Month: July 2019

Kind aims to tackle high sugar consumption with fruit bites

first_imgKind aims to tackle high sugar consumption with fruit bitesPosted By: News Deskon: August 22, 2017In: Food, Health, Industries, Innovation, New products, Snacks, Social ResponsibilityPrintEmailUS snack bar maker Kind is entering into the fruit snacks category with the launch of its fruit bites range.The product line, which contains only fruit and no added sugar, aims to disrupt a category that Kind believes has been swamped with products high in sugar.Kind fruit bites do not contain any juices, purees, concentrates, preservatives or genetically-engineered ingredients. Each snack has only three ingredients or less, and is made with only real fruit, like cherries, apples and mangos. Each pouch provides one full serving of fruit.The entrance comes as the American Heart Association warns of the alarmingly high sugar consumption among US children.In an effort to kick-start its product launch, Kind today unveiled an installation depicting 45,485 pounds of sugar. Located in Times Square for one day only, the installation serves as a visual representation of the amount of added sugar children in the US are eating every five minutes.Kind CEO Daniel Lubetzky said: “Since day one, Kind has been committed to balancing health and taste, and our Kind Promise has centred on crafting snacks with a nutritionally-dense first ingredient.“Kind fruit bites honours this promise, and is consistent with how we’ve always entered categories – with an eye toward disruption and a goal of elevating people’s overall experience.”Health and wellness specialist at Kind, Stephanie Perruzza, added: “While the general public’s understanding of nutrition has become increasingly sophisticated, an opportunity still exists to educate on added sugars.“This is especially true in categories like fruit snacks, where people understandably assume that their snack is made predominantly of wholesome ingredients, such as fruit.”“We saw our entrance into the children’s snack space as an appropriate time to use our voice for good, to help people understand how much added sugar kids are eating every day.”Kind fruit bites are now available at retailers across the US with a suggested retail price of $4.99 per five-pack box.Share with your network: Tags: KINDnew productUnited Stateslast_img read more

Nestlé launches its Lindahls Kvarg quark range in the UK

first_imgNestlé launches its Lindahls Kvarg quark range in the UKPosted By: News Deskon: March 22, 2018In: Beverage, Dairy, Food, Industries, New productsPrintEmailNestlé is set to release its Lindahls Kvarg range of quark products in the UK, with single serve pots, a natural yogurt and two drink flavours.Nestlé has opted to introduce the range as it is seeking to capitalise on the growing number of health-conscious consumers who want to incorporate more protein into their diets.The 150g single-serve Kvarg pots are available in three flavours: Vanilla, raspberry, peach and passion fruit, and each fat-free pot contains 17g of protein.Kvarg Natural 500g pots are intended to act as an alternative to Greek natural yogurt, and contain 30g of protein per 250g.The lactose-free Lindahls Kvarg Drinks are available in two flavours: Peach & passion fruit, raspberry & vanilla, and are packaged in 330ml bottles and both flavours offer 23g of protein per bottle.Paul Wiseman, marketing manager at Lactalis Nestlé UK says: “We couldn’t be more excited to be bringing Sweden’s favourite quark product to UK consumers.“Insights show us that the healthier living trend shows no sign of slowing down, and we hope the Nestlé Lindahls Kvarg range will offer something truly delicious for consumers to enjoy as part of this lifestyle.“Whether in the gym, at home, in the office, or on-the-go, our new products have something for everyone. We can’t wait for people to try them and tell us what they think!”The full Lindahls Kvarg range is available is available from supermarket Asda, while the quark pots will also be available from Waitrose and Ocado.Share with your network: Tags: DairyNestléquarkUKlast_img read more

Lancaster Colony subsidiary acquires Bantam Bagels for 34m

first_imgLancaster Colony subsidiary acquires Bantam Bagels for $34mPosted By: Martin Whiteon: October 23, 2018In: Business, Food, Industries, Mergers & Acquisitions, SnacksPrintEmailLancaster Colony Corporation subsidiary T. Marzetti Company has acquired frozen stuffed bagel producer Bantam Bagels for $34 million.Bantam Bagels produces a range of sweet and savoury bagel and snack products for a wide range of food service and retail clients such as Starbucks, Target and Costco.Lancaster Colony says that Bantam’s range of mini stuffed bagels, pancakes and Egg Bites will complement its existing New York Brand Baker and Sister Schubert’s brands.Bantam Bagels registered annual net sales of around $20 million in its most recent financial year.Dave Ciesinski, Lancaster Colony’s CEO said: “We are extremely excited to add Bantam Bagels to our speciality foods business.“Bantam Bagels is a fast-emerging company that provides us with an entry into the large and growing frozen breakfast category.“Their established relationship with Starbucks in the foodservice channel is another positive that positions Bantam Bagels for future expansion.“We are thrilled to welcome Nick, Elyse and Bantam Bagels to our family of Lancaster Colony companies and look forward to a successful future together.”Share with your network: Tags: bagelsBantam BagelsLancaster ColonyUSlast_img read more

Melania Trump aide blasts rumours as Kimmel show books Stormy Daniels

first_imgMelania Trump This article is more than 1 year old Share on Facebook Melania Trump did not accompany her husband to Davos this week, as had originally been scheduled.Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Share on Pinterest Porn star who is claimed to have had an affair with Donald Trump before he was president will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live Since you’re here… First published on Fri 26 Jan 2018 23.58 EST Share on Messenger Melania Trump Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel)I am pleased to announce that the very gifted @StormyDaniels will be on #Kimmel Tuesday 1/30 after the #StateOfTheUnion. I have MANY QUESTIONS! #MAGAJanuary 26, 2018 In her tweet, Grisham added that Melania Trump was focused on her family and her role as First Lady, “not the unrealistic scenarios being peddled daily by the fake news”.The Daily Mail reported on Friday that Melania Trump had spent a number of nights at a DC hotel in the wake of reports about the alleged affair with Daniels. Trump administration US politics Share via Email This article is more than 1 year old Seldom seen, rarely heard: Melania’s tenure is most notable for her absence Guardian staff and agencies Share on LinkedIn Jimmy Kimmel Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Donald Trump Melania Trump has broken her silence about the speculation over her marriage amid rumours regarding her husband’s fidelity.The first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, on Friday criticised “a laundry list of salacious and flat-out false reporting” on Trump. It came after Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, denied having an affair with the president.“BREAKING,” wrote Grisham on Twitter. “The laundry list of salacious & flat-out false reporting about Mrs. Trump by tabloid publications & TV shows has seeped into ‘main stream media’ reporting.”Meanwhile, the porn actor Stormy Daniels, who is claimed to have had an affair with Trump, will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday, the night of President Donald Trump’s state of the union speech, according to Kimmel and the ABC network. Share on WhatsApp Melania Trump aide blasts rumours as Kimmel show books Stormy Daniels The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump’s personal lawyer brokered a $130,000 payment to Daniels in October 2016 to prohibit her from publicly discussing the alleged affair before the election.Melania Trump had originally been scheduled to join her husband at an economic summit in Davos, Switzerland, this week. But her office said on Tuesday, the day before the president’s departure, that she would not be going, citing unspecified scheduling and logistical issues. She has joined her husband on his other foreign trips.On Thursday the first lady paid a visit to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington in advance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Sat 27 Jan 2018 09.06 EST Topics Read more news … 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. Shares236236 Reuse this contentlast_img read more

