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advertising technologyCentroDigital PublishersLocal Media ConsortiumMarketing TechnologyMedia AutomationNews Previous ArticleLanguage I/O Enhances Zendesk Integration with Live Chat TranslationNext ArticleEpazz Is Developing a Bitcoin Sharing and Blockchain Social Media App Called Webbeeo to Provide Users Better Privacy Than Leading Social Media Apps Local Media Consortium and Centro Deliver Media Automation for Digital Publishers Globe NewswireJuly 1, 2019, 3:20 pmJuly 1, 2019 Local Media Organizations Centrally Manage In-House Agencies Through Centro’s Basis; Connects Back Office Functions with Planning, Buying, Campaign Analytics and Business IntelligenceCentro, a global provider of advertising technology, announced an agreement with the Local Media Consortium to offer its members media automation solutions. The LMC, which delivers economic value to local media companies through strategic partnerships, is made up of more than 80 media companies that include more than 3,300 different outlets. Through Centro’s Basis platform, digital publishers gain capabilities to operate one-stop-shop in-house agencies such as planning, buying, analytics, billing and reconciliation via a single interface. Basis is the industry’s most comprehensive, automated and intelligent digital media platform that consolidates operations across programmatic, direct, search, and social campaigns.Basis helps publishers synchronize teams and activate campaigns on all major digital channels beyond owned and operated sites. It automates, streamlines and unifies important functions including:Managing campaigns for search, social, and programmatic.Ordering campaign optimizations across all channels including in-line optimizations within its integrated DSP.Tracking communication and message logs to mitigate impact of turnover and handle team PTO.Organizing communication, negotiation, billing and reconciliation across multiple vendors.Gathering and analyzing historical campaign, sales team and operational performance through business insights.Marketing Technology News: Selligent Marketing Cloud Study Reveal Digital Marketers Struggle to Deliver Consistent Omnichannel Experiences“Time, process and creativity all matter immensely. Upgrading to Centro’s Basis is an easy decision because it saves us time, improves our processes and elevates our creative difference,” said Jim Grayson, vice president of business development, OnMilwaukee, an LMC member. “Running our entire digital agency on one platform is a game changer. We now communicate, plan, execute and report from one interface across all media channels. The result is a higher level of productivity, leading to more activity and smarter digital programs that excite our clients.”Centro is furthering its commitment to improving the health of local media. Its new agreement with the LMC extends its already strong partnership with the organization and its members. Centro is offering LMC members standardized and simplified pricing on technology licenses to accelerate adoption. Users begin training on Basis within a week after signing contracts and then plan campaigns days after that.Marketing Technology News: Aprimo Recognized as Winner for 2019 Microsoft Media & Communications Partner of the Year“Our members consistently identify billing and reconciliation processes as being serious pain points for their teams because these type systems are typically separate from campaign execution tools. Centro’s tools eliminate multiple time-consuming steps in operations processes by combining and automating vital capabilities into one platform,” said Christian A. Hendricks, president of the LMC. “For more than a decade, Centro has been an ally to publishers, and its approach in the market aligns with our mission to lift the economic value of our members.”In July 2017, Centro was selected by the LMC as a preferred partner for audience extension solutions for its member companies.“The LMC’s efforts to generate publisher advocacy in the tech community is yielding powerful, purpose-built tools that solidify local media businesses,” said John Hyland, vice president of publisher solutions, Centro. “With Basis, publishers are harnessing sophisticated ad offerings with their reputable longstanding relationships with brands. This puts them in a position of strength when competing for a larger share of full-funnel campaigns.”Marketing Technology News: Say It Now and Booxscale win Amazon’s European Alexa Cup
