Despite Less Revenue BlackBerry Turns a Small Profit

first_img The new Blackberry Classic smartphone. Despite Less Revenue, BlackBerry Turns a Small Profit Next Article 2 min read Add to Queue December 19, 2014 Reuters center_img BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a small adjusted third-quarter profit and returned to positive cash flow, but shares fell as revenue declined more than expected.Revenue fell to $793 million from $1.19 billion a year earlier, falling short of expectations. Analysts expected $931.5 million.BlackBerry’s Nasdaq-listed shares fell 5.6 percent to $9.50 in premarket trading.Cash flow was positive $43 million in the third quarter, while the company had negative cash flow of $36 million in the second quarter. BlackBerry had said it was targeting break-even cash flow by the end of the fiscal year in February 2015.Colin Gillis, tech analyst at BGC Partners in New York, said BlackBerry Chief Executive Officer John Chen did a good job controlling expenses to boost the company’s cash pile.”The fact that he overachieved by turning cash flow positive this quarter. That’s a great milestone,” said Gillis. “It gets easier from here.”Excluding, a one-time non-cash debenture charge and restructuring charges, the company reported a profit of 1 cent a share. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S expected a loss of 5 cents.The Waterloo, Ontario-based company reported a net loss of $148 million, or 28 cents a share, in the quarter ended Nov. 29. That compared with a year-earlier loss of $4.4 billion, or $8.37 a share.BlackBerry launched its long-awaited Classic smartphone on Wednesday, hoping to help win back market share and woo customers still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. The phone resembles its once wildly popular Bold and Curve handsets.(Reporting by Euan Rocha, Allison Martell, Jeffrey Hodgson and Alastair Sharp; Editing by W Simon and J Benkoe) Image credit: Reuters | Brendan McDermid This story originally appeared on Reuters BlackBerry –shareslast_img read more

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American Airliness Cheap Fares Come With Restrictions

first_img Leave the carry-on at home and don’t expect a window seat. Stephanie Mlot American Airlines This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Next Article Image credit: via PC Mag Add to Queue Reporter at PCMagcenter_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Move over Southwest, Spirit and JetBlue — the U.S. has a new budget carrier: American Airlines.The world’s largest airline this week introduced new Basic Economy fares with the most basic passenger benefits.   Starting next month, customers in 10 select markets can pay the lowest available prices in exchange for a number of flying perks: seats are assigned at check-in (not chosen when booking), only one personal item (that fits under the seat) is allowed, you board the plane last and there are no upgrades, changes or refunds available.Elite customers and eligible AAdvantage credit card members maintain a few added benefits like earning frequent flyer miles, though elite status qualifications are cut in half.The on-board experience, meanwhile, remains the same — you’ll sit in regular Main Cabin seats, view the same in-flight entertainment and receive complimentary drinks and a snack.”American Airlines now has something to offer every customer, from those who want simple, low-price travel to those who want an ultra-premium experience via First Class,” company president Robert Isom said in a statement. “Importantly, this new fare product also gives American the ability to compete more effectively with the growing number of ultra low-cost carriers.”United and Delta also offer heavily discounted fares — with most of the same restrictions as AA.”Our goal is to make sure that all customers have the opportunity to purchase a ticket on American that works for their specific needs,” Isom said. “We will work hard to ensure transparency, provide clear explanations of these fares, and we look forward to continuing to offer a wide variety of services to our customers.” American Airlines’s Cheap Fares Come With Restrictions –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business January 19, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more

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Facebook and Google Identified as Victims of 100 Million Email Scam

first_img April 28, 2017 Image credit: Shutterstock The U.S. Department of Justice last month announced details of a $100 million “fraudulent email compromise scheme” against two unnamed “multinational internet companies.” Now, thanks to Fortune, we know the identity of those companies: Facebook and Google.|Fortune on Thursday, citing an unnamed person familiar with the investigation, reported that Facebook approached the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan asking for help recovering the millions it lost in the scheme. Facebook in a statement to the news outlet confirmed it was one of the fraud victims.”Facebook recovered the bulk of the funds shortly after the incident and has been cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation,” a company spokesperson told Fortune.Google also this week confirmed it was a victim. “We detected this fraud against our vendor management team and promptly alerted the authorities,” a Google spokesperson told Fortune. “We recouped the funds and we’re pleased this matter is resolved.”Neither Facebook nor Google immediately responded to PCMag’s request for comment.The new revelations come after the Justice Department last month announced the arrest of a Lithuanian Man named Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, who is charged with orchestrating an email scheme that tricked two “U.S.-based internet companies” to wire more than $100 million to bank accounts he controlled.According to the indictment, Rimasauskas carried out the scheme from at least 2013 through 2015. The fraudster allegedly registered and incorporated a company in Latvia that “bore the same name as an Asian-based computer hardware manufacturer” with whom the U.S. tech giants did business. He then spoofed emails to look like they were coming from the Asian supplier — identified last month as Taiwan’s Quinta Computer — directing the U.S. tech giants to make payments into his own bank accounts.Over the course of the scheme, he successfully tricked the victim companies into transferring more than $100 million into his own accounts. In other words, even tech giants like Facebook and Google fall for email scams.”This case should serve as a wake-up call to all companies — even the most sophisticated — that they too can be victims of phishing attacks by cyber criminals,” Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a statement last month. Facebook and Google Identified as Victims of $100 Million Email Scam Reporter Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Enroll Now for $5 Add to Queuecenter_img Scams Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag 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. Angela Moscaritolo These new revelations follow the arrest of a Lithuanian Man named Evaldas Rimasauskas, who is charged with orchestrating the scam. 2 min readlast_img read more

