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4 Weighted Wearables for Sensory Integration

first_imgChildren and adults with autism, as well as those with other developmental or neurological disorders, are often hyperactive, easily distracted and lack concentration.  To help alleviate some of these symptoms, many may go through intense behavioral and/or occupational therapy, and are often put on a myriad of medications.  However, some of these treatments prove unsuccessful, as they may overlook the potential catalyst: a dysfunctional sensory system.  When someone has a dysfunctional sensory system, sometimes one or more senses are either over- or under-reactive to stimulation.  Such sensory problems may be the underlying reasons for such behaviors as rocking, hand-flapping, and spinning.  Sensory integration techniques, such as pressure-touch, can facilitate attention and awareness, and reduce overall arousal.According to the Autism Research Institute, “Sensory integration is an innate neurobiological process and refers to the integration and interpretation of sensory stimulation from the environment by the brain.  In contrast, sensory integrative dysfunction is a disorder in which sensory input is not integrated or organized appropriately in the brain and may produce varying degrees of problems in development, information processing, and behavior.”A general theory of sensory integration developed by Dr. A. Jean Ayres primarily focuses on three basic senses: tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive.  While the audition and vision senses are highly familiar, the other three are essential to our basic survival.  Basically, the tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive senses allow us “to experience, interpret, and respond to different stimuli in our environment.”Tactile SystemThe tactile system includes nerves under the skin’s surface that send information to the brain.  This information includes temperature, light touch, pain, and pressure.  “Dysfunction in the tactile system can be seen in withdrawing when being touched, refusing to eat certain ‘textured’ foods and/or wearing certain types of clothing, complaining about having one’s hair or face washed, avoiding getting one’s hands dirty, and using one’s finger tips rather than whole hands to manipulate objects.”  Dysfunctions in the tactile system may lead to a misperception of touch and/or pain, and may lead to self-imposed isolation, general irritability, distractibility and hyperactivity.Vestibular SystemThe vestibular system refers to structures within the inner ear that detect movement and changes in the position of the head.  (This system tells you when your head is upright or tilted even with your eyes closed.)  Dysfunction in the vestibular system may manifest itself in two different ways:Hypersensitive: Some children may be hypersensitive to vestibular stimulation and have fearful reactions to ordinary movement activities (e.g. swings, slides, ramps, inclines).  They may also have trouble learning to climb or descend stairs or hills; and they may be apprehensive walking or crawling on uneven or unstable surfaces.Hypo-reactive: The child may actively seek very intense sensory experiences such as excessive body whirling, jumping, and/or spinning.  In general, these children appear clumsy.Proprioceptive SystemThe proprioceptive system refers to components of muscles, joints, and tendons that provide a person with a subconscious awareness of body position.  When this system functions efficiently, an individual’s body position is automatically adjusted in different situations (i.e. allows us to sit properly in a chair or to step off of a curb swimmingly.)  Dysfunction in the proprioceptive system includes “clumsiness, a tendency to fall, a lack of awareness of body position in space, odd body posturing, minimal crawling when young, difficulty manipulating small objects (buttons, snaps), eating in a sloppy manner, and resistance to new motor movement activities.4 Weighted Wearables for Sensory IntegrationAs stated above, many therapies have been conducted to help individuals with sensory integration dysfunction.  Individuals with autism, ADHD, sensory integration dysfunction and other developmental disabilities are often hyperactive and lack concentration.  I wanted to seek out professional advice on products to help these individuals, so I contacted specialists at eSpecialNeeds to get their input.Here are their 4 recommendations:1. Sensory Hugs Deep Pressure VestsThe Sensory Hugs Deep Pressure Sensory Vest is designed to calm children with ADHD, autism, and sensory integration dysfunction.  It is a poncho-style vest is designed to be pulled snug to the wearer’s body, providing proprioceptive pressure sensory feedback, stability and skills.  This vest is different from the weighted vests listed below, as it distributes the pressure evenly.**DISCLAIMER** These vests should be used with direction or advice of a therapist, and should only be worn under adult supervision.2. Sensory Hugs Washable Weighted BlanketsThe Sensory Hugs Washable Weighted Blankets can be utilized during quiet rest time at school, home or clinic.  Through the use of deep pressure, the blankets aide in “providing proprioceptive feedback and enhance sensory integration while relaxing the body and the central nervous system.”3. Sensory Hugs Weighted VestsThe Sensory Hugs Weighted Vest is designed to calm children with autism, ADHD, and sensory integration dysfunction.  It is a poncho-style weighted vest that provides proprioceptive feedback, stability and skills.  The dimensions and the weight of the vests can be altered to meet the needs of each individual.**DISCLAIMER** These vests should be used with direction or advice of a therapist, and should only be worn under adult supervision.4. Sensory Hugs Weighted “V” Deep Pressure VestsThe Sensory Hugs Weighted “V” Deep Pressure Vests combine the benefits of compression and deep pressure to the chest and shoulders with the added features of weights that provide deep pressure to the shoulders, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.  These are separate from other compression weighted vests which “insert the weights around the lower torso, the Sensory Hugs Weighted Deep Pressure vests incorporate channels in both the front and back of the vests providing weights across both the back and chest.”**DISCLAIMER** These vests should be used with direction or advice of a therapist, and should only be worn under adult supervision. Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedSensory Issues in AutismJanuary 21, 2015In “Autism”Calming Hugs Stylish Sensory SolutionsMay 31, 2017In “Autism”AM 239 – Calming HugsJune 16, 2017In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