Boxcloud content managementcontent management platformMarketing Technology NewsNEC CorporationNews Previous ArticleVoleo Sees 1700% Increase in New User Registration in First Two Weeks of Google’s Digital Strategy ProgramNext ArticleG2 Names Modus a Leader in Sales Enablement Tools Box Powers NEC Corporation’s Digital Transformation with Cloud Content Management Business WireJuly 10, 2019, 3:03 pmJuly 10, 2019 Box Inc., a leader in cloud content management, announced that NEC Corporation (NEC) has chosen Box as its content management platform to support its “Work-Style Reform,” which is central to NEC’s digital business initiative.@Box Powers NEC Corporation’s Digital Transformation with Cloud Content ManagementNEC is a global company with operations in nearly 170 countries. NEC has deployed Box to over 100,000 employees within the worldwide NEC Group.Aiming to achieve continuous growth, NEC founded its “Mid-term Management Plan 2020” and established a digital business program. With advanced ICT, such as AI, data utilization, and digitalization of business processes and work-styles, the company will promote digital transformation.Marketing Technology News: Norled Sets Sail for Digital Transformation with InforNEC has selected Box’s platform to be central to its “Work-Style Reform” initiative, with a particular emphasis on the platform’s:unique sharing capabilities,robust security,simple and easy-to-use experience for system administrators,collaboration across internal and external organizations,access to a single source of truth, andintegration with multiple cloud services.With Box, NEC aims to increase employee engagement, and fundamentally change when and where employees can work, leading to new work-styles, enhanced business performance, and overall productivity improvement.Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand AwarenessBox is a leading Cloud Content Management platform that enables organizations to accelerate business processes, power workplace collaboration and protect their most valuable information, all while working with a best-of-breed enterprise IT stack. Founded in 2005, Box works with 70 percent of the Fortune 500, including AstraZeneca, General Electric, JLL, and Nationwide, to drive business outcomes. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with offices across the United States, Europe and Asia.Marketing Technology News: Community Management Is the Main Course for Hospitality Sector
fundingIddo GinoMarketing TechnologyNewsRapidAPISeries B financing Previous ArticleAcxiom Continues to Expand Global Data Offerings and Digital CapabilitiesNext ArticleZappix Partners with Bright Pattern to Transform Contact Center Capabilities With the New Funding, RapidAPI Will Continue Scaling Its API Marketplace to Help More Developers Discover and Connect to Public APIs, as Well as Share and Collaborate on Internal APIsRapidAPI, the world’s largest API marketplace that helps developers find and connect to thousands of publicly available APIs, announced that it has raised $25 million in Series B financing. The funding round is led by M12 (Microsoft’s Venture Fund), with participation from DNS Capital, and existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and Green Bay Capital. The round brings total funding to date to $37.5 million.@rapid_api Raises $25M Series B led by @M12vc (Microsoft’s Venture Fund), launches RapidAPI for Teams“Ten years ago, companies would develop software as a single monolith. With the shift to microservices, that monolith is deconstructed to hundreds of external APIs and dozens of internal APIs,” said Iddo Gino, RapidAPI Founder and CEO. “We started RapidAPI to help developers better manage and consume external APIs, and now we enable them to share and collaborate on internal APIs too, allowing them to work with greater velocity and efficiency.”Since its Series A funding announcement in March 2018, RapidAPI expanded its team to 50 people, grew the number of APIs in its public marketplace to 10,000 (up from 8,000), capturing over 33% of publicly available APIs, and doubled the number of developers using its platform (from 500,000 to 1,000,000 developers), processing over half a trillion API calls (up from 400 billion calls) each month.“Responding to the torrid growth of the API economy, RapidAPI is changing the way businesses scale with APIs and microservices,” said Mony Hassid, General Manager and Managing Director at M12. “We are excited about the potential for RapidAPI to enhance developers’ productivity, streamline duplicative work, and assist to combine API contracts.” Hassid recently joined RapidAPI’s board of directors.Marketing Technology News: Actifio Announces Global Alliance with Tata Consultancy Services to Provide Multi-Cloud Copy Data Management Solutions for Data-Driven EnterprisesRapidAPI spent the past four years building the top public API marketplace, and, while working with its enterprise clients, the company realized the value in helping teams not only connect to public APIs but also manage their internals APIs. Today the company has expanded its public API marketplace offering by introducing RapidAPI for Teams: a self-serve platform for developers to publish, share and collaborate on internal APIs and microservices, as well discover, test, enable, and manage the consumption of both internal and external APIs, all in one place.Many companies consistently underestimate the number of APIs they use. Currently, every piece of software that exists today leverages APIs, and according to a survey by Ping Identity, 25% of companies have over 1,000 internal APIs or microservices, and another 35% have 400–1,000 internal APIs. Managing such a wealth of internal APIs breeds a host of challenges, including ways for developers to easily discover and access these internal APIs and enabling IT leadership to have clear visibility into API usage and data flow within the