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Report Booming Cannabis Industry to More Than Double Employment Within a Year

first_img 3 min read 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. Guest Writer Employment –shares Image credit: Jeffrey Rotman | Getty Images For entrepreneurs or those looking to make a career move into a growing industry, cannabis continues to look like an attractive option.It’s not just jobs at dispensaries or grow houses, either, although employment in these areas are strong. The marijuana industry has become so big that many new jobs do not “touch the plant.” They are the types of professional jobs that accumulate around every robust industry.They include managers and directors, marketers, accountants, lawyers, security personnel and human resource workers. But what are the most in-demand positions? A new report sheds light on the issue.Related: The Bright Future of Cannabis RetailStaggering NumbersVangst, a California-based recruiting and job placement company that focuses on marijuana, recently projected growth in marijuana-related jobs of 220 percent in 2019. The company also reports the following about the marijuana job market.There was 690 percent growth in marijuana industry job listings between Jan.1, 2017 and Aug. 1, 2018The average salaries in marijuana increased 16.8 percent between 2017 and 2018The most hired positions in the cannabis industry are director of extraction, director of cultivation, compliance manager, dispensary manager, outside sales representatives, budtenders and trimmers.The company compiled the information using data from 1,200 employers in the marijuana industry.Related: This South Pacific Country Is Sponsoring Research Seeking a Cannabis Treatment for DiabetesPopular JobsOf the popular jobs, one of the most important and demanding is compliance manager. People in this role must ensure that a marijuana business complies with the hodgepodge of local and state laws. They also must monitor any changes with the federal government, which still classifies marijuana as illegal.Those in this position also create tracking systems from “seed to sale” that comply with government regulations.Finance also is a complicated issue and related to compliance. Those in accounting and finance must deal with a system that still denies most marijuana businesses any type of banking services. That’s because banks are concerned they will be penalized or even charged with committing a criminal act by supplying services to an industry that is illegal at the federal level.Vangst also provided salary information from its database for the top jobs. The average salary for those positions were:Director of extraction ($72,000)Director of cultivation ($88,000)Compliance manager ($62,500)Dispensary store manager ($56,250)Outside sales representative ($58,800)Budtender ($13.25 per hour)Trimmer ($12.25 per hour)The market for marijuana industry jobs continues to grow. Medical marijuana is legal in 30 states. Another nine states have approved recreational marijuana use: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia.About 207 million Americans live in these states, a majority of the total U.S. population, according to research from Politifact.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Next Article dispensaries.com Add to Queue September 27, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Legal marijuana is creating a vast number of new, well-paying jobs with no sign the growth will slow any time soon. Download Our iOS App Free Green Entrepreneur App Report: Booming Cannabis Industry to More Than Double Employment Within a Yearlast_img read more

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The New Dosist Store Is As Calming As Its Pens

first_img The pristine flagship in Venice puts the weed in wellness. The New Dosist Store Is As Calming As Its Pens Inside Angle Next Article –shares Add to Queue Venice, California — the birthplace of bodybuilding, skateboarding, and Snapcat — has always been a hotbed for new ideas. And that’s why the new dosist store on Abbot Kinney fits right in. “I couldn’t think of a better location in the world for an LA-based brand than Abbot Kinney,” says CEO, Gunner Winston. “World-class retail, the creative class that’s here, the number of people who come to this street.” More wellness center than weed shop, the dosist store sits proudly among Abbot Kinney’s high-end boutiques and eateries. Concierges greet you at an outdoor, trellised walkway that seems more suited to a Palm Springs spa than a dispensary. A tunnel transitions you from the foot traffic of the busy city street into the serenity of the main spaceDesigned with a massive assist from Chief Marketing Officer Anne-Marie Dacyshyn, the store’s layout is clean and well lit. Whitewashed maple displays showcase the company’s signature, precision pens. Introduced to the market 2016, the pens deliver a pre-measured 2.25 mg dose then vibrate when you’ve inhaled just the right amount. They also betray no judgment if you go back for seconds. Dosist pens were named one of TIME Magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of 2016, which is pretty impressive considering the honorees included an artificial pancreas. They come in six formulas: Bliss, Sleep, Calm, Relief, Arouse and Passion. Dosist has been in California for three years now, and at one point was sold in 250 dispensaries, but Winston has cut back on distribution, favoring customer service over mass consumption. “In retail, there’s so much focus on transactions,” he says, “but for us, it’s really about three things: inspiration, education and engagement. Sales are a distant fourth.” He points out that while only one in four people who walk into a Chanel store make a purchase, it’s their goal “to make sure the other three people have a wonderful experience.” To that end, Winston has hired staff from diverse professional backgrounds, such as retail, health care, and personal fitness. “We don’t have commission goals or targets like that, so the whole narrative changes.” Winston refers to the employees roaming the store as “guides,” who are there to demystify the world of THC and CBD and explain the benefits of their formulations. “People come to us for solutions,” he says. “It’s about finding solutions to ailments that affect your life. We want to take all of the noise out of the space.”  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Eric Weinberg 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. Writer/Producer Free Green Entrepreneur App Image credit: Angela Menosa Guest Writer 3 min read May 8, 2019 Download Our Free Android Applast_img read more

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Hilton Foods and Woolworths extend meat supply agreement

first_imgHilton Foods and Woolworths extend meat supply agreementPosted By: News Deskon: February 26, 2018In: Business, Food, Industries, Manufacturing, RetailPrintEmailHilton Food Group and supermarket chain Woolworths have extended their meat supply agreement, which will see Hilton Foods Australia (HFA) continue to supply value-added and packaged meat products for a further 15 years.HFA will also take full control of meat processing plants in Bunbury and Truganina in Australia from 1 July 2018 as a result of the agreement.The Bunbury and Truganina plants were previously operated by Woolworths Meats Co Pty, a joint venture between the two companies, and the operating assets are currently owned by Woolworths.HFA’s operation of the two plants will be subject to a two-year transitional agreement, after which Hilton will purchase the facilities outright for AUD 85 Million ($66.9 million).Hilton has also announced that it will commission a new meat processing plant in Queensland during the transition period.Robert Watson OBE, chief executive of Hilton commented: “We look forward to welcoming the Woolworths employees in Bunbury and Truganina to our team.“We have been working closely with Woolworths for five years and we have a deep understanding and respect for each other. Our long-term partnership with Woolworths is growing and this is the next phase of an even stronger relationship.“The long-term contract between us displays the mutual trust we have in our partnership and Hilton looks forward to working with the Woolworths team to strengthen further our world-class meat offer in Australia.”Pat McEntee, director of meat at Woolworths said: “Woolworths is pleased with the value the current joint venture has created within its meat supply chain and is excited to extend the partnership with Hilton to deliver affordable, innovative and convenient protein choices for its customers.”Share with your network: Tags: Hilton Food AustraliaHilton Food GroupmanufacturingmeatWoolworthslast_img read more

