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Weborama’s Parent Company Tops Amazon’s Bid to Acquire Sizmek Ad Server and DCO PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 9:02 pmJune 10, 2019 DCODMPGoogle’s Ad ManagerMarketing Technology NewsNewsSizmek Ad ServerWeborama Previous ArticleCvent Acquires DoubleDutch to Accelerate Its Investment in Mobile Event TechnologyNext ArticleDestination XL Group Selects Infor to Optimize Customer Engagement Weborama’s parent company Ycor has decided to top Amazon’s bid for Sizmek Ad Server and DCO, with the vision of building the independent alternative the advertising industry needs.On March 29, 2019, Sizmek – the second largest Ad Server globally, far outweighed by Google’s Ad Manager division – filed for US Chapter 11 protection. Multiple companies have expressed interest in acquiring the Ad Serving part of the company. On May 31, 2019, Amazon announced it signed an agreement to acquire Sizmek Ad Server and Sizmek DCO.Weborama is a leading European tech and data company, which serves global clients in the fields of Ad Serving, DMP and state-of-the-art Semantic AI. Weborama and Ycor have spent the last two months assessing the acquisition of Sizmek Ad Server and DCO. We believe overbidding today the existing offer is the best decision from an industry perspective. Acquisition will be made by Ycor, Weborama’s parent company.Marketing Technology News: Epicor Acquires Auto Care CRM Systems Provider MechanicNetAlain Lévy, CEO of Weborama and Partner at Ycor, said: “Obviously, we are conscious that, given how incommensurate Amazon’s resources are, it can bring “David versus Goliath” to mind. Today, we make a financial commitment, taking into account what is at stake for the industry as a whole: prevent the advent of a duopoly. We do believe that no one should turn a blind eye on Sizmek Ad Server being possibly acquired by a global platform – be it Amazon or another. Choice must prevail.”Marketers and agencies need an independent, neutral and transparent Ad Server player, able to serve as a fair alternative to dominant offerings. The same applies to talent who, when given the choice, might opt to join a dedicated close-knit company whose sole craft is to help raise the bar of precision marketing.Marketing Technology News: New Global Report Reveals 9 in 10 Companies See ‘Self-Service’ as the Future for CustomersTeaming up with Sizmek, Weborama will provide marketers and agencies with such an independent alternative, powered by dedicated cutting-edge technologies.Marketing Technology News: Freshworks Joins Hands With OrangeOne Corporation, to Aid Digital Transformation of Businesses in Japan
ecommerceIgor FaletskiMobifyMobile CommerceNewsWeb Apps Previous ArticleCatalina To Offer CPG Marketers, Retailers And Agencies New Targeting And Measurement Capabilities Across Television, Social Media And Programmatic AdvertisingNext ArticleiFOLIO Honored with Global Excellence Award, Best in Personalized Digital Marketing Solutions – 2019 by AI Global Media Mobify Report Delivers First Ecommerce Benchmarks for Progressive Web Apps Globe Newswire3 hours agoJuly 23, 2019 Research helps marketers and ecommerce professionals improve micro-conversion, bounce rates and more as they strive for faster performance and better UXHow does your commerce Progressive Web App (PWA) compare to others in your industry? While there are excellent quality tests like the Lighthouse tool, until now there’s been a dearth of metrics for marketers and ecommerce professionals to compare their metrics to industry averages and identify opportunities to improve their customer experience. That’s the focus of the 2019 Q2 Mobile Commerce Insights Report from Mobify, the market leader for commerce PWAs built via Front-end as a Service.Marketing Technology News: Gartner Survey Shows Inside Sales Organizations Risk Losing 24% of Employees This YearThe first report on benchmarks for Progressive Web Apps shows retailers how they compare to others on metrics like PWA micro-conversion or continuation rates, the rates at which shoppers move down the funnel of a site.From micro-conversions and bounce rates to performance, the report helps companies spot and solve the major pain points that can take their PWA from adequate to superior.“PWAs are growing in popularity as businesses discover how to bring the fast, engaging experience of a native app to a broader audience on the web, as well as the potential for a complete front-end PWA across mobile, tablet, and desktop,” said Mobify CEO Igor Faletski. “And with headless commerce on the rise, companies want to get the most out of their PWAs as an important component of their strategic front-end investment.”Marketing Technology News: Thunderhead and Proximity London Announce Partnership to Deliver Best-in-class Customer EngagementThe new report analyzes data from Mobify’s PWA retailers from April to June 2019 to provide benchmarks and actionable insights in key areas including:PWA micro-conversion or continuation rates (i.e. the rates at which shoppers move down the funnel of a site)Bounce rates, defined as the percentage of shoppers who leave a site after only viewing a single pagePre-bounce rates, defined by Mobify as the percentage of shoppers who leave a site before the first page even loadsPerformance benchmarks such as first and subsequent page loadsMarketing Technology News: Hero Digital and Bulldog Solutions Join Forces to Reimagine B2B Customer Experiences
