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SEC Says Elon Musk Violated Settlement With Tweet

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read February 26, 2019 This story originally appeared on Engadget Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Jon Fingas SEC Says Elon Musk Violated Settlement With Tweet Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg | Getty Images via Engadget Elon Musk Next Article It wants to hold Musk in contempt for posting Tesla production claims. Elon Musk might be in hot water with regulators mere months after he reached a settlement over a financially relevant Twitter post. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has asked a judge to hold Elon Musk in contempt for allegedly violating the settlement by tweeting that Tesla would make “around 500k” cars in 2019. Musk was supposed to get approval from Tesla before social network posts that would include vital info, but the SEC claimed he directly shared “inaccurate and material” data with more than 24 million people.We’ve asked Tesla if it can comment, although Musk claimed in December that the SEC couldn’t stop him from posting what he wanted unless there was a “probability of causing a movement in the stock.”If the judge does hold Musk in contempt, it won’t bode well for his future. The settlement spared Musk from admitting guilt (and thus keeping his CEO job safe) so long as Tesla adopted “controls and procedures” for his communications and reduced his control over the firm. A violation casts all that in doubt — he might not escape relatively unharmed this time around.Tesla made 0 cars in 2011, but will make around 500k in 2019— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 20, 2019 –shares Add to Queuelast_img read more


Waymo Gets First Permit to Test Fully Driverless Cars in California

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business November 1, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag Image credit: via PC Mag –shares Register Now » Add to Queue Reporter Next Article center_img Californians will soon share the road with fully driverless vehicles.Google parent company Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo just announced it has obtained the first permit to test autonomous vehicles without a human driver in California.In April, the California Department of Motor Vehicles started accepting applications for fully driverless testing in the state. Now, Waymo is the first company to get the go-ahead.To date, Waymo has driven more than 10 million autonomous miles on public roads across 25 cities, plus almost 7 billion simulated miles, the company said. Waymo has already been testing fully self-driving cars without a human driver in the Phoenix, Ariz., area for nearly a year.In California, the company will begin its driverless vehicle testing in parts of Mountain View, where it’s headquartered, as well as Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto (the shaded area of the map below).”We will gradually begin driverless testing on city streets in a limited territory and, over time, expand the area that we drive in as we gain confidence and experience to expand,” Waymo wrote.Before expanding its driverless testing area, Waymo will be required to submit a request to the DMV and notify any newly affected communities.The California permit allows Waymo to test its driverless vehicles during the day and night, on streets, roads and highways with speed limits up to 65 miles per hour, even in foggy and drizzly conditions. Angela Moscaritolo 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. The permit allows Waymo to test its driverless vehicles during the day and night, on roads with speed limits up to 65 miles per hour, even in foggy and drizzly conditions. Waymo plans to start in its hometown of Mountain View and surrounding cities before expanding the testing zone. Waymo Gets First Permit to Test Fully Driverless Cars in California Self-Driving Carslast_img read more


USA Americans Spent 400M on Cannabis for Fourth of July

first_img USA! Americans Spent $400M on Cannabis for Fourth of July Next Article Legal Marijuana Senior Editor for Green Entrepreneur July 8, 2019 Legal marijuana is not yet as familiar at the family picnic as beer, but it’s gaining. Peter Page –shares Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Free Green Entrepreneur App Legal weed is taking its place with beer, hot dogs and fireworks as a July 4th staple, according to sales data showing nationwide sales spiked to $400 million or 60 percent above average during the week leading to Independence Day.Sales data collected by Akerna Corp., a regulatory compliance technology company which tracks worldwide cannabis sales, revealed above-average sales every day of the week leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, including the holiday itself when national sales edged above the average for a Thursday even though many dispensaries were closed. According to the Akerna data:Sunday, June 30, was the highest grossing Sunday of the year with sales 50 percent higher than other Sundays.Monday, July 1, was the highest grossing Monday of the year with sales 45 percent above average.Tuesday, July 2, was the highest grossing Tuesday of the year with 53 percent increase over average daily sales.Wednesday, July 3, was the highest sales day of the July 4th week and the highest grossing Wednesday of the year with sales more than twice the daily average (112 percent increase).Thursday, July 4, saw sales slightly above the national daily average despite many patriotic retailers closing for the holiday. Although sales jumped to levels seen on the better known cannabis holiday of 4/20, the demographics of who is buying were typical with a 65 percent male and 35 percent female split. Other key points include:The order totals averaged $3 more than the average order total for all other days this year. ($100.87 for week June 28- July 4, compared to the $97.57 average order total so far in 2019 nationally.)The average product count per order equated to 3.04 on average, which is up 15 percent compared to the daily average of 2.64.Just to put the cannabis purchases in perspective, according to WalletHub in 2018 Americans spent $1B on beer, another billion on fireworks and $568M on wine. Add to Queue Image credit: Oleksii Liskonih | Getty Images 2 min read Download Our iOS Applast_img read more


