Richard Branson Says the 95 Workday Grind Is About to Die Heres

first_img Richard Branson Says the 9-5 Workday Grind Is About to Die. Here’s Why. –shares 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Nina Zipkin Register Now » Image credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin | Getty Images December 19, 2018 Richard Branson believes the 5-day, 9-5 work week will eventually become extinct.In a recent blog post, the Virgin Group founder cited a familiar argument, that technological innovation — especially advances that do away with the need for people to operate everything from factory machinery to cars and planes — will change work as we know it.But he writes that this doesn’t necessarily have to be something to fear. Instead it can be an opportunity to shake things up for the better, and to accelerate the creation of smarter working practices for everyone.Related: Advice for Elon Musk From Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington and Mark Cuban“One useful idea is for governments to provide tuition for workers to gain the technical skills needed in the new marketplace, in exchange for public service. We need more creative solutions too,” Branson explains.Two other ideas that Branson supports are the proliferation of three and four day weekends and job sharing. These would prioritize a work infrastructure that allows employees to have full lives outside of an office, to spend time with friends and family, to  devote time to the things they are passionate about, and to focus on being physically and mentally healthy.Branson explained how flexible work is a big part of how he leads Virgin Group. “If you trust people and treat them as adults, they will repay you by working effectively and efficiently,” he wrote. “Choice can empower people to make good decisions and feel positive about their workplace, helping to keep great employees and attract new talent. If we all work smarter, we won’t have to work longer.”center_img Work-Life Balance Add to Queue The Virgin Group founder urges businesses to implement flexible work practices to get the most from their employees. Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Entrepreneur Stafflast_img read more

Regions Bank Taps IBMs AI to Power Next Generation Customer Service

first_imgWatson Has Helped Regions Answer over 1.5 Million Customer Calls and 1.4 Million Banker QuestionsIBM announced that Regions Bank has selected the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help improve customer service and assist bankers in everyday work.In today’s digital world, the customer experience remains paramount. A staggering 62% of banking customers will consider switching to a competitor after only 1-2 bad experiences, and more than 90% of customers share details about bad experiences with others. Customer service professionals know that most questions don’t always require long troubleshooting. Agents spend their time answering similar questions, rather than focusing on more complex, exceptional cases.To ensure a positive customer experience, Regions Bank is using Watson in its contact centers to help both customers and employees. The company’s Banker Assist harnesses Watson Assistant to provide bankers with guidance on customer inquiries, enabling them to resolve customer service needs faster. With Banker Assist, employees can use AI-powered search when faced with a question to provide quicker call resolutions and more consistent answers. Already, 700 professionals at the bank rely on Watson to complete customer problem resolution.Marketing Technology News: Pagely Announces 2nd Annual Scholarship for Underrepresented Students in TechAdditionally, when customers call Regions, many interact directly with Watson Assistant receiving rapid and consistent answers to their questions. They can get help on a variety of issues including updating personal information and navigating the Regions Bank website. Letting Watson take on the more routine questions allows service representatives to tackle the more intellectually challenging questions, spend more time engaging with customers and be better informed to resolve issues. Over time, Watson will be trained on other tasks, including analyzing customers’ tone to help determine when a customer should be transferred to a live agent.Our Resources: How Connected Workplaces Can Help You Unlock Higher Levels of Productivity“At Regions we are investing in technology to make banking easier for our customers and to recruit and retain talented associates,” said Chris Brasher, head of Bank Operations for Regions Bank. “IBM Watson’s automated intelligence is an important tool that allows us to operate more effectively by understanding customer needs. We are identifying additional use cases for this technology as part of our focus on continuous improvement across the company.”Marketing Technology News: New Research from Fresh Relevance Highlights Impact and Adoption of Influencer Marketing Is Overestimated“The use of artificial intelligence among banks continues to rise, helping financial institutions make better use of vast amounts of data, analyze patterns, evaluate risks and improve customer service,” said Beth Smith, General Manager, IBM Watson AI. “Regions Bank is focused on improving customer and associate relationships and Watson will help them continue to provide a great customer experience.”Marketing Technology News: PX Open Marketplace Surpasses 500 Publishers in its Exchange Regions Bank Taps IBM’s AI to Power Next Generation Customer Service PRNewswireApril 26, 2019, 5:44 pmJuly 16, 2019 Artificial Intelligencecustomer experienceIBMMarketing TechnologyNewsRegions Bank Previous ArticleLINK Mobility to Integrate With Oracle ResponsysNext ArticleNew Yotpo and Klaviyo Integration Propels Email Innovation and Revenues for D2C Brandslast_img read more

