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first_imgMiller Heiman Group Enhances Coverage as International Demand for Sales Performance Solutions Intensifies PRNewswireMay 9, 2019, 7:00 pmMay 9, 2019 Global Sales Performance Powerhouse More Closely Integrates with Regional Independent Distribution Partners to Drive Worldwide GrowthMiller Heiman Group, the global leader in improving sales performance through training, technology, consulting and research, announces plans to align the company’s regional Independent Distribution Partners (IDPs) under the Miller Heiman Group brand. These developments position the company to meet the growing demand for sales performance solutions worldwide.Miller Heiman Group plans to more closely integrate the company’s regional partners in Argentina, Brazil, France, India, Italy, Mexico, the Middle East, South Africa, Spain and Sweden throughout the next 12 months. Four of these partners—India, Italy, Spain and Sweden—are already represented under the millerheimangroup.com URL in native language. Additionally Scout, Miller Heiman Group’s sales analytics platform, supports French, German, Italian and Latin American Spanish languages.According to President and CEO of Miller Heiman Group Byron Matthews, offering sales performance solutions on a regional level is driven by marketplace demand. “Today’s global sellers must manage intense competition and pricing pressures while they are simultaneously urged to decrease time spent out in the field,” he says. “These challenges require Miller Heiman Group, now more than ever, to partner with our clients locally to help them build world-class sales and service functions.”Marketing Technology News: Persistent Systems Joins Siemens’ MindSphere Partner Program to Bring Industrial IoT Solutions to MarketOffering this breadth and depth of service, in region, was a challenge in the past; many of the IDPs sold only a limited number of Miller Heiman Group offerings. Now, each partner will be able to sell the entire Miller Heiman Group product portfolio in their local language, offering customers proprietary research, technology, consulting and training programs. This also means access to all the resources of the global organization, including more robust sales, marketing and customer service support.Miller Heiman Group is making a difference for global sales organizations through these enhanced regional partnerships. Allen Mueller, chief revenue officer of Miller Heiman Group, explains, “For years, Miller Heiman Group has worked with trusted partners based in each of the local markets we serve. These partners began inquiring about how they could sell a wider portfolio of products, support a broader set of resources and expand their territories. By deepening these relationships, we now ensure that these sellers, and their clients, will receive what they need to achieve success now and in the future.”The integration comes at an opportune time, according to Richard Hilton, managing director of the EMEA region for Miller Heiman Group. He says, “Miller Heiman Group’s regional growth, layered on top of our investment in technology and our established methodology, will help drive success for sellers across EMEA. This is of particular importance as many sales organizations in EMEA face an uncertain economic climate in a rapidly changing geopolitical environment.”Marketing Technology News: Amazon or Alibaba: Freedonia Compares These Global E-Commerce LeadersTim MacCartney, managing director of the APAC region for Miller Heiman Group, adds, “Asia now accounts for nearly two-thirds of global economic growth, according to the International Monetary Fund. This expansion marks a pivotal step forward for Miller Heiman Group in helping organizations harvest the opportunity that awaits them in APAC.”Following the successful launch of Scout and Strategic Selling with Perspective (the company’s updated core methodology) this past summer, this international advancement catapults Miller Heiman Group into a technology-driven global powerhouse. With the full weight of the company’s resources behind them, Miller Heiman Group sellers around the world now possess the tools to help clients deliver remarkable change while revolutionizing seller behavior.Marketing Technology News: Demandbase ABM Ecosystem Launches to Connect Technology, Software and Data Providers for Better ABM Execution Byron MatthewsIndependent Distribution PartnersMarketing TechnologyMiller Heiman GroupNewssales performance solutions Previous ArticleLemnisk Partners With Infosys Finacle to Co-Innovate on Digital Marketing Solutions for BanksNext ArticleZeta Global and AUDIENCEX Enter Into Strategic Partnershiplast_img read more

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first_imgaqfer Launches Next-Generation SI-Ready Marketing Data Lake PRNewswireMay 15, 2019, 10:35 pmMay 15, 2019 Aqferdigital marketing platformsmanaged service providersMarketing TechnologyNewsSaassystems integrators Previous ArticleMimecast Appoints Brandon Bekker to Lead EMEA regionNext ArticleRising Star in Digital Telco Market Calls on Oracle Innovative Framework Enables Systems Integrators and MSPs to Customize Platforms with Speed and Cost Effectivenessaqfer, the leading SaaS provider supporting a data-centric marketing architecture, announced the launch of its next generation marketing data lake platform. The solution enables systems integrators (SIs) or engineers building digital marketing platforms for managed service providers (MSPs), ad tech companies or marketing agencies to drastically reduce the time and cost associated with customizing solutions for marketers while simultaneously increasing data integration and management functionality and dramatically reducing support and operating costs. The framework allows SI’s to focus their engineering resources on the initiatives that will directly increase enterprise value. This next-gen release further enhances aqfer’s CDP offering, providing repeatable solutions that are highly customizable, cost-effective and future-proof.As data-driven digital marketing continues its rise in importance, it is crucial for marketers to automate processes and take back control of their data in order to protect it and increase their speed and agility. A recent study found that over half of marketers still find data management difficult to implement.Marketing Technology News: The Measurement Advantage: Marketing Leaders Are Four Times As Likely As Laggards To Exceed Business Goals, Grow Revenue, And Gain Market Share“Our marketing data lake does exactly what the best technology should do — it decreases the effort needed to process and serve up the right data to guide smarter marketing initiatives. What used to take four to six weeks can now be done in two days,” said Daniel Jaye, CEO and Co-Founder, aqfer. “We are proud to say that no other company can match aqfer’s level of customization with the speed and cost savings that aqfer can provide to SI’s. Through our white-labeled approach, aqfer is establishing a new standard for marketing effectiveness.”aqfer is committed to delivering agnostic cutting-edge solutions that revolutionize the way SI’s build out marketing data environments for their clients to help them always be prepared to capitalize on the latest developments in technology and meet every big data marketing challenge in an ever-changing marketplace. aqfer’s marketing data lake serves to redraw the engineering roadmap at every company. The framework is designed to deliver in a repeatable approach that is fully customizable, extensible at every layer and most importantly can be used at scale for data from all stages of the customer journey.Marketing Technology News: Uberflip Reveals Meaningful Content Experiences Positively Influence Marketing and Sales ConversionsThe aqfer marketing data lake includes:Data integration service: Allows marketers to get their detailed data from all marketing partners curated and collated for consumption for analytics and activationDistribution service: Empowers marketers to activate their data with partners however it works best for them in a secure and privacy compliant mannerAdvanced data analytics: Gives marketers the actionable data insights they need to succeed in real-timeMachine learning: Includes predictive analytics tools and allows marketers to build custom lookalike audiences and better decisioning.Marketing Technology News: Outdated Technology Preventing Banks from Investing in Disruptive Technologies, According to Fenergo Surveylast_img read more