War on transparency US agency plans crackdown on information requests

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share via Email The interior department oversees hundreds of millions of acres of public land, including national parks. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images … 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. 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.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 6 months old Read more There has been an ‘unprecedented surge’ in requests under the Freedom of Information Act since Donald Trump took office.Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Last modified on Sun 30 Dec 2018 20.21 EST Share on Facebook Pinterest Jimmy Tobias Share on Messenger Share on Twitter ‘War on transparency’: US agency plans crackdown on information requests Share on Pinterest Trump administration Read more Share on LinkedIn Facebook This land is your land Shares1,2391239center_img This article is more than 6 months old Sat 29 Dec 2018 03.00 EST Locked doors, cancelled tours: US national parks suffer amid shutdown The changes are part of a broader drive to limit public access to interior department records. In October, the Guardian reported on a leaked interior department guidance that directed US Fish and Wildlife Service employees around the country to take a less transparent approach when responding to Foia requests about the agency’s endangered species programs.During the week of the Thanksgiving holiday, meanwhile, the outgoing interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, tapped Jorjani to oversee the department’s Foia program, elevating a political appointee to a role normally reserved for career staffers. Topics Trump administration officials took steps on Friday to crack down on transparency at one of the largest US federal agencies, proposing a slew of changes that could make it harder for the public and media to obtain records of agency dealings.The proposal is part of an effort to grapple with what the interior department describes as an “unprecedented surge” in requests under the Freedom of Information Act (Foia), the United States’ pre-eminent open government law, since 2016 when Donald Trump took office.Among other wide-ranging revisions to its Foia regulations, the interior department’s proposal would enable the agency to reject Foia requests that it considers “unreasonably burdensome” or too large, and it would allow the agency to impose limits on the amount of records it processes for individual requesters each month. This land is your land Support The Guardian Jeff Ruch, the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a government transparency group that is one of the top Foia litigators in the country, said the interior department’s proposed revisions do contain a few positive changes. For instance, although they would give the agency more leeway to deny certain parties, including some members of the press, fee waivers under the law, they extend the period to appeal a denied fee waiver from 30 to 90 days.Overall, though, Ruch said the department’s efforts to alter its Foia policies will “increase the burden on requestors and create a lot more confusion”.“This appears to be an attempt to buttress the bunker and make the department less transparent,” he says.The public has until 28 January to comment on the proposed revisions. Trump administration About this content US politics Twitter news The department oversees hundreds of millions of acres of public land, including national parks, as well as the country’s endangered species programs. Under the Trump administration, the department has embarked on an aggressive agenda of opening these lands to oil and gas drilling and mining while rolling back a wide variety of environmental regulations.Records uncovered using the Freedom of Information Act in recent months have revealed the department’s close ties with energy industry groups as well as several apparent ethics violations among top political officials.Daniel Jorjani, one of interior’s top lawyers and a former employee of the Koch-brother-backed conservative group Freedom Partners, signed off on the proposed revisions, which are facing harsh criticism from civil society groups that rely on Foia to track the department’s actions.“This is a war on transparency,” said Jeremy Nichols, the climate and energy program director at WildEarth Guardians, an environmental group that regularly files Foia requests and which first flagged the interior department’s proposal. “This is a calculated attempt to shield the interior department from scrutiny, to shield it from watchdogs, and to shield it from accountability.” Nichols said his organization would challenge the revised regulations in court if the need arose.Interior department spokesperson Heather Swift declined to answer questions concerning the proposed changes, writing in a statement that “the department is unable to respond to media inquiries that are unrelated to the lapse in appropriations”. Trump administration criticized for trying to make it harder to obtain records of interior department dealings As the crisis escalates… Lost lands? The American wilderness at risk in the Trump era Share via Email Supported by Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Free apps for educators

first_imgCourtesy of Google ImagesClassroom technology has come a long way since chalk and the blackboard. Now, more and more classrooms are being outfitted with laptops, SMART boards and even iPads. In order to keep up with the changing times and technologies, it is a good idea for teachers to be aware of the many apps available for them and how they can be used in the classroom.Here is a list of just a few helpful apps to help you or the teacher in your life get started.Teacher ToolsEvernote: lets you take notes, create to-do lists, search through images, and share your memories. Everything is seamlessly synchronized across all the devices and platforms you use, including Evernote for Mac, Evernote Web, and Evernote for Windows.DropBox: free, online storage accessible wherever you areShowMe: turns the iPad into an interactive whiteboardTime Timer: free timer, great for testing and reading breaksEdu Teacher: lists best web tools and reviews educational websitesSocrative: Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.Multimedia ToolsVoice Thread: create and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos — basically anything there is to talk about. You can talk, type, and draw right on the screen. Story Wheel: allows the user to spin a wheel of images and create a story, complete with animation, based on the image chosen.Math ToolsClockMaster: helps students learn to tell time and establish an understanding of the relationship between hours/minutes and analog/digitalGraphing Calculator: includes the usual arithmetic functions and exponentiation, along with roots, intersections and a unit converter among otherScience and Social Studies Tools Discover: “Wikipedia in a magazine”The Weather ChannelMolecules: 3D renderingsBe sure to check out the complete list and email Karen Janowski at if you have any questions.Also, be sure to listen to the INDATA Podcast about iPads at Danville High School, Part 1 and Part 2, if you want to know more about what one school is doing to stay ahead of the technology curve.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU164 – Trick my iPhone with Wade Wingler *special episode*July 18, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”AM119 – EvernoteSeptember 6, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”ATU082 – Livescribe Smartpen (Brian Rodriquez), Top 10 Podcasts, Time Magazine’s Top 10 Tech, NFB’s Protest of Amazon’s Kindle, Bridging Apps reviews EvernoteDecember 21, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