Chatbots Can Effectively Resolve 65% of Customer Inquiries When Applied to the E-commerce Industry PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 2:34 pmJune 10, 2019 AIAivoFacebook messengerMarketing TechnologyMartin FrascaroliNewsTechnology Previous ArticleLabTwin’s AI-powered Digital Assistant Now Talks Back and Connects Data Sources in the Lab with New Open APINext ArticleMarTech Interview with Marc Laplante and Mike Kelly, Co-Founders at Intentsify A Study by Aivo Explores the Current Use Companies Are Making of This Solution and the Impact It Has on Both Consumers and BusinessesConsumers want information instantly and chatbots have become the perfect partner for companies of any size to answer inquiries immediately. As a result, more and more brands have been adopting this technology, but how are they implementing it and what results are they seen?Aivo, technology company specialized in helping enterprises boost their customer service and sales growth through AI solutions, carried out a study to illustrate how companies are implementing chatbots and artificial intelligence in the Americas. This study was part of a wider comprehensive ebook that the company developed focused on the use of chatbots and AI in online sales.The company analyzed a targeted sample of about 30 of their customers. It focused on businesses of different sizes that sell or offer a service or product through digital channels (categorized by Aivo as E-commerce) and use AgentBot, its AI-enriched chatbot solution.From the information gathered, the following conclusions were drawn:E-commerce businesses use chatbots across different channels to achieve concrete objectives:Companies that sell or offer online services usually implement chatbots on multiple channels. They mainly use their website, Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp to communicate with their clients.Most of these companies use chatbots to: increase sales, reduce costs, improve the customer experience, optimize customer service processes, deflect repetitive inquiries, offer omnichannel experiences, automate support on digital channels, add new support channels, and offer clients self-service tools.Marketing Technology News: Jeff Herrera Announced as Chief Marketing Officer at Annex CloudThere is a high volume of engagement between clients and chatbots, especially regarding inquiries to accompany the purchase process:On average, E-commerce companies that use AgentBot have 3.746 monthly conversations with their clients and 10.110 interactions.The peaks of use of the chatbot during the week often vary according to the geography. The day most customers request a chatbot’s support for anglosaxon markets like USA and Canada was Thursdays, for Brazil it was Mondays and for Mexico, Wednesdays.Most responses to customer inquiries only take 2-3 interactions with the chatbot. Usually, most questions have to do with complementary information currently missing from the company’s website (which is easy to provide) but important to the purchase process.Marketing Technology News: E2open Announces Acquisition of AveretekCustomers found chatbots to be useful tools to help resolve issues effectively:In the last 6 months, AgentBot allowed companies to solve most of the inquiries and questions from clients. 65% of inquiries were effectively answered by the chatbot. Only 21% of the total queries had to be transferred to a human agent.The chatbot has proven to be a practical and valuable tool for these companies’ clients. 2 out of 10 clients used it more than once in the last 6 months.The study also focused on the impact implementing chatbots have not only for customers but on businesses itself.Speaking about the results of the study, Aivo’s CEO, Martin Frascaroli, commented: “It is extremely important to have your customers at the center of your strategy, not only because you will be able to provide them with the best experience but also because it will make your business thrive. Innovating and implementing AI in your sales strategy can seem like something complex and futuristic, but there are very practical concrete applications to improve customer experience and your business outcomes, especially in the sales, marketing and customer service departments. And chatbots are a great example of that.”Marketing Technology News: With 87% Surge in Customer Bookings, Episerver Promotes Internally for CMO
New Study Shows Adoption of Business Automation Technologies is Driven by the C-Suite Business WireJune 25, 2019, 9:45 pmJune 25, 2019 Survey commissioned by UiPath finds most organizations are very satisfied with their automation programs and believe automation will accelerate human achievement UiPath, the leading Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software company, released a new study that explores the current and future progress of automation in organizations around the world. The survey, developed in collaboration with The Economist Intelligence Unit, found that over 90 percent of organizations already use technology to automate business processes. Seventy three percent stated that they are very or entirely satisfied with the benefits resulting from automation, and businesses in every industry surveyed find value in it. Furthermore, most businesses (88 percent) believe that automation will accelerate human achievement and that automation is most effective when it complements humans, not replaces them (79 percent).There are few fields of organizational activity that are untouched by automation. Automation is helping businesses in every industry around the world seek efficiencies that come from replacing manual tasks with machine-operated ones. But many organizations today are aiming even higher, with their sights set on adopting automation technology like AI and RPA for business growth and to encourage greater creativity, productivity and innovation from employees.Marketing Technology News: PMG Launches Marketing Intelligence Platform — Meet AlliThe survey — which surveyed 502 senior executives of mid and large enterprise, all with annual revenues over U.S. $250 million and half over U.S. $1 billion, among eight countries: Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States — found that automation of business processes has made considerable headway and the future of automation looks bright:Automation is a C-Level priority and kickstarting businesses’ digital transformations Eighty four percent of respondents report that the C-Suite is driving automation initiatives for their business, with automation responsibility rolling up to the CEO (22 percent), CTO (29 percent) and CIO (17 percent). Over seventy percent of C-Suite respondents report that RPA and AI are a high or essential priority to meet their strategic objectives, mainly because they expect it will make them more competitive.Automation technologies have instigated digital transformation at 94 percent of surveyed organizations. Noted benefits of automation include:● An increase in customer satisfaction (92 percent)● Focused employee attention on less repetitive, mundane tasks (91 percent)● Increased capacity to handle volume (91 percent)● Efficient product and service marketing (90 percent)● An increase in customer engagement (88 percent)● New revenue sourcing (85 percent)Marketing Technology News: Haoqipei Secures US $60 Million in Series D Funding to Further Accelerate Growth of its Online B2B Auto Parts MarketplaceIndia is the most satisfied with automation technologiesSeventy three percent of global respondents are satisfied with their automation technologies. However, India in particular is the most satisfied with the benefits resulting from automating business processes (citing 86 percent of respondents from the country). RPA is a high or essential priority to meet strategic business objectives in India (84 percent). Ninety percent of respondents from the country expect their company’s financial results to improve as a result of automation, namely profitability, operating costs and revenue growth.Automation maturity is at its highest in the U.S.Sixty-one percent of organizations in the U.S. make extensive use of automation. Closely trailing behind the U.S. is France (60 percent) and Germany (57 percent), while automation in Canada is lagging with only 28 percent of companies having extensively adopted it.Manufacturing outpaces other industries in automating business processesBusiness process automation has advanced the furthest in manufacturing, with 61 percent of respondents in the industry citing extensive use, perhaps not surprising given its long history with earlier generations of automation technology. By contrast, government and public sector institutions have made the least headway among surveyed sectors, with only 35 percent extensively using it.Marketing Technology News: Zeno Media and ADORA Cooperate on Strategic Marketing and Mobile App Content for Diaspora ListenersAutomation of business functions is most commonplace in IT, but the future looks beyond Among businesses implementing automation, most have automated highly repetitive back-office functions. Automation of functions is most extensive in IT, operations and production, customer service and finance. Typical candidates for automation in IT have been processes such as password management and the logging of service requests, while in operations, maintenance scheduling is frequently automated. However, in two years, those surveyed believe customer service, marketing and R&D functions will be important to automate.Software automation deployments eclipse hard roboticsSoftware automation like RPA is outpacing hard robotics as a priority to meet strategic business objectives: sixty nine percent of respondents find software automation to be a high priority compared to 56 percent for physical robots. This is seen most often in all markets except for Japan, where it is considered equal in priority.Factors that hinder automation adoption are consistent across organizations Like any new technology, there will be factors holding companies back from complete implementation. For automation, data privacy and security concerns top the list — especially emphasized by public companies and healthcare executives.Executives also cite deployment of technology, lack of relevant talent and skills, and employee resistance as barriers for business-wide automation adoption. The skills gap is felt most acutely in Asia, particularly Japan, while change resistance is most prominent in the U.K. For those reasons, 42 percent of executives believe providing education and reskilling opportunities are very important to smooth implementation.Marketing Technology News: Adaptive Ad Systems Completes Installation of New Ad-Insertion Equipment on National Cable TV Systems Adds 40,000 Additional Subscribers Business AutomationC-SuiteNewsRPAUiPath Previous ArticleGladly Named a 2019 Cool Vendor in CRM Customer Service and Support by GartnerNext ArticleAmazon Advertising Data Science Pioneer Teikametrics Introduces On-Demand eCommerce Analyst Services
Salesforce Research: State of Connected Customer Redefines Customer Experiences Business WireJune 18, 2019, 2:24 pmJune 18, 2019 crmcustomer engagementcustomer experiencesMarketing TechnologyNewsSalesforce Previous ArticleTranslations.com Debuts Four New Salesforce Cloud Integrations for GlobalLink Translation Management SystemNext ArticleNGDATA Enables Marketers to Design and Deliver Data-Driven, Individualised Campaigns in Minutes, Not Weeks Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, released the third edition of its State of the Connected Customer report capturing insights from over 8,000 consumers and business buyers worldwide. The global report reveals the changing customer expectations, influence of technologies in transforming standards for engagement, role of trust in customer relationships and the rising importance of corporate values in buying decisions.Customers standards for modern engagement are tailored and contextualized across multiple touchpoints. In India, 92% of customers expect companies to use new technologies to create better experiences for customer engagement. Expectations for timeliness start when customers are just browsing, with more than half expecting to find whatever they need — be it pricing, inventory, or something else — in three clicks or less and 89% of customers in India, expect companies to interact with them in real time. In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, technology and ethics are intertwined. Today, customers expect companies to not only operate ethically and with their communities’ interests at heart, but to operate in a way that advances causes such as equal rights, philanthropy and sustainability. And as customers get more empowered and gain awareness, a company’s corporate values become vital in influencing buying decisions. 69% of Indian customers will not buy from a company that doesn’t value equality. Marketing Technology News: Study: Consumers Reject Brands That Advertise on ‘Fake News’ and Objectionable Content OnlineInnovation is accelerating across industries thanks to emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). With consumers and business buyers often willing to pay a premium for differentiated, first-to-market products and services that enhance their experiences, the pressure is on for companies to get ahead of the digital curve. 