How to Use Video to Market Your Business

first_img How to Use Video to Market Your Business 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Consider these tips to help you produce video that connects with your customers. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Gail Goodman Guest Writer Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article The average Internet user watches an astounding 186 videos a month, according to comScore Inc., a global digital market measurement service. This includes news and entertainment clips, personal videos, advertising videos gone viral — you name it.Video engages people in a way that photos and text alone can’t. For small-business owners, using video in your marketing can bring faces, voices, personality and heart to your operation, while also demonstrating your authenticity. To top that, video in email is said to be able to boost conversion rates by as much as 50 percent.Thanks to affordable video cameras and easy-to-use software, video has become a tool that nearly any small business can use to enhance their marketing efforts on any channel. Your videos don’t have to be big Hollywood productions to be engaging and effective. You can even use your smartphone camera to create them. Here’s a quick example:Related: The Best New Business GadgetsTypes of Videos You Can CreateNot sure what you’d produce a video about? Here are six tips for video production that can help you create informative clips that also reveal your business’s “human” side:Demonstrate your product or service: Don’t just tell, show your customers how your business works. In other words, bring your how-to guides to life. In my experience, informed prospects are more likely to make purchases.Use customer testimonials: Your best fans can explain on video how using your products or services solved a problem or improved their lives. Help prospects see themselves in the stories of real people.Put donor dollars to work: Videos of how your charitable donations benefit a cause tell a compelling story, which makes a problem — and how donations help remedy it — more real.Introduce your staff: This simple method can help show your dedication, passion and commitment to customer satisfaction. It can also create a greater connection with customers by showing them the faces and personalities of your employees.Offer a video tour of your office or business location: Another option is to add some spice to your website’s “About Us” page by providing an insider’s look at your operation.Request to take a poll or survey: Add a personal touch to your “Tell us what you think” feedback requests by creating a video. In it, assure customers that their opinions matter.Related: Five Qualities of Successful Online VideosTips for First-Time Video ProducersAre you camera shy? Producing marketing videos for your business doesn’t have to be a daunting process. Here are a few things to keep in mind that should help make your video shoots simple, smooth and effective:Don’t make it too complicated. Pick a simple topic for your first video.Relax. Work with a colleague you’re comfortable with and speak to him or her as the video records.Prepare notes but don’t read them on camera. Video should be casual and conversational whether it’s you, an employee or a customer talking.Keep it brief. Determine which two or three bullet points you want to convey in a two-minute video. If you’re interviewing a customer for a testimonial, it’s usually a good idea to limit it to two or three questions.Don’t worry too much about “ums” and “ers.” You’re human. That’s what video is about. But take time to do a few takes and then edit together the best segments.Enable and encourage comments. Videos, email marketing and social media marketing go hand-in-hand-in-hand. Get your viewers talking and sharing. Good videos go viral and are great for building brand awareness.Incorporate a call to action. This can add interactivity at the end of your video (i.e. “For more information…,” “To take our survey…,” “To share your story with us…”).Related: Digital Cameras Offer Fresh PerspectivesVideo is a fun and effective marketing tool that’s accessible to entrepreneurs — even those who are on a budget. Think about which of your marketing messages could benefit most by the color that video brings to the mix. If a picture says 1,000 words, a video can say it bigger, brighter and better. Marketing April 22, 2011 Enroll Now for $5last_img read more


How Google Glass Could Revolutionize the Medical Industry Infographic

first_img Add to Queue 0 min read September 9, 2013 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article How Google Glass Could Revolutionize the Medical Industry (Infographic)center_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares Kathleen Davis Technology Apply Now »last_img


New iPhones Set Record Sales in First Weekend

first_imgProject Grow Image credit: Apple 2 min read Reuters Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. September 28, 2015 New iPhones Set Record Sales in First Weekendcenter_img Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Apple said on Monday it had sold more than 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Pluses during their first weekend on the market, setting a record for its marquee product.The company beat its previous record of 10 million in sales for the previous generation of iPhones in its first weekend in 2014. This year’s results benefited from the inclusion of the Chinese market, where regulatory problems delayed the gadget’s debut last year.Analysts had expected the company to sell 12 million to 13 million phones this past weekend.“Customers’ feedback is incredible, and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos,” Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said in a statement. “We can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.”Analysts had said Apple was virtually assured to set a new record for iPhone sales with the inclusion of China, which many expect will soon be the company’s largest market.But the figures announced on Monday suggest Apple’s iPhone sales were up overall, said FBR Capital Markets senior analyst Daniel Ives. He said the sales figures should ease investors’ concerns about how Apple will fare amid economic turmoil in China.“Demand out of China looks white-hot,” Ives said.Moor Insight & Strategy analyst Patrick Moorhead said the sales figures also suggested Apple seized some market share from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, its chief rival in the smartphone market.Apple said the new iPhones would be available in more than 40 additional countries starting Oct. 9, reaching more than 130 countries by the end of the year.The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus arrived in stores on Friday, kicking off a sales cycle that will be scrutinized for signs of how much allure remains for the smartphone.The company relies heavily on the sale of its flagship iPhones, which generated nearly two-thirds of its revenue in the latest quarter.Shares of Apple were down 1.5 percent at $112.97 in early trading.(Reporting by Julia Love; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Lisa Von Ahn)last_img read more


Tesla to Work Exclusively With Panasonic for Model 3 Battery

first_img Image credit: John Leyba | Getty Images Tesla Motors is working exclusively with Panasonic Corp. to supply batteries for the Model 3, its first mass-market car, the U.S. automaker’s chief executive said on Wednesday, sending Panasonic shares higher.Reuters reported a day earlier a source with direct knowledge of the matter saying that Samsung SDI was making progress in talks with Tesla to supply batteries for the electric car, as well as Tesla’s energy storage systems.The source said Tesla, which currently buys batteries from Panasonic, was likely to add Samsung SDI as a supplier for Model 3 if and when Tesla’s battery plant were not able to produce enough batteries to meet demand.Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday the company was “working exclusively with Panasonic for Model 3 cells.”In a response to Reuters’ inquires, a Tesla spokeswoman said on Tuesday by email that “Tesla works with all leading battery manufacturers around the world, however we don’t comment on the details of the programs with specific suppliers.” Panasonic said last month it was ready to bring forward its investment in Tesla’s battery plant it is helping establish if required to meet demand for Tesla’s first mass-market car.The Japanese company plans to contribute $1.6 billion to Tesla’s $5 billion “Gigafactory” in phases over the next few years.Citing “tremendous demand,” Musk said in April that Tesla planned to boost total vehicle production to 500,000 in 2018 — two years earlier than its original target. Suppliers have said the goal will be difficult to achieve.Tesla has taken 373,000 orders for its Model 3 — which has a starting price of $35,000, about half its Model S — and has said it would begin customer deliveries in late 2017.”It remains to be seen whether the orders will translate into actual sales,” the Reuters source said, asking not to be identified as the discussions were confidential. A Samsung SDI spokesman declined to comment.Shares in Samsung SDI tumbled 8 percent on Wednesday after surging 6.3 percent a day earlier.Shares in Panasonic gained as much as 6.3 percent to a one-week high on Wednesday after Musk’s comment. It closed up 3.5 percent.(Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Eric Meijer) –shares Tesla to Work Exclusively With Panasonic for Model 3 Battery Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5 Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuterscenter_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article 2 min read Tesla Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. June 8, 2016last_img read more