organization.With RapidAPI for Teams, companies can avoid code and effort duplication, ensure that their APIs produce consistent accurate data and results across platforms and devices, and save money: a company with 20,000 employees reported $10 million savings a year as a result of using RapidAPI for Teams. Free for the first five developers, RapidAPI for Teams is offered at $10 per developer per month and includes an unlimited number of teams, APIs, and API calls.Martin Casado, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, said: “As the lego blocks for building a connected future, APIs help companies access data and competencies they wouldn’t otherwise have, or need to have, for that matter. We’re excited to support RapidAPI’s growth and their vision to help companies succeed with APIs.”Marketing Technology News: Imperva to Acquire Distil Networks, the Industry-Recognized Leader in Bot ManagementThe APIs available within RapidAPI’s marketplace include Microsoft, SendGrid, Nexmo, Telesign, Google, Skyscanner, Crunchbase and many others. RapidAPI also works with large enterprise clients, including Cisco, Hyatt, SAP, Delta, and Reddit.* According to an internal ROI analysis of engineering costs at a technology company with 20,000 employees.What are APIs?APIs – Application Programming Interfaces – are ways for programs to communicate with other programs. More specifically, they are often used by developers to connect to third party services that help them perform certain functions. Those functions are things like:Sending an emailCharging a credit cardGenerating a shipping labelGetting sports scoresMarketing Technology News: Informatica Unveils AI-Powered Product Innovations and Strengthens Industry Partnerships at Informatica World 2019 RapidAPI Raises $25 Million Series B, launches RapidAPI for Teams PRNewswireJune 12, 2019, 1:47 pmJune 12, 2019
SharpSpring, Inc., a leading cloud-based marketing automation platform, announced the release of Sales Optimizer, a suite of tools that allows users to control the quality and cadence of the entire sales process, enabling more closed deals and increased revenue.Fully integrated with SharpSpring marketing automation, Sales Optimizer provides the same systematic structure to generating sales that marketing teams use to nurture leads. By the time a salesperson receives a hot lead, a lot of time, effort, and dollars have already gone into making that lead sales-ready.Sales Optimizer Workflow Via: https://help.sharpspring.com/hc/en-us/articles/360022996111-Sales-Optimizer-OverviewMarketing Technology News: Beanstalk Digital Launches Beanstalk Predictive to Provide Robust Data Analytics Through AI-Driven InsightsSales managers now have control over how their team works with those leads, including what their message is and when they communicate it, so they can prevent fumbled deals. The new features ensure every salesperson follows best practices for conversion by automatically creating tasks and actions that move deals through the pipeline.“With Sales Optimizer, managers can orchestrate the ideal sales process, so they have peace of mind that deals are being handled properly,” said Rick Carlson, SharpSpring CEO. “Automation can now be used at every stage of the customer journey – sales teams can send the right message at the right time by leveraging the same kind of powerful tools marketing teams have used for years.”Marketing Technology News: JotForm Reaches 5 Millionth User After Major LaunchBy creating and assigning automated tasks, managers can identify key touch points and ensure timely follow-up to keep opportunities moving toward a sale. Pre-built emails and specified media assets can be sent directly from a task, making it easier than ever to provide consistent, quality sales messaging.Sales Optimizer also relieves the burden of manual administrative work, like opportunity creation and pipeline stage management, leaving less room in the process for human error. In turn, salespeople are free to focus on closing more deals, while comprehensive reports on task completion help sales managers hold their team members accountable to the process.“We’ve been utilizing SharpSpring since 2014, and I couldn’t be more excited to add Sales Optimizer to our offerings,” said SharpSpring agency partner Jon Tsourakis, Chief Revenue Officer of Oyova. “This is really going to transform how we approach sales with our B2B clients.”Marketing Technology News: Wix and FaZe Clan Launch Global Partnership SharpSpring Unveils Sales Optimizer, a First-of-Its-Kind Product to Streamline the Sales Process MTS Staff WriterJuly 12, 2019, 4:35 pmJuly 12, 2019 cloud-based marketingmarketing automationMarketing Technology NewsNewsSharpSpring Previous ArticleGrapevine6 Fuels Growth with Appointment of First President and Chief Revenue OfficerNext ArticleJackie Lee-Joe Named Netflix Chief Marketing Officer
Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday accused PDP president Mehbooba Mufti of fielding “extremists” in the Lok Sabha polls and asked if it was not a form of terrorism to say Kashmir will not be a part of India if Article 370 is abolished.Addressing a public rally in the Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg Lok Sabha constituency, he asserted that if the BJP-led NDA comes to power, Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu & Kashmir, will “definitely” be abolished. “I read somewhere, (Mehbooba) Mufti bai, from Kashmir, said the BJP gave Pragya Singh Thakur (Malegaon blast accused) poll ticket from Madhya Pradesh against (Congress candidate) Digvijay Singh.”What is the allegation against her (Pragya)? Suspected Hindu extremist. Then Mufti bai asks will it be OK if we give ticket to suspected extremists…What have you been doing? You have been doing this only (giving tickets to extremists),” he said.Thackeray said the BJP and the NDA in their manifestos have promised that Article 370 will be abolished and that it will definitely be done because Kashmir is an inseparable part of India.”And then you say if we do so, Kashmir will not remain a part of India and nobody will hoist the tricolour. Is this not terrorism? Is this not a challenge to the integrity of the country?”Who will you give your vote to? To those who say Article 370 will be repealed or Rahul Gandhi who says he will not allow it to happen,” Thackeray said. The Sena leader hit out at the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi. “Those in the Congress, who are themselves thieves, are calling others a ‘chor’….. The PM’s chair is not a musical chair,” he said. BJP-led NDAkonkan-maharashtra-lok-sabha-elections-2019Lok Sabha elections 2019maharashtra-lok-sabha-elections-2019 First Published: April 18, 2019, 11:12 PM IST
New Delhi: “When you don’t know the rules, why play the game?” This was AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi’s question to her rival from BJP Gautam Gambhir after the constituency’s returning officer Saturday asked police to take action against him for holding a public meeting without permission. In a tweet, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate said after double entries in voters list, now Gambhir faces FIR for holding “illegal rally”. The cricketer-turned-politician, who is making his electoral debut from the seat, had held the public meeting in Jangpura on Thursday.”First, discrepancies in nomination papers. Then, Criminal offence of having 2 voter IDs. Now, FIR for illegal rally (sic),” Atishi said on Twitter.First, Discrepancies in nomination papers. Then, Criminal offence of having 2 voter IDs.Now, FIR for illegal rally. My question to @GautamGambhir: When you don’t know the rules, why play the game? https://t.co/gv303X4nyQ— Atishi (@AtishiAAP) April 27, 2019Returning officer, East Delhi parliamentary constituency, K Mahesh, has asked the Delhi Police to take action against Gambhir for allegedly violating norms.Police have lodged a formal complaint. Officials said the public meeting was held on Thursday in Jangpura without prior permission. “My question to Gautam Gambhir: When you don’t know the rules, why play the game? (sic) she tweeted.Atishi on Thursday had filed a criminal complaint against Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as a voter in more than one constituency in violation of the Representation of the People Act (RPA).She had earlier complained to the Election Commission that there were discrepancies in the nomination papers of Gambhir, but the cricketer’s candidature was accepted by the poll panel. Atishi, Gambhir and Congress’ Arvinder Singh Lovely have locked horns in a triangular contest in the East Delhi constituency.Delhi goes to poll in sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 12 and the results would be declared on May 23. 2019 lok sabha electionsaapatishiBJP First Published: April 27, 2019, 6:38 PM IST
abhishek banerjeediamond-harbour-s25p21Mamata BanerjeeNilanjan Roy First Published: May 10, 2019, 9:04 PM IST Kolkata: BJP candidate for Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha constituency, Nilanjan Roy has been booked under the POCSO Act for allegedly sexually molesting one minor girl inside a house at Falta in West Bengal, police said on Friday.The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) sources said the body received a complaint from the alleged victim against the inactiveness of the state police in arresting the accused. It asked the state chief electoral officer Friday to take necessary action against Roy within 24 hours and the police to arrest him under the POCSO Act.The alleged incident took place on April 26 when the girl had reportedly gone to meet the BJP candidate at a house in Falta in South 24 Parganas district to complain to him about the misbehaviour of some of his party workers, a member of her family said.”The next day a complaint was lodged at the Falta police station. Medical examination of the girl has been completed and her statement recorded but the police are yet to arrest the BJP candidate who has been booked under POCSO Act,” West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) chairperson Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti said. She said the WBCPCR has taken cognizance of the complaint as the modesty of a minor girl of 17 years was allegedly outraged.Chakraborti along with other members of the WBCPCR visited the victim at her home Friday.Roy, when contacted