Yahoos New Gemini Tool Ties Mobile Ads and Native Search Together

July 26, 2019

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first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Yahoo –shares Next Article 2 min read Register Now » Kim Lachance Shandrow February 20, 2014center_img Marketing Add to Queue Former West Coast Editor Yahoo has long talked a big talk about making a bigger, better footprint in the mobile advertising game. Now, with Gemini, a tool the company just launched that combines native search and mobile ads, it just might be able to walk the walk — or at least make a move on Twitter and Facebook’s fat slice of the mobile pie.Gemini, which Yahoo yesterday announced on Tumblr, is a self-serve all-in-one solution for native advertising and mobile search. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Internet giant is calling the “unified marketplace” tool the first of its kind to tie the two ad styles together. (Like twins? Presumably that’s how they came up with the name Gemini.)Related: Yahoo Picks Up Social Diary Startup for a Reported $10 Million“With Yahoo Gemini, advertisers get the performance and ease of search, combined with the scale and creativity of native advertising,” said Jay Rossiter, senior vice president of Yahoo’s cloud platform group, and Adam Cahan, senior vice president of the company’s mobile and emerging products division, in the announcement. “By bringing the two together, advertisers can now buy, manage and optimize their mobile search and native ad spend in one place — driving greater performance and higher impact for their businesses and brands.”Related: At Yahoo, a $42 Billion Change of HeartAdvertisers can access Gemini from the Yahoo Ad Manager, the self-service ad-buying platform that CEO Marissa Mayer introduced in her CES keynote speech on Jan. 7, earlier this year.  Previously, advertisers would have had to manage Yahoo’s mobile search ads using the Bing Ads platform.   Yahoo’s New ‘Gemini’ Tool Ties Mobile Ads and Native Search Together Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more


US Airlines Group Expects Busiest Summer Travel Season

July 26, 2019

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first_img 1 min read Reuters Next Article –shares Add to Queue U.S. Airlines Group Expects Busiest Summer Travel Season May 18, 2015 Summer travel on U.S. airlines is expected to reach an all-time high this year on the wings of a strong U.S. economy, Washington-based trade group Airlines for America said on Monday.The group estimates that about 222 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines from June through August, up 4.5 percent from the same time last year.U.S. carriers are increasing the number of seats available for booking by 4.6 percent to accommodate the demand, the group said.”The continued rise in U.S. consumer sentiment and employment is leading to more people traveling more often,” the group’s Chief Economist John Heimlich said in a statement.The top three nonstop international destinations from the United States are Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom, the group said.Strong U.S. domestic demand is poised to benefit American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O), United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N), Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) and others, while the lower cost of fuel – airlines’ largest variable expense – is adding hundreds of millions of dollars to their bottom lines.(Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in New York; Editing by Richard Chang) The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Airlines This story originally appeared on Reuters 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now »last_img read more


Uber Wins a Major Lawsuit in the UKs High Court

July 26, 2019

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first_img Next Article Ride-hailing app service Uber has won an important legal battle in one of its most important foreign markets.The U.K.’s High Court Friday ruled that the company’s app doesn’t work as a taximeter, effectively upholding the right of its drivers to work in London, Europe’s largest single city market for the business.It’s a welcome victory in Europe for the controversial company, which has faced some increasingly stiff pushback from regulators and governments across the continent. Its European headquarters in Amsterdam were raided two weeks ago by prosecutors, and two of its top European managers have been indicted in France after defying a government ban on its UberPop ride-sharing service. UberPop has also been banned in Germany.Together with local taxi drivers’ assocations and Transport for London, the authority that regulates public and private transport in the British capital, Uber had asked the U.K. High Court to clarify a point of law that says only licensed operators may run cab services with a taximeter. The court ruled that Uber’s app isn’t a taximeter as such (even though the app uses time and distance to calculate a fare, and is referred to as a meter in Uber’s own marketing materials).“The law really is an ass!” the London Taxi Drivers’ Association said via its Twitter account, adding that it would appeal the decision to the High Court. –shares Register Now » Add to Queue Image credit: Reuters | Sergio Perez This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.center_img Uber 2 min read Uber Wins a Major Lawsuit in the U.K.’s High Court Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Geoffrey Smith October 16, 2015last_img read more


Uber Expands Its UberEATS App

July 26, 2019

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first_img Add to Queue Image credit: Uber Blog Uber Expands Its UberEATS App Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Writer at Fortune.com Register Now » Michal Addady Uber announced on Wednesday that it’s delving further into food delivery with its new UberEATS app, separating its food delivery from its ride-sharing service.The original UberEATS launched in Los Angeles last year, and has since moved into Toronto, New York City, Austin, Chicago, and Barcelona. It promised delivery in 10 minutes or less, but only operated during certain hours, which vary in the different locations, with a selection limited to just a couple of options.The UberEATS app, currently only available in Toronto, offers longer hours and a much wider selection. It will be available every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and customers can view full menus from over 100 restaurants.It will also offer an Instant Delivery menu during lunch hours for a quicker option that should be delivered in around 10 minutes. December 11, 2015 Uber This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 1 min read –shares Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Next Article last_img read more


Selfie Gone Wrong Fells 126YearOld Statue of Portuguese King

July 26, 2019

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first_img Reuters Selfie Gone Wrong Fells 126-Year-Old Statue of Portuguese King Next Article A young man’s attempt to take a selfie snapshot with the statue of a 16th century Portuguese king ended badly when the 126-year-old statue crashed to the ground and shattered, police said on Wednesday.The man, whom police did not identify, accidentally toppled Dom Sebastiao’s statue after climbing up to its pedestal outside the ornate Rossio railway station in central Lisbon just before midnight on Tuesday.He tried to flee the scene but police caught him. He will appear before a judge at a later date.The child-sized statue of the sad-eyed, sword-wielding king stood in a niche between two horseshoe-shaped arches at the entrance to the station. Completed in 1890, the station is a protected monument.Dom Sebastiao, who ruled between 1557 and 1578, is a tragic figure in Portuguese history, dying in battle at the age of 24 during a crusade of his own making in Morocco.His body was never properly identified, giving rise to a legend that the king would one day return to claim his throne and save Portugal in times of trouble.(Reporting by Andrei Khalip; Editing by Axel Bugge and Gareth Jones) Add to Queue 1 min read Dom Sebastiao statue is seen at Rossio station in downtown Lisbon, Portugal. 46shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally appeared on Reuters Image credit: Reuters | Rafael Merchante Selfie Register Now » May 6, 2016 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more


TMobiles CEO Says Reinventing Himself Was Key to Transforming the Companys Culture