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Arla launches whey protein that helps snack bars retain softness

first_imgArla launches whey protein that helps snack bars retain softnessPosted By: Alex Clereon: July 02, 2018In: Food, Industries, Ingredients, Innovation, New products, SnacksPrintEmailArla Foods Ingredients has developed a whey protein solution to address the problem of textural deterioration in protein bars.The company will debut the Lacprodan TexturePro, which it said delivers “superior texture and softer bite for longer”, at IFT in Chicago later this month. Arla Foods Ingredients said this would ensure that bars remain soft right up until the end of their shelf-life.The sports bars category, which includes protein bars, has enjoyed a period of strong growth in recent years. According to Euromonitor International, value sales rose by an average of 7.8% a year between 2012 and 2017. The category has also become highly competitive, with the number of global product launches rising by an average of 18% a year over the same period, according to the Innova Database.However, with many protein bars, Arla explained, there is a high risk that they will develop an unpleasantly hard texture towards the end of their shelf-life. This can result in consumer complaints to retailers and shoppers switching to other brands. But TexturePro aims to offer a solution to this problem, delivering 45% improved texture and 60% reduced hardness after 15-18 months when just 5% of the ingredient is incorporated into the product.Inge Lise Povlsen, senior category manager for Arla Foods Ingredients, said: “With the number of protein bars on the market proliferating, it’s important to ensure your product stays in the best possible condition throughout its shelf-life. Consumers who have a negative experience with a product are less likely to buy it again. TexturePro makes it possible to maintain a nice soft texture in a protein bar with dramatically reduced hardness, avoiding the risk of disappointing your customers.”Lacprodan TexturePro is made in the European Union (EU) from milk sourced from grass-fed cows. It is non-GMO, free from emulsifiers and additives, and high in amino acid content.As well as high-protein bars, it is suitable for other products including low-carb bars, high-fibre bars and protein balls, Arla said.Share with your network: Tags: Arla Foods IngredientsDenmarkproteinUSwhey proteinlast_img read more

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Inspire Brands buys restaurant chain Sonic Corp in 23bn deal

first_imgInspire Brands buys restaurant chain Sonic Corp in $2.3bn dealPosted By: Contributoron: September 26, 2018In: Business, Food, Foodservice, Industries, Mergers & Acquisitions, RetailPrintEmailInspire Brands, the holding company of Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings, is acquiring US burger chain Sonic Corp in a $2.3 billion deal.Sonic, which operates more than 3,500 restaurants, will continue to be operated as an independent brand once the deal is completed.Inspire Brands was founded earlier this year by Roark Capital after the investment firm’s Arby’s bought Buffalo Wild Wings for $2.9 billion. It currently operates 4,700 restaurant locations worldwide.Last month The Wendy’s Company offloaded its 12.3% stake in Inspire Brands back to the company for $450 million. Inspire Brands CEO Paul Brown said: “Sonic is a highly differentiated brand and is an ideal fit for the Inspire family. We have tremendous respect for Sonic’s exceptional team of employees and franchise owners, who have built one of the industry’s most distinctive restaurant brands.“We’re excited to build on Sonic’s momentum as we leverage our combined expertise and capabilities to better serve guests, further support team members and franchisees and drive long-term growth.”Sonic Corp CEO Cliff Hudson said: “This value-maximising transaction validates the actions we have taken over the last year to grow traffic and improve sales while delivering differentiated offerings and superior guest service.“Our board of directors, taking into account the views of shareholders, conducted a comprehensive review of a wide range of strategic options to maximise shareholder value. This transaction delivers significant, immediate and certain value to Sonic shareholders, and the private ownership structure will provide important benefits to our guests, franchisees and employees.“As one of the largest owner-operators of company-owned and franchised restaurant brands, Inspire appreciates the unique culture of collaboration between Sonic and our franchisees. Sonic franchisees are engaged in planning regarding technology, new products and marketing programmes, and the team at Inspire recognises the central role our franchisees have played, and will continue to play, in Sonic’s success.“We look forward to working closely with Inspire as we continue to provide made-to-order American classics, distinctive flavours and the most personalised guest experience in our industry.”Share with your network: Tags: Inspire BrandsUSlast_img read more

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US supermarket gives lowsugar cereals prime placement on shelf

first_imgUS supermarket gives low-sugar cereals prime placement on shelfPosted By: Contributoron: November 08, 2018In: Food, Health, Industries, Labelling, RetailPrintEmailUS supermarket chain Raley’s is changing the layout of its breakfast cereal aisles to give prime placement to cereals with less sugar.Meanwhile, cereals with 25% or more of the total calories coming from added sugar, based on a standardised one-cup serving of cereal, will be moved to the bottom shelf.Raley’s said it is committed to promoting transparency to help customers make better decisions for their health.The California-headquartered company is responding to Nielsen research, which suggests that 22% of US households are restricting sugar intake, while 52% are actively trying to avoid artificial sweeteners.“We know that the changes in Raley’s stores can positively influence our customers’ choices,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s CEO.“Our team has thoughtfully developed a system to evaluate added sugar in cold cereals. We believe between education and product placement, we can help more customers identify and avoid added sugar.”In partnership with food label data company Label Insight, Raley’s has developed a sugar filter equation to guide the product placement on shelf.  The equation identified which cereals are ‘higher in added sugar’ and labelled with blue shelf tags, and ones which are ‘lower in added sugar’ and labelled with gold shelf tags.Yvette Waters, nutrition strategist and brand influencer at Raley’s, said: “Studies have shown that added sugars may contribute to a diet that is high in calories but low in essential nutrients. As the resident nutrition expert, I’m passionate about helping our customers find better for you options.”While Raley’s is starting in the cereal aisle, the company said it is currently analysing calories coming from added sugar in all processed foods, and has plans to expand to additional categories in the future.Share with your network: Tags: breakfast cerealsRaley’sUSlast_img read more

