Children 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”
ON24 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?
If 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
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 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.”
Kolkata: 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 IST
If 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.
Uber 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.
The 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 plans
The 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 surprise
The 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.
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.
The 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.
The 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 aid
The 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.
Right now, China’s various big-name smartphone companies are risk-takers. They’re willing to make the leap into the unknown with new gadgets because they’re in a market where technology is evolving extremely fast. From China, we get devices like the Oppo Reno, a smartphone with a camera that pops out from its body like a stick of gum from a package, or a playing card from a deck. The concept-like renderings we’re seeing here come from 科技小诺 on Weibo. They depict the phone in its Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 edition – presumably we’ll see at least a couple different versions, eventually. On Weibo, the “microblogging” social network that dominates Asia, the Oppo Reno’s had several nicknames because of its strange camera. Said camera’s been compared to a shark fin and a Zippo lighter, too. Below you’ll find a demo video of the actual real-life phone courtesy of 科技头条 from Weibo. This video shows the camera popping up – real nice and smooth-like. Kind of like what we’ve seen with the just-released OPPO F11 Pro, aka The Perfume Bottle. It’s called The Perfume Bottle because its camera pops straight up from the top of its head, making the whole phone’s silhouette look much like that of a perfume bottle. Also let’s hear a respectful clap for the graphic designers and ad team behind the campaign Oppo’s using to get people hyped up for Reno. Look at the graphic below and tell me that’s not one of the coolest brand-made ad spots you’ve ever seen. Take on new angles and rediscover your favorite places. #GetReadyForReno pic.twitter.com/I7LDOZ9aEg— OPPO (@oppo) March 28, 2019 If you’ll take a peek at the video in the Tweet below, stop at around 0:21 and you’ll see a meticulous engineer placing all the hardware into the Oppo Reno. This isn’t actually really how it’s done – there’s an assembly line in China where parts are placed one by one – but still, take a peek and notice on the right. In the upper right-hand corner of the array of parts there’s a black piece that’s basically the size of a stick of gum. This is quite likely the pop-up camera we see in the leaked media above and below. We’ve filled Reno with ingenious things to elevate creative minds. #GetReadyForReno, launching this April. pic.twitter.com/QMheD09Gpt— OPPO (@oppo) March 25, 2019 UPDATE: We’ve been informed (by a source that wished to remain anonymous) that different iterations of the Oppo Reno were in the works – and might still see the light of day. One has a pop-up camera similar to that of the F11 Pro, but to the side, rather than centered. Another version has a full pull-up backside, with cameras hidden like they’re in a drawer. One final edition seems to have not just one, but two front-facing cameras, both popping up from different places on the device – that’s just overkill, isn’t it? Below you’ll see a gallery of renderings of various versions of this phone that’ve been leaked from various sources, most of which were shared and re-shared endlessly on Weibo. This smartphone will likely be revealed some time in mid-April. We’ll then see the device out for sale in at least China, maybe elsewhere in the world, in the weeks after the inevitable reveal event’s proceedings.
Today’s headlines include reports about how party positions on entitlement programs are playing into the ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations. Kaiser Health News: Hospitals Offer Wide Array Of Services To Keep Patients From Needing To ReturnKaiser Health News staff writer Jordan Rau, working in collaboration with The New York Times, reports: “In the past, the only thing a patient was sure to get after a hospital stay was a bill. But as Medicare cracks down on high readmission rates, hospitals are dispatching nurses, transportation, culturally specific diet tips, free medications and even bathroom scales to patients deemed at risk of relapsing” (Rau, 11/27). Read the story and check out this related story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Hospitals Get New Grades On SafetyNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Jordan Rau reports: “The Leapfrog Group is out with its second round of hospital safety ratings, and what a difference a few months has made. In the results released Wednesday, 103 hospitals that Leapfrog had given a ‘C’ or lower in its first round of ratings in June got an ‘A’ in the updated Hospital Safety Score, based on more recent data and a slightly tweaked methodology” (Rau, 11/26). Check out what else is on the blog.The New York Times: House Republican Urges Party To Yield On Tax Cuts For Most EarnersDemocrats said they would not accept cuts to Medicare or Medicaid as part of the upfront “down payment” on deficit reduction that would be passed next month along with a broader framework on tax and entitlement changes to be worked over in 2013. In a speech at the liberal Center for American Progress, Mr. Durbin still expressed confidence that beneath all the public posturing, the White House and Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, were making progress toward averting the so-called fiscal cliff. … He made clear that the parties agreed on what a final deal would look like: an initial deficit-reduction down payment to calm financial markets and avoid most of the fiscal jolt that would otherwise hit in January; instructions to Congressional committees