10 Tips for a More Successful Price Optimization Project Mitchell LeeApril 23, 2019, 4:00 pmApril 17, 2019 Marketing Technologyprice managementPrice OptimizationVendavo Previous ArticleA Sales Funnel And Why Your Business Needs ItNext ArticleSiriusXM Introduces New Streaming Subscription Package; Makes It Easier Than Ever To Subscribe and Listen Without a Car Managing pricing effectively can have a greater bottom-line impact than focusing just on costs. The math is straightforward: A company with a 65% gross margin and operating costs of 50% of sales would need to reduce its cost of sales by 3% or cut operating costs by 2% to equal the result of a 1% improvement in realized pricing.But a price optimization project is a major undertaking for any company. There are often multiple internal stakeholders, and it is likely to affect a wide range of internal systems and processes. When done right, it can be one of the most profitable activities a company can undertake. But when done wrong, the dangers are equally significant.With the target of sustainable improvement, here are 10 tips for an organization to implement a price optimization project:Optimized pricing starts at the top; enlist C-level supportFew things matter more to most CEOs and CFOs than their company’s revenues and profitability. And few things can impact these faster and more positively than a successful price optimization project. Sometimes a pricing project starts because a CEO or CFO initiates it. But more often, it originates from somewhere in the organization and materializes as a draft project proposal.If you are involved in the development, now is the time to prepare an executive summary of what the intended scope of the project is and its goals. Include what resources are likely to be needed for this — including a senior executive to oversee the project and how well it meets its targets.Excel is a great tool for ad-hoc analysis but not operational pricingWhile Excel might be a good tool for analysis, it is not optimal for managing and optimizing prices in a dynamic way, especially if a more agile and responsive pricing strategy is desired. And given the complexity of international sales, where markets, competitive situations and commercial conditions can vary immensely, a dedicated system will soon pay for itself.Read More: Making Voice Tech More Human Is as Easy as 1-2-3Use a common framework to distribute central and local responsibilitiesTypically, there is a central pricing team working with product and category management on setting prices, but your local sales organization should also be involved. Successful price optimization projects rely on a good balance between central and local resources. It needs a hub: A central team that can establish the project structure, manage the framework, and give each market relevant recommendations. And it needs local teams that provide input to the project team and can optimize prices against local conditions and manage exceptions.Consider this a change management project, not a price list projectWhile the outcome of your project might be defined as a revised price list based on customer-perceived value and competitive adjustments, the consequences for subsequent processes and systems tend to extend in many dimensions. The end result is often a change in the way you do business as much as it is an adjustment of prices.Read More: 3 Ways Mobile Technology is Changing the Brick-and-Mortar ExperienceCommunication is keyPrice optimization will affect many different functions internally, so communication needs to be both regular and wide. And it needs to target both your own staff as well as your customers. Think of your communication strategy as having two tracks: one about the project itself and what changes it involves and a second for highlighting results or, why the new prices are what they are. When prices are explained and defended, your sales organization will trust them rather than feel the need to (unnecessarily) discount. Finally, don’t forget to communicate the results portion to your customers too.Focus on desired outcomes rather than the techIt’s rare that a price optimization project takes place without achieving an expected deliverable at the end of the project. But at the same time, use caution in pre-defining the deliverables in too much detail in your initial request for proposal. The most successful projects focus on highlighting the key issues and problems and identifying the expectations of what the desired solution should deliver but takes a fairly open view on exactly how that end solution/technology should look. Instead, invite the system providers to inform you about new opportunities and approaches to achieve the results you are looking for.Pilot + full implementation rather than step-by-stepSetting up a well-planned pilot where results can be evaluated quickly and comprehensively means the lessons learned on a smaller scale can be applied in full, rapid implementation across markets. Doing so repeatedly, adding modules and features in sequenced new pilots, is a tried and tested way to optimize prices and increase profits faster.Read More: Gamification: A Game-Changer for Inspiring Your Sales TeamsHave the right competencies on your teamAt a minimum, the following experiences and fields of expertise should be represented on the core team:Pricing management – Someone who knows how prices have been set, managed and optimized.Product/sales – Someone who understands the category in question and the customers that buy these products.Business analysis/intelligence – Someone who has experience in analyzing supply and demand changes and the external and internal factors that influence this.IT – Someone who knows how pricing systems interact — or need to interact — with other systems such as ERP and/or production, sales CRM and CPQ solutions, and financial reportingPrice optimization projects are a full-time commitmentWhile it may be tempting from a cost perspective to assemble the team and let them manage the project in addition to their regular operative functions, don’t. Or, at least allow the overall project manager(s) to focus their attention on running the project and little else. This is especially true if there are expectations for a speedy implementation and evaluation process.Create a reference framework to understand local and segmented differencesWhat works well in one market will not be the ideal solution in another – and vice versa. The best way to manage this is to go beyond “how things are today” and create a separate definition of “this is what we want to achieve,” or how we believe the ideal situation should look. This also means defining the different challenges that have prevented us from achieving this so far.Optimizing your pricing will change how you do business but the pay-off will be well worth it. These 10 steps are based on years of experience spent helping companies improve pricing for the sake of a better bottom line but also better customer experiences.Read More: Eye Rolls at Pre-Rolls: How to Escape the Trap of Annoying Ads
