EPA accused of urging staff to downplay climate change after memo leaks

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Share on Twitter Shares393393 Climate change (Science) Share on Facebook Thu 29 Mar 2018 13.03 EDT Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook As the crisis escalates… Scientists have accused the US Environmental Protection Agency of distributing misleading statements about climate change, following the leaking of an internal email advising agency staff to downplay the certainty of the science.The email, issued by the EPA’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA) and sent out to communications directors and regional public affairs directors, was forwarded to others and shared throughout the agency. The email acknowledges that communities face “challenges” in dealing with the consequences of climate change.However, the email, obtained by HuffPost, also sets out ambiguous talking points favoured by Pruitt, such as: “Human activity impacts our changing climate in some manner. The ability to measure with precision the degree and extent of that impact, and what to do about it, are subject to continuing debate and dialogue.”The email adds that “while there has been extensive research and a host of published reports on climate change, clear gaps remain including our understanding of the role of human activity and what we can do about it”.Joel Scheraga, senior climate adaptation adviser to the agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, was one person to forward the email, which states Pruitt encourages an “open, transparent debate on climate science”.An EPA spokeswoman said the points were “developed by the office of public affairs. The agency’s work on climate adaptation continues under the leadership of Dr Scheraga.”Since becoming EPA head under Donald Trump, Pruitt has erroneously denied that carbon dioxide is a “primary contributor” to warming that has seen the Earth’s average temperature increase by about 1C (1.8F) over the past century. Pruitt has also said industrialization has warmed the planet “to a certain degree” but that “humans have most flourished during times of warming trends”. Topics This article is more than 1 year old First published on Thu 29 Mar 2018 12.22 EDT The latest major Trump resignations and firings Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardiancenter_img During his tenure, the EPA has removed information on its website about climate change, scrapped a climate adaptation program and advocated the need for “regulatory certainty” by loosening emissions regulations for vehicles and the fossil fuels industry. A televised “red team, blue team” debate between climate scientists and those who reject the science has also been mulled. Pruitt was a vocal supporter of Trump’s decision to remove the US from the Paris climate agreement and is busy dismantling the Obama administration’s clean power plan, which Pruitt fought in court when attorney general of Oklahoma.Scientists have pointed out that while the exact ramifications of climate change are yet to play out, the science behind it is well established and points directly to human culpability. A major report released by government scientists last year reiterated that humans are the “dominant” driver of global warming, with it being “highly likely” that the release of greenhouse gas emissions has caused more than half of all warming since 1951.The email forwarded by Scheraga is “literally true but carefully crafted to mislead”, according to Andrew Dessler, a climate scientist at Texas A&M University.“There is uncertainty in climate science, but the uncertainty spans the range of climate change being somewhat serious to extremely serious,” he said. Dessler said any gaps on scientists’ understanding are not big enough to declare climate change a “non-problem”. He added: “And what we can do about it is quite clear: to stabilize the climate, we need to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to near zero.”Kerry Emanuel, a meteorologist and climate scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said: “If confronting serious risks depended on first converting risks to certainties, no one would get flu shots, there would be no attempt to reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons and businesses would fail at a high rate, having made no efforts to mitigate their risks.“Mr Pruitt is engaged in a disingenuous effort to stall measures to mitigate climate risk under the false pretext of concern about uncertainty.”The leak comes as it was revealed that Pruitt, already under fire over his use of first class air travel, lived last year in a Washington DC house co-owned by the wife of a leading energy lobbyist.Property records obtained by ABC News show that Pruitt lived in a townhouse partly owned by Vicki Hart, the wife of Steven Hart, chief executive of lobbying firm Williams and Jensen. Hart’s clients include the NRA and gas company Cheniere Energy. “Pruitt’s corruption knows no bounds and he should be fired immediately,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, one of a coalition of environment groups who have demanded Pruitt be removed from his position. This article was amended on 30 March 2018 to clarify how the email was sent and circulated within the EPA. Scott Pruitt, the EPA administrator, has approved a list of talking points that has been called ‘literally true but carefully crafted to mislead’.Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA This article is more than 1 year old Climate change (Environment) Trump administration EPA accused of urging staff to downplay climate change after memo leaks Oliver Milman in New York Trump administration Scientists say an internal Environmental Protection Agency document encourages the use of misleading statements about scientific certainty Share on Twitter Share via Email Share via Email Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Trump friend Tom Barrack has been questioned by Mueller sources say

first_imgShare via Email Real-estate developer was chair of inaugural committeeOne source says questioning included financial campaign matters This article is more than 1 year old This article is more than 1 year old Donald Trump Read more Share on Messenger Robert Mueller news US elections 2016 Share on WhatsApp Sat 5 May 2018 15.57 EDT Russia Investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller have interviewed one of Donald Trump’s closest friends and confidants, California real estate investor Tom Barrack, the Associated Press has learned. ‘We’re not changing any stories’: Trump’s week of contradiction Support The Guardian Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Barrack was interviewed as part of the federal investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, according to three people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity. The topics covered in questions from Mueller’s team were not immediately clear.One of the people who spoke said the questioning focused entirely on two officials who have been indicted by Mueller: former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime deputy, Rick Gates. Gates agreed to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and false-statement charges in February and began cooperating with investigators. Manafort maintains his innocence on financial charges.This person said Barrack was interviewed “months ago” and was asked a few questions about Gates’ work on Trump’s inaugural committee, which Barrack chaired, and but there were no questions about money raised by that committee.A second person with knowledge of the Barrack interview said the questioning was broader and did include financial matters about the campaign, the transition and Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. Barrack’s spokeswoman, Lisa Baker, declined comment.Barrack has rare access and insight into Trump going back decades. He played an integral role in the 2016 campaign as a top fundraiser when many Republicans were shunning the upstart candidate. Barrack later directed Trump’s inauguration.Mueller’s team has asked several other witnesses about the flow of money related to the campaign. Investigators have for months been inquiring about the Trump campaign’s finances and compliance with federal election law, according to four people familiar with the matter.Prosecutors’ questions have been wide-ranging, these people said, touching on the campaign’s data operations, its relationship with data-mining company Cambridge Analytica, payments to Gates and whether there were arrangements that were not disclosed in filings to the Federal Election Commission, they said. Share via Email Read morecenter_img Associated Press in Washington The latest major Trump resignations and firings Reuse this content Trump-Russia investigation Shares6969 Share on Twitter US politics Trump friend Tom Barrack has been questioned by Mueller, sources say Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Trump-Russia investigation Share on Twitter The four people familiar with the investigation spoke on condition of anonymity. The investigators’ questions about the campaign’s finances have come up in interviews dating to early fall while prosecutors were preparing the first indictment against Manafort and Gates.Barrack, a wealthy real estate investor with close ties to several middle-eastern leaders, met Trump in 1988 when he negotiated the sale of the Plaza Hotel in New York to Trump. Barrack’s publicist in 2016 described the men as having since “solidified a lifelong friendship between themselves and their families”.Barrack employed Gates last year, wrapping up operations on the Presidential Inaugural Committee, before Gates was charged by Mueller.Barrack spoke glowingly of Trump in a CNBC interview in early 2016. “He’s one of the kindest, and actually most humble, friends that I’ve had,” Barrack said. “I have so much respect for him because at this point in his career, wandering into the milieu was not easy, and he’s changed the dialogue of the debate.”Barrack also was among the featured speakers at the Republican convention. Days after Trump’s victory in November 2016, Barrack told CBS Trump was like an ultimate fighter during the campaign who used “whatever tools necessary to convey a really disruptive message”. Barrack said America would see “a softer, kinder” Trump in the White House.In Fire and Fury, his explosive book on the first year of the Trump presidency, the author Michael Wolff claimed Barrack told a friend Trump was “not only crazy, he’s stupid.” Barrack denied it.Mueller’s investigators have interviewed dozens of witnesses. They have also secured the cooperation of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. But few witnesses have as much insight into the president’s lengthy business career and all facets of his campaign and administration as Barrack. Tom Barrack. The topics covered in questions from Mueller’s team were not immediately clear.Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Last modified on Thu 5 Jul 2018 16.45 EDT Share on Facebook Trump administration Topicslast_img read more