Bidalgo Launches Industry First AssetLevel Data for Google App Campaigns to Give

first_imgBidalgo Launches Industry First Asset-Level Data for Google App Campaigns to Give App Marketers Greater Accuracy and Control MTS Staff WriterApril 26, 2019, 7:32 pmApril 26, 2019 With Post-Attribution, Asset-Level Heuristic Data, Bidalgo Automation Brings a 30% Lift in ROASBidalgo, a leading provider of ad automation software and services for app marketers, announced the launch of Asset Heuristic Data (Asset HD) for Google App Campaigns, providing app marketers with post-attribution, asset-level data and enhanced AI-powered automation for install campaigns on Google properties. Now, for the first time since Google transitioned all app install campaigns to Google App Campaigns (previously “Google UAC”) in October of 2017, app marketers have access to accurate reporting data down to the asset level, so that they can analyze creative performance and optimize campaigns accordingly. In early tests, marketing partners using Bidalgo’s Automation for Google App Campaigns have increased their Return On Ad Spend (ROAS) 30 percent.Google App Campaigns run optimized install campaigns on inventory across all relevant Google properties, including Google Play, Search, YouTube and the Google Display Network. Currently, Measurement Partners don’t have transparency to asset-level data, leading to a lack of accurate, post-attribution data throughout the industry. Google provides marketers with approximated reporting on basic, pre-attribution data such as impressions, clicks and conversions, but the numbers are often difficult to interpret and take action on. Bidalgo’s algorithm for Asset HD relies on user funnel, pre-attribution data and other inputs to provide highly accurate information about the post-install performance of each asset as it affects revenue, payers, transactions and more.Marketing Technology News: Data Privacy: Balancing Personalization and Security in the Age of Transparency“Google App Campaigns are an incredibly powerful yet simple way for app marketers to drive high-quality installs,” said Niv Yemini, CTO & co-founder of Bidalgo. “But at the same time, it has taken away some of the control from app marketers who are used to having more dials and levers they can adjust in order to optimize their campaigns. With our solutions for Google App Campaigns, we are putting the power back into those marketers’ hands by providing greater transparency into asset performance and enabling them to better manage and optimize their campaigns.”Marketing Technology News: MGH Survey Finds Nearly Half of US Diners Have Tried a New Restaurant Because of its Social Media PostsBidalgo improves Google App Campaigns by providing:Asset HD – While Google only provides pre-attribution, campaign-level data for metrics such as impressions, clicks and installs, Bidalgo provides Asset Heuristic Data (Asset HD). Bidalgo uses a data science-driven heuristic technique to calculate asset-level performance, including Return On Ad Spend (ROAS), based on post-install attribution data from leading mobile measurement partners. This enables the breakdown of performance for assets including text, video, display image and HTML5 playable units. Until now, these assets were only looked at collectively.AI-Powered Automation – Bidalgo’s proprietary AI algorithms create a campaign using smart asset selection by looking at the assets’ historical data. Once the best assets have been determined, it analyzes their performance and adds or removes as needed. Marketers can now build campaigns based on the best performing assets and optimize campaigns automatically using that data.Marketing Technology News: Grant Thornton’s Tax practice embraces Microsoft Power BI AI-powered automationapp marketersAsset Heuristic DataBidalgoGoogle App CampaignsMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleBlueshift Appoints LendingTree’s Former VP of Marketing, Josh Francia, as Chief Growth OfficerNext ArticleSalesLoft Scoops $70 Million Series D to Fuel Growth in Sales Technologylast_img read more

Percolate Announces Industryfirst Analytics Capabilities Powered by Domo

first_img Content Marketing PlatformDomoMarketing TechnologyNewsPercolatePercolate InsightsRandy Wootton Previous ArticleJOANN Stores Partners With Impact Analytics to Generate Immediate EBITDA Impact Through Promo OptimizationNext ArticleCopper Announces New CEO, Eyes International Markets & Expansion On the Heels of Announcing an Industry-First Developer Platform and Partner Program, Percolate Reveals Percolate Insights – Powered by Domo, an Analytics Solution That Harnesses the Power of Data for Marketing ExecutionPercolate, the leading enterprise Content Marketing Platform, announced a partnership with Domo – provider of the leading cloud-based operating system for business – and the relaunch of their analytics product as Percolate Insights – Powered by Domo.The new solution (available Q4 2019) will introduce a new caliber of reporting to the daily workflows of marketers at enterprise companies and enable marketers at all levels of the organization to make data-driven decisions. In addition, Percolate Insights delivers new operational and strategic metrics that open up new visibility into campaign strategy, marketing mix, and productivity.“All marketers today aspire to be more data-driven in their decision making, but in an enterprise there are many barriers to accessing and actioning insights,” says Randy Wootton, CEO of Percolate. “Percolate Insights puts the most powerful reporting tool in the hands of marketers–ensuring the data is contextual and relevant–so that marketers  can apply unique insights to the critical business decisions they make each and every day.”Marketing Technology News: Seven Tech Data Executives Named 2019 CRN “Women of the Channel”“Marketers are always seeking innovative ways to bring together the massive amounts of data from their marketing operations and to make real-time, strategic decisions with that information,” said Jon Shoff, vice president of Agency Sales and Partnerships at Domo. “Percolate Insights – Powered by Domo is an opportunity to provide a more powerful solution to marketers by giving them the power of collaboration and visibility paired with rich insights from their data.”Marketing Technology News: Vonage Wins 2019 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year AwardsPercolate is the leading Content Marketing Platform for the enterprise. Percolate offers solutions to introduce visibility into the marketing process, improve coordination of work, and effectively build marketing campaigns and content. The world’s largest brands — including Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Bosch — use Percolate to create a coordinated customer experience, reduce production costs, and understand marketing impact.Marketing Technology News: Zendesk Unveils Next Generation of Conversational Messaging Experiences Percolate Announces Industry-first Analytics Capabilities Powered by Domo PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 2:50 pmMay 24, 2019 last_img read more

