Can You Guess a Song by Its Word Cloud

first_imgFigure 1. “Guess the Song” game. Can you recognize any of the songs used to generate these word clouds?Any ideas yet? How many have you identified so far for sure? How many have you got an idea about, but you are not yet completely sure?The game actually runs on a web browser. A number of 10 songs are randomly extracted from a list.The text for each extracted song is read, processed, parsed into words, and the corresponding word cloud is generated. One song at a time. The webpage then displays the word cloud and a text box where you are supposed to write the song title if you know it (Figure 1). You have up to three tries to guess the song, after which this attempt turns into a failure.Either with success or failure, once the time for one song is up, the game moves to the next song. And so on until all 10 songs have been shown.The last page of the application produces a rough summary of your attempts, with percentages of success vs. failures. Figure 2. The final page for the “Guess the Song” game. Here you can see the percentages of your failures and successes.The Application Behind the GameWhile you take your time to think, I will show you the application running behind this little game.KNIME Analytics PlatformThis application — for the creation of word clouds from song texts and the collection of answers from users — was developed with the KNIME Analytics Platform.KNIME Analytics Platform is open-source software for Data Science, covering all your data needs from data ingestion and data blending to data visualization, from Machine Learning algorithms to data wrangling, from reporting to deployment, and more. KNIME Analytics Platform is based on a graphical user interface for visual programming. This makes it very intuitive and easy to use, considerably reducing the learning time. KNIME Analytics Platform has also been designed to be open to different data formats, data types, data sources, data platforms, as well as external tools.Because of its graphical interface, computing units are represented as small colorful blocks, named “nodes.” Assembling nodes in a pipeline, one after the other, implements a data processing application. The pipeline is called “workflow” (Figure 3).KNIME Analytics Platform is the core software. However, it can be integrated with a number of packages to work on unstructured data. The KNIME Text Processing extension takes care of all text-based operations, from pure cleaning to keyword extraction, from latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA) implementation to words and frequencies extraction.A workflow can also be executed from a web browser through the KNIME Server. Dedicated nodes build input and output web components that can be assembled to compose a webpage. Inserting these special nodes within a workflow provides stopping points in the execution flow, where an input is required or an output is displayed.Given all those characteristics — openness, flexibility, open source, text processing extension, visual programming, and optional web-based execution — we have chosen it to develop our “Guess the Song” game application.Read More: Key Social Media Monetization Tactics for Mobile-First Gaming Brands Figure 7. “Guess the Song” game. From top left to bottom right: “You Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer; “Happy” by Pharrell Williams; “I Want to Break Free” by Queen; “Umbrella” by Rihanna; “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele; “If I Were a Boy” by BeyoncéI am not sure what your percentage of correct guesses was, but when I run the game with my colleagues, some of us got a miserable 30-40 percent, while others got a more impressive 80%-90 percent of correct answers. Sure, some of us might have more song expertise, but still it seems hard to get 100 percent right guessing the songs based on their word cloud.How many songs did you guess right?Read More: How to Analyze Your Lead Generation Form Using Google Tag Manager Figure 5. Content of the metanode named “Text Processing.” Path of the file containing the song lyrics is passed to a File Reader node, where the song text is read. Then the text is converted to a special Document type, cleaned from punctuation, and standardized to lowercase letters. Finally the Bag of Words node parses the text and extracts all words, and the TF node calculates their relative frequencies.Inner Loop to Allow a Maximum of Three Guesses for Each SongThe inner loop takes the list of words with their frequencies and builds the corresponding word cloud with a Tag Cloud (JavaScript) node inside the metanode named “Word Cloud & Answer.” In the same metanode, a QuickForm String Input node collects the guess from the player (Figure 6).Notice that the metanode named “Word Cloud & Answer” generates a webpage when running on a web browser via the KNIME Server, and specifically, it generates the webpages reported in Figure 1. JavaScript visualization nodes and Input QuickForm nodes are special nodes. If placed inside a metanode and executed on a web browser, they produce a webpage displaying the corresponding JavaScript-based views and input forms. Such web components (forms and views) can be strategically placed within a grid layout, as defined inside the metanode. Figure 6. Content of the metanode named “Word Cloud & Answer.” Notice that this metanode builds a webpage when running on a web browser via the KNIME Server. The webpage consists of the word cloud from the Tag Cloud (JavaScript) node, a textbox from the String Input node, and the usual header as implemented in the Generic JavaScript View.Creating the Landing Page with Summary PerformanceThe metanode named “Guess Summary” concludes the game, both by concluding this workflow and by creating the last landing page.The landing page offers a short summary of the successes vs. failures of your “guess the song” attempts, via a Bar Chart (JavaScript) node and a Text Output node for comments.Read More: How Can AI Boost Your Email Personalization Performance?Did You Guess?I think you have had enough time by now. Have you guessed? Well, if you haven’t, or if you have and want to know if you’re right, below are the answers. Figure 4. Content of the metanode named “Prepare Data.” You can see a node to read the Excel file with the list of songs, a node to perform the random shuffling, then a node to extract the top 10 songs after shuffling, and finally a column filter node to keep only the necessary input attributes.The metanode named “style” sets the running style for all webpages. This operation is performed by a “Generic JavaScript View” node. This node is one of those integration nodes, like the Python Script node or the R Snippet node, which is allowed to write small pieces of code within a KNIME workflow and treat them as nodes as well.Outer Loop to Process All Songs One by OneThe light blue nodes delimit a loop. One node starts the loop (the Start node) and one ends the loop (the End node).Here we have an external loop to process the song texts one by one and an internal loop to allow the player up to a maximum of three guesses.The outer loop starts from the first song in the random list, reads the text, cleans it from punctuation, and extracts all words together with their relative frequency measure. This all happens inside the metanode named “Text Processing.”The nodes inside this metanode belong to the KNIME Text Processing extension. You need to install it in KNIME Analytics Platform to continue. Check this YouTube video on how to install KNIME extensions.center_img At any important political or social event, the aftermath of the keynote speech is often entrusted to a Word Cloud. The large size of the most frequently repeated words supposedly conveys the central topics of the speech. Is it really so? Can we really entrust a word cloud to convey, even if only partially, the essence of the speech?How informative is a word cloud really?Would I be able to understand my colleague’s speech if it just came in the form of a word cloud?Would I even be able to identify my preferred song if I could see its word cloud? It is hard to say, without trying.Read More: Navigating GDPR: Preparing for What’s to ComeLet’s Play a Game!I will show you a number of word clouds built on texts from well-known pop songs from the 80s until now. You are supposed to guess the song and possibly its title. Let’s see how many you can recognize.Notice that only punctuation was removed from the text, but no other cleaning or stemming procedure was applied. The word clouds thus report all words in their original form as in the song text. Can You Guess a Song by Its Word Cloud? Rosaria SilipoJune 12, 2019, 8:30 amJune 11, 2019 Figure 3. The “Guess the Song” workflow. It starts by reading the list of songs available. The first loop reads the text and extracts the words for each song, one by one. The internal loop builds the word cloud and the webpage for the guess, allowing max. three attempts to the player. Finally, the last metanode builds the landing webpage with the success rate summary.Reading the Data and Creating the Webpage TemplateThe workflow starts with a few gray metanodes. Metanodes are gray nodes inside other more basic nodes.The first metanode in the workflow in Figure 3, named “Prepare Data,” reads the list of available songs and extracts 10 at random to present to the player (Figure 4). data scienceKNIMEmachine learningQuickFormSongsWord Cloud Previous ArticleCisco Unleashes the Capabilities of the New NetworkNext ArticleYouTube Cannes Lions Ad Leaderboard 2019last_img read more

