CC Group acquires Matthew Clark and Bibendum from Conviviality

first_img© Pierre Selim/WikimediaC&C Group acquires Matthew Clark and Bibendum from ConvivialityPosted By: News Deskon: April 04, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, Distribution, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailC&C Group, the owner of Bulmer’s, Tennents and Magner’s brands, has acquired both Matthew Clark and Bibendum from troubled wine retailer Conviviality.C&C Group will also acquire Matthew Clark and Bibendum’s subsidiaries Catalyst, Peppermint, Elastic and Walker & Wodehouse, as part of the deal.Matthew Clark is one of the largest distributors of alcoholic beverages to restaurants and bars in the UK, supplying products such as beer, wines, spirits, cider and soft drinks to clients in this sector from 18 distribution sites in the UK.Meanwhile, Bibendum is one of the leading independent distributors and wholesalers of wine, spirits and craft beer to both UK retailers and bars and restaurants.C&C Group claims that Matthew Clark Bibendum will operate as an independent business in the UK following the acquisition, and that the deal will “create the leading independent route-to-market network in the UK.”Stephen Glancey, C&C Group’s CEO, said: “We know the Matthew Clark and Bibendum businesses very well. They are great businesses with unparalleled on-trade market access, a wide range of supplier relationships and supported by a knowledgeable and loyal employee base.“The last few weeks have been challenging for employees, customers and suppliers alike. We hope today’s announcement can put an end to this period of disruption and uncertainty.“We look forward to working with our new colleagues and other stakeholders to bring stability and restore the group’s position as one of the leading and most respected drinks suppliers to the UK hospitality sector.”Share with your network: Tags: AlcoholBibendumC&C GroupConvivialityMatthew ClarkUKlast_img read more

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Cargill invests £35m to expand its Wolverhampton poultry plant

first_imgCargill invests £35m to expand its Wolverhampton poultry plantPosted By: Martin Whiteon: August 16, 2018In: Food, Industries, ManufacturingPrintEmailCargill has announced that it will invest £35 million to expand its poultry production facility in Wolverhampton in the UK.This investment will add a second production line at the facility, which produces approximately 19,000 tonnes of breaded and battered chicken products annually for clients in the foodservice industry.According to Cargill, the investment will create an additional 80 jobs at the expanded site and allow the company to further expand its presence in the UK’s poultry market.Jon Lauritzen, Cargill commercial director, said: “We have built a sustainable chicken supply chain with our trusted partners to provide our Wolverhampton site with whole chicken breast fillets to make breaded and battered products for our loyal foodservice customers.“Our further investment of £35 million will ensure we maintain our reputation as a ‘best in class’ facility.”Earlier this year, Cargill enhanced its position in the UK’s poultry segment as the company agreed a deal with Faccenda Foods to create the Avara Foods joint venture company.The venture combined Cargill’s fresh chicken business in the UK with Faccenda’s fresh chicken, turkey and duck business, with both companies holding a 50% stake in the joint venture.Share with your network: Tags: CargillmanufacturingpoultryUKlast_img read more

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History of USNorth Korea deals shows hard part is making them stick

first_imgThank you for your feedback. Read more Last modified on Thu 5 Jul 2018 16.44 EDT Singapore summit follows series of agreements torpedoed by mistrust and unkept promises Mon 11 Jun 2018 05.45 EDT 2:25 Reuse this content Share on Twitter Play Video Donald Trump Asia Pacific analysis Share on Facebook Shares165165 Show Was this helpful? Whatever form of words Trump and Kim Jong-un agree on Tuesday, the history of US negotiations with North Korea suggest an agreement on paper is just the start, not the end, of any effort to achieve a real compromise. Pinterest History of US-North Korea deals shows hard part is making them stick Hide While North Korea has repeatedly signalled it is willing to give up its nuclear weapons, the conditions for that to happen may be too high a price to pay for the US and its allies.“The worst case scenario is learning the North Korean definition of denuclearization is untenable with international community’s expectations,” says Jenny Town, the assistant director of the US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. “When they think of denuclearization, they think it will come about over decades.”“It’s also dependent on having good relations with the US, and North Korea has seen the US pull out of many international agreements, so they won’t trust a simple promise, they want to build trust over time.”Kim is acutely aware of the fate of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who gave up his weapons programmes only to have European and US forces bomb the country during an uprising against him.Other possibilities include a meeting relatively light on substance, focused on building goodwill between both sides and positive photo opportunities instead of touching on issues that could cause conflict.There is little chance of a concrete agreement of any kind resulting from the summit. Beginning negotiations with a meeting between the two leaders, before any details have been hammered out, is always risky. The meeting will likely be followed by months, if not years, of negotiations at the lower levels before anything is signed.Read a full explainer on the Korea summit here Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter Each time a deal has been close, the same basic bargain has been on the table: that North Korea relinquish its nuclear arsenal in return for a mix of security and economic incentives.In 1992 – the first time the US and North Korea engaged diplomatically since the 1953 armistice – the Pyongyang regime faced similar isolation and intense economic pressure as it does today. The collapse of the Soviet Union robbed the regime of a steadfast ally and patron. Meanwhile, Beijing was telling North Korea to undergo the same transformative economic reforms as China. Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, was facing an existential threat.Then, like now, rapprochement between North and South Korea created a diplomatic opening for the US. In January 1992, the two Koreas signed an agreement on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. That led to meetings between American and North Korean diplomats at the US mission to the United Nations in New York, where the two delegations eyed each other warily after three decades of silence.The first thing that struck Robert Gallucci, who became chief US negotiator in 1993, was his counterparts’ identical lapel badges portraying the Great Leader. “I tried to imagine us sitting there with lapel pictures of Bill Clinton and I just couldn’t,” he recalled. Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Q&A What are the possible outcomes of the Korea summit? Support The Guardian Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s rocky road to Singapore – video explainer US foreign policy Pyongyang, 2000: A limousine carrying the then US secretary of state Madeleine Albright passes a portrait of Kim Il-sung during her historic trip to North Korea. Photograph: Andrew Wong/Reuters Share on Messenger The latest major Trump resignations and firings After a break in contact of more than two years, Hill was given the task of re-establishing contacts with the North Koreans under the format of multilateral, six-party talks. Those negotiations eventually led to a 2005 joint statement of principles to guide future negotiations, which included some of the elements of the Agreed Framework, such as the eventual provision of light water reactors, and a lot of language that will be on the table in Tuesday’s talks between Trump and Kim. The statement called for “the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula … in a phased manner in line with the principle of ‘commitment for commitment, action for action.’”The joint statement once more raised hopes that the US and North Korea had turned a corner in their relationship, but it began to fall apart almost immediately. Within weeks, the US Treasury imposed new sanctions, freezing $23m (£17m) in North Korean assets in a bank in the Chinese territory of Macau, using counter-terror legislation. It was a relatively small amount of money, but it infuriated the North Koreans and the Chinese, who saw it as a violation of the spirit of the joint statement. US diplomats who had negotiated the 2005 statement were also taken by surprise.“I think it’s fair to say that one part of the US government was not particularly in touch with another part of US government, not for the first or last time,” said Hill, who saw it as an act of sabotage by hawks such as Bolton in the Bush administration. “I think the real purpose of it was to screw up the negotiations.”As relations spiralled downwards, North Korea tested seven ballistic missiles in July 2006, and conducted its first nuclear test in October the same year.The US ended up refunding North Korea the money it had frozen in Macau, and provided shipments of fuel oil, and in return the regime closed down its Yongbyon reactor and provided a partial inventory of its nuclear programme. But the six-party talks became bogged down in the question of verification. As before, North Korea was prepared to allow inspectors in but sought to limit what they could see. Kim Jong-un has struck one deal with the US, in February 2012. Under the Leap Year agreement, the regime undertook once more to suspend enrichment in Yongbyon under IAEA verification and to suspend nuclear and missile testing, in exchange, the Obama administration pledged to send food aid.Once more, the deal fell apart within weeks when North Korea conducted missile launches, which it insisted were for satellite deployment. The US deemed them a breach of the Leap Year agreement and halted plans to send food aid. Through three generations of the Kim dynasty, and successive US administrations, the biggest obstacle has not been reaching an agreement but making it stick. This has not only been a result of North Korea seeking to circumvent deals it has made, but a recurrent problem of US administrations sending conflicting signals, as different factions vie for control of policymaking. It is Donald Trump’s recurring boast that with the Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un, he has succeeded in negotiations with North Korea where his predecessors failed. But the claim obscures a long history of agreements made and broken by both countries.The lesson of two major deals, in 1994 and 2005, is that it is much easier to reach agreements than to implement them. In fact, the complex, fraught process of implementation has usually brought with it new flashpoints and new crises. Trump’s looming Singapore summit with Kim will be the first meeting between US and North Korean leaders, but that is largely because previous US presidents have balked at giving the Pyongyang regime such recognition and prestige without substantive progress towards disarmament. US foreign policy Share on LinkedIn North Korea Share on Facebook Topics Share via Email Pyongyang 1994: The former US president Jimmy Carter shares a boat ride with the North Korean leader Kim Il-sung weeks before Kim’s death.Photograph: KCNA Nuclear weapons International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Meet the negotiators for the North Korea summit Trump administration … 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. Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on Twitter According to the deal, North Korea would dismantle its reactor at Yongbyon, the source of its plutonium, in return for two civilian light water nuclear power stations, generally seen as less of a proliferation risk. Until those reactors were built, North Korea would receive shipments of US-financed fuel oil. The deal was sealed in Geneva and the North Koreans invited the US negotiators to their mission to toast its success. One of the US diplomats, Joel Wit, was on the point of downing his shot when he spotted snakes at the bottom of the bottle. It was snake liquor, popular across east Asia for special occasions.“Snake liquor really does smell like there has been a dead animal in the bottle, because there is,” Wit said. “I didn’t drink it, and as I turned around to put the glass down on the table I noticed that all the other Americans put theirs away. I’m not sure if the North Koreans noticed.”From such tentative beginnings, the Agreed Framework would last nearly nine years, but its implementation would be a constant struggle. A Republican-dominated Congress did its best to slow down fuel deliveries, and the construction timetable for the reactors was continually postponed. It later emerged that North Korea had been cheating by pursuing a secret uranium route to making a bomb. That was enough for the hawks in the Bush administration, John Bolton among them, to kill off the Agreed Framework. The accord’s defenders suggest that the uranium enrichment programme was the regime’s hedge against the US reneging on the deal, and it could have been closed down through negotiations. They also argue that the Agreed Framework held back the weapons programme for most of the 1990s. Christopher Hill, who became the Bush administration’s chief negotiator with North Korea, disagreed with the decision to end the Agreed Framework. “My own view is we lost control of the plutonium process, we lost inspectors on the ground. We lost the capacity to understand what was going on there,” Hill said. Washington DC, 1994: President Bill Clinton and assistant secretary of state Robert Gallucci brief reporters following the negotiation of a landmark nuclear disarmament deal with North Korea. Photograph: Marcy Nighswander/AP Facebook Read more The first two years of US engagement with North Korea were highly volatile, in which diplomatic breakthroughs were interspersed by dangerous crises. North Korea made an agreement in January 1992 with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to allow its nuclear complex at Yongbyon to be inspected, and at the same time the US called off its joint military exercises with South Korea.The consequent mood of optimism was short-lived. The arrival of the IAEA inspectors led rapidly to a conflict on how much of the Yongbyon nuclear plant they could see. The escalation culminated in the North Koreans unloading spent fuel roads from the Yongbyon reactor, a necessary precursor to extracting plutonium. The Clinton administration started reviewing plans for air strikes to stop them and the two sides came close to war.Just before Washington got to the point of ordering the evacuation of US nationals from the peninsula, the former president Jimmy Carter stepped in. He flew to Pyongyang for a personal meeting with Kim Il-sung, putting the diplomacy back on track and providing the impetus for the first major accord between the two countries, the 1994 Agreed Framework. Julian Borger in Singaporelast_img read more