ATU224 – Unified English Braille – UEB – Ranking of States on

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Unified English Braille – Jennifer Dunnam | www.BrailleAuthority.orgRanking of States on Employment of People with Disabilities You Should Upgrade (On Your Own Terms) Scribe Official Store: Teach Electronics by Drawing! Time Zones by Jared Sinclair——————————Listen 24/7 at www.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comIf you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our web site: https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook:——-transcript follows ——JENNIFER DUNNAM: Hi, this is Jennifer Dunham, and I’m the Manager of Braille Programs for the National Federation of the Blind, and this is your Assistance Technology Update.WADE WINGLER: Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana with your Assistive Technology Update, a weekly dose of information that keeps you up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Welcome to episode number 224 of Assistive Technology Update. It’s scheduled to be released on September 11 of 2015.Today I’m excited to talk with Jennifer Dunnam about Unified English Braille and some of the changes that are rolling out related to that. We have a ranking of the states with the best employment rates of people with disabilities; some advice on why you should or maybe not upgrade your computer; and an app called Time Zones that makes it a little easier to organize your cross-time-zone work relationships.We hope you’ll check us out on the web at, shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAproject, or give us some feedback; give us a call on our listener line at 317-721-7124.***There’s a new top 10 list out from that lists the rankings of states by implement of people with disabilities, so the most people with disabilities employed. Topping the list is North Dakota, moving down the list is Wyoming, South Dakota, Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Utah, Colorado, and New Hampshire. This report is about 10 pages long and it goes through some of those top states and talks about the implement initiatives that are happening there and sort of what’s behind the curtains in these states where employment seemed to be improving. At the bottom of the list, by the way, are Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and West Virginia. Obviously some work to be done there. I’ll pop a link in the show notes over to this report. You can look at the data and look at the narrative and see what’s happening in various states in terms of the number of people with disabilities who are working.***There’s kind of a cool article over at the tidbits e-newsletter. It’s all about Apple news. It’s written by Adam Engst. The title is why you should upgrade, and then in parentheses it says on your own terms. It’s an interesting article and is a debate that we have out here at Easter Seals Crossroads on a pretty regular basis. Should you upgrade when your software says that you should? This is timely because the new season of Apple upgrades are getting ready to happen. This is an Apple-focused article, but a new version of OS X is coming out, a new version of iOS is coming out, a new version of the Watch OS is coming out. Adam talks in the article about should you make those upgrades the minute that they happen. I tell you that I am a guy who usually does the most of the upgrades when they happen. I’ve only been bitten a couple of times.He talks in the article about the fact that there are lots of people who resist those upgrades until the very last minute. He talks about the fact that people are still using Snow Leopard, which is a Mac operating system that has been around for several years now. He talks about the fact that some people hold out and don’t want to do those upgrades because they don’t like the new look or the new function of the new software. He says in the article, “None of you are wrong. You may be merely postponing a world of upgrade hurt, but you are not wrong.”And then he talks about the reasons that you might want to consider upgrading, at least at some point. He mentions the fact that, at some point, you’re going to have new hardware. Old computers eventually do die out, and the new functionality you’re looking for is going to go away. There are still dial-up modems, but I don’t know the folks are using those on a widespread basis.He also talks about the fact that community knowledge and technology tools fade away. So the Google Groups that you go to to find discussions about the technology may not be relevant or exist in a few years. He talks about the fact that eventually apps come to a point where they are no longer upgradable. There are apps that just have to be upgraded to work or they are not available anymore if you tend to work on older systems. He talks about the importance of security vulnerabilities and how the upgrades usually include some patches related to security.And then he also talks about one here at the end, technology makes life better. His point is that we use this technology because it enhances our lives, and these upgrades, over time, do add up to more, better stuff. It’s a well thought out, very good article from Adam Engst over at I’m going to pop a link in the show notes and ask you to think about, should you upgrade or do you wait.I would love to hear from you on our listener line about your thoughts related to this. I’ll put you in the next show if you have some good comments. The phone number is 317-721-7124. Give me some feedback. Do you wait? Do you upgrade? How does that go for you?***Not long ago, I got a note from Becca Clockers — who is OT Mommy Needs Her Coffee. She’s been a guest on the show and is a listener — about an interesting thing called Circuit Scribe. I’m going to play a clip here that maybe helps you understand a little bit about what it is.SPEAKER: We thought that we could do better. We wanted to make building circuits as simple as doodling on a piece of paper. No breadboards and no wiring required.SPEAKER: So we invented Circuit Scribe, the world’s first ballpoint pen that draws electric circuits instantly. We are part of Jennifer Lewis’s research lab at the University of Illinois. We’ve invented a water-based non-toxic conductive ink that right on flexible substrates like paper. You don’t have to shake or squeeze the pen. The ink dries instantly so you don’t have to wait 24 hours for a functioning circuit. Circuit Scribe allows you to create low-cost, high-quality electronics instantly. We’ve also developed a wide variety of magnetic components that snap right into your circuits. No gluing, no soldering, just plug and play.SPEAKER: This technology has the potential to revolutionize the way circuits are taught in schools. It takes circuits out of the textbook and into the imagination. Circuit Scribe is about learning through creating. You can create simple circuits using nothing but paper and a small battery for some education projects, or for some very dynamic refrigerator art. The possibilities of circuit scribe really are limitless.WADE WINGLER: So I’m going to stick a link in the show notes so you can look at the video. It’s really cool to see how this thing works. It’s as simple as they are using a marker to draw circuits on paper and teach kids about how they work. They do some pretty fancy stuff. It also has the ability to integrate into some Arduino units so that you can do even more fancy things with those.It was originally a Kickstarter campaign that was supposed to raise $85,000. It raised almost $700,000. It’s now for sale and available. I looked at the website, and they tend to range from about $25 for a real simple kit all the way up to about $900 for a total maker classroom kit with all kinds of bells and whistles. If it’s your job to teach kids the basics of electronics or science or just circuits, lots of stuff can be built from that knowledge. I’m going to pop a link in the show notes so that you can learn more about Circuit Scribe. Thanks, Becca, for the tip.***Each week, one of our partners totaled happening in the ever-changing world of apps, so here’s an App Worth Mentioning.WADE WINGLER: For today’s App Worth Mentioning, I’m going to talk about an app that doesn’t exactly fit into the category of assistive technology but has been incredibly useful for me. It’s called Time Zones, and it’s by a gentleman named Jared Sinclair. It’s available only on iOS. It’s free with ads, or you can pay $4.99 to get rid of the ads with an in-app purchase.Here’s the thing about it. As you guys know, I interview people from all around the world on this show, and that means different time zones. I have to be able to figure that out. That’s exactly what this app does. It lets you set your local time zone based on your phone’s clock, and that it allows you to pick several different places around the world, different cities, where you communicate most frequently. Then it keeps a running tab of what time is it here in your home time zone and what time is it in places around the world. For example, I have Sydney, Tokyo, Brownsville Texas and Honolulu Hawaii listed.In addition to having the ability to have regular time so that you can keep track of, it also does a thing called a quick check. So for example, if I knew that I was going to have a meeting next Monday, and I wanted to schedule it at 8 o’clock my time, I can go and tell it Monday and 8 o’clock my time, and then choose a location and it will tell me what time it is in that area of the world so that I would know whether or not it was a reasonable time to make that meeting. So it’s a really handy system.And the other thing that I really like about it is it’s very Voiceover friendly. In fact, I’ve got a quick clip here where you can hear how Voiceover on iOS handles this time zone app.SIRI: Time zones, time zones. Wednesday, September 9, 10:38 AM, Indianapolis. Options button. Sydney, 12:38 PM, 14 hours ahead. Tokyo, 11:38 PM, 13 hours ahead. City of London, 3:38 PM, five hours ahead. Brownsville, 93:9 AM, one hour behind. Honolulu, 4:39 AM, six hours behind.WADE WINGLER: So there you have it. It’s a handy app to figure out that only what time zone you’re in but what others are in, and if you’re educating students about time zones, this would be a great app to show that. So again, it’s available only on iOS. It’s free with ads, and I have to confess the ads are kind of annoying so I paid $4.99 to get rid of them and have the app in an a- free kind of way. I’ll pop a link in the show notes to where you can learn more about this handy little app.***Let’s face it. Braille is important. Braille literacy is important, and having access to braille is critical when you talk about education and information and employment for people who are blind and braille users. When I have had friends and colleagues recently saying, hey, UEB, January, I really didn’t know what they meant the first couple of times that somebody said that to me. I knew that UEB meant Unified English Braille , but I really didn’t know much more than that.I thought it would be appropriate and important for me and my understanding to have somebody who knows this stuff really well come onto the show and talk with us about UEB. I am excited to have Jennifer Dunnam who, by day, is the Manager of Braille Programs for the National Federation of the Blind, and currently the chair of the Braille Authority of North America, or BANA. First of all, Jennifer, are you still on the line?JENNIFER DUNNAM: I am.WADE WINGLER: Good. Thank you so much for taking time out of your day there at the NFB to talk with us about UEB.JENNIFER DUNNAM: Thank you. Happy to have the opportunity. Thanks for having me on.WADE WINGLER: So before we jump into UEB, tell me a little bit about yourself, your day job, your background, and how you got to your position at NFB and then your role with BANA.JENNIFER DUNNAM: Sure. I’ll be happy to talk about that. First and foremost, I am a lifetime braille reader. I started learning braille as a young child and have been using it ever since. I also happen to be a certified braille transcriber, which I worked on during my college years and sometime afterward, and I actually had jobs where I was coordinating the production doing braille describing.So currently as the Manager of Braille Programs for the NFB, I coordinate the courses that lead to certification for transcribers and proofreaders under a contract that we have with the National Library Service for the Blind. I am also an avid user of refreshable braille. I’ve been really pretty fascinated to kind of follow the evolution over time of how braille has become available to us in different ways. I use refreshable braille quite a lot as well as the slate and stylist too.WADE WINGLER: So then that sort of makes sense then that you might be involved with the Braille Authority of North America. You recently have been installed as chair, is that right?JENNIFER DUNNAM: That’s correct. My term as chair started this past January. I’ve actually been the National Federation of the Blind’s representative on BANA since about 2004.WADE WINGLER: Excellent. So Unified English Braille . Tell me a little bit about it, why is it important, what was it like before, and what might it be like afterward.JENNIFER DUNNAM: Sure. Unified English Braille started back in — I would say it’s real origin started back in the late 80s. Back when it became more common for us to need, to represent, to computerize notation for computer programs and braille. At that time, a code was developed specifically for computer program notation, which is called the Computer Braille Code. That came about in the late 80s. And then people started kind of saying, wait a minute, we’re getting a lot of different codes here. They are may be conflicting with one another. They are making it so that people like to learn a lot of different things. Maybe we should think about how we can make things a bit more straightforward, unify them, and bring them together.In 1991, the Braille Authority of North America began to