetoed by the supreme court anyway Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick Show 5 more replies Show 2 more replies Report Reply Share Reply Dizzy1476 2 Aug 2018 7:32 Share on Facebook instructions for making a gun which would be invisible to metal detectors Report | Pick Ginen Share on Twitter Cuniform Share A free society is not afraid of freedom. I’m dead scared of slogans though, especially the ones that make complicated things seem simple. Facebook Reply Freedom of expression is all very well and the US legal system can thrash out whether or not this guy can put his 3D plans on the internet. But WTF gives him the right to publish the plans to every other country on the internet? Other countries might, if given the chance, object to having these plans on the internet, and if it were up to them, would make it illegal to do so. Don’t we all get a day in the matter or can the US ride roughshod over the rest of the world when it pleases? Twitter Facebook Unlicensed possession of a handgun is illegal. Reply Share on Facebook | Pick Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Editorial Report JonPurrtree Share on Facebook When all is said and done, a plastic gun (non-toy version) is about as useful as a water soluble boat. 4 5 23×7 2 Aug 2018 4:09 Share on Facebook 3 4 3 Aug 2018 6:04 Twitter Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Report Report 2 Aug 2018 2:36 Share on Twitter Reply Share on Twitter Reply 3 Aug 2018 6:01 By the looks of them, they’d be safer if you made one by carving it out of wood. Safer for the person doing the shooting that is. Share on Twitter Facebook CitizenWise JacksonMS Facebook Share Democracy has survived much more than just a few people expressing controversial views on the Internet – which I assume is what you are referring to. And, no, you can not be “brainwashed” by “targeted ads”. A free society is not afraid of freedom. Show 1 more reply Report curiouswes Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Report Report Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook TheToothbrushMan And if Cody Wilson was gunned by some loon using his own creation, would he really have any grounds for complaint? Gun crime Share on Twitter BlowIn Share on Twitter Ginen Reply Facebook JacksonMS Close report comment form Show 18 more replies Share via Email Report Ginen 2 Aug 2018 4:22 | Pick Reply No, it’s the ‘libertarian” idea that individual rights, understood in doggedly solipsistic terms as a right to do this and that, take precedence over the rights of everyone else not to have to deal with the consequences of living amongst sullen, damaged solipsists, aka “libertarians”. Share | Pick rebel7 Reply 5 6 50 6 7 Report rebel7 stevensj Share on Twitter 1 2 2 Aug 2018 4:15 16 17 Share on Facebook Twitter 2 Aug 2018 3:51 | Pick 2 Aug 2018 3:37 Reply Plastic guns will lead to a new category in the Darwin Awards, curious that the NRA in the US are opposed to them though, but then all those big corporate gun makers would lose their profits if the idea can be made to work safely wouldn’t they? Like all true hypocrites they suddenly oppose other people muscling in on their corner of the market – so much for free enterprise. Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment | Pick 2 Aug 2018 4:07 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook 2 3 ID090718 arkley Addicks123 Share Share on Facebook | Pick Report Share Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Twitter | Pick Twitter Comments 415 7 8 2 Aug 2018 15:41 Twitter Show 25 Twitter 2 Aug 2018 2:32 MightyBuccaneer Share 2 Aug 2018 18:01 Ginen Report Report Twitter arkley Share Twitter PlantPhotonics 420 2 Twitter Share on Twitter *sighs* All CitizenWise | Pick Reply Twitter Reply Twitter Reply But if a 3D gun saves one person’s life then already he can justify himself. Share on Twitter Chinajim Report Facebook More likely that the NRA fears a drop in membership as the users of these plastic guns start blowing their own brains out with the backfire Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report GoldCD Twitter 2 Aug 2018 4:20 Report Share Probably – but without some form of propellant, and a component to initiate the charge that propels the projectile, they would be just a couple of pieces of bullet-shaped plastic. Facebook uncollective 2 Aug 2018 4:34 Report 2 Aug 2018 5:20 Share on Facebook 2 Aug 2018 2:41 2 Aug 2018 4:42 Twitter 2 Aug 2018 5:23 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook rebel7 Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter wallie crimbo Report MightyBuccaneer 1 2 Well apart from the casing. That and the size of it might give a hint. Twitter Share on Facebook Last modified on Wed 5 Jun 2019 04.13 EDT rebel7 Reply Report | Pick 2 3 Reply Twitter Twitter Facebook Reply 2 Aug 2018 3:14 mikedow Facebook Presumably the metal detectors are going to spot the bullets anyway. Share on Facebook 2 Aug 2018 5:19 Share on Facebook Dizzy1476 Because it’s also become a desirable tool for those who want to spread an anti-democratic world view which is intended to undermine the democratic process. So the question then becomes “is undermining democracy part of the democratic process, and what do you do if that becomes the prevailing view?” If you truly believe in democracy, are you prepared to subscribe to its possible downfall? Report Facebook Twitter Reply Reply The plastic printed firearms are about as useful as a chocolate teapot, the potential worry is printers that use metal. Those are prohibitively expensive at the moment, but even should there be a drop in price it is still likely to be cheaper and simpler to obtain a firearm illegally in the US. In the UK it will probably be the inherent laziness of the majority of criminals that stops it becoming a major issue – it doesn’t take much to make a single shot firearm as it is, but fortunately most can’t be arsed. By far the hardest part is obtaining ammunition anyway. Perhaps some sort of licensing could be required for the metal printers. 2 Aug 2018 3:37 JacksonMS AgainstDarkness Share ID090718 0 1 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter is it not possible to 3D print bullets as well? Share on Twitter | Pick what in the world does solipsism have to do with any of the this? A solipsist wouldn’t argue that there is even a need for a gun, let alone whether or not anybody ought to have one. 2 Aug 2018 4:37 rebel7 Share on Facebook TheToothbrushMan Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook 2 Aug 2018 4:26 2 Aug 2018 16:04 Facebook 2 Aug 2018 5:22 I don’t actually think Cody cares too much about has plastic gun any more – aside from ensuring he has the right to publish the design.He’s moved onto selling a CNC lathe, that (in the US) allows anybody to make their own fully functioning assault rifle.https://www.wired.com/2015/06/i-made-an-untraceable-ar-15-ghost-gun/ 1 2 Encryption rebel7 Facebook Share on Twitter 18 19 Then we might go back to drilling holes in steel rod using a bit & drill. JacksonMS Cabbagehead 7 8 Share on Twitter 23×7 Show 33 more replies Twitter 2 Aug 2018 2:36 Share on Twitter Dizzy1476 Facebook 2 Aug 2018 3:27 Facebook Reply I believe the problem is that accelerating a plastic bullet with a plastic gun sufficiently is somewhat tricky, so one relies on the gunpowder in the bullet.I suppose you could try to make a gun that works with a compressor and shoots plastic bullets using air pressure, but while the gun might be practically invisible, the compressor probably wouldn’t be 😉 US gun control Report Share Not until it was brought to the mass market in almost invisible forms, | Pick Share on Facebook 6 7 arkley Share on Twitter unclestinky Share iruka | Pick Report Reply Share | Pick Share on Twitter Share 3 4 | Pick Report Share on Facebook albinorex Report Wed 1 Aug 2018 13.35 EDT Share on Twitter Twitter Reply Reply Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter | Pick 2 Aug 2018 16:21 erm did you not read to the end?The CNC milled lower receiver worked absolutely fine.The whole point of the mill the Cody is now selling is that you don’t need any experience. Facebook 5 6 Share 2 3 Self replication? Have we finally created artificial intelligence? Share on Twitter Report Twitter Report Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook ID090718 2 Aug 2018 4:13 | Pick Reply Reply Share on Facebook Report Share Reply Twitter | Pick It is the libertarian idea that individual rights must take precedence over any form of government control which makes American handguns uniquely dangerous. This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. 4 5 Twitter Reuse this content,View all comments > Twitter Loading comments… Trouble loading? | Pick Report 3 4 Share on Twitter Show 3 more replies | Pick Facebook Share Share on Facebook Facebook Show 14 more replies Twitter Reply Reply | Pick Share Share on Twitter Dougal Julian Hare 2 Aug 2018 4:08 recommendations Twitter rebel7 Share | Pick Reply This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share 3 There are some rather amazing handcrafted firearms. Darra Adam Khel is a town which specialises in copying firearms. Closer to home one of the NI terrorist organisations turned out some submachine guns knocked off from the Sten. Such guns are already illegal. Publishing the plans to make them is not a Second Amendment issue but a First Amendment issue, which even the judge who issued the TRO pointed out. Do what the photocopy industry has had to do, hard code software into the copiers that prevents photocopying paper currency to use as counterfeit money. Put locks on any gun shaped device into the 3d printer software. Shares2323 5 6 Facebook This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Facebook Marcel Marré 10 11 Reply Reply iruka Twitter Twitter 1 All it takes is one 3D printed gun to work once and there’s the blood on Cody Wilson’s hands. 4 5 Share on Twitter 2 Aug 2018 1:47 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. 2 Aug 2018 4:47 Facebook 2 Aug 2018 2:34 Report Reply Reply Share on Twitter 2 Aug 2018 2:26 Share on Facebook the gun is not the first and it can work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IylGx-48TUI Twitter Twitter 22 23 Share on Facebook Report Reply Share on Twitter Yes, just as a woman who likes consensual sex can object to rape. Already on the internet you can download instructions on how to turn a starting pistol into a firearm; and most people are more likely to be able to procure a starting pistol than a ten grand 3D printer. Report Reason (optional) Share 2 3 Report View more commentslast_img read more