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Pepsi Max adds raspberry flavour to its UK portfolio

first_imgPepsi Max adds raspberry flavour to its UK portfolioPosted By: Martin Whiteon: March 04, 2019In: Beverage, Industries, New products, Soft drinksPrintEmailBritvic, the UK distributor of Pepsi soft drinks, has added a new raspberry flavour to the Pepsi Max soft drinks range, capitalising on the growing appetite for raspberry-flavoured and low sugar soft drinks.Pepsi Max Raspberry will supplement the cherry and ginger flavours in the sugar-free Pepsi Max range, which have generated a combined £80.5m in sales since they were launched.As more consumers shift away from high-sugar drinks, Pepsi claims that the Pepsi Max range is an increasingly important part of its soft drinks portfolio, worth £365m and growing 25.2% in value year-on-year.Available from retailers nationwide from March, the Pepsi Max Raspberry range will be available in 330ml cans with a suggested retail price of 67p, a 500ml bottle (SRP £1.39), a 600ml bottle (£1.39), a 1.5-litre bottle (£2.09) and a 2-litre bottle (£2.29).Trystan Farnworth, commercial director, convenience and impulse at Britvic, said: “The latest addition of raspberry to the Pepsi Max range is incredibly exciting for the brand. Our ginger and cherry variants have already proved incredibly popular since their launch, with Pepsi Max Cherry being the number one flavoured cola.“Pepsi Max delivers on all three category drivers; taste, health and relevance, and the launch of the new flavour will also deliver against these, helping retailers to continue to drive growth within the category.“Pepsi Max Raspberry is available across a variety of pack formats within the channel, from the two-litre bottle, ideal for sharing, to the smaller 500ml price-marked pack and 330ml cans.”Share with your network: Tags: BritvicPepsiPepsi MaxUKlast_img read more

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Neil Simon giant of American stage dies aged 91

first_img Neil Simon obituary Neil Simon Share on Twitter Pinterest Author of The Odd Couple and The Sunshine Boys won a Pulitzer and four Tonys, and dominated Broadway for many years Facebook The veteran broadcaster Dan Rather switched from discussing McCain’s life and legacy to write: “Neil Simon brought a unique eye for life to stage and screen. Through sharp characters and dialogue, he prodded us – in laughter and tears – to contend with the traits that make us human. Another voice who understood the power of art in our American story now belongs to eternity.” Share via Email Sun 26 Aug 2018 12.33 EDT First published on Sun 26 Aug 2018 11.54 EDT Share on Facebook Neil Simon, giant of American stage, dies aged 91 Twitter Bill Evans, a longtime friend and press agent for Simon and director of media relations at the Shubert Organization, a Broadway powerhouse, told reporters Simon died in a Manhattan hospital early on Sunday, of complications from pneumonia.In 2004, when Simon was 76 and going through dialysis, Evans gave him a kidney.“We’ve been friends for 25 years,” Simon told the New York Times. “It’s wonderful of him to do this.”Asked what he knew about such transplants and how he had decided to take such a huge step for his friend, Evans echoed accounts of Simon’s career.“You hear nothing but success stories,” he said. Neil Simon in 1994.Photograph: Gary Stuart/AP Share on Facebook This article is more than 10 months old news Martin Pengelly in New York Support The Guardian … 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.center_img In a picture from 1981, Simon and actor James Coco pose for a photo in New York. Photograph: AP Neil Simon Read more @MartinPengelly This article is more than 10 months old Shares1,4231423 Topics Simon was prolific – his hit plays and musicals included The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, Sweet Charity, The Sunshine Boys, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, which made Matthew Broderick a Broadway and Hollywood star. He was also a prolific author of screenplays, including successful adaptations of The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park. A standard Broadway joke had it that only William Shakespeare wrote more hit plays.Simon won the Pulitzer in 1991, for Lost in Yonkers, three Tony awards and one for special achievement, and the Mark Twain prize for humour. He was nominated for four screenplay Oscars without winning, but was a Kennedy Center honoree and had a Broadway Theater, the Alvin, named for him in 1983.In 1997, he told the Washington Post: “I know that I have reached the pinnacle of rewards. There’s no more money anyone can pay me that I need. There are no awards they can give me that I haven’t won. I have no reason to write another play except that I am alive and I like to do it.”Simon wrote comedy. Born in the Bronx in New York in 1927, he learned his trade in the city, writing jokes for comics including Sid Caesar, whose staff also included the young Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner.It was rich soil in which to grow: in his Paris Review interview, published in 1994, he remembered “the screaming and fighting – a cocktail party without the cocktails, everyone yelling lines in and out, people getting very angry at others who were slacking off”.Among the first tributes on social media on Sunday, the Seinfeld and Borat writer Larry Charles bracketed Simon with Woody Allen and Brooks as “three very similar and yet very different pillars of modern American comedy in the seventies (think Annie Hall, Blazing Saddles and the Odd Couple) … all … still deeply influential today”.The Star Wars actor Mark Hamill called Simon a “GIANT of the American Theatre”; Vincent D’Onofrio said he was a “genius”; Elaine Paige said: “He truly was the king of Broadway comedy.” News of Simon’s death came a day after it was announced that John McCain, the Repubican senator and presidential nominee, had died in Arizona, of brain cancer, at the age of 81. Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Read more The Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright Neil Simon has died, it was announced on Sunday. He was 91. Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Neil Simon: master comic craftsman and a Broadway titan for four decades Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Monday Tech Tip DOT Braille Watch

first_imgTracy Castillo, ReUse Technician at Easterseals Crossroads shows us the DOT Braille Watch, which is the first smartwatch for individuals who are blind.Check it out here:Click here to learn more about the DOT Braille Watch.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Relatedlast_img

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Pilot Growth Closes FullyInvested 45 Million Fund II