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World weatherwatch Tornadoes monsoons and snow

first_img Riders on the storm: the scientists who chase tornadoes – in pictures Share on Twitter Show 25 Close report comment form Meanwhile, the seasonal monsoon continued across central and northern India last week, with torrential and prolonged rainfall generated by thunderstorms that also produced very gusty winds. Into Monday of last week, 230mm (nine inches) of rain fell in just 24 hours in the Mumbai area, leading to widespread flooding and causing the deaths of five people and widespread travel disruption. An intense cold front swept through South Africa over the weekend and into Monday this week, bringing heavy rain, flooding and also snow. Across parts of the northern and western Cape, more than 10cm of snow fell in mountainous areas, while a few centimetres accumulated even at low levels, especially across the Ceres region. Report Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other All Share on Twitter expanded collywobbler recommendations Rescue teams help villagers in Agartala, north-east India, after flood water enters their houses.Photograph: Abhisek Saha/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock Since you’re here… Brendan Jones (MetDesk) Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp comments (1)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. 50 … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Comments 1 Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Meteorology World weatherwatch: Tornadoes, monsoons and snow Topics features Share on Facebook 0 1 Reply Reuse this content,View all comments > Threads collapsed Snow newest Reason (optional) @BrendanIJones Tornadoes Order by oldest Share on Pinterest oldest Abdussamatov, 2015 “A long-term negative deviation of the Earth’s average annual energy balance from the equilibrium state is dictating corresponding variations in it’s the energy state. As a result, the Earth will have a negative average annual energy balance also in the future. This will lead to the beginning of the decreasing in the Earth’s temperature and of the epoch of the Little Ice Age after the maximum phase of the 24-th solar cycle approximately since the end of 2014. The influence of the consecutive chain of the secondary feedback effects (the increase in the Bond albedo and the decrease in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere due to cooling) will lead to an additional reduction of the absorbed solar energy and reduce the greenhouse effect. The start of the TSI’s Grand Minimum is anticipated in the solar cycle 27±1 in 2043±11 and the beginning of the phase of deep cooling of the 19th Little Ice Age for the past 7,500 years around 2060±11. … Thus, the long term variations of the solar constant (allowing for their direct and secondary impacts, with the latter being due to feedback effects) are the major and essential cause of climate changes because the Earth’s climate variation is a function of longterm imbalance between the solar radiation energy incoming into the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere and Earth’s total energy outgoing back to space.”There are an increasing number of scientific papers that indicate the same. The net effect of decreasing or nil solar activity (e.g. sunspots etc) is colder drier weather on average, unstable and intense weather due to jet stream wobble encompassing and affecting polar vortex …tah dah …the current Eddy Solar Minimum. collapsed unthreaded US weather 100 Loading comments… Trouble loading? Twitter US weather Share via Email World weatherwatch World weatherwatch Report Severe thunderstorms affected central portions of the US last week, producing strong winds, large hail and tornadoes. On Tuesday alone, 11 tornado reports were received by the National Weather Service, including one damaging twister in Kansas. An emergency was declared in Greenwood County as buildings in more than 100 blocks in the city of Eureka were damaged, and eight people were injured as the tornado passed through. Flooding | Pick Email (optional) View more comments Wed 4 Jul 2018 16.30 EDT Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Tornadoes hit US as heavy rain causes floods in India and a cold front brings snow to South Africa Shares77 Facebook 5 Jul 2018 6:31 Support The Guardian 25 View gallery Share on Facebook Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Sharelast_img read more

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Democrats hope for miracles in close races in Georgia and Florida

first_imgGeorgia This article is more than 8 months old The states, which were letdowns for Democrats on the night they managed to regain control of the House, could see recounts … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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Democrats Topics Share via Email This article is more than 8 months old Last modified on Thu 8 Nov 2018 15.56 EST Democratic presidential frontrunner for 2020 fails to emerge from midterms Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest 11:48 Democrats hope for miracles in close races in Georgia and Florida Since you’re here… @Bencjacobs Read more US politics Play Video US midterms 2018 news In Florida, incumbent senator Bill Nelson is talking about forcing a recount after losing to Rick Scott, the state’s governor, by less than the 0.5% margin needed to trigger an automatic recount. However, trailing by a margin of more than 30,000 votes, it may be too much for him to overcome.Nelson called for stricter gun control after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in February, including a ban on assault rifles.The two states were distinct letdowns for Democrats on a night in which they won House seats on Republican terrain from Staten Island, in New York City, to Oklahoma. The highly touted Abrams refused to concede her race on Wednesday morning insisting that “votes remain to be counted. There’s voices that are waiting to be heard.” While Democrats were bearish on an outright win in Georgia, they had been optimistic about the prospects for a runoff. However, results from the Associated Press on Wednesday evening gave Kemp 50.3% of the vote, a lead of 1.5% over Abrams.The race had been marked by allegations that Kemp, who as Georgia secretary of state oversaw the election, had taken advantage of his position to suppress the vote, which he has denied. Kemp has already declared victory. Democrats are still hoping for miracles in Florida and Georgia after disappointing midterm election results on Tuesday left them staring into the jaws of defeat in high-profile races that attracted attention across the nation and even internationally.Although Democrats managed to regain control of the House of Representatives, the party was deeply disappointed by results in the swing state of Florida and its neighbor directly to the north, Georgia, known as the Peach state.In Georgia, Stacey Abrams, vying to become America’s first female African American governor and cause an upset in the traditionally Republican state, appeared to have lost on election night but voiced her determination to make sure every vote was counted before confirming defeat. If Abrams keeps Republican Brian Kemp under the 50% threshold of votes she would force a runoff. Andrew Gillum concedes Florida governor race to Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night – video Share on WhatsApp In Florida, Democrats had a disappointing night. Andrew Gillum, battling for the governorship in a contest that descended into a row about racism, reflecting many of the divisions across the country, lost and conceded on Tuesday night. He fell far short of the predictions in opinion polls before voting began, and appeared to have lost after heavy Republican turnout in the state’s northern Panhandle region. Shares4747 Nelson also came up short. His race has yet to be called and he has refused to concede. Florida is known for its colorful recounts after the drama surrounding the 2000 presidential campaign between Al Gore and George W Bush where Bush eventually won the state by 537 votes, a margin that is 1/60th the size of that currently separating Nelson and Scott.In a statement on Wednesday morning, Nelson, a three-term incumbent, said: “We are proceeding to a recount.” However, Chris Hartline, a spokesman for Scott, said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon: “This race is over. It’s a sad way for Bill Nelson to end his career. He is desperately trying to hold on to something that no longer exists.” Wed 7 Nov 2018 20.44 EST Share on Twitter Share via Email US midterms 2018 2:17 Support The Guardian Florida Ben Jacobs in Washington Play Video Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn What will House Democrats fight the Trump administration on first? Read more Share on Messenger Stacey Abrams v Brian Kemp: inside the bitter battle for Georgia’s soul – videolast_img read more