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SpaceX Starship Moves Closer to Launch With Successful Engine Test

first_img Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar Stuff Niantic Should Add to ‘Pokemon GO’ Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads By Ryan Whitwam on July 8, 2019 at 4:02 pm Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp 8 Comments 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’ SpaceX Starship Moves Closer to Launch With Successful Engine Test You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet ‘IT Chapter Two’ Director Has Another Horror Remake In Mind Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ 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 spacespacexelon muskrocketsstarship Post a Comment 8 Commentslast_img read more

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Brooklyn Electric Car Races Add Showroom Stock Cars

first_img You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads 7 Comments 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard The Formula E electric car race in Brooklyn this weekend may be the slickest sporting event in the Big Apple this year. It’s a look at the future of auto racing. It’s on the waterfront of the city’s hippest borough, with the Statue of Liberty and Wall Street in the background. Formula E has much of the sophistication of Formula 1 but without the throbbing noise of unmuffled engines and the crowded races that draw in five to 10 times as many people.With the improvement in battery technology, Formula E now runs as a nonstop race without the need to change cars halfway through. And the Saturday and Sunday races are preceded each day by a sedan race (top photo) using nearly identical Jaguar i-Pace electric cars — little modified from what Jaguar dealers sell to the public.In Brooklyn, fans in the grandstand are just a few feet from the racing. In most auto races, being this close means your ears would ring for days afterward.What Is Formula E?Parts of the world are concerned about climate change, emissions and air quality, yadda-yadda. So FIA, the governing body of motorsports, wants to get ahead of the climate curve and promote a form of motorsport that looks toward a cleaner form of racing in the kinds of cars we’ll be — possibly — driving in the near future. That means electric vehicles. Formula E, E for electric, formed five years ago under the umbrella of FIA, the governing body for much of motorsport.Note: Do not confuse FIA, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, which governs world motorsport, with FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the governing body of world futbol/soccer. The difference? One is seen as a bunch of old men, autocratic rules, and a lot of money changing hands whereas the other … uh, never mind. To their credit, FIFA doesn’t have vuvuzelas any more and FIA never did.To the untrained eye, Formula E cars look like open-wheel, combustion-engine Formula 1 race cars — or, for that matter, the Indycar racers that mostly run in the US. They run on the power of lithium-ion battery packs. There was one set of rules for seasons 1-4 and another for the current season 5, which concludes this weekend in the US. Some parts of the car are specified to save costs, such as the kevlar-and-carbon-fiber body, OZ wheels, Michelin tires, the motor, and the McClaren Applied Technologies battery. The power inverter spec is open and so is the race strategy.Reports have the current cars costing about $900,000 to build (€800,000) versus about $445,000 (€400,000) for the first-generation. The current cars develop 335 hp and weigh 900 kg or an Orwellian 1,984 pounds. But there’s no power steering and the drivers’ arms get a workout. They reach 60 mph or 100 kph in about 2.8 seconds, about the same as a Formula 1 racer, but the top speed is way different, about 175 mph (speed governed) versus 235 mph.In seasons 1-4, the battery wouldn’t last the entire race, so drivers swapped to a second car around the halfway point. But no more. This is the paddock at the 2018 Brooklyn ePrix, as Formula E is called, race.No More Changing Horses in MidstreamThe biggest change for season 5 is the bigger battery that allows cars to go the entire distance of the race. Batteries had been 28 kilowatt-hours (kWh), but now for 2018-19 are 54 kWh. The races had been 80-100 kilometers or 50-60 miles, or 33-46 laps depending on the circuit length. Now there is a fixed race time of 45 minutes plus one lap. (Which is roughly what the previous races took.)At roughly the halfway point, drivers used to pull into their teams’ paddock area tents, unbuckle, and step into identical second cars. Except for fans sitting in certain areas of the grandstands (photo above), there was a half-minute where the car was gone from view. For most of the first years, there also had been a mandatory time-in-pits rule of about 30 seconds (depending on the track), so drivers didn’t skimp on properly fastening their safety harnesses. Needing two cars good for only 25 minutes of racing was not good PR for electric vehicles, and that has changed for this current season.How much are 28 kWh and 54 kWh? The original Nissan Leaf had a 24 kWh battery good for about 84 miles. Now the Leaf batteries are 40-62 kWh, rated at 150-226 miles. The Tesla Model 3 has three batteries: 50 kWh (220 miles rated range), 62 kWh (240 miles), or 75 kWh (264 miles). The longest-range Tesla Model S, the 100D, has a 100 kWh battery and, with battery and software enhancements, has raised its EPA range from 335 to 370 miles. The street version of the Jaguar I-Pace has a 90-kWh battery and an EPA range of 234 miles. So even the newer Formula E battery isn’t that big compared with longer range production cars.Much of the battery technology derives from the smaller energy recovery systems in Formula 1 cars that add an extra 160 hp or 120 kW to the 1.5-liter V6 F1 engine’s 700 hp. (F1 cars actually capture energy from the deceleration and from exhaust gas heat.) For more than a decade, Formula 1 has used forms of hybrid power.Drivers say Formula E cars are simpler to drive in many ways than Formula 1 cars. But easier still isn’t easy. The driver continually runs calculations in his or her head about battery consumption and when to charge ahead versus hold back. The driver is backed up by some dozen people in the paddock monitoring race telemetry. The driver gets some, but not all, of the available information. Interestingly, the track signage tells fans — but not the drivers — how much power is left. The goal is to finish with a minimum amount of power left in the batteries.As to whether you should care: The research into battery technology and energy recovery has direct applications for passenger cars; EVs specifically, but also hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Racing is an especially important way to test thermal management of batteries and charging.Formula E halo bar over the driver glows blue (here) when the car is in Attack Mode.Extra Shots of Energy During Formula E RacesIn Formula E, drivers can boost power temporarily. One way is gimmicky, called Fanboost. Formula E fans vote online, up to six days before the race, or during the early stages of the race, for their favorite driver. The five most popular drivers in the voting get an extra five seconds of power that can be used, in one shot, to make a crucial pass in the second half of the race. (It’s unclear if Russian trolls have taken an interest in these elections.) By the rules of Fanboost, you can vote once a day.New for the current season is Attack Mode: It gives every driver an extra 25 kW of power and it must be used during the race. To activate, the driver goes outside the racing line (but still on the track) and — shades of Mario Kart — loses a bit of time in order to gain the attack mode advantage later. The number and duration of Attack Mode activations are announced to the teams an hour before the race, which requires frantic juggling. LEDs built into the “halo bar” over the driver’s head — the roll bar/stiffener in many open wheel cars — indicate the modes. Attack Mode for TV viewers includes a virtual overlay of the activation zone area, much like how first-down markers are shown for US football.The three power levels for current cars are:Base power output (2018-19) – 200 kW / 268 hp.Attack Mode – 225 kW / 302 hp. Halo bar LEDs glow blue.Fanboost – 240-250 kW / 322-335 hp. Halo bar LEDs glow magenta.Bryan Sellers, the lone American in the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series, is second in the standings going into the final weekend.Now, a Supporting Race: eTrophyFor the fifth season, a supporting race was added, the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy for nearly showroom stock sedans (actually, SUVs) prepared by Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations. The races run on the same urban tracks as the Formula E cars. Because every car is a Jaguar, the winning car will be a … Jaguar. It also helps Jaguar build cred for the I-Pace. The I-Pace already won a trifecta of sorts in annual awards: World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year, and World Green Car. Not to mention ExtremeTech’s own Car of the Year award.Compared with the Tesla Model S, the I-Pace is happy running lap after lap on a racetrack (as delivered from the factory), where Teslas, until recently, grew wheezy after just a lap or two. Teslas are capable of insanely fast acceleration; just don’t try to do it 10 times in a row.“Electric cars are clearly the way of the future,” says Bryan Sellers, one of the eTrophy drivers. At 36, he has a quarter century of racing experience behind him. You don’t need a driver’s license to race; many drivers start with karting in grade school. He is the first American to win an eTrophy race, winning in Hong Kong in March.Manhattan skyline in the background of the 2018 Formula E race in Brooklyn’s Red Hook section. While this is a “street circuit,” the track is laid out on roads and parking areas of the Brooklyn cruise ship terminal.The Brooklyn Weekend’s RacesThis is the final weekend of the 2018-19 Formula E ePrix and Jaguar eTrophy series, in Brooklyn’s Red Hook waterfront section that is quickly transforming from seedy to you-can’t-afford-it. There will be two races, Saturday and Sunday, with practice, qualifying, and a race each day. You can pay anywhere from $12 for admission to more than $1,000. If you’ve been to other big auto races — the Indianapolis 500 once got 300,000 attendees — Formula E Brooklyn is much more human-scale. Among other things, when a race series is building, everybody goes out of their way to be accessible to fans.Formula E has 11 teams, each with two cars. As automakers recognize the need to promote EVs, and now that a single car and battery goes the entire race, more big names are in the race series, including Audi, BMW (formerly as Andretti Motorsport), Jaguar with Panasonic, Mahindra (big elsewhere), Nissan (previously as Renault). Mercedes-Benz and Porsche join Formula E for the sixth season that begins this fall. All the series needs now is a US-flag automaker.The New York race is unique with not one but two days of racing. It’s the only US stop on the world tour that covers Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and other parts of North America (Mexico City, but no longer Montreal, Long Beach, or Miami). All are on urban public circuits.Ironically for a sporting event involving motor vehicles, the better way to get to the track is by public transportation rather than driving and parking. Pack sunblock. No need to pack hearing protection: The cars at 80 dB are significantly quieter than Formula 1 cars, although you can then hear hard braking, suspension bounce, the body contact (it’s a narrow track), and the wind whistling over the cars at speed.Now read:2019 Jaguar I-Pace Review: Tesla-Killer EV Is 2018’s Best CarNvidia Built One of the Most Powerful AI Supercomputers in 3 WeeksFiat Chrysler-Renault Merger Points to High Cost of Developing Electric Car The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever 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. 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Best Games for Laptops and LowEnd PCs in 2019