Telefónica to Offer Google Cloud Solutions to Companies Around the World

first_imgThe agreement between the two companies will allow Telefónica to reinforce its multicloud offering to companies with the inclusion in its catalogue of Google Cloud Platform, G Suite, Google Cloud Interconnect and Chrome EnterpriseTelefónica Business Solutions, a leading provider of a broad portfolio of integrated communication solutions and digital services for the B2B market, has announced a strategic agreement with Google. This new agreement will help companies accelerate their transition to the cloud, reduce costs and advance the digital transformation of their businesses.Telefónica’s global multicloud value proposition already includes the most relevant public clouds in the market, and will be further strengthened by the addition of Google’s public cloud service. This new comprehensive service set aims to deliver customers an integrated solution which, when combined with security and communications, allows companies to enjoy a differential end-to-end experience. In addition, Telefónica’s multicloud portal enables companies to simplify the complexity of their hybrid cloud environments including public, local and private clouds, unifying them into a single, simple, secure and flexible management environment.Marketing Technology News: Oracle Collaborates with Top Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Members to Rethink Customer Data Platform MarketThe agreement announced today is global and builds on the local agreement signed by Telefónica Spain last year with Google for the marketing of G Suite. Google’s suite of collaboration and productivity applications allows companies to integrate in the cloud everything they need to create a virtual workplace that, when combined with Telefónica’s professional communications and telephony services, allows users to work securely from anywhere.The global framework of the agreement means, that going forward, in addition to G Suite, Telefónica will promote in all countries where it operates Google Cloud Platform public cloud services, the infrastructure interconnection solution Google Cloud Interconnect and Chrome Enterprise which includes the most relevant business tools companies require to work easily in the cloud.Marketing Technology News: Databricks Accelerates APJ Expansion Following $250 Million Funding RoundHugo de los Santos, Global B2B Director of Products and Services at Telefónica commented: “Our customers demand a complete multicloud offering that allows them to use the most appropriate products and services from each cloud. Those offered by Google Cloud also perfectly complement our cloud product portfolio and will help us improve our value proposition to companies by distinguishing themselves through their Artificial Intelligence and machine learning capabilities.”Sebastian Marotte, VP EMEA Partners & Alliances, Google Cloud, said: “The alliance between Google Cloud and Telefónica Business Solutions provides our clients with a simple, secure and open approach, allowing them to take advantage of the benefits of the cloud in the best way that meets their business needs.”Marketing Technology News: Blis Expands Into the Netherlands With First Hire B2B markegoogleHugo de los SantosMarketing TechnologyNewsSebastian MarotteTelefónica Business Solutions Previous ArticleBuddig Launches National Advertising Campaign “Lunchtime Anytime”Next ArticleSitecore Expands Functionality for Salesforce Marketing Cloud, on Salesforce AppExchange with Better Personalization and Segmentation Telefónica to Offer Google Cloud Solutions to Companies Around the World MTS Staff WriterJune 18, 2019, 9:45 pmJune 18, 2019 last_img read more

Neuroene Therapeutics receives 15 million NIH grant to develop antiseizure compound for

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 29 2018Neuroene Therapeutics, a start-up company founded by mitochondrial biologist Sherine S. L. Chan, Ph.D. and medicinal chemist C. James Chou, Ph.D. of the Medical University of South Carolina, has received a $1.5 million NIH Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant to optimize vitamin K analogues that could improve seizure control in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. Richard Himes, Ph.D., a chemist at the College of Charleston, serves as the company’s Chief Scientific Officer.Of the 3.4 million Americans estimated to have epilepsy, one third do not receive adequate seizure control with current medications, either because the drugs do not work for them or because they cannot tolerate the drug’s side effects.The SBIR grant will enable Neuroene Therapeutics to test the efficacy and safety of its lead compounds, which are analogues of a naturally occurring form of vitamin K that is essential for mitochondrial and neuronal health.”Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell, and the brain needs a lot of energy for its function. A particular form of vitamin K protects the integrity of the mitochondria and helps them produce enough energy for brain cells,” explained Chan.The form of vitamin K needed by the brain is not the same as the vitamin K we get from foods in our diet. The vitamin K we eat must first be processed by intestinal bacteria before transport to the brain, and then within neurons must be converted into the specific form of Vitamin K that is needed for mitochondrial and neuronal health.Because the compound developed by Neuroene Therapeutics mimics this specific form of Vitamin K that the neuron needs (not the ingested form) and because it travels directly to the brain, it bypasses the need for transport systems.”Unlike other vitamin K analogues, which require additional processing before they are in a usable form, our compounds are a direct substitute for the active form and go directly to the brain where they are needed,” said Chou.Related StoriesResearchers discover biochemical agent responsible for blood pressure drop in sepsisCompound derived from broccoli sprouts may restore brain chemistry imbalance related to schizophreniaCopper compound with potential as therapy for ALS shows further promiseEarly testing of these vitamin K analogues by the MUSC investigators with pilot funding from the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute, a Clinical and Translational Science Awards hub funded by the National Institutes of Health, showed significantly reduced seizure activity with little toxicity in a zebrafish model. Testing in mouse seizure models at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Anticonvulsant Screening Program confirmed those findings.With assistance from the MUSC Foundation for Research Development, Chan and Chou established Neuroene Therapeutics in 2015 and received a patent on their lead compounds earlier this year.The current SBIR award will enable additional testing of the compounds’ efficacy and safety at the University of Utah’s Anticonvulsant Drug Development Program, directed by Karen Wilcox, Ph.D., which has robust rodent models of drug-resistant epilepsy. By the end of the two years of SBIR funding, Neuroene Therapeutics will have identified the lead compound to take forward into clinical trial.Although Neuroene Therapeutics is focused currently on developing its lead compound for drug-resistant epilepsy, Chan and Chou are also studying whether vitamin K analogues could improve outcomes in other difficult-to-treat neurological diseases. They already have some promising preclinical data in Parkinson’s disease and mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. In addition, they speculate that the compounds could also be relevant to Alzheimer’s disease.Apolipoprotein E4, one of the strongest genetic risk markers for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, has a role to play in vitamin K transport. It is possible, then, that mitochondrial dysfunction due to insufficient transport of vitamin K could be implicated in Alzheimer’s and, if so, these brain-penetrating vitamin K analogues could bypass the transport process, thus improving mitochondrial health and disease outcome. Source:http://www.musc.edulast_img read more