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How Do SSDs Work

first_img Tagged In storageextremetech explainsSSDNANDSSDshard drivesNAND flashsolid state storage Post a Comment 0 Comments Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC) and quad-level cells (QLC). Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place, and how do they compare with newer technologies, like Intel’s non-volatile storage technology, Optane?To understand how and why SSDs are different from spinning discs, we need to talk a little bit about hard drives. A hard drive stores data on a series of spinning magnetic disks called platters. There’s an actuator arm with read/write heads attached to it. This arm positions the read-write heads over the correct area of the drive to read or write information.Because the drive heads must align over an area of the disk in order to read or write data (and the disk is constantly spinning), there’s a non-zero wait time before data can be accessed. The drive may need to read from multiple locations in order to launch a program or load a file, which means it may have to wait for the platters to spin into the proper position multiple times before it can complete the command. If a drive is asleep or in a low-power state, it can take several seconds more for the disk to spin up to full power and begin operating.From the very beginning, it was clear that hard drives couldn’t possibly match the speeds at which CPUs could operate. Latency in HDDs is measured in milliseconds, compared with nanoseconds for your typical CPU. One millisecond is 1,000,000 nanoseconds, and it typically takes a hard drive 10-15 milliseconds to find data on the drive and begin reading it. The hard drive industry introduced smaller platters, on-disk memory caches, and faster spindle speeds to counteract this trend, but there’s only so fast drives can spin. Western Digital’s 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor family is the fastest set of drives ever built for the consumer market, while some enterprise drives spun up to 15,000 RPM. The problem is, even the fastest spinning drive with the largest caches and smallest platters are still achingly slow as far as your CPU is concerned.How SSDs Are Different“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” — Henry FordSolid-state drives are called that specifically because they don’t rely on moving parts or spinning disks. Instead, data is saved to a pool of NAND flash. NAND itself is made up of what are called floating gate transistors. Unlike the transistor designs used in DRAM, which must be refreshed multiple times per second, NAND flash is designed to retain its charge state even when not powered up. This makes NAND a type of non-volatile memory.Image by Cyferz at Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.The diagram above shows a simple flash cell design. Electrons are stored in the floating gate, which then reads as charged “0” or not-charged “1.” Yes, in NAND flash, a 0 means data is stored in a cell — it’s the opposite of how we typically think of a zero or one. NAND flash is organized in a grid. The entire grid layout is referred to as a block, while the individual rows that make up the grid are called a page. Common page sizes are 2K, 4K, 8K, or 16K, with 128 to 256 pages per block. Block size therefore typically varies between 256KB and 4MB.One advantage of this system should be immediately obvious. Because SSDs have no moving parts, they can operate at speeds far above those of a typical HDD. The following chart shows the access latency for typical storage mediums given in microseconds.Image by CodeCapsuleNAND is nowhere near as fast as main memory, but it’s multiple orders of magnitude faster than a hard drive. While write latencies are significantly slower for NAND flash than read latencies, they still outstrip traditional spinning media.There are two things to notice in the above chart. First, note how adding more bits per cell of NAND has a significant impact on the memory’s performance. It’s worse for writes as opposed to reads — typical triple-level-cell (TLC) latency is 4x worse compared with single-level cell (SLC) NAND for reads, but 6x worse for writes. Erase latencies are also significantly impacted. The impact isn’t proportional, either — TLC NAND is nearly twice as slow as MLC NAND, despite holding just 50% more data (three bits per cell, instead of two). This is also true for QLC drives, which store even more bits at varying voltage levels within the same cell.The reason TLC NAND is slower than MLC or SLC has to do with how data moves in and out of the NAND cell. With SLC NAND, the controller only needs to know if the bit is a 0 or a 1. With MLC NAND, the cell may have four values — 00, 01, 10, or 11. With TLC NAND, the cell can have eight values, and QLC has 16. Reading the proper value out of the cell requires the memory controller to use a precise voltage to ascertain whether any particular cell is charged.Reads, Writes, and ErasureOne of the functional limitations of SSDs is while they can read and write data very quickly to an empty drive, overwriting data is much slower. This is because while SSDs read data at the page level (meaning from individual rows within the NAND memory grid) and can write at the page level, assuming surrounding cells are empty, they can only erase data at the block level. This is because the act of erasing NAND flash requires a high amount of voltage. While you can theoretically erase NAND at the page level, the amount of voltage required stresses the individual cells around the cells that are being re-written. Erasing data at the block level helps mitigate this problem.The only way for an SSD to update an existing page is to copy the contents of the entire block into memory, erase the block, and then write the contents of the old block + the updated page. If the drive is full and there are no empty pages available, the SSD must first scan for blocks that are marked for deletion but that haven’t been deleted yet, erase them, and then write the data to the now-erased page. This is why SSDs can become slower as they age — a mostly-empty drive is full of blocks that can be written immediately, a mostly-full drive is more likely to be forced through the entire program/erase sequence.If you’ve used SSDs, you’ve likely heard of something called “garbage collection.” Garbage collection is a background process that allows a drive to mitigate the performance impact of the program/erase cycle by performing certain tasks in the background. The following image steps through the garbage collection process.Image courtesy of WikipediaNote in this example, the drive has taken advantage of the fact that it can write very quickly to empty pages by writing new values for the first four blocks (A’-D’). It’s also written two new blocks, E and H. Blocks A-D are now marked as stale, meaning they contain information the drive has marked as out-of-date. During an idle period, the SSD will move the fresh pages over to a new block, erase the old block, and mark it as free space. This means the next time the SSD needs to perform a write, it can write directly to the now-empty Block X, rather than performing the program/erase cycle.The next concept I want to discuss is TRIM. When you delete a file from Windows on a typical hard drive, the file isn’t deleted immediately. Instead, the operating system tells the hard drive it can overwrite the physical area of the disk where that data was stored the next time it needs to perform a write. This is why it’s possible to undelete files (and why deleting files in Windows doesn’t typically clear much physical disk space until you empty the recycling bin). With a traditional HDD, the OS doesn’t need to pay attention to where data is being written or what the relative state of the blocks or pages is. With an SSD, this matters.The TRIM command allows the operating system to tell the SSD it can skip rewriting certain data the next time it performs a block erase. This lowers the total amount of data the drive writes and increases SSD longevity. Both reads and writes damage NAND flash, but writes do far more damage than reads. Fortunately, block-level longevity has not proven to be an issue in modern NAND flash. More data on SSD longevity, courtesy of the Tech Report, can be found here.The last two concepts we want to talk about are wear leveling and write amplification. Because SSDs write data to pages but erase data in blocks, the amount of data being written to the drive is always larger than the actual update. If you make a change to a 4KB file, for example, the entire block that 4K file sits within must be updated and rewritten. Depending on the number of pages per block and the size of the pages, you might end up writing 4MB worth of data to update a 4KB file. Garbage collection reduces the impact of write amplification, as does the TRIM command. Keeping a significant chunk of the drive free and/or manufacturer over-provisioning can also reduce the impact of write amplification.Wear leveling refers to the practice of ensuring certain NAND blocks aren’t written and erased more often than others. While wear leveling increases a drive’s life expectancy and endurance by writing to the NAND equally, it can actually increase write amplification. In other to distribute writes evenly across the disk, it’s sometimes necessary to program and erase blocks even though their contents haven’t actually changed. A good wear leveling algorithm seeks to balance these impacts.The SSD ControllerIt should be obvious by now SSDs require much more sophisticated control mechanisms than hard drives do. That’s not to diss magnetic media — I actually think HDDs deserve more respect than they are given. The mechanical challenges involved in balancing multiple read-write heads nanometers above platters that spin at 5,400 to 10,000 RPM are nothing to sneeze at. The fact that HDDs perform this challenge while pioneering new methods of recording to magnetic media and eventually wind up selling drives at 3-5 cents per gigabyte is simply incredible.A typical SSD controllerSSD controllers, however, are in a class by themselves. They often have a DDR3 or DDR4 memory pool to help with managing the NAND itself. Many drives also incorporate single-level cell caches that act as buffers, increasing drive performance by dedicating fast NAND to read/write cycles. Because the NAND flash in an SSD is typically connected to the controller through a series of parallel memory channels, you can think of the drive controller as performing some of the same load-balancing work as a high-end storage array — SSDs don’t deploy RAID internally but wear leveling, garbage collection, and SLC cache management all have parallels in the big iron world.Some drives also use data compression algorithms to reduce the total number of writes and improve the drive’s lifespan. The SSD controller handles error correction, and the algorithms that control for single-bit errors have become increasingly complex as time has passed.Unfortunately, we can’t go into too much detail on SSD controllers because companies lock down their various secret sauces. Much of NAND flash’s performance is determined by the underlying controller, and companies aren’t willing to lift the lid too far on how they do what they do, lest they hand a competitor an advantage.InterfacesIn the beginning, SSDs used SATA ports, just like hard drives. In recent years, we’ve seen a shift to M.2 drives — very thin drives, several inches long, that slot directly into the motherboard (or, in a few cases, into a mounting bracket on a PCIe riser card. A Samsung 970 EVO Plus drive is shown below.NVMe drives offer higher performance than traditional SATA drivers because they support a faster interface. Conventional SSDs attached via SATA top out at ~550MB/s in terms of practical read/write speeds. M.2 drives are capable of substantially faster performance into the 3.2GB/s range.The Road AheadNAND flash offers an enormous improvement over hard drives, but it isn’t without its own drawbacks and challenges. Drive capacities and price-per-gigabyte are expected to continue to rise and fall respectively, but there’s little chance SSDs will catch hard drives in price-per-gigabyte. Shrinking process nodes are a significant challenge for NAND flash — while most hardware improves as the node shrinks, NAND becomes more fragile. Data retention times and write performance are intrinsically lower for 20nm NAND than 40nm NAND, even if data density and total capacity are vastly improved. Thus far, we’ve seen drives with up to 96 layers in-market, and 128 layers seems plausible at this point. Overall, the shift to 3D NAND has helped improve density without shrinking process nodes or relying on planar scaling.Thus far, SSD manufacturers have delivered better performance by offering faster data standards, more bandwidth, and more channels per controller — plus the use of SLC caches we mentioned earlier. Nonetheless, in the long run, it’s assumed NAND will be replaced by something else.What that something else will look like is still open for debate. Both magnetic RAM and phase change memory have presented themselves as candidates, though both technologies are still in early stages and must overcome significant challenges to actually compete as a replacement to NAND. Whether consumers would notice the difference is an open question. If you’ve upgraded from NAND to an SSD and then upgraded to a faster SSD, you’re likely aware the gap between HDDs and SSDs is much larger than the SSD-to-SSD gap, even when upgrading from a relatively modest drive. Improving access times from milliseconds to microseconds matters a great deal, but improving them from microseconds to nanoseconds might fall below what humans can really perceive in most cases.Intel’s 3D XPoint (marketed as Intel Optane) has emerged as one potential challenger to NAND flash, and the only current alternative technology in mainstream production. Optane SSDs don’t use NAND — they’re built using non-volatile memory believed to be implemented similarly to phase-change RAM — but they offer similar sequential performance to current NAND flash drives, but with vastly better performance at low drive queues. Drive latency is also roughly half of NAND flash (10 microseconds, versus 20) and vastly higher endurance (30 full drive-writes per day, compared with 10 full drive writes per day for a high-end Intel SSD).Intel Optane performance targetsThe first Optane SSDs have debuted as excellent add-ons for Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake. Optane is also available in standalone drives, and in a variety of server roles for enterprise computing. At the moment, Optane is still too expensive to match NAND flash, which benefits from substantial economies of scale, but this could change in the future. NAND will stay king of the hill for at least the next 3-4 years. But past that point, we could see Optane starting to replace it in volume, depending on how Intel and Micron scale the technology and how well 3D NAND flash continues to expand its cell layers (96-layer NAND is shipping from multiple players), with roadmaps for 128 layers on the horizon.Check out our ExtremeTech Explains series for more in-depth coverage of today’s hottest tech topics.Now read:The Worst CPUs Ever BuiltHappy 40th Anniversary to the Original Intel 8086The Myths of Moore’s Law<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> The Original Title For ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Revealed The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 8:29 am We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Here’s What Brandi From ‘Storage Wars’ Looks Like Today at 39 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard 0 Comments How Do SSDs Work? 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Nintendo Unveils New Switch With Significantly Longer Battery Life