Trump Team Says Twitter Too Small to Be Included in Tech Meeting

first_img December 15, 2016 –shares Twitter Twitter’s platform played a big role in Trump’s ability to speak directly to millions of voters. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Reuters 3 min read Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters President-elect Donald Trump left Twitter off the invitation list for a meeting of technology company executives on Wednesday because it is too small, a spokesman for his transition team told Reuters.The omission of Twitter from the meeting surprised some in the industry given Trump’s prolific use of the social media platform during his election campaign and the company’s high profile in discussions over policy issues such as cyber security and the spread of violent online propaganda.”They weren’t invited because they aren’t big enough,” the transition official said.With a market capitalization of $13.85 billion, Twitter is smaller than Facebook and Amazon, companies that were included in the meeting in New York.The smallest company in attendance was electric car maker Tesla, with a market capitalization of $31.92 billion.Twitter’s platform played a big role in Trump’s ability to speak directly to millions of voters. Trump leveraged his sizable following on Twitter to circumvent traditional media to speak directly to the public and to bash his opponents.During the Obama administration, Twitter was a regular participant in meetings meant to address technology concerns, especially given its use by groups such as Islamic State and the ease with which the site is used for online bullying.One source familiar with Trump’s relationship with Twitter said the decision to exclude Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey was motivated by the president-elect’s ire at the company, which rejected an advertising deal with his campaign in October.Trump’s election campaign had offered to pay to have an emoji, or small picture, that would show up on tweets during the second presidential debate anytime Twitter users tweeted the phrase “#Crooked Hillary,” Republican Trump’s nickname for his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.Twitter rejected the deal, saying it might mislead users who would not be able to tell that the campaign had paid for the emoji.The Trump transition spokesman said the emoji had nothing to do with the invitation omission. The official said Trump has had public spats with other tech leaders who were invited, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, and Apple CEO Tim Cook, who hosted a fundraiser for Clinton.Trump, speaking to the group of technology officials at the meeting, acknowledged others had been left off the list, but he did not mention Twitter specifically.”I won’t tell you the hundreds of calls we’ve had asking to come to this meeting,” he said to laughter in the room, “and I will say Peter (Thiel) was sort of saying ‘no that company’s too small,’ and these are monster companies.”(By Ginger Gibson; Addtional reporting by Emily Stephenson and Dustin Volz; editing by Grant McCool) Trump Team Says Twitter Too Small to Be Included in Tech Meeting Register Now » Image credit: rvlsoft | Shutterstocklast_img read more


Two Arguably Avoidable Things Led to the Huge Lawsuit Between Alphabet and

first_img Nina Zipkin Legal Issues No matter how carefully chosen and tight knit your team may be, it’s important to remember that they are fallible people who make mistakes — and could always decide to go elsewhere should a new opportunity arise.An ongoing legal conflict between Alphabet and Uber has thrown this fact into stark relief. Earlier this winter, Waymo, Google’s self-driving car company, brought a lawsuit against the embattled ride-hailing service, alleging that Uber stole the proprietary design of a system built in its vehicles.A key person in the case is Anthony Levandowski, an engineer who left Waymo and launched self-driving truck company Otto, which he sold to Uber, where he is currently the VP of Engineering.Related: Waymo Asks Court to Halt Uber’s Self-Driving CarsWhen Levandowski worked at Waymo, he said that he downloaded a trove of data about the company’s self-driving technology onto his laptop so he could work remotely. Waymo alleges that Levandowski used that information to build his company.But this may not have come to light had it not been for a mistaken email.In December, a Waymo employee received an email from a vendor intended for Uber. In the email were specs for Otto’s circuit board technology — a central system for the self-driving vehicles — that Waymo alleges looks very similar to the tech it’s developing.So what can you learn all of this?Related: Are Self-Driving Cars Finally Ready for Consumers? What Entrepreneurs Need to Know.If your company works with patented information or simply sensitive data, make sure that your protocols for file sharing and remote work are up to date and clear to everyone.Also, consider what preemptive moves you can make — such as having your employees sign nondisclosure agreements — if you are concerned about the work falling into the hands of a competitor.And, of course, take some time to check that your emails are going to the intended recipients.We’ve reached out to Waymo for more details and will update with any comment.  Two Arguably Avoidable Things Led to the Huge Lawsuit Between Alphabet and Uber Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Every company could be at risk. –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img Add to Queue Next Article March 17, 2017 Image credit: Waymo Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more


The Mooch Trump Will Legalize Cannabis After the Midterms

first_img Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneur November 5, 2018 Add to Queue –shares Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. To hear Anthony Scaramucci tell it, President Trump is an advocate of the federal legalization of marijuana and he’s just playing politics right now. In an interview first noted by website Marijuana Moment, Charles Peralo, founder of  Succeed.com, asks the former White House Communications Director whose tenure lasted a total of 5 days  if he thought Trump would make a change on his stance on marijuana. “I do. I think he’s going to legalize marijuana,” said Scaramucci, who calls himself “The Mooch.” I think he’s waiting for after the midterms. I think he’s on the side of legalization. I think the attorney general probably wasn’t.”Probably? Attorney General Jeff Session has made no secret of his disdain for weed. This is the same guy who made the decision to rescind the protections granted the marijuana industry by the Cole Memo.Related: Jeff Sessions’ War on Marijuana Is a Bit of a Yawner and Could Backfire On HimBut back to Trump for a minute. While he has said ( sort of) that he supports the bipartisan STATES bill, which “ensures that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders.” His endorsements have so far been vague and non-committal, saying he would “probably” support it. Related: Trump Says He’ll “Probably” Back New Marijuana BillIt’s unclear if The Mooch has inside information, or if he’s just making a prediction based on his gut, but he’s not the only Trump supporter making these claims.  Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) told an interviewer last month about cannabis legalization: “I would expect after the election we will sit down and we’ll start hammering out something that is specific and real.”Watch the video of The Mooch’s bold prediction. which begins at 28:00 minutes.   The former White House Communications Director makes a bold prediction. But is it fake news? Subscribe Now The Mooch: ‘Trump Will Legalize Cannabis After the Midterms’ Entrepreneur Staff 2 min read Jonathan Small Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Politics Next Article last_img read more