Researchers reveal how some cancers trick healthy cells into protecting tumors

first_img Source:https://www.chla.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 30 2018Many factors affect cancer treatment outcome, such as the size and location of the tumor, availability of effective treatments, and timing of intervention. But some cancers are so aggressive that outcome is poor, even after early diagnosis and chemotherapy. Researchers have focused their attention on trying to understand what makes some cancers less treatable than others. Now, researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles reveal a mechanism by which some cancers trick healthy cells into protecting tumors.Yves DeClerck, MD, of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and the Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has dedicated his career to understanding how cancer cells interact with the surrounding normal tissue to escape the effects of therapy. Research has shown that tumors with high levels of a protein called Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) are more aggressive and are associated with poorer outcomes. In the new study, published November 20th in the journal Cell Reports, DeClerck’s team demonstrated that cancer cells use PAI-1 to trick the body’s immune system into supporting the cancer.DeClerck and his team, led by postdoctoral research fellow Marta Kubala, PhD, characterized a relationship between tumors and the immune system. “In this study, we focused on the role of immune cells called macrophages and how PAI-1 affects their activity,” explains Kubala. As important players in the immune system, macrophages find and destroy cancer cells or foreign invaders like bacteria. While macrophages are normally considered anti-cancer, DeClerck’s team showed that PAI-1 pushes macrophages into an alternate, pro-cancer state (called M2) by recruiting common players in the immune system – IL-6 and STAT3 – effectively signaling to the macrophages to support rather than attack tumor cells.”A macrophage can either be a friend or an enemy to cancer cells,” explains DeClerck, who is also a professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. “The cancer communicates with the macrophages, telling them to become friendly. So, the macrophages change their behavior and support the tumor.” In altering the function of surrounding, healthy tissue, the cancer is better able to survive and spread.Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyMother calls for protein shake regulation after daughter diesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerThe team around DeClerck also shows that cancer cells can use PAI-1 to promote movement of these pro-cancer M2 macrophages into the tumors, where they protect the cancer and repair any damage that chemotherapy may have inflicted. This symbolic one-two punch culminates in a stronger, more difficult-to-treat cancer.DeClerck and his team have uncovered what appears to be a very common mechanism used by many cancers to commandeer part of the body’s immune system. In order to investigate how broadly this cellular communication could impact cancer treatment, DeClerck’s team studied the National Institute of Health’s Cancer Genome Atlas, a library of genetic information from more than 11,000 patient samples, and found that many different cancers have this relationship. “We looked at patient data from neuroblastoma and breast, prostate, colon, and lung cancers. Every time we see higher levels of PAI-1, we see more evidence of pro-cancer M2 macrophages,” says DeClerck.This new understanding of just how PAI-1 communicates with macrophages to change their activity has the potential to alter our approach to cancer treatment since these findings are applicable to most types of cancer. “It is clear that the tumor microenvironment, including cells of the immune system, is crucial in cancer development,” explains Kubala.While cancers vary widely in terms of location, treatment, and survival rates, their manipulation of macrophages represents a common thread, which is important for devising improved treatments for aggressive cancers. “Targeting PAI-1 could be beneficial in cancer,” DeClerck says, “but much more work needs to be done.” He cautions that the answer is not as simple as eliminating PAI-1, which is also made in healthy tissue and is an important part of the blood clotting process. But these results, which uncover a complete pathway of communication between tumors and macrophages, lay the foundation for a promising avenue of research.​​last_img read more