first_imgFirm’s Proprietary AI Platform, “NavPod,” Sources Bootstrapped, Artificial Intelligence and Enterprise SAAS CompaniesPilot Growth Management LLC, a technology-focused growth equity firm, announced the full deployment and final closing of Pilot Growth Equity Fund II, LP (“PGE II”). The total amount of new capital in PGE II is $45 million. Pilot Growth received repeat commitments from institutional anchor limited partners in the first fund and attracted interest from many family offices.Pilot Growth, a technology-focused private equity firm, announced the final closing of its fully deployed $45 million Pilot Growth Equity Fund IIPilot Growth, which manages over $200 million of growth stage capital including exits, counts several category-leading software companies among those in its portfolio, including CB Insights, r4 Technologies, Bizzabo and Tailwind.“We are gratified by the steadfast support from our limited partners; they believe in our team, our portfolio and our investment approach,” stated Neil Callahan, co-founder and managing partner of Pilot Growth.Marketing Technology News: Teleperformance Groups ‘Praxidia Knowledge Services’ partners with CallMiner to launch TP Interact – a Comprehensive Interaction Analytics SolutionPaul Breitenbach, the Founder & CEO of r4, a cross-enterprise AI company, and former co-founder of Priceline said, “I am excited to be partnering with Pilot Growth. Not only do they invest and help grow market leading AI companies, but they are also a pioneering practitioner of AI with their home grown NavPod platform. NavPod helps Pilot source growth stage market leading software companies like r4.”“NavPod is a tireless team member who gets smarter every day as she sources and ranks potential investments for us. Of the 10 portfolio companies in our two funds, 80 percent were initially sourced and validated by NavPod, which enabled our senior team to contact the entrepreneurs at exactly the right time,” said William Lee, Pilot Growth co-founder and managing director. “The team exited Zenedge, a NavPod deal, via a sale to Oracle in 2018, validating NavPod’s contribution to the strategy’s long-term success.”Marketing Technology News: Cint Appoints SVP of Asia Nicholas Antram to Continue Strategic Expansion Across the RegionA cornerstone of the Pilot Growth’s team strategy is applying their own entrepreneurial experience and senior business development advisors to help their portfolio companies grow faster. “We are excited to partner with entrepreneurs and management teams to help them rapidly expand their innovative platforms into larger companies with loyal customer bases,” said Rob Walker, co-founder and managing director of Pilot Growth.Marketing Technology News: True Influence Hires Data Strategist and Marketing Technology Visionary Ray Estevez as Chief Data Officer Pilot Growth Closes Fully-Invested $45 Million Fund II PRNewswireMay 29, 2019, 5:03 pmMay 29, 2019 CB InsightsfundingGrowth Equity Fund IIMarketing TechnologyNeil CallahanNewsPilot Growth Managementr4 Technologies Previous ArticleCINDE Announces: NTT Data Launches Salesforce Center of Excellence in Costa RicaNext ArticleB2B Marketers Catching Up with Consumer Marketers in Customer Data Platform Deploymentlast_img read more

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Nintex Recognizes Top Channel Partners for Business Transformation and Impact

first_img“Our annual Nintex Partner Awards program honors channel partners driving process improvements and automation for clients in nearly every industry, including financial services, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, public sector and many more,” said Nintex Senior Director of Channel Sales and Strategy Joe Peterson, who manages the company’s global partner program.All 2019 Nintex Partner Award winners delivered outstanding results for customers by leveraging deep technical expertise with Nintex process management and automation capabilities, including process mapping and management with Nintex Promapp; robotic process automation (RPA) with Nintex Foxtrot RPA; workflow automation, forms and mobile apps; document generation with Nintex DocGen and Nintex Drawloop DocAutomation; e-Signatures with Nintex Sign™ powered by Adobe Sign; and strong process analytics.Marketing Technology News: Beanstalk Digital Launches Beanstalk Predictive to Provide Robust Data Analytics Through AI-Driven Insights“Every 2019 Nintex Partner Award winner is an expert in their field and knows what it takes to digitally transform business,” said Nintex Chief Executive Officer Eric Johnson. “This year’s 15 winners are putting the power of process management and automation to work every day to accelerate business outcomes by improving process performance and enhancing the way people work.”Nintex senior leaders are recognizing 2019 winners for reaching new heights with a Partner Appreciation Party this evening at the Nobu Rooftop Villa at Caesar’s Palace. The event includes Nintex hot-air-balloon rides, located in front of Caesars on the Vegas Strip, to celebrate the power of partnerships and Nintex’s participation at Microsoft Inspire, July 14–18, 2019. During Inspire, Nintex representatives will be engaging with the Microsoft partner community and showcasing the power of the Nintex Process Cloud, built on Microsoft Azure, as well as the new on-premises availability of Nintex Sign powered by Adobe Sign for Microsoft SharePoint customers at Nintex’s booth, number 3019.Marketing Technology News: JotForm Reaches 5 Millionth User After Major LaunchNintex partners that will be honored this evening for earning 2019 Nintex Partner Awards include the following:Business Acceleration – recognizing partners that are quickly expanding automation subscriptions year-over-year:Americas: Boost Strategy PartnersAPAC:  JOS Applications Pte Ltd.EMEA: Resemble SystemsBusiness Excellence – recognizing partners bringing the Nintex Process Platform to new and renewing companies:Americas: DocPoint SolutionsAPAC: EmpiredEMEA: AmexusBusiness Transformation – recognizing partners with top customer entries in 2019 Nintex Solution Innovation Awards:Americas: Marquam; ProtivitiAPAC: AntaresEMEA: HubCollabCustomer Success – recognizing partners driving innovative use cases and adoption of the Nintex Process Platform:Americas: Elantis SolutionsAPAC: SharingMindsEMEA:  Data OneRegional Spotlight – recognizing partners for their regional market impact and momentum with local customers:Americas:  ProtivitiAPAC: Hitachi Solutions LtdEMEA: SynergiMarketing Technology News: Wix and FaZe Clan Launch Global Partnership AutomationBusiness TransformationEric JohnsonJoe PetersonNewsnintex Previous Article20 Million Strong – Fuel Rewards Program Doubles Membership in Just Two YearsNext ArticleMarTech Post of the Week: Better Insights in Store for Retailers Nintex Recognizes Top Channel Partners for Business Transformation and Impact PRNewswireJuly 15, 2019, 5:00 pmJuly 15, 2019 Nintex announced awards for 15 channel partners across three regions – Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) — and celebrated their success tonight at Microsoft Inspire.center_img Nintex, the global standard for process management and automation, announced awards for 15 channel partners across three regions – Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) — and celebrated their success tonight at Microsoft Inspire.These awards recognize partners that consistently accelerate business outcomes and results for private and public sector organizations leveraging the powerful and easy-to-use capabilities of the Nintex Process Platform to improve how people work through digitally transforming their operations.Marketing Technology News: Zeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data Cloud Fifteen Nintex Partners receive 2019 Nintex Partner Awards for helping enterprises improve their customer experience and business outcomes with Nintex Process Platform capabilitieslast_img read more