rubbished the allegations and described it as a “conspiracy” hatched by the Trinamool Congress candidate from the seat- Abhishek Banerjee.”It’s (the complaint) absolutely a fabricatred one. There is political conspiracy behind this by Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of Mamata Banerjee. There is no truth in it,” he asserted. Meanwhile, West Bengal BJP has termed the allegations as ‘false and fictitious’. Jay Prakash Majumdar, state BJP VP, said, “The complaint was filed against Nilanjan Roy in Falta PS, as a conspiracy to defame him before the election. Police could not find any prima facie case or any factual support behind the fictitious complaint. No one should miss out that West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights members like Prasun Bhowmik and June Maliya are regular campaigner’s of Trinamool Congress.”“This proactive step of the Commission is beyond their authority or jurisdiction. At the most, they can refer such complaint to the police for investigation. Facing the imminent defeat of TMC in the election, this reckless conspiracy has been launched, just to defame the BJP candidate. West Bengal BJP strongly condemns this sort of politics of falsehood,” he added. The Election Commission is yet to take a decision in connection with the case. “We have received a communication from the WBCPCR and are looking into it. We have sought the police report in the case and will take necessary step as per law,” an official at the CEO office said.
giriraj singhIndiaInternational Court of JusticeKulbhushan Jadhav First Published: July 18, 2019, 9:16 AM IST New Delhi: Taking a dig at Pakistan on Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Union Minister Giriraj Sigh wrote, “Not your fault .. judgment delivered in English”. Singh was replying to a tweet where Pakistan was boasting about the country’s win in the case.On Wednesday, the official Twitter handle of Pakistan government wrote, “Big win for Pakistan. India’s demand of release and repatriation of #KulbhushanJadhav rejected by ICJ.” Giriraj Singh, however showed his wit on Twitter. Not your fault .. judgment delivered in English . https://t.co/5zZcoufgEC— Shandilya Giriraj Singh (@girirajsinghbjp) July 17, 2019 In a big victory for India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday had stayed the execution of former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and allowed New Delhi consular access to him.While India is likely to soon get consular access, Pakistan is expected to press for a review of the order.The international tribunal ruled that Pakistan should review and reconsider the sentence through a means of its own choosing. Pakistan had argued, unsuccessfully, that Article 36 of the Vienna Convention does not apply to people involved in espionage.In its judgement, the ICJ said Pakistan had breached its obligation by not informing Jadhav of his rights under the Vienna Convention.The verdict is a victory of the rule of law that has “gladdened our hearts”, India’s lead counsel in the case Harish Salve said. The senior advocate said he hoped Pakistan would fully comply with the judgement and that its conduct will be under watch in case it chooses to “brazenly violate” the ruling in any way.Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the verdict and said that “truth and justice” had prevailed.
Bengal chief minister Mamata BanerjeeLok Sabha elections 2019TMC MLAstrinamool congress First Published: July 11, 2019, 10:51 PM IST Kolkata: Stung by defections and poor show in the Lok Sabha polls, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday gave some pep-talk to her party MLAs asking them to be more humble while reaching out to the people and if needed, apologise for the mistakes committed in the past.Banerjee held a meeting with her party MLAs during the day — her first since the Lok Sabha polls which saw the BJP snatching away 18 of the 42 seats in the state, just four less than the TMC. A senior TMC leader said at the meeting, Banerjee exuded confidence that her party will bounce back in the 2021 Assembly polls and asked workers to prepare for it and bring old-timers back to the party fold.”Our party supremo has asked all MLAs to be more humble and reach out to the masses. She has also asked us that if needed the MLAs should apologize for their mistakes committed in the past,” a TMC MLA said.Another senior party leader said, “We have been told to submit a list of four names per booth who will look after booth level organisation, IT cell and reach out to the masses with the welfare schemes of the state government.”According to TMC sources, Banerjee admonished some of the senior MLAs for making statements which did not go down well with the people during the Lok Sabha polls.She asked her party leaders to introspect and rebuked a section of them for the TMC’s poor performance in the general elections, a source said.The TMC supremo accused a few leaders of not working properly in their areas and for being “keen on taking illegal commission” (cut money) from people to provide benefits under government schemes.Elected representatives at municipal and panchayat levels are facing public ire over the issue of cut money.