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first_img Demand-Side PlatformsFreewheelFreeWheel AdvertisersMarketing TechnologyNewsOTT buyingStrata platform Previous ArticleWeTransfer Unveils Brand Campaign, “Please Leave,” Reflecting the Relationship Between People and TechnologyNext ArticleKaizen Ad Named One of Eight Trusted Google Creative Partners to Drive Better App Campaign Results With Creative at Scale FreeWheel Announces Programmatic OTT Offering for Local TV Buyers PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 6:43 pmMay 24, 2019 End-To-End Automated Buying Within the Strata Platform Removes Common Barriers to Buying Premium OTT VideoFreeWheel, A Comcast Company, announced that its FreeWheel Advertisers division has launched new OTT buying capabilities for agencies and advertisers. FreeWheel Advertisers’ network of 1,200-plus agencies using the Strata platform can now programmatically access the full OTT marketplace through exchanges and direct premium publisher integrations.“Our clients are very interested in tapping into new opportunities to connect with audiences on OTT, but the solutions available to them don’t meet the needs of every agency”While these capabilities are available to all Strata users, the offering is particularly important for mid-sized and independent media buying agencies. These shops are often faced with barriers to efficiently buy OTT inventory, including minimum spend levels enforced by demand-side platforms (DSPs), the complexity of managing multiple campaigns for local clients across different vendors and geographies, and lack of transparency in ad placements.Marketing Technology News: Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Named a FrontRunner in Business Intelligence in Fourth Consecutive Report“Our clients are very interested in tapping into new opportunities to connect with audiences on OTT, but the solutions available to them don’t meet the needs of every agency,” said FreeWheel Advertisers General Manager Joy Baer. “We developed this new industry offering for our clients based on their collective input, which included the expressed need for geo-targeting, greater transparency and pricing efficiency. By solving for these challenges, we’ve opened up OTT for a new base of buyers.”“The expectation for our media team is to be metric-obsessed and ambidextrous in all forms. FreeWheel empowers buyers by allowing them to be more agile and to make smarter, more integrated decisions faster,” said Adam Herman, Chief Integrated Media Officer, Zimmerman Advertising. “Their latest solutions around OTT are an example of this type of empowerment.”FreeWheel Advertisers executes the buys through an integration with Simpli.fi, a DSP purpose-built to meet the complexities of localized campaigns. This integration makes it easy for Strata users to buy OTT programmatically, similar to the way they buy digital media. Moreover, there is no minimum spend generally charged by DSPs, and no need to leave the existing workflow that buyers use every day for media buying and management.Marketing Technology News: Batterii Unveils New Co-Creation App to Eliminate All Traditional Focus Groups“Our partnership with FreeWheel Advertisers is a natural fit, as we have focused on building a programmatic platform that executes and optimizes high volumes of campaigns with precise targeting and efficient pricing,” said Frost Prioleau, CEO, Simpli.fi. “We look forward to working together on seamlessly bringing OTT solutions to Strata users, at the local level and beyond.”FreeWheel Advertisers plans to extend its local OTT programmatic offering to all forms of TV, beginning in the second half of 2019.Marketing Technology News: Phillips Edison Reveals Top Retail Shopping Center Trends of 2019last_img read more

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first_img AppNexusdemand-side platformmobile advertisingNewsRemi BoudardSAPO Previous ArticleNew iPad App for Food and Beverage Professionals Takes Menus from Paper to Fully Digital in Less than an HourNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Doug Kofoid, CEO, DialogTech Leading Portuguese media company will rely on AppNexus technology to accelerate its digital transformationAppNexus, a Xandr company and a leader in advertising technology, and SAPO (Altice Portugal group), the leading media company in Portugal, announced a new deal. Under the terms, SAPO will adopt AppNexus’ full suite of products which support the buying and selling of digital advertising, including the AppNexus Publisher Ad Server, the Supply Side Platform (SSP) and the Demand-Side Platform (DSP).AppNexus’ advertising technology encompasses all digital channels (desktop, mobile, connected TV), formats (display, video, native), and application purposes (guaranteed and programmatic). Its technology platform is open and programmable, which offers customers the ability to build and innovate on top of its Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc.The relationship with AppNexus will provide SAPO with the infrastructure to develop and transform its digital advertising business, an accelerated time to enter the market with new digital ad products, and it will enable a more efficient transaction with their partners through a direct path to demand, therefore optimizing SAPO’s revenue.“Our business has gone under a deep transformation driven by disruptive technologies and we needed to select a partner with a solid expertise and a differentiating technology that could help us to best compete in a dynamic and constantly evolving environment” said Filipa Martins, General Director from SAPO. “We selected AppNexus because, on top of its technological leadership, this is a company equipped with an outstanding selection of professional services and has the best customer on boarding program for our business.”SAPO is one of the most prominent technology providers in Portugal, powering some of the most important internet properties in the country. This partnership is critical and strategic for AppNexus in Portugal, a market that is going through a deep digital transformation of its main publishers.Marketing Technology News: How Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience Objectives“We are honoured that SAPO, after a deep analysis of different market solutions, selected AppNexus as its technology provider,” said Remi Boudard, Director Market Development, Iberia from AppNexus. “AppNexus is deeply committed to helping publishers optimize and scale their business on the open internet. SAPO has been a technology leader in Portugal since the launch of the first internet services; we look forward to helping SAPO unlock the full potential of its business through our open and programmable platform.”Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc. SAPO Adopts AppNexus’ Full-Stack Technology PRNewswireJune 3, 2019, 3:10 pmJune 3, 2019 last_img read more