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Twitters Jack Dorsey faces more questions as Google snubs Congress – as

first_img6 Sep 201816:57 Live feed Raul Ruiz of California says that we’re in the home stretch. He’s bearing down on the number of fake accounts on Twitter, for some reason that is unclear. Larry Bucshon asks if the algorithms are publicly available to be reviewed for bias.Dorsey: Not today, but says he’s open to more transparency. Facebook Long is now discussing the tweets that get sent to him by email from Twitter. He was sent “highlights” emails of tweets, and he is reading the names of the accounts whose tweets are included. They are mostly political reporters.I think the implication here is that there aren’t enough Republicans included. “They’re all pretty much Trump bashing,” he says. Dorsey: It doesn’t sound like we served you well in matching your interests. Wed 5 Sep 2018 17.48 EDT Show Facebook Facebook SummaryThis four-hour House hearing was incredibly long, but not particularly illuminating, except insofar as revealing the personal preoccupations of various individual congresspeople. To recap the events of the day: Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee, largely about their efforts to combat foreign interference in US elections. The senate hearing was largely collegial, with both the tech executives and the lawmakers generally expressing their desire to work together to address coordinated attacks. Google was represented by an empty chair, having declined to make Sundar Pichai or Larry Page available to testify. The company’s absence made it a convenient target for lawmakers, and given how cordial the questioning was, it did not look good that Google was unwilling to show up. The Senate hearing was followed by a marathon grilling of Jack Dorsey by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Much of the House hearing was taken up with largely specious allegations of bias against conservatives by Republican lawmakers, who have spun a narrative of censorship out of very thin gruel. Dorsey was also asked about issues like harassment, cyberbullying, algorithmic bias, data privacy, foreign interference and more. The ultimate winner of the day was probably Dorsey, who kept his patience while being asked to answer the same questions over and over again, and managed to deliver a consistent message about working to improve Twitter without falling into any obvious political potholes. Share on LinkedIn Key events Facebook Twitter Buchshon asks about the diversity of the workforce. Dorsey says that Twitter recognizes that it needs to decentralize out of San Francisco, mentioning how expensive it is. He says he’s excited to be a more “distributed” company. Markwayne Mullin asks Dorey if he’s conservative, liberal, socialist or what. Dorsey says he tries to focus on the issues. He’s a registered independent, he says. Facebook Twitter Share on WhatsApp 6 Sep 201816:54 6 Sep 201816:37 Bill Johnson of Ohio is talking about algorithms as being like art. Do you do peer reviews of algorithms?Dorsey: Yes.Johnson: Can’t you modify your algorithms to be more intelligent on alerting certain things? Is it unreasonable to think that Twitter could not modify its algorithms to hit on illegal drug sales?Dorsey: Not unreasonable at all, it’s just a matter of work. Twitter Updated 6 Sep 2018,Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey – complete with popped collar – on Capitol Hill.Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA 6 Sep 201817:48 Facebook 6 Sep 2018 17:48 Unlike many news organisations, we chose an approach that means all our reporting is free and available for everyone. 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. For as little as $1 you can support us – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Make a contribution – The Guardian Older 5 Sep 201811:23Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey testify before Senate intelligence committee 6 Sep 201813:29DoJ announces meeting to discuss social media “intentionally stifling” ideas Shares144144 Facebook Silicon Valley 6 Sep 201816:48 Facebook 6 Sep 201816:42 6 Sep 201817:12 Bobby Rush is going back to the Frank Pallone’s questions about a civil rights audit. Now he’s asking about Twitter being used to organize violence. Facebook Julia Carrie Wong 6 Sep 201817:00 Email Twitter Ryan Costello asks for a complete accounting of “all of the signals” that the Twitter algorithm uses.Dorsey says that it can’t really, because they change all the time. 6 Sep 201817:16 Rush: Do you consider President Trump’s tweets to be abusive at all?Dorsey says that all accounts are held to the same standard, but that the company weighs public interest when it comes to enforcement. This is the policy the wrote to provide themselves an excuse not to have to censor world leaders, which would be a minefield. Twitter Newest Facebook First published on Wed 5 Sep 2018 11.24 EDT Facebook Show Twitter 6 Sep 201813:10Rubio urges tech giants to resist ‘authoritarian regimes’ 6 Sep 201817:25 Twitter Billy Long of Missouri is praising Dorsey for his mannerisms and comportment. So that’s nice. Facebook US politics Share via Email Twitter Share on Facebook Paul Tonko is criticizing Twitter’s election advertising system in comparison to Facebook’s. Dorsey says that it’s a work in progress. Facebook Share via Email Twitter Share on Twitter Oldest Topics 6 Sep 201817:09 Newer Twitter 5 Sep 201811:42Alex Jones in testy exchange with Marco Rubio 1 of 9 Twitter @juliacarriew Share on Twitter Social networking Internet Blogging Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Messenger Twitter’s Jack Dorsey faces more questions as Google snubs Congress – as it happened,Facebook chief Sheryl Sandberg among those called to testify, and Alex Jones makes an appearance – but Google bosses stay homeGoogle snubs Senate hearings on election interference 6 Sep 201816:43 Twitter Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Precious little Democrats lack robust climate change plan despite global crisis

