Indian Filmmaker hails Maharashtras single window scheme for shooting

first_imgFilmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker has said the single window scheme to get permissions for shooting in Maharashtra will help the film industry immensely.Jayakumar Rawal, Tourism Minister of Maharashtra handed over to Gowariker a copy of the government resolution regarding the single window scheme, which makes it easier to get all required permissions for shooting for cinema, TV serials and advertisement.The meeting between the two saw the discussion on how Bollywood can help improve tourism and also aid in the promotion of the state. Gowariker praised that the decision to have a single window for all necessary permissions is great.“Maharashtra has a lot of potentials and has been drawing filmmakers to shoot here. But often, due to lack of getting permission, they have to change locations. Bollywood will benefit greatly from this single window scheme,” Gowariker said.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Last night Thursday 2

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLast night, Thursday 28 August, LATTE and other selected media attended the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney‘s $13.5 million redesign launch-slash-slumber party.Guests sipped on glasses of Moët & Chandon and the hotel’s signature specially distilled Archie Rose “Out of the Blu” gin as Peter Tudehope, the hotel’s General Manager, addressed the guests.The one-year renovation included refreshing all 336 guest rooms, 28 suites and the property’s meeting and events space.The five-star hotel was originally the  John Fairfax & Son building, then the Bank of New South Wales, before being bought by Radisson in 2000.After Tudehope’s speech, guests were surprised with the cosy hotel experience of watching ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’ in bed while snacking on fairy floss and popcorn, in the hotel’s contemporary events space.Guests in attendance were treated to a goody bag with a pair of Papinelle socks and vouchers for a complimentary tour of the Archie Rose Distilling Co. and the hotel bar to enjoy its signature Archie Rose High Tea.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

ADB is set to launch a new range of applicationsp

first_imgADB is set to launch a new range of application-specific software solutions at IBC, in a bid to address the “growing convergence” between TV and the Internet of Things (IoT).ADB Connected Solutions is a set of software solutions designed for personal and business TV and IoT and are based on ADB’s “clear vision for the future needs of the connected age.”The new portfolio is focused around personal TV and IoT and business TV and IoT. The personal TV part promises to deliver seamless TV experiences across any screen, while the IoT is designed to manage and unifies smart home applications.The business solutions are designed to deliver video and digital signage across different screens and locations, and improve the efficiency of critical business processes.“This is a new chapter for ADB – we are building on our past experience and securing our future. We have a strong vision in the new connected age and we are focused and committed to make this a reality for our customers and their consumers,” said Peter Balchin, CEO of ADB.“We believe that in an age of internet connectivity, there is a need for fast and reliable and cost-effective solutions that ensure consumers and businesses are always connected.”ADB has also launched ConnectedOS, a hybrid cloud- and device-centric platform for developing, deploying and managing connected devices for video and IoT.ADB describes ConnectedOS as the “backbone” of all of the ADB Connected Solutions that acts as a “transition layer” between a range of connected technologies, industry platforms and protocols – simplifying integration, speed to market and reducing the cost in delivering connected services to clients.ADB will exhibit at IBC on stand stand 4.B52last_img read more