96% of customers in India, expect companies to use new technologies to create better experiences with 90% of customers open to using AI to improve their experiences. Trust has always been a valuable commodity in customer relationships, but it’s a more nuanced quality in an era marked by security vulnerabilities. A lot goes into fostering customer trust, and it’s an increasingly formidable challenge. 70% of customers in India, have stopped buying from a company that did something distrustful with 51% of customers agreeing that companies don’t care about the security of their data. Marketing Technology News: Triton Digital Integrates Centro’s Basis Platform with the a2x Programmatic MarketplaceSunil Jose, Senior Vice President and Country Leader, Salesforce India, said, “Technological innovations have changed the face of modern customer engagement. Today’s customers are more selective about which brands they place their trust. Businesses are realizing that a company’s trustworthiness is inextricably tied to its bottom line. Companies that put trust and customer experience at the heart of their engagements gain something much more enticing: competitive differentiation.”The State of the Connected Customer report is being released ahead of Connections 2019 (June 17-19), a Salesforce event for companies that want to create better experiences for their customers. The global report features profiles from three regions and 16 countries including: India (535 customers), Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States. Please keep in mind that cultural bias impacts survey results.Marketing Technology News: Mindtree to Showcase Contextual, Real-Time Solutions for Personalized Traveler Experiences at HITEC Minneapolis
Tremor Video Expands Its Advanced TV Solutions Globe NewswireJuly 11, 2019, 6:47 pmJuly 11, 2019 By Combining Capabilities with Rhythmone’s Yume, Tremor Video Adds to Its Suite of Connected TV Advertising SolutionsTremor Video, the leading programmatic video platform, announced that it has combined its capabilities with YuMe by RhythmOne, a leader in Advanced TV solutions. The new integrated company provides advertisers with even more impactful brand storytelling on one of today’s most popular digital platforms. This combined offering now provides brands and agencies with the most cutting-edge Connected TV (CTV) advertising solutions, including directly sourced inventory relationships across apps and smart TVs, as well as access to exclusive supply sources that reach all platforms.“We made a strategic move to combine our current video offerings and expertise with YuMe’s in order to help brands increase the value of CTV as a key part of their media mix,” said Anthony Flaccavento, Chief Revenue Officer at Tremor Video. “Advertisers can expect more scale in the CTV space, as well as category-specific audience targeting with enhanced creative.”Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public OfferingCTV advertising is a lucrative market that is continuing to grow year-over-year. Research shows that in 2019 US advertisers will spend $3.8 billion on OTT increasing to $5 billion by 2020. With its expansion, Tremor Video now offers advertisers a comprehensive suite of CTV capabilities, including seamless activation across all platforms, fraud protection built for over-the-top (OTT), expanded household addressability, custom and advanced creative and full-funnel measurement solutions.Through the company’s audience measurement and attribution study suite, advertisers can also evaluate the effectiveness of their CTV spend and return on investment in order to help optimize effectively. Tremor Video’s in-house Creative Studio also offers advanced creative placements, including Interactive In-Stream, Standard In-Stream, Smart TV Impression Units, and more. These capabilities are designed to help advertisers break through all of the clutter in the market to engage with their target customers with better precision.Marketing Technology News: Sponsorship Made Simple for Personal, College, Sports, Community Events etc.The company’s partnerships with Pixalate and DoubleVerify help assure advertisers that their ads are served in safe environments across all CTV supply both pre- and post bid. Advertisers can also work with Tremor Video to access exclusive Alphonso TV data via automated content recognition (ACR) technology in order to deliver their videos across all screens in real-time. This allows brands to reach linear TV audiences on second-screen devices, as well as CTV.Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand Awareness Advanced TV solutionsCTVMarketing Technology NewsNewsprogrammatic video platformRhythmOneTremor Video Previous ArticleThrive & Tier1Net Combine to Enhance FinTech ServicesNext ArticleNeustar and Freckle Partner to Provide Marketers with Actionable Privacy-Compliant, First Party Consumer Data
New Delhi: A Karnataka BJP delegation Thursday approached the Election Commission requesting an independent probe into the alleged role of police officers in carrying Rs 1.2 lakh in a government vehicle in the Hassan constituency a day before polling in the state. The delegation, comprising BJP national general secretary Muralidhar Rao, party’s state general secretary Aravind Limbavali and MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, informed the ECI that it does not have “faith and trust” in the investigation being carried out by the state police department. “It is a serious complaint. The money was seized on April 17 from a police vehicle in Holenarsipura, Hassan constituency a day before the first phase of election. This is a serious incident,” Rao told reporters after meeting the ECI. The delegation demanded an independent inquiry in the matter instead of an investigation by the state police department. “We have given a memorandum and the EC has agreed with our arguments and assured of coming out with a positive decision at the earliest,” Rao said.He also hoped the ECI would take steps to initiate an effective investigation by an independent agency, preferably by a team of such officers with unimpeachable integrity and reputation from outside Karnataka.In the memorandum, the state BJP informed that Rs 1.2 lakh in cash was seized from a vehicle owned by the Bengaluru Police a day before the election on April 18 in Holenarsipura in Hassan constituency, from where JDS chief and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s grandson was contesting. “There are strong reservations about the impartiality and fairness in the