Apple Google Amazon Microsoft Sued Over Massive Music Piracy

first_img Visit any of the major digital music stores and you’ll find unauthorized copies of songs for sale and streaming. The stores know this is happening, but don’t seem to care. That’s the claim being made in a lawsuit filed by the estate of well-known composer Harold Arlen.As Forbes reports, the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. district court of California with a very long list of defendants including Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Pandora, along with the music distributors they work with. It accuses the companies of selling over 6,000 unauthorized recordings of songs Harold Arlen composed and that this counts as “massive music piracy operations in the digital music stores and streaming services.” The lawsuit goes on to claim that the defendants have “joined with notorious music pirates to sell and stream thousands of pirated recordings.”The piracy takes the form of recordings offered using alternative record labels at a cheaper price than the authorized copies. In some cases the cover art has been doctored to remove the legitimate record label logo.The lawsuit seeks to stop any and all copyright infringement by the digital music stores as well as seeking damaged for the infringements that have already occurred under the federal copyright statute. The total amount being sought is in the region of $4.5 million.On its own, losing this case would hardly be felt by the likes of cash-rich Apple, Google, and Microsoft. But in context, this is just one composer and over 6,000 songs. What happens if the Arlen estate wins and all the other composers out there start filing similar lawsuits? They’d likely win and all would want massive payouts. With that in mind, I predict a strong defense against the lawsuit while the digital music stores quickly review the legitimacy of all the songs they sell followed by the quiet removal of any that are of questionable origin. May 20, 2019 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: via PC Mag Next Article Senior Editor Enroll Now for $5 Matthew Humphries Add to Queuecenter_img The estate of well-known Broadway composer Harold Arlen claims the major digital music stores are full of unauthorized copies of his songs. Piracy This story originally appeared on PCMag –shares 2 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft Sued Over ‘Massive Music Piracy’last_img read more


Barry Callebaut buys ingredient business of US Gertrude Hawk

first_imgGertrude Hawk makes coatings, inclusions and fillings for various applications.Barry Callebaut buys ingredient business of US’ Gertrude HawkPosted By: News Deskon: September 07, 2017In: Business, Confectionery, Food, Industries, Ingredients, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailChocolate company Barry Callebaut has agreed to acquire the ingredients division of US-based Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, expanding its decorations and inclusions business in North America.In particular, Gertrude Hawk Ingredients has developed a number of technologies and processes to make ice cream and baking inclusions, with its products supporting brands and retail stores across the US. It builds on the previously announced acquisition of Italian toppings and decorations business D’Orsogna Dolciaria.Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Gertrude Hawk Ingredients sold 13,000 tonnes of ingredients and generated €70 million in sales in the last financial year. The acquisition includes a manufacturing facility in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as well as around 370 employees.Barry Callebaut itself turned over €6.1 billion, employing close to 10,000 people across more than 50 production sites worldwide.The Swiss company’s CEO, Antoine de Saint-Affrique, said the business ‘intends to further build’ on Gertrude Hawk’s talent and capabilities.He said: “We continue to consistently execute our ‘smart growth’ strategy by growing our value-added Specialties & Decorations business. Gertrude Hawk Ingredients adds new capabilities, technologies and skilled employees who we are happy to welcome to the Barry Callebaut family. “The acquisition allows us to expand our product portfolio into new markets, and offer an even wider range of products and services than before. Gertrude Hawk Ingredients will play a cornerstone role in our Specialty & Decorations business.”Gertrude Hawk Chocolates chairman Dave Hawk said: “Barry Callebaut has at its fingertips everything needed to continue the growth of the business, including a seasoned, highly respected sales force that calls on virtually every baker and ice cream maker of any size around the world.”Hawk, who is the grandson of founder Gertrude Hawk, also said that Barry Callebaut’s involvement would be good for the local area.“From a community perspective, this is a dream come true,” he added. “We have the opportunity to bring a world-renowned, state-of-the-art chocolate manufacturer to the Scranton area. How often does that happen?”Share with your network: Tags: Barry CallebautchocolateUSlast_img read more


Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades

first_imgTopics Share on Messenger Share via Email news “The internal correspondence noted by Johnson could support a jury finding that Monsanto has long been aware of the risk that its glyphosate-based herbicides are carcinogenic … but has continuously sought to influence the scientific literature to prevent its internal concerns from reaching the public sphere and to bolster its defenses in products liability actions,” Karnow wrote. “Thus there are triable issues of material fact.”Johnson’s case, filed in San Francisco county superior court in California, is at the forefront of a legal fight against Monsanto. Some 4,000 plaintiffs have sued Monsanto alleging exposure to Roundup caused them, or their loved ones, to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Another case is scheduled for trial in October, in Monsanto’s home town of St Louis, Missouri.The lawsuits challenge Monsanto’s position that its herbicides are proven safe and assert that the company has known about the dangers and hidden them from regulators and the public. The litigants cite an assortment of research studies indicating that the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicides, a chemical called glyphosate, can lead to NHL and other ailments. They also cite research showing glyphosate formulations in its commercial-end products are more toxic than glyphosate alone. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015. Carey Gillam Health Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Read more Shares9,9169916 Monsanto has been accused of hiding the dangers of its popular Roundup products for decades, a claim the company denies.Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has just months to live. Now Johnson, a husband and father of three in California, hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate.On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products – and his case has just received a major boost.Last week Judge Curtis Karnow issued an order clearing the way for jurors to consider not just scientific evidence related to what caused Johnson’s cancer, but allegations that Monsanto suppressed evidence of the risks of its weed killing products. Karnow ruled that the trial will proceed and a jury would be allowed to consider possible punitive damages. … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media. At this pivotal time for our species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.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.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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Monsanto does not want the truth about Roundup and cancer to become publicMichael Miller, attorney Tue 22 May 2018 06.00 EDT Share on LinkedIn Agriculture Farming Share on Twitter According to the court record, Johnson had a job as a groundskeeper for the Benicia unified school district where he applied numerous treatments of Monsanto’s herbicides to school properties from 2012 until at least late 2015. He was healthy and active before he got the cancer diagnosis in August 2014. In a January deposition, Johnson’s treating physician testified that more than 80% of his body was covered by lesions, and that he probably had but a few months to live. Johnson has improved since starting a new drug treatment in November but remains too weak sometimes to even speak or get out of bed, his attorneys and doctors state in court filings.Monsanto’s lawyers plan to introduce evidence that other factors caused Johnson’s cancer, to challenge the validity of the science Johnson’s claims rely on, and to present their own experts and research supporting safety. The company has an EPA draft risk assessment of glyphosate on its side, which concludes that glyphosate is not likely carcinogenic.Carey Gillam is a journalist and author, and a public interest researcher for US Right to Know, a not-for-profit food industry research group. Pinterest In June, a California groundskeeper will make history by taking company to trial on claims it suppressed harm of Roundup Facebook Read more This article is more than 1 year old This article is more than 1 year old Monsanto Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades Cancer California A march against the powerful agrochemical company Monsanto in Bordeaux, France, on 19 May. Photograph: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images Last modified on Mon 13 Aug 2018 08.19 EDT Monsanto Monsanto “championed falsified data and attacked legitimate studies” that revealed dangers of its herbicides, and led a “prolonged campaign of misinformation” to convince government agencies, farmers and consumers that Roundup was safe, according to Johnson’s lawsuit.“We look forward to exposing how Monsanto hid the risk of cancer and polluted the science,” said Michael Miller, Johnson’s attorney. “Monsanto does not want the truth about Roundup and cancer to become public.” Monsanto has fiercely denied the allegations, saying its products are not the cause of cancer. The IARC finding was wrong, according to Monsanto, as are studies finding glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup to be potentially carcinogenic. Monsanto points to findings by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other regulatory authorities as backing its defense. Twitter Share on Facebook Carey Gillam Share on Pinterest “Glyphosate-based herbicides are supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health and environmental effects databases ever compiled for a pesticide product,” Monsanto states on its website. “Comprehensive toxicological and environmental fate studies conducted over the last 40 years have time and again demonstrated the strong safety profile of this widely used herbicide.”A company spokeswoman did not respond to a request for additional comment.How the Johnson lawsuit plays out could be a bellwether for how other plaintiffs proceed. If Johnson prevails, there could be many more years of costly litigation and hefty damage claims. If Monsanto successfully turns back the challenge, it could derail other cases and lift pressure on the firm. As the crisis escalates… Reuse this content Monsanto says its pesticides are safe. Now, a court wants to see the proof Share via Emaillast_img read more