first_imgShares871871 Share via Email The carbon tax method, to charge businesses and their customers for greenhouse gas pollution, recently won a Nobel prize but currently has limited support in Washington, despite multiple proposals from some Democrats and Republicans.For now, the US policies under discussion do not come close to matching what science requires.Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, said she is “not aware of any comprehensive plan that would accomplish what the US needs to do” to meet the commitments it made to other countries in the Paris climate agreement, which is meant to keep warming to 2C but is not on track to succeed.“I want to see action, and so far there has been precious little of it,” Hayhoe said. As the crisis escalates… Share on Twitter Emily Holden in Washington Thu 1 Nov 2018 14.26 EDT Trump quiet as the UN warns of climate change catastrophe If Democrats win back the House in Tuesday’s midterm elections, their strategy is to hold oversight hearings on Donald Trump’s environmental rollbacks and pursue more incremental and popular measures, according to close observers and a senior Democratic aide.Environmental advocates hoping progressive politicians will lead efforts to save the planet may be shocked to learn there’s no wide-ranging strategy or headline-grabbing legislation waiting to be unveiled – even if Democrats take the White House in 2020.The party’s efforts as currently planned won’t be enough to spur the rapid transformation in how society operates that leading scientists say is needed to spare humanity from the worst of rising temperatures, extreme weather and massive societal and economic disruptions.But few in the party – or the big environmental groups that traditionally support it – are prepared to admit this outright.“Obviously, a transformative government response to climate is clearly needed based on what we’re seeing from science. We have about 10 years left to really be doing something, but it’s hard [for us] to do because the Republican party is largely in denial on this,” said Congressman John Delaney, a Maryland Democrat running for president in 2020. Pinterest ‘We need some fire’: climate change activists issue call to arms for voters Read more Share on Pinterest The aide said Republicans have “demonized” attempts to slow climate change, making the issue politically intractable. That is despite almost daily reports of melting glaciers, dying wildlife and worsening storms in the US and across the globe.Democrats don’t only fear futile battles over legislation with Republicans. They also are wary of turning moderate Americans against the party if climate solutions raise the cost of living.George David Banks, a former Trump White House energy and climate adviser, said Democrats aren’t planning any major legislation because they are “still dealing with the fallout from the failure of Waxman-Markey”.Democrats have twice tried and failed to take major steps on climate change. In 2009 when they controlled Congress and the White House, the House passed the controversial “Waxman-Markey” proposal to cap greenhouse gases, but the Senate never took it up following a massive lobbying campaign against it that included ads warning of higher gasoline prices. After that defeat, the Environmental Protection Agency in 2015 finalized a rule for power companies to burn less coal. But the supreme court halted it and Trump’s administration is in the process of rolling it back. Share via Email This article is more than 8 months old Democrats don’t have a plan to address climate change comprehensively – or even to a significant degree – if they regain control of the US government in the near future, despite criticizing Republicans as the party of pollution.After failing to get conservatives on board to limit planet-warming gases through legislation or regulation, Democratic leaders in Washington are now wary of wading into another tough political fight, despite an intensifying environmental crisis. Support The Guardian Share on Messenger ‘Precious little’: Democrats lack robust climate change plan despite global crisis There is no wide-ranging strategy or legislation waiting to be unveiled – even if Democrats take the White House from Trump in 2020. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Topics US politics Share on Twitter Twitter If Democrats win back the House, their strategy is to hold oversight hearings on Trump’s environmental rollbacks and pursue more incremental and popular measures.Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuterscenter_img First published on Thu 1 Nov 2018 02.00 EDT Congressman Ted Deutch, the Florida Democrat and cofounder of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the House, said he’s not “rosy eyed” that Democrats in the majority could get Republicans to reverse their stances on the environment and climate.“But I’m also not a cynic,” Deutch said. “I don’t reject the possibility of a major piece of legislation, and I think it’s possible to put together a bipartisan bill.”Democrats have a decent chance of winning a majority in the House of Representatives in the 6 November midterm elections this year, while the Republicans are predicted to keep control of the Senate.A senior Democratic aide familiar with the party’s policy blueprints was resigned to the situation. The aide said it doesn’t make sense for the House to work on legislation that Republicans in the Senate will never take up. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the issue is politically sensitive, said Democrats will instead try to encourage infrastructure projects to prepare communities for climate change and invest in green power.The source said “increasing public awareness will be a huge part of an eventual solution” and that Democrats hope to lay that groundwork. But the current leadership isn’t considering anything like the contentious cap on greenhouse gases that Democrats pushed for in 2009 or a tax on industry for carbon pollution. Previous Democratic efforts to take major steps on climate change failed. Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters Pinterest Climate change Share on Facebook Democrats Party wary of wading into tough political fight on environment even though Democrats could retake House in midterms Climate change Read more This article is more than 8 months old … 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. 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.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. Share on Facebook Politicians say nothing, but US farmers are increasingly terrified by it – climate change Trump administration news Twitter Facebook Progressive environmental advocates say Democratic leaders, including Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, aren’t thinking big enough now.“What I worry about is that Pelosi is going to get bogged down with oversight and is going to introduce a bunch of small-bore tax credit bills,” said RL Miller, the cofounder of the grassroots-focused advocacy group Climate Hawks Vote.Miller cautioned that while smaller federal efforts and states’ work to limit climate pollution are good, the US will still need to make big changes across every sector of its economy.Polling shows that while a majority of Americans care about climate change, few rank the environment as the most important problem.“What I expect Democrats to do is not what I hope Democrats would do,” she said.While 72% of voters backing Democrats see climate change as a “very big” problem, only 11% of those supporting Republicans do, according to the Pew Research Center, making any consensus extremely difficult. But Sarah Hunt, the cofounder of the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, who works with conservatives on climate efforts, said Democrats should offer an “alternative vision”, even if they don’t think it would succeed with Trump in the White House.Elan Strait, the World Wildlife Fund’s US climate campaigns director, argued the action just isn’t in Washington.“There’s no cigar back room where people are hammering out a climate deal because that’s not where the movement is right now … the movement really is at the city and state level,” he said, despite reports that local action isn’t enough. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Facebook Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Pacific Ocean coup how Ronald Reagan helped bury a Beach Boy at