In today’s digital world, buyers are more informed and have high expectations when they interact with a company. It’s critical for enterprises to maximize that customer touchpoint with an experience that feels custom and differentiated.iFOLIO is recognized with the Global Excellence Award “Best in Personalized Digital Marketing Solutions – 2019” by AI Global Media for innovation, growth, and delivering results through an enterprise digital portfolio platform. Digital portfolios are effective marketing because they are personalized, private, and delivered 1-to-1. iFOLIOs have images, videos, and animated charts and are shared via SMS, email, and any way you share a link. The private portfolios generate open rates up to 75% from mobile share, and engagement up to 2 min 40+ seconds in a market where attention spans average 7 seconds.Marketing Technology News: Gartner Survey Shows Inside Sales Organizations Risk Losing 24% of Employees This YearThrough iFOLIO, companies can engage their customers and prospects more authentically, optimizing the relationship, and delivering a remarkable experience. iFOLIO platform enables sales or account management to deliver a portfolio directly to a customer via SMS or email and then follow-up from the sales dashboard. The iFOLIO Analytics enable more thoughtful, data-driven follow-ups and Reverse CRM™ automates outreach notes into the CRM system reducing reporting workloads.Growth is in the iFOLIO DNA. Using its own incredibly effective platform for sales and marketing, iFOLIO grew paid customers 1100% last year.Marketing Technology News: Airbnb Introduces New Search Capabilities for Business TripsToday iFOLIO powers over 3500 clients in 58 countries including the Atlanta Falcons NFL, Equifax, iD Tech and was honored with a 2019 MAX Marketing Innovation Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for introducing a new standard of digital engagement for enterprise professionals with a platform for private portfolio sites for customer introductions, presentations, and proposals.“We are so honored to accept this award and to serve our incredible clients as they transform their customer experience with personalized portfolios and SMS. We believe relationships are central to business and the future of incredible presentations, stories, and customer experiences are private digital portfolios,” says Jean Marie Richardson, Founder and CEO of iFOLIO.Marketing Technology News: Adobe Survey Says That Voice and Screen Combined Are the Future iFOLIO Honored with Global Excellence Award, Best in Personalized Digital Marketing Solutions – 2019 by AI Global Media PRNewswire2 hours agoJuly 23, 2019 Deliver delightful Customer Experiences crmdigital marketing solutionsiFOLIOMAX MarketingNewsSales and marketing Previous ArticleMobify Report Delivers First Ecommerce Benchmarks for Progressive Web AppsNext ArticleIt’s Ok to Message Your Customers – but They’re Not Your Friends
A recent global survey of 300 enterprises has found out that most plan to move their existing applications to Multi-Cloud Business/ SaaS by 2021. It also found out that less than 6 percent have a Cloud Entry Framework for migrating applications already in place. This is proving to be a major game-changer in the SaaS versus Hybrid Multi-Cloud Businesses. It shows that enterprises are rapidly accelerating their adoption of Cloud Computing using a hybrid, multi-cloud approach, with most enterprises pushing to move the majority of their applications into software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings as quickly as 2021.Recommended: Increasing demands for privacy will push more AI to happen on the edgeUS & European Companies Lead the Pack in Cloud Adoption; Trend will Continue into 2021-2030 for Multi-Cloud BusinessThe Cloud Computing adoption is more likely to impact the IT decision-makers in the U.S. and Europe. These groups were asked about their cloud operations, adoption and expectations for the future. On average, enterprises are using two different public cloud infrastructure vendors for their applications, the study finds, in addition to a complement of SaaS vendors.“Our research shows the overwhelming majority of enterprise IT decision-makers run their applications in a hybrid mode, with some workloads in the public cloud and others in private data centers,” said Chris Germann, partner, ISG Enterprise Research.Read Also: TechBytes with Ilan Kasan, CEO and Co-Founder at Exceed.aiChris added, “Interestingly, most of those same IT professionals expect the majority of their workloads will be running in software-as-a-service environments by 2021. This will relieve enterprises of the burden of maintaining core business applications and give them access to constantly updated vendor offerings, but they will need to manage applications in a spectrum of environments – from on-premises to SaaS – during the transition.”Majority of IT Decision-Makers Find Working at Co-Location FacilitiesThe report found companies today are distributing their applications portfolios across traditional environments, on-premises private clouds, hosted private clouds, colocation facilities and public cloud infrastructure, and are in the process of adopting the latest public cloud services.Sixty-five percent of IT leaders say their firms are piloting cloud database services and 72 percent say they are planning to use cloud-based blockchain services.However, more than 70 percent of IT leaders indicate they will not change their application architecture or hosting model before 2021 for key systems of record, such as accounting and financial software, meaning new Cloud services and applications will be expected to mesh with legacy systems already in place.Read More: Ad Fraud to Cost North American Advertisers $100 Million a Day by 2023Chris added, “By using cloud-based applications, companies are making decisions on the technologies they plan to use for a long time, even though those choices in many cases are not part of a strategic plan. Without a thoughtful approach to workload transformation and migration to Cloud, enterprises will increase the cost of cloud integration and saddle themselves with tools or software that can negatively impact the business value of their new infrastructure.”Less than six percent of Multi-Cloud Business enterprises surveyed by ISG agreed or strongly agreed that they have a Cloud Entry Framework (CEF), which lays the foundation for how, when and where different applications will migrate to the cloud. Less than one percent said a CEF is very or extremely important for their business, revealing a potential vulnerability for enterprises that do not take the time to fully understand the potential, long-term implications of Cloud migration.When adopting public cloud services, enterprises must balance business needs with a robust and adaptable technology platform, Germann said. “IT leaders need to control adoption of new services to avoid cloud sprawl, while allowing teams the flexibility to take advantage of new and powerful hybrid architectures,” he said. “One of the most underappreciated strategies is a Cloud Entry Framework to provide clarity for long-term cloud adoption.”ISG Insights™ provides proprietary research, advisory consulting and executive event services focused on market trends and disruptive technologies driving change in business computing.Read Also: SynergySuite Closes $6 Million Series A Led by First Analysis Study Finds Enterprises Rapidly Shifting to Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Business Model Sudipto GhoshJuly 11, 2019, 9:00 pmJuly 11, 2019 blockchainCloud Entry Frameworkcloud migrationhybrid cloudMulti-Cloud BusinessNews Previous ArticleSofteon Expands Retail and eCommerce Logistics Solution Footprint and SuccessNext ArticlePrime Day Prep: 4 Strategies for the Day