first_img The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ We Now Fully Understand the Bizarre Finale of ‘Friends’ 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. ‘It: Chapter 2’ Director Says He’d Love To Remake This Movie 1 Comment By Joel Hruska on July 17, 2019 at 3:14 pm Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous Earlier this year, we heard rumors of two new Switches that Nintendo would supposedly launch. The Switch Lite was recently announced, which confirmed both its own existence. Now, Nintendo has unveiled a second Switch update. The new model has drastically improved battery life and no other differences and will sell for the same $299 base price.Note: The fact that Nintendo isn’t claiming other differences doesn’t mean there couldn’t be a few. It does, however, mean that they’ll likely be small and incidental.The old Switch had an estimated battery life of 2.5 – 6.5 hours. The new Switch has an estimated battery life of 4.5 – 9 hours. Do the math, and that works out to a 1.8x increase at the low end and a 1.4x increase at the top. Even if the exact figures are wrong, the new Switch should live much longer than the old one on the same charge.We already know, thanks to FCC filings, that Nintendo applied to put a new SoC and storage in the Switch, but it’d be obvious they had, even if we didn’t have that information. There are only three ways to improve battery life by 1.4x – 1.8x:Dramatically increase battery size and weight.Fix whatever broken software is wrecking overall power consumptionBuild a more power-efficient SoC, most likely on a lower process node.The original Switch still uses Nvidia’s Tegra X1, a 2015-era processor built on TSMC’s 20nm node. Data suggest that both the Switch Lite and the upgraded Switch use a T214 chip from Nvidia, codenamed Mariko. Mariko may be a die-shrunk version of Tegra X1 with backported security updates and support for LPDDR4x as opposed to LPDDR4. We don’t know the process node Mariko is built on, but there’s some evidence it may be capable of a higher clock speed than its predecessor. This also points to a node shrink, though we don’t know which process node Nvidia might have used (and there are plenty to choose from). A node shrink and the DRAM change would account for the improved power consumption.– Original T210 hardware has 4GB (retail) or 6GB (dev) LPDDR4 DRAM;– New T214 hardware has 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4x DRAM with planned support for 10nm chips;— Mike Heskin (@hexkyz) July 11, 2019If you want to pick up one of the new units, look for Switches with serial numbers starting with XKW; the model number is HAC-001(-01). We don’t have an exact date when the devices will launch in the US, but Nintendo has said to expect mid-August availability.Will We See A Switch Pro?The fact that Nintendo is putting a new SoC in a non-refreshed Switch makes it seem a lot less likely that we’ll see an upgraded Switch Pro in the near future. The simplest explanation for this is that Nintendo decided to spend the benefits of a new node entirely on extending battery life because that was the feature Switch gamers wanted most. Just improving battery life, however, may not have been enough of an upgrade for the company to feel like an entirely new higher-end product was warranted.The rumors around an upgraded Switch have always been vague. One possibility in all this is that Nintendo keeps the Switch as-is for now, but rolls out its own upgrade in 9-12 months, to better compete against the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Next. The goal, in this case, wouldn’t be direct competition — Nintendo is playing its own game on that front — but to make sure Switch stayed relevant in the overall hardware conversation, and that Nintendo demonstrated its own ability to deliver better hardware on a cadence. The degree of interest the company has in this step likely hinges on the degree to which it sees itself in competition with Sony and Microsoft in the first place.There are rumors that the new Switch’s GPU might be clocked at a higher default frequency, which would improve performance in games that aren’t memory bandwidth-limited, but we won’t know if the console delivers many performance improvements until it’s actually available.Now Read: PC Gamers Who Didn’t Play Classic Console Games Missed Out on Great ExperiencesNintendo Switch Controllers Are Beginning to Fail in Large NumbersNintendo Unveils Switch Lite, Coming Sept. 20 for $199 You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Nintendo Unveils New Switch With Significantly Longer Battery Life The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman J.K. 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ON24 Empowers Marketers with a 360degree View of Customer Engagement