READ: The US airline laptop ban is deadThe TSA announced the new safety regulations today, stating that they’re in place to ‘ensure the security of airline passengers and the nation’s airports.’ These new regulations aren’t entirely new, at least not for those who travel frequently within the US, as they’ve already been rolled out in 10 major US airports as a sort of pilot run of the new procedures.The pilot tests were successful, according to the agency, which says it is working to ‘raise the baseline for aviation security worldwide.’ As part of these new regulations, travelers must put all of their electronic devices in bins for x-ray scanning if they’re larger than a cell phone; this applies only to the standard screening lanes. Electronic devices in bins will need to be isolated from other items. Such procedures have been in place for laptops for a while.Travelers are also advised that they ‘may’ be subjected to more bag checks than in the past, though the TSA promises that it figured out how to speed up these bag checks through ‘extensive testing.’ Whether that proves true in real life situations is yet to be seen. The new security process, unfortunately, will be rolled out over many months.The slow rollout means that we’ll likely see delays in safety screening checkpoints for many months, as passengers first learn about the new procedures, then learn where they’re now implemented. The TSA plans to put its workers in front of the x-ray machines to ‘guide’ travelers on the new requirements.In case there’s any doubt about what kind of carry-on electronics will need to be screened separately, TSA Acting Administrator Huban A Gowadia specifically stated that ‘laptops, tablets, ereaders, and handheld gaming’ devices will need to be put in empty bins. If you’re a TSA Pre-Check user, you’ll get to skip all of this.So far the additional screening measures are live in these US airports:Boise Airport (BOI)Colorado Springs Airport (COS)Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)Logan International Airport (BOS)Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB)Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)McCarran International Airport (LAS)Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)SOURCE: TSA The TSA has announced new domestic safety screening rules that will make air travel a bit more frustrating for many travelers. Following the international in-flight laptop ban that had affected some countries — a rule reportedly based on tips from intelligence agencies that large electronics may be modified as bombs — the TSA has announced that all gadgets bigger than a cell phone will need to be screened separately from carry-on luggage.
This morning Amazon revealed the “all-new Echo”, Echo Plus, Echo Spot, a new Fire TV, Echo Connect, and an Alexa-infused Big Mouth Billy Bass. If that wasn’t enough to excite the voice-first fans out there in Echoland, what will? In this mix is a set of devices that expand Amazon’s footprint in the smart home beyond the ways and means of yesteryear, all in devices that either expand on or modify devices that’ve come before. Story TimelineWestinghouse 4K Amazon Fire TV Review: Great for anyone, especially cord-cuttersAlexa is now on the Amazon Music mobile appApple TV 4K made a brief appearance on AmazonGoogle yanks YouTube from Amazon Echo Show citing ToS violationAmazon’s surprise event makes new Echo likelyBMW will put Amazon Alexa in its vehicles starting next yearAlexa could make Amazon Music better than Spotify All-new Echo and Echo PlusThe Echo Plus uses the design (exterior, at least) of the original Echo to deliver a $149 Alexa speaker with “built-in smart home hub.” This device works with Zigbee smart home technology that connects to the Philips Hue White bulb that comes in its box – amongst a bunch of other devices already available in stores. This device is out for pre-order and ships on Halloween.The “All-new” Echo is a shorter version of the original Echo with a slightly different look and new lower price. This $99 device works with a removable cloth shell for customization (not unlike Google Home) and – as it is with other Eco devices – works with Alexa inside. This device will be available on pre-order today and will ship on Halloween.Echo SpotThe Echo Spot is effectively a smart alarm clock with a camera and Alexa inside. It has the ability to connect to the web (as all Echo devices do), and provides a camera and mic and the means to video chat with other Amazon users. This device also has the ability to show feeds from security cams and has a 2.5-inch circular display to show everything.The Echo Spot is an always-connected, always-listening smart device with a camera that sits on your nightstand in your bedroom. If you don’t see any sort of negative potential in that, the