July 26, 2019

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first_img This story originally appeared on Business Insider 112shares October 24, 2016 Over the past four years, T-Mobile has become the fastest-growing carrier in the U.S., passing Sprint for the number-three spot behind AT&T and Verizon, and has more than doubled customers and significantly expanded its network. In 2011, John Legere sat across from Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann to discuss the role of leading the company’s struggling American branch of T-Mobile.Legere had just sold the previous company he led, Global Crossing Limited, for $3 billion to Level 3.He told Business Insider in a recent interview that he met with Obermann more as a favor to his headhunter than as an interested candidate, so he felt he didn’t have anything to lose when he told his potential future boss that there was only one way he could keep failing: “Do exactly what you’re doing — nothing.”Obermann liked Legere’s attitude and eventually offered him the job, which Legere took in 2012. He was tasked with turning around the company that was firmly in fourth place among the United States’ four biggest wireless carriers, and he decided that it would require an overhaul of everything about the company, from the product to the corporate culture.An element of this was transforming T-Mobile’s CEO from an inaccessible “suit” into an energetic, Richard-Branson-like leader who spent time with his employees and maintained a loud public persona. He was going to transform T-Mobile into a company customers and its employees could actually be excited about — in the wireless carrier industry, of all things.His plan’s been working. Over the past four years, T-Mobile U.S. has become the fastest-growing carrier in the U.S., passing Sprint for the number-three spot behind AT&T and Verizon, and has more than doubled customers and significantly expanded its network.We talked with Legere about why it was so important to reinvent himself along with the company, and how he rebuilt the corporate culture from the ground up.T-Mobile US CEO John Legere speaks at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.Image credit: David Becker/Getty Images’I snapped’Legere said that as he was giving interviews to the media on his first day as CEO, he coined the phrase “the Un-carrier,” to describe what T-Mobile under his watch would become, to express it would be the opposite of its competition.This would require T-Mobile to behave like a startup disrupting the industry run by giants AT&T and Verizon, who Legere dubbed “dumb and dumber.” He may have already been in his mid-50s, but he needed to look the part. He began experimenting with different combination of loud clothing options, eventually settling with long hair, a bright magenta T-Mobile T-shirt and accessories and usually a black jacket of some kind.Accompanying this came the penchant for dropping f-bombs and hurling no-holds-barred insults at the competition (which occasionally got out of hand as he pushed the boundaries).While he had yet to nail the look, Legere said that John Legere 2.0 was unveiled to the world at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2013. In a question and answer session, when asked what he thought of his competitors, he said he “snapped.””Over the next 24 hours, there was a lot of stuff that was coming out of my mouth that was meant to stay in Vegas, but it hit a chord. It was an action statement for me — I’m sure it sounded a bit arrogant — that I was going to fix this industry. … From then on, I started to be the brand, more and more. Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, I wear T-Mobile gear.”The social media addiction, where he interacts with customers nearly all day, came soon after.He said there’s two parts to his T-Mobile persona. “Part of my role at T-Mobile is the ability to just be myself, because I’m 58 years old and I’ve done very well, and I don’t need to fight my way up the hierarchy with my suit and hair anymore,” he said. “The other thing is, it’s a young, consumer-driven business, and the average age of my customer outside of Bellevue [Washington, the home of T-Mobile headquarters] is 27 or 28. They like outspoken, frank discussion. And then my customers skew very young.” ‘It’s a bit of a love affair’Legere also had to connect with T-Mobile U.S.’s 50,000 employees, in an attempt to get them as passionate about the company as he is. He told us that he needed to make sure he was connecting in a genuine way, not in a way a detached boss “spews the pablum” when he shares meaningless motivational clichés with employees.”On my very first day at T-Mobile, I demanded that every time I spoke publicly to the company, all employees across the country would be invited to watch,” he said. Legere also initiated a stock program with employees, and made sure to not omit any performance details from his speeches to employees. He said he tells them, “Listen, if some of this doesn’t make sense to you, what should make sense is the reason I’m telling you — I respect you as an owner and as a partner and I’m going to tell you this all the time. Feel free to tune out.”Legere also has a section in his calendar book that contains a color-coded list of how many times he’s visited each of T-Mobile U.S.’s 18 major call centers. When we spoke, he was about to finish his fifth round of trips to each of them.”It’s not that complicated,” he said. “I go in, they meet me outside, we take selfies as I stand like a piece of furniture, I tell them about how things are going — but most importantly, I say thank you and help them see that their behavior and their work has driven the culture of the company that’s changed the industry and the whole world. It’s a bit of a love affair.”In a recent trip to a call center in Augusta, Georgia, employees surprised Legere with a batch of personal notes of gratitude to mark his four-year anniversary. It brought him to tears, he said.Yesterday was a very special day. Thank you, #Augusta & everyone else for making my 4 years at T-Mobile so special. PS – I NEVER CRY!! pic.twitter.com/H3AuuNM4NU— John Legere (@JohnLegere) September 23, 2016He also makes trips to retail centers. “I jokingly tell the employees that everybody between me and them is the enemy,” he said. “In effect, what I mean is that in my paramilitary hierarchy, if I can hear them and they can hear me, everything will be fine. All we need to do is make sure the entire company understands that it’s their job to pass information between us. And so far so good.”Summarizing his past four years at the helm, Legere said, “I think this job at T-Mobile has more than anything else helped me really see and understand how to set a strategy, communicate like crazy and then passionately lead from the front of it.” Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 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Is CBD Better Than Big Pharma Patients Seem to Think So

July 26, 2019

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first_img Image credit: Tinnakorn Jorruang | Getty Images Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Brought to you by A to Z CBD Next Article –shares Free Green Entrepreneur App May 1, 2019 Is CBD Better Than Big Pharma? Patients Seem to Think So.center_img Add to Queue 3 min read It is no secret that Americans are overmedicated. According to one 2017 study, approximately 55 percent of Americans take prescription medications regularly. Of those who take prescription medication, 53 percent get their medicine from more than one healthcare provider, which increases the risk of adverse side effects.With the advent of cannabidiol (CBD) as a form of medication, many are wondering whether it might serve as the solution to America’s pharmaceutical blues. Here’s a quick rundown on why CBD just might be better than Big Pharma.What patients say about CBD.Partnering with HelloMD, the data research firm Brightfield Group conducted an in-depth survey of over 2,400 patients comparing CBD to pharmaceuticals. When asked about the effectiveness of CBD compared to pharmaceuticals, approximately 60 percent of respondents said that, to some extent, CBD was more effective than the prescription medications they had tried or used regularly. Another 75 percent of respondents said that CBD was more effective than over-the-counter remedies.Related: Move Aside, CBD: New Data Finds THC Is the Real MedicineCBD side effects vs. pharmaceutical side fffects.If you’ve ever seen a commercial for pharmaceutical drugs, then you are no doubt familiar with the comically long list of side effects that are often quickly repeated at the end of the ad. Without a doubt, many pharmaceutical drugs often come with side effects that are worse than the condition they are treating. Take the anti-inflammatory medication Celebrex for example.Side effects for Celebrex include: increased risk of heart attack or stroke, serious (and sometimes fatal) bleeding from the stomach and intestines, stomach/abdominal pain, vomiting, chest/jaw/left arm pain, shortness of breath, unusual sweating, weakness on one side of the body, sudden vision changes and slurred speech.CBD, which is often used as an anti-inflammatory, carries none of these side effects. At its worst, the side effects of CBD include minor complications like nausea, fatigue and irritability. That’s it. No bleeding, no heart attacks, no slurred speech. Comparatively speaking, that is a small price to pay for better health.Related: 7 Statistics Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Legal Cannabis and CBDThe cost of CBD vs. the cost of pharmaceuticals.It is well documented that patients in the United States pay more for medication than any other developed nation in the world. On average, Americans spend $1,200 per year for prescription medication — but sometimes it’s much more.Using Celebrex as an example once again, let’s compare the cost of pharmaceutical drugs and CBD. On average, a 30-day supply of Celebrex can cost anywhere between $203 to $241, depending on your provider and insurer. Assuming that you are paying on the lower end of the price spectrum, that totals to approximately $2,436 per year.To contrast, a 30-day supply of MedTerra CBD tincture (1,000 mg) costs $79.95. An entire year’s supply would cost roughly $960. The difference in price between a year’s worth of CBD tincture and a year’s worth of Celebrex is approximately $1,476.CBD is not a wonder drug that will fix all of your problems. There will always be a need for certain prescription medications, and no one is making the argument that all pharmaceutical drugs are bad. However, when you compare the medical benefits of CBD to pharmaceutical drugs that promise to do that same thing, the clear winner is almost always CBD. CBD Download Our iOS App CBD is far less expensive, has practically zero side effects and often has the same or better efficacy.last_img read more


Birds Eye introduces range of frozen vegetarian pasta meals

July 25, 2019

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first_imgBirds Eye introduces range of frozen vegetarian pasta mealsPosted By: News Deskon: November 10, 2017In: Food, Industries, New products, NutritionPrintEmailBirds Eye has launched a new line of frozen vegetarian pasta meals in the US as it aims to create more ways for consumers to enjoy vegetables.Called Veggie Made Pasta, the range is available in four flavours: original, cheddar, marinara, and Alfredo. Each is served with either courgettes and lentils or spinach and lentils. Birds Eye said that the vegetables used are harvested at the peak of freshness.The company aims to tap into the popularity of pasta in the US and provide a healthier alternative to other options on the market.In a statement, the company said: “Getting families to eat more vegetables can be easier said than done, and we know how important your family’s nutrition is.“At Birds Eye, we are dedicated to creating new ways to enjoy vegetables that are healthy, convenient and, of course, delicious so it’s easier for everyone to eat more vegetables, more often.”Birds Eye vice president of marketing Risa Cretella added: “Birds Eye Veggie Made Pasta doesn’t just contain vegetable ingredients, and isn’t just plain vegetables cut into shapes of noodles. It looks and tastes just like regular pasta, and it’s made completely out of actual vegetables.“It’s a guilt-free way to enjoy the comforts of pasta with a full serving of vegetables, without having to boil water or clean pots, making it an easy choice to include in holiday recipes or any meal.”Share with your network: Tags: Birds Eyefrozen foodnew productUnited Stateslast_img read more