Tattoo electrodes from an inkjet printer for longterm medical diagnostics

Researchers at TU Graz present tattoo electrodes from the printer, which are particularly attractive for long-term medical diagnostics. Credit: Lunghammer – TU Graz Provided by Graz University of Technology Explore further Graphene electronic tattoos can be applied to the skin with water In the case of diagnostic methods such as electrocardiogram (ECG) and electromyography (EMG), gel electrodes are the preferred method of transmitting electric impulses from the heart or muscle. In clinical practice the frequently stiff and cumbersome electrodes noticeably restrict the mobility of patients and are not very comfortable. Because the gel on the electrodes dries out after a short time, the possibilities of taking measurements over a longer period using this kind of electrode are limited.Together with researchers from Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) Pontedera, Università degli Studi in Milan and Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna in Pisa, Francesco Greco from the Institute of Solid State Physics at TU Graz in Austria presents a novel method in Advanced Science which raises the transmission of electrical impulses from human to machine to the next level using printed tattoo electrodes.Printed tattoo electrodes for long-term diagnosticsIn the presented method, conducting polymers are printed on commercial temporary tattoo paper, thus producing single or multiple electrode arrangements. The external connections necessary for transmitting the signals are integrated directly in the tattoo. The tattoo electrodes are then applied to the skin like temporary transfer pictures and can hardly be felt by the wearer. Due to their extreme thinness of under one micrometre, the electrodes can be adapted perfectly to the uneven human skin, and can even be applied to parts of the body where traditional electrodes are not suitable, for instance the face. Francesco Greco, materials scientist at the Institute of Solid State Physics of TU Graz explains: “With this method we have managed to take a big step forward in further developing epidermal electronics. We are on a direct road to making an extremely economical and simple as well as versatile applicable system which has enormous market potential.” There is already concrete interest from international biomedical companies in the shared development of marketable products, Greco reports.Personalising epidermal electronicsAnother feature of the printer-created tattoo electrodes is that even a perforation of the tattoo, for instance through the growth of a hair, does not impair the conductivity of the electrode and the signal transmission. This is particularly relevant in the case of long-term applications because hair growth leads to inaccuracies in the results using traditional measuring methods. Flawless transmissions of up to three days were trialled in the tests of the Italian Austrian research group. This, explains Greco, facilitates the measurement of electrophysiological signals of patients and athletes over a longer period without restricting or influencing their normal activities. Electrodes of different sizes and arrangements could also be produced using the printer and individually adapted to the respective body part on which the measurement is to be carried out.Greco describes the ultimate goal of the research as follows: “We are working on the development of wireless tattoo electrodes with integrated transistor which would make it possible to both send and receive signals. Not only could we measure impulses using this method, but we could also stimulate body regions in a targeted way.”Francesco Greco from TU Graz’s Institute of Solid State Physics is working together on this research topic with the team of Paolo Cavallari, professor of human physiology at Università degli Studi in Milan, and Professor Christian Cipriani, head of the Biorobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna in Pisa, and also with his former research group at Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) Pontedera. More information: Laura M. Ferrari et al. Ultraconformable Temporary Tattoo Electrodes for Electrophysiology, Advanced Science (2018). DOI: 10.1002/advs.201700771 Electrodes for longterm monitoring of electrical impulses of heart or muscles in the form of temporary tattoos produced using an ink-jet printer. An international research group involving TU Graz, Austria, presents this novel method in Advanced Science. Citation: Tattoo electrodes from an ink-jet printer for long-term medical diagnostics (2018, March 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-tattoo-electrodes-ink-jet-printer-long-term.html 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. read more

PSA Peugeot Citroen rides to higher sales backed by Opel Vauxhall

Explore further © 2018 AFP French carmarker PSA Peugeot Citroen said Tuesday its acquisition of the Opel and Vauxhall brands last year helped drive sales up more than 42 percent in the first quarter. French carmaker PSA says global sales up 15% in 2017 The auto giant said it had seen a growth in sales volume around the world, “with a record 1.05 million cars sold”.As such the company is likely to surpass its expectations of selling four million cars in 2018, as announced by CEO Carlos Tavares in March.PSA last year became Europe’s second biggest carmaker after Volkswagen when it bought Vauxhall and German brand Opel from US giant General Motors.It said revenue jumped 42.1 percent to 18.2 billion euros ($22.2 billion) from January to March this year.Excluding last summer’s acquisition of Opel Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroen and premium brand DS saw revenue surge 13.3 percent to 10.2 billion euros in the first quarter.Tavares had also promised better sales on the Chinese market, which had been PSA’s weak spot and where sales had dipped 37 percent last year.In the first three months of 2018, the company’s fortunes in China began to shift, with a slight increase in sales of 1.8 percent.Of the company’s brands, Citroen was the best performing in China, the world’s biggest car market, while DS sales dropped nearly 58 percent in the Asian giant.In Europe, which is by far the company’s biggest market, sales jumped 8.7 percent, thanks mainly to Peugeot.Taking into account the figures for Opel Vauxhall in Europe, sales jumped 65.7 percent to over 770,000 units. Opel Vauxhall continues to weigh on profitability, however, even as PSA presses on with a major plan to turn around its results.”Push to Pass strategic plan and Opel Vauxhall turnaround plan are on track to make this strong performance a solid basis for the future,” chief financial officer Jean-Baptiste de Chatillon said. PSA’s results were doped by the inclusion of Opel Vauxhall in its books Citation: PSA Peugeot Citroen rides to higher sales, backed by Opel Vauxhall (2018, April 24) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-psa-peugeot-citroen-higher-sales.html 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. read more