device is available for pre-order right this minute. The Echo Spot costs $129 and will ship on December 19th.Echo ConnectThe Echo Connect is for everyone who knows what the term “landline” means – so it’s a device that probably won’t be available for sale for too many generations after the first. Echo Connect connects to a landline and turns itself into a smart speakerphone. It also awakens to a voice command that’ll call 911 if you – like the classic ad says – have both fallen and can’t get up. The Echo Connect will cost a cool $35 USD and will be going on pre-order today. This device will likely be available in December, but could be shipping sooner – we’ll see! All-new Fire TVThere’s a new Fire TV in town, this time coming with both 4K video and HDR inside. This new Fire TV takes on the form of a box with an HDMI cable. It powers itself through HDMI and connects to the web wirelessly. The big difference between this and the most recent Fire TV is 4K at 60fps instead of just 4K, plus HDR with HDR10. This newest Fire TV is up for pre-order right this minute and will ship on October 25th, 2017. Two different packages are available, one a Fire TV and Echo Dot, the other a Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot. The former costs $80, while the latter costs $60. The stick does not do 4K nor HDR, while the “all-new” Fire TV does both 4K and HDR.Alexa Gadgets and a fishAmazon announced a new category of smart products that work with the Alexa Gadgets API and SDK. These devices work with Alexa inside, allowing them to come to life with new abilities. One example of an Alexa Gadget is the Echo Button – another is the Big Mouth Billy Bass. The Big Mouth Billy Bass will be released at some point in the near future with the ability to speak VIA Alexa. Details are forthcoming – but for now, know this: if you’re going to be spoken to by big brother, let it be big brother Billy Bass.The Echo Button is a gaming device, self-contained and made to work with a number of players in a variety of games. This Echo Button illuminates and “can be pressed to trigger a variety of multiplayer and interactive game experiences.” This device, Billy Bass, and other oddities are coming to Amazon later this year while the Alexa Gadgets developer tools will be ready roll soon. That’s everything in the main lineup of Alexa-related news from today’s Amazon event – but there’s MORE! Have a peek at the timeline below to see what else happened with Amazon Echo, Alexa, and everything in-between, below:
Story TimelineAlexa is about to get much better at avoiding Skill overloadThis sleek battery for the 2nd-gen Echo cuts Alexa’s cord Amazon’s Echo smart speakers are gaining an equalizer, and it could well be the easiest to control ever. The new Alexa EQ feature will allow Echo owners to adjust how the treble, midrange, and bass are weighted on their speaker. Rather than needing to adjust the levels manually, you can simply ask Alexa to change them for you. For instance, if you want more low-end you can say “Alexa, turn up the bass.” If the high-end is proving to bright and piercing, meanwhile, you can say “Alexa, turn down the treble.” Each band can be adjusted by 6 dB either side of neutral. You can ask for a specific setting if you prefer – “Alexa, set the bass to minus 3,” for instance, or “Alexa, set the midrange to 2” – or ask for them to be set to “maximum” instead. “Alexa, reset equalizer” brings everything back to the default. If you really would prefer to do things manually, you can access the equalizer settings through the Alexa app. After selecting the specific smart speaker you want to modify, select “Sounds” and then “Equalizer.” Those with an Echo model that has a screen, such as the Echo Show or Echo Spot, can adjust the EQ directly from the speaker itself, but tapping the Settings icon, then choosing “Sounds,” and then finally “Equalizer.” AdChoices广告Whatever EQ settings are made, they effect just about every audio feature the smart speaker provides. That means not only music but any video audio, podcasts, and audiobooks. It’ll work on the Echo 1st and 2nd generation, the Echo Dot 1st and 2nd generation, the Echo Plus, Echo Show, and Echo Spot.Although the EQ feature is only being rolled out to owners now, Amazon’s hardware partners have already had access for a while. The Sonos Beam, for instance, takes advantage if the equalizer in its various modes, for instance, while the Polk Command Bar also taps into the EQ APIs. Amazon says that the new control will begin to show up over the coming days. Those in the US will be able to adjust the equalizer either by voice, through the Alexa app, or from the screen-enabled Echo itself. Those outside of the US won’t be able to use the voice commands, though Amazon says it’s working on adding that functionality.