first_imgON24 Empowers Marketers with a 360-degree View of Customer Engagement PRNewswireMay 20, 2019, 5:55 pmMay 20, 2019 With 53% of marketers reporting that it’s extremely important to have access to engagement insights from webinars, there’s never been a more vital time to collect key information from prospects and customers and turn these insights into action. That’s why ON24, a technology leader helping companies create live, always-on and personalized digital experiences, today announced it is working with SAP to empower marketers with vital data to engage thoughtfully and authentically at every stage of the buying process.The ON24 Platform will integrate with SAP Marketing Cloud solution’s new event management capabilities, providing customers with a unified, data-rich hub for all their webinar campaigns. The announcement was made at SAP Customer Experience LIVE event in Orlando, Florida.Users will get a 360-degree view into webinar details and attendee data, including their unique engagement score, all directly within SAP Marketing Cloud.Marketing Technology News: Stringr Announces Expansion Into the UK Market“ON24 and SAP Marketing Cloud share a vision to provide marketers with a comprehensive, data-driven perspective about prospects throughout the customer life cycle,” says Lou Pelosi, VP of Business Development & Partnerships, ON24. “This collaboration will give marketers the ability to create digital experiences that deliver a rare win-win in our industry: useful content for customers and true bottom-line growth for marketers.”ON24 and SAP Marketing Cloud place a premium on delivering value to both marketers and prospects alike. The bridge that delivers this value is data and personalization, so digital experiences are more tailored, informative and effective. Through this partnership, customers will gain insights to help them take actionable steps to engage with customers in the right way, at the right time.Marketing Technology News: IKEA Pulls the Rug from Under the Competition as Game of Thrones Ads Catch Fire on SocialUsers will be able to do the following, all within SAP Marketing Cloud:Understand and measure audience interactions within a webinar, such as poll responses, questions asked and resources downloaded, and feed that data into SAP Marketing Cloud.Analyze webinar behavior using the ON24 Engagement Score natively.Use the ON24 Engagement Score and behavioral data to trigger actions, such as Interactions and Segmentation.Unify all webinar registration data into a single view.Track webinar campaign performance, including the live time, registration count and attendance statistics.Marketing Technology News: Everflow releases SmartSwitch to Automate Optimization and Fraud Prevention for Performance and Partner Marketing marketing cloudMarketing TechnologyNewsON24SAPSAP Customer Experience LIVESAP Marketing Cloud Previous ArticleKneron Debuts Edge AI Chip, Bringing AI to Devices EverywhereNext ArticleWhat Stuck Salesforce Marketing Cloud Services and Why It Blocked Pardot?last_img read more

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Why Gamification Doesnt Work in B2B Customer Support