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme court justice in hospital after fall at office

first_imgRuth Bader Ginsburg is one of the leading liberal figures on the US supreme court.Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP This article is more than 8 months old Share on Facebook This article is more than 8 months old Ginsburg fractured three ribs during fall on WednesdaySupreme court justice, appointed by Clinton, is 85Follow live updates on US politics US supreme court Thu 8 Nov 2018 09.18 EST … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Ginsburg broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014.But she has never missed Supreme Court arguments. The court won’t hear arguments again until after Thanksgiving.Appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg rebuffed suggestions from some liberals that she should step down in the first two years of Barack Obama’s second term, when Democrats also controlled the Senate and would have been likely to confirm her successor.She already has hired clerks for the term that extends into 2020, indicating she has no plans to retire.Ginsburg leads the court’s liberal wing.If Ginsburg were unable to continue serving on the court, Trump would likely move swiftly to replace her with a conservative, further shifting the court to the right. That would have major consequences for issues including abortion, the death penalty, voting rights, gay rights, business litigation and presidential powers.Trump has already named two members of the court, adding conservative federal appeals court judges Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed by the Senate last year.Ginsburg, who made her name as an advocate for women’s rights, voiced support for the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct even as Kavanaugh was about to face a Senate hearing on the allegations against him, saying that unlike in her youth, “women nowadays are not silent about bad behavior.”The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report Ruth Bader Ginsburg Shares1,0641064 news Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Supreme court justice in hospital after fall at office Support The Guardian Topics Sign up for the new US morning briefing Share on Pinterest The supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been taken to hospital after fracturing three ribs in fall at court.The court says the 85-year-old justice went to George Washington University hospital in Washington early on Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight. The court said the fall occurred in her office at the court on Wednesday evening.Observation after tests showed Ginsburg, the court’s oldest justice, fractured three ribs.Despite her absence, the court went ahead on Thursday with a courtroom ceremony welcoming Brett Kavanaugh, who joined the court last month. Donald Trump and new acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker attended. Kavanaugh was sworn in to the lifetime job last month.The president sat along with first lady Melania Trump at the front of the marble-walled courtroom near the justices’ mahogany bench, and made no public remarks. Some leading Republicans from the US Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, attended. Agencies Ruth Bader Ginsburg Share on Twitter Last modified on Thu 8 Nov 2018 15.40 EST Share on Messenger Share via Email Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Johns Hopkins hospital sued poor and African American patients study shows

first_imgnews Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, filed more than 2,000 lawsuits often against poor and African American patients, and including many of their own neighbors, for unpaid medical bills, a new study has revealed.The hospital, one of the state’s largest, filed 2,400 lawsuits between 2009 and 2018 that totaled $4.8m in alleged debt from patients, according to a report from the American unions AFL-CIO and National Nurses United and community advocacy group Coalition for a Humane Hopkins. The median unpaid debt that led to a lawsuit was $1,438.The report took a closer look at suits against patients who live in Baltimore, which made up 46% of the total lawsuits the hospital filed. The zip codes with the most patients, according to the report, are made up of predominantly African American and low-income patients. Nine of 10 zip codes with the highest number of patients sued by JHH have poverty rates that are higher than the state average.JHH has a history of filing thousands of lawsuits for unpaid medical bills. A 2008 investigative series from the Baltimore Sun revealed that JHH and Johns Hopkins Bayview medical center, another hospital within the Johns Hopkins network, collectively filed 14,000 lawsuits against patients from 2003 to 2008. While the number of lawsuits has since dropped, the report notes that they have started to rise again over the last five years.Johns Hopkins Medicine did not respond to the Guardian’s request for comment.Not-for-profit hospitals suing their patients has been a long-criticized practice – particularly because these hospitals get tax breaks on federal, state and local levels – but has continued for years in the United StatesLawsuits are filed by hospitals in many places, not just Baltimore. An investigation from ProPublica and NPR found that a single hospital in St Joseph, Missouri, filed 11,000 lawsuits over a four-year period. Another hospital in Evansville, Indiana, filed 20,000. Though public investigations have led these hospitals to change their financial assistance policies and forgive the debts of some of their patients, no one tracks how often hospitals sue their patients outside of these investigations.Medical debt is considered a “low priority debt” by the National Consumer Law Center, below other types of debt like unpaid credit card bills or a mortgage because it typically carries low or no interest.A 2016 study found that one in six Americans have medical debt on their credit reports, worth a collective $81bn.Measures to prevent hospitals from issuing large, surprise health bills have been introduced to Congress, though gridlock around the Affordable Care Act has largely prevented anything from getting passed. Meanwhile, medical costs continue to rise, with the average American family of four spending about $28,000 for healthcare a year even with insurance. Johns Hopkins hospital sued poor and African American patients, study shows Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The median unpaid debt that led to a lawsuit was $1,438.Photograph: Rosem Morton/Reuters Lauren Aratani in New York Since you’re here… Topics Last modified on Wed 15 May 2019 15.19 EDT Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter This article is more than 2 months old … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Baltimore Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Twittercenter_img Hospitals Wed 15 May 2019 14.45 EDT Maryland Share on Facebook Shares1,1491149 This article is more than 2 months old Share on Facebook Maryland Baltimore hospital filed 2,400 lawsuits often against poor and black patients for unpaid medical bills between 2009 and 2018 Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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BJOY Chin Mouse

first_imgSet required press timeSet drag and drop option as a long press on any buttonConfigure the joystick to move in 4 or 8 directions to improve access for persons with inexact movements All settings are saved on the device so individuals can use the mouse on any deviceClick here to learn more!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM252 – BJOY Chin MouseSeptember 15, 2017In “Accessibility Minute”Jouse 2August 6, 2013In “Products and Devices”Control your computer with the Jouse3!November 25, 2014In “Computers” Last month I covered the BJOY Ring Joystick Mouse, which is a product that transforms a wheelchair’s joystick into a computer mouse.  For users who aren’t able to use their hands, an alternative option is the BJOY Chin Mouse.  The BJOY Chin is “the best alternative to use the mouse with your chin.”Image of BJOY Chin Mouse.The BJOY Chin provides precise access to a computer using chin and head movements.  Its compact size, button placement, and several mounting options make this mouse a very versatile device.The device may benefit users with:Multiple sclerosisALSNeuromuscular disordersCerebral palsyTraumatic brain injurySpinal cord injuriesAnd moreThe device can be fully configured to each user’s unique needs using the BJOY configuration software.Features of BJOY Chin Mouse:Plug and play device that is compatible with Windows, MacOS, and LinuxThe BJOY software allows users to:Adjust pointer’s speed, sensitivity, and auditory feedbackEasily adapt the device to the user’s postureDecide which of the following actions each button will perform:Left clickRight clickDrag and dropDouble-clickNothinglast_img read more

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How Deepfakes and Other RealityDistorting AI Can Actually Help Us