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first_imgCampaign Studio brings drag-and-drop simplicity to Amazon ad management: quickly and easily optimize campaigns, structures, keywords and more at scale. “We’re giving advertisers a customizable way to optimize campaigns, harvest search terms that are working and put those search terms to immediate use automatically should they choose,” says Nic Delorme, Sellozo’s CEO. “This ability to effectively customize campaign strategies at scale is a first in the Amazon ad industry,” he continued, “and possibly the digital ad ecosystem in general.”Campaign Studio uses visual modeling, paired with campaign blueprints or custom templates, to effectively plan and map campaign strategies according to preset objectives. Advertisers can also develop their own custom template to suit the needs of specific objectives. For example, custom blueprints enable sellers and agencies to optimize for broad, phrase or exact keywords and then automatically move those keywords from auto to manual campaigns, based on specific criteria, and replicate this model across other campaigns or agency clients.Marketing Technology News: Tata Elxsi is a Certified Widevine Partner, Selected as the System Integrator for Google Widevine CAS solutionsGetting started with Campaign Studio is as easy as selecting an objective from a list of campaign blueprints – for example, Increase Sales, Keyword Discovery, etc. – or creating a custom blueprint. Regardless of the selected objective, each template is customizable, confidential and reusable, making it possible for sellers and agencies to implement custom campaign strategies at scale and with only a few clicks.Nitin Mamillapally, Sellozo’s co-founder and head of product, adds, “We’re pretty proud of what we’ve put together for our clients. I’m not aware of anything that allows that in this space. Until now.”Marketing Technology News: Informatica Unveils AI-Powered Product Innovations and Strengthens Industry Partnerships at Informatica World 2019In addition, Campaign Studio offers a truly flexible solution for migration from other platforms. Since it supports any campaign structure for sponsored product ads, including both keyword and ASIN targeting, sellers can now benefit from improved performance for their PPC advertising and ad automation.Marketing Technology News: MultiVu Launches Digital Marketing Suite Marketing Technology NewsNewsNic DelormePPC advertisingSellozoSellozo’s Campaign Studio Previous ArticleTechBytes with Neil Trevett, Vice President at NVIDIANext ArticleiHeartMedia Doubles Down on Radio Attribution with Agreement to Support Nielsen Media Impact and Continuous Diary Measurement Sellozo Releases Campaign Studio: Drag-and-Drop Ad Management and Optimization Tool for Businesses Selling on Amazon PRNewswireJune 13, 2019, 3:02 pmJune 13, 2019 Sellozo’s Campaign Studio, a significant enhancement to Ad Automation within Sellozo’s advanced suite of tools for businesses selling on Amazon, available in the Amazon Marketplace Appstore, gives both sellers and their agencies the ability to easily and quickly optimize campaigns, structures, keywords and more at scale.last_img read more

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first_imgGlobal Leader in Contract Analytics Elevates Ulf Zetterberg to Serve as Executive Vice-Chairman; Succeeded by John O’Melia as Chief Executive Officer, Jim Wagner Appointed PresidentSeal Software, the global leader in contract analytics, has announced key changes in its executive leadership, including the selection of a new chief executive officer, a new president, and the introduction of a significant board-level position focused on accelerating strategic growth initiatives.  These appointments are made as Seal experiences record revenues for the first two quarters of 2019.Having marked his tenure as CEO of Seal by leading the business from startup to industry leader, Ulf Zetterberg has been elevated to executive vice-chairman by the board of directors, on which he continues to serve as a member. He is succeeded by John O’Melia, who has been promoted to lead the company as its CEO, while Jim Wagner has been named as president.The appointment of a new CEO and president will allow Zetterberg, who has served as CEO since he co-founded Seal Software in 2010 with chief technology officer, Kevin Gidney, to focus on key customer relationships and to support strategic board and company initiatives. Zetterberg has played a pivotal role in developing partnerships with market-defining brands including DocuSign, UnitedLex, Accenture and Ariba and will continue to play a role in supporting these and other key strategic relationships.The company’s new CEO, John O’Melia, has had a significant influence on Seal since joining the company in 2017 as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations. Since joining, O’Melia has created within Seal, a world-class sales and service organization that has achieved record success in license and services business, as well as overall customer satisfaction.  A well-respected leader with deep financial and operational experience in the technology industry, O’Melia joined the company after a long tenure at EMC. Given his existing relationships with Seal’s customers and track record of achieving the full potential of Seal’s sales pipeline, O’Melia has been tapped to steer the in-market leadership of Seal Software as it looks to its next stage of growth. Marketing Technology News: New ISG Study Focuses on Digital Business ServicesIn speaking of the appointment of O’Melia to the role of CEO, Zetterberg said, “John has demonstrated unyielding integrity and a ceaseless dedication to our customers, partners, employees, and stakeholders.  There is no doubt that he will bring the same tireless energy and bold ideas to his new role as we continue to change the game for businesses and legal users looking to better understand and more effectively manage their contracts.”As part of the executive promotions, the company named Jim Wagner as president.  Wagner has served as chief strategy officer for Seal since joining the company in July of 2018 as part of the company’s acquisition of Apogee Legal, an organization that Wagner co-founded.  In addition to continuing his role leading the overall strategy for the company, Wagner will take on responsibility for the company’s strategic alliances and marketing.  Wagner has served as a senior executive for two decades in the field of legal technology and brings unrivaled experience and insight with respect to the overall direction of the market and the needs of Seal’s customers.Marketing Technology News: Nordic XR-company Bublar Group Acquires Finnish Augmented Reality Pioneer Sayduck“Seal Software has been an innovator and the market leader in contract analytics since the day it was founded nearly a decade ago,” said incoming CEO, O’Melia.  “It is a privilege to lead this great organization through its next phase of growth, as we expand and solidify the foundations upon which Seal has come to dominate the contract analytics space. I look forward to collaborating with Jim, our chief technology officer, Kevin Gidney, and our entire leadership team as we continue to innovate and lead this market.”“The name ‘Seal Software’ is synonymous with AI and contract analytics,” said Jim Wagner, newly appointed president.  “Our market-driven roadmap and commitment to innovation will ensure that Seal will continue to serve as the benchmark for the industry for years to come. It’s an honor to be part of this leadership team and to have the opportunity to continue to build upon this incredible brand and platform.”Marketing Technology News: Sponsorship Made Simple for Personal, College, Sports, Community Events etc. contract analyticsJohn O’MeliaMarketing TechnologyNewsSeal Software Previous ArticleThe Scylla Group Wins Umbraco’s Best Editing Experience Award for Rubbermaid Commercial Products’ WebsiteNext ArticleWix and FaZe Clan Launch Global Partnership Seal Software Announces Executive Leadership Changes MTS Staff WriterJuly 11, 2019, 7:05 pmJuly 11, 2019 last_img read more