to draft tax, spending and entitlement legislation to save around $4 trillion over the next decade; and some form of fallback deficit plan in case Congress fails to pass those changes. Mr. Durbin said that Medicare should not be tapped for that upfront down payment but that federal health care programs should be part of next year’s deliberations. And he opened the door for money-saving adjustments to Mr. Obama’s signature health care law (Weisman, 11/27).Los Angeles Times: Senate’s No.2 Democrat Calls For Cuts To Social Safety NetA top Democrat pressured fellow progressives Tuesday to consider long-term changes to the social safety net, even as the party digs in for a fight to save Medicare and other government programs from deep budget cuts. As closed-door talks continue with the hope of a year-end deal, President Obama will travel to a Pennsylvania toy store this week to pressure Congress to extend the expiring tax cuts for the middle class, while letting those for the wealthiest 2% of Americans expire (Mascaro and Parsons, 11/27).USA Today: Durbin Outlines Liberal Plan To Avert ‘Fiscal Cliff’Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., is optimistic President Obama and congressional leaders will reach a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” of tax hikes and spending cuts at the end of the year only if Republicans relent on their opposition to raising individual tax rates on the wealthy (Page, 11/27).The Wall Street Journal: Democrats Harden Budget PositionsThe White House and congressional Democrats hardened their budget positions on Tuesday and signaled they are prepared for partisan jockeying before any agreement to block impending spending cuts and tax increases can be reached with Republicans. Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), a rare liberal who has supported changes in Medicare and other entitlements as part of a broad budget deal, made clear he wouldn’t back them under a short-term agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff (Hook and Lee, 11/27).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Senate Democrats Divided Over Cuts To Benefit Programs, Raising Roadblock To Any Fiscal DealDeep divisions among Senate Democrats over whether cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid should be part of a plan to slow the government’s mushrooming debt pose a big obstacle to a deal for avoiding a potentially economy-crushing “fiscal cliff,” even if Republicans agree to raise taxes (11/28).Los Angeles Times: Reid, McConnell Clash On ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ Filibuster RulesAsked about Sen. Richard Durbin’s (D-Ill.) comments earlier in the day calling for major entitlement programs to remain open to negotiations, Reid partially agreed with his colleague. … Despite his complaints about Republican stonewalling, Reid said that he’s still optimistic that a deal can be reached before the end of the year, when automatic federal tax hikes and spending cuts would kick in (Little, 11/27).Politico: Democrats Talk Tough On Entitlements In Fiscal Cliff DebateCongressional Democrats are starting to draw a much tougher line on entitlements in the increasingly messy fiscal cliff talks, warning Republicans to keep their hands off Social Security and Medicare benefits. Democrats also say they’ll refuse to look at GOP calls to dramatically slash Medicaid. And for them to even entertain any changes to Medicare and Medicaid, they say the price is for Republicans to agree to far higher taxes than they have flirted with so far (Raju, 11/27).Politico: Obamacare’s Many Contraception LawsuitsDozens of lawsuits have been filed in protest of the Obama administration’s policy that most employers include no-cost coverage of FDA-approved prescription contraceptives in health plans (Smith, 11/28).Los Angeles Times: Anthem Blue Cross Seeks To Raise Individual Policyholders RatesCalifornia’s largest for-profit health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, is seeking to raise rates an average of 18% for more than 630,000 individual policyholders, drawing scrutiny from regulators and the ire of consumers already struggling with soaring premiums. Some Anthem customers may see rates rise as much as 25% in February under the company’s proposal at a time when medical inflation is running at historic lows nationwide (Terhune, 11/28).The Washington Post’s Federal Eye: Benefits Expansion For Domestic Partners Would Have Small Impact On Costs, CBO SaysExtending federal employee health insurance and retirement survivor benefits to same-sex domestic partners would have a relatively small impact on the number of people covered and on the cost of those programs, according to an analysis done for Congress. A Congressional Budget Office cost estimate released Monday examined a bill to make those partners eligible for the full range of benefits that apply to opposite-sex spouses of federal employees and retirees (Yoder, 11/27).Los Angeles Times: AIDS Activists Stage Naked Protest On Capitol HillSeven protesters disrobed in the office of House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday afternoon as part of a staged protest against cuts to funding for AIDS programs. Their bodies painted with slogans such as “AIDS cuts kill,” the group stood in Boehner’s office for about 20 minutes until the protest was broken up by Capitol Police, according to Sahil Kapur, a reporter for Talking Points Memo, who witnessed the protest and posted a continuous stream of tweets and photos (Geiger, 11/27).The Associated Press/Washington Post: AIDS Activists Arrested After Disrobing In House Speaker Boehner’s Office LobbyThree women AIDS activists saying they wanted to highlight the “naked truth” about potential spending cuts in HIV programs were arrested Tuesday after taking their clothes off in the lobby of House Speaker John Boehner’s office. The trio had the words “AIDS cuts kill” painted on their bodies and had linked arms with four men who also disrobed as part of the protest. The nude protesters, along with dozens of other clothed demonstrators chanted slogans, including: “People with AIDS are under attack. What do we do? Fight back” (11/27). 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