boostrcrmCRM+OMS platformMarketing Technology NewsMynewsdeskNewsorder management system Previous ArticleFree Email Marketing Tools Now Available in Free HubSpot CRMNext ArticleWavio Selects ID R&D to Deliver Sound Recognition and Awareness to Any Person, Any Device, Anywhere boostr Announces the End of Siloed Ad Sales and Operations with the General Release of its Omni-channel Order Management System (OMS) MTS Staff WriterJuly 16, 2019, 6:32 pmJuly 16, 2019 boostr, the first of it’s kind, next-generation CRM platform designed specifically for media & advertising companies, announced that its omni-channel order management system (OMS) is officially out of beta and generally available, enabling media companies to improve their revenue management.boostr’s OMS solves challenges with order management across insertion order (IO) and programmatic sales, enabling margin protection, simplified media planning, efficiencies trafficking orders and month end close. The boostr OMS also allows for single IO across multiple ad tech systems and trafficking automation with integrations to leading ad tech platforms, including: Google Ad Manager, Rubicon, SpotX, AdX and Netsuite.“We’d been searching for a holistic system that would serve the needs of Sales, Revenue Operations and Finance. We were thrilled to finally find that solution in boostr’s CRM+OMS platform” – John Price, VP Revenue Operations, Complex MediaMarketing Technology News: Ad Fraud to Cost North American Advertisers $100 Million a Day by 2023boostr is the only end-to-end platform covering pre and post sales with a complete, omnichannel CRM and OMS. With boostr’s revolutionary platform media companies can achieve higher profitability by creating sales efficiency, improving forecast accuracy and growing revenue.“Publishers have suffered long enough dealing with too much complexity across direct and indirect channels. Over 75% of publishers are running at average or below average efficiency and their teams spend 40% less time selling than their peers in other industries. Their operations and siloed systems haven’t been able to keep up with the rapid pace of change in the advertising industry until now,” said Patrick O’Leary, CEO of boostr. “Finally, ad sales and operations teams can manage the pitch to pay process end-to-end in one platform and see real time how the business is performing across all channels. The days of managing silo’d systems, dealing with integration headaches and inconsistent data across CRM and OMS are over!”Marketing Technology News: Accelerators Launched for Rapid Execution and Faster Time to MarketO’Leary continued, “We couldn’t be more excited by the market reception for our groundbreaking solution, partnering with industry leaders who’ve chosen boostr, such as Complex Media, Electronic Arts, Draft Kings, Trusted Media Brands, Gear Patrol and Clique Media.”Founded in 2015, boostr’s mission is to help media companies thrive by saving time, improving forecast accuracy and growing revenue.Marketing Technology News: SynergySuite Closes $6 Million Series A Led by First Analysis
New Delhi: Reiterating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s commitment to take everyone along and protect the interests of indigenous people of the northeast, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the saffron camp’s target of winning 21 of the total 24 seats in the region was a possible feat. As far as Assam was concerned, BJP candidates would win from at least 12 seats, or may be 14, a confident Sonowal said. Regarding massive protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill and if that could have an effect on polling, Sonowal said, “The last panchayat election in Assam had proved that the people’s mandate was in the BJP’s favour. People believe that if the BJP comes to power, their identity would be protected. We have taken up the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord (which provides constitutional and administrative safeguards for the cultural, linguistic, social identity of Assamese people) on a priority. A high-level committee has been formed to work on the bill.”“By updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC), we are checking the total number of illegal immigrants in Assam. The process will be completed by July-end,” he said. Slamming the Congress for not doing anything for Assam and only bringing in corrupt practices, he said, “Senior party leaders, including Tarun Gogoi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, have represented the state at the national level, but did nothing for it, unlike Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has ensured speedy development of the region.” In fact, the grand old party had started updating the NRC, but left it midway. It was only after the BJP took over that it is finally nearing completion, he said.The chief minister said the Prime Minister’s effort had made the land boundary agreement between India and Bangladesh possible and ensured riverine development and border fencing. Now, the Israeli technology of remote fencing was also being introduced, he added.“We talk of development, protection and co-ordination and people have experienced that,” Sonowal said, adding senior cabinet ministers visit the region on a regular basis and schemes are being implemented on a timely basis. While the Congress had looted Assam and only made speeches on poverty alleviation, the BJP had actually removed poverty, he added. When asked about rifts in the BJP-led North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) over the bill, he said, “We have clarified that we will take every ally into confidence and reach a consensus before taking any step. Our party is committed to protect the interests of indigenous people of the northeast.”He said in the 15 years of Congress rule, the state got only three bridges, while the BJP constructed the same number of bridges and sanctioned five more in five years.” In lower Assam, the government built 10,000km of roads, while 1,000 wooden bridges were concretised, he added.While stating that six big institutes have been set up in the state, the chief minister said, so far, the government had recruited 60,000 people and the private sector ensured another 1 lakh jobs. He said of the Rs 79,000 crore investment promised during last year’s summit, Rs 50,000 crore has already reached the state, adding the Union government ensured industrial growth of another Rs 40,000 crore. Regarding non-performing MPs, he said candidates were selected by the senior leadership and everyone was committed to the party. When probed about differences with senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma, Sonowal said, “We are all together in the party and both of us working for the BJP’s growth.” Assam chief ministerassam-lok-sabha-elections-2019Citizenship Amendment Billhimanta biswa sarma First Published: April 15, 2019, 5:17 PM IST | Edited by: Sohini Goswami
haryana-lok-sabha-elections-2019INLDLok Sabha elections 2019lok-sabha-election-results-2019 First Published: May 24, 2019, 7:16 PM IST Chandigarh: A day after his party suffered a humiliating defeat on all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana, the opposition Indian National Lok Dal’s state unit president Ashok Arora resigned from the post on Friday.In his resignation letter to party supremo and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, Arora said he was resigning as the state unit chief in view of the severe drubbing the party received at the hustings. “I take the responsibility of the party’s poor show in the Lok Sabha polls and I resign from my post on moral grounds,” Arora wrote to Chautala.The ruling BJP swept all the 10 seats in Haryana, while INLD was decimated and its candidates lost security deposits.The INLD saw its vote share plunge to 1.89 per cent from 24.4 per cent in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.The INLD, which was once the main opposition party in Haryana, has seen its political graph slide after a vertical split in the party last year following a feud in the Chautala family.The party had subsequently been stung by desertions and suffered a heavy bypoll defeat when it failed to hold on to the Jind Assembly seat earlier this year.A few of the party’s sitting MLAs had joined the BJP recently. A few of the party’s former legislators had also switched over to the ruling party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.Four INLD MLAs too switched sides and announced their support to the Jannayak Janata Party, which was formed after the split in the INLD last year.The INLD, founded by late deputy prime minister Devi Lal and headed by former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, has been out of power in Haryana for over 14 years now.