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first_img BJPNeeraj Shekharrajya sabhasamajwadi party First Published: July 15, 2019, 6:17 PM IST New Delhi: Samajwadi Party leader Neeraj Shekhar on Monday resigned as member of the Rajya Sabha and his resignation was accepted by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, sources said.Shekhar, the son of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, met Naidu and told him he is resigning voluntarily and not under any compulsion, the sources said. Shekhar was a prominent leader of the Samajwadi Party and there is speculation that he might join the BJP. He first became a member of the Lok Sabha in 2008 in the by-elections for Ballia constituency. The following year, he won again from the same constituency.He had been a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh since November 26, 2014, and was due to retire on November 25, 2020.last_img read more

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first_imgOur homes are turning into small offices, whether or not they actually have home offices inside. Multiple devices, increased use, and complicated setups now require more than the average box ISPs provide. 4K videos, thousands of photos and documents, and smart TVs have easily made external hard drives ineffective. For data storage and retrieval even at home, and especially in SMBs, you’ll want to invest in a solid NAS solution. And when it comes to such storage boxes, the Synology DS918+ is easily at the top of the line. This is why. DesignLooks can be deceiving, and that is especially true with the DS918+. It follows after the DS916+ and, at first glance, it almost seems like there have been very few and superficial changes in the design. The changes Synology made, however, have very significant consequences.The face of the DS916+ never sat well with customers. Sure, the plastic cover made it look clean, but the lock-less drive bays proved to be more cumbersome, trading in functionality for appearance. The DS918+ changes that and adopts the more functional form of the DS1517+, with its exposed trays and key locks. The NAS does, however, keep the LED indicators of its predecessor, along with a lone USB 3.0 port in front.On the back, you get two large 120 mm fans to keep things cool. Below it are two RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet ports that support link aggregation. And below that, you get an eSATA port, in case the four drive bays aren’t even enough. The second and last USB 3.0 port is off to the other side by its lonesome self.You might think that a couple of design changes wouldn’t really justify the DS918+’s higher price tag. That would be correct if it were actually the case. Flip (carefully) the box on its back and you’ll see the first of the things that make the DS918+ special: two built-in M.2 NVMe SSD slots. Admittedly, some might not even need this feature, but you won’t have to pay extra to have an expansion dangling out of the box when the time comes that you do need an extra fast cache.Inside, you’ll see another reason why the DS918+ is worth its price. As with any Synology NAS, the drive trays are easily removed, when unlocked, of course, and are completely hot-swappable. When you remove all of them, you will then have effortless access to the two SODIMM memory slots. No more taking the box apart just to change or add RAM. Having quick and easy access to all types of memory, be it hard drive, NVMe SSD, or RAM, is one of the DS918+ winning traits.StorageThe DS918+ is a four-bay NAS and, as you might expect, it can support varying types of storage in mixed types. The NAS supports 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch SATA HDDs or 2.5-inch SATA SSDs. You can have up to 48 TB in total, 12 TB for each drive.But if that weren’t enough, you can add more using the eSATA port. You can attach, for example, a 5-bay Synology DX517 expansion unit for a total of 108 TB, 12 TB per drive. Whichever combination you use, however, you are limited to 108 TB max for a single volume, which happens to be the total maximum capacity of the DS918+ and a DX517 combined. As mentioned, the DS918+ has two slots for M.2 NVMe SSDs. It should be noted, however, these cannot be used for actual storage. In fact, you can’t even create volumes for them. They are, instead, relegated to cache duties, increasing the speed when accessing often used files and software, and taking advantage of the fact that NVMe SSD is tons faster than the already fast SATA SSD. This also has the effect of decreasing the need to spin up the main drives, which, especially for an HDD, means a longer life.PerformanceIf the DS918+ looks a lot like the DS916+ save for its face, then it is inside where the most significant changes have been made. In addition to the NVMe SSD slots and easy to access SODIMM slots, the DS918+ makes a huge leap from an Intel Pentium N3710 to an Intel Celeron J3455.Aside from the difference in cores and raw power, this Celeron, which seems to have become a favorite among higher-end NAS products, boasts of some new capabilities, like support for real-time dual channel 4K hardware transcoding, critical for streaming videos, and a dedicated hardware encryption engine. Sadly, like the Pentium N3170, the Celeron J3455 is still limited to a maximum of 8 GB RAM. A little more would have done wonders for the NAS’ virtual machine capabilities.CPU processing power is one thing but, when it comes to NAS, data transfer throughput is the critical property to watch. Of course, those numbers are affected by a couple of factors, like the CPU, the type of storage used, and the format of the drives.NAS boxes are often configured to make use of RAID technology in order to provide reliability, performance and data integrity. The DS918+ supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10 (1+0), but, by default, it comes with Synology Hybrid RAID or SHR. This custom-made automated RAID management system makes it move drives in and out of the box and doesn’t require too much knowledge of RAID technology to use.Since, for most common use, SHR is going to be the default, we tested that configuration four 3 TB Western Digital RED NAS drives. Transferring a single 50 GB file to and from the NAS gave us read speeds of 118 MB/s and write speeds of 114 MB/s, on par with expected speeds, given the conditions above. The DS918+ did choke up a bit when sending 108 GB worth of small files over a 1 Gb/s network, with transfer speeds averaging 78 MB/s. In short, your single-file 4K video will have no problem streaming from NAS to TV.The test was done with the drives formatted to the default ext4 filesystem format. The DS918+, like almost all of Synology’s NAS, also supports the newer and increasingly format btrfs. Using that barely had any significant difference in performance, which means you can take advantage of many of btrfs’ advanced features without taking a performance hit. Encrypted SHR was also not tested, but, considering there is a dedicated hardware encryption engine, the decrease in throughput would also be negligible.DiskStation ManagerWhile the technical performance of the DS918+ relies on some factors beyond Synology’s control, like drive speed, network, etc., its software is Synology’s and Synology’s alone. And this is also where Synology’s NAS shine the brightest.The Linux-based DiskStation Manager or DSM pretty much gives you a regular Linux computer, but one that you access via a web browser. It would have been convenient if the NAS had a Thunderbolt 3 port that could be used for its own video output, but that would be the cherry on top. Like any normal operating system, DSM lets you install a multitude of apps, and these apps turn the NAS into more than just a mostly unused data storage that sits quietly in a corner of the room.We’ve covered these apps before, many of which, particularly those written by Synology itself, more or less relate to the DS918+’s nature as a network-attached storage, with apps like Download Manager, Media Server, and even DNS Server. One such app, the High Availability Manager that lets you pair two Synology NAS into a cluster, is something no SMB should be without.But it is the third-party apps that take the DS918+ beyond its roots, taking advantage of the fact that you are practically running a “real” computer. These apps practically let you do anything you can with a Linux computer, including web development. You are only limited by the availability of apps and Synology’s DSM has loads of them.The DS918+ can even run virtual machines for almost any operating system, which is where the NAS’ improved hardware comes in handy. If you plan on running such machines or using the popular Docker container, you might want to opt for the 8 GB RAM configuration from the get-go. Sadly, it could do with more RAM, but that is all that you’ll get without switching to a more powerful CPU with a higher power draw.Wrap-upSynology has dozens of NAS solutions for every need and budget. For home offices and SMBs, however, the DS918+ easily takes the crown with the almost perfect mix of improved hardware, future-proof expansion slots, the latest DiskStation Manager, and a plethora of apps that take the box beyond being just a data storage solution. The $550 price tag, for a diskless 4 GB RAM configuration, might seem overkill for homes, but at the rate we’re hoarding and consuming data, that might not be the case real soon. And you also get a Linux PC that you can almost do anything with, including running virtual machines, at no extra cost.last_img read more