work on this as a research project. And then the following year, the International Council on English Braille became involved because the problem was not just one in the United States. It was a problem in all English-speaking countries. The International Council on English Braille has worked on the code for a number of years since then. It is basically an update to the current literary braille code that we have now. It has been primarily developed by braille readers, and it’s been an ongoing effort.So the next kind of landmark in the chronology is in 2004, when the International Council on English Braille resolved or put out a resolution saying that the code was complete enough to be considered for adoption in the member countries of the International Council on English Braille. So since then a number of countries have adopted it. It was adopted by the United States in 2012.Since November 2012, there’s been a great deal of planning and interceptor built so that it could actually be implement it in this country, because it’s more than just, all right, we are making the change to the braille code, let’s start using the new code. There’s a lot that has to happen, instruction and training material need to be developed, and people need to learn more about it, software need to be updated, etc. That is been an ongoing effort.Now, what is the code like? Lots of people have this question. There are — in some ways it’s not very different, but that’s not to say that a braille reader would not pick up something written in UEB and not notice it. One of the main features that people talk about is that some of the contractions are eliminated. In our sort of current English Braille American Edition , we have 189 contractions. Well, 180 of those will still be used. Nine of them will no longer be used. The reason for that – and I really should back up a bit and talk about the reasoning. The reason for that is to make room too, number one, be able to add new symbols to the code as needed. Because print is all the time changing and updating and new things become common in print. So we need a way to make sure that we can make those changes in braille as well without creating conflict within the code and thereby creating ambiguity for the reader as to what something actually says, because it could be more than one thing. By eliminating those nine contractions, we are making room to be able to do that and to clarify some things related to capitalization. I can make in hour presentation about this part. I don’t think you want that right now.One thing I can say is I have been trying — because I’ve tried to lead this and help people understand this, I don’t like to do something that I’m not — I don’t like to ask people to do something that I’m willing to do. So for about the last three years, I have been reading and writing exclusively in Unified English Braille after decades of reading and writing in English Braille American Edition. Now it pretty much comes out for me when I write something, it’s going to come out in Unified English Braille . I have made that sort of threshold switch to where my mind works in the Unified English Braille .The epiphany happen for me, I think, a couple of years ago when, in one of the NFB summer programs, we had a young lady who came up to me and said how do I write my email address on my braille note? And that should be a simple question, but when I thought about it later and broke it down, it turned out that I had to ask her six different questions in order to be able to give an accurate answer to her question. That is because, if you’re going to write it just in your document, you might write it differently than if you’re going to use it like into a login field, because for a login field you might need to use Computer Braille Code because of the ambiguity of the current code. So now, because we won’t need to switch to a whole new code to do a web address which is a ubiquitous or email address, I would just be able to answer the question without having to do a whole follow-up series.WADE WINGLER: That’s interesting. My silly question is we didn’t get a smiley face with the new code, right? There is not a braille symbol for an emoticon?JENNIFER DUNNAM: The emoticons are not necessarily a part of UEB. They probably could be added because one of the features is it’s accessible and you can add symbols. But we do have a way to show — you know how you use a colon and a right parenthesis, we do have a way to show that accurately now, whereas currently in English Braille American Edition the left and right parentheses are the same symbol. You wouldn’t be able to tell if it was a frown or a smile.WADE WINGLER: That’s a total bummer. That’s funny. Jennifer, this is all taking effect January 1 of 2016, right? There’s a deadline associated with that date?JENNIFER DUNNAM: That is the target date by which most of braille should be produced in Unified English Braille . I should make clear, though, that’s not — there’s not going to be a switch flipped on that day that says the braille police are coming to get you if you’re still using English Braille American Edition. It’s that going to happen that way. But that is a sort of tip of a point by which if braille is going to be produced, it’s generally going to be coming out in Unified English Braille . Regarding education, every state has sort of different ways that they adopt textbooks and roll things out, so it’s going to go at different paces in different places. But having a target date helps everybody to coordinate as much as possible.WADE WINGLER: That makes sense. Talk to me about how this is going to impact the training of braille and how it’s going to impact braille-based computer technology like refreshable braille panels, and bosses, and things like that.JENNIFER DUNNAM: That’s really good question. A couple of years ago, I got a letter that particularly struck me. It was from someone who is pretty angry that we were talking about making changes to braille. The person was saying, you know, braille was developed for blind people so that we could communicate among ourselves and write notes to ourselves on our paper. Why are people messing with it? Leave it alone. The thing is that, these days, for braille to be our primary medium of reading and writing, we need to be able to have braille be integrated into our digital technology, because as you very well know, much of the reading that everybody does is off of a computer screen, which means either by speech or by refreshable braille display. We are doing a lot of writing that way as well. We are not passing notes in class as much as we are sending text messages and sending email. So the ability to be able to write in braille on our refreshable braille device and have it back translate accurately is one of the big benefits of Unified English Braille, and the ability, like I was just talking about earlier, to get you smiley face and have it turn out correctly, but obviously there are more important things that need to render accurately on our refreshable braille devices as well.It’s a way to make sure that braille can be an integral part, not just, you know, this sort of the dichotomy that sometimes people don’t talk about. We love technology but we still need braille. That’s actually not really a separation that there should be. Braille is very much, and should be, very much a part of technology. Let’s make that happen better.WADE WINGLER: That makes sense. I understand there was a little bit of a sticky wicket related to math notation. Can you give me just a little bit of what happened there?JENNIFER DUNNAM: I can say this. The Unified English Braille does have symbols and a method for doing mathematics as a part of it. It’s a complete code. It has all of that in it. However, in the United States, there has been very strong support for retaining the Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation which is the way that we have done mathematics in braille for lots of years. BANA, as part of its adoption, has said that the official codes in the United States are to be Unified English Braille to replace literary braille, that Nemeth code is being maintained, and the international phonetic alphabet and the music braille code are being maintained. I’m afraid I’m forgetting one off the list. But they are all still official codes. The stickiness at least right now is what is going to actually be the standard in what’s actually going to be the educational standard and what not. That’s an ongoing discussion. It is difficult, and I think people who know about the National Federation of the Blind know that we have passed a resolution with respect to it, and people can go to our website under resolutions and see that.All of us on the BANA board are committed to braille and committed to making sure that our kids and blind people of all walks of life are able to use braille and get a good education, so confident that we are going to be able to work something out that’s going to be reasonable for braille and it’s going to move things forward.WADE WINGLER: Good. That makes complete sense. What’s going to happen with old materials? Obviously I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of braille books reprinted, and maybe they will be. I assume new technology or updated technology will just convert electronic text into UEB. Is there going to be any issue with old materials versus new materials? What’s that going to look like?JENNIFER DUNNAM: That’s another very good question that comes up a lot. People say, gosh, what are we going to do with all the other material? The fact is that the differences aren’t so great that a person who starts by learning Unified English Braille and picks up a book that was in pre-UEB is not going to be able to read it. We’ve still got some times in our braille libraries books that were produced in grade one and a half, which has some different ways of doing contractions and what not. We looked at that and said that’s an old fashion braille. This is probably going to end up being more like that. You’re not going to see a lot of effort going into reprinting books that have already been done in braille because there is such a small fraction of actual books that even get done in braille. I think our education and our work with adults who are learning braille, to let people understand, here are some contractions that aren’t used anymore but you might see them in your braille. That’s how it is. It will be fine. We’ve heard anecdotally from other countries that the kids, especially, are the ones that have the least problems looking back and forth between pre-UEB and UEB braille.WADE WINGLER: That sort of makes sense. I suppose some folks might run into some pre-UEB braille and just wax nostalgic for a moment.JENNIFER DUNNAM: Absolutely.WADE WINGLER: We’ve got about a minute left in the interview. I believe, and I know that you believe, that braille literacy is supremely important. What is the impact of UEB going to be on braille literacy?JENNIFER DUNNAM: All I can say is what I hope about this. We have seen a great deal of interest and a renewed interest on the part of people who are signing up to become braille transcribers. We are seeing a lot more conversation around braille which is a very good thing. I hope that the increased awareness and increase conversation will make everybody who has a role to play in making sure we have people who are literate in braille to kind of come together and work together to make sure that we do increase the braille literacy. It’s not where we needed to be yet. We have very low rates of braille literacy, and we need to all work together to increase that. Literacy is critical.WADE WINGLER: Absolutely. I couldn’t agree more. Jennifer, if folks want to learn more about UEB, if they want to learn about how the adoption is happening, how to become more involved, what would you recommend in terms of websites, contact information, that kind of thing?JENNIFER DUNNAM: I would recommend people visit the website of the Braille Authority of North America, which is There you will find contact information for the BANA chair. You will also find information about how to sign up for a listserv that BANA has which is called BANA Announced. It’s a one-way listserv so you can get announcements about things that are happening and releases that BANA puts out. There are instructions for how to sign up for that list there. There’s also information. There are simple document. There’s information about where to get training materials. There’s a wealth of information on the website.WADE WINGLER: Jennifer Dunnam is the Manager of Braille Programs for the NFB and currently the chair of the Braille Authority of North America. Jennifer, thank you so much for being with us today.JENNIFER DUNNAM: It’s been a pleasure. Thanks for the opportunity.WADE WINGLER: Do you have a question about assistive technology? Do you have a suggestion for someone we should interview on Assistive Technology Update? Call our listener line at 317-721-7124, shoot us a note on Twitter @INDATAProject, or check us out on Facebook. Looking for a transcript or show notes from today’s show? Head on over to Assistive Technology Update is a proud member of the Accessibility Channel. Find more shows like this, plus much more, over at That was your Assistance Technology Update. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana. Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU228 – iOS 9 and Its Impact on People with Disabilities | Luis Perez | Free AT Webinars, Insulin and Blood Sugar Monitoring on Your Smart Phone, Robots and AutismOctober 9, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU188 – Wheel Life & The Bally Foundation, Look at Me app for Autism, Applevis’ Golden Apple Awards, Birdhouse for AutismJanuary 2, 2015In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU182 – Roger Voice, KNFB Reader, RESNA’s new Singapore Conference, Legislative Update From Audrey Busch, Drive About Number Neighborhood AppNovember 21, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