first_img Twitter Support The Guardian Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Patrick Flanary Twitter Share Beach Boys Share on Twitter RonnieOServalan Report Testament235 Twitter cyclonemf 6 7 22 May 2019 18:06 Share on Facebook 23 May 2019 7:46 Brian Wilson, who did not attend the ceremony, told the Guardian in 2002 that his younger brother’s burial “seemed wrong to me”. People magazine reported that the arrangement had also upset Carl, who wanted him buried next to their father in Inglewood, near where the boys grew up. But Love insisted her late husband had wanted otherwise. “Wherever he is,” she once said, “I know he’ll be glad that we’re doing it.”Letters of appreciation from the White House later commended the Coast Guard for its “outstanding performance on very short notice”. But not everyone in uniform supported Reagan’s involvement.“This ranks a close second to President Carter’s granting of amnesty to draft dodgers of the Vietnam era,” a retired air force major argued in a letter to his congressman. “Wilson was not worthy of this honour.”“The accidental and untimely death of Dennis Wilson came as a saddening shock to the President and Mrs Reagan,” W Dennis Thomas, deputy assistant for legislative affairs, responded by mail. “The Coast Guard was able to accommodate the request; they were not ordered to do so.”The California connection that first united the Beach Boys and the president began with his 1981 inauguration, and persisted long after Reagan’s death. On what would have been his 100th birthday, in 2011, the surviving group members reunited with the first lady to honour the man who had helped the consummate Beach Boy realise his dream of retiring eternally to the Pacific.“The entire career of the Beach Boys is engulfed by Dennis’s love of the ocean,” Jardine says. “And it was only fitting that he return to the ocean.” recommendations Two months later, the Reagans invited the Beach Boys to play a Special Olympics benefit at the White House. They raised $300,000 for the organisation, records show. Following the concert, Reagan offered more than his thanks. “The president said, ‘If there’s anything I can do for you, just let me know,’” says Beach Boys guitarist Al Jardine in a phone interview.Six months later, Wilson was dead. At 39, drug and alcohol addiction had consumed him; both were reported in his system when he drowned three days after Christmas. “It was just a few days before he was supposed to get involved with some serious rehabilitation,” says Gregg Jakobson, Wilson’s co-writer and producer. “And he never made it.”That afternoon, Reagan was at home for the holidays in California, taping his annual New Year’s Eve radio address. When he learned of Wilson’s accident, “the president requested that we do whatever was possible for the family”, Craig Fuller, assistant for cabinet affairs, wrote to a constituent. Share Reply Reply Reply So, when Wilson’s wife and mother requested the burial, a plan was immediately set in motion. “The president and Mrs Reagan asked us to help the family achieve their goal as rapidly as possible,” recalls Fuller today. His cabinet affairs staff accomplished the task in one week. First, the Coast Guard was contacted for “discreet research of facts”, according to an internal memo. Then the department of transportation formally asked top officers at the 11th Coast Guard District in Long Beach, California, to proceed with the burial.On New Year’s Eve, Commander Jack Stumpff was on call when he received a rare Saturday page. “We seldom got calls after hours for administrative matters,” says Stumpff. He was directed to contact Fuller, who was travelling with the president. “I called and was given the assignment to bury Dennis Wilson.”“It was very out of the ordinary,” remembers Gill Goodman, the base commanding officer in San Pedro. He inspected Point Judith, the 82ft patrol boat assigned to the burial. Goodman was direct with the vessel’s commanding officer: “Don’t screw this up.”The following Wednesday afternoon, the Pacific was calm and visibility was good. Point Judith’s crew of 17 picked up Wilson’s family at Marina del Rey, where he had been diving from a boat slip the previous week. Aboard the ship were three of his children, his wife of five months, Shawn Love, and his younger brother, Carl Wilson. The ship travelled for 45 minutes before reaching international waters 600ft deep – the minimum that US federal law requires for full-body burials.“All I could visualise was my dad’s body disappearing into the water forever,” Wilson’s son Scott wrote in a 2016 memoir. Ardiles2 Reagan’s contribution to that legacy dates to April 1983, eight months before Wilson’s death. The Beach Boys had traditionally headlined 4 July celebrations on the National Mall in Washington DC, until interior secretary James Watt banned rock groups from performing that year. Claiming the Beach Boys attracted “the wrong element” to the event, Watt recruited crooner Wayne Newton to perform instead. The decision triggered a wave of bitter protest among fans and those closest to the president – including first lady Nancy Reagan, who phoned the band to apologise. Wed 22 May 2019 05.00 EDT Somehow the writer failed to register that Wilson dated Patti Reagan, daughter of th president, for a while, among the hundreds of other women! Sign up for the Sleeve Notes email: music news, bold reviews and unexpected extras 10 11 ohbee1 Share on Facebook Facebook | Pick Johnnybi 2 3 Share Share on Facebook Absolutely! That is what makes them so fascinating. Death and dying features Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share on LinkedIn 22 May 2019 22:19 RonnieOServalan Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Reuse this content,View all comments > 22 May 2019 22:04 6 7 | Pick writeronthestorm Twitter Share on Twitter 22 May 2019 23:25 Share on Twitter The Beach Boys in 1967, clockwise from top left: Dennis Wilson, Al Jardine, Carl Wilson, Brian Wilson, Mike Love. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Facebook Share Twitter unthreaded | Pick Share on Facebook 22 May 2019 19:11 Share on Twitter Report Show 3 more replies Share Twitter Lets hope green peace get an injunction in to stop this happening again, with the current coffin dodging celebs being 5% to 15% plastic this pollution of our oceans must stop 🙂 🙂 🙂 Share on Twitter Twitter How unfortunate this must all be for you, then.. TeeDubyaBee Close report comment form 7 8 Reply | Pick Share | Pick Share Celebrity Facebook Whenever I hear the name ‘My Glove’ I instantly think of a dirty marigold rather than, say, a nice mitten. Twitter And that Brian Wilson has outlived them all… 100 | Pick 0 1 22 May 2019 19:31 Reply | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Twitter peterjoslyn Share on Facebook collapsed Report | Pick Reply Reply 6 7 jimd ohbee1 22 May 2019 19:39 Reply 22 May 2019 19:14 7 8 Facebook Twitter The US president had promised the band that if they ever needed his help, he would be on hand. So when Dennis Wilson died, he started making some calls Facebook Report Twitter Facebook 22 May 2019 18:15 Facebook The Beach Boys of Ronald Reagan was the Beach Boys of Mike “The Prince of Darkness” Love, not Brian or Dennis, or indeed Van Dyke Parks. Or Charles Manson. Facebook Report 3 4 Report It is. River Song is incredible. 22 May 2019 18:33 1 2 Facebook Twitter All Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comments 41 Facebook Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick Reply 22 May 2019 18:18 A unique farewell to an exceptional talent. A rather beautiful meeting of art and power, grace and favour. Show 25 | Pick Share on Twitter All very sad, people with tragic lives die every day. Doesn’t justify a taxpayer funded burial at sea. I just prefer to remember the music – they were the heartbeat of a generation – and still marvellous in the 21st Century. Timeless. 22 May 2019 18:19 Twitter Testament235 | Pick Share on Pinterest | Pick Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook 22 May 2019 23:21 Such a weird band the Beach Boys. The image is so far from the reality it’s actually astonishing. From the music to the break downs to the drugs to the movies to the “friends” to the fights the the families. And people think they’re the clean cut mummys boys. Perfect pop punk lifestyles. Except Mike of course, he’s a massive festering cock. Twitter Share Last modified on Fri 24 May 2019 08.27 EDT Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Here’s another example of how what we’re seeing in the Trump era started with Reagan. You have a pal in the top level of the US government, you can always get special treatment. Share 2 3 25 Share on Twitter urguilipollas Facebook God I love P.O.B. It is endlessly soulful, deep as the titular blue stuff and beautifully scuffed round the edges by its ‘jock-turned-head’ Dennis ‘arguably the best Beach Boy’ Wilson. Reply Report 22 May 2019 19:49 Share on Facebook Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue is amazing IMHO. Oceans Report 23 May 2019 2:27 Facebook Facebook Report Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook comments (41)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Facebook Reply writeronthestorm Taylor Hawkins? Is that right? Gee… | Pick Ecototte 0 1center_img Reply Testament235 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Strange how all the ‘small government’ stuff conveniently gets forgotten when a favour for a friend is required. Happy to spend taxpayers money then. JekonGregory Report Share on Twitter Pinterest Share | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter 4 5 TheViewFromSweden Ronald and Nancy Reagan with the Beach Boys, a few months after Reagan’s Secretary of the Interior said the band attracted “the wrong element”. Photograph: White House Photo/Reagan Library/Wikimedia Commons Facebook Share on Twitter Share Twitter Reply Leonard Bast TheViewFromSweden Twitter 22 May 2019 19:35 Actually, I think you’ll find it started long before Reagan. Reply Share on Facebook Loading comments… Trouble loading? Threads collapsed Reply Twitter 23 May 2019 0:55 ohbee1 suddenoakdeath | Pick RonTroupe writeronthestorm | Pick Reply Share mezzetin1 Reply | Pick Facebook Share Report Share on Facebook Twitter Share newest 2 3 Dennis Wilson, lost and lonely surfer boy, badly beaten by his father, drugged out and boozed up, a close call with Charles Manson and family, drummer with American Sweethearts The Beach Boys, the contradictions, the drugs, the orgies, the weirdness, the music, the ups, the downs, the real downs, the drugs, Ronald Reagan was a fan, death, shattered relationships and untimely death. And you focus on taxpayers money. Genius. 1 2 Share on Facebook Dennis had ties with Charles Manson too. Their music was great, but I don’t think that Dennis deserved the special treatment. 22 May 2019 18:59 Pinterest 2 3 Share Twitter 22 May 2019 19:18 22 May 2019 20:08 2 3 1 2 13 14 Report Facebook Facebook expanded Pinterest How entirely appropriate that he, of all people, should want to be laid to rest in the sea. For most of us, it is a scattering of ashes from a friend or acqauintance’s small boat. Read more mezzetin1 Order by oldest Shares805805 The final of The River Song blows me every time I hear it. The perfect gospel pop! Reply | Pick Share on Twitter Report Share on Twitter | Pick | Pick 50 Beach Boys Facebook Reply Report Reply Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Show 7 more replies oldest Report Twitter Share Reason (optional) cyclonemf Share Share Johnnybi Share on Facebook 22 May 2019 23:49 California Share on Facebook Facebook 10 11 Share on Twitter Minutes after sunset on 4 January 1984, the body of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson entered the Pacific Ocean from the deck of a US Coast Guard ship.For civilians, burials at sea happen only with approval from a vice admiral or higher authority. That authority, in Wilson’s case, was also one of the biggest Beach Boys fans in America: the former California governor and then US president Ronald Reagan. His intervention appears to be the only time a president ever waded into funereal matters, and now, for the first time, unpublished records obtained from the Reagan Library, the National Archives and the Coast Guard provide a glimpse into the president’s unprecedented overture.As the band’s lone surfer, Wilson in his prime had embodied the spirit of the California coast on some of the biggest hits of the 60s. He was also the first Beach Boy to release his own album. In 1977, Pacific Ocean Blue traded upbeat surf-pop for haunting, gospel-tinged ballads – and it became a cult masterpiece following Wilson’s drowning in 1983. A reworked version of an instrumental track from the album, Holy Man, was released on Record Store Day last month. In the vault since 2009, the song features Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins singing over Wilson’s piano, with guitar and drums by Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen. Their reinterpretation is a “magnificent contribution” to Wilson’s legacy, says executive producer Jim Guercio. Share Testament235 | Pick Report Share on Facebook 23 May 2019 8:14 Twitter Share Reply Facebook Twitter Show 1 more reply Share on Twitter Email (optional) Report Topics Share on Twitter Report | Pick 2 3 Facebook Rochelle60 Show 5 more replies Share on Twitter 23 May 2019 6:16 Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Report Twitter Report Twitter James Boag Twitter Dennis Wilson pictured in 1977, the year he released Pacific Ocean Blue.Photograph: Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images Share Share on Facebook Report 8 9 Share on Facebook Pacific Ocean coup: how Ronald Reagan helped bury a Beach Boy at sea Report Share via Email Ronald Reagan Report Facebook Reply jimd Twitter Share on Twitter Johnnybi Johnnybi 3 4 Share on WhatsApp 2 3 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report Pop and rock ohbee1 Twitter Facebook Agreed, one of my favourites, not perfect but there’s something about the flaws that make it even more appealing. Perfect 70s album. Reply … 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. Share Facebook Share on Twitter 3 4 Report Reply Share Share 22 May 2019 18:57 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Pacific Ocean Blue, and Dennis Wilson, will always have a special place for me. Lost my mother to cancer and grandfather to suicide spring of 1977. I can’t count the number of times I listened to this album on those long lonely drives to and from my job that summer of ’77, the summer before I was to leave for college. Just what the doctor ordered for those grief-stricken months. And while no fan of Reagan, for me, in the end, this story is just noise. The ocean was Dennis’s consolation as Pacific Ocean Blue was mine. RIP my friend. ohbee1 If a good friend died and his wife asked me to help bury him, I would do what I could, call in any favours, use what influence I could to make the passing as bearable as it could be for the bereaved. If I was President I guess that would make things a bit easier. The special treatment wasn’t enjoyed by Wilson. Turning this back onto the ‘Trump’ era says so much more about you than Reagan or Trump. Perhaps you want to have a go at the Kennedy’s as well, or are their transgressions and peccadillo’s a worth overlooking for the right kind of politics? Since you’re here… Facebook | Pick TeeDubyaBee Report Share on Twitter View more commentslast_img read more

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AM032 Video Magnifiers or CCTVs

first_imgShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedFriday Podcast: National Braille Press and CCTVsJanuary 6, 2012Similar postMonday Tech Tip: Pebble MiniSeptember 17, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”Monday Tech Tip: DaVinci desktop magnifierJanuary 25, 2016In “Tech Tips” Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/accessibilityminute/AM010612.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Links:Video Magnifiers – American Foundation for the Blind http://bit.ly/A6GQFeRead our blog: http://blog.eastersealstech.comListen 24/7 at www.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comlast_img read more

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Friday Podcast AT for women ABC AT Fund Kindle Touch Accessibility Phoenix

first_imgInformation from the INDATA Project is now available via podcast! Every Friday, the INDATA Project will release two podcasts featuring new assistive technology projects. The podcasts are available for viewing on the INDATA Project website and on iTunes. The “Assistive Technology Update” is a fast-paced weekly update for AT professionals and enthusiasts. The “Accessibility Minute” is designed for all listeners to provide assistive technology tips and tricks.AUT038 – Assistive Technology for Women Part 1 (Nikol Prieto, Anne Carpenter, LisaMaria Martinez, & Teri Whitaker), ABC Assistive Technology Fund, Kindle Touch Accessibility, Solar Powered Scooters in Africa, Phoenix Braille EmbosserAM038 – Medical RecordsShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedFriday PodcastOctober 21, 2011In “Accessibility Reviews”ATU038 – Assistive Technology for Women Part 1 (Nikol Prieto, Anne Carpenter, LisaMaria Martinez, & Teri Whitaker), ABC Assistive Technology Fund, Kindle Touch Accessibility, Solar Powered Scooters in Africa, Phoenix Braille Embosser,February 17, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update”AUT038 – Assistive Technology for Women Part 1 (Nikol Prieto, Anne Carpenter, LisaMaria Martinez, & Teri Whitaker), ABC Assistive Technology Fund, Kindle Touch Accessibility, Solar Powered Scooters in Africa, Phoenix Braille Embosser,February 17, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”last_img read more