delhiJNUJNU guardRajasthan First Published: July 16, 2019, 5:06 PM IST New Delhi: In 2004, Ramjal Meena was forced to discontinue his studies during graduation in order to eke out a living for his family. Their financial condition was terrible and he joined his father in labour work in Karauli, a village in Rajasthan, where he was born. While Meena’s dream to study further was cut short when he joined New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in 2014 as a security guard, in a stroke of luck, he qualified as a student at the prestigious university five years later. “2004 me padhai ko viraam lag gaya tha, lekin ab main wapas padhai karunga (In 2004, there was a full stop to my education but now I can pursue it further),” he said on Tuesday.Meena studied in a government school in Karauli, got married in 2003, and was forced to discontinue his education after the first year in college. While on the way to his village, the oldest of five siblings expressed his happiness at having cleared the prestigious exam. “There was a time when I had to rethink my education. My father was alone in his struggle, I discontinued my studies and joined him to get money home,” he said.With hard work and faith, Meena applied for the university’s entrance exam and last week cleared the Russian (Honours) programme. He spent six hours studying as and when he got time, scouting for reading material and newspapers all the while performing his job as a guard. “I studied for four, sometimes six hours a day. I had to work as well… for me, it was important to crack this exam,” he said. All this while, students as well as teachers at the university supported him and also gave him reading material for preparation.Now set to be a student at JNU, Meena said he opted for Russian because he likes foreign languages and his heart went for it. “I chose Russian only because my heart was in language studies. I wanted to learn a foreign language,” he said. Meena stays in Munirka with his wife and three daughters. He wants to crack the All India Services and is keen on making it as an IAS, IPS or into the foreign services. Even after he takes up studies, he will have to continue working to keep a monthly income coming in. “The situation was so challenging back then, forcing me to discontinue my education. Today, I am a JNU student.”
abductionDelhi NCRNew Delhinoida First Published: July 17, 2019, 3:17 PM IST Noida: A 20-year-old man has been arrested here for allegedly concocting a story about his own abduction and misleading police with false information, officials said on Wednesday.Rizwan did this because he had spent Rs 5,000 in partying with friends and was scared to face his family, the officials said. Sector 45 resident Mohd Shamsuddin had approached the Sector 39 police station Tuesday afternoon with a complaint that he was getting messages from Rizwan’s phone that his son has been abducted, an official said. “The messages read that Rizwan has been abducted by four men who had come in an SUV. They have lifted his scooter and robbed him off Rs 5,000 and were taking him to jungles near Dadri to kill him,” a police official said.Investigation was taken up immediately and Rizwan’s phone number was tracked but his location was traced to Surajpur in Greater Noida, contrary to what was claimed in the messages, the official said. A police team reached the traced location of the phone number and found Rizwan alright near the Surajpur police station, he added.”When questioned, Riwzan admitted that he had splurged Rs 5,000 in partying with friends and was scared to face his family and that is why he concocted the abduction and robbery story,” the policeman said.Rizwan had parked his scooter at Botanical Garden parking and was himself texting his father while in Surajpur. The scooter’s key and a parking receipt has been found from him, the official said.Rizwan has been arrested under CrPC section 151 and remanded in judicial custody, he added.