Welcome to Codeverse where kids learn to build games and hack light

first_img ©2018 Chicago Tribune Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. He hacked the concert lights in the small, dark room, making them flash and move around. Another kid bounced around next to him.”I control all the lights now,” Cillian said, tapping the screen of his iPad and looking toward the lights on the ceiling. As he changed the colors, the lights flashed across his face and lit up his spiky blond hair. “I can make it red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet.”Cillian was learning to code. Armed with an iPad and kid-specific coding language, he and the roughly 30 other 6- to 12-year-olds attending camp at Codeverse Lincoln Park learned to create games and control the TVs, speakers and robotic arms in the space. The coding studio, which opened a year ago in the Goose Island neighborhood and just raised $10 million from investors including Chicago-based venture capital firm Listen Ventures, is set to expand to the north and west suburbs.Coding has been gaining prominence in schools throughout the Chicago area in recent years as educators and tech companies stress the importance of the skill for the future workforce. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said computer programming is a language students should be fluent in. Chicago Public Schools has made taking at least one credit of computer science a graduation requirement, starting with the class of 2020. Apple has teamed up with CPS and City Colleges of Chicago to offer its free coding curriculum to teachers.After-school boot camps and coding clubs have also been springing up. Another kids coding franchise, Code Ninja, is eyeing expansion in the Chicago area, and national nonprofit Girls Who Code is also active in the area.Still, Codeverse co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer Katy Lynch said “kids are not getting enough of it.” That’s especially true for younger children, who may struggle with some of the more complicated concepts of learning a programming language. To help with that, Codeverse developed its own coding language for children, called KidScript.”When you look at the world of coding today, the things you think about are the adult languages that exist,” Lynch said. “The issue with those languages is that they’re pretty advanced. You’d never be able to sit a 6-year-old in front of Python and say, ‘OK, learn it.’ ” Explore further Citation: Welcome to Codeverse, where kids learn to build games and hack light fixtures (2018, August 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-codeverse-kids-games-hack-fixtures.html Google celebrates 50 years of kids coding languages—5 ways to get your kid engagedcenter_img The company plans to open studios in Wilmette and Naperville this fall and hire about 60 new employees in the Chicago area over the next three months. The new studios will offer weeklong camps, after-school and weekend classes.Eventually, Codeverse plans to expand nationally and offer KidScript as a standalone service. Lynch said the company is going to Wilmette and Naperville next because the communities are family-focused and supportive of Codeverse. Plus, the company has relationships in Naperville after demonstrating KidScript at schools there.The Lincoln Park studio is set up so children can choose their own adventure, Lynch said, weaving around the students on a recent afternoon. The students come in, put their shoes in their cubbyholes and learn the lay of the land. Once they’re settled, the children grab their iPads—outfitted with custom-made kidproof cases—and disperse based on age and skill level.”If I’m 12 and you’re 6, I’m not going to want to hang out with you and code with you,” Lynch said.One boy sat against the wall on a recent afternoon, immersed in his iPad, his yellow-socked feet crossed. A girl lounged on a purple beanbag. Nearby, a boy looked back and forth between his iPad and a robotic arm he was controlling. Someone announced there was a dance party in a dark corner room—the Black Hole, they call it—where 8-year-old Cillian was writing code to control the lights.”I’m shocked,” said Shalini Mendelsohn, whose 8-year-old daughter Simrin attends Codeverse’s camp. “I thought they’d come here and just kind of play games, but they’re not. They’re learning to code.”Simrin hasn’t learned to code in school, Mendelsohn said. She and her husband are both in the information technology industry—she works for Apple, and he works for IBM. Simrin has access to laptops, watches and the like, but this is the first time devices have become functional for her, outside of putting on Netflix, her mother said.Simrin was sitting between her parents, showing them the game she was developing. It involved a dog attempting to jump up and make a cannon shoot. If you lose, the dog gets turned into a cat. Simrin lost on purpose and laughed.Codeverse is catering to a developing need among school-age children, said Paul Earle, adjunct lecturer in innovation and entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.”This generation believes that it’s up to them to make their own way and to innovate and disrupt and create the future,” Earle said. “Codeverse plugs into that beautifully because you’re giving young people the hard skills early on to be a digital entrepreneur.”Innovation and entrepreneurship can also offer a pathway to prosperity, and Codeverse would do well to become accessible to communities of different economic profiles, Earle said.Codeverse offers weeklong classes for $800. A monthly membership, which includes a 75-minute class each week, is $225. There is also a four-month option for $175 per month.Though the students learn only one language at Codeverse—KidScript—experts say learning one programming language is a good starting point to gain more knowledge about coding. Apple’s Everyone Can Code program, which is being taught through the partnership with CPS and City Colleges, teaches only the company’s programming language, Swift.After class last week, Ellie Rosenberg, 8, was showing off the game she was developing. It’s called “Robot Dash,” and the player’s objective is to dodge falling boulders while jumping from brick to brick and trying to touch a floating slice of pizza.Ellie was working on making the game a little easier—she has yet to win—but not too easy. She’s also working on deciding what she wants to be when she grows up.”I really like baseball, and I really like to engineer stuff,” she said, eyes not leaving the iPad screen. After a pause she looked up and added, “Which would include coding.” Eight-year-old Cillian Rhodes was hosting a dance party. 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.last_img read more