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ET Deals Dell Core i7 156Inch 1080p Laptop 849 Seagate 8TB External

first_img Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 0 Comments 0 Comments ET Deals: Dell Core i7 15.6-Inch 1080p Laptop $849, Seagate 8TB External HDD $119, Kano Computer Kit 2018 Edition $60 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. Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet If you are in the market for a new laptop for your family to use, the first system on this list is well suited for you to browse the web and for your kids to play games on. Or if you are looking to run games with excellent graphics detail, check the high-end CLX SET gaming desktop further down the page.Dell Inspiron 15 7580 Intel Core i7-8565U 15.6-Inch 1080p Laptop w/ Nvidia GeForce MX250, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB NVMe SSD ($849.99)This Inspiron notebook is targeted as a family-friendly solution that is capable of quickly browsing the web and running games at low settings. Dell is offering this system marked down from its regular retail price fo $1,209.99 to $849.99.Seagate Desktop 8TB External USB 3.0 HDD ($119.99)This external drive can hold an enormous amount of data that far exceeds the average persons needs. Amazon is offering this drive marked down from $139.99 to $119.99.Kano Computer Kit 2018 Edition w/ Raspberry Pi 3 Model B ($60.99)This kit aims to make it easy to teach kids how to program. It comes with a Raspberry Pi 3, a protective case, a wireless keyboard with built-in touchpad and a book of code to help you get started. Right now it’s marked down from $149.99 to $60.99.CLX SET Gaming Intel Core i7-8700K Gaming Desktop w/ Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 240 SSD and 1TB HDD ($1,099.00)This rather powerful desktop comes with an Intel Core i7-8700K processor and an Nvidia RTX 2070 graphics card that permits it to run modern games with maxed out graphics settings. Right now you can get it from Walmart marked down from $1,599.99 to $1,099.00.Insignia 50-inch 4K UHD HDR Fire TV Edition Smart LED TV ($269.99)Insignia’s 50-inch 4K TV features HDR support and Amazon’s Fire TV software. This allows the TV to stream content from various sources, and it enables you to control your TV with voice commands using an included voice remote with Alexa support. If you missed out on getting one of these TVs for $249.99 on Amazon’s Prime Day, you may be in luck. Normally this model would cost $350.00, but right now you can get it for $269.99 from Amazon, which makes it just $20 more than what it cost on Prime Day.Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscriptions (20-40 Percent Off)An Amazon Kindle subscription gives you access to over a million titles for you to peruse and read at your leisure. Amazon is currently offering this service discounted between 20 and 40 percent off the regular retail price.6-Month Subscription w/ 20 Percent Discount: $47.861-Year Subscription w/ 33 Percent Discount: $80.302-Year Subscription w/ 40 Percent Discount: $143.80Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at TechBargains.com. Feige May’ve Teased Clea For ‘The Multiverse of Madness’ We Finally Know Why This Kid Returned in ‘Endgame’ ‘Black Widow’ Set Photos Reveal The Main Villain Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ Wesley Snipes Fans Have Something to Say About ‘Blade’ Reboot Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen The End of ‘Big Little Lies’ Explained By Michael Sexton on July 19, 2019 at 1:18 pmlast_img read more

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Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855 Tons of Accessories

first_imgAsus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855+, Tons of Accessories The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Asus has never been a major part of the smartphone world, but the company’s gaming-focused ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand attracted some attention last year with the original ROG Phone. Now, a follow up known as the ROG Phone II is on the way. It still has a funky design and a wealth of accessories, but it’s got a bigger battery and faster Snapdragon chip. We first heard about the ROG Phone II’s existence last week when Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855+, which is basically an overclocked 855. The company said the ROG Phone II would be the first to have this chip, but Asus wasn’t ready to talk about the phone beyond that. Cut to today, and the company is spilling the beans. The Snapdragon 855 has a higher 2.96GHz maximum clock speed, and Asus says the ROG Phone II’s advanced cooling keeps the chip from throttling down under load. It actually has vents on the back that work this year — the original ROG Phone had purely decorative vents. The Asus ROG Phone II sports a 6.59-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED display. That’s a slightly taller aspect ratio than the last ROG Phone, and the refresh rate has jumped from 90Hz to 120Hz — that’s the highest on any Android device. If the phone can keep up with that frame rate, the ROG Phone II’s interface will look incredibly smooth. The new screen will undoubtedly use more power, but the ROG Phone II has juice to spare. The phone gets a 50 percent battery boost over the original with a 6,000mAh capacity. However, the phone is also much heavier at 240g versus 200g for the last version. Asus equipped the phone with the standard USB Type-C port for charging, but there’s also a headphone jack. It also continued the ROG Phone tradition of adding a second USB-C port on the side. You can use this for charging while playing a game, or as a connector for the company’s accessories. Most of the accessories are a bit silly, but “gaming” phones tend to be like that. There’s the active cooling bracket, a desktop dock, and more. The phone also has ultrasonic shoulder buttons you can map to on-screen buttons in games. Asus will start selling the ROG Phone II in China on July 23, and the international model will launch in early September. We don’t know the exact price yet, but Asus says it will be similar to the first-gen ROG Phone, which launched at $900.Now read:Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 855+ SoC Is an Overclocked Snapdragon 855Nubia Just Stuffed the First Active Fan Inside a SmartphoneAsus Engineers Exposed Company Passwords for Months on GitHub 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. 3 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Emotional Way ‘Riverdale’ Paid Tribute to Luke Perry at SDCC Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Movies That Are Hard To Believe Actually Exist Paul Walker’s Daughter is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 20 By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 11:38 am New TV Shows That Will Absolutely Get Canceled in 2019 Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp Tagged In smartphonesandroidmobileasussnapdragon 855rog phone ii Post a Comment 3 Commentslast_img read more

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How to Set Up Centrally Managed Backups for Your Home or Small

first_img Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu If you’re part of a family with changing computing needs, or if you run a small business where employees and computers come and go, it’s quite likely that your backup strategy is a bit of a hodge-podge. You probably also rely on your users to pay attention to whether their data is actually being safely backed up. A recent experience of mine, where we realized that one of our business laptops hadn’t run a successful backup for a month, motivated me to dig in and implement a centrally managed backup system so that we could easily manage and monitor our computer backups. I actually did it two different ways, using one NAS-centric approach, and another more traditional backup suite, so we can compare them in this article.How Centrally Managed Backups WorkA typical, centrally managed backup solution consists of at least three pieces. First, there is a backup server, which keeps the database of clients, tasks, and storage locations. Along with it are one or more console applications. Some systems offer one management console for administrators and a separate one for users to allow them to do some self-service operations like file recovery. Finally, there needs to be some type of client software (often called an agent) that can respond to requests from the server and initiate backups. With Windows clients, this is often a custom application installed on each client. But existing system utilities like rsync may also work as an agent, depending on the product.In all cases, either a new account with administrator privileges needs to be created on each client, or the credentials for an existing account need to be supplied. Once a server and client(s) are in place, then the console (which might be an application or simply a web interface to the server) can be used to create backup tasks and deploy them to clients as appropriate. Most packages include some pre-defined templates that can be used as a starting point. For example, if you have a number of laptops that have a simple configuration, you can have a template that just does a System backup of the OS and boot drive.Backing Up PCs With EaseUS Todo BackupThere are many backup products for Windows PCs, but for this project, we wanted ones where we could upgrade from the typical entry-level standalone offering to a centrally managed, business-class solution inexpensively. So for our first solution, we chose EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation, since the desktop software and management console are quite inexpensive, and we were already using it standalone on several machines. However, currently, EaseUS can only centrally manage Windows client machines. Acronis offers a much broader range of solutions, but at a much higher price point for its business products.Todo Backup is powerful but not always obvious.You can start with the management console, which EaseUS calls Backup Center, and install and deploy from there, or take a more incremental approach and install Backup Workstation on your client computers and make sure they work to your satisfaction first. When you install the clients, you can create a backup user that’s separate from other users of the system. That’s handy for creating a single credential to use for backup tasks. When you install Backup Center, you’ll want to make sure you also select the option to install the server on a machine of your choice. Unfortunately, EaseUS Backup doesn’t support a NAS package for its server, which would be a nice option.Once the clients and the Backup Center console are installed, you can use the console to create, customize, and deploy template backup tasks to some or all of your clients. You can even put them in groups. In our case, we created a simple template for most of our laptops, which only have a System (“C”) drive, and then a couple of other templates for more complex desktops that also have data drives. It was simple to create a schedule for each template and deploy them. I wish the software offered an easier way to combine Full and Incremental backup schedules, but you can choose the type of backup(s) you want, the schedules, and the retention policies.You can add a Network Server as a backup destination for EaseUS Todo Backup using a mount point, a UNC path, or via the NAS Device option.Backing Up Your Network With Synology’s Active Backup for BusinessIf you own a NAS, you may already have access to all the software you need to back up your network. Most NAS vendors bundle at least one backup solution with their hardware and may offer add-on options. Synology did something pretty sweet last year, by including its Active Backup for Business (ABB) software with many of its units. It includes the server package, an active client for Windows, a user portal for self-service recovery, and the ability to back up other types of specialized hardware and virtual machines. I’ve been using ABB with both the Windows client and with my Jetson Nano Linux box with rsync as the agent.Synology’s Active Backup for Business provides a large number of options managed through a central console.One area where ABB goes beyond many of the other backup solutions bundled with network servers is the capability to do a bare metal restore — as you’d expect with a separate cost backup package. You simply create and boot to a recovery drive and then restore your full system image. Alternatively, you can do the expected set of drive, partition, and file backups to take more complete control of your system. There are even additional packages for specifically backing up G Suite and Office 365, although I haven’t used them.Consider a Belt and SuspendersNext to not noticing that backups are failing to run properly, not realizing that they’re corrupt is the next biggest problem with backups. While major corporations have policies in place for regularly testing the integrity and utility of their backups, most small business and families don’t. So in our case, we back all our machines up two different ways, to two different servers.Active Backup for Business offers a nice and easy to understand set of Retention options.Five-bay NAS units are very convenient for this, as shared data can be stored on a three drive RAID array, and backups can go on a separate, mirrored, two-drive array. We use a Synology DS1517+ as our primary data store — since it supports 10Gbps — and destination for system backups generated by Active Backup for Business. Then we also have a DS1019+ where we can keep a clone of our most important shared data on the first three drives, and our EaseUS backups on the other two. Or if you have room to keep your data and backups on the first three drives, the other two are ideal for mirrored security footage archives. Of course, just having two systems locally isn’t a perfect solution either, so you’ll want to have some type of off-site backup as well.Now Read:How to Set Up Subscription-Free Offsite BackupHow to Create Your Own Private Photo Sharing CloudIt’s World Backup Day: Here’s How the ExtremeTech Staff Stays Backed Up The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder How to Set Up Centrally Managed Backups for Your Home or Small Business You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Why These Overhyped Follow-Up Films Were Never Released By David Cardinal on June 22, 2019 at 9:00 am Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Paul Rudd to Join the Cast of Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ 9 Comments The Most Offensive Video Game Characters of All Time Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 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Google Stadia Isnt Netflix for Games