Alibaba set to merge its Eleme and Koubei food services

July 25, 2019

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first_imgAlibaba set to merge its Ele.me and Koubei food servicesPosted By: Martin Whiteon: August 09, 2018In: Business, Food, Foodservice, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailAlibaba is set to merge its Ele.me and Koubei food services, in an attempt to fend off competition from rival Tencent’s Meituan Dianping food delivery service.According to wealth management consultancy RWM Holdings, Ele.me has received $3 billion in funding from SoftBank Vision to aid the transition, as Ele.me had been spending enormous sums in an attempt to establish dominance in the Chinese food delivery market.The Ele.me service allows consumers to order food from restaurants through an app while Koubei provides comprehensive information on restaurants, and the consolidation of the two services aims to stifle the growth of Meituan, which is valued as the third most valuable tech startup in the world, according to CB Insights.Meituan posted a net loss of $2.8 billion last year as it ramped up spending to establish a dominant position in the segment, while Ele.me reportedly spent $400 million this quarter alone, as both companies offered significant discounts in order to attract consumers to their respective platforms.Ele.me is currently valued at $9.5 billion and Reuters reported that a merged entity could be worth approximately $25 billion. Meituan was valued at $30 billion last year, and the company is expected to raise further funding in the coming months as shares in the company will be publicly floated in Hong Kong.Figures published by Chinese research firm iiMedia Research in June suggested that Ele.me held approximately 55% of the market in the first quarter of the year, while Meituan held 41%.Demand for food deliveries is on the rise in China, as more consumers are using smartphones to access on-demand services.According to Chinese research firm Analysys, the value of online to offline (O2O) transactions in China jumped 72% last year to $146 billion.Mo Jia, a Shanghai-based research analyst at technology consultancy Canalys told CNBC: “Alibaba and Meituan are the two main companies that can offer comprehensive O2O services.“Alibaba’s three units are complementary to each other and it has strategic logic to merge them into one platform to compete with Meituan.”Share with your network: Tags: AlibabaChinaEle.mefood deliveryfoodserviceTencentlast_img read more


Our year in review 2018s top read stories

July 25, 2019

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first_imgOur year in review: 2018’s top read storiesPosted By: News Deskon: January 01, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Interesting Lists, Juices, PackagingPrintEmailWe take a look at some of the most viewed food and beverage stories of 2018, counting down from the 5th to the top-most viewed of the year. 5th: Danone and Mars join Givaudan’s new Mista innovation platformDanone, Mars and Ingredion signed up as founding members of Givaudan’s innovation platform for the food industry.Called Mista, the initiative is said to be more encompassing than an incubator or accelerator and aims to enable start-ups and established corporations to optimise ideas, products, people and investments.Givaudan said that the project will be able to help both large and small companies with scale up, distribution, building a team and searching for partners.4th: Coca-Cola launches Adez drink line in the UK ahead of sugar taxCoca-Cola European Partners announced the launch of plant-based drink line Adez in the UK, which went on sale at the end of March before the upcoming sugar tax was implemented.With no added sugar, Adez is a dairy-free smoothie which contains seeds, fruit juices and vitamins. The three-strong range is available in 250ml single-serve bottles.3rd: PepsiCo joins Nestlé and Danone’s bottle research alliancePepsiCo joined the NaturALL Bottle Alliance, a research consortium formed by Danone, Nestlé Waters and Origin Materials to accelerate the development of 100% renewable and sustainable bottles.The overall goal of the alliance is to create packaging solutions which significantly reduce the carbon impact of plastic beverage bottles, and the alliance is currently attempting to produce a PET bottle made purely from bio-based materials such as cardboard and sawdust.2nd: Corona to introduce plastic-free six-pack rings on its beer cansMexican lager brand Corona piloted plastic-free six-pack rings made from plant-based biodegradable fibres, with a mix of by-product waste and compostable materials.The brand said it sees an opportunity to help redesign a common source of plastic in the category.Earlier this year, Carlsberg announced plans to ditch plastic rings which connect multi-packs of its beer and replace them with glue.1st: Diageo promotes gender equality with new Jane Walker ScotchDiageo launched a Jane Walker edition of its Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch whisky in an aim to promote gender equality.The new variant became available in the US from March to coincide with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day celebrations.To support the initiative, Johnnie Walker will be donating $1 for every bottle of the Jane Walker Edition made to organisations championing women’s causes, with a total donation of up to $250,000. Johnnie Walker will also celebrate the next generation of female leaders by donating a portion of Jane Walker Edition proceeds to She Should Run, which is dedicated to inspiring women to run for office.Share with your network: Tags: Coca-ColaCoronaDanoneDiageoGivaudanIngredionMarsNestléPepsiCoSummary 2018last_img read more


TrumpTrudeau lovein threatened as Canada attacks US over trade

July 24, 2019

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first_imgCanada After months of trying to get Trump on side, Canada ‘drops the gloves’ by filing trade complaint – but will the decision merely inflame economic tensions? Donald Trump Share on Twitter Canadian officials portrayed the filing as a clear message that Canada was standing up for its industries and workers.Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images Support The Guardian Reuse this content Sat 13 Jan 2018 06.30 EST Last modified on Fri 9 Feb 2018 13.35 EST Share via Email This article is more than 1 year old Share on Facebook Economics Canada v Mexico: Trump seeks to divide and conquer in Nafta negotiations The charm offensive was already under way before Donald Trump moved into the White House. By inauguration, Justin Trudeau’s top advisers had fostered close contacts with Trump’s inner circle, setting the stage for a Washington visit peppered with smiles, handshakes and photo ops.But this week relations between Canada and the US seemingly struck a different note, as news broke that Ottawa had launched an all-out trade war against Washington.In a wide-ranging complaint, filed in December and made public on Wednesday by the World Trade Organization, Canada has taken aim at Washington’s use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties. The complaint listed nearly 200 cases spanning two decades, alleging wrongdoing not only against Canada but dozens of other countries, such as Brazil, China and India.Canadian officials portrayed the filing as a clear message that Canada was standing up for its industries and workers. “When people see that you’re firm, you get respect,” François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s international trade minister told reporters. Share via Email Read more Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp This article is more than 1 year old Since you’re here… Shares303303 Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Ashifa Kassam in Toronto “Canada’s new request for consultations at the WTO is a broad and ill-advised attack on the US trade remedies system,” Lighthizer said in a statement. “Canada’s claims are unfounded and could only lower US confidence that Canada is committed to mutually beneficial trade.”But in the transcript of an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Thursday, Trump struck a more upbeat tone, saying that there was a chance of making a reasonable deal, and hinting his administration would be open to extending the timeline of Nafta talks.This week saw headlines suggesting that Canada is readying for Trump’s imminent withdrawal from Nafta, but Canadian officials have long been prepared for the possibility, said Colin Robertson of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.Canada has shown no sign of slowing its outreach plan that has sent representatives from the Canadian government and businesses on hundreds of trips across the US to talk up trade with Canada. Relations between Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign minister and Rex Tillerson remain close, and other channels of communication remain open.“I think that conversations are still taking place between the prime minister and Mr Trump,” he said. Americas Share on LinkedIn Read more Canada news Trump-Trudeau love-in threatened as Canada attacks US over trade @ashifa_k Topics Share on Pinterest US economy Looming over Ottawa message are the high stakes renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Amid Trump’s repeated threats to pull out of the decades-old pact, the Canadian government has been scrambling to hammer out a reasonable update that would safeguard the roughly 2.5m Canadian jobs and 75% of Canadian exports tied to the pact.Some pointed to the tough talk as a plan B by the Trudeau government. “By dropping the gloves in such a public way, Canada is acknowledging that playing nice with Mr Trump on trades has failed miserably,” noted a columnist for the Globe and Mail.Whether the approach had yielded results was a matter of debate: while much of Trump’s rhetoric has been aimed at Mexico, his initial actions were aimed at Canada.A series of aggressive trade actions saw steep tariffs and duties levied on Canadian softwood lumber, Bombardier CSeries aircraft and, just this week, newsprint.Trump paired these with a broad attack. “We can’t let Canada or anybody else take advantage and do what they did to our workers and to our farmers,” he told reporters in April.The WTO complaint suggests the Trudeau government has evolved in its approach , said John Weekes, Canada’s former WTO ambassador and chief Nafta negotiator. “This is really about sending a signal to the Americans that we’re prepared to be tough.”The timing of this signal suggests the Canadian government sees the sixth round of Nafta negotiations – slated to begin later this month in Montreal – as a vital opportunity to determine whether the US is willing to find common ground on the thorny issues such as the rules governing the auto industry and trade dispute mechanisms, said Weekes.On Wednesday US trade representative Robert Lighthizer made clear his belief that Canada’s WTO complaint would simply exacerbate trade tensions. … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Business Today: sign up for a morning shot of financial newslast_img read more