first_img Emma From ‘Friends’ Grew Up to Be Gorgeous The Hate for ‘Captain Marvel’ May Never Stop By Joel Hruska on July 19, 2019 at 8:06 am 28 Comments 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 Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up 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:  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 Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 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 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. 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:  Mahershala Ali Gives Respect To Wesley Snipes’ Role As Blade Best Games for Laptops and Low-End PCs in 2019 We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled 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 Commentslast_img read more

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Experian Appoints Shri Santhanam as Executive Vice President and General Manager of

first_imgExperian Appoints Shri Santhanam as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Global Analytics and AI PRNewswireJune 19, 2019, 10:00 pmJune 19, 2019 AIanalyticsDigital TransformationExperianMarketing TechnologyNewsShri SanthanamSteve Wagner Previous ArticleLattice Engines Ranked a Leader in B2B Customer Data Platform Report by Independent Research FirmNext ArticleCardinal Path’s 2019 State of Marketing Technology Report Highlights Consolidation & Disruption Santhanam will lead Experian in helping clients succeed using ML, AI and advanced analyticsExperian announced that Shri Santhanam will join the company as executive vice president and general manager of global analytics and AI. In this new position, Santhanam will help the already successful global decision analytics business advance forward by taking full advantage of the opportunities of big data analytics. Santhanam also will chair Experian’s global analytics council, working closely with the regions to shape and drive the overall analytics and AI agenda.Marketing Technology News: Study: Consumers Reject Brands That Advertise on ‘Fake News’ and Objectionable Content Online“Businesses of all sizes are challenged to access, interpret and act on data to create value and benefit consumers,” said Steve Wagner, global managing director of Decision Analytics for Experian. “Our clients are increasingly interested in leveraging the predictive power of machine learning, artificial intelligence and advanced analytics to improve the decisions they make. We are pleased to have Shri lead us further on this journey.”Most recently, Santhanam was a partner at the international management consulting firm Oliver Wyman. There he co-founded Oliver Wyman Labs, which helps clients use data, technology and advanced analytics to drive transformative business impact. Santhanam has worked with clients across various industries to build products and solutions using AI and advanced analytics.Marketing Technology News: Triton Digital Integrates Centro’s Basis Platform with the a2x Programmatic Marketplace“There are so many areas where businesses can use data and analytics in more meaningful ways, and I’m thrilled to work with the Experian team to help enterprises across the globe in driving better, faster and smarter decisions,” said Santhanam. “AI is poised to have a transformative impact on many industries and is rapidly changing the way we do business. This represents a significant opportunity for companies with the assets and mindset to go after it.”Experian recently worked with Forrester Consulting to survey senior executives and decision-makers about how they tackle the challenges and opportunities surrounding digital transformation. According to the report, 81 percent of executives believe traditional business models will disappear over the next five years due to digital transformation.Marketing Technology News: Mindtree to Showcase Contextual, Real-Time Solutions for Personalized Traveler Experiences at HITEC Minneapolislast_img read more

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Oracle Collaborates with Top Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Members to Rethink Customer

first_imgOracle Collaborates with Top Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Members to Rethink Customer Data Platform Market PRNewswireJune 17, 2019, 8:25 pmJune 17, 2019 To help organizations quickly and easily bring together customer data from across the entire organization, Oracle is collaborating with Accenture and Capgemini to address the hype and confusion around the Customer Data Platform (CDP) market.In collaboration with two Platinum level members of Oracle PartnerNetwork, Oracle is moving beyond current CDP capabilities to power richer digital marketing and customer experiences across the entire customer journey. This includes delivering the technology and best practices that help organizations understand and map different customer data sources, define business outcomes and key performance indicators for customer intelligence projects, and create a single and dynamic view of the customer.The CDP market has quickly expanded as marketing technology vendors have launched point solutions to try and help marketers bring together various customer data sources to better understand and engage known customers. Overall, this first wave of CDP solutions has failed to address the challenge of creating a single and dynamic view of the customer due to the complexity of integration, the need to address the entire customer journey and a limited set of use cases/capabilities centered on B2C marketing.Marketing Technology News: DAA Announces Enforcement Deadline for ‘Political Ad’ Guidelines and Transparency Icon“Clients across industries are eager to leverage the power and insights that CDP solutions offer but are concerned about the perceived cost and complexity of bringing different customer data sources together,” said Lucia Lesar, global practice lead for Oracle CX at Accenture. “Building on nearly 30 years of teaming with Oracle to help clients with digital transformation, this new joint initiative will enable us to better address these challenges, along with changing customer expectations, so that our clients can unify their data for a more holistic view of the customer that they can act on dynamically.”To provide B2B and B2C organizations with a complete customer intelligence platform for managing customer data, Oracle launched Oracle CX Unity in October 2018. Oracle CX Unity provides brands with powerful and actionable insights in context, in motion and in real time across the entire customer experience by providing the ability to bring together online, offline and third-party customer data sources. This unique approach provides organizations with a fast and easy way to bring together customer data from across the entire organization and across the entire customer journey. In addition, Oracle CX Unity goes one step further than existing CDP solutions by applying built-in machine learning to prescribe the optimal experience within existing business processes.Marketing Technology News: SentinelOne Announces $120 Million Series D“The customer journey has changed beyond recognition, making it much harder to gain a single source of customer truth,” said Jane Arnold Hommet, Global Partner Executive for Oracle at Capgemini. “As our clients adapt to the evolving nature of customer interactions, they are looking for customer data strategies and data sources that go beyond marketing which can enable anyone within their teams to have quick and easy access to comprehensive customer insights and intelligence.”Oracle CX Unity is pre-integrated with Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud to enable intelligence to be applied across every customer touchpoint. Oracle CX Cloud is an integrated set of applications which empower organizations to take a smarter approach to customer experience management and business transformation initiatives. Accenture and Capgemini are helping enterprise companies tap into all that Oracle CX Unity has to offer.“The CDP market is a confusing place right now with lots of promise and hype, but very few solutions that can provide a comprehensive view into customer interactions across channels and applications,” said Rob Tarkoff, executive vice president and general manager, Oracle CX Cloud. “To address the challenges of this first wave of CDP solutions and provide our customers with the scale and precision needed to make every customer interaction truly matter, we are delivering CX Unity, our customer intelligence platform, in partnership with experts in customer data such as Accenture and Capgemini.”Marketing Technology News: New Global Report Reveals 9 in 10 Companies See ‘Self-Service’ as the Future for Customers customer experienceData PlatformMarketing TechnologyNewsOracle Previous ArticleDatabricks Accelerates APJ Expansion Following $250 Million Funding RoundNext ArticleCoreMedia Announces CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud Marketplacelast_img read more