first_imgIf you have ever worked in or been connected to the Customer Support industry, you might be familiar with contact center “contests” or “games” to drive increased performance. For example, the customer service representative that resolves the most tickets will be entered into a drawing for an iPad or some type of gift card at the end of the month. Gamification is commonly used to improve user engagement, organizational productivity, learning, and employee recruitment.When Gamification works in Customer SupportIn B2C Customer Support, high ticket volumes with basic requests are common. For Customer Support agents in this space, the ultimate goal is to resolve support tickets as quickly as possible. Unlike B2B support tickets, B2C tickets can often be solved without the need for multiple employees. Creating games that give points for quick issue resolution works in the B2C space because these agents are expected to meet the higher ticket volume. However, when it comes to the B2B industry, leveraging tactics like Gamification sometimes has the opposite effect, and can potentially hurt customer relationships instead of helping them.B2B support demands a customer-centric approachWhile Gamification is meant to incentivize support teams, unfortunately, games can sometimes take priority over building strong customer relationships. Managers should spend time understanding their customers’ problems and challenges rather than spending time administrating games designed for higher volume Customer Support teams.The focus on games and winning changes the mindset from how can we better help the customer and solve their problem to how can I make sure I win today’s game? This mindset drives agents to pick and choose which tickets they know they can close easier and faster versus handling complex issues from the beginning. This often means larger issues become worse and losing a customer becomes more likely.As companies take a deeper dive into ways to incorporate Gamification, some have tried to create games based on ratings instead of ticket volume. This approach might seem like a solution, but it only shifts the problem. Again, agents can find a way to “trick” the game by only selecting customers they know will rate them well, leaving the more difficult customers for their colleagues.B2B Customer Support values quality over quantityIn B2C support, speed is a top priority for the customer waiting on the other end of the line. In B2B support, however, getting the problem solved the right way is usually more important than providing a quick answer. Frequently, B2B companies experience more complex problems requiring involvement from multiple departments. Losing a cornerstone customer for a B2B company can make or break a fiscal year. For this reason, B2B companies should not prioritize a game that may negatively affect a customer relationship.Potential to lose good employeesFor B2B companies, Gamification not only impacts customers but also impacts employees. Companies focused on incentivizing speed alone show they’re less invested in employee engagement, that they might be understaffed, and that they may not have the right customer support solution. The impact Gamification has internally for B2B companies can also affect their recruiting process as potential employees will uncover the company’s reliance on games during their initial research. This can create an area of concern for the candidate.ConclusionWhile Gamification may not be the answer for B2B customer support, there are other ways companies can build relationships with customers while keeping their employees motivated. As an example, if your company uses a workplace chatroom like Slack, consider creating a “wins” channel. This brings recognition to employees and encourages others to take part in congratulating teams across the company.Instead of focusing on games, B2B customer support teams should focus on understanding their customer’s needs and challenges, and on solving problems effectively and correctly rather than letting them linger in a queue due to a ticketing game. In doing so, B2B companies can build long-lasting relationships with clients and uncover opportunities to acknowledge support agents in their teams.Read more: Customer Support – Doing the Right Things to Get 95% and Above Satisfied Customers B2Bcustomer relationshipcustomer serviceCustomer Supportgamification Previous ArticleAdjust Appoints Digital Media and Advertising Veteran Lynda Clarizio to Its BoardNext ArticleEngagement-Led Marketing: How Brands Can Deliver More Customer-Focused Journeys in 2019 Why Gamification Doesn’t Work in B2B Customer Support Eric HarringtonJuly 9, 2019, 9:00 pmJuly 8, 2019 last_img read more

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Election Commission Postpones Polls in Patkura Seat Due to Cyclone Fani

first_imgBhubaneswar: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has further postponed the polling for Patkura Assembly constituency in coastal Kendrapara district due to the devastation caused by cyclone ‘Fani’ in Odisha, an official said on Monday.”In view of the serious devastation caused by cyclone Fani, ECI has decided to extend the completion of the elections from Patkura assembly constituency for 60 days,” Odisha’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar said, adding that the date of the poll will be be suitably decided after assessing local situation. Earlier, the ECI had fixed May 19 as the date of polls for Patkura assembly segment. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ahead of the cyclone making landfall, had urged the ECI to postpone the polls in view of the cyclone.The state government had argued that the polls should not be held when the people are exposed to miseries due to the calamity. Polling in Patkura Assembly seat was initially scheduled on April 29, but it could not be held because of the death of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agarwal on April 20. Then, the ECI had fixed May 19 as the new date for the polls in Patkura.All the three major parties, BJD, Congress and BJP have fielded their candidates in Patkura. While BJD has fielded Agarwal’s wife Sabitri as its candidate for Patkura, senior leader Bijoy Mohapatra is the BJP nominee for the seat. Congress has named Jayant Mohanty as its candidate. Cyclone Fanielection commissionNaveen PatnaikOdisha First Published: May 6, 2019, 8:24 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone Reveal The Real Reason Why They are

first_imgKabir Khan’s ’83 marks real-life couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s fifth film together and it turns out that Ranveer is delighted that the couple gets to do a film, where they “don’t die in the end.” The actors, who had earlier worked together in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat have also done Homi Adajania’s Finding Fanny.The movie will see Deepika play Ranveer’s onscreen wife Romi Dev and the actress recently announced the same on her Instagram account with a post that read, “& on to the next…Thank You @kabirkhankk for this incredible honour…! #RomiDev #Day1 @83thefilm @ranveersingh”. Ranveer, who has never shied away from commenting on his wife’s post was quick to respond, “and this time we don’t die in the end! Yay!”Interestingly, all three movies that Deepika and Ranveer have done in the past show them meeting tragic ends. In their first film together, Ram Leela, Ranveer and Deepika shoot each other in the end. Bajirao Mastani saw them dying separately but at the same time, while in Padmaavat, Deepika was seen committing suicide. As for Finding Fanny, Ranveer appeared in a cameo as Deepika’s dead husband.Recently during a conversation with Times of India, Deepika revealed that she was glad director Kabir Khan came to her for the role. Speaking to the publication, the actor said, “This happened a couple of months ago when he was still casting the boys for the film. It’s just that I was busy with Chhapaak (her production debut, which wrapped up recently) and we were waiting for the right moment to make the announcement.”During the interaction, the actor had also revealed that while there is not a lot of material available on Romi, her parents have known their family for many years and she hoped that Romi is proud and happy with the film.Kabir’s ’83 is a classic story of underdogs that chronicles India’s victory in the 1983 World Cup. Set to hit theatres on April 10, 2020, the film also features Pankaj Tripathi, Saaqib Saleem, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Ammy Virk, Harrdy Sandhu, actor Jiiva and Chirag Patil in pivotal roles. Follow @News18Movies for more 1983 Cricket World Cup83Chhapaak movieDeepika Padukone First Published: June 14, 2019, 10:32 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Priyanka Kalantri of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai Shares Beautiful Images from

first_img Aamna SharifGuunjan Vikkas ManaktalaPooja BishtPriyanka Kalantri First Published: July 11, 2019, 6:05 PM IST It was only recently that Priyanka and Vikas shared the news on social media posting an adorable image, alongside the caption, “When silence is stronger than words You are and always will be my reason to smile.The perfect husband and the perfect father-to-be.” The news was met with much enthusiasm as a number of actors took to social media to congratulate the couple. Actors Guunjan Vikkas Manaktala and Pooja Bisht congratulated the couple with heart emojis, while Raymon Singh, Sunayana Fozdar, Aamna Sharif and Roshni Sahota too wished the couple on their new journey.Follow @News18Movies for more center_img Actress Priyanka Kalantri and husband Vikas Kalantri are all set to welcome their first child. The actress who found fame playing Ayush Agarwal’s sister in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is 35 weeks into her pregnancy and is glowing as is evident in the maternity shoot images she shared on social media.The Rang Badalti Odhani actor shared a few pictures on her Instagram account. Into her last trimester, she looked cute in a pink maxi dress, sporting a baby bump. She captioned the image, “This entire journey of carrying my little baby inside has made me the most happiest person Only a mother can understand this kind of unconditional. Totally sinking into the new mee time pampering and relaxing myself while looking forward to meeting my little one very soon.”last_img read more