Trump eases regulations adopted after BP Deepwater Horizon disaster

July 24, 2019

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first_imgPhoto taken on 21 April 2010 by the US Coast Guard shows fire boat response crews as they battle the blazing remnants of the BP Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images Share via Email As the crisis escalates… Last modified on Thu 2 May 2019 16.05 EDT Environmental groups oppose loosening Obama-era regulations as Trump pushes to expand offshore drilling Oil spills Share on Facebook This article is more than 2 months old Deepwater Horizon oil spill Share on Twitter Oil Shares290290 Energy Associated Press Thu 2 May 2019 15.41 EDT Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Twitter Trump administration Trump eases regulations adopted after BP Deepwater Horizon disaster Fossil fuels … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media. At this pivotal time for our species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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The Trump administration on Thursday moved to ease safety regulations adopted after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout, the worst offshore oil disaster in US history that killed nearly a dozen people and caused massive pollution.David Bernhardt, the interior secretary, said in a statement the administration was acting to eliminate “unnecessary regulatory burdens while maintaining safety and environmental protection offshore”.The oil industry has been challenging the Obama-era rules, which govern the operation of offshore wells.The easing of some of the Obama-era safety measures come as the Trump administration pushes to greatly expand drilling off the country’s coasts, although court challenges and opposition from many coastal states have slowed the effort. Share on Facebook news Read more Pollution Environmental groups fiercely oppose the rule changes, which become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.Officials announced the final revisions at Louisiana’s Port Fourchon, a hub of offshore drilling on the Gulf of Mexico. The audience included oil port workers in hard hats and reflective safety vests.Eleven people died in April, 2010 when the Deepwater Horizon exploded, ultimately releasing more than 3 million barrels of crude.A bipartisan investigatory commission appointed by the Obama administration pointed to crew and technical failures in the explosion, but cited overall safety shortcomings by regulators and the oil industry. “The most significant failure … and the clear root cause of the blowout … was a failure of industry management,” the investigation panel concluded.Rules adopted after the disaster included more precise operating requirements for offshore crews in tracking pressure in underwater wells, more real-time monitoring by oil companies, and more rigorous inspections of blowout preventers on the offshore facilities.The Trump administration and oil industry say the revised rule amounts to small changes, preserving 80% of the post-disaster rule changes.Erik Milito, a vice-president of the American Petroleum Institute, which pushed for the Trump administration revisions, said the slate of safety changes adopted under the Obama administration was “simply too prescriptive, curtails innovation and can make it hard for the company to move forward”.Don Boesch, a marine scientist on the presidential commission into the disaster, said even with the new changes, “we’re still better off probably than we were before the blowout” in terms of offshore drilling safety.“But I’m not convinced we’re safer than we were two years ago,” Boesch said. 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Helpful apps for iPhone

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first_imgThere are literally hundreds of thousands of apps for the iPhone and other IOS devices. With so many options to choose from it can be difficult to pick which really do their job. The game gets trickier when you are a person living with a disability. The following list is a compilation of apps that are useful from areas like deaf and hard of hearing to cognitive issues to food allergies.iComm-Free (iPhone)Designed by a father with a disabled daughter, this app is ideal for both young children who can’t yet speak and children with disabilities. The child can choose what they need by looking at a set of images, for example if a child is hungry they can choose a banana.Parking Mobility-Free (iPhone)This app makes finding disabled parking places so much easier! By using the iPhones GPS capabilities, the app can clue you into the closest available spot. The more you use it and and update it, the more it helps others because you can mark accessible parking sports that are not currently on the map. You can also report violations of disabled parking abusers.Sign Smith ASL Essential-$.99 (iPhone)There are multiple versions of this app, the $.99 version offers over 100 signs for ASL words that you can use to learn sign language. Each word is accompanied by an animated person showing how to complete the sign movement. The Lite version is free and offers 20 words and the Ultimate version offers 1200 words for $4.99.DeaftelThis app, while still in the early stages translates a hearing person’s voice into text during a phone call. Deaftel users can read and respond to the message with their keyboard. An animated figure informs users informs the recipient has picked up the phone and ended the call. Stay tuned, this app is sure to evolve with time!Tap Tap– $2.99 (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad)The app is designed to produce alerts when loud noises are made around the phone. The phone will begin to vibrate and flash alerts if there has been a loud noise or someone speaks in your direction. This app could be useful because it would help a user identify a knock at the door, an alarm sounding or that they are being addressed.SoundAMP Lite-Free (iPhone, iTouch)This little app does big things. Voted a top five medical app in 2010, it turns your iPhone into a listening device. It’s discrete and easy to use, simply plug in your buds to hear your friend, a lecture or your favorite radio station.Food Additives 2-$3.99 (iPhone)For some, consuming certain additives can be extremely hazardous and since so many foods these days have additives, it’s critical to know what is safe to eat. The app features a database of 450+ food additives and foods that contain them which is entirely self contained, which means no internet connection is needed to use it.The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Reference-$.99 (iPhone)When the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990 it gave all Americans the same rights, regardless of disabilities. The law, although helpful, is complex. If you’re frequently in positions where you need to cite the law or want to have a handy way to reference it, this app will help. It’s formatted into sections, just like the real bill, and includes several FAQs.To view even more helpful apps make sure to check out atla.org and silvercross.com.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAugmentative and Alternative Communication AppsApril 13, 2011In “Accessibility Reviews”Monkey Spot Scavenger HuntsApril 21, 2016In “Apps”5 iOS and Android Apps for ADHDAugust 13, 2014In “Products and Devices”last_img read more


Cicret Bracelet Turn your arm into a touch screen

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first_imgPut these two key features all together and sourced all the components needed. By now, you’re likely all familiar with touchscreen technology.  Developers behind the Cicret Bracelet have taken this technology and transformed it into something even more portable than a tablet or smartphone.  The Cicret Bracelet is just like a tablet with one major difference: the screen is your skin!When I first saw this, I initially thought: there’s no way this is an actual thing.  Wrong.  The bracelet developer has already built a working prototype over the past several months.  The company states that they have successfully:Managed a motion sensing system on the forearm to work.Distorted the picture from the pico projector.FYI: pico projectors are “tiny battery powered projectors…they are small but can show large displays, sometimes up to 100 inches” With the Cicret Bracelet, you’ll be able to do whatever you normally do on a tablet or smartphone.  A few of these tasks include, but are not limited to:Reading emailsUsing social media networksChecking the forecastNavigating around townFeatures of Cicret Bracelet:Works on every skin colorAndroid operating systemPhone screen mirroringRemovable batteryWorks with iPhone and Android devicesWater resistantAccording to their website, the Cicret Bracelet will be available to preorder this fall.  To get notified when the bracelet is released, subscribe by clicking here.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterest1LinkedInEmailPrint RelatedBelkin Portable Tablet StageNovember 7, 2018In “Products and Devices”MyID Medical ProfileAugust 22, 2017In “Personal Care”Top 5 Posts from 2016December 28, 2016In “Accessibility Reviews”last_img read more


Okera Introduces AttributeBased Access Control for Data Lake Security and Access Management