You may not think 25 bucks sounds like a whole lot, but you’d be surprised what you can get for such a small sum of money. We live in a world where you can get a cheeseburger for $1, a functioning computer for $5, and thousands of HD movies for $10 — so it stands to reason that you should be able to pick up some pretty sweet gear for $25. In this article, we’ve rounded up some of the best gear and gadgetry you can get your paws on for $25 or less. Enjoy!Tile (2nd Gen) Item Finder ($17)Originally, Tile was a little device that you could clip to your keys or stick in your bag. During your morning misplaced-my-keys routine, you could use your smartphone to track it down, as long as you were in 50 to 100 feet of the lost item. The Tile would play a little song to help you find the object. The problem was that its 0.5-inch thickness still made it a bit too bulky to stick on your phone. 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It’s basically the exact same adhesive technology, just tweaked a little and redesigned for a different purpose. This is a must have if you’re prone to breaking sunglasses a lot. PowerKey Lightning Keychain ChargerNo longer are USB cables unruly in the pocket. The PowerKey Lightning Keychain Charger is designed to live on a keychain but made from a flexible material that will allow the charger to flex to accommodate awkward charging positions. It’s a great accessory for someone who’d rather not carry a charger around all the time. Editors’ Recommendations Anker sale blasts prices on electric pressure washers and leaf blowers Amazon drops prices on SanDisk solid-state drives by up to $140 The best portable chargers of 2019 Looking for a smart speaker? Grab the first-generation Echo Show for only $90 The best iRobot Roomba robot vacuum deals for July 2019
It’s actually easy to see why the LG G5 didn’t do so well in the market. It’s idea of a modular smartphone was disappointing, to put it mildly, and its method of detaching and attaching modules was very disruptive. It also never really pushed its modular platform as hard as Motorola does now. It was doomed from the start, so to speak.In contrast, it’s almost surprising to hear that the G6 didn’t do so well. After all, it was a “back to the essentials” strategy and one of the first smartphones to offer an almost bezel-free face. LG did almost check off every box in consumer wish lists. Almost. There are probably two reasons why the LG G6 also failed to get consumers’ attention, not to mention cash.The first has to do with the hardware, particularly the Snapdragon 821 processor. LG didn’t really have much of a choice in that matter. Samsung effectively held the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 from anyone else until around May. It was a choice between running early with an older processor or running late behind Samsung. Obviously, LG chose the former.Not that it did it any good in the long run. The second reason for the G6’s disappointing sales figures is, arguably, the Galaxy S8. Despite coming out with a higher price tag and an inconvenient fingerprint sensor, it did have slightly better specs, a more handsome design, and a better camera. Plus, you can never underestimate the power of Samsung’s aggressive marketing. That said, Samsung also showed its quarterly earnings and while its mobile division fared better than LG’s, it was not Samsung’s top-earning business. That honor belongs, once again, to its semiconductor division, just as LG’s overall profits were saved again by its home appliances.Just as the LG V20 brought the company some small amount of reprieve last year after the G5’s failure, LG is probably already planning on its comeback with the LG V30. Coincidentally, this smartphone, which is also launching early according to rumors, is nearly identical to the LG G6 except in the one part where the G6 failed: the processor. In other words, the LG V30 is almost like what the LG G6 should have been, and might even do better. Except, it will be competing against the Galaxy Note 8 and, more importantly, the iPhone 8. The LG G5 was an utter flop last year. But if LG was hoping the G6 would be its salvation, better luck next time. The Korean giant has just released its second quarter financials and, while it’s doing OK over all, its mobile division isn’t turning out to be so healthy. LG says that its mobile business basically saw no change compared to second quarter of 2016. And that’s all due to the “weaker than expected” sales of premium smartphones, a.k.a. the LG G6.
The Razer Phone 2 has appeared on Amazon’s Italy website ahead of its official launch. The listing, which has since been removed, included images of the handset, as well as some details about its new features, including the presence of RGB lighting and wireless charging. The phone is scheduled to be officially unveiled later tonight. The Amazon listing was spotted by GSMArena, which grabbed copies of the images and details before the page was pulled. Based on it, the Razer Phone 2 brings a Chroma RGB logo to the back of the phone, that being configurable by the user. This pairs well with the customizable, colorful lights found on Razer’s PC products.According to the listing, the Razer Phone 2 also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, the same 8GB RAM as the original model, and 64GB of storage. That, sadly, isn’t enough for many people, particularly those planning to install a bunch of data-heavy mobile games.The Amazon listing is said to have detailed a new cooling improvement via the addition of a “unique vapor chamber” for long gaming sessions. There’s the inclusion of wireless charging; the battery capacity wasn’t revealed by the page, though. AdChoices广告As far as changes go, the Razer Phone 2 was also listed with IP67 water resistance. Finally, the handset was listed with a 5.72-inch LCD display sporting a QHD resolution and 120Hz refresh variable rate. We’ll know all of the official details, as well as price, later today during Razer’s event.SOURCE: GSMArena
Amazon has made its machine learning educational courses available to all developers through AWS, the company has announced. These are the same courses used to train Amazon’s own engineers, giving developers a unique opportunity to learn to new skills and companies a way to boost their employees’ knowledge. The courses are offered as part of the AWS Training and Certification Machine Learning program. According to Amazon, which announced the new offerings today, the courses are all self-paced and self-service — they’re made available digitally and comprise more than 45 hours of course work, labs, and videos. Amazon says the courses target data platform engineers, developers, data scientists, and business professionals.Amazon explains that each of its machine learning courses open with the fundamentals, then builds upon them using a variety of examples and labs, including real-world problems that Amazon has had to solve over the years. The company provides examples of the work, which includes everything from optimizing delivery routes to predicting a customer’s gift wrapping eligibility.The courses also teach students how to get started on various AWS machine learning services, including Lex, Polly, Rekognition, SageMaker, and more. For students who are serious about mastering the work, such as for a promotion or resume, Amazon has also launched its new AWS Certification for Machine Learning, which is a speciality that includes an exam.AdChoices广告Students only have to pay if they plan to use labs and take exams, otherwise the courses can be accessed for free here. Users will need an AWS account to sign into the course. Amazon keeps a list of its AWS courses in its Learning Library.