It’s difficult to understate how much of an impact that could have. Currently, when federal and state tax benefits and credits are combined, potentially as much as $10,000 can be offset from the cost of a new electric car. Manufacturers like Tesla and Chevrolet often quote the post-credit figure as the bottom line drivers face for their car, in the process bringing what are often expensive vehicles more in line with their gas-powered counterparts. Of those credits, though, it’s the federal contribution that is the most sizable. The plan, created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), was never intended to last forever. Indeed, manufacturers’ cars were only to be eligible for the full, $7,500 credit until the automaker produced 200,000 qualifying vehicles in the US. After that point, the credit would enter a so-called phase-out period. That would cut the credit by 50-percent for the first six months – bringing it down to $3,750 – and then down to just 25-percent of the original amount for a further six months. After that, it would end altogether. AdChoices广告Now, though, it faces a much sooner end, Bloomberg reports. The proposed tax plan would axe the federal EV credit altogether, and immediately, in the name of streamlining the number of tax brackets and reducing the rate of tax that corporations pay. It could bring chaos to the electric vehicle market. Automakers are already seeing EVs as not just offering slim margins but potentially costing them on every car sold. Tesla announced its worst financial quarter in the company’s history earlier this week, with significantly lower Model 3 production than expected. Elon Musk’s company has spent more than $2.5bn in cash in Q2 and Q3 this year already. The fear is that, if it is removed, the loss of the credit could have a significant impact on sales of Tesla’s most affordable car, the Model 3, and indeed similar vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf. Tesla already faced running out of full-value credits anyway: the $7,500 it counts on to help bring the well-publicized $35k price tag for its newest car is set to run out sometime in 2018 if Musk’s predictions on production pan out. For the moment, the tax plan is far from decided upon, never mind law. As we’ve seen from the government in recent months, negative feedback from the public and industry around proposed legislation can lead to lawmakers backtracking, anxious to avoid embarrassing defeat. Nonetheless, if you were saving up for a Model 3 and, like many, have estimated delivery dates at the end of 2018 or into 2019, your future purchase might get unexpectedly more expensive. The $7,500 tax credit for electric car buyers in the US faces an unexpected premature death, with a new Republican tax plan cutting the credit immediately. The credit gives EV buyers a sizable cut on their tax bill when they purchase a new car, and has been instrumental in driving the adoption of electric vehicles across the country. Now, Republicans are proposing doing away with it altogether.
The unexpected arrival of the Wyze Bulb has been followed by open sales through the company’s app, with the notably affordable smart lighting set to ship in June. Spotted earlier in the week, the Wyze Bulb takes on established challengers like Philips Hue and LIFX. The bulbs themselves are 800 lumens in brightness, and support white light only. However you can adjust the color temperature of that white light, from cool through to warm. There’s no word on whether Wyze is looking at releasing a color version of the bulb. If you have more than one, you can group them together. The Wyze app offers a single button to control that, or you can use Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or IFTTT to automate that. Scheduling is also offered through the app. A four pack of bulbs is $29.99. What Wyze isn’t doing right now, though, is putting the Wyze Bulb on sale in general. AdChoices广告Instead, it’s offering the bulbs under its new Wyze Early Access program. That means you can’t just head over to the regular Wyze webstore and place an order, at least not yet. Instead you have to order through Wyze’s apps for iOS or Android: you can download them from the App Store and Google Play, respectively. The good news is that you don’t actually need to have bought a Wyze product before this to take part in the program. Instead, just creating an account with the company is sufficient. Once you’ve confirmed your email address, you should find the new bulbs in the Store tab.Wyze isn’t saying quite how many sets of bulbs it has to offer, though it has put a limit on just how long they’ll be on sale for. You’ve got another 13 days as of publication to get your order in; however, there’s also limited supplies to go around. At time of writing, that meant 31-percent of the bulb four-packs had been snapped up. If you want the single pack, however, you’ll have to wait until the official launch later in the year. A single bulb will be priced at $7.99. That’s roughly half the price of a competing smart bulb. As you’d expect, the bulbs will also integrate with Wyze Sense, the company’s security system which launched earlier in the year. That way you can have the lights come on as soon as Wyze Sense spots motion, for example. Wyze says that, along with broader availability of Wyze Bulb, there’ll also be more early access products launching this year. Exactly what they’ll be hasn’t been shared yet, but the company says its goal has always been to “democratize the smart home” just as it did with its original $20 security camera. That leaves several potential avenues for new hardware in the months ahead. Story TimelineWyze Cam v2 Security Camera ReviewWyze Cam Pan ReviewWyze Sense Review: The $20 home motion and contact sensor system