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first_imgOkera Introduces Attribute-Based Access Control for Data Lake Security and Access Management PRNewswireApril 29, 2019, 4:46 pmApril 29, 2019 Automates Sensitive Data Tagging and Policy Assignment for Managing Access at ScaleOkera, the leading active data management company for data lake security and governance, announced the release of new attribute-based access control (ABAC) and automated business metadata tagging and policy enforcement capabilities. These new features help enterprises simplify how to manage, secure, and govern data access on data lakes at scale in an easy and automated manner. ABAC enables users across multiple business units to work with data in data lakes faster while satisfying the requirements of data stewards responsible for governing data in compliance with standards like GDPR, CCPA, and other privacy and data security regulations.With ABAC, data stewards can easily assign access permissions based on attributes and tags, going beyond roles and data objects. For example, data stewards can tag a table as “sales data” or tag columns as “PII” and then automatically apply access policies, including redaction, based on those tags across multiple datasets and users without replicating the policies.Marketing Technology News: Factual Launches Measurement Intelligence to Track Real-World Conversions and Optimize Campaigns Across New and Emerging Digital Channels“The ability to associate business context with technical metadata and then use that business context to assign policy is critical to achieving data access at scale for enterprise end users,” observed Paige Bartley, Senior Analyst for Data, AI & Analytics, at 451 Research. “To date, many organizations have not realized the full potential of their data lake architecture, partially due to problems in administering appropriate access controls and policy. Okera aims to address this challenge, ultimately allowing for higher potential ROI of informational assets.”Furthermore, Okera can automatically discover and tag sensitive data in the data lake through new automated discovery and tagging capabilities. This allows data stewards to easily automate the protection of sensitive information.In addition to ABAC, the latest release of Okera’s Active Data Management Platform (ODAP) includes a new native JDBC client interface. This interface empowers end users of business tools, such as Tableau and Microsoft Excel, to seamlessly access data with consistent governance enforced.Marketing Technology News: SalesLoft Scoops $70 Million Series D to Fuel Growth in Sales Technology“Regulations such as GDPR and CCPA continue to exert new pressure on large enterprise customers to secure and govern data lakes, and it’s only going to get worse as a myriad of legislation on the state and federal level emerges,” said Amandeep Khurana, CEO and co-founder of Okera. “Our customers know that complying with governance standards isn’t a ‘one time fix’ – innovative dynamic governance technologies like ABAC that can adapt to evolving requirements are critical because compliance and governance itself are and will remain a moving target for some time to come.”Marketing Technology News: Snap Inc. Names Kenny Mitchell Chief Marketing Officer ABACAmandeep Khuranadata management platformGDPRMarketing TechnologyNewsODAPOkera Previous ArticleSAS Invests in Humans, Powered by AI and Analytics EducationNext ArticleWpromote Announces Facebook Marketing Partners Ad Technology Badgelast_img read more


Quantifying the Business Impact of Customer Service in Singapore

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first_imgExcellent customer service requires a wide range of channelsCustomer preferences include a broad mix of communication channels to contact customer service customer serviceMarketing Technologymobile appsNewsSocial Mediavoice and emailZendesk Previous ArticleTKC Digital Signs Strategic Partnership Agreement with Contexta360 to Add Advanced AI and Speech Analytics to Their PortfolioNext ArticleOpenX Increases Expansion into APAC with Key Investments in People, Platform and Product ◦ For simple service requests, 61% prefer email, 60% prefer phone, 50% prefer live chat, 39% prefer text, and 26% prefer social media◦ For complicated service requests, 76% prefer phone, 50% prefer email, 43% prefer live chat, 24% prefer text, and 18% prefer social mediaMarketing Technology News: Teleperformance Groups ‘Praxidia Knowledge Services’ partners with CallMiner to launch TP Interact – a Comprehensive Interaction Analytics Solution30% say multiple communication options are part of a good experience36% say not being able to contact customer service with their preferred channel contributed to a bad experience Customers regularly experience issues. In every industry a customer will inevitably contact customer service to voice a problem. “I’ve bought your product but it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do.” “I ordered the item last week and still have not received it.” “I am unable to access my account.” “I keep getting transferred from one customer service rep to the next.” “Nobody is letting me know the status of my issue.” While customer service issues are common, it is how and when your company resolves these customer service problems that will profoundly impact future purchases.To successfully meet customer demands for more immediate, personalised attention, companies are leveraging new technologies that go beyond traditional voice and email. By implementing such channels as live chat, social media, mobile apps, text messages, self-help solutions, and more, companies can now be ready wherever and however the customer wants.But just how meaningful are these experiences on consumer buying behaviour? How long does the effect last? Do new technologies and recent cultural shifts significantly change the way experiences are evaluated? What expectations do customers have for the channels they use to contact support? And, do good interactions have the same long-term impact of negative interactions?Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc.The following report, sponsored by Zendesk, is based on an online survey of 502 consumers in Singapore who have received online or phone customer service. The research goal was to better understand the Singaporean customer expectations and to quantify the impact of customer service on business results. Questions were asked about past experiences with customer service, as well as preferences and opinions.Key FindingsCustomer service directly impacts long-term revenue89% say a quick response to an initial inquiry is important when deciding which company to buy from94% say bad customer service negatively changes buying behaviour, and 86% say good customer service positively changes buying behaviour47% report continued negative changes to their buying behaviour two years or more after a bad customer service experience Channels other than email and phone are gaining popularity for customer service73% have used live chat, social media, or text for customer service in the past year46% of Gen Z prefer social media for simple inquiries, although only 18% of Baby Boomers say the same98% have used an FAQ, help centre, or other self-serve online resourcesService channels must be coordinated to be effective89% will use a different method if they don’t receive a response from their initial inquiry56% waited less than an hour before trying another contact method if they haven’t heard backcenter_img Quantifying the Business Impact of Customer Service in Singapore MTS Staff WriterMay 28, 2019, 10:30 pmMay 28, 2019 Marketing Technology News: Seven Tech Data Executives Named 2019 CRN “Women of the Channel” Expectations for good customer service are changing75% expect customer service to be faster now than it was five years ago50% expect less complicated interactions37% use more self-serve customer service optionslast_img read more


Meet Gen Z The Selfproclaimed Hardestworking Anxiously Optimistic Workforce of the Future

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first_imgMeet Gen Z: The Self-proclaimed Hardest-working, Anxiously Optimistic Workforce of the Future PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 1:58 pmJune 10, 2019 Anxiously Optimistic WorkforceGeneration Z1Kronos IncorporatedMarketing TechnologyNewsThe Workforce Institute Previous ArticleAvaya Identified as a Leader in Aragon Research Globe for Intelligent Contact CenterNext ArticleTech. 2019: Global Retail Tech Spending to Top $203 Billion This Year The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated issued a global survey of 3,400 members of Generation Z1 across 12 countries that found contradictory revelations from the newest segment of workforce.“Meet Gen Z: Hopeful, Anxious, Hardworking, and Searching for Inspiration”This survey is the first in a series of reports from The Workforce Institute at Kronos and Future Workplace that examines attitudes of Gen Z in workplaces across Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the UK, and the US, including how their education has prepared them for the working world, their perceptions about the gig economy, and their views on how to be an employer of choice for the next generation. Part one, “Meet Gen Z: Hopeful, Anxious, Hardworking, and Searching for Inspiration,” explores surprising contradictions of how 16- to 25-year-olds view themselves, their expectations of work, and how employers can best prepare to manage Gen Z employees.News FactsGen Z believes it is the hardest-working generation – and have it the hardest – yet demand schedule flexibility to deliver their best work.One-third (32%) of Gen Z respondents say they are the hardest-working generation ever, with Millennials ranked as the second-hardest working generation at 25%. More than half (56%) say the Silent Generation is the least hardworking generation of all time.Almost two-fifths (36%) of Gen Zers believe they “had it the hardest” when entering the working world compared to all other generations before it, tied with the Silent Generation (ages 75-94), which generally began entering the workforce during or just after World War II.While Gen Zers believe they are hardworking, one in four (26%) admit they would work harder and stay longer at a company that supports flexible schedules, with flexibility desired most in Canada (33%), the U.K. (31%), and the U.S. (31%).Gen Z’s appeal for flexibility comes with a few actions they would never tolerate from their employer, including being forced to work when they don’t want to (35%); inability to use vacation days when they want to (34%); and working back-to-back shifts (30%). Marketing Technology News: SentinelOne Announces $120 Million Series DHow do they measure success? Gen Z is optimistic, yet anxious, about their careers.Across the globe, more than half (56%) of Gen Z is optimistic about their professional future, led by India where an incredible 44% of 16- to 25-year-olds are “extremely optimistic,” followed closely by U.S. Gen Zers at 31%.However, Gen Zers who are employed today are the least optimistic: Half (50%) of those who are currently serving in an internship and one-third (28%) of those working full-time are only “moderately” optimistic about their professional future.The overall optimism of Gen Z is met with many emotional barriers this generation feels it must overcome to achieve workplace success, including anxiety (34%), lack of motivation/drive (20%), and low self-esteem (17%). Anxiety, specifically, is a greater concern among female Gen Zers (39% vs. 29% for male) and most prevalent in Canada (44%), the U.K. (40%), and the U.S. (40%).About one-third of Gen Z measures their success based on how respected they are by their co-workers (34%) and the recognition they receive from their manager (32%). However, traditional benchmarks still matter, with salary (44%) and advancement (35%) reigning supreme.center_img Marketing Technology News: Loyalty Brands Announces Partnership with Textellent To Deliver Innovative SMS Sales & Marketing CapabilitiesMind the “Preparation Gap”: Gen Z outlines what school did – and did not – prepare them for, as these digital natives crave face-to-face interaction.Despite record-high enrollment, less than half of Gen Z credits their high school (39%) or college (42%) education for preparing them to enter the working world. One in four Gen Zers say they are least prepared to handle negotiating (26%); networking (24%); speaking confidently in front of crowds (24%); and resolving work conflict (23%).Conversely, Gen Z feels well-equipped to handle working in a team (57%); hitting project deadlines (57%); and working with customers (56%).Gen Z also isn’t prepared to be managed by another person (21%), although nearly one-third (32%) say they would be motivated to work harder and stay longer at a company if they have a supportive manager. The top three attributes they value in a manager are: “they trust me” (47%), “they support me” (40%), and “they care about me” (35%).Despite being digital natives, three out of four Gen Zers (75%) prefer to receive manager feedback in person, and 39% prefer to communicate with their team or employer in person – with Gen Zers in Mexico valuing in-person communication the most (55%). 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Skylum Teases AIpowered Automatic Sky Replacement Filter for Luminar