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Not Just TMC Entire World is Corrupt Meet Kabir Suman One of

first_imgKolkata: Son of renowned radio artists Sudhindra Nath and Uma Chattopadhyay, Kabir was born on March 16, 1950 at Cuttack in Odisha into a Bengali Brahmin family. However, his life changed forever on January 23, 1999, when Christian missionary Graham Staines was murdered in Odisha by Bajrang Dal activists. This was the point when he decided to convert into Islam, in a sign of protest against the killing. This is when he became Kabir Suman. Known as fiery orator and pioneer of ‘Bangla Khayal Gayaki’, musician Kabir was also the first one to raise his voice against ‘cut money’ and corruption that was rampant in the Trinamool Congress – and became a big concern for Mamata Banerjee following statewide protests against bribery.From May 2009 to 2014, he was a Member of Parliament in the 15th Lok Sabha, elected from the Jadavpur constituency on a TMC ticket. But Kabir quit soon after, stating that his self-respect was more important to him than the party and that he was firm in his stand against corruption. Speaking to News18, Kabir Suman said, “Frankly speaking, not only here (in TMC), I think majority of people living on this world are corrupt. Everyone is greedy.”According to him, people win elections to earn money. “It’s become a common practice. I have to pay for my rights. People’s representatives after winning elections start thinking ways of making money. I find it difficult to understand how politicians and people’s representative can ask for money from extremely economical weaker section of the society,” he said. When asked about his dissociation from the TMC in light of the recent outcry against Banerjee for her corrupt practices, Kabir said, “I think it’s good that Banerjee made a point on cut money, I wish she had done it earlier.”Calling himself a political man, but not a “man of politics”, he said that as far is Bengal is concerned, he is with “Banerjee against the BJP”.“I refuse to accept a party like BJP that discriminates against the people of India,” he said. Talking about the recent incidents of hate crimes around ‘Jai Shree Ram’ slogans, Kabir added, “The way they are forcing people to say Jai Shree Ram is unfortunate. The way they are targeting poor unarmed people is condemnable. Some hooligans approaching people to say Jai Shree Ram and killing them is not done.”He further sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in the matter and appealed to him address the situation. BJPcorruptionKolkataMamata Banerjee First Published: July 20, 2019, 1:00 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Google Photos 2000 image limit for albums is gone

first_imgIf you’re a heavy Google Photos user, good news: it appears the 2,000 image limit for albums on the service has been eradicated, or at least reduced to some degree. Users are reporting the ability to add more (in some cases, considerably more) photos to albums that have hit the previous 2,000 limit, indicating Google has silently eliminated the restriction. Google doesn’t appear to have issued any official statements on this change, though it may do so at some point in the future. A Redditor going by the handle ‘Chaosblast’ posted a notice about the change on the Android subreddit, where s/he said that they’ve added 3,300 images to a shared album without any problem. Other users who have tried this say they’ve also successfully exceeded the limit.There is some sort of ‘catch’ in place, in that if you try to add the images to the album from outside of the album itself, you’ll get an error once you hit the 2,000-photos mark. If you navigate within the album using the app, though, you can then add the images even if you’ve hit the 2,000 threshold, exceeding it without error.Where the new upper limit — if there is one — lies is unknown, as is the reason for Google’s apparent removal of this restriction. The change is speculated to be the result of new sharing features that just recently went live in the app, enabling anyone to easily share content from their Google Photos albums with others.last_img read more

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Uber drivers can charge you more for long pickup and wait times

first_imgUber drivers have increasingly complained about their earnings, and the company is slowly doing something about it, though arguably not to the degree many drivers were hoping. One effort was the addition of driver tipping and another is adding the ability to charge more if a pickup time takes longer than usual. This means riders who are farther away from the driver will be charged a little bit more to make up for the longer distance the driver has to travel to get them.As well, a rider who makes an Uber driver wait longer than two minutes can be charged more on a per-minute basis to help cover that wait time. As well, drivers only have a couple minutes to change their mind and cancel the trip without having to pay a cancellation fee; this is compared to the previous 5-minute allotment. No doubt the changes will spur an element of criticism from riders who don’t want to pay the small amount extra or, more likely, who feel it is unfair in scenarios where the wait isn’t their fault. Many Uber riders, for example, have encountered a scenario where the map takes the driver to the wrong stopping point, and that could mean time spent sitting while the clock is ticking…time the rider may end up paying for.This new ability is being added as part of Uber’s “180 Days of Change,” an effort it kicked off in June to address issues and make changes to keep drivers happy. Under the new earning-more changes, Uber will also make an effort to keep drivers away from toll roads if it is at all possible.SOURCE: Uber Uber is giving its drivers new ways to earn a little bit more money, and one of those ways is enabling them to charge more for longer pickups. The move will benefit riders as well as drivers, reducing the odds of a driver cancelling on them because the pickup location is farther away than others. The long pickup times aren’t reserved for just long distances, though.last_img read more

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Galaxy S9 releaselevel phone leaked in first videos

first_imgThe Galaxy S8 has dimensions of 148.9mm tall, 68.1mm wide, and 8.0mm thick. The Galaxy S9 is thicker and wider, but shorter than its predecessor, according to the most recent batch of leaks. The Galaxy S9 was reported recently to be 147.6 x 68.7 x 8.4mm. Two Galaxy S9 units appeared in leaked videos sent this morning from China. We have not seen these units firsthand, and so cannot vouch for their veracity – but they certainly do seem to be the real deal. The big question here is whether the slight difference between the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S9 is going to be enough for owners of the Galaxy S8 to make the move forward – they look extremely similar, if what we’re seeing is true. With the extra space in the third dimension, it may be time for the Galaxy S series to gain a bit of battery. It could also be that Samsung is doing the same trick they did between the Galaxy S6 and S7, moving the back out a bit to cover for any otherwise visible camera bump.SEE TOO: Galaxy S9 insides leakThe same seemed to be true in the most recent batch of leaks for the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. The standard Galaxy S8 Plus is 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm, and the Galaxy S9 Plus is reportedly 157.7 x 73.8 x 8.5mm. That means the Galaxy S9 Plus would be shorter, wider, and thicker than its predecessor.The following video was apparently filmed by the same user as filmed the video above. Both videos come from a tester/creator of frontside tempered glass protectors for Samsung devices. If this is indeed the Galaxy S9, it might just be a dummy unit – they don’t turn the device on in this clip. The first clip in this article comes from 8090生活数码 on Sina Weibo. That’s a microblogging platform, and a great place to find all manner of oddities posted in and around China, South Korea, and nearby countries. It affords factory workers the opportunity to snap quick pics and videos of devices they’re working on in an ever-increasingly available manner. Story TimelineGalaxy S9 leak spills all the specs and featuresGalaxy S9 release date may hinder tech to truly battle iPhone XGalaxy S9 camera tech may have just been outed by SamsungGalaxy S9 leaves LG and Huawei reportedly shelving MWC planslast_img read more