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Translation and Localization Options for Getting into More Markets Faster

first_imgTranslation and Localization: Options for Getting into More Markets Faster Ofer TirosJune 21, 2019, 9:00 pmJune 19, 2019 Speaking the language of a target audience is key to market penetration and success. A new batch of Translation and Localization tools automates the process and expedites penetration into new markets. But do they successfully achieve the quality language that native speakers expect? Even the world Localization is a case in point. In the US you would use a “z” while in Europe you would use an “s” – and say “whilst.” So you are constantly making localized, or localized, choices – even within the same language.All can agree that adapting Marketing campaigns to additional foreign markets, or to multilingual domestic markets, can be a good thing in principle. You will always be more effective if you speak the language of your audience. But at the heart of every such decision, there is a cost-benefit calculation. Will the extra effort and expense of Localizing be justified by business results?  Is there a risk that low quality or problematic Translation will backfire and create negative impressions?Professional: Best Quality, But at a PriceThose who want to play it safe and aim for the highest quality outcome will pay a premium and turn to a top-echelon Translation company. Tomedes stands out from the pack for its sensitivity not just to technical quality of the Translation but also to cultural issues affecting how certain word choices work in specific national or regional markets.Every marketer is told about the classic snafu decades back when General Motors wanted to introduce its Chevrolet economy car to Mexico. Turns out that Nova in Spanish also means “no go” – and that’s exactly how the Nova Marketing campaign supposedly went, or, rather, didn’t go. Turns out the whole story was an urban legend. But even in less extreme or more historical cases, nuances can get easily lost in Translation if one ignores the shades of grey in the connotations of words and phrases.But let’s say you’re a bit bolder and seek a less expensive Localization solution, rather than passing the responsibility to an expert Translation and/or Localization agency. What are your options?Read More: Navigating GDPR: Preparing for What’s to ComeMiddle Road Localization: Manage FreelancersThere are huge freelance marketplaces like Upwork and Freelancer. There you can find hundreds of freelance translators from one language to another. Make sure to check their rating and reviews, seeking the top tier with similar projects under their belts. Look for specifics in their resumes and online profiles. Check that they specialize in exactly what you are looking for: Website translations, internationalization of printed collateral, video campaigns or TV spots. Each of these has its own set of language standards, so you need to seek out professionals who have that specific experience or expertise.When you negotiate a contract, make sure to specify if you are working by an hourly rate, by a fixed fee, or by a word rate. If the latter, specify if it is measured by the words in the original document or the resulting translation. This will avoid misunderstandings.The pros and cons of this route? There’s the logistical and management complication of seeking out, contracting, instructing, reviewing and evaluating the work of a bunch of Translation and Localization freelancers. Everything can go smoothly, or your chosen contractor can get the flu, go on a bender, or take an unexpected holiday in Spain. If you deal with a professional Translation agency, they relieve you of that headache and uncertainty. You’ll pay some overhead for that, but it may well be worth it. If it goes smoothly, you can pat yourself on the back for a wise and frugal choice.Read More: Key Social Media Monetization Tactics for Mobile-First Gaming BrandsTranslation Automation Options: Localize but at What Cost?If you scan Digital Trends or gobble down the Marketing technology news, as most of us do, we’re constantly on the lookout for automation options that use AI or other smart approaches to optimize laborious manual tasks. There are plenty of tools out there for various kinds of Translation and Localization uses.For Localizing software, such as store-download apps or installable applications, there’s a whole category of software-specific products that rapidly adapt databases or lists of terms to different languages. Some products apply “Machine Translation”– the most famous and popular being Google Translation and Amazon Translate. Others “assist” translators or manage the Translation process for professionals in a Translation or Localization agency (see first section above) or dedicated Localization teams in a company. In these categories, Transifex and MemoQ stand out in a recent G2 survey.Even if you take this route, it’s probably going to be a good idea to hire a professional Translation or Localization agency or an expert freelancer to at least check the automated work. That way you can avoid embarrassing mistakes and get the best balance of cost, quality, and time to market.Read More: How Can AI Boost Your Email Personalization Performance? AIdomestic marketslocalizationmarketing campaignMarketing TechnologyTranslation Previous ArticleZeno Media and ADORA Cooperate on Strategic Marketing and Mobile App Content for Diaspora ListenersNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Kevin Kohn, CEO at iQ Medialast_img read more

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Haoqipei Secures US 60 Million in Series D Funding to Further Accelerate

first_imgHaoqipei Secures US $60 Million in Series D Funding to Further Accelerate Growth of its Online B2B Auto Parts Marketplace PRNewswireJune 21, 2019, 11:02 pmJune 21, 2019 business-to-businessDCMfundingHaoqipeiMarketing TechnologyNewsXVC Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Kevin Kohn, CEO at iQ MediaNext ArticlePMG Launches Marketing Intelligence Platform — Meet Alli Lead Investor Access Technology Ventures Joins Haoqipei Board of DirectorsBusiness-to-business (B2B) auto parts trading platform Haoqipei closed US $60 million in Series D financing to continue its rapid growth across China. Access Technology Ventures led the round, adding David Yang to the Haoqipei Board of Directors.Additional participants in the financing included existing investors XVC Venture Capital, Jeneration Capital, DCM and SIG.Founded in 2016 and now having raised more than US $150 million in private capital, Haoqipei is an online, technology-driven trading platform connecting vehicle repair shops with auto part suppliers. The company provides market price comparisons and online payments through its software as a service (SaaS) system, and offline warehousing and logistics services.Marketing Technology News: Facebook Shoots Down ‘Innovation’ Chaos with a New CryptoCurrency Platform ‘Calibra’The company has a presence in more than 100 cities in Guangdong, Zhejiang, Hunan and other provinces.“The auto industry in China is set to become the largest in the world, with nearly 250 million cars. As the average life of cars on the road continues to increase, the $180 billion-plus automotive aftermarket will continue its strong growth,” said Chen “Alex” Xi, Haoqipei founder and CEO. “Haoqipei is transforming the process of purchasing auto parts by decreasing costs, improving quality and increasing speed and transparency. The value proposition to both buyers and sellers on our online platform is very strong.”Yang said, “Haoqipei represents a unique opportunity to leapfrog offline auto parts distribution by moving directly to an online model.” He noted that Access Technology Ventures has been an investor in Haoqipei since 2018, calling it “a prime example of our investment thesis to back market-leading foundational technology companies serving large- end markets at compelling inflection points.”Marketing Technology News: Profisee Adds Market Analyst Bill O’Kane to Leadership TeamXVC Partner Boyu Hu said, “Starting from a platform that matched suppliers and buyers, Haoqipei has developed into the go-to place for auto parts, covering the full lifecycle of the transaction, including marketplace, warehousing, and logistics. Haoqipei’s business model development continues to lead the industry and create competitive advantages. As the earliest institutional investor in Haoqipei, and one of its largest investors, XVC continues to support Haoqipei’s future growth.”Marketing Technology News: PX Launches Private Marketplaces to Support Direct Advertiser to Publisher Engagementlast_img read more