This set connects with LEGO Creator Expert Modular Building 10243 Parisian Restaurant, 10255 Assembly Square, and 10260 Downtown Diner. Together, these sets create a block. This set can be attained and built on its own, but it’s made to be easily connected to a bunch of other sets – as such, I don’t recommend buying this if you’re both a Completist and a person who has a Limited Budget. This set includes six LEGO minifigures, a parrot, bunny, dog, fish, and frog. There’s a scooter in this set, as well as a buildable tow truck. The full set measures over a foot tall, 10-inches wide, and 9-inches deep. New elements in this set include new-for-January-2019 black ice skates, 2x6x2 window in sand blue, 1×1 medium gray roof tiles, 1×1 angle plate in dark blue, and “rare dark-orange elements in various shapes and sizes.”The LEGO bricks set “LEGO Creator Expert Corner Garage” is set number 10264. This set costs approximately $200 in the USA, and it includes 2,569 pieces. This set is recommended for ages 16+, much the same as its connectable city companions. This is probably NOT the best set to buy a friend for Christmas unless you know they’re into this specific sort of LEGO set – unless you know they’re in need of a never-ending hobby!Above you’ll see how this set connects to the rest of the recommended block. The set on the right is the set we’re talking about today, and the set on the left is the set to which it’s recommended you connect: 10260 Downtown Diner. Above you’ll see LEGO’s recommended city block that matches with the set revealed today. The red arrow points to the set revealed today – the “LEGO Creator Expert Corner Garage.” LEGO just revealed a new addition to the ever-expanding LEGO Creator Expert Modular Building collection. This is the LEGO 1950s Corner Garage, AKA the “LEGO Creator Expert Corner Garage.” This is LEGO AFOL targeting at its most concentrated, as it’s both a part of a bigger set-of-sets and includes a fair number of rare or unique to this set elements (unique for now). Story TimelineLEGO Ideas pop-up book opens door to 10 more years of fan-made setsLEGO Overwatch sets revealed, but don’t expect them for the holidaysThe LEGO Movie 2: A guide to all 19x wave-1 building setsLEGO heads swallowed and passed for science so you won’t have to
The flaw is described as a remote code execution vulnerability in how Internet Explorer’s scripting engine deals with objects in memory. “The vulnerability could corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user,” Microsoft explains. “An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user.”The biggest risk comes if you’re logged into Windows as a user with administrative rights at the time of the exploit. Then, the hacker could have the privileges to completely take control of the PC, including creating new user accounts, copying and deleting data, or installing new software. However the vulnerability wouldn’t require a PC user installing compromised software. Instead, simply luring that person into visiting a website designed to take advantage of the security loophole might be enough. “In a web-based attack scenario,” Microsoft outlines, “an attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit the vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website, for example, by sending an email.”Microsoft’s fix for the problem is a change to how the Internet Explorer scripting engine deals with objects in memory. If you’ve got Windows Update turned on to update automatically, and have the newest version of the security updates it has released, you should be fine. If you don’t, however, Microsoft is recommending that all users install the latest patches. The discovery of the security flaw was actually made by Google, which notified Microsoft of the issue. Microsoft specifically credits Clement Lecigne, of Google’s Threat Analysis Group. It comes on the heels of confirmation that the Microsoft Edge browser would be moving to the Chromium engine for the desktop. That should “create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers” according to Microsoft Corporate VP Joe Belfiore. Microsoft has urged Windows users to update Internet Explorer, after Google researchers spotted serious issues in the browser that could allow a hacker to take over their computer from afar. The December 2018 Security Update Release applies to all Windows versions, not just Windows 10, Microsoft said, including Windows 8 and Windows Server, along with versions of the browser back to Internet Explorer 8.
With 5G on the horizon, many companies are rushing to announce new products to take advantage of the standard. One of those companies is D-Link, which has announced a new 5G NR gateway aimed at people who plan to get their home internet from wireless companies once 5G actually arrives. The router, known as the DWR-2010, hasn’t been extensively detailed yet, but that might be because it won’t be launching for a while. Story TimelineD-Link Omna 180 Cam HD adds Android support, new featuresD-Link CES 2018 lineup revealed: A trove of cameras and routersD-Link’s Covr AC1200 mesh router goes on sale In its announcement today, D-Link says that the DWR-2010 won’t be here until the second half of 2019. Though wireless companies have already started rolling out their 5G networks in some areas of the US, it’ll take a fair amount of time before coverage is widespread. With that in mind, it seems that D-Link’s strategy with the DWR-2010 is to get out ahead of the competition and be ready for when people start signing up for 5G home internet en masse.It wouldn’t be a 5G hardware announcement without talk of download speeds, and D-Link says today that the DWR-2010 is capable of achieving speeds up to 40 times faster than the average broadband download speed of 70 Mbps in the US.The router, which is equipped with a 5G NR NSA module will work on sub-6 GHZ and mmWave frequencies, and supports remote management and firmware-over-the-air, so it sounds like this is intended to be a gateway provided by carriers to customers when they sign up for 5G home internet. Adding further to that notion is D-Link’s claim that pricing will be dependent on preferred carrier.D-Link’s carrier partners weren’t revealed in today’s announcement. We’ll look for more details on the DWR-2010 to surface as we move through the year, but in the meantime, keep it here at SlashGear for more from CES 2019!