In This Issue G81 leaders step up pressure

first_imgIn This Issue. * G(8-1) leaders step up pressure on Russia… * Pound moves higher on UK inflation data… * Aussie $ and Indian rupee both higher vs. US$… * Gold off lows, but struggles to gain momentum… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Leaders of the Group of Seven increase pressure on Putin… Good day.  I made it through the first day back, and the desk was relatively well staffed so it turned out to be a pretty good day.  Currency traders were certainly busy selling dollars yesterday as weaker US manufacturing data disrupted heightened expectations of an early rate hike.  And it seemed global investors were becoming more comfortable with the political stalemate in Crimea even as world leaders, including President Obama met in The Hague. The G7 leaders pledged further measures against Russia amid growing concerns that the Crimean peninsula is just the first step toward an expanded Russia.  And the families of those unfortunate passengers of Flight MH370 were told that new evidence has led investigators to conclude the Boeing 777 crashed into the Indian ocean off the coast of Australia. A very busy start to the week, and with a plethora of data releases scheduled for later this morning, today could shape up to be just as volatile. But before we get talking about today’s data, I will recap the numbers released yesterday morning.  The Markit ‘flash’ report on the US manufacturing sector showed a slip in the Purchasing Managers Index to 55.5 in March from a reading of 57.1 in February.  The median estimate called for a reading of 56.5 and the poor number had some investors re-evaluating the consensus reached last week that rates would be heading higher in April of next year.  All economic numbers will be watched closely for any signs that the US economy isn’t performing quite as well as expected, with the thought that the ‘6 month’ window laid out by Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen would/could be extended if/when the US economy stumbles.  Funny how one piece of not so good data can switch the mood of the markets.  Last week the taper of 10 billion at each of the remaining 2014 Fed meetings was all but guaranteed, and investors were counting on a rate increase 6 months after the last of the bond buying.  But the lower than expected manufacturing number, combined with an even worse number out of China to cause some to question if the global recovery will have ‘legs’.  Investors took profits in the US currency which rose last week after many bet on a US interest rate hike in early 2015. The safe haven bid for US$ seems to have dried up also, as global currency investors seem to have gotten comfortable with the fact that the Crimea region will become part of Russia.  Ukraine has told its remaining troops to leave the region for their own safety, all but handing over the peninsula to the occupying Russian forces.  G8 members, less Russia, met at The Hague and increased the number of Russian individuals subject to restrictions.  Currency traders seemed to largely ignore the situation in Ukraine, and as long as Putin ends his expansion plans in Crimea the events will quickly become ‘old news’.  But a reported buildup of Russian troops along Ukraine’s border has some fearing that the Russian leader has new designs on Moldova, another former Soviet republic.  It is a bit sad to see just how helpless the Western leaders seem to be in standing up to Putin, not that I want to see bloodshed, but he certainly seems to be having his way right now.  While the currency markets aren’t focused on Ukraine, the equity markets seem to be spooked by these events along with the slowdown in China and an earlier than expected rate rise here in the US.  Global equity markets have been trading lower all week but may have found a bottom overnight as the European markets are all trading higher this morning. The Japanese yen continued to fall amid bets the Bank of Japan will need to boost stimulus measures in order to offset the impact of a planned tax increase.  Japan’s central bank has been desperately trying to encourage their citizens to begin spending in order to reverse decades of a deflationary spiral.  A sales tax hike scheduled for April 1 has Japanese consumers rushing out to make purchases which should help boost the BOJ’s quarterly TANKAN survey which is expected to show the headline index improved by two points during the first quarter of 2014.  But the sales tax increase, combined with worries over the global economic recovery have many economists predicting the business sentiment could shift negative during the next 3 months.  Many global investors are expecting the BOJ will launch another round of Quantitative Easing later this summer as consumer inflation continues well below the central bank’s target and the broader outlook weakens.  The BOJ will hold its next monetary policy meeting on April 7-8, and the Tankan report will be released April 1st.  I would expect Japan’s economy to contract a bit following next month’s tax hike, and that will likely spur another round of monetary stimulus by the BOJ.  Shifting the focus to Europe, the euro is drifting a bit lower vs. the US$ this morning after enjoying a full cent move higher yesterday.  A report released this morning showed German business confidence dropped for the first time in five months, reversing yesterday’s mini-rally.  The Ifo Institute’s German business climate index dropped to 110.7 in March from a reading of 111.3 during the previous month which was the highest level since July 2011.  This drop broke a five month string of increases, but the number still shows European business conditions remain fairly robust. The Bundesbank said yesterday that German orders, production expectations and an improving assessment of current economic conditions “point to a very strong growth in the first quarter.”  But the economic outlook of Europe’s major economy is certainly threatened by rising tensions in Ukraine.  German / Russian trade is fairly substantial, which is one reason Chancellor Merkel has been a bit hesitant in supporting dramatic sanctions against Russia. The pound sterling rose after a report showed UK inflation data for February were in line with expectations, increasing 1.7%.  Recent ‘color’ in the markets had predicted a weaker number, which could have led to additional stimulus measures from the BOE.  But with the number coming in as expected it helped push the pound sterling up vs. the US$ and euro.   Currency investors definitely seem to be ignoring events in Ukraine as they continue to pour back into ‘risk on’ trades.  