investigation by the Karnataka state police. No purpose would be served in continuing with the investigation by the state police as any such investigation would be a mere eye-wash exercise,” the party said. The BJP also requested the ECI to collate and assess all such information regarding election-related malpractices of unlawful usage of state machinery and unaccounted money in the state and seek a thorough, independent and effective investigation into the matter.”The unlawful use of state machinery to transport sizeable amount of unaccounted money during elections forms only the tip of the iceberg of what could possibly be the biggest and almost detrimental instance of constitutional subterfuge,” it added.The state BJP said it had to approach the ECI as the Karnataka CEO did not take any action despite the complaint. The saffron party’s state unit has so far filed as many as 272 complaints before the Karnataka Chief Election Officer (CEO) It is for the first time, the party has brought this matter to the ECI. BJPelection commissionkarnatakakarnataka-lok-sabha-elections-2019 First Published: May 9, 2019, 3:41 PM IST
congressH NageshHD Kumaraswamykarnataka First Published: June 24, 2019, 9:53 PM IST Bengaluru: Ten days after inducting two Independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh into the ministry, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy Monday allocated portfolios for them.The chief minister also appointed SR Srinivas as Primary and Secondary Education Minister. While Shankar has been given the portfolio of Municipalities and Local Bodies, Nagesh gets Small Scale Industries, an official gazette said.SR Srinivas from JD(S), who was holding the Small Scale Industries portfolio, has been given the charge of Primary and Secondary Education, it said.The Primary and Secondary Education Ministry was with the Chief Minister after lone BSP MLA N Mahesh quit from the cabinet in October last year and there was growing pressure on Kumaraswamy from within, especially from JD(S) state chief AH Vishwanath to appoint a minister.Kumaraswamy on June 14 had expanded his cabinet by inducting the two Independent MLAs in an apparent move to give stability to his 13-month old wobbly government.The exercise was seen as a move to ensure that the two independents don’t jump ship once again towards BJP.Shankar was inducted from the Congress’ share and Nagesh from the JD(S) quota in the ministry.Under the coalition arrangement, out of the total of 34 ministerial positions, Congress and JD(S) have shared 22 and 12 berths respectively.Prior to the expansion, three posts were vacant — two from JD(S) and one from Congress.The two were inducted, overlooking the claims of several senior leaders, particularly in the Congress, who are sulking ever since they failed to make it to the ministry earlier.Post the cabinet expansion, disgruntlement has been simmering within the Congress with several legislators holding secret meetings, party sources said.After expansion of the Ministry, KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao had said that in about six to eight months, the process of reshuffle would begin, during which those who have not got the opportunity, including several seniors, would be taken into confidence.Shankar had served as forest minister in the Kumaraswamy government in the initial stages, while Nagesh, a former Congressman, had contested and won as an Independent after not getting the party ticket in 2018 assembly polls.In the ministry rejig in December last year, Shankar was dropped from the cabinet.He, along with Nagesh, had then sided with BJP and written to the Governor, withdrawing support to the government.As the BJP failed in its alleged attempts to topple the coalition and form the government, the two lawmakers retraced their steps to be back in the ruling alliance.
Indeed, the image accompanying this patent – as uncovered by Patently Apple – shows off a pair of glasses more traditional in their design. At the moment, we only have a basic understanding of how these glasses will work, with a “dual-mode display” embedded in the lenses, and quite a few cameras pointing every which way.More specifically, the patent image notes both user-facing and environment-facing cameras. Having cameras pointed at the user and at the environment is what will help Essential implement augmented reality applications. Essential even comes right out and discusses examples of augmented reality in the patent filing:Based on the environment that the user sees, and based on the direction of the user’s gaze, the processor can display an image to augment the environment around the user. For example, if the user is looking at a barcode of an item, the processor can display cheaper purchasing options of the same item.Another interesting thing to note is that the patent filing allows for lenses of any type in these glasses, whether they’re prescription, photosensitive, or sunglass lenses. Does this mean that we’ll one day see Essential trying to tackle the AR glasses segment? It’s definitely too early to make that call – many patents we come across ultimately never develop into real-world products.Essential may be looking to sit on this patent until the right time, too. After all, the popularity of similar AR glasses like Google Glass has dropped off rather significantly recently, with most of the attention shifting to AR and VR headsets. With that in mind, Essential could very well be planning to release these AR glasses at retail, but it might just be waiting for the right time to strike. We’ll just have to wait and see.SOURCE: Patently Apple Story Timeline6 Essential Phone details that make Andy Rubin’s device unique5 big things Andy Rubin just told us about the Essential PhoneEssential Phone release date and carrier support detailediPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 vs Essential Phone (leading the way) It’s only been a few days since Essential revealed its new phone to the world, but the company’s plan for the future may extend beyond handsets and AI assistants. As it turns out, Essential is also holding a patent for a pair of augmented reality smart glasses. This may not come as a shock to many people, considering Essential CEO Andy Rubin’s background at Google, but these AR glasses look quite a bit different than what we saw with Google Glass.