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first_imgAccording to Reuters, 250 Best Buy Mobile around the country will be shut down on May 31, 2018. That represents a significant portion of the Best Buy Mobile stores in North America, but in its quest to become more profitable in the face of increasing competition, Best Buy can’t really keep underperforming stores open.By and large, it seems that Best Buy Mobile is indeed underperforming. Apparently, those 250 stores that are being shut down have only contributed 1% to Best Buy’s overall revenue, which is just a blip on the radar. It seems that Best Buy would rather depend on its mobile sections inside its big box stores for its phone revenue.Though Best Buy didn’t say how many employees this move is going to affect, the good news is that it won’t leave them out in the cold entirely. It’ll help relocate interested employees to other positions within the company, but those who decide to pursue other opportunities once their store has been closed will also receive severance pay and assistance finding a new job.In the end, Best Buy was feeling the pinch because mobile phones are no longer the money makers they once were. Though Best Buy Mobile launched at a time when margins were much higher, these days it’s harder to make money with stores that only focus on mobile sales. With Best Buy planning to continue mobile sales in its main retail stores, this certainly isn’t the end of its efforts in the smartphones space, but it is the end of an era for the company. Story TimelineBest Buy now lets you shop with Amazon AlexaBest Buy music CD sales end tipped with July phase-out dateHuawei Mate 10 Pro Best Buy 5-star reviews are cheats If you happen to live near a shopping mall (or have visited one at any point in the last decade), there’s a good chance you’ve encountered a Best Buy Mobile store. These small, standalone stores focus entirely on mobile sales, and there are a hundreds of the around the US. That’s all set to change, as Best Buy has announced that it will close many of these stores later this year.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Samsung Galaxy S9 could be one of the simplest – yet most stunning – smartphone designs of the year. If Samsung plays their cards right, they could have a device that does not follow the (nonsensical) trends grabbing hold of manufacturers of smartphones of all sorts. If Samsung stays true to their roots, they’ll have a smartphone that doesn’t over-think what consumers want. The images you see above and below show a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 concept the likes of which could very easily fit the specs we expect for the real device. With this device we could have a display that’s the same size as the Galaxy Note 8, a top-tier mobile processor inside, and a pair of high-powered cameras around back. The display would, and should, have no notch.This concept dispenses with the notch and keeps the tiniest bezel on top and bottom of the display. Because there’s no good reason to forego that little bit of space in order to keep a rectangularly-shaped display panel. Especially when the device is so large as it is.The only problem I can foresee with this hardware is the thinness. I feel as though we’ve already gotten to a level of thin that stretches the limits of the materials this phone could be made of. Any thinner and it won’t be able to help but to be bendable, in a very bad way.AdChoices广告 Below you’ll see a set of specifications we expect for the Galaxy Note 9. These specs are entirely un-official and pre-release, based on rumors and anonymously-sourced leaks. Until Samsung releases the official details, we can’t truly know what we’ll be dealing with.The concept you’ve seen above and below comes from the folks at DBS Designing, as you’ll see in clicking the video’s source link. These concept images are not based on any blueprints or early case-friendly images just yet – not as far as we can tell. But it wouldn’t be surprising to find the final product looking quite similar to what’s presented. The real Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will likely be revealed anywhere between mid-August and early September, 2018. Both the Galaxy Note 8 and 7 were revealed in late August of their respective years, then released in September. The Galaxy Note 9 will probably cost around $100 more than the Galaxy S9+. which could plug it in at around $950 (give or take a few tens of dollars). Story TimelineGalaxy Note 9 in-display fingerprint reader could shake up 2018 securityGalaxy Note 9 won’t have in-display fingerprint scanner, KuoGalaxy Note 9 release tipped well ahead of iPhone X2last_img read more