Both the Indian Rupee and Australian dollars high yearly highs vs. the US$ yesterday.  India’s Rupee hit a 7 month high as investors became more optimistic that the election of a new government will hasten the nation’s economic recovery.  Overseas investors are pouring funds into the Indian stock market in front of these new elections, helping to spur a record-setting rally in domestic shares this month. The Australian dollar also traded to the highest level of the year vs. the US$ as investors continue to adjust to new rate expectations.  As Mike wrote last week, the RBA has made it clear that there is no need for further rate cuts, and now investors are gearing up for rate increases in the ‘land down under’.  RBA Deputy Governor Philip Lowe will be speaking later today, followed by Governor Glenn Stevens tomorrow so I would expect to see even more fireworks from the Aussie dollar over the next few days.  The markets will focus on Governor Stevens speech, as he is scheduled to talk about the economic outlook and will probably mention the Aussie’s recent strength.  The Chinese leaders pushed the renminbi higher overnight after allowing it to fall to a 13 month low last week.  The 2.8% YTD loss of the renminbi is being seen as engineered by the Peoples Bank of China who wanted to push speculators out of the market.  Many felt the renminbi was a one-way bet, as the PBOC continually allowed it to appreciate since letting it float in 2005.  A vice governor of the central bank, Yi Gang said over the weekend that the exchange rate will be more and more determined by the market and that the PBOC’s decisive role on the exchange rate will weaken.  Well I guess they will leave it up to the markets as soon as they get done ‘punishing’ the speculators!  That is the thing about Chinese leaders – they are able to do one thing and then announce that they will be doing something totally different going forward pulling a jedi mind trick on the markets “these aren’t the droids you are looking for”. I do expect the renminbi to continue to be a bit more volatile than it has in the past, with a widened trading band and more liquidity.  But I continue to believe this currency should be one of the core currencies in an investor’s asset allocation.  The Chinese economy continues to grow, and the importance of the Chinese renminbi will continue to grow at an even faster pace than the economy.  The Chinese currency will certainly one day be considered as a possible global reserve currency.   Precious metal prices fell further yesterday, with gold sinking to a one month low near $1,300 an ounce.  Last week’s hawkish comments by Janet Yellen continue to weigh on the precious metals markets, and forecasts of sharply lower prices by some of the large Wall Street banks have prompted institutional selling of bullion.  Societe Generale and other bullion banks have made recent forecasts that the price of gold will drop below $1,200 as stimulus is removed by the major central banks.  Silver traded below $20 for the first time since the beginning of February, dragged lower by gold sharp losses. But both Platinum and Palladium held on to their recent gains on supply worries.  The combination of the South African mining strike and tensions in Ukraine have supported the price of the ‘platinum group’ of metals.  Palladium actually hit it highest price since August of 2011 and is now within easy striking distance of $800 per ounce.  The focus of investors will shift to the US data this morning as we will get an indication of how the Housing markets are performing in 2014.  The S&P/Case Shiller home price index is expected to show an increase of .6% for January and a more impressive 13.34% increase in the YOY figure.  We will also see the March consumer confidence index which is expected to have increased to 78.5 from February’s reading of 78.1.  And then we will get the New Home Sales figures for the month of February which are expected to show a drop of 4.9% compared to January’s impressive 9.6% increase.  The housing numbers could still be impacted by the winter weather during the first two months of 2014, so traders will have to consider just how much of a ‘weather impact’ they want to read into these reports.  Unfortunately we won’t be clear of the ‘weather effect’ for some time, and it is interesting to see just how the numbers are received by investors.  When sentiment is positive, it seems any bad data is immediately dismissed due to ‘weather’ but I’m not sure sentiment is so positive after last week’s statement by Yellen.  It will certainly be interesting to see just how the markets react to today’s start of what will be a very busy week of data here in the US! To recap.  G7 leaders met and agreed to increase pressure on Putin in hope of preventing any further ‘land grabs’.  The yen traded lower on expectations that the BOJ will need to institute additional stimulus to offset a tax rate increase scheduled for April 1.  The euro is range bound after moving higher yesterday, and the pound sterling rebounded on UK inflation data which came in right where expected.  It was a ‘risk on’ day for currency traders as both the INR and AUD benefitted from new investors buying into these higher yielding currencies.  And the Chinese renminbi appreciated overnight, reversing the sharp fall orchestrated by the PBOC last week.  Finally, gold fell further on interest rate concerns, but Palladium hit a fresh high on supply concerns. Currencies today 3/25/14. American Style: A$ .9145, kiwi .8549, C$ .8926, euro 1.3812, sterling 1.6495, Swiss $1.1326. European Style: rand 10.78, krone 6.0372, SEK 6.4156, forint 225.62, zloty 3.0342, koruna 19.855, RUB 35.694, yen 102.22, sing 1.2693, HKD 7.7572, INR 60.50, China 6.1426, pesos 13.1677, BRL 2.3230, Dollar Index 80.058, Oil $99.92, 10-year 2.7281%, Silver $20.15, Platinum $1.430.25, Palladium $784.97, and Gold. $1,314.80. That’s it for today. We got a dusting of snow this morning, a reminder that winter is still not quite over.  It looks like it is going to be a busy day today, as I have an interview later this morning and then have to work on wrapping things up and getting back out of town.  I am speaking at the 16th Annual IU Investment Conference in Carlsbad CA later this week, so Mike Meyer will be bringing you the Pfennig for the next 3 days.  Chuck will be headed back home from spring break, and should be back in the saddle next Monday.  Thanks again for reading the Pfenning, and I hope all of you go out and have a Terrific Tuesday!! Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