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first_imgNew SMG Research Evaluates How Blockbuster Premieres Impact the Movie-Going Experience PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 11:02 pmMay 24, 2019 customer experience managementMarketing TechnologyNewsOSATService Management GroupSummer blockbuster Previous ArticleMicrosoft DevDays Asia 2019: Leveraging Cross-Disciplinary Skills for Next-Gen AI Talents in TaiwanNext ArticleDecibel Builds Integration with Adobe Audience Manager Summer blockbuster season is upon us, and Service Management Group (SMG), a global customer experience management, employee experience and brand research leader, has evaluated how blockbuster premieres impact the customer experience for movie-goers.To get a read on what movie-goers thought of the in-theater experience during blockbuster premiere weekends, SMG used its customized market intelligence tool BrandGeek to capture real-time behavioral data that’s linked to consumer feedback. The research uncovered three key insights:1. Higher traffic doesn’t always mean lower satisfactionWhile it’s common across industries for overall satisfaction (OSAT) scores to decrease when traffic increases, the results weren’t that clear cut for blockbuster premieres. In comparing the change in traffic and overall satisfaction from opening weekend to the prior weekend for eight major motion pictures, OSAT decreased just half of the time. While there are numerous operational challenges associated with increased traffic, the data shows it doesn’t have to negatively impact the customer experience.Marketing Technology News: Index Exchange Introduces Adaptive Timeout, Incorporating Machine Learning into Header Bidding2. Online ticket buyers are more satisfiedFor movie-goers, the obvious touchpoints that contribute to customer satisfaction are in-theater elements, but the data revealed you can’t ignore what happens before the guest steps into the theater. Consumers who purchased tickets online were 3.5 percentage points more satisfied with the movie-going experience than box office customers. While cleanliness, quality of concessions and seat comfort are essential, today’s consumers have also grown to expect frictionless and convenient transactions.3. IMAX customers are less satisfied with value and overall experienceWhile brands can’t control every aspect of the movie-going experience, it’s logical to assume consumers who pay for a specialized viewing experience have elevated expectations. While IMAX customers are overall more satisfied with their in-theater experience, this report showed a 3 percentage point decline in OSAT and 7 percentage point decline in overall value on premiere weekends. To leave customers highly satisfied, brands have to make the right investments and consistently deliver a remarkable premium viewing experience.Marketing Technology News: MicroStrategy Scores Highest in Four Use Cases in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms Report“With an unprecedented number of entertainment options available to consumers—many of them at their fingertips—it’s increasingly important for theaters to understand what customers want from the movie-going experience,” said SMG President Michele Vance. “While it starts with listening, the brands that are winning with customers are gleaning insights from customer feedback and turning insights into action.”Marketing Technology News: Usabilla Named a Strong Performer in 2019last_img read more