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SpaceX Starship Moves Closer to Launch With Successful Engine Test

first_img Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel 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. Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet SpaceX Starship Moves Closer to Launch With Successful Engine Test Tagged In spacespacexelon muskrocketsstarship Post a Comment 8 Comments Why These Overhyped Follow-Up Films Were Never Released SpaceX’s next-generation Starship rocket is one step closer to launch today following a successful engine test. According to CEO Elon Musk, the engine performed as expected during a 51-second test burn. Based on previous timelines, Musk suggests the Starship “Hopper” could be ready for its first untethered flight later this month. The Starship will eventually take over from the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy as SpaceX’s primary launch vehicle. That’s still off in the future, though. The company is still developing the technology that will let the Starship reach orbit, the moon, and even Mars. The current hurdle is the new Raptor engine that will power the Starship. SpaceX has yet to build a Raptor that can survive more than 100 seconds of cumulative test-fires, and Musk has insisted on pushing most hardware to the breaking point. It appears SpaceX is starting to learn a thing or two about the new engine designs, though. Past test engines have suffered from a nasty vibration resonance at 600Hz, which could shake the engine apart in flight. However, the sixth Raptor prototype (SN06) tested over the weekend at SpaceX’s facility showed no sign of vibration issues, according to Musk. The next-gen SpaceX vehicle will actually consist of two stages: the cargo/crew Starship and the Super Heavy launch stage. Super Heavy will have 31 Raptor engines, each one with more than twice the thrust of the Merlin 1D engines. The Starship will have six Raptor engines, three for use in the atmosphere and three for use in a vacuum. Exciting progress in Boca! Hopper almost ready to hover. Based on tonight’s test, looks like 600 Hz Raptor vibration problem is fixed. pic.twitter.com/9bLWOHG0sV— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2019SpaceX is currently working on the “StarHopper,” which will demonstrate the craft’s ability to hover and land safely. Musk says the engine test did end with a safety abort, but that was expected. The team used the test to explore different fuel mixture ratios, causing the shutdown after 51 seconds. With the latest engine test finished, it could just be a matter of weeks before SpaceX fires up the prototype for an untethered flight. It previously flew a Starship Hopper on a tether in April. SpaceX has one Starship prototype under development in Texas and another in Florida. Once the Hopper phase is complete, SpaceX will scale the rocket up to prepare for spaceflight. The company hopes to begin commercial launches with the Starship as soon as 2021. Crewed flights, including the “Dear Moon” orbital mission, could follow soon after.Now read:SpaceX Fires Mars-Bound Raptor EngineElon Musk Explains Why the Starship Will Be Stainless SteelSpaceX Renames In-Development ‘BFR’ to ‘Starship’ The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ By Ryan Whitwam on July 8, 2019 at 4:02 pm Jeremy Renner Unveils ‘Hawkeye’s Epic Intro The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder 8 Comments The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Todaylast_img read more

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Best Games for Laptops and LowEnd PCs in 2019

first_img As fun as gaming is, it’s not always possible to sit at the high-end of the market and play the latest titles. Whether you’re traveling with a lightweight system, using a secondary rig, or simply working from an old PC because you can’t afford an upgrade, we’ve put together a list of titles you can still enjoy, even from an older system.One of the greatest strengths of PC gaming is its backward compatibility. Thanks to the steady advance of system performance, even at the integrated graphics level, even modest machines from several years ago can enjoy a huge range of games today. The titles on our list below range from relatively recent games that run well on even modest systems to old titles that still hold up today.Keep in mind, however, that after decades of publishing, there aren’t just “20 great games you can play on laptops and low-end PCs.” There are hundreds, possibly thousands of titles that still run well on even low-end hardware. Travel back to the early days of the 3D era, and even Intel integrated GPUs have far more horsepower than the GPUs that powered games like Quake II or The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind. GoG has a huge list of games released from 2004 or earlier that would run well on even an aging Atom netbook today, and Steam has many of these as well. We’ve tried to cover a range of franchises and titles, from indie games to AAA releases, and with multiple genres represented.Without further ado, here’s the first part of our list:  Artist Reimagines Iconic Disney Scenes with a Hilarious Twist 28 Comments Best Games for Laptops and Low-End PCs in 2019 Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 1shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Joel Hruska on July 19, 2019 at 8:06 am The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads So that’s our list. Feel free to chime in with your own. What older games or titles still have a cherished spot on your hard drive, and what games do you find yourself returning to, long after they’ve supposedly been surpassed by more recent releases?Now read:The 30 Best Free PC Games to Play in 2019AMD’s RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT Reviewed: RDNA Puts Radeon Back in the GameAMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X Reviewed: Red Storm Ryzen Half-Life 2Half-Life 2, released in 2004, is still recognized as one of the best first-person shooters of all time. Play as Gordon Freeman, a silent protagonist working to free Earth from the clutches of the insidious Combine, an alien invasion force. Half-Life 2 and its two expansions (Episode 1 & 2) will all run on virtually any system, but be advised — Episode 2 ends on a cliffhanger that’s never been resolved. <><><>1234 When it comes to Valve titles, we’ve decided to break things out into a separate list. Once upon a time (the late 1990s to mid-2000s) Valve was famous as a game developer as opposed to for running a massive PC game distribution service. In most of the cases below we’ve chosen to focus on sequels because oftentimes, they represent the pinnacle of Valve’s game design for a given franchise. Still, in all the cases we highlight, there were previous titles — a Half-Life to Half-Life 2, a Team Fortress to TF2, etc. If you’re looking for an even gentler title (a cubicle wall could run HL2 these days), these could well suit:  The Emotional Way ‘Riverdale’ Paid Tribute to Luke Perry at SDCC Tagged In gaminggamesPC gamingvalvecivilizationFalloutretro gamingclassic gamingHalf-LifebioshocksourceDarkest Dungeonlow-end gameslow-end PCsUndertale Post a Comment 28 Comments Kerbal Space ProgramKerbal Space Program is a simulator / game that tasks you with launching successful spacecraft and (if you choose) exploring your own solar system. From this simple start comes a wealth of options and exploration, including mods that expand the solar system into a replica of our own. The game has both a free-creation sandbox mode and a long-form mode that provides more structured gameplay. <><><>123456789101112131415161718 Winnie From ‘Wonder Years’ Is 44 Now and Unrecognizably Gorgeous Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along An Honest ‘Once Upon a Time In…Hollywood’ Reviewlast_img read more