Editors note This story has been updated to incl

first_imgEditor’s note: This story has been updated to include comments from Juul. Popular e-cigarette company Juul’s November 2018 commitment to stop marketing its products to youth on social media may have done little to curb the brand’s reach among young people. Following intense scrutiny from public health professionals and the government, Juul announced it would try to reach fewer young people with its advertising in the U.S. The company terminated its Instagram and Facebook accounts in November 2018, and says it does not use paid social media influencers.However, according to a study published this week in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control, and interviews with several researchers, Juul’s recent efforts are unlikely to stop the spread of its products and other e-cigarette brands on youth-oriented social media. That’s because, researchers say, the Juul brand has become so ingrained in youth culture that young people advertise it organically — and third-party companies use the Juul name for exposure. The study analyzed nearly 15,000 Juul-relevant posts from 5,201 unique Instagram users between March and May of 2018. Juul itself was the author of only a tiny fraction of these posts.The researchers found that the majority of Juul-related posts were targeted toward young people; about 55% involved content related to youth culture. Over one-third of the posts were promotional in nature, and 11% contained nicotine and addiction-related content.These findings, the study authors say, show that Juul no longer drives the spread of its own products. Instead, young people and other vendors have taken to using the brand as a shorthand for youth culture, further popularizing the product — and the habit of vaping.”We’re at a point where young people are doing Juul’s job for them,” says Elizabeth Hair, a study co-author and senior vice president at the Truth Initiative Schroeder Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to ending tobacco use among youth. She says that in addition to the spread of Juul through organic posts like Spongebob memes, many third party vendors of vaping products have continued to push explicitly youth-targeted advertisements for Juul and similar e-cigarette products under Juul-related hashtags.Though Juul shut down its Instagram account after the study period, multiple researchers say this analysis remains relevant today. The study period only saw a handful of posts that came directly from the Juul company. Instead, the mix of posts was dominated by posts from consumers or from third party vendors using the Juul brand. Both consumers and third party vendors continue to post about Juul on Instagram today. In fact, since Juul closed its Instagram, the volume of Juul-related content on the platform has only increased: According to separate research conducted by Stanford University’s Stanford Research Into The Impact of Tobacco Advertising, there were 260,866 Instagram posts containing the #juul hashtag in late October just before Juul shut down its account. They’ve now more than doubled to over 522,000 as of July 3.”[Juul is a] hugely trendy topic amongst teens,” says Robert Jackler, a Stanford professor and the principal investigator of the research group that studied the explosion of #juul posts. Jackler was not involved in the BMJ study. He says JUUL’s early marketing efforts towards teens in 2015 were so successful that they took on a life of their own. “Once they lit the match, it took off like a wildfire,” he says. “The fact that Juul shut down its own social media postings had little effect.”The Stanford analysis shows how Juul’s advertising in its first six months on the market in 2015 was “patently youth oriented.” Juul pulled back from explicitly targeting youth after the initial period, but young people, affiliates and influencers quickly amplified the brand on social media channels. Use of e-cigarettes took off from 2017 to 2018: According to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey, vaping among teens increased by 78 percent during that period, from 11.7 to 20.8 percent of high schoolers. The sharp rise in teen vaping led then-FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb to crack down on sales of vapes to kids, issuing more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to stores selling e-cigarettes to minors, as NPR reported. Today, Juul says it’s fighting third party accounts. In an emailed statement to NPR, Juul spokesman Ted Kwong said that Juul “strongly support[s] restrictions on social media marketing of vapor products.” Kwong said the company has a team monitoring third-party social media and it submits takedown requests against companies that improperly post third-party social media content related to Juul products; to date, it has succeeded in getting 25,405 Instagram posts removed, he said. The company has also recently sued one third party company, Eonsmoke, for infringement of its intellectual property. “We don’t want youth using our product,” Kwong said.The FDA has also taken enforcement actions against e-cigarette companies that market to youth online. But according to Jidong Huang, an associate professor in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, a number of third party vendors still advertise Juul and similar e-cigarette products on Instagram.E-cigarette marketing on social media falls into a regulatory grey area, says Huang, who was not involved in the BMJ study (though he reviewed it prior to publication). “Marketing of e-cigarettes on social media is really this Wild West,” says Huang. “There is no clear guidance in terms of what companies can and cannot do.” For instance, does an Instagram ad featuring a gummy-bear flavored tobacco product only appeal to youth? Could companies make a case it could be targeted toward adults?Unlike products like cigarettes and smokeless tobacco that have had foundational federal regulations, there are currently few federal rules that govern the specific content of e-cigarette advertising, explains Desmond Jenson, staff attorney and tobacco policy expert at the Public Health Law Center at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minn. There are exceptions: E-cigarette products must add labels of specific sizes and locations stating the products are addictive, and companies are not allowed to make misleading statements about health benefits or claim their products help people “quit.” However, because the FDA has broad authority to regulate tobacco products under the Tobacco Control Act, it can police youth-focused marketing — and it has done so increasingly. This June, for example, it cited four firms that sell e-liquids for inappropriate marketing to teens on social media. Starting in 2022, the agency will also subject all e-cigarette companies to premarket review, meaning it will conduct a more thorough audit of all companies marketing these products in the country. Hair, the BMJ study coauthor, says the FDA could be doing more to restrict these companies now. Her study recommends that the federal government “focus on restricting promotional efforts for e-cigarette products, particularly on social media platforms where young people are a primary audience.”Stronger regulations likely won’t stop teens from using #juul to share angsty memes and TikTok videos on Instagram. I’ve seen first-hand how pervasive “juuling” and Juul culture is. Many of my younger relatives are frequent users, and some of my friends have made Juul-related memes and shared them with hundreds or thousands of followers.But as far as social media goes, Jackler has a suggestion. “When Juul shut down its [Instagram] handle, they didn’t do anything to prohibit hashtags,” Jackler says. He suggests Facebook (Instagram’s parent company) and other social media companies explore the idea of monitoring or shutting down popular Juul-related hashtags to quell the spread of what he calls “community harm.” Michael Felberbaum, an FDA spokesperson, says the organization does not comment on specific studies but says “the FDA is committed to continuing to tackle the troubling epidemic of e-cigarette use among kids. This includes limiting youth access to, and appeal of, flavored tobacco products like e-cigarettes and cigars, taking action against manufacturers and retailers who illegally market or sell these products to minors, and educating youth about the dangers of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.”Susie Neilson is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Find her on Twitter here: @susieneilson. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