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first_imgThe Mi Max 3 will be Xiaomi’s battery king, with a whopping 5,500 mAh battery. Of course, it does come with a bit of a compromise in the 6.9-inch screen size. Thankfully, modern smartphone design means that screen size doesn’t necessarily mean phone size.While the Mi Max 3 is gigantic and mid-range, it is still going to look pleasant, or so the images from MyDrivers imply. It will have an 18:9 screen, 2160×1080 pixels to be exact, with rounded corners and, best of all, no notch. It at least won’t look terrible, contrary to expectations of smartphones from this tier.That said, among mid-range phones, the Mi Max 3 will also lord it over others in terms of specs. There’s the Snapdragon 636 processor, Qualcomm’s latest mid-range (it calls it “high-end”) chip, paired with at least 4 GB of RAM in this particular leaked device. There’s also 64 GB of storage but rumor has it there will be a 6 GB RAM/128 GB storage configuration as well. Also noted is the 12 megapixel and 5 megapixel rear cameras.AdChoices广告 Smartphones are getting more powerful and more stylish but the one thing that they don’t seem to be getting better at is battery life. Having a large battery or even day-long battery life seems almost antithetical to modern high-end smartphones and their slim designs. For long-lasting power, consumers will have to turn to smartphones less covered, like the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Max 3 whose secrets have all but been revealed by this latest leak. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 will join Xiaomi’s army of “value for your money” smartphones on July 19. One can only dream of any of Xiaomi’s phones reaching these shores.last_img read more

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One can almost imagine Samsung having a laugh at Huawei’s expense. The Chinese OEM has been singing of its triple cameras and now the Korean consumer electronics giant will be trying to one-up it with four. And two on each side but actually a total of five (why didn’t Samsung make it six?). The Galaxy A9, previously suffixed with Pro or Star, is due debut tomorrow but, thanks to a blooper on Samsung’s side, we now know almost everything there is to know about it. The Galaxy A9 (2018), not Pro or Star, may be part of Samsung’s mid-range line but it could very well give the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 some tough competition. While the specific octa-core processor used is yet unnamed, with 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable storage, it teeters on being a premium flagship as well.And then there’s the one thing that no other smartphone in the world has: four distinct cameras on its back. The lenses are arranged vertically they are as follows, from top to bottom:• Ultra-wide 8 megapixel f/2.4 120-degree• Telephoto 10 megapixel f/2.4 Optical Zoom• Main Camera 24 megapixel f/1.7 Clear & Bright• Depth Camera 5 megapixel f/2.2 Live FocusAdChoices广告It remains to be seen if this quadruple strategy will work. What Samsung basically did was to split into four the tasks two cameras previously did. Except that those other sensors aren’t as top of the line as the main camera. Guess Samsung had to cut corners somewhere.The large 6.3-inch screen also only goes up to FHD+, no notch thankfully. It’s Super AMOLED though, which means it also gets Samsung’s Always On Display. The 3,800 mAh battery will hopefully carry through the day.While the information comes from Samsung’s own website, it doesn’t yet say where the Galaxy A9 (2018) will be made available or for how much. Judging by the dual SIM support, which thankfully still supports a microSD card, it’s most likely bound for markets where that feature is more common. That is, not in the US. read more

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first_imgMany of Verizon’s changes today tackle that audience head-on. Previously, you could add up to five lines to a single account, for instance. That’s now being doubled, to up to ten lines. It’s also now possible to add tablets and Jetpacks – Verizon’s name for standalone mobile hotspots – to an account. That costs the same as adding a smartphone. The big pricing change will affect heavier users of the plans, meanwhile. Verizon is adding a $5 monthly discount for those who enable Auto Pay on their account, rather than making their payments manually. It’s only eligible on plans $40 and up, though. AdChoices广告At the top end of the options, Verizon Prepaid Unlimited is getting an extra price cut. On top of the $5 Auto Pay discount, it’s also being reduced by a further $5. That brings it down to $65 per month. The old 7 GB plan, which is priced at $50 per month before the Auto Pay discount, is now getting bumped up to 8 GB. Both it and the Unlimited plan also have unlimited talk time to Mexico and Canada. All of the prepaid plans have unlimited US talk and text, unlimited texting to 200 international destinations, and mobile hotspot use, albeit at 4G speeds for all but the Unlimited plan. The entry-level Verizon Prepaid plan remains at $30 per month, with just 500 MB of data. For $5 more per month, the $35 plan boosts that significantly, to 3 GB of data. Beyond the allowance, Verizon will limit data to 2G speeds for the remainder of the month. All of the updated plans are available to order now. Verizon has updated its prepaid plans, throwing in a discount for Auto Pay customers, along with adding more data and lines. The new Verizon Prepaid range reflects just how competitive the segment has become in recent years, with what once was an afterthought compared to postpaid plans now being increasingly popular among multi-device users. last_img read more