Homeland security chief defends Trumps plan to send troops to border

first_imgTopics Share on WhatsApp Is the US in an ‘illegal’ immigration crisis? Border patrol data suggests otherwise Share on LinkedIn US immigration news Last modified on Mon 5 Nov 2018 16.42 EST Amanda Holpuch in New York Trump administration Share on Facebook Homeland security chief defends Trump’s plan to send troops to border Share via Email The caravan has traveled 1,000km (621 miles) from San Pedro Sula in Honduras and has shrunk from 7,000 people to 4,000 halfway through its journey to the border.Travelers, many of whom are families seeking safety by traveling in a group instead of making the trek alone, complain of illness, sunburn and exhaustion.Previous caravans traveling from Central America have dwindled from thousands to hundreds of people by the time they reach the border. And the majority of people in them apply for asylum.To explain why the government might send 15,000 troops to the border, instead of relying on existing homeland security department resources, Nielsen said if the caravan members took trains or buses, they could be at the border in days – and if they continued on foot, it could be at least a month until they arrive. “No, we do not have the capacity, capability to address that type of flow,” she said.When asked whether she agreed with the president’s claim that an “invasion” was coming north, Nielsen described “second and third” waves of people migrating to Mexico, claiming they have been violent. “By the time we’re talking about molotov cocktails and use of firearms, it’s my duty to make sure our officers and agents are secure,” she said.There is a second group of 300 people from El Salvador and a third group that confronted police at the Guatemala-Mexico border on Sunday. Some threw rocks and glass bottles and local first responders told Reuters that 26-year-old Henry Adalid was killed by a rubber bullet. The Mexican government denied that officers were armed.“In general, mass migrations are dangerous for the migrants themselves,” Nielsen said. “It needs to be safe, it needs to be orderly.”Nielsen’s defense of increased border militarization comes amid two years of efforts by the Trump administration to restrict immigration to the US, including by targeting the asylum and refugee process.In June, the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ordered US immigration courts to stop granting asylum to victims of domestic abuse and gang violence.In August 2017, the Trump administration announced it shut down the Central American Minors (Cam) program, which allowed people lawfully in the US to apply for refugee resettlement or temporary immigration status for their children or other eligible family members.It has also shrunk refugee admissions to a record low – making it more difficult for people to apply for refuge from their home country instead of pursuing a case at the border. Share on Twitter This article is more than 8 months old Read more Shares2424 Read more Share on Twittercenter_img Kirstjen Nielsen, the Department of Homeland Security secretary, defended the Trump administration’s plan to increase border militarizationPhotograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Though Nielsen met on Friday morning to discuss election security, the crowd of consultants, professors and not-for-profit workers questioned her instead on the administration’s immigration policies for nearly all of the 30 minutes allotted for a question and answer period.There were also protesters gathered outside each entrance to the Upper East Side building, carrying signs calling for the release of asylum seekers and showing closeup images of the ankle monitors used to track detained migrants waiting to face immigration court.One guest questioned Nielsen on Trump’s family separation policy, which allowed for mass separations of migrant children from their parents before Trump ended the policy amid public outcry.“What were you thinking when you announced that policy without having a tracking system?” asked Nina Gardner, a lecturer at Georgetown University.Gardner said luggage was treated with more respect than separated immigrant families, and asked: “What are we doing to reunify the children with their families now and how do you stay up at night?”Nielsen laughed before responding. “Thank you for the way in which your question was asked,” she said before mischaracterizing the family separation process.“I could say that DHS reinforced the law and unfortunately some parents chose to break the law and enter the country in the way that did not go to a port of entry,” Nielsen continued. “We do have a tracking system.” Hundreds of families had been separated before the zero tolerance policy that allowed for family separation was announced in April and previous administrations only separated families if the adult posed a demonstrable risk to the child.The tracking system that exists now is the result of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of more than 2600 separated children demanding reunification of families.The DHS watchdog, the office of inspector general (OIG), said last month that the agency separated families without a system in place. The OIG report said: “DHS was not fully prepared to implement the administration’s zero tolerance policy or to deal with some of its after-effects.”This article was amended on 5 November 2018, following an editing error, to reflect accurately the response of Kirstjen Nielsen to the question from Nina Gardner about reunifying families. Fri 2 Nov 2018 16.05 EDT Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen backed increased militarization, and laughed off a question about Trump’s family separation policy Reuse this content The homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, defended the militarization of the US border on Friday, the morning after Donald Trump delivered an inflammatory, often factually incorrect, speech on immigration.At a meeting hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Nielsen was asked repeatedly about how her immigration enforcement agencies would carry out the potentially unconstitutional plans Trump outlined without detail, including a suggestion that soldiers would fire at people throwing rocks near the US-Mexico border.Her responses, while more articulate than the president’s, perpetuated the administration’s fear-mongering narrative about immigration and specifically targeted the caravan heading to the border from Honduras that has become a political pawn ahead of the midterm elections.“The challenge with the caravan is it’s a very amorphous concept, you don’t get a ticket to the caravan, it’s not a membership program,” Nielsen said. Migrant caravan families face illness, exhaustion and danger US immigration … 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. This article is more than 8 months old Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest @holpuch Since you’re here… Support The Guardianlast_img read more