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At a Glance Kingston KC2000 1TB SSD Review

first_img Tagged In SSDsreviewsat a glancekingston Post a Comment 3 Comments Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder This Isn’t the First Time Marvel Refused to Cast Wesley Snipes Winnie From ‘Wonder Years’ Is 44 Now and Unrecognizably Gorgeous Kingston’s new KC2000 series SSDs were designed to tackle the high-end consumer SSD market. With capacities available up to 2TB in size and read/write speeds as high as 3,200/2,200MB/s, this drive has the potential to play a major role in the SSD market. But so far, the drives are off to a rough start.DesignKingston’s KC2000 SSDs use 96-layer 3D TLC Kingston NAND that connects to an SMI 2262EN controller. This controller features Silicon Motion’s NANDXtend ECC technology, which helps to keep data secure by preventing read/write errors. The drive also supports 256-bit XTS-AES encryption. These features make the drive better suited for business use, where the loss or theft of data could have serious consequences.These drives have average endurance ratings that match up with what we’ve seen from other 3D TLC NAND products in the past. In short, for each 250GB of NAND, the drive is able to handle 150TBW before failing.BenchmarksOur sister site PCMag ran a 1TB model of Kingston’s KC2000 through its usual quartet of benchmarks alongside three competing products from Adata, Samsung, and Western Digital. In the first test using PCMark 8 Storage test, we see virtually no difference from one drive to the next.Stepping things up with Crystal DiskMark 6.0 we start to see some deviation between the competing drives. In the sequential read/write test, Kingston’s KC2000 places second while reading data and last while writing it. It’s worth noting that the KC2000 actually exceeds its maximum reported read/write performance. The same can’t be said for the other tested drives, all of which come in below their rated performance.Reading and writing random 4K chunks of data is a weakness of this drive. It doesn’t come in dead last in this test, but its performance results leave much to be desired.Turning last to AS-SSD’s file transfer test, we once again see the KC2000 in a rather mixed position. The KC2000 came finished in second place while transferring the program folder and the game folder, and its performance results were close to what was achieved by the Adata XPG SX8200. Conversely, the drive’s performance while transferring the ISO file was significantly lower than the other tested drives.ConclusionFinally, there’s pricing. The 1TB model PCMag tested has an MSRP of $201.50, and strangely, it’s currently available for a higher price of $218.06 from Amazon. Unfortunately for Kingston, SSD prices have been trending downward, so that’s somewhat high for a 1TB SSD at the moment.The 1TB model of Samsung’s 970 Evo is similarly priced but offers better performance in most scenarios. The Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB is significantly less expensive at $134.99, and it also supports ECC technology.Now read:At a Glance: Adata XPG SX6000 Pro ReviewAt a Glance: Acer Nitro XV3 XV273K ReviewAt a Glance: Dell UltraSharp U3219Q Review You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet At a Glance: Kingston KC2000 1TB SSD Review We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared 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. Movies You Should Watch By Yourself This ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ April Fools’ Day Joke Broke Hearts Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 3 Comments The Truth About Collin Gosselin Revealed By Michael Sexton on July 18, 2019 at 2:29 pmlast_img read more

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DeepMinds StarCraft II AI Will Play Public Matches on Battlenet

first_img Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous By Ryan Whitwam on July 12, 2019 at 8:17 am We Now Fully Understand the Bizarre Finale of ‘Friends’ Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 9 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Jason Momoa’s Marriage Just Keeps Getting Weirder and Weirder Edward Furlong is Returning in ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ New TV Shows That Will Absolutely Get Canceled in 2019 DeepMind’s StarCraft II AI Will Play Public Matches on Battle.net Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Google’s DeepMind division has been hard at work applying artificial intelligence to problems like computer vision and climate change, but there’s still some room for games. DeepMind first dominated the game of Go, and then it moved on to StarCraft II, beating some of the world’s top players early this year. Now, you might have a chance to play against the AlphaStar AI, but you’ll probably get wrecked. Before challenging pro players, DeepMind simulated more than 200 years of StarCraft II gameplay to train the bot. It’s a convolutional neural network that started by absorbing replays of pro StarCraft II matches. Using competing models, DeepMind trained several “agents” that can build and battle as well as human players — better, in fact. AlphaStar won 10 of its 11 matches against pro players. The previous matches were an impressive display of AI prowess. AlphaStar understood resource allocation, cover, and unit micromanagement better than most human players. Naturally, its ability to seamlessly control multiple units also helped. Although, it didn’t have to take as many actions as human players to win. The experiment will take place on Blizzard’s European servers where a small number of humans will be matched with AlphaGo in 1v1 play. They won’t know that, but players have to opt-in to have a chance of going up against the AI. Sadly, there is no way to ensure you get to play a match against AlphaStar. Blizzard will let DeepMind run several different agents on Battle.net, and they’ll operate differently than the last demo. The new AlphaStar will be able to play as or against any of the three StarCraft II races (it was Protoss only before). It also relies on a normal camera view of the game, whereas the previous agents used a bird’s eye view of the entire map. DeepMind has capped the actions per minute (APM) of AlphaStar as well. DeepMind is primarily interested in testing AlphaStar in matches where players vary their strategies, and keeping the matching secret ensures a controlled test. After presumably being murdered by the AI, players will see their ranking affected as if they’d played a human opponent. DeepMind will use the results of this test to inform future AI research, and the results of the matches will appear in a forthcoming scientific paper.Now read:Google’s DeepMind Can Support, Defeat Humans in Quake III ArenaThe 5 Most Promising Companies in AI DevelopmentAlphaZero Is the New Chess Champion, and Harbinger of a Brave New World in AI 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. Tagged In sciencegamesartificial intelligenceaiblizzarddeepmindalphastar Post a Comment 9 Commentslast_img read more