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first_imgTo the average car fan, the Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode (and its similarly potent SUV sibling) is simply another level of speed squeezed from instant-torque electric motors. The drivetrain of the Model S is actually identical to before; Tesla dropped in a more potent, 100 kWh battery to cut the sedan’s 0-60 mph time to a mere 2.5 seconds. That’s legitimately fast, not just for an electric car. In fact, it makes the P100D in Ludicrous mode the third fastest production car, after two million-dollar coupes from Porsche and Ferrari. Getting away from the lights in record time is fun, but most Tesla owners are probably salivating more at the 315 miles of EPA range promised from the larger battery. Getting more mileage on a single charge has always been the challenge for electric cars and plug-in hybrids, if they’re not only to convincingly compete with traditional gas engines but minimize the investment required to roll out comprehensive charging infrastructure. AdChoices广告Problem is, battery chemistry and cell geometry are reaching a limit, something Elon Musk and his team know all too well. “The difficulty of increasing the energy in the pack is truly non-linear with increasing the energy,” Musk said today on a pre-announcement conference call about the new battery option. “Although it may be a 11- or 12-percent increase in capacity, it’s really been a 50-percent increase in difficulty.”The concern is that Tesla is butting heads with limitations presented by battery technology itself. Indeed, the theoretical barrier to greater capacity with current cell systems is near, Musk predicts. Nonetheless, the automaker’s founder is still confident that a stride forward in battery technology is at hand. “This is not the biggest pack we’ll ever make – we can make bigger packs,” Musk promised. “This was constrained to make three digits in the kilowatt levels but without fundamental improvements in the cell chemistry. But there will be cell chemistry improvements in future.”Indeed P100D Ludicrous buyers are playing an important part in that research, Musk pointed out, given that the “expensive car” they’re ordering is helping pay for “learning more about the core technology.”Tesla will only produce around 200 of the 100 kWh battery packs per month initially, or approximately a tenth of its total production. The goal, of course, is to increase that number, but Musk says that fitting more power into the same chemistry is complex and that it’ll take time to ramp up. Not only is the bigger battery complex to make, it’s expensive too. Tesla will charge a $10k premium on top of existing P90D Ludicrous orders to switch to the P100D Ludicrous instead, while those who have already taken delivery of their car can upgrade for a whopping $20k. That has a significant impact on Tesla’s aim to make more affordable EVs, firstly the Model 3. Expected to go into production in the latter half of 2017 – Musk declined to comment specifically on the car during today’s call – it’s set to be the cheapest member of the Tesla family, and has already racked up several hundred thousand reservations. At the same time, Tesla’s plans for Powerwall home batteries hinge on how much power each can store. With the typical US home consuming around 30 kWh per day, the new 100 kWh battery could effectively keep the entire household running for more than three solid days.Currently, Tesla’s domestic Powerwall is expected to offer 6.4 kWh, which is sufficient, the company says, “to power most homes during the evening using electricity generated by solar panels during the day.” Multiple units can be daisy-chained for more capacity overall.Before such a battery would be feasible for that kind of use-case, though, it would need to significantly come down in price. Tesla isn’t the only company working on that, of course, but with the automaker betting its future on the advances in scale and R&D the upcoming Gigafactory is expected to bring online, it may be first in line to benefit. Suddenly, battery chemistry is the most interesting – and arguably most frustrating – topic in technology. Tesla‘s announcement today of a new, larger battery pack which will make its debut in even-faster versions of the Model S and Model X may sound like just another spec bump as the automaker looks to further eclipse gas engines, but according to CEO Elon Musk it’s never been harder to improve range and performance. last_img read more

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first_imgThe skies over Dubai will be abuzz with autonomous flying cars as soon as this year, with a human-sized octacopter the latest folly for well-heeled residents and visitors. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the news this week, with a pod-like Chinese flying car selected as the first approved vehicle. Passengers won’t have to do anything but pick a destination. That’ll be courtesy of a touchscreen on the vehicle’s dashboard, with a map punctuated with dots. Each dot will represent a place the “car”, the EHang 184, can take off and land at. Once selected, it’ll automatically take off, fly to the destination, and land, entirely without the involvement of the people inside. EHang first showed off the drone back in early 2016, dubbing it an “Autonomous Aerial Vehicle” or AAV. The company normally makes consumer-scale drones – indeed, its Ghostdrone 2.0 VR is available in the US at Best Buy – but the 184 was exponentially larger. Since its cargo is a lot more valuable than a camera, too, there’s unsurprisingly more safety technology onboard. Story TimelineGoogle’s Larry Page is funding two rival “flying car” startupsAirbus autonomous flying car prototype may enter testing this yearUber Elevate just poached NASA’s flying car expertcenter_img For a start there are eight rotors, allowing for redundancy should one or more fail. Redundant processors and sensors can kick in should the primary systems encounter a problem, and the AAV is designed to automatically locate the nearest safe landing spot and touch down should that happen. EHang’s system uses a centralized control room from which it can monitor and take control of the 184 via an encrypted LTE connection. As for performance, though the top speed is around 100 mph, Dubai is likely to restrict the EHang 184 to around 62 mph. Electric, it’s able to fly for around 30 minutes on a full charge, and recharge in 1-2 hours. Maximum cruising altitude is 3,000 feet, and the craft has a footprint roughly 13 feet square; it uses cameras among other sensors to identify a landing spot and position itself accordingly.“The AAV is designed to operate under all climatic conditions unless there is a thunderstorm,” Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the RTA, said of the 184. “The vehicle is fitted with highly accurate sensors with a very low-error threshold and can resist vibrations and extreme temperatures.” Each pod will accommodate a single passenger. Dubai may be the first city to allow the 184 into the skies, but it won’t be the last. EHang said last year that it planned to begin test flights in Nevada, working with the state-sponsored Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems to explore the potential for the craft in the US. When that might take place is currently unclear. VIA The Nationallast_img read more