first_img Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous 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. Kevin Smith Unveils Poster for a Gritty Reboot 16 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet New TV Shows That Will Absolutely Get Canceled in 2019 This Happens in Every ‘Star Wars’ Movie and You Never Noticed We’re not far from the day when artificial intelligence will provide us with a paintbrush for reality. As the foundations we’ve relied upon lose their integrity, many people find themselves afraid of what’s to come. But we’ve always lived in a world where our senses misrepresent reality. New technologies will help us get closer to the truth by showing us where we can’t find it.From a historical viewpoint, we’ve never successfully stopped the progression of any technology and owe the level of safety and security we enjoy to that ongoing progression. While normal accidents do occur and the downsides of progress likely won’t ever cease to exist, we make the problem worse when trying to fight the inevitable. Besides, reality has never been as clear and accurate as we want to believe. We fight against new technology because we believe it creates uncertainty when, more accurately, it only shines a light on the uncertainty that’s always existed and we’ve preferred to ignore.We Already Accept False Realities Every DayThe dissolution of our reality—a fear brought on by artificial intelligence—is a mirage.  For a good while, we’ve put our trust in what we see and hear throughout our lives, whether in the media or from people we know. But neither constitutes reality because reality has never been absolute.  Our reality is a relative construct.  It’s what we agree upon together based on the information we gain from our experience.  By observing and sharing our observations we can attempt to construct a picture of an objective reality.  Naturally, that goal becomes much harder to achieve when people lie or utilize technology that makes convincing lies more possible. It seems to threaten the very stability of reality as we know it.But our idea of reality is flawed.  It’s comprised of human observation and conjecture.  It’s limited by how our bodies sense the world around us and how our brains process that acquired information.  Although we may capture a lot, we can only sense a sliver of the electromagnetic spectrum and even that constitutes too much for our brains to process at once.  Like the healing brush in Photoshop, our brains fill in the gaps in our vision with its best guess at what belongs.  You can test your blind spots to get a better idea of how this works or just watch it in action by looking at an optical illusion like this:Image credit: BrainDen | Scroll or turn your head if you don’t see motionThis, among other cognitive processes, produces subject versions of reality. You already cannot experience every aspect of a moment, and you certainly won’t remember every detail. But on top of that, you don’t even see everything you see.  Your brain constructs the missing parts, hides visual information (especially when we’re moving), makes you hear the wrong sounds, and can mistake rubber limbs for your own. When you have a limited view of any given moment and the information you obtain isn’t fully accurate, to begin with, you’re left with a subjective version of reality than you’re able to gauge. Trusting collective human observations led us to believe geese grew on trees for about 700 years. Human observations, conclusions, and beliefs are not objective reality. Even in the best of circumstances we will, at times, get things extraordinarily wrong.Everything you know and understand passes through your brain and your brain doesn’t offer an accurate picture of reality.  To make matters worse, our memories often fail us in numerous ways.  The way we see the world is neither true or remotely complete. So, for a long time, we have relied on other people to help us understand what’s true.  That can work just fine in many situations, but sometimes people will lie or have vastly different versions of the same situation due to past experiences.  Either way, problems occur when subjective observations clash and people cannot agree upon what really happened.  Technology has helped us improve upon that problem—technology we widely feared during its initial introduction.We Either Trust or Distrust Technology Too MuchThroughout time we’ve created tools to help us survive as a species.  By developing new tools we’ve been able to spread information more easily and create a sense of trust. Video and audio recordings allowed us to bypass the brain’s processes and record an un-augmented record of an event—at least, from a singular point of view.  A video camera still fails to capture the full reality of a given moment.Security footage can look bad or even creepy but that doesn’t always indicate a real problem. | Image credit: Horror Freak NewsFor example, imagine someone pulls out a knife in a fight and fakes a swipe to try and frighten their attacker without any intention of doing actual harm. Video surveillance paints a different picture without this context. To an officer of the law, the security footage will show assault with a deadly weapon. With no other evidence to provide context, the officer has to err on the side of caution and make an arrest.Whether or not such assumptions lead to less crime or more questionable arrests doesn’t change the fact that an objective recording of reality misses information. We trust recordings as truth when they only offer a part of the truth. When we trust video, audio, or anything that cannot tell the full story, we put our faith in a medium that lies by omission by design—just like any observer of reality.Faults exist in technology but that doesn’t offer cause to discard it. Overall, we’ve benefited from advancements that allowed objective recordings of the world around us. Not all recordings require additional context. A video of a cute puppy might not be cute to everyone, but—for the most part—people will agree they’re seeing a puppy. Meanwhile, we used to call the sky green and can’t agree on the color of a dress in a bad photograph. As technology progresses and becomes accessible to more and more people, we all begin to learn when and how it can paint reality with a less accurate brush than we liked to believe.This realization causes fear because our system of understanding the world starts to break down. We can’t rely on the tools we once could to understand our world. We have to question the reliability of the things we seen recorded and that goes against much of what we’ve learned, experienced, and integrated into our identities. When new technologies emerge that further erode our ability to trust what’s familiar they incite this fear which we tend to attribute to the technology rather than ourselves. Phone calls are a normal part of life but they were, initially, seen as an instrument of the devil.Today, AI enjoys similar problems. Deepfakes stirred a panic when people began to see how easily a machine could swap faces in videos with startling accuracy—with numerous quality video and photos that met specific requirements. While these deepfakes rarely fooled anyone, we all got a glimpse of the near future where artificial intelligence would progress to a point where we’d fail to know the difference. That day came last month Stanford University, Princeton University, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and Adobe released a paper that demonstrated an incredibly simple method of editing recorded video to change spoken dialogue both visually and aurally that fooled the majority of people who saw the results. Take a look:Visit the paper’s abstract and you’ll find most of the text dedicated to ethical considerations—a common practice nowadays. AI researchers can’t do their jobs well without considering the eventual applications of their work. That includes discussing malicious use cases so people can understand how to use it for good purposes and allow them to also prepare for the problems expected to arise as well.Ethics statements can feed public panic because they indirectly act as a sort of a vague science fiction in which our fearful imaginations must fill in the blanks. When experts present the problem it’s easy to think of only the worst-case scenarios. Even when you consider the benefits, faster video editing and error correction seem like a small advantage when the negatives include fake news people will struggle to identify.We Only Lose When We Resist ProgressNevertheless, this technology will emerge regardless of any efforts to stop it. Our own history repeatedly demonstrates that any efforts to stop the progression of science will, at most, result in a brief delay. We should not want to stop people who understand and care about the ethics of what they create because that leaves others to create the same technology in the shadows. What we can’t see might seem less frightening for a while, but we have no way of preparing, understanding, or guiding these efforts when they’re invisible.While technologies like the aforementioned text-based video editor will inevitably lead both to malicious uses and more capable AI in the future, we already fall victim to similar manipulations on a daily basis. Doctored photos are nothing new and manipulative editing showcases how context can determine meaning—a technique taught in film school. AI adds another tool to the box and increases mistrust in a medium that has always been easily manipulated. This is unpleasant to experience, but ultimately a good thing.Image credit: Will SigmonWe put too much trust in our senses and the recordings we view. Reminders of this help prevent us from doing that. When Apple adds attention correction to video chats and Google actually makes a voice assistant that can make phone calls for you we will need to remember that what we see and hear may not accurately represent reality. Life doesn’t require accuracy to progress and thrive. Pretending we can observe objective reality does more harm than accepting we can’t. We don’t know everything, our purpose remains a mystery to science, and we will always make mistakes.  Our problem is not with artificial intelligence, but rather that we believe we know the full story when we only know a few details.As we enter this new era we should not fight against the inevitable technology that continues to shine a spotlight on our misplaced trust. AI continues to demonstrate the fragility of the ways we conceive of reality as a species at a very rapid pace. That kind of change hurts. We lose our footing upon realizing we had only imagined the stable ground we’ve walked upon our entire lives. We seek a new place of stability as we tumble through uncertainty because we see the solution as the problem. We may not be ready for this change, but if we fight the inevitable we will never be.Artificial intelligence will continue to erode the false comforts we enjoy, and that can be frightening, but that fear is also an opportunity. It provides us with a choice: to oppose something that scares us or attempt to understand it and use it for the benefit of humanity.Now read:Soon, Alexa Will Know When You’re About to DieNew Research Warns of ‘Normal Accident’ From AI in Modern WarfareGoogle Duplex AI Still Needs a Lot of Help From HumansTop image credit: Getty Images By Adam Dachis on July 19, 2019 at 11:02 am Petition Is Trying To Convince Marvel To Keep ‘Blade’ Rated R Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents How Deepfakes and Other Reality-Distorting AI Can Actually Help Us 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard Tagged In scienceartificial intelligenceaineurosciencepsychologydeepfakeshuman brain Post a Comment 16 Commentslast_img read more