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Amazonexclusive Essential Phone features Alexa builtin

first_imgThe Halo Gray design is admittedly similar to the new Stellar Gray limited edition option, pairing the same matte black ceramic with a lighter shade of titanium for the metal frame. However, what’s nice about the Amazon-exclusive model is that it’s not a limited edition variant, meaning it will continue to be available in the weeks and months to come. Those interested should note the $450 price is only for early buyers, as it goes up to $500 starting on February 24th.AdChoices广告SOURCE Essential The biggest addition to the Halo Gray Essential Phone is that it comes with Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa already installed on the device. Essential touts that this is a first for its debut smartphone, but those who aren’t fans of pre-installed bloatware will be happy to hear that Alexa can be uninstalled. You might be asking why one would buy the Essential Phone from Amazon if they’re not at all interested in Alexa. Well, for starters, the Halo Gray model is only $450, making it $150 cheaper than Essential’s other new color options. It’s available for pre-order now and due to start shipping on February 21st. Early customers also have the option of getting the Halo Gray phone with Essential’s 360-degree camera in a $500 bundle. In case three new Essential Phone colors weren’t enough, today we’re unveiling Halo Gray, the first Essential Phone to come with Alexa built-in. Halo Gray is available for pre-order exclusively from Amazon starting today. https://t.co/hkwkBKGypr pic.twitter.com/lDad2xngBq— Essential (@essential) February 16, 2018 It’s only been a day since Essential announced three new limited edition color options for its flagship PH-1 phone, but it turns out Andy Rubin’s startup has one more surprise to add to the mix. Dubbed Halo Gray, this new version sports a stylish look like the previously announced Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black, however, it’s only available from Amazon, and includes a few other noticeable differences. Story TimelineHere’s what’s coming to the Essential phone in the futureEssential Phone Review: The Impossible ChallengeEssential PH-1 Android 8.0 Oreo dropped, skipping to 8.1 insteadEssential Phone sales report suggests it’s definitely misnamedEssential Phone limited-editions include Copper Black surpriselast_img read more

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Amazon Echo Link Amp Echo Link Echo Sub are speaker addons for

first_imgThe Echo Sub was the first of this trio to be introduced today, and it’ll be the first of the three out of the gate. As you can probably guess by the name alone, the Echo Sub adds a little extra bass to your Echo speakers, which means that you don’t necessarily need to pair your Echo to a different speaker just to get better sound quality. The Echo Sub can be used for multi-room audio and with the Echo’s new stereo functionality, and it’ll be launching later this month for $129.99.Continuing this theme of improved audio quality, Amazon also revealed the Echo Link and the Echo Link Amp today. Unlike Amazon’s existing Echo products, these don’t ship with microphones of their own, and can instead be used to hook up speakers you already own or connect to your existing AV receiver. They’re a bit on the expensive side, with the Echo Link clocking in at $199 and the 2-channel, 60W Echo Link Amp shipping with a price tag of $299.We don’t have specific release dates for either the Echo Link or the Echo Link Amp just yet, but Amazon says that the former will be here later this year while its big brother won’t start shipping out until early 2019. If the Echo Sub already sounds like something you have to have, you can pre-order it from Amazon beginning later today, though the listing doesn’t appear to be live at the time of this writing.AdChoices广告Story TimelineSurprise Amazon event today will be an Alexa-festAmazon Alexa is learning how to whisper – and moreAmazon Echo Input brings Alexa to non-smart speakers Amazon is currently hosting an Alexa event in Seattle, and it’s been revealing new products at a breakneck pace. Three of these new products were introduced as add-ons for your existing Alexa set-up: the Echo Link, Echo Link Amp, and the Echo Sub. These will all enhance your array of Echo speakers in one way or another, but they could prove to be costly additions depending on what you pick up.last_img read more

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The Galaxy S10 could bypass iPhone confusion

Story TimelineGalaxy S10: Samsung considers surprising changeGalaxy S10 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Possibilities vs Reality)Galaxy S10 Exynos, Snapdragon variants won’t be created equal Samsung is looking to save smartphone buyers from the range headache Apple’s iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max can trigger, with 2019’s Galaxy S10 line-up looking far more straightforward. The new Android flagship isn’t expected to break cover officially for a few months yet, but Galaxy S10 spec leaks have already dripped out plenty of things to get excited about. One thing we weren’t so keen on, however, was the idea that Samsung might make the Galaxy S10 line-up more confusing for buyers. Gone are the days when a flagship phone would come in just one size: for better or for worse, we now have more choice, and more specifications to juggle as we make that decision. Like the 2018 iPhone range, 2019 is expected to see Samsung grow the Galaxy S10 line-up from two to three phones. Unlike this year, where we had the choice between the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+, according to the rumor mill there’ll be a third version of the Galaxy S10 to look forward to. The good news is that things in Samsung world may not be quite as confusing. For iPhone buyers, 2018 has presented a quandary. The old metric of “bigger is better” simply doesn’t apply any more, what with the arrival of the iPhone XR. After all, it has a larger display than the iPhone XS – though smaller than the iPhone XS Max – but it’s also cheaper. However, you sacrifice a second rear camera in return for that greater affordability. The screen is different, too: bigger, yes, but lower resolution and using LCD rather than OLED. At the same time, the $250 price difference between an iPhone XR and iPhone XS is tough to ignore. Which matters more to you, size or price or camera tech or something else entirely? Samsung’s 2019 flagship is likely to offer a more straightforward decision process. Its three models are expected to stick to a relatively traditional scale of price/size/specifications. At the top of the tree will be the successor to the Galaxy S9+ – the Galaxy S10+ perhaps – with what could be as large a display as 6.44-inches. In the middle, meanwhile, there’ll be a Galaxy S10 with a 5.8-inch screen, curved at the edges like the Galaxy S9. Finally, though, Samsung is said to have a flat version for its entry-level phone. That will be 5.8-inches too, it’s believed, but this Galaxy S10 will do away with the curved Super AMOLED Samsung has been pushing with its recent Infinity Display technology. While it may be the same screen size as its more expensive, curved sibling, it’ll also apparently differentiate itself with its cameras. Expect a single camera on the bottom-tier Galaxy S10, two cameras on the back of the mid-range version, and three on the largest phone. That’s potentially along with two front-facing cameras on the large “Galaxy S10+” according to prior leaks. Whether one of those front cameras will be integrated into the display remains to be seen, though we know Samsung is working on the technology. There’s a lot to be said for simplicity, especially when you’re competing on cellphone store shelves with numerous other handsets. Apple arguably has it a little easier there than Samsung and its other rivals: if you go into a store looking for a new iPhone, even with three to pick between you at least have a relatively short list to consider. The Galaxy S10, however, will be up against flagships from a variety of competitors, and it can’t necessarily count on that same level of brand and OS loyalty as Apple might. From that perspective, keeping the S10 and S10+ spec walk simple sounds very sensible indeed. read more