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first_img According to a new report, iPhone loyalty is dropping rapidly as consumers trade in their Apple products and move to other devices. The news is a further potential blow to Apple as the smartphone market slumps and its devices continue to underperform.A new report from BankMyCell claims that after tracking about 38,000 users since October 2018, iPhone retention has fallen by 15.2 percent compared with March 2018. 26 percent of BankMyCell users reported planning to move to another brand, while just 7.7 percent of Samsung Galaxy S9 buyers planning to move to an iPhone.According to Kantar Research, iPhone devices accounted for 36 percent of US phone sales in Q2 2019, down 2.4 percent from the same quarter last year. Globally, Gartner has stated that smartphone sales are expected to decline by 68 million this year, down 3.8 percent.A few things are made collectively clear by this data, and not all of them concern just Apple. First, you can expect an absolute blizzard of advertising around 5G in upcoming years, and it’s probably not going to be honest. AT&T set the tone early, with its lies about 5G E, but it probably won’t be the last company to fudge its marketing one way or another. Expect manufacturers to fight and fight hard to get you in the door, even though first-generation 5G cell phones are so bad, high outside temperatures can literally make them stop working in that mode. And by “high,” I mean “85F,” which isn’t really all that high in the downtowns and city centers where 5G service is rolling out.5G’s Mortal Enemy: The SunNo, it’s not an actual subhead for this article. It’s just how I feel like that point needs to be made.Anyway, the mystery here isn’t why Apple customers are abandoning Apple, so much as why they’d be running to Samsung instead. Both companies have enthusiastically leaped on to the bandwagon of selling customers smaller upgrades with fewer features at higher prices in recent years. The only Apple devices I’d recommend to anyone would be the small iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, but the reason I’d recommend them personally is because of their size, not any other feature. I have absolutely no interest in large devices, which means I have no interest in Apple products any longer. Unfortunately, since Android is responsible for the current trend in giant devices, it means I also have no viable Android alternatives.I genuinely expect that the iPhone SE I currently own will be my last smartphone. I will not carry a giant, smash-prone device. Given that I have broken the screen on every iPhone I’ve owned save one, I have no intention of upgrading to a larger piece of hardware with more expensive components that I am statistically even more likely to damage.But even if you aren’t like me — even if you love large devices — it’s hard to see what the current crop of products offers that’s new, useful, or even desirable when prices continue to skyrocket. Top-end smartphones are now more expensive than some very well-made laptops. For some people, it may even make sense to invest more in a top-end smartphone and skip the laptop altogether, but we’ve gone from the era in which you could treat these devices as existing side-by-side to one in which buying one type of product might be so expensive as to preclude you buying the other.Companies won’t be able to fix this problem because companies aren’t very good at being creative. What Samsung and Apple did during the original smartphone revolution was realize that new interface paradigms were possible, then push those interfaces and capabilities during a narrow window when hardware was improving rapidly, allowing for quick evolution. But the entire reason that new categories of devices like wearables haven’t taken off the same way is because manufacturers haven’t been able to capture lightning in a bottle twice.Thus far, the smartphone manufacturers in the United States have decided to double down by raising prices sharply and hoping people are still willing to pay them. Whether this has made the short-term pain worse is unclear. At the very least, it’s drawn a clear line between what these companies think they are entitled to — even more money, despite offering fewer meaningful improvements — and what consumers seem inclined to do (namely, refusing to award weaker products with more cash).I have no particular idea why anyone would move to Samsung over Apple, because honestly, most of these trends apply to Samsung just as much, but it’s possible that the talk about how Apple is failing to live up to its own product heritage or the negative rumors about this years’ iPhone are pushing people away. Either way, if the long-term PC decline is anything to judge by, this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.Now Read:Police Can Unlock Any iPhone With Cellebrite’s New ToolVerizon’s Galaxy S10 5G Price Blows Straight Through the $1K BarrierApple Cuts MacBook Air Prices, Updates MBP, and Kills off the MacBook You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet This ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ April Fools’ Day Joke Broke Hearts Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder 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. 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first_imgHow Do SSDs Work? The Biggest Movie Remake Box Office Bombs Ever You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 8:29 am 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard 0 Comments 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> You Have To Read This Before You See ‘Zombieland 2’ We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All 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. 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first_img As July comes to a close retailers are starting to offer excellent deals on laptops and desktop computers as we approach the back to school season. Today there are several excellent deals on these systems, as well as a strong deal on a 49-inch 4K TV.TCL 49S517 4K HDR Roku Smart 49-Inch TV ($299.99)TCL’s S517-series of TVs feature localized dimming technology that reduces light bleeding and gives you an improved image with deeper blacks. This model also sports a 4K display panel and support for HDR for improved color, and right now you can get it from Walmart marked down from $599.99 to $299.99.Dell Vostro 14 5481 Intel Core i5-8265U 1080p IPS 14-Inch Laptop w/ AMD Radeon 530, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB NVMe SSD ($699.00) Dell designed this system with a built-in fingerprint sensor to help keep your system safe from unapproved users. The notebook also has a capable Core i5 processor and an 1080p IPS display. It also has a low-end AMD Radeon 530 graphics processor that can run some games with low settings. Currently, it’s marked down from Dell from $1,418.57 to $699.00.Overpowered DTW3 Intel Core i7-8700 Gaming Desktop w/ Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 32GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD and 2TB HDD ($1,499.00)Marked down from $2,099.00 to $1,499.00 at Walmart, this desktop offers exceptional power and performance relative to its price point. The system is known to have problems with insufficient ventilation and you may want to move the parts to a new case or install some additional case fans, but for what you get for the price few systems can match this one.Acer Predator Helios 500 AMD Ryzen 7 2700 17.3-Inch 144Hz 1080p Gaming Laptop w/ AMD Radeon RX Vega 56, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB NVMe SSD ($1,299.00)This gaming laptop was built using desktop components and has exceptional processing power and performance as a result. It also features a fast 144Hz 17.3-Inch 1080p display, but don’t expect it to last long on battery. Right now the system is marked down from $1,879.12 to $1,299.00 from Amazon.Logitech Z313 Speaker System ($27.72) This affordable speaker system is marked down from Amazon from $49.99 to $27.72 and includes a 15W subwoofer that can produce deep bass notes that you can feel as well as hear. The two included satellite speakers each have a 5W power rating and will provide a clear audio experience.Audible 1-Year Gold Membership + $20 Amazon Credit ($119.50)If you’ve never tried Audible, then you may not know that it’s a popular audiobook service created by Amazon. Some people like myself use Audible on and off throughout the day to enjoy listening to books while also getting other important tasks done such as cleaning or driving in the car. Amazon is offering Prime members a year of Audible service marked down from $149.99 to $119.50, and a $20 Amazon credit is included in the deal. Also, as an Audible member, you will get discounts on books and credit each month that can be redeemed towards your choice of virtually any book on Audible.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at TechBargains.com. Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder 1 Comment Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 1 Comment ET Deals: TCL 4K HDR 49-Inch TV $299, Dell Core i5 1080p IPS Laptop $699, Overpowered GTX 1080 Ti Desktop $1,499 Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 Now and Absolutely Gorgeous Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. By Michael Sexton on July 22, 2019 at 4:40 pm ‘Frozen 2’ Theories That Just Might Be True Directors Just Hinted At a Major Return From ‘Endgame’last_img read more