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Pixel 4 XL Leak Confirms Big Bezel No Notch

first_img The End of ‘Big Little Lies’ Explained Wesley Snipes Fans Have Something to Say About ‘Blade’ Reboot Movies That Are Primed and Ready for a Prequel Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Google’s track record for Pixel phone secrecy is spotty at best. There are always some leaks here and there, and last year a crate of Pixel 3 XLs “fell off a truck” in Russia. Nothing that informative has happened yet this time around, but there are some new renders of the upcoming Pixel 4 XL. Unlike in past years, Google isn’t playing dumb with its upcoming phone launch. The company’s Made by Google Twitter account posted a shadowy picture of the phone after the last round of render leaks. That image left a lot to the imagination, but the new leaked render puts it all on display. This leak comes from OnLeaks, who has been very reliable in the past. OnLeaks gets access to leaked CAD files for phones, and then creates renders based on them. The last Pixel leak featured the smaller Pixel 4, but this time it’s the Pixel 4 XL. This one also includes the screen placement and size, whereas the last leak skipped over that part. We already know what the back of the phone will look like — that was in Google’s Twitter post. There’s a square camera module has three sensors, two of which are probably cameras. The third is most likely a time-of-flight sensor. There is no fingerprint sensor on the back. So, Google has either gone to in-display sensor technology or has ditched the fingerprint sensor in favor of 3D face unlock.  On the front, the Pixel 4 XL reportedly has a 6.25-inch screen that hugs the bottom of the device more closely than the top. There’s no notch, though. The Pixel 3 XL was roundly criticized for the massive notch that ate up about half of the status bar for no good reason — the phone still had a gigantic chin at the bottom. This year, the Pixel avoids that with asymmetrical bezels. Whether that’s an improvement is largely an aesthetic judgment. The slightly larger top bezel houses two front-facing cameras and two other small sensors of unknown nature. Some combination of cameras or other sensors could form the basis of Google’s rumored 3D face unlock system. The overall phone body measures 160.4 x 75.2 x 8.2mm. That makes it slightly larger in all dimensions than the Galaxy S10+. So, it’ll be a very big phone. We expect Google to announce the Pixel 4 and 4 XL in October — that’s when all its past Made by Google events have taken place.Now read:Google Settles Pixel Class Action Lawsuit, Will Pay Owners Up to $500Google Says Pixel 3 Sales Are Worse Than Pixel 2New Leak Shows Google Pixel 3 XL in White Tagged In smartphonesgoogleandroidPixelleakspixel 4pixel 4 xl Post a Comment 4 Comments ‘Black Widow’ Set Photos Reveal The Main Villain Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous By Ryan Whitwam on July 8, 2019 at 12:13 pm You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 4 Comments Pixel 4 XL Leak Confirms Big Bezel, No Notch New Details Confirmed About Natalie Portman As Mighty Thor The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressedlast_img read more

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Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855 Tons of Accessories

first_img Why Robin is the Best Thing to Happen to Steve Harrington Jon Favreau Has a Funny Idea for ‘Iron Man 4’ Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene Tagged In smartphonesandroidmobileasussnapdragon 855rog phone ii Post a Comment 3 Comments Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855+, Tons of Accessories Asus has never been a major part of the smartphone world, but the company’s gaming-focused ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand attracted some attention last year with the original ROG Phone. Now, a follow up known as the ROG Phone II is on the way. It still has a funky design and a wealth of accessories, but it’s got a bigger battery and faster Snapdragon chip. We first heard about the ROG Phone II’s existence last week when Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855+, which is basically an overclocked 855. The company said the ROG Phone II would be the first to have this chip, but Asus wasn’t ready to talk about the phone beyond that. Cut to today, and the company is spilling the beans. The Snapdragon 855 has a higher 2.96GHz maximum clock speed, and Asus says the ROG Phone II’s advanced cooling keeps the chip from throttling down under load. It actually has vents on the back that work this year — the original ROG Phone had purely decorative vents. The Asus ROG Phone II sports a 6.59-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED display. That’s a slightly taller aspect ratio than the last ROG Phone, and the refresh rate has jumped from 90Hz to 120Hz — that’s the highest on any Android device. If the phone can keep up with that frame rate, the ROG Phone II’s interface will look incredibly smooth. The new screen will undoubtedly use more power, but the ROG Phone II has juice to spare. The phone gets a 50 percent battery boost over the original with a 6,000mAh capacity. However, the phone is also much heavier at 240g versus 200g for the last version. Asus equipped the phone with the standard USB Type-C port for charging, but there’s also a headphone jack. It also continued the ROG Phone tradition of adding a second USB-C port on the side. You can use this for charging while playing a game, or as a connector for the company’s accessories. Most of the accessories are a bit silly, but “gaming” phones tend to be like that. There’s the active cooling bracket, a desktop dock, and more. The phone also has ultrasonic shoulder buttons you can map to on-screen buttons in games. Asus will start selling the ROG Phone II in China on July 23, and the international model will launch in early September. We don’t know the exact price yet, but Asus says it will be similar to the first-gen ROG Phone, which launched at $900.Now read:Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 855+ SoC Is an Overclocked Snapdragon 855Nubia Just Stuffed the First Active Fan Inside a SmartphoneAsus Engineers Exposed Company Passwords for Months on GitHub You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 11:38 am Henry Cavill ‘Tried on’ a New Superman Suit and It’s Awesome 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. The Original Title For ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Revealed 3 Comments The Most Offensive Video Game Characters of All Timelast_img read more

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How Do SSDs Work

first_img 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. How Do SSDs Work? This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen All You Need To Know About ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series Wesley Snipes Fans Have Something to Say About ‘Blade’ Reboot You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 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> Here’s What Brandi From ‘Storage Wars’ Looks Like Today at 39 Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Tagged In storageextremetech explainsSSDNANDSSDshard drivesNAND flashsolid state storage Post a Comment 0 Comments By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 8:29 am 0 Comments New TV Shows That Will Absolutely Get Canceled in 2019 We Finally Know Why This Kid Returned in ‘Endgame’last_img read more

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5G Modems and Phones Literally Cant Handle the Heat of Summer Weather