Netflix puts Fortnite in crosshairs as streaming wars heat up

first_img“It will be fun to watch.”Netflix executives promised there will be more interactive shows at the service.”This one has storytellers salivating,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said of the interactive “Black Mirror” episode during the earnings presentation.’Double Whammy’Video games and sleep may vie for people’s time, but rival streaming services rank much higher when it comes to real competition for Netflix, contended eMarketer principal analyst Paul Verna.Verna thought it unlikely that Fortnite is a major rival for Netflix when it comes to winning people’s leisure time.While people have a wide array of entertainment options, television streaming services such as Hulu, HBO Now, and Amazon Prime are more viable threats to Netflix, the analyst reasoned.”Discretionary spending and entertainment media all play into the same ecosystem, but I would put them on a spectrum,” Verna said. He placed rival television streaming services at the high end of the competitive spectrum for Netflix, while Fortnite along with Facebook Watch and YouTube were at the low end.”What Netflix should be worried about is the direct competitors and the services coming down the pike within a year,” Verna said.Some of the services come with a “double-whammy” of companies behind them, such as Disney, also pulling their content from Netflix to lure away subscribers.Despite the competition, streaming television market leader Netflix is in a strong position, according to the analyst.Netflix has been relentlessly investing in original content, and having success with films such as “Roma” which won Golden Globe awards along with Oscar nominations, including one for best picture.”They have a lot going for them,” Verna said of Netflix.”That doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot of competition and growth won’t slow, but I expect them will remain at the top for a good long time.” The survival video game Fortnite was named by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings as a potential rival for consumer screen time The dominant online television service has begun efforts to become more interactive as part of an effort to keep its viewers from turning to service like Epic Games’ Fortnite and Microsoft Xbox video games.Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings spoke of competition from the video game sector this month as he discussed the quarterly results from the company with 140 million worldwide subscribers.”I think about it really as us winning entertainment time away from other activities… Xbox, ‘Fortnite,’ or HBO or a long list,” Hastings said.”We compete so broadly with all these different providers.”A billion hours of television content is watched daily in the US, and Netflix accounts for about a tenth of it, according to Hastings.Hastings was asked about plans by Disney to launch a streaming television service this year, pulling coveted content such as shows starring blockbuster Marvel action heroes in the process.But he appeared to focus on how consumers spend their screen time, including the growing market for participatory games and eSports including Fortnite. Netflix shares slip as spending weighs on profits Explore further CEO Reed Hastings says Netflix faces competition from a variety of rivals including interactive video games Citation: Netflix puts ‘Fortnite’ in crosshairs as streaming wars heat up (2019, January 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-netflix-fortnite-crosshairs-streaming-wars.html Netflix is working on new interactive features for its videos including one for its “Black Mirror” show Some analysts say rival streaming services including from Disney, whose CEO Robert Iger is seen here, pose a challenge to market leader Netflix 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. Netflix has been interested in making videos more interactive for some time, and recently released a “Bandersnatch” episode of techno-dystopia series “Black Mirror” that lets viewers make choices that influence the story.”We are starting to see Netflix figure out interactive elements,” Piscatella said. Battle for time”The idea is that time is a lot more finite than money seems to be, so getting people engaged and stuck is how you can generate dollars,” NDP Group video games industry analyst Mat Piscatella told AFP.Microsoft has focused intensely on building ranks of users and getting them to spend more time on Xbox consoles. The technology titan is working on streaming games from the internet cloud.Amazon-owned Twitch boasts that it streams game play to online audiences that surpass those of Netflix.”Interest only seems to be growing,” Piscatella said of game play on a gamut of internet-linked devices.”I think people like to be participatory instead of sitting back; although sitting back definitely has its time and place.” Netflix, moving to fend off the challengers in the war for streaming media dominance, is taking aim at competitors from the video game world, notably “Fortnite.” © 2019 AFPlast_img read more