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first_imgZendesk Unveils Next Generation of Conversational Messaging Experiences MTS Staff WriterMay 22, 2019, 8:48 pmMay 23, 2019 crmFacebook messengerMarketing TechnologyNewsSDK-based development platformWhatsApp Business integrationZendesk Previous ArticleTrue Influence Hires Data Strategist and Marketing Technology Visionary Ray Estevez as Chief Data OfficerNext Article2019 TOPO Summit Recap: Customer Experience Disrupts B2B Economy Company Acquires Smooch to Expand Zendesk’s Omnichannel Leadership; Launches New Whatsapp and Slack IntegrationsZendesk, Inc. announced it acquired Smooch Technologies Holdings ULC, the Montreal-based company behind Smooch, a platform connecting businesses with customers to power more personalized and human conversations. The acquisition marks Zendesk’s next step in delivering the best omnichannel experiences by connecting conversations between businesses and customers on any messaging channel–from websites and mobile apps to the world’s leading messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.“As long-time partners with Smooch, we know first hand how much they have advanced the conversational experience to bring together all forms of messaging and create a continuous conversation between customers and businesses.”“We live in a messaging-centric world, and customers expect the convenience and interactivity of messaging to be part of their experiences,” said Mikkel Svane, Zendesk founder, CEO and chairman. “As long-time partners with Smooch, we know first hand how much they have advanced the conversational experience to bring together all forms of messaging and create a continuous conversation between customers and businesses.”More than 75 percent* of all smartphone users now use messaging apps such as WhatsApp. Smooch is one of the largest providers of WhatsApp Business integration, and through Zendesk’s early access program, companies can now reach WhatsApp’s 1.5 billion users to manage service interactions and engage with customers directly through Zendesk Chat. This marks the continued expansion of Zendesk’s integration with the WhatsApp Business API into The Zendesk Suite.Marketing Technology News: Xignite CEO to Give Keynote on Migrating Market Data to the Cloud at The North American Financial Information Summit – NAFIS 2019Create a consistent conversational experienceBusinesses struggle to manage the rapidly increasing number of customer inquiries across a variety of disparate channels. Smooch is the only messaging solution pulling in all customer conversations across web, mobile, and social messaging into a cohesive interface no matter what the channel is. As an API and SDK-based development platform built on AWS, this acquisition furthers Zendesk’s commitment to an open, flexible CRM that businesses can harness to build and offer differentiated customer experiences.“With their launch of Sunshine last year, Zendesk took the bold and disruptive step required to compete for and win the future of CRM,” said Warren Levitan, co-founder and CEO of Smooch “The decision to combine forces with Zendesk and help further their CRM strategy will allow us to supercharge our existing mission for building the best customer experiences. We are thrilled to be joining the entire Zendesk team, so many of whom we have had the pleasure to work with over the past three-and-a-half years.”Together, Zendesk and Smooch will drive the next wave of connected conversations on a variety of messaging channels, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, LINE, WeChat, Telegram, Twitter DM, Viber, Kakao Talk, SMS text, RCS and through native web iOS and Android apps. For example, with these expanded capabilities, an online retailer could seamlessly manage an issue with an incorrect shipment or return that starts on social messaging like WhatsApp and shifts to its own native messaging experience in one continuous, informed thread within Zendesk.In addition to product enhancements, Zendesk announced a Conversation Solutions Team, which will support businesses seeking to leverage Smooch’s best-in-class conversation platform to craft personalized messaging experiences. This team can deliver customized messaging applications such as a global hotel brand that provides customers with a premium, omnichannel guest experience through the ability to message hotel staff on property in real-time for any needs across a range of messaging platforms.Marketing Technology News: PepsiCo Foodservice Unveils New Digital Lab to Help Restaurants Thrive In The Evolving Digital MarketplaceEmpower a collaborative, cross-functional teamBusinesses know that the need to connect and collaborate in real-time is critical, and Slack is the preferred communications channel for business. To provide the best experience and service, customer-facing employees need the ability to pull in subject matter experts quickly and easily. Zendesk today announced the general availability of Side Conversations for Slack. Side Conversations empowers teams to work seamlessly together with other departments or partners outside the company without leaving Zendesk. This is especially critical for sales and support who frequently work together to solve and prioritize customer issues. With Zendesk Sell and Support integration, service and sales teams can quickly partner to develop joint solutions with full customer context.Suite expansion with new integrationsTo make great customer experience accessible to everyone, Zendesk launched The Suite in 2018, and it quickly became the company’s most successful product launch ever, driving a 400 percent increase in our customers adopting omnichannel solutions. A core part of The Suite’s success is its robust and growing Zendesk Marketplace, which is expanding with the addition of new Suite Ready partners including Atlassian Statuspage, Lessonly, Maestro, Stella, Tymeshift, Geckoboard, and Ada. These integrations help businesses improve their customer experience (CX) operations in a variety of ways, including training and managing their workforce, tracking KPIs and goals, and monitoring their tickets for quality assurance.The Smooch acquisition, WhatsApp and Slack integrations, and The Suite expansion were all unveiled at the one-day customer experience event, Zendesk Showcase, taking place in New York today.Marketing Technology News: Verasity Announces Integration with YouTubelast_img read more

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first_imgUnravel Data Announces Partner Program and New Executive Hire to Meet Demand for Cloud Migration and Data Operations Initiatives Business WireJune 26, 2019, 2:58 pmJune 26, 2019 Unravel Partner Ecosystem Encompasses an Expansive Network of Innovators to Help Businesses Optimize Their Data Systems and Future-Proof Cloud Migration StrategiesUnravel Data, the only data operations platform providing full-stack visibility and AI-powered recommendations to drive more reliable performance in modern data applications, announced the Unravel Partner Program, which brings together world-leading technology innovators that support Unravel’s mission to radically simplify the way businesses optimize the performance of their modern data applications and the complex pipelines that power those applications. The new program debuts with the appointment of Mark Wolfram as vice president of business development and partnerships, who will direct the program’s strategy and expansion.Unravel’s Partner Program ecosystem includes a robust list of brands including Informatica, Attunix, Dell and RCG Global Services to help their customers solve data operations challenges and optimize their cloud adoption plans :Technology and Platform Partners:Unravel’s partnerships with leading cloud platforms, data management, data operations and analytics partners guarantee the performance, reliability and cost of data systems. Customers benefit from operationalized data application workloads and the ability to address performance and reliability challenges while in production. Opportunities for optimization are pinpointed to ensure that service level agreements are met and resources are optimized. And as data workloads move to the cloud and hybrid deployment models, Unravel can accelerate decision making while eliminating risk.Solution Partners:Unravel’s partnerships with integrators and solution providers deliver validated data operations solutions to their customers to guarantee the performance, reliability and cost of their data systems either on premises or in the cloud. Customers benefit from access to highly differentiated Unravel technology to solve a variety of data operations and cloud migration challenges. Unravel’s training and support accelerates time to value, as does its direct and early access to product, engineering and go-to market teams for deal acceleration and collaborative support in solution design.Marketing Technology News: Insite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommerce“We share with Unravel the common goal of building a culture of innovation and helping customers benefit from all of their data, not just the data for which they have ready-made solutions or tools,” stated Rick Skriletz, Global Managing Principal at RCG Global Services. “Although it’s not a universal truth, we typically find the more data that can be brought to bear on a problem, the better the results. Our complementary solution sets – and tight integration between them – are geared to bring automation to big data workflows, which is the one need we most often hear from customers.”“It is a daunting task to migrate and optimize your data to the cloud as part of a digital transformation journey and yet we see a growing demand from our customers to do so from energy to financial services, manufacturing, government and retail,” said Matt O’Donnell, President of Cloud Services at Redapt Attunix. “The impetus of demand and complexity has set us on the path to partner with Unravel to offer our customers the sophisticated tools, support, vision and platform expertise they need to migrate with confidence, and from there monitor, manage and improve their data pipelines to achieve more reliable performance in the applications that power their business. Unravel’s compatibility and collaboration with leading platforms is a significant advantage to our customers who seek this synergy to deliver value to their customers.”Unravel’s ecosystem partners benefit from enablement, go-to-market and post-sales support. Exclusive technical and best-practices and sales and product training are made available to the partners. Partners can take advantage of opportunities that can help build their business through joint marketing activities, co-marketing collateral and registered partner lead and deal registration. Through the program, partners have access to tools and APIs for customer account management, workflow integration, global dedicated technical support, and recognition as an official partner in the Unravel community.Marketing Technology News: Only 6% of Small Businesses Focused on Retaining Customers, Despite Main Digital Marketing Goal of Increasing SalesMark Wolfram, an accomplished technology executive with more than 20 years of experience in sales, business development, and management, leads the Unravel Partner Program. Wolfram brings a strong background in cloud and data analytics honed at Microsoft and Azuqua (acquired by Okta).“Unravel Data is a unique company that has given more than just lip service about how to address the immense challenges inherent when enterprises look to move data workloads to the cloud. It is actually taking the significant steps necessary to truly partner with businesses during this complex migration process and to ensure continuous availability of modern data applications,” said Mark Wolfram, vice president of business development and partnerships at Unravel Data. “Unravel has developed the industry’s only AI-powered platform for planning, migrating and managing modern data apps in the cloud. I passionately support Unravel’s approach and look forward to sharing my expertise as together we grow the Unravel Partner Program to serve more enterprises around the world.”Marketing Technology News: Leading Associations Turn to ON24 for Member Engagement and Revenue Growth data operations platformfull-stack visibilityMarketing TechnologyNewsRCG Global ServicesUnravel DataUnravel Partner Program Previous ArticleNeongecko Inc. Launches “Neon AI Nano HTML” to Add Conversational AI to WebsitesNext ArticleLoyalty Programs in an Omnichannel Worldlast_img read more