NEW CVS Express – Free Curbside Pickup

first_imgBack in December, I wrote a featured article on ClickList, Kroger’s online ordering and curbside pickup service.  It has been noted by many to be a terrifically convenient service, especially for the elderly and those with disabilities.  More recently, CVS has launched its own curbside pickup service, CVS Express.The service is comparable to a drive-through, as motorists park in a designated CVS Express spot while employees bring the order to their vehicle.  The service is fast and free and is available now (at select stores) through the CVS Pharmacy App.  With CVS Express, you’re able to browse through thousands of non-prescription items in the CVS Pharmacy app.  You then have the option to have your order delivered curbside or available to pick up inside the store within about an hour.  (Both in-store pickup and curbside service are FREE!)How to Use CVS Express:Simply download and open the CVS Pharmacy appSelect the CVS Express featureChoose the store nearest youNow you’re ready to start shopping!NOTE: During your first visit in this feature, you’ll be prompted to create a CVS Express account and to link your ExtraCare card.  Once you create an account, your information will be saved for future use! Once your order is ready, you’ll receive a text message and an email.The service accepts both debit and credit cards, and your card will be charged once you pick up the order.  “The charge will be processed by CURBSIDE CVS EXPRSS.  If you cancel your order, please allow up to 10 days for the pending charge to be removed from your card.”  The service will be immediately available at the CVS stores in California, North Carolina, and Georgia.  Most of the retailer’s 7,900 stand-alone U.S. locations will offer this service by the end of the year.To learn more, visit CVS’s website, or download the CVS Pharmacy app from iTunes or Google Play!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedCVS Offering Same-Day Prescription DeliveryJune 13, 2019Similar postClickList: Kroger’s online ordering, pickup serviceDecember 30, 2015In “Independent Living”AM331 – CVS Prescription DeliveryJune 14, 2019In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

ATFAQ081 – Q1 iPad with garbled speech Q2 Parental controls on iPad

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadPanel – Brian Norton, Josh Anderson, Belva Smith, and Wade Wingler – Q1 iPad with garbled speech Q2 Parental controls on iPad Q3 Hearing solutions for school Q4 Computer restore solutions Q5 Chrome extensions for Math Q6 App for words into American Sign Language (ASL) Q7 Is coding really necessary for kidsShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Relatedlast_img

ATU423 – Braille Trail Reader and APH Connect Center with Joe Hodge

first_imgVR Game for Visually Impaired Story: Braille Bug: Your weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs. Show Notes: Joe Hodge and Alan Lovell from APH APH Connect Center: Phone: 800-232-5463 Website: Podcast: Play in new window | Download Braille Trail Reader LE info: ——————————If you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our web site: http://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook: this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedThe Future of BrailleMarch 22, 2017In “Apps”ATU360 – Canute 360 from Bristol Braille Technology with Ed Rogers| 20, 2018In “Assistive Technology Update”AM249 – Orbit Reader 20August 25, 2017In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

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first_img Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ 1 Comment Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 1 Comment ‘Black Widow’ Set Photos Reveal The Main Villain Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene By Michael Sexton on July 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm New Details Confirmed About Natalie Portman As Mighty Thor Could Negan Get A ‘Walking Dead’ Movie Next? 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. Independence Day has come and gone and the fireworks have all burned out, but the deals haven’t. Today you can get a versatile high-end laptop from Dell that’s well suited for travel, office work, and gaming.Dell Vostro 15 7590 Intel Core i7-9750H 15.6-Inch 1080p Notebook w/ Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and 256GB NVMe SSD ($819.00)Dell’s Vostro laptops are typically targeted as home and business solutions. But this system, with its powerful Core i7-9750H processor and mid-range GTX 1050 graphics chip, is able to run modern games as well. Dell also built this system with a brushed aluminum exterior that makes it durable and relatively lightweight. Right now you can get it from Dell marked down from $1,651.42 to $819.00.Ring Video Doorbell Pro ($169.99)This helpful device is more than just a doorbell. It sends notifications to your Echo devices whenever the doorbell is rung, and it will allow you to see who is at your door and talk to them. This helps to keep you safe by making it easy to check who’s there. Right now you can get the Ring Video Doorbell Pro from Amazon marked down from $249.00 to $169.99. You must be a Prime member to get this discount, though.Samsung Evo Select 256GB MicroSDXC ($39.99) In addition to its large 256GB capacity, this microSDXC card is also fairly fast and able to transfer data at up to 100MB/s. Currently, you can get it from Amazon marked down from $49.99 to $39.99.Google Nest Hub ($79.00)Google’s Nest Hub is a versatile device that makes it easy to connect to and control various other smart devices around your home. It also accepts voice commands, and it can display information on a wide assortment of topics on its built-in 7-inch touchscreen display. For a limited time, you can get it from Walmart marked down from $149.00 to $79.00.Dell Alienware M17 Intel Core i7-9750H 17.3-Inch 1080p IPS Gaming Laptop w/ Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCI-E M.2 SSD and 1TB SSHD ($1,299.99)Dell built its Alienware M17 to be a powerful mobile gaming machine. This system’s Core i7-9750H processor and RTX 2060 graphics card offer desktop level performance, and the system’s 16GB of RAM and 256GB PCIe SSD ensure you won’t be slowed down waiting for programs to load. With promo code AWAFF300, you can get this system from Dell marked down from $1,949.99 to $1,299.99.Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscriptions (20-40 Percent Off)An Amazon Kindle subscription gives you access to over a million titles for you to peruse and read at your leisure. Amazon is currently offering this service discounted between 20 and 40 percent off the regular retail price.6-Month Subscription w/ 20 Percent Discount: $47.861-Year Subscription w/ 33 Percent Discount: $80.302-Year Subscription w/ 40 Percent Discount: $143.80Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at Disturbing Things Everyone Willingly Ignores About This PGA Star ET Deals: Dell Core i7-9750H Laptop $819, Ring Video Doorbell Camera $169, Samsung 256GB MicroSDXC $36 The Real Reason the ‘Blade’ Reboot Is Happeninglast_img read more