first_img Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder The First ‘Scary MCU Film’ Will Come Out During Phase 4 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. Google: Stadia Isn’t ‘Netflix for Games’ Bran’s Deleted ‘GoT’ Scene Would Have Changed Everything Tagged In microsoftgooglegamingsonyconsole gamingcloud gamingStadiagoogle hangoutsgoogle readerGoogle CemeteryGoogle ChatGtalk Post a Comment 11 Comments The First ‘Scary MCU Film’ Will Come Out During Phase 4 (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Google held an AMA yesterday on its upcoming cloud gaming service, Stadia. Stadia is a unique project in gaming — there’s no other service quite like it available — but that particular facet is going to cut both ways. Users have had a lot of questions, and the Stadia team has now provided some answers to how various facets of the service will work.One thing they made clear upfront: Stadia isn’t “Netflix for games.” Stadia director of product, Andrey Doronichev, writes:Stadia Pro is not “Netflix for Games” like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus. The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take. Starting with Destiny 2 (yay!).This comparison isn’t very good either. Whether you like the idea of Stadia or not, what it offers — games that exist only in the cloud that you purchase at full price — is not the model that Microsoft, Sony, or any other company uses. The major companies that offer cloud streaming services also offer physical downloads for local play or they offer a Netflix-style streaming service with a large back catalog of titles.Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus are thematically similar to Stadia Pro in that yes, all three of these services are “value adds” on top of the base platform experience. Stadia, however, is a very different service than what Sony and Microsoft offer. This changes the value proposition of Stadia Pro relative to Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus.When Will Google Kill It?Another question gamers raised is whether Google is invested in the product in the way it needs to be to encourage players to invest in it. This is not an unfair question. Every large company launches and retires products. But few, if any, do so at the rate Google has.As this article discusses, from just January to April 2019, Google retired the Chromecast Audio, removed YouTube annotations, abandoned Louisville KY’s fiber installation, dropped IoT support from Android Things, gutted its laptop and tablet division, shut down Google Allo, closed its Spotlight Stories VR studio, stopped accepting new users for the Goo.gl URL shortener, shut down IFTT support, and ended both Google+ and Google Inbox.The Google Cemetery lists 155 projects that Google has killed, as well as some statistics on its long-term behavior:2019 is shaping up to be a very good year for shutdowns, though 2011 is the easy leader.When asked whether there were any EoL guarantees associated with Stadia, Doronichev implied that gaming moving to the cloud is no different than the way music, movies, photos, and documents have already done. He emphasized Google’s investment to date in Stadia before declaring:[W]e’re committed to making Stadia a success. The games you buy on Stadia are yours to play. From day one we’ll support Takeout, so that you can download your game metadata, including saves if you want to.Of course, it’s ok to doubt my words. Theres nothing I can say now to make you believe if you don’t. But what we can do is to launch the service and continue investing in it for years to come. Exactly how we’ve been doing with gMail, Docs, Music, Movies and Photos. That’s exactly what we’re committed to.The actual question, however, was: “If the Stadia service is discontinued, do we know what (if anything) will happen with game purchases? Alternately, are they any minimum EoL guarantees, etc.”Donichev never actually answers the question, leaving the de facto answer: “No.” He begins by drawing parallels to how movies, documents, and photos have moved to the cloud, but he ignores that this content has either generally been made available on streaming sites with Netflix-style content systems or that the cloud services in question are used for storing one’s own personal data. Stadia isn’t the same as these services. The fact that Google continues to try and elide that difference is troubling.You can quit subscribing to Stadia Pro and still access the games you’ve purchased (though not the titles you got for free for being a subscriber). If Google shuts Stadia down, however, you’ll lose access to the titles you bought. This point is being confused in some spaces, with reports that you can “quit” the service and still keep the titles you previously got for being a subscriber. This does not appear to be the case. You regain these titles if you resubscribe, but that’s not the same as having a version of a game you can download and keep if the company decides to shut its servers down.No company ramping up for a major launch is going to declare that they only intend to operate a service for the short term or imply no one at Google is committed to making the launch a success. The fact that Google didn’t have anything to share about an EOL guarantee could mean that the company simply hasn’t finalized that aspect of its service, but given the company’s history, Google is one of the last companies I would bet on when it comes to the long-term question of whether it will keep a product in-market.Google Docs is a major component of Google’s efforts to take on Microsoft Office as a business productivity suite. Some of Google’s other cloud services are directly tied to Android. Google Stadia, in contrast, is an attempt to take on Microsoft and Sony in an entirely new market with an unproven business model. If Stadia takes off, Google will keep it. If it doesn’t — and keep in mind, we have no idea what metrics the company has set internally for what “takes off” means — then Google is one of the companies least likely to commit to iterative improvement or a marketing pivot. Google may rehabilitate some of its products, but its long-term tendency has always been to throw them away and launch something new. (This is how the company ended up with seven messaging platforms simultaneously at one point).If you’re the type of person to buy a game, beat it, and never play it again, this risk may not matter to you. But evaluated in terms of its commitment to offering users long-term platform support, no Silicon Valley company I can think of has done a worse job than Google. Some companies dig in and make products better; some companies throw them out and start over. Google has always tended far more towards the latter than the former.Other PointsOther tidbits from the AMA include:Stadia game prices will be competitive with other platforms. Playing on a TV will require a Stadia Controller ($69) and Chromecast Ultra ($69), though there’s also Founders Edition for preorder that includes these components, three months of Stadia Pro, and a coupon to give Stadia Pro to someone else for the same time period for $130.If you unsubscribe from Stadia and resubscribe later, you will regain access to games that you claimed while you were a Pro subscriber. You will not receive games that were given away while you were unsubscribed.Bluetooth audio support will not be present at launch but may be added at a later date. Support for audio through the Stadia Controller is via headphone jack only.Google is committed to adding support for cross-play. The company is starting with adding support to Chromecast Ultra but might enable the service on other devices. Andrey wants to add support for iOS and Android as well.Achievement support will be added post-launch but not available on day one.The free game per month offer is for Pro users only. The game is yours to keep for as long as you remain a subscriber. Stadia Base does not include a game, only the option to buy games.Google thinks ISPs will raise data caps to allow services like Stadia to function without eating all your bandwidth. There will be some unspecified tools and services for bandwidth management. Doronichev writes, “There’s a lot of great ISPs offering plans with 100s of mbps or even gigabits and no caps,” which is really cute, considering roughly 40 percent of the country, including myself, has access to exactly one ISP.Family sharing is coming “early next year.”On the whole, it’s a solid AMA, but I’d wait a year or three before investing any money into the platform. Google has been far too willing in the past to kill products that were passionately loved by its user base for me to put any faith in the company not to kill Stadia at the drop of a hat. It has never cared about the fact that users depended on products like Hangouts or Reader when it made the decision to kill them, and it doesn’t deserve to be trusted to have started now — unless, of course, the company is willing to explicitly guarantee it in writing. Thus far, Google has not done so.I will not be recommending that anyone buy products on Stadia unless Google is willing to provide a written guarantee that it will provide the service for a minimum length of time. “Trust us,” is a flatly unacceptable answer at this point.Now Read: How Google’s Stadia Game Streaming Service Can SucceedGoogle Reveals Stadia Pricing, Launch Date, and GamesGoogle Stadia Will Eat 1TB Bandwidth Caps for Breakfast Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous By Joel Hruska on July 19, 2019 at 4:32 pm The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Release Date, Villain and Cast 11 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNetlast_img read more