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first_imgWhat Does AI Need to Succeed for Marketers: Human Intelligence Charlie NeerJuly 9, 2019, 8:40 pmJuly 10, 2019 Artificial Intelligence is widely touted as the solution to all business challenges, especially the ones faced by marketers seeking to build their top-funnel pipeline. AI will reach and engage high-value prospects, Marketers are promised. If so, why are so many marketers disappointed by the results? It’s time we stop thinking about Artificial Intelligence as the panacea for all marketing challenges. If we keep on in this vein, marketers will rightly think of it as snake oil – full of promises it can’t possibly deliver. This is a shame because AI has a lot of potential, and limitations. The truth is, with Human intelligence involved, AI works best.How can Human Involvement Improve AI Performance?Humans are essential for two key reasons. The first is to unlock the efficiency of machines. The second reason is that only humans can bring the personal, warm, and welcoming aspect that brands need to deliver successful campaigns.To be sure, there is a long list of tasks that AI is especially good at. It excels at Aggregating, Segregating, and Storing data in effective ways. It’s also pretty useful for making initial assumptions based on scale. For instance, unsupervised Machine Learning can crunch through massive datasets to identify statistically relevant connections that reveal useful and actionable insights for marketers. However, we should never forget that those insights are assumptions that a human must verify.Read More: GDPR Compliance: Decoding The Mood A Year LaterWhy AI needs Human Intelligence to succeed?We all know that Siri is a sophisticated AI platform, but we also know that it requires a considerable amount of corrections and instructions by the individual device user to work properly. This isn’t bad; it’s simply the reality of AI.In contrast,  there are things that AI isn’t very good at, and if not corrected, can lead to embarrassingly poor brand experiences. Topping the list – AI cannot eliminate any biases that are unknowingly built into an algorithm. This happened to Amazon when it launched an AI tool to help screen employment candidates. As it turned out, the algorithm had developed a bias for male candidates, and ceased to forward resumes of female candidates for consideration. The effort had to be abandoned; worse, Amazon undoubtedly missed out on some excellent candidates.As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said of AI, “They’re just automated assumptions. And, if you don’t fix the bias, then you are just automating the bias.”We see this bias every day in our News Feeds, which show us only stories that reflect our political bent and harden our beliefs. We are becoming more polarized because we are rarely exposing ourselves to stories that offer opinions that differ from our own.Nor can AI understand the complex nuances of human emotion, which Burger King proved in the most delightful and hilarious ways when it allowed AI to develop its TV commercials. If you haven’t seen them be sure to check them out; they’re side-splittingly funny, if not effective at selling products. Branding is all about tapping into deep human emotions that prompt a consumer to act; AI is useless in understanding why or how emotional connections occur.In all these cases, human intelligence would immediately spot when and how AI got things wrong and steer it back in the right direction. Human intelligence would begin to suspect a problem after seeing just a handful of male resumes; by the time reaching two dozens, human intelligence will pull the plug on the tool. This is why AI will never succeed without human intelligence.Read More: Navigating GDPR: Preparing for What’s to ComeMarketers who believe they can sit back and let a machine decide who their prospects mostly likely are and which messages they should see are in for a rude awakening. Data scientists will always be needed to assess a marketer’s business needs, and identify data sources that are appropriate to uncover answers (e.g. which data sources will help windshield manufacturers understand the factors and conditions that lead to broken windshields and thus, the right time to target consumers).When companies leverage their best resource [people] with customized Machine Learning assistance [AI], true value can be unlocked and leveraged.AI will always need data engineers to translate complex APIs to a common language so they can be deployed in a campaign. For example, when students head back to school, they are more likely to buy new furniture or dorm room needs. Therefore, when students are looking for a new school swag, the manufacturer should update their strategy and pay more to reach those consumers within a college town or area. It is only at this point that AI can take over and automate decision-making. This is exactly how the industry has set up programmatic advertising campaigns.ConclusionMake no mistake about it, when AI is focusing on specific aspects of a campaign it will add mind-boggling efficiency which will lead to rich rewards for the marketer. But as is with the case of programmatic, human intelligence will still need to keep an eye on the algorithms and optimize it based on results.Without it, AI applications will always carry a risk that they’ll offend, amplify existing biases, and deliver the results marketers would prefer to avoid.Read More: Key Social Media Monetization Tactics for Mobile-First Gaming Brands AdvertisingAIAI biasesBrandingData ManagementHuman IntelligenceNewsSiriTV advertising Previous ArticleAlibaba Cloud Ranked Third Globally by Gartner’s Database Management System Cloud Services Revenue in 2018Next ArticleNintex and Adobe Extend e-Signatures to Microsoft SharePoint Customerslast_img read more

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first_imgFocus on more interpersonal factors that motivate inside sales representatives by improving work-life balance, ensuring more engaging work, demonstrating development opportunities, creating a friendlier work environment and employing highly skilled managers. These nonmonetary factors matter and should be emphasized in job postings, as inside sales representatives have identified these as reasons they would leave their current position for another.“While competitive compensation is an obvious lever for attracting and retaining inside sales talent, it is often an expensive and temporary fix that covers more fundamental issues with a role. By focusing on the most common reasons inside sales staff quit beyond compensation, sales leaders can decrease turnover and potentially realize efficiency and effectiveness gains as a result,” added Dudek.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakers GartnerInside Sales OrganizationsMarketing Technology NewsMatt DudekNews Previous ArticleAirbnb Introduces New Search Capabilities for Business TripsNext ArticlePaysafe Announces YouTube Partnership Gartner Survey Shows Inside Sales Organizations Risk Losing 24% of Employees This Year Business Wire1 day agoJuly 23, 2019 center_img New Research Reveals the Top Factors for Both Attracting and Retaining Inside Sales Representative According to findings from the Global Labor Market Survey from Gartner, Inc., 24% of inside sellers are actively looking for a new job right now. The top three, most common factors behind their intent to seek other jobs include dissatisfaction with the competitiveness of compensation package, manager quality and the degree of respect the organization shows employees.Marketing Technology News: WebCEO, the Agency Oriented Marketing Platform, Launches a New Local SEO ModuleThe survey also highlights factors that would pull sales representatives to similar jobs in other organizations. These include a 15% increase in compensation and a more comprehensive benefits package, work-life balance, more engaging work, more development opportunities, a friendlier work environment, and highly skilled managers.“Leaders responsible for inside sales face a high turnover risk with reps today,” said Matt Dudek, vice president in Gartner’s sales practice. “To avoid this, sales leaders not only need to craft a compelling employee value proposition to attract high-quality candidates to inside sales roles, they must make sure they are delivering on the proposition to retain talent in a competitive labor market.”Marketing Technology News: Progress Named a Leader in the New 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multiexperience Development PlatformsGartner recommends that inside sales leaders looking to improve attraction and retention for their organizations follow two key steps:Address turnover and retention concerns with strategies that boost job satisfaction. A competitive compensation package is a major factor for inside sales representative retention, but sales leaders need not overinvest in compensation to retain talent. Gartner research shows that nearly 60% of inside sellers sampled did not select the competitiveness of their compensation as a top five source of dissatisfaction at their previous employers.last_img read more