first_img The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 5G Modems and Phones Literally Can’t Handle the Heat of Summer Weather Tagged In mobilelteAT&Tverizon4gt-mobile5gSprintcellular5G EFaux Gmobile networkcell networkPC Mag Post a Comment 25 Comments 25 Comments 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. Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen The Real Meaning Behind These Movie Titles Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard 5G signals that rely on so-called ‘millimeter wave’ technology don’t propagate well through walls, windows, people, or water, including water vapor in the atmosphere. This has been known since before 5G launched. It’s a limiting factor for where the technology can be deployed. But now, new reports show that 5G has an even more implacable foe: summer.According to reports from both The Wall Street Journal and PCMag, the current bare handful of 5G devices available to consumers literally wilt and die if you attempt to use them in hot weather. PCMag’s Sascha Segan writes:On a hot Las Vegas morning, my two Galaxy S10 5G phones kept overheating and dropping to 4G. This behavior is happening with all of the millimeter-wave, first-generation, Qualcomm X50-based phones when temperatures hit or exceed 85 degrees. We saw it with T-Mobile in New York, with Verizon in Providence, and now with AT&T in Las Vegas. It’s happened on Samsung and LG phones, with Samsung, Ericsson, and Nokia network hardware.The WSJ is even more stark. Joanna Stern writes:The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G isn’t reliable in the summer—unless, well, you summer in Iceland.When I ran tests, the phone’s 5G often switched off due to overheating, leaving me with a 4G connection. Cellular carriers demo-ing or testing the phone have taken to cooling the devices with ice packs and air conditioners.Here, for reference, is a map of US temperatures today.Map by the Washington Post.The situation is awe-inspiring. We already knew that millimeter-wave 5G came with a laundry list of conditions and must-haves to ensure good performance, but I admit, it never occurred to me that the companies that drew up and developed the standard would deploy it in products that can’t deal with the reality of sunlight. Admittedly, that’s because I thought deploying a network technology that degrades when there’s a lot of water vapor in the air was a bad enough idea that obviously there couldn’t be anything worse waiting in the wings, right?Right?Wrong.PCMag goes on to say: “AT&T being AT&T, the company leaves the ‘5G+’ indicator on the phone even when it’s dropped to 4G from overheating.”This is both the most enraging and the least surprising thing ever.Samsung’s response to this problem, according to the WSJ? “As 5G technology and the ecosystem evolve, it’s only going to get better.”Yeah. So let’s talk about that. First of all, one device that probably isn’t going to “get better” is the Samsung Galaxy 10 5G. Later products with different modems could be better, but the hardware in a first-generation phone is going to be what it’s going to be, and the chances of a firmware update that miraculously improves things is limited. If AT&T, Verizon, Samsung, LG, and the other companies making these products had such an update in their back pocket, it’d be splashed as news all over these stories in the first place. The message would be something like: “Current 5G devices overheat easily, but carriers and manufacturers promise that fixes are coming.”There has been no such messaging.Stern appears to have tested her 5G speeds by downloading files from Netflix, which is a pretty reasonable way to do it. Her download time on 5G for an episode of Stranger Things S3 was listed ~34 seconds. Keep that in mind as you read this:In Atlanta, where it was 90 degrees the day I visited, I could run only one or two 5G download tests before the phone would overheat and switch to 4G. When that happened, I’d head back to the car and hold the phone to the air vent. In Chicago, another day in the 90s, I had to wait until the sun went down to finish my Netflix download tests. In New York on an 83-degree day, I went with the ice-cooler trick: A minute or two in the cooler, and 5G switches back on.The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, a $1,300 device, is capable of running a max-speed connection for less than a minute (somewhere between 33 and 66 seconds) when temperatures break 85F.One expects spotty connections and lower overall performance from first-generation networks and products. One does not expect the product to catastrophically fail when encountering the reality of outside ambient temperature., particularly when the only way to get good 5G performance is to stand so close to the antenna people think you’re dating.Will This Improve?To an extent, yes. There’s probably additional tuning that can be done to improve modem power consumption, but Qualcomm has told us for years that die shrinks provide only limited power consumption improvement for modems. Samsung, Apple, and other companies can perform advanced thermal analysis to see exactly where hot spots pop up and devise strategies to mitigate them, ranging from better internal cooling solutions to thicker chassis or better thermal interface materials. It’s unlikely we’ve reached the point where people start sticking fans in smartphones on the regular, but even a very small fan would likely fix this problem (at the cost of thickness, a bit of noise, and a little power).In the past, we’ve seen discussions of using wax to quickly move heat in an enclosed area. Clearly, a bunch of designers have had ideas before about how one might deal with this issue. Beam-forming and other carrier technologies could also wind up reducing the amount of power that 5G signals require, thereby reducing device power draw.But make no mistake. 5G signaling is going to require more power, and in today’s downright anorexic devices, that’s obviously already creating thermal problems. At the very least, this is one more limit on a 5G rollout that didn’t need more limits.We’ve said before that 5G is very early and that people probably shouldn’t buy into it, but this issue seals the deal for me. I would never recommend that anyone buy a product whose premiere feature is likely to be unavailable when outside in the summer. Right now, if you buy a currently available 5G phone, you’re buying a device whose top speed may only be available from October through May depending on where you live.Faux G indeed.Now Read:PCMag’s Fastest Mobile Networks 2019Meteorologists Worry 5G Could Interfere with Weather SatellitesHow Shipping a Huawei Phone Via FedEx Made International News By Joel Hruska on July 19, 2019 at 8:50 am Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder Emma From ‘Friends’ Grew Up to Be Gorgeouslast_img read more

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Intels Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons 64 Cores

first_img Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ By Joel Hruska on July 16, 2019 at 7:08 am Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 21shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 17 Comments Intel has announced a significant advance for its neuromorphic research processor, codenamed Loihi. The company has now scaled up its Loihi implementation to the 64-processor level, allowing it to create a system with more than 8M neurons (8.3M). This new configuration (codenamed Pohoiki Beach) delivers 1,000x better performance than conventional CPUs in applications like sparse coding, graph search, and constraint-satisfaction problems. Intel claims that the new Pohoiki Beach delivers a 10,000x energy efficiency improvement over conventional CPU architectures in these sorts of tests.Neuromorphic computing is a subset of computing that attempts to mimic the brain’s architecture using modern technological analogues. Instead of implementing a typical CPU clock, for example. Loihi is based on a spiking neural network architecture. The basic Loihi processor contains 128 neuromorphic cores, three Lakefield (Intel Quark) CPU cores, and an off-chip communication network. In theory, Loihi can scale all the way up to 4,096 on-chip cores and 16,384 chips, though Intel has said it has no plans to commercialize a design this large.A close-up shot of an Intel Nahuku board, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Pohoiki Beach, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach was introduced in July 2019. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)“With the Loihi chip we’ve been able to demonstrate 109 times lower power consumption running a real-time deep learning benchmark compared to a GPU, and 5 times lower power consumption compared to specialized IoT inference hardware,” said Chris Eliasmith, co-CEO of Applied Brain Research and professor at University of Waterloo. “Even better, as we scale the network up by 50 times, Loihi maintains real-time performance results and uses only 30 percent more power, whereas the IoT hardware uses 500 percent more power and is no longer real-time.”One of Intel’s Nahuku boards, each of which contains 8 to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic chips, shown here interfaced to an Intel Arria 10 FPGA development kit. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Poihoiki Beach, annuounced in July 2019, is made up of multiple Nahuku boards and contains 64 Loihi chips. Pohoiki Beach was introduced in July 2019. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel Corporation)The Pohoiki Beach implementation is not the largest planned deployment for the neuromorphic chip. Intel states that it intends to roll out an even larger design, codenamed Pohoiki Springs, which will deliver “an unprecedented level of performance and efficiency for scaled-up neuromorphic workloads.”We’ve covered the advances and research in neuromorphic computing for several years at ET. The work being done on these CPUs is closely related to the work that’s being conducted in AI and machine intelligence overall, but neuromorphic computing isn’t just concerned with how to run AI / ML workloads efficiently on existing chips. The ultimate goal is to build processors that more closely resemble the human brain.One of the oddities of computing is that analogies comparing human brain function and how computers work are so prevalent. Human brains and classic computers have very little overlap in terms of how they function. Transistors are not equivalent to neurons and the spiking neural network model that Loihi uses for transmitting information across its own processor cores is intended to be closer to the biological processes humans and other animals use than traditional silicon.Projects like this have a number of long-term research goals, of course, but one of the most fundamental is to better understand how brains work in order to copy some of their energy efficiency. The human brain runs on roughly 20W. Exascale supercomputing, which is considered the minimum for advanced neural simulation of anything more complex than an earthworm, is expected to consume megawatts of power per supercomputer. The gap between those figures explains why we’re so interested in the long-term energy efficiency and computation potential of the brain in the first place. Architectures like Loihi aren’t just an effort to write programs that mimic what humans can do; the goal is to copy aspects of our neurology as well. It makes their progress a bit more interesting.Feature Image Credit: Tim Herman/Intel CorporationNow Read:New Leak: Intel 10-Core Comet Lake CPUs Will Counterattack Ryzen 3000 FamilyIs Moore’s Law Alive, Dead, or Pining for the Fjords? Even Experts DisagreeIntel’s New Omni-Directional Interconnect Combines EMIB, Foveros Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet What Natalie Portman Could Look Like as the Mighty Lady Thor Tagged In scienceintelcpusartificial intelligencesemiconductorsaimachine learningneuromorphicneuromorphic computingLoihineuromorphic processor Post a Comment 17 Comments False Things You Believe About Marvel Intel’s Neuromorphic Loihi Processor Scales to 8M Neurons, 64 Cores The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene The First ‘Scary MCU Film’ Will Come Out During Phase 4 Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screenlast_img read more