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Eggplant Expands Test Automation Across Entire Lifecycle

first_imgLow Code Tooling to Accelerate Usability and Speed of Automation; Incorporating Automated Accessibility TestingEggplant, the digital experience specialist, announced the latest enhancements to its Digital Automation Intelligence (DAI) Suite. The additions build on Eggplant’s proven ability to automate every aspect of the testing lifecycle through AI, machine learning, and analytics.Eggplant’s DAI Suite is the first AI-driven test automation solution that is delivering continuous intelligent test automation focused on the customer experience. The new capabilities make the testing process even faster and easier by automating up to 80% of testing activities including test-case design, test execution, and results analysis. This allows teams to rapidly accelerate testing and integrate with DevOps at speed.The addition of web based low code tooling enables both business testers and technical teams to quickly and easily realize the benefits from the guided and auto-generation of test assets. This significantly accelerates and automates the entire testing lifecycle and will transform the time to value for testing projects from months to days.Marketing Technology News: AUDIENCEX Continues Momentum with 300% Revenue Growth and Strategic Leadership AppointmentsNew additions to Eggplant’s DAI Suite for user experience testing include:● Web based low code tooling and auto-generation of all testing assets: This improves ease of use and accelerates the speed of deployment.● Accessibility testing: The automation of accessibility testing means that organizations can stay compliant and continually improve the user experience of software and applications for all users.● Unified object-based and visual testing: This single view allows the power of both visual testing and object-based testing to be seamlessly integrated extending the benefits of non-invasive, visual testing with seamless access to underlying properties.Marketing Technology News: CreatorIQ Announces $12 Million Series B Funding Round By TVC Capital, Affinity Group, And Unilever Ventures For Its Enterprise Creator Cloud● Digital twin integration: Organizations can now easily and interactively define a digital twin of their application using the automated and guided web based graphical interface and use this to drive intelligent automated testing.Other additions to the DAI Suite include improved usability and a new dashboard providing a single snapshot of all testing metrics, including the ROI of automation technology.Marketing Technology News: Actions, Not Words: The Economist Group Unveils Global Social Purpose Research at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity customer experienceDAI SuiteDigital Automation IntelligenceEggplantMarketing Technology NewsNewsobject-based testing Previous ArticleWhitebox Raises $5 Million in Series A Funding to Accelerate eCommerce “Factory Floor to Front Door” Tech PlatformNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Paul Heald, CEO and Co-Founder at BrightTALK Eggplant Expands Test Automation Across Entire Lifecycle Business WireJune 21, 2019, 1:18 pmJune 21, 2019 last_img read more

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OpenText Announces the Next Generation Enterprise Information Management Cloud at Enterprise World

first_imgBringing Intelligent Automation, Security at Scale and Industry-relevant Integrations to Release 16, new Cloud Editions (OpenText CE) and the OpenText CloudOpenText, a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), announced its largest technology update, including a major expansion of EIM cloud capabilities. This latest release advances the company’s vision to capture, govern, exchange and use information to its full potential, unlocking the information advantage for its customers.“Rapid technological advancement, distributed supply chains, cybersecurity concerns, regulatory changes and shifting workforce dynamics require business leaders to embrace new approaches,” said Mark J. Barrenechea, OpenText CEO & CTO. “We are pleased to announce OpenText Cloud Editions (CE), enabling customers to accelerate innovation, be more secure, and support the changing nature of work and the workforce. This is the most comprehensive release in our history, including Content Services, Business Network, Magellan, EnCase, Security and our CORE SAAS applications.”Marketing Technology News: New ISG Study Focuses on Digital Business ServicesFlexible cloud designed to meet our customers on their journey to the cloud OpenText continues to offer flexible, enterprise-grade cloud deployment options for its customers, with strengthened offerings in OpenText Cloud, Business Network and new applications delivered on OpenText OT2™, our EIM-as-a-service cloud offering.OpenText provides greater content services options in the cloud, with recent partnership announcements with Google and SAP.This release strengthens industry-relevant SaaS applications on OT2, with new features for Core for Capital Projects, Core for Supplier Exchange, and the launch of Core for SAP SuccessFactors.Core for Trading Grid offers options for document sharing and collaboration for B2B services customers, ensuring smooth on-boarding of trading partners with common file-sharing interfaces for simple business processes and transactions.Enabling productivity through AI and business-relevant integrations Release 16 Enhancement Pack 6 (EP6) provides productivity-boosting AI applications and expansive integrations. This release delivers secure digital experiences that are deeply integrated into customers’ business operations.OpenText has launched OpenText Intelligent Capture, the rebranded, next-generation of OpenText Captiva, introducing new artificial intelligence and process automation capabilities. In addition, OpenText is launching Core Capture, a SaaS capture solution based on our cloud based capture services and delivered on OpenText OT2.This release continues investments in OpenText Documentum™ with deeper integrations to popular Office applications and automated processes for deploying and managing Documentum in the cloud. OpenText also launched OpenText™ Extended ECM Documentum for SAP® Solutions that integrates Documentum into line of business applications, so users can manage content in context of business processes.EP6 embeds AI into OpenText eDiscovery solutions with predictive filtering capabilities that learn from human feedback. EP6 also introduces cloud-based OpenText Legal Hold and OpenText Insight review with multi-matter management and machine learning capabilities.Updates to the OpenText Experience portfolio leverage AI to provide intelligent content suggestions, automatically generate summaries from long-form content and apply metadata with AI-driven asset tagging.OpenText AppWorks enables intelligent automation across the enterprise with a redesigned developer experience and mobile friendly client to design, build and optimize content and process-centric applications, faster and at lower cost.EP6 updates OpenText Magellan with tools to help organizations improve the reach, scale, and output of data science and machine learning processes, with expanded and flexible data prep and big data tools.Marketing Technology News: AccuWeather Continues Rapid Expansion with Relocation of Global Office in New York City“Using OpenText Magellan’s AI-assisted analytics, we were quickly able to identify tens of thousands of accounts at risk of attrition,” said Junid Baharuddin, VP, Core Banking Systems & Analytics Head, PT. Bank Mega. “With an integrated and intelligent view of our customer data, we can better ensure client satisfaction and proactively manage risk.”“OpenText is building key capabilities for our customers’ most complex digital challenges. We are creating additional modes of secure collaboration, deepening automation, and providing practical AI solutions for information-intensive businesses,” said Muhi Majzoub, OpenText EVP, Engineering. “Release 16 offers a toolset to help companies transform their businesses and develop a sustained and competitive information advantage.”Marketing Technology News: Veritonic Launches First Audio Score For Marketers To Understand Relative Power Of Their Creative Assets OpenText Announces the Next Generation Enterprise Information Management Cloud at Enterprise World PRNewswireJuly 10, 2019, 7:29 pmJuly 10, 2019 cloudMarketing Technology NewsNewsOpenText Previous ArticlePathFactory Welcomes SaaS Leader Dev Ganesan As New CEONext ArticleAdLedger Unites Brands, Agencies, TV And Technology Companies To Fight Ad Fraud On OTTlast_img read more

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MobileIron Names Jeroen Nooijen Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific and

first_imgMobileIron Names Jeroen Nooijen Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific and Japan Business WireJuly 11, 2019, 10:30 pmJuly 11, 2019 MobileIron, the company to introduce the industry’s first mobile-centric, zero trust enterprise security platform, announced the appointment of Jeroen Nooijen as Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific and Japan. Based in Singapore, Jeroen is responsible for MobileIron’s go-to-market and channel strategies across the region, including partner alliances, customer acquisition and sales operations.Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public OfferingJeroen brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the enterprise networking infrastructure and security industry with a proven track record in building high-performing sales teams to accelerate market expansion. Before this appointment, Jeroen scaled MobileIron’s business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa through Benelux as a director and most recently as Vice President for EMEA North, West and South. He also led sales teams at Trapeze Networks and Radware.Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand Awareness“The addition of Jeroen, a highly seasoned technology sales leader, to the Asia Pacific team comes at the most opportune time as MobileIron launches the world’s first mobile-centric, zero trust strategy that makes the mobile device your ID and secure access to the enterprise,” said Greg Randolph, Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales at MobileIron. “Armed with extensive experience helping EMEA enterprises recognize the need for a robust mobile-centric enterprise grade solution over the last six years, we are confident that he will propel the adoption of MobileIron’s revolutionary zero sign-on technology that completely eliminates passwords amongst our Asia Pacific customers.”Jeroen holds a degree in Business Administration from Fontys University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.Marketing Technology News: Nordic XR-company Bublar Group Acquires Finnish Augmented Reality Pioneer Sayduck Greg RandolphJeroen NooijenMarketing Technology NewsMobileIronNews Previous ArticleGDPR Anniversary: Consent and Data Transfer Still Concern MarketersNext ArticleNew Study Finds Insights-Driven Approach to Cross-Channel Video Leads to Successful Marketing Effortslast_img read more

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Validity Receives Strategic Investment from Providence Strategic Growth and Silversmith Capital Partners