JORDAN Turner wont let his personal Magic Weekend

first_imgJORDAN Turner won’t let his personal Magic Weekend hoodoo get in the way of overcoming Warrington Wolves this Sunday at St James’ Park in Newcastle.The centre, who has previously played for Salford Red Devils and Hull FC, hasn’t been on a winning side in a Magic Weekend match during his nine-year career.But he is confident that the First Utility Super League champions can clinch their first win at the two-day event since 2010.“I’m aware that I haven’t personally won a Magic Weekend game, but I don’t really think about that,” he said. “It’s not really about that I’ve never won at a Magic Weekend fixture, that doesn’t worry me at all. I’m pretty confident that we can get the job done no matter where we play whether it’s at Langtree Park or at an away ground or Newcastle.“We’re a confident bunch so we’ll be looking to put in a good performance on Sunday.”Saints are currently three points behind Leeds and Turner isn’t fazed by the pressure that comes with being champions.“We thrive on the pressure of being champions,” he continued. “It’s a good pressure to have to be champions and that everyone wants to beat you.“In another sense, last year’s gone so we’re not really thinking about that, we’re just focused on this year and trying our best to win it again this year.“I think the occasion’s fantastic. I’ve played in some magnificent stadiums such as the Etihad, Millennium Stadium and Murrayfield, so I’ve been quite privileged to have gone on to do that and it’s different from your weekly game, there’s a carnival atmosphere which only comes round once a year.“I really do enjoy the weekend and it’ll be better if we can get a win.”last_img read more

3 Ways Virtual Workers Make Organizations More Effective

first_imgVirtual Teams Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Avoiding in-office distractions can be a major plus for your company. 5 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Tetra Images | Getty Images Enroll Now for $5 February 27, 2017 As the American workplace evolves, more and more companies are thinking of ways to increase productivity without reducing the caliber and engagement of their teams. Additionally, there is increased pressure on venture-backed startups to operate leaner until they can generate revenue. As a result, many companies are turning to virtual employees, found through sites like Upwork and similar services, to manage administrative tasks at a more sensible rate.One survey found that 64 percent of employees at international companies participate in virtual teams and that 52 percent of those teams were based outside of the company’s home country. Now that technology is bringing us closer together, it is easier than ever for companies to leverage top talent at reasonable rates from all around the world.Related: 4 Reasons While Small Companies Are Going RemoteA common misperception of virtual workers is also slowly fading as data suggests that the global workforce is becoming more skilled in English and cross-cultural work. A global HR report from SHRM details that 57 percent of English-speaking workers in Asian countries have a moderate to high proficiency in the language.Another survey indicates that 73 percent of employees believe the challenges that may come with virtual teams are overshadowed by the benefits. Perceptions of virtual work are changing, especially as more companies create positions that are completely virtual or remote.Eric Taussig is the founder and CEO of Prialto and an expert in the world of virtual employees. He is convinced that one of the main reasons virtual work is on the rise is because “today’s companies need to be super focused on doing a few things very well.” As such, companies are more readily outsourcing tasks that are not within the main scope of their business.Here are the top three ways virtual workers make executives and organizations more effective.1. Administrative efficiency.Just like a business has to focus on being excellent at a minimal number of important tasks, executives need to be effective at the tasks that create the most value for their company. “Managed teams of assistants maximize an executive’s time by optimizing their schedule, making sure they have the right information and developing detail-oriented procedures to prevent missed opportunities or oversights,” said Taussig.So why are virtual workers so effective at reducing administrative roadblocks? One reason is that remote work helps them avoid distractions that often occur in office settings. Additionally, virtual workers are often better versed in social tools that help streamline collaboration.Related: When to Hire Virtual Assistants and Outsource Help2. Providing best practices.The arrival of sites like Upwork created a marketplace that connects companies with virtual workers all around the globe. The trouble with these marketplaces, however, is they created an entirely new problem. How do you recruit, vet and hire the right talent? And then what does managing that talent look like? These issues can create more work for companies, minimizing the benefits of outsourcing administrative functions.Taussig shares that the issue is not just helping workers find employers but rather, “the issue is creating the common framework and context so that they can work together more effectively once they have found each other. That’s exactly what a managed service does. It creates the context, the use cases, and the processes so that people can be effective working together across physical and cultural distances.” Virtual assistant companies add a crucial layer of curation and management to the freelance economy, benefiting both the companies that hire them and the talent that works for them.3. Resource allocation.Global Data Analytics research found that Fortune 1000 companies from all around the world are changing their office spaces in light of recent trends in mobile work. Since employees aren’t at their desks 50 to 60 percent of the work week, offices are condensing into smaller locations, saving vital costs for other key business functions.Fortune 1000 companies are not the only ones to benefit. A lot of small to midsize companies are considering office expenditures, so reducing the number of on-site employees could help alleviate the need for larger, more expensive office spaces. This is not to say that virtual workers will always be cheap — finding good talent will always cost more — but the other costs they can save, like time and space, often make them a better option than on-site or domestic employees.Related: Going Virtual: Hiring the Right Team for the Right WorkWhen considering whether or not integrating virtual workers into your business, make sure to look at your motivations and ensure that they align with the real benefits of outsourcing that talent. Instead of evaluating the decision based solely on the percentage of payroll costs it will save, consider how much of your time, energy and management efforts will be saved and what that would mean for your business. 3 Ways Virtual Workers Make Organizations More Effective Guest Writer Sheila Eugenio 284shares Entrepreneurlast_img read more