What’s particularly notable in the incident – aside from the fact that, according to Noordsij, everybody involved survived – is that Autopilot predicted the collision from data two cars ahead. The sensors used in Tesla’s system can effectively peek at cars further in front, by bouncing radar signals underneath traffic ahead, or around it. It’s a fairly new addition to Autopilot’s talents, however, coming as part of Tesla’s software 8.0 update which began installing to cars in mid-September.It’s an example of how Tesla has progressively – and, particularly for the auto industry, rapidly – upgraded its Model S and Model X vehicles, not just patching problems as per traditional automaker recalls, but noticeably improving systems. That has brought the electric car company some headaches in the past, with criticism from some quarters about how quickly it added semi-autonomous features like Autopilot. Nonetheless, this incident also demonstrates the flip side to those arguments for caution. Although computer drivers still can’t deal with every situation a human driver might be able to, the increasingly advanced sensors installed in vehicles do have some talents that flesh & blood lacks. Being able to see “through” the car directly in front and track traffic further down the road is one example; several car companies are exploring vehicle-to-vehicle (or car-to-car) or vehicle-to-infrastructure systems, whereby cars could share reports of incidents far beyond the visibility of either humans or individual car sensors themselves. That, though, as Audi discovered when it began connecting its car dashboards with traffic light information, will require some significant infrastructure upgrades to enable.NOW READ: What you need to know about Tesla’s Enhanced AutopilotLikely to come sooner are advances in individual car technologies. Tesla’s latest cars, for instance, use an updated suite of sensors – known in owner parlance as “AP2” versus the original “AP1” system – which significantly increases the number, and range, or radar, sonar, and camera vision systems on the cars. Autopilot upgrades bringing feature-parity between AP1 and AP2 are expected to roll out before 2016 is through. Eventually, Tesla has said, the AP2 technology will support fully-autonomous driving. That’s still several years out, though; before that, it’ll be used for what the automaker is calling “Enhanced Autopilot” with a new range of driver assistance features. That’ll include the ability to navigate on-ramps and off-ramps without driver intervention, as well as automatically change lanes. Original video, authorisation from the owner. Essential, no one could predict the accident but the radar did and acted by emergency braking. pic.twitter.com/70MySRiHGR— Hans Noordsij (@HansNoordsij) December 27, 2016 Driver assistance technologies like Tesla Autopilot are billed as ways to keep human drivers out of trouble, but it’s always impressive to see just how well they can work. Footage of a Tesla in Autopilot mode predicting a likely crash on the road ahead, and stomping on the brakes to keep out of trouble, has emerged from an incident in the Netherlands. According to the video, shared by Hans Noordsij, the Tesla Model X sounded the forward collision warning and began slowing before the human driver had time to react. VIA Elektrek Story TimelineTesla makes self-driving tech standard on all carsTesla releases self-driving demo video that shows what the car seesTesla Autopilot 8.1 release date revealed to restore missing featuresTesla limits Autopilot top speed in latest update
Interior Each seat is made up of individual segments, and there’s 22.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Nappa and Nubuk leather is used in SUV-impractical pastel silver, while the headrests get a “structured textile” cover. As for the technology, there’s a Virtual Cockpit display for the driver, with a 12.3-inch 1920 x 720 panel that can show more information than we’ve seen before. Alternatively, a dedicated “performance” view shows just the essentials: speed and engine speed. A head-up display is included too, with augmented reality feature that can overlay navigation instructions atop the actual junction you need to take in the road ahead. A central monitor in the dashboard is a touchscreen, and there’s another touchscreen lower down that’s dedicated to HVAC controls. That can be used while the wrist is resting on the transmission selector lever. It only shows front passenger controls if the seat detects there’s someone sitting there; otherwise, it defaults to a more simplistic UI. Indeed, getting rid of extraneous controls is a theme in the Q8’s cabin, with Audi replacing many physical buttons, switches, and levers with touch commands. Under the sheet metal, there’s a hybrid drivetrain made up of a 3.0-liter TFSI engine and electric motors, combined with an eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox. The gas engine musters 333 HP and 369 lb-ft. of torque, while the electric motor adds 100 kW of power and 243 lb-ft. Overall, that pushes 330 kW (402 HP) and 516 lb-ft. of torque through the quattro all-wheel drive. Audi says it’s enough to propel the Q8 from 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph. Under US EPA conditions, it’ll do 102.3 US mpg. Battery range from the 104 li-ion prismatic cells in the rear – adding up to 17.9 kWh – is 37.3 miles electric-only, though add a full tank of gas and you can expect more than 620 miles. With a 7.2 kW charger you’ll recharge fully in around 2.5 hours. As we’ve seen in previous production Audi EVs, there’s smart control over the powertrain. Using the company’s predictive efficiency assistant, the route ahead is analyzed so that the Q8 knows when it’ll get the best out of electric-only, and when it should switch on the gas engine. Audi also plans to use Car-to-X services to augment that assessment. Alternatively, drivers can manually switch between EV, hybrid, and battery-hold modes. The quattro system has selective wheel braking for torque vectoring, together with adaptive air suspension with controlled damping. A 3.5-inch ride height adjustment is possible, too. The concept has 23-inch wheels and 20-inch ceramic brake discs. According to Audi, though the Q8 concept shown off today is, as the name suggests, a concept, it does preview a production vehicle. A new model based on the concept is due to launch in 2018, the automaker claims, sitting above the Q7 and offering an SUV-esque alternative to the A8 luxury sedan. That should put it right up against truck-exotica like the Range Rover and, indeed, even super-luxury models like Bentley’s Bentayga. Detail When is an SUV not quite an SUV? When it’s Audi’s Q8 Concept, freshly revealed at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 today. Blending the size and off-road abilities of an SUV with the design elements of a coupe, and then throwing plenty of new tech – including a plug-in hybrid drivetrain – into