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Galaxy M benchmark shows Samsungs next budget phone play

first_imgThe Galaxy M will supposedly replace Samsung’s Galaxy J, Galaxy C, and Galaxy On phones. These three have primarily flooded the budget and entry-level smartphone market, especially in Asia. The lines that differentiate these three are very, very thin and, as of late, Samsung has mostly poured its resources on the Galaxy J series instead.As such, the Galaxy M that will replace these phones isn’t exactly going to overtake them in terms of performance. Based on the Geekbench sighting for a certain Samsung SM-M205F, the phone will have 3 GB of RAM and run on an Exynos 7885. That’s the new mid-range chip that Samsung launched earlier this year and is considered to be equivalent to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 series, particularly to the 636 and even the 660.The SM-M205F, which may be called the Galaxy M20 is just one of two expected Galaxy M phones coming early 2019. The other is the SM-M305F or Galaxy M30, which will have 64 or 128 GB of internal storage. The Galaxy M20 will have half that much, according to sources.AdChoices广告Sadly, the benchmark also shows that the SM-M205F at least will be running on Android 8.1 Oreo. While that does dash hopes of an affordable Android Pie Samsung phone, it’s not unexpected considering no premium Samsung phone even has the latest Android release yet. Although it’s not as bad as when it still made feature phones, Samsung still has quite a dizzying array of models and brands. Just as it did when it dropped the feature phones, Samsung will reportedly consolidate its Android lines into Galaxy S, Galaxy A, and Galaxy M (S,A, M) models. Either that or it will actually add one more breed to its stable to further confuse the market. Regardless, a Galaxy M phone might just be around the corner and, at least based on this first benchmark, it might not be so bad.last_img read more

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Philips Hue gets brighter outdoors with new CES 2019 range

first_imgThe Hue Outdoor Sensor is a weather-resistant, battery-powered proximity sensor that can be mounted outdoors and automatically switches on your lights when you arrive home. It has a detection range of 39 feet and tracks natural sunlight so that your lights only turn on when it’s dark out.Through the Philips Hue app, you can customize which lights turn on when the Outdoor Sensor detects motion. That includes indoor lights too, so if you’re away, you can set up the Outdoor Sensor to switch on your lights both inside and outside the house to scare away any would-be burglars. Essentially, it sounds like the Outdoor Sensor works like any other motion sensor, with the added benefit of controlling multiple lights at once and Hue app functionality.In addition to the Outdoor Sensor, the Hue outdoor range is also expanding with a variety of new lights that will be launching here in the US soon. These include the Welcome Flood Light, which will only be available in one shade of bright white for $109.99. For those who want a light capable of producing Hue’s color ambiance light, there’s the Discover Flood Light, which is a bit more expensive at $139.99. Then we have the Econic family of wall lights, which includes three different styles of fixtures for $129.99 each. All of these products are expected to launch next month here in the US, with the Outdoor Sensor running $49.95. Be sure to stop by our CES 2019 hub for more coverage from the show floor! Those of you who are already knee-deep in the Philips Hue ecosystem will probably be happy to hear that its range of outdoor lighting is being expanded today. At CES 2019, Signify announced announced a handful Philips Hue products for the US, and all of them are centered around outdoor lighting. Chief among these new products, perhaps, is the Philips Hue Outdoor sensor. Story TimelinePhilips Hue Adore Bathroom connected mirror emits soft, warm glowPhilips Hue Signe Collection and Hue Play are slick, sleek & smart lampsNew Philips Hue smart switches have a clever installation aidlast_img read more

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Intel quietly gives up its modular Compute Card dream

first_imgThe idea was straightforward. Devices that might traditionally not support upgrading of components like CPU or RAM, such as laptops, all-in-one desktop PCs, and business or industrial equipment like point-of-sale terminals, could use the Compute Card platform to provide owners with a way of upgrading the core specifications. Pull out the existing Compute Card, so the argument went, and you could slot in a newer, updated version and get an instant upgrade. Intel’s vision of modularity got some interesting third-party support, too. NexDock announced it would offer an ultraportable laptop which relied on a Compute Card for its brain. Unfortunately that strategy only makes sense as long as Intel remains committed to the form-factor, and it seems Compute Card is going the same way as PCMCIA and other abandoned platforms. No new Compute Cards are in development, the chip-maker confirmed to Tom’s Hardware. While it will continue selling – and supporting – its current models, they won’t be replaced with upgraded versions. “We continue to believe modular computing is a market where there are many opportunities for innovation,” an Intel spokesperson said. “However, as we look at the best way to address this opportunity, we’ve made the decision that we will not develop new Compute Card products moving forward. We will continue to sell and support the current Compute Card products through 2019 to ensure our customers receive the support they need with their current solutions, and we are thankful for their partnership on this change.”Unfortunately for partners like NexDock, it means the platform they built around has reached a sudden dead end. The company confirmed this week that it was putting its NexPad project for a Compute Card-based laptop on hold, “until there is more visibility about the future of Compute Cards.” Intel’s confirmation that the platform is, indeed, at the end of its life seems likely to make that pause permanent. Instead, NexDock will focus on making a new laptop, the NexDock 2. Instead of onboard interchangeable components, it will rely on a connected smartphone with a desktop mode – like DeX on Samsung’s Galaxy series, or Huawei’s Easy Projection – to power everything. As for other partners, Intel listed Sharp and LG Display as having products ready for Compute Card, as well as Foxconn. Lenovo, Dell, and HP were also said to be working on potential products, though Intel’s site hadn’t been updated since 2017, and market launches failed to follow. Intel is quietly discontinuing its Compute Cards, the credit card-sized modular computing platform that it once positioned as the solution to laptop and all-in-one PC upgrades. The Compute Card system was first launched in 2017, each containing a processor, memory, and storage. last_img read more

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