Homer Player Audiobook player for visually impaired

first_imgUser-friendly interface for those with low vision:Book titles are read aloud when browsingThe buttons are large and in high-contrasting colors Reading is a favorite pastime for many individuals, but as people age, their eyesight may begin to deteriorate making it difficult to read.  Fortunately, there are several audiobook apps on smart devices allowing these individuals to get back to reading.  Though these apps have proven to be beneficial for a myriad of individuals, using a tablet or smartphone may be too complicated, especially for the elderly.  Homer Player is a great solution as it allows users to transform their tablet into a dedicated audiobook player.Check out the step-by-step guide on how to turn your tablet into a dedicated audiobook player here.  Here are the requirements to convert an Android tablet into a dedicated audiobook player:An Android tablet with Android 5.0 or newerAccess to a Mac or PCAbout 30 minutes of timeIt is suggested that the tablet have only volume and power buttons to make accessing audiobooks even easier.Homer Player Features: Easy stop:To stop the reading, users may simply place the device face down on a level surface. Audiobook support“Playback is geared towards audiobooks with folder-based navigation.  The folder name is the title.  Subfolders are treated as part of the same book (useful for books that come on multiple CDs.)”center_img Single application (kiosk) mode:With the kiosk mode enabled, the user’s actions are confined to the app, disabling all other functions of the device.This way a multipurpose tablet can be converted into solely an audiobook player, without additional complicated functions. To download the installation package to your phone or tablet, click here.-OR-Click here to learn more about the Homer Player.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedLearning Ally: updated version makes audio books easier to obtainApril 19, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”Claria Zoom app for AndroidNovember 10, 2015In “Apps”Downloadable Audiobooks from the Indianapolis Marion County Public LibraryMarch 29, 2011In “Services”last_img read more


5 Smart Plug Options for Your Home

first_imgI have written about several smart home appliances over the years.  While a lot of the technologies I write about can quickly become old news or outdated, anything related to smart home devices remains valid.  If you are wanting to turn your standard lamp or appliance into a smart device, one easy way to do it is through a smart plug.According to The Wirecutter, “A smart plug-in outlet is a perfect starter device for someone interested in smart-home technology: this small device plugs into any standard electrical outlet, letting you use a phone or tablet to control whatever you’ve plugged into the smart outlet, as well as to set up schedules and integrate the device into larger smart-home activities.”If you are interested in learning about different smart plugs, keep on reading.  There are so many available options on the market that it can be overwhelming to find the one that works best for you.  Hopefully the following list of 5 different options will help you out!5 Smart Plug Options1. Wemo Mini Smart Plug:The Belkin Wemo Mini is a smart outlet adapter for individuals who want to add remote control and automation to their existing fans, lamps, or other electrical devices.Features:According to The Wirecutter, it is “the most reliable Wi-Fi smart plug” they tested (out of 26)Voice control with Amazon Echo devices, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant; works with Apple HomeKit automaticallyCompact, sleek designEasy to set schedules and timersAway Mode turns plugged-in lights on and off randomly to create the illusion that you’re home even when you’re not2. Insteon On/Off Smart Plug Outlet:The Insteon Smart Plug is another option for a plug in smart module.  One “con” with this module however, is that it requires the Insteon Hub to work.  Insteon also offers a sleek, in-wall outlet that works independently; click here to learn more.Features:Compatible with Amazon Echo devices; use your voice to control Insteon lights and appliances with Amazon EchoAbility to control lights and appliances from your wrist with the Insteon app on the Apple WatchRequires Insteon Hub to control from any smartphone or tablet (iOS, Android, and Windows compatible)Controls small appliances up to 1800 watts3.Voltson WiFi Smart Plug:Etekcity offers an affordable smart plug option that works without a central hub.  The Voltson WiFi Smart Plug allows you to create customized schedules for your devices so that they run when you want.Features:Works with Amazon Echo devices, Google Assistant, and IFTTTNo hub required; Voltson simply connects to your home networkTurn connected devices on/off wherever you are at any timeEasy to install4. Edimax Wi-Fi Smart Plug with Power Meter:The Edimax SP-2101W Smart Plug Switch with Power Meter easily plugs into any wall outlet and enables you to switch or schedule a connected device on/off from your smartphone.Features:In addition to easily switching devices on/off, this plug monitors the status and power usage of your appliancesYou can get data about power usage around your home with daily, weekly, and monthly stats available to help you identify where you can save energyWith mobile app, you can easily schedule timers and more for lights, fans, and other electrical devicesWorks with your existing Wi-Fi network; no hardware installation is required5. iClever IC-BS06 Outdoor Smart Outlet:If you are looking for an affordable smart outlet to control different appliances outside, check out the iClever IC-BS06 Outdoor Outlet.Features:Can be used indoors and outdoors; the power strip is completely water-resistant so you can use it outside for your sprinklers, sound system, lights, and so much moreEasily set timers for your devices to turn on/offPower strip equipped with surge protection and timing settings that eliminate potential hazards like power surges and overheatingCompatible with Amazon Echo devices and Google AssistantShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Relatedlast_img read more