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Domo IoT Cloud Now Integrates with Zendesk Data Platform to Deliver Better

first_img analyticsdata analyticsdata scienceDomoDomo IoT CloudIoT AppIoT CloudMarketingNews Previous ArticleATX Adds OTT Video Streaming Capabilities to Media Distribution SolutionNext ArticleHow Brands Can Connect with Gen Z through Social Media Marketing Domo IoT Cloud Now Integrates with Zendesk Data Platform to Deliver Better Customer Service Sudipto GhoshJune 10, 2019, 5:40 pmJune 10, 2019 As part of this partnership, Domo and Zendesk launched the Zendesk Customer Success for IoT App, an application built on top of the Domo IoT CloudLeading Mobile Cloud-based Business Operating system provider, Domo, is taking the Connected Devices route to bridge Sales and Marketing processes. In an exciting development for Marketing and Sales Technology aficionados, Domo has announced a strategic partnership with MarTech giant, Zendesk. This partnership with Zendesk will help Domo customers to better manage their IoT solutions and offer a better, proactive service experience to their end users.As part of this partnership, Domo and Zendesk launched the Zendesk Customer Success for IoT App, an application built on top of the Domo IoT Cloud, to provide end-to-end management of data from device to end user.How IoT App is a Value-Add to Domo Customers?This new IoT app extends the Domo IoT Cloud provisions, enabling a better, proactive customer service experience with Zendesk. This is particularly focussed at creating a self-service autonomous workflow from device data to issue resolution.Domo is already recognized as a leader in Self-Service BI Market by independent market research firms and analysts. This new IoT App further strengthens the Company’s BI product roadmap with Zendesk as a key partner.Why you’ll love your Zendesk data in DomoModern customers expect an unprecedented level of experience delivered on every device they access. It’s easy to promise on Customer Experience dreams than to truly deliver on these. This Domo IoT App allows customers to move out of the vacuum created due to Marketing, Sales and Customer Service silos.Intricately tying into every business operation, Zendesk’s Domo integration allow Domo customers to connect and manage all your other sources of customer data within Domo. This means you can get a holistic view of your customers’ needs and habits. With that kind of information, you won’t merely respond to helpdesk requests.Role of Zendesk in Domo IoT AppWith this new app, companies can merge their Zendesk data with data from other sources, all in the Domo platform. Once this data is in Domo, companies can get a holistic view of its customers’ needs and habits, and see how business decisions are affecting customers in real-time.via DomoBenefits of Working with Zendesk within DomoWith the new IoT app, you can merge Zendesk data with data from any other source, all in one platform.Additionally, you can create real-time alerts and receive instant notifications when Zendesk metrics hit thresholds that you determine.The most satisfying benefit of having Zendesk work within Domo is the availability of Instant insights. Domo customers can now bring Zendesk and other data sources together to see how business decisions affect customers in real-time.Marketing and Sales will Relish this Fluent Combination of CRM Data with IoT FunctionalityCompanies get real-time alerts based upon changes in the data coming from a device, and Domo pushes that data back to Zendesk Sunshine, the company’s CRM platform built on Amazon Web Services (AWS), to automatically initiate a ticket for Zendesk support. This app offers an end-to-end solution for companies to take action based upon the data from their IoT machines.At the time of this announcement, Jay Heglar, Chief Strategy Officer at Domo., said, “Domo is helping customers evolve their IoT data from an operational tool for the shop floor to a valuable asset for the entire company.”Jay added, “With this new App, we are providing our mutual customers with a seamless experience for taking data from machines and initiating (a) workflow to solve problems. Zendesk Sunshine makes it easy to deliver this integrated experience, which we believe is the future of IoT.”Domo Customers Enjoy An Upper-Hand in Dealing with Heightened Customer ExpectationsTech does all the talking in this Zendesk+Domo IoT app function. Customers can leverage Domo’s new IoT App to merge an organization’s most relevant Zendesk data points and turns them into dynamic visualizations. These include:Meet Customer Satisfaction ObjectivesThis feature allows users to easily analyze customer survey responses and breakdown the data by marketing channel, manager, location, teams, and individual agents, to identify trends and improve customer satisfaction scores.Support Ticket ActivityThis feature allows customers to view all of their support ticket data in one digestible dashboard, seeing opened and closed tickets, the number of escalations, and support team efficiency with a variety of filters and segments.Autonomous Zendesk QuickStartThe Zendesk QuickStart provides a comprehensive summary of team performance, including backlog management, ticket handling, agent leaderboards, and much more. This feature allows customers to optimize their customer support and streamline their organization’s operations.Norm Gennaro, SVP of worldwide sales at Zendesk, said, “The best customer experiences are built on Zendesk. Our customers are looking to drive excellent customer experiences and increased business value through IoT data, our new partnership with Domo helps us deliver on that opportunity.”Norm added, “With the new Domo and Zendesk app, organizations can gain a holistic view of their customers’ needs and habits, and anticipate helpdesk requests that are affecting their customers in real-time.”What Domo’s Loyal Customers Have to Say about  the new IoT Applications for Their Marketing, Sales, and ServiceCompanies like SharkNinja will be able to use this new solution to provide a new level of customer service to its install base.“When SharkNinja launched the new Ion robot, they had hundreds of thousands of robots in consumers’ homes. And it would take them a whole week to analyze data from just 20 robots to learn things like ‘is the battery running low,’ or ‘is the robot completing its mission.’Domo already offers its unique Data Science suite to customers. Adding its IoT App to the marketplace will heighten its sellability quotient, especially with Zendesk as its tech partner in the ecosystem.After implementing the Domo IoT Cloud and Zendesk integration, SharkNinja will get 20 billion rows of data every hour to tell them what the robot’s doing, how they can proactively help a customer with a robot issue they may not have even detected, and give a five-star experience to all of their customers,” explained Heglar.Domo currently has over 30 IoT Integration Apps including AWS IoT Core, Azure IoT Hub, Raspberry Pi, and Soracom.Besides the Zendesk integration, the newest in the fleet of IoT Integration Apps is the MQTT data and connectivity App. MQTT is a machine-to-machine, Internet of Things connectivity protocol. This protocol is lightweight and is suitable for constrained environments. This protocol is deployed in many IoT devices globally. MQTT is useful for connections with remote locations where a small code footprint is required and/or network bandwidth is at a premium.For example, MQTT has been used in sensors communicating to a broker via satellite link, over occasional dial-up connections with healthcare providers, and in a range of home automation and small device scenarios. It is also ideal for mobile applications because of its small size, low power usage, minimized data packets, and efficient distribution of information to one or many receivers.Currently, Domo’s mission is to be the operating system for business, digitally connecting all your people, your data and your systems, empowering them to collaborate better, make better decisions and be more efficient, right from their phones. Domo works with many of the world’s leading and most progressive brands across multiple industries including retail, media and entertainment, manufacturing, finance and more.last_img read more