Story TimelineLogitech launches G413 mechanical gaming keyboardLogitech’s K840 is a mechanical keyboard for the rest of usLogitech G433 gaming headset replicates 7.1 surround soundLogitech’s whole Powerplay mouse pad wirelessly charges its gaming mice First up is the Logitech G603, which comes equipped with a new optical sensor Logitech has dubbed “HERO” – or High Efficiency Rated Optical sensor. Though the name sort of gives it away, the HERO sensor attempts to strike a balance between precision and efficiency, offering performance at 12,000 DPI with no mouse acceleration and boasting 10 times the power efficiency of past sensors.With that Lightspeed technology mentioned earlier, Logitech says that the G603 should provide more than 500 hours of battery life and reliability that surpasses many wired mice. Those are some pretty impressive claims as to the latency of this mouse, but assuming Lightspeed is all its cracked up to be, the G603 could indeed compete with wired mice in terms of performance.That same Lightspeed tech is found in the Logitech G613 wireless mechanical keyboard. Like all of the Logitech G mechanical keyboards we’ve been seeing recently, this one comes equipped with Logitech’s own Romer-G switches. You’ll find six programmable G-keys for custom macros, while Logitech says to expect a 1ms report rate and 18 months of battery life on two AA-batteries.To complement these two new PC accessories, Logitech has also announced the G840, an extra large mouse pad that offers enough room for both the G613 and the G603. Both the keyboard and the mouse are expected to be available at retailers around the world before the month is out, with the price for the G603 coming in at $69.99 and the G613 fetching a $149.99 price tag. The G840 mouse pad will meanwhile be arriving at retailers in September and will set you back $49.99. Logitech has arrived at IFA 2017 with a trio of new gaming peripherals in its G-series of accessories. The mouse and keyboard being introduced today both carry Lightspeed branding, which means that they’re both wireless. Generally, that would be a no-go for a gamer concerned about cutting down on latency as much as possible, but Logitech promises that the Lightspeed technology built into these accessories will be up to snuff.
Amazon currently has the Essential Phone PH-1 on a promotion, for $399.99 unlocked. It’s one of the cheapest prices we’ve seen for Andy Rubin’s smartphone, and we don’t expect it to last long. Currently, both the Pure White and Black Moon versions are at that price. Both use Essential’s titanium and ceramic construction, and have a 13-megapixel dual camera on the rear. It’ll record 4K video, too. Inside, there’s Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset. Essential recently pushed out an Android 8.1 Oreo update, making the PH-1 one of the first devices to get the latest version of the OS outside of Google’s own Pixel range. Like most smartphones, the Essential Phone isn’t perfect. However, what shortcomings there are certainly pale when you consider you’re getting it for less than half the price of a Galaxy S9+ or iPhone X. Its minimal bezels make for one of the big wow-factors – Essential was doing screen notches well before Apple did – helping keep the overall device size down.AdChoices广告The result is a 5.71-inch Quad HD display, but squeezed into a smartphone scaled for single-handed use. Essential sensibly leaves Android well alone, too, so there’s no unwanted bloatware or carrier apps. There’s 128 GB of onboard storage, too. The Essential Phone’s other big boast is its modular expansion system, the Click Connector. New accessories can attach, magnetically, to the back of the phone, adding new functionality. The first of those accessories is the Essential 360 Degree Camera – though the phone-maker says it won’t be the last – and it’s also discounted, down to $67.89. The benefit to the Click Connector, Essential says, is that accessories released for future devices should be compatible with the Essential Phone PH-1, too. The company is also encouraging third-party peripherals as well, so hopefully the add-on ecosystem will expand over in time. There’s more on the Essential Phone in our full review. Amazon hasn’t said how long it’ll be running the $399.99 promotion, though based on past behavior we’d recommend hitting the add-to-cart button sooner rather than later before the deal ends. SlashGear uses affiliate links, and sometimes if you buy a product we’ll get a small cut of the sale. With its minimalistic bezels and sleek design, the Essential Phone still looks futuristic, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on it. The Android smartphone launched – with no small fanfare – in August last year, with a not-inconsiderable $699 price tag. Now, it’s a whole lot cheaper. Story TimelineOnePlus 5T vs Essential vs Razer Phone: newcomers showdownEssential Phone Oreo update Android 8.1 just releasedIf Essential Phone 2 stays this flat, I’ll call it king
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was tipped this week to have a bumped-up scheduling, followed by Samsung Galaxy S10 (or SX) and Galaxy X, too. When Samsung Mobile finds a feature that works, they run with it. It is as it was with the Infinity Display, coming with the Note Edge and cascading across the whole top-tier Galaxy smartphone lineup. This time, it’s all about pushing more tech directly into the display, bringing a greater one-ness to the whole Samsung smartphone universe. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was tipped this week to come out a bit earlier than previously expected by Korea-based The Bell. Rolling with both Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and Samsung Exynos 9810 iterations, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SM-N960 or SM-N9600, SM-N9608) this big-screen smartphone was tipped to come as early as July 2018. That’s several weeks earlier than the device was released last year – and a clear indication that Samsung is open to adjusting their schedule to make way for a new wave of devices. Instead of just two major smartphone releases in a year, Samsung may well be moving to three. Not three the same way we’re expecting Apple to continue to release three – but three extremely different devices. One would be the Samsung Galaxy S, the next would be Samsung Galaxy Note, and the third would be Samsung Galaxy X.It follows that Samsung would choose a Q1 reveal for the Galaxy S10, not unlike they’ve done over the past few years. At the same time, Mobile World Congress would be the perfect place to give a preview of the Galaxy X. MWC 2019 takes place from the 25th to the 