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first_img You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Tagged In photoshopadobe photoshopimage processingphoto editingLuminARSkylumsky replacement Post a Comment 0 Comments 0 Comments Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder We Now Understand Why Tom Welling Disappeared Skylum Teases AI-powered Automatic Sky Replacement Filter for Luminar Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ By David Cardinal on July 23, 2019 at 3:22 pm Edward Furlong is Returning in ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled Truly Terrible Actors Who Desperately Need Acting Classes One of the most popular image editing “tricks” is swapping out the sky in a photograph. While not appropriate for documentary images, it can make quite a bit of difference to whether an image is so-so or appears amazing (“appears” because, of course, it isn’t strictly a photograph at that point). Originally the process for swapping out the sky in a digital or digitized image involved using layers in Photoshop and carefully painting a mask. More recently, we’ve seen smarter masking tools to help with the job. Now, Skylum says it has created a simple, one-click, AI-powered, sky replacement filter that the company will unveil as part of its upcoming Luminar 4 release.Why Convincing Sky Replacement Is HardManually pasting a different color sky into a photo is a painstaking, but relatively simple process once you understand layers and masks. However, blending the edges of your existing subjects and the new sky is much harder, especially if some of the subjects are translucent or have fine detail such as leaves or hair. Luminar’s new filter promises to handle that task automatically.Even more impressively, Skylum claims the new feature will actually relight the existing scene to match the light that would be coming from the replacement sky. We’ll see how well that works in practice, as doing it perfectly also means removing the light from the original sky first. Since we’re starting with just a photograph, it is difficult to completely estimate lighting. The new filter will also allow you to adjust its effects to control elements like depth of field, tone, exposure, and color. In another clever twist, the filter is designed to detect the horizon and orientation of the sky, so the replacement sky will look as natural as possible.You can get a quick look at how Luminar promises the filter will work from this teaser video:This animated GIF provides a sample of what Skylum is promising Luminar 4 will be able to do:Luminar 4 promises to make replacing the sky in your images as easy and realistic as this example of the New York skyline. We’ll be giving the product a full review when it comes out to see if it delivers.Sky Replacement Does Come With a Big CaveatSkylum will be shipping a set of sky images that can be used with Luminar 4’s sky replacement filter, and anticipates future “sky packs.” Unfortunately, for me, that pushes the feature a little bit far over into the make-believe realm of graphic arts, and away from photography. For example, shooting a few images over the course of an hour or days from a specific location and picking the best sky isn’t strictly photography, but at least I’ve created all the images, and they have geographic integrity. Patching in a sky that someone else took, and that will look the same as many other images from a variety of places, isn’t something that gets me too excited. Fortunately, Skylum has told me that it does think it will eventually be possible to use your own images as sky replacements.Skylum is promising to deliver Luminar 4 this fall. It will provide a discounted price incentive for pre-orders, and upgrade pricing for existing users. Current Luminar users are probably also hoping that the company will have fleshed out its current photo organizer into a full-fledged image management system.Now Read:Luminar 3 Gives Lightroom a Run For Your MoneyMobile Photography Workflow: Pushing the Envelope With Lightroom and PixelHands on With AirMagic, a One-Click Fix for Your Drone Photos Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Bannedlast_img read more