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Heres Whats at Stake in 2 Lok Sabha Seats of Daman and

first_imgNew Delhi: With political heavyweights like BJP president Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, former union minister Shashi Tharoor and former UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav contesting in the 117 parliamentary constituencies across 15 states, today’s third phase of Lok Sabha elections promises to host the most sought-after electoral battles. Amid these high-octane electoral battles are two union territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli where people will cast their votes away from media glare and fanfare.Daman & Diu, represented by one Lok Sabha constituency, has a total population of 2,43,247 which includes an urban majority of 75 per cent. It was under Portuguese rule for the last four centuries till as recently as 1961, and later became part of Goa, Daman and Diu union territory. Post the implementation of the Goa, Daman & Diu Reorganisation Act of 1987, Daman & Diu as a union territory came in to existence. Its first by-election was in 1987 and it was won by the Indian National Congress (INC). The union territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, situated between Gujarat to the north and Maharashtra to the south, is reserved for candidates from Scheduled Tribe communities which constitute more than 50 percent of its population. It has only one parliamentary constituency, with nearly two lakh electors. The Lok Sabha seat of Dadra & Nagar Haveli came in to existence in 1967 and has since been won most times by the Congress. However, independent candidates have also been fairly successful in this union territory.In 2014, Daman & Diu — that has a total number of 1,11,827 electors, of which 57,011 were males and 54, 816 were females —saw a voter turnout of 78.01 per cent. Two-time BJP MP Lalubhai Babubhai Patel won here with a margin of 9,222 votes, followed by Congress’s Ketan Dahyabhai Patel, who got a vote share of 43.26 per cent. In the third position was AAP’s Kessur Goan, who got a mere 729 votes. Lalubhai Patel first contested as a BJP candidate in 2009 and won by a margin of 24.838 votes, followed by D. Vallabhbhai Patel of the Congress with 28.97 per cent votes. In 2009, there were a total of 95,382 electors and the voter turnout was 71.32 percent. On the other hand, Dadra & Nagar Haveli in 2014 had 1,96,597 electorates and saw a voter turnout of 84.09 per cent. BJP’s Patel Natubhai Gomanbhai won the elections and was followed by Delkar M Sanjibhai from the Congress. Gomanbhai had won the 2009 elections too with a margin of mere 618 votes.In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, prominent candidates in the fray in Daman & Diu are Congress party’s Ketan Dahyabhai Patel, BJP’s Lalubhai Patel, Sakil Latif Khan of the BSP and Patel Umeshbhai Babubhai, who is contesting as an independent candidate.The BJP’s decision to re-nominate Patel in Daman was opposed by a section of the local unit. The entry of Umesh Patel and Sakil Khan in the election arena has made it a tough pitch for the BJP this time around.In Dadra & Nagar Haveli, tribal leader Mohanbhai Delkar, a six-term member of the Lok Sabha who lost to BJP’s Natubhai Patel, is in the fray again as an independent candidate. dadra-and-nagar-haveli-lok-sabha-elections-2019dadra-and-nagar-haveli-s35p01daman-and-diu-lok-sabha-elections-2019News18 Data First Published: April 23, 2019, 10:57 AM ISTlast_img read more

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From George Clooney to SRK These Celebrities Embraced Parenthood After Turning 40

first_imgAge is just a number and some celebs have proven it to be completely true. Be it about falling in love, getting married or having a baby, some celebrities know that it’s never too late. Actors are already so occupied with their professional lives, that personal matters like marriage and children are often placed at a later priority. Also, some actors find love quiet late. Either way, it’s a beautiful feeling to be a father, even if it is after being 40. We have a list of such celebrities, who have embraced fatherhood after turning 40. While for some it was their first baby, others had their second or third babies in line. While some opted for methods like IVF and surrogacy, others let it natural. George ClooneyThe Batman & Robin star, who has turned 58 recently, welcomed his twins two years back. George Clooney fell in love with Amal Clooney and married her when he was 52. Shah Rukh Khan Bollywood’s King Khan is already 53, and still too young. Shah Rukh welcomed his third child, AbRam Khan in the year 2013 via surrogacy. Bruce WillsThe Die Hard actor welcomed his first daughter with Emma Hemming when he was 57. Nawazuddin Siddiqui The Sacred Games fame welcomed his baby boy on his 41st birthday with wife Anjali. Robert De Niro The Godfather star was 68 years old when he welcomed daughter Helen Grace with his then-wife Grace Hightower. Their daughter was born through surrogacy. Sanjay DuttSanjay Dutt is already father to Trishala Dutt with his first wife Richa Sharma. The actor married Manyata Dutt in 2008 and welcomed twins when he was 52. Michael Douglas Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have proved to be a power couple, despite having a huge age gap. Michael was 58 years old when he welcomed his second child with his wife. Manoj Bajpayee The Gangs of Wasseypur actor welcomed his baby girl with his wife Neha when he was 41. Rowan Atkinson Mr Bean aka Robin Atkinson, who has found a life partner in Louise Ford, welcomed a baby girl in December 2017, when he was 62 years old. Aamir Khan After multiple attempts of pregnancy, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao welcomed their baby boy Azad in 2011. Aamir Khan was 46 when we became a father to Azad. Follow @News18Movies for more aamir khanabram khanamal clooneyanjali First Published: May 28, 2019, 12:40 PM ISTlast_img read more

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JK Guv Orders Probe into Political Activists Killings Parties Train Gun on

first_imgSrinagar: The killing of a BJP leader in south Kashmir has sparked off a controversy with Governor Satya Pal Malik Sunday ordering an inquiry headed by state chief secretary B V R Subrahmanyam to “identify lapses” while political parties accusing the top bureaucrat of creating a chaotic situation by withdrawing security of political activists.Condoling the death of Gul Mohammed Mir, 57, the BJP leader who unsuccessfully contested on the party ticket in 2008 and 2014 assembly elections from Dooru in South Kashmir, Malik asked the chief secretary to identify any lapses on part of the security agencies in ensuring the security of political activists, an official spokesman said. The governor has called for an emergency meeting on Monday when government offices will reopen in the summer capital of Srinagar after the bi-annual ‘Darbar move’, during which he will review the safety and security aspects of all political leaders and sarpanches in the state, he said.Malik directed the chief secretary to get an inquiry conducted into the killings of political leaders belonging to various parties in the state in the last few months.Militants, besides fighting the security forces, target political or social activists in the state. The ultras killed a senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary Chanderkant Sharma and his Personal Security Officer (PSO) Rajinder Kumar at the District Hospital in Kishtwar on April 9. Similarly, a panch, Abdul Majeed Dar, from Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir was shot dead by militants at his residence on April 4.On March 14, a political worker associated with the National Conference (NC) — Mohammad Ismail Wani — was shot at and injured by suspected militants in Anantnag district.On March 30, suspected militants shot dead social activist Arjumand Majid Bhat in Baramulla district.Mir, whose affidavit shows his age as 52 in 2014 assembly elections, was shot dead Saturday night outside his residence at Nowgam in the Verinag area of South Kashmir.He was shifted to a hospital in a critical condition, but the doctors there declared him brought dead.His son, Zahoor Ahmed Mir, said his father’s security was withdrawn two months ago and all efforts to get it back had fallen on deaf ears.”I had given a letter of the BJP leaders to SSP Anantnag but he expressed his helplessness and directed me to see Munir Khan (Additional Director General of Police in charge of security),” he said.Security of political activists, including the elder Mir, was withdrawn on the orders of the chief secretary in February despite opposition from security agencies, officials said.The security agencies had suggested that no security should be withdrawn until the election process is completed.However, the chief secretary ordered reconstitution of the screening committee and removed police officials from it and appointed state home secretary Shaleen Kabra as its chairman, a move that has come under criticism.The former chief minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah, while taking a potshot at the chief secretary, said withdrawing security of political activists was a “foolish decision”.”Questions need to be asked but they can’t be answered by the person who was responsible for the actual order to withdraw security. The security withdrawal had been opposed by state and central intelligence agencies so who overruled them and went ahead regardless?” he tweeted.”Not long ago senior BJP leaders were bragging about how undeserving people had their security withdrawn in J&K. I’d warned against the decision then and yesterday’s assassination of Gul Mohd Mir only confirms what I’d feared – it was a foolish decision disconnected from reality,” Abdullah said.Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress chief G A Mir said the inquiry ordered by the governor was an “eyewash” while CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami demanded a judicial enquiry into the lapses.”How can anyone, who is part of the system, enquire into it,” Tarigami asked. PTI​ BJPgovernorGul Mohammed MirJ&K First Published: May 5, 2019, 6:10 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Congress Hopes for Revival While BJP Expects to Replay 2014 Whitewash in