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New Study From Wunderman Thompson Commerce Reveals Amazon Lacks Loyalty Among Gen

first_imgNew Study From Wunderman Thompson Commerce Reveals Amazon Lacks Loyalty Among Gen Z MTS Staff WriterJune 26, 2019, 9:03 pmJune 26, 2019 Amazoncustomer serviceMarketing Technology Newsmodern shopping journeyNewsWunderman Thompson Commerce Previous ArticleIn-Vehicle Marketing: People Can Now Buy Coffee Through Their Cars. So, What’s Next?Next ArticleQualtrics Ranked #1 Enterprise Leader for Customer Experience and Employee Experience in Industry-Leading Product Ranking Over a Third of Consumer Spending Goes to Amazon, but Young Shoppers Are Not Sold on the Benefits of the Retail Giant A new study released by Wunderman Thompson Commerce found Amazon’s race to dominate eCommerce could be facing challenges, as younger consumers report less satisfaction with the retail giant than older generations.The company’s latest Future Shopper report takes an in-depth  look at the current commerce landscape through the lens of the modern shopping journey and found that while Amazon attracts more than a third of all online retail spend internationally (36%), 16 to 24-year olds are less likely than older shoppers to believe the marketplace provides the best experience when it comes to access to brands, easy returns and customer service. Almost one in five (18%) Gen Z consumers also said they were swayed by brand ethics when making a purchase decision, a factor which would see them choose another retailer over Amazon.For brands and retailers, the study revealed a key challenge in the online shopping journey. While consumers are relatively platform-agnostic when it comes to finding inspiration for purchases, this behaviour changes when they search for products. Over half (51%) of consumers said they turn to Google and other search engines for inspiration or ideas for products to buy, while 33% said the same for brand websites and 32% for social media. However, when it comes to actively searching for individual products to buy online, 56% of consumers go directly to Amazon to start their search.Marketing Technology News: P&G’s Marc Pritchard and Brand Leaders from Taco Bell and LEGO Take on the Future of Advertising, Platforms and Purpose at Wake up with the EconomistAlthough the statistics reflect Amazon’s increasing dominance, there were certain factors that shoppers said would influence their decision to shop elsewhere. For consumers to choose other retailers and brands over Amazon, they look for the following key attributes:Cheaper pricing (61%)More attractive loyalty programmes (26%)More convenient delivery options (23%)A better, more specialised product range (18%)Consumers are also still craving an in-store experience; almost half (46%) say they prefer to shop with a brand that has a physical store, which rises to 49% among Gen Z shoppers.Neil Stewart, Global CEO, Wunderman Thompson Commerce said: “Brands and retailers continue to grapple with the challenge of how to exist alongside Amazon. While the retail giant may be a competitor, it is also a platform that can give brands and retailers enormous scope to reach millions of consumers globally. The most important thing is that they find a way to partner with Amazon but still own the relationship with the customer; now and into the future.”Marketing Technology News: Medallia Names Software Industry Veteran Rob Bernshteyn to its Board of DirectorsThe Future Shopper report also found that, when purchasing products, there is only a handful of product categories in which Amazon is not the number one purchase destination. These include:When buying clothing and fashion, 26% of consumers shop on retailer sites like Selfridges, compared to 17% on AmazonWhen buying health and beauty products, 24% of shoppers prefer to go to retailer sites, compared to 21% who shop on AmazonFor luxury items such as high-end clothing, watches and jewellery, 21% prefer to buy from the website of the brand directlyIn other categories including entertainment, technology and home and garden products, Amazon is the preferred way to buy itemsStewart continued: “Amazon Prime is the world’s most advanced loyalty program and has completely changed what ‘good’ looks like for consumers. Expectations are set incredibly high by the speed, ease and convenience of the Prime service but, rather than relying solely on replicating this model, brands and retailers need to find the areas where Amazon falls down in the eyes of consumers. Focus on “What Amazon Cannot Do” (WACD) and this is where your company can compete. The future of retail is up for grabs for the companies that can tap into what customers will want from their shopping experience in five, 10 and 15 years’ time.”Other notable findings from the study:Amazon Prime members are twice as likely to start their searches on Amazon versus non Prime membersOnly 36% of Gen Z shoppers turn to search engines for inspiration96% of shoppers say pricing is the most important factor in purchasing decisions47% of consumers are excited about the prospect of a cashless worldOver 15,000 consumers who shop online across the US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Belgium and the Netherlands were surveyed for this report.Marketing Technology News: GoSpotCheck Gains Valuable Leadership Expertise with Five Additions to Management Teamlast_img read more

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The Alesco Group of Companies Announces the Addition of Exact Data

first_img AlescoB2B customer acquisitioncustomer acquisitionExact DataMarketing TechnologyNewsPaul Theriot Previous ArticleQualys Expands Global Cloud Platform to the Canadian MarketNext ArticleYouTube Gaining Popularity With Generation Z as Demand for Video Content Rises, Facebook’s Popularity Declining The Alesco Group of Companies Announces the Addition of Exact Data PRNewswireJuly 3, 2019, 11:29 amJuly 3, 2019 Alesco is pleased to announce that Exact Data is joining the Alesco group of companies, including Alesco Data, Statlistics and Response Solutions, effective June 28, 2019. The combined entities create the leading provider of omni-channel consumer and B2B customer acquisition solutions to retail, agency and wholesale customers.Larry Organ, new Alesco CEO, states its companies will continue to operate as independent sales organizations while leveraging best-in-class shared technology platforms, development resources and data assets.Marketing Technology News: Say It Now and Booxscale win Amazon’s European Alexa Cup“Adding Exact Data to the Alesco group allows us to dramatically increase the value we deliver to a broader range of clients, while enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of their customer acquisition strategies,” says Paul Theriot, Alesco President.Marketing Technology News: Button Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding to Build the Future of Mobile CommerceAlesco is a privately-held diversified marketing services organization. Their portfolio of companies specialize in machine learning analytics, data compilation and curation, data management, data brokerage and digital marketing services. The organization’s consultative and iterative approach helps clients solve problems, overcome obstacles and capitalize on opportunities.Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking Platformslast_img read more