Largest Neolithic Settlement in Israel Uncovered Up to 3000 People May Have

first_img Photos: 2,000-Year-Old Roman Road and Coins Discovered in Israel Archaeologists have known about this location, called the Motza site, for decades. However, now that the government plans to build a new highway entrance and roundabouts there, the Israel Antiquities Authority sent a team to do a full-scale excavation of the Neolithic settlement, Vardi told Live Science. It quickly became the largest excavation of a Neolithic site in the country, he said. During the Neolithic, hunter-gatherer groups began farming and making permanent settlements. So, the archaeologists expected to find something smaller, less sophisticated. Instead, they found large buildings with rooms where Neolithic people once lived, public facilities and places for rituals. Alleyways ran between the buildings, showing that the settlement had an advanced layout. Some buildings even had plaster floors. The team also uncovered human burials beneath and around the houses. Some of the burials also held burial goods, likely offerings that may have been given to help the deceased in the afterlife. Some of these grave goods came from far away — including obsidian beads from Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) and seashells from the Mediterranean and Red Sea — indicating that the people at this site traded with neighboring regions. The excavation also uncovered several stone and mother-of-pearl bracelets, which, given their small size, were likely worn by children or adolescents, Vardi said. He added that one burial showed that these bracelets were worn on the upper arm. The site also has thousands of stone arrowheads for hunting, axes for felling trees and sickle blades and knives, as well as figurines whose styles date to the Neolithic. Radiocarbon dating of the seeds found at the site indicate that people lived there between 9,000 and 8,800 years ago, Vardi said. In addition to farming and keeping goats, these people also kept cows and pigs; they also hunted game, such as gazelle, deer, wolves and foxes, according to animal remains found there. “Based on the data that we have and from the fauna, we have a pretty good notion that the people at the site were farmers and they were specialists in what they did,” Vardi said. After the Neolithic period ended, people continued to live there. It’s clear why this spot was so desirable, Vardi said, as it’s near a large spring and several smaller springs that supply fresh water. The site is now 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) from Jerusalem, on the banks of the Sorek Stream. The entire Motza site is about 0.1 square miles (30 to 40 hectares). As the excavation wraps up, the team still has a lot on its plate. They plan to publish several papers and articles for the public on the site, as well as put some of the artifacts in museums for public viewing, Vardi said. Photos: Roadside Dig Reveals 10,000-Year-Old House in Israel Before being destroyed by a newly constructed highway, a 9,000-year-old Neolithic site just outside of Jerusalem is getting an exhaustive excavation, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. The humans who lived there during the Neolithic (the last period of the Stone Age) were a sophisticated bunch. Many of them were likely farmers who had stored hundreds of thousands of seeds — including lentils, chickpeas and beans — in storage facilities. These ancient people also kept domesticated goats, according to animal remains found at the site, and they traded with neighboring regions, such as what is now Turkey, Jordan and the Red Sea. “This is the first time that such a large-scale settlement from the Neolithic Period — 9,000 years ago — [has been] discovered in Israel,” Hamoudi Khalaily and Jacob Vardi, archaeologists and excavation directors at the site, who work with the Israel Antiquities Authority, said in a statement. “At least 2,000 [to] 3,000 residents lived here — an order of magnitude that parallels a present-day city.” [See Photos of the Neolithic Excavation] Largest Neolithic Excavation on Record in IsraelArchaeologists are excavating a 9,000-year-old farming settlement in Israel that dates to the Neolithic. Credit: Yaniv Berman/Israel Antiquities AuthorityVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65956-largest-neolithic-settlement-in-israel.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:4502:45Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭 center_img Back to the Stone Age: 17 Key Milestones in Paleolithic Life Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Shares: “You Can Fill In Wrinkles At Home” (Here’s How)Beverly Hills MDUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryMeal Kit Wars: 10 Tested & Ranked. 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Bill in Lok Sabha to facilitate speedy eviction from govt residences

first_imgLok Sabha COMMENTS COMMENT government SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHAREcenter_img Published on In a bid to crackdown on unauthorised occupants of government residential accommodations, a bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday.The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 was introduced by Urban Development Hardeep Singh Puri. The amendments will facilitate smooth and speedy eviction of unauthorised occupants from government residences and that would then be available for allotment to eligible persons on maturity of their turn in the waiting list.According to the government, the move will decrease the waiting time for availing the facility of residential accommodation.The proposed amendments would enable the estate officer to apply summary proceedings for evicting unauthorised occupants from residential accommodations and to levy damage charges for accommodation held during the period of litigation.The Centre has to evict unauthorised occupants from government accommodations under the provisions of the PPE Act, 1971. However, the eviction proceedings take unusually long time, thereby reducing the availability of government accommodations to new incumbents.Under the proposed bill, the estate officer will not be required to follow elaborate proceedings like serving notice, show cause, inquiry, rather he or she can initiate summary eviction proceedings. July 08, 2019 0last_img read more

Rajasthan RSS shakha attacked in Bundi two held

first_imgRajasthan: RSS shakha attacked in Bundi, two heldOn July 10, an RSS shakha was organised in a park, where a clash erupted between some people and RSS volunteers over some issue, which is not clear yet, police said. advertisement Asian News International BundiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:57 IST Clash erupted between two groups during an ongoing session at an RSS shakha. (Screengrab from ANI video)Two persons were arrested for allegedly attacking a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) shakha (camp) here in Bundi district, police said on Friday. On July 10, an RSS shakha was organised in a park, where a clash erupted between some people and RSS volunteers over some issue, which is not clear yet, police said.According to the Sangh, some young boys, who participated in the event, sustained injuries in the incident as they were beaten up by a mob.Soon after receiving information, the police rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the situation. Police arrested two persons after RSS volunteers demanded strict action against the accused.”It is not an old matter. We used to organise our sessions in this park. On Wednesday evening, people from Muslim community opposed the session and started using abusive language for us. When we asked them to move away, they began fighting with us. A few of them also beat up our children,” an RSS volunteer said”We have filed a complaint with police and they assured us that strict action would be taken against the accused. However, they were given bail later and we are not happy with the probe,” he said.Meanwhile, Bundi Superintendent of Police said that they have set up a team who is patrolling the park. He said two persons have been arrested in the case and they are being interrogated by the police.”We are investigating the matter. It was not a serious case, an altercation took place between RSS volunteers and some Muslims. If anyone found guilty, we will surely arrest them,’ he said.Also Read | RSS leader Chandrakant Sharma dies after militant attackAlso Read | RSS’s role in nation-building’ part of Maharashtra varsity syllabusFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Nextlast_img read more