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first_imgWhen you open up YouTube Music in the Sonos app, you’ll see a few different options to select from. Tapping the “Recommended” button will, of course, take you to list of suggestions that are based on your preferences. YouTube Music will also surface your favorites and last played here as well, allowing you to jump into music you know you’ll like.There’s also a “New Releases” tab, which takes you to a selection of new music that has again been tailored to your tastes and listening habits. The “Top Charts” button will show you a list of the 100 most popular songs on YouTube Music at the moment, while “Your Mixtape” produces a playlist that mixes your most-listened to songs with new tracks that you may not have heard before.Finally, we’ve got a “Library” button which – you guessed it – allows you to browse your library and pick something to play from there. To add YouTube Music to your Sonos app, you’ll want to make sure that it’s updated to the latest version first. Once you’ve confirmed that, select the “More” tab, then head into “Add Music Services” and log in with whatever account you use to subscribe to YouTube Music.All in all, it sounds like YouTube Music is pretty well integrated with the Sonos app. This functionality is going live today for YouTube Music and YouTube Premium subscribers, so if you’ve got a collection of Sonos speakers dotting your house, be sure to check it out. If you’re a YouTube Music subscriber who happens to have an arsenal of Sonos speakers, then today is a good day. Google and Sonos have flipped the switch on YouTube Music integration for the latter company’s speakers, making it the latest on a long list of music services that play nice with Sonos’ products. With this new functionality comes the ability to control YouTube Music from within the Sonos app as well. Story TimelineIkea’s Sonos-powered Symfonisk smart speakers to debut in AugustThese rare Sonos speaker deals include our favorite soundbarSonos headphones could target Sony and Bose with smart speaker techlast_img read more

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first_imgHyundai has pulled the covers off the all-new fourth generation 2019 Santa Fe SUV. The Santa Fe is a big deal for Hyundai as the brand’s best-selling vehicle with over 1.5 million units sold in the US alone. The all-new 2019 version of the SUV will go on sale this summer. For 2019 the Santa Fe Sport designation is being ditched and is simply called the Santa Fe. The longer wheelbase three-row seven-passenger Santa Fe is now called the Santa Fe XL starting in 2019. Hyundai also notes that an all-new 3-row 8-passenger SUV is being developed under a new name.Hyundai is rolling out a new diesel version of the Santa Fe this year with an occasional-use third-row seat and one-touch folding second-row seats, the third row is only offered on the diesel version. 2019 Santa Fes all get the new design with LED daytime running lights and LED headlights.Hyundai integrates new Smart Sense Technology standard on SE trim and higher with all the blind spot and collision avoidance tech you respect. Smart cruise with stop and go is available and a driver attention warning system. The new diesel engine is a 2.2L CRDi turbodiesel rated at 200hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. AdChoices广告The base engine is a 2.4L inline four making 185 hp and the mid-range is a 2.0L turbo four making 232hp. All engines use the same 8-speed automatic. The Santa Fe gets HTRAC all-wheel drive. A HUD is available that projects an 8.5-inch image on the windshield giving driving information and navigation information. Pricing is unannounced at this time. The images are of a Korean version of the vehicle, presumably, the US version will look the same. SOURCE: Hyundailast_img read more

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first_imgREAD: FCC votes to allow default robocall blocking by carriersRobocalls have become a major issue for consumers in the US who cite receiving several or more calls every day. These calls may come from spoofed numbers, meaning they appear to be coming from a local area code. As part of the government’s effort to address the problem, the FCC voted in favor of allowing wireless carriers to block scam calls by default earlier this month.In its latest update on the effort to curb these calls, the FTC has revealed ‘Operation Call it Quits,’ an effort in partnership with law enforcement partners targeting entities around the nation. According to the FTC, this operation has already resulted in three new settlements with the FTC and four new cases; the Justice Department has also just filed two new cases for the FTC.The FTC alleges the defendants in these cases were collectively responsible for more than one billion illegal robocalls in the United States. According to the commission’s announcement today, these new actions bring the total number of cases against these operations to 145.That only accounts for the FTC’s cases. Under the same operation, local, state, and federal agencies around the nation have collectively resulted in 87 ‘enforcement actions’ against violators and robocallers, according to the FTC. The work spans a large number of states, including Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, and others. The FTC has revealed ‘Operation Call it Quits,’ a joint ‘crackdown’ between the commission and law enforcement on the operations responsible for more than 1 billion robocalls. These operations are located around the United States, according to the FTC, where they target consumers with unsolicited calls offering money-making schemes, medical alert systems, and interest reduction opportunities. Story TimelineVerizon Call Filter goes free to fight robocallsHere’s how to block robocalls and spam on your iPhone with iOS 13Hospitals are being bombarded with robocalls, putting patients at risklast_img read more

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first_imgThose boasts came from Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei, one of the reasons for allegations of Huawei’s cooperation with the Chinese government. A former member of China’s People’s Liberation Army, the executive has been accused of having close ties to the government and potentially uses Huawei as a tool for state-sponsored espionage.Those have been the allegations hurled at Huawei even before Trump’s administration but it seems that the US government has no direct and irrefutable proof yet of the company’s involvement in such activities. Huawei is now challenging that by suing the US government in court. For its part, the US is unperturbed by the lawsuit, considering the mere “prospective threat” as enough reason for the sanctions.While Huawei fights the US order on one hand, it is also pushing an image of a stable and independent company on the other hand. In a rare interview with a French magazine, Zhengfei says that its internally developed operating system, called HongMeng or Ark OS, is 60% faster than Android and more efficient that Apple’s macOS. The exact nature of this new OS is still uncertain but the CEO says it’s a universal OS that’s compatible with anything from smartphones to switches.AdChoices广告In another interview, Zhengfei insists it does not and will not provide users’ data to the Chinese government, despite certain Chinese laws that may force it to do so. The Huawei likens itself to Apple, the current darling in when it comes to privacy. Zhengfei says he would rather die than sell out its customers because, in the end, he would be the one ending up with debt to pay. Huawei’s problems are far from over. The US seems to be pretty ambiguous about whether it will continue to ban Huawei from US goods and to what extent. Other countries are following in the US footsteps as well, looking into excluding the company from key sectors and businesses. Despite those, Huawei remains bullish and proud of its touted self-efficacy and independence. In fact, it claims to be able to do one better than Google or Apple in OS performance.last_img read more