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BlueCrest Wins Two Direct Commerce Awards

first_imgBlueCrest Wins Two Direct Commerce Awards Business WireJuly 5, 2019, 6:02 pmJuly 5, 2019 BlueCrest, a global technology provider of innovative, secure, and agile solutions that effectively and efficiently deliver high value client communications and parcels, recently won two Direct Commerce Awards. The Direct Commerce Association (DCA) awarded BlueCrest with the “Outstanding Customer Experience (B2B) Direct Commerce Award” and the “Best Exploitation of Technology” award for companies with annual sales over £25m.“Outstanding Customer Experience (B2B) Direct Commerce Award”he “Outstanding Customer Experience (B2B)” award was given to BlueCrest for its reinvention of customer service to drive long-term value. BlueCrest touts a pioneering approach to solve the challenges facing the traditional print and digital communications market. BlueCrest demonstrated success in delivering outstanding customer experiences through its exceptionally high service levels, its partnership with customers to drive reduction in costs, its dedication to providing easier routes to faster, better technology, and its improved contact center and spare parts ordering touch points—all of which was maintained during a major company transformation. Highlighting this success was the near-doubling of BlueCrest’s customer NPS scores in the UK over an 18-month period.Marketing Technology News: Button Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding to Build the Future of Mobile CommerceThe “Best Exploitation of Technology” award for companies with annual sales over £25m was given to BlueCrest for its demonstrated ability to collaborate with clients and extract value from existing technology while enabling new technological investments. By moving away from sales-led interactions and focusing more on outcome-based services and partnerships with clients, BlueCrest was better able to align themselves with client objectives. The strategy started with looking to make the most of the client’s existing assets first, then considered ways to leverage new technology where the business fit made sense based on the expected outcomes for the client. This strategic shift earned a trusted partnership with a key UK-based client who went on to reduce costs and secure business wins.Direct Commerce Association Direct Commerce Association (DCA) was founded in 2004 by retail business owners who were keen to establish a forum for sharing and exchanging expertise and insight. DCA actively supports many member companies by making recommendations of known, quality suppliers in the UK and overseas. DCA also refers legal issues to DCA’s legal advisors, provides quality training workshops, and writes white papers spanning many key topics. DCA also facilitates a series of quality regional and national events each year which enable members to network, gain inspiration, update skills, and share insight. DCA’s role is to consistently ensure that every member company’s executives have access to the support and information needed to enable them to progress and make informed decisions.Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking PlatformsBlueCrest – Where Message Meets MomentumBlueCrest, formerly the Document Messaging Technologies (DMT) division of Pitney Bowes, is an independent technology company with a long tradition of global leadership in enterprise print, mail, and customer communications. With the industry’s most comprehensive line of printers, inserters, sorters and parcel solutions – and a renewed commitment to providing innovative software – BlueCrest serves clients around the world.Marketing Technology News: Say It Now and Booxscale win Amazon’s European Alexa Cup BlueCrestcustomer experienceDirect Commerce AssociationMarketing Technology NewsNewsOutstanding Customer Experience (B2B) Previous ArticleM-Files Makes Microsoft Office 365 the Single Point of Access to All Enterprise InformationNext ArticleKibo Announces Enhanced B2B Features to eCommerce Platformlast_img read more

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Synthio Introduces Contact Data Maintenance for Salesforce

first_imgContinuous data cleansing and enrichment improves the quality of Salesforce contact databasesSynthio, the leader in contact data maintenance solutions for B2B companies, announced the immediate availability of its Contact Data Management for Salesforce (CDM-SF) platform. CDM-SF continuously compares a customer’s Salesforce contact database against more than 160 million data records and automatically updates it with complete and correct information.Marketing Technology News: Valassis’ Marketing Technology Platform Earns Tech AwardA company’s contact data is the lifeblood of its marketing and sales campaigns, its customer relationships, billing and invoicing, and supply chain. Therefore, current and correct data is essential to a company’s operations. Data hygiene – the regular and frequent correction of inaccurate or incomplete records – has long been a laborious and time-consuming task that can often introduce new errors.Synthio solves this dilemma by connecting directly to a customer’s Salesforce database and automatically updating incorrect or incomplete records without requiring manual inspection and editing. Companies implementing CDM-SF are assured of a complete and correct database on which to build Account Based Marketing and demand generation programs, customer billing, and partner management.Marketing Technology News: JumpCrew Announces Inaugural Conference “JumpCon: The Digital Sales Transformation Summit”“Historically, data maintenance has been expensive and burdensome, costing American companies upwards of 3 trillion dollars per year, according to a survey by IBM,” says Bill Curran, Synthio’s chief executive officer. “And bad contact data affects more than the bottom line. Synthio’s CDM-SF platform will give B2B companies the satisfaction of knowing that they have complete and correct data as the foundation for their mission critical programs.”Marketing Technology News: Inpixon to Acquire Indoor Mapping Leader Jibestream Synthio Introduces Contact Data Maintenance for Salesforce Business WireJuly 12, 2019, 11:00 pmJuly 12, 2019 Data MaintenanceMarketing Technology NewsNewsSalesforceSynthio Previous ArticlePalo Alto Networks Welcomes Jean English as New Chief Marketing OfficerNext ArticleB2B Marketing Hacks: Lead Follow-Up at Shows … No Excuses!last_img read more

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People Have Decided to Remove Modi Congress Will Soon Form Govt in

first_img Chandrababu NaiduCongress-JD(S) alliancegujarat-lok-sabha-elections-2019karnataka-lok-sabha-elections-2019 First Published: April 19, 2019, 11:24 PM IST Raichur/Chikkodi (Karnataka): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be “removed from Delhi” and the grand old party would form the government after the Lok Sabha election.On the final lap of his election campaign in the Congress-JD(S) alliance-ruled Karnataka, Gandhi also hit out at Modi for “what he has done” to his “guru”, BJP stalwart LK Advani, saying that he should be “ashamed” of it. Gandhi addressed rallies at Raichur and Chikkodi in north Karnataka and is not scheduled to again campaign in the state, which will go to the second phase of polls on April 23. The first leg of the election was held on Thursday.At his rally in Raichur, Gandhi said, “People have decided in 2019 that in Karnataka, Congress and JD(S), in Andhra Pradesh Naidu (Chandrababu Naidu) and across the country those who are fighting against the BJP will win. Narendra Modi will be removed from Delhi.”Gandhi, who addressed a rally in Gujarat earlier in the day, said, “People have decided. I’m telling you people of Gujarat have decided, I am coming from Gujarat. There is an undercurrent in favour of the Congress in Gujarat.””People of Gujarat are saying, leave alone the country, Narendra Modi has not done anything for Gujarat… Lakhs of acres of our land were given to big industrialists,” Gandhi said.Assuring Congress and JDS workers of the alliane’s victory in Karnataka, he said, “In Delhi, Congress will form the government.”He also said Modi talked about the security of the nation, “but making crores of youth unemployed” did not strengthen the nation.In his Chikkodi rally, Gandhi raked up the issue of Advani, who has been kept out of the contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.”In Hindustan, there is nothing bigger than the ‘guru’. Narendra Modi speaks about dharma, but see what he has done with Advani. He should be ashamed.””Advaniji made Narendra Modji stand, but in two minutes, the latter sidelined Advani,” Gandhi said.”He does not even do a ‘namaste’ to him (Advani), he looks at the other side and then, he speaks about dharma.”Accusing Modi of not having fulfilled any of the promises he made, Gandhi said, “He has destroyed lives of crores of people, he has spread hate in the country, he spreads hate wherever he goes.”Speaking about the “NYAY” scheme (minimum income guarantee scheme) the Congress has promised to implement if voted to power, he said that under it, Rs 3.6 lakh would be put into the accounts of 20% economically weaker sections over five years.”You will have to decide between truth, Nyay programme, brotherhood, love on one side, on the other side hate, demonetisation, Gabbar Singh Tax and unemployment,” Gandhi told the crowd.The uneasy alliance of the Congress and JD(S) is fighting the Lok Sabha election together in all the 28 constituencies, but the electoral arrangement has been hit by resentment at the level of local leaders and workers, who have fought each other for decades and are now finding it difficult to reconcile to the new situation.Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who was also present at the Raichur rally, said there was a need for a non-BJP government at the Centre.”Only if Narendra Modi goes, this country will be free, keep this in mind.”He accused Modi of having deceived people despite having a clear mandate and caused a loss to the country on the issues of demonetisation, unemployment and GST.”Modi thinks that there is no leader greater then him in the country. I can prove that there are leaders other than you who can develop this country well, there is that ability,” Naidu said. last_img read more

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