28th of February, 2019. I predict Samsung’s MWC 2019 event will take place on February 24th, 2019. It’s safe to assume that there, Samsung will reveal both the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus. It’s also probably a decent bet that Samsung will give a teaser for their Galaxy X foldable smart device. Galaxy Predictions:• Galaxy Note 9: Reveal July 2019, Release August• Galaxy S10: Reveal February 24th, 2019, Release March 15th• Galaxy S10 Plus: Reveal February 24th, 2019, Release March 15th• Galaxy X: Reveal February 24th, 2019, Release March 30thIt would not be a shock to find Samsung releasing a Galaxy S10 and S10 around March 15th, 2019, then the Galaxy X a few weeks later. Much like Apple’s iPhone X was revealed at the same time as the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Samsung will likely reveal all at once, then stagger the release. Story TimelineGalaxy S10 release will be 3D special, like iPhone XGalaxy S10 tenth anniversary phone might be unimpressiveGalaxy Note 9: If this meeting went well, result may be hero team-up feature
Armani actually joined the wearable march back in 2016 with a starting roster of hybrid watches that combined analog aesthetics with digital features. Then in late 2017, it went full-on Android Wear but really came up short in terms of features. The luxury brand is correcting those mistakes now and you might be surprised at how much it will cost you.On the hardware side, the Emporio Armani Connected 2018 now doubles as a fitness tracker, though you probably won’t use the luxury smartwatch as a running partner. In addition to a heart rate sensor, the smartwatch also features standalone GPS for tracking your location. There’s also an NFC chip inside for mobile payments. Sadly, it’s still running on the almost ancient Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor.AdChoices广告On the software side of things, it now runs on Wear OS by Google, formerly known simply as Android Wear. That means Google Assistant will be available to answer your questions and requests.With a name like Emporio Armani, you’d presume these would cost a fortune. Granted, they’re nearly double the cost of a regular Wear OS smartwatch but a luxury piece for $295 to $345 might not seem that bad. TechRadar reports that the Emporio Armani Connected 2018 will come in a 43 mm x 49 mm case and 20 mm lugs, available in several color finishes and bands. There are only a few holdouts among smartphone OEMs still making smartwatches. In contrast, the wearable market is flooded with designer and fashion brands adding some smarts and screens to their timepieces. The latest to join that fray is Emporio Armani, whose initial smartwatch and hybrid watch selection left some things to be desired. With the new Emporio Armani Connected 2018 though, it is finally offering truly smart devices with heart rate sensors, NFC, GPS, and more. Story TimelineArmani jumps into wearables with Emporio Armani Connected lineArmani new Android Wear smartwatch will be available in September
Story TimelineSony WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones first impressions: Quietly excellent SlashGear uses affiliate links, and sometimes if you buy something we’ll receive a small commission on the sale They’re priced to take on Bose’s QuietComfort 35 IIThere’s no denying that Bose has had the noise cancelling headphones market close to locked-down in recent years. The Sony WH-1000XM3, though, come out with all guns blazing to take on the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. From our first impressions, it does seem like Sony hasn’t just matched the competition, but bested it. The Sony WH-1000XM3 are available to order now – in black and champagne, priced at $349.99. That’s competitive with the price tag that Bose’s headphones launched at, though things have changed a little since then. For instance, you can find the QuietComfort 35 II with a street price of $299 today.Finally, USB-CThe gradual progression away from microUSB and toward the far more flexible USB Type-C continues, and with the arrival of the WH-1000XM3 there’s another thing in your bag which adopts the latest connector. It means you can use the charger for recent laptops – like the MacBook Pro or the Huawei MateBook X – with your headphones too. It also means Sony’s new cans can recharge quicker.They get a new quick charge feature, which in ten minutes can deliver up to five hours of battery life. Overall, battery life is rated at 30 hours. Impressively, Sony says that’s even using Bluetooth and with the noise cancellation turned on. Noise-cancelling can be used standalone nowThere are times when you don’t want music, but you do still want to isolate yourself from background noise. That might be in an open-plan office, or on a plane, or just to block out road noise in a poorly-located hotel room. The old Sony WH-1000XM2 headphones weren’t set up to deal with that, since without music playback they automatically turned off after five minutes. Happily Sony has addressed that this time around. The WH-1000XM3 can still turn off automatically when there’s no music playing, but that’s now user-customizable. You’ll be able to define just how long the headphones stay powered-up in noise cancellation mode alone. The clever touch-sensitive controls are still hereAt first glance, Sony’s new headphones are fairly short on physical controls. There’s a power button on the left earcup, along with a second button that toggles the noise cancellation and ambient sound modes on and off. However, there are a few more hidden options you don’t see.That’s because the right earcup has a touch-sensitive pad built in. Tap it, and you can toggle play/pause, or answer an incoming call. Swiping up and down controls the volume, while swiping sideways skips forward and backward through the playlist you’re listening to. A long-press triggers your virtual assistant of choice. There’s another feature, however, and it’s a big favorite among WH-1000XM2 owners. Cover the right earcup with your hand, and the WH-1000XM3 switches on Quick Attention Mode. Effectively it reduces the volume of what you’re listening to and blends in audio from the outside microphones, so that you can have a quick conversation. It’s great if you’re on a plane and need to respond to cabin crew. It’s fair to say noise-cancellation fans have been eagerly awaiting the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones. Revealed at IFA 2018 today, the new over-ear headphones deliver Sony’s best background noise reduction so far, but that’s not the whole story. Read on for what you need to know about what makes Sony’s latest so special.