Sites Personal Questions May Pose Security Risk

first_imgTechnology Sites’ Personal Questions May Pose Security Risk What did your maternal grandfather do for a living? What was your high school mascot’s name? Your first pet’s name?If you have an online account at a retailer like Amazon.com, you’ve probably run into such questions when opening an account or when trying to recover one of the dozens of passwords you juggle in your head. Online businesses everywhere have embraced the technique, which is called knowledge-based authentication.Theoretically, the answers to these questions are so personal and obscure that knowing them proves you are you. Experts say, however, that the technology could end up helping hackers compromise your online accounts more easily.Knowledge-based authentication doesn’t replace user names and passwords; it’s an extra layer of security on top of such schemes, since hackers who stumble across your log-in credentials won’t easily figure out the name of your high-school sweetheart. Collecting log-in information and answers to secret questions from your computer requires keylogging software, making it harder for malicious hackers to triumph.Phishers Get Close to HomeJon Fisher, whose firm, Bharosa (acquired by Oracle last year), develops questions for companies to use, says knowledge-based authentication adds a step for account access. “Phishing both those pieces of information is fairly sophisticated.”But scammers have adapted, adding secret questions to their decoy pages, says Lance James, CTO of fraud research company Secure Science. Bank phishing sites may include their own fraudulent drop-down lists that capture people’s answers, which bad guys can then use to hack real accounts.Even when hackers don’t resort to subterfuge, these nuggets of information can be easier targets than passwords. Mark Burnett, author of Hacking the Code, has observed that seemingly random questions such as “What was the make of your first car?” have a narrow list of answers–in the case of autos, 38 major makers–that hackers can use to try to break into an account, versus a vast multitude of password combinations. Next Article Add to Queue –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » 2 min read Brought to you by PCWorld Asking about your mother’s home town is supposed to help legitimate sites protect your online accounts–but experts say hackers know more about you than you might think. March 25, 2008 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

These Companies Are Building an Autonomous Car Platform

first_img Add to Queue –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Contributors This story originally appeared on PCMag Cars Image credit: Delphi These Companies Are Building an Autonomous Car Platform Next Article August 24, 2016 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Mobileye and Delphi Automotive are teaming up to build an autonomous driving system that carmakers can add to their vehicles as early as 2019.The companies’ so-called Central Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP) platform is geared towards car makers that might not want to spend millions on self-driving technology R&D. With CSLP, Delphi and Mobileye will offer Level 4 or 5 autonomous driving capability, in which Level 0 is where a driver controls all aspects of the car and Level 5 is a fully self-driving car that doesn’t even have a steering wheel or pedals. Delphi and Mobileye will demo their solution at CES 2017 and start fleeting testing shortly thereafter in order to start production by 2019.The companies declined to provide exact details on the deal, though Delphi CEOKevin Clark said during a conference call that it’s worth “hundreds of millions of dollars.” Delphi and Mobileye have actually worked together on various projects for 15 years, but this effort will “build a new class of machine intelligence capable of mimicking human driving capabilities,” said Mobileye’s Chairman and CTO, Amnon Shashua.In June Mobileye announced a deal with Intel and BMW to produce self-driving cars by 2021. When asked about that today, Shashua waved off concerns that BMW might be irked to hear that other car makers will get a self-driving solution before it does. The Delphi deal is “complementary,” he said.”The goal here is to build a solution for customers and BMW is a customer,” he responded. Whatever Mobileye does with Delphi will help BMW in the long run. And while Delphi and Mobileye want a production-ready solution by 2019, it might not get into cars until 2021, depending on when car makers buy in, the same time the BMW solution would arrive.Delphi, meanwhile, was selected earlier this month to provide vehicles and compatible software for a fleet of autonomous taxis in Singapore. Trials of six Audi SQ5s will continue for three years, before the commuter program goes live in 2022.Delphi already operates a self-driving fleet in Silicon Valley, and completed a coast-to-coast autonomous trip across the U.S. last year. The company is also eyeing pilot programs in North America and Europe. Stephanie Mlot and Chloe Albanesius 2 min read Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