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first_img Lok Sabha elections 2019Narendra Moditraders First Published: April 20, 2019, 3:35 PM IST | Edited by: Ahona Sengupta New Delhi: In a strong re-election pitch to the business community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi enlisted the achievements of his government and gave a “report card” of his performance to traders at the Talkatora stadium in the capital.“Not your master, but at your service,” PM Modi began his speech amid a huge round of applause from the traders’ community present at the event. The PM touched upon various schemes launched by his government such as the Jan Dhan Yojana and Ayushman Bharat. Beginning with the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, PM Modi said that through this scheme nearly 70,000 women in India receive free gas cylinder daily, while over 50,000 get free electricity under the “Saubhagya” Yojana.He said that the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana and the direct benefit transfer scheme has ensured that the poor receive benefits of government schemes directly in their bank account. Besides, the Prime Minister added that around one lakh traders daily avail free loans from the government with the help of the MUDRA Yojana.Giving an extensive calculation of all the Yojanas from its inception, PM Modi said, “Like businessmen maintain a register every evening to calculate their personal finances, I do the same for the entire country, every day.”“Swachh Bharat provides over 60,000 toilets daily and close to 1.3 lakh farmers get soil health cards on a regular basis,” he added.The Ayushman Bharat scheme, he said, extends free treatment to close to 9,000 poor people across the country every day. He also said that over one lakh people gained from the Surakhsha Bima Yojana for insurance.The BJP government, he said, has stood by traders in thick and thin and will upon re-election set up a National Traders’ Welfare Board to address their issues.The PM said he has in the five years of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre worked to simplify lives and businesses of traders by scraping 1,500 archaic laws, simplifying processes and providing easy credit.Traders are “backbone” of the Indian economy but had in past never got the respect they deserved.last_img read more

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first_img a song of ice and fireActress Gemma Whelandavid benioffDB Weiss First Published: June 4, 2019, 7:09 PM IST While many fans are still trying to get over the finale of Game of Thrones, one particular actress, goes by the name of Yara Greyjoy in the fantasy series, Gemma Whelan, has admitted that she has not viewed the last season. In an interview with international publication, Digital Spy, Whelan admitted that although her husband has seen it, she has missed out on most of season 8.Read: Game of Thrones Climax Was Exactly How George RR Martin Had Planned It To Be The reason for this is not because she was upset with how her character’s journey concluded in the final episode, titled Iron Throne, but because she did not have internet at her home. Whelan was last seen in the final episode as one of the lords of the Seven Kingdoms, while the trial of Tyrion Lannister was taking place. Her intermittent appearances were also a source of major disappointment for the fans. But the fact that Whelan has not seen her part on the screen, makes her unlike the rest of us. Needless to say she knows what goes down in the end. Read: We Finally Know Why Night King Wanted to Kill Everybody in Game of ThronesShe said via (digitalspy.com), “I haven’t watched the end yet, no. I do know what happens. I came home and my husband was watching it and I saw the final bit but I haven’t seen most of the series yet, because we didn’t have internet in our house.”About her experience of working in Game of Thrones, she added, “It’s hard to quantify – having that on your CV definitely changes things, but in terms of actually that being a tangible thing in your life, it’s hard to know. But of course, it really does help.”A prequel to Game of Thrones is currently in development. It is being developed by A Song of Ice and Fire author George RR Martin and screenwriter Jane Goldman. Actress Naomi Watts and Miranda Richardson are a part of the cast of this HBO prequel.Read: Good Omens Actress Miranda Richardson is Thrilled About Game of Thrones Prequel Follow @News18Movies for morelast_img read more

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first_imgOne of Hollywood’s most celebrated actors, the screen legend who has starred in some of the biggest movies of the last 35 years, is widely considered to be one of the best human beings in the industry as well. Hanks, who was born on July 9, 1956 is known for classics such as the 1989 Turner and Hooch, 1993’s Sleepless in Seattle, 1994’s Forest Gump as well as such stellar cinema like Cast Away, The Green Mile, Saving Private Ryan, The Terminal and Catch Me If You Can.The actor, who won an Oscar playing a terminally ill gay HIV patient in Philadelphia, not only plays the good guy on screen, but is known to be one of the most agreeable guys off screen as well. Here are a few Off-screen moments that prove Tome Hanks really is a nice guyWhen he took out time for his biggest fanBack in 2013, Tom Hanks took out time to talk to Sarah Moretti, a fan with autism, who had lovingly compiled a folder full of Hanks paraphernalia. The way he interacted with his fan really showed a touching moment between the star and Moretti.Lost and FoundHanks, who is pretty active on Twitter, has used his power of fame for the greater good. Back in 2015, he started a search for a student named Lauren after finding her ID card, launching his biggest rescue operation on Twitter. His tweet reported by New York City station WCBS-TV who managed to identify the brunette as a local Fordham University student.Lauren! I found your Student ID in the park. If you still need it my office will get to you. Hanx. pic.twitter.com/Ee9kK4V4qf— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) October 6, 2015When he gatecrashed a weddingA newly-wed couple got the surprise of their life at their wedding back in 2016 after Tom Hanks gatecrashed the photo shoot. The actor was jogging in Central Park when he came across the happy pair and agreed to pose for pictures and entertain guests.Elizabeth and Ryan! Congrats and blessings! Hanx. pic.twitter.com/Uy2GIqYphU— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) September 24, 2016When he bought a coffee machine for journalistsThe actor bought the journalists at the White House press room an espresso machine after touring the facility and then bought a replacement machine six years later when he discovered the first one was on its last leg.That time he helped sell local girl scout cookiesThe actor helped out a group of Girl Scouts in 2015 by not only buying two crates of cookies and tipping them USD 20 but also by helping them sell to more members of the public. The youngsters were trying to raise money in Los Altos, California.@tomhanks and Thank you for supporting our local girl scouts #thanxhanx pic.twitter.com/VisfPeaI97— ginny rosenthal (@ginnyrosenthal) March 4, 2015That time he gave a moviegoer refundHanks once met a couple at a gas station near his home and finding out that they had not liked his movie Larry Crowne, apologised to them and gave them a refund of USD 25 for their wasted time! Follow @News18Movies for more Saving Private RyanTom Hankstom hanks academy awardTom Hanks birthday First Published: July 9, 2019, 10:58 AM ISTlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah Monday hosted a dinner in honour of retired Intelligence Bureau director Rajiv Jain and retired R&AW chief Anil Dhasmana, officials said.Speaking on the occasion, he lauded their contribution in strengthening national security during their illustrious careers spanning 40 years.Jain and Dhasmana thanked the home minister for hosting the dinner in their honour, a Home Ministry official said. Ministers of State for Home G Kishan Reddy and Nityanand Rai, NSA Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior officers were present on the occasion. Amit ShahAnil DhasmanaHome MinisterRajiv Jain First Published: July 8, 2019, 10:21 PM ISTlast_img