Facebook is making big changes behind closed doors, according to a new report, by restructuring its augmented reality glasses division and moving those employees into a newly launched standalone team dedicated specifically to the product. These employees were moved from the company’s Facebook Reality Labs to the new product team, where they’re reportedly working on multiple AR products. Last October, Facebook confirmed that it was developing augmented reality glasses, a new product that’ll eventually join the company’s Portal and other existing hardware offerings. The confirmation hints at a budding battle between companies scrambling to bring AR wearables to market — Facebook will have to compete with the likes of Magic Leap and Microsoft, the latter of which has already established its place in the market with HoloLens.Though Facebook’s AR glasses haven’t yet launched, their official arrival is drawing closer and Facebook has kicked of a big restructuring as a result. The move underscores the company’s intention to bring an actual product to market. Facebook confirmed the restructuring, telling Business Insider that “a few hundred people” made the transition from Facebook Reality Labs to work on augmented reality.Questions remain over which AR product Facebook will launch first. The company previously revealed an AR glasses concept at F8 2017, stating at the time that such products were still five to seven years from launching. According to the new report, at least one pair of AR glasses have a design that looks like “really high-end glasses.” A physical prototype is said to exist, one that resembles regular glasses rather than something big like Magic Leap’s and Microsoft’s systems.Such a design may be key to getting consumers to embrace the technology. Many details are still absent at this time, however, including what kind of experience consumers can expect at launch, as well as any potential prices. Story TimelineRokid Glass hands-on: AR glasses with teething painsLumus’ AR glasses are a vision even Apple could approve ofSony’s new OLED Microdisplay sets sights on cameras and AR glasses
Instead, it’s a legitimate SUV performer. Audi combines a 3.0-liter TFSI six-cylinder engine with a 20 kW electric motor and an electric-powered compressor, a world-first according to the automaker. The result is 476 horsepower and a hefty 516 lb-ft. of torque. 0-62 mph comes in 4.7 seconds, while tp speed is over 170 mph. The gas engine has 450 HP alone, while the electric motor adds its own 20 kW and 125.4 lb-ft. of torque to the party. A 0.9 kWh battery under the trunk isn’t exactly huge in hybrid terms, but it’s enough to keep the gas engine shut off when you’re dealing with low-speed stop/start traffic, as well as when cruising around the parking lot. What if I told you that you could have the luxury of a big SUV, the performance of a V8, but the economy of a four-cylinder? That’s what Audi is promising with the new Q8 sport concept, a second take on its SUV-range-topping Q8 concept that throws some “mild hybrid technology” into the mixture. And, while they may be saying “mild”, this is no shy, retiring truck for the school run. It’s not the only special feature. Audi has put the starter generator between the crankshaft and the 8-speed transmission, and it can run in the opposite direction to act as an additional electric motor on 48V power. That allows for boost when you need it, while the electric compressor pushes extra air into the twin-turbochargers on the gas engine when exhaust gas alone would be insufficient. The result, Audi says, is a turbo engine without turbo lag. Permanent quattro all-wheel drive is included, as is adaptive air suspension with the ability to adjust the Q8 sport concept’s ride height across a 3.5-inch range in five increments. 23-inch wheels get 20-inch ceramic disc brakes. Using the route data from the navigation system, as well as Car-to-X infrastructure, the SUV can automatically adjust its settings to deliver the most efficient driving. Versus the first Q8 concept we saw in Detroit a few months back, the Q8 sport concept is wider and more aggressive in its styling. Carbon-fiber trim and brushed aluminum provide a contrast to the krypton orange paint. The trunk offers 22.2 cubic feet of space. Clamber in, and there’s space for just four people. A new version of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is paired with a head-up display and a number of touchscreens, along with LED mood lighting. A floating center console holds the shift-by-wire transmission control, and there’s plenty of leather, aluminum, structured textile, and carbon fiber to be found. As with the Q8 concept, any production version of the Q8 sport concept is likely to tame some of the more showy features. All the same, Audi has indicated that it has real intent for a top-tier luxury SUV that would do for the Q-series what the A8 does for its sedans. Expect to see hybridization like this show up there and elsewhere in the company’s range. Audi Q8 sport concept Gallery