LOCALACT Releases Version 30 with Enhanced User Experience Feature Upgrades and Expanded

first_imgSome of the world’s most recognizable franchise systems integrate with LOCALACT to drive increases in local market share and customer acquisition, including Anytime Fitness, Edible Arrangements, JAN-PRO and more. Through centralized location data management, hyper-local ad campaigns on search and social channels and customer reviews management, the proprietary platform helps franchisees and business owners turn online marketing programs into actual customers and revenue. LOCALACT‘s Local Marketing Advisors also provide support, education and training to franchisees aiming to get the most out of their own local marketing budgets.Marketing Technology News: Freshworks Joins Hands With OrangeOne Corporation, to Aid Digital Transformation of Businesses in Japan“LOCALACT is truly a product of our decade-plus experience in developing localized franchise marketing strategies, and 3.0 represents our biggest step forward in helping our partners further grow their businesses and revenue at the local level,” said Alex Porter, CEO of Location3 and Certified Franchise Executive.Marketing Technology News: SentinelOne Announces $120 Million Series D The Premier Local Digital Marketing Platform for Franchises and Multi-Location Businesses Releases Biggest Software Upgrade to Date, Featuring New Online Interface and Technology “Today’s release is a major step forward for LOCALACT, expanding our services, improving accessibility, and adding features that drive more value for our customers and give them more empowerment than ever before,” said Ryan Guilford, Chief Technology Officer of Location3. Added LOCALACT‘s Product Director, David Kelly, “We’re fortunate to have gained a lot of valuable feedback over the past year from franchisees and business owners regarding our product, and we’re really excited that we’ve been able to incorporate those insights as new features and updates in this latest version of the platform.”Marketing Technology News: New Global Report Reveals 9 in 10 Companies See ‘Self-Service’ as the Future for Customers franchise marketing agencyLocal Marketing AdvisorsLOCALACT 3.0LOCALACT PlatformLocation3Marketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleMetadata.io Named Leader in G2 Crowd Spring 2019 Grid Report for Account-Based ExecutionNext ArticleAlexandra Shapiro Joins LendingClub as Chief Marketing Officercenter_img Location3, the leading franchise marketing agency in the United States, announced that it has released a brand new, upgraded version (3.0) of its popular LOCALACT platform. LOCALACT 3.0 presents an entirely redesigned and enhanced user experience, providing easier access to key results and performance metrics, a new enrollment experience for local business owners and a more defined organization of data. LOCALACT Releases Version 3.0 with Enhanced User Experience, Feature Upgrades and Expanded Franchisee Support PRNewswireJune 11, 2019, 3:09 pmJune 11, 2019 last_img read more


Nintendo Switch Controllers Are Beginning to Fail in Large Numbers

first_img By Joel Hruska on July 17, 2019 at 10:02 am The Truth About Thor’s Jane Foster 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard 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 Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman 25 Comments Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming Tagged In microsoftgamingsonynintendoconsolesNintendo SwitchportableJoyCondriftJoyCon controllersJoyCon driftRRODSwitch Mini Post a Comment 25 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Nintendo Switch Controllers Are Beginning to Fail in Large Numbers The Biggest ‘Arrow’ Plot Holes No One Ever Talks About The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder The Real Reason Captain Marvel Was Barely in ‘Endgame’ Nintendo’s Switch has been a huge hit for the company. We’ve heard relatively little news of problems with the hardware since soon after launch when JoyCon controller connection issues proved to be an issue for some users.It turns out, however, that the JoyCon controllers — which are fairly expensive, at $80 per set — have an issue that’s been an increasing problem for gamers: drift. It’s apparently not unusual for these controllers to begin to read input from a controller stick, as though an individual actually had their thumb on it and were pushing the analog controller in a specific direction. The issue is distinct from a calibration problem and is not resolved by recalibrating a JoyCon. It doesn’t happen at first, but it may appear after several weeks or months of play.Standard explanations for this kind of problem include connection errors, dirt or grime building up inside the controller, or people (children especially) simply being too hard on the Switch’s internals while playing it. The reports from players are too numerous to chalk up solely to these explanations, however. One gamer, LocusAintBad on Reddit, who insists he’s treated his Switch with the utmost care and has used a Switch Pro controller for all “rough” gaming, has nevertheless seen this issue appear on his JoyCons, even though he’s only used them lightly over four months of ownership, relying primarily on the Switch Pro.Kotaku notes that there are widespread reports of JoyCon drift all over multiple Switch gaming communities and tons of videos on YouTube that purport to show people how to resolve the problem. There’s a cottage industry of mods and fixes. Kotaku notes that roughly a quarter of the Switch-owning staff have had issues with drift. Nintendo Life states that nearly all of their employees have been impacted. Nintendo will honor a warranty on your Switch controllers, provided the device is in-warranty, but some buyers have been through multiple pairs of Switch controllers, most or all of which have shown signs of drift within weeks to months.This kind of repetitive failure rate can be key to diagnosing whether an issue is really hitting users. Forums have a well-known tendency towards negative reports because all of the people who aren’t having Switch problems don’t show up to post about it on technical support forums. Seeing people talk about having the same problem with multiple Switch controllers doesn’t guarantee that they aren’t causing it themselves, but it at least suggests an issue that goes beyond a single bad controller.According to Rainbopython, who examined the JoyCons in a teardown, the issue is caused by wear and tear on the internals of the device, which leads to residue build-up inside the controller, which causes the drift. This can apparently be addressed to at least some degree with DIY repairs. The frequency of failure and the repetitiveness of it, however, may or may not be permanently fixable at-home.@NintendoAmerica I’ve owned the switch for 4 months and am experiencing joycon drift already this is highly unacceptable and unprofessional. Your “Support” told me to pay $4 shipping to have you guys fix your faulty controller. No thanks. pic.twitter.com/PAnGO9BIcd— Daniel Jacques (@NemisisPlays) July 14, 2019Users are also concerned about what this could mean for the Switch Lite, which doesn’t have removable controllers at all. Having to ship a Switch Lite back to Nintendo for repair would be a far larger headache than switching to a Pro controller while the Switch JoyCons are off at Nintendo for repair.At the same time, however, two years is more than enough time to have diagnosed and fixed this issue and the high price of JoyCons means Nintendo has no excuse as far as continuing to ship the current designs. At $80 a pair, it doesn’t take all that many sets of JoyCons to add up to the base cost of the hardware itself. This may not be an issue to compare to Microsoft’s infamous RROD, but it’s big enough that Nintendo should’ve already fixed it.Now Read:Nintendo Unveils Switch Lite, Coming Sept. 20 for $199Nintendo: 34.74M Switches Sold, No Plans for New Hardware at E3Report: Smaller Nintendo Switch to Arrive Before More Powerful Version Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadderlast_img read more