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first_imgWhat is productivity“Productivity” is one of those words you throw around and people nod their heads as if knowing exactly what you mean. The thing is, productivity means different things for different people. At its simplest, productivity means being able to accomplish your task in the most efficient way possible, taking up less time, less effort, or both. But as tasks differ from person to person or from job to job, There really isn’t one size fits all tool that would perfect address all kinds of tasks or situations. So we also have to consider the different contexts and different types of work when thinking which of these two powerhouses fits the job just right.Office SuitesWhen speaking of productivity in the realm of computers, most people immediately think of document creation and editing. In other words, office suites and personal information management (PIM). While Microsoft Office still holds majority share in that space, gone are the days when it had monopoly in that market. Plus, Office is now available on almost all major platforms (save Linux, unless via WINE), so it’s not really a deciding factor anymore. In that regard, what becomes more important is familiarity with the rest of the platform of the features available in the version for that platform.Winner: Tie, the iPad Pro with iOS 11 wins in Mobility, the Surface Pro wins in the full desktop version of Office.Art and GraphicsBoth tablets present themselves as the creative’s tool, mostly referring to digital artists who use a stylus to create works of art. Apple has definitely stepped up its game with the new iPad Pros and their 120 Hz ProMotion screens but the new N-Trig based pens on the new Surface Pro promises to be even better than its predecessors. What it boils down to is the software. iOS apps like Procreate and the new Affinity Photo demoed by Apple definitely takes iPads one step closer to their end game, but they have a few ways to go to match their desktop counterparts. Plus, software like Photoshop, Illustrator, Clip Studio Pro, and the like are more or less industry standard. That’s not even considering there are very few decent 3D modeling software for iOS at the moment.Winner: New Surface ProPhotographyWait, isn’t that the same as the above? Not exactly. Photo editing and management calls for a slightly different set of tools from painting, despite Adobe Photoshop (the desktop version at least) being suitable for both. There are tons of photo editing and management software on iOS that more than adequately fulfill those needs. In that sense, the best tool you have is the one that you can take with you always. Given its better portability and mobility stats, the iPad Pro is also more than adequate for this task, without the hardware and software burden of a full-blown Windows computer.Winner: iPad Pro with iOS 11System AdministrationFor a certain class of users, being productive simply means being able to access computers from anywhere they are. These people, system and server administrators, usually have the all-powerful command-line and a few web control panels in their toolbox. Since work usually happens on the server side, the client device, the computer that’s physically with the user, sometimes matters less. For system administrators always on the move, mobility is key. Again, here the iPad Pro has an advantage, especially with quite a good selection of remote access tools available, from remote desktop viewers to SSH clients.Winner: iPad Pro with iOS 11ProgrammingOn the opposite side of the fence sits the client-side programmer. With the exception of those who code web and server apps, most programming tasks are resource intensive. But equally important is how they are dependent on the computing architecture of the client device. While Apple has made huge strides in the performance of its A processors, its raw processing power still falls behind a Core i5 or i7 with twice or four times the RAM. In addition, the ability to connect mobile devices, in the context of mobile app development, is simply impossible on an iPad.Winner: New Surface ProMobilitySome people don’t need specialized apps to be productive. For these people, the basic office software, plus some todo management and calendar tools, are more than enough. For these people being agile and mobile might be more important. The new Surface Pro may be marginally thinner and lighter than its predecessor, but it is still eclipsed by the iPad Pro in that area. Especially by the iPad Pro 10.5. There might be some debate on kickstands and keyboard covers, but the iPad Pro is also perfectly usable without a keyboard when in a pinch. Given the still lower number of touch-friendly apps on Windows 10, the same can’t always be said of the Surface Pro.Winner: iPad Pro with iOS 11Multi-taskingAlthough multi-tasking is now largely debunked in productivity circles, it is still a prime feature on computers and mobile devices. The new iOS 11 definitely levels up the iPad Pro’s game, at least when it comes to ease of use. That said, iOS users will still be left wanting for more, mostly because of iOS’ strict rules on memory and CPU usage. Windows doesn’t have an aggressive process killer, so users won’t suddenly find their browser tabs dormant. Sure, it also drains the battery faster that way, but sometimes getting through work faster saves more battery in the long run.Winner: New Surface ProBatteryIf battery longevity, however, is paramount to productivity, then the iPad Pro will always be the winner. The combination of energy-efficient hardware and smart software ensures you won’t quickly run out of juice in the middle of your work day. While the new Surface Pro boasts of a drastically improved battery life, those numbers have been deemed to be very generous estimates. Apple’s figures are usually more spot on. Plus, the fact that you can top off an iPad Pro with a power bank is a huge life saver when there are no power outlets available.Winner: iPad Pro with iOS 11Wrap-upUse the right tool for the right job. In most of the cases, the availability of software pretty much determines whether a Surface Pro or iPad Pro is that right tool. That said, Microsoft should probably note that in the areas where it does still have an edge, Apple is already catching up. Given changing trends in software use and even software development, Redmond could find its advantages confined to the more stationary desktops and laptops, making something like the Surface Pro practically worthless. The two premium tablets of the year have been revealed and all gloves are off in the fight between Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro and the new iPad Pros, especially when they get the iOS 11 update later this year. Both have pit themselves against the other and the two are neck in neck in the battle for mobile computing supremacy, as well as consumers’ wallets. Compared to mere media consumption, and usually cheaper, tablets, these two are often billed as productivity machines, your office on the go. So which of the two is really the ultimate productivity master? We take a closer look to find outlast_img read more