2020 Hyundai Palisade Review A New Star Among Midsize SUVs

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first_img Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. By Bill Howard on June 25, 2019 at 11:01 am Tagged In carsautomobilesautoscar reviewsSUVsSUV reviewsHonda Pilot2020 carsmidsize SUVsFord Explorer2020 SUVsDrive Assisthyundahyunda palisade Post a Comment 17 Comments This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality 17 Comments The 2020 Hyundai Palisade gets a big grille. This is the design on the top-line Palisade Limited. <><>123456789101112131415161718 Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous The Biggest ‘Arrow’ Plot Holes No One Ever Talks About 2020 Hyundai Palisade Review: A New Star Among Midsize SUVs Artist Reimagines Iconic Disney Scenes with a Hilarious Twist This is Where ‘Thor 4’ Will Take Place in the Marvel Timeline Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Palisade replaces the three-row Hyundai Santa Fe XL while the two-row Santa Fe remains. At 196 inches, the Palisade is 3 inches longer, and a clear class above every other Hyundai on materials and cabin noise insulation. That extra length translates to a trace more legroom in front, 3 inches more in the second row, and a half-inch more in the third row. The second row also grew 3 inches of shoulder room and an inch of headroom. While Hyundai’s target demographic is the young family with two-plus kids, it’s also great on long trips for two couples.In a day of driving early production Palisades, they proved to be excellent highway tourers. The Palisade is a decent off-roader but not a rock crawler. On potholed roads, the suspension feels a bit stiff. Inside, cabin quality, comfort, and noise suppression are exceptional. The driver assists worked well, including the semi-autonomous driving feature called Drive Assist.Flick the left turn signal and the blind spot view on the left shows in the left side of the instrument; flick the right and the blind spot view shows up on the right. This is slick.Blind View Monitor: See What’s Coming Up FastHyundai’s 12.3-inch LCD instrument panel on the Limited.The coolest Palisade technology is the Blind View Monitor, an enhancement to the blind-spot detection system. When you flick the turn-signal stalk, angled rear camera views of the left or right lanes appear in the instrument panel. You get audible alerts and a video look at what’s happening in the blind spot. The views are wider than what you see in the side mirrors. This is what Honda Lane Watch could have and should have become; Lane Watch is a right-side-only camera with the output displayed on the center stack, knocking out effective access to navigation or infotainment. Honda is an engineering-centric company and when somebody out-engineers Honda, that’s worth appreciating.Hyundai Blind View Monitor is on the premium Limited model with its 12.3-inch LCD instrument panel. The panel comprises two circular gauge clusters left and right (inset photo), flanking a rectangular multi-information display. Hit the left turn signal and you get a view of what’s in your left blind spot in the left gauge circle (photo above), plus visual and audible alerts. When it comes to tracking cars that might be in your blind spot, it’s reassuring to be able to double-check the audible and visual alerts with a virtual peek over your shoulder that doesn’t require you to twist in your seat to make sure the side mirrors didn’t miss anything. This is one of the few Limited features that isn’t available on the mid-range SEL. The only way Blind View Monitor could be better is if you could preview the blind spot before pressing the turn signal, either with a partial push on the turn stalk, or left- and right-view buttons on the steering wheel. BVM is especially useful for older drivers who have trouble turning their necks, and others who can but can’t be bothered.Drive Assist brings Level 2 autonomy to Hyundai, starting with the Palisade. It works well. Level 2 means: The car will drive interstates pretty well. It understands staying centered in the lane and maintaining a safe following distance.Drive Assist Brings Level 2 AutonomyHyundai Drive Assist debuts on the Palisade.If Blind View Monitor is the coolest tech, the most important is Hyundai Drive Assist, meaning the car stays in lane on the highway, maintains a fixed speed, and slows or stops if the car ahead stops. To make this Level 2 hands-off driving happen, you have to keep your hands lightly on the wheel or at least every 10 seconds (so the car knows you’re still there). It’s on par with Nissan Pro Pilot Assist or, for that matter, Tesla Autopilot without the Tesla puffery. As with most competing cars, engaging L2 autonomy takes more than one step to engage, but then so does engaging adaptive cruise control.Drive Assist is part of Hyundai’s safety umbrella called Hyundai SmartSense. Drive Assist is standard on the Limited, one of many options on SEL, and not on SE. I found Drive Assist always maintained the chosen following distance, did not veer out of lane on interstates, occasionally drifted out of lane on tighter curves on non-interstate limited access roads, and was surprised by a car cutting in just ahead of you (every other L2 car is, too), all of which represents the state of the art today. These are not defects. They’re what you get in 2019. They will help make long trips safer and more enjoyable.Drive Assist will adapt to the speed limit in effect (when the map data was loaded into the car) and drop you from, say, 65 mph to 55 mph in an urban area. But Hyundai doesn’t do speed limit sign recognition, a drawback, and it doesn’t allow drivers to input an offset of, say, 5, 7 or 10 mph over the posted limit, which ignores American driving norms. Coincidentally, the new Ford Explorer — likely to be the closest competitor of Palisade — also adapts to speed-limit signs and it allows drivers to travel X mph over the posted limit to keep up with traffic.Every Palisade gets five USB jacks. The Limited and properly optioned SEL Palisades get two more in the third row.Infotainment: Great Premium Audio, Decent NavigationSee the USB jack in the back of the front seatback? Hyundai has two of them there, for a total of five USB jacks in the base Palisade SE, seven on the premium Limited, and seven on properly optioned midgrade SELs. This is just one example of how Hyundai nailed it on infotainment.With the 10.3-inch LCD on Limited and optionally on the mid-tier SEL, you can have three on-screen windows open at one time. Navigation works passably well. Now that Hyundai and most others offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, you may find yourself using Waze because of its superior traffic and cop reporting. You can have two smartphones connected by Bluetooth to the car simultaneously on some trim lines.When back-seat passengers are snoozing, you can direct audio only to the front speakers. It’s called Rear Seat Quiet Mode. Conversely, when kids are raising hell in back, the Palisade now employs the STFU button pioneered by the previous generation Toyota Highlander. It’s more politely called Driver Talk In-Car Intercom and lets the driver broadcast to the middle and rear seats, momentarily shutting off any audio player back there, and advising the kids to calm down or else.The 630-watt Harman Kardon premium audio with 12 speakers sounded fabulous. It’s only on the Limited and sounded especially good using a Harman sampler music set with uncompressed WAV files. Harman’s Clari-Fi software improves low-bit-rate music files, but there’s nothing like uncompressed if you have good ears.You may have challenges finding the secondary features of the infotainment system. Similarly, the nine buttons in a row just below the vents may be difficult to locate and press because with nine soldiers in a row, with black on satin chrome lettering, they’re tough to quickly identify. In terms of design, the long row does look nice.The Limited has a head-up display. In size and brightness, it’s good, but not great. It’s poor if you use polarized sunglasses. Hyundai shows blind spot information in the HUD, which is really useful.Solid Safety FeaturesHyundai has a strong set of standard safety features: forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, rear parking sonar, and camera (the camera mandated), drowsy driver alert (Driver Attention Warning), and trailer sway assist. That’s in addition to the mandatory stability control and anti-lock braking features. Hyundai says the Palisade was engineered to earn the top Department of Transportation and IIHS ratings, which are pending.The Limited includes a 360-degree surround vision camera system which keeps your bumpers and side body panels safe. You can also see pets or children running toward the car when dad or mom pulls in the driveway.Do competent parents accidentally leave children or pets in the car? Every Palisade has a check-rear-seats warning when you stop the engine. The SEL (optional) and Limited (standard) also have an ultrasonic sensor that notices children and pets in the back. If you leave without them, the car warns you, and if telematics is enabled, it sends a message to your phone. The counterpoint: If you have so many kids you lose track of them in your vehicle, maybe it was time for that vasectomy two or three children ago.The cockpit of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited edition.Three Palisade Trim LinesThe 2020 Hyundai Palisade comes in three trim lines: a) affordable but missing a key safety feature (SE), b) about what you need and customizable (SEL), and c) OMG it’s gorgeous and almost fifty grand (Limited). All come with three rows of seating, a 3.8-liter V6 engine with gasoline direct injection, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel-efficiency ratings are fair, but not great for a midsize SUV: city / 26 mpg highway / 22 mpg overall for city driving, 19/24/21 highway. Prices here include the $1,045 freight charge. All-wheel drive adds $1,700 to the price. Weight ranges from 4,127 pounds (front-drive, second-row bench seat) to 4,387 pounds (AWD, captain’s chairs).To simplify trim line explanations, here are all the features that are unavailable on the entry SE, optional on SEL, and standard on Limited: front parking sonar, self-leveling rear suspension, LED headlamps and taillights, hands-free rear liftgate, ventilated front seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated second-row seats, third-row power folding / unfolding / reclining seats, heated steering wheel, 10.25-inch center stack touchscreen with navigation, multiple device (phone) connections, Driver Talk rear seat paging, Qi wireless charging, and Blue Link telematics. For more detail:Palisade SE, $32,595 front-drive / $34,295 all-wheel-drive. The SE caries eight with its standard second-row bench seat. The roof AC vents have a diffuser design that can be adjusted so the passenger gets plenty of cool air, but not a directed blast of cold. The alloy wheel/tire package is 245/60R18. It gets an 8-inch center stack display and a smallish monochrome multi-information display in the instrument panel. The only options are paint and fabric-upholstery color. Lack of blind spot detection makes the SE model undesirable; fortunately, this will be only about 10 percent of production, Hyundai says.Palisade SEL, $34,545 FWD / $36,245, a $1,950 jump over the SE. It adds the blind spot detection/rear cross-traffic alert the SE lacks. You can choose the second-row bench seat or captain’s chairs, same price. A single-panel sunroof over the front seats is standard.Two mostly useful packages bring the SEL halfway between the base SEL and Limited, $39,145 FWD / $40,485 AWD. The Convenience Package, $2,200, actually $3,100 including a mandatory $900 sunroof, has 20-inch alloys, aut0-leveling rear suspension, LED taillights, a hands-free liftgate, a 7-inch instrument panel LCD, rear side sunshades (kids love them), third-row USB ports, and an AC outlet. The Premium Package, $2,400, actually $5,500 including the mandatory Convenience Package and sunroof, adds leather seats, premium dashb0ard trim, bi-LED headlamps, an eight-way power seat, integrated memory for driver seat and mirrors, heated steering wheel, and power folding / reclining third-row seats.You can add the power sunroof as a standalone option. But try to add the standalone-option Drive Guidance (navigation, 10.25-inch LCD, Highway Drive Assist, satellite radio, HD radio, Driver Talk, multiple device connections, Blue Link telematics), and you’ll find you must also take the Convenience Package.Palisade Limited, $45,745 FWD / $47,445 AWD. Visually, it gets a different front grille with more horizontal elements. The 12.3-inch LCD instrument panel is exclusive to the Limited, as is HK audio, and a dual sunroof with a massive fixed rear panel. As with the entry SE, you just pick the exterior and interior colors. If you’ve got the money, go for it. The first two rows are at least as room as an Escalade.Fewer amenities for the front passenger side of the Palisade. (Excerpt from Hyundai Palisade features table.)Room to Improve the PalisadeWhen that first Hyundai Genesis (now Genesis G80) arrived as a 2009 model, it packed a lot of luxury into a $36,000 midsize sedan. One modest drawback: The driver got a power-ventilated seat but not the passenger. Now the Palisade’s front seats on the SEL and Limited are ventilated for both driver and passenger. But the passenger on the Palisade must make do without lumbar support and power adjusters. Or maybe Hyundai felt the need to shave 5-10 pounds of weight.Residents of cold-weather cities shouldn’t have to pay $5,500 in Russian nesting doll packages to get a heated steering wheel on SEL. Nor $4,350 to get satellite and HD Radio. As a BMW exec said 10 years ago when HD radio was a costly extra, “The next version of HD radio is gonna be called ‘radio.’”We’re hoping for a hybrid — or better, a plug-in hybrid — version of the Palisade. For car-pooling duty, a 25-mile PHEV battery could push mpg well into the thirties. History says oil won’t be cheap forever. Hyundai, remember, is the company whose stable includes two hybrids, two plug-in hybrids, two EVs, and one hydrogen fuel-cell, none of them larger than a midsize vehicle.Should You Buy the 2020 Palisade?2020 Ford ExplorerThe 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a great three-row SUV for people who want three-row SUVs. It is also a great-big SUV, bordering on being full-size. There are a half-dozen serious Palisade competitors, many of then new or recently refreshed. The sixth-generation Ford Explorer just launched and is the most direct competitor. The Explorer drivetrain is now rear-drive-based while the Palisade is a front-wheel-drive-based design. The Explorer is the best-selling midsize SUV, with 262,000 US sales last year and 7.5 million sold in the US since 1990. Shoppers may find the Palisade interior slightly more upscale. A fully equipped Explorer Platinum runs $61,000, $13,000 more than the tip-top Palisade. That’s BMW X5 territory. Almost.2020 Toyota HighlanderThe fourth-generation Toyota Highlander arrives late this year, on a new platform, stretched to within an inch of the Palisade. It will have four-cylinder gas and hybrid versions as well as a V6. The hybrid should get 34 mpg combined, 50 percent better than the Palisade. Highlander sold 245,000 units last year, second to the Explorer. SUVs 3-4-5 on the 2018 sales list, the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Subaru Outback, are midsize in capacity but are not direct competitors and seat five at most. The No. 6 Honda Pilot had its best year ever in 2018, with 160,000 sold, and got a refresh for 2019. But the Pilot is feeling its age. The Honda Sensing safety suite is now standard on all trim lines, but blind spot detection is not part of Honda Sensing and, like the Palisade, BSD doesn’t come standard on the lowest of Pilot’s five trim lines. Pilot’s infotainment system annoys users with a volume knob but no tuning knob. At least Pilot no longer has LaneWatch.2019 Subaru AscentRegardless of their sales, two international competitors may be capable of taking on the Palisade: the Subaru Ascent and Volkswagen Atlas. The Nissan Pathfinder is sized like the Palisade but dates to the 2013 model year with a refresh in 2017, and it remains less competitive. All offer three-row seating.Among similarly sized US vehicles, the Chevrolet Traverse and upscale twin GMC Acadia are roomy and less expensive, but the interior doesn’t match the Palisade. The Buick Enclave, the sibling to the Traverse, has a more upscale interior but the top end runs almost $10K more than Palisade. The biggest Jeep, Grand Cherokee, is a five-seater. The Dodge Durango is your SUV if want a muscle car that seats seven.Not one of these vehicles is as roomy, especially in row three, as the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, or Chrysler Town & Country minivans.2020 Kia TellurideAs for the Kia Telluride, there is a lot of similarity to the Palisade, including the engine, transmission, and general structural design. Broadly, the Telluride plays up off-roading where the Palisade focuses on cockpit style and on-road driving comfort. But (full-width photo above) the Palisade does well off-road, too, and hauls 5,000-pound trailers. Most dimensions are similar. The Telluride finds an extra 3 cubic feet of storage behind the third-row seats. The Telluride is $140-$115 cheaper depending on trim level. The Palisade / Telluride pair will eat into Ford Explorer sales more on the coasts while the Explorer will remain strong in heartland America. But Explorer will likely take sales from the less-capable SUVs.The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is pretty much the largest thing the Hyundai conglomerate builds without anchors, which is the kind of size Americans and American backsides appreciate. The Palisade will be a hit. A lot of editors have the Palisade shortlisted for car-of-the-year and top-ten consideration. Just as they’ve done for the 2020 Explorer. The Palisade is a true class-above vehicle for Hyundai, much as Mazda has done with the CX-5 compact SUV and the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback.In fact, the Hyundai Palisade is so well-executed and so upscale, it puts pressure on the Hyundai group’s premium brand, Genesis, to go beyond what the Palisade has done. Look for the GV80 unveiling this fall and shipments in the first half of 2020.Now read:The Go-Fast, Go-Safe Parts You Only Get on Police Cars2019 Mini Countryman S E All4 Review: Bouncy, Fun-to-Drive Plug-In HybridTesla Stock Is Worth Half What Elon Said It’s Worth. Time to Panic? The 2020 Hyundai Palisade will shake up the midsize SUV market. It is a superbly crafted land cruiser for people who want a mausoleum-quiet cabin, USB jacks up the wazoo, automated highway driving, power folding seats in back, trailer towing, off-roading, and the big grille you can’t avoid on most new SUV designs.The Hyundai Palisade runs $33,000 to $47,000 and first shipments reach dealers the last two weeks of June. Drawbacks are modest: The base model, Palisade SE, lacks the blind spot detection standard on the other trim lines and detracts from an otherwise-solid safety package. Infotainment will take some trial-and-error learning. The third-row space is decent for a sub-200-inch SUV but minivans a half-foot longer are far roomier in back. The passenger seat is separate and unequal compared to the driver’s seat.Overall, you must check out the Palisade and similar Kia Telluride if you’re shopping the Ford Explorer (also new, shipping by July), Toyota Highlander (due late this year), Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent, and VW Atlas. 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Intels Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons 64 Cores