E2open Announces Acquisition of Averetek

first_img AcquisitionArtificial IntelligenceAveretekE2openMarketing TechnologyNewsThrough-Channel Marketing Automation Previous ArticleUS Podcast Ad Revenues Hit Historic $479 Million in 2018, an Increase of 53% over Prior Year, According to IAB & PwC ResearchNext ArticleJeff Herrera Announced as Chief Marketing Officer at Annex Cloud E2open Announces Acquisition of Averetek PRNewswireJune 4, 2019, 2:47 pmJune 4, 2019 Combination Creates the Most Comprehensive End-To-End Solution for Channel Sales & MarketingE2open, the one place in the cloud to run your supply chain, announced the acquisition of Averetek, a leader in Through-Channel Marketing Automation (TCMA), enabling companies to discover new markets, shape demand and win business through their indirect sales channels.“Companies that want to accelerate growth understand the critical role that technology plays in managing partner communities, expanding markets and driving sales by placing the right information into the hands of decision-makers at every level of the supplier organization.”This combination will give global firms unprecedented visibility and control of their indirect channel. Averetek enables manufacturers to engage their diverse reseller channels in a scalable way, providing resellers with always-on lead generation content, packaged marketing services, and proven demand creation tactics such as social media automation, event support, email marketing and web content syndication. With the addition of Averetek, E2open can now “close the loop”, providing an end-to-end solution for planning, managing and executing channel marketing activities.Marketing Technology News: Net Element Launches Blade, Fully-Automated, Artificial Intelligence-Powered Underwriting Solution with Predictive Scoring“By joining E2open, we’re able to offer global brands a broader set of tools and services that will accelerate channel growth,” said Peter Thomas, chief executive officer of Averetek, who joins E2open as their vice president of channel strategy.E2open provides the largest global channel network, connecting clients to more than 2 million channel distributors, resellers and retailers across multiple industry verticals including high tech, industrial and consumer packaged goods. Data from all parties is exchanged in real-time, harmonized to become decision-grade and used to power a complete solution suite to improve the performance of channel sales, channel marketing and channel operations. E2open’s continuing investments in Artificial Intelligence and Prescriptive Analytics help brands automate decisions at scale and operate global enterprises with unprecedented efficiency and effectiveness.Marketing Technology News: Pernix Launches Attribution Application Solution to Brings Full Transparency to Performance Marketing Programs“Data and system challenges have forced many channel organizations to make critical decisions on the basis of hunches, anecdotes and outdated assumptions,” said Maria Chien, executive advisor, channel marketing strategies of SiriusDecisions. “Companies that want to accelerate growth understand the critical role that technology plays in managing partner communities, expanding markets and driving sales by placing the right information into the hands of decision-makers at every level of the supplier organization.”“Our goal at E2open is to create a true digital supply chain that connects all parties from customer to supplier, and is enabled by intelligent algorithms, allowing companies to respond in real-time to changes in demand and supply,” said Michael Farlekas, president and chief executive officer of E2open. “With the addition of Averetek, we’ll enable brands and their reseller partners to shape demand for their products and services at scale while delivering predictable ROI to both.”Marketing Technology News: Getty Images and APO Group Announce Strategic Partnership to Provide Innovative and Integrated Text, Photo and Video Services to Companies Operating in Africa and the Middle Eastlast_img read more

Novel sensor monitors beating heart cells with minimal disruption

first_img Source:http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 2 2019For the first time, engineers have demonstrated an electronic device to closely monitor beating heart cells without affecting their behavior. A collaboration between the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Women’s Medical University and RIKEN in Japan produced a functional sample of heart cells with a soft nanomesh sensor in direct contact with the tissue. This device could aid study of other cells, organs and medicines. It also paves the way for future embedded medical devices.Inside each of us beats a life-sustaining heart. Unfortunately, the organ is not always perfect and sometimes goes wrong. One way or another research on the heart is fundamentally important to us all. So when Sunghoon Lee, a researcher in Professor Takao Someya’s group at the University of Tokyo, came up with the idea for an ultrasoft electronic sensor that could monitor functioning cells, his team jumped at the chance to use this sensor to study heart cells, or cardiomyocytes, as they beat.”When researchers study cardiomyocytes in action they culture them on hard petri dishes and attach rigid sensor probes. These impede the cells’ natural tendency to move as the sample beats, so observations do not reflect reality well,” said Lee. “Our nanomesh sensor frees researchers to study cardiomyocytes and other cell cultures in a way more faithful to how they are in nature. The key is to use the sensor in conjunction with a flexible substrate, or base, for the cells to grow on.”For this research, collaborators from Tokyo Women’s Medical University supplied a healthy culture of cardiomyocytes derived from human stem cells. The base for the culture was a very soft material called fibrin gel. Lee placed the nanomesh sensor on top of the cell culture in a complex process, which involved removing and adding liquid medium at the proper times. This was important to correctly orient the nanomesh sensor.Related StoriesImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsResearch opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmiasHeart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according to latest figures”The fine mesh sensor is difficult to place perfectly. This reflects the delicate touch necessary to fabricate it in the first place,” continued Lee. “The polyurethane strands which underlie the entire mesh sensor are 10 times thinner than a human hair. It took a lot of practice and pushed my patience to its limit, but eventually I made some working prototypes.”To make the sensors, first a process called electro-spinning extrudes ultrafine polyurethane strands into a flat sheet, similar to how some common 3D printers work. This spiderweb like sheet is then coated in parylene, a type of plastic, to strengthen it. The parylene on certain sections of the mesh is removed by a dry etching process with a stencil. Gold is then applied to these areas to make the sensor probes and communication wires. Additional parylene isolates the probes so their signals do not interfere with one another.With three probes, the sensor reads voltage present at three locations. The readout appears familiar to anyone who’s watched a hospital drama as it’s essentially a cardiogram. Thanks to the multiple probes, researchers can see propagation of signals, which result from and trigger the cells to beat. These signals are known as an action or field potential and are extremely important when assessing the effect of drugs on the heart.”Drug samples need to get to the cell sample and a solid sensor would either poorly distribute the drug or prevent it reaching the sample altogether. So the porous nature of the nanomesh sensor was intentional and a driving force behind the whole idea,” said Lee. “Whether it’s for drug research, heart monitors or to reduce animal testing, I can’t wait to see this device produced and used in the field. I still get a powerful feeling when I see the close-up images of those golden threads.”last_img read more