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Best Games for Laptops and LowEnd PCs in 2019

first_img Half-Life 2Half-Life 2, released in 2004, is still recognized as one of the best first-person shooters of all time. Play as Gordon Freeman, a silent protagonist working to free Earth from the clutches of the insidious Combine, an alien invasion force. Half-Life 2 and its two expansions (Episode 1 & 2) will all run on virtually any system, but be advised — Episode 2 ends on a cliffhanger that’s never been resolved. <><><>1234 By Joel Hruska on July 19, 2019 at 8:06 am So that’s our list. Feel free to chime in with your own. What older games or titles still have a cherished spot on your hard drive, and what games do you find yourself returning to, long after they’ve supposedly been surpassed by more recent releases?Now read:The 30 Best Free PC Games to Play in 2019AMD’s RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT Reviewed: RDNA Puts Radeon Back in the GameAMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X Reviewed: Red Storm Ryzen Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 1shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 28 Comments We Finally Understand Why Hollywood Dumped Wesley Snipes When it comes to Valve titles, we’ve decided to break things out into a separate list. Once upon a time (the late 1990s to mid-2000s) Valve was famous as a game developer as opposed to for running a massive PC game distribution service. In most of the cases below we’ve chosen to focus on sequels because oftentimes, they represent the pinnacle of Valve’s game design for a given franchise. Still, in all the cases we highlight, there were previous titles — a Half-Life to Half-Life 2, a Team Fortress to TF2, etc. If you’re looking for an even gentler title (a cubicle wall could run HL2 these days), these could well suit:  Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen Tagged In gaminggamesPC gamingvalvecivilizationFalloutretro gamingclassic gamingHalf-LifebioshocksourceDarkest Dungeonlow-end gameslow-end PCsUndertale Post a Comment 28 Comments Kerbal Space ProgramKerbal Space Program is a simulator / game that tasks you with launching successful spacecraft and (if you choose) exploring your own solar system. From this simple start comes a wealth of options and exploration, including mods that expand the solar system into a replica of our own. The game has both a free-creation sandbox mode and a long-form mode that provides more structured gameplay. <><><>123456789101112131415161718 As fun as gaming is, it’s not always possible to sit at the high-end of the market and play the latest titles. Whether you’re traveling with a lightweight system, using a secondary rig, or simply working from an old PC because you can’t afford an upgrade, we’ve put together a list of titles you can still enjoy, even from an older system.One of the greatest strengths of PC gaming is its backward compatibility. Thanks to the steady advance of system performance, even at the integrated graphics level, even modest machines from several years ago can enjoy a huge range of games today. The titles on our list below range from relatively recent games that run well on even modest systems to old titles that still hold up today.Keep in mind, however, that after decades of publishing, there aren’t just “20 great games you can play on laptops and low-end PCs.” There are hundreds, possibly thousands of titles that still run well on even low-end hardware. Travel back to the early days of the 3D era, and even Intel integrated GPUs have far more horsepower than the GPUs that powered games like Quake II or The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind. GoG has a huge list of games released from 2004 or earlier that would run well on even an aging Atom netbook today, and Steam has many of these as well. We’ve tried to cover a range of franchises and titles, from indie games to AAA releases, and with multiple genres represented.Without further ado, here’s the first part of our list:  Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder Best Games for Laptops and Low-End PCs in 2019 You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman We Now Understand Why Eliza Dushku Has Disappeared Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceledlast_img read more

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Marin Software Research Reveals Shifting Patterns in Digital Ad Spend

first_img Benchmark ReportDigital advertisingMarin SoftwareMarketing Technology NewsNewsResponsive Search Ads Previous ArticleIntroducing X3: Xevant Announces the Launch of Its Completely Redesigned Client Analytic SoftwareNext ArticleDear Enterprise Marketer, Stop Growth Hacking! Marin Software, a leading provider of digital marketing software for performance-driven advertisers and agencies, released research findings from its global Q1 2019 Digital Advertising Benchmark Report. Marin Software’s research confirms that Instagram continues to grow its share of Facebook spend, while newer ad formats like responsive search ads (RSAs) dominate as advertisers seek growth across channels and devices.Marin Software presents its full Q1 2019 research and takeaways in an interactive format that allows viewers to analyze ad spending trends by region, industry, and publisher. Key findings include:Responsive Search Ads Rise in Popularity: 24% of advertisers are running RSAs, a dynamic, automated search ad format Google introduced less than a year ago that puts machine learning capabilities into the hands of every advertiser.Search CPCs Softening: There was a 6% decrease in CPCs YoY across all verticals worldwide, as inventory became less expensive outside of peak holiday season and lower-cost mobile formats consume a larger piece of the pie.Facebook Spend Evolving: Messenger had the highest CPC of all Facebook-owned inventory—including Facebook, Audience Network, and Instagram. Meanwhile, an overall year-over-year CPM decrease of 14% across all Facebook properties signifies Instagram Stories diversifying the number of Facebook placements and Instagram’s growing popularity among advertisers. Instagram Ads now command 20% of total Facebook spend share with 34% of those ads being Stories.Shopping Ads Continue to Dominate: 22% of advertisers are running Google Shopping Ads, with the format capturing 39% of search budgets.Mobile Remains King: Mobile accounted for 43% of spend share across all verticals, highlighting the growing importance of mobile search. This data also further supports the fact that search engines like Google favor mobile-friendly websites in search results.Marketing Technology News: Outreach Recognized as an April 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Sales Force Automation“Up-and-coming ad formats like Shopping Ads, Responsive Search Ads, and Messenger Ads rose in popularity this quarter as advertisers looked for ways to capture consumer attention in this evolving digital landscape,” said Wesley MacLaggan, SVP of Marketing at Marin Software. “The lines across search, social, and eCommerce are more blurred than ever with the recent introduction of features like Checkout for Instagram or shoppable ads on Google Images. We look forward to tracking how these changes impact the industry in quarters to come and guiding current and future clients through the ever-evolving landscape of digital advertising.”Marketing Technology News: Philo Reveals Connected TV Ad Platform to Reach Latest Generation of TV LoversTo create its Q1 2019 Digital Advertising Benchmark Report, Marin Software aggregated data from customers who invest billions of dollars in combined annualized ad spend on paid search, social, mobile, and eCommerce. Marin Software only includes those advertisers active on its platform for the past five quarters, measuring key performance indicators on a year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter basis, and removing any outliers with significant YoY or QoQ changes.Marketing Technology News: Data Privacy: Balancing Personalization and Security in the Age of Transparency Marin Software Research Reveals Shifting Patterns in Digital Ad Spend PRNewswireApril 24, 2019, 4:20 pmApril 24, 2019 last_img read more

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