first_img BJPcongressLok Sabha elections 2019madhya-pradesh-lok-sabha-elections-2019 First Published: May 15, 2019, 9:03 PM IST | Edited by: Sana Fazili Bhopal:Having drawn a blank in Madhya Pradesh’s Malwa-Nimar region in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress has gone all out to register something on its score-sheet this time, while the BJP is pushing hard to maintain its previous election’s undefeated record.As the region goes to polls in the last phase on May 19, the BJP and the Congress have not only pushed their state leaderships to canvass but also roped in bigwigs to woo voters. The BJP had won all eight seats here in 2014 general elections. For the BJP, star campaigner Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed election rallies in Indore, Khandwa and Ratlam, while the Congress also banked on its high profile campaigners like party chief Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi. If PM Modi drew a huge crowd in his public meeting in Indore on Saturday, the Congress also managed to draw massive crowd at Priyanka Gandhi’s roadshow in Indore on Monday.A high profile seat, Indore seems a challenge for the BJP which tossed up a surprise by dropping Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan from the poll fray and fielded a rookie, Shankar Lalwani. The Congress fielded Pankaj Sanghvi, a businessman who had lost to Mahajan narrowly in 1998.Lalwani, who has never contested an Assembly or Lok Sabha poll, might find it difficult to fit in the boots of veteran Mahajan in Indore where Marathi voters are a rule the roost. In neighbouring Dewas, the Congress has foxed the BJP by fielding Kabir-singer Prahlad Tipanya who is a reputed international artist. The BJP has fielded former district judge Mahendra Singh Solanki from the seat.Rahul Gandhi’s close aide Meenakshi Natrajan is taking on BJP’s Suhdir Gupta in Mandsaur. Anti-incumbency against Gupta could be an advantage for Natrajan. However, Gupta is bolstered from the unexpected results of Assembly polls in Mandsaur and Neemuch where the BJP won most of the seats despite the anger over killing of six farmers in police firing in 2017. Two heavyweights, Nandkumar Singh Chuahan and Arun Yadav, former state chief of the BJP and Congress, respectively, have locked horns in Khandwa. Chauhan is facing anti-incumbency in the region, while Yadav is banking on a meticulous planning and internal fight in the BJP.However, both the parties have dropped the sitting MPs in Dhar and Khargone.The BJP has denied tickets to sitting MPs, Savitri Thakur and Subhash Patel, in Dhar and Khargone, respectively. The party has picked former MP Chhatar Singh Darbar in Dhar and Gajendra Patel in Khargone. Both the candidates are facing heat from within the party.The Congress, while fielding little known Dinesh Girwal from Dhar and Dr Govind Mujalde from Khargone, also found it tough to contain the internal discord.Disgruntlement was seen in the BJP as well as Congress over the choice of candidates in Ujjain too. The BJP has picked Anil Firodia who lost the Assembly polls, while leaders in the Congress are unhappy over selection of Babulal Malviya.Meanwhile, Congress veteran tribal leader Kantilal Bhuria who won the by-poll in Jhabua-Ratlam seems comfortable against BJP candidate and Jhabua MLA GS Damore who joined politics ahead of Assembly polls.The grand old party is also buoyed with reversal of fortune in the region in 2018 Assembly polls. In 2013 Assembly election, the BJP had won 56 of 66 seats. Its tally came down to 21 seats in 2018 with the Congress winning 35 seats, against paltry nine seats in 2013.Things weren’t too dismal for Congress in the region before Modi wave dominated in 2014. The Congress had won six of the eight seats in 2009 Lok Sabha polls in Malwa-Nimar region. These were Ratlam-Jhabua, Dhar, Khandwa, Mandsaur, Ujjain and Dewas seats. Besides Indore, the BJP could then only win Khargone.However, this time an apparently anxious BJP has fielded five of its eight sitting MPs. last_img read more

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Can a Veteran TMC Leader Shed the Outsider Tag Break Down the

first_img bankura-s25p36CPI(M)Lok Sabha elections 2019Mamata Banerjee First Published: May 21, 2019, 7:26 PM IST The last remnants of the Left in the land of red soil Bankura, once a fortress of the CPI(M) faces two formidable foes in the TMC with its formidable organizational strength and a surging BJP.The CPI(M) and the BJP can play spoilsport for each other here and end up dividing opposition votes, much to the delight of the TMC, according to political analyst Somnath Barat. Both the CPI(M) and the BJP are playing on the fact that TMC candidate Subrata Mukherjee, a veteran in state politics, is from Kolkata, claiming that he would not be seen much if he wins the elections. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has fielded Mukherjee, a minister in her cabinet, replacing actor-turned-politician Moon Moon Sen, who defeated nine-time CPI(M) MP Basudeb Acharya in 2014, riding on a TMC wave prevailing in the state then.Asked about the outsider tag, Mukherjee said, “The way Narendra Modi, coming from Gujarat, is nurturing Varanasi, I will also nurture Bankura in the same manner.” He told PTI that he is no alien to the district and 13 projects of the Panchayat department, of which he is the minister, are currently in the works here.Mukherjee had lost to Basudeb Acharya in 2009 as a TMC candidate but had been able to significantly bring down the margin by which the CPI(M) veteran had won the 2004 elections. Acharya had got over 60 per cent of votes polled in 2004, but that came down to 47.66 per cent in 2009, with Mukherjee bagging a 36.71 per cent share.In the 2016 Assembly elections, TMC won five of the seven seats that make up the Bankura Lok Sabha constituency, with RSP and Congress winning one each. BJP came a distant third in all the seats.Though BJP candidate Subhas Sarkar expressed confidence on wresting the seat from TMC this time after losing in 2014, Mukherjee refused to accept that BJP is his main opponent, saying how can a party which got a paltry share of votes in the last state elections be the main contender of TMC, seeming more adept at facing old foe CPI(M).CPI(M) candidate Amiya Patra, however, agreed that the BJP has increased its vote share in last year’s panchayat polls in the district at the cost of the Left, but hastened to add that this does not mean that the saffron party will be able to gain in the Lok Sabha elections.”Since we could not give candidates in many panchayats owing to TMC’s atrocities, people who are our traditional supporters voted for the BJP, but now they will vote for us,” Patra said.”It is up to the people to decide whether they will vote for an outsider following the experience they had with Moon Moon Sen,” he said, alleging that Sen was not available when people needed her and they had to communicate through district party leaders.However, TMC’s local leaders refuted the claims. Patra is a resident of Taldangra, an assembly seat which he contested and lost to the TMC in 2016.”Given our vote share in the 2016 Assembly elections and what the BJP got, it is the BJP which will play a spoilsport for us if it manages to get a good number of votes,” Patra said.He claimed that the BJP candidate, a doctor by profession who owns nursing home in Bankura town, is a seasonal politician and is seen only during Lok Sabha elections.”After he lost in the 2014 elections, he was not seen in BJP’s campaigns in 2016 Assembly polls as also during the panchayat polls in 2018,” he said.However, BJP’s Sarkar, hopeful of turning the tables on the TMC and CPI(M) this time around, said there are several factors for his party to be optimistic about the Bankura seat.”Social injustice in panchayats in the Jangalmahal area, the TMC candidate being an outsider, a large percentage of CPI(M) voters having turned to us are some of the reasons that will see the BJP sail through,” he said.Sarkar said that people in the once Maoist-affected Jangalmahal area in Bankura, who voted for TMC to throw out CPI(M), are a dejected lot.”During last year’s panchayat elections, opposition candidates were prevented from filing nominations. Nepotism in granting facilities under various schemes to people, party colour dominating on who will get benefits, including land rights, are some of the reasons for people’s annoyance,” he said.The local TMC leaders denied the allegations and said that the indigenous populace have got in the party’s seven-and-half year rule what they did not since Independence.”Development has reached the doorsteps of poor people who would earlier regard a meal of only rice and salt as a feast,” said Jyoti Tudu, a party worker in a forested hamlet in Ranibandh.There are 16,44,523 voters in Bankura, of whom 8,37,195 are male, 8,07,319 are female and 9 from the other gender. They voted in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls on May 12 in 1,936 polling stations across the constituency.While Raghunathpur falls in the Purulia district, the rest six Assembly constituencies — Saltora, Chhatna, Ranibandh, Raipur, Taldangra and Bankura, that makes up the Lok Sabha seat, are in the Bankura district. last_img read more