Google Releases Android Q Beta 5 With Gesture Navigation Tweaks

first_imgGoogle Releases Android Q Beta 5 With Gesture Navigation Tweaks 3 Comments Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents A new version of Android Q is rolling out today, moving us one step closer to a final release. This fifth beta is also the first “release candidate” build of Android Q. Developers can test their apps against Beta 5 and feel confident they’ll work the same way on the final version launching later this summer. While the feature set of Android Q is pretty well fleshed out at this point, there are a few new things in Beta 5. Google says all developers should implement and test dark mode, gesture navigation, and foldable optimizations. That last point seems awfully optimistic considering Samsung hasn’t even managed to release its folding phone yet.A big chunk of Google’s efforts in Beta 5 revolve around the revamped gesture navigation. As Google announced at I/O this year, it will do away with the awkward two-button gesture nav that debuted in Pie. Instead, Android will move to an iOS-style gesture bar. This will, however, require some changes to the way Android currently works. Beta 5 includes the new Assistant shortcut that plays nicely with the gesture nav. Previously, you’d long-press the home button to access Assistant. In Beta 5, you can swipe in diagonally from the lower left or right corner to access Assistant. Google’s new back gesture (swipe in from the sides) looked like it would break navigation drawers in apps, but Google has a new peek behavior in Beta 5 that signals to users when they are interacting with the drawer rather than triggering the back gesture. Android Q’s gesture navigation will be a big change for Android.Google is also apparently admitting it doesn’t have a good solution for third-party home screen launchers. Features like the multitasking menu are part of the home screen, so they don’t work properly with replacements like Nova or Action Launcher. Users will have to use traditional button navigation with these launchers until Google develops a solution, which will happen in a post-launch update for Android Q. Android Q Beta runs on all Pixel phones, as well as some third-party devices. Google’s phones are getting OTA updates right now, but it’ll take a few days before other OEMs in the preview program get new builds ready. We’re expecting one more beta to launch in the coming weeks with very minor changes. After that, it’ll be time for the final release. That’s probably also when we’ll find out what Google has decided to name Android Q — its options are a lot more limited than with past letters.Now read:Google Just Shared an Image of the Unannounced Pixel 4Project Mainline Is Google’s Latest Attempt to Fix Android UpdatesAndroid Will Finally Have Dark Mode in Android Q The Tragedy of Marie Osmond Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads 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. ‘IT Chapter Two’ Director Has Another Horror Remake In Mind We Now Understand How Curt Schilling Blew His Entire Fortune Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Tagged In smartphonesgoogleandroidmobilePixelandroid q Post a Comment 3 Comments Natalie Portman Reacts to Being the Next ‘Thor’ The Real Reason the ‘Blade’ Reboot Is Happening By Ryan Whitwam on July 10, 2019 at 2:30 pmlast_img read more

MarTech Interview with Zachary Goldstein CEO and Founder Thanx

first_imgMarTech Interview Series About ZacharyAbout ThanxAbout Zachary About Thanx crmcustomer engagementdata scienceEloquainterviewsmarketing automationOutreachSalesforceThanxZachary Goldstein Previous ArticleFindy, The App Bold Enough to Take on GoogleNext ArticleTechBytes with Mika Javanainen, VP of Product Marketing at M-Files Zachary Goldstein is the founder and CEO of Thanx. He is passionate about retail customer retention and satisfaction and the Sacramento Kings. Dartmouth College (BA) and Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA). “It’s all about relevance these days — consumers are sick of being spammed but are happy to engage when the message resonates personally.”center_img Thanx is customer engagement done right. Thanx is unique because we focus on making customer engagement effortless for both merchants and consumers. Merchants get a complete view of customers based on behavioral data all without any additional hardware or point-of-sale integration, allowing them to quickly and easily send targeted campaigns customized for their business. And, they can measure their success in real revenue not just vanity metrics like opens and clicks.Consumers pay as usual and automatically receive personalized rewards on their phones, which eliminates the hassle of check-ins, loyalty cards, and added steps at checkout. To date, we’ve helped our merchants generate 30-50% increases in revenue from their existing customers. MarTech Interview with Zachary Goldstein, CEO and Founder, Thanx Sudipto GhoshMay 27, 2019, 2:30 pmMay 27, 2019 The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. Tell us about your role and journey into Marketing Technology. What inspired you to start Thanx?Working with restaurant and retail clients at Bain & Company, I learned brick-and-mortar businesses have a data deficit. The 80/20 rule is particularly true in the offline world but not only do most brands do a poor job of personally engaging their top customers, many don’t even know who those individuals are. Thanx is the system-of-record for offline customer data — CRM meets marketing automation, but custom-built for otherwise data-blind real-world businesses. In effect, we combine elements of loyalty, customer sentiment, artificial intelligence, and multi-channel marketing to enable merchants to move away from generic “spray-and-pray” marketing and toward automated, personalized communication with customers both inside and outside the four walls of their business.How does Thanx fit into a modern marketing technology stack? How does Thanx automate Customer Engagement? Thanx is a complete customer engagement platform. Many of our merchants were previously juggling a variety of point solutions and datafeeds— email tools, plastic card loyalty programs, mobile apps, customer surveys, mystery shoppers, social, reservations, online ordering, and more — with no single view of the customer. Thanx offers a multi-channel marketing platform that replaces and consolidates point solutions so that our merchants can always deliver the right message to the right customer at the right time.From the time you started Thanx, how much has the Marketing Automation Technology for B2B and B2C evolved?It’s all about relevance these days — consumers are sick of being spammed but are happy to engage when the message resonates personally. This push for relevance — best measured in actual results for the advertiser — defined the online industry’s evolution from Cost Per Impression to Cost Per Conversion. Offline business need to same evolution — moving away from useless metrics like email opens and clicks toward measures such as incremental revenue. This will, in turn, drive a flight toward relevance in marketing. Thanx delivers a variety of personalization tools informed by data science — from tier-based rewards modeled after the airline industry to churn avoidance promotions that resemble online retargeting — but packaged in a simple “one-click” user interface that we call Thanx Campaigns. The merchant defines a desired behavior and Thanx takes care of the rest.Tell us more about your recent digital marketing campaign with Tommy Bahama. What analytics do you have to show its success rate?While we don’t share specific results from our customers’ loyalty programs and marketing campaigns on Thanx, the Tommy Bahama program is indeed doing exceptionally. Better known for their retail lifestyle clothing brand, Tommy Bahama also operates on-brand restaurants across the US — from 5th Ave in Manhattan to Hawaii. While the retail operation has long had a robust customer database which it used to personalize customer communications and maintain relationships with top customers, the restaurants didn’t even know if their customers were the same individuals, let alone have any tools to drive repeat frequency. Through Thanx Campaigns, Tommy Bahama restaurants are able to reward regulars — and it turns out they have quite a few more than they knew from OpenTable data alone — and create unique experiences for their VIPs. In general across the Thanx network, these VIP-focused reward programs see as much as 55% increases in customer spending.As a CEO, how do you identify the biggest advantages and challenges in Digital Commerce? What role does Thanx play in overcoming these challenges? Traditional loyalty programs are fairly useless — they’re basically channels through which brands endlessly give out “rewards” on a proverbial hamster wheel without any meaningful impact in long-term customer spending. To get value out of loyalty programs, brands need to invest in taking action on top of the data they acquire — the data is the true gold, not the basic reward offering. This is where our marketing automation and data science tools help turn what would otherwise be a pretty rote program and make it feel like one-on-one communication between a brand and their best customers. In fact, in many cases it literally is one-to-one communication as Thanx enables consumers to leave private-channel feedback — very different from the anonymous postings on Yelp — and gives the merchant the tools to understand that individuals spending behavior and respond personally. Bad public reviews are shown to decrease with our Reputation Manager tool live because unhappy guests are intercepted and personally engaged before bringing their complaints to review sites.Why retention is a big challenge for Influencer-based brands? How do personalization and relevant context impact retention strategies? It’s seven times more expensive to acquire a new customer than to secure an incremental visit from an existing customer. In effect, it’s impossible to grow a business sustainably with new customers alone yet that’s what most brands are doing. This is the secret weapon of the best brands in the world — on rare occasion the product is so amazing that natural brand affinity bring customers back over and over. More commonly, merchants need to work for that loyalty to avoid “out of sight, out of mind.”Tell us about your go-to strategies to support rapid growth, lessons learned through periods of massive shift and transition.It’s all about having great people. Sometimes we have an empty role and it’s tempting to rush to fill it because the hole is hurting our growth and straining other members of the team — but that’s a way to rush a hire and cause even more backtracking in the future. To me, rapid growth is about quick decision-making and people you trust which starts with hiring.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use?We are, of course, avid Thanx users and consumers. But the business our marketing tech stack includes Eloqua, Outreach and Salesforce.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now? I think Square’s execution for small businesses has been remarkable to watch. And yet they still support a tiny fraction of the overall market. But in the startup landscape, I’m using Airtable and Superhuman as my personal work productivity hacks.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a Business Leader?Capture every bit of data you can — nothing is “exhaust” to be let float away. And hire people way smarter than you.How do you inspire your people to work with technology? Our vision is big — to personalize every interaction between merchants and their customers. Find people who want to make that a reality and they inspire themselves (and me).One word that best describes how you work.Intensely.What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?I’m an Excel junkie. It’s sometimes my happy place after two days straight of meetings. Superhuman for email is a fantastic tool. I absolutely wish we didn’t have Slack.What’s your smartest work related shortcut or productivity hack?I use a web plugin called Momentum that is my homepage on my browser and I set one “Must Do” goal every day. I also started charging my phone overnight in the kitchen instead of in the bedroom because I was instinctively grabbing it right when I woke up. No I don’t look at it until I’m actually walking out the door to work. It gives me some moments of peace in the morning.What are you currently reading? (What do you read, and how do you consume information?)Twitter. A lot of Twitter ha. But two books are getting the back-and-forth treatment right now — Sapiens and Becoming by Michelle Obama. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight was the last booked I finished all the way through — love his genuine founder story.What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?A former Bain colleague of mine taught me about a military principle from when he led platoons in the Marines: “Turn the Wrenches”. He said the best military leaders were able to command respect with their rank but didn’t hesitate to occasionally get their hands dirty with their teams to demonstrate that they weren’t above the most menial of tasks and to learn about the day-to-day of their soldiers. This has stuck with me; I try to find time every week to stop by people’s desks and learn about what they’re doing or offer to help however I can.Something you do better than others – the secret of your success?I’m decisive. I like to gather complete information when possible but I have grown comfortable making decisions without it and accepting the outcome either way. I prize action over correctness because I think even mistakes teach us a lot.Tag the one person (or more) in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read:Kane Russell at Halo Neuroscience built our original marketing function at Thanx and is incredibly thoughtful about brand-building and modern marketing. Not a MarTech company, but certainly an active user of MarTech.Thank you, Zachary! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon.last_img read more