the mix, the Q8 is Audi‘s vision of a new, range-topping luxury car. Interior It’s not the only fancy lighting. Just below the edge of the hood is an LED light guide that wraps around the headlamp edges. That also gives the e-tron signature lighting effect. It works well against the Bombay blue paint job. Moving around the side, there’s frameless windows and all of the body lines sweep upwards toward the rear for a sense of dynamism. Though 5.6-feet tall, the sloping rear roofline picks up hints of Audi coupes. Power doors swing open to preset angles when their touch-sensors are lightly pressed. Audi says it borrowed from the Ur-quattro style for the broad C-pillars, plus the flared shoulders over the wheels, though they’re also reminiscent of previous Audi Prologue concepts. Aluminum sills are echoed by more aluminum around the tail lamps, though there’s also high-gloss Carbon Atlas on the diffuser. Unsurprisingly you get a power tailgate too. Inside, rather than the seven seats of the Q7, Audi has turned the whole cabin over to cosseting just four people and their luggage. That means four big seats, surrounded by a horizontal wraparound arc that starts up beneath the windshield and continues around the doors. A floating center console has a shift-by-wire lever for the transmission, among other controls. Audi Q8 Concept Gallery Cockpit On the outside, it’s clearly related to the Q7 SUV, though a whole lot sleeker. 16.5-feet long, and with 9.8-feet of that being wheelbase, it features a bold fascia with an even wider version of Audi’s now-traditional Singleframe octagonal grille. That has honeycomb mesh, plus six upright double-bars that, Audi says, emphasize the height. Around that there’s a contrasting-color frame, and then turbine-styled air inlets and an aluminum blade detail to the lower edge of the bumper. Audi has done away with the main headlamp cover-glass, giving each lighting unit its own individual glass cover instead, and integrating them into the extended Singleframe. Blue laser signature lights are incorporated into the digital Matrix laser lights for high and low beam, as we saw on the R8 last year. Interior
Our big question – indeed, everybody’s big question – after hearing all these figures was simple: just how much could Chevrolet justify charging for a Corvette. Now, we know. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Coupe will start from $119,995, including destination, with a seven-speed manual transmission. A paddle-shift eight-speed automatic – required if you want to hit the speediest 0-60 time – will be an option. It’ll come as standard with the Low Wing package, with which the maximum top speed is possible.However, $2,995 gets you the ZTK Performance Package. That includes the adjustable High Wing for added downforce on the track. It also throws in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, special tuning for the chassis and Magnetic Ride Control that’s standard on the car, and a new front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps. It’s all about extra grip though, even if the top speed is slightly lower than with the Low Wing, Chevy promises it’ll still exceed 200 mph.As for the new 2019 Corvette ZRT Convertible, that’ll start at $123,995, also including destination. It has the same engine and aero package options; indeed, the only real difference is the folding top and the repositioned seat-belt mounts. It’s a fabric roof, power-operated at speeds up to 30 mph, or lowered remotely from the key fob. Since you might be wondering, added weight is under 60 pounds between the Coupe and the Convertible. That’s mostly down to the folding roof mechanism, since Chevrolet says it designed the car in general to accommodate both body styles so it didn’t need to factor in extra stiffening. Top speed is still in excess of 200 mph.MORE 5 facts about Chevy’s new ZR1 supercarBoth will have a particularly distinctive voice. Chevrolet has used a new exhaust system, which it says the most aggressive-sounding of any production Corvette. It has four sound levels – Stealth, Tour, Sport, and Track – ranging from “not quite neighbor infuriating” through to “full on track-day howl”. The ZR1 is set to arrive in Chevy dealerships in the spring of 2018. How much will 755 horsepower of all-American Corvette madness set you back? Now we know, with Chevrolet slapping a price tag on the new Corvette ZR1, and giving it a shiny new, topless sibling in the shape of the similarly-ridiculously-powerful Corvette ZR1 Convertible. Chevy pulled the wraps off the Corvette ZR1 earlier in November, and it’s quite the car. A new LT5 supercharged engine comes in at 6.2-liters, and will be exclusive to the ZR1 Coupe and ZR1 Convertible. It packs a body-slamming 715 lb-ft. of torque, and introduces a brand new dual-fuel-injection system never before seen on a GM vehicle. The result is 212 mph, according to Chevrolet’s figures, for the ZR1 Coupe. 0-60 mph comes in under 3.0 seconds, with final numbers still to come. The quarter mile arrives somewhere in the “high 10-second range” the automaker teases. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 gallery
It almost came as a surprise that Intel immediately threw in the towel just after Apple and Qualcomm announced their settlement. Intel’s official stand was that it made the business nearly impossible for it. It probably didn’t help that, weeks before that, it lost a key engineer in charge of its 5G modems to Apple.The Telegraph reports that Umashankar Thyagarajan was hired by Apple in February, two months before the high-profile settlement. The job posting was, of course, public, but back then no one connected the dots. It turns out that Thyagarajan was the project engineer for Intel’s XMM 8160 chip and reportedly play an important role in the Intel modems on last year’s iPhones.This kind of “poaching” is, of course, not new in this industry, but it does shed some light on Apple’s long-term plans. The iPhone maker turned to Intel in worry that Qualcomm would use its monopoly of 5G modems to dictate negotiating terms. Now, however, Apple has other plans.AdChoices广告It’s also no secret that the company wants to make its own 5G modem, just as it makes its own A processors. This would reduce its reliance on outside suppliers, like Qualcomm, and take matters into its own hands. While neither Apple nor Intel have commented on what Thyagarajan will doing at Apple, it’s pretty much expected that it will at least be towards 5G support in future iPhones. Apple and Qualcomm may have legally settled their differences, but that doesn’t mean that the two are suddenly best friends. In fact, a settlement means that some of the strategies both parties employed during the lawsuit can finally come to light. Apple was recently reported to have been allegedly preparing for Qualcomm’s downfall long before their tussle but this latest tidbit reveals how it may have also been preparing for the demise of Intel’s 5G modem business.