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first_imgStory TimelineXfinity Mobile is Comcast’s new mobile carrier brand with Verizon’s dataComcast Xfinity xFi turn sgateway into a Wi-Fi control centerXfinity Mobile, Comcast’s wireless phone service, goes liveComcast accused of cutting Internet cables to sabotage small ISPLG X Charge launches on Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile service These days, you hear a lot of jokes on the internet about the citizens of the world (or at least the US) heading down the “darkest timeline.” It’s easy to believe it, too, with important things like healthcare and net neutrality potentially at risk through new legislation. Now, Citibank analyst Jason Bazinet has penned an opinion that Comcast should purchase Verizon, and if we aren’t in the darkest timeline right now, we certainly will be if such a deal ever becomes a reality. It’s concerning, then, that Bazinet would suggest that this is something Comcast should even pursue. Recently, market analysts have suggested that DISH Network could make an offer to buyout Verizon, but Bazinet thinks that Comcast should make its own offer to buy the mobile carrier. How much does Bazinet suggest Comcast should offer? An eye-watering $215 billion.Make no mistake: there is no way such a deal would benefit you, the consumer. If Comcast begins to seriously consider purchasing Verizon, we’ll likely hear half-baked justifications for the deal that probably include Comcast’s fortune being used to expand and improve Verizon’s wireless network. If Verizon were a beleaguered small or mid-sized carrier, perhaps that justification would make sense.Verizon isn’t, though. Verizon is currently the biggest wireless carrier in the United States, and it doesn’t risk losing that seat anytime soon. As of Q1 2017, Verizon reported having 146 million subscribers, while AT&T came in second with 134.2 million subscribers. Even if AT&T were to eventually overtake Verizon, there’s little chance of it ever falling into third place – T-Mobile currently occupies that spot with “only” 73.9 million subscribers.The point is that Verizon makes more than enough money as it is to afford network expansion while still pleasing shareholders with the amount of cash it has left over. Maybe the idea of pleasing shareholders by spending money to offer a better service is a little too optimistic, but the fact remains that Verizon doesn’t need Comcast’s help when it comes to capital.Such consolidation would only serve to make shareholders richer and Comcast even more dominant when it comes to internet service. As someone with Verizon and Comcast service, I can tell you that I don’t want Comcast providing both the connection for my home internet and the connection for my mobile data. That’s saying a lot, too, because I hardly even want Verizon providing my mobile data. Still, I’d much rather have the two be separate entities than arms of the same massive corporation.At this point, anything that gives Comcast more influence over media and connectivity is something that we should be wary of. Keep in mind, Verizon owns both Yahoo and AOL, companies that own many different media outlets themselves. AOL in particular owns a number of prominent technology and news websites that have frequently taken stances against Comcast and its anti-consumer crusades to do things like roll back net neutrality protections. Do you want those websites under the control of Comcast, even with the promise of independence? I certainly don’t.This seems like a deal that government regulators would oppose vehemently. That’s just the problem, though: there’s no real evidence that the current administration cares much for regulating the mergers and acquisitions of already monolithic companies. That’s the entire reason why Bazinet suggested this merger in the first place – what may not have received regulator approval under previous administrations could get a pass from the current one.Let’s hope that Comcast doesn’t actually make a bid to buy Verizon. If it does, though, and regulators within our government don’t immediately begin questioning the necessity of such a deal, be ready to call your senators and representatives and hold their feet to the flames. Make them fear for their jobs and they won’t let such an awful deal for American consumers become reality.last_img read more

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first_imgStory TimelineEssential Phone camera tech explained, phone still missingEssential Phone release details in a week promised amid $300m raiseEssential Phone ship date: There’s good news and badEssential Phone ships next week: Here’s how to get oneEssential Phone just made some huge Android promisesEssential Phone first-impressionsAndy Rubin’s Essential aims big by staying small “Yesterday, we made an error in our customer care function that resulted in personal information from approximately 70 customers being shared with a small group of other customers,” said Rubin, Co-founder of Google’s mobile operating system Android. “We have disabled the misconfigured account and have taken steps internally to add safeguards against this happening again in the future.”SEE TOO: Our Essential Phone GalleryIn addition to the written apology to those customers and the public, Rubin made mention (on Twitter) that Essential will be providing the customers affected with the Essential Phone PH1 at no cost. In a response to a question of whether the phone would be free to those affected customers, Rubin said, “Oh, we will be. I just didn’t feel that it belonged in a blog post…” Also included in the apology letter was the following bit on being a leader and taking responsibility for big errors like this one. “Being a founder in an intensely competitive business means you occasionally have to eat crow. It’s humiliating, it doesn’t taste good, and often, it’s a humbling experience,” said Rubin. “As Essential’s founder and CEO, I’m personally responsible for this error and will try my best to not repeat it.”For more information on the Essential Phone PH1, head over to our recent feature The Essential Phone is a huge work in progress – including hands-on action and pre-review bits and pieces. This device is the first step in Rubin’s aim to make a device company that’s super simple, super basic, and super essential. This morning Andy Rubin wrote a note to the public regarding the company’s recent mishap with emails and private customer info. That sizable mistake grabbed the attention of the entire Android-loving internets this week as it seemed many Essential customers had their personal information shared with email recipients they did not know. Today Andy Rubin rectified the mistake that was made.last_img read more

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first_imgAmazon may be preparing a free version of its Prime Video service that is supported by advertisements. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this rumor, though the last report was a few years ago. This time around, sources say Amazon has been engaging in talks with both movie studios and TV production companies over getting content for the service. As it currently exists, Amazon’s video service called Prime Video requires subscribers to have a Prime membership. In the past, this meant paying $99 for a annual subscription, but now Amazon has a $10.99/month option for those who don’t want to pay all at once, as well as a Prime Video subscription that is $8.99/month. Now that Amazon is bulking up its original video library, those options may not be enough.Sources speaking to AdAge say Amazon is talking with companies about launching a free tier of Prime Video, one that will give viewers advertisements to compensate for the monthly rate. This could involve Amazon offering content creators their own channels, which it kind of does already with things like its HBO and Showtime “channels.” The difference would be that it is free, making it something like OTA television, but delivered over the Internet and with more convenience than real-time TV. Amazon, though, hasn’t commented on the rumor. What would content creators get from this deal? Sources claim Amazon is talking about sharing both viewer data and advertisement revenue with the companies.Amazon has been increasingly producing its own original content, both movies and TV shows, and it has seen growing success for its efforts. The company has won various awards for its original content, and a free tier may be a way to lure in more viewers who otherwise don’t have the subscription to watch the content. A freemium model could prove a fruitful way to grow its viewer base.SOURCE: AdAgelast_img read more

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first_imgConsidering AirPlay hasn’t seen any major release since it first launched, there’s understandably some excitement around AirPlay 2. In particular, the prospect of finally being able to stream the same content to more than one Apple device has made audiophiles giddy. With the arrival of the HomePod speaker, the need for that feature seemed to be even greater. Apple, it seems, doesn’t agree.That past two betas for iOS and tvOS 11.3 included AirPlay 2 not this third and latest one. Presuming it doesn’t find its way back in time, that means that AirPlay 2 and its multi-room feature won’t be coming until iOS 12 at the latest. That practically means the HomePod won’t be getting those features by next month.It’s definitely going to be a disappointment for those who already found the HomePod to be severely lacking in features from day one. While few will contend its audio quality, the HomePod’s crippled Siri experience and incompatibility with popular streaming services have left many wanting for more. And now it seems that “more” won’t come until iOS 12 later this year. Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. The third beta for the company’s mobile, TV, and desktop platforms has just rolled out to developers. And while they come loaded with new things, including important bugfixes, it’s the one thing that Apple removed that is making the biggest noise. As of the third beta for iOS 11.3 as well as tvOS 11.3, AirPlay 2 is no more. Not only does this mean no more multi-room feature, it also paints the HomePod in a disappointing light yet again. AdChoices广告last_img read more

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