NASA Will Send Flying Dragonfly Robot to Saturns Moon Titan

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. False Things You Believe About Marvel NASA Will Send Flying ‘Dragonfly’ Robot to Saturn’s Moon Titan This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel 16 Comments Most of what we know about Saturn’s moon Titan comes from the Cassini probe, which studied it repeatedly during its 13-year mission orbiting Saturn. Cassini is gone, but Titan is going to get another robotic visitor in the coming years. NASA has given the green light to the Dragonfly mission, a project to send a multi-rotor flying vehicle to the surface of Titan. This mission is on track to make history in more ways than one. Dragonfly is part of the agency’s New Frontiers program, which also includes Jupiter probe Juno, the OSIRIS-Rex asteroid mission, and more. This mission beat out a proposed comet sample return mission to become the fourth mission in New Frontiers. Dragonfly builds on a previously discontinued concept project called Titan Saturn System Mission (TSSM) that called for a balloon probe to circumnavigate Titan. Dragonfly is more flexible — it will be able to fly to specific locations to take readings on the surface of Titan. A multi-rotor drone wouldn’t be a viable way to explore most planets and moons, but Titan stands out. It’s one of the very few objects in the solar system with a thick atmosphere, up to four times more dense than Earth’s. Scientists are also anxious to get a close look at the moon’s lakes of liquid hydrocarbons and exotic crystal formations. Titan is the only object in the solar system other than Earth with permanent bodies of liquid on the surface, and NASA also believes this organic soup could contain the building blocks of life. Titan is the best place in the solar system to study this type of prebiotic chemistry. Dragonfly will have eight rotors powered by a Radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) similar to Curiosity, the Mars rover. NASA plans for a 2.7-year mission during which Dragonfly will move between multiple locations on Titan, covering at least 108 miles (175 kilometers). The Mars 2020 rover’s helicopter technology demonstrator will most likely be the first flying robot on another planet, but Dragonfly will be the first one to do science while flying. It will also be the most distant robotic explorer on the surface of a planet or moon. NASA is working with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to develop the lander, but the project is just leaving the proposal phase. Some details of the mission could still change before launch, which is scheduled for 2026. Dragonfly should arrive on Titan in 2034.Now read:Astronomers Find Evidence of Seasonal Weather on TitanTitan’s Lakes May Have ‘Bathtub Rings’ of Bizarre CrystalsNASA New Frontiers Finalists: Titan Quadcopter, Comet Sample Return Mission Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Tagged In sciencespacesaturntitandragonfly Post a Comment 16 Comments By Ryan Whitwam on June 28, 2019 at 7:01 am Cartoon Episodes So Controversial They Were Banned J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along The Inside Scoop On How ‘The Batman’ Is Coming Alonglast_img read more


Pacvue Releases IndustryFirst Excel Integration for Amazon Advertisers

first_imgPacvue Releases Industry-First Excel Integration for Amazon Advertisers MTS Staff WriterJuly 9, 2019, 6:02 pmJuly 10, 2019 eCommerce SaaS platformLunge MarketingMarketing TechnologyNewsPacvuePacvue XL Previous ArticleCisco Intends to Acquire Acacia CommunicationsNext ArticleUndertone Expands its Synchronized Digital Branding Offering to Connected Television with Alphonso Partnership Patent-Pending Pacvue Xl Combines Powerful Ecommerce Advertising Platform With the Data and Analytics Capabilities of ExcelPacvue announced the launch of Pacvue XL, the Excel version of Pacvue’s leading eCommerce SaaS platform for agencies, brands and sellers advertising in today’s online marketplaces. The patent-pending Excel integration is an industry-first technology enabling advertisers to leverage the powerful analytics capabilities of Excel paired with the key functionality of the Pacvue platform.Pacvue compiles a variety of data sources into a single intuitive platform, enhanced with a comprehensive suite of marketing automation and optimization tools. Pacvue XL, now available to all Enterprise users, can save users hours of time each week by automatically bringing Amazon ad data directly into Excel, without the need to manually export and organize data. Innovatively, Pacvue XL also allows users to update Amazon ad campaigns, including bulk changes, directly within both the online and offline versions of Excel, eliminating the need to switch back and forth between multiple dashboards.Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Welcomes Kim McLachlan as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing“We’re thrilled to provide an entirely new way for Amazon advertisers to manage their campaigns,” said Melissa Burdick, co-founder and President of Pacvue. “Excel has long been a favored tool of the eCommerce community for its powerful data and analytics capabilities and now, for the first time, advertisers can fully manage and monitor their Amazon campaigns with Excel. We’re very excited to share Pacvue XL with the entire community!”Built by Amazon veterans, Pacvue XL consists of the platform’s reporting, dashboard and keyword research features, enabling agencies and brands to build robust, customized reporting to analyze and share with clients and/or colleagues. This will allows users, many of whom already use Excel for of their analytics, to plug in the data aggregation and research power of Pacvue directly into their existing data infrastructure without the need to learn a new tool.Marketing Technology News: Cognitiv Launches First Deep Learning Incrementality Solution To Help Marketers Find New CustomersJason Strong, Vice President of Digital Advertising at Lunge Marketing, states: “The evolutionary and revolutionary leap of PacVue XL allows for broader analysis, deeper insights, and sharper visuals, facilitating competitive domination of your markets. What’s not to love?”Pacvue XL is available for all Amazon agencies, vendors and sellers who license the Pacvue platform with an active advertising account. To take advantage of the only tool on the market today that integrates the advanced flexibility, customization and reporting of Excel with a powerful eCommerce SaaS platform, access Pacvue XL as an Excel Add-On via the Microsoft Apps store.Marketing Technology News: Constant Contact Unveils New WooCommerce and Shopify Offerings at 2019 Internet Retailer Conferencelast_img read more