first_imgValidity Receives Strategic Investment from Providence Strategic Growth and Silversmith Capital Partners, Completes Acquisition of Return Path PRNewswireJune 5, 2019, 10:32 pmJune 5, 2019 Validity, the most trusted name in customer data quality, announced a new investment led by Providence Strategic Growth (PSG), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity Partners. Silversmith Capital Partners, founding investor in Validity, also participated in the investment. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The new funding will accelerate Validity’s go-to-market expansion, support the development of new solutions, and fuel both organic and inorganic growth.The company also announced the completion of its acquisition of Return Path, the global leader in email deliverability. The combination of Return Path and Validity provides organizations with the most comprehensive technology solutions to target, contact, engage, and retain customers effectively.“We’re pleased to welcome Providence as a new investment partner to Validity. This deal is a key milestone for Validity and a clear validation of our strategy and business model,” said Mark Briggs, CEO of Validity. “Since we started Validity a little over a year ago, we’ve charted an ambitious course to bring together leading companies that have solved some of the most complex challenges around customer data. Providence’s investment and deep commitment to our mission will help us drive more innovation, expand our commercial footprint, and welcome even more innovative companies into the Validity family.”Since Validity was formed in early 2018, the company has made three significant acquisitions:— CRMfusion, the leading application for enterprise CRM data quality — BriteVerify, the most trusted platform for email verification, and — Return Path, the global leader in email deliverability and optimizationMarketing Technology News: Unmetric Adds Image Analytics for Branded Social Content to its PlatformValidity has also made significant investments in the in-house development of new products to drive growth and enter new markets. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the company released DemandTools for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and recently launched an all-new Trust Assessments platform that demonstrates how businesses can quantify the state of Salesforce data quality on the business functions that drive growth.“We are thrilled to welcome Validity to the Providence portfolio,” said Tom Reardon, Managing Director, Providence Strategic Growth. “Customer data is the lifeblood of any business, and Validity’s unique approach of aggressively pulling together the leading solutions in the market was something we simply had to be part of. We look forward to partnering with Mark and the leadership team to accelerate the company’s vision and growth.”Marketing Technology News: Extreme Reach Launches AdBridge for Sellers, A New Ad Distribution Platform for Sell-Side Teams and Their Advertising Partners“This announcement is just the latest milestone for Validity, capped by growth in sales and profit, the successful integration of CRMfusion and BriteVerify, and now the closing of the acquisition of Return Path,” said Jim Quagliaroli, Managing Partner of Silversmith Capital Partners. “We’re excited to increase our existing investment and help drive the next phase of Validity’s growth.”Tom Reardon and Mark Hastings, Chief Executive Officer of PSG, will join the Validity Board of Directors, which includes Mark Briggs from Validity, Jim Quagliaroli and Sri Rao from Silversmith Capital Partners, and Mike Volpe, CEO of Lola.com and former Chief Marketing Officer of HubSpot.Marketing Technology News: Etsy Names Ryan Scott Chief Marketing Officer AcquisitioncrmfundingMarketing TechnologyNewsProvidence Strategic GrowthValidity Previous Article3Cinteractive Releases 4th Annual Mobile Loyalty Report, Highlighting Customer Demand for Conversational ExperiencesNext ArticleFormAssembly’s New $10 Million Series A Funding Aimed at Helping Organizations Safely Navigate Data Collection in an Age of Regulationlast_img read more

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Amazon Prime Day Sale HMD Global Offers Special Discounts and Offers on

first_img amazonAmazon PayAmazon Prime DayAmazon Prime Day Sale First Published: July 15, 2019, 10:17 AM IST The Nokia brand has made a decent comeback to the smartphones business, and while HMD Global is taking things slow, it does have some really good looking products. The company is offering some special discounts and offers on the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 8.1 during the ongoing Amazon Prime Day sale. The Nokia 8.1 is being offered at Rs 18,499 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB variant while the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant is being offered for Rs 21,999. The handset will also be offered with no cost EMI, and an additional discount of up to Rs 8,050 when you exchange an old smartphone. Amazon is also offering 10 percent instant discount of up to Rs 1750 with HDFC Bank Debit/Credit cards and EMI transactions. There are also some partner offers including Rs 100 off on SanDisk Extreme microSDXC 64GB Memory Card, and up to Rs 1,100 back on Redbus, Goibibo, 1mg, Faasos and on recharges, bills & money transfers on Amazon. There is also The Nokia 6.1 Plus will be available at a discounted price of Rs 11,999. Just like the Nokia 8.1, you can avail no cost EMI, and an additional discount of up to Rs 8,050 when you exchange an old smartphone. Rest of the offers also remain the same.The Nokia 8.1 features a Full HD+ 6.18-inch PureDisplay with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and HDR10 support. Under the hood of the smartphone runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 processor and is offered with either 4GB of RAM and 64GB of in-built storage or 6GB RAM 128GB of storage, both of which can be expanded further via a microSD card.In terms of optics, the Nokia 8.1 sports a dual rear camera setup with Zeiss optics, with the primary 12-megapixel camera featuring a 1/2.55-inch sensor, 1.4-micron pixels, OIS, EIS, 2PD (dual photodiode) tech, and a dual-LED flash. The secondary 13-megapixel fixed-focus lens is meant for depth sensing. At the front, the Nokia 8.1 houses a 20-megapixel fixed focus lens with 0.9-micron pixels, and 4-in-1 pixel tech for better low-light photography. Nokia is touting its Bothie feature, which allows both the front and rear camera to used simultaneously, as well as its Pro Camera UI, with several manual camera options. The smartphone is fuelled by a 3,500mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. On the software front, it runs on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.The Nokia 6.1 Plus features a 5.8-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display running at a resolution of 2,280×1,080pixels, and aspect ratio of 19:9, the screen also comes with a display notch. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and comes with 4GB/6GB RAM options. In terms of optics, the Nokia 6.1 Plus has a dual rear camera setup that includes a 16MP autofocus sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a 5MP monochrome sensor with f/2.2 aperture. At the front, there is a 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture. Nokia 6.1 Plus also offers Bothie, which was introduced with Nokia 7 to let users capture a single photograph from both the front and rear cameras simultaneously. There is a fingerprint sensor on the back, as well as the Face Unlock feature. Nokia 6.1 Plus houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging and also supports Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. The smartphone also has 3.5mm headphone jack slot and comes with a single microphone. The phone shipped with Android 8.1 but is currently running on the Android 9.0 Pie Update. Also Read| Nokia 8.1 Review: A True Android Flagship Killer, at a Time When There Are Nonelast_img read more

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Arjun Kapoor was Approached for Kabir Singh but Director Had His Heart

first_img arjun kapoorarjun reddyArjun Reddy director Sandeep Vangadirector Sandeep Vanga First Published: June 3, 2019, 6:30 PM IST The Telugu film Arjun Reddy had turned Vijay Deverakonda into an overnight star. Director Sandeep Vanga is beginning his Bollywood innings with the remake of the film, hoping to recreate the same magic in Hindi. Shahid Kapoor is playing the titular role of a brash, unruly, alcoholic medical student in Kabir Singh, and the director says that he suits the role to the T.Even though Sandeep always had his heart set on Shahid for the role of Kabir Singh, the producers had also approached Arjun Kapoor for the role. “But before that Shahid and I were already in talks, so I couldn’t just jump to another actor. It’s not about whose acting calibre is greater but about the commitment,” Sandeep told Mumbai Mirror. The filmmaker says that since the original was in his mother tongue, it was easier to write and connect with the character. “The challenge this time was to create a Punjabi boy born and raised in Mumbai, who goes to Delhi to study medicine. It was important to get the colloquial accent and meter right,” said Sandeep.He said that a Reddy from Telangana and a Punjabi Singh has more in common than we would think. “Those from Telangana are a tad louder in their expression of emotions. Whenever something good happens, it’s time to party. Ditto, the Punjabis,” laughs Sandeep, who named his son Arjun Reddy because he was born during the shooting of the film. In Kabir Singh, Shahid portrays an angry and vengeful young medical surgeon, who sets out on the path of self-destruction when his lady love is forced to marry another man. The film will release on June 21.Watch the trailer here:Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

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Hrithik Roshan Tries Too Hard in Super 30 Trailer But Succeeds in

first_imgThe makers of Super 30 were probably waiting for director Vikas Bahl’s name to be cleared in the alleged MeToo case because he has been given due credit in the trailer that has released today.The film chronicles the journey of Anand Kumar, a Patna-based Mathematician who fought against all odds to run a coaching centre for underprivileged kids in Bihar and trained them for IIT entrance exams. He has been credited for many success stories involving kids from poor families. The 2-minute-37-second trailer video tries to capture the essence of the film by making Hrithik Roshan, who plays Anand Kumarin the film, mouth dialogues that reflect the class divide in the society. We see him teaching students without discriminating on the basis of class divide. He, in fact, blames rich for the plight of poor in as many words. Thanks to a trendy background score, such scenes in trailer work despite Hrithik’s flawed Bihari accent. He, otherwise, seems to be in control of the situation.The trailer also teases the characters of Pankaj Tripathi and Aditya Srivastava, who are playing other key characters in the film.Super 30 is a training programme initiated by Kumar that helps 30 deserving, economically-backward students for IIT-JEE entrance exams every year with commendable success rate. Produced by Reliance Entertainment and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, the film also stars Mrunal Thakur, Amit Sadh and Nandish Sandhu in important roles.Follow @News18Movies for more Aditya Srivastavahrithik roshanPankaj Tripathisuper 30 First Published: June 4, 2019, 2:03 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Shatrughan Sinha Files Nomination Papers From Patna Sahib as Congress Candidate

first_img Bihari BabuBJPcongressKadam Kuan First Published: April 29, 2019, 9:57 PM IST Patna: Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha on Monday filed his nomination papers as the Congress candidate from Patna Sahib, the Lok Sabha seat he is representing for the second consecutive term having won it on both occasions on BJPs ticket.Sinha is locked in virtually a straight contest against Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad whom the BJP has fielded this time. Donning his trademark sunglasses and full-sleeved kurta with an angavastram dyed in shades representative of the Congress flag, Sinha accomapnied by son Luv reached the collectorate in a grand procession.Thousands of his supporters chanted the slogan ‘Bihari Babu Zindabad’ as the procession commenced from his residence at Kadam Kuan.Sinha is also called the ‘Bihari Babu’. Sinha ended his nearly three decades long association with BJP earlier this month after remaining at loggerheads with the current party leadership for quite some time.He had been calling the BJP leadership one man army and two man show an obvious dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.Huge turnout of supporters, friends and my dear residents of Patna as I moved from my Kadam Kuan residence through the streets of Patna for my nomination. My most heartfelt gratitude to all those who stepped out in my support and joined the procession in my roadshow. Jai Bihar, Sinha tweeted afterwards.Altogether 37 candidates have filed their nomination papers for Patna Sahib, which goes to polls in the seventh and final phase of general elections on May 19.Scrutiny of the papers will take place on Tuesday and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is May 2.Other constituencies that go to polls in the final phase and the respective number of candidates to have filed nominations are 33 in Pataliputra, 36 in Nalanda, 29in Jehanabad, 24 in Ara, 16 in Buxar, 37 in Karakat and 15 in Sasaram. last_img read more

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