July 24, 2019

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first_img 17 Comments The Main Thing the ‘Thor 4’ Director Wants to Make Crystal Clear New ‘Overwatch’ Hero Sigma Now Playable on PTR The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Intel’s Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons, 64 Cores New Details Confirmed About Natalie Portman As Mighty Thor You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Joel Hruska on July 16, 2019 at 7:08 am The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressed ‘Endgame’ Directors Apologize To Tom Holland Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 19shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. These Heroes Got Incredibly Fit for Their Superhero Roles Intel has announced a significant advance for its neuromorphic research processor, codenamed Loihi. The company has now scaled up its Loihi implementation to the 64-processor level, allowing it to create a system with more than 8M neurons (8.3M). This new configuration (codenamed Pohoiki Beach) delivers 1,000x better performance than conventional CPUs in applications like sparse coding, graph search, and constraint-satisfaction problems. Intel claims that the new Pohoiki Beach delivers a 10,000x energy efficiency improvement over conventional CPU architectures in these sorts of tests.Neuromorphic computing is a subset of computing that attempts to mimic the brain’s architecture using modern technological analogues. Instead of implementing a typical CPU clock, for example. Loihi is based on a spiking neural network architecture. The basic Loihi processor contains 128 neuromorphic cores, three Lakefield (Intel Quark) CPU cores, and an off-chip communication network. In theory, Loihi can scale all the way up to 4,096 on-chip cores and 16,384 chips, though Intel has said it has no plans to commercialize a design this large.A close-up shot of an Intel Nahuku board, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Pohoiki Beach, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach was introduced in July 2019. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)“With the Loihi chip we’ve been able to demonstrate 109 times lower power consumption running a real-time deep learning benchmark compared to a GPU, and 5 times lower power consumption compared to specialized IoT inference hardware,” said Chris Eliasmith, co-CEO of Applied Brain Research and professor at University of Waterloo. “Even better, as we scale the network up by 50 times, Loihi maintains real-time performance results and uses only 30 percent more power, whereas the IoT hardware uses 500 percent more power and is no longer real-time.”One of Intel’s Nahuku boards, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips, shown here interfaced to an Intel Arria 10 FPGA development kit. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Poihoiki Beach, annuounced in July 2019, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach was introduced in July 2019. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)The Pohoiki Beach implementation is not the largest planned deployment for the neuromorphic chip. Intel states that it intends to roll out an even larger design, codenamed Pohoiki Springs, which will deliver “an unprecedented level of performance and efficiency for scaled-up neuromorphic workloads.”We’ve covered the advances and research in neuromorphic computing for several years at ET. The work being done on these CPUs is closely related to the work that’s being conducted in AI and machine intelligence overall, but neuromorphic computing isn’t just concerned with how to run AI / ML workloads efficiently on existing chips. The ultimate goal is to build processors that more closely resemble the human brain.One of the oddities of computing is that analogies comparing human brain function and how computers work are so prevalent. Human brains and classic computers have very little overlap in terms of how they function. Transistors are not equivalent to neurons and the spiking neural network model that Loihi uses for transmitting information across its own processor cores is intended to be closer to the biological processes humans and other animals use than traditional silicon.Projects like this have a number of long-term research goals, of course, but one of the most fundamental is to better understand how brains work in order to copy some of their energy efficiency. The human brain runs on roughly 20W. Exascale supercomputing, which is considered the minimum for advanced neural simulation of anything more complex than an earthworm, is expected to consume megawatts of power per supercomputer. The gap between those figures explains why we’re so interested in the long-term energy efficiency and computation potential of the brain in the first place. Architectures like Loihi aren’t just an effort to write programs that mimic what humans can do; the goal is to copy aspects of our neurology as well. It makes their progress a bit more interesting.Feature Image Credit: Tim Herman/Intel CorporationNow Read:New Leak: Intel 10-Core Comet Lake CPUs Will Counterattack Ryzen 3000 FamilyIs Moore’s Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? Even Experts DisagreeIntel’s New Omni-Directional Interconnect Combines EMIB, Foveros Tagged In scienceintelcpusartificial intelligencesemiconductorsaimachine learningneuromorphicneuromorphic computingLoihineuromorphic processor Post a Comment 17 Commentslast_img read more