Google joins tech move east to invest 1 bn in New York

first_img Report: Google planning big New York City expansion This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 AFP The move by Google comes following Amazon’s announcement of new headquarters sites in New York and suburban Washington DC worth some $5 billion, and Apple’s $1 billion expansion to Texas and other areas.Google parent Alphabet’s chief financial officer Ruth Porat said it would lease large office buildings in lower Manhattan, which will become the centerpiece of a campus of more than 1.7 million square feet (160,000 square meters).The new campus, which should be operational starting in 2020, will be known as Google Hudson Square and “will be the primary location for our New York-based Global Business Organization,” Porat wrote in a blog post.”New York City continues to be a great source of diverse, world-class talent—that’s what brought Google to the city in 2000 and that’s what keeps us here,” she said.Alphabet earlier this year said it was buying the Manhattan Chelsea Market for $2.4 billion, and planned to lease space at Pier 57 on the Hudson river. The company currently employs some 7,000 people in New York.”With these most recent investments in Google Chelsea and Google Hudson Square, we will have the capacity to more than double the number of Googlers in New York over the next 10 years,” Porat said. She said the company’s “investment in New York is a huge part of our commitment to grow and invest in US facilities, offices and jobs.”The new site is a former industrial area adjacent to the Greenwich Village and Soho districts.The expansion would make California-based Alphabet one of the city’s largest commercial tenants, The Wall Street Journal reported.Finding new workersAlphabet, Amazon and Apple are three of the world’s most valuable corporations and have been outgrowing their home bases even with new headquarters building.Google this month released an updated plan for expanding its Mountain View, California, headquarters to create a new village-type campus with more than 6,000 new homes, some of which would be available to low-income residents.Both Google and Apple handled their expansion plans quietly, while Amazon asked for municipalities across North American for proposals, prompting critics to call it a “Hunger Games” contest.All three companies have been struggling to attract workers with technology skills, and that appears to have been a key factor in the three expansion moves.The massive growth in the tech sector has however passed over much of America’s industrial heartland, creating economic and social rifts.Porat said the latest investment “is a huge part of our commitment to grow and invest in US facilities, offices and job,” and added that “we’re growing faster outside the (San Francisco) Bay Area than within it, and this year opened new offices and data centers in locations like Detroit, Boulder, Los Angeles, Tennessee and Alabama.” Citation: Google joins tech move east, to invest $1 bn in New York campus (2018, December 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-google-parent-alphabet-bn-nyc.html Google became the latest US tech giant to announce a major expansion plan, unveiling a $1 billion investment Monday to create a new campus that could double its New York City workforce to 14,000. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Kamal Haasan releases first list of candidates for Lok Sabha pollsKamal Haasan

first_imgMakkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan today released the first list of 21 candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections to be held in the State on April 18.The second list, along with the candidate list for the Assembly by-elections and party manifesto, will be released on March 24 in Coimbatore, the actor-turned-politician told newspersons.The candidates include retired IPS officer AG Mourya (North Chennai) and Kameela Nasser (Central Chennai), who is the wife of actor Nasser.When asked if he will contest in the coming elections, Kamal Haasan replied that he needs to consult with his partymen. “Yes, I wish to contest in the elections but my party men need to tell me that,” he said. “All speculations on me contesting will be announced on March 24,” he said.On the manifesto promises made by the DMK and the AIADMK, he said that they are quite old. To a query on the dynasty rule in DMK he said, “The party used to be the land of the rising sun, but now, it is the land of the rising son,” he said. SHARE SHARE EMAIL state politics Tamil Nadu Published on SHARE politics Makkal Needhi Maiam President Kamal Haa san greets party candidates after releasing the list of contestants for the upcoming Lok Sabha election in Chennai, on Wednesday   –  M_VEDHAN COMMENT March 20, 2019 COMMENTSlast_img read more

New Zealand defence force use controlled explosion to defuse hazardous chemical at

first_img Cricket 11 Jul 2019 Vettori hopes New Zealand can build on ‘best ever’ one-day display Cricket 09 Jul 2019 India dominate New Zealand before rain forces reserve day in Manchester (Reuters) – New Zealand’s defence force conducted a controlled explosion at a South Dunedin site owned by biotechnology company Blis Technologies Ltd on Friday after being called to deal with a hazardous chemical incident, said authorities. The site has now reopened and police cordons removed, Blis and Fire and Emergency New Zealand said in separate statements.”The chemical was disposed of safely via a controlled detonation at the site by the New Zealand Defence Force around 9.45am (2045 GMT) this morning,” Fire and Emergency New Zealand said in a statement. Police had earlier cordoned off several streets in the area to dispose of the container where some “hydrazine monohydrate had crystalised”. Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img Related News Cricket 08 Jul 2019 New Zealand can beat India with an explosive start, says Vettori Hydrazine is used in making pharmaceuticals among other things and exposure to it can cause irritation and seizures in humans. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies it as a probable human carcinogen.Blis said staff noticed the deterioration of a container holding a substance used in basic research during a chemical stock review.Shares of Blis fell as much as 5.4% to NZ$0.035. The company added that it will review the incident. (Reporting by Nikhil Kurian Nainan in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Michael Perry)last_img read more

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