Beanstalk Digital Launches Beanstalk Predictive to Provide Robust Data Analytics Through AIDriven

first_img AIAI-DrivenBeanstalk DigitalBuzz Radardata analyticsMarketing Technology NewsNewsPatrick Charlton Previous ArticleJotForm Reaches 5 Millionth User After Major LaunchNext ArticleZeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data Cloud Beanstalk Digital Launches Beanstalk Predictive to Provide Robust Data Analytics Through AI-Driven Insights MTS Staff WriterJuly 11, 2019, 7:07 pmJuly 11, 2019 Beanstalk Digital, a full-service agency headquartered in Dallas, Texas, announced the launch of Beanstalk Predictive, led by Chief Strategy Officer Matt Murphy. The new entity will broaden the Beanstalk Digital service line with the ability to report and execute data-driven projects to optimize product, branding, content and ongoing marketing strategies to increase market share and returns for its client-partners.Marketing Technology News: ada Strengthens Its Leadership Team as It Doubles Its HeadcountBeanstalk Predictive, the new data arm of Beanstalk Digital, will deliver real-time insights and innovative technologies to their client-partners through AI-driven marketing and audience intelligence – both through a stunning, simple-to-use visualization platform that makes data understandable and actionable, as well as bespoke AI-based reports available by request.“We are excited to partner with UK-based Buzz Radar as their exclusive, strategic provider for North America to generate actionable and useful information that will completely change the game for our client-partners,” stated Murphy. “The strength in social and audience intelligence from the Buzz Radar partnership will help brands create truly powerful campaigns based on historical and real-time customer data to predict future actions.”Marketing Technology News: Veritonic Launches First Audio Score For Marketers To Understand Relative Power Of Their Creative Assets“We’re really excited to be partnering with Beanstalk Digital to combine our talents and uncover the next generation of AI-driven social and audience insights for US brands,” said Patrick Charlton, Director and Co-founder of Buzz Radar. “We’ve spent a long time planning our move into the US and we think the Buzz Radar platform, combined with the considerable digital marketing expertise of Beanstalk Digital, will provide US brands with the most advanced and interactive insights into their consumers possible.”Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public Offeringcenter_img Expanded service line through Beanstalk Predictive to drive more informed client-partner business decisions through real-time data driven by AI and audience intelligence platformslast_img read more

Moz Expands Partner Ecosystem Delivers BestofBreed Local Presence Management SEO

first_imgMoz Expands Partner Ecosystem, Delivers Best-of-Breed Local Presence Management & SEO Business WireJune 18, 2019, 1:55 pmJune 18, 2019 New partnership additions include Uberall,, SinglePlatformMoz, Inc., the leader in search engine optimization technology, announced the expansion of its Partner Ecosystem. Uberall,, and SinglePlatform join the ecosystem to offer customers an expansion of best-in-class resources.The partnership with Uberall enhances Moz’s local presence management platform to allow customers an even greater breadth of features to increase visibility in local search, while the partnership with SinglePlatform provides more vertical-focused businesses, like restaurants and spas, the opportunity to include online menus to reach patrons.Google’s recent changes indicate a continued evolution into local search, as February saw algorithm updates giving Local SERP features new abilities such as, “Get in Line” and “Reserve with Google.” As Moz doubles down on Local SEO, these partnerships allow for the SEO leader to deliver valuable insights and accurate, incomparable data.Marketing Technology News: Triton Digital Integrates Centro’s Basis Platform with the a2x Programmatic MarketplaceWith unparalleled listing management and distribution, validated listing accuracy, duplication detection and closure, and advanced analytics for traffic, ranking, customer behavior and competitive intelligence, Moz delivers performance-driving insights and recommendations that help businesses gain an edge over their competitors.“Similar to Moz, we believe search is the critical marketing strategy that will help grow businesses; so, it’s no surprise CMOs are implementing SEO initiatives and seeking the best search resources to stay ahead of the competition,” said Florian Huebner, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Uberall. “Partnering with Moz was a strategic move by both organizations to hone in on Local SEO and continue to lead the industry.”Marketing Technology News: Mindtree to Showcase Contextual, Real-Time Solutions for Personalized Traveler Experiences at HITEC MinneapolisOver the past year, Moz positioned itself as the leading SEO technology and authority in keyword research, link building tools and now Local SEO. To add even more value for its customers, Moz launched a complete overhaul of Domain Authority, Moz’s proprietary scoring system; and acquired STAT Search Analytics, a leading provider of SEO software and longtime friend of Moz. Both announcements came on the heels of the launch of Moz’s new link index, which made data 35x larger and 30x fresher; and its keyword Corpus expansion, which doubled.“Our partner ecosystem plays a critical role in helping us meet the high demand for better SEO practices, tools and expertise, and it puts the power of the Moz platform into the hands of more enterprises, agencies and SMBs,” said Sarah Bird, CEO of Moz. “As Google becomes more locally focused, we want to ensure users have access to the right resources to maximize exposure to prospects and customers.”Marketing Technology News: CoreMedia Announces CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud Marketplace domain authorityEcosystemMarketing TechnologyMozNewsSarah BirdSEOUberall Previous ArticlePriceless Experiences Are Coming to a Smart Speaker Near YouNext ArticlePhrasee Launches Dashboard to Give Marketers Real-Time Revenue Review of Global Email Campaignslast_img read more