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Home Minister Amit Shah Terms Pension Scheme for Retail Traders Shopkeepers as

first_img Amit ShahHome MinisterModi Govt 2.0pension scheme First Published: May 31, 2019, 11:20 PM IST New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah Friday described as “landmark” the Modi government’s decision to launch a new pension scheme for shopkeepers and retail traders.Shah, who took oath as a central minister Thursday, also said in a series of tweets that farmers and poor have always been a priority for the Modi government. “In its efforts to provide universal social security, the Modi government has taken a landmark decision and approved a new scheme, which assures all shopkeepers, retail traders and self-employed persons a minimum monthly pension of Rs 3000 per month after the age of 60 years,” he tweeted.In its efforts to provide universal social security, Modi government has taken a landmark decision and approved a new scheme, which assures all shopkeepers, retail traders and self-employed persons a minimum monthly pension of Rs 3000 per month after the age of 60 years.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 31, 2019 Shah said as promised, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended the PM-Kisan Yojana to all farmers.The Cabinet has also approved a new scheme “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Pension Yojana” to provide pension to crores of small and marginal farmers, he said.”I congratulate PM @narendramodi ji for approving major changes in the PM’s Scholarship Scheme under the National Defence Fund. It reflects Modi government’s sensitivity and commitment towards ensuring well-being of those who protect our nation against all odds,” Shah tweeted. last_img read more

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HC Issues Notices to Kathua Rape Convicts JK Govt After Fathers Plea

first_imgChandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Jammu and Kashmir government and six men convicted in the case of rape and murder of an eight year-old nomadic girl in Kathua on a plea by her father seeking enhanced punishment for them.The court also issued a notice to the accused who was acquitted in the case by a lower court. In the petition filed on July 10, the girl’s father had sought enhancement of the convicts’ sentence to capital punishment and life imprisonment, and also challenged the acquittal of one accused. “The court Thursday issued notices to the state of Jammu and Kashmir and all the accused in the matter,” petitioner’s counsel Utsav Bains said.The division bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Harinder Singh Sidhu fixed August 7 as next date of hearing, the counsel said.The father had prayed that the sentence of Sanji Ram, the mastermind of the crime, Deepak Khajuria, a special police officer, and Parvesh Kumar should be enhanced from life imprisonment to capital punishment.The petitioner had also prayed that the sentence of special police officer Surendra Verma, head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta be enhanced from five years to life imprisonment.The acquittal of Vishal Jangotra has also been challenged by the petitioner.Last month, a court in Pathankot had awarded life imprisonment till the last breath toSanji Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar. They were convicted under sections of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) relating to criminal conspiracy, murder, kidnapping, gangrape, destruction of evidence, drugging the victim and common intention.The court, while acquitting Vishal Jangotra, son of Sanji Ram, had sentenced three other accused–Anand Dutta, Tilak Raj and Surender Verma to five-year jail.As per charge sheet filed in April last year, the girl was kidnapped on January 10 and was raped in captivity in a small village temple, whose caretaker was Sanjhi Ram, after keeping her sedated for four days. She was later bludgeoned to death, it said. jammu and kashmirkathuaKathua Rape Casepathankot First Published: July 18, 2019, 2:14 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Samsung just slammed the brakes on Android Oreo

first_imgSome Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners began seeing the Android Oreo update arrive in recent days, but Samsung has put a stop to that. The update had first arrived on handset owners who were in the beta program, though it started appearing for other users a couple days ago. Unfortunately, those who haven’t received the Android 8.0 update yet will have more waiting to do: Samsung has pulled the release. READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 Review: On the shoulders of giantsThose who have already updated their Galaxy S8 or S8+ to Android Oreo can continue to use it, however those who haven’t downloaded will have to wait for a new version to be released in the future. Samsung has pulled the “G950/G955-FXXU1CRAP” firmware update files. Why Samsung pulled the update isn’t clear; it is possible the company discovered an issue just a bit too late and chose to stop the rollout to avoid having large unwanted attention drawn to it before a fix could be released. However, there’s no official reason for the delay at this time.According to Sammobile, which said it got its information from a source, Samsung has started working on a new version of the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 handsets. How much work needs to go into this new version isn’t known and so it isn’t clear when users can expect the firmware to start rolling out again.Once it does arrive, Galaxy S8 owners will get access to the new features arriving in Android Oreo, as well as the updates that come with Samsung Experience 9. That update, as already revealed to beta users and those who have since received the Oreo update, including new Bixby features, dual messaging support, Automations, and more. SOURCE: Sammobilelast_img read more

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Instagram hourlong and vertical video support tipped

first_imgThe information comes from sources speaking with the Wall Street Journal, which reports that the new feature is a “tentative” project that may change in the future. Assuming it launches in its present form, the sources claim that the feature will go live in the Instagram app and may be primarily intended for content creators who may post long-form videos on the platform. Such a feature could hint at a stronger focus on video within Instagram, but the company hasn’t commented on the report and there’s no confirmation about its supposed plans. However, parent company Facebook has recently emphasized its video product, launching things like livestreaming, and it makes sense that Instagram would follow. The social company has specifically targeted professionally produced shows.Likewise, content creators have increasingly focused on vertical videos as a large number of media consumers transition from TVs to smartphones. These vertical videos enable users to watch content without rotating their phone, and we’ve seen other companies dabble in it. Netflix, for example, recently launched vertical video previews in its mobile apps.SOURCE: Wall Street Journal Instagram is gearing up to launch support for hour-long videos, according to a new report. The support will reportedly be part of a new feature that centers around vertical, rather than landscape, video content. Assuming such a feature is released, it’ll mark a big change over the platform’s current 1-minute video length limitation.last_img read more

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Galaxy Tab A 105 puts entertainment price over features

first_imgSamsung has just announced its latest and greatest tablet but not every tablet user will have a need for all the Galaxy Tab S4’s features. And, more importantly, not everyone might be able to afford one either. For those whose tablet needs are simple and more family-centric, Samsung is providing the Galaxy Tab A 10.5. And while it may have the same design and even the same size as the Galaxy Tab S4, that’s really all that they have in common. The specs pretty much bares it all. The Galaxy Tab A 10.5’s screen maxes out at 1920×1200, still plenty for 16:10 Full HD content. It is, however, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 with only 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, so users shouldn’t tax the poor slate too much. The 8 megapixel main camera and 5 megapixel front camera with flash are nothing to write home about. But, hey, at least it runs Android 8.1 out of the box and has a USB-C port.So what is the Galaxy Tab A 10.5” going to be good for? Samsung practically earmarks the tablet for entertainment and family use. The former is supported by the four speakers in each corner of the device, all supporting Dolby Atmos audio technology. The 7,300 mAh battery also ensures hours of binging on Netflix and YouTube.The new Galaxy Tab A is also designed for family use, which is why it comes with Kids Mode pre-installed. There’s also a new Always On Daily board that turns the tablet into a family hub with a clock, calendar, weather updates, and even a photo gallery. It also becomes a control center for your smart home, presuming you have SmartThings-compatible appliances.The Galaxy Tab A 10.5” is pretty much the lowest member of the range, if there will be any more Galaxy Tab A models. Samsung once had such tablets that sported S Pens so we’ll have to wait and see. No word yet on pricing and availability.last_img read more

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