ATT Adding Interactive Public Service Locast App to DIRECTV and Uverse Video

first_imgLocast Broadens AT&T’s Customers’ Access to Broadcast StationsAT&T will add Locast‘s interactive app on its DIRECTV and U-verse platforms starting.Locast is a public service application that offers viewers with broadband-connected receivers access to their local ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and other broadcast stations streamed via the Internet and is currently available to 27 million users in nine markets — New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, Houston, Boston, Denver and Baltimore.AT&T continues to offer consumers new ways to access the video content they want. We believe Locast’s public service offering will make sense for many of them.AT&T also will continue to offer its complimentary Local Channel Connector service when a local station is otherwise unavailable. The Local Channel Connector captures stations’ over-the-air digital signals via a free digital broadcast antenna and enables customers to select channels using the program guide. AT&T recently provided over 10,000 free Local Channel Connectors to Salt Lake City customers who went without the local NBC affiliate.Marketing Technology News: Usabilla Named a Strong Performer in 2019We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s fastest wireless network.** And according to America’s biggest test, we have the nation’s best wireless network.*** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and WatchTV, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve nearly 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc.Marketing Technology News: Relativity Showcases a New Way to Analyze Short Message and Mobile DataAT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services.2019 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.Marketing Technology News: Neustar and JCDecaux North America Partner to Bring Mobile Location Intelligence to Digital and Analog Out-of-Home Advertisers AT&TDIRECTVLocal Channel ConnectorLocastMarketing TechnologyNewsU-verse platforms Previous ArticleMobiquity’s AdCop Finds Ad Fraud Lurking Below the FloorNext ArticleSprint Lights Up True Mobile 5G in Houston AT&T Adding Interactive Public Service Locast App to DIRECTV and U-verse Video Platforms PRNewswireJune 1, 2019, 4:02 pmMay 31, 2019 last_img read more

Cisco Intends to Acquire Acacia Communications

first_img Acacia CommunicationsAcquisitionCiscoMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleLuxury Industry Training Expert Joins the Customer Experience GroupNext ArticlePacvue Releases Industry-First Excel Integration for Amazon Advertisers Acacia’s coherent optics technology empowers webscale companies, service providers, and data center operators to meet the fast-growing consumer demands for data Cisco and Acacia Communications announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Cisco has agreed to acquire Acacia. An existing Cisco supplier, Acacia designs and manufactures high-speed, optical interconnect technologies that allow webscale companies, service providers, and data center operators to meet the fast-growing consumer demands for data.Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco has agreed to acquire Acacia for $70.00 per share in cash, or for approximately $2.6 billion on a fully diluted basis, net of cash and marketable securities. As Cisco and Acacia come together, Cisco plans to support Acacia’s existing customers and new customers that want industry-leading coherent optics, digital signal processing / photonic integrated circuit modules, and transceivers for use in networking products and data centers.Marketing Technology News: The Role of AI in Shaping the Future of Video Conferencing“By innovating across software, silicon and optics, Cisco is reinventing every domain of the network with our intent-based architectures,” said David Goeckeler, executive vice president and general manager of Cisco’s networking and security business. “With the explosion of bandwidth in the multi-cloud era, optical interconnect technologies are becoming increasingly strategic. The acquisition of Acacia will allow us to build on the strength of our switching, routing and optical networking portfolio to address our customers’ most demanding requirements.”Cisco offers a full portfolio of optical systems to support webscale, service provider, enterprise, and public sector customer segments. These optical systems address performance, power, and cost requirements. Acacia’s technology will enrich Cisco’s optical systems portfolio. It will also allow the growing number of customers transitioning from chassis-based systems to pluggable technology to simplify operations and reduce network complexities.Marketing Technology News: New ISG Study Focuses on Digital Business Services“Coherent technology has been a game-changer for optical networking and continues to evolve with the deployment of pluggable coherent optics,” said Raj Shanmugaraj, president and chief executive officer, Acacia. “Upon close, Cisco and Acacia will continue to serve and support existing Acacia customers. By integrating Acacia technology into Cisco’s networking portfolio, we believe we can accelerate the trend toward coherent technology and pluggable solutions while accommodating a larger footprint of customers worldwide.”The acquisition is expected to close during the second half of Cisco’s FY2020, subject to customary closing conditions and required regulatory approvals. Upon completion of this transaction, Acacia employees will join Cisco’s Optical Systems and Optics business within the networking and security business under David Goeckeler.Marketing Technology News: AccuWeather Continues Rapid Expansion with Relocation of Global Office in New York City Cisco Intends to Acquire Acacia Communications PRNewswireJuly 9, 2019, 5:56 pmJuly 9, 2019 last_img read more

NTT DATA Presents the Future of Digital Acceleration

first_imgIn a successful narrative exercise, the series is structured in six episodes. Each episode corresponds to what in the series is known as DFAs – Digital Focus Areas – that is, the six fundamental themes that, now in 2019, are causing digital acceleration and the transformation of industries. The six DFAs are: Intelligent Automation, Customer Experience, Data & Intelligence, IoT, IT Optimization and Cybersecurity. These focus areas are related to another great structural feature, the Dual Format. Each episode ends with interviews to experts of the technologies exposed in the fiction.In each episode Adam faces a professional challenge related to each of the thematic areas. It depicts the future in which there are ordinary people with the difference that they coexist with robots and advanced artificial intelligences in an amazingly natural way. People who solve problems using technology that today can be utopian or typical of science fiction novels.Marketing Technology News: Accelerators Launched for Rapid Execution and Faster Time to Market NTT DATA Presents the Future of Digital Acceleration PRNewswireJuly 15, 2019, 1:29 pmJuly 15, 2019 NTT DATA launches the second season of its branded content series for NTT DATA, WAKE UP. The series focuses on the six fundamental areas of digital transformationWAKE UP 2 is a series divided into six episodes plus an introduction. It is a branded content, developed by Growthland exclusively for NTT DATA. Throughout the series the viewer can follow the personal and professional avatars of the charismatic protagonist, Adam, whom we already met in the first installment. In this season, viewers witness a dramatic change in Adam’s life.Marketing Technology News: NextStage to Support YSEOP, a World Leader in AI Dedicated to Natural Language Generation, in View to Accelerating Growth, Particularly in the United StatesOld timers will remember the Adam of the first season, a man alien to the modern world, which he entered without warning after spending ten years in a deep coma caused by mysterious reasons. On this occasion, viewers find a completely changed Adam. His innocence and curiosity, his vision and purity, have helped him to become the new CIO – Chief Innovation Officer – of a fictitious technological titan.Marketing Technology News: SynergySuite Closes $6 Million Series A Led by First Analysiscenter_img Automationcustomer experiencedata intelligenceDigital AccelerationIoTNewsNTT DATA Previous ArticleYAO Network Makes BaaS 3.0 a RealityNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Joe Sacchetti, Head of Channel Partner Program at KeyedInlast_img read more

Amazon Studios Returns Distribution Rights of Woody Allens Movie Over MeToo Allegations

first_img A Rainy Day in New YorkAmazon StudiosMeToo Hollywoodwoody allen First Published: May 21, 2019, 7:20 PM IST Amazon Studios has returned the domestic rights to film A Rainy Day in New York back to its director and producer Woody Allen. The studio had shelved the film indefinitely after allegations of sexual abuse against Allen grabbed attention in the wake of the #MeToo movement.Now, Amazon has returned the rights to Allen, reports Allen caused widespread confusion last week when he released a trailer for his Elle Fanning and Timothee Chalamet-starring drama on his Facebook page, saying it was “coming soon”. The film had been stuck in the mire of litigation with his former creative partners at Amazon, but Allen is now free to proceed with any domestic release elsewhere as he sees fit, said a source close to the project.A Rainy Day in New York already has international distribution commitments from France’s Contracorriente Films (September 18), Italy’s Lucky Red (October 3) and Germany’s Filmwelt/NFP (this year). Germany was pre-sold in 2017 by FilmNation and Allen’s Gravier Productions secured France and Italy, and will handle sales in the rest of the world and now the US.The film recently screened for at least one American indie distributor as a prospective acquisition, but another source close to the project said the showing was done as a “professional courtesy” rather than an earnest business proposition. Which American company will now possibly step up to release the film?Allen and Amazon are locked in a legal battle regarding his overall deal, a reported $80 million multi-project agreement, which stalled when misconduct accusations against the director resurfaced in the #MeToo era. “The return of the film rights does not impact the current legal battle,” another source said told “This is death, publicity-wise,” said one top film distribution chief on potentially acquiring the movie. While Allen has long been public about what he calls “25-year-old baseless” accusations of sexual abuse from his daughter Dylan Farrow, the #MeToo movement has galvanised Hollywood to hear and support victims.Further complicating matters is the fact that two of the film’s cast members — Chalamet and Rebecca Hall — donated their salaries from the production to charities like the Time’s Up legal defence fund. The pair publicly expressed regret over having worked with Allen.”Talent wants to distance themselves as far as possible from